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Daily Schmankerl: Ajax duo looking at FC Barcelona; Kai Havertz reportedly wants to play for Bayern over Barca; and MORE!

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Barcelona appears to be the dream spot for the Ajax wonder boys (Calciomercato)

That rumor about Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong wanting to be a package deal might be true. The talented duo might prefer FC Barcelona, however, over Bayern Munich Manchester City, or Paris Saint-Germain for their next stop.

Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong are one of the hottest names on the transfer market. The two players are the primary objectives of Barcelona but are also on the radar of the majority of top clubs around Europe like Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich. However, the desire of both players seems to be to play together at the Camp Nou.

Neither de Jong nor de Ligt have yet made a decision about their future. They do not want to rush are not in a hurry to choose their destination, but both are waiting for Barcelona, a club they prioritize ahead of the other suitors. Both know that their way of playing would fit perfectly in the team and especially de Jong believes that Barca is the ideal team to develop their game.

Kai Havertz brushing off Barcelona for Bayern? (Mundo Deportivo)

Per reports out of Spain, Barcelona is interested in Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz, but the 19-year old allegedly wants to remain in Germany for his development — possibly eyeing a stay in Bavaria.

Indeed, as the German newspaper SportBild said, FC Barcelona is one of the teams that followed with maximum interest to Kai Havertz (19). (Havertz is a) very good player, an attacking midfielder and has been sought by other ‘big’ (clubs) in Europe, but with the future determined, Barca will not enter the bid opened by Leverkusen because it knows that Havertz wants to play at Bayern. The footballer is growing by leaps and bounds in the German competition, but everything seems to indicate that he will not change the league and that he will continue in the Bundesliga because he wants to. And it will end in Munich.

Bayern linked again to Callum Hudson-Odoi (We Ain’t Got No History)

We have yet another wing candidate for Bayern, as Die Roten reportedly is taking a look at Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s reluctance to sign a contract extension is an ever-growing concern at Chelsea, and despite some increased involvement in the first-team lately (including a second straight Europa League start last night), it was only a matter of time before sharks started circling around the situation.

And it’s not any shark that’s jumped into the water already. It’s the biggest shark of them all, the Big Bargain-hunter Bayern. They have made Hudson-Odoi one of their priority targets for 2019, according to SportBild chief football editor, Christian Falk.

All this leaves former Arsenal prospect Serge Gnabry as possibly the only reliably confirmed option on the wing for next season. Adding Hudson-Odoi to this situation would be a bold move for Die Roten, but Bayern have bet big on youth before (the aforementioned Coman, or Renato Sanches, for example), and given the success of other young players in the BuLi (especially at BVB, with Jadon Sancho a massive positive example for the likes of Hudson-Odoi), this could be a very serious threat indeed.

Hudson-Odoi has 18 months left on his contract. Chelsea must do everything in the club’s power to resolve this situation before we lose yet another highly promising Academy graduate.

Robert Lewandowski is good (@FCBayernUS)

Lewandowski also got the Super Mario treatment here:

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.