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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Jesse Lingard, Facundo Pellistri

Manchester United Transfer Talk: Jesse Lingard, Facundo Pellistri

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Manchester United won at Derby County today, 2-1, in their first preseason match of the season. (For the game news and notes go here). After the match Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed the narrative that Jesse Lingard will be leaving the club this summer. According to various reports at differing points of the summer, Lingard has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and of course West Ham. The Hammers are reportedly very interested, and why shouldn’t they be, given how well he performed with them during his second half of the season loan spell. Lingard re-ignited his then moribund career in East London, and that fine form has inspired him to stay at Old Trafford and try to win back a place in the team. “Jesse has come back, been bright, he wants to fight for his place...
Ben White: Arsenal agree £50m deal to sign Brighton defender

Ben White: Arsenal agree £50m deal to sign Brighton defender

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Arsenal agree deal in principle to sign Brighton defender Ben White; England centre-back is seeking a new challenge and wants to move to Emirates; Arsenal had previous bids of £40m and £47m rejected But with discussions continuing into July, the two Premier League clubs seem to have reached an agreement on a deal that will see Brighton get a guaranteed £50m from structured payments with no add ons. Brighton have also inserted a sell-on clause for White, who was selected by Gareth Southgate for England's Euro 2020 campaign. The 23-year-old is expected to take a medical when he returns from holiday on July 26. After leaving Southampton in 2014, White secured a move to Brighton and finally made his mark on the south coast following loan spells with Newport County, Peterboroug...
Rising Japan star Kyogo Furuhashi joins Celtic from Vissel Kobe

Rising Japan star Kyogo Furuhashi joins Celtic from Vissel Kobe

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Kyogo Furuhashi has been Vissel Kobe's top scorer since the start of 2020 with 26 goals in the J1 League, and has also netted thrice in six caps for Japan. Koji Watanabe/Getty Images Kyogo Furuhashi will leave Vissel Kobe to join Celtic after the J1 League club said they had reached an agreement to transfer the Japan winger to the Scottish Premiership side. Vissel Kobe said on their website the deal was subject to a medical. It did not reveal the transfer fee or other details. Furuhashi will join a Celtic side led by former Yokohama F. Marinos head coach Ange Postecoglou, who moved to Scotland last month having led the Marinos to the J1 League title in 2019. Celtic's Ange Postecoglou era begins Furuhashi, 26, made his debut for Japan against Venezuela in November 2019 but h...
Manchester United breakthrough for double defensive swoop

Manchester United breakthrough for double defensive swoop

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Manchester United are on the cusp of signing Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier in a deal worth a combined £68m, claims The Sun. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants both players to help complete a stunning overhaul of United's defensive options and the Red Devils are now closing in on both. Varane has entered the final year of his current Madrid deal and the Spanish giants want to cash in this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year. United have reportedly agreed personal terms with the France international on a five-year deal as Solskjaer looks to find a world-class partner for captain Harry Maguire. Solskjaer is also keen to sign another right-back to push Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the same way Alex Telles helped improved Luke Shaw last season...
Erling Haaland: Chelsea’s informal proposal for Borussia Dortmund striker turned down by Bundesliga side

Erling Haaland: Chelsea’s informal proposal for Borussia Dortmund striker turned down by Bundesliga side

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Borussia Dortmund are determined not to sell Erling Haaland this summer; a source close to discussions told Sky Sports News Chelsea face "mission impossible" in their bid to sign him; the Blues offered Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi in part-exchange for Haaland Borussia Dortmund have turned down Chelsea's informal player-plus-cash proposal for striker Erling Haaland, according to Sky in Germany. Chelsea are understood to have been willing to offer Dortmund either Tammy Abraham or Callum Hudson-Odoi in part exchange for Haaland, but the Bundesliga side are determined to hold onto the 20-year-old. The Blues are keen to sign a new striker this summer after struggling in front of goal at times last season. Despite winning the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel's side lacked ...
Jose Mourinho fires warning to Mason Greenwood after Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho fires warning to Mason Greenwood after Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United

Football, Manchester United, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, TRANSFER
Jose Mourinho believes the arrival of Jadon Sancho at Manchester United could have a negative impact of Mason Greenwood’s progression at Old Trafford. Sancho successfully underwent his medical with United on Tuesday and the club are expected to complete their €85 million (£73.1m) deal to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger this week. Sancho has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target to strengthen United’s right flank this summer. And 21-year-old’s versatility means he will be competing for a place in United’s wide areas with Anthony Martial, Dan James, Rashford and Greenwood. ourinho believes Greenwood, who missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad, is capable of making next year’s World Cup squad but is concerned the 19-year-old could be ‘hidden’ due to the competi...
Rui Patricio leaves Wolves to join Jose Mourinho at Roma

Rui Patricio leaves Wolves to join Jose Mourinho at Roma

EUROPE, Football, FRENCH LEAGUE 1, Sports, TRANSFER
Rui Patricio meets AS Roma coach Josè Mourinho after signing for the Serie A club Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio has joined Roma from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. The Premier League club confirmed the deal, which Roma stated to be for an initial £9.8 million, on Tuesday evening. Patricio, 33, becomes Jose Mourinho's first signing since the former Tottenham boss was appointed as head coach at Roma in May. "Roma is a big club and a new challenge and I'm excited to try and help the club achieve its targets," Patricio said on www.asroma.com. "In Jose Mourinho we are talking about one of the greatest coaches in the world and I am excited to start working with him and doing everything I can to help the team." https://twitter.com/ASRomaEN/status/1415059868369702918 Pat...
Confirmed: PSG Announce €60m Signing

Confirmed: PSG Announce €60m Signing

FIFA, Football, FRENCH LEAGUE 1, Sports, TRANSFER, UEFA
Ligue 1 giants have confirmed the signing of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi in a deal reportedly worth €60million. The Moroccan full-back spent on season with Inter Milan and helped the club secure the Serie A title last season. The 22-year-old has penned a five-year deal with the Paris outfit and becomes the club's second signing after Georginio Wijnaldum. “I feel a great sense of pride today," Achraf told the club's official website. "After Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the chance to discover a new championship with one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates, the fans and experience the incredible colour and passion inside the Parc des Princes. "I share the same big ambitions as the coaching sta...
Man United closing in on Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga

Man United closing in on Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga

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The 18-year-old is considered a hot prospect and would likely cost around €30 million Manchester United are making progress in attempts to sign the midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes. The 18-year-old is a France international with three caps but went to the Under-21 European Championship rather than Euro 2020 this year. Rennes are open to selling Camavinga for about €30m because they could otherwise lose him for nothing next summer, when his contract is due to expire. He has been a long-term target for United and other clubs, notably Paris Saint-Germain, are also interested. Camavinga, who has been selected for this month’s Olympics, last August became – at 17 years, nine months and 17 days – the youngest player called into a France senior squad since 1932. He came on a...
Man United eye Raphaël Varane and give Juan Mata new deal

Man United eye Raphaël Varane and give Juan Mata new deal

Football, Manchester United, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, TRANSFER, UEFA
Ole Gunnar Solskjær could bring in Real Madrid defender alongside Jadon Sancho Manchester United are monitoring Raphaël Varane with a view to a potential move for the Real Madrid centre-back and have given Juan Mata a new one-year deal. Ole Gunnar Solskjær wants to strengthen his central defensive options but after agreement was reached to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho for £73m (85m), United will only do deals that reflect the economic climate. Varane has been at Madrid since June 2011, winning three La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, and was a member of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup team. The 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract but Madrid may still value him at about £50m (€58m), which United would view as unrealistic as they work to a pandemic...
Nuno Espirito Santo: Tottenham appoint former Wolves boss as new head coach

Nuno Espirito Santo: Tottenham appoint former Wolves boss as new head coach

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Tottenham appoint former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach on a two-year deal to bring an end to long-running search for Jose Mourinho's successor; Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici flew into London for first time on Tuesday to close deal Tottenham have appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach. The former Wolves boss has signed a two-year deal with the north London club bringing an end to their long-running search for Jose Mourinho's successor. Spurs' new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has led the club's search for a new permanent head coach and close the deal as he flew into London for the first time on Tuesday. The Spurs hierarchy have held talks with Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Paulo Fonseca, Genn...
Manuel Locatelli: Arsenal ‘ahead’ in race to sign Sassuolo midfielder, says Serie A club’s sporting director

Manuel Locatelli: Arsenal ‘ahead’ in race to sign Sassuolo midfielder, says Serie A club’s sporting director

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Arsenal have made a bid for the Italy midfielder, who has also been linked with Juventus; the 23-year-old has impressed at Euro 2020 for the Azzurri, scoring two goals in the 3-0 group stage victory over Switzerland Arsenal are "ahead" in the race to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo and have made a "concrete offer" for the Italy midfielder, according to the Serie A club's sporting director. The 23-year-old has impressed at Euro 2020 for the Azzurri, scoring two goals in the 3-0 group-stage victory over Switzerland, and is expected to move on this summer. Sassuolo sporting director Giovanni Carnevali confirmed that talks are continuing with Serie A rivals Juventus, but that Arsenal are the leading contender from outside of Italy. "Juventus are the only Italian club we ta...
Patson Daka: Leicester City complete £23m transfer of Zambian striker from Red Bull Salzburg

Patson Daka: Leicester City complete £23m transfer of Zambian striker from Red Bull Salzburg

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A striker had been high on Brendan Rodgers' priority list this summer, and the Zambian forward became Leicester's main target despite Celtic's Odsonne Edouard also being linked to the club; Daka scored 34 goals in 42 appearances last season to help Salzburg to the Austrian title Patson Daka signs a five-year deal with Leicester - he scored 34 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season for Red Bull Salzburg (Credit: LCFC) Patson Daka has completed his transfer to Leicester City from Red Bull Salzburg, with the fee thought to be around £23m. The Zambian forward, who scored 34 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season, has signed a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium. A striker had been high on Brendan Rodgers' priority list this summer, and 22...
Jose Mourinho backs Sergio Ramos for Premier League

Jose Mourinho backs Sergio Ramos for Premier League

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Jose Mourinho has backed Sergio Ramos to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League after his Real Madrid exit. The Spanish giants have confirmed the veteran defender’s 16-year spell at the Bernabeu will come to an end when his contract expires at the end of the month. Ramos scored 101 goals in 671 appearances for Real Madrid Ramos, who said an emotional farewell to the club in a tearful press conference, has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea in recent weeks. Having dismissed a return for former club Sevilla, saying it was ‘never an option’, he is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. And Mourinho has ‘no doubts’ Ramos still has what it takes to perform in the English top flight. The legendary manager ...
Atletico Madrid set new asking price for Manchester United to sign England Euro 2020 star Kieran Trippier

Atletico Madrid set new asking price for Manchester United to sign England Euro 2020 star Kieran Trippier

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Manchester United are yet to make an official bid for Trippier, who spent four years at Tottenham before moving abroad, but they were believed to be looking to agree a deal in the region of £20m. Whether they will be willing to pay more than double for Trippier remains to be seen and Solskjaer could instead pursue a deal for Norwich City’s Max Aarons. Speaking to Metro.co.uk, former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand revealed his concerns over the pursuit of Trippier. Manchester United are yet to make an official bid for Trippier, who spent four years at Tottenham before moving abroad, but they were believed to be looking to agree a deal in the region of £20m. Whether they will be willing to pay more than double for Trippier remains to be seen ...
EVERTON TAKING HUGE GAMBLE WITH RAFAEL BENITEZ APPOINTMENT

EVERTON TAKING HUGE GAMBLE WITH RAFAEL BENITEZ APPOINTMENT

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The Everton managerial search took another twist on Wednesday night, when former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez emerged as the front runner for the vacant position. A number of names have been tipped to take over the role after Carlo Ancelotti walked out on the Toffees to join Real Madrid and ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo seemed to be in line to take over after a flurry of reports over the weekend. But now a number of those same voices are saying Benitez will likely be the man to take over at Goodison Park. Understandably, it’s a potential appointment that has already prompted a massive amount of discussion. Not only did Benitez enjoy success with Liverpool, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup in his stint at Anfield, he infamously refe...
Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

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Granit Xhaka's proposed move from Arsenal to Roma is reportedly in doubt following a breakdown in talks between the two clubs. The Switzerland international had been widely expected to complete a switch to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, ending a five-season stay with the Gunners. However, it emerged earlier this week that Arsenal had supposedly rejected Roma's latest bid of around £20m for the 28-year-old. Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that the two sides have now reached a stalemate in talks, putting any transfer this window in jeopardy. The same report indicates that Roma want Xhaka to pressure Arsenal into agreeing a deal, but the midfielder is currently focused on Switzerland's Euro 2020 campaign
After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, TRANSFER, Transport, TRAVEL, UK, USA, WORLD
A deal to end or pause world’s largest corporate trade war will help dozens of industries caught in tit-for-tat tariffs. The dispute between the US and EU dates back to 2004 over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus [File: Edgar Su/Reuters] The United States and Europe are speeding efforts to reach a pact to end a 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies but may settle for a prolonged truce in recent tariff wars, people familiar with the matter said. A deal to either end or pause the world’s largest corporate trade dispute would grant relief to dozens of other industries affected by tit-for-tat tariffs that were suspended in March. They face a renewed trade war within weeks if there is no progress. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed the dispute in her first face-to-f...
Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

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Nuno Espirito Santo close to being appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Goodison Park; Portuguese left Wolves at the end of last season and previously held talks over vacant Crystal Palace managerial position Image: Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of last season Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager. Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down. The Portuguese, 47, emerged ...
Borussia Dortmund Feel Manchester United’s Initial Jadon Sancho Offer Too Low

Borussia Dortmund Feel Manchester United’s Initial Jadon Sancho Offer Too Low

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Manchester United’s initial offer for Jadon Sancho has been deemed too low by Borussia Dortmund, according to German daily Bild. Sancho wanted to move to Manchester United last summer but the Red Devils refused to meet Dortmund’s €120m valuation of the winger. Manchester United have revived their interest in the England winger again and have been in talks with his representatives over a transfer this summer. Dortmund have lowered their demands but are believed to be holding out for a fee that could go up to €100m before they agree to let Sancho move to Old Trafford. And the first negotiations have taken place directly between Manchester United and Dortmund, though no deal is in place. It has been claimed that the Red Devils’ initial offer has been termed too low by the ...