Bayern Munich Eye Move For Ajax Starlet Matthijs de Ligt Amid Jerome Boateng Exit Rumours

Bayern Munich are looking to bring in the young Dutch Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a possible replacement for Jerome Boateng. 

The 18-year-old centre half is a target for Stern des Sudens after breaking into Ajax’s first team with five goals to his name and earning seven caps for the Netherlands.

Sport Bild have revealed that Ajax’s young protégé could be the man to step into Boateng’s shoes, should he leave, and only on that condition.

Bayern Chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed on the eve of Germany’s first World Cup match against Mexico that he would be happy to listen to offers for the German defender.

“His thoughts about leaving Bayern still exist, as his agent has told me”, he told Sport Bild earlier this week. 

We know that this topic might be approaching. When a club is interested and Jerome says that he wants to join this club, we will consider it.”

“I don’t hide the fact that we are a financial threshold, but it won’t be low for sure. But I know that Jerome is thinking about leaving.”

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The 29-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for Munich and has scored four goals during his seven-year tenure at the club. His present deal at the Bundesliga giants expires in June 2021.

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Bayern Munich Reveal Price for Top Defender to Leave Club With European Giants Interested

??Bayern Munich have revealed Jerome Boateng would be allowed to leave the club this summer should interested clubs meet an asking price of between €50-60m.

??ESPN’s Bayern Munich correspondent Mark Lovell, quoting German publication SportBild, revealed Boateng’s availability this summer.

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The Bavarian club are understood to be tracking Ajax’s 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt, highly-rated by a number of top clubs, should Boateng move elsewhere this summer.

The 29-year-old German international will not be short of possible routes out of Germany this summer, with a number of major European clubs said to be interested in the player.

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According to SportBild Boateng may be looking at a move to either ?Real Madrid or ?Barcelona, who he has turned down in the past.

?Manchester United have tried to sign Boateng previously, but an injury deal prevented that deal from going through last year.

Mourinho’s team are understood to likely come after the experienced German defender again, as well as city rivals and Boateng’s former club ?Manchester City.

Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be potentially interested in the defender, though with the Parisian club skating close to financial fair play regulations already they are unlikely to be the German’s next destination.

Bayern will be happy to let the rumours and speculation surrounding Boateng to develop whilst the German features at the World Cup this summer, hoping that interest from a number of top clubs sparks a bidding war and pushes up the price.

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Boateng played 31 times in all competitions for Bayern last season, as the Bavarians won the Bundesliga title in remarkable fashion – finishing a comfortable 21 points clear of second-placed Schalke.

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Colombia 1-2 Japan: Yuya Osako Winner Hands Japanese Shock Victory Over 10-Man Los Cafeteros

Tuesday’s early ?World Cup kick off saw a Colombia side expected to do well this summer fall victim to a Japanese team not tipped to go very far in Russia. In a game that eventually ended 2-1 to Japan, an early red card meant that the South Americans faced an uphill battle from the off – and the Asian side made them pay.

Colombia arrived with star player James Rodriguez on the bench. The playmaker, who won the golden boot of 2014’s edition of the competition in Brazil, was absent through injury – much to his nation’s dismay.

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Japan, on the other hand, up until now had only played two games under new manager Akira Nashino. Perhaps one helpful factor ahead of the game was that absolutely no one thinks Japan will go anywhere in the next month – the ultimate underdog status.

Both teams came into the game eager to get their World Cup campaigns underway. The torture of having to wait until almost every other first round match had been played had come to an end, and it was finally their turn to add to what has already become a special tournament.?

And the magic of the cup struck immediately, in what became catastrophic news for the South American side.

Not even three minutes had been played before favourites Colombia were down to ten men. Sanchez received his marching orders having purposefully handled the ball to stop it from flying into an empty net. What was worse? It happened inside the box.

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A Japanese attack forced a good save from David Ospina, but his save fell straight to another attacker, and Sanchez’s arm was the only thing that stopped a certain goal.

The Japanese were gifted the perfect start by Sanchez, and Shinji Kagawa coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, waiting for keeper Ospina to make the first move before placing his effort the other side of the man between the sticks. An electric start.

After the manic five that the game opened up with, along came the realisation that there were still 85 minutes to be played. A sense of urgency came over the Colombian players, desperate to find themselves back in the game, but Japan were equal to it, and the extra player advantage seemed to make for a more competitive match on the whole.

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After the game had calmed down a bit, Radamel Falcao earned Colombia a great opportunity after being fouled just on the edge of the box. 

It was Juan Quintero who pulled the South American side level with a beautifully clever free kick. Knowing that the wall would jump, the midfielder rolled the ball towards goal, fooling the men intended to block it, and sneaking it in at the near post.

??The teams came out for the second half, immediately returning the competitive entertainment that the first 45 minutes brought. However, it was Japan who dominated in the opening 15.

Nothing seemed to arrive by the way of real opportunities until the 72nd minute when a deflected shot from Hiroki Sakai only just skipped past the post.

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However, it was from the resulting corner where Japan took the lead once again. The ball whipped in from Keisuke Honda, Yuya Osako found himself on the end of it, knocking in at the back post – taking a nick off the woodwork as it beat Ospina.

The deficit in numbers on the pitch was beginning to take its toll on the Colombians, and Japan had duly taken advantage of it.

Five minutes later, James Rodriguez was offered a great chance back into the game from close range following a brilliant pass from Wilmar Barrios. It was goalscorer Osako who blocked the effort.

The game continued with Japan on top, and despite Colombia’s desperate attempts, the Asian side came out on top.


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Bayern Munich Striker Claims He is Entering His Prime as Rumours Over His Future Increase

Poland international Robert Lewandowski has appeared to offer some comfort for potential suitors this summer who could have concerns about spending big on a 29-year-old forward, claiming that he is ‘just starting the best period for a striker.’

Lewandowski is supposedly vying for a move away from Bayern Munich this summer despite the Bavarians’ stance that he is not for sale, with it being rumoured the forward has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

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And the Polish striker, who is set to lead the line for the White and Reds against Senegal at the World Cup, has slyly claimed that his age shouldn’t be cause for concern if clubs are interested in signing him this summer.

I have a plan to play at the top level at least until I’m 35,” Lewandowski told the Guardian ahead of Poland’s World Cup opener on Tuesday. 

“I feel I’m just starting the best period for a striker. I’m mature and have a lot of experience. If I’m healthy, I will play in Europe as long as possible – and then move on. We will see.”

Lewandowski has spent the last four years in Bavaria after letting his contract at Borussia Dortmund expire. The 29-year-old has a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021, having signed an extension in December 2016.

He has made 257 appearances in the Bundesliga throughout his eight-year spell in Germany, scoring 180 goals and claiming 51 assists. 

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Lewandowski has also notched 28 goals in other domestic competitions since leaving Lech Poznan, as well as another 46 in the Champions League and Europa League combined.

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Mats Hummels Slams Germany Defending After ‘Wake-Up Call’ in Mexico Defeat

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has insisted that Mexico deserved to claim all three points in their ?surprise victory over Germany on Sunday.

But the 29-year-old was unimpressed at how Die Mannschaft defended at the Luzhniki Stadium, admitting that the players had ignored warning signs that arose during warm-up matches ahead of the tournament in Russia.

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A solitary goal from PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano, who is tipped by many to become a household name with his performances at the World Cup, was enough to give Mexico the shock win on Sunday, although El Tri did have to survive a barrage of attacks throughout the match.

Hummels admitted that Mexico did deserve to beat the reigning champions on Sunday, but the Bayern star was furious that Germany hadn’t identified their weaknesses ahead of the tournament this summer.

Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with Jérôme [Boateng] and myself at the back,” Hummels claimed, quoted by the Sun.

“That’s why the first half was like it was, and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.

“If seven of eight players are attacking then it’s clear our attacking power is greater. But that’s something that I have often talked about internally. It doesn’t always bear fruit.

“A wake-up call is too late. We now must win two games, otherwise, that is that with the World Cup. I don’t really understand why we played like we played because, really, we already had our wake-up call.”

Germany were one of the favourites heading into the tournament, with many fans expecting that Die Mannschaft would retain the trophy following their success in 2014.

But Mexico have now given teams the blueprint of how to beat the World Cup holders. 

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El Tri camped in their own half for the majority of the game, not offering danger man Timo Werner any space in behind. That acted as the platform to launch a number of deadly counter-attacks which Germany were unable to deal with throughout the match.

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