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Sancho to miss Sevilla clash, Boateng given ‘all-clear’

Borussia Dortmund’s winger Jadon Sancho will miss their clash against Sevilla in Tuesday’s Champions League match. The club informed the media

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Borussia Dortmund’s winger Jadon Sancho will miss their clash against Sevilla in Tuesday’s Champions League match.

The club informed the German media that the winger is still recovering from a thigh injury.

In an interview with the Kicker magazine, sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that Sancho could miss the second leg match in the round of 16.

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The England international also missed their clash against Bayern Munich, where they lost 4-2 at Allianz Arena.

“It’s a big loss for us, especially given the form Jadon has been in recently,” said Zorc. He also pointed out Sancho’s three goals which he scored in the last three matches.

The winger picked up the thigh injury last Tuesday in the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the German Cup quarterfinal, where they won.

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The Bundesliga club did not mention the exact date when Sancho will return, but he will be unavailable beyond Tuesday’s match.

The German club last qualified for the Champions League round of eight in 2017. They have a 3-2 win advantage against Sevilla and looking forward to moving to the next round.

For Jadon Sancho qualify for the next round of the Champions League, they will have to recover from the 4-2 loss against Bayern Munich, where Sancho missed the clash.

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Jerome Boateng twisted his knee in the second half of the match, but the club insists that the injury is less severe than earlier feared.

“Jerome Boateng suffered a strained left knee capsule…the diagnosis was made following an examination by the FC Bayern medical department,” Bayern said in a statement.

The club also mentioned that Boateng is in the individual rehabilitation programme, and he will be available in the next matches.

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According to reports, Dortmund is also likely to be without Raphael Guerreiro in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The good news is that Erling Haaland is in good form, and he will be there in Tuesday’s match.

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Bayern forward in need of a new challenge

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According to Sky Sports, Bayern Munich’s iconic forward Robert Lewandowski has announced that he wants a new challenge away from the Bundesliga giants.

It’s said that Lewandowski is ‘happy’ at Bayern but wants to move to another top European club before the age of 35. He’ll turn 33 at the weekend.

Bayern have stated that they value the Polish striker at more than £100 million because of his statistics, which are clearly off the charts.

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The German champions’ valuation, is probably designed to keep him at the club until the end of his contract as it will be difficult for any club to pay such an amount for him considering his age, hence pricing the FIFA and UEFA player of the year out of a departure.

Bayern have not offered any extension to his current contract which comes to an end in 2023.

The Poland striker is understood to be frustrated by their reluctance to sell, but is unlikely to do anything that will harm his good relationship with the club and fans.

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The 32-year-old scored 55 goals in 47 games across all competitions in the 2019-20 season and 41 goals in 29 games last season, breaking Gerd Muller’s record of most goals scored in a Bundesliga season after 49 years.

All eyes will be on Manchester City now who are currently without a main striker after Sergio Aguero’s departure. The club is having a rough time trying to convince Tottenham to sell them their main man Harry Kane and considering they are willing to pay a fee around Bayern’s asking price, Lewandowski could be an option for them.

Manchester United could also be a potential destination for Lewandowski as their main striker, Edinson Cavani, turns 35 this season.

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PSG though big spenders too, are highly unlikely to make a bid for the decorated striker, as their trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe looks  more than capable of winning their most coveted trophy, the UEFA Champions League.

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Romano confirms on Twitter 25-year-old has completed his Everton medical

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Romano confirms on Twitter 25-year-old has completed his Everton medical

Demarai Gray’s medical has been completed, according to Fabrizio Romano, ahead of his move to Everton.

Gray appears to be the third first-team addition that Rafa Benitez will be able to make at Goodison Park.

Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic have joined the Toffees. And it appears that they are about to announce yet another clever business move.

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Gray has finished his medical, according to Romano. He is expected to sign a three-year contract with a one-year extension option.

According to the reporter, the fee will be roughly £1.7 million.

Begovic, on the other hand, appears to be a good signing for Everton, who are in need of a goalkeeper to replace Jordan Pickford.

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Gray may be considered a bit of a wildcard. With Leicester and subsequently Bayer Leverkusen, he has not had the finest of seasons.

For £1.7 million, it’s difficult to disagree that getting him back to England was not a wise decision on Everton’s part.

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Bayern appoint Nagelsmann as the manager to replace Treble-winning Flick

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Bayern appoint Nagelsmann as the manager to replace Treble-winning Flick

(ESPN)-Following a compensation deal with RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich has appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new boss.

Nagelsmann, 33, has agreed to a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions until 2026. Bayern Munich has paid Leipzig compensation, which according to ESPN sources is a world record for a boss, surpassing the €15 million Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.

Nagelsmann is expected to replace Hansi Flick, who asked Bayern to release him from his contract earlier this month after a squabble with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over the Bundesliga champions’ transfer policy and ideology.

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Following the dismissal of Niko Kovac in November 2019, Flick took over as Bayern Munich manager and guided the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB-Pokal treble. When he added the German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup to his trophy cabinet, he became just the second manager in history to win six trophies in a single calendar year. With national team manager Joachim Low stepping down after the European Championship this summer, he may now take over as Germany’s coach.

Sources close to Nagelsmann told ESPN on Friday that he was open to negotiation from the Premier League, where Tottenham is searching for a successor for Jose Mourinho. Nagelsmann has decided to take over his third Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, after Bayern made a bid.

Nagelsmann took over Leipzig from TSG Hoffenheim in 2019 and guided them to the Champions League semifinals in his first season.

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On Friday, Leipzig will face Werder Bremen in a DFB-Pokal semifinal, with Nagelsmann hoping to lead Leipzig to their first major title. In the final, the winner is likely to face Borussia Dortmund, who will face second-tier side Holstein Kiel.

Jesse Marsch, who manages another Red Bull team, FC Salzburg, is one of the frontrunners to succeed Nagelsmann at Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Leipzig announced on Monday that sporting director Markus Krosche’s contract had been discontinued a year before it was due to expire.

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The 40-year-old had been at Leipzig for two years and had been rumored to be leaving for a few months. After Fredi Bobic’s decision to reunite with his capital-based family and join Hertha Berlin, he has been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are searching for a new sporting executive.

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With Nagelsmann’s move to Munich, five of the Bundesliga’s top seven teams will have a new manager for the 2021-22 season: Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Monchengladbach.

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