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Daily Schmankerl: Jude Bellingham spurned last-minute Bayern offer; Union Berlin interested in Chris Richards, Karlsruhe in Früchtl or Hoffmann?

Bayern Munich allegedly offered Jude Bellingham an even better deal than Dortmund, but the 17-year-old Wunderkind preferred the Black and Yellow.

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Jude Bellingham spurned last-minute Bayern bid (The Sun)

In case you weren’t watching, Borussia Dortmund just landed its next English mega-talent: Jude Bellingham. Bellingham just turned 17; on Wednesday, he played his 42nd game for Birmingham in the English Championship.

Bild reported yesterday that the deal was done: Bellingham had signed a five-year contract. The Sun adds that Bellingham will become “the world’s most expensive teenager,” earning £60,000 a week, while Birmingham will cash in on a £30 million transfer fee.

What’s even crazier is that Bayern Munich apparently was offering Bellingham even more:

Dortmund increased their initial offer agreed with Blues but Bayern were confident of landing the hugely talented England Under-17 star.

Bellingham spoke to Bayern in those last-minute talks but felt heading to Dortmund, a club famed for giving youth — such as England winger Jadon Sancho — a chance, was a much more sensible move.

It is possible that Bayern really wanted to sign Bellingham on a salary of ca. €3.4 million, but Bellingham presumably prefers the greater likelihood of first-team minutes at Dortmund. On Bayern’s first team, he would presumably have been fourth winger, and it is hard to imagine a kid used to the rigors of the Championship moving back down to play in the German third division with the reserves.

Union Berlin shows interest in American Chris Richards (Kicker)

More information is coming out about potential loans for Bayern II players. This time, it’s centerback Chris Richards. Kicker is reporting that Union Berlin have expressed interest in bringing Richards to the nation’s capital. Richards impressed with Bayern II this season, earning an appearance with the first team late in the season.

Bayern would only be interested in loaning Richards now, as the club has high expectations for him.

Karlsruher SC pondering taking Christian Früchtl or Ron-Thorben Hoffmann on loan (Kicker)

Karlsruhe is in need of a new goalkeeper with Benjamin Uphoff on his way to Freiburg. Enter: Bayern II’s Christian Früchtl or Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.

Bayern are interested in loaning one of the two Bayern II goalkeepers for next season, while the other would stay in Munich and be the starter in the 3.Liga. In all likelihood, we’re looking at Früchtl getting loaned to a 2.Bundesliga side. However, Hoffmann impressed down the stretch, anchoring the Bayern II backline on their way to the 3.Liga championship.

FC Bayern mourns Rudolf Jobst (

Former Bayern player Rudolf “Rudi” Jobst passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85. Jobst scored the winning goal in Bayern’s very first DFB-Pokal triumph in 1957, beating favorites Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0. It was Bayern’s second national title after winning the German championship in 1932.

DFB-Pokalfinale 1957 - FC Bayern München - Fortuna Düsseldorf 1:0
Rudi Jobst (left), scoring the winning goal over Fortuna’s goalkeeper Görtz (behind the post), while Juskowiak (front, no. 3) looks on helplessly.
Photo by Georg Göbel/picture alliance via Getty Images

Jobst played for Bayern from 1955 to 1959, when he was forced to end his career early on account of a knee injury. He played 48 games for Bayern, scoring 29 goals.

Bayern president Herbert Hainer said, “With Rudi Jobst, FC Bayern loses a person who will be forever linked to the successes of the club in the 1950s. The pictures from the snowstorm in Augsburg will always remain in our fans’ memories. We are united in mourning with his relatives. Rudi Jobst will never be forgotten at FC Bayern.”

Hartlepool United FC jumping into the Kai Havertz frenzy

Hartlepool, located in County Durham, England, plays in the English fifth division, the National League. Maybe they have a chance if Chelsea can’t finish in a Champions League spot? Chelsea is currently in third place, but just one point ahead of Leicester and Manchester United.

Rafinha brings the drinks to Flamengo’s championship

Rafinha brought the Gatorade to Flamengo’s team photo after winning the Rio de Janeiro state championship because they had teased him before the final that his role at Bayern was waterboy. Here he is dragging the Gatorade cooler into the team photo:

“Champions League, Club World Cup, and Copa Libertadores, all on the bench? You’re wrong!” Rafinha said, before asking if anyone wanted some grape Gatorade and taking a swig of wine.

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