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Arsenal target Man Utd's Anthony Martial; Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:48:00 PDT

Amid reports Zinedine Zidane called Kylian Mbappe about joining Real Madrid, Julien Laurens weighs in on a potential move The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Arsenal to bid £40m for Martial Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Kylian Mbappe from Monaco -- this we know -- but the £100 million price tag might be a bit too steep. So Wenger needs a backup plan, and that backup plan is Anthony Martial, according to the Mail. Martial did not have the best of seasons last year and...

Liverpool willing to break transfer record to land £100m Kylian Mbappe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:03:00 PDT

Amid reports Zinedine Zidane called Kylian Mbappe about joining Real Madrid, Julien Laurens weighs in on a potential move The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Liverpool willing to pay £100m for Mbappe Liverpool have registered an interest in signing Kylian Mbappe and, according to the Mirror, are willing to pay a world-record transfer fee of £100 million for the Monaco striker. Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 18-year-old, but...

Trending: Lionel Messi prepares to turn 30; agrees to pay tax fine

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Lionel Messi spoke to ESPN about his future at Barcelona and a possible move to China. Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes Lionel Messi is the best of all time and has more natural talent than Cristiano Ronaldo. With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder. Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options. Steve Nicol thinks Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Barcelona, but Alejandro Moreno worries about his health. Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... BARCELONA: As Messi prepares for his 30th birthday, Chris Jones explains why we won't get to enjoy the iconic No. 10 much longer. - Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. MAN UNITED: Manchester United are making progress in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata but have yet to agree a fee with...

Kylian Mbappe: Madrid, United, Arsenal, PSG, City and Liverpool's sales pitch

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:33:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is the most sought after man in world football. The France international, 18, scored 24 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions last season and starred as Monaco reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1.  His blistering form has led to plenty of talk in the gossip columns about his next club. From Real Madrid to Manchester United, Arsenal to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe is a wanted man. Here, we've selected the clubs Mbappe has been linked...

Salah leaves Roma a rough diamond as Liverpool and Klopp spend big

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:14:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss where Mohamed Salah fits in at Liverpool. When Roma presented their new coach Eusebio Di Francesco last Tuesday, sporting director Monchi decided to lay down a marker to clubs looking to plunder the Giallorossi's best talent. The newly arrived Spaniard wants to build on the work carried out by new Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti, who led Roma to second in Serie A and the Champions League group stages, establishing a club record points total in the process. "Roma is not a supermarket," he said. "Roma is a team that will represent...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah 'perfect' for Jurgen Klopp

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:09:00 PDT

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol explains the benefits of adding Mohamed Salah for Liverpool. Former Liverpool player John Arne Riise believes Mohamed Salah would help to take the club to the next level if they were to sign the Roma forward. LIVERPOOL -- Mohamed Salah could become Liverpool's most expensive signing following his move from Roma, depending on exchange rates. But he should provide a considerable return on the investment, according to a former teammate. "He's perfect for Liverpool," ex-FC Basel striker Marco Streller told ESPN FC by phone. "The football of Jurgen Klopp is exactly for him." Salah's rise has been fast. Basel had been tracking the winger, who was playing for Arab Contractors in the Egyptian Premier League,...

Liverpool must keep spending in order to continue their upward progress

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:49:00 PDT

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol explains the benefits of adding Mohamed Salah for Liverpool. Once the signing of Mohamed Salah is complete, Liverpool Football Club can finally bury an albatross. The Egypt international's expected £39 million fee surpasses the club's previous record payout, the £35m paid out to Newcastle United in January 2011 for Andy Carroll. Carroll, sold at a £20m loss to West Ham just 30 months later, became symbolic of the transfer-dealing naivety of owners FSG, who'd been in charge of the club for just a few weeks when doing that deal. They eventually...

Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard tasked with finding the stars of tomorrow

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:55:00 PDT

The FC crew discuss Liverpool and Mohamed Salah. The FC crew discuss Liverpool and Mohamed Salah. Below the hubbub of Mohammed Salah's impending move from Roma to Liverpool, the news of Steven Gerrard announcing his back-up team as manager of the Under-18 academy slipped under the radar. It contained no-one famous but it was a reminder of Gerrard's continued importance to the club. His years as Liverpool's best player need no regurgitation, other than to emphasise the club's failure to find a successor. The decision to appoint him at academy level was more than good publicity. It highlighted...

Klopp's top left-back targets: Mendy, Sessegnon ideal for Liverpool

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:43:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Liverpool's move for Mohamed Salah. The ESPN FC crew discuss Liverpool's move for Mohamed Salah. Liverpool are adding to their options in the final third this summer, with Roma winger Mohamed Salah close to joining Dominic Solanke as the Reds' second signing of the window. However, the links to securing a left-back are few and far between. Jurgen Klopp's took most by surprise last summer when he opted to use James Milner at left-back but the 31-year-old duly impressed in an unfamiliar position. For the most part, the left-sided full-backs touted with Liverpool have been of the calibre to serve...

Transfer Rater: Serge Aurier to Man United, Van Dijk to Liverpool

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:32:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alex Sandro to Chelsea Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has admitted the Italian champions will not keep Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro...

Klopp with so much at stake as Liverpool fear transfer tribulation

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:56:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Mohamed Salah and Liverpool. The ESPN FC crew discuss Mohamed Salah and Liverpool. The ESPN FC crew discuss Mohamed Salah and Liverpool. Two weeks ago, news broke of a possible deal between Liverpool and Roma for Mohamed Salah, but there is still no resolution. Rumours have spread like wildfire, with social media naturally ablaze with claim and counterclaim. Even Salah's agent is getting sick of it. Liverpool's first bid was not as big as originally thought, with Roma's president seemingly prepared to dig in for a lot more. One report claims the Reds can play a patient game, as Roma have to sell players by June 30 because...

Liverpool need to finally solve their left-back problem

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes his former club are on the cusp of something big under Klopp. Four years ago, my very first blog for ESPN FC was about Liverpool's proposed move for a young left-back from Benfica who very few outside of Portugal had even heard of. In the end, a deal for the Paraguayan Lorenzo Melgarejo never materialised and the Reds instead brought in Aly Cissokho on loan. This week another young left-back from Portugal claims to have been the subject of Liverpool interest. FC Porto's Rafa Soares says he is flattered by the Merseyside club's attention and spoke of how he...

Transfer Rater: Dusan Tadic to Liverpool, Lorenzo Insigne to Chelsea

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:39:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Jozo Simunovic to Huddersfield Town Celtic defender Simunovic is a Huddersfield Town transfer target, according to the Daily Mail. David Wagner's...

Liverpool wish Jurgen Klopp a happy 50th birthday

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:36:00 PDT

Liverpool have wished their most prominent employee a happy birthday as Jurgen Klopp turns 50 on Friday. Happy birthday to Jürgen Klopp! �� pic.twitter.com/Tp0I04DKNH - Liverpool FC (@LFC) 16 June 2017 The club marked the occasion by posting a video on their Twitter account of his best moments on Merseyside. The birthday boss! �� pic.twitter.com/tZlzknV3Lf - Liverpool FC (@LFC) 16 June 2017 A half-century is also a significant landmark as it is the same number...

Clyne must step up to improve Liverpool and England fortunes

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:53:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest Liverpool transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest Liverpool transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest Liverpool transfer rumours. England began Tuesday's friendly international against France without a single Liverpool player in the team. What a difference from England's World Cup match against Uruguay a mere three summers ago. Then, Liverpool had four men in the team with new arrivals Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana also coming on as subs and even former Reds boss Roy Hodgson as coach. Lallana was probably benched against France after expending a lot of energy during Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland at a sun-drenched...

Premier League fixtures: Klopp and Liverpool handed kind start

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:42:00 PDT

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol weighs in on Liverpool's notable fixtures following the release of the 2017-18 season schedule. Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson try to make sense of the latest rumour linking Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool. As Virgil van Dijk's transfer saga took a strange twist today, Shaka Hislop doesn't understand Liverpool's odd statement. Shaka Hislop breaks down Liverpool's apparent shift in attention to Sporting's Gelson Martins. After a wretched looking opening to last season, the fixture list has been somewhat kinder to Liverpool this year. Not that this means much of course, as Jurgen Klopp's team tend to make the difficult look easy and the easy look difficult, typified by when they started last season with a win at Arsenal but then lost at Burnley a week later. They play Arsenal and Burnley early on this time too, in their third and fifth fixtures respectively, with a trip to Manchester City sandwiched in between. It...

I was tapped up: What happens and why clubs risk it for transfer targets

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop is befuddled by the news of Liverpool's approach. Tapping up, the practice of one club courting a player of another without permission, is football's worst kept secret. And it is one that the general public only ever hear about when a club or player get caught. The rest of the time, hidden in plain sight, transfer dealings are often conducted in direct contravention of the regulations and no one bats an eyelid. It is widespread but only when a club is particularly determined to keep hold of their player, or there is a feeling that the unwritten...

England's next captain: Cahill, Hart, Henderson, Kane could replace Rooney

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Harry Kane says wearing the captain's armband gave him added responsibility to help England fight back at Scotland. The FC crew debate whether the fault for Scotland's two goals in their draw with England lies with Joe Hart. Former England captain John Terry believes it's vital that the World Cup-winning under 20 side get more first team football next season. Wayne Rooney's international career appears to be over after he was left out the England squad for their final two matches of the season. He may be his country's record goalscorer and won more senior caps than any other outfield player, but the 31-year-old's omission from Gareth Southgate's squad could spell the end for the current Manchester United and England captain. So, who could take the armband on a permanent basis? We asked some our club correspondents. GARY CAHILL It might surprise...

Dominic Solanke stars for England but Liverpool fans must show patience

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:27:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop weighs in on the Virgil van Dijk transfer fiasco. It was certainly a fine achievement and all of those involved should be proud of what they accomplished, but let's not get too carried away by England's victory in the Under 20 World Cup and what it now means for the players involved. The narrative among some observes seems to be that this tournament victory is proof that the latest "Golden Generation" are ready to be unleashed on the Premier League, and that clubs have no excuse for not giving them their opportunity to shine. If only it were that...

Liverpool summer briefing: Hong Kong, Germany, Dublin and transfers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop breaks down Liverpool's apparent shift in attention to Sporting's Gelson Martins. Liverpool reached the heights of fourth in the Premier League season and, while they did not find cup success, they will be in the hat for the Champions League playoff draw on Aug. 4, 2017 and will be one of the seeded teams. A year ago, Jurgen Klopp was pondering his first summer in charge of the club and was putting into practice some of the unique training plans that has made them so successful this season. Now, with a full year of fitness behind them and an increased transfer budget due to participation...


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