Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta reveals Real Madrid tried to sign him before joining Vissel Kobe

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Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has revealed Real Madrid tried to sign him earlier in his career.

The 34-year-old has just left the Camp Nou side after a scintillating 16-year career, which included nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and three Club World Cups.

But the Spain international could have left the Catalan giants for Los Blancos.

As reported in The Sun, Iniesta said: “There have been some moments when Madrid has felt around me, there have never been negotiations beyond the fact that I wanted to be there.

“But, since I stepped into La Masia, I was going to triumph at Barcelona.

“The beginning was not easy. But I always preferred to play ten minutes here than for another team.”

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Liverpool's new signing Fabinho welcomes prospect of Nabil Fekir joining him at Anfield

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After signing Fabinho from AS Monaco, Champions League runners-up Liverpool are now trying to strike a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir.

Following the sale of Brazilian play-maker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, the Reds are keen to fill the void in midfield and believe Fekir could be the man for the job.

With Emre Can set to move to Juventus after the end of his contract, on a free transfer, Liverpool are attempting to strengthen their midfield.

Meanwhile, Fabinho who has played as a rival in Ligue 1 with Fekir believes the French international is a class act and welcomes the possibility of the 24-year-old joining him at Anfield.

In an exclusive interview with RMC Sport, when asked if he would like Fekir to make a switch to the Reds – Fabinho said – “Yes.

“He is a very good player, of international level.

“In Ligue 1, it is not only this season that he has demonstrated things.

“It’s been a few years since he demonstrates his quality.

“If he comes, it will be good too.”

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Riyad Mahrez headline our Rumour Mill as Man City close in on Leicester star

David Cooper 29/05/2018
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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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RIYAD MAHREZ

Manchester City are hoping to complete the £75 million (Dh366.8m) signing of the elusive Leicester star this week, according to the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old had a productive 2017-18 campaign for the Foxes, scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists in 44 appearances. Although he would not be guaranteed a place in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, the Algerian would provide competition and offer a different option to Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva. And with Algeria failing to qualify for the World Cup, Mahrez would benefit from a full pre-season to adjust to Guardiola’s tactics, with the Premier League champions heading to America in July.

MOUSA DEMBELE

Napoli and Inter are tracking the star midfielder as he approaches the final year of his contract at Tottenham, Gazzetta dello Sport claims. The 30-year-old has been a thorn in Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, making 42 appearances in all competitions. But the Belgian international has shelved extension talks until after the World Cup this summer. Regardless of Dembele’s future, Spurs are keen to strengthen their midfield with Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot among the key targets.

STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for the highly-rated Juventus right back, according to Corriere dello Sport. The 34-year-old is set to leave the Old Lady after seven years when his deal with the Serie A champions expires this week. The Swiss international has won 14 trophies with the Turin outfit since joining from Lazio in 2011. With new Gunners boss Unai Emery on the hunt for defensive reinforcements, the experienced Lichtsteiner has emerged as a serious target and is available on a free transfer

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