Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he is the father of twins. He made the announcement after Portugal’s semi-final defeat in the Confederations Cup.
Portuguese media had reported that the twins – a boy and a girl – had been born to a surrogate mother in the US earlier in the month. But up until now, Ronaldo hadn’t personally confirmed the story.
But the Real Madrid star went onto Facebook after the match to say: “I’m very happy, finally, to be with my children for the first time.”
Little has been confirmed about the twins. Reports in Portuguese media said they had been born on June 8, and that Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, had flown out to the US soon after.
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) confirmed that Ronaldo had told them before the start of the Confederations Cup that he had become a father again, but decided to play at the tournament, a decision the FPF said was a “gesture that we must highlight and praise”.
Ronaldo already has a son, Cristiano Ronaldo Junior, who was born in 2010.
Following the team’s defeat, Ronaldo has now left the Portugal camp, and will not take part in the third-place play-off game on Sunday.
Liverpool’s hopes of signing midfielder Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig have been boosted as he has been told he can leave the club – but only for the right price.
Keita has been targeted by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as he continues to rebuild the side. However, RB Leipzig are said to not be considering bids of less than £70 million for the 22-year-old Guinea international, according to The Guardian.
Keita has refused to sign a new deal with RB Leipzig, despite having negotiations over one, but has 3 years left on his current deal. RB Leipzig’s chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has said Keita will n http://gty.im/674791112 http://gty.im/674791112 ot be sold. “It would be negligent to give away one of our key players now,” he said last week.
In addition, RB Leipzig will be embarking on their maiden Champions League campaign next season, after finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool are understood to be considering making an offer of £50 million for Keita, so it appears there is a big gap between the clubs in terms of valuation. There may well be some serious negotiating to come if a deal is to happen.
French giants Paris St-Germain are said to be lining up a £60 million bid for Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and increase his wages.
PSG bosses are keen to exploit the “difficulties” in Aguero’s relationship with City boss Pep Guardiola and tempt him to the French capital with promises of building the team around him and increasing his £220,000 per week wages, according to The Times.
However, Guardiola has previously said he wants to keep Aguero, but the striker did find himself out of the starting XI on occasions last season, especially after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. Additionally, it is expected that Kelechi Iheanacho will leave the Etihad this summer, which, if Aguero left too, would leave City short of striking options.
Aguero has previously said he would see out his current contract at City, which runs until 2020, but PSG will be confident of tempting him away from Manchester.
PSG are in the market for a marquee signing, having lost their Ligue Un crown to Monaco last season, and it is thought a proven striker such as Aguero would fit the bill.
Liverpool have become the latest club to join the race to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, and are looking to challenge Arsenal and Real Madrid for his signature.
It has been claimed in Spanish newspaper Marca that Liverpool have made two bids for Mbappe – both rejected by Monaco – but that the club is still interested.
However, it is still thought that Real Madrid remain in pole position should Mbappe choose to leave Monaco. The Spanish champions have the spending power to outbid all the other clubs thought to be in the race for the 18-year-old.
But, should Mbappe resist the lure of the Bernabeau and look to the Premier League, perhaps to a club where he may be given more game time and less pressure to develop, then Liverpool would be in that race. For instance, they can offer Champions League football next season, which Arsenal cannot.
That said, any bid for Mbappe would have to shatter Liverpool’s record transfer fee – set only today with their £36.9 million capture of Mohammad Salah from Roma – and up to £100 million has been quoted as a potential fee. Whether Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, would be willing to splash so much is questionable.
Manchester United have been told by Inter Milan bosses to up their bid for midfielder Ivan Perisic before they will consider selling him.
United have already bid £35 million for the Croatian midfielder, but Inter are holding out for £44 million.
However, United manager Jose Mourinho has not been put off by that valuation and is said to want to wrap up a deal for 28-year-old Perisic before the club head off on their pre-season tour of the US in three weeks time.
Inter need to sell at least one of their players before the end of the month to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations – if they don’t raise euro30 million they will face a fine from UEFA.