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Paper Talk: United to tie up Perisic deal; Chelsea want Griezmann

Jose Mourinho has been pictured in Croatia and two players have been linked with moves to Man Utd, while Chelsea are chasing Mourinho’s top summer target Antoine Griezmann, all in the papers.

MOURINHO ON BUSINESS IN ZAGREB

Jose Mourinho is in Croatia and believed to be trying to tie up a move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.

The Sun report the Man Utd gaffer flew to Zagreb to meet up with “long-time pal and transfer mastermind Predrag Mijatovic”.

Croatian publication Index.hr claim the reason for Mourinho’s visit was to watch Perisic and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 24.

Jose Mourinho in Zagreb, Croatia today. Regarding discussing potential transfers for Croatian players [Index.Hr] #MUFC pic.twitter.com/9xS2uQ7xVz

— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) March 24, 2017

Croatia defeated Ukraine 1-0 last night and while Brozovic played, Perisic was not involved.

The Sun though believe Mourinho is trying to seal a deal for Perisic with the help of Mijatovic, who has helped Mourinho get big deals over the line in the past.

Here, more photos of Jose #Mourinho in Zagreb, Croatia. [src index.hr] pic.twitter.com/UqR7ReQY1k

— Ivan Žeželj (@izezelj) March 24, 2017

Mijatovic apparently played a key role in Real Madrid signing Luka Modric from Tottenham in 2012 and he helped Mourinho land Nemanja Matic in 2014 for Chelsea.

 

CHELSEA MOVE FOR GRIEZMANN

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Man Utd’s top summer target Antoine Griezmann.

The Sun claim they “exclusively revealed that Chelsea are in the race for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann”.

But as far as any more details are concerned that is your lot. The article then goes on to list a possible Chelsea XI for next season which includes Jan Oblak in goal, Leonardo Bonucci, Radja Nainggolan and Griezmann.

Atletico striker Griezmann was yesterday reported to be very close to signing for United with the Manchester Evening News claiming the deal was almost agreed.

The France forward does have a buyout clause which is believed to be £86million and boss Diego Simeone says if that figure is met then he will likely be waving goodbye to the 26-year-old.

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Eden Hazard: Endured some rough stuff against Man United

Real Madrid intend to make a summer move for 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and are also considering a bid for his Stamford Bridge and Belgium team-mate, 24-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. (Guardian)

The Blues plan to offer Hazard a new contract and will reject any bids for the player. (Telegraph)

Arsene Wenger claims Luis Suarez had verbally agreed to move from Liverpool to Arsenal in 2013, after the club bid £40,000,001 for the 30-year-old forward, who joined Barcelona for £75m a year later. (Bein Sports)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino met Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week. The Spanish champions are seeking a new boss, with Luis Enrique leaving in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Barca are interested in signing Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, but the Foxes will demand over £40m for their 26-year-old Algeria international. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have moved a step closer to signing 16-year-old forward Daishawn Redan after Ajax confirmed the Netherlands youth international will be leaving this summer. (Sun)

United’s neighbours Manchester City and Premier League leaders Chelsea also want Redan, who has chosen not to sign a professional contract with Ajax. (Daily Mail)

Jack Wilshere wants to go back to the Emirates and show he can still be a major player for Arsenal. (The Sun)

Romelu Lukaku has reaffirmed his decision to snub a new Everton deal. (Various)

Manchester City are sweating on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne ahead of their crucial matches against Arsenal and Chelsea. (The Sun)

Former Arsenal forward Robert Pires says manager Arsene Wenger signing a new deal with the Gunners is more important than extending the contracts of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, both 28. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is destined to become the manager at Anfield in the future, says ex-Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Liverpool Echo)

Manager Paul Lambert admits Wolves could struggle to keep £13m-rated winger Helder Costa, who has been watched by Arsenal and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Preston will try to sign on loan winger Aiden McGeady if Everton pay off the final year of his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are planning to sell 22-year-old Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen, who has scored one goal from open play since joining from AZ Alkmaar, in the summer. (Mirror)

Vincent Janssen: Staying put

Erik Lamela’s future at Spurs is also in doubt after a row over the 25-year-old Argentina winger’s treatment for a hip injury. (Times)

Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson is a target for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham. Boro value the 24-year-old at £25m. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool could be aided in their pursuit of Gibson by former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate, who is now a scout for the Anfield club. (Daily Star)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has told manager Pep Guardiola he wants to stay at the club, but the Spaniard says there will be no talks on the 33-year-old’s future until the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Nigeria winger Moses Simon, 21, who plays for Gent in Belgium. (Birmingham Mail)

Wolverhampton Wanderers want to re-sign Crystal Palace’s 28-year-old Mali winger Bakary Sako – less than two years after he left Molineux for the Eagles. (Express & Star)

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare is refusing to look beyond the season in the role – despite four straight wins since taking charge. Shakespeare, 53, was announced as the Foxes’ manager until the end of the campaign earlier this month. (Leicester Mercury)

Arsenal’s Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 24, says critics have unfairly painted him as a “brainless idiot” because of his disciplinary problems this season. (24heures)

The Football Association could be fined over the behaviour of some England fans during Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat in Germany. Sections of the away support booed the German national anthem and sang about World War Two. (Telegraph)

Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, can replace 32-year-old Spain international Andres Iniesta at Barcelona, says ex-Barca and Reds forward Luis Garcia. (TalkSPORT)

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24, has hit out at rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. (Marca)

Isco: Could leave Real Madrid this summer

Barcelona are preparing to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, 23, this summer as a replacement for Neymar, who is a target for Paris St-Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Mundo Deportivo)

Brighton & Hove Albion will not go on a “crazy spending spree” if they reach the Premier League for the first time. The Seagulls have a six-point automatic promotion safety cushion in the Championship table with eight games to go. (The Argus)

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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Mar 23:45

Lost master: Ron Saunders, who won Aston Villa the league

EXCLUSIVE - MATT BARLOW: Of the 36 Englishmen who have won the league title as managers only two are still alive. Howard Wilkinson won it with Leeds 25 years ago.

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England yobs in the dock over Martin McGuinness chant

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: England football fans' moronic behaviour in Germany included singing an obscene song mocking the Pope, as well as the late Martin McGuinness.

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Quiz: Can you name these players from their list of clubs?

Just how well do you know the career paths of most well-known footballers? Can you name them from a list of clubs - in random order - they played for from four possible options?

Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 23 Mar 13:13

Rumour Mill: Arsenal plan overhaul; duo watch ?new Neymar?

A Serie A side are monitoring a Manchester United defender ahead of a possible move, while Arsenal and Manchester City are watching a teenage talent according to Thursday’s rumours.

ARSENAL

Arsenal will bid for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan as they prepare for the possible summer departures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (The Times)

Arsenal and Manchester City are among the clubs monitoring Flamengo teenager Vinicius Junior. The 16-year-old Brazil U17 forward has also been watched by Manchester United and Barcelona (Daily Mail)

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be sold as part of a reinvention process that could see a huge overhaul of players at the Emirates this summer (Daily Express)

Manchester United have become the first team to submit a formal offer for Kylian Mbappe (The Sun)

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere will consider a move abroad and is unlikely to remain at Bournemouth beyond the end of the season (Bleacher Report)

CHELSEA

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti could be set for a big-money move in the summer (Daily Mirror)

Antonio Conte has sounded out Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci about a money-spinning switch to Chelsea this summer (Daily Star)

Scouts from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United watched Germany defender Antonio Rudiger against England on Wednesday (ESPN)

Chelsea and Manchester United are very interested in signing Genoa youngster Pietro Pellegri (Calciomercato)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Wolves are keen on re-signing Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako

EVERTON

Everton are plotting a £15million summer move for Leeds striker Chris Wood (Football Insider)

West Ham are lining up a shock swoop for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu (Daily Star)

Everton are in talks with Nottingham Forest over a deal for teenage midfielder Brennan Johnson (Telegraph)

LEEDS

Everton are plotting a £15million summer move for Leeds striker Chris Wood (Football Insider)

LEICESTER

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has been in contact with Barcelona ‘for months’ with the Catalan giants considering a £30million summer move for the Algerian (Leicester Mercury, via SPORT)

MANCHESTER CITY

Scouts from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United watched Germany defender Antonio Rudiger against England on Wednesday (ESPN)

Arsenal and Manchester City are among the clubs monitoring Flamengo teenager Vinicius Junior. The 16-year-old Brazil U17 forward has also been watched by Manchester United and Barcelona (Daily Mail)

Neymar says fellow Brazilian and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is good enough to play for Spanish giants Barcelona (The Sun)

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United have become the first team to submit a formal offer for Kylian Mbappe (The Sun)

Scouts from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United watched Germany defender Antonio Rudiger against England on Wednesday (ESPN)

Roma want to bring Manchester United outcast Matteo Darmian back to Italy (Daily Star)

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez this summer (AS)

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti could be set for a big-money move in the summer (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea and Manchester United are very interested in signing Genoa youngster Pietro Pellegri (Calciomercato)

STOKE

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are sizing up summer move for Stoke star Bojan (Stoke Sentinel)

SUNDERLAND

West Ham will reportedly once again to attempt to sign Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe during the summer (The Sun)

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson says there will be no discussions about a new contract until the season ends. (Sunderland Echo)

TOTTENHAM

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is set to leave for £17million just a year after signing (L’Equipe)

Real Madrid are considering a move for former Tottenham left-back Yuri Berchiche, who was loaned out to Cheltenham while at White Hart Lane (Marca)

WATFORD

Watford winger Steven Berghuis believes he will return to the Premier League club permanently once his loan with Feyenoord expires at the end of the season (Watford Observer)

WEST HAM

West Ham will reportedly once again to attempt to sign Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe during the summer (The Sun)

West Ham are lining up a shock swoop for Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu (Daily Star)

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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Mar 12:12

Chelsea legend reveals he STILL laughs at Arsenal

The former England international - who currently plays at LA Galaxy - was accused of chasing money and nicknamed 'Cashley' by some supporters after moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006.

Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 21 Mar 14:06

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Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 21 Mar 12:40

Former Aston Villa duo bid to win deals in Norwegian league

Two former Aston Villa stars are hoping for the chance to resurrect their stalling careers by joining Norwegian side Lillestrom on trial.

Midfielder Nigel Re0-Coker, who at his peak came close to earning a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad at the 2006 World Cup, and striker Luke Moore – who also played for West Brom, Derby and Swansea – are both looking to impress.

The duo, both free agents after leaving MLS, will spend a week with the Norwegians in a bid to impress and earn a deal.

Speaking ahead of their first training session with the club on Tuesday, Lillestrom coach Arne Erlandsen told Norwegian paper VG Sporten: “It will be interesting to see what kind of condition they are in.

“Time will tell how long they stay here.”

Reo-Coker, 31,, who played for West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool, has been released by Montreal Impact, while Moore, 31, was last seen at Toronto FC.

Both players have been capped by England at Under-21 level.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 20 Mar 14:09

Gaming tech detects football concussion

New technology which could be used by club doctors is being trialled, a BBC investigation finds.

Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 20 Mar 09:53

Monday Verdict: Does Klopp have it in him to take Liverpool higher?

Could Arsene Wenger defy some Arsenal fans and sign a new deal? Can Jurgen Klopp take Liverpool to the next level? Plus, Man City’s shortcomings and a look ahead to England’s upcoming games and are all discussed in this week’s Monday Verdict.

Has Arsene lost everything?

There is no hiding any more; things have become really bad for Arsenal.

The Gunners have lost four out of five Premier League games for the first time in since April 1995, a record which they equaled in circumstances very typical of recent Arsenal. They were outthought, outfought and outplayed by a clever West Brom side that knew exactly how to heap more misery on Arsene Wenger.

“I know what I will do so you will know very soon. You will see,” said Wenger after the 3-1 defeat. “Today I do not worry about that.”

Responding to questions of criticism from the fans, the Frenchman was equally frank: “I watch the game, I do not watch the stands.

“I believe we have to deal with that and you focus on your job, no matter what people think.”

For once, the words seemed to echo those of a broken man. Even if the season had fallen apart in recent weeks, one thing that was commendable about Wenger was his continuation to face the media with the same agenda about how everything is under control and the team will work hard to put the mistakes right.

Has it got to the point now where Wenger and his players have simply lost faith in each other?

The set piece defending was something which the Gunners’ boss stressed was a huge factor in any potential success at the Hawthorns when speaking before the game. Doing the simple things wrong is something which Arsenal may have fallen foul with in recent weeks, but it was crucial they didn’t do it at West Brom.

Just 15 minutes ahead of kick-off he told Sky Sports that his team “had to be competitive on that front”, saying that WBA had scored “47% of their goals from set-pieces”.

Zonal marking was deployed, an approach which Matty Briggs debated in a separate piece, but it proved to be a failure. The third goal in particular was absolutely laughable, with Craig Dawson ghosting in unmarked to power home, adding fuel to the fire of the anti-Wenger protests going on in the away end.

Looking at that third goal for the Baggies, it’s clear to see how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has either misunderstood his zone or is completely stood in the wrong place as he makes a half-hearted attempt to track the run of Dawson. If you’re plotting zonal marking, the first position you make sure is watertight is the exact area where Dawson headed home from.

This should be a concern for the pro-Wenger contingent. Arsene has clearly seen the potential issue, assumedly covered it in training, yet the players have let him down again. With a new deal for Wenger on the table and reportedly close to be announced, are we witnessing the first signs of an internal revolt?

While it would be wholly inaccurate to suggest that’s the case with all Arsenal’s players, the performance at West Brom on Saturday suggests a far-from-happy camp at the club right now.

Perhaps this is where Wenger’s comments become so transparent; perhaps he’s realised he can do no more to help these players, or maybe even more so that the players can do more to help him but are no longer interested in doing so.

There has been a worry amongst those wanting change at Arsenal that eventually he will alienate the squad with a string of bad results. The “stars” will go missing, the typical hard-workers will vanish and they will just be left with a soulless core.

That is exactly what we saw on Saturday afternoon, but for how much longer?

 

Lingard and Rashford give England the template they need

Manchester United became the first team to chalk up 600 Premier League wins on Sunday after they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 but the real headline maker was Jesse Lingard and his stunning goal.

The United winger scored a magnificent second for Jose Mourinho’s men, running fully 30 yards before unleashing a 25-yard swerving thunderbolt that flew past Victor Valdes and found the top corner.

Lingard’s relentless running and willingness to get on the ball should make him a starter when England take on Germany in a friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday, should he shake off the knock he picked up at the Riverside.

In a squad that is chock-full of pace it would be great to see Gareth Southgate opt for attacking threats that could rip through Germany on the break if, as we would assume, the home side have the majority of the possession.

Having the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford to call on hints at the style of football that Southgate is looking to play, although he has been hampered by the absence of Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and skipper Wayne Rooney in the forward areas.

This squad, however, is likely to be the blueprint of Southgate’s England going forward.

Okay, so this well be more of an issue when the lesser nations visit Wembley and park the bus but ‘pace kills’ and we have it in abundance so why not use it.

After all if it’s good enough for Mourinho – United had just 36 per cent possession against 19th-placed Boro – then surely it’s good enough for Southgate and England.

Rob McCarthy

 

Defoe call-up a victory for hard work and perseverance

Jermain Defoe was called up to the England squad on Thursday for the first time since November 2013, while Wayne Rooney was omitted from the 26-man party for the matches against Germany and Lithuania next week.

The contrasting fortunes of the pair is incredible as Defoe looked almost certain to never play for his country again following a move in February 2014 to Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC.

In stark difference, Rooney was Manchester United’s leading scorer in 2013-14 campaign and a key member of Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions set-up.

Now, at the age of 34, Defoe has made the move back to the Premier League where he has scored 29 goals in the last two seasons at Sunderland – with 14 bagged so far this campaign.

At no point did the former Tottenham striker turn his back on his country and his reasons are music to the ears of any fan who grew up dreaming of walking out at Wembley.

“I would never rule myself out of playing for my country,” he told BBC World Focus in October 2014.

“There’s no better feeling than scoring goals for your country. To get that feeling again would be special.

“I’ve always said as a player to get into any international squad is based on merit, you’ve got to playing well for your club and that’s all you can do.”

Three months ago he reiterated his desire to play for England in an interview with talkSPORT but said: “Even if I get the golden boot I don’t think I’d get called up.”

Well here’s your chance Jermain and you well and truly deserve it!

On the flip side, Rooney is now 31 and in the worst form of his career. Even Rooney’s biggest supporters would struggle to find a concrete reason as to why he deserves a place in the squad.

The Liverpudlian has only managed two Premier League goals in 18 appearances of which nine were starts and it’s no wonder that he has failed to be selected by Gareth Southgate.

The debate surrounding the Euro 2016 campaign was ‘where can England shoehorn Rooney into the starting XI?’ and now it seems to be more a question of ‘where does he fit in the squad?’

With Rooney’s future up in the air, the summer would be a fitting time for the striker to say his goodbyes and look for the right club to get his career back on track.

Southgate was absolutely right to leave Rooney out and he has made no apologies for doing so – a refreshing tone from the man steering England onto a new course.

“I don’t think he expects, if he is not playing every week for his club, to be picked in this sort of situation,” Southgate said following the squad announcement.

Beginning of the end for Rooney on the international stage? Maybe, but Defoe’s call-up gives everyone hope of a brighter future.

Joe Williams

 

Guardiola trying to hard to deflect from Man City failures

Managers deflect the media attention away from poor results and damaging headlines, we know this. Well, good managers do, and Guardiola is certainly one of those.

However, the Spaniard’s insistence that presiding over Manchester City’s 1-1 home draw with Liverpool was ‘one of his happiest days as a manager’ is just plain ridiculous.

This is a manager who has won La Liga titles, Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, and many smaller domestic trophies. This is someone who has overseen the development of Lionel Messi and coached him at his peak. Does an, admittedly entertaining, 1-1 draw against a Liverpool side who have not exactly impressed in recent months really stack up to that?

The reason Guradiola is trying so hard to deflect attention away is because his side are grossly underachieving. They are scandalously well-funded and should be doing far better than the last 16 of the Champions League and also-rans in the Premier League.

 

 

So, yeah, fair play to him for trying to give people something else, other than his team’s failings to talk about. I just wish he could start a daft spat with another manager or attack an innocent referee or something instead so it was at least a little entertaining.

Michael Graham

 

Liverpool are close, but next step may be beyond Klopp

Liverpool were very good at Manchester City, and they are looking in good shape for a top four finish right now. That has to have been the target at the start of the season, so fair play to them. It’s all about progress, and they are ticking that box.

You watch Liverpool and you always sort of think that they are not that far away from being genuine title contenders. They are very good, but that next step, the one to greatness, is, as we know, they hardest one.

Liverpool themselves know it all to well themselves too. They chased it for years under Rafa Benitez and never quite got there.

The problem that they may encounter is that there is something very Wenger-esq about Klopp.

He’s a manager who likes to get into players’ ears early in their careers and instil his philosophy as their own, and so he has always been something of a star-maker rather than a star-taker.

This summer, though, you just wonder if a little injection of established star quality is what is badly needed at Anfield. Whether or not Klopp will see it that way, may be one of the transfer-window’s most fascinating sub-plots.

 

Michael Graham

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Wigan Athletic 0-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa claim their fifth win in six games to leave managerless Wigan seven points adrift of safety.

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Aston Villa 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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Tommy Smith's second-half goal gives promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town victory over Aston Villa.

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Huddersfield edge out Villa to keep pressure on Championship's top two

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