Ante Rebic has been left out of Eintracht Frankfurt's squad for Sunday's Bundesliga clash against Fortuna Dusseldorf amid rumours of a possible move to AC Milan or Inter Milan.

The Serie A rivals continue to be linked with Croatia international Rebic, who has featured in six of Frankfurt's previous nine matches this season although he was also left out for the defeat to RB Leipzig last week.

He started Thursday's Europa League play-off tie with Strasbourg and was sent off in the first half of the 3-0 second-leg win, which sealed his side's place in the group stage of the competition.

Rebic was once again omitted against Dusseldorf, though, and is reportedly closing in on a switch to Serie A, with Milan the rumoured frontrunners for his signature ahead of Monday's deadline.

Speaking three weeks ago, the German side's sporting director Bruno Hubner said he was "optimistic" about keeping Rebic.

Last season's Europa League semi-finalists Frankfurt have already lost two key forwards during the transfer window as Luka Jovic joined Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller moved to West Ham.

Joshua Kimmich insists Bayern Munich are not thinking about Borussia Dortmund and are instead focused on ending RB Leipzig's perfect Bundesliga start.

Dortmund suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Union Berlin on Saturday to leave Leipzig as the only side with a 100 per cent record after three matches.

Bayern have won back-to-back games after being held to an opening-game draw by Hertha Berlin and face Julian Nagelsmann's league leaders in their next outing.

Kimmich has played a full part in all three of Bayern's league games so far and is relishing a top-of-the-table showdown at the Red Bull Arena on September 14.

"Dortmund's defeat hasn't been a topic yet," he told reporters. "We are now on the third matchday, we have to look after ourselves and still have work to do. 

"We've already left some points behind. There are still enough matchdays ahead of us. If we get our points, then we'll be champions again. But we still have to work hard for that.

"Leipzig got off to a perfect start with three victories. We're behind, so of course we don't want to be in that position that long. We always prefer to be right at the front. 

"We can make sure of that with the next game. In Leipzig you can set an exclamation mark. It's definitely a good time to play against Leipzig - they're in a good mood and we can see where we stand. 

"We came in with three games, now there's the international break and then it's all about Leipzig and the Champions League."

Union Berlin claimed the first Bundesliga victory in their history by seeing off Dortmund and Bayern midfielder Philippe Coutinho, handed his full debut in the 6-1 win against Mainz 05, believes that is a sign of the ruthless nature of the division.

"Dortmund are a great team," he said. "The Bundesliga is very competitive. We have to be prepared, as we are in every game. 

"We are at the beginning of the championship and we have to add as many points as we can to fight for the title at the end."

Monaco have signed striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leizpig.

The former Paris Saint-Germain forward returns to Ligue 1 on a deal until the end of the season with the option of a permanent move.

"I'm very happy to sign for Monaco, in this ambitious project," he told the Monaco club website.

"After two seasons in the Bundesliga, I'm looking forward to a new start in my country, and in a championship I know well.

"It's a new challenge I'm keen to take up. I'm really keen to show what I can bring to the squad to help them achieve the club's goals."

Augustin moved to Leipzig from PSG in 2017 for a reported €13million and enjoyed a productive first season in Germany, scoring nine goals in 25 Bundesliga games.

However, he started just three times in the league last season and Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Ademola Lookman are now preferred options in attack for Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Augustin is expected to replace Radamel Falcao at Monaco, the experienced Colombia international looking set to join Galatasaray before Monday's transfer deadline.

Marco Reus delivered a damning indictment of a "completely stupid" Borussia Dortmund performance following Saturday's humbling 3-1 defeat at the hands of promoted Union Berlin.

Marius Bulter's brace guided the capital club to their maiden Bundesliga victory and ended Dortmund's perfect start to the season.

Last season's runners-up appeared to have atoned for a poor start when Paco Alcacer cancelled out Bulter's opener but the Union winger added a second after the interval before Sebastian Andersson sealed the upset in the 75th minute.

Lucien Favre blamed a lack of patience for his team's demise but captain Reus was far more scathing.

"We just played a completely stupid game," Reus told Sky Sport Germany.

"We had some good moments at times but were too sloppy in the final third.

"Sometimes we think we can win these games easily with our quality. That has to stop. We have to show the virtues that made us strong last season.

"That means desire and passion, and then you can have fun. Each one of us has to do a lot more."

There was a glimmer of good news for Dortmund on Saturday as sporting director Michael Zorc suggested Raphael Guerreiro could stay beyond the end of Monday's European transfer deadline.

The Portugal left-back, who featured as a substitute against Union, has been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and is out of contract at the end of the season.

"We are currently in talks and I would be pleased if he extends," Zorc said.

"I assume, as of now, that he will stay with us."

Lucien Favre bemoaned Borussia Dortmund's impatience after they stunningly fell victim to Union Berlin in the capital club's maiden Bundesliga win on Saturday.

Marius Bulter scored twice as Union broke their top-flight duck with a shock 3-1 win over last term's runners-up.

Bulter's first-half strike was quickly cancelled out by Paco Alcacer, but the former scored again five minutes after the interval and Sebastian Andersson then added a third for the Bundesliga new boys.

"I think we thought it would be like the second half in Cologne. That was not the case," said Dortmund head coach Favre, referencing last Friday's match in which his side trailed 1-0 at the interval but triumphed courtesy of three goals in the final 20 minutes.

"We have to keep our patience and not play hastily with the score at 1-1; we have to defend very well. This is very important.

"Instead, we have lost our patience [and conceded] an unnecessary goal.

"Even then, we should have kept patient. There was still time to make it 2-2 and maybe win the game as well. Our second half was not good."

Niko Kovac was unimpressed with Bayern Munich's lack of energy despite the Bundesliga champions thumping Mainz 6-1.

Jean-Paul Boetius silenced the Allianz Arena on Saturday with the opening goal in the sixth minute.

New arrivals Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic were handed their first starts and the Croatia international set up Benjamin Pavard for the equaliser half an hour after Mainz's opener.

David Alaba's stunner put Bayern in front, then Perisic scored a header before Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Alphonso Davies secured an ultimately emphatic victory.

Kovac, though, was criticial of Bayern's start despite collecting a first home win of the season after being held by Hertha Berlin in their opener.

"We were too lethargic until the first cooling break," Kovac told Bayern's official club website.

"We didn't find a reply to Mainz's aggression, we thought it would be easy. Then our passing was quicker, we lured our opponents into the centre and had good moves on the wings.

"David Alaba's goal before the break was crucial. It was over when we scored our fourth goal. We go into the two-week international break happy."

Alaba's brilliant free-kick proved a key moment in the game and the Austria international agreed with Kovac's assessment of the game.

"We struggled to get into the game in the first 20 minutes; we weren't aggressive enough, we weren't quick enough," Alaba added.

"We also made a few mistakes, it's difficult then. Mainz did a very good job. We got a grip after the first cooling break.

"I'm proud to be part of this team. Everyone hits the gas in training, you can see everyone loves football. And when we put it into practice as a unit at the weekend it's great of course."

The international break offers a chance for Mainz to regroup, with Sandro Schwarz's side bottom of the table having conceded 12 goals in three games, scoring only twice.

"There's no point lamenting and creating unrest, not for us, not for the club," said Mainz defender Alexander Hack. "We must keep going, we now have two weeks to question things and to work."

David Alaba scored a superb free-kick as Benjamin Pavard and Ivan Perisic opened their Bayern Munich accounts in a 6-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz.

Mainz were thrashed 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, and although Jean-Paul Boetius' sixth-minute header put them ahead at Allianz Arena, they were again dismantled.

Bayern were in a ruthless mood, and after Perisic atoned for a poor miss by teeing up Pavard's equaliser, Alaba's pinpoint strike put Niko Kovac's side in control.

Perisic marked his full debut with a powerful header shortly after the restart, with Kingsley Coman then prodding in from a corner.

In-form Robert Lewandowski got in on the act with 12 minutes remaining, with substitute Alphonso Davies then adding further gloss to an emphatic victory.

Bayern started well, but it was the visitors who took the lead when Boetius nodded home from Ronael Pierre-Gabriel's cross.

Perisic could have grabbed an equaliser, only to slice into the side netting when one-on-one with Florian Muller, who then made an exceptional save to prevent Danny Latza scoring an own goal.

Muller should have done better with Bayern's leveller a minute later, but he misjudged Pavard's volley.

Bayern hit the front on the stroke of half-time - Alaba giving Muller no chance with a sublime free-kick which curled into the top-right corner.

Thiago Alcantara squandered a great chance to double Bayern's advantage, but Perisic made no such mistake nine minutes after the restart.

Muller got a hand to the Croatian's thumping header but only pushed it up onto the underside of the crossbar, unable to prevent it crossing the line, and Bayern had their fourth when Coman met Joshua Kimmich's delivery.

Lewandowksi bundled in from close range soon after, with the rout completed when Davies tapped into an empty net.

What does it mean? Bayern's support cast get in on the show

All of Bayern's five Bundesliga goals heading into Saturday's contest had been scored by Lewandowski, but the champions' back-up brigade came to the fore this time around.

With Perisic and Coman in particular helping themselves to confidence-boosting goals, it suggests Bayern should not have to be overly reliant on Lewandowski this term, especially once Philippe Coutinho - who put in a tidy performance on his full debut - gets firing.

Pavard opens his account

Pavard scored one of the most memorable goals of the 2018 World Cup, and the France international - who was partly at fault for Mainz's opener - got off the mark for Bayern with a fine volley, albeit one that Muller could have done better with.

Defensive lapses could prove costly

Bayern were held to a 2-2 draw at Allianz Arena in their opening Bundesliga fixture of the season, with one of Hertha Berlin's goals in that match coming as a result of a defensive mix-up.

Kovac fielded a young, but experienced, defence, yet Pavard, Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez were rather caught out for Mainz's goal, and Bayern will need to ensure they are 100 per cent switched on at the back at all times.

What's next?

RB Leipzig have made a flying start to the season, and they are up next for Bayern following the international break. Mainz, meanwhile, host Hertha.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic were handed full debuts for Bayern Munich after Niko Kovac named the duo in his starting XI for the Bundesliga clash with Mainz.

After arriving on loan from Barcelona, Coutinho came on as a substitute in Bayern's 3-0 win over Schalke last time out.

Perisic, loaned from Inter, also made an appearance from the bench as Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick secured the champions' first win of the season.

But both players were afforded the chance on Saturday to prove their worth from the start, with head coach Kovac making three changes in total.

Coutinho came in as the number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Thomas Muller dropping to the bench, while Perisic was set to start on the left - Serge Gnabry missing out and Kingsley Coman switching to the right flank.

The other change saw Corentin Tolisso make way for Thiago Alcantara, with Kovac deciding to keep his back line of Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez and David Alaba intact. Lewandowski starts up front.

Juan Miranda has joined Schalke on a two-season loan from LaLiga champions Barcelona.

Miranda, a highly rated defender who made 23 league appearances for Barcelona B last season, featured on the bench four times for the senior team in 2018-19 and played three times in the Copa del Rey and once in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old is due to be in the Bundesliga until 2021, with Schalke making Miranda their 10th signing of the window.

"Juan is one of the most talented left-backs in Spanish football right now. As a youngster, he has been a regular in Spain's Under-19 side and has also played for Barcelona's first team," head coach David Wagner told Schalke's official website.

"It's amazing that we've signed him. We will give him the time to adjust to life here in Germany so that he can reach his full sporting potential here."

"I'm happy that the deal is now done. I hope that we can have a good season and I can play my part," said Miranda, who will wear the number three shirt for his new club.

Miranda's Barca contract expires in 2021 but is extendable by two more years, with a €200million release clause included.

Schalke, who lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich last week, host Hertha Berlin on Saturday looking for their first win of the season.

Uli Hoeness admits criticism he faced at last year's annual general meeting played a part in his decision to step down as Bayern Munich president but feels he is leaving the club "in great condition"

Bayern confirmed on Thursday that the long-serving Hoeness will not stand for re-election in November and former Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer was unanimously backed by the club's advisory board to take over.

The news ended months of speculation surrounding the 67-year-old, who at the 2018 AGM was lambasted by supporter Johannes Bachmayr in an 11-minute rant for running a "one-man show".

After 30 years as general manager and a decade as president, Hoeness believes the time is right to call it a day.

"I have thought about it over the past year," he said at a news conference on Friday. "My wife also reminded me at breakfast more often that she would like to spend more time with me. 

"Of course, I have to admit, the events at the AGM gave me a little push to think more about it.

"I thought about contacting Mr Bachmayr immediately after the AGM then I decided not to, because I now know who is behind this campaign, so it wouldn't make sense.

"I wanted to hand Bayern over in great condition. I succeeded. The business figures were the best in the history of Bayern - that was always important to me.

"Hainer is the perfect man for the job. If you can lead Adidas, you can also lead Bayern. I am convinced that Bayern are well prepared. With the decisions of the last days, we have set the right track for the future."

There has also been talk of a falling out between CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – who will be replaced by Oliver Kahn from 2022 – and Hoeness, but that played no part in the latter's decision to step aside.

"In the last 10 years, we've had differences of opinion in healthy discussions that sometimes get a bit louder. That brings success; I think a culture of debate and discussion is very healthy. I didn't take this decision because of that."

Bayern boss Niko Kovac came under fire in his first season at the Allianz Arena despite holding off a strong challenge from Borussia Dortmund to win the Bundesliga, as well as lifting the DFB-Pokal.

The Bavarian giants exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage, but Hoeness is confident the Croatian is the right man to lead the club forward after being backed in the transfer market.

"Despite a difficult start to last season, we caught up with BVB and won the league as well as the DFB-Pokal with hard work," he said. "I never understood why that was not appreciated enough in public. It's not just about the Champions League.

"I think Niko is an excellent coach and a great representative of the club. He has won the double in his first year here. That's not so bad. He got involved in the transfers, he now has the squad that he imagined.

"The board approved €200million in spending on new players, but we have managed to put together a very good squad with €90million [net spend], so if we think it's necessary, we can still make moves."

Oliver Kahn will succeed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as Bayern Munich's chief executive and chairman of the board in 2022 after accepting a position with his former club.

Germany great Kahn has agreed a five-year contract that will see him join the Bundesliga champions' executive board from January 1, 2020.

The 50-year-old is to then replace Rummenigge when the long-serving leader of Bayern's off-field affairs steps down at the end of the following year.

Kahn, who represented the Bavarian outfit as a player for 14 years, has built a successful career in media and business since retiring from football in 2008 and described his election to the board as a "great honour".

"I am deeply connected with the club and it has decisively shaped my life," Kahn said.

"Sporting and financial success, solidarity with the fans, a responsible approach towards the club's history and values - that is what Bayern stands for.

"I would like to further develop these attributes in the future together with the staff, as well as my colleagues on the executive board and the supervisory board."

The transition is part of a wider changing of the guard at Allianz Arena, with Uli Hoeness to relinquish the presidency at the next annual general meeting on November 15.

Hoeness will continue as a member of the supervisory board and hailed Kahn's return as the "perfect solution" following Rummenigge's decision to step down in what will be his 30th year in a backroom role.

"He was captain of Bayern and the Germany national team for many years, he has won almost every title there is to win, and he has always led the way with dedication and determination," Hoeness said.

"Oliver Kahn knows football, he knows business, and he carries the DNA of Bayern.

"We are convinced that Oliver Kahn is the right man to lead Bayern into the future."

Kahn won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern and claimed the Golden Ball at the World Cup in 2002.

Maybe, just maybe, the Neymar transfer saga is coming to an end.

The Brazilian's future has dominated the headlines over recent weeks as Barcelona try to re-sign the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

With the September 2 deadline looming, Barca may have struck a deal…

 

TOP STORY – BARCA AND PSG REACH NEYMAR AGREEMENT

According to BBC Sport, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms on the value of Neymar.

The two clubs have reportedly settled on a figure of €200million for a player who left Camp Nou in a world-record €222m deal in 2017.

The LaLiga champions are also willing to offer Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan, though all three players still have to agree terms.

 

ROUND-UP

- According to Gianluca di Marzio, Atletico Madrid have made an enquiry for Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. However, the race seems to be between Napoli and Monaco, who are both reportedly prepared to pay €65million for the former Inter captain.

- A swap deal involving Keylor Navas and Alphonse Areola is close to completion. RMC says Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Areola has reached an agreement with Real Madrid. Marca, meanwhile, says Navas will sign a three-year deal with PSG.

Parma are confident of signing Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, says Alfredo Pedulla. Former Torino defender Darmian has been virtually non-existent at Old Trafford in recent months.

- Radio Marte reporter Dario Sarnataro claims Chelsea have offered Michy Batshuayi to Napoli. The 25-year-old striker has recently spent time on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

- Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is on the verge of moving to Roma on loan, according to widespread reports in Italy and England.

- Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to join Besiktas on a season-long loan, says Goal.com. The Egypt international only made 17 appearances last season. Il Messaggero, meanwhile, claims the Gunners and Tottenham are both monitoring Roma star Cengiz Under.

Eintracht Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann wants last season's semi-finalists to be drawn against Manchester United in the Europa League group stage.

Bundesliga side Eintracht advanced to the group stage for the second successive season thanks to Thursday's entertaining 3-0 win at home to Strasbourg.

Eintracht lost the first leg 1-0 but the German outfit rallied to complete a 3-1 aggregate triumph in Frankfurt, where both teams were reduced to 10 men.

Led by Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller – who have since left for Real Madrid and West Ham – Eintracht reached the semi-finals last season before losing to Chelsea on penalties.

Premier League giants and 2017 Europa League champions United are in pot one for Friday's draw, while Eintracht are in pot two.

"We saw a drama-filled spectacle today," Hellmann said. "The atmosphere here is something special and it gives the players a second wind. It's hard to compare it to the Bundesliga.

"I'd like us to be drawn against Manchester United in the group stage. That would be a dream, just like playing Chelsea last season was."

An own goal from Strasbourg's Stefan Mitrovic in the 26th minute levelled the play-off tie on aggregate at Commerzbank-Arena.

Eintracht were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when star Ante Rebic was sent off, but the hosts still managed to prevail thanks to Filip Kostic's stunning free-kick and Danny da Costa after Dimitri Lienard saw red for Strasbourg.

"It's important for Eintracht Frankfurt to be in the draw," Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter. "The sense of unity between the fans, the coaching staff and the players is what got us through.

"Filip [Kostic] played brilliantly and showed just how valuable he is. Ante also had a very good game. Daichi [Kamada] deserves praise too." 

Borussia Dortmund and Inter are relishing taking on Barcelona in this season's Champions League group stage following Thursday's draw.

The three clubs were paired alongside Czech champions Slavia Prague in Group F, with the action set to get under way in mid-September.

Dortmund captain Reus said he and his team-mates had been hoping to draw LaLiga holders Barca, who have not reached the final in any of the past four years.

"A few of us from the team were stood together at breakfast this morning and we all agreed that we'd love to draw Barcelona," Reus said on UEFA's official website.

"Buzzing that it's actually happened! Obviously the group is extremely difficult; we're coming up against teams who we've not tested ourselves against in recent years.

"The games against Barcelona will have a party atmosphere for us and our fans! We believe in our quality and our aim is to go through."

Serie A side Inter have been drawn in the same group as Barcelona for the second successive season.

Inter finished third behind group winners Barca last term, but Nerazzurri vice-president Javier Zanetti feels they can thrive under new head coach Antonio Conte.

"Barcelona have been protagonists in the Champions League for a very long time, they have players of extraordinary value but there are also two other strong opponents in the group," Zanetti told Inter's official website.

"We will have to play our cards and see what happens on the field. We are a well-built team, we have purchased experienced players and we must aim to make a good group to win the round of 16. There are the conditions to do well, we face great teams but we are Inter.

"Against Lecce [a 4-0 win] I saw a team that will always try to make the match and this. It is an important point: the coach is very happy with the work of the boys, he knows that a demanding season is waiting for us, but he has brought the right mentality.

"You know how football lives, he transmitted to the team all his enthusiasm and his desire to win."

Uli Hoeness is to step down as Bayern Munich president but will stay on the club's board, the Bundesliga champions have confirmed.

Weeks of speculation have surrounded the future of the 67-year-old and it was confirmed on Thursday that he will not stand for re-election in November.

Herbert Hainer was nominated by Hoeness to take over and this decision has been unanimously backed by Bayern's advisory board.

Hoeness will remain in the post until the club's next annual general meeting, which is set for November 15.

Bayern confirmed in a statement that Hoeness "will continue as a member of the Supervisory Board for the duration of his appointment through November 2023".

Hoeness, who was a forward in his playing days, won a trio of Bundesliga titles and three European Cups with Bayern before taking up a backroom role after retirement.

In 2014, he served a jail term for tax evasion, but he was re-elected as Bayern's president after his release from prison three years ago.

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