Bayern Munich Reject Advances From Chelsea for Rafinha Due to Need for Squad Depth

?Chelsea’s last-minute pursuit of Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha has been rebuffed by the Bundesliga outfit as they remain eager to keep hold of the 31-year-old for squad depth.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen on creating competition for Victor Moses and with Rafinha staring down the barrel of a lack of game time at Bayern Munich, it seemed a sensible approach for the English champions – however ?Bild claim the Bavarian club are unlikely to offload the full-back this summer. 

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According to the German news outlet, Bayern are not willing to enter into negotiations for Rafinha who has a good relationship with manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and he understood to be seen as a valuable squad player behind first-team regulars, David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich. 

With Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain opting for a transfer to Liverpool, the Blues remain in the market for defensive reinforcement, and despite making an official offer for the defender, Rafinha looks set to run down the last 10 months of his contract at the Allianz Arena before seemingly departing the club on a free transfer next summer. 

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Despite playing a key role at Bayern for a number of seasons following his move from Genoa in 2011, the rise of Kimmich has pushed Rafinha back in the pecking order which resulted in the 31-year-old making only 10 starting appearances in the Bundesliga last season.

Although Rafinha only has 23 minutes under his belt in the Bundesliga so far this season, Bayern look set to stand firm on the stance that the 31-year-old is going nowhere this summer. 

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VIDEO: Mats Hummels Incurs Wrath of National Team Boss After Swimming Pool Stunt

?Germany and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels risked incurring the wrath of national team bosses this week when he posted a video of himself on Instagram jumping from a balcony into a nearby swimming pool.

Based on what general manager Oliver Bierhoff had to say when asked about the ‘stunt’, Hummels won’t be formally punished, but stern words will still be said.

“We already said it was good he did not dive head first. That would have even been worse,” Bierhoff is quoted as saying by Goal.com.

“We are not the social media police for the players, and that’s the case outside international breaks. But we have to tell them that with everything they say or do, they will be considered role models and you have to have responsibly with that.

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“Mats is a player who usually thinks a lot and I will not exaggerate. But we tell him that.”

Hummels and the rest of the Germany squad are currently preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night, followed by a home fixture against Norway in Stuttgart three days later.

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Portuguese Wonderkid Renato Sanches Close to Completing Shock Loan Move to Swansea City

Swansea City are closing in on the season-long loan signing of Bayern Munich wonderkid Renato Sanches, in one of the most surprising moves of the summer transfer window.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the move is all but done and the club are waiting to release an official statement. Swansea are expected to pay a loan fee of around €5m, as Bayern decided against selling the youngster on a permanent deal. The likes of Liverpool, Juventus and both Milan clubs have been strongly linked with the player in recent weeks.


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While reports have emerged that Swansea may have an option to purchase the player down the line for a fee of €30m, it’s currently expected that Sanches will return to Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign – should the deal be completed.

Swansea fans would certainly be delighted to have Sanches on board, who could become a mainstay in the club’s midfield. Becoming a breakout star at Benfica, he was widely tipped as one to watch at Bayern given his impressive performances in the Champions League for the Portuguese side.

Although, game time has been minimal for the 20-year-old, who made 17 Bundesliga appearances last season. Under Carlo Ancelotti, Sanches has failed to make his way up the pecking order, spending the majority of his time on the sidelines.

He now looks set to join up with Swansea boss Paul Clement, who the player worked with at Bayern in the first half of last season. Clement was a part of Ancelotti’s coaching staff in Bavaria before taking the role as Swansea coach.

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European Giants Bayern and Man Utd Battle for the Signature of Swedish Youngster Alex Andersson

?German champions Bayern Munich have sharpened their focus on Manchester United target Alex Timossi Andersson, according to German news outlet ?Tz.

The 16-year-old Helsingborg IF forward has been tracked by United since February following a trial with Mourinho’s men, but the Bavarian giants have now emerged as potential suitors for the Swede.


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Andersson’s current side Helsingborg were recently relegated from Allsvenskan, the Swedish top flight division, and so the club may find keeping hold of their youth product increasingly hard.

However, despite training with both Bayern and United, Andersson seems to have no intent on forcing a move away from his native club.

In an interview with Swedish news outlet ?Expressen, Andersson stated: “I do not plan a foreign move. I focus on HIF and to pick them up for all Swedish (sic) instead … I’ll do as good as I can, then we’ll see?.”

While the forward has highlighted his admiration of Bayern, it is believed that the 16-year-old would prefer a move to Old Trafford due to the Swedish influence at the club.

Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovi? has recently resigned with the club, who already have centre-back Andreas Lindelof on their books and were briefly home to icon Henrik Larsson, who himself started his career at Helsingborg.

Although neither club have made a formal bid for Andersson, Helsingborg’s relegation after 13 years in the top-flight means that they would not deny the chance to cash in on the forward.

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Chilean Police Put Stop to Bayern Munich Star’s Reportedly ‘Out of Control’ Casino Bash

?Arturo Vidal has landed himself in hot water with Chile’s authorities again after reports alleged that police had been called out to end a casino party hosted by the Bayern Munich star.

Chilean radio station Bio Bio (via ?Tuttosport) has claimed that officers were called out to the Monticello casino in Vidal’s home nation, at 7am local time, over reports of loud music and that Vidal’s family was “out of control”.

The casino, which is located in the city of Santiago, was reportedly damaged by Vidal and the rest of the attendees, and the building’s staff were the ones who called the police to bring an end to the over the top celebratory event.

Vidal, who has previous for holding lavish bashes in Chile, spoke to the press as he turned up for training ahead of Chile’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers to dispute the claims.

He said: “I do not know what they are talking about. I totally disagree. 

“I come to Chile, my home country, to play for the national team. They (the press) are just trying to dirty my name. Today I will speak at a press conference (to deny the accusations).”

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Vidal is said to have partied with former Juventus team mate Paul Pogba back in February 2016 after I Bianconeri’s draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with the soiree carrying on until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 29-year-old had a lucky escape in June 2015 after he crashed his Ferrari whilst way over the drink driving limit in Chile, and was released from custody after being arrested by police in the immediate aftermath of the event.

The midfielder was also dropped by Juve back in October 2014 after he was spotted out in town until 5am one Friday morning – just 24 hours before Juventus were set to play title rivals Roma in a crunch Serie A showdown – and was slapped with a hefty fine for turning up late to training.

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