Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton ‚Äď teamtalk.com 22 May 09:43
Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for ¬£140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL LOOKING TO MAKE TRANSFER STATEMENT
Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.
The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.
Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the ¬£75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.
As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to ¬£70million to land the young Italian.
A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.
Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.
The duo are rated at¬†around ¬£35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.
Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool ¬£140m.
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Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)
Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants¬†AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)
Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)
Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)
Barcelona¬†are planning a summer move for¬†Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)
Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are ready to spend as much as ¬£100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)
Fulham¬†manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the¬†Chelsea¬†manager’s job (Daily Express)
Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club¬†(Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)
West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to ¬£7m per year (Daily Telegraph)
Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)
Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)
Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)
James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)
The post Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious ¬£140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain appeared first on teamtalk.com.Brighton ‚Äď teamtalk.com 19 May 14:28
With the season coming to a close for most English sides, clubs are announcing the players they are letting go on free transfers when their contracts come to an end this summer.
Sky Sports – who contacted the clubs to confirm their lists – reports that ¬£277million of Premier League talent could be off out the door for nothing in the summer transfer window thanks to data they used via transfermarkt.co.uk.
We’ve listed all of the out-of-contract players below – who could be leaving your club for nothing in the next couple of months?
Dean Whitehead (Moving to coaching role)
Stoke City *Players contracts expiring but yet to confirm the list*
Tottenham *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*
Watford *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*
Wolves *Club confirm no senior players out of contract this summer*
The post Take your pick through the Premier League’s free agents… appeared first on teamtalk.com.Brighton ‚Äď teamtalk.com 17 May 16:51
The final figures given to Premier League clubs in prize money, TV fees and central commercial deals have been released, with Manchester United earning marginally more than Manchester City.
Both Manchester clubs earned a little under¬†¬£150m, with all clubs receiving a minimum of¬†¬£87.9m from TV deals alone.
That means West Brom received over ¬£94m from the Premier League despite ending the season rock bottom of the division.
OFFICIAL: the final numbers for Premier League cash allocation for 2017-18. Story to follow. pic.twitter.com/U3CS0dEf5J
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) May 17, 2018
The figures have also been released for parachute payments to relegated clubs, with Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull all receiving over¬†¬£41.5m at the end of this season.
Cardiff will receive their final parachute payment of¬†¬£16.5m before being promoted back to the Premier League, where they could be joined by Fulham.
— Joe (@JoeHay_) May 17, 2018
FA Cup final betting (Bet365): Chelsea star Hazard 6/1 and Man Utd’s Lukaku 8/1 for MOTM award at Wembley.
The post Premier League prize money: Man Utd earn more than champions City appeared first on teamtalk.com.Brighton ‚Äď teamtalk.com 16 May 15:05
England manager Gareth Southgate has included one or two surprise names in his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
The biggest shock is probably the inclusion of Liverpool’s teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Man City’s versatile star Fabian Delph is also included, despite being yet to feature in a squad under Southgate.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Manchester United wing-back Ashley Young are also included, alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
There were, however, no places for Joe Hart, Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere.
Explaining his 23-man selection, Southgate said: “I believe this is an England squad we can feel excited about. I have a mix of youth and experience and I feel the balance of the squad is good, in terms of its character and in terms of its positional balance.
“We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball.
“The style of play we’ve been looking to develop has been over months, not just the last few weeks.
“The team are improving – we want to continue that momentum in our friendlies and into the World Cup.”
England announced their 23-man squad with the video, below:
— England (@England) May 16, 2018
England squad to travel to Russia for 2018 World Cup:
Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)
Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Rose (Tottenham), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)
Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)
Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal).
Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana have been placed on England’s five-man standby list.
The post Southgate explains selections as England name youthful World Cup squad appeared first on teamtalk.com.Brighton ‚Äď teamtalk.com 15 May 20:02
Brighton boss Chris Hughton has been rewarded with a new contract after keeping the Seagulls in the Premier League.
The 59-year-old has agreed fresh terms until 2021 after guiding Brighton to 15th place this season.
In what was the club’s debut Premier League campaign, Hughton masterminded victories over the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
Those wins helped the Seagulls amass 40 points and kept them safely in the top flight, Swansea going down in 18th place with seven points less.
Hughton, who has previous Premier League managerial experience with Newcastle and Norwich, guided Brighton into the division in 2017 and is already planning for what he believes will be a more difficult second season.
“I’m delighted to have extended my time with the club,” he said.
“I would like to thank the chairman, the board, my staff and everyone at the club, including our fans, for the support we’ve had in achieving our aims.
“The set-up in terms of the training ground and excellent facilities, and the professionalism of all the staff across the club gives us a platform and creates an excellent environment for us to work on a daily basis – and I would like to thank everyone at the club for their efforts this season.
“Our second season will be tougher, and we will need that spirit of togetherness to help us continue to progress – but once we’ve had a well-earned break and reflected on the season just gone, we will begin planning for 2018/19.”
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, who rubber-stamped Hughton’s appointment with the club struggling in the Championship back in 2014, praised the former Republic of Ireland international for his work to date.
“Chris’s record as our manager is absolutely superb, he has been great for the club and his measured and calm approach brings out the very best in all around him,” he said.
“Our first-ever Premier League season has been a brilliant experience for the club, with some iconic moments, including an unforgettable night at the Amex against Manchester United to secure our Premier League status earlier this month.
“Chris’s diligent approach is respected across football. He thoroughly deserves his new contract and on behalf of everyone at the Albion I’d like to thank him for a wonderful season.”
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