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Mon 15 Jul by Mark Gleeson

Briefs

REAL MADRID TO WAIT FOR POGBA
Real Madrid have accepted it is likely that they will have to play the waiting game in their attempts to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba. The World Cup winning midfielder is seeking a move away from Old Trafford after he said to reporters in Japan last month that he was looking for a "new challenge". Pogba's old side Juventus are among those said to be interested, but Madrid remain the front-runners with manager Zinedine Zidane said to be a big fan of his fellow Frenchman. The club are aware that any potential deal will be complicated.
 
BIG MONEY TO BE WON IN UCL
UEFA have announced that each of the 32 clubs in the Champions League group stage will receive a basic allocation of 15.25-million Euros this season. Group-stage bonuses are 2.7-million Euros for a win and 900,000 Euros for a draw. Knockout stage money will be distributed as follows:
• 9.5-million Euros per club in the round of 16
• 10.5 million per club quarter finals
• 12 million per club semi-final
• 15 million each finalist
• 4 million Champions League winner
• The two clubs that qualify for the 2019 UEFA Super Cup will each receive 3.5-million Euros with the winners collecting an additional 1-million Euros.
 
CHIEFS CASH IN ON DEFENDER
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the sale of defender Teenage Hadebe to Turkish side to Yeni Malatyaspor subject to a medical. The Zimbabwe international becomes the second Chiefs star in 12 months to move to the Turkish league after veteran winger Siphiwe Tshabalala joined BB Erzurumspor at the start of the last campaign. Hadebe attracted Turkish interest with his performances at the Africa Cup of Nations currently taking place in Egypt. The 23-year-old joined Chiefs from Chicken Inn at the start of the 2017-18 campaign and made 35 appearances over two seasons, scoring a solitary goal.
 
COUNTINHO HAS A BLEAK FUTURE
Philippe Coutinho faces being left in limbo after it emerged Barcelona have yet to receive a single offer for the attacking midfielder. Coutinho has endured a miserable time at the Nou Camp since his move from Liverpool 18 months ago. He has been linked with a move back to Anfield, as well as to Paris St Germain and Manchester United. However, no clubs have made a concrete offer. Coutinho still has four years remaining on his contract and his prospects at Barcelona are looking increasingly bleak.
 
JUDGE ORDERS PIQUE TO PAY
Spanish and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has lost his legal battle with tax authorities and will have to pay 2.1-million Euros in penalties and back taxes. Tax authorities say that Piqué transferred earnings from image rights to his own company, Kerad Project 2006, so as to pay a corporate tax rate of 30% instead of personal income tax of 45%. Spanish authorities have turned their attention to millionaire footballers in recent years and a long list of superstars have been investigated and sanctioned, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Pique verdict comes a month after his wife, Colombian musician Shakira, was questioned by a judge over alleged tax evasion of 14.5-million Euros.

 

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