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Report: Chicago could add ex-BVB winger Błaszczykowski

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The Chicago Fire may up the ante when it comes to the race for Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.

A Polish report claims that the Fire are closing in on the signing of Jakub Blaszczykowski, who left Borussia Dortmund for Wolfsburg last year and is ready to make a new move.

Blaszczykowski, 31, was linked with the Fire before he made his move across Germany, and Wolfsburg is believed to be ready to move on from the midfielder.

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There’s no guarantee that any player immediately adapts to a new league, but Blaszczykowski to MLS seems like a match made in Heaven.

Getting way ahead of ourselves, here’s how the Fire could line up. For a game. In MLS.

Lampson

Polster — Meira — Kappelhof — Vincent

Schweinsteiger — McCarty

De Leeuw

Błaszczykowski — Nikolic — Accam

Wow.

Wolfsburg snags Jakub Blaszczykowski from Borussia Dortmund

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Following a solid Euro 2016, Wolfsburg has found a bargain buy in Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski.

While the fee was undisclosed, reports in Germany indicate that Kuba cost Wolfsburg just over $5 million, a solid bit of business for a player in good form and a solidified national team place. The club confirmed Blaszczykowski signed a deal through 2019.

A fan favorite at Dortmund, the 30-year-old spent eight seasons calling Westfalenstadion home, making 253 appearances all up and down the right flank. He was sent on loan to Fiorentina last season, making 20 appearances in all competitions and scoring a pair of goals while finding himself in and out of the starting lineup due to form and injuries.

However, he impressed with Poland at Euro 2016, scoring a crucial pair of goals against Ukraine and Switzerland.

“Blaszczykowski is a player that will do any team good,” said Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs. “Not only because of his footballing capabilities, but also because he is a model of dedication, commitment and passion and because he gives 100 per cent to his team.”

Done Deals: Recapping Man United (and others’) busy day — De Gea drama; Chicharito out; $56 million for Martial

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Transfer deadline day is tomorrow (1 pm ET — follow PST all day long as the window closes), if you can believe it, which means if you’ve left your business to be done until now, you’ve left it extremely late. Yes, Manchester United, we’re looking at you.

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Man United were the busiest of the Premier League’s 20 teams on Monday, as Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils splashed out $56 million for teenage French striker Anthony Martial; (thought they had) recouped a combined $62 million for goalkeeper David De Gea and forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid (was supposed to) and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively; and (again, thought they had) acquired Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Madrid as part of the deal for De Gea. Then, one of the strangest tales in transfer history was launched.

United managed to loan out 20-year-old midfielder Adnan Januzaj, an unexpected revelation at 18 years old for David Moyes’ lone edition of United two seasons ago, to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. In turn, BVB have sent Jakub Blaszczykowski to Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

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Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool sold Italian forward Fabio Borini to Sunderland for a reported fee of $15 million. Borini has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, where he featured on loan two seasons ago.

Liverpool spent just over $600,000 to acquire Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi and loaned the 18-year-old to 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt. Norwich City strengthened their strike force with the loan acquisition of 29-year-old DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv. Bournemouth acquired striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace for $7.5 million.

Germany’s summer transfer window is officially closed, as of 1 pm ET Monday, and the final day provided yet another major move in the wake of Kevin De Bruyne’s sale to Manchester City on Sunday.

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Wolfsburg splashed out $40 million on 21-year-old winger Julian Draxler, who’ll be asked to replace a fair bit of De Bruyne’s 10 goals and 20 assists last season. Draxler made his Bundesliga debut at age 17 and compiled 30 goals and 15 assists in 171 appearances (all competitions) for fellow Bundesliga side Schalke.

Nearly two years to the day after Roma signed Adem Ljajic as their response to selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur, the Serbian midfielder was sold to Inter Milan on Monday, for a reported fee of $10 million. Those corresponding deals worked out well for no one, by the way, as Lamela is said to be heading to Ligue 1 side Marseille in some capacity before Tuesday’s deadline. Inter also signed Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo from Galatasaray for a reported fee of $4 million.

Jakub Blaszczykowski will miss the rest of Dortmund’s season

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Borussia Dortmund have suffered another critical injury blow, as the news comes that Jakub Blaszczykowski has torn his cruciate knee ligaments. The midfielder played just one minute against Augsburg on Saturday night before being carried off the pitch. Reports on Sunday have confirmed he will miss the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old has made 22 appearances for Dortmund this season and was an integral part of Jürgen Klopp’s side. That’s yet another obstacle for BvB this season. Mats Hummels, Neven Subotić  and İlkay Gündoğan are already out with injury. Marcel Schmelzer, Sven Bender, Sebastian Kehl and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all missed a month or more.

Despite their injury crisis, Dortmund manage to finish top of a tough Champions League group, and, thanks to luck of the draw, will face Zenit Saint Petersburg next month in the tournament’s knockout stages. But the Bundesliga hasn’t been kind this season. Dortmund are currently in third, tied with rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach. They’re four points behind Bayer Leverkusen and thirteen behind first-placed Bayern Munich.

(READ MORE: BUNDESLIGA SATURDAY WRAP)

Dortmund are currently in third and set for Champions League play next season, but a few more mistakes like last night, in which Sven Bender scored an own goal and Augsburg came back for a draw, and they could find themselves out of the top four. Wolfsburg are within three points of the Champions League positions, Hertha Berlin and Schalke five, Mainz six.

The race for first in the Bundesliga may be all but over, but spots 2-4 may not be decided until the final day of the season. With such a tight race, the news about Kuba is one of the last things Klopp and Dortmund needed to hear.

Dortmund 0-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern stay top, pull seven points clear of BVB

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Saturday’s match between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the top two sides in the Bundesliga, was billed as the German clasico. But ultimately, the match failed to impress, as Bayern trotted out the easy winners. The loss pushes Dortmund down to third, seven points behind the league leaders.

The first half gave the hosts a bit of hope. Dortmund, struggling with a makeshift back line that missed Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer and Neven Subotic , still managed to engage their potent attack. However, they just couldn’t seem to threaten Manuel Neuer. Robert Lewandowski, apparently trying not to anger his future team, sent his attempt in the third minute too high. Jakub Blaszczykowski forced a vital block by David Alaba, and followed it up with another attempt. Neuer’s only real work came in stopping a shot from Marco Reus, who was, curiously, allowed to wander freely.

Bayern had the best chance of the half in the 37th minute. Arjen Robben played a lovely ball across the six-yard box for Mario Mandzukic, who’d already forced Roman Weidenfeller into a save earlier in the match. But this time, the Croatian just couldn’t get a good shot in, and the visitors’ chance went begging.

Early in the second half, Pep Guardiola chose to bring off Mandzukic and introduce Mario Götze. This, you might imagine, caused quite a stir at the Westfalenstadion. Götze certainly didn’t endear himself to the Dortmund supporters when, after coming up through the youth system and spending four seasons on the senior BVB side, he made the move to Bayern Munich — for a whole lotta Euros, of course.

And no, the fact that he did not celebrate when scoring for the visitors didn’t make the infamous Dortmund support love him again. For the neutrals, though, it was a fine goal: a little poke on from a ball from Thomas Müller. You might wonder why Götze was left with so much space to make that finish, but then you’ll remember the shambles that is the Dortmund defense.

Jurgen Klopp made a couple of changes shortly after the goal, hoping to introduce a bit more oomph in the attack. Jonas Hofmann came on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Blaszczykowski. Moments later, Marco Reus got on the end of a Lewandowski flick, firing his shot low. But Neuer managed a fantastic save to keep Bayern in the lead.

And ultimately it was Bayern who scored the second. And the third. With just five minutes to go, a chipped shot from Arjen Robben, possibly intended for Götze, found its way into the back of Weidenfeller’s net. But that wasn’t enough for Guardiola’s men. Müller put in a third just two minutes later, getting on the end of a ball from Philipp Lahm to finish off Dortmund.

Bundesliga Results — through Saturday evening

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Schalke 04

Hertha Berlin 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Nurnberg 1-1 Wolfsburg

Braunschweig 0-1 Freiburg

Augsburg 2-0 Hoffenheim

Stuttgart 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach