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Werder Bremen confirm Orlando City negotiation for Lamine Sane

Orlando City are in talks to land Werder Bremen defender Lamine Sane, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director has confirmed.

Sane, 30, is in the final six months of a two-year contract with Bremen and would be allowed to depart early if a deal is completed.

“He is in Orlando for negotiations,” Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann told MY WERDER. “It is very well possible this works out in the end. We’ll probably know more tomorrow.”

Sane moved to Bremen on free from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux after the 2015-16 season. He became a regular for the club, starting in 27 of Bremen’s 34 Bundesliga games in 2016-17.

However, he fell out of favor this season, and has only started nine games. A reported move to Metz of Ligue 1 fell through during the January window.

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Sane last appeared for Bremen as a stoppage-time substitute against Mainz on Dec. 16.

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With MLS’ season not getting underway until March, Sane can depart for Orlando City immediately, should the sides come to an agreement.

Since Sane is not featuring for Bremen and his contract is set to expire in the summer, Orlando City would not have to pay a transfer fee for Sane’s signature. Bremen would just agree to terminate Sane’s contract early. 

A long-time veteran of Ligue 1, Sane has also featured in the Champions League and Europa League, all with Bordeaux. Though born in France, he has played for the Senegal national team internationally, with his last appearance coming in November 2015.

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd make Kroos top target


Man Utd make Kroos top target


Manchester United have identified Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos as their top target for the summer transfer window, reports The Independent .

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will be in the market for a new midfielder, as Michael Carrick prepares to head into retirement.

Kroos is considered to be the ideal candidate to fill that role, with the World Cup winner having been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford.


Reds to reward Mane


Sadio Mane Liverpool

Liverpool are ready to put improved terms to Sadio Mane, according to the Liverpool Echo.

His current deal is already set to run until 2021, but the Reds are prepared to discuss a new deal after seeing the Senegalese star become a key figure alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.


Asensio has English offers


Marco Asensio Real Madrid Betis

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all put offers to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Diario Gol .

The 22-year-old has sparked transfer talk as he struggles for regular starts amid fierce competition at Santiago Bernabeu.


Malcom move expected


Malcom Bordeaux

Arsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.

The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.

Find out what his current boss has had to say on his future here.


Sandro shrugs off transfer talk


Alex Sandro Juventus

Alex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea and Manchester United, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.

Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back, while the Red Devils were reported to have joined the chase by January.

Here is what the Brazilian full-back has had to say on the rumours.


Lewandowski ignoring Real rumours


Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.

The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.

Read the full story on Goal.


Ronaldo wants Kane at Madrid


Harry Kane Tottenham

Cristiano Ronaldo has given his blessing to Real Madrid to make a move for Tottenham star Harry Kane, reports Don Balon .

Karim Benzema looks set to leave the club this summer, and Ronaldo sees the Spurs striker as the perfect replacement. 


Neymar to stay with PSG


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Neymar has made a decision on his future and will stay with PSG even if the club are eliminated from the Champions League, according to Telefoot .

The Brazilian has been rumoured to be on the move to Madrid in the summer, but has decided that his future rests with the French club for the long term.   


Barca looking at part-swap for Griezmann 


Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid

Barcelona are hoping to reduce the money spent on Antoine Griezmann by offering a player in part-exchange, according to Don Balon .

The Spanish giants are worried about FFP regulations, and paying the €100m release clause for the French striker, on top of the amount spent for Philippe Coutinho, could leave the club in trouble. 

Barca would like to buy down the release clause by sending a player the other way, with Ousmane Dembele, Andre Gomes and Gerard Deulofeu among the candidates. 


Ancelotti not interested in PSG


Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich

Carlos Ancelotti is not interested in taking over as PSG manager and has his heart set on a return to the Premier League, according to the Mirror

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss would be interested in a return to the Blues, but is keen on taking over for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger leaves the club. 


Roma eye Alisson replacement 


Alisson

Roma are looking at Swedish goalkeeper Marko Johansson as a possible replacement for Alisson in the summer, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio

Brazilian Alisson has been linked to some of the top clubs in Europe and is expected to hold talks with the Serie A side this summer over his future. 


Pardew given two games


Alan Pardew

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has been given two games to save his job by club owner Guochuan Lai, reports The Sun .  

Poor results have piled up and the club was also hit with Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore being involved in an alleged theft of a taxi in Barcelona. 

The club’s owner was furious with “taxi-gate” and has now given the manager just two matches to save his job. 


Leicester eye Benfica double swoop


Andre Almeida

Leicester City are monitoring Benfica stars Andre Almeida and Rafa Silva, according to Record and O Jogo (via the Leicester Mercury ). 

Both defender Almeida and winger Silva were linked with moves to the Foxes in the winter window, and the Lisbon outlets report that scouts from the Premier League side returned to have another look at the duo. 


Madrid prepare massive De Bruyne bid


Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to smash the club transfer record with a €200 million offer for Kevin De Bruyne, claims Don Balon .

The Manchester City midfielder has been in sparkling form this season, spearheading the club’s march to the Premier League summit. 

And while Madrid do not lack for talent in the engine room, Perez is desperate to see one of the world’s best midfielders pull on the Blancos shirt and is willing to pay big money for the privilege.  


Colorado Rapids want Wolves striker


Joe Mason Republic of Ireland 2011

The Colorado Rapids are looking to bring in Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Joe Mason, reports the Birmingham Mail .

The Rapids landed Jack Price from Wolverhampton in January and, with MLS’ window still open, are now hoping to move for the 26-year-old. 


Madrid to offer £100m plus Bale for Hazard


Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 17/18 Real Madrid are set to offer £100m plus Gareth Bale to Chelsea in an attempt to land Eden Hazard, reports the Express .

The Spanish giants have made the Belgian their top target for the summer, and the 27-year-old is yet to sign a new deal with the Blues. 

And Los Blancos are now willing to part with former Tottenham star Bale and a massive amount of cash in order to get a deal done.  


Inter & AC Milan want Balotelli back


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Inter and AC Milan are looking to lure Mario Balotelli back to San Siro from Nice this summer,  The Sun  reports.

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The striker has been impressive again this season, netting twice on Thursday as they Nice 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie — taking his tally to 21 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.

However, the Italian’s time in Ligue 1 has not been all smooth, as was shown last week when he was given a yellow card for complaining to the referee about racist abuse coming from the crowd .

Balotelli has been linked with a return to Italy already, with Juventus said to be looking for a way to sign him, but he could opt for a more familiar club, with both Milan clubs interested.

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Malcom exit expected as Poyet hails ‘special’ Arsenal & Tottenham target

Arsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.

The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.

Bordeaux were able to see off that interest, but the youngster has conceded that he was open to a move and revealed that he expects a summer agreement to be pushed through.

Poyet appears resigned to that happening, with the former Chelsea midfielder acknowledging that his side need to brace themselves for the imminent departure of a “special” talent.

He told Marca: “He is a special player who can win matches on his own.

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“He is often double-marked because his talent is that special, and in January we were nervous because we almost lost him to the Premier League.

“We must prepare for this because sooner or later he will leave.”

Malcom had netted seven times for Bordeaux before the January window opened, with those efforts bringing him to the attention of sides elsewhere.

He has managed just one goal since the turn of the year, but others have been doing the business for the Ligue 1 outfit.

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A 1-0 defeat to Marseille on Sunday brought a run of four successive victories to an end for Bordeaux, with Poyet pleased with the start he has made in the hot-seat since being handed the reins on January 20.

He added: “I’ve had a dream start, you always want to make an impact, especially when you take over a team where things aren’t going well.

“Winning three successive matches goes some way to making an impact, it does a lot to convince people.”

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Alex Sandro shrugs off Chelsea & Man Utd transfer talk

Alex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.

Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back.

Uncertainty reigned until the deadline passed, but the rumours dragged on through to the January window.

Manchester United were also said to be keen at that stage, but Alex Sandro insists that he remained focused on events in Turin and never allowed his head to be turned.

The 27-yeard-old told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I have always remained focused on my work and my only thought has always been Juventus, with whom I still have two years of contract.

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“I feel really good and I am satisfied with my condition today.

“My goal is first of all to win everything with Juventus. Then, the World Cup will come and I hope to deserve a call from the Selecao by doing well here.”

Alex Sandro was not one of the 15 players recently named by Brazil coach Tite as being assured of a place in his World Cup plans this summer.

That means he still has to work to do in order to prove his worth and offer competition to Real Madrid star Marcelo.

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He did his cause no harm in his last outing for Juve, with a match-winning goal recorded in a derby date with Torino.

That vital strike has helped to keep the reigning Serie A champions within one point of leaders Napoli and still in the hunt for multiple honours in the 2017-18 campaign.

Juve are also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and readying themselves for the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Tottenham which is currently locked at 2-2.

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Lewandowski vows to ignore Real Madrid rumours and focus on Bayern

Robert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.

The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.

He has figured on the Real radar for some time, with the La Liga giants forever in the market for players of his pedigree.

Lewandowski has, however, batted away transfer talk at regular intervals and claims to be paying no attention to the latest round of rumours heading towards the summer window.

He told Kicker when quizzed on his future once again: “At the moment I do not worry about it.

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“If I was to think about this speculation as a Bayern player, it would not be good for me because I would not be focused on my job here.

“I’m a Bayern player and I want to give everything here first.”

Real already boast one of the finest frontmen on the planet on their books, in the form of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lewandowski is, however, a different kind of goalscorer, with the former Borussia Dortmund man eager to point out that Ronaldo and his eternal rival at Barcelona, Lionel Messi, have life a little easier as forwards, rather than out-and-out strikers.

The 29-year-old added: “It’s sometimes more difficult for a centre-forward because he often stands with his back to the goal, holding the ball, watching what can happen.

“Turning around with it’s easier, when you have everything in front of you.”

Lewandowski’s predatory instincts will be back on show in midweek when Bayern take on Besiktas in the last-16 of the Champions League.

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The German giants are heavily fancied to progress to the quarter-finals, and their star striker says success in the competition should come as no surprise.

He added: “It would not be a sensation if Bayern won the Champions League. But it might get harder in the future when you see what’s going on in the other leagues.

“The Bundesliga must be careful that it retains four qualifying positions. It would be good if next to Bayern and Dortmund, a third team would be constantly represented in the Champions League.”

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