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According to various reports in the media, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri has moved to the top of Paris Saint-Germain’s managerial wish list as the Ligue 1 leaders plan to replace coach Unai Emery at the end of this season

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino have been the two names most frequently linked with the PSG job after the French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

However, while Pochettino, who captained PSG as a player, remains high on the shortlist of chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique, Conte has been replaced by Allegri.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he is frustrated with his lack of goals since joining from Arsenal in January.

The Frenchman made the switch between London clubs for £18million with hopes to improve his chances of making his country’s World Cup squad this summer.

But the 31-year-old, who has been battling with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata for the role of first-choice centre forward, has netted just once in eight appearances.

And Giroud, whose sole strike was the fourth in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over Hull over a month ago, believes he has been playing well but must start to add goals to performances.

Despite is being a World Cup year, it looks like some of the biggest clubs in the world are heading to the United States to play exhibition matches this summer.

So far, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Manchester City have announced that they will participate in this summer’s International Champions Cup.

Manchester City are expected tp play one match at Met Life Stadium, but don’t expect to see any City player who will be participating is this summer’s World Cup.

“I’m pretty sure the guys that are going to go to the World Cup – maybe 80% like all the big clubs – they will have minimum three weeks off,” Pep Guardiola has said.

Chelsea have made the first move to sign in-demand Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The 25-year-old Inter captain is a target for a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, after scoring 22 goals in 26 appearances for the Serie A side this season.

Icardi has scored 103 goals in 180 appearances in Serie A, meaning he has scored more league goals at the age of 25 than both Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Across the top five leagues, only Lionel Messi [169 goals], Sergio Aguero [109] and Wayne Rooney [107] had better totals at the age of 25.

According to ESPN FC, Liverpool will not sell Mohamed Salah this summer under any circumstances.

Salah has been brilliant this season for Liverpool scoring 36 goals in a superb debut season, including four in the 5-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

He has already scored more goals than any other Liverpool player in their first season, beating Fernando Torres’ total of 33 in 2007-08.

The 25-year-old striker has been compared to Lionel Messi by his manager, and is recent weeks has been linked with a move away from Anfield.

Roberto Martinez has rejected the idea of following Antonio Conte’s lead and deploying Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’.

Hazard has been asked to operate through the centre by Chelsea at times this season with Alvaro Morata out of form and Michy Batshuayi out of favour.

It is not a role he enjoys, however, and Martinez promised his star man:

‘Eden is not a false nine for me.

‘Chelsea can work with guys like Pedro around him but with us we have Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, even Dries Mertens who can play there. I’m not going to put Hazard there.

It’s an international fortnight and with back pages to fill, the media has been full of stories about a mass exodus from Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho cleans house of his underperforming stars.

According to various media outlets, as many as nine United players could leave Old Trafford this summer. Those nine are expected to include: Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial.

That is a lot of names, but are they quality names. I don’t think so and here is why.

Ronaldo Hits 50th Hat-Trick

Many strikers have a shelf or perhaps a cabinet to show off their hat-trick match ball collection. Cristiano Ronaldo needs a new house for his.

The former Manchester United superstar hit the 50th of his career on Sunday evening as Real Madrid defeated Girona 6-3 at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo scored four of Real’s six goals to reach yet another personal landmark in an illustrious career that shows no sign of slowing down.

The 33-year-old now has 37 goals for Real Madrid this season and a grand total of 566 club goals during his career. When goals for Portugal are included, he has scored a pretty astonishing 645.

Real Madrid have reportedly reached an agreement in principle to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Poland international has agreed personal terms on a two-year deal with Madrid after a series of meetings took place this month.

Madrid president Florentino Perez decided to make a move for the Bayern striker as he waits to see how the potential deal to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain evolves.

Real have been chasing Lewandowski for some time and managed to fight off interest from Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal to speak to his representatives first, with the forward understood to be keen on moving to the Bernabeu.

Jurgen Klopp claimed Mohamed Salah would not like the comparison – but the Liverpool manager agrees the Egyptian bears similarities to Lionel Messi.

Liverpool forward Salah was likened to the Barcelona star as he struck four goals in 5-0 thrashing on Watford on Saturday.

Salah also created another goal for Roberto Firmino in a devastating display amid snow flurries and freezing conditions at Anfield.

Asked in his post-match press conference if Salah could be mentioned in the same sentence as five-time world player of the year Messi, Reds boss Klopp said: ‘I think Mo is on the way.