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Daily Schmankerl: Chelsea still scoping Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle; Real Madrid might have to pick between Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe?; Franck Ribery eyeing Bundesliga return?; and MORE!

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Chelsea’s top center-back targets include Süle, but not Alaba (Football365)

With loads of cash, Chelsea is primed and ready for another transfer market splurge. Among the London club’s primary targets is Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle. David Alaba, however, seems like he is falling off of Chelsea’s radar:

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have been in splendid form since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment. Rudiger was initially exiled from Frank Lampard’s squad at the start of the season but the German has played in all 10 of Chelsea’s matches under Tuchel.

The Athletic names three defenders under consideration by the decision-makers at Stamford Bridge. Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez is on the list, joined by Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule and RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.

So what to do about Rudiger and Christensen? Both are approaching the final year of their contracts and Chelsea are loathe to lose them for nothing. The Telegraph says the club are planning to offer Christensen a new deal, but The Athletic suggests Chelsea are yet to initiate talks with either player.

Mario Gomez and Benedikt Höwedes joining Amazon (Sport Bild)

Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is entering the studio analyst game beginning next season. Amazon Prime (in Germany) will be showing 16 Champions League games beginning in August and will always have the top game on Tuesdays. Gomez will be joining Amazon for their coverage along with former Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Höwedes.

While Gomez is set for the studio, Höwedes will be a co-commentator which he’s previously been doing for Sky in Germany.

Ribery back to the BuLi? (Transfer Market Web)

Franck Ribery seems set to leave Fiorentina after this season and might be looking to return to the Bundesliga:

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, former Bayern Munich and French NT star wide midfielder/winger Franck Ribery (turning 38 on April 7), besides being tracked by Italian second-tier ambitious side Monza, might be due for a return to Bundesliga, once current season’s over. Playing for Fiorentina since 2019/20, Ribery is leaving Viola, once current season’s over, on a free move.

Fabregas laments all of Reus’ injuries (@cesc4official)

AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas would have liked to see Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus’ career minus the slew of unfortunate injuries that he has suffered:

Madrid facing choice between Mbappe and Haaland (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid might have a hard choice make if Kylian Mbappe makes himself available to Los Blancos:

Haaland’s performance has not gone unnoticed by Real Madrid who have the Norwegian as one of their big targets for this summer. However, everything can change if Mbappé, the great target of the white club is put in his sights this summer. In that case, Madrid will have to choose a target because it seems clear that financially it seems impossible to sign both at the same time.

You make the call, who would you choose as foundational piece for your club moving forward?

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  • 70%
    Erling Haaland
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    Kylian Mbappe
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Coutinho officially on the block (Transfer Market Web)

Per a report, FC Barcelona has officially put Philipps Coutinho up for sale:

According to The Sun, Brazilian international attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho (28) is going to be on the move again, once current season’s over. Still on a deal with Barcelona FC until June 2023, former Liverpool and Bayern Munich playmaker was linked to a bunch of clubs during last summer, including Everton, Leicester City, Newcastle, Juventus, and PSG.