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Champions League Semi-Final: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Preview

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba will face a late fitness before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena.

Alaba sat out Bayern’s final training session on Tuesday with a thigh strain, but coach Jupp Heynckes says a decision will be made early on Wednesday as to whether he will be in the squad.

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also a doubt while Brazilian defender Rafinha is likely to replace Alaba if he fails to make the squad.

On-loan Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez could start after being used as a substitute in the 3-0 victory over Hannover on Saturday.

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Real Madrid To Sign Robert Lewandowski This Summer

Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Poland international has agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with Madrid after a series of meetings took place this month.

Madrid president Florentino Perez decided to make a move for the Bayern striker as he waits to see how the potential deal to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain evolves.

Real have been chasing Lewandowski for some time and managed to fight off interest from Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal to speak to his representatives first, with the forward understood to be keen on moving to the Bernabeu.

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James Rodriguez Not Interested In Early Return To Real Madrid

They are 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and in the knockout stages of the Champions League – but Bayern Munich were handed another boost on Thursday as James Rodriguez confirmed he wants to stay at the club.

The Colombian midfielder was brought to Bavaria on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid by Carlo Ancelotti last summer.

And despite a testing first few months with the German giants, the 26-year-old admitted he is ‘very happy’ at the club and has no plans to cut short his stay.

Speaking at the club’s winter break training base in Doha, Rodriguez said:

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Real Madrid Dominate UEFA Team Of Year Shortlist

No surprise to see that the 50-man shortlist for UEFA’s team of the year is dominated by players from La Liga and European champions Real Madrid, who boast 11 nominees, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who is included for a record 14th time. Italian champions Juventus, who were beaten by Real in the Champions League final last season, have the next most with seven.

Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli are joined by teammates Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez on the shortlist, and are among 12 Premier League players nominated.

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Real Madrid Dominate FIFA World XI

A record number of 13 Real Madrid players have been nominated for long list of the FIFPro World XI, while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez lead the pool of Premier League nominees.

A total of 25,000 professional footballers were asked to select a team of 11 players – one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers – from across the world, and the 55 players with the most votes have now been revealed.

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Robert Lewandowski To Real Madrid?

Robert Lewandowski has instructed his agent to push through a move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid, according to AS.

The Polish striker made waves earlier this summer when he questioned why the German champions didn’t match the spending of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge then added fuel to the flame by mentioning in an interview with German newspaper Bild that Real Madrid was ‘the club of Lewandowski’s dreams’.

And now, according to the Spanish outlet, these issues have come to a head with the forward believing this is the perfect time to make the move to the Bernabeu and insisting his agent sounds out the La Liga giants.

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Barcelona’s Three-Point Plan To Replace Neymar

Barcelona already have three signings ‘at the ready’ as they look to fill the void left by Neymar, who this week completed a world-record €222 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez are all wanted by the Catalan giants between now and the end of the window.

According to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are ‘at the ready’ to sign all three as Ernesto Valverde looks to rebuild his squad ahead of the new season.

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James Rodríguez Leaves Real Madrid For Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have signed James Rodríguez from Real Madrid in a two-year loan deal. Bayern have an option to buy the Colombian at the end of the loan deal for €40m.

In addition, Bayern will pay Real Madrid €5m per season for Rodríguez and they will also pay all of his wages, believed to be €8m for the first year and €8.2m for the second.

The 25-year-old, signed a six-year contract at Real after joining from Monaco for £71m in July 2014.

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Bayern Munich Warn Clubs About Tapping Up Lewandowski

Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe have attracted a lot of attention already this summer with potential record breaking transfers to other clubs.

But the best striker potentially on the move this summer is Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and the German giants are moving quickly to try and keep him at the Allianz Arena by threatening to go to FIFA if clubs approach Lewandowski without their permission, amid speculation that Manchester United and Chelsea have held talks with the striker.

Bayern have gone so far as issuing a statement to Sky Deutschland warning clubs over Lewandowski.

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Alexis Sanchez Puts Future In Agent’s Hands

In what is not good news for Arsenal fans, Alexis Sanchez says his future in North London is in the hands of his agent as he prepares to play in this month’s Confederations Cup for Chile.

Arsenal have so far been unable to persuade last season’s top scorer Sanchez to sign an extension to his deal, which has one year to run and several newspapers on Friday suggested Bayern Munich, home to international teammate Arturo Vidal, have already agreed personal terms with Sanchez that will make him the highest paid player in the Bundesliga.