RUMOURS: Juventus plot shock Ibrahimovic swoop

The Sweden striker’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and the Old Lady feel they have a chance of luring their former charge back to Turin

Juventus have taken steps to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer transfer window, according to a report by Sport Mediaset.

The Swede’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain runs out at the end of the current season and the report claims the Bianconeri feel the striker can help them win the Champions League.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has allegedly been contacted by the Italian champions, who are willing to offer the 34-year-old an annual wage of €7 million.

The former Barcelona marksman played for Juventus between 2004 and 2006, making 92 appearances for the Serie A giants.


Hummels denies asking to join Bayern

Mats Hummels has denied approaching Bayern Munich over a summer move after asking to leave Borussia Dortmund.

“I have not offered myself anywhere,” he told reporters. “That is the greatest piece of nonsense I’ve ever heard.”

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Klopp: I'll never manage Bayern… and it's all my fault

The manager was interviewed after guiding Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Manchester City but his reaction to the German giants’ loss to former club Mainz attracted the most attention

Jurgen Klopp believes he will never be offered the Bayern Munich job because he laughed when they lost to Mainz earlier this season.

The German is considered one of the best managers in the game after guiding Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga title wins and a Champions League final between 2010 and 2013.

Klopp was long touted as a replacement for Guardiola before joining Liverpool in October 2015 and the 48-year-old now feels his reaction to a 2-1 loss in March has forever ruled him out of a future appointment.

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“I slammed the Bayern door myself,” Klopp told 11Freunde.

“It was the joy for Mainz’s success. But the video looks like pure malicious joy. That is not reparable.”

Klopp represented Mainz for the majority of his playing career before being appointed manager upon his retirement.

'The captain is abandoning the ship!' – Dortmund fans turn on wantaway Hummels

The Westfalenstadion faithful have reacted angrily to the news that their long-time skipper wishes to join one of the club’s fiercest rivals in the German top flight

Borussia Dortmund fans booed and whistled Mats Hummels after the defender revealed his wish to join Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.

In the build up to Dortmund’s clash with Wolfsburg on Saturday, Hummels’ name was met with jeers from the crowd, while the negative reaction continued each time he touched the ball during the game.

The Sudtribune section of the crowd at Signal Iduna Park also displayed banners with which read: “The captain is abandoning the ship – the sooner the better!”.

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Dortmund director Hanz-Joachim Watzke had asked the fans to treat Hummels with respect as the club endeavour to register their highest-ever points tally in a season, though the BVB faithful have clearly not taken the news well.

On the subject of the transfer, Watzke remains adamant that Hummels will not be allowed to leave unless Bayern – or any other club – meet Dortmund’s valuation of the player.

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“He has only told us his wish, nothing else,” the director told Sky. “We still have to see whether it will materialise. We have to accept the fact that Munich is his home.

“Nevertheless, we would still love it if he continued here – and the chance of him staying is not as small as people think, though it is not gigantic.

“We will have talks with Bayern, I have pretty clear ideas. Either these ideas materialise 100% or there will be no transfer. We are in contact with Bayern, I can say that. I expect a solution pretty quicky. Mats is our player and everyone should respect that.”

Hummels to Bayern is logical, he can win trophies there – Hitzfeld

The former coach insists the defender joining the Bundesliga champions would be good for him and the club and give him a good chance at winning the Champions League

Former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld says Mats Hummels would be making the correct decision should he leave Borussia Dortmund for the Allianz Arena.

Dortmund announced this week that the Germany international has informed the club that he wants to leave at the end of the season in order to join the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Hitzfeld – who delivered league and Champions League success to both Bayern and Dortmund during a stellar coaching career – believes Hummels will give himself the best chance of winning trophies by moving to the Allianz Arena.

“This would be a logical transfer – especially for Mats and Bayern. It would be a great acquisition for those in Munich,” he told RND.

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“He can win trophies consistently, not only the Bundesliga, but he’ll have the chance to get the Champions League every year.

“Bayern would be attractive for Mats because he can play alongside Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer is in goal behind them.”

Dortmund have watched Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski join Bayern in the last three years and Hitzfeld accepts it will be difficult for Thomas Tuchel’s side to watch another star join their rivals.

“For BVB, it’s extremely bitter, because another top performer is leaving the team,” he said. “Hummels was not simply a captain, he’s a leader, a role model, the head of the team.”

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