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Created : 09/18/2021
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Only 6 launches in two years; “£10m Marco Roca needs to capitalize on Leeds or West Ham chance

Premier League transfer news; Jesse Marsch Leeds United and David Moyes' West Ham as does Marc Roca from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. (Author: Gardener)

West Ham"Nobody said it was going to be easy," sings Chris Martin on the 2002 Coldplay classic The Scientist. "Nobody said it was going to be this hard." Though Martin slurs, "It's such a shame for us that we're splitting up," Bayern fans are unlikely to think the same about a man who has only started six Bundesliga games - and two in the Champions League - since joining the German giants Espanyol in the summer of 2020. According to The Athletic are Bayern already ready to cut their losses, two years after Roca's five-year contract. If Leeds United or West Ham, two clubs rumored to be offering Roca a fresh start, come up with £10m, the Bundesliga serial champions won't stand in his way. "I want to play," said the former Spain U21 international last year. "(But) I realize that I have what is probably the best midfielder in the world (Joshua Kimmich) or one of the best ahead of me and I have to accept that." There is arguably no more complete player in European football right now than a man who looked every inch a world-class full-back before blossoming into a more central role at the Allianz Arena. However, Kimmich is not the only obstacle in Roca's path. Bayern are also close to signing Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax for a transfer fee of over £20m. And while three trophies in just two years is some consolation, Roca isn't the kind of character who will settle for just picking up his weekly pay packet before settling into the Bayern bench. According to Kicker, the 25-year-old wants to leave. Yaya Toure, Rafael Van der Vaart and Martin Odegaard all eventually arrived in the Premier League after failing to establish themselves elsewhere. And Roca, a highly technical central midfielder who has earned comparisons to the likes of Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso and Thiago Alcantara, should not be written off simply for failing to oust Kimmich at Bayern. "He mostly plays eighth, he's a bit like Goretzka. Can play good passes, he has game intelligence,” says German legend Lothar Matthäus about Roca. A move to Leeds or West Ham - two teams with more than enough room for a stylish, cultured central midfielder in the form of Roca - should help the forgotten Munich player get his career back on track. In other news, agent said Celtic want a 30-year-old now he can join the Hoops for free



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