Spain | - 11
Manchester United to spend £130m on two players
Manchester United are ready to bankroll the £130m summer signings to boost the squad power. Antoine Griezmann and Victor Lindelof are the players that Jose Mourinho feels will make them champions, the Daily Mail reports. The club were heavily linked to both players during the January transfer window, and it is thought the Portuguese manager is keen to once again get his business done early in the summer. Earlier reports suggested, that the Red Devils have already reached an agreement with Griezmann representatives, and the transfer announcement is just a matter of time. The French striker has been on United's radar for months and now the Mancunians want to close the deal. The Benfica star, on the other hand, is one of those players that Jose Mourinho admires a lot and is personally interested in bringing him to his team.
Gonzalo Higuain: “It is not in Juventus fans culture to whistle their players”
Juventus attacker Gonzalo Higuain has taken aim at Real Madrid fans. Ex-Madrid forward and current Juventus player explained that there is a different mindset in Italian football. "Juventus is like Real Madrid because you are prepared to win, but the Juventus fanbase isn't as demanding as that of Real Madrid," Higuain told Onda Cero's 'El Transistor' programme. "It is not in their culture to whistle their players." Note, that the Argentinian striker has made 264 appearances during his years at Real Madrud, scoring 121 goals.
Real Madrid eye Napoli fullback
Real Madrid are chasing Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam for the summer market. According to Todomercadoweb, the La Liga club manager Zinedine Zidane wants cover for Marcelo and has Ghoulam on his radar. Nevertheless, they're not alone, as Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain also monitoring the 26-year-old's situation. The Algeria international is tied to the Serie A side until 2018 and rated at around €15 million. Ghoulam has made 22 appearances during this season. Note that Ghoulam made his professional debut on 22 September 2010 for AS Saint-Étienne coming as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a Coupe de la Ligue match against Nice.
Forbes. Ronaldo is the highest paid sportsman in the world
Forbes have published the list of the highest-paid sportsmen in the world. The ranking was constructed by calculating the overall income of the sportsmen from salary, bonuses and advertisement in 2016. Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo leads the ranking with $88 m of income in 2016. He has had $56 m earnings in the club, while other 32 m came from advertisement. The Portuguese star is followed by his eternal rival - Lionel Messi. The Argentine striker earned $81.4 m last year, $53.4 of which came from Barcelona. The third-place occupant is LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers star added $77.2 m to his bank account. The bigger share of this money came from different advertisement campaigns - $54 m. Cavaliers paid only $23.2 m to LeBron.
Sevilla confident over Sampaoli future
Sevilla are confident that manager Jorge Sampaoli will be staying with the club despite links to a move away, and is already planning for the future according to club president Jose Castro. "Sampaoli is not at Sevilla just pasing by, he talks to us about the future,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "Sampaoli is very happy here and is already planning for next season." Sampaoli joined Sevilla in 2016 after Unai Emery's departure to PSG, and since then Sevilla became one of the biggest surprises in La Liga, currently occupying the second place behind Real Madrid and ahead of Barcelona.
Gerard Deulofeu speaks of his time with Barcelona
AC Milan attacking midfielder Gerard Deulofeu has spoken of his time with Barcelona. The 22-year-old midfielder is on-loan at Milan from Everton this season. "When I saw Iniesta, Messi, Xavi, training, I knew they were the best in the world, they have incredible talent," said Deulofeu. "They win, and do it well. Although you can be lost, they always teach you to be perfect. And that's what I have learned." Asked where he'd like to play in Milan's midfield, he added: "I do not have any preference, I have to start with the starting line-up. Suso plays well, I can play anywhere. I like to play on the left although I usually do it on the right,".
Real Madrid striker said “NO” to 20 clubs
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz was highly demanded during the January transfer window. However, the club academy product decided to stay at Real Madrid and show his abilities under Zidane's command. The Dominican has had offers from many European clubs, such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Malaga, Espanyol, Sporting Gijon in Spain, Lazio, Fiorentina and Genoa in Serie A and Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1. Clubs from England were also interested in the young talent. Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham were eager to see him in their teams. Eintracht Frankfurt was another contestant for the striker's transfer and wanted to get him to their team along with another Real Madrid loanee Jesus Vallejo. However, Mariano didn't want any move away from Madrid. He has decided to stay at the club where he played in 9 matches and scored 5 goals, having spent 223 minutes on the field.
Conte chases 3 players with £100 m in pocket
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte will £100 m for transfer deals in the coming summer, which he intends to use for strengthening exact positions, according to the Daily Mirror. The Italian manager wants to see new striker in his team as well as a new centre-back. He has already eyed Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and placed him at the top of his shopping list which also includes Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Conte has spent two years with Morata in Juventus and is well-aware of the Spaniard's capabilities, while Van Dijk has impressed the tactician with his consistent performances in English Premier League.
Real Madrid beat Man Utd and Arsenal with most visits to their website
Real Madrid official website Realmadrid.com has been the most visited website of a football club in the world in 2016. According to ComScore's research, the Spanish giant's website has recorded 1.350.000 unique visitors during last year, beating Manchester United and Arsenal websites. ManUtd.com had 1.114.000 unique visitors, while Arsenal.com closed the year with 1.050.000 unique visitors. In Spain, Real Madrid is out of competition. FCBarcelona.com had only 498.000 unique visits, which is 852.000 less than Real Madrid's stats.
Aubameyang speaks about his future and Real Madrid again
Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken about his future again and hinted that he could change his club after this season. "If you want to reach a new higher level, then you need changes, and I may change my club in the coming summer. I am still dreaming about playing for Real Madrid, but this issue has already created many speculations. I have to make an important decision. People want to see me in England, too, but I will not say that Premiere League is the most attracting variant for me. I like Spanish La Liga more. Paris also is a good place, while my main speaking language is French," Aubameyang said.