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Chelsea discover Saul Niguez feeling towards permanent transfer as midfielder’s brother weighs in

Chelsea discover Saul Niguez feeling towards permanent transfer as midfielder’s brother weighs in

Chelsea have found out whether Saul Niguez wants to stay at Stamford Bridge past his season-long loan spell after the player’s brother spoke out.

Saul raised eyebrows when he opted to leave Atletico Madrid last summer. The central midfielder had only ever played for the Spanish team at senior level but ended this run to join Chelsea.

The transfer cost Chelsea £3.4million in loan fees, while they also have the option to sign him permanently for £30m at the end of the season.

Despite his vast experience in La Liga and in Europe, Saul hasn’t had a significant impact at Chelsea.

He has struggled to get in front of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante or Mateo Kovacic in Thomas Tuchel’s thinking.

As such, the Spain international has been limited to 25 appearances in all competitions, including just nine in the league.

His 385 minutes of action in the league equates to just over four full matches. This demonstrates just how much time he has spent on the bench.

Saul has had to play as a left wing-back at times and this hasn’t helped his cause. Reports suggest Chelsea haven’t been impressed by Saul’s displays and are unlikely to trigger the option of capturing him permanently.

Saul Niguez brother reveals summer thinking

Saul’s brother, Aaron Niguez, has shed some light on the 27-year-old’s thinking as the summer transfer window draws closer.

Aaron reckons Saul still has his heart set on returning to Atletico and playing for them again next season.

“In principle, as far as I know, yes, he has a loan. I have no other news. He has a contract with Atleti and I have no other news,” he told Spanish radio station SER Deportivo (via Sport Witness).

“If he wants to? Come on… He is Atlético and everything that isn’t Atlético sounds strange to him. I don’t think he’s ever left 100% of Atlético Madrid. It’s my feeling and my opinion.”

The brother then spoke about why Saul has had little impact on Chelsea this term.

“Saul is calmer,” Aaron added. “He is not counting on the desired minutes, but at first it cost him, then he adapted and then came a stretch where there was a stoppage of national teams.

“He caught Covid and it cost him more to enter the pitch. Now he has re-entered the team and see if he ends up playing.

“It is not easy because of the situation in which Saul leaves, he arrives at a champion team, then the adaptation to the Premier League, another football, other customs.

“From January I saw him more settled, enjoying it more. Both on a personal and sporting level, this experience has been very good for him.

“Saul is Atlético to the core. Everything affects you much more, and also for the beautiful, to celebrate and others.

“In sports he lowered his level a little in his last season in Madrid and it was not easy for him to digest this. I think that this has made him a much better footballer.”

It makes sense for Saul to return to Diego Simeone’s team ahead of next season. He is unlikely to be a regular starter in 2022-23, as has been the case this campaign.

Tuchel already has world-class options in central midfield and clearly does not need Saul Niguez in his ranks.

Plus, the manager will be able to select Conor Gallagher if the Englishman opts to stay in west London over the summer.

Elsewhere, Chelsea could pursue a top-class Napoli player to replace Antonio Rudiger in defence.

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Arsenal readying huge U-turn, but new deal has seven hitches

Arsenal readying huge U-turn, but new deal has seven hitches

Arsenal are prepared to perform a U-turn and make Eddie Nketiah one of their top earners, though a report has detailed seven potential hitches in their plans.

The 22-year-old has hit a purple patch of form at just the right time. Nketiah has bagged four goals in his last four matches to give Arsenal vital breathing room in the race for top four.

Indeed, the Gunners currently sit four points above bitter rivals Tottenham. That means the fate of fourth spot will still remain in Arsenal’s hands even if they lose the north London derby on Thursday night.

Arsenal’s striker department looks destined to experience great change this summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already left, while Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are free agents-to-be.

All three departing would leave Arsenal scrambling to sign at least two new strikers. However, according to the Sun and Mirror, Nketiah may yet be retained.

The Mirror initially report that a third round of talks have been held with Nketiah and his camp. On the agenda is a contract extension which the Sun stress would make him very rich indeed.

They add his current salary is believed to be around £45,000-a-week. However, if the new offer is accepted, he would go from being ‘one of the lowest earners in the squad to one of the highest’.

Yet both reports are in agreement in that pinning Nketiah down to fresh terms isn’t straightforward, not least because six potential suitors are circling.

Suitors ready to pounce

From within the Premier League, West Ham, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are all linked.

Palace tried to sign Nketiah in January before turning Jean-Philippe Mateta’s loan spell permanent instead. The Daily Mail recently claimed David Moyes’ Hammers are currently on pole if Nketiah were to leave.

The initial reports also indicate two German clubs – of which Bayer Leverkusen are one – are circling for Nketiah. The identity of the other side was not named.

West Ham targeting pair from Arsenal

West Ham are targeting forward Eddie Nketiah and centre-half Konstantinos Mavropanos from Arsenal in a potential double summer swoop.

Those six hitches ensure Nketiah will not be short of options. However, the seventh is arguably the biggest barrier to Arsenal’s hopes.

It’s once again stressed that Nketiah is desperate to feature regularly. Only recently has he begun to do so under Mikel Arteta, but if another major name is signed, he could be relegated to the bench yet again.

Arsenal are almost certain to sign at least one high-profile forward even if Nketiah stays. Man City’s Gabriel Jesus is understood to be their top target at present and his agent recently spoke out on a move.

Should Nketiah stay or go?

The answer to that question largely depends on who and how many other strikers Arsenal sign this summer. However, it is unreasonable to think Nketiah will wait until their transfer plans are completed before deciding his own future.

Nketiah is more of a poacher than Lacazette and that type of striker may be just what Arsenal need.

They have an abundance of creativity in the trio that lines up behind the lone centre-forward. The likes of Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard will create chances for fun and Arteta needs a forward who can convert at a high rate.

Furthermore, Arsenal are guaranteed to be in Europe next season and look odds on to qualify for the Champions League.

Even if they dropped into the Europa, strength in depth will be required. Nketiah would be given his fair share of minutes with the return of regular midweek football forcing rotation.

As such, we reckon Nketiah would be wise to remain at the Emirates with the club finally trending in the right direction. If he is as good as he believes, he’ll back himself to get minutes, regardless of who the club sign.


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Dimitar Berbatov warns Harry Kane obsession could lead to damaging exit

Dimitar Berbatov warns Harry Kane obsession could lead to damaging exit

Dimitar Berbatov has urged his former club Tottenham not to forget about big clubs coming in for Son Heung-min this summer, as they prepare to fend off bids for Harry Kane again.

Spurs fought hard to keep Kane out of the clutches of Manchester City throughout the whole of last summer after the England skipper revealed his intention for a fresh challenge elsewhere.

After a slow start to the campaign, Kane has been back to his best in recent months and rumours have started to circulate that he could be the subject of more offers at the end of the season.

However, City will not be making any bids after they secured the signing of Erling Haaland for the 2022-23 season.

Despite the noise around Kane’s future, Berbatov has urged Tottenham to keep a closer eye on clubs chasing Son.

The South Korean superstar has notched 21 goals and nine assists in 42 games in all competitions this season. Indeed, Son’s 20 Premier League strikes are only bettered by Mo Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.

And Berbatov hopes the outstanding attacker stays put.

He told Standard Sport: “It is interesting now because we all speak about Harry Kane, maybe in the summer we are going to see another soap opera like the one before, coming and going.

“But also Son is getting better and better with every season. So this is another dangerous situation, where all of a sudden maybe someone comes for your other striker, some other team offering you a lot of money.

“Then you are going to be in a situation where I and Keano (Robbie Keane) were back in the day. One was wanted by Liverpool and the other [Manchester] United. Then we were both gone.

“So in this case, with Son and Kane, it is a dangerous one because they are your top, top players in the team who can give you goals. If someone comes for them and offers you a lot of money, then what do you do? What do you do?

“But I know that Antonio Conte wants to keep them for sure. Because these are the stars that can produce those moments that make the difference.”

Conte the key to Tottenham success

Berbatov also hailed the work done by Conte since his arrival at the club in November.

Tottenham face a crunch clash with north London rivals Arsenal in the race for fourth spot on Thursday night.

And Berbatov believes Spurs can make great strides if the Italian stays put, amid talk he could join PSG.

The Bulgarian added: “I think he is doing a great job, in my opinion. I know that he is going to stay for the next season as well.

“The speculation is everywhere these days, especially about managers coming and going. It is a good thing that he came out and said he is going to stay when referring to the PSG stories.

“I hope that he is going to stay because in my opinion slowly but surely you can see that the team is getting better and better.

“They are constantly improving. Conte is a winner. Now maybe he is in a strange situation where the team didn’t win anything for a long time. But maybe that is a challenge that he wants. Maybe he is going to be the guy that brings that trophy [to Tottenham].”

READ MORE: Ben Godfrey one of three Everton targets tipped to join Tottenham in triple summer raid

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Ben Godfrey one of three Everton targets tipped to join Tottenham in triple summer raid

Ben Godfrey one of three Everton targets tipped to join Tottenham in triple summer raid

Tottenham are reportedly considering a triple transfer raid on Premier League strugglers Everton this summer, with former target Ben Godfrey one of the names on their list.

Antonio Conte is ready to overhaul his squad, with a number of incomings and outgoings expected in north London, and it appears that three players from Merseyside could be Spurs bound.

A report in the Daily Telegraph claims that Conte is keen on landing Richarlison, Anthony Gordon and centre-back Godfrey.

Brazilian forward Richarlison has had a largely disappointing campaign. However, he has come to life when Everton most needed him, scoring a late equaliser to earn a point against Leicester and also notching the winner in a huge home victory over Chelsea.

In all, he has scored nine goals and added four assists in 30 games in all competitions this term.

Those stats are hardly world-beating, but there is a strong feeling that Richarlison’s time at Goodison is up and that an exit is more likely than not.

Potential relegation will obviously play a part in that. Indeed, all three players mentioned would almost certainly move on if the worst happened.

Everton firesale could be on

Everton currently have a two-point gap to Leeds in the final relegation spot. However, they do have a game in hand over Jesse Marsch’s side.

As for the other two Tottenham targets, Gordon is perhaps the most intriguing after an excellent breakthrough season.

The 21-year-old has often carried the side during their struggles and has been outstanding in a woeful campaign.

Gordon has scored four times and notched three assists. However, his commitment to the cause has been incredible throughout the season.

Godfrey, meanwhile, was on Tottenham’s radar before he joined the Toffees for £25million from Norwich in 2020.

The central defender, who can also play as an emergency full-back, was impressive in his first season on Merseyside. However, like the majority of Everton’s defence, he has found this campaign a real struggle at times.

Indeed, Godfrey was pushing for a place in England’s World Cup squad for Qatar but is now well down that list.

Gordon a prime Levy signing

While Richarlison and Godfrey are both good players, they can be inconsistent in their performances. The same cannot be said for Gordon, who gives his all every game and has the quality to match.

The winger is also right up Daniel Levy’s street. A young player with huge potential who has enormous re-sale value.

The problem is that Everton will no doubt demand huge money for their homegrown star, who the fans adore.

Gordon is also at his best playing down the left, although he can play on the right. Those positions at Spurs are currently filled by Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kuksevski, so there is little chance of him playing out wide for Conte’s men.

READ MORE: Spurs told Dejan Kulusevski international teammate will cost them just £8.5m

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Frank Lampard admits Everton complacency despite ‘point gained’ in relegation fight

Frank Lampard admits Everton complacency despite ‘point gained’ in relegation fight

Frank Lampard hinted that Everton were a little complacent as they missed the chance to move clear of the relegation places after being held to a 0-0 draw at Watford on Wednesday night.

The visitors did have the better openings but were wasteful against relegated and injury-hit Watford, who were thankful to veteran stopper Ben Foster for earning them a point.

It was most certainly a missed opportunity for Everton, with Demarai Gray wasting their best chance by shooting inches wide while Watford keeper Ben Foster saved well from Richarlison’s deflected shot.

Everton, however, were aided in their battle to avoid the drop by Leeds United’s heavy home loss to Chelsea.

They now have home games to come against Brentford and Crystal Palace and are currently two points ahead of Leeds, who remain in the bottom three and have played a game more.

Speaking after the game, Lampard told BBC Sport: “It is a point gained – on paper that is what it is. We have taken well-deserved wins against tough opposition (in Chelsea and Leicester City). No disrespect to Watford but we maybe expected to come here and win again. But the Premier League doesn’t work that way.

“It’s typical of this stage of the season and the tense nature of the match. We played three days ago, the players put a lot into that and they need a rest tomorrow before looking ahead to Sunday.”

Everton fans playing their part

Speaking about the club’s support inside Vicarage Road, Lampard thanked the fans, adding: “They are extraordinary. They are pushing, along with the players. They will stick with us.

“It’s important the players rest now before two games on the bounce at Goodison. We have to fight. We know what we need now.”

The Toffees are next in action when they host Brentford on Sunday, before they finish up with games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

REPORT: Toothless Everton give hope to relegation rivals after drawing blank in Watford stalemate

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Jesse Marsch bemoans key Leeds United flaw ‘hurting the team’ but makes survival ‘fight’ vow

Jesse Marsch bemoans key Leeds United flaw ‘hurting the team’ but makes survival ‘fight’ vow

Jesse Marsch believes his Leeds United squad “can still fight” for survival but admitted they must stop “hurting” themselves with bad discipline.

Leeds United could not take the chance to climb out of the relegation zone, as they lost 3-0 to Chelsea. It was always going to be a tough ask against the reigning world champions, but they did not help themselves.

Indeed, for the second game in a row, Leeds had to play more than an hour with 10 men. This time, Daniel James was sent off for a follow-through challenge which injured Mateo Kovacic.

It means he will miss the rest of the relegation run-in, just like Luke Ayling. In further blows, Raphinha and Jack Harrison had to go off due to physical issues.

It’s backs against the wall for Leeds as they fight for survival. But Marsch must quickly shift their focus to the two chances they have left to catch up with the teams above the critical line.

That said, he described himself as “gutted” about the result against Chelsea. The American observed repeating issues in big games and knows they cannot afford to cross the line again in terms of discipline.

Marsch told BBC Sport: “I’m gutted. We give up an early goal and go down a man again – deja vu from the Arsenal game – against a real big opponent.

“We don’t get a chance to stay in the game and see if we can test ourselves and come away with more. We lose another player. We think Jack Harrison will be OK.

“Our focus is totally on recovering and preparing for Sunday.”

Reflecting on the red card incident, Marsch admitted the dismissal of James was costly for Leeds. However, just like with Ayling against Arsenal, he would not blame him.

Instead, he pointed to how his players are giving everything. In turn, that became a rallying cry for their survival bid.

Jesse Marsch: ‘Committed’ Leeds players ‘deserve more’

Marsch said: “Two tackles in the last two games that are a little bit crossing the line and hurting the team.

“I’m not going to blame or finger point any of our players. They’ve given everything they can. We have to stay within boundaries in not jeopardising ourselves.

“The players are so committed; they deserve more. I’m trying to help them to earn it. I have to stay strong with my belief which I have.

“I believe we can still fight for every point left. Until the red card there were a lot of good things.

“I like our team, I like the club, I love the fanbase. I’m really happy here. We had our backs against the wall in a very difficult situation.

“None of us have lived this. In big games we make the exact same mistakes. We are all in this together and doing everything we can. We’re up for the challenge.”

There are now just two games remaining for Leeds to try and secure Premier League status. On Sunday, they host Brighton, before visiting Brentford one week later.

READ MORE: Leeds United in six-way battle to sign Lewis O’Brien whose fate may be sealed next week

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Pep Guardiola uses five words to describe Kevin De Bruyne after four-goal supershow at Wolves

Pep Guardiola uses five words to describe Kevin De Bruyne after four-goal supershow at Wolves

Pep Guardiola reeled off the superlatives after watching Kevin De Bruyne score four times in Manchester City’s 5-1 rout of Wolves that moved them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The brilliant Belgian claimed a hat-trick inside 24 minutes at Molineux – his first treble since 2011 – and added a fourth after the break for a rampant City side.

Leander Dendoncker had levelled for Wolves in the 11th minute but it was one-way traffic after that for Pep Guardiola’s men, who could effectively seal the title on Sunday with victory at West Ham due to their superior goal difference over rivals Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling put gloss on the scoreline with a fifth in the 84th minute to take City onto 89 points, three ahead of the Reds and with a goal difference of +72 in comparison to 65 for the second-placed outfit, who play in the FA Cup final this weekend.

When asked if Kevin de Bruyne produced one of the best midfield displays: “Absolutely. He made quite often in the last this season, especially in the second half he has made similar displays today but today he scored four goals. Unstoppable, brilliant, awesome, outstanding, perfect.

“He had the ability to create the special things.

“Always we push him to say he is incredible player, generous with assists but he has to score goals and this season is the most prolific he has had since we are together.”

The Molineux rout increased City’s goal difference to seven better than Liverpool, but Guardiola chose to play down that stat.

He added: “The target is next game. If we win the next two games we will be champions. Now recover the players and play a final, the final for us is against West Ham.”

Pep reacts to Haaland deal

Guardiola was also asked about the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland after City completed a deal for the Dortmund hotshot.

He added: “It is a decision for the club to make a good sign for the future. He can come for many, many years hopefully. And I am pretty sure he will adapt perfectly to our team but for next season.

“The players make you a good manager. He is an incredible young talent, perfect age. I am pretty sure we are going to help him settle as best possible.”

REPORT: Dazzling De Bruyne hits four as Man City send message to Liverpool in title race

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Agent says Arsenal transfer a ‘serious possibility’

Agent says Arsenal transfer a ‘serious possibility’

The agent of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus says a transfer to Arsenal is a “serious possibility” but claimed there is other interest in the player.

Jesus has made 39 appearances for City this season, scoring 13 goals and grabbing 12 assists. He has been a valued member of the squad for Pep Guardiola, who has led City to the verge of another title without a No 9.

Jesus, 25, has played wide for much of the season and has returned decent numbers for Guardiola. Still his place could be in doubt next season and talks with Arsenal have taken place.

The Brazilian is under contract for one more season in Manchester and if City are going to sell then this summer seems as good a time as any.

The Gunners are looking for forward options and Jesus could be a good fit for Mikel Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in January, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could both leave at the end of the season when their contracts expire.

Jesus’ representative Marcelo Pettinati has admitted that positive discussions have been held with the north London club. But he also claimed six other clubs were also interested.

“We had discussions with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus and yes, we like the project,” Pettinati told Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s a serious possibility so we’re discussing.

“There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel Jesus. He’s now focused on final games with Manchester City, then we’ll see what happens.”

Guardiola said after last month’s win over Watford that he was unsure about Jesus’ future.

“I want to tell you something, Gabriel is our player. I don’t know what is going to happen but he is a Manchester City player,” said Guardiola.

Man City chase £50m Gabriel Jesus fee

“If he doesn’t play he’s there training the day after like it’s his last day, that’s why he will have a long career, he will have a successful career because of the incredible positivity in his mind and thinks for the team.”

Gabriel Jesus agrees terms with Arsenal as Manchester City exit looms

Gabriel Jesus agrees terms with Arsenal as Erling Haaland pushes him out of Manchester City


City have of course agreed to pay £51m for Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. That deal is expected to be finalise soo with the Norwegian set to pen a lengthy contract at The Etihad.

Guardiola has also secured a deal for City Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. And he may well have told Jesus his game time will be at a premium next season.

The Brazil star will also be keen to secure more playing time ahead of Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Qatar in November and December.

Brazilian outlet UOL have claimed City will seek a €60m (£51.2m) fee for Jesus. However, they may be willing to down to €50m (£42.7m) depending on how negotiations go with Arsenal.

READ MORE: Arsenal transfer dilemma reaching crunch time after Italian giants circle William Saliba

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Lacazette next club becomes clearer as club chief hints ‘compromises’ can secure deal

Lacazette next club becomes clearer as club chief hints ‘compromises’ can secure deal

It is looking increasingly likely that Alexandre Lacazette will return to Lyon after his Arsenal contract expires – if what the French club have to say is anything to go by.

Lacazette is currently captaining Arsenal for the rest of the season, but it seems it will be his last representing them. The striker’s deal expires in the summer and he could walk away as a free agent.

Arsenal are in the market for a new centre-forward, while fellow out-of-contract option Eddie Nketiah has found more form in recent weeks.

With that in mind, the chances of Lacazette wanting to stay with the club are probably decreasing. Turning 31 later this month, he remains of interest to a number of other teams.

Among those linked with Lacazette for his post-Arsenal career have been West Ham, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. But one of the leading contenders for his signature is the very side from whom Arsenal signed him in 2017: Lyon.

Born in the city, Lacazette came through Lyon’s youth system and was a member of their first-team squad between 2010 and 2017. He scored 129 goals in 275 games for the French side.

In contrast, his Arsenal career has brought 71 goals from 203 games. Now, he could go back to where it all began.

Lyon are making no secret of their desire to reunite with Lacazette, who has already confirmed he remains in contact with them. During a press conference about a new contract for Maxence Caqueret, two key club officials made reference to the Arsenal man.

Technical director Vincent Ponsot said of Lacazette: “We’ll continue until the end. It’s a desire for us.”

Lacazette Arsenal exit looms this summer

Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal this summer and has a number of offers across Europe, including a possible return to Lyon

And club president Jean-Michel Aulas is willing to push the boat out to secure their target.

He added: “If there is a need to make compromises to have him, we will do it.”

Lyon return a good option for Lacazette

Currently in their squad, Lyon have just Moussa Dembele and Tino Kadewere as centre-forwards. Therefore, getting Lacazette back would benefit the Ligue 1 club.

They will be without European football next season, which may give Lacazette something to reflect on. Some of his other suitors should be able to give him continental involvements.

Alternatively, he could be a piece of the puzzle they need to get back where they want. Besides, in the twilight of his career, perhaps not having to juggle multiple competitions will be beneficial.

And the emotional aspect of returning to Lyon could come into consideration too. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see him back in Ligue 1 next season.

READ MORE: Gabriel Jesus transfer news: Interest aplenty, but agent says Arsenal move a ‘serious possibility’

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Azpilicueta, Alonso bound for Barcelona in potential four-player swap deal

Azpilicueta, Alonso bound for Barcelona in potential four-player swap deal

Chelsea are reportedly open to a four-player swap deal with Barcelona which would see skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso both head to Catalonia this summer.

The Spanish duo have been strongly linked with the LaLiga giants for some time, with Barca boss Xavi known to have made Azpilicueta and Alonso ‘priority objectives’ for his side.

That will almost certainly lead to a defensive overhaul at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Rudiger already having agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Another Blues defender, Andreas Christensen, is also being tipped to head to the Nou Camp.

That will leave Tuchel woefully short of options at the back and lead to some major transfer business this summer.

Azpilicueta and Alonso have both been regular starters under Tuchel. However, their current contract situation means an exit could still be on the cards, as reported in the Daily Express.

The 32-year-old Azpilicueta was set to become a free agent this summer but a one-year extension was triggered on his deal.

That will mean Barcelona having to negotiate over a deal with Chelsea for the veteran star. A similar situation is also brewing with Alonso, who has just over a year left on his contract.

At this stage, there’s been no indication that a new deal is on the cards. Indeed, speculation has been rife over a bust-up between Alonso and Tuchel during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Wolves.

Two Barca stars could head in opposite direction

That could well lead to an exit for the left-back, with Spanish outlet Sport claiming Barcelona have ‘total conviction’ an agreement will soon be reached for the transfers of both Alonso and Azpilicueta.

The report adds that the defenders will be offered a three-year deal and a two-year contract, with the option of a third-year respectively.

However, in return, Chelsea have identified Barca full-back Sergino Dest as a possible makeweight.

The USA international full-back signed from Ajax in 2020, but there have been suggestions the 21-year-old could be offloaded.

Barca are said to value Dest in excess of £17m, which could make a swap deal tricky. However, Brazilian goalkeeper Neto has also been mentioned as heading in the opposite direction too.

That would appear to indicate that Chelsea could try and cash in on Kepa and then have Neto as back-up to Edouard Mendy.

Major issues on the horizon for Tuchel

Chelsea’s takeover really does need to go through as soon as possible for Tuchel to start working out what he will do with his defence next season.

Losing Rudiger is bad enough but adding Azpilicueta, Christensen and Alonso to that mix is potentially disastrous.

The loss of the later should be offset by the return of Ben Chilwell from a long-term injury. However, the other two are solid rotational pieces in Tuchel’s back-line and would take some replacing.

Torino star Gleison Bremer, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Villarreal’s Pau Torres have all been mentioned as potential incomings.

However, none of those players will come cheap and it could be argued that the Blues will need to sign two at least, given that Thiago is aging and unable to play every game.

READ MORE: Conor Gallagher non-committal as Crystal Palace make transfer intentions known

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Man Utd ‘arrogance’ to blame as pundit Trevor Sinclair talks downfalls of Erling Haaland decision

Man Utd ‘arrogance’ to blame as pundit Trevor Sinclair talks downfalls of Erling Haaland decision

Pundit Trevor Sinclair reckons Manchester United showed ‘arrogance’ when they refused to sign Erling Haaland in 2020 – with the striker set to star for rivals Manchester City next season.

Haaland has completed his medical ahead of a transfer to the Etihad this summer. City have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the 21-year-old, which will see them pay £51million for his signature.

Pep Guardiola’s team just needs to sort out personal terms with Haaland before the move can become official.

This issue could be made more complicated by the recent death of Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola.

Manchester City have been deadly in front of goal yet again this season. But club chiefs were on the lookout for a new centre-forward to properly continue where Sergio Aguero left off.

City fans will be hoping Haaland is the final piece of the puzzle for them to taste Champions League glory.

For Manchester United supporters, meanwhile, it is another sign of their club’s troubles in the transfer market.

The Red Devils were close to signing Haaland in January 2020, during his spell at Red Bull Salzburg.

Man Utd pulled out of Erling Haaland signing in 2020

He was available for just £18m due to a clause in his contract. But United refused to pay Raiola’s agent fees and include a release clause as part of Haaland’s new deal. As such, the transfer fell through.

Haaland has hit 85 goals in 88 matches for Dortmund since joining them in that transfer window.

And he will now aim to continue his fantastic goalscoring exploits under Guardiola at City.

While appearing on talkSPORT, Sinclair called United ‘arrogant’ for refusing to meet Haaland and his agent’s demands.

“Manchester United would have loved to have taken him,” he said.

“They could have had him for £18m and sold him for £51m or whatever it’s going to be, but they chose not to because they didn’t want him to have that option.

“Who can afford not to have a player like Haaland for three years and then sell him for three times the money, if he wants to go?

“I would’ve taken him, sold the club to him, make sure he understands the project, and he wants to be at the football club and wants to stay.

“I think that was a bit of arrogance by Manchester United because they’re a big club. They’ve said, ‘We’re not accepting that’.

“Now he’s gone to Borussia Dortmund, he’s played three superb years there, the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League, and pulled up trees in the Bundesliga.”

Elsewhere, rumoured United target Declan Rice has reportedly received an astonishing contract offer from West Ham.

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Lingard left in lurch by Newcastle as free transfer interest ends for unexpected reason

Lingard left in lurch by Newcastle as free transfer interest ends for unexpected reason

Newcastle United have withdrawn from the race to take Jesse Lingard when his Manchester United contract expires, according to a report.

Lingard will leave Man Utd in the summer after many years of service to the club. The academy graduate has made more than 200 appearances for the first team. However, not many of those have come this season – or at least not as many as he would have hoped for.

The attacking midfielder revived his career on loan at West Ham between last January and the summer. But Man Utd’s decision to reintegrate him rather than cash in has not paid off.

Lingard has stagnated again and was not permitted the chance to leave in January this year. Newcastle wanted him on a loan deal, but Man Utd blocked the move unless they would pay a significant fee for it.

Now, Man Utd will not be able to stand in Lingard’s way as he prepares to become a free agent.

It had been thought Newcastle would be back in the hunt for him, but now the Telegraph are claiming they will not be making a move after all.

According to the report, Lingard’s wage demands are too much for even Saudi-backed Newcastle. Of course, they could afford him, but they have concerns about how such a deal would impact their overall wage structure.

Lingard is seeking a contract worth more than £150,000 per week, as well as a signing-on fee. By making such a commitment, Newcastle would be setting a precedent that may harm them in future negotiations.

Newcastle now looking for younger than Lingard

What’s more, they would prefer to focus on reducing the average age of the squad. Lingard turns 30 later this year, so would not help in that regard, despite his ability.

Jesse Lingard could move to Italy this summer

AC Milan and Roma are both interested in Jesse Lingard this summer.

Newcastle made a few signings for the short-term in January; Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Chris Wood are all in their 30s. But as their project develops, they will seek longer-term recruits more.

In turn, they are not as willing to commit to Lingard on a multiple-year deal as they would have been had he spent some time on loan with them beforehand.

He will consequently have to look elsewhere for his next club, even though Newcastle still want a winger.

As for Lingard, it is likely to be a choice between a return to West Ham or a move abroad – most likely to Serie A. Over in Italy, the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Roma have been linked.

READ MORE: West Ham make unprecedented Declan Rice contract offer amid Chelsea, Man Utd links

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Leeds United down to 10 men again as relegation fears rise after comfortable win for Chelsea

Leeds United down to 10 men again as relegation fears rise after comfortable win for Chelsea

Leeds United suffered a major blow to their hopes of escaping the relegation zone as a 3-0 win for Chelsea kept the Whites in the bottom three.

It was far from an ideal start for Leeds after Chelsea took the lead within four minutes. Reece James chopped in past Pascal Struijk before teeing up Mason Mount, who finished with power and accuracy into the top corner after arriving in the box.

Chelsea could have gone two up before 10 minutes were on the clock. Mount was set up again but his first-time effort was stopped just ahead of the line.

Leeds began getting nearer the territory they would have preferred as a corner eventually led to half a chance for Diego Llorente, but his shot was wide.

However, things got worse for them when the referee brandished a red card to Daniel James for a foul on Mateo Kovacic. He initially played the ball, but followed through off the ground with his studs showing.

Thus, for the second game in a row, Leeds had to navigate more than an hour with 10 men. Kovacic, meanwhile, had to be substituted off, replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Chelsea had the ball in the net again soon after when Romelu Lukaku dinked it over Illan Meslier. However, the flag was up.

Lukaku had another chance moments later, but his header fell wide.

Leeds were also forced into a first-half change of their own, when Junior Firpo had to come on for Jack Harrison.

Next, Meslier made a good save to deny Christian Pulisic from close range, but once again it wouldn’t have counted because of offside anyway.

First scorer Mount sets up second goal

There was nothing Meslier could do to stop Chelsea doubling their lead inside the first 10 minutes of the second half. Mount laid it off for Pulisic, who picked out the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Pulisic then tried to curl a third in for Chelsea after Rodrigo had conceded possession for Leeds. However, the American missed the target.

Lukaku also dragged an effort wide after cutting in from the right onto his left foot.

Chelsea were controlling possession and one move saw every pass cheered before Mount missed the target.

There appeared to be another injury concern for Leeds when Raphinha was replaced by Joe Gelhardt within the final 15 minutes. It is not what they need going into the final couple of games.

Next, there was yet another chance for Lukaku, whose latest effort was deflected behind for a corner. Nothing of note came from it.

Lukaku completes Chelsea win

The Belgian frontman finally got his goal in within the last 10 minutes. Llorente lost the ball for Leeds before Hakim Ziyech took it forward for the Blues. He played it to Lukaku in the middle, who despite a heavy first touch guided the ball to a shooting angle to make it three.

It was a deserved moment for a striker who has not scored as many as expected this season, but was involved plenty on the night.

At the other end, Robin Koch found himself in unfamiliar territory. All he could do was head the ball over the bar after a cross had created a decent chance.

It was the closest they came in all honesty; Chelsea were deserving winners.

Thanks to their three points, Chelsea are close to confirming Champions League qualification. In fact, their place in Europe’s top tournament will be confirmed if Arsenal beat or draw with Tottenham on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Leeds are level on points with 17th-placed Burnley. But they have now played a game more and have a much worse goal difference. They now have just two more attempts to climb out of the relegation zone.

READ MORE: Chelsea vulnerable to Leeds Utd raid with Clarke-Salter earmarked to reverse worrying trend

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Spurs told Kulusevski international teammate will cost them just £8.5m

Spurs told Kulusevski international teammate will cost them just £8.5m

Tottenham have reportedly been told that they could sign Dejan Kulusevski’s international teammate Mattias Svanberg for around £8.5million in what would be a bargain deal.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici are expected to be very active in the summer transfer market, with the Italian duo fully aware that the club need to invest in the first-team squad to challenge at the top end of the table.

Champions League qualification would certainly help that equation, although Tottenham will have to get past Arsenal in fourth spot first.

If Spurs do miss out on the top four then the hope is that Conte still remains and is able to use his lure to bring top players to north London.

And one player very much on the club’s radar is said to be Swedish midfielder Svanberg.

Paratici was reportedly looking at a deal for the 23-year-old in January. However, the club ended up landing Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus instead.

That has not stopped their interest in Svanberg though. Indeed, Italian outlet 1000 Cuori Rossoblu reports that Tottenham have renewed their interest in the talented midfielder.

Svanberg, Kulusevski future of Swedish football

Svanberg is widely regarded as the future of Swedish football, along Kulusevski. Indeed, the winger has already made a big impression in north London.

Corriere dello Sport adds that Bologna are looking to raise £25million from the sales of Arsenal and Newcastle target Aaron Hickey and Svanberg.

The breakdown is considered to be €20m (£17m) for Hickey and then just €10m (£8.5million) for Svanberg.

The report adds that Spurs may even be able to get Svanberg, who has also been linked with Manchester United, for less than that – with his contract ending in 2023.

Svanberg’s exit is even more likely, given that he won’t be offered a new contract. Indeed, Bologna are looking to balance their books and part company with some of their top assets.

Conte needs midfield numbers

Antonio Conte is likely to need a central midfielder or two this summer. The likes of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso all expected to leave.

There have also been rumours that Pierre Emile-Hojberg could also be moved on. While that would be a surprise, given his importance to Conte, there needs to be more progressive play from the Tottenham engine room.

Hojbjerg and Bentancur are both positionally good but are a little one-paced and lacking in creativity.

There have been continued rumours of Yves Bissouma heading to north London this summer. While the Brighton man would be a tremendous addition, he will not come cheap – which is a likely problem for Daniel Levy.

Oliver Skipp should return in pre-season and does have an eye for a pass. But with so many exits, Conte will need strength in numbers in midfield and Savnberg could be a decent addition.

READ MORE: Peter Crouch names key position where Tottenham, Arsenal clash will be ‘won and lost’

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Tchouameni takes key step towards transfer, as waiting game could benefit Chelsea, Liverpool

Tchouameni takes key step towards transfer, as waiting game could benefit Chelsea, Liverpool

Aurelien Tchouameni has made up his mind that he will be leaving Monaco this summer, which may put Chelsea at an advantage over Real Madrid, reports suggest.

Tchouameni has become one of the most in-demand young players ahead of the upcoming transfer window. His form for Monaco over the past couple of seasons has put him in the shop window.

Now a fully-fledged France international, the 22-year-old could be ready for the next challenge in his club career. He has been regularly linked with clubs outside Ligue 1, including most of the Premier League’s so-called big six.

With a takeover of the club looming, Chelsea are back at the forefront of the race to sign Tchouameni. In fact, AS are now claiming that the Blues are “doing the most” in the battle for the midfielder’s services.

The Spanish outlet says so in the wake of interest from La Liga champions Real Madrid. However, Los Blancos would rather make Tchouameni wait a year.

Given his contract is due to expire in 2024, that may help reduce the asking price. Madrid are not keen on meeting the valuation of between €70million (£59.9m) and €80m (£68.4m).

Ideally, they would rather pay somewhere closer to €50m (£42.8m) for the former Bordeaux man.

However, despite being Tchouameni’s number one choice, he may not want to wait a year for Real. Indeed, it is claimed that he has “absolutely” decided to leave Monaco this summer.

Aurelien Tchouameni perfect for Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool evolution

Aurelien Tchouameni is reportedly a summer Liverpool target and he is exactly the sort of player Jurgen Klopp should be going after.

Should Chelsea complete their takeover in time to make transfers – as is now looking likely – they will be back in the hunt for Tchouameni.

They are up against Thomas Tuchel’s former club Paris Saint-Germain for his signature. However, Tchouameni would rather leave France behind for a new experience in the Premier League or La Liga.

Down the former route, it is not just Chelsea who are competing for his services. The report reminds that Liverpool are among the main competitors too.

Tchouameni has recently been named as a priority target for Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing side next season. Therefore, he could end up with a decision to make between two Premier League heavyweights.

Alternatively, he could get his dream move to Madrid, but only if he can convince Monaco to lower their demands for him. Alternatively, the Spaniards would have to make sales to clear some space for him.

Where would Tchouameni best fit?

As a talented all-round midfielder, there are various roles that Tchouameni could function in. His natural position is at the base of the centre of the pitch.

There, Chelsea have the likes of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. Both are out of contract in 2023, though, leaving Mateo Kovacic as one of their only certainties in the centre. What’s more, a space in the squad is likely to open up when Saul Niguez’s underwhelming loan spell ends.

As for Liverpool, Fabinho generally sits in front of the defence, while Jordan Henderson, James Milner or Thiago Alcantara could too. But having added depth in other departments, it could be a place to make one more signing to remain competitive.

Over in Madrid, there has still been a reliance on Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro into their 30s – and understandably so. But they need to plan for the future, as seen with last year’s purchase of Eduardo Camavinga.

Joining Real remains a dream for many players. But if they cannot afford Tchouameni right now, perhaps he could find a home in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s need may be the greatest, and their interest has been long-lasting. Therefore, he could help move the middle of their team into a new era.

READ MORE: Antonio Rudiger wages at Real Madrid emerge as star pens contract to leave Chelsea

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Raheem Sterling ‘very intent’ on key aspect of transfer decision as Tottenham rival Arsenal

Raheem Sterling ‘very intent’ on key aspect of transfer decision as Tottenham rival Arsenal

Raheem Sterling would be pitched different roles if he was to join Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal, a journalist claims – and he could be leaning towards the former.

Sterling will be a key player to keep an eye on in the summer transfer window. His contract with Manchester City is only due to run until 2023. A decision from the club over a potential extension will only come in the summer.

By then, he could be considering a future elsewhere. Indeed, he has already opened the door to a transfer abroad at some stage of his career. But there are still Premier League clubs keeping him on their radars.

For example, he has been linked with Arsenal, who are aiming to replenish their attack for the new season. What’s more, they could be in the Champions League by then.

The main team trying to stop them is their north London rivals Tottenham. And it has now emerged that Spurs are also battling them for the services of Sterling.

That’s according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who works for CBS Sports and has been speaking to The Gooner Talk about Arsenal’s pursuit of Sterling.

Per the reporter, Sterling would have different roles to play for either of his suitors. Arsenal see him as a wide man and Tottenham want him to be a goalscorer.

With that in mind, he is leaning towards the white side of north London.

Jacobs said: “Sterling is an interesting one, because I do think the door is open for [him] to leave Manchester City, and I think there will almost be a north London derby-style pursuit for Sterling.

The future of Raheem Sterling will be decided at the end of the season

Manchester City will make a decision over the future of Raheem Sterling at the end of the season

“From what I gather, should he leave Manchester City, Tottenham are ahead of Arsenal in that particular pursuit. So if Sterling is to join Arsenal then Edu and [Mikel] Arteta are going to have to move quite quickly.

“I think Sterling is very intent, even though he knows Arteta very well, to play under [Antonio] Conte as his next manager if he is to make a move. The reason for that is that Tottenham have given him guarantees about style and about position.

Raheem Sterling knows what each role takes

“Sterling feels that under [Pep] Guardiola as he’s aged he’s kind of done a full loop of what’s required of him. He’s gone from kind of wide, to forward, to almost a false 9, to focal point, to box-to-box, to wide again, to forward again.

“He’s been relied upon for goals and then moved back to something that’s a bit more selfless. Then he’s aged a little bit, maybe lost a bit of pace and confidence.

“If you look at his full cycle as a footballer, he had everything except the finishing. And then there was a point at Manchester City where he suddenly couldn’t stop scoring goals. Now he’s a bit more hit and miss, and he’s playing a bit less often as there’s lots of different players in that position.

“Tottenham’s pitch [to him] is, ‘let’s get you back to doing what you do best,’ which is scoring goals. Arsenal’s pitch is going to be, ‘let’s get you back to what you did at the beginning of your career’ which is being a very fluid, very versatile wide player who cuts inside.

“So actually I think this is about development and what direction he’s going to head. I don’t think Arteta and Arsenal are prepared to tell Sterling he would join the football club and be relied upon as the main source of goals.”

Sterling has scored 130 times from 337 games for Manchester City since joining them from Liverpool in 2015.

READ MORE: Gabriel Jesus transfer news: Arsenal coup taking shape after Fabrizio Romano provides triple update

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Aston Villa miss out on another defender as Jeremiah St. Juste agrees Portugal transfer

Aston Villa miss out on another defender as Jeremiah St. Juste agrees Portugal transfer

Aston Villa have missed out on another defender signing after Mainz star Jeremiah St. Juste agreed a deal to sign for Sporting.

Villa, West Ham and Leicester were all in the hunt for St. Juste, who was billed as the fastest player in the Bundesliga. The centre-back’s top speed was recorded at 36.63kph. That put him in front of the likes of Erling Haaland and Leroy Sane in terms of sprinting.

It’s that pace and his defensive calmness that put him on a number of clubs’ radars.

But Sporting have won the race to sign the player after he was attracted to Portuguese capital by the famous club.

“Jeremiah approached us and expressed his desire to join Sporting Lisbon, as he is keen to take the next steps in his career in another country. We fully understood and accepted his decision,” said Mainz boss Christian Heidel on their website.

“However, it was also important for us to come to a transfer agreement that was in line with our financial requirements.

“We wish Jeremiah all the best at his new club. Despite the fact he has missed much of this season due to injury, he has played an important role at Mainz over the last three years,” he added.

St Juste was under contract until 2023, but played just eight times in the Bundesliga this season due to shoulder problems.

Jornal de Notícias reported that Sporting were trying to wrap up a deal for the player quickly las week. And Villa’s interest probably pushed them into getting a deal hammered out.


The Portuguese club were keen to avoid a bidding war with other clubs.

Jeremiah St. Juste snub adds to Villa woes

Sporting are said to have offered around €10m for the player up front, as well as a number of performance-related add-ons.

The Dutch defender spent three seasons at Mainz and made 69 appearances for the club.

It’s not the first centre-back Villa have missed out on this summer.

Football Insider revealed Aston Villa came in recently with a ‘big-money’ contract offer to land Matthias Ginter.

The German international was a target for Steven Gerrard. Per the source, Gerrard is keen to break up the centre-half partnership of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa. And 28-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach man Ginter had been eyed up.

But he rejected the chance to feature in the Premier League for the first time. Instead, Ginter opted for a move to Bundesliga rivals Freiburg at the end of the season.

Christian Streich’s men are currently in fifth place and are looking to finish in the Champions League places.

READ MORE: Steven Gerrard savages key figure in Liverpool, Aston Villa clash – ‘I hope it’s looked at’

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Arsenal, Newcastle pursuit of midfield star Fabian Ruiz forces Napoli into drastic action, claims report

Arsenal, Newcastle pursuit of midfield star Fabian Ruiz forces Napoli into drastic action, claims report

Arsenal and Newcastle United’s interest in Fabian Ruiz has forced Napoli to offer the star a new long-term contract, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners have been linked with Ruiz regularly over the past few months. Reports claim the central midfielder is on a five-man list of potential replacements for Granit Xhaka at the Emirates.

Reported Newcastle interest is more recent. Striker Victor Osimhen is their main target from Napoli, but the Magpies could make it a huge double deal by including Ruiz too.

Newcastle were given a setback recently amid claims Ruiz would reject a transfer to St James’ Park in favour of a more glamorous team.

But the huge transfer funds available to Eddie Howe means they can never truly be ruled out. Just look at the signing of Bruno Guimaraes, for example.

Italian source Calciomercato provide an update on Ruiz’s future, and whether it could involve Napoli.

The Spaniard’s current contract at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium runs until June 2023.

Therefore, the best way for Napoli to brush off Arsenal and Newcastle is to tie Ruiz down to a new deal.

Fabian Ruiz set for wage increase

With this in mind, they have apparently put a new contract worth £2.9million a year on the table. This would see Ruiz take home £57,000 per week, an increase of around £9k on his current terms.

The new contract would last until June 2027, meaning Napoli would not have to worry about his future for a long time.

The £57k weekly wage fits in with Napoli’s financial constraints and would ‘safeguard’ them from transfer interest.

But it may not be enough to convince him to stay. After all, the 26-year-old playmaker could earn over £100,000 a week by moving to the Premier League.

Ruiz and his agent, Alvaro Torres, will meet with Napoli officials in the near future to discuss the potential renewal.

Of course, Arsenal and Newcastle will be waiting to discover what decision the star comes to.

While Napoli clearly have a plan in place to keep Ruiz, it may come to nothing. The 15-cap international clearly has the ability to perform well at an elite club.

Arsenal and Newcastle cannot call themselves that just yet, although they are certainly on an upward trajectory.

And if the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League, it may be hard for Ruiz to turn them down.

Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta has spoken about the fitness of Ben White and Bukayo Saka ahead of Thursday’s trip to rivals Tottenham.

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West Ham sizing up immediate Konstantinos Mavropanos deal with Arsenal cut out of £14m windfall

West Ham sizing up immediate Konstantinos Mavropanos deal with Arsenal cut out of £14m windfall

West Ham are reportedly looking to sign forgotten Arsenal player Konstantinos Mavropanos for a €20m price tag, per a report. 

Mavropanos signed for Arsenal in the 2018 January transfer window for a reported fee of £1.8m. The Greece international has since been loaned out to various German clubs.

The centre-back currently plays for Stuttgart whom he joined on loan in the 2020. The club have an option to buy at the end of the current deal which Bild report is worth around £3m. Prior reports have suggested they’ll take up that option.

Those claims are covered by Sport Witness who suggest David Moyes’ West Ham are now looking to acquire his services.

They are reportedly willing to offer around €20m (£17m), meaning a player Arsenal could lose for £3m could then move for £14m more in the same window.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a superb season in Germany and according to WhoScored, across all competitions, Mavropanos has managed an average rating of 7.0.

Moyes’ team are on course to compete for Europe again and their squad is rapidly aging.

Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson have been key players throughout the season for the Hammers. The pair are, however, both into their thirties which could stretch their defensive options again next season.

West Ham’s defensive ranks do have significant depth as both Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop are also in and around the first-team.

Although, in January, the latter was linked with a move away from the London based club.

Mavropanos speaks on his future

The 24-year-old has hinted on where his future lies in a recent interview.

“Stuttgart have the option to sign me. If they do that, I’m a VfB player. That’s all there is to say about that at the moment,” Mavropanos told Bild.

West Ham targeting pair from Arsenal

West Ham are targeting forward Eddie Nketiah and centre-half Konstantinos Mavropanos from Arsenal in a potential double summer swoop.

This showcases that the Greek international sees his future at Stuttgart, but Bild have also reported that he would consider moving away immediately if a ‘top club gets serious.’

It is not yet known if Mavropanos classes West Ham as a ‘top club’, so whether his future will lay away with Stuttgart after his clause is activated remains up in the air.

Does he suit David Moyes?

The Hammers commonly play with four defenders but have occasionally deployed a back five system on occasion.

Mavropanos has been the shining light for Stuttgart this season as they battle for survival. Despite playing in defence for the entirety of the season, Mavropanos is the teams’ joint-highest goal scorer with five in all competitions.

However, Stuttgart have shipped the fourth-most goals in the Bundesliga this year (58). They would however, be far worse off without Mavropanos’ talents.

His decision-making is one of his key assets which ensures he wins the majority of his challenges.

His aerial contribution is also second to none. Over the course of the season, he has averaged 3.9 aerial duels won per game. This is very similar to Dawson who has achieved 4.1, according to WhoScored.

Although the €20m price tag may seem hefty, Mavropanos’ skillset may be worth its weight in gold.


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Pundit Alan Smith makes claim about Martin Odegaard transfer value that Arsenal fans will love

Pundit Alan Smith makes claim about Martin Odegaard transfer value that Arsenal fans will love

Pundit Alan Smith thinks the transfer value of Martin Odegaard has doubled during his first season as a permanent Arsenal player.

Odegaard got his first taste of the Premier League in 2020-21 when joining Arsenal on loan for the second half of the campaign. He did enough to earn a permanent switch from Real Madrid last summer, as the Gunners paid £30million for his services.

Odegaard is now one of Mikel Arteta’s most important players. He has registered six goals and five assists in 37 games this season, but that doesn’t tell the full story.

The attacking midfielder is working well in the pocket of space just behind the striker, whether it be Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah.

He is also forming an effective partnership with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.

Odegaard is having such a big influence on the Arsenal squad that he could end up becoming their regular captain.

The playmaker is already the skipper of his national team, Norway, despite being 23 years old.

Out of the last five Premier League matches Odegaard has captained Arsenal in, they have won their last four on the spin.

Martin Odegaard captains Arsenal in latest win

The most recent of those was a 2-1 home victory over struggling Leeds United. Nketiah got two goals against his former loan club to give Arsenal a solid advantage.

Diego Llorente pulled one back for Leeds after the interval. But a red card for Luke Ayling effectively ended Leeds’ hope of finding an equaliser.

While appearing on Sky Sports, Smith praised Odegaard and made an exciting claim about his transfer value.

The pundit said (via football.london): “What a signing he was! £30m.

“They could double their money easily now for Odegaard.”

Due to his impressive performances, it’s no surprise Odegaard’s price tag has risen in recent months.

Should a major European club come in for him, they would likely have to pay far more than £60m.

The 39-cap international will surely become a regular in the starting eleven at the Emirates for years to come.

Odegaard should start in Arsenal’s next match, as long as he is fit. Arteta’s men travel to Tottenham in a huge north London derby which could shape the race for Champions League qualification.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s proposed move for Gabriel Jesus seems to be gathering pace amid an update from Fabrizio Romano.

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West Ham make unprecedented Declan Rice contract offer amid Chelsea, Man Utd interest

West Ham make unprecedented Declan Rice contract offer amid Chelsea, Man Utd interest

West Ham have offered Declan Rice the chance to stay at the London Stadium on an astonishing eight-year contract, according to a report.

The influential midfielder has rejected three contract offers from West Ham in the past 12 months. This has given clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United hope of capturing him in the summer.

David Moyes has repeatedly put Rice’s price tag at well over £100million, and more recently at over £150m. This shows just how valuable he is to the east London side.

Rice’s current deal runs until June 2024 and is worth £156,000 a week, as per Spotrac.

This gives them a decent amount of time to sort out a renewal. But just in case the England star doesn’t extend his terms, they are scouting potential replacements.

One is Bologna’s Dutch midfielder Jerdy Schouten. And the Serie A club have been tipped to ‘cash in’ over the next few months.

talkSPORT provide a major update on Rice’s future at West Ham. They claim Rice has been offered an enormous eight-year deal worth £200,000 per week.

However, talkSPORT host Jim White, who broke the news, suggests Rice could reject it amid interest from elsewhere.

Declan Rice offered huge new contract

Here’s what White said: “Let me tell you the lengths West Ham are going to keep Declan Rice at the football club.

“It is my understanding that West Ham are 99 per cent certain they will not sell Declan Rice this summer.

“Declan Rice has been offered an eight-year deal at West Ham United worth £200,000-a-week on a rising scale to match inflation.

“An eight-year deal worth £200,000-a-week. At this stage he is showing no inclinations to sign it.

“This eight-year deal could become a ten-year deal, if Declan and his people wanted such a deal worth £200,000-a-week.

“So would they sell? There is a belief in Declan Rice’s camp that he could get between £300,000-£400,000-a-week elsewhere. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen.

“The magic figure may be £150million, but there is a feeling a West Ham United that there is next to no chance of that figure being offered for Declan Rice this summer.

“That’s why they feel they are 99 per cent certain they will keep him this summer.”

Should West Ham sell Rice, then one position they could invest some of the money in is centre-forward. A report claims they are hoping to sign Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa, and Steven Gerrard’s team could pick up a big profit.

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Jurgen Klopp implored to sign striker this summer after £51m Erling Haaland transfer

Jurgen Klopp implored to sign striker this summer after £51m Erling Haaland transfer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been implored to sign a striker after Manchester City agreed a deal for prolific hitman Erling Haaland.

Liverpool’s title rivals announced they had agreed a transfer in principle for Borussia Dortmund star Haaland for £51m. Sky Sports report that the overall cost of the deal will top £85m in total when agent fees, Haaland’s signing on bonus and other costs are considered.

City will also have to pay Haaland’s wages, with the Norway striker expected to get around £400,000 a week.

But while City were announcing the deal, Liverpool were preparing to face Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Reds managed a crucial 2-1 win, but had to suffer after going behind after just three minutes.

And former Villan Gabby Agbonlahor says Klopp must sign a striker this summer with Haaland on his way to the Premier League.,

“I don’t want to hear that it going to cost this with wages and agents’ fees, because a lot of transfers the fees are crazy,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“It is costing Manchester City £51m and that is a bargain. The best striker in the world. He can help the team get up the pitch.

“He can hold the ball up and he’s one of those strikers who can chest it down mid-air and you still can’t get the ball off him. Left foot, right foot, he can outpace you, he has everything. He will score tap-ins from De Bruyne’s crosses. He will score screamers, he will attract two and three defenders to stop him.

“That will leave Mahrez, Foden, Grealish, De Bruyne one versus one, which is what they want.

“It’s an incredible signing and Liverpool have to act. Liverpool have to sign a striker because last night Liverpool struggled. Villa were very good defensively and Liverpool have to sign a striker.”

The pundit’s plea is likely to fall of deaf ears at Anfield. Klopp made it clear after Tuesday’s win that he and his charges were not focused on what their rivals do.

Klopp solely focused on Liverpool 

Klopp said: “We don’t waste energy thinking hopefully they (Man City) lose.”


To put Liverpool’s situation into context, the win at Villa was their 59th game of the season. And it that time they remain on course for a remarkable four trophies.

The EFL Cup is already in the bank, while the FA Cup final will take place against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds are also in the final against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. And they are level on points with Man City, who have a game in hand, while the Reds have just two matches remaining.

Klopp’s forward line has also blasted well over 100 goals, including 89 in the Premier League. So it’s unlikely Klopp will be panicking about signing a striker just because their rivals have done so.

READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp honest over ‘real beast’ Erling Haaland; Carragher has words of caution

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Arsenal coup taking shape after Fabrizio Romano provides triple update

Arsenal coup taking shape after Fabrizio Romano provides triple update

Arsenal are edging closer to bringing Man City striker Gabriel Jesus on board after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano provided three encouraging updates.

The Gunners will seek to revamp their forward line this summer to ensure Mikel Arteta is not left short on firepower. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already moved on, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to become free agents.

One or both of that pair could depart, with West Ham reportedly now on pole position to sign Nketiah.

Arsenal have scheduled a third round of contract talks with the 22-year-old. Though whether they can offer the guarantees he’s demanding, only time will tell.

As such, one or two new strikers are expected to be signed and top of the list is seemingly Gabriel Jesus.

The Man City forward, 25, will see his contract at the Etihad expire in 2023. To avoid losing such a saleable asset for nothing, an exit this summer could be sanctioned.

What’s more, City have already wrapped up a deal to sign Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. He looks destined to be joined in Manchester by Erling Haaland.

Details on the Norwegian’s move to City can be found here, including the financial details that are far lower than many first thought.

Ornstein, Romano talk up Jesus move

With new faces arriving, Jesus’ time could be up and Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase. Indeed, the Athletic’s David Ornstein previously revealed talks over a move to north London have been ongoing for months.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has shed new light on the situation, and it makes for great reading for Gunners fans.

Firstly, Romano reaffirmed Arsenal’s desire to sign Jesus. The Italian tweeted Jesus is ‘top of their list’ in the attacking department.

Furthermore, Romano noted new ‘direct contacts’ have been made on the player’s side. Though he did admit direct contact between Arsenal and City is still to come.

Finally, the impact of Haaland’s move was stressed with Romano concluding Jesus is now ‘expected to leave’ in the wake of City’s Haaland announcement via their official website on Tuesday.

Brazilian outlet UOL added their take on the proposed Jesus to Arsenal transfer on Monday.

They claimed City will seek a €60m (£51.2m) fee for the Brazil international. However, they may be willing to go as low as €50m (£42.7m) pending how negotiations with Arsenal go.

Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal good business?

It is increasingly clear Arsenal must sign at least one new striker this summer. The list of those linked is lengthy, though Jesus would arguably be the cream of the crop.

At 25, he fits the age profile of players Arsenal chief Edu coveted last summer. What’s more, he has an abundance of Premier League experience and would not require a bedding in period.

Years in the Pep Guardiola system ensure he will always contribute on the defensive side of the game. And in front of goal, his record is better than some might expect.

His tally for City currently stands at 95 goals and 46 assists in 234 matches.

While that may not seem extraordinary on first glance, it’s important to note Jesus has regularly been the victim of rotation. He also spent many years making cameos off the bench when Sergio Aguero was in full flow.

As such, Jesus would appear to be the type of player that would excel given greater responsibility. Given Arsenal’s impending shortage of strikers, he’ll have opportunity to shine in north London.


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Man Utd learn £8.5m could do the trick as Nordi Mukiele closer to exit

Man Utd learn £8.5m could do the trick as Nordi Mukiele closer to exit

Manchester United receive a promising update on the fee for an RB Leipzig star, while West Ham plot a bid for an Arsenal man – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United may have to pay as little as €10million (£8.5million) for RB Leipzig star Nordi Mukiele this summer, according to a report.

United have had strong links with raids on the Bundesliga club ever since Ralf Rangnick moved to Old Trafford. The interim boss spent several years as Leipzig’s sporting director and had a stint as their coach.

The latest player at the club reportedly of interest to the Red Devils is right-back Mukiele.

The 24-year-old Frenchman has impressed in his 27 Bundesliga appearances this season, but his contract is up next summer. As such United, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are all reportedly eyeing him up.

German newspaper Bild now reports that Leipzig want at least €10million for Mukiele if they do decide to sell him this summer.

Indeed, the report adds that Leipzig could yet let his contract expire and see him move on for nothing.

In any case, Bild moves him closer to an exit by revealing the silence over his contract situation compared to some of his team-mates.

Manchester United considering move for RB Leipzig full-back Nordi Mukiele

Manchester United hold an interest in RB Leipzig full back Nordi Mukiele, who could be available for as little as £8.5million.

Marcel Halstenberg and Kevin Kampl have both agreed new Leipzig deals in talks with the club, with their previous terms expiring next year too.

However, Leipzig have remained unmoved over Mukiele‘s situation, so far neither engaging in talks nor offering new terms – which the newspaper adds are unlikely to arrive.

Man Utd‘s links with Mukiele come amid speculation that Aaron Wan-Bissaka could move to Atletico this summer.


Stuttgart have an option to buy Arsenal loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos for €3.5million (£3million) this summer, but West Ham are prepared to pay €20million (£17million) for the defender. (Bild)

Barcelona are preparing to submit a €25million (£21million) offer for Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo. However, it remains unclear if Benfica will accept the La Masia graduate’s return to Barca for that fee. (Pedro Almeida)

Paul Pogba is still on Real Madrid’s transfer radar, despite recent reports ruling out a new midfielder signing for Los Blancos this summer. (Sport)

Madrid are also fond of Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry amid his stunning rise since moving to Germany. (Fichajes)

Bayern are preparing a bid for RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, who has become a key target for Julian Nagelsmann. (Sky Germany)


Arsenal and Newcastle are ahead of Tottenham and Man Utd in the race for Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala. (Calciomercato)

Furthermore, the agent of Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma has not discounted the Magpies from the race for the Dutchman. (Cadena SER)

Manchester City expect Julian Alvarez to join up with his new team-mates in June, according to River Plate CEO Enzo Francescoli. (Radio Continental)

Aston Villa are working on the final details of a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona permanently, following initial doubt over his future. (Fabrizio Romano)

Francesco Totti has backed Roma to fund manager Jose Mourinho in the transfer market to try and improve them this summer. (Tutto Roma)


Manchester United were the club that made the €140million (£120million) bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic a couple of seasons ago which Lazio president Claudio Lotiti swiftly rejected. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Liverpool have entered the race for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. What’s more, they could cover themselves by letting either Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah leave. (L’Equipe)

Chelsea are making the most effort over a deal for Aurelien Tchouameni, with Liverpool also in the race. (AS)

PSG are are eyeing Monaco midfielder Tchouameni, but the 22-year-old wants a new challenge in England or Spain. Nevertheless, his decision to leave this summer is final. (AS)

Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo is stable in hospital after collapsing due to concussion in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Celta Vigo. (Football Espana)

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Steven Gerrard savages key figure in Liverpool, Aston Villa clash – ‘I hope it’s looked at’

Steven Gerrard savages key figure in Liverpool, Aston Villa clash – ‘I hope it’s looked at’

Steven Gerrard made a cutting retirement comment about referee Jon Moss who courted controversy during Aston Villa’s defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Neither Villa nor Liverpool appeared happy with the refereeing display dished out by Moss on Tuesday night. The veteran referee made a series of questionable calls and failed to produce a single yellow card despite the combative nature of the contest.

The home crowd became increasingly frustrated at what they believed were decisions going in the Reds’ favour.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, was left baffled at how his side were able to concede a goal that was offside in the build-up in the age of VAR.

Ultimately, Liverpool’s 2-1 victory tempered Klopp’s anger to a degree. The same, however, could not be said for Gerrard.

Speaking in the aftermath, the Villa boss was asked about the performance of referee Moss.

Initially, Gerrard attempted to keep his composure with a standard “no comment” reply. However, he could not hold his tongue for long.

“No comment, I just hope that it’s looked at,” said Gerrard (via the Liverpool Echo). “That’s all I say. I hope it’s looked at.

“Have I gone to talk to Jon Moss? No. I just hope his performance is looked at.

“I don’t want to be sour, Liverpool scored two goals against us and we need to look at that and I don’t want to cover over any cracks.”

When informed that Moss will be hanging up his whistle and retiring when the season ends, Gerrard brutally replied: “Is he? Good.”

Steven Gerrard could win the league for Liverpool

Gerrard can yet do Liverpool a favour in their title quest when Villa travel to the Etihad on final day.

Liverpool now require a favour or two from Man City’s three remaining opponents – Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.

When asked about the City clash and the implications it has for his former club, Gerrard insisted the focus must remain solely on Villa.

“We will wait and see what situation we are in at the end of the season. But we have a purpose to try and finish as high as we can,” added Gerrard.

“We want to push for the top 10 and it has to be about us. Let’s hope we can put ourselves in a good place going to City.”


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