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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Lars Lukas Mai popular on the transfer market; A mass exodus from Borussia Dortmund?; Matthijs de Ligt to FC Barcelona?; Chelsea makes contact for Erling Haaland; and MORE!

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Mai garnering interest from Belgian, Spanish, and German clubs (@kessler_philipp)

Tz journalist Philipp Kessler issued a report stating that Bayern Munich defender Lars Lukas Mai is garnering interest from a couple of clubs in Belgium, second division clubs in Germany, and some other clubs in Spain.

Mai, who spent this season on loan with Darmstadt, was impressive enough during his stint in 2. Bundesliga to attract quite a few teams:

#Basel and #Arnheim want Lukas #Mai, as do clubs from the 2nd BL in DE. But one hot trail leads to Spain. There are strong IVs like him in demand. In addition to a loan, a sale is also possible. At the #FCBayern he still has a contract until 2023. @JonasBA90 @mano_bonke

Mai seems to have established himself as a viable contender for first-team playing time at a lot of clubs, just not Bayern Munich.

Mai, like quite a few young defenders on Säbener Straße, is just caught up in a numbers game behind Niklas Süle, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Tanguy Nianzou, Alphonso Davies, Omar Richards, and — at least for now — Chris Richards (see below).

Despite being a very good prospect, there might simply — and unfortunately — be “no room at the Inn” for Mai with Bayern Munich.

Thomas Müller gets the iCarly treatment (@nocontextfcbm)

iTommy? As a father of two daughters, I am going to admit, I have walked around my house singing the iCarly theme song because it was beaten into my head at over the years.

Whoever runs this account — @nocontextfcbm — you are brilliant...though, now I may have to hunt you down for putting this back into my head.

“Leave it all to me....”

A mass exodus from Dortmund? (@swearimnotpaul)

Citing a report from German outlet Ruhr Nachrichten, Goal journalist Ronan Murphy, tweeted that Jadon Sancho, Nico Schulz, Julian Brandt, and Roman Burki could all leave Borussia Dortmund this summer:

Of the lot, I would not be opposed to Bayern Munich kicking the tires on Brandt. Sancho is not attainable and there is no need for Schulz with Alphonso Davies and Omar Richards already in-house. Burki is still too good to be a back-up as well.

Brandt, however, might be able to be had for a discounted rate. The versatile 25-year-old can play central in the midfield or wide as a winger. The down-on-his-luck former Bayer Leverkusen player might be the perfect, versatile fit to provide depth at Bayern Munch — if he was available at a cut-rate fee.

It is hard to imagine Borussia Dortmund doing business with Bayern Munich on this type of deal, though.

More news on Chelsea’s pursuit of Haaland (Transfer Market Web)

While Borussia Dortmund has stated a million times it will not sell Erling Haaland, Chelsea has — allegedly — lobbed a call to Germany in an attempt to talk about a potential move:

According to Daily Mail, Chelsea have opened discussion over a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland. The 20-year-old is under contract at Dortmund until but has a reported €75m (£66m) release clause, which comes into effect in the summer of 2022.

The Norway international had a largely positive season, scoring 41 goals in 41 games in all competitions for Dortmund since joining from Red Bull Salzburg for just £17m at the end of 2019. The bought could be difficult to achieve as the Dortmund stated they do not wish to sell the centre forward this summer.

For good measure, here is Haaland showing some impressive skill:

De Ligt to Barca? (Transfer Market Web)

Could FC Barcelona be looking to Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt to help sure up its backline?

Barcelona are looking to Serie A to reinforce the defense. As reported by Mundo Deportivo, there are three goals for the blaugrana and two are in Italy: in addition to Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City, in the notebooks of the Catalans there are also Juventus Matthijs De Ligt and Inter Milan’s Stefan De Vrij.

The Nerazzurri club, in particular, needs to make cash and could therefore also accept to deprive itself of one of the pillars of the last Scudetto.