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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah a £200 million transfer target Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain

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Liverpool are facing a battle to hold on to leading scorer Mohamed Salah this summer as European giants are lining up to try and poach him – potentially for a world record £200 million fee.

Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona are all reportedly keen on signing the Egyptian, who has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances for club and country this season, according to a report in The Sun.

Salah, 25, has been compared to Argentina great Lionel Messi recently – he has also scored more goals than him this season – for his performances for Liverpool. In his most recent match, he scored 4 goals against Watford.

In the current transfer market, it is thought it may take a world record fee – the current mark was set by PSG last summer when they paid Barcelona £198 million for Neymar – to prise Salah from Liverpool. Selling him for that much would be a huge return on the £34.3 million the Reds paid Roma last summer for him.

However, every player has a price, as Liverpool proved when they accepted Barcelona’s £145 million bid in January for Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, having rebuffed several previous offers from the Spanish side.

Should Liverpool take the money – and it is surely speculation at the moment – they would have enormous spending power, given that they still have about £70 million left in the kitty from the Coutinho deal.

Of course, if Salah went to Real, it would mean they would drop their interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. But then that might mean one of Europe’s other giants would come in for them.

Whatever happens, it seems like this summer will be another one of frenetic transfer activity.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 50th career hat-trick

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 50th hat-trick of his career as Real Madrid ran out 6-3 winners against Girona in La Liga.

Ronaldo bagged 4 goals as Los Blancos hammered Girona to move up to third place.

The Portuguese maestro has now scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances, and has got on the scoresheet of each of his last 8 matches.

Those goals also mean he is now joint top scorer in the top 5 European leagues alongside Mohamed Salah with 35.

In all, he has scored 44 hat-tricks for Real Madrid – a record. In addition he has scored 5 for Portugal and, perhaps surprisingly, just one while he was at Manchester United.

Question is, how many more can he score before he hangs up his boots?

Liverpool set for summer battle with Real Madrid for Alisson signature

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Liverpool are facing a battle this summer with Spanish giants Real Madrid to sign Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

The Reds are known to be targeting a new goalkeeper this summer, with neither Loris Karius or Simon Migniolet convincing boss Juergen Klopp that they should be number one.

However, Real Madrid are also in the market for a new stopper. With Manchester United resolute in their refusal to sell David de Gea, Los Blancos are searching for alternatives, and 25-year-old Alisson would fit the bill. The Brazilian has put in a string of impressive performances this season, including helping Roma to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Alisson himself has said that interest from Real makes him “happy”, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he would prefer a move to the Bernabeau.

But it would take a world record deal to prise him away from Roma. He has been rated at £70 million – the current record is the £34.7 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last year. But in today’s inflated market it is possible a club would be prepared to pay that much.

Should a deal for Alisson not materialise, Klopp is also said to be interested in Bauer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno, who has also caught the eye and would be substantially cheaper, at about £20 million.

Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain considering summer bid for Chelsea star Thibault Courtois

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European giants Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain could be heading for a summer bidding war for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.

It has been reported by Belgian TV station RBTF that Courtois’ father, Thierry, met PSG officials in London earlier this week for informal talks. However, it is understood that Courtois’ agent, Christophe Henrotay, was not present at the meeting.

Courtois has established himself as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers in recent years, and the Belgian has been coveted by various Champions League contenders for some time. But now it seems the interest may be converted into something more concrete as both clubs look for an upgrade on their current number ones.

Real Madrid have had a long-standing interest in Manchester United’s David de Gea, but having been rebuffed several times have turned their interests to other players as back-up, with Courtois often mentioned.

Courtois himself has expressed a desire to return to Spain, having spent three years at Real’s city rivals Atletico from 2011-14. He has also said he wants to play for a side that is consistently challenging for the Champions League title – which Real have won in three of the past four seasons.

But PSG will try to persuade Courtois his future lies in Paris. As the club has shown with its recent signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, they are prepared to spend big – in transfer fees and wages – to get the players they want.

However, Chelsea are keen to keep hold of their star keeper. Courtois’ contract runs until 2019 and Chelsea are keen for him to sign an extension. While talks have been put on hold until after key games against Barcelona in the Champions League and Leicester City in the Premier League, the club have already indicated they are willing to bay the Belgian more than £200,000 a week, according to the Evening Standard.

If Chelsea were to contemplate selling Courtois, they would demand a world record fee for a keeper – the record is currently the £34.7 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last summer – despite him only having a year left on his contract.

Manchester United target Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos to replace Michael Carrick in the summer

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to replace the retiring Michael Carrick in the summer.

Mourinho has admitted he is in the market for a defensive midfielder given Carrick’s decision to retire and Kroos is his favoured option, according to The Independent.

While Kroos is an integral part of Real’s midfield, it is known that the club are preparing an overhaul of their squad in the summer and several high-profile stars could be on their way out. United could test Real’s resolve to keep the 28-year-old German international.

United have long held an interest in signing Kroos, and tried to land him in 2014 during the Louis van Gaal era, but at that time he opted to join Real instead.

Should Kroos join, he would slot into United’s midfield between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Should that move not materialize, then Mourinho could turn his attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl instead.

“We need to sign a midfield player,” Mourinho said recently. “Because we are going to lose Michael Carrick. Of course, we need balance in the team.”