Tottenham's Harry Kane
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Kane will not join Bayern
It's been a turbulent few days for FC Bayern. Now the focus is on the coming season, the squad is to be significantly strengthened even without a sporting director. For months, Harry Kane has been traded for the vacant position in the storm, but according to the English »Sun« and the »Bild« newspaper, this transfer is now said to have fallen through.
The Tottenham striker still has a contract with Spurs until 2024 and is said to be leaning towards a move within the Premier League. Manchester United are considered the first choice, whether this summer with a transfer fee or the following year on a free transfer is still open. Bayern, where coach Thomas Tuchel is in charge of squad planning together with supervisory board members Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, are urgently looking for a new striker. Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting is injured too often and after the departure of Robert Lewandowski there is a lack of a goalkeeper in attack.
Schmadtke looks to Wolfsburg for Liverpool
Jörg Schmadtke is the new sporting director of Liverpool FC and is to form the team for the coming season together with coach Jürgen Klopp. This could also lead to transfers from the Bundesliga, which is where Schmadtke knows best. As the »Wolfsburger Allgemeine« reports, Schmadtke could even ask his former club Wolfsburg about Micky van de Ven. The Dutchman has had a strong season and the Reds need reinforcements for central defence. Van de Ven is said to cost 40 million euros.
RB Leipzig close to Olmo extension
Dani Olmo has reached an agreement with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig over a contract extension. This was reported by Spanish media. Olmo's contract in Leipzig only runs until 2024, sporting director Max Eberl has been working for months on an early extension. For the manager, it would be the first major negotiation success since he took office at the beginning of December. Olmo is said to have secured a release clause of 60 million euros. Most recently, rumours had surfaced about a free transfer of the 25-year-old to FC Barcelona next summer.
PSG coach confirms Messi departure
Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain. PSG coach Christoph Galtier spoke of Messi's "last game at the Parc des Princes, the departure had basically been certain for some time. PSG will face Clermont Foot Auvergne 1 in the final match of the season in the French Ligue 63 on Saturday. "I had the privilege of coaching the best player in football history," Galtier paid tribute to Messi. It is not yet clear where the world champion will go, Messi could go to Saudi Arabia.
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Augsburg bring in two new players for the Bundesliga
Personnel double blow at FC Augsburg: With goalkeeper Finn Dahmen and defender Patric Pfeiffer, the Bundesliga club has struck twice on the transfer market. The 25-year-old Dahmen, the 21 European U2021 champion, joins from FSV Mainz 05 and has signed a contract until 2026 with the option of a further year. The 23-year-old Pfeiffer joins FCA from newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98 and has signed a contract until 2027. Both players are free of charge.
Hamsik ends his career
Slovakia's most capped player Marek Hamsik will end his career in the summer. "It's not an easy decision, but together with my wife and children we decided that dad wants to go home," said the 35-year-old at a press conference of his current club Trabzonspor: "It was a wonderful journey."
The long-time captain has made 136 appearances for the national team and is also the record goalscorer with 26 goals. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2016 European Championships in France, he led his home country to the round of sixteen. At SSC Napoli, he is also the record player after 520 competitive games in twelve years.
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