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Transfer news: Man United-Inter Milan swap, Lallana goes south

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The Premier League’s transfer rumor mill sees two players with silverware experience in England linked with new homes, one in a swap deal with an Italian power.

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Manchester United, Liverpool, Brighton, and Inter Milan are the clubs in focus on Saturday.

Perisic to Manchester United, Alexis to Inter Milan

At first blush, this is a weird one but it’s an onion when you get into the layers of it.

Manchester United has been linked with Ivan Perisic for some time and has wanted to move on from Alexis Sanchez for even longer.

Inter boss Antonio Conte has come around on the Chilean and reportedly is ready to move on from Perisic after a loan move to Bayern failed to see the German powers trigger an option to buy the veteran.

Sanchez has two goals and six assists since the return from the coronavirus pause in what is by far his best run since his last half-season with Arsenal.

Perisic is a few months younger than Sanchez and has a more sustained recent record of success. The Croatian has between 16-22 goal involvements in each of the last four seasons between Inter and Bayern.

Both players are under contract at their current clubs through 2021-22. Make sense? Perisic feels like the prime item in the deal but Conte values Sanchez and that’s big.

Lallana to Brighton

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is going to have a new home next season, and it looks like it’ll be back down south.

But Lallana isn’t linked with a glorious reunion with Southampton, where he was one of a bevy of players to attract the dollars of Anfield, or even former loan home Bournemouth.

Lallana has reportedly agreed with Brighton and Hove Albion and a move to the Amex Stadium.

Graham Potter’s Brighton would on the surface be a great fit for the 32-year-old, who’s been a part time player for Liverpool the past three seasons after three seasons as a regular starter.

So that’ll help the proverbial tread on the tires of a player his age, who has 81 goals and 70 assists in 439 appearances between Liverpool and Southampton.

Bayern holds off Eintracht to reach German Cup Final

Bayern Munich v. Eintracht Frankfurt recap
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Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic scored to lift Bayern Munich into the German Cup Final with a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Bayern meets Bayer Leverkusen in the July 4 final in Berlin. Bayer controlled fourth-tier Saarbrucken in the other semifinal. If Bayern wins its second-straight title it will become the first club to win 20 German Cups.

Danny Da Costa briefly brought Eintracht level, and the club wore #blacklivesmatter on the front of its shirt above a smaller printing of primary sponsor Indeed, the latest in a wide array of anti-racism statements from Bundesliga clubs.

The 31-year-old Lewandowski now has 45 goals in 39 matches this season, while Thomas Muller picked up a career-high 24th assist on Perisic’s goal.

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Bayern nearly headed home in the seventh minute off a cross but David Kohr cleared the ball off the line.

Moments later, Thomas Muller slid a ball through the six but it bounded between Robert Lewandowski’s legs in surprising fashion.

Bayern got its goal in the 14th as Muller made the most of a loose ball, chipping to the back post for Perisic’s diving header.

Lewandowski had another miss but not nearly as bad as Kingsley Coman’s failure to slot an Alphonso Davies cross in the 26th.

Eintracht was better in the second half, though Kevin Trapp was called upon to stop Joshua Kimmich in the 58th minute.

The game snapped to life from a dreary spell with Eintracht’s equalizer, Daichi Kamada’s hopeful pass across the 18 meeting fellow sub Da Costa for the equalizer.

Trapp made a strong stop on Muller moments later as Bayern hoped for a quick answer, and they got it in the 75th with help from VAR.

Leon Goretzka laid off for Alphonso Davies, who was initially ruled offside when his pass to Goretzka was slotted home by Lewandowski.

Americans Abroad: Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes at left back, registering a key pass in completing 70 percent of his passes. He completed four of nine long balls, won five of 11 duels, and had three clearances to go with two fouls drawn and committed (SofaScore).

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Bundesliga: Gladbach, Leipzig sit 1-2 as Bayern drops into 7th

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There are six sides within six points of first place in the Bundesliga, and not one is named Bayern Munich.

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Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich

Ramy Bensebaini scored twice including a stoppage time penalty kick as Gladbach stayed atop the league and Bayern Munich dropped seven points off the pace.

Ivan Perisic had given the visitors a 49th minute lead before Bensebaini answered at the hour mark. The grandstand finish is below.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Schalke

A Lucas Alario double was enough for Bayer, who gave up its insurance goal within a minute of Alario’s second. David Wagner‘s Schalke is now level with Bayer on points but two spots ahead in goal differential.

American midfielder Weston McKennie was American center back Weston McKennie on Saturday, recording two clearances, two blocked shots, an interception, and a tackle. He won 9-of-11 duels and passed at 70 percent with 6-of-14 long balls, via SofaScore.

Leon Bailey kept up his fine form with an assist. Read his interview with PST, here.

Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf

Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho each scored twice to join Thorgan Hazard on the score sheet as BVB moved third with an emphatic defeat of USMNT features Alfredo Morales and Zack Steffen.

RB Leipzig 3-1 Hoffenheim

Timo Werner scored in each half and Marcel Sabitzer also scored for Leipzig, who stayed just one point behind Gladbach. The two sides don’t meet until Feb. 1 at Leipzig.

Elsewhere

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Freiburg 1-0 Wolfsburg — Saturday
Augsburg 2-1 Mainz — Saturday
Union Berlin v. Koln — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen v. Paderborn — Noon ET Sunday

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Mönchengladbach 14 10 1 3 30 16 14 6-1-1 4-0-2 31
 RB Leipzig 14 9 3 2 39 16 23 4-2-1 5-1-1 30
 Borussia Dortmund 14 7 5 2 33 19 14 5-2-0 2-3-2 26
 FC Schalke 04 14 7 4 3 25 18 7 3-3-1 4-1-2 25
 SC Freiburg 14 7 4 3 24 17 7 4-2-1 3-2-2 25
 Bayer Leverkusen 14 7 4 3 22 18 4 3-4-1 4-0-2 25
 Bayern Munich 14 7 3 4 35 20 15 4-1-2 3-2-2 24
 1899 Hoffenheim 14 6 3 5 19 23 -4 3-1-3 3-2-2 21
 VfL Wolfsburg 14 5 5 4 15 14 1 2-3-2 3-2-2 20
 Eintracht Frankfurt 14 5 3 6 24 22 2 4-3-1 1-0-5 18
 FC Augsburg 14 4 5 5 20 26 -6 3-2-2 1-3-3 17
 1. FC Union Berlin 13 5 1 7 16 19 -3 4-0-3 1-1-4 16
 FSV Mainz 05 14 5 0 9 20 34 -14 3-0-3 2-0-6 15
 Werder Bremen 13 3 5 5 22 28 -6 1-2-3 2-3-2 14
 Hertha BSC Berlin 14 3 3 8 20 29 -9 2-0-4 1-3-4 12
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 14 3 3 8 16 29 -13 2-1-3 1-2-5 12
 1. FC Köln 13 2 2 9 12 28 -16 1-1-4 1-1-5 8
 SC Paderborn 13 1 2 10 16 32 -16 1-0-6 0-2-4 5

Bayern seals loan move for Ivan Perisic

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Bayern Munich announced Tuesday morning the signing of Inter winger Ivan Perisic on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

The German club had been pushing hard for a winger this summer after the dual retirement of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. They were heavily linked to Manchester City winger Leroy Sane for much of the summer, with an increase in sincerity over the past few weeks, but the German international tore knee ligaments in the Community Shield, ruining any potential deal.

That led Bayern to the doorstep of Perisic, bringing on the 30-year-old winger who was a critical component of the Croatian side that reached the 2018 World Cup final. Perisic was a regular for Inter all four years in Italy, making at least 34 league starts in every season at the club. Last season he scored eight goals in Serie A action, but his assist numbers were down, feeding a teammate just four times after recording 11 assists each of the last two seasons.

Perisic is familiar with the Bundesliga, having spent two and a half years at each of Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, moving between the two in January 2013. The Bayern winger ranks still remain incredibly thin, as Perisic will compete with Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and Alphonso Davies for time on the flanks.

“I’m very glad to be back in Germany,” Perisic said in the official club release. “Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in Europe. “We want to go on the attack, not only in the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup, but also in the Champions League.”

The 30-year-old arrives at Bayern having played in the Champions League just once since leaving Dortmund, with Inter bowing out of the competition in the group stage this past campaign. Still, with 82 caps for Croatia and 23 international goals, Perisic is a seasoned veteran at the highest stage.

Transfer latest: Chelsea refuse to sell Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal eye signings

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For at least the next six months, it appears Callum Hudson-Odoi will remain a Chelsea player.

That’s according to reports in England and Germany, which state that Chelsea has rejected Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request amid multiple bids from Bayern Munich. German publication SportBild reported on Monday that after a discussion with Chelsea executive Marina Granovskaia, Hudson-Odoi learned he would be staying at Stamford Bridge until at least the summer. Hudson-Odoi is in the final 18 months of his contract, and has so far refused to come to the negotiating table with Chelsea for a new contract offer, as he’s unhappy with the amount of playing time he’s received.

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Hudson-Odoi has made five Premier League appearances this season but has not started yet. He has been a regular in the cup competitions, including the Europa League, but it appears Bayern Munich are willing to spend big, upwards of $40 million in transfer fees.

With Hudson-Odoi sticking around, he’ll have to bide his time and hope that he can produce some good performances. For Chelsea, keeping him around could also increase his value, enabling them to bring in an even bigger fee if they’re ultimately unsuccessful at re-signing him.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

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