Transfers

Bayern Munich not interested in Raphinha or Donny van de Beek

Krishan Davis
Raphinha is unlikely to move in January
Raphinha is unlikely to move in January / George Wood/GettyImages
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Bayern Munich have no interest in pursuing deals for Leeds' talisman Raphinha or Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek in January or the summer.

Both players have been linked with moves away from their respective clubs in the build-up to the transfer window opening, but it seems one destination is off the cards.

On Christmas Eve an outlet in Raphinha's native Brazil claimed the winger was set to join Die Roten in January for €50m.

However, it was reported in both Yorkshire and Germany that a move in the new year was unlikely, with new contract talks underway, Bayern unlikely to buy without selling first and the player not keen to leave midway through the season with his team languishing towards the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, Van de Beek has been loosely linked with a move to the Allianz Arena in recent days, with the Dutchman still struggling to break into the starting lineup at Old Trafford despite Ralf Rangnick replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout.

However, both rumours have now been rubbished by Sky Germany, who report that neither player is a target for Bayern in January or the summer.

Journalist Florian Plettenberg tweeted: "Update Raphinha/Van de Beek: Both players are definitely no topic for #FCBayern - neither in this transfer window nor in summer."

That will come as music to the ears of everyone associated with Leeds, where Raphinha has swiftly emerged as a key player since signing for the club from Rennes for just £17m in October 2020. The 25-year-old is the Whites' top scorer this season with eight.

Van de Beek joined Man Utd in the same summer but his fortunes could hardly have been more contrasting. After a difficult debut season in English football, the Netherlands international has hardly had a look in under either Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or his successor Rangnick this campaign.

His last appearance was a two-minute cameo in the 1-0 victory over Norwich on 11 December as he continues to be overlooked.

It remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will seal a move away from Old Trafford in January, but his plans could be scuppered by a dispute with his former agent.

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