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Liverpool transfer news: Reds enter race to sign Chelsea and England starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

Liverpool are set to make a shock bid for Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to reports.

The Blues forward, who could make his senior debut for England against the Czech Republic on Friday, has been subject to interest from Bayern Munich and most recently Borussia Dortmund.

Hudson-Odoi has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea

However, German outlet Sport Bild are reporting that Liverpool could make a sensational summer bid to swoop in on the teenager.

Hudson-Odoi’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of next season and the forward has so far refused to extend his deal – with a move to Bayern preferred.

In January, Chelsea rejected a £35million offer from the German champions to keep hold of their starlet.


However, they now seemingly face a fresh fight from Premier League rivals Liverpool to keep hold of the youngster.

The Reds will be able to offer Champions League football, with qualification for next years tournament all but secured.

Klopp reportedly admires the youngster

Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp has a good record in giving the youth a chance – with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold breaking through to the Liverpool first team to emerge as one of England’s finest full-backs.

Hudson-Odoi is yet to start a single Premier League match this season and although he is a boyhood Chelsea fan, you can see why he would want to move to gain more chances elsewhere.

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Eden Hazard future: Zinedine Zidane targeting West Ham ace Felipe Anderson as alternative to signing Blues forward

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is targeting Felipe Anderson as an alternative signing to Eden Hazard, reports claim.

The Frenchman, who was reappointed as Los Blancos chief earlier this month, has been promised a massive overhaul of his current crop of players and has already signed Porto defender Eder Militao.

Anderson is now a target for Real Madrid

However, according to Sky Sports, Zidane is now drawing his attention away from Hazard and is now targeting Hammers winger Anderson.

Hazard has always idolised Zidane and always dreamt of a move to Los Blancos – but Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban is appearing to be a major stumbling block in the move.


Chelsea are seemingly unwilling to part ways with their talisman as they cannot replace him and therefore may keep hold of their talisman for another season before his contract runs out.

Hazard, who has scored 13 goals and added 11 assists in 29 league matches this season, has so far refused to sign a new deal with the west London club.

Hazard has been constantly linked with Real Madrid

And the Blues’ refusal to sell their prize asset has prompted Zidane to instead target Anderson.

The Brazilian is enjoying a good debut season for the Hammers, scoring eight goals in 31 matches.

However, he recently said he wanted to emulate the success of Paolo Di Canio and stay in east London and stay for the foreseeable future.

He said: “I just want to do my best for the club, win as many titles as possible. I am happy here, I am not looking for something else.”

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Milan Derby Is The Star Of The Show During Week 28 Of Serie A

Another superb weekend of Serie A action was capped off with the jewel in its crown on Sunday evening as supporters were treated to a thrilling Milan Derby. Inter took the three points with a 3-2 victory on the night, but it was a game packed with superb displays from fans inside the stadium as […]

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Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal on a free is CRIMINAL especially since the club struggle to attract the world’s best players, according to Jeremie Aliadiere

Jérémie Aliadière has slammed Arsenal for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free because they struggle to attract the best players in the world.

The former Gunners striker came through the ranks at Highbury in his early career, playing alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in north London.

Aliadiere has slammed Arsenal’s decision to let Ramsey leave on a free

At the peak of his powers, Arsene Wenger masterminded the club to a Premier League title without losing a game in 2004.

However, as the Frenchman’s power began to wane, so did the club and the club’s hierarchy decided to replace Wenger with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery in the summer.

And the club will have to delve into the transfer window to replace another key figure at the Emirates when Ramsey joins Juventus in the summer – a decision the former Middlesborough and Leyton Orient striker cannot comprehend.

Aliadière told Jim White on talkSPORT: “It pains me every time I get to the Emirates and I see lately how well he is performing, knowing he won’t be there next season.

AARON RAMSEY STATS

Despite starting just 12 games this season, the Wales international has delivered in the Premier League…

  • 3 goals
  • 6 assists
  • 50% tackle success
  • 80% pass success
  • 1 Goal of the Month
  • 22 key passes

“Having such a talent – and he is a team player – he will work for the team, he will do anything for the team before himself.

“He will see the benefit of the team.

“And just losing a player like this on a free, for me, is criminal.

“Arsenal has become a club which doesn’t attract too many top players because you just don’t really know what direction they are going in.

The Frenchman eventually left the Gunners in 2007


“Which, with Arsene Wenger for 22 years, was the same direction.

“These days, it’s like everybody is a bit in limbo – you don’t really know if they are going to be there next season or not which is difficult for everybody.”

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Real Madrid transfer news: How Zinedine Zidane’s side could line up featuring Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard

This is rarely the case but right now, Real Madrid are a fragile club.

It’s been a dreadful season for Los Blancos by their exceptional standards as they lie twelve points adrift of LaLiga table-toppers Barcelona, they were knocked out of the Champions League after being taught a footballing lesson by Ajax and are also out of the Copa del Rey.

There have been many low points for Real Madrid this season

The reappointment of Zinedine Zidane as manager may give the club a lift but there is still a lot of work to do at the Bernabeu.

However, despite all the doom and gloom, Real Madrid continue to be linked with some of the top names in world football.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard appears to be holding out for a move to the Spanish capital while Manchester United’s Paul Pogba recently said playing for Real under Zidane would be a ‘dream’.

Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen’s transfer to Real is a ‘very strong possibility’, talkSPORT has been told.

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  • San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2

So with this in mind, we at talkSPORT.com have looked at how they could line up should the world-class trio sign up?

Below you can see how Real Madrid could look with Pogba, Hazard and Eriksen in it.


Goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois)

There have been question marks about Thibaut Courtois this season but given his contract lasts until 2024, he’s viewed as a long-term investment by the club.

If David de Gea ever becomes available then the Belgian might have something to worry about but for now Courtois’ position as the No.1 keeper looks reasonably safe.

Courtois hasn’t had it all his own way this season

Defence (Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal)

Real have looked frail at the back on frequent occasions this season but they still have world-class defenders among their ranks.

And if anyone can galvanise them into getting their form back it’s Zidane, who is adored by everyone connected with the club having won three Champions League titles in his first stint as manager as well as a catalogue of trophies as a player for Los Blancos.

Reports have emerged that Raphael Varane is considering his future in Spain with Manchester United lurking but surely the France international wouldn’t turn his back on arguably the biggest club in the world and French football legend Zidane.

It would be a bug call for Varane to turn his back on Zidane

Midfield (Pogba, Casemiro, Eriksen)

Although Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or this year, Real Madrid will be looking to find a long-term replacement for the midfielder who turns 34 this year.

And it looks like Pogba can see himself playing for the Spanish giants one day and European football expert Kevin Hatchard said on talkSPORT 2 that Eriksen could also be set for a move to Spain.


Manchester United should ‘GET RID’ of Paul Pogba, talkSPORT told


Bringing N’Golo Kante to Real would benefit Pogba hugely and also fill that Claude Makelele shaped hole that the club have lacked since 2004 but rumours that the Chelsea man wants to leave Stamford Bridge have gone quiet lately.

Pogba might have his eyes on the Bernabeu

Toni Kroos has been omitted from this XI as there is speculation the German is heading to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Attack (Isco, Benzema, Hazard)

Hazard, who has revealed Zidane is someone he looks up to, moving to Real would give them an added freshness up front.

Hazard’s move to Madrid appears to be inevitable

His preferred position is on the left of a front three and he would get many opportunities to score given Karim Benzema spent many seasons being the bridesmaid to ex-Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The spot on the right of the front three is up for grabs and although Gareth Bale started Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo last weekend, his future at the club is by no means secure and Isco was preferred by Zidane last season.

Real Madrid will be a formidable prospect if they line up like this

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Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid? There is a ‘very strong possibility’ Tottenham star will move this summer

There is a ‘very strong possibility’ Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen will join Real Madrid this summer, talkSPORT has been told.

The Danish playmaker is a key man for Spurs and one of the Premier League’s top stars, but he has just 18 months remaining on his contract in north London.

Eriksen has been stalling on a new deal at Tottenham

While a number of his team-mates have recently penned new deals, Eriksen is yet to commit to new terms and there is mounting uncertainly over his future.

Eriksen is not the only Premier League star Real are said to be keeping an eye on – Harry Kane continues to be linked with a big-money move to Spain while Liverpool’s in-form star Sadio Mane has also been mooted as a potential target.

talkSPORT 2 were joined by European football commentator Kevin Hatchard on Thursday to share the latest transfer news from Spain, and he said:

“Kane and Mane are not realistic, because they’ve recently signed long term contracts.


“I know we’ve seen situations where players have signed long term deals to protect the club so they can get a bigger transfer fee, but Mane has always spoken in glowing terms about working for Jurgen Klopp, he seems very happy and Liverpool are clearly heading in the right direction.

“I’d be very surprised if he made that move to Real, and it’s the same with Harry Kane.

Christian Eriksen is a key player for Spurs and would undoubtedly cost a premium – unless he sees out his contract

“Kane is very much Mr Spurs and as long as Mauricio Pochettino is there – and that looks a lot more likely now that Zidane is back at Real Madrid and Solskjaer is doing so well at Manchester United – I think Kane will stay.

“The Eriksen thing is interesting because, while there has been talk about it for a long time, he hasn’t signed a new contract at Spurs.

“The feeling in Spain is that there is a very strong possibility Real Madrid will be able to get that deal done.”

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Sancho Pips Vinicius to NxGn Award

  The NxGn award is a ranking of the 50 best young teenage talents, produced by Goal.com and the results are in! But how did this announcement affect the Football Index market?   Following his absolutely scintillating form, there will still have been few people surprised to find that Jadon Sancho (£14.98) was the overall […]

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A Manchester United line-up with Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot and Jadon Sancho, but without Paul Pogba

There is always an appeal to play for Manchester United but the pull factor has increased greatly over the last couple of the months.

The team’s fortunes have been transformed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the club and a finish in the top four this season is a real possibility.

Solskjaer has improved United markedly

Solskjaer has not been given the job but given the Norwegian has done so well since replacing Jose Mourinho, it’s surely a matter of time before he becomes manager on a permanent basis.

United fans should therefore feel optimistic during the summer, especially with some of the top names in world football linked with moves to Old Trafford.

They are reportedly ‘front runners’ to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and have also been linked with fellow Frenchman Adrien Rabiot.

Former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho is also rumoured to be on United’s radar as the England international’s stock continues to rise following his spectacular 2018/19 campaign with Borussia Dortmund.

Could ex-Manchester City man Sancho move to Manchester United?

However, there are potential departures too with Paul Pogba claiming playing for Real Madrid under reappointed boss Zinedine Zidane would be a ‘dream’.

The Daily Star report Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valenica could leave in the summer so how might the Red Devils line up if all these rumours come to fruition?

Below you can see this possible Manchester United XI.


ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK – 4-2-1-3

United were a club who were suffering from an identity crisis under Mourinho, with the Portuguese’s sometimes ultra-defensive tactics conflicting with the attacking football they played during the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Solskjaer, who played under Ferguson between 1996-2007, has restored some of that positivity and there is a feeling among United fans that they’ve got their club back.

LIVE on talkSPORT

There are seven live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below…

  • Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2
  • England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORT
  • Walsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2

Goalkeeper

If the club are to become title contenders again, they have to keep hold of David de Gea, whose deal was set to expires in June.

However, United activated a one-year extension on the Spaniard’s contract meaning he is likely to stay for another season.

De Gea is one of the world’s best goalkeepers

And United will be hoping they will have progressed enough during that time to convince him to extend his time at Old Trafford.

Defence

They’ll also have to improve in defence and ideally get a world class centre-back in.

Enter Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, who is reportedly considering his future at the Bernabeu and United are one of the few clubs who could afford the player and his wages.

Varane won the World Cup with France last summer

He may only be 25 but his ability is so great that his effect on the defence could be similar to the effect Virgil van Dijk has had at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof would be likely to be competing for the other spot while Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are solid full-back options.

Midfield

United fans won’t want to hear it, but they may have to prepare for life without Pogba as the Frenchman appears keen for a move to Madrid at some point in his career.

Pogba may well have his sights on Spain

It’s not clear when this will happen but if Pogba departs soon then United will have to change things up in midfield promptly.

And according to Calcio Mercato, Rabiot’s proposed move to Barcelona is looking doubtful due to his wage demands, putting United on red alert.

Should Rabiot come to England, he could play alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield, with the Frenchman having some licence to get forward.

Can United hijack Barcelona’s move for Rabiot?

Attack

Up front is where the magic could really be happening, with Griezmann and Sancho joining Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

As already mentioned, United are ‘front runners’ to sign Griezmann and he would play in the no.10 role to link up well with the in-form Lukaku and Rashford, who can play in a wide role.

Griezmann is wanted by a number of clubs

The Evening Standard says United are free to pursue Sancho as there was no ‘United clause’ when he left Manchester City in 2017.

United are one of the few clubs who could afford his £100million price tag and to have an England player of his quality among their ranks could be something the club’s top brass consider greatly.

Is this how United could line up in the future?

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Silly Season is Just Around the Corner

With the recent Share Split announcement, it’s certainly been a week to remember. Following the massive influx of investment on Monday, it looks as though the excitement isn’t going to be ending any time soon; as the media transfer circus looks like it’s ready to roll into town. In a week which saw unprecedented gains […]

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England’s New Three Lions

Fans won’t forget the sheer excitement and hope that last summers epic run to the World Cup semifinals of Gareth Southgate’s England squad. It was totally unexpected, it shattered past hoodoos (Eric Dier anyone) and unfathomably united the country in the divisive Brexit era. This weekend sees the journey to the next hopeful summer tournament […]

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