Bundesliga Transfer Talk


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With Bayern Munich having already secured the Bundesliga title and in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Sport 4 Thought gives you the scoop on how they aim to strengthen further and what biggest rivals, Borussia Dortmund, can do to close the gap this summer…

Bayern Munich

The Bavarian juggernaut continues and only mild tweaks and refreshments of an incredibly successful squad are seen as necessary. Anchor man, Sebastien Rode, is set to arrive on a free transfer to offer more options in defensive midfield. Robert Lewandowski is also set to arrive on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund : a huge coup for the club. This has upset target man, Mario Mandzukic, who also has concerns about game time. Mandzukic has spoken to Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid without the club’s permission, but this is believed to be a ploy to guarantee improved terms from the club, rather than engineer an exit. Swiss winger, Xherdan Shaqiri is another unhappy customer at the club. He was refused permission to discuss a move to Liverpool in November, and was made promises about starting appearances that do not appear to have been kept. A transfer request or further demands is likely after the World Cup. A bid for AS Roma’s central defensive stalwart, Mehdi Benatia, has been refused.

Borussia Dortmund

The hole left by Robert Lewandowski’s departure is set to be filled by two players : Striker Adrian Ramos is close to signing from Hertha Berlin and Torino striker Ciro Immobile is also a player the club are speaking with. Nuri Sahin is set to complete his return to the club from Real Madrid for a meagre fee of £5m. Klopp also wants another central defender and creative midfielder : Dortmund will compete with AS Roma for Davide Astori of Cagliary – and have asked to be kept informed on the future of Inter Milan creator, Mateo Kovacic.

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La Liga Transfer Talk


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Following an enthralling Copa Del Rey final and with the climax of the La Liga season still promising plenty of ups and downs Sport 4 Thought takes an inside look ahead at proposed summer transfers of the top trio Spain…

ATLETICO MADRID

Atletico are used to rebuilding phases, and this summer could be no different, despite any possible La Liga triumph. The £50m transfer of Diego Costa to Chelsea is only missing signatures. However, one fly in the ointment is the proposed extension of Thibaut Courtois’ loan contract. Courtois was (illegally) agreed to be ineligible to play in any Champions League fixture involving the two clubs. UEFA have told Chelsea he is eligible, who in turn, have threatened Atletico with the cancellation of his loan contract this summer. This is not a saga yet, but warning shots have been fired by both clubs. Atletico are already planning for life without Costa, however, and are close to agreeing the transfer of Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, of Inter Milan.

BARCELONA

Barcelona FCB’s 14-month transfer ban imposed by FIFA might not be worth the paper it is printed on, as all parties appear to sense that an appeal will result in a mild financial penalty. The transfer of goalkeeper Marc Ter Stegen of Borussia Moenchengladbach has been agreed in principle since Christmas, much to the chagrin of Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, who does not appear wanted any longer by his boyhood club. Alexis Sanchez has been made available for transfer. A host of English clubs are expected to be interested, but the only firm interest at this stage is from Juventus, who are already talking with the player’s agent. Exciting Croatian youth prospect Alen Halilovic has also agreed a 5-year contract, and Barcelona have asked to be kept updated with the status of Fiorentina utility player, Juan Cuadrado.

REAL MADRID

Real have yet to make any serious moves in the transfer market. They are keeping firm tabs on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (currently on loan at rivals, Atletico Madrid). Fabio Coentrao looks certain to be exiting the Bernabeu, with Old Trafford his most likely destination at this time. There are two candidates to replace Coentrao : Southampton’s English fullback Luke Shaw, and Sevilla Spaniard, Alberto Moreno. Real have also made an attempt to prise Argentinian winger Juan Iturbe away from AS Roma, who appear to be close to completing the deal for him. They will attempt to push the asking price out of Roma’s reach, with a £20m bid. Whilst Real do not wish to lose Alvaro Morata, the player is unsettled, and this may be the club’s last chance at commanding a fee for the player. Bayern target man, Mario Mandzukic has been contacted as a potential replacement.

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