Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing – Ronaldo not causing trouble at Man Utd, details of Chelsea clause, and more

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Hello and welcome to my Daily Briefing – read on for the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Tammy Abraham, and more!


Are Arsenal really in the running to sign this 15-year-old wonderkid? Click here to find out.

Atletico Madrid

All documents ready for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to complete and announce the permanent signing of Antoine Griezmann. The final fee is €20m plus total €4m add-ons package – now just matter of time for the official statement, as the deal is finally in place.


Ferran Jutgla is performing superbly with Club Brugge since Barcelona sold him for €5m plus sell-on clause in the summer. Xavi says: “I’m very happy for Ferran… and we don’t rule out anything Jutgla-related in the future. Here, it’d have been difficult with Lewandowski ahead of him.”

What does the future hold for Sergino Dest as Barcelona eye Diogo Dalot from Manchester United?


Christopher Vivell is set to be appointed as the new Chelsea technical director after positive talks. The Blues are still working on finding a sporting director as well, with an appointment not currently looking imminent.

Graham Potter on Thiago Silva: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Thiago, he’s a character – fantastic experience behind him but has a humility to just so the job and that’s nice to see.”

Tammy Abraham on Chelsea’s buy-back clause: “I’m happy with Roma and I’m focused on my job here. The team is good. The manager is good. The city, the fans, I’m happy. Only God knows the future.”

EXCLUSIVE – click here to find out more about Abraham’s future and Chelsea’s plans up front.


Everton have the option to sign Conor Coady permanently in June. Frank Lampard on triggering the clause: “It’s maybe not a question for now as it’s a long season. I don’t think it’s time. Conor knows how I feel about him and how the club feels about him.”


Could Leeds be lining up a smart signing from Rangers? Click here to find out.


What next for Liverpool’s transfer plans in midfield after Arthur Melo’s injury?

Jurgen Klopp protecting Darwin Nunez again: “I really like his movements, they are really good and natural. That’s something we didn’t have in that way before. That’s what I like Darwin and that’s why I’m sure everything will be fine.”

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola on Romeo Lavia: “Romeo started amazingly at Southampton, then he’s had an injury… he left City as we got a good offer for him and his development, but we have an option in the future”.

What’s the truth about Erling Haaland’s salary at Manchester City? Click here for my exclusive understanding of his deal with the club.

Erling Haaland celebrates a goal

Pep Guardiola: “Thank you so much that Haaland chose Man City! All of the questions about Erling… but the guys at Man City accept it perfectly. De Bruyne’s an exceptional person, he’s happy to have Erling and it goes for all the players.”

Manchester United

There’s been speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo being unhappy with Erik ten Hag – click here for my EXCLUSIVE insight.

What’s the latest with Diogo Dalot’s contract and interest from Barcelona?

Newcastle United

So many players were linked with Newcastle last year after their new owners came in, but what a statement signing Bruno Guimaraes has ended up being in. One for the present and the future, he joined for €42m plus add-ons – it looks like great business. Many other clubs were also interested but he chose Newcastle.


Could Rangers lose this big talent to the Premier League as four/five clubs show an interest? Click here to find out.

Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti on Toni Kroos: “Toni Kroos’ renewal? It depends on him. If he decides to stay, we will all be happy.”


Many clubs are monitoring Davide Frattesi as he’s now one of the most talented midfielders in Serie A.

He revealed yesterday: “My dream was to join AS Roma in the summer, it was close but then deal collapsed – I’ll do my best to join a top club in the future.”


Destiny Udogie on Tottenham move in 2023: “I’ve not spoken to Antonio Conte yet, I’m not worried: Premier League is amazing and I speak fluent English. I want to improve my skills here in Serie A with Udinese and then it will be time for Spurs.”

Why hasn’t Yves Bissouma broken into the Tottenham team yet? Click here to find out more.

Could Antonio Conte be about to sign a new contract with Spurs? Click here for the full story.

West Ham

Armando Broja scored his first senior goal for Chelsea yesterday – West Ham were the closest to signing him in the summer, but had a £30m bid turned down for the young striker.

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