Barcelona target Marco Verratti has told his current club, Paris Saint-Germain to let him leave and has threatened that he will not return to the French capital.PSG have consistently refused to give in to the player's wishes and have made it clear to the LaLiga side that their star midfielder is not for sale. "Let me go to Barcelona, I will not go back to Paris," read a message that Verratti sent to the club, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.It is expected that should the Italian move to the Camp Nou this summer, that Barcelona will have to pay close to 100 million euros, though the Ligue 1 side are adamant that he will stay at the Parc des Princes.
Whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo does leave Real Madrid, he will still have his tax case looming over him and must fight to prove his innocence in court.The Spanish authorities have accused the 32-year-old of committing four crimes of tax fraud between 2011 and 2014, totalling an amount of 14,768,897 euros - 1.39m euros in 2011, 1.66m euros in 2012, 3.2m euros in 2013 and 8.5m euros in 2014.According to the prosecution, the player was able to avoid paying this money through a society created in 2010 and they argue that this signifies a "voluntary" and a "conscious" avoiding of his tax obligations, even if the player's legal team deny this. "Ronaldo doesn't know about it, he didn't know about it and he couldn't have known about it," claim the player's lawyers, according to Portuguese publication Expresso.For his legal team, they hope to avoid comparisons with Lionel Messi's tax case, which ended with the Barcelona player being handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence for defrauding 4.1 million euros. Although Ronaldo is also being investigated over image rights income, his lawyers want to make clear that the similarities between the two cases end there.They make the point that he didn't avoid paying tax, but that he went about fulfilling his obligations the wrong way, paying the tax on all image rights income from 2011 to 2014 in 2014, rather than in each individual year, something which they claim was the result of him following the advice given to him. According to Expresso, three female judges will be presiding over the case - Caridad Gomez Mourelo plus Eva and Victoria, with the surnames of the latter two not given.The way the process works is that there will be a six-month period in which testimonies will be heard from those involved, including the player, after which the prosecutor will decide if the charges are to be maintained. If they are maintained, Ronaldo will have two months to plead guilty or not guilty. "Spanish law means that the punishment would fall to two years in prison if the player confesses," explain Expresso.That would mean that Ronaldo, who could face a seven-year sentence, would eliminate the risk of having to serve jail time, as he'd then be dealing with a suspended sentence.
Cristiano Ronaldo's revelation that he wants to leave Real Madrid dropped on the transfer market like a bomb, paralyzing Europe's top clubs and a number of their biggest deals.As the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain formulate their plans, the giants of the continent look nervously across at one another, waiting to see who will have the chutzpah to launch an official bid for the Portuguese star. Alvaro Morata to United is one mega deal that is progressing in its own right and appears to be imminent, irrespective of Ronaldo's fate.However, Los Blancos may foresee a sudden vacuum of talent in their frontline and pull the plug on the Spaniard's exit. The transfer of James Rodriguez has been shelved for the moment, particularly for PSG as the Ligue 1 realise that they cannot afford to sign both to Colombian and Ronaldo due to Financial Fair Play. Finally, there is Kylian Mbappe. It's thought that Real selling their best player would seemingly inevitably result in forcing through the capture of the Monaco wonderkid and the finances do add up.And if Morata were to leave, Real might need another striker as well as Mbappe, although even that would have to wait on Ronaldo and the conclusion of this sudden saga.
Ajax Amsterdam has named Marcel Keizer as head coach in place of Peter Bosz, the club said on Saturday.The 48-year-old was signed last year to coach the Ajax reserve team who compete in the second tier of Dutch football and finished the season as runners-up, Keizer has been handed a two-year contract with the senior squad.He coached previously at SC Cambuur, where he also spent most of a playing career that started with four appearances for Ajax's first team in the 1987-88 season.Bosz departed after one season in charge to take over at Germany's Borussia Dortmund having taken Ajax to the Europa League final, which they lost 2-0 to Manchester United, and second place in the Dutch league behind Feyenoord.
He looked set to join Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, but Malaga striker Sandro will leave LaLiga to play in the Premier League next season with Everton.The Canary Islander has passed his medical with the Merseyside club and his move is expected to be officially announced within the next 48 hours. Turning his focus onto the Under-21 European Championship with Spain, Sandro's decision was made due to Atelti's inability to register new players during this transfer window, meaning he would have had to wait until January to play for the Rojiblancos.