Joshua Kimmich signs Bayern Munich contract extension until 2023

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Bayern Munich have secured the long-term future of full-back Joshua Kimmich after he signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at the Allianz Arena.

The Germany international, who has played 37 matches for club and country this season, still had two years left on his existing deal but has dispelled any reported rumours of a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in the summer by extending his stay at the club.

Kimmich told fcbayern.com: “I’m very happy I’ve extended my contract so early. It shows the club and the officials have a lot of trust in me and see me as an important factor for FC Bayern’s long-term sporting success. It makes me proud.

“I’m grateful that I’ve always been able to develop at the highest possible level. My goals and the club’s goals for the coming years are very ambitious, and I want to play my part and do everything to achieve them with the team.”

The 23-year-old joined the Bundesliga runaway leaders from RL Leipzig in 2015 as a versatile player, predominantly playing in central midfield or in the forward line.

But since the retirement of Philipp Lahm at the end of last season, Kimmich has been a mainstay in the Bayern team at right-back and has also excelled in the position for the national team.

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Real Madrid could move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir as replacement for Gareth Bale

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Nabil Fekir

Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

NABIL FEKIR

Real Madrid have identified Lyon’s Nabil Fekir as the man to replace Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Star.

Los Blancos are expected to be in the market for added creativity this summer and are ready to make a move for a highly-rated France international.

Arsenal are also keen on the tricky 24-year-old and are reportedly willing to spend £45m on the France international, who is being constantly monitored by Wenger’s scout Gilles Grimandi.

Nabil Fekir is enjoying a fine season in Ligue 1.

Nabil Fekir is enjoying a fine season in Ligue 1.

JUSTIN KLUIVERT

Justin Kluivert is flattered by talk of Lionel Messi wanting him at Barcelona, but maintains that his focus remains locked on events at Ajax.

The exciting teenage talent is said to be wanted at Camp Nou and Old Trafford, with Manchester United also keen on acquiring his potential.

But the 18-year-old son of former Barca and Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert told FourFourTwo: “My two main goals are winning the Eredivisie title with Ajax and then making my debut for the Netherlands, and of course to keep improving.

Justin Kluivert has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

Justin Kluivert has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

EMRE CAN

Emre Can continues to run down his contract at Liverpool and Real Madrid have now joined the chase for his signature, claims the Daily Star.

Juventus have been heavily linked with the Germany international, who will become a free agent in the summer, but Los Blancos are ready to make a move amid doubts over Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Mateo Kovacic.

Can you believe it: Emre Can is the target of much speculation.

Can you believe it: Emre Can is the target of much speculation.

PEPE REINA

AC Milan have confirmed they are interested in signing Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

The 35-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been the subject of interest from the Rossoneri with uncertainty over the future of PSG target Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told Sky Sport Italia: “We did inform Napoli that we want to speak to Pepe Reina’s agent, because we want to see if there’s a possibility of bringing the player to Milan.”

Pepe Reina could be heading from Naples to Milan.

Pepe Reina could be heading from Naples to Milan.

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Robert Lewandowski headlines our rumour mill with Real Madrid and Chelsea in Pole position for Bayern Munich striker

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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Chelsea and Real Madrid are leading the chase for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, according to Bleacher Report.

The Poland international has seen transfer talk mount of late, with heavyweight sides across Europe eager to bring a prolific frontman onto their books.

The 29-year-old is reportedly open to the idea of moving this summer if the right option present itself. The former Borussia Dortmund frontman may see this as his final chance to make a major move and is said to have made Real his preferred destination if he does leave the Allianz Arena.

Lewandowski boasts a stunning record with Bundesliga giants Bayern, scoring 139 goals in 181 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Robert Lewandowski has been linked with Real for some time.

Robert Lewandowski has been linked with Real for some time.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Anthony Martial could be offloaded by Manchester United in an effort to free up the funds required to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, claims the Express.

The Red Devils believe they can lure the five-time Ballon d’Or winner away from Real Madrid for €200m, but they’ll need to sell to raise the money and create space in their squad. That could lead to Martial being shown the exit, with the France international having slipped in and out of the United side under Jose Mourinho.

Anthony Martial has struggled to hold down a regular spot at Man United.

Anthony Martial has struggled to hold down a regular spot at Man United.

DIEGO SIMEONE

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has refused to discuss being linked with Paris Saint-Germain.

With Unai Emery expected to be relieved of his duties by PSG after their Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid this week, Simeone is reportedly a contender to take over.

But after his team put a foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 3-0 home defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday, Simeone indicated he is fully focused on Atletico.

Diego Simeone is said to be peaking PSG's interest.

Diego Simeone is said to be peaking PSG’s interest.

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