GibLive! December 2017

Got a sports story for GibLive!? email us at GibLive! is published by Live Publishing Limited, Registered Office: Unit 3, Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton, England, BL6 7PD. And Printed by DISTASA, Distribuciones Aliasadas S.A. Poligono Industrial La Isla, C/Rio Viejo 60, 41703 Dos Hermanas, Sevilla CIF A-28307494. GibLive! SPORT Real to clean up in the January sales! Mohamed Salah is a Real target BIG Sam Allardyce might be grinning from ear to ear at landing the manager’s job at Everton but it has now emerged he was the Goodi- son club’s THIRD choice. After Watford shut the door on their approach for Marco Silva, it has now been re- vealed that they wanted Ben- fica boss Rui Vitoria as their new manager before appoint- ing Allardyce. Media reports in Portugal have claimed that Everton of- fered Benfica £5.3million to release 47-year-old Vitoria. Although Benfica are said to have considered it, they de- cided that they would not let Vitoria leave unless Everton paid the full £13.25million release clause written into his contract. Benfica are currently third in Portugal's top flight and their title challenge is very much still alive as they sit just three points behind lead- ers Porto. Sam ‘was third option for Toffees’ REAL Madrid are poised to hoover up the best talent in the Premier League if reports are to be believed – and England’s biggest clubs are facing a battle to keep their best stars. Manchester City, Liver- pool and Chelsea are steeling themselves for a concerted raid on their superstars by the Spanish giants. Raheem Sterling has put contract talks with City on ice until after next summer's World Cup which is bound to re-ignite Real’s interest in the player whose goals have been so key to the Premier League leaders’ current unstoppable league form. Sterling has two years left on his current deal, which is worth £180,000-a-week. But boss Pep Guardiola warned: "He’s still young and we hope to make him happy so that he can stay for longer." Meanwhile Chelsea could lose their star playmaker Eden Hazard to Real. Hazard is refusing to sign a new deal in the hope Real will move to sign him. The Blues are willing to of- fer him £300,000-a-week to stay at Stamford Bridge - a record figure for the club. But Hazard, 26, believes his chances of playing for the Spanish giants would be over if he signs an extension to his current deal which has two-and-a-half years to run. Real boss Zinedine Zidane is known to be a huge admirer of Hazard. And Liverpool are facing a double threat from the Span- ish giants. Real are weighing up a January swoop for midfielder Emre Can, whose current con- tract expires in the summer and he is still yet to pen fresh terms with the Reds. It means Liverpool could be forced to sell the 23-year-old in January or risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season. More worryingly for Jurgen Klopp, his main striker Mo- hamed Salah is also on Real’s wishlist, according to Egypt head coach Hector Cuper. Salah has been a revela- tion since his £37million move from Roma in the summer – scoring 17 goals in 21 appear- ances for his new club. Salah penned a five-year deal when he signed for the Reds in June but, according to his national team manager, Real Madrid are already look- ing to take him away from Anfield. Cuper said: “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah.”