Spanish Report Claims Arsenal Could Make Shock Summer Move for Bayern Munich Star

Arsenal are preparing to make a shock summer move for Bayern Munich star player Robert Lewandowski, according to a report from Spanish outlet ​Mundo Deportivo.

Lewandowski has been heavily linked with a summer move away from the Allianz Arena since January and has reportedly told Bayern that he wants to leave the club and, more specifically, join Real Madrid. 

Reports emerging from Spain this week claimed that two meetings had taken place between Lewandowski’s new agent Pini Zahavi and Los Blancos officials and that an agreement had been reached between the two parties which would see Lewandowski join Real on a two-year deal. 

However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has since personally informed Bayern Munich that there is no truth behind the claims made by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, according to the Munchner Merkur.

Perez stated to the Bundesliga side that there had been no contact whatsoever between the player and the club and, moreover, no agreement had been discussed let alone reached. 

The Gunners are loosely claimed to be another clubs who are interested in signing the Poland international in the summer, even after having spent £52m on Alexandre Lacazette in the summer and a further £56m on Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January. 

Lewandowski has scored 100 goals for Bayern since he arrived from rivals Dortmund in 2014. This season, the 29-year-old has notched 23 goals in 21 Bundesliga starts. The former BVB man is still contracted to the Bavarian club until the summer of 2021 and so will cost potential suitors a hefty amount should he leave at the end of the season. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Insane’ Bet With Teammates in November Is Suddenly Looking Realistic

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly ​placed a bet on himself as he told his Real Madrid teammates that he will finish the season as La Liga’s top scorer back in November – and he could now actually go on to do it.

According to Marca back in November, when he had scored just one league goal and Lionel Messi had scored 12, ​Ronaldo made a bet with his teammates that he would be the league’s top scorer. Four months later Messi has 25 and Ronaldo is creeping up on him with 22.

The bet was made on a week where ​Real Madrid won 3-0 against Las Palmas but Ronaldo was not on the scoresheet. Instead Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco were amongst the goals as Los Blancos secured a good victory. 

​Ronaldo’s recent run of impressive form has seen him leap up and just behind Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi, as the Portuguese captain sit on 22 goals as his four goals against Girona means he’s only three goals behind the Argentine skipper (25 goals).

Whilst the comeback to be closer to Messi is impressive, it’s actually meant that Real Madrid trail their fierce rivals by more points, as they were eight points behind the unbeaten Catalan club then and are now 15 points behind them in third place.

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Despite Real’s lackluster form in La Liga this season, it’s impossible not to be in awe of the former Manchester United man’s recent form – ​with the four goals on Sunday meaning he’s now scored 18 goals in his last nine league games. 

In this impressive vain of form it’s rather impossible to rule Real out of winning a third successive Champions League trophy – which is the only viable honour the men from Madrid can still get their hands on – and as impossible to rule Ronaldo out of walking away with his fourth Pichichi trophy.

Real Madrid v Girona - La Liga

Real Madrid return to action with an away game at La Palmas on the 31st of March as club football takes a break with the international break to be served until then, and with Ronaldo in the form he is currently in it would be crazy to rule Zinedine Zidane’s team out of an incredible third consecutive ​Champions League triumph. 

​Real Madrid have been draw against Juventus in the Champions League quarter finals, in what will be a repeat of last season’s final – a match where ​Ronaldo and his Real teammates certainly stole the show.

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Real Madrid 6-3 Girona: Ronaldo Scores Four as Madrid Battle Past a Hardened Girona in Goal-fest

Real Madrid rose to third position in la liga, cutting the gap to Atletico Madrid in second to four points, after a goal-fest with Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Madrid started brightly, with their attack zinging right from the off, and the Girona defenders being pulled out of position regularly by smart movement.

Lucas Vazquez fluffed his lines early on with a close finish straight at Bono. Minutes later, Ronaldo would show him how it’s done, with a glorious first time finish after a neat short corner move between Marcelo and Toni Kroos, capitalising on some lacklustre marking. 

Girona recovered quickly from their defensive lapse to challenge Madrid’s defence. Mojica skipped past Carvajal easily before whipping in a fantastic cross that Portu could only head just wide.

After 22 minutes, Los Blancos were unlucky not get a second, as Vazquez refined his miss from earlier to slot the ball into the net from a similarly central position, only for it to be called offside. Replays showed the young Spaniard as onside, with Ronaldo and Benzema the actual offenders, although the trio were admittedly tightly grouped. 

While the attack was very much on song, their defence – particularly Dani Carvajal – were not. The right back gave away an unnecessary free kick right by the corner flag, made even more senseless by Girona’s notorious set piece aptitude.

If Madrid had somehow forgotten this fact, Girona’s top scorer Cristian Stuani gave them a timely reminder, as he crashed home Granell’s pacey cross – after evading Carvajal – to snatch the equaliser that their bravery and conviction going forward deserved. 

Both sides continued to test the opposing defences with the methods that had been working for them so far, but neither were able to break the deadlock before the end of the half. 

However, that changed immediately as the second half got underway, with that man Cristiano Ronaldo scoring once again with an expertly taken finish via the underside of the bar, capping off a gloriously intricate move.

12 minutes later, the La Liga Champions from last year effectively sealed victory, with another searingly incisive break. Karim Benzema exchanged a clever one two with Marcelo, setting the Frenchman off down the wing. 

As he found Ronaldo in the centre, he must’ve thought he’d collected his second assist of the night, but the Portuguese international unselfishly laid the ball off to Lucas Vazquez for the simplest of finishes, despite an opportunity for his hat-trick.

However, five minutes later he had it. It was Benzema again who did him a favour, although unintentionally this time. The French striker was found with acres of space in the box, but still couldn’t beat the keeper. Perhaps tellingly, Ronaldo was expecting this, and was alert to smash in the rebound to claim the match ball.

Madrid’s procession to the final whistle was temporarily halted by Stuani, as he once more towered over Dani Carvajal to head in his second of the night, and save some of Girona’s blushes. 

There could’ve been more than blushes to save in the 79th minute, when Stuani latched onto a lax pass from Nacho at the back, but the forward couldn’t get past Navas to collect a hat-trick of his own.

Seven minutes later, all three of Madrid’s substitutes combined to assure their side of the victory, and third place in the La Liga table. Isco squared the ball to Modric, who playfully feigned at playing Gareth Bale in before actually doing so, leaving the Welshman with an easy finish.

Of course, with five minutes left, we should’ve known there would still be enough time for Girona to score from a cross – and they duly did, Juanpe Ramirez nodding home from an unmarked position to confirm Madrid’s ineptitude at the back.

Equally, with three minutes of added time, another Ronaldo score was always on the cards, and with Girona admirably pressing for more, they were stretched, and Toni Kroos found Ronaldo again. The Portuguese international, doing what he does so frequently, finished it off for his 17th goal in his last eight appearances across competitions. Let that sink in.



Real Madrid Keen to Bolster Defensive Ranks With Leonardo Bonucci Top of the Wishlist

According to reports (via ​, Real Madrid are set to reignite their long-standing interest in AC Milan centre-back Leonardo Bonucci this summer.

Despite the 30-year-old only just signing for AC Milan from fellow Italian giants Juventus in July, this has not put Real off of making a move for the Italian international, with Madrid president Florentino Perez eager to acquire reinforcements for his team’s back-line.


It is little surprise that Madrid are looking to bolster their defensive ranks, having conceded 30 league goals so far this campaign, more than double of the amount of goals conceded by rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who have shipped 13 and 12 league goals respectively.

It would seem unlikely that Milan will allow Bonucci to depart the San Siro after just one season, but technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli may be forced into playing his hand in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Milan oversaw a giant financial overhaul last year which saw them make a number of big-money signings last summer which not only saw the arrival of Bonucci, but also the likes of Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu. Milan may have to sacrifice one of these players so they don’t get penalised by European football’s governing body, which could give Madrid the green light to move for Bonucci.

The former Juventus man could be swayed by the advances of Madrid. Milan’s new-look side have so far struggled to gel this season, where they find themselves sitting in a mediocre sixth-place, five points off of the top four.

They were knocked out at the last-16 stage of the Europa League by Arsenal in midweek, which seemed to be a more realistic route for them to make a return to the Champions League next season.

However, Milan will have the chance to play for some silverware when they face Juventus in the final of the Coppa Italia in May.

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Bonucci is not the only defender that Madrid are keeping tabs on. Perez and his recruitment staff are reportedly keeping a close eye on Chelsea defender David Luiz, Inter’s Milan Skriniar and Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, who had a big part to play in his side’s recent Champions League triumph over Manchester United. 

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Arsenal & Manchester United Set to Fight for the Signature of Real Madrid Midfield Star

Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal in the race for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, according to reports in Spain.

Marca claim that ​Real Madrid’s transfer priority is replacing the ageing playmaker this summer, while several Premier League have been alerted to the possibility of picking up the Croatian.

Spanish rumours site ​Don Balon recently linked Modric with a move to Arsenal, with – rather sensationally – his countryman Ivan Rakitic apparently being eyed up as his replacement at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Now, according to ​Diario Gol, Manchester United have also been thrown into the mix, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham; and not to mention European giants Juventus and PSG all keeping tabs on Modric’s situation as the summer transfer window grows closer.

Though at 32-years of age, Modric’s best years may now be behind him, he remains a top-quality midfielder and one who would certainly be a great short-term acquisition for any of the named teams.

Arsenal’s midfield players like Granit Xhaka have come under much scrutiny this season, while Jose Mourinho is set for a bit of a headache come the end of the season with United veteran Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini out of contract.

In addition, Paul Pogba hasn’t enjoyed his greatest campaign so far this season and has recently been omitted from the starting lineup for youngster Scott McTominay – so reinforcements in the middle of the park could be just what United need to help close that heavy gap between themselves and local rival Manchester City next season.

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Real Madrid vs Girona Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News, Prediction and More

​After their narrow win over Eibar last Saturday, with an 84th minute Cristiano Ronaldo goal proving the difference between the sides, Real Madrid return to the Bernabeu to play 7th placed Girona. 

Real are essentially out of the title race, with a 15 point gap separating them from La Liga leaders Barcelona. They can still try to make up points on second, however, as they are seven points behind local rivals Atletico Madrid. 

Girona are seventh, and could possibly go up to fifth if Sevilla and Villarreal both fail to win their next games. Here is everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game:

Previous League Encounter

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The last time these sides met in the league was in October of last year. The game ended as a shock 2-1 win to Girona, and the result let Real Madrid eight points from leaders Barcelona. 

The game started off well for Los Blancos, with Isco netting the opener in the 12th minute, but two second half goals within four minutes from Girona’s Christhian Stuani and Portu earned Girona the biggest result in their history. 

Real will look to avenge this result in the reverse fixture at the Bernabeu.

Key Battle

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Ramalho

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After starting this season off slow, Ronaldo has recently returned to his form of recent years, scoring 13 goals in his last seven games in all competitions. 

Girona will have to suppress the effect of Ronaldo to stand a chance of avoiding a loss, and it is likely Ronaldo will be attacking on Ramalho’s side. The 24-year-old will have to deal with the pace and quality of Ronaldo for the 90 minutes, otherwise it will be a long game for the Catalan side. 
Real Madrid have no significant injury worries, so they should be expected to start their best lineup for this game.
Girona will miss goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and left back Carles Planas for this game. Pedro Alcala remains out since September last year. 

Potential Real Madrid Starting Lineup: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo
Potential Girona Starting Lineup: Bounou, Ramalho, Espinosa, Ramirez Lopez, Maffeo Becerra, Pere Pons, Granell, Mojica, Portu, Borja, Stuani


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Real Madrid should be expected to win this reverse fixture, considering the improved form of star man Cristiano Ronaldo and the fact that they have the home advantage. 
However, they should not underestimate the threat of Girona. They have already lost to the Catalan minnows this season, and they are currently on a win streak of three games. There is also the threat of Cristhian Stuani, who has 15 goals in the La Liga this season.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Girona


Zinedine Zidane Insists Real Madrid Star Is ‘Happy’ Despite Recent Omissions From First Team

​Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale is happy with life in the Spanish capital, report ​FourFourTwo. 

The Welshman has endured another injury ravaged season in 2017/18 so far, making 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals. 

Bale has been subject to a number of transfer rumours in recent months, with many believing the winger could make a return to the Premier League, although Zidane has confirmed that the former Tottenham man remains a key part of his plans. 

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Asked about Bale’s apparent unhappiness, Zidane replied: “Bale? No, no, (he is not unhappy). He is a player who is different in this sense.

“Everyone can have their own opinion, but I don’t think he is sad. I think he is happy to be here, happy to be part of this club. He has proved that he is a very important player in this squad.”

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The Frenchman was speaking ahead of Los Blancos’ La Liga game against Girona, who could be 4th by the time they kick off should Valencia win their game against Alaves.

Bale is likely to feature on Sunday after playing 90 minutes in Madrid’s last two La Liga games, before he joins up with Ryan Giggs’ Wales for games against China and Mexico during the international break.

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Spurs’ £246m Harry Kane Asking Price Forces Real Madrid to Look Elsewhere for Benzema Replacement

Spanish publication Don Balon have reported that Real Madrid have ditched their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane after being asked to pay £246m for the English star.

The Champions League holders were believed to be quite keen on landing the Spurs forward but are no longer interested after being informed of his latest valuation. President Florentino Perez has been put off by the figure, which he believes could be better invested in Brazilian attacker Neymar – although as ever, it is worth mentioning: this is Don Balon. 


Neymar left Barcelona to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer but is now being linked with a return to Spain. The Brazil international is understood to be unhappy at his new club and is yearning for another move.

Madrid are interested in signing their rivals’ former star but are also said to have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski. 

On Friday, Mundo Deportivo reported that the player’s new agent had made major progress in facilitating a summer move for the striker after a series of meetings with Perez’s right-hand man Jose Angel Sanchez.

It is also being reported that the Polish hitman will cost £110m, but that Madrid may use James Rodriguez – the Colombian star is already playing at Bayern after moving to Germany on a two-year loan deal – as a makeweight.

With Madrid looking to replace Karim Benzema, given his subdued campaign, Madrid chiefs were eyeing both Kane and Lewandowski. As mentioned above, though, Kane’s asking price has put them off and Lewandowski could be the one wearing the white of Madrid next season, if the reports coming from Spain are to be believed

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Bayern Munich Superstar Robert Lewandowski Reportedly Agrees Summer Move to Real Madrid

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has agreed a deal that will see him join Real Madrid in the summer.

The Poland international, who has scored 32 goals in 36 appearances this season, has over two years left on his current deal at Bayern, but according to Mundo, could be wearing the white of Madrid next term.

The agreement is reported as having stemmed from a series of meetings between Lewandowski’s new agent Pini Zahavi and Florentino Perez’s top aid Jose Angel Sanchez.

Rumours of the forward joining Real grew rife after he dropped Cezary Kucharski, his agent for over 10 years, to later hire Zahavi. And despite Jupp Heynckes insistence on him remaining at the Allianz past the summer, many believe that Lewandowski will complete the switch to the Bernabeu this year.

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The player is understood to have hired Zahavi as a result of him wanting to leave the Bundesilga giants. And Mundo report that, after negotiations with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, the striker now has his heart set on playing for Los Blancos.

The Spanish side, meanwhile, are said to have placed all their chips on Lewandowski due to the uncertainty surrounding English target Harry Kane. They were also waiting to see how things would play out with Neymar, but PSG are unwilling to negotiate over the Brazilian at this point in time and are bent on keeping him.

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The only thing believed to be an issue, on Madrid’s end, is Cristiano Ronaldo’s preference for playing with Karim Benzema.

Perez, though, is simply looking to strengthen his side and isn’t ready to be swayed by sentiments.

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Real Madrid Ace Raphael Varane Confirms Man Utd Made Contact Over Possible Old Trafford Switch

​Raphael Varane has confirmed that Manchester United are interested in luring him away from Real Madrid.

The centre-back spoke to Spanish newspaper El Larguero (h/t ​Manchester Evening News) about the supposed interest from the Premier League giants, who have allegedly been tracking him for some time.

Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of Varane’s talents after the pair worked together at Santiago Bernabeu during the former’s two-year reign, and the Portuguese boss is keen to be reunited with the France international at Old Trafford.

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And whilst he gave no indication that he would swap Madrid for Manchester, Varane did reveal that there had been ‘contact’ between his agent and the English heavyweights.

He said: “No, not directly. There were contacts, but not directly.”

Mourinho is on the lookout for a central defender to partner Eric Bailly in the heart of his backline after he grew tired of the poor displays from England duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Reports in the media earlier in March had claimed that Mourinho was eyeing four new recruits in the summer and a new defender was a top priority as he sought a way to make his team much more solid at the back.

Victor Lindelof has also failed to impress since his big-money move to Manchester, while Marcos Rojo has been plagued by injuries over the past couple of seasons and cannot be relied upon regularly.

That has led to Varane and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti being linked with switches to the north west of England and, if the former did move, he would link up with Romelu Lukaku under Mourinho.

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The 24-year-old added that he felt the Belgian striker was the toughest opponent he had ever faced during his professional career and would be happy to be on the same side as the marksman for once.

Varane added: “I feel more comfortable with fast players because I try to control the depth. For my qualities, it’s what I prefer. Lukaku, for example. He is the strongest forward in the world. It is pure power. You have to play differently. I try to be more complete to annoy any striker.”

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