Lyon Rule Out Exit For Liverpool, Arsenal Target Lacazette

’Impossible’ Says President

Alexandre Lacazette Liverpool transferThe chances of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette leaving the French club this summer have lengthened somewhat following an interview with their official TV channel.

Lacazette, the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season, has been linked with interest from Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. But with Lyon flying high at the top of the league and in with a decent shout of Champions League football next season it seems he could remain with the French club into next season.

“If the president asks me to leave, I’ll have to leave the club,” said Lacazette when asked by OLTV if he would go should an offer too good to miss be lodged with the club.

But club president Jean-Michel Aulas immediately bounced back with a response on his Twitter account.

“It is simply impossible … He will be with us in the Champions League,” said the Lyon supremo.

A move appears to be dependent on whether or not Lyon qualify for Europe’s top competition. If they do, then Lacazette and players such as defender Samuel Umtiti, midfielder Maxime Gonalons and forward Nebil Fekir may find new deals dangled in front of their noses to try and persuade them to stay.

But Lyon are currently top of the league and perhaps more crucially perhaps for Lacazette, they are ten points clear of the places outside the Champions League spots. Another season in France remains.

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Cavani Is Still Manchester United Transfer Target

Cavani Watched By United Scout

Edinson Cavani Manchester United transferManchester United are still monitoring Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and a summer move for the want-away Uruguayan cannot be ruled out.

Cavani was linked with United last summer after a season when he was unhappy at being asked to play out on the flank for the French club. His situation hasn’t improved and PSG could decide to cash in on him this summer.

A United scout was at PSG’s match with Toulouse on 21 February, claims French newspaper Le 10 Sport. While that is no doubt true, United are also keeping tabs on PSG central defender Marquinhos who played the full 90 minutes.

Cavani failed to get on the scoresheet – he did pick up a yellow card – and he has had a disappointing season in front of goal. The eight goals he has scored in 24 Ligue 1 games is a poor return by his standards, but his six in seven Champions League games helped propel PSG into the knockout stages.

Cavani could be seen as a replacement for Radamel Falcao who looks set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season with United unlikely to pay the £37million it will cost to make permanent his move from Monaco.

But Cavani will come at a price. PSG won’t entertain the prospect of a season-long loan so United will have to dig deep. The French champions are mindful that in order to remain within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations they will have to maximise income from players sold this summer.

Past reports from France claim they will put a price tag of around €60million (£45million) on the 28-year-old. United are one of the few clubs to be able to afford that kind of money.

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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Won’t See Out Real Madrid Contract’

Bale ‘Asked to Leave’

Cristiano Ronaldo Arsenal transferCristiano Ronaldo ‘won’t see out his contract with Real Madrid’ claims one newspaper report from Spain and it adds that Gareth Bale asked earlier this season if he could leave the club.

The report comes from Sport newspaper which claims that Real president Florentino Perez has a number of problems to contend with this summer.

The paper claims that at the age of 30, Cristiano’s career his peaked – despite his 30 goals in 22 games so far this season. That has led Perez to contemplate his replacement, which is where Bale comes in. Perez regards the Welshman as the heir apparent to Ronaldo and is willing to give him centre-stage if Ronaldo leaves.

However, Sport claims that Bale asked to leave Real Madrid earlier this year because of his poor relationship with Ronaldo, but that his request was refused by the club.

There is also the effect of injuries on Ronaldo with the paper suggesting he has been asked to play while injured this season and that the cumulative effect could be damaging in the long run.

On the other hand, Sport suggests, Ronaldo’s effect on the field, plus his marketing pull could persuade Perez to keep the Portugal international, at least for this summer. His current deal ends in 2018 by which time he will be 33.

However, amidst all this it ought to be borne in mind that Sport is a Barcelona-based newspaper. The various sports media outlets in Barcelona and Madrid are constantly drip-feeding stories which, although they may not exactly unsettle supporters of the two clubs, are certainly aimed at putting doubts in minds and to ruffle feathers.

It seems unlikely that Madrid will sell Ronaldo and ‘promote’ Bale. For one thing, it wouldn’t go down well with Madrid supporters who have been quick to criticise Bale. For another thing, Ronaldo is still doing the business.

An exit is inevitable at some stage. But Ronaldo’s agent – and close friend of Florentino Perez – Jorge Mendes, claims the player will go on until he is 39 or 40 and will retire at Madrid. Only time will tell.

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Premier League Transfer News Friday 6 March

Premier League transfer newsManchester United are being linked with a fresh move for Juventus defensive midfielder Arturo Vidal. After a lacklustre season he could be available this summer for as little as £15m. Juventus are keen on United striker Radamel Falcao. United are reported to have bid over £5m for young Brazilian striker Kenedy, but the Red Devils face competition for his signature from Barcelona.

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Arsenal transfer target Morgan Schneiderlin could be offered a new £60,000-a-week contract to stay at Southampton. Meanwhile, Juventus will listen to offers for striker Alvaro Morata, who is being linked with Arsenal.

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Chelsea are reported to have paid £2.2m for 17-year-old Romanian left-back Cristian Manea.

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Chelsea are to offer a new £90,000-a-week deal to midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Paul Pogba could stay with Juventus beyond the end of this season. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are among the sides interested.

Liverpool are watching Serie A side’s Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.

Newcastle are interested in FC Sion’s Senegal international striker Moussa Konate, 21.

Tottenham Hotspur are reported to have made a move for Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho.

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Arsenal Transfer News Friday 6 March

Schneiderlin To Be Offered New Deal With Saints?

Morgan Schneiderlin Arsenal transfer newsArsenal transfer target Morgan Schneiderlin will be the subject of a last-ditch bid to keep him at Southampton.

The France international has been linked with an exit from St Mary’s this summer with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both said to be keen. But Southampton will offer him a new deal that will be worth £60,000 a week making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

Arsenal were initially linked with Schneiderlin in the January 2014 transfer window when they offered the Saints £15million. He was then linked with a move last summer when Tottenham were keen for him to link up with his former boss at Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino. But by the time Schneiderlin returned from the World Cup, though, Southampton had already seen some high-profile exits and dug in their heels over a possible move.

Schneiderlin ruled out a mid-season move in the January window this year and Southampton are likely to slap a £25million price tag on the 25-year-old who played for the Saints in their League One days.

Arsenal are also interested in Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, but he looks set to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga side. Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender has also been linked, but the German club rejected an £18million Arsenal bid last summer.

Morata To Quit Juve?

Juventus will listen to offers for Arsenal transfer target Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard is only in his first season with the Serie A side but already the talk is of him moving on.

Arsenal were linked last summer with Morata when he was with Real Madrid, but he moved instead to Juve for a fee of £16million plus the right for Real to repurchase him at the end of next season for £22million.

But Morata has only made seven starts for Juve in Serie A this season, though his six goals have come at an average of one for every 147 minutes on the pitch. A lack of first-team opportunities are though to be behind a desire to move on though Juve will demand well in excess of £20million for the Spain international. Some reports put his price tag at £60million, a figure that would end Arsenal’s interest.

Liverpool are also believed to be keen.

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Manchester United Transfer News Friday 6 March

Vidal In Fresh United Links

Arturo Vidal Manchester United transferManchester United could make a fresh move for Juventus defensive midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Chilean was in United’s viewfinder last summer, but the deal failed to go through due to fears over the state of Vidal’s knee.

Now, Italian website Calciomercato, in a highly speculative piece on the future of Vidal, claims Juve could sell him this summer. Although he put in a highly-polished performance in the side’s 1-1 draw with second-place Roma on Monday, Vidal has had a poor season by his standards and has put in a number of subdued performances.

That could be the trigger for a sale at the end of the season. After reports of a valuation in excess of £30million last summer, Calciomercato claims Juventus would accept €20-25million this summer (£15-19million).

United are still being linked with the Chilean even though his form would actually make a bid less likely. Manchester City are also believed to be interested.

Falcao In Juventus Link

The same report claims Juve could make a bid for Radamel Falcao. The Manchester United striker looks set to return to French side Monaco once his loan spell at Old Trafford comes to an end in May. La Liga side Valencia have already being linked for next season.

Now Juventus could be interested in taking him on a season-long loan.

But former United legend Ray Wilkins says the Premier League club aren’t likely to complete Falcao’s permanent signing this summer and that the Colombian is a shadow of his former self.

“He’s been struggling for goals,” Wilkins told TalkSport.

“We haven’t seen anything really like the player that destroyed Chelsea a few years back.”

Falcao remained on the bench for United’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’s Park on Wednesday.

United have the option to sign him on a permanent basis for £37million this summer, but he has scored just four times for the Red Devils this season.

United ‘Lodge Bid’ for Brazilian

Manchester United have lodged a bid for young Brazilian forward Kenedy, according to the latest rumours. However, United will face competition for the Fluminense player with Barcelona reportedly interested.

According to unconfirmed reports from Spain, United have lodged a bid of £5.7million for the 19-year-old who recently starred for Brazilin the South American Under-20 Championship in Uruguay.

Rumours of a United bid are difficult to verify and the reports have yet to reach Brazil. But the claims of interest from Barca are all over the Brazilian media. The head of the Catalan side’s technical committee, Ariedo Baida, is reported to have ‘underlined Kenedy’s name in red’ on his list of top targets. There has been no bid from the Nou Camp as yet.

Barca are currently serving a year-long Fifa transfer ban after recruiting under-age players from outside their home country and any move for Kenedy would to wait until 2016. But Kenedy has time on his side and he could be prepared to wait until Barca’s ban is up before making the move to Spain.

The striker has played 24 first-team games for Fluminenese scoring two goals. He has also been watched by Inter Milan and the Serie A side saw a £1.2million bid rejected by Fluminenese earlier this year. It remains to be seen whether any reported bid from United will be more acceptable at £5.7million.

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Revealed: Nemanja Matic’s Wembley Injury [Video]

Video footage has been released of the moment Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic injured himself in the aftermath of his side’s Capital One Cup victory.

Matic was ruled out of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham United at Upton Park anyway, as he was for the game with Spurs at Wembley last Sunday. On both occasions it was due to suspension. But manager Jose Mourinho admitted that the Serb wouldn’t have been able to play in Wednesday’ game because of the injury he sustained sliding across the Wembley turf.

Sky Sports have unearthed this video of Matic landing awkwardly as his side celebrated with the trophy.

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Chelsea ‘Agree Transfer’ For Romanian Teenager

Romanian Side Refuse To Confirm Chelsea Deal

Cristian Manea Chelsea transferChelsea have agreed terms with Romanian side Vitorul Constanta for their 17-year-old right-back Cristian Manea, according to reports coming from Italy.

The story was broken earlier this afternoon by journalist Gianluca Di Marzio and has been picked up by the Daily Mail.

According to Di Marzio, Chelsea will pay €3million (around £2.2million) for the teenager who earlier this season became the youngest-ever player to make his debut for Romania after playing just five games for his club. He made his club debut at the age of 16 and has already racked up more than 20 first-team appearances.

Vitorul are owned by Romanian legend Gheorge Hagi, who apparently spotted Manea in his own academy.

The club were contacted earlier today by the Romanian website “There is interest from several clubs in Cristian Manea,” said a spokesman for the club, but he refused to confirm that there is an agreement with Chelsea.

The Blues were initially linked with Manea last September but decided to move quickly given that there was interest from other clubs.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Podolski In Turkey Link

Galatsaray Interest Could Be Revived

Lukas Podolski Arsenal transferArsenal striker Lukas Podolski could end up in Turkey this summer, according to one of his representatives.

The Germany international has been on loan at Serie A side Inter Milan since January, but he has failed to score in nine appearances for the club in all competitions and was recently voted the second-worst signing in Serie A this season.

Inter have an option to purchase Podolski this summer, but that isn’t likely to happen. He could go back to Arsenal to see out the final year of his contract, but Ali Petkas, one of the striker’s representatives, says that a move to Turkey, which was first mooted last summer, could be back on the cards.

“Last summer there was the chance of a transfer to Galatasaray, which then failed to materialise,” Petkas told Turkish newspaper Fanatik.

“Regarding his future, I can say that anything can happen – even a transfer to Turkey. Why not? He likes the place a lot. Every summer he goes on holiday there.”

Podolski’s 128 minutes over five Champions League games is more than the 99 minutes he managed in seven Premier League substitute appearances for the Gunners before his move to Inter. His three goals for Arsenal this season all came in the Champions League.

A move to Galatasaray was on the cards last summer. The Turkish side’s hierarchy were keen on a loan deal for both Podolski and his Arsenal team-mate Joel Campbell. However, the club’s coach, Cesare Prandelli scuppered the deal describing Podolski as “a luxury”.

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Roma In Talks With Manchester City’s James Milner

James Milner Manchester City transferSerie A side Roma are reported to have had talks with Manchester City midfielder James Milner. The England international is out of contract this summer and has already been linked with both Liverpool and Roma’s Serie A rivals Inter Milan.

But according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma general manager Walter Sabatini travelled to England last week for talks with Milner. The 29-year-old is already free to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas side before leaving on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

Milner has been linked with Liverpool but has been told to drop his wage demands before he can move to Anfield. Estimates of his current salary vary between £80,000 and £120,000 a week.

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