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Daily Schmankerl: Updates on Joshua Kimmich, Frenkie de Jong, and Cengiz Under; why CR7 to Bayern didn’t happen; and MORE!

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Uli Hoeness gave a direct reason why Bayern didn’t engage in the bidding for Cristiano Ronaldo...

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Brazzo keeping a close eye on Frenkie de Jong (kicker)

There are some more detailed kicker reports floating about (no source unfortunately as of yet), but one that is gaining some steam is Bayern’s interest in Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong to fill a midfield role.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has been keeping a close eye on super talent Frenkie de Jong (21) for a while, but the Dutchman with his 360-degree all-round view and fine technique but minor goal scoring (a goal in 2018/19) extended his contract with Ajax Amsterdam until 2022 and is therefore very expensive, because in addition to giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid compete for him. However, the Bavarian bosses have 2019 approval for investment “on a grand scale,” as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and President Uli Hoeneß recently explained.

Why Bayern didn’t pursue Cristiano Ronaldo (Calciomercato)

Calciomercato cited a Bild quote from Uli Hoeness on why there was no option to see the Portuguese legend in red this season.

CR7 is 33 years old, and he would have cost us 100 million euro. We would have taken him for this figure if he was 24 years old.

Spanish outlets are already pinning Kimmich to Barcelona (Mundo Deportivo)

The Spanish media is starting to assume that if Bayern signs VfB Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard, it would make it easier for FC Barcelona to swoop in and make an offer to Kimmich.

Benjamin Pavard (22) is world champion with France and right-back of Stuttgart. SportBild puts him at Bayern 19-20 and if that signing is materialized, Barça could have some more options to sign Joshua Kimmich (23), an excellent footballer who is capable of being the best in that position and of the best in the pivot. We’ll see.

Carlo Ancelotti loves Napoli (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Carlo Ancelotti is shaking off the poor ending he had in Bavaria and is enjoying his time in Napoli...a lot, as captured by Gianluca Di Marzio via a story by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

I like many things about the city: the landscape, the light, the gulf - where you can see Capri, the Vesuvius. You wake up in the morning and you see this beautiful painting in front of you. The people are very welcoming, too. Naples welcomes everyone, it doesn’t send them away. I like the passion and the respect that the people has for this team. I would really like to be a manager that stays with a club for a long time - like in England - and maybe this is the right place to do so.”

Tottenham frontrunner for Cengiz Under; Bayern still in the hunt (Inside Futbol)

With all of the names being bandied about, it seems that AS Roma’s Cengiz Under might be a player that Bayern eventually stops tracking.

Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to offer €52m to Roma in a bid to try and lure Cengiz Under away from the Stadio Olimpico, but Bayern Munich could yet become involved in the chase, it has been claimed. The Giallorossi rebuffed offers in the region of €35m for the Turkey international during the summer transfer window, after they demanded an asking price of about €50m for the services of the player.

Now, according to Italian daily Corriere dello Sport, Spurs are now prepared to offer more than the asking price for Under in a bid to try and persuade the Italian giants to cash in on the winger. However, the north Londoners could be in a race with Bayern Munich, who may see Under as a like-for-like replacement for Arjen Robben.

FC Bayern Frauen are leaving bodies everywhere (@FCBayernEN)

The Frauen crushed Gladbach 9-0.