Konate namedrops Salah & Mane after addressing Liverpool transfer rumour

Ibrahima Konate brought up Mo Salah and Sadio Mane as examples of players who obey the rules of Ramadan on matchdays, explaining his tendency to avoid fasting in such circumstances, as reported by BILD.

The Frenchman had responded to rumours linking him with an Anfield switch in the summer, to which he confirmed he had not been contacted by the Reds.

“I’ve already practiced it. I have been celebrating Ramadan for as long as I can remember,” the RB Leipzig star said (as translated by Google Translate).

“It’s not easy, but our cook Philipp helps me and Doudou [Amadou Haidara] with prepared meals. I try to go to bed around 11 p.m., get up around two or three at night to eat, and then go back to sleep.

“There are a lot of players, like Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, who stick to the rules even on match days. That Read the rest

Man United face a huge decision after £800k per-week salary demands presented by star

It really wasn’t that long ago when the idea of a player earning £100k per week was eye-watering stuff, but now it almost seems like a starting point for average players at top clubs.

Man United have struggled for years to get the best out of Paul Pogba, but there were a few weeks earlier in this season where he was fantastic and dragged them to victory.

Fitness has been an issue for him as he’s picked up a few injuries here and there, while he’s also the subject of constant speculation about his future so that can’t be helpful either.

Man United face a huge decision as his contract runs out in the summer of 2022, and a report from The Daily Star has highlighted how big the commitment will need to be.

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‘He has to go to…’ – Unai Emery names the two clubs Liverpool-linked defender could switch to

Liverpool-linked Villarreal star Pau Torres should only go to either Real Madrid or Barcelona if he leaves the La Liga outfit in the summer, according to his manager, Unai Emery, as reported by Radio Marca (via the Echo).

With Jurgen Klopp’s men having endured a harsh fall from grace following a spate of injuries racked up in the centre-half position, the side is considered likely to invest in at least one new quality defender in the upcoming window.

“Pau Torres? Double (the pride), because he’s also from here,” the former Arsenal boss said. “If he leaves here, he has to go to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

READ MORE: Liverpool could secure major discount on Argentina international with €80m release clause – report

The centre-back comes with a £55m release-clause attached, meaning that the Reds would have to fork out a considerably higher fee for the 24-year-old than for the likes … Read the rest

Arsenal will need to find alternatives this summer as main transfer target is listed as untouchable

Every club needs to have some alternative plans in the transfer market in case the initial ones fall through, and it’s now starting to look like Martin Odegaard will return to Real Madrid in the summer.

He’s been fantastic for Arsenal since making his loan move in January, but there’s no indication that there’s an option to buy included in there so his future is down to Real Madrid.

Marca have reported that the Norwegian star is seen as untouchable in the transfer market this summer and they do see a major role for him at the club, so there’s no chance that Arsenal can sign him.

They do point to the problem that is his poor relationship with Zidane and that’s the only thing that could force the player to demand an exit, but this also points to a change in the dugout too.

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(Video) Carragher argues Liverpool the best destination for Haaland; kickstarts pundit argument

Jamie Carragher’s declaration that Liverpool would be the best destination for Erling Haaland in the summer led to an argument between the former Liverpool defender and Micah Richards in the CBS Sports studio.

The ex-Man City star questioned the 43-year-old’s promise of Champions League nights, with the Reds still adrift of the top four spots at the time of writing.

Scoring 33 goals in all competitions this term, the Borussia Dortmund star is thought to be in high demand from Europe’s elite ahead of the impending transfer window.

READ MORE: Liverpool still considering whether to take advantage of highly-rated defender’s £18m option-to-buy – report

While Liverpool are considered more than likely to bring in a new forward come the season end, we’re somewhat doubtful that the club will cough up over £100m for the talented striker.

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Phil Neville recalls LA Galaxy striker Javier Hernandez time with Manchester United

The Major League Soccer season is about to get underway, and a matchup between Inter Miami and LA Galaxy will see two Manchester United FC acquaintances meet in this fixture. 

Phil Neville, who now heads the Inter Miami club as manager, spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach on the Manchester United bench. One of the players on the squad was current LA Galaxy striker Javier Hernández.

Neville spoke to the media where Diario AS relayed his comments about the former Manchester United striker.

Liverpool condemn ‘unacceptable and shameful behaviour’ after Real Madrid team bus damaged

Liverpool have released a statement in response to the damaging of the Real Madrid team bus as it drove into Anfield, as reported by BBC Sport.

A window was shattered, with footage circulating on social media showing staff clearing broken glass from the bus itself prior to the impending clash between the two sides in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“We condemn unequivocally the actions that led to Real Madrid’s team bus being damaged during its arrival to Anfield this evening,” a spokesperson for the club said.

“It is totally unacceptable and shameful behaviour of a few individuals.

“We sincerely apologise to our visitors for any distress caused.

“We will work together with Merseyside Police to establish the facts and identify those responsible.”

The Spanish giants were greeted by supporters in the streets, with it being reported that some objects had been thrown while the vehicle travelled to the Reds’ stadium.… Read the rest

Atlético Madrid striker weighs Liverpool and Inter Miami proposals

Luis Suárez is under contract until 2022 with Atlético Madrid; however, the 34-year-old’s future could lie elsewhere. 

This season, Suárez has found the fountain of youth as he’s scored 19 goals in 32 appearances for the Spanish side. Nonetheless, there’s the potential that the striker could be one and done with Los Colchoneros.

According to Deportes Cuatro (via Diario AS), Suárez is weighing two proposals, one from his former club Liverpool FC and Inter Miami. On various occasions, David Beckham has tried to sign the Uruguay international but failed.

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Klopp throws down gauntlet in pre-Real Madrid press conference: “I’m in the mood for this”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wasn’t messing around in his press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League second leg tie with Real Madrid.

The German told journalists that only negativity can come from speaking to the media before games and the Reds will do their talking on the pitch at Anfield.

Take a look at James Pearce’s tweet below for Klopp’s full quote.

Liverpool have it all to do at Anfield, but it’s not the first time the Reds have needed a big performance in Europe and got their way

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Manchester United lead race for Aston Villa star with significant budget set aside by Red Devils as Villains expect ‘monster’ bid

According to Football Insider, Manchester United lead the clubs interested in Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez, with a Villains source admitting the club are expecting a ‘monster’ summer offer for the ace.

This comes after Football Insider reported that the Argentine graduate of rivals Arsenal tops the Red Devils’ goalkeeper shopping list.

The 28-year-old has been solid between the sticks after taking the difficult but right decision to leave Arsenal after a decade at the club for an initial fee of £17m in a deal rising to a potential £20m.

Football Insider add that United have been keeping a close eye on the man bound to win a senior cap for Argentina when international football for South American nations returns.

It’s claimed that United plan to recruit two senior goalkeepers in the summer transfer window, they intend to keep academy graduate Dean Henderson but move on David de Gea and … Read the rest