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MANCHESTER CITY TO ACTIVATE LAPORTE’S RELEASE CLAUSE

Manchester City are set to activate Aymeric Laporte’s release clause according to Uri Mora from El Chiringuito TV. The defender’s release clause at Athletic Bilbao currently stands at €65 million.

The Spanish TV claim that Pep Guardiola was interested in signing him last season as well. The centre-back was even quoted by AS last year saying:

“It gives you security, I’m grateful that a big club [like ManCity] values me and puts me at their level.”

The 24-year-old defender is regarded as one of the best in the Spanish league and has been constantly linked with top clubs. Bilbao, however, have managed to convince him to stay every single time and he even signed a 4-year contract in 2016. 

That contract increased his release clause to €65 million but the Spanish giants are now trying to get him to sign a new deal. Laporte made his debut for Bilbao when he was just 18 years and 6 months old and has since then consolidated his place in the starting XI.

Manchester City already have Vincent Kompany, Nicholas Otamendi, John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala in the squad but Guardiola wants to add a fresh face in January.

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Real Madrid appoint Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid appoint Zinedine Zidane’s replacement!

REAL MADRID APPOINT JULEN LOPETEGUI

Spain national team coach, Julen Lopetegui has been appointed by Real Madrid as their new manager. The 51-year-old will take charge at the club after the FIFA World Cup.

He is a former player and the B team manager for the Los Blancos. He made just 1 appearance for the senior side and managed Real Madrid in the 2008/09 season.

From 2010 to 2013, he was made the Spani U19 & U20 coach and in 2012, as he was impressive, he was given the duty of the Spain U21 side as well. He then moved to FC Porto for 2 seasons (2014-2016) before taking the Spanish National team role after the Euro 2016.

Lopetegui has also played for Barcelona as well. He made 5 appearances for the Catalan side 1994 to 1997.

Real Madrid were stunned by Zidane after he resigned last month. He won 3 Champions League titles in 2.5 seasons at the club and announced his departure 5 days after winning his final one.

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Messi comments on Griezmann to Barcelona rumours

Leo Messi has made his point clear.

Will Barcelona listen to him?

MESSI WELCOMES GRIEZMANN TALKS

Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona rumors have been running around for months now. The Atletico Madrid star has a €100 million release clause in his contract and the Catalan side are keen on activating it.

Lionel Messi was speaking to SPORT when he spoke about the French striker. “I don’t know if he’s a priority. I’m in agreement that to get back to winning the Champions League we have to have the best players. And Griezmann is one of them.” said the Barcelona forward.

“If the club sign him, brilliant.” – Messi

“I don’t know if he’s the priority. It depends on the technical secretary and coach. I’m just saying that to win the Champions League you need to have the best. And he is very good!” added Messi.

Barcelona will have to wait for the time being to complete the transfer. Griezmann is currently with the French National Team at the World Cup and will not be allowed to undergo a medical or hold talks with the Catalan club for the next few weeks.

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Chelsea make €60 million bid for Thibaut Courtois replacement

Chelsea are not willing to wait for Courtois to sign the new contract are are planning for the future!

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CHELSEA EYE ALISSON

Chelsea have made a €60 million bid for Alisson as per report in Pagine Romaniste – highly reliable for news related to AS Roma.

The AS Roma goalkeeper is said to be their #1 choice to replace Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian goalkeeper isn’t willing to sign a new contract and thus Chelsea are looking to sell him this summer.

His current deal expires at the end the 2018/19 season and the Blues don’t want to risk losing him for free.

Chelsea have offered Alisson a yearly wage of €4.5 million. The main problem, however, is that they are not the only club interested in signing the AS Roma star.

The Brazilian shot stopped is also a target for Real Madrid and Liverpool as well. He was in stunning form last season that has caught the attention of the European giants.

Liverpool want him as an upgrade to Loris Karius while Real Madrid see him as a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas.

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