We have heard conflicting reports of AS Monaco’s reported interest in former Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. It looks to be back on....maybe? Probably? Who knows:
Following a standout Ligue 1 campaign, AS Monaco has now set out to bolster its defensive line. Monaco’s first order of business this summer is to sign an experienced center-back, especially as the side is set to take part in UEFA Champions League qualification fixtures in the coming months.
Monaco manager Niko Kovac is well involved in transfer discussions with club officials over this matter and has now requested that the side sign one of his former players. According to a report from the French-based outlet Foot Mercato, Monaco is now in early talks with soon-to-be former Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng. Boateng has garnered notable interest from other clubs as well for a possible transfer deal.
Rome-based sides Lazio and AS Roma have also been linked with the 32-year-old as of late, although it is not known whether either side plans to take the lead over Monaco to sign the German talent.
What do you get when you cross one of football’s most exciting young players with one of the NHL’s best (maybe the best?) player? You get Edmonton’s FINEST...that’s what!
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid admire each other’s work.
This is what we have on the agenda this week:
- Germany dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to France that wasn’t....that bad (!?). Will Joachim Löw change things up or will he ride or die with his 3-4-3?
- The future with Die Mannschaft is going to have a different look and feel as Hansi Flick is about to be the catalyst for the dawn of a new era.
- Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann is going to cause some roster craziness if he really uses a 3-4-3.
- The latest transfer news.
Per a report from Fichajes, Timo Werner is among the three players that Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring to Madrid. Here is the rationale:
Timo Werner: the German has closed the worst season of his professional career, failing too many times and without capturing the numbers that at RB Leipzig led him to be considered one of the best forwards in the world. The Chelsea would not look askance sale and could deal with it this summer for an affordable and attractive price for Real Madrid. An attractive complement to the white attack with a striker who can fall on the wing and who adds integers in that much questioned area.
Gareth Bale and Houssem Aouar were two other players that Ancelotti — allegedly — wanted to bring in as well. As for Werner, Sport 1’s Florian Plettenberg says that no contact has been made between Los Blancos and the Germany international:
Update @TimoWerner: On this day 2020 he announced his move to #CFC. A few days ago there were rumors that @realmadrid want him. But: No contact at all! TW definitely wants to stay at @ChelseaFC. Now he's hoping for a place in the starting 11 against . He’s optimistic. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 18, 2021
In talkSPORT’s summary of Sweden’s 1-0 victory over Slovakia, the outlet dropped this gem:
RB Leipzig star Emil Forsberg, who has been linked to Bayern Munich, cooly slotted away from 12 yards out. It took a while for the game to spark into life with a cagey first half producing few chances for either side.
Say what now?
Forsberg is certainly an intriguing name and could be an interesting fit under Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich, but it seems like a longshot he would land in Bavaria.
With Bayern Munich out of the running, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are making progress in their respective pursuits of Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi:
Chelsea are making progress in their attempt to sign Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi. According to Sky Sports, the Blues and PSG have both made €60m bids for Hakimi, but Inter want at least €80m.
Inter are willing to take players as part of an eventual deal: Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, David Zappacosta and Andreas Christiansen are the names that have been discussed in talks.
Inter signed Hakimi from Real Madrid for €40m last summer. He spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020. Chelsea also want to sign a striker this summer and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland remains their top target. Blues also are keen on Romelu Lukaku, which for Inter is not on the market.
On this episode we discuss the following:
- The probable starting lineups for both teams.
- How Portugal is likely going to try and attack Germany.
- Why this game is so vital for Germany’s hopes to at least have a respectable showing in the tournament.
- The midfield issues that Joachim Löw is facing with Germany.
- Why Timo Werner and Leroy Sane could come in and make an impact with Germany.
Mark Uth is making the move from Schalke 04 to FC Köln: