RUMOURS: Real Madrid set to launch £30m bid for Sissoko

The Spanish club are set to miss out on Paul Pogba but will now table an offer for one of France’s stars at Euro 2016 to strengthen their midfield

Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are confident that a £30 million offer will be enough to land the 26-year-old, who impressed for France at Euro 2016 earlier this summer.

Newcastle are expecting a bid once Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United has been confirmed.

Madrid were also in the running for Pogba but the report claims that they do not have the financial power to compete with United for the Juventus midfielder.

Before Euro 2016, West Brom had enquired about a potential deal for Sissoko, while Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Everton have registered their interest after the tournament.



Falcao scores as Monaco return ends in defeat to Fenerbahce

The Ligue 1 side went down in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier, but the Colombian marksman was on target in his first game back

Radamel Falcao scored on his first competitive appearance since returning to Monaco but was unable to prevent a 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Following unsuccessful loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has returned to the Ligue 1 side with two years still remaining on his contract.

The 30-year-old started in attack as Monaco took on Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, capitalising on a defensive error to mark his return with a close-range goal.

Falcao’s first-half strike had cancelled out Emmanuel Emenike’s opener, but the former West Ham attacker ensured the Turkish team hold the upper hand ahead of the return match with a phenomenal second on 63 minutes.

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain full-back Gregory van der Wiel picked out Emenike in space in the box and the striker sent a brilliant volley into the bottom corner.

Nevertheless, Falcao’s away goal could yet play a crucial role when the tie comes to its conclusion at the Stade Louis II next week.

Man City must adapt to Guardiola tactics quickly – Denayer

The ex-Bayern coach is bringing a new philosophy to the Etihad Stadium and his defender is eager for the players to learn it swiftly as they prepare for the coming season

Manchester City need to learn fast if they are to successfully adapt to Pep Guardiola’s tactics, says Jason Denayer.

Defender Denayer represented Belgium at Euro 2016 and joined up with his City team-mates  last week in China, where they are preparing to face Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Thursday.

Having got his first taste of life under the new boss, the centre-back was effusive in his praise for the Catalan manager, but acknowledged there is still work to be done.

“Pep is a very good person, he speaks a lot and you learn a lot. He makes you confident so it’s very good to train with him,” Denayer, 21, told the club’s official website.

“He has his own tactics, he asks us to do different things so we start to learn. It’s completely different and it’s new, so we need to learn fast and we will try to do it.

“I’m happy to be back here. You never know what’s going to happen – it depends on the coach and me.

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“I try to do my best in training and we’re going to see if I’m part of the new manager’s plan or not.”

Denayer spent last season on loan at Galatasaray and feels the experience will hold him in good stead at City.

“I learned a lot on the mental side at Galatasaray because it’s a club with a lot of expectation and that brings pressure,” he added.

“I played a lot at right-back and I learned a lot in that position – it was a new one for me. Now I’m happy to play in that position because I know more about the game but I see myself as a centre-back first and foremost.

“I think the supporters are very honest – there it’s a bit difficult because Galatasaray expect to win everything and this season was not the best one.

“In the Premier League, in England, it’s different – the supporters know that you can’t win every trophy but Galatasaray expect to.”

Coquelin trains at centre-back as Wenger seeks defensive reinforcements for Arsenal

The defensive midfielder revealed to Jack Wilshere on Snapchat that he was training as a defender following the injury to Per Mertesacker


Arsenal fans are pleading with Arsene Wenger to sign a new centre-back following Per Mertesacker’s injury – but the Gunners boss may have different ideas.

The Germany international will miss the start of the new season with a knee injury, while Wenger has admitted that he will look to sign “experienced” defensive cover.

But it appears another option Wenger has explored is to use Francis Coquelin as a makeshift central defender alongside Laurent Koscielny.

Coquelin reveals on Arsenal’s Snapchat that he has been playing at centre-back in training! #afc

— UberArsenal™ (@UberAFC) 27 July 2016

The move was revealed on Jack Wilshere’s Snapchat account, as the midfielder asked his team-mate what he’d been doing in training.

And Coquelin replied: “Been playing centre-back, bossing it, you know what I mean?”


Tolisso pulls plug on €37.5m Napoli move to stay at Lyon

The 21-year-old had reportedly been on the verge of moving to Serie A, but he has decided against a transfer and will stay with his boyhood club

Corentin Tolisso has decided to snub a move to Napoli and will stay at Lyon, who claim the Serie A side were willing to pay up to €37.5 million for the midfielder.

Recent reports suggested the 21-year-old had already agreed terms with Napoli, but Lyon announced on Wednesday that Tolisso will remain at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

“Lyon are pleased to announce that Tolisso has decided to stay with Lyon this season despite strong interest from Napoli,” a statement on their official website reads.

“[President] Jean-Michel Aulas said more than once in recent days that he could not imagine Corentin leaving despite the player’s initial desire to join Napoli.

“Corentin informed Jean-Michel Aulas on Wednesday of his decision to stay after a long and positive conversation.

“This means L’Equipe were wrong to announce the transfer as a done deal, while they also got their reputed transfer fee of €26m wrong, with Napoli’s offer actually worth €37.5m, of which €7.5m were bonuses.

“OL welcomes Corentin’s decision to stay, which further illustrates his commitment to this club and the confidence he has that we will have a great season.”

Corentin Tolisso reste à l’OL !! #teamol #Mercato

— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 27, 2016

Tolisso has developed into a key figure at Lyon since breaking into the first team in August 2013 and is keen to help the team to success in 2016-17.

“I am very attached to this club and I not feel like leaving at this stage,” he commented on his decision to stay.

“I still have great things ahead of me with this club and look forward to having a great season.”

The midfielder has a contract with Lyon until June 2020.