Paulo Dybala to Real Madrid? Will the Argentine be the next Galactico?

Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a move for Juventus star Paulo Dybala. The 23 year old, who is the Bianconeri’s second highest earner after Gonzalo Higuain, has been in a stunning form for the Old Lady, netting 10 goals in six games so far in the 2017/18 season. That’s an incredible stat, given he scored only 11 times in 31 appearances for Juve last season, and is perhaps another indication that he is entering his prime.

With Eden Hazard likely to commit to Chelsea and moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kylian Mbappe not working out, Real have identified the Argentine as their potential new Galactico. There is also talk of a move for Antoine Greizmann, although whether Atleti will sell the Frenchman to their cross town rivals is another story in itself. Continue reading “Paulo Dybala to Real Madrid? Will the Argentine be the next Galactico?”

Thomas Tuchel rejects West Ham

German gaffer Thomas Tuchel has allegedly rejected an opportunity from West Ham United to become their manager. Tuchel was sounded out by the Hammers board as a potential candidate to replace the under pressure Slaven Bilic, but he has said no to the offer to move to the London Stadium.

West Ham have had a tough start to the new season. While one could argue it was due to the fact that they played their first few games away from home (owing to Athletics commitments for the London Stadium), WHUFC fan blogs like this one have indicated that Bilic’s tactics have sometimes left much to be desired- for example playing Javier Hernandez on the wing instead of utilising his real potential at centre forward.

West Ham are currently third from bottom in the league standings and after their weekend loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the upcoming fixture against Swansea is being talked about as a “must win” for Bilic.

Other candidates being considered by the West Ham board allegedly include Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic and even Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri (although few would expect him to move given the Partenopei’s stunning start to the season)

Paulo Dybala joins Juventus- Dybala transfer fee & contract details

Paulo Dybala has ended any chances of a potential move to England this summer by opting to sign for Juventus. The news was officially announced today (June 4, 2015)

How much was Dybala’s transfer fee? How much did Juve pay for Dybala?

Juve have paid 32 million euros for him. The fee could rise to 40 million euros with addons.

How long is Dybala’s contract with Juventus?

He has signed a five year deal with Juve.

The 21 year old, who joined Palermo in 2012 for a reported 12m euro fee, had this to say about his switch to Juve Continue reading “Paulo Dybala joins Juventus- Dybala transfer fee & contract details”

PSG close to 65m double Milan swoop

AC Milan superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva could be set for a big money move to PSG, according to reports in Italy.

PSG, managed by former Milan Coach Leonardo, is a big admirer of the duo, and despite Thiago Silva recently signing a new deal with the Rossoneri, the newly rich French side are thought to be preparing a 65m Euro move.

It is believed Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has given the ok to the deal, and vice-president Adriano Galliani will fly to Paris to continue talks.

Man Utd turn to Real Madrid midfielder

Manchester United are keen on bringing Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago to Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine midfielder spent last season on loan at Roma, but a deal to take Gago to the Olimpico on a prmanant deal is unlikely.

Gago, 26, is surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side, and could be of interest to Man Utd as an alternative to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who may be priced out of a move to Manchester.

Liverpool keeping tabs on Castaignos future

Liverpool are considering a move for Inter’s 19-year-old striker Luc Castaignos.

The player only moved to the Milan side a year ago from Feyenoord in a 3m Euro deal, but is already being linked with an exit.

He told Sky Italia: “Inter wants to loan me to an Italian club or sell me, I told them that I don’t want to play anywhere else in Italy but at Inter.

“I came to Italy to wear the Nerazzurri colours and not play for any other club. Now I must go and Inter will help me find a club.

I am saddened, I cannot deny it, I am disappointed not to have shown my worth, but this is football.”

The player has been linked with Liverpool on numerous occassions in the past 6 months, and it remains to be seen if the player fits the bill for new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Premier League clubs chase Huntelaar

Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after Schalke general manager Horst Heldt revealed the striker has a £17m buy-out clause in his contract, says Talksport.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested in the Dutch international who has scored 76 in 92 league games for German club Schalke.

The former Ajax striker has also had spells at both Real Madrid and AC Milan which were not so successful.

“Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it,” Heldt told Bild.

“But, Klaas Jan has always stressed that he wants to be a champion. This he can be only with Real or Barcelona in Spain.

“I do not think he wants to go there. What would he do there? Since nothing more than the weather is better.”

 

 

Juventus join Cavani chase

Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City are facing competition from Serie A champions Juventus for the signature of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, 25, has made himself one of Europe’s hottest properties after netting 66 times in two seasons for Napoli, and it seems he is on Juve’s shortlist of striker targets which includes Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

The former Palermo striker also impressed the likes of Chelsea after scoring against them in the Champions League last season, and he could be a potential replacement for Didier Drogba.

It is rumoured the Napoli striker could be available for £30m, and Napoli’s failure to secure Champions League football could be an advantage for the chasing clubs.

 

Interest grows as Van Persie and Arsenal stall contract talks

Arsenal fans have been told to prepare themselves for another summer of uncertainty after chief executive Ivan Gazidis has warned that Robin Van Persie’s contract issues are far from over. The Daily Mirror report that Arsene Wenger wanted to tie up the Dutch international’s contract before the European Championships but after weeks of negotiations Gazidis has claimed a solution is ‘weeks away’.

This comes just a day after the 30-year-old was quoted in The Sun praising Serie A side, Juventus. It is thought that the Italian champions are favourites to sign Van Persie and this latest development is sure to alert them. Reports last week suggested Manchester City were keen to make the PFA player of the year their fifth Arsenal signing in 3 years.