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Daily Schmankerl: Tottenham Hotspur to pursue Hansi Flick?; Mino Raiola walks back rumors on taking Erling Haaland to Bayern Munich in 2022; Chelsea and Atletico Madrid scoping Robin Gosens; and MORE!

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Flick to Spurs? Bah, who are we kidding? (Sportslens)

Sportslense captured a report from The Telegraph, which states that Hansi Flick is interested in the job at Tottenham Hotspur.

LOL — seriously? Okay, let’s give it a go for giggles:

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is thought to be interested in becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s next boss, despite being linked to the German national team job, according to The Telegraph. However, Spurs have not reciprocated the interest despite their desire to appoint a top-class replacement for Jose Mourinho.

Spurs turned to Ajax Erik ten Hag, but the Eredivisie giants handed their manager a new contract until 2023 today. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is also on Levy’s radar, but it will potentially cost around £70 million to recruit the Foxes boss, and Tottenham have reportedly ended their interest in him. Flick is leaving Bayern at the end of the campaign, and it is widely believed he is taking over from Joachim Low at the German national team.

It would be immensely shocking — and extremely unlikely — if Flick ends up anywhere, but with the German national team. If anything, this just reads like a desperate attempt to make someone of relative importance seem interested in the Spurs’ gig.

Anyway, Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg slammed the door on any Flick-to-Tottenham rumors with this tweet:

Raiola denies master plan for Haaland-to-Bayern (@Plettigoal)

Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola denied the rumors that he was putting the squeeze to Borussia Dortmund by threatening to take his client to Bayern Munich next season. Raiola insisted the report was “fake news” and that he had no idea where it came from:

Gremio out on Costa (JuveFC)

Douglas Costa will head back to Juventus in a few weeks, but he likely won’t be there for long. Leeds United is said to be very high on the winger, but at least one other suitor — Gremio — is backing out of the race:

Gremio has abandoned their pursuit of the signature of Douglas Costa, which is a major blow to Juventus’ summer plans. The Brazilian has been on loan at Bayern Munich in this campaign, but the Germans don’t have the option to make it permanent and they also don’t have the appetite to do that.

However, the economics involved in signing a top player like him from Europe has proven to be too much for them, according to Globo Esporte via Calciomercato. Costa was linked with the likes of Wolves in the summer, but he wanted to still play for a top club and chose Bayern.

Atleti and Chelsea duel on Gosens (Transfer Market Web)

Atalanta star and Germany international Robin Gosens is getting a lot of attention abroad as Atlético Madrid and Chelsea join Manchester City in allegedly being interested in the 26-year-old:

Possibly leaving Atalanta on an about 40 million euros transfer fee, German international wingback/wide midfielder Robin Gosens (26) is allegedly growing into a major target for both Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. La Dea (“The Goddess”) powerhouse was recently inquired about by both Inter Milan and Juventus as well.

Bayern Munich has also been loosely linked to Gosens, whose profile might be more valued in Bavaria if — big if — Julian Nagelsmann implements a formation with a back-three.

James happy with Everton (Sky)

Former Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has started to be linked to moves away from The Toffees (interestingly as rumors linking Philippe Coutinho have started to heat up), but Carlo Ancelotti says things are all good with the Colombian:

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says James Rodriguez is happy at Goodison Park and is positive about the Colombian’s contract situation at the club.

Musiala’s buddy goes in the 4th round (@NFL)

Jamal Musiala’s new friend Amon-Ra St. John was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 4th round of the NFL Draft with the 112th overall pick:

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