Juventus Consider Offering Lazio Out of Favour Duo to Land £100m Rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Juventus are considering offering Lazio ​Leonardo Spinazzola and Cristian Romero in their bid to sign midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The Serbia international is one of the most sought after midfield players in Europe and has previously been linked with Manchester United but it’s Serie A champions Juve who have stolen a march on their rivals in recent weeks.

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According to the Corriere dello Sport via ​Football Italia, I Bianconeri want to get around I Biancocelesti’s £100m asking price by including left back Spinazzola and defender Romero in the deal.

​Juventus are eager to wrap the deal up as soon as possible, as they fear former ​Milan director of sport Leonardo could target the 24-year-old straight away should he return to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Spinazzola has struggled for game time at Juve, mainly due to ​Alex Sandro’s presence as the club’s first choice left back, and only made ten ​Serie A appearances in the 2018/19 campaign. Romero has been snapped up from Genoa, although an official announcement regarding the 21-year-old’s future is yet to be made.

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Blaise Matuidi recently ​dismissed speculation regarding a potential move away from Juve but there are doubts over Miralem Pjanic’s future, especially after the Bosnian publicly ​flirted with PSG back in May.

Juve are looking to strengthen this summer ahead of their defence of the Serie A title, while they will also be looking for an improved performance in the Champions League. Maurizio Sarri is expected to confirmed as the club’s new manager soon after it ​emerged he was free to leave Chelsea.

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Portugal and Spain Set to Bid for 2030 World Cup as Spanish FA Confirm Joint Effort

​The Spanish FA have today confirmed that they and Portugal will make a joint effort to host the 2030 World Cup. 

Spain and Portugal will join a host of other countries also launching joint bids for the 24th World Cup, such as the Uruguayan, Argentinian, Paraguayan and Chilean bid and the Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian and Serbian joint bid.

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As reported by ​Football Espana, the two countries will now be looking at seeing if a joint bid is viable and the respective football organisations will pitch this bid to their governments. If this is successful, they could submit an official bid to FIFA. 

Spain last hosted the World Cup in 1982 whereas Portugal have never hosted a World Cup, although they did host the 2004 European Championship. 

At this point in time, there are only three confirmed bids to host the 2030 World Cup, with the aforementioned Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile bid and Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia bid, as well as a Morocco bid. 

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The British Isles are also reported to be interested in submitting a bid, while Cameroon and Egypt have also expressed an interest.

The quality of Spain’s stadiums has improved in recent years, with the opening of ​Atlético‘s spectacular Wanda Metropolitano as well as modern renovations to La ​Liga sides Real Betis’ and Real Sociedad’s stadiums. Athletic Bilbao’s San Mamés opened back in 2013 and will host some matches in the 2020 European Championship. 

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In addition to this, Portugal still has many (relatively) new stadiums left over from the 2004 European Championship, although these may need renovations before 2030. However, FIFA will surely view Spain and Portugal’s abundance of modern stadiums as a positive should they submit a bid.

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Liverpool Place £21m Price Tag on Harry Wilson With European Clubs Ready to Pounce

​Liverpool are reportedly ready to sell winger Harry Wilson for £21m, putting clubs across Europe on high alert. 

The Wales international has flourished in his last two loan spells, notching an impressive 25 goals in 63 appearances with Hull City and Derby County respectively, helping the latter to the Championship play-off final last term. 

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Despite this, his chances of breaking into the Liverpool team that won the Champions League last season are low and manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to let the young winger leave on a permanent deal.

German clubs RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim are among the clubs interested, according to the ​Mirror.

British players had gained a reputation for failing to settle at foreign clubs, but this has changed over the last two years thanks to the success of players like ​Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho,  Hoffenheim’s on-loan forward Reiss Nelson and Everton winger Ademola Lookman, who flourished in his short loan spell with RB Leipzig.

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German teams aren’t the only teams on the continent looking at the Welsh winger, with Spanish sides Getafe and Valencia reportedly weighing up a move.

There is also interest in Wilson closer to home. Brendan Rodgers’ ​Leicester are interested and newly-promoted ​Aston Villa are also looking at the winger. Rangers are also interested but there would be questions over whether the Scottish club could meet Liverpool’s asking price. 

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Klopp, however, is an admirer of Wilson, stating back in January: “I’m really happy about what Harry is doing. It’s fantastic. It’s a perfect example for it sometimes being really good to leave home to show up somewhere else”

As Wilson’s future hangs in the balance, speculation may continue to persist through the transfer window. 

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Marcelo to Decide Real Madrid Future With Ferland Mendy Set to Become First Choice Left Back

​Real Madrid will give Marcelo the freedom to decide whether or not he wants to stay at the club ahead of the impending signing of left back Ferland Mendy.

Marcelo will go down as a Los Blancos legend, having won La Liga four times as well as earning another quartet of Champions League trophies, but he has been frequently linked with Juventus over the last year or so.

According to ​Marca, the Brazil international would play a back-up role to the incoming Mendy if he decided to stay at the Bernabeu, but the Spanish giants are happy to ‘put the ball in Marcelo’s court regarding his future’.

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​Marcelo‘s friendship with former Madrid star ​Cristiano Rona​ldo has frequently been mentioned as a potential factor in the 31-year-old swapping Spain’s capital for Turin, and the Serie A champions are thought to be on the lookout for a new left back this summer.

The Mendy transfer is seen as a done deal, meaning ​Real have plenty of options at left back going forward. Sergio Reguilon would likely see his involvement in first team affairs increase if Marcelo leaves, while Achraf Hakimi impressed while on loan at Dortmund.

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Morocco international Hakimi still has another year left on his loan deal with the Bundesliga runners up, while Theo Hernandez could provide more competition if he is kept at the club for the 2019/20 season following his loan to Real Sociedad.

It’s been a busy summer already for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with deals for striker Luka Jovic, forward Eden Hazard and defender Eder Militao all finalised.

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Chelsea Reignite Interest in Leon Bailey Following Eden Hazard’s Departure

​Following the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea have revived their interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.

Chelsea were interested in the Jamaican winger over a year ago, and despite having a poor season last campaign, will look to the 21-year-old to try and fill the void left by the mercurial Belgian.

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Bailey’s move to London hinges on the outcome of Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as they look to have their transfer ban overturned.

The ​Daily Mail reports that the Stamford Bridge club are looking to bring in exiting young wingers such as Bailey to replace the aforementioned ​Hazard as well as Willian and Pedro, who are not getting any younger.

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Bailey could cost the Blues upwards of £80m, a significant amount for a player who is yet to truly shine. He made 28 Bundesliga appearances last season, scoring five goals and providing one assist. 

Leverkusen will drive a hard bargain for whoever comes for Bailey, as they face losing the very highly-rated Kai Havertz to Bayern Munich and have already lost Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund.

​Chelsea signed Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic in January as they look to usher in a new generation of players to push the club forward.

They are also reportedly interested in Ajax’s David Neres, with the Blues having to battle it out with a host of other ​Premier League clubs for his signature including ​Everton, ​Liverpool and Europa League final opponents ​Arsenal. 

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