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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)
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Aston Villa will take on Fulham for the right to play in the Premier League next season after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.
Steve Bruce’s side claimed a 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Tuesday, despite a nervy finale, to progress following their 1-0 victory at the Riverside on Saturday.
They will face Fulham – who beat Derby – in the final at Wembley on May 26 as they look to end a two-year Premier League exile.
Boro spent around ¬£50million in search of an instant return to the Premier League but sacked Garry Monk after just over six months in charge.
Replacement Tony Pulis took them to fifth but they now face another season in the second tier.
In a game short on clear chances, Conor Hourihane headed off the line from Boro’s Ryan Shotton while at the other end, Darren Randolph saved from Lewis Grabban.
Stewart Downing’s free-kick hit the bar late on for Boro – after Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was lucky to escape a red card for handball outside the area.
But Mile Jedinak’s first-leg header settled a tie which Villa rarely looked like losing on Tuesday.
Their early energy was contrasted by Boro’s nerves and the visitors survived when Hourihane charged down Randolph’s clearance.
James Bree had already shot wide during Villa’s bright start as they tried to kill the tie off.
Slowly, though, Boro gained momentum without opening Villa up in a scrappy first half-hour.
Despite losing their early punch Villa still created openings and George Friend produced a splendid tackle to thwart the onrushing Hourihane.
And seven minutes before the break Grabban nodded down for James Chester to shoot narrowly wide.
But Boro nearly levelled the tie on 40 minutes when Shotton’s header was cleared off the line by Hourihane.
Nerves began to grip Villa Park and Boro’s Mo Besic dragged a shot wide seven minutes after the break as the game opened up and the teams raised the tempo.
Grabban was denied at close range by Randolph on the hour and Villa’s confidence grew.
There was a growing sense Middlesbrough had run out of ideas and Britt Assombalonga was replaced by Patrick Bamford.
It was Villa’s tie to lose and Grabban nearly sealed it when Randolph turned over his 30-yard effort with 20 minutes left.
The Boro goalkeeper then palmed away Jack Grealish’s curling strike.
Yet Villa survived a scare with three minutes left when Johnstone was only booked for handling Adama Traore’s shot outside the area and Downing hit the bar from the resulting free-kick.
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Fulham are one game from a return to the Premier League after Ryan Sessegnon and Dennis Odoi scored to secure a 2-1 aggregate win over Derby in their play-off semi-final.
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West Ham owner David Sullivan has drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace David Moyes after informing the Scot his contract won’t be renewed, TEAMtalk has learnt.
Moyes caused a stir this week by admitting he has had offers to leave the London Stadium and is looking at his options. However,¬† we can reveal that Sullivan has already decided that he wants a new boss at West Ham and has informed the Scot – who was only handed a short-term deal to the end of the season – his contract won’t be renewed.
Sullivan already has assembled a shortlist and we can reveal it includes Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, Burnley‚Äôs Sean Dyche and Fulham chief Slavisa Jokanovic.
A source close to West Ham told TEAMtalk: “As it stands there is about a 5% chance that Moyes stays, West Ham are not convinced he is the best long-term option for them.
“The West Ham board also know that the fans are not convinced, and that is a major factor for them ‚Äď they can‚Äôt afford to lose the fans.”
We revealed earlier that Moyes had hoped to bring Robert Snodgrass back to West Ham this summer, but the boss’ likely departure will leave the winger’s future back up in the air.
The post EXCLUSIVE: West Ham’s three-man shortlist to replace Moyes appeared first on teamtalk.com.Fulham ‚Äď teamtalk.com 9 May 09:54
Tottenham have reportedly won the race to sign one of the Championship’s top stars for ¬£30million, ahead of Manchester United.
The player in question is versatile Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon, with the two London clubs said to have agreed terms over a deal that will see the 17-year-old become Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer signing.
The England Under-21 star, who has also been linked with French giants PSG, has enjoyed another impressive campaign for the promotion-chasing Cottagers – having broken into their first team at the age of just 16 last season.
Having started life as a left-back, Sessegnon has excelled on the left wing for Slavisa Jokanovic’s men and is being viewed as a replacement for Danny Rose at the north London giants.
Rose is expected to be moved on this summer and Pochettino wants Sessegnon to provide competition for Ben Davies on the left side of Spurs’ defence, while also utilising his ability to play further forward.
A fee of ¬£30million is believed to have been agreed, which in the current market could turn into a snip if the player continues to develop at his current rate.
United had kept a close eye on Sessegnon’s progress, but it seems Jose Mourinho has made Juventus star Alex Sandro his No 1 target to replace Luke Shaw this summer.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are also believed to be weighing-up a potential move for Mousa Dembele’s midfield replacement as they eye a¬†Werder Bremen star.
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