Conflicting Reports Claim Real Madrid Could Move for Thibaut Courtois While Alisson Saga Rumbles On

The hunt for an eventual outcome to Alisson Becker’s future at club level rages on as the Brazil stopper looks to his next World Cup group game against Costa Rica. ​Real Madrid seem to be the only side that are yet to be priced out of a move for the 25-year-old, but conflicting reports are causing confusion as to what is actually happening.

The two teams fighting it out for Alisson at the start of summer came in the form of Madrid and Liverpool. Los Blancos are after a man to replace the unreliable Keylor Navas​ between the sticks at the Bernabeu, whereas Jurgen Klopp had seemingly lost faith in Loris Karius following his Champions League final blunders.

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But now, with ​Liverpool exploring other options after giving up in the pursuit of Alisson, it looks as though Madrid have a free swing at signing their man. However, it’s all getting a little confusing.

According to CadenaSER, Real will move on from their hunt for Alisson if Roma refuse to budge on their €80m asking price for the keeper. Instead, The Spaniards will look to sign Thibaut Courtois – a player they believed could be bought for half the price considering his contract situation at Chelsea.

The Belgian only has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and Los Blancos feel as though this could make for a great bargaining chip – playing on ​Chelsea’s refusal to let him go for nothing next summer.

However, Marca claims that Madrid president Florentino Perez will push ahead in his plans to sign Alisson by tempting Roma with a €60m bid. The report suggests that both teams will be willing to negotiate a deal.

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Perez is said to be fed up of Navas, and is desperate to sign a replacement as soon as he can. Personal details with the Brazilian have reportely been concluded already, with just the fee still to negotiate.

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Patrice Evra Shares Amazing Ronaldo Ping Pong Story & Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Eat at His House

​Real Madrid superstar and former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo showed his steely nerve in his quest for World Cup glory – the last major honour that eludes him – after converting a free-kick under pressure to complete his hat-trick and secure a 3-3 draw against Spain.

The five time Ballon d’Or winner’s personal drive and determination is the stuff of legend. 

He is never satisfied with second best, which is why he can do what he did for Portugal in that 3-3 thriller, and a story from former Old Trafford teammate Patrice Evra involving table tennis and another ex-colleague in Rio Ferdinand is perfect testament to that.

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According to Evra, who was speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast, Ronaldo’s anger at losing, in whatever he is doing, is what motivates him to always win.

“They were playing table tennis and Rio beat [Ronaldo], and we were all screaming and he was so upset,” the 37-year-old full-back explained.

“Then he sent his cousin to buy a table tennis set, he trained for two weeks at home and he came back and he beat Rio in front of everyone.

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“So that’s Cristiano Ronaldo, that’s why I’m not surprised today that he wants to win another Ballon d’Or, why he wants to win the World Cup. Because he’s an angry man.”

Another of Evra’s stories about Ronaldo was about a lunch invitation to the Portuguese forward’s house – “When Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no.”

The ex-United defeder said, “I went [and] I was really tired. At the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like ‘okay…’, and water, not any juice.

“We started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing. He had just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said: ‘Let’s do some two touch’.

“We start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like ‘okay…’ after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done. I said: ‘Cristiano why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’.

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“This guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide Portugal’s World Cup Clash With Morocco on Wednesday

​Portugal face off against Morocco at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday in Group B’s second round of games. 

Portugal will be looking to build on the impressive performance which secured them a valuable point against favourites Spain in their World Cup opener. Cristiano Ronaldo once again showcased his quality and importance to the national side, scoring all three of Portugal’s goals in the 3-3 draw. 

Morocco, on the other hand, suffered late heartbreak against Iran in their opening fixture of the tournament. The Lions of the Atlas were the better team for much of the game, but Aziz Bouhaddouz’s unfortunate own goal seconds from time meant they left Saint Petersburg with no points. Consequently, Hervé Renard’s side will need to beat Portugal in order to stand a chance of progressing to the next round. 

Here are three clashes which could prove to be decisive: 

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RS Berkane forward Ayoub El Kaabi didn’t have the best of games against Iran, although the deep-lying Iranian backline neutralised his preferred style of play, which is somewhat reliant on pace. 

On Wednesday, he’ll come up against Portugal’s vastly experienced centre back duo of 34-year-old Jose Fonte and 35-year-old Pepe. The Seleção das Quinas are more than likely going to play a more attacking game than Iran, with both Pepe and Fonte venturing forward for set-piece deliveries, which could leave Portugal vulnerable on the counter and allow El Kaabi the chance to exploit the backline’s lack of pace. 

2. Amine Harit vs. Cédric Soares

Despite the late loss to Iran, Morocco delivered a promising display in their opening game, and Schalke midfielder Amine Harit was the catalyst to most of their good play. 

Harit is likely to start on the left of a three-man midfield, meaning he’ll come up against Southampton full back Cédric Soares. The 26-year-old is a solid defender, but he’ll also be expected to provide Bernardo Silva with some support down the right flank. 

If the game turns out as expected, Portugal will have most of their players, including full backs, pressing up the pitch. That could leave gaps for Morocco and Harit to exploit, especially on the counter-attack. 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Medhi Benatia

Portugal aren’t necessarily a one-man team but they are heavily reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo, who isn’t immune to having an off day. 

Ronaldo will start alongside either Andre Silva or Gonçalo Guedes in a two-man attack, although he’ll undoubtedly have the licence to roam around the pitch. 

Juventus centre back Medhi Benatia will probably be handed one of the toughest tasks in football with marking the Portuguese superstar. 

If Ronaldo is allowed to perform against Morocco like he did against Spain, his side will stand a great chance of winning. 

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Paris Saint-Germain Reportedly Ready to Offer Cristiano Ronaldo €45m a Year to Move to Ligue 1

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a 45m (£39.5m) yearly salary to join them this summer, according to france football.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is fresh off yet another Champions League triumph with ​Real Madrid and looks to be carrying his country through the World Cup, having scored a hat-trick against Spain last week.

Despite being 33, the Portuguese superstar has shown zero decline and is still at the very top of his game. 

Following his Champions League win, though, the attacker intimated that he could be leaving the Bernabeu this summer. 

PSG are said to be very keen on teaming Ronaldo up with Brazilian hotshot Neymar at the Parc des Princes and are ready to make him quite the earner by paying him €45m per year.

Ronaldo currently earns £17.5m on a yearly basis at Madrid and is believed to be frustrated with his wages as he believes that he should be the highest earner in football as he is the best player in the world.

The French side are keen on fulfilling that wish, but Manchester United are also understood to be targeting their former star.

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As to whether they’re willing to match PSG’s reported offer is unclear, but if the player does leave Madrid this summer, it could turn football on its head.

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Bayern Munich Striker Claims He is Entering His Prime as Rumours Over His Future Increase

Poland international Robert Lewandowski has appeared to offer some comfort for potential suitors this summer who could have concerns about spending big on a 29-year-old forward, claiming that he is ‘just starting the best period for a striker.’

Lewandowski is supposedly vying for a move away from Bayern Munich this summer despite the Bavarians’ stance that he is not for sale, with it being rumoured the forward has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

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And the Polish striker, who is set to lead the line for the White and Reds against Senegal at the World Cup, has slyly claimed that his age shouldn’t be cause for concern if clubs are interested in signing him this summer.

I have a plan to play at the top level at least until I’m 35,” Lewandowski told the Guardian ahead of Poland’s World Cup opener on Tuesday. 

“I feel I’m just starting the best period for a striker. I’m mature and have a lot of experience. If I’m healthy, I will play in Europe as long as possible – and then move on. We will see.”

Lewandowski has spent the last four years in Bavaria after letting his contract at Borussia Dortmund expire. The 29-year-old has a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021, having signed an extension in December 2016.

He has made 257 appearances in the Bundesliga throughout his eight-year spell in Germany, scoring 180 goals and claiming 51 assists. 

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Lewandowski has also notched 28 goals in other domestic competitions since leaving Lech Poznan, as well as another 46 in the Champions League and Europa League combined.

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Eden Hazard Admits Interest in Real Madrid Move & Reveals What Chelsea Must Do to Keep Him

​Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has added fuel to the ongoing speculation that he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer after admitting that he has no intention of staying if the team is not going to improve on a poor 2017/18, while adding that Real Madrid could be of interest.

Hazard, who will shortly enter the final two years of his current Chelsea contract, has been heavily linked with Real for some time.

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It was thought that interest from the reigning European champions could subside following Zinedine Zidane’s recent exit, given the public admiration the two men hold for each other, but Hazard has essentially put the ball in Real’s court by stating ‘they know what they have to do’.

“I do not want to stay if we are less good. Real Madrid can interest me, everyone knows that,” he told ​L’Equipe ahead of Belgium’s World Cup opener against Panama.

“But if tomorrow [Real] does not want me, we will no longer speak about it. If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.”

As for Chelsea? “I am waiting to see if the club stays or goes. If I stay, it will be because the team will be better than the season we have just experienced,” he said.

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Chelsea finished the 2017/18 campaign by lifting the FA Cup after beating Manchester United at Wembley, but poor Premier League season saw the club finish fifth and miss out on Champions League football for the second time in three years.

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Sky Sports Journalist Hints Real Madrid Lead Liverpool in the Race to Sign Primary Target

​Sky Sports journalist Vinny O’Connor has claimed that Spanish giants ​Real Madrid are leading ​Liverpool in the race to sign Roma’s 25-year-old goalkeeper Alisson.

The Anfield club are understood to be looking for a new goalkeeper following Loris Karius’ poor performance in the Champions League final last month and have been linked with a move for the Brazilian throughout the summer.

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Brazilian international Alisson is also wanted by Real Madrid though, as Los Blancos look to try and bolster their own options between the posts ahead of next season, under new boss Julen Lopetegui.

Sky Sports reporter O’Connor revealed during the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, as quoted by Sport Review, that the player may be preferring a move to the Bernabeu over Anfield.

O’Connor said: “The biggest factor for Liverpool is that the player seems more keen on a move to Real Madrid.”

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Alisson, also called Alisson Becker, made 37 appearances in Serie A for Roma this season, conceding just 28 goals and keeping a total of 17 clean sheets.

He moved to the Italian capital from Brazilian club Internacional for a fee of £7.2m in 2016.

Alisson is in Brazil’s World Cup squad this summer, looking to add to his current tally of 26 senior international caps. He played at Anfield in early June with Brazil during a warm-up friendly against Croatia.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to significantly strengthen his Reds team this summer, with transfer targets in a number of positions, as the side prepare for a title push next season.

The Anfield club have already signed midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco this summer, with the Merseyside club looking to get their business done early in the transfer market to avoid inflated prices.

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Liverpool had also targeted a move for French midfielder Nabil Fekir but talks broke down spectacularly in the eleventh hour, and his current club Lyon say he will remain their player next season.

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Real Madrid ‘Unmoved’ After World Cup Heroics & Will Demand €1bn if Ronaldo Wants to Leave

The Real Madrid hierarchy are remaining adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo will not leave the Santiago Bernabéu this summer despite his latest man of the match performance with Portugal, according to reports.

It has been rumoured for some time that the 33-year-old could be vying for a move this summer, something which wasn’t helped by his comments immediately after Madrid’s comfortable win in the Champions League final.

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It has been suggested that Los Blancos could look to bring Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar to the club ahead of the new season, with the French giants interested in bringing Ronaldo to the Parc des Princes.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is even believed to have been in attendance as Ronaldo single handily rescued a point for Portugal in their highly anticipated match against Spain.

But Spanish outlet Marca have insisted that Real Madrid’s decision makers haven’t changed their tune over Ronaldo’s future at the club, even despite his performance in Portugal’s opening match at the 2018 World Cup.

The club even relayed that message back to the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in a meeting last week.

Ronaldo has a contract in the Spanish capital until 2021 and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be held to that deal unless a club is willing to meet his €1bn release clause.

Many expect that Ronaldo will eventually move back to boyhood club Sporting CP before he hangs up his boots for good, with some also believing that his journey back to the Estádio José Alvalade could be via Manchester United.

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But Real Madrid’s hierarchy are insisting that the Portugal international sees out the remainder of his contract at the Santiago Bernabéu, all but ending PSG’s hopes of making a big-money signing this summer.

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Barcelona Star Hits Out at Cristiano Ronaldo for ‘Throwing Himself’ in Spain/Portugal Thriller

Barcelona star Gerard Piqué was unhappy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s theatrics in the wake of Spain’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Portugal on Friday.

Piqué’s defensive partner Nacho Fernández gave away a clumsy penalty early on which Ronaldo put away with ease. Spain’s Diego Costa then scored twice, either side of Ronaldo’s second of the game.

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​Real Madrid defender Nacho then scored a wonder goal that could have secured all the points for La Roja, but Piqué was adjudged to have fouled Ronaldo just outside the area and the Los Blancos star fired in an incredible free kick to snatch a point in the last minute of the game.

But Spain’s Piqué clearly felt aggrieved by the incident. The 31-year-old is of the opinion that Ronaldo made the most of his challenge, even claiming that the Portugal international is ‘prone’ to hitting the deck too easily.

We have had more chances. They had three shots and scored three goals,” Piqué said after the match, quoted by FourFourTwo“Games go one way and you have to face it.

“Finding yourself in the opening game of a World Cup with a penalty against you in the second minute, you have to leave with good feelings after how the match went. Cristiano is prone to throwing himself.”

Iran’s shock victory over Morroco earlier in the day has seen Carlos Queiroz’s side finish matchday one at the top of Group B. 

But Team Melli will face Spain and then Portugal in their next two games knowing that they will have to cause an upset to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

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Top Liverpool Target Agrees Personal Terms With Real Madrid as Fee Negotiations Continue

​​Real Madrid look set to usurp ​Liverpool in the race to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson after he reportedly agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants.

The Anfield outfit have been deeply entrenched in their search for a new keeper following Loris Karius’ nightmare performance in the Champions League final, whereas Los Blancos are eager to upgrade on their current number one Keylor Navas.

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With a common objective of pursuing one of football’s rising stars, Roma’s Alisson was identified by both clubs as the man to rectify their goalkeeping woes. 

While there have been suggestions that the Reds had offered the 25-year-old a contract, according to ​Gianluca Di Marzio Real Madrid have gone one step further after coming to an agreement with the Brazilian.

The report claims that an opening offer of £44m from Liverpool – plus bonuses – was swiftly rejected and having failing to come back to the table with a counter offer the Spanish giants have jumped ahead in the race after making contact with both Roma and Alisson’s representatives.

It is understood that an initial offer of £48m was made by Real, which continues to be well away from the Italian outfits valuation of £70m, but after showing a willingness to reach an agreement the deal has swung in their favour. 

Real president Florentino Perez, however, is eager to secure the 25-year-old by any means necessary and it is being said that an improved offer of £52m – plus bonuses – could result in a breakthrough in negotiations next week. 

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Los Blancos are also known to be considering Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois after seeing Manchester United’s David de Gea sign an extended contract at Old Trafford, however an informal approach from Real was rebuffed by the Blues. 

Liverpool on the other hand have ​turned to Lazio’s €30m-rated stopper Thomas Strakosha after impressing with the Serie A side in the last two seasons, with Jack Butland also remaining a contender to rectify a problem position for Jurgen Klopp. 

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