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Youri Tielemans - Anderlecht's teenage threat to Man Utd's Europa League hopes

The midfielder is only 19 but he has already been capped twice by Belgium and is destined to join one of Europe's top clubs
Anderlecht are well aware that it is only a matter of time before the lose Youri Tielemans to one of Europe's elite.
"Actually, it's already extraordinary that we have been able to enjoy three seasons of such talent," sporting director Herman van Holsbeeck admitted in January.
"Tielemans is on all lists of most promising young players in Europe. We know he is followed by big clubs."

He's not wrong. Bayern Munich, Roma, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have all scouted the 19-year-old, while Lukasz Plonowski claimed last August that his former team-mate even got a call from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho before the start of the season.

Zidane: Fantastic Mbappe rejected Real Madrid for Monaco

The French coach confirmed the 18-year-old's claims the club tried to sign him and admits he is a player of extreme talent
Zinedine Zidane has confirmed hotshot Kylian Mbappe rejected a move to Real Madrid in favour of Monaco, where the teenager has hit the headlines with some eye-catching performances this season.

In December the 18-year-old claimed he had met with Zidane in 2013 to discuss the possibility of joining Madrid's youth ranks, only to instead commit to the Stade Louis II.
He made his first-team debut in 2015 and has begun to make a name for himself this term, becoming the youngest player in the last 30 years to reach 10 Ligue 1 goals, beating the likes of Thierry Henry, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema to that milestone. 
Speaking ahead of his team's trip to face Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday, Zidane acknowledged discussions had taken place, but stopped short of confirming Madrid are still interested in bringing the exciting forward to the Santiago Bernabeu.
"He almost signed for Real Madrid but then he went to Monaco," he said. 
"I can't speak about this. We know he's a good player, what he's doing at his age is fantastic, but that's it. What I'm interested in is what we are going to do tomorrow. But he was about to sign here, yes." 
While Mbappe has earned a first call up to the senior France side, compatriot Raphael Varane was not selected by head coach Didier Deschamps for the matches against Luxembourg and Spain, as the Madrid defender continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

"I don't think he was ready to travel and play with the French national team because he's just getting back from injury and he's not 100 per cent yet," Zidane said. "I think it was for the best that he's going to stay here with us."

Exclusive: Milan, Suso has attracted the interest of Chelsea and Juventus

Suso has had a break-out year this season for Milan as he has done very well under new coach Vincenzo Montella. He had a great game in Doha and he came up big in the derby against Inter as he scored two goals. Suso has 6 goals and 7 assists so far this season as he has been one of the best offensive players in the 2016-17 Serie A. The young Spanish winger has picked up a small injury and because of it, he won't be called up by the Spanish national team for their upcoming games but he will likely receive a call from them in the near future. 

CONTRACT RENEWAL IN STAND-BY - Vincenzo Montella has always liked the Spaniard and it was the Italian coach who blocked a potential Suso sale last summer. Contract renewal talks have been ongoing for sometime now as Suso's current deal will expire in 2019. Milan's ownership situation has been blocking up contract renewal talks with certain players as they hope to resolve everything soon. In the mean time, big European clubs are interested in him. He has a 25-30 million euros value as this number might keep increasing. 

CHELSEA HAVE INTEREST - According to Calciomercato.com sources, in the past few days Chelsea have been involved on the Suso front. Conte likes him a lot and has added him to his wish-list for next summer's transfer market. The Blues would like to bring him back to the EPL but talks are only at an initial phase as of now. Juventus are another club who like him a lot as Marotta wants to add an offensive winger to his team (they also like Bernardeschi very much so).

After Donnarumma, Suso is another player who has been attracting the interest of many clubs because of his solid play but Milan's current ownership situation has also been uncertain  giving these team hope ....


C Milan signed Spanish winger Suso Fernandez from Liverpool to a 4-year deal, and ended up paying a €1.3 million compensatory fee to Liverpool.
Since then, Suso has only appeared for Milan six times in Serie A, with one Coppa Italia appearance as well. He was sent on loan to Genoa in January to spend half of the 2015/2016 Serie A season, as he excelled scoring six goals and adding one assist in 19 appearances for the Grifone.
This included two different matches where he scored five goals, a hattrick against Frosinone and a brace in the Genoa-Sampdoria derby. Suso has now returned to Milano for the Rossoneri, as new coach Vincenzo Montella has reportedly been very impressed with his work in training so far, therefore wanting to keep him at Milan instead of selling him back to Genoa, who are apparently very interested in bringing back for next season. Montella looks to deploy a 4-3-3 formation for the pre and regular season, as Milan look to qualify for Europe again. Suso scored two goals in Milan’s pre-season 2-1 win against French Side Bordeaux, as he really impressed at the right wing position. I believe that Galliani should keep the young Spaniard in Milano, and give him a fair shot at being a starter on the right flank.

Suso showed he can put the ball in then net last season. In only playing half of the games, he managed a hattrick and also scored two nice goals in a pivotal derby with Sampdoria. He has the ability to pick out a good pass with his vision, run down the right side, track back and also use his skill to create chances and even finish them. These qualities are exactly what the Rossoneri need for a winger in this formation, because over the past few years it’s been missing, and each Milanista including myself have noticed. A few players they have tried on the right have never really panned out. Keisuke Honda was brought in as a trequartista but was tested on the flank, which he never played well in. M’baye Niang was also tested there but he never came accustomed to it, as he is better down the middle. Alessio Cerci was the next man to fill the shoes in that role, but we all know how that worked how. Hassled by the Milan tifosi and sent to Genoa as well.

The Catalan club are already looking towards next season and have earmarked two players

The Catalan club are already looking towards next season and have earmarked two players who they believe can improve their first team in 2017-18
Barcelona have set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin as they look to rebuild their squad this summer
Coach Luis Enrique will depart at the end of the current campaign and although the Catalan club have not yet decided upon a successor, the Blaugrana have already identified those two players as summer transfer targets.
Barca have a long-standing interest in both and the club has been in contact with Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, to ask about the PSG midfielder, so impressive in the French side's 4-0 win over Luis Enrique's men last month.
Verratti pledged his future to PSG after that match, but Unai Emery's side lost the return 6-1 to crash out of the Champions League and the Italian international was upset at newspaper reports claiming he had partied ahead of the team's European exit.
Nevertheless, PSG do not need the money and Barca are by no means the only to enquire about Verratti, with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Inter and Juventus also tracking the former Pescara midfielder. And according to Catalan paper El Mundo Deportivo, Barca have identified their former player Thiago Alcantara as an alternative to the Italian.
Verratti is the Catalans' main midfield target, however, and the club are also hoping to seal the signing of their former youth player Bellerin from Arsenal this summer.
Coach Arsene Wenger's future is very much in doubt and Barca are aware that negotiations at this stage would be difficult, but are watching closely to see what will happen at the north London club in the coming weeks.
If Bellerin is unavailable or too expensive, Barca will consider signing Valencia's Joao Cancelo, while the Catalans are also keeping tabs on Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, who said recently that he could leave the Allianz Arena if he is not given more opportunitues by coach Carlo Ancelotti. Kimmich also posted a picture of Barca on Instagram recently with the message "nothing is impossible" after the Catalans' 6-1 comeback win over PSG.
Barca have also a deal agreed for Colombia defender Yerry Mina and will look to further strengthen their back line this summer, but Verratti and Bellerin will be the club's top targets and they will now wait to see whether PSG and Arsenal are prepared to negotiate for those two 

The Frenchman says he finds it "very hard to take seriously" the rumours that have linked the full-back with a move away from the club
Arsene Wenger has once again brushed off suggestions that Hector Bellerin could leave Arsenal for Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Catalans have long been linked with a move for the right-back - who signed a contract renewal until 2023 in November - and recent reports suggested they are ready to table a formal offer for the 21-year-old.
Bellerin himself has also commented this term that he is not interested in a return to Catalonia and Wenger says he cannot see how a deal could go through.
"Barcelona's alleged interest in Bellerin is very hard to take seriously," Wenger said at a news conference.
"He has just signed a new contract and still has many years left on his contract."
The Arsenal boss also addressed rumours that his right-hand man Boro Primorac is ready to walk away from Emirates Stadium.
"That is a complete invention," Wenger insisted.
Hector Bellerin has made it clear he is not interested in a return to Barcelona as he is loving life at Arsenal.
The Spain international, 21, joined Arsenal from the Catalans in 2011 at the tender age of 16 and has developed into a key figure at the Emirates Stadium since making his first-team debut in September 2013.
Bellerin's fine performances have earned him the interest of his former team and Manchester City, but a transfer is not an option for the right-back at this stage.
"If I wanted to play at Barcelona I would have stayed there," Bellerin told the London Evening Standard.
"I was very happy when Arsenal showed interest in me and I decided to come here. I am not looking back, I am just looking to help Arsenal. It is nice for a player to know that big teams want you but I am very happy here.
"I have still got three years left on my contract so I am just focused on playing every single week, improving and hopefully making things happen here at Arsenal. 
"I am not in a rush to extend my contract. I am happy. I am comfortable. I want to be here a long time."

Fabinho, Laporte & Coman among summer targets as Pep purges Man City squad

Most of the current squad could be moved on this summer and they will be replaced by a handful of versatile, young Guardiola-style players
Manchester City’s top decision makers were left so disappointed with the manner of the club’s limp Champions League exit that they agreed a fresh start was needed and that many of the current squad members would have to be moved on.
Pep Guardiola spelled out in a meeting with his employers in Abu Dhabi that the average age of the City squad would need lowering dramatically, and the defence in particular needed a complete overhaul.
No, Guardiola has not been in the Middle East since his side lost at Monaco on Wednesday. It was City’s defeat in Madrid last April which convinced Khaldoon Al Mubarak that Guardiola would need help in transforming the club from uninspiring also-rans to world beaters.
Yet less than 12 months down the line the club are in the same position once again. At some point last summer it was decided that the overhaul would be completed over two off-season transfer windows, something that Guardiola privately accepts was a mistake.
The Catalan wanted more new faces last summer and will be desperate to get his squad up to scratch so, in his second season, he can do what he really wants to with the Blues.
For that to happen, many of the current squad will be shown the door. Rather than replacing them man-for-man, however, a clutch of quality, generally young, reinforcements will arrive.
You could pick a match-day squad of 18 City players who could be moved on this summer.
Willy Caballero is out of contract in the summer, and while Goal understands he will be offered a new deal, he is unlikely to sign it if he is not first choice next season.
Claudio Bravo’s place is also under threat given his alarming failure to save many of the shots directed at his goal. Guardiola is thrilled with his contribution to City’s gameplan but is not blind to his shortcomings.
In the defence, those ageing full-backs which so alarmed Guardiola last summer will finally be moved on. Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy are all out of contract and it would represent a major surprise if any of them are retained for next season.
Nicolas Otamendi’s future is also in doubt. Guardiola wanted two centre-backs last summer but having only signed one he has been rotating between Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov and John Stones. Guardiola recognises Otamendi’s importance when City come up against direct opposition, but his distribution is not as good as Kolarov or Stones and there are potential replacements who can do a better job, too.
Then there is Vincent Kompany, the injury plagued club captain who struggles to get into the team even when he is available for selection.
In midfield Yaya Toure is waiting to discover if he will be offered a new deal and it is currently very difficult to call whether he will get one. He has been one of City’s best players, if not the best, since returning to the side in November, but Guardiola wants a deep-lying midfielder this summer and may be tempted to bring in somebody who is already fully aware of what the Catalan wants.
Fabian Delph has had few opportunities this season and would surely get even fewer if he were to be kept around. It is a similar story for Fernando.
Jesus Navas is also out of contract and a move back to Sevilla is on the cards.
The Sergio Aguero situation remains unresolved and there is still a possibility that he could leave in the summer regardless of City’s insistence otherwise.
Kelechi Iheanacho is unlikely to get many opportunities next season whether Aguero stays or not and the young Nigerian could also be moved on, either on loan or permanently, depending on whether it is decided he will ever fit into Guardiola’s plans or not.
Add in the players out on loan – Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer – and City have 18 players who could leave.
There are several factors which will affect City’s transfer business. One is the need to bring in homegrown players, as they could be left with just Raheem Sterling and John Stones by the start of next season.
The other, while it may seem implausible, is the potential to sign Lionel Messi. City will be playing close attention to the Argentine’s situation at Barcelona and, given he has only recently started negotiating the terms of a new contract at Camp Nou, sporting director Txiki Begiristain will be keeping a close eye on proceedings.
If there is any chance of signing Messi, City will go for it. It must always be made clear that such an eventuality does remain unlikely, but it is a possibility.
If City do pull off surely the biggest transfer coup of all time, there will be a knock-on effect on the rest of their business.
On the basis that Messi will not sign for City, however, there are multiple options for each of the areas which need strengthening.
Guardiola has prioritised full-backs (again), a centre-back, a deep-lying midfielder and a forward. A goalkeeper may also be required.
As reported by Goal in February, City as yet have no concrete plan in place for the goalkeeping position, with Benfica’s Ederson and Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford (a homegrown option) being monitored.
While Guardiola has publicly refuted the claim in Marti Perarnau’s latest book that he told his employers that new full-backs should be top of the agenda, it is a lack of quality in the defence which has hamstrung his plans for the club in his first season in charge.
City enquired about Danny Rose and Kyle Walker last summer but were told they had no chance by Spurs. Both full-backs have since signed new contracts but the Londoners’ new stadium could cost them twice as much as first expected and a big-money sale of one of their top performers could help keep any financial issues at bay, and allow them to keep hold of their other marquee names. That is a situation which applies to Dele Alli, who City have been monitoring but who could cost a world-record fee. City, though, are more likely to spend that type of money elsewhere, and the full-back position has to be the absolute priority this time around.
City’s top targets will be young and versatile, which means a mooted move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs, who is 20 and can play at right-back and in midfield, makes a lot of sense. Monaco’s Fabinho, 23, also ticks those boxes.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to offload star striker Diego Costa in the summer

I have reported that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ready to sell star striker Diego Costa in the summer, with the Spain international keen on linking up with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Diego Costa has had a mixed bag of fortunes during his time at Chelsea. The Spain international enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, as he scored 20 goals in 26 Premier League games to lead the Blues to the title.
But that was followed by a dismal second season, as Costa managed to score just 12 goals in 28 Premier League games, with Chelsea finishing 10th in their disastrous title defence. 2016/17, though, has seen Chelsea and Costa go back to their best in what is turning out to be a successful campaign.
The West London club are running away with the Premier League title, and the 28-year-old has found the back of the net 17 times in 25 matches, with only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku scoring more goals that the hitman. But despite the successes of Costa this season, it has emerged that Chelsea are ready to offload their star striker when the transfer window reopens in June, 
That is because Antonio Conte is eyeing a squad rejig, as he intends to shape the side in his mould in the summer, and Costa does not seem to be part of his plans.
Thus, the Chelsea boss and technical director Michael Emenalo have decided to sell Costa, who himself is keen on a move to Real Madrid, as per the report. Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata are being linked with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu, which could open up a place in the first team picture next season.
With Costa at the peak of his powers, and with Benzema struggling to match his best performance levels, the 28-year-old could be just the solution Zidane is looking for in attack, as he moves on both Benzema and Morata in the summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reported to be eyeing deals to bring Lukaku and Morata come June, with both players believed to be eager to move to Stamford Bridge as well. So, there’s an indication that Conte could be inching towards strikers who offer more mobility in his quick, counter-attacking based system.
Lukaku (23) and Morata (24) would also be long-term solutions in attack for the Chelsea boss, as he prepares to build a team that is a force in Europe once again. So, the plans might already be in motion for Conte to stamp his image at Stamford Bridge, and it could kick in with the sale of Costa come June.
Chelsea echnical director Michael Emenalo is confident of landing Belgian ace Lukaku for £60million after he turned down a new deal at Goodison Park.
And it is believed that Conte also wants Spanish attacker Morata after missing out on him in the summer. He is looking to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and would cost around £35m.The Italian manager is eager to make Chelsea a force in Europe again and bringing the aforementioned pair to West London would allow him to revert to his more favoured 3-5-2 formation despite the team being in a title-winning position playing 3-4-3.
Meanwhile, young striker Dom Solanke is expected to leave
And former Arsenal, and England, striker Wright claims Jose Mourinho should sell the Spain forward in the January transfer window after his latest poor showing.
When he first got here he was concentrated on scoring goals and being in the box, now he’s doing everything else.
“He’s outside the box and getting involved with people.

At this moment, he’s the last centre forward Chelsea need.

Silvo Berlusconi sells Ac MIla

The former Italian prime minister and media magnate told local newspapers on Tuesday that he had sold one of Europe’s most successful football clubs, after receiving assurances from the buyers that they would invest significantly to return the club to former glories. Though he did not disclose the identity of those behind the purchase, Mr Berlusconi said: “Milan has now embarked on this path towards China. “I accepted what was offered to me, that does not even take into account the value of the brand. But I demanded the commitment of the new owners, who are a group of leading Chinese companies, some also state-owned, to pay at least €400m over the next two years.” The two sides are still finalising the terms of the agreement, according to one person involved in the talks. The sale comes as Chinese investment in European football has grown rapidly in recent times. Last month, Chinese retail group Suning Holdings paid €270m ($307m) for a 70 per cent stake for Inter Milan

In March, billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda Group agreed a deal with Fifa to sponsor the next four football World Cups for an undisclosed sum. Last year, Wanda acquired a 20 per cent holding in Atletico Madrit Football club for 45m  A consortium of Chinese investors paid $400m for a 13 per cent stake in Manchester City in December. The dealmaking has the tacit approval of the Chinese state. Xi Jinping, China’s president and an avowed football fan, has said he wants to make the country

Mr Berlusconi, 78, bought AC Milan in 1986, when the club was on the verge of bankruptcy and he invested significantly in the squad. The following year, he hired Arrigo Sacchi, the coach who led the club to multiple trophies including back-to-back European Cup victories in 1989 and 1990, and created a team widely regarded as one of the world’s best.

The sale of AC Milan marks the end of an era for many Italians. Mr Berlusconi’s exit comes as the political fortunes of his Forza Italia party have been eclipsed by the rise of Matteo Renzi’s ruling centre-left Democratic party and populist groups such as the Five Star Movement and the Northern League. For decades Mr Berlusconi tied his personal success in business and politics to those of his club, which under his ownership won eight Serie A and five European Champions League titles.

“I have not followed AC Milan as in the past, and now I want to close a 30-year period, including 28 major successes, in the best way and I think it’s important the choice of giving Milan away to somebody who is willing to invest in the club to get it back at the top in Italy and in the world,” he said. AC Milan finished in seventh position in Italy’s Serie A last season, well outside the qualification positions for European competition that provide a vital source of revenues for Europe’s biggest clubs. The club made a loss of €93.5m last year. Last week, AC Milan appointed Vincenzo Montella, the former Italian international player, as coach.
"The new contract will be signed today or tomorrow. In the next few hours the Chinese will pour into the coffers of the company Berlusconi € 100 euros deposit. To finally close the sale has two dates: March 31 or April 14 has not yet been set what will be. "
Must spend several days for payment on filing third Fininvest 100 million from SES. Therefore, the payments should materialize next week.
Slippage do to be due to the difficulties do experience at SES export from China funds needed to close the transaction and the new bureaucracy to solve.
Fininvest do Accept timetable on the surface of the guarantees provided by the company of Li Yonghong and of the equal sign from mentors and financial entities involved.

This seems, however, slippage should not move the final date for closure, which do remain fixed for April 7.
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