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Manchester City offer Leroy Sane new deal to ward off Bayern Munich interest

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Manchester City have offered winger Leroy Sane an improved contract as they bid to keep the player amid interest from German champions Bayern Munich. 

Munich have been publicly courting Sane, as they look to rebuild their side following the departures of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodríguez at the end of the season.

The Bavarian side’s interest was stoked as contract talks between City and Sane have stalled in recent months.

However, City do not want the 23-year-old German international to leave and have made a new offer to him, said to be worth £150,000 per week, according to The Sunday Mirror.

It is also thought that manager Pep Guardiola sees him as integral to his plans, despite Sane not being a regular starter in the season that has just finished.

In addition, The Sunday Mirror reports that City will put a £100 million price tag on him to ward offer potential suitors. Sane also has two years left on his current deal, so City can ask for top dollar – at least for now.

City are said to be unhappy that Bayern bosses Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have spoken about wanting the player before making contact with the club about a deal.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal consider making bid for Real Madrid outcast James Rodríguez 

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Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are considering making a bid for Columbian playmaker James Rodríguez after he decided not to extend his loan stay at Bayern Munich. 

Rodríguez has spent the past two seasons in Munich having struggled to impressive at Real Madrid. While his time in Bavaria has been successful – Bayern won the Bundesliga in both seasons and he scored 15 goals and provided 20 assists in 67 matches in all competitions – he has decided  not to join permanently.

It is thought that Rodríguez will not be part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid, so a move is likely.

There will be no shortage of clubs interested in the 27-year-old. In the Premier League, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all thought to be interested. Meanwhile Italian champions Juventus and French title holders Paris St-Germain are also considering making a bid.

Bayern had the option to sign Rodríguez for £37 million as part of the loan deal, but Real are likely to want more for a straight transfer – possibly north of £50 million.

Tottenham line up summer move for Ajax star Donny van de Beek

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Tottenham Hotspur are plotting to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen, according to reports.

Van de Beek scored for Ajax against Spurs in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final last week but has been impressive for the Dutch side all season.

The Mirror speculate that Spurs could see him as a replacement for Christian Eriksen, should he leave the club this summer. The Dane has one year left on his deal and has yet to sign a new one, so the club could decide to cash in this summer, rather than risk him leaving for nothing in 2020. Real Madrid are widely rumoured to be interested in signing him.

Spurs have been quoted a price of £45 million for van de Beek, 22, which is well within their price range.

However, they are likely to face stiff competition for van de Beek. Scouts from top European clubs have descended on Amsterdam this season, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Of course, it isn’t certain that van de Beek will want to leave Ajax. He is a product of their youth system and may want to stay on, especially if they reach the final or even win the Champions League this season.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich set for battle to sign Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale seems set to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are at the head of the queue to sign him. 

Real manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the squad in the summer, with several players set to be shipped out, including Bale, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

AS reported a meeting between Real and Bale’s representatives where it was said that Bale could choose his next club, as long as the bids were roughly equivalent.

Bale, 29, has had a fractious relationship with the Real fans recently and it is thought that the club’s top brass have become frustrated with his recent injury record.

During his time in Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals in 227 appearances. Among other trophies he has won three Champions League trophies.

Manchester United have long been linked with the Welsh international and could come in for him again. However, new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signalled that his transfer policy will focus on younger players this summer, so it remains to be seen.

Any deal could also hinge on whether Madrid make a move for Paul Pogba. This rumour has again resurfaced today and he would be the sort of target Zidane would be looming for.

Bayern Munich are also planning a major squad overhaul and Bale would be the sort of marquee signing they are looking for to replace the likes of Arjen Robben.

Munich could also afford Bale’s wages, which is something that could put other potential suitors off signing him.

Manchester United and Barcelona join Bayern Munich in race for Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s teenage age Callum Hudson-Odoi, joining Bayern Munich and other German clubs. 

Reports say that Hudson-Odoi still wants to leave Chelsea. He had a transfer request rejected in January but, frustrated at a continuing lack of game time, he still feels his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.

If that is the case, then top European clubs are lining up to sign him. Bayern Munich were thought to be at the top of the queue, having made a £35 million bid for the 18-year-old in January. While they are thought to be planning another bid, they now have competition from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to The Daily Mail.

In addition, German sides Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in Hudson-Odoi . Dortmund may make a move if Jadon Sancho is sold, with United reportedly interested in him as well.

However, Chelsea do not want Hudson-Odoi to leave and have offered him an improved deal worth a rumoured £80,000 a week. This could be especially important if a transfer ban for the next 2 windows is upheld – the club are currently appealing the decision.

Ultimately, where Hudson-Odoi stays or goes may depend on whether he is given an extended run in the Chelsea first-team or not. This far, boss Maurizio Sarri has shown little inclination to do this. Indeed,  the player made his full England debut before his full Premier League debut this week.