Bayern Munich Superstar Robert Lewandowski Reportedly Agrees Summer Move to Real Madrid

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has agreed a deal that will see him join Real Madrid in the summer.

The Poland international, who has scored 32 goals in 36 appearances this season, has over two years left on his current deal at Bayern, but according to Mundo, could be wearing the white of Madrid next term.

The agreement is reported as having stemmed from a series of meetings between Lewandowski’s new agent Pini Zahavi and Florentino Perez’s top aid Jose Angel Sanchez.

Rumours of the forward joining Real grew rife after he dropped Cezary Kucharski, his agent for over 10 years, to later hire Zahavi. And despite Jupp Heynckes insistence on him remaining at the Allianz past the summer, many believe that Lewandowski will complete the switch to the Bernabeu this year.

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The player is understood to have hired Zahavi as a result of him wanting to leave the Bundesilga giants. And Mundo report that, after negotiations with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, the striker now has his heart set on playing for Los Blancos.

The Spanish side, meanwhile, are said to have placed all their chips on Lewandowski due to the uncertainty surrounding English target Harry Kane. They were also waiting to see how things would play out with Neymar, but PSG are unwilling to negotiate over the Brazilian at this point in time and are bent on keeping him.

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The only thing believed to be an issue, on Madrid’s end, is Cristiano Ronaldo’s preference for playing with Karim Benzema.

Perez, though, is simply looking to strengthen his side and isn’t ready to be swayed by sentiments.

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Champions League Quarter Final Draw: Last 8 Learn Their Fate & Are One Step Closer to Kyiv

Liverpool against Manchester City is the headline tie from the Champions League quarter finals as the eight remaining clubs fighting for the trophy learned their fate when the draw was made at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday lunchtime.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea all fell at the Last 16 stage, but those left are now one step closer to the final in Kyiv on 26th May.

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The open draw pitted holders Real Madrid, looking to become the first champions to win three successive titles since Bayern Munich in the 1970s, against Juventus in a repeat of the 2017 final. Meanwhile, Barcelona will take on Roma and Bayern must face Sevilla.

2017/18 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Draw: 

Barcelona vs Roma

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Manchester City

First leg ties will be played on 3/4 April, with return legs scheduled for 10/11 April.

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Xabi Alonso Facing Up to 8 Years in Prison After Spanish Treasury Accuses Star of Tax Fraud (Again)

?Former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool midfielder is potentially facing jail time and huge fine in Spain after a Madrid court reopened a case against him relating to alleged tax fraud and fiscal crimes between 2010 and 2012.

According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, Alonso and his tax advisors stand accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury out of €2.5m the Tax Agency believes should have been paid from image rights earnings during his time as a Real Madrid player.

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As such, state prosecutors representing the tax office have requested an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of €8m, which includes the €2.5m the treasury claims is owed plus additional penalties.

El Confidencial explains that Alonso used a company registered on the Portuguese island of Madeira to handle money earned through image rights, enjoying favourable tax rates of 5% or less – it is said that the company was even tax exempt before 2012.

The company, named Kardzali and acquired by Alonso in 2009 just days before he joined Real Madrid from Liverpool, apparently received payments from Real themselves, Adidas, Movistar, consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble for a range of advertising campaigns, and others.

Alonso is said to have earned €4.9m in image rights during the three years in question, with the Spanish treasury claiming that around half of that should have been collected as tax in Spain.

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Prosecutors want a three-year jail term for Alonso and each of his two tax advisors, Ivan Zaldua and Ignasi Maestre, for the years 2010 and 2012, with two years for 2011 when the alleged fraud was less. In total, that would make eight years behind bars for each man.

Having already seen the case shelved once before when it was ruled there was no crime, Alonso seems determined to fight it and is reportedly not planning to cut a deal to minimise any penalty or sentence like Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and others who have been accused of Spanish tax fraud in recent times.

Lionel Messi fought his guilty verdict, which was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court, leaving the Barcelona superstar with a 21-month suspended prison sentence – prison sentences under two years in Spain for non-violent crimes will not result in actual jail time. Alonso’s former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is similarly fighting his case after also being accused of tax fraud.


Alonso’s legal team argues that the 36-year-old, who retired from football at the end of last season, has done nothing wrong because everything was declared and nothing was concealed. He took advantage of a ‘tax option’ to pay less by receiving image rights payment abroad.

Other players accused of tax fraud apparently used image right companies in Spain and so Alonso’s case differs in that respect.

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Jupp Heynckes Confirms Manuel Neuer Set to Return to Bayern Action After Long Term Foot Injury

?Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has given indication that star goalkeeper and club captain Manuel Neuer is finally set to return to action in April, to end what will have by then been a seven month layoff after suffering a broken foot in September.

The fracture was a recurrence of the same injury that Neuer sustained during a UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid in April 2017.

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The World Cup winner made his comeback from that initial foot problem in matchday two of the Bundesliga campaign in August, but he lasted just four games in all competitions. It means that when he returns in a few weeks, those four games will be his only action in a 12 month period.

In quotes published by SportBild, Heynckes responded positively to questions over whether Neuer would be fit to play again in April.

“I think so,” he said. “The perspective is positive. It looks very good.”

However, Heynckes also explained that Neuer is under no pressure to return any sooner than he is ready and his comeback will ultimately be determined by further consultations with medical staff.

Sven Ulreich has filled in for the 31-year-old this season, and has only conceded two Bundesliga goals since the start of February. 

He was beaten by Besiktas striker Vagner Love in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, but Bayern prevailed 8-1 on aggregate to book their place in the quarter finals.

The draw for the last eight of the Champions League will take place on Friday, with Bayern to be paired with Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Sevilla.

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Jupp Heynckes Not Worried Over Thiago Alcantara Injury as Bayern Munich Secure UCQuarter Final SP

?Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes believes the injury midfielder Thiago Alcantara sustained against Besiktas on Wednesday isn’t serious.

The Spaniard hit the deck after appearing to receive a blow to the foot, ?after he opened the scoring in the 3-1 win. He couldn’t continue and limped out of the game before the half way point.

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It is a hugely frustrating occurrence for Thiago, whose season has been disrupted by various injury problems so far – the ex-Barcelona man has been restricted to just nine Bundesliga starts.

Speaking after the game though, Heynckes offered some reassuring news for the Bavarian club’s supporters. He said, as quoted by ?AS: “Thiago has signalled that he felt pain under the sole of his foot. We have to wait for the investigations tomorrow, but I do not think it’s that serious.”

The player himself also feels the injury won’t rule him out for too long, describing it on Twitter as a ‘#LittleSetback’.

Bayern, who can wrap up the Bundesliga title this weekend, easily advanced past their Turkish opponents in Europe in midweek with the aggregate scoreline reading 8-1 and Heynckes, who set a record for most managerial consecutive wins in the competition (11) added: “If you see both games, we have progressed confidently.

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“Besiktas has not lost at home so you can see that this is a very strong team. It is not easy to win here.

“At the score of 7-0, there was the certainty that we reached the quarter-finals. That it drops a bit here and there is quite normal. The only downer was that we got too many yellow cards.”

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