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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern still in on Matthijs de Ligt?; Arsenal wants David Alaba; Gareth Bale’s price tag is insane; and MORE!

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Report: Bayern could beat Barca and Juve for De Ligt (Calciomercato)

With the news earlier that Jerome Boateng is set to leave Bayern Munich this summer, there could still be some truth to the rumor that the Bavarians are still pursuing Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt.

Bayern Munich could steal Matthijs de Ligt from under Barcelona and Juventus’ noses, Mundo Deportivo reports. The Catalan paper suggests Bayern have shown a strong interest in the 19-year-old defender, one of the most wanted in Europe at the moment.

Both Barcelona and Juventus have been linked with the promising defender whose price-tag is believed to be in the region of €70 million. Juve are on very good terms with the player’s agent Mino Raiola who visited Juve’s training center with de Ligt last summer. The Dutchman, however, seems to be interested in joining his Ajax teammate Frankie de Jong who will join Barcelona for €84 million in the summer.

A real conspiracy theorist might also think that a potential move for De Ligt could signal an end to David Alaba’s tenure given Hernandez’s ability to play left back. While that is not expected by any means (it’s hard to think Bayern would allow a star like Alaba to leave in his prime), there will certainly be whispers about that scenario (see below!) should any move for De Ligt be announced as official.

All that said, my money would be on FC Barcelona to land De Ligt.

Alaba and Umtiti are wanted men in London (The Independent)

Bayern’s David Alaba and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti are allegedly the top transfer targets for Arsenal.

David Alaba and Samuel Umtiti are two main names on Arsenal’s list of summer transfer targets.

Bale’s price tag is outrageous (SportBild)

Bayern has been linked to Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, but the Wales international has a ludicrous cost associated to him.

Real Madrid is planning the future without Gareth Bale, reports the Spanish “AS”. Supposedly, the Royal want to surrender the Welsh superstar in the summer and hope for a whopping 175 million from the sale. Bale’s contract with Real runs until 2022.

Bayern scouting starlet? (The Sun)

Per the The Sun, Bayern is scouting 18-year-old Everton striker Ellis Simms.

Everton also want to tie him down to a professional deal but that has not stopped the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen scouting him.

Interestingly, Simms has the capability to play internationally for England, Poland, or Jamaica, but has not committed to a certain country as of yet. Want a peek at Simms’ skill-set? Here you go:

Tolisso got his championship ring (@iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich midfielder and France World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso received his championship ring.

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.

Kansas City quarterback breaks out the welcome wagon for Bayern (@FCBayernUS)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes issued a welcome message to Bayern for the upcoming Audi Summer Tour for the International Champions Cup (that is a mouthful).

This is some nonsense (Footmercato)

Hmm...seems legit.

Without a club since leaving Manchester United last December, José Mourinho could land in the Bundesliga. According to our information, Bayern Munich would think to offer him the post of Niko Kovac.

If true, one might say that Mourinho could fall right into a great spot.

The Phillies are going 162-0 (Bavarian Football Works)

If you thought I was not going to celebrate a little...you were wrong. Opening day was great, but this shirt that Bryce Harper has on featuring both the Phillie Phanatic AND Gritty is straight fire.