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Real Madrid to swoop for Liverpool target Nabil Fekir

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Champions League winners Real Madrid want to sign long-term Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, it has been claimed.

Fekir’s club president, Jean-Michel Aulas, made the claim on French television station RT France. He added that the reason Fekir’s £53 million transfer to Liverpool collapsed is not because of medical issues – as the Reds said – but because he had pulled the deal as it was taking too long to complete.

Once the deal was off, Madrid were alerted and new manager Julien Lopetegui is interested in making a move for him.

This will come as a blow to Liverpool who are reportedly keen to resurrect the deal.

“It was foreseen that he [Fekir] would go to Liverpool, I had given it the green light to go ahead. But it just took too long, things were too drawn out,” Aulas said.

“The fact things didn’t conclude with Liverpool… has piqued the interest of a lot of other clubs, Real Madrid but not just Real Madrid… there is a lot of interest from other camps.”

That said, Aulas wants to keep Fekir at Lyon but added that if he really wants to leave, they will find the biggest club for him “to match his talent.”

Meanwhile Fekir himself is still keen on a move to Anfield. The French forward hopes that a deal can be restructured that takes into account fears over a previous cruciate ligament injury.

However, nothing will be decided until after France’s involvement in the World Cup is over.

Manchester United could bid for Marco Asensio if he says he wants to leave Real Madrid

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Manchester United are one of several clubs keeping tabs on Marco Asensio’s situation at Real Madrid, and could make a bid for him.

Asensio, 22, wants assurances about being a first-team regular at the Bernabeu next season, and, if they are not forthcoming, he is prepared to consider his future and possibly leave the club, according to Spanish outlet El Gol Digital.

With new boss Julien Lopetegui coming in, Asensio wants to see where he fits into his plans before commiting his future to the club – or not.

Should he wish to leave, United are not the only club interested in signing the Spanish international. Paris St-Germain (obviously) and Chelsea are also said to be keeping tabs on him.

The midfielder would command a high fee – probably at least £50 million – but that would not be a problem for any of the sides reportedly interested in him.

Barcelona target Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan to replace Iniesta

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Spanish champions Barcelona are targeting Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to replace departing legend Andres Iniesta, according to reports.

Iniesta left Barca after a success-filled career there at the end of last season to move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

So Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is in the market for a midfielder to maintain the strength in depth of the squad and apparently believes that City man Gundogan fits the bill.

Gundogan joined City in the summer of 2016 from Borussia Dortmund for £20 million. However, due to injuries he has only played in 40 Premier League matches in that time.

The 26-year-old German – who is currently in Russia with the Germany squad – has two years left on his contract. City would be looking for a fee of about £50 million if they were to entertain the idea of selling him, according to The Sun.

But any deal would only likely be done after Germany’s involvement in the World Cup is over.

Neymar in potential shock return to Barcelona

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Brazilian striker Neymar could be set for a sensational return to his former club Barcelona – just a year after he left them in a world record deal – according to reports in Spain.

Neymar joined Paris St-Germain from Barca for £200 million last summer, but has found it difficult to settle in the French capital and is reported looking to leave.

He has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, but Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Neymar’s father has contacted Barca president Josep Bartomeu about the idea.

Barcelona are in the market for a striker and had hoped to sign Atletico Madrid’s French international Antoine Griezmann, but he has opted to stay out for another season at least.

PSG would want to profit on their investment so any deal would have to be another world record, but that wouldn’t be a problem for Barcelona – or Real Madrid for that matter.

But perhaps more pertinent is where Neymar could fit in – would he want to potentially play second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barca (again) or Cristiano Ronaldo at Madrid?

Tottenham Hotspur join race to sign Barcelona star

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Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, who has been told he can leave the Catalan club.

Rafinha, 25, spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, making 17 appearances for and scoring 2 goals. Inter have an option to sign him permanently for £30.8 million, but they need to do that by June 30 and it is believed that they cannot raise the money in time.

This has alerted Spurs to the possibility that they could steal in and bring him to north London instead. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is seeking to strengthen his midfield this summer, and he is known to be an admirer of the Brazilian.

Other clubs are also monitoring his situation, including West Ham United. However, Spurs can offer Champions League football, while the Hammers didn’t qualify for Europe.