Football news and transfers
Here are some latest football news from around the world to spice up your day:
With Xavi’s return to Barcelona imminent according to reports, El Nacional claims Xavi has provided Barcelona with a list of four players he would like to work with. According to the report, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is among the listed players. Pogba’s contract with the Red Devil’s expires in the summer and it is uncertain whether he will extend his contract.
Multiple sources have confirmed Antonio Conte is to signing a contract with Tottenham to become their new head coach. A report from Calciomercato claims that Conte has requested a £237 m transfer budget from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sign six Serie A players he has earmarked.
Spurs are due to pay Nuno Espirito Santo a £14 million compensation, but a condition in the Santo’s contract could have allowed Spurs to fire him for free at the conclusion of the season if they failed to finish in the Premier League’s top six.[Sun]
Spanish playmaker Marco Asensio is yet to break into the starting XI of Real Madrid. Despite showing decent performances in most matches he has featured, it seems he cannot overtake anyone from Madrid starting line up, throwing his future in Madrid in doubts. Several sources claim that Liverpool and Arsenal are among five clubs that have made proposals for him in January, with Juventus, AC Milan, and Borussia Dortmund, with the German club the favourites to sign the Spaniard.
AC Milan is preparing to extend the contract Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the same terms as his present deal. It is not surprising that AC Milan still need the services of Zlatan, playing at the level he is playing now is absolutely phenomenal. [Calciomercato]
PSG is considering terminating Spain defender Sergio Ramos’ two-year contract. Ramos joined on a free transfer from Real Madrid in July but has yet to play for the French club due to a calf problem. [AS]
As a result of fans’ repeated chanting of a homophobic chant in recent October matches, the Mexican men’s national soccer team will be forced to play two home World Cup qualifiers in empty stadiums for “discriminatory behavior by supporters,” the Mexican soccer organization was fined $110,000. This isn’t the first time the organization has been penalized for using the slur, but it is the most recent in a long-running push to prohibit fans from abusing opposition players.