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.

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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)

Paul Pogba ‘agreed’ to leave Manchester United for PSG in stunning summer transfer… but move failed because of Neymar saga

12 Sep

Paul Pogba allegedly agreed to a transfer which would have seen him leave Manchester United and sign for Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.

But the move eventually did not happen – because of Neymar.

According to stunning reports in Italy, Pogba, the France midfielder, agreed a huge £429,000-a-week contract with the Ligue 1 champions just days before the transfer window closed.

Pogba was reportedly close to joining PSG this summer
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Pogba was strongly linked with an Old Trafford exit all summer long, having admitted he was ready for ‘a new challenge’ after a tough season with the Red Devils.

Real Madrid and his former club Juventus were said to be front-runners to sign him, but the World Cup winner ultimately remained in the Premier League as Manchester United chiefs stood firm.

However, Italy outlet Calciomercato claim the club had agreed to let their star asset go back to his homeland in the summer in a stunning agreement with PSG.

But the report says the deal didn’t go through as Neymar didn’t complete his purported return to Barcelona.

Pogba’s switch is said to have hinged on the Brazilian’s possible exit.

Neymar allegedly wanted to leave Paris to secure a return to former club Barcelona
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But he ended up staying in Paris as the LaLiga champions couldn’t match PSG’s eye-watering £273million valuation.

The Pogba saga appears far from over, however.

A move in January could still be on the cards, with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos recently opening the door for his move to the Bernabeu.

Tottenham transfer news: Spurs ‘open to swapping’ Christian Eriksen for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in January

12 Sep

Tottenham could allow Christian Eriksen to join Juventus in January as part of a stunning swap deal for Paulo Dybala.

According to reports in Italy, Dybala could end up moving to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after all when the transfer window re-opens, having been strongly linked with Spurs over the summer.

Dybala does not want to move to Manchester United, according to reports
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The north London club were one of the sides linked with a move for Dybala, with Premier League rivals Manchester United also keen, but the Argentine ace ultimately stayed in Turin.

However, it appears his days at Juve are numbered as he has only played 14 minutes of football under new manager Maurizio Sarri this season.

And Tuttosport claim Tottenham could offer Eriksen to the Serie A champions in exchange for the forward.

Eriksen was also heavily linked with leaving Spurs over the summer but, after a nervous wait for manager Mauricio Pochettino, he stayed put.

However, the Danish playmaker’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he is unlikely to sign an extension, having admitted he is keen for a new challenge.

It means the Champions League finalists could lose their star man for nothing next summer, and he could even agree a pre-contract deal with another club as soon as January, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all waiting in the wings.

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Spurs are said to be resigned to Eriksen’s exit, but are willing to let him join Juventus as long as Dybala comes the other way as his direct replacement.

Eriksen has been one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal creators since joining Tottenham from Ajax in 2013 for just £11million.

He has made a total of 281 appearances for Spurs, scoring 67 goals and providing 86 assists.

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Dybala would be a decent replacement for the Dane. The 25-year-old was Juventus’ main man until the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo which shifted him out the starting XI.

That had an effect on his goal output last season, scoring just ten and assisting five, but his numbers before Ronaldo make for impressive reading – 26 goals and seven assists in the 2017/18 campaign, 19 goals and nine assists in 16/17 and 23 goals and nine assists in 15/16.

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.

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: 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)

Arsene Wenger is ready to return to football
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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)

Ryan Kent: Rangers chief reveals how relationship with Liverpool helped get £7m transfer over the line

3 Sep

Rangers’ director of football Mark Allen has hailed Liverpool for helping the Scottish club get their permanent deal for Ryan Kent over the line.

The 22-year-old finally sealed his move to Glasgow on Monday, the day the transfer window closed in Scotland, for a fee in the region of £7million.

Rangers had been chasing the English youngster all summer, following his impressive loan spell last season that saw him make 43 appearances and score six goals.

Liverpool ruled out another loan exit for Kent as he had spent loan spells at four other clubs since he became a professional at Liverpool in 2015 – and that decision appeared to all but end the Gers’ hopes of landing him again.

But the Glasgow club reignited their interest towards the end of the window and managed to thrash out a permanent deal in time.


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Kent said he never lost hope of returning to Ibrox after sealing his long-awaited return.

And Rangers chief Allen has praised Liverpool and said the transfer was the fruit of the relationship between the two clubs – no doubt helped by Reds legend and current Gers manager Steven Gerrard.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Allen said: “We made our intention very clear at the start of the window; Ryan was a key target and we got there in the end.

“Liverpool Football Club have been fantastic first and foremost in what they’ve done and helped us trying to get this over the line.

“A lot of credit needs to go to Liverpool for that.

Ryan Kent was keen to join Rangers permanently having only featured in pre-season for Liverpool
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“Ryan enjoyed his time at Rangers and he was obviously keen to come back, but the respect enjoyed between the two clubs helped us get him.

“It says a lot for the support and vision of the board in terms of where it wants to get Rangers to, and we’re in a sustainable place now where Rangers can move forward.”

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Liverpool news: Bobby Duncan says there’s no hard feelings as he completes permanent transfer to Fiorentina

3 Sep

Bobby Duncan says he leaves Liverpool with ‘special memories’ after sealing his permanent move to Fiorentina.

The academy forward’s departure was confirmed on Monday, with the Merseyside club agreeing to sell the 18-year-old for £1.7million.

Duncan’s agent got into a public spat with Liverpool Football Club
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Duncan, the cousin of Reds legend Steven Gerrard, leaves the club having scored 32 goals for Liverpool’s under-18s last season – his first since arriving from Manchester City.

His exit came after an apparently bitter falling out between him, the club and his agent.

The youngster was unsettled at Melwood and told Liverpool he wanted to leave this summer, but club chiefs intended to hold onto him.

That led to an explosive statement from his agent, accusing Liverpool of ‘destroying’ Duncan’s life and saying his mental health had been affected by the Reds’ refusal to sell.

The youngster also came out on social media saying he ‘just wants to play’.

Former Reds stars Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy even weighed in on the argument and slammed the youngster’s agent, with Carragher saying the club will never deal with him again.

Bobby Duncan, cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, was on fire for Liverpool’s under-18s last season
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Manager Jurgen Klopp also launched a strong defence of their handling of Duncan, and all young players at the club, stressing how highly they rated him on Friday.

But, having initially tabled a ‘derisory’ bid, Italian club Fiorentina returned with an improved offer over the weekend and Liverpool’s position altered, with a deal being struck before the European transfer deadline.

And, after getting his wish, it appears there are no hard feelings as Duncan thanked the club for his brief spell.