Liverpool Get £50m Bid Rejected According to latest reports, Liverpool have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. Rea...
According to latest reports, Liverpool have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid have no intention of selling the player, who scored the final goal in Madrid’s 4-2 Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich and Asensio himself is also understood to be content at the club.
AS has been informed that Zinedine Zidane has complete faith in Asensio. The Madrid coach plans to give the 21 year old a key role in his team next season.
In fact, the Frenchman has made the club aware that he is willing to sell James, in order to advance Asensio’s development.
Man City In Race For Bonucci
Manchester City may have to pay a world record fee for a defender if they are to succeed in their efforts to sign Leonardo Bonucci this summer, with Juventus continuing to adopt a hard-line stance over the coveted Italy centre-half.
City enquired about purchasing Bonucci last summer after failing to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao only to be put off by Juventus’s £50 million valuation of a player who turns 30 a week on Monday.
Nonetheless, Bonucci remains Pep Guardiola’s priority defensive target as the manager bids to bolster his back line in what is expected to be a huge overhaul of City’s playing squad during the close season.
In Other News
Chelsea are losing patience with Diego Costa and could sell the Spain striker in the summer as he wants a significant increase on his £150,000-a-week salary. (London Evening Standard)
Costa remains a £620,000-a-week net target for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, who tried to sign the 28-year-old in January. (Daily Mail)
Jack Wilshere will be offered a new Arsenal contract despite the 25-year-old midfielder suffering a fractured leg on loan at Bournemouth. The England international's current deal runs out at the end of next season. (Telegraph)
Manchester United should try to include Wales forward Gareth Bale, 27, in a deal if La Liga leaders Real Madrid attempt to sign their 26-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, says former United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen. (Talksport)
Real Madrid have rejected a £50m bid from Liverpool for 21-year-old Spain attacking midfielder Marcos Asensio. (AS)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident the Gunners will win the race to sign Schalke's Bosnia-Herzegovina left-back Sead Kolasinac, 23. (Daily Mirror)
However, Wenger is upset at the lack of public support he has received from the club during the Gunners' struggles this season. (Times - subscription required)
Manchester City may have to pay a world record fee for a defender if they are to succeed in their efforts to sign Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 29.(Telegraph)
Everton are ready to match Burnley's £25m asking price for 24-year-old England centre-back Michael Keane. (Daily Express)
Alternatively, the Toffees will sign Keane for £20m, despite interest in the Clarets defender from Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham. (Times - subscription required)
Manchester City's 19-year-old Turkish striker Enes Unal is wanted by Italian club Lazio after scoring 17 goals on loan at FC Twente. (Sun)
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 25, is wanted by newly promoted Brighton - as well as Newcastle United - in the summer. Jenkinson has been told he can leave the Gunners after six years with the club. (Daily Mirror)
West Brom fans do not think the club should sign 36-year-old former England defender John Terry when he leaves Chelsea. (Birmingham Mail)
Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is not ruling out a move for former Hammers youth player Terry. (Daily Star)
Chelsea's preparations for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham have been severely disrupted by their England defender Gary Cahill, 31, spending two nights in hospital with a mystery illness. (Telegraph)
Cahill's absence could pave the way for club captain Terry to make a rare start at Wembley just days after it was announced he was leaving the Blues. (Sun)
Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, could return for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley after recovering from a broken foot quicker than expected. (Daily Star)
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola wants the club to improve the atmosphere at Etihad Stadium as he misses the pressure of managing in Spain and Germany. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona forward Neymar will have to present his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his last chance to appear in Sunday's El Clasico against Real Madrid after the Spanish Appeals Committee rejected his bid to overturn his three-game ban. (Marca)
Reading must keep hold of boss Jaap Stam, says defender Chris Gunter. Former Manchester United defender Stam, 44, has yet to be offered an extension to his contract despite the Championship club's promotion push. (Reading Chronicle)
Ipswich Town will lose a "few players" in the summer and rebuild, says boss Mick McCarthy. The Tractor Boys have failed to mount a play-off challenge in the Championship this season. (East Anglian Daily Times)
Coventry City fans want chairman Tim Fisher to resign following the club's relegation to League Two.(Coventry Telegraph)