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Transfer rumor roundup: Mahrez to Arsenal, Bakambu in demand

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As Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon, and Arsenal sort out their futures, plenty of other names are making their way through the gossip pages.

One of those is a former Premier League Player of the Year, and he’s being linked with the same destination as Lacazette.

CalcioMercato says Riyad Mahrez is close to a North London transfer, though it offers little in the way of concrete details. The report says Arsene Wenger is ready to make the move for one of Leicester City’s Algerian playmakers, and that it should be announced “soon.” Could the move be a domino that helps Alexis Sanchez in his decision to stay, or Arsenal’s readiness to let him go?

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West Ham has reportedly seen a $29 million bids turned down by Villarreal and Koln as the Irons aim to pry strikers Cedric Bakambu and Anthony Modeste from their clubs. Modeste, 29, scored a brilliant 25 goals in Bundesliga play last season, improving on his 15-goal 2015-16 campaign.

Bakambu, 26, has five goals in 13 caps for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has 34 goals in two seasons with the Yellow Submarines. The failed bid is rumored to trigger pursuit from Newcastle United, which is yet to add a new player this season.

Where could West Ham turn in their seemingly eternal search for a star striker? The Mirror claims the Irons could trigger a $17 million release clause in order to bring Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to London from Bayer Leverkusen.

Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig falls, Koln’s Modeste on fire

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Anthony Modeste moved into second in the Bundesliga goal scoring table, adding his 20th, 21st, and 22nd goals of the season in moving Koln to within three points of fifth.

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That’s the individual highlight of a a busy day in Germany.

Werder Bremen 3-0 RB Leipzig

Werder Bremen is closer to completing its great escape, and this step came at the expense of the visitors’ increasingly unlikely title hopes.

Zlatko Junuzovic, Florian Grillitsch, and Florian Kainz scored in the win, the first looking pretty impressive:

Leipzig spent the better part of its first Bundesliga season in a fight for the title with Bayern Munich, but now sits 10 points back of first and just three ahead of third place Borussia Dortmund.

Werder Bremen is now one of four sides with 29 points, three ahead of the promotion playoff spot occupied by Hamburg. Bremen is unbeaten in five with four wins as it aims for a 37th-straight season in the top flight.

Koln 4-2 Hertha Berlin

USMNT center back John Brooks scored for the visitors, but also was part of a side that allowed four goals to the hosts. Three of those went to star striker Modeste, who has 22 goals on the season. The Frenchman remains uncapped!

Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Well-traveled big man Sandro Wagner scored his 11th goal of the Bundesliga campaign to move Hoffenheim five points clear of Hertha Berlin in the Top Four race.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Ingolstadt — Friday
Wolfsburg 1-0 Darmstadt — Mario Gomez scores
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg — Hosts three clear of danger zone
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Hamburg — 89 mins for Bobby Wood
Mainz vs. Schalke — 10:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich — 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 24 18 5 1 60 13 47 9-3-0 9-2-1 59
 RB Leipzig 25 15 4 6 43 28 15 9-1-2 6-3-4 49
 Borussia Dortmund 25 13 7 5 54 27 27 9-3-0 4-4-5 46
 1899 Hoffenheim 25 11 12 2 46 25 21 8-5-0 3-7-2 45
 Hertha BSC Berlin 25 12 4 9 34 30 4 10-1-1 2-3-8 40
 1. FC Köln 25 9 10 6 37 29 8 6-5-1 3-5-5 37
 Eintracht Frankfurt 25 10 6 9 26 27 -1 6-4-2 4-2-7 36
 SC Freiburg 25 10 5 10 32 42 -10 7-1-4 3-4-6 35
 Mönchengladbach 24 9 5 10 30 33 -3 6-3-3 3-2-7 32
 Bayer Leverkusen 25 9 4 12 37 40 -3 5-3-5 4-1-7 31
 FC Schalke 04 24 8 6 10 31 27 4 7-2-4 1-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 24 8 5 11 33 40 -7 5-4-3 3-1-8 29
 Werder Bremen 25 8 5 12 34 44 -10 5-1-7 3-4-5 29
 FC Augsburg 25 7 8 10 24 34 -10 3-5-5 4-3-5 29
 VfL Wolfsburg 25 8 5 12 23 34 -11 4-2-7 4-3-5 29
 Hamburger SV 25 7 6 12 24 46 -22 5-3-4 2-3-8 27
 FC Ingolstadt 04 25 5 4 16 23 42 -19 2-3-7 3-1-9 19
 Darmstadt 25 4 3 18 17 47 -30 4-3-6 0-0-12 15

Bundesliga wrap: USMNT’s Chandler, Mexico’s Fabian team up to hold Bayern

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A wild Bundesliga weekend set the stage for top-half upheaval next week, as Bayern Munich dropped points to leave three teams within three points of the top in Germany.

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich tossed away two leads, the second with Eintracht Frankfurt condemned to 10 men, as Szabolcs Huszti and Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored equalizers.¬†Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich scored for the visitors.

USMNT back Timmy Chandler led Eintracht with 58 touches and five crosses, including this pass that Fabian chested home.

Koln 2-1 Ingolstadt

Anthony Modeste scored a pair of first-half goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the hosts moved to within two points of Bayern. USMNT mid Alfredo Morales played 15 minutes off the bench for Ingolstadt.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg

Cleber took a 25th minute red card for Hamburg, but the hosts missed a pair of penalties through Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl. USMNT striker Bobby Wood played 16 minutes off the bench for Hamburg.

Augsburg 1-1 Schalke

Nabil Bentaleb and Daniel Baier trade goals at Augsburg Arena.

Hoffenheim 2-1 Freiburg

The hosts are unbeaten in seven after Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric netted, the latter just four minutes after Florian Niederlechner found an equalizer at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Ousman Manneh scored for the hosts, with Hakan Calhanoglu netting for Bayer.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Mainz vs. Darmstadt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 7 5 2 0 18 4 14 3-1-0 2-1-0 17
 1. FC Köln 7 4 3 0 12 4 8 3-1-0 1-2-0 15
 Hertha BSC Berlin 7 4 2 1 12 8 4 3-0-0 1-2-1 14
 Borussia Dortmund 7 4 1 2 17 7 10 3-1-0 1-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 7 3 4 0 13 10 3 2-2-0 1-2-0 13
 RB Leipzig 6 3 3 0 11 5 6 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 Eintracht Frankfurt 7 3 2 2 10 8 2 2-2-0 1-0-2 11
 Mönchengladbach 7 3 2 2 10 10 0 3-1-0 0-1-2 11
 Bayer Leverkusen 7 3 1 3 11 9 2 2-1-0 1-0-3 10
 SC Freiburg 7 3 0 4 8 11 -3 3-0-0 0-0-4 9
 FSV Mainz 05 6 2 2 2 12 11 1 0-1-1 2-1-1 8
 FC Augsburg 7 2 2 3 6 9 -3 1-1-2 1-1-1 8
 Werder Bremen 7 2 1 4 9 18 -9 2-0-2 0-1-2 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 6 1 3 2 4 7 -3 0-2-1 1-1-1 6
 Darmstadt 6 1 2 3 4 12 -8 1-2-0 0-0-3 5
 FC Schalke 04 7 1 1 5 7 11 -4 1-0-2 0-1-3 4
 Hamburger SV 7 0 2 5 2 12 -10 0-1-2 0-1-3 2
 FC Ingolstadt 04 7 0 1 6 4 14 -10 0-0-3 0-1-3 1

Bundesliga wrap: Bayern draws, Dortmund loses; Chicharito on fire (video)

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Bayern Munich dropped rare points but increased its lead on the field, as Borussia Dortmund fell at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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Javier Hernandez made sure he out-CONCACAFed Christian Pulisic, scoring for Bayer in the win. USMNT back Timmy Chandler also went 90 minutes in a loss, as did Mexico’s Marco Fabian.

Bayern Munich 1-1 FC Koln

Joshua Kimmich’s 40th minute goal looked to have lifted Bayern out of its doldrums after the Bavarians fell to Atletico Madrid at midweek, but Anthony Modeste scored his fifth goal in six matches to give Koln a point at the Allianz Arena.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Someone tapped Bayer out of its long early season nap, as Admir Mehmedi’s 10th minute goal combined with a disciplined, physical performance for the hosts to scoop up three points. Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez enters the international break in fine form after adding his seventh goal in all competitions this season.

USMNT teen Christian Pulisic got another start for BVB, and was waylaid with a knee to the back. The 18-year-old American came through the scare fine, but had a mostly anonymous match as his team struggled against a game home side.

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Hamburger SV

Vedad Ibisevic made it four goals in his last two outings as Hertha scored in both halves of a home win.

Darmstadt 2-2 Werder Bremen

Serge Gnabry had a great Olympics, and many were surprised when Arsenal allowed him to go back home to Germany. He’s picked up where he’s left off, joining Lamine Sane on the scoresheet in a 2-2 road draw.

Ingolstadt 1-2 Hoffenheim

Sandro Wagner and Kerem Demirbay scored for the visitors, whose clean sheet was spoiled in injury time by a Lukas Hinterseer penalty kick. USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales did not make the 18 for Ingolstadt.

Freiburg 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Vincenzo Grifo scored in the fourth minute, and it was all the hosts needed to pick up three points. USMNT back Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes in the loss.

Sunday’s matches
Wolfsburg vs. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET
Schalke vs. Monchengladbach — 11:30 a.m. ET

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 6 5 1 0 16 2 14 3-1-0 2-0-0 16
 Hertha BSC Berlin 6 4 1 1 11 7 4 3-0-0 1-1-1 13
 Borussia Dortmund 6 4 0 2 16 6 10 3-0-0 1-0-2 12
 1. FC Köln 6 3 3 0 10 3 7 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 RB Leipzig 6 3 3 0 11 5 6 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 Mönchengladbach 5 3 1 1 10 6 4 3-0-0 0-1-1 10
 Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 10 7 3 2-1-0 1-0-2 10
 1899 Hoffenheim 6 2 4 0 11 9 2 1-2-0 1-2-0 10
 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 3 1 2 8 6 2 2-1-0 1-0-2 10
 SC Freiburg 6 3 0 3 7 9 -2 3-0-0 0-0-3 9
 FSV Mainz 05 5 2 1 2 12 11 1 0-1-1 2-0-1 7
 FC Augsburg 6 2 1 3 5 8 -3 1-0-2 1-1-1 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 Darmstadt 6 1 2 3 4 12 -8 1-2-0 0-0-3 5
 Werder Bremen 6 1 1 4 7 17 -10 1-0-2 0-1-2 4
 FC Ingolstadt 04 6 0 1 5 3 12 -9 0-0-3 0-1-2 1
 Hamburger SV 6 0 1 5 2 12 -10 0-1-2 0-0-3 1
 FC Schalke 04 5 0 0 5 2 10 -8 0-0-2 0-0-3 0