Bayern agree deal to sign Palace winger Olise

Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign winger Michael Olise, according to Sky Germany.

The Bundesliga giants will pay €60m (£50.7m) including add-ons to bring the 22-year-old to the Allianz Arena.

Last week, Sky Sports News reported that Bayern, Chelsea and Newcastle had approached Palace before Chelsea dropped out of the race to sign Olise.

Chelsea offered the player a competitive financial package but he wanted to move to Bayern. He is now expected to sign a contract until 2029 with Vincent Kompany’s side.

After joining Palace in 2021, Olise scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 19 appearances last season, despite a largely injury-hit campaign. His current deal with the Premier League club was not due to expire until 2027.

Michael Olise ranked highly in key attacking metrics last season
Olise ranked highly in key attacking metrics for Crystal Palace last season

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership is officially open.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at 11.30pm in Scotland.

The Premier League and Scottish Premiership brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Fulham reject improved Bayern bid for Palhinha

Fulham have rejected an improved bid from Bayern Munich for Joao Palhinha.

Bayern remain interested in the 28-year-old, whom they have been pursuing since last summer.

The potential total value of the proposal, including bonuses, is understood to have been worth the second-most for a defensive midfielder aged 28 or over.

Fulham's Joao Palhinha arrives ahead of the Premier League match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Picture date: Tuesday April 2, 2024.
Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha has no release clause in his Fulham contract

The current second-highest fee in this bracket is the £40m Al-Ittihad paid for Fabinho to Liverpool last year.

Palhinha has four years left on his Fulham contract, which has no release clause plus an option of a further year, and he is currently with the Portugal national team for the Euros.

New Bayern boss Vincent Kompany is eager to bring the Portugal international to the Bundesliga with backing from sporting directors Max Eberl and Christoph Freund.

But Barcelona and Manchester United are also interested in the ex-Sporting player, although it is unlikely the Spanish side would be able to afford him.

Palhinha almost moved to Bayern on Deadline Day last summer after the Cottagers gave him permission to fly to Munich. However, Marco Silva’s side were unable to find a replacement so Palhinha returned to the club and subsequently signed a new deal.

Fulham also turned down a £45m bid from West Ham last July.

When does the summer transfer window open and close?

The 2024 summer transfer window in the Premier League officially opens on Friday June 14 – the same day that Euro 2024 starts.

The window will close on August 30 at 11pm UK time in England and at midnight in Scotland.

The Premier League has brought forward Deadline Day to link up with the other major leagues in Europe. The closing dates were set following discussions with the leagues in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

Fulham set Palhinha valuation with Man Utd interested

Fulham value Joao Palhinha at double the £30m bid they have rejected from Bayern Munich.

Barcelona and Manchester United are also interested, but it is unlikely the Spanish side would be able to afford him and there is uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation at Old Trafford.

There is no release clause in the new Fulham contract Palhinha signed last September. The deal runs to 2028 and Fulham have the option to extend it by another year.

Fulham retain an interest in Fluminense midfielder Andre amid uncertainty over Palhinha’s future. Andre is one of a number of midfielders the club are looking at should they ultimately need to replace him.

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Watch Palhinha discuss his future with Jamie Redknapp as he admits he will leave Fulham one day

Palhinha almost moved to Bayern on Deadline Day last summer. Fulham also turned down a £45m bid from West Ham last July.

Last week, we reported Bayern were ready to make a renewed effort to sign Palhinha, according to Sky in Germany.

New Bayern boss Vincent Kompany is eager to bring the Portugal international to the Bundesliga with backing from sporting directors Max Eberl and Christoph Freund.

Bayern are understood to be willing to pay up to £38m for the 28-year-old.

Erik ten Hag future to be decided this week by Man Utd

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Kaveh Solhekol says former Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel will not become Manchester United boss for next season

Manchester United are expected to make a decision on the future of manager Erik ten Hag this week with Thomas Tuchel out of the running to replace him.

Ten Hag has returned from holiday but is yet to find out whether he will be in charge for a third season at Old Trafford with the club’s post-season review still ongoing.

Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea boss Tuchel held talks with United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe in France last week but is no longer under consideration for the job should United decide to make a change.

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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels Erik ten Hag deserves more time, but admits he has not yet had the impact he would have hoped for

As far as Ten Hag is concerned, he is still the United manager and has one year left on his contract, but the longer the review goes on the more potentially concerning it becomes for him.

The 54-year-old led United to FA Cup glory last month to secure his second major trophy in as many seasons, but an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and a dismal European campaign has cast doubt on his position.

While he is aware of reports the club have been in contact with other managers, Ten Hag has always wanted to stay but is realistic when it comes to expectations about his future.

What do Man Utd need this summer?

With Erik ten Hag’s future still in the balance, Manchester United’s inevitable summer of upheaval could see additions in all areas of the pitch – they have struggled both defensively and offensively.

The departure of the experienced Raphael Varane will leave the club light at the back, especially with Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw’s ongoing injury concerns.

They used 14 different centre-back partnerships this season and veteran Jonny Evans clocked more league appearances than any other centre-back at the club. So, a keen eye will be cast over a defence that conceded a Premier League club-record 58 goals this term.

Papers: Man Utd considering Diomande move | Bayern monitoring Zinchenko

The top stories and transfer rumours from Saturday’s newspapers…


Manchester United are considering a move for Ousmane Diomande with Sporting prepared to compromise on their asking price in order to attract summer bids.

Marc Guehi is set to be given a chance to prove his worth for the Euros as part of England’s final preparations for the tournament.

Chelsea are reportedly at odds with Enzo Fernandez over the midfielder’s participation at the Paris Olympics.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been warned he will have to make changes at Manchester United – both on and off the field – incrementally to avoid any future issues with Premier League profit and sustainability rules.

Arne Slot could receive an early boost when he begins work as Liverpool boss on Saturday with the club reportedly ready to offer Conor Bradley a new long-term contract.

Sammy McIlroy has called on feuding sides to get together and save Morecambe, the club he guided into the Football League in 2007.


Bayern Munich are monitoring out-of-favour Arsenal star Oleksandr Zinchenko, who could become Vincent Kompany’s first signing as their new manager.

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Vincent Kompany shares his thoughts following his appointment as Bayern Munich head coach

Arsenal physio Jordan Reece is set to join Manchester United

Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of securing a deal for young talent James Overy, who has been playing non-league football in Devon.


Real Madrid will unveil Kylian Mbappe as their new star on Monday, according to a new report.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have reclaimed their position as Europe’s most valuable football club.


Manchester United have approached former Barcelona boss Xavi about becoming the club’s new manager, according to sensational reports in Spain.

Xavi will leave his role as Barcelona head coach at the end of the season
Xavi has left his role as Barcelona head coach

Everton are prepared to sell any of their star players this summer as they battle financial peril.

Antonio Conte is on the verge of taking over as Napoli boss – and is reportedly plotting a transfer raid on Chelsea this summer.

Despite being named as Barcelona’s manager, Hansi Flick has yet to be officially registered as the club’s new boss.

FIFA want to impose 18-team top divisions across the world of football, including the current 20-strong Premier League, as a war of words over the new Club World Cup continues.

Swansea City player liaison officer Huw Lake has been banned from football for a year for placing almost 2,500 bets on football in a five-year period – 130 times betting against the Swans.


Morocco defender Chadi Riad has completed a medical ahead of his proposed move to Crystal Palace.

Real Madrid are in talks about a new contract for highly-rated academy player Paulo Iago – but doubts have emerged on both sides over whether agreement will be reached.

Borussia Dortmund have signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with weapons manufacturer Rheinmetall.


Frank Lampard is among the initial candidates for the Burnley job, with the chairman Alan Pace running a full process to find Vincent Kompany’s successor rather than making a quick appointment.

Frank Lampard
Could Frank Lampard return to management at Burnley?

Pakistan bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is set to withdraw from playing for the Welsh Fire in this year’s Hundred and could instead play in a shorter tournament in Canada.

England Rugby are facing criticism from players including Joe Marler after their summer Test against Japan was not picked up by a broadcaster and will instead be streamed on RugbyPass – Marler called the plan “dross”.


West Ham are in talks with Palmeiras over a deal to buy the 18-year-old attacker Luis Guilherme. The Brazil Under-20 international is valued by his club at about £25m.

Olympic champion Katie Ledecky says faith in the anti-doping system is at an “all-time low” in the wake of the way global regulators handled a case involving Chinese swimmers.


Kobbie Mainoo will sign a new deal with Manchester United following the Euros.

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Check out all the best angles of Kobbie Mainoo’s stunning curling strike against Liverpool

Ederson will have to hand in a transfer request if he wants to leave Manchester City.


Lazio sporting director Angelo Fabiani has hit out at Daichi Kamada’s agents ahead of a move to Crystal Palace.

Hugo Lloris says he was “pushed aside” at Tottenham during the final few months of his time at the club.

Lee Carsley and other England youth-team coaches will be on the ground in Germany this summer to scout England’s potential Euro 2024 knockout-round opponents.

Brentford forward Bryan Mbeumo is on Liverpool’s transfer radar and has said he wants to play in the “biggest competitions, at the best clubs”.


Leicester City are expected to take their time over appointing a new manager with Enzo Maresca set to be confirmed as Chelsea’s head coach.

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Chelsea fans have shared split thoughts with Enzo Maresca set to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge

Michael Edwards has appointed a head of global goalkeeping as he continues to improve Liverpool’s strategy under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group – Hans Leitert, who is a former coach at Tottenham Hotspur and the author of The Art of Goalkeeping.

Alexander Zverev’s appeal hearing is under way in Berlin after a German court imposed a €450,000 (£380,000) fine on the tennis player for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend, the model Brenda Patea, with whom he has a three-year-old daughter.


After just one full season in the MLS, former Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis is close to sealing an £8m switch to Mexican side Cruz Azul from Atlanta United.

Hearts sporting director Joe Savage will step down from his role after three-and-a-half years at Tynecastle.

English outfits Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Blackpool are all keen to take a look at Queen’s Park kid Max Willoughby this summer.

Liam Polworth has been persuaded to stay at Kilmarnock after a last-ditch effort by boss Derek McInnes.

Style and substance? Kompany to Bayern raises questions

Vincent Kompany’s likely move to Bayern Munich was initially greeted with ridicule and disbelief. A more balanced view has since emerged but there is no escaping the incredulity when a coach relegated with Burnley is set to walk into one of Europe’s biggest jobs.

The German giants did not come calling for Sean Dyche when he finished seventh in the Premier League. Their views on Stan Ternent and Steve Cotterill are unconfirmed. But Kompany is regarded as a gamble worth taking, a coach of vast potential.

There are many factors involved, not least Bayern’s own fraught recruitment process. But choosing Kompany also highlights the changing view of what makes an elite coach, a growing willingness to look beyond results and towards a style that could transfer.

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Florian Plettenberg on the deal to take Kompany to Bayern Munich

Kompany, it should be acknowledged, has plenty else going for him. As a player, he captained club and country, winning the Premier League with Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. That brings instant respect and a relationship that imbues a certain shine.

The trend in modern management is towards those disciples of Guardiola. Mikel Arteta has emerged as his biggest challenger in the Premier League, Xabi Alonso has just triumphed in the Bundesliga. Enzo Maresca has followed Kompany in winning the Championship.

The connection with Guardiola, widely regarded as the outstanding coach of his generation, is particularly significant at Bayern. Some frame his work there as unfinished without a Champions League win but he wowed with his ideas. There is a legacy there.

For Kompany, other intangibles include his own playing spell at Hamburg – he is a fluent German speaker – and his reputation for being articulate, intelligent and measured. But the top line in all this can hardly be avoided. There is the matter of that relegation.

Kompany came into the Premier League wedded to the approach that had helped garner 101 points in the Championship, winning Burnley praise for their enterprising play. They boasted the best attack and the best defence as they stormed to the title.

The swiftness with which he transformed the style, after a decade of doing things so differently under Dyche, caught the eye. It was a testament to his ability to manage change that their possession stats were the highest since Championship records began.

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Florian explains what has attracted Bayern Munich to Kompany

But despite significant investment in the summer, his team were unable to adapt to the Premier League. The passing game that had been too good for the Championship was undone by the speed and skill of those sides at the higher level, soon undermining confidence.

The inequality within the Premier League was viewed by some as a mitigating circumstance. But, in the aftermath of a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace that would be followed up with a 2-0 home reverse to Bournemouth, Roy Keane had less sympathy for Kompany’s side.

“Do you know what, they have been dreadful. They have been dreadful,” Keane told Sky Sports. “We talk about teams having a style of play in the Championship and trying to compare it to the Premiership, it is chalk and cheese. It is impossible.

“They look weak physically. The goals they are giving away, it is schoolboy stuff. I admire managers who have a philosophy and a style of play, but you have got to adapt. You have got to give yourself a chance of winning football matches.”

Only two teams in the Premier League made more errors leading to shots than Burnley and the contrast with the risk-free football of the Dyche era became a stick with which to beat him. Thousands more passes brought little reward, only encouraging more mistakes.

It is worth noting that even in his first managerial role at Anderlecht, Kompany’s methods had been questioned. The attempt to mimic Guardiola had been a concern for some in Belgium, one expressed in strong terms by the former Anderlecht manager Aad de Mos.

“In football, you do not have to copy another coach,” said De Mos. “Kompany wants to do the same thing as Guardiola at City and that makes me sick. City have players like Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. Anderlecht needs to get by with more modest players.”

Bayern bosses might feasibly agree with that assessment while coming to the opposite conclusion. Perhaps they take the view that they do possess the quality of player capable of delivering this football – they just need someone who is willing and able to coach it.

With one of the weakest squads in the Premier League, Kompany floundered. But with one of the best squads in the Championship, he flourished. Bayern’s status within the Bundesliga, relative to the rest, is much more akin to the latter than the former.

If Kompany struggles then Bayern will be criticised. If he thrives their imagination will be lauded. Whatever happens, Kompany has been vindicated in sticking to his principles. It raises intriguing questions about how coaches should approach their work.

Dyche is an obvious contrast but for him it feels more like ideology than compromise. Other examples are more pertinent. Julen Lopetegui and Thomas Frank are two that come to mind – coaches who opted to adapt but now find that could be a mark against them.

Lopetegui’s appointment at West Ham was met with a lukewarm response. In part, that was because his rescue job with Wolves – lifting them from rock bottom to 13th in the table – was not achieved with the necessary swagger to excite, even if it did save them.

Frank played a progressive game to help Brentford win promotion but, unlike Kompany, successfully switched to a more direct style to keep them there. Now, he finds some questioning whether those long throws make him suitable for a role at an elite club.

For Kompany, the stain of relegation is more easily erased than a stain on his style. This move shows that coaches, like players, can be upwardly mobile regardless of results. And that a man questioned at Burnley can somehow be seen as the answer for Bayern.