Bayern officially out on Saul (Football Espana)
I am still sort of trying to process how Bayern Munich is “out” on Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez when they never had the budget to be “in” on him? Anyway, it seems like we can put this rumor to bed:
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move away from Madrid this summer after losing his regular starting place last season.
Diego Simeone used him in a rotating role as Los Rojiblancos clinched their first league title since 2014 at the end of 2020/21 and the 26-year-old is now rumoured to be considering his options.
Safety first — sort of — for Rudiger (@kerry_hau)
Unlike many of his teammates, Chelsea star Antonio Rüdiger at least put on the facade of wearing a helmet while riding his bike to Germany’s practice:
Dritter Trainingstag in Herzogenaurach. Toni #Rüdiger vorbildlich mit Helm unterwegs, Leroy #Sané in bester Laune. #GER #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/oCWXKjb2R0— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) June 12, 2021
Sancho update (@FabrizioRomano)
He might not have gotten the call to suit up for England on Sunday, but discussions on Jadon Sancho’s future were at least active over the weekend:
Manchester United have been in contact with Jadon Sancho’s camp also during the weekend. #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2021
Negotiations with Borussia Dortmund on €95m price, bonus details and payment structure will continue in the next hours/days. #Sancho
€70m won’t be enough to complete the deal.
Good for Borussia Dortmund if they can get a deal worth upwards of €100 million for Sancho. While the thought of him playing another season in the Bundesliga seems ideal, that would be an incredible amount of money to turn away.
LFC plans to track Neuhaus at Euros (Sky)
Liverpool’s interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus is no secret and the club is going to track the 24-year-old closely at the Euros:
Florian Neuhaus has emerged as a potential target for Liverpool as they look to replace recently departed Georginio Wijnaldum, the Mirror reports. The newspaper says Liverpool scouts will track Germany international Neuhaus at Euro 2020, and could approach Borussia Monchengladbach for a potential deal.
The only problem with that plan, however, is that Neuhaus is very unlikely to see much significant field time behind Toni Kroos, İlkay Gündoğan, and Leon Goretzka. That does not even include the fact that Joshua Kimmich could slide back into the central midfield at any moment.
Neuhaus is a very good player, but the European Championships might not be the best environment to get a good look at him.
Buffon to...Parma? (kicker)
Gianluigi Buffon is pulling an Arjen Robben and going back to his grassroots:
Gianluigi Buffon (43) opens a new chapter. The goalkeeper icon, who will not renew his contract with Juventus, is about to return to Serie A relegated Parma, according to Italian media reports. The 176-time national player started his career there, won the UEFA Cup in 1999 and moved to Turin in 2001 for around 50 million euros.
Another James-Carlo reunion (Transfer Market Web)
We might not get to see James Rodriguez—Carlo Ancelotti Part IV back at Real Madrid as the Colombian star does not appear ready to revisit Spain:
James Rodriguez will not reunite with Carlo Ancelotti. This is explained by the Colombian footballer who, as reported by AS, closes with a return to Madrid, despite the arrival at Real of his mentor Ancelotti, who had him in his first adventure in the Spanish capital and also coached him at Bayern Munich and Liverpool, after having courted him for a long time as a Napoli coach:
“Return to Madrid with Ancelotti? I don’t know, I don’t think so,” he said.
(Editors Note: BFW left in the Liverpool reference as it was the initial report from TMW. Rodriguez and Ancelotti worked together at Madrid, Bayern, and Everton)