Bayern blocked Lewandowski sale after ‘several offers’

Robert Lewandowski claims he received “several offers” in the close-season but never expected Bayern Munich to sell him, even after he criticised the club’s hierarchy. The Poland striker made public his unhappiness at the Allianz Arena in August as he accused Bayern of failing to provide adequate support during a brief slump in form last season. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly interested, but Bayern held firm in their stance against a sale, despite the 30-year-old’s insistence on airing his grievances. Lewandowski admits he never anticipated he would be…

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Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus hits out at Lewandowski and James

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has described James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski as “players who only think of themselves” in an attack on Bayern Munich’s underperforming stars, while giving his backing to embattled coach Niko Kovac. James was given his third Bundesliga start of the season against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday but both he and Lewandowski failed to impress as the German champions slipped to a 3-0 home defeat. Bayern are fifth in the Bundesliga table after a run of four games without a win and Matthaus took aim at…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Corentin Tolisso suffers knee injury in costly Bayern victory

Bayern Munich have been handed a significant blow as Corentin Tolisso suffered a knee injury during the club’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The World Cup winning midfielder sustained an injury to his right knee in a tackle with Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland shortly before half-time. James Rodriguez replaced Tolisso and scored Bayern’s third goal in the 89th minute, as Kovac’s side made it three wins from as many Bundesliga games. Tolisso was not the only Bayern player injured as right back Rafinha was also forced off with ten…

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Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson set for Hoffenheim loan switch

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is expected to join Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal, according to a report in Goal. The 18-year-old is out of contract at the Emirates next summer but is expected to sign a new contract at the club before moving on to Germany. With the likes of Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck favoured above Nelson in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium, he has made the decision to move in an attempt to secure regular first-team football. He will follow his compatriot Jadon Sancho, who joined Borussia Dortmund last year after leaving Manchester City and…

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Dortmund sign Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona

Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer has joined Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan. The Bundesliga side have an option for a permanent purchase next summer. Dortmund will pay €2 million up front for the loan and can commit him to a four-year deal if they hand over a further €23m (£20.9m/$27m) at the end of the season, though the Catalan side can reject that offer. With a further €5m in variables, the 24-year-old could end up costing €30m. Dortmund turned their attention to Alcacer after Liverpool refused to sanction a move…

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PSG sign Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer for £33m

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Thilo Kehrer from Schalke for £33m on a five-year contract. The 21-year-old, who is a Germany U-21 international, will wear the number 4 jersey at the Ligue 1 champions. He told PSG’s official website: “It is with much joy and ambition that I have signed for Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone in Europe knows how strong and exciting the Paris Saint-Germain project is and I couldn’t think of a better club for me to continue my progression and reach my objectives. ✍️#WillkommenKehrer pic.twitter.com/QisVLl1uHs — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside)…

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Petr Cech in row with Bayer Leverkusen over Twitter remarks

Petr Cech has become involved in a row with Bayer Leverkusen after the German club appeared to criticize his performance in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Cech struggled with new manager Unai Emery’s demands to play the ball out of defence and almost scored an own goal after mis-hitting a back pass from Matteo Guendouzi. With Arsenal having spent £19.2m on former Leverkusen number Bernd Leno in the summer, it was slightly surprising to see Cech given the nod ahead of the German. A video of Cech almost scoring an…

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Barcelona complete signing of Arturo Vidal for £27m from Bayern Munich

Barcelona have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich in a £27m deal after agreeing personal terms with the Chile midfielder. The 31-year-old, who moved to Germany in 2015 from Juventus for £32m, met Barça officials last week and passed his medical after being granted permission to leave by the new Bayern manager, Niko Kovac. Italian side Inter Milan were considered frontrunners for Vidal’s signature but Barcelona swooped in to make the midfielder their fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla and the Brazilian…

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Achraf Hakimi set for loan move to Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid right back Achraf Hakimi is on the verge of a loan move to Borussia Dortmund for at least two seasons, according to media reports in Germany and Spain. The Spanish giants have completed the €40m signing of Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola, and the Spain international’s arrival means there will be limited opportunities for Hakimi next term. BILD says the 19-year-old Morocco international is Dortmund’s first choice at right back and he will spend the next two seasons at the Signal Iduna Park. With Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Odriozola…

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Arsenal complete Papastathopoulos signing from Dortmund

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract. Reports linking the Greek international with the north London club have been widespread in the last few weeks and Unai Emery has now got his man as he continues the rebuilding work following Arsene Wenger’s departure. The 30-year-old brings experience to Arsenal’s defence and having won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during his time with Dortmund, Emery will be hoping he proves the lynchpin at the heart of a new-look club.…

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Morata deemed to expensive for Dortmund move

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing a striker this summer to boost their ranks but they will not make a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata who is ‘too expensive’ for the Bundesliga side. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc made these remarks when asked about how the club intend to replace Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left for Arsenal in January in a £50m deal. “Of course, we have candidates in mind. But the position of centre forward is currently the most difficult to fill in European top football,” Zorc told Spark…

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Multiple names in frame as Arsenal step up their pursuit for a centre-back

Arsenal are yet to finalize on their new manager but that hasn’t stopped them from pursuing their targets in the transfer market. It’s not a secret that the Gunners want to bring a new centre-back at the club in the summer, and a number of names have been linked with the club in past one week. The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu is a top target for the North London club, and club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is pushing for a £35million deal for the…

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Chelsea to consider selling Batshuayi, plans made to sign midfielder

Chelsea could sell Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund in the summer, according to the latest report from the Evening Standard. However, the Blues are likely to demand more than £50m for the Belgian striker. Batshuayi is currently on loan at Dortmund, and the German club have admitted that they wish to convert the deal into a permanent one. The 24-year-old joined Chelsea in a £33.1m move from Marseille in the summer of 2016. However, his one-and-a-half seasons in West London were quite uneventful, and he never managed to get a foothold…

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Reports: Manchester City to once again break the bank in the summer

Manchester City spent an astronomical amount of money on signings last summer. The impact of a fruitful summer was obvious for everyone as the Citizens comfortably lifted the Premier League title this week. Under the current ownership, City have won three league titles, but European success has eluded them. Pep Guardiola was signed to fix that, but the Spaniard too has failed in first two attempts. However, City’s ownership hasn’t given up on the Spaniard, and they are prepared to bankroll another busy summer for their manager. According to the…

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Sevilla vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions

Sevilla are definitely the least-fancied team at this stage of their tournament. However, they fully deserve their spot against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich following their heroic performance against Manchester United in the last round. Both sides will play the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday. Sevilla have been underwhelming in La Liga, and they sit in the sixth spot. However, they have lived up to their reputation in Europe once again and find themselves amongst eight best sides in Europe. On Saturday, Los Rojiblancos came…

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Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea, but Hazard could leave in the summer

Michy Batshuayi has made a bright start to his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, and quite obviously, it has raised questions over his future at Chelsea. The Belgian striker joined the Blues in a €40 million move from Marseille in the summer of 2016. In his one-and-a-half at Chelsea, he never quite managed to cement his place in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven. He was allowed to join Borussia Dortmund on a loan move in January as the Blues signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Since his move, Batshuayi has scored three…

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Bayern Munich vs Besiktas – Betting Tips and Predictions

Bayern Munich will resume their European challenge with a home tie against Besiktas in the first leg of the last-16 tie on Tuesday. The Bundesliga giants will be favourites to win their tie against the Turkish side, who are making their debut in the knockout stages of the competition. Bayern were drawn together with Paris Saint-Germain and both clubs ended the group stage with 15 points. Bayern could only manage the second spot due to an inferior head-to-head record. However, the German club are currently on an 11-game winning run…

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Aubameyang arrives at Arsenal training ground to complete record transfer

It appears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now closer than ever to complete his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund. Both clubs have been locked in talks over the striker for quite some time, but it was only on Monday that an agreement was reached over the transfer fee. However, there was still a little sticking point of Dortmund finding a suitable replacement in time. Regardless, it seems that the Gabon international has already arrived at the club’s training ground sometime earlier today to complete his move to the North London…

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Five major Premier League signings possible in the last week of January window

It has been quite an eventful January, and a huge amount of talent has switched allegiances up until now. However, with only a week left in the window, we expect to see a bump in transfer activity and some major movement in the coming days. Here’s our take on five biggest Premier League transfers that are expected to take place in the last week of the ongoing transfer window. 5. Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City Manchester City can’t possibly imagine improving on their first half of the…

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Are we witnessing the best January transfer window in the recent years?

It has been quite a busy January transfer window in Premier League this season. More often than not, the winter transfer window remains devoid of big transfers. And big clubs very rarely let go of their key players in January. Most managers hate this window and have publicly talked about abolishing it completely. However, circumstances have conspired in such a way this month that we can expect to see some very different-looking top sides in the league post-January. To start things off, Liverpool made a big statement in the first…

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Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain- Betting Tips and Predictions

Bayern Munich welcome high scoring Paris Saint Germain in the Allianz Arena in Munich. Although a win in this game will see Bayern Munich level on points with PSG, the Bavarians will have to settle for second place due to PSG’s superior goal difference.  Unai Emery’s men have scored 24 goals and conceded once resulting in a +23 goal difference. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have scored 10 goals and conceded 5 times thus a +5 goal difference.  Bayern will try to avenge the 3-0 defeat they suffered in…

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United targeting big January signing, Ozil advised against move and more

Manchester United are set to launch a big January move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, according to the latest reports. The Express cites a report from TuttoMercatoWeb which claims that United are set to go head-to-head with Chelsea for the services of Rose in the winter transfer window. United have been linked with the England international in the past, and as per the report, Jose Mourinho is set to renew his interest in the 27-year-old. The full-back is still recovering from a serious knee injury which he sustained at the…

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Hazard to stay in London, but Sanchez might seal his exit in January

Chelsea star Eden Hazard could agree to a new deal with the West London club following the upcoming international break, claims the Express. The Belgian has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Blues are committed to secure his long-term future. The report claims that the Premier League champions are prepared to make Hazard the highest-paid player in the league by offering him a new £300,000 a week deal. The star player has supposedly given up on his dream of playing for Real, and he is…

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Naivety cost inexperienced Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim at Anfield

“I’m not in awe of this club. We know it’s a big name with a lot of history. But I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown in the first leg that we coped well with them. We can deal with fast attackers.” The words of Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann during his pre-match press conference, ahead of his side’s second leg tie with Liverpool at Anfield. The 30-year-old was similarly outspoken in the aftermath of their 2-1 defeat in the first leg. “We had the ball in many important spaces. He…

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