Football transfer news and rumours: Sadio Mane reveals himself at Bayern; Dortmund and Ajax agree on Sebastian Haller price


What’s better than a cup of coffee and the latest transfer news? CBS Sports brings you the latest updates from around the world and what they mean for your favorite teams. Borussia Dortmund are closing in on signing Sebastian Haller, Arsenal are testing Leeds United’s resolve to keep Raphinha and everyone is interested in Hugo Ekitike now that Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Reims. And that’s just the beginning with England international Nick Pope on the way out and much more.

Let’s move on to transfers:

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The biggest transfers of the day. These are the transactions that are taking place, or at least are about to take place.

Sebastian Haller agrees to join Borussia Dortmund.

After an excellent season with Ajax, where he scored 21 league goals and another 11 in the Champions League, Haller returns to the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund. As Haller seeks to put his disappointing spell at West Ham United behind him, he returns to a league he knows well, the Bundesliga. Haller spent two seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt, but a move to Dortmund will be a tougher challenge for him. Seeking to bridge the departure of Erling Haaland is not easy, but the Black and Yellow strengthen their team so that they are not only able to participate in the Champions League, but also to give thread to retaliate against Bayern Munich, who are trying to end the Bavarians’ decade of dominance in the Bundesliga.

Sadio Mane joins Bayern Munich

Mane’s illustrious career at Liverpool came to an end after he moved to Bayern Munich for 32 million euros. He is expected to continue playing on the wing and as a centre-forward but it is unclear what impact this transfer will have on Robert Lewandowski, who has publicly asked to leave. The amount of the deal can rise to €41m due to add-ons, which is a good price considering Mane was in the final year of his contract. As Bayern look to go further in the Champions League this year, the addition of Mane should help them.

Newcastle United agree Nick Pope price

Newcastle were trailing Dean Henderson and Bernd Leno ahead of Burnley’s relegation but according to Athletic they have agreed with Burnley on a free offer for Pope. Burnley’s relegation, it seems, has been a game changer when it comes to available keepers. While Martin Dubravka is the current number one at St. James’ Park, Pope should probably take that role sooner rather than later. The team have already improved a lot under the management of Eddie Howe and they are on their way to becoming a real contender for the title of European champion if their good recruits on paper manage to establish themselves on the pitch.

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Those moves might not be imminent, but there’s plenty of transfer fire in all the smoke these players and teams might be blowing.

Newcastle United remain in the lead for Hugo Ekitike but things get complicated.

The discussions were close It’s been about a week for the Magpies to add Ekitike after he scored ten goals for Reims last season. One of the most talented youngsters out there, Ekitike just turned 20 so needs to make sure his next step is the right one. With Callum Wilson and Chris Wood already in the squad, Newcastle would be a side where Ekitike wouldn’t have immediate pressure to succeed, but bigger clubs now surround him. An agreement has been reached with Reims but the case stalls with his agent.

Real Madrid would like to add Ekitike, according to L’Equipe. But, considering what Luka Jovic did during his time there, it might not be the best option for the player. PSG are also in the running, but they must first recruit a new manager. All signs indicate that Christophe Galtier will take over but with PSG things aren’t done until a contract is signed. Finally, Bayern Munich see Ekitike as an option should Robert Lewandowski leave, but with Barcelona’s financial troubles, it’s a deal that seems linked to Frenkie de Jong’s arrival at Manchester United. There have been no moves between Barcelona and UnitedSo, for now, it looks like a complicated push from Ekitike’s agent to secure better contract terms with Newcastle United.

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These movements may be speculative but they should be watched.

Arsenal submit formal offer for Raphinha

As Arsenal look to bridge the gap to the Champions League, they have decided to add Raphinha to Leeds United. While the Brazilian has agreed personal terms with FC Barcelona, ​​it seems doubtful, at least for now, that they can afford Leeds’ valuation. Leeds are expected to reject Arsenal’s offer, according to Athletic, but that won’t stop their pursuit. In two seasons with Leeds, Raphinha scored 17 goals, assisted another 12 while becoming one of the most electric players outside the Premier League top 6.

Arsenal are not the only ones who want to secure Raphinha’s services, Spurs are also in the running. could focus on adding Richarlison. from Everton. Leeds won’t oppose Raphinha if his price tag is met, especially as his contract expires in 2024, but this saga could drag on forever.

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