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No European games this week, so it is a rare week of light duty for the Bavarians...

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Chelsea balking at €70M price tag on Pulisic (The Sport Review)

Christian Pulisic-to-Chelsea might not be such a sure thing. The United States’ star and Borussia Dortmund man’s price may be giving Chelsea second thoughts.

Chelsea FC are still keen on signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund – but want to negotiate down the German club’s asking price, according to reports. Website Goal is reporting that the 20-year-old remains as one of Chelsea FC’s “top targets” heading into the January transfer window. However, the same report says that the Blues do not want to pay the £70m currently being demanded by the German club.

Interestingly, the report also states that Liverpool has backed out of the running, but Paris Saint-Germain is now in the running to procure Pulisic’s services.

The same story says that Chelsea FC are expecting competition to sign Pulisic from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, but Liverpool FC have backed out of the race for his signature despite having been linked with the USA international in the past. The article says that Chelsea FC are keen to bolster their options in the wide positions and they are also aware that Eden Hazard’s long-term future at the club is in doubt.

Bayern, while not listed in the report above, is still considered a contender for the American captain.

Here are some great Arjen Robben goals (@ChampionsLeague)

Benjamin Pavard can do things like this (@Baernardeschi)

So, the luster from Benjamin Pavard’s star has started to dull a bit. His talent, however, is still there despite some up-and-down play this year in the Bundesliga.

Bundesliga’s Monday night matches return: Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Nurnberg (Bundesliga.com)

(Announcer voice): Don’t forget, that today marks are the start of Monday Night Football in Germany. Tune in for the fan protests as Bayer Leverkusen takes on FC Nürnberg.

Bundesliga scoring race is tight (@iMiaSanMia)

The Torjägerkanone has many, many competitors vying for it this season.