Napoli to move for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier this summer

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Napoli move for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier as Carlo Ancelotti plots overhaul after Europa League exit

  • Napoli are eyeing up a summer move for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier 
  • The Serie A giants have fallen way behind league leaders Juventus in the league
  • Ancelotti is now focused on next season and wants Trippier to bolster his ranks 

Napoli are eyeing up a move for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier as Carlo Ancelotti plans a summer revamp following his side’s disappointing season.

The Serie A giants have fallen way behind league leaders Juventus and were knocked out of the Europa League quarter-finals by Arsenal on Thursday night.

Ancelotti, still in his first season in charge at the Stadio San Paolo, has now turned his attention to next season and wants Trippier to bolster his ranks.

Napoli are eyeing up a move for Tottenham and England defender Kieran Trippier this summer

Napoli are eyeing up a move for Tottenham and England defender Kieran Trippier this summer

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Ancelotti wants to strengthen his options at full back and have made an enquiry for Trippier.

The 28-year-old starred for England in their run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer but has failed to replicate that form for Spurs this season and has shared the role with Serge Aurier.

Spurs want to wait until the end of the season before they consider opening negotiations for one of their key players.

Napoli are currently well-stocked at right back though with Elseid Hysaj and promising youngster Kevin Malcuit already in place.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen at full back and Napoli have made an enquiry for Trippier

Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen at full back and Napoli have made an enquiry for Trippier

There’s also interest from Manchester United in Trippier as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen on the right side of his defence also.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will consider an upgrade at right back if buyers for Trippier and Aurier can be found, with up-and-coming Crystal Palace player Aaron Wan-Bissaka one possibility. 

Trippier has made 33 appearances for Spurs this season and has represented his country 16 times. 

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Spurs join Juve and Barcelona in race for Dutch wonderkid | English News

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20 April at 10:30

According to what has been reported by English newspaper the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are joining Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign highly rated Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. De Ligt is considered to be one of the most promising players of his generation and has already turned many heads with his fantastic performances for Ajax.

Matthijs de Ligt is the Ajax captain and, at just 19, this is an incredibly impressive feat. Not only this but the centre-back scored the winner in Ajax’s 2-1 win at the Allianz Stadium earlier this week; where Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League that they so desperately wanted to win.

De Ligt is already a target of both Barcelona and Juventus; with PSG also thought to be interested. De Ligt will not come cheap, however, and could cost upwards of €80m. Barcelona have already signed De Ligt’s compatriot and Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong ahead of a summer move and it is possible that this could give the La Liga giants the edge in the race.

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TIME TO GO – Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha insists he should be playing in Champions League

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TIME TO GO – Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha insists he should be playing in Champions League: ‘I have to aim for the very highest level’

  • Wilfried Zaha has put the big clubs on alert by outlining his ambitious plans
  • He wants to play for an elite Champions League side and challenge for trophies
  • Crystal Palace fended off strong interest in their pacy winger last summer
  • But there is a growing feeling at Palace that it is the right time to let him leave

Wilfried Zaha has revealed he is ready to leave Crystal Palace this summer.

In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, Zaha put the big clubs on alert by outlining his ambitions to play for an elite side in the Champions League and challenge for trophies.

The 26-year-old former Manchester United winger said: ‘I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.

Wilfried Zaha admits he is ready to leave Crystal Palace to reach the 'very highest level'

Wilfried Zaha admits he is ready to leave Crystal Palace to reach the ‘very highest level’

The pacy winger has been dubbed the best player outside the Premier League's 'big six'

The pacy winger has been dubbed the best player outside the Premier League’s ‘big six’

‘For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies. I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.

‘I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.’

Palace fended off interest in talisman Zaha last summer, persuading him to sign a £130,000-a-week, five-year deal that made him their highest earner.

As a result, it is going to take a hefty offer, well above £50million, before Palace do business.

But there is a growing feeling behind the scenes at Selhurst Park that this summer is the right time to let their best player leave — if the price is right. Palace previously sold Zaha to United for £10m in 2013 before bringing him back two years later.

26-year-old Palace star Zaha insists he wants to be playing Champions League football

26-year-old Palace star Zaha insists he wants to be playing Champions League football 

Zaha has plenty of suitors, including Arsenal, Man United, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund

Zaha has plenty of suitors, including Arsenal, Man United, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal are big fans of Zaha, while the prospect of a return to Old Trafford has increased following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.

Zaha impressed Solskjaer when they worked together at Cardiff in 2014 — the player was on loan — and United have made signing a right winger their top priority.

Jadon Sancho tops United’s list but Borussia Dortmund’s ‘not for sale’ stance, plus rival interest from Paris Saint-Germain, represent considerable obstacles.

Zaha is also expected to have options abroad, including Inter Milan and Dortmund.

Chelsea — whose transfer plans are dependent on their appeal against a two-window FIFA ban — and Tottenham have been keen on Zaha in the past.

Zaha revealed his ambitious plans in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail's Adrian Kajumba

Zaha revealed his ambitious plans in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail’s Adrian Kajumba

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De Jong gives honest opinion about De Ligt’s possible Barcelona move | English News

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19 April at 22:30

Frenkie de Jong will wear the Barcelona shirt from July 1st: the Catalan club has already closed the deal and announced the signing of the Ajax star, securing one of the most important young midfielders on the international scene. 

 

Another of the Amsterdam club impressive young talents, Matthijs de Ligt, could also arrive, a defender who has also been followed by Juventus for a long time. De Jong himself spoke of the possibility of embracing his friend and compatriot at Camp Nou.

 

“De Ligt with me at Barcelona? I don’t care “, the words of De Jong reported by Sport.

 

” He is the one who has to choose, and I will not interfere in his decision. “

 

This might come as good news for Juventus fans who will hope that De Ligt doesn’t follow his compatriot to Barca, as they look to strengthen their defence following the departure of Benatia in January and the retirement of Barzagli in June.

 

 

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From Portugal: Man City ready to pay Joao Felix’ release clause but Juve remain at the windowFrom Portugal: Man City ready to pay Joao Felix’ release clause but Juve remain at the window | English News

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19 April at 18:30

Joao Felix is one of the most appreciated players in world football at the moment. The Portuguese talent is performing at a high level on a consistent basis and many clubs have him on their radar, ready to reinforce their team’s with his services.

Juventus are interested in the player and talks about him at every opportunity with his powerful agent Jorge Mendes. But in Portugal, there are news that Paratici will definitely not be very happy about.

As reported during the Mais Bastidores program on ​Televisão Independente, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City would be ready to shell out 120 million on the player, which is equal to the release clause set in his Benfica contract.

The English club, freshly eliminated from the Champions League against Tottenham, is serious about Felix and want to beat the competition of Juventus and Real Madrid for the player. But the Bianconeri remain at the window anyway and the positive relationship with Mendes could prove to be decisive in the negotiations.

 

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‘Ronaldo tired of playing alone’ | English News

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19 April at 09:30

Edo Aguirre, a journalist who is very close to Cristiano Ronaldo, spoke to El Chiringuito about the Portuguese star’s reaction to Juventus’ Champions League elimination. “Ronaldo is tired of playing alone. He is the best goal scorer and the best assist man. He always scores in decisive games but it’s not enough”.

According to reports in Spain, Ronaldo has already told Juve that he wants to leave at the end of the season, but Aguirre denies that: “It’s not true, he hasn’t said that to Juventus”, Aguirre replies.

Safe to say Ronaldo is not happy about the Old Lady’s Champions League exit. After the game, his mum spoke to media and said that CR7 told here that he ‘cant’ do miracles’.

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Atletico Madrid set to make £35million move for Porto full-back Alex Telles

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Atletico Madrid set to make £35million move for Porto full-back Alex Telles

  • Alex Telles is considering move from Porto to Atletico Madrid for £35million 
  • The Brazilian has been key for the Portuguese club in Champions League run 
  • His move means Arsenal are clear to target Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico 

Porto left-back Alex Telles is discussing a potential £35million move to Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old Brazilian has been a key figure for Porto and has emerged as one of the most coveted full-backs in Europe.

He recovered from bursitis on his hip to play against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final last week and is in line to face them on Wednesday evening in the return leg.

Alex Telles is in discussions with Atletico Madrid over a £35million move from Porto

Alex Telles is in discussions with Atletico Madrid over a £35million move from Porto

Telles is a good defender but also a creative, attacking force and that appeals to Atletico coach Diego Simeone who is looking to improve his options down the left.

Simeone had targeted Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax but Telles is viewed as a more rounded player than the Argentine.

Atletico’s switch could help clear the way for Arsenal now to move into pole position for Tagliafico. 

Atletico Madrid opted not to pursue left-back Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax in favour of Telles

Atletico Madrid opted not to pursue left-back Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax in favour of Telles

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Ajax take down Juve – De Ligt: “We grow every game”

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First semi-final in 22 years 

Matthijs de Ligt hailed Ajax’s “unbelievable” achievement after the Dutch club ended their 22-year wait for a Champions League semi-final appearance by shocking Juventus.

Central defender De Ligt, the Ajax captain at just 19 years of age, headed the winner in a 2-1 victory in Turin – the Amsterdam club winning 3-2 on aggregate.

Ajax are the first team in Champions League history to make the semi-finals after surviving three qualifying rounds, and will now meet Manchester City or Tottenham in the last four.

“I can’t describe what kind of emotion we have at the moment,” De Ligt told BT Sport 3 after Ajax had added Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus to their list of Champions League victims, having previously eliminated holders Real Madrid.

“It’s unbelievable what we achieved, we are a squad from the Netherlands and we show the world what we can do.

“We showed it in the Bernabeu (against Madrid), we showed it against Bayern Munich (at the group stage) and now we showed it against Juventus.

“But we are never satisfied and the next game is also going to be important, we’ll see what happens.

“There is so much potential in our team and we are all still young. You see us grow every game.”

Ronaldo headed Juventus into a 28th-minute lead with his 126th goal in the competition and his ninth in seven meetings against Ajax.

But Donny Van De Beek levelled six minutes later and De Ligt’s winner midway through the second half rewarded Ajax’s superiority.

“It was a great corner kick,” De Ligt said.

“I jumped and I know I can jump high and head the ball well. That was the perfect moment to score.

“We had so many chances to score at the end, it is 2-1 but it could be 3-1 or 4-1.

“The only thing we lack is that we have to score more, but that is a big compliment to us as a team.”

Ajax will definitely meet English opposition in their first Champions League semi-final since the 1996-97 season and the days of Edwin van der Sar, Jari Litmanen and Marc Overmars.

But asked whether he wanted to play City or Spurs, De Ligt said: “At the moment I don’t have any preference.

“We will see who is coming to the semi-final and then we have to show the same.”

Manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted his future remains in Turin after Juventus failed to make the last four of the Champions League for the second successive season.

“Ajax clearly deserved the victory, especially in the second half,” Allegri said at his post-match press conference.

“They had a bit of luck with their quick equaliser but they played very well after the break.

“I always say that in order to win the Champions League you need to be at peak form when it counts.

“In the last month we have been struggling with several injuries – even tonight we were missing important players – so it was not easy to reach top form.

“I already talked with the president, I will remain at Juve next season and we are already planning the next campaign.”



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Exclusive: Inter could take advantage of Roma for Italian star | English News

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18 April at 21:55

Serie A giants Inter could take advantage of Roma’s financial situation in their bid to make a move for Lorenzo Pellegrini.

The 22-year-old has been a vital part of the side ever since he returned to his childhood club back in the summer of 2017 when Sassuolo sold him back for a fee of 10 million euros.

Calciomercato exclusively understand that due to Roma’s financial situations, the club could look to sell its most prized assets and if they miss out on Champions League, they can sell Pellegrini too.

The Italian has a release clause of 30 million euros and it can payable in two installments. Inter have been keeping an eye on him for a while now and the player’s contract renewal talks have not progressed for weeks now.

Inter like the player’s profile and his style of play. They see him as a target for the summer, along with Edin Dzeko. A move can be made in the summer.

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Real Madrid will make ‘£85m opening offer to Chelsea for Eden Hazard and accelerate Paul Pogba move’

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Real Madrid will make ‘£85m opening offer to Chelsea for Eden Hazard and will accelerate move for Paul Pogba’ ahead of summer transfer window

  • Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will be the subject of an £85million bid from Real Madrid
  • The Spanish giants are also set to push forward with a move for Paul Pogba 
  • Zinedine Zidane is planning an overhaul of his side after a disappointing season
  • Hazard has yet to agree a new deal while Pogba is considering a move away 

Real Madrid are stepping up their pursuits of Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, with an initial £85million bid lined up for the Chelsea star, according to The Sun.

Hazard has yet to agree a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge, with only a year left on his contract after a stunning campaign in which he has scored 19 goals in 44 games so far. 

Manchester United‘s Champions League elimination and current struggles to qualify domestically for next season’s competition have emboldened Madrid to also push for Pogba.

Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Paul Pogba

Eden Hazard will be the subject of an initial £85million bid

Real Madrid are targeting Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard in an ambitious double swoop

PLAYER STATS 2018/19

Eden Hazard – 44 games, 19 goals

Paul Pogba – 42 games, 16 goals

The Frenchman is tied to Old Trafford until 2021, but will have his salary cut by 25 per cent should Manchester United fail to qualify for Europe’s premier competition. 

The double swoop is likely to set Real Madrid back more than £200m, with Manchester United’s determination to keep hold of the powerful midfielder pushing his fee above £100m.

Pogba has, however, indicated that he is open to a move to the Spanish giants although Manchester United want to secure him to a new contract.  

The 66-cap France international was overrun in midfield by Barcelona as Manchester United slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp, confirming their Champions League elimination.

Hazard is likely to play for Chelsea in their Europa League quarter-final second-leg tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday as the Blues seek Champions League qualification. 

Pogba endured a frustrating night for Manchester United in defeat by Barcelona

Pogba endured a frustrating night for Manchester United in defeat by Barcelona

 

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