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TOP STORY: Ramos issues Pogba plea
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was adamant all summer that he wanted his team to move Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, but there’s another big name at the club that also thinks it’s a good idea: Sergio Ramos.
The Madrid captain told the Express that he thinks Los Blancos’ attack could use a player with the qualities of Pogba, saying: “For me, Pogba is one of the great players. I think he brings balance to a team. He has a great offensive influence and he has this amazing physique.”
The summer saga did not end how Zidane or Pogba might have liked, with United unwilling to part ways with the France international, despite his expressed desire to find a new challenge away from Old Trafford.
But hope springs eternal for Pogba with the endorsement from Ramos, with the report suggesting a move could come as soon as the winter window.
08.27 BST: James Rodriguez hopes this will be his season at Real Madrid after he was widely expected to leave the club permanently this summer.
The Colombia attacker returned to Spain after his two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich ended in June. Napoli and Atletico Madrid were among the clubs keen to acquire his services, but the 28-year-old hopes he can rejuvenate his career at the Bernabeu.
“I hope this is my season at Real Madrid,” James told El Chiringuito TV. “It’s obvious that I’m excited about the season.”
James added he is “happy” that coach Zínedine Zidane has regained his trust in him. Asked about his current relationship with Zidane, which had not been good in the past, he said: “We are well.”
08.00 BST: Tottenham had shown “concrete interest” in a summer move for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the player’s agent.
Zaniolo, 20, had a breakout season in 2018-19, making his debut in the Champions League at Real Madrid before going on to make 36 club appearances and also win his first senior caps for Italy.
Spurs eventually signed Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis before the August transfer deadline, but Zaniolo’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, told the Daily Mail that Zaniolo had been their preferred target.
“[Zaniolo] renewed with Roma and is fine at Roma but obviously we enjoyed the great interest of Tottenham, who were the runners up in the Champions League,” Vigorelli said. “Their concrete interest in him shows how good the boy’s season was.
“Spurs thought a lot about Nicolo before taking Lo Celso, they focused their attention on him seriously, more than any other club even beyond the Premier League.
“I can say that only Mauricio Pochettino’s club has carried out such in-depth market analysis in England.”
PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards): Eriksen is Madrid’s option 1A
The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season and could shockingly be available for free, with Sky saying that Eriksen would be option 1A if Pogba decided to stay on at Man United.
Eriksen has 50 goals to his credit in 210 appearances across all competitions, but the contract impasse between him and the club doesn’t look like it will be resolved, meaning Spurs could lose out on any return on their investment on the former Ajax man.
Barca in hurry up and wait mode for Emerson
Contracts can get complicated in La Liga. Just ask Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan, the Real Betis managing director, Brazilian full-back Emerson and those in charge of the purse strings at Barcelona.
Speaking to Marca, the man from Real Betis, outlined how the 20-year-old’s rights were snapped up by Barcelona for €12m when they signed him from Atletico Mineiro earlier this year. Half of those rights were then sold to Betis, with the player then staying in Andalusia until 2021.
Then Barcelona can decide if they want him to bring him to the Nou Camp, with Lopez Catalan confirming that Barca can’t swoop before that time is up. Everything clear?
- Maurizio Sarri was all that stood between Manchester United and their attempts to bring Douglas Costa from Juventus to Old Trafford this summer. Costa’s on-pitch time was limited in Turin last season, with a succession of injuries curtailing his involvement. But his agent, Giovanni Branchini, told the Daily Mail that they would probably have got their man were it not for the new Juve boss.
– It has been all go at Watford so far this season but one player not going anywhere is Dimitri Foulquier, who spent last season on loan at Getafe from the Hornets. The Spanish side were keen on getting him back again for this campaign but Watford refused — slapping a €2m price tag on the player. Marca reports that ended up scuppering the deal.