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Muller set to miss Liverpool clash through suspension

Muller was shown a straight red in Bayern's game with Ajax. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is set to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash against Liverpool through suspension.

Muller has been hit with a two-match ban by UEFA following his red card for an ugly tackle on Nicolas Tagliafico during the recent 3-3 draw with Ajax.

However, Bayern have said they will appeal against the decision.

Muller was shown a straight red card - the first of his career - after catching Tagliafico with a head-high challenge.

Afterwards the 29-year-old said sorry via Twitter, writing: "'I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for yesterday's incident. It was unintentional. Get well soon."

Bayern travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19, with the return in Munich on March 13.


Barcelona agree deal for Bayern Munich's Vidal

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Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

The Chile midfielder has agreed a three-year contract at the Nou Camp and will undergo a medical in the coming days, the Spanish champions announced on their website.

Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 and won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons at the club.

Neither club have announced a transfer fee for the 31-year-old - who was under contract at Bayern until June 30, 2019 - but reports in Spain suggest Barca will pay in the region of 20 millions euros (£18m).

A Barca statement read: "Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arturo Vidal. The agreement is for the next three seasons and is pending the medical examination that the player will undertake over the course of the next few days."

Vidal played 124 competitive games for Bayern, scoring 22 goals and providing 17 assists. As well as his three Bundesliga titles he also helped the German giants win the DFB-Pokal in 2016 and the German Super Cup twice.

The former Bayer Leverkusen player said on Bayern's official website: "Thanks to FC Bayern and all the fans. I really enjoyed my time in Munich. I would like to thank the club for giving me another chance to take on a new challenge in Barcelona."

Barca have already signed Arthur, Malcom and Clement Lenglet this summer, while Andres Iniesta, Paulinho, Lucas Digne and Gerard Deulofeu are among those who have left the Nou Camp.

Lewandowski to leave Bayern Munich, says his agent

Robert Lewandowski is set to leave Bayern Munich. Credit: PA

Robert Lewandowski has told Bayern Munich chiefs that he wants to leave the club this summer for a new challenge, his agent has claimed.

The Poland striker, who has won the Bundesliga title in each of his four seasons at Bayern since he joined from Borussia Dortmund, has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid.

His agent Pini Zahavi was quoted as telling Sport Bild: "Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career. Those in charge at Bayern are aware of this."

Lewandowski has another three years left on his contract.

The 29-year-old, who is currently preparing for the World Cup, has scored more than 40 goals in all competitions in each of the last three seasons. He was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last term with 29 goals in 30 games. He will not be short of suitors.

Zahavi said: "Robert's motives are not money or a specific club as almost all the top clubs would like to have the best striker in the world in their ranks.

"Every one of the Bayern leadership had great careers themselves. They should understand his situation."

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