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Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in chase for Genoa star Krzysztof Piatek

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Premier League title chasers Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are among a raft of clubs considering bidding for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek in January.

Piatek has made an explosive start to his Serie A career, scoring in all 7 of Genoa’s matches this season – he’s scored 9 goals in all. In addition, he bagged his first international goal for Poland against Portugal on Thursday, although his side went down 3-2.

It is the highlight of a remarkable rise for the 23-year-old, who was playing his trade for CS Cracovia in the Polish league this time last year.

Inevitably, Piatek has caught the attention of Europe’s big clubs. Football.London has reported that Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are all interested. The latter two are both known to be looking for a striker in January.

Meanwhile Napoli have reportedly made a €25 million bid for Piatek, which has been rejected by his club.

Indeed, it seems Genoa are determined to hold onto their new star. Director Giorgio Perinetti said they would “absolutely exclude” him leaving and are thought to have slapped a €60 million price tag on his head.

Whether that puts off Piatek’s potential suitors remains to be seen.

All the factz on Japan v Poland and Senegal v Columbia in World Cup group H, including which TV channel its on

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Another tight group at the World Cup, where three of the four nations could still go through, so expect tense but exciting games. The matches kick off at 3pm BST. Senegal v Columbia is live on BBC1, while Japan v Poland is on BBC4. Here are the factz you need to know:

Japan v Poland

* Japan need a win to qualify and top the group. A draw would be enough to qualify. A loss may be enough if the Senegal v Columbia match doesn’t end in a draw.
* Poland cannot make it to the knockout phase.
* Japan have beaten Poland both times in their previous meetings – 5-0 and 2-0.
* By scoring against Senegal, Kaisuke Honda became the first Japanese man to score in 3 World Cup finals (2010, 2014 and 2018).
* This is the third World Cup in a row that Poland have gone out at the group stage.

Senegal v Columbia

* A win or a draw will be enough for Senegal to progress to the knockout stage. A loss may be enough – but only if Japan lose heavily to Poland.

* A win for Columbia will take them through. A draw may be enough – but only if Japan lose.
* The sides have met once before, in a friendly in 2014, which ended 2-2.
* Columbia have had just 7 shots on target so far this World Cup – but they’ve scored 4 goals from them.
* In the 15 matches in which Sadio Mane has scored for Senegal, the side have never lost (9 wins)

Bayern Munich set eye-watering price for clubs wanting to sign Robert Lewandowski

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German champions Bayern Munich have said they are prepared to sell star strike Robert Lewandowski – but only for £175 million.

Polish international Lewandowski has spoken of his desire to leave Bayern in the summer and seek a new challenge elsewhere, which has put several top European clubs on alert including Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain.

But until now, Bayern have remained tight-lipped on any potential transfer. Now, it seems they are willing to play ball, but on their terms – so if any club thought they may get a bargain for a player who has said he wants to leave they will have to think again.

The fee quoted would be the second most expensive transfer in history if it were to be completed. However, the fee – especially for a striker who turns 30 later this year – could well put potential suitors off. It is possible that Lewandowski has hit his peak as a player, and there would certainly be little resale value at the end of his contract. But then that is probably the idea for Bayern, who will not want to lose one of their most prized assets.

But, for a club looking for a marquee signing and a striker who seems to guarantee at least 20 goals a season then it could be worth the money.