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German chemical firm BASF SE undefined and Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta (SYT) have submitted preliminary bids for assets that Bayer (BAYRY) intends to sell with the aim of getting regulatory approval for its $66 billion takeover of seeds giant Monsanto (MON) , according to Bloomberg.

Both companies have expressed preliminary interest in procuring the businesses, which include canola, cottonseeds, the LibertyLink herbicide-resistant trait, and its glufosinate weed killer.

Bayer could sell garlic and pepper seed units separately, or as part of the whole package, the report said.

In total, the two sales could be worth between $2.5 billion and $3 billion.

Executives at BASF and Syngenta have said in the past that they would consider bidding for the assets that Bayer's selling to complete the merger with Monsanto this year.

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