Real make Alaba offer

Real Madrid have offered David Alaba a lucrative contract to join the club – but the Bayern Munich defender is yet to make a decision on his future.

The Austria international is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Germany.

Bayern have offered Alaba multiple contract extensions, including a £13m-a-year deal which the player rejected, but talks ceased in November.

Real could face competition to sign the 28-year-old, who can also operate in midfield, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City reportedly interested.

Alaba is not expected to make a decision this month, with the final call on his future likely to come either in April or May.

His agent, Pini Zahavi, is close friends with Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta and may wait until after elections to discuss a possible move to the Nou Camp.

A move will end the Alaba’s 13-year stay at Bayern, where he has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns.


Bayern suffer shock Cup exit at second-tier Kiel

Holders Bayern Munich twice gave up a one-goal lead before crashing out of the German Cup 6-5 on penalties to second-tier Holstein Kiel on Wednesday, following a 2-2 draw after extra-time in the second-round match.

Both sides converted all five spot-kicks before Bayern’s Marc Roca had his effort saved and Fin Bartels slotted in the winning penalty.

The Bavarians went ahead through Serge Gnabry in the 14th minute and Thomas Muller should have doubled the lead when he fired over the bar from three metres out.

Bayern Munich slumped to a shock defeat in the German Cup on Wednesday
Bayern Munich slumped to a shock defeat in the German Cup on Wednesday
Bayern Munich were beaten by lower-league opponents for the first time in 17 years
Bayern Munich were beaten by lower-league opponents for the first time in 17 years

The champions’ defence has been leaking throughout the season with their most goals conceded after 15 games in the league since 1981, and Kiel struck on the break in the 37th minute when Bartels beat defender Niklas Sule in a sprint to score.

Despite making five changes to the team that squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday, coach Hansi Flick’s Bayern continued to be vulnerable at the back.

Robert Lewandowski came off the bench but he couldn't stop the cup shock
Robert Lewandowski came off the bench but he couldn’t stop the cup shock

Bayern went ahead again through Leroy Sane’s 48th-minute curled free-kick but offered up several good chances for the hosts, who found ways past their opponents’ shaky backline.

Bayern fielded a strong side with World Cup winner Manuel Neuer in goal
Bayern fielded a strong side with World Cup winner Manuel Neuer in goal

Bayern, who won five titles in 2020 including the Champions League, hit the woodwork through Jamal Musiala before the hosts struck with Hauke Wahl’s last-gasp header to send the game into extra-time.

Kiel, who next face Darmstadt 98, kept their cool in the shootout to knock Bayern out at this stage of the German Cup for the first time since 2000.

“We lost to the underdogs and they did everything they could,” Muller said. “We had chances in the first half, but we made mistakes and Kiel punished us.

“They were very efficient but we should have won the game. We are out and it is bitter.”


Euro round-up: Bayern suffer two-goal collapse

Borussia Monchengladbach battled back from two goals down to stun champions Bayern Munich 3-2 on Friday, with a double from Jonas Hofmann and another goal from Florian Neuhaus.

Gladbach, who like Bayern are in the Champions League Round of 16, pressed high from the start but it was Bayern who went ahead with Robert Lewandowski’s 20th-minute penalty awarded for a Neuhaus handball. It was the Polish striker’s 20th goal of the campaign.

The Bavarians then carved out a two-goal lead six minutes later with Leon Goretzka winning possession and then finishing the move with a crisp effort from 20 metres out that left keeper Yann Sommer no chances.

Mooenchengladbach's players, including goalkeeper Yann Sommer (M) and Oscar Wendt, celebrate victory
Mooenchengladbach’s players, including goalkeeper Yann Sommer (M) and Oscar Wendt, celebrate victory

But instead of enjoying a trouble-free evening, the defensive weaknesses that have plagued them this season were exposed once more, with Hofmann cutting the deficit in the 36th after latching on to a pinpoint pass from Lars Stindl.

The forward beat Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer once more in first-half stoppage time when another Stindl through ball sliced open the Bayern defence.

Before the dazed Bavarians had any time to react, Gladbach scored their third goal of the evening in the 49th with Neuhaus’ thundering drive completing the hosts’ sensational turnaround.

Bayern defender Niklas Sule shows his frustration
Bayern defender Niklas Sule shows his frustration

“It was a very tough fight,” Hofmann said. “We improved as the game went on and it was great to come out of the halftime the way we did.”

It was the ninth league games in a row that Bayern have fallen behind, a club record. It was also Bayern’s second loss of the season and only the fourth defeat for coach Hansi Flick in his 60th game in charge in all competitions, two of those against Gladbach.

The Bavarians, who squandered a two-goal lead in the Bundesliga for the first time in 10 years, are still top on 33 points with RB Leipzig, who take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, on 31. Gladbach are seventh on 24.

Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrate the goal to make it 3:2.
Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrate the goal to make it 3:2.

La Liga: Villarreal thrash Celta

Gerard Moreno scored his 10th goal of the season to send Villarreal on their way to a commanding 4-0 victory at Celta Vigo in La Liga on Friday.

The Spain striker took Dani Parejo’s pass to open the scoring in the fifth minute at Balados Stadium. A poor clearance by Celta Vigo goalkeeper Ruben Blanco led to the visitor’s doubling their advantage in the 14th minute as Manuel Trigueros crossed for Moi Gomez to volley home.

Blanco was again at fault in the 19th minute when he let Parejo’s free-kick bounce off the turf and under him for a third Villarreal goal and Fernando Nino added a fourth just after the half-hour mark.

The result meant Villarreal rose above Barcelona into third place before Ronald Koeman’s side visit Granada on Saturday while Celta stay eighth.


Bayern closing in on deal for Reading’s Richards

Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal for Reading’s young defender Omar Richards.

The 22-year-old left-back is out of contract in the summer and is now able to speak to clubs outside the UK.

England U21 international Richards has played a key role in Reading’s rise to fifth spot in the Championship, just three points off an automatic promotion place.

Reading's Omar Richards
Richards has made 21 appearances for Reading so far this season

Bayern look set to lose their stalwart defender David Alaba in the summer, with Richards likely to become understudy to Alphonso Davies at left-back.

Privately Reading feel the stringent financial regulations they have been forced to follow to comply with the EFL’s Profitability and Sustainability rules have made it impossible for them to offer Richards the kind of deal which would keep him at the Madejski Stadium.

One senior official at Reading told Sky Sports News they believed Richards would be worth in excess of £15m to the club if they were able to keep him.

However, it now appears as though he will join the European champions on a free transfer in the summer when his current four-year deal runs out.

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Euro round-up: Sancho scores in Dortmund win

Jadon Sancho scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season as Borussia Dortmund returned from the winter break with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Sancho only made sure of the result on a counter-attack in injury time, shrugging off defender Paulo Otvios challenge before firing inside the right post when he just had the goalkeeper to beat.

It was the England forward’s first goal in his 12th league appearance this season, a marked decline from last season when he had 17.

Sancho got his sixth assist of this season though when he sent in the corner for Manuel Akanjis breakthrough in the 66th minute, but it had been a frustrating game for Dortmund despite star striker Erling Haaland’s return from a month out with a muscle injury.

Bayern Munich survived a scare from lowly Mainz before returning to the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-2 win in the late game.

The defending champions were stunned to be 2-0 down at the break, though perhaps it was no surprise as it marked the eighth consecutive game in which Bayern conceded first.

Jonathan Burkardt shrugged off Jerome Boateng’s meek challenge before opening the scoring in the 32nd minute and Alexander Hack headed in Daniel Brosinskis free-kick after Boateng had fouled Burkardt.

Mainz captain Danny Latza hit the post after the break, and then Bayern struck back.

Lewandowski set up Joshua Kimmich in the 50th, six minutes before Kimmich laid the ball off for Leroy Sane to equalize.

Robin Quaison rattled the crossbar for Mainz before Bayern was celebrating again when Alphonso Davies forced an own goal from Leandro Barreiro.

VAR provided the visitors some respite after finding Davies was marginally offside, but there nothing wrong with Niklas Sles goal for Bayern in the 70th. Lewandowski added a penalty six minutes later, then scored his 19th goal of the season to wrap it up.

Suarez strikes late for Atletico

Luis Suarez scored a 90th-minute winner as Atletico Madrid defeated Alaves 2-1 to retake the Spanish league lead.

Suarez scored from close range completing a cross by Joao Felix after Atletico had conceded an equalizer in the 84th minute.

Suarez had helped Atletico take the lead with a 41st-minute assist to Marcos Llorente, who cleared three defenders outside the area before firing a low shot that deflected off a defender before finding the net.

Alaves lost defender Victor Laguardia with a straight red card determined by video review for a hard foul on Thomas Lemar. The hosts equalized when Atletico defender Felipe found his own net while trying to clear a cross inside the area.

The win gave Atletico a two-point lead over second-place Real Madrid.

Iker Muniain scored a 25th-minute winner as Athletic Bilbao defeated struggling Elche 1-0 at home.

The win left Athletic in ninth place, while Elche stayed 17th, just outside the relegation zone.

Serie A: Milan back on top

A goal in each half earned 10-man AC Milan a 2-0 victory at Benevento in Serie A which propelled them back to the top of the standings on Sunday.

City rivals Inter Milan had thrashed Crotone 6-2 to go top earlier on Sunday but Milan soon found themselves in front in Campania thanks to Franck Kessie’s 15th-minute penalty.

Milan’s task was made more difficult after Sandro Tonali was sent off in the 33rd minute following a VAR review. The referee had initially shown the midfielder a yellow card for a dangerous tackle but changed it to red after consulting the pitch-side monitor.

Rafael Leao made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half, while the hosts missed a penalty. Milan remain unbeaten and have 37 points from 15 games, one point ahead of Inter, while Benevento stay 10th.

Lautaro Martinez netted a hat-trick to help Inter Milan beat relegation-threatened Crotone 6-2. Martinez could have had four if his second attempt had not gone down as an own goal by Crotone defender Luca Marrone.

Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi also scored in a strong second-half performance from the Nerazzurri. Duvan Zapata scored twice as Atalanta beat Sassuolo 5-1 to close in on its opponent in the battle for the top four.

Sassuolo slipped to fifth, two points behind fourth-place Napoli after Gennaro Gattuso’s side won 4-1 at Cagliari despite playing 18 minutes with 10 men after Piotr Zielinski was sent off following two yellow cards.

Edin Dzeko scored the only goal as Roma beat Sampdoria 1-0 to remain third, six points behind Inter.

At the other end of the table, Torino moved off bottom spot and out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win at Parma.

Spezia slipped into the bottom three after losing 1-0 at home to Hellas Verona. Genoa, the other team in the relegation zone, managed to draw 1-1 against Lazio. Fiorentina drew 0-0 against Bologna.