Bundesliga

  • Bayern not selling Thiago, says Salihami...

    Thiago Alcantara remains a key part of Bayern Munich's squad for the 2018-19 season despite a host of central midfield options, says sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The Barcelona youth product has been linked to a return to Camp Nou during the close-season, with Real Madri...

    Bayern not selling Thiago, says Salihamidzic

    Thiago Alcantara remains a key part of Bayern Munich's squad for the 2018-19 season despite a host of central midfield options, says sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. The Barcelona youth product has been linked to a return to Camp Nou during the close-season, with Real Madrid and Manchester City also said to be interested in the 27-year-old. And with Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, James Rodriguez, Renato Sanches and Thomas Muller all vying for a starting role it had been suggested Bayern could cash in. However, Salihamidzic is adamant the Spain international is very much part of head coach Niko Kovac's plans. "Of course we are planning with him," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. "It will be an interesting battle for places with nine midfielders. "It's the club's duty to the coach to put together a squad for where no discontent is pre-existing, and at the moment we have – more or less – nine central midfielders for probably only three positions." Since arriving from Barca in 2013 Thiago has won five Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals. However, he suggested in May that his future with the Bavarian side is not all clear when asked if he would stay. But the club have been urged to sell Thiago by their former star Lothar Matthaus, who criticised him for performances in big games after their elimination from the Champions League semi-finals last season. "I do not know where he is with his head. With these issues, he is not a player for Bayern Munich," the ex-Germany star said. "If there is an appropriate offer, you can think about it. Especially since Bayern have Thomas Müller, James Rodríguez and Leon Goretzka for the same position "

  • Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real M...

    Madrid want Lukaku as Ronaldo replacement Real Madrid will try to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Don Balon claims. The European champions lost Ronaldo to Juve in a deal worth at least €100 million (£88m/$117m), meaning ...

    Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real Madrid want Lukaku as Ronaldo replacement

    Madrid want Lukaku as Ronaldo replacement Real Madrid will try to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Don Balon claims. The European champions lost Ronaldo to Juve in a deal worth at least €100 million (£88m/$117m), meaning they will have to reinvest in their attack. The club could turn to Lukaku to strengthen Julen Lopetegui's team, but the Belgian would likely knock Karim Benzema out of his position. Ronaldo joins Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a sensational move from Real Madrid to Juventus.  Ronaldo will join the Serie A champions in a deal worth €100 million (£88m/$117m). The 33-year-old leaves Madrid as one of the club's all-time greats, scoring an incredible 451 goals in 438 games with the Blancos. Read the full story on Goal! Torreira joins Arsenal Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal from Sampdoria, both clubs have announced. The defensive midfielder, who featured in every Uruguay game as they reached the World Cup quarter-finals, moves to the club for a €30m (£26m/$34m) fee. Read the full story on Goal! Torres to join Sagan Tosu Fernando Torres has confirmed that he will sign for J-League club Sagan Tosu. The former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker left the Spanish club at the end of the 2017-18 season, following his emotional return to his boyhood team. Torres had been in negotiations with Sagan Tosu several weeks ago , though talks reportedly fell through. However, a breakthrough in negotiations has seen the 34-year-old finally rubber-stamp his move to Japan. Read the full story on Goal right here! Southampton agree £13.5m deal for Man City keeper Southampton have agreed a deal worth £13.5 million ($17.9m) with Manchester City to sign goalkeeper Angus Gunn, according to Sky Sports News. Gunn impressed during a loan spell at Norwich last season, but first-team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium are unlikely to open up in the near future. He will complete his move to St Mary’s once he has passed a medical and agreed personal terms, with Southampton due to pay an initial £10m ($13.2m), with £3.5m ($4.6m) in add-ons. 'Spurs target Grealish will have to be sold' Tottenham target Jack Grealish will have to be sold by Aston Villa this summer, manager Steve Bruce has admitted. Villa must raise £40 million if they are to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, after heavy spending led to an unsuccessful bid for promotion back to the Premier League last season. Spurs are reportedly interested in securing a cut-price deal for the 22-year-old, with some suggesting they hope to agree a deal worth £20m for the versatile attacking midfielder. Read the full story on Goal right here! Icardi drops huge hint he's staying at Inter Mauro Icardi has dropped a huge hint that he will stay at Inter Milan. The Argentina striker has been heavily linked with an exit from the Serie A giants this summer, with Juventus and Real Madrid continually mooted as potential destinations. However, Icardi has now issued a cryptic update on his Instagram page, posting two photos, one with the caption "to be continued". Read the full story on Goal right here! Juventus keen on Bernat Juventus are considering a move for Bayern Munich's versatile left-sided player Juan Bernat, according to Tuttosport. Despite a move for Cristiano Ronaldo dominating Juve's summer thinking, the club are also lining up Bernat as a potential signing, especially if Alex Sandro decides to leave.  Chelsea to hijack City's Jorginho move Chelsea could be set to hijack Manchester City's move for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to Tuttosport. City were expected to land the 26-year-old, but the Italy international could now be set to follow Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge.  The Blues feel their offer of €60 million (£53m/$70m) will be enough to pry Jorginho away from the Premier League champions.  Some Chelsea fans have also taken notice of the fact that Jorginho's mother has followed the Blues on Instagram.  Alaves want Madrid striker Mayoral Alaves are interested in signing Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral, according to AS. Mayoral has struggled for regular first-team football in the past two seasons, during a loan spell at Wolfsburg and then following his return to Madrid. He has previously suggested he could leave Madrid this summer in search of more playing time and has been contacted by Alaves, who have also shown interest in Mayoral’s team-mates Achraf Hakimi and Marcos Llorente. Lewandowski to stay at Bayern Star striker Robert Lewandowski is set to stay with Bayern Munich, reports Bild.  The 29-year-old was expected to depart the Bundesliga champions in the summer after his agent Pini Zahavi declared that he wanted a new challenge.  But after a lacklustre World Cup with Poland, the giant offers required to prise Lewandowski from Bayern may not be forthcoming.  Tottenham return for Malcom Tottenham have again made contact with representatives for Bordeaux star Malcom, according to Le10Sport. Spurs have also been directly in touch with the Ligue 1 side as they attempt to push through a deal for the Brazilian winger.  Inter are also in the mix for the 21-year-old, and Chelsea could join the chase should Eden Hazard depart.   Dortmund eye Zaha Borussia Dortmund are looking at Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Andriy Yarmolenko, reports The Sun. Yarmolenko is poised to join West Ham, leaving the Bundesliga side in need of reinforcements on the wing.  Zaha is believed to want a move to a big club again following a difficult spell at Manchester United from 2013 to 2015. Man City move for Kovacic Manchester City have made an enquiry for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, claims the Mirror.  The Premier League champions have reached a stalemate with Napoli over a fee for Jorginho, and the Croatia international is an option should a deal for the Italy international fall through.  Along with Kovacic, Miralem Pjanic of Juventus and Southampton’s Mario Lemina are also contingency plans for City. €40m Arthur joins Barcelona Barcelona have announced the €40 million (£35m/$47m) signing of Arthur from Gremio.  The 21-year-old will move to the Camp Nou immediately despite being expected to stay at Gremio until January 2019.  Arthur will help fill the midfield void left by Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.  Read the full story on Goal right here! Asensio to remain with Real Madrid Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is staying with the European giants, according to his agent, despite being linked to a move to Liverpool. Talk of an exit grew loud enough during the World Cup that Asensio was asked directly about it, with the midfielder saying he would decide his future after Spain's World Cup was over. On Monday, the midfielder stayed true to his word as Asensio's agent, Horacio Gaggioli, said the 22-year-old will remain with Madrid. Read the full story on Goal right here! Napoli keen on Darmian and Vrsaljko Napoli are interested in signing full-backs Matteo Darmian and Sime Vrsaljko, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.  With Faouzi Ghoulam out long term with an injury, the Partenopei have turned their attention to options from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.  Vrsaljko is also being targeted by Inter, while Darmian has been linked with a move to Juventus. Plea to join Monchengladbach Nice striker Alassane Plea is set to snub Premier League interest to join Borussia Monchengladbach, according to RP Online. The 25-year-old had been targeted by West Ham, Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle, but appears to be making a move to the Bundesliga instead. Fenerbahce interested in Bolasie Fenerbahce are looking to sign Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, reports Sky Sports News. The 29-year-old has been with Everton for two seasons, but a serious knee injury in 2016 has limited him to just 32 appearances. Milan insist Suso won't join Inter AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has said there is no chance that Suso will join up with rivals Inter.  Suso has become one of Milan's biggest stars over the past two seasons, tallying 13 goals and 16 assists over that time.  Found in breach of Financial Fair Play and licensing regulations, Milan could be forced to sell a number of their stars this off-season.  Read the full story on Goal right here!

  • Rangnick takes RB Leipzig reins for pre-...

    Ralf Rangnick will combine his role as RB Leipzig's director of football with first-team coaching duties for the 2018-19 season, with long rumoured head-coach candidate Jesse Marsch as an assistant, as the club waits for the Julian Nagelsmann era to begin next year. Leipzig pull...

    Rangnick takes RB Leipzig reins for pre-Nagelsmann season with Marsch as assistant

    Ralf Rangnick will combine his role as RB Leipzig's director of football with first-team coaching duties for the 2018-19 season, with long rumoured head-coach candidate Jesse Marsch as an assistant, as the club waits for the Julian Nagelsmann era to begin next year. Leipzig pulled off something of a coup by securing the highly rated Nagelsmann for the start of the 2019-20 campaign shortly after Hoffenheim announced the 30-year-old was only going to remain for one more year. But it left Leipzig in the unusual position of having a coach lined up for the future but not for the coming campaign following Ralph Hasenhuttl's departure. Marsch had been expected to take up the position for a year after he left New York Red Bulls on Friday, but instead it has been revealed he left to be Rangnick's assistant. And Rangnick explained his familiarity with the Bundesliga and the German language is why he will be at the head with Marsch on his staff. "It was a decision that needed time," Rangnick said. "We have now come to the conclusion that I will take on the role of head coach, supported by the best coaching staff at our disposal. "Ultimately, it came down to carrying responsibility - I know the league, the team and I speak the language. That isn't the case yet for Jesse Marsch, so that's why he will be working as an assistant coach." Rangnick, who previously led RB Leipzig to their Bundesliga promotion, explained how he plans to balance his role as head coach and sporting director at the club. "The aim is for me to be on the pitch for every training session. Many of my tasks as sporting director will have to be dished out internally. "I'm feeling great, I can't wait to get going and working with this great setup. Everyone in the team needs to feel important and valued, then we can look forward to a successful season with attractive football." Rangnick also has one eye on the transfer market, as he revealed he is looking at adding three more players to the squad.  He also revealed the club is hoping to secure the signing of Ademola Lookman, who scored five league goals in 11 games while on loan from Everton in the second half of the season, on a permanent basis.  "Bringing in three more players would be realistic," Rangnick said. "We're still in talks over Ademola Lookman. "And we're also looking at something for central midfield, whether that's a No.6, 8 or 10. "Our goal is to develop further in every key area and make our playing style something to be feared again. "We want to be able to get into sixth or seventh gear again so that we can get the best possible results."

  • Bayern Munich sign Chris Richards from F...

    Bayern Munich have announced the loan signing of FC Dallas defender Chris Richards until the end of 2018. The 18-year-old, who models his style of play on FCB star Jerome Boateng, will hook up with the Bavarians' Under-19 side, coached by Sebastian Hoeness. Having completed a 1...

    Bayern Munich sign Chris Richards from FC Dallas

    Bayern Munich have announced the loan signing of FC Dallas defender Chris Richards until the end of 2018. The 18-year-old, who models his style of play on FCB star Jerome Boateng, will hook up with the Bavarians' Under-19 side, coached by Sebastian Hoeness. Having completed a 10-day trial with the Bundesliga club, the Alabama native turned heads with his performances and the Germans are happy to have their newest recruit on board. “Chris made a very good impression during his trial in Munich, so we’ve decided to bring him here and give him a chance to play for our U19s,” Campus director Jochen Sauer said. “We have a lot of confidence in him.” Bayern formed a strategic partnership with Dallas around five months ago, and the pair feel that that union is already beginning to bear fruit. “We’re very happy to announce this so early into our partnership with Dallas,” said Rudolf Vidal, Bayern's President of the Americas. “FC Dallas is one of the leading MLS clubs in terms of the promotion of talent. With this partnership, FC Bayern aims to help support the growth of soccer in the US.” Dallas president Dan Hunt was similarly happy with the deal.

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