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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De Gea Won’t Force ‘Dream’ Move to Madrid as Mourinho Claims He’s Content With Current Understudy

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea looks set to remain at the club this summer, as Real Madrid are yet to resurrect their interest in signing the player. The Spaniard’s move to the Bernabeu looked a certainty back in 2015, only for late paperwork issues to scupper the deal, so it comes with great surprise that those in the Real Madrid camp have not reignited the transfer. 

The 26-year-old is reportedly keen on a move to Los Blancos, and would undoubtedly be interested in returning to familiar surroundings having began his career with Atletico Madrid as a 13-year-old. Despite this, the keeper is unlikely to force a move away from Old Trafford as United have insisted he is not for sale.

​​The ​Manchester Evening News stated: “United have always been pretty certain that he wouldn’t be sold, he’s one of their stars, he’s under contract, there’s no need to sell him

“The one thing about David is he’s not the type to push for a deal. There are players who would threaten to go on strike and say they weren’t going to play.”

Given the fact that Kiko Casilla is the only serious challenger to Costa Rican Keylor Navas’ number one jersey, Madrid may still decide to come back in for De Gea, who could command a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. According to Pilib de Brun, a radio host on NBCSports and talksport, Jose Mourinho is not overly distressed at the prospect of De Gea leaving, and would be content with Argentine Sergio Romero between the sticks with young Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira as his understudy.

​​In related news, United are expected to make progress in their attempts to sign Croatian Ivan Peresic from Inter Milan, and have stated their interest in Tottenham’s Eric Dier, with Spurs valuing the Englishman at around £50m. 

If Ed Woodward were to pull of this double deal, it would take the Europa League winners’ summer spending into excess of £200m in addition to the captures of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku from Benfica and Everton respectively. 

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Real Madrid Outcast Set for £28m Chelsea Switch After Blues Win Race for Defender

​Chelsea appear to have won the race to sign Real Madrid outcast Danilo ahead of Juventus, according to the ​Daily Express.

The Premier League champions are reportedly closing in on the £28m capture of the right-back as they ramp up their transfer activity following a frustrating time in the market.

Danilo had been tipped to move to Turin and join Juventus after Los Blancos considered him to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Chelsea, though, are now the favourites to land the 25-year-old’s signature and the news will be welcomed by first-team boss Antonio Conte, who has already missed out on two key targets in the current window.

Manchester United managed to poach Romelu Lukaku from under the Londoners’ noses, while Juventus themselves have offered Chelsea target Alex Sandro a new lucrative deal to prevent him from completing a £61m switch to Stamford Bridge.

Conte, however, has had the last laugh over his former side by scuppering their own move for Danilo, and will view the Brazil international as excellent competition in the wing back roles in his preferred 3-4-3 system.

Conte is keen to officially secure Danilo’s signature in time for Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, which kicks off on Sunday, and if he manages to do so it will prove to be a terrific past week for the Italian in the market.

Antonio Rudiger has already jetted in from Roma for a reported £35m, while Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to undergo a medical on Friday ahead of a £40m move to England’s top flight.

Danilo has spent the past two seasons with Real following a big-money move from Porto, but he has only managed to turn out on 56 occasions for Zinedine Zidane’s team with the Frenchman preferring Dani Carvajal in the right sided full-back position.

The 16-times capped Brazil international will vie with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso for a place in Conte’s starting lineup if he completes a switch from Spain’s capital in the coming days.

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The 5 Teams That Hit the Woodwork the Most Last Season in Europe

Hitting the post or the bar can be extremely frustrating and the fans of the following five clubs know that more than most, with their respective sides leading Europe with the amount of times they struck the woodwork last season, as per Squawka.
However, there does seem to be a correlation between hitting the woodwork and having a successful season…

5. Real Madrid

Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22 
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in their side, it’s no wonder that Real Madrid consistently hit the woodwork (as well as the back of the net) last season with amount of attacking talent they possess. Despite the close misses, the La Liga giants romped to a league and Champions League double. 

4. Roma

Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22
The Serie A runners-up were one of the most-trigger happy teams in Italy last season and ended up with the second most amount of goals scored, even outscoring champions Juventus. The team from the capital had a lethal attack consisting of the likes of Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah, both of whom were eager to shoot at any opportunity. 

3. Tottenham Hotspur

Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 22
Spurs narrowly missed out on the title last season, succumbing to the ever-consistent Chelsea who emerged as Premier League winners. Had Mauricio Pochettino’s side seen some of their 22 efforts which hit the frame of the goal, nestle in the back of the net instead, it could have been a different story for the North London club.

2. Barcelona

Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 24
With arguably the best attack in world football, it is not that surprising that Barcelona feature on this list as the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar naturally shoot whenever possible. According to the Catalan club’s high standards it was a below-par season, they nonetheless picked up the Copa del Rey.

1. Bayern Munich

Number of times they hit the woodwork last season: 28
Leading the quintet is Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who, in addition to striking the woodwork 28 times in the league last year, scored a total of 89 goals, seventeen more than anyone else in the league. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to be too concerned with this number…

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Drama in LA as Man Utd Clash With Real Madrid Over Training Facilities & Training Ground Bomb Scare

​Manchester United and Real Madrid’s bitter ongoing feud has been reignited over the use of facilities for their pre-season tours of the US.
​The Sun and ​Daily Mirror have both reported that the European giants are at loggerheads over which club should be entitled to use the best training facilities on offer in Los Angeles ahead of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.
The row became so heated at one point that ICC officials had to wade in to calm tempers, while a source from the organisers claimed that the situation had become something of a “nightmare” to deal with.
Real have been left unimpressed after United managed to snag the impressive Drake Stadium pitch after the latter arrived stateside two days before their Spanish counterparts did.
That early arrival also afforded Jose Mourinho’s stars the opportunity to check in to the five-star rated Montage Hotel and famous Beverly Wilshere Hotel right around the corner from the UCLA training pitches that they are using for pre-season preparations.
Los Blancos, meanwhile, have had to make do with the Beverly Hills hotel a few miles away from the camp they are using to prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.

My understanding is Madrid won out in this “battle” over facilities, definitely using same hotel as back in 2011: https://t.co/Z7grG4MvB2— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) July 13, 2017Arguments first emerged after Real landed in the US as they questioned why United had been given all of the best facilities on offer and, with the two first-team squads now training a few yards away from each other, the row has escalated as the week has gone on.
Both sides may be forced to hold off on training schedules on Thursday, however, after the UCLA training base was evacuated on Wednesday evening over fears of a bomb scare, although a UCLA spokesperson told the ​Daily Mirror that it was merely a “precautionary” measure.
Bad blood already exists between the pair thanks to Real’s protracted pursuit of Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea, with the Spain international’s 2015 move to the Bernabeu collapsing at the final hurdle.
Both clubs blamed each other for failing to get the deal over the line, while legendary United boss Sir Alex Fergson famously told reporters that he “wouldn’t sell Real a virus” as the La Liga champions wrested Cristiano Ronaldo away from Old Trafford in the summer of 2009.
Real and United’s complicated transfer dealings have continued this summer with Alvaro Morata seeing a switch to the Premier League fall apart after the Europa League winners decided against paying Real’s reported £78m asking price, and instead brought in Romelu Lukaku for an initial £75m.
United and Real will face off against one another on 23rd July as part of the ICC in Santa Clara’s Levis Stadium, before playing each other again on 8th August in the UEFA Super Cup.
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Alvaro Morata Doesn’t See Chelsea Move as ‘Feasible’ According to Spanish Journalist

​Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly not keen on a move to Chelsea this summer, despite the possibility of leading the line as first choice striker should he join the Premier League champions, rather than another season potentially as a backup in Spain.
According to Spanish broadcaster David Alonso for radio Onda Cero, Morata doesn’t see a transfer to Chelsea as a ‘feasible’ option and remains committed to focusing on Real.
The player is also said to have received an offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, where ex-Real defender Fabio Cannavaro is currently manager, that would pay him €30m a year, but the financial incentive has failed to convince him to quit Europe.
Morata was believed to be on the verge of joining Manchester United last week to link up with Jose Mourinho once more. But the Old Trafford club pulled the plug on the proposed deal at the last minute and sealed a £75m transfer for Romelu Lukaku instead.
Lukaku had been expected to re-join Chelsea after leaving Stamford Bridge permanently in 2014, but after losing out on the Belgian it was thought Morata might become their primary target instead.
Antonio Conte was previously said to be keen on signing the 24-year-old Spaniard after he was in charge at Juventus when Morata made the move to Italy in 2014. They only worked together very briefly, though, as Conte left to take over the Italian national team just weeks later.

I don’t think it’s a reflection on Chelsea, just sounds like focusing on Real is a better option for him personally after getting burned.— Jamie Spencer (@jamiespencer155) July 13, 2017Yet rather than open himself up to the possibility of another transfer saga after being jilted, Morata seems intent on staying put for the time being. He still scored 20 goals in all competitions last season despite his regular substitute role and will now aim to establish himself at the Bernabeu.

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PSG Chief Meets Cristiano Ronaldo in Private to Persuade Star Striker to Move to French Club

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly met ​Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi in a private gathering in Ibiza, as the French club look to persuade the star striker to move to Ligue 1.

The future of Real Madrid’s talisman is anything but certain following reports suggesting the 32-year-old wanted to leave the Bernabeu due to tax allegations lodged against him by the Spanish authorities, as PSG look to make a swoop for the forward.

Ronaldo has since denied the allegations which allegedly claim the 32-year-old owes £13m for image rights income, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez understood to have calmed the striker down as he reassured Ronaldo that his future is at Real. 

However, with his intentions yet to be declared, Spanish outlet ​Diario Madridsta has claimed PSG are prepared to make a swoop for the striker, as Al-Khelaifi is determined to land the Portugal international this summer.

If Ronaldo ends up at PSG he could be the biggest celebrity in the world, if he wasn’t already. Would be insane
— Snoop (@itsproprietary) July 6, 2017

The French club are so determined to land Ronaldo that Al-Khelaifi made the trip to Ibiza where Ronaldo is currently on vacation to sound him out ahead of a possible offer during this transfer window.  

Despite being contracted to Real until the summer of 2021, the PSG chief is said to be hoping his relationship with the forward’s agent – Jorge Mendes – will assist him in completing a move for Ronaldo which won’t come cheaply.

£875m to be exact, if the striker’s reported release clause is accurate.
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It would be a sensational transfer if PSG were to get the deal over the line, although it is seemingly unlikely as Real will not want to depart with their striker who scored over 40 goals for the club last season in 46 appearances and played a crucial role in securing the Spanish league and Champions League double.

Tottenham Prepared to Launch £15.8m Bid for Venezuelan Starlet Yeferson Soteldo

​Tottenham are understood to be ready to launch a £15.8m bid for Venezuelan midfielder Yeferson Soteldo – with Real Madrid also reportedly interested in the 20-year-old. 

The pocket-sized midfielder – currently playing for Chilean side Huachipato – offers the versatility to play as winger on either flank, or in an attacking midfield position, and Spurs are seemingly eager to bring the highly-rated youngster to the Premier League. 

Reports from ​Don Balon suggest Spurs are very interested in acquiring the 20-year-old, and a move from Mauricio Pochettino’s side could force Real Madrid to enter the fray a year earlier than they had hoped.

The Spanish giants are understood to have wanted to make a move for Soteldo next summer to allow the midfielder to continue his development in South America before they made a final decision. 

I am totally ok Yeferson Soteldo. If they can get a good deal then why not.
— Gville Spurs (@Hampdathird) July 6, 2017

Soteldo – who stands at just 5’3 – made the move to Huachipato in January after securing a move from Zamora FC, however the 20-year-old is yet to hit the back of the net in his eight appearances for his current side.

However, the Venezuelan did score 21 goals in 84 appearances for his former side and is known for his close ball control and dribbling ability, which has also reportedly attracted the interest of Watford. 

Just watched a video on Yeferson Soteldo and I can verify that he is in fact the best player in the world
— Ben (@Pochspur) July 1, 2017

His impressive performances have earned him international recognition as the 20-year-old already has four senior caps for Venezuela. 

Soteldo also starred for his country in the Under-20 World Cup, who ultimately fell at the final hurdle to England to finish the competition as runners-up. 

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Madrid Make Fresh Contact With Mbappe to Assure Him He Has Guaranteed Starting Role

With Paris Saint-Germain seemingly closing in on Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid have once again made contact with the 18-year-old to assure him that he has a guaranteed role at the club – to ease any fears he may have about his playing time at the Bernabeu. 

The Spanish giants have admitted that none of the attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema (aka the BBC) will be sold this summer, however they have claimed that they are no longer untouchable.

According to reports from ​Marca, the Spanish giants touched base with the striker on Wednesday to reaffirm their interest in securing his signature and to reiterate how important he will be to Zinedine Zidane’s side, should he join the club. 

However, the 18-year-old has been subject to overwhelming interest from across European football, with PSG posing as a serious threat to Real Madrid’s ambition of signing the striker – seemingly pushing the transfer fee over €140m.

Mbappe’s season in numbers:
Directly involved in 37 goals2⃣6⃣Goals ⚽️1⃣1⃣Assists 
No Monaco player bettered that  pic.twitter.com/fKhypvBNg4
— Unibet (@unibet) July 3, 2017

Despite the enormous pressure place upon him, Mbappe is understood to have made it clear that he alone is the decider of where he will be playing his football next season – with a return to Monaco for pre-season training scheduled for next week. 

Mbappe is said to have proclaimed his desire to play for Real Madrid at the start of his off-season, but the involvement of PSG has seemingly complicated matters for all parties as the money involved will have turned a number of heads. 
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However, Real Madrid’s most recent approach has reportedly not been to change their proposal but to make it clear that Mbappe can take a starting spot ahead of any of the BBC, as the club see the striker as the club’s main man for the future. 

With BBC having an average age of 29, Mbappe would add much needed youth and exuberance to Real Madrid’s ageing attack, where he could seemingly lead the line for the foreseeable future. 

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