Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4
The 2014-15 season is just days away, and Bayern Munich's squad planning looks to be nearly, if not completely, finished.
Robert Lewandowski, Sebastian Rode and Juan Bernat have joined the club, while Toni Kroos, Mario Mandzukic, Daniel van Buyten, Lukas Raeder and Alessandro Schoepf have departed since the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
The transfer window remains open until September, though, and thus there remain some possibilities for Pep Guardiola to tweak his squad.
B/R will be scanning the news every day until the transfer window closes, providing you with regular updates on all the latest news pertaining to Bayern transfers. Be sure to check back here each day this week for all the latest.
Last Updated: Saturday, August 9
A report by Kicker on Friday claimed that Diego Contento could soon be on his way to France, with Bordeaux interested in his acquisition.
Ex-Bayern right-back Willy Sagnol, currently coach of the Ligue 1 side, is reported to be keen to sign the 24-year-old on a full transfer, the details of which are still yet to be clarified.
A Munich native and Bayern man since 1995, Contento made just 10 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Update, Saturday, Aug 9:
Bayern confirmed Contento's move to Bordeaux on their official website.
Pepe Reina will be Bayern's third senior goalkeeper next season, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed on Tuesday.
The CEO is quoted by Spox (in German) as stating that Bayern have reached an agreement with both Reina and Liverpool, and that the player will soon fly to Munich for a medical check. Rummenigge also confirmed that Reina had offers from Arsenal and Napoli, but chose Bayern instead.
The Spox report claims the 31-year-old Reina will cost Bayern €2.5-3 million.
Bayern announced on their official website that Reina had signed a three-year contract after passing a medical exam on Friday.
Marco Reus' agent, Dirk Hebel, confirmed on Friday that he has not been in touch with Bayern Munich over the potential transfer of his client to the Allianz Arena. Thus, it appears that any possibility of the 25-year-old moving to Munich may be put on ice, at least temporarily.
Spox has produced a good summary on Reus' situation, citing a Bild article in which Hebel denied talks with Bayern. The Spox piece also cites reports in which Bayern chiefs Matthias Sammer and Michael Reschke are alleged to be pushing for the Munich side to sign Reus, as well as quotes from BVB's Michael Zorc claiming that his club will do everything possible to extend the stay of the player, who is a Dortmund native and played in the club's academy.
Bayern Munich and Sinan Kurt's interest in reaching a deal that would bring the 18-year-old to the Allianz Arena is by now no secret.
However, as of yet, the Munich side and Borussia Moenchengladbach have been unable to reach a deal.
What's more, there is now a disagreement over the details of Kurt's deal with the Fohlen. Although previously widely accepted to run until 2016, the player's contract supposedly expires at the end of next June.
At least, that's what Kurt's agent, Michael Decker, told Sport Bild (in German).
Speaking on the issue of Kurt's possible transfer, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl had previously mentioned that the player still had two years left at Borussia-Park.
Decker contested that Kurt signed a contract at the age of 16 and that at that age, it is only legal to sign a contract of a maximum duration of three years. Kurt turns 19 next July.
On Monday night, Marca reported that Jerome Boateng had become Barcelona's first priority to sign at center-back.
The report claimed that despite the signing of Jeremy Mathieu, the Catalan side are keen to add another center-back. Although initially not a top priority, Boateng has emerged as the most desirable target after moves for Thiago Silva and Marquinhos failed.
The report claims that Real Madrid are also interested, and that Boateng is valued by Bayern at €39 million.
Pep Guardiola weighed in on the future of Boateng in Munich on Tuesday, flatly stating (via Spox, in German) that he plans "100 percent" on retaining Boateng in his Bayern team this season.
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