Daily Archives: June 16, 2017

Monaco and Real Madrid holding talks over Kevin Mbappe

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Real Madrid and Monaco have held talks for potentially reaching a deal for teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe has risen to stardom in Ligue 1 and the Champions League in the 16-17 season and could command a world-record transfer fee should he leave the principality.

However, it is clear that the Ligue 1 champions has no intentions to sell, and could hold out for a huge fee for the teenage sensation but have entertained discussions with Los Blancos.

Real are huge admirers of Mbappe, and the teenager revealed this week that the reigning European champions have been trying to sign him since he was 14 years old.

The two clubs had met at the end of last week but Monaco do not want to sell the 18-year-old, and reports in France have suggested they could demand as much as €135 million for his signature — comfortably eclipsing the fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer.

But such numbers has not discouraged them from sitting down with Monaco and attempting to work out a resolution, and for his part, Mbappe will go on holiday and mull over his options after meeting the Monaco hierarchy on Thursday morning, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City also interested in signing him.

Mbappe could decide to stay at Monaco as they will in the draw for the Champions League group stage and can offer him guaranteed first-team football, although he had known to be a Real Madrid fan and has previously visited the club’s Valdebebas training ground.

Additionally, there will also be some doubt around Monaco that they can replicate their 2016-17 season, with Bernardo Silva already having been sold to Manchester City and Benjamin Mendy likely to follow, with Fabinho also looking unsettled.

Leicester City signs Hull City defender Harry Maguire

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Leicester City have signed defender Harry Maguire from relegated Premier League club Hull city in a deal worth £17m.

It was reported that the deal for the former Hull City player is comprised of an initial £12m fee with add-ons. Maguire’s departure from the Tigers would also mean that Sheffield United, who Maguire left to join Hull in 2014, would receive a fee through a sell-on clause.

Maguire, 24, agreed on a five-year deal and will link up with his new team-mates in early July before their pre-season training camp in Austria.

His entrance to Craig Shakespeare’s team would be welcomed as the Foxes had been in urgent need of reinforcements in the heart of their defence.

Although Leicester team captain Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have been brilliant last season, they were clearly playing through pain at times and clearly needed support, and their absence towards the end of the Premier League season exposed a lack of depth in the Leicester back four.

“It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself,” Maguire said. “Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.”

“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.”

“You can see that with the structure of the club it’s going to look upwards rather than down so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma turns down AC Milan contract extension

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has reportedly turned down a contract extension offer from AC Milan, which in turn could put the club under pressure as his suitors come forward in droves.

Donnarumma, 18, made 68 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri and four for Italy since making his breakthrough in October 2015, and some outstanding performances have attracted global interest.

Amongst the potential suitors are Italian champions Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, all of whom has expressed interest in the teenager who has just one year left on his current contract.

However, this timing would complicate matters as Milan attempts to rebuild their squad after finishing sixth in Serie A.

While they are guaranteed Europa League game time next season and had brought in recruits such as Andre Silva and Ricardo Rodriguez, they will have to invest additional funds for a goalkeeper should Donnarumma elects to leave the club this summer.

Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted the Milan club director Marco Fassone: “We are disheartened. [Donnarumma’s agent] Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision.”

“We were confident that Gigio would be the goalkeeper of this new Milan; a pillar upon which we would build, but now we have to re-evaluate everything. (But) this decision, taken by the player and his agent, is disappointing, but we have to move on; Milan move on.”

“We were really hoping that Gigio would be the goalkeeper of the new-look Milan team, a pillar of what we are building here,” Fassone added. “But we will have to reevaluate things. This decision, taken by the player and his agent, makes us sad but we must move forward, Milan must move forward.”