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Chelsea, Juventus & Bayern Munich are interested in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong

Chelsea are reportedly among a number of clubs that have shown interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (Author: Gardener)

Frenkie de JongChelsea are reportedly among a number of clubs that have shown interest in Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to allow Barcelona to raise funds to sign new players, with interest from across Europe. De Jong, who has made 26 appearances for Barcelona this season, was signed from Ajax in 2019 for €75m. Head coach Xavi confirmed last month that the Netherlands international was not for sale under any circumstances. "He is non-negotiable, very important and able to make the difference," Xavi told the media in December. Despite Barcelona's stance, de Jong is the subject of attention from the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga, with Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich all saying they have shown an interest, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The report claims Chelsea have chosen De Jong "reported" but it seems a transfer would be highly unlikely, especially this month with just days left until the January window closes. Chelsea have been linked with de Jong's team-mate Ousmane Dembele but a move at Stamford Bridge before Monday's deadline is unlikely. Of course we'll try to improve but if you say we need other players, me think we just need our entire squad," the German said earlier this month. No. The only real difference was that they were missing Virgil Van Dijk. "I've said it many times, key players are key players because in everything they do play a key role in every way they behave."But it's different when you have to fight for your place as a player every day and that's not the case in our team for very long.

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Hazard & Bale in Ancelotti's plans

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes the second half of the season will 'get better' for strikers Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. (Author: Gardener)

Hazard & BaleReal Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes the second half of the season will 'get better' for strikers Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. Hazard has been on the sidelines and has not featured in the Spanish Super Cup while Bale has been out since August with knee, calf and back problems. Ancelotti said the couple suffered "a lot of setbacks." Former Tottenham striker Bale is available for Thursday's Copa del Rey round of 16 against Elche after his lengthy layoff. He started the first three games of the season but has not played for his club since. Hazard, who joined from Chelsea in 2019, has played 16 times this season but scored just once and failed to play a minute in Real's Super Cup triumph in Saudi Arabia despite being fit. Ancelotti said: "Bale is back now after a long time, Hazard has been fine for a month and is physically fit. He has the character and experience to decide for himself and by the way the quality that both have could help us ." a lot.” Only the first half of the season is over. Hopefully the second half of the season will be better." Meanwhile, Real reportedly accepted a £42m offer for Hazard from Premier League side Newcastle but the player turned down the move as he wanted to join a 'big' club. Asked On whether he has spoken to Hazard about his future, Ancelotti added: "No, at the moment he's still a Real Madrid player.

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Thomas Tuchel reveals Antonio Rudiger's Chelsea contract talks 'still ongoing' amid PSG and Real Madrid ties

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed talks are underway with Antonio Rudiger over his contract situation. (Author: Gardener)

Thomas TuchelChelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed talks are underway with Antonio Rudiger over his contract situation. Ahead of Chelsea's clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Tuchel spoke about the defender's future and made a revelation about his situation. He said: "You know how I was full of praise for him, well deserved. You know how important he is, I often said. That's the importance he has, that he deserves right now. "Discussions and negotiations are ongoing. Chelsea hope the negotiations will be successful and they can persuade one of their key players to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid lead a multitude of clubs, interested in his signature." . According to recent reports, Rudiger was willing to listen to Chelsea's latest round of negotiations as he searches for an improved offer. Chelsea have so far been unable to tie Rudiger to a new deal as he has been demanding a sum of £200,000 a year. Thomas Tuchel 'really wants to keep' Rudiger but the Blues have only made an offer of around £140,000 a week so far which was rejected by the centre-back.

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Madrid meets Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid and hosts Athletic Bilbao face each other in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey for the fourth time in two months. Also in Friday's singles draw, Valencia host Cádiz, Real Betis play at Real Sociedad and hosts Rayo Vallecano meet Mallorca. Madrid defeated Athletic in the final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia last week and also twice defeated rivals from the Basque Country... (Author: Gardener)

the Copa del ReyReal Madrid's Eden Hazard third from right celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Copa del Rey soccer match between Elche and Real Madrid at Martinez Valero Stadium in Elche, Spain, on Thursday, January 20, 2022 has achieved. MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid and hosts Athletic Bilbao meet in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals for the fourth time in two months. Also in Friday's singles draw, Valencia host Cádiz, Real Betis play at Real Sociedad and hosts Rayo Vallecano meet Mallorca. Madrid beat Athletic in the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia last week and defeated their Basque country rivals twice in the Spanish league last month. Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior, center, reacts during the Copa del Rey soccer match between Elche and Real Madrid at Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, Thursday, January 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) The quarter-finals are in two weeks and will likely result in clubs missing their South American players on international duty. Sportive players celebrate after the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup round of 16 soccer match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Friday January 21, 2022. Athletic got past Barcelona in the round of 16 while Madrid eliminated Elche . Athletic finished second to Barcelona in last year's Copa final. They lost the previous final against rivals Real Sociedad from the Basque Country. Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams lies on the field during the Spanish Copa del Rey Cup Round of 16 match between Athletic Club and Barcelona at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, Friday January 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) Atlético Madrid were eliminated by Sociedad on Wednesday.

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Live stream, start time, how to watch Copa Del Rey 2022

Here's how to watch Thursday's game. (Author: Gardener)

Copa Del ReyThe 2022 Copa Del Ray resumes on Wednesday when Real Madrid take on Elche in the round of 16. After winning the 2021-22 Spanish Super Cup, Real Madrid will look to add to their trophy case if they make a push in this year's Copa Del Rey. The reigning LaLiga champions continue to lead the Spanish league this season with a record of 15-4-2. For fans in the United States, Wednesday's game will not be broadcast on any conventional television network. Instead, the game can only be streamed via ESPN+. How to watch Real Madrid vs Alcoyano (Copa Del Rey 2022) When does the game start? S. However, the game will not be broadcast on conventional television channels for American viewers. Instead, the game will be broadcast exclusively via ESPN+, which can be accessed via the ESPN app on smart TVs and streaming devices. Live Steam Options: ESPN+ - While the game will not be televised, it can be streamed in both English and Spanish via ESPN+. This is a separate service from regular ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN+ here.

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The club is ready to "compete with any financial package" presented to the player

According to recent reports, Manchester City are lagging behind Real Madrid in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityHis Champions League performances with RB Salzburg - notably against Liverpool at Anfield - caught the attention of some of football's biggest clubs. Despite intense interest from Manchester United, the Norwegian thought a move to Borussia Dortmund would be best for his development - and moved to Germany in January 2020. Since then, his development has developed rapidly and in just 78 Bundesliga games he has scored an incredible 79 goals for the black and yellow. These incredible stats have obviously caught the eye of the European elite - especially Real Madrid and Manchester City. According to ESPN's Mark Odgen, the Spanish giants are looking to sign both Haaland and Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The report also states that Madrid will face stiff competition from Manchester City, with the Blues still looking to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero at the forward position. Haaland will demand £30m a year wherever he chooses - a massive investment - but City are reportedly interested and have the opportunity to compete with any financial package presented to the player. However, Odgen says Manchester City are 'falling behind' the La Liga giants in the negotiations at this point. Despite Pep Guardiola's success in using the role of false nine, the Catalan would still love a clinical striker who can make the difference in crucial games - especially in the Champions League.

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Hazard & Bale in Ancelotti's plans

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes the second half of the season will 'get better' for strikers Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. (Author: Gardener)

Hazard & BaleReal Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes the second half of the season will 'get better' for strikers Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. Hazard has been on the sidelines and has not featured in the Spanish Super Cup while Bale has been out since August with knee, calf and back problems. Ancelotti said the couple suffered "a lot of setbacks." Former Tottenham striker Bale is available for Thursday's Copa del Rey round of 16 against Elche after his lengthy layoff. He started the first three games of the season but has not played for his club since. Hazard, who joined from Chelsea in 2019, has played 16 times this season but scored just once and failed to play a minute in Real's Super Cup triumph in Saudi Arabia despite being fit. Ancelotti said: "Bale is back now after a long time, Hazard has been fine for a month and is physically fit. He has the character and experience to decide for himself and by the way the quality that both have could help us ." a lot.” Only the first half of the season is over. Hopefully the second half of the season will be better." Meanwhile, Real reportedly accepted a £42m offer for Hazard from Premier League side Newcastle but the player turned down the move as he wanted to join a 'big' club. Asked On whether he has spoken to Hazard about his future, Ancelotti added: "No, at the moment he's still a Real Madrid player.

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The club is ready to "compete with any financial package" presented to the player

According to recent reports, Manchester City are lagging behind Real Madrid in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityAccording to recent reports, Manchester City are lagging behind Real Madrid in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland. Ever since Erling Haaland exploded on stage, it's clear he's destined for the top. His Champions League performances with RB Salzburg - notably against Liverpool at Anfield - caught the attention of some of football's biggest clubs. Despite intense interest from Manchester United, the Norwegian thought a move to Borussia Dortmund would be best for his development - and moved to Germany in January 2020. Those incredible stats have obviously caught the eye of Europe's elite - Real Madrid and Manchester City in particular. According to ESPN's Mark Odgen, the Spanish giants are looking to sign both Haaland and Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The report also states that Madrid will face stiff competition from Manchester City, with the Blues still looking to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero at the forward position. However, Odgen says Manchester City are 'falling behind' the La Liga giants in the negotiations at this point. Despite Pep Guardiola's success in using the role of false nine, the Catalan would still love a clinical striker who can make the difference in crucial games - especially in the Champions League.

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Man United are leaving Haaland, Real Madrid favorites

Man Utd have taken a hit in the pursuit of Erling Haaland - ESPN's insider's notebook is up to date PLUS: Dusan Vlahovic is a man in demand. (Author: Gardener)

Haaland, Real MadridManchester United have taken a hit in the pursuit of Erling Haaland - ESPN's insider's notebook has the latest. Jump to: Vlahovic asked | Liverpool in Zakaria Link | Hazard's uncertain future | Martial, Bailly wants out | Spurs firmly above Bergwijn rating | San Siro not perfect Manchester United are out of the race for Erling Haaland, sources told ESPN. The club are ready to focus on alternative attacking options after being made aware the Borussia Dortmund striker favors a summer move to Real Madrid. Haaland, 21, is expected to leave Dortmund at the end of the season as a €75m release clause in his contract with the Bundesliga side takes effect this summer. - Haaland's next step: Any club's prospects of getting him ranked United fell short of signing Haaland from FC Salzburg when he joined Dortmund in January 2020, despite the club having a longstanding interest dating back to his emergence as the 16th club -year-old goes back to Molde in Norway. Sources told ESPN senior figures at Old Trafford believe Haaland is destined for Real this summer and that United are unable to persuade the player or his agents to reconsider his options. With Edinson Cavani out of contract and likely to leave at the end of the season, and Cristiano Ronaldo turning 37 next month, United are focusing on other options to solve their search for a proven goalscorer. ESPN reported in December that Real are looking to sign both Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe this summer, despite the LaLiga champions facing stiff competition from Manchester City for Haaland, who plays at each club will make a salary of £30m a year he decides to join. But despite City's interest and ability to compete with any financial package Real Haaland have presented, the Premier League champions are lagging behind favorites Real in the battle to land the Norway international. The turmoil at Old Trafford has seriously affected United's prospects of signing Haaland, although sources said the November sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager - Solskjaer gave Haaland his Molde debut - hasn't helped their dwindling hopes. Sources said that while the Haaland camp admires United interim manager Ralf Rangnick's work at previous clubs, the prospect of signing for United while they are in a transition period and potentially eliminated from the Champions League is threatening the 20th English Recent champions is an unattractive offer given the other teams in the race to sign Haaland. United know Haaland doesn't see them as a viable option in the current circumstances and are focusing on recruiting a permanent manager rather than spending time pursuing a player who prefers a move elsewhere. Dusan Vlahovic is a man in demand, sources have told ESPN that eight of Europe's top clubs are interested in the Serbia international. The 21-year-old has scored 20 goals in 24 games for Fiorentina so far this season and has become one of the hottest players in football in recent months. Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign the player this month but a move in January is unlikely and they face competition from Europe's biggest clubs. Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland and Tottenham's Harry Kane are likely to be the most sought-after centre-forwards on the transfer market this summer. Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski could potentially be available if the Bundesliga side decide to sack the 33-year-old should they decline the opportunity to extend his contract beyond the June 2023 expiry date. But with several top clubs needing to recruit a centre-forward, sources said Vlahovic is likely to move to a team missing out on Haaland and Kane. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Barcelona are all on the hunt for a striker this summer, with Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain also likely to be on the hunt as Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe visit the Allianz Arena and Parc des Princes respectively leaving. Sources said that Atletico Madrid and Juventus are also potential options for Vlahovic, although the deep-rooted rivalry between Juve and Fiorentina could prove problematic even if Juventus were able to fund a bid for the former Partizan Belgrade striker. Vlahovic is under contract at Fiorentina until June 2023 and sources say the Serie A club accept they have to sack the player this summer lest they lose him as a free agent next year for nothing. Liverpool are the front runners, along with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria this month, sources told ESPN. Zakaria, 25, is out of contract at the end of this season and his agents have held talks with some of Europe's biggest clubs. However, a source close to the negotiations said Liverpool, Bayern and Dortmund were the three sides that had made the "most serious" approaches. Mönchengladbach are open to letting the Switzerland international go this month lest they lose him on a free transfer in the summer. The player camp is negotiating with a view to a change in January, but is happy to wait until the end of the season if necessary. They have also held talks with Juventus and Manchester United but a move to Old Trafford is seen as an unlikely option given this transfer window. A source said the uncertainty at United, with caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick only in charge until the summer, has counted against them. He has made 138 appearances for the German club but is now ready to take the next step in his career. Real Madrid's Eden Hazard team-mates believe the disgraced striker will remain at the Bernabeu until the summer before making a decision on his long-term future, sources close to the dressing room told ESPN. Hazard wants to stay at the club and hasn't given up hope of making a difference this year as Madrid's LaLiga title favorites have already won their first title of the season by winning the Spanish Supercopa. The Belgium international's substantial salaries would make a departure extremely difficult this month, sources said. Hazard has made 27 starts in LaLiga in two and a half years in Spain, scoring four league goals. He has the character and the experience to choose what's best for him," coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday. Contrary to reports that Hazard was made available by Real Madrid this month, the club have in fact been willing to let him go since last summer Letting disappointment at his minimal contribution in his first two injury-plagued seasons turned to anger when he was photographed laughing with former Chelsea team-mates after they knocked Madrid out of the Champions League semi-finals last May Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly are respectively Concerned they will be loaned out from Manchester United in the January transfer window, sources told ESPN Martial and Bailly are open to leaving the club this month in hopes of finding more regular first-team football elsewhere, but the couple is not convinced ale will materialize United are only considering loan offers for players from the first team, which include a guarantee that all wages will be covered and a loan fee. Sevilla have already turned down an offer from Martial while Juventus need United to drop their demands before reaffirming their interest in the Frenchman. AC Milan have expressed interest in signing Bailly by the end of the season but don't have the money to meet United's terms. Sources told ESPN that interim manager Ralf Rangnick prefers to keep the majority of his roster together until the end of the season, in part because of the ongoing possibility of losing players due to COVID-19. Steven Bergwijn's dramatic cameo against Leicester on Wednesday has boosted Tottenham's appreciation of the midfielder, which has frustrated Ajax so far during negotiations, sources told ESPN. Spurs are believed to be trying to recover most of the €32m they paid PSV Eindhoven in January 2020, but Ajax have so far only shown willingness to pay around half of that sum. The 24-year-old came on as a substitute in the 79th minute as Tottenham were 2-1 down before scoring twice in added time to secure a crucial win in the hunt for a top-four Premier League result . Head coach Antonio Conte is also ready to continue using Bergwijn should there be no agreement with Ajax. It remains to be seen whether Wednesday's performance will convince Ajax to up their bid or mark the start of Bergwijn's revival in north London. Concerns over the dangerous state of the San Siro pitch are likely to increase this weekend, with two games in two days - culminating in AC Milan's clash with Juventus. The game took place the day after the Italian Super Cup between Inter and Juve at the San Siro went into overtime. AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said: "At this time the pitch can't be the best for climate reasons. After the [international] break, we're hoping to play on a cleaner pitch to be faster." Earlier this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said San Siro "deserved a better pitch" after their Champions League clash with Milan. The next game at the San Siro is the Milan derby on February 6th.

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Ancelotti denies Hazard and Bale rumours

Carlo Ancelotti said Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale could have added more to Real Madrid's season so far, but denied talks about departures. (Author: Gardener)

HazardCarlo Ancelotti said Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale could have added more to Real Madrid's season so far but denied issues with both players and discussions about exits during this month's transfer window. Both Hazard and Bale are fit and available for Madrid's Copa del Rey round of 16 in Elche on Thursday after playing limited roles this season. There is competition [for places]," Ancelotti said in a news conference on Wednesday. "The coach, me, picks the best players for each game, whether it's fair or not. It happens at every big club.” “You can be really good but you still don't play,” he added. "I could talk about Nacho, Marcelo, [Dani] Ceballos, Isco, [Luka] Jovic. Again players with great quality. The same thing happens with them as with Bale and Hazard." Hazard has been an unused substitute in Madrid's last three games, including victories over Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa as they clinched their first title of the season while Bale didn't play left his club since last August. Both players have been linked with potential moves back to the Premier League and while Hazard has two and a half years left on his contract, Bale's contract expires next summer." [Hazard ] is training and waiting to his coach's call," said Ancelotti. At the moment he is still a Real Madrid player. He's focused on the competitions and games we have." Bale missed Madrid's Supercopa trip to Saudi Arabia, with Ancelotti citing a back problem. Both players have struggled with injuries throughout their time in Spain, and this season has been their commitment further limited by the emergence of Vinicius Junior and competition from Rodrygo and Marco Asensio."It is true that the two have suffered many setbacks," said Ancelotti. "Bale has now returned after a long break. Hazard has been physically good for the last six weeks. But we only had the first half of the season... Let's hope the second half of the season will be better. "

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