For now, Manchester United will make Goretzka a fallback option as it will pursue alleged Bayern Munich transfer target and Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as its top choice:
Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka is a potential target for United after entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Stadium.
The 26-year-old could be an alternative to Camavinga, with Sport Witness having reported that the teenager now looks set to stay at Rennes.
Goretzka would offer dynamism and drive from midfield as well as a goalscoring threat - having netted eight in all competitions last season as well as posting nine assists.
He is valued at £63 by Transfermarkt, making him a more affordable option than another target Declan Rice, whose price tag is too high for United to match this summer.
AC Milan is also reportedly chasing RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, but the Austrian supposedly wants a longer stay in the Bundesliga:
Milan have been interested in Marcel Sabitzer as a potential replacement for Hakan Çalhanoğlu. However, a deal to bring Sabitzer to Italy is difficult as the intention of the Austrian midfielder is to stay in the Bundesliga [@MilanNewsit] pic.twitter.com/JogMROZRK3— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 7, 2021
It was a crazy week in terms of Bayern Munich news and we’re talking about the absolute biggest stories!
What happened, you ask? Well, you came to the right place to find out. The hot topics we hit on this week include:
- Joshua Zirkzee’s preseason was bad, but he will get a chance to start over with a loan to RSC Anderlecht.
- Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka could both extend their contracts with the club shortly.
- Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of RB Leipzig star midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
It looks like Romelu Lukaku is going to make the move from Inter Milan to Chelsea:
Romelu Lukaku now one step away from joining Chelsea. Inter and Chelsea are close to reach the agreement for €115m as final fee [no player included, at the moment]. @SkySport #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
Lukaku has an agreement on personal terms with Chelsea. €12m net per season as salary.
Things progressed quickly from the early reports:
Romelu Lukaku will be soon in London to sign his contract as new Chelsea player. Work in progress to plan for travel, medical and unveiling next week. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
After Lukaku, Chelsea will focus on next signing - Koundé always favourite option as centre back but not agreed yet.
While this is big news in and of itself, it also has big ramifications on a few Schmankerl favorites: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Christian Pulisic. While those players all play multiple roles and positions, the Chelsea attacking core if getting a little full...and there could be some spillage.
Werner would seem to be the most likely to move on. It would be nice if he had a good, comfortable landing spot where he could work with a familiar coach.
Fiete Arp got his name on the scoresheet for Holstein Kiel during his 60 minutes of play as he converted a penalty kick:
94. | Jaaaaaaaaaaa! In der ersten Hälfte der Verlängerung trifft Fiete Arp per Handelfmeter ins linke untere Eck zur Führung!— Holstein Kiel (@Holstein_Kiel) August 7, 2021
_#SCWKSV 0:1 #DFBPokal #KielAhoi #Holstein #Kiel pic.twitter.com/IrFM1y7TAm
Per a report from Le 10 Sport, former Bayern Munich midfielder is on the verge of a move to FC Barcelona. The hold up is that that Barcelona needs to work out a deal with Lille to procure Sanches. To circumvent some of its financial issues, Barca would like to get Sanches on a “loan with an option buy” deal.
Sanches, of course, was recently linked to a move back to Bayern Munich — which seems ludicrous given the events that led to his initial departure.
He might be injured right now, but Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies was named one of the Top 5 North Americans in the Bundesliga by the league website.
The other members included:
- Gio Reyna, Borussia Dortmund
- Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig
- Julian Green, Greuther Fürth
- Joe Scally, Borussia Mönchengladbach
We found a couple surprising omissions:
- Jon Brooks, Wolfsburg
- Chris Richards, Bayern Munich
I mean, I’d take Brooks and Richards over Green and Scally at this point, but that is just me. Scally was impressive against Bayern Munich during this preseason and Greuther Fürth was just promoted, so perhaps there was some recency bias.