REAL Madrid encourage a key target to stall his contract talks, while Manchester City are yet to start negotiations with a young gun.
That and more in Friday’s Rumour Mill!
REAL MADRID ENCOURAGE KEY TARGET TO STALL DEAL TALKS
REAL Madrid is yet to settle on its preferred target goalkeeper.
The Spanish powerhouse has long admired both Manchester United star David De Gea and his Chelsea counterpart Thibaut Courtois.
That’s despite Chelsea meeting Courtois’ demand of a contract exceeding the £200,000 a week wage De Gea earns at United.
The Chelsea goalkeeper is currently contracted until 2019, while the new contract offer to stay at Stamford Bridge would make him the world’s best-paid goalkeeper.
“I have not made a decision on my future,” he told Spanish reporters.
“I said my heart was in Madrid, because I have my two children there, and it was misinterpreted. This situation is not easy for me.
“I still have a year on my contract (at Chelsea), I am happy and I can also extend. I do not forget that Chelsea has supported me since the beginning.
“I do not think Florentino Perez will call me, but he will call my agent who will listen to him.”
As for De Gea, Manchester United have confirmed they will trigger an option in the goalkeeper’s contract to extend it to 2020, while also offering him fresh terms beyond that date.
CITY STAR YET TO DISCUSS NEW DEAL
Raheem Sterling has been in stellar form at Manchester City.
The young gun has scored 20 goals in arguably a career-best season under Pep Guardiola.
But while Sterling is set to enter the final two years of his contract at the end of the season, reports suggest the Premier League powerhouse hasn’t moved to extend his deal yet.
And it’s a situation that could alert the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City’s English rivals.
Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of the 23-year-old.
It means if City fails to lock down the England international, it could well come back to bite them in the future.
SPANISH POWERHOUSE EYE HAMMERS YOUNG GUN
WEST Ham young gun Reece Oxford has attracted the attention of La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Oxford is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, his second stint at the Bundesliga outfit.
While the 19-year-old briefly returned to West Ham in January, the Hammers — in the midst of a relegation battle — elected to send him back out on loan.
While Oxford will still have three years left on his deal at West Ham at the end of the season, if he continues to improve in Germany, the Hammers could be tempted to cash in.