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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona has ditched Matthijs de Ligt in hopes of landing Neymar and Antoine Greizmann, while Juventus closes in on the Ajax star; and MORE Bayern Munich news!

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De Ligt and Juventus are inching toward the finish line (Transfer Market Web)

Modeling contracts be damned, Ajax center-back phenom Matthijs de Ligt appears to be looking past Paris Saint-Germain and zeroing in on a future with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.

According to latest Italian news, Juventus management, through powerful and controversial middleman Mino Raiola’s work, is getting closer and closer to sign Dutch international center-back Matthijs De Ligt (19) signed. Ajax star backliner, leaving on an about 77 million euros fee, was seemingly about to join Barcelona, together with by now former teammate of his, Frenkie de Jong, few weeks ago.

Juve not giving up on Eriksen (Transfer Market Web)

Juventus would not be done if it lands De Ligt, The Old Lady still wants Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen.

While keeping on the pursues of Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), and Adrien Rabiot (leaving PSG as a free agent), Juventus management, according to La Stampa, are still interested in Danish international box-to-box midfielder Christian Eriksen (27) too. Spurs star, who might leave on an about 110 million euros fee, is also tracked by Real Madrid, PSG, and Manchester United.

Shoot your shot Barca (Sport)

FC Barcelona is no longer pursuing De Ligt and with some extra cash now suddenly available, Barca will reportedly take a run at both Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

Sport can reveal that Josep Maria Bartomeu’s wish is to bring in BOTH Antoine Griezmann and Neymar - and both THIS summer. At the moment this is just a dream scenario so we’ll have to wait and see how things plan out. It won’t be easy though.

Griezmann will cost €120m and Neymar €100m plus Coutinho. The other big names the club are looking to sell are Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti. Selling those two could bring in around €200m which would make a double deal for Neymar and Griezmann possible.

Away from the transfer fees, you need to consider the impact on the wage budget. Neymar is earning €38m per season at PSG and Griezmann takes home €25m. Barça have already told both they would need to take a significant wage cut to join the team. The responses were positive as they are desperate to secure a move to the Camp Nou.

Kruse reportedly headed to Fenerbahce (@swearimnotpaul)

Goal journalist Ronan Murphy cited a report from Sabah Spor that stated former Werder Bremen forward Max Kruse would be headed to Fenerbahce. Kruse, of course, was linked to Bayern just last month.

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 from the knockout round:

It was a tough loss for Brazil, especially given the fact that this was likely the final time fans will see Marta in a World Cup. Marta gave the next generation of Brazilians a heartfelt message:

Bayern might hang on to Wriedt (Eastern Daily Press)

Bayern II striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt was rumored to be on his way out of Munich, but now it appears that the Bavarians will hand on to the 24-year-old. Norwich City and Hertha Berlin were among the club interested in the high-scoring forward.

Bayern Munich intend to keep hold of reported Norwich City target Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, with a new contract for the striker also suggested in Germany. Munich newspaper Abendzeitung (AZ) report that the 24-year-old is not for sale as far as Bayern are concerned, after reports of interest from the Canaries and Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

ICYMI: The latest episode of Bavarian Podcast Works has dropped! (Bavarian Football Works)

We hit on some of the hot button items that have been discussed on the site of late, including the Women’s World Cup, rumors regarding Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and Atlético Madrid’s Rodrigo Hernandez, along with taking a look at where the Bayern back-line stands today.

Waldschmidt continues torrid pace, but can only help muster a draw (@Emishor)

SC Freiburg’s Luca Waldschmidt has had a breakout U-21 Euro tournament and helped Germany earn a 1-1 draw with Austria yesterday. Check out this absolute screamer from Waldschmidt:

The goal was Waldschmidt’s fifth of the tournament.

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