Real line up Alaba alternatives
Real Madrid have lined up a number of alternative targets in case they fail to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba – according to AS.
It has been suggested that Madrid are leading the race for Alaba, who has confirmed that he will leave Allianz Arena this summer.
However, the Blancos are also looking at Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Villarreal star Pau Torres and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as back-up options.
Juve yet to offer Chiellini a new contract
Juventus are yet to offer Giorgio Chiellini a new contract.
The Italy international will become a free agent this summer, but his agent Davide Lippi says the defender will likely want to extend his stay in Turin.
“Right now, we are focusing on the end of the season with Juventus. Chiellini going to another club?” Lippi told Sky Italia.
“It’s difficult to answer, I think it would be difficult. We are talking about a player that represents the story of this jersey. There will be time to discuss it but right now it’s the time to be focused.”
Bayern not interested in Haaland – Rummenigge
The Bundesliga champions’ CEO says they will not sign the Borussia Dortmund forward while they have Robert Lewandowski
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern Munich, says the club are not interested in signing Erling Haaland.
Rimmenigge told Bild: “I don’t know where the rumours come from. I can only say one thing: we have the world leading footballer in this position. Robert Lewandowski has a contract until 2023.”
Henry ‘available’ for Celtic job
Thierry Henry says he is interested in the Celtic manager’s job, and is inspired by the success of Steven Gerrard as coach of their rivals, Rangers.
Henry recently left MLS side CF Montreal in order to return to the UK and be nearer his family, and is keen to try his luck in Scotland.
Speaking on a podcast with former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, Henry said: “I don’t know what’s going on there, it’s a club that I respect a lot, like a lot of people in the world. I’m just trying to learn. I’m available.
“What Steven Gerrard did to Rangers is just huge. What I love is that they gave him the time to build a squad, go out and find the players he wanted and make sure that they were going to play.”
Solskjaer abandoned scouting mission after seeing player had a mohawk
Manchester United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer has revealed he once abandoned a scouting trip during his time coaching in Norway, as the player he had gone to watch had a mohawk.
He told Sky Sports: “I once went to see a player and as he walked out of the dressing room or through the tunnel onto the pitch, he had a mohican, this was when I was back in Norway.
“I just said to my scout: ‘Let’s go home, not interested.’ That was a very short scouting trip.”
Aulas: “If Depay has to leave, I will accept it”
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said he will “accept it” if Memphis Depay leaves for a bigger club this summer.
The former Manchester United forward has impressed in Ligue 1 and has been linked with several major European clubs, including Barcelona.
Aulas told a press conference on Tuesday: “I know that Memphis remained in a good frame of mind for the club. He has remained at the level of international player and is doing well in his role as captain. We put him in the best position to return at his level of the 2014 World Cup.
“I respect his choices. If he has to leave for a bigger club than OL, I will accept it.”
Kane can fulfil his ambitions at Tottenham – Wenger
Harry Kane can fulfil his ambitions at Tottenham, according to Arsene Wenger, who has suggested that the Manchester United-linked striker might be better off staying put.
Kane’s future at Spurs has been a topic of much debate in recent months, despite the fact he still has over three years left to run on his current contract.
United are reportedly plotting a big-money summer swoop for the 27-year-old, who has made no secret of his desire to win trophies, but Wenger believes he can still achieve his silverware goals in north London.
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Villa join race to sign Bournemouth teenager Burchall
Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Bournemouth teenager Ajani Burchall, according to Football Insider.
Arsenal, West Ham United and Leeds United are also looking at the 16-year-old, who has already represented Bermuda at youth level.
Villa are planning to launch their own bid for Burchall when the transfer window reopens.
Milan interested in Lorient’s Lauriente
Lorient forward Armand Lauriente is the subject of interest from Milan – according to Calcio Mercato.
The Rossoneri are looking at the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for Alexis Saelemaekers, who they are planning to move on this summer.
Lauriente has scored three goals in 22 Ligue 1 matches for Lorient to date in 2020-21.
Man City set sights on Kane (The Times)
Spurs star touted for Etihad switch
Manchester City have set their sights on Tottenham striker Harry Kane – according to The Times.
The Premier League leaders will consider making an offer for the Spurs talisman if they fail to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Kane, whose current contract at Tottenham runs to 2024, has scored 27 goals in 40 games for the club across all competitions this term.
Cavani holds Man Utd meeting (Daily Mail)
The striker is thought to be unhappy with life in England and itching for a move to South America
Edinson Cavani has met with Manchester United’s power brokers in a last-ditch attempt to alleviate his myriad concerns ahead of the summer, claims the Daily Mail.
Earlier this month, Cavani’s father said the forward was unhappy in the Premier League, and he’s since been linked with Boca Juniors.
But United reportedly would like Cavani to stay on as a veteran presence with big-game experience and are working to change his mind about England.
Grealish valuation could kill Man City deal (The Telegraph)
It might be a case of the club choosing between the Aston Villa playmaker and striker Erling Haaland, rather than buying both
Contrary to reports from other outlets, The Telegraph has claimed Manchester City won’t be able to afford both Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland this summer as they look to boost their attack.
In that scenario, the club would prioritise Haaland given the greater need for a pure goalscorer.
Southampton tracking Kana
Southampton have set their sights on Anderlecht defender Marco Kana but will need to fend off several Italian clubs to purchase the rights to the 18-year-old, according to Voetbalkrant.
Kana already has 16 starts to his name in Belgium’s top flight.
Favre wants Celtic job
Lucien Favre hopes to be considered a candidate to become Celtic’s next manager, reports the Daily Mail.
He was sacked by Borussia Dortmund in December and wants to return to the dugout as soon as possible, with Lyon thought to be another option if Celtic interest doesn’t materialise.
Donnarumma contract talks hit bump
AC Milan are not offering first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma the type of wages he desires, reports Sky Sport Italia. The club are seeking a €7 million per-year deal, while Donnarumma apparently wants much more.
The 22-year-old could look to sign a one-year extension if his long-term demands are not met.
Sheffield Utd may struggle to keep blossoming Coulibaly
The Daily Mail have written that Sheffield United are in danger of losing one of their top prospects, Ismaila Coulibaly.
Just 20 years old, the midfielder has impressed on loan at Beerschot in Belgium and is attracting interest from around Europe.
Wigan takeover completed
Bahraini businessman Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi has officially become the new owner of embattled League One club Wigan Athletic, reports BBC Sport, and his group is determined to pull the Latics out of financial turmoil.
Wigan entered administration last year.
“The past 12 months have been extremely unfortunate for everybody,” new chief executive Mal Brannigan told BBC. “Our role and my job is to make sure this football club becomes a stable Championship club.”
Man City want Haaland and Grealish (Daily Mail)
Pep Guardiola could revamp his attack following the imminent departure of Sergio Aguero
Manchester City are set to do whatever it takes to land duo Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish, even if their combined fees reach well into the triple-digits, claims the Daily Mail.
Haaland, 20, would come from Borussia Dortmund already a superstar and with the expectation of becoming an even greater force as he develops, while Grealish, 25, would arrive from Aston Villa squarely in his prime.
Cochrane gets England U21 boss consideration
Justin Cochran is a strong contender to become the next England Under-21 manager if Aidy Boothroyd is dismissed, writes The Telegraph.
Cochran currently leads the England U17 squad, so he’s familiar with how the Three Lions operate and the players in their talent pipeline.
Wabel named Sounders director
The Seattle Sounders have appointed Craig Waibel to be their new sporting director, says MLS Multiplex.
Waibel has served as the general manager of Real Salt Lake since 2015.
Alderweireld lured toward Spurs exit (Voetbal 24)
The Tottenham centre-back has been contacted by Club Brugge
Toby Alderweireld has been asked to return to his home country to finish his career, with Club Brugge communicating their interest in his services, claims Voetbal 24.
The veteran Belgium defender is in his sixth season at Tottenham and could be convinced to embrace a change of scenery.