Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini says he turned down a move to Arsenal 20 years ago, while Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to bring Patrick Bamford back, all in the papers.
CHIELLINI TURNED DOWN ARSENAL
Legendary Juventus Giorgio Chiellini has revealed he turned down a move to Arsenal when he was just 16.
The centre-back, who has made over 600 career appearances, was given the opportunity to swap Livorno for London.
The 36-year-old though turned down the offer and he admits it’s one of his biggest regrets.
In an interview with So Foot in France, via Sport Witness, Chiellini said: “Looking back, I tell myself I must have been crazy to not accept that offer (laughs).
“At the time, I was just a teenager playing for Livorno in Serie C, and I get this offer with wages of around €100k/year, which was huge… But I just didn’t feel ready.
“Plus, I didn’t feel good leaving my club, the one where I’ve grown up, for a fee close to nothing, because Livorno wouldn’t have gotten much from it. By accepting, I would have had the feeling of betraying them”.
MADRID TO OFFLOAD PAIR
Real Madrid have decided that Marcelo and Isco will leave the club in the summer (TodoFichajes)
New Liverpool signing Ozan Kabak has not developed as expected at Schalke (Kicker)
Edin Dzeko is destined to leave Roma at the end of the season with Everton linked to the strike (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus are reportedly prepared to renew with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese talisman could sign a new contract until June 2023 (Tuttosport)
Sergi Roberto is one of the players who is thinking about not extending his contract at Barcelona (TodoFichajes)
Hulk arrived in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday night to be unveiled as new Atletico-MG player (ESPN)
Las Palmas striker Jese Rodriguez has no doubt in his mind that former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe will play for Real Madrid one day. (COPE)
CHELSEA WANT BAMFORD
Thomas Tuchel is reportedly keen on bringing Patrick Bamford back to Chelsea from Leeds United (Don Balon)
Ajax’s record signing Sebastien Haller was mistakenly left off their Europa League list, the club have confirmed.
Sergio Aguero is reportedly delighted amid speculation he could join Barcelona this summer (El Larguero)
Real Madrid are worried about Gareth Bale after his poor displays with Tottenham. Los Blancos think they could struggle to offload the player and will be stuck with his big salary (Marca)
Atletico Madrid have announced in a club statement that Moussa Dembele has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating.
Marseille have checked in on Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira as they look for a replacement for Andre Villas-Boas (Globo Esporte)
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has publicly called for forward Alexis Sanchez to improve following a poor spell of form (various)
Angel Di Maria, who was linked with Spurs last month, wants to extend his deal with PSG (L’Equipe)