Monthly Archives: July 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would sign Tottenham’s £100m Harry Kane

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said that he would sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who he believes is worth at least £100m in the transfer market.

Conte, whose club had just signed Real Madrid Alvaro Morata for an initial £58m earlier this month, pointed to the England international as the player he would most like to sign.

“For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world,” Conte said. “If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane.”

“He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. He’s a complete player. He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m. At least. For me, if I see this price for a striker I know for sure he’s a big striker.”

Kane, who plays for Chelsea’s neighbouring rivals Tottenham, scored 93 goals over the last three seasons with 29 in the Premier League last season as Tottenham finished as runners-up behind Chelsea.

With Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino yet to make any new signings this summer, Conte questioned the Tottenham’s ambition but also acknowledged that his counterpart is under far less pressure to win silver, and that the current inflated transfer market makes signing players, even defenders, difficult.

“If they don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy,” he said. “If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. For Chelsea, Arsenal, City, United and… I don’t know… Liverpool, it is a tragedy.”

“Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple. My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”

“(But) Honestly, I think now every single player is expensive. For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive. You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams that need to improve their squads.”

Bayern CEO joins Carlo Ancelotti in warding off bids for Arturo Vidal

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has echoed manager Carlo Ancelotti in ruling out the possibility of Arturo Vidal leaving the club amidst reports of Inter Milan preparing an offer for Chilean international.

Vidal, 30, has been linked with a €50 million move to the Nerazzurri as they look to improve their squad and mount a challenge for the Serie A title.

However, Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti had since told them to give up on trying to land the Chilean, and Rummenigge also followed his footsteps by insisting they would turn down all bids for the star man.

“I can 100 per cent rule out Arturo’s departure, for us he is a fundamental player,” he said in a press conference. “I have not heard from anyone at Inter so far, I just read what has been written, (but) the decision to continue with Vidal was taken long ago.

“Ancelotti talked with him: the door is 100 per cent closed. This is regardless of the offer: when Bayern decide not to sell a player, the fee does not matter.”

Another Bayern player who is linked with a move to Italy is 19-year-old Renato Sanches. AC Milan have shown an interest in the young Portuguese international showing an interest in switching sides if it meant more regular playing time.

However, Milan CEO Marco Fassone had since said that negotiations have broken down because of the asking price; and although the Bundesliga giants are open to letting him go out on loan, they also maintained that could play a part for Ancelotti’s team in 2017-18.

“We are considering his (Sanches) situation,” Rummenigge said. “He wants to play consistently but at Bayern Munich that is not easy. We will discuss it with Carlo, there is still time, no hurry.”

Renato Sanches believes he must leave Bayern Munich

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Portuguese international midfielder Renato Sanches believes that it is of certainty that he should leave Bayern Munich within this transfer window.

Sanches, 19, admitted that he needs to part ways with the German Champions after finding limited opportunities under Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The Portuguese international, who starred as his country won Euro 2016 last summer, made a rare start in Bayern’s 3-2 win over Chelsea in the friendly International Champions Cup tournament in Singapore.

However, Sanches has since been told that he is now free to join another club next season having been featured sparingly by Ancelotti in the previous campaign. He only made 17 Bundesliga appearances for the German champions last season and has acknowledged he now needs to look elsewhere.

This could also have been a factor that affected his international career as Portuguese international coach Fernando Santos opted to exclude Sanches from Portugal’s squad for the Confederations Cup last month and instead played him at the European Under-21 Championship.

“I’m not satisfied. Of course I would like to play more. This is why I want to join a club where I could get more playing time,” he said.

Amongst known suitors for the player is AC Milan, with the Italian side’s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitting last week that he would like to sign him — a prospect welcomed by the midfielder.

“Milan is an interesting option,” he said. “If the opportunity arises and the clubs can agree, I would like to see them.”

“I am now on tour with Bayern but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution. I’m young, I want and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.”

Real Madrid to approach Monaco for €180m Kylian Mbappe deal

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Real Madrid are convinced they could secure a world record €180m deal with Monaco for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe after reportedly reaching the basis of an agreement with the Ligue 1 Champions.

However, Monaco has since denied having agreed to the deal.

Marca reported that Real and Monaco had agreed, in principle, a deal worth €160m, plus a further €20m in objectives, which Monaco denied in a another report published on the French newspaper Nice-Matin.

Nonetheless, the Spanish and European champions insist that they are optimistic that a definitive deal is close, and that Mbappe would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a year.

Madrid would also have the financial capital to support this bid after having raised more than €100m in sales this summer, with Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea and Danilo signing for Manchester City, while James Rodríguez joining Bayern Munich on loan.

Amongst those in Real who had shown interest in signing Mbappe was club president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane, although the former did admit that Mbappe’s move to the Spanish giants does not guarantee him a first-team spot in the squad.

Zidane, who also had previously shown interest in signing his French compatriot Mbappe, admitted that he was one striker short after the exit of Morata, but he insisted that he was not requesting any signings, he also added that “Anything can happen between now and 31 August” — the date in which the summer transfer window will be closed.

On the other hand, it would mean that Monaco, who reached last season’s Champions League semi-final and won the French title, have made more than £300m in transfers after selling 13 players such as Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, who joined City for £43.6m and £52m respectively, and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who cost Chelsea £39.7m.