Mohamed Salah ‘Asks to Leave Liverpool’ Following Showdown Talks With Jurgen Klopp

?Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has asked the club to sell him at the end of the season – at least according to a report from Madrid daily AS.

The Egyptian has enjoyed another successful campaign with the Reds, but endured a challenging goalless run between February and April which saw him become the subject of countless taunts from rival fans.

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News of his demand comes from ?AS, who claim that ?Salah met with manager Jurgen Klopp to ask for a transfer at the end of the season, citing a long-standing feud with the German as the reason for his decision.

He is said to have been so determined to get his wish, that he was prepared to submit an official transfer request to force a move. However, ?Liverpool gave into him and told him they will arrange a transfer this summer if he still feels the same way, ensuring his market value remains as high as possible.

This latest development could come as a huge boost to ?Real Madrid, who expressed an interest in Salah last summer after his stunning ?Premier League campaign. They failed in their attempts to sign the 26-year-old, but could move again if he becomes available.

Soon after the reports emerged, Salah’s agent responded to the report on Twitter with quite the response – hinting that the story was rubbish.

Real Madrid are however set to be busy over the summer months. Zinedine Zidane has prioritised other signings this summer, such as ?Chelsea’s ?Eden Hazard, but the opportunity to sign Salah could prove too good to turn down if there is actually any truth to the claims.

This season, Salah has managed 22 goals and ten assists in 45 appearances for Liverpool. He currently sits joint top of the Premier League scoring charts.

Yet, many have been left underwhelmed by his performances at times, largely due to the high standards he set for himself last year.

With Real looking for a blockbuster signing to help them bounce back from their challenging season, Salah could be the perfect solution. However, last season’s Player of the Year would certainly not come cheap, and Liverpool would likely want a significant profit from their £34m investment in 2017.

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Real Madrid Confirm Mariano Ruled Out With Injury as Rumours Persist Over Striker’s Future

?Real Madrid have confirmed that Mariano Diaz has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right adductor, although no timescale has been placed as to how long he will be out for.

The striker has predominantly featured off the bench for Madrid this season as a back-up for Karim Benzema, and has seen his long-term future at the club called into question.

Mariano Diaz

Now, in a statement posted on the ?club’s official website, it said: “after tests were carried out on our player Mariano by Real Madrid’s Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with tendinitis in the right adductor. The player’s situation will continue to be monitored.”

Having been a part of ?Real Madrid’s youth teams, Mariano joined French side Lyon in the summer of 2017 for a fee in the region of €8m.

The Dominican Republic international scored 18 times in the league during that season, forming a potent trio alongside fellow forwards Memphis Depay and Nabil Fekir.

After the breakout season with Lyon, Madrid opted to re-sign the 25-year-old last summer for around €23m on a five-year contract, and was promptly given the number seven shirt worn by the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.

With just two goals in 17 games across all competitions this season, Mariano’s future at Madrid is unclear, with Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager coinciding with the striker featuring in just 30 minutes of football under the Frenchman. 

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Having been left out of Los Blancos’ squad for the last two games against Eibar and Leganes, it remains to be seen whether Mariano has already played in his last game for ?La Liga giants. 

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Transfer Rumours: Grimaldo to Real Madrid, Manolas to United, Sane to Bayern & More

?With every passing minute, we move closer and closer to the opening of the summer transfer window, and the rumours and merry-go-rounds that will inevitably follow.

Some of Europe’s biggest stars could be on the move in just a matter of weeks, but there are plenty of juicy rumours to keep you going until the window opens.

Here are five stories for you to keep an eye on.


Arsenal to Activate Buy-Back Clause for Ismael Bennacer as Napoli Lodge €16m Bid

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If you’re an ?Arsenal fan who has never heard of Ismael Bennacer, chances are you’re not alone. The Algerian midfielder made just one appearance for the club in a League Cup fixture in 2015, before being shipped off to Empoli for what feels like pocket change in 2017.

However, according to ?Le 10 Sport, the Gunners inserted a buy-back clause in the deal, and they could look to activate that and bring the 21-year-old back to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

?Napoli are said to have already submitted a €16m bid for Bennacer, who has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the ?Serie A, so Unai Emery might have to act fast if he wants to win this race.


AC Milan Not Giving Up on Yannick Carrasco

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?In January, ?AC Milan‘s pursuit of Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco dominated headlines in Italy. They simply couldn’t pry him away from the Chinese Super League side, but they’re ready to try again.

?Calciomercato claim that Milan chiefs met to discuss summer transfer targets, and Carrasco’s name cropped up again and again. They still want the former ?Atletico Madrid man, but perhaps only if they cannot land other targets.

?Everton‘s ?Richarlison and ?Watford‘s Gerard Deulofeu are said to top their wish list, but Carrasco is their backup option. The ?Premier League sides will likely put up a fight to keep their stars, meaning the Rossoneri could be forced towards Carrasco.


Real Madrid Want Former Barcelona Wonderkid Alex Grimaldo

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?Real Madrid have found themselves linked to every player under the sun in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane plots a huge squad overhaul. One man linked with the club in Benfica wonderkid Alex Grimaldo, and this story may have some legs.

News of Los Blancos’ interest comes from The Sun (via ?Marca), who state that they want the former ?Barcelona starlet to replace ?Marcelo, who could be on his way to ?Juventus.

Will Real fans overlook his time with Barcelona? Will the Blaugrana faithful ever forgive him for turning out for their arch rivals? Grab a cup of tea, this could be an interesting one.


Man Utd Ready to Reignite Interest in Roma Star Kostas Manolas

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?Manchester United have been linked with Kostas Manolas for what feels like an eternity but, just as the rumours began to disappear, they have come back in full force.

It looked as though they had moved on from the Roma man, with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and ?Toby Alderweireld on their shopping list, but Leggo claim Manolas’ £31m release clause is just too good for the Red Devils to turn down.

Manolas has been one of the Serie A’s top defenders in recent years, so £31m looks like an absolute steal in today’s market. After all, that’s less than ?Chelsea paid for ?Danny Drinkwater, and just look how well that has worked out.


Leroy Sane Frustrated With Man City Role as Bayern & Juventus Ready Bids

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Given ?Manchester City have what feels like 40,000 star forwards, you can understand how one of those players could grow frustrated with a lack of first-team action. Unfortunately for the Citizens, it looks like that’s exactly what has happened to Leroy Sane.

According to ?TEAMtalk, the German is less than impressed by his rapidly decreasing standing in Pep Guardiola’s squad. He has started just seven of the last 18 games, featuring in cup ties against the likes of Newport County and ?Swansea City, and it seems he has had enough.

Those around Sane believe that, if the 23-year-old tries to force an exit, Juventus and ?Bayern Munich would be incredibly keen to sign him. He almost certainly would not come cheap, but that rarely seems to matter these days.

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FIFA 20: 8 Legends We Want to See in This Year’s Game

?FIFA 19 was the latest instalment of the popular gaming franchise that allows users to play as their favourite players, and subsequently launch their controllers when they concede in the 90th minute, as it brought enjoyment and pain in equal measure. 

With it being April however, attention will begin to turn to latest release, FIFA 20, which is likely to drop in the autumn.

One of the best parts of the game is being able to play with a host of ‘icons’ that are part of each game, with FIFA 20 likely to be no different. 

So without further ado, here are eight legends we want to see in the next game. 


Gordon Banks – Goalkeeper


Arguably the greatest goalkeeper to ever play for England, surely there’s a space in FIFA 20 for one Gordon Banks.

With reflexes that most keepers could only dream of, the prospect of having the 1966 World Cup winner between the sticks for your Ultimate Team would be one that strikes fear into the hearts of your opponents.

Following his tragic passing, his inclusion into the next game would be a nice touch; giving people who didn’t have the fortune of seeing the former ?Leicester City and ?Stoke City shot-stopper play why he’s regarded so highly. 


Alan Hansen – Centre-Back 

If it’s a ball-playing centre-back with genuine pace that you’re after, then there are few better to have played than Alan Hansen. 

His time at ?Liverpool between 1977-1991 was awash with silverware, as the talented Scot won eight league titles, three European Cups and two FA Cups in what was the most successful period in the club’s history. 

Hansen was a joy to watch, as he married a confident and composed exterior with an astute reading of the game, making him one hell of a central defender. 


Philipp Lahm – Full-Back


A more recent addition to the list now, having only retired in 2017, but one that’s no less deserving is that of former ?Bayern Munich and Germany full-back Philipp Lahm.

The defender, who was equally adept as playing at either right or left-back, was a terrific servant for both club and country, winning eight ?Bundesliga titles – captaining Die Roten to the treble in 2013/14. 

Lahm also lifted the World Cup in 2014 for Die Mannschaft – earning 113 caps for the national team – and is recognised as one of the best full-backs to ever grace the game.


Cafu – Right-Back 


??While the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo were rewarded with cards on FIFA 19, one player that seemed to be missing was right-back Cafu.

The Brazilian defined a new approach to the position, with him often appearing in the oppositions half rather than his own over the course of the game, but it resulted in what was a glorious career for the defender.

A World Cup win in 2002 was the pinnacle of his career, having also won two Serie A titles with AS Roma and ?Milan, and the ?Champions League with the latter, so he’s certainly a player deserving of an icon card in FIFA 20. 


Kaka – Central Midfield 

The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner was shockingly omitted from FIFA 19, so it would be great to see the Brazil legend back in FIFA 20.

A terrific option as a central attacking midfielder, Kaka has everything you want?? for that position: size, quality on both feet, genuine pace, and the ability to score a sackful of goals when in and around the area. 

With a World Cup, Champions League, ?Serie A and ?La Liga title also on his resume, few could argue with the former Milan and ?Real Madrid man’s inclusion in the next instalment. 


David Beckham – Right Midfield 

One of the very few players to actually transcend the world of football and become an established name as a celebrity, it’s easy to forget how good of a footballer he actually was.

Famed for his trademark free-kick technique, Beckham also had incredible quality when crossing the ball into the box from open play. 

Although his crowning glory was the treble with ?Manchester United in 1999, the former England international also won a further five league titles in England, while winning league titles in Spain, USA and France, and would certainly be an asset to any team, especially those reliant on set-pieces.


John Barnes – Left Midfield 

Ask any Liverpool fan and John Barnes gets into their top five in terms of best players to play for the club, and for good reason, as his pace and dribbling ability to still talked about to this day.

Barnes was part of the title-winning sides of 1987/88 and 1989/90, winning the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award on both occasions, while winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award after his first title triumph.

Internationally, Barnes was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, with five of his 79 England caps coming during that tournament.


Didier Drogba – Striker 

Just uttering his name sends a shiver down the spine of most central defenders, as Didier Drogba was a bully of a striker that had it all, and could decide a game on his own.

The Ivorian became one of the revered strikers in ?Premier League history following his move to ?Chelsea in 2004, winning four league titles over two spells, while scoring an impressive 164 goals during his time at Stamford Bridge.

His crowning moment however came in 2012, as a late header sent the Champions League final to extra-time, before he scored the deciding penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich; signing off his first spell at the club in sublime style.


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Martin Odegaard Insists He Will Make Decision About Real Madrid Future at the End of the Season

Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard has insisted that he will make a decision about his future at the end of the season, amidst rumours linking with a move to Ajax.

Odegaard is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie where he has impressed, registering eight goals and six assists thus far. His contract with Real Madrid is set to expire this summer and there has been no word over a potential extension, sparking plenty of speculation surrounding his future.

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Ajax have been touted as a potential suitor for Odegaard but, in an interview with ?De Telegraaf, the ?Real midfielder claimed that he is still weighing up his options.

?“I want to take a step every year,” he said. “I have scored more goals and given assists than last season thanks to [Leonid] Slutsky, who gave me a lot of freedom.

“After the season I will make a decision, see where I can best develop. But first I want to end the season as well as possible with Vitesse.”

Martin Odegaard

Whilst he kept quiet over a potential move, Odegaard did go on to reveal his ambition to play in the Champions League as soon as possible – a competition Ajax are likely to feature in for the second consecutive season.

“I don’t skip a Champions League evening. It is the stage on which I hope to play quickly,” he confirmed. “I would also like to play football in a big competition. But I don’t have to run too fast either, I’m only twenty. I still have a few years to go.”

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