Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have dropped their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez for next season.
After head coach Carlo Ancelotti last week had his wish granted to sign Colombia’s James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid, Bayern have called off their bid to poach Chile’s hot-shot Sanchez from Arsenal.
“We are no longer involved. We have agreed with our coach that we won’t add (new players) in attack. It wouldn’t make any sense,” Bayern’s chairman Rummenigge told German magazine Kicker.
Bayern had reportedly been vying with Manchester City to sign Sanchez, 28, Chile’s all-time top scorer, who has a year left on his Arsenal contract, but is stalling over extension negotiations with the Gunners.
Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to £80 million (US$103m, 90m euros), but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested last week this won’t happen.
Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia and China as he rests after last month’s Confederations Cup when Chile lost to Germany in the final.
Bayern will start their pre-season tour of China and Singapore on Wednesday when they play Arsenal in Shanghai.
JUST IN: Jubilation As Anthony Joshua Arrives In Sagamu
There was jubilation in Sagamu on Wednesday when Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua arrived at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo.
It was gathered that Joshua met Akarigbo and other chiefs in Sagamu around 1.15pm.
Head, Anthony Joshua Supporters Club, Sagamu, popularly known as Mr Naira, confirmed Joshua’s presence to The PUNCH.
He commended the boxer for yielding to their calls to visit Sagamu.
Footballer Suspended For 5 Years For Biting Opponent’s Penis During A Match In France
An amateur player was handed five years ban in a local league for biting one of his opponents’ penis during a post-match fight in France.
The incident reportedly occurred after a second division game between Terville and Soetrich in a local league that ended 1 – 1 on 17 November 2019.
According to a local news website in Lorraine, a player from each side started fighting, another Terville player joined in, apparently trying to separate them. The Soetrich player responded by biting the peacemaker’s penis. The victim required about 10 stitches and had to take four days off work.
‘The events took place after the match, in the stadium car park. There was an altercation, an escalation and things got worse,’ said Emmanuel Saling of the Mosellan football district, adding that the blame was ‘more or less shared’.
Saling also said that because the ‘case was quite original’, the disciplinary committee had called an expert witness before deciding to suspend the Soetrich player for five years.
The injured Terville player was also suspended for six months for his part in the fight.
‘It’s quite rare to have sanctions of several years, there are less than 10 per year,’ Saling said. ‘The case was a bit saucy, but … there must have been some nasty tension, so the smiles on the disciplinary committee quickly faded.’
The publication also revealed that the two clubs were punished with two penalty points and a fine of 200 euros ‘for failing to meet their safety obligations’ and ‘for the lack of reaction from club officials when the fight broke out.’
Atletico Madrid Stun Liverpool With Early Goal
Saul Niguez puts the home-side Atletico Madrid ahead with an early goal at the fourth minute against Liverpool
The defending champion of Champion League struggled to stage a comeback for a better part of the match but all efforts were abortive as the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash ended one goal to nil in favor of Madrid.
Salah had his goal for Liverpool ruled out because Firmino miles offside. It was Oblak who made a huge mistake, sending his clearance straight to Salah.