Borussia Dortmund have made an official bid for Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, with the domestic transfer window opening on Wednesday. Ter Stegen is transfer listed by request after failing to agree new terms at Borussia-Park.
The 23 year-old German international (7 caps) kept nine clean sheets in 1.Bundesliga last season and has a £23m release clause, but Dortmund believe they can agree a deal at a lower value due to the player’s reluctance to remain at a Gladbach side who missed out on continental football this season.
Gladbach are thought to want closer to £19m for the player ahead of his contract expiring next summer. Though failure to seal a summer deal would surely mean a knock-down price in the new year before the player who has spent his entire career at the club can leave on a free.
Mario Balotelli has left after five years in England, signing for Paris Saint-Germain in a £12.5m deal, half of what Manchester City paid Inter Milan for him back in 2010. After scoring just one goal in 31 Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 season, the 24 year-old Italian international played a sole game for the runners-up last season.
Another large deal going through today is the capture of striker Abel Hernández for £10m by Chelsea. The Uruguyan frontman had spent seven years at Palermo, scoring 58 goals in Serie A in that time.
Club Brugge have announced that manager George Leekens has decided to step-down and retire from professional football. The 66 year-old had been there for three years.
Sunderland AFC will be the first visitors to Signal Iduna Park this summer after the club accepted their proposal to meet on Saturday 18 July as part of their pre-season tour of Germany. The friendly will be BVB’s third of the summer after trips to Wuppertal and Bielefeld, and takes place a week before the DFL-Supercup against Schalke.
The club also revealed that they had to reject a proposal from recently promoted French top-flight side Le Mans for the same day. Dortmund’s U19 side will travel to TSV Großbadorf on 04 July for a friendly, after their first fixture was confirmed today.
Benjamin Bella and Emiliano Mancinelli have been called-up by the German and Italian squads respectively for the UEFA U19 Championship taking place in Greece next month.
In South Korea, Mustafa Amini scored his second goal of the AFC U22 Championship for Australia as they beat Iraq 4-1 in their second group game. They play Vietnam to seal qualification for the final four tomorrow.
Swansea City have taken their summer spending to the £29m mark with the £11.5m capture of Vincent Aboubakar from PSV Eindhoven. The 23 year-old striker, capped 23 times (11 goals) by Cameroon, scored 14 times in Eredivisie last season.
Racing Santander manager Fabri has left the club by mutual consent after the club were relegated to the Spanish second-tier last season. They won just six of their forty competitive matches last season.
Mustafa Amini scored for Australia today in a 3-1 win over Hong Kong in their opening match at the AFC U22 Championship in South Korea. Amini, who scored the third, spent last season on loan at 3.Liga winners Sandhausen but is set for release by Dortmund this summer.
UEFA have made the draws for the opening two qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League in a lengthy ceremony at their Nyon headquarters.
The CLFirst Qualifying Phase of the former contains just four clubs – the champions of Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, and San Marino. Those ties take place on 01 and 08 July, with the winners joining 32 other clubs in the Second Qualifying Phase.
74 clubs feature in the Europa League First Qualifying Round, which features an all-Ireland tie between Crusaders and Sligo Rovers. Fortuna Düsseldorf are the highest-ranked club at this stage, and have been drawn against Andorran side Unió Esportiva Sant Julià. Ties take place 02 and 09 July.
Serdar Tasçi has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £12.25m deal, after spending his entire career at VfB Stuttgart. The 28 year-old centre-back has been capped 14 times by Germany, and won the Bundesliga title in 2007.
The players have reported back to Brackel after their four weeks off, with a number of players being promoted through the club’s squads. Erik Durm has been promoted to the first team after his return from Braunschweig where he scored 13 times in 32 appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side last season.
Hervé Matthys, Samy Bourard, Hendrik Brauer, Nils Lennard Dietz, Ogün Gümüstas, and Jeremy Dudziak are now all ineligible for the U19 squad next season and have joined Dortmund II. The club have announced that the club won’t play in 3.Liga again next season, and players will be sent on loan should they not break into the senior squad.
Viktor Fischer and Stevan Jovetic have both been granted an extra fortnight’s holiday after looking very tired in training. Both featured heavily in recent long-distance Euro 2016 Qualifiers for Denmark and Montenegro respectively.
Coach José Segura has started on his Continental Pro License, with the club paying the fee.
Alex Sandro has become the biggest signing of the summer so far, with a £21.5m move from Porto to Manchester City. The 24 year-old Brazilian international left-back was at Porto for four years (winning two titles) since his £8m move from Santos in 2011.
Colombian wing-back Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has left Chelsea after one season, where he only made 10 appearances following his £8.5m move from Udinese. The 27 year-old recently spoke out about his anger at not being included in Colombia’s Copa America squad, and has joined Marseille for £8.5m.
Four large deals have gone through in the last 48 hours, with Swansea City recouping all of the potential £14m fee they spent on Son Heung-Min on Monday with the sale of 23 year-old Argentinian international midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano to Tottenham Hotspur for £16.25m, one year after his free move from River Plate.
25 year old Polish international striker Artur Sobiech has joined Wolves from Hannover in a £15.25m move, having scored 23 goals in 1.Bundesliga over the last four seasons for the club, relegated this term.
Giuseppe Bellusci has moved from Juventus to PSG in a £9.25m deal, and Wigan Athletic have landed the signature of Cheikhou Kouyaté from local rivals Blackburn for £6.75m.
Fred scored a late equaliser for Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores Final First Leg at São Paulo tonight. The 31 year-old international, with 6 goals in 17 caps for Brazil, drilled home in injury-time after Maycon put the hosts in front ten minutes after the break.
The Final Second Leg will be held on 24 June at the Maracanã.
Relegated La Liga side Valladolid have announced their new manager is former Oviedo and Betis player Oli. It’s the 43 year-old’s first managerial role after obtaining his pro license in April.