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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester United leading the race for Erling Haaland?; Wolfsburg wants Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann; Jerome Boateng pondering London move; and MORE!

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How did the weekend blow up like it did?

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Hoffmann to the Wolves? (kicker)

Wolfsburg is reportedly eyeing Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann. If Hoffmann and Wolfsburg were able to agree on a deal, the goalkeeper would immediately be loaned away to get match experience:

According to kicker information, VfL is dealing with Ron-Thorben Hoffmann from FC Bayern. Hoffmann’s contract ends this summer, but Bayern have the option to extend it. It is of particular interest to VfL. Should the Bayern goalkeeper come, he could be loaned out directly in order to be able to collect match practice at the highest possible level.

Hoffmann might be in a weird spot. Technically, Bayern Munich could trigger an option to extend his deal for another year, which would effectively allow the club to sell him. Would Wolfsburg still be interested in Hoffmann if it has to pay a sum for him?

We might soon find out.

Haaland to United? (Sunday Express)

Could Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland be headed to Manchester United? There is some momentum heading that way it seems:

Manchester United are likely to sign Erling Haaland in this summer’s transfer window, an experienced director believes. The Norway international is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target. But landing him won’t be straightforward with a number of other clubs also keen to strike a deal.

Another report captured by The Express indicated that Haaland’s close relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be a huge boost to Manchester United’s hope of landing the star striker:

Arilas Ould-Saada, chief football writer for Norwegian newspaper VG, told the Manchester Evening News: “They were very close. As a former striker, Solskjaer was in many ways a mentor for Erling, teaching him how to move in the box, how to finish, how to look for weaknesses in the opponents when waiting to come on from the bench.”

I’m all for the plan we heard so much about that had Haaland staying in Germany for another year and then moving right to Bayern Munich. That seems like a winner.

Boateng could imagine London (Transfer Tavern)

It looks like Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng could see himself in London next season:

According to an update by Bild journalist Christian Falk (via Sport Witness), dropping an enticing Tottenham transfer claim, target and 6 foot 3 colossus Jerome Boateng could ‘imagine’ moving to London this summer after his contract expires.

Boateng is set to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of 2020/2021 after Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed his current deal will not be extended (The Athletic).

Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been closely linked to Boateng.

Aarons to Everton? (Transfer Market Web)

Norwich City right-back — and former Bayern Munich transfer target — Max Aarons is allegedly closing in on a deal with Everton:

Previously inquired about by many prominent clubs, including Bayern Munich and Manchester United, English U21 international right-back Max Aarons (21) is allegedly getting closer and closer to join Everton. Currently on a deal with Norwich City until June 2024, the 2000-born is roughly worth 16 million pounds.

Ortega pondering Bayern move? (Tz)

Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega sees to be warming to the idea of playing less, but winning more with a bigger club.

“In the end you only have one career. If I went to Munich, I would have the opportunity to win titles, compete in the Champions League in Europe , and maybe play a few games with a world club. If a first-class club like Bayern or Real Madrid knocked at my door, that would be something I would deal with,” Ortega said.