Daily Digest: Eden Hazard would cost Real Madrid more than £170m

David Cooper 22/07/2018
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Hello, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today.

TOP STORY 

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea are determined to be properly compensated should they allow Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid. The Stamford Bridge club have told Los Blancos to pay up if they are keen on the Belgian star, the Mirror reports.

Read more in our transfer Rumour Mill, here.

FOOTBALL

Star of the World Cup: Neymar.

Neymar is reportedly staying at the Parc des Princes.

Neymar has once again denied reports suggesting he could move to Real Madrid this summer.

When questioned about stories in Spanish media linking the Paris Saint-Germain forward to a Santiago Bernabeu switch, he dismissed them as mere “speculation from the press.”

Read more here.

NEWS

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major since 2008.

Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008.

Jordan Spieth will take a share of the lead into the final round of the 147th Open Championship as he looks to become the first back-to-back winner for a decade.

But he could get the battle with Tiger Woods he has always pictured in his head with the 14-time major winner lurking ominously among the chasing pack after a thrilling day of low scoring at a defenceless Carnoustie.

The tone was set when Spieth drove the first green on the 380-yard par four and holed from 12 feet for eagle on his way to a bogey-free 65 to finish nine under par, a total matched by compatriots Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.

Another American Kevin Chappell is two shots off the lead with Italy’s Francesco Molinari on six under and WOODS another stroke back alongside Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson.

Read more in our Golf section.

CRICKET

Mohammed Shami will carry a huge burden.

There are less than 10 days remain for the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston and the visitors have their task cut out for them in assembling a pace attack in the spate of recent injuries to key players.

Virat Kohli has seen his options dwindle significantly in India’s limited-overs exertions with injuries to Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar highlighting their woes.

Ashish Peter brings you more in this feature piece.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Tahith Chong enjoyed an impressive 30-minute cameo for Manchester United in their pre-season opener on Thursday.

Tahith Chong enjoyed an impressive 30-minute cameo for United.

With his shaggy hair and tall, athletic build, Tahith Chong may remind you at first glance of Marouane Fellaini.

And while many Manchester United fans will shudder at the very mention of the big Belgian’s name, Dutch winger Chong is the very antithesis of the much-maligned yet undoubtedly useful midfielder.

Here, Matt Jones brings you a scouting report on the 18-year-old after he featured for the Red Devils during their pre-season tour of the America. Read more, here.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP

Our front page on Sunday leads on The Open golf, which is set for a thrilling finale in Scotland!

WHAT’S ON

Fakhar Zaman is being lauded by the legends on social media.

Fakhar Zaman hit a blistering double-century on Friday.

Golf: The Open, fourth and final day at the Carnoustie Championship Course in Scotland

Cricket: Zimbabwe v Pakistan (11:15); West Indies v Bangladesh (17:30)

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Daily Digest: Liverpool complete Alisson capture, Man United draw against Club America

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Good morning, David Cooper here with a round-up of Friday’s news.

TOP STORY

Signed on the dotted line: Alisson (Photo Credit: Liverpool FC).

Signed on the dotted line: Alisson (Photo Credit: Liverpool FC).

Liverpool have completed the world-record signing of goalkeeper Alisson – and with it their summer transfer business.

Press Association Sport understands the Reds have agreed to pay a guaranteed £56million up front, with £53.8m going to Roma and £2.2m to the Brazil international’s former club Internacional.

They will pay a further £9m in add-ons, dependant on Champions League qualification and also wins in that competition, Europa League or Premier League.

Alisson, 25, has signed a six-year contract.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

GLENDALE, AZ - JULY 19: Juan Mata #8 of Manchester United poses with Karger David Kohler President and CEO of Kohler Company after the International Champions Cup game against the Club America at the University of Phoenix Stadium on July 19, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for International Champions Cup)

Juan Mata was on the scoresheet for Man United overnight.

Jose Mourinho expected Club America to put his new-look Manchester United squad through their paces – and his prediction appeared to be realised in the 1-1 friendly.

Missing star talents Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, the opening match of a pre-season US tour looked like it might end in defeat for the Reds in Arizona until Juan Mata volleyed to equalise in the 78th minute.

Read more, here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Will Eden Hazard move to Real Madrid this summer? Stuart Appleby tackles five key Los Blancos questions as new boss Julen Lopetugei gets to work with his new team.

Read the comment piece, here.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP

Alisson’s arrival at Liverpool was the centre of attention on social media on Thursday night.

WHAT’S ON

Live International Cricket: Zimbabwe v Pakistan, Fourth ODI (11:15)

Golf: The Open at Carnoustie, Day Two

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Daily Digest: Jose Mourinho on Paul Pogba's World Cup campaign, Maurizio Sarri to meet Eden Hazard

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Good morning, David Cooper here with your headlines.

TOP STORY

Scored in World Cup final: Paul Pogba.

Scored in World Cup final: Paul Pogba.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho thinks Paul Pogba was “absolutely brilliant” during France’s World Cup campaign and hopes the midfielder “understands why” he played at the level he did.

Pogba helped Les Bleus win the tournament in Russia, with the final seeing him score as Croatia were defeated 4-2 in Moscow.

Read more from Mourinho, who was speaking during the club’s pre-season stint in Los Angeles.

FOOTBALL

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Maurizio Sarri wants to meet Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois for face-to-face talks in order to convince them their futures lie with Chelsea.

New Blues head coach Sarri faces a battle to keep hold of his star players after replacing Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Read more, here.

CRICKET

Cricket ace: Veda Krishnamurthy.

India women’s star Veda Krishnamurthy hopes the BCCI can launch a women’s IPL by 2020 – a tournament that she believes will grow the game even further in the country.

The popularity of the women’s game in India is gradually increasing with last year’s World Cup performances in England before they were beaten by the hosts, having a major impact on the number of girls taking up the game.

Read more, here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

The teenager will soon link-up with Madrid.

The teenager will soon link-up with Madrid.

Vinicius Junior, the latest Brazilian wonderkid off the production line, is set to be unveiled by Real Madrid on Thursday (15:00 UAE time).

Matt Jones takes an in-depth look at the teenager’s career so far.

WHAT’S ON

Golf: The Open Championship, Carnoustie (10:00 onwards)

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