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De Ligt already finalized?


Of agents & managers


Ugh


Martial fighting for his future

Anthony Martial faces a battle to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he has a long-term future at Manchester United. Sportsmail revealed that Solskjaer tore into Martial after United’s draw with Chelsea nine days ago after the Frenchman barely joined in the pre-match warm-up when he was named as a substitute. It’s understood the United boss was particularly upset because he had granted permission for Martial to return to France after the game for several days due to family reasons.

-source: Daily Mail


Pushing

Paul Pogba is ready to push for a summer transfer to Real Madrid – but his hopes of a move are likely to hinge on Manchester United dramatically lowering their £160 million valuation. Ten months after telling United he wanted to quit for Barcelona, the midfielder has set his heart on a move to Real and that desire has only been strengthened by the Old Trafford club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

-source: The Telegraph

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to leave Old Trafford this summer and is determined to push for a move even if the club refuses to sell him, sources have told ESPN FC. Pogba, who joined from Juventus for a then-record €100 million three years ago, is under contract at United until June 2021, with an option for an extra year which could be triggered solely by the club.

-source: ESPN FC


Atletico’s Samba culture still strong

Atletico Madrid have seen an €18m bid rejected for Athletico Paranaense defender Renan Lodi, according to Esporte in Brazil. The 21-year-old has made 65 first-team appearances for the Brazilian club and helped his side to the Sudamericana title last year. The report claims Atleti have identified the left-back to bolster their defence with a series of first-team defenders set to exit the club this summer.

-source: Football Espana


Bayern going big


Surplus

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has already begun having private chats with his squad to inform them whether they will be staying at the club next season. Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos were the first three players to be told their fate.

-source: MARCA

Gareth Bale was told he is not wanted at Real Madrid in a face-to-face meeting with coach Zinedine Zidane, but he remains adamant that he wants to stay at the club. The 29-year-old was called into coach Zidane’s office at the club’s Valdebebas training ground last week for a one-to-one meeting. Sportsmail understands the exchange was brief and frosty with Bale hearing nothing he did not already know – that relations with Zidane have not improved since the last time the French coach was at the club.

-source: Daily Mail


Ongoing talks in Murica


Two more years


Cross-city

Marcos Llorente is one of the names that comes driving Simeone from for two seasons as a potential reinforcement for the center of the field and could return to the load If the interest of the City by Rodrigo ends up taking shape. A profile with similarities to the Llorente, which Atletico made a serious in August of 2017 attempted to come up with the ‘no’ of Madrid, that referred to the termination clause: EUR 200 million.

-source: Diario AS


Rejected once again

Fulham have failed with a fresh attempt to persuade Arsene Wenger back into management. Former Arsenal manager Wenger turned down an approach from the Cottagers in November before they appointed Claudio Ranieri. Undeterred by that knock back, the ambitious Londoners asked the question again of Wenger again more recently despite being Championship-bound. Once again Wenger, who left Arsenal a year ago after 22 years in charge, said no following the enquiry.

-source: Daily Mail


Best in the world to be shipped out?

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly unhappy with Luca Modric’s recent Real Madrid performances and that could open the door for Inter. According to Spanish daily sports paper AS, the Real Madrid Coach is beginning to have doubts about the Croatia International’s future at the club, suspecting that he might be past his best.

-source: Football Italia


Hames

James Rodríguez has emerged as a target for Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli as the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder seeks a new side for next season with Bayern Munich looking increasingly unlikely to take up a 42-million-euro purchase option on the Colombia international. James has fallen out of favor at the Allianz Arena under Niko Kovac and the Bayern board have cooled their interest in taking the 27-year-old on a permanent basis at the end of his two-year loan arrangement in Bavaria.

-source: Diario AS

James Rodriguez is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer at the end of his two-year loan stay from Real Madrid, report ESPN FC. The Colombian is entering the final months of a two-year loan deal at the Bavarian club and previously appeared to say that he is open to a return to Madrid this summer.

-source: Football Espana


The mercato in full swing


Some PSG news


Underrated


Back to reality

Bournemouth fear their hopes of keeping hold of Ryan Fraser beyond this summer are fading. Winger Fraser has been Bournemouth’s standout player this season. He has been involved in 21 league goals, scoring seven and setting up 14, including Nathan Ake’s winner against Tottenham on Saturday.

-source: Daily Mail


A talented striker


Everton aiming big again


Scouting ongoing