Bayern Munich targets $128m Barcelona transfer as Ajax chief sacked after Liverpool ‘interest’

Liverpool’s European competitors are as follows: Bayern Munich apparently plans to spend much on a Barcelona player, and an Ajax executive has been fired following ugly incidents against Feyenoord.

After last season’s disappointment, Liverpool’s strong start to the current campaign will undoubtedly be welcomed by the club’s supporters.

The Reds’ unbeaten start to the season was extended with a 3-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday. With two points separating them from Manchester City at this early juncture in the Premier League standings, the Reds are currently the only team standing in their way.

Even though Liverpool missed out on a spot in the Champions League for the upcoming season, it already appears as though it may be poised to retake its place among Europe’s best. Of course, the season has a long way to go.

The continent’s leagues are starting to take shape, with the typical suspects competing in their respective levels. However, there were unpleasant scenes in Amsterdam over the weekend, and Ajax’s rocky start to the season took a turn for the worse when its match against Feyenoord was postponed because of crowd disturbances.

Following the victory over West Ham on Sunday and the next Carabao Cup match against Leicester City on Wednesday, here is the perspective of on some of the most significant stories in European football today.

‘Ready’ to go big on Pedri at Bayern Munich
According to Fichajes, Bayern Munich is interested in recruiting Barcelona star Pedri and is willing to pay between $106 million (£87 million/€100 million) and $128 million (£104 million/€120 million).

According to the Spanish source, Bayern will be trying to strengthen its midfield during the upcoming summer’s transfer window. The Bundesliga powerhouse is still interested in Joo Palhinha despite missing out on the Fulham star on deadline day; however, Leon Goretzka’s recent performances appear to be a source of concern, with Pedri being considered as a potential remedy.

Pedri had previously been associated with Liverpool (through OK Diario and others), but acquiring him from Barcelona always seemed unlikely. The La Liga champion is committed to keeping hold of its top prospects despite not having the ideal financial situation.

It remains to be seen whether Bayern would be able to persuade it otherwise next year, but it does feel like the German team may be barking up the wrong tree.

After the Feyenoord game was abandoned, Sven Mislintat was fired by Ajax.
Following the cancellation of Sunday’s match between Ajax and Feyenoord, Sven Mislintat, the club’s director of football, has been fired with immediate effect.

Before yesterday’s match, the Dutch team had gone four games without a victory. They appeared to be doomed to lose once again after going behind 3-0 when the game was stopped by fans throwing flares onto the field, while other unsavoury events took place off it.

Ajax announced it had parted ways with Mislintat in a statement shortly after the departure was made official. Interim CEO Jan van Halst stated: “Several attempts to regain broad support have not resulted in the intended conclusion. This causes anger both inside and outside of the club, also as a result of the underwhelming outcomes.

“Sven has worked extremely hard for Ajax recently, and we are appreciative. Now, it is in Ajax’s best interest to go forward cooperatively and return to competitive success.

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