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Bayern Munich sign Israeli goalkeeper Daniel Peretz



After a long search for a new goalkeeper, Bayern Munich have settled on Daniel Peretz of Israel’s U21 squad. Initially he’s expected to be Sven Ulreich’s understudy – until Manuel Neuer returns.

The list of names that have been bandied about this summer as possible replacements for Bayern Munich No. 1 and captain Manuel Neuer is long: David de Gea, who most recently played for Manchester United, Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea, Morocco’s national goalkeeper Yassine Bounou of Sevilla – to name but three.

The job description was as follows: Someone capable of stepping in as a temporary No. 1 – but who wouldn’t kick up much of a fuss when relegated to the bench whenever the real No. 1 returns to action. The 37-year-old Neuer is still in rehabilitation training to recover from the broken leg he suffered on a skiing trip during last season’s winter break.

This search for a No. “1b” ended in failure, in part because clubs from Saudi Arabia pay better than Bayern. In Kepa’s case, a timely opening came up a Real Madrid due to injury.

Therefore, Bayern changed their strategy and believe they have found what they were looking for in 23-year-old Maccabi Tel Aviv goalkeeper Daniel Peretz. Still, he won’t be the temporary starter Bayern were originally looking for. Instead, he is to start his life in Bavaria as the backup to No. 2 keeper Sven Ulreich.

At the same time, though, Bayern’s management have apparently seen enough in Peretz to pencil him in as a replacement for Neuer – at some time off in the future. After all, they’ve signed him to a five-year contract.

“We wish him every success,” Maccabi club chief Mitchell Goldhar was quoted as saying on the club’s website. “We are sad to see Daniel go, but we are also proud in many ways and wish him and his new club, Bayern Munich, the best of luck in the years to come.”

Peretz’ last time between the sticks for Maccabi came on Thursday in the first leg of their Conference League playoff tie against NK Celje of Slovenia.

Since it hadn’t been clear when the much-anticipated transfer would go through, a teary-eyed Peretz had already said goodbye to the fans a few days ago.

“Since I was five years old, I’ve been at this club,” he said at the airport, with a Maccabi scarf around his neck. “Thanks to you guys, I’ve always felt at home here.”

After his last appearance for the blue and yellow against Celje, he then celebrated once again together with the Maccabi ultras, who gave him a fitting send off.

A selection of entries from X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, indicates that there was little, if any bad blood as Peretz left his former team.

“It doesn’t matter if he will be first, second or fourth goalkeeper,” wrote X user RahamimGuy. “This jump from the Israeli league to freaking FC Bayern is something my mind can’t grasp.”

Still, there are some who are already questioning whether he’s doing himself and his career a favor by moving to the Bayern bench.

“In my eyes: a sexy transfer, but one that won’t do him any good short term, maybe in the far future,” wrote X-User Mxalp3000.

Peretz, who has German as well as Israeli citizenship due to his mother’s heritage, attracted attention with good performances at the U21 Euros. He made numerous saves in the preliminary round match against Germany, including two penalty kicks. In the quarterfinal against hosts Georgia, Peretz made the difference by saving three penalties in a shootout.

“You could say penalties are my thing,” the goalkeeper said afterwards.

In the semifinal against eventual tournament winners England, Peretz was ruled out due to yellow cards. Israel lost 3-0.

Peretz’ possible move to Bayern was such a big topic in Israel this summer, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got into the act.

“By the way, we are also looking into delivering Daniel Peretz for the German defense system,” the premier said after a deal was reached for Israel to deliver its Arrow 3 air defense system to Germany.

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Chelsea ready to break bank for Victor Osimhen




In the shimmering tapestry of the transfer market, Chelsea appear to be painting themselves as front-runners in the race for Napoli’s striking sensation, Victor Osimhen, come summer 2024. The alleys of footballing intelligence whisper that Stamford Bridge may soon witness the Nigerian’s prowess, although alternatives are certainly on the table.

“The Blues have been given a potentially significant boost…” reports CaughtOffside. This newfound hope emerges as one of Chelsea’s anticipated competitors veers towards a different kind of forward for next season, perhaps a figure reminiscent of Kylian Mbappe or the likes of Rafael Leao.

There’s an unmistakable wind blowing through Chelsea’s corridors, suggestive of their intense desire to bring Osimhen into the fold. The club’s board and decision-makers resonate with the sentiment that a classic striker, a beacon in the front, is an absolute imperative for the upcoming season.

“Chelsea are showing a strong interest in Osimhen,” intimate sources privy to these dealings. However, the Blues are known for their tactical diversity, and it’s no surprise that Brentford’s Ivan Toney, Brighton’s Evan Ferguson, and Feyenoord sensation, Santiago Gimenez, have also caught their discerning eye.

Paris, the city of lights, is not to be left in the shadows of this narrative. Paris Saint-Germain, erstwhile admirers of the Nigerian striker, have recently acquired the likes of Randal Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos. Thus, turning their gaze to a profile divergent from Osimhen seems a strategic move. As Mbappe’s future at the Parc des Princes hangs in the balance, the possibility of Rafael Leao stepping into those illustrious shoes remains palpable. However, whispers from PSG indicate ongoing dialogues with their star, suggesting that the final chapter of this tale remains unwritten.

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Tottenham have Harry Kane buyback clause, Daniel Levy confirms




Daniel Levy has confirmed that Tottenham have a buyback clause in Harry Kane’s Bayern Munich contract. The chairman was asked at a Spurs’ fans’ forum on Tuesday night whether the clause existed. “Of course,” he replied. Levy did not offer any detail.

Kane moved to Bayern in August for an initial fee of £100m and Spurs said in a statement that he was “always welcome back … he’s a much-loved and valued member of the Spurs family, for ever in our history.”

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The 30-year-old is focused on his new life at Bayern, where he is under contract until 2027, and it is impossible to say how he might feel about one day returning to play for Spurs. When his transfer to Bayern was all-but agreed, he was told to stay away from the Spurs training ground, meaning there would be no face-to-face goodbyes or the chance to personally collect his belongings. His family could not access their box at the stadium.

Spurs have started the season well, with four wins and a draw from five Premier League games and Kane was asked about them as he prepared for Bayern’s Champions League tie against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“They’ve had a fantastic start,” he said. “I’m always keeping an eye on them and I’ll keep an eye on Tottenham for the rest of my life. I’m really happy to see the team playing the way they are and to see the fans happy is a great thing. I’m sure they’ll be keen to keep that up. They’ve got a massive game coming up [at Arsenal on Sunday], so for sure I’ll see how they get on over the course of the season.”

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Man United ‘to revive Frenkie de Jong interest next year’




Manchester United will reportedly make another attempt to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in 2024.

The Netherlands international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as Red Devils head coach little over one year ago.

Man United are believed to have come to an agreement with Barcelona over a price, but the midfielder made it clear on multiple occasions that he did not want to leave Camp Nou.

The Red Devils boosted their midfield over the summer with the signings of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat, with the latter widely expected to join on a permanent basis from Fiorentina next year.

However, the club are likely to be in the market for another big-money player in that position 2024, and according to Fichajes, De Jong remains very much a leading transfer target for the 20-time English champions.

De Jong has been a vital player for Barcelona at the start of this season, scoring once in six appearances, and he played 58 minutes of Tuesday’s 5-0 success over Royal Antwerp in the Champions League.

The 26-year-old has another three years left to run on his contract at Camp Nou but has revealed that discussions over a renewal are ongoing.

“My contract renewal? My agent is taking care of that, but I’m happy here,” transfer expert Fabrizio Romano quotes the midfielder as saying.

Romano claims that De Jong is desperate to stay at Camp Nou, but any new deal would almost certainly come with a salary reduction due to the Catalan outfit’s financial problems.

Man United allegedly still believe that they can convince De Jong to make the move to Old Trafford, although a lot could depend on how the season unfolds for the Red Devils.

Ten Hag’s side have lost three of their first five Premier League matches of the season, and they are currently in Germany preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Barcelona, though, have won each of their last five matches in all competitions, including their Champions League opener at home to Antwerp.

“We’ve started well, I’m happy. We have a very good squad, players with a lot of talent and if we work well and do what we have to do, we can fight for big objectives,” De Jong said after the European success.

The Dutchman has made 189 appearances for Barcelona since arriving from Ajax in the summer of 2019, scoring 16 goals and registering 21 assists in the process.

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