Three Bayern Munich players have been singled out in Germany after the four-time world champions were humiliated 3-0 by the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League clash at the Johan Cryuff Stadium in Amsterdam.
The Bayern trio of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller were heavily criticised in the German media after the shock defeat.
The centre back duo of Hummels and Boateng featured from start to finish, while Muller was replaced by Manchester City winger Leroy Sane just before the hour mark.
Germany head coach Joachim Low was also chastised for his continued decision to field players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup title-winning squad.
The defeat against the Netherlands was the fifth of 2018 for the Germans and it’s their worst run since 1985.
The five defeats include two Group F losses against Mexico and South Korea at this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia which ultimately led to their stunning elimination at the group stage.
Ronald Koeman and the Netherlands had a game plan against the Germans on Saturday night and it was perfectly executed as goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Giorginio Wijnaldum secured a 3-0 win for the first victory over the Germans in almost two decades (since 2000).
Bundesliga Outfit Turn Down Manchester United’s Approach For Top Star
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar has been told to wait a little longer before he could sign one of the players on his wish-list.
According to Germany media outlet BILD, Borussia Monchengladbach are not ready to sell Denis Zakaria in January irrespective of the transfer offer they are receiving from Manchester United and Arsenal.
Denis Zakaria is playing a huge role in Monchengladbach’s hope of winning the Bundesliga title this season and the club is set to stop him from leaving the German Bundesliga in January.
Solskjaer who is uncertain over his chances of stopping Paul Pogba from ending his stay at Old Trafford in January is believed to have set sights on Zakaria as the Frenchman’s perfect replacement.
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This will come as a huge blow for the Norwegian’s hope of finding a perfect man to occupy the vacuum that could be created by Pogba’s departure should the Frenchman decide to join his compatriot at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Solskjaer isn’t just the only Premier League manager affected by the latest report concerning Zakaria’s future, Arsenal manager Unai Emery will equally by saddened due to his interest in the player.
The former PSG manager is being linked with the player’s services but he will need to look elsewhere to for the much-needed upgrade to his midfield setup.
Underfire Unai Emery Slammed For Two Major Mistakes At Arsenal
Spanish tactician Unai Emery has been berated for the two major mistakes made at Arsenal since he replaced Arsene Wenger as their manager.
Unai Emery was appointed the Arsenal manager at the start of last season after the end of the lengthy Arsene Wenger era at the club.
Arsene Wenger spent almost 22 years at Arsenal before his exit last summer.
Former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson was highly critical of Unai Emery and his performance as the Gunners’ boss while he was on BBC Radio 5 Live.
According to him, Arsenal manager Unai Emery had made two major mistakes since replacing Frenchman Wenger.
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The first mistake is spending a club-record £72m on Ivorian international winger Nicholas Pepe when the money could have been spent on a quality centre back to fix the glaring defensive issues at Arsenal.
Arsenal signed Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea for just £8m this summer but the ageing centre back has not been able to do the job of fixing the defence which has already conceded 17 goals in just 12 Premier League games.
The Gunners also signed young French centre back William Saliba from Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne this summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.
William Saliba is expected back at Arsenal next summer.
The second mistake made by Unai Emery according to Matthew Upson is that the Spaniard tried to change the Arsenal style within a short space of time.
Why Roma Must Pay £18m To Sign Chris Smalling
Italian Serie A giants AS Roma have been told to pay £18m for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling if they want to sign the England international permanently.
Chris Smalling is on loan at AS Roma from Manchester United at the moment having joined the capital club this summer.
The Manchester United loanee has impressed a great deal since joining AS Roma in the summer and he has been able to form a potent centre back partnership with Italian international Gianluca Mancini.
AS Roma want to make his loan deal permanent according to Italian news outlet Tuttosport and the aforementioned transfer fee has been quoted for the Italians.
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Chris Smalling made just 17 appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last season and he became surplus to requirements at the club this summer following the acquisition of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Manchester United paid a world-record fee of £80m for a defender for Harry Maguire and his arrival prompted the exit of Chris Smalling to AS Roma.
In a recent interview with Football Italia, Chris Smalling confessed that he misses Manchester United before adding that he’s delighted with the start that he has made at his new club AS Roma.
Man Utd Find Out Transfer Fee For Top Target
Premier League club Manchester United will have to pay at least £85m to sign top target Erling Haaland who plays his club football for Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg.
This is according to the publication from ESPN which revealed that Manchester United want to sign him during the January transfer window.
The initial plan was a summer swoop for the 19-year-old striker but the Red Devils want to facilitate the move in the next transfer window in January.
Manchester United want to speed up the transfer to beat the other teams interested in Erling Haaland.
Norwegian international Erling Haaland has also been linked with clubs like Napoli, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal.
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He is one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment after his sensational start to this season in the colours of his Austrian outfit.
Erling Haaland worked with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while he was at Molde.
The player left the Norwegian top flight club for Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer window earlier this year.
He has scored 26 goals in just 18 games in all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg this season and that form has gone unnoticed amongst the big European sides.
Man United Handed Injury Boost Ahead Of Sheffield United Clash
Fallen Premier League giants Manchester United have been given a big boost on the injury front ahead of their next game.
The Red Devils have received a major injury boost ahead of the upcoming Premier League trip to league newcomers Sheffield United with the update on right-back Diogo Dalot.
Portuguese junior international Diogo Dalot posted an update on his injury via his official Instagram page as he said that he’s getting closer to full fitness.
The Manchester United player has missed the last seven games in all competitions since suffering the injury during the Premier League trip to Newcastle United last month.
He was unable to prevent hosts Newcastle United from beating Manchester United 1-0 courtesy the second half strike from debutant Matty Longstaff.
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The Newcastle United midfielder and younger brother of Sean Longstaff scored the only goal of the game on his first league game for his boyhood club.
Manchester United have improved a great deal since that defeat to the Magpies.
They have won five of their last six games in all competitions ahead of the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Sheffield United are the surprise package of the season so far with the Blades in fifth position with 17 points.
Manchester United are two places further back with 16 points from 12 league games.
Arsenal Plotting January Move For Juventus Centre Back
Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for Juventus defender Merih Demirel ahead of the January transfer window.
This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in Italy.
Merih Demirel became a Juventus player in the summer following his transfer from fellow Italian top flight club Sassuolo.
The Turkish international center-back is in his first season at Juventus but that has not stopped the interest of Arsenal who want to sign him during the winter transfer market in January according to the specific report from the stables of Italian media outlet Tuttosport.
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Arsenal scouts were in attendance as Merih Demirel helped Turkey to secure their place at Euro 2020 with a goalless draw at home to Iceland on Thursday night.
He also played for Turkey as they rounded off their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a 2-0 win at the home of Andorra on Sunday night.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is targeting the additions of new defenders to his squad to solve his defensive issues.
The Gunners have conceded 17 goals in just 12 league games this season and they have just two clean sheets to show for their troubles.
Arsenal are in sixth position with 17 points only.
Eric Abidal Set To Sign New Contract
Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal has revealed that the club is working on a new contract for star player Lionel Messi who could leave the Spanish champions next summer.
Lionel Messi has a clause in his Barcelona contract that would allow him to leave the club next summer though the Argentine international captain has reiterated that he wants to finish his career at the Nou Camp.
According to former Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal, the announcement on a new Barcelona contract for club skipper Messi is expected soonest.
Lionel Messi struggled for fitness at the start of the season due to a thigh injury but he has recovered to return to his best form.
The Argentine football legend scored a hattrick in his last game for Barcelona including two well-taken free-kicks.
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He scored three goals as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 4-1 to retain their place at the top of the La Liga table.
The treble took him to eight league goals this season and one behind topscorer Karim Benzema of Real Madrid.
Eric Abidal also said that Barcelona are in talks over a new contract for youngster Ansu Fati who has impressed since his introduction to the first team this season.
The Guinea Bissau-born Spanish junior international signed a youth contract in the summer until 2022 with the possibility of two extra years and a release clause of €100m.
Edinson Cavani Could Replace Ibrahimovic For This Reason
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Edinson Cavani is being lined up to replace former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Major League Soccer (MLS) club LA Galaxy.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left LA Galaxy at the end of his two-year contract at the club and he’s expected back in Europe.
The 38-year-old is attracting the interest of two Italian Serie A sides ahead of the winter transfer market which reopens in January.
Ibrahimovic has been linked with former club AC Milan and Bologna.
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Recent reports said that the Swedish football legend is holding out for weekly wages of over £200,000 from his next club.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a return to Manchester United but it looks like a return to Italian football is more likely for the former Ajax Amsterdam, Malmo FF, Inter Milan and Juventus striker.
According to TalkSports, PSG striker Edinson Cavani could replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy with the Americans keen on signing the 32-year-old Uruguayan international.
Edinson Cavani has less than a year on his existing contract at Parc des Princes and he has not been able to recover his place in the starting XI since his return from injury mainly due to the form of striker Mauro Icardi.