Saturday, 23 May 2015

Today's Transfer Gist (23.05.15) Latest On Ronaldo, Khedira, Mandzukic And More!

  • Carlo Ancelotti is still to be told face-to-face whether he has a future at Real Madrid. The Italian coach, who won the Champions League with Real last year, is almost certain to leave the club at the end of the season.
  • Manchester City are overwhelming favourites to sign Raheem Sterling and will bid for the Liverpool forward when the transfer window opens.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain but wants to clarify his position at Real Madrid first, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. Ronaldo is targeted by PSG as they prepare audacious £89m bid
  • Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race to sign Ilkay Gundogan in a development which opens the door for Manchester United to sign him. The German giants had been ready to poach the 24-year-old from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund but will not meet his £5m-a-year wage demands.
  • La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Italian champions Juventus have joined the chase for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. The Germany international will leave los Blancos when his contract expires in June, but he has yet to make a decision on his future.
  • Premier League champions Chelsea are considering summer move for Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan, A Bola can reveal. La Liga high flyers Valencia are also casting admiring glances towards the player who has a €35 million release clause in his deal.
  • Liverpool are ready to make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic, according to the Telegraph. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing for next season, with his side having failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, not least due to his misfiring strikers.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Super Eagles Striker Released By English Club

Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni is one of the high profile names that have been sent packing by Championship side, Reading FC as manager Steve Clarke looks set to overhaul his squad in the close season.

Aside Yakubu, former Newcastle United and Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie is also on his way out of the Madejski Stadium. The trio of Zat Knight, Jure Travner and rookie goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen were also affected in the clear-out at Reading.

Conversely, new contracts have been offered to Adam Federici, Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan and Stephen Kelly.

A club statement read: "As we enter our third year out of the Premier League, the club's owners recognise the need for Steve Clarke to freshen his squad ahead of the new campaign, and this is the beginning of that process.

"After a period of financial instability and with the Financial Fair Play regulations in place, the owners are also making a concerted effort to get back to the sensible wage principles that have long been the club's trademark. "Striking the right balance will be key to a sustainable model for success."

Today's Transfer Gist (22.05.15): Latest On Ramsey, Lamela, Lucas And More!

Barcelona plan to make a £50m-plus bid for 24-year-old Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the summer despite their transfer embargo. (Sun - subscription only)

Manchester United are ready to exploit Bastian Schweinsteiger's contract stand-off with Bayern Munich by making a move for the 30-year-old Germany midfielder. (Telegraph)

Inter Milan believe they are closing in on a deal for Yaya Toure, although Manchester City have yet to receive an offer for the 32-year-old midfielder. (Times - subscription only)

Italian champions Juventus are considering a £25m bid for Tottenham's 23-year-old forward Erik Lamela. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, who has been linked with Inter Milan, because England international James Milner, 29, is on his way from Manchester City as a free agent. (Daily Mirror)

Brazil defender Dani Alves, 32, is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract with the Spanish club. (Sport)

Robert Huth, 30, is moving closer to a permanent move to Leicester City after Stoke City confirmed the signing of fellow defender Philipp Wollscheid, 26, on a three-year deal. (Daily Express)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

FanZoneBlog: Thoughts On The Liverpool And Sterling Saga

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This whole Sterling affair has highlighted a few things but not the story of greed that the media is trying to push. Most rational onlookers will agree, I think, that this has nothing to do with Sterling being greedy, but simply being ambitious. This is why the fans (and the loving media) are so up in arms. They still deny the truth.

People have compared Sterling's attitude unfavorably with that of Hazard and Ronaldo at the same age, suggesting that Raheem thinks he's all that already. But actually, again, they're plain wrong. Ignoring that neither of the latter spent this point of their career being overplayed or played out of position, both of them started out at decent but not excellent clubs - Lille and Sporting respectively.
These clubs are generally found in the Europa League, not amongst the challengers but there all the same. But eventually, both these players outgrew their surroundings and peers. They needed more. They wanted the Champions League and title tilts. Did they join Chelsea and United just for the money? No...they just wanted to step up to the next level to develop.

And this is the bit that the Liverpool loving media and their fans refuse to see. Liverpool are at the same level as Lille and Sporting. They are Europa-level teams. Big within their own country, but not a massive force outside it, unearthing players and selling them on, bringing in good players that didn't quite make it elsewhere. 

Liverpool are just richer than most of those around them, and with more history. Like Benfica and Ajax.

It's my view that the sooner their fans accept this, the easier they'll find it.

[TOUCHING AND INSPIRING] Read Emmanuel Adebayor's Third Part Of His Family Battle.

Emmanuel Adebayor will not be available for Tottenham's final game against Everton on Sunday or the club's post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia after being granted compassionate leave.

The striker, who has only featured three times in the Premier League for Spurs since November, will return to his home country of Togo in an attempt to sort out the family problems which have plagued his season.

Adebayor took to Facebook on Wednesday to claim that his brothers, Kola and Peter, once held a knife to his throat in order to extort money from him during his time at Monaco.

He also revealed that he has contemplated committing suicide 'many times' and that his sister Iyabo would often have to convince him not to kill himself.

Adebayor has been excused from training this week and may well have played his last game for Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham look to offload him during the summer transfer window.

If I decide to bring out the Part 3 today, it is because my brother @Kola Adebayor and my other siblings have decided to talk about our family issues on social media, through letters to my club, radios…I could write an autobiography and sell it but I decided to share with you here.

25 years ago, my big older brother Kola went to Germany and he became the hope of our family. We all thought he could change the way we were living. Years after he left Togo, we still had no electricity and no phones. If he wanted to talk to us, he would call the Atlantic Hotel that was very close to our house. We would then run to the hotel reception and talk to him.

When I got the opportunity to go play football in France for the first time, we needed money for the flight tickets and other expenses. My brother was nowhere to be found. Only God knows what he was doing in Germany.

When I arrived in France, I did all the paperwork with my team and they allowed me to stay in the academy. A few months later, my brother wanted to come visit me. I was running out of money and I was living at the academy. Therefore, I had to borrow money so I could pay for his hotel. At that time, my teammate Sega N'diaye from Cameroon was kind enough to lend me some money. I also had to borrow some more money because I had to give my brother some money for his trip back to Germany. Keep in mind he is my older brother.

A couple years later, things started to get better. Thank God, I signed a contract with Metz. Since then, my brother would contact me whenever it was time to pay his bills. Sometimes, he would say his son is sick… I had to get used to all this.

Again, I was lucky enough to get an offer from Monaco and I signed for the football club. One day, Kola and the late Peter Adebayor came to visit me in Monaco. My two brothers did not let me know they were coming. Someone said 'blood is thicker than water' so I took them in. 

They arrived early in the morning and I was on my way to training. When I came back home, we had a discussion and they wanted to start a car business. Obviously, it involves a lot of money. I told them that I could help them out as soon as I get paid next. 

At that time, Thierry Mangwa was staying in my apartment because he was struggling with some personal issues and needed a place to stay. One day, I came back from training and he was crying. He never told me why. My brothers could also not explain. Another day, one of my friends Padjoe came to visit me and as he was leaving the house, I believe I offered him about €500. My brother Kola noticed that and was very upset. He was trying to understand why I gave my friend some money right away but not him. 

My reason was very simple; the money he (Kola) needed was a huge amount of money that I did not carry in my house. We went on and had an argument about it.

Another day, after training…I was very tired and decided to go take a nap. I woke up and a knife was held to my throat. As I opened my eyes, both of my brothers were there. They were shouting and they claimed that I was wasting their time. Peter was going mad and Kola was supporting. I asked them: 'Is this the only way to solve this issue? I yes, then kill me and take the money'. It's only at that moment that he put the knife down. After all this, I found a way out of my own apartment and I called my parents. 

My mom suggested that I call the police. That was the only way for me to get back into my house safely… I had training the next day, by the way. So I did what my mom said. Police came and they settled down. Again, 'blood is thicker than water', so I let it go. A few days after, Peter went to visit one of Kola's friends in Paris. That means I was left in the house with Kola; for my own safety, I found a way to get him the money as soon as I could. Only God knows how much I gave him that day.

A few months after all this, I went back to Togo and I was surprised when my mom started to ask me why I called the police on my brothers, she continued and said I am the bad person in the family. That is another story I will leave for later…

Every time I went back home, everyone kept asking me why my brother never visited after all these years. Immediately, I organized a flight for him and he came back to visit the family, at my own expenses.

On April 22nd 2005, we received some bad news. I received a call and they announced that my father passed away. I was devastated. I called my big brother and told him that we all have to be there. Again I made sure there was a flight ticket ready for him. We all went back home and I took care of everything. 

A long time before my dad died, he was in the hospital one day and he asked me to make sure his funeral is not a moment of sadness. He wanted us to celebrate his life. I leave it to God to decide if the funeral I organized for my dad was what he wanted. The man who calls himself the 'big man' in the family did not contribute to anything. But he still has the boldness to say I do not take care of this family.

In 2006, I had another big opportunity to go play for Arsenal. Since then, my brother has started to come up with series of false accusations against me.

On July 22nd, 2013 sad news hit us in the family. My brother Peter Adebayor passed away. His death was sad and I was affected by it. One thing I find difficult to swallow today is that Kola was accusing me of Peter's death. He is saying that the shop I opened for Peter was not good enough. He kept texting saying that my career would be destroyed. 

I did everything for Peter when he was alive, I brought him to Metz, and Monaco with me. What can Kola say that he has done for Peter? Nothing. The man did not even show up at the funeral even after all the money I sent for the trip back home.

He is saying that I also made my mom suffer, but he forgot that when he was in Germany, at some point I was the one always by my mom's side. As soon as I started to make a living with football, I did everything you could imagine for our mom. That is normal. But my brother is never satisfied. 

He said I bought a s***ty car for my mom. Why can't he buy a better one? All I want from him is to take his responsibilities. Since I am not doing it right, he should show the example as a big brother. He has been in Germany for more than 20 years, but he never brought our mother there to visit. Even to go back home for a visit is another struggle. 

All he keeps saying is that my father said I should build a house for each one of them. I don't think my father said that. Does that even make sense for him or anyone? As a big brother, he is supposed to be doing all that I am doing for the family. He should stop hiding and take his responsibilities. When he came to Europe, he was young enough to become a football player too. Anyways, some people are drivers here but they are able to take care of their families. 

They even bring their parents and other family members. Why has he not done anything like that but he keeps talking? As a matter fact, he should at least bring Rotimi, Bidemi or his own son Aziz here before talking about 'taking care of the family'. Actions are louder than speeches.

A lot of people are saying that I never went to school, but they forget that it is because we could not afford it. I never blamed my parents for that. But thank God, today I am able to speak more than 3 languages and I can send my daughter to school. I am proud of that. 

People can accuse me for not going to school, but in the end it is all about who you become and what you teach yourself. It is also about what life teaches you and what you learn from it.
Many times I wanted to give up. 

Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide? I kept these stories for years… But If I die, no one would know my story, no one would learn from it… Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself; someone has to talk about it. 

I know people would relate to my story and others would learn from it. For every one who knows me, I'd do anything for my country and my people.
Final message from the younger brother to the older brother: Quit Smoking and Quit Drinking. That was my story.

Di Maria Embarrasses David De Gea In New Promo Advert [WATCH]

Despite his struggles at Old Trafford this season, Di Maria is a great player  and this latest clip, which shows the Argentina international converting a rabona penalty past his world-class teammate David de Gea, proves it.

The Argentine alongside Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj all took penalties against the Spain international, who looks set to join Real Madrid this summer, as part of a challenge organised by sponsor Chevrolet.

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Manchester United New Boy Memphis Depay Shows Off His Tattoo

Posing in front of a portrait, Memphis Depay is making sure that the Manchester United fans are getting a full glimpse of their new £25million signing.

Depay had his United medical on Monday at their Aon Training Complex and afterwards Louis van Gaal warned fans not to expect too much too soon from the youngster.

But they've already had a good look as the 21-year-old took to Instagram to show off an impressive painting with the slogan: 'I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.'

Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba Meets US Hip Hop Star Artist [PHOTO]

It was a case of the Drog and Snoop Dogg on Wednesday night as Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba kicked back at the Cannes Film Festival with the legendary rapper.

Less than 24 hours after he sat out Chelsea's shock 3-0 defeat by West Brom at The Hawthorns, Drogba jetted off to the south of France for the prestigious event.

After rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Cara Delevingne on Tuesday evening, the 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward bumped into Snoop Dogg on Wednesday night. 

Nigerian Star Wins Treble With His Club Side

Nosa Igiebor's Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv completed a unique treble, after a stunning 6-2 victory over Hapoel Be'er Sheva at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa on Wednesday night.

Igiebor watched from the stands due to suspension as his side ran riot against Hapoel, who paraded Nigerians John Ogu and Austin Ejide.

Maccabi Tel Aviv had earlier retained the Premier League championship for the third consecutive season after defeating Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2-1 on Sunday which preceded their Toto Cup triumph earlier in the campaign.
Igiebor contributed three goals in 29 league games.

For Ogu and Ejide the defeat means their search for club silverware continues next season.

Swedish forward Rade Prica bagged a brace in the encounter while teammates Yoav Ziv and Eran Zahavi helped themselves to one goal apiece.

Ejide who had far kept 12 clean sheets in all competitions this term however conceded six goals for the first time in the Isreali League.

Today's Transfer Gist (21.05.15): Latest On Hummels, Bale, Adebayor, Song And More!

  • Manchester United have revived interest in Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi. The Spanish side have little wish to sell but much will depend on this weekend's crucial game with relegation-threatened Almeria.
  • Manchester United have approached Liverpool over 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling, but the Anfield club instantly rejected their inquiry. (Telegraph)
  • United asked Liverpool for an asking price for Sterling, but were told further communication would not be welcomed. (Times - subscription required)
  • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25, is set to stay at the Spanish club, bringing an end to United's hope of a swap deal including goalkeeper David De Gea, 24. (Mirror) 
  • After meeting with the club's directors Bale was told he remains part of the Real's long-term plans. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, has launched a another attack on his family in a series of posts on Facebook, including a claim that his brother held a knife to his throat in an attempt to gain money. (Telegraph)
  • Germany international Mats Hummels has rejected a move to Manchester United, according to his club Borussia Dortmund. United have been interested in Hummels for a while and he is on manager Louis van Gaal's list of transfer targets this summer.
  • Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to keep 23-year-old forward Erik Lamela but would like to let several other players go, including striker Roberto Soldado, 29. (Mirror)
  • Manchester City and Chelsea are considering making a bid for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song this summer. The 27-year-old has been on loan with West Ham this season. (Mail)
  • City are also preparing an approach for West Brom's 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino. (Daily Star)
  • Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will assess his chances of taking over at Manchester United before making a decision about Manchester City. The Spaniard is the number one choice to take over at the Etihad if Manuel Pellegrini leaves. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Liverpool will announce winger Jordan Ibe, 19, has signed a new five-year contract at the club worth £35,000 a week. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Steve McClaren's position as Derby manager is in doubt, with the former England boss to meet with the club's chief executive Sam Rush on Thursday. (Mail)
  • Newcastle manager John Carver says he is only sleeping four hours a night due to the pressure of keeping the club in the Premier League. (Guardian)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Messi Waxwork Unveiled In New York [PHOTOS]

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has become the latest superstar to become a waxwork at Madame Tussauds in New York.

The waxwork shows the little wizard in a running motion as the creators replicate game play from Argentina’s matches during the 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.
It took four months for the wax version of Messi to be completed with more than 250 measurements from both photo and video references used.

Bayern Duo Involved In Intense Training Bust Up [PHOTOS]

Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng had to be separated by team-mates after clashing during Bayern Munich training on Wednesday.

Boateng was unhappy with a robust challenge from Lewandowski and squared up to the Polish striker.
Lewandowski stood his ground when confronted by Boateng and Rafinha, Medhi Benatia and Bayern captain Philipp Lahm had to step in and separate the pair.

Today's Transfer Gist (20.05.15): Latest On Sterling, Cech, Benteke And More!

Manchester City are preparing a £40m bid for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, but the Anfield club remain determined to keep the player. (Daily Mirror)

City will offer Sterling a wage of up to £200,000 a week to convince him to sign, as the club seeks to increase their quota of English players. (Daily Express)

Bayern Munich will consider signing Sterling if he decides to leave Liverpool this summer. (Bild - in German)

 Manchester City will bid £40m for Raheem Sterling Chelsea are prepared to sell winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, and attacking midfielder Oscar, 23, to raise funds for a rival bid for Sterling. (Daily Star)

The Premier League champions are considering taking Radamel Falcao, 29, on a season-long loan in 2015-16. The striker is currently on a season-long loan at Manchester United from Monaco but has only scored four times. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will offer goalkeeper David De Gea a new contract worth up to £250,000 a week to convince the 24-year-old to commit to the club amid interest from Real Madrid.(Sun - subscription required)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, has emerged as a possible replacement for De Gea should the Spaniard leave. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly says Cech needs to leave the London club as he only has "two years of playing football left". (Daily Express)

Cech's agent says his client would "definitely" like to join one of Arsenal, Manchester United or Paris St-Germain. (Times - subscription required)

United are also considering Ajax and Netherlands goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, 26, as a possible replacement for De Gea. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to boost his squad by signing a defensive midfielder. (Guardian)

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, would be a "great signing" for Liverpool, says former Reds winger John Barnes. (Talksport)

West Brom will offer to make 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino one of the club's top earners when contract talks open at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted he "does not know" whether 23-year-old forward and Manchester City target Alexandre Lacazette will be at the club next season. (Manchester Evening News)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Manchester United Stars And WAGS Arrive For End Of The Year Awards [PHOTOS]

Manchester United players and WAGS arrived at Old Trafford dressed to their best on Tuesday evening as they prepared for the club's Player of the Year awards.

Louis van Gaal's side arrived suited and booted as they looked to celebrate the season's accomplishments, which included returning to the Champions League after a year away from the tournament.

Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen were among the guests in attendance as the whole squad joined together.

David De Gea who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid was crowned the club's Player of the Year.

See photos below

Today's Transfer Gist (19.05.15): Latest On Milner, Song, And More!

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 29, will turn down a lucrative new four-year contract worth up to £165,000 a week in order to join Arsenal. Liverpool also want the England international. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are also interested in City's 29-year-old Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. (Mail)

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville says his old club should use 24-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea as leverage to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25. (Sun - subscription required)

Real are yet to say whether manager Carlo Ancelotti will stay for next season, despite the Italian saying he plans to. (Guardian)

Ac Milan and Inter areally both battling to secure the services of on loan Barcelona midfielder Alex Song who is currently with West Ham

Monday, 18 May 2015

Transfer Gist: Liverpool Star Declares Intentions To Leave

Liverpool will hold crunch talks with starlet Raheem Sterling this week after the forward told manager Brendan Rodgers he wants to quit the club.

Sterling spoke privately to Rodgers before the recent 1-1 draw at Chelsea and made it clear he does not want to stay at Anfield.

But the England international has agreed to a final round of discussions with the club as the Reds make a last ditch attempt to convince him his future is on Merseyside.

Sterling privately told Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave Liverpool and a number of clubs are interested

Sterling has refused to pen a new five-year deal because he is unconvinced by the club's ability to challenge for silverware.

The forward wants to continue playing Champions League football, something that will not be available at Anfield next season.

He also feels he is being undervalued by the current £90,000-per-week deal on the table.

Former Chelsea And Brazilian Star Gets Baptised [PHOTO]

Paris Saint-Germain are about to win three trophies this season, but defender,  David Luiz seems to have added a fourth.

The Brazilian who is a devout Christian, was baptised on Friday, May 15.

Luiz took to his Instagram account to share the moment of his baptism.

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV), he wrote alongside a photo of him getting baptised.

"How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank You for loving me so much and take care of me! My life is yours, and I am your servant! What're always in the center of all my decisions! I love my God! amen."

Transfer Gist: Klopp Pictured At The Airport As He Arrives For Talks...

Liverpool could miss out on one of their rumoured managerial targets with the news that Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has arrived in Istanbul for talks to take over at Fenerbahce, according to Turkish Football.

The German tactician, who won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final during his time with Dortmund, is now preparing for his next move after recently announcing his decision to leave his current employers at the end of this season.

Despite being linked with some top European sides, it now looks as though he could be heading for a surprise move to Turkey instead, with talks underway over a shock move to take the Fenerbahce job.

This will no doubt disappoint Liverpool and Manchester City fans who’d hoped to land the charismatic and exciting young coach, who has really impressed with his work at Dortmund despite having limited funds to work with and several player sales disrupting his side’s progress.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is Not A Dream Lover -Ex WAG Blasts The Superstar

Cristiano Ronaldo may be a player every coach wants in his team but he is not a dream lover so claims his ex-girlfriend, Irina Shayk who wrenched out her hearts in an exclusive exposé published by The Sun.

According to the Sun, the Russian model, 29, ended her five-year relationship with the Real Madrid ace after finding out about messages from the Ronaldo, 30, to dozens of women around the world.

Ronaldo confessed to his girlfriend after a furious row on New Year’s Eve. Irina told a source close to the pair: “Now I know the truth and I feel completely betrayed.

“I trusted him and stuck up for him when there were rumours he had been with other women. “I feel stupid that Cristiano has fooled me.”

The Sun went on to reveal that the relationship unravelled as the pair planned a party at their home in Madrid with friends when Irina spotted one of Cristiano’s phone statements lying around.

She saw many numbers she did not recognise and checked them on messaging apps. To her horror, she discovered the profiles attached to the numbers carried pictures of women from across the globe.

Women from countries including Colombia, the US, Australia, France, Italy and Cristiano’s home nation of Portugal appeared. The source added: “Irina could not believe it. She felt she had been completely betrayed.

“She immediately confronted Cristiano about it, but he initially denied any knowledge. “After she explained to him what she had found he eventually admitted to messaging the girls. “He gave little excuse. She couldn’t believe it so immediately got out of the house.

She ended the relationship there and then.” At the end News that former Manchester United ace Ronaldo, who reportedly earns £265,000-a-week at Real Madrid, had broken up with Irina shocked the showbiz world.

Today's Transfer Gist (18.05.15): Latest On Di Maria, De Bruyne, Plus More!

Former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is being lined up for a return to the south coast with Premier League new boys Bournemouth after the 33-year-old struggled for game time at Liverpool this year. (Daily Mirror)

Former captain Gary Neville has backed winger Angel Di Maria to come good for Manchester United following an inconsistent first season in the Premier League for the 27-year-old Argentina international. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City have been warned off a move for £40m-rated Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne by the German club's chief executive, who called the 23-year-old playmaker "unsellable". (Daily Mail)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be returning to Spain at the end of the season Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised greedy parents and agents who demand too much for their children too early in their career. (Daily Star)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 25, who has failed to establish himself as a regular at Etihad Stadium. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, has been offered £8m to finish his career with Al Gharafa in Qatar. (Sun - subscription)

City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the club will sit down with Toure at the end of the season to discuss his future. (Talksport)

Meanwhile, Pellegrini has told out-of-contract midfielder James Milner, 29, that staying with City would be best for his career. (Daily Express)