In-Demand Lazio Midfielder Hints at Possible Departure Amid Reports of Juventus Interest

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has admitted that he doesn’t know what the future holds amid reports of interest from Italian giants ​Juventus. The Serbian is on his way back to Rome after being knocked out of the World Cup and is set to have a discussion with Lazio president Lotito.

Milinkovic-Savic has become one of the most sought after players in Europe following an incredible season in Serie A. There’s a lot of interest in the youngster, namely from Juventus and the Premier League, but at this point anything could happen.


​Lazio have slapped a huge €150m asking price on the midfielder’s head, and the 23-year-old has now opened up on reports linking him with a move to a new club.

“Now I’m going back home to Lazio where I have a contract,” Milinkovic-Savic said, via Football Italia. “Then we’ll see whether I stay or go, it depends on President Lotito and sporting director [Igli] Tare. I’ll talk to them, the €150m asking price isn’t a burden, it’s a motivation to do better.

“Every day I see links to a different team, it’s a motivation. Juve are a great team, at the top in Italy, you can see that from Scudetti and Coppe Italia in their trophy cabinet.

“Plus my little brother [Vanja] is in Turin, even if I’ll have to see what he does. He wants to play more, but [Salvatore] Sirigu is a great goalkeeper. It’s not like I’ll follow my brother though! But family is important to me.


“To the Lazio supporters I’d say that I’ve spent three beautiful years there and they’ll remain in my heart, now we’ll see if I stay or go.”


Tottenham Preparing to Rival Man Utd in Race to Sign Highly Sought After Croatian Superstar

Tottenham have reportedly decided to contact ​Real Madrid in the hopes of beating ​Manchester United to Mateo Kovacic’s signature.

The exciting playmaker only made 10 starts in the league for Los Blancos last season, and has subsequently been linked to a number of clubs following the resignation of manager Zinedine Zidane, including Roma, ​Juventus and ​Inter Milan. 

According to Spainish outlet AS, via ​the Daily Star, Manchester United were expected to sign the player for around £65m, where he would join new £52m signing Fred in midfield. However, ​with Mousa Dembele rumoured to be moving abroad, Tottenham Hotspur have attempted to hijack the deal and sign the unsettled Croatian.

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Kovacic is unlikely to address these transfer rumours as he is away at the World Cup with the Croatian national team, who have managed to top Group D by winning all of their games, including an emphatic 3-0 win over Argentina. 

The 24-year-old has been with Real Madrid since 2015, in which time the club has won three Champions League titles in consecutive seasons, as well as one La Liga crown. 

The young Croatian is up against strong competition in the Real Madrid midfield, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos often starting ahead of him. 

Tottenham are yet to make a signing so far this summer, but have been linked to a number of players, including ​Aston Villa’s promising young midfielder Jack Grealish and ​OGC Nice forward Alassane Plea. 

The London-based club will be hoping to challenge for the title next season, as they have finished in the top three for the previous three seasons.


Report Claims Neymar’s Father & Real Madrid President Conspiring to Force Brazilian’s PSG Exit

​Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Neymar’s father Neymar Santos Sr. are reportedly conspiring together to get the Brazilian out of Paris Saint-Germain and to the Bernabeu this summer, according to reports in France.

Neymar has seemingly been tipped with a move away from the French capital as soon as the €222m fee was agreed with ​Barcelona last year, despite having gone on to slot seamlessly into Ligue 1 with 19 goals in 20 games before injury struck. 


Whilst a handful of clubs have been reported to be keeping tabs on his situation throughout the season, ​none have remained in the hunt as long as Real Madrid, and now the Spanish giants are preparing to up the ante – as per France Football, via ​Sport.

The report claims that Perez is aware that the 26-year-old will be hard to prise away from PSG and to avoid missing out on the star playmaker for the third time, he has enlisted the help of Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, to pressure the Parisians into a sale. 

Perez is said to be trying to lure Neymar to the Bernabeu on the premise that his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or would be significantly boosted if he was a Galactico. 

However, any such deal would come with a hefty price and having parted with €222m last summer, it is understood that PSG would only entertain offers in the region of a staggering €350m before even considering sanctioning a deal that would see Neymar join a Champions League rival. 

The French outfit, meanwhile, insist that Neymar is going nowhere this summer regardless of any antics from Real Madrid.

With Neymar currently with Brazil in Russia for the World Cup any such developments over his future will be unlikely to take place whilst his side are still in the tournament. 


Toni Kroos Left Red Faced As Brazilian Fans Unearth Tweet Following Germany’s World Cup Exit

Toni Kroos will be regretting the tweet he sent that angered Brazil fans minutes before the start of 2017.

The tweet is going viral after Germany’s embarrassing exit at the hands of South Korea yesterday. Two injury time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min sent Die Mannschaft home early for the first time since 1938.

It is the first time in his career that Joachim Low has failed to take Germany past the group stages, and Brazil fans were quick to gloat.

Brazil’s infamous 7-1 loss to Germany on home soil at the 2014 World Cup is perhaps the most humiliating moment the nation has endured at a major tournament in recent years. And minutes before the beginning of 2017, Kroos was quick to gloat, posting this tweet, angering Brazil’s millions of fans:

And it seems they haven’t forgotten. Brazilians flocked to Kroos’ account in numbers, taking turns to send him similar messages mocking Germany’s exit from the tournament. 

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany were knocked out at the first hurdle and after the humiliation they endured at their home tournament, who can play them for getting their own back? 

Revenge is sweet for Brazil who comfortable made it to the knockout stages after beating Serbia last night. They are now the favourites to win the tournament following Germany’s stunning exit from the competition.  


Marcelo Forced Off Inside 10 Minutes of Brazil’s Final Group Stage Game With Apparent Injury

Brazil fans will be holding their breath after Marcelo was forced off during their final ​World Cup group game against Serbia.

​Just eight minutes had been played before the drama unfolded, with Real Madrid full back putting the ball out of play straight from a goal kick to receive treatment. Just seconds later, cameras showed Marcelo seemingly in some discomfort, holding his leg and almost in tears with little indication to what caused the injury. 

At first there was some confusion as to what the problem was with Brazilian medics waiting by the sidelines to attend too Marcelo, however it was soon evident that the problem was worst than first thought when Felipe Luis was called upon by Tite to replace the full back.

​Marcelo then headed down the tunnel with the medics for further evaluation, with matters not looking good for the defender.

​He played all 180 minutes of Brazil’s opening two games at the World Cup – a 1-1 draw with Switzerland followed by a dramatic 2-0 win over Costa Rica – and is seen as a vital part to Tite’s Brazil side who were tipped by many prior to the tournament to go all the way and win the competition.


Marcelo headed into the tournament coming off the back of winning his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid which was also in turn his 19 trophy won during his time in the Spanish capital. Let’s hope he has a speedy recovery, and that he gets back to action soon.​


Jurgen Klopp ‘Obsessed’ With Real Madrid Star and Willing to Make Third Huge Offer

​Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new attacker to join his dynamic lineup, and is reportedly set to make an offer for ​Real Madrid wonderkid Marco Asensio.

Spanish outlet ​Telemadrid are reporting that Asensio is an “obsession of Klopp”, and the German manager is prepared to make another offer for the player, who he has attempted to sign on two occasions in the past.

Telemadrid’s report discusses a €50m bid for Asensio in 2017, which was obviously rejected by Real Madrid. Since ​Liverpool sold Brazilian attacker Philippe Coutinho to ​Barcelona, Klopp is looking to add some more attacking flair to his team, and believes that Asensio is the right man.

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Following this €50m offer, Telemadrid claim Liverpool submitted a second offer of €150m, but Real Madrid were not interested in selling Asensio. The 22-year-old is under contract in Madrid until 2023, and has a release clause of €700m, meaning the ​Champions League winners have no obvious reason to sell Asensio.

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to pay up to €180m to secure Asensio’s services, and the Spanish side may be required to do business with Liverpool if they want to secure at least one of their reported transfer targets. 

Links with the likes of Neymar and Eden Hazard refuse to disappear, meaning Real Madrid may need to raise a large amount of funds.

Liverpool’s interest in Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir was well reported, with the club failing to finalise a deal for the Frenchman. Since then, Klopp has reportedly turned his attention to the Real Madrid man.

Asensio has enjoyed a positive campaign with Real Madrid. He made 32 appearances in ​La Liga, including 19 as a starter. He completed 90 minutes on 12 occasions as he competed with the likes of Gareth Bale, Isco and Lucas Vazquez for minutes.

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He scored 11 goals in all competitions last season, as well as assisting a further six for his teammates. He is viewed by many as one of the most exciting prospects in world football, meaning any offer for Asensio will have to be a huge one.


Serie A Director Offers Liverpool & Real Madrid Hope After Admitting Key Man Is Not ‘Unsellable’

AS Roma director Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, more commonly known as Monchi, has admitted that goalkeeper Alisson Becker is not ‘unsellable’ this summer, amid interest from Champions League finalists Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The Brazil international is one of the most in-demand players this summer, but talks over a potential departure from the Stadio Olimpico have been put on hold until after the World Cup.

It has previously been suggested that Alisson was off limits for clubs this summer, but Monchi conceded there is no such thing as an ‘unsellable’ player at the unveiling of Roma’s new midfielder, Javier Pastore.

There’s no such thing anywhere in the world as an unsellable player,” Monchi conceded when asked about Alisson’s future, quoted by the Express. “The perfect answer would be to say that he’s unsellable, but I can’t say that because such a player doesn’t exist.

If someone came in with €500m for Pastore, maybe he would leave. There is no team in the world that can talk about unsellable players.”

It has been suggested that Alisson has a £80m price tag this summer, something which could put Liverpool off the move as they continue to toy with potential re-entering negotiations for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir.

The Reds have already signed Fabinho from AS Monaco this summer, while Naby Keita has also completed his long-awaited arrival at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp is now believed to be targeting a new goalkeeper, although a move for Alisson could now be off the table due to Roma’s valuation.

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Real Madrid meanwhile, who are now under the guidance of former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, have signed Brazilian wonderkid Vinícius Júnior for just over £40m. Los Blancos have also brought in teenage goalkeeper Andriy Lunin from Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk.


Real Madrid Make Contact Over James Rodriguez’s Colombia Teammate After He Impresses at World Cup

Colombians are making a habit out of impressing Real Madrid during the World Cup.

Back in 2014, it was a certain James Rodriguez who left the Spanish side’s scouts scampering back to present their data, while Keylor Navas also earned himself a move to the Bernabeu with his performances between the sticks at the tournament.

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This time around, though, their international teammate Juan Fernando Quintero is the one garnering interest from the Champions League holders.

According to Spanish source Diario AS, the Spanish supremos have contacted Portuguese outfit FC Porto over a potential deal for the attacking midfielder.

The No.20 has been one of the best performers in Jose Pekerman’s Colombia side over their two opening matches. And, as AS would have it, the folks at Real are paying close attention.

Quintero, 25, has played under Julen Lopetegui in the past. The new Madrid boss worked with him during his Porto days and could be keen on reuniting with the player, who is currently on loan at Argentinian side River Plate.

The Colombian joined the Portuguese side in 2013, having come in from Italian side Pescara, and he could be nearing what may very well be a dream move to one of the biggest clubs in world football.

With Mateo Kovacic looking to force an exit this summer, Madrid could be looking to bring him in as a replacement. But if a move is to be made, the Spanish side would also have to consult River Plate, who do hold the option to buy him for €4m at the end of the loan period.


Spain Boss Considers Benching David de Gea for World Cup Last 16 Tie in Bid to Solve Leaky Defence

​Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could be dropped by Spain coach Fernando Hierro for the World Cup knockout stages, with the new boss also reportedly considering giving a midfield role for Real Madrid defender Nacho for the upcoming last 16 clash with Russia.

Old Trafford hero De Gea made a high profile error in Spain’s opening game against Portugal in which he failed to stop a straightforward effort from Cristiano Ronaldo.

That mistake led to heavy criticism from the Spanish public, with half of voters in one online poll in Spain asking for Hierro to hands the gloves to backup option Kepa Arrizabalaga instead. De Gea kept his place for the remaining group games, but could now be thinking about a change.

The story comes from Spanish outlet AS and is given credence as the journalist responsible, Joaquin Maroto, is said to have close ties to Hierro and is with the squad in Russia.

It is suggested that after leaking five goals in just three games, only one fewer than in 2014 when La Roja, as reigning champions, crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage, Kepa will have a chance to play and breathe fresh confidence into the side.

Finding a place in midfield for Nacho, typically a defender comfortable anywhere across the back four, could be a more important step towards solving Spain’s defensive frailty – the team leaked two goals against a Morocco team already eliminated on Monday night.

The 28-year-old, who scored a quite marvellous goal against Portugal as a right back, would be partnering Sergio Busquets in the centre of midfield to give Spain extra solidity.

Spain’s game against Russia will take place in Moscow on 1st July.


Liverpool Fans Blow Up Twitter as Klopp’s Latest Transfer Target Lights up the World Cup

Liverpool are making a real statement of intent with their transfer market dealings as they look to add to the incoming Fabinho and Naby Keita. Jurgen Klopp had highlighted Nabil Fekir as one of his key transfer targets as Liverpool look to replace the departed Philippe Coutinho, but a reported deal fell through at the eleventh hour.

There are mixed reports as to the reasons why the Fekir deal fell apart but that is one that certainly seems to be dead in the water. Liverpool fans are not reeling over the news though as Klopp has moved on to one of his secondary targets – Spanish international Isco.


The Real Madrid playmaker is already a well-known name across Europe but he has endeared himself to the Liverpool faithful with his recent World Cup displays for Spain.

Isco got on the scoresheet Monday night with a stand out display in Spain’s final Group B game with Morocco. It wasn’t the most convincing performance from La Furia Roja as they drew 2-2 with the African side, but Isco certainly made the headlines for his country.

Liverpool fans took to Twitter to respond to Isco’s performance. Here’s what they had to say:

Isco is valued at £65m but it’s believed Real Madrid will likely hold out for more as he is currently one of their first team players. They have plenty of talent in their ranks that could fill in that position should Isco leave though, so that is not thought to hold up the deal, so long as Madrid’s valuation is met.