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Daily Schmankerl: Matthijs de Ligt to choose between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona; Joao Felix has many suitors; Lille Fight Club; Manchester City wants Luka Jovic; & MORE!

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De Ligt’s choice could be between Bayern, Juve, and Barca (Calciomercato)

Per Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, star defender Matthijs de Ligt will likely be headed to Bayern Munich or FC Barcelona, with Juventus considered more of a long shot.

“The chances that De Ligt will stay here are zero. There are so many teams that have an enormous interest in him. He will leave in the summer, but I don’t know if it will be for Bayern Munich or FC Barcelona,” he began.

As mentioned by the manager, loads of teams are interested in the player, and Juventus are one of those. However, given his price tag, it seems he won’t be heading to Italy.

”He really plays like a man now. The team now plays with guts and creativity and that is also because he is the leader. He has a lot of courage. Many Dutch players like to have the ball, but De Ligt also likes to defend. That’s new here,” he concluded.

More suitors for Felix and more Dybala rumors (Calciomercato)

SL Benfica’s Joao Felix placed himself firmly on the transfer market heat map with a standout performance against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League this week. Of course, we have known about Felix’s talent for a while, but now many, many more people are getting serious about the young star.

Joao Felix is one of the most talented young players dominating headlines at the moment; the Benfica forward scoring a hat-trick in the Europa League on Thursday for the Portuguese side against Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. Juventus have been one of the clubs circling around the young striker; joined by the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

To ensure the week really came full circle, we absolutely needed a Paulo Dybala rumor.

According to what has been reported by Tuttosport, however, Juventus could look to sell Argentine Paulo Dybala to finance the move for Joao Felix. The 19-year-old will not come cheap and Benfica could demand a figure in the region of €100m for who is clearly a true young talent.

Dybala has been consistently linked to Bayern throughout the course of the 2018/2019 season.

City might take a run at Jovic (Transfer Market Web)

On Thursday, we covered an interview that Bild did with Milan Jovic, the father of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic. Milan indicated that his son was content to spend more time with Eintracht Frankfurt to develop his game. Manchester City, however, is said to be trying to get in on the action and perhaps get Luka Jovic to change his strategy.

Tracked hard by Barcelona FC, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, Serbian international striker Luka Jovic (21), whom Eintracht Frankfurt might even try to keep in, if getting the pass for next Champions League, has been targeted by Manchester City as well, according to The Sun. After buying him back from Benfica, on a 6 million euros fee, the 1997-born is likely to be put up for sale on ten times said sum.

Lille Fight Club? (@GFFN)

If you thought Bayern’s training ground brawls were becoming too frequent, Lille had two this week.

Lewandowski’s birthday (@FCBfrauen)

No...not that Lewandowski, but the FC Bayern Frauen’s own Pennsylvania-bred star Gina Lewandowski!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Birthday Gina Lewandowski! Have a great Day and stay as you are! ⚽️❤️ @gll088 #MiaSanMia #FCBayern #FCBFrauen

You know the old saying, what Pennsylvania makes, Bayern takes.

Hummels humor (@MenInBlazers)

No real reason for this, but it made me chuckle a bit and it involved Mats Hummels. I also am a HUGE supporter of the bar genre that would classify as “corner bars”, “neighborhood bars”, or “dives.”

A totally underrated part of this tweet is the verbiage on the sign that says “Home of the Juicy Lucy.” I was not sure what that was, but I became intrigued and went down a rabbit hole on the Juicy Lucy.

Bear with me. Apparently, there is a long-simmering feud over the Juicy Lucy (a cheese-stuffed burger) per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Juicy Lucy: Two bars battling since 1950s over Minnesota’s famous burger. Two Minneapolis dive bars claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy, the legendary cheese-stuffed burger. Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club share a rivalry for the true home of this cheese-filled Minnesota original.

I need our BFW community members in Minnesota to chime in on this!

You came here for Bayern news bits, but you left with Juicy Lucy knowledge.

(Starts plotting proposals to John N. Dillon for the “BFW: Schmankerl on the Road Dive Bar Tour.”)

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