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Barcelona prepare to sell Jordi Alba
Barcelona are preparing to sell Jordi Alba this summer. According to Don Balon, the La Liga titleholders management have accepted there's no convincing Alba about staying next season. Instead, Barca are now drawing up plans to find a replacement for the Spain left-back. The Blaugrana's two top targets are Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, on-loan from Alaves, and Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam. Ghoulam is being put up for sale by Napoli after failing to settle on a new contract, while Theo can be signed for the €24 million buyout clause in his contract.
Zidane does not ignore James Rodriguez
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he's not ignoring James Rodriguez. The 44-year-old manager was asked about James' situation for his Champions League presser. He replied: "He's on my mind every day, like the rest of the players. "You'll see tomorrow how we start and we also have three substitutions. So we need everyone for tomorrow and the rest of the games that are coming up. He plays less because I have to make decisions, but nothing changes about what I think of him. I have a lot of affection for all of them."
Atletico confident on saving Griezmann in squad
Atletico believe Antoine Griezmann will stay at the Vicente Calderon this summer, says Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. "The situation has not changed. He has agreed nothing with any team and Atletico think he will stay," he says. "The fact that Diego Simeone is staying will help his decision. Atleti want to reward him with an improved contract and a bigger buyout clause." To recall, several clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid are ready to break the bank to sign the French striker whose transfer fee will surely exceed 100 m euros.
Inter Milan target Diego Simeone
Inter will try to lure Atletico boss Diego Simeone to San Siro with a five-year deal worth €50m, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. Simeone has worked wonders during his time on the bench at the Vicente Calderon and Inter, one of his former clubs during his playing days, want him to lead them back to success. As such, they are willing to offer the Argentinian a five-year contract worth €10m a season. Should they fail to secure Simeone's services, they will ramp up their efforts to lure Antonio Conte from Chelsea.
Zidane leaves the door open to a departure
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is leaving the door open to a departure this summer. While Real president Florentino Perez has plans to extend Zidane's contract at the end of the season, it's emerging the 44-year-old specialist is now coveting another job. According to Don Balon, the La Liga side manager is open to succeeding Didier Deschamps as France coach. Zidane would welcome the chance to lead his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and it's claimed this is why he's been so vague in recent weeks about his plans next season. Note that France are expected to comfortably qualify for the World Cup, however, there are doubts about Deschamps after last summer's defeat in the final of the Euros.
Simeone calms Man Utd questions for Griezmann
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone played questions over Antoine Griezmann with a straight bat on Monday. In England for Atletico's Champions League clash with Leicester City, Simeone was asked about Manchester United rumours for Griezmann. However, the Argentine was able to shut down the line of questioning quickly. "Manchester United's interest for Griezmann? This is a question for Griezmann...," - he said. Note that the 26-year-old France international was again linked with United last weekend - along with Atletico teammates Jan Oblak and Yannick Carrasco.
Higuain: Barca showed vs PSG they can make miracles
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain shared his expectations ahead of the match vs Barcelona in the quarter-finals of Champions League. "I still don't know whether the 3-goals advantage will be enough for us or not. We have to enter the pitch and fight, we have to play the same way we did in the first match. Barcelona already showed against PSG that they are able to make miracles. However, they have to be careful when we attack. We will create moments and try to score a goal," Higuain said. To recall, Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 thanks to Dybala's two goals and a header by Giorgio Chiellini.
Lewandowski hopeful ahead of Real Madrid clash
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski shared his expectations ahead of return leg match of Champions League quarter-finals vs Real Madrid. "We have to press the opponent and give our best on the field. The match will be a tough one, and Bayern Munich have to face Real Madrid as if we are playing at our own pitch. We need goals, but we also have to be careful in the defense," Lewandowski said.Ответная игра между испанским грандом и подопечными Карло Анчелотти состоится 18 апреля. Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich at Alianz Arena thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's brace and now will host the German side today at 20:45 CET.
Barcelona plan Deulofeu homecoming
Gerard Deulofeu could be heading back to Barcelona after an excellent spell on loan to Italian giants AC Milan according to the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old joined them on loan in Januray after failing to hold down a first-team sport at Everton, but his form has caught the eye and earned him a recall to the Spain squad for the international friendly with France last month. Deulofeu played six times for Barcelona during a four-year spell.
Real Madrid striker on Arsenal radar
Arsenal are reportedly set to offer Karim Benzema £300k-a-week to leave Real Madrid, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon. The 29-year-old is reportedly the number one transfer target for Arsene Wenger, who could be planning for life without Alexis Sanchez, whose future at the Emirates remains uncertain. The Frenchman joined Real back in 2009 and has scored 179 goals, but his form has dipped this season, prompting jeers from some sections of the Bernabeu faithful.