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TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Real Madrid appoint Lopetegui and more updates
Tuesday, June 12
Real Madrid manager deal
17:00: Julen Lopetegui has been appointed as Real Madrid’s new manager.
The Spain head coach will join up with his new club after the World Cup.
“Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup,” a statement from Real read.
“Real Madrid C. F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”
Lopetegui, 51, played briefly as a goalkeeper for Real during his footballing days and also spent three seasons at Barcelona.
Man Utd star to leave
16:49: Anthony Martial could be set to leave Manchester United for Tottenham.
That is the revelation this afternoon as bookmakers slash their price on the transfer happening this summer.
Jose Mourinho is tipped to axe Martial as he eyes another forward signing.
Spurs have been linked in the past and now bookies Coral have cut his odds from 5-2 to 2-1 to join Spurs.
Juventus are also in the running at 4-1, with Chelsea at 9-2.
16:35: Jack Wilshere remains a “big issue” for Unai Emery that the Arsenal manager must sort out.
Wilshere’s contract expires at the end of June and Emery is yet to lock him into a new deal.
The England midfielder could leave the club for nothing and former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner says that’s not good news.
“The worrying thing about this is that Jack’s stalling now,” Mariner told ESPN FC.
“So obviously his contract ends in about three weeks time, couple of weeks time.
“For Arsenal not to have got him locked in, signed up, sorted out, that’s a big issue. So it seems as though his agent is calling around.”
16:20: Chelsea are ready to exploit Aston Villa’s perilous financial position by making a bargain bid for Jack Grealish.
Grealish was one of the driving forces in Villa’s push for promotion this season, which eventually failed as they lost the Championship playoff final to Fulham.
Villa face a worrying season ahead following financial concerns.
And TEAMtalk reckon Chelsea are prepared to swoop in with a bargain £30m bid for Grealish.
Villa want £40m for their playmaker but may have to accept the Blues’ offer if no other suitors are found.
Liverpool transfer alternatives
16:00: Liverpool have five alternative targets if a move for Nabil Fekir fails.
Fekir was supposed to sign with the club last week but a deal is yet to be finalised.
And Sky Sports claim five men are available to the Reds if they decide to change their strategy.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt is one, with a valuation of £36.
Marco Asensio would also interest Jurgen Klopp but the Real Madrid star is more costly, at £67.5m.
The report claims PSG’s Julian Draxler and Christian Pulisic of Dortmund are also on the manager’s wish list, with respective prices of £31.5m and £40.5m.
And Monaco gem Thomas Lemar, who almost signed for Arsenal last summer, completes the list with a valuation of £58.5m.