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Craig Burley believes Pep Guardiola’s defence still needs improving, even if Dani Alves decides to join Manchester City.

Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

JUVENTUS: Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.

– Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta says that Alex Sandro can leave this summer if he is no longer happy, and confirmed a suitable bid has been received.

– Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick arrived in Turin on Thursday morning to undergo a medical a head of a proposed move to Juventus this summer.

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Cristiano Ronaldo remained silent on his Real Madrid future after taking no questions during a postmatch news conference following his Man of the Match award in the wake of Portugal’s 1-0 Confederations Cup victory against Russia in Moscow.

– Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio apologized following El Tri’s 2-1 victory over New Zealand, after TV cameras caught him shouting a foul-mouthed word in English towards the opposition bench.

– Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo will not take any further part in the Confederations Cup.

CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been given an eight-match ban and a fine by Chinese football authorities after he was judged to have instigated a mass brawl in Shanghai SIPG’s draw with Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United are considering a number of offers for Adnan Januzaj, including one from Real Sociedad, sources have told ESPN FC.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic has offers from Italy and the United States after being released by Manchester United, according to the striker’s agent Mino Raiola.

LIVERPOOL: Roma forward Mohamed Salah will undergo a medical at Liverpool on Thursday as he closes in on a €39 million move, a source has told ESPN FC.

– Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has told the Sunday World that Virgil van Dijk can still force a move to Anfield.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich have threatened to go to FIFA if clubs approach Robert Lewandowski, amid speculation that Manchester United and Chelsea have held talks with the striker.

– Former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has told Sport Bild that buying Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez would make the Bundesliga champions “a better team.”

REAL MADRID: Former Real Madrid star Luis Figo believes “nobody is indispensable” in football, not even Cristiano Ronaldo.

ASTON VILLA: Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has said he will not enter into a public conversation about the possible signing of John Terry, even though they are making a determined effort to bring him to the club.

INTER MILAN: Borja Valero is expected to replace Ever Banega at Inter Milan summer with negotiations at an advanced stage for both players to move.

DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund have said Mario Gotze is close to returning to training following the “metabolic disturbances” that have kept him on the sidelines since late February, although left-back Raphael Guerreiro could be set for a long spell on the sidelines.

BUNDESLIGA: China’s under-20 team could participate in one of Germany’s regional fourth divisions, the German FA (DFB) has said.

MLS: D.C. United rallied from a goal behind to beat Atlanta United 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.

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