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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich scoping Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold; Thomas Tuchel’s advice to Chelsea’s Timo Werner; Erling Haaland too expensive for Manchester City (LOL); and MORE!

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This is what you would call a big week for Bayern Munich, eh?

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04 - DFB Cup: Round Of Sixteen Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Bayern eyeing Maximilian Arnold? (Transfer Market Web)

Bayern Munich has reportedly been in the market for a new midfielder. With Florian Neuhaus and his €40 million price tag off the table, the Bavarians have been linked to several other midfielders including Stade Rennais FC’s Eduardo Camavinga, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, and Reading FC’s Michael Olise among others others.

Now, however, we have a report stating that Bayern Munich could have interest in Wolfsburg star Maximilian Arnold, who is having a tremendous season:

Currently on a deal with Wolfsburg until June 2026, German midfielder Maximilian Arnold (26), according to Goal.com, has been targeted by Bayern Munich. Arnold’s allegedly worth 19 million euros..

With Angelo Stiller bolting Bayern Munich for Hoffenheim, Javi Martinez likely leaving Bavaria, and the respective futures of Corentin Tolisso and Tiago Dantas murky at best, sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic could, indeed, have a laundry list of midfielders that he wants to sign — including Arnold.

Arnold has been a bright spot for Wolfsburg this season, but at 26-years-old — and with a contract already running through 2026 — Arnold seems like an odd fit on the surface. With three midfield spots (Thomas Müller’s role included), Arnold would not be a player that could overtake Müller, Leon Goretzka, or Joshua Kimmich for a starting role. More, it is hard to think that Arnold would want to make such a move at this stage of his career unless he is strictly focused on winning trophies.

A move away from Wolfsburg to Bayern Munich would increase his chances of that goal, but also almost certainly decrease his playing time as well.

Tuchel’s advice to Werner (@HaytersTV)

Chelsea had a bad, red card-induced loss to West Brom over the weekend, but before the game Thomas Tuchel talked over Timo Werner’s recent mental block in scoring goals. Predictably, it came out....awkward:

Raiola’s world tour has an end game (@cfbayern)

According to Sport Bild’s Christian Falk, Mino Raiola is visiting all of Erling Haaland’s prospective suitors because he wants to pressure Borussia Dortmund into selling the star striker this summer:

More dogs causing chaos on television (@miblogestublog)

On Saturday, we saw a dog steal a microphone from an on-air reporter...but this dog below had a better plan. This good boy was on a mission to discreetly steal an empanada while on on live television:

Pep says Haaland is too expensive...LOL (Transfer Market Web)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was dumbfounded to see the rumored prices associated with Haaland:

Addressed with rumours linking 20-year old star striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola stated: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but the rumoured ones are definitely prices we can’t afford. There’s a chance we won’t be buying any forward at all, right now. Challenging Dortmund? Of course, but, first, we need to focus on Leicester match. We’d be closer to Premier title, by defeating Foxes.”

However, another report states that Manchester City has allegedly prioritized Haaland over a pursuit Lionel Messi — which makes sense given their respective ages (captured by Sky):

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has overtaken Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi as Manchester City’s No 1 transfer target, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror. Haaland’s representatives recently visited Barcelona and Madrid for talks.

Agent Mino Raiola and Alf Inge, the father of Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland, initially landed in Barcelona ahead of a meeting with Joan Laporta, who was elected as Barca president last month. Raiola and Alf Inge Haaland then flew to Spain’s capital for further talks with Real Madrid.

Arsenal eyeing Nkunku (Transfer Market Web)

Arsenal might have its eyes on RB Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nkunku:

Playing for RB Leipzig since 2019/20, French attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku (23), according to Sky Sport Deutschland, is growing into a major Arsenal target. Currently on a deal with June 2024, PSG alumni is worth around 35 million euros right now.

Nkunku is a solid player, but not really a bonifide difference-maker. If RB Leipzig can convince Arsenal to put up a decent fee, Die Roten Bullen should look to make that deal.