It has not been a great week to be a Hamburg fan, and it just got a little worse. German starlet Jann-Fiete Arp declined to extend his contract with Der Dinosaurier, which opens the door for his long-rumored flight to Munich:
The decision has been made. HSV has lost the race for Jann-Fiete Arp (18). Hamburg’s striker star will not renew his contract at HSV, which expires in 2019. For months, the club made repeated attempts to get the striker to sign a long-term contract. In the meantime, the management had hoped that the good relationship between Christian Titz and Arp could have a decisive influence on the youngster.
To make matters worse for the recently-relegated Hamburg squad, Arp could move to Munich on a free transfer.
The direction seems clear anyway: Arp sees his future with the Bavarians. The course has obviously already been set. HSV can hardly win anything. If Arp stays until the end of the contract, the Hamburgers will not see a cent for their top talent in the end.
Bayern youth player Jonathan Meier extended his contract for three additional years with the club. Meier, a left back, will now be contracted to Bayern through 2021. With Juan Bernat rumored to be on his way out, perhaps Meier could find himself in a role as a backup to David Alaba.
Most recently, the 18-year-old played for the A-Juniors of FC Bayern. Meier completed 16 games in the past season for the U-19 team in the A-Junior Bundesliga. In the past few weeks, he has often trained with the pros and was in the squad for the Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart.
Jochen Sauer, head of the FC Bayern Campus, is glad Meier will be hanging around Munich longer.
Jonathan came back great after his injury break and delivered great performances with the U-19 team. We are very pleased that he has been able to prove his talent in professional training and has continued to commit himself to Bayern.
Meier was dressed for the VfB Stuttgart match last week and participated in the post game celebration. Meier joined the club in 2015.
And that is the amount that are willing to pay for it three of the most powerful teams in Europe: Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. In fact, it is the figure that Anfield has set to sit down to negotiate.
In a move that would seem excessive considering the price tag, Bayern has been linked to AC Milan center back Leonardo Bonucci.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich are leading the chase for Leonardo Bonucci, who will need to leave AC Milan this summer. Bonucci, 31, only joined from rivals Juventus 12 months ago — despite strong interest from Chelsea and Manchester City — and has endured a trouble campaign. However, he has been the victim of instability within the club. Jose Mourinho has contacted the Italy international, but United will face competition from Bayern — with Milan willing to agree to a loan deal with an obligation to buy for around £35m.
With Jerome Boateng already declaring he’s not going anywhere and Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule in the fold, this move seems highly unlikely. In addition, the flexibility of Javi Martinez and emergence of Lars Lukas Mai makes this “potential move” seem doubtful at best.
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