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Mercato: Vitinha close to Genoa, Zidane refuses Algeria... Hot issues of the day

OM president Pablo Longoria said on Monday that he was in discussions with Genoa with a view to a possible departure of Portuguese striker Vitinha, who failed in Marseille.

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Mercato: Vitinha close to Genoa, Zidane refuses Algeria... Hot issues of the day

OM president Pablo Longoria said on Monday that he was in discussions with Genoa with a view to a possible departure of Portuguese striker Vitinha, who failed in Marseille. “We know that it is difficult to win at OM for an attacker. It's true that we are talking with Genoa but there are other clubs who are interested. We are not interested in a dry loan and there are other situations to resolve between us and Genoa. That’s why communication is open,” Longoria said at a press conference. This summer, OM have already loaned the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi to Genoa, with a purchase option.

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This time, it's not. Approached by the Algerian Football Federation to take over from Djamel Belmadi, ousted following the defeat of the CAN, Zinédine Zidane will not be the new coach of Algeria. According to RMC Sport, Alain Migliaccio, the agent of “ZZ”, would have transmitted the “polite refusal” of the former glory of the Blues during a meeting with representatives of the Federation this Sunday in Paris. Still in search of a new coach, the FAF would turn to other avenues and would have notably checked the name of Julen Lopetegui, former coach notably of Sevilla and Real Madrid, and more recently of Wolverhampton.

Invited to appear before the media on the eve of the trip to Nottingham Forest, Mikel Arteta reacted to reports from the Catalan press reporting a resignation at the end of the season. “It’s fake news,” the Arsenal coach formally denied. I don't know where this information comes from. I’m very angry about this.” Announced as a possible successor to Xavi on the Barça bench, the Gunners manager recalled that he still had 18 months of contract in London. “I will not leave the club this summer. I’m surrounded by the right people and we still have a lot to achieve.”

“PSG is confident about Guimaraes”. This is how the Daily Mirror discusses the feasibility of the possible arrival of Bruno Guimaraes at PSG. Revealed in Lyon then confirmed in Newcastle, the 26-year-old midfielder arouses desire throughout Europe, starting at PSG, where his arrival is made a priority. In this sense, discussions are continuing and the Brazilian even recently went to Paris to discuss the future, according to the British daily. In England, it is said that the French champion would be ready to pay, in three installments, his release clause (around 115 million euros).

After Nemanja Matic, OL will not welcome another experienced midfielder. Approached by the Rhone club, Pierre-Emile Hojberg indicated that he did not wish to join the 16th in Ligue 1, according to Sky Germany. The 28-year-old midfielder is however “open” to a new challenge outside of Tottenham, where his position has fallen in the midfield hierarchy since the arrival of Ange Postecoglu.

While some players are dragging their spleen and have already left Saudi Arabia (Benzema would be on the sidelines, Henderson is gone), another big name in European football will join the Saudi Pro League in the person of Ivan Rakitic. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Croatian midfielder will join Al-Shabab (11th in the championship), where a one and a half year contract awaits him. The 35-year-old has been playing for Sevilla since 2020, after five seasons at Barça.

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