According to Sport Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Udinese right wing-back Mauricio Isla. The Spanish giant are reportedly preparing a bid of 17 million euros to sign him.
Isla have been subject of transfer speculation for a long time, with Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus vying for the full-back. Few days back, in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb his agent, Claudio Vagheggi, stated: “We’ve already talked to Paris Saint-Germain management, but it’s too soon to deal about next transfer market session. Mauricio, anyway, would be glad to join Inter“. Inter have also lined up Kyle Walker of Tottenham as a backup plan if they fail to land Isla.
Real Madrid are in need of a right back, as in the past season Sergio Ramos has played most of the games as a center back, and Mourinho believes he will develop more in the central role. The other option that Madrid has is Alvaro Arbeloa, who is only a stop-gap solution at the best. Real has also been linked with Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax as another possible target. Isla would be a good option for Madrid as he offers a lot while going forward. But at the moment Inter looks to be the most possible destination for the wing-back.
Dutch international Dirk Kuyt has today been quoted in The Daily Mirror as saying that his future does not lie at his former side Feyenoord, but he is looking at other top European clubs. This comes after a season in which the Liverpool attacker only contributed 5 goals and featured 35 times in all competitions for the Merseyside team, a large cut down on his previous five seasons.
It is unclear who the other clubs that are interested in the 32-year-old are, however he suggests the interest is coming from England, Germany, Spain and Italy. Kuyt is no stranger to transfer speculation, last year he was linked with a big money move to Serie A side Inter Milan, but that failed move to materialize.
Chelsea could be moving a step closer to naming their new manager this week amid speculation that Pep Guardiola wants to meet face to face with Russian owner, Roman Abramovic. The Sun reports that the former Barcelona player and manager has been told that there will be no pressure on him to win major trophies in his first two seasons, as he is given time to rebuild the squad.
When the Spaniard announced his intentions to leave the Nou Camp, shortly after his side were knocked out by Chelsea in the Champions League Semi-Final, he initially said that he would be taking a sabbatical. However, after winning the Copa del Rey final this week he suggested that the right offer would entice him back into management.