The rumors linking Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland appear to be true. There at least seems to be some interest from both sides. If Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has his way, however, Haaland will go to the highest bidder, no matter what his client wants. Here is what we know (or at least what Sport Bild claims to know):
- Haaland nearly moved to Bayern Munich in 2019, while he was at RB Salzburg. Haaland’s father Alf-Inge even told the Bavarians that his son could “imagine” playing for Die Roten. The move, however, fell through because Bayern Munich could not guarantee enough playing time for the Norwegian. In retrospect, it was a smart move for Haaland, who has gone on to prosper.
- Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn is a huge fan of Haaland and his mentality. Haaland’s release clause (€75 million with escalators that could rise to €90 million) can be managed by the Bavarians, but his wage demands could scare off the Bayern Munich front office.
- Raiola is reportedly going to ask for €50 million (!?) per season as a salary for Haaland, with agents fees of €40 million (!?!?). (Editor’s Note: If any club pays Raiola €40 million they should be excommunicated).
So there you have it...the latest and greatest info on Haaland.
This transfer saga has a long way to go...so buckle in, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loved Alphonso Davies’ letter of encouragement to the Refugee Paralympic Team:
Very powerful letter. Thank you, @AlphonsoDavies for sharing, and good luck to the Refugee Paralympic Team. To echo Alphonso’s words: go out and do your thing - you belong there. https://t.co/a0iV9L4NJU— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 24, 2021
Chelsea are considering making a late move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez before next week’s transfer deadline, according to the Daily Telegraph. The European champions are trying to secure the 26-year-old Spain international’s services on loan for the 2021/22 season.
The 26 years old, product of Atletico youth academy is one of the most prominent player for Atletico Madrid in the last 3 years. He has recently fallen off the pecking order despite managed to capped 337 times and scored 43 goals plus 19 assists so far with his boyhood club. He is also a target for Manchester United.
There were numerous reports that Real Madrid had swept in to make a booming offer to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe and it looks like a bid happened (maybe?):
Fabrizio Romano also had a bead on what was happening:
Confirmed. Real Madrid have made a formal bid for €160m to sign Kylian Mbappé immediatly. NO green light from Paris Saint-Germain yet. ⚪️ #Mbappé #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2021
Kylian Mbappé has turned down more than three different proposals from PSG to extend the contract. He’s waiting too. pic.twitter.com/cGTAmYVhdb
Apparently that bid was definitely for €160 million (BUT WHAT ABOUT THE AGENT FEES????????):
Breaking | PSG have rejected an opening €160m bid from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappé, according to TF1. More follows.— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 24, 2021
What a world...
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann might just be toying with everyone when he has the club release his formations as a 4-2-3-1.
During his team’s win over FC Köln, Nagelsmann absolutely shifted roles and responsibilities around without really calling it what it was. Will the new boss have more of that on tap? We cover that and whole lot more on this episode of Bavarian Football Works. Here is the rundown of what we have on tap:
- The finer points of Bayern Munich’s win over FC Köln, the formation, and what went right and wrong during the match.
- How the wings stack up and who should be starting on the offensive flanks.
- What signing Marcel Sabitzer would mean and a look at how he might fit.
- Talking “Title Hamsters”, dessert before dinner, and more!
Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler is trying to sort out his future, but at least one pundit thinks he would be the ideal transfer for Liverpool:
Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler could be the ideal Liverpool signing according to ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips. The Parisians are adjusting to life with living legend Lionel Messi after pouncing on the expiry of his deal at Barcelona.
His departure from Spain spelt the end of a trophy-laden career with Blaugrana, including four UEFA Champions League crowns. And for this reason, the former Sunderland star believes this may pave way for a Julian departure from the Ligue 1 giants.
“He could be the perfect Liverpool signing. Draxler would really strengthen their squad, we all know how good he is,” Kevin told Football Insider. “Klopp is still looking for players I’m sure. If they could nick Draxler at the right price, he would be a great signing. They are in the market for another attacker with [Xherdan] Shaqiri and [Divock] Origi moving on, so he could be a perfect replacement.”
I don’t know if our resident Liverpool fan Tommy Adams is a Draxler fan, but I’d love to find out.
Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal (Bavarian Football Works)
Bayern Munich will face off with Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal in what should (hopefully) not be much of a battle.
Even without Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez, and Kingsley Coman, the Bavarians should be able to take care of business in an efficient manner. Whatever the case, this actually could be an important match for a few players looking to showcase themselves. This is what we discuss:
- A look at who is in and who is out.
- An internal debate aired on whether this would be a back-three or back-four set-up.
- Why this match is important for players like Corentin Tolisso and Leroy Sane.
- The good chance we will see Bouna Sarr starting.
- A prediction on the match.
RB Leipzig striker Alexander Sorloth has multiple suitors, but Real Sociedad reportedly has an edge in the competition:
Signed by RB Leipzig last summer, as someone deemed fit to replace Timo Werner, 25-year old Norwegian international striker Alexander Sørloth didn’t meet the expectations set upon him at all. To this end, German giants, which had purchased him on a 20 million euros transfer fee, from Crystal Palace, with four years left to fulfil his ongoing contract, are pondering over letting him out on a loan spell, for former Gent and Trabzonspor not to get depreciated.
All in all, Real Sociedad are getting very close to score his signing. Spanish club are in fact beating to the punch the long list of suitors, which includes Besiktas, Fenerbahçe, PSV Eindhoven, Olympique de Marseille, and Southampton.