Pernille Harder and Magda Eriksson join Bayern Munich after leaving Chelsea

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Pernille Harder and Magda Eriksson have joined Bayern Munich after leaving Chelsea at the end of their contracts. They have signed for the Frauen Bundesliga champions on deals to 2026.

Harder and Eriksson, who are a couple, recently won their third consecutive Women’s Super League and Women’s FA Cup double. Harder is returning to the Bundesliga after she left Wolfsburg to join Chelsea in 2020 for what the German club said was a world record fee in women’s football. “I’m happy to be back in the Bundesliga and can’t wait to play here again,” said the Denmark forward, who scored 105 goals in 114 games for Wolfsburg.

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Eriksson joined Chelsea in 2017 after starting her career in her native Sweden. “One of my biggest skills as a football player is that I’ve always had this hunger to improve all the time and taking on a new challenge is just going to make me even more hungry,” the defender said on Thursday.

Bayern won the league by two points from Wolfsburg and go into the group stage of the Champions League, in which they lost to Arsenal in the quarter-finals this season.

Arsenal have announced that the midfielder Frida Maanum has signed a new contract. “I love Arsenal and I’m looking forward to continuing my time here,” said the Norwegian, who signed in 2021 and has scored 20 goals in 78 appearances.

Lauren James has signed a new deal at Chelsea to 2027. “It definitely feels like home and it’s always been the place I’ve wanted to be,” the 21-year-old said.