BONN, Germany — Julian Green has been in the public eye long enough that it’s hard to believe he’s never really gotten his professional soccer career untracked. At the same time, it seems hard to believe that a player who is just 21 needs a jump-start for what was once a rapid ascent on the U.S. national team. Famously developed through the Bayern Munich youth system, the Tampa-born, German-raised Green has spent the vast majority of his club career trying to justify its auspicious beginning. Little came of four years of struggling to break through with one of the best teams in the world. So in January, Green made what could be seen as a humbling move to Stuttgart, which was relegated after last
Arsene Wenger has reportedly turned down a stunning offer from China that would have seen him overtake Pep Guardiola as the best-paid manager in the world. The Mirror claims an unnamed Chinese outfit were ready to offer the Arsenal boss a £30m-a-year ($37.3m) deal, more than doubling the current Manchester City manager's salary. The 67-year-old Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium in the summer and his future has been clouded in doubt since the humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.
Romelu Lukaku has his sights set on football's biggest honours but is happy at Everton for the time being. Belgium striker Lukaku netted his 17th Premier League goal of the season during Saturday's 2-0 win over lowly Sunderland at Goodison Park and that impressive return has seen him linked to major names such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United. The 23-year-old's agent Mino Raiola said that an extension to his contract, which expires in 2019, is almost ready to be finalised and Lukaku is content in the knowledge he is continuing to progress on Merseyside.