Bayern Munich have confirmed that striker Mario Mandzukic will be moving to Bavaria on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Bavarians have lost Ivica Olic this summer, and although they have re-signed Claudio Pizarro, they were also linked with a move for Manchester City`s Edin Dzeko.
“We’re delighted to sign a top Bundesliga centre-forward in Mario Mandzukic, who has already demonstrated his incredible goalscoring qualities during EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. He will strengthen our squad even further,” said sporting director Christian Nerlinger of FC Bayern’s sixth summer signing ahead of the upcoming 2012/13 season.
Mandzukic, dubbed ‘Super Mario’, scored three goals for Croatia at Euro 2012 in Poland. However, he could not save his side from being eliminated in the group stage.
Athletic Bilbao have reached an agreement to sign their former player Aritz Aduriz from Valencia.
The 31-year-old Aduriz came up through the youth ranks at Athletic and spent two spells in the first team either side of time at Burgos and Real Valladolid.
In 2008 Aduriz left to join Real Mallorca before moving to Valencia with whom he earned his first Spain cap.
The world’s highest paid football player, Samuel Eto’o, may be facing up to five years in a Spanish prison over tax fraud allegations.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Eto’o allegedly concealed over €3.5 million from the country’s treasury, while he was playing for FC Barcelona between 2006 and 2009.
The Cameroonian received the money from the Catalan club and major German sportswear manufacturer, Puma, but reportedly declared different sources of income – from firms in Spain and Hungary – in order to reduce tax payments.
If the 31-year-old is found guilty he’s at risk of spending from one to five years in prison and paying a fine more than six times higher than the sum he allegedly tried to hide.
Eto’o joined Anzhi Makhachkala from Inter Milan last summer, becoming the highest paid footballer on the planet.
The striker is being paid over €20 million annually by the side from Russia’s republic of Dagestan in a three year deal.