Conflicting Reports Claim Real Madrid Could Move for Thibaut Courtois While Alisson Saga Rumbles On

The hunt for an eventual outcome to Alisson Becker’s future at club level rages on as the Brazil stopper looks to his next World Cup group game against Costa Rica. ?Real Madrid seem to be the only side that are yet to be priced out of a move for the 25-year-old, but conflicting reports are causing confusion as to what is actually happening.

The two teams fighting it out for Alisson at the start of summer came in the form of Madrid and Liverpool. Los Blancos are after a man to replace the unreliable Keylor Navas? between the sticks at the Bernabeu, whereas Jurgen Klopp had seemingly lost faith in Loris Karius following his Champions League final blunders.

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But now, with ?Liverpool exploring other options after giving up in the pursuit of Alisson, it looks as though Madrid have a free swing at signing their man. However, it’s all getting a little confusing.

According to CadenaSER, Real will move on from their hunt for Alisson if Roma refuse to budge on their €80m asking price for the keeper. Instead, The Spaniards will look to sign Thibaut Courtois – a player they believed could be bought for half the price considering his contract situation at Chelsea.

The Belgian only has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and Los Blancos feel as though this could make for a great bargaining chip – playing on ?Chelsea’s refusal to let him go for nothing next summer.

However, Marca claims that Madrid president Florentino Perez will push ahead in his plans to sign Alisson by tempting Roma with a €60m bid. The report suggests that both teams will be willing to negotiate a deal.

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Perez is said to be fed up of Navas, and is desperate to sign a replacement as soon as he can. Personal details with the Brazilian have reportely been concluded already, with just the fee still to negotiate.

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Patrice Evra Shares Amazing Ronaldo Ping Pong Story & Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Eat at His House

?Real Madrid superstar and former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo showed his steely nerve in his quest for World Cup glory – the last major honour that eludes him – after converting a free-kick under pressure to complete his hat-trick and secure a 3-3 draw against Spain.

The five time Ballon d’Or winner’s personal drive and determination is the stuff of legend. 

He is never satisfied with second best, which is why he can do what he did for Portugal in that 3-3 thriller, and a story from former Old Trafford teammate Patrice Evra involving table tennis and another ex-colleague in Rio Ferdinand is perfect testament to that.

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According to Evra, who was speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast, Ronaldo’s anger at losing, in whatever he is doing, is what motivates him to always win.

“They were playing table tennis and Rio beat [Ronaldo], and we were all screaming and he was so upset,” the 37-year-old full-back explained.

“Then he sent his cousin to buy a table tennis set, he trained for two weeks at home and he came back and he beat Rio in front of everyone.

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“So that’s Cristiano Ronaldo, that’s why I’m not surprised today that he wants to win another Ballon d’Or, why he wants to win the World Cup. Because he’s an angry man.”

Another of Evra’s stories about Ronaldo was about a lunch invitation to the Portuguese forward’s house – “When Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no.”

The ex-United defeder said, “I went [and] I was really tired. At the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like ‘okay…’, and water, not any juice.

“We started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing. He had just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said: ‘Let’s do some two touch’.

“We start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like ‘okay…’ after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done. I said: ‘Cristiano why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’.

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“This guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”

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3 Key Battles That Could Decide Portugal’s World Cup Clash With Morocco on Wednesday

?Portugal face off against Morocco at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday in Group B’s second round of games. 

Portugal will be looking to build on the impressive performance which secured them a valuable point against favourites Spain in their World Cup opener. Cristiano Ronaldo once again showcased his quality and importance to the national side, scoring all three of Portugal’s goals in the 3-3 draw. 

Morocco, on the other hand, suffered late heartbreak against Iran in their opening fixture of the tournament. The Lions of the Atlas were the better team for much of the game, but Aziz Bouhaddouz’s unfortunate own goal seconds from time meant they left Saint Petersburg with no points. Consequently, Hervé Renard’s side will need to beat Portugal in order to stand a chance of progressing to the next round. 

Here are three clashes which could prove to be decisive: 

3. Ayoub El Kaabi vs. Jose Fonte

RS Berkane forward Ayoub El Kaabi didn’t have the best of games against Iran, although the deep-lying Iranian backline neutralised his preferred style of play, which is somewhat reliant on pace. 

On Wednesday, he’ll come up against Portugal’s vastly experienced centre back duo of 34-year-old Jose Fonte and 35-year-old Pepe. The Seleção das Quinas are more than likely going to play a more attacking game than Iran, with both Pepe and Fonte venturing forward for set-piece deliveries, which could leave Portugal vulnerable on the counter and allow El Kaabi the chance to exploit the backline’s lack of pace. 

2. Amine Harit vs. Cédric Soares

Despite the late loss to Iran, Morocco delivered a promising display in their opening game, and Schalke midfielder Amine Harit was the catalyst to most of their good play. 

Harit is likely to start on the left of a three-man midfield, meaning he’ll come up against Southampton full back Cédric Soares. The 26-year-old is a solid defender, but he’ll also be expected to provide Bernardo Silva with some support down the right flank. 

If the game turns out as expected, Portugal will have most of their players, including full backs, pressing up the pitch. That could leave gaps for Morocco and Harit to exploit, especially on the counter-attack. 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Medhi Benatia

Portugal aren’t necessarily a one-man team but they are heavily reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo, who isn’t immune to having an off day. 

Ronaldo will start alongside either Andre Silva or Gonçalo Guedes in a two-man attack, although he’ll undoubtedly have the licence to roam around the pitch. 

Juventus centre back Medhi Benatia will probably be handed one of the toughest tasks in football with marking the Portuguese superstar. 

If Ronaldo is allowed to perform against Morocco like he did against Spain, his side will stand a great chance of winning. 

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Paris Saint-Germain Reportedly Ready to Offer Cristiano Ronaldo €45m a Year to Move to Ligue 1

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a 45m (£39.5m) yearly salary to join them this summer, according to france football.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is fresh off yet another Champions League triumph with ?Real Madrid and looks to be carrying his country through the World Cup, having scored a hat-trick against Spain last week.

Despite being 33, the Portuguese superstar has shown zero decline and is still at the very top of his game. 

Following his Champions League win, though, the attacker intimated that he could be leaving the Bernabeu this summer. 

PSG are said to be very keen on teaming Ronaldo up with Brazilian hotshot Neymar at the Parc des Princes and are ready to make him quite the earner by paying him €45m per year.

Ronaldo currently earns £17.5m on a yearly basis at Madrid and is believed to be frustrated with his wages as he believes that he should be the highest earner in football as he is the best player in the world.

The French side are keen on fulfilling that wish, but Manchester United are also understood to be targeting their former star.

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As to whether they’re willing to match PSG’s reported offer is unclear, but if the player does leave Madrid this summer, it could turn football on its head.

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Bayern Munich Striker Claims He is Entering His Prime as Rumours Over His Future Increase

Poland international Robert Lewandowski has appeared to offer some comfort for potential suitors this summer who could have concerns about spending big on a 29-year-old forward, claiming that he is ‘just starting the best period for a striker.’

Lewandowski is supposedly vying for a move away from Bayern Munich this summer despite the Bavarians’ stance that he is not for sale, with it being rumoured the forward has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

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And the Polish striker, who is set to lead the line for the White and Reds against Senegal at the World Cup, has slyly claimed that his age shouldn’t be cause for concern if clubs are interested in signing him this summer.

I have a plan to play at the top level at least until I’m 35,” Lewandowski told the Guardian ahead of Poland’s World Cup opener on Tuesday. 

“I feel I’m just starting the best period for a striker. I’m mature and have a lot of experience. If I’m healthy, I will play in Europe as long as possible – and then move on. We will see.”

Lewandowski has spent the last four years in Bavaria after letting his contract at Borussia Dortmund expire. The 29-year-old has a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2021, having signed an extension in December 2016.

He has made 257 appearances in the Bundesliga throughout his eight-year spell in Germany, scoring 180 goals and claiming 51 assists. 

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Lewandowski has also notched 28 goals in other domestic competitions since leaving Lech Poznan, as well as another 46 in the Champions League and Europa League combined.

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