Valencia Confirm Sale of In-Demand Starlet Rafa Mir to Championship Leaders Wolverhampton

Spanish club Valencia have announced the transfer of forward Rafa Mir to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Earlier reports had claimed that the English outfit beat Real Madrid to the signing, with Los Blancos keen on having the 20-year-old join their youth ranks. And Valencia have since confirmed as much.

A statement on the club’s ​official website reads: “​Valencia CF has closed on Wednesday an agreement with the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for the transfer of footballer Rafa Mir. Valencia CF appreciates his career as a Valencian and wishes him the best of luck in his new professional stage.”

Rafa has only made eight senior appearances for Valencia this season, but was sensational for their reserve team, netting 15 goals in 19 appearances.

Wolves boss Nuno Santo has worked with the player previously, during his time at Valencia, and is said to have brought him in to provide competition and cover for Leo Bonatini.


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Valencia did not make mention of a transfer fee in their statement, but it is believed to be around the region of £2m.

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Report Claims Real Madrid Are Prepared to Offer Tottenham 1 of 3 Players in Order to Land Harry Kane

​Real Madrid could offer Tottenham a choice of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric or Mateo Kovacic as a player to be part of a deal to take Harry Kane to the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish side have been linked with a move for the Spurs star in recent weeks. It has even been reported recently that Kane has been made the club’s number one transfer target in 2018.

The Tottenham striker has been in sensational form this season, scoring 24 goals in 24 appearances for his club this season. 

The 24-year-old even managed to break Alan Shearer’s record of scoring the most Premier League goals in a calendar year, with 39, while he also managed to out score both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in 2017. 

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According to rumours site ​Diario Gol, the current European champions could be willing to let either Bale, Kovacic or Modric join Tottenham as part of a deal for striker Harry Kane.

Bale previously played for the Premier League side between 2007 and 2013 before moving to Real Madrid. Since his move, he has won three Champions League titles and a league title, but injuries have hampered the 28-year-old’s career over the last year.

Modric was also a Spurs player but the Croatian left in 2012 to join Los Blancos. Since then he has featured 235 times for the club, netting 12 times. 


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Kovacic joined Real Madrid in 2015 and made 73 appearances in his first two seasons. But so far this campaign, he has managed just 10 outings, largely due to an injury he suffered in September which has seen him miss over two months.

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Real Madrid ‘Ready to Sell’ Star Pair in Order to Make Room for Brazilian Attacker

Real Madrid duo Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale could be axed at the Santiago Bernabéu if Florentino Pérez makes a move for the poster boy of Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar.

Kroos or Bale would have to be moved on to free up some space on Madrid’s high wages bill if a deal for Neymar is in place, according to the Express (via Sport), with the Brazilian’s current deal believed to be worth over €36m-a-year.

Although Los Blancos will have no trouble in finding potential suitors for the out of favour pair, most clubs across Europe will struggle to match their price tag and wages. However, Manchester United have previously been linked with both players and are one of just a handful of clubs who have deep enough pockets to complete a deal.

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Kroos is widely considered to be one of the best midfielders in the world, with the German international forming an outstanding partnership with Luka Modrić that had dominated European football in recent years.

The 27-year-old World Cup winner first moved to the Spanish capital in 2014, leaving Bayern Munich in a deal worth £22m. Kroos has gone on to make 169 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring nine goals and registering 48 assists.


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In comparison, Bale joined Real Madrid for a world record fee back in 2013. The Welshman has failed to consistently produce his best since leaving Tottenham, with talk of the 28-year-old leaving the Bernabéu a common theme during every transfer window.

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Report Claims Wolves Have Sensationally Beaten Real Madrid to Signing of Highly-Rated Valencia Star

​Wolves have pulled off a transfer coup with the news that they have secured the signature of Valencia starlet Rafa Mir, who had looked set to move to Real Madrid.

Reports had earlier claimed that ​Los Blancos had tied up a deal for the highly rated forward, who was set to take a place in the club’s Castilla team, but it appears that the Championship leaders have won the race for the 20-year-old.

According to Spanish website ​SuperDeporte, Mir will join the Molineux side on a four-year contract for a fee of €2m.

Mir has made just eight senior appearances for Valencia, but has been in prolific form for Valencia’s reserves this season, scoring fifteen goals in nineteen appearances in Spain’s third tier.

The swoop for Mir is not the first high profile coup Wolves have pulled since the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager.

Wolves have already brought in the likes of Diogo Jota on loan from Atletico Madrid and Ruben Neves for £15.8m from Santo’s former club, Porto, during the summer transfer window.


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After four straight seasons in the Championship, Wolves are currently leading the way in English football’s second tier as they look for a return to the Premier League following their relegation in 2012.

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Real Madrid to Complete the Signing of Highly Rated Valencia Youngster in €500k Deal

​Real Madrid are to sign Valencia youngster Rafa Mir this January for a fee of just €500,000 in what could be a bargain.

The striker has been killing it for the club’s B Team, scoring 15 goals in 19 league appearances, and was present to watch Real Madrid’s recent El Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the Bernabeu, as was Vinicius Junior, ​who was making the most of some time off by watching the team he will join later this year.

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Mir has been involved with the Valencia first team before, back when Nuno Espirito Santo was manager, but his playing opportunities dried up at the Mestalla and he failed to progress in the way the club had hoped.

As reported by ​Football Espana, Mir will now join los Blancos this January, and the idea is for him to spend some time with their Castilla side, before hopefully transitioning into a member of the senior squad.

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It would appear Real are attempting to build for the future, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema ageing and Gareth Bale struggling a lot with injuries.

In recent years Florentino Perez has facilitated moves for the likes of Martin Odegaard, who has been loaned out to Heerenveen, and Brazilian Junior, who is to join up in late 2018 following his £38m move from Flamengo, and Marco Asensio, who is a full fledged senior squad member after a rapid rise.

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Madrid are currently struggling in La Liga and sit fourth a whopping 14 points behind leaders Barcelona, who were supposed to struggle with life after Neymar and an early injury to his replacement Ousmane Dembele.

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PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo Poses With Incredible Haul of Personal Trophies in Madeira Home

​Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the place where it all started for him in his hometown of Madeira, Portugal, for an emotional Instagram post. 

The 32-year-old Real Madrid forward posed with 15 of the major individual honours he has accumulated over the years as he remembered where is illustrious and almost unrivalled career began. 

​​Looking across the island of Madeira alongside his five Ballons d’Or, two Best FIFA Men’s awards, four European Golden Shoes, three UEFA Best Player in Europe awards, and one FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldo sent out a heartfelt message to his followers:

“When I played in the streets of Madeira and dreamed of reaching the top of the football I could not imagine that one day I would take a picture like this.”

“I dedicate this moment above all to my family, my friends, my teammates, the coaches with whom I have always learned and so many others who work in club and selection structures.”

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As the Portuguese legend begins to reach the latter stages of his career, it is difficult to imagine a world where Ronaldo will not be dominating World Football’s biggest awards. In his post, Ronaldo was sure to add one more thank you for his incredible career: 

“Finally, a special thanks to my fans. These trophies are yours too!”

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Ronaldo has shown off 15 major personal awards from his 15-year career. He’ll be sure to rack up a few more for his personal collection before he decides to hang up his boots.

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Real Madrid Set to Face Stubborn Resistance From Tottenham for Record Breaking Striker

Spanish outlet Marca​ are reporting that Real Madrid will make Spurs forward Harry Kane their prime transfer target in 2018, but face stubborn resistance from the North Londoners for his signature.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has lauded 24-year-old Kane, whose Boxing Day hat-trick against Southampton broke Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year. Whilst PSG forward Neymar has also been considered, the European champions have made the England man their number one target either in January or in the Summer.

​​Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly set a minimum price of €200m for Kane, with English rivals Manchester City also interested in taking him away. Levy has dealt with Real Madrid however, having sold fellow Spurs stars Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Spaniards for a combined £115m in previous summers.

Spurs currently sit fifth in the league, and despite some superb displays in the Champions League this season failure to qualify next season could well lure Kane away as Real look to find a more viable option for the misfiring Karim Benzema.

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He not only broke Alan Shearer’s domestic record in 2017, but also outscored every other European striker with an impressive 56 goals in all competitions. 

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Real Madrid Tipped to ‘Abandon’ Eden Hazard Interest as They Already Have a Star in the Making

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to give up on chasing Chelsea star Eden Hazard, with Marco Asensio expected to now get more opportunity to shine instead.

Real have been linked with Hazard, who is still yet to agree a new contract with ​Chelsea, for well over a year on and off. Speculation has significantly grown in recent weeks.

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But, according to Marca, the reigning European champions are prepared to cool any interest in Hazard to give 21-year-old Asensio a renewed chance to shine.

“Why would we bring in the Belgian if we have Asensio?” is the quote attributed to an unnamed senior board member at the Bernabeu.

Carefully managed so far this season, huge things are expected of the former ​Real Mallorca youngster and Marca suggest that the 3-0 Clásico loss at the hands of ​Barcelona shortly before Christmas will serve as a ‘turning point’ for changes in the capital.

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Asensio is therefore in line to become more regular as Zinedine Zidane looks to shake things up and get Real back on track after a mixed first half of the season.

Prioritising the development of Asensio over the Galacticos style capture of Hazard would certainly be in keeping with the club’s evolving transfer policy in recent years – no ‘Galactico’ has been bought since James Rodriguez joined from Monaco in the summer of 2014.

Curiously, the story from Marca states exactly the opposite on the future of Hazard as an ‘exclusive’ claim from The Sun. The British tabloid suggests that Real are preparing a £120m offer for the Belgian, one that would make him one of the most expensive players of all time.

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Given the conflicting nature of the stories that emerged around the same time, only one be correct.

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Mauro Icardi Reportedly Stalls Over New Inter Deal in the Hope That Real Madrid Come Calling

​Inter superstar Mauro Icardi is apparently stalling over a new deal on offer at San Siro, as he waits it out for Real Madrid to come calling.

Los Blancos have been credited with interest in the striker, and are supposedly looking to replace Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu.

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As reported by ​AS, Icardi’s current buy-out clause stands at around €110m, which Madrid would easily be able to afford to pay, which could leave Inter powerless to prevent their talisman from leaving.

His agent Wanda Nara, who also happens to be his wife, is thought to be managing the situation closely, trying to gain her husband some bargaining power for any deal in the offing.

The 24-year-old has been forging a strong reputation over the past few years in Italian football, and is now widely considered one of Europe’s top marksmen.

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The Argentinian has hit 88 Serie A goals since his move to the Nerazzurri in 2013, and is leading the way in the goalscoring charts for the current season with 17.

Scarily, Icardi is still a number of years away from his prime, meaning he makes for the ideal kind of target for Madrid.

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It is thought that Zinedine Zidane is looking to cash in on fellow countryman Benzema or even Gareth Bale, who is causing frustration at the club with his injury record.

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Action! Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals What He’d Like to Do After Football

​Real Madrid and world footballing star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed to fellow legend of the game Alessandro del Piero that he would like to make films when he finally calls time on his career. 

The 32-year-old’s playing future at Los Blancos continues to come under speculation, with recent reports suggesting the player has been in contact with club president Florentino Perez surrounding the possibility of lowering his release clause in what could be seen as potentially making himself more available in the transfer window. 

But one thing that is for certain is the Portugal international’s plans and aspirations when it is time to hang his boots up; making films. 

“I’d like to make movies, I have my hotels, my gyms, my clothing line with Nike… I see myself as a business man”, he told Alessandro del Piero in an interview for Sky Italia, which will be published in January, as quoted by Spanish news outlet ​Marca.

“Right now I am focused on what I am doing, although clearly I know that sooner or later the moment to retire will come.

“My life after football will be beautiful, I’m sure, and I don’t mean with money, but with pleasure of doing other things.”

During the conversation with the former Italian striker, Ronaldo also reflected on the past, revealing when deciding to join Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003, he also had the option to sign on the dotted line with Serie A giants Juventus. 

“I was happy with the interest of Juventus, because it’s an extraordinary club, but then I decided to go to United”, the five time Balon d’Or-winner continued.

“I liked the Premier League more than Serie A.

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“They also spoke of Real Madrid, but I’ve always taken the right decisions thanks to my agent Jorge Mendes.”

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