Thursday's Transfer Gossip:  Benzema, Kone, Brandt, Messi, Alvarez, Pogba, Gundogan, Loftus-Cheek


  • Karim Benzema is set to give Real Madrid a boost ahead of this week’s Clasico against Barcelona after reaching a verbal agreement on fresh contract terms.
  • Chelsea are interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone with the 21-year-old France midfielder also attracting interest from Paris St-Germain.


  • Borussia Dortmund may offer Germany international winger Julian Brandt, 26, a new contract in a bid to fend off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
  • Julian Alvarez is set to sign a new contract at Manchester City which will double his wages to around £100,000-per-week over the next five years.
  • Nottingham Forest midfielder Gustavo Scarpa is back in England but not in the right mental state to return to action yet after returning to Brazil to attend court hearings over a cryptocurrency scam which has cost him a reported £1m.


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  • West Ham are eyeing a move for Werder Bremen and Germany striker Niclas Fullkrug, 30.
  • Newcastle, Aston Villa, Wolves and Leeds are interested in signing Portugal international full-back Raphael Guerreiro, 29, when his contract at Borussia Dortmund runs out in the summer.


  • Fulham are monitoring French midfielder Edouard Michut, 20, who is currently on loan at Sunderland from Paris St-Germain.

  • Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, will be offered 220m (£193m) euros per year to move to a Saudi Arabian club when his Paris St-Germain contract ends in the summer.
  • Harry Winks says he has no idea what his future holds at Tottenham as nobody from the club has contacted him during his loan spell in Serie A with Sampdoria.
  • Manchester United will head to the United States on tour this summer, with a possible trip to Las Vegas and a friendly against Wrexham being mooted.


  • France midfielder Paul Pogba wants to stay at Juventus next season, despite the 30-year-old only playing 35 minutes of Serie A football this season because of injuries.


  • Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has already spoken to German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, about a transfer. Gundogan’s deal at Manchester City runs out in the summer.


  • Borussia Dortmund may offer Germany international winger Julian Brandt, 26, a new contract in a bid to fend off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt are braced for an offer from Manchester United for France striker Randal Kolo Muani this summer according to reports in Germany.

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Fernandez, Messi, Ronaldo, Livacovic, Bellingham, Benzema, Haaland, Mourinho


  • Liverpool are reportedly prepared to match any offer from another club for midfield target Enzo Fernandez, with a ‘pre-agreement’ said to be in place.


  • Barcelona have not yet held any negotiations with Lionel Messi about the Argentina forward, 35, returning to the club when his contract with Paris St-Germain ends in the summer.
  • Ronaldo will not retire from international football after Portugal’s World Cup exit, even if Fernando Santos remains as coach.


  • Bayern Munich held talks with Dinamo Zagreb about Croatia’s World Cup goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 27, but have decided to look elsewhere for a replacement for Manuel Neuer, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.


  • Rangers have agreed a new four-year contract with Leon King after the Scottish centre-back, 18, received multiple offers from Premier League clubs including Leeds United.


  • Leeds United are closing in on the signing of English midfielder George Hall, 18, from Birmingham City in January.


  • Karim Benzema looks set to be available for the return of La Liga games after being spotted at Real Madrid‘s training session on Tuesday, one day before his France team-mates attempt to reach the World Cup final without him.
  • Borussia Dortmund‘s England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, is a long-term target for Liverpool but they are also planning a January move for a lower-profile midfielder with the potential to become a first-team regular.




  • Tension is growing between Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, and his agent Jorge Mendes as the uncertainty over the Portugal forward’s future continues after his departure from Manchester United.


  • Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia would welcome the chance to work with Ronaldo after the Saudi Arabian club’s reported interest in signing him, and the Spaniard says he was “very close” to succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last year.
  • Jack Wilshere says the Football Association should go all out for Newcastle boss Eddie Howe if Gareth Southgate decides to step down before Euro 2024.


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  • Roma coach Jose Mourinho is at the top of Portugal’s list of candidates to succeed Santos as national team coach.


  • Tottenham are interested in signing Wilfried Zaha, 30, on a free transfer when the Ivory Coast forward’s contract expires at Crystal Palace in the summer.
  • Chelsea are prepared to sign a new striker in January and discussed the possibility even before their Albania striker Armando Broja, 21, suffered a serious knee injury.


  • Manchester United are yet to follow Chelsea in registering any interest with AC Milan in their Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23.


  • Morocco boss Walid Regragui was listening in to a tactics seminar run by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta just 12 months ago as he now prepares his own team for a World Cup semi-final.


  • Manchester City‘s Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, is no longer on Real Madrid‘s list of future targets with Brazilian forward Endrick, 16, having agreed to join them from Palmeiras in 2024.


  • Leicester City are ready to make an offer which could be more than £40m for Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who currently plays in France for Angers and has been linked with Barcelona.
  • Centre-back Luizao has arrived in England for a medical with West Ham but he is not the only 20-year-old Brazilian the Hammers hope to sign from Sao Paulo as they have also begun talks over a deal for defensive midfielder Pablo Maia.


  • Fulham have shown interest in signing Netherlands right-back Rick Karsdorp, 27, on loan from Roma with an obligation to buy upon reaching certain conditions.
  • Barcelona see Boca Juniors‘ Argentine midfielder Alan Varela, 21, as a potential replacement for long-serving captain Sergio Busquets, 34.


  • Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis could be offered a life-changing move to Saudi Arabia after contract talks stalled.
  • Emmanuel Petit says Arsenal should target one of Wilfried Zaha, Allan Saint-Maximin or Christian Pulisic in January as they look to replace injured Gabriel Jesus.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Benzema, Balde, Williams, Fernandez, Walker, Power


  • Karim Benzema could reportedly still rejoin France’s World Cup squad with the Real Madrid striker believed to be recovering from injury quicker than expected.


  • Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde has named Manchester United as another club he would like to play for during a TikTok session.


  • Arsenal and Manchester United fans will reportedly be able to snap up sponsorless shirts from next season.
  • Juventus are targeting a January switch for Manchester United target Nico Williams, according to reports.


  • Eddie Jones’ future as England head coach remains uncertain with the RFU unable to say whether he will attend a World Cup planning trip next month.
  • Manchester United will have to fork out over £100m if they want to sign Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the January transfer window.


  • Kyle Walker is in line to start his first England game at this World Cup against Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a back three or a back four.


  • Chelsea are reportedly closing in on Christopher Nkunku’s transfer from RB Leipzig – with only a contract needing to be signed.


  • Gareth Southgate is set to recall Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker to England’s starting line-up as he looks to add experience to his team in what is expected to be an intense all-British clash with Wales.


  • Eddie Jones‘ future as England head coach remains uncertain with the RFU unable to say whether he will attend a World Cup planning trip next month.
  • Declan Rice has labelled Phil Foden as England’s ‘most technically gifted player,’ while Manchester City and national team-mate Kalvin Phillips has insisted the attacker’s best position is playing as a number 10.


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  • Arsenal legend David Seaman has weighed in on the prospect of Jude Bellingham moving to the Emirates next summer.


  • Liverpool have appointed Jonathan Power as their new club doctor and he will begin the role before the Premier League’s resumption.
  • Teenage sensation Gavi missed training on Monday, a day after Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the World Cup.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Benzema, Scott, Nkunku, Mbappe, Rice, Sule, Traore

  • France striker Karim Benzema, 34, has demanded a meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in March as he fears he may lose his place in the team if Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, moves this summer. (Onze – in French)


  • Everton and Leicester City are, along with a number of other Premier League clubs, monitoring Bristol City and England U19s attacking midfielder Alex Scott. (Football Insider)


  • Arsenal have been dealt a setback in their pursuit of 24-year-old Christopher Nkunku after RB Leipzig insisted the sought-after French playmaker will stay put for at least another season. (Sky Sport Germany – in German)


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Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Isak, Pereira, Gavi, Rice, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tevez


  • Manchester United have agreed a fee of £12m for the permanent sale of Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 26, to Flamengo. (Universo, via Sun)


  • James Garner is hopeful of staying at Manchester United next season as the 20-year-old English midfielder approaches the final months of his loan spell with Nottingham Forest. (Manchester Evening News)


  • Wolves boss Bruno Lage has backed 26-year-old Spanish winger Adama Traore to earn a permanent £29m move to Barcelona following his impressive debut back in Spain. (Mirror)


  • Lage wants to add a target man to his Wolves squad in the summer transfer window. (Birmingham Live)


  • Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has defended the club not making a senior signing in January and added that it was “very valuable” the Elland Road side “were able to keep the players wanted by other teams”. (Mail)


  • Leeds United did not entertain selling Raphinha, 25, in January but expect interest in the Brazil winger, 26-year-old England midfielder Kalvin Phillips and French keeper Illan Meslier, 21, during the summer. (Athletic – subscription required)


  • Germany’s left-sided wing-back Robin Gosens, 27, says he considered an offer from Newcastle United before opting to join Inter Milan from Atalanta in January. (Kicker – in German)


  • France striker Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid when his Paris St-Germain contract runs out in the summer but the 23-year-old says he has not made a decision over his future. (Amazon Prime, via Mirror)


  • West Ham manager David Moyes reckons Declan Rice, 23, is worth more than £100m, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all thought to be interested in a summer move for the England midfielder. (Metro)


  • Chelsea have suffered a blow after target Niklas Sule, 26, agreed to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer when the German defender leaves Bayern Munich. (Mirror)

Benzema Scores Real Madrid's 1,000th European Cup Goal.

Real Madrid know they were on the verge of a historic milestone as they prepared to face Shakhtar Donetsk, needing just one goal to reach 1,000 in European Cup history. It’s no surprise that it was Karim Benzema who scored it.

The French striker had a simple tap after Vinicius set him up and he wrote his name into another piece of Real Madrid history.

In being the one to mark the milestone, Benzema joins illustrious names.

Such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the 900th and the 800th, David Beckham (600) and Guti (500).

The player who started it all was Miguel Munoz, back in 1955 when he scored Los Blancos’ first ever European Cup goal.


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Now, 999 goals and over half a century later, Benzema ensured Real Madrid became the first club in competition history to reach a four-figure goal tally, with no other team having scored as many in Europe’s top tournament.

On a personal level, Benzema took his own Champions League tally to 74, with 62 of those coming in Real Madrid colours. Only Raul (66) and Cristiano Ronaldo (106) are ahead of him in club history.

Benzema remains the overall fourth-top Champions League scorer of all time, behind only Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.


Higuain: I Scored 26 Goals & They Signed Benzema & Kaka

Former Real Madrid forward nets 121 times during his time in Spain.

Higuain has admitted he found it tough amid the club’s plethora of Galactico signings.

He was initially frustrated that Real Madrid signed Karim Benzema and Kaka in a season that saw him finish as the club’s top scorer.

The Argentine, who now plays for Inter Miami, represented Los Blancos between 2007 and 2013.

But eventually left for Napoli having scored a total of 121 goals during his time in the Spanish capital.

Higuain, who actually scored 27 La Liga goals during that 2009-10 campaign.

  Higuian said to ESPN Futbol360:

“With Benzema it was a very healthy competition, but we had to do our best.

“The year Cristiano arrived, he scored 27 goals (sic) and I scored 26 (sic).


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The next transfer window (sic) they brought in Kaka and Benzema.

That’s when I said: ‘how many goals do I have to score?’

“Karim came in and he brought out the best version of me and I brought out the best version of him.

He’s a tremendous number nine.”

The 33-year-old signed for Real Madrid from River Plate in December 2006.

Winning La Liga in his first season with the club although he only managed two goals in all competitions.

Higuain’s output dropped in the 2010-11 season as he struggled with injuries.

Although he did earn a Copa del Rey winners’ medal, and he then played a pivotal role in 2011-12,

scoring 22 league goals to help Madrid claim the Liga crown once again.

Reflecting on his time with the Spanish club, the Argentine said:

“I wasn’t going to go to the first team of Real Madrid.

They bought me and they were going to keep me at Castilla. There was the possibility of going on loan as well.

“My dad told me on the plane: ‘The only thing I’m going to ask you is not to be afraid.

Never be afraid, but be respectful…’ and that phrase stayed with me.

“When I arrived, I trained with the first team and in the second training session [Fabio] Capello told me:

‘You’re staying with us’. Three or four days later I made my debut as a starter in the Copa del Rey.

I ended up playing on the right wing.”

Higuain’s Real Madrid career stats

Season Apps (all comps) Goals Trophies won
2006-07 23 2 La Liga
2007-08 34 9 La Liga
2008-09 44 24 Supercopa de Espana
2009-10 40 29 N/A
2010-11 25 13 Copa del Rey
2011-12 54 26 La Liga
2012-13 44 18 Supercopa de Espana