Reports: Julian Green to be loaned from Bayern Munich to Hamburg

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Julian Green has made the game day 18 for each of Bayern Munich’s two league matches, but if this season’s meant to be the 19-year-old’s first impact on the Bundesliga, it won’t happen in a FCB uniform. According to reports this evening, the United States international is on the verge of a year-long move to Hamburg, with the two clubs currently finalizing a fee that will send the Tampa-born attacker on loan.

ESPN FC confirmed the impending move through Green’s father, Jerry, who said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is on board with the loan. The temporary switch would presumably give Green a chance to make his Bundesliga debut, with the attacker’s only previous senior team time coming in the early stage of last year’s UEFA Champions League.

From ESPN FC:

Sky Sport News was the first to report that the deal is done, though German newspaper Bild has indicated Hamburg and Bayern are still negotiating the loan fee.

Reached by telephone, Jerry Green said “Julian is going [to Hamburg] as far as we know.”

He also confirmed the loan is “strictly a one-year loan and then back to Bayern type of deal,” adding that when the possibility of a loan arrangement seemed likely, he contacted U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who was fully in favor of the move.

Hamburg, winless through two rounds of this season’s Bundesliga, currently features 27-year-old Croatian Ivo Ilicevic on the left side of the team’s 4-2-3-1 formation – the position Green is most likely to play. With HSV having barely avoided relegation last season, that play will have to come in league and the German Cup, with Mirko Slomka’s team not having the luxury of spreading Green’s minutes into Europe.

Whether he can earn those minutes remains to be seen, though the challenge will likely be much easier at the Imtech Arena. Even coming off a 15-goal season in the fourth tier, Green was unlikely to steal time from players like Mario Götze, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and the rest of Bayern’s first team talents.

Now competing with Ilicevic, Tolgay Arslan, Pierre-Michel Losagga, Artjoms Rudnevs, and Zoltan Stieber for time with Rafael van der Vaart, Green will get a new perspective on where his ranks against the rest of the Bundesliga’s talents.

AT THE HALF: Manchester derby scoreless after 45 minutes

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After 45 minutes, the final Manchester derby of the 2016-17 Premier League season — the one that’ll go a long, long way toward deciding which of the city’s sides will finish in the top-four — is scoreless, but not without incident.

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The game’s best chances thus far fell Manchester City’s way, as Sergio Aguero missed a clear-cut chance after 10 minutes — Kevin De Bruyne whipped in the perfect ball to the back post, and Aguero put it wrong side of David De Gea‘s post.

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Ander Herrera has, once again, be Manchester United’s danger man, combining well with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Claudio Bravo made the one save he was forced into during the first half. One thing to keep an eye on during the final 45 minutes: Rashford picked up a knock very early on, and struggled to move around the field after that.

STREAM LIVE: The Manchester Derby

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The third Manchester Derby of the season is the first away from Old Trafford, as Manchester United visits Manchester City (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

There’s much on the line, as the sides sit just two points apart in the race for the Top Four. Man City would leapfrog third-place Liverpool with a win, while United could join the Reds on 66 points with a match-in-hand.

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Sergio Aguero starts for Man City, with Gabriel Jesus on the bench.

On the other side, it’ll be a physical middle-third guarded by Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Marouane Fellaini. Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard start on the bench.

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Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Clichy, Gabriel Jesus, A. Garcia

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Martial. Subs: Romero, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Young, Lingard, Rooney.

Ex-Liverpool CEO shares biting story of Suarez transfer

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Ian Ayre’s got jokes.

The former Liverpool CEO lifted the lid on some transfer stories during a Merseyside lecture this week.

Of note, Ayre admitted that the club thought Dele Alli demanded too much given what he had produced when the Reds has the chance to sign him as a 16-year-old, and said that Liverpool could’ve landed Alexis Sanchez but the player wanted to live in London (“We couldn’t move the football club to London, unfortunately,” he quipped).

The best part relayed by Sky Sports had to do with Luis Suarez, and shows the relentless nature of the transfer market. Clearly Barcelona had interest in Suarez before the fiery striker bit Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, because, well…

“I remember the sporting director of Barcelona calling me during that game, immediately as Suarez bit the player, and he said to me ‘my friend, he’s bitten somebody, how can this be the price?’ I said ‘he’d already bitten somebody when you first bid!'”

We’re sure there’s a certain amount of storytelling in there, but undoubtedly some truth.

Given Barca paid a reported $84 million for the striker, the asking price couldn’t have started that much higher.

Men in Blazers podcast: Chelsea tops Spurs, Top Four predictions

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Rog and Davo return to discuss Chelsea’s FA Cup semifinal victory over Spurs, update their Top Four predictions (again), and dive into the depths of the relegation zone. Plus, the very important movement to change “Hudson Street” to “Ray Hudson Street.”

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