Gareth Bale seems set to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are at the head of the queue to sign him.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the squad in the summer, with several players set to be shipped out, including Bale, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
AS reported a meeting between Real and Bale’s representatives where it was said that Bale could choose his next club, as long as the bids were roughly equivalent.
Bale, 29, has had a fractious relationship with the Real fans recently and it is thought that the club’s top brass have become frustrated with his recent injury record.
During his time in Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals in 227 appearances. Among other trophies he has won three Champions League trophies.
Manchester United have long been linked with the Welsh international and could come in for him again. However, new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signalled that his transfer policy will focus on younger players this summer, so it remains to be seen.
Any deal could also hinge on whether Madrid make a move for Paul Pogba. This rumour has again resurfaced today and he would be the sort of target Zidane would be looming for.
Bayern Munich are also planning a major squad overhaul and Bale would be the sort of marquee signing they are looking for to replace the likes of Arjen Robben.
Munich could also afford Bale’s wages, which is something that could put other potential suitors off signing him.
Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s teenage age Callum Hudson-Odoi, joining Bayern Munich and other German clubs.
Reports say that Hudson-Odoi still wants to leave Chelsea. He had a transfer request rejected in January but, frustrated at a continuing lack of game time, he still feels his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.
If that is the case, then top European clubs are lining up to sign him. Bayern Munich were thought to be at the top of the queue, having made a £35 million bid for the 18-year-old in January. While they are thought to be planning another bid, they now have competition from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to The Daily Mail.
In addition, German sides Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in Hudson-Odoi . Dortmund may make a move if Jadon Sancho is sold, with United reportedly interested in him as well.
However, Chelsea do not want Hudson-Odoi to leave and have offered him an improved deal worth a rumoured £80,000 a week. This could be especially important if a transfer ban for the next 2 windows is upheld – the club are currently appealing the decision.
Ultimately, where Hudson-Odoi stays or goes may depend on whether he is given an extended run in the Chelsea first-team or not. This far, boss Maurizio Sarri has shown little inclination to do this. Indeed, the player made his full England debut before his full Premier League debut this week.
Manchester United are at the front of the queue to sign striker Antoine Griezmann this summer if he decides to quit Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish news outlet Sport are behind the claim, reporting that Griezmann is unhappy at Atletico and is seeking a move. If so, this is quite a turnaround given that only a few months ago he pledged his future to the club after interest from Barcelona.
Atletico were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus last week and are 10 points behind Barcelona in La Liga. But more than that, the rumoured impending departures of Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez have made Griezmann consider his future too.
United have been linked with Griezmann in the past and Jose Mourinho tried to sign him but the French International decided to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.
However, a signing such as this would be a statement for United as they seek to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool.
Of course, other sides would also be interested in signing him including Bayern Munich and, inevitably, Paris St-Germain.
He would also likely come with a heavy fee. Griezmann turns 28 tomorrow so is at the peak of his career and is also under contract, so it would likely take a bid of north of £100 million to secure his signature.
Paris St-Germain are said to be interested in signing Chelsea’s highly-rates youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer, according to reports.
German champions Bayern Munich offered Chelsea £35 million for the 18-year-old in January but the club rebuffed them, saying they wanted him to stay.
It is expected that Bayern will come back in with another bid for Hudson-Odoi again in the summer. But now PSG are also thought to be preparing a bid as well, according to The Sun.
Hudson-Odoi is cutting a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge currently. He submitted a transfer request in January and it is believed he wanted to go to Bayern but Chelsea blocked his request.
At the time, it was said that if he stayed he would get more first-team action. However, since then Hudson-Odoi has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. Manager Maurizio Sarri has yet to start him in a league match, despite the Blues’ paucity of options up front. The only match he has started since January is an FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday, in which he scored. He was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s cup loss to Manchester United earlier this week.
No new contract negotiations have started and whether Hudson-Odoi stays or goes may be dependent on if he gets a run in the first-team between now and the end of the season. Another factor could be if a new manager arrives – there is speculation that Sarri could be sacked soon after a run of poor results.
Champions League chasing sides Manchester United and Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic with the view to making a offer, according to reports.
The 30-year-old is under contract to Barcelona until 2021 and wants to open talks on an extension but the club have no intention of doing so at the moment, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
This will give heart to a number of clubs chasing the Croatian international. As well as Chelsea and Manchester United, Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan and German side Bayern Munich are also interested.
However, Rakitic is an integral part of Ernesto Valverde‘s side, having made 34 appearances this season. Barcelona would appear reluctant at best to want to part with one of their stars.
That said, Barca signed Dutch star Frenkie de Jong in January – he’ll join the side the in the summer – so that would provide Rakitic with competition.
Nevertheless, Rakitic himself went on record last month saying he was happy at Barcelona and wants to stay long-term. His agent, Aturo Canales, also ruled out a move last week.
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