SPORTS NEWS>>Manchester United and Real Madrid ready for transfer hotline over these massive deals
Manchester United and Real Madrid will be keeping close tabs on the transfer movements of each other in the summer after it emerged that Real have asked to be kept informed of three United players’ movements.
David De Gea, Paul Pogba are Anthony Martial are all on the Spanish club’s shortlist ahead of next season.
Real have been long-term admirers of goalkeeper De Gea but have now also expressed an interest in midfielder Pogba and forward Martial.
However, United are determined to resolve De Gea’s contract situation and tie the Spaniard down to a new deal.
Meanwhile, it is claimed United have been offered first refusal on attacker Gareth Bale, a long-standing target, as well as midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
United first attempted to sign Bale from Southampton in 2007 and outbid Real in 2013, the report states.
The Old Trafford club are chasing two central midfield additions but Real won’t allow both Modric and Kroos to leave.
Anthony Martial wanted to discuss a move to Arsenal in January as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford, according to the Times.
Martial, 22, was earmarked by Arsenal as a possible makeweight in Sanchez’s switch to United in the last transfer window.
But Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners as part of the Sanchez move instead – leaving Martial unhappy at not having the opportunity to enter talks with Arsenal.
The Frenchman is said to be disillusioned with life at United having last started a Premier League game in Feburary.
Paul Hirst writes: “It is understood that Martial was disappointed at not having the chance to discuss a move to Arsenal in January, when the London club raised the possibility of including the forward in the swap deal that led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving Old Trafford instead.”
Martial has been linked with Juventus and Bayern Munich in recent weeks, reports the Mirror.
He joined United from Monaco in September 2015 for £36million potentially rising to £58million and has a year left on his contract – with a one-year extension.
But talks over a new deal have stalled as Martial considers his future under Jose Mourinho.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold has a surprising link to legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Liverpool defender’s nan was Ferguson’s first girlfriend!
Alexander-Arnold grandma was referred to in the legendary boss’ autobiography as his “first steady girlfriend”, according to the Sun.
The couple dated as teens in Glasgow but broke up and Alexander-Arnold’s maternal grandmother Doreen Carling married after she had moved to New York.
Which is why Alexander-Arnold is eligible to play for the USA as well as England.
The Reds academy graduate has made 23 appearances this season.
A leading bookmaker has taken more bets on Wolverhampton Wanderers winning the Premier League next season than on Manchester United and Liverpool combined.
Bet365 are offering odds of 400/1 for Wolves to follow up their promotion from the Championship by pulling off an incredible top-flight title triumph.
And they have received a flurry of bets from punters who are predicting another top of the table tussle for the Molineux club.
The bookmaker also revealed they have taken just one bet on Wolves to be relegated, which is priced at 5/1.
Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth told Birmingham Live: “We don’t know from a bookmaker’s point of view how far this Wolves project will go. There is plenty of scope for improvement and the owners are very wealthy.
“Ruben Neves is a Champions League player playing in the Championsip so what are they going to do in the Premier League?
“Some people have been surprised by how short we have been at 400/1 while others are saying it is printing money. It’s really divided opinion.
“We have had a lot of bets at small stakes – largely £20s and £10s for big payouts.
“These are very exciting times for Wolverhampton Wanderers.”
Wolves can secure the Championship title with a win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and know that their plans for next term can begin.
Their last season in the Premier League, 2011/12, ended in heartbreak but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side consider themselves well capable of dealing with top-flight rivals this time around.
Supporters can get odds of 66/1 for Wolves to finish in the top four, 20/1 to end up in the top six, and 7/4 to finish in the top half.