Bayern Munich aiming to snap up Real Madrid’s Robben

Bayern Munich look set to sign Real Madrid's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, according to reports in both the Spanish and German media on Thursday with the transfer window set to close next week.

Bayern Munich aiming to snap up Real Madrid's Robben
Photo: DPA

The 25-year-old has been linked to a Bayern team which has so far struggled to their worst Bundesliga start in 43 years having taken just two points from their first three games and were humbled 2-1 by minnows Mainz on Saturday.

Real’s president Florentino Perez confirmed the deal on Spanish radio on Thursday and the Dutchman looks set to join Munich in a deal worth €25 million ($36 million).

But Bayern spokesman Markus Hörwich refused to confirm the transfer and said: “Transfers to Bayern Munich are only confirmed by us and we announce things only after we have done our homework.”

Bayern team manager Uli Höneß has hinted there may be more transfers before the deadline on August 31 while Robben looks set to struggle for first team football in Madrid after Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

And Bayern’s director of sport Christian Nerlinger told the Munich Merkur: “We are not looking for a right-sided defender or a goalkeeper and we will not rush into buying someone.”

Bayern got back to winning ways after Saturday’s horror result in Mainz with a 3-1 win over Berlin’s second division side FC Union as goals by Ivica Olic, Brazilian Breno and defender Edson Braafheid all scored.

Robben’s arrival would complement Bayern’s playmaker Franck Ribery and give the German giants more options in attack, but their Dutch coach Louis van Gaal says he is letting Munich’s bosses Höneß and Karl-Heinze Rummenigge look after any transfers.

“I still have no influence on who Bayern buy and I have not yet got the team to buy into my philosophy,” said the Dutchman.

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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.

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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.