Transfer Buzz: Madrid sack Lopetegui; Chelsea & United to contest for Ramsey

Transfer Buzz

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30 October

Real Madrid sack Lopetegui

The biggest news of the day comes from Madrid, where Los Blancos have sacked Julen Lopetegui.

The 5-1 defeat in El Clasico was theit third loss on the trot in La Liga. “The board understands that there is a great difference between the quality of the Real Madrid squad, that has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or, unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results achieved until now,” read the club statement.

“We are grateful to Lopetegui and his staff and wish them the best in their professional career.”

Santiago Solari has been appointed the interim manager with Antonio Conte’s name doing the rounds.

Barcelona want to sell Dembele

Barcelona want to part way s with Ousmane Dembele, Catalan radio station RAC1 reports.

The French youngster has had a mixed one and a half year with the spanish club and is said to be unhappy with life in Spain. He has been in and out of the team as well, however, his performance in the El Clasico was commendable.

Apparently, the forward has been told by Barcelona to find a new club.

United and Chelsea go head to head for Ramsey

Manchester United and Chelsea will go head to head for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, Express reports.

The Welshman is out of contract at the North London club next summer and has been looking out for options actively. He was once set to sign a contract extension with the Gunners but the club decided against it.

The current season is Ramsey’s 10th at Arsenal.

Conte wants Pogba as first signing at Real

Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte wants to reunite with Paul Pogba at Real Madrid, Calciomercato report.

With Julen Lopetegui sacked, there’s a possibility that Antonio Conte might take over at Real Madrid. And if appointed, the Italian could go behind Pogba’s signature.

The Frenchman is believed to be unsettled at Manchester United and was a part of a summer transfer saga involving Barcelona and the English club.

Everton and Liverpool to contest for AC Milan attacker

AC Milan are concerned they could lose Suso to one of Everton or Liverpool, Calciomercato report.

As a result of the possible links, the Italian club is planning to increase the Spaniard’s £35m release clause. Suso has been brilliant so far for Milan, scoring three and assisting another seven goals in the Serie A this season.

This performace has forced the Premier League clubs in keeping a tab on him.

29 October

United still want Maguire

Manchester United are still hot in pursuit of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, as per The Sun.

The Red Devils tried hard to sign the English defender during the summer transfer window but couldn’t price him away from Leicester City.

With their defensive crisis still not solved, United will look to continue to chase Maguire with a view to sign him during the January transfer window.

Unai Emery wants Juan Mata at Arsenal

Unai Emery is looking to bring in countryman Juan Mata at Arsenal, reports The Daily Star.

The Spanish coach has enjoyed a successful start to his Arsenal reign, helping the Gunners go unbeaten for the last twelve games. Emery is now looking to further shape his new side in his image, as he looks to bring in Mata from United.

The former-Chelsea player of the year has not found similar success during his stay in Manchester and might be tempted to move back to London if the two clubs can come to an agreement.

Real Madrid to break the bank for Mane

Real Madrid are looking to raid Liverpool with a view to take Sadio Mane with them to the Spanish capital, reports Don Balon.

Los Blancos President Florentino Perez is reportedly a huge fan of the Senegalese winger and even attempted to sign him during the summer.

However, if Madrid are to sign Mane, they are going to have to cough up around €115 million.

Juventus eyeing City youngster

Juventus are exploring a possibility of signing Phil Foden from Manchester City, claims The Mirror.

The England U-17 World Cup winner’s contract is up in the summer with Manchester City interesting in renewing the deal. However, whether Foden himself is ready to commit or not is still an issue of contention, with the 18-year-old looking for more game-time.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will be desperate for Foden to stay, especially considering that the last English youngster (Jadon Sancho) to leave the club on a free is currently one of the hottest properties in Europe.

United, Chelsea in N’Dombele chase

Manchester United and Chelsea are set to lock horns again for the signature of Lyon star Tanguy N’Dombele, reports The Mirror.

The French international moved to Lyon last year and has impressed at his current club. As a result, several clubs are exploring the possibility of bringing him in, including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

 

28 October 

Juve plot January loan for Pogba

Italian giants Juventus are planning a stunning loan swoop of current Manchester United star Paul Pogba, as per Tuttosport.

The Frenchman played for the ‘Old Lady’ from 2012 to 2016, before re-signing for childhood club Manchester United for a then record fee.

However, Pogba has not enjoyed the best of returns to Old Trafford and has also reportedly had a falling out with manager Jose Mourinho. Juventus are said to be monitoring the situation closely with a view to bring in Pogba on loan in January.

They are also willing to include a €70 million ‘option to buy’ after six months.

Mo Salah wanted by Messi at Barcelona

Lionel Messi wants last year’s Premier League top scorer, Mohamed Salah, to join him at Barcelona, reports Don Balon.

The Egyptian forward had a stunning campaign last time around as he scored 44 goals in just 52 games. As a result, Salah was serenaded with several awards, including the Premier League player of the year. The Liverpool frontman was also nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or at the expense of Lionel Messi.

However, the Argentine now wants Salah to join him at Barcelona. The Catalan club, in turn, are looking to raise money for the Egyptian by selling Ousmane Dembele.

Alli close to contract extension

Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli is ready to put pen to paper to another long-term contract, reports The Sun.

The England international joined Spurs in the February of 2015 but had to wait six months to make his debut. However, the 22-year-old quickly broke into the first team and is currently one of Spurs’ most important players.

As a result, the London-based club have decided to award Alli with a contract extension. His current deal runs through 2022.

City set to lose another starlet

With the wounds from the sale of Jadon Sancho still not healed, it has come to light that Manchester City might lose yet another promise youngster on a free transfer.

This time it is Spaniard Brahim Diaz, who is looking to reject a new deal and force a move away in order to increase game-time, reports ESPN FC.

Diaz is widely regarded as one of the best young talents at the Manchester club. However, the Spaniard could soon be seen donning new colours, with the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund closely monitoring the situation.

Hammers move for Almiron

Miguel Almiron is a man in high demand. The Paraguayan youngster was previously linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham. However, a new report from Ultima Hora suggests that West Ham have now taken the lead in a race to sign the youngster.

Almiron, who is currently playing for Atalanta United in the MLS has 12 goals and 14 assists to his name this season. It is this form of his, that has caught the eye of several clubs.

However, with West Ham willing to match Atalanta United’s demands, it seems increasingly likely that the 24-year-old could soon be seen in Claret and Blue.

United’s Skriniar bid rejected

Manchester United’s hopes of landing Inter Milan’s Milan Skirniar are in major doubt after the Italian club rejected United’s bid, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Red Devils have been looking to strengthen their side in the defensive areas, with Skriniar on top of the list.

However, a move is looking extremely unlikely with Inter unwilling to part ways with their star defender.

27 October 

Milan to replace Gattuso with Wenger

AC Milan are interested in landing Arsene Wenger as their new manager if they decide to sack Gennaro Gattuso, reports La Republica.

The Frenchman has been out of a job since the start of the season as he decided to step down as the manager of Arsenal FC after twenty-two years. The Milanese club, on the other, hand are looking to part ways with their current manager, Gattuso, after a poor start to the season.

However, AC Milan face stiff competition in their pursuit of the Les Professeur, with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also after him.

Loftus-Cheek told to move on

Ruben Loftus-Cheek proved to be the unlikely hero last night for Chelsea, in their latest Europa League game. However, the Englishman has since been told to move on if he wishes to play regularly by former-Chelsea man Glenn Hoddle.

The Englishman, while talking to BT Sport let his feelings known, “I fear for the lad. If he isn’t going to get the opportunities soon then he has got to move. He’s a talent – with my England hat on I need to see him playing.”

However, current Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri told the media post-match that he believes Loftus-Cheek can be an important player for Chelsea if he improves upon his defensive game.

Mourinho unsure of De Gea’s future

Jose Mourinho has dropped a bombshell on Manchester United supporters, after claiming that he is ‘not confident’ while talking to Sky Sports.

The Spanish ‘Numero Uno‘ has been with United since 2011, but has only a year left on his contract. However, Mourinho’s latest comments have thrown the custodian’s future in doubt.

The Manchester United coach’s full statement is as follows, “I am not confident, but I’m also not worried. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.” Juventus are reported to be keeping close tabs on the situation.

Martial turns down contract offer 

Speaking of contract offers, it has come to light that Manchester United winger Anthony Martial has opted to decline a new deal in order to force a move away from the club, reports Sky Sports.

The French winger’s contract expires, with an option to extend by one year. However, as per reports, Martial is unwilling to put pen to paper and seek a move away.

However, the talks are not yet concluded, but rather continue in the hopes that an agreement could be found in the near future.

Under wanted by Premier League duo

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign AS Roma’s Turkish winger, Cengiz Under, reports Corriere dello Sport.

The 21-year-old wide man has been generating interest throughout the continent, with the Premier League giants the latest to join in.

Moreover, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also hot in pursuit of Under, with the youngster quickly becoming one of Europe’s hottest prospects.

Tottenham pip Arsenal to Almiron signing 

Tottenham Hotspur are set to make Miguel Almiron their first signing of the season, according to Futbol a lo Grande. What’s even more interesting is the fact that they will have beaten fierce rivals Arsenal if they indeed succeed in bringing Almiron on board.

Arsenal were rumoured to be in chase of the Paraguayan youngster, currently playing for Atalanta United in the MLS. However, new reports claim that the Gunners will have to face failure in their pursuit, with Tottenham set to swoop in.

26 October

Sanchez to ditch United for PSG

Alexis Sanchez is ready to put his nightmare Unites spell to an end, with a move to Paris Saint Germain, reports Mirror.

The Chilean has not enjoyed the best of times at Old Trafford ever since his move from Arsenal, scoring just thrice in the league so far.

As a result, Sanchez is ready to cut short his Premier League stay and look for a move to PSG, one of the few clubs who can afford his wages.

Madrid yet to contact Conte

Real Madrid have still not established contact with Antonio Conte, according to his brother and agent.

The Italian has been widely touted as the number one contender for the Madrid hot seat for the past few weeks, in case the club decides to sack Julen Lopetegui. However, as per the Italian’s brother, the former Chelsea manager is yet to receive a call from Los Blancos.

“Antonio is on vacation, he has not received any call from Real Madrid,” Conte’s brother told Cadena SER.

Dembele to lead Barcelona exodus

Ousmane Dembele has set his mind on a move away from Barcelona this winter, reports Don Balon.

The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order since the start of the season and has found himself behind Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, and now, Rafinha at Barcelona.

As a result, if an offer arrives, the Frenchman will consider it.

Skriniar to Madrid?

Real Madrid are ready to splash the cash on Inter Milan’s young defender Milan Skriniar, according to Don Balon.

The interest for Skriniar is right from the top level, with club President Florentino Perez reportedly a fan of the Serbian defender. However, bringing Skriniar to Madrid would cost Los Blancos a ton of money, with Inter Milan eyeing him at a reported €80 million.

Madrid will also have to go up against the likes of Manchester United, who are also keeping tabs on the youngster.

City eyeing Ritsu Doan 

Manchester City are preparing a move for Japanese youngster Ritsu Doan, as per Mirror.

The 20-year-old is currently employed under the services of  FC Groningen, who compete in the Dutch League. Moreover, Doan was also awarded the best players prize for the AFC U19 Championship in 2016.

In Lieu of City’s interest in the youngster, Groningen would like to keep him for another season before letting him go.

Leicester next for Jardim? 

2015/16 Premier League Champions, Leicester City are keeping tabs on former Monaco man, Leonardo Jardim, according to Le10sport.

The Foxes have been inconsistent at times since Claude Puel’s appointment last season and may be willing to let the Frenchman go if the results turn bad.

However, as reports suggest, Leicester have already identified a replacement in Leonardo Jardim, who was recently sacked as the manager of AS Monaco.

25 October

PSG hoping to land Greizmann

Paris Saint Germain are looking to land Antoine Greizmann, as stated by OK Diario.

The Frenchman is currently employed in the services of Atletico Madrid. However, as per reports, PSG will try to tempt him away with a bumper salary.

The Paris-based club are looking to re-unite Greizmann with his international teammate Kylian Mbappe, while hoping that N’Golo Kante joins from Chelsea as well.

‘Door open’ for Cavani

Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis has left the door open for Edinson Cavani, in case he decides to rejoin the Italian Serie A side.

Cavani played for Napoli from 2010-13, scoring 104 times in 138 appearances across all competitions. He was then sold to PSG for €64 million, the sixth-largest transfer figure at that time.

Now de Laurentiis has once again ignited rumours of Cavani’s ‘homecoming’, in an interview with Le Parisien, although stating that the decision rests with the striker.

Barca to let Malcom leave…on loan

Malcom’s Barcelona move hasn’t gone according to plan so far, with the Brazilian youngster already eyeing a winter loan move, according to Sport.

The Catalan club hijacked Roma’s move for the youngster but have since failed to provide him with game time. As a result, several clubs are interested in taking him temporarily, such as Arsenal and Tottenham.

However, some counter-reports claim that Malcom will soon be given the chance to shine, especially with Lionel Messi out injured.

Alonso pens down new contract

Marcos Alonso has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the club has confirmed. The Spaniard who join in 2016, has now extended his stay till 2023.

Featuring in at left back or left wing-back, Alonso has netted the most number goals for a defender in the Premier League, ever since his debut.

Upon signing on the dotted lines, the Spaniard had this to say, “I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world. It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”

Kane told to join Madrid

Harry Kane has been urged to only join Real Madrid, in case he decides to leave Tottenham, by former-German international Lothar Matthaus.

“…Real are the only club that would be right for him. Real shine brighter than any other club in the world. If it happened, everyone would understand, nobody could be angry,” wrote Matthaus for The Sun.

The England international was tipped to succeed in La Liga earlier as well, by Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Juve looking to bring in Tonali

Reports from Calciomercatio claim that Juventus have entered the race to sign youngster Sandro Tonali. The 18-year-old currently plays for Perugia in Serie B and is being chased by several clubs.

However, in order to sign the youngster, Juventus will have to go up against the likes of Chelsea, Inter, Roma, Napoli, and Sampdoria, all of who have expressed interest in Tonali.

According to reports, the midfielder is being considered for a National team call up as well by Italian coach Roberto Mancini.

24 October

Icardi open to move abroad

Mauro Icardi has refused to commit his future at Inter Milan and may be open to moving abroad, as per Calciomercato.

Talking to Radio Onda Cero, the Argentinian frontman said the following, “There are many voices, when offers will come we’ll evaluate them, but I’m very happy here at Inter.”

Icardi’s comments will give hope to the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona, who are hoping to bring in the lethal striker.

Hazard to Madrid hinges on manager

Eden Hazard’s proposed move to Real Madrid could very well depend upon who they appoint as their new manager. According to several reports, Los Blancos are looking to part ways with Julen Lopetegui already.

As a result, the Madrid hierarchy has drawn up a list of potential managerial candidates which includes Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.

However, who Madrid decides to appoint might have repercussions on their transfer dealings, with Hazard not keen on a reunion with Antonio Conte. On the contrary, the Belgian did mention recently that he would love to work with Mourinho again in the future.

Bayern Munich enter Fekir race

Bayern Munich has entered the race for Nabil Fekir, according to Kicker.

The German news outlet reports that the Bavarians are looking to bring Fekir on board during the January transfer window and are ready to go up against the like of Chelsea and Liverpool for his signature.

Fekir was the subject of two failed moves during the course of the summer transfer window. The Frenchman’s move to Liverpool collapsed after the Reds reportedly found a medical anomaly in his system. On the other hand, Fekir’s move to Chelsea was scuppered by the Blues’ late decision to sign Kovacic instead.

Real Madrid eyeing Alex Telles

There might be a change in the left back position at Real Madrid as Los Blancos look to replace Marcelo with compatriot Alex Telles, according to Record.

The Brazilian full-back has been linked with several top European clubs in the past but is yet to make the move from Porto. However, his stay in Portugal might finally come to an end, with the Champions League holders looking to bring him in.

However, Telles’s move to Madrid will depend upon Marcelo moving to Juventus. Moreover, the Porto man will cost them around 40 million euros.

Mourinho hoping to be sacked? 

Jose Mourinho is hoping to be sacked as the manager of Manchester United, according to El Pais.

The Spanish news outlet claims that Mourinho is keen on a return to Real Madrid after it came to light that he was the first choice to replace Lopetegui.

However, the Portuguese coach did offer his take on the issue in yesterday’s Champions League press conference, as he claimed that he is looking to stay in Manchester beyond the term of his current contract.

Martial to sign contract extension

Speaking of Manchester United, Anthony Martial may finally be open to putting all transfer rumours to bed, by signing a contract extension.

The Frenchman has been with United for the past three years but had faced uncertainty over his position recently. As a result, several reports came about claiming that Martial will look for a move elsewhere.

However, the former Monaco man has been in superb form lately and may now be ready to sign a contract extension instead.

 

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