In a report that seems absurd, Chelsea FC could be interested in Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano.
With the Bavarians focused on a pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt, some are wondering about the future of Upamecano, who didn’t enjoy a great inaugural season with Bayern Munich:
Chelsea have been informed of the potential availability of Dayot Upamecano from Bayern Munich if Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt joins the Bundesliga champions, according to 90min. The Blues have a long list of defensive targets and sources have confirmed to 90min that they would ideally like to sign three new centre-backs this summer.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, while Kurt Zouma has yet to be replaced following his move to West Ham last August. That leaves Chelsea with an aging Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and Cesar Azpilicueta, who is more of a full-back, as Thomas Tuchel’s only senior options – a small group given the German has used three centre-backs for much of his time. supported at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea continue to pursue long-term target Jules Kounde, although Barcelona are also keen to sign the Sevilla star, while confident of securing a deal with Manchester City for former player Nathan Ake. Napolli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Paris Saint Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe and Turin’s Gleison Bremer were also contacted, but their main target became Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt.
It seems far too early for Bayern Munich to put Upamecano up for sale and I think anything is unlikely to happen with the former RB Leipzig defender this summer. Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk doesn’t think an Upamecano move is in the cards at this stage either:
No truth to rumors suggesting Dayot Upamecano could leave Bayern following his agency switch. The reason for the change is that his direct agent advising him changed agencies and took his clients with him. Upamecano’s future is not affected [@cfbayern]
— Bavaria and Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 9, 2022
FC Barcelona seem more and more sure of being able to conclude an agreement for Robert Lewandowski:
Barcelona and Lewandowski also have an agreement on personal terms on a three-year contract. However, Bayern Munich are playing hardball in negotiations with the Blaugrana as they continue to insist the Polish captain is not for sale.
The Bavarian side have already rejected three offers for the 33-year-old, while publicly insisting he should stay at the club. Club officials have also said they expect him to join the pre-season camp on July 12. about 50 million euros (fixed) arrive.
And their deals in the transfer window further indicate that they could be preparing to offload a big player this summer, namely Lewandowski. Bayern lost Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, which will have created a margin on its wage bill. However, they have made a high-profile signing in the form of Sadio Mane from Liverpool, who will earn a mammoth salary.
On top of that, Bayern Munich are also pushing to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, another top addition to their roster. Considering how they operate in the market, it’s likely that the Bavarian giants are gearing up for a big start to splash the cash in this way. Thus, their transfer activity could suggest that despite their public insistence, Lewandowski could indeed be sold, although Barcelona may have to meet their €50m valuation for the striker.
What seemed like a crazy idea last weekend, seems to be about to happen – Bayern Munich and Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt could finally get together.
What does this mean for the club? Where is he ? Who will be affected if De Ligt walks through the doors of Säbener Straße? We’ll talk about all that and MORE! Here’s what we have on hand:
- A quick aside on the award nomination for BFW’s podcast network.
- A deep dive into the possible move for De Ligt.
- Why Wait Konrad Laimer might not be a bad thing, but would limit Julian Nagelsmann’s ability to tinker.
- What will Bayern Munich do with some of their prized youngsters this season?
- What if Robert Lewandowski stayed with the club this season?
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Does Manchester United really think it has a chance of landing Robert Lewandowski? Apparently they do:
Manchester United will only allow Cristiano Ronaldo to leave this summer if he can sign Robert Lewandowski as a replacement, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Tyrell Malacia remains United’s only signing for the summer transfer window so far and the lack of big-name attackers available on the market makes Ronaldo’s departure unlikely, according to Ferdinand. He believes that Lewandowski, who wants to leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona, is the only player capable of filling Ronaldo’s shoes.
“I don’t see that happening man,” he said on his FIVE podcast. “I can’t even think about it because you have to look at the whole picture. It’s going out the window and, if United let him go, [Erling] Haland and [Darwin] Nunez, probably the first two on your list, went to clubs. The only other person who could fill those shoes, who I would trust, who might be able to do that, is [Robert] Lewandowski. But he seems to have Barcelona at heart if they can complete this deal.
There’s no chance Lewandowski will join the Red Devils this summer.
Speaking of Manchester United… Erik ten Hag’s club and Bayern Munich were once again linked with Napoli striker Victor Osimhen:
Manchester United and Bayern Munich could still make late moves for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports in Italy. With doubts over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski respectively, both clubs could be on the hunt for a new centre-forward.
And La Gazzetta dello Sport report that this could mean a bid to sign the Nigeria international. The report adds that Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti is hopeful of Osimhen for next season, but Chelsea forward Armando Broja is believed to be a potential replacement.
However, that would likely mean implementing a whole new game plan. Ronaldo has not returned for pre-season at United and is believed to be looking for an exit that leaves the Old Trafford side in need of a new centre-forward. Meanwhile, Lewandowski has made it clear he is determined to leave Bayern and, if that happens, the German champions will need an elite striker to replace him.
We are pleased to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for ‘Best Club Podcast’ by World Soccer Talk.
This is your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich the podcast network is up for an award. While we’re humbled and honored that we didn’t kick everyone out, we could use your help to get the trophy. That’s right… you can vote! Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
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We’ve put a lot of effort into helping the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We would love to win gold here and frankly we haven’t been this excited about a competition since the Bunducksliga was at its peak. Voting closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2022. (Direct link: https://worldsoccertalk.com/best-club-podcast-2022-world-soccer-talk-awards)
File this one under moves that won’t happen, but also moves I’d – personally – like to see: Chelsea FC star Christian Pulisic being asked to consider joining Bayern Munich (and not just by me !):
Speaking on ESPN, Steve Nicol discussed Christian Pulisic’s future after it was suggested he join Leeds United. The American’s future at Chelsea appears to be up in the air at the moment, and after Leeds signed two new players from the USMNT in the summer, one viewer suggested Pulisic should go to Elland Road.
However, Nicol has advised the 23-year-old against a move, saying he shouldn’t go anywhere near Leeds – claiming Bayern Munich would be a better destination for the Chelsea man. Nicol spoke about Pulisic’s next step after Leeds’ suggestion.
“If I’m Pulisic, I’m not going anywhere near Leeds. Does it make them better? Yes, he makes them better straight away, but stay away from Leeds. No, no, no,” Nicol said. “I don’t know, maybe he could go to Bayern, if Gnabry doesn’t re-sign maybe he could go to Bayern.”
Nicol says Bayern Munich would be a good move for Pulisic, and we’re inclined to agree. Bayern could certainly be looking for a new winger soon if Serge Gnabry leaves, and Pulisic could be the player the Bavarian side will turn to. One thing is certain though, the American can aim much higher than Leeds, although the prospect of working with Jesse Marsch, Brendan Aaronson and Tyler Adams would be alluring.
OK, this made me laugh:
July has arrived and Bayern Munich have once again been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar almost certainly wants to leave Manchester United this summer, and parts of the fanbase believe Bayern should be happy to oblige. But is it a good idea? Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Julian Nagelsmann wants to switch his side to a 4-3-3 formation for the upcoming season. With players already arriving for pre-season, the coach’s tactical choices are once again under scrutiny.
In this episode, INNN and Tom discuss:
- The big Ronaldo news – is he a plausible move for Bayern Munich?
- What does CR7 bring to Bayern and the Bundesliga? And what does the club offer him?
- Is signing Cristiano Ronaldo a double-edged sword? Is its popularity attracting unwanted attention?
- Concerns over CR7’s presence in the locker room under an inexperienced coach in Julian Nagelsmann.
- How would Ronaldo fit into a Bayern Munich team? Would he just replace Robert Lewandowski or play a different role?
- Based on the last point, how viable would a 4-3-3 be at Bayern?
- The merits and problems of 4-3-3, from personnel to tactics.
- How Thomas Muller’s role in the 4-3-3 formation changes all about that.
- Would moving Sadio Mane to a false-9 allow 4-3-3 to work properly?
- Final Thoughts.
It’s just… sad: