Tuesday, February 25
- Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has been tipped to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani
- Jurgen Klopp has opened up on Liverpool’s transfer plans with the Reds linked with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner
- Mikel Arteta could be forced to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal this summer if he does not sign a new contract
Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid?
Mohamed Salah is using Liverpool as a “stepping stone” to join La Liga giants Real Madrid, says former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.
“It’s never easy to replace a player like that,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.
“I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool.
“I think it’s a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don’t demonstrate that love for Salah, and it’s affinity and loyalty.
“I think there’s a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he’ll go to Barcelona, he’ll take the big move.
“That’s not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, played with Cristiano Ronaldo – they wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d’Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.
“I think there’s a feeling, affinity, loyalty, ‘will he leave us?’, I think he could.
“I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career.
“He has aspirations to be [higher]. Let’s be honest, Real Madrid and Barcelona for a lot of players are the pinnacle.”
Edinson Cavani to Man Utd backed
Manchester United should sign Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, Robin van Persie claims.
Cavani, who earns an astonishing £360,000 a week and will demand similar from his next club, is set to leave the Parc des Princes after seven trophy-laden seasons and 200 goals for PSG.
“Edinson Cavani. I would definitely go for Cavani; he’s very fit, he’s a proven goalscorer, a goal machine, he has proven it at Napoli, PSG and Uruguay,” RVP told SPORTbible.
“With him, if he starts, he will get you 25 goals a season. I’ve watched him play, I’ve played against him, he is like a proper goalscorer. He lives by scoring goals so I’d go for him.”
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool transfer plans
Jurgen Klopp has explained Liverpool will not be going “mad” in the summer transfer window while detailing why the club haven’t spent big on new additions recently.
“The CV (we are looking for), it’s not easy to fulfil,” he said.
“The age group of the team is good in the moment. In two or three years, maybe it’ll be different but for the moment, it’s good.
“It depends on what you want – is it a good age for selling? Probably not.
“But is it a good age for performing? Yes. So there’s a lot of things we have to think about. It’s an interesting period.
“Last summer, we did Sepp, Harvey and Adrian and people were not happy that we didn’t do any more than that because they think we need this and that here and there.
“We will see if we can make the right decisions again. It doesn’t depend on us alone, it’s the market, it’s the things around that will have an influence.
“It’s not that we are going mad about what is out there – we want the right player, we don’t just sign any.”
Arsenal could sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Mikel Arteta will have to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal this summer if he does not sign a new contract, says former England manager Sam Allardyce.
“I’d be worried about losing him, really worried,” Allardyce said on talkSPORT.
“I don’t know what Arsenal are going to do. They can’t afford to let another one run out his contract with his value.
“He’s got 18 months left on his contract, so if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer, they’ll have to sell him.
“That would be a great shame for Arsenal fans and Arsenal, because what he’s done in goal terms has been absolutely miraculous.
“He is quality. He’s one of the few strikers who loves to run in behind, he doesn’t want to come to feet, he wants balls played down the channel, he gets on the end of it and slots them away.”
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