Spanish Media Claims Real Madrid Know Alexis Sanchez Has His Heart Set on Summer Exit

Alexis Sánchez has his heart set on leaving Arsenal next summer and Real Madrid are believed to be monitoring the Chilean winger, according to a report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo.

The 28-year-old could be the perfect player to help Los Blancos regain their form that has seen them dominate European football over the last two years.

However, Real Madrid could find persuading Alexis to move back to Spain difficult because of the three-year spell he had with their bitter rivals, Barcelona.

There have been a number of reports in recent weeks linking Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi with a move to Madrid. 

Although the 24-year-old goal machine would be a fantastic long-term replacement for Karim Benzema in their attack, news that Barcelona are looking to sign Mesut Özil – a former Real Madrid player – could persuade club president Florentino Pérez to move for Alexis instead.

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Both Alexis and Özil are out of contract next summer, with clubs allowed to approach the two Arsenal stars in January over a potential move. 

The Gunners would much prefer to see Alexis and Özil leave the Premier League next season, especially considering that Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in poaching the Chilean and German respectively in the summer.

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Regardless of where Arsenal’s key duo end up next season, the Gunners will have a huge mountain to climb when it comes to identifying replacements.

Lyon’s Nabil Fekir has been linked with a £60m move to north London in recent weeks, with the potential of linking up with his former teammate, Alexandre Lacazette, believed to be enough to convince the 24-year-old of leaving the Groupama Stadium next season.


Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Doesn’t See Eden Hazard Quitting Blues for Real Madrid

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he doesn’t believe that Eden Hazard will leave for Real Madrid as long as he keeps his performances up and remains happy.

Hazard has been one of the Premier League’s best talents since joining the Blues from Lille in 2012, but is constantly linked to Madrid – and his admiration for Los Blancos and their manager Zinedine Zidane hasn’t helped.

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Lampard, though, doesn’t see his former teammate joining the Champions League holders, especially if things keep going well for him at Stamford Bridge.

“If you are Eden Hazard or any top player in the world, the talk of Real Madrid and Barcelona will always hang over you whether it’s spoken about out loud in the newspaper or whether it is just a fact they go after the best players in the world,” Lampard told BT Sport, via ​Goal.

“Eden Hazard is one of those so I don’t think it’s going to be any problem.

“He’s very aware that probably for the last two or three seasons that these big teams would like to take him from Chelsea.

“He doesn’t change anything as long as he performs week in week out. And he certainly has in recent weeks, then nothing changes as far as I’m concerned.”

Hazard had previously stated his intention to remain at Chelsea, but did not rule out a move in future. For now, though, he seems set on continuing his glittering career in London.

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“I am always very fine at this club,” the Belgian told reporters in France last week. ” I still have two years of contract [left]. When I feel the desire to leave, I’ll leave. But, for now, I’m a Blue.

“We know the admiration that I have for Real, but I’m at Chelsea. Every year, things were said about me but I stayed.”


The 20 Teams With the Highest Wage Bills in the World of Football

As reported by the Mail on Sunday, the biggest football wage bills have been calculated to reveal which team spends the most on paying its players each week.

Premier League clubs dominate the top 20 more than any other league, so let’s take a look at which teams feature…

20. Valencia – £2.4m per week

19. Leicester City – £2.5m per week

18. Roma – £2.6m per week

17. Inter Milan – £2.6m per week

16. Borussia Dortmund – £2.7m per week

15. Everton – £2.8m per week

14. West Ham – £2.8m per week

13. AC Milan – £3.1m per week

12. Tottenham Hotspur – £3.1m per week

11. Liverpool – £3.6m per week

10. Atletico Madrid

Total wage bill per week: £3.8m

Moving into the top 10 this year, jumping three places to leapfrog both Liverpool and Spurs, Atletico Madrid’s wage bill has increased as a result of holding on to wanted men such as Antoine Griezmann, Saul Niguez and Koke. 

9. Arsenal

Total wage bill per week: £4m

Arsenal fans will actually be hoping that the Gunners’ place in this list will be significantly higher next year if it means that more lucrative deals for both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can be agreed upon.

8. Chelsea

Total wage bill per week: £4.4m

Since Roman Abramovich’s arrival in west London, the Blues have never been shy from paying their stars extortionate wages and despite a changing of the guard at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea remain one of the biggest spenders in Europe.

7. Juventus

Total wage bill per week: £4.8m

By far the richest team in Italy, despite attempts to close the gap from both Milan clubs, the Old Lady ensure that some of the world’s best talent play their football in Turin by compensating the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain nicely.

6. Bayern Munich

Total wage bill per week: £5.2m

Germany’s version of Juventus, Bayern Munich have been dominating the Bundesliga in every sense of the word and their ability to pay the biggest wages has allowed them to steal the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels from their biggest rivals.

5. Manchester City

Total wage bill per week: £5.2m 

Just edging out the Bavarians into the top five, Manchester City have a plethora of world class talent at their disposal but it does take over £5m-a-week to keep all those stars employed by the Citizens. 

4. Manchester United

Total wage bill per week: £5.2m 

The Red Devils have actually dropped three places from the top spot since last year, as a result of the exits of both Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but they still have enough big names to warrant the title of the Premier League’s best paid team.

3. Real Madrid

Total wage bill per week: £6.2m

Up a place from last season, the reigning European champions have an enormous wage bill each week, with big earners like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale remaining on Los Blancos’ books.

2. Paris Saint-Germain

Total wage bill per week: £6.5m

The biggest movers in the top 10, PSG have jumped five places following a frantic summer which saw the arrivals of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to enhance the Ligue 1 side’s reputation as a European superpower. 

1. Barcelona

Total wage bill per week: £6.6m

With an average wage of £126,875 a week, Barcelona are officially football’s best paid team and the recent news of Leo Messi’s contract extension has only reinforced the Catalan club’s policy of paying big bucks to their coveted stars. 


Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Furious’ After Lionel Messi’s Lucrative New Barcelona Contract

​Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted angrily to the news that Lionel Messi has signed such a lucrative new contract with Barcelona, according to a report in ​Diario Gol.

The Argentine talisman put pen to paper on a new three-year deal to end constant speculation over his future.

Ronaldo is said to be furious that Messi secured a salary of €640,000-a-week, which equates to €100m over the course of the contract.

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The Real Madrid forward reportedly earns just over €400,000 a week, now a considerably lower wage than his rival.

Ronaldo, like Messi, is also under contract at the Bernabeu until 2021.

The 30-year-old recently admitted that he is unsure whether he and Ronaldo, who routinely compete for the Ballon d’Or, will ever be friends.

“I don’t know if we will be [friends in the future]. Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other,” he told ​Marca.

“We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak. Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often.”

He added: “There are many great players around today who can win the Ballon d’Or. In recent years there have just been two, but now players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Luis Suarez can compete for that award.”

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Messi won his fourth European Golden Shoe award on Friday, drawing him level with his Real Madrid counterpart. Ronaldo could also match Messi’s total Ballon d’Ors if he is awarded his fifth in January.


Real Madrid 3-2 Malaga: Los Blancos Rescued as Ronaldo Finally Begins to Fire in La Liga

Real Madrid closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona, albeit potentially temporarily, to seven points after managing to eventually drag themselves to a 3-2 win over Malaga on Saturday afternoon. 

Karim Benzema’s early point-blank opener gave the hosts a deserved lead, but was quickly cancelled out by striker Diego Rolan less than 10 minutes later with his side’s first away goal of the season. 


But just moments afterwards, Los Blancos restored their lead courtesy of Casemiro, an advantage that could arguably have only lasted until half-time had the referee’s decision to rather harshly disallow Boquerones’ second of the afternoon on the stroke of the break been avoided. 

However, justice was served midway through the second half, with a costly goalkeeping error allowing Chory Castro to level things up from range before Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty rebound with 15 minutes to go eventually sealing a vital three points for the Spanish capital side.  

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It was a fairly even start inside the Santiago Bernabeu – packed out as ever – with Malaga’s counter attack in the opening stages showing promise.

However, it seemed an afternoon where the hosts were not prepared to lose any more ground on current league leaders Barcelona, with Los Blancos going forward with both pace and purpose, and it only took nine minutes for that to make a difference, as Benzema netted the opener. 

The Frenchman was left with the simplest of finishes into an unguarded goal after Ronaldo’s initial headed effort dragged Malaga keeper Roberto towards his far post before cannoning off the crossbar and finding its way into the path of the Real striker to convert from close range. 

However, Madrid’s advantage was short lived, as just nine minutes later hosts’ custodian 

Kiko Casilla was left to pick the ball out the back of his net after Toni Kroos’ lackadaisical backpass found the feet of Keko, whose first time delivery was dispatched home by Rolan to secure Boquerones’s first away league goal of the season

Less than 60 seconds after drawing level, Malaga found themselves three-on-three with the Real defence, but poor decision making allowed Los Blancos to fashion a break of their own and force a corner, which then provided the opportunity for Madrid to grab the lead once again. 

Zinedine Zidane’s side’s second of the afternoon came as simply as any can from a set piece, with Casemiro rising above the rest deep inside the visitors’ area to nod home Kroos’ cross for his third of the campaign, and put his side back in the driving seat after a rather frantic opening 20 minutes.  

As the half ticked on neither side really threatened in front of goal, but the opening 45 came to an end shrouded in controversy with referee Jesus Gil Manzano well in the centre of it. 

During the final additional minute, Real captain Marcelo was booked for a challenge near the centre circle, allowing Malaga one last opportunity to get back on level terms before the break. 

The cross was lifted into the area and substitute defender Paul Baysse rose above Dani Carvajal and directed his header into the back of the net, only for the 33-year-old official to seemingly draw the half to a close while the ball was en-route past Casilla for a push on the Spaniard. 

Understandably the extremely soft decision provoked and less than impressed reaction from Malaga’s players and manager, but despite their protests the score remained 2-1 at the break. 

As the sides re-emerged for the second-half, Real struggled to really get back into their stride, and just before the hour mark found themselves pegged back yet again as Castro’s long-range effort skipped under Casilla to give Malaga a deserved second of the afternoon. 

The 33-year-old picked up the ball around 30 yards out from goal before unleashing his low, swerving pot-shot, which seemed to get the better of the Spanish shot stopper as it squirming under his hands and into the back of the net.


After drawing level again the visitors looked the side most likely out of the two to grab a third, however, as Luka Modric was brought down in the area with 15 minutes to go, it allowed Ronaldo to eventually double his tally for the season. 

The 32-year-old, who had converted just 2.6% of his chances in the league this term ahead of kick off, finally slotted home from the rebound to spark sheer relief inside the Santiago Bernabeu after his initial penalty was well saved by Roberto

That is how the tie remained, and it is now over to Barcelona, who come up against fellow high-flyers Valencia on Sunday evening, to put the pressure back on their Clasico rivals. 




Real Madrid Plot Stunning Swoop for AC Milan Captain Leonardo Bonucci to End Rossoneri Nightmare

​Real Madrid are believed to be weighing up a sensational offer for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, who only joined the Serie A sleeping giants in last summer’s transfer window. Real Madrid’s shaky defence has promoted boss Zinedine Zidane to desperately seek out potential reinforcements, and the legendary Italian could be top of his wish list in the January window.

As reported by Spanish outlet Fichajes, via Talksport, the Spanish giants are ready to offer Bonucci an escape route from San Siro, which has turned into a theatre of nightmares for Milan this season despite heavy investment in the last transfer window. Including the £35m spent on landmark signing Bonucci, the club splashed out around £175m on new talents.

​​Despite their heavy summer investment, Milan currently sit seventh in the Serie A table, 16 points of current leaders Napoli. The 2017/18 season as been the most competitive in years so far, with Napoli, Inter, Juventus, Roma and Lazio all thrashing it out for the title while Milan have struggled to find any kind of consistency – winning just six of their opening 13 matches.

Some critics have claimed that Bonucci was flattered at Juventus by the protection afforded to him by Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli in the formidable back three. However, Real clearly believe that Bonucci is still a world class talent, and are eager to offer the 30-year-old the chance for one last massive move before his career begins to wind down.

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Bonucci has enjoyed a glittering career in Italy, winning a six Serie A titles and three Coppa Italias. The 6′ defensive rock began his career with lowly side Viterbese, before signing for Inter Milan in 2006. The move never worked out for Bonucci, but then enjoyed spells with Treviso and Bari before sealing his big move to Juventus in 2010.


PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo Superfan Shows Off Unusual Tattoo in Champions League Match

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most popular players in world football. Even outside of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Sporting CP, the Portuguese winger has fans who would quite literally do anything for him.

One supporter in Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday wanted to show his love for the Los Blancos star and did so by showing off an outrageous tattoo that they got to honour Ronaldo.

I’d have probably just got ‘Ronaldo’ on the shirt…

Ronaldo’s superfan, whose name is understood to be Salam, was able to meet the 32-year-old winger after the game, according to Marca. Despite only scoring one goal in the opening 40 minutes of the match, Real Madrid thrashed their Cypriot opponents 6-0 on Tuesday.

Luka Modrić opened the scoring for the visitors, while Madrid’s second, third and fourth goals of the game came late in the first-half thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema either side of a right-footed finish from Nacho Fernández.

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Ronaldo then found himself on the scoresheet twice to put the icing on the cake for Real Madrid, the Portuguese star’s second-half brace enough to give Real Madrid a glamorous victory in Cyprus.


Former Man City Star Robinho Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

​Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho has been sentenced to a nine-year prison term after being found guilty of sexual assault, according to ​reports in Italy.

The alleged act took place during the Brazilian’s stint with Milan in 2013, with a then 22-year-old Albanian woman accusing him, along with five other men, of indecently assaulting her at a night club.

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Robinho, who now plays for Athletico Mineiro in his homeland, has been capped 100 times as an international player for Brazil, also having become the Premier League’s most expensive star when he signed for Man City in 2008 for £32.5m.

His time in England, though, was not as successful and he was later moved on to the San Siro for less than half of City’s initial outlay, making them just £15m when he departed..

The attacker did go on to win the Serie A title with the Italian side, teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano to conquer the division. And after a five year spell, he secured a transfer to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergande.

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Robinho had previously been accused of sexual assault during his City days, but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing. He hasn’t had the same luck in Italy, however. But the verdict is still on hold as the Italian justice system allows for several levels of appeal and wont make the sentence effective until after such proceedings – if he is still deemed to be culpable.


Real Madrid President Perez Outlines 5 Transfer Targets to Revitalise Los Blancos’ Season

​Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is becoming increasingly frustrated by his club’s underachievement on the pitch this season and has therefore outlined a five man transfer shortlist in a bid to revitalise Los Blancos’ lethargic start to the campaign, which sees them trailing their fierce rivals Barcelona by ten points in La Liga.  

Rumours of dressing room unrest, disjointed performances and misfiring strikers has not helped manager Zinedine Zidane’s cause, so action is going to be taken by the club’s hierarchy to revert the slide and support their manager.

According to rumours site Diario Gol the key transfer targets to transform a faltering season are a selection of the most sort after footballers in world soccer. 

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In goal, long term target Manchester United’s David De Gea remains a priority to replace Keylor Navas, although Athletic Bilboa’s Kepa is an alternative option if a deal is unable to be agreed. 

In defence, PSG’s Marquinhos is preferred but the club also like Aymeric Laporte, Iñigo Martínez and David Alaba.

After performing so well against Real Madrid in the Champions League group games Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli’s ability is very much appreciated. Finally, up front there is (according to the report) much admiration for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Spurs’ Harry Kane both of which could add some serious fire power to a misfiring forward line.

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Florentino Perez is not a man to rest on his laurels. He appreciates that the season is not yet lost, but he needs to act and act quickly to turn the wavering Real Madrid juggernaut around.


Neymar Responds to Real Madrid Speculation Amid Rumours of €200m Summer Approach

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil superstar Neymar has responded to growing speculation that he could move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, despite only leaving Barcelona in a landmark €222m deal four months ago.

Ever since he left for France, the Spanish media has consistently claimed that the 25-year-old is unhappy and regrets his decision.


That led to claims, notably from Marca earlier this month, that Real could be in the market for the Brazilian at around €200m, up to €450m after taking into account a bumper contract.

Neymar himself has consistently denied the negative speculation about his happiness as well as the suggestions that he does not see eye to eye with PSG coach Unai Emery.

Now, after helping PSG break a Champions League record for goals scored in a single group campaign (24) following Wednesday night’s 7-1 hammering of Celtic, the player has responded to talk of specifically joining Real Madrid.


“Damn, how heavy are you with the issue?” he said to the press after the game.

It would appear that Neymar has no time for the topic and is committed to PSG, with whom he said upon signing he wants to win everything.

The Champions League remains the big ambition for the Parisian club. Their best showing in the competition to date came in the form of a semi-final appearance in the mid-1990s.


The only goal they have conceded in five games so far is the shock opener scored by Celtic’s Moussa Dembele on Wednesday and they will looking to make a serious statement by going to Munich on matchday six early next month and winning to enter the Last 16 with a 100% record.