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Erling Haaland: Real Madrid are preparing a £292m transfer package to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker

All the top stories and transfer rumors from the national Monday newspapers... (Author: Gardener)

Borussia DortmundArsenal have made a £50m offer to Dusan Vlahovic and offered Lucas Torreira as a makeweight. Real Madrid are preparing a financial package totaling £292m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer. Premier League bosses face a bitter civil war with clubs over Covid postponements as rival clubs anger Arsenal canceled their game at Tottenham on Sunday. Several complain that the rules are being abused and that decisions favor big clubs. Arsenal are eyeing a possible January move for Nottingham Forest loanee Djed Spence, while Italian giants Roma and Inter Milan are also eyeing developments. Everton want Roberto Martinez as their next manager, possibly temporarily until the end of the season after Rafael Benitez was sacked after less than 200 days. The Premier League is set to resist calls to overhaul its controversial Covid postponement system despite growing fears the integrity of the competition has been compromised after 21 rearranged games. Borussia Dortmund were "surprised" by Erling Haaland's claim that he had been given a deadline to decide on his future. Newcastle are keen to add the veteran Peter Kenyon to their management team as Chief Executive. Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is ready to fight against Burnley for Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil. Mike Ashley plans talks with Steve Gibson and the Football League to resolve issues between Derby and Middlesbrough. Crystal Palace have valued Christian Benteke at £12million following a request from Burnley. Christian Eriksen is reportedly poised for a sensational return to the Premier League. Republic of Ireland international Jason Knight is set to leave troubled side Derby County and a number of Premier League clubs are interested in the 20-year-old Dublin midfielder. Former Celtic defender Leo Hjelde admits he was told to lose weight when he joined Leeds United in the summer. Celtic chiefs feared Leigh Griffiths would be an unwanted distraction if he returned to Parkhead.

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Benzema 'threatens to LEAVE Real Madrid if they sign Haaland'

Benzema has scored 24 goals in just 27 games this season but Madrid are widely expected to be at the top of the race for Haaland next summer. (Author: Gardener)

BenzemaKarim Benzema has reportedly threatened to leave Real Madrid next summer if the club sign Erling Haaland, with the prolific striker reportedly unhappy with Florentino Perez's attempts to sign a new striker. The 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in just 27 games this season but Madrid are widely expected to be at the front of the queue in the race for Haaland when he leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer. This is believed to have angered the man he may replace in the No 9 position at the Bernabeu, with El Nacional claiming the club will have to choose between the two, with Benzema ready to walk away from the side. Karim Benzema has threatened to leave Real Madrid if they sign Erling Haaland next summer. However, the same report has added that the experienced ace is 'not ready' to give up his career and would therefore be willing to quit should Haaland arrive. Haaland has the option to move away from Dortmund at the end of the season if the £64million release clause included in his contract becomes active and the club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted it will be difficult to get him to keep. Although the signing seems too good to turn down, Madrid boss Perez is ready to choose between the Norwegian and Benzema, his current first-choice frontman. The latter is said to have informed him of his attitude towards the departure. Haaland is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund and is wanted by a host of elite clubs. Madrid President Florentino Perez must choose between the two prolific frontmen. "Can afford" to oust their "best footballer" from the starting XI over the course of next season, and that dilemma could mean the end of the club's push for Haaland. Benzema seems keen on staying after he also told Perez he wants to stay at Madrid. In case he wants to leave Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to sign him. Madrid have also been linked with Kylian Mbappe, although interestingly this is an addition Benzema wouldn't mind, El Nacional added. Benzema remains one of his club's all-time best players and is keen to stay at the Bernabeu. Benzema (pictured above) was named France Football's Player of the Year ahead of Kylian Mbappe in the prize category after handing over the 2021 award.

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Women's Clasico set to break attendance record

In just three days, over 80,000 tickets for the quarter-finals of the Women's Champions League between Barcelona and Real Madrid have been auctioned off at the Camp Nou. (Author: Gardener)

just three daysOver 80,000 tickets were auctioned off in just three days for the women's Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Clasico rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in March, a spokesman for the Catalan club confirmed to ESPN. Barca usually play their home games at the 6,000-seat Estadi Johan Cruyff at the club's training ground, but the second leg of their European Cup match against Madrid on March 28 has been moved to the Camp Nou. It is only the second time the European champions have played a competitive game in the 99,354 capacity stadium and the first time with fans. Last season's 5-0 win over Espanyol was the first, however, to be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions. March's game against Madrid is set to break the attendance record for a women's club game. The current high is 60,739, which was reached when Atletico Madrid hosted Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019. The official attendance record for a women's game is 90,185 for the 1999 World Cup Final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. If the Camp Nou is packed on the day of the game, it will break that record too. However, some estimates suggest that 110,000 people attended Denmark's victory over Mexico at the Azteca Stadium in the 1971 World Cup final, a tournament that was not officially sanctioned. Barca initially only provided 70,000 tickets for March's Clasico due to existing visitor restrictions in Spain caused by the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Tickets went on general sale on Thursday and by Friday all 70,000 had gone, leading to an additional "10,000 to 15,000" being made available, according to a club spokesman. The club are now considering making more available and are optimistic there will be no restrictions during the game. First, however, they must consider how many tickets will be given to Real Madrid fans, commitments to sponsors and the high demand for tickets from the players' families and friends. Barca have been the dominant team in Spain and Europe for the past 18 months, winning the Treble last season, including a first-ever Champions League trophy. They have won all 23 games they have played this season. Madrid, on the other hand, are relatively new to women's football, having acquired CD Tacon in 2019. However, they finished second in La Liga last season and are already emerging as one of Barca's biggest rivals in Spain.

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Benzema 'threatens to LEAVE Real Madrid if they sign Haaland'

Benzema has scored 24 goals in just 27 games this season but Madrid are widely expected to be at the top of the race for Haaland next summer. (Author: Gardener)

BenzemaKarim Benzema has reportedly threatened to leave Real Madrid next summer if the club sign Erling Haaland, with the prolific striker reportedly unhappy with Florentino Perez's attempts to sign a new striker. The 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in just 27 games this season but Madrid are widely expected to be at the front of the queue in the race for Haaland when he leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer. This is believed to have angered the man he may replace in the No 9 position at the Bernabeu, with El Nacional claiming the club will have to choose between the two, with Benzema ready to walk away from the side. Karim Benzema has threatened to leave Real Madrid if they sign Erling Haaland next summer. However, the same report has added that the experienced ace is 'not ready' to give up his career and would therefore be willing to quit should Haaland arrive. Haaland has the option to move away from Dortmund at the end of the season if the £64million release clause included in his contract becomes active and the club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted it will be difficult to get him to keep. Although the signing seems too good to turn down, Madrid boss Perez is ready to choose between the Norwegian and Benzema, his current first-choice frontman. The latter is said to have informed him of his attitude towards the departure. Haaland is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund and is wanted by a host of elite clubs. Madrid President Florentino Perez must choose between the two prolific frontmen. "Can afford" to oust their "best footballer" from the starting XI over the course of next season, and that dilemma could mean the end of the club's push for Haaland. Benzema seems keen on staying after he also told Perez he wants to stay at Madrid. In case he wants to leave Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to sign him. Madrid have also been linked with Kylian Mbappe, although interestingly this is an addition Benzema wouldn't mind, El Nacional added. Benzema remains one of his club's all-time best players and is keen to stay at the Bernabeu. Benzema (pictured above) was named France Football's Player of the Year ahead of Kylian Mbappe in the prize category after handing over the 2021 award.

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Real Madrid and Liverpool are in contention for £35m Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Real Madrid and Liverpool want Kalvin Phillips, Arsenal still want Arthur Melo, Roberto Martinez could return for Everton and Man Utd could sell Phil Jones. (Author: Gardener)

Kalvin PhillipsKalvin Phillips of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Crystal Palace at Elland Road on November 30th 2021 in Leeds, England.

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Transfer News LIVE! Haaland to Real Madrid; Arsenal make Vlahovic offer; Kurzawa to Chelsea; Boost for ManUnited

Transfer News LIVE! Haaland to Real Madrid; Arsenal make Vlahovic offer; Kurzawa to Chelsea; ManUnited Boost - (Author: Gardener)

VlahovicYou are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly sought another sought-after striker in Dusan Vlahovic and have offered £50million plus Lucas Torreira to persuade Fiorentina to sell Juventus who reportedly want Thomas Partey as part of a deal for Arthur Melo. Chelsea are eyeing a move for Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa and also have their sights set on Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele, as well as Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic. Manchester United are seen as favorites for Dembele while staying in the footsteps of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria and hoping to get rid of Anthony Martial but could lose to Amadou Haidara. Tottenham are still chasing Adama Traore and are interested in Jesse Lingard, while Newcastle have failed in a loan offer for Donny van de Beek as they are also linked to Keylor Navas, Diego Carlos and Sv de Botman. All eyes are also on the search for Everton managers, with Roberto Martinez the favorite to return and replace Rafael Benitez, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Duncan Ferguson also potentially in the running for the now vacant Posts at Goodison Park are the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! 08:35 , George Flood Manchester United got a boost in pursuit of Denis Zakaria. The Swiss midfielder is well known for being a target for Ralf Rangnick, who is looking to strengthen his underperforming squad at Old Trafford. According to a German publication Kicker, Borussia Monchengladbach would be willing to consider offers for Zakaria later this month. The 25-year-old's contract in the Bundesliga expires this summer. 08:27 , George Flood Dusan Vlahovic isn't the only target in Arsenal's sights as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his jaded ranks this month. The Mirror report the Gunners are planning a possible January swoop for Djed Spence, the flying right-back currently on loan from Middlesbrough to Nottingham Forest. Spence recently played against Arsenal in the FA Cup third round and put in a superb performance as Arteta's side lost 1-0 at the City Ground. Southampton, Roma and Inter Milan are also set to oversee Spence, but Arsenal could be first to bolster their right-back options behind Takehiro Tomiyasu. Cedric Soares failed to impress and Hector Bellerin is likely to leave after a loan spell at Real Betis this summer. 08:18 , George Flood Arsenal have now made their move for Dusan Vlahovic, reports suggest. The prolific Serbian shooter has signed Mikel Arteta as a transfer target this month. However, they struggled to agree a deal with Fiorentina, with the player also seemingly undecided about his next move. According to Corriere Della Sera, Arsenal have now submitted an official offer worth £50million for Vlahovic, which includes Lucas Torreira who is currently on a season-long loan at Fiorentina. Is that enough for a transfer across the line? 08:10 , George Flood Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport's ongoing LIVE coverage of the January transfer window. Things are getting really hot now after mid-month and we start today with the latest on the Erling Haaland front. According to The Mirror, Real Madrid are planning a mammoth deal worth a whopping £292million to bring Borussia Dortmund's scoring machine to Spain this summer, where they hope to pair him with Kylian Mbappe - who will soon be out of contract at Paris Saint -Germain has - in a star-studded front. According to Marca, that total package includes a transfer fee of £63m plus a hugely lucrative six-year deal and a massive sign-up fee plus commission for super agent Mino Raiola.

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Real Madrid cool interest in Erling Haaland

Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly called off their pursuit of Erling Haaland, a target for Barcelona, ​​with Kylian Mbappe his priority target. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridAccording to a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid's pursuit of Erling Haaland has come to a halt with Kylian Mbappe their priority for the summer transfer window. The striker from Borussia Dortmund is also in the sights of arch-rival Barcelona. The Norwegian prodigy joined Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 and has improved a few notches. The 21-year-old has an excellent record of 78 goals and 21 assists in 77 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and plays in the Bundesliga with Robert Lewandowski. Suffice it to say that Haaland can fit in seamlessly with any club in the world, with Real Madrid and Barcelona engaged in a transfer battle to secure his services. Real Madrid's interest in Haaland is long-standing and the Merengues had tried to sign the youngster before joining Borussia Dortmund. Defining a succession plan for Benzema is therefore imperative for Real Madrid, with Haaland a key target according to widespread reports. Recent speculation has also claimed that the 21-year-old would rather join Real Madrid. Arch-rivals Barcelona also want to sign the Norwegian striker from Borussia Dortmund. Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants are in talks over a summer move. With Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong facing uncertain futures at the Camp Nou, Barcelona may need to sign several forwards with Haaland likely to become their main option. The latest development gives Barcelona a major boost in their quest as Mundo Deportivo's report claims Real Madrid's interest in him has waned. It's unclear if Real Madrid will finally end their interest in Haaland but Kylian Mbappe is the priority for now. With the latest reports that Mbappe is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid must step up to sign the Frenchman on a free transfer. So Barcelona could have a clear run at Haaland as of today, with Real Madrid's attention elsewhere.

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Real Madrid beat Athletic 2-0 to win the Spanish Super Cup

After failing to lift a trophy under Zinedine Zidane last season, Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid clinched the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Luka Modric and Karim Benzema scored in each half of the final as Madrid easily defeated the holders and cemented their status as the best team in Spain this season. (Author: Gardener)

the Spanish Super CupMADRID (AP) - Real Madrid will not go without a title for a second consecutive season. After failing to lift a trophy under Zinedine Zidane last season, Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid clinched the Spanish Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Luka Modric and Karim Benzema scored in each half of the final as Madrid easily defeated the holders and cemented their status as the best team in Spain this season. Madrid have already beaten Barcelona twice – including in the semi-finals of the Super Cup – and Atlético Madrid once and are more than 15 points ahead of both rivals at the halfway point in the Spanish league season. Ancelotti has also guided Madrid to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Madrid went without a trophy for the first time in more than a decade under Zidane last season. Madrid's 12th Super Cup title puts the club just behind Barcelona, ​​the most successful team in the competition. Athletic was aiming for their fourth Supercup trophy. It was Madrid's second Supercup title since the competition moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020. It had won the first edition of the tournament in the Middle Eastern country by beating Atlético in the final. The Super Cup returned to Spain in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish Football Federation has had to defend itself against criticism from human rights groups over its decision to play in Saudi Arabia, worth €30 million ($34 million) a year, until 2029. Athletic were aiming for their second consecutive title after beating Barcelona in last year's final. It beat Atlético in this year's semifinals in the revised "Final Four" format. Benzema further extended the lead by converting a penalty in the 51st minute after a handball detected via video review. Athletic had a chance to get closer in the final minutes but Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Raúl García's penalty with his left foot. Madrid defender Éder Militão was sent off for the handball that led to the penalty. "We could have gotten back into the game but Courtois ended our chances with that save," said Athletic defender Óscar de Marcos. Madrid's triumph gave veteran Brazilian defender Marcelo a record-breaking 23rd title with the club since joining Paco Gento in 2006. That put him ahead of former centre-back Sergio Ramos, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain. It's Marcelo's fifth Spanish Supercup title. He came on as a substitute in the 86th and lifted the trophy as team captain. Madrid were without defender Dani Carvajal due to a positive coronavirus test. Sergio Canales scored in the 73rd as Real Betis beat Sevilla 2-1 in a Copa del Rey game that continued a day after a Sevilla player was hit in the head by a piece of PVC thrown from the stands thrown by Betis at the Benito Villamarín Stadium. Marcos André scored a minute into the game as Valencia beat Atlético Baleares 1-0 to advance to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Atlético was the last third division team still in the competition. In Sunday's only Spanish league game, Elche defeated Villarreal 1-0 at home through a 78th-minute goal from Lucas Boyé to win their third straight game in all competitions.

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Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup while Modric and Benzema defeat Bilbao

Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after eight years without a final, beating Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. (Author: Gardener)

Spanish Super CupThe ever-young Luca Modric dominated the Spanish Super Cup final, scoring the opening goal in Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. He had also helped score the goal by having his share of a passing game that started at Thibaut Courtois' feet and went through Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Modric before heading to Rodrygo. The Brazilian winger drew three Athletic defenders towards him and when he threw the ball at the freer Modric, the star of so many Madrid final victories, he gave them the lead in their first trophy fight of the season. Showing no sign of slowing down, the indestructible midfielder floated through the rest of the game, pinging passes, slicing away opposing attacks and even managing to take down Athletic substitute Mikel Vesga. His opening goal was no more than Real Madrid deserved. They had threatened that Eder Militao sent a chance over the goal after a Kroos cross. And Casemiro then forced two saves from Unai Simon. First, he tried to sneak a shot from long range into the Athletic keeper's near post. And then the midfielder rose highest from the corner, this time forcing Simon to tip over. Bilbao tried to upset Madrid but failed to capitalize on one of their 14 goal attempts. Athletic had a harder time creating chances and was closest to worrying the scorers when Inaki Williams made a clear run on after a pass from Oihan Sancet and David Alaba blocked his shot with his hand. Sancet also intervened between Lucas Vazquez and Militao but shot just over. Nico Williams came on for Alex Berenguer at the break as Marcelino tried to change the game but it was Real Madrid who scored next. Karim Benzema's shot was blocked by Yeray with a raised arm and while reviewing the incident on the sidelines, Cesar Soto Grado pointed to the spot. Benzema scored despite Simon going the right way. He got close but not close enough and he took his frustration out on the goal frame by hitting the post. Athletic weren't done yet and with Raul Garcia on the bench they pushed forward. He headed just wide and drew a fine block from Militao in another attack. He also forced a late chance to sneak back into the game for Athletic. Militao blocked Garcia's goal-bound header and was sent off with a penalty. Courtois saved his kick with his foot and Athletic's last chance to repeat last year's Supercup win was wasted. This is his first trophy in his second era as Real Madrid manager and it is Modric and Benzema who do the business for him on the pitch, just like in his first spell.

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Real Madrid defeated Athletic 2-0 to claim the Supercup title

Plus: Rennes bounces back from three straight defeats in style by beating Bordeaux in Ligue 1; Eintracht Frankfurt's European hopes collapsed after the 1-1 draw at Augsburg, who were threatened with relegation (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia. Real took the lead in the 38th minute at Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium after Rodrygo sprinted past two defenders before passing to Modric, who put in a shot into the back net. Benzema extended his lead in the second half with a penalty after the video assistant referee spotted a handball from Yeray Alvarez in the box. Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brilliantly stopped Raul Garcia's penalty with his left foot in the final seconds. Sergio Oliveira scored a penalty on his AS Roma debut as Jose Mourinho's side ended a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 relegation win against Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday. Portuguese midfielder Oliveira, who was loaned to the capital club from Porto on Wednesday, converted a 32nd-minute penalty after Dalbert's handball. Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened the hosts with a second after the break, but Cagliari had the best chance when Rui Patricio deflected a close-range shot from Joao Pedro onto the bar five minutes from time. It was Roma's first win in almost a month after they clinched a point in three games and put Mourinho's side sixth on 35 points, six behind fifth-place Juventus. Cagliari's attempt to avoid relegation was boosted by back-to-back victories earlier in the year, but they were sidelined with 11 players due to injuries, COVID-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties for their trip to the capital and a loss left them 18th with 16 points. Antonin Barak scored a hat-trick in Hellas Verona's 4-2 win in Sassuolo to put Igor Tudor's side above the hosts in the top half of the table. Rennes bounced back from three straight defeats in style by beating ailing Bordeaux 6-0 at home and reclaiming fourth place in the French league on Sunday. Striker Gaetan Laborde and winger Martin Terrier have each scored 10 league goals this season - as many as Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Laborde scored on the hour before Adrien Truffert scored in the 69th minute and substitute Serhou Guirassy struck twice in the closing stages. In Philippe Clement's first home game as Monaco manager, French striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice in a 4-0 home win over Clermont. Strasbourg climbed to sixth place after a 3-1 home win over Montpellier, who were aiming for a fifth straight win. Midfielder Florent Mollet gave Montpellier an early lead but Strasbourg scored three times in the last 15 minutes through Majeed Waris, Adrien Thomasson and veteran striker Kevin Gameiro. Later on Sunday, third-placed Marseille host holders Lille, who need a win to level on points with second-placed Nice. With key players missing in isolation with coronavirus, Eintracht Frankfurt's ambitions to battle for European qualification were dashed on Sunday as they drew 1-1 at relegation-threatened Augsburg. With Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and winger Filip Kostic both unavailable after positive tests, an otherwise dreary game was livened up by two moments of individual skill at goal. Playmaker Daichi Kamada put Frankfurt ahead in the 22nd minute when he ran for a through ball and leapfrogged goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz before tipping the ball into the net under pressure from a defender. Frankfurt were looking for a win to boost morale after giving up a two-goal lead to lose to Borussia Dortmund 3-2 last week but had to settle for a point that left the team in eighth holds space. Frankfurt's winless start to the new year is a blow for a side who have started the season poorly but have bounced back with victories in six of their last seven Bundesliga games of 2021 to get back in contention for European qualification. Augsburg produced one of the shocks of the season when they beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in November but have won just once in seven games since then and sit just above the relegation play-off spot, which is a cause for concern if there is staying in the top division for 11 years could be in jeopardy. Gonzalo Castro saved Bielefeld a point with an 83rd-minute goal as Furth neared their second win since returning to the top flight.

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