Reports: Manchester United makes Paul Pogba transfer decision amid Real Madrid, Juventus interest

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Manchester United have reportedly decided to let go of Paul Pogba during the upcoming January transfer window, as the interest on him from both Real Madrid and Juventus intensify.

According to TuttoSport, Juventus are likely to sign Pogba only during next summer, but they are ready to establish contact with Manchester United in the coming weeks. so that they can gain a headstart over Real Madrid who are also plotting his signing.

Juventus are also likely to part ways with veteran striker Mario Mandzukic in exchange for the Frenchman – and as Mandzukic and United have expressed a mutual liking for each other, it seems likely that they will arrange a deal for both players during the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has also not yet given up on the chase for the 26-year-old, after failing to sign him during the summer transfer window. Back then, the Red Devils’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not really inclined to sell his best player, which is why he named an asking price of €180million for him – a price which was considered very high by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who then pulled the plug on a potential deal.

The ongoing 2019-20 season has not really been kind to Pogba either, as recurring bouts of injuries have forced him to remain silent for a major part of the season so far.

So far, has managed only six appearances this season – five in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup.

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Reports: Paul Pogba ‘desperate’ to leave Manchester United, to pick between Real Madrid, Juventus

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The latest word around the rumour mill is that Manchester United ace Paul Pogba is “desperate” to leave the club, amidst interest from both Real Madrid and Juventus.

It is TuttoSport who reports via Express that Manchester United have “begun to realize” that Pogba wants to leave during the January transfer window. This is after the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner publicly announced his keenness to “find new challenges” elsewhere in Europe, after three “eventful” seasons at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, it is also worth mentioning that Real Madrid had tried to sign the midfielder during August and September, as manager Zinedine Zidane was interested in him. However, the move failed to materialize due to two reasons – United’s relatively-high asking price of €180million, and the lack of interest from Madrid President Florentino Perez.

The 2019-20 season has not been kind to Pogba so far, as injuries have forced him to stay away from Manchester United for a major part of the season. It has hence been claimed that Los Blancos are all set to return to the market for him, as Zidane is yet to give up on his interest.

Meanwhile, AS claim that Juventus – Pogba’s former club – could also table a “lucrative” offer for him, by plotting to exchange right-back Danilo, midfielders Emre Can and/or Sami Khedira, or attackers Paulo Dybala or Mario Mandzukic for the 26-year-old.

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: the best player on Football Manager 2020 revealed

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On Tuesday, the latest version of Football Manager was released – and as with every football-related game out there, we are keen to find out how they have answered the eternal Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate.

And thanks to GiveMeSport, it looks like we now have an answer to the above question – as they performed a detailed breakdown of all the 36 individual stats in the game to see who has been rated the better of the two, and in which departments.

Each attribute is rated out of 20, with 1 being the worst possible score and 20 being the best.

Check out the detailed breakdown right below:

TECHNICAL STATS
Corners: Messi 15-13 Ronaldo
Crossing: Messi 15-15 Ronaldo
Dribbling: Messi 20-15 Ronaldo
Finishing: Messi 20-19 Ronaldo
First Touch: Messi 19-17 Ronaldo
Free-kicks: Messi 19-15 Ronaldo
Heading: Ronaldo 19-10 Messi
Long shots: Ronaldo 19-17 Messi
Long throws: Messi 4-2 Ronaldo
Marking: Messi 4-3 Ronaldo
Passing: Messi 20-15 Ronaldo
Penalty taking: Ronaldo 20-17 Messi
Tackling: Ronaldo 8-7 Messi
Technique: Messi 20-17 Ronaldo

MENTAL STATS
Aggression: Messi 7-6 Ronaldo
Anticipation: Messi 19-18 Ronaldo
Bravery: Ronaldo 16-10 Messi
Composure: Messi 18-14 Ronaldo
Concentration: Ronaldo 16-13 Messi
Decisions: Messi 20-18 Ronaldo
Determination: Messi 20-20 Ronaldo
Flair: Messi 20-18 Ronaldo
Leadership: Ronaldo 17-14 Messi
Off the ball: Ronaldo 18-16 Messi
Positioning: Ronaldo 6-5 Messi
Teamwork: Messi 14-10 Ronaldo
Vision: Messi 20-14 Ronaldo
Work rate: Ronaldo 10-7 Messi

PHYSICAL STATS
Acceleration: Messi 18-15 Ronaldo
Agility: Messi 20-13 Ronaldo
Balance: Messi 20-14 Ronaldo
Jumping Reach: Ronaldo 18-6 Messi
Natural fitness: Ronaldo 20-14 Messi
Pace: Ronaldo 16-15 Messi
Stamina: Ronaldo 15-13 Messi
Strength: Ronaldo 16-9 Messi

Out of the 36 attributes discussed above, Messi has a better rating in nineteen attributes and Ronaldo has a better rating in fifteen. Both players are tied with each other in two attributes.

That being said, it looks like Lionel Messi is the better player on Football Manager 2020 – but let’s hold that thought.

GiveMeSport has also hinted that, interestingly, when one adds up all the stats together for both players separately, both of them have a total of 525 points each.

It looks like even Football Manager could not find a solution to the eternal Messi-Ronaldo debate, after all.

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Reports: ex-Chelsea captain John Terry vetoed signing of €100million-rated Manchester City star in 2010

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It has been understood that Premier League giants Chelsea had an opportunity to sign Sergio Aguero in 2010, a year before he joined Manchester City – but Chelsea’s then-captain John Terry opposed the transfer.

According to Express‘ report, The Athletic claims that the Argentina international could have ended up at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues made a £30million offer for him to Atletico Madrid.

But John Terry vetoed the transfer as mentioned earlier, and the move was scuppered.

The Athletic say that Terry was not a fan of the Argentine striker, which is why he passed his opinion on to the Chelsea board to prevent the signing.

In 2011, he joined Manchester City for €40million – and the rest is history.

The 31-year-old has made 353 appearances for the Sky Blues so far, and has scored 244 goals and recorded 71 assists across various competitions.

He has also won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, four English League Cups and three English Super Cups, and was crowned the top-scorer of the Premier League during the 2014-15 season.

During the summer, he was linked with a move away from Pep Guardiola’s side, who reportedly named an asking price of €100million for him amidst interest from Spain and France.

But he chose to remain with City, and so far, has scored 13 goals and provided two assists in fifteen appearances in the ongoing 2019-20 season.

Reports: Manchester United plotting double swoop of £200million-rated key targets in January

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Mirror reports that Sancho and Haaland are the most important names on the wishlist of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and that he is prepared to land both players at all costs during January.

England winger Sancho is currently valued at £100million, whereas Norway striker Haaland is estimated to cost over £85million. That being said, Mirror estimates that Manchester United will have to shell out close to £200million in order to sign them.

Both Sancho and Haaland have taken the whole of Europe by storm, courtesy of their recent performances for Borussia Dortmund and RB Salzburg respectively.

Sancho – who is also a regular starter for the England national team these days – has scored 18 goals and recorded 31 assists for Dortmund in just 71 appearances, since signing for them from Manchester City in 2017 for a reported transfer fee of €7.84million.

Haaland, on the other hand, has already scored 26 goals in just 18 matches in the ongoing 2019-20 season. The 19-year-old has already netted five hat-tricks this season – three in the Austrian Bundesliga, one in the Champions League and one in the OFB Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sisters slam Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri for substituting him early against AC Milan

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A few hours after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 55th career hat-trick in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier game between Portugal and Lithuania, the star forward’s sisters launched a scathing attack on Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri for substituting him early during the recent Serie A clash against AC Milan.

In case you missed it, 34-year-old Ronaldo was subbed off in the 55th minute during the Juventus-AC Milan match on Sunday. Obviously, the ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United ace was not happy at his boss’ decision, and was seen storming off into the dressing room immediately afterwards.

Later, Sarri insisted that the Portuguese star was struggling with a knee injury, but Ronaldo himself quashed those claims, saying that he was “very good.”

Instead of just making claims, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner also set about to prove his words, by netting a hat-trick against Lithuania – thereby sparking a reaction from his family as well.

One sister, Katia Aveiro wrote on Instagram with a picture of Ronaldo: “Don’t mess with him.”

Corriere dello Sport further reports that his other sister Elma added: “God does not fail. He is fit, so now what?”

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Apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo’s friend Miguel Paixao also took a thinly-veiled dig at former England manager Fabio Capello after he said that Cristiano “hadn’t dribbled past anyone for years.”

“I think you should have also dribbled past the defence before scoring,” Paizao was quoted as saying.

With inputs from The Sun.

Ex-Manchester United star reveals teammate made Cristiano Ronaldo cry during training

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Ex-Manchester United star Louis Saha has admitted that Ruud Van Nistelrooy – who was his former teammate at Old Trafford – made Cristiano Ronaldo cry during training on one occasion.

Saha’s admission comes in the wake of the recent bust-up between Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez at England’s training base.

“Did Ruud make [Cristiano] Ronaldo cry? Yeah, there were stories because I think they ended up in an argument at the moment when Cristiano’s father had passed away, so it wasn’t the right moment,” he told Four Four Two in a recent interview.

“Things like that happen when two players have lots of spirit, but I’m sure Ruud regrets some of his words aimed at Ronaldo,” he further added.

Saha further added that he got on with Van Nistelrooy well, but former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not really see eye to eye with the ex-Holland international.

“He was always really nice to me; he maybe had a problem with the choice made by the manager, but never with me. He was obsessed about goals, and I respect that,” Saha said, before adding:

“I know some people said I maybe pushed him to a move away from the club, but that’s wrong. He was such a good player – he just had an issue with the manager – and I was maybe good enough for the manager to replace him, but I could have played with him, too.”

Barcelona new signing Antoine Griezmann responds to criticism after slow start to the season

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Barcelona’s new signing Antoine Griezmann has admitted that he is yet to adapt completely with the conditions at his new club, while at the same time promising fans that it will not be long before he lives up to their expectations.

Griezmann was asked about life at Barcelona after playing in France’s 2-1 win over Moldova in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday. During the Moldova game, he was deployed in a central role for Les Bleus and afterwards, he explained how he finds it easier to play along the centre rather than the wide position assigned to him by Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

“It is certain that playing on the axis is better for me. I have my bearings. I’ve been managing this position for years and years,” the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner told RMC Sport in a recent interview.

“I have a new club. I have to adapt. I am still learning. I knew on arrival that it was going to be hard, I knew it very well,” he further added.

Griezmann caused a storm during the recently concluded summer transfer window, by deciding to move to the Camp Nou just a year after he famously refused their offer.

Barcelona signed the former Atletico Madrid attacker for a reported transfer fee of €120million, but the 28-year-old is yet to create a big impact at the club.

Reports: PSG superstar makes final decision on future amidst Real Madrid interest

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The latest word around the rumour mill is that Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Kylian Mbappe has decided to remain at the club, despite an ongoing interest in him from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

It is AS that reports that according to Julien Laurens, a journalist for ESPN, Mbappe has “pledged to remain” at PSG at least for another season beyond the ongoing 2019-20 season.

The report further adds that if the 20-year-old wants to leave, he will have to force the issue on his own.

AS also stresses that Mbappe has, in fact, been linked with a “dream” move to Real Madrid, but PSG is keen to force him to stay, with the help of an astronomical offer that would influence him enough, to commit his future to the club.

PSG currently value the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner at a massive €400million, but it is not surprising given his insane amount of talent and ability.

Mbappe helped his former club Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semi-finals in the 2016-17 season almost singlehandedly, before moving to the Parisian club – initially on a loan fee and later, on a reported transfer fee of €135million.

He is only two matches short of clocking 100 appearances for PSG, and he has already scored 69 goals and recorded 36 assists.

Reports: How Manchester United, Real Madrid influenced Juventus to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Juventus last summer, apparently because they wanted to become a global force like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

This is according to Marco Bellinazzo, the author of La fine del calico Italiano (The end of Italian Football), who opened up on the €117million move recently.

“Juventus have been growing year upon year since Agnelli took over in 2010 but they knew that in order to become a top club on a European level they had to expand their appeal beyond the boundaries of Serie A,” he told Goal in an interview.

“They are trying to position themselves alongside clubs with massive global appeal and huge budgets like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United.

“To compete with these clubs, you need to have a strong squad, but also important players within that squad who have a lot of followers on social media.

“Quality coupled with popularity enables a club to increase its revenue.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, therefore, was the perfect signing for Juventus to achieve both of their objectives,” he explained.

The Bianconeri fought off huge competition from the likes of Manchester United, to bring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to Turin in 2018 July.

So far, he has made 57 appearances for them, scoring 34 goals and recording 12 assists.

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Manchester United handed major boost as key target’s manager hints at possible move

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In what has been deemed a major boost for Manchester United as far as the transfer market is concerned, their key target Dani Olmo’s boss has indicated that his client would like to leave his current club Dinamo Zagreb.

“Dani is impressive both as a footballer and as a person. Very modest and ambitious at the same time. He wants to learn every day and I’m proud to have him on the team,” Dinamo Zagreb’s manager Nenad Bjelica said, before adding:

“I think we are just watching his last match at Dinamo. There are so many offers. In the end, the club and the player will decide together what is best for both sides. He is ready to play for the best clubs in Europe.”

Earlier in September, the 21-year-old Spanish midfielder himself had accused Dinamo Zagreb of labelling a fairly hefty asking price for him, which is why the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool lost interest.

“I have nothing to hide – I wanted to leave Dinamo Zagreb. I wanted to move on and join a strong club in the five big leagues,” Olmo told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, before adding:

“I thought this summer was the best time to leave. Such a separation would have been best for the player and club, it is when you can get the best transfer.”

“I think my price was too high. Not because I think I’m worthless, but because I play in the Croatian league, and the foreign clubs pay attention to this. Realistically, it’s difficult for a player in the Croatian league to reach this price,” he concluded.

Quotes via 24 SATA.

Reports: Kylian Mbappe to snub Real Madrid, wants to join Premier League giants instead

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According to reports, Paris Saint Germain (PSG)’s Kylian Mbappe has decided to snub Real Madrid in favour of a move to the Premier League, due to Liverpool’s interest in signing him next summer.

It is Don Balon who reports that Mbappe is no longer keen on a move to Real Madrid, as he finds the prospect of joining Liverpool to be more attractive. The report further claims that Liverpool are also ready to shell out as much as €250million for the 20-year-old, as manager Jurgen Klopp is looking for suitable successors to replace Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Anfield.

Earlier last week, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and PSG’s Sporting Director Leonardo had engaged in a minor row with each other, after the former claimed that it was the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner’s dream to join Los Blancos someday.

Leonardo had hit back, saying: “Honestly, it [the claims] is a bit irritating, it’s annoying, it’s not the first time this has happened.”

“I think that now is not the time to talk about this. He is a player who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract with us, so to talk about what he wants, his “dream”, every time… if we can just stop this, pause this talk.”

To which Zidane replied: “I’ve said nothing, just what the player said, that his dream was one day to play here. I’ll say it again and I would say it every day. I have nothing more to say about Leonardo, I can say whatever I want.”

But now, Don Balon‘s report says that the tables have turned, with the youngster getting all set for a move to England.

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Reports: Barcelona target snubs Lionel Messi, wants Real Madrid move

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Over the past few weeks, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez had emerged as a key target for Lionel Messi and Barcelona – but the latest reports suggest that the striker is keen on joining their arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Diario Gol claims that Martinez has asked his agent to start discussions with Real Madrid’s President Florentino Perez, with the aim of seeking a move to the Santiago Bernabeu during January or during the summer transfer window at the end of the ongoing 2019-20 season.

The Spanish news agency further reports that Los Blancos themselves are interested in a transfer for the Argentina international, as neither Perez nor manager Zinedine Zidane are satisfied with the performance of Luka Jovic, the Serbian forward who they signed this summer.

In case you do not remember, Jovic was also a target for Barcelona before Real Madrid signed him for €60million from Eintracht Frankfurt in July. The 21-year-old has since played 11 matches under Zidane – nine in La Liga and two in the Champions League – but has scored just one goal so far.

Meanwhile, Lautaro Martinez – who joined Inter in 2018 from Racing Club for a reported transfer fee of €25million – has been in good form throughout this year. He scored some important goals for Argentina in the 2019 Copa America, and has recorded eight goals and three assists in just 16 appearances for the Nerazzurri in the ongoing season till date.

Reports: Real Madrid set to launch €130million offer for Liverpool’s Champions League hero

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According to reports, Real Madrid are interested in signing Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah, and have tabled an offer of €130million for the star winger.

It is Don Balon – who reports via Goal – that Gareth Bale is apparently all set to leave Real Madrid in January, which is why Salah is being monitored as his potential replacement.

The Egyptian winger has scored five goals in 10 Premier League matches so far this season, and another three goals in three appearances in the 2019-20 Champions League as well. It goes without saying that he was also a key component in the Liverpool side that lifted the Champions League last season – Salah also scored one of Liverpool’s goals in the final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Currently aged 27, the former Chelsea and AS Roma star has four more years left in his current contract at Anfield, which is why he has a fairly high market value right now. Gareth Bale, on the other hand, has three more years left in his Real Madrid contract – but manager Zinedine Zidane appears keen to offload him as doing so would free up a sizeable portion of the club’s wage budget.

However, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will allow the transfer of one of his most important players. Previously, he had made it clear that he hopes to keep Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk until the end of their current contracts with the club.