Bayern Munich Reportedly Passed on Chance to Sign English Starlet Jadon Sancho Before Dortmund Move

?Bayern Munich reportedly passed on the opportunity to sign Jadon Sancho from Manchester City before the English youngster signed for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho has enjoyed a breakout season for Dortmund thus far, scoring once and contributing six assists in just 214 minutes of Bundesliga action. His eye catching performances earned him a call up to Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, and it appears the speedy winger is on track to becoming one of the Bundesliga’s best players.

Borussia Dortmund v AS Monaco - UEFA Champions League

But it could’ve been all so different for the youngster, as according to SportBild (via, Bayern Munich were the first Bundesliga club interested in the winger. It’s understood that despite getting in touch with former Bayern manager Pep Guardiola to discuss Sancho, Bayern believed that the youngster was simply not worth the asking price.

Bayern’s loss was Dortmund’s gain though, and BVB are now reaping the rewards for taking a risk. Ironically, Bayern are now counting the cost of missing out on Sancho in more than one way. The reigning Bundesliga champions sit in sixth position after seven games, and are struggling to create enough chances, specifically from the wide areas.

There’s no telling whether Sancho would have propelled Bayern up the table in an alternate universe, but one thing’s for sure, it’s Dortmund’s future that looks considerably brighter with the winger in their ranks.


Barcelona Midfielder Arturo Vidal Handed €800,000 Fine for Involvement in 2017 Bar Fight

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has been fined €800,000 by a Munich court after being found guilty of assaulting another male during a nightclub fight in 2017.

That is according to The Mirror, who report that the player could have possibly faced a 10-year prison sentence but has escaped with a fine after hitting his victim over the head with a vodka bottle.

Vidal was fined based on 80 days worth of wages and it was determined that he makes €10,000 a day as part of his new Barcelona contract.

The Chilean moved from  Bayern Munich over the summer, joining the Catalan side on a three-year deal, but has since struggled for playing time. It has been quite a rough period for him, considering his recent reprimand by the club as a result of his social media activity.

The player and his half-brother were both found guilty of assaulting another male at the Munich’s Crown Club in September last year, with the brawl caught on camera.

The incident occurred after Bayern’s 4-0 win against Mainz. The player went to celebrate at Munich’s popular, annual Oktoberfest celebration, after which he continued the party in the VIP lounge of the aforementioned establishment.

Vidal’s father-in-law was also fined €35,267, while his younger brother, Sandrino, has also been handed a fine of €18,004.

The midfielder was not present at the hearing as he was playing for Chile against Mexico. But he has been ordered to pay in the fine in €10,000 instalments over 80 days.

Valencia CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Vidal was recently described as “lacking respect” by Barca sporting director Pep Segura after he vented over his lack of playing time via social media and has been urged to correct his behaviour by the club.


Krzysztof Piatek’s Agent Provides Update on Polish Star’s Future Amid Interest From European Giants

The agent of Genoa’s highly-rated striker Krzysztof Piatek has revealed that there have been no formal offers for the Polish international, despite heavily reported interest from several of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The striker has averaged more than a goal a game in Serie A with nine in seven matches, and scored four times in his side’s Coppa Italia fixture against Lecce this season.

Genoa CFC v Lecce - Coppa Italia

The goalscoring form has caught the attention of many of Europe’s leading clubs, including ?Premier League side ?Chelsea who have been heavily reliant on Belgian winger Eden Hazard for both goals and inspiration this season.

Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich ?have their eyes on him too as they seek a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski, and it has been suggested the Bavarian side’s president Uli Hoeness is a huge admirer of the Genoa and Polish international striker.

Napoli’s president meanwhile has also spoken about their interest in the player and Piatek himself has ?opened up on a potential move to Barcelona, though the striker was keen to distance himself from rumours linking him with an immediate move away from Genoa. 

Piatek’s agent Szymon Pacanowski echoed the striker’s sentiments by insisting that despite tentative talks, no official offer has been made for the forward.

Genoa CFC v Chievo Verona - Serie A

?Speaking to CalcioNapoli24, Pacanowski confirmed: “Many clubs have contacted us, but there has been no formal offer. Many clubs have contacted us over the last few weeks, but I won’t name them.

“However, there has been no formal offer from any club, including Napoli.”

Whilst Pacanowski acknowledged the interest the striker was attracting, he was to quick to insist that Piatek would be willing to stay for the foreseeable future at Genoa. 

He added: “His value has certainly risen over the three months in Serie A, but right now we are happy to remain at Genoa.”

It had been reported that Piatek is Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s first-choice transfer target when the January window opens, particularly with both ?Alvaro Morata and ?Olivier Giroud currently misfiring for the Blues.

After a relatively quiet window of incoming transfers at Stamford Bridge in the summer, Chelsea are being tipped for a much more active role when clubs are allowed to negotiate at the start of the new year.


6 Things Fans of Big Clubs Across Europe Need to Know About Rumoured Target Nicolas Pepe

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has been the subject of growing transfer speculation in recent weeks as he catches the eye of a number of clubs who could potentially prise him away.

With several of Europe’s elite sides among those apparent suitors, here’s a look at six things you need to know about this highly rated and extremely coveted emerging talent…

6. He’s Primarily a Right Winger

Although he has been known to operate through the middle as a central striker or ‘number 10’, Pepe primarily occupies a role on the right wing.

Standing at 6ft tall, it is there he is at his most dangerous, providing a direct threat either a goalscorer himself or laying on chances for others to finish.

5. He’s Still Inexperienced at Top Flight Level

Pepe is not the product of a prestigious academy and started his senior career at Poitiers in the amateur French lower leagues. From there, he moved onto Angers as a teenager and made his professional bow in Ligue 2 in 2014.

With Angers earning promotion in 2016, he only has two full seasons of top flight football under his belt, although it must be said that the 23-year-old made the step up look rather easy.  

4. He’s an Ivory Coast International

Although born in the suburbs of Paris, Pepe has represented Ivory Coast at international level since his first call up in 2016, receiving eligibility through his parents. Ironically, he actually made his debut in a friendly against birth nation France.

Pepe has appeared nine times for Les Elephants to date. He has also scored three goals, all of which have come in games played this calendar year.

He was named in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad and any club looking to sign him will have to make peace with the fact that he could be missing for several weeks in the middle of the season every other year for further AFCON tournaments in the future.

Bizarrely for a winger, Pepe usually wears the number two shirt for his country.

3. He’s Done More Than Neymar & Mbappe This Season

Pepe has enjoyed a blistering start to the Ligue 1 season with Lille. He was the standout player in a poor side that flirted with relegation in 2017/18, but now the team is singing from the same sheet and is currently second behind only reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Pepe himself has scored six goals and provided six assists in nine Ligue 1 games so far this campaign, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens.

His tally of 12 combined goals and assists is actually more than PSG superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (both 11), bought for a combined €400m, have managed in the same period.  

2. He’s Under Contract Until 2022

Pepe signed a long-term five-year deal when he joined Lille in 2017, which puts him under contract until the summer of 2022.

That means Lille are in a strong position to command a big fee should they wish to sell as the threat of losing him as a free agent is still barely visible on the horizon.  

1. He’s Been Linked With a LOT of Clubs Already

The other thing that will help Lille receive a handsome pay day is the potential for a bidding war if the reports of just how many clubs are taking an interest in Pepe are to be believed. 

Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the four most high profile clubs currently alleged to be keeping an eye on the player.

But Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested, along with Schalke, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Lyon. It has even been suggested that the latter two have already made offers, with La Real reportedly bidding €20m and Lyon apparently bidding €30m.  


Germany & Bayern Munich Keeper Manuel Neuer Brushes Off His Critics Following Tough Start to Season

?Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hit back at his critics after enduring a disappointing start to the season for club and country. 

In September 2017, Bayern Munich’s captain suffered an injury setback as he fractured his foot, leaving him sidelined until April after several delays in his recovery. 

Netherlands v Germany - UEFA Nations League A

Having only completed three Bundesliga matches and one Champions League fixture, Neuer was thrusted into Germany’s starting lineup for the World Cup. The 2014 World Cup winners subsequently crashed out of the tournament at the group stage and Neuer’s disappointing performances were criticised, with particular emphasis on his costly mistake against South Korea which led directly to a goal. 

However, despite receiving further criticism for his performance in Germany’s 3-0 loss to the Netherlands on Saturday, Neuer has expressed his satisfaction with how he’s been playing.

Speaking to Kicker, Neuer said: “I’m totally fit and have no problems. I feel good, also with respect to my foot. 

‘I’m in good form. Except for the situation with the 0-1, I was happy with my game, but recently it’s just been that I haven’t had a situation where I can shine.’

One of the Bayern Munich goalkeeper’s recent critics was German legend Lothar Matthäus, who said this to TZ: “Manuel Neuer does not currently have the form and confidence he had before his serious injury.”

Such is Neuer’s worrying form, there have been calls by the German supporters and media for Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc-André Ter Stegen, to start against France on Tuesday evening.

However, Germany manager Joachim Löw has since responded to these requests. “We want to be dynamic in our attack against France so there’ll be some changes but that won’t be the case with Manuel Neuer. He will be our man in goal tomorrow”, Löw said to the Daily Mail

All eyes will be on Neuer as Germany take on World Cup winners France in group A1 of the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday evening. Löw will be hoping his side can respond well to their 3-0 loss against the Netherlands and put in a more accomplished performance, as has become expected from Die Mannschaft