Real Madrid Starlet Reportedly Set for Anfield Switch After Reaching Agreement With Liverpool

?Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement with Real Madrid central midfielder Dani Ceballos as they look to find a replacement for Emre Can.

According to ?Calciomercato, the 21-year-old, who joined Los Blancos from Real Betis last summer, has been offered a four-year deal to join the Anfield side and has already agreed to move to the Merseyside at the end of the season.

The youngster has endured a difficult season at Madrid and has only started twice in La Liga so far. He wants to play more regularly under Zinedine Zidane but is finding it very hard to establish himself as a starter in the star-studded squad.

Calciomercato claim that the player received a call from Jurgen Klopp, who has since convinced him to join the Reds in the summer. And by their indication, he has given the manager his word.

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With Can likely to depart in the summer, given his contractual situation at the club, Ceballos has been tipped to come in as a replacement for the German, whose deal is set to expire in June.

The Reds are believed to have several players on their radar at the moment. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is understood to be a chief target, while Naby Keita is already set to join their ranks next season.


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Klopp’s side can clinch a place in the Premier League’s top four with a win over West Brom on the weekend, but the manager is likely to rest some of his key performers as he looks forward to the Champions League clash with AS Roma in midweek.

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Arsenal Prepared to Offer £35m to Finally Land Long-Term Target Karim Benzema

?As with any transfer period build-up, the customary Karim Benzema to Arsenal rumours have once again began to circulate ahead of this summer’s window.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, a significant dip in form over a the course of a disappointing season could see Real Madrid president Florentino Perez finally cut ties with his long-favoured number nine.

The report suggests that Perez is willing to part with Benzema, but only for an inflated price of £70m, a sum which far exceeds the £35m which Arsenal are reportedly interested in paying to secure the striker’s services.

Since his arrival at Real Madrid in summer 2009, Benzema has been a generally indispensable centre-piece of Los Blancos’ attack, providing a direct goal threat with his trademark cool finishing ability, and a knack of bringing out the best in Cristiano Ronaldo and co around him with excellent linkup play.

This season has seen the Frenchman suffer his least consistent campaign at the Bernabeu to date. Benzema has scored just five goals in 27 La Liga appearances this term, a return which undermines his world-class status. ?His time at Madrid this season has often been difficult, both on and off the pitch.

Benzema has been a long-standing target for Arsene Wenger over numerous years of searching for a proven goal scorer capable of firing his Arsenal side back to the top, having often lacked a centre-forward with true killer instinct since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2013.

Having spent over £100m combined on the transfers of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the past two transfer windows, it remains to be seen whether the Gunners will move to add yet another top forward to their ranks this summer.

Aubameyang’s stunning start to life at the Emirates and Lacazette’s encouraging goal return since returning from his recent knee injury, in contrast to Benzema having not scored from open play since February, could see Wenger’s cool his interest in the Madrid hitman.

Were Benzema to be made available, however, and should Perez lower his demands for the 30-year-old, the opportunity to finally land a long-coveted player of the striker’s calibre could prove difficult to turn down.


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Benzema would face stiff competition from the likes of Aubameyang and compatriot Lacazette if he were to move to North London. Having fallen largely out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu to the likes of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, this could be a switch which Benzema is finally prepared to make. 

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Real Madrid Approach for Eden Hazard Set to Depend on Future of Current Bernabeu Star

?Real Madrid may only make a summer approach for Chelsea star Eden Hazard, if under fire winger Gareth Bale leaves the club after five years in the Spanish capital, with Los Blancos seemingly unable or unwilling to accommodate both in the same side.

It was recently suggested that Real have become hesitant over pursuing their longstanding interest in Hazard after the Belgian’s loss of form for Chelsea in recent weeks and months.

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But in the event of Bale’s possible exit from the Bernabeu, which has been strongly denied, and a possible third successive Champions League title, it may be that the club hierarchy allows coach Zinedine Zidane to do as he wishes to rebuild the squad.

The Frenchman is known to be a keen admirer of Hazard and the feeling is mutual.

According to the Daily Mail, Bale’s relationship with Zidane has deteriorated since the €100m Welshman was left out of the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain back in February. He has also been left out a handful of times since.

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It is said that if Bale opts to quit Real, Zidane will ask the Bernabeu board for Hazard.

But, alluding to earlier rumours that they are hardly enamoured by his performances this season, it is noted that the Spanish giants are unlikely to pay the €100m (around £87m) price they have previously been quoted by Chelsea.

Hazard is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and appears no closer to signing a new one.


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Despite beating Burnley on Thursday night, Chelsea are still playing catch up in the race for Champions League places and missing out would mean the second time in three seasons that Hazard has been absent from European football’s elite competition, if he stays.

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Liverpool Fans Eye Real Madrid Star on Twitter After Report Claims Transfer Is Close to Completion

?Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to display their joy after fresh reports linking the Reds with Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos emerged.

The 21-year-old has struggled for minutes with Los Blancos this season after an impressive 2016/17 campaign with Real Betis, having registered two goals added two assists last term.

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However, Liverpool supporters believe manager Jurgen Klopp could turn the Spaniard into a quality player and a key man at Anfield, with the Merseyside club now a force to be reckoned with under the German.

Italian site Calciomercato claim that a four-year deal between Ceballos and Liverpool is close to finalisation, despite previous reports linking the midfielder with a move to Serie A side AC Milan.

Here are a selection of tweets displaying the enthusiasm of Liverpool fans, with most excited to see what Ceballos could do in the Premier League should the transfer go through.

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??Ceballos has scored twice in La Liga so far this season, with both goals coming in a 2-1 win at Alaves back in 2017 earlier in the season.

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In other transfer news, a journalist has claimed Liverpool must go ?”all out” to sign long-term target and Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

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Bayern Munich Star Addresses Transfer Speculation Amid Real Madrid & Chelsea Interest

?Another summer equals another round of speculation linking Robert Lewandowski with a move away from Bayern Munich, but the striker has moved to dispel all rumours. 

The 29-year-old is closing in on yet another season a top of the Bundesliga goal scoring charts having netted 27 during the Bavarian giants’ ?sixth successive league title winning campaign, ensuring interest from across Europe continues to simmer in the background.

The Poland international sent rumours flying following the ?appointment of Pini Zahavi as his representative recently, with reports claiming the striker instructed him to find him a new club for the start of next season, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain said to be on the top of the strikers’ wish list.

However, when asked about his ties with Madrid – who have long held ambitions of bringing him to the Bernabeu –  Lewandowski told Polskie Radio, via the ?Metro“Am I thinking about Real in terms of a transfer? No, not at all.”

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Whilst Lewandowski’s future may continue to be brought under question, the future of the Bayern Munich top job is no longer uncertain after the club announced Niko Kovac as Jupp Heynckes’ successor. 

On the appointment of the current Eintracht Frankfurt boss, Lewandowski added: “For now, I am not thinking about it. The season isn’t over. We’re focusing on what is now, under our old/new coach.”

Bayern’s Bundesliga campaign may be all but wrapped up but they face a stern test to progress into the Champions League final as a two-legged tie awaits against Real Madrid, a challenge the Pole is savouring. 


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“If you want to win the Champions League, you have to beat the best. It will definitely be a tough fight. But I hope that we’ll play our brand of soccer and will be the better team,” he added. 

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