Young Argentinian Striker Boldly Admits He’s Aware of Atletico & Real Madrid Interest

Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez has surprisingly admitted he is aware of purported interest from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, after a strong start to the season. 

The Argentinian centre-forward, who is highly coveted by top sides across Europe, has ​four goals in six appearances so far this season, since returning from a metatarsal fracture that had kept him out for the first two months of the campaign.

Speaking to ​TyC Sports, the 20 year old brazenly declared: “I found out about Real Madrid this morning. I read some stuff and then my agent told me he wanted to speak to me”.

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He went on to say in the interview that he was yet to speak to his agent, because he “had a couple of things to do”.

There is also considerable interest from Atletico Madrid in the striker, and Lautaro also recently confirmed this speculation in an interview with another Argentinian publication, ​Clarin.

As quoted by ​, Lautaro admitted: “Until June, I am here and I don’t plan anything beyond then. If they sell me, I will speak with the club that buys me. 

“President Blanco know what my idea is. With Atletico Madrid, talks are very advanced, but they told me there are other teams interested. I repeat: my objective is to work daily to improve and be able to perform in the Racing jersey.”

He also confirmed that his recent contract extension with his native club was signed to enable the club to recuperate more money than his previous €9m release clause: “I always said that I wasn’t going for the clause. 

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“At Racing, I had to leave (for) much more than €9m and because of this I renewed. If possible, I would like to leave (for) even more than I signed up for now.”

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Manchester United Hoping to Reinforce Midfield with Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic Before Window Closes

​Manchester United have possibly pulled off the signing of the season after bringing Alexis Sanchez in from Arsenal, but as reports stemming from France would have it, the Red Devils are still looking to add another piece to their squad.

​Le10Sport are reporting that Jose Mourinho is keen on signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic before the end of the January transfer window.

The Croatian international is way down the pecking order at Madrid, and Mourinho is looking to hand him a way out, with Michael Carrick set to move on to coaching next season and Marouane Fellaini expected to move on from the club.

On Wednesday, Spanish outlet Don Balon reported that Real president Florentino Perez is ​ready to offer Kovacic and Keylor Navas, plus cash, to United in exchange for Spain stopper David de Gea.

It is unlikely Mourinho will sanction such a move, despite De Gea’s contract situation. However, he could propose a loan deal for Kovacic.

With Henrikh Mkhitaryan also gone, the Portuguese tactician will see his midfield options lessen by the end of the season, so snagging Kovacic this month would certainly hand him a boost.

Several sources believe that the 23-year-old is the one who has been identified as a replacement for the departing Carrick, but earlier reports had linked Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred with a move to Old Trafford, branding him the very same.

The Brazilian, though, is also believed to be a target for Premier League leaders Manchester City. So the next few days could be very interesting for both Manchester clubs.

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Statistic Reveals Surprise Real Madrid Player With the Most Minutes Played This Season

A surprising statistic has ​reveal Real Madrid defender Nacho has played more minutes (2257) than any of his teammates this season, as per ​Transfermarkt.

28-year-old Nacho has emerged from the edge of a Bernabeu exit in 2016 to become a mainstay in Zinedine Zidane’s side, where his professionalism and flexibility across the back four has ensured he is one of the most trusted players in the dressing room.

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The defender has made 28 appearances so far this season – just five from the substitutes’ bench – where he has outplayed the likes of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

In the absence of Pepe, Nacho has stepped into the back-line with little fault, consistently offering his presence in vital situations in both attack and defence.  

Nacho’s displays may not result in praise throughout the media, but the 28-year-old’s performance against Deportivo La Coruna last week earned the defender adulation from the home crowd who chanted his name around the Bernabeu following a surprise brace in the club’s 7-1 victory. 

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His importance to Real Madrid this season was acknowledged by ​WhoScored as they revealed that Zidane’s side have won just twice in the defenders absence in seven league games this season, compared to just one defeat in 12 games with him in the side. 

Whilst Nacho continues to thrive so far this season, the club’s fortunes have not been as fortuitous as Real Madrid currently languish in fourth place in the league – 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, with just one game in hand. 

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Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Ready to Offer Man Utd 2 Players Plus Cash in Order to Land De Gea

​Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer Manchester United two players, as well as cash, in exchange for long-time target David de Gea.

The Spain international has blossomed to the best stopper in all of Europe, arguably, and Madrid still haven’t given up hope in their chase.

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That’s according to Spanish source, ​Don Balon, though. The magazine claims that Los Blancos are willing to part with Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic, plus cash, to secure a move for De Gea, whose contract is set to expire in 2019.

United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to tie the player down to a new deal, but Madrid are still willing to offer a huge fee despite the possibility of the player becoming a free agent next year.

Mourinho definitely won’t be interested in selling his star stopper unless he feels like time is running out, so it’s unlikely that any negotiations regarding a January deal will take place. However, he could be convinced in the summer if a deal cannot be reached with the player by then.

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De Gea has been one of the Red Devil’s most impressive players in the past few seasons, and his value could go up in spite of his dwindling contract, with half a season left to run and a World Cup coming up after that.

The United boss is said to have shown an interest in signing Kovacic before, and of course anything is possible in today’s game. But it’s highly doubtful such a deal is going to take place this year.

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Bavaria Bound? Bayern Munich Interested in Bale But Aren’t Willing to Pay Real Madrid’s Asking Price

​Bayern Munich are rumoured to be considering a €100m offer for Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale.

Bale has been linked with an exit every transfer window since signing from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but has never really looked like leaving.

According to Don Balon (H/T the ​Daily Star), Bayern are aiming to beat Manchester United to the Welshman and will offer €100m to sign him as a replacement for the ageing Arjen Robben. However, German source ​Bild have seen to it that Munich logic prevails.

Said outlet points out that the player’s release clause stands at €500m, a fee no club would be willing to pay for an oft-injured 28-year-old, even in today’s market. But they did note that the Bavarian side could possibly look into spending €80m-€100m in the future.

Even that seems a bit off, though, considering the fact that the German champions stayed away from Alexis Sanchez for the very same reason.

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“Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich’s future must be shaped,” club president Uli Hoeness told Kicker last summer.

“And then Bayern does exactly that – signs young players between 20 and 22 – and is criticised once again.

“But you can’t build a new team with €100m transfers for 29 and 30-year-olds. That isn’t a policy.

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“Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don’t go down this road.”

Bayern haven’t even reached the €50m mark when it comes to transfers; and their most expensive signing, Corentin Tolisso, cost them €41.5m. 

They don’t look quite ready to splash three-figure sums on players just yet – especially not 28-year-old attackers who have trouble remaining healthy. 

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Spanish Reports Claims Gareth Bale Has Urged Real Madrid to Sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli

Spanish rumour mongers Don Balon (via HITC) have reported that Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has urged his club to sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli this summer. Bale who left the North London outfit for the Spanish giants is supposedly trying to lure Alli down the same path.

Alli has been touted as one of the best young gems across Europe, and along with other Spurs’ players, he remains a talked about target linked away from Spurs. The English midfielder has scored 41 goals coupled with 35 assists in 125 appearances for the Spurs, supposedly piquing the interests of Madrid.

Don Balon also reported that Real Madrid’s interests in Alli emanate from the question marks over Toni Kroos’ future at the Bernabeu. 

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However, this same transfer speculation was reported last Spring where another publication Dario Gol (via Express), reported that Bale put forward to Madrid president Florentino Perez Alli’s name as a summer target. 

On the back of that report Alli signed a six-year contract last summer for Spurs, thus the viability of this year’s report could once again be on the unlikeable end of the scale unless Madrid are to pull an astronomical offer out of their pocket to prize away the 21-year-old from Spurs. 

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be reluctant to let his star players leave the club, as the club itself prepares to move into their new home before the start of next season. Their move to the new stadium signifies the club’s ambition to brush shoulders with the bigger club, and keeping players such as Alli will uphold that ambition.

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Spanish Media Reports Link Gareth Bale With Sensational Return to the Premier League

Gareth Bale could be set for a spectacular return to the ​Premier League, after reports emerged in the Spanish media that a host of sides are keen on bringing him back to England.

The 28-year old has struggled with multiple injury problems during his time in Madrid, and could be offered a way out of the Spanish capital in the summer.

That is according to notorious gossip kings ​Don Balon, who report that Bale that has asked Florentino Perez to sanction a move away from the club.

​Manchester United, ​Liverpool, ​Chelsea and ​Tottenham are all rumoured to be interested in signing the Wales international, whose injury problems have restricted him to only nine La Liga starts this season.

United have long been credited with interest in Bale, but with the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal going through on Monday, the Red Devils are unlikely to move for him at this time. Liverpool are keen to strengthen their attacking hand meanwhile, and have money in the bank after losing prized asset Philippe Coutinho to ​Barcelona for £142m earlier this month.

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Though a move to Stamford Bridge would seem unlikely, the report claims that Chelsea could be interested as well. The Blues are likely to be focusing on fending off any approaches for Belgian superstar Eden Hazard though, with Los Blancos known admirers.

Former club Tottenham are also believed to be in the running, and Mauricio Pochettino admitted earlier in the season that Bale would be welcomed back with open arms should he wish to rejoin.

“Of course he’s a fantastic player. I saw him in Madrid when we played there,” he said.


“I don’t have a close relationship with him or the people around him. But you never know what’s going to happen in football.”

Whilst his future becomes the subject of media speculation, Bale will be keen to help Real build on the foundations of their 7-1 demolition of Deportivo at the weekend, a game in which the Welsh international scored twice.

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PHOTOS: Mauro Icardi’s Wife Adds Fuel to the Transfer Fire by Documenting Flight to Madrid

​The wife of Inter striker Mauro Icardi has caused a stir by uploading photographs of her on a flight to Madrid, amid speculation Los Blancos want to sign the striker.

Wanda Icardi, who also happens to be her husband’s agent, added fuel to the fire by documenting her trip via her Instagram Story.

The images show her and the couple’s son sat on a plane, along with a ‘Madrid’ filter with an accompanying caption of ‘Travel… to work’. Her being the agent of a high profile footballer and transfer target certainly makes that caption interesting.

​Icardi has become linked with Real Madrid over the past few months, with the club harbouring concerns over the form of Karim Benzema.

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The Frenchman returned to action in the 7-1 win over Deportivo at the weekend, but has been pretty poor this season – he has scored just five goals and his usually reliable link-up play has been missing.

It has been suggested that Benzema, now 30, is beginning his decline, and that Real want to bring in Icardi as his replacement.

The Argentinian has emerged as one of Europe’s top strikers over the past couple of seasons and is arguably the perfect age to come in and begin a legacy at 24.

Icardi has a relatively low buy-out clause in his contract of €110m, which is more than affordable for the Spanish heavyweights.

Wanda has confirmed she was going to Argentina for work, and was only stopping in Madrid for a few hours before catching a new flight. A lot can be achieved in just a few hours though, especially if things, specifically meetings, had been organised beforehand…

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VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Treatment for Gruesome Head Injury Suffered Against Deportivo

A bloodied image of ​Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo dominated football news and social media on Sunday evening after Los Blancos’ 7-1 rout over Deportivo de La Coruna.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner gave everyone a fright as he suffered a horrific head injury while netting his second goal of the night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

​The 32-year-old looked to be back to his brilliant best after a turbulent start to 2018, but things quickly descended for the Real skipper as his face collided with Fabian Schar’s boot as he secured his brace on the night.

After medics attended to Ronaldo, the Portuguese icon – in typical Ronaldo fashion – snagged the club doctor’s phone to check the extent of his injury on selfie mode.

​It’s safe to say the European champion wasn’t enthralled with the end result, as his remunerative pretty boy mush was pasted in blood and his day at the office cut short. Now further footage has emerged of the forward being treated in the Madrid dressing room.

He put on a brave face for the cameras, despite being left with a pretty tasty battle scar for his efforts on the day. Joking aside though, the player was incredibly fortunate that Schar’s challenge landed an inch to the left of his eye.

​Ronaldo will at least be pleased with his double on the day; taking his tally to six La Liga goals for the current season. The emphatic win on the day was a welcome break from the torrid campaign he and his teammates are having; with rivals Barcelona strolling towards the domestic title with a 19-point gap ahead of Zidane’s outfit.

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Ronaldo Gets Thumbs Down From Both Pele & Maradona as Legends Fuel Football’s Biggest Debate

​Cristiano Ronaldo is having one of the worst league seasons of his career.

The Portuguese star, who won his fifth Ballon d’Or last year, as well as the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, has only scored six goals this season in La Liga.

Real Madrid are also 19 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona, leaving the 32-year-old very unlikely to defend last year’s league title. And as if matters couldn’t get any worse, he suffered a horrible gash above his left eye during ​Sunday’s 7-1 win over Deportivo.

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Perhaps glowing reviews from two of the best players to ever grace a football pitch would have been enough to soothe the stricken star, yet he has been let down there as well, with both Brazil legend Pele and former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona failing to recognise him as the best.

“Everybody has the right to say what they want and I don’t think Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in history,” Maradona said in an interview with Telesur, via ​Marca. “Not at all.


“But I do respect the career he is having. He has a long way to go from this point to the point where we talk about him as the best ever.”

Pele, meanwhile, revealed that he thinks Lionel Messi is better, despite Ronaldo’s goal-scoring achievements.

“I would still choose Messi,” Pele said on TV Globoover the weekend. “Scoring goals is important, without doubt, but if there isn’t anybody there to set it up, the ball won’t go into the net. In my team, I’d prefer Messi.”

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Those statements won’t go down well with Ronaldo, but he’s thrived off proving people wrong all of his career and this could be just the sort of motivation he needs to kick into gear this term.