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Kroos wants United move

Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has told friends that he wants to move to Manchester United this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

 

The Bundesliga champions have stated that they are not willing to sell but Kroos looks set to hand in a transfer request as he seeks first team football. Manchester United are set to test the Bavarian’s resolve with a £40 million offer, despite the midfielders contract only having one more year to run.

The 24-year-old Germany international has apparently grown weary of playing second fiddle to Bastian Schweinsteiger. United are set to offer him £200,000-a-week to lead them back to the higher echelons of the Premier League after a disappointing first season under manager David Moyes.

 

Kroos has made 26 league appearances this season but has only played from start to finish 10 times. With a pass accuracy of 92% and 33 chances created… Continue reading →

Bayern ready to meet buy-out clause for Draxler

Bayern Munich are set to beat Arsenal to the signing of long-term target Julian Draxler, according to Le 10 Sport.

 

The Champions League holders are set to match the €45 million buy-out clause of the 20-year-old midfielder in the summer. Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies previously said that he didn’t think Draxler wanted a move to Bayern. But manager Pep Guardiola has put him on top of his transfer wish list.

 

The Germany international has been heavily linked with Arsenal, with reports claiming a move would happen in last month’s transfer window. Schalke director of football Horst Heldt claimed earlier that the clubs had been in talks, but the right offer never came in.

 

Run-away Bundeliga leaders Bayern want to add the talented midfielder to the ranks due to rumours of Toni Kroos’ exit. Rather than battle it out for his signature they appear to be… Continue reading →

Ribery – A pain in the backside

Bayern Munich will be without Franck Ribery for the derby game against Nuremberg due to surgery…on his bum.

 

Ribery burst a blood vessel in his buttock which started to affect a nerve, meaning he had to have surgery at short notice. He will now miss tie with relegation battlers Nuremberg on Saturday.

 

“Ribery will remain in hospital until Sunday and will undergo a post-operative examination the following day,” a club statement read.

“That in turn will allow medics to assess the length of the player’s lay-off.”

 

Manager Pep Guardiola hopes to have his star player back as soon as possible. But I think the Champions League holders, already 13 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, will manage for a few games without him.

 

A game between the run-away leaders and a team fourth from bottom doesn’t sound like a blockbuster. But historically Bayern’s Bavarian… Continue reading →

Draxler doesn’t want Bayern Munich move

Arsenal have been given a boost in their long term pursuit of Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. Chairman Clemens Tonnies says his star player doesn’t want to move to Bayern Munich.

Tonnies admitted that he won’t stand in the way when Draxler wants to leave, but hopes he’ll stay for at least another year. The 20-year-old has a buyout clause of £38 million and the Bundesliga side don’t want to let him go for any less.

“If another club comes in for him, then we cannot block them. That would be unfair,” Tonnies told Sport Bild magazine.

“I don’t think he wants to join Bayern Munich, though.”

Schalke rejected a large bid for the Germany international during the transfer window. Whether or not the bid came from Arsenal is unknown, but any perspective buyer will have to wait if things go as Tonnies plans;

“We know we’re not going to be… Continue reading →

Weekend observations

Atletico Madrid go top of La Liga

Goals from David Villa, Diego Costa, Miranda and Diego, gave Atletico an outstanding 4-0 win and sent them to the top of the standings for the first time since 1996. In a week where Barcelona suffered a shock home defeat to Valencia and Real Madrid only able to manage a draw with Athletic Bilbao, Atletico took full advantage of their rivals’ slip-ups to take them three points clear in what is shaping up to be a three-horse race in the La Liga.

 

Bundesliga too easy for Bayern?

At the moment there is no denying that Bayern is the best team in the world. Their class was again evident as they demolished Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 at the Allianz arena hence keeping their 13 point advantage at the top of the league. Currently on a record 44 unbeaten game run in the German top… Continue reading →

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