Manchester United have been handed a boost in their rumoured pursuit of Marco Asensio write the MEN.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with United in the last few weeks as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his midfield.
And reports in Spanish outlet Diario Gol could hand United a big boost if true.
They claim the 22-year-old is ready to leave the Bernabeu if Zinedine Zidane stays at the club.
The report states he is ready to ‘pack his bags’ if the Frenchman is still there next season, however, the way things are going at Real there’s a chance Asensio could outstay his manager.
Diario Gol also claims Asensio’s Real career could be over if they sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea which has been rumoured in recent weeks.
United are one of three Premier League clubs reportedly interested in Asensio with Bayern and City the other two who are reportedly considering bringing him in.
In other news a Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford is not on the cards.
Mourinho already made it quite clear United’s former No 7 wouldn’t be coming back to United any time soon, however Ronaldo has now reportedly changed his mind too.
Le 10 Sport claims despite intense speculation linking him with a return the 33-year-old has no desire to work with Mourinho again.
Mourinho managed Ronaldo for three seasons at Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013.
Their strong relationship deteriorated as they publicly clashed in their final season together which is said to have put the five time Ballon d’Or winner off working with the Portuguese manager again.
Alexis Sanchez tops the list for the top shirt sales since January 1.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the Manchester United ace has had his name printed on more shirts than any other player this calendar year, in the list, provided by Sportsdirect.com.
Paul Pogba shirts have sold the second highest amount with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, David de Gea and Marcus Rashford making up the popular United contingent.
Harry Kane comes in at third with Mo Salah fourth and next up Eden Hazard.
Virgil van Dijk is the only defender to make the list with Liverpool fans flocking to support their £75m centre-back.
And despite being injured for most of the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still massively popular, selling the 10th highest number from the retailer.
Check out the full top 20 here:
Safe to say there’s no Midlands representatives unfortunately!
Blow for Arsenal
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for between “four and six weeks” having undergone knee surgery this morning.
The French forward arrived in the summer from Lyon for £46.5m and has scored nine goals in 33 appearances – but just one in his last 13 matches.
Having lost his place to new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lacazette would have likely started in the Europa League on Thursday against Ostersunds had he been fit.
Aubameyang is cup-tied, having represented Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League already, and Arsene Wenger allowed the sales of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rivals last month.
It means that Danny Welbeck is set to lead the line in Sweden.
A club statement read: “Striker Alex Lacazette had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning.
“The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”
One for the future?
Justin Kluivert says that he can see himself playing in England in the future.
The son of Holland legend Patrick, Justin is currently playing in the first team at Dutch giants Ajax and has represented his national side at every age level between U15 and U21.
The left winger has been linked with high-profile moves already, including to his dad’s former club Barcelona, but asked about the direction he’d like to see his career take in the long-term, Kluivert admitted that the Premier League is a destination he’d like to end up.
“If you get a nice offer, you never know,” he told Helden.
“England appeals to me: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.”
Kluivert was an unused sub in last season’s Europa League final when Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0.
Source : BirminghamMail