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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to Inter Miami?; Doubt looms over Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool pursuits of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz; Real Madrid plans for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe; and MORE!

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to Miami? I’m still waiting for Arjen Robben to join the Philadelphia Union.

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Doubt cast on both Dortmund and Klopp pursuing Havertz (@altobelli13)

Sport Bild journalist Tobias Altschäffl does not think that Borussia Dortmund is going to be able to make a strong play for Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz no matter what type of recruiting pitch Marco Reus and Julian Brandt are able to conjure up.

Much like we heard about RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Altschäffl says that the only team in Germany capable of landing the 20-year-old star would be Bayern Munich:

BVB / Marco Reus may dream of a Havertz transfer next season - but that’s not realistic. In Germany for the top talent currently only #fcbayern in question, especially since Havertz has free choice of Europe’s top clubs. Most important for him: Plan & Perspective

If plan and perspective are the driving forces behind a decision for Havertz, he might be able to cross Liverpool off of his list. At least one outlet thinks Jurgen Klopp will not bid on Havertz as Sports Mole captured a report from Bild, which seems to indicate that Liverpool is not in the race for Havertz as previously reported. Instead, Liverpool might pursue Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz — who is also linked to Bayern Munich:

Liverpool are reportedly not in the running to sign Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz despite the recent speculation surrounding the Germany international. Jurgen Klopp’s side are not in the hunt for the attacker, who will instead choose between Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid as his next club. As a result, Liverpool could switch their attention to Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz with the midfielder impressing since arriving in Italian football from Real Betis last summer.

Los Blancos’ plan for Mbappe revealed (Transfer Market Web)

Real Madrid still wants to bring in Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, but it is also planning to make a move for Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2021:

While still aiming to sign Neymar, from PSG, and Paul Pogba, from Manchester United, during next summer, Real Madrid management, according to El Chiringuito, are planning a summer 2021 move on French international winger/forward Kylian Mbappé (20), Paris Saint-Germain main star to date. Blancos owner himself, Florentino Perez, disclosed his interest in former AS Monaco 1998-born.

Boateng’s brother advises move (Calciomercato)

Fiorentina forward Kevin-Prince Boateng is trying to give his brother Jerome a little advice —leave Bayern Munich and join Juventus:

It would have been great to see him here [in Italy]. Especially since—as it seems now—that he won’t play much at Bayern. In any case, I recommend him to leave Bayern and come join Juventus because it is a great club and Serie A is extremely interesting.

Meanwhile, Lothar Matthäus tried to convince Rudi Völler to bring Jerome Boateng to Bayer Leverkusen over the summer (per Abendzeitung):

I said to Rudi Völler: Why don’t you buy Jérôme Boateng? He was available too.

Bundesliga takes a look at the evolution of the 6 position (

The Bundesliga took a look at how the 6 position has evolved a bit in the form of Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, RB Leipzig’s Diego Demme, and Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel. It seems to me that you could make a strong argument that all three of those players can seamlessly function as an 8 or a 6, but it shows the versatility and skill-set that many feel are needed to sit a little deeper these days. Check it out here if you have a chance.

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.

Müller turns 30 (@esmuellert_)

Thomas Müller turns 30 today and has a pretty cool cake:

Messi and Suarez to...Miami? (Barca Blaugranes)

Our sister site Barca Blaugranes captured a report that David Beckham is attempting to get FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to leave Catalonia and join his MLS side, Inter Miami.

Per the reports captured by Barca Blaugranes:

David Beckham, one of the owners of MLS’s expansion team Inter Miami, flew to Barcelona reportedly to try to convince Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to join him in the United States. It is said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is a friend of the Uruguayan’s, and of course, Suárez is close with Messi. With both stars past 30, it’s not unthinkable that they would one day make a jump to MLS, like former Barcelona striker David Villa.

However, it seems such a move is in the far off future for now, if it will ever take place. RAC1 reports that Suárez has no intention of leaving, and while much was made of the fact that Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out next summer, it is understood he will not leave Barça soon, if ever. Messi is reportedly being offered a massive salary to leave the Catalans and join Miami next summer, but the Argentine star seems unlikely to accept, at least so soon. Barcelona are confident that he will remain at Camp Nou for a while longer.

For Beckham and Miami, the strategy seems to be to first convince Suárez and then hope to use the Uruguayan’s friendship with Messi to push to land the world’s #1.

Messi...and Suarez? Beckham would break MLS.

Bayern’s basketball Zlatan is still the best (@FCBayernUS)

We’ve covered how FC Bayern basketball player Nihad Djedovic is a doppelganger for LA Galaxy monster Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but I still can’t stop myself from posting something every time Bayern Munich features him in a tweet:

Speaking of Zlatan, this is...hilarious with Enya as the music:

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