Ronaldo to Bayern, Lewandowski’s saga and Chelsea’s hunt
Officially confirmed transfers
– Sadio Mane has transferred to Bayern. The Senegalese forward left Liverpool after six seasons at Anfield for a new challenge in Germany. In Munich, everyone is confident that Mane was at the right club, and after his farewell speech, there was no doubt that Sadio remained a good guy for whom the moment had come for a change of scenery to keep the inner fire burning:
After every game in Munich I will come to the changing room and make sure I watch Liverpool play because I will forever remain the Reds’ number one fan.
- Arsenal have signed Porto attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira. The base amount of the transfer is €35 million, with additional payments expected for successful performances at the new club. The versatile creator scored 7 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions last season.
- The same €35million West Ham paid to Rennes for centre-back Naif Ager. The 26-year-old Morocco international is now one of the top three most expensive players in the Hammers’ history. A powerful Zouma-Ager combination now looms in the centre of West Ham’s defence. Mr Moyes, what about the forward?
- Inter have confirmed the signing of Andre Onana and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who have joined the Nerazzurri on a free agent basis. Giuseppe Marotta also confirms that the club are working on the transfers of Paulo Dibala (free agent) and Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea).
- Tottenham have signed a powerful central midfielder from Brighton’s Yves Bissoum. The monster of destroying others’ attacks becomes the next brick in Antonio Conte’s squad, who intends to rid Spurs of their perpetual “underachievement”. Do you think the Italian will succeed?
- And a blitz of three transfers at the end. Firstly, Shakhtar forward David Neres has joined Benfica. Secondly, Newcastle have agreed a four-year contract with England goalkeeper Nick Pope, who was relegated from the AFL at the end of last season with Burnley. Thirdly, Mario Goetze returns to Germany to play for Europa League winners Eintracht. The author of the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final managed to resuscitate his career in Holland, playing for PSV.
Paul Pogba is one step away from joining Juventus
Paul Pogba’s documentary The Pogmentary has been savagely lambasted by Manchester United fans, currently the worst show on IMDB with a rating of 1 out of 10. The exposed pathos, greed and arrogance does not impress viewers. What a surprise! But Pogba has settled his football career, with another comeback looming: the French midfielder has agreed a deal with Juventus, for whom he has played in the past.
The deal will be officially announced next week. Amusingly, this is the second time Juve have signed Pogba as a free agent since his departure from MJ, but in between the Turin side sold Paul to the same United for 105 million euros. How do you say in Italian “life is bad without a sucker”?
Christian Eriksen called up to Manchester United
Eriksen returned to big-time football after the Euro 2020 incident, playing 11 games for Brentford in the AFL (1+3) in the spring and already playing for the Danish national team in June. A short-term contract with the Bumblebees will expire in a few days’ time, and Christian has several options for the future. One of them is a move to Manchester United, where Erik ten Hague wants him. However, as of now, Eriksen is inclined to stay at Brentford. Firstly, his family are comfortable in London. Secondly, he has a great relationship with Thomas Franc and others at the club. Thirdly, Christian wants a guaranteed place in the starting line-up ahead of the World Cup.
Chelsea are in the hunt for Raheem Sterling. And not only that
“The Blues are trying to make up for lost time during a troubled ownership change. Thomas Tuchel’s side urgently need reinforcements, the new management are in a hurry trying to solve several vital tasks, which were previously handled by Marina Granovska. “Chelsea are interested in two Manchester City players at once, Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake, the saga with the transfer of Jule Kunde from Sevilla will continue, Risharlison (Everton) and Clauss (Lans) are interested, and now Thomas Tuchel also wants to intercept Robert Lewandowski from Barcelona, because Romelu Lukaku will surely leave. My head is spinning.
Bayern reject Barcelona’s transfer offer for Lewandowski
Lewandowski is not yet looking towards London, his priority is Barcelona, but his transfer is still a long way off. Robert’s attitude looks too naive: he went on strike, he clashed with Bayern, clearly gaining the support of Barça, but now the Catalans are making ridiculous offers and are going to wear the German champions down. If the confrontation drags on, the player whose pre-season preparation will be plagued by uncertainty and pressure from all sides will be the most affected.
Ronaldo is nervous about MJ’s passivity and could leave for Bayern
Robert Lewandowski’s departure from Bayern could open the door for another high-profile transfer. It was written some time ago that Ronaldo had decided to stay at Manchester United after a positive chat with Erik ten Hag, but in recent days Cristiano’s mood has changed: he is nervous about the club’s passivity in the transfer market, losing faith in the fact that the MJ sports project will be truly relaunched. An interesting career option for Ronaldo could be Bayern, who will be in dire need of a centre-forward following the departure of Lewandowski. There are no promising candidates at the right level on the market, so Cristiano could be a solid temporary solution for the Munich side.