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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich leading race for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz; PSG rejecting deals for Neymar with Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Keylor Navas, and Ivan Rakitic all involved; News on Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa; and MORE!

Warning: The thought of Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz both rocking such glorious hair at Bayern Munich might cause spontaneous combustion.

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Bayern leads the race for Havertz (@mano_bonke)

TZ journalist Manuel Bonke reviewed the Sport1 report that we covered on Tuesday regarding the clubs that will be chasing Bayer Leverkusen star and Germany international Kai Havertz next summer.

As a refresher, Sport1 stated that Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool are all poised to jump in the bidding for Havertz.

Bonke, however, thinks that Bayern Munich is far ahead of the pack in the race to procure the 20-year-old:

Compared to the other mentioned top clubs is the @FCBayern already far ahead in the race @kaihavertz29. The club has done a lot of preliminary work over the past few months. For the player — stand now — Bavaria the next logical step #FCBTransfersommer #ProjectBavarianMayhem2020

PSG loves rejecting deals for Neymar (L’Equipe)

Want to see some of the deals for Neymar that Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly rejected so far? Journalist Tom Williams captured some of the proposals to date:

Messi blamed for Countinho’s tough time with Barca (Goal)

Former Brazil star Rivaldo thinks the presence of Lionel Messi was a bit too overwhelming for Philippe Coutinho at FC Barcelona:

It’s never easy to find your space in a team where Lionel Messi constantly takes all the credit and responsibility. There are few players in the world capable of reaching such a situation and imposing themselves, and maybe Coutinho didn’t have enough patience to find his spot in the team.

The Argentinian star is the team leader and will keep playing at his best level for about three or four more years, so it is difficult to see other players shining at their best at Barcelona.

Flex-ing it like nobody’s business (@cfbayern)

Don’t bring Bild’s Christian Falk any nonsense about Bayern Munich showing interest in Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga unless you want to flex-ed:

Off topic: Not joking...every time I see the name Eduardo, I immediately think of this line from The Social Network:

I didn’t know whether to dress for the party or the business meeting so I kind of dressed for both.

I legitimately hate myself.

Chiesa not being moved...or is he? (

Fiorentina might have just signed Franck Ribery, but that does not mean it was subsequently planning to put Federico Chiesa up for sale...or does it? The talented youngster has drawn the attention of heavyweights like Bayern Munich and Juventus, but one reliable report said that he won’t be going anywhere:

Fiorentina have added Ribery to the squad and are in talks for Raphinha from Sporting CP, despite the new influx of wingers the club do not intend to sell Chiesa. Regarding Chiesa, there was a meeting on Wednesday morning between Juventus director Paratici and Ramadani, eventual intermediary for the deal.

The Juventus front office were trying to see if Fiorentina would be willing to sell Chiesa after acquiring Ribery, but the response from la viola was the same: the club does not wish to sell the player.

Transfer Market Web, however, has a report that three clubs are making a last-ditch effort to arrange a transfer for Chiesa:

While Fiorentina brought in a top name such as Franck Ribery, Italian international winger Federico Chiesa (21) might end up leaving right before the buzzer. To this end, 3 clubs are still planning to grab him good: Juventus, Inter Milan, and AS Roma. Viola won’t let him leave on a less than 60 million euros transfer fee.

Should he stay (I think he will), one way the arrival of Ribery could help Chiesa is that Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is now thinking about about using the 21-year-old centrally per Football Italia:

I thought about Chiesa as a center-forward, but I’ve not actually tried it yet. He is a very interesting player and in my view needs more room between the lines rather than just being out on the wing.

Lloyd visits Eagles, drills 55-yarder (@Eagles)

USWNT star Carly Lloyd visited Philadelphia Eagles training camp and showed some of the boys how it’s done as she nailed a 55-yard field goal.

Okay, so her run-up was a bit longer than Jake Elliott would have for the Eagles, but that was impressive nonetheless.

Matuidi might be staying put (Transfer Market Web)

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was linked to Bayern Munich, but it looks like he will not be going anywhere:

According to Tuttosport, Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri got determined to keep into the team French international defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi (32), recently approached by AS Monaco and Bayern Munich. Former PSG pitcher might even end up having his deal with Bianconeri extended, with the option set upon it triggered, until June 2021.

ICYMI: The Bundesliga previews podcast series is finally complete! (Bavarian Football Works)

After a little delay, the podcast series is finally complete and posted.

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