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Manchester United offer Bayern €70 million for Ribéry

Manchester United have launched a massive €70 million-bid for FC Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribéry, UK daily The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Manchester United offer Bayern €70 million for Ribéry
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The deal, which could come close to being the most expensive transfer in football, is supposedly contingent on whether Man U’s Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Real Madrid this summer.

The paper said the 26-year-old Ribéry, who currently rakes in €8 million a year at Bayern, would also become the best paid player at Old Trafford.

Ribéry came to Munich in 2007 for €25 million from Marseille. Despite initially enjoying suiting up in lederhosen for the fans and enjoying unparalleled adulation in Munich, the French international has become disenchanted as the defending Bundesliga champions have struggled this season. He has made no secret that he would attempt to leave should Bayern fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Although Bayern have said they don’t want to sell their French star, the club has at the same time started to look around for a creative midfielder in case they can’t hold onto Ribéry. Werder Bremen’s Brazilian playmaker Diego is reportedly top of the list for Bayern’s management.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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