Real Madrid Reportedly Offer Liverpool Swap Deal Worth £87m for Star Winger Sadio Mane

?Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offer ?Liverpool £70m for Senegalese international Sadio Mane and will include goalkeeper Keylor Navas in any potential deal. 

Real Madrid are well aware of Liverpool’s desire to sign a new goalkeeper, and Keylor Navas could be an attractive proposition for the Reds who have failed to find a replacement for Loris Karius so far this summer. 


The German shot-stopper’s errors lead to two of Real Madrid’s goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat in the Champions League final last season, and his place between the sticks at Anfield no longer looks tenable. Liverpool have been heavily linked with ?Allison Becker from AS Roma and Lazio goalkeeper ?Thomas Strakosha, but the reported offer from Real Madrid could solve their goalkeeping issues. 

News of the offer comes from Spanish news outlet Diario Gol, who are known for making bold transfer claims of which this is certainly one. The offer reported is worth a total of £87m which is around the figure that Liverpool are claimed to be demanding for Mane. 

Mane netted 20 times and contributed nine assists in all competitions for Liverpool last season, but it is difficult to see where the Senegal international fits into the current Real Madrid team, should none of their current stars leave the Santiago Bernabéu.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vasquez, Isco and Marco Asensio are all capable of playing the same position as Mane, meaning Real Madrid look massively overstocked on the wing already.

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Should there be any truth behind the Mane links surfacing out of Spain, it looks likely that one of the aforementioned names would have to make way for a new arrival. Any transfer activity at Real Madrid, however, is likely to be delayed by Zinedine Zidane’s unexpected departure, with new manager ?Julen Lopetegui likely to have a different vision for the future of this Real Madrid team.


Report Claims Julen Lopetegui Targeting Liverpool Ace for New Real Madrid Formation Next Season

New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has made Liverpool star Mohamed Salah a summer target as he looks to reshape Los Blancos’ formation next season.

The Spaniard, who was fired from his post as Spain’s manager after getting announced by Madrid ahead of the 2018 World Cup, could have a hard time convincing Salah to come play alongside the man who some believe intentionally ended his Champions League dream.

Salah missed Egypt’s World Cup opening loss against Uruguay last week as the direct result of the shoulder injury he suffered during a tangle with Sergio Ramos in the European final, but returned for their second match against hosts Russia, which they also lost.

According to Don Balon, the Egyptian speedster is being considered by Lopetegui. Real president Florentino Perez would prefer a move for Neymar, but would take Salah as an alternative if nothing materialises where the Brazilian is concerned.

The Spanish report also claims that Zinedine Zidane’s successor could be looking to change the squad’s formation and pair Salah up with Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-4-2 setup.

Liverpool will surely be hesitant to sell their superstar player, who scored 44 goals for them last season en route to the Golden Boot and the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award, having already lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.

Should Madrid pull this off, though, their attack will be one of the most fearsome in world football. Yet based on the source, one could be forgiven for being very sceptical.

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Nevertheless, Salah is one of the best players in Europe at the moment. And given Madrid’s penchant for buying the best, a summer bid shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.


Report Claims Real Madrid Could Move for Ligue 1 Star as Alternative to Liverpool Forward

??Real Madrid could turn to Lyon star Nabil Fekir, previously heavily linked with ?Liverpool, should their efforts to sign Reds ace Mohamed Salah fail.

Los Blancos, who recently appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new manager following the departure of Zinedine Zidane, are reportedly interested in Salah, who had an incredible first season with Liverpool.

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According to Spanish outlet ?Diario Gol, France international Fekir is on Madrid’s shortlist as a potential alternative to Salah should the Egypt international decide to remain at Anfield.

The futures of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are uncertain, with the latter sparking reports of a potential Bernabeu exit after comments made following his match winning performance in the Champions League final win against Liverpool.

The report claims a potential move for Salah has been made difficult due to the former Roma forward feeling tension with Sergio Ramos after he was injured in a collision with the Spain international during the UCL final.

The report names Fekir as a potential target for Real Madrid, while it also claims a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar ‘is not viable’. Other names mentioned include Sadio Mane and Kylian Mbappe.

?The Daily Star also drafted a potential Real starting XI for the 2018/19 season should they be successful in their summer pursuits, which includes Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who has been heavily linked with a move to Spain.

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Fekir, currently in Russia with the France squad for the World Cup, was expected to move to Liverpool until Lyon released a statement revealing that the 24-year-old will not be leaving France.


Real Madrid Striker Could Be on the Move as Milan Prepare £80m Bid

??Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could be set to leave the club this summer after nine years in the Spanish capital, with Italian side ?Milan reportedly interested in making an £80m bid for the player.

According to ?Diario Gol, Benzema’s future at Madrid could be in doubt following the departure of manager Zinedine Zidane. The striker was a favoured player of Zidane’s, perhaps due to their shared French heritage – however, the impending arrival of new manager Julen Lopetegui has thrown Benzema’s Madrid career into uncertainty. 

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Diario Gol claim that although much of Madrid’s transfer dealings will be delayed until the conclusion of the World Cup, the club are still working behind the scenes to offload a number of players deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the new season, with Benzema being one of the first names on the list.

Though a number of top European clubs have been put on high alert following news of Benzema’s availability, it would seem that Milan are top of the pile and currently lead the race for the French international’s signature.

However, selling Benzema may prove a more difficult endeavour than first anticipated by Madrid president Florentino Perez. The striker’s current deal at the club does not expire until 2022 and he has reportedly already told Perez he will not be forced out of the club unless he agrees to the move.

Lopetegui is keen to bring in a new striker to lead the line for the club, with ?Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski reportedly top of the list. Real Madrid will also be bolstered in attack by the addition of Vinicius Junior, the 17-year-old who will be joining the club from Flamengo this summer.

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In spite of the threats to his place in Madrid’s starting XI, Benzema is apparently keen to show he deserves to remain at Madrid. With nearly 200 goals for the Spanish giants in 413 appearances, it is hard to imagine him giving up without a fight.


Iran 0-1 Spain: Player Ratings as Iranian Hearts Are Broken After Diego Costa Spares Spain’s Blushes

Iran fought hard but were unable to hold out Spain for the whole 90 minutes as they were eventually defeated 1-0 by La Furia Roja in Rostov.

Spain dominated the match in terms of possession but it took a fluke goal to break the deadlock midway through the second half, as a clearance cannoned off of Diego Costa’s knee. The result means that Spain are now in a prime position to qualify for the last 16, but aren’t mathematically there just yet.

Here’s a look at how the players fared: 

1. Iran: Goalkeeper & Defenders

Alireza Beiranvand 7/10 – Very solid performance, dealing well with crosses into the box and also made a flying save to deny Busquets in the second half. Stood no chance with the goal.

Ehsan Hajisafi 6/10 – Took a knock in the first half and fought on bravely to play admirably at left back.

Morteza Pouraliganji 7/10 – Threw his body on the line so many times and won virtually every header Spain lumped up towards him. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

Majid Hosseini 6/10 – Not quite as heroic as his colleague by his side but not much found its way past him.

Ramin Rezaeian 6/10 – Incredibly unlucky with the goal as his clearance cannoned off of Diego Costa’s knee. Otherwise very steady.

2. Iran: Midfielders

Saeid Ezatolahi 7/10 – Screened his defence superbly and even had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed after a VAR referral. 

Omid Ebrahimi 6/10 – Formed a strong partnership with Ezatolahi and often broke up play when Spain looked threatening.

Karim Ansarifard 6/10 – Popped up a few times in the first half and looked threatening but his influence diminished as the game went on.

Medhi Taremi 6/10 – Worked hard for his side and was inches away from connecting with a cross that would have levelled the match. Should have done better with a header with ten minutes to go.

Vahid Amiri 6/10 – Iran’s best attacking threat but on the few occasions he broke beyond the Spanish defence, he lacked the necessary quality.

3. Iran: Forward

Sardar Azmoun 5/10 – Barely played as a striker all evening and was instead acting as another midfielder for most of the 90 minutes. Did do well to win a few long balls but he was starved of service when Iran broke into the opposing half.

4. Iran: Substitutes

Milad Mohammadi 6/10 – Slotted well into right-back and kept Spain quiet on the right hand side.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh 5/10 – Couldn’t stamp any authority on the match after coming on and misplaced a few passes in promising positions late on.

5. Spain: Goalkeeper and Defenders

David De Gea 6/10 – Virtually untested all match. Made a very important punch right at the death to relieve some pressure.

Jordi Alba 6/10 – Steady performance at left back and was rarely tested defensively.

Sergio Ramos 7/10 – A captain’s performance from the centre back, dealt comfortably with anything Iran had to throw at him and virtually played as a defensive midfielder for most of the match.

Gerrard Pique 6/10 – Nothing got past him all evening and he dealt well with Azmoun.

Dani Carvajal 6/10 – Justified his inclusion back in the squad over Nacho. Always offered an outlet in the right flank for Spain.

6. Spain: Midfielders

 Sergio Busquets 6/10 – A very typical performance in the heart of midfield. Barely put a foot wrong but didn’t do anything spectacular either.

Andres Iniesta 6/10 – A few passes didn’t quite come off for him, but that was testament to the Iranian defence. Played the pass into Costa for the goal.

David Silva 6/10 – Tended to drift in and out of the match but created a few very promising situations in the first half.

Isco 7/10 – Spain’s most threatening player all evening and anything good tended to come through the Real Madrid man when he dropped deep to receive the ball off of the centre-backs.

Lucas Vazquez 5/10 – Not a brilliant match for the winger and he was often wasteful in possession when he found himself in promising situations.

7. Spain: Forward

Diego Costa 7/10  – His goal was one of the most fortunate he will ever score but it wasn’t a vintage performance from the Atletico Madrid striker. He forged his own luck however and he should be praised for sticking at it to score the goal.

8. Spain: Substitutes

Koke 6/10 – Quietly went about his business in the centre of midfield after coming on.

Marco Asensio 5/10 – Didn’t have long to make an impact but he barely featured in the fifteen minuted he was on the pitch.

Rodrigo N/A – Came on with two minutes to go.