Sunday 27 May 2018

Transfer round-up: Sergio Aguero linked with shock return to Atletico as Man City join race for Griezmann

Griezmann and (inset) Aguero
Griezmann and (inset) Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been linked with a shock return to Atletico Madrid, with Pep Guardiola eyeing Antoine Griezmann in return.

The Sun reports that Atletico are interested in bringing the Argentina forward - who cost £38 million in 2011 - back to Spain to link up with former Chelsea forward Diego Costa. And Pep Guardiola is supposedly considering a move for Griezmann, opening up the possibility of a deal.

The France international has an £85m buy-out clause at the end of the season, and The Sun claims City value Aguero at around £60m.

A source is even quoted as saying: "Atletico have contacted Sergio's representatives to see if there is any chance of getting him back.

"Pep doesn't want him to go, but has been looking at bringing in Antoine Griezmann, so there could be something there."

Speaking of Man City, this morning's Telegraph reveals they are expected to complete a £57m deal for Aymeric Laporte, before the close of the transfer window next week, after the Athletic Bilbao centre-half signalled his desire to join the Premier League leaders, 18 months after turning his back on a planned move to the club.

City moved to activate the €65m (£57m) release clause in Laporte's contract after deciding to renew their interest in the 23 year-old in the belief he represents a better long-term option than West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans.

Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow have approached Liverpool over the signing of 23-year-old winger Lazar Markovic.

The Serbian spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon and Hull City and The Mirror says Liverpool would prefer a permanent deal, despite finding no takers for the Serbian winger when they priced him at £16m last summer.

Feyenoord star Nicolai Jorgensen is believed to be keen on joining Newcastle United after the club submitted a £14m bid for the 27-year-old Danish striker last week.

The Chronicle suggests Feyenoord are receptive to a January sale after recently signing Robin van Persie and the fact they aren't in with a serious shout of winning the Dutch Eredivisie this season.

Brighton have made a £6m bid for 6ft 6in Bristol City defender Aden Flint, reports The Argus.

And finally, The Guardian suggests Chelsea have had a £44m bid, plus add-ons of £13.2m, for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri accepted.

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Moral of the story - don't kick balls at reporters

Put a reporter speaking into a camera anywhere near a group of footballers training and the chances are one of them will try to kick a ball in his or her direction.

And that's exactly what Carlos Darwin Quintero did, skimming the side of ESPN reporter Marcelino Fernandez's head.

What he probably didn't bank on was Club America taking a very dim view of his behaviour and promising to sanction Quintero after debate about his intentions took hold on TV and social media.

Angry Zidane talks of 'fiasco' as Real hit new low

Real Madrid’s troubled season lurched further into crisis as coach Zinedine Zidane described their elimination from the King’s Cup by humble neighbours Leganes as a "fiasco".

It is almost a year ago to the day that Madrid’s record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended as they swept all before them, but this season has been a tale of woe for the La Liga and European champions.

Madrid, who lost 2-1 to Leganes to exit the competition on away goals, have slipped to fourth in the La Liga standings, trailing leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona by 19 points.

"It's a fiasco. My worst moment as a coach," Zidane said. "I don't regret anything I did in the game, though. I take responsibility for what I do. Winning 1-0 from the first leg to start tonight's tie in the manner we did it's really bad. For that I'm angry. I don't understand what's going on."

Telegraph.co.uk

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