Jayiya set for Citizens exit

Bhongolethu Jayiya will depart from Cape Town City upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June, with widespread interest in the winger.

After failing to agree on a new deal with the Citizens, the 27-year-old looks set to join a domestic rival, with Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars all vying for his signature.

The Bidvest Wits academy graduate enjoyed a mixed season with the newly formed Cape side, despite helping them to a third place league finish and winning the Telkom Knock Out.

He lost his place in the team under former head coach Eric Tinkler mid-way through the season but struck back with aplomb, scoring the fastest hattrick in the modern Premiership era, in a 4-1 win over Chippa United.

Nonetheless, his agent Glyn Binkin confirmed South Africa youth international is not short of potential suitors.

"We have numerous options for Jayiya, but we haven't agreed (to) deals with anybody as yet," he told Soccer Laduma.

Marquinhos urges Verratti to stay

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has urged Marco Verratti to stay in the French capital following reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.

Earlier this week, former PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert stated that Verratti is keen to join the Catalans but that PSG were determined to hold on to him.

Marquinhos is not aware whether or not the rumours are true, but is hopeful that the highly-rated Italian midfielder will stay committed to the cause in Paris.

"From a distance I have read a lot, but I don't know where the truth is," Marquinhos told L'Equipe.

"Marco has never told me he wants to leave PSG.

"He is a great player and an important part of PSG's project, so I wish for Marco to stay with us.

"I do not want him to go and, frankly, I don't think he will leave us.

"Many have said that the PSG project has been lost, but I don't agree – it is under control. It is not a straight line to the top, but we know where we want to go and how to get there."

O'Neill: Evans one of the best in the EPL

Northern Ireland head coach Michael O'Neill has hailed West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans as one of the finest defenders in the Premier League.

Evans, who has been subject to a £15m bid from Leicester City, has been in fine form for West Brom and his country since leaving Manchester United for £6m two years ago.

"When I look around the Premier League and see British centre-backs, I don't see anyone better," he told the Belfast Telegraph. "I look at Gary Cahill at Chelsea and Chris Smalling at Manchester United - Jonny Evans is every bit as good as them."

And O'Neill revealed the former United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson was astounded by the club's decision to allow the 29-year-old leave Old Trafford - after developing the central defender as successor for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

"In September after last year's Euros, there was a conference in France for the coaches and Sir Alex was there talking about it and he openly said to me that he could not believe Van Gaal had sold Jonny from United because having seen him come through, he felt Jonny would spend his whole career at United or certainly to the latter stages of his career.

"I think there were a lot of factors why he ended up at West Brom. In the previous two years he had an injury and at Manchester United they had [Rio] Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic and then Jonny and there was a succession plan that didn't happen because of the change in manager."

Evans played 31 league games under manager Tony Pulis as the Baggies secured a tenth placed finish in the English top-flight.

De Boer 'excited' about Palace job

Former Ajax manager Frank de Boer is looking forward to possibly taking over as new Crystal Palace boss, according to his brother Ronald.

De Boer has been without a club since November last year when he lost his Inter Milan job after only 14 games in charge, but now seems likely to take over at the Eagles.

“Hopefully, they round things up soon. Frank is very excited, of course," twin brother Ronald told the press according to the Evening Standard.

“It’s the biggest league - everybody knows it, everybody’s watching the Premier League.

“You can really do something if you have the chance, because there is money involved and you can buy players. It’s an interesting league to see what you’re capable of as a manager.

“I know they are talking and I think it’s just about little terms with the coaching staff, etc. I don’t see any problem but, of course, it’s not for me to say if it’s a done deal or not.”

As a manager, the former Netherlands international is best known for his spell at Ajax where he won four consecutive Eredivisie titles between 2011 and 2014.

Neymar dreams of Verratti at Barca

Barcelona forward Neymar dreams of playing alongside Paris St-Germain's Marco Verratti and insists that his club pay up for the midfield maestro. 
 
Speaking at a charity event in Brazil, Neymar told Sport: "Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona, I would love to [see him join]. 

"He is a great player, he is a player with an incredible technical quality. He has the profile and the right skills to play with us at Barca."
 
The Italian international has expressed his desire to leave the Ligue 1 runners-up, who are reluctant to let go of the talented playmaker.

PSG CEO Nasser El-Khelaifi has told Verratti that he will not be sold unless Barcelona meet their demands for the player.

Verratti is currently valued at around €45million.
 
Barca veteran Xavi recently named the 24-year-old as his successor, while hoping that the Catalan side make it a priority to sign him.

Adler joins Mainz as free agent

Rene Adler has signed a two-year contract with Mainz, joining as a free agent after leaving fellow Bundesliga side Hamburg.

The 32-year-old also previously played for Bayer Leverkusen and earned 12 caps for the Germany national team.

"The change to Mainz is for me the right step at the right time, the quiet and concentrated atmosphere in the club fits me," Adler told his new club’s official website.

"I have the feeling that something exciting can arise here. I am glad that we could reach agreement so quickly and am already looking forward to a new chapter in my career. "

Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroeder called Adler "one of the most influential players in the Bundesliga and one of the most powerful goalkeepers in Germany for many years, both of which make him a very exciting player for Mainz".

"We quickly found a very good relationship with each other," Schroeder added. "He is a highly-motivated professional and we are very pleased that he is wearing our jersey."

Messi avoids jail, pays fine for tax fraud

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not face time in prison for tax fraud but will instead pay a £221,000 fine, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine and his father were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £3.6million and Messi was hit with a suspended prison sentence.

However, under Spanish law he will not be required to serve any time because he does not have a criminal record. The fine will also see the jail term struck from Messi's records.

Numerous footballers have been involved in similar tax fraud cases in recent times, with Javier Mascherano also paying a fine last year after he was handed a six-month jail sentence.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently battling the Spanish tax office for charges of tax fraud totalling a reported £13m.

Tudor: Bruma 'more arrogant' than Zlatan

New RB Leipzig winger Bruma has been described as a temperamental character by his former boss at Galatasaray, Igor Tudor.

The former Sporting Lisbon man is known for his supreme talents on the football field and eccentric behavior off of it.

Die Bullen completed a €12.5m transfer for the 22-year-old earlier this month after his explosive displays for the Turkish giants; where he scored 11 goals and registered eight assists in 37 games last season.

However, Tudor admits he was allowed to join the Bundesliga side for the sake of improving the harmony and morale of his squad and even claimed his behavior was worse than Zlatan Ibrahimovic - whom he played with during his time at Juventus.

"I like Bruma a lot, he is still young, but already a top player," he told Bild. "But the fact is that there are 20 more players in a squad. They all listen to you, except Bruma.

"I played with Ibrahimovic at some point and have experienced a lot throughout my career," he added.

"I have never seen someone behave like Bruma. It might be the way he was raised. He crossed a line."

Wenger has questions for video assistant refs

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed the introduction of video assistant referees, but is now ruminating on how the system should be implemented.

This year’s Confederations Cup has featured video assistant referees for the first time, and that got Wenger thinking of the potential perils of introducing the technology to the Premier League.

"The only question we have to answer now is how far will we go?" Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"For example, there is a guy in the box who should be given a penalty. The opposition win the ball, go up the other end and score. Do you cancel the goal and give the penalty to the other side?

"That could become a very controversial decision, because if the referee lets the game flow he cannot stop the game. If he comes back and gives a penalty of course that can create havoc, because he has to wait until the game has stopped to intervene. We have to think about how you deal with that.

"At the moment I would [use VAR] for offside and goals allowed or disallowed, but keep it as simple as possible.

"It would sometimes allow the linesmen to let the game go - they would be encouraged to be a bit less protective of the defenders if they knew that if a goal was scored you could come back to see if it was offside or not.

"The penalty decision I’m not 100 percent convinced about because even if you watch it 10 times on video and have 10 specialists in the studio, five might say it’s a penalty and five might say it’s not."

Manchester United sign Juventus scouting manager

Manchester United have further strengthened their capabilities by signing experienced scouting manager Javier Ribalta from Juventus.

Ribalta was seen as a key member of the Bianconeri's scouting setup but will now fill the position of scouting co-ordinator for Jose Mourinho's side.

A Juventus statement read, according to Goal: “Juventus Football Club announces that after five years of a profitable partnership, scouting manager Javier Ribalta is leaving the club to take on a new professional adventure.”

Ribalta has spent the last five years as part of the Old Lady's backroom staff but has decided to take on a new challenge at United.

Upon his departure, Ribalta added: “They have been beautiful years, in which I have worked very well. I thank everyone at the club and in particular Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici for the faith they have demonstrated in me from the first day. It has been a great experience and I will always remember it with great pleasure.”