RUMOURS: Manchester United launch 'all-out offensive' for Neymar

Jose Mourinho’s side want to sign the Brazil international at all costs and are trying to stop the 24-year-old from renewing his contract with Barcelona


Manchester United have reignited their interest in Neymar and will attempt to sign the Brazilian from Barcelona at all costs, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims that United are now trying to agree a deal with the 24-year-old before he decides to sign a new contract with Barcelona, which could then increase his release clause.

United’s interest, which has been described as an ‘all-out offensive’, has been revived from last summer where they had a €192 million offer rejected by the Spanish champions.

Barcelona have fended off advances from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester United but United are willing to persevere.

Neymar has told Neymar that he wants to remain at Camp Nou, while two Barca chiefs are in Brazil trying to conclude an extended contract.



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Atletico Madrid chief reveals Simeone's Argentina offer

The Spanish club’s president has revealed that the 46-year-old has been sounded out as a potential replacement for Tata Martino


Argentina have made an approach for Diego Simeone to become the new coach of the national team, Atletico Madrid’s president has confirmed.

Simeone is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football having guided Atletico to the Liga title in 2014, as well as success in the Europa League, the Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

The 46-year-old has also reached two Champions League finals in the last three years, although Atletico were beaten by Real Madrid on both occasions.


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Following Sunday’s defeat in the Copa America final to Chile, Gerardo Martino’s position as head coach has subject to speculation, although the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has confirmed that he will lead the Under-23 team through the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

But Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo claims the AFA have sounded out Simeone for the role but were rejected.

“The AFA called me regarding Simeone [about coaching Argentina] and I told them no,” Cerezo said.

Mino Raiola hits back at Lineker after suggesting Pogba is overrated

The former England striker accused the midfielder of being overrated but has been told that he has no idea what he is talking about


Paul Pogba’s agent has hit back at Gary Lineker after the former England striker suggested that the midfielder is the most overrated player in the world.

The Juventus star was tipped to be one of the standout performers at Euro 2016 before the tournament began but has so far struggled to impress for France.

Is Pogba the world’s most overrated player?

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 26 June 2016

@piersmorgan got attributes and likes a trick but doesn’t score many, doesn’t create much and not great defensively. Still young though.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 26 June 2016


But Mino Raiola claims Pogba is underrated, and believes Michy Batshuayi’s €40 million move to Chelsea will only increase the 23-year-old’s valuation.

“When someone is paid to talk about something, that doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about. Lineker is one of those,” Raiola told Rai Sport.

“Considering the qualities Paul has and the prices I see around Europe, I think Paul is underrated.

“How much is Pogba worth? The maximum amount a club is prepared to pay for him.

“Just look at a player who is on the bench of Belgium and Marseille, but is being sold for €40 million [Batshuayi to Chelsea].

“When Gary Lineker talks about Pogba, he hasn’t the slightest idea what he’s talking about.

“I remember he said if Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester City, he’d present his show in his underpants. That tells you everything.”

RUMOURS: Bayern Munich agree €7 million deal for Corluka

The 30-year-old has been linked with a surprise switch to the Bundesliga champions, although reports in Germany have played down claims


Bayern Munich have agreed to sign former Tottenham defender Vederan Corluka, according to a report in Croatia.

Croatian newspaper Vecernji have claimed that a deal for the 30-year-old, who is now playing for Lokomotiv Moscow, is complete and Bayern are paying €7 million.

But German tabloid TZ report that no deal with the Bundesliga champions has been agreed.

Corluka featured in all four of Croatia’s games at Euro 2016 as Ante Cacic’s side were dumped out by Portugal on Saturday.

The centre-back was signed by Manchester City from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 but joined Tottenham after just one season.



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Hamsik: Bayern offer reports are nonsense

Reports of an offer for the Slovakia international from the Bundesliga were wide of the mark, and he affirms that he is not thinking at at all about a move from San Paolo

Marek Hamsik has signalled his intention to remain at Napoli for the rest of his career and branded reports of an offer from Bayern Munich as “nonsense”.

Captain Hamsik has been one of Napoli’s stand-out performers in recent seasons, prompting links with a move to Bayern or Liverpool.

However, after returning from Euro 2016 duty with Slovakia, Hamsik is keen to sit down with Napoli officials to resolve his future.

“Everything is possible, we’ll see what happens in the next few days,” Hamsik told Slovakian news outlet Pravda.

“Now I just want to relax. The season has been long and difficult. I played a lot of matches and my body is feeling it.”


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Asked about the reports of an offer from Bayern, Hamsik added: “I don’t know anything about that, it’s nonsense. Even if I got any offer, I’d certainly offer an opinion.

“I feel good at Napoli, and I can imagine finishing my career there. Now what will be important is how the club reacts.

“Even before the Euros we had a first round of talks on the terms of a new contract. If they agree, I’ll stay.

“However, if not, I’ll have to make arrangements accordingly. Now I want to take some time off and spend it with my family, who I’ve been away from for too long.”

Hamsik has made 319 Serie A appearances for Napoli since joining from Brescia in 2007.

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