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Liverpool’s €75m bid for Naby Keita fails as RB Leipzig rules out sale

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Liverpool were dealt a significant blow in their transfer plans this summer after RB Leipzig rejected their €75m bid for Naby Keita.

Keita scored eight goals and provided eight assists in his debut season for Leipzig as the Bundesliga debutants finished second last season. His contract runs until 2020, and while there is a £48m release clause in the contract, but that can be only unlocked next summer.

It was known that the Reds were keen on signing the player and had been pursuing him despite repeated declarations from the Bundesliga runners-up that the 22-year-old is not for sale.

However, it was almost apparent to all except Liverpool that Leipzig does not wish to release the player. Leipzig were not open to negotiations despite issued a €75m offer for Keita, an amount more than double the record transfer fee Liverpool had spent on Mohamed Salah.

Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz, reportedly told German tabloid Sport Bild: “We don’t sell any of our players just to get money. Lately we got a €75m offer for Naby Keita. No way! He has a contract and he will fulfil it.”

“To sell him would not only be a proof of distrust to our fans but also the wrong sign for our players like Timo Werner, who is in demand too.”

Although Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to give up on his first-choice targets so far — including Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk for central defence — but admitted after the friendly at Wigan Athletic on Friday that his patience was not limitless.

Still, there are suggestions Keita’s agent is in Hong Kong — where Liverpool are playing in a pre-season tournament — to talk to the club and Klopp about whether they will file another bid to the Bundesliga runners-up.

Dortmund tell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he is not leaving this summer

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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly informed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 league goals in 32 games last season and won the Bundesliga golden boot had been expected to move to either China, the Premier League or Milan in Serie A but he has been told that he will continue his career in Dortmund.

Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga table last season had allegedly gave him a deadline for him to complete a move beforehand, and that with the deadline now passed club officials will move to restrict any possibility of a deal to sign their player.

The Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said on Sunday that they had given the 28-year-old, who joined Dortmund in 2013, “a few days” to make his mind up and the German magazine Kicker reported on Tuesday that the deadline has now passed.

“The timing was decisive in the end,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added. “We have decided that “Auba” will stay with Borussia Dortmund. The transfer window is closed as far as he is concerned.”

Chelsea were mooted as possible suitors despite the fact that they need to find a replacement for the departing Diego Costa. The Blues never submitted a formal bid to Dortmund and their priority is still understood to be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Aubameyang, incidentally, faced Milan, one of the clubs interested in signing him, in a pre-season tour of China and scored twice in a 3-1 win.

The new Borussia Dortmund coach, Peter Bosz, said after the game: “I am glad that he is in my team. Aubameyang was fantastic today. He played just the way we want him to play.”

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez joins Bayern Munich on loan

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Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has joined FC Bayern Munich on a two-season loan deal which also includes a permanent purchase option at the end of the loan deal.

Rodriguez, 25, spent three seasons with the European and La Liga Champions, but never managed to secure a guaranteed starting place despite playing under three different Real Madrid coaches: Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane and Rafael Benitez.

Ancelotti, who is also the current coach of Bayern Munich, will meet his new signing as Rodríguez links up with the Bayern squad immediately and travel with his new team-mates on their 12-day tour to China as well as Singapore.

The Bundesliga champions are also in the midst of a fruitful transfer window, having already signed players such as Corentin Tolisso (Lyon, £36.4m), Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen, £7.7m), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim, free), Kingsley Coman (Juventus, £18.4m) and Niklas Süle (Hoffenheim, £19.3m).

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman, said: “We are very happy that we have managed to conclude this transfer. The signing of James Rodríguez was the big wish from our manager, Carlo Ancelotti, after the two of them worked together successfully at Real Madrid.”

“James is a very versatile player. He scores a lot of goals himself and is also able to set up goals and sets overall high standards. We have, without question, heightened the quality of the squad with this transfer.”

On the other hand, Bayern’s Renato Sanches could join another club for a season to gain playing time and match experience as the Portuguese youngster struggles to secure a first team spot.

“It wasn’t an easy first year for Renato,” Rummenigge said. “He returned from the Euros and was injured for three months. I think it’s vitally important for him to play on a regular basis this year. That’s why we’ll consider whether it makes sense to keep him here or to arrange a loan deal. He urgently needs minutes out on the pitch.”

Bayern, who won the Bundesliga by a 15-point margin last season, take on Bayer Leverkusen on Friday 18 August.

Bayern Munich issues FIFA threat to ward off Lewandowski bids

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Bayern Munich are prepared to seek FIFA sanctions against any club approaching Robert Lewandowski with the interest of signing the unsettled Polish striker.

Lewandowski, 28, has been linked with a summer transfer window move to Chelsea or Manchester United amidst reports that initial talks over a deal had begun.

However, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich issued a statement to Sky Deutschland to deny the claims, saying: “Robert is under contract at Bayern and only recently renewed his deal until 2021. Bayern Munich waste no thought on a Lewandowski move.”

“There are no talks with other clubs, and there won’t be any. If other clubs negotiate with players who are under long-term contracts, they risk FIFA punishment. The agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks.”

On the other hand, Lewandowski’s agent has criticised Bayern for not helping his client to secure the Bundesliga golden boot.

Although the striker scored 30 goals for the season, he needed to score twice against Freiburg in the final Bundesliga game of the season to overhaul the tally of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Agent Maik Barthel revealed the Pole felt the club did not help him to achieve the personal landmark, telling Kicker: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title.”

“He was disappointed as I have never seen him before,” Barthel added. “He really hoped that the team would support him proactively.”