Euro 2020 Special

Young Bundesliga Talent is Catching the Eye

As it stands, it’s hard to know when or if the Bundesliga will resume.

When will we see Bundesliga highlights like this and like this?

When we will be able to place our next bet or enjoy a flutter.

Some say the latest set of results, which saw leaders Bayern Munich increase their lead at the summit, means that the title is theirs to lose.

And they are probably right.

But with nine (and in some cases 10) league matches remaining, if the campaign does resume, it’s still all to play for at both ends of the table.

One thing the enforced break won’t stop is the linking of players to and from German clubs over the next few months.

I didn’t realise that Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino had been linked with a move to the champions in a £75-million move in the summer, incidentally.

I do agree with my colleague, however, who suggested such a move would not suit the Bavarians.

One player, also plying his trade in England, who almost certainly would is one they wanted to sign last summer.

English champions Manchester City do not want to sell Leroy Sane.

Yet if he does not sign a new contract soon, they may have to cash in.

Any move last summer was put on hold when the talented winger suffered a serious knee injury in the curtain raiser to the new campaign in August.

That means Sane is yet to make a further competitive appearance this season and, with less than 18 months remaining on his contract, the Germany international remains a top target for Bayern.

Across the city, Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Erling Braut Haaland, despite reportedly missing out on a deal for the teenage striker during the January transfer window.

Erling Braut Haaland quickly made his presence felt in the Bundesliga upon his arrival to Dortmund
Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring Dortmund’s second goal against Werder Bremen

The Red Devils were regarded as the favourites to sign Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January, but Borussia Dortmund instead completed a £17-million deal for the Norway international.

And how he has lit up the German top flight since.

So impressive has his form been since arriving at BVB, that he has found the back of the net on 12 occasions in 11 appearances, while he has also netted 10 Champions League goals in eight outings this term.

He has also just recorded back-to-back rookie player of the month awards in the Bundesliga, and his four goals in five leagues games making him an easy winner in February.

Dortmund will certainly not want to lose him so soon — unlikely anyway — nor will they be particularly happy at the departure of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi.

The 21-year-old has spent each of the last two seasons on loan, making 65 appearances for the German giants in all competitions.

His parent club, Real Madrid, reportedly have concerns when it comes to the future of Hakimi who is enjoying another impressive campaign with BVB as he scored seven times and registered 10 assists in 37 appearances.

As it stands, the defender is due to return to the Bernabeu this summer, but there is no obvious route into the first XI at Madrid.

Bayern themselves have their own loan issue to contend with.

In truth, Philippe Coutinho has endured an underwhelming time since his move to Barcelona just over two years ago but the 27-year-old has looked improved this term on loan at the German champions by scoring eight goals and six assists in 22 Bundesliga appearances.

Unlike Hakimi, one defender who could be an incoming arrival rather than a departee, is Ajax full-back Sergino Dest who recently revealed that he visited Bayern during a recent trip to Germany after learning of their interest in signing him.

The 19-year-old has established himself in the first team at the Johan Cruyff Arena this season, making 36 appearances across all competitions and directly contributing to eight goals.

Of course, it is not just the top two who will be linked with players in and out but, with the game currently on hold, some of the transfer rumours may abate for a while.

One thing’s for sure, though.

There are no shortage of admirers for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly preparing to battle Chelsea for the signature of the 22 year-old, who has scored seven times in 22 appearances at club level during the 2019-20 campaign.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria is another admired talent, while there continue to be strong reports linking England league leaders Liverpool with striker Timo Werner.

The RB Leipzig forward, who has scored 21 Bundesliga goals this season, would be a fine signing for any team. The question appears now is will he have a choice of clubs to opt for?

Watch this space!




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