Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius is in Liverpool for a medical ahead of completing a £4.7m move to the club. The former Germany Under-21 international is expected to spend the next few days in the city. Personal terms have been agreed after Liverpool met the terms of the 22-year old’s release clause. Karius could miss the opening three weeks of the Premier League season though, as he is expected to be in Germany’s squad for the Olympics. The 22-year-old will provide competition for current Anfield No.1 Simon Mignolet, having spent the past four seasons with Mainz. Providing there are no hiccups, Karius will become Liverpool’s third new recruit, following Joel Matip and Marko Grujic, who agreed deals in January, from Schalke and Red Star Belgrade respectively.
Louis van Gaal has said he is very disappointed after being sacked as Manchester United manager two seasons into a three-year contact. “I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success,” said the 64-year-old. Van Gaal gave debuts to 14 academy graduates, including midfielder Jesse Lingard, who scored the winner in Saturday’s FA Cup final, and striker Marcus Rashford, who has netted eight goals since making his debut in February, earning a call-up to the England squad. Van Gaal added: “It has been a pleasure to work with the players and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.” “It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition,” he said in a statement.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today visited Alsace to inaugurate the ‘Stade Arsene Wenger’ in Duppigheim. The Premier League manager has been honoured in the region where he grew up by having a new stadium named after him. Roughly 600 people watched on as Wenger opened the stadium in his name. The Stade Arsene Wenger, built in the village of Duppigheim, seats 500 people. Wenger was clearly delighted with the new stadium and described it as an honour. ‘It’s an honour,’ he said. ‘I’m a little surprised.’ The village’s mayor, Adrien Berthier, is convinced that Wenger was fully deserving of his new stadium, which cost £580,000 to build. Local team USL Duppigheim will play at the stadium and club president Peter Troesch believes Wenger should have stadiums across the country. ‘He deserves to have one in every village in Alsace and France,’ said Troesch.
It’s been a good few days for Bayern Munich and a bad few for Borussia Dortmund. Not only did Bayern beat Dortmund on penalties to win the German Cup on Saturday, they have now confirmed the signing of one of their best players. Germany international defender Mats Hummels, a previous target for Manchester United, has now signed for Bayern and will move from Dortmund in a transfer worth a reported £30m.
Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement. Van Gaal, 64, leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is currently discussing severance terms. The former Netherlands boss is believed to earn around £6.4m a year. Mourinho’s appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday. It is not yet certain what future Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal’s assistant, has at Old Trafford or what will happen to the rest of the coaching team.