Real Betis are trying to extend the contracts of a number of their players amidst the uncertainty going into the upcoming transfer window, and one of those players is Loren Moron.
Los Verdiblancos have been able to get academy graduate Edgar Gonzalez to sign a new deal, so Loren is next on the agenda.
The 26-year-old’s current deal is set to expire in 2022, but Betis want to extend his stay until 2024, with his release clause set to remain at 50 million euros.
Loren is one of Betis’ lowest earners at the moment, but the club want to reward him for the 11 goals he has scored in LaLiga Santander and the Champions League, with his performances having attracted interest from many European clubs.
Now, Betis hope to reach an agreement with Loren before the resumption of LaLiga Santander in mid-June.
Chelsea have exercised an option in Olivier Giroud’s contract, keeping him at Stamford Bridge for the 2020-21 season
An option to extend the striker’s contract by a year was taken last month, ensuring his two-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford Bridge which was due to end at the conclusion of the current campaign will continue.
Prior to the pause in the season due to the pandemic, Giroud had again emphasised his importance to the squad by taking on the responsibility of leading the attack with Tammy Abraham injured, and making a significant contribution, not least when he expertly found the net to open the scoring in a win against Tottenham in February, and helped to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup the following month.
Indeed it was the 33-year old who scored the last goal for Chelsea before the current hiatus, in a 4-0 home win over Everton (celebrated top).
On the fact he will remain a Chelsea player beyond 2019/20, Giroud said: ‘I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea. I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates. I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.’
Director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘It is clear to the club that Olivier continues to be a player we want in the squad, especially as we maintain the important balance between top-quality experience and the exciting young talent we have available, and his attitude when asked to play a supporting role has been exemplary. He is a proven trophy winner who we hope can help our new generation to become that too.’
Frank Lampard said: ‘Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.
‘He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad. I am very pleased that he will continue next season.’
Manuel Neuer has signed a new three-year contract with Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until June 2023.
Neuer joined FC Bayern in the summer of 2011 and since then has been voted World’s Best Goalkeeper four times. In 2014, he was chosen as European and world Athlete of the Year. He has won seven Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups, the Champions League as part of the treble in 2013, and the Club World Cup. He also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
“FC Bayern are very happy Manuel has extended his contract until 30 June 2023,” explained CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Manuel is the best goalkeeper in the world and our captain.”
Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern executive board member: “I can easily put myself in the situation Manuel is in. We understand the direction Manuel wants to take in this phase of his career and what’s important to him. He’s sent a strong signal with this extension.”
“During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue,” said Manuel Neuer. “It was important for me to continue working with our goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. Now this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs.”
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić: “The contract extension is an important sign for FC Bayern as well as for Manuel. Together we have created a win-win situation. That’s what was very important to Manuel and to us. Manuel stands for the continuous success of FC Bayern, for responsibility and world-class standards. I am delighted about our continued work together.”
Real Madrid are making plans for the future in terms of bringing in fresh talent to add to the squad, but their is a crucial element close to home that needs to be taken care of too. That is the renewal of Casemiro’s contract.
The Brazilian’s contract ends in 2021 and he is yet to sign an extension to it. As things stand, the midfielder that has been the most used player by Zinedine Zidane will be able to negotiate a move away from the club with whoever he desires as of January.
AS has been told that there have been conversations but as the coronavirus pandemic kicked in everything was put on hold.
The discussions over the winter period had most people believing that Casemiro and Real Madrid would put pen to paper to extend this current contract until 2023, but nothing was ever signed.
During the negotiation, a significant salary increase was brought to the table based on the importance of his role to the team.
It would have moved him into the realms of Ramos and Hazard, who both side on the level below the best-paid player at the club, Bale (€14.5 million net annual).
As well as his salary boost, the idea was that his release clause would also be bumped up.
Lazio are allegedly looking to reward Ciro Immobile with the captaincy and a new deal, tying him to the Olimpico until 2025.
The leading goalscorer has suggested to end his career with the Aquile, who seem ready to grant the Italy international’s wish and give him further responsibility on the pitch.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims the idea is to renew the current contract and extend the expiration date until June 2025, when Immobile will have turned 35 years old.
Senad Lulic, who has played 20 games in Serie A this term, turned 34 in January and the Bosnia international will pass on the armband to Immobile when his contract expires in June.
Immobile has declared his wish to remain with the Biancocelesti and will be a natural choice for the captaincy, as he has been leading the line with his valuable contributions in front of goal in recent years.
Only this term, the 30-year-old has scored 27 goals in Serie A and has contributed seven assists in his 26 matches, playing 93 per cent of the minutes available in the League so far.
The France forward is expected to sign a new deal at the Parc des Princes but wants a clause allowing him to leave for Real Madrid or another European club.
With football readjusting to a new reality in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, huge transfer fees are expected to become a thing of the past as Europe’s traditional big-hitters are forced to tighten their belts. Real Madrid are among the clubs who will have to draw up fresh plans this summer as their rivals strive to retain their star players but Kylian Mbappé remains a priority target for Florentino Pérez and the PSG star has reportedly placed a demand on the Parc des Princes board in talks over a contract renewal.
PSG’s squad have so far resisted calls to take a pay cut but the possibility that Mbappé, Neyar and co. will have to accept a reduction of 50 percent is on the table. The France international and PSG sporting director Leonardo are in an impasse and the striker is apparently unhappy with the way talks are progressing and while it is expected the 21-year-old will accept a new deal, AS understands that he will demand a release clause that will permit him to move to Real Madrid or another of Europe’s most storied clubs. It will not be a cheap investment for potential suitors though, with any buy-out inserted into Mbappé’s deal likely to eclipse the €222m PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar.
Mbappé deal would place PSG star beyond Madrid’s reach
PSG will likely be happy with that arrangement as it will ensure Mbappé’s continued presence at the club in the medium term and the player will assuredly secure himself a huge pay rise at the same time. For Real Madrid the situation is far from ideal as the Liga club’s plan was to follow the same path that secured the signing of Eden Hazard: Mbappé’s contract expires in 2022 and Pérez’s plan was to make his move when the striker had just one year left on his deal, which would lower the asking price considerably.
If Mbappé renews at PSG, it will be for at least two or three more years, which will hike his price up accordingly. In all likelihood, it will take a world record fee to secure Mbappé and in the current situation it is probable that Madrid will shelve their plans to secure his signature despite the player’s insistence on a clause that opens the door for just such a move.
According to information from NobleSports Reliable Sources, the contract extension of Thiago Alcantara at Bayern is finished. The club wants to announce the new term later this week.
BILD has already reported that Thiago was at Säbener Straße yesterday on a non-training day.
He had last been talking to trainer Hansi Flick twice on the training pitch. A week ago they were ready to reach an agreement over new deal.
And Thiago said a few days ago in the Catalan newspaper “La Vanguardia” about a career end in Munich: “That is a difficult question. A lot has to be right. But Bavaria would be a wonderful club to end a career.”
Bayern recently extended the contract with Thomas Müller until 2023, coach Hansi Flick also signed until 2023. Negotiations are ongoing with Manuel Neuer and David Alaba.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed the club are in the process of extending Paulo Dybala’s contract.
The Argentine star has impressed Maurizio Sarri this season – scoring 13 goals in 34 games and providing 12 assists – and is once again becoming a key player for the current Serie A leaders.
Dybala was on course to join either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur last summer after struggling to adapt to playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo under previous boss Massimiliano Allegri.
But now it appears Dybala is likely to remain at the club after Juventus chief Paratici confirmed the club want the 26-year-old to be part of the club for a long time yet.
‘We’re working to extend Paulo Dybala’s contract,’ Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.
‘We want him as part of Juventus for many years,’ he added.
The news comes after claims from Tuttosport earlier this month that Dybala is determined to follow in the footsteps of Alessandro Del Piero and become a club legend.
Dybala’s current contract expires in the summer of 2022 and is worth £6million-per-year.
An the Italian outlet reported an option appeared to be gradual increases in his salary on an annual basis, with the deal littered with bonus clauses based on his future success at the club.
He has already spent five years at Juventus following a move worth £35million from Palermo.
During his time in Turin, he has played 216 games for the club, netting 91 goals and providing 36 assists.
According to Spanish programme El Chiringuito, Dybala has tested positive for coronavirus four times in the past six weeks, so there are concerns about a return to training amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest from Turin is that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Juventus until 2022. Tuttosport report that the player is happy at the club and does not wish to leave yet.
The Portuguese superstar joined Juventus in 2018; he now seemingly plans to play at least four seasons at Juventus. So far he has made 53 Serie A appearances scoring 42 goals.
There were rumours circulating earlier this month in relation to a potential return to Manchester United. But, for now, this isn’t a likely move. This isn’t to say that an eventual return may happen, of course. It would be interesting to see how a 37-year-old Ronaldo would attract for such a deal in 2022.
Even at the age of 35, Ronaldo is scoring hatfuls of goals; he has scored 25 goals and has notched four assists in all 32 appearances thus far. With the current crisis, he may not get to finish up on what was shaping up to be another fantastic season.
Previously, he has refused to rule out becoming a manager or coach. For now, he is a Juventus player, yet to close his final chapter in Italy.
Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar are back on the same page once again, though perhaps forced because of circumstances.
In essence two factors have come together at the same time, the coronavirus pandemic and the Barcelona boardroom crisis, which mean it’ll be at least one more year before the Brazilian star can make a comeback at the Camp Nou.
PSG are aware that it’ll be practically impossible for Neymar to leave in the summer as they watch the institutional crisis envelope Barcelona, with an offer not expected to arrive for some time, or one that will not match up to the demands from the Qatari owners in Paris.
There is no release clause in Neymar’s contract, nor is the price 165 million euros set by FIFA as Wagner Ribeiro stated.
While it is true the player can buy himself out of his contract this summer, Barcelona will need to tread carefully and assess whether or not it’s worth going to war with Nasser al Khelaifi and his club, by taking such an unusual measure.
Neymar signed his contract with PSG on August 3, 2017, and FIFA regulations give a protected period of three years from the day the deal was inked, so in the event the contract is broken, compensation can be set by FIFA, as well as disciplinary sanctions.
These could include giving a club a two-year transfer ban, while the footballer could be suspended from playing for up to six months.
As of August 3, 2020, Neymar could therefore break his contract and sign for another team, and if there is no agreement between those two sides, PSG would then have to start a procedure with FIFA in order to claim payment, which is usually the remaining salary on the contract.
Last season, PSG didn’t accept an offer from Barcelona and as MARCA reported on Sunday, the Catalans would look to include players in any deal, though that never worked a year ago either.
Most experts expect the transfer fees in the summer window to be significantly reduced in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, thus it would be strange for PSG to accept a lower offer for their superstar player, and could wait one more season for normality to return.
Finally, in recent months PSG and Neymar have become a little closer with the club delighted with the commitment shown by the player, particularly in the Champions League comeback against Borussia Dortmund.
The rest of the squad have made it clear, via Ander Herrera and coach Thomas Tuchel, that Neymar is a leader in the dressing room, more so then Kylian Mbappe.
Right now, PSG are dealing with Neymar’s entourage in a more calm manner, than they are with Mbappe’s, who has a deal until 2022 and is yet to sign a renewal with Real Madrid waiting in the wings.
Neymar himself has also nodded to the club and his teammates from lockdown in Brazil, with statements from the player being released. “I miss football, I miss PSG and my teammates,” he has said.
Barcelona prodigy Riqui Puig has struggled for game time in the club’s first team this season, but the Blaugrana nevertheless intend to exercise their option to extend the midfielder’s contract by a further two years.
Puig’s current deal is set to expire on June 30, 2021, meaning that he would be free to speak to prospective new clubs from January, but this extension would tie him down until June 2023.
Barcelona’s idea is for the 20-year-old to be a permanent fixture in the first-team squad from next season onwards.
Puig last renewed his contract in June 2018 after playing a key role as Barcelona won the UEFA Youth League.
Viewed as the crown jewel in the Blaugrana’s academy, the Catalans made sure that it would be difficult for other clubs to poach him as they put a 100 million euro release clause in his contract.
He even stood out after making the jump up to Barcelona B, which caught the eye of then first-team coach Ernesto Valverde, who gave Puig his full debut.
Puig is the prototypical Barcelona player, with his ability on the ball clear for all to see, and he has often been compared to Andres Iniesta.
However, he has not been given a chance to fully shine in the first team, making just a handful of appearances this season.
There was talk of loaning Puig out to another team so that he could get regular football, but the player wanted to stay at the club and rejected any offer that came in.
Even now, Puig’s idea is to stay at Barcelona next season.
The club’s thinking with regard to the midfielder is that he will be a first-team player in the 2020/21 campaign, as it wouldn’t make sense for him to play with the B team for another year.
This is the moment in which Puig, who turns 21 in August, needs to make the jump and show what he can do at the Camp Nou.
A few days ago, the newspaper Sport stated that Barcelona have a series of clubs interested in the Catalan, but Puig wants to stay and he isn’t contemplating a departure.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that in the next transfer market, it will not be possible to make big-money signings due to the economic crisis that football is going through, so a greater emphasis will be placed on players from the academy.