Currently enjoying a well deserved holiday following the Confederations Cup, Alexis Sánchez is not going to be a transfer target for German champions Bayern Munich, according to club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The Chilean has been linked with a number of rumours away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, following Arsenal’s failure to secure a top four finish last season. Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City were all believed to be favourable destinations for the Arsenal star, however, Bayern Munich will not be signing the attacker as there is no need for additions in Bavaria, according to Daily Starreports.
You was part of the team that missed out on champions league football so don’t you think you should stay and rectify it?! @Alexis_Sanchez
— The Peoples Champion (@TroopzAFC) July 16, 2017
Alexis recently spoke about his desire to play Champions League football, prompting a flurry of rumours with a number of different clubs across Europe. Manchester City are understood to be stepping up their interest in the Chilean as a result of these comments, despite Gunners boss Arsène Wenger remaining adamant Alexis won’t join the Sky Blues.
“The truth is that the decision doesn’t depend on me,” said Alexis. “I have made my decision, but now we wait for a response from Arsenal. It depends on them, I have to wait to know what they want.”
Bayern Munich’s CEO dismissed reports that the Bavarians would be entering the race to sign Alexis, having already completed the signing of Real Madrid star James Rodríguez.
“I do not know what he said, we are no longer involved,” Rummenigge said as Bayern prepare to meet Arsenal in pre-season this week. “We’ve agreed with the coach that there will be no more additions in attack. That makes no sense.”
Alexis future is a huge concern for Arsenal supporters this summer. Despite the impressive signing of French striker Alexandre Lacazette, losing their star Chilean would make the summer transfer window an unsuccessful one in the eyes of most Gunners fans.
Bayern Munich shocked the footballing world earlier this week by announcing the 2-year loan signing of Colombian star James Rodriguez.
The 26-year-old had a season to forget at the Bernabeu, as he was overlooked time and again by manager Zinedine Zidane. However, he now has the possibility of reigniting his promising career with Bayern and former boss Carlo Ancelotti offering a lifeline in the Bundesliga.
Now that James has been officially unveiled, he joins a number of talented South Americans to grace the Bundesliga.
Here’s a look at six of the best from the continent players to feature in Germany’s top flight over the years.
1. Claudio Pizarro
First up, it’s Peruvian forward, Claudio Pizarro. The striker has yo yoed between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich during his footballing career, stopping off for two seasons at Chelsea in between.
He is a heavily-decorated player, claiming six Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokal cups and one Champions League winners medal with Bayern alone.
His ability to score goals from anywhere is shown through his record, as he currently sits fifth in the all-time Bundesliga goal-scoring charts, netting 191 times. At 38, he’s played his final season for Bremen, scoring one goal in ten starts.
Brazilian centre-half Lucio makes the list, as he will be remembered by fans for his no nonsense, tough tackling style of play.
The former Bayern man had an illustrious career at the club, winning three Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles. Lucio also featured for Bayer Leverkusen for three years, playing 92 times over three seasons – including being part of the team who lost to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final.
Lucio did however go onto win the competition for Internazionale, as they beat his former club Bayern 2-0 to complete a historic treble.
The 39-year-old now plays in the Indian Super-League for FC Goa, however his 236 Bundesliga appearances were arguably the best of his career.
3. Ze Roberto
Famed for his drastic and ever-changing haircuts, Ze Roberto is another Brazilian who spent over a decade in Germany’s top flight for Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV.
The 43-year-old has made more Bundesliga appearances than any other Brazilian, taking to the field 386 times. Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern, although it was during his time at Real Madrid where he lifted the Champions League.
The quick, hard working man was a versatile asset to each side he represented, as he was able to play on the left-hand side of defence, as well as across midfield. His calm play on the ball meant that he could slow play down, but he was also able to start attacks quickly with precise passing.
He currently plays for Palmeiras, where he has a contract until the end of 2017.
4. Lucas Barrios
Lucas Barrios had a fairly short Bundesliga career compared to the rest on this list, but he made a huge impact on Borussia Dortmund’s history.
The Paraguayan forward joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2009 for £4.2m – a deal that now looks like pennies thanks to his contribution. In his first season for the club, Barrios finished third top goalscorer, netting 19 times in 33 games.
The following season, he helped the club win their first Bundesliga title for nine years, scoring 16 goals along the way. However, a drop in form affected him during the 2011/12 season, with Robert Lewandowski taking his starting place up front.
The club went on to win consecutive league titles, but barrios was sold to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. He was a tricky, athletic forward who caused defenders nightmares, and his goalscoring abilities put Dortmund back at the top of German football for a couple of years.
5. Giovane Elber
Giovane Elber holds the title of the highest-scoring Brazilian in Bundesliga history, netting 92 times for both VfB Stuttgart and Bayern.
The prolific forward played a pivotal part in Bayern’s dominance during the late 1990s and early 2000s, as he lifted the Bundesliga trophy four times and the DFB-Pokal cup three times. Elber was also part of the Bayern team who claimed the Champions League trophy in 2001, beating Valencia on 5-4 on penalties.
After spending two years at Lyon, Elber returned to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, although he only featured four times for the club. Elber will be remembered for his all-round ability, especially the way he dribbled past players with ease.
6. Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal has become somewhat of a cult hero at the club, after featuring 57 times in two years. The tough-tackling Chilean joined Bayern from Juventus, and has since gone on to win two consecutive titles. In fact, Vidal has won the league for both Juventus and Bayern for the past six years, making him a born and proven winner.
Vidal versatility makes him an invaluable asset to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, with his desire to win evident in every match. The 30-year-old had previous Bundesliga experience before Bayern, as he played 117 times for Bayer Leverkusen over four years. Vidal takes the title for most Bundesliga appearances for a Chilean, and Bayern fans will be hoping he adds many more to his already high number.
AC Milan have made a big offer to take Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches on a two-year loan after a hugely disappointing debut season with the German champions.
The Portuguese prodigy arrived in Bavaria from Benfica for an initial €35m fee – which could rise to €80m due to several clauses – but he failed to leave his mark on Carlo Ancelotti’s side, featuring 25 times and failing to score or record an assist on one occasion.
Now, according to Record newspaper, per Football Italia, Milan have made an offer to end his Munich nightmare, bidding to take him on a two-year loan for €7m with an option to buy the 19-year-old for €47m in 2019.
However, a move to the Italian would likely not bring Sanches his dream of regular first-team football after Milan’s enormous summer spending spree.
The club have already announced the signings of Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu, while Lazio’s Lucas Biglia is also expected to arrive, with all three likely to fill the positions in Vincenzo Montella’s midfield trio.
But, given Bayern Munich’s investment in midfield so far this summer, Sanches would probably be best served moving to Milan.
The Bavarian club have already added Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy and Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, while James Rodriguez has also arrived in a more attacking role.
All three arrivals simply push Sanches further towards the peripheries of the squad and this summer, his prerogative must be finding a new home, even if it is just on a season-long loan.
Former Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer believes that the club have underperformed this season after failing to fill his position after leaving Bavaria last summer.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder joined Bayern in 2012 and saw four Bundesliga titles lifted during his tenure, including the club’s treble in 2013.
In an interview with Bild, Sammer identified a week in April where the Bundesliga giants saw their dreams of winning the treble under Carlo Ancelotti fade away, after defeat to Real Madrid and German rivals Dortmund in the Champions League and DFB Cup respectively.
??“I think it’s a very important position for the club, that’s why Bayern strive to fill it well. You need someone that connects players, staff, coaches and the board. This makes the club stronger,” Sammer told.
“Bayern dominated Real Madrid for long periods, but suddenly lost their unity and with that their stability too,” he continued.
“This happened in exactly the same fashion in the second half against Dortmund in the DFB Pokal semifinal. It is not a coincidence this happened — in certain phases; the team didn’t look stable or united.
??“Bayern has to question itself. In their daily routine, it can be helpful for players and a coach to have someone there to give little tips. There’s prevention techniques in medicine and you have them too in the mental side of the game. At the top level, many things must be spotted early and nipped in the bud. You have to observe them on a daily basis.”
Philipp Lahm, who announced his retirement from football this summer, had been linked with the vacancy at Bayern leading into the new season. The defender decided to turn down the offer because he feared club president Uli Hoeneß would not be prepared to hand over significant control in the organisation of team affairs within Bayern.
“Of course, it is important to clarify in advance, who is responsible for what and who is accountable to whom. But why is that suddenly more important than the job itself?” Sammer said about Lahm’s decision to turn down the opportunity.
“Philipp would have been a great solution due to his identification with the club.”
?Bayern Munich’s former sporting director Matthias Sammer has claimed that the German giants would have performed significantly better last season, if the club had filled the vacant position left by him last summer.
Sammer joined Bayern in 2012 but departed the club in 2016 due to ill health, and he has now claimed that the club’s on the field failings in the Champions League and the DFB Pokal might have been avoided had a sporting director been in place.
Despite enjoying a more than successful season by most teams’ standards, Bayern’s hopes of a historic treble were dashed within eight days in April, when they were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, and the DFB Pokal in the semi-final.
According to Sammer, this situation may have been avoided with the presence of a sporting director.
He told ?Sport Bild: “I think it’s a very important position for the club, that’s why Bayern strive to fill it well. You need someone that connects players, staff, coaches and the board. This makes the club stronger.
We desperately need a sports director
— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) July 14, 2017
“Bayern dominated Real Madrid for long periods, but suddenly lost their unity and with that their stability too.
He added: “This happened in exactly the same fashion in the second half against Dortmund in the DFB Pokal semifinal. It is not a coincidence this happened – in certain phases; the team didn’t look stable or united.
Sammer noted that a sporting director’s role in connecting all facets of the club on a day to day basis can be crucial in helping to achieve success.
“Bayern has to question itself. In their daily routine, it can be helpful for players and a coach to have someone there to give little tips. There’s prevention techniques in medicine and you have them too in the mental side of the game.
“At the top level, many things must be spotted early and nipped in the bud. You have to observe them on a daily basis.
“Sometimes the kit man has a problem with the physio or the doctor with the coaching staff. That’s everyday life at a football club. However, there has to be someone who takes care of these problems in the interest of the club and success.
“In everyday life at a football club, you sometimes let slip a few percent because only 11 players are happy and the other 13 or 14 are not.”