Cristiano Ronaldo wants this Manchester United attacker at Real Madrid

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly given his seal of approval to pursue Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford at the end of the campaign. The England international has shown tremendous development over the past year, and he is now a regular starter for both club and country.

According to Don Balon, the Spanish giants have underlined the need to bring a new marksman next summer with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane at the top of their shortlist. However, they do have a backup plan in hand with Rashford earmarked as a player, Ronaldo would prefer working with.

Rashford has been the regular choice for Premier League duties ahead of Anthony Martial this term, and he recently earned his maiden Champions League start in the 1-0 triumph over Benfica, in which he scored.

The club graduate already has six goals in the current league season, and he looks on course to break last season’s tally of 11 strikes with the vast number of creative talents in the United ranks.

Rashford’s current deal at Old Trafford runs until the summer of 2020, and it is highly unlikely that Mourinho would do any outward business with Real for a player, who has the potential to become world class.

The 19-year-old is currently on the lower end of United’s wage structure, but a recent report has suggested that he could be rewarded with an improved contract on his 20th birthday at the end of month.

 

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Arsenal & Mesut Ozil have a big problem

Arsenal & Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil once again failed to impress for Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League.

The Gunners lost their third match of the season away at Watford on Saturday. The Hornets had Tom Cleverley to thanks for his injury time winner in the 2-1 comeback victory at Vicarage Road.

Before Watford completed their comeback, however, Arsenal could have secured the points.

Ozil, who started the Watford match on the bench, fluffed an awesome opportunity to score when he was clean through on goal.

Off in January?

At the same time, as everyone knows, Ozil will become a free agent at the end of the season.

On Tuesday, the Mirror have reported that Arsenal are now open to selling the German World Cup winner in January.

That potentially means Ozil only have two and half months left with the Gunners.

But will Ozil actually leave the Emirates Stadium in the new year? That’s up for debate, as nobody really seems willing to take a punt on the playmaker:

Arsenal are ready to try to find a January buyer for Mesut Ozil.

The problem that Arsenal have is that Manchester City are keen on Sanchez but there has been a lack of interest in Ozil.

Inter Milan have publicly admitted they are keen and that is why they are now actively looking round for a buyer.

Manchester United have been linked with Ozil in the past few weeks, however that rumour is omitted from the Mirror’s report.

Lionel Messi will be offered £500,000-a-week to stay at Barcelona

Striker’s £80m bonus to be funded by selling the Camp Nou naming rights


It’s amazing what a hat-trick can do for a player’s career. Last month The Sunreported that Lionel Messi was being linked with a £357million move to Manchester City, but according to the Daily Mail the Argentine striker is “set to sign a record-breaking new contract with an £80m bonus”.

 

Messi single-handedly revived his country’s World Cup fortunes on Tuesday, scoring all of Argentina’s goals in the 3-1 win against Ecuador that secured their place in next year’s tournament.

That seems to have spurred Barcelona into action with reports in Spain suggesting that Messi will commit his future to the Catalan club with an eye-watering new contract when his existing deal expires in June.

How much will the eyes water? To the tune of £500,000-a-week, and that’s after he pockets an £80m signing-on bonus.

Not surprisingly, the bonus will be the highest in football history and Barca will fund the deal by selling the naming rights to the Camp Nou.

 

Catalan newspaper L’Ara reported earlier in the week that the club’s wage bill is now in excess of £430m, which is 84 per cent of their revenue. Although chief executive Oscar Grau boasted on Wednesday that “the club is in a very solvent, positive position. We are doing things sensibly”.

Their solvency will likely be increased shortly with reports stating that the club are close to agreeing a sponsorship deal with sports giant Nike.

It’s believed that Barcelona have hired sports business experts Van Wagner to help them sell the naming rights, with reports stating that they will demand £180m in return.

 

The prospect of putting one’s name to one of the most iconic sports stadiums in the world will be all the more attractive given that Barcelona are set to embark on a major renovation of the Camp Nou.

The refurbishment, which will start in 2019 and take around two years, is expected to cost close to £500m and will include a new roof, HD scoreboards, luxurious corporate facilities and an increase in capacity from 99,000 to 105,000.

Iran-Russia friendly football match ends in a tie

TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) – In a FIFA World Cup warm-up match held in Kazan, Iranian and Russian national teams each scored one goal for the encounter to come to a draw.

As part of preparations for the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, national football teams of Iran and Russia held a friendly match on Tuesday evening in the Russian city of Kazan.

The Iranian squad comprised Alireza Biranvand, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Morteza Pouraliganji, Vouria Ghafouri, Ehsan Hajsafi, Omid Ebrahimi, Saeid Ezatollahi, Vahid Amir, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun. In the second half, however, some players were replaced with Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Saman Ghddos, Ahmad Abdollahzadeh and Akbar Imani.

Although no goals were scored in the first half, the Russian side fairly had the upper hand. Meanwhile, it was Iran who was looking for a chance to find the net in the second half and finally did so when Iranian professional footballer Sardar Azmoun put Persians ahead with a stunning kick in the 58th minute.

Dmitry Dmitriyevich Poloz of Russia scored an equalizer in the 74th minute giving Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Biranvand no chance to save.

Iran was the first Asian team to secure a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup when Persian footballers overcame Uzbekistan 2-0 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in June.

Earlier on October 05, Portuguese head coach Carlos Queiroz’s boys managed to defeat Togo in another international friendly bout held in the capital city of Tehran.

Karim Ansarifard made a brace to give Iran the 2-0 lead in the match which was expected to give both national teams some final competitive testing before starting their World Cup campaigns in Russia.

 

PSG’S NEYMAR IN BALLON D’OR RUNNING

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar Jr has been named among the contenders for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, his seventh successive nomination for football’s most prestigious award.

 

The Brazilian’s name was among the first five released by France Football on Monday with 30 players in all set to be nominated. He finished third in 2015 and fifth in the voting last year.

Neymar, who joined PSG in a world record transfer this summer, won the Copa del Rey with former club Barcelona this calendar year, and — ironically — was inspirational in the Catalan giants’ landmark UEFA Champions League Last 16 performance against PSG last season, overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the last eight.

 

Top PSG star admits Prem interest, mentions love of Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has admitted he is open to the prospect of a future move to the Premier League.

The France midfielder broke into the PSG side back in 2012 after coming through their youth ranks and has been mentioned as a possible target for both Arsenal and Tottenham in the past.

However, now 22, Rabiot has become a mainstay of the multi-talented PSG side and has started all eight of the club’s Ligue 1 matches, as well as both their Champions League games, so far this term.

Although stressing he is happy in the French capital for now, Rabiot admits he would be keen to test himself abroad in the future.

“I think I would like to experience something else [outside Ligue 1],” he said.

“There are a lot of very good championships, it’s also very rewarding to go elsewhere.

“I would love to play in the Premier League, not necessarily one club in particular, even though I was very fond of Liverpool when I was young.”

Chelsea ‘to offer Real Madrid target Eden Hazard new contract worth £300,000 a week’

Chelsea are reportedly set to offer Eden Hazard a brand new deal to ward of potential interest from Real Madrid.

The 26-year Belgian forward sees his present contract with the English champions expire in June 2020.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the powers that be at Stamford Bridge want to increase his weekly salary to £300,000.

Hazard is unquestionably one of Chelsea’s preeminent figures and was strongly linked with a move to the 12-time European champions across the summer.

Since relocating from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the summer of 2012 he’s gone on to represent the Blues on no fewer than 256 occasions and has played a pivotal role in their last two championship winning seasons (2016/17 and 2014/15).

Nominally a wide-forward he’s capable of playing behind the centre-forward and to date been involved in 137 goals.

Of those, the 78-time capped Belgian international registered 72 himself whilst creating a further 65 for his teammates.
So far this season he’s featured eight times under manager Antonio Conte, having missed the start due to a troublesome ankle injury, and is yet to get on the scoresheet.