Leeds UnitedLeeds United ‚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.
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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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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.Leeds United ‚Äď teamtalk.com 17 May 14:18
Leeds have made the signing of Abel Hernandez and former favourite Kyle Bartley their two top transfer priorities this summer as they look to mount a push for promotion next season.
Hull striker Hernandez is available on a Bosman free transfer after refusing the Tigers’ offer of a new deal to extend his four-year stay at the KCOM Stadium and Leeds feel the Uruguayan is the man to replace loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga in their starting line-up.
Hernandez, 27, suffered an Achilles tendon tear back early last season, but still managed eight goals in 10 appearances after making his return from injury in March.
It’s believed the club have already approached his agent to instigate talks.
The 27-times capped striker, who has also been targeted by Wolves should they fail to land loanee Benik Afobe in a permanent deal, would command wages in excess of Leeds’ current ¬£15,000 a week ceiling. However, owner Andrea Radrizzani has already suggested at a softening of that stance this summer as Leeds look to push for a top six berth in 2019.
The Whites are also targeting Bartley, who enjoyed a successful pairing with Pontus Jansson while on loan in 2016-17.
Bartley, 26, was restricted to just five Premier League appearances for Swansea this season and Leeds hope to lure him back to Elland Road following the Swans‚Äô relegation.
The player is best friends with Leeds star Luke Ayling, with the full-back already stating his intentions to ‘get in his ear’ about a return to Elland Road.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month, Ayling said:¬†“I speak to him every day. I am going away with him twice this summer (to Vegas and Marbella). I’ll be in his ear, don’t you worry about that.”
Swansea are expected to seek a ¬£6million fee for Bartley this summer, but will be wary about strengthening potential promotion rivals.
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Everton academy graduate Matthew Pennington has signed a new three-year contract with the club, it has been announced.
The defender, who made 22 appearances on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Leeds in the current campaign, had made seven first-team appearances and memorably scored his first goal in last season’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.
“I am delighted with my new contract,” said Pennington, who joined the club as an 11-year-old.
“This is the club I have been at since I was a little boy and I am excited to extend my stay here and remain in the royal blue of Everton.”
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Leeds have included only a handful of first-team regulars in a 22-man squad for their controversial trip to Myanmar.
The Sky Bet Championship club are scheduled to play a Myanmar national league All-Stars XI in Yangon on Wednesday before facing the national team in Mandalay on Friday.
“It’s a mixture of a few boys who featured (on Sunday), a lot of 23s and some 18s,” said Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom after his side’s final-day win against QPR at the weekend.
“Me going to Myanmar, I’m not there for the football. I’m there for the club and for the team and the players, to get to know them more, to push them to understand what it’s like being in a first-team environment and for them to feel a bit more comfortable around us.”
Samuel Saiz, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips, Caleb Ekuban, Luke Ayling and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have flown out with the club, while the rest of the squad is made up of academy players.
Other players to have featured for the first team this season – Andy Lonergan, Tyler Denton, Tom Pearce, Jay-Roy Grot and Ryan Edmondson – have also travelled.
But Pablo Hernandez returned to Spain last week for the birth of his second child and Liam Cooper, set to become a new father shortly, Pontus Jansson and Gjanni Alioski are among those who have not.
Jansson will soon be preparing for next month’s World Cup with Sweden, while Alioski is set for international duty with Macedonia.
Eunan O’Kane, Felix Wiedwald, Kemar Roofe, Laurens De Bock, Gaetano Berardi and Hadi Sacko have not made the trip, while injured players Stuart Dallas, Vurnon Anita, Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts and Conor Shaughnessy have also been left at home.
Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and large numbers of Leeds fans urged the club to cancel the trip for ethical reasons, while Amnesty International were highly critical.
Myanmar’s governing regime has been accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and Leeds’ critics branded the tour as “morally corrupt”.
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