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David Alaba to Real Madrid, done deal

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David Alaba

According to Spanish football newspaper, Marca, Real Madrid is finalizing a deal to sign twenty-eight-year-old David Alaba from Bayern Munich.

After three failed attempts to renew his contract, Bayern have no option but to let him leave the club as a free agent as his five-year contract ends this summer. The four-year pre-contract has it that Alaba will earn a whooping €11 million per season after taxes.

The six consecutive times Austrian footballer of the year (2011-2016) was linked with Liverpool and PSG, each making unsuccessful bids last December as Alaba made it clear that it had always been his dream to play for Los Blancos.

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Barcelona, on the other hand, was unable to bid for Alaba due to their financial crisis. They said it would not be able to pay his wages despite their previous interests in Alaba.

The versatile David Alaba

Alaba has proven himself as one of the most versatile players in his footballing career, playing in a multitude of roles including central midfielder, a left-winger and right-winger but primarily as a centre back or a left-back.

Alaba is unlikely to get a chance in the midfield since Real Madrid have several midfielders. Coming to left-back, Ferland Mendy is doing impressively well and has even managed to snatch the role from veteran Marcelo who is linked with a move to Monaco so it might also be hard for him to get that role too.

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Zinedine Zidane might give him the centre back role since both Nacho and Varane have their contracts expiring next year. Eder Militao, on the other hand, has not been Zidane’s favourite starting only four games in all competitions this season.

Sergio Ramos
(Image: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images).

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos and Madrid are yet to agree to a new contract as Ramos is demanding an insane €13 million, a large financial ask for a player of his age (thirty-five years old).

Ramos’ good leadership skills and his importance to the squad might be enough reason to coerce Madrid into agreeing to his terms or if not, ensure a compromise is agreed upon so that he pairs with Alaba in the centre back next season.

David Alaba to Real Madrid, done deal

Alaba has made over three hundred and fifty appearances for Bayern and won nine Bundesliga and two Champions League titles just to name a few of his honours.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco
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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

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Newcastle table £10m loan offer, player out of contract in the summer

Newcastle have reportedly made a £10 million loan approach for Jesse Lingard in the final days of the January transfer window, according to 90Min. According to the report, despite the fact that conversations have lasted a month, they ‘anticipate’ this offer to be ‘accepted.’

Lingard, who is 29 years old, has only started two of his 14 league and cup games this season. That’s following a brilliant loan spell with West Ham last season, in which he netted nine goals and contributed five assists in 16 appearances. In June, his contract will expire.

Newcastle, as well as West Ham and Tottenham, have been heavily connected with Lingard. However, according to the source, Newcastle has offered United a £10 million loan fee for Lingard after extensive discussions.

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Unless he accepts a new Old Trafford contract, such a deal would likely put an end to his United career. It’s unknown whether Lingard wants to transfer, but it’s been said that Newcastle would have to pay him twice as much as he is now.

Lingard still needs to be persuaded. Newcastle triumphed over the weekend, which is crucial not only in terms of staying up but also in terms of attracting players this month. It provides those who are being hunted a better chance of surviving.

Lingard possesses the ability to increase Newcastle’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League significantly. If he joins on loan, Newcastle will have six months to persuade him to sign a permanent contract – and it could work out.

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Celtic’s brilliant player could leave before transfer deadline

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Celtic's brilliant player could leave before transfer deadline

Celtic’s Mikey Johnston might be on the move in the last week of the transfer market as Aberdeen look for a loan deal.

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass, according to the Daily Record, is desperate to add additional attacking alternatives.

The Dons now want to loan Johnston out for the remainder of the season, which might be beneficial to all parties involved.

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This season, Johnston has appeared in 12 Scottish Premiership matches but has only played 90 minutes twice.

With loanee Jota excelling in from the left-wing, Ange Postecoglou hasn’t given Johnston a big role this season.

A new signing has been made. Daizen Maeda can also play on the left, Johnston may find it difficult to break into the first squad if he stays at Celtic.

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Johnston, like Ryan Christie in 2017, may be able to play frequently and really kick on if he moves to Aberdeen.

It’s worth noting that former Celtics star Scott Brown is said to have given Johnston a great endorsement.

Brown and Johnston were teammates at Celtic, and with Brown now assisting Stephen Glass as a coach in addition to his playing duties, Johnston has come highly recommended.

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Celtic are currently dealing with a number of injuries, so Postecoglou may be able to postpone Johnston’s departure until the very last minute.

With his 23rd birthday approaching in April, Johnston may have to consider leaving Celtic for good.

Although 11 goals and 10 assists in 77 matches isn’t bad, it’s difficult to envisage him as a starting player for the Bhoys.

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Callum McGregor has described Johnston as “sensational” and a “great talent,” but he has been plagued by injuries, particularly this season.

Johnston is a quick and crafty player with a lot of potential, but he may need some time away from Celtic — either on loan or permanently – to fully realize it.

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