Barca monitor Marco Asensio
In Spain, we are going to talk about something special that does not happen often in local history. With a historic and strong animosity between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, it is rather rare for a player to move from one club to another. We will still remember the incredible transfer of Luís Figo in the early 2000s. But in recent history, it is something very rare… However this morning, Mundo Deportivo tells us that Barça is monitoring the situation of Marco Asensio. And according to the Catalan daily, the Spaniard arouses the curiosity of the Blaugranas for several reasons. “Barça are keeping an eye on the Real Madrid player: he’s a player they like for his age (26), his quality and his versatility, and his contract expires in June. He doesn’t mean too much to Ancelotti, he’s just a substitute at his club and his agent is Jorge Mendes, who has good Laporta connections.This information is surprising to say the least but not meaningless if we are to believe the local press. On his side Sport highlights the strong men of Xavi at the start of the season. The newspaper speaks of7 gorgeous! “Pedri, Gavi, Koundé, Lewandowski, Ter Stegen, Araujo and Dembélé form the basis of the new Barça. After only eight games, the manager is already very clear about the players essential to his project.“As long as it lasts!
Juve can’t afford to fire Allegri
In Italy, Juventus is still in turmoil and a man capitalizes on all the evils of the Old Lady: Massimiliano Allegri! The supporters can’t take it anymore and have been calling for his departure for long weeks, but this morning Tuttosport tells us why the management has still not thanked him, it’s simple, it would have cost 80 M€! A sum that Juve could not afford. “The divorce with Max is not on the agenda at Juve, also for an economic question. The dismissal would cost as much as a top player between salaries and the recruitment of a new technician.“This complicates the task… The other club at the top of the table in Serie A which is in crisis is Inter and this morning The Gazzetta dello Sport placards the declarations of Simone Inzaghi who promises that his team is “with him! “Inzaghi reveals how to solve the crisis. The coach is convinced: the change will take place after the break. Udine’s replacements were needed to shake things up.»
‘Santos can’t do without Pepe’
In Portugal, it is the selection that is making the headlines this morning. On the front page of Oh Jogo, we can see a well-known player there, it is Pepe, the former defender of Real Madrid, today at FC Porto. And he is still essential with the Seleção, and this at 39 years old! As the Portuguese sports newspaper notes, “Fernando Santos can’t do without Pepe. The central defender’s physical condition has been handled with tweezers by FC Porto, but the national team must not abandon him.He is there and intends to be part of the trip to Qatar! On the other hand, Portugal must face a small surprise, the international retirement of Rafa, the striker of Benfica. He wore the national team jersey 25 times but decided to focus on his club and give up the selection at only 29 years old…