Toni drops Bayern move hint

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Bayern Munich's Italian striker Luca Toni has admitted that he may leave the German giants this summer, amid talk of interest from Barcelona.

The 32-year-old will face added competition for a starting spot at Bayern due to the arrivals of Mario Gomez and Ivica Olic and Toni accepts that he may have to move on.

He told told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Barca have the best team in the world and I am honoured that they are seriously interested in me.

"I am still under contract, I know, but Mario Gomez is about to arrive from Stuttgart and he is an extremely good striker.

"We will have four strikers next season and that is quite a lot.

"I am not sure if I will be staying at Bayern and I will definitely have to talk to the club about this."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez appears to have given up hope of prising France ace Franck Ribery away from Bayern this summer.

He told a Spanish TV station: "Ribery belongs to Bayern and Bayern do not want to sell him.

"I have to respect what the club want, but it would be a different matter if they were to change their opinion."

Elsewhere, reports in the Netherlands suggest Orlando Engelaar will be leaving Schalke this summer.

The 29-year-old Dutch international made 29 appearances for the Bundesliga side last term following his transfer from Twente but, according to De Telegraaf, new Schalke coach Felix Magath is willing to let him move on this summer.

Engelaar impressed at Euro 2008 but endured a frustrating campaign with Schalke, spending much of the second half of the season on the substitute's bench.

Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Panathinaikos have all been linked with the midfielder who will be allowed to leave Schalke on loan if a permanent transfer cannot be finalised.

Serbia international Marko Pantelic has no intention of still being with Hertha Berlin when the new Bundesliga season starts in just over eight weeks' time.

Although the 30-year-old had an excellent scoring record with Hertha, finding the net 46 times in only 106 starts, his spat with coach Lucien Favre has proved to be irreparable.

Pantelic's agent, Vlado Borozan, was quoted in Calcio Mercato as saying: "Marko is currently on international duty, but he has already said that he wants to leave the club in July.

"He has already made up his mind, but I cannot say where he will be playing his football next season. However, he won't move to Italy."