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Kroos is Man Utd’s top target


Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s leading summer midfield transfer target, reports The Independent.

Mourinho has confirmed he is in the market to sign a new midfielder at the end of the season, with Michael Carrick due to retire.

Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl is one option, but Mourinho’s main target is Kroos, with the Germany international not being considered as a replacement for Paul Pogba.


Chelsea to battle Bayern for Pulisic


Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea have identified Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic as a summer target, but face competition from Bayern Munich, reports the Daily Mail.

Dortmund are reluctatnt to sell the 19-year-old, but the winger could spark a bidding war this summer among several of Europe’s biggest sides. 

Bayern want Pulisic to help replace the aging Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, while Chelsea are looking for cover in case Willian and/or Eden Hazard leave the club. 


Kroos key to De Gea move


David de Gea Manchester United

Not only is Toni Kroos reportedly Jose Mourinho’s top midfield target, but he also holds the key to David de Gea securing his move to Real Madrid, claims Don Balon.

Madrid are in the market for a new goalkeeper in the summer and Manchester United No.1 De Gea has long been linked with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.

But, with United reluctant to sell, De Gea has reportedly told Madrid president Florentino Perez that letting Kroos move to Old Trafford will persuade the Spanish keeper’s current club to do business.


De Vrij wants to join Man Utd


Stefan de Vrij, SS Lazio, Serie A 09202017

Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij wants to join Manchester United this summer, according to the Mirror

The Netherlands international has already confirmed his intent to leave Lazio this summer when his contract expires, and has drawn interest from several Premier League sides. 

But the 26-year-old reportedly favours a move to Old Trafford, and Lazio believe that negotiations between the Red Devils and De Vrij over a contract have already taken place. 


Liverpool interested in Navas


Keylor Navas Real Madrid

Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, claims Diario Gol.

The report states that the Costa Rican has never been a favourite of Madrid president Florentino Perez, with the Blancos hoping to sign David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois this summer. 

The Reds could be interested in signing the 31-year-old but initially appear willing to only bid as high as €20 million, which is far too low for Madrid’s taste. 


PSG not planning Rojo move


Marcos Rojo Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain are not currently planning a summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, reports ESPN FC.

The Argentine has been linked with a move to Parc des Princes, but the Ligue 1 leaders are not interested in the 27-year-old at present time. 


Spurs chase Diawara


Amadou Diawara Manchester City Napoli Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur are on the trail of Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, reports TuttoMercatoWeb.

Diawara’s agent has recently claimed that there is Premier League interest in the 20-year-old, with Everton previously having been linked with a bid.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, though, has made Diawara a leading target and is reportedly ready to offer in the region of £33 million.


Real Madrid move of no interest to Sanchez


Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham

Davinson Sanchez is giving no thought to future moves away from Tottenham, with Real Madrid of no interest at this stage.

Sanchez has produced a number of composed performances in the Premier League and Champions League for Spurs, sparking speculation that he could be targeted by Real at some stage.

The youngster is, however, feeling settled at Tottenham – having already snubbed Barcelona – telling Fox Sports Radio Colombia : “I do not think about money or where it is.”

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‘Alexis moved to play Champions League’


Alexis Sanchez Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez’s frustration at Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League last season was central to his decision to join Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho.

Chile forward Sanchez completed his move to Old Trafford last month in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners.

Mourinho described the former Barcelona star as a player United “needed” and believes the 29-year-old’s desire to play in Europe’s premier competition was the motivating fact for his move.

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De Vrij ready to leave his ‘comfort zone’


HD De Vrij

Stefan de Vrij is ready to step out of his “comfort zone” at Lazio after offering Manchester United and Liverpool hope of securing his signature.

The Dutch defender has been unable to agree a new contract in Italy and as a result will drop into the free agent pool this summer.

Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for some time, and De Vrij is ready to take on a new challenge.

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Romeu would snub Barcelona return


Oriol Romeu, Southampton, 17/18

Oriol Romeu claims he would snub a return to Barcelona in favour of regular football at Premier League relegation-threatened Southampton

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The 26-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia academy system, but he made just two first-team appearances for Barca before moving to England to link up with Chelsea.

His efforts since then have taken him to Southampton and sparked talk of a potential second stint at Camp Nou , but Romeu insists he is happy at St Mary’s and unaware of any interest from afar.

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Could Real Madrid rescue Pogba from Manchester United?

It is fair to say that Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United has not worked out as planned. When the midfielder signed from Juventus for €105 million in the summer of 2016, he became the most expensive player ever. On the pitch, however, he has yet to live up to the billing.

Now, in his second season back at Old Trafford, Pogba has shown signs of his obvious talent, yet there has always been the feeling that there is much more to come from the France international.

And there should be. At the age of 24, the player is approaching his best years. However, with tensions rising between the midfielder and United manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks, there are now concerns over his long-term future at the club.

Pogba believes he is being played out of position by Mourinho, with the Portuguese sticking to what he thinks is best for the team as cracks in their relationship have started to surface.

The player, who is back in United’s squad for the Champions League clash against Sevilla on Wednesday after missing United’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield through illness, is already being linked with a potential summer switch to Real Madrid, with L’Equipe reporting that he regrets moving to Manchester and not Spain in 2016. Here, Goal takes a closer look at the current situation…

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REAL MADRID TRIED TO SIGN POGBA IN 2016


Real Madrid were frontrunners to sign Pogba from Juventus in the summer of 2016 and Los Blancos did attempt to bring in the midfielder. Ultimately, however, they decided against a move.

Zinedine Zidane’s side had just won the Champions League and pushed Barcelona close in La Liga following a spectacular second half of the season. And, with a one-year transfer ban which was later reduced to a single window hanging over the club, it looked as if there would be plenty of movement that summer.

The French coach was asked about his compatriot during Real’s pre-season tour and he said. “Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.”

With no bids for James Rodriguez, and Pogba’s price pushed up by the demands of his agent Mino Raiola, with whom Madrid do not like to negotiate, it was decided in the end that in excess of €100m was too much money for a player who was not really even needed at Real.

Zidane was also happy with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as his first-choice midfield trio, with Isco, James and Mateo Kovacic all in reserve. And, although the club considered selling James and even Isco, there were no suitable bids for either player. So, Madrid did not pursue Pogba and he joined United instead.

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POGBA’S CURRENT ‘CRISIS’ AT MAN UTD


Pogba’s position at United has proved to be a bone of contention between the player and his manager. The player has long claimed his best position is on the left of the midfield three, but he is being used by Mourinho in a two-man midfield in a 4-2-3-1 system.

That means he is often in a deeper role than he would like and, as witnessed with France in Euro 2016, such a position does not allow the player to operate in the areas where he can cause the most damage.

Performances in recent weeks have been poor. Pogba was taken off after 63 minutes of the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham, before featuring as a substitute in the win over Huddersfield in the league and then producing another indifferent display in the 1-0 loss at Newcastle.

“I remember clearly, without television but just with my memory from the touchline, a Newcastle player jumping and two of my players looking at him and staying on the floor,” Mourinho said after that game, in reference to Nemanja Matic and Pogba, and their role in the match’s decisive goal.

The Portuguese also praised United youngster Scott McTominay at the weekend in what appeared to be another dig at Pogba. “I think maybe it’s because he [McTominay] is this kind of kid profile: a normal haircut, no tattoos, no big cars, no big watches, humble kid, arrive in the club when he was nine or 10,” he said after the FA Cup win at Huddersfield.

Public criticism of his players has not always worked well for Mourinho in the past and, although he believes he is right about a system in which he has an array of attackers – including Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata – fighting for four spots, with not many midfielders of the same quality, the United boss will also need to ensure he is not alienating the club’s most expensive player.

Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham vs Man Utd, 17/18


HOW REALISTIC IS POGBA TO REAL MADRID?


Real Madrid are somewhat in limbo at the moment following a year of extraordinary success in 2017 when the club claimed five trophies, including a second successive Champions League crown and a first Liga title since 2012.

Although the squad remains strong, the departure of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea last summer left a significant hole in the attack – exacerbated by Karim Benzema’s poor form – and signing a new striker will be one of the priorities in the next transfer window.

With Gareth Bale often injured and Cristiano Ronaldo now 33, Madrid will also be looking to bring in another forward player some time in the next couple of years, while Los Blancos also want to sign a new goalkeeper and a right-back as competition – and cover – for Dani Carvajal in the summer.

In midfield, however, it seems less likely the club will make a major signing. Modric is 32 and will eventually need to be replaced, but is still at the peak of his powers, while Zidane remains happy with Kroos and Casemiro.

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Isco and Marco Asensio have both signed new deals, while more will be expected of Dani Ceballos in his second season as well. So, even though Pogba has his admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Zidane and Florentino Perez among them, there still appears to be no need to splash out in excess of €100m – around one third of the club’s transfer budget for the summer – on a midfielder at this point.

On top of that, it is unclear whether Zidane will continue beyond this summer. Whether he does or not, Madrid will continue to track Pogba and a transfer cannot be ruled out in future. This summer, however, a move seems unlikely.

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Real Madrid move of no interest to Spurs star Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez is giving no thought to future moves away from Tottenham, with Real Madrid of no interest at this stage.

The Colombia international is considered to be one of the most exciting defensive prospects in world football.

Still just 21 years of age, the classy centre-half already has over 100 club appearances under his belt spread across spells with Atletico Nacional, Ajax and Spurs.

He also has seven senior caps for his country and moved to England in the summer of 2017 in a deal reported to be worth £42 million.

Sanchez has seen his upward curve continue with a number of composed performances in the Premier League and Champions League, sparking speculation that he could be targeted by Real at some stage.

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The youngster is, however, feeling settled at Tottenham – having already snubbed Barcelona – telling Fox Sports Radio Colombia: “I do not think about money or where it is.

“Right now, here in Tottenham I am very good. I am playing every three to four days. I am being important in the team.

“As big as Madrid is, no matter how big a team are, that has won what they have won, if the conditions are not favourable for me, unfortunately I cannot accept.”

Those comments will be welcomed by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has worked hard to assemble a talented squad which mixes experienced heads with promising youngsters.

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The Argentine coach has already said of Sanchez and his undoubted potential: “The conditions he has are amazing to be one of the best centre-halves in the world.

“At 21-years-old he showed he is so brave. He takes risks but he is not reckless.

“I think he’s one of the best today but has potential to improve a lot more.”

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Barcelona return? Romeu claims he would snub Camp Nou for Southampton relegation scrap

Oriol Romeu claims he would snub a return to Barcelona in favour of regular football at Premier League relegation-threatened Southampton

The 26-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia academy system, having made a senior breakthrough in his native Catalunya.

He was, however, to make just two first-team appearances for Barca before moving to England to link up with Chelsea.

His efforts since then have taken him to Southampton and sparked talk of a potential second stint at Camp Nou, but Romeu insists he is happy at St Mary’s and unaware of any interest from afar.

Quizzed on the Barca rumours, which surfaced again during the summer transfer window of 2017, the combative midfielder said: “Nothing reached me.

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“Yes, I heard some comment that they needed players there and various names were considered, but they never contacted me or my agent. They probably didn’t see me as an option.”

Romeu added on why he would snub Barca for the Saints: “To go to a big club to be in the second tier [of players], I don’t know if I would accept it.

“I don’t enjoy [it], what I want is to play. I don’t think that at Barca I could have been a starting player, it’s like that and you have to be aware of the options that one has.”

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Romeu has made more than 100 appearances for Southampton over the course of three seasons.

He is at an age which suggests that he should be approaching his peak, so interest from Barcelona may be rekindled in future windows.

For now, though, a man who claimed FA Cup and Champions League winners’ medals with Chelsea is fully focused on helping the Saints to preserve their Premier League status, with Mauricio Pellegrino’s side currently sat inside the drop zone.

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Man Utd & Liverpool target De Vrij ready to leave his ‘comfort zone’

Stefan de Vrij is ready to step out of his “comfort zone” at Lazio after offering Manchester United and Liverpool hope of securing his signature.

The Dutch defender has been unable to agree a new contract in Italy and as a result will drop into the free agent pool this summer.

A scramble for his services is expected, with the 26-year-old Netherlands international a proven performer at the highest level.

Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for some time, and De Vrij is ready to take on a new challenge.

He posted on his personal Facebook account: “It has been a very difficult period full of speculations on my future to come to this point that nobody desired. Unfortunately we were not able to find a satisfying agreement for both parties due to various reasons.

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“I understand the disappointment of the Lazio fans very good and it hurts me leaving in this way. Even though I am very happy and I feel at home here, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to achieve our desired goals.

“I will be forever grateful to Lazio and to the fans for always being there for me, for the trust and opportunities given. I have always tried to demonstrate that by giving the best of me and I will keep doing that until the end.

“Thank you, Stefan.”

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De Vrij has been with Lazio since the summer of 2014.

He has made more than 250 appearances for the club over the course of four years, with a personal best return of four goals netted in the current campaign.

Those qualities will be on show outside of Rome next season, though, with Lazio having already announced that a prized asset will be heading for the exits.

Sporting director Igli Tare told Mediaset Premium: “Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij.

“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on. It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

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“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that. He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.

“It’s not an issue of him agreeing terms with other clubs, but of being fair in negotiations. We did things the right way, but things changed at the last moment.

“We no longer wish to continue along this path.”

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