Cristiano Ronaldo ready to leave Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to leave Real Madrid as a direct result of the club's procrastination over a new contract, according to a report from ESPN.
The 32-year-old believes a lucrative new deal should be on the table following a formidable 2016-17 campaign, while seeing Lionel Messi and Neymar both being rewarded bumper contracts of their own at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
And although initial talks have started in regards to a new deal, Real chief Florentino Perez is delaying a renewal as the Portugal international's current contract still has three years to run.
Unwilling to wait, however, Ronaldo is said to be ready to leave because of the slow progress.
Inter and Barca reach agreement over Rafinha
Inter are closing on their second signing of the January transfer window after advancing in talks with Barcelona over midfielder Rafinha, sources tell Goal .
Goal understands that Inter director Piero Ausilio is currently in Catalunya to discuss terms for the player, who has struggled to break back into the first team at Camp Nou after returning from a serious knee injury.
And after some discussion, Barcelona are now ready to release Rafinha on loan to San Siro in a deal that will agree a purchase option.
Madrid to meet €110m Icardi release clause
Real Madrid have identified Mauro Icardi as their top summer transfer target and are ready to meet the Inter Milan striker’s €110 million release clause, reports Corriere dello Sport .
Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new No.9 at the end of the season due to the disappointing form of Karim Benzema this term.
The likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Icardi is now the striker Perez wants to sign in the summer.
PSG & Madrid track Arsenal teenager
Arsenal teenager Reiss Nelson is being chased by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, claims the Daily Mail .
The 18-year-old is out of contract next year and there has yet to be agreement over a long-term deal for the winger to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
The situation has led to PSG and Madrid taking an interest, while rival Premier League clubs are also keeping a watching brief.
PSG will make Ronaldo offer on one condition
Paris Saint-Germain will make a big-money offer for Cristiano Ronaldo if Real Madrid president Florentino Perez can assure the French club that he will give up his pursuit of Neymar, according to Don Balon .
The report claims Ronaldo has made it clear to club officials that he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, but will not accept a move to a perceived 'smaller league' such as China or MLS.
As such, very few sides will want to bid for the Portuguese, who will soon turn 33 years old. Perez, it is said, is not willing to cooperate with PSG's wishes.
Man Utd doubt Ronaldo return
Manchester United are not convinced Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid to return to Old Trafford in the summer, according to ESPN .
A report in AS on Monday claimed that Ronaldo is keen to quit Madrid in the summer due to broken promises over a new contract and that the Portugal international wants to go back to United.
However, United doubt the 32-year-old is seriously looking for a way out of Madrid and feel the speculation is part of the plan for the forward to secure a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Pep keen on Asensio signing
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has turned his attentions to young Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to Diario Gol.
The Citizens have given up their chase of Alexis Sanchez, having started January as favourites to sign the Arsenal man.
And Asensio, who has struggled for playing time in recent weeks at Madrid, would be a more than acceptable alternative, as Pep is a big admirer of the forward.
RB Leipzig make Kluivert approach
RB Leipzig have made contact with Ajax regarding a possible deal to sign teenage winger Justin Kluivert, claims Gianluca Di Marzio .
Kluivert, the son of former Ajax and Netherlands striker Patrick, is one of the brightest talents in Dutch football, and is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.
However, Leipzig are keen to win the race for the 18-year-old and have been in touch with the player’s representatives and Ajax.
Napoli to make fresh Deulofeu move
Napoli are set to make a new approach for Barcelona outcast Gerard Deulofeu, according to Sport .
The winger has found himself surplus to requirements and available for transfer following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.
And after struggling to land their first choice, Bologna's Simone Verdi, Napoli could return to Deulofeu if they fail to sign the young forward.
Madrid inform Athletic of Kepa interest
Real Madrid have officially informed Athletic of their interest in signing goalkeeper Kepa, according to Euskal Telebista .
The Liga champions have been inactive so far in the transfer window, but have been plagued by poor form throughout the current season.
And with Keylor Navas coming in for criticism from some sectors, a move for Kepa could yet take place in the current window.