Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich ‘a done deal’ in record MLS transfer

The record-breaking transfer that will take Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich is “a done deal” according to multiple sources. The deal for the 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps star will be the most expensive in MLS history.

Bayern will pay £11.5m for the Canadian winger, which could rise to £18m according to TSN’s Kristian Jack, but he adds that Davies will remain a Whitecaps player until the end of the 2018 MLS season. That would see Davies join up with his new teammates in Germany on January 1st 2019.

The transfer will make Davies Major League Soccer’s most expensive export. Jozy Altidore’s £6m move to Villarreal in 2008 has stood as the record transfer for ten years. The deal taking Alphonso Davies to Bayern is also worth more than the record sum of £11m Atlanta United paid for Ezequiel Barco ahead of this season.

Davies has taken MLS by storm since making his debut in July 2016, when he became the second-youngest player to play in the league at the age of 15, only behind Freddy Adu. He has gone on to make 54 MLS appearances for the Whitecaps, scoring three and assisting nine.

All three of those goals and eight of the nine assists have come this season, with the pacey winger looking sharper than ever. It’s no surprise Europe’s top clubs have been tracking his progress given how quickly he has developed in such a short space of time.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing him last season but didn’t make a formal offer due to work permit concerns. But Bayern have now swooped as they look to make an investment in the North American market. Reports also suggest they are hoping to add USMNT star Christian Pulisic from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Davies, who turns 18 in November, is expected to return to Vancouver Whitecaps training after the deal is completed. He missed the weekend loss to Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders, following permission from head coach Carl Robinson. He is averaging a goal or assist every 137 minutes this season so Vancouver will need his services while they still have them for the remainder of the season.

The Canadian winger was also named to the 2018 MLS All-Star team to face Juventus on August 1st, so he will still be expected to be available for the game.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Everton 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/9 – Draw 15/4 – Everton 11/2

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates on Saturday evening fresh from beating German giants Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Many are wondering if this could finally be the year Arsenal grab themselves the title that has evaded them since 2004. And many believe they stand a serious chance.

The Gunners are on a high after winning their last three on the bounce and will be confident of making it four with a win on Saturday.

Arsenal’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W6 – D1 – L2

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Everton are suffering from a bit of a stutter at the moment, having only managed one win in their last four.

Given the current quality of the squad and the added luxury of having no European football as a distraction, there is no reason why the Toffees can’t challenge for a European spot this term.

However, with key starters Leighton Baines and Tom Cleverley on the sidelines, perhaps the injuries are hindering Everton at the moment. That was certainly evident in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

Everton’s record in the Premier League: P9 – W3 – D4 – L2

Arsenal won the most recent meeting between these two back in March in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates. That was the Gunners’ only league win against Everton in their last six clashes.

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Team News

Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky for the visit of Everton as all of them are out through injury.

Everton are still missing Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tom Cleverley through injury, although they are all nearing a return. Muhamed Besic is doubtful but could feature at some point.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/L/W/W/W

Everton’s last five: W/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: Arsenal are undefeated in their last 18 home matches against Everton in all competitions, with the Toffees’ last win at Arsenal coming in January 1996.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – It would seem unjust to highlight anyone else as Sanchez is the key man in this Arsenal side. He is world class in the final third so expect some more magic.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-0 Everton – Arsenal were sensational in midweek, downing Bayern Munich in the Champions League, while Everton were slack in their 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United last weekend. This should be an easy home win.

Bayern Munich planning summer moves for Chelsea and Everton defenders

German giants Bayern Munich are looking to bolster their backline this summer and want Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and Everton’s Seamus Coleman, according to reports in Germany.

Pep Guardiola sees the right-back spot as an area which needs strengthening and is looking to the Premier League for a replacement for current starter, Rafinha.

Bayern’s interest in Coleman was reported last month but now the Bundesliga leaders are looking at Ivanovic too, according to Bild.

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Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of the versatile Serbian defender, who can operate at right-back or in the heart of defence, but Chelsea would be reluctant to letting him leave.

Ivanovic’s current Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2016 so Bayern are hoping to sign the 31 year old in a cut-price deal.

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also keeping an eye on Ivanovic’s situation and if he is not offered a new deal at Chelsea in the coming months, the Blues can expect to receive offers.

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Ivanovic has played in all 29 of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season, scoring an impressive four goals with five assists, and is an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s team.

As well as Coleman and Ivanovic, Bayern are also said to be looking at Italian right-back Matteo Darmian, who plays for Serie A side Torino and is also a target of Manchester United.

Who would be a better signing for Bayern Munich – Coleman or Ivanovic?

Franck Ribery hints that MLS move could be on the horizon

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has dropped a hint that he would consider playing in Major League Soccer when his contract with the German giants expires in three years.

The highly-skilled French winger is one of the best players in Europe, and is currently in his eighth season with Bayern, looking to win his fifth Bundesliga title.

At 31, Ribery has plenty still to offer and with his contract with Bayern set to expire in 2017, the Frenchman has set his sights on a challenge outside of Europe to end his playing career.

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“Bayern and I are like a married couple. I bought us a house here. My son was born here. I raised my daughters here. They speak better German than me; articulate and grammatically perfect. I could play for another club in Europe but my heart is beating too much for Bayern.” he told German magazine Welt am Sonntag.

“But I could imagine going to the US, Qatar or Dubai for a new experience.”

With two new MLS franchises set to enter the league in 2017, one of whom will be the wealthy Los Angeles FC, Ribery could find himself a part of the rapidly growing soccer scene in America.

His wage demands will be high, but club’s such as LAFC will have the financial backing to make such a move possible, and it would certainly not do the league any harm.

Would you like to see Franck Ribery playing in MLS in a few years?