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Playmaker set to leave Real Madrid amid interest from Arsenal

Real Madrid are looking to part ways with Spanish midfielder Isco this summer. According to news outlet ABC, the 29-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu Stadium. Since Julen Lopetegui’s sacking, Isco has not been a mainstay in Madrid’s first team. Los Blancos are reportedly unwilling to pay over €13 million gross in wages to a substitute. The Spaniard is pushing for a move away from Madrid as he wants more game time. He was close to leaving the club in January before Martin Odegaard’s exit forced him to stay. Several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, are interested in a deal but are unwilling to splurge massive amounts of money on Isco’s wages. At the age of 29, Isco is eyeing a challenge at a new club to revive his career. He is way down the pecking order at Madrid, ...

Raphael Varane to Manchester United: A decade-long transfer saga

As we reported yesterday, Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. United will pay £34 million-plus add-ons with the payments spread out over several years. The 28-year-old will sign a four-year contract with an option to extend another year. United’s interest in Varane goes back to his days at Ligue 1 club Lens. At the time, he was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s targets to be a part of the Red Devils’ new transfer policy. United’s French scout David Friio watched Varane regularly during his last six months at Lens, who were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season. Varane found United’s interest to be ‘greatly flattering’. However, he was soon targeted by Zinedine Zidane, who provided him with a tour of Madrid’s Valdebeba...

Barcelona and Real Madrid linked with promising Bundesliga defender – Report

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter is gathering interest among Europe’s top clubs. According to Sky Sports, the centre back is wanted by the top clubs in Spain, Italy and Germany. Ginter was one of the bright sparks in Germany’s European Championship 2020 campaign., with commanding performances alongside Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid have all expressed their interest to sign the 26-year-old. “It’s true that it’s the turn of the top clubs,” said Sky reporter and transfer expert Marc Behrenbeck at the Transfer Update show and explained: “We already reported during the Euros that FC Barcelona had asked about him. “ Barcelona and Real Madrid are looking to replace Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos, respectively. Meanwhile...

Real Madrid midfielder ready to fight for his place in squad

Dani Ceballos reportedly wants to stay at Real Madrid. According to Spanish news outlet Diario AS, the Spaniard is keen to remain in the capital. In an interview with AS, he stated, “You have to know what the coach wants, and you have to be objective. But my intention is to play next year at Real Madrid. I’ve always wanted to do important things at this club, and I’m going to fight for it. “ The 24 year old delivered a fantastic performance in Spain’s friendly against Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. Ceballos was one of Luis de la Fuente’s best assets against the Japanese, accompanying Mikel Merino and Martin Zubimendi in the centre of the field. He signed for Real Madrid in Jul 2017 for €17 million. He was touted as one of Spain’s finest talents and won the MVP at the 2017...

Report: Chelsea enter race for £42.8m Man Utd transfer target

Chelsea have made a late approach for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane despite Manchester United being in advanced talks with the defender, Spanish newspaper Marca reports. The French centre-back is out of contract next summer and has decided to leave Madrid after a decade, putting a host of top European clubs on alert. United were quick to make their move and are now in the final stages of completing a £42.8m move for Varane on a five-year deal. With Madrid under pressure to sell to fund their own transfer business, it has been widely reported that the deal will be announced in the coming week. However, Thomas Tuchel is keen on bringing in a central defender despite having Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva in his squad. With United in the latter stages of ...

This 21yo Bundesliga defender could be the ideal Ramos-replacement for Real Madrid

Real Madrid currently have a Sergio Ramos-sized hole in their squad. The Spaniard left the club after 16 incredible years to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain this summer. It will be tremendously difficult to find a player to fill Ramos’ boots this summer, particularly with Madrid struggling financially. With Raphael Varane also set to leave, new manager Carlo Ancelotti is faced with the uphill task of revamping Madrid’s defence. A possible long-term solution to Madrid’s problems would be Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix. His rise has been sudden and surprising. After joining Wolfsburg from Sochaux in 2020, he has adapted well to life in the Bundesliga. The 21-year-old is already one of the best centre-backs in Germany and looks destined for bigger things. Lacroix’s long passing is...

“It was a tough choice” – former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star announces retirement

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football today. The former Netherlands international initially hung up his boots in 2019 before reversing the decision to return to his first club Groningen last season. Injuries and the coronavirus pandemic derailed the winger’s second stint. He has now announced his retirement with an emotional message on Twitter Beste voetbalvrienden, Ik heb besloten om te stoppen met mijn actieve voetbalcarrière. Een heel moeilijke keuze. Ik wil iedereen bedanken voor alle hartverwarmende steun! Groetjes, Arjen pic.twitter.com/aAEdxdL5tU — Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) July 15, 2021 “I have decided to end my active football career,” he wrote. “It was a tough choice. I want to thank everyone for their heart-warming support!” The club also issued a statement: ...

Bayern Munich star considering transfer, with Man City and Real Madrid interested

Robert Lewandowski is considering leaving Bayern Munich this summer, according to Sky Sports journalist Marc Behrenbeck (via Football Daily). Lewandowski joined Bayern Munich in 2014 on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at rivals Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has enjoyed a highly successful time at the Allianz Arena. Lewandowski has been sensational for Bayern Munich In his 329 appearances in all competitions for the Bavarians, he has scored a staggering 294 goals. This has helped his side to seven Bundesliga titles, three DFB Pokals, and a Champions League. However, there are rumours that the Poland international could be on his way out of the Bundesliga this transfer window. Behrenbeck claims that the striker feels like his story at Bayern is complete and now wishe...

Real Madrid targeting Euro 2020 star

Real Madrid have become the latest club to show interest in Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard, according to Spanish outlet Marca. Damsgaard signed for Sampdoria in the summer transfer window of 2020 from Nordsjaelland, arriving on a four-year contract for approximately €7 million. He made 18 starts last season in Serie A and another 17 off the bench, scoring twice and assisting a further four times. Damsgaard celebrates his stunning free-kick against England But it was at this summer’s European Championships where he really made his mark. Following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game against Finland, the 21-year-old got his chance in the starting XI. He made a huge impression, scoring beauties against Russia and England as his side reached the semi-finals. This has at...

Manchester United negotiating personal terms with €50m-rated star, PSG also interested – report

Manchester United have been allowed to negotiate personal terms with defender Raphael Varane ahead of his potential move away from Real Madrid, Sky Sports reports. Varane has emerged as United’s top central defensive target, and the club have now been permitted to hold talks with the Frenchman over his contract demands. Paris Saint-Germain are also in talks with Varane’s entourage, and it is reported that United want to make sure that Varane is committed to joining them. They are still reluctant to pay a big fee as the centre-back could sign a pre-contract in January. This could yet prove a stumbling block towards a potential transfer. Sportslens view: United recently made a huge outlay to land long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. He could provide an upgrade in the wide at...

Manchester United must pay €50m to sign world-class star, they have offered €45m – report

Real Madrid are reluctant to sell Manchester United target Raphael Varane this summer unless their €50 million price tag is met, Spanish publication ABC reports. The Frenchman has entered the final year of his contract, and he has yet to show any intention of exceeding his stay with the Madrid heavyweights. The centre-back is eyeing a new challenge after a decade with Los Blancos, and United are regarded as the front-runners to land his signature. They have made a bid of around €45m for the World Cup winner, but Los Blancos are adamant that they won’t sell him for less than €50m. They have no plans of negotiating the price, and are open to keeping Varane for the final year of his contract if there are no suitable offers. Sportslens view: Los Blancos recently parted ways with...

Rafael Benitez could raid for £50m attacker if Everton star joins Real Madrid – report

Everton boss Rafael Benitez could look to sign Newcastle United attacker Allan Saint-Maximin if Richarlison makes the switch to Real Madrid this summer, The Mirror reports. The Toffees are yet to make any new signings, and there is uncertainty whether Richarlison and James Rodriguez could stay after manager Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Madrid. Ancelotti has urged Madrid’s hierarchy to move for Richarlison, and it is reported that Benitez has identified Saint-Maximin as a potential replacement for the Brazilian. The Magpies value him at £60 million, but the Toffees believe they could prise him away for around £50m. They could secure a similar fee through Richarlison’s sale. Sportslens view: Richarlison was far from his best for the Toffees last term but still registered seven goals and three...