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Daily Schmankerl: Barca after Mbappé; Jovic a €60m bust; Thiago sits out a 1-1 draw for Spain; Klose’s U17s crush Walldorf 10-1

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Barcelona has big schemes to replace Luis Suárez: Kylian Mbappé, ideally, or maybe Harry Kane... Aren’t you glad Robert Lewandowski is not involved in this transfer rumor?

UEFA Champions League”Galatasaray AS v Paris St. Germain”
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Barcelona chasing Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, or Lautaro Martínez (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona is coming to terms with the fact that Luis Suárez is getting no younger and they are looking for replacements. Who, you might ask? Everyone! But especially PSG’s Kylian Mbappé:

Kylian Mbappé is the great dream. That is how they describe the ace of Paris Saint-Germain at FC Barcelona, only 20 years old. Since he plays for the French champion, signing him will be extremely difficult, so in this case it would be less difficult to hope to get him in 2021, when he is one year away from finishing his contract, provided he has not renewed it, than in 2020.

And, of course, if Mbappé doesn’t work out, Barca would like Harry Kane from Tottenham, or maybe Marcus Rashford from Manchester United, or maybe Lautaro Martínez from Inter. All that sounds incredibly plausible to me...

Luca Jovic “The least productive forward signing in recent years at Real Madrid” (Marca)

Oopsy.

After scoring 27 goals in the 2018/19 season, Real Madrid parted with 60 million euros to secure the signature of the Eintracht Frankfurt star, but are yet to see a return.

On October 19, Real Madrid will arrive in Mallorca with Jovic having lived through 63 days without a goal since his Los Blancos debut.

Jovic has played a total of just 218 minutes for Real since his debut. He scored 27 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt just last season.

Klose’s U17s thrash Rot-Weiß Walldorf’s U19s 10-1 in friendly (FCBayern)

Miroslav Klose’s youngsters put in a shift against a team from the Verbandsliga Hesse, crushing them 10-1 despite missing several players on international duty and others sick. Alex Bazdrigiannis scored five goals, David Halbich scored a brace, and Nemanja Motika Yusuf Kabadayi claimed one each. Klose said, “I’m very satisfied; that was a good test. We had good legs, played simple, beautiful football.”

Among the players missing, Jamal Musiala was with England’s U17 team, and Liam Morrison and Nick Salihamidzic were out sick.

Thiago watches 1-1 draw between Spain and Norway from bench; Cuisance plays in 2-1 victory for France U20s (FCBayern)

Thiago was an unused sub in Spain’s 1-1 draw against Norway yesterday. Saúl Ñíguez gave Spain the lead early in the second half, but a last minute penalty converted by Joshua King leveled the score in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Spain remains atop qualifying Group F.

Remember Martin Ødegaard? After escaping Real Madrid’s youth system, he has flourished on three successive loans. Currently playing for Real Sociedad, he put in some impressive numbers in the limited time that his team had the ball:

Meanwhile Michael Cuisance had an eventful day with France’s U20 team. Cuisance stood on the pitch for 87 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Sweden’s U20s. They played the last half hour of the match with ten men, after Yacine Adli was sent off.

SC Freiburg currently a whopping 9 PLACES above its market value in the Bundesliga table (Transfermarkt)

Christian Streich recently said, “I’ll sleep well tonight because we’re separated from third-to-last by several points; that’s important in Freiburg.” Freiburg is in fact currently in fifth place, ten points ahead of Union Berlin (15th, 4 points). Their roster’s total value is a mere €135 million. Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Schalke are also outperforming their market value (+5, +4, +4 respectively): Gladbach surprised everyone to claim first place last matchday, with Wolfsburg right behind them; Schalke is currently in sixth. Transfermarkt’s entire market-value vs league rank table can be consulted here.

The Allianz Arena is beautiful at night