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Daily Schmankerl: Matthijs de Ligt wants to play for Juventus; Antoine Griezmann dealing with “emotional stress”; Is Bayern Munich interested in Everton Soares and Charles Aranguiz?; Manuel Neuer takes his game to Marvel; and MORE!

Matthijs de Ligt should have just rented a room at the Allianz Arena last fall and never left.

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Report: De Ligt wants to play for Juventus (Sport)

There might not be a longer and more drawn out transfer saga than that of Ajax center-back Matthijs de Ligt. De Ligt is one of the premier young talents in Europe, but hefty salary demands — and a big fee for his agent — have kept the 19-year-old in the least for now.

De Ligt has reportedly spoke to Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri and let him know that he wants to play for the Old Lady, but there are many factors acting as a roadblock, including the two teams working out a transfer fee.

Ajax’s young captain, Matthijs de Ligt, has called Juventus to let them know he still wants to join the club. The two sides have yet to agree terms on the cost of a deal but de Ligt spoke with Maurizio Sarri to confirm his commitment to the move. This is according to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, as the defender looks to secure his summer transfer to Turin.

De Ligt called the new head coach to find out the plans for him next season. Sarri was reportedly surprised by the call and explained what he expected from the defender once a deal is finally agreed. Juventus and Ajax are still arguing over a fee. The Italian giants want to get de Ligt for around €65m rather than the €75m Ajax are demanding.

Per some reports, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also still in the mix for De Ligt.

Bayern linked to Aranguiz (Calciomercato)

Bayern Munich is said to be interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz, but it won’t be easy to procure the Chile international. Inter Milan, AC Milan, AS Roma, and Napoli are all allegedly also taking a look at the 30-year-old talent.

Bayern Leverkusen highly-rated midfielder Charles Aranguiz is ready for a move to new club, as per Gazzetta dello Sport. The 30-year-old had a good time for his club during the 2018-19 campaign where he has scored two goals and provided seven assists in 22 league appearances. But according to a new report, the Chile international is open for a new chapter in his career and is eyeing a move to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, AC Milan, AS Roma or Napoli.

Wagner offers his take on the transfer panic surrounding Bayern (Münchner Merkur)

Sandro Wagner may be plying his trade in China now, but he’s still got some strong takes on Bayer Munich. Specifically, Wagner does not think that any club is ready to usurp the league crown from the Bavarians as he told Bild:

Bayern will continue to be champions with this squad for years - even if no new signing should come, which I do not believe.

Waldschmidt profiled (

If SC Freiburg talent Luca Waldschmidt opened your eyes with his performance for Germany in the recent U-21 Euro Championships, take a look at this profile. Waldschmidt took advantage of the opportunity to use this summer as a way to put his talent on display.

Whispers on Soares are getting louder (TZ)

Could Bayern be looking at Gremio’s Everton Soares as a potential solution for its lack of depth at wing?

Éverton Sousa Soares is the full name of the attacker from Brazil. The Gremio homegrown player can play on both the left and right wings, so he would be a very suitable back-up player behind Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Sometimes he plays at Gremio at the top, so he could also step in for an emergency for Robert Lewandowski.

Robben’s teammates appreciated him in many ways (@FCBayernUS)

This was pretty cool compilation of quotes regarding Arjen Robben by @FCBayernUS:

Neuer brings a Marvel approach to exercise for kids (TZ)

Bayern Munich goalkeeper did some voice work for the Disney movie Monsters University, but now the world-class goalkeeper is bringing his talent to the Marvel Universe. No, he won’t appear in the next Marvel movie; instead Neuer will challenge kids to be more active through a series of Marvel-related activities on The Disney Channel.

Together with moderator Benedict Weber will “show four children as they can extract as a team the best of themselves and so even to be heroes.” Neuer will train the kids and bring them so far that they can compete in a superhero manner against host Weber in disciplines based on Marvel comics.

FC Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will show children that exercise is fun. For example, the tasks facing the kids and the Disney channel presenter will be Captain America’s discipline — Shield Throwing. These mini-clips will also show the children in front of the TV screens how much fun movement can make.

Griezmann under “emotional stress” and won’t show up at training (Sport)

2018 France World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann may have one foot out the door with Atlético Madrid, but he won’t be training with the squad like the club requested. Griezmann, who has been heavily linked — both publicly and privately — to a move to FC Barcelona and won’t be showing up to train with Atleti as requested by Los Rojiblancos.

Antoine Griezmann has told Atlético Madrid that he won’t join up with the squad this Sunday. The forward is facing a possible sanction if he doesn’t attend the squad meeting but remains confident a deal can be struck with Barça to end this uncomfortable situation.

However, according to ‘AS’, Griezmann’s lawyer has already sent an email to Atlético informing them that the player won’t be there for the start of preseason planning. The reason given for Griezmann’s absence is the ‘emotional stress’ he’s under after already saying his goodbyes to his teammates and supporters.

Bayern extends deal with URSAPHARM (

Bayern Munich and Saarbrücken-based URSAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH are expanding their relationship and are extending their contract to 2023. URSAPHARM will also become the platinum partner of the German record champion. Bayern marketing director Andreas Jung had this to say on the business development:

We are pleased to extend the successful cooperation with URSAPHARM and take it to a new level with the Platinum partnership. For a football player, having healthy eyes and a sharpened gaze is the necessary prerequisite for a successful performance, so of course we greatly appreciate URSAPHARM’s commitment to eye disease prevention.

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