Spanish International Star ‘Wants Barcelona Return’ After Becoming Frustrated at Bayern Munich

?Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is unhappy with life in Germany and wants to return to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana).

The Spaniard left Camp Nou for ?Bayern in 2013, following Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena, but is believed to be keen on heading back.


Thiago’s father, Mazinho, has been speaking to Barca regarding a loan move to Celta Vigo for the player’s brother, Rafinha, per the report, and during the discussions indicated that his other son would like to return.

The player is said to have grown frustrated under Jupp Heynckes, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti last year.

Having come up through the ?Barca academy, the 26-year-old was touted as one of the club’s future legends, but the Catalan side surprisingly agreed to sell him to Bayern over four years ago, and he has continued his development, becoming one of the best central midfielders in Europe.

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Barca have struggled to maintain a formidable midfield since his departure and have seen the likes of Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Denis Suarez fail to impact their fortunes.

The arrival of Paulinho last summer, though, has proven an astounding success, while Ivan Rakitic has proven an immense addition since joining in 2014. The ageing Andres Iniesta is still a huge presence as well.

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Despite Thiago’s reported frustrations under Heynckes, it would be surprising if Bayern do decide to send him back to Barcelona, given his talent, plus the fact that the manager is only going to be around until the end of the season.


Jupp Heynckes Suggests Bayern Munich Will Not Sign Another Player in January

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has suggested that the club will not make another signing in the January transfer window.

The signing of striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim for €13m has been confirmed, but it appears he will be the only addition to the ?Bundesliga champions’ squad this month.

Heynckes has hinted that Bayern have concluded their business following the early acquisition of Wagner.

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“He is a type of player who has developed very positively in recent years and has become a national player. I think he can help us,” said the veteran coach – quoted by ?TZ. “Sandro is very welcome.”

Heynckes added that the forward was signed only due to the transfer holding ‘no risk at all’, and to provide some welcome backup for Robert Lewandowski.


But ?Bayern may still look to complete the signing of Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, as the transfer would not go through until the summer. The midfielder, who has been at the centre of reports linking him with a move to Bavaria, is out of contract in the summer.

Goretzka is expected to choose Bayern over a number of other interested parties, although it remains to be seen whether a deal will be agreed this month.

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Bayern’s players and staff are currently undertaking a training camp in Doha during their winter break, before they return to action with a trip to Bayer Leverkusen on January 12th. Heynckes, 72, has overseen a significant improvement since stepping in for the dismissed Carlo Ancelotti .


Jupp Heynckes Admits Bayern Still Face Competition From Spain for Goretzka Amid Rumours of Switch

?Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has admitted that he’s interested in signing Schalke’s star midfielder Leon Goreztka, who is out of contract at the end of the season. It is likely that his club will opt to sell him in the transfer window, so that they don’t run the risk of seeing the prodigious talent leave on a free transfer when his deal ends.

As reported by German outlet Sport Bild, Heynckes spoke over the future of the German international, claiming that he’s a big fan of the 22-year-old, but faces competition from Spain for his signature. The former Bayer Leverkusen boss said:

“He is a good player. I like him. We have to wait and see, his agent said the Spaniards are still in the race. We will see.”

Both fans of Chelsea and Liverpool will be watching the potential deal with great interest for different reasons. The Reds are keen to sign Goretzka themselves, with Jürgen Klopp eager to strengthen their side with the hardy midfielder. Chelsea hope the deal could make way for Bayern’s Arturo Vidal’s widely speculated move to Stamford Bridge coming to fruition.

Bayern went into the Bundesliga winter break top of the table, nine points clear of their nearest rivals Schalke. It is unclear whether Die Königsblauen would be willing to give their divisional challengers a boost in their bid to win the league, which should give Liverpool fans hope of wrestling Goretzka from Bayern’s grip.

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With summer signing Corentin Tolisso having a mixed start to his career with the Bavarian giants, Heynckes may well look to bring Goretzka in as a tried-and-tested Bundesliga player. The former Bochum youth player has scored six goals in his 12 senior appearances for Germany, and starred for his country in their victorious Confederations Cup 2017 campaign.

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Bayern are currently travelling to Qatar, where they will play their traditional winter break tie to keep their players sharp. The Bundesliga champions will face Qatar Stars League side Ahli SC, before returning to Germany for an away trip to fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen on the 12th January.


Bild Journalist Claims Juventus Winger Marko Pjaca Is Set for Schalke Loan Deal to Aid Recovery

?A German journalist has claimed that Juventus winger Marko Pjaca is set to make a January loan move to Bundesliga side Schalke. The Croatian striker joined Juventus at the start of the 2016/17 season, but hasn’t played since last March after picking up a horror cruciate ligament injury.

Posting on his Twitter page, Bild journalist Marc Siekmann claimed that the injury-plagued forward is close to a half-season loan to Germany, in a deal which wouldn’t include a clause allowing the club to purchase Pjaca at the end of the campaign. Siekmann’s statement translates as:

The signs that Marko #Pjaca moves to #Schalke intensify. Up to the summer without option to buy, our Italian contacts say lending. Final decision should come today”.

Juventus will be eager for Pjaca to get back to full fitness, but may be unwilling to risk fielding the player in Serie A when a more reliable option could be acquired. Goal have reported that Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has claimed that Schalke is the most likely destination for Pjaca to continue his recovery, despite interest from a number of top sides.

The 22-year-old was hotly tipped as one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe when he made the move from Dinamo Zagreb to Juventus in 2016, but his nightmare injury has seen promising career falter. Schalke are likely to provide more regular first team football than his current side, and will offer him an excellent opportunity to get back his best in a quality league.

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Meanwhile, Juventus are reportedly bracing themselves for an offer from Premier League giants Manchester United for their star forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentine ace is thought to be top of United boss José Mourinho’s January transfer window shopping list, as he looks to strengthen his forward line after injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovi?.

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The 2017/18 Serie A season has been a fascinating spectacle so far, with Juventus’ previously relentless grip on the division showing signs of weakening. Napoli currently lead the division by one point, with Juve sitting tightly behind them in second. The pair are starting to pull away into a two-horse race, but third place Inter and fourth place Roma will look to swiftly narrow the gap.


Bayern Munich Expected to Seal Signing of 16-Year-Old American Talent Taylor Booth

?Bayern Munich are expected to soon complete the signing of 16-year-old US Soccer prodigy Taylor Booth, a Utah-born player currently in the junior ranks at home-state club Real Salt Lake (RSL).

Washington Post reporter Steven Goff has declared that the move is ‘happening’ and is therefore only expected to be a matter of time before Booth joins ?Bayern’s youth team.

It would appear that Bayern have beaten RSL to the punch, with Goff earlier stating that the Major League Soccer franchise were looking to promote Booth from academy level.

Born in May 2001, Booth was the second youngest member of the United States squad at the Under-17 World Cup in India last year, helping the American team reach the quarter-finals where they lost to eventual champions England.

The teenager was an unused substitute during the group stage, but appeared from the bench in the Last 16 demolition of Paraguay and subsequently started the clash with England.


Booth, has previously captained his country at Under-16 level, was the only player from the state of Utah selected for the tournament.

“It’s always a thrill to have your hometown on the map. I take great pride in representing Utah. I have spent many, many hours kicking a soccer ball on soccer fields throughout the state of Utah, and I am proud that I get to call Utah home,” he told Deseret News in October 2017.

Early comparisons will be drawn with Julian Green, the Florida-born former Bayern winger who became the United States’ youngest ever World Cup goalscorer in 2014.

However, Green, who was born to a German mother, has lived almost his whole life in Germany, playing for two other German clubs before joining Bayern aged 15, and a more accurate comparison would be Borussia Dortmund’s capture of a 16-year-old Christian Pulisic in 2015.

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Bayern famously have previously had success plucking a youth talent straight from North America after bringing a 16-year-old Owen Hargreaves to Europe from Canada in the late 1990s. Hargreaves went on to win four ?Bundesliga titles, three German Cups and the Champions League before being sold to ?Manchester United for a healthy £17m in 2007.

“The most reoccurring question that I am asked is, ‘How did you get to this level?’ I tell people if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. I owe a lot to my coaches, my family, my fellow teammates and peers that have made me look better at times than maybe I deserved,” Booth further told Deseret News.

“My own mantra that I like to write when someone asks me to sign something, when they think I am a bigger deal than I am, is dream big and play even bigger.”