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Manchester United will spend ¬£70million on a supply line for Antoine Griezmann, while Chelsea are hot on the trail of¬†Yannick Carrasco, all in today’s papers.
UNITED LINE UP SILVA TO SUPPLY GRIEZMANN¬†
Manchester United are planning to make a ¬£70million move for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva this summer, according to a report.
The 22-year-old is the man that Jose Mourinho wants to load the bullets for Antoine Griezmann, who is another summer target, report The Sun in an exclusive.
Real Madrid are also keen on the attacking midfielder and United face a battle to sign Silva, who is managed by the agent of Mourinho, Jorge Mendes.
“United already plan to land Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann at the end of the season in an ¬£85m deal,” says the tabloid and they will also spend big on Silva.
He joined Monaco from Benfica for ¬£14million deal after a loan-spell in the Principality. He can play across the midfield and has 4 goals and 4 assists this season.
The Portugal international¬†joined Monaco from Benfica in January 2015 for ¬£14million after a loan-spell in the Principality and is under contract until June 2020.
The playmaker can play across the midfield and has scored four goals and created four assists this season.
United were reportedly keeping an eye on Silva back in May 2016, according to Spanish title Super Deporte.
CHELSEA TARGET CARRASCO
Chelsea are among a number of clubs keen on Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco, according to the Daily Star.¬†
The report claims Chelsea are interested the 23-year-old winger as are both Manchester giants, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
The forward only penned a new¬†new Atletico deal in October though and is under contract with the club until 2022, but if fellow stars Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro move on then Belgium star Carrasco may also decide to depart.
Carrasco is believed to have an ¬£86million buyout clause in his current contract.
AND THE REST
Marseille are preparing a third bid for West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, after having a ¬£20m offer rejected. (Sky Sports)
Payet, who has been forced to train with West Ham’s youth team, is willing to take a pay cut to rejoin the French side. (Mirror)
Hammers winger Michail Antonio, 26, is set to sign a five-and-a-half-year contract worth ¬£70,000 a week. (Guardian)
Arsenal are yet to open contract talks with midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, and defender Kieran Gibbs 27, despite all three having just 18 months left on their current deals. (Evening Standard)
The Gunners have rejected Juventus’ interest in Alexis Sanchez as they continue contract renewal talks with the 28-year-old forward.(Mirror)
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 35, is to retire from football when his Bayern Munich contract expires at the end of the season. (Bild)
Crystal Palace are preparing a ¬£10m bid for Tottenham left-back Ben Davies, but Spurs want at least ¬£20m for the 23-year-old. (Sun)
Manchester United are looking to bring Ajax’s Danish sensation Kasper Dolberg to Old Trafford this summer. (Sun)
Andros Townsend is fighting to save his Crystal Palace career – and could be ready to make a sensational return to Newcastle. (Mirror)
West Ham have made a shock move for Southampton’s want-away captain and centre-back Jose Fonte. (Mirror)
Crystal Palace are the latest club to offer Mamadou Sakho a route out of Anfield as they joined the race for his signature. (Mail)
Southampton have been rebuffed in a request to take Mamadou Sakho on loan from Liverpool.¬†(Mail)
Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Swedish teenage forward Alexander Isak from AIK.¬†(Mail)
Sunderland boss David Moyes is eyeing up a move for ¬£8.5m-rated Montpellier star Ryad Boudebouz.¬†(Sun)
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has had a stunning ¬£10m offer for Jordan Rhodes turned down by Middlesbrough.¬†(Sun)
Burnley are weighing up a move for Norwich City winger Alex Pritchard.¬†(Sun)
Barcelona are braced for a ¬£44m Chinese Super League bid for Arda Turan.¬†(Sun)
Robbie Keane has confirmed that he is being lined up by Championship clubs.¬†(Sun)
Aston Villa have had a ¬£6m bid for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, 26, rejected. (Mail)
Manchester City are hopeful that summer signing Gabriel Jesus, 19, will finally receive clearance so that the forward can play in time for Saturday’s match with Tottenham. (Guardian)
Hull are close to signing Olympiakos’ 25-year-old right-back Omar Elabdellaoui. (Sky Sports)
Burnley have made a ¬£7.5m bid for Hull’s 29-year-old midfielder Robert Snodgrass. (Mail)
The Clarets are also close to completing a ¬£3.5m deal for Barnsley’s 26-year-old defender Marc Roberts. (Guardian)
Swansea and Everton are interested in signing Young Boys’ 27-year-old attacking midfielder Yoric Ravet. (L’Equipe)
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in talks to become the next manager of Norway. (Romsdals Budstikke)
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Sir Elton John and Sir Alex Ferguson have led the world of football in paying tribute to former England manager Graham Taylor following his death at the age of 72.
Taylor, who is thought to have suffered a heart attack, will be best remembered for his spell in charge of England from 1990-93 and successful stints with Watford and Aston Villa.
Confirming his death, a family statement read: “With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack. The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
EFL clubs will stage a minute’s applause ahead of all fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect, while Watford will also hold a one-minute applause ahead of their Premier League clash against Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road. The Hornets will also wear black armbands for Saturday’s fixture.
Taylor began his footballing career as a young player with Scunthorpe and also represented Grimsby and Lincoln before moving into management with the latter.
He also had a spell as manager at Wolves and later became a respected pundit with the BBC and BT Sport.
It was at Watford, though, where Taylor’s managerial career really took off after cutting his teeth with Lincoln.
After being appointed in 1977, he took the club from the Fourth Division to a second-placed finish in the top flight, qualifying the UEFA Cup in 1983. They reached the FA Cup final the following year. He moved to Villa in 1987 but had a second spell at Vicarage Road from 1996-2001, achieving promotion to the Premier League.
Sir Elton, Taylor’s chairman at Watford, expressed his sadness via an Instagram post.
He wrote: “I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing. He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.
“He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to unchartered territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.
“This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much.”
Former England winger John Barnes was part of the Watford side which rose to the top of the English game after Taylor brought him to the club from non-league Sudbury Court.
Barnes told Sky Sports News: “Graham started my career, so of course I know more than most about the influence he had on players.
“I was a 17-year-old boy and he put me in the team straight away, he cared about me as a person first and a footballer second.”
Footage was shared widely on social media on Thursday of Taylor addressing a member of a Wembley crowd who was abusing Barnes, with Taylor saying: “You’re talking about another human being, just watch your language”.
Barnes added: “He really cares about you off the field.”
Watford’s present chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “As one, together at our club, we are all utterly devastated to learn of Graham’s passing.”
Taylor took charge at Villa following relegation to the Second Division. He won promotion at the first attempt and two years after that, in 1990, they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division.
That achievement was instrumental in securing him the England position. Years later, in 2002, he came out of managerial retirement for a second spell at Villa.
A tweet from Villa read: “We are deeply saddened today by news of the death of our former manager Graham Taylor. RIP Graham.”
Former Manchester United manager Ferguson told the League Managers Association’s website: “I have very fond memories of Graham. He was approachable, open and honest. If he could help you in any way, he always would. I was really shocked by this terrible news and I send my condolences to Graham’s wife and all of his family.”
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson added: “I greatly admired Graham for his honesty, tenacity, professionalism and his capacity for innovation which earned him richly deserved success. Above all, he was a true gentleman.”
The stand-out choice to replace Sir Bobby Robson after Italia 90, Taylor’s spell in charge of England ended in disappointment after failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, a campaign which was chronicled in the TV documentary, An Impossible Job.
Taylor took England to Euro 92 but his side did not progress beyond the group stages. He was derided for substituting leading striker Gary Lineker when a goal was needed in a decisive game against Sweden.
He resigned in 1993 having faced fierce criticism at times with the national side, notably for his perceived reliance on the long-ball tactics which served him well in club football. One newspaper ridiculed him by depicting him as a turnip.
“Very sad news that Graham Taylor has passed away. An outstanding manager, lover of football and thoroughly decent man,” said Lineker on Twitter on Thursday.
Alan Shearer, who was handed his first England cap by Taylor, told BBC Radio Five Live: “He was genuine, he was honest, he was passionate, he was down to earth, but most of all he just absolutely loved his football and he was such a hard worker.
“You could tell that with his enthusiasm, the way he spoke about it, the way he coached us and the way he trained us.”
England manager Gareth Southgate called Taylor “a fantastic football person”.
In a video released by the Football Association, Southgate said: “It’s extremely sad news, Graham was a fantastic football person.
“You always talk about people’s contribution within football but you remember them most as people and he was somebody that had time for everybody and was generous with that time and I think they’re the human qualities that you remember the most.”
Current FA chairman Greg Clarke added: “On behalf of everyone at the FA, I am saddened to hear this news. My thoughts are with Graham’s family and friends.
“He was a hugely popular and respected figure in the game, not just in English football but in international circles as well.
“I know Graham was very proud of his time as England manager and it was always great to see him at football grounds across the country.”
Taylor became the first president of the LMA during his time in charge of England and was also a senior figure at his first club, hometown Scunthorpe.
“The club is saddened to learn of the passing of Iron vice president Graham Taylor OBE at the age of 72. The thoughts of everyone at Scunthorpe United are with his family at this sad time,” said a statement.
Those sentiments were echoed by Grimsby, who tweeted: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of former GTFC player & England manager, Graham Taylor. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family.”
Gordon Taylor, a playing contemporary and chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association since 1981, told BBC Radio Five Live: “It’s a real shock. He was a real gentleman.”
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TEAMtalk reflects on the life of Graham Taylor – the former England manager who took Watford from the fourth division to runners-up in the top flight.
Graham Taylor, who has died aged 72, is widely regarded as Watford’s greatest ever manager and, despite a turbulent and ultimately doomed spell in charge of England, became one of football’s most respected figures during a career that spanned almost 50 years.
Taylor was born on September 15, 1944 in Worksop in Nottinghamshire to his mother Dorothy, a postwoman, and father Thomas, a sports reporter for the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph and from whom he first learned his love of the game.
Taylor joined the youth ranks at Scunthorpe but transferred to Grimsby in 1962, the club where he reverted from an inside-forward to full-back and went on to play 189 league matches.
In 1968, Taylor was bought by Lincoln for ¬£4,000 and he played 151 games for the Imps, captaining the side before retiring in 1972 due to a serious hip injury.
A premature end to a respectable, if unspectacular, playing career gave Taylor the chance to pursue a long-held interest in coaching, having already qualified as the youngest-ever Football Association staff coach aged 21.
He took the manager’s job at Lincoln and guided the club to the Fourth Division title in 1976.
I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing. He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever. He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to unchartered territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius. This is a sad and dark day for Watford. The club and the town. We will cherish Graham and drown our sorrows in the many brilliant memories he gave us. I love you Graham. I will miss you very much. My thoughts go out to Rita, Joanne, Karen and the whole Taylor family. @watfordfcofficial #GrahamTaylor #RIP
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Taylor had gained a reputation as one of the country’s brightest young coaches and in 1977 was approached by Watford chairman Elton John, who had initially wanted Bobby Moore, but turned to Taylor on the glowing recommendation of England manager Don Revie.
Taylor was not immediately convinced. After all, Watford were languishing in the Fourth Division, from which he had just earned promotion, and when John stated his ambition for the Hornets to be playing in Europe, Taylor rolled his eyes.
Hoping to dampen the pop star’s lofty expectations, Taylor said it would cost the club almost a million pounds.
“Right, let’s give it a go,” John replied.
Five seasons and three promotions later, Watford had finished second in the First Division, ahead of Manchester United, and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Look at that smile pic.twitter.com/iTWsAfBS1Z
— Ollie Trenchard (@OllieTrenchard) January 12, 2017
It was one of the most rapid and remarkable surges English football has ever seen. Inspired by the young winger John Barnes and a lethal striker in Luther Blissett, Watford beat Arsenal twice, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton.
They finished runners-up, second only to Bob Paisley’s Liverpool, while Blissett ended the campaign top scorer with 27 goals in the league, 33 overall.
Taylor forged a team that was not only successful on the pitch but engaging off it, a ‘community club’ in the true sense of the phrase in a way that would be unrecognisable today.
Players regularly visited supporters at work, free of charge or any marketing motive, and when Taylor first arrived he took to the streets of Watford to ask fans for their views. At a time when football was plagued by hooliganism, the club stood as a beacon of cohesion and local harmony.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 12, 2017
Taylor steered Watford to the third round of the UEFA Cup the following season as well as the FA Cup final, where they lost to Everton, but despite establishing their status in the First Division, they could never match the heady heights of 1983.
Taylor sought a new challenge at Aston Villa, whom he led to second place in 1990, an achievement that prompted the FA to come calling.
Early scepticism about Taylor’s lack of major trophies eased when England lost just once in his first 21 games at the helm but things quickly turned sour at Euro 92 when a surprise 2-1 defeat to Sweden ensured the team failed to make it out of their group.
Taylor was heavily criticised for his decision to substitute Gary Lineker with the score at 1-1 and the Sun’s reaction was particularly vicious, their headline ‘Swedes 2 Turnips 1’, accompanied by a picture of Taylor’s head as a turnip. It became the enduring emblem of his tenure.
On the pitch, an ageing and injury-afflicted England then failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a miserable campaign that included crucial defeats to Norway and Holland.
Key absentees and unfortunate refereeing decisions certainly played their part but Taylor never extracted the maximum from his most talented players and later admitted the job came too soon in his coaching career. A television documentary, granted behind-the-scenes access to Taylor’s final months in charge, revealed in graphic detail the strain he had endured.
Rest in peace, Graham.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/jt4zFLTPRi
— England (@England) January 12, 2017
After a brief period at Wolves, Taylor returned for a second spell at Watford, where he recovered his old touch with back-to-back promotions to the Premier League.
This time, however, the Hornets could not avoid relegation and Taylor announced his decision to retire in 2001 – although not before becoming only the third manager to oversee 1,000 league games in England, following Brian Clough and Jim Smith.
He was tempted out of retirement and back to Aston Villa in 2002 but it was a short stay and a move Taylor later admitted he regretted.
In retirement, Taylor spent his time working as a television and radio pundit for the BBC while also helping Watford through a period of financial difficulty.
He served as the club’s chairman from 2009 until 2012 and a stand at Vicarage Road was renamed the Graham Taylor Stand in his honour in 2014. Taylor remained a cherished contributor to the town’s charity and community events and he was made an Honorary Freeman of the borough in 2001. He leaves his wife Rita and two daughters, Joanne and Karen.
By Tom Allnutt, Press Association Sport
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Former England manager Graham Taylor has died aged 72, a spokesman for the family has said.
A family statement said: “With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack. The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”
Taylor managed England from 1990 until 1993. He was a club manager at Lincoln, Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves, and in recent years a pundit on the BBC and BT Sport.
RIP Graham Taylor – great club manager who understood fans & shouldn't be defined by the England job. Warm,genuine people person & raconteur
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) January 12, 2017
Taylor had a difficult time in charge of the national team, with criticism about his perceived long-ball game. However under his leadership England qualified for Euro 92 in Sweden.
The tournament was a tough one for England and their manager. His side failed to get out of their group and Taylor also substituted Gary Lineker, in the final group game when a goal was needed, in what proved to be the striker’s final game for England.
Devastated to hear the news Graham Taylor has passed away. Greatest influence on my career. My condolences to Rita and family ????????????
— Tony Daley MSc (@TonyDaley7) January 12, 2017
Taylor kept his job, but failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the United States led to his resignation in November 1993.
One of his former England players, Alan Shearer, was among the first to pay tribute.
Shearer tweeted: “Completely shocked by news of Graham Taylor. Always held him in the very highest regard – the man who gave me my first @england cap. So sad.”
The Football Association and the League Managers Association also offered their condolences.
The FA tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former @England manager Graham Taylor.”
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 12, 2017
A tweet from the LMA, which Taylor served as president, read: “The LMA is deeply saddened to hear that former England Manager & the first President of the LMA Graham Taylor OBE has died at the age of 72.”
Taylor began his career in football as a player with Grimsby before having a spell with Lincoln and then moving into management with the latter club.
A tweet from Grimsby read: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of former GTFC player & England manager, Graham Taylor. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family.”
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 12, 2017
Taylor took charge at Villa following their relegation from the First Division in 1987 and restored them to the top flight at the first attempt. Two years after that, in 1990, they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division.
That achievement was instrumental in securing him the England position.
He later came out of managerial retirement to take charge of Villa for a second spell in 2002.
Very sad to hear the news about Graham Taylor. A @WatfordFC legend and an absolute gentleman ????????
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 12, 2017