Man City to Demand Public Apology From Bayern President After Controversial Transfer Dig

?Manchester City are set to demand a public apology from Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness after the 67-year-old’s controversial comment about the Citizens’ transfer dealings.

Hoeness recently suggested that Pep Guardiola prepares a video presentation of any potential new signing and takes it to club owner Sheikh Mansour, who decides to finance the deal and recovers the money by raising oil prices in the United Arab Emirates.

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News of ?City’s reaction to Hoeness’ comments comes from ?The Mirror, who claim that the Citizens are prepared to take legal action if they do not receive a public apology from the ?Bayern president.

A City source is quoted as saying: “It was the remark of a smug, arrogant egotist. We are also concerned that there may be a racist element to what Hoeness has claimed.”

In recent years, City have faced criticism for their level of spending in the transfer market. The likes of ?Riyad Mahrez?Kyle Walker and ?Benjamin Mendy have all arrived for high fees, transforming Guardiola’s side into one of Europe’s elite.

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However, Hoeness’ allegations are said to have seriously offended City, who feel that he has taken an unnecessary swipe at the way in which they conduct business.

The Bayern president is no stranger to controversy, having been jailed for tax evasion in 2014. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after failing to pay €28.5m in tax, but served just 18 months before being released in February 2016.

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He quickly decided to run for the presidency of Bayern, and won the election with ease as there were no other candidates. Hoeness arrived at the club shortly after Guardiola’s three-year tenure at the Allianz Arena had come to an end, and he has remained in the role ever since.

It is thought that UEFA may look to involve themselves in the situation as they seek to avoid a public bust-up between two of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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Man Utd Set to Rival Bayern Munich in Race to Sign Chelsea Starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

?Manchester United are set to rival Bayern Munich in the race to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Bayern Munich have shown the strongest interest in the exciting prospect so far, having made a £35m bid in January but failing to complete a deal with the Blues.

?Liverpool and ?Borussia Dortmund are also said to be among the interested clubs but, according to the ?Daily Mail, it is ?United who are prepared to step up their interest in Hudson-Odoi, with the forward no closer to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

His current deal runs until the summer of 2020, meaning that ?Chelsea could risk losing arguably their brightest young star for a minimal fee if they do not cash in on him this summer. No further talks over fresh terms are said to have taken place since January, meaning that Chelsea must act.

It is said that ?Bayern will come back in for the starlet with another £30m bid in the summer, with the player’s value set to decrease as his current contract continues to run down.


Offers have been made in attempts to make Hudson-Odoi commit his future to Stamford Bridge, but even the offer of an £85,000-a-week deal has so far been rebuffed by the player, as he has seemingly prioritised playing time over finances.

The forward is still yet to start a Premier League match under Maurizio Sarri and, despite his more regular appearances in the Europa League, his development is clearly being restricted through a lack of consistent game time.

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Chelsea are said to be reluctant to sell their brightest prospect to a domestic rival, meaning that United could struggle to convince their Premier League counterparts to do business, whilst Bayern are apparently eyeing Hudson-Odoi as Arjen Robben’s successor.

Hudson-Odoi was given his England debut during the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday, becoming the youngest ever player to make his Three Lions debut, and the winger’s budding international career is only likely to further increase his stock in Europe.


However, his future has also been cast into further doubt by Chelsea’s transfer ban, as Chelsea would be unable to sign a replacement should they opt to sell Hudson-Odoi, as had previously seemed very likely. The club are appealing against the ban.

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Bayern Munich Veteran Rafinha Set to Join Flamengo On Two Year Deal This Summer

?Bayern Munich veteran Rafinha is on the brink of joining Flamengo after he is said to have agreed a two-year deal with the Brazilian side.

Rafinha joined Bayern from Genoa back in 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances in all competitions, registering six goals and 29 assists along the way. In recent years the versatile full-back has found himself behind David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich in the pecking order at the Allianz and his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

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According to ?UOL, Rafinha has recently been in negotiations with Flamengo over a potential free transfer and is said to have come to an agreement over a two-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2021.

Once the deal becomes official, Rafinha will be presented as a Flamengo player on July 1, bringing an end to his eight year stint with ?Bayern.

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The Brazilian is set to become Flamengo’s fifth signing of 2019 after they have previously acquired Rodrigo Caio, Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique and Gabigol. UOL are reporting that the club’s new signings amount to over $100m in transfer fees.

Rafinha’s departure may not come as a surprise after he was previously vocal about his lack of game time under Niko Kovac, saying in February (via ?Goal): “I do my work and train well, but the coach does not count on me.

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“I do not know why. I have not made any problems. But of course I am disappointed. I played under all coaches here at Bayern, whether under [Pep] Guardiola, [Jupp] Heynckes or [Carlo] Ancelotti.

“Since I said in January that I will leave the club after the season, I’m not playing anymore.”

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Bayern Munich Set to Rival Barcelona in Race to Sign Luka Jovic as Die Roten Prepare Opening Bid

?Bayern Munich are set to make an opening bid to steal a march in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic – though Barcelona are also keen on the Serbian.

The Bundesliga champions have bounced back from a poor start to the season under Niko Kovac and have regained control of the title race once more ahead of Borussia Dortmund, though the Bavarians disappointingly crashed out of the Champions League to Liverpool.


?Bayern have continued to be dependent on the goals of star striker Robert Lewandowski and, with the Pole set to turn 31 next season, Kovac’s side are set to launch a move for Luka Jovic as his long-term successor, according to ?Mundo Deportivo.

It is believed that the Bavarians are set to launch the biggest transfer campaign in the club’s history this summer, with ?Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez and Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt also targets, whilst a deal has already been sealed for Stuttgart star Benjamin Pavard.

Jovic is said to be among Bayern’s top targets, with an opening bid for the striker apparently imminent.

Luka Jovic

The 21-year-old recently opened the scoring in Serbia’s 1-1 draw with Germany on Wednesday, and Bayern’s opening offer is set to complete a week which has seen the striker’s stock in Europe continue to rise. The Serbian has scored 15 goals in 24 Bundesliga outings this term.

It is a potential blow to ?Barcelona, who are said to be Bayern’s main competitors in the race to sign Jovic this summer.


The Catalan giants are widely said to be on the lookout for a long-term replacement for ?Luis Suarez and, although the player is said to favour a move to Catalonia, Barca are yet to make a concrete move for Jovic, and Bayern could seize the initiative in making the first move.

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The Top 10 Goalscorers Across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues So Far This Season

?The domestic season is starting to wind down to a close across Europe, with a frantic finale set to commence after the upcoming international break.

Speaking of which, these little interruptions from league football are an excellent opportunity to take stock, and have a closer look at how the season has been unravelling.

Across Europes big five leagues, there’s been some awfully prolific goal scorers this season, tearing open opposition defences and firing home ruthless finishes week after week.

So here’s the top ten most prolific goal scorers across the ‘big five’ this season…


10. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur (17)

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?Tottenham Hotspur seem to have blown their chances of winning the league, but they’re still alive and kicking in the Champions League, with a mouthwatering quarter-final tie against ?Manchester City on the horizon.

Straight in at number ten, it’s Spurs striker Harry Kane, whose slammed home 17 goals (in 26 games) in the ?Premier League this season despite missing over a month with an ankle injury.

The England captain won the Golden Boot award at last summer’s World Cup, and took that form into the 2018/19 campaign, with standout performances including a lovely brace against Everton and a goal in each of the north London derbies.


9.  Duván Zapata – Atalanta (17)

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Atalanta have been absolutely flying ?in ?Serie A again this season, and look on track to secure qualification to play European football next season.

Duván Zapata has been their main man since joining on loan from Sampdoria, and has netted 17 times in 28 matches.

The Colombia international is a footballer in his prime, and his performance of the season so far was surely his four goal masterclass against Frosinone back in January


8. Edinson Cavani – PSG (17)

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At the rate they’re going, Paris Saint-Germain are going to dominate French football for years to come, but the Champions League still continues to elude them.

Back in Ligue 1, they’ve been filling their boots again this season, and Edinson Cavani has fired home 17 in just 16 starts.

He’s battled through a whole load of injuries this season, and it would be fair to argue he’d probably be troubling the chart toppers had he managed to stay in better nick.


7. Luis Suárez – Barcelona (18)

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?Barcelona look set to win yet another ?La Liga title this season, after bulldozing their way to the top of the pile.

Bizarrely, Luis Suárez is the clubs only real out-and-out centre forward (no, we’re no counting Kevin Prince-Boateng), but he’s taken that responsibility on his shoulders with aplomb, and has scored 18 in 27.

He’s currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but expect him to be back firing on all cylinders for the final few weeks of the campaign.


6. Sergio Agüero – Manchester City (18)

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Stepping things up a gear (okay, just the one goal) it’s Manchester City legend Sergio Agüero, who has once again been unstoppable in the English top tier this season.

He’s scored 18 in 26 games, and will be eager to keep the goals flowing as his side look to retain their Premier League title at the expense of high-flying ?Liverpool.

There’s been some real golden moments for the Argentine ace this season, including two hat-tricks in a week against ?Arsenal and ?Chelsea respectively.

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5. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich (18)

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?Bayern Munich got the season off to a pretty rocky start, and manager Niko Kova? came mighty close to being shown the door. However, they rallied superbly, and are now top of the ?Bundesliga on goal difference.

As usual, Robert Lewandowski has been deadly in-front of goal, and has hit the back of the net 18 times in 25 outings.

Performance of the season you ask? Well, you can’t do much better than bagging a hat-trick away from home on day one of the campaign, as the formidable Pole did at Frankfurt.

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4. Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus (19)

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Oh hello, CR7. I wondered when you’d be making an appearance, and quite frankly, I’m surprised you’re not higher up the charts!

Cristiano Ronaldo bounces and spins (and does that ridiculous thing with his arms) his way into  the number four spot, after hammering home 19 goals in 26 games for his new club, ?Juventus.

He’s been pretty ruddy relentless in Serie A this season, and has scored a brace on four occasions. Very impressive indeed!


 ?Fabio Quagliarella – Sampdoria (21)

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Who’s this old fella with the cane pipping Ronaldo into a top three finish?! That’s right, it’s Sampdoria frontman Fabio Quagliarella.

The 36-year-old has rolled back the years with another splendid campaign for I Blucerchiati, popping in 21 league goals in 27 games.

Ol’ Quaggers has been a delight this season, the highlight of which has (so far) been his tasty brace an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Bologna. He’s only gone and earned himself an Italy recall an’ all. Marvellous!


2. Kylian Mbappé – Paris Saint-Germain (26)

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?Enjoy him while you can, PSG fans, there’s not chance he’s going to spend more than a couple more seasons in a one-team league.

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé has continued his assault on the French top tier with renewed vigour this season, which probably has something to do with that little morale boost of winning the World Cup last summer.

He has, quite obscenely, scored 26 in 23 matches in the 2018/19 campaign, and he’s showing no sign of letting up any time soon!


1. Lionel Messi

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What?! It’s not Huddersfield Town frontman Laurent Depoitre?! No, perhaps unsurprisingly, it isn’t.

Instead, in a shock we may never truly recover from, Barcelona’s little known forward Lionel Messi is currently sitting at the top of the pile.

Once again the majestic magician has cast his spell over La Liga, bewitching and beguiling them in a campaign that’s seen him 29 goals in 26 games.

Will he keep the top spot when it comes to the end of the season? Let’s wait and see, shall we?…


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