Written By Onyeka Daniel
After winning the German League title by the whiskers, with little help from another team and on the last day of the season, Bayern Munich have reacted quickly to correct the anomaly of a season that they had as they aim to return back to the dominant force that they once were.
In an unexpected move, the club quickly announced the exit of the club’s CEO, Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. They’ve now taken it a step further by reaching a deal for England midfielder, Declan Rice.
At least, according to several reports from England and Germany who are all reporting that an agreement between the player and the Bavarians has been found. They’ve managed to convince the player to move to Germany and are now prepared to pay the €100 million transfer fee being quoted for him.
For the moment, the deal will be on the back burner, until after the final of the European Conference League where Rice will be on duty for West Ham against Italian side, Fiorentina for Europe’s third tier trophy.
Arsenal and Chelsea were rumored to be interested in the Rice with the Gunners said to be the more serious suitor, but they’re not ready to pay the required fee, but instead, woukd rather try to negotiate it down to €60 to €70 million instead.
After the final, talks are expected to progress quickly as Bayern look to give Thomas Tuchel all the support he needs to succeed at the club. This move will have a ricocheting effect on Joshua Kimmich, who has been rumored to be seeking for a move away from the club.
EPL clubs, Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked with the defender turned midfielder while Spanish side, Barcelona are also looking to sign him, but they lack the financial means to get into the fray for the player who is expected to cost between €50 to €60 million in July.
Manchester United midfielder, Fred has dropped a hint on his future and he could be on his way out of the club in the summer as oart of a summer reshuffling at the Old Trafford stadium. Fred has one year left on his contract but the Brazil international admitted he is unsure if he will remain at United next season.
The 30-year-old, who joined United for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, started just 12 Premier League games this season and is considering a move for more playing time. Fred, handed a rare start in United’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat, was asked about his future and said:
“I still don’t know, I have to talk with my family. I still have one year left on my contract here. Now it’s holiday time and a good opportunity to rest. I’ll talk to my staff, to the club and see what everyone’s decision is.
“I do have to talk with Ten Hag as well. He’s the manager and the conversation has to involve everyone. We have to see how next season will plan out. “I want to be important, I want to help the team, so we’ll see. But I’ve always been and still am very happy at Manchester United.”
“Of course I always want to be playing, to be helping my team, and gladly I started the final and I think we played well.” He further added. Fred was criticised for his role in Manchester City’s winner at Wembley, with former United skipper Roy Keane pointing the finger after he fouled Kevin de Bruyne near the touchline. A move to West Ham to replace Rice could be on the card while Fulham could also be interested in his services.
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