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Germany can be considered a powerhouse across international football. They won the World Cup in Brazil back in 2014, and are betting favorites to win in Russia in the approaching summer. Among all the great players that represent the country of Germany, 22 year old Joshua Kimmich was dubbed the Best German Player of 2017. These results were determined by a poll that was held by the German Football Association. He already has over 20 international caps and has been playing consistent first team football for Bayern Munich.
Kimmich began his career in the third division in Germany with RB Leipzig. Obviously, Leipzig have considerably risen up the ranks and are currently 4th in the Bundesliga. However, this was before the glory came to Leipzig. Kimmich was a regular in the side for two seasons until he earned himself a transfer to Bayern back in 2015. Joshua Kimmich still managed to play over 20 games for Bayern in his first season at the club. Year after year, Kimmich has shown noticeable improvement in all aspects of his game. Now he is and should be regarded as a top level right back in world football.
Although he has been playing at the right back spot throughout the entire 2017-18 campaign, Kimmich has received praise for being one of the most versatile players in Europe. He can play fullback, center back, and can even push up to a holding midfield role in needed. Having this sort of variation to positions and play styles makes Kimmich an easy player to fit into your squad, even in a side that is as talented as Bayern
Another thing to mention is this guy’s reliability. He very rarely makes glaring mistakes that lead to the opposition earning a goal scoring chance. His passing his confident and pinpoint, his crosses and set pieces are target practice, and his composure and determination is something so rare for such a young player.
As we approach just over halfway through the season, Bayern Munich are 16 points clear at the top of the table. I think it’s fair to take into account that Joshua Kimmich deserves the recognition he deserves in this award. At only 22, Kimmich is already an outstanding replacement for the recent legend Philipp Lahm following his retirement. I’m sure that Kimmich aspires to be everything that Philipp Lahm was, and if he maintains loyalty and everlasting consistency, The young Joshua Kimmich could go down in footballing history.
This article was written by Sam Sneddon. Follow him on Twitter (@samjsneddon) and Instagram (@samjsneddon).
If you didn't already know, Borussia Dortmund finished third last season in the Bundesliga, behind RB Leipzig and five-time consecutive Champions, Bayern Munich. This, of course, is a big disappointment for BVB.
It’s a brand new season and that means a lot, especially after this crazy transfer window - one that's not even finished yet. In this article I'm going to take a look at Dortmund, who are widely considered as Germany’s second best team, and discuss how they might perform in the 2017/18 season.
Dortmund’s biggest rivals, Bayern Munich (who have won the Bundesliga a staggering 27 times) have dominated them in a fair few of their recent meetings. Bayern have taken two wins and one draw from the four most recent Bundesliga fixtures between the two sides. And the wins were very convincing - they won one of the games 5-1, and the other 4-1. Those score-lines show the difference between Bayern and Dortmund and how big the gap is between the two sides.
We should also look at Red Bull Leipzig, who finished as runners-up last season. In terms of head-to-head games between Dortmund and Leipzig, they both got three points each from the two Bundesliga fixtures (both games finished 1-0). They were pretty even on the pitch, and the league table was further evidence to show just how similar the two sides were.
At the start of the season we could never had expected Dortmund and Leipzig to finish so close to each other in the league table, but it happened. This season will be a different matter, though, at least that’s what I think; my predicted (and expected) finish for Borussia Dortmund in the 2017/18 season is 2nd. The reason for this is all down to their mentality. I think they’ll be much more focused following the sale of wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele, and their new signings should help boulster their options.
Ousmane Dembele left Dortmund to sign with Barcelona for a fee of £135m (including add-ons). He has been terrific for Dortmund since signing last summer and was bought by Barca as a replacement for Neymar (who left for a world-record fee to PSG). Barcelona were already eyeing up Coutinho, who Liverpool have so far rejected offers for, and Kylian Mbappe, who now looks set to move to PSG just like Neymar.
The sale of Dembele could be considered a loss for Dortmund, but with £135m in the bank I’m sure they can find a replacement. They’ve already made a few good signings so far with players like Mahmoud Dahoud and Dan-Axel Zagadou signing for BVB. If they are to make a last-minute signing or two before the transfer window shuts with the money that they made from Dembele, that could make all the difference in them being able to clutch a second place finish this season. They are definitely not strong enough to finish ahead of Bayern, though. At least. not yet...
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Welcome to my transfer round-up! In the following article I’m going to be taking a look at some of the biggest transfer rumours in football from the past few days and give you an update on some deals which have recently been completed.
Dembele to Barcelona?
Borussia Dortmund youngster, Ousmane Dembele, has been heavily linked with Barcelona and has even missed training and ignored phone calls from his club in an attempt to force a move. By the time you're reading this article, Dembele may well be a Barcelona player. Right now, Dembele is lighting up German football with his trickery and flair but moving to, arguably, the biggest club in the world, is NOT the right move for him. Following Neymar's move to PSG for £198m (€200m), Dembele would be expected to fill the void he left and perform to the same standard as his predecessor, from day one. That’s a lot to expect from a player of Dembele’s age (20). To walk into a club and replace the most expensive player in the football history would be near impossible. Unfortunately, though, Barcelona's worldwide fan base have very high standards, and they would be on his case from the off.
That being said, due to Barcelona’s embarrassing Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid and their lack of signings this summer, the Catalan fans are crying out for a new marquee signing!
Coutinho to Barcelona?
This transfer saga seems as though it’ll never end. Philippe Coutinho has been one of the Premier League’s main attractions in recent years and now it seems he could be the player to replace fellow Brazilian, Neymar, at Camp Nou. Liverpool's owners and Jurgen Klopp have remained firm with their stance and have insisted they will do everything possible to keep hold of Coutinho. However, with bids well over the £100m mark being made, you just have to wonder how long will Liverpool be able to continue rejecting Barcelona.
It’s also worth mentioning that Coutinho has missed the start of Liverpool's Premier League season with ‘injuries’, and that the media have reported he wants to go to Barcelona.
Patrick Roberts to Celtic?
This is another transfer rumour that seems as though it just won’t go away. The Englishman spent two seasons on loan at Celtic from Manchester City and became a fan favourite. He is now set for a move back to Celtic Park on another season-long loan.
Roberts was purchased from Fulham for £13.5m two seasons ago and has featured in Manchester City's pre-season this year. He had a good few games and, although they were only friendlies, he did get to show Man City just how good he really is.
Blaise Matuidi has signed for Juventus from Paris Saint Germain for £18m - an absolute bargain if you ask me! Meanwhile, over in England Tottenham Hotspur have signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax for a reported fee of £45m. Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal, have also been doing some transfer business – they recently sold Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista to Valencia for £10m.
What has been the best bit of business from this transfer window so far? Let me know on Instagram @transferfeed!
This article is written by George. Check him out on Twitter @georjecb.
Renato Sanches sprung to notoriety last summer when he signed with Bayern Munich for €35 million – a fairly hefty sum for a relatively unknown teenager. Less than one month later, he was off to France to play in the 2016 European Championship where he eventually helped Portugal win the entire competition.
The then 18-year-old played outstandingly and displayed just how much better he was than what his age suggested. He was extremely strong physically and had the body of someone in their mid-twenties who had spent hours upon hours in the gym. He also had a fairly decent understanding of the game for such a young head, as well as having the technical ability to survive at many of Europe’s top clubs. He really was an exciting prospect.
After that brilliant summer, people expected Sanches to hit the ground running at Bayern. But he didn’t. Last season the midfielder made just 6 starts in the league for the German champions and throughout the entire season he didn’t score a single goal or make an assist.
The Portuguese teenager is without doubt a talented player despite the disappointment of last season. Perhaps the move from his boyhood club Benfica to Bayern Munich was made a little too early, and maybe he needed a couple more years to develop and gain confidence in his own ability.
Anyway, Renato Sanches has attracted a lot of attention this transfer window, as explained by Bayern’s CEO: “there are at least ten teams after Sanches.” Some of these teams are yet to be named, but one of the clubs who has been named is Chelsea. Bayern’s CEO said that Conte has asked for some information about the 19-year-old after he put in an impressive display against the Blues in pre-season.
Other clubs rumoured to be interested in Sanches include AC Milan and Manchester United, however, these are just rumours at the moment.
One thing I must stress is that Bayern have said if Renato Sanches does leave, it’ll almost certainly be on loan. So perhaps we could see him make a move to a team like AC Milan where he will get more game time than at Bayern, and hopefully he’ll be able to develop. I could even imagine him at Chelsea. Not only would the extra minutes help him, but also the experience of working with a different set of coaching staff should go a long way to helping him become an even better player.
I personally think he should make the most of this opportunity he has to go on loan. In all honesty it doesn’t really matter where he goes – the main thing is that he gets enough game time to prove that he’s still the same player we saw shock the world during the Euros.
This article is written by George. Check him out on Twitter @georjecb.
Rumour round-up is a regular written series briefly covering all the big transfer rumours in the world of football. Here you can find out all the facts and read my personal opinions on potential transfers.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a new striker. It looks likely that Diego Costa will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer purely because of the way Conte has virtually instructed the Brazilian to leave.
So that leaves Chelsea needing a new striker, however, of Europe's elite number nines very few of them are available to sign. At the start of the window Chelsea targeted players like Lukaku and Morata, but since then for one reason or another they've become unavailable. One of the only players who Chelsea actually stand a decent chance of singing is Borussia Dortmund's Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker has been linked with a move to the Blues by Sky Sports, and recently Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that they are willing to "talk" to clubs who are ready to meet their demands. It's also been reported by many outlets that Dortmund's asking price for the forward is £70m.
Aubameyang has been a brilliant striker over the past couple of years and at 28-years-old he still has plenty of gas in the tank. Speaking of gas, one of his best attributes is his pace - something that would be very welcome in the Premier League. Moreover, he also has a great finishing ability. Some critics have argued one of the striker’s main problems is putting the ball in the back of the net, but the statistics say otherwise: of the top 5 leagues top scorers, Aubameyang has the second best shot accuracy at 63% (Harry Kane is best at 65%).
In all honesty I see no issue with Chelsea signing Aubameyang. Obviously there's always going to be a risk with bringing a player from Europe to the Premier League, but in this case I think Aubameyang is well equipped to deal with the English game.
Although I think both Chelsea and Aubameyang would benefit from this move, I don't feel entirely confident in giving my opinion as to whether or not it will actually happen. The Blues have struggled to get transfers over the line this window (as we saw with Morata and Lukaku). Could Aubameyang just be the next striker Chelsea miss out on? I don't know. And I don't think many people do know, so I'd strongly advise you follow this story yourself and don't believe everything you hear because as we saw with Lukaku signing for United, things can completely change within an instance.