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TOP STORY: Ronaldo back to Manchester United?
Well it wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo’s day on the pitch as he failed to score as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final 3-1 with a brace from Gareth Bale, but the Portuguese still claimed the headlines afterwards.
In a bizarre postmatch interview, the No. 7 claimed: “In the coming days you will have my answer to the fans, the ones who have really been on my side. It has been very nice being at Real Madrid.” Past tense CR7, really?
Of course that has led to a raft of transfer gossip around where one of the world’s best players will end up next season. Manchester United are of course the first club on the agenda, with suggestions that Paul Pogba might go the other way. Or it might be that the Frenchman just opts for Juventus instead. Looking forward to the next few days…
14.14 BST: Off the pitch there is a lot of interest in Arsene Wenger‘s next move. The Mail on Sunday reckons the former Arsenal boss would be open to a return to Japan.
13.40 BST: Jurgen Klopp will be “desperate” to recruit a new Liverpool No. 1 following Loris Karius’ Champions League final horror show, according to Paul Scholes.
“I think Liverpool know that they needed to strengthen the goalkeeping position anyway. I think they’ve know that for quite some time,” Scholes said. “Will this speed up the process? You’d have to think so. I think they’ll be desperate for a goalkeeper.
13.16 BST: Marcelo has had his say on Ronaldo‘s future at Real Madrid, and he seems pretty sure his Portuguese teammate is going nowhere.
“I think he’s going to stay but I do not know, I’m happy now,” he said. “I’m not the one to decide, it’s between him and the club, but I think he stays.”
12.55 BST: Timothy Fosu-Mensah is targeting first-team football at Manchester United after a successful loan spell with Crystal Palace and will get a chance to shine on the summer tour, sources tell ESPN FC.
12.38 BST: Nabil Fekir insists a move to Liverpool is “not close” as speculation mounts over the Lyon playmaker’s future. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been persistently linked with a move worth in the region of £60m for the 24-year-old France international. But Fekir told French television programme Telefoot on Sunday morning: “I’m not close to the Reds. There are talks with clubs. I will take time to reflect on things.”
12.17 BST: An update on Gigi Buffon’s future…
Buffon’s agent Silvano Martina to Le Parisien:”We’d be happy if next season Gigi played for Paris St Germain”
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) May 27, 2018
11.47 BST: Juventus could be set to bring in Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin this summer. The Old Lady love an ageing centre-back, so this one just feels right.
11.24 BST: Arsenal have been linked with a move for Freiburg centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, and it seems talks are ongoing. Speaking to Turkish media, he said: “Arsenal are one of the most important clubs in England. I know they’re interested in me, but there’s nothing finalized yet about my transfer. After the national team camp we’ll have talks.”
10.47 BST: Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew is “seriously interesting” Celtic, according to the Sunday Post.
10.33 BST: Speaking of goalkeepers that probably won’t move across a city… Joe Hart is being linked to Manchester United by the Sun. OK, he might not have had the best spell at West Ham, but he’s still been important for City over the years. Being back-up to David De Gea won’t win back his place for England either.
09.55 BST: Juventus star Mario Mandzukic is upset his mantle of “best Champions League final overhead kick” has been taken away from him and wants another chance to get it back. But that means a potential move to Manchester United according to CalcioMercato.
09.47 BST: Liverpool might be looking for a new goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ two howlers in the Champions League final. But should they have signed Jordan Pickford instead of letting Everton get him last summer? And will they go back for the England No. 1 now?
09.16 BST: The M.E.N did a poll and Man United fans (if that’s all who voted of course) want the club to sign Sergej Milkinkovic-Savic from Lazio this summer. Sorry all, but when did the fans ever get what they want?
09.10 BST: Chelsea are being linked with Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, should Maurizio Sarri be appointed the club’s next manager. The pair reportedly had a good relationship at Napoli, according to the Mail, which is enough to link him.
08.33 BST: DC United remain hopeful that Wayne Rooney will soon join them from Everton. “There is interest in Wayne Rooney from our end and I think there is interest from his end too,” DC United head coach Ben Olsen said after his side’s 1-1 draw at LAFC in Los Angeles on Saturday night. “I hope it can get over the line because he’s a very good player who can help us. He would be a great player for this league.”
08.00 BST: Casemiro isn’t so worried that Ronaldo might depart. In fact, he has money on it. “I’ve already bet with him. I bet he stays,” the Brazil international said.
PAPER TALK (By Jack Rathborn)
Pogba wants Juventus return
Paul Pogba wants to return to Juventus, reports Tuttosport, with the Manchester United star unhappy with his role under Jose Mourinho.
The France midfielder has been unable to replicate his form for the Bianconeri on a regular basis at Old Trafford after rejoining the Red Devils for £89 million in 2016.
Pogba has three years remaining on his contract, meaning it will be difficult for the Italian champions to convince United to sell when they are looking to strengthen in order to close the gap on rivals Manchester City.
But agent Mino Raiola will now negotiate with United concerning Pogba’s salary.
Man United and PSG battle for Alex Sandro
Manchester United have opened talks to sign Juventus star Alex Sandro to solve their long-standing left-back problem, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Old Lady reportedly will listen to offers of €50 million for the Brazilian, with Paris Saint-German also said to be keen.
Juve will also consider renewing Alex Sandro’s contract, but may feel the time is right to cash in on the 27-year-old former Porto star after a disappointing season.
Emery aims to replace Cech as Arsenal’s No. 1
Unai Emery will replace Petr Cech as Arsenal No. 1 by targeting Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, the Sun writes.
The Spaniard takes over at the Emirates this summer and will look to upgrade on Cech and David Ospina.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno was also thought to be a target, but Emery reportedly wants to reunite with Rico after spending time together with the La Liga club.
The Andalusians have a shortlist of three names to replace Rico, with Alaves’ Fernando Pacheco, Espanyol’s Roberto Jimenez and Girona’s Yassine Bounou.
Another arrival this summer ahead of the revolution at the Emirates could be Dennis Praet, the Mirror cites Gianluca Di Marzio as reporting. The Italian journalist is said to report that the Gunners are aiming to beat Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan to sign Sampdoria’s Belgian midfielder.
Juventus plot overhaul under Allegri
Juventus will kick off a summer upheaval by completing the long-expected signing of Emre Can, details Corriere dello Sport.
The German will replace Claudio Marchisio, who will leave the Bianconeri 25 years after joining the club as a seven-year-old.
Stefano Sturaro and Medhi Benatia are also set for the exit, while AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli is a major target to upgrade at the back.
– Juventus and Roma are keeping tabs on Tottenham starlet Reo Griffiths, according to the Mirror. He is yet to sign professional terms after hitting 34 goals this season for the under-18s, leading to the Serie A duo, Barcelona and Celtic preparing offers.
– Marouane Fellaini has priced himself out of a move to Marseille, according to L’Equipe, with the Belgian set to become a free agent after his Manchester United contract expires.
– Middlesbrough will offer James Collins a lifeline after his contract with West Ham expired, reports the Mirror, with Tony Pulis keen on the Welsh defender. But Boro will face competition from Rangers, according to the Daily Record, with Steven Gerrard interested in the 34-year-old as he prepares to begin his management career in Scotland.
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