Paper Talk: Ronaldo may leave as Arsenal eye CM

Date published: Thursday 31st March 2016 2:23

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Rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid are rife again, while Arsenal have apparently scouted Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly put his house on the market in Madrid sparking fervent rumours that the Portugal forward is leaving the Spanish capital.

Spanish website OK Diario claims that Ronaldo, 31, is flogging his £4million mansion as he prepares to in Real’s end-of-season clearout.

There have been rumours of a clearing of the decks by Zinedine Zidane at the end of the season and Ronaldo could be one of those on the move, which will have the Manchester United boardroom watching closely.

Ronaldo is also believed to be selling his mother’s £2m home, further suggesting the whole family could be about to up sticks.

Of course, it’s quite possible that Ronaldo simply wants to move house (God forbid) and that a return to United, where he starred for six seasons before leaving for Real for £80million in 2009, is not on the agenda.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to The Guardian.

The Gunners have sent scouts to watch the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Liverpool.

The Guardian also comically reports that Arsenal “have further monitored his progress via video clips”.

The 27-year-old is under contract at Dortmund until the summer of 2017 and the Bundesliga club want to agree a new contract with the former Shakhtar Donetsk player.

But Arsenal have been impressed by the Armenia international in the meetings with Dortmund this season and last season, and Arsene Wenger is preparing an offer for him in the summer.

Mkhitaryan has scored 15 times for Dortmund this term, and after signing in 2013 from Shakhtar for £23.5million, Arsenal will have to pay around £30million to secure his services.

The paper also reports Wenger wants Borussia Mönchengladbach holding midfielder Granit Xhaka and Lorient left-back Raphaël Guerreiro.


Arsenal have sent a representative to see Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, play 30 times this season as they look to make a major signing this summer (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, has received an offer to play in China for Jiangsu Suning (Il Milanista)

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 23, for £20m (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham will turn to Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, if they fail to sign Michy Batshuayi, 22, from Marseille (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham are set to sign 18-year-old Valencia striker Toni Martinez in a deal starting at £750,000 (Daily Mirror)

Watford have signed former Dundee United striker Ola Adeyemo, 21, after a trial (Watford Observer)

England manager Roy Hodgson is considering a surprise recall for Chelsea defender John Terry, 35, ahead of Euro 2016. Terry announced his retirement from international football in 2012 (Daily Mail)

England captain Wayne Rooney, 30, wants to play for Manchester United’s reserve team to find his fitness before the finals in France as he recovers from injury (Daily Star)

Tottenham, who are chasing the Premier League title, will agree a deal to play European ties at Wembley while their new stadium is built (The Sun)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 64, is wanted by the Netherlands to become technical director, overseeing the country’s football centre of excellence. (Independent)

Aston Villa may not appoint a new manager until the end of the summer – and they want someone with Premier League experience (Guardian)

Gary Neville, who has been offered his old job as a TV pundit, remains in Spain considering his options after being sacked as Valencia boss (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United are set to rely on third-choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 25, to help keep them in the Premier League – even though he only has 90 minutes of top-flight experience. The Magpies are without the injured Tim Krul and Rob Elliot for the rest of the season (Newcastle Chronicle)

Southend United manager Phil Brown, 56, remains favourite to take over at Bolton Wanderers although the Championship’s bottom club are in no hurry to make an appointment (Bolton News)

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