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Benzema may leave Real Madrid
Karim Benzema is considering departing Real Madrid at the end of the season, reports AS. The Frenchman is in his eighth season at the Bernabeu and, according to his camp, he feels as though his cycle at the club has come to an end. As such, the striker believes the best thing would be to seek pastures new in the summer. A few clubs from England would be interested in signing him. Moreover, Real Madrid already consider a new striker signing in the coming summer, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero on their shortlist. Real Madrid transfer ban has ended and the club will be able to sign new players in June, and the possible competitors add more doubt for Benzema.
Man City lead the race for Paulo Dybala
Man City are leading the chase to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, reports AS. Dybala, the Argentine forward, is expected to be one of the most coveted players in Europe during the forthcoming summer transfer window. He is on the shortlist of many big clubs including Real Madrid, who could ramp up their interest if Karim Benzema leaves the Bernabeu at the end of the season. The Spanish giants are believed to have contacted Juventus over the possible signing and have discussed personal terms with the player. However, according to AS, City are currently best placed to sign the striker from Juve.
Atletico Madrid see Alexis as Griezmann replacement
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is on Atletico Madrid shortlist, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror. The Spanish club are ready to offer £60m for the Chile international and make him the star of the team. The 28-year-old Chilean has been identified by Atleti boss Diego Simeone as the man to replace Antoine Griezmann. The French striker is believed to sign for Man Utd in the summer. Atletico Madrid intend to use the cash received from Griezmann's transfer on strengthening the squad, aiming to fight for the highest prizes both in domestic and European competitions. Alexis is contracted to the Gunners until June 30 2018
Isco rejects new deal
Isco has rejected a contract renewal offer and is considering seeking a way out of Real Madrid at the end of the season, reports Spanish TV programme Jugones. The Spain playmaker is inside the final 18 months of his deal at the Bernabeu and his long-term future is up in the air. According to Jugones, Isco rejected an offer of a new contract from Real two months ago. He has reportedly decided to listen to offers from elsewhere and is contemplating departing this summer.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao. Starting lineups available
Official starting lineups for the Spanish La Liga Week 21 clash Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao are already available. Spanish La Liga, Week 21 February 4, 16:15 CET Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain Referee: Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez Missing Players Barcelona → Iniesta, Busquets (both injured) Athletic Bilbao → Merino, Kepa (both injured) Official Lineups Barcelona (manager: Luiz Enrique formation: 4-3-3 ) → Ter-Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtit, Mathieu; Alcantara, Gomes, Turan; Messi, Alcacer, Neymar Athletic Bilbao (manager: Ernesto Valverde, formation: 4-2-3-1) → Iraizoz; De Marcos, Alvarez, Laporte, Balenziaga, San Jose, Iturraspe; Lekue, Garcia, Muniain; Williams Reserve Barcelona → Cillessen, Alba, Roberto, Mascherano, Rakitic, Deniz Suarez, Luis Suarez Athletic Bilbao → Gargallo, Saborit, Boveda, Goni, Etxebarria, Susaeta, Aduriz
Celta vs Real Madrid clash might be postponed
Spanish La Liga week 21 clash Celta vs Real Madrid might be postponed due to severe storm, AS reports. Celta home venue got damaged and it could be a reason for setting another date for the game. Basically, the postponement is real in case the storm continues and causes even more damage to Municipal de Balaidos stadium. If the situation stays the way it is currently, the game is more likely to start at the scheduled time and date. Important to note, that the storm has already caused Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Betis Friday clash to be postponed.
Pele: Neymar is better than Ronaldo technically
Brazil legend Pele shared his opinion about his compatriot currently Barcelona player Neymar, comparing him to four time Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. "The only problem that Neymar has is heading. Otherwise, Cristiano Ronaldo is not better than him," he told UOL Esporte. "Technically, Neymar is way better," he continued, "But [Ronaldo] is better when using the head. You don't see Neymar scoring with the head, and that counts." Important to not that Pele has previously claimed that Neymar should be the one to revive Brazilian football. In the current season Barcelona forward has featured in 26 official clashes, having scored nine times and assisted 16 goals.
Barca fans prepare a protest against referees
Barcelona fans prepare a protest against referees and plan to show their dissatisfaction during Saturday La Liga clash Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona fan club Grada de Aniamcion has published a notice in the social media, asking the fan groups to bring hankerchiefs and make a wall of hankies. Then they will be waved starting from the 12th minute of the game. The protest is organized to show the dissatisfaction by the actions of the referees in the recent Barcelona clashes. The fans are especially annoyed by the Neymar goal against Betis in previous week which was mistakenly counted as a non-goal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaP6HEy9oNo
Bayern Munich eye Tottenham striker
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are interested in signing Tottenham's Dele Alli, according to The Times. The 20-year-old is having a great season with the North London club, netting 11 goals in 22 Premier League appearances, which couldn't stay unnoticed by the big European clubs. The England international has signed a new six-year deal in September, making him a longer term target on Bayern's wishlist. However, to sign Alli, Bayern will have to compete with another European big club - Real Madrid. Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are already working towards bringing Alli to the Spain capital and making him the next galactico of the team.
Inter prepare bid for Aguero
Inter Milan, reportedly, have prepared a bid for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero. According to Calciomercato, The Italian giants are hoping to land the Argentina international during summer transfer window. The report states that Gabriel Jesus could be in line to start more games as of next season, leaving Aguero fighting for first-team football at the Etihad Stadium. The 28-year-old forward has also been on Real Madrid radar. Aguero has made 164 appearances, scoring 113 for City since joining the club from Atletico Madrid 2011.