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Daily Schmankerl: AC Milan makes strong play for Florian Thauvin; Juventus ramps up pursuit of Nicolo Zaniolo; Everton chasing Steven Bergwijn; and MORE!

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Thauvin appears headed to Milan (Football Italia)

AC Milan might have surged ahead of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the race to land Olympique Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.

Milan are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Olympique Marseille and France winger Florian Thauvin. According to France Football, Milan are ‘very close’ to reaching an agreement with Thauvin. The reputable publication explains Marseille are willing to let the attacker go for €30-40m, given his contract is about to enter its final two years.

Dortmund trying to squeeze M’Gladbach on Hazard (Fear The Wall)

Our sister site Fear The Wall captured a story by kicker that detailed that haggling going on between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach over a potential transfer of Thorgan Hazard to BVB.

(Michael) Zorc is forcing Borussia Mönchengladbach to lower their price on Thorgan Hazard this summer by threatening that the Belgian will leave the club next summer for free - should a transfer not occur in the coming months. Talks between (Max) Eberl and Zorc have stalled, as Hazard’s €40m is the obvious sticking point.

Seeing how Gladbach obviously want to recoup the largest fee possible, evidenced by Liverpool’s interest in the versatile attacker, and their alleged wish to move Hazard outside of the Bundesliga, it must be frustrating to be put in this position. According to kicker, losing Hazard for free next summer is not an option for Eberl, and if Hazard is willing to push off his move to Dortmund for entire year, Gladbach has no other option but to sell for a cut rate fee this summer.

The situation does not sound all that different than what Bayern and RB Leipzig are going through in negotiations for Timo Werner.

Juve meeting with Zaniolo’s agent (Transfer Market Web)

Juventus is making a push for AS Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, which could leave Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain on the outside looking in.

According to Tuttosport, as foreseen by TMW Italy, Juventus director of football Fabio Paratici, just before Bianconeri got bumped away from Champions League, met Claudio Vigorelli, agent of Italian international inside/attacking midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo (19). Meanwhile, AS Roma are still planning to keep the wooed around 1999-born put, and have just turned down both Bayern Munich and PSG on him.

Arsenal has also been linked to Zaniolo as well.

Sagnol looking to take the helm once again (The Scottish Sun)

Former Bayern coach Willy Sagnol is looking to become manager of Celtic.

Champions League winner Willy Sagnol will throw his name into the hat for the Celtic job. The Frenchman, 42, is hopeful of making the move into management in Britain and was linked to the Huddersfield job in January before Jan Siewert succeeded David Wagner.

Celtic are still on the hunt for a permanent manager since Brendan Rodgers’ departure with Neil Lennon stepping into the caretaker’s role until the end of the season. And Bayern Munich legend Sagnol’s UK-based representative Alex McDonald has confirmed the French World Cup finalist will apply for the role. McDonald said: “Willy is definitely interested in the Celtic job and will apply in the summer.”

Hecking staying in the Bundesliga? (kicker)

Outgoing M’Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking might land on his feet with Schalke 04.

According to kicker information, Dieter Hecking, who is leaving the season-ending Bundesliga team Borussia Mönchengladbach, is the top candidate for the pot in the FC Schalke 04. The Royal Blues, who are in the basement of the first league after a weak season, in the meantime Domenico Tedesco released and Huub Stevens installed as an interim solution until the end of the season, looking for an experienced coach from the season 2019/20. The 54-year-old Hecking fits into the profile.

Bergwijn has many suitors (Transfer Market Web)

Everton joins Bayern, Napoli, and AC Milan as potential landing spots for PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn.

Everton star winger Richarlison is allegedly tracked by most Premier League top clubs. Despite having signed him just last summer from Watford, (Everton) might go for a big-time cash gain and sell him away. The Goodison Park side club leaders themselves set their eyes on Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn (21), as a possible replacement. PSV Eindhoven main man is tracked by Bayern Munich, Napoli, and Milan giants as well.