Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is better than Luka Modric, and can one day play for Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to Denmark coach Age Hareide.
Eriksen has been in fine form for Spurs this season, dominating games against Juventus and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions, with Spurs aiming to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup.
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Hareide has hailed the playmaker, insisting that he would be a star at La Liga’s biggest clubs amid speculation of interest from Barca and Madrid.
“I think he is a type that can adapt to anything,” he told Ritzau, via Tipsbladet . “Give him a ball, then the ball will speak for him wherever he is. Christian is a type that just gets better from dealing with better football players.
“When looking at the players that play centrally for Real Madrid and Barcelona, ??none of them are better than Christian.
“Luka Modric came from Tottenham to Real Madrid, and he was not as good as Christian.”
Modric, by comparison, has scored twice this season, while providing five assists, and the Croatian has been linked with a summer move away from Madrid.
Eriksen has previously claimed that he is “very happy” at Spurs , amid talk the club are poised to open contract talks with a number of stars, including Son Heung-Min.
Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara is confident the striker will sign a new deal at Inter Milan.
Icardi has been heavily linked with a move away from Inter in recent weeks, with Real Madrid credited with serious interest in the 25-year-old.
Speculation intensified at the weekend after Icardi netted four times against Sampdoria, but Nara claims that she and her husband are intending to remain at Inter.
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“I cannot foresee the future, but I can say that we like the project of the Zhang family,” she told Gazzetta dello Sport .
“They want to grow and get Inter back among the great clubs.
“Mauro makes noise on the pitch, where he must make noise.
“We are all very relaxed about it. We are confident about the renewal and, when I meet the sports director at the stadium, we laugh and joke.
“I sometimes make the joke: every day that goes by, he is always worth more.
“But there is serenity in the air, no tension. Will the salary increase? When you renew a contract, it is done to improve the current situation. But we have not yet thought about the conditions and the figures.”
Icardi currently has a £97 million release clause, though it remains to be seen if that will be increased if he signs a renewal.
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier cannot understand Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw and believes the Manchester United boss is “destroying” the left-back.
Shaw has struggled for regular first-team football at Old Trafford and has played second fiddle to Ashley Young for much of the 2017-18 campaign.
A disappointing season was compounded on Sunday when he was taken off at half-time of the win over Brighton, with Mourinho revealing his opinion that Shaw does not have the required personality to succeed as a Manchester United player.
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And Le Tissier, who remains an iconic figure at Shaw’s former club Southampton, is perplexed at Mourinho’s handling of the England defender, and is expecting the player to depart the club in the summer.
He told Sky Sports: “I think if Mourinho is still there then it is inevitable Shaw will leave this summer. I have no idea what he is trying to achieve.
“There is just a really strange relationship going on there and I don’t understand what he’s doing because he’s just destroying the player at the moment.
“I’m not sure if it was anything to do with him choosing Manchester United over Chelsea despite being a Chelsea fan when Mourinho was manager at the time.
“You also don’t know what happens at training or how he lives his life to give an accurate assessment but, while there are players that this sort of approach can work with, I just don’t think Shaw is one of them.”
Le Tissier also tipped Shaw to join Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, with Danny Rose potentially heading in the opposite direction.
He added: “Having worked with Pochettino before and spoken highly of him, it would seem obvious for him to go to Tottenham with Danny Rose potentially going the opposite way as he is obviously desperate to get back up north.
“I don’t think Southampton could compete in the wages department and the player would probably look at it as a backward move, so he would probably think he is worthy of playing for a club competing for the Premier League title.”
And the Saints legend believes that the 22-year-old has struggled to recover from the broken leg he suffered against PSV back in 2015, but feels Mourinho should be doing more to help get the player back to somewhere near his best.
“I remember him getting subbed quite a bit at Southampton and there was a perception that he didn’t take a knock very well and was a little bit on the soft side,” he said.
“The injury is a big thing and he does seem a bit mentally fragile but, be it due to the injury or not, as a manager you’ve got to find a way to get the best out of him and I don’t think Mourinho has done that.
“It is such a shame because he was such a talent at such a young age and the injury has set him back. As an attacking full-back, the boy had so much going for him.
“He’s shown enough potential to be England’s first choice left-back but it has been a long time since he’s reached those heights, so he’s got a lot of work to do in terms of getting games and being talked about at international level again.
“He’s not going to do that at United so the only way is finding a new club. I’d be very surprised to see him getting in the England World Cup squad and it says it all that Mourinho sees a right-winger turned left-back in Young as more valuable.”
Emre Can is being linked with a return to Bayern Munich, but the Liverpool midfielder has no regrets after cutting short that initial spell.
Having joined Bayern’s academy system in 2009, the versatile operator graduated through the ranks to make his senior bow in 2012.
He would, however, make just seven first-team appearances before heading to Bayer Leverkusen.
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A second stint at the Allianz Arena is now being mooted for a man heading towards free agency after four years at Anfield, but Can remains adamant that he made the right choice in leaving the first time around.
Quizzed by Sport1 on whether he has any Munich regrets, the 24-year-old said: “No, definitely not.
“Today you can see that it was the right decision. At that time it was like this: Pep Guardiola has come, and I have played a good preparation under him. Then we had a very, very honest conversation.
“I was very young and it was important for me to play a lot. He told me honestly: ‘I cannot guarantee you now that you will play every week’.
“Then I saw the opportunity in Leverkusen. They also played in the Champions League. For many it was a step backwards. But for me it was a step forward because I always played in Leverkusen. Today you can see that it has paid off.”
Pressed further on whether Bayern made a mistake in letting him go, Can added: “I would not say that. Whether they have made a mistake, they have to decide for themselves.”
Can has gone on to flourish elsewhere, with just one season with Leverkusen enough to earn him a €12 million move to Liverpool.
He has enjoyed his time in England, particularly working under his current boss.
Can said: “I’ve developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him.”
There is, however, a burning ambition within the hard-working midfielder which may lead him away from Merseyside.
As his contract continues to run down, Can admits he intends to reach the very top of the game.
Asked where he sees himself in three years, he said: “I want to become a world-class player. Maybe once in the world selection. That would be great.”
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Europe’s giants are readying a bid for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah that will surpass the fee paid for Neymar according to The Sun.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all hot on the trail of the Egypt international and believe that after the Reds failed to hold onto Philippe Coutinho, Salah can be had.
The clubs know it will take a lot to pry him from Anfield however, and are prepared to offer £200 million for Salah, surpassing the £198m paid for Neymar last summer.
Mourinho plots move for Arsenal’s Ramsey
Jose Mourinho is ready to take advantage of contract discord in order to land Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, reports the Daily Star.
Ramsey has one year left on his deal and Mourinho thinks the Wales international could be a lift to a side that has seen struggles from big transfer signings Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba.
Chelsea are also monitoring Ramsey, who has admitted his contract talks were made secondary behind the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil with the Gunners.
Spurs ready £40 million Zaha bid
Tottenham are prepared to go in for a third time to try and pry away Wilfried Zaha away from London rivals Crystal Palace, reports the Daily Mail.
Spurs are prepared to shell out a £40 million fee for the Ivory Coast winger, who looks ready to depart the club even if they avoid relegation.
However, Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes Zaha is worth more than that fee, and may be able to count fellow London club Chelsea among the winger’s suitors.
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Paris Saint-Germain may be willing to part with Neymar if it helps the Ligue 1 giants land Zinedine Zidane from Real Madrid, reports El Gol Digital.
Madrid first offered Cristiano Ronaldo for the Brazilian superstar, believing the two cannot co-exist in the same side but PSG think Ronaldo is too old to deliver a suitable return on investment.
However, they would be tempted by a deal that allowed them to land the former France international and 1998 World Cup winner to take over for Unai Emery.
Shaw to consider complaint against Mourinho
Luke Shaw is frustrated by his situation at Manchester United and is considering filing a complaint about his treatment under Jose Mourinho, according to the Mirror.
Shaw has not only found playing time difficult under Mourinho, but has also been subjected to numerous public criticisms by the Red Devils boss.
Though United seem set to offer the left-back a new deal in hopes of recouping some of the fee paid, Shaw is intent on leaving and may even file a grievance with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over the manager’s actions.
Ronaldo blocks Icardi to Real Madrid
Mauro Icardi has given up on his Real Madrid dream after Cristiano Ronaldo has lobbied his club to not pursue the attacker, according to Don Balon.
As a result of Ronaldo’s distate of having Icardi join the club, the Inter Milan man is considering signing a new long-term deal with the Serie A side.
But while Madrid president Florentino Perez may have to abandon his pursuit of Icardi, the report states he still will target Tottenham’s Harry Kane, a player Ronaldo is fine with adding.
Jorginho agent denies Manchester United contact
The agent for Italy international Jorginho has denied Manchester United have contacted his client about a move to Old Trafford.
The Napoli star is reportedly on the radar for several Premier League teams, something that is not surprising to his agent.
However, Joao Santos says claims while he has talked with Napoli’s sporting director, he has not heard from United and is interested in an extension for his client to remain in Serie A.
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Anthony Martial’s agent cannot confirm his client’s stay with Manchester United amid links of a potential move to Juventus.
Martial’s place in the United squad has been called into question and his name has popped up in links to the reigning Serie A champions.
However, while he would not guarantee Martial would remain at Old Trafford, he rubbished links to Juventus at the current time, calling them fake news.
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Man Utd plot £40m Sessegnon bid
Manchester United are considering a £40 million bid for Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon in the summer, according to The Sun.
Sessegnon has been watched regularly by United scouts of late and the 17-year-old left-sider has been the subject of glowing reports.
He is being viewed as a replacement for Luke Shaw, although United could face competition from Tottenham for Sessegnon.
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Manchester United are ready to fight Real Madrid for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, claims Don Balon.
Neymar only joined PSG in a €222 million world-record transfer from Barcelona last summer, but reports suggest the Brazilian could soon be on the move again.
Madrid have long targeted a deal for the stylish attacker, but United are willing to make an offer, with the aim of making Neymar the team’s new leader.
Inter want Roma star Strootman
Inter are turning their attention toward signing Kevin Strootman from Roma as they look set to land Stefan de Vrij from Lazio, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
The San Siro outfit are sure of signing De Vrij on a five-year deal from Lazio after he confirmed he will not renew his deal in the Italian capital.
Looking to enhance their midfield, it is De Vrij’s Netherlands team-mate Inter have decided on and are willing to offer one of Joao Mario or Marcelo Brozovic as part of the deal to cut his €32 million price tag down.
Man Utd stars’ concern for Shaw
Some Manchester United players are concerned Luke Shaw is being ‘bullied’ by his manager Jose Mourinho, claims the Daily Telegraph.
Shaw was replaced at half-time of United’s 2-0 win over Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday and he was on the receiving end of blunt criticism from Mourinho .
The left-back’s future at Old Trafford appears uncertain again and his latest treatment by Mourinho has reportedly left some of Shaw’s team-mates ‘stunned’.
Verratti rubbishes Barca rumours
Marco Verratti has denied reports that his agent Mino Raiola has sounded out Barcelona over a potential summer move from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been a long-time target of the Camp Nou side, with the Catalans close to completing a move last summer.
However, he says that departing the French capital is not in his mind at present.
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