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Paper Talk: Row over Prem duo saw Zidane quit Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane quit as Real Madrid after a row over the signing of two Premier League stars, while a Borussia Dortmund star rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of Arsenal, according to Tuesday’s papers.


Zinedine Zidane quit as manager of Real Madrid last week after the Frenchman and Florentino Perez quit over summer transfer plans – with David De Gea and Eden Hazard said to be cause.

According to The Sun, Zidane told the club he was leaving the day after a meeting with president Perez to discuss their summer targets, with the paper claiming the duo had a major disagreement over whom should and shouldn’t sign.

The paper alleges that Zidane told Perez he wanted to bring in Chelsea winger Hazard, only for the president to say no.

It’s then suggested “when Perez told Zidane he wished to bring in long-term target De Gea, the manager said he had faith in Keylor Navas.”

The London Evening Standard appears to back up this claim by suggesting Chelsea’s hopes of keeping Hazard have been given a significant lift by Zidane’s departure after they claimed the Frenchman had made the Belgian winger his No 1 summer target.

Reports in France on Monday evening, meanwhile, claimed Real had also agreed a deal to sign Sadio Mane from Liverpool before his departure as boss.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos has rejected Manchester United to sign for Arsenal, according to his dad (The Sun)

Dominic Solanke admits Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers managers “intrigues” him (The Sun)

Leroy Sane stunned Germany team-mates with his big-time ego before being axed by his country (The Sun)

Arsenal have moved to sign Marouane Fellaini and will hold talks with the midfielder on Wednesday (The Times)

Everton have agreed terms with DC United over the transfer of Wayne Rooney (The Times)

New Swansea managerr Graham Potter will target moves for Ostersunds pair Saman Ghoddos and Ken Sema (The Times)

Some England players are concerned FIFA and UEFA will be too soft on racism at the Russia World Cup (The Times)

Ministers are set to review current laws over ‘safe standing’ in England (The Times)

Manchester United are expected to complete the signings of Fred and Diego Dalot before the end of the week (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester City have revived their bid to sign Manchester City attacker Patrick Roberts as part of the Riyad Mahrez deal (Daily Telegraph)

Steve Bruce’s future as Aston Villa manager is in doubt amid financial problems at the club (Daily Telegraph)

Stoke manager Gary Rowett wants to sign £12m Wolves’ Benik Afobe and James McClean over Cardiff (Daily Telegraph)

The Premier League is set to vote on Thursday on banning agents from representing both club and player in deals (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton boss Mark Hughes will step up his interest in Xherdan Shaqiri after the attacker said he will quit Stoke (Daily Star)

Wilfried Zaha says he has no regrets in choosing Ivory Coast over England (Daily Star)

Laurent Blanc has moved closer to taking over as the new manager of Chelsea after further talks in the last two days (Daily Express)

Extra-time will not be played in EFL Cup matches next season, pending club backing (Daily Express)

A Liverpool fan groups are calling for a replay of the Champions League final after Loris Karius’ concussion (Daily Mail)

FIFA have mistakenly listed Harry Kane as the World Cup’s heaviest player in squad lists (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid have not given up on luring Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to the Bernabeu (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and England star Harry Kane has been rated the world’s most expensive player at £176.25m (Daily Mirror)

Alan Hutton’s future at Aston Villa has been put in doubt by the club’s financial problems (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff City have set their sights on signing Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan (Daily Mirror)


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