Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has described Cristiano Ronaldo as a living football god after his stunning performance for Juventus in their last 16 tie with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Ronaldo and Ferdinand were teammates at Manchester United before the former left Old Trafford for Spain.
The Portuguese national team skipper signed for Real Madrid in 2009 after the Spaniards paid a then world-record fee of £80m to secure his transfer from Manchester United.
While reacting to his performance against Atletico Madrid on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand called Ronaldo a living football god.
Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly dragged Juventus into the quarterfinals after he scored a treble to give the Italians a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 tie.
His performance was remarkable after Juventus were written off because of their first leg deficit.
The Italian Serie A giants were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last month.
The three goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo took his Champions League tally to 124.
No one has scored more than the Portuguese attacker in the competition.
His treble against the Rojiblancos took him to level with fierce rival Lionel Messi as regards the most hattrick scored in the Champions League (8).
Liverpool Have Made Contact To Sign £40million Defender
Premier League champions Liverpool have improved their title-winning squad with two signings in the space of two days and it looks like the Merseysiders are not done with transfers according to journalist Chris Williams.
It was reported by the journalist that the Reds are in contact with Schalke 04 over their defender Ozan Kabak.
Liverpool are one defender short following the exit of Dejan Lovren this summer. The Croatian international has signed for Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg.
Lovren had one year left on his Liverpool contract before he left England for Russia.
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His replacement at Liverpool could be Ozan Kabak who’s rated at £40m by his German Bundesliga outfit.
Schalke 04 have financial issues at the moment and a bid of around £22m could be enough to prise Kabak away from the Germans.
Ozan Kabak, 20, was in the starting XI as Schalke 04 travelled to Munich to face Bavarian giants and treble winners Bayern Munich in the first game of the 2020/21 German Bundesliga season.
He was unable to prevent his team from suffering a heavy defeat against Bayern.
Ozan Kabak played 90 minutes as Bayern thrashed Schalke 04 8-0.
Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry was the star of the show as he scored a treble.
Man United Want To Make Three Signings After Crystal Palace Defeat
Manchester United are reportedly eyeing the addition of three new players to their squad before the transfer window shuts next month on the back of the stunning defeat to Crystal Palace.
The Red Devils started their 2020/21 Premier League campaign on the wrong footing with the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.
The London club secured victory courtesy a second-half brace from former Manchester United star Wilfried Zaha.
Andros Townsend scored the opening goal of the game for the Eagles, while new signing Donny Van De Beek came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United.
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According to the Daily Express, the Red Devils want to strengthen their squad after the Palace loss in three areas namely left-back, right-wing forward and central defence.
Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano said that the priority for Manchester United is the signing of a left-back and a right-winger.
Recent reports disclosed that the Red Devils have agreed on a weekly salary with Alex Telles of FC Porto. The Brazilian international has less than a year on his existing deal with the Portuguese champions.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is the main option for the right wing at Manchester United and they have alternatives in Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic and Juventus winger Douglas Costa if they don’t meet up with the £108m asking price for the England international.
Report: Man United Midfielder Linked With A Move To Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is the subject of an interest from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur according to the latest reports emanating from the British media.
According to the specific report from the Daily Star, Spurs are interested in Jesse Lingard and the transfer could cost £30m.
It was said that Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Jesse Lingard whom he managed during his time at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018.
Lingard started well under current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he was unable to maintain that form.
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The England international was an important player for Manchester United during the interim managerial regime of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jesse Lingard scored just one league goal for Manchester United throughout last season.
He scored the last goal of the league season for the Red Devils last term as Leicester City lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United on the final day of last season.
Spurs could make Jesse Lingard their fifth signing of this transfer window after Pierre Emile Hojberg, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Balr.
Danish international Hojberg signed for Spurs from Southampton, while Doherty has joined from Wolves.
The duo of Reguilon and Bale have signed for Spurs from Spanish outfit Real Madrid.
Report: Leeds United To Revive Interest In Man United Winger Daniel James
Premier League newcomers Leeds United are set to revive their interest in Manchester United winger Daniel James according to the publication via football365.
Daniel James could become surplus to requirements according to the report especially after he was subbed off at half-time during the Red Devils’ opener on Saturday evening.
The Welsh international was replaced with Mason Greenwood during half-time of the league game vs Crystal Palace. It was the first league game of the season for Manchester United and it ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat for the Red Devils.
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The aforementioned report revealed that Daniel James came close to signing for Leeds United 16 months ago before the Welshman opted for Manchester United in a deal said to be worth £18m including add-ons.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not convinced that Daniel James can effectively deliver as a right winger at Old Trafford and he’s in the transfer market to sign a new player for the position.
Jadon Sancho is the first choice in the bid to sign a right winger but his club wants a lot of money for him.
Manchester United might need to pay almost £120m for Sancho.
Juventus star Douglas Costa and Inter Milan player Ivan Perisic are the two alternatives to Jadon Sancho.
Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Wanted Diogo Jota For Six Reasons
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made a transfer assault on fellow Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers with the signing of attacker Diogo Jota.
According to the report via The Athletic, Klopp opted to sign the Portuguese international star for six reasons.
Klopp and Liverpool had wanted to sign a new attacker since the start of the transfer window and they finally have their man in Diogo Jota.
The Reds were heavily linked with Timo Werner when the German was on the payroll of RB Leipzig only for the player to join Premier League rivals Chelsea in a £53m deal.
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The report earlier mentioned revealed that Klopp opted to sign Diogo Jota because he was impressed with his work rate, flexibility, eye for goal, his intelligence with or without the ball, his determination, and his ability to play across the front line.
Diogo Jota had spent three years at Wolves before his transfer to Liverpool was officially confirmed this weekend.
The 23-year-old will provide competition for the famed front trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane.
The Reds will pay an initial fee of £41m for Jota in addition to add-ons of £4m to make the whole deal £45m potentially.
He’s the third summer signing at Liverpool after Greek left-back Kostantinos Tsimikas and Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Wolves Boss Approves Transfer For £25m Liverpool Midfielder
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has approved a move for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain according to the Daily Mirror.
It was disclosed that Wolves are already in talks with Liverpool over the England international after Nuno Espirito Santo gave his approval.
Ex-Arsenal player Chamberlain has moved down the pecking order in the Liverpool midfield with the signing of Thiago Alcantara from German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Thiago Alcantara was a major component of the Bayern Munich midfield as the Bavarian giants won an impressive treble.
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Liverpool have paid an initial fee of £20m for the Spanish international. The Reds could pay £7m more in add-ons.
With addition of Thiago Alcantara, Chamberlain will have to fight for three midfield spots only with seven others.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all vying for the three midfield spots at Liverpool this season.
With this stiff competition in mind, Chamberlain could move to Wolves after just two-and-a-half season at Anfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool from Arsenal in a £25m transfer with add-ons taking the deal to the £40m.
Wolves have already done two businesses with Liverpool this summer in the shape of Diogo Jota and Ki-Jana Hoever. Chamberlain could be their third business together.
Tierney Key As Arteta Tells Arsenal Player His Time Is Up
Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has been informed that he could leave the club before the transfer market closes next summer.
According to TeamTalk, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told Sead Kolasinac that he can look for a new club following the emergence of Kieran Tierney.
Scottish international Kieran Tierney is the first choice left-back at Arsenal ahead of Sead Kolasinac.
Tierney suffered several injury problems at the start of his Arsenal career which started at the beginning of last season following the £25m transfer from Scottish champions Celtic.
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He was able to return to full fitness in time to play his part in the FA Cup title win of last season.
With Tierney established as the first choice Arsenal left-back, Mikel Arteta has given Sead Kolasinac the go ahead to leave in search of regular playing time.
Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a free transfer.
The Bosnian left-back signed for the Gunners in 2017.
Kolasinac has been attracting interest from clubs in England, Italy and Germany with the Gunners ready to do a deal for just €10m (£9m).
German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 are in the running alongside Italian Serie A capital club AS Roma and English side West Ham United.
Valencia Eyeing £6m Transfer For Man United Goalkeeper
Spanish La Liga side Valencia are in the market for a new goalkeeper and Manchester United custodian Sergio Romero is said to be high on their list of potential goalkeepers.
According to the Daily Mirror, Valencia are eyeing a £6m transfer for the Argentine international.
The 33-year-old has moved further down the goalkeeper pecking order at Manchester United following the return of Dean Henderson.
Three Lions of England invitee Dean Henderson impressed a lot of people during his two-year stay at Sheffield United and he has returned to Old Trafford to stake a claim for the number one shirt alongside current recipient David De Gea and Sergio Romero.
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Dean Henderson initially joined Sheffield United on loan at the start of the 2018/19 season and he played a big role in the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League. He also spent last season on loan at the same club.
Romero signed for Manchester United on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Italian Serie A side Sampdoria.
He has started just seven league games in five years at Old Trafford.
Sergio Romero has predominantly been involved in the cup games, while David De Gea is the undisputed Manchester United goalkeeper in the league games.