David Alaba Escapes Ligament Damage Following Heavy Challenge During Bayern Super Cup Win

David Alaba has escaped what was suspected knee ligament damage during ?Bayern Munich’s 5-0 German Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, with the club confirming on Monday he suffered only heavy bruising. 

The Bavarians started their campaign in the best possible style, with a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick and a goal from Kingsley Coman putting the reigning league champions out of sight, before the Austria international tangled with Danny da Costa and was subsequently forced off the pitch following lengthy treatment. 

After the victory, there were concerns that the defender’s injury would see him sidelined for around six weeks – with it thought ligament damage was the most likely diagnosis. 

However, in a statement released on Bayern’s ?official website, the club ruled out such an injury and revealed Alaba had sustained only heavy bruising. 

“David Alaba has suffered a severe contusion of the left knee joint on Sunday evening in the Supercup victory of FC Bayern in DFB Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt,” the statement read. “A ligament injury could be excluded.

“The joint is now immobilised and checked and treated daily by the medical department of the German record champions. 

“When Alaba can start again in the training operation, should be decided depending on the healing process from day to day.”

Despite no specific date labelled as to when Alaba will begin training again, it is thought the Austrian will be unavailable for a matter of days rather than the aforementioned six weeks speculated. 

Whether the Allianz Arena favourite will return ahead of Bayern’s first ?Bundesliga outing against Hoffenheim, however, remains to be seen – with both a friendly against Hamburg and the first round of the DFB-Pokal scheduled before their league curtain-raiser on August 24. 


Jerome Boateng Set to Join PSG Despite FFP Barriers as Nico Kovac Prepares to Let Defender Leave

??Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng looks set to complete a move to PSG in the coming days, with a deal worth around €50m close to being agreed between the two parties.

According to ?Abendzeitung, the German centre back, who reportedly snubbed ?Manchester United earlier in the transfer window, is set to move to the French champions, with the deal seemingly hinging on Bayern completing a move for French World Cup winning defender Benjamin Pavard.


The report suggests that the player has agreed terms with the French club, stating that ‘only an agreement between Bayern and PSG has to be reached’ before the move can be made official.

It also claims that Bayern manager Nico Kovac is prepared to let the player leave, despite his public comments that he expects all his players to be at the club at the end of the transfer window, and that Boateng remains in his plans for the German Supercup fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt.

A tweet from Sky Germany reporter ?Torben Hoffman, however, suggests that the deal might not be as open and shut as reported, with PSG seemingly holding the deal up due to their inability to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.

Translated, the tweet reads:

“The agreement between PSG and Bayern Munich is not as clear as described. According to our information, PSG are not willing and currently not able to pay €50m due to FFP.”

Similar reports have done the rounds in the past, however, and PSG usually seem to find a way around the rules.


They were unable to meet Monaco’s €135m asking price for Kylian Mbappe last summer, having already spent a world record £200m on Neymar, but were able to bring him in on an initial loan with an obligation to buy at the end of it. With this in mind, PSG will remain positive about getting the deal over the line.


Bayern Munich Join French Duo in Chase for Barcelona Midfielder After Impressive World Cup

Bundesliga giants ??Bayern Munich have emerged as the most recent club to register interest in signing ?Barcelona’s star playmaker Ivan Rakitic, according to reports. 

Earli?er? claims reported that the Croatian star has been the subject of increased interest from Ligue 1 duo Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco after an impressive World Cup campaign with Croatia – making his €125m release clause more enticing by the day. Or at least, as enticing as paying €125m for a 30-year-old whose name isn’t Messi or Ronaldo can be (that is, still not very

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Fresh reports from ?Mundo Deportivo, however, have now seen Bayern enter the fray by making their intent to sign the 30-year-old known having placed a ‘spectacular’ contract offer on the table. 

The Bavarian giants’ interest comes off the back of two ‘astronomical offers’ from the pair of financial powerhouses in France’s top flight, where they hope the lure of working alongside a former Croatian international in manager Niko Kovac will make them the front runners. 

Kovac is understood to be convinced on how Rakitic can contribute to Bayern in the middle of the park and is eager to go all out to lure him to the Allianz Arena this summer. 

However, while the 30-year-old has caught the eye following his World Cup displays, he has yet to express a desire to end his four-year association with Barcelona – where he has a contract until 2021. 

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All three sides in the mix have the financial capabilities to meet the demands of both Barcelona and Rakitic, but it remains to be seen whether the Blaugrana would even consider parting with one of their key men with the season opener moving ever closer.

In other news,  Barcelona have named the four players who will lead the team next season, with ?Lionel Messi inheriting the armband from Andres Iniesta, with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto his deputies. 


Real Madrid ‘Agree Terms’ With Bayern Munich Star as Julen Lopetegui Looks for Kovacic Upgrade

?Real Madrid ?have reached an agreement with ?Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcántara as a replacement for Mateo Kovavic, who joined Chelsea on loan this week, with only a final fee needing to be agreed with the German outfit. 

Thiago has been widely expected to leave the Allianz Arena this summer as he searches for a new challenge after five seasons with the Bavarian giants, and Real’s new boss Julen Lopetegui is said to rate the 27-year-old highly following their time together for the Spanish national team. 

According to Spanish radio station ?Onda Cero, the Spanish giants have agreed personal terms with the midfielder and Bayern are said to be willing to negotiate his exit for a fee which is expected to be between £36m and £45m – due him to having three years remaining on his contract.

The two clubs are understood to be on good terms over transfers, despite Real’s interest in recalling James Rodriguez and acquiring Robert Lewandowski this summer.

Bayern’s new boss Niko Kovac views Thiago as a player who can be moved on, with a return to his homeland on the cards. 

The 27-year-old spent his early career with Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona and despite being ?linked with a return to his former stomping ground, a move to the Bernabeu appears more likely after the Blaugrana recently signed his Bayern teammate Arturo Vidal. 

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It remains to be seen whether Thiago would in fact join a rival club, but his versatility makes him an attractive proposition for Lopetegui as he looks to stamp his mark on the reigning European Cup holders after replacing Zinedine Zidane over the summer. 

The pair are well versed with each others style having risen through Spain’s national ranks together from the Under-21 European triumph in 2013 all the way to the senior level. 


Journalist Suggests Most Likely Destination for Liverpool Target Christian Pulisic

Liverpool target Christian Pulisic’s future has had some light shone on his future by journalist Duncan Castles as the transfer deadline nears for English clubs. 

Castles offered an insight into a potential suitor for the highly rated playmaker, who has been linked to the Merseyside club in this window. Both Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Chelsea have both shown interest, however, Castles believes ?Bayern Munich might have the edge due to the transfer deadline. 

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With the deadline for English clubs being up at 5 pm on Thursday, time is against any Premier League club looking to capture the signature of Pulisic, one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

German teams have until August 31 to complete any transfer business and with the Bavarian club already having the power to snap up their domestic rivals’ best talents, Pulisic may already be a lost cause for Liverpool.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast (via the ?Daily Star) Castles said: “We could see a transfer in this window. He’s a player who is of interest to all the top clubs in England.

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“He’s a very skillful, precocious talent at 19 years of age – he’s been a key player in Borussia Dortmund’s team for two seasons.

“And he also comes with this status of being the biggest name in the American game. Liverpool have bid for the player several years ago to try and get him at a low price.

“I think they are not going to bid this summer.

“Chelsea have had a long hard look at him as a potential replacement, where Hazard or Willian to leave.

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“He’s one of the players they have been examining. But I think the most likely destination for him as things stand is Bayern Munich. One of the reasons Arturo Vidal was sold was to raise revenue to enable the purchase of Pulisic. 

“Bayern have been working on a deal in the background for a long time. He only has two years left on his contract. Dortmund know they are going to lose the player, he won’t sign a new contract.”