Real Madrid is being reported to be looking to offload German midfielder Toni Kroos. The 28-year old midfield player is set to be the fall guy of the club’s transfer ambitions in the summer transfer market.
The European champions are looking to bring attacking reinforcements in the summer with Paris Saint Germain’s Brazilian superstar Neymar and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane being targeted.
Kroos who was recently voted into the FIFA world XI (otherwise known as the FifPro XI) is no doubt one of the best midfield players on the planet and would definitely improve any team he is transferred.
Known for his sublime passing ability and deadly set pieces, the Germany international has been instrumental to recent successes at the Bernabeu – as he contributed to his side’s back to back UEFA Champions League successes as well as their La Liga title success in the 2016/2017 season.
The reports say English giants, Manchester United are favourites to land the much-decorated player, amidst calls to strengthen in their midfield areas.
Manager, Jose Mourinho is said to be in the market for new midfield options as long-term midfield stalwart Michael Carrick is approaching the end of his United career, as well as the transfer speculations surrounding personal favourite Marouane Fellaini.
Man United no doubt have the capacity to finance a move for one of the most established midfield players in the modern era and would most likely do all they can to make it a possibility.
Why Liverpool must worry about Mane’s future
There are now many reasons why Liverpool and their supporters must be worried about the future of Senegal international Sadio Mane at the club after he has been linked with a move away from the club.
It was earlier reported that Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has told the club to ensure the signature of Sadio Mane immediately he signed for the club for the second spell.
The speculations were earlier dismissed and not taken seriously by the Merseyside supporters but now, the news of the interest for Sadio Mane is now seen on the front page of the newspapers in Spain which gives it a little press.
Monday’s edition of Spanish sport daily Marca are also reporting that the Senegal international is needed at the Spanish capital.
However, Sadio Mane is in his best form so far this season and has been helpful to the Reds team, having scored 11 goals in his last 11 games to ensure they press on with the contest for the English Premier League title.
The Merseyside outfit are yet to make any claim on the star player but there are suggestions that he would not be allowed to leave the club for no amount of money.
Former Man United Attacker Shines In Germany Defeat
Former Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay didn’t deserve to end up on the losing side after his Netherlands side lost 3-2 at home to past world champions Germany in the second game of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The Netherlands had started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with the 4-0 thrashing of Belarus at home on Thursday night.
Germany were the better side in the first half of the qualifying encounter with the Dutch team despite the best efforts of Depay.
The Lyon star was rewarded for his toils in the second half of the game as he almost single-handedly dragged his side back to 2-2 after Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry had given Germany a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.
Memphis Depay provided the first goal for Matthijs De Ligt to start the fightback for the hosts in the 48th minute.
The former PSV Eindhoven player levelled proceedings for his team fifteen minutes later with a smart finish for his third goal in two qualifying games.
The Netherlands thought they got at least a point from the game until TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Nico Schulz stunned the home fans with a third goal for the Germans on the stroke of full-time.
The devastating strike from Schulz was enough to hand Depay and the Netherlands their first defeat of the qualifiers.
Man United Target Scores In Dramatic Loss To Germany
Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt was on the scoresheet for the Netherlands in their 3-2 home loss to Germany in a qualifying match ahead of Euro 2020.
The game against the Germans was the Netherlands’ second of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Germany took a two-nil lead at the halftime interval after Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry scored for the visitors.
The Netherlands were stunned into action in the second half and it was the aforementioned De Ligt who started the fightback in the 48th minute.
Matthijs De Ligt halved the deficit three minutes into the second half off an assist from Lyon attacker Memphis Depay.
The 19-year-old showed why the best teams on the European football scene including Premier League giants Manchester United are on his trail as he produced a fine finish to drag the Netherlands back into the game.
Apart from Manchester United, the Ajax Amsterdam skipper has also been linked with clubs like Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Memphis Depay struck the equaliser for the Netherlands in the 63rd minute for his third goal in two qualifying matches only for the Germans to secure the three points at stake in the dying moments of the game after Nico Schulz hit the winner for Germany in added time.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Former Arsenal Star On Target In Dramatic Win
Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry scored a stunning goal as he helped Germany to a dramatic win over the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash.
Germany beat the Netherlands 3-2 away from home in what was their first game in the qualifiers.
It was a significant win over Germany following the announcement from manager Joachim Low that three experienced players would no longer be a part of the team.
Joachim Low left out the Bayern Munich trio of Mat Hummels, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng as he revealed that the three Bayern Munich players would no longer be considered for call-up to the national team.
The newlook Germany team took the lead in the 15th minute through Manchester City winger Leroy Sane before Bayern Munich star Gnabry added a second goal on 34 minutes with a stunner after he outsmarted Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.
Serge Gnabry spent five years with Arsenal between 2011 and 2016 having joined from German club VfB Stuttgart.
The 23-year-old left the Gunners to join German champions Bayern Munich in 2016.
Germany maintained the 2-0 lead at halftime only for the hosts to fightback through Matthijs De Ligt and Memphis Depay but the immediate past world champions had the last laugh after TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Nico Schulz scored the winning goal on the stroke of full-time.
Manchester United Target Scores Brace In Defeat To Israel
West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic scored twice but it was enough as his Austrian side suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat at the hands of Israel in what was the second game of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Marko Arnautovic has been linked with a move to major Premier League sides like Chelsea and Manchester United and he showed why against Israel but his teammates were unable to match that quality as Austria slumped to a second defeat in two games of the qualifiers.
The former Stoke City and Werder Bremen star came close to moving to China in January only for him to decide to stay with the Hammers.
Austria lost their first game to Poland at home by a lone goal and the latest defeat against Israel won’t sit well with their fans back home.
Eran Zahavi was the tormentor-in-chief for the Austrians after he scored a 21-minute hattrick either side of the halftime interval to overturn the eighth-minute opening goal from Marko Arnautovic.
Moanes Dabbur scored the fourth goal for the hosts in the 66th minute before Arnautovic pulled a goal back nine minutes later.
Israel thereafter held on to that 4-2 win that pushed them to the second spot behind league leaders Poland in Group G.
Four of EPL top-six clubs fight for Serie A defender
There is no doubt that a number of top English Premier League sides are struggling with their defence will seek to strengthen as soon as the summer transfer window is reopened.
It is reported that English Premier League sides Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal are all in the race for the signature of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
The West London outfit are looking forward to part with a number of their players including David Luiz and that is the reason why they need Milan Skriniar as an option as they intend to challenge for the league title next season.
The Blues are struggling to be in the top four of the English Premier League as they face competition from Arsenal and Man United, having lost a number of games.
However, the West London outfit are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and there are fears that they could still play at that level in the coming season, should they fail to secure qualification.
Meanwhile, there is a need to strengthen the team, and Milan Skriniar has been tipped to be a good fit for the club. He is suggested to cost Chelsea as little as £30 million.
Man United Join Race To Sign Chelsea Winger
Premier League giants Manchester United have joined the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
This is according to reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
The Daily Mail revealed that Manchester United are ready to fight other interested clubs for the young England international winger.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has previously been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
German champions Bayern Munich tried to sign him during the winter transfer window but Chelsea stood firm in the face of several bids from the Bavarian giants.
Chelsea rejected at least five bids from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi in January.
The young English winger submitted a transfer request amidst the interest from Bayern Munich but it was rejected by senior officials at the club.
Chelsea want to keep the 18-year-old at Stamford Bridge though Bayern Munich have already revealed their desire to pursue their interest in him when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
Hudson-Odoi has just over a year on his current deal at Chelsea.
He made his debut for the Three Lions of England two days ago during the 5-0 win over Czech Republic at the Wembley Stadium.
Callum Hudson-Odoi came on as a second-half substitute for hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.
Jorginho fails again for Italy
Chelsea fans will now have something to refer to when it comes to the gist about Jorginho as he struggled for his Italy national team in their 2-0 win against Finland.
The former Napoli star has been in the black book of the Chelsea supporters over what is perceived as poor performance, especially in the games that were lost in the season.
A number of pundits and former players have asked Maurizio Sarri to sack the Italian from the starting XI or make room for another role for him but he has been reluctant as the former Napoli boss stated that Jorginho is best for the deep role in the team.
Because of the presence of Jorginho, Maurizio Sarri pushed away France powerhouse N’Golo Kante from his natural role and have him play a more advanced role. This has not gone well with the club supporters and that has been one of the issues with the manager.
However, Jorginho could not prove Chelsea fans wrong at the national side as he struggled throughout his stay on the pitch.
Suggestions are that the former Napoli player would be the scapegoat in the Chelsea team and might be shown the way out when it is time to make some squad adjustments.
Zidane makes big decision for Liverpool target
Merseyside outfit Liverpool have now learned that they will not be able to secure the signature of their star target and Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid star Marco Asensio ahead of the coming summer transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit have longed been linked with the star player and there are suggestions that they will make move for him in the coming summer transfer window.
However, they have been unwittingly told by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane that he would not be available because he is fundamental to his plans in his second spell at the club.
The 23-year-old forward has become an integral part of the Los Blancos team so far this season and will hope it continues under the football legend.
Marco Asensio joined Real Madrid in 2016 from Mallorca in 2015, scoring in his debut game against Sevilla in 2016 UEFA Super Cup.
the star forward has since become a first-team player. So far, he has scored 27 goals across 127 games for the La Liga giants.
However, Marco Asensio is expected to play a key role, now that Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at the club after joining Italian Serie A giants Juventus at the end of last season.
Jamie Carragher reveals what will happen if Van Dijk fails to win PFA
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher seems to be a big fan of central defender Virgil Van Dijk and has rated him high after an impressive season with his former side.
The former Southampton central defender has been able to hand a solid defence to manager Jurgen Klopp due to his quality performance which has helped the Reds team to compete for the Premier League title against Man City.
Jamie Carragher has therefore stated that the Dutchman has been able to bring down a presence in the Liverpool team which makes it difficult to defeat them in games.
However, the former Liverpool star stated that Virgil Van Dijk deserves to be honoured with the PFA award at the end of the season, stressing that he would be surprised if he is snubbed for the award.
Jamie Carragher, therefore, noted that Virgil Van Dijk is a great player and the best in the league, adding that he expects Van Dijk to play through to the next decade and also be at his peak although.
It would be recalled that Virgil Van Dijk joined the Merseyside outfit in the January winter transfer window of 2018 and has since made 60 appearances for the manager Jurgen Klopp team.
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