Today’s news in France
Third in the championship and qualified for the next Champions League, AS Monaco is ambitious and intends to keep its best elements. This is the message that wanted to convey Paul Mitchell, the sports director of the asemist club at a press conference: « For the Champions League, the idea is to improve the team, to improve our players. It’s a clear strategy, we have to look at the players in the market who can reach this level. My responsibility is always to look for better […] I must have the ambition to build a better team.»The roadmap is drawn up in the Principality.
For his part, Dimitri Payet (34) knows what her future will be like. And it is at Olympique de Marseille that he will play next season as he declared at the end of the season: « Me, I will be there, it is a certainty. The coach too. We necessarily need to recruit, we are starting a new cycle. It’s up to us to welcome them and to prepare well to start the season on the cleat.»What will not be the case of his now ex-teammate, Hiroki sakai (31 years). The Japanese have announced their departure from the Marseille club after 5 years on the Cannebière. The right-back has decided to leave Europe.
Lyon will also move this summer on the transfer window. And it could quickly start in the direction of departures. According to our information, Djamel benlamri (31 years old) should not go on forever in the Rhône. The Algerian defender has touches in the Middle East as well as in Turkey, where his profile is appreciated.
Daily news abroad
In England, Liverpool could quickly be active in the next transfer market. The English club could quickly tackle Yves bissouma (24 years). Author of a full season with Brighton, the Malian would have caught the eye of the Reds, who would be ready to put € 40 million on the table to secure his services according to the Daily Mail.
At Premier League champion Manchester City, we know that Sergio Aguero will leave the club after the Champions League final against Chelsea (May 29, to follow live on our site) Pep Guardiola has also delivered a big announcement for the future of the Argentine. According to him, Agüero is well on his way to FC Barcelona, which has been courting him for many months. « I am almost certain. Maybe I’ll betray a secret, but maybe it’s close to a deal with the club of my heart, Barcelona.«
The focus of the day
After a disappointing season, Real Madrid could start a new round next season, starting with the coaching position. Zinedine Zidane casts doubt on his future but according to the latest echoes, the Frenchman could leave in the coming days. Several names are mentioned to succeed him. In particular, that of Raúl. The former scorer currently heads Real’s reserve and would be an ideal candidate but the shadow of Massimiliano Allegri also hovers above the Spanish capital.
But it is especially in the direction of the departures that the Merengues should be active this summer. With the enormous financial losses linked to the Covid, the Madrid club will have to sell if it wants to buy. No more question of loans, sales will be privileged. So players like Marcelo (34) could be shown the way out. The Brazilian could bounce back in MLS where Inter Miami is making his eyes soft. Brahim diaz (21) could be permanently transferred to AC Milan, where he was on loan this season. Same thing for Borja Mayoral (24) who played for AS Roma this year. In addition, Real will also have to reflect on players like Takefusa kubo (19 years old), Luka Jović (23 years), Jesús Vallejo (24 years old) or Reinier Jesus (19 years old).
But some executives could also leave this summer. As revealed by the Spanish press in recent weeks, Raphael Varane (28 years old) will not be accepted in the event of a satisfactory offer. The world champion could join Manchester United, who have made it a priority to strengthen their defense. Disappointing since his arrival in 2019, Eden Hazard (30) could also see his future taking him far from Madrid. Management would seek to get rid of it in order to free up the payroll.
Finally, the Madrilenians will also have to deal with the thorny issue Sergio ramos (35 years). The Spanish defender is at the end of his contract but discussions for an extension are dragging on and he could look elsewhere, after sixteen years at Casa Blanca. Another complicated file to manage, that of Gareth Bale (31 years). After his loan to Tottenham, the Welshman will return to Real where he is under contract until June 2022 …
The main officials of the day
It’s official, Stevan Jovetic will leave AS Monaco in the coming days. At the end of his contract this summer, the Montenegrin striker did not find an agreement with the ASM to continue in the Principality, and will therefore have to find a new challenge.
Ligue 1 is also witnessing a real coach waltz since Rudi garcia formalized his departure from OL at a press conference yesterday. End clap also for Thierry laurey on the side of Strasbourg or for Stephane Moulin in Angers. The summer promises to be eventful on the benches of the French championship.
Finally abroad, Mario mandzukic formalized his departure from AC Milan. Arrived this winter in Lombardy, the Croatian will have played only eleven small matches in Serie A and will have to seek a new challenge this summer.