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Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain
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Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes for special praise after Manchester United beat Spanish side, Granada 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday. The 2-0 away win gave the Premier League giants a huge advantage towards the semi-finals. Lindelof assisted Marcus Rashford for the first goal with his superb through ball on 31 minutes. And Bruno Fernandes won and scored a late penalty to make it 2-0 for the Red Devils in the first leg of the quarter-final ties. The second leg takes place at Old Trafford next week and the winners will face either Ajax or Porto in the semi-finals. Solskjaer was asked whether there was a player he was particularly impressed with and he said, “Yeah definitely, Victor. “He kept us gl...
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: I’ve Put Sergio Ramos Behind me – Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: I’ve Put Sergio Ramos Behind me – Mohamed Salah

Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah has put his issues with veteran Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos behind him. Salah spoke ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Real Madrid on April 6 in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Liverpool winger said he is no longer bothering himself about the shoulder dislocation he suffered after a clash with Ramos in the Champions League final in the 2018 final, which forced him to watch from the dressing room as his side lost 3-1 to the La Liga giants. The north African star said he has devoted himself to securing a better result against Real Madrid this time around. “That game is in the past, so I don’t think about [what happened with Ramos],” Salah told Marca. “I’m thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone want...
Cristiano Ronaldo gets new role at Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo gets new role at Real Madrid

  Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered the role of an ambassador by Real Madrid when he retires from playing, according to OkDiario. The sports site reports that Real Madrid have no plan to resign the Portuguese as a player but will be given a new role by Los Blancos when he retires. The 36-year-old currently plying his thread with Juventus has been linked with a move back to Spain ahead of the summer transfer window. However, that does not seem such move will materialise as Juventus chief, Paved Nedved had recently declared that the 5 times ballon d’Or winner will see out his contract in Turin. The speculation about Ronaldo’s future increased ever since their Champions League exit to Porto earlier in the month. Yet OkDiario say the La Liga giants don’t want to re-...
Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona
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Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that he exchanged pleasantries with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi after his team defeated the La Liga giants 4-1 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie earlier this week in Spain. Pochettino also said that he didn’t have any discussion with Messi about the 33-year-old’s future at Barcelona amid interests from PSG. Messi’s contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of the season, and PSG are the frontrunners for the Argentine captain’s signature. Messi and Pochettino did cross paths immediately after the full-time whistle at Camp Nou, but the PSG boss is now saying that they only said ‘hello and goodbye’. “With Messi, we just said hello and goodbye,” Pochettino told Spanish outlet Tot Cos...
‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup
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‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has challenged manager Hansi Flick and his Bayern Munich team to a ‘battle of the sextuples.’ The challenge came after Bayern Munich matched Guardiola’s Barcelona team’s achievement with a sixth straight trophy. Bayern beat Tigres to win the Club World Cup on Thursday, adding to five other titles they won in a single year. Bayern won the Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup titles over the last year. This means that the Bundesliga giants became only the second side ever to win the sextuple, matching Guardiola’s legendary 2009 Barcelona team. Reacting to the development, Guardiola who now manages Manchester City, congratulated Bayern Munich and the manager for equaling his record. “But I would like...
EPL: David Alaba Gives Condition to Sign for Chelsea
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EPL: David Alaba Gives Condition to Sign for Chelsea

Bayern Munich defender, David Alaba, has given a condition to sign for Chelsea this summer transfer window. Alaba will join Chelsea at the end of the season if the Premier League giants pay him around £20million-a-year. The Telegraph reports that Alaba has asked for close to £400,000-a-week to move to the West London club from Bayern. That would make Alaba Chelsea’s highest-paid player at Stamford Bridge, with N’Golo Kante, the current top earner on around £295,000-a-week. The 28-year-old is set to leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer. Alaba’s current deal with Bayern Munich will expire at the end of June 2021. Chelsea are among interested clubs that want to secure the service of Alaba, with Real Madrid leading the way for his signature. Alaba’s curre...
EPL: Manchester United Releases Pogba’s Price Tag to Juventus as Ronaldo approves signing
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EPL: Manchester United Releases Pogba’s Price Tag to Juventus as Ronaldo approves signing

  Cristiano Ronaldo has given Juventus the go-ahead to re-sign Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, according to Calciomercato. The platform also claimed that United want to sell the Frenchman for 60m euros, but Juventus has plans to drive down that fee. Pogba, who left the Bianconeri for England in 2016, has continued to edge towards the end of his contract at Old Trafford. The Frenchman whose stay at the Theatre of Dream has not turned out as expected, is looking to extend his stay at Old Trafford. The Italian giants have been linked with a move for the World Cup winner all season as they consider bringing him back to continue their successful relationship. There were even talks of him moving to Turin on an initial loan deal last month, but that never mate...
PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea
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PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea

The Brazilian has made his desire for a reunion clear, but it seems the Ligue 1 giants are not pursuing a deal for now Sporting director Leonardo has played down speculation linking Paris Saint-Germain with a sensational move for Lionel Messi. The 32-year-old’s future is the subject of intense scrutiny as it looks increasingly likely he will move on from Barcelona in the summer. Messi is into the final year of his contract at Camp Nou and, having expressed his desire to leave earlier this year, it seems a new deal is unlikely, meaning he would be able to leave on a free transfer.
Mbappe reaches 100 goals for PSG with strike against Montpellier
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Mbappe reaches 100 goals for PSG with strike against Montpellier

The 21-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 giants in 2017, initially on loan from Monaco before making the transfer permanent the following year Kylian Mbappe’s strike against Montpellier on Saturday in a 3-1 win marked his century of goals for Paris Saint-Germain, placing him in some elite company. The 21-year-old only joined PSG in 2017, initially on loan from Monaco before making the transfer permanent the following year, and his goals have come at an impressive rate. His first goal came against Metz on September 8 2017, his second appearance for the club in the league.
Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened
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Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened

The German giants announced a small crowd will be in attendance for Saturday's clash at Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund's season-opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is set to be played in front of around 10,000 supporters. Bundesliga clubs have reportedly been given the green light for fans to return to stadiums for the start of the 2020-21 season in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 campaign resumed behind closed doors in May due to Covid-19, which forced the league to be postponed in March.  
‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate
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‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate

The Spanish giants are top of the league as the campaign nears its end but their quality is still regularly called into question Zinedine Zidane is on the cusp of leading Real Madrid to a 34th La Liga title, but the head coach continues to be plagued by the question of whether his team are anything special. Two wins from their remaining three games over the coming week would be enough to clinch another Spanish league success, with Granada first up on Monday evening. Madrid have been ruthless since the resumption, winning all eight games and conceding just two goals over that stretch.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey wanted by the best in Europe, claims manager Simeone
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Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey wanted by the best in Europe, claims manager Simeone

Arsenal have widely been linked with a move for the Ghana international, but they could have competition for his signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is good enough to play for "the best teams in Europe", according to head coach Diego Simeone. Thomas has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal after eight years in Madrid, where he first featured for Atleti's youth and reserve teams. Simeone can see why such a transfer would appeal to the London club and several other European giants, even if Thomas is still searching for consistency.
Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal
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Thomas Partey Receives Triple Wages Offer from Arsenal

Premier League giants, Arsenal have offered to triple Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey’s wages, Goal reports. Partey, who has a £44.5million release clause in his current contract with Atletico, had drawn the interest of Arsenal in recent weeks. The Ghanian international is now weighing up his options after receiving a huge contract offer from the Gunners. Arsenal is prepared to triple the wages Partey currently earns at Atletico if he agrees to join Mikel Arteta’s side this summer. Atletico has so far rebuffed Arsenal’s advances for Partey, but Diego Simeone’s side is now open to cashing in on the 27-year-old whose current contract at the club expires in 2023. Partey had said in the summer of 2018 that he was hopeful of playing in the Premier League, on...
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​Roma, AC Milan keen on Burnley midfielder Hendrick

Roma and AC Milan are showing a keen interest in signing Jeff Hendrick from Burnley. Calciomercato.com reports the two Italian giants are keen on the player who is out of contract this summer. Hendrick is likely to depart the Turf Moor club on a free transfer. The Republic of Ireland international may still renew with Burnley, but if he does move then Italy is the most likely destination. The player only wants £1.8million-per-year, which appeals to both cash strapped Italian clubs. It is unclear if there is any interest from Premier League teams in Hendrick
​Man City holding firm on Sane price as Bayern Munich push talks
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​Man City holding firm on Sane price as Bayern Munich push talks

Manchester City are refusing to be bullied regarding the transfer of Leroy Sane. German giants Bayern Munich are keen to bring the winger to the club. But City are not going to budge from their £62 million asking price. The clubs are far apart in valuation at present, per Sky in Germany. Bayern are offering £36 million, which City will refuse outright. Sane wants to go back to Germany and Bayern is a prime destination. But the player who missed most of this season may have to wait a year for his dream move if the clubs cannot agree on a fee.
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‘Mbappe, Neymar are happy at PSG’ – Herrera insists club does not sell star stars

The two Paris superstars are linked with transfers abroad but their teammate says the duo are happy where they are Ander Herrera has insisted Kylian Mbappe and Neymar aree "very happy" at Paris Saint-Germain and said the Ligue 1 giants were more likely to buy stars than sell them. Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with moves away from PSG, with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively reportedly interested in the forwards. But Herrera said both attackers look happy at PSG, who claimed a third straight Ligue 1 title when this season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kimmich urges Bayern Munich to join George Floyd protests
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Kimmich urges Bayern Munich to join George Floyd protests

The Bundesliga giants could be the next team to take a stand against racism following recent events in the United States Bayern Munich are considering a joint protest over the death of George Floyd, with Joshua Kimmich keen for players to use their platform to help. Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week after an officer knelt on his neck while he lay handcuffed on the ground, sparking demonstrations and riots over racism and police brutality across the United States and beyond. Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram all made gestures of support at the weekend, which were examined by the German Football Association (DFB). FIFA urged leagues to use common sense on the issue given the context and on Wednesday the DFB said no players will be sa...
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Jadon Sancho Backs “Justice for George Floyd” Campaign after Scoring in Dortmund’s win

Borussia Dortmund star, Jadon Sancho, on Sunday shunned celebrating his first goal against Paderborn in the Bundesliga by making a statement over the killing of an American, George Floyd, by a police officer in the United States last week. Sancho found the net to put Dortmund 2-0 in front against Paderborn at the Benteler Arena and ran to the corner flag before removing his shirt to disclose a message on his base layer that read: “Justice for George Floyd.” The 20-year-old was later shown a yellow card for removing his shirt. The England international scored a hat-trick against Paderborn. Sancho was making his first start for Dortmund since the German Bundesliga resumed post-COVID-19 three weeks ago. His teammates, Thorgan Hazard, Achraf Hakimi, and Marcel Schmelzer ...
Barcelona midfielder Vidal wants to play for Boca Juniors, claims Medel
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Barcelona midfielder Vidal wants to play for Boca Juniors, claims Medel

The Chilean has talked up a fellow countryman's love for the Argentine club amid speculation over his future at Camp Nou Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal "loves" Boca Juniors and is "dying" to play for the Argentine giants, according to Chile team-mate Gary Medel. Vidal continues to be linked with a Barca exit, having emerged as a reported target for Serie A side Inter ahead of the summer transfer window. The 33-year-old has insisted he is happy at Camp Nou, where he arrived from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2018.
Essien reveals his frustration with Di Matteo before Real Madrid move
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Essien reveals his frustration with Di Matteo before Real Madrid move

The Ghanaian looks back on his time with the 2012 European champions Chelsea legend Michael Essien has explained the options surrounding his loan move to Real Madrid in 2012. Ahead of the start of the 2012-13 season, the Ghanaian joined the Spanish giants on a season-long loan deal, reuniting with former manager Jose Mourinho. 'The Bison', who joined the Blues from French outfit Olympique Lyonnais in 2005, had only just begun chasing his rhythm following an injury setback.
Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina – Diamanti
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Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina – Diamanti

The Serie A club's CEO Joe Barone said on Monday that several English clubs are "knocking at the door" to sign the 22-year-old Federico Chiesa should think twice before leaving Fiorentina amid growing speculation over his future, according to Alessandro Diamanti. Chiesa is a player in demand following his exploits for Fiorentina. Juventus and Inter are reportedly interested, as well as Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea. Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone said on Monday that several English clubs are "knocking at the door" to sign Chiesa.
Santos striker Kaio Jorge leaving future in agent’s hands amid Juventus links
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Santos striker Kaio Jorge leaving future in agent’s hands amid Juventus links

The young Brazilian prospect is being targeted by the Serie A leaders among other clubs, but isn't letting it distract him Juventus target Kaio Jorge says he is leaving any transfer dealings up to his agent. The 18-year-old Brazilian forward is on the Turin giants’ radar after breaking into the first-team picture at Santos. Santos president Jose Carlos Peres confirmed in March that Juve had entered into talks to sign Jorge, with Goal learning that the Italian giants were considering triggering his €75 million (£69m/$81m) release clause.
Sammy Kuffour: Bayern Munich legend wanted to put a smile on his mum’s face
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Sammy Kuffour: Bayern Munich legend wanted to put a smile on his mum’s face

MYCELEBRITYANDI  speaks to the Ghana great who pays tribute to his mother's role in his football career Ghana and Bayern Munich legend Samuel Osei Kuffour has paid tribute to his mum, describing her as the inspiration behind his success. The 43-year-old is one of the most celebrated African footballers, having won the Champions League with the German giants in 2001, lifted the German Bundesliga title on six occasions and claimed the German FA Cup four times. He won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in 2001 and finished second in the Caf African Footballer of the Year race in 1999 and 2001.
Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio
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Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio

The highly-rated Brazilian defender has seen a switch to Camp Nou mooted, but he is continuing to take transfer talk with a pinch of salt Napoli defender Luiz Felipe admits that speculation linking him with a possible move to Barcelona “excites me”. The 23-year-old is among those La Liga giants at Camp Nou are said to be considering as they piece together recruitment plans for the next transfer window. Felipe has proved himself in European football since arriving in Rome from Ituano in 2016.
Courtois has shown ‘great maturity’ to turn his Real Madrid career around – Martinez
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Courtois has shown ‘great maturity’ to turn his Real Madrid career around – Martinez

The Belgium boss has been delighted to see the shot-stopper silence his doubters at Santiago Bernabeu this season It would have been easy for Thibaut Courtois to "throw in the towel" after his nightmare debut campaign with Real Madrid, according to Roberto Martinez, who has praised the goalkeeper for turning his career at Santiago Bernabeu around over the past year. Courtois completed a £35 million ($44m) move to Madrid from Chelsea in August 2018, after spending seven successful seasons in the Premier League. The 27-year-old committed to a six-year contract with the Spanish giants, but quickly found himself under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after taking the number one jersey from Keylor Navas.
Messi backed to renew Barcelona contract with ‘no trouble’
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Messi backed to renew Barcelona contract with ‘no trouble’

The Catalans former leader believes their star will have no issues staying at Camp Nou Lionel Messi will "have no trouble" signing a contract extension at Barcelona, according to the club's former president Joan Laporta. Messi's future at Camp Nou has been a talking point amid turmoil at Barcelona, where the star is contracted until 2021. The Argentina international can leave the La Liga giants for free at the end of any season, sparking even further speculation over his future.
Mourinho Wanted me to Leave Chelsea for Premier League Giants – Willian
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Mourinho Wanted me to Leave Chelsea for Premier League Giants – Willian

Chelsea attacking midfielder, Willian, has said that Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, wanted him to leave Chelsea for Premier League giants, Manchester United. Willian said when Mourinho became the coach of Man United in 2016 after he left Chelsea in 2015, the Portuguese wanted to bring him to Old Trafford, but because of his love for the Blues, he decided to remain at the West London club. The 31-year-old said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday. Mourinho signed the Brazilian international for Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013. Writing in his column for The Players’ Tribune, Willian said: “When Mourinho became the coach of Manchester United, he wanted me to leave Chelsea and move to Old Trafford. “The way he made the requ...
Barcelona Fail to Re-sign Iniesta
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Barcelona Fail to Re-sign Iniesta

Barcelona failed in their bid to re-sign Andres Iniesta in January, according to Sport. Iniesta joined Barca when he was 12 and went on to spend 22 years with the Spanish giants. During his spell at Camp Nou, the midfielder won 35 trophies, including nine league titles and four Champions League medals. Iniesta is set for his third season with Vissel Kobe, having left Spain in May 2018. However, Barca tried to bring him back on a six-month loan deal in the winter window. However, Vissel Kobe rejected their approach, insisting that the 35-year-old remains a key part of their squad.
Ighalo Becomes the First Nigerian to Sign for Manchester United
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Ighalo Becomes the First Nigerian to Sign for Manchester United

Social media is currently awash with news of Odion Ighalo's surprise move to Manchester United. The English football giants late on Friday night agreed a deal with Shanghai Shenhua of China to sign Ighalo on a six months contract, making him the first Nigerian to officially play for the senior men's team. Ighalo, born in Ajegunle, with stints at Udinese and Watford will reportedly earn about £130,000 (N62m) per week at his new club for the six months he will be at the club. The deal doesn't include an option to sign, so Man U. has no obligation to keep him beyond six months if he doesn't perform well.Ighalo will replace the injured Marcus Rashford in Manchester United's line up.
Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves
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Manchester City Beat Barcelona to Sign new Dani Alves

Manchester City have beat off Barcelona’s offer for Coritiba full-back Yan Couto. The English side are now ahead of La Liga giants in the race for the 17-year-old, according to Yahoo Esportes. The Brazilian sports outlet reports that City have submitted an offer that could reach €15 million, a purchase offer of €9 million plus potential add-ons of €6 million. It further claimed that a deal is just awaiting a medical before the transfer can become official. The 17-year-old, however would not make the switch to England until June with the club having to wait until after his 18th birthday in early June. Barcelona had offered a figure in the region of €10 million – €5 million below that of Manchester City. Despite being just 17-years-old, Yan Couto has already been compar...
Atletico Madrid Have Decided Not to  sign Edinson Cavani
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Atletico Madrid Have Decided Not to sign Edinson Cavani

  Atletico Madrid have decided not to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker, Edinson Cavani in this January transfer window. DAILY POST had reported that Cavani has drawn interest from Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in recent weeks. PSG have also announced Cavani’s price tag. The Uruguay international has started just four games in Ligue 1 this season for PSG, having lost his place to Mauro Icardi who is on loan from Inter Milan. He was also dropped from PSG’s squad that defeated Lille 2-0 on Sunday in the French Ligue 1 encounter. His current contract with the Parisians is set to expire at the end of the season, when he will be available on a free transfer. Reacting to the development, Atletico President, Enrique Cerezo, said the La Liga giants have n...
Chelsea Striker, Olivier Giroud’s new Club Revealed
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Chelsea Striker, Olivier Giroud’s new Club Revealed

According to The Guardian, Giroud has already agreed a contract with Inter Milan which runs until the summer of 2022 before leaving the Blues. The newspaper reports that Inter and Chelsea are yet to agree on a transfer fee for Giroud. Antonio Conte’s side are willing to offer £3.4million but the Premier League giants are demanding £8.4million. Giroud’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season. The former Arsenal star only appeared in seven matches across all competitions for Chelsea this season. The 33-year-old finds himself behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in manager, Frank Lampard’s pecking order. Speaking on Giroud’s future, Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Bu...
Neymar not banned from PSG squad – Leonardo
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Neymar not banned from PSG squad – Leonardo

The Brazil international continues to be linked to a move, but the director says he is on his way back after recovering from injury Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has dismissed reports that Neymar has been removed from the squad because he wants to leave the club. The Brazil star has been trying to leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly battling for his signature. Leonardo said last week that talks over Neymar's potential exit have progressed, but insisted no deal has been agreed.
Bailey to Bayern rumours ‘not true’, says Kovac
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Bailey to Bayern rumours ‘not true’, says Kovac

The Bundesliga giants continue to be linked to the 21-year-old winger but the coach insists no agreement has been reached Reports that Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen have been dismissed as "not true" by the Bundesliga champions' coach Niko Kovac. Bayern have been linked with the 21-year-old winger several times in recent months and Transfermarkt claimed this week that they agreed personal terms after holding talks with his representatives over the weekend. But Kovac felt compelled to silence talk of an imminent move, insisting there is no truth to the latest rumours.
Lazio to consider Milinkovic-Savic offers amid Man Utd transfer interest
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Lazio to consider Milinkovic-Savic offers amid Man Utd transfer interest

The Serie A club have admitted they will sell their star midfielder for the right price, giving the Red Devils hope of securing the 24-year-old Lazio will consider offers for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, club president Claudio Lotito has confirmed, amid growing transfer links to Manchester United. Midfielder Milinkovic-Savic reportedly has a verbal agreement to join Premier League giants Man Utd, with Ander Herrera having left for Paris Saint-Germainand Paul Pogba's future uncertain at Old Trafford. According to reports, United are ready to offer £82 million ($100m) to prise Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio – who signed the 24-year-old Serbia midfielder in 2015.
Ramos excited to play with ‘world-class’ Hazard at Real Madrid
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Ramos excited to play with ‘world-class’ Hazard at Real Madrid

The 33-year-old defender believes the Belgian star will reinforce Zinedine Zidane's side after his €100 million move was confirmed Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has hailed Eden Hazard as a "world-class player" who will strengthen the team. The Belgian attacker brought an end to over a year's worth of speculation when he joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) dealthis week, signing a five-year contract. Madrid have been in search of a new star to bolster their attacking line after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer and two-time Premier League winner Hazard is expected to fill the role.
Real Madrid make final push to sign €120m Hazard
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Real Madrid make final push to sign €120m Hazard

The Spanish giants are keen to have the Belgian put pen to paper sooner rather than later Real Madrid are sending a representative to London to meet with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia as Los Blancos commit to a final push to get a transfer deal for Eden Hazard over the line, Goal understands. Negotiations over the Belgian's future at the Santiago Bernabeu have been going on for months but the Spanish capital side are now keener than ever to wrap up proceedings, as they hope to make an official announcement this week after agreeing upon a fee. Chelsea's ideal scenario would see Hazard snapped up for €130 million (£115m/$146m), while Madrid hope to pay closer to €100m (£89m/$112m), but there is a firm expectation that a deal will inevitably be done.
Solskjaer, Woodward Clash Over Pogba’s Move to Real Madrid
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Solskjaer, Woodward Clash Over Pogba’s Move to Real Madrid

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is prepared to let Paul Pogba join Real Madrid this summer in a £120million move, the UK Sun reports. Pogba was seen as key to Solskjaer’s rebuilding project at Old Trafford, when he took over last December. The France midfielder was keen on joining Barcelona last summer and, despite a mid-season upturn in performances, he remains keen on leaving the club and is said to have informed Solskjaer of his desire to join Real Madrid. United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, believes losing Pogba to the Spanish giants would be a major blow to United’s image and reputation across the world. However, Solskjaer feels he can’t afford to carry passengers, as he looks to rebuild the club and is willing to let Pogba leave. The Nor...
Cameroon’s Christine Manie relives Women’s World Cup qualification heroine
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Cameroon’s Christine Manie relives Women’s World Cup qualification heroine

The forward is excited after she played a crucial role for the Indomitable Lionesses to seal a ticket to France 2019 Christine Manie says that it's incredible and difficult to explain after she helped Cameroon secure qualification for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. The 34-year-old scored a late goal to guarantee the Indomitable Lionesses a 4-2 win over Mali in a third-place match at the 2018 Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana. Manie's huge contributions for the Central African giants are well documented, as her strike in extra-time secured 2-1 semi-final win in 2014 over Cote d'Ivoire ensured qualifying for the World Cup for the first time.
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Michael Owen Predicts EPL Clash
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Manchester United vs Chelsea: Michael Owen Predicts EPL Clash

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has said that United and Chelsea will play out a 1-1 draw this Sunday. Both Premier League giants clash at Old Trafford, still fighting to finish in the top four. Chelsea currently occupy the fourth spot, three points ahead of the Red Devils who lost 2-0 to Manchester City on Wednesday. Owen told Betfair: “After a mini revival under new management United are struggling and have conceded 9 times without reply in their last three games in all competitions. “They are three points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth position and realistically will need to win to have any hopes of catching them. “The Pensioners missed a chance on Monday when held 2-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge and may well take the view avoiding de...
Pogba Demands to Leave Man Utd After Agreeing £10.3m-a-year Deal with Real Madrid
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Pogba Demands to Leave Man Utd After Agreeing £10.3m-a-year Deal with Real Madrid

Paul Pogba has asked Manchester United to sell him this summer, after provisionally agreeing a whopping £10.3million-a-year deal with Real Madrid, AS reports. Pogba has grown tired of life with the Premier League giants and is determined to move on in the summer. He is keen to link up with compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who has since returned the Santiago Bernabeu. It is understood that Pogba has now decided to force the issue and has asked Manchester United chiefs to sell him this summer. The 26-year-old will pocket a cool £10.3m every year if United agree to let him leave, although Ed Woodward and co. are set to play hardball with the Spanish giants over a fee. They will command at least £130m for his services – a fee Real are hoping to reduce by including Gareth Bale in ...
Zidane Takes Final Decision on Selling Varane to Premier League Giant
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Zidane Takes Final Decision on Selling Varane to Premier League Giant

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has decided not to sell defender, Raphael Varane to Premier League giant, Manchester United this summer. Varane has been on Manchester United’s radar for the past two years and former Red Devils boss, Jose Mourinho, failed with his attempt to lure the France international to Old Trafford. Speaking on Varane’s future at Real Madrid, Zidane was quoted by Mirror UK as telling reporters on Tuesday: “I do not want a Real Madrid without Varane “He is a young player who has been here for eight years. “He has not told me anything, if he is annoyed then these are things that happen in a player’s life. “I am speaking to the club, I have told the club what we want to d...
Messi Double Sends Barcelona 13 Points Clear
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Messi Double Sends Barcelona 13 Points Clear

Lionel Messi continued his remarkable run of form with a second-half double as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Espanyol. The visitors gave their city rivals a tough game at the Camp Nou, but Messi’s chipped free-kick with 19 minutes to play and a late second sent the reigning champions 13 points clear at the top ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s game at Alaves later on Saturday. Messi has now netted eight times in his last four games for Barca, and leads the way in the La Liga scoring charts with 31 goals, 13 ahead of teammate Luis Suarez. Ernesto Valverde’s men struggled to break down Espanyol early on, with Messi, Suarez and Ivan Rakitic all wasting half-chances in the first period. Barcelona saw a penalty a...
Rivaldo Sends Strong Message to Eden Hazard
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Rivaldo Sends Strong Message to Eden Hazard

Brazil legend, Rivaldo has urged Chelsea’s star player, Eden Hazard to make a transfer move to the La Liga giants, Real Madrid, in this summer transfer window. Rivaldo believes the Belgium international will be a perfect signing for the Los Blancos. The ex-midfield maestro believes Hazard will become successful at the Santiago Bernabeu if he eventually leaves Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Hazard has been heavily linked with a mega move to the Champions League holders over the past two years. The 28-year-old, who has been in top form this season, is yet to sign a new contract at Chelsea. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Sunday, Rivaldo was quoted by Metro UK as saying: “Hazard could be more than just a great player at Madri...
Man Utd Plan Triple Summer Swoop
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Man Utd Plan Triple Summer Swoop

Manchester United are lining up moves for English trio Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Declan Rice, according to claims from The Sun. The report states that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen the club's English spine and has identified Sancho, Wan-Bissaka and Rice as his primary home-grown targets. It is also said that  Leicester's Harry Maguire remains a target, though Man Utd would have to sell a centre-back to make space for the World Cup star. Sadio Mane has emerged as an option for Real Madrid, who are not going to move for Kylian Mbappe this summer. Marca claim the idea of playing for Zinedine Zidane and the Spanish giants is enough to have the Senegalese thinking of making a move away from Anfield. Barcelona and Arsenal have joined the emerging que...
Varane Speaks on Joining Man United
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Varane Speaks on Joining Man United

Real Madrid defender, Raphael Varane, has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu to join Premier League giants, Manchester United this summer. Varane has been on Man United’s radar for the past two years and former Read Devils boss, Jose Mourinho, failed with his attempt to lure the 25-year-old to Old Trafford. The France international said he is not unhappy at Real Madrid after he was linked with a move to Man United at the end of the season, stressing that he is not pushing for a move away from the Los Blancos. “To say that I am not happy at Real Madrid is not true,” Varane was quoted by Metro UK as saying after France’s 4-1 win over Moldova on Friday night. “I’m at Real Madrid. The biggest club in the world. “I’m constantly in a state o...
Barcelona Finally Ready to Sell Coutinho, Set Player’s New Price
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Barcelona Finally Ready to Sell Coutinho, Set Player’s New Price

Barcelona are finally ready to sell midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, this summer. Goal reports that Barcelona chiefs are willing to take a huge loss on Coutinho as they are ready to negotiate offers in excess of €80million (£68.8million) for the Brazilian international. The report claimed that Coutinho has ‘failed to convince’ Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde of his ability to secure a regular role in the first team since his arrival from Liverpool in 2018. Coutinho has drawn interest from Premier League giants, Manchester United and Chelsea over the past few months. The 26-year-old had said last week that he has not been playing well for Barcelona so far this season. Coutinho told Movistar+: “In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well but I still wa...
Casillas Speaks on Return to Spain
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Casillas Speaks on Return to Spain

Real Madrid legend, Iker Casillas, has admitted he “would love” to play in Spain again. Casillas rose through the Madrid youth system and spent a successful 16 years with the club, winning five LaLiga and four Champions League titles, before leaving for Porto in 2015. Although the 37-year-old’s contract with the Portuguese giants is set to expire at the end of the season, he expects to extend the deal for another two years. Still, he dreams of returning to his homeland to add to the 510 appearances he has already made in the top-flight. “I have been lucky enough to compete in La Liga and unfortunately I am not there at the moment. “What I did with Madrid will be difficult to relive, and to repeat those successes would be very complicated. “My time at Madrid is in the ...
Details of Rashford’s New Manchester United Deal Revealed
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Details of Rashford’s New Manchester United Deal Revealed

Manchester United are currently locked in talks with Marcus Rashford over an improved contract. The Premier League giants are offering Rashford a deal worth a basic £150,000 a week, rising to £200,000 a week with add-ons and bonuses. The England international’s current deal worth £75,000-a-week, expires at the end of next season, with the option for an extra year. But United want to reward the 21-year-old’s progress and reflect his new-found status as one of their most important players. The Red Devils are also trying to ward off interest from European giants like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
De Gea’s Career Crossroads A Danger To United’s Revival
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De Gea’s Career Crossroads A Danger To United’s Revival

Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (R) gestures during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 24, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP Manchester United’s solitary defeat 16 games into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker reign in charge against Paris Saint-Germain exposed the gulf the English giants still have to bridge to become a European powerhouse once more. But that the Red Devils travel to Paris on Wednesday trailing only 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie is thanks to David de Gea. The Spanish number one made two brilliant stops from Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat three weeks ago as PSG threatened to run riot to again underline his calibre a...

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