PSG hold Cristiano Ronaldo talks as Real Madrid star eyes Bernabeu exit

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With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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CRISTIANO RONALDO

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly already held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over a possible move this summer according to the Daily Mail.

The Portuguese has informed Real Madrid that he would like to leave the club with his agent Jorge Mendes meeting with PSG to discuss a deal during the Champions League final in Cardiff.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: If Ronaldo does leave this summer, PSG would be the most likely destination. However, in all probability, the 32-year-old lands a bumper new deal and all is well in Ronaldo land again.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

ERIC DIER

If Manchester United can put together £50 million, they could sign Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, the Telegraph reports.

Jose Mourinho is apparently keen on the Spurs man and sees him as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Dier would fit the billing for Mourinho as a holding midfielder but the price tag could prove to be a stumbling block as would the task of convincing the English international to make the switch considering how Tottenham have been shaping up over the last couple of seasons.

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO

Tiemoue Bakayoko has decided against Manchester City and Manchester United and has opted for a move to Chelsea instead, according to L’Equipe.

With the London club’s patience running out, the player and his entourage were spurred into action to agree on a move to Stamford Bridge.

The two clubs now need to agree a fee, with Chelsea reportedly offering up to €30 million (£26m) so far, with Monaco holding out for at least €45m (£39m).

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Bakayoko would be a fine addition to the Premier League champions and would suit the system that Antonio Conte employs.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's doubts over Real Madrid future could be due to tax evasion accusations

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo appears determined to quit Spain as he believes he is being singled out for unfair treatment by the tax authorities.

Press Association Sport understands the 32-year-old is “outraged” after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).

A source claims the “outraged” Portugal international “feels great indignation” with all the speculation about his tax affairs and and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations – which he contests – and has made a decision to leave Spain.

Earlier this week Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute released a statement which said: “There is no tax evasion scheme… There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything.”

On Thursday Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year contract in November, posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption “Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet”.

Ronaldo’s tactics are not dissimilar to those of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment, when he was accused of concealing 4.1million euros (£3.5million) from the authorities.

The Argentina forward was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a 21-month prison sentence (under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually suspended) and a fine of 2.1million euros (£1.8million).

As one of the most marketable players in the world, Ronaldo’s potential availability would generate much interest, but only the very richest clubs in the world would be able to afford him.

His Real contract is understood to have a buyout clause of 1billion euros (£874million) and, in May, Forbes calculated his pre-tax salary as being close to £45million a year.

The Euro 2016 winner has helped Real secure the Champions League three times, scoring twice in last month’s final as they became the first club to retain the title, and he became only the second player to score in three finals. He is the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.

He has also won two LaLiga titles with the club he joined from Manchester United for £80million in 2009.

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Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, among the Chinese Super League's biggest-ever signings as CSL transfer window opens again

Sport360 staff 16/06/2017

Chinese clubs spent heavily in recent transfer windows as the Chinese Super League (CSL) hit the headlines with a number of big-name, big-money signings.

Ahead of the opening of China’s four-week transfer window on Monday, here are five major signings by CSL teams and how they have fared:

OSCAR (SHANGHAI SIPG)

The biggest transfer in Asian football history saw SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas sign a fellow Chelsea alumnus, attacking midfielder Oscar, for a whopping €60million.

Arriving to a hero’s welcome in January, Oscar immediately started repaying his hefty price tag with goals in the AFC Champions League as the Shanghai side set up a forthcoming quarter-final clash with Chinese rivals Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 25-year-old Brazilian international quickly became a fans’ favourite.

CARLOS TEVEZ (SHANGHAI SHENHUA)

Shenhua also made waves in Shanghai in January by signing Tevez, the former Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus striker, from Boca Juniors on a reported annual salary of 38 million euros, making him one of the world’s highest-paid footballers.

But the Argentine forward, 33, has failed to win over the fans and infuriated them after being spotted at Disneyland the same day he missed an important match due to injury.

Tevez is now in danger of becoming a hate figure at the club.

HULK (SHANGHAI SIPG)

The bulldozer of a Brazilian forward, 30, has been a huge success since signing for 56 million euros last year from Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

The 30-year-old international bullies defences in the CSL and AFC Champions League, and together with Oscar and fellow Brazilian Elkeson comprises a terrifying forward three that would cut it in any league in the world.

However, he hit trouble when he was accused of punching the assistant coach of an opposing team. Hulk and Shanghai SIPG denied the allegation.

JACKSON MARTINEZ (GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE)

The Colombian predator arrived in China from Atletico Madrid in 2016 for an eye-watering 42 million euros with a big reputation and after reportedly rejecting interest from the English Premier League.

But while Guangzhou top the CSL, the 30-year-old forward has spectacularly failed to make an impact because of injury and poor form, and has been linked with a move away from China, and he could be shipped out in the coming weeks with his career in tatters.

ALEXANDRE PATO (TIANJIN QUANJIAN)

The Brazilian is enjoying his football again and has hit six goals in 12 games this season for an unremarkable Tianjin side.

Pato was touted as Brazil’s next superstar when, as a twinkle-toed 17-year-old, he shone as part of the Internacional side that beat Barcelona in the 2006 Club World Cup, breaking Pele’s record as the youngest scorer in a FIFA competition.

A move to European giants AC Milan followed but after initial success, injuries took their toll and his career stalled badly before Tianjin swooped for 18 million euros to take him off Villarreal’s hands.

Provided by AFP Sport

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