RUMOURS: Neymar weighs up four MEGA offers

The Barcelona superstar is attracting interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but is keen to stay at Camp Nou


Neymar has received four offers to leave Barcelona but is keen to stay at Camp Nou, according to Sport.

The Brazilian has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG but, despite a quartet of meteoric offers, would prefer to sign a new deal in Catalonia and become the second best-paid player at the club, behind only Lionel Messi.

Nevertheless, Real have offered the attacker a yearly salary of €35 million, and are ready to pay Neymar’s €190m release clause.

Both City and United are also prepared to pay the superstar’s release clause, and would blow Real out of the water by offering a salary package of €60m.

PSG, meanwhile, would offer around €40m-per-season were Neymar to signal his intent to leave Barca.




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RUMOURS: Ancelotti wants Benzema & James at Bayern Munich

The coach is eager to reunite with his former players at Allianz Arena, with Real Madrid reportedly open to their sales


Incoming Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti would like his new club to make ambitious moves for unsettled Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez, write Sport.

The Italian trained the pair during his time in the Spanish capital and is understood to have told Bayern official Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he would like to reinforce the Bavarians with their signatures.

Benzema would be Ancelotti’s preferred candidate to replace Robert Lewandowski should the Pole move the other way, with los Blancos ready to release their primary goalscorer due to his connections with the blackmail attempt of Mathieu Valbuena.

Meanwhile, Bayern would attempt to secure Rodriguez at a fee significantly lower than his €80 million release clause given his troubles on and off the pitch this term.

Madrid patron Florentino Perez’s patience is understood to have worn thin with the Colombian due to his reported diet and love of the nightlife, his new wage demands as well a recent speeding incident.

The Liga giants’ successful bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in the summer would faciliate the exit of Rodriguez.



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Interest in Gundogan makes new contract talks tough – Tuchel

The number of clubs keen on the sought-after midfielder’s signature makes a renewal difficult to negotiate, according to the Borussia Dortmund coach

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel concedes burgeoning interest in Ilkay Gundogan is a complicating factor in negotiations over the midfielder’s new contract.

The 25-year-old Germany international is under contract until June 2017 at Signal Iduna Park after penning an extension in July following intense speculation over his future and links to clubs in Spain and England.

Talks are now on-going to pin Gundogan down to a longer-term agreement, amid speculation linking him with a host of Europe’s leading clubs.

“The importance of Iklay is undisputed – I would like to tell you that he has extended until 2026,” Tuchel said at a pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Hannover.

“Unfortunately that is not the case, but we are in talks. We have a good chance.

“The interest in Gundogan is great, which is why talks are not very easy.”

Meanwhile, top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sat out Dortmund’s final training session ahead of the match with the Bundesliga’s bottom club.

Aubameyang scored his 30th club goal of an incredible campaign in Tuesday’s 3-1 DFB Pokal win at Stuttgart but suffered a knock and will be assessed before kick-off against Thomas Schaaf’s men.

“Aubameyang has taken a hit and was still being treated as we waited for today’s training,” Tuchel explained, before urging his players to ignore Hannover’s lowly standing.

“The preparation for an opponent is impartial of their position in the table,” he added.

“Tuesday was tough but the batteries are recharged again. Auba got a knock, we have to see about that.

“It’s hard to adjust for Hannover as their line-up and style of play will be hard to predict. Our aspiration is to dominate the game.”

Varane is Madrid's future – Zidane dismisses Manchester United rumours

The France international has been linked with a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, but his manager is adamant he is going nowhere

Zinedine Zidane is determined to keep Raphael Varane at Real Madrid amid reports the defender will be a target for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United next season.

Speculation has intensified in recent weeks that Mourinho could replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford as an underwhelming campaign for the Dutchman continues.

And, should the Portuguese indeed take over at United, Varane is expected to be high on his list of transfer targets.

The France international arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Lens during Mourinho’s three-year tenure in the Spanish capital and, having become a regular during the past two seasons, the prospect of the 22-year-old leaving is not something Zidane is willing to entertain.

“Of course it is normal Mourinho would want to sign Raphael,” he said.

“He knows him well, he brought him here to the club. But I want Varane to stay in Madrid. He is the future of the club.”

Madrid, who have taken 13 points from five matches since Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez in January, can close the gap on Atletico Madrid and leaders Barcelona when they host Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.


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Zidane will then make his Champions League coaching bow in the first leg of a round of 16 tie against Roma on Wednesday, with the Frenchman eager to maintain momentum going into the final months of the campaign.

“At the moment the most important thing for me is not the amount of time I am here, but how things are going.

“It is going to be my sixth game, I want to keep the run going and the side playing well.

“As coaches we never know what will happen, you have doubts between games, now we will play every three days so that is all that worries me. It is true it has been a bit more difficult away from home but we have also scored five and six goals at home,” he added, referring to heavy victories over Sporting Gijon and Espanyol.

“If we win 1-0, I will be happy. All games are different so we must keep playing to the level we have been and look to the game away at Roma.”

RUMOURS: Chelsea plan £39m Matuidi bid

Reports in France claim the midfielder would be willing to leave Paris Saint-Germain and the Blues are keen to replace Nemanja Matic and the departed Ramires


Chelsea are planning a financial package worth £39 million to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, according to The Sun.

The Blues have been tracking the France international all season and believe they will be able to tempt the Ligue 1 leaders to sell in the summer.

With Ramires having already left for China and doubts over Nemanja Matic’s future, the Stamford Bridge outfit are keen to bolster their midfield options.

And Matuidi is seen as the perfect man to fill the void, with reports in France claiming he would be willing to leave the Parc des Princes.



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