Published On: Wed, Mar 18th, 2020

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Wednesday, March 18

  • Chelsea have been linked with £55m-rated Juventus star Miralem Pjanic
  • Jude Bellingham was given a tour of Manchester United’s training facility
  • Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge were in attendance
  • Barcelona are in talks with Marc-Andre ter Stegen to discuss a new contract
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a defender in the summer transfer window

Gareth Bale on a free?!

Real Madrid are prepared to part ways with Gareth Bale.

That’s according to newspaper Marca, who claim the Spanish heavyweights could allow the Welshman to leave win a free transfer.

Bale, 30, has completed just six 90-minute La Liga fixtures this season and looks surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Now, Marca claim Real Madrid can no longer justify his £350,000-a-week after tax wages and understand nobody would be prepared to meet their valuation.

The Daily Star believe Premier League duo Tottenham and Manchester United could be interested.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes defender

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a defender in the summer transfer window – but not a top-profile one because of Harry Maguire.

The England international set the club back a huge £80million during the summer window and the Red Devils won’t be spending a similar amount on a centre-back this summer.

That would appear to spell an end to speculation linking them with a move for Napoli bulldozer Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly is set to leave the Serie A giants but the Senegal international has been slapped with a massive £90m price tag.

And with United having other players on their radar, it appears they won’t be moving for the 29-year-old.

Read the full article here.

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Lautaro Martinez swap

Antonio Conte has decided which Barcelona player he would like to sign should Lautaro Martinez join Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants are eager to sign Argentina international Martinez this summer and view him as a long-term successor to Luis Suarez.

But with a release clause of more than £100million, Barcelona will look to lower that fee by exchanging players.

Spanish outlet Sport suggest that Inter Milan aren’t interested in Arturo Vidal but would prefer Arthur Melo instead.

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Leroy Sane interest

Leroy Sane has two different offers on the table.

That’s according to German publication Bild, who claim ‘two top clubs’ are competing to sign the Manchester City winger.

The 21-capped Germany international has frequently been linked with Bayern Munich, whose sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic ‘secretly’ met with Sane’s representatives this week.

Bild continue to add that Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the 24-year-old star.

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Miralem Pjanic bids

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to battle it out for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic.

Pjanic, 29, is a regular under manager Maurizio Sarri and has contributed three goals and four assists in 32 appearances this season.

However, Italian publication Calciomercato claim Juventus would be prepared to offload.

It’s said the 92-capped Bosnia international is available for £55million and that would help Sarri fund other signings later this summer.

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Jude Bellingham to Man Utd

Manchester United are desperate to add Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham to their ranks.

According to the Evening Standard, the 13-time Premier League champions are ‘obsessed’ with beating their rivals to the 16-year-old’s signature.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. took Bellingham on a personal tour of their Carrington training complex last week with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge also in attendance.

The Red Devils had initially expected to spend £20million plus performance-related add-ons, but with several other clubs interested, they will offer in the region of £30m.

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen contract

Barcelona are in talks with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to discuss a new contract.

Ter Stegen’s current deal is set to expire in June 2022 and the Catalan giants are eager to secure his long-term future.

Spanish newspaper Marca claim discussions are progressing well with Ter Stegen very happy with life at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants could potentially offer a five-year deal with a significant wage increase that would represent a ‘last big contract’ for the Germany international.

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Liverpool transfer latest

Liverpool are interested in signing Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho this summer but it is unlikely they will complete transfers for both.

That is unless one of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino leave Anfield, according to The Athletic.

England international Sancho is also wanted by Manchester United and would cost around £120million.

While Werner has expressed his desire to play for Liverpool and praised Jurgen Klopp in the process.



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