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    A taxi driver in Germany was left 'bitterly disappointed' with his reward after returning Manuel Neuer's forgotten wallet.  The driver, Hazir S., drove almost 75 miles to deliver the wallet to the German legend's manager at Tegernsee, Bavaria, along with his own contact details. Despite the wallet reportedly containing around £680 (€800), Neuer rewarded Hazir with just a Bayern goalkeeper's shirt for his troubles. Manuel Neuer left taxi driver Hazir S. fuming after sending the driver a Bayern Munich shirt as a reward for returning his lost wallet RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Matthijs de Ligt reveals Holland boss Louis van Gaal told... Frenkie de Jong 'DOESN'T want to sign for Man United because... Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller breaks silence... Robert Lewandowski is pictured in a Barcelona shirt for the... Share this article Share 80 shares Hazir received the shirt as his reward in the post two weeks after returning the wallet, without comment or note of thanks.   He told Sky Germany: 'This finder's fee is a mockery. I have four...
    A FURIOUS taxi driver has revealed his anger after driving 75 miles to reunite Manuel Neuer with his wallet only for the German legend to not even say thank you. The man, named only as Hazir S, had given the Bayern Munich goalkeeper, 36, a lift from the club's training ground to a fancy apartment complex in the exclusive residential Lehel area of the German city. 1A taxi driver was left furious after Manuel Neuer didn't even say thank you for returning his lost wallet which included £700 in cash and his cardsCredit: Getty After finishing his shift, the taxi driver found a wallet containing £700 in cash, a Platinum Visa and Black Mastercard in the back of his car. Realising it belonged to Neuer, Hazir S embarked on a 75-mile quest to return the wallet to its owner. The trip would have cost a customer a staggering £340 - but Hazir S flew solo on his mission to ensure Neuer wasn't left out of pocket. But the taxi driver was left furious and disappointed after Neuer didn't say thank...
    CHELSEA have been made aware of Bayern Munich's asking price for defender Benjamin Pavard, according to reports. Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring reinforcements into his back line after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen were released this summer. 2Pavard is being linked with a move to Chelsea this summerCredit: Getty 2Tuchel wants to bolster his back line after losing Rudiger and ChristensenCredit: Getty The Blues have already secured the signature of Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly. But Tuchel wants more strength in depth and Pavard is one of several names they have been linked with. However, according to Ekrem Konur, Bayern value the Frenchman at £30million. This is a steep price for someone who is reportedly being looked at as a back-up right-back to Reece James. READ MORE ON CHELSEACHELSEA LATEST Pavard £30m deal lined up, Kounde £47m signing AGREED Pavard joined Bayern from Stuttgart in 2019 for £31.4m, so the German champions are keen to recoup almost all of that fee. He has made 119 appearances for Bayern, scoring five goals and providing 11 assists. Pavard has won the Bundesliga...
    ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI was reportedly the last player to report for training as he returned to the Bayern Munich squad on Wednesday. The 33-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer. 2Lewandowski returned to Bayern training on WednesdayCredit: AFP 2He is hoping to secure a move to Barcelona before the end of the transfer windowCredit: AFP Over the past few weeks he has been enjoying some holiday time with his family, visiting Turkey, Mallorca, Ibiza and Sicily. But he is now back with the rest of his team-mates amid uncertainty surrounding his future. According to Bild, Lewandowski was the last of the Bayern squad to arrive for training on Wednesday. He rocked up at 9.06am for some fitness tests, 10 minutes after Leroy Sane. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Cristiano Ronaldo offered £2.4m-a-WEEK, Messi new PSG deal prepared It is claimed that the Bayern players were due to report for training at 9am - so Lewandowski was six minutes late. But he showed that he remains in incredible shape as photos emerged of him on...
    NOTTINGHAM FOREST are set to sign Bayern Munich left-back Omar Richards for a £7million fee. The former Reading star has struggled for game time at Bayern-Munich but is looking to revive his career at newly promoted Forest. 1Omar Richards is set to move to Nottingham ForestCredit: Getty The 24 year-old travelled abroad on Thursday night to prepare for his medical. The Bayern Munich left-back is scheduled to have a medical today before completing his move. If everything goes to plan Richards will sign a four year deal with Forest. Richards has struggled for game time since joining the Bundesliga champions last May on a free. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Barcelona close in on Lewandowski, Messi DISAGREEMENT with Mbappe over Neymar The left-back made just 17 appearances in all competitions as his team marched to a tenth successive title. Before joining them Richards was a key player for Reading, coming through the youth system before making 104 appearances for the first team. Steve Cooper will be hoping Richards will flourish in the five at the back system which Cooper adopted in...
    BAYERN MUNICH keeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has sensationally claimed he was forced to play with Covid-19 on loan at Sunderland.  The German stopper alleges that the Black Cats refused to treat him, demanding him be “tougher”. 1Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has accused Sunderland of forcing him to play despite suffering from Covid-19Credit: Arron Gent/News Images Hoffmann was the Black Cats’ first-choice stopper in League One when he was struck down with Covid in early January, missing two games.  He then started four straight matches before not playing again for the rest of the season, returning to Bayern after Sunderland clinched promotion to the Championship. The 23-year-old stopper was left “really scared” that he could have an inflammatory heart condition post-Covid like Bayern team-mate Alphonso Davies did. Hoffmann said: “At the turn of the year I got infected and that changed everything. “When I came back after seven days of quarantine, I went straight back in goal – although the quick test was still slightly positive. “I had to play with Corona. “I played three games, but felt worse from game to game. I...
    ARSENAL'S pursuit of Serge Gnabry has been handed a major boost with the winger now destined to leave Bayern Munich this summer. The 26-year-old has reportedly rejected Bayern's proposal of a new contract, and the club will not be making an increased offer. 1Serge Gnabry is said to have rejected Bayern Munich's latest contract offer, which the club will not be improvingCredit: Getty It was reported last week that Gnabry was unhappy with Bayern's latest wage offer and rejected an extension. Now Bild claim Bayern are not budging on the terms they have laid out and do not plan to make an improved bid. The standoff means Gnabry is likely to be on the move in the upcoming window. He has just 12 months remaining on his contract so a sale this summer is likely, with Bayern open to cashing in on the German international as to not lose him for free next summer. Read More On ArsenalGUNNERS NEWS Arsenal 'very close to signing Jesus' as Lacazette agrees to rejoin Lyon Arsenal are thought to...
    ARSENAL will reportedly look to bring Serge Gnabry back to the Emirates this summer as the winger mulls over a Bayern Munich departure. And the Gunners are also said to be prepared to wait until next year to secure his services on a free transfer with his contract at the Allianz Arena to expire in 2023. 1Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry has been linked with a summer switch to ArsenalCredit: Getty Bayern icon and former Liverpool ace Markus Babbel urged the 26-year-old to shun a move away and commit his future to the Bavarian outfit in an interview with SunSport. But the Germany international is believed to be considering his future having rejected a new deal. A Premier League return has been mooted, with former employers Arsenal linked. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are also all understood to be keeping tabs on the ex-West Brom loanee. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Nketiah's £100k per week contract, Arsenal 'pull plug' on Partey Meanwhile Real Madrid are claimed to have identified the player as an alternative to Kylian Mbappe after the 23-year-old penned a new...
    INCOMING Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag might be bringing one of his top stars with him to Old Trafford. Netherlands centre-half Jurrien Timber could make the move to the Prem with his current Ajax boss next season, according to Sky Sports. 1Jurrien Timber has impressed at Ajax and Erik ten Hag wants to take him to Man Utd Bayern Munich have also been linked with the 20-year-old. But Florian Plettenberg, a correspondent for the German giants, tweeted an update which is good news for Red Devils fans. He said: "Bayern inquired about him but it is said the 20 year-old could join Ten Hag at Manchester United. "Talks with his management have taken place and Manchester United is seriously interested." READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners Ten Hag has joined United on a three-year deal with the option of one more and will take the reigns for next season. And after leading Ajax to a third Eredivisie title in as many years he was asked about...
    BAYERN MUNICH's stars have been blasted for going on holiday to Ibiza straight after being thrashed 3-1 by Mainz. Former Germany and Munich star Lothar Matthäus didn't hold back in his assessment of the situation. 1Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski discuss the game against Mainz.Credit: Getty He told Sky: "It's unacceptable after a match like this." Munich were smashed on Saturday and jetted off for a party weekend in Ibiza just hours later, according to Bild via Marca. Coach Julian Nagelsmann granted the squad the days off. The Bavarians have already won the Bundesliga title this season. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFLARE UP Richarlison faces FA rap after lobbing flare into crowd as Everton star celebrates After going 2-0 down inside 30 minutes, talisman Robert Lewandowski pulled one back for the visitors, bringing his tally for the season to 49 goals in just 44 games. However, Bayern were unable to turn the the game around and conceded a third and final time in the 57th minute. This is despite bringing on the likes of former Manchester City...
    ARSENAL'S hopes of landing Serge Gnabry have been given a boost after reports that he is refusing to sign a blockbuster Bayern Munich contract. The winger would reportedly see his pay double if he put pen to paper, but is yet to do so. 1Gnabry has been linked to a move back to the EmiratesCredit: AFP The stand-off could open the door to Arsenal tempting the superstar back to the Emirates. Gnabry left the club in 2016, but has since gone on to make a name for himself playing in Germany. But Bild report that contract talks with Bayern have stalled, despite big money being on the table. The German newspaper say Gnabry could potentially double his wages from a reported £6.7m a year to between £14m and £16m. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Arsenal 'favourites' to sign PSV star Gakpo, Gunners in Dybala 'discussions'Free bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners If he were to sign the contract, it would rank Gnabry among the highest earners at the...
    BAYERN MUNICH have received a huge boost with Alphonso Davies back in light training after a heart scare. The left-back hasn't featured since December 17 after he tested positive for coronavirus. 3Alphonso Davies is back in light training to hand Bayern Munich a major boostCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 3Canada international Davies hasn't featured for the Bundesliga side since December 19Credit: Not known, clear with picture desk And the Canada international was then diagnosed with inflammation of the heart in January. It was discovered as the youngster completed routine medical checks at the club’s HQ after recovering from the virus. And those highlighted signs of mild myocarditis. Myocarditis can be caused by an infection as a result of suffering from a virus like Covid-19. 3Left-back Davies was diagnosed with inflammation of the heart in JanuaryCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk The condition can lead to irregular heart rhythms, while it can also cause the heart to adequately pump blood around the body. But in a boost for Davies and Bayern, he has been snapped back in training where he...
    NIKLAS SULE has told Bayern Munich he wishes to leave at the end of the season on a free transfer, German reports claim. The highly-touted defender has less than five months left on his Bayern contract and failure to extend it fuelled speculation over his future. 2Niklas Sule has reportedly told Bayern Munich he wishes to leave at the end of the seasonCredit: Reuters And now, according to Bild, Sule has informed club bosses he will refuse a new deal to instead leave on a free in the summer. It would come as a massive blow to the Bundesliga champions, who last season lost David Alaba, 29, to Real Madrid for nothing. Sule, who joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2017, has made 25 appearances this season, missing just four games following a bout with Covid and back problems. The centre-back has won four Bundesliga titles and made 37 appearances for Germany's national team. As a result, the experienced yet ever-improving 26-year-old has drawn attention from across Europe. Chelsea and Newcastle, for differing reasons, have...
    CHELSEA are interested in signing Barcelona ace Sergino Dest, according to reports. But the Blues will have to battle Bayern Munich if they are to secure the American's signature. 2Sergino Dest could be set for a Barcelona exitCredit: Getty The German giants hold long-standing interest in the right-back dating back to before Barca splashed out £17.5million to sign him from Ajax in 2020. Given the Catalan giants' current financial woes they could go in again for Dest. But Chelsea could stand in their way. According to Bild, Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of the flying full-back. They add that the Blues could make a move for him this month. Dest, 21, can play on either flank and is comfortable as a wing-back. SCREEN ICON Bob Saget found dead just hours after performing at showICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed away at 99SUDDEN LOSS How Bob Saget passed away at his Orlando hotelKILLER DEAD Robert Durst dies aged 78 while serving life sentence for killing pal FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN...
    MUNICH (AP) — Barcelona will not play in the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time in 18 years after a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday ensured the Catalan club was eliminated from European soccer’s premier competition. Barcelona drops into the Europa League playoffs after finishing third in Group E, thanks to Benfica’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the other game of the evening. That ended a Barcelona campaign which would have been unthinkable in the club’s heyday with Lionel Messi up front and Pep Guardiola as coach from 2008 through 2012. The group stage began with a 3-0 loss to Bayern at the Camp Nou and got worse with a 3-0 defeat and 0-0 draw against Benfica. Barcelona scored only two goals in six games, both against last-place Dynamo, and conceded nine. The five-time European champion last failed to make the Champions League last 16 in 2003-04. That season, Barcelona missed the Champions League entirely and played in what was then the UEFA Cup, thanks to a poor Spanish league finish the season...
    BAYERN MUNICH legend Franck Ribery is close to joining newly-promoted Serie A side Salernitana. That is according to Calciomercato, who report that Ribery is in talks with the Salerno-based club, who returned to the top flight after 23 years. 2Franck Ribery is close to joining Serie A side Salernitana after leaving FiorentinaCredit: Getty The winger is a free agent after his contract with Fiorentina expired in June and thus can join another club beyond the summer transfer window's deadline date. The former France international was initially approached by Hellas Verona but he appears to be more keen on moving to Campania. That is because Salernitana are offering a one-year deal worth €1.5million (£1.2m) plus bonuses. And it seems like the 38-year-old and the Granata are close to reaching a deal. Salernitana have endured a rough start to life in the Serie A with back-to-back defeats to Bologna and Roma. Thus, manager Fabrizio Castori is now looking for reinforcements ahead of the upcoming visit in Torino on September 12. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS Most read...
    BAYERN MUNICH reportedly want to bring Renato Sanches back to the Allianz Arena following his impressive start for Portugal at Euro 2020. The German giants sold Sanches to Lille for £21million in 2019 but are now willing to exercise a buy-back clause of £25m to secure his return, according to reporter Rudy Galetti. 2Bayern reportedly want to bring ex-star Sanches back to club form LilleCredit: EPA He wrote on Twitter: "#BayernMunich is aiming for the return of Renato #Sanches from #Lille. "The club has the possibility to exercise the buyback clause set at around €30M." The 23-year-old initially joined the Bundesliga champions in 2016 from Benfica. They signed the midfielder for £68m, making him the most expensive Portuguese export at the time. But after just four league starts, Sanches was shipped out on a season-long loan to Swansea where he endured a shockingly miserable time. After managing a paltry 12 appearances at the Liberty stadium, Sanches returned to Bayern before heading to Lille. Since his move to France, where he became Lille's most expensive signing, the 2016 Golden Boy...
    JAMAL MUSIALA's doubled helped Bayern bounce back from their Euro exit and stay on course for the German title. The 18-year-old prospect scored twice in a 3-2 win at Wolfsburg that sent his team seven points clear. 3Jamal Musiala scored twice in a 3-2 win for Bayern on SaturdayCredit: Getty How is Jamal Musiala this good already?Two goals in a 3-2 win away to Wolfsburg, including this magnificent header ????Bayern have another star on their hands... pic.twitter.com/wc2Fm2vmcn— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 17, 2021 Bayern were dumped out of the Champions League by PSG midweek but hold a commanding Bundesliga lead with just five games to play. Boss Hansi Flick announced he will leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season and looks set to do so with another Bundesliga title. Musiala scored two goals and was involved in the other as Bayern pounced on second-placed Leipzig's goalless draw with Hoffenheim on Friday night. The 18-year-old Musiala opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he eluded three Wolfsburg defenders before squeezing his shot under goalkeeper Koen...
    Chauvin trial: Judge won’t sequester jury amid unrest in nearby city Skullduggery political podcast: Q: Unmasked — April 10, 2021 © Provided by Sports Illustrated Hansi Flick has cut an increasingly annoyed figure as he faces repeated questions on whether he will still be at Bayern next season. BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich’s preparations for Tuesday’s decisive Champions League quarterfinal with Paris Saint-Germain are being hampered by injury worries, internal divisions and persistent speculation over coach Hansi Flick’s future. The defending champion needs to make up a one-goal deficit in the second leg to avoid going out. Bayern lost the first leg 3-2 in Munich last Wednesday – Flick’s first defeat in the competition since he took over in November 2019. But Flick, who has clashed with sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić, has cut an increasingly annoyed figure as he continues to face repeated questions on whether he will still be at the Bavarian powerhouse next season. Flick warned Friday that he will not answer any questions on the subject and engaged in a verbal spat with Sky reporter Patrick...
    DOUGLAS COSTA’S loan spell at Bayern Munich will reportedly not be extended this summer. The Brazilian midfielder returned to the Bundesliga giants from Juventus in October. 2Bayern MUnich have decided they are not signing Douglas Costa permanentlyCredit: ZUMAPRESS.com The 30-year-old, previously linked with Manchester United, has failed to impress Bayern boss Hansi Flick. And Goal claims the Champions League holders have already made the decision not to renew the loan or look to make it a permanent transfer. Costa originally signed for Bayern in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk and shone during his two years there before heading to Juventus on loan. That led to a permanent move, but an on-pitch row with Federico Di Francesco during a match against Sassuolo in early 2018 angered club officials.  Things continued to get worse for Costa as he struggled for match action and he eventually ended up returning to Bayern looking to revive his career. But the South American has made just 11 Bundesliga appearances, three of those starts, this term as he struggled to break into the side ahead of the likes...
    FAIRYTALES do come true. Last season, Omar Richards was grateful to have established himself as a first team regular at Reading. 8Omar Richards will join Bayern Munich in the summer following a pre-contract agreementCredit: Rex Features Sky sources: Omar Richards to @FCBayern is a done deal! He has passed his medical and signed a 4 year contract until June 2025 @FCBayern ????✅ #TransferUpdate pic.twitter.com/JC0MmljLtj— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) March 1, 2021 Now, he's the talk of the football world since securing a sensational move to Bayern Munich. The 23-year-old left-back will link up with the Bundesliga champions this summer, after signing a pre-contract agreement on a four-year deal. It's the pinnacle, so far, of a remarkable journey for Richards, who has been capped once at England U21 level. And it's a path he's managed to negotiate thanks to his mum, who made sure he followed his dreams. SOUTH LONDON-BORN Richards was raised in Lewisham, South London by his single parent mother, along with two brothers. He rarely saw his dad, in what were difficult circumstances. But football was his passion....
    BAYERN MUNICH fought a two-goal deficit and a snowstorm to take a draw with Arminia Bielefeld. The newly-promoted minnows, battling relegation in their first Bundesliga season since 2009, took a shock lead at Allianz Arena. 3Arminia Bielefeld scared Bayern Munich in the Monday night snowCredit: Reuters 3The Bundesliga minnows took a two-goal lead twiceCredit: AFP or licensors Michael Vlap struck after nine minutes before Amos Pieper rose highest from a corner for 2-0. Hansi Flick's leaders were playing their first game since winning the Club World Cup in Qatar and appeared to have frozen on the wintery Bavarian night. A heavy snowstorm blanketed the pitch and led to the first-half being stopped twice to clear the lines. The half-time break saw the weather clear and Bayern started their comeback in relatively normal conditions, Robert Lewandowski cleverly firing home a reply on the turn. Yet Arminia were not ready to collapse just yet and Christian Gebauer notched from close-range less than 60 seconds later. Leroy Sane set up Corentin Tolisso to get Munich back within a goal before the ex-Manchester City...
    BAYERN MUNICH are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Norwich City star Max Aarons. The Mail claim the Bundesliga giants have remained in contact with the right-back over the past two seasons and are keen to sign him this summer. 1Bayern Munich are interested in a move for Max AaronsCredit: Alamy Live News But Sky Sports claim Norwich have told Bayern that they will have to pay between £30million-£35m if they want to sign Aarons. The Championship leaders are in no need to sell financially having banked over £40m after selling Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE Aarons, 20, was frustrated with the Canaries after they blocked a summer move to Barcelona. But the LaLiga giants were only offering a loan switch with a view to a permanent move which failed to interest Norwich. SunSport revealed last month that Manchester United have renewed their interest in Aarons ahead of a potential move this summer. The Red Devils were interested in the England under-21 international in June 2019 but signed Aaron Wan-Bisska from Crystal...
    PEP GUARDIOLA has congratulated former club Bayern Munich on their Club World Cup success... before challenging them to a match against his fellow sextuple-winning Barcelona side of 2009. Hansi Flick and Co completed the historic achievement of winning six trophies out of six by beating Tigres 1-0 in the CWC final yesterday. 8Pep Guardiola congratulated his former sideCredit: Bayern Munich FC Twitter 8Bayern were crowned champions of the world yesterdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty "Maybe I can call Messi and company and we can play for the seventh title."Imagine Barca 2009 vs Bayern 2021... ???????? @FCBayernpic.twitter.com/4mCqdGyL6N— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 11, 2021 Only one other side in history have completed that incredible achievement - Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona side. And if the City boss has his way, a battle of generations could be on the cards. In a video posted to Twitter, Guardiola, 50, said: "Big congratulations to all the Bayern family for this incredible success, to be the Club World Cup champions and especially to win six titles. "We are so proud, I am so proud, a big...
    CHELSEA can kick-off pre-contract negotiation talks with David Alaba next month after Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the defender is leaving the club. The Austrian superstar, 28, is out of contract at the Bundesliga champions at the end of the season after over a decade at the club. 2Bayern Munich have admitted David Alaba will leave in 2021 with Chelsea eyeing up a free transferCredit: EPA Alaba and Bayern have been locked in contract talks since the summer. The versatile star refused to put pen to paper on a new deal as he felt he was being undervalued. Alaba currently earns around £150,000 per week at Bayern Munich - miles off the likes of Robert Lewandowski (£375,000) and Thomas Muller (£300,000). The German giants offered Alaba a significant pay-increase - at around £200,000, according to BILD - but the Austrian still felt let down. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge But the defender refused and after trying 'everything' to convince him to stay, Rummenigge has revealed the player can now negotiate pre-contract terms with any...
    FRANK LAMPARD is targeting wantaway Bayern Munich star David Alaba for a New Year transfer, according to reports. The Austrian defender, 28, has six months remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena. 3David Alaba is a January transfer target for Chelsea as he looks set to leave Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images - Getty And it does not look as though he will sign an extension. Now, according to Bild in Germany, Chelsea want to pounce. Alaba will no doubt be at the centre of a transfer tug of war between some of Europe's top clubs. But the Blues may jump the queue into pole position by making a January swoop, rather than waiting until the end of the season. That would mean having to pay a transfer fee but Bayern would surely rather get some cash for their long-serving ace. Chelsea brought in Ben Chilwell at left-back and Thiago Silva who plays at left centre-back with both players settling quickly at Stamford Bridge. There is already a surplus of central defenders with Kurt Zouma getting the nod ahead...
    JUVENTUS are pushing hard to sign Liverpool and Manchester City target David Alaba, according to reports in Italy. The Bayern Munich defender is out of contact in June and appears to be heading to the Allianz Arena exit door. 3David Alaba netted in Bayern Munich's recent win over Borussia DortmundCredit: EPA According to Tuttosport, Juve are very keen on the Austrian as a replacement for 36-year-old star Giorgio Chiellini. Andrea Pirlo is intent on signing a centre-back for the left side of a defensive partnership, with left-footed Alaba a convincing option. The Austrian, 28, has been a star of Bundesliga since breaking out at Bayern in 2011. An extremely versatile player, Alaba started out as a midfielder before moving to left-back. But all ten of his appearances this campaign have been in central defence, a position he has taken up since Alphonso Davies' emergence. Real Madrid and Manchester City are also named by the Italian media as interested in Alaba. 3What Liverpool are missing during Virgil van Dijk's absence Pep Guardiola added Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias to his squad...
    BRIGHTON are planning to reward Tariq Lamptey for his excellent start to his Albion career with a bumper new contract. The England Under-21 star has set the Premier League alight since joining from Chelsea in January. 1England youth international Tariq Lamptey has enjoyed a fine start to the season with Brighton His stellar performances have caught the eye on the continent with Bayern Munich enquiring about him this summer. Meanwhile Spanish side Sevilla have recently shown an interest in bringing him to LaLiga. SunSport understands negotiations are expected to start soon to upgrade substantially his current Seagulls terms of £14,000-a-week plus bonuses. Lamptey, who turned 20 last month, still has three years to run on his existing deal. But Albion are keen to show financial recognition for how integral he has become to Graham Potter’s side. The whizkid has arguably been Brighton’s best player since arriving at the club with his bravery, delivery and electric pace. He has already grabbed two assists in his 14 Premier League appearances for the South-Coast club and played a significant role in forcing Jake...
    (CNN)Only one team in Champions League history has previously won back-to-back titles.Real Madrid's all-conquering team, led by Zinedine Zidane, won club football's biggest prize for an unprecedented three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018 -- now Bayern Munich has a realistic chance of doing the same.Few could argue that the perennial German champion was not the best team in Europe last season and a deserving Champions League winner. Hansi Flick's side returned from the coronavirus-enforced break in unstoppable form, winning every remaining game of the season. The most eye-catching victory in the record-breaking 23-game winning streak -- which began against Cologne back in February and ended with defeat to Hoffenheim at the end of September -- was the 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals.It's also been estimated that Bayern could earn over $150 million for winning last season's tournament.Read MorePerhaps most concerningly for Bayern's European rivals is that the Bavarian club has arguably only gotten stronger in the off-season. Despite losing midfield maestro Thiago to Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho returning to Barcelona, Bayern has bolstered its ranks...
    JUVENTUS are reportedly winning the race to sign Manchester United and City target David Alaba. Football Italia claims Andrea Pirlo is eager to sign the versatile Austrian defender when his Bayern Munich contract expires next summer. 2Juventus are leading the race to sign David Alaba on a free transfer next summerCredit: AP:Associated Press Alaba, 28, has been with the Bavarian giants since 2008. And he has since made an astonishing 389 appearances, helping them win nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and two Champions Leagues. However, Alaba’s current deal runs out in 2021. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   And he is yet to agree fresh terms despite months of negotiations. Bayern now face losing Alaba for nothing, despite his ability to play at either left-back or centre-back. The Austria international, who has also played in midfield, is believed to be attracting strong interest from a number of elite clubs. Man United are known to be fans and feel Alaba would be a great option at centre-back. Meanwhile, City believe he could replace left-back...
    CHELSEA will keep Callum Hudson-Odoi as Bayern Munich have agreed to sign Juventus' Douglas Costa instead. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports a 'total agreement' has been reached with the Old Lady after a deal for Hudson-Odoi, 19, collapsed. 3Callum Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to join Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Douglas Costa has agreed a move to Bayern Munich from JuventusCredit: Getty Images - Getty And Costa, 30, who left Bayern for Juventus in 2018, will return to Bavaria on loan, according to Sky Sport Germany's Max Bielefeld. Frank Lampard had confirmed Hudson-Odoi could leave before the window slams shut on Monday night. He said: "There is no definitive answer — by Monday we will know the answer. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   "Bayern might have declared their interest, which is one thing, but Callum is absolutely part of my plans." But it appears the England winger will remain at Stamford Bridge and not be joining the Champions League winners. Bayern boss Hansi Flick hailed Hudson-Odoi as 'one of the biggest talents'. Hudson-Odoi...
    WAYNE ROONEY has told Manchester United to make signings in three key areas ahead of the transfer deadline day. And the Old Trafford legend has pinpointed Brighton's Tariq Lamptey as a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should go all out to land. 2Rooney wants Man Utd to sign Brighton's LampteyCredit: Getty Images - Getty However, reports claim German giants Bayern Munich are also plotting a move for the highly rated right-back. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news Writing in his Sunday Times column, Rooney waxed lyrical about 20-year-old Lamptey - who he reckons can replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Rooney said: "Personally, if I were doing their recruiting, as well as that No 9 I’d go for another centre half to partner Harry Maguire and try for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey, who looks a brilliant attacking right back. "While Aaron Wan-Bissaka has done OK defensively, you want United full backs to put the opposition on the back foot when the team have the ball and I don’t think he does that. "Luke Shaw can at times...
    FRANK LAMPARD has vowed to hold talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi over a loan move if Bayern Munich step up their interest. The 19-year-old winger is back in favour but is yet to start a Premier League match this season. 2Lampard has opened the door to Hudson-Odoi joining Bayern MunichCredit: AFP or llicensors AFP or Licensors Hudson-Odoi is in the squad to face Crystal Palace today and appears to be winning his battle to get back in favour. European champions Bayern came close to signing him back in January when the player asked to leave. His team-mates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori may be sent out on loan too. Boss Lampard said: “With all those three players I will always take those things into consideration. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news “I have not got an answer on any of those three. “I have a good relationship with them all and speak honestly with them. "That is one we will broach player by player over the next few days.” Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso is looking for a...
    BARCELONA have reportedly beaten Bayern Munich to the signing of Ajax's star Sergino Dest. The United States right back has signed a five year deal with Barca, turning down the chance to play for Bayern, according to sports journalist Fabrizio Romano. 2Dest has chosen to head to Barca despite interest from BayernCredit: AP:Associated Press He tweeted: "Bayern Münich know that Sergino Dest is a new Barcelona player. Contract until June 2025. Never been in doubt. It was and it’s here-we-go." ...also Bayern Münich know that Sergino Dest is a new Barcelona player. Contract until June 2025. Never been in doubt. It was and it’s here-we-go ???????? #FCB #Barcelona #Dest https://t.co/b0zPTNUIXl— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 29, 2020 Dest, 20, arrived in Barcelona last night to finalise the £22.8m move, according to the Daily Mail. The Catalans were on the hunt for a right back following Nelson Semedo's £37m departure to Wolves last week. They turned to Dest after failing with two bids for Norwich's Max Aarons. The move will come as a blow to Bayern, who had also been pursuing Dest....
    Getty Sergino Dest is wanted by Barcelona Barcelona are set to complete the signing of USMT starlet Sergino Dest from Ajax shortly after beating Bayern Munich to the 19-year-old’s signature. The European champions had been in the race to land Dest but have been told by the youngster he does not want to join the Bundesliga champions, according to Christian Falk at Bild. Dest wants to sign for Barcelona instead and is expected to arrive in the city on Tuesday. According to Fabrizio Romano, the American will sign a contract until June 2025. Barcelona will pay a fee of €20m ($23m) plus bonuses for the 19-year-old defender who will compete with Sergi Roberto for the right-back spot in Ronald Koeman’s starting XI Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and contentHow Barca Beat Bayern to DestThere are several reasons why Barca managed to best Bayern to Dest. According to Mundo Deportivo’s Miguel Rico, Dest has a good relationship with Koeman and also “sees more of his personal journey at Barça than Bayern.”...
    BAYERN MUNICH suffered a shock 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim to end a 32-match unbeaten run. Bundesliga and European champions Bayern Munich went into the game off the back of an extra-time Super Cup win against Sevilla on Thursday. 3Andrej Kramaric (second from right) scored twce as Hoffenheim beat Bayern Munich 4-1Credit: EPA Hansi Flick's Bayern had not lost a game for almost a year, with their last competitive defeat coming against Borussia Mönchengladbach back in December 2019. Bayern started the game with star striker Robert Lewandowski on the bench with 19-year-old Joshua Zirkzee starting in his place. But the change in personnel did not pay off, with Flick suffering only his third defeat in 39 games as Bayern boss. 3It was Hansi Flick's first defeat in 32 matches - and his third in 39 overallCredit: EPA The latest defeat comes in the middle of a jam-packed schedule with Bayern set to face bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup Final in just three days' time. Bayern's tired back line were caught sleeping as they found themselves 2-0 down...
    DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich is always the team to beat in Germany. As the European champions, even more so, and Robert Lewandowski knows it. Lewandowski scored a scarcely believable 55 goals in 47 games last season as Bayern won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League. At 32, he is still a key player, though the team around him looks different with Leroy Sané in and Thiago Alcantara leaving. “If you play so good in the last season, then everyone is looking at you now and how you will be in the new season,” Lewandowski said in the run-up to Friday’s season opener. “And if you are on the top you have to work harder to stay longer on the top. And I think so for us that is the big challenge for this season.” Just like last year, Bayern’s main challengers are Leipzig, the only team to stay undefeated against Bayern last season, and Dortmund, whose young stars are rapidly gaining experience and maturity. Bayern ended up winning the title by 13 points last season, but for...
    California wildfires become a target for looters. A firefighter is among the victims. His wallet was stolen, bank account drained. Dollar Generals push to fill stores with fresh produce and frozen-food options gives the chain a big box feel Bayern Munich fight to keep hold of Champions League-winning squad Bayern Munich are already fighting to stop their treble-winning squad breaking up in the wake of their Champions League triumph despite sweeping all before them in Europe this season. © Miguel A. Lopes Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba celebrates with the Champions League trophy. The German giants partied through the night in Lisbon after Kingsley Coman's second-half header - Bayern's 500th Champions League goal - sealed a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's hotly-contested final. © Miguel A. Lopes (From left) Bayern Munich trio Thiago Alcantara, Alvaro Odriozola and Philippe Coutinho celebrate with the Champions League trophy. "The best team in Europe wears red," boasted Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on its Monday front page, yet Bayern are already in danger of losing some stars. Both central midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29,...
    BARCELONA reportedly rejected the chance to sign Alphonso Davies "because he is Canadian". Bayern Munich's whizkid is one of the world's best left-backs and was outstanding in their recent 8-2 Champions League thrashing of Barcelona. 1Barcelona reportedly rejected the chance to sign Alphonso Davies But he could have been turning out for the Catalans as they were offered him before he signed for Bayern, according to Chilean journalist Luis Omar Tapia. Davies bagged an assist during Friday's rout. And after his scintillating performance, Tapia tweeted: "Here is a did you know? TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals "[Hristo] Stoitchkov spoke to [Barca chief Josep Maria] Bartomeu about Davies months before Bayern came on board. His response was, he is Canadian no thanks." The 19-year-old has joint Canadian and Liberian citizenship. But he has 17 international caps for Canada and has bagged five goals from those games. He started his career with MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps before he was snapped up by Bayern in January 2019. "Hes just turned Nelson Semedo inside out! An...
    BAYERN MUNICH take on Barcelona in the Champions League 'final eight' event's true heavyweight quarter-final clash. The duo are the only two sides remaining in the competition to have previously won it and are set to slug it out on Friday night to determine the last former champion standing. 5How Bayern could line up against Barcelona 5Thiago could make his final appearance for Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images - Getty Despite the European pedigree of both teams, Bayern go into the tie as favourites - with desperate Barcelona set to even change their tried and trusted tiki-taka tactics in order to try and stifle the German champions. But whatever game plan Quique Setien cooks up, Bayern boss Hansi Flick is unlikely to deviate far from the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 that has served his side so well in the second half of this season. Given various fitness issues, however, Flick could make one or two tweaks. Manuel Neuer has enjoyed something of a return to form this season, and will likely have to be at his seemingly impenetrable best to keep...
    CHELSEA come into their Champions League second leg decider against Bayern Munich with NINE players set to miss out. Following a bitterly devastating 2-1 FA Cup final loss against London rivals Arsenal, Lampard has been hit with a host of injury problems. 2 Christian Pulisic and skipper Cesar Azpiliciueta limped off Wembley with hamstring injuries and Roma-bound Pedro suffered a suspected shoulder dislocation. N'Golo Kante was an unused sub in the final and Lampard is uncertain on whether he will be fit to face Bayern, who carry a 3-0 lead into the return tie. Further midfield misery sees Ruben Loftus-Cheek facing a late fitness assessment after picking up a knock in training last week. Billy Gilmour remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery last month. Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are both suspended while Willian - yet to agree a contract extension - did not even make the bench against Arsenal. Since Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester United, they have stuck with a 3-4-3 formation. With Azpilicueta out, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and...
    BAYERN MUNICH have emerged as shock contenders to sign Norwich right-back Max Aarons. Aarons has had a breakthrough campaign, making 40 appearances despite the Canaries finishing rock bottom. 1Bayern Munich have emerged as shock contenders to sign Norwich right-back Max Aarons Following his standout season, the defender has attracted several potential suitors keen to prevent the 20-year-old from playing in the Championship. Tottenham are among those, but according to Sky Sports Austria, so are German champions. Frenchman Benjamin Pavard has established himself as Bayern's first choice right-back, though he is also capable of playing in a three man backline. Boss Hans-Dieter Flick is looking for back up in that position. But with Aaron's on course to contend for a first team position the England Under-21 international can provide competition for Pavard. The Bundesliga kings will face competition from the Premier League though. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on a move for the Norwich full-back as he looks to stamp his mark on the squad. Most read in Transfer NewsPicturedLOUDMOUTHWanda Icardi says...
    ARSENAL star Hector Bellerin is "desperate" to quit the club - but has been snubbed by Bayern Munich due to his poor defending, according to reports. The Bundesliga giants had been linked with a move for the Spaniard - but Sky Sports in Germany says the Bavarians are "not after" him. 2Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: PA:Press Association Despite being under contract until 2023, Bellerin is valued at a mere £20million. Yet Bayern Munich have such issues with the Arsenal right-back's defensive work they are unwilling to even pay that for him. Sky Deutschland say Bellerin is "desperate to change clubs" after being left "unsatisfied" with the Gunners' dreadful season. Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League after throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose to fierce rivals Tottenham on Sunday. Bellerin has struggled for form this season after battling a number of serious injuries since 2018. BUILD YOUR ACCA Enjoy loads of acca features with Ladbrokes including Boost, Track, Edit and Insure   Despite his knocks, Bellerin has managed to play 15...
    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly eyeing a move for Bayern Munich star David Alaba. The Mirror claims that Pep Guardiola is interested in reuniting with the Austrian again as he looks to mount a sustained title challenge next season. 2Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Bayern Munich ace David Alaba for Manchester CityCredit: Getty Images The City boss has identified left-back as one of the key areas to improve his squad and Alaba’s current contract stand-off is said to have alerted the club to his potential availability. The 28-year-old's deal does not expire until next summer but Bayern will likely sell at the end of this season to ensure they get some money in. Talks have been ongoing over a new contract at the Allianz Arena for more than a year but there has been no breakthrough. Although still regarded as one of the best left-backs in Europe, Alaba can also play in midfield and centre-back. It is this versatility that has made Bayern so keen for him to sign a new deal despite the emergence of Alphonso Davies. Inter Milan,...
    MARIO MANDZUKIC has become a free agent after terminating his contract with Al-Duhail. The former Juventus and Bayern Munich striker was linked with a move to Manchester United in the winter window but instead moved to Qatar 1Mario Mandzukic has become a free agent after terminating his contract with Al-Duhail However, after just just seven months and as many games played Mandzukic announced his stint in the Middle East is over. He tweeted: “I reached an agreement with Al-Duhail management to terminate my contract by mutual consent. “I appreciate the trust and hospitality that I have received in Qatar and I wish the best to the club and the team in future.” Mandzukic was frozen out of the Juve picture earlier in the season with manager Maurizio Sarri refusing to play him. United were close to snapping up the experienced Croatian as they looked to bolster their attack and provide back up to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. But the 34-year-old chose a mega-money move to Qatar with Odion Ighalo eventually moving to...
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