Bale to discuss Real Madrid future after scoring ‘best goal ever’ in Champions League final

Gareth Bale hinted a summer move away from Real Madrid could be on the cards after stepping off the bench to make a record-breaking contribution to an historic Champions League victory over Liverpool.

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a big-money switch elsewhere after seeing form and fitness issues plague another season in the Spanish capital.

He was left on the bench for Madrid’s biggest game of the season in Kiev on Saturday, but entered the fray just after the hour mark to change the course of the tie with a match-winning brace.

Having shown what he is capable of, the 28-year-old conceded afterwards that – amid much talk of interest from the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich – he will have to weigh up his options when the transfer window re-opens.

Bale told BT Sport : “I need to be playing week in, week out, it hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I need to sit down in the summer and discuss things with my agent and take things from there.”

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He added on being left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for the fourth Champions League final of his Madrid career: “Very disappointed not to start the game. I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do is come on and make an impact and that’s what I did.”

Bale needed just 122 seconds to make an impact after replacing Isco, with a stunning overhead kick restoring Madrid’s lead on the night .

He would go on to net his second and the Blancos’ third seven minutes from time to wrap up a hat-trick of continental triumphs for European football’s most successful club.

“We know what we have achieved and we know how good we have been. It’s turned out to be a great season winning the Champions League,” said Bale.

Bale also admitted that his acrobatic goal against Liverpool is the best of his career to date, with that strike helping him to his own piece of history.

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A second effort, which dipped and swerved from distance to slip through the grasp of Loris Karius – who endured a nightmare evening in the Liverpool goal – saw the Welshman become the first player to bag a brace off the bench in a European Cup final.

That would be some way to sign off if he is to leave Madrid this summer, with there sure to be no shortage of takers if Bale is to be made available on the open market.

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd open Alex Sandro talks


Man Utd open Alex Sandro talks


Manchester United have made contact with Alex Sandro’s agent, but face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the Juventus defender, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

Jose Mourinho is expected to sign a new left-back in the summer and a deal for Brazil international Alex Sandro would likely cost in excess of €50 million (£43.8m/$58.3m).

Juventus are hoping to tie Alex Sandro down to a new contract, but may have to ward off interest from rival clubs to achieve their aim.


Hazard pushing for Sarri at Chelsea


Eden Hazard is pushing for Chelsea to appoint former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to replace current manager Antonio Conte, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Chelsea are close to agreeing a two-year contract with Sarri, worth £5 million per season, and Hazard is keen for the Italian to take over at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has spoken to Napoli attacker Dries Mertens about Sarri and has been pleased with what he has heard from his Belgium international team-mate.


Sarri to bring Napoli players to Chelsea


Maurizio Sarri is planning on bringing several Napoli players to Chelsea when he takes over, The Evening Standard reports.

The Italian has left Napoli after failing to agree on a new contract and is set to replace Antonio Conte during the summer.

And Sarri is already eyeing moves for Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski, Raul Albiol and Jorginho at his new side.


‘Griezmann a gift at €100m’


Signing Antoine Griezmann for his reported release clause of €100 million would be “a gift”, according to former France international Christophe Dugarry.

Atletico Madrid star Griezmann has been heavily linked with Barcelona this season, while Manchester United are also believed to a long-term suitor of the forward.

The 27-year-old is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2022, but it remains to be seen if Diego Simeone’s side can keep hold of their prized asset.

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Werner promises Klopp summer funds


Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has assured supporters the club will strengthen the squad regardless of the result in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

They have become accustomed to swiftly losing their best players in recent seasons, the likes of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona and Raheem Sterling leaving for Manchester City.

Werner, though, promised fans that manager Jurgen Klopp will be backed in the transfer market, as Liverpool seek to close the gap on Premier League champions City and runners-up Manchester United. 

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Man Utd to put Pogba in Kroos deal


Manchester United are willing to offer Paul Pogba and a sizeable transfer fee for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to Don Balon .

The Red Devils are readying themselves for a summer rebuild and are prepared to part with their £89 million record signing.

Jose Mourinho is, however, looking to bring in Kroos as a replacement and will only let Pogba go if Madrid open themselves up to a deal for the World Cup winner.


Arsenal eyeing Dembele


New Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele his first signing, reports Don Balon .

The France international only moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2017 but struggled for form and fitness in his debut campaign and may be allowed to move on if a tempting offer is tabled.


Man City to offer €80m for Isco


Manchester City are readying an €80 million (£70m/$93m) bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, claims Mundo Deportivo .

The Spain international has been a long-standing target for Pep Guardiola and he believes that he can finally get his man amid reports of unrest at the Santiago Bernabeu.


No Martial in Alderweireld agreement


Manchester United are not prepared to include Anthony Martial in any deal for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, reports ESPN .

It had been claimed that the France international forward would be used as a makeweight by the Red Devils in their efforts to land a highly-rated Belgian centre-half.


Gunners to get Lichtsteiner


Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a two-year contract,  Goal  understands.

Lichtsteiner, who is approaching the end of his contract at Juventus, has been targeted by the Gunners as they look to bolster their defence this summer, with Hector Bellerin currently the club’s only natural right-back.

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Chelsea closing on Sarri


Chelsea are closing in on agreeing a £5 million-per-year contract with prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Goal  understands the Blues have agreed to pay the £8m ($11m) release clause in Sarri’s contract with Napoli, which still requires paying despite Sarri having been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.

Read the full story here!


Mourinho to make Cancelo move


Manchester United will seek to bolster their full-back options this summer with a £30 million ($40m) move for Valencia’s Joao Cancelo, claims The Mirror .

The Portugal international spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Inter, who hold a purchase option, but the Red Devils are hoping to nip in and beat the Serie A side to the punch.


Juve plan to keep Costa


Juventus fully intend to complete a permanent deal for Douglas Costa this summer, claims Calciomercato , despite interest from Manchester rivals United and City.

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The Premier League duo are said to be planning £80 million ($106m) bids, but the Serie A champions will push through a prior agreement with Bayern Munich for the on-loan Brazilian.


Mascarell to return to Real


Real Madrid have decided to activate a buy-back clause in the contract of Oscar Mascarell, claims Diario Gol .

The holding midfielder was sold to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 but, after impressing in Germany, is set to be brought back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Griezmann ‘a gift’ at €100m, says former Barcelona striker Dugarry

Signing Antoine Griezmann for his reported release clause of €100 million would be “a gift”, according to former France international Christophe Dugarry.

Atletico Madrid star Griezmann has been heavily linked with Barcelona this season, while Manchester United are also believed to a long-term suitor of the forward.

The 27-year-old is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2022, but it remains to be seen if Diego Simeone’s side can keep hold of their prized asset.

And, while €100m (£87.7m/$116.6m) remains a considerable sum, ex-Bordeaux, AC Milan, Barca and Birmingham City star Dugarry knows it would be money well spent.  

“[Griezmann] has offers on the table,” Dugarry told RMC . 

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“His release clause is €100m and it’s up to him to decide. He should do so before the World Cup, that would be the ideal situation.

“It’s a mountain of money, but for Griezmann it’s a gift. All the clubs in the world want him, so it’s up to him to decide.”

Griezmann helped Atleti beat another of Dugarry’s former sides, Marseille, in the Europa League final this month, and is now preparing for the World Cup with Didier Deschamps’ national team, who face Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C of the finals in Russia. 

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Current Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, meanwhile, believes that his France international team-mate would be a big help to Ernesto Valverde’s team, if he moved to Camp Nou.

“He is a fantastic player, we know his quality,” Umtiti said. 

“In any group, he would be important. He could help us a lot.”

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Sarri to bring Napoli stars to Chelsea


Sarri to bring Napoli players to Chelsea


Maurizio Sarri is planning on bringing several Napoli players to Chelsea when he takes over, The Evening Standard reports.

The Italian has left Napoli after failing to agree on a new contract and is set to replace Antonio Conte during the summer.

And Sarri is already eyeing moves for Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski, Raul Albiol and Jorginho at his new side.


Man Utd to put Pogba in Kroos deal


Manchester United are willing to offer Paul Pogba and a sizeable transfer fee for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to Don Balon .

The Red Devils are readying themselves for a summer rebuild and are prepared to part with their £89 million record signing.

Jose Mourinho is, however, looking to bring in Kroos as a replacement and will only let Pogba go if Madrid open themselves up to a deal for the World Cup winner.


Arsenal eyeing Dembele


New Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele his first signing, reports Don Balon .

The France international only moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2017 but struggled for form and fitness in his debut campaign and may be allowed to move on if a tempting offer is tabled.


Man City to offer €80m for Isco


Manchester City are readying an €80 million (£70m/$93m) bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, claims Mundo Deportivo .

The Spain international has been a long-standing target for Pep Guardiola and he believes that he can finally get his man amid reports of unrest at the Santiago Bernabeu.


No Martial in Alderweireld agreement


Manchester United are not prepared to include Anthony Martial in any deal for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, reports ESPN .

It had been claimed that the France international forward would be used as a makeweight by the Red Devils in their efforts to land a highly-rated Belgian centre-half.


Gunners to get Lichtsteiner


Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a two-year contract,  Goal  understands.

Lichtsteiner, who is approaching the end of his contract at Juventus, has been targeted by the Gunners as they look to bolster their defence this summer, with Hector Bellerin currently the club’s only natural right-back.

Read the full story here!


Chelsea closing on Sarri


Chelsea are closing in on agreeing a £5 million-per-year contract with prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Goal  understands the Blues have agreed to pay the £8m ($11m) release clause in Sarri’s contract with Napoli, which still requires paying despite Sarri having been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.

Read the full story here!


Mourinho to make Cancelo move


Manchester United will seek to bolster their full-back options this summer with a £30 million ($40m) move for Valencia’s Joao Cancelo, claims The Mirror .

The Portugal international spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Inter, who hold a purchase option, but the Red Devils are hoping to nip in and beat the Serie A side to the punch.


Sarri sets out Chelsea targets


Maurizio Sarri is planning to raid Napoli for up to four players if he takes the reins at Chelsea, reports the Evening Standard .

Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal for the highly-rated coach , and he will look to return to his former club for Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Piotr Zielinski and Kalidou Koulibaly.


Juve plan to keep Costa


Juventus fully intend to complete a permanent deal for Douglas Costa this summer, claims Calciomercato , despite interest from Manchester rivals United and City.

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The Premier League duo are said to be planning £80 million ($106m) bids, but the Serie A champions will push through a prior agreement with Bayern Munich for the on-loan Brazilian.


Mascarell to return to Real


Real Madrid have decided to activate a buy-back clause in the contract of Oscar Mascarell, claims Diario Gol .

The holding midfielder was sold to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 but, after impressing in Germany, is set to be brought back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Neymar: I really want to work with Guardiola

Neymar has reiterated his desire to one day play under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar missed the chance to feature under Guardiola at Barcelona, joining the club a year after the Catalan had left his role as head coach.

Brazil forward Neymar spoke in January 2016 of his admiration for Guardiola, who enjoyed a spell at Bayern Munich between his jobs at Barca and City.

And working with Guardiola is an ambition that Neymar still holds.

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“I have always wanted to work with Guardiola,” he told  ESPN Brasil.

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“It’s different, I arrived [at Barca] after he left. I really want to work with him.”

Neymar joined PSG from Barca last August in a world-record €222 million move, but has already been strongly linked with a return to La Liga and his former club’s great rivals, Real Madrid. 

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