Transfers: Kane chooses Spurs, Arsenal wants Benzema, and more
Tottenham striker Harry Kane on Tuesday dismissed speculation of a move to Manchester United following his breakout season, as Spurs readied for a friendly in Kuala Lumpur against a select Malaysian squad.
Kane has been Spurs' standout performer this season, scoring 21 league goals to help the club to a fifth-place finish in the English Premier League, and made it clear he would like to stay. "Spurs are a big club and I have a bright future here. I hope to continue scoring goals and doing well with the club," Kane told reporters.
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema grimaces during the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AP Photo)
Arsenal eye Benzema
English football club Arsenal is lining up an ambitious summer bid for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, but could see its hopes of luring the France international frustrated by his current club president Florentino Perez, who is known to be a huge fan of the former Lyon man.
Arsenal believe Benzema would be interested in a move to London if the club is able to agree to a deal, hoped to be around 50 million euros, with Real, goal.com reported on Tuesday.
Arsenal can easily afford to sign Benzema as their marquee summer arrival, with cash reserves of 196 million euros in their last financial accounts.
Wenger also wants to sign a goalkeeper and defensive midfielder.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure applauds fans as he is substituted. (Reuters Photo)
Toure to stay at Manchester City: Agent
Yaya Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, performed a U-turn on Monday by declaring that the Ivory Coast midfielder would remain at Manchester City for next season. He had previously claimed that Toure, 32, was "90 percent certain" to leave the Etihad Stadium amid reports of interest from Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
In an interview with Sky Sports News, Seluk said that Toure would stay at City after the club informed him that he was "too important to let go".
Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez waves to supporters after their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo de la Coruna at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (Reuters Photo)
PSG interested in borrowing Xavi from Al-Sadd
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) may be interested in borrowing Spanish footballer Xavi Hernandez, who was recently signed by Qatar's Al-Sadd for two seasons after announcing his departure from Barcelona.
The process is being carried out "with utmost secrecy," reports Efe.
In Xavi's case, PSG would not have to pay any expense if they borrowed the Spaniard and "all or part" of his salary would fall under the responsibility of Al-Sadd, whose president is the brother of Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the indirect owner of PSG.
The 35-year-old Xavi fulfils the demands of PSG coach Laurent Blanc, who considers that Barcelona's playing style is an "absolute reference".
Manchester United's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. (AFP Photo)
Falcao leaves Manchester, returns to Monaco
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has returned to Monaco following his season-long loan spell at Manchester United, the English club announced on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Reds on transfer deadline day last September, had a tough time at Old Trafford, scoring just four goals in 29 appearances.
Manchester had the chance to sign him permanently for £43.2million, but the club have told Falcao they will not exercise that option.
'El Tigre', as he is known to Colombian fans, may not stay for long in the Principality as he has been reportedly linked with moves to Chelsea, as a replacement for Didier Drogba, or his former club Atletico, who could lose forward Mario Mandzukic.
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale reacts during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AFP Photo)
Bale keen to stay at Madrid
Gareth Bale has used his Twitter account to express his desire to continue at Real Madrid.
"Not the end of the season we had hoped for, we always want to win trophies! Will be working hard in the off season and looking forward to coming back next season stronger with Real Madrid," Bale said on Twitter.
After a successful first season with Real, the midfielder struggled to recreate that form in 2014-15, coming in for criticism from Real fans.
Manchester United's Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria (L) comes on as substitute for Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. (AFP Photo)
Maria's departure from United up to him
After a horrible first season at Manchester United, Argentinian footballer Angel Di Maria will be allowed to leave the club if he asks to be sold, according to reports.
Maria has struggled for form during the second half of the season at United, leading to claims that he is unhappy at Old Trafford.
Paris Saint Germain have expressed interest in the Argentine.