“Of course you want players as experienced as Bastian fully fit going into this tournament. But I’m assuming that he will be fit for the European Championships. And even if that is not the case, the team still has plenty of strength in depth in that position. So, I’m not worried.”—Philipp Lahm (via fashunschweini)
Bayern Munich have agreed terms with Edin Dzeko over a move to the Allianz Arena but are yet to agree a fee with Manchester City for the striker, according to German broadcaster Sport1.
Dzeko, 26, began the 2011-12 season in blistering form for Roberto Mancini’s side but appeared to lose his confidence and the faith of his manager in the second half of the campaign, starting just eight games after the turn of the year.
The Bosnia international still played a key role in City’s Premier League title success by scoring 14 goals, including a crucial late equaliser against QPR on the final day of the season, but often appeared frustrated at his lack of game time behind first-choice frontman Sergio Aguero.
Since the season ended, Dzeko has been heavily linked with a switch to Italian giants Juventus, though his agent claimed last week that he wanted to stay at City.
"Dzeko remains at Manchester City," Irfan Redzepagic told tuttomercatoweb. "We are pleased for the rumours about Juventus, they are a great club. But Edin plans to stay at Manchester City."
However, Dzeko has again been tipped to head for the Eastlands exit, with Bayern reportedly ready to offer €20 million for the former Wolfsburg star, who was prolific during his last spell in the Bundesliga.
Bayern have already brought in reinforcements since losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, with Claudio Pizarro returning to the club from Werder Bremen, while goalkeeper Tom Starke has joined from Hoffenheim, Dante from Borussia Monchengladbach and Xherdan Shaqiri from FC Basel.
“Against Israel Philipp will start on the left because I want to try something out but it means nothing as to how we will play against Portugal in the first group game. The decision on [where he will play at the Euros] will be taken next week. I see this game as a test for us because I want to try a few things to see how some players adapt to them.”—Joachim Löw on Philipp Lahm
“I do not know [if he will play] yet. He has a hematoma in the calf and this makes things difficult for him. Therefore, we must minimise the risk. He is not always training with the team, as you have to see how far he can go and how well he can deal with the pain. But he will have the necessary physical strength and power for the tournament.”—Joachim Löw on Bastian Schweinsteiger