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Daily Schmankerl: Could Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka “unlock” Kai Havertz at Chelsea?; FC Barcelona wants Andre Silva, but is battling TikTok; Chelsea has Romelu Lukaku in mind if pursuit of Erling Haaland fails; and MORE!

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Goretzka to...Chelsea? (The Express)

In what could labelled a complete stretch, The Express thinks that the “key” to unlocking Chelsea’s Kai Havertz in London will be signing Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka to play behind Havertz in the midfield. But wait...there’s more!

The Express also thinks Goretzka, whose deal expires in 2022, could be available “at a cut-price this summer with Bayern expected to undergo big changes with a number of players on expiring contracts.”

Yeah...here we go:

It hasn’t gone to plan for Kai Havertz since his £70m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer. Lampard, and now Tuchel have used the German in a number of positions, with the latter most recently using him as a centre forward.

But Tuchel may be given an indication on how to get Havertz thriving, by watching him on international duty. The forward netted during Germany’s 3-0 win over Iceland, with Joachim Low playing him out wide in a front-three. Given the freedom to control Germany’s attack, Havertz looks more expressive and relaxed on the ball.

And a huge part of that is due to Leon Goretzka’s role for Germany playing just behind Havertz in midfield. Goretzka’s contract situation is yet to be resolved with the Bundesliga giants and his current deal expires in 2022.

Chelsea to chase Lukaku if Haaland pursuit fails (Sport Bild)

Should Chelsea fail to land Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, the Premier League club will be looking to Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as a contingency plan:

All of Europe is chasing Dortmund’s super clipper Erling Haaland (20)! Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or FC Barcelona — hardly any top club is not associated with the Norwegian mega-striker. Of course, also there: Chelsea FC! The club of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich invested 220 million euros in new players last season, and now his wallet could be opened even wider for Haaland.

However, if a Haaland transfer does not work out, coach Thomas Tuchel’s club already has a plan B in its pocket. As the English newspaper “Telegraph” writes, Romelu Lukaku (27) will then be lured to Stamford Bridge.

Good meme usage (@FCBayernUS)

I mean...it’s true, right? #STORMTANK:

Ramsey rumors rubbished for Liverpool (@FabrizioRomano)

Aaron Ramsey was linked to Bayern Munich at one point, but now that he’s rumored to be on his way out of Juventus, the 30-year-old has a quite a few suitors. Per Fabrizio Romano, however, Liverpool will not be one of them:

Barca battling finances and TikTok (ESPN)

FC Barcelona is not just battling Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for La Liga supremacy, nor are they only in a fight against their own financial issues. Nope, Barca is also battling....TikTok. Specifically, those who are heavy users (TikTok-ers?):

Barcelona want to increase security at their training ground to stop players being harassed, sources told ESPN, with Lionel Messi and other stars targeted by users of the social media platform TikTok. As well as being constantly filmed up close, they’re often insulted in search of a reaction.

Messi lost his cool earlier this month amid the provocation from users of the app, a place where people can share and upload short video clips. “You’ve already made a ton of the same videos, you can’t spend your whole life making videos of me,” he said.

Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong have been targeted, while defender Samuel Umtiti was accosted at a set of traffic lights, briefly getting out of his car before getting back in, as he left training by a group of youngsters shouting “Go to Barca B” at him.

Midfielder Pedri has been sought out at his home and several players found people waiting for them at Barcelona-El Prat airport this week as they departed for international duty this week.

Needless to say, FC Barcelona is looking to improve the security measures at its training grounds.

Gosens coveted by Juve and City (Transfer Market Web)

Atalanta star and Germany international Robin Gosens might have two powerhouses in Juventus and Manchester City battling over him:

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, both Juventus and Manchester City are tracking German international left wingback Robin Gosens (26). Atalanta heavily scoring powerhouse is worth around 40 million euros.

Barca chasing Silva (Sport Bild)

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva has had quite a season and now the 25-year-old is getting attention from some mega-clubs...including FC Barcelona:

At Eintracht Frankfurt, top striker André Silva (25) has meanwhile made himself indispensable. The Portuguese hits like on the assembly line, has already scored 21 goals this season in the Bundesliga. It goes without saying that some clubs abroad have long since become interested.

FC Barcelona is also said to have reached out to the attacker. This is reported by the Spanish portal “El Gol Digital”, but at the same time writes that Silva should not be the first choice of those responsible.

Germany U-21s draw with Netherlands (@DFB_Team_EN)

Germany used an 84th minute goal from Lukas Nmecha to earn a 1-1 draw with the Dutch: