Tottenham transfer news: Christian Eriksen ‘holding out for Real Madrid move’ in January

15 Sep

Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen is hoping for a January move to Real Madrid, according to reports.

The midfielder was heavily linked with a transfer to the LaLiga giants and Manchester United during the summer, but remained at Spurs.

Christian Eriksen wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer
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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s £70million asking price was believed to be a stumbling block.

However, there is likely to be interest in Eriksen in the January transfer window, with the Dane’s contract running out at the end of the season.

The playmaker revealed he wanted ‘a new challenge’ in June after helping Tottenham reach the Champions League final last term.

Now, Spanish outlet Marca claim Real Madrid chiefs are convinced Eriksen will be their player next year.

Eriksen admitted his disappointment at failing to secure a transfer away from north London.

He said: “I wish I could decide just as in the Football Manager (game) but unfortunately I can’t.

“I don’t read much of what is written. And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year.

“But it’s clear that it’s been a little more violent this year because my contract is about to expire.

“I know a lot of people are interested in where to play. That’s the way it is. This is how it is in a top club if you have done well. There will always be rumours.”

Keen not to lose him for nothing at the end of his contract, recent reports claimed Tottenham are planning to offer Eriksen to Juventus in a swap deal for Paulo Dybala.

But appears Spain is the Dane’s preferred destination and Real could make their move when the transfer window reopens.

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba allowed to leave Man United, Eriksen holding out for Real Madrid, Mane in Liverpool contract talks

15 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…

Manchester United will allow Paul Pogba to move to Real Madrid, if they get Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in return as part of a swap deal. (Bild)

David de Gea has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with United, worth about £250,000 a week. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool have opened contract talks with star Senegal forward Sadio Mane. (SoccerLink)

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is holding out for a January move to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. (Marca)

Chelsea’s 18-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new five-year contract with the London club after returning from injury. (Sun on Sunday)

David Beckham has stepped up his bid to bring Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to his new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami by sending representatives to speak to the 32-year-old Argentina international’s father. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Miami are also interested in signing 30-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. (Maxifoot)

AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January. (Corriere Dello Sport)

The Red Devils are said to havesent scouts to watch 25-year-old Fenerbahcestriker Vedat Muriqi in action for Kosovo against England last week. (Sunday Express)

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, who was linked with Manchester United over the summer, is close to a move to MLS side LAFC. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been given the go-ahead to bring in new players in January, with a particular focus on wingers. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Transfer news and football gossip: Manchester United target Maddison and Boyce-Clarke, Liverpool want Ruiz, Chelsea risk losing Kante to Real Madrid

13 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Manchester United have highlighted James Maddison as a transfer target. The Red Devils will try to bring the Leicester midfielder to Old Trafford next summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool are set to battle with European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich over Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz. (Calciomercato, via Mail)

Manchester United are set to double Victor Lindelof’s wages with a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2024. (Sun)

Zinedine Zidane wants to bring Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to Real Madrid in either January in the summer. (The Athletic)

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Manchester United are open to selling Paul Pogba to Real Madrid in January if the Spanish giants include Toni Kroos as part of the deal. (Diario Madridista – in Spanish)

Former Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said current Aston Villa assistant John Terry could become the Blues’ boss one day. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate has said that Jamie Vardy could return to the national team squad despite announcing his retirement from international football in 2018. (Times – subscription required)

Serge Aurier wanted to leave Tottenham during the summer but failed to complete a move away. (Football.London)

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Manchester City have proposed a new change to the transfer regulations so domestic deals must be finished before the start of the Premier League, but deals with European sides can still take place until the end of August. (Mail)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has said he has no regrets over letting Kieran Tripper leave for Atletico Madrid in the summer. (Guardian)

Yannick Bolasie has said he hopes his loan move to Sporting from Everton becomes permanent in the future. (Record, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United have been monitoring 16-year-old Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke. (Mirror)

Valencia and Benfica have targeted 15-year-old Jadan Raymond from Crystal Palace after his impressive performances for England Under-17s. (Mail)

Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he was overweight during his time with the Red Devils because of a digestive problem. (Sun)

Manchester United news: New deal for defender, big January move for midfielder and Paul Pogba’s failed move to Paris Saint-Germain

12 Sep

Manchester United host third-place Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday following the international break.

talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the latest news and gossip coming out of Old Trafford.


New deal for Victor Lindelof

The Sun claim that Victor Lindelof has been offered a four-year-deal which would see him earn £150,000 – more than double his current salary.

Lindelof has consolidated his place in the first team this season alongside new signing Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof joined Manchester United from Benfica for £31million in 2017
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Jadon Sancho summer talks

According to reports from The Mirror, Borussia Dortmund and Man United held talks over the summer about bringing Jadon Sancho to the club.

However, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has claimed that the English youngster has no intention of moving back to the Premier League anytime soon.

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Paul Pogba was close to Paris Saint-Germain move

Paul Pogba was reportedly very close to joining Ligue 1 champions PSG  in the most recent transfer window, according to The Sun. 

The Frenchman had agreed to a massive £490,000-a-week contract with the club but the transfer fell through because Neymar didn’t leave for Barcelona.

Paul Pogba was very close to leaving Manchester United for the second time this summer
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to receive January funds

Manchester United’s hierarchy will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a transfer war chest in January to clinch a deal for a big-name midfielder, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils have been linked with Benfica’s Florentino Luis and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos over the past week.

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Edwin van der Sar’s loyalty

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has declared he would not be interested in moving back to his former club at this time.

Ajax’s current Chief Executive said that he will stay loyal to the Dutch club, despite reports linking him with the Director of Football role at Old Trafford.

Edwin van der Sar won four Premier League titles for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson

“No, I’m focusing on Ajax,” he told talkSPORT in an exclusive interview.

“I’m the chief executive of Ajax; we just had a fantastic year in Europe and also won the league in Holland.

“We’re going to put Ajax at a higher level on a European level and make sure that they’re back to the elite. That’s working well.”

Phil Foden urged to leave Manchester City on loan – ‘He’s not learning anything on the bench’, says Tony Cottee

11 Sep

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has been urged to leave the Premier League champions on loan for the sake of his career.

The 19-year-old has shown his star quality during the international break, dictating play in England Under-21s’ 3-2 win over Turkey before scoring both goals in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Kosovo.

His form will have given Pep Guardiola a selection headache, with pressure mounting on the Spanish boss to give the young midfielder – who has played just ten minutes of club football this season – more game time.

Foden hit a brace in England Under-21s’ 2-0 win over Kosovo
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There can’t be much more Foden can do to get a game for City – as well as scoring regularly for England, he seems to impress every time he gets on the pitch for his club.

And he must look across at his fellow Young Lions with a tinge of envy, too.

While he remains rooted to the bench at the Etihad Stadium, the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are now getting regular game time at Chelsea, are making an impact at Premier League level and have graduated to the senior England team.

According to West Ham and Everton legend Tony Cottee, the youngster is ‘not learning anything on the bench’ and could stunt his career by waiting any longer for his chance at City.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cottee said: “I’m really frustrated with Phil Foden.

“He is an unbelievable, outstanding young footballer but he’s got to play!

“If you’re sitting on the bench, yes people will say he’s training with the first team, but it’s not the same as playing.

“You have to get the game time and experience. He needs to play. This is a big season for him, and he’s not playing!

Phil Foden has been widely dubbed the future of Manchester City and England’s midfield – but he has played just 10 minutes of club football this season
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“If I was Phil Foden, I would be banging on that door every single week and saying, ‘I want to play and if you’re not going to play me I’m going out on loan’.

“The young lad [Bobby Duncan] has just left Liverpool because he wants to play football – these young kids have to play, they’ve got to learn they’re trade and Foden is not learning it on the bench.

“He’s 19 now and your career goes so quickly. You need to be in the first team and you’ve got to be playing.

Mount and Abraham have both got minutes and goals for Chelsea under Frank Lampard this season
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“I understand it’s a great team and who does he replace, I understand that, but he’s such a wonderful talent

“I think Foden has a place in that England team. We talk about the balance of that midfield and needing a creative player and Foden is that. He’s an outstanding talent and we need him in that England team.

“But unless he’s playing, which he’s not, he’s not going to get in it.”

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United held talks over summer transfer for England star, confirms Borussia Dortmund chief

11 Sep

Manchester United held talks with Borussia Dortmund over a possible transfer for England ace Jadon Sancho in MARCH.

The Premier League giants were the ‘super club’ Dortmund chiefs had previously revealed they met with to discuss a possible transfer for the 19-year-old winger.

Jadon Sancho has three goals and four assists in five games for Borussia Dortmund so far this season
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The revelation was confirmed by sporting director Michael Zorc during the Inside Borussia Dortmund documentary, the latest edition of Amazon’s ‘All of Nothing’ series which first followed Manchester City.

Sancho, who scored his first two goals for England against Kosovo on Tuesday night, has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League.

His sensational emergence and glittering performances in Germany have alerted the likes of Man United and his former club Man City, who reportedly have a buy-back option for the winger.

In the show, Zorc confirms a meeting took place with United representatives over a possible deal for Sancho, but also insisted he was confident the 19-year-old would stay.

Speaking in a meeting with fellow Dortmund chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, he says: “A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United, both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.

“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant.

“But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.

“But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”

Jadon Sancho scored his first two England goals in his eighth cap against Kosovo
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Sancho reportedly remains one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets and there are rumours they could launch a £100m bid to land him in January.

The Reds Devils were also given hope a deal could be done, with the youngster recently refusing to rule out a possible return to the Premier League, admitting he ‘wouldn’t mind’ moving back to England.

But recent reports from Germany have also claimed the winger has already agreed a lucrative new contract to commit his future to Dortmund which would double his wages to around £10m-per-year.

There’s no wonder clubs are lining up for the England sensation.

No player in Europe’s top five leagues has produced more assists in league football than Sancho since the start of last season – 17.

That total includes four in five appearances for Dortmund this term, as well as three goals.

Transfer news and football gossip: Manchester United target £90m West Ham star, Real Madrid to bid for Eriksen, Juventus after Mbappe

10 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online…

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Manchester United have highlighted West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice for a £90million transfer in January. (Express)

Christian Eriksen, whose Tottenham deal expires in the summer of 2020, will once again be a target for Real Madrid at the end of the season if Paul Pogba decides to renew his Manchester United contract.(Sky Sports)

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has said ‘the door is open’ for Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid. (Express)

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri refused to sell Douglas Costa this summer despite very strong interest in the Brazilian winger from Manchester United. (Mail)

Before agreeing to sign Giovani Lo Celso, Mauricio Pochettino tried to bring 20-year-old Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo to Tottenham. (Mail)

Kylian Mbappe is a target for Juventus after Maurizio Sarri failed in his attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar from the French outfit this summer. (Express)

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Tottenham scouts were in Kosovo last week to watch 25-year-old Fenerbache forward Vedat Muriqi. Representatives from Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli were also present at the game against the Czech Republic. (Sabah, via Four Four Two)

David de Gea is close to signing a similar deal at Manchester United as Paul Pogba. The contract is believed to be worth around £290,000 per-week. (Guardian)

David de Gea is the longest serving player in the current Manchester United squad
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Manchester United are trying to sign both Jesse Lingard and Victor Lindelof to new deals that will see the pair stay at Old Trafford until 2024. (Nicolo Schira)

Frank Lampard is already planning a summer move for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya. Chelsea want to be prepared for when their transfer ban ends at the end of the season. (Sports Witness)

New Real Betis signing Nabil Fekir has denied claims that his proposed 2018 move to Liverpool fell through because he failed a medical. (Mail)

Chelsea bosses believe that their transfer ban will be shortened, meaning they could be able to sign players in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Paul Pogba: Sergio Ramos says ‘the door is open’ for Manchester United star to join Real Madrid

10 Sep

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been told ‘the door is open’ for him to join Real Madrid – by Los Blancos and Spain captain Sergio Ramos.

Pogba was strongly linked with moves to Real and former club Juventus over the summer, but the French star failed in his attempts to leave Old Trafford.

Pogba stayed at Manchester United this summer, with his current contract running until 2021
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The 26-year-old declared at the start of the window he wanted to leave United for ‘a new challenge’, while his agent Mino Raiola and his brother talked up possible moves to Italy and Spain.

And while Red Devils chiefs may have won this round, the Pogba saga is far from over and the rumours are widely expected to start again when the transfer window reopens in January.

And Ramos says ‘great player’ Pogba will always be welcome at the Bernabeu.

Speaking to the Daily Express at the premiere of his new Amazon Prime series, Ramos said of the United midfielder: “I think Real Madrid always has the door open for good players such as him.

“For me, Pogba is one of the great players.

“He is different and he has shown his value at Juventus and now Manchester United.

“I think he brings balance to a team. He has a great offensive influence and he has this amazing physique.”

Sergio Ramos says a player of Paul Pogba’s talent will always be welcome at Real Madrid
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The centre-back’s new documentary show is titled ‘El Corazon de Sergio Ramos’, which translates as ‘The Heart of Sergio Ramos’.

It follows the Real Madrid and Spain captain’s movements throughout the 2018/19 season, which was ultimately a failed campaign for Los Blancos as they finished 19 points off LaLiga champions Barcelona, were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax and were also beaten by fierce rivals Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Transfer news and football gossip: Liverpool contract latest, Manchester United and Man City battle for signing, Southgate wants Johnson for England

9 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is allegedly ‘bemused’ by reports he will sign a new £200,000-per-weak deal with Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are tracking 20-year-old midfielder Florentino Luis. The Portugal Under-20 star is believed to have a release clause worth £91million. (Star)

Manchester United are also interested in Florentino Luis’ Benfica teammate, defender Ruben Dias. (Star)

England manager Gareth Southgate has stated Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford is a ‘work in progress’ and not a no.9. (Sun)

Tottenham defender Danny Rose is determined to stay at the club despite Spurs signing Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham this summer. This comes after several clubs were reportedly interested in the left-back. (Mirror)

Gareth Southgate is keeping tabs on 18-year-old Brennan Johnson. The Nottingham Forest midfielder scored on his Wales Under-21s debut on Friday night. (Mirror)

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Frank Lampard will begin contract talks with left-back Emerson with former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reportedly interested in bringing him to Juventus. (Express)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba did not move to Real Madrid this summer because of a £150m sports sponsorship contract. (Sun)

Lionel Messi is set to be offered a new deal that will see him stay at Barcelona until he retires. (Mundo Deportivo)

Messi has a clause in his existing deal which means he can leave Barcelona for free at the end of the season
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German national team captain and current Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has stated that despite being 32-years-old, he currently has no plans to retire. (Mirror)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has targeted 17-year-old defender Nathan Wood for a January move from Middlesbrough. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are set to continue their pursuit of Ajax midfield Donny van de Beek next summer. (Mail)

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is expected to sign a new deal with Lazio despite interest from Manchester United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. (Mail)

Former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali says he wants to return to the Emirates in the future after the 21-year-old left Unai Emery’s side for Huesca this summer. (Score Nigeria)

Transfer news and football gossip: Eriksen could join Man United on the cheap, Liverpool scouting £14m goalkeeper, Juventus target Chelsea winger

4 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Manchester United will attempt to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen for a cut-price fee in January as the player is in the final year of his contract. (The Sun)

But United will face competition from Inter Milan for Eriksen’s signature. (Daily Express)

Eriksen said in June he wants to ‘try something new’ after six years with Spurs
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Liverpool are tracking Trabzonspor’s £14m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The Reds watched the 23-year-old Turkey international during a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce last weekend, and he is rated at £14m. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea winger Willian is wanted by his old Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, with the player in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)

Nigeria want Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to turn his back on England and play for them instead. The 21-year-old has made two Three Lions appearances at friendly level but can switch allegiance as he is yet to play a competitive game. (Daily Express)

Tottenham want to sign Ryan Sessegnon’s twin brother, Steven, The 19-year-old Fulham starlet can play at full-back, centre-half and in midfield. (The Sun)

Kieran Trippier says leaving Tottenham to sign for Atletico Madrid this summer is a “step forward” in his career. (Diario AS)

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who turns 70 in October, wants to return to management – 16 months after the Frenchman ended a near 22-year reign as Gunners boss. (The Sun)

Liverpool and Chelsea are chasing Wigan Athletic’s 17-year-old English forward Joe Gelhardt, who has made three first-team appearances for the Latics. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling could stay at Roma beyond this season, having joined the Italian club initially on loan for the rest of the season, (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus have omitted German midfielder Emre Can, Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini from their Champions League squad. (Football Italia)

Real Madrid have mutually agreed with midfielder Lucas Silva to terminate the 26-year-old’s contract, meaning the Brazilian is now a free agent. (Marca)

Bayern Munich’s attempt to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane during the summer failed over the player’s wage demands. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 32, remains a free agent with the France international claiming he turned down several clubs in the summer. (Daily Mail)