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Zinedine Zidane 'being lined up to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid'

Under pressure ... Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti with possible replacement Zinedine Zidane

10/03/2015 00:00:00
by UK Papers
Set to leave City? ... James Milner

REAL Madrid are lining up Zinedine Zidane to replace Carlo Ancelotti as boss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

According to respected sports journalist Graham Hunter, the Real Madrid Castilla Coach is the natural choice to take over from the Italian if Los Blancos decide to dispense with his services, although not immediately as he lacks experience.

Ancelotti has been criticised by fans and the Spanish Press in recent weeks after a poor start to 2015, with the leadership of La Liga having been relinquished to Barcelona last weekend following defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

“It’s not about candidates, it’s a candidate,” Hunter told Sky Sports’ Revista de La Liga programme.

“Zinedine Zidane is the succession plan. He’s in charge of the B team and it’s a formal plan. Everyone knows that’s the case. They want him to gain more experience and I think Zidane himself wants to gain more.

“Therefore, if there is a small chance Ancelotti leaves in the summer then they’ll say “we’ll wait a year for him and Zizou will come through”.

Liverpool 'hopeful' of signing Dani Alves from Barcelona

Considering swicth to Liverpool? ... Dani Alves of Barcelona

LIVERPOOL remain hopeful of signing 31-year-old Manchester United and Arsenal target Dani Alves, who will be free to leave Barcelona in the summer, according to a report in the Daily Star.

The Reds’ current right-back, Glen Johnson, looks increasingly likely to depart Anfield in the summer as his representatives and the club continue to struggle to agree on terms of a new deal, leading to Liverpool looking for alternatives.

The Star claim that Liverpool have targeted Alves as Johnson’s replacement and will look to sign the Brazilian from under the nose of both Arsenal and Manchester United, who have also been linked with the current Barca full-back.

Man United linked with Berahino

United calling? ... West Brom striker Saido Berahino linked with Manchester United


WEST Brom striker Saido Berahino has renewed rumours he could join Manchester United after he was pictured at Old Trafford for their FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, write the Daily Mail.

Louis van Gaal will reportedly embark on an enormous summer spending spree as the Dutchman looks to take Manchester United back into the upper echelons of English and European football after a number of years in the wilderness.

And it appears that West Brom’s Berahino could be on Van Gaal’s shopping last after he was present for United’s loss at Old Trafford.

The Mail suggest that United will not keep loanee Radamel Falcao beyond this season – despite an option to make the move permanent – and will instead turn to other targets – Berahino one of them.

Milner to leave Manchester City

JAMES Milner is considering leaving Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer to play abroad, with the midfielder holding initial talks with AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and two clubs in Spain, report the Guardian.

Milner’s current contract is due to expire in the summer and with it unclear whether City will renew his deal, the England international could be tempted by a move abroad and, according to the Guardian, a sizeable signing-on fee.

Milner’s current £90,000-a-week deal, which he signed on a five-year contract following his move from Aston Villa in 2010, would certainly be eclipsed if he was to leave for another club, but City’s reluctance to let him go may see the versatile midfielder earn a bumper new contract at the Etihad.

Southampton join race for Hernandez

Struggling to get games at Real Madrid ... Javier Hernandez

SOUTHAMPTON have joined West Ham in being interested in Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who is on loan at Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.

The 26-year-old United forward is unhappy at Real Madrid as he struggles for regular first team action.

Chicharito will return to Old Trafford at the end of the season but will likely be placed on the transfer list as Louis van Gaal plans a spending spree.

The Mirror claim a number of clubs have been made aware of his availability with Spurs, Stoke and Everton also interested.

Southampton are currently struggling for goals with just two in their last six matches and could turn to Hernandez in the summer to add some much-needed firepower.

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