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Daily Schmankerl: Erling Haaland rejects Borussia Dortmund offer; Cody Gakpo dreams of La Liga over Bayern Munich; Chelsea wants Christopher Nkunku; Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid or staying with PSG?; Hijinks from Arturo Vidal; and MORE!

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Borussia Dortmund v Sporting CP: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images

Report: Haaland rejects latest Dortmund offer (Transfer Market Web)

With everyone from Bayern Munich to Chelsea FC to Real Madrid to FC Barcelona to Manchester City to Manchester United — and a slew more interested in him — Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has bought himself a bit more time before he has to make a decision.

Haaland rejected BVB’s latest bid, but has not closed the door on the Bundesliga club:

Erling Haaland will be one of the great protagonists of the next transfer market after the Norwegian footballer has made the decision to reject the renewal offer that Borussia Dortmund had put on the table to go on to collect 15 million euros net for season at Signal Iduna Park, thus being a footballer who is already in the crosshairs of several of the best teams on the European continent with a view to the coming season.

According to the newspaper AS, Haaland considers that his moment as a Borussia Dortmund footballer has come to an end, and it is time to take a new leap in quality with teams such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United or Manchester City. who are currently the main favorites to take over the services of the 21-year-old Nordic attacker, who has already accumulated 11 goals and 4 assists in 8 games played for the German team so far this year.

Now it is the turn of the representative of Haaland, the famous Mino Raiola, to negotiate with all those clubs interested in the signing of the Norwegian footballer, in a movement with which the agent will try to fill his pockets as much as possible with a commission that promises to be historic when Like the signing of Haaland by any of these clubs mentioned above, with the one who manages to take the jack to the water with a world-class striker with whom to dominate the European football scene for the next decade.

Gakpo eyes La Liga move (Sport1)

PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo was honored to be mentioned in rumors with Bayern Munich, but his heart is — apparently — in Spain:

Will FC Bayern strengthen itself with national player Cody Gakpo from the Netherlands? Voetbal International had already reported on the interest of the record champions in the summer - now the 22-year-old from PSV Eindhoven expressed himself about his future.

“This is of course a super big club,” said Gakpo of Bavaria: “It’s nice to be associated with it. That makes me proud.”

The attacker, who comes mainly from the left side, still has a contract in Eindhoven until 2025. This season he has eight points (two goals, six assists) in eight Eredivisie games.

Even if Gakpo, who was part of the Netherlands’s European Championship squad and came on a mission, feels honored by the alleged Bayern interest - his dream goal would be a different one. “Do I have a dream league? The Spanish league attracts me.”

Disaster for PSG? Mbappe could leave club on a free transfer...or maybe not according to his mother (Sport1)

Kylian Mbappe could really leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer — or he could sign a mega-deal with Real Madrid. No one really knows at this point, but his mother sure help confuse things even more:

Actually everything seemed clear: Kylian Mbappé is moving to Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. Real President Florentino Perez was optimistic, but then rowed back and Mbappé himself openly flirted with Los Blancos.

But now there could be another turning point in the transfer saga. Because Kylian Mbappé’s mother, Fayza Lamari, speaks openly in Le Parisien about a possible extension at Paris Saint Germain. “We’re talking to PSG at the moment and everything is going very well.” She spoke to Leonardo last day and Kylian is currently very happy. Lamari especially makes people sit up and take notice with this sentence: “With Kylian, everything can always change within a day!”

Did Mbappé’s dream of playing for Real Madrid disappear from one day to the next? By far not. “I understand that the PSG fans are not happy about that, but his dream is to play for PSG and for Real.” Mbappé would never make his decision based on how attractive a club is currently. When he went to Paris four years ago, Real Madrid would have been a lot more attractive.

But in the summer he would have been ready for a new challenge. “He decided to go to Real Madrid because he wanted to make his dream come true. He wanted to be there when a new story began. Kylian wanted to be the center of the new Real Madrid.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Germany vs Romania (Bavarian Football Works)

With the international break now upon us, it’s time to shift our focus from Bayern Munich to Germany. Hansi Flick has made a winning start to life as Germany coach, and will want to continue gaining momentum in the buildup to next year’s world cup. However, there’s a lot of things to do and not much time to do it — he’ll have to be quick about his work. This October international break is the last one for a long time.

Here are the talking points before the game:

  • Admitting the shameful fact that I know nothing about Romania.
  • How Hansi Flick might line up the team — formation, players, and so on.
  • The Timo Werner issue, and how Flick may be planning to revive him.
  • The midfield rotation problem — technically not a problem for Germany, but a headache for Bayern fans.
  • Potential options in defense. Could Niklas Sule be moved to right-back? Or will it be Jonas Hofmann?
  • Who will play left-back for Germany? How about ... Leroy Sane?

Vidal gets wild — again (Sport Bild)

Well...he’s back at it again. Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has found himself making headlines once again for his late night antics:

A recording made by party guests on their smartphones, which shows the ex-Bayern star just a few days before a game, apparently drunk on the trunk cover of his Ferrari, goes viral in Italy.

That happened on August 18th, just a few days before his league start with Inter Milan. This is what the “Corriere della Sera” reports. The Chilean left a pub and appears to be drunk. First he sat on a parked motorcycle, then got off to take a photo with a fan. Then suddenly he rolls backwards on the trunk of his red Ferrari on the side of the road. A man tries to help him get into the passenger seat. Vidal staggers and falls onto the seat. Is Vidal all blue here?

At least it would not be the first time that the extroverted kicker attracts attention with antics: in 2015 he drove a Ferrari while drunk and enjoyed himself extensively in the casino during the international break - much to the displeasure of the then national coach and FC Bayern.

Curious: In the afternoon before the current night of the celebration, the Inter-Star posted a photo of himself and his Ferrari and wrote: “As long as I know who I am, I don’t care what others say!”

Vidal gonna Vidal I guess.

Odegaard talks difficulty making friends at Madrid (Transfer Market Web)

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard recently admitted that it was not easy at Real Madrid — socially or on the pitch. The important thing, however, is that Odegaard grew and matured during his time in Spain:

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard admits he never felt at home when with Real Madrid. The Norwegian midfielder spent the latter half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Arsenal and, in the summer of 2021, made a permanent move to north London.

“There were many tough periods both with the first team and the second team,” he said on TV2. “But being around the best made me stronger. I feel that I have grown thanks to Madrid and I have learned from players like [Sergio] Ramos and Cristiano [Ronaldo]. When you are at the highest level, it is not as easy to make friends and that kind of thing. At least not when you are young and come from somewhere else. I came from a different dressing room culture and it is not easy to fit into a changing room [like the one at Madrid]. It was difficult but it is something that has made me stronger and I am happy to have experienced it.”

Brazilian charged with attempted murder after kicking referee in the head (CNN)

No wonder there is a referee shortage:

A Brazilian footballer is facing a charge of attempted murder after kicking a referee in the head and knocking him unconscious. In a phone interview with CNN, Vinicius de Lourenco de Assuncao, who is the police chief of Venancio Aires and made the preventive detention of William Ribeiro, said the footballer had been released from jail on Tuesday.

Ribeiro was arrested after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a match on Monday in Venancio Aires, in Brazil´s southern Rio Grande do Sul state. The match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS was in the Rio Grande do Sul state’s second tier.

Ribeiro, who was playing for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro at the beginning of the second half. Referee Crivellaro left the stadium unconscious in an ambulance and was taken to a hospital. After some examinations and observation, he was discharged on Tuesday.

“I don’t really remember (what happened). My refereeing colleagues told me that I gave him a yellow card. He punched me in the face, I fell to the ground, got kicked, and passed out,” Crivellaro told a local radio station. “This player needs treatment because he is totally out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”

Rio Grande do Sul state released a statement on Monday saying it had opened an investigation into the incident, while Sport Club Sao Paulo said that its “deeply ashamed” of the aggression and that Ribeiro´s contract had been ended.

“The aggressor athlete’s contract is summarily terminated. Furthermore, all possible and legal measures in relation to the fact will be taken,” wrote the team in an official note.

Chelsea scoping Nkunku? (Transfer Market Web)

RB Leipzig’s is drawing interest from from top-shelf suitors and now Chelsea is in the mix:

Chelsea FC are in talks to sign midfielder Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig next year, according to reports.

Foot Mercato, as quoted by The Sun, is claiming that the Blues have made the 23-year-old midfielder one of their “top targets” for the summer transfer window next year.

The story suggests that Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to work with Nkunku once again after having coached him during the pair’s time together at Paris Saint-Germain.

According to the article, Chelsea FC, Manchester City and Real Madrid are all potential destinations for the midfielder next year and all three clubs hold an interest in the Frenchman.

The French midfielder has been earning praise for his performances lately and he has already scored nine goals in 10 games for the German club so far this season.