Bayern Munich Set to Hijack Borussia Dortmund’s Bid to Sign German International Jonas Hector

?Bayern Munich are set to hijack ?Borussia Dortmund’s bid to sign German defender Jonas Hector, according to reports.

Dortmund have been heavily linked with the defender in recent weeks with reports of an €8m release clause set to be met, however there appears to be a twist in the transfer saga.

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According to German news outlet ?Kicker, it now appears that Bayern Munich have also contacted the 27-year-old about a potential move to the Allianz Arena. 

The left back has made 111 Bundesliga appearances for Cologne since their promotion in 2014, and has since become a regular member of Joachim Löw‘s German national side. In fact, since Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014, no German player has made more international appearances than Hector (25). 

Should the deal go through, it would look more than likely that Hector would act as a back up to Bayern’s current left back David Alaba in case of an injury, suspension or need for rotation. This has led many people to believe that a move to Dortmund would suit the player better, with a higher chance for more playing time. 

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It is yet to have been revealed Hector’s preference on where he wants to play his football next season, although the bright lights of Bayern Munich would be hard for anyone to turn down at this moment in time. 

They find themselves 17 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as well as being drawn against Sevilla in the quarter finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

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As for Dortmund, they have been left to trail in Bayern’s wake after falling an astounding 18 points behind the league leaders and were dumped out of the Europa League at the round of 16 stage. They’ll be looking to rebuild this summer, and will be hoping they can convince players of the calibre of Hector to chose them over their fierce rivals.



Zidane Reportedly Gives Green Light for Real Madrid to Sign €100m Robert Lewandowski in the Summer

?Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given Real Madrid president Florentino Perez the go ahead to sign want away Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer. Zidane is said to see the Polish attacker as his priority target in the transfer window.

Lewandowski seems to have been linked with Madrid since the beginning of time, but it appears that this summer is the likeliest he’s ever looked to leave the Allianz Stadium. Having switched agents earlier in the season in a bid to engineer a move to Los Blancos, it now seems that Madrid are preparing a bid.

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According to AS, Zidane and Perez are in agreement that Lewandowski is their top target after a difficult season at the Bernabeu. The tried and tested 30-year-old has spent his entire career turning out top quality performances, and the report claims that a deal worth around €100m – with Bayern determined to keep hold of the player.

Madrid are apparently happy to pay the money, knowing that Bayern themselves are soon to fork out €42m for on loan midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Should this information be true, it would ultimately end Madrid’s interest in Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Englishman has been linked with a move to Madrid since last season, but while a move seemed to be on the cards for a while, Madrid have gone off the idea of signing Kane due to the huge transfer fee he would command.

The Spanish club are also concerned that his introverted nature would have a negative impact on his game. Kane is not used to the hectic life that comes with playing for Real Madrid.

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Spanish Legend Xabi Alonso Warns Robert Lewandowski off Summer Real Madrid Move

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has urged Robert Lewandowski to remain at Bayern Munich, as rumours continue to circulate (as they have done for years) regarding a possible move to the Bernabeu for the Polish striker.

The pair played together at the Allianz Arena for three years prior to Alonso’s retirement. This summer, Lewandowski looks more likely than ever to make the move from the Bundesliga to La Liga, but Alonso doesn’t seem to sure about the idea.

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Speaking to Sportbuzzer (via Marca), the Spaniard warned Lewandoswki off the move, claiming that the striker has it perfect where he is in Bavaria:

?“He is definitely one of the best No.9s in the world,” Alonso began. “However, I think that he is best at Bayern. Every year he scores goals, he knows the club, he knows the league, and he wins titles. If he wants to have a different experience, that is something that he must decide for himself.”

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The Champions League and World Cup winner spent the vast majority of his career competing amongst the best in the world, but it appears that the level of competence in Germany is beginning to decline, and Alonso fears that it will have a negative impact on the Bundesliga.

?“Borussia Dortmund have done well for years,” he noted. “But instead of making the gap smaller, it has increased in recent years. This is not good for the league; it needs excitement. Bayern need a rival, and it does not matter if it is Dortmund, Schalke or Leipzig.”

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Bayern look set for yet another Bundesliga title this season – and a first place this term finish will hand them their sixth league triumph in a row.


Bayern Munich Rule Out Sale of Robert Lewandowski Amid Reports of Real Madrid Interest

?Bayern Munich have categorically ruled out the possibility of selling Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to ?Kicker.

The Polish striker has been at the centre of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Spanish club, having grown frustrated with current first choice striker Karim Benzema, are believed to have identified Lewandowski as a prime target.

But Bayern have dismissed reports of a potential transfer, and insisted that the Bundesliga’s top scorer will not be sold under any circumstances.

?Mundo Deportivo claimed last week that Lewandowski had agreed contract terms with Real Madrid, but added that negotiations had not yet taken place with Bayern.

The 29-year-old has scored 31 goals in 36 appearances for the Bavarian club this season, a typically prolific tally for a striker considered one of Europe’s best.


He has found the net 100 times in 121 Bundesliga outings since joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, and has 51 goals in 91 games for the Polish national team.

Former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder earlier this month claimed that Bayern would not allow Lewandowski to leave without finding a replacement.

“There isn’t a pain barrier [on the transfer fee] because a Robert Lewandowski is irreplaceable,” he said. “There isn’t an adequate replacement available on the market. Therefore, they will not allow him to leave.”

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He added: “Normally, Bayern do not give up their top players and they do not need the money.”


Mohamed Salah & 7 Other Stars Who Enjoyed Incredible Debut Seasons

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah took his sensational debut season with the Reds to new levels at the weekend when he scored four in one game against Watford.

The Egyptian could hardy have dreamed for a better first campaign after the disappointment of his previous spell in England with Chelsea.

Salah is not alone in hitting the ground running in year one, with these others star arrivals in recent seasons joining him…

8. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (2014/15)

With Barcelona in the process of signing Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez left Camp Nou to join Arsenal in the summer of 2014 after a seriously impressive World Cup with Chile and needed little time to bed into his new surroundings in England.

Sanchez predominantly played as a winger in 2014/15 but still finished with 25 goals in all competition, including one in a victorious FA Cup final. His tally saw him become the first Arsenal player to reach that milestone in their debut season since Thierry Henry in 1999/00.

7. Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan (2015/16)

A debut season in a different sense, 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma was promoted to AC Milan’s first-team in the summer of 2015 and was chosen ahead of the vastly experience Diego Lopez for his Serie A debut just three months later.

He was the youngest goalkeeper to start in Serie A in 73 years and the second youngest of all time. What’s more, the teenager immediately established himself as the new number one and finished the campaign with 30 league appearances.

6. Diego Costa – Chelsea (2014/15)

Chelsea shipped out Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o in the summer of 2014 after bringing in Diego Costa to lead a new look attack as manager Jose Mourinho targeted his third Premier League with the club.

Costa, a title winner himself with Atletico Madrid the previous season, showed no signs of needing time to settle and began with a run of nine goals in his first seven league games. He ultimately finished with 20 in 26 as Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy.

5. Radamel Falcao – Atletico Madrid (2011/12)

Radamel Falcao suffered nightmare spells with Manchester United and Chelsea that didn’t get beyond debut seasons, while his maiden campaign with Monaco was ended prematurely after suffering a serious knee injury.

But back in 2011/12, Falcao had hit the ground running at Atletico Madrid after a big money move from Porto. His 36 goals in all competitions that season proved he could perform at the highest level and established him as arguably the best ‘number nine’ in the world at that time.

4. Robin van Persie – Man Utd (2012/13)

Manchester United fans would have been disappointed had Robin van Persie not had a sensational season in 2012/13 after joining the club for £24m from Arsenal. But given his previous record with injuries, his arrival was no surefire guarantee for success.

As it was, Van Persie actually had no trouble replicating the form that had seen him land a Premier League Golden Boot in his final year in north London. He finished on 26 league goals, with a hat-trick against Aston Villa a fitting way to wrap up the title he had been bought to win.

3. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich (2009/10)

After fizzling out at both Chelsea and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich offered an injury prone Arjen Robben arguably his last chance to prove himself as an elite star after making the move to Bavarian club in the summer of 2009.

Fortunately for Robben, he was able to take it. The 2009/10 campaign remains the winger’s best goalscoring campaign to date with 23 in all competitions as he helped Bayern reclaim the Bundesliga title from Wolfsburg and reach a first Champions League final since 2001.

2. N’Golo Kante – Chelsea (2016/17)

N’Golo Kante’s first season in English football was truly spectacular as he helped Leicester win the Premier League title against all odds, but his debut year with Chelsea was arguably even better after he raised his game further still and proved it hadn’t simply been a fluke.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez had taken most of the plaudits at Leicester, but after winning the title at Chelsea the following season, Kante was recognised with the clean sweep of individual honours – the PFA, FWA and Premier League Player of the Year awards.

1. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (2017/18)

Once a Chelsea flop, Mohamed Salah had a lot to prove when Liverpool brought him back to the Premier League for a fee of around £35m last summer. But, such has been his prolific goal return, it looks as though the Reds actually snagged a genuine bargain.

Salah is leading the way in both the Premier League Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe stakes, despite not even being an out-and-out striker. And, with 38 goals to his name in all competitions, he is well on course to become the first Liverpool player to net 40 times in a single season since Ian Rush way back in 1986/87.