Category: La Liga

'Ticks all the boxes' … Some Liverpool fans urge club to land £63m-rated star


Liverpool are no strangers to being linked to James Rodriguez, but some fans’ desire to sign him has strengthened following Sunday’s performance at the World Cup in Russia.

The attacking midfielder has been on Real Madrid’s books since 2014 following his impressive display at the Brazil World Cup.

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In recent seasons, though, the 26-year-old has dropped down the pecking order and as a result was sent to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan.

Rodriguez remains at the Bundesliga outfit, but there has been talk about his long-term future.

Liverpool are in the market for an attacking midfielder as they are yet to replace Philippe Coutinho, who signed for Barcelona in January.

Lyon star Nabil Fekir has been the rumoured top target, but after the deal allegedly fell through, fresh targets have been mentioned.

On Sunday, Rodriguez, who is valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, was one of the stars of the show as he created two assists in a 3-0 victory for Colombia over Poland in Group H.

On Twitter, some Liverpool fans urged the club to make a move for the attacker.

'No brainer' … Tottenham fans react to 43-cap star's transfer bombshell


Mateo Kovacic has been one of the names mentioned in the transfer gossip pages this summer, and that is set to continue after his latest comments.

The Real Madrid midfielder has admitted in an interview with Marca that he needs to move on in order to gain regular game time.

“I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter. I think I can have this opportunity and it’s one I want right now.”

Last season, the Croatia international, who has earned 43 caps for his country, started just 10 La Liga matches last season.

With Zinedine Zidane no longer manager at the Bernabeu, there is always a chance that Kovacic could revive his career with the Spanish giants, but it seems that he has made up his mind.

Tottenham Hotspur seem to be in the market for a new midfielder, and the rumours are likely to ramp up if Mousa Dembele leaves the North London outfit.

Kovacic’s admission suggests that there could be a scramble for his signature over the next few weeks, and Spurs fans are determined for their club to get involved.

Arsenal should forget transfer deal for Emery old boy & move for PSG maestro instead – agreed?


Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal by La Colina de Nervion.

What’s the story?

Banega, who has played a part in both games of Argentina’s World Cup campaign, returned to Sevilla at the start of the 2017/18 season.

Banega has asked new Arsenal boss Unai Emery for assurances regarding his play-time, but it appears the 29-year-old is open to leaving the Spanish outfit again this summer.

Banega is a player that Emery trusts, playing under him at Valencia and Sevilla, and is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

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Is it a good signing?

The Argentine would be another midfield reinforcement for Emery, with the club on the verge of signing Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira.

Banega is an established passer who can play as a defensive midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder, and has been a consistent performer in Europe across his stints at Valencia and Sevilla.

Whilst the midfielder represents a step in the right direction, he has not had a stand-out season since his early days under Emery at Valencia, and his demand for assurances about his playing time could hinder the tactical approach that Emery may take.

Arsenal would be wiser to look for a deal for one of Emery’s former PSG players, Adrien Rabiot. The youngster would likely cost more money, but has the ability to go on and be one of the world’s top box-to-box midfielders.

Rabiot has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League on a number of occasions and would likely be keen to discuss the transfer after his surprise omission from the France World Cup squad.

'Splash the cash' … Liverpool fans urge club to make audacious move for £45m-rated star


Ivan Rakitic was the star of the show during Croatia’s Group D clash against Argentina at the World Cup in Russia on Thursday night.

The midfielder’s display has caught the attention of plenty of fans, including Liverpool supporters who now want their club to make a move for Rakitic in the transfer window.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi carried the hopes of Argentina on his shoulders, but for some reason he struggled to recreate the dazzling form that has been on show at Barcelona all these years.

Rakitic overshadowed his club teammate to help Croatia claim a 3-0 victory and push Argentina closer to elimination.

As well as play an integral role in the middle of the park, the 30-year-old, who is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, also got on the scoresheet.

Liverpool have been linked to numerous midfielders this summer, and the speculation may ramp up now that Emre Can has left to join Juventus.

After watching Croatia in action on Thursday night, Reds fans called on the club to swoop for Rakitic, who scored four goals and created five assists in 55 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last season.

'If this happens I riot' … Arsenal fans react to shock transfer rumour about 22-cap international


Arsenal have plenty of pressure on their shoulders for the upcoming season as they try to navigate their way back into the top four of the Premier League.

Unai Emery is the man at the helm now that Arsene Wenger has left, and while his priority will be recruiting new players, he also needs to keep hold of the important figures in the team.

Nacho Monreal is one of those as he is the one calming figure in a shaky defence.

Last season, the Spaniard, who has earned 22 caps for his national team, even contributed with six goals, one of which was scored in the Europa League.

Monreal has been at the North London outfit since his 2013 switch from Malaga, and has gone on to become an important member of the team.

According to a report in Gol Digital on Wednesday, Real Sociedad have enquired about the defender’s availability.

Arsenal fans have made it clear that they want Monreal to stay, but it is worth noting that the 32-year-old has just one year left on his contract.