LATEST – INJURED STRIKER ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC ACCEPTS HIS MAN UTD CAREER IS OVER, PLANS MLS SWITCH ON RETURN TO PLAYING FOOTBALL (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accepted his Old Trafford career is over after suffering cruciate knee-ligament damage and the former Sweden international, 35, is planning to return to action in Major League Soccer in nine months to a year. The veteran striker turns 36 in October.

 

Real Madrid are willing to swap two players to sign Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala this summer. Zinedine Zidane’s side are ready to offer both James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata to the Serie A side in a bid to lure the Argentine to Spain.

 

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure would prefer to play “without a referee” in Thursday’s derby with Man United after criticising the standard of officiating in the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal. Referee Craig Pawson ruled out Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike at Wembley. Replays suggested the goal should have stood and City went on to lose the game 2-1 after extra time.

I think the referees have to stop this,” said Toure.

I am very disappointed. It is not the first time, there have been a couple of times.

Maybe on Thursday we are going to have a better referee or maybe play without a referee – I’d prefer that.

 

Inter have tabled an offer to bring Diego Simeone to San Siro next season, but have only given the Atletico Madrid boss 20 days to decide. The report claims the offer is a five-year deal, with the Argentine trainer to set to make €11 million per season with the Serie A club.

 

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has been handed a £250m transfer war chest to spend this summer. The Catalan is set to spend the majority of his transfer kitty on Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez, Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker and Southampton centre-back Virgil Van Dijk.

 

Barcelona are looking to make a move for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to the Mirror. With the Spanish club looking to rebuild this summer, the Denmark international is seen as the perfect man to set up the club’s vaunted MSN attacking trio.

 

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is open to a move to China for next season as he prepares for talks with boss Arsene Wenger about his future with the Gunners.

 

Zinedine Zidane’s future as Real Madrid boss could be in danger if the club fail to win a trophy this season, and Germany boss Joachim Low is a favourite to replace him.

 

Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 21, for a world record fee this summer, according to Barcelona legend Xavi. Also, City have been put off in their attempts to bring in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe after the Ligue 1 club valued the 18-year-old at £110m.

 

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez told a radio station in his native Spain that “in England they value their professionals much more” which is why he works in the country.

 

Olympique Marseille, under the ownership of American businessman Frank McCourt, want to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 30, and could also be interested in deals for two other England-based France internationals – midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 31, and their 32-year-old former goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Crystal Palace. The ambitious Ligue 1 side are essentially looking to close the gap on PSG and Monaco in the French top flight and see the trio as perfect candidates to help restore the club to former glories.

 

England right-back Kyle Walker, 26, will consider his future at Tottenham at the end of the season, amid interests from Bayern Munich, Man United and Man City.

 

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 27, could have played his last game for the club as he is out for the rest of the season with a hip injury.

 

Man United have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann, who has a release clause of £85m. Meanwhile, gaffer Jose Mourinho has called former club Real Madrid to discuss a move for Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, this summer. And Mourinho is also confident of landing Valencia’s 20-year-old Spanish midfielder Carlos Soler, who has a £25m buyout clause.

 

Crystal Palace value 24-year-old winger Wilfried Zaha, who was subject of a £12m bid from Tottenham last summer, at £40m.

 

Bournemouth will offer Chelsea £25m for Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, and Netherlands Under-21 centre-back Nathan Ake, 22, who spent the first part of this season on loan with the Cherries.

 

Watford are interested in signing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, 26.

 

Newcastle have joined West Brom in showing interest in Southampton’s England forward Jay Rodriguez, 27, as the Magpies hope to build a squad ready for the Premier League.

 

PSG and Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 24, is prepared to turn down a move to Barcelona in favour of Man United.

 

Liverpool will not be signing 23-year-old Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac and Germany midfielders Max Meyer, 21, and Leon Goretzka, 22, from Schalke – according to the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Christian Heidel, who worked with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp at Mainz. Meanwhile, midfielder Emre Can, 23, says the side need to win their remaining four league games to finish in the top four after their “stupid” defeat by Crystal Palace.

 

West Brom boss Tony Pulis was in Portugal on Saturday to scout Sporting Lisbon’s £25m-rated midfielder William Carvalho. The Baggies had a bid for the 25-year-old Portugal international rejected last summer.

 

Lyon will “go mad” in their efforts to retain striker Alexandre Lacazette, amid interests in the 25-year-old France international from Liverpool and Arsenal, says club president Jean-Michel Aulas.

 

Real Madrid will appeal against Sergio Ramos’ red card for a tackle on Lionel Messi during Sunday’s El Clascio defeat by Barcelona.

 

Former Man United player Quinton Fortune was helped to the finish line of the London Marathon on Sunday by another runner who spotted he was struggling a mile from the end of the race. He thanked the runner thereafter.

 

Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso fell asleep on the team bus in the Old Trafford car park during his side’s recent Premier League defeat by Man United, having pulled out in the warm-up due to illness.

 

Man United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken to Real Madrid officials about Spain international striker Alvaro Morata. The Red Devils are preparing for life after Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the Swede being tipped to move on after seeing his season ended by injury, and have turned their attention to a forward who has also been heavily linked with Chelsea.

 

Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi. The 23-year-old, who has 13 goals to his name this season, is said to have been offered £4.2m-per-season after tax to make a move to Stamford Bridge.

 

Bayern Munich are ready to make a move for Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker. The Chilean’s contract expires at the end of next season and continues to be linked to a move away. Seeking a player to play alongside striker Robert Lewandowski – or perhaps replace him, Bayern see Alexis as the ideal signing, and could pay around €30 million. Meanwhile, there are reports that the German side are also looking into Tottenham Hotspur right-back Walker.

 

Arsenal are preparing a £20 million bid for RB Leipzig forward Emil Forsberg. The Gunners have been impressed by the 25-year-old’s form in Bundesliga and want to make him their second summer signing after Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac agreed to move to north London.

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