It is not any secret that Marco Verratti and Carlo Ancelotti are fond of one another, as the two worked very well together during Ancelotti’s time as manager at Paris Saint Germain a few years back.
That being said, with PSG giving hints into the availability of the Italian midfielder, many of Europe’s top club’s, including Bayern, have been linked with the player. With this in mind, many have felt that Bayern may have an edge on the transfer with the two Italian’s already having a good pre-existing relationship.
However, with many getting their hopes up in Germany that the 24 year old might be on his way to Bayern come the summer, Ancelotti has once again put any rumours to bed by stating that he expects his former player to remain in Paris for the foreseeable future:
“I have not spoken with Marco Verratti for the past three months or so.
“I did not call him either. I think Marco will stay at Paris Saint-Germain for a long time. I know him quite well from my time at PSG. He is a great player and is very professional.” Via sportstarlive.com
Although this may disappoint many, especially with the recent announcement of Xabi Alonso’s retirement this week, it is not as if we don’t have strength in that area of the pitch. Vidal is a very similar player to Verratti, and Bayern also have an inform Thiago Alcantara, as well as the young Joshua Kimmich and Renato Sanches, and the experienced Javi Martinez. Looking at this therefore, Bayern don’t really need another midfielder, even if Verratti would have been a nice addition to the squad.
Thomas Muller has made hints of late that he is unhappy at Bayern Munich, as the player has really struggled to fit into the new tactical approach that Carlo Ancelotti has brought to Bayern Munich since he joined in the summer. Muller has struggled to replicate his regular scoring ways and has often found himself on the bench of late – something which the German has expressed his annoyance with.
As a result, although Bayern would be more than reluctant to let go of him, with the German being such a fan favourite at the club, they may have no choice in the matter if Muller’s unhappiness continues.
With that in mind, Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £75 million offer for the Bayern man, should their star striker Diego Costa move to China over the coming transfer windows. The Premier League side have apparently received an offer of around the same sum for their own forward, and will therefore have the funds available should they choose to to spend on likes of Muller.
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The move looks like it could be on the cards with Costa having had a training ground row with manager Antonio Conte, as well as the Spaniard reportedly interested in the move with a £30 million a year contract offer on the table.
However, it is highly unlikely that Muller is so unhappy that he will be forcing a move away from Bayern any time soon, as he is still getting plenty of game time at the club that he came through the youth academy of and has made his home. Bayern have also noted their reluctance to sell the player, with Rummenigge having previously stated that Bayern have rejected a record breaking transfer for the player from the likes of Manchester United on multiple occasions.
As a result, it is highly unlikely that these rumours are anything to worry about.
Bayern’s record transfer still remains and integral part of the first team at this current moment in time, as Javi Martinez is a pivotal squad player for the side as he is able to play in both the defense and midfield of the side. However, with Hummels and Boateng also competing for a place in his favoured position, the Spaniard hasn’t always found it easy to play week in week out.
However, come the summer, it seems like this may change as there is a potential that Javi will be making a move back to Spain as one source reports. Apparently Spanish giants Real Madrid are eyeing up the versatile player and could make a move for him in the summer when their transfer embargo ends.
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Arguably, this could be a good move for both parties. Javi is hardly a ‘must keep’ player, nor is he really a ‘Mr. Bayern’ character, as he missed a total of 91 games for Bayern between 2012-16, most of this coming during the Pepe Guardiola period. Furthermore, with Jerome and Mats being the first choices in the eyes of many, Javi would be allowed to leave the club should the right deal come in.
Like much of Bayern’s first team, the Spanish international is getting on a little bit now, as he is currently aged 28. This therefore be a good time to cash in on the veteran and replace him with some young youthful talent, as Bayern still have the likes of Holger Badstuber in their ranks who is looking for some more regular first team football, as well as Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba who are able to play in the centre of defense if needed.
Therefore, although Martinez has found more favour under Ancelotti, as has been in good form, the right amount of money put on the table could sway the Italian’s mind and rightfully so, as Bayern should be looking to the future over the next couple of years with the likes of Lahm, Alonso, Ribery and Robben all on their way out soon enough.
Holger Badstuber has been getting all the headlines since his manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that he would be willing to allow the player to leave the club this January on loan. The move would be a good one for all parties, as Badstuber would be able to get regular first team football.
However, it is unlikely Ancelotti was expecting the amount of interest for the German as there has been since he made this statement, as not only Premier League sides Manchester City and Swansea have declared their interests, but now Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Schalke have also declared their interest in securing his contract.
In recent days Ancelotti had admitted the interest from Manchester City, where he stated in response to questioning on the matter as follows:
“I know Holger, he’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy, but he’s a Bayern Munich player, and we should first of all speak with them and with him.” Via espnfc.com
However, although many might consider Manchester City the favourites to sign the defender, Schalke have now thrown in a curve ball as the Bundesliga side is likely to also prove an attractive option to Badstuber, who will now have a lot of thinking to do. The interest was announced by Schalke’s sporting executive Christian Heidel, who revealed to Sky the following:
“We don’t deny that there’s been contact with Holger Badstuber, but further talks must be held.
“We have to try to put together a deal that satisfies all the parties involved.” Via espnfc.com
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) January 10, 2017
The key and main thing is that Holger is only being allowed to leave on loan, as Ancelotti has made it clear he is not willing to let the defender go permanently just yet. Whether that will change or not come the summer remains a different question, but for now, if Schalke do make a loan offer for him, then Badstuber will have some good options to choose from as he makes his decision.
In the past fortnight it has become revealed to the media that former Bayern Munich coach Pepe Guardiola has become interesting in acquiring his former centre back Holger Badstuber for his new Manchester City side. Badstuber has really struggled to make a regular first team spot at Bayern with the likes of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and Javi Martinez also competing in the same position, and as a result, Ancelotti has revealed that he may allow the player to leave the club on loan.
However, with this news becoming apparent to the rest of the world, others have also become interested in the player, knowing that the loan option may be available. As a result, there is a second familiar face at who was recently at Bayern who is hoping to get the player’s signature; new Swansea manager and former Bayern Munich assistant, Paul Clement.
Clement took over Swansea very recently, and it is no secret that the Welsh side are struggling defensively as they currently sit just off the bottom of the Premier League with Clement having beaten Crystal Palace in his previous fixture with his new side.
However, a player like Badstuber would certainly help sure up the side and grind out wins for them. The Swans won’t be favourites to sign the defender, but the defender may be feeling generous for his former assistant and do him a favour, as the player now has multiple options to choose from should he decide to leave Bayern on loan.
The young Celtic full back has really been attracting attention of late, as the Scottish youngster has been consistently performing at the highest level. As a result, the full back has responded to the interest, and it’s not good news for Bayern and the rest of Europe, as the player has
“Obviously when you are younger some people dream about playing in the Premier League but I dreamt about playing for. It was always a Celtic strip I wore.
“It’s flattering hearing clubs like Bayern and Via readceltic.commentioned. They are some of the best teams in the world but if you are a youngster playing first-team games every week for Celtic and doing well, you will get noticed by teams in Europe.”
It seems therefore that the 19 year old is set to stay at Celtic sadly. The 19 year old has managed 15 assists and a goal in 54 matches since his debut for the Scottish club – a record any full back would be proud of.
Celtic will be happy at the news of this, as they chase their first treble this season since they won their previous domestic treble back in 2001.
Julian Brandt has really been attracting high amounts of attention, not only in Germany, but across Europe, as the 20 year old winger has been in superb form this season. The player picked up the joint second most amount of assists in the Bundesliga across 2016, alongside Yunus Malli and only behind Karim Bellarabi. 6 of those have already come this season, and the player has chipped in with some goals in both domestically and in the Champions League for Leverkusen.
As a result of his performances attracting interest, Leverkusen fans have been worrying about Brandt’s future at the club, as the player has been heavily linked with the likes of Bayern Munich among others. However, it seems that the player has put fans minds at rest recently as he has stated that he would not be afraid to reject European giants, as he stated as follows:
“I would not be scared to dismiss Bayern [Munich] for a second time. The same goes for other clubs, too.” Via 90min.com
However, having said this, it seems likely that should the right offer come in from the right club at the right time, then Brandt would be more than open to moving away from Leverkusen despite this statement, as he has previously revealed his interest in player for a top side.
Back in October the winger stated that the idea of player for Bayern was “an interesting option” and has also mentioned a move abroad in the past. However, equally it seems that the player is open to negotiating a new deal at Leverkusen, as he has stated as follows:
“Of course that is possible. I feel very comfortable here and I know what I’ve got here. We’re constantly in good talks.
“If it were up to me, the summer would be the right time [to reveal a decision]. I don’t want to deal with this forever. It gets annoying and performances will suffer because of it.” Via 90min.com
With Ancelotti stating that he would be doing no business this January, Bayern have not been attempting to pry the player away. However, summer could be different, and Brandt may be on his way out of Leverkusen. Whether that will happen, or whether it will be to Bayern, only time will tell.
One of the bigger bits of speculation surrounding Bayern Munich of late has been the future of Arturo Vidal. Rumours of a £34 million transfer taking the player to Stanford bridge have been fuelled by the likes of Antonio Conte and even Vidal himself of late, and fans have been worried that they may be set to lose one of their star midfielders. However, to put all the rumours to bed, Ancelotti commented on the matter stating that such rumours were entirely not true, having been plucked from thin air:
“Absolute rubbish. Absolute nonsense.” Via 90min.com
Since Vidal joined the club back in 2015, the player has been highly influential in the 18 months he has been with Bayern so far, consistently featuring in the first team in midfield. As a result, we can see why Ancelotti has not even considered letting the midfielder leave the club.
With Vidal not on his way out, we can see that Ancelotti is sticking true to his previous statements, whereby he has stated that Bayern will not be undertaking any business during the month of January as the transfer window is once again open for a limited period of time.
Sanchez is without a doubt one of Premier League side Arsenal’s talisman players, as the player is consistently in great form, despite the performances of the rest of the team which regularly make the Champions League but rarely challenge for the league title. The player even recently became the first player involved in 20+ goals in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season (13 goals, 7 assists). Via sportskeeda.com
However, as a result, the player has been asking for a wage hike, as he is apparently currently dissatisfied with his current salary of £140,000 a week. In response, Arsenal are apparently prepared to increase this to £200,000 but apparently this is not enough for Sanchez, and the player may therefore be looking for a move abroad.
Not only the money, but the lack of silverware is also likely to be eating away at the player, as it is likely that Sanchez in his current form could stroll into many of Europe’s top sides, including the likes of Bayern Munich.
For Arsenal to keep hold of their player, and stave off interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, the side will have to challenge more regularly for silverware and sort out salary issues in the coming months.
It has recently been speculated that Bayern’s central defender Holger Badstuber has been catching the eye of his former manager Pepe Guardiola as the Spaniard may be looking to bring the German to Manchester City in the near future.
With Guardiola’s side having struggled defensively so far this season, Badstuber could prove a very valuable addition to the side, as he is well aware of Guardiola’s system having played under the manager for the previous 3 years at Bayern Munich.
However, although Carlo Ancelotti has stated that he would be open to letting the player leave should he so desire, there are some limitations to what this would entail, and the Italian has stated as follows:
“If Holger wants to leave, we would be open to that,” Ancelotti said at a news conference.
“But we are only willing to let him leave on loan, we do not want to sell him.” Via fourfourtwo.com.au
In this sense, neither Bayern nor Ancelotti would allow Badstuber to leave the club on a permanent basis, as the 27 year old is still valued and considered an integral part of the squad in Munich. In this sense, we as fans do not have to worry too much, as although we would rather see Badstuber playing in a Bayern Munich shirt, the loan could provide some beneficial top flight football for him.