Bayern Munich Defender Jerome Boateng Holding Out for PSG Move After Rejecting Man United

??Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng reportedly has his heart set on a move to Paris Saint-Germain after declining Jose Mourinho’s offer of a move to ?Manchester United, with the German waiting on the two clubs to agree a fee having already agreed personal terms. 

As reported by ?Le Parisien, Boateng, who is contracted to the ?Bundesliga champions until 2021, has allegedly been allowed to leave the Bavarians after the club grew tired of his disciplinary issues over the years. 


?Serie A giants ?Juventus were said to be keen on acquiring the former ?Manchester City man’s services, before a deal for Leonardo Bonucci materialised. 

Boateng is said to have told Manchester United boss Mourinho of his intentions not to continue his illustrious career at Old Trafford after Bayern’s recent friendly with United. 

A move to England looks unlikely, given the transfer window’s early closure this summer, with PSG the most likely destination for the 29-year-old. 

The Ligue 1 champions’ new boss, Thomas Tuchel, is very keen on acquiring the experienced German international and hopes to bring him to the Parc des Princes. 

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had placed a €60m price tag on Boateng, although he is now said to be willing to do business for a fee of around €45.

The club seem keen to offload the defender in the knowledge that his prime years are almost over, with this window seemingly the last real chance to command such a fee for the player. 

This news will come as somewhat of a blow to the Red Devils, who are desperately trying to add a central defender to their ranks before the deadline. 

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Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld are the two names said to be at the top of the club’s wish list, although any potential move or either of the pair will cost in excess of £50m. 


Spurs, Bayern & Juve Playmakers Among Three Possible Replacements for Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid

??Real Madrid have identified three midfielders who could replace Mateo Kovacic, with the Croatian on the brink of a loan move to ?Chelsea.

Chief among their targets is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen. ?The Mirror claims that Julen Lopetegui wants Eriksen to lead his midfield in the years ahead, but he may have to wait until January or next summer.

Two players who could be more immediate replacements for Kovacic are ?Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago and Miralem Pjanic of ?Juventus.

??AS claims that Thiago would like to be reunited with his former national team manager Lopetegui, who called him up to Spain’s World Cup squad before he was dramatically sacked on the eve of the tournament.

Former Barcelona man Thiago extended his contract with the German champions until 2021 last year but he is keen for a return to La Liga, and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has indicated that the club may allow midfielders to leave.

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“Right now we’re seeing whether any players want to leave. We have nine players [in midfield] and only three or four spots to go around,” he said.

Thiago is valued at 60m but Bayern’s eagerness to make James Rodriguez’s loan move permanent may help in facilitating a more easy transaction.

An alternative option is Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian international has had admirers in the Spanish capital since his Lyon days and would also be a good replacement for Kovacic.

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However, Real expect that Juventus will demand an asking price close to €80m for Pjanic. They are unlikely to pay that much, particularly as Eriksen is their preferred long-term option.


4 Athletic Bilbao Players Sold for Huge Fees as Chelsea Trigger €80m Kepa Buyout Clause

Athletic Bilbao are fairly unique within global football. The club uses only players from the Basque region of northern Spain/southern France and yet has consistently been one of Spain’s best clubs for more than a century.

They have produced numerous talented players over the years and are very strict when it comes to selling them, too.

In recent years, elite clubs buying Bilbao players have had little choice but to trigger full buyout clauses in order to get a deal done, with loyalty equally ensuring that their players never kick up a fuss and force the club to lower the price so they can leave.

Here’s a look at the four biggest Bilbao stars to have their buyout clauses triggered…

4. Ander Herrera – €36m

Joined Manchester United, June 2014

Manchester United originally tried to buy Ander Herrera in the summer of 2013 after he had been part of a Bilbao team that dumped them out of the Europa League two seasons earlier.

That initial attempt eventually descended into a farce when three Spanish lawyers claiming to be working on behalf of United tried to broker a deal. It later became apparent the Old Trafford club had no knowledge of these lawyers and hadn’t mobilised the law firm they usually use in Spain because they hadn’t reached an agreement with Bilbao.

A year later, United triggered Herrera’s buyout clause and the deal was done very quickly.

3. Javi Martinez – €40m

Joined Bayern Munich, August 2012

A teammate of Herrera in Bilbao’s 2011/12 Europa League run, Javi Martinez left the Basque club for big money when Bayern Munich triggered his €40m buyout clause.

That was an enormous figure at the time and represented a huge profit for Bilbao as the club had signed the defensive minded midfielder for only €6m from Osasuna six years earlier.

Martinez has won the Bundesliga title every year since he’s been in Germany, as well as also collecting a Champions League winner’s medal in his debut season.

2. Aymeric Laporte – €65m

Joined Manchester City, January 2018

Bilbao raised the buyout clause in the contract of French defender Aymeric Laporte on several occasions, with suitors watching it jump to €27.5m in 2013, €50m in 2015 and eventually as much as €65m in 2016.

Keen for defensive reinforcement with a longer term vision in mind, Manchester City opted to pay the buyout clause to release Laporte in January of last season.

The Frenchman struggled to nail down a permanent role in his maiden half season, but he looks as though he could become a regular in 2018/19.

1. Kepa Arrizabalaga – €80m

Joined Chelsea, August 2018

Kepa Arrizabalaga is rated as one of the top emerging goalkeepers in Europe and was of serious interest to Real Madrid before he signed his last Bilbao contract, but it was desperation that has seen Chelsea make him the most expensive in history.

The €80m fee surpasses the €75m that Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson Becker only last month, putting enormous pressure on Kepa immediatelely.

The 23-year-old was favoured by the Spanish public to take over from David de Gea as the national team number one during the World Cup.


Serge Gnabry Hoping to Emulate Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich

?Serge Gnabry has said he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery as he gets ready for his first season at German champions ?Bayern Munich.

Gnabry joined Bayern in June 2017 after the Bavarian club activated his €8m release clause from Werder Bremen, but spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim.

The 23-year-old former Arsenal man told the Bundesliga’s official website: “It would be a dream to have the same kind of career as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. I work hard on that every day.”

While the German-Ivorian winger has some way to go to match the combined 15 Bundesliga titles of his two illustrious teammates, he got himself off to a great start last season during his loan spell.

Gnabry found himself in inspired form, racking up 10 goals and five assists in just 22 league appearances – really coming into his own in the latter months of the league campaign, netting seven goals in seven games at one stage as Hoffenheim secured third place and Champions League qualification.

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Since returning to Bayern, Gnabry has found himself as a regular part of the first team during pre-season and impressed during the club’s U.S. tour.

The 23-year-old is also expected to be given plenty of opportunities by new boss Niko Kovac in the upcoming campaign.

He told the Bundesliga website: “We have 60 or so games coming up this season, so we’re going to need everyone.

“I really came on leaps and bounds in Hoffenheim, but I have to be out on the pitch to keep improving.”

Gnabry has collected himself some notable admirers too after his impressive displays for Hoffenheim.

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus – who won the Bundesliga seven times with Bayern – said: “Gnabry was one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding players in the second half of last season.

“And Kovac will not accept any sulking from Robben and Ribery. They both need to understand that at their age, breaks will be good for them.”

Gnabry is also keen to impress at Bayern in order to force his way back into the German national team setup.

He explained: “If there is a generational change to come, I’d like to be a part of it. I want to recommend myself to the national team with my performances for Bayern.”


Arturo Vidal Lands Dig at Former Club Bayern Munich After Completing Move to Barcelona

Arturo Vidal has landed a dig at former club ?Bayern Munich, claiming his move to Spanish giants ?Barcelona is ‘a big step up.’

?The 31-year-old recently signed for the La Liga and Copa del Rey winners for an estimated £27m, ending his three-year stay in Germany which saw him win three consecutive ?Bundesliga 

titles and a German Cup.


Despite his largely successful time in Bavaria, making 124 appearances for the club, the Chilean international suggested at his unveiling that he has moved to a bigger club that looks to match his ambitions.

As quoted by ?MARCA, he said: “I have come here to win everything. This is a big step up from Bayern Munich. I hope to make a contribution and help my teammates to win all the titles. We will prepare to exceed expectations with maximum confidence.”

Vidal has enjoyed a successful career to date at both club level and for his national team, having won domestic titles in both Italy for ?Juventus and Germany, while the midfielder has also won two Copa America titles for Chile, although his move to Barcelona represents his first experience of Spanish football.

Looking to endear himself to his new fans, Vidal has claimed to give his all for Barcelona in his usual all-action style, which he hopes will lead to the Catalan side winning trophies during his stay, having signed a three-year deal with the club. 

He continued, stating: “Very happy, I am very happy to get to Barcelona. For me, this is the best team in the world. I come hungry to win many important trophies, I hope we win each of them in these next three years. I am here to leave everything on the pitch.”