Chelsea and Arsenal Long-term target Marco Asensio has recently confirmed his £72m release clause at Real Madrid but claims that he isn’t thinking about an exit from Santiago Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old Spaniard has started strong for Real Madrid this year and he is now one of the hottest properties in the world at the moment.
Chelsea and Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Spain international forward, while Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also ready to break the bank and lure him away from Santiago Bernabeu.
However, while he may be able to leave Real for a set fee, Spain international forward has no intention to leave the Los Blancos where he has won Champions League and La Liga title last season.
“Yes it’s true I have a release clause here, but no I don’t think I will be leaving,” Asensio told Cadena Cope.
“I believe I have been playing very well and this has been replicated by the fans and the club who have shown me a lot of love.
“I would not join Paris Saint-Germain, I am happy where I am.
“Neymar’s move to PSG? We all thought it was strange that Barcelona could not keep him but he is a great player and will be fantastic for them.”
Poland international forward Robert Lewandowski has been involved in a row with Bayern Munich over their ambition this summer transfer window following links with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 29-year-old forward is a key figure in this Bayern Munich squad, but he doesn’t seem entirely settled after criticising his team-mates at the end of 2016/17 campaign.
At that time, Polish forward was requested as saying he was unhappy with missing out on top scorer award on the final day of the season and accused his teammates of not helping him.
He has since followed that up by telling Der Spiegel: ‘Bayern has to come up with something new and creative if the club wants to keep luring world class players to Munich. And if you want to keep up at the very highest level, you need these players’ quality.’
Bayern for sure had a quiet transfer window this summer compared to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, however, the Bavarians chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was not happy with the comments from Polish forward.
Bayern Munich chief attempted to put him in his place and demand a bit more loyalty.
‘It would be a pity if he saw it that way. Loyalty is part of Bayern’s DNA and vital to our fans,’ Rummenigge told Bild.
‘For a long time now we have a grave and successful philosophy that brought us big success. I stick with our chancellor who said the fees should be regulated and reduced.
‘Obviously, Robert was irritated by PSG’s transfers. He is employed with us as a football player and earns a lot of money. I regret what he said.
‘Whoever publicly criticises the club or his team-mates will get in trouble with me personally. He already made false claims last season following the Freiburg match, where he claimed he had not been supported enough.
‘I don’t think the player’s might is that high.’
With the stressed situation between Lewandowski and Bayern Munich Manchester United and Chelsea could take advantage and try to lure Polish forward from Allianz Arena.
Liverpool and Chelsea are eyeing move for U-18 Uruguay international captain Sebastian Caceres, according to the British sources.
South American defender currently plays for Montevideo-based club Liverpool FC and a string of impressing performances has seen him linked with a switch to Premier League.
It’s believed that La Liga giants Barcelona have also kept close tabs on the talented defender for some time the youngster, however, Liverpool and Chelsea have stepped up their interest.
The Sun suggests that both Premier League club’s have sent scouts to watch Caceres off the back of the centre-back’s strong start to his first-team career.
Caceres has recently been on trial to Feyenoord, however, the defender remained with Liverpool FC after the Dutch club failed to wrap up the deal.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been given hope of signing Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti.
Verratti has made 205 appearances for PSG since his debut for the Ligue 1 giants back in 2012 but the 24-year-old has consistently been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes in recent seasons.
United, Chelsea and Barcelona have expressed a strong interest in the €54m-rated Italy international, regarded as one of Europe’s top midfielders, and his representative, Mino Raiola, has spoken out over his future.
‘Verratti will stay at PSG, at least for the moment,’ Raiola, who took over as the Italian’s agent this summer, told La Domenica Sportiva.
He added: ‘I can’t say about the future, because I am not a magician.