Man Utd could miss out after Dani Alves reveals offer from Italy
Out-of-contract Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said it would be a pleasure to sign for AC Milan and has revealed he has an offer from Italy.
The 32-year-old Brazilian, who lifted the Champions League as his final action for Barca on Saturday, has reportedly been a target for Manchester United this summer.
Alves' agent said in April that he was close to signing a pre-contract agreement with an unnamed club and, after playing in Barca's 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin, he told Sky Italia: "It would be a pleasure to join Milan.
"There is a proposal from Italy and I will evaluate all the alternatives before deciding."
Dinorah Santana, Alves' long-term representative, confirmed last month that the right-back had turned down a new contract offer from Barca, where he has spent the last seven years.
She said: "Dani has a concrete offer on the table for a three-year deal plus the option for an extra year with a better wage than he has at Barca, and a signing on fee."
Alves signed from Sevilla in 2008 and has made over 300 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 14 La Liga goals.
In his time at the Nou Camp, Alves has won three Champions Leagues, five La Liga trophies and the Copa del Rey on four occassions.
Alves also has 79 caps and six goals for Brazil.
Robin van Persie suggests interest in move to Juventus from Man Utd
Robin van Persie does not want to become a super-sub at Manchester United and has dropped a hint he would have interest in a move to Juventus.
Van Persie revealed he is still in touch with former United team-mate Patrice Evra, who was in the Juventus starting line-up when they lost the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday.
The 31-year-old is looking for assurances from boss Louis van Gaal that he will not be reduced to an impact role off the bench next season, a similar type of role to the one that frustrated loan signing Radamel Falcao in 2014-15.
Falcao will not be back at Old Trafford next season and United have been linked with a number of strikers, the most recent Real Madrid's Karim Benzema who, according to reports in Spain, could be part of a deal that takes goalkeeper David de Gea to the Bernabeu.
Interest in Van Persie, if he becomes avaiable, would be high but the Dutchman says he would have an interest in a move to Turin, with Evra having promised their training methods would give him a new lease on life.
Van Persie told the Sunday Mirror: "I still speak to my old mate Patrice.
"He has told me stories about how Juventus train, how hard they work and how they manage to be successful.
"They have a fantastic spirit – a totally different approach from English or Dutch players before games. They grab each other by the head, they shout at each other to pump each other up.
"And they also have big running sessions after games. Patrice has showed me there are many ways to be successful."
Van Persie expects plenty of movement in and out of the United squad this summer and he admits their transfer business could go a long way to deciding his own future.
He is keen to keep hold of his starting place in the Netherlands side ahead of next summer's European Championship and feels spending a lot of time on the bench would be of no help to him.
Van Persie added: "It is my ambition to play as many games as possible. I'm fitter than ever and I know the more games I play, the more it will help me prepare for the European Championships.
"You want to arrive at tournaments with match time, not as a bench sitter.
"I know that when you are at a club like Manchester United – it is like a beast. It is so big and strong it can do wonderful things for you, but it also has a negative side and that is what I have got to decide on this summer.
"United spent £200m on players last year and they are going to spend another £200m this summer so we will have a team that can compete for the title.
"I'll have to take everything into consideration when I decide on my future. I have to be realistic about the situation."
Karim Benzema not leaving Real Madrid for Manchester United
Karim Benzema’s agent has quashed speculation that the striker could be on his way to Manchester United, saying he wants to retire at Real Madrid.
It was reported that Benzema's agent Karim Djaziri met with United vice-chairman Ed Woodward earlier this week to discuss a potential summer move to Old Trafford.
However, Djaziri has told Marca that he is unaware of any meeting taking place and Benzema is only focused on his future at Real.
“I haven't met with any club in London. Not with United and not with anyone else. We haven't held talks with anyone other than Real Madrid," he said.
“What is Karim going to do in Manchester? He's happy in Madrid. He doesn't want to leave. Benzema would only leave if Real Madrid told him he was surplus to requirements, because he isn't going to leave of his own accord.
“Karim wants to see out his contract. He wants to retire at Real Madrid."
It has been reported that new Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez wants to use Cristiano Ronaldo as a central striker, which could lead to Benzema leaving the Bernabeu.
However, Marca claims 'the club has sent the striker a reassuring message that they are counting on him for next season'.
Manchester United's Javier Hernandez wants first-team football next season
Javier Hernandez says his priority is obtaining first-team football next season and admits he doesn't mind where he plays so long as he gets regular games.
Hernandez is poised to return to Manchester United after Real Madrid chose not to make his loan deal with them permanent.
The 27-year-old made a reasonable impact at the Bernabeu, scoring nine goals including a derby winner against city rivals Atletico in April.
He made only 11 starts for the former European champions, however, as he struggled to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for a frequent starting berth.
Hernandez is now preparing to return to Old Trafford, where he has one year left on his contract, but knows his stay there could be brief.
The Mexico international insists the most important thing for him next season is to play more football and is open-minded on where that happens.
He told Spanish newspaper Marca: "I'm currently on holiday and awaiting news regarding my future. I imagine I will know something soon.
"Real had a deadline to exercise the right to acquire my rights but they let it go. Real are like any other club and as of now I am a Manchester United player.
"That's the only reality. Above all, I want to join a team where I can play and have minutes. If it's at Manchester United or another team, I will be equally happy. My priority is to play."
Hernandez was moved on to Real last August when Louis van Gaal took charge of United, but the former Guadalajara player doesn’t think that ends his chances of playing there again.
He added: "Last summer it was a different situation. When Van Gaal arrived he wanted to restructure the team and reduce the number of players.
“They weren't playing in Europe and he preferred to focus on the Premier League. Perhaps he didn't want many players because we wouldn't have played.
“Now the situation is different. There will be a Champions League preliminary round to play, which means many more games.
“I think there might be more opportunities. I think I have more options to play at United next season.”
Cech to hold talks with Chelsea about his future
Goalkeeper Petr Cech says he will hold talks with Chelsea next week before deciding if his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.
The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract with the Premier League champions but has dropped down the pecking order behind first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has stressed on several occasions that he is eager for the Czech stopper to stay and Cech is keen to resolve the issue sooner rather than later.
A number of clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United, have been linked with the 33-year-old who has won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of the Czech Republic's European Championship qualifier against Iceland on Friday, he said: "First I have to agree with the club what the conditions would be for leaving,"
"Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea.
"At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide.
"I believe that for what I have done for the club and what the club has done for me, we can arrange it so we are all happy."
He added: "I keep all options open, regardless of the country. I will decide based on what is best for me and my family. It does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France or Spain.
"If I move, it brings difficulties. It must change everything, look for housing, a school for children and so on.
"Therefore, the sooner I know what to do the better. I can plan everything and even rest before the new season."