Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner said the Bundesliga side are "still optimistic" about keeping star Ante Rebic.

Rebic has been heavily linked to Serie A side Inter, while neighbours AC Milan have also emerged as a possible destination for the Croatia international forward.

Eintracht – who reached the Europa League semi-finals last season – have already lost star duo Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) and Sebastien Haller (West Ham) during the transfer window.

However, after Rebic's hat-trick in Eintracht's 5-3 win over Waldhof Mannheim in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Hubner said: "We are still optimistic."

Rebic was the hero away to the 3.Liga side on Sunday, scoring three goals in 12 minutes as Eintracht came from behind to win.

Mannheim led 2-0 after 11 minutes and 3-2 with 18 minutes remaining before Rebic's three-goal haul.

Asked about Rebic, Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter replied: "It's always an individual situation for each player.

"If someone has the opportunity to go to a top club, it will be difficult to keep him at the club."

Rebic has flourished since arriving from Fiorentina on an initial loan deal in 2016, scoring 17 Bundesliga goals and 25 in all competitions.

Werder Bremen have signed Borussia Dortmund centre-back Omer Toprak on a season-long loan with an option to buy to further strengthen their defence ahead of the new Bundesliga season.

Toprak was a regular in the Dortmund side of 2017-18 but fell out of favour last season, making just one Bundesliga start as Lucien Favre's side narrowly missed out on the title.

He becomes the second defender to join Florian Kohfeldt's side in the close-season, after fellow centre-back Marco Friedl arrived in a €3.35million deal from Bayern Munich.

Dortmund announced that Werder have "agreed a purchase option as part of the deal, which will take effect under realistic circumstances".

Turkey international Toprak, 30, started his career at Freiburg where he helped the club to 2. Bundesliga glory before joining Bayer Leverkusen for €3m in June 2011.

Dortmund paid €12m to take him to Signal Iduna Park in June 2017, and his most recent appearance came in a DFL-Supercup victory over Bayern Munich on August 3.

Kohfeldt told Werder's official website: "Omer is a fast centre-back who has played at the highest level for years. We are very glad that he has decided to join us.

"He last played a very strong game in the Supercup against Bayern and can help us directly."

Barcelona are trying to find a way to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou – without paying a cent.

With Real Madrid reportedly emerging as frontrunners to sign the star forward, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Saturday they were in "advanced" talks regarding a deal for the Brazilian.

It remains to be seen as to which of the LaLiga giants Neymar ends up at, but Barcelona are struggling to find a deal, looking to complete one in which they pay with players only.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA DON'T WANT TO PAY EVEN €1 FOR NEYMAR

Barcelona are looking to secure a deal for Neymar that would see them give up only players, according to Marca and Le Parisien.

The French daily reports that kind of deal is "unimaginable" for PSG, who are looking for at least €200million for Neymar – which would see them make a €22m loss.

Meanwhile, AS say PSG and Real Madrid have opened talks regarding a move for Neymar, including the option of a one-year loan deal.

 

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- With Mauro Icardi no longer wanted at Inter, a possible switch to Napoli has been mooted. Corriere dello Sport say Icardi is willing to make the move to Napoli, who are looking to sign a forward. Icardi has also been linked to Juventus.

- That comes as Napoli seemingly stop their pursuit of Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The Serie A club have given up on signing James and will instead focus on PSV forward Hirving Lozano, according to AS.

- David de Gea looked certain to extend his contract at Manchester United just last month. However, the Mirror reports the Premier League club are yet to reach an agreement with the goalkeeper, casting fresh doubt over the Spain international's future at Old Trafford.

- With previous target Leroy Sane suffering a serious knee injury, Bayern Munich are turning their attentions elsewhere as they still look to sign replacements for departed stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. The Bundesliga champions have reached an agreement with Inter to sign Ivan Perisic, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Radamel Falcao is nearing a Monaco exit. The forward is set to sign a three-year deal worth €6m per season with Galatasaray, according to AS. However, the Ligue 1 club want to sign a replacement before letting Falcao leave, and are expecting to land Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla.

- Dani Olmo is expected to make a move from Dinamo Zagreb to one of Europe's biggest clubs during this transfer window. Sportske Novosti report Bayern Munich and Everton offered €28m for the Spain youth international and Manchester United put in a bid of €25m to land Olmo. However, Dinamo Zagreb are hoping Olmo can help them reach the Champions League group stage before selling the 21-year-old.

Bayern Munich will begin their defence of the DFB-Pokal without midfielder Javi Martinez after head coach Niko Kovac confirmed the Spain international is out with a knee injury.

Martinez was missing from Bayern's squad for the 2-0 DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund and has been ruled out of the trip to Energie Cottbus on Monday.

The 30-year-old's last appearance came during Bayern's 6-1 Audi Cup win over Fenerbahce in July and Kovac said he would not make the trip to Cottbus.

"Everyone's available apart from Javi," Kovac told reporters.

"Javi Martinez fell on his knee and was in pain, so we're not taking any risks."

Kovac indicated that close-season signing Lucas Hernandez would not be rushed back into action following his recovery from knee surgery.

"We're taking things slow with Lucas," Kovac, whose side get their Bundesliga campaign underway on Friday when Hertha BSC travel to Allianz Arena, said of the former Atletico Madrid defender.

The Bayern coach said his players would take nothing for granted against Cottbus, who were relegated to the fourth tier of German football at the end of 2018-19 season.

"The atmosphere in the team is good, the boys get along - on and off the pitch," said Kovac.

"Cottbus were unfortunately relegated from the third league and we know how difficult it is to play in Cottbus.

"We have two titles to defend and that's what we want to do. You don't achieve anything by sitting back and doing nothing. It's better to get things done sooner rather than later."

Real Madrid are ready to present an incredible offer to Neymar to beat Barcelona to the signing of the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Neymar, 27, looks almost certain to leave the Parc des Princes before the transfer window closes, and the LaLiga rivals appear his most likely destinations.

With the window shut for Premier League clubs, the Brazil forward is set to dominate the headlines for weeks to come.

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID TO OFFER NEYMAR €40M PER SEASON

Real Madrid are willing to offer Neymar a net salary of €40million per season and a five-year contract, according to Sport.

Neymar has been expected to return to Camp Nou, two years after his world-record €222m switch to PSG from Barcelona.

Marca report Neymar sees a move to Real Madrid his most likely avenue for a departure from the Ligue 1 champions.

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- Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala's futures at Inter and Juventus respectively remain uncertain. Inter have no intention of selling their forward to Juve unless their rivals put in an offer of at least €75m or Dybala, according to Corriere dello Sport, which says the Serie A champions would prefer to send their Argentine abroad.

- PSG could be an option for Dybala, who was linked to Manchester United and Tottenham before the Premier League window closed. PSG have offered Dybala €11.8m per season, according to the Daily Mail, while they are likely to have to pay Juve at least €84m.

- Roma are looking to sign a defender and are interested in Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The centre-back's agent met with Roma, who are negotiating a loan for Lovren and are confident an agreement can be found.

- Like Dybala, Mario Mandzukic's Juventus future is uncertain. Sky Sport Italia say the Serie A club are in advanced talks with Bayern Munich for the Croatian striker to join the Bundesliga giants on loan with an option or obligation to buy for €15m.

- Mario Balotelli is reportedly close to joining Flamengo, but perhaps he has another option. Napoli are looking for an attacker and the forward's agent Mino Raiola offered Balotelli to the Serie A club, according to Corriere dello Sport, although the 28-year-old Italian is said not to be warm to the idea.

- It remains to be seen if Alexis Sanchez will spend the 2019-20 season with Manchester United. According to The Telegraph, Roma have been given the opportunity to take Sanchez on a season-long loan.

Hakim Ziyech has signed a one-year contract extension at Ajax amid reported interest from Bayern Munich.

Bayern were thought to be keen to step up their pursuit of Ziyech after it was confirmed Manchester City star Leroy Sane sustained ACL damage in his right knee that will keep him out for up to seven months.

The Morocco international was reported to be available for €35million, but he looks set to stay at Ajax for the foreseeable future after signing a deal that runs until June 2022.

Ziyech followed in the footsteps of David Neres, who also agreed a one-year extension in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Ajax will be pleased to have retained the 26-year-old – also linked to Sevilla – after Lasse Schone on Friday followed Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Maximilian Wober and Daley Sinkgraven out the door in the wake of their incredible run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Bayern are likely to have to look elsewhere as they try to add depth in the wide areas, after veteran duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben left at the end of their contracts last season.

Shinji Kagawa has left Borussia Dortmund to join Real Zaragoza in Spain's second tier on a permanent deal.

The 30-year-old Japan international has signed a two-year contract at La Romareda, as Los Manos prepare for a seventh successive season away from the top flight.

Attacking midfielder Kagawa joined Dortmund in 2014 for a second spell at the club following an underwhelming-two-year stay at Manchester United.

Initially his return to Dortmund went to plan, playing regularly and often impressing in his first couple of years.

But he fell out of favour in the 2016-17 campaign and has failed to turn things around, featuring just twice in the Bundesliga last term before being sent out on loan to Besiktas.

Kagawa had been linked with clubs in LaLiga, particularly Celta Vigo, however a move did not materialise and he has dropped down a tier.

Zaragoza will hope Kagawa proves to be the arrival who inspires a return to the top flight, having been relegated in 2012-13 as an inevitable consequence of years of financial mismanagement.

 

Southampton have announced the season-long loan signing of Augsburg centre-back Kevin Danso after securing international clearance.

The Premier League side reached an agreement with Augsburg prior to the transfer window closing on Thursday, but they had to wait for the relevant paperwork to be signed off.

Danso, 20, has now been confirmed as Southampton's third and final new recruit of the close-season window following the arrivals of Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo.

Austria international Danso moved to England at the age of six and came through MK Dons' academy system prior to joining Augsburg in 2014.

He made his Bundesliga debut in March 2017 and went on to represent the German side 45 times.

Danso, who will not be considered for selection against Burnley this weekend, told Southampton's official website: "I’m delighted to join a club that has produced a lot of great players.

"I’m ready for the challenge and really excited to get started, and also to get to know the fans and the rest of the lads, too.

"I’m looking forward to working with such a great coach in Ralph Hasenhuttl as well. He has produced a lot of young players and showed a huge amount of belief in them, so I hope I can be another one who can benefit from him.

"It’s a great opportunity for me to show what I can do. Southampton is a great club, the manager is a great coach, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity."

Southampton reportedly have the option to make the loan deal permanent at the end of the season.

Barcelona are still hopeful of bringing Neymar to Camp Nou, but Real Madrid's interest is rising as they give up on Paul Pogba.

Neymar, 27, is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this close season, two years after joining the Ligue 1 champions from Barcelona for a world-record €222million.

While a return to Barca has been mooted, Madrid are also seemingly interested after accepting they are unlikely to land Pogba from Manchester United.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA HOPEFUL OVER NEYMAR, CONVINCED MADRID ARE INTERESTED

Barcelona are still eyeing a move for Neymar, but the LaLiga champions are convinced rivals Real Madrid are also chasing the Brazilian, according to AS.

The report says Barca believe the forward will definitely leave PSG, who do not want to loan or sell Neymar to them because of a fractured relationship between the clubs.

AS report that Barcelona feel PSG are still hoping Madrid will make a late bid for Neymar.

According to Globo Esporte, Real Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas as part of the deal.

Barcelona want Neymar to publicly state his desire to return to the club and they will offer Philippe Coutinho to PSG as part of a deal, according to Sport.

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Real Madrid's intensified interest in Neymar comes as they accept their chances of signing Pogba from Manchester United are "practically zero", according to AS, after the Premier League club failed to sign a potential replacement for the France international before their window shut.

Coutinho may not have returned to the Premier League, but Barcelona still want to see the playmaker depart. Sport say PSGJuventus and Bayern Munich are the most likely destinations for the former Liverpool star.

Luka Modric was reportedly set to be offered to PSG by Real Madrid as part of a deal for Neymar. However, the Croatia international's camp has told AS the midfielder is not leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

- Despite giving up on Pogba, Real Madrid still need to strengthen in midfield. Ajax star Donny van de Beek remains the most likely option for Zinedine Zidane, according to AS, but they are waiting amid a potential move for Neymar.

- Manchester United opted against signing a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter. The Times report the Premier League club ended talks with Juventus over striker Mario Mandzukic due to the £14m (€15.2m) valuation being deemed too high. Borussia Dortmund are interested in the Croatian, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Mario Balotelli is a step away from joining Flamengo. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Italian striker has reached a salary agreement with the Brazilian club, but work is still being done relating to image rights.

Lucas Hernandez said he is feeling "100 per cent" after making his long-awaited debut in Bayern Munich's 23-0 win over local side FC Rottach-Egern.

Bayern prised World Cup-winning France international Hernandez from Atletico Madrid in an €80million deal that was announced in March.

Hernandez missed pre-season fixtures against Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Fenerbahce, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund after his 2018-19 campaign was cut short due to knee surgery.

But fans got their first glimpse of Hernandez in action as Bayern crushed Rottach-Egern at their training camp in Tegernsee on Thursday.

After coming off the bench for the second half, Hernandez said: "I feel very well, I'm at 100 per cent. I have no discomfort, I feel physically very well and I'm ready to compete 100 per cent."

Hernandez could make his official debut on Monday when defending champions Bayern travel to Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal first round.

"I work, as I said before, to be able to play my first official match with Bayern and hopefully I can arrive in time for Monday," he said.

Bayern, who lost to rivals Borussia Dortmund in last week's DFL-Supercup, are eyeing their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title this season.

The German giants, meanwhile, have not won the Champions League since 2012-13 following their last-16 exit last term.

"My personal goal is to win it all," the 23-year-old added. "Everything we play, I want to win. I come here to win titles and I hope that this year we can win as much as possible."

Wolves have completed the signing of youngster Meritan Shabani from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who made his senior debut for Bayern in April last year, has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League club.

Shabani will initially work with Wolves' Under-23 team but has been earmarked for a chance in Nuno Espirito Santo's senior side soon.

"He's a player we've been watching for a long time," said Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell. "He's been playing for Bayern Munich's younger teams for a while and our scouting teams have been watching him regularly.

"He's a really talented individual, who is very excited. He has huge potential to assist and score goals, and very pleasing on the eye in terms of his movement.

"I'm sure Meritan will be no different, then it's down to him to prove he's very capable. When Nuno has the chance to see him live, he'll realise the ability he's got and I'm sure he'll have a good opportunity here."

Hasan Salihamidzic wished Leroy Sane a speedy recovery from his knee injury but kept his counsel when quizzed on whether the issue affects Bayern Munich's pursuit of the Manchester City winger.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Sane requires surgery after suffering damage to the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in Sunday's Community Shield against Liverpool.

City did not put a timestamp on a potential return for Sane, who has been heavily linked with a return to Germany with Bundesliga champions Bayern throughout the transfer window.

Whether Bayern opt to continue their attempts to sign the former Schalke winger remains unclear, with sporting director Salihamidzic saying now is not the right time to comment.

"Basically, as all of you know, he is a player of Man City and we don't speak about players who are under contract in another team," he told reporters. 

"But I am sad and really feel sorry that Leroy got heavily injured against Liverpool and I wish him all the best."

When pressed on whether Bayern will still attempt to sign him, Salihamidzic replied: "I hope you all understand that we won't comment on that."

Bayern are eager to sign new wingers following the departures of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Head coach Niko Kovac was forced to apologise in July for saying publicly that he was "confident" a deal for Sane would be completed.

Bayern have also been linked with moves for Barcelona's former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele, and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax.

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has returned to Eintracht Frankfurt from Paris Saint-Germain following a successful loan spell at the German club.

The Germany international has signed a five-year contract with Frankfurt, whom he helped reach the Europa League semi-finals after joining them for the 2018-19 season.

The French side signed Trapp from Eintracht in 2015 and he won a string of trophies during his time with the capital club, including two Ligue 1 titles.

"I made it clear in the spring that I feel very comfortable in Frankfurt with Eintracht," said Trapp.

"The time in Paris was very exciting, successful and a great experience for me. Now I'm coming home completely and I want to achieve a lot here."

Trapp made 96 appearances in his first spell with Frankfurt and featured 45 times last season in all competitions, while he has won three international caps.

"Kevin was an important pillar last season and played a huge part in the positive season we had," said Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic. 

“He is enormously important to the team and we are very happy to be able to sign a top goalkeeper and German national player for the long term."

Robert Lewandowski believes signing Leroy Sane would still leave Bayern Munich needing another two new additions in attack.

The Bundesliga champions have until September 2 to reinforce their squad following the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, the latter having returned to Real Madrid after a two-season loan spell.

Teenager Jann-Fiete Arp is the only forward to arrive at Allianz Arena since the end of last season.

Manchester City winger and long-time target Sane would tick one box but star striker Lewandowski advised Bayern against narrowing their focus in the transfer market.

"I think we need three new players," Lewandowski told Sport Bild.

"Even if Sane comes, we need another winger. Maybe also a number six or attacking midfielder.

"We lost three players in attack with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James and so far we have not made a new signing there."

Bayern boss Niko Kovac apologised to City counterpart Pep Guardiola last week after publicly stating he was confident of signing Sane.

The Germany international is contracted until June 2021 but the Premier League champions have been frustrated in their attempts to extend his deal.

Bayern have also been linked to Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.

David Wagner hopes Jurgen Klopp can end Liverpool's wait for a Premier League title this season but acknowledges it will be tough in an "unpredictable" division.

Liverpool have not won the English top flight since the 1989-90 season, finishing just one point short of domestic treble-winners Manchester City last season.

The Reds claimed the Champions League - their sixth such triumph - but there is a desire to conquer the domestic league again.

Wagner is a friend and former colleague of Liverpool boss Klopp and will be supporting them in the coming campaign.

"I don't really believe, but I can hope Jurgen Klopp will go even further and win the Premier League title," he told Omnisport.

"But I know it's anything but easy. He will work very hard on it with his boys, but this league is so unpredictable.

"There are so many big games and then there are the games against those apparently 'small clubs', who are great, too. It is such a tough league.

"What Klopp has shown so far is incredible and I really wish for him to become [a] champion. But I don't know if it will actually happen."

Wagner left the Premier League as Huddersfield Town tumbled towards relegation last season.

He is now back coaching with Schalke, the bitter rivals of Borussia Dortmund, where he and Klopp were last united, but insists a return to the Bundesliga is not a backwards step.

"No, it's not a step back at all," he said.

"If I didn't want to do it, then I wouldn't have done it.

"Nobody said that I had to say 'yes' here. That was not the case. I wanted to have it that way.

"I do not see it as a step backwards either. But I do understand, and it's not a secret that the Premier League is currently the best in purely sporting terms.

"The number of top players there is outstanding and the coaches are of the highest quality. There's no denying that."

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