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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Real Madrid & Barcelona eye Fernandes

Saturday's transfer rumors - Real Madrid & Barcelona eye Fernandes
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Ozil has just ‘two months’ to save his Arsenal career

Mikel Arteta has given Mesut Ozil two months to force his way back into the Arsenal manager’s plans. The German hasn’t played for the club since March 7 and was recently left out of the Europa League squad. [Express]

The former Real Madrid midfielder will be out of contract next summer.

Slimani still has a future at Leicester

Despite reports of interest from several clubs, including Tottenham and West Ham, over the summer transfer window, Islam Slimani remains a Leicester City player. He’s even returned to training and, surprisingly, made the club’s 25-man squad for the Premier League. Not the Europa League, though.

This turn of events has promoted Foxes’ boss Brendan Rodgers to assure him over a place in his plans. [Telegraph]

Real Madrid & Barcelona plot moves for Fernandes

The biggest twist of all, in terms of transfer rumors on Saturday, is Real Madrid and Barcelona’s alleged pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese midfielder, who only joined Manchester United back in January, reportedly had a fall-out with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Although the pair have gone on record to deny any claims of a rift between them.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation growing on Fernandes’ future, with Spain’s biggest clubs monitoring his situation at Old Trafford [The Sun].

Zabaleta retires from football

35-year-old Pablo Zabaleta has ended ‘a wonderful’ 18-year career that included spells with Espanyol, Manchester City, and West Ham United.

The 58-time Argentina international spent the bulk of his playing days in England, winning two Premier League titles and making the PFA Team of the Year in 2012/13 with City. He left West Ham in June, but only confirmed his retirement on Friday. [Twitter]