FIFA officials arrested | Football Espana
Six FIFA officials have been arrested in Zurich at the request of the United States Department of Justice. The BBC reports that the Wednesday morning raids took place at a hotel and that the six are ‘suspected of having received bribes totalling millions of dollars.’
The final: Dnipro v Sevilla preview - UEFA.com
We have analysed and studied Dnipro. We have gathered information from Juande [Ramos], as well as [former assistants] Marcos Álvarez and [Juan] Muñiz because we want to know them in detail. All three of these have worked at Dnipro and they know them well.
€1.5m to release Emery | Football Espana
Any club wanting to pry Unai Emery away from Sevilla will have to pay €1.5m as Milan and Manchester City are linked. AS note that there is speculation both clubs are represented in Warsaw, where Emery and his team are preparing for Wednesday’s Europa League final with Dnipro.
Real Madrid to pay Ancelotti over $4 million - Goal.com
Real Madrid will pay Carlo Ancelotti over $4 million in compensation after sacking him on Monday, Goal International understands. The former AC Milan coach was relieved of his duties after failing to win a major trophy this season, with Napoli boss Rafa Benitez set to be named his successor next week.
Florentino Perez too much power Real Madrid Gab Marcotti - ESPN FC
When managers are sacked, especially at top clubs, we often turn it into a moral issue. We feel sorry for them (or not) and ask ourselves whether they "deserved" to get the boot or "did enough" to keep the job. We use our own metrics to measure this -- results, image, style of play -- and we try to be rational by allowing for mitigating factors: things like injuries, time (and lack thereof), resources, degree of control and oversight or personal relationships.
Iker Casillas reiterates desire to stay at Real Madrid - Goal.com
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will not leave the Spanish capital club, with the veteran determined to treat the 2015-16 season as though it is his first. Casillas is facing an uncertain future in Madrid, with countryman David De Gea tipped to arrive from Manchester United during the offseason. The club will also have a new coach at the helm next term following Carlo Ancelotti's sacking.
Real Madrid: Pogba, Aguero or Sterling to be next Galactico? | Sky Sports
Last year, World Cup hero James Rodriguez arrived from Monaco for a fee which could top £71m, while Real broke the world transfer record to sign Tottenham’s £80m man Gareth Bale in 2013. After a trophyless 2014/15 season, which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will no doubt be looking to make a mega purchase this summer to bring success back to the capital club.
Real Madrid decide to pass on Javier Hernandez - ESPN FC
The Express reported today that Real Madrid have decided not to take up their option to buy Javier Hernandez, and the Mexico international will return to Old Trafford shortly. Despite appearing to be on the fringes of Los Blancos' first team squad for the majority of the campaign, Chicharito ended up making 33 appearances for the Spanish giants. He scored nine goals along the way, commendable stats in anyone's book.
Gareth Bale looking forward to next season with Real Madrid | Football News | Sky Sports
However, a day after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as Real manager, Bale tweeted: "Not the end of the season we had hoped for, we always want to win trophies! Will be working hard in the off season and looking forward to coming back next season stronger with @realmadrid #HalaMadrid."
Napoli call news conference amidst Rafa Benitez rumours | Sky Sports
Napoli have called an unexpected press conference for Thursday afternoon amidst reports linking Rafael Benitez with the Real Madrid vacancy. The Serie A club wrap up their season with a home game against Lazio on Sunday, but the former Liverpool boss could be set to announce his impending departure for the Bernabeu three days before that.
Athletic make Monreal offer | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao have made a ‘firm offer’ to Arsenal for left-back Nacho Monreal, reports in Spain say. Marca put the fee on the table at €8m, despite Arsenal paying Malaga €10m plus add-ons when they signed the defender in January 2013. But the Gunners are willing to sell Monreal as he is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and they aren’t of a mind to offer a renewal.