An update to this story as Manchester United have confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s visa issue has been resolved and he will now travel to the United States to begin preseason training.
The Chile international will now fly out to Los Angeles to join his team-mates and could feature for United against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
Alexis Sanchez has trained alone at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground having been unable to join their US pre-season tour due to issues over his visa. Read more... (339 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Chelsea have been offered the chance to re-sign Petr Cech as Thibaut Courtois looks destined to move to Real Madrid.
The Stamford Bridge club are also interested in Kasper Schmeichel and Gianluigi Donnarumma amid expectations that the Belgian will leave west London this summer.
Arsenal are open to selling Cech to provide manager Unai Emery with the funds needed to continue rebuilding his squad.
Emery is still keen to sign Steven N’Zonzi, who won the World Cup with France this summer. The manager worked with N’Zonzi at Sevilla. Read more... (309 words, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Liverpool are on the brink of making Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after agreeing a world recod £67.5million deal with Roma.
The Brazil international broke off from his holiday in Sardinia on Wednesday to head to Merseyside and is set to sign a six-year contract.
He will have a medical on Thursday after Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, reached an agreement with his Roma counterpart Monchi that will see the Anfield club pay £58.5m up front with £9m in add-ons. Read more... (484 words, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)
Joe Hart, Riyad Mahrez and their Manchester City team-mates have arrived in Chicago ahead of their first pre-season test against Borussia Dortmund.
The likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko looked fresh-faced as they made their way off the plane following an eight-hour flight across the Atlantic.
Mahrez, Manchester City’s record signing, is in line to make his debut this week after finalising his £60million move from Leicester.
Joe Hart could also be given another chance to impress Pep Guardiola as the experienced goalkeeper has returned from his season-long loan spell at West Ham. Read more... (361 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
FC Barcelona have announced record revenues of €914m for the 2017-2018 season, a trend that could allow the team to achieve an annual revenue of €1 billion by 2021.
“The board has valued the final balance of the year positively, and it’s in line with the strategic plan of the club to reach €1,000 million of income in 2021,” the club said.
One of the big reasons for such a massive income is the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017 for a world-record fee of €222m. Read more... (219 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
In 2014, Real Madrid bought the best goalkeeper of the World Cup and four years on they look set to repeat the exercise by signing Thibaut Courtois.
After the Brazil World Cup they picked off Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican had not lifted the Golden Glove award because World Cup winner Manuel Neuer had been awarded it but Navas was outstanding throughout the tournament.
Fast forward four years and on Sunday, Courtois was announced goalkeeper of the tournament. The Golden Glove winner could be available for a bargain price of around €40m (£35.2m) because he has only one year left on his Real Madrid contract, and he has told the Premier League side he has no intention of signing a new deal. Read more... (474 words, estimated 1:54 mins reading time)
Kylian Mbappe has ruled out a move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer after lifting the World Cup with France.
The 19-year-old was one of the stand-out stars of the tournament and was awarded the trophy for Young Player of the Tournament as he became only the second teenager to find the back of the net in a final, after Pele in 1958, as Didier Deschamps’ team beat Croatia 4-2.
Mbappe’s performances have seen him linked with Real Madrid, who are searching for their next Galactico,but Mbappe insists that he has no intention of leaving PSG this summer. Read more... (232 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Gareth Bale has had to play second fiddle to the best player in the world the last five seasons, but with Cristiano Ronaldo now in Turin, is it now the Welshman’s time in Madrid?
Madrid begin life after Ronaldo, and Zidane, on Monday with the start of their preseason training where Bale met his new coach Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui, speaking perfect English, is reported to have said all the right things to the hero of Real Madrid’s 2018 Champions League final success.
Bale and his representatives now want to see if things pan out that way over the next week or so. Read more... (362 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has suggested that Eden Hazard should leave Chelsea this summer amid interest from Real Madrid.
Hazard played a key role for Martinez’s Belgium in Russia as the Red Devils achieved a third-placed finish by defeating England in the otherwise meaningless playoff.
In the immediate aftermath of the match, Hazard indicated his desire to leave Chelsea and implied that the club ‘already knew’ which club he wanted to join.
And his national team coach Martinez has since weighed in, telling Spanish radio show Cadena Ser that the time could be right for Hazard to leave west London. Read more... (356 words, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The club are looking to respond after title rivals signed and are aiming to agree a deal worth €45million (£40m) in the coming days.
Ancelotti was a firm advocate of Benzema during his time as Real Madrid manager and believes he will add a touch of stardust as well as quality to his Napoli squad.
Benzema has been a consistent performer since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2009 and has scored 192 goals in 413 appearances. Despite this, Real Madrid’s fickle fan base have never warmed to him. Read more... (263 words, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)