La oferta de renovación que le ha ofrecido el Atlético a Oblak

Según AS, el Atlético ha puesto al portero esloveno Oblak un contrato de mega estrella en lo alto de la mesa para que siga defendiendo la portería del club. Oblak ha sido este año más importante que nunca y Simeone y el club sabe que su marcha dejaría algo más que un hueco difícil de cubrir.

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El jugador tiene contrato, hasta 2021 y cláusula de 100 millones, pero el precio es asumible para los grandes y desde la Premier League ya le están intentando seducir. Desde Inglaterra se habla que el Liverpool tiraría la casa por la ventana por ficharle.

El club lo tiene claro y quiere subirle la cláusula, el salario y aumentar la duración del contrato. El objetivo del club es doblar la cláusula de rescisión del jugador, a los 200 millones, aunque lo lógico es que el jugador y sus agentes presionen para que la subida sea menor. No se ha hablado de cifras respecto al aumento salarial, pero está claro que pasará a ser uno de los mejor pagado de la plantilla.

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Para el club la renovación del esloveno es de importancia capital. Ahora mismo, viendo la inflación del mercado de fichajes, cualquier equipo con dinero puede asumir el pago de la cláusula de rescisión, por lo que el jugador tiene la última palabra, aunque, en palabras de Miguel Ángel Gil Marín para COPE “él (Oblak) quiere seguir y nosotros que siga. Vamos a intentar aumentar la cláusula de Oblak”.

‘No Thanks’: Tottenham Fans React to Report Linking Club With Move for Liverpool Midfielder

Tottenham fans have given a mixed reaction a report linking them with Liverpool’s soon-to-be out-of-contract midfielder Emre Can

According to the Guardian, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who recently signed a new five-year deal with the club, is considering whether to make a late offer to the midfielder. 

Can is set to depart Anfield on the 1st of July, when his contract is set to expire. A number of clubs have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old but Juventus appear to be the heavy favourites for his signature. 

Nevertheless, Tottenham look set to lose one of their star midfielders in Mousa Dembele. Dembele’s agent, Tom de Mul, recently confirmed that the midfielder has no intention of renewing his contract with the north London side, and chairman Daniel Levy may now look to cash in on the 30-year-old, who is contracted to the club until the summer of 2019. 

Can may be viewed as a suitable replacement by the Spurs hierarchy, although not all fans are convinced:

However, Juventus’ CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, revealed last week that the club had held ‘positive’ talks with Can, and that I Bianconeri were confident of signing the player soon after the Champions League final. 

“We are optimistic about a positive end to negotiations with Emre Can,” the Juve chief told Mediaset Premium (via Goal). “We hope to announce his signing after the Champions League final.”

Reports on Monday claimed that Can is set to undergo a medical sometime this week before signing a five-year deal worth €6m per year. 

Napoli President Admits Antonio Conte Was Close to Joining the Club Before Ancelotti’s Appointment

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted he held several talks with Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte about taking over from Maurizio Sarri at the Stadio San Paolo.

According to reports from the Italian Journalist Tancredi Palmeri, the 69-year-old Film Producer and Club Chairman admitted he had conversations with Conte about joining Napoli, but talks broke down around potential transfers. 

The Italian has had a tumultuous season at Stamford Bridge, and is widely acknowledged to be departing this summer, with Napoli’s outgoing boss Maurizio Sarri ironically the club’s primary target to replace him.

However, after Conte’s insistence over a number of personal transfer targets, De Laurentiis eventually opted for the former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. 

Chelsea fans will be all too aware of their current tactician’s penchant for fresh faces, and the wrath he can produce when this desire is not fulfilled. In that sense, it was probably a smart move for the president to be realistic with him about their transfer aspirations.

Instead, 58-year-old Ancelotti has singed a three year contract with the Neapolitan side as the club’s new Head Coach. Despite officially replacing Sarri, the 59 year old is technically still under contract with the Serie A side untile 2020, thus forcing Chelsea to shell out at least €4m to secure his services

With Sarri poised to replace him, and Ancelotti already installed at Napoli, Conte’s potential landing spots are dwindling by the day. While Milan seemingly still retain interest, the same transfer constraints are likely to arise considering their cloudy financial future. 

Ryan Giggs Lauds Young Leicester City Forward After Debut Display for Wales Against Mexico

After battling to earn a 0-0 draw against World Cup bound Mexico, Wales manager Ryan Giggs has heaped praise upon his young side and in particular Leicester City forward George Thomas.

The 21-year-old came off the bench during the friendly at the Rose Bowl in the USA to make his debut for his national side with 26 minutes to go, replacing highly rated Liverpool forward Harry Wilson. Giggs expressed his delight with not only with the team’s performance but also Thomas’ individual display. 

It was a tough game for Wales and they will be happy to emerge from it with a highly respectable result against a tidy Mexico side. Despite being put under extensive pressure throughout, their clean sheet was left in tact. 

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Speaking to Wales Online (via the Leicester Mercury) Giggs hailed Thomas’ magnificent performance and the former Manchester United man claimed that he will now have a difficult time selecting any future squads.

“It’s always difficult as an international manager to know what your best side is because of players who are playing, players who are in good form and also we have a group of players who were amazing a few years ago at the Euros.

“But what I wanted to do was bring the quality just underneath that, which brings the quality up with the established players with younger players pushing for their places. That’s what I want.

“I’ve seen that this week. Brookes coming on and showing a lot of skill, Roberts, Mepham, Lockyer, George Thomas coming on.

“They were all magnificent and that’s what I want.”

Crystal Palace Promise Their Number One Spot in Talks With Young Arsenal Goalkeeping Target

Following their forgettable 2017/18 Premier League campaign, Crystal Palace will be keen to remodel their squad ahead of the upcoming season with the prime objective being improving on last season’s shaky form.

One position the Eagles are reportedly keen on strengthening is in goal, with current number one Wayne Hennessey being viewed as too unreliable, leaving Palace considerably vulnerable when under the cosh.

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As such, the Londoners have entered into talks with young Arsenal target and current Toulouse number one Alban Lafont, viewing the youngster as the ideal remedy for their goalkeeping issues, as reported by GFFN.

Although Lafont is currently only 19-years-old, the French youth star has an abundance of experience already under his belt, having made a total of 105 first team appearances for Toulouse throughout his time in Ligue 1.

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After the French youngster expressed a desire to leave Les Violets this summer, a number of clubs across Europe took interest in Lafont’s situation, including Premier League giants Arsenal. However, it is Palace who have taken the first steps towards bringing the Burkina Faso-born youth star to England.

Palace have spoken to Lafont’s entourage and have promised the youngster their number one spot should he opt to move to Selhurst Park and choose to ignore other potential suitors.

Dutch Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven are the only other club known to have contacted Toulouse regarding the potential acquisition of Lafont. However, it is widely believed that Palace currently lead the race to land the 19-year-old shot stopper.

Why Stoke Should Welcome Back Record Signing Giannelli Imbula for the Upcoming Promotion Challenge

Stoke have had many misfits in the past two campaigns as the club’s recruitment team have made a mess of transfer dealings. Some have been more high-profile like the misfiring Saido Berahino, some less so, like the haphazard youngster Josh Tymon.

The point is Stoke could almost field an entire team of players who have been frozen out recently and (on paper at least) it would be a pretty great team. 

With that in mind, there must be a pick amongst the troubled bunch who could still have a future at the club and what better candidate than club record signing Giannelli Imbula.

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Imbula arrived with Stoke still on their upswing and was expected to finally replace the departed Steven Nzonzi. Early signs were promising from the midfielder who was robust, quick into a tackle and skilled with his feet. Stoke appeared to have a great signing on their hands as a rocket of a shot sailed into the top of the net against Bournemouth, just three games into his Stoke career.

Imbula, unfortunately, arrived at a tumultuous time for the club, which would ultimately prove to be his and their downfall. Stoke were just seven points behind fourth place with seven games remaining, with four or their immediate rivals still to play Stoke’s hopes were high but it wasn’t to be for the club. 

An injury to Jack Butland saw the Stoke defence fall apart, twelve goals conceded in three games and a run of six matches without a win derailed a European charge for the Potters. The bad patch brought disappointment and some horrendous form from several of the first team players.

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One of those players was Imbula who sadly hadn’t been at the club long, leading to him taking more than his fair share of the blame. The poor end to the season led to a Mark Hughes trademark slow start to the following season as Stoke didn’t win for their first seven games.

Despite having a poor start the season before, blame did not rest with the manager but instead with several of the players. After a great start in his first five games, Imbula had now only been on the winning side twice in the following seventeen matches.

Imbula was promptly dropped and found it hard to regain a first-team spot. Although he didn’t cover himself in glory during his run in the side, very few players around him managed to either, in an overall poor performance from the team.

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Imbula made the mistake of falling out with Hughes after being unable to regain a starting spot and the writing was on the wall. Imbula was planned to be offloaded in summer but Stoke couldn’t find a suitable bid for the £18m man.

Instead Imbula went out on loan to Toulouse, whilst Stoke endured a third consecutive poor start. Embarrassing patches of form marred the team all season under Hughes as the club plummeted towards relegation. There were plenty of regular starters for the Potters this season whose form was worse than what Imbula showed but who continued to play.

The problems evidently ran much deeper and a scapegoat had been made of players like Imbula, whose career had now been set back. Short on first team fitness, Imbula had to be patient at Toulouse but has managed to work his way into a crucial role for the club.

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In fact, Imbula has outperformed Stoke’s midfield this season on the majority of key stats. He has been better in almost every department than Darren Fletcher, Charlie Adam, Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland all of whom have featured for Stoke this season.

He has also outperformed Stoke’s star player Joe Allen in terms of successful passes, chances created, assists, shots on target and successful take ons. He has been by far Stoke’s best attacking-midfield option this season and hasn’t even been available for selection when the club has needed him most.

Stoke ended this season with a solid midfield pair of Allen and Badou Ndiaye who expect to attract many offers in the summer. If either of them does secure a move away, Stoke already have an arguably superior replacement on the books.

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Damage has been done behind scenes but that’s why pencils have erasers, with Stoke plotting for promotion next year they’d be mad to get rid of Imbula. The figures suggest he will offer more support to the attack next season than any of the current squad and goals win games.

With Hughes also gone and now identified as a key cause of Stoke’s problems, the club should be looking to repair the damage and build a working relationship with Imbula. The former French Under-21 international once showed a lot of great potential and is still only 25-years-old.

With the right management Imbula could be one flop that yet proves his worth for Stoke, if he helps guide the Potters back to the top flight, he’ll repay a lot more of that £18m price tag than Stoke could hope to recoup from a summer sale. 

Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley Looks to Resolve Managerial Situation as Soon as Possible

Owner Mike Ashley has ordered managing director Lee Charnley to tie Rafa Benitez down to a new long-term contract before July after a successful return to the Premier League for Newcastle United.

Following relegation, Ashley took a huge gamble with his club by investing heavily in the transfer market. As well as boasting the largest wage bill ever in the Championship, Ashley moved to secure Benitez’s future at the club.

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The Spaniard agreed to see out his three-year contract and the gamble paid off as he guided the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Benitez built on promotion with a strong first campaign back in the top flight, ending with a top ten finish.

With less than a year remaining on the initial deal, Ashley has made Benitez’s long-term future a priority again this summer. As the club seeks to add to their squad in the transfer window, hopefully keeping them competitive at this level, Ashley wants a new contract in place for the manager before pre-season begins.

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According to The Chronicle Benitez is already on £4m a year and wouldn’t request a major pay rise beyond that. He may want certain other assurances over the clubs future though, as rumours surfaced throughout the season of his leaving the club due to Ashley’s unwillingness to invest properly in the transfer window prior to the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Newcastle had struggled for much of the season and Benitez was alleged to have been frustrated with the lack of funds made available to him. He was linked with several vacant positions last campaign, which may be why Ashley is seeking such urgency with the matter.

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Ashley has been trying to sell the club for a while after a turbulent time in charge that has led to two relegations. His willingness to offload the club likely led to his lack of investment in past transfer windows. A deal with Amanda Staveley for the sale of the club was expected to be completed before January but has not yet come to pass.

It is believed the club is still up for sale but the club’s prospects and value is likely to be boosted should Benitez decide to commit his future to the Magpies.

West Ham Seek Second Loan Deal for Joao Mario as Inter Hold Out for a Permanent Deal

West Ham are hoping to agree another loan deal for Inter midfielder Joao Mario which would see the Portuguese international extend his stay at the London stadium for the 2018/19 season.

The 25-year-old is currently away with his national side preparing for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The midfielder, who was on the scoresheet yesterday in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Tunisia, spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with the Hammers. 

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Mario scored twice for the east London club in 15 appearances and endeared himself to former manager David Moyes and the club’s fans due to his high work rate – a quality that was dearly lacking among the West Ham squad before his arrival.

According to the Evening Standard, while West Ham are keen on a loan, Inter would prefer to cash in on Mario and have demanded a fee somewhere in the region of £26m.

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Whether or not the Hammers will be willing to sign Mario on a permanent basis remains to be seen, however West Ham chairman David Gold has pledged to back newly appointed manager Manuel Pellegrini in the transfer market as the Chilean coach looks to add four or five new signings.

Speaking to West Ham TV at the end of the season, Mario reflected on what has been a thoroughly enjoyable time in London with West Ham, whilst also looking forward to what the future holds.

“For me it’s been an amazing experience. I want to say thank you to West Ham for everything they’ve done, my teammates, and my coaches.

“I’m really happy with the last six months and we will see what happens.”

¿MESSI O RONALDO? | La respuesta de Maradona que circula por el mundo

Si hay algo por lo que se caracteriza Diego Maradona hoy en día, ya retirado de la actividad profesional hace tiempo, es por brindar entrevistas con los distintos medios de comunicación y decir lo que piensa con frontalidad sobre cada uno de los temas de actualidad.

En este caso, su última aparición se dio en la filmación de la publicidad de Bwin, una de las casas de apuestas más importantes del mundo, en la previa del Mundial de Rusia 2018. 

Allí, el tema de debate era uno de los más populares en los últimos años: elegir entre Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo para determinar al mejor jugador del mundo. Robert Pires, ex futbolista, se encargó de consultarle a otras figuras del pasado, como Cafú, Vicente del Bosque y el propio Diego.

Fiel a su estilo, el astro argentino respondió de manera particular y llevando la pregunta hacia otro lado: “Yo todas las cosas que hace Messi las hice mucho antes. Nosotros creamos el fútbol. Nosotros lo hicimos primero”, disparó.

“Ronaldo sigue batiendo récords, pero Messi tiene una regularidad”, dijo el ex defensor brasilero, mientras que el DT campeón con España en el Mundial 2010 lo simplificó de manera perfecta: “Messi es un jugador de la calle, del barrio. El otro parece un tío que lo han sacado del ordenador”, finalizó.

Report Reveals How Jurgen Klopp Persuaded Fabinho to Join Liverpool Over Other Clubs

A friend of Fabinho has revealed how Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp persuaded his latest signing to join the club this summer, despite an apparent host of other suitors yearning for the Brazilian’s signature.

Fabinho’s arrival came completely out of the blue. In a matter of hours, rumours turned into a completed medical and the Monaco man had joined Liverpool out of what seemed like nothing

Following his signing, it was revealed that Arsenal had lodged a last minute bid for the 24-year-old – but other than that, there was no mention of other clubs in the press.

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However, an inside source has told Yahoo that there were in fact various other clubs interested (though, no mention of specifics), but Klopp had managed to sway Fabinho’s mind into moving to merseyside.

“Klopp convinced Fabinho to join Liverpool,” the friend said. “They met and the boy was very happy with what the manager told him. He said ‘I like Klopp’, and asked that everything be stopped with other clubs.”

Fabinho will soon be joined by RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, along with a host of players rumoured to be on the verge of signing for the Reds.

Speaking after completing his medical with the Reds, their new signing spoke of his delight at signing for the club.

“I am really excited about this move.

“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team. The infrastructures of the club look exceptional. A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over.

“I will try to create my own history at this football club. Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club. I will try to grow and learn and improve myself, and to be part of the club’s history.”