Bayern Munich are early favourites to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

Bayern Munich are the favourites to snap up Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo amid his uncertain future at Old Trafford, according to the bookies.

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The 37-year-old stunned United last week when he told the club he wishes to leave if they receive a suitable offer for him this summer amid his concerns that the Red Devils are not moving forward quickly enough.

The Portuguese forward still ‘has an affinity for the club’ but at this stage of his career, he wants to be playing in the Champions League and does not see that happening at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo did not report for training on Monday due to family reasons but Sportsmail reported on Sunday that he will hold talks with Erik ten Hag upon his return as he looks to resolve his future.

United insist he is not for sale and have underlined that he is under contract for another year, although new boss Ten Hag is indifferent to whether he stays, hopeful that his departure would help fund other transfers.

His agent, Jorge Mendes, has been talking to clubs such as Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli over recent weeks to test whether there is a market for his client but no agreement is in place as it stands.

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Bayern Munich start talks with Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt

Bayern Munich have reportedly started talks with Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt and the player is keen on the move to the Bundesliga giants.

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The Bianconeri have been in talks with Chelsea regarding the 22-year-old Dutch centre back for a number of weeks now, making it clear that a deal wouldn’t come cheap. The funds generated by the sale of De Ligt would be immediately reinvested into the squad, so a decisive offer is needed.

As reported by Sky Sports Germany, Bayern have been in contact with Juventus to discuss a move for De Ligt and things have started positively. The Dutch defender has already spoken with Julian Nagelsmann and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić and he was left feeling very impressed.

As was made clear with Chelsea, De Ligt won’t come cheap; reports suggest that the 22-year-old would cost around €60-80m, but the release clause in his contract is over €100m, so Juventus could play tough in negotiations.

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Juventus admit it will be IMPOSSIBLE to keep Matthijs de Ligt

Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has revealed it could be impossible for them to keep star defender Matthijs de Ligt if he wants to leave for Chelsea this summer.

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The Blues have been chasing the former Ajax captain and have been in talks about a potential swap deal involving Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner plus cash.

Chelsea have had initial offers rejected, but boss Thomas Tuchel has not given up hope of signing the Holland International as he looks to bolster his defence after losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers.

Juventus chief Arrivabene has, however, appeared to have bolstered the Blues’ hopes of landing De Ligt this summer – saying they will be happy to do business as long as their asking price is met.

He told Tuttosport: ‘It’s impossible to keep players when they want to leave the club – but all the three parties in the negotiations have to be satisfied.’

Chelsea believe De Ligt’s release clause of £102million is too expensive, therefore they kickstarted the bidding with a player-plus-cash package worth around £40million, plus a choice of either Werner or Pulisic.

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Romelu Lukaku rejoins Inter Milan on season-long loan

Romelu Lukaku is officially an Inter Milan player again after completing his season-long loan move from Chelsea, with no obligation to buy.

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Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his wages this season.

The Chelsea striker flew into Milan Linate airport around 6.20am local time and posed with an Inter scarf before getting in a car.

“I’m so happy to be back,” he said. Having completed his medical, Lukaku has officially been announced as a new Inter player.

Asked what convinced him to return, he said: “The affection of the fans and my team-mates, but also the opportunity to work with the coach. I stayed in contact with him all last season. I think the coach is doing well with the team. I want to contribute and do good for this club.

“I didn’t even leave my home when I went to England, which shows how happy I am to be back here. Now I just want to see the guys on the pitch.”

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AC Milan will announce Paolo Maldini’s contract extension

According to reports in Italy, Milan will announce Paolo Maldini’s contract extension today or tomorrow.

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The contract of the former defender runs out on June 30 and there had been doubts about his stay at the Stadio Meazza due to different visions with club owners over the Rossoneri’s development. Ricky Massara will also commit his future to the Diavoli by signing a new contract.

The primary Italian papers report that both directors will sign a new deal until 2024 with an option for a further campaign.

Maldini had a positive meeting with future club owner Gerry Cardinale earlier this month and is determined to strengthen the team for next season despite a limited transfer budget.

Maldini had been negotiating with Sven Botman and Lille for several months, but the Dutch centre-back eventually decided to join Newcastle.

The Rossoneri want to avoid the same scenario with Renato Sanches and still hope to secure his services despite a strong interest from PSG who are ready to outbid the Serie A champions by offering €30m to Lille.

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Juventus want £60m plus Timo Werner from Chelsea for Matthijs De Ligt

Juventus are demanding a €70 million (£60.3m) fee plus Timo Werner from Chelsea in exchange for Matthijs De Ligt, according to reports.

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Chelsea are looking to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s defensive options this summer following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

An offer of €40m (£34.4m) plus Timo Werner has been submitted by Chelsea but the bid has already been rejected by Juventus.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Juventus have told Chelsea to pay €70m (£60.3m) and include Werner as part of their deal for De Ligt.

Juventus are also prepared to sell De Ligt to Chelsea without including Werner in the deal but are looking for a fee in the region of €100m (£86.4m).

Chelsea, meanwhile, are understood to be confident that they will be able to conclude a deal for the Netherlands international this summer.

Juventus spent £67.5m on signing De Ligt from Ajax in 2019 and the defender still has two years remaining on his contract with the Italian club.

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Neymar is considering leaving PSG this summer

Neymar is reportedly considering leaving PSG this summer after five years at the club.

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The 30-year-old arrived in the French capital for a world record fee in 2017, and earns upwards of £24m-a-year in wages, but has failed to help PSG break their Champions League duck during this period.

He is now weighing up a move away due to not feeling loved by the club, according to RMC Sport.

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi recently spoke out about the team’s shortcomings last season, and refused to confirm that Neymar would still be at the club in 2022-23.

Neymar felt targeted by the president’s comments, and this could have moved him closer to the exit door.

A transfer is already looking difficult, though, thanks to Neymar’s lucrative salary and a potentially sizeable transfer fee.

He is one of the highest-paid players in world football, and still has three years remaining on his deal at PSG, suggesting that he would not leave cheaply.

The Brazilian forward has been offered to Juventus, and his representatives have spoken to the Serie A giants, as reported by AS.

However, the Italian club have informed the players’ intermediaries that they are unable to afford his current wages, and it is looking unlikely that he will PSG this summer unless his pay demands change.

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Juventus and AC Milan keen on Nicolò Zaniolo transfer

Roma director Tiago Pinto met with Nicolò Zaniolo’s agent this evening, just hours after an encounter with Milan, amid on-going interest from Juventus and contract extension issues.

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The Italy international is under contract until June 2024, so the matter is not considered to be urgent, but his future remains very much in doubt at the Stadio Olimpico.

Multiple sources including Sportitalia and the Corriere dello Sport maintain Tiago Pinto had dinner with Zaniolo’s agent this evening and they will also go on to have dinner later.

The initial reports coming in suggest that although Milan and Juventus may well be interested, they have not made any offers to Roma or Zaniolo.

In turn, the Giallorossi are in no rush to discuss a contract extension for Zaniolo, which would inevitably require a pay rise and possibly a release clause.

The versatile forward turns 23 next month and contributed eight goals with nine assists in 42 competitive matches for Jose Mourinho’s side this season.

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Chelsea offer Timo Werner as part of Matthijs de Ligt deal

Chelsea are willing to pay €45m (£38m) plus Timo Werner to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus while Hakim Ziyech is in talks with AC Milan, reports Sky in Italy.

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The 22-year-old Netherlands defender has a £103m (€120m) release clause in his Juventus contract, which is due to expire in 2024, and the club will only entertain offers close to that mark.

Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave upon the expiration of their contracts.

Werner cost Chelsea £50m in June 2020 but has tended to struggle in front of goal for the Blues, netting just nine Premier League goals in two full seasons with the club,

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Cristiano Ronaldo is looking for a way out of Manchester United

La Republicca just released an explosive report about Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential future.

They are saying Manchester United might no longer be within the Portuguese star’s future for a specific reason. With Erik ten Hag’s arrival, the Red Devils are about to make massive changes in the team’s style of play that doesn’t fit with Ronaldo’s position on the pitch.

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According to this report, Ten Hag is looking to modify the structure in order to fit the classic Dutch style of play he used at AFC Ajax. Cristiano doesn’t agree with this, according to La Republicca and he would be willing to leave the institution. Chances of playing at a different club point at a possible return to Sporting Clube Lisbon, where Ronaldo’s career started. However, nothing is set in stone yet.

Other reasons Ronaldo could leave Man United.

For Cristiano Ronaldo, being able to continue playing the UEFA Champions League is absolutely essential for him. Manchester United finished the 2021-22 Premier League season with a measly 58 points and in sixth place, which leaves them out of the tournament for next season. With only a year left on his contract, Cristiano can definitely use this as the main reason to leave the club this summer.

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