Juventus are ready to bid Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara during the summer, if Paul Pogba's transfer from Manchester United fails.

The "Old Lady" has been rumored for a possible transfer of Paul Pogba during the recent transfer window, with speculation intensifying this season due to the difficulties Manchester United are going through in the Premier League.

Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, said last week that Italy is like the second home of the Frenchman and that he would not be against returning to Juventus. That statement sparked a heated debate between Raiola and Red Devils coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Now, the Italian newspaper Tuttosport suggests that if Juventus fail to try to transfer the French midfielder during the summer, the Bianconeri will try to sign Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantaran.

The Brazilian, who was born in Italy, reportedly wants to leave the reigning champion at the end of this season after seven years in the Bundesliga.

The midfielder, who is the son of the famous Brazilian footballer Mazinho, has a contract with Bayern until June 2021. That makes Bayern more likely to allow his sale this summer, so that the player will not leave without one. cents the following summer.

Thiago could prove to be a cheaper option to reinforce the Juventus midfielder than the 26-year-old Manchester United Frenchman.

 

 

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Real Madrid side defender Achrak Hakimi says he wants to continue playing and growing as his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund is heading to an end.

Achraf Hakimi has been great for the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund since his move in 2018 from La Liga giant Real Madrid on loan for two seasons.

The 21-year-old made another impressive showing in Dortmund's 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the 1/8 of the Champions League final on Tuesday.

Achraf is expected to return to Real Madrid as soon as this season comes to an end, after the loan deal expires, but the Moroccan said nothing is impossible and he wants to keep developing.

"This is what people say and the contract I signed," Hakimi said when asked about his loan expiring in June. "Anything can happen in June, but we'll see what this summer brings to you."

“In my mind, I want to play and keep growing. Here in Germany I am offered this opportunity. "

 

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Major League Soccer (MLS, the first level of US football), the LA Galaxy, is about to make a convincing offer to Barca's Argentine Lionel Messi to transfer him over the summer.

LA Galaxy executives are believed to be in talks with Lionel Messi's representatives to find out if the Argentine star is ready to leave Barcelona this summer, writes famous sports journalist John E. Rojas.

Lionel Messi and his future have been in the spotlight since the Argentine star's public feud with Barcelona's sporting director Eric Abidalin.

After Abidal had suggested that some players had not worked hard enough before Ernesto Valverde's dismissal in January, Messi criticized him, raising doubts about his future at the Camp Nou.

Initially it was reported a possible transfer to Manchester City, but these speculations came to a standstill after City were sentenced to two years suspension from European competitions and fined 30m euros.

However, speculation about a possible Messi departure has not yet stopped, as there is now talk of the LA Galaxy, which has a large budget available to spend on players' salaries, the reason for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure from the squad.

 

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Former legendary Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes a lack of creativity in midfield remains the big problem for Liverpool, who was beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid took the lead after just four minutes of play in the first leg of the 1/8 of the Champions League final at Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to a goal scored by Saul Niguez.

Alvaro Morata missed a good chance for the home side to double the lead in the first half, while Liverpool failed to show their good form due to midfield problems.

The match went on the same way in the second half and Liverpool closed the game without a single shot inside the goal post. Carragher blamed Liverpool's lack of creativity in midfield for the result.

"Well, it was a frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico Madrid would play, and Jurgen Klopp also knew, "the former Liverpool defender said in an interview with Viasport.

"But the most important thing in such matches is that you should not concede the first goal and at least not so early in the game and from a game break."

“Sometimes it happens. You have a bit of luck and the ball is deflected and you go 1-0. Liverpool were not too frustrated by the result as they created nothing. They lack real creativity and confidence in midfield. This has always been the big problem. "

"But I think Atletico were very well protected tonight and the most important thing is that Liverpool did not lose control of their emotions by getting a red card. They made sure the score remained 1: 0 and did not allow Atletico to increase the lead.

 

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has announced that Xherdan Shaqiri will not play this weekend in the Premier League match against Norwich City, because he hasn't returned to training yet.

After a short winter break, Liverpool will return to the green field of football with the match against Norwich City, where they will aim for three points to get even closer to the title of champion this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri will not be able to play in this match nor be on the bench, as he has not returned to training, due to an injury that has kept him out of Klopp's squad for some time.

Meanwhile, Klopp has announced the return of Sadio Mane and James Milner, both of whom suffered minor injuries. The same is not true for Nathaniel Clyne and Paul Glatzel, who have been injured for a long time.

"It should be noted that, except for Shaqiri, Clyne and Glatzel, all players have been trained," Klopp said at a pre-match press conference on Saturday.

Shaqiri has played in only ten games during this 2019/20 season and contributed one goal. He has failed to deliver more than himself since Klopp has preferred other players before him as well as the cause of multiple injuries.

 

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