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Juventus set to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in £105 million deal

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Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to complete a reported £105 million move from Real Madrid to Italian champions Juventus.

Rumours of a potential deal for 33-year-old Ronaldo to end his stay in Madrid and move to Turin first surfaced last month, although there had been talk that the forward was unhappy in Spain and looking to move away for some time.

It is understood that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli met Ronaldo in Greece, where he is on holiday, to finalise the deal.

Real did have a release clause of euro1 billion for Ronaldo, but have indicated that they are prepared to waive it. Sky Sports News report that the deal is worth £105 million.

Ronaldo has been at Real for 9 seasons, having signed for them from Manchester United in a then world record £80 million deal. In that time, he was won 4 Champions League titles, two La Ligas and two Copa del Reys and become Los Blancos’ record goalscorer, netting 451 goals. He has also won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best footballer 5 times.

The deal is the biggest in Juventus’ history, eclipsing the £75.3 million they paid for Gonzalo Higuain.

A club statement released by Madrid said: “For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our great symbols.

“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.

“Real Madrid will always be your home.”

Should this deal be completed, then it would seem to make it more likely that Real will bid to bring Neymar to the club from Paris St-Germain. This deal has been rumoured for some time, but Ronaldo’s exit will free up finances and Real’s president Florentino Perez will want to make a statement signing to make up for the departure of a club legend.

Paris St-Germain want Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in world record move – reports

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French champions Paris St-Germain are reported to want to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for £240 million, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo has claimed that PSG are looming for reinforcements as they bid to finally win the Champions League and have Coutinho on their radar.

A move could unite Coutinho with his international team mate Neymar, who PSG are desperate to keep happy amid rumours he may want to leave the French capital.

Mundo Deportivo claim PSG have contacted Coutinho’s agent but not Barcelona.

However, there are several major stumbling blocks to be overcome if a deal were to happen. Firstly, Barca have no intention of selling a player they only bought from Liverpool in January for £142 million. There is also a release clause of £350 million in Coutinho’s contract.

Secondly, PSG are still under investigation for Financial Fair Play breaches after they bought Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer for about £366 million – although Mbappe was only brought in on loan initially, with the deal being completed this summer.

If found guilty, PSG may have to sell one of their striking stars.

There are also reports that Neymar wants to leave, with Real Madrid said to be interested in taking him to the Spanish capital.

All the factz on Serbia v Brazil and Switzerland v Costa Rica in World Cup Group F

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The final matches in group F sees three sides battling it out for just two spots in the last 16. There are many permutations as to who will go through with what result, so it is sure to be tense. The matches kick off at 7pm BST. Here are the factz you need to know:

Serbia v Brazil

* Brazil need a draw to be sure of going through to the knockout stage. If Brazil win and better Switzerland’s result, they will top the group.
* Serbia need to win to guarantee qualification for the next round. A draw may be enough if Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by more than one goal.
* Brazil and Serbia have met once before in a friendly in 2014, which the South Americans won 1-0.
* Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 18 goals in 26 matches for club and country in 2018.
* Brazil have won 9 of their last 13 matches, conceding just 3 goals in that run.

Switzerland v Costa Rica

* If Switzerland win they are through – as group winners if they better Brazil’s result. A draw will be enough if Serbia don’t win.
* Costa Rica are already out.
* The sides have met twice before in friendlies – with both sides having a win apiece.
* Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to become the first Swiss to play 10 matches at the World Cup finals.
* Only once before have Costa Rica failed to earn a point at the World Cup finals, back in 2006

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and could rejoin Manchester United – reports

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Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Manchester United a potential destination, according to reports in Spain.

Rumours of Ronaldo wanting to leave Real have been circulating for some months, but now Spanish sources are saying that Los Blancos’ management have accepted that he will depart this summer.

Manchester United remain the favourites to sign him. Ronaldo made his name at Old Trafford, playing there between 2003 and 2009 before a then-world record £85 million move to the Bernabeu. They also have the financial clout to afford his transfer fee and wage demands.

Ronaldo would likely cost a substantial transfer fee, as while he may be 33, his powers show no signs of waning, as he has shown in his performances for Portugal at the World Cup so far.

If the move were to happen, it would be the sort of marquee signing that United manager Jose Mourinho – who previously worked with Ronaldo during his spell as Real manager – wants as he seeks to challenge rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title.

In addition, should Ronaldo leave, it would likely mean Real increase their attempts to sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain.

Liverpool line up huge bid for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio

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Liverpool are willing to pay an astonishing £158 million to bring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio to Anfield, according to reports.

Various Spanish media outlets have reported Liverpool have tabled a ‘firm offer’ for the 22-year-old playmaker.

Moreover, the reports have not been denied by Real Madrid, giving some credence to this rumour.

Asensio is rated as one of the brightest talents in Spanish football, and is already an international for Spain – he is currently at the World Cup in Russia – although he was not a regular starter for Madrid last season.

A bid of this size would be enough to convince Madrid bosses to part with a player of massive potential.

It would also give them the financial clout to make a world-record bid for Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, who would be the marquee signing Madrid are craving as they seek to depose Barcelona as champions of Spain.

Asensio himself is said to be becoming frustrated at his lack of starts at Madrid and could be open to a move.

However, it is not known if new Madrid manager Julien Lopetegui would be willing to sell him. Plus, Asensio has a €700 million release clause in his contract, but it is thought it is only theoretical and a huge bid such as Liverpool’s could be enough.

If – and it’s a big if – he deal happens it will be the second largest in history, behind only the £200 million PSG paid Barca for Neymar last summer.