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TOP STORY: PSG ponder Madrid triple swoop
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are considering a sensational triple swoop for Real Madrid trio Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Isco, in a deal potentially worth more than €200 million, according to Le Parisien.
PSG sporting director Antero Henrique is keeping a close eye on the developing situation of each player, with all three Galacticos facing uncertain futures at the Bernabeu following a disastrous season for Los Blancos on both the domestic and European fronts.
Twenty-nine-year-old Bale has been left out of back-to-back La Liga squads in recent weeks, and Isco also has had a tough season, scoring just three goals and delivering a solitary assist in a disappointing league campaign. Kroos’ future, meanwhile, has come under continued speculation amid manager Zinedine Zidane’s persistent interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, and the 29-year-old could be moved on to make room for the Frenchman.
09.35 BST: James Rodriguez‘s future is up in the air this summer as his two-year loan at Bayern Munich is drawing to an end and he appears to be surplus to requirements at parent club Real Madrid.
So Paris Saint-Germain have raised eyebrows by responding to a Facebook post from the Colombia international, updating fans on his recovery from injury, with an applause emoji.
Could the 2014 World Cup golden boot winner be a target for the Ligue 1 champions?
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 14, 2019
09.10 BST: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi‘s 18-year playing career at the club will finish at the end of this season, the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Roma said that the final game of the season, at home to Parma, would be his last for the club he joined as a teenager in 2000. De Rossi has made 615 appearances and scored 63 goals in all competitions.
“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome,” club president James Pallotta said.
“The 35-year-old plans to pursue a new adventure away from Rome,” Roma said in a statement. Where could it be?
Daniele De Rossi, Romanista. 💛🐺❤️ pic.twitter.com/AXSvYgwMWB
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 14, 2019
08.40 BST: Keylor Navas will leave Real Madrid this summer, according to multiple reports in Spain. El Pais and El Mundo both report that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke to the Costa Rica international goalkeeper last Friday to let him know that his No. 1 for next season will be Thibaut Courtois.
A reported target of Porto and Paris Saint-Germain, Navas has started in only nine league games for Madrid this season. The 32-year-old, who was close to leaving Madrid for Manchester United in the summer of 2015 in swap deal that would have seen David De Gea move the other way, is tied to Los Blancos until June 2020. Zidane’s son, Luca, will be promoted to second-choice goalkeeper.
According to the Spanish press, Navas’ last game for Madrid will be against Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Navas has won three Champions League, one La Liga title, four FIFA Club World Cups and three European Supercups in his five seasons at Madrid.
08.05 BST: Atletico Madrid have decided to exercise the purchase option they have on Alvaro Morata. Morata joined Atletico from Chelsea in January on loan until June 2020, according to Cadena Cope. There is a purchase option included in the deal, believed to be in the region of £43.7m ($57m).
Chelsea are banned by FIFA from signing players during the next two transfer windows and could this summer recall some of their players who are out on loan, including Morata. According to AS, as part of the agreement with Atletico, there is a clause that would allow Chelsea to recover Morata before July 15.
Morata, 26, endured a difficult 18 months at Chelsea and does not want to return to the Blues outfit, whom he is contracted until June 2022. The former Real Madrid and Juventus player has played 17 games, 13 as a starter and scored six goals, since joining Atletico.
Cadena Cope report also that Atletico are considering Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani as a possible reinforcement should Antoine Griezmann leave the club this summer. Griezmann is a reported target of Barcelona. Cavani, the Uruguay captain, has one year left on his contract and is expected to leave PSG this summer.
PAPER TALK (by James Capps): Milan on lookout for cream of South American crop
Calciomercato claims AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has outlined his side’s plans for the upcoming transfer window, and the Brazilian has identified several young South American players whom he hopes can make a big impact on a side that looks set to miss out on qualification for next season’s Champions League.
On the Rossoneri wish list are two Argentinian midfielders: Juan Sebastian Sforza of Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo’s Matias Palacios. Juventus are also interested in a move for Sforza, who doesn’t turn 18 until February, while Palacios turned 17 a matter of days ago.
Milan’s primary transfer target in South America is in neighbouring Brazil, however, with the club prioritising a move for Flamengo attacking midfielder Reinier Jesus Carvalho. The 17-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances in the Brazilian youth sides, where he has been anointed as the heir to Lucas Paqueta, who himself joined Milan just five months ago.
Man City seek to ‘freshen up’ squad with summer splurge
Manchester City could be set for a major summer spending spree as Pep Guardiola looks to “freshen up” his title-winning side, and has identified as many as four potential signings, the Mail reports.
Among the Catalan coach’s targets is Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, while an additional midfielder, defender and striker are also on the agenda.
The report states that City are also interested in a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but Guardiola is sceptical about his side’s chances of signing a player whom Barcelona are also interested in. Leicester City centre-half Harry Maguire is seen as a cheaper alternative.
Should midfielder Ilkay Gundogan depart the Etihad for pastures new, City will also target a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who impressed Guardiola and co with his displays in the Champions League this season.
United to pip Arsenal to Pepe?
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has been in stunning form for his club side this season, scoring 21 goals and providing a further 12 assists — form that has guided Lille into next season’s Champions League.
Pepe’s great form in front of goal had alerted the likes of PSG and Arsenal, but with United in desperate need of creativity in the final third, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to make a move sooner rather than later.
United are also interested in signing PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer when his contract expires in June, but the Red Devils face competition from the likes of Juventus and Chelsea.
– Everton have an opportunity to sign Inter midfielder Joao Maria for a cut-price £15m, writes the Mail, but face competition from Porto and Monaco for the former West Ham man’s signature. The Portugal international has scored just once in 20 Serie A appearances this season.
– Barcelona teenager Jean-Clair Todibo will be allowed to leave the Camp Nou on loan only if the 19-year-old is guaranteed regular first-team football, according to Marca. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Napoli, but concerns have been raised about Todibo’s path into the first team at the Serie A side.
– Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign 14-year-old Norwegian wonderkid Isak Hansen-Aaroen. The Norway under-15 international has enjoyed trials at Liverpool and Everton during his fledgling career, but looks set to officially join United on his 16th birthday in August 2020, writes the Mail.