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Real Madrid ‘considering transfer swap with Isco and Vinicius in exchange for Juventus star Paulo Dybala’

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REAL Madrid are considering allowing stars Isco and Vinicius Jr to leave the club in an exchange deal for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, reports say.

The Argentine ace has long been linked with the La Liga champions and Zinedine Zidane is believed to be keen on bringing him in.

Zidane has long been an admirer of Dybala, who can play as a striker or in the no.10 role

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Zidane has long been an admirer of Dybala, who can play as a striker or in the no.10 role Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Isco's performances have been heavily criticised this season

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Isco’s performances have been heavily criticised this season Credit: Getty Images – Getty

But reports say he will have to make sacrifices in order to bring in the 26-year-old striker, who is highly-rated across Europe.

Italian outlet Calciomercato claim Isco and Vinicius could join Juventus in order to make way for the move as Zidane bids to bolster his strike force in the next window.

The Los Blancos boss has tried to capture Dybala in previous windows but has failed despite huge reported fees being involved.

A two-for-one swap is believed to be more likely to challenge Juventus and manager Andrea Pirlo’s resistance.

It could also prove beneficial for Madrid, who have seen the two players involved on their side of the deal hit the headlines in the past few days.

Club stalwart Karim Benzema was caught on camera appearing to tell teammates not to pass to Vinicius during their 2-2 Champions League draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Zidane’s side went into half-time 1-0 down and French TV station Telefoot reports he told left-back Ferland Mendy “don’t play with him. On my mother’s life, he [Vinicius] is playing against us.”

Although he doesn’t reference the Brazilian winger in particular, Spanish publication Marca report how Vinicius Jr was the topic of conversation.

Talented Vinicius, 20, duels with Sergino Dest in El Clasico, days before he clashes with Benzema in a Champions League game

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Talented Vinicius, 20, duels with Sergino Dest in El Clasico, days before he clashes with Benzema in a Champions League gameCredit: AP:Associated Press

Meanwhile, Isco alarmed fans as photos emerged in training this week of the once trim midfielder looking out of shape.

He is also reported to have drawn the ire of captain Sergio Ramos who has taken issue with his string of poor performances this season.

And the 28-year-old has also been seen on camera blasting his manager’s substitutions this week in just the latest demonstration of behind-the-scenes turmoil at the club.

The form of Isco is in huge contrast to Dybala, who notched up 11 goals and 11 assists in 33 Serie A games for Juve last season.

He was heavily linked to Tottenham during the last transfer window but remained in Turin.

In the last few days, Chelsea are also reported to have re-entered the race to sign him.

Inside Karim Benzema’s astonishing tunnel bust-up as he tells Real Madrid team-mates not to pass to Vinicius

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DAVE BASSETT: Sheffield United sacking Chris Wilder would be suicide

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Chris Wilder knows exactly how to get Sheffield United out of this predicament because we did it before, and he was there. It was 1990-91 and we were much deeper in trouble than the Blades are now.

We had only four points from our first 16 games back in the old Division One. We went seven games without scoring. After 22 games we were still bottom. Absolutely nobody was saying we could stay up but we got out of trouble. We finished 13th.

The players, fans and board stuck together. That was the key. Everyone trusted what we were doing and no one went looking for a scapegoat. We trained hard and kept working. We stayed with our beliefs and our formation. 

Sheffield United shouldn't sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

Sheffield United shouldn't sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

Sheffield United shouldn’t sack Chris Wilder, he should stay in charge for as long as possible

I couldn’t tell them we’d definitely stay up. But we could either give up and call it a day or keep fighting until our luck turned. And it did. We signed Glyn Hodges from Crystal Palace, he scored against Derby and we won seven in a row. 

Chris played in a lot of those games. I’m confident he can do it again. I can see his players are trying. They were bombing on in the 90th minute at West Brom creating chances, trying to get an equaliser. 

They’ve missed their fans more than any other Premier League team. Bramall Lane can be a ferocious atmosphere, one of those grounds opponents don’t enjoy. It was the same in my time and in Neil Warnock’s. 

It’s been a tougher start in terms of fixtures and they’ve not been so lucky with injuries as last season. Jack O’Connell is a big miss. Enda Stevens and John Fleck have been out, and they’re important. The strikers are not firing. 

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder's side can turn things around

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder's side can turn things around

It has been a very difficult start to the campaign but Wilder’s side can turn things around

They just need a win to ignite something. There will be a game, and it could be Leicester on Sunday, when they’ll get battered and win 1-0.

A couple of wins and they’re back in the pack. I can’t believe anybody thinks firing Wilder is a good idea.

The biggest factor in our escape 30 years ago was the support from Derek Dooley and the rest of the board. Leading into Christmas, we’d still not won and Derek said, “We’re fully behind you”.

He always had the raging hump about being sacked on Christmas Eve by Sheffield Wednesday. He said they’d never dream of doing that.

I never felt any pressure, nor did I expect any after what I’d done. They were going nowhere when I arrived in 1988, going down into the third division with a poor team and deep in debt. 

Wilder is the best man to keep United up - he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Wilder is the best man to keep United up - he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Wilder is the best man to keep United up – he helped them to avoid relegation as a player

Two years later, we were back in the top league and we didn’t do it by spending big, like Leeds. We started the season against Liverpool, the champions. They had Ian Rush and John Barnes and we finished with John Pemberton in goal because Simon Tracey broke his cheekbone.

Sheffield United spent six seasons in League One before Chris won promotion. That’s a disgrace for a club of their size. He turned them around and brought them success after some miserable times.

It’s true some clubs might have sacked him by now. Watford and Nottingham Forest might have sacked him but Norwich could have got rid of Daniel Farke when they were struggling last season. They didn’t, nobody undermined him and now they’re top of the Championship, and they look like a sensible club who know what’s required to succeed within their limitations.

Sheffield United have a good manager. He’s the best man to keep them up. Tell me someone with better credentials. I hope they’re trying to look after him and support him. They should be trying to keep him for as long as he wants to stay. That’s what I’d be doing. If they sack Wilder, then cheerio. Suicide. Back to the Championship. 

Dave Bassett was talking to Matt Barlow

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Leeds United’s Jack Harrison scores with stunning girlfriend Fiorella Arbenz

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MODEL Fiorella Arbenz has stuck it away in the back of the net so her footballer boyfriend should be taking notes.

The Costa Rican beauty, 24, is dating Leeds United star Jack Harrison, also 24.

Jack Harrison has been on a winning streak since dating stunning Fiorella Arbenz

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Jack Harrison has been on a winning streak since dating stunning Fiorella ArbenzCredit: Chris Ramirez/Triangle News
The Leeds winger landed his model girlfriend and realised his dream of playing in the Premier League

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The Leeds winger landed his model girlfriend and realised his dream of playing in the Premier LeagueCredit: Jack Harrison Instagram

The winger is currently realising his dream of playing in the Premier League, having previously played for Manchester City.

Speaking in October Jack said: “There were a lot of times I was doubting myself and how I could still achieve my dream of playing in the Premier League.

“But I look back on this crazy journey and realise the path I chose prepared me for this moment.”

Meanwhile Fiorella works as a model and was 4th runner-up for Miss Asia Pacific International.

Talk about the glammed united.

Jack previously played for Man City

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Jack previously played for Man CityCredit: Jack Harrison Instagram
Fiorella works as a model and was 4th runner-up for Miss Asia Pacific International

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Fiorella works as a model and was 4th runner-up for Miss Asia Pacific InternationalCredit: Jack Harrison Instagram
How Leeds could line up next season, with Ibrahimovic and Cavani in attack plus Quarta and Bravo in defence

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AHEAD OF THE GAME: Manchester United keen to re-visit plans to hire a director of football

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The BBC are eager to commission a follow-up documentary with Anton Ferdinand after the success of the programme broadcast earlier this week — Football, Racism and Me.

In a compelling piece of television, the former Queens Park Rangers defender spoke in detail for the first time about the notorious incident at Loftus Road in 2011 when he was racially abused by John Terry. It led to the Chelsea defender being banned by the FA and losing the England captaincy after he had been cleared in court.

Ferdinand revealed he had been subjected to death threats after the event and spoke of his guilt at not speaking out about racism earlier. Initial talks have taken place at the corporation about making a second documentary, which would have a broader focus on the issue of racism in football and wider society. 

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary 'Football, Racism and Me'

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary 'Football, Racism and Me'

BBC are keen to produce a follow-up to the success of documentary ‘Football, Racism and Me’

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Ferdinand spoke in detail about the incident involving John Terry at Loftus Road back in 2011. Terry was later cleared in court after a member of the public raised the issue with the police

Joel Glazer wants director of football at Old Trafford 

Manchester United are revisiting long-standing plans to appoint a director of football on the orders of owner Joel Glazer.

United have run numerous recruitment processes to bring in a transfer guru over the last few years and held several interviews without identifying the right candidate to work with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s main negotiator Matt Judge. 

Glazer, is demanding an overhaul of recruitment, with United having little recent silverware to show for a net transfer spend of £1billion over the last decade, and wants a new structure in place by the end of the season.

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Joel Glazer is demanding an overhaul of recruitment due to little success in recent seasons

Lionesses to get new assistant to help Phil Neville

Phil Neville will be given a new assistant coach on a full-time contract to work with England Lionesses next year, even though he has no matches to prepare for.

The Lionesses have not played since March after recent friendlies against Germany and Norway were cancelled due to positive Covid-19 tests, but the FA are pushing ahead with their recruitment plans despite making major cuts elsewhere at St George’s Park.

The new coach will be in place for just seven months because Neville is being replaced by Holland manager Sarina Wiegman next summer, with the Dutchwoman expected to bring in her own staff.

Derby stay could be quick for Steve McClaren 

Steve McClaren’s fifth spell at Derby County may be short-lived, as the former England manager is working without a permanent contract at Pride Park.

The club’s former manager returned to Derby last week as a consultant to the board of directors, with a decision on whether he is retained in the more formal role of technical director left to new owners Derventio Holdings, whose takeover is expected to go through imminently.

Wayne Rooney’s future as manager is also uncertain, because the interim boss continues to rely heavily on coaching staff Leroy Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given for Derby’s tactical preparation despite taking sole charge last week.

Steve McLaren's consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Steve McLaren's consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Steve McLaren’s consultant role could be the shortest of his five stints spent at Derby County

Shamed FA man to keep perks 

The FA have been forced to grant ‘fellowship rights’ to Brian Jones, the former FA Council member who resigned last year after posting an Islamophobic message on social media. It follows a decision taken by the National Game Board, who represent the grassroots game on the governing body. 

The FA Board and chief executive Mark Bullingham opposed restoring Jones’s privileges after he was found guilty of ‘aggravated improper conduct’ by an independent commission and made to leave the Council, and a bitter row last week led to the sudden resignation of FA Board member Stacey Cartwright, as revealed by Sportsmail.

The National Game Board refused to back down following the dispute, however, and Jones will get his fellowship rights, which amount to two tickets for every England game and occasional invitations to the Royal Box at Wembley.

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