Reports: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund enter transfer race for hugely rated Ajax star

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Dutch club AFC Ajax has had a sensational season so far, thanks to some key players who have impressed for them.

Some of them have also been linked to top European clubs since, with the likes of Frenkie de Jong already making sure that his next destination is La Liga giants Barcelona, starting next season.

Matthijs de Ligt, Nicolas Tagliafico, Hakim Ziyech and so on are the others who have been touted for big-money moves. Ziyech in particular, have been targeted by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, as per reports in Sport.de.

Both German clubs have apparently contacted the Moroccan star’s employers with their earliest bids, while the 26-year old himself remains open to more options.

Bayern Munich is said to have made a formal approach, while Dortmund have already placed their first offer on the table.

The news agency further adds that several Premier League clubs are also a part of the race to sign Ziyech, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City keenly following his development. In addition, AS Roma and Real Madrid are also reported to have their eyes on him.

Sport.de also reports that the star is worth €40million to Ajax, and that any club looking to secure his services should at least match the above-mentioned price, if not bid higher.

Ziyech was one of Ajax’s main stars as they humiliated Real Madrid in their most recent Champions League knockout game, also eliminating them in the process by winning 4-1. The side is currently all-set to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the upcoming UCL quarter-final fixtures.

FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 3/5; As of now, we cannot rule out the possibility for a moce for Ziyech, as the star himself might be interested in playing for a top European club – provided someone comes calling for him. Such offers promise better wages and better playing conditions, so if Ajax is able to find a replacement option quickly, we may find Ziyech shifting base next summer.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rubbishes rumours of switch to Bundesliga giants

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English giants Liverpool are well on course to challenge for the Premier League title, as well as the Champions League this season – and manager Jurgen Klopp has played a massive role in their success so far.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager had, however, been rumoured to return to the Bundesliga – albeit with former arch-rivals Bayern Munich this time.

It was former Bayern president and club legend Franz Beckenbauer, who recently suggested that Klopp “would make an ideal coach” for the Bavarians. “Jurgen Klopp at Bayern. That would be the highlight. Jurgen was the one who taught the Germans how to play football quickly,” the former World champion had opined.

But Klopp is interested in rumours staying as rumours, as he recently rubbished those reports. He insisted that he will be at Anfield for a long time, thereby dismissing Beckenbauer’s comments on him as well.

“I have a contract at Liverpool until 2022. And nobody here has the feeling that we should cancel it,” he said, while speaking at a recent interview as per Goal.

“Neither from the owners nor from my side there is even a tendency in this direction. So, nobody has to think about that.”

“Franz [Beckenbauer] just says such a sentence and, of course, he triggers very much with it. He didn’t ever care about that.”

Klopp concluded by saying that he is very happy with the Reds, also adding that he remains focused on achieving his nearest goals – winning the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Liverpool meanwhile, will take on FC Porto in the Champions League Quarter-finals between tomorrow and next week. The first-leg match will be held at Anfield tomorrow (April 10), while the second-leg game has been scheduled for April 17th at the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal.

Marco Reus slams Borussia Dortmund manager after Der Klassiker debacle

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German giants Borussia Dortmund were subjected to huge levels of embarrassment and misery yesterday, as arch-rivals Bayern Munich destroyed them 5-0 in the much-awaited Bundesliga Der Klassiker fixture.

The win helped the Bavarians climb to the top spot in the German league charts, displacing Dortmund themselves. Bayern now have a one-point at the top, which might eventually prove vital as the Bundesliga title race is still very much on.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s Marco Reus lamented at the lack of playing quality displayed by his team. In fact, Reus and his men were 4-0 down by the half-time itself, thanks to some shoddy defending and absence of any link-up play between the players.

“It’s a massive disappointment,” Reus said after the game, as reported by spox.com. “There’s no doubt we fully deserved to lose. We didn’t put Bayern under the slightest bit of pressure. We had a good chance at the start through Mo Dahoud, but even if that went in you still had the feeling that Bayern were in complete control.”

“They were better organised and exploited the spaces. We left too many gaps and didn’t defend the spaces well. We didn’t offer any threat up front either. It hurts,” he added, before seeking solace in the hope of overturning Bayern’s frail lead at in the points’ charts in the upcoming game-weeks.

The German star then went on to express outrage at Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre’s choice of lining up his team for the game. “We wanted to press and had actually expected them to go 4-3-3. But they lined up in a 4-2-3-1, which isn’t a problem, but we were standing too far apart from each other and we couldn’t apply any pressure. When I ran towards Mats Hummels, he just played it to Thiago and he played it to Niklas Süle and so on – that’s difficult. We were a million miles off our usual level in all areas,” he explained.

“There’s no point in us talking about the title if we play like that again, but there’s only one point for us to gain now and things can change very quickly in the Bundesliga. We have to show a completely different side to ourselves next Saturday,” he added, before concluding:

“We’ve fought back before, and we’ll just have to see what happens.”

Borussia Dortmund’s next assignment is against FSV Mainz on 13th April.

Only one English team among top ten teams with highest average home attendance this season

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In football, there are several parameters based on which various clubs’ success can be measured. While well-stocked trophy cabinets and number of goals scored do tell great stories about a club, they still do not paint the entire completely. For instance, the loyalty for the fans towards a particular team is another way by which we can understand how successful they are.

And loyalty can be easily mentioned by taking into account the average attendance for the different teams’ home matches. These days, it is very easy to watch one’s favourite team’s games at one’s own convenience – thanks to the various technological advancements available. As a result, when fans actually turn up to the ground to watch their team playing, it should be seen as a supreme case of love to their clubs..

Below is the list of ten teams with the highest averages among home-game attendances, in descending order. The statistics taken into account are based on their respective home league games in the season so far.

  1. Borussia Dortmund:- 80,813. The Bundesliga table-toppers topped the European attendance charts as well, this season. Dortmund have always been known for their supremely loyal fan-base, and this is definitely not the first time that they recorded such high numbers of attendance.
  2. FC Barcelona:- 75,203. The La Liga leaders are at second place, with an average attendance of over 5000 less than Dortmund. Attendance at the Camp Nou can go extremely higher than this, such as in the recent ElClasico fixture when it was reported to have crossed 92000.
  3. Bayern Munich:- 75,000. The defending champions of Bundesliga are at third place.
  4. Manchester United:- 74,505. Manchester United is the only English club in this list, and they hold a mighty fourth spot. Their most recent Premier League seasons have been far from impressive, but it is evident from the above numbers that a good number of fans still remain loyal to the club.
  5. Real Madrid:- 63,073. Despite a recent fall in performance-levels, and a disappointing 2018-19 in overall for the La Liga giants, the club has still managed to hold on to a fifth spot in these rankings.
  6. Schalke 04:- 61,220. The Bundesliga have always been popular for their teams’ close connection with their respective fan-bases, and Schalke being the third German side in the top-six in this list proves the point well.
  7. Inter Milan:- 60,383. Inter Milan is reportedly the Italian team with the biggest average home attendance this season, and they are at the seventh spot in the above rankings.
  8. Celtic:- 57,319. Once a European superpower, Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic still hold a strong place in the minds of its fans, as evident from their 8th rank in this list that does not even feature many elite EUropean teams.
  9. Atlético Madrid:- 57,063. Real Madrid’s local rivals are also the third La Liga team in this list, at 9th spot in overall rankings. Their home stadium the Wanda Metropolitano has witnessed several remarkable wins this season, including a memorable 2-0 victory against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the Champions League in February.
  10. Atlanta United:- 56,517. Atalanta’s entry in this list, albeit surprising, is highly refreshing too. That the MLS (Major League Soccer – USA) team have garnered more attendance than the likes of high-profile European teams like Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and so on makes the feat even more remarkable. They also have the record for the highest home-attendance in the MLS.

Der Klassiker 2019: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – Live stream, updates, when and where to watch

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The most important game of this season’s Bundesliga is just around the corner, and we can already sense the anticipation all around us. Defending champions Bayern Munich will host arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund at the iconic Allianz Arena this Saturday, 6th April, in what is touted to be the ultimate decider for this season’s Bundesliga crown.

Ahead of the game, here are a few mouth-watering insights to keep you well-set, so do check them out:

  1. This is will be the 100th Bundesliga Der Klassiker (German for “The Classic” – no other word can create a more apt description on the rivalry between both sides). Their head-to-head records in the German league so far stands thus: 45 wins for Bayern, 25 wins for Borussia, 29 draws (99 games).
  2. Bayern have won all four out of their last four home games against Dortmund in the league. The aggregate score in these four games is 17-3 in favour of the Bavarians.
  3. Bayern have lost only one out of their last 15 Bundesliga games this season (13 wins, 1 draw). Their recent draw to Freiberg, however gave, away their No.1 position in the standings – to none other than Borussia Dortmund.
  4. The current league standings are thus: Dortmund on top with 63 points from 27 games (19W, 6D, 2L) followed by Bayern with 61 points from 27 games (19W, 4D, 4L).
  5. A win for Dortmund will stretch their lead to five points, which might prove decisive towards the end of the league. On the other hand, a win for Bayern will help them displace Dortmund at the top of the charts.

Probable lineups (as per Bundesliga.com):

Bayern: Manuel Neuer (c) – Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba – Javi Martinez, Thiago – Serge Gnabry, James Rodriguez, Kingsley Coman – Robert Lewandowski
Out: Alphonso Davies (knee), Arjen Robben (calf)
Doubtful: Corentin Tolisso (knee)
Coach: Niko Kovac

Dortmund: Roman Burki – Marius Wolf, Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Raphael Guerreiro – Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney – Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus (c), Jacob Bruun Larsen – Paco Alcacer
Out: Achraf Hakimi (metatarsal), Christian Pulisic (thigh)
Doubtful: Abdou Diallo (calf), Maximilian Philipp (knee), Lukasz Piszczek (heel)
Coach: Lucien Favre

When to watch?

The Der Klassiker will be live from 4:30PM GMT on April 6th 2019, which means 10:00PM IST on the same day and 12:30AM SGT/HKT on April 7th, 2019. The venue will be the Allianz Arena in Munich, as already mentioned above.

Where to watch?

Viewers from Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, China, South Korea, North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan can tune into the FOX Sports network to watch the game as part of the coverage for the Bundesliga.

Also available on FOX+ (select markets).

Indian fans, meanwhile, can follow the game on Star Sports.

Fans also have the option to follow the match updates on foxsportsasia.com.

UEFA President calls for strong steps to put an end to racism in football

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that he wants referees to be “brave” and stop matches in the event of any acts of racism from fans.

His statement follows the numerous acts of racial abuse that the world of football has witnessed, especially in the last couple of months.

It has only been less than a week since Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea and England player was subjected to racial abuse on two occasions, first against Dynamo Kiev and then against the Montenegro national team.

Earlier, Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling also faced a similarly bitter experience while playing against Chelsea in December, and had since called upon the authorities to take “a proper stance” against the serious issue.

“The moment a match is stopped, or it’s not played, I think that 90% of normal people in the stadium would kick the asses of those idiots,” said Ceferin in a strongly-worded statement yesterday. “It’s 2019, it’s not 100 years ago.”

“We will speak to the referees again, and tell them to be confident, not to be afraid to act,” he furt4Uher added.

A study published in November had notably revealed that at least half of football supporters in England have witnessed racism during matches.

“This is a huge problem. Not just the Balkans, all eastern Europe. There’s not much immigration there because everybody wanted to go to western Europe because of economic reasons, jobs, a better life. So it takes some time. But of course you see Italy, one of the biggest problems with racism, sexism and homophobia. You have England, where you have problems,” Ceferin explained.

“It’s a problem of intolerant people, not a problem of nations.”

Ceferin does not that believe UEFA’s punishments need to be stricter.

“I don’t see any tougher sanction than forbidding the fans, matches played in front of empty stadiums, which has happened in Croatia a few times, and the money sanctions,” he said.

“If it’s chronic, we could throw out a club team or a national team from a competition. Everything is possible. But that is a last resort,” he concluded.

Earlier, Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino were among the set of Premier League managers who publicly proclaimed that they would be prepared to take their players off the pitch so as to combat any racist chanting.

Bundesliga star surpasses Lionel Messi to become top assist maker in Europe

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Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has enjoyed a terrific Bundesliga season so far, having emerged as one of the best young players not only of the German League, but also of the whole of Europe as well.

His shining performances with Dortmund have not gone unnoticed, as understood by the good number of European clubs that have lined up to sign him next summer.

Meanwhile, the 19-year old extended his stellar form to yesterday’s game as well, when Borussia Dortmund defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-0, thanks to a brace from Paco Alcacer. The match was goalless up until the 90th minute, when the Spaniard struck a clever freekick to give Dortmund the lead.

The lead was doubled in the third minute of injury time, when Jadon Sancho delivered the perfect assist to Alcacer following a fast break. There was too little time remaining for Wolfsburg to fight back, and the win helped Dortmund secure their place at the top of the table, with a two-point lead over defending champions Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, Sancho’s assist to Alcacer was his thirteenth league assist for the ongoing season, as a result of which he surpassed Lionel Messi’s tally of 12 La Liga assists for Barcelona so far in 2018-19. Sancho is hence currently at the top of the assist charts, Messi following suit.

The other chief assist-makers in Europe are Eden Hazard of Chelsea (11 Premier League assists), Angel di Maria of Paris Saint Germain (10 Ligue 1 assists), Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich and Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen (10 Bundesliga assists each), and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth (10 Premier League assists).

Borussia Dortmund recently got eliminated from the Champions League after losses to English side Tottenham Hotspurs in the Round-of-16. Sancho and co. will now focus entirely on the Bundesliga with hopes to end the long-time domination of Bayern Munich by winning the league title themselves.

Lionel Messi names his choices for the top five footballers in the world

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When you see the question “who are the best footballers in the world?”, you automatically answer: “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo”.

But it is harder for either of them to answer the same question, as, let’s face it – it will definitely sound a bit conceited when you include your own name, and if you don’t, you are simply lying.

Very recently, Messi himself faced the situation while attending an interview with Argentine radio station 94.7 Club FM. He was asked to name the five best footballers who are currently active.

“Excluding him [Ronaldo] and me, the best players in the world are [Kylian] Mbappe, [Eden] Hazard, [Luis] Suarez, [Sergio] Aguero and Neymar,” Messi told the radio station, as per Marca. Quite notably, he avoided some key names like World champion Antoine Griezmann and current Ballon D’Or holder Luka Modric, both of who are his La Liga compatriots. And rather surprisingly, he values his Barcelona teammate Suarez and Argentina national teammate Aguero more than the Croatian and the Frenchman.

Interestingly, three of these names (Hazard, Mbappe and Neymar) have been linked with Real Madrid for next summer.

By excluding himself and Ronaldo from his list, Messi simply implied that the both of them are still on a league of their own, far ahead of any other human being. And one cannot deny that claim, given how they have dominated the sport over the last decade and more.

Messi recently returned to the national team after a brief hiatus, but his Argentine side lost 3-1 to Venezuela with the star picking up a slight injury as well.

He is set to turn up soon in training for Spanish giants Barcelona, as the Catalans have some high-profile fixtures lined up the next few weeks – including the two Champions League Quarter-final clashes with Premier League giants Manchester United.

Earlier, Messi had also famously admitted that he missed the competition between himself and Ronaldo in the La Liga, and that he hoped for Barcelona to face the Portuguese legend’s Juventus in the Champions League finals this year.

Reports: Long-term Barcelona target admits mutual interest with Real Madrid

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Until yesterday, all signs were pointed towards Spanish giants FC Barcelona getting hold of their long-term target Luka Jovic in the summer, and understandably so, as the 21-year old was widely touted to be a worthy successor to Luis Suarez.

But in a surprising turn of events, it has now been reported that not only is Jovic really far away from agreeing to a future with the Catalans, but also that Real Madrid have added him to their shopping list as well. In addition, Jovic himself is apparently interested in a move to the Spanish capital – and that has left many Barcelona fans in a state of shock.

Don Balon reports that Barca are yet to close a deal for the player with his current club Eintracht Frankfurt, where the Serbian international has impressed all season. Jovic has made 36 appearances with Frankfurt so far this season, and he has scored 22 times apart from assisting 7 goals.

The news agency further adds that the arrival of Zidane at Madrid has created a change in the Los Blancos’ transfer policy. The Frenchman is reportedly interested in a young striker, and Jovic was hence a good choice. Don Balon also reported that Real Madrid’s President Florentino Perez has already met with the player’s agent, thanks to talks of the player’s apparent desire to don the iconic white shirt.

Jovic is technically a Benfica player currently on loan at Frankfurt. But with the amount of interest coming his way, the Bundesliga club is likely to activate his buyout clause in the transfer deal between them and the Portuguese club – so as to sell him at a much higher price later on.

FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 3/5; Real Madrid is definitely on the search for a young striker to replace Karim Benzema, and hence it is likely that Jovic is on the Merengues’ radar. But in the end, Frankfurt will sell only to the club that places the biggest bid. With an estimated transfer budget of £500million, Zidane can definitely bid well but that may affect other important deals under consideration, for instance the one with Chelsea on Eden Hazard, and the one with PSG over Kylian Mbappe.

WATCH: Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric denies hattrick to teammate with unnecessary tap-in

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Bundesliga team TSG Hoffenheim has surprised everyone of late, by finishing within the top-four in the German League in both 2016-17 and 2017-18. They also played in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the last two seasons.

Most of their success should be credited to Julian Nagelsmann, their manager who is also a master tactician. Under him, the team also made several great signings that have helped in their recent success, one of who is Andrej Kramaric.

The Croatian star has been in superb goal-scoring form throughout this season, just like in the previous years.

But in yesterday’s 4-1 rout of Bayer Leverkusen, the former Leicester man made headlines in a rather unpleasant fashion.

His teammate and Algerian forward Ishak Belfodil scored in the 10th and 61st minute to cancel out Kevin Volland’s 17th-minute goal for Leverkusen. A Sven Bender own-goal in addition to Belfodil’s efforts gave Hoffenheim a dominating scoreline of 3-1 with just thirty minutes of play remaining.

In the 79th minute, Belfodil got the opportunity to score what would have been his first career hat-trick, as he struck the ball past an advancing Lukas Hradecky towards an empty net.

But all of a sudden, Kramaric appeared from nowhere and tapped at the ball just before it crossed the goal-line. The goal was hence awarded to the Croatian. Belfodil’s shot would definitely have gone all the way inside on its own, but Kramaric’s selfishness cost the former a definite hattrick.

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Apparently, Kramaric pulled off the “cruel” move so that he could overtake the club record for most Bundesliga goals, as you can see below:

At 55 goals for Hoffenheim across competitions, Kramaric is second only to Sejad Salihovic (67 goals) in the club’s all-time goalscorers’ list.

At the end of the game, Belfodil apparently spoke on how it was “okay” that his teammate stole the hattrick chance:

Hoffenheim’s next game is against Hertha Berlin, on 14th April.

Reports: Barcelona in danger of losing long-term target to Bundesliga giants

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Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich seem to be investing heavily on their future right now, as many of their players are past their prime. Their latest signing of Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, is apparently one of many players that will join the club as successors to those in the current playing squad.

And now, it appears that after Hernandez, the Bavarians will now move towards securing the services of Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports in Mundo Deportivo. The 21-year old has been Barcelona’s long-term target for a while now, with the player interested in joining the Catalans as well.

Mundo Deportivo stated that the transfer race for the Dutch center back will no longer consist of Barca alone, as Bayern are reportedly on the lookout for long-term replacements to the aging Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

The news agency further adds that Lucas Hernandez and de Ligt together, are bound to cost the German league champions, a sum of over €150milion. Hernandez’ sale happened for €80million, hence it is to be inferred that Bayern values de Ligt at around €70million.

de Ligt, who is one of the brightest future prospects in football right now, recently starred in Ajax’ 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16, also eliminating the defending champions from the competition. He was also instrumental in the Dutch side conceding just two away goals in the first-leg of the same fixture.

FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 1/5; Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt have developed such a strong mutual interest for each other, that it is nearly impossible to see the player linked with any other club. It was also reported that the Ajax defender had a chat with his agent Mino Raiola, after which he reportedly established that he will be moving to Barcelona alone, irrespective of wages. Things are quite good between the Catalans and the Dutch club as well, and it is impossible to see any other club overtaking the Spanish giants to a deal for de Ligt.

Reports: Barcelona back for Bayern star after several failed attempts

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It appears that all previous failed attempts to sign David Alaba are yet to discourage FC Barcelona, as the Bayern Munich left wing-back is back on the Spanish giants’ books once again.

It was already rumoured that the Catalans are interested in a new signing at the left-back position, who will ideally become a successor to their aging talisman Jordi Alba. This was followed by reported link-ups between the club and several left wing-backs like Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) and Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), who will run out of their current contracts in June 2019.

It is further understood that Nicolas Tagliafico, the 26-year old Ajax left-back who was also linked to the Blaugranas, will however not complete a move to Spain, despite Barcelona’s requirement of a backup left-back at the earliest.

Meanwhile, TribalFootball reported that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has Alaba “high on his shopping list” as per France Football. The reports are strengthened by the fact that the Bavarians themselves are close to signing Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez.

The 27 year-old has 34 appearances across competitions under Niko Kovac this season.

FOX Sports Asia Probability Rating: 3/5; With Lucas Hernandez’ arrival at the Bayern Munich nearly confirmed, it is almost certain that Alaba will see his chances with the starting XI reducing considerably. Meanwhile, Barcelona are definitely on the lookout for a left-back who can also help in attacking, just like Jordi Alba’s role as of now. On many previous occasions, Alaba had explained that “no doors are closed” on his possible choices in the future, indicating on his inclination to pick up a new challenge. That Alaba is also more technically gifted compared to the other Barca link-ups (Monreal, Moreno, Filipe Luis, etc.) definitely gives him a better chance with the Catalans.

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Reports: Manchester United to make stunning summer move for £35million rated Chelsea star

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Word around the rumour mill is that Premier League giants Manchester United are interested in signing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.

DailyMail reports that United will join a transfer race that also features arch-rivals Liverpool, and Bundesliga teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund who are also interested in securing the signature of the highly-rated teenager. Bayern Munich even made a reported bid of £35million to the London club in January.

Chelsea meanwhile, are yet to hold contract extension talks with the 18-year old, whose time at London ends in 2020 as per his current contract. Bayern Munich is hence speculated to return in June with a £30million bid, the diminishing price a sign of the decline in the player’s value as his contract approaches its end, says DailyMail.

The Blues in turn, may think twice of selling the youngster due to the transfer embargo that has been issued on them by the UEFA, which prevents the addition of new players into their squad even if the current players leave.

Hudson-Odoi’s most favoured position is the left wing, and as Real Madrid continues to woo Eden Hazard, Chelsea might want the youngster to stay back at the club at least until they are able to find a solid replacement for him.

Manchester United meanwhile, hope to bolster their attacking unit thanks to an inconsistent Romelu Lukaku and an underfiring Alexis Sanchez among others, and the Chelsea youngster is hence a target for the Red Devils.

Hudson-Odoi recently debuted for England during their 5-0 win against Czech Republic, becoming the youngest ever English debutant in International football in the process.

Aged 18 years and 135 days, he broke Duncan Edwards’ 63-year old record. Edwards was 18 days and 183 days old when he made his first England appearance in a competitive game in 1955.

Manchester City demand apology from Bayern Munich president after ‘racist’ comment on their transfer policy

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Premier League champions Manchester City wants Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness to apologise for his recent take on the former’s transfer policy, which has been deemed “racist” and “insensitive”.

Hoeness had claimed that the Sky Blues are able to splurge money for transfers only because their owner Sheikh Mansour ramps up oil prices accordingly.

The comment has not pleased City’s representatives, who are believed to think of moving legally provided the Bavarians‘ President fails to issue a full-length public apology, according to the Mirror.

“It was the remark of a smug, arrogant egotist,” a senior source at Manchester City reacted to Hoeness’ statements.

“We are also concerned that there may be a racist element to what Hoeness has claimed.”

Hoeness, who has previously been convicted for fraudulent tax returns, knows Manchester City boss Pep Guradiola from his previous stint as manager with the German club. The former Bayern Munich striker had claimed that it was his close association with the Spaniard that helped him know the details on how Manchester City allegedly managed to recover costs following a player transfer.