New Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has heard the rumors.
A back-three??? In Munich???
During his introductory press conference, the new boss wanted to set things perfectly straight: he wants flexibility — and the ability to have players stay in their preferred positions. You can read into the second part of that statement what you will, but it seems like we are not going to see Joshua Kimmich lining up at right-back any time soon:
️ @J__Nagelsmann on a possible playing system: "It's all about being flexible and letting players play in their ideal positions. We will choose formations in which the players feel comfortable. They all want to keep developing their game." #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/9DZebeUbfR— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 7, 2021
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez went official with Qatar SC:
I would never begrudge anyone for making some money...Javi Martinez has totally earned the right to decide where he wants to play. Still, I feel like he could have held a valuable role for a club in a Top 5 league.
Regardless, here is to hoping Martinez gets everything he wants from his new home.
Borussia Dortmund is reportedly interested in RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer:
Sabitzer could be a game changer to Borussia Dortmund and would also be a HUGE blow to RB Leipzig’s title hopes. I don’t know that Sabitzer would mean as much to Borussia Dortmund as he does to RB Leipzig, but he would certainly make a positive impact.
Real Madrid is ready to offload quite a few valuable assets in hopes of securing Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Alvaro Odriozola, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Martin Odegaard, Raphael Varane, and Mariano Diaz are all on the market:
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to oversee a raft of summer sales to fund a bid for PSG striker Kylian Mbappe. The France international is inside the final year of his PSG deal and prepared to leave Paris this summer. According to Marca, Florentino is ready to do business with PSG, but first must shift out several players to fund a move which will reach over €100m. Alvaro Odriozola, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Martin Odegaard and Mariano Diaz are all on the market right now. Real are already in the process of selling Raphael Varane, with talks at an advanced stage with Manchester United.
FC Dallas youngster Thomas Roberts did a couple of turns in training with Bayern Munich, but is reportedly now headed to the Austrian Bundesliga:
Breaking: Thomas Roberts is heading to recently promoted Austria Klagenfurt of the Austrian Bundesliga on a one-year loan. Departs tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/hbeo4Lg4EK— 3rd Degree (@3rdDegreeNet) July 6, 2021
Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag is not thinking about jumping ship to the national team:
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has taken his name out of consideration for the vacant Netherlands job after Frank de Boer was sacked following the Oranje’s disappointing round-of-16 exit at Euro 2020. “Tempting but I am not available,” he told ESPN Netherlands. “I signed a new contract with Ajax.”
Former Bayern Munich prospect Felix Götze re-upped with FC Augsburg, but was then sent back to 1. FC Kaiserslautern for another loan at the club:
1. FC Kaiserslautern is loaning Felix Götze from FC Augsburg again. The defensive player, who already played for FCK in the second half of the season, will stay on the Betzenberg in the coming season. Both clubs agreed on this. At the same time, Augsburg extended the contract with Götze for two more years until 2024.