Gareth Bale’s Agent Provides Update on Forward’s Rumoured Move to Bayern Munich

Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has moved to rubbish rumours that Bayern Munich have made an approach to sign the Real Madrid star on loan. 

Bale, who has been on international duty with Wales in recent times – losing to both Croatia and Hungary in their third and fourth qualifying games for Euro 2020 – has been expected to leave Real Madrid for some time after a breakdown in relations.

Gareth Bale

However, his inordinately high salary makes any sale incredibly difficult to complete, and the player has made it abundantly clear that he is willing to see out the remaining three years on his contract should his financial demands not be met elsewhere. 

Zinedine Zidane is keen to get him off the books in order to continue the rebuild, following the captures of Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy for a combined €350m, and Bayern were seen as one of the best-placed suitors. 

Indeed, some reports had even claimed that the Bavarians were willing to match Bale’s salary, which, as was recently revealed, places him 79th in the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world, in order to offset the losses of veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

However, according to ESPN, the Welshman’s agent has dismissed such rumours of a Bayern swoop as ‘rubbish’, insisting his client remains committed to the Real cause as it stands.

This is in line with the comments Barnett made last month in response to claims over a summer exit. Back then, he explained: “Gareth is fine. He is still a Real player with three years left on his contract. He has always been clear about that. And if he is picked he will play.”

“You would have to ask Mr. Zidane what he wants to do. But Gareth will keep trying.”

It is understood that Manchester United, who have been chasing the winger ever since he left Tottenham for the Santiago Bernabeu, rejected the chance to enter into talks with Bale, opting instead to focus on younger talent.


Ralf Rangnick Reveals There Have Been ‘No Offers’ for Timo Werner Amid Liverpool & Bayern Interest

?Former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick, who is set to become Red Bull’s head of sport and development, has claimed that there have been no offers for Timo Werner and urged him to remain at the club beyond the end of his current contract, which expires in 2020. 

Werner, who joined Die Roten Bullen from Stuttgart back in 2016, scored 19 goals and made 10 assists in 37 total appearances last season as he helped Leipzig qualify for the Champions League.

Timo Werner

His performances have led to interest from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, with Werner himself reportedly reluctant to extend his contract at Leipzig.

However Rangnick has revealed that the club are yet to receive any offers for the young German international.

“Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract,” he said in an interview with Kicker.

“So far no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo or want to sign him. It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out, which would be a shame because since he has joined he has become a crowd pleaser.

“My opinion is that Timo fits best here, also in terms of style of play.

“If I were his advisor or father, I would clearly advise him to stay and extend his contract.”

Timo Werner

Rangnick is under no impression that Werner will remain at Leipzig for the remainder of his career, indicating that if a big club were to come in for the youngster he would not stand in his way.

“When a really big club comes in for him and he wants to leave, he can still do that,” he added.


Africa Cup of Nations: 9 Youngsters & Potential Transfer Targets to Keep an Eye on at the Tournament

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway on June 21, as the continent’s finest square off in Egypt.

It’s the perfect opportunity for players everywhere to make a name for themselves, or to enhance their already glowing reputations.

Here’s a look at nine of the finest youngsters and potential transfer targets to keep an eye on this summer.

Andre Onana


One of the many youngsters who excelled during Ajax’s surprise run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19, Andre Onana has proven himself to be one of the most talented young goalkeepers in world football.

The 23-year-old’s remarkable reactions, tidy footwork and towering frame have made him a potential target for ?Manchester United, who will no doubt be keeping a close eye on his progress for Cameroon this month.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

?Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was voted as the best defender in Serie A and a case could even be put forward to suggest that he’s now one of the best centre-backs in world football. Of course, that means everyone wants a piece of the Senegalese centre-back this summer. 

At times he’s almost single-handedly dragged I Partenopei to victory over the past few seasons, with his proactive defensive work being matched by his willingness to drive beyond an opposition midfield. United, Paris Saint-Germain and ?Juventus have all been linked with an approach for the 27-year-old, but his future remains very uncertain.

Moussa Wague

Moussa Wague

It has already been confirmed that 20-year-old right-back Moussa Wague will be making the step up to ?Barcelona’s first team next season, so he will be one to keep tabs on this summer – especially as Senegal are expected to go deep into the tournament.

Wague has made three appearances for the Blaugrana in La Liga after impressing for their ‘B’ team and Ernesto Valverde views him as a potential replacement for Nelson Semedo, has hasn’t been totally convincing during his time at the club.

Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi’s season came to a premature end when he suffered a metatarsal fracture in March, but he has returned to full fitness and will be ready to represent Morocco in Egypt.

The ?Real Madrid man, who is currently on loan at ?Borussia Dormtund on a two-year deal, was in stellar form during the 2018/19 campaign and his dexterity meant that he was equally comfortable playing on both flanks. He’s still just 20 years old, but he is certainly one of Morocco’s most influential players – let’s just hope he hasn’t rushed back from injury too quickly.

Thomas Partey

Thomas Teye Partey

?Atletico Madrid are undergoing a huge squad overhaul this summer, but they would do well to hold on to Ghanaian Thomas Partey, who has garnered a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in La Liga over the past few seasons.

Manchester United, ?Arsenal and ?Inter have all been cited as potential candidates to sign the 26-year-old, who possesses the sort of skill set most midfielders who would be invariably envious of. He’s a commanding physical presence, recycles possession efficiently and is lethal from distance, making him an asset for anyone willing to fork out a huge sum to snap him up.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Another member of that supremely talented Ajax side, Ziyech currently has the world at his feet and plenty of potential suitors who are looking to whisk him away from the Netherlands this summer.

Arsenal and ?Liverpool are amongst the interested parties and his relatively low valuation of €35m makes him a very attractive prospect – especially when you compare it to the 21 goals and 24 assists he was able to register in 2018/19.

Samuel Chukwueze


20-year-old Samuel Chukwueze had plenty of hype surrounding him when he joined Villarreal and he demonstrated exactly why in 2018/19, enjoying a breakout season for the Yellow Submarine – earning him a well deserved call up for Nigeria.

Liverpool have been keeping tabs on the young winger – who found the back of the net eight times last season – and will no doubt be interested to see how he performs on the international stage. Villarreal endured a difficult campaign and with no European football on offer next season, he could certainly be on the move.

Ismaila Sarr


Rennes have been able to nurture some excellent talents over the past few years – including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele – and the latest hot prospect strutting his stuff for the Ligue 1 outfit is Senegalese winger Ismaila Sarr.

Sarr was in fine form during 2018/19, especially during Rennes’ impressive Europa League run, which has attracted interest from Arsenal and in more recent weeks, ?Leicester and ?Watford. He’ll play a starring role for Senegal – as he did in the World Cup last year – so expect plenty of goals and assists from the 21-year-old. 

Nicolas Pepe


If you support any of the top sides in Europe, then you have probably heard about Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, who exploded onto the scene with some incredible performances in France.

The Ivorian can play anywhere across a forward line and is very proficient in front of goal, with Kylian Mbappe being the only player to outscore him in France. ?Bayern Munich, Liverpool and United all have their sights set on the 24-year-old, but he won’t come cheap as Lille are looking for at least €60m.


Borussia Dortmund to Use Mats Hummels as Make-Shift Forward if World Cup Winner Re-Joins Club

Mats Hummels will be used in a ‘double-role’ if he completes a move back to Borussia Dortmund this summer, meaning the 30-year-old will be played both as a striker and a centre-back.

The German international joined rivals Bayern Munich in 2016 for a fee of around €35m, though he found himself out of the team for large periods last season due to the emergence of Niklas Sule. That has seen Hummels linked with a switch away from Bavaria, with Die Schwarzgelben amongst the sides rumoured to be in for him.

?Bild report that a €20m offer from Dortmund should be enough to prise him away from the Allianz Stadium, a transfer that would see him occasionally deployed further upfield.

Mats Hummels,Serge Gnabry,Christian Fruechtl

The ?Bundesliga runners-up were believed to be scouring the market for a new forward to bolster their attacking options, as well as a centre-back to help bring stability and reliability to the backline.

However, they may be able to kill two birds with one stone by bringing Hummels back to Signal Iduna Park, with the World Cup winner capable of playing as an auxiliary striker given his power and presence in the box.

He clearly knows how to find the net having scored 25 goals in 309 appearances for ?Dortmund, a respectable strike rate for a defender. Hummels would certainly give opponents something to think about if he were allowed to lurk in the danger area, posing a different threat to that of Marco Reus or Paco Alcacer.

So, how likely are we to see the colossal German spearheading BVB attacks? Well, ?multiple reports say a deal is all but done, with Hummels taking a €2m-a-year wage-cut to ensure the transfer goes through smoothly.

Raphael Guerreiro

Another welcome bonus is that the ?Bayern man provides vast amounts of experience and leadership qualities on top of his positional flexibility, which are essential for helping a youthful Yellow and Blacks squad continue its development.

The side suffered a devastating collapse as the title race neared its conclusion last term, allowing a nine-point lead to slip as Die Roten secured a seventh league triumph in a row. Had Hummels been there to steady the ship and keep everyone focused, they may well have been celebrating instead of Munich.


8 Defenders Barcelona, PSG & Man Utd Should Consider Instead of Matthijs de Ligt

There are two kind of people in this world: those who want Matthijs de Ligt, and liars.

The Ajax wonderkid is being chased by the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and he will almost certainly command an astronomical transfer fee. Only one side can sign him, but those who miss out should not get too down. There are plenty of other exciting defenders to take a look at. 

Here are eight centre-backs who should be on everyone’s wish list this summer.

Ibrahima Konate

Ibrahima Konate

Club: RB Leipzig

Age: 20

It’s testament to France’s youth development that there are plenty of young players who can be described as the future of French football, but Ibrahima Konate is a cut above most.

The RB Leipzig starlet can truly do it all. His huge frame gives him a major advantage in aerial battles, but he also boasts the kind of agility that makes him a nightmare to play against. On the ball, he is a composed dribbler, and his passing has looked incredibly promising at times.

?Arsenal have already been heavily linked with Konate, but there will be plenty of other elite sides who are taking notice of the Frenchman. 

Dayot Upamecano

Dayot Upamecano

Club: RB Leipzig

Age: 20

Whoever has been in charge of RB Leipzig’s recruitment in recent years deserves a medal, their own TV show and a statue in Leipzig city centre.

Shortly before Konate arrived, ?Dayot Upamecano made his way to the club. Like his teammate, Upamecano is the perfect embodiment of a modern centre-back. He uses his speed and power to dominate opponents and loves to burst into midfield with the ball at his feet, often helping his side move forward and break down stubborn opponents.

He previously told ?UEFA that he looks up to ?Real Madrid star ?Raphael Varane, and comparisons between the two are clear to see. Can somebody please sign at least one of Konate or Upamecano, before Leipzig boast the most dominant defensive line of all time?

Malang Sarr

Club: OGC Nice

Age: 20?

Malang Sarr is just 20 years old, but he already has 99 appearances for OGC Nice under his belt. Since his breakthrough in 2017, Sarr’s development has been accelerated and there is a real belief that he could be yet another future French star.

Sarr’s decision-making is incredible, and he can often be seen pushing up into the opponents’ half to put pressure on a midfielder. Further back, he is comfortable drifting out into wider positions to track tricky wingers, and he boasts the passing skills to set his side off on a quick counter attack once he recovers possession.

He is by no means the finished product, but his sky-high potential is clear to see. He would be far cheaper than De Ligt, but could blossom into everything you’d expect the Dutchman to be.

Peru Nolaskoain

Peru Nolaskoain

Club: Athletic Bilbao

Age: 20?

Athletic Bilbao have plenty of exciting youngsters in their ranks, but Peru Nolaskoain is one of the brightest stars. A midfielder by trade, the Spaniard has recently proven his ability in defence, and many teams will certainly have taken notice.

Another of those who can do a bit of everything, Nolaskoain’s experience as a midfielder has helped improve his passing, whilst his defensive ability is also incredibly impressive. There’s not a lot that Nolaskoain can’t do.

Despite impressing for the senior team last season, minutes have been hard to come by for Nolaskoain, and a chance to perfect his craft elsewhere could be an intriguing proposition for the youngster.

Luiz Felipe

Luiz Felipe ramos March

Club: Lazio?

Age: 22

Injuries tried their hardest to derail Luiz Felipe’s development last season, but the 22-year-old stayed strong and enjoyed another impressive campaign.

Italy have fought to win his international allegiance from Brazil, and it’s easy to see why. He is a born leader, rarely shying away from barking orders at his senior teammates. His vision on the pitch is astounding, and he always seems to be able to sniff out danger before most.

?Tottenham Hotspur have chased him in recent years, but they will certainly not be alone in their admiration of Felipe. 

Jonathan Tah

Jonathan Tah

Club: Bayer Leverkusen?

Age: 23

One of the biggest positives about signing De Ligt is the fact that he could waltz straight into the first team and keep his place there for the next ten years. The same can be said for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah.

The 23-year-old is already one of Germany’s top defenders, using his stunning blend of speed and power to dominate opponents. His tackling and positioning is fantastic, and history has shown us that Tah has plenty more years before he is even supposed to reach his peak, which is a frightening concept.

He’s only going to get better, and his price tag is only going to increase. It’s time for interested sides to act, before they end up ruing their missed opportunity.

Mario Hermoso

Mario Hermoso

Club: Espanyol

Age: 23?

The likes of Arsenal, ?Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have been in pursuit of Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso in recent months, which is evidence of just how impressive the 23-year-old has been.

An excellent tackler, Hermoso’s most intriguing attribute is certainly his long passing. Regardless of where his teammates are on the field, Hermoso knows he can find them, which adds an exciting dynamic to his side’s play.

Being discarded by Los Blancos as a youngster has clearly not impacted his quality, as Hermoso plays as if he truly believes he is one of the finest young defenders around. In his defence, he’s not wrong.

Jason Denayer

Jason Denayer

Club: Lyon

Age: 23?

Jason Denayer was tipped for big things as part of ?Manchester City’s academy, but always seemed to be a step short from making it at the top level. Since his permanent switch to Lyon last summer, he has taken that step.

The Belgian has blossomed into an incredibly disciplined defender who is comfortable leading a top side. Another of those with imposing speed and power, Denayer has been a dominant aerial force for years, whilst his passing ability is one of the things which tempted City to sign him back in 2013.

Everything with Denayer is done at a high tempo, as he plays the ball out of defence with urgency in an attempt to score goals. He still has plenty of time to improve, but he is already good enough to make it a the highest level.