Juventus lead Man United in pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez
With most of the great European seasons now over, the rumor mill has been highlighted as clubs reflect on their moves ahead of what will be a busy transfer window. Check out the latest gossip below, and check out all the official offers here.
TOP STORY: Juventus and Man United fight for runaway Saul
Midfielder Saul Niguez are determined to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and Juventus will lead Manchester United in the race to sign him, according to Marca.
Despite Atletico’s recent La Liga title, Saul still intends to leave the club and the report says he wants to take “a different direction in his career”. Saul has won the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in addition to La Liga during a nine-year period of glory at Atletico.
Juventus are the team that seem most eager to sign him, although that could change if the club change, as expected, with Massimiliano Allegri reportedly taking over from Andrea Pirlo. Juventus aren’t the only eager side, however, and Manchester United are also said to be in contention, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to strengthen his squad.
Atletico had expected a transfer fee of € 70million for Saul in 2019, but they are now said to be open to offers that ‘satisfy all parties’. Saul himself is reportedly demanding salaries in the order of € 7million per season, which could prove too rich for United.
The Red Devils have been linked with the 26-year-old for the past few summers, but with the player keen to leave on the occasion, they could be closer than ever to achieving their long-term goal.
11.06 BST: Lucas Vazquez has said he is “calm” and expects news “soon” about his future at Real Madrid with his contract which expires next month.
The winger has played an important role in the squad this season, replacing the injured Dani Carvajal at right-back before a knee injury of its own, picked up against Barcelona in The classic in April, ended his campaign.
“I’m calm,” the 29-year-old said Universo Valdano by Movistar Thursday evening. “Who wouldn’t want to continue at the best club in the world? Soon we’ll know something.”
10:47 BST: Dani Ceballos ruled out another loan deal – after spending the last two years on loan at Arsenal – saying it was time for him to earn a place in the Real Madrid squad or move on.
Ceballos, 24, has spent the last two years on loan at Arsenal but admitted the midfielder would prefer to stay in La Liga now.
“I think my time has come to take a step forward,” he said. Radio Canal Sur in Andalusia. “Either to stay (at Real Madrid) or to leave with a transfer.”
Ceballos has made no secret of his desire to return to the childhood club Real Betis at one point, saying “sooner or later I will wear a Betis shirt again”.
10.39 BST: Juventus have announced that Andrea Pirlo was dismissed from his post as director.
Pirlo, a three-time Serie A winner as a Juve player, was hired in his first managerial position at the start of the 2020-21 season following the departure of Maurizio Sarri following the departure of Maurizio Sarri. Bianconeri elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League in Lyon.
The move comes after a disappointing campaign in which Juve once again exited the Champions League at the same stadium – this time against FC Porto – and are only in next season’s competition, as the draw at Napoli’s home with Hellas Verona allowed them to finish in fourth place. on the last day of the Serie A season.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Thank you, Andrea. These are the first words we all have to say at the end of this special experience together. A few months ago, Andrea Pirlo, a world football icon, a started his new adventure, his first as a coach.
To do this, you first need courage and an awareness of your own means, especially in a period marked by thousands of difficulties, the world being forced by the pandemic to reinvent its own rules day after day. Pirlo has just started the first steps of what will undoubtedly become a brilliant coaching career. An adventure of transformation, seeking, and often succeeding, to bring his ideas and his experience as a champion to the field “on the other side” of the fence. “
10.15 BST: Is Antonio ConteWill the Inter Milan replacement train?
Gab Marcotti says Inter will try to replicate Antonio Conte’s success by appointing Simone Inzaghi.
09.25 BST: Harry Kane He is unlikely to leave Tottenham this summer, writes Gab Marcotti, as the England captain has no leverage in a depressed and flooded transfer market.
It’s all about leverage – in business, in sport, in life. Or, at the risk of going out with myself, it’s all about the “hand”, in the Sinsfeldian sense.
When it comes to Harry Kane and a move away from Tottenham Hotspur, he simply has very little. That’s not to say it won’t budge this summer – transfer markets can be strangely unpredictable and prone to ripple effects – but rather unless there is a sudden bout of irrationality, it’s unlikely.
There is a school of thought that his time at Tottenham has come to an end, fueled by briefings from those around him, with Kane himself saying that while the individual rewards are great, he wants to earn silverware (” and that’s not happening now “) and the widespread reports that Spurs are ready to deal with. Depending on who you choose to believe, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would ask for a transfer fee of between £ 120m and £ 150m if he sanctions Kane’s departure.
Kane is possibly the best center-forward in the Premier League (which he has led in both goals and assists this season), he could be a sympathetic and marketable star, and he might have done things the “right” way in terms of sticking around. to Spurs when he could have looked for more money and trophies elsewhere. But there are several factors that work against him and his wishes.
08.52 BST: Talks between Barcelona and Lionel messi on a new contract are progressing satisfactorily with the club president Joan laporta after meeting the player’s father and agent, sources told ESPN’s Moises Llorens and Adriana Garcia.
ESPN have confirmed a report from Catalan TV3 that Messi has an informal first proposal on Barca’s table, a proposal Laporta presented to Jorge Messi during their meeting. The proposal showed the specific financial figures that the Catalan club are prepared to pay the Argentine to continue at Camp Nou beyond this summer.
The meeting was “very positive”, a source told ESPN, but Messi, whose contract expires on June 30, wants to wait to hear about the club’s sporting plan before making a decision.
ESPN reported last month that Barca president Laporta plan to offer Messi a two-year contract with an option to extend him for another year to make up for the salary cut Barca captain is expected to accept.
If Messi agrees, he will have the choice to decide whether to continue at Barca after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar or go to MLS.
08:30 BST: Talks between Chelsea and AC Milan regarding Fikayo tomori stay at a standstill, according to Sky Italia.
The England defender has joined the Rossoneri on a six-month loan in January with an option of € 28 million to sign it definitively included in the transaction. Milan are keen to retain Tomori but are keen to negotiate the fees as the 23-year-old has been a regular at Stefano Pioli, making 22 appearances in all competitions.
However, the Blues are not ready to lower their demands and have reportedly received other offers from the Premier League that they are evaluating. Tomori has a contract with Chelsea until June 2024.
Alejandro Moreno wonders how Paulo Dybala would suit Diego Simeone’s side given his ups and downs at Juventus.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)
– Manchester United must make bold bid to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, according to the sun. Report says United are looking to resolve their goalkeeper crisis by swapping Oblak for David de Gea. Oblak, 28, is said to charge a transfer fee of around € 80million, but United believe they can reduce those fees by sending De Gea in the opposite direction. De Gea, who missed the crucial penalty against Villarreal, rose through the ranks at Atletico.
– Manchester City did Jack Grealish their main transfer target this summer and they are set to bid up to £ 100million in a bid to land their man, according to the mail. City boss Pep Guardiola is a longtime admirer of Grealish, and the Catalan coach wants the 25-year-old to be the hub for City’s midfielder as the 2021-22 season approaches. . Grealish still has four years to fulfill his contract at Aston Villa, which was renewed last September, which means City will have to pay a premium to get him out of Villa Park.
– Hakan Calhanoglu appear likely to leave AC Milan this summer as their contract ends, and although their likely next destination is still unknown, Liverpool are reportedly interested, according to Calciomercato. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has received offers from Qatar but would apparently prefer to play at a higher level. Juventus had expressed interest, but there are a lot of changes in Turin, while Liverpool have yet to make a firm offer.
– Paris Saint-Germain approached AC Milan with an offer for the left-back Theo Hernandez, according to Footmercato. However, the two clubs have yet to reach a deal, although the French finalists have stepped up negotiations in recent days. The 23-year-old is contracted Rossoneri until June 2024 and Milan is in no rush to let him go. However, having scored eight goals and collected eight assists in 45 matches, the former French youth international is a wanted man in the French capital.
– Latest managerial rumor sees Barcelona president Joan Laporta convinced he can convince Pep guardiola return to the club, according to AS. Barca boss plans to call the Manchester City manager after the Champions League final in an attempt to bring him back to Camp Nou. Even though Laporta has to wait until the start of the 2022-23 season, he is reportedly keen to try and persuade the former Barca boss to return.
– Brighton and Hove Albion want to land Arsenal striker Eddie nketiah, who could see the midfielder Yves bissouma move in the opposite direction, depending on the sun. The Gunners are one of many clubs interested in the talented 24-year-old Bissouma, but Arsenal are hopeful that Graham Potter’s interest in Nketiah makes a trade possible. Brighton is looking for offensive reinforcements and sees 21-year-old Nketiah as a perfect competition for the likes of Danny Welbeck, while Arsenal need to strengthen in midfield.