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Daily Schmankerl: Borussia Dortmund assumes Erling Haaland will stay, but Real Madrid and Man City are in pursuit; Cool stuff on Leon Goretzka; Transfer news on Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva; plus MORE!

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Dortmund think Haaland will stay for 2021/2022 (Goal)

Borussia Dortmund is covering its ears and ignoring all of the transfer noise regarding star striker Erling Haaland:

Borussia Dortmund “assume” that Erling Haaland will still be their player next season and are including him in their plans for the future, insists the club’s head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl.

Haaland is one of the most in-demand players in world football, with a bidding war set to intensify for the striker’s signature amid Dortmund’s struggles to qualify for the Champions League next season.

With some deep-pocketed heavyweights rumored to be ready to bid on Haaland, keeping the Norwegian for next season might be wishful thinking by Dortmund.

“We assume that he will stay beyond the summer and become an even better player with us,” Kehl told Sport Bild (as captured by Goal).

Sport Bild (as captured by Transfer Market Web) also insinuated that Haaland might be leaning toward Manchester City for the next stage of his career:

While Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are still serious over getting Norwegian international striker Erling Haaland (20) from Borussia Dortmund, former Salzburg hitman, according to Sport Bild, seems rather prone to accept an invite from Manchester City, which might of course bode well for current Premier League leaders. While German giants seem planning to keep him in a whole season longer, letting Jadon Sancho out instead, a €75m exit clause is due to be triggered on his contract, come summer 2022.

That exit clause has been a big point of discussion. Some reports say €75 million, while others list €100 million.

Meanwhile, Spanish radio station Cadena SER is reporting that Real Madrid is going to do “everything possible” to secure Haaland this summer:

BFW man doing great things (@David_VanOpdorp)

BFW’s own David VanOpdorp worked on this feature of Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka for Deutsche Welle:

Goretzka named to’s team of the month (@WhoScored)

Goretzka was also named to’s Bundesliga team of the month. Goretzka was Bayern Munich’s only representative:

Wirtz the latest to be felled by COVID-19 (@bayer04_en)

Bayer Leverkusen phenom Florian Wirtz was the latest player to go down with a positive test for COVID-19.

With an international break scheduled for later this month, it is unclear how this would affect any hope Wirtz has for a call-up to the German national team.

Costa rumored to be part of Juve package deal for Bellerin (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa is expected to return to Juventus after this season, but the Serie A power appears ready to ship the Brazilian right back in a package deal with Arsenal for Hector Bellerin:

Juventus are reportedly willing to offer Douglas Costa and Adrien Rabiot in a potential deal for Arsenal ’s Hector Bellerin. Bellerin has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the Serie A giants, Barcelona and PSG said to be keen.

The Italian club are believed to be in pole position if Bellerin does depart north London - and TuttoJuve now claim Costa and Rabiot could be involved in a deal. Both players have been tentatively linked with Arsenal in the past and could be handed a chance to head to north London with Bellerin heading the other way.

Silva has a long list of suitors (Read West Ham)

Andre Silva has had quite a season so far for Eintracht Frankfurt and has been linked to West Ham United among other clubs:

West Ham target Andre Silva has told Portuguese outlet O Jogo he believes his transfer value stands at around €30million following a successful Bundesliga campaign.

The 25-year-old has bagged 19 goals this term in the league having returned to Eintracht Frankfurt from a loan spell with AC Milan. Linked with a move to the Hammers and Premier League rivals Wolves as well as La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the past, Silva was jovial in his handling of speculation around his future. He said:

”105 million? I’m kidding! I think I heard somewhere around 30 (million). When we sell our merchandise, we always increase the value a little bit. I’ve been hearing rumours but it’s just that. Rumours are rumours. (The transfer speculation) is something that gives me more motivation to work, it is a sign that what I’ve accomplished has borne fruit and the path has been good.”

Per Transfer Market Web, Silva has more than just West Ham United chasing him, though:

Possibly leaving Eintracht Frankfurt, once current season’s over, on an about 25 million euros transfer fee, Portuguese international striker André Silva (25), according to both German sources and UK ones, has been targeted by Arsenal. Former Porto and AC Milan hitman is already tracked by Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, and Wolverhampton.

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