Danilo Exit Means Zinedine Zidane Has Three Options to Consider for Cover at Right-Back

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is currently assessing his options on how to fill the gap left by Chelsea bound Danilo – with three possibilities at hand.

Frustrated by a lack of game time available to him, former Porto defender Danilo seems destined for Stamford Bridge in a deal worth €30m. While Zidane would reportedly rather keep hold of the 25-year-old – admiring his professionalism, Danilo is keen to leave in the search for consistent game time.

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This leaves Zidane with a dilemma in regards to how he should fill the gap left by the defender, which according to AS, gives him three possible options.

Firstly, the squad may not need changing at all. New signing Theo Hernandez as well as Nacho Fernandez is capable of filling in at right back. While Zidane’s policy of having two players per position has worked so far, dragging either of the natural centre halves across to fill in for when Carvajal isn’t available could work – and is cost efficient.

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The problem that arises from this is that the team can easily become stretched when injuries set in, and Zidane will want to avoid that.

Another option is to promote Achraf Hakimi into the first team. Achraf has travelled to the US with the first team and is believed to have a bright future ahead of him, but whether or not Zidane feels he can step up yet remains to be seen.

The final option is to dip into the transfer market, but AS claim that Madrid will only do that if an irresistible offer comes up. Though linked with PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe and Monaco’s Djibril Sidibe, the Spanish champions are unlikely to pay the money those players would warrant for a back up to Carvajal.


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Mourinho Confirms Alvaro Morata Is Unlikely to Join Manchester United Following Lukaku’s Arrival

Following Manchester United’s comfortable 5-2 win against LA Galaxy in their pre-season ​tour of the US, Jose Mourinho had a few words to say regarding the transfer activity between the Red Devils and Real Madrid. 

Indeed, in a post-match conference, Mourinho accepted that Manchester United’s chase for Real Madrid Striker Alvaro Morata is over, ​Goal reports.

The special one had spoken words of appraisal and admiration for his former player and admits that it was a ‘shame’ that the transfer did not go through.

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Morata was a target for the Red Devils for a couple of months but following the surprise bid of Romelu Lukaku for a reported £75m having been accepted, Manchester United called off the deal with the Spanish forward. 

When asked about Morata, Mourinho said: “He belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It’s a shame.

“It is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for [him], he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid. It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

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Despite only playing 26 games with Real Madrid last season, Morata’s statistics were still impressive. 

The Spanish striker managed to score 15 goals and create 17 chances.

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United ultimately decided that Lukaku was the right man to lead their front line as he has consistently performed well in the Premier League for the last couple of years.

The strong Belgian managed to score 25 goals and created 46 chances in the Premier League last season with Everton. 


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Isco Reportedly Threatens to Join Barcelona for Free if Real Madrid Sign Chelsea Star

​Real Madrid midfielder Isco will threaten to join Barcelona on a free transfer if Los Blancos sign Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.

The Spain international was highly instrumental in Real Madrid’s triumphs in both La Liga and the Champions League last season, with his great form resulting in him starting the final of Europe’s elite competition ahead of Gareth Bale.

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He ended the season with 11 goals in 42 appearances, but Spanish publication ​Diario Gol believe he will offer Madrid an ultimatum should they continue pursuing Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Belgian has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu after helping the Blues to the Premier League title last year, scoring 16 goals and contributing five assists in England’s top division.

Isco is entering the final 12 months of his contract with Madrid and is willing to risk the wrath of fans by threatening a move to Barcelona, the long time rivals of Los Blancos who recently appointed Ernesto Valverde as their new manager.

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Exciting prospect Marco Asensio is also willing to threaten an exit if Hazard is signed, having benefitted from a promotion to the first-team by manager Zinedine Zidane.

However, his game time at the Bernabeu could be reduced if Hazard switches the Premier League for La Liga, having previously plied his trade for Lille in Ligue 1.

Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe is also said to be interesting Madrid, who recently sent attacking midfielder James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal.

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Monaco Striker Kylian Mbappe Basically Trolls Every Football Fan in the World With One Tweet

​Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe teased the football public on Twitter on Friday regarding his future, announcing he will be wearing Nike Mercurial boots next season.

The 18-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Leonardo Jardim’s side having impressed during Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning campaign last season, scoring 15 goals and contributing a further eight assists in 29 league appearances.

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Mbappe seemed to be making an announcement about his future on Friday, only to reveal the type of footwear he would be wearing next season, not the club he could be joining.

He said: “Hello everyone, it’s me. As you know, in the past few days my name has been linked with a number of rumours and I think it’s important to clarify some information.

“I have thought a lot about the pros and cons of my future options and I have come to a decision. Next season I am going to play with … my Nike Mercurials!”

It seems we will have to wait and see whether the teenager moves on this summer, but the speculation regarding his future will certainly continue to make press headlines.

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New Real Madrid Signing Dani Ceballos Has Mammoth Release Clause to Deter Barcelona Interest

​Real Madrid obviously value their newest addition very, very highly. Astronomically highly even – as Dani Ceballos is understood to have had a mammoth release clause inserted into his contract. 

The 20-year-old former Real Betis midfielder has shown every sign that he could turn into a very special player and those at the Bernabeu have sought to ensure no other club even thinks of luring Ceballos away.

After signing a six-year deal with Real Madrid, many at the club harbour the belief that he is set to become world-class and the €500m release clause, reported via ​AS, definitely proves to the 20-year-old how highly they value his talent.

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The Spanish giants had long running interest in Ceballos, along with fierce rivals Barcelona and following his impressive performances for Spain at the Under-21 European Championships – where he was named player of the tournament – Real Madrid wrapped up the deal in a timely fashion.

They have now left no stone unturned in their bid to ensure no rival club makes a move for the midfielder in the next six-years, but only time will tell if Ceballos reaches the heights which many predict is ahead for the young starlet.

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The midfielder made 30 La Liga appearances for Real Betis last season and following James Rodriguez’s departure the 20-year-old could force his way into Zinedine Zidane’s plans next season.


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Kylain Mbappe’s Mother Reportedly Admits Where She Wants Her Son to Move to This Summer

Mother of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, Fayza Lamari​, has reportedly spoken of where she wants her son to be playing his football next season – claiming that Real Madrid would be the best destination for the 18-year-old.

This time last year, very few people knew of Kylian Mbappe, and no one could’ve imagined the meteoric rise that the youngster would soon undergo. After scoring 26 goals for his club last season (six of which arrived in the Champions League), the biggest clubs around Europe are vying for his signature.

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And now, according to France Football, Mbappe’s mum has gone on record saying that she thinks a switch to La Liga champions Real Madrid would be the best for her son.

She is believed to have been wooed by the efforts that they have made over in the Spanish capital to attract Mbappe to the Bernabeu – with both Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane making personal appearances to try and persuade Mbappe to move.

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While reports might be claiming that it’s looking more and more likely that Mbappe will stay with the Ligue 1 champions Monaco, a lot can happen between now and September, and players can be very easily influenced by those closest to them – so his mother’s opinion may well become quite an important one.

Zidane and co. over in Spain will be hoping that is the case, anyway.

Mbappe even came out the last week and claimed that he himself was unsure where his future lies. Either way, he still has plenty of time to make a decision.



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Latest Revelation Shows Just How Close Alvaro Morata Thought He Was to His Manchester United Move

​Alvaro Morata has seemingly dyed his hair red, as seen in his recent Instagram posts – showing just how certain the forward was to join Manchester United before being forgotten about by the Red Devils.

It all seemed set in stone. Morata to United was all but a done deal; only £6m stood between Madrid and Jose Mourinho in their valuation of the player and at one point the transfer was supposed to be done ‘within the week’ – subject to medical and all that malarkey.

A four-year contract was basically waiting on the table for him to sign and the 24-year-old Spaniard would become the replacement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Alas, it wasn’t to be.

Out of absolutely nowhere, United agreed upon a £75m deal with Everton to sign their star man Romelu Lukaku and the transfer was completed within mere days.

Just like that, Morata was a forgotten man, no longer needed at Old Trafford and after reports claimed that he had already told his teammates that he was on his way out of the Bernabeu, the forward was forced to return to pre-season with his tail between his legs, looking rather red-faced – with hair to match.

​​Indeed, Morata returned to training with the Spanish champions having dyed his hair red. According to Marca, this could well be because of his excitement at joining the Red Devils; the forward desperate to look the part as best he can ahead of his long awaited move to Manchester.

The saddest part of it all may be the fact that it’s simply now a red hue on his head from the striker undergoing a buzz-cut – most likely shaving off his neat trim after hearing the news that Mourinho had signed Lukaku.

Simply imagining what that scene would look like is heartbreaking.


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Monaco Star Admits He ‘Does Not Know’ if He Will Stay Amid Arsenal & Real Madrid Speculation

​Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe has claimed that he is unsure if he will stay with the French champions next season, with Real Madrid and Arsenal both said to be hot on his tail.

Mbappe soared to stardom in his breakthrough season in Ligue 1 – scoring 15 goals and registering eight assists despite only 17 starts (12 appearances from the bench). 

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His name then became a massive hit around Europe too after some dazzling performances in the Champions League last season, scoring six goals in nine games, including against Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

And now, after months of speculation surrounding what would be a world record fee for his transfer, Mbappe has finally gone on record about what he will do with his future.

Very briefly speaking to Spanish news outlet Marca, Mbappe did his best to avoid the topic of where his future lies, before finally admitting: “I do now know if I will stay.”

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The Frenchman was signing autographs for fans ahead of training with the rest of his Monaco teammates – fittingly in isolation up in Saillon, the Swiss Alps, near Lake Geneva.

At this point in time, moves for the 18-year-old look to be dependant on other occurrences. Though Arsenal were said to be keen on bringing Mbappe to the Premier League, after signing Alexandre Lacazette, it would seem unlikely that the north London club would make a move for him at this point.

In regards to Real Madrid, many would assume that Los Blancos would only make a real effort to bring him to the club if Alvaro Morata were to leave the Santiago Bernabeu – which is looking more unlikely by the day.


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Real Madrid Enact Clever Contract Ploy Ahead of Misfit’s Shock Bayern Munich Loan

​Real Madrid cleverly extended James Rodriguez’s contract at the club before sanctioning a two-year loan spell at German giants Bayern Munich.

The Los Blancos misfit penned a 12-month contract extension, writes Spanish news publication ​Marca, to his current deal ahead of jetting off to Bavaria to link up with former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti once more at the Bundesliga champions.

Fans may have been wondering why such a ploy was needed, but Real have merely acted to cover their bases ahead of potentially losing James for a smaller fee upon his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The 26-year-old would have entered the final 12 months of his contract when his loan spell with Bayern ends following the culmination of the 2018/19 season, and Real were at risk of being unable to negotiate a higher fee for his services as a result.

In a pre-emptive strike, the Spanish champions decided to add an additional year to James’ deal – a contract which will now run until the summer of 2020 – and give them the initiative in any potential transfer discussions with other interested parties upon the playmaker heading back to the Spanish capital.

All of this is unlikely to matter, however, if Bayern opt to invoke James’ €60m (£52.8m) purchase clause that is part of the deal to bring him to Germany at any point during his loan, but Real will have wanted to make the most of any situation in the event of Bayern deciding against making his move a permanent one.

Bayern are also set to pay James a reported €10m (£8.8m) a season – the Colombia international’s salary at Real – for the duration of his stay too.

James had been linked with a variety of top European sides including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain before his shock switch to Germany on Tuesday.

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Chelsea Close in on Signing of £28m-Rated Real Madrid Defender Despite Reported Juventus Interest

​Chelsea are set to win the race for Real Madrid’s Danilo, beating Juventus to the Brazilian’s signature. 

The Blues have endured a frustrating summer already this window – having Romelu Lukaku stolen from under their nose by Manchester United, and struggling to find another striker to bring in to Stamford Bridge.

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The only high-profile signing the club have made so far is that of centre-half Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma for £29m, and manager Antonio Conte is said to be keen to kick on with transfers ahead of his side’s Premier League title defence.

Well now, according to Mirror, Chelsea are to step up their efforts in arrivals – and have beaten Juventus to the £28m signing of Real Madrid right back Danilo.

To make things worse for the Bianconeri, Chelsea are also believed to be stepping up their interest of Alex Sandro. Juve have been holding out for the Blues to give up – raising their asking price to £70m for the left back.

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But with Conte now on a warpath in his determination to sign as many of his targets as possible, that may not be enough – especially with Sandro indicating that he wants to leave the Allianz Stadium.

As well as arrivals, the Italian boss is adamant that he keeps hold of his best players ahead of a tough season in the Champions League. 

Cesar Azpilicueta has been linked with a move to Barcelona, the versatile defender can play on either flank as well as the right side of a central three – and is reportedly a top target for the Camp Nou outfit.


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