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Daily Schmankerl: Mino Raiola directing Erling Haaland to Bayern Munich in 2022?; Liverpool to court Florian Neuhaus; Leeds United interested in Douglas Costa; Manchester City scoping Robin Gosens; and MORE!

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Bayern Munich’s week has certainly not been uneventful.

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Raiola pushing Haaland to Bayern? (@LeahSmith_)

Stretty News and Caught Offside reporter Leah Smith has a pretty crazy story. Smith (no relation) is reporting that Mino Raiola will push Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to sign with Bayern Munich in 2022 if the club does not let him leave this summer:

More Neuhaus to LFC noise (HITC)

Liverpool could quickly be pushing itself into the race for Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder — and alleged Bayern Munich transfer target — Florian Neuhaus:

Emile Heskey thinks Borussia Monchengladbach ace Florian Neuhaus could add a dimension to Liverpool’s midfield not seen since Philippe Coutinho’s departure, speaking exclusively to HITC. The stylish 24-year-old carries the ball with the kind of effortless elegance epitomised by a Mesut Ozil or a Kai Havertz but plays deeper than both; a number eight rather than a number ten. BILD reporter Christian Falk claimed last week that Neuhaus is interested in a summer move to Liverpool.

“I think they’ve missed that (sort of player) since Coutinho. Someone who can get in those pockets, travel with the ball and start committing defenders to come out of those spaces which they can exploit,” says the former Anfield hero. “We don’t really have that at this moment in time. I thought Curtis Jones could be one of those but when you’re in and out of the team, like he is, it’s difficult – especially when you’re a young lad as well! So someone like (Neuhaus) would suit Liverpool in the way that they play. Someone who can really drive with the ball. If you just sit in your zones, then it’s difficult to actually break teams down. If you can have someone with a bit of creativity, who starts pulling players all over the place, that’s what you need.”

Leeds eyeing Bayern target Kvaratskhelia (Transfer Market Web)

Leeds United is reportedly jumping into the race for Bayern Munich transfer target Khvicha Kvaratskhelia:

Already tracked by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, and AC Milan, Georgian international winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (20) has been targeted by Leeds United as well. Rubin Kazan up-and-comer is currently on a deal with Russian club until June 2024.

Leeds still eyeing Costa (Leeds All Over)

With the news that Douglas Costa would not be available for the remainder of this season, the immediate focus on the Brazilian has shifted to where he will end up next season:

Leeds United have been credited with interest in Juventus winger Douglas Costa, but face competition from Wolves. The Whites have been linked with names far and wide between January and now as the summer window draws nearer.

Calciomercato recently claimed that Leeds were interested in out-of-favour Juventus winger Douglas Costa. Costa has been out on-loan at Bayern Munich this season but has struggled to make a consistent impact. It would appear neither Bayern nor Juve are interested in him playing for them next season. Now, Calciomercato are reporting that Wolves are joining Leeds in pursuit of the Brazilian, and are readying a £9million offer.

Man City eyeing Gosens (Vital Football)

Could Pep Guardiola be looking for a little more German engineering with Manchester City? At least one report thinks Robin Gosens is on Pep’s radar:

Benjamin Mendy could be on his way out of Manchester City this summer and the Sky Blues have been linked with Alex Sandro, Nuno Mendes, David Alaba and Gabriel Gudmundsson as potential replacements.

FC Inter News (h/t Sport Witness) say Robin Gosens is on their radar while the Daily Mail note Nicolas Tagliafico is an option, so City have plenty of successors for the 26-year-old. Gosens has impressed at Atalanta this season, scoring 10 goals and making eight assists in 38 games across the board, so it’s no surprise Pep Guardiola is monitoring his progress. The German international is out of contract in 2022, however, so his long-term future at the Stadio di Bergamo is uncertain. Gosens might not want to sign an extension with Atletico Madrid and Juventus reportedly keen, so City have an opportunity to pounce this summer.

Gator invades TFC training (ESPN)

Toronto FC had a visitor at its training session ahead of its CONCACAF Champions League match against Cruz Azul:

A message from the GOAT (@alvaroodriozola)

One does not trifle with Alvaro Odriozola...or he will see you in London: