Real Madrid handed good news over move for sensational striker as Barcelona withdraw from race

Eintracht Frankfurt have given Zinedine Zidane hope of signing Luka Jovic as the Bundesliga club’s Sporting Director Fredi Bobic admits the club would be powerless to keep Luka Jovic should Real Madrid move for the striker.

The striker has 17 goals in 21 Bundesliga starts this season, more than anyone else in the division apart from Robert Lewandowski, while he has also netted eight goals in the Europa League this campaign.

There are have been reports in Spain that Los Blancos have made the Serbian striker as their striking priority.

“There is a big possibility that Jovic will join Real Madrid,” Bobic is cited as saying by Marca.

“My desire is for him to remain at Eintracht but I am also realistic – if a big club like Madrid comes in for him, we do not have a chance to keep him.”

The reports claim the Bosnian-born striker is the ‘number one choice’ at the outgoing European champions to reinvigorate their attack.

Frankfurt signed the striker permanently from Benfica in an €8m deal last week but they are now expected to sell him to Los Blancos for a sizable profit.

Madrid, according to Football Espana, hold a strong interest in the Serbian and are willing to pay €70m for his signature, say reports, while Barcelona are said to be no longer in the running.

Half-Time Report: Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

The first 45 minutes at Old Trafford ended in a stalemate as Manchester United demonstrated the knack to cause problems on the counter.

The Red Devils started on top and really got into their rivals’ faces with an aggressive display, but the visitors soon took control of the match.

Sterling came closest to opening the scoring with his shot from eight yards that lacked any real power to beat De Gea, while Bernardo Silva also had an attempt kept out by the Spanish keeper.

United’s only on-target attempt, meanwhile, came via the boot of Pogba 12 minutes. The Frenchman meeting his match in Ederson with that effort from 22 yards.

Despite his side being second best for the final 15 minutes or so of the first half, Solskjaer will be happy enough at the interval.

If nothing else, United have kept the game tight and they have had a couple of opportunities to hit their opponents on the counter.

The onus, you feel, is on City – who have Sane, Mahrez and Jesus among their subs – to find a way through in the second period.

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Half-Time Report: Wolves 3-0 Arsenal… Things are not looking rosy for the Gunners

Wolves are ahead in an entertaining first half of the match at Molineux against Arsenal after scoring three unreplied goals against the visitors.

Neves fired the home side in front when his free-kick from 25 yards found the back of the net after 28 minutes, before Doherty made it two with a close-range header nine minutes later.

Arsenal looked for a quick response but after losing the ball in their own half one minute before half time, Jota seized the opportunity and fired his low effort beyond Leno to give the hosts a three-goal lead at half time.

Granit Xhaka gave the ball away in the centre circle, Diogo Jota picked it up, beat Sokratis, then slotted a left-footed shot under Leno, who really should have done better.

It was a killer blow for Arsenal who were hoping it would remain 2-0 before the break.

Barring a remarkable second-half turnaround, that scoreline at Molineux has real implications for the rest of the top four contenders.

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Guardiola reacts to Solskjaer’s accusation against Manchester City players ahead of Old Trafford showdown

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reacted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-derby warning to his Manchester United players that they should be ready to be kicked at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Spaniard believes the United manager’s accusation is intended to influence the referee Andre Marriner.

Solskjær’s belief is that City will press hard at Old Trafford and foul United high up the pitch because there is less chance of them being booked for misdemeanours in those areas.

“There will be fouls. They will snap at your ankles and heels and kick you,” the United boss said.

“It’s up to us to play through that press, be ready enough, play one- and two-touch, don’t give them time. It’s not my decision, it’s the referee’s responsibility to do that.”

Guardiola was unimpressed. “I don’t like it. No. My team is not built to think and create for that, not at all,” he said and added he thought the United manager intended to put pressure on the referee, Andre Marriner. “That’s the reason why,” he claimed, though he said such a ploy will not work. “No, I don’t think so, because we don’t do that.”

Asked if Marriner may interpret incidents differently because of Solskjær’s view, Guardiola laughed it off, reports the Guardian.

“Really? I don’t know,” he said, before pointing out how talking about referees can lead to disciplinary action. “I don’t want to be suspended. I won’t be in trouble.”

Guardiola also pointed to his approach during his career. “I know exactly what I said to my players from day one to the last day, so when a player wants to attack, we have to be honest and of course there is contact, there are fouls,” he said.
“But when it happens and you arrive late – that is why there are referees, to make yellow cards or red cards or whatever they decide.

“But never have I prepared a game to do this. We want to do our game – sometimes it’s not possible. With an average of 65% or 70% with the ball, how do you do that [make many fouls]? I’m concerned about many other things about the game – about how to beat them more than this. Maybe in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that.”

REVEALED: What Paul Pogba told his team-mates about his Man United future as Real Madrid intensify summer transfer effort

There are reports in France and England that Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United team-mates that he wants to leave this summer and the club will not stand in his way of a move to Real Madrid.

Since Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane returned to the Santiago Barnebau, Pogba has not hidden his desire to join the Spanish giants.

Serie A side Juventus are also reportedly keen to bring the France international back to Turin.

Meanwhile, Zidane himself remains desperate to sign his fellow countryman and has been promised an enormous transfer budget to revamp the Real team.

Pogba has received enormous criticism for his erratic form for United this season and accepted that the players let the club down with a ‘disrespectful’ performance in the 4-0 defeat by Everton on Sunday.

L’Equipe claim in their newspaper on Wednesday that Pogba’s exit this summer already ‘appears to be programmed’ as doubts continue to grow about his future at the club.

According to the Daily Mail, Pogba wants to compete for the Champions League on a regular basis and loves the idea of playing under Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Pogba is also reported to have told some of his colleague that he wants to leave the club and it is claimed that United will not stand in his way if Real make a realistic bid for him.

Manchester City step up move to sign Manchester United, PSG, Bayern Munich target

Reports in Spain claim Manchester City have stepped up move to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.

The Spain international has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs over his superlative performance.

Onda Cero reported recently that Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keen on his signature.

According to Football Espana, Manchester City are prepared to break their transfer record to sign the 22-year-old in a €70m deal.

The Madrid-native has won five international caps for Spain inside the past 12 months and is the latest Atleti midfielder to be linked to City, following on from Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey.

Rodri has been widely tipped to be the successor of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets for the Spanish national team and City boss Pep Guardiola is said to see him in this mould.

The Telegraph claim City’s interest is strong but do qualify that the club may be banned from making transfers due to a UEFA investigation into signing young players.

Bayern have already raided Atleti to sign Lucas Hernandez in an €80m deal this summer and are prepared to continue investing in their squad.