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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich monitoring Erling Haaland, Philippe Coutinho baptized in a bathtub, Chelsea literally incapable of following the rules, and MORE!

Meanwhile Pep Guardiola says he would go to war with Arturo Vidal, and we’re inclined to believe him.

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Juventus and Manchester United among 20 clubs watching Erling Braut Haaland (The Guardian)

According to The Guardian, Bayern Munich are among a list of 20 clubs — a list that includes the likes of Manchester United and Juventus — who are monitoring the progress Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Braut Haaland.

The youngster has set the Champions League alight this season, scoring 6 goals — that’s one more than Robert Lewandowski, by the way. At just 19 years of age, that’s seriously impressive, and it’s no wonder that he’s attracting so much attention.

Coutinho baptized in a bathtub (Bild)

Bild has a story about Bayern Munich star Philippe Coutinho getting baptized in a bathtub. A picture uploaded by the player to Instagram shows him in a bathtub accompanied by what is presumably a priest.

Make of this what you will.

Arsenal’s secret plan is ... James Rodriguez??? (Don Balol)

According to the great Don Balon, James Rodriguez is dissatisfied with his situation at Real Madrid (where have we heard that before?). The Colombian is looking for options elsewhere, and the Premier League may be a likely destination.

According to the Don, Arsenal may be a likely candidate for James, as coach Unai Emery is looking for reinforcements to his squad. What about Mesut Ozil, you ask? Well, apparently, he’s going to be “sent packing”. How they will do that, given Ozil’s mammoth £350k a week salary, the Don does not say.

Chelsea found guilty of 150 transfer rule breaches involving 69 different player (Telegraph)

The full extent of the Fifa rules breaches that led to Chelsea’s transfer embargo was revealed on Thursday, with the club found guilty after appeal of 150 breaches of transfer rules involving 69 different academy-age players over the last 10 years.

That’s an average of 15 breaches a year and 2.1 breaches per player. This news comes at an inopportune time for Chelsea, who are trying to appeal part of their ongoing transfer ban with the CAS.

Pep Guardiola on Arturo Vidal: “If I went to war, I would definitely take him with me.” (AlAireLibre)

Speaking to Catalunya Radio, former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Arturo Vidal.

“I have very good memories of him at the time of Bayern Munich. If I went to war, I would definitely take him with me . He is a nice and extremely competitive guy, as well as a true costume man,” said the current Manchester City coach.

Guardiola also recalled that “at Bayern he gave us things that we didn’t have. You can kick Vidal in the chest and he always puts his face if needed.

The words of the coach who won multiple titles with Barcelona are similar to those previously made by Antonio Conte and Gianluigi Buffon , that Vidal would be a great ally “in case of going to war.”

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