Sergio Ramos could reportedly leave Real Madrid for Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, while Paul Pogba is being linked to Barcelona.

Madrid captain Ramos, 34, has been at the LaLiga giants since 2005, but his contract is expiring at the end of the season.

And his situation is catching the eye of two European giants.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS, PSG EYEING RAMOS

Juventus and PSG have tabled contract offers for Madrid star Ramos, according to El Chiringuito.

Ramos is out of contract in June next year, leading to fresh speculation over his future.

The Spain international has won five LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues among numerous other trophies with Madrid.

 

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- Amid a difficult financial position, Barcelona could also be looking at players coming out of contract. Mundo Deportivo reports Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Bayern Munich defender David Alaba may become targets.

- Inter reportedly offered Bayern Munich and intriguing exchange during the transfer window. Sky Germany says Christian Eriksen was offered to Bayern by Inter, who wanted Jerome Boateng, but the Bundesliga champions turned down the deal.

- Sergio Romero wants out of Manchester United. The Sun reports the goalkeeper has begged the Premier League giants to let him leave amid apparent interest from MLS.

- Harry Wilson could be set for another loan spell away from Liverpool. After spending last season at Bournemouth, Wilson is being offered to Swansea City, according to The Sun.

- Danny Welbeck may stay in the Premier League. The Daily Mail reports the forward, who was released by Watford earlier this month, is attracting interest from Brighton and Hove Albion.

- West Ham's move for Brentford forward Said Benrahma has stalled, according to The Telegraph, and Aston Villa may make a move for the 25-year-old.

Bayern Munich will not give David Alaba an ultimatum to sign a new contract, according to the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

The Austria international's contract expires at the end of the season and a public spat has broken out between former Bayern president Uli Hoeness and the player's father about ongoing negotiations over a new deal.

George Alaba reacted furiously to Hoeness' insinuation his son was only interested in money and accused him of "spreading dirty lies".

Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the defender, and although Bayern are keen to keep hold of him, Salihamidzic says the club will not put undue pressure on him to reach an agreement.

"First of all, David is our player and he has been at this club for a long time," Salihamidzic told reporters on Monday. "I think you can imagine that we will not give him an ultimatum because we are serious about this.

"We try to convince David [to stay] and we would obviously be happy if he does stay here in Munich. We hope the contract will be signed soon."

Alaba joined Bayern's academy in 2008 and has since gone on to win nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League crowns.

He is on international duty with Austria currently and played the full 90 minutes in Sunday's 1-0 Nations League win over Northern Ireland.

Mauricio Pochettino could find himself back in management sooner rather than later.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November, having led Spurs to the 2018-19 Champions League final.

Now, Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly considering moves for Pochettino.

 

TOP STORY – POCH A MAN IN DEMAND IN MANCHESTER

Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City are both eyeing Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Mirror.

Pochettino has been out of work since his Tottenham sacking last year, and the former Spurs boss has emerged as the favourite to replace struggling United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly ready to sack Solskjaer if results do not improve, while City are considering Pochettino, with Pep Guardiola yet to sign a contract extension.

 

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- Sport claims Barcelona are already planning for the next transfer window. The LaLiga powerhouse are keen to sign two players, with City defender Eric Garcia and Lyon captain Memphis Depay at the top of the list. Barca are also looking to offload Ousmane Dembele who failed to join United on deadline day.

Liverpool are in talks to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, claims the Mirror. It comes after Adrian struggles to deputise in the absence of injured number one Alisson.

- Tuttosport reports Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Bayern Munich star David Alaba. The two clubs are eyeing Alaba on a free transfer, with the Austria international's contract expiring at season's end. Alaba has also been linked to the likes of City and Real Madrid.

West Ham are trying to sign Brentford star Said Benrahma in a £17million deal, according to the Telegraph.

Manchester United's problems in the transfer window have reportedly continued as they target Federico Chiesa and Alex Telles.

The Premier League giants have had a tough window so far, with only Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax.

That is their only inclusion despite links to the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Telles, and their progress is still seemingly slow ahead of the window closing on Monday.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD'S CHIESA BID REJECTED, SNUBBED OVER TELLES

Manchester United had a loan enquiry for Fiorentina attacker Chiesa turned down, according to The Telegraph.

As they struggle to land a deal for Sancho, United have been linked with Chiesa and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Chiesa, a 22-year-old Italy international, has made a fine start to this season, scoring once and providing an assist in two Serie A games.

United seemed closer to bringing in Telles, but O Jogo reports Porto did not even respond to their first bid for the left-back – believed to be around £11.8million (€13m) – as the Portuguese giants see it as unrealistic.

 

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- After Luis Suarez's arrival at Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa is linked with a move away. AS reports Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the forward, and it adds Atletico could look to replace him with free agent Edinson Cavani.

- Manchester City's transfer business in this window could be done. The Sun reports any plans for the Premier League side to bring in a left-back – either Bayern Munich's David Alaba or Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico – are reliant on a late bid being received for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

- Are Bayern Munich looking for a back-up for star Robert Lewandowski? Sport Bild reports the Bundesliga champions want to sign Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric. The Croatia international scored twice against Bayern in the Bundesliga on Saturday and is up to seven goals in three games in 2020-21.

- Tottenham are reportedly looking at Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. Football.London says Spurs are hoping to loan the striker with an option to buy for £36.3m (€40m). Carlos Vinicius scored 24 goals in 47 games in all competitions last season.

- Staying at Spurs and Sky Sports reports Celtic have made an approach for Tottenham left-back Ryan Sessegnon. However, it says finances are problematic, while multiple Premier League clubs are also keeping an eye on Sessegnon.

- Andreas Pereira is set to leave Manchester United. Fabrizio Romano reports a deal between United and Lazio has been signed for a loan with option to buy for €27m (£24.5m).

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane has been ruled out of the DFL-Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund with a knee injury.

Sane sustained the problem in Sunday's shock 4-1 away defeat to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

He will subsequently be missing for Wednesday's Klassiker contest with Dortmund, while David Alaba is a doubt and will be checked closer to kick-off due to a muscular injury.

Sane, who scored on his debut for the club against Schalke this month after signing from Manchester City, will also be out for Bayern's weekend league meeting with Hertha Berlin, their last game before the international break.

"David has muscular problems, so we have to wait and see how that develops," explained head coach Hansi Flick at his pre-match news conference.

"But Leroy is out - he has a capsule injury in his right knee and hopefully he will be back after the international break."

Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 in the 2019 Supercup, with Flick's men, who had won it in the previous three years, at home for this meeting as they look to bounce back from the Hoffenheim loss.

"Dortmund have a fantastic, young side and they also have experience in their ranks," said Flick.

"They play attractive, offensive football, which I like. This will be a test against one of Germany's best. This game will help to develop us.

"My team's mentality is absolutely outstanding. Maybe one or two of them are slightly tired, but they always give 100 per cent on the pitch.

"That was also the case in Hoffenheim, but unfortunately, we didn't do some things that well that day."

With Sane injured, Champions League final hero Kingsley Coman is in contention to join Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller in support of striker Robert Lewandowski.

David Alaba's father has accused Uli Hoeness of "spreading dirty lies" about the defender's ongoing contract negotiations with Bayern Munich.

Former Bayern president Hoeness said this weekend that the 28-year-old must not let money rule his head during talks over a new deal, with his present contract due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season. 

Austrian Alaba joined Bayern's academy in 2008 and has since gone on to win nine Bundesliga titles. He is reportedly admired by the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona.

His father, George, has reacted furiously to Hoeness' insinuation his son is only interested in financial rewards, revealing he has turned down opportunities to leave the club before. 

"I brought David Alaba to Bayern as a teenager," he told Sky Sport. "Over the years, I've had several opportunities to transfer David to another club, but we were loyal and always chose to stay. I didn't expect Bayern to be spreading dirty lies in public about salary and commission claims.

"Claiming that we can't come to an agreement over a new contract due to such payments is one of those filthy allegations. All because we didn't accept the figures they have presented to us. We have our own ideas."

Hoeness also said Alaba's agent, Pini Zahavi is seeking a substantial fee for negotiating a deal, claiming he wanted something "in the double-digit million range" to secure Alaba's signature; something Zhavi denies. 

"At no point did I talk in detail about a possible commission payment with the people in charge at Bayern," Zhavi said.

"The only time this topic came up was when we met in Lisbon. Hasan Salihamidzic asked me how I would imagine that. I told him we should work on an agreement with the player first, but I wouldn't ask for more than usual. I don't want to get more than other agents who have received commission payments from Bayern.

"Again, we've not talked numbers yet."

David Alaba must not let money rule his head in crunch contract negotiations with Bayern Munich, former club president Uli Hoeness has warned.

Bayern defensive mainstay Alaba has veteran agent Pini Zahavi on his side in talks over a new deal, with his present contract due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.

However, Hoeness has indicated those discussions are not moving towards any resolution, and he says Alaba should make up his own mind about where he wants to spend the coming years.

Compared to Franz Beckenbauer by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently, Alaba has a hugely influential role at Bayern, who wrapped up a 2019-20 treble by winning the Champions League in August.

Hoeness spoke on Sport1's Doppelpass show on Sunday, when he made Bayern's position regarding 28-year-old Alaba quite clear, saying they must be "very tough" to avoid disrupting their salary structure.

"We want him to stay because he is a great boy and player," Hoeness said. "I had a coffee with him a few weeks ago, but we haven't come to a conclusion yet.

"Hansi Flick really wants to keep him."

Hoeness said Zahavi is seeking a substantial fee for negotiating a deal, claiming he wanted something "in the double-digit million range" to secure Alaba's signature.

"That is not possible at all," Hoeness said.

The world's top agents can often earn huge sums, but Hoeness, who has stepped back from his previous role to become an honorary Bayern president, says Alaba should focus on what he wants from the rest of his career.

Austrian Alaba joined Bayern's academy in 2008 and has since gone on to win nine Bundesliga titles. He is reportedly admired by the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona.

"It's really all about money," Hoeness said. "He's already with the best club in the world, where else should he go? I think he shouldn't let himself be influenced from outside.

"I hope that David and his father understand that a four or five-year contract with Bayern is the best for them and they fit into our salary structure. Then everyone would be happy.

"The last millions that are involved don't make him happier, but they would mess up our salary structure. That's why the club has to be very tough on this."

Hansi Flick insists he will plan to use Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba so long as they remain Bayern Munich players.

Thiago and Alaba starred in Bayern's treble-winning campaign last season but have each been linked with moves away from the Allianz Arena.

Both men are out of contract next June, with Liverpool heavily touted as Thiago's most likely suitors.

Speaking on Wednesday at Bayern's treble presentation, Flick insisted he was relaxed about their circumstances.

“The situation is not that easy," the head coach told reporters.

"As long as they are in the squad, I plan with both of them."

Bayern's bid for a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title begins at home to Schalke next Friday.

Flick confirmed Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola - who are back with their respective parent clubs Inter, Barcelona and Real Madrid - would not be returning to Bayern after loan stints in 2019-20.

"It has been decided that we will no longer use those three," he added.

"We are working so that we can bring quality back into those positions."

The former Germany assistant took the reins at Bayern when he succeeded Niko Kovac, who was sacked after last November's humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Flick was initially at Bayern as Kovac's number two but the current Monaco boss insists he has no hard feelings over the success that came in his wake.

"I'm not jealous of Hansi, on the contrary," Kovac told Sport Bild. "I got him on board, so I was able to do my part in the end.

"Not many people will achieve the triple, except maybe on the PlayStation."

Kovac added: "Hansi has a lot of qualities. A big one is the shared, successful past with many German national players."

Oliver Kahn says Bayern Munich are "optimistic" of keeping David Alaba at the club despite reported Premier League interest.

The defender was linked with Manchester City, who were said to be exploring the prospect of including him in a deal for Leroy Sane.

With Sane having joined Bayern and City spending a reported £41million on Nathan Ake, Manchester United and Chelsea are now being linked with a move for Alaba.

However, Kahn is hopeful the Austria international will agree to extend his contract, which expires in 2021.

"We are currently in frequent talks with David Alaba and his advisors," Kahn, who is to become Bayern's CEO at the end of next year, told reporters.

"Of course, I can't talk about the content, but I think we're getting closer [to an agreement]. The atmosphere during the last conversation was very pleasant. We're doing everything we can to keep David.

"At the moment, I'm optimistic that we can keep David."

Alaba was part of the Bayern side that beat Lyon 3-0 on Wednesday to secure a Champions League final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

Serge Gnabry scored twice to take his tally to 23 in all competitions for Bayern this season, the winger having helped to propel Hansi Flick's side towards a treble.

"He is a player who has developed in the last few months," said Kahn. "His performance curve goes up from year to year. He is far from reaching the top, but is really good, he produces top performances.

"It also has to do with the coach.That is one of Hansi's strengths. He can deal with different types of players, always finds the right words.

"As a coach, you always have to deal intensively with characters, with people and players."

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is "cautiously optimistic" that David Alaba will sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions. 

Versatile defender Alaba has less than a year remaining on his existing deal at the Allianz Arena but, according to reports, the club are unwilling to meet his demand for a €20million annual salary. 

Hansi Flick has expressed his hope that the Austria international will finish his career at Bayern, who are gearing up for a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona in Lisbon on Friday. 

Alaba is expected to re-enter negotiations with the Bavarian giants once their European campaign is over and Rummenigge believes an agreement will be reached. 

"With Alaba, I am cautiously optimistic we will find a solution," Rummenigge told the media on Tuesday.

Bayern look set to lose Thiago Alcantara, however, with the midfielder having informed the club of his desire to leave. 

Thiago has a contract until the end of the 2020-21 season but is available for "a fair fee" amid links to Premier League champions Liverpool. 

Rummenigge said: "Thiago is known to have told us he would like to do something new. If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair fee, we will deal with it." 

Having already signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City in a deal that could reach €60m, Rummenigge insisted there will be no further significant outlays. 

Bayern opted against exercising their option to make Philippe Coutinho's loan from Barca permanent and any lingering hopes of remaining in Munich appear to have been dashed. 

"Coutinho - as I said, the contract is running out and we cannot and will not make any further investments of this magnitude," said Rummenigge.

David Alaba is refusing to be distracted by questions over his future and said Bayern Munich are travelling to Lisbon for their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona with nothing to fear.

Versatile Austria defender Alaba is yet to commit to a new contract at the Allianz Arena, with his deal set to expire next year.

Manchester City, coached by former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the illustrious clubs linked to Alaba's signature.

Bayern have been increasingly confident of retaining Alaba's services, though, and the player himself is focused only on Die Roten's bid for Champions League glory in Portugal this month.

"My focus is on the next few weeks and that's why I don't let anything else distract me," he said when asked about his future.

Alaba was part of the Bayern side that routed Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to earn a 7-1 aggregate triumph in their last-16 tie, which was completed over five months after it started.

Next up is a quarter-final date with Barca, who were inspired by Lionel Messi in getting past Napoli and into the last eight.

Alaba acknowledges the competition is about to crank up a notch but says Bayern can approach the task with confidence.

"I think it will be even more intense in the next few weeks and that's why we want to prepare well in Portugal so that we're ready," he added.

"The anticipation is huge, of course. Barcelona have a good team, we are aware of that, with very good, individual players, but we want to counter that and go to Portugal with confidence. We need each other, [we cannot] hide."

Barcelona are set to re-sign Ansu Fati until 2024, while Real Madrid are eyeing "the new Raphael Varane".

Fati, 17, has been linked with a stunning move to Manchester United after a breakthrough season at Barca.

But the teenage forward seems to be going nowhere.

 

TOP STORY – BARCA TO EXTEND FATI STAY UNTIL 2024

Barcelona are set to renew Fati's contract until 2024, according to the cover of Sport.

Out of contract in 2022, Fati has scored eight goals in 32 games this season, leading to links to Manchester United.

Sport also reports Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers for attacker Ousmane Dembele.

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- Are Real Madrid looking to sign a new defender? AS reports the LaLiga giants are closely following Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, who it compares to Madrid star Raphael Varane.

- Raul Jimenez could be set for a Wolves exit. RTP Sport says Jimenez is on his way to Manchester United and Wolves are on the verge of signing Sporting Braga striker Paulinho as his replacement.

- Barcelona may be preparing to strengthen their defence. Mundo Deportivo claims three defenders – Bayern Munich's David Alaba, Paris Saint-Germain's Juan Bernat and Manchester City's Eric Garcia – are within range for the LaLiga giants.

- Tanguy Ndombele continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham. Sky Sport reports Inter have made contact with Spurs about the midfielder.

- Where to next for Willian? Coming out of contract at Chelsea at season's end, the attacker's future is uncertain. Sky Sports says Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Miami have made contract offers to the Brazil international.

- A player looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge is Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Sun reports the goalkeeper fears he has played his last game for Chelsea.

- After Dejan Lovren's departure, Liverpool continue to be linked with defenders. COPE reports the Premier League champions have made an offer of £9.1million (€10m) for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi.

Bayern Munich are optimistic they will reach an agreement over a contract extension for David Alaba and that he will ultimately stay with the club for the rest of his career, according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Alaba, 28, joined Bayern's academy in 2008 and has since gone on to enjoy a glorious career with Die Roten's senior side, winning nine Bundesliga titles.

Ever since breaking into the senior side on a regular basis in 2011-12, when he made 30 league appearances, Alaba has rarely struggled to hold down a place in the side.

The recently concluded 2019-20 campaign posed an entirely different challenge, as a defensive injury crisis led to Alaba featuring as a centre-back, and he took to that role with flying colours and his new role allowed for Alphonso Davies to shine at full-back.

But the Austria international has just a year left on his contract and is reportedly admired by the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona.

While Thiago Alcantara appears unlikely to renew with Bayern, Rummenigge remains relaxed about reaching an agreement with Alaba, whom he compared to club icon Franz Beckenbauer.

"First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season," Rummenigge told Sky Germany. "It was born out of necessity that he had to play at centre-back because we had several injuries, and then Hansi [Flick, Bayern coach] put him in this position.

"He did it with flying colours. We haven't had a 'chief' in defence for some time now, one who really takes the reins in hand and sets the tone there and simply acts as the head of the defensive unit – he did that.

"This has been seen especially in these coronavirus times. In these empty stadiums, his instructions showed how well he organised it in the back. Even with his style of play he is a very, very important player for us, we don't need to talk about that.

"I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here.

"I have always said that, for me, David is actually something like Franz Beckenbauer. He is the first player to play again at this level like Franz back then.

"I think David knows what he has at Bayern, and we know what we have in David."

Luis Suarez is eager to stay at Barcelona amid MLS interest, while Chelsea may have a choice to make.

Suarez, 33, is out of contract at the LaLiga giants next year and has been linked with a move away.

The forward seemingly has options.

 

TOP STORY – SUAREZ WANTS BARCELONA STAY AMID INTER MIAMI INTEREST

Suarez has no intention of leaving Barcelona, according to Sport.

It comes after Mundo Deportivo reported Suarez has an offer from MLS club Inter Miami, but wants to extend his stay at Barca beyond 2021.

Suarez has scored 19 goals in 34 games in 2019-20.

 

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- Chelsea are linked with further moves this close season. But Sport Bild reports Atletico Madrid are relaxed over the Premier League club's interest in Jan Oblak, with the LaLiga side doubting Chelsea can afford both the goalkeeper and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

- Philippe Coutinho is expected to make a permanent move from Barcelona. Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal are best-placed to land the playmaker and Barca want only money for the Brazil international.

- Bayern Munich have set their price for Thiago Alcantara, who is linked with a move to Liverpool. Sport Bild says the Bundesliga champions want £27.2m (€30m) for the midfielder.

- Could Manchester City have received a transfer boost? Sport Bild reports David Alaba's contract talks with Bayern Munich are at a stalemate. Alaba is out of contract at Bayern next year and has been linked to City.

- Jesse Lingard's time at Manchester United could be over. The Daily Mail says United are prepared to sell the midfielder, who has been linked to Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Thiago Alcantara wants a new challenge away from Bayern Munich, but the club have not yet received any offers for the midfielder, Karl-Heinze Rummenigge says.

The Spain international has been tipped to leave the Allianz Arena as he has less than a year on his contract and has not agreed to an extension.

CEO Rummenigge says Thiago told sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic that he is seeking a change as he enters what will likely be the final peak years of his career.

Liverpool have been most heavily linked with the 29-year-old, but Rummenigge says Bayern have not had any approaches.

"Hasan had talks with Thiago," Rummenigge said on Thursday at the presentation of new signing Leroy Sane. "Curiously, they were always very positive. But he told Hasan some time ago that he wants to do something new to finish his career.

"So far, no club has contacted us. We don't know if he's settled things with a new club. The fact is we want the play the Champions League [in August] with Thiago and David Alaba."

Rummenigge also confirmed talks are ongoing with Alaba, whose contract also runs out in June next year.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been tipped to make a move for the Austria star and Rummenigge admitted they may consider selling the defender if new terms cannot be agreed.

"Hasan is in talks with David and his advisor," he said. "So far, we haven't found a solution. We want to extend. If that's not possible, we have to look at other options.

"It's nice that he can imagine staying in Munich. It's no secret that contracts are all about finance. We've put the cards on the table; now it's up to David and his advisors."

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