FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he intends to meet Sulley Muntari whose suspension has since been lifted. Infantino told reporters, today, that he would give Muntari FIFA’s “full solidarity“. He also said he would be meeting with Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio about the issue. Muntari was sent off in Italy after leaving the field claiming he was racially abused during a Serie A game.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has agreed to join Man United this summer if they qualify for the Champions League. Club president Florentino Perez is frustrated with the 27-year-old’s fitness.
Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the best-paid player in the Premier League on £367,640 a week (his goal bonus is worth £2.86m), while midfielder Paul Pogba earns a basic wage of £165,588 a week and will receive an annual loyalty bonus in excess of £3.4m from next year.
Madrid have beaten Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and a host of other clubs to the signing of a 16-year-old dubbed “The new Neymar“. Vinicius Junior will leave Brazilian club Flamengo in a £38m deal. Los Blancos want to ensure he is playing at the Bernabeu during the 2018/19 campaign
Dick Advocaat is set to be appointed Netherlands coach for a third time. The 69-year-old former Sunderland and Rangers boss will be the country’s oldest manager.
Liverpool are closing in on the £25m signing of Burnley defender Michael Keane, with manager Jurgen Klopp making the 24-year-old his top defensive target this summer. Keane has been in superb form for the Clarets this season, and earned his first England call up earlier this year. In addition, Klopp is still hopeful of bringing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to Merseyside despite Saints boss Claude Puel stating the 25-year-old will not leave.
Man City striker Sergio Aguero, 28, is not interested in a cross-city switch to Man United this summer. The Argentine has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season.
Arsenal are interested in recruiting Borussia Dortmund’s Michael Zorc to be their director of football. Meanwhile, striker Lucas Perez, 28, says he is considering leaving the club in the summer over his lack of playing time under manager Arsene Wenger.
Former Man United coach Rene Meulensteen says Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, is not yet good enough to move to Old Trafford.
Willy Caballero is hoping to benefit from Claudio Bravo’s injury lay-off as he seeks to earn a new contract at Man City. The club’s second-choice goalkeeper is out of contract this summer and is hoping to impress manager Pep Guardiola during their three remaining league fixtures while Bravo recovers from a calf injury.
Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, 19, looks to have turned down interest from Liverpool and Barcelona to sign for Real Madrid. He has reportedly passed a medical with the Los Blancos this morning. Theo is one of the most coveted young defenders in Europe right now. Atleti would prefer to sell the 19-year-old, who is currently on loan at Alaves, to Barcelona but the player has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, the European champions will pay €24m, the value of Theo’s buyout clause, to bring him to the Bernabeu.
Man City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, could sign a contract extension at the club this summer but he may listen to offers if he is not considered a regular first-team choice.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to move for Bournemouth defender Adam Smith if right-back Kyle Walker, 26, does not commit his future to the club. Smith, 26, began his career at Spurs but was sent out on loan to seven different clubs, including Bournemouth, before switching to the Cherries in 2014. It is understood that Pochettino is an admirer.
Sunderland will wait for an offer of £30m for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 23, and will use the money from the sale to fund a promotion push after being relegated from the Premier League. Meanwhile, Everton will make a £10m offer for Pickford, who is also wanted by German side Red Bull Leipzig.
Jack Butland has been urged to stay at Stoke by manager Mark Hughes, who believes the 24-year-old goalkeeper would be better served at a club where he is first choice.
Attacking midfielder Kingsley Coman, 20, has revealed he considered signing for Man City before committing his future to Bayern Munich until 2020.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola will reportedly earn more than £41m from the Frenchman’s move to Man United.
Everton have stepped up their interest in Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker, 22, who helped his side beat Zulte Waregem 2-0 on Sunday. Meanwhile, Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez, 21, could move to Goodison Park for as little as £5m this summer – despite his 14-goal haul in La Liga.
Middlesbrough will dispense with head coach Steve Agnew following their relegation from the Premier League and are also likely to lose captain and centre-back Ben Gibson, with a number of clubs keen to sign the 24-year-old.
West Brom will have to fight off competition from Crystal Palace in their pursuit of Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, 28.
Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita, 28, is hopeful he will get to stay with the club when they play in the Premier League next season despite his contract expiring this summer.
Former Ghanaian international Sulley Muntari insists that racism is “everywhere and getting worse” and adds: “I went through hell, I was treated just like a criminal.”
Real Madrid defender Pepe is closing in on a summer move to PSG. The Portugal centre-back is out of contract next month and is unlikely to stay at Real Madrid, having failed to agree a new deal with the Bernabeu side. He was initially touted for a move to China, but he wants to continue playing at the highest level ahead of next year’s World Cup and is now poised to sign for PSG. Man City also expressed interest in signing the 34-year-old.
Manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea will have to recruit heavily in the transfer market this summer in order to compete on four fronts next term.
West Brom were among a number of Premier League believed to have sent scouts to watch the exciting Bundesliga match between FC Cologne and Werder Bremen, with striker Antohony Modeste impressing.
West Ham are in no rush and are unlikely to offer Slaven Bilic new contract this summer despite interest from Fenerbahce. Bilic sees his current deal run out at the end of next season, but West Ham will reportedly not be looking to renew the manager’s deal as soon as this summer.
Chelsea are weighing up a £70m double raid on Roma with moves for Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger. Midfielder Nainggolan was close to joining Chelsea in the summer, but the Blues fell short of the £32m asking price. German defender Rudiger, 24, has been impressive for the Italian side since joining from Stuttgart in 2015.
Las Palmas are negotiating the signing of former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Balotelli, who joined Nice on a free transfer from Liverpool last summer, has relaunched his career in France, where he has scored 15 goals in 22 league appearances. His contract at Nice expires at the end of the season and it appears as though he will be plying his trade in La Liga next term, with reports circulating that Las Palmas are trying to finalise the signing of the Italy international.
Arsenal want Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim to replace Arsene Wenger. Jardim has taken the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League semi-finals as well as guiding them to the top of the French League ahead of big spending PSG. He’s seen as the ideal candidate to replace the Frenchman at the Emirates.
Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, linked with a summer transfer to Man Utd, is not a target for AC Milan, according to their director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli, Mirabello said: “I went to Madrid to watch a game and not for Morata. He is of no interest to Milan.”
Chelsea will consider rivalling Liverpool for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. The 22-year-old has impressed for the German, and would be brought in as cover and competition for Player of the Year N’Golo Kante. Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is also reportedly a Chelsea target as well.