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Middlesbrough – teamtalk.com 18 Feb 11:02

Paper Talk: Real offer 100m & Bale for Chelsea ace; 25m for Smalling

Real Madrid are ready to offer Chelsea £100million plus a player exchange to get Eden Hazard, while Man Utd have named their price for Arsenal target Chris Smalling, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Real Madrid will reportedly offer £100m plus Gareth Bale to tempt Chelsea into parting company with Eden Hazard in the summer.

The reigning La Liga champions are set for a massive summer revamp after a disastrous title defence this season, and Hazard is believed to be their top target.

Real will completely overhaul their squad, with a number of tops stars leaving, including Gareth Bale, while head coach Zinedine Zidane will also be axed.

Bale has been a long-term target for Manchester United but according to a report in the Sunday Express, Real will offer the former Tottenham winger plus £100m to try and lure Hazard to the Bernabeu.

Hazard, along with Blues stopper Thibaut Courtois, has been in new contract talks with the Blues for some time but the club have been unable to tie the pair down.

Now Real are hoping that the offer of Bale and a significant transfer fee will tempt Roman Abramovich into allowing one of prized assets to move on.

Hazard, himself, has admitted in the past that he one day dreams of playing for the Spanish giants, telling French TV channel Canal+ in Novmeber: “Everyone knows the admiration I have for Real, but for now I’m a Blue.”

The question now, however, is how much longer the 27-year-old will continue being ‘a Blue’.



Sadio Mane is set for a bumper pay rise after his heroics for Liverpool in the Champions League (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has backed Luis Enrique to be a star at Chelsea if he takes over (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City will call on other Premier League clubs to back their campaign against heinous tacklers (Sunday Mirror)

Brentford manager Dean Smith will open talks with the Championship club this week over a new long-term deal (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City are looking to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl in their search for a midfield enforcer (Sunday Mirror)

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri is set to sign a three-year deal with Crystal Palace this week (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea would demand Sergio Aguero in exchange for Eden Hazard if Manchester City go after the Belgium star this summer (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, says he is “really happy” at the club amid reports of a move to Real Madrid (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal will have to pay £25m if they want to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the summer (Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham stars fear Toby Alderweireld is leaving the club this summer (Sun on Sunday)

Watford pair Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure could be heading to Tottenham in the summer as Mauricio Pochettino plans a £50m double swoop (Sun on Sunday)

Germany striker Timo Werner has admitted he would like to play for Manchester United or Manchester City (Sun on Sunday)

Juventus ace Paulo Dybala has returned to training ahead of the return Champions League leg against Spurs (Sun on Sunday)

Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious bust-up with Paul Pogba and Phil Jones after Manchester United’s defeat at Newcastle (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City are set to reward young left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko with a new deal (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has emerged as a target for Newcastle United (Sun on Sunday)

Leeds United could make a move for Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, who is stalling on a new contract at Ashton Gate (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham are closing on a deal to sign Saint-Etienne’s exciting midfielder Jonathan Bamba (Sun on Sunday)

Nottingham Forest will make a move for Hull defender Michael Dawson at the end of the season after failing to land him in January (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham and Arsenal are battling it out for Stevenage youngster Ben Wilmot (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke’s son Josh will conduct a review of the club as they prepare for life after Arsene Wenger (Mail on Sunday)

Man City’s Gabriel Jesus is closing in on a return despite his entourage being denied re-entry into the UK (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea’s desire to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic could be helped by the Bundesliga side’s interest in loan star Michy Batshuayi (Mail on Sunday)

Jose Mourinho says he does “not know” if Paul Pogba will be fit for Man Utd’s Champions League clash with Sevilla (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas admits Lionel Messi has gone quiet on him ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona (Mail on Sunday)


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Middlesbrough – teamtalk.com 10 Feb 11:33

Paper Talk: Man Utd, City to battle for 50m Maguire

Manchester United and City are ready to do battle for a £50m-rated Premier League defender, while a shock name has emerged to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, all in Saturday’s papers.



Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly ready to lock horns over Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

The two Premier League giants are ready to go head-to-head for the England defender this summer, after United joined the race for the 24-year-old.

City have been chasing Maguire since the start of the season and despite landing £57m Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, the Daily Mirror reports that Pep Guardiola still maintains an interest in the former Hull star.


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United boss Jose Mourinho has already ruled out making any attacking signings in the summer transfer window, but it is common knowledge that he is looking to strengthen at the heart of United’s defence, with doubts over the futures of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo.

Maguire, who was signed from Hull for £17million last summer, still has over four years remaining on his Foxes contract and his value is now believed to have trebled to around £50m.

The report goes on to claim that Leicester are already planning for the potential loss of Maguire and have targeted 26-year-old Brighton stopper Lewis Dunk as his replacement.


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Manchester City have agreed a fee in principle worth £44.5m to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred (Daily Mirror)

Marco Silva could be a surprise candidate to take over as caretaker manager at Chelsea if the club should decide to part company with Antonio Conte before the end of the season (The Times)

Pep Guardiola has labelled Kevin De Bruyne one of the most talented players he has seen in his life and an incredible example to the Manchester City Academy (Daily Mirror)

Norwich City will demand up to £30m for midfielder James Maddison this summer, having refused to sell the Liverpool and Tottenham target in January (Daily Mirror)

Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is still searching for a club after failing to land a deal at Bolton (Daily Mirror)

Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal career is as good as over already, according to Emmanuel Petit (The Sun)

Arsenal could hijack Chelsea’s move for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique (The Sun)

Manchester United are favourites to land Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand teenage forward Christian Pulisic (The Sun)

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is a target for AC Milan, who would be prepared to spend £32m to sign the Spaniard (Daily Express)

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 25, has not ruled out a move back to former club Real Madrid (Daily Mail)

Steve Walsh’s position as director of football at Everton is under increasing pressure after dismal returns on the club’s £239m recruitment drive (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid believe it will be easier to sign Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer rather than his Manchester United counterpart David de Gea (Independent)

Antonio Conte told his Chelsea players to stop behaving like children as they returned to training after their mini-break (Daily Mail)


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Middlesbrough – teamtalk.com 8 Feb 09:29

Paper Talk: Liverpool, Arsenal among five teams chasing Real star

Liverpool and Arsenal are among five clubs looking to sign a Real Madrid creative midfielder this summer, while Tottenham are keen on a Watford  star, all in Thursday’s papers.


Liverpool and Arsenal are among five clubs being backed to sign Real Madrid forward Isco.

Real are heading towards a huge summer shake-up after a disastrous La Liga title defence, with several of the their top names set to be up for grabs.

One of those is Spain star Isco, who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under Zinedine Zidane – whose own future is also up in the air.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger are believed to have shown an interest in the 25-year-old, while Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich have also been touted as potential destinations for the player, according to AS.

Gunners boss Wenger is still looking at creative midfield options, despite Mesut Ozil signing a new deal with the club, although Jack Wilshere’s long-term future still remains unclear.

As for Klopp, the Reds chief is still looking for a central creative midfield force, after Philippe Coutinho’s exit, while he has doubts over Emre Can’s future and Adam Lallana has had his fair share of injury issues.



Luis Enrique is Chelsea’s first choice to replace Antonio Conte, but the former Barcelona boss does not want the job until the summer (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are interested in signing Watford’s 25-year-old French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer (Daily Mail)

Harry Kane is the only person who can answer questions about his long-term future amid interest from Real Madrid, says Mauricio Pochettino (Daily Mail)

Theo Walcott believes Everton will avoid relegation from the Premier League and turn around their recent form, but admits results are now more important than performances (Daily Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino says Erik Lamela can reach a ‘new level’ after he scored his first goal since returning from injury for Tottenham on Wednesday (Daily Mail)

Manchester United star Ander Herrera is facing trial over claims he was involved in an alleged match-fixing scandal in Spain (The Sun)

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley is Barnsley’s preferred choice for the vacant managerial role (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have drafted in goalkeeping expert Hans Leitert to help Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, although Jurgen Klopp is still expected to sign a new keeper in the summer (The Sun)

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to allow Marco Asensio to leave for Chelsea in the summer, but only if they get Eden Hazard in return (Daily Express)

Antonio Conte has not been sacked as Chelsea manager because the club do not believe they can find a suitable caretaker to take charge (Daily Express)

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Barcelona wonderkid Pablo Moreno (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Monaco star Fabinho (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are unlikely to return from Riyad Mahrez in the summer as Pep Guardiola is believed to be unimpressed with the winger’s behaviour since the transfer window closed (Daily Mirror)

Luke Shaw is set to be handed a new long-term deal at Manchester United before the end of the season after successfully winning over Jose Mourinho (Daily Mirror)

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred will move to Manchester City, according to the man who signed him for the Ukranian side, Mircea Lucescu (Daily Mirror)

Alexis Sanchez was offered to Real Madrid by Arsenal but was rejected by manager Zinedine Zidane (Daily Star)

Riyad Mahrez has been warned he will not be paid if he doesn’t return to Leicester (Daily Star)

Luis Enrique wants his next job in management to be in the Premier League and is preparing to make the move to England (Daily Telegraph)

New Stoke manager Paul Lambert says he does not care if he was not the club’s first choice to replace Mark Hughes as he has missed managing in the Premier League (Daily Telegraph)

A winter break could be staggered so that Premier League clubs take turns to rest to avoid a complete shutdown (The Times)

Marco Silva is threatening Watford with legal action over his compensation package (The Times)

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has agreed to sell the League One club to a Hong Kong-based company who run a hotel and casino in the Philippines (Guardian)

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Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 4 Feb 23:54

Championship verdict: Huddlestone wins unusual bet

CHAMPIONSHIP VERDICT: After another weekend of action in English football's second tier, Sportsmail reporter ADAM SHERGOLD picks out his highlights...

Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 4 Feb 13:41

Brighton's v West Ham was Premier League's 10,000 match

Everyone connected with Brighton and Hove Albion would have savoured Saturday's 3-1 win over West Ham - and that victory will go down in the annals for a different reason.

Middlesbrough – teamtalk.com 2 Feb 10:13

Alves, Sanogo, misleading stats and the Eredivisie legacy

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Middlesbrough – teamtalk.com 1 Feb 09:56

Paper Talk: Pep gives Mahrez a lift; West Ham suffer striker blow

Mesut Ozil turned down a huge offer from China to remain at Arsenal, while Cristiano Ronaldo has named the four players he wants at Real Madrid, according to Thursday’s papers.



Mesut Ozil is reported to have turned down a £435,000-a-week contract with a Chinese club before signing a new deal at Arsenal.

The Germany star was said to have been a major target for Guangzhou Evergrande, who were reportedly ready to pay the 29-year-old £22m-a-year.

The deal would have far exceeded his new contract at The Emirates, which is said to be worth £350,000-a-week.

Ozil would have been a free agent this summer but opted to stay with the Gunners after being impressed with their January transfer window additions.


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Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will make another move for Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez in the summer (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid of four players he wants to see at the club after the summer transfer window (Daily Express)

Arsenal failed with a late £12m bid for Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, with West Brom also resisting interest from Manchester City and Everton for the 30-year-old (Express & Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a deal to join LA Galaxy from Manchester United and will travel to America for the start of the MLS season in March (Daily Star)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the futures of five players in the squad that beat Leicester 2-1 at Goodison Park were in doubt on deadline day (Liverpool Echo)

Roma ended their interest in Manchester United’s Daley Blind after the Old Trafford club demanded the Italian club take the Netherlands defender on a permanent deal (Daily Express)

Southampton will renew their bid to sign winger Quincy Promes from Spartak Moscow in the summer, after a £25m deadline day deal broke down (Daily Mail)

West Ham had a bid for Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov rejected after the player announced he wanted to stay in Russia (Guardian)

Real Madrid are preparing a £30.7million move for Zenit midfielder Leandro Parades – but the deal will not be complete until the summer (Daily Express)

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Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 31 Jan 19:25

Swansea swoop for King after ditching Markovic loan move

The Swans made a surprise swoop for the 29-year-old midfielder after dropping their interest in winger Lazar Markovic despite agreeing a loan deal with Liverpool.

Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 31 Jan 18:23

Middlesbrough new boy Jack Harrison wants to prove himself

Jack Harrison has seen a lot of the world in 21 years. It is in the less glamorous surrounds of Middlesbrough, however, where he will have to do his growing up on a football pitch.

Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 31 Jan 00:42

West Ham make initial loan bid for Lille's Ibrahim Amadou

Amadou has been a stalwart in the Ligue 1 side's starting XI, playing in 21 of their 23 league matches. Lille have already rejected offers from Crystal Palace for the 24-year-old this month.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Middlesbrough | BBC 28 Jun 18:39

Middlesbrough's Fischer joins Mainz

Middlesbrough winger Viktor Fischer joins Bundesliga side Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Middlesbrough | BBC 26 Jun 17:54

Konstantopoulos signs new deal at Boro

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos signs a new one-year contract with the Championship club.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Middlesbrough | BBC 22 Jun 17:23

Downing set to leave Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk tells winger Stewart Downing he is free to leave the Championship club.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Middlesbrough | BBC 21 Jun 18:08

Monk names Middlesbrough coaching staff

Manager Garry Monk names former England striker James Beattie as first-team coach at Middlesbrough.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Middlesbrough | BBC 21 Jun 10:00

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