Olympique Marseille's goalkeeper Mandanda is challenged by Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski during their Champions League soccer match in Marseille

Robert Lewandowski set to undergo medical at Bayern Munich


Robert Lewandowski is inching closer to a move to Bayern Munich as he is set to travel to the Bavarian capital this weekend to undergo a medical examination.

The medical comes ahead of any official announcement from Bayern but from all accounts, the Borussia Dortmund striker’s transfer this summer is an inevitability.

Abendzeitung Munchen claims that Lewandowski has chosen Munich ahead of a move to Real Madrid, who he famously netted four goals against in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals last season.

The 25-year old’s move to the Bavarian giants has been in the cards for nearly a year now. Last spring Dortmund reportedly rejected a $34 million (€25M) bid from Munich for Lewandowski’s services, taking their chances in trying to re-sign the Polish international. With his contract at BVB set to expire in the summer, Lewandowski is now free to enter into pre-contract talks throughout January.

Lewandowski’s expected move to the Allianz Arena comes on the heels of former team-mate Mario Gotze, who joined Munich early last summer. It’s a transfer that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would have hoped to have avoid but will now look to mitigate by bidding on a top striker, with Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko reportedly on the German side’s radar.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

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In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Tax evasion charges against Messi dropped; Case vs father continues

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Barcelona F.C. star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
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Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.

Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.

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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.

From the BBC:

Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.