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Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave
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Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave

  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted Fernandinho will be leaving this summer. The veteran comes off contract in June. Guardiola said today, "With the players in this part of the season, everything is open, like if we don't get results we will be sacked. We have to win our positions every day but I am more than impressed and surprised about the role of the first captain Fernandinho. "He is leading us in an exceptional way, in the good moments but especially in the bad moments and I think what everyone can take an example from what he has done so far the team will be stronger. "I am more than delighted with what Fernandinho has done through all our time together but especially this season."
PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea
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PSG boss Leonardo responds to Neymar’s Messi plea

The Brazilian has made his desire for a reunion clear, but it seems the Ligue 1 giants are not pursuing a deal for now Sporting director Leonardo has played down speculation linking Paris Saint-Germain with a sensational move for Lionel Messi. The 32-year-old’s future is the subject of intense scrutiny as it looks increasingly likely he will move on from Barcelona in the summer. Messi is into the final year of his contract at Camp Nou and, having expressed his desire to leave earlier this year, it seems a new deal is unlikely, meaning he would be able to leave on a free transfer.
AC Milan star Ibrahimovic decided to retire in the summer, only to change his mind
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AC Milan star Ibrahimovic decided to retire in the summer, only to change his mind

The striker has been in stunning form this season as he's helped his team to a surprise early-season lead in Serie A AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he decided to retire in the summer, only to change his mind and sign with the Rossoneri for another season. Ibrahimovic has proven once again to be evergreen this season, as the 39-year-old has scored 11 goals in 10 total appearances for Milan. The Swede's form has helped Milan to a surprising early-season lead atop the Serie A table, sitting five points clear of city rivals Inter in second place.
Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona
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Juventus claim innocence after police confirm irregularities in Suarez citizenship test during failed transfer from Barcelona

The Perugia Prosecutor's Office has confirmed the Serie A giants were 'activated to accelerate the recognition of Italian citizenship' for the forward Juventus have claimed their innocence after it was confirmed the club's management is under further investigation by Italian police over the collapsed transfer of Luis Suarez from Barcelona. The Serie A giants looked well-placed to sign the forward over the summer but the deal fell through. Juve had already filled their quota of non-EU players in their squad so Suarez took a ‘B1’ citizenship test. Suarez’s wife, Sofia Balbi, has an Italian passport so passing the test would mean he did not take up a non-EU place in their squad, but in September it was alleged that it had been fixed.
Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates
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Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates

The road to Euro 2020 is almost complete, and Goal has the complete guide about everything you need to know for next summer's tournament Euro 2020, the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years). The European Championships qualification stage is now complete, despite the future of the tournament was cast in doubt and postponed an entire year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 features 24 teams - 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
‘Hojbjerg is a f*cking bully!’ – Tottenham midfielder has been a ‘rock’ for Mourinho, says Berbatov
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‘Hojbjerg is a f*cking bully!’ – Tottenham midfielder has been a ‘rock’ for Mourinho, says Berbatov

The former Spurs favourite has been impressed by the Denmark international's impact in north London since his summer move from Southampton Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is a "f*cking bully!", according to Dimitar Berbatov, who says the Tottenham midfielder has been a "rock" for Jose Mourinho. Hojbjerg completed a £15 million ($20m) move to Tottenham from Southampton on August 12, bringing to an end his four-year spell at St Mary's. The 25-year-old committed to a five-year deal with the north London outfit, and has since enhanced his reputation as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League.
Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City
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Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City

The Argentine striker is due to become a free agent next summer, but his manager says a renewal "depends on his physical condition" Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues "miss him a lot" when he's not fit to play. Aguero has just entered the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, having spent the last nine years of his career in Manchester. The 32-year-old has hit 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time, becoming their all-time record scorer in the process, but injuries have often held him back from making an even greater contribution.
Lampard needs time if he is to succeed at Chelsea’ – Essien backing Blues boss to find winning formula
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Lampard needs time if he is to succeed at Chelsea’ – Essien backing Blues boss to find winning formula

Despite spending more money in the summer than any other club, the Stamford Bridge outfit have won just three of their first nine games this season Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has backed Frank Lampard to find the right formula at Chelsea after an up-and-down start to the season. The Blues have recorded just three wins from nine games in all competitions to start the campaign, leading some to question whether Lampard is the right man for the job. The ex-England international oversaw a summer spending spree of over £220 million ($287m) as the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell arrived at Stamford Bridge.
‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay
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‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer, but has been talked into honouring his contract Lionel Messi’s reputation would be “very damaged” if he were to leave Barcelona, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Argentine forward did push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer. Having become disillusioned with life in Catalunya on the back of a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner felt the time was right to take on a new challenge.
‘Werner & Havertz are ready to explode at Chelsea’ – Summer signings coming good, says Nevin
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‘Werner & Havertz are ready to explode at Chelsea’ – Summer signings coming good, says Nevin

The former Blues winger has seen signs of progress over recent weeks and believes international minutes will benefit fresh faces at Stamford Bridge Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are still waiting on a spark at Chelsea, but Pat Nevin believes two big-money summer signings are “ready to explode” at Stamford Bridge. The Blues invested heavily in German forwards during the last window, with two international stars added to the ranks at Stamford Bridge. Big things are expected of both, with Werner one of European football’s most potent frontmen and Havertz one of the continent’s hottest prospects.
Barcelona coach Koeman: Of course Messi is angry about Suarez
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Barcelona coach Koeman: Of course Messi is angry about Suarez

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insists there shouldn't be surprise with Lionel Messi's outburst last week. Messi has voiced his outrage over the way Luis Suarez has been treated by Barca this summer. Koeman said: "I think it's normal that a player is a little sad when a friend of his leaves the club after so many years together. It's part of football. "But the most important thing for me is how Leo's been in training and games. In training, he's been an example for everyone. I have not seen a day when he's seemed affected. He returned after a day off really motivated. "He has shown it in training and he will show it in games. There are no doubts about Leo in that sense." Suarez signed for Atletico Madrid on Friday and could make his debut for Diego Simeone's side against Gr...
England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job
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England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job

The outgoing England head coach says it remains his ambition to take charge of Team GB at next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo Phil Neville has reiterated his desire to take Team GB to the rescheduled Olympic Games next summer, despite him being set to leave his post as England head coach in July of next year. It was announced in April that Neville would step down as the Lionesses' boss at the end of his contract, with him to be replaced by current Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, who will take over after taking her home nation to those Games. The former Manchester United defender was meant to guide Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, but the Games were pushed back 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Neville is hopeful that, despite being set to ...
‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman
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‘It was a conflict between Messi and the club’ – Koeman

The club legend reversed his decision to seek an exit this summer, citing his unwillingness to get involved in a legal battle Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that there is no conflict between himself and Lionel Messi, following the club legend's decision to reverse course and stay with the Catalan side. Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave the club following the 2019-20 season, a frustrating campaign that saw Barca fail to win any trophies and finish with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, the 33-year old reversed course earlier this month, telling Goal that he would stay at the club rather than become embroiled in a messy legal battle.
‘It’s a soap opera’ – Puel hits out at ‘fake news’ over Fofana to Leicester links
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‘It’s a soap opera’ – Puel hits out at ‘fake news’ over Fofana to Leicester links

The ex-Foxes boss has suggested that his former club will have a hard time securing the signature of the centre-back this summer Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel has warned there is a great deal of “fake news” surrounding centre-back Wesley Fofana's proposed move to Leicester. Speaking on Thursday, Fofana told L'Equipe he would be "crazy" to turn down the opportunity of a switch to the Premier League club and said he had accepted a contract offer from them. Saint-Etienne, though, have not accepted any offer, despite reports of a £27m million (€29m/$34m) deal.
Man Utd the kind of club where Bale would fit in
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Man Utd the kind of club where Bale would fit in

The Wales international has been linked with a return to the Premier League and has been put forward as an alternative signing to Jadon Sancho Gareth Bale would be a 'perfect' signing for Manchester United if they fail to seal a deal to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, according to the Real Madrid's former Tottenham team-mate Peter Crouch. Bale has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford time and again in recent years, with United failing in a late bid to sign the Wales international prior to his world-record £86 million ($110m) move from Spurs to Madrid in 2013. Now Bale is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and has hinted that he would be open to a return to the Premier League, amid reports that the Spanish giants would be willing to fund some of his lavish wages in...
‘Trent, Neco and Curtis can do my job for me’ – Liverpool U18s coach Bridge-Wilkinson excited to work with next generation
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‘Trent, Neco and Curtis can do my job for me’ – Liverpool U18s coach Bridge-Wilkinson excited to work with next generation

The Reds youngsters get their campaign underway against fierce rivals Manchester United this weekend and have a squad packed with talent Marc Bridge-Wilkinson has waited a long time for this. “Too long!” laughs Liverpool’s new under-18s coach, as he looks ahead to the first game of the new season. Some game, too. To start the campaign, the Reds travel to face fierce rivals Manchester United at Carrington. A baptism of fire for Bridge-Wilkinson, who has stepped up from the U16s following Barry Lewtas’ promotion to U23s manager over the summer.
Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji
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Chelsea capable of winning the Premier League – Ezeji

The Blues have been the busiest of all English top-flight sides in the summer transfer window Ex-Chelsea striker Victor Ezeji believes the Blues can win the Premier League this season following their plethora of signings in the transfer window. The London side were unable to spend during the last summer window due to a ban by Fifa, which found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding their dealings with overseas players under the age of 18. It was, however, lifted this January after winning an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Chelsea target Mendy is a ‘great goalkeeper’ & ‘deserves’ summer move, says Rennes team-mate Da Silva
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Chelsea target Mendy is a ‘great goalkeeper’ & ‘deserves’ summer move, says Rennes team-mate Da Silva

The French defender does not want to see prized asset leave the club, but concedes that he is ready to step up to the next level Chelsea target Edouard Mendy is a "great goalkeeper" and he "deserves" a summer move, says Rennes captain Damien Da Silva. Goal has reported that Chelsea are looking to push through a €28m (£25/$33m) deal for Mendy by the end of the week, having seen an opening bid of €20 million (£18m/$24m) rejected. The 28-year-old shot-stopper helped Rennes finish third in Ligue 1 last season, and the Blues are eager to bring him in to compete with Kepa for the No.1 jersey at Stamford Bridge.
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
‘Liverpool will get Thiago for close to £20m’ – Carragher confident deal with Bayern will be done
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‘Liverpool will get Thiago for close to £20m’ – Carragher confident deal with Bayern will be done

The Anfield legend believes the Reds will sign the Spain international “on their terms”, with a move set to be made late in the summer window Liverpool will do a deal for Thiago Alcantara “on their terms”, says Jamie Carragher, with the Reds legend confident that the midfielder will be snapped up from Bayern Munich in a deal worth around £20 million ($26m). A move to Anfield for the Spain international continues to be mooted in the current transfer window. Jurgen Klopp is said to have indentified the 29-year-old as a top target, with the Premier League champions looking to add even more graft and guile to their engine room.
Red-hot Osimhen must keep working hard – Napoli boss Gattuso
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Red-hot Osimhen must keep working hard – Napoli boss Gattuso

The Nigeria international has been in terrific form since his summer move to the Parthenopeans and has been urged not to relent on his efforts Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has urged Victor Osimhen to continue with his eye-catching performances for the club. The 21-year-old forward has been turning heads for the Parthenopeans since his big-money move from French side Lille in July. The striker bagged an eight-minute hat-trick in their pre-season friendly against L'Aquila and continued his fine start to life at Stadio San Paolo against Teramo.
Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently
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Diangana: West Ham captain Noble ‘angry’ after DR Congo-born winger joined West Brom permanently

The DR-Congo born star completed a permanent switch to the Hawthorns after playing a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League this season West Ham United captain Mark Noble has expressed his anger after Gary Diangana left the club to join newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion on a five-year contract. Friday's move brought an end to Diangana's 10-year stay in London having joined West Ham Academy at the age of 12. The 22-year-old joined West Brom on a season-long loan last summer after struggling to break into the Hammers' first-team, and he made a commanding statement with his return of eight goals in 30 Championship outings as Slaven Bilic's side returned to the English top-flight for the 2020-21 campaign.
Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club
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Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has underlined his commitment to the club, saying he is not going to leave the club again, despite his attempt to force an exit from the club this summer. Messi, 33, wanted to activate a clause that would allow him opt out of his contract, but after a meeting between his father and the club, he has now reversed course and committed his future to Barcelona. In a Friday September 4 interview with Goal, Messi admitted he felt frustrated after a season that saw Barcelona go trophyless and finished with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. He said he wants the best for the club and always wants to win with the club. “I will continue at Barca and my attitude will not change no matter how much I have wante...
Arsenal to complete Ceballos transfer as Real Madrid star arrives for medical
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Arsenal to complete Ceballos transfer as Real Madrid star arrives for medical

The Spain international will spend a second successive season on loan with the Gunners having impressed in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign Dani Ceballos will soon be announced as an Arsenal player again after arriving in England to undergo a medical and complete his return to the Gunners. The Spain international will spend a second successive season on loan with Mikel Arteta’s side having rejected several offers to go elsewhere during the summer. It is understood that Arsenal will cover all of the 24-year-old’s wages while he is north London and that the deal does not include an obligation to buy at the end of the campaign.
Neymar: I want to stay at PSG and return to the Champions League final
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Neymar: I want to stay at PSG and return to the Champions League final

The Brazilian has long been linked with a return to Barcelona, but has no intention of walking out on the French champions this summer Neymar has expressed his desire to remain at Paris Saint-Germain, with it his ambition to return to the Champions League final as soon as possible. PSG forked out a world record €222 million (£199m/$264m) fee to bring Neymar to Parc des Princes from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. The Brazilian emerged as one of the best players in the world at Camp Nou, but struggled to live up to that billing during his first two seasons in France.
‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’
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‘Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi’

The former Blues midfielder says the Spanish head coach should be aiming to replace the legendary club captain this summerPep Guardiola needs a new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi, according to Owen Hargreaves, who thinks Manchester City must strengthen defensively in order to win the Champions League. City were knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year earlier this month, this time at the hands of French outfit Lyon. The Blues were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon after being picked off on the counter-attack by a side that could only manage a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1.
Douglas Costa in Shocking Move to Manchester United
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Douglas Costa in Shocking Move to Manchester United

Manchester United is reportedly lining up a shock move for Juventus winger, Douglas Costa. DAILY POST recalls that Juventus is keen to sell Costa this summer. The Serie A champions have already set a price tag for the Brazilian international. According to Corriere Dello Sport, Man United have made contact with Costa’s representatives about a possible transfer for the Brazilian international. The report added that the Red Devils also made a £27million bid for the 29-year-old, but Juventus is holding out for £36million. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side see Costa as a cheaper alternative to £108m Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho. Costa, who will be 30 in September, has not really impressed at Juventus since the Turin club made his signing permanent in 20...
Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move
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Ben Chilwell Close to £50m Chelsea Move

Chelsea are close to agreeing a £50 million deal with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell, according to Sky Sports. The two Premier League clubs have made progress in negotiations this week. Although nothing has been signed yet, a deal is expected to be completed early next week. Leicester have constantly made it clear they will not allow their players leave for low fees, and last summer, they made Manchester United pay £80m for Harry Maguire. The former champions are not under pressure to sell, as Chilwell is under contract until 2024, but the situation could change if he wants to leave. Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move with the opportunity for Champions League football at Chelsea.
Higuain and Khedira’s Contracts Terminated
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Higuain and Khedira’s Contracts Terminated

Juventus have decided to terminate the contracts of Gonzalo Higuaín and Sami Khedira. New Juventus, manager, Andrea Pirlo, has not included Higuain and Khedira in his plans for next season. This was revealed by respected Italian sports journalist, Fabrizio Romano, via his Twitter handle on Friday night. Romano tweeted: “After Matuidi deal with Inter Miami completed for free, Juventus have also decided to terminate contracts of Higuain and Khedira. They’re out of the Pirlo project. “Talks on to find an agreement on the payout (both have still 1year contract left with Juve).” DAILY POST had reported that both Higuain and Khedira are among the six players Pirlo put up for sale this summer.
Ronaldo in, Dybala out? How Pirlo’s Juventus could line up next season
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Ronaldo in, Dybala out? How Pirlo’s Juventus could line up next season

The Argentine may have been crowned Serie A's MVP for 2019-20, but he could be sold to help balance the Bianconeri's books this summer Paulo Dybala was so resigned to leaving Juventus last year that he even recorded a goodbye video for the club's supporters. The Argentine, though, ultimately rejected the chance to join either Manchester United or Tottenham, preferring instead to try prove his worth to Juventus. He has done precisely that over the past 12 months, with his excellent form resulting in him being named Serie A's MVP for the 2019-20 campaign.
Lionel Messi Has Told Barcelona He Wants To Leave The Club This Summer
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Lionel Messi Has Told Barcelona He Wants To Leave The Club This Summer

Messi cut a disillusioned figure as the Catalan giants crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in Lisbon after suffering an 8-2 hammering by Bayern Munich. It has reportedly led Messi to consider his future - and Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo claim that he is demanding an immediate exit having grown frustrated at the lack of planning at the club and caused him to lose faith in their sporting plans. The report - which comes from the same source that first reported Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 - adds that Messi has become more isolated at the club than ever before after his wait for his first Champions League title since 2015 continued on Friday. Messi also cut a desolate figure last month after his side were pipped to the LaLiga tit...
New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale
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New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale

Juventus new manager, Andrea Pirlo, is reportedly ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, Mirror UK reports. Pirlo was appointed as Juventus new manager over the weekend following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Juventus have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer following their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon. Pirlo has put Aaron Ramsey “among six players” he wants Juventus to sell this summer. Ramsey only moved to the Old Lady last year, but the Welsh international is not wanted by Pirlo, and he is free to find another club this summer. The former Arsenal star is now seen as surplus to requirement...
Sancho Reveals What’ll Happen if Transfer to Man Utd Fails
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Sancho Reveals What’ll Happen if Transfer to Man Utd Fails

Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, has revealed what will happen if a transfer for him to join Manchester United fails to materialize this summer. According to Kicker, Sancho has made it clear at an early stage to Dortmund that if a transfer to the Premier League giants fails to materialize, he will work with the same dedication and commitment for the success of the club. Sancho had already agreed on a personal term with Man United as the Red Devils remain favourite to agree to a deal for him this summer transfer window. Dortmund have already told Man United to sign Sancho before August 10 (today) when their 2020/21 pre-season tour will commence. The Bundesliga club had made it clear they will only let Sancho leave if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer...
Arsenal Offer to Pay Off Ozil’s £18m Contract
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Arsenal Offer to Pay Off Ozil’s £18m Contract

Arsenal offer to pay off Ozil’s £18m contract Arsenal are ready to reach an agreement over Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract nightmare, the UK Mirror reports. The Gunners will make an offer to pay the German playmaker off or reach a deal to subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he joins another club. Ozil is into the last year of his deal with the club and is not ready to leave the Emirates. The 31-year-old is ready to sit out the last months of his contract, but Arsenal want to find a compromise to help free up money in their wage bill for transfer business this summer. Ozil did not play a single minute for the Gunners after football returned in June. He was also not allowed to join the rest of the squad to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Chelsea and travelled to Tur...
Tottenham Makes move for Arsenal star after Gunners’ Board Overrule Arteta
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Tottenham Makes move for Arsenal star after Gunners’ Board Overrule Arteta

Tottenham Hotspur could make a surprise move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the UK Sun reports. The club has put the 22-year-old up for sale against manager Mikel Arteta’s wishes. Maitland-Niles is eager for more playing time, having just started one Premier League game for the Gunners. However, the versatile youngster did impress in the FA Cup against Manchester City and Chelsea. Arteta is keen to keep Maitland-Niles in his squad, but Arsenal’s decision-makers feel differently. The Gunners need to raise funds in order to spend this summer and believe they can get as much as £30million for Maitland-Niles. Tottenham have now registered their interest in Maitland-Niles and made it known they would be keen to prise him away from their rivals. The midfielder-tu...
Willian: Arteta Told Brazil Winger is Better than Pepe, Will Make Gunners Stronger
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Willian: Arteta Told Brazil Winger is Better than Pepe, Will Make Gunners Stronger

A former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves, has urged manager, Mikel Arteta, to conclude the signing of Chelsea winger, Willian, this summer because he would make the Gunners’ stronger’. Groves also believes that Willian is far better than Arsenal’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe. DAILY POST recalls that Arsenal had already made a formal three-year contract offer to Willian. The deal will see the Brazil international earn more than £100,000-a-week at the North London club. Willian, 31, will be a free agent once Chelsea’s Champions League campaign concludes this month after he recently rejected the Blues’ latest offer to sign a new two-year contract at Stamford Bridge. “It is a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” Groves told talkSPORT on Arsenal’s pursuit of Willian. ...
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Barcelona Threaten Arsenal’s Three-year Deal for Aubameyang

Barcelona remain a threat to Arsenal keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beyond this summer, the UK Sun reports. The Gunners’ hopes of getting Aubameyang to commit his future to the club depends on Barca’s transfer fans. Both parties have reached a verbal agreement over a new three-year deal, that will see the Gabon sign a £250,000-a-week deal. However, Aubameyang is yet to officially sign the contract extension. Barcelona would be in the market for a striker, especially if Luis Suarez leaves the Camp Nou this summer. Although their first choice to replace him would be Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, the Catalans are keen admirers of Aubameyang. Chelsea were said to have made a move for Aubameyang in January, but have since added Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to their s...
Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea
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Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea

Arsenal board have decided to sell utility player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, this summer despite a plea from manager, Mikel Arteta, to keep the 22-year-old, according to The Telegraph. Arteta had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the player’s end-of-season form, where he featured in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced the Spaniard that he had a future at the North London club. The former Man City assistant coach made this point to Arsenal hierarchy, but the club is under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled his decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale. Arteta is believed to have also made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign next season. However...
Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire
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Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has said Lionel Messi will retire at the club in “three or four years”. Messi has a deal with the Nou Camp side until June 2021 and is yet to sign a contract extension. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spain this summer. Inter Milan are believed to be monitoring his future with Barca and are ready to offer him a bumper deal. However, Bartomeu does not think Messi will leave. “It is not just me that says so. Leo has always said it, that he wants to end his professional career at Barcelona. “I think it’s the club of his life. It’s a man for a club and it’s the best club for him. “I am certain that the contract extension will happen. I have no doubt that Leo Messi in three, four, many years to come will ...
Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham
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Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that next season would be different for his team because Spurs are going to make some changes in their squad. The Portuguese also explained that Tottenham’s next season would not be so full of negative episodes like the current 2019/20 campaign because he would start working from day one. Mourinho said this following Tottenham’s Premier League 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday. Mourinho’s men defeated the Gunners at home, thanks to two goals from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld. Alexandre Lacazette did score for Mikel Arteta’s side. Speaking after the game, Mourinho told Football London: “Next season is going to be different from this one. “[I am optimistic] because I start working from day one, be...
Dimitar Berbatov Advises Man Utd on Signing Sancho
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Dimitar Berbatov Advises Man Utd on Signing Sancho

A former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has advised the club on signing Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho. Man United remain favourite to agree to a deal for Sancho this summer transfer’s window. Dortmund have already told the Red Devils to sign Sancho before August 10. But Berbatov believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do not ‘necessary’ need to sign the 20-year-old England international because of their present front three, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. “Looking at how the Man United squad are doing at the moment I do not think signing Sancho is necessary,” the Bulgarian told the Daily Mirror. “Look at the front three from the other night, the speed of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood was great to watch, their link-up pl...
‘If Manchester United don’t motivate you, you’re in wrong sport!’ – Maguire on playing for ‘the badge’ at Old Trafford
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‘If Manchester United don’t motivate you, you’re in wrong sport!’ – Maguire on playing for ‘the badge’ at Old Trafford

The Red Devils captain is determined to deliver on lofty expectations and believes everybody connected with the club shares that mindset Harry Maguire hopes he is not the only one playing for the “badge” at Manchester United, with the Red Devils captain saying anyone struggling for motivation at Old Trafford is “in the wrong sport”. The England international has wasted little time in becoming a key man for the Red Devils following a record-breaking £80 million ($99m) transfer in the summer of 2019, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spending big in an effort to plug defensive leaks. Maguire settled quickly in new surroundings and inherited the armband in January when Ashley Young headed to Serie A giants Inter.
‘Keita certainly has enough quality for the Premier League’ – Liverpool midfielder backed to find ‘rhythm’ by ex-Guinea boss
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‘Keita certainly has enough quality for the Premier League’ – Liverpool midfielder backed to find ‘rhythm’ by ex-Guinea boss

A man who has worked closely with the Reds ace at international level is certain he can turn his career on Merseyside around Naby Keita definitely has "enough quality" to succeed in the Premier League, according to former Guinea boss Michel Dussuyer, who has backed the Liverpool midfielder to find his "rhythm" at Anfield. Liverpool signed Keita from RB Leipzig for £53 million ($66m) in the summer of 2017 and he joined up with his new team-mates the following year after spending another season at Red Bull Arena. The 25-year-old was expected to slot straight into Jurgen Klopp's line-up, but has found himself in and out of the team amid persistent form and fitness issues.
Inter’s Marotta ‘optimistic’ Lautaro will not make Barcelona move
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Inter’s Marotta ‘optimistic’ Lautaro will not make Barcelona move

The Argentina international has not shown a desire to leave the Serie A side, who will not easily allow him to go Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that Barcelona are interested in attacker Lautaro Martinez but says that he is “optimistic” that the Argentina international will not depart the club this summer. The Catalan side have been closely linked with a summer move for the 22-year-old, with Lionel Messi reportedly driving on their bid, but negotiations thus far have not proven fruitful. From the Italian side’s perspective, though, this is a positive as they do not wish to see a player who has scored 12 times in 22 Serie A outings leave.
What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing
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What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has revealed that he spoke with Tammy Abraham, since the club spent £53million on Timo Werner. Wernet becomes the club’s second summer signing, following the £43m spent on Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Lampard has warned the young stars at the club to continue to improve and also get used to competition within the squad. “I don’t feel the need to have addressed every player if a player comes in who might contest their position at a club like Chelsea. Because that’s what it’s about. “Tammy has had a very good season for us this season. He has to sustain and improve on that because at Chelsea we have demands. I’m happy to have options and we have options in forward areas. We must have competition for places,” Lampard told a Zoom press conference on ...
Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club
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Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed that winger, Leroy Sane will leave his side for a new club at the end of the 2019-20 campaign or next summer. Guardiola stated this on Friday, at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash against Burnley on Monday. Sane’s current deal with Man City will end next summer. The 24-year-old has so far rejected several offers from Man City to extend his contract at Etihad. “Leroy said he does not want to extend his contract,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying. “It means he wants to leave. So that’ll happen this summer or at the end of his contract. “The club offered 2 or 3 times, and he rejected it. He wants to play at another club.” Guardiola added: “I’m ...
Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer
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Lille coach, Christophe Galtier confirms Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen will Leave the Club this Summer

Lille manager, Christophe Galtier has announced that Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen will be leaving the club this summer. The 21-year-old youngster has been in top form for the club, scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances as Lille finished the 2019/20 season in fourth place. Back in May, Lille owner Gerard Lopez revealed that 'multiple offers' have been made for the Nigerian star. Coach Galtier has now confirmed that Arsenal target Osimhen and one of his teammates, Gabriel will leave the club. Speaking at a press conference, the Lille manager said: 'Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I've known for a long time that they're leaving.' 'They're working hard with us in the meantime. We're working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace them. 'Of c...
Chelsea Preparing To Offer Juventus €120m For Ronaldo This Summer
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Chelsea Preparing To Offer Juventus €120m For Ronaldo This Summer

Chelsea have been linked with a sensational move for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The Premier League club have already signed Hakim Ziyech and appear close to sealing a deal for Timo Werner. Now, according to the global press, the Blues are prepared to part with 120 million euros to bring Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese international only arrived at Juventus in 2018 for 117 million euros and, although he's been an important part of the team since then, he's looked a bit off the pace recently. Ronaldo's reputation in the Premier League is still sky high following his 118 goals for Manchester United over a decade ago.
From Willian to Alonso: Chelsea’s potential summer sales revealed
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From Willian to Alonso: Chelsea’s potential summer sales revealed

The Blues have already hit the release clause of two major transfer targets but they will need to find solutions to sell players too this summer The exact dates for the opening of the English transfer window have yet to be announced, but that has not stopped Chelsea from moving quickly to get ahead of their rivals in the market. Having already agreed the £37 million ($43m) acquisition of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech in February, the Blues are closing in on a second big-money signing since their transfer ban was lifted in the shape of Timo Werner. The RB Leipzig forward is expected to complete his £54m ($68m) move to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks, and the Blues are not finished there, with both Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz o...
Nketiah can help Arsenal move to the next level – Arteta
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Nketiah can help Arsenal move to the next level – Arteta

The Gunners boss is "convinced" that the England U21 international has a key role to play in his squad going forward Eddie Nketiah can help Arsenal move to "the next level", according to Mikel Arteta, who has been impressed with the striker during the first few months of his tenure at Emirates Stadium. Nketiah rose through the youth ranks at Arsenal before graduating to the senior squad in 2017, but was made to wait for his breakthrough after a string of cameo appearances. The 21-year-old notched his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018-19 campaign against Burnley, and went onto enjoy a strong summer under Unai Emery.