Christian Eriksen Identified as One of Two Essential Transfer Targets for Real Madrid This Summer

​Zinedine Zidane has identified Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen as an essential target for Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Eriksen’s future at Tottenham currently remains uncertain as there has been no indication as to whether the Dane is prepared to extend his contract with the north London outfit. 

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Previous reports have suggested that Tottenham are ‘resigned’ to Eriksen leaving the club and are willing to sell him this summer rather than risk losing him on a free deal, as his current contract is set to expire at the end of next season.

Both ​Real Madrid and ​Juventus have been linked with a potential move but, according to​ El Confidencial, Los Blancos could have the upper hand this summer if Florentino Perez is willing to back Zinedine Zidane in the transfer market.

Zidane is looking to exert more influence on the comings and goings at Real and has identified two essential signings this summer, one of which is an attacking midfielder who can dictate possession and provide a touch of creativity from the middle of the park – Eriksen being the man he’s looking for.

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Alongside Eriksen, Zidane is also keen on bringing in a defensive midfielder who can ease the burden on Casemiro at the base of Real’s midfield.

After initially eyeing up both ​N’Golo Kante and ​Paul Pogba, Zidane is focusing his attention on Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

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The 22-year-old has taken Ligue 1 by storm this season and has plenty of sides across Europe monitoring his progress. Lyon’s president Jean Michel Aulas has also alluded to that fact, claiming that both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are already in pursuit.

Real are said to be keeping their interest in Ndombele as low key as possible in order to avoid having to pay over the odds to bring the Frenchman over to the Spanish capital.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: All You Need to Know About Spurs’ New Home

​Well, it finally happened. It may have been almost seven months later than scheduled, but Tottenham Hotspur finally moved to their new self-titled stadium. Halleluja! And, despite the wait, it seems the arena is wondrous enough for all those timeline misgivings to be forgiven and forgotten in one fell swoop. 

So, how and why did that happen?

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Well, where to start. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is jam-packed with joyous features, from the revolutionary to the retro. Let’s start with the most mundane of statistics: capacity. It has a whopping 62,062 seats, making it the seventh biggest in the United Kingdom, and the second largest in the ​Premier League, behind Old Trafford.

Most pleasingly of all, for those in white, will be the 1802 more spots more than the nearby Emirates, which has 60,260 – making Spurs’ numerically similar total a clear example of excellent pettiness. And that number is almost matched in square metres by the stadium’s screens – the largest of any ground in Europe – which stretch out to a dazzling 325 sqm, alongside 1,800 of their little high definition television siblings dotted around the interior. 


If you’re a VIP kind of guy or gal, then rest assured there are 8,000 premium seats at your disposal, ready and waiting to be plastered across your Instagram story, which you can upload using the stadium’s installed WiFi (connection permitting).

But, here’s where the adherence to the old White Hart Lane – the retro, if you will – comes in: no front-row seat is more than 8m from the pitch. Oh and the pitch, how could we forgot the pitch(es)! There’s two! One retractable one with proper grass on it for proper football and another, right below it, with artificial grass for artificial football (NFL games as well as concerts, events etc). 

That’s a world first!


And, that one-stand White Wall that you’ve heard about? That contains 17,500 of the 62k or so, and peaks at just over 34m high. 

But enough about the metrics of the grass and the concrete. You just want to hear about the beer, don’t you? Well, those jaw-dropping inverted dispensers can be found at some of the 65 food and drink outlets peppered around the stadium, and at a highly reasonable £4 a pop.


Also, as a fan, you’re not confined to your overflowing area of temporary residence. Unlike many English grounds, and more akin to the NFL/Cricket way of doing things, you are allowed to mill around the various backchannels as you please. 

Some things you won’t find? Plastic straws and cash machines, thanks to the cashless policy of all the various outlets. There are plenty of recycling bins, though.


So, with all that and more to look forward to, the football might come as a secondary draw, but just in case you are interested in what fixtures you’ll be able to see from now until the end of the season, here they are: Crystal Palace (April 4th), Manchester City (​Champions League, April 9th), Huddersfield (April 13th), Brighton (April 23rd), West Ham (April 27th) and Everton (May 12th). 

Any drawbacks, you ask? Well, it seems harsh, but there is no room explicitly dedicated to the delights of hardened dairy products. That’s a real shame.

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Transfer Rumours: Umtiti to Man Utd, De Ligt to Barcelona, Dzeko to West Ham & More

​If you are one of those heedless people who think that just because it’s the international break and the actual football that you care about is on a seemingly interminable hiatus that the rumour mills stop milling, then heed this: YOU’RE WRONG. 

The rumour mills never stop milling. The transfer links never sleep, however spurious. Here’s your latest batch:


Atletico Madrid Offer €20m Plus Vietto to Resolve Gelson Martins Saga

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​Atletico Madrid are looking to resolve their ongoing dispute with Sporting CP over the transfer of Gelson Martins by offering the club €20m plus Fulham loanee Luciano Vietto. 

Atleti signed Martins for free in July 2018 after the winger cancelled his contract with the Portuguese side following a fan-led attack on their training ground, but the club refused to accept the situation, maintaining they should’ve received the full €105.1m release clause fee. 

However, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, as relayed by ​SAPO Desporto, the two parties have now reached an agreement whereby Atleti hand over slightly less than a fifth of that sum, alongside the Fulham flop. To be fair, they may also be in line for another €20m when Los Rojiblancos sell Martins to Monaco (where he is currently on loan) this summer for a cool €40m. Much ado about nothing, then, really. 


Barca Willing to Offload Umtiti to Man Utd in Bid to Land Matthijs de Ligt

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​Barcelona are willing to sell World Cup-winning centre back Samuel Umtiti to Manchester United in order to push through their move for Ajax teenager Matthijs de Ligt. 

According to the ​Daily Mail, Barca are looking to offset the required €85m to sign the Dutchman by selling Umtiti to United, with the Frenchman now below compatriot Clement Lenglet in the pecking order following his issues with injury, even if the ousting of such a key player last season could cause discord in La Blaugrana’s dressing room. 

As for De Ligt himself, in an interview with Esporte Interativo, as quoted by ​Marca, he was deliberately coy on his immediate future, proclaiming: “I play my game, focus on football and we’ll see where I end up. It is not something that worries me.

“I am currently playing for Ajax and the national team, so that is what I’m focussing on. I’m gaining experience and I like it.”


Bayern & Inter ‘Lukewarm’ on Mateo Kovacic Deal

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Spare a thought for Mateo Kovacic. Because clubs seem to tossing him around in a game of “lukewarm” potato right now. With Chelsea’s upcoming transfer ban, the Croatian’s prospective €29m permanent switch from Real Madrid is now off. 

However, as reported by ​FcIN, Zinedine Zidane is not keen on keeping him at the Santiago Bernabeu and, after his representatives shopped him around to ​Bayern Munich and former side Inter, a similarly “lukewarm” response was found, with seemingly no one willing to leave themselves open to the opportunity of getting burned by the midfielder… even if he’s blatantly not a hot commodity. 


West Ham Looking to Beat Out Inter & Everton With Eden Dzeko Capture

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​West Ham United are stepping up their pursuit of veteran AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko, reportedly submitting an offer ‘in recent days’.

As reported by Il Messaggero, and relayed by ​Sport Witness with additional information from Gazzetta dello Sport, the Hammers are ardent admirers of the 33-year-old, especially former boss Manuel Pellegrini, and are desperate to bring the Bosnian back to England this summer.

However, AS Roma are reportedly looking for as much as €30m for the frontman, while the player himself is holding out for a possible switch to Inter if Mauro Icardi jumps ship. Everton are also looking to get in and amongst it, so expect this one to run…possibly a bit more than Dzeko can these days.


Tottenham See Torino’s Soualiho Meite as Ideal Mousa Dembele Replacement​

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​​Tottenham are looking at Torino’s revelatory midfielder Soualiho Meite as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele in north London. 

The Turin side brought in Meite for a cool £9m just last summer, but the Frenchman has quickly established himself as one of the club’s foremost players, and would now command a fee in the region of €30m.

And that’s the package that Spurs and West Ham are readying ahead of this summer’s transfer window, according to the print edition of Gazzetto dello Sport, via ​Sport Witness.

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Former Liverpool Youngster Reveals Hilarious Roy Hodgson Transfer Mix-Up Which Saw Him Join Fulham

​Former Liverpool youngster Alexander Kacanicklic has revealed the circumstances surrounding his move to Fulham in 2010, claiming it was due to a comedic error from former boss Roy Hodgson.

During Hodgson’s time at Anfield, he agreed a deal to sign Paul Konchesky from the Cottagers, which saw Kacanicklic and teammate Lauri Dalla Valle move to Craven Cottage as part of the deal.

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However, speaking to podcast ​Lundh, Kacanicklic revealed Hodgson had wanted to sell a different ‘Alex’ and mistakenly offered the Swede as part of the deal.

He said: “It was a bit difficult for ​Liverpool to replace me. When I was in ​Fulham and before I signed up, I had a conversation with Roy Hodgson on the phone, where we found out that he had changed the wrong Alex.

“In his head, he thought he changed another Alex for Konchesky. But then it was too late. It’s a little funny.

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“Then he just told me I was welcome back in Liverpool with open arms, but that I should do what I felt. I did not [go back]. Then I had already changed my mind and was very excited about coming to Fulham.”

There is no mention of which ‘Alex’ Hodgson had actually intended to part ways with, or how such a gaffe was even possible, but it certainly makes for a fantastic tale.

Kacaniklic moved to Liverpool as a youngster in the summer of 2007 and spent several years as part of the academy. He never made an appearance for the senior team, but the highlight of his tenure at the club came in the 2008/09 FA Youth Cup final, in which the Swede netted an impressive goal as the young Reds fell to defeat against ​Arsenal‘s Under-18 side.

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After moving to Fulham, Kacaniklic spent time on loan with both ​Watford and ​Burnley, before going on to make 100 appearances for the Cottagers. 

Now 27, the winger currently turns out for Swedish side Hammarby, having joined on a free transfer from Nantes in February.

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Lionel Messi Provides Barcelona With Major Boost Ahead of Champions League Tie With Man Utd

​Barcelona have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United with news that Lionel Messi is set to be fit for the first leg.

The 31-year-old had been on international duty when he suffered a pelvic injury during Argentina’s 3-1 defeat to Venezuela, leaving question marks regarding the fitness of the forward in the games to come.

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​The Catalan side released a statement in the days that followed to confirm that ​Messi would return to the club in the wake of the injury, meaning he wouldn’t play in La Albiceleste’s second friendly of the international break against Morocco. 

According to ​The Sun however, Messi’s injury isn’t likely to be a serious one, with the media outlet claiming he’ll been in Ernesto Valverde’s squad to face Espanyol this weekend, as players return to their respective club sides following the latest round of international fixtures.


Following El Derbi Barceloni, the current La Liga leaders face Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, before the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against ​United takes place at Old Trafford on 10 April.

It’s expected that Messi’s fitness will be monitored extremely closely between now and then, as the Argentine continues to be ​Barcelona’s main man when it comes to goalscoring and creating chances.

He’s scored 39 goals for Barcelona in all competitions this season, while also providing 18 assists in a campaign that could see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner finish the season by winning a third treble of his career (La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey), having done so in 2008/09 and 2014/15. 

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