Bayern Munich lash out at PSG over Jerome Boateng pursuit

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Jerome Boateng was close to joining PSG this summer.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has attacked Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of defender Jerome Boateng, suggesting the Ligue 1 champions need to replace sporting director Antero Henrique.

PSG attempted to sign the German centre-back ahead of last Friday’s transfer deadline, but the French club’s advances angered their counterparts.

“I would advise PSG to replace their sporting director. The man is not a great figurehead for the club,” Hoeness told Kicker.

“PSG cannot afford to have such a sporting director if they want to be one the best clubs in the world.”

“We asked for this fee [€50 million] because we do not want to hand over Jerome and assumed that Paris would not pay that amount. We also wanted to do our coach a favour because he wanted to keep the player.”

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic echoed his boss’ comments.

“I do not want to insult anybody. But I will tell you: You can’t do things like that to Bayern Munich, especially when it is about that kind of player,” Salihamidzic said following Bayern’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.

“If a transfer shall happen, many things must fit. We must want it, the player must want it and the other club should show interest in that player. And we never felt that in any moment.

“Even Jerome confirmed to me, that the tactics of the other side were strange.”

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Former Man City midfielder Yaya Toure joins Olympiakos on free transfer

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Olympiakos have signed former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old has been a free agent since leaving the Premier League champions in the summer and has been linked with a return to the Greek side in recent weeks.

He was greeted by a large crowd of Olympiakos fans on Sunday evening as he arrived at the Karaskaikis Stadium, where the club were taking on PAS Giannina in the Super League.

Olympiakos tweeted pictures of his reception and later posted two messages reading “Welcome home Yaya Toure” and “#YayaIsBack”, accompanied by pictures of the player in their red and white striped kit.

Toure spent the 2005-06 season with the club, helping them win the league and cup double, before moving on to Monaco and then for successful spells at Barcelona and City.

He won two Spanish and three English league titles, as well as the 2008-09 Champions League title and a Copa del Rey with Barca and an FA Cup and two League Cups with City.

Toure has won over 100 international caps for the Ivory Coast and captained them to African Nations Cup success in 2015.

Olympiakos will compete in this season’s Europa League after beating Burnley 4-2 on aggregate in the play-off round.

Toure revealed he had rejected offers from across the world to return to Greece.

“It is an honour to be back at Olympiakos,” he said on his official website. “When I left in 2006 I said I would come back and I am delighted to keep my word. I had offers from lots of clubs across Europe, Asia and the USA. Ultimately, I made my decision based on the special relationship I have with this incredible club.

“I am as hungry for success now as I was when I first arrived here many years ago and I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve.

“It is now time to let my football do the talking once again. Let’s do this!”

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Watch: Top five summer transfer window signings

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Thomas Lemar was a major acquisition for Atletico Madrid.

With the summer transfer window now done and dusted throughout Europe, there has been no shortage of big-name incomings and outgoings.

Among them was of course Cristiano Ronaldo, who secured a £90 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus.

Here, we look back at five of the best deals to have stunned the football world between May and August of this year.

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