Claudio Pizarro extends his Bayern Munich stay, Borussia Dortmund signs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Frankfurt are unwilling to meet Nicklas Bendtner’s wage demands.
Claudio Pizarro extends with Bayern Munich
The 34-year-old was signed from Werder Bremen last summer (for his second stint at the club) and he has been impressive in whatever limited opportunities he received. The Peruvian strike made 20 appearances in the league, although he started in only seven of them, but still managed to score six goals and provide seven assists in those games. He scored 13 goals in all competitions (in 28 appearances) – wonderful return for someone who was the third choice striker last season.
Pizarro has now signed a one-year extension with Bayern Munich and looks like he will end his career at the club, where he made a name for himself early on in his career.
“I am 34 – I could think of nothing better than signing another contract at Bayern Munich.
“I am convinced we will have a good year together.
“What will happen in a year I can’t say. But I feel very good and would like to play football for as long as possible.” – Pizarro was quoted in press.
It would be interesting to see how much opportunity he gets next season under new manager Pep Guardiola, who is expected to install new formation and tactics at the club next season, where, according to reports, he might even use Ribery as withdrawn forward.
Borussia Dortmund Signs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Yesterday it was reported that St Etienne and Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a deal for the former AC Milan striker, with his agent confirming that both these clubs were in ‘advanced negotiations’. Now St Etienne president Roland Romeyer has officially confirmed the deal and stated that he will soon undergo a medical at Dortmund.
“He has been given permission to attend the medical examination. The contract details and the financial plan are still to be clarified but I have no doubt that we will reach an agreement.” – Romeyer was quoted in press.
Meanwhile Dortmund’s technical director, Michael Zorc, is also hopeful that the deal can be completed soon. He said –
“We are confident it will happen quickly”
Jurgen Klopp however didn’t disclose too many details about this move, but has praised the Gabonese forward.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is good, he is a very interesting player, but I cannot say more until tomorrow,” Klopp said.
Aubameyang has been in prolific form last season and scored 19 goals in the league along with nine assists. He was one of the main reasons behind the French club finishing fifth in the table and qualifying for Europe next season. He also won the French cup as St Etienne defeated Rennes in the final. Gabonese forward started his career at Italian club AC Milan before joining the French club back in 2011. In the last two seasons Aubameyang has scored 39 goals for Etienne and last season he was voted as the best African player in the Ligue 1.
The striker was linked with numerous clubs across Europe, with Inter, Napoli, Everton, Newcastle United and Roma monitoring his progress. But Dortmund have managed to beat all competitions for his signature and he could turn out to be yet another shrewd piece for business by the German club.
Eintracht Frankfurt are unwilling to meet the wages of Arsenal striker
Nicklas Bendtner’s agent has earlier revealed that the German club was in negotiations with the Arsenal striker, but according to latest reports the deal is off as Frankfurt are unwilling to meet his high demands.
The 25-year-old has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team squad since 2010-11 season and has been linked with a move away from the club in order to gain regular first team action. He spent the 2011-12 season on loan to Sunderland and last season after initially refusing a move to German club Hamburg, he was surprisingly signed on loan by Serie A Champions Juventus. But he failed to make any impact at Turin as well, where his on field performances (read non-performances) was largely over shadowed by his off the field antics and injuries. Back in March, he was arrested for driving in a drunken state and was suspended from the Danish national team for six months.
Bendtner has recently revealed that he is willing to join a smaller team this summer in order to get more opportunities on the pitch. But his high demands have always been a stumbling block for interested clubs and now it seems that Frankfurt, who were initially interested in him are ready to pull out of this deal.
Frankfurt Chief Heribert Bruchhage has accepted that the chances of Bendtner joining the German club are ‘slim’ and his wage demands are too high.
“Chances are slim that Nicklas Bendtner will be joining us.
“He is simply in a different salary class and even if we would be able to pay those wages, he cannot deceive our key players.
“We would just able to afford a Nicklas Bendtner salary inside our wages budget. I would think it is definitely unrealistic to believe Arsenal FC could be out to heavily subsidize this deal.” – Bruchhage told the press.
It would be interesting to see if Frankfurt urges the English club to lower the transfer fee in order to accommodate Bendtner’s wage demands. Arsenal will be looking to sell Bendtner this summer in order to lower their wage bill and make way for new arrivals.