Juventus have tabled a staggering offer for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah worth €50million (£44m) and Paulo Dybala.
According to Italian publication Tuttosport, who have the story on their front page on Thursday, the Italian champions are serious in their pursuit of the Egypt star.
Salah signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool last July and the terms do not include a release clause.
The 26-year-old has turned into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.
He scored 44 goals in his debut season as Liverpool reached the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid. Read more... (180 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Lionel Messi, along with others, will continue to represent the Blaugrana for the next few seasons.
The 31-year-old has scored 581 goals in 665 games for the Catalan giants and is under contract at the Camp Nou until 2021, having signed a deal in November 2017.
A new deal for the Argentine has not been formally discussed but a contract renewal will definitely be drawn up according to Bartomeu.
“Leo Messi will continue with us,” Bartomeu told RKB. “He is a club player and the relationship will continue forever. Read more... (225 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)
No team in Serie A does self-destruction better than Inter Milan as the Mauro Icardi saga took another twist as Inter boss Luciano Spalletti claimed that his best player ‘embarrassed’ Inter on the eve of their Europa League last-32 first leg against Rapid Vienna.
Icardi was stripped of Inter’s captaincy on Wednesday morning, before it emerged that the striker had made himself unavailable for the trip to Vienna.
Speaking at the press conference ahead of Inter’s Europa League tie, Spalletti has this to say about his former captain:
“Icardi? We’ll pursue the appropriate action in light of the positions that have been taken. Read more... (243 words, estimated 58 secs reading time)
Gareth Bale could be banned for up to 12 games for a gesture he made after scoring a goal in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid last weekend.
The Welshman fired home Real’s third goal of the game – and his 100th for the club – in the 74th minute of the match at the Wanda Metropolitano last Saturday.
Bale celebrated by making a gesture after the goal, raising a bent arm and hitting it with his other hand.
That gesture is deemed to be an offensive one in Spain, and La Liga have approached the Spanish Football Federation to call for a ban. Read more... (238 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Arsene Wenger has revealed he rejected the opportunity to become Real Madrid manager “more than once” while in charge of Arsenal.
Wenger left Arsenal last May after 22 years at the club as manager, having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
The 69-year-old is yet to return to the game, despite stating that he would be back in management in January.
Talking on beIN Sport, he said the prospect of succeeding current head coach Santiago Solari at Real is not on the cards.
“I have turned down Real Madrid more than once. I must say now it’s over for me.” Read more... (187 words, estimated 45 secs reading time)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says it has been “not too easy” since his side were thrashed by Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blues face Swedish club Malmo in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday in their first match since the 6-0 defeat – their heaviest in 28 years.
Sarri’s side have also lost to Bournemouth and Arsenal in recent weeks, slipping to sixth in the league.
“It’s not easy to play after losing 6-0,” said Sarri.
“But we have to play and we have to play well. We want to win. We want to react immediately.” Read more... (222 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
In a stunning move, Inter Milan have named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new club captain, stripping star striker Mauro Icardi of the role amid persistent transfer rumors.
Argentina international Icardi has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, as talks over a new contract at San Siro continue to stall.
The striker has worn the armband since the start of the 2015-16 season but Inter announced on Wednesday afternoon that he was being replaced amid difficult contract renewal talks with the Argentine.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have also reported that Icardi will not be included in the squad for Inter’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna on Thursday. Read more... (350 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain will not define theirseason.
Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe mean that the French champions have a healthy advantage going into the second leg at the Parc des Princes in three weeks’ time. United were dealt further blows with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial having to be withdrawn, as well as Paul Pogba being sent off before the final whistle due to picking up a second yellow card
Solskjaer admitted PSG’s 2-0 victory provided a ‘reality check’ for United, who had not lost since Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge at Liverpool on December 16. Read more... (393 words, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested that La Liga play host three games per season overseas.
The prospect of staging games abroad has been contentious in Spain ever since La Liga signed a 15-year agreement with entertainment company Relevent Sports designed to promote the sport and La Liga in North America in August last year.
That deal included hosting one regular season Spanish league game on American soil per season, with Girona’s home match against Barca earmarked to be played on January 26 at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Read more... (372 words, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
As we covered yesterday, Aaron Ramsey has signed a staggering £400,000-a-week, pre-contract deal at Juventus that will net him £83 million over four years.
The Serie A giants confirmed on Monday that Wales international Ramsey had signed an agreement ahead of joining in the summer when his current deal with Arsenal expires.
But many have been scratching their head as to how the Italian giants can afford the move given the huge outlay to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.
The Portuguese star blew the club’s wage structure apart having joined from Real Madrid and Ramsey will join him as one of Europe’s premier earners. Read more... (690 words, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)