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Rumor Mill: Real Madrid in advanced talks with Hazard, Pogba; Atletico want Trippier

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Atletico Madrid have joined Napoli by showing interest in Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier. The England international has admitted he has struggled to match the level of performance he turned out last season. However, he has remained a key component of a Tottenham side that is in the Champions League semi finals and third in the Premier League.

-source: Daily Mail


The road not travelled

Crystal Palace are among the clubs following 6ft 5ins Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic. The 21-year-old has drawn attention with his performances for Admira Wacker this season and has scored five goals in his last five games including the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 Bundesliga win over Hartberg. Palace are keen to add a striker in the summer with concerns over their goal return and Christian Benteke considering his options with a year left on contract.

-source: Daily Mail


Another CB on Atletico’s shortlist

Sampdoria defender Joachim Anderson is reported to be of interest to Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who see him as the perfect replacement for Diego Godin. The Danish centre-back had seemed destined to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer for a fee rumored to be somewhere around €40m, but Spanish paper AS reports that Atletico are now interested in the 22-year-old.

-source: Football Italia


The Neapolitan rebuild continues

Napoli are interested in signing Empoli’s Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer for next season, according to reports. Calcionews24.com reports that Coach Carlo Ancelotti has had his eye on 21-year-old tenacious midfielder Bennacer, who has played 32 times in Serie A this season.

-source: Football Italia


East

Luiz Gustavo could be heading to China this summer after an underwhelming season at Marseille, L’Equipe claims. The Brazilian midfielder has played 25 Ligue 1 games this season but has had spells on the bench and the French side look set to let him go two years before his contract ends. He was wanted by a club in China in January but opted to remain at Marseille. He is still wanted in the Chinese Super League and could take the offer this time around.

-source: Goal


Blessings

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly helping Juventus in their pursuit of Benfica and Portugal starlet Joao Felix. According to A Bola, Ronaldo has given his approval to Felix’s arrival as he considers the Portuguese his ‘heir’. The newspaper warns Benfica are standing by their €120m valuation of the 19-year-old, which only Manchester City are willing to pay.

-source: Football Italia


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Italian interest in Thauvin

Between Florian Thauvin and Olympique de Marseille, the end of history is just around the corner. According to the information of Telefoot, the French international (8 caps) should leave OM and Ligue 1 during the next transfer window. The rest of the career of the attacker is expected to be in Italy. Inter, AC Milan and AS Roma are the clubs interested in the 26-year-old player. The player could be sold for a sum between 40 and 50 million euros. Contrary to what was announced this week in the French press, Thauvin does not have a contract with AC Milan. According to the information of Telefoot, the Inter option wouldn’t be valid in the event of non-arrival of José Mourinho.

-source: Telefoot


The third Galactico era

The Galactic bet of Zidane for his Real Madrid is Kylian Mbappé. The French striker is the man who appears in first position in the list of requests for Zizou. Neymar or Icardi Pogba or any other. In fact, a few weeks ago, Zidane dismissed an eye-catching offer to bid for Antoine Griezmann. After Mbappé and the Ubiquitous Eden Hazard (which most at the upcoming is by all parties), the third man is not Paul Pogba, despite praise from Zidane. The coach does not hide that you really like his compatriot, but the player that Real Madrid is negotiating is Tottenham footballer Christian Eriksen.

-source: El Confidencial


DoF

Manchester United are ready to offer Mike Phelan the role of technical director — and promote Michael Carrick on to the coaching staff. Club officials, including head of corporate development Matt Judge, have been in discussions with Phelan since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed manager on a full-time basis at the end of last month, but they are yet to discuss a contract.

-source: Daily Mail


Renovation


Rebuild at Napoli

In January they left Hamsik and Rog, in June could be the turn of Hysaj, Mário Rui, Diawara, Mertens and probably Striker also considering what happened Thursday night, against Arsenal. Christian Garcia is working for some time to ensure the technician a defensive replacement on the exteriors. The new name is Kieran Trippier, 28 years for Tottenham and England. The cost of his card is around 30 million euros, and the operation has the approval of the same Ancelotti. Pending the question remains linked to the extension of the agreement of Mertens.

-source: La Gazzetta dello Sport


New deal

Luciano Acosta has been offered a new deal with DC United, according to ESPN per MLSSoccer.com. The talented midfielder has been linked with PSG and Manchester United as his contract with DC will end this year. Turkish side Fenerbahce have also been linked with a player that has also earned links to Lyon.

-source: Goal


Continuation

After a whole day of reflection, Genoa’s president has decided to not make any managerial change and to keep Prandelli as head coach, changing opinion after Ballardi’s return seemed to get likelier. Preziosi has in fact thought it’d be better to not fragilize the balance of the team five games before the end of the season. Preziosi met with his collaborators this afternoon to take the final decision, while a meeting with Prandelli himself got decisive in the evening.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Pressure

Tottenham Hotspur may be forced into selling playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid this summer, according to Diario AS. The Madrid-based newspaper cites how Spurs must shift debt accumulated from the opening of their new stadium, regardless of their success in this season’s Champions League.

-source: Football Espana


Bargaining

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has emerged as a summer transfer target for Atletico Madrid, according to reports. The Partenopei are said to be demanding €100m for the Italian international although his agent Mino Raiola is hopeful of reducing this to €80m. The news stems from Italian media outlet Il Mattino, as cited by ESPN, that the one-club player could be set for a summer move to the Italian capital.

-source: Football Espana


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