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Sources: Arsenal set to win ¬25m Saliba race

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:49:59 GMT

William Saliba is set to join Arsenal from Saint-Etienne. Arsenal are poised to make France under-19 defender William Saliba their first signing of the summer in a €25 million deal, sources have told ESPN FC. Arsenal and Saint-Etienne have almost reached an agreement for the promising 18-year-old, who is tall, quick, strong and excellent on the ball. - When does the transfer window close? Saliba, who fits with Arsenal's new recruitment strategy of young, promising players like Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, will stay on loan at Saint-Etienne...

Man Utd want talent experts in France, Spain

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:21:59 GMT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden examines the state of Manchester United, including how transfer spending has continued to lessen under the Glazer family. Craig Burley looks at the latest transfer rumours, including Manchester United reloading their star power with Jadon Sancho and Neymar. Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. The numbers do not lie: Paul Pogba was Manchester United's best player during the 2018-19 Premier League season. Manchester United are looking to hire talent spotters to find "world class" players in France and Spain. The club are advertising vacancies for two first team scouts to scour La Liga and Ligue 1 as they press on with their rebuild both on and off the pitch. - When does the transfer window close? The successful candidates, who will report to the head of scouting operations Steve Brown, will be tasked with "identifying world class and emerging talent for the club, ensuring a talent pipeline and a...

Sources: Spurs close to signing Ndombele

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:12:53 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says Christian Eriksen is inching closer to joining Real Madrid by expressing his desire to leave Tottenham this summer. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno agree that Tottenham's Harry Kane will have to make a move in order to fulfill his true potential. Craig Burley rates the latest transfer rumours, including Tottenham's summer plans, Man United's right-back search and Mohamed Salah's future. Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is edging closer to signing for Tottenham, sources have told ESPN FC. Talks between Spurs and Lyon progressed well this week and both clubs are optimistic that the deal will happen despite being yet to agree on a transfer fee. - When does the transfer window close? Lyon want a package worth €80 million, including bonuses, but Spurs, who made an initial offer of €45m, are willing to pay €60m plus an additional €15m -- an offer which should be...

Silva: I am leaving Manchester City this season

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:08:00 GMT

After renewing his contract with Man City, Kyle Walker describes how he's developed under Pep Guardiola and his hunger for more silverware. Via Man City Manchester City midfielder David Silva has said he will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the 2019-20 season. Asked if he would stay beyond next season, the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by the BBC: "No, this is the last one. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); "Ten years for me is enough. It's the perfect time for me. "Initially, City were talking about two years, but I decided to sign [for] another one, so I finished at 10 years. "It completes the cycle. It's a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United eye Ben Yedder to replace Lukaku

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:06:09 GMT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden examines the state of Manchester United, including how transfer spending has continued to lessen under the Glazer family. Gab Marcotti says similarities between Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri's style's of play would make the Derby County manager a low-risk signing for the Blues. Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest transfer rumours in this week's Transfer Rater, including a potential short stay for Miguel Almiron at Newcastle. Alejandro Moreno examines whether Newcastle's next manager can be as successful as Rafa Benitez without significant investment from Mike Ashley. The transfer window is open. Click here to review all the latest transfers. And keep up to date with the latest gossip below. When does the window open in Europe? | QUIZ: Which club should you join? TOP STORY: Could Ben Yedder be heading to United? Manchester United are interested in signing Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder, according to ABC Sevilla. The Frenchman has attracted the attention of top European clubs, including United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, after scoring 30 goals...

Furious Liverpool call Pepe reports 'pure lies'

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:56:08 GMT

Craig Burley makes the case that Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Greizmann would be just what Liverpool need to challenge Manchester City further next season. Liverpool have told ESPN FC that information suggesting they are in concrete talks with Lille over the transfer of Nicolas Pepe is "pure lies." - When does the transfer window close? The Premier League club insist no meetings or discussions of any sort have taken place for the 24-year-old, contrary to reports in France. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Lukaku won't force United exit - Man United only have £100m to spend - Liverpool won't sell Origi - PSG open to Neymar sale - United frustrated over Wan Bissaka Earlier in June, Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards personally reached out to Lille manager Christophe Galtier, informing him the European champions have "zero interest"...

Sources: Liverpool won't sell Mignolet for £8m

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:47:00 GMT

Craig Burley and Steve Nicol reflect on Fernando Torres' career at and after Liverpool, following the announcement of the Spanish strikers retirement. Relive one of Fernando Torres' most memorable goals with Liverpool as he announces his retirement. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno has words for anyone complaining about the discrepancy between Liverpool and Manchester City's end-of-season fixtures for the 2019-20 season. Liverpool do not intend to sell goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Crystal Palace for £8 million, sources have told ESPN. The 31-year-old, restricted to two appearances in 2018-19 on account of the brilliance of Alisson since his £65m switch from Roma last summer, is of interest to the Selhurst Park club. Reports have suggested they are prepping an offer for the Belgium international, however, Liverpool expect him to remain at Anfield. Mignolet has been the ultimate professional despite...

Lampard set for Chelsea after Derby agree to talks

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:08:46 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sees Derby County boss Frank Lampard taking the helm at his former club Chelsea as only a short-term fix for the London club. ESPN FC's Craig Burley lists the reasons why Frank Lampard would have a difficult time as Chelsea manager should he be appointed to replace the outgoing Maurizio Sarri. Frank Lampard has moved a step closer to landing the Chelsea job after Derby granted them permission to hold talks over the vacant position following Maurizio Sarri's exit. Sources told ESPN FC on Friday that Chelsea is expected to finalise Lampard's appointment on a three-year deal this week, having signalled that they were prepared to meet Derby's demand for £4 million in compensation. Derby had offered Lampard a new contract in an attempt to get him to stay, but are now resigned...

Sources: Liverpool to sign coveted Dutch defender

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:43:10 GMT

Craig Burley makes the case that Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Greizmann would be just what Liverpool need to challenge Manchester City further next season. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno has words for anyone complaining about the discrepancy between Liverpool and Manchester City's end-of-season fixtures for the 2019-20 season. Shaka Hislop says it's smart of Virgil van Dijk to 'strike while the iron is hot' and begin talks on a new deal following his stellar season for Liverpool. Liverpool are putting the final touches on signing PEC Zwolle's highly rated teenage defender Sepp van den Berg, sources have told ESPN FC. PSV Eindhoven had been given permission to negotiate a deal for the 17-year-old, who has also been heavily monitored by Bayern Munich and Ajax, but the centre-back has opted for Anfield as his next destination. - When does the transfer window close? The fee is expected to be in the region of £2 million for a player, entering the final year of his contract,...

Benitez leaves role as Newcastle manager

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 04:42:29 GMT

The Cottagers ended a miserable season with sorry performance against Rafa Benitez's men at Craven Cottage. Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. Manager Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle United when his contract expires on June 30, the Premier League club said on Monday. Benitez, 59, was expected to depart after failing to agree a contract extension with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the last few months. - Premier League fixtures 2019-20 in full - Who has qualified for Europe from the Premier League? - When does the transfer window close? - All completed Premier League transfers With the uncertainty over whether or not Ashley will sell...

Sources: Lukaku not prepared to force Utd exit

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 03:31:16 GMT

Raf Honigstein and Craig Burley discuss the impact Manchester United's reported summer budget of £100 million will have on their summer plans. With no director of football in sight for Manchester United, the FC guys debate whether Ed Woodward's transfer-by-committee method still works. Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is not prepared to hand in a transfer request to force a move to Inter Milan, sources have told ESPN FC. Lukaku is open to the possibility of swapping Old Trafford for Inter to link up with boss Antonio Conte because of fears he will be behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season. TRANSFERS Transfer grades: Rating every major signing from Europe Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Lukaku won't force United exit - Man United only have £100m to spend - Liverpool won't sell Origi - PSG open to Neymar sale - United frustrated over Wan Bissaka Inter are trying to negotiate a deal for the Belgium international with United holding out for a fee of around £80 million. Lukaku is...

Inside Liverpool's transfer policy: how patience helped them become European champions

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 01:41:10 GMT

Towards the end of his seven-year stint as manager of Borussia Dortmund, Jürgen Klopp would often wonder "what if?" What if Nuri Sahin, Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa had remained on his team instead of being seduced away by Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively? What if that supremely talented, young and cohesive team he constructed were able to develop together for a few more seasons? It was natural for Klopp to wonder because to him, the answer...


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