The Bavarians have already secured the future of Robert Lewandowski and are set to add Sebastian Rode, but the Spaniard is not expecting much transfer activity
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says that he is only planning minor changes to his team this summer.
The German champions are set to sign Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund at the season’s end and are likely to add Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode.
However, the former Barcelona coach says the core of his XI will remain the same at the end of the summer transfer window.
“I think the basis of the team will be more or less the same,” he told reporters.
“There will be just a few additions.”
Bayern face Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga this weekend and Guardiola says the vast majority of his players are fit to take on Dieter Hecking’s men, whom he is refusing to underestimate, despite their 6-2 loss to Hoffenheim last week.
“All the players are fit whenever the Champions League is coming,” he joked. “It’s the case in other big clubs. I don’t know why.
“Wolfsburg are one of the big teams in the league. They are a dangerous opponent, despite their 6-2 defeat last week.
“They have some very good players. It won’t be easy. It will be a big challenge, and we can take another step towards defending the title.”
The Real Madrid boss is perfectly happy with his options in midfield and has played down Juve director Beppe Marotta’s visit to the Spanish capital
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that his side do not need to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The Chilean has been linked with a variety of clubs after leading the Bianconeri to two straight Serie A titles, most recently the Liga leaders and their arch rivals Barcelona.
However, Ancelotti has denied that Juve director Beppe Marotta came to visit Madrid’s training centre to thrash out a deal for the former Bayer Leverkusen man.
“He came to see the sports centre,” he told La Stampa.
“In midfield we won’t take anyone. We don’t need anyone and [Sami] Khedira will return.”
The Italian also voiced his admiration for Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti, but says that too much should not be expected of the youngster.
“He doesn’t miss anything. He has personality and isn’t afraid, but he shouldn’t play because he is young. At Madrid, I have Jese, who is a phenomenon, but we have many champions.”
The 27-year-old Turkey international is keen to play in England before the end of his career, despite renewing his contract at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in September
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan wants to move to England and play for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, according to the player’s agent.
The Turkey international is an important part of the Atletico Madrid team who are challenging for the Primera Division title in Spain and on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.
He has been linked with the Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool in the past but, although a move to England is on the agenda, he does not yet want to leave Madrid.
“He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger and Arda would like to play in England,” Ahmet Bulut is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo.
“Arda will not leave Atletico. They are part of the title race and he is a key player. Arda plays for a big club and he will be part of Atletico’s success.”
The 27-year-old renewed his deal at the Estadio Vicente Calderon until 2017 back in September and Bulut was keen to stress that, although English clubs have been in contact about a transfer, the player’s priority is Atletico.
“We have received offers from English clubs,” he added. “There are two parties in any transfer, the player and the club. Both must decide.
“However, for now I would like to insist once more that Arda renewed his contract recently and wants to stay at Atletico.”
The Denmark international midfielder has moved to allay fears that missing out on a top-four finish could see a mass exodus of big names from White Hart Lane during the summer
Christian Eriksen has indicated that he will stay at Tottenham next season, whether or not the club qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs have lost just two Premier League games since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas but still sit fifth in the table, four points behind Manchester City – who have two games in hand – and six adrift of rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.
And while Eriksen admits that playing in the Champions League is vital to attracting top names to White Hart Lane, the Dane plans to remain with the club.
“I don’t know how other guys are thinking but I’m happy where I am and hopefully we’ll get to the Champions League anyway,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think it is important for the club and the calibre of player that could come, or stay. I think everybody wants to go to the Champions League.
“I’ve tried it before at Ajax and you see everything is bigger, the atmosphere, the TV rights, the people watching.
“The Europa League is great but the Champions League is what everybody wants, it’s the best place to play.”
Spurs face Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Champions League hopefuls are keen to lure the midfielder back to his native country and have opened informal talks
By Romeo Agresti
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has met with his Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli in a Paris hotel to discuss a potential move for Paul Pogba.
The Ligue 1 champions have long been linked with the France international as they aim to further strengthen their squad this summer and Al-Khelaifi has now sounded out Agnelli in a bid to test the water over a summer transfer.
Pogba has a contract with Juventus until the summer of 2016 and the Serie A giants are keen to extend the 20-year-old’s stay at the club beyond the expiry date of his current deal.
The Europa League hopefuls are willing to offer the Frenchman a new contract until June 2018, worth €4.5 million per year.
However, even though Agnelli stated earlier this week that the powerful midfielder is untouchable, he has previously admitted that Juventus may be unable to hold on to Pogba if a big-money offer comes in and PSG are ready to test the club’s resolve.
The former Manchester United man could be offered wages of up to nearly €9m-a-season with the Paris giants and Pogba could be tempted to push for a transfer if PSG step up their interest come the end of the current season.
Pogba will not be available on the cheap, but PSG could include either Ezequiel Lavezzi or Lucas Moura in the deal to soften Juve’s demands.
The midfielder has made 34 appearances in all competitions for Juventus this term, scoring eight goals in the process.