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Daily Schmankerl: Gareth Bale linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur; Real Madrid may not want James Rodriguez back; and MORE!

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Could James Rodriguez be on his way out of Munich? If so, where might the star land as Real Madrid does not seem too keen on bringing him back on a permanent basis.

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The Bayern-Bale links are back (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has once again been linked to Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are allegedly squaring off with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for the 29-year-old.

Gareth Bale can leave Real Madrid, according to Marca the race is three for the Welshman: Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich compete for the offensive outside (player) of (Real Madrid).

The return of Zidane might hinder any hopes of a transfer back to Madrid for James (Marca)

James Rodriguez recently received his Spanish passport, which would eliminate Los Blancos needing to use a “non-European Union” slot on the Colombian. The catch, however, may be that Real Madrid does not want him back now that Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm.

James Rodriguez now has a Spanish passport and therefore won’t occupy one of the squad places available for foreign players, should he return to Real Madrid with teams in LaLiga Santander able to register just three non-EU players. But Madrid’s plans for next season won’t change because of this, and the club aren’t planning on having the Colombian in their ranks after Zinedine Zidane made his return to the bench.

It’s clear that James doesn’t want to stay on in Bavaria, and Niko Kovac doesn’t see him as someone that he would like to build his team around. Juventus have expressed an interest in the midfielder and are the most likely destination, as things stand, for him for next season.It’s an option that James would be open to, more so than moving to the Premier League.

Real Madrid’s plan for funding its war chest (@goal)

Ugh, we are heavy on Real Madrid info today, but I swear I’m not wearing all white as I type this. Allegedly, Real Madrid would use revenue generated from the sale of both Mateo Kovacic (on loan with Chelsea) and James to fund a potential move for Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard.

Premier League teams could line up to buy James (TEAMtalk)

If Bayern does not buy James and he is sent back to Real Madrid, Los Blancos will allegedly have some deep-pocketed suitors lining up including Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

A number of Premier League clubs will likely be alerted as reports suggest that Bayern Munich will not buy James Rodriguez this summer. Rodriguez joined the Bundesliga giants back in summer 2017 on a two-year loan deal, which they have option to turn into a £38million permanent switch in June. The 27-year-old, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, has not always been a first choice for Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac.

Bayern and Dortmund among eight suitors for Ziyech (TEAMtalk)

Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech has become a popular name on the transfer market and Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have both been linked to the 26-year-old winger. Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Leicester City, AS Roma, and Real Madrid are also reportedly in the mix.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly ready to challenge four Premier League clubs for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. Midfielder Ziyech, who is under contract until 2021, has had a brilliant campaign with the Dutch giants – driving them into the Champions League quarterfinals. But according to Sport, the two Bundesliga sides are not the only clubs keen on a move for the Morocco international. The reports also states that Premier League quartet Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester are keen on the player, while there is also interest from Roma and Real Madrid.

Leipzig making plans for a post-Werner life? (Football Insider)

It looks like RB Leipzig could be making contingency plans in the event that the team sells Timo Werner this summer.

RB Leipzig are readying a £30million move for Tammy Abraham after targeting him to replace star striker Timo Werner, Football Insider understands. Abraham is firmly on the radar of the Bundesliga big hitters after they watched him extensively in recent months, including in action for Aston Villa against Blackburn last weekend.

A source at Leipzig has told Football Insider that the club’s scouts have been hugely impressed by Abraham and they are preparing a mega-money move to test his parent club Chelsea’s resolve to hang onto their youth product.

Lewandowski’s post-Klassiker Sunday was full of dad things (Instagram: _rl9)

Just the way it should be.