Eric Dier is hopeful of completing a ‘dream move’ to Bayern this week after agreeing personal terms with the Bundesliga champions. Bayern would need to agree a ‘nominal fee’ with Spurs for the 29-year-old to seal the transfer this month. Dier is one of a few options for Bayern to strengthen their defence and is hoping for a positive update from the Bavarians.
Dier has become a lightning rod for debate among Bayern Munich fans. However, it is key to note that Dier would seem to be a depth piece, who can play center-back, right-back, and as a defensive midfielder, rather than a long-term starting solution at any of the positions.
Surely, the consistent cries of the club having a thin roster has ramped up the club’s bosses to find inexpensive ways to help with that problem.
Giorgio Scalvini is one of the most promising centre-backs in European soccer and his performances for Atalanta in Serie A haven’t gone unnoticed by some of the continent’s biggest clubs. The 20-year-old broke into the Italian side’s first team in 2021-22 and is now in his second season as a regular starter, although there is some suggestion he could be on the move before too long, with Real Madrid having targeted him as a potential recruit. According to Italian broadcaster Sportitalia, Atalanta have put a price tag of on €60 million ($65.75 million) on his head.
Real Madrid have had serious selection problems in central defence this season, with Eder Militão and David Alaba both absent for several months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament tears. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti has surprisingly said he is not looking to strengthen at the back in the January transfer window, with Aurélien Tchouaméni and Dani Carvajal prepared to fill in at centre-back should Antonio Rüdiger or Nacho be unavailable.
Madrid therefore appear to be looking at Scalvini as one for the future, much like Manchester United. The Red Devils, who already paid Atalanta for €74 million ($81.09 million) for striker Rasmus Hojlund last summer, could be set to revamp their struggling squad following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe as minority shareholder, although they also see the young Italian as a potential summer signing.
Bayern Munich had a tune-up this weekend and it did not, well, go so great.
In the wake of that uneven effort, the Bavarians are closely linked to Eric Dier, Nordi Mukiele, and Radu Drăgușin, while also seeing reports break that nearly everyone on the squad is going to be analyzed and scrutinized over the course of the second half of the season.
Is this normal...or is a powder keg brewing. Let’s discuss!
Here are the topics we will take on in this podcast:
- Should Bayern Munich make a move for Dier?
- What about Mukiele or Drăgușin? Would they be good fits for the Bavarians?
- Who are the most likely candidates for Bayern Munich to move on from during the summer?
- What we are looking most forward to in the second half of the season.
Barcelona want to re-sign Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara in January - but Jurgen Klopp is determined to keep hold of the star.
Barcelona are enduring a difficult campaign under Xavi. The La Liga champions are fourth in the table and 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid and Girona in second. Girona, this season’s surprise package in Spain, inflicted a 4-2 home loss on Barcelona in December.
Despite their struggles, all is not lost for Barcelona. They have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League - where they will take on Napoli - and are still in the Spanish Cup. Xavi’s side will also be determined to win the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia this month, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Osasuna also taking part in the tournament.
But Barcelona need to bring in a central midfielder in January after Gavi’s season-ending injury. The 19-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and damaged his lateral meniscus in his right knee while playing for Spain in November.
Leroy Sané to Harry Kane has been a successful pairing so far for Bayern Munich’s attack as the Germany international has set up England’s captain five times this season:
Best assist-to-goalscorer combinations in Europe's top 5 leagues this season:— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 7, 2024
Leroy Sane ➡️ Harry Kane - 5 goals
Darwin Nunez ➡️ Mohamed Salah - 5 goals pic.twitter.com/uYMP7jbVQz
FC Barcelona coach Xavi does not feel the need to break down whether he would rather have Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappé:
Speaking to the press ahead of Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas in La Liga, Xavi reiterated the club’s delicate finances will prevent them from going after some of football’s most sought-after players.
“Erling Haaland or Mbappe? We can’t think of Haaland or Mbappe. Barcelona can’t afford these players now, unfortunately,” he told reporters. “I’m happy with the players I have.
“We are not in a privileged situation economically to do that,” the Spaniard added. “I am left with the players I have, and with those players we have to win. We have to win titles and we have to play well because the bar is very high.”
Bayern Munich has returned to training, but somehow the transfer action has been hotter than what has been going on during the practice sessions.
Knowing that Bayern Munich is eager to spend some money and add a few players during this transfer window, the rumors are flowing. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode:
- Catching-up on some an older take to see how it is going.
- A rundown of the rumor mill, including what we have heard about VfB Stuttgart’s Alexander Nübel and Serhou Guirassy, Chelsea FC’s Trevoh Chalobah, Fulham FC’s João Palhinha, and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori.
- The increasing likelihood that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Frans Krätzig could leave on loan assignments.
- Discussing the Bild report that Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies are being closely monitored and how that could mean bad things for their respective futures with the club.
- Finally, we lighten it up with some thoughts on this season of Fargo and my progress working through the Marvel movies.
#Newcastle are keeping their pressure to sign #Phillips.— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) January 8, 2024
‼️Talks ongoing between #NUFC and #ManCity for a loan transfer.
Kalvin is keen to join the Magpies, especially in view of #EURO2024. ⚽ #Transfers #MCFC pic.twitter.com/77qPKC34L2
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United with one of the greatest goals you will see this season during his team’s 3-1 victory over Peterborough on Sunday: