Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has emerged as a surprise target for Tottenham ahead of the summer transfer window.According to the football transfer rumours in British Media (Daily Mail), Tottenham will consider bid for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. The England international has joined Manchester United from Millwall in August 2006. The 27-year-old has a valid contract with Manchester United until June 2019.Since his arrival from Millwall, Chris Smalling has scored 13 goals and provided four assists in 243 games for Manchester United, including two goals and provided two assists in 36 games in all competitions this season. The 27-year-old is considered to be one of the best defenders in England. Chris Smalling has represented England at Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 15 caps and scoring one goal, before making his senior international debut in September 2011. As a member of England national football team, Chris Smalling has won 31 caps and has scored one goal.Adding a defender remains Tottenham’s top priority this summer and Mauricio Pochettino will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
The England international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Mauricio Pochettino wants to target in the summer transfer window.Smalling is a player who has impressed many European clubs in the last few seasons, and it is understood that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would prefer playing him as a centre-back. The 27-year-old will definitely be a good addition to the Tottenham side, which will be competing in the Champions League next season. Smalling would be ideal replacement for Harry Maguire. How strong that interest is and whether Tottenham will make a summer move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
Leicester City have surprisingly jumped in front in the race to sign Nigerian star Kelechi Iheanacho, latest reports from England suggest.Iheanacho has continually been linked with a summer exit from Manchester City but his destination is far from decided with different clubs popping up by the day.As reported in Leicester Mercury, the Foxes have become the new favourites to sign City's Iheanacho after bookmakers dramatically reduced the odds on the young star moving to the King Power Stadium.The odds on the Nigerian striker joining City have been cut from 16/1 to just 4/6 on by bookmakers Bet Victor on after money went on Leicester being his next club at the end of this transfer window. Iheanacho is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth around £20million this summer despite expressing a wish to stay.The 20-year-old found himself down the pecking order at Manchester City once Gabriel Jesus arrived and plans to sign another striker for next season would relegate him further in manager Pep Guardiola's plans. It is understood that the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and even teams outside of England in the mould of Dortmund and PSG all want to sign on the Nigeria international.
Dani Alves looks set to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, as the Premier League side are preparing to bring the Brazilian from Juventus to England.It is believed that the wing-back has agreed a deal in principle to sign for City, while Juventus are thought to be willing to accept a bid as low as 5.7 million euros, or 5 million pounds. Alves, who enjoyed just one season in Turin, has one year remaining on his Juventus contract, but looks certain to leave this summer in order to team up with Guardiola again.
Cristiano Ronaldo's future is up in the air after he stated his intention to leave Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane hopes he can convince the player to stay in the Spanish capital.As soon as the Frenchman heard of the player's intentions, he phoned the Portuguese to discuss the announcement and discover the real reasons behind the decision to go public with his discontent. Zidane's word means a lot to Ronaldo, as shown by the fact that he was the only person able to convince the player into accepting reduced playing time for Los Blancos last season.The message from Zidane to his star forward was clear and he told Ronaldo that this current Real Madrid team could go on to win plenty more and that they needed him for his goals, but also his winning mentality. The coach, aware of the influence that the Portuguese has on the players at the club and that they owe a lot of their success to him, is confident that the problems can be resolved.Determined not to give up and to keep hold of the No.7, Zidane will continue to talk to the player throughout the summer and, if nothing is resolved by the end of his holidays, he will sit and speak to the player in Madrid. Should he be unable to convince Ronaldo to stay, he has always said he does not want to keep any players against their will and that he does not want anyone involved who is not 100 percent committed to the cause.The coach is not alone in contacting the wantaway star, as Sergio Ramos also phoned his teammate in a bid to convince him to stay.It should not be forgotten that the defender himself has been in Ronaldo's position before, in terms of wanting a move away, but Ramos ultimately opted to stay put and has gone on to win European and domestic titles, giving Ronaldo someone to take note from.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have come to an agreement for the transfer of Theo Hernandez, one which will avoid the need for the depositing of his release clause with LaLiga.That clause is set at 24 million euros, but Los Blancos will pay their city rivals a couple of million more in order to reduce tensions and will do so in four instalments. Directors of both clubs have held a number of meetings on the subject and the signing off on the deal suggests that the non-aggression pact the two clubs have maintained for several years has come to an end.The 19-year-old, who has spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Alaves, was determined for the transfer to happen, despite being under pressure to change his mind ever since his agent first told Los Rojiblancos' directors of his intentions.Now his signature will soon be on Real Madrid paper and he will be presented at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the first week of July.Hernandez is also still determined to represent Spain at international level, having decided against turning out for France, the country of his birth.
He has already started the process of nationalisation that will make him eligible to represent Spain at both senior and Under-21 level.