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TRIBAL TRENDS - TOP 5: Real Madrid offer Bale for Hazard; Man Utd monitor Umtiti situation; Conte evades Chelsea sack;

Here we are again. Letting you know what were the most popular articles on Tribal over the past seven days.

All the big clubs and storylines are mentioned. So let's go.

Well, what a difference a few days makes in football?

Our top story of the week came from The Mirror, who reported on Romelu Lukaku's alleged in-game bust-up with his Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The incident took place during the dire 0-0 draw with Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 first leg tie last Wednesday.

Lukaku was abysmal all night at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. And Mourinho, as well as Juan Mata, expressed their frustrations at the burly Belgian.

Fast forward to Sunday and the man is the toast of Old Trafford. Football.

Ditto for the second most popular story on the website.

The Sun reported on Saturday that the relationship between Mourinho and Paul Pogba had reached boiling point.

The Frenchman had been performing well below his standards for a month prior to the win over Chelsea on Sunday.

So what did Mourinho do? Play him in a midfield three, essentially letting him of the reins to frolic and gallop forward where he enjoys his football most. Fair play to the 'Special One'.

Another huge story-line over the past few weeks has been the future of Antonio Conte.

But don't fret Chelsea fans, the board will refrain from doing anything drastic. They've seemingly learnt from their mistakes.

The Daily Star have claimed that owner Roman Abramovich will stand by the Italian until the end of the season. But after then? Well…

Diario Gol through up a doozy this week. The Spanish publication reported that Chelsea had rejected an offer from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard that would include Gareth Bale.

The Blues instead want eitherMarco Asensio or Isco. It's a reasonable rebuttal from Granovskaia and co.

Unfortunately for Chelsea fans, Hazard's refusal to categorically deflect Real Madrid's attention to someone else means he will continue to be one of the most talked about players in the news.

And finally, doesn't transfer fee inflation frustrate some clubs immensely?

This certainly seems to be the case for Barcelona. The Catalans signed Samuel Umtiti before selling Neymar to PSG for over €200m.

Now they're feeling the affect themselves as Umtiti's €60m release clause appears to be a bargain in today's market.

Manchester United are lurking. And the Frenchman wants improved terms from Barca or he is off.

Tribalfootball's Top 5 stories - February 21 - February 27

1. Lukaku clashed with Mourinho and Man Utd teammates at Sevilla

2. Pogba tells Man Utd: It's him or me!

3. Abramovich makes sack decision over Chelsea boss Conte

4. Chelsea reject Bale in Real Madrid Hazard offer: Give us...

5. Insider: Barcelona must meet Umtiti pay demands or he's off to Man Utd


1. Pogba tells Man Utd: It's him or me!

2. Blues reject Bale in Real Hazard offer: Give us…

3. STUNNER: Juve can buy back Man Utd outcast Pogba for bargain fee

4. Lukaku clash with Mourinho and Man Utd teammates at Sevilla

5. Man Utd ready to sell Rojo and replace him with…


1.Liverpool boss Klopp tries to ease tension: I don't have same history with Evra as Kop

2.Ex-Liverpool chief Purslow: FSG now ready to step up big spending

3. Barca ace Coutinho's nightmare Monday burgled and car towed

4. Barca ace Suarez: Coutinho very different man and player to L'Pool days

5. L'pool attacker Firmino releases statement after being cleared by FA

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