La Liga giant Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Juventus star Miralem Pjanic. They are keen on retaining Arthur Melo but open to discussing other targets the Serie A might want, as per reports. This is the same market in which the Spanish champs are hoping to offload 130 million pounds Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian was underwhelming at his time at the Nou Camp compared to expectations from his time at Anfield. He went on loan to Germany but after nine goals and eight assists, Bayern Munich feel he is not at the level his employers are pricing him so they rejected a permanent deal. The 27-year old has ruled out a return to Liverpool, and at some point Barca were willing to bring him back to Spain to play. But then they are seeking out Pjanic as a player more suited to their style of play.
Manchester United will renew their interest in Netherlands center back Matthijs de Ligt. The towering center half was on Manchester United radar last summer before the youngster chose to move to Italy with Juventus. The Red Devils are apparently ready to renew their interest in the player ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The Netherlands international has spent the last nine months in Turin following a £77m move from Ajax, where de Ligt – together with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong – was the star of Erik ten Hag’s side that reached the Champions League semi-finals. The young Ajax side saw off Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi final. They won the first leg of the semi final against Tottenham Hotspur before Spurs turned the game around in the second leg.
Real Madrid was supposed to have a walk over into the final of the Copa Del Rey when they got drawn to face Real Sociedad but on a night Barcelona themselves lost to Athletico Bilbao, Los Blancos fell to Sociedad who was ironically with a young star from on loan from the capital club Martin Odegaard
Odegaard is one of the many teenage talents to have crossed under the radar of Real Madrid before trying out other teams and the chief reason almost always rested on the fact that the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad was kind of an obstacle. Even the well-established players like Karim Benzema often struggled to step out of his shadow while the likes of Gonzalo Higuain didn’t waste time before deciding he was better off somewhere else.
France and Belgium are leading contenders for the Euro 2020 title, but Portugal and England also stand decent chances if things go their way.
France are the defending champs of the FIFA World Cup and were the opponents Portugal had to fiercely overcome to win in 2016. The core of the squad is still available, talented and ready, hungry for even more titles. The option of experienced players and bond in the French side will only be hindered by complacency – which is starting to get obvious.
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is still topping European charts. The Portuguese has fired 36 shots – the most in Europe’s Top Five leagues.
The 34-year old former Real Madrid star moved to Italy for a different experience last term. While he did not top the scoring charts, he was one of the top scorers. Despite his advanced age, he consistently kept on leading the chats in Spain. However, now he has to be rotated to assist in specific games and times in the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo endeared himself to many more during the UEFA award night when he spoke fondly of his greatest rival Lionel Messi. He said he was open to the idea of having dinner with Messi, even as they both lost the biggest award of the night – the UEFA Men’s Player of the Tear award – to Virgil van Dijk.
Ronaldo has always seen his moving around and yet being successful as a thing of pride. With Juventus’ continental success a priority this term, afterwards the Portuguese would likely be looking at his next move.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 601st goal and alongside destroyed the dream of Torino’s to win against Juventus on Friday. Torino’s dream to win against Juventus in nearly a quarter of a century was destroyed by Cristiano’s header. After 84 minutes of the game, Cristiano scored a goal for his team and the score was drawn by 1-1 which left Torino on the 6th place and they have just three games left to play.
His 601st goal added another feather in his cap. He has worked very hard to reach this position and his presence in the team for which he plays is a morale boost for the team. After this match, Juventus, for the eight seasons have sealed the Serie A title, but for Torino, it’s not the same they have to play if they want to qualify for elite European competition.
Juventus are reportedly favourites to sign France International Raphael Varane according to reports. The 25-year-old is understood to be looking for a new challenge with Manchester United and Juventus high on his list.
It is understood that the defender is set to snub Manchester United and sign for the Italian champions in the summer. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been quick to debunk such rumours insisting that the player is happy and settled at the club.
The second leg of the Champions League clash between Juventus and Atletico Madrid takes place on Tuesday at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Both teams had earlier played out to a 2-0 scoreline in favour of Atletico Madrid in the first leg clash three weeks ago at the Wanda Metropolitano in Spain.
For Juventus, this is the biggest game of the season as the Turin giants currently lie 18 points at the top of the Serie A table. However, the fans would not be happy without a Champions League triumph this season.
The footballer of Portugal and Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, has finally accepted a penalty and as a result suspended a jail term which was awarded to him for the fraud of tax in Spain, signing a contract in order to settle a dispute which will cost him around a total of €18.8m.
Cristiano Ronaldo who is now 33 years old is not likely to serve any of the time in prison as the punishment/sentence was supposed to be within a threshold of 2 years that can also be served on the basis of probation under the law of Spain. Cristiano smiled at the journalists when he walked past them but didn’t say anything in Madrid when he was going with his Spanish girlfriend named Georgina Rodriguez.