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Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among clubs in scramble to sign German wunderkind Kai Havertz

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A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.

Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.

German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.

Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.

It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.

It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.

However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.

Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.

Real reason revealed for Leroy Sane leaving Germany squad

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Midfielder Leroy Sane has left the Germany squad to be with his partner who is due to give birth, rather than due to any falling out with manager Joachim Low, it has been revealed.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Sane had left the German training camp, but only an opaque ‘private reasons’ given as explanation on the side’s Twitter account:

“Following discussions with head coach Joachim Löw, Leroy Sane has left the team hotel in Munich for private reasons and will not be available for #GERPER.”

This led to speculation that Sane, recalled to the squad after missing out on the World Cup in the summer, had had a bust-up with Low.

But now German newspaper Bild has revealed that the reason was down to his partner, Candice Brook, is due to give birth very soon. He also left the squad with Low’s blessing.

This means Sane will miss Germany’s friendly with Peru on Sunday.

All the factz on Mexico v Sweden and South Korea v Germany in group F at the World Cup

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The final games in group F could still see any two of the four sides qualify. Mexico are in pole position, but other sides can overhaul them. The matches kick off at 3pm BST and South Korea v Germany is live on BBC1, while Mexico v Sweden is on BBC4. Here are the factz you need to know:

Mexico v Sweden

• Mexico just need a point to be sure of qualification – and of being group winners. A loss, and they need to rely on Germany not beating South Korea.
• A win for Sweden would guarantee qualification. Otherwise, just bettering Germany’s result will be enough to get through.
• Mexico’s Javier Hernandez needs 1 goal to become Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer. He scored his 50th goal last time out.
• Ola Toivonen’s goal against Germany was their first at a World Cup from open play since 2006.
• The teams have met on 9 previous occasions, with Sweden winning 4 times to Mexico’s 2. Mexico’s last win against Sweden was in 1994.

South Korea v Germany

• South Korea have to beat Germany and hope Sweden lose to Mexico to have any chance of qualifying.
• Germany need to beat South Korea by 2 clear goals or better Sweden’s result to qualify for the knockout stages. If they and Sweden draw, the side in the higher scoring match will go through. If the draws are by the same scoreline, then Germany will progress.
• The sides have met on 3 previous occasions, two of those at World Cups, where each time Germany won. South Korea’s only win came in a friendly.
• Germany have never gone out at the group stage at a World Cup.
• South Korea have lost their last 4 World Cup matches.

All the factz on Germany v Sweden in group F at the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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Another vital game at the World Cup, with Germany looking to kick-start their campaign after an opening game defeat, and Sweden looking to get close to qualifying for the knockout stage. The match kicks off at 7pm BST and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* If Sweden win, they will be through. A draw, and a result in their final match will ensure they progress. Lose, and they need to win to have any chance of progressing.
* If Germany lose, they will be out. A win, and their fate is in their own hands in their final match against South Korea. A draw, and they will be relying on Mexico beating Sweden.
* Germany haven’t gone out of a World Cup at the group stage since 1938.
* Sweden haven’t beaten Germany since reunification. Their last win against West Germany came in 1978.
* Expect goals tonight: their two most recent fixtures ended 4-4 and 5-3 to Germany.
* Sweden haven’t won consecutive matches at the World Cup since 1958 – and they made it to the final then.
* Thomas Muller has 10 World Cup finals goals – 6 behind record holder and countryman Miroslav Klose.
* Germany have won 1 of their last 7 matches.
* Sweden are inconsistent: they’ve won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 10 games.
* Sweden have scored just 1 goal in their last 5 matches.

Barcelona target Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan to replace Iniesta

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Spanish champions Barcelona are targeting Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to replace departing legend Andres Iniesta, according to reports.

Iniesta left Barca after a success-filled career there at the end of last season to move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

So Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is in the market for a midfielder to maintain the strength in depth of the squad and apparently believes that City man Gundogan fits the bill.

Gundogan joined City in the summer of 2016 from Borussia Dortmund for £20 million. However, due to injuries he has only played in 40 Premier League matches in that time.

The 26-year-old German – who is currently in Russia with the Germany squad – has two years left on his contract. City would be looking for a fee of about £50 million if they were to entertain the idea of selling him, according to The Sun.

But any deal would only likely be done after Germany’s involvement in the World Cup is over.