Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Paris Saint-Germain defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi on a four-year deal.
The 18-year-old has broken into the first team at the Parc de Princes this season, making six Ligue 1 appearances and scoring two goals – both of them headers in the same game against Amiens.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic expressed his delight at the signing in a statement published on the club’s website.
“We’re very happy that we’ve been able to bring Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi to FC Bayern,” he said. “In our opinion he’s one of the biggest talents in Europe. His best position is central defender, but he can fill several positions. We’re sure he’ll have a great career in Munich and will strengthen our team.”
Kouassi joined the PSG academy when he was 14 years old, making his professional debut in December 2019. He also has some European experience, appearing twice in the Champions League this season.
Kouassi revealed that he was delighted to be joining such an illustrious club, saying: “I’m very happy to be able to play for FC Bayern. It’s a big club, rich in tradition. I really hope I’ll be able to establish myself here and play a lot of matches. For that I’ll work hard.”
Bayern Munich have agreed a deal with Manchester City for winger Leroy Sané, with the German international expected to complete a move worth up to €60m in the next 24 hours.
Sane was destined to make the switch to Bavaria last summer after being underused by Pep Guardiola in Manchester City’s title-winning 2018/19 campaign, but the ACL tear he sustained in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool last August thwarted the move.
Bayern and City have continued to discuss a transfer, however, and with Sane eager to depart with just a year remaining on his contract, the Cityzens were forced to entertain offers for the winger or risk losing him for free at the end of next season.
Now, after months of negotiations, a deal is agreed by the two clubs – news that was first broken by reliable Bild journalist Christian Falk. His tweet has subsequently been followed up by multiple confirmations of an agreement, with most suggesting that €49m will be paid up front to City – with with €11m in add-ons.
Sane will sign a contract with Bayern through to 2025, bringing an end to a four-year spell in the north west of England. He won’t, however, become Die Roten’s highest earner, with COVID-19’s impact on footballing finances again rearing its head.
He will be handsomely paid in Munich, though, ending a year-long pursuit that 90min first reported in July 2019.
Sane has played his last game for City – a cameo appearance as a substitute in the recent 5-0 win over Burnley – and departs having played 90 Premier League games. In that time, he scored 25 goals and quickly developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous wingers in English football.
Bayern’s Bundesliga season is already over and Sane won’t be eligible to participate in the Champions League mini-tournament, being held in Lisbon during mid-August.
Exclusive – Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Juventus are among the clubs interested in Angel Gomes, who is out of contract at Manchester United.
Gomes rejected a contract worth £25,000-a-week at Old Trafford after growing frustrated at not being given first team opportunities by manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, and is set to leave the club.
Solskjaer bluntly revealed on Monday that Gomes was likely to walk away from Old Trafford when his contract expires on 30 June, despite initially harbouring hope that United could reach a deal with their youngest-ever Premier League player.
Since breaking that record during his top-flight debut in May 2017, Gomes has been restricted to just nine more appearances for the first team. He has managed just 291 minutes of action across six games this year, and a source has confirmed to 90min that the youngster sees a move away from Old Trafford as the best way to reignite his career.
He is expected to walk away once his contract expires on 30 June, and Gomes will likely have no shortage of offers. Remaining in England is a possibility, with Chelsea touted as potential suitors, but there is also plenty of interest from overseas.
Foreign sides would not have to pay a substantial development fee to land Gomes, and 90min has learned that has piqued the interest of German giants Dortmund and Bayern. Juventus and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are also keen.
The Independent also lists Hamburg, Valencia and Benfica as interested parties.
According to The Athletic, Gomes’ decision to leave stems from his lack of opportunities and his concerns about the club’s faith in him.
Last season’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain is suggested as a breaking point for Gomes. United needed to find a late goal and were looking to replace No. 10 Andreas Pereira, but Solskjaer opted for winger Tahith Chong over Gomes.
There was a stage where Gomes was close to re-signing, but his failure to even make a matchday squad since football’s return has made up the teenager’s mind that his future lies away from Old Trafford.
The question of why Solskjaer has lacked faith in Gomes has been doing the rounds on social media. As per this report, the boss believes Gomes did not do enough during his appearances to warrant more, failing to assert himself in the games, whereas youngsters like Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have done so.
His contract situation also played a part, with Solskjaer preferring to play players who have already proven their commitment to the club, as mentioned.
It’s not all doom and gloom for United, who will soon welcome 16-year-old right-back Marc Jurado to the club. Jurado, who struck a deal to move to Old Trafford earlier this year, said his goodbyes to Barcelona on Instagram. One out, one in.
Football is an ever-evolving sport, however, season after season one thing remains the same: Robert Lewandowski continues to score goals.
The Polish hitman notched a staggering 34 league goals in 31 Bundesliga games this season – a record high for a non-German striker in the top division – spearheading Bayern Munich’s charge to their eighth consecutive championship.
Not content with dominating domestically, the 31-year-old’s 11 goals in six Champions League games see him sitting top of Europe’s premier competition’s goalscoring charts too.
While the former Borussia Dortmund man’s lofty figures are already impressive; the quality of some of his strikes are just as much cause for celebration as the quantity.
This season Lewandowski yet again showcased his special talent for scoring great goals, so sit back and enjoy 90min’s rundown of his top ten goals from the campaign.
The Bavarians travelled to Schalke on matchday two in need of a lift having dropped points at home to Hertha BSC on the opening day; Lewandowski provided that lift.
The Poland captain grabbed his second of the game and fourth of the season with a terrific free kick from almost 25 yards. The strike had pace, whip and bend, leaving Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel grasping at thin air as the ball sailed past him into the top corner.
A goal which sums up the qualities of the Bayern frontman.
He picked up the ball with his back to goal before laying it off to Thomas Müller. Not content with his link-up play, Lewandowski was instantly on the move, running in behind the Werder Bremen defence, controlling Müller’s return ball brilliantly with the outside of his boot before powering it into the back of the net.
Despite another stellar domestic campaign, Bayern struggled in the first half of the season, recording four losses prior to the turn of the year.
The worst of those undoubtedly came at Eintracht Frankfurt where they suffered a humiliating 5-1 thumping. However, not to be denied his customary goal, Lewandowski picked up the ball and rolled three Eintracht defenders with one spin before coolly slipping the ball under Frederik Rønnow, to grab his tenth goal in as many league appearances.
Despite the majority of his strikes coming with his favoured-right foot, the Poland international is no slouch with his left.
Yet more slick Bayern passing saw Müller measure an inch-perfect through ball, with Lewandowski effortlessly taking the ball in his stride before lashing it with his laces into the top corner.
A goal which typifies the instinctive nature of the big man’s finishing. At 1-1 with the clock ticking down to half time, Tottenham were well set in their Champions League clash with the Bavarians, but one piece of magic changed the whole complexion of the game.
Lewandowski picked up the loose ball with his back to goal, took one touch to manoeuvre himself into space before wrapping his foot around the ball on the turn and hammering it past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner.
Another from the Bavarians’ win at Schalke in August.
Not content with two goals for the afternoon, the Bundesliga’s leading marksman completely outfoxed the Schalke defence with one simple deft touch to create himself a pocket of space, before firing a clinical right-footed drive into the back of the net.
A huge game into the context of Bayern’s season.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s men had won just five of their opening ten league fixtures and knew a win against fellow title-chasers Dortmund was a must.
Their talisman set them on their way with a bullet header, stealing in at the front post and straining every muscle in his neck to power Benjamin Pavard’s cross into the far corner. The goal was the hitman’s 15th goal of the season just 11 games in, and saw his side on the way to a convincing 4-0 victory.
One thing which sets Lewandowski apart from a lot of strikers is his ability to remain calm under pressure.
With two defenders hot on his tale and Paderborn goalkeeper Jannick Huth rushing to close him down, the Bayern number nine displayed all the class and composure which has seen him become a world-class striker to nonchalantly chip the ball over the helpless Huth and into the back of the net.
Another example of Lewandowski’s ability to take one touch and get his shot away before the goalkeeper has had time to set himself.
The Poland captain once again displayed the deft touch which has seen him become one of the best target men in the game, bringing the ball down in the box before swivelling and firing a pin-point drive into the bottom corner.
The Müller-Lewandowski partnership was an ongoing theme throughout the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign, with the German notching a record 21 assists – topping Kevin de Bruyne’s record of 20 in 2015 with Wolfsburg.
Bayern’s clash with Dortmund was ended as a contest by the lethal duo, with the pair playing a perfect one-two on the edge of the Dortmund box, with the Polish striker taking a touch before calmly rolling the ball into the back of the net.
– Liverpool WON their first league title in three decades.
– Bayern Munich WON their first league title in 12 months.
– Arsenal WON their first game of football in a lifetime.
We, with a martini glass in one hand and an edible in the other, rank the current 15 best teams in Europe using quotes from Netflix OG classic ‘Grace and Frankie’.
“I played by all the rules! Why didn’t you tell me there weren’t any rules, it’s not fair!”
Life isn’t fair if you’re a Borussia Dortmund fan.
Your club has done everything by the book. It’s developed wonderkids, it’s made clever signings within a tight budget, it’s released cool hipster kits, and it’s even played expansive, attacking football.
And yet, BVB still are a million miles away from challenging Bayern Munich atop of the Bundesliga.
It’s not fair!
“Your struggle is an inspiration to all of us. Here are your Gucci loafers.”
Poor little Manchester City.
On Wednesday night, the plucky little Citizens heartbreakingly slipped to a defeat a Stamford Bridge which saw them relinquish Premier League crown.
So how will they bounce back from such a cruel fate? Well probably by signing £500m worth of new players.
“You know, at my age I only have one speed: breakneck. Of course I don’t call it that, because it is a very real fear.”
Santi Cazorla only knows one speed at this point of his career: breakankle.
Of course he doesn’t call it that, because that is a very real fear, but the little Spanish midfielder’s sheer willingness to say ‘f–k it’ (two Grace and Frankie quotes in one entry, what a time to be alive) and try whatever idea – no matter how audacious – that pops into his head, is commendable.
This past weekend he did exactly that, by catching the whole Valencia defence off guard with a wonderfully weighted first-time volleyed pass to Gerard Moreno – who thankfully then smashed the ball into the top corner.
“We are both formidable people who detest children.”
Atletico Madrid have been pretty formidable opponents since La Liga’s restart. Diego Simeone’s side made it four wins out of the last five in the league at the weekend with a 2-1 win over Alaves.
Yes, they scored more than one goal in a game; the second time they achieved that feat since the restart. Scary stuff.
“This is not the energy I wanted to start my vision quest with.”
Inter, this the not the energy your fans wanted to start your hunt for the Scudetto with.
Not at all.
Instead of kickstarting their post-COVID title challenge with three wins over three teams that they really should be beating, Inter could only muster two very very hard fought wins and a draw. And that draw, bah gawd, that 3-3 draw at home to Sassuolo – a team coming off the back of a thumping at the hands of Atalanta – would’ve felt like a defeat.
“When you left, I thought my life was over. I can’t sleep in that big f—ing bed without him. But I did it. And now I love having that bed to myself, it’s fantastic, I sleep in a giant X! You know what this means? Im okay, and I’m going to be okay. Ta-da, congratulate me.”
When Mauricio Pochettino left, we thought Tottenham’s time as a top side was over. They couldn’t win a game without him. But then they did. And now, with Harry Kane and co. back fully fit, things are going rather well. They snatched and entertaining draw with Man Utd and then a comfortable win over West Ham! You know what that means? They’re okay, and they’re going to be okay.
Ta-da, congratulate them.
“Sweet, muscular Jesus!”
Sweet, muscular Adama Traore!
The guy is unbelievable. As athletically gifted as anyone in the sport, and as talented on the ball as anyone in the Premier League, Traore has been the literal driving force behind Wolves’ exceptional recent form.
If they can keep hold of him they may, someday, be as good as my FM20 Wolves team – which recently won the league and cup double.
“I love spinning your bonkers ideas into gold.”
Marco Rose’s tactical setup is a bit bonkers, but it’s been turned into gold at Borussia Monchengladbach this season.
Against all odds, Gladbach have counter-attacked their way to Champions League qualification.
“I struggle to believe you.”
On paper, the 4-0 win over Lecce is quite an impressive one. You may say it’s a return to form.
But (big, fat, stinking football cliche incoming) football isn’t played on paper.
If you watched Juve’s win over Lecce, you probably still have reservations over Maurizio Sarri’s side and know full well that, while they’re four points clear at the top of the table, it’s still all to play for in Serie A.
“Everybody needs to toughen up and get me resurrected before I really lose my s–t!”
Are Man Utd back?
If they win the FA Cup and sneak into the top four, they will definitely will be, if they don’t then their fans will definitely lose their s–t.
“I am young. My joints are supple.”
Ok, this Chelsea team is a lot better than we thought.
It’s so good in fact, that it’s already won a Premier League title…not for themselves…but still…it counts.
“I don’t need anybody but me to tell me that I’m an artist.”
Karim Benzema doesn’t need anybody to tell him that he’s currently the best player in the world, but we at DEPR are going to tell him he is anyways.
Benzema, mate, you’re the best player in the world at the moment. Keep up the good work buddy.
“I’m just like you but with a better personality.”
Here’s some stats to sink your teeth into:
– Atalanta have scored 10 goals in their three games since the restart. – They’ve scored 24 more goals than Juventus in Serie A this season. – They’ve scored 3+ goals in 17 different games this season. – They’ve won five games by a five-goal margin in 2019/20.
Atalanta are a lot like your favourite football but with a much, much, much better frontline.
“I mean, there’s something to be said for being part of a tradition that’s been going on for thousands of years.”
Bayern Munich lifting the Meisterschale at the end of the Bundesliga season is basically tradition at this point.
They’ve won it in each of the last eight seasons, and it’ll take some semblance of a miracle for them not to do it again next year.
“Can we wrap this up? I want to go clubbing.”
Winning your first league title in 30 years AND moving to the top of 90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings in the space of a week?! Surely it doesn’t get any better than that.
Liverpool fans, it’s time to celebrate – IT’S TIME TO GO CLUBBING.