Report Claims Bayern Munich Star Wants ‘Dream’ Move to Liverpool This Summer

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso has opened up about a ‘dream’ move to ?Liverpool.
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?The Frenchman ?moved to Munich in the summer of 2017 for a Bundesliga record fee of €41.5m, and enjoyed a very successful debut season with Bayern. He scored six goals and assisted four times in 26 Bundesliga appearances, whilst also managing three goals and two assists in eight Champions League appearances.

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His impressive performances earned him a call up to Didier Deschamps’ French World Cup squad, with Tolisso completing 78 minutes in France’s 2-1 win over Australia in their opening game of the tournament.
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?The 23-year-old has made a very promising start to his career, however he may be set to leave Bayern after just one season. According to ?calcioinsider.com, a source close to the player has revealed that Tolisso’s dream is to play for Liverpool, saying: “Tolisso wants Premier League (move) and dream (is) Liverpool.”

This claim is supported by an interview Tolisso had with ?Onze Mondial in December last year, where he admitted his admiration of former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard. He said: “I like the long game, the passes between two opponents, the passes behind the defence. It’s beautiful stuff too I think.

?”I’m not going to say that because otherwise people will say ‘he compared to Gerrard’ but I like the passes that Gerrard made. Steven Gerrard is someone who knew how to do everything. He could score, defend. You could see him everywhere.”

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With both Fabinho and Naby Keita set to arrive at Anfield imminently, many believe Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to sign another central midfielder, although if the opportunity presented itself, it would be hard to turn down a player of Tolisso’s quality.

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Bayern Munich Name Asking Price for Barcelona Target Thiago Alcantara as Exit Rumours Persist

Bayern Munich will demand €70m for in-demand midfielder Thiago Alcântara after the Spaniard emerged as a top target for his former club Barcelona, according to reports.

The 27-year-old among a handful of players who Bayern chiefs Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are willing to offload ahead of the new season, with Jérôme Boateng and Arturo Vidal also tipped for an exit this summer.

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A report from Spanish outlet Marca claims that Barcelona’s failure to land Atlético Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has pushed Thiago to the top of the club’s transfer wishlist.

The Catalan giants are convinced that the midfielder can be convinced of a return to the Camp Nou this summer, but with a contract in Bavaria until 2021 the decision will be firmly down to the decision makers at Bayern Munich.

The Italy-born playmaker has spent five years away from Barcelona, with his £20m exit from the club linked to a lack of first team opportunities during the club’s most recent golden era.

Thiago, the brother of Inter loanee Rafinha and cousin of international teammate Rodrigo, has gone on to make 153 appearances for Bayern Munich across all competitions, scoring 25 goals and claiming 27 assists.

The 27-year-old has also lifted five Bundesliga titles during his time in Bavaria, as well as two German Cups and Supercups.

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Germany legend Lothar Matthäus even claimed that the reigning league champions should consider offers for Thiago this summer, adding that the midfielder “is not a player for Bayern Munich” in an interview last month.

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Keeper Calamities: 7 of the Most Memorable Goalkeeping Errors in Recent World Cup History

The loneliest position in all of football – goalkeeping. Errors made by keepers always seem to be scrutinised more severely than those of their outfield teammates, with some mistakes having the potential to ruin careers and tarnish reputations in the process.

While mishaps are part and parcel of the beautiful game, there can be no worse place to drop a clanger than under the glare of the World Cup. Watched by millions of fans around the globe, there’s no hiding place should a blunder take place, as these shot-stoppers unfortunately found out.

In the wake of David de Gea’s recent faux pas in Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal, here are seven of the most memorable goalkeeping errors in recent World Cup history.

1. Rene Higuita – 1990 World Cup vs Cameroon

Flamboyant, unusual and a bit mad, Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita was always a star attraction when he stepped onto the pitch, as his ‘scorpion kick’ save against England testifies, yet his high-profile gaffe at the 1990 World Cup was a result of his risky style of play. 

Already 1-0 down in extra time during a last 16 clash against Cameroon, Higuita was robbed of possession midway in his half by Roger Milla, who raced away from the embarrassed ‘keeper to score his second of the game, gracing the World Cup with his famous corner flag celebration in the process.

Colombia lost the game 2-1 as Bernardo Redin’s penalty was little more than a consolation, although the mistake would do little in halting Higuita’s cavalier approach for the remainder of his career. 

2. Pat Bonner – 1994 World Cup vs Netherlands

A legend for the Republic of Ireland national team after playing a major part in successive appearances in the knockout stages of the World Cup in 1990 and 1994, Pat Bonner would have a moment to forget in Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the last 16 at USA ’94. 

Already 1-0 down thanks to a Dennis Bergkamp strike, it looked to be staying that way as the game ticked towards half time, before Bonner allowed Wim Jonk’s strike from distance to squirm through his grasp, ending the game as a contest and Ireland’s World Cup adventure in the process.

It contrasted the mood four years prior, as Bonner’s save in a 1990 last 16 shootout against Romania helped Ireland to a first quarter final, highlighting the extreme highs and lows goalkeepers can experience. 

3. David Seaman – 2002 World Cup vs Brazil

While David Seaman is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers England have ever produced, his blunder in a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in 2002 is arguably the overriding memory of his time representing the Three Lions.

Whether Ronaldinho meant it or not, the midfield magician managed to to lob the Arsenal goalkeeper from all of 40 yards. No more than a few yards off his line, Seaman misjudged the ball, with his premature step forward meaning he was helpless as the effort drifting over him, resulting in Brazil’s second of the game, and ultimately the match winner.

The game finished 2-1 to end England’s hopes of World Cup glory, with Seaman’s tears after the final whistle a sentiment shared by fans back home.

4. Oliver Kahn – 2002 World Cup vs Brazil

Oliver Kahn was undoubtedly the world’s greatest goalkeeper during 2002, with his performances at that year’s World Cup only cementing those claims, although he had a moment to forget in the final against Brazil.

Spilling a routine shot from Rivaldo in the 67th minute, the ball fell to Ronaldo who took advantage of the gift to score his seventh goal of the tournament, before his eighth followed to confirm a 2-0 win, yet it was cruel for Kahn, who had been exceptional prior to the error.

The former Bayern Munich man had conceded only once prior to the final, while the award of FIFA’s Golden Ball – the only goalkeeper ever to win the award – would recognise his efforts in Asia despite his costly mistake.

5. Robert Green – 2010 World Cup vs USA

Heading to South Africa in 2010 as England’s first choice goalkeeper, Robert Green would’ve been looking forward to representing his nation at his first World Cup finals before the first group game against the USA, although his only appearance at a World Cup would be a disastrous one. 

Failing to deal with a daisy cutter from Clint Dempsey, the ball squirmed away from the then West Ham ‘keeper and trickled agonisingly over the line, cancelling out Steven Gerrard’s opener as the game ended 1-1.

Dropped for the remainder of the tournament, the draw proved costly as England finished behind the USA in Group C, meaning they faced Germany in the last 16 rather than Ghana – and we all know how that ended.

6. Igor Akinfeev – 2014 World Cup vs South Korea

2014’s World Cup will be one that Igor Akinfeev will want to eradicate from his memory, with a number of costly errors from the CSKA Moscow man resulting in Russia exiting the tournament at the group stage.

His most memorable came in their first game of Group H against South Korea, as a long range strike from Lee Keun-ho should’ve been a routine stop for the Russian. Instead, Akinfeev couldn’t to keep hold of the ball, which found it’s way over and past the ‘keeper, despite his best efforts to rectify the clanger.

Akinfeev was reprieved as Russia found a leveller to earn a point, although another mistake in the final group game against Algeria proved to be more significant. His failure to claim a free kick gifted Islam Slimani an equaliser; a goal that would take the African side to the knockout stages at the expense of Russia. 

7. David de Gea – 2018 World Cup vs Portugal

The most recent blunder on this list, David de Gea’s error against Portugal during Spain’s Group B opener in the Iberian Derby goes to show that even the best can make mistakes when a World Cup is at stake.

On the stroke of half time, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fired a low effort straight at the Manchester United man, although De Gea’s hands weren’t strong enough to keep the ball out, diverting it into the goal for Portugal’s and Ronaldo’s second of the game.

De Gea however almost got away with his mistake as Spain led 3-2 with two minutes remaining, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a stunning free kick, meaning La Roja had to settle for a point when they should’ve left Sochi with three. 

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Bayern Superstar Insists His Side Would Beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina at World Cup

?Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal is one of the most high-profile names missing from this summers FIFA World Cup, with his nation Chile, failing to qualify.

Despite this, Vidal is still confident La Roja have a better side than Lionel Messi’s Argentina, and is adamant his side would beat them once again, and believes the great Argentine fears him.

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Argentina beat Chile home and away in their qualification campaign, but Chile emerged victorious against Messi and Co. in the Copa America finals in 2015 and ’16, and Vidal is confident his national team remain a more dominant force, despite not qualifying for Russia.

?Vidal told Youtuber Philado: “The Argentines dream about me.

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“’I’m not afraid of Messi; you have to ask him if he’s scared of me. I’ve won every final against him and if we face each other again, I’ll win again.”

Vidal, a league champion in each of his last seven season with Bayern and previously Juventus, will have to wait for his chance to face Messi again. 

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Messi’s Barcelona and Vidal’s Bayern will each contest the International Champions Cup in July and August, but Bayern’s three games will be against Paris Saint-Germain, Juve and Manchester City.

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