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Bayern gearing up to sell De Ligt and offer 50 million for Palinha

Step by step, the major clubs in Europe are making their moves in this summer transfer market, which is somewhat quiet due to the ongoing national team tournaments like the Euro Cup and the Copa América. FC Barcelona ideally aims to strengthen its squad with a left winger and a midfielder, but any potential signings are currently on hold until LaLiga establishes the financial ‘fair play’ conditions for the team. Meanwhile, there are players from Barcelona that have caught the interest of other clubs. MD had previously reported that Bayern Munich had their eyes on Ronald Araujo for the upcoming season, but the 25-year-old Uruguayan defender is considered untouchable by Barcelona, with a contract until 2026 and no response yet to the proposed contract extension. Bayern Munich is already taking steps to revamp their squad after losing the Bundesliga title for the first time in 12 seasons to Bayer Leverkusen. Matthijs de Ligt, the 24-year-old Dutch center back who joined Munich from Juventus in 2022 for 67 million euros, is now a target for Manchester United, where he could reunite with Erik ten Hag, who played a role in his career at Ajax.

Bayern Munich, under the leadership of sporting director Max Eberl, is working on a ‘renewal plan’ to please their new coach, Vincent Kompany. They are already in talks to finally secure the signing of Joao Palhinha, the 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder who currently plays for Fulham. The English club is demanding 50 million pounds, which is around 59 million euros, for Palhinha.

Michael Olise, the 22-year-old French winger from Crystal Palace, is also being pursued by Bayern for over 50 million euros. On the defensive side, the Bavarian club’s most recent interest is in the 28-year-old German international center back Jonatan Tah, who was a key player for the Euro Cup host team after an impressive season at Bayer Leverkusen. However, the performance of the 27-year-old South Korean center back Kim Min-Jae, who was signed by Bayern in 2023 for 50 million euros and then transferred to Naples, has faced harsh criticism and may not secure him a spot in Munich.

Araujo, on the other hand, is considered one of the best center backs in the world, and Bayern has been the club making the most noise about signing him.

A few days ago, the Uruguayan center-back gave a chilly response when our reporter Javier de León asked him during the Copa América if he could confirm that he would stay at Barça next season. The Barça defender simply stated that he was completely focused on the Copa América. According to MD, Barça sees Araujo as a crucial player for the club and for the new coach, Hansi Flick, as well as one of the captains. There are no plans to sell him, but if he wants to move to another club, he must clearly inform the club’s directors and present an offer, which should be around 100 million euros according to Barça sources. With a release clause of 1,000 million, aside from Bayern, there has also been interest in Araujo from Chelsea and Manchester United.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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