EXCL: Bayern discuss Zidane, Palmer the danger for City and more

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Pep Guardiola said on Friday that Cole Palmer had been asking him for two seasons to leave Man City.

Burnley wanted Palmer on loan and Brighton were also interested in the player, but when Chelsea entered the race, it was impossible for other clubs to compete.

Palmer wanted to join Chelsea and Joe Shields played a crucial role in the deal as he knew Palmer from the Man City Academy.

He deserves huge praise for this move, and Palmer wanted to play on regular basis.

Nacho has informed Real Madrid of his wish to leave the club at the end of the season, and we are waiting for the formal steps now.

He doesn’t want to leave while he’s a sub, he wants to leave Real Madrid in a beautiful and good moment for the club and for him.

Inter are interested but it looks very difficult because Nacho wants to keep all options open – even from clubs outside Europe.

On his current form, I think it can happen sometimes not to be in best shape… but that’s football.

I’d never criticise a player like Salah who made history for Liverpool and he’s been crucial again and again including during this season.

A deal was already agreed between Jason Wilcox and Manchester United weeks ago as I reported, it was never concrete or close with Liverpool.

Wilcox only wanted Manchester United, believing this is a fantastic project for present and future.

Now for Man United their next priority is Dan Ashworth to complete the trio with Berrada and Wilcox.

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho and Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Koke vie for the ball. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

For Borussia Dortmund it’s been a magic season in Europe.

We know that Ian Maatsen is on loan from Chelsea and we’ll see what happens in the summer with his release clause set at £35m.

Jadon Sancho is also on loan from Manchester United, and the intention of Borussia Dortmund remains to keep the player at the club at the end of the season and to try to find a solution with Manchester United.

For United, money is coming because they already received a low fee for Sancho’s six-month loan, but part of the structure of the deal also included a payment linked to Dortmund’s progression in the Champions League.

Sancho is very happy because he’s starting, and he’s an important player in a group that he really, really appreciates.

He had already discussed terms with Bayern but decided to continue with the German national team until 2026 as he’s very happy with the project, the players.

He believes that working long-term with this group can lead to excellent results, so he decided to stay and commit his future to Germany.

Zinedine Zidane

Sticking with Bayern, well guys, they will discuss internally again about the manager’s position after Nagelsmann’s refusal, waiting to understand who will be the new front runner for the job.

There are a few names in the frame and it’s true that Zinedine Zidane has been discussed internally as an option.

There was a meeting to discuss managers and Zidane was mentioned, but it was weeks ago, nothing concrete since then.

It’ll be tough for Thomas Tuchel’s side but for Jamal Musiala, if you remember guys, it was I think October, November when we heard strong rumours about Liverpool. I told you guys then and it’s always the same position – we have heard no words now about Manchester City interest or from Chelsea.

The reality is that guys, all the top clubs in the world, even from Spain, not just from England, they love Jamal Musiala.

Many top clubs are following one of the best players in the world. He’s a special talent and he’s out of contract in 2026, so it’s a kind of special situation for a player of this level.

Bayern insist they have no intention of losing the player in the summer as he’s a crucial player for their project. They’ll also make him a special proposal, a big contract in terms of salary – so the appreciation of the club is there.

In February, he said he will leave the club at the end of the season, and everything is on track with Real Madrid.

It’s only considered a matter of time before the contracts are signed and then the saga will be over.

Now what’s important to say is that Mbappé wants to have a nice goodbye in a respectful way at the end of the season, and this is why the communication will be made jointly with PSG.

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