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Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea eyes Freiburg forward; Eduoard in demand

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A pair of young forwards highlight Sunday morning’s transfer gossip, including a Bundesliga striker who’s found his shooting boots over the past two seasons.

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Luca Waldschmidt is the name, and he turns 24 next month. He’s made 95 career Bundesliga appearances, scoring 16 times with nine assists.

He earned three Germany caps at the end of 2019, but has to fight for minutes with Nils Petersen and Lucas Holer.

Every team needs depth, but this one’s a bit odd given Chelsea’s hold on homegrown center forward Tammy Abraham. Waldschmidt is a better passer, but Abraham’s finishing and aerial game are better. Still, depth will be needed and Waldschmidt can operate as a second striker, too.

Freiburg is in a host of teams that could qualify for the Europa League, while Chelsea is positioned for the Champions League and certainly has more reasonable chances to play under a brighter spotlight.


A forward getting much more fun is Odsonne Eduoard, as the “French Eddy” era at Celtic seems destined to come to a close.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has lit the Scottish Premiership on fire, and has 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 matches across all competitions this season.

He has 60 total goals since arriving from Toulouse as a teenager, and is expected to rise to a new challenge sooner rather than later.

Everton is being linked. Arsenal and Newcastle, too, and there’s plenty to suggest many others would love a player who just turned 22 in January and has fared well in European play as well.

What is the ceiling for Eduoard? It’s difficult to say. There will be some question as to whether he can immediately leap into the fray at a higher level than the Scottish Premiership, but he’s an absolute dynamo with the physical skill set to overcome any hurdles.

Germany to meet Spain again in EURO U21 final

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BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) Defending champion Germany will again meet Spain in the Under-21 European Championship final after both won their semifinals on Thursday.

Luca Waldschmidt and Nadiem Amiri scored late as Germany came from behind to beat Romania 4-2, while Spain routed France 4-1.

Spain lost 1-0 to Germany in the 2017 final and will now have its chance for revenge in Udine on June 30.

In the first semifinal, in Bologna, Amiri gave Germany the lead in the 21st minute after racing from inside his own half but George Puscas leveled from the spot following a foul by Timo Baumgartl on Ianis Hagi.

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And Romania, which was making only its second appearance in the competition, took the lead on the stroke of halftime when Puscas headed in.

Germany leveled shortly after the break when Waldschmidt converted a spot kick after Hagi was penalized for pulling on Mahmoud Dahoud’s shirt.

As the match appeared headed for extra time Germany scored after Amiri backheeled a free kick into Waldschmidt’s path and the Freiburg forward fired into the bottom right corner.

It got worse for Romania as defender Alex Pascanu was sent off for a last-man foul on Lukas Nmecha and Amiri sealed the match with another free kick.

There was also a penalty for each side in Reggio Emilia.

Jean-Philippe Mateta gave France the lead from the spot in the 16th after Junior Firpo pushed over Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

But Marc Roca equalized when he tapped in a rebound and Mikel Oyarzabal fired Spain in front with a penalty in first-half stoppage time after being tripped by Ibrahima Konate.

Dani Olmo extended Spain’s advantage immediately after the break and substitute Borja Mayoral scored four minutes after coming off the bench.

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