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  • Asensio is staying at Real Madrid – agen...

    Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is staying with the European giants, according to his agent. Asensio, 22, has been linked to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea after starting just 19 of Madrid's 38 La Liga games last season. The Spain international was signed by Madrid in late 2...

    Asensio is staying at Real Madrid – agent

    Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is staying with the European giants, according to his agent. Asensio, 22, has been linked to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea after starting just 19 of Madrid's 38 La Liga games last season. The Spain international was signed by Madrid in late 2014 and has played the past two seasons with the Champions League holders. Links to Liverpool grew loud enough during the World Cup that Asensio was asked directly about them, with the midfielder saying he would decide his future after Spain's World Cup was over. With Spain's subsequent elimination at the hands of Russia in the round of 16, it appears Asensio has stayed true to his word. On Monday, Asensio's agent, Horacio Gaggioli, said the midfielder will remain with Madrid, while declaring the importance of the coming season for the player.  "Marco won't move, he'll stay with Real Madrid," Gaggioli told Calciomercato. "He's improving all the time. Next season I think he'll be very important in Madrid." Asensio made 53 appearances in all competitions in 2017-18, scoring 11 goals. That earned him a place on Spain's 2018 World Cup roster, with Asensio appearing as a substitute in all three of Spain's group-stage matches. Asensio was then handed the start for the match against Russia and went 104 minutes before being replaced in extra-time of the shoot-out loss to the hosts. 

  • Roma haven't received transfer offers fo...

    Roma sporting director Monchi is willing to consider offers for Alisson, but revealed the club is yet to receive a bid for the goalkeeper. Brazil international Alisson has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid after shining for Roma in their run to the...

    Roma haven't received transfer offers for Alisson - Monchi

    Roma sporting director Monchi is willing to consider offers for Alisson, but revealed the club is yet to receive a bid for the goalkeeper. Brazil international Alisson has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid after shining for Roma in their run to the Champions League semi-finals. But despite speculation he could be tempted away from the Italian capital, Monchi says for his goalkeeper to depart, the club would have to receive an offer for him. With Brazil's World Cup now over, Monchi says Roma will evaluate the situation should an offer come in, but that the club is preparing to have Alisson build on his strong 2017-18.  "He has the same chance of staying as all the other players we have not received any offers for," Monchi told reporters. "If one arrives, we will study it and make a decision. We are working out when he will return to training after his post-World Cup holiday; ready to do even better than he did last season for us." Roma have had a busy transfer window, making 10 signings including Ivan Marcano, Justin Kluivert and Javier Pastore. But the Serie A side have been linked with further arrivals, Ajax's Morocco international Hakim Ziyech and Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi among their reported targets. "As I said on Saturday, we are always watching the transfer market," Monchi added. "Roma is a big club, and big clubs always need to have an eye on the market up until it closes. "We still have 40 days, so talking about Ziyech or Berardi is reductive. We are following a lot of situations. We have started the pre-season. When you are building a side you always think you are doing well, but this is the time to understand how you can continue to improve. "Hard work is always the most important thing, I don't know any other way to achieve success. We have chosen a risky strategy: to build the squad as quickly as possible, to get down to work immediately. "There is a gap we need to overcome to those who finished ahead of us, we have to work to close it as quickly as we can."

  • Woodburn wanted by Championship duo as K...

    Liverpool have received loan offers from Norwich and Sheffield United for teenage star Ben Woodburn. But the Reds are ready to delay a decision over the Wales international’s future until later this month, as they plot the best development path. Woodburn, 18, is attracting inte...

    Woodburn wanted by Championship duo as Klopp considers loaning Welsh star

    Liverpool have received loan offers from Norwich and Sheffield United for teenage star Ben Woodburn. But the Reds are ready to delay a decision over the Wales international’s future until later this month, as they plot the best development path. Woodburn, 18, is attracting interest from a host of clubs keen to take him on a season-long loan. At the front of the queue are two Championship clubs looking to replace key men sold for big money this summer. Norwich lost James Maddison to Leicester, while Sheffield United saw David Brooks, another young Welsh starlet, move to Bournemouth. Both have made contact with Liverpool about a potential deal, but have been told that Woodburn will feature in Liverpool’s next three domestic friendlies before a decision is made as to where he will spend this campaign. He is rated highly by manager Jurgen Klopp, but with competition for places fierce – and likely to be even more so if Liverpool’s transfer business pans out as hoped – there is an appreciation that it may be best for his development if he makes a temporary switch. Woodburn started the Reds’ 7-0 friendly win at Chester on Saturday, playing in centre midfield alongside new signing Fabinho during the opening 45 minutes. Klopp, however, revealed afterwards that he was far from pleased with his side’s first-half display. He was seen in animated conversation with Woodburn during a drinks break, encouraging the youngster to move the ball quicker and with more purpose. Liverpool have upcoming games against Tranmere, Bury and Blackburn and Woodburn will be involved in those. He could, however, depart before they head off on their three-game tour of the USA later this month. The key factors, as far as Klopp is concerned, are firstly whether he will start games at his loan club, and secondly whether he will be played properly, in a manner which enables him to progress as a player and return to Anfield ready to make an impact on the first team. Woodburn made a huge impact after being handed his senior debut by Klopp in November 2016, scoring against Leeds United in his second appearance. Last season he found opportunities limited, making just two substitute appearances in all competitions; he did, however, mark his first appearance for Wales with a goal against Austria, and has since earned six more caps. Meanwhile, Liverpool have allowed midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza to train with Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of a potential loan move. The Brazilian is still to secure a UK work permit and so will require another temporary switch this summer. Liverpool are keen for the 21-year-old to play regular football, ideally at a club with European football to offer. .@LFC midfielder Allan Souza will join the Eintracht Frankfurt squad for their training camp in the USA.

  • Klopp praises Karius after cleansheet on...

    Jurgen Klopp took heart from the warm reception Liverpool supporters gave Loris Karius in the goalkeeper's first appearance since the Champions League final. Karius started and played 45 minutes in a 7-0 friendly win over Chester on Saturday as he began the road to redemption fo...

    Klopp praises Karius after cleansheet on Liverpool return

    Jurgen Klopp took heart from the warm reception Liverpool supporters gave Loris Karius in the goalkeeper's first appearance since the Champions League final. Karius started and played 45 minutes in a 7-0 friendly win over Chester on Saturday as he began the road to redemption following his nightmare display against Real Madrid in May. The German came under fire for committing two costly errors in that 3-1 defeat, although medical experts later determined the effects of a possible concussion may have impacted his performance. But he took his place in the starting line-up at Swansway Chester Stadium and encountered no vitriol from the travelling Reds fans, making an early one-on-one save and completing his aerial duties with minimal fuss. "I am not sure I should have expected something different but it was nice," Klopp said of the supporters' welcome for Karius. "It was a difficult save but he made that and looked good, and the high ball was difficult. Many goalkeepers would have dropped it and then everyone would have been: 'Oh that happened' and it starts again. "We need to cool down the whole situation and play football and work on our weaknesses, use our strengths and everything will be good." Liverpool's next pre-season assignment sees them visit Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

  • Liverpool & Real Madrid target Fekir...

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has expressed his belief that Nabil Fekir will line up for the Ligue 1 side next season after seeing a move to Liverpool fall through.  Fekir won himself a place in the France squad for the World Cup after a wonderful season with Lyon.  That for...

    Liverpool & Real Madrid target Fekir is likely to stay at Lyon, says Aulas

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has expressed his belief that Nabil Fekir will line up for the Ligue 1 side next season after seeing a move to Liverpool fall through.  Fekir won himself a place in the France squad for the World Cup after a wonderful season with Lyon.  That form was also noticed by the Reds, who made the playmaker one of their top transfer targets in the current window.  A move worth £60 million (€68m/$80m), however, eventually broke down in mysterious circumstances amid reports of a problem with Fekir's medical.  And, while Liverpool are far from the only team to show interest, with Real Madrid also reported suitors, Aulas is now determined to keep his star at the club.  "I think that Nabil will be at OL next season," he explained to RMC Sport on Saturday.  "I have almost a father-son relationship with my players, I gave him the chance to go to Liverpool because it was his dream club.  "I did that too with Tolisso and Umtiti, he is our captain and it is the coach's wish to keep him." Another Lyon player who has caught the eye is Tanguy Ndombele, who at 21 is being looked at by Chelsea as a potential replacement for Paris Saint-Germain target N'Golo Kante.  "We have not had any offers for him," Aulas said of the young central midfielder.  "While other clubs are interested, he will be with us next year in the middle. We must not let our best players leave."

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