Manchester United Ready to Withdraw Gareth Bale Interest if Real Madrid Don’t Halve Asking Price

Manchester United are preparing to pull the plug on their interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale unless the Spanish side’s transfer valuation of the Welshman halves, according to The Mirror. 

The Red Devils have shown continued interest in the 28-year-old over the past two years, and have made several attempts to coax the former world’s most expensive player back to the Premier League. 

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It is thought that the North West giants had tabled a sum of over £100m in order to secure the dangerous attacker, however as his time in Spain continues the Old Trafford hierarchy’s figure is dropping rapidly. 

The reason behind the sharp decrease in transfer fee is due to a number of factors, with Bale now 28-year-old and currently enduring this 20th injury since leaving Tottenham Hotspur four years ago. 

The Wales international is also believed to be taking home around £350k a week, and the big transfer fee numbers no longer add up for the United chiefs. 

Los Blancos are said to be keen to sell the player over this season, however, will only do so for an estimated £100m in order to help raise the £220m needed to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. 

But with the former Spurs man making just seven appearances across all competitions this season, with a minor calf strain just days after returning from another lay-off forcing him to miss Real’s goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, the Red Devils are no longer keen to splash the serious cash they once were. 

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The Old Trafford chiefs now see Bale in a similar price bracket to star goalkeeper David de Gea, who they value at between £50m-£60m 


Liverpool Winger Mohammed Salah Has Attracted Interest From Real Madrid According to National Boss

Egyptian national manager Hector Cuper has revealed that Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool forward recently arrived back to England in the summer from AS Roma, and has already made a significant impact for the Reds going forward.

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His national boss Cuper, spoke to ON Sport TV, an Egyptian broadcasting company and as the  Mirror report, he confirmed Madrid’s interest: “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but let’s not rush things.

“To me, he is in an amazing position right now.”

Since joining Liverpool in the summer, the Egyptian has scored 12 times in 15 appearances for the club in the Premier League, providing three assists for his teammates too. That is some return for someone who wasn’t given the chance at Chelsea a few years back.

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Surprisingly, Salah wasn’t on the scoresheet in their 5-1 thumping away to Brighton.

The £34m price tag in which Jurgen Klopp paid for the winger in the summer, looks to be a bargain as we look back, and is for sure a contender for Player of the Season if his form continues through until the end of the season.

Real Madrid could potentially lose Gareth Bale as he is rumoured with a move away from the club, and with that in mind, could Salah be his replacement?

Liverpool don’t need to sell and Mohamed Salah still has well over four years left on his deal which he signed in the summer.

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The Reds have European commitments to attend to on Wednesday evening as they host Spartak Moskva, but next Sunday is the big game.

It’s the local derby as they await Everton who make the short trip across Stanley Park to Anfield.


Bayern Sensation Joshua Kimmich Admits to Learning Spanish With the Help of Real Madrid

​In this modern world where most people would usually download an app to learn another language, Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has sort to use an unlikely source as a means to learn the Spanish language. 

​Marca are reporting that Kimmich has admitted that he owes his Spanish learning skills thanks to Real Madrid, but not for the reasons you think. The German midfielder has been learning Spanish through Real Madrid’s club song, which his teammates aren’t privy to knowing.

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Though, the 22-year-old admitted that he is learning Spanish not only because his mother urged him to do, but also because of the plethora of Spanish-speaking players at Bayern. With Thiago, Javi Martinez, James Rodriguez, Rafinha, Juan Bernat and Arturo Vida at the club, it helps to know a little Spanish. In an interview with Bilde he said:

“Just training every day and coming home is not enough for me so my mother had the idea to learn another language.

“I learnt French in school and can already speak English. Because we have so many Spaniards in the team it seemed like a good idea.” (via ​ESPN FC)

Kimmich admitted that he finds the time to learn Spanish on his way to and fro the club’s training. He added: “Everyday I go on my own to training and it is a long way home”.

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The German international featured in his side’s 3-1 win against Hannover yesterday. The win sees their lead stretch to six points, after second place Leipzig, lost 4-0 away to Hoffenheim.


Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid: 10 Man Los Blancos Fail to Close the Gap on Barca With Stalemate

Ten man Real Madrid stuttered to a miserable point against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, failing to create any clear cut chances in a game of poor quality.

The best chances of the game fell to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have both been struggling in front of goal lately. Creating chances for themselves, the pair both hit the post in a game of very few chances on a cold night in Bilbao, where Sergio Ramos saw red late on in a below-par performance.

At San Mamés, the visitors started on the front foot, hoping to capitalize on the two points league leaders Barcelona dropped against Celta Vigo earlier in the day. The first chance of the night fell to French international Benzema, with Isco teeing up the Los Merengues striker, who crossed for the former Lyon man to control the ball on his chest and hit the post early on.

With the home crowd behind them, Los Leones fought back with the first opportunity falling to Aritz Aduriz, as the Spanish international flashed a header across goal from a whipped in delivery, which was parried out by Keylor Navas into a dangerous area.

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The two teams then traded blows in the first half, counter attacking with pace as both Ronaldo and Kroos fired shots from twenty five yards out, each testing the capability of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the best chance for the hosts in the first half, a clever one-two between Iñaki Williams and Markel Susaeta allowed the promising winger the rare space inside the box to get away a shot, testing Navas with a low drive.

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Sensing a shift in momentum, Bilbao again were inches away from the first goal with Aduriz coming close, just lacking the pace to get on the end of a square pass from Raul Garcia, after a dangerous set piece.

With the game picking up close to the half time whistle, Toni Kroos had an excellent opportunity to take the lead, showcasing his ambidexterity by unleashing a rasping left-footed strike from the edge of the area, skimming just wide of the post.

And while the German midfielder struggled to find the back of the net, his team mate Ronaldo, who continues to struggle by his standards in front of goal, highlighted Los Blancos stuttering form. A poor effort, collecting the ball from a Marcelo cross, dragging it on to his left foot before scuffing wide. 

Starting the second half in a more positive fashion after an initial forty five minutes of limited clear-cut chances, the home side came close to opening the account on the night with danger man Aduriz again working the goalkeeper, fizzing a powerful low-strike which needed the intervention of Navas.

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Not for the first time in the game, referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz is jeered by the crowd for making a contentious decision, after it appears that ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder Garcia is clipped in the box when jumping for a clear header at goal.

As both teams looked for a moment of magic in a game that lacked creativity, the ‘moment’ of the second half fell to Ronaldo. Much to the annoyance of the players and the coaching staff, including an incensed Zinedine Zidane on the sidelines, match official Lahoz was again called into question.

With play maker Luka Modric heroically throwing himself into a challenge on the halfway line to play the Portuguese talisman through, Xabier Etxeita swiped at the Croatian’s leg leading to a yellow card, to interrupt a clear last-man opportunity, which was abruptly and prematurely stopped by Lahoz.

So close to breaking the deadlock, Ronaldo began to show his usual influence in the game, taking matters into his own hands in the final twenty minutes. Taking the ball down on his chest, the 32-year-old lashed a volley across the goal, which ricocheted off the post again to keep the visitors at bay.

Pushing for a goal that would close the game on Barcelona to six points at the top of La Liga, it was again Ronaldo who had the chances in the final stages, twice coming close with headers that lacked power or accuracy in a desperate climax.

To make matters worse, Real Madrid had to finish the game with ten men as captain Sergio Ramos received his marching orders after a second bookable offence, elbowing Aduriz to earn his 19th La Liga red and 24th overall in a distinguished but aggressive career.


Inter Captain Mauro Icardi Claims He Will Remain With Nerazzurri for the Rest of His Career

Mauro Icardi has no intention to leave Inter and has claimed that he intends to remain with the Milan outfit until they let him go. 

The Argentine superstar has had a wonderful start of the season with the Nerazzurri, is the top Serie A goalscorer – 15 nets in 14 matches – and had led his side to a well-deserved second place in the league behind Napoli. 

As Inter welcome Chievo at San Siro on Sunday night, Icardi has got just another chance to drag his men forward: winning the match would take them one point above Napoli and Juventus and make them table leaders. 

He is also close to becoming the sixth player to score 100 goals in Serie A before turning 25, and the chances are pretty high considering that his birthday falls in February.

Following this brilliant ensemble of performances, he is now number one target for La Liga giants Real Madrid, who have been trying to approach him in the past few weeks. 

However, Icardi, who has only recently refound a good relationship with his fans, has denied Los Blancos any chance to land him. 

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, he told his friends: “If they don’t kick me out, I’m staying at Inter for the rest of my career.”

The Argentine is currently holding talks with the Inter chiefs to extend his contract with the club to 2023. 

Negotiations reportedly include a raise of the salary €7m-per-year and the chance to either increase or completely remove his €100m break clause. 


Real Madrid to Bring Vinicius Junior Over From Brazil at First Opportunity in Summer 2018

Real Madrid have reportedly decided to take teenage sensation Vinicius Junior over to Spain from Brazil at the first opportunity in summer, rather than leaving him at home a little while longer to continue developing with Flamengo.

Real struck a big money deal with Vinicius in May when he was still only 16 years of age. Due to international transfer laws, Los Blancos cannot take him to Madrid until after he turns 18.

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With the 2017 Brazilian season almost at a close, there was an option to let Flamengo keep him for one more season, which would have seen the player arrive at the Bernabeu in January 2019.

However, a report from AS claims that Real staff are convinced Vinicius is ready to join the first-team in Madrid as soon as possible. His 18th birthday is on 12th July 2018.

It is said that Real are impressed by his ability, confidence and personality. It is also said that having Vincius join the first-team at the end of the season will go at least some way to placating Zinedine Zidane after the coach has been asking for new signings.

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AS say that Zidane is on board with having Vinicius in the squad and has been tipped to treat the Brazilian in a similar way to how Dani Ceballos has been slowly integrated this season, ensuring that he gains exposure to first-team life and yet still remains suitably protected.

Real’s capture of Vinicius, reported to be worth around €45m, makes him one of the most expensive players in Real history. It raised eyebrows at the time it was agreed and sealed as the player had only made his professional debut for Flamengo 10 days earlier.

He has enjoyed a strong debut season, though, playing 34 times in all competitions.


Sergio Ramos Confirms He’ll Play for Real Madrid on Saturday With a Protective Mask

​Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid fans that he will be back in action for Los Blancos when they take on Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Saturday.

The Spaniard, who had his nose broken whilst playing against Atletico Madrid on November 18, will be wearing a protective mask, however, and he has revealed that he will be playing with said mask for the next three weeks.

His injury, though, does not require surgery, and he does expect to make a full recovery by the end of the year.

“It’s a bit uncomfortable, but I’ve been practicing even the head goals and it leaves me a gap to give the ball in,” he said at a meet and greet with fans during the week (H/T ​Marca).

“In principle I’ll use it for three weeks, because the fissure this time has been small and the partition has not been damaged, it’s going to need operation.”

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Ramos also revealed that he plans to open a museum in a few months, where his trophies, awards and matchday kit will be on display.


Antonio Conte Dismisses ‘Constant’ Press Talk After David Luiz Linked With Real Madrid Move

​Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has shut down the rumours claiming David Luiz could be on his way to Real Madrid in January, by simply saying he hasn’t paid them any attention.

The Brazilian centre-back is currently sidelined with a knee problem and hasn’t been in the team much since that loss against Roma in the Champions League. But a healthy Luiz would have probably been out anyway, given Andreas Christensen’s confidence and composure at the back.


Conte and Luiz are reported as being unhappy with each other, and that has led to rumours of a January exit. But the Italian manager says he isn’t giving the talk any thought and hasn’t even taken any notice.

Questioned over the links in his press conference on Friday, Conte said: “I must be honest I don’t read it. I don’t have time to read because we are playing every three days. My focus is on the pitch and prepare the team in the right way. As you know this is speculation in this period. 

“We pass from my sacking to Real Madrid, we are very fast to pass these situations. My focus is on Chelsea and I am totally committed to Chelsea and the players.”

The Blues will host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Rafa Benitez set to visit the London ground for the first time since being replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2013.

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And Conte claims that – contrary to certain reports – he shares a good, respectful relationship with the Spaniard.

No, this is not true [that we have a bad relationship],” he declared. “Rafa did a great job in his time with Napoli. 

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“Then I remember when I was the coach of the national team I went to watch the training session with Napoli and stay with him. He is a good manager and has won a lot with his career. I have a great respect for him.”


Real Madrid Set to Offload Newcastle Target to Prepare the Way for Kepa Arrival

​Rafael Benitez target Kiko Casilla will be available in the summer as Real Madrid look to offload the number two goalkeeper.

Benitez was thought to have identified Casilla at the end of last season and was reported to have ‘expressly requested’ his signing, but both Real Madrid and the player were against it.


Marca have since reported that Real Madrid are hoping to sign 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao to compete with Keylor Navas as the first choice goalkeeper. Consequently, The Spanish giants now want to sell Casilla in order to facilitate a move for the former Spain Under-21 goalkeeper.

With Real Madrid decided on selling their back up goalkeeper it is understood that a deal could materialise quickly – with an outside possibility of Newcastle signing Casilla initially on loan in January with an option to make the move permanent in the summer. 

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The news outlet also suggest that Benitez’s success with Pepe Reina, and getting the goalkeeper into the national squad regularly, could be a pull for Casilla.

Newcastle face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their next fixture and will be looking to build on their recent draw against West Bromwich Albion. The Tyneside club’s point against West Brom was the first time that they avoided defeat in November.


Spanish Report Claims Madrid’s Sergio Ramos Is Exerting Dressing Room Influence to Isolate Ronaldo

​Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is apparently using his influence in the Bernabeu dressing room to isolate ‘disgruntled’ superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reports have gathered pace lately that the duo have a frosty relationship at the club, after Ronaldo criticised the club’s transfer policy and Ramos disagreed, amongst other squabbles.

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As reported by Diario Gol, via the ​Mirror, the Spaniard is now trying to use his status as leader of the dressing room by turning his teammates, namely Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, against the former Manchester United winger.

Ramos apparently wants to secure his status as the most powerful player at the club, and interestingly, the report claims that there are currently three cliques at Real.


The first consists of Ronaldo, Marcelo, Casemiro, Keylor Navas, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema. The second is made up of Spaniards Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Isco, Lucas Vasquez, Nacho Fernandez, Marcos Llorente Jesus Vallejo and Spanish speaker Theo Hernandez.

The smallest faction at the club consists of former Tottenham teammates Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, and also Mateo Kovacic and Toni Kroos, and Ramos is targeting the former for his clan, in a subconscious bid to boost his own power and lure them away from Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo has struggled to replicate the form he has shown over the last 10+ seasons so far in La Liga this season, and is being linked with a move away from the club – he has already said he won’t sign a new deal at the Bernabeu.