AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE United man looks to Valverde if Pogba leaves
Manchester United have set their sights on Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde if they lose Paul Pogba this summer, reports The Sun.
United’s scouts have been keeping an eye on the Uruguayan for some time, but have stepped up their efforts this season in preparation for a possible switch in the summer.
Valverde, 22, has impressed with Zinedine Zidane this season and it is his versatility that has put United at the top of their list of potential targets.
United face another possible departure of Pogba this summer. His business manager Mino Raiola suggests that the Frenchman could try to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season. Juventus are favourites to fire the World Cup winner if they decide to turn their backs on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has also been linked with Real Madrid.
Valverde could replace some of Pogba’s qualities, particularly his box-to-box performance, but he has four years left on his contract and Madrid will ask for more than €150 million to sign him.
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08.51 GMT : Kylian Mbappe said he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain after his hat-trick in Tuesday’s 4-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona in the Round of 16.
Mbappe scored his side’s first, second and fourth goals and looked ahead to his future with the Ligue 1 champions after the game.
I always said I was happy here. A game like this makes me even happier. The PSG jersey is close to my heart, the French international said in an interview with RMK Sport after the match. I’m happy. I always want to give the best of myself. I wasn’t always so successful, but I will never hide in my life. Today my hard work is paying off.
0830 GMT: ICYMI – David Alaba will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the 2020-21 season in a free transfer, he confirmed on Tuesday.
Alaba, who won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League titles during his time at Bayern, has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea but has not yet announced his next move.
I have made the decision to try something new after this season and leave the club. It was a difficult decision. I’ve been here for 13 years. I’ve made so many memories, Alaba says. I haven’t decided what to do next. I decided to look for a new challenge. That’s why it took so long.
I have five, six, seven years left in my career. So I decided to try something new. It’s no secret that my management is in contact with several clubs. Here I will concentrate on my task and keep in touch with my management.
Steve Nicol is questioning the absence of Christian Pulisic since Thomas Tuchel took over as Chelsea coach.
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Barca, battle of the blues for Ruiz-Atil
Chelsea have set their sights on young Paris Saint-Germain Case Ruiz-Atil, but AS are reporting that Barcelona are also interested.
The 18-year-old midfielder’s contract expires at the end of June and he is now free to talk to other clubs about a possible switch this summer.
Ruiz-Atil does not appear to have been called for action in Paris. He has not played under Mauricio Pochettino since the Argentine’s arrival in January, but former coach Thomas Tuchel has given him some game time. Chelsea are hoping Tuchel can now help convince the West London midfielder to come to the Premier League.
Ruiz-Atil left Barca’s youth system in 2015 though, so a return to his former club could be interesting. Ultimately, it depends on whether the player returns to Catalonia or opts to reunite with Tuchel, who has already given him time to play at the highest level.
Carmo is the perfect replacement for Ramos in Madrid
Real Madrid are looking for a suitable replacement for Sergio Ramos, and Braga defender David Carmo is on the agenda, according to AS.
Los Blancos are planning a possible Ramos departure for a free transfer this summer. The 34-year-old is still in talks for a new contract and Carmo is a candidate for a move.
The 21-year-old defender is being closely linked with a move to Liverpool in January. AS believes that if Braga wanted a modest €4m loan, they did not want to take the mandatory €25m option to sign him in the summer. However, The Reds were only willing to pay €20 million.
This means Carmo is always available and Madrid have a rich history of buying players from the Portuguese Primeira Liga, including Eder Militão, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.
Carmo is under contract until 2025 and would have a €40 million exit clause. Roma and Manchester United are also interested.
– Marek Hamsik could return to Europe, reports Russian channel Match TV. Hamsik has been playing in China for two years since leaving Napoli in 2019, and Lokomotiv Moscow are keen to sign a free transfer for the Slovakian attacking midfielder. Hamsik still has nine months left on his contract in China, meaning he must fulfil his obligations there before returning to Europe.
– Neymar was not involved in PSG’s victory over Barcelona on Tuesday, but according to L’Equipe, he continues to regularly talk to Lionel Messi about a transfer of the Argentine striker to the Parc des Princes at Camp Nou. The result, a 4-1 win over PSG in Barcelona, may tempt Messi even more, but Neymar is doing his best to make contact with his former teammate.
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