Zinedine Zidane Tells Real Madrid to Prepare £90m Summer Bid for Premier League Attacker

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane​ has reportedly told Los Blancos president Florentino Perez to sign Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah this summer, as part of his apparent squad overhaul following a tough season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It seems that ​these pesky ‘Salah to Madrid’ rumours just won’t go away. Apparently a player can’t have a good season at his club without being linked to one of Europe’s heavyweights, and the Liverpool attacker is no exception. 

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According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, Zidane has told Perez to prioritise signing Salah over Spurs striker Harry Kane (which can only be good news to Tottenham fans). The Egyptian has lit the Premier League on fire since his summer arrival from AS Roma, and Zidane wants to make him the next Galactico.

According to the report, Madrid would be willing to pay around £90m for Salah’s services – which dwarfs the measly £36m fee the Reds paid for the 25-year-old less than a year ago.

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Salah has scored 31 goals in all competitions so far this term, and has chipped in with nine assists whilst at it. This has rather obviously caught the eye of the Real manager, and Zidane is said to now claim that Salah would suit the Spanish capital better than Kane would.

It’s been a tough season for the European champions. Despite making their way into the Champions League quarter final after knocking out Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo and co. find themselves slumped in third in La Liga, and sit 15 points adrift of league leaders, and severe rivals, Barcelona.


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PHOTO: Fans Excited as Limited Edition Real Madrid ‘Icon’ Kit Set for Release

The announcement from adidas that a brand new, limited edition Real Madrid kit would be released left fans on the edge of their seats.

Promotional pictures of Karim Benzema wearing the new shirt only increased excitement surrounding the new kit, with an eye-catching blue stripe across the torso just one of the new additions to the limited edition shirt.

The kit also has the stunning addition of a new, vintage trim around the neck and the arms whilst still maintaining the club’s modern crest.

The new kit would make a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection and Real Madrid fans across the globe will be itching to get their hands on one of the limited edition shirts. 

Although an exact date hasn’t been given for when the new shirt will be released, reliable kit gurus Footy Headlines have confirmed that the “Icon” shirt will be available ‘shortly’ for fans to buy.

Juventus are also set to have a new “Icon” shirt available for purchase soon, with the vintage trim on Real Madrid’s kit also a feature that Bianconeri fans can look forward to.

Earlier this season the Old Lady wore a special kit to celebrate their 120th anniversary as a club. The stunning kit was worn when Italian minnows Benevento travelled to Juventus and despite going a goal behind, second-half strikes from Gonzalo Higuaín and Juan Cuadrado ensured all three points stayed in Turin.


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Real Madrid Superstar Sergio Ramos Breaks Manchester United Legend’s Infamous Admonishment Record

​Sergio Ramos eclipsed Manchester United legend Paul Scholes’ infamous Champions League record last night in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over PSG. 

Via ​Metro, Ramos became the most booked player in UEFA Champions League history, bringing his total to 37 and overtaking Scholes’ total of 36. 

Ramos is known for his aggression, and this new record adds to his La Liga record of 24 red cards, which includes two for this season. 

The referee for the last 16 tie, Felix Brych, produced Ramos’ record breaking card in the 78th minute for a challenge on Argentinian Javier Pastore. 

The card did not disrupt the Spanish side’s performance though, as only two minutes after the incident, Madrid went 2-1 up through a goal from Casemiro to take their aggregate score to 5-2, which was the final result. 

Los Blancos now move into the quarter finals as they look to lift the trophy with a record third consecutive season, and manager Zinedine Zidane will look to carry on his flawless record in the competition as Madrid boss.

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They will also have an advantage in this season’s campaign as they have essentially lost the La Liga title to Barcelona, with a 15 point gap separating them from their bitter rivals. So now they can concentrate solely on European success. 

PSG, on the other hand, are yet to advance beyond the quarter finals since the 2012/13 season, despite splashing out £445.5m since then, so they will be bitterly disappointed and boss Unai Emery will be on thin ice for the rest of the season. 


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Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Real Madrid (2-5 Agg): Real Ease Past 10-Man PSG to Advance to UCL Quarters

Real Madrid advanced to the quarter-final of this season’s Champions League, forcing Paris Saint-Germain out at the earliest with a 2-1 away win at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.

The current holders took a 3-1 advantage into the second leg, while the French side had it all to do, especially after losing Brazilian sensation Neymar to injury.

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Things kicked off after a moment of silence was observed in light of the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. And the home side certainly looked up for it, racing out of the blocks under the cover of a thick fog of smoke caused by the many flares cracked in the French stadium.

Madrid weren’t made to feel very uncomfortable though, appearing up for it just as much as the hosts. The Spanish side recorded the first shot on target, coming very close to taking the lead in the 17th minute through Sergio Ramos’s close-range shot after he got on the end of Marco Asensio’s cross to force a good save from Alphonse Areola.

The stopper stepped up again in the 37th minute, and this time more impressively as he denied Karim Benzema a goal with another save – off his leg – from a tight angle in a one-on-one situation.

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PSG began looking more dangerous closer to the halftime whistle and could have probably opened the scoring in the 42nd minute if Kylian Mbappe had kept his head up and squared the ball across the goal for an unmarked Edinson Cavani, after breaking through the Madrid defence to receive a pass in the box on the right side of the goal.

The French youngster went for the shot himself, much to Cavani’s frustration, and Keylor Navas played his part and made the save.

The teams went into half time all square, with PSG still needing two unanswered goals to go through to the quarters.

Real didn’t take very long to get things going in the second half, with their most likely scorer Cristiano Ronaldo breaking the deadlock by means of a precise header in the 51st minute.

Dani Alves somewhat lackadaisically gave the ball away to Asensio in midfield, prompting the Spaniard to barge down the left flank and find Lucas Vasquez, who in turn picked Ronaldo out with a cross.

The goal marked the 437th of Ronaldo’s Madrid career, an incredible stat when you realise he’s scored 10 more goals than he’s played games for Los Blancos.

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Things were made significantly worse for the home side when Marco Verratti was shown red for a second bookable offence in the 66th minute. Yet they did manage to put one past the Madrid defence 20 minutes from time when Angel di Maria’s cross found Thiago Silva, whose header hit Ramos before bouncing off Cavani’s leg and into the goal.

Madrid regained the lead not long after, however, with Casemiro’s deflected shot beating Areola to give the visiting side a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

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Unai Emery took Kylian Mbappe off for former Real midfielder Lassana Diara after the goal, suggesting that he had given up all hope of an improbable comeback. 

And after all of the intense summer spending and team building which took place during the summer, it would be the current champions who would march on from this tie, despite their horrific domestic form.

Starting Lineups

PSG: Alphonse Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Yuri Berchiche; Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot; Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Marco Asensio; Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.


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Why Real Madrid Should Be Confident of Keeping Crucial Clean Sheet in Parc des Princes

Real Madrid are favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter finals ahead of Paris Saint-Germain this week, but Adrien Rabiot’s vital away goal a fortnight ago in the first leg means that there is still a level of hope for the French giants.

A not incomprehensible 2-0 win at Parc des Princes would see PSG go through, despite currently trailing by what seemed like a commanding 3-1 aggregate advantage for Los Blancos.

Certainly, if PSG score first, nerves among the visiting Real players will grow.

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The best way for back-to-back reigning champions Real to secure their place in the next round will be to keep it tight at the back and hold onto a clean sheet. That is easier said than done, though, with PSG scoring in every European home game over the last two-and-a-half years.

The Ligue 1 leaders set a Champions League record for group stage goals (25) earlier this season and haven’t failed to find the net at Parc des Princes in Europe since October 2015.

But the last visiting European team to manage a shutout in Paris? Real Madrid.

The two clubs were drawn into the same group during the 2015/16 season, with the first meeting in the French capital ending 0-0. Real then won the reverse fixture in Madrid thanks to a single goal from versatile home-grown defender Nacho.

The PSG side Real faced that season contained Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the options for the Spaniards are largely still the same three seasons on after Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and goalkeeper Keylor Navas started the 0-0 draw in France.

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Real will have to call upon the experience from that night and hope it will help to guide them through once more.

PSG are without Neymar as a result of a broken metatarsal, but teen sensation and former Real target Kylian Mbappe has been passed fit to play.

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VIDEO: PSG Ultras Try to Disrupt Real Stars’ Sleep Ahead of Crunch Champions League Clash

​Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals were dealt a huge blow with that 3-1 first leg defeat to Real Madrid a fortnight ago.

The loss at Santiago Bernabeu means that Les Parisiens need a massive performance and some luck to knock out the holders and secure a place in the last eight – a result which would shock the football world.

And it seems that PSG fans are doing all they can to help their club’s aspirations judging by the below video:

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Groups of PSG ultras rocked up, at the hotel Real Madrid’s squad was staying at, in the early hours of Tuesday morning to wake them up.

It’s not the first time that rival fans have cheekily tried to give their own team an extra advantage by disrupting the opposition’s sleep, and we imagine there was a hell of a lot of singing and chanting in an attempt to deprive the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo of a good night’s sleep.

It wasn’t long before the police showed up to chase the PSG ultras away, and it’s unclear just how much of an impact they really had. We’ll find out tonight if any Real stars are off their game!

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4 Key Battles That Could Decide Real Madrid’s Clash With Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Real Madrid travel to the Parc des Princes for the return leg of their last-16 Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain, holding a two-goal advantage. However, they could well be in for a long night. 

The Ligue 1 champions-elect know they face an uphill challenge to claw their way back into the contest against the most successful side in the tournament’s history, but can draw on previous experiences against similar opposition to help them progress. 

Almost 12 months ago to the day, PSG dissected a strong Barcelona outfit in the French capital – running out 4-0 winners –  and despite eventually throwing their lead away in Spain, home comforts could well be the telling factor. 

Paris under no uncertain terms have to enter the contest with a positive mindset, meaning Zinedine Zidane’s side could be staring at a backs-to-the-wall job with the hope of finding success via their preferred counter attack methodology. 

So, bearing all that in mind, let’s take a look at four key battles that could very well decide if Real Madrid make the quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive season, or if PSG have the mental strength to do what they could not a year ago:

1. Angel Di Maria vs Dani Carvajal

With Neymar sidelined for up to three months, Angel Di Maria is hotly tipped to replace the world’s most expensive player come Tuesday evening. 

Despite playing second fiddle for the most part, when the Argentine has been afforded opportunities to shine by boss Unai Emery, he has done just that – netting seven goals in his last six showings. 

It will be the responsibility of Dani Carvajal to contain the former Los Blancos attacker, with the Spaniard getting his first taste of last-16 football after being suspended for the first-leg. 

If the 26-year-old is able to mute Di Maria’s influence on proceedings, he could well cut off any attacking flow to the deadly pairing of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani; something that is imperative if Real Madrid are to progress into the next round. 

2. Marquinhos vs Cristiano Ronaldo

Although Emery overlooked Marquinhos during the contest at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium three weeks ago, it would be even more surprising to see the 46-year-old leave out one of his most valuable assets once again this time around. 

However, if the Brazilian does get the nod, his duties will involve quashing the threat caused by in-form Cristiano Ronaldo; whose close-range finish alongside teammate Marcelo’s late volley in the opening tie currently sets the two outfits apart. 

The Portugal international has found his name on the scoresheet 14 times in his last eight outings across all competitions, and unlike their trip to Barcelona last season, PSG are heavily reliant on keeping a clean sheet in order to come out on top. 

3. Kylian Mbappe vs Marcelo

Despite Adrien Rabiot’s name being shone up in lights as Paris took the lead in the Spanish capital in mid-February, the goal was very much the work of Kylian Mbappe, who has been cleared to feature after missing his side’s 2-0 win over Troyes at the weekend. 

Although Marcelo is no slouch himself, the Brazil international did struggle to keep pace with his French counterpart in the first-leg – with most of PSG’s joy coming down Real’s left-hand-side. 

However, the world’s most expensive teenager must also maintain his defensive duties if the Ligue 1 leaders are to succeed on Tuesday, with the 19-year-old’s lack of tracking back affording the Real Madrid left-back the opportunity to rifle home Los Blancos’ third three weeks ago. 

4. Edinson Cavani vs Keylor Navas

Edinson Cavani was virtually anonymous in the Bernabeu last month, with it clear to see his relationship with Neymar off the pitch is having severely detrimental implications on it. 

But, with the poster-boy absent from proceedings this time around, the potent striker will be expected to have a much more significant impact on the contest, and Keylor Navas must be wary of this. 

The Costa Rica international has been suspect to simple mistakes far too often this season for Zidane’s liking, even though the Frenchman continues to back his number one. 

But the current holders cannot afford their 31-year-old custodian to be at anything but his best on Tuesday, and Cavani will be keen to test the shot-stopper’s confidence early on. 

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Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

​Real Madrid head to the Parc des Princes for their Champions League last-16 showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening knowing anything better or equal to a one-goal defeat will see them through to the quarter-final stages of the competition for the eighth consecutive season.

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and a late volleyed effort via defender Marcelo cancelled out Adrien Rabiot’s tidy opener and placed Los Blancos one step closer to becoming the first side to defend the Champions League crown for three years running. 

Since their Santiago Bernabeu Stadium victory over PSG in mid-February, Zinedine Zidane’s men have tasted defeat just once – going down 1-0 to Espanyol just under a week ago – with maximum points claimed from Real Betis, Leganes, Alaves and Getafe all building confidence in their run up the European bout. 

Paris have also claimed four wins since that night in the Spanish capital; conceding just two goals in the process; however, have lost vital frontman Neymar to long-term injury and on the verge once again of underperforming on the grandest stage. 

So, ahead of the mouthwatering second-leg, let’s take a look at all you need to know…


Classic Encounter

Real Madrid 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain (February 2018)

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Although it was only three weeks ago, Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over PSG inside the overspilling Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is one of distinct note – partly because the two sides had only met each other twice previously in competitive matches, with both underwhelming. 

Rabiot was able to latch onto Kyliam Mbappe’s cute cross into the area after the young French striker broke down the right wing to slide his effort past Keylor Navas and secure the travellers a much-needed away goal. 

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The 22-year-old’s first-half strike could have been much more influential, however, had it not been for Giovani Lo Celso hauling down Toni Kroos in the area on the stroke of half-time and offering Ronaldo the chance to square things up going into the break. 

Despite looking comfortable on the ball, Unai Emery’s XI continued to struggle to create any clear-cut opportunities, with a dangerous cross into the area which just evaded Neymar’s outstretched leg the only sighting of note. 

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And the French outfit’s lacklustre attacking potency afforded the hosts to strike twice in quick secession following the introduction of Marco Asensio, with the young Spaniard drilling a cross into the area which was eventually turned home by Ronaldo, and also providing Marcelo the opportunity to lash home a late volley to give Zidane’s side a two-goal buffer heading into the return leg.


Key Battle

Mateo Kovacic vs Adrien Rabiot

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Despite both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric returning to training in Madrid on Sunday, and the pairing part of the travelling contingent to Paris, Zidane may well think that fielding both could be too risky in such a high profile setting so quickly after returning. 

If so, the Frenchman may well opt for Asensio and Isco alongside Casemiro and Mateo Kovacic as a midfield four, meaning it will be the latter pairing’s job to keep their PSG counterparts quiet as they hunt for a way back into the contest. 

Kovacic has not played a great deal of football so far this term – completing 90 minutes on just four occasions – although his showings of late have been a significant improvement compared to those towards the back end of 2017. 

The Austrian-born Croatia international will, however, have his hands full when coming up against a nothing-to-lose Paris side, with Modric’s lack of concentration for a split second in the first-leg evidence of how crucial his role could be on Tuesday evening, with Rabiot losing the ex-Tottenham Hotspur ace only momentarily before slotting home. 

When coming up against strong opposition in the past, the midfielder has been on occasion left wanting; with his questionable display in Barcelona’s 3-0 win at the Bernabeu earlier in the season telling. 

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But should Zidane be reliant on Kovacic on Tuesday evening, a contest in which Los Blancos’ season rests upon, the former Inter Milan man must be at the top of his game throughout. 


Team News

Following the return to training of both Kroos and Modric – although the duo remain doubtful for Tuesday’s contest – defender Jesus Vallejo is the only unavailability within Zidane’s squad, with the 21-year-old still sidelined through injury. 

Dani Carvajal will get his first crack at PSG this year, after missing the first-leg through suspension.

For the hosts, Neymar is the most significant exclusion after it was announced he would face surgery and a three-month wait to return, with it likely Angel Di Maria will take his place

Javier Pastore, meanwhile, is the only other player doubtful within Emery’s ranks, meaning Mbappe is set to start after missing his side’s 2-0 win over Troyes at the weekend, and both experienced midfielders Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta are available after missing the opening tie through injury. 


Prediction

PSG saw much of the ball in Spain three weeks ago, and it would be expected for the same theme to occur again. 

Real Madrid prefer playing a more counter-attacking style of play, and with Les Parisiens the only one of the two with a need to score, it would not be a surprise to see the visitors create the odd chance here and there on the break, especially if they still hold an advantage in the latter stages. 

An early goal for either side completely changes the complexion of the contest, but Los Blancos’ experience in these types of situations, alongside the hosts’ lack of, should undoubtedly shine through. 

Score Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain 0-2 Real Madrid

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Spanish Report Claims Cristiano Ronaldo Is ‘in Contact’ With Man Utd About David de Gea

If some sections of the Spanish media are to be believed, Cristiano Ronaldo has expanded his remit at Real Madrid to include recruitment, after it was reported that he has a shortlist of five signings he wants his club to make this summer – with Manchester United stopper David de Gea among them

Rumours outlet ​Diario Gol claims that a top goalkeeper is among Ronaldo’s demands and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner still (unsurprisingly) has good contacts with his former club, who have (somewhat redundantly) supposedly informed him the Spanish shot-stopper is in the form of his life. ​

Regardless of whether Diario Gol’s information is accurate, after a disappointing season for Los Blancos, it is likely the Spanish club are ready to bolster their squad with new recruits in the summer to have them competing in La Liga once again. 

Keylor Navas is one player in danger of losing his place in the starting XI as Madrid eye a new goalkeeper.

De Gea has been a target for Madrid for a number of seasons now. The United goalkeeper was moments away from becoming a Los Blancos star in 2015 after a reported deadline day deal fell through as the paperwork was not submitted in time.

Madrid could risk missing out on De Gea again as United are reportedly prepared to make the Spaniard the highest paid goalkeeper in history. 

A new deal which could keep De Gea at Old Trafford beyond his current contract, which expires in 2019, ​would see the goalie earn £350,000-a-week. Madrid will turn to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois if their pursuit of De Gea falls through.

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Getafe on Saturday Evening

​Real Madrid host Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening, as they look to return to winning ways in La Liga following defeat to Espanyol on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane will have one eye on next week’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as he selects his team, and could rest key players including Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo.

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​Keylor Navas looks set to retain his place in goal for Los Blancos.

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​Brazilian left-back Marcelo has returned to training this week, however it is unlikely that Zidane will risk playing the defender in this match with their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon.

Dani Carvajal could return to the side having been rested for Tuesday night’s defeat to Espanyol, and Nacho may retain his place at left-back.

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​Casemiro looks set for a return to the starting eleven, as he needs to remain match sharp and help Real Madrid return to winning ways in La Liga. He looks likely to be partnered by Mateo Kovacic in an anchoring midfield partnership.

Isco will keep his place in the number 10 role, with Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio set to play either side of him. 

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​Having being rested for the defeat to Español, Ronaldo has been tipped to start the game against Getafe. Real Madrid need as many victories in La Liga as possible.

However, he may not play the full 90 minutes as Zidane will be keeping the Paris Saint-Germain fixture at the forefront of his mind.

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