It was rumored here yesterday that Liverpool have made big-money move for Real Madrid youngster Marco Asensio.
The Reds shocked most of their fans as they were reported to have tabled a €180m offer to the Los Blancos so as to get the highly-rated striker this summer.
However, there is another surprising report emanating from Santiago Bernabeu via Mundo Deportivo, who are reporting that the La Liga giants are unwilling to release him for such amount.
According to the Spanish media outlet, Real Madrid are not ready to partway with the lively striker this summer despite being a fringe member of the team throughout last season.
The Galaticos hierarchy claimed that the youngster would get regular action in the upcoming season due to the change of manager by the club’s board of Directors in the early part of the month.
The youngster was awesome in his first season at Real Madrid in 2016, scoring important and beautiful goals to help the team to two trophies – La Liga and the Champions League.
Though he wasn’t given much chance to feature on the field of play, the 22-year-old Spaniard striker managed to score 11 goals in all competitions during last season.
His pace and his ability to score long-range goals, the Reds are still hoping they could convince Florentino Perez to sanction his switch to the Anfield Stadium in days time.
Arsenal vs Chelsea – Three talking points
The Blues were defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.
However, here are the concluding part of the top three talking points that emerged during the encounter.
Morata’s switch to Madrid is imminent after another omission
Alvaro Morata’s move away from Stamford Bridge dominated transfer podcasts during the week as it is believed he could be heading back to La Liga later in the month.
Many rumour mongers revealed Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Gonzalo Higuain who will serve as Morata’s short-term replacement for the rest of the campaign.
Despite being in top and perfect condition prior to Saturday’s fixture, Sarri decided to leave the striker out of his travelling squad which means the Spaniard is partially out of Stamford Bridge.
Next week will decide whether the 26-year-old is set for Atletico Madrid’s move or not.
Unai Emery’s substitutions must improve
Emery’s substitution has left so much to be desired since the start of the season and Saturday wasn’t exempted.
The Spanish manager surprisingly subbed out lively Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute, a decision that didn’t go well with the Gunners fans who voiced their displeasure against the ex-Sevilla manager.
Lacazette scored the first goal of the night and he troubled the Blues defence throughout the day, he deserves to full-time action.
Saturday wasn’t Aubameyang’s day as he was quiet all through the night. The Gabonese ought to have been taken off for Iwobi, not Lacazette.
Irrespective of the Result, Arsenal remain in the fifth position with 44 points but they are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League spot next season
Man United Handed Transfer Blow As Agent Rules Out January Exit For Defensive Target
Manchester United have received a major transfer blow in the chase for one of their defensive targets after his agent ruled out a January exit for him.
Brazilian international utility defender Eder Militao has been in superb form for his club and that has rightfully attracted the attention of several European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Manchester United have been heavily linked Eder Militao dating back to when Jose Mourinho was still the Red Devils player.
The 20-year-old is on the payroll of Portuguese Super League champions FC Porto at the moment.
Eder Militao has mostly played as a centre back for FC Porto this season despite the fact that he’s a right-back.
The Brazilian defender can also play as a defensive midfielder.
He joined FC Porto at the start of last season after the club reached an agreement for his transfer with Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo.
Reacting to rumours of a January exit for Eder Militao via Spanish newspaper AS.His agent Giuliano Bertolucci ruled out an exit for the player in the current January transfer window.
He further revealed that his client could join European champions Real Madrid in the summer.
Earlier reports had claimed that he has already agreed on a deal with Eder Militao but that was denied by his agent.
Eder Militao has a €50m release clause in his current FC Porto contract that will increase by 50% if it’s not activated by the end of this month.
Man United Close To Making First January Signing
Premier League giants Manchester United are closing in on their first signing in this January transfer window according to various reports emanating from the British media.
The Daily Mail claim that the Red Devils are on the verge of securing the transfer of highly rated young French midfielder Noah Emeran this month and that the player will join the club before the current January transfer window runs out.
The 16-year-old has caught the eye of Manchester United officials despite the fact that he has not played a single professional game for his club.
Noah Emeran is presently on the payroll of French Ligue 1 club SC Amiens.
Manchester United will pay a compensation fee of around £90,000 for the young Frenchman.
Emeran has played twice for the French u-16 team.
He can play in midfield as well as in the forward positions.
The latest development is coming on the back of the great news that the attacking duo of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be handed respective new contracts to commit their long-term futures to the club.
Rashford has been previously linked with European heavyweights like Real Madrid and Juventus, while Martial is a strong transfer target of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Southampton In Free Transfer Bid For Two-Goal Man United Defender
Struggling Premier League club Southampton have been linked with a few transfer move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones in the summer.
According to footballtransfertavern, the Saints could be the next destination for the 26-year-old England international centre back and that he would be a fantastic addition to the defensive setup at Southampton in the event that they survive relegation at the end of this Premier League season.
Southampton are in the middle of a relegation battle that’s almost certain to last until the end of the season.
The Saints are in the battle with clubs like Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Cardiff City.
They have already sacked their manager Mark Hughes with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hassenhuttl named as his replacement.
The Austrian has already guided the Saints to three big wins in his almost ten games in charge of the team.
He guided the team out of the relegation zone last weekend with a stunning 2-1 away win over Leicester City despite playing over half of the game with ten men.
Phil Jones has less than six months left on his Manchester United contract without any contract talks in sight.
He has scored two goals in 153 Premier League games for the Red Devils since he joined them in the summer of 2011 in addition to 27 appearances for the England national team.
Inter Milan Target Close To Signing New Man United Contract
Three-time European champions Manchester United have been handed a huge boost following the news that forward Anthony Martial is close to signing a new five-year contract thereby committing his long-term future to the Red Devils.
The new development will definitely be music to the ears of Manchester United fans with French international star Anthony Martial set to stay at Old Trafford for the long haul despite the interest of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Italians were keen to sign the former AS Monaco player before Manchester United activated the additional year clause in his current deal with the Red Devils to take his contract at the club to the end of next season (2019/20 season).
Martial had less than six months left on his Red Devils contract before the club made the decision to activate the additional year clause as revealed previously.
Anthony Martial was one of the few bright spots for Manchester United earlier this season while Jose Mourinho was the Manchester United manager.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was dismissed in December after he fell out with his players and results also plummeted.
He was swiftly replaced by ex-Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has won all his six games in charge of the team.
Monaco eye loan move for Manchester United’s outcast
Manchester United defensive midfielder Marouane Fellaini is on Monaco’s radar as Henry looks to bring more experienced players into his team this month.
The Frenchman is struggling to lift his team from their current relegation-threatening position and he hopes to get more established players in January so as to avoid being demoted to Ligue 2 by the end of the campaign.
Having completed his move for Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea last week, the former Les Blues striker is now targeting a loan deal for the Belgian star.
Fellaini is tipped to leave Old Trafford this month — despite having a year left in his contract — due to his inability to feature regularly at Old Trafford.
The former Everton midfielder has hardly featured under Solskjaer since the Norwegian returned to the Theater of Dreams, hence, his move away from the team seems unavoidable and imminent.
Manchester United was said to have received offers from numerous clubs from Turkish giants (Fenerbahce) and Dutch powerhouse (Ajax) but none of them have yet revealed their desire to get the experienced star.
During the previous transfer summer market — before the start of the season, Everton were reportedly interested in re-signing the Belgian star but Mourinho prevented the Toffees from reaching an agreement with the United’s hierarchy.
Should Monaco eventually sealed a six-month loan deal for the player, their midfield setup will surely take a new look as it will be occupied by world-class players — such as Cesc Fabregas and Fellaini — who can singlehandedly win many matches
Man United Target Is Too Good For China, Pundit Reveals
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is adamant that West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic is too good for Chinese Super League football.
The Gunners legend said this in his column with the Daily Star before adding that maybe the money is too good for the Austrian international star to turn down.
Marko Arnautovic is said to be on his way to China after Shanghai SIPG opened talks with the Hammers over a potential £35m transfer for the former FC Twente and Werder Bremen.
Footballer turned pundit Paul Merson believes that Marko Arnautovic has the quality to play for major Premier League sides like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Arnautovic was previously linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United with reports claiming that it would take a £50m transfer for him.
The Red Devils were strongly linked with Marko Arnautovic especially when Jose Mourinho was the manager before he was sacked in December.
Arnautovic has become a key player for West Ham United since the Hammers secured his signing from Stoke City at the start of last season in a deal worth £24m.
The Austrian forward has found the back of the net seven times this season in the Premier League.
Ex-Premier League Midfielder Slams Arsenal For Big Transfer Mistake
Former Premier League midfielder Jack Collison has berated North London giants Arsenal for a costly transfer mistake.
The ex-West Ham United player slammed the Gunners for letting Aaron Ramsey leave the club.
Aaron Ramsey is all but a Juventus player after he signed a pre-contract agreement with the Old Lady having already undergone his medical ahead of a free transfer move this summer.
It was revealed that an official announcement is expected next month.
Ramsey is leaving Arsenal after senior club officials withdrew their offer of a new contract in September.
The Welshman is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad with over a decade at the Emirates Stadium.
While speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live via the Daily Express, footballer turned pundit Jack Collison questioned why Arsenal will let a quality player like Ramsey leave the club before narrating how the huge salary handed to star player Mesut Ozil has come back to haunt the club in a big way.
2014 World Cup winner Ozil put pen to paper on a three-year contract worth £350,000 on a weekly basis last February to make him the highest paid earner in the history of the club.
Ramsey asked for a big salary increment as a result and that led to the withdrawal of the Gunners contract offer with the club citing footballing and financial reasons for the decision.
Napoli Join Race To Sign Germany-based Arsenal Target
Italian Serie A giants Napoli are the latest club to show an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.
The 27-year-old has been the subject of transfer interest from several European clubs following his recent struggles with the Bavarian giants.
Italian news portal Calciomercato revealed the interest of Napoli in the Colombian international star.
It was revealed that Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to reunite with James Rodriguez whom he worked with while he was the Real Madrid manager.
Italian tactician Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager when James Rodriguez signed for the Los Merengues in a big money transfer worth £63m from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco shortly after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid having joined them before the start of last season with the Bavarian giants paying £11.5m for the loan with the option to sign the player permanently for just £37m.
Napoli can sign him for £37m if Bayern Munich fail to take up the above stated payment option or he could cost the Italians more money if the German champions decide to activate the aforementioned option.
Arsenal have been linked with a £3m payment for the remaining six months on his loan deal at Bayern but the player is set to stay at the Allianz Arena.
Hazard sends “hold on” message to Real Madrid
It has been established that English Premier League outfit Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard could be on his way to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.
The Belgium international star Eden Hazard has refused to commit his future to the West London side which places him on the way out of the club.
A number of clubs came knocking for the star player having known his availability but the Bernabeu outfit seem to have won the race with claims that an agreement has already been reached with Eden Hazard.
According to Marca, Los Blancos seek Eden Hazard as a replacement for star player Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club at the end of the season to Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.
However, the latest report hints that the Belgium international is preparing to join the Spanish side but has told Madrid to keep it cool until the end of the season as he needed to concentrate on his game.
However, the West London side are already in search of a replacement for the Belgium international playmaker as they wish to bring in a new playmaker.
Meanwhile, the Blues are desperate to land a striker because of the lack of cutting edge in the team as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have run dry of goals.
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