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Bayern Munich dismisses Chelsea and Arsenal speculation

Bayern Munich’s Vice-President, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has rubbished speculation linking Chelsea’s David Luiz to the club, and the sale of Mario Mandzukic, possibly to Arsenal.

Bayern Munich finally got their deal for striker Robert Lewandowski sealed, and there's plenty of speculation about the club's other likely transfer activities, as manager Pep Guardiola tinkers with his squad in search of sustained success.

And the two big name players that are being mentioned in much of the speculation are Chelsea's David Luiz and current Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, who has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal.

David Luiz

The 26-year-old has started 8 Premier League games for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea this term, performing well, and making the most interceptions on average per game out of all the players in the Chelsea squad.

The flamboyant defender has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona since the summer, and there have been some suggestions that Bayern Munich have also been monitoring his situation at Chelsea. Rummenigge, however, squashed those rumours, when he said: 'There's always lots of speculation and its extreme in England, but I can say for certain that he is not an issue for us'.

 Mario Mandzukic

The other name mentioned in terms of a move away from Bayern Munich is Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. A natural predator in front of goal, he has continued to score goals for the club, netting 10 Bundesliga goals in 12 appearances.

Following the confirmation of the impending arrival of Lewandowski, however, there have been question marks over whether the two will be played up front together, or whether Mandzukic will be allowed to leave.

The Metro reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been keeping tabs on the situation, and Serie A leaders Juventus have also been mentioned as a possible destination for the striker. Rummenigge, however, has once again made the position clear, telling the Italian press:

'We are very happy with Mario. Over the last year he has contributed in an important way in the victories of the team. He is a fantastic footballer, and with Bayern he has taken huge steps. His contract expires in 2016, and I have told his agent that we would be interested in extending that deal. We have no intentions of selling him'.

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