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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich to get an assist if Real Madrid lands PSG’s Neymar?; Women’s World Cup coverage as the USWNT downs Sweden; Germany’s U-21 team is rolling; and MORE!

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Bayern’s role in Madrid deal for Neymar (Mundo Deportivo)

Could Bayern Munich play a role in Real Madrid’s bid for Paris Saint-Germain star and former FC Barcelona man Neymar? Mundo Deportivo thinks Bayern’s return of James Rodriguez could help pave the way for Neymar to wear white.

As far as MD is aware, Madrid has already submitted an offer for Neymar to PSG. The white club is willing to spend €130 million and include in the operation one of its discarded players, either Gareth Bale, who is not in the plans of Zinedine Zidane, or James Rodriguez, who these last two seasons has played as a loan in Bayern Munich, which has not exercised the option to buy that he had on him.

The offer of €130 million and either Bale or James might be enough to swap PSG to consider the move, especially because Neymar has already let it be known that he wants out of Paris.

The Brazilian, as reported yesterday in this newspaper, has already told the president of PSG that he does not want to play there and that his desire is to return to Barça, a club that considers his “home” and that “should never have left”, in the words of Neymar himself to Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

James, has been heavily linked to Napoli, and Bale has been loosely tied to Bayern, so however this shakes out, Bayern might have some minor part to play in Neymar’s potential move.

Ten Hag extends deal to 2022 (@AFCAjax)

A rising star in the managerial ranks, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag has extended his deal with the club through June, 2022. Ten Hag, of course, was once a coach on Säbener Strasse.

Women’s World Cup rundown (@FOXSoccer)

If you aren’t watching the Women’s World Cup, you are missing some great action. Here is yesterday’s recap:

Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • Sweden played tough, but was not as sharp as it previously had been. At times, Sweden seemed to get overwhelmed by the USWNT pressure, but I still would not sleep on the Swedes. They have a grit and toughness that was evident throughout the game yesterday even when they were not fully in sync.
  • Lindsey Horan was the “fill-in” for Julie Ertz and had the timely goal to give the United States the lead. Tobin Heath’s later effort was changed to an own goal (come on!).
  • I thought for sure Carli Lloyd was going to get another goal, but an uncharacteristic shot directly at the goalkeeper broke her streak.
  • The USWNT is still the heavy favorite, but has show some vulnerability. It will be interesting to see how Jill Ellis aligns things moving forward.
  • In her absence, you could really see how Ertz is a “glue player” for that squad. The other midfielders were very good, but Ertz just seems to really solidify the midfield.

In other Women’s World Cup action:

  • Chile downs Thailand 2-0 — 90 in 90:

German U-21s are rolling! (@DFB_Team_EN)

The Germany U-21 team is absolutely rolling and throttled Serbia 6-1. SC Freiburg’s Luca Waldschmidt stayed scorching hot with a hat trick (30’, 37’, 80’), while FC Augsburg’s Marco Richter (16’), Borussia Dortmund’s Mahmoud Dahoud (69’), and Hertha Berlin’s Arne Maier (90+2’) each added a goal. Schalke 04 goalkeeper — and rumored Bayern Munich target — Alexander Nübel was between the sticks.

Germany’s next game will be against Austria on Sunday at 3:00PM EST.

Tolisso featured in short video (@FCBayernUS)

This is a nice and quick little video showing the long journey to recovery that Corentin Tolisso endured after his knee injury last September.

Hummels a closet Sixers fan? (@FCBayernUS)

In his farewell message to Bayern fans, Borussia Dortmund center-back Mats Hummels (going to have to get used to typing that) was wearing a throwback Philadelphia 76ers jersey from the late 1990s-early 2000s — aka the Allen Iverson Era.