FIFA have cleared Manchester United of any wrongdoing in the transfer of midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus but said on Tuesday they had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Italian side. World soccer's governing body had asked both clubs for information about Pogba's world record 89 million pounds transfer from Juventus, following leaks which claimed to give details about the huge deal. A book titled, "The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football" alleged Pogba's agent Mino Raiola had made over 40 million euros from the deal, 27 million euros of which was paid by Juventus. "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage," FIFA said in an emailed statement. "We can also confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United". FIFA did not give details of the nature of their proceedings against Juventus but some media reports have suggested it could be related to breaches of third-party ownership rules. In April 2015, FIFA announced the banning of third-party ownership, barring either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third-party investors. In an interview with the Financial Times last October, Italian-Dutch agent Raiola said: "In this deal Juventus was not the only owner of the player's rights". The report also cited both the agent and Juventus as denying there was third-party ownership relating to Pogba.
Real Madrid are the undoubted leaders when it comes to the Champions League, or the European Cup, as it was under its previous guise. Given the 12 trophies that they have proudly displayed at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, it is a competition that is very much in the club's DNA and, having collated data from throughout the 62 years of the tournament, statistics do prove that Los Blancos are the top dog when it comes to this particular competition.Bayern Munich and Barcelona come second to them, while the top 10 is rounded out by Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus, Benfica, Porto, Arsenal and Liverpool, with Atletico Madrid in 22nd place out of 500 teams. Real dominate many of the statistics and have, for example, competed in 47 editions of the tournament to date, a considerable way in front of the 36 that Benfica have competed in.So far, they have played a total of 410 games, winning 245 of them and scoring a staggering 909 goals during that time, with second-placed Bayern on 321 games, with 183 wins and 639 goals in their favour. Iker Casillas has played 168 games and has no rival in terms of the most appearances in the competition, while he is followed by Xavi and Ryan Giggs. The only threat to him is Cristiano Ronaldo on 144 games, as he is the only player in the top 10 who is still active.In terms of goalscorers, Ronaldo does lead that particular area with 106, ahead of his rival Lionel Messi on 94, while Raul is third with 71. Of the only other active players in the top 10, Karim Benzema is in seventh place with 51 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lingers just behind on 49.
According to the football transfer rumours in British Media (Mirror), Chelsea are linked with a move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international has joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in July 2014. The 28-year-old has a valid contract with Bayern Munich until June 2021Since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski has scored 110 goals and provided 30 assists in 147 games for Bayern Munich, including 43 goals and provided 10 assists in 47 games in all competitions this season. The Poland international has been in outstanding form for Bayern Munich this season.Robert Lewandowski has represented Poland at Under-21 level, winning three caps, before making his senior international debut in September 2008. As a member of Poland national football team, Robert Lewandowski has won 87 caps and has scored 46 goals. Adding a striker remains Chelsea’s top priority this summer and Antonio Conte will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.The Poland international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of attacking player Antonio Conte wants to target in the summer transfer window. Antonio Conte will reportedly be handed a huge transfer kitty this summer and the Bayern Munich striker is thought to be among the manager’s priorities.Chelsea are in the market for just a handful of statement signings this summer who can improve the first-team. The Poland international will definitely be a good addition to the Chelsea side, which will be competing in the Champions League next season.With questions being raised concerning Diego Costa’s future at the club, the Chelsea boss could well look to Robert Lewandowski as an ideal replacement. Robert Lewandowski would reportedly be interested in a move this summer, but if Chelsea do want him, they will have to beat those other interested clubs to his signature.How strong that interest is and whether Chelsea will make a summer move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
According to the football transfer rumours in German Media(Bild), Barcelona will look to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele. The France international has joined Borussia Dortmund from Rennes for a fee in the region of 15 million euros in July 2016. The 20-year-old has a valid contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2021.Since his arrival from Rennes, Ousmane Dembele has scored 10 goals and provided 21 assists in 49 games for Borussia Dortmund. The France international has been in impressive form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Ousmane Dembele has represented France at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 20 caps and scoring four goals, before making his senior international debut in September 2016. As a member of France national football team, Ousmane Dembele has won seven caps and has scored one goal.Ernesto Valverde has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of attacking player Ernesto Valverde wants to target in the summer transfer window.Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde wants to continue to strengthening his squad so they’re able to compete both domestically and in the Champions League next season.Barcelona are in the market for just a handful of statement signings this summer who can improve the first-team.The France international would be a versatile addition for the Barcelona, having featured at forward, attacking midfielder and in a right winger role. Ousmane Dembele would reportedly be interested in a move this summer, but if Barcelona do want him, they will have to beat those other interested clubs to his signature.According to the report in German Media, Barcelona should offer more than 75 million euros for the France international services.
Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka has emerged as a surprise target for AC Milan ahead of the summer transfer window. According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish Media (Estadio Deportivo), AC Milan will consider bid for Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.The Ukraine international has joined Sevilla from Dnipro on a free transfer in July 2015. In August 2016, Yevhen Konoplyanka was sent to Schalke 04 on a season-long loan. Konoplyanka has scored seven goals and provided two assists in 29 games for Schalke 04 in all competitions this season. The Ukraine international has been in impressive form for Sevilla this season.Yevhen Konoplyanka has represented Ukraine at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 26 caps and scoring eight goals, before making his senior international debut in May 2010. As a member of Ukraine national football team, Yevhen Konoplyanka has won 62 caps and has scored 14 goals. Adding a winger remains AC Milan’s top priority this summer and Vincenzo Montella will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.Vincenzo Montella will reportedly be handed a huge transfer kitty this summer and the Sevilla winger is thought to be among the manager’s priorities. AC Milan are in the market for just a handful of statement signings this summer who can improve the first-team.The Ukraine international would be a versatile addition for the AC Milan, having featured at left winger, right winger and in a secondary striker role. Yevhen Konoplyanka would reportedly be interested in a move this summer, but if AC Milan do want him, they will have to beat those other interested clubs to his signature.