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Daily Schmankerl: Borussia Dortmund wants three Chelsea players previously linked to Bayern Munich; Tottenham Hotspur leads on Corentin Tolisso; Liverpool eyeing Antonio Rüdiger; Cocaine Hippos; and MORE!

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Werner, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi on Dortmund’s radar (Transfer Market Web)

Borussia Dortmund could be eyeing up three Chelsea FC players that have been linked to Bayern Munich: Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi:

Borussia Dortmund wants to give a coup of authority in the next summer market with high-level signings, in fact, they will try to take over three Chelsea footballers. Those at Signal Iduna Park are aware that there is a good chance that Erling Haaland will leave at the end of the season, but they will use the money he leaves in the club’s coffers to convince three key players, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson- Odoi, that’s how ‘TeamTalk’ tells it.

It might not be farfetched to think about any of the three making a move to Germany based on their respective situations. Werner has already made it clear that he is not too fond of his limited play, while Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi are both also caught up in a numbers game. Werner and Pulisic have ties back to Germany, but Hudson-Odoi seems the least likely to make the jump. It would seem as if the winger could find a better destination in England without the language issue (which Werner and Pulisic would not have).

Spurs lead Roma, Juve on Tolisso (Football Italia)

Tottenham Hotspur is rumored to be ahead of Inter Milan in a pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso:

According to reports in Italy, Corentin Tolisso won’t sign a contract extension with Bayern Munich and Tottenham are ahead of Roma and Juventus in the race to sign the Frenchman as a free agent. Tolisso sees his contract expire in June 2022 and according to Calciomercato.com, he won’t sign a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

Tottenham director Fabio Paratici is an admirer of the 27-year-old, so much so he had tried to bring him to Juventus before Tolisso joined Bayern Munich in 2017. According to the report, Spurs have already made contact with the player’s agents ahead of a free move in the summer. Tolisso will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club from January, but Roma and Juventus are also keeping a close eye on him.

However, Tolisso has high salary demands as he reportedly requested a €6m-a-year contract. Roma are unwilling to offer him as much and the same goes for Inter that, according to the report, are not interested in signing the 27-year-old given his economic demands.

Inter Milan has also been mentioned as a potential destination for Tolisso, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.

ICYMI: Bayern’s stunning 5-0 defeat to Gladbach in the DFB-Pokal (Bavarian Football Works)

If you missed our postgame show, well, here you go:

Cocaine Hippos back in the news (@Metro)

Since watching Narcos and several documentaries, I have always been intrigued at how Pablo Escobar brought hippos to Colombia and then how they subsequently were just like, “F this, we might as well stay and take over.”

There are now as many as 65-80 hippos just running rampant in Colombia — there is probably a James Rodriguez joke somewhere here, but it has not come to me yet. Anyway, I am not sure what this ruling means (if anything), but I will always be fascinated by the Colombian hippos:

LFC eyeing Rüdiger (The Hard Tackle)

Chelsea FC defender Antonio Rüdiger is being scoped by a number of teams in the event he leaves London and Liverpool is now among them:

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger who will be out of contract at the end of the season and is a target for Manchester City and Tottenham. According to a report from Eurosport, Liverpool are monitoring the contract situation of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who will be a free agent next summer and is being pursued by Manchester City and Tottenham.

Recent reports have indicated that Rudiger’s representatives are already in talks with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. As per the report mentioned above, the Premier League duo has been joined by Liverpool, who are being kept abreast of any developments regarding the German’s situation.

Aside of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also been linked to the Germany interntional.

Quality work (@fcunion_en)

This was good from Union Berlin:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is going to have to try and shake off the wicked shellacking it received in the DFB-Pokal against Gladbach by traveling to Germany’s capital for a match-up with Union Berlin.

With heavy legs — and potentially some shaken confidence — Bayern Munich will have to try and ease the sting of the embarrassment it likely feels after being horse-kicked by Die Fohlen.

Here is what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A look at the form of both squads.
  • A look at how Bayern Munich can get back on track.
  • A guess at Bayern Munich’s potential lineup.
  • A prediction on the match.