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Preview: Barcelona vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Tuesday morning’s pre-season friendly between Barcelona and Chelsea. Although there has been many an epic contest between Chelsea and Barcelona in recent years, the modern trend for individual players to steal the attention should be abundantly evident when these old foes meet again before the season proper has even begun. With Antoine Griezmann ready to represent Barca for the first time and Frank Lampard shuffling a pack that now includes potential new talisman Christian Pulisic, plenty of intrigue surrounds this far-flung warm-up. The scale of the excitement Japanese fans feel about the glamour tie is underlined by the venue. Built for the 2002 World Cup, in which it hosted Japan’s opening match, the sle...

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the International Champions Cup clash between Real Madrid and Arsenal, including team news and predicted lineups. Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich last time out when they face Arsenal in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday night. Madrid opened their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a defeat to the German champions, but Arsenal have overcome Colorado Rapids, Bayern and Fiorentina in their three friendly games this summer. Real Madrid © Reuters There is no question that it is performances and fitness rather than results that matter most at this stage of pre-season, and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have been encouraged by aspects of his team’s display against Bayern on Saturday night despite a disap...

Result: Eden Hazard debuts as Real Madrid lose to Bayern Munich in Houston

Real Madrid begin their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a 3-1 loss to German champions Bayern Munich in Houston. Real Madrid began their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a 3-1 loss to German champions Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup. Corentin Tolisso, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry scored the goals for the Bundesliga giants, who saw substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulreich receive his marching orders in the latter stages. Eden Hazard was amongst those to make his debut for Los Blancos, but there was no Gareth Bale with the Wales international left out of the squad altogether amid the speculation surrounding his future at the club. © Reuters A bright start from Madrid saw Karim Benzema and Isco both have efforts in the first four minutes – the offs...

Real Madrid ‘to sell five players to fund £180m Paul Pogba deal’

Real Madrid plan to offload Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco to fund a big-money swoop for Paul Pogba, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly keen to offload Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco this summer in order to fund a big-money swoop for Paul Pogba. The midfielder is keen to leave Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window and Madrid have been strongly linked with a swoop for the France international. United’s hefty asking price had seemingly priced Madrid out of a move, with Los Blancos already spending big to sign the likes of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard. However, according to AS, the Spanish giants have put together a plan to sign Pogba, believing that the sales of Bale, Rodriguez, Ce...

Gareth Bale agent shuts down talk of Tottenham Hotspur return

Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has stressed that his client would not entertain a return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Gareth Bale‘s agent Jonathan Barnett has stressed that his client would not entertain a return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer and reiterated the Welshman’s desire to remain at Real Madrid for next season. The winger completed a move to the Bernabeu from Spurs for what was then a world-record £85m transfer fee in 2013. Spurs have reportedly expressed interest in signing Bale this summer and will shell out £54m for the talismanic forward, provided Real are prepared to contribute to his wages over the next three years. However, his agent told the Daily Mail that “nothing has changed” with regard to Bale’s stance on staying in Sp...

Tuesday’s Real Madrid transfer talk: Hazard, Bale, Pochettino

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Real Madrid on Tuesday, July 16 ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Real Madrid endured one of their worst seasons in recent memory last term as they finished third in La Liga and lost 18 matches across a trophyless campaign. The Spanish giants have subsequently been very busy in the transfer market this summer in a bid to restore their former glories, and here Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding possible comings and goings at the Bernabeu. Tuesday morning’s headlines: Tottenham Hotspur show interest in Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale? Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in securing a reunion with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale during the summer transfer window. Read more. Real Madrid ‘open to offer...

Real Madrid ‘open to offers for nine first-team players’

Real Madrid are open to offers for nine first-team players this summer, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly open to allowing as many as nine more first-team players to leave the club this summer. Madrid have already been extremely active ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, completing big-money deals for Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy. Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Llorente and Theo Hernandez are amongst those to have departed, meanwhile, as head coach Zinedine Zidane rebuilds the squad at the Bernabeu. According to Marca, Los Blancos are also open to offers for James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Borja Mayoral, Jesus Vallejo, Brahim Diaz, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Meanwhile, the same report claims that the Spanish...

Arsenal holding talks with Real Madrid over Lucas Vazquez?

Arsenal allegedly open negotiations with Real Madrid regarding the potential signing of winger Lucas Vazquez, who could leave the Bernabeu this summer. Arsenal have reportedly upped their efforts to sign Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez this summer. Despite making 31 appearances in La Liga during the most recent campaign, Vazquez will allegedly be allowed to leave the Bernabeu this summer. Arsenal must look for value for money as a result of having a limited transfer budget, although AS claims that the Gunners are willing to spend a substantial fee on Vazquez. The report claims that the two clubs are currently negotiating a deal for the Spaniard, with Real said to be ready to accept a fee of just over £30m, which includes add-ons. Real are keen to make a number of sales before the start of...

Tottenham Hotspur eye move for Mariano Diaz?

Tottenham Hotspur consider a summer move for Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz, according to a report. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a summer move for Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz. Diaz joined Lyon from Madrid in the summer of 2017 and scored 21 times in 45 appearances for the French giants during the 2017-18 campaign. The striker’s form in France led to Los Blancos re-signing the Dominican Republic international last summer, but a disappointing 2018-19 season saw him manage just four goals for the Spanish giants. According to El Chiringuito, Spurs are interested in a move for Mariano with Madrid expected to sell following the arrivals of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic ahead of the new campaign. Tottenham are currently short of options in the final third with Fernando L...

Real Madrid planning late Antoine Griezmann move?

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez prepares to hijack Barcelona’s move for Antoine Griezmann, according to a report. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly preparing to hijack Barcelona‘s move for Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has been strongly linked with a move to Barca since announcing that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer in search of pastures new. The Spanish champions are believed to have all but agreed a deal for the France international, who could be unveiled as a new signing next week. However, according to reports in Spain, Madrid president Perez wants to make a late attempt to land the France international providing that Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is in favour of the move. Griezmann, who has scored 133 times for Atletico in all c...

Chelsea ‘include Champions League bonus in Frank Lampard deal’

Chelsea reportedly include a lucrative bonus in the contract of Frank Lampard which will be triggered if the club qualify for the Champions League once again. Chelsea have reportedly included a bonus Champions League clause in the contract for prospective new manager Frank Lampard. Lampard has been given permission to speak to his former club about succeeding Maurizio Sarri in the dugout and was absent from Derby County‘s pre-season training on Monday to undergo further talks. Derby chairman Mel Morris has admitted that it is “only a matter of time” before a deal is completed, with Lampard expected to put pen to paper on a three-year contract worth £4m before the end of this week. Chelsea’s record goalscorer could earn extra money on top of that base salary of £4m, ...

Zinedine Zidane ‘wants to keep Marco Asensio at Real Madrid’

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly keen to keep Marco Asensio at the club this summer despite claims that they would be open to a swap deal with Sadio Mane. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told the club that he wants to keep Marco Asensio at the Bernabeu this summer. The 23-year-old made just 19 La Liga starts for Los Blancos last season, leading to renewed speculation over his future amid a summer of change in the Spanish capital following a disappointing 2018-19 campaign. Recent reports had suggested that a swap deal with Liverpool which would see Sadio Mane head in the opposite direction could be on the cards, but Marca claims that Zidane is against selling the Spain international. The Frenchman is willing to give Asensio a chance to save his Madrid career...

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