Striker Search on Hold as West Ham Enter the Race for German International Müller

Despite an obvious desire to bring in a striker at the London Stadium, West Ham is joining the race to sign 29-year-old Nicolai Müller from Hamburg (HSV).

The right sided midfielder has a contract in Germany that is set to expire next summer and Hamburg could be forced to cash in on Müller with a number of clubs mulling over a £8.7m move for the German international, according to reports from Bild.

The midfielder spent over a month on the sidelines for Hamburg last season, suffering ligament damage during the back end of the Bundesliga campaign.

A number of German clubs, along with West Ham and Southampton, are interested in signing Müller this summer, despite HSV chairman Heribert Bruchhagen stating: "We will not sell Nicolai Müller".

Even with Bruchhagen being adamant the club will not sell Müller this summer, a transfer fee of roughly £9m will be difficult to turn down for a player who turns 30 in September and is in the last year of his contract.

Müller featured in 25 Bundesliga games for Die Rothosen last season, scoring five goals and assisting another seven.

Eye-catching performances in a 2-1 victory over Schalke 04 and in a difficult away victory at RB Leipzig have made Müller a popular transfer target leading into the summer window.

 Hammers fans will be desperate that the club focuses on signing a star striker to spearhead their attack for the upcoming campaign, however, the acquisition of Müller will only strengthen an attack that scored just 47 Premier League goals last season.

Source: 90min.com

Bayern Munich Star Rejects Inter

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has been the subject of an incredible €57m bid from Inter Milan, however, the Nerazzurri have been told they won't be signing the 30-year-old due to his previous connection with Serie A champions Juventus.

Vidal left Juventus in 2015, joining Bayern Munich for over £30m. The midfielder spent four years in Turin where he became known worldwide as one of the most dominating midfielders in Europe, earning the nickname Il Guerriero (the Warrior). Vidal now seems set to accept a pay cut to extend his stay in Bavaria, according to Football Italia, with his current deal set to expire in 2019.

 Inter Milan are currently playing transfer catch up with their city rivals who have already completed the signing of seven players this summer, Atalanta's Andrea Conti being the latest arrival at the San Siro.

Inter's Ivan Perišić has been heavily linked with a move away from Italy this summer, with Manchester United boss José Mourinho mulling over a move for the Croatian winger after seeing a £36m bid rejected by the Serie A club.

Vidal was most recently on display in the Confederations Cup where his Chile side was eventually beaten by Germany in the final of the competition.

Hertha BSC star Mitchell Weiser scored the only goal of the game, however, an on-field bust-up between Vidal and his Bayern Munich teammate Joshua Kimmich was the main talking point from the 90 minutes.

Source: 90min.com

Ajax Starlet 'Out of Danger' After Terrifying On-Pitch Collapse in Pre-Season Friendly

Ajax youngster Abdelhak Nouri has been described by his club as 'out of danger' after collapsing on the pitch with what is believed to have been a heart issue during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen.

The 20-year-old was airlifted to hospital for treatment after the incident, with the match called off when the severity of Nouri's condition became clear, with ambulances and - later - a helicopter ambulance arriving on the scene to treat the 20-year-old midfielder.

The Ajax man went down after about 70 minutes of the match, going to the ground in stages before his teammates noticed and appealed to the referee to stop the game as they crowded around their fallen teammate.

The club's Twitter account confirmed shortly after the incident that Nouri suffered from cardiac arrhythmias in the incident, and is currently stable - although being kept asleep and in intensive care.

Source: 90min.com

Bundesliga Club Wolfsburg Officially Confirm Signing of Arsenal Youngster Kaylen Hinds for £2m

Arsenal's Kaylen Hinds has decided to move abroad, signing for Wolfsburg on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be around £2m.

The 19-year-old did sign a new contract with the Gunners back in January, however, a lack of first-team involvement has seen him make a permanent move away.

Hinds spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan at League Two side Stevenage, where he made just four starts. Now, he is off to Germany to link up with Arsenal's former Academy head coach, Andries Joinker.

The England youth international is unlikely to break into Wolfsburg's starting lineup but will train with the first team.

Hinds is the second young academy talent Arsenal have let go this summer, with highly-rated prospect Chris Willock signing for Benfica after his contract expired.

It was announced on Friday that Per Mertesacker will be the Gunners' new academy head at the start of the 2018/19 season and the German defender will be hoping he can do something to stop the current exodus.

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Nelson Mandela Mbouhom's long road to the Bundesliga

Nelson Mandela. A name inextricably linked with the triumph of human spirit over adversity.

It is almost four years since South Africa's anti-apartheid symbol and first black President passed away, but his soul-stirring story lives on; a reminder to men, women and children from all walks of life never to give up.

Mandela's Eintracht Frankfurt namesake is a case in point. The 18-year-old forward signed his first professional contract with the Eagles on 4 July - the zenith of a budding career blighted by broken promises and bureaucracy.

Nelson Mandela Mbouhom was just nine years old when he left his native Cameroon to pursue his dream of one day becoming a professional footballer. Picked up by a scout at the Samuel Eto'o Foundation and offered a place at Barcelona's famous La Masia academy, his journey could not have got off to a better start.

Two years down the line, however, the dream was in tatters. Deemed surplus to requirements in the Catalan capital, there Mandela stood, 11 years old, 5,550 kilometres from home - searching for a new club. It was a devastating reality check.

Mandela did not have to look far, before joining the youth set-up at Real Valladolid. He relocated to France to live with his older brother soon after, but the promise of a trial at Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain failed to materialise.

"I completely lost faith," Mandela remembered of his formative years. "Too many people tried to use me."

Undeterred, Mandela rolled the dice and purchased a one-way ticket to the Baden-Württemberg city of Mannheim, Germany. One transitional stint at Hoffenheim later, he found himself being taken under the wing of Armin Kraaz at nearby Frankfurt.

"We could all see that the kid could really play," recalled Eintracht's youth academy manager of Mandela's first training session with the club.

Play he did. Mandela blossomed for the Eintracht Under-15s, firing a hat-trick past Bayern Munich to land the Eagles the 2013/14 Southern League title and captaining the Hessen club to victory in the Duisburg Regional Cup.

In a footballing sense, the former Barcelona, Real Valladolid and Hoffenheim youngster had finally arrived, but residency issues threatened to curtail his stay.

"The authorities started to investigate and then the vultures circled," commented Kraaz of the ensuing red-tape tribulations. "I was furious."

Mandela was still 15 at the time, and did not play for Frankfurt again for another year. Although the dream was on ice, for once fate was on his side.

After bedding in with the Frankfurt U-17s upon his return, Mandela duly made the step up to the U-19s, scoring eight times in 14 outings last season. Receiving a work permit on his 18th Birthday to continue his stay on German soil, he now has the prospect of Bundesliga football to fuel his burning desire.

"I'm very happy to get this opportunity," said Mandela after putting pen to paper on two-year deal with the Frankfurt first team. "I feel completely at home at Frankfurt and I really want to do my bit for this fantastic team. To be a full part of it in pre-season fills me with pride."

Although Douala-born Mandela bears no relation to his revered namesake, he shares the dogged determination and courage to overcome synonymous with Madiba's life.

The great politician's definition of a winner being "a dreamer who never gives up" could not be a more apt description of Frankfurt's newest full-time recruit.

Chris Mayer-Lodge

Source: Bundesliga.com

Liverpool 'Could' Tempt RB Leipzig to Sell Naby Keita But Only With a Record Breaking Bid

With RB Leipzig seemingly remaining strong in their stance over star midfielder Naby Keita, it has been reported that a bid surpassing the current Bundesliga record from Liverpool, 'could' tempt the German outfit into sanctioning a deal with the Merseyside club.

After publicly declaring that Keita is not for sale this summer, following an impressive debut campaign in the Bundesliga, it seems as though money will have to do the talking if Jurgen Klopp is to land Keita this summer.

G oal's Melissa Reddy, has reported that the Reds will have to blow their transfer record, and the German league's to possibly get a deal over the line - as the £66m fee 'could' tempt the German club into altering their stance.

Although the Guinea international is understood to be open to moving this summer as he looks to fulfill the upward career trajectory he has envisioned, he is seemingly not at a point where he is willing to force a move through.

 

 

Therefore, it is understood that a formal offer for Keita will only be submitted once the club is confident that the player wants the move and that RB Leipzig's position has softened.

After finishing second in Germany's top flight last season, Leipzig seemingly have a bright future with an exciting brand of football which is arguably not too dissimilar to Klopp's - giving the impression that Keita could slip seamlessly into the Reds current squad.

The 22-year-old showcased supreme offensive and defensive ability last season and although possessing qualities not too dissimilar from the likes of N'Golo Kante in terms of interception skills, Keita is more potent threat moving forward.

If Liverpool does manage to convince Leipzig to sell then the midfielder's link up play with the Red's fluid attack could be a force to be reckoned with next season.

Source: 90min.com

Bayern Munich Teammates Vidal and Muller 'Clash' Over Confederations Cup Final on Instagram

Arturo Vidal expressed his anger in response to Thomas Muller, after the Bayern Munich and Germany forward posted a celebratory photo to his Instagram account following his country's Confederations Cup success.

Muller watched from the comfort of his own home as his compatriots edged Vidal's Chile to a 1-0 victory in the final in St Petersburg.

And he posted a photo gleefully pointing at the TV screen as Germany celebrated following the win. "We love our game," he wrote as the caption.

Vidal, who played in the game and throughout the tournament, replied to his Bayern teammate simply with a string of angry emojis, which inevitably caught the attention of fans in the comments section.

The combative midfielder and his teammates were clearly disappointed to have fallen at the final hurdle.

In an Instagram post of his own, Vidal looked to put a positive spin on the defeat alongside a photo of the Chile players in a huddle after the game.

"The strongest people are not the people who win the most but the people who never give up when they lose!!!" he wrote.

Vidal had a chance to level the scores late in the game, but blazed his effort over the bar, before Angelo Sagal did the same soon after.

Source: 90min.com

Hakan Çalhanoğlu Officially Completes AC Milan Transfer for Fee in the Region of £22m

Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that Turkish attacking midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu has joined AC Milan, for a fee believed to be around £22m.

The 23-year-old joins Milan after three seasons with the Bundesliga side, scoring 28 goals in 115 appearances. Çalhanoğlu is notorious for his powerful free-kicks, and fans at the San Siro will be eager to see the charismatic star in action this season.

All that remained was for the Italian club to confirm Calhanoglu had signed the contract, though their confirmation did come shortly afterwards - with the player sitting in front of the press with Milan officials.

 The midfielder has also represented Turkey 26 times on the international stage, scoring eight goals in the process. Çalhanoğlu became the first Turkish player ever to score against England in 2016, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 defeat to the Three Lions at a pre-Euro 2016 friendly at the City of Manchester Stadium.

AC Milan's Chinese billionaire owners put their money where their mouth is so far in the summer transfer window, splashing out on a host of new stars for the Serie A sleeping giants.

Promising Portuguese international André Silva arrived in a £32m deal, along with Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio and Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodríguez, both costing around £15m.

Source: 90min.com

Ginter Snubs Tottenham for Monchengladbach.

Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter has chosen them as his next destination, snubbing reported interest from Tottenham.

Gladbach confirmed on Twitter that the versatile defender is set to officially complete his move to the Borussia-Park on Tuesday afternoon once he completes a medical - with a fee thought to be somewhere in the region of €15m.

Ginter fills a hole in the Gladbach defence left by the departure of Andreas Christensen back to Chelsea at the end of his loan deal, with the opportunity to be a starter at the Bundesliga side thought to have been the deciding factor in choosing them over Spurs - who already have Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier established as first-team options at centre-half.

Dortmund confirmed the impending move on their own Twitter account, writing: "Matthias Ginter will move to Borussia Mönchengladbach. More information in the near future. Take care and thank you for everything, Matze!"

Ginter returned from Russia this week after winning the Confederations Cup with Germany, wasting no time in getting his future cleared up upon his return from national team duty.

The 23-year-old started 26 Bundesliga games under Thomas Tuchel last season, also picking up half a dozen Champions League starts in an up and down season for the club which saw them scrape into third place in the league on the final weekend with a dramatic 4-3 win over Werder Bremen.

Source: 90min.com

Leipzig chief bored by Keita speculation

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff insists that Naby Keita is not for sale, despite ongoing rumours of an imminent £70m move to Liverpool."That topic is boring," he said when asked about the possiblity of selling the 22-year-old Guinean international. "This is only our second Bundesliga season, our squad is still the youngest and most likely also the most inexperienced.

"Sure, it would be great to start where we left off. It’s an advantage that there’s no upheaval."

Source: DSG