Manchester City and Arsenal consider bid for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta

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Manchester City and Arsenal are considering making a bid for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Iniesta is leaving Barcelona this summer, and it has been widely expected that he will move to a club in the Chinese Super League. However, AS has claimed that the two Premier League clubs are thinking of bidding for him.

Manchester City Pep Guardiola managed 33-year-old Iniesta at Barcelona and is known to still be a fan of the player. It is thought he is planning to strengthen the midfield this summer, but his focus is on younger players – given that David Silva, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure are all over 30.

The Arsenal link is more tenuous. Luis Enrique has been linked with the manager’s job at the Emirates Stadium, and also managed Iniesta during his time managing Barca. Should he take the Arsenal job, he may want to bring in an established star.

Paris St-Germain were also said to be monitoring his situation. But then the French side are linked to most high-profile players.

There has been talk about Iniesta moving to China for more than a year, and it was widely expected he would announce a move later this year. However, should either Premier League club make a move, he would surely be tempted to test himself in England.

Iniesta, who has won every domestic and international honour for Barcelona and Spain, has proved he is still at the top of his game with his performance against Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey final recently.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic targets Hollywood career after hanging up football boots

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LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is keen to make a name for himself in films once he has retired from football, and believes he can be a leading man. But then he would.

Now 36, retirement has to be a consideration for the Swedish great, but he has his goals set out – and its in Hollywood. “I think leading man – something like Rambo, Bourne Identity, because I think I have the skills to do those things,” he told US radio.

Zlatan reckons he could be better than Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, who is famous for playing Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

“Somebody says I could be like the bad guy in the movie, because my English is like Ivan Drago. But I see myself better than that,” he said.

He continued in typical Zlatan fashion, claiming that there isn’t a Hollywood star he’d like to meet: “They want to meet me.”

Of course, if he did make the move, Zlatan would not be the first footballer to end up on the silver screen once his playing days were over. Former Wimbledon hard man Vinnie Jones has carved out a successful movie career, including appearing in an X-Men movie. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has also appeared in films since his retirement.

Given Zlatan’s career to date, you wouldn’t rule it out, but he hasn’t finished being a star on the pitch just yet.

Manchester City set to beat Liverpool to £50 million Jorginho signing

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Manchester City are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign £50 million-rated Napoli midfielder Jorginho – who has also been a target for Liverpool – according to reports.

Italian international Jorginho, who has been instrumental in Napoli’s challenge for the Serie A title this season, is apparently keen to work with City manager Pep Guardiola. His wish is apparently close to being fulfilled, according to Spanish outlet Goal.

Guardiola is thought to be keen to strengthen his midfield this summer, with David Silva, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure all the wrong side of 30. Jorginho would fit into the Spaniard’s style of play, performing a similar role to that of Sergi Busquets at Barcelona.

If this deal is completed, it would be a blow for Liverpool, who are also in the market for a defensive midfielder to complement their wealth of attacking resources.

Brazil legend claims Neymar transfer from PSG to Real Madrid is “very likely”

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Legendary Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo has claimed that it is “very likely” that Neymar will leave Paris St-Germain this summer and head back to Spain to join Real Madrid.

Neymar only joined PSG last summer from Barcelona in a world record £198 million move. However, there have been rumours over recent months that he is not altogether happy with life in Paris and could be open to a return to La Liga.

But Rivaldo believes that a deal is likely, as he told GloboEsporte’s Esporte Espetacular: “It is very likely Neymar will go to Real Madrid. I already said that Neymar might be the best player in the world. But I think that if he stays in PSG he will never make it. He has to leave PSG.

“To Barcelona Neymar will not return. His situation was very difficult there. And according to the information that comes to me from nearby people, from everything I’ve heard lately, I think it is very likely that Neymar will go to Real Madrid.”

If a deal were to happen – and it’s a big ‘if’ – then PSG would likely want more than they paid Barcelona for Neymar. That would be no problem for Madrid, who also appear to have endless resources, although it could mean that some existing stars are sold, including Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to ensure they comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

All the factz on Everton v Newcastle United, including which TV channel its on

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Premier League football is back on a Monday night, with Everton taking on Newcastle United at Goodison Park in a mid-table clash. The match kicks off at 8pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

• A Wayne Rooney goal was the difference between the sides when they met earlier in the season. That was Everton’s 4th win in a row against the Magpies.
• Everton haven’t won in 3 PL matches – 1 loss and 2 draws.
• Meanwhile Newcastle have won their last 4 matches, and have lost just one of their last 9.
• Rooney loves playing against Newcastle – he’s scored 15 goals against them over the years, more than he’s scored against any other team.
• Ayoze Perez has scored in each of his last 3 matches for Newcastle. If he scores tonight, he will be the first player to do that since Papis Cisse scored in 6 consecutive matches back in 2012.