Madrid suffer Odriozola injury blow

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola will miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a broken collarbone.

Spain international Odriozola joined Los Blancos last summer from Real Sociedad in a deal reportedly worth around 30million euros but he has struggled to cement down a regular first-team spot, making just 14 La Liga appearances.

The 23-year-old right-back will not be playing in any of the remaining matches after he broke his collarbone during a challenge with Vinicius Junior in a training session on Friday.

Odriozola will now be eyeing a return to action in time for pre-season for the 2019/20 campaign as Zinedine Zidane prepares for an overhaul of the squad after recently returning as head coach.

Madrid are back in action on Sunday when they welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Santiago Bernabeu as the hosts look to extend their unbeaten run to the three matches.

Red Devils to have to stump up for Oblak

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak will cost Manchester United 110m if they need him to replace David de Gea in the near future.

The Slovenia international shot-stopper penned a new four-year agreement at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday, with the new massive buyout figure included.

Oblak has been regularly watched by United in recent seasons and has long been seen as having the right credentials to fill the giant void if de Gea were ever to leave Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are increasingly concerned that de Gea is still refusing to sign a new deal and is entering the final year of his contract.

De Gea is said to be holding out for wages closer to 400,000-per-week, with no sign a deal will be reached until United's battle to secure a top-four place in the Premier League is known.

The Spain number one is also desperate to continue playing in the Champions League next season but United are currently on their worst run of form since 2001, having lost five of their last seven games in all competitions.

Atletico chiefs have clearly covered themselves on Oblak, aware of the current stand-off between de Gea and United, athough the Red Devils would certainly still have no trouble improving the 26-year-old's reported new salary of 130,000-per-week.

Cardiff snub as offers come in for Camarasa

Víctor Camarasa has snubbed the chance to join Cardiff on a permanent deal as he reportedly eyes a move to another Premier League club.

The Spanish midfielder is currently in the final weeks of a season-long loan deal from Real Betis, who are looking to move him on after signing Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old has been told to find a new club this summer and Diario de Sevilla state Camarasa turned down the chance to make his move permanent in January because of concerns over the club's top-flight status.

The report claims Camarasa has been holding out for 'better proposals' from other Premier League sides and that they have begun to come in for him.

Marca claim Tottenham have most recently been linked with a move for Camarasa at the end of the season, while Everton and West Ham are also interested.

Leicester City have also been considering Camarasa as a potential summer signing because he would fit into new manager Brendan Rodgers' style of football.

Camarasa has made 28 Premier League appearances this term and has been directly involved in eight goals, which is almost a third of the Bluebirds' tally.

Most Wanted: Samuel Umtiti

Reports revealed that Manchester United, Arsenal and AS Romas are all interested in the Barcelona star.

Umtiti looks to be heading for the Nou Camp exit door in the summer and the race is on to secure his services, with reports claiming that Arsenal are the frontrunners to do a deal.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has spoken publicly about his interest in the past and has the player at the top of his wanted list as he looks to bolster his defence.

Manchester United are also keen as their new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans a squad revamp in the summer, while Roma see Umtiti as the perfect replacement for Kostas Manolas, who is tipped to move on.

Barca will be happy that all three clubs are interested as it will boost their chances of receiving the fee they are after.

Pellegrino not satisfied as Leganes hold Los Blancos

Mauricio Pellegrino wants Leganes to aim as high as they can in La Liga after the draw against Real Madrid made it four games unbeaten.

Los Pepineros' coach watched as Jonathan Silva fired his side into the lead on the stroke of half-time before Karim Benzema's 27th goal of the season in all competitions hauled Real level early in the second period on Monday night.

Leganes are now unbeaten in their last four games and have moved up three places to 11th in the table, but Pellegrino is not yet satisfied.

'We will try to do our best until the end of the season,' he told a press conference.

'It's not the same for the club to go 10th and 16th, we'll go for more. 'The team has been competing well, better and better. We are going from less to more and it is good news for the family of peppers.'

Mata eyes move to Spain

Juan Mata is reportedly willing to accept a pay cut to join Barcelona despite being a free agent this summer.

The Spanish midfielder will be able to get a closer look at his potential new destination when Manchester United take on the Catalan giants at the Nou Camp tonight in their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash.

Mata and his team-mates have the difficult task of turning around last week's first-leg 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, where they failed to even register a single shot on target for the first time in the competition since Opta stats were introduced.

Mata has been talking to Barcelona since the start of this month and the 30-year-old schemer is obviously attracted by the idea of seeing out the remainder of his peak years playing alongside Lionel Messi.

And United sources have hinted an agreement doesn't appear to hinge over his financial terms, with Barca even reluctant to match his present United salary of 170,000 pounds per week.

An extension to remain with the Red Devils doesn't appear to be forthcoming and it is understood Mata has already turned down offers from elsewhere, far in excess of the cash Barca are able to commit to for a player who is only seen as a useful homegrown squad addition.

Pogba backs Red Devils to overturn Barca euro tie

Paul Pogba is confident Manchester United have what it takes to turn around their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

United suffered a 1-0 first-leg loss to the Spanish league champions but picked themselves up with a victory against West Ham on Saturday, although they were sloppy and more than a little fortunate to overcome the Hammers.

Pogba's brace from the spot sealed a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and the World Cup winner is now looking to cause a shock in Catalonia.

"I think it's a really important three points," the midfielder said.

"We know about that. We wanted to do obviously better and score more goals, but we get the result that maybe we deserve.

"Now what we have to think about the next one, the next game, get some rest and get focused on Barcelona.

"That's why we play football, to play against those teams, to play those games. A Champions League quarter-final is just beautiful. We just have to enjoy it, give our best and trust ourselves.

United face an uphill battle at the Nou Camp but Barca certainly looked beatable in the first leg.

Solskjaer's side have also proven their mettle when the chips are down, having made Champions League history in the previous round against Paris St Germain by becoming the first team to progress after a first-leg home loss by two or more goals.

"The game is not done, it's not closed," Pogba said. "I know it's Barcelona, we're playing in their home, but it's never closed. It's still 90 minutes. The first half is gone, now it's the second half."

De Ligt set for Bayern or Barcelona

Matthijs de Ligt will be leaving Ajax this summer, with Bayern Munich or Barcelona his destination, according to his manager Erik ten Hag.

De Ligt joined the Ajax youth academy when he was nine years old from a local club in Abcoude near Amsterdam and made his first-team debut in 2016.

The defender has enjoyed 107 outings for the Johan Cruyff Arena side, netting 10 goals while he has been capped 15 times by the Netherlands.

His displays for the Eredivisie giants have caught the eye of some of Europe's big-hitters and, according to his manager, the youngster will be off at the end of the campaign to one of two big clubs.

"There's zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax," he told Suddeutschen Zeitung.

"There are so many clubs interested in him. He will leave us this summer, but I don't know whether he'll join Bayern or Barcelona."

Valverde - 'Messi shaken after Smalling challenge'

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed that Lionel Messi was left 'shaken' after being badly bruised in the first half of the Champions League quarter-final first-leg 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

Valverde felt their star man was not the same player after the first-half incident that left him on the ground for several minutes with a bleeding nose after being clattered by Smalling.

The injury is nothing serious but Valverde says he has been left bruised and an examination will be needed to determine the full extent of the damage.

"It's clear that he was not more comfortable playing after that," Valverde said. "He took a big blow and he will have to be examined by the doctors. We will have to see how Messi is, but he has a big bruise."

Meanwhile, despite leading 1-0, Valverde is taking nothing for granted ahead of the second leg. Valverde said:

"There's a second game to come and we know what they are capable of away from home, having seen what they did against PSG."

Neymar regrets leaving Barcelona

Former Barcelona team-mate Adriano says Neymar is haunted by his decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago.

Neymar shocked the footballing world when opting to quit the Nou Camp for the Parc des Princes in the summer of 2017 for a fee close to £200m.

Despite scoring 48 goals from 53 appearances in all competitions, rumours persist that the Brazil International is unhappy in the French capital and keen to move elsewhere.

His move has not been helped by an injury-plagued couple of years in Paris, with Real Madrid thought to be keen to end his Ligue 1 stay if he became available.

Whether or not the South American goal machine does leave only time will tell, but according to Adriano the 27-year-old wishes he had not left Barca in the first place.

"I spoke with Neymar three weeks ago," he told Spanish radio show El Larguero.

"Everyone who has played for Barcelona and left has regretted it and I think, for him, even more so than most."

Emery confirms Umtiti interest

Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti after boss Unai Emery expressed his interest in the player.

Emery is keen to bring in a new defender in the summer, and Umtiti has emerged as a possible target after falling out of favour at the Nou Camp this season.

There is a good chance the France international will be out of Arsenal's price range, even if he was allowed to leave, but Emery is clearly a big fan and would like to have him on board.

"He [Umtiti] is a good player, France has some very good players and the French market is quite attractive for many clubs," Emery told RMC Sport.

"I always had French players at my clubs, Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and now, here at Arsenal. I could always count on those players."

The fact Umtiti still has over four years remaining on his current contract means Barca can demand what they want, which is likely to price the Gunners out of a move.

Valverde admits January interest in Morata

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he was interested in acquiring the services of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata during the January transfer window.

Eager to bring in some attacking support in the winter window, Valverde has revealed the Catalans did try to acquire the services of Spain international Morata from Premier League outfit Chelsea.

However, Barcelona were beaten to the punch by Atletico Madrid, who managed to land the 26-year-old striker from Chelsea on an 18-month loan deal with the option to make the move permanent for a believed 40million euros.

Valverde instead snapped up the services of Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has only made one La Liga appearance since arriving at the Camp Nou, and the manager is happy with the business done.

"It's true there were conversations with him (Morata) but also with other players," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"He signed for Atletico Madrid, he is playing in the starting 11. Good. Here he was supposed to be the second striker, a different role than he has with Atletico.

"Every player must think about what he wants. Sometimes there are just meaningless conversations. We finally signed Kevin-Prince. We hope he can help us."

Zidane reticent on Bale future

Zinedine Zidane has offered no assurances on Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future as Manchester United continue to be linked with a swoop.

Bale is coming in for some harsh treatment from the Real fans, leading to reports he could be on the move this summer, with United said to be leading the race.

Zidane was coy on Bale's future after whistles were directed at the Welshman during their 2-1 victory over Eibar. He told a press conference reported by marca.com:

"We will see [whether Bale will still be at the club next season]. Gareth is a Real Madrid player with two years left on his contract."

The Frenchman, who has won three of his four matches since returning as manager, added:

"We're not happy about the whistles, but the public comes to see their team do well.

"There was a reaction and I'm left with that, the public knows that the season is over, that we play to try and finish second."

Bale is reported to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wanted list this summer, but some reports have claimed United would not be willing to match his wage demands.

Zidane places no blame on Real players after Valencia loss

Zinedine Zidane placed no blame on his players for his first defeat since his return as Real Madrid head coach after Valencia claimed a 2-1 win at the Mestalla.

The Frenchman had overseen two wins since stepping back into the Real hotseat following the sacking of former team-mate Santiago Solari last month but Valencia were his first acid test.

Los Che had been unbeaten in La Liga since January 5 and they extended that run thanks to goals from Goncalo Guedes and former Real defender Ezequiel Garay, with Karim Benzema's header in injury-time scant consolation.

Zidane said in quotes on Real's official website: 'We started the game strongly with good possession, pressing high up. We just needed to get that first goal.

"I can't blame the players for anything, they really tried hard. We played against a top team. It's a defeat and defeat always hurts. We struggled to create chances, get shots off and come up with anything in the final third.

"We needed a little bit more near the opposition goal. 'The team fought to the end. It's a tough spell, a defeat, but we have to accept it and think about the eight games we have left.

"We have to focus on doing a better job on Saturday."

Valencia trio Kevin Gameiro, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Rodrigo all missed the target when well-placed while Real struggled in the final third.

Zidane, though, feels his side competed on equal footing with their opponents after watching them slide to their ninth league defeat of the season. He added:

"I always say results are fair and I accept them but it was an even game. They got two goals against us almost out of nowhere. We have to accept that Valencia won the game.

"This is a tough run for us, the whole season has been hard going. 'Now I need to take control of my team and get us playing better next time out.

"The players are ready to fight until the last and we want to end on a high in preparation for next season. We are going to leave no stone unturned."

Zidane puts Bale talk to one side

Zinedine Zidane says a decision regarding Gareth Bale's long-term future at Real Madrid will be made at the end of the season.

Wales international Bale has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu and that speculation has intensified following Zidane's return to the club as manager - as previous reports have suggested the duo endured a strained relationship during their first spell together.

Bale has spent the last six years with Real, helping the club to 13 major trophies, including four Champions League successes, and Zidane is under no illusions just how important the 29-year-old has been for the club, although no decisions will be made regarding his future until the summer.

'Gareth is an important member of the squad,' Zidane said, ahead of Sunday's league match against Huesca.

'We know what he has done here, even in Champions League finals.

'Nobody can take away what he has done. We know he can bring a lot to the team, and we will count on him.

'We are going to play these 10 games (the last 10 of the season), and then we will see. That does not mean that, afterwards, there will be changes.'

Bale is not the only player that has been linked with a summer move away from Los Blancos, as defender Raphael Varane is believed to be a transfer target for Manchester United.

Zidane insists he has heard nothing about that speculation and he feels his fellow Frenchman is happy in Madrid.

'There is always a lot of talk here, and people can write whatever they want,' Zidane added.

'The important thing is what the player thinks, and I can tell you he is very happy here. He has been here eight years and has done phenomenally well so far.'

Gossip: Pogba and Eriksen in Zidane's sights

Zinedine Zidane has been back in charge at Real Madrid and, already, the rumour mill is spinning out of control trying to decide which players he wants to bring the club.

ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY

We've all had them, haven't we? You answer a phone call from an unknown number and there's that telling little delay and a click before a robotic voice starts trying to sell you on a move to Real Madrid.

Just because you've had one of those calls doesn't mean you're interested in a move to Madrid, but having two phone conversations...well, that's another level of seriousness altogether.

That's the situation Paul Pogba apparently finds himself in now.

His agent, Mino Raiola, has reportedly spoken twice on the phone to 'Madrid's men in power', as Marca put it, further confirming our suspicions that he may have just signed up his client to a new electricity tariff and then excitedly told the Frenchman: 'Paul, I've got you a great new deal!'

We, uh...we don't really know how agents work.

Zinedine Zidane himself is reportedly a long-term admirer of Pogba's and it says here he can't get his head around why the Manchester United midfielder would not want to move to Real Madrid.

We would normally say 'because they're a bit of a crackpot club desperately in need of an overhaul and have definitely seen better days, despite the recent appointment of a returning legend as manager,' but just look where he is now.

Also looking to change energy prov - sorry, football clubs - is Christian Eriksen, apparently.

The Daily Mirror claim an 'exclusive' that Spurs would want a lot of money for their playmaker if Real Madrid want him - £130m, to be exact.

You know what, that is a lot of money.

It's far more money than you or I have, for instance. But we'd probably have just spent it on crisps or pop so it's just as well.

That amount would make the Dane the third-most-expensive player of all time, and might even tempt Daniel Levy to slip an extra tenner into Mauricio Pochettino's birthday card this year.

'You want new players? Go on then, Mauricio. Buy yourself as many Match Attax cards as you like.'

AND THE REST

PSG are prepared to pay David De Gea loads and loads of money if United aren't...

Real Madrid are also keeping an eye on the goalkeeper, because apparently they want to sign every single player in the Premier League now...

United want Aaron Wan-Bissaka...

Zidane says Raphael Varane is happy at the club despite interest from United and bloody hell lads there are other clubs you can make up these rumours about you now...

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona want Ben Chilwell (that's more like it)...

Roma want Maurizio Sarri...

Youri Tielemans is moving closing to making his loan deal at Leicester permanent...

Inter are going to shovel a load of money at defender Milan Skriniar to fend off interest from a bevy of English clubs...

Griezmann will drop wages for Barca switch

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is willing to take a pay cut to join Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish media.

The France international's future at the Wanda Metropolitano has been garnering plenty of column inches in recent times and the player admitted he was 'fed up' with the transfer speculation earlier this week.

Rumours surfaced that his representatives had apologised to the Catalan club for his refusal to sign last summer in the hope that it might smooth the waters and lead to a possible deal at the end of the campaign.

However, reports emerged from the Nou Camp that Barca are not interested.

However, El Mundo Deportivo are suggesting the former Real Sociedad ace does want to move to the La Liga champions and is prepared to drop his 23million euros wage demands to facilitate a switch.

Former PSG winger claims Griezmann is Barcelona-bound

Former Paris Saint-Germain winger Jerome Rothen has claimed Atletico Madrid’s Antonie Griezmann will be a Barcelona player next season.

Griezmann is reportedly unsettled in the Spanish capital and the news of defender Lucas Hernandez going to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich this summer is thought have added further doubts for the Atleti striker.

With speculation rife that Griezmann could swap Madrid for Barcelona, former PSG star Rothen has added fuel to the fire, suggesting he is sure the France international will play for the Blaugrana next term.

"I can tell from a reliable source, Antoine Griezmann will go to FC Barcelona next summer," Rothen explained in an RMC Sport programme, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

Bayern land Hernandez in record deal from Atletico

Bayern Munich have signed Atletico Madrid full-back Lucas Hernandez for a club-record £68million.

The 23-year-old, who won the World Cup with France last summer, will join the German club on July 1 on a five-year deal running through to June 2022.

Hernandez broke through the youth ranks at Atletico in 2014 and went on to collect 67 appearances for the La Liga club, as well as 15 caps for his country.

'I am very happy that we have been able to sign one of the best defensive players in the world and world champion in Lucas Hernandez,' said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

'Lucas will continue our tradition of outstanding French players and strengthen our team.'

Hernandez will undergo surgery on his right knee after revealing ligament damage during his medical with Bayern.

His £68m price tag overtook the £37m that Bayern spent for Corentin Tolisso from Lyon in 2017 and the potential £47m overall that they would pay if they exercise the option to buy James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

'Today is a very important day in my football career,' said Hernandez.

'Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in Europe and the world. I am proud to be able to fight for all titles for Bayern in the future.

'I would like to thank Atletico, the management, the coaches, my team-mates and the fans for a wonderful twelve years. Atletico will always be a part of me. Now I'm happy that I'm taking the next step at Bayern.'

Zidane eyes move for Lyon's Ndombele

Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Back in charge of Los Blancos Zidane is expected to oversee a squad overhaul this summer, which will include a move for Man City, Man Utd and Tottenham target Ndombele, according to El Confidencial.

Zidane's preferred midfield choice is believed to be Paul Pogba, but he is believed to be out of reach for Real and instead Zidane has targeted 22-year-old Ndombele.

United, City and Spurs are all believed to be keen on the £70million-rated holding midfielder, who is under contract 2023, with Le10 Sport recently claiming United had held talks with the player's agent.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer is reported to have identified the player as a potential midfield partner for Pogba with the uncertainty of Ander situation ongoing.

And Solskjaer will want to move quickly with BayerHerrera's n Munich officially confirming the signing of another United target Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas though has claimed Lyon will allow one of their star men to leave the club this summer.

The likes of Ndombele, Ferland Mendy, Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir and Houssam Aouar have all been linked with possible summer exits.

“We will only let one player go from those solicited,” Aulas told Telefoot.

“I do not know which one because there are many who have been solicited. It will take a big, big effort to try to convince Nabil, our world champion from the academy, to stay when he was almost sure he could go.”

The Frenchman has been capped four times by France and was on the bench for Les Bleus' recent wins over Moldova and Iceland after impressing in Ligue 1.

This season he has featured 39 times in all competitions for Lyon. G