Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is reportedly interested in a swap deal with Juventus that includes young phenoms James Rodriguez and Paul Pogba. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has found himself with an increasingly marginal role at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and Los Blancos may look to offload the Colombia international in order to strengthen the side in other areas of the pitch.
According to Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid will attempt to use James as a makeweight for Bianconeri star Pogba, as the Frenchman continues to be linked with top clubs across Europe. The 23-year-old is valued at approximately €100 million and with James’ value stagnating in his second season with Los Merengues, the Spanish giants would likely need to include a considerable fee in order to force a deal. This is the second recent high-profile player exchange that has been rumoured between the two sides, as talks surfaced in March in regards to a potential deal involving Isco and Alvaro Morata.
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Premier League side Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Juventus and Roma target, Mehdi Benatia. The defender could potentially leave Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign, and the Gunners are now prepared to lock horns with some of Serie A’s elite in a bid to acquire his in-demand services.
According to The Daily Star, the Morocco international is on Arsene Wenger’s transfer list, after Bayern recently demonstrated their ambition to sign Borussia Dortmund defender, Mats Hummels. Benatia has struggled to secure a first-team spot at the Allianz Arena this season and could be willing to leave Germany to ensure more playing time.
The defender was previously a target for Juventus during his time in Italy and they have recently rekindled their interest in the player, whilst the Giallorossi are also keen in re-signing Benatia, as coach Luciano Spalletti aims to bolster his defensive line-up. The former Udinese man has only managed to accumulate 12 Bundesliga appearances throughout the season.
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Manchester United are ready to once again spend heavily during the upcoming summer transfer window, in order to regain their best online slots usa form in the Premier League and contend for the title. The Red Devils have been linked with a number of star players, but they are not the only big club planning to put money on the table this summer.
In that regard, Serie A champions Juventus are ready to cross United regarding two of their biggest transfer plans. According to various reports in Italy, including one from Corriere dello Sport , The Old Lady have made contact with Real Madrid midfielder James over a possible summer move.
The Colombian is said to be frustrated by a lack of playing time in Spain and has picked Italy as his favorite destination, dealing a big blow to United’s interest. Los Blancos are expected to ask between £35 million and £40 million for his services. Meanwhile, Juventus are also said to have made contact with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent to offer the Swede star a £5.5 million-per-year contract in Turin, according to Italian Sport Mediasetl.
Ibrahimovic is expected to leave Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford is getting closer. However, the Bianconeri are looking to add a star striker to get them over the hump in the Champions League and have also been heavily linked with United target Edinson Cavani. Ibrahimovic played for Juventus between 2004 and 2006, scoring 26 goals in 92 appearances for the Turin club and leaving for Inter when they were relegated after the Calciopoli scandal.