Bayern tracking Hammers target Kabak

Bayern Munich appear to be in a race with West Ham to secure the signing of Stuttgart youngster Ozan Kabak.

The 19-year-old was part of the Stuttgart side that failed to maintain their Bundesliga status and so will play in the second tier of German football next season.

A number of players are likely to leave the Mercedes-Benz Arena this summer, with Kabak among them, and the Turkey Under-18 star is not short of suitors.

West Ham United have been linked and it was thought the centre-back might be on his way to the London Stadium, but the Bavarians’ interest may well turn the head of a player valued at around £13.5million.

The Ankara-born starlet made just 15 top-flight appearances for Stuttgart last term but reports suggest he has done enough to catch the eye of Bayern scouts.

Canaries swoop for Drmic

Norwich have secured the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Josip Drmic on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old has spent the last four years with the Bundesliga club but will be out of contract on July 1 and is now ready for a fresh challenge with the Canaries.

The striker has been capped 32 times by Switzerland and boss Daniel Farke, who has targeted a new striker, is delighted to have got him on board.

"We made it clear we wanted to sign a new striker and we have found a guy who has proved himself at the highest level," the Canaries boss said.

"He has had a difficult couple of years with injuries, but we feel he is the full package.

"Two or three years ago, some of the biggest clubs in Europe were interested in him."

Drmic says the influence of Farke played a huge part in his decision to join Norwich, and is looking forward to getting started with his new club.

"We had a long conversation as I had a lot of questions and he spoke very, very positively about the club," he told the club’s website.

Dortmund chasing Norwich youngster

Norwich face a battle to keep hold of Simon Power as a host of clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, are showing an interest in him.

The 21-year-old has yet to make an appearance in the City first-team, but that is not stopping clubs from plotting a swoop, following some impressive performances for the Republic of Ireland under-21s.

The Canaries loaned Power out to Dutch side Dordrecht last season and the player recently stated that he would be open to another loan move.

"To be honest, I think I would like to go on loan because when I was in Holland I didn't prove myself enough, I didn't get as many minutes as I'd hoped," he said.

Power helped Ireland's under-21 side reach the semi-finals of the Toulon tournament this summer, with a number of eye-catching displays on the wing, and that has led to reports linking him with Dortmund.

Lyon, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are also said to be considering a move.

Gladbach deny Robben interest

Borussia Monchengladbach have denied they are looking to prolong Arjen Robben's Bundesliga career by signing him on a free transfer.

Robben is available on a free transfer having left Bayern Munich at the end of last season, and there have been suggestions that Gladbach could offer him a deal.

However the club’s sporting director Max Eberl has dismissed such talk, and when asked whether they would join the race for the Dutchman, he simply said: "This is not an idea for us."

Gladbach need a replacement for Thorgan Hazard, who has left the club to join Borussia Dortmund, but it would appear that Robben, who is now 35, is not a target.

There are already a number of players over the age of 30 in the current squad and Eberl will be targeting younger players this summer.

Man City and Bayern to battle it out for Rodri

Bayern Munich and Manchester City are reportedly poised to go head-to-head for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri in the off-season transfer window.

City are said to be hot favourites to do a deal, with reports claiming they have met the 70million euros release clause in his contract, but as things stand a deal has not been done.

That could open the door for Bayern to swoop in and reports in the Spanish press say the 22-year-old is open to making a move to the Bundesliga.

Rodri is reported to have told Atleti he wants out and it is highly unlikely he will still be with the La Liga side next season.

Even so they will not let him go for anything less than the release clause, which should not be an issue for Bayern, but fighting off City could be.

The Bavarians have turned to Rodri as they look certain to be priced out of a move for City star Leroy Sane, who is valued closer to 100million euros.

Freiburg snap up Wooyeong Jeong from Bayern

Bayern Munich's South Korean starlet, Wooyeong Jeong, has joined Freiburg on a long-term deal after failing to break into the first-team setup at the Allianz Arena.

Jeong impressed for the Bayern reserves last season, having made his way through the Under-19 setup, and scored 13 goals in 29 games, form that caught the eye of Freiburg.

The striker also had a taste of the Bundesliga after featuring in the 5-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach and is now hoping to play regular first-team football with his new club.

"I had a great time at FC Bayern and would like to thank everyone at the FC Bayern Campus for helping me over the past year and a half and making it so easy to settle into like in Germany," he said.

"I'm now looking forward to a new challenge in the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg."

Jochen Sauer, head of the FC Bayern Campus, added: "Woo came to us with the desire to take the next step in his career at Freiburg.

"He's progressed exceptionally in a sporting and personal sense during his 18 months with us.

"We wish him all the best and will keep a close eye on his development."

Hummels' return to Dortmund confirmed

Bayern Munich have confirmed that centre-back Mats Hummels will rejoin former club Borussia Dortmund, pending the successful completion of a medical.

Reports surfaced at the weekend that Dortmund were interested in taking the defender back to the club following three years with the Bundesliga champions.

Now, a deal has been officially agreed with the clubs and, subject to a medical, he will return to the Signal-Iduna Park where he spent eight seasons and established himself as one of the best central defenders in the world.

Hummels won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern but will go to Dortmund after a fee was agreed in the region of 38million euros.

The German international, who won the World Cup in 2014 as part of his 70 appearances for Die Mannschaft, also won the DFL Supercup three times as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2018-19.

Hummels will attempt to win his second Bundesliga title with Dortmund next season after they narrowly lost out this season, despite leading for much of the campaign.

A statement on Bayern's official website read: "Mats Hummels (30) is about to return to Borussia Dortmund.

"On Wednesday, FC Bayern and BVB reached an agreement in principle on a change of central defender, who had already played for Dortmund from 2008 to 2016.

"Both sides have agreed not to disclose any details of the transfer. In order to complete the transfer, Hummels must now complete the medical check in Dortmund."

Citizens confident of keeping Bayern target Sane

Manchester City are growing increasingly confident of retaining the services of midfielder Leroy Sane, with Bayern Munich seemingly unwilling to meet their £100m valuation.

The Bavarian giants have conducted a public charm offensive in an effort to convince the City winger to head back home this summer.

Sane's Germany colleagues have also been in his ear, much to the annoyance of his City employers, who want the player to sign a new five-year agreement.

The rapid 23-year-old has kept his own counsel and sources at the Premier League champions have insisted Bayern have yet to make an actual offer.

There is increased fresh optimism from the Citizens, however, that Bayern do not want to reach the magic £100m figure it will take to persuade them to part with the rapid forward.

Sane has two years remaining on his deal and boss Pep Guardiola revealed at the end of last season the club have been trying to tie their man down for 18 months.

City paid Schalke £38m for Sane back in 2015 and would rather hold on to him for another year than let Bayern grab him on the cheap.

RB Leipzig confirm no offers received for Werner

Outgoing manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed that the club have not received an offer for RB Leipzig wantaway Timo Werner.

The 60-year-old will depart his role when his contract expires at the end of the month but will remain at the Red Bull Arena to become the club’s head of sport and development.

Julian Nagelsmann is poised to take over and he revealed last month that one of his first tasks will be to try and convince Werner to pen a new deal beyond the end of next season.

However, while the 23-year-old Germany international is refusing to budge as it seems he has his heart set on a switch to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, Rangnick is adamant there have been no offers forthcoming.

"Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract," he told Kicker.

"So far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him.

"It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out."

Leverkusen capture Ajax left-back Sinkgraven

Bayer Leverkusen have secured the signing of left-back Daley Sinkgraven from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam on a four-year deal.

The 23-year-old was rated as one of the most gifted midfielders in Europe when Ajax snapped him up four years ago, but he has been hampered by injuries, before eventually being converted to a left-back.

Sinkgraven was again facing limited opportunities with Ajax next season as Nicolas Tagliafico dominating at left-back, and Leverkusen have moved quickly to snap him up.

Leverkusen are thought to have paid 5million euros to conclude a deal for the player, who has penned a contract until 2023 and cannot wait to get started.

Sinkgraven told the Leverkusen website, "This transfer is an exciting and motivating opportunity to play for a German top club after my time at Ajax.

"I am really looking forward to playing in the Bundesliga and of course the Champions League."

Werner has turned down new contract offer – Rangnick

Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed forward Timo Werner is not planning to extend his current contract at the club.

The 23-year-old is wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich but Leipzig are determined to hang on to the Germany international.

Werner has scored 61 goals in 114 games for the Bundesliga club but he only has one year left on his current deal.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to add another striker to his ranks, while Bayern are known for often snapping up the best young talent in Germany.

Rangnick has now confirmed the Stuttgart-born ace has refused to sign a new deal, leading to further speculation about his future.

"Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract," Rangnick told Kicker.

"But so far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him.

"It's not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out.

"My opinion is that Timo fits best here, also in terms of style of play," he added.

"If I were his advisor or father, I would clearly advise him to stay and extend his contract.

"When a really big club comes in for him and he wants to leave, he can still do that."

Jovic: 'I'm the happiest guy in the world'

Striker Luka Jovic says he is the "happiest guy in the world" after securing a switch from Real Madrid to Eintracht Frankfurt this week.

After the disappointment of last season, Real have been working hard to bring in fresh talent this summer and have already secured the services of both Jovic and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Having made the dream move from Frankfurt to Los Blancos, Jovic says he is determined to bring the good times back to the Santiago Bernabeu and win trophies.

"I'm the happiest guy in the world for having signed a contract with this big club," the Serbia international said.

"I'm going to give everything to help Real Madrid win trophies."

Jovic was shown round the Santiago Bernabeu this week to get a feel for his new surroundings ahead of a big season under manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bayern lower Boateng valuation - Report

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is edging closer to the Allinaz Arena exit after the German champions reportedly lowered their asking price for the 30-year-old.

The Germany international is expected to leave the reigning Bundesliga champions this summer after falling out of favour with the club's head coach Niko Kovac.

With Bayern looking to make more signings this summer, fringe players will have to be moved on and so far the Bavarian giants have had limited interest in Boateng.

Reports have suggested Bayern will now listen to offers in the region of 15m euros for the 30-year-old, which could spark interest from teams in the Premier League.

At present the most attention appears to be coming from Serie A, with champions Juventus and Inter Milan believed to be keeping tabs on Boateng's situation at the Allianz Arena.

Goretzka - 'Sane must decide for himself'

Leon Goretzka has urged the media to stop harrassing Manchester City star Leroy Sane over whether he is moving to Bayern Munich.

Sane appeared to snap at reporters after Germany’s midweek win over Estonia when quizzed about a potential move to Bayern, a clear sign that all the talk is getting to him.

Germany international team-mate Goretzka has just made the move to Bayern and says he can sympathise with Sane and the decision he has to make.

The same reporters also asked Goretzka about Sane’s situation and he revealed he has not pressed his team-mate about it.

"No, I didn’t bug him.

"I already had a situation in which I had to make a similar decision," he said.

"I also made the experience for myself that you should meet in peace for yourself.

"Of course I talked to him about it and showed him that it wouldn’t be a bad step.

"But I think he has to decide that for himself."

'I'm not dissatisfied with Manchester City' - Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insists he "knows nothing" of reported interest from Borussia Dortmund, and remains hopeful of signing a new deal with the Citizens.

The Germany international is due to fall out of contract with Manchester City at the end of next season and it has been suggested he could depart the Premier League champions this summer.

Gundogan spent five years with Dortmund prior to his switch to Manchester and a return to the Westfalenstadion has been mooted, but the 28-year-old has dismissed those rumours and says he hopes to agree a new deal with City.

"I would know about that, I know nothing, I have not spoken to anyone," he said after Germany's win over Estonia on Tuesday when asked about the transfer speculation.

"There will be talks in the summer and then we'll see.

"I'm not dissatisfied with Manchester City and that's why I would not say that I really want to leave because the club wants to extend my contract."

Bayern considering alternatives to Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich are reportedly looking at alternatives to Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, with Belgium international Yannick Carrasco said to be on their wish list.

Bayern have made signing Sane their top priority, but striking a deal for the Germany international is easier said than done due to the astronomical figures involved and City's reluctance to sell.

The Bavarians could be forced to walk away from the deal if progress is not made and reports are rife suggesting that Carrasco, who currently plays for Dalian Yifang in China, is a target.

However, Bayern will need to make a decision and move quickly as the player is reported to be closing in on a move to Premier League side Arsenal.

Carrasco would cost just £25million and his wages would not be an issue either, making him an attractive proposition, but he may not be on the market for long as the Gunners step up their interest.

Carrasco is also keen to return to Europe and would jump at the chance to join Bayern.

Dortmund's Isak set for Sociedad switch

Borussia Dortmund striker Alexander Isak is reportedly on the verge of sealing a 10 million euros move to Real Sociedad on a three-year contract.

The 19-year-old Sweden international has only made 13 appearances for the Bundesliga side since joining from AIK in his homeland in 2017 but impressed on loan with Dutch side Willem II last term, scoring 13 league goals in just 16 appearances.

And, despite a high level of interest in Isak, reports in Spain claim Real Sociedad have won the race to sign him after the Basque club's president Jokin Aperribay travelled to Madrid to complete the deal following Sweden's 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifier defeat against Spain this week.

It is set to be a busy summer for La Real as the club have already signed former Athletic Bilbao goal keeper Alex Remiro while they are also closing in on Girona's Portu.

Leroy Sane keeping mum on Bayern rumours

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane declined to comment on speculation linking him with a move to Bayern Munich after starring in Germany's 8-0 win over Estonia.

Sane grabbed the final goal of the night as Germany romped to victory in the Euro 2020 qualifying clash in Mainz, and talk quickly turned to his future after the game.

Bayern are keen to do a deal but it remains to be seen whether City will allow him to leave and whether Sane himself would prefer to head back to his homeland with the Bavarians.

Sane had an indifferent season with City but he was not willing to talk too much about his future on Tuesday night and is looking forward to a well-earned break.

"I'm going on holiday now. Everything else will be seen.

"That's it with the questions about Bayern Munich," Sane said when quizzed by the media after the game.

Even if City did open the door to a move, there is a question mark over whether Bayern could afford a deal after recently stating they would not pay anything above 80million euros.

Gnabry would 'love' to have Sane at Bayern

Serge Gnabry is the latest Bayern Munich player to comment on reports linking Manchester City's Leroy Sane with a move to the Bavarian giants in the off-season.

The Germany international is a top target for Bayern as they look to replace Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, although it remains to be seen if they can get a deal over the line.

City have yet to agree to a sale, and even if they do, Sane would have to give the move the thumbs up and Bayern would have to match the English Premier League club's valuation.

There is still lots to be done for the move to happen but Gnabry is the latest Bayern player to back the move.

"I would say hello to him with a special handshake," said Gnabry. "I've already asked him about this topic but he is the only one who can tell us what will happen.

"I would love to have him in my team. We are getting along really well, also off the pitch.

"He would help any team and it's very fun for me to play with him. He would be a real asset for Bayern Munich."

Bailey's agent rules out Leverkusen exit

Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey would be happy to play at BayArena for one more season despite reported interest from Chelsea, according to the player's agent.

Chelsea are looking to replace Eden Hazard, and although Christian Pulisic has already been brought in, and they have also been linked with a move to secure a deal for Bailey.

The versatile 21-year-old had a tough season in the Bundesliga, scoring just five goals, and dropping well below the standards he set in the previous campaign.

However, Chelsea still rate him highly, and could be lining up a swoop if their transfer ban is frozen over the summer.

There has been talk of an £80million bid being made but Bailey appears to be going nowhere for now.

"He feels very well in Leverkusen," his agent has been quoted as saying in Bild.

"At the moment I can say: one more year in Leverkusen would be best for Leon."