Eder Militao

Result: Liverpool thrash Porto to set up Champions League showdown with Barcelona

Liverpool register a 4-1 victory over Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final to set up a last-four showdown with Barcelona. Liverpool have progressed through to the Champions League semi-finals courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Porto at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk all got on the scoresheet to secure a 6-1 aggregate success over their Portuguese opponents. Jurgen Klopp‘s side will now take on Barcelona in the last four, with the first leg taking place at Camp Nou on April 30. Porto went into the contest requiring at least two goals, and the home side went close during the opening minute as Jesus Corona sent a left-footed strike marginally over the far top corner. Sergio Conceicao‘s sid...

Report: Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba luxury targets for Real Madrid

A report claims that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are considered luxury signings for Real Madrid. Real Madrid reportedly have two transfer plans in place that will see them either sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea or move for ‘luxury signings’ Paul Pogba or Sadio Mane. Los Blancos have already added Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes to their squad for next season as part of a major summer overhaul. Zinedine Zidane has been backed by president Florentino Perez to bring in at least one ‘Galactico’ signing, with Chelsea forward Hazard his preferred choice. According to El Confidencial the Belgium international has been placed on Madrid’s ‘cheap’ transfer list, along with free agent Adrien Rabiot and Eintracht Frankf...

Preview: Porto vs. Liverpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Porto and Liverpool. Liverpool hold a 2-0 advantage over Porto ahead of Wednesday evening’s quarter-final second leg at the Estadio do Dragao. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck in the first half at Anfield last week but the Reds could not kill off the tie, leaving them with some work to do in this return fixture. Porto © Reuters Porto may have it all to do in the second leg, but they do at least have a shot of reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 2003-04 when they went on to lift the trophy under Jose Mourinho. That is more than can be said 13 months ago when crashing to a 5-0 first-leg loss to the same opponents in the last 16, rendering the ...

Zinedine Zidane: ‘Many Real Madrid players could be sold’

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refuses to rule out a summer exit for Isco as part of a mass squad overhaul this summer. Zinedine Zidane has admitted that “there are many players here that can be sold” amid speculation that Real Madrid are planning a massive summer clear out. Madrid have already brought in Eder Militao from Porto for £42m and they have been linked with an array of other big names, including the likes of Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba. As part of the overhaul, Zidane is expected to cut loose a handful of players to help freshen up the squad for the 2019-20 season. Asked specifically about the future of Isco, one of those tipped to move on in the summer, Zidane told reporters: “There are many players here that can be sold because they are all really good. &...

Real Madrid ‘in contact with Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe’

A report claims that Real Madrid are talking with the representatives of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe, with all three players on their transfer radar. Real Madrid are reportedly in close contract with the representatives of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe ahead of the summer transfer window. Los Blancos are in the process of overhauling their squad following a terrible campaign this term, which has seen them employ three different managers. Zinedine Zidane was recently reappointed following the failed experiments of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, and the Frenchman is expected to spend in excess of £400m on new players. Eder Militao has already agreed to join from Porto, while Chelsea forward Hazard could be close behind as the player seems certain to reject a n...

Real Madrid ‘will not move for new forward’

Real Madrid will not move for a new centre-forward in this summer’s transfer window, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly decided against moving for a new centre-forward when this summer’s transfer window opens for business. A number of Madrid’s first-team players have underperformed this season, but Karim Benzema has been in outstanding form for the club, contributing 26 goals and 10 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. According to AS, Benzema’s form this term has led to Los Blancos shelving plans to move for a new striker, having previously been linked with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi. Los Blancos are still expected to press ahead with their plans to sign Eden Hazard this summer. However, i...

Report: Zinedine Zidane given £430m in transfer funds

Zinedine Zidane reportedly has Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba in his sights after being given £430m to spend on new players. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be given £430m to spend in the summer transfer window, according to a report. Los Blancos have already started rebuilding their squad ahead of the 2019-20 season by bringing in Eder Militao from Porto. L’Equipe suggests that Zidane has a number of other targets in mind, including Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, and he will receive the full backing of his own bosses. Real have also been tipped to follow up their interest in Paul Pogba by making Manchester United an offer that they cannot turn down. Zidane has been given the objective of guiding the club back to the top...

Gareth Bale exit key to Zinedine Zidane’s transfer plans?

The level of Real Madrid’s transfer activity may reportedly depend on whether or not Gareth Bale moves on in the summer. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly awaiting a decision on the future of Gareth Bale before pushing ahead with any further transfer business. The Welshman has been tipped to move on at the end of the season after falling out of favour over the past year. Bale is no longer a regular pick in the forward line and Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu has only complicated his future, even if he did score against Celta Vigo last week. According to El Confidencial, the 29-year-old holds the key to Real’s transfer strategy as a summer sale would give Zidane even more money to spend on attacking recruits. The report suggests that Los Blancos will try to...

Result: Panama hold Brazil to draw in Porto

Brazil are held to a 1-1 draw by Panama in one of their final friendlies before this summer’s Copa America, seeing their six-match winning run end in the process. Brazil‘s six match winning run has been halted by Panama, having been held to a 1-1 draw in Saturday evening’s friendly at the Estadio do Dragao. The Selecao had seen off every opponent without conceding a goal on the back of their disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit last summer, but both of those records ended in Porto. Lucas Paqueta opened the scoring for Tite‘s side with his first international goal, which Adolfo Machado cancelled out less than five minutes later. Brazil twice hit the frame of the goal but could not find a way through in the remainder of the match, leaving Tite with work to do as...

Real Madrid ‘prepare £60.5m bid for Brazilian starlet Reinier Jesus’

Flamengo teen Reinier Jesus is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants prepared to hand over £60.5m to buy out his contract. Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights on Brazilian youngster Reinier Jesus as they gear up for a massive summer overhaul. Los Blancos have already begun preparations for 2019-20 by agreeing a deal for Porto defender Eder Militao. A number of other star names have also been linked, including the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Sadio Mane, but The Sun claims that a relative-unknown player is also on Zinedine Zidane‘s radar. Jesus, who is contracted to Rio-based club Flamengo until 2021, is said to have been watched up close by Real in recent months. The report indicates that Los Blancos are prepared to buy out the 17-year-old’...

Preview: Brazil vs. Panama – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s international friendly between Brazil and Panama. Brazil head into their international friendly with Panama having put together a six-match winning streak since their defeat to Belgium in the World Cup quarter-finals. Panama have made the trip to Portugal having suffered five defeats in half-a-dozen fixtures played over the same period. Brazil © Reuters Brazil were hugely disappointed to have been eliminated by Belgium in the last eight of the World Cup, but Tite‘s side have responded to that setback in the best possible way. Half-a-dozen victories have been recorded without conceding a goal, and it is a run of wins which has included narrow successes over Argentina and Uruguay. Both triumphs cam...

Real Madrid to make €400m through player sales?

Gareth Bale is one of five first-team players Real Madrid are looking to offload this summer to bring in further funds for Zinedine Zidane, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly looking to recoup around €400m (£341m) through the sale of a number of first-team squad members. Speaking after his first game back in charge of Los Blancos, a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon, boss Zinedine Zidane admitted that “there will be changes” before next season. Zidane has already moved to bring in Eder Militao from Porto and a number of other players, including one or two ‘Galacticos’, are expected to follow. According to Don Balon, Real chiefs will fund deals for the likes of Eden Hazard and Mauro Icardi by offloading a string of unwanted players. Gareth ...

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