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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)
The post Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious ¬£140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain appeared first on teamtalk.com.Leicester City ‚Äď teamtalk.com 20 May 12:13
Leicester are on the brink of completing their first summer signing after agreeing a deal for Porto defender Ricardo Pereira.
The 24-year-old, who has been named in the Portugal squad for this summer’s World Cup, will move to the King Power Stadium on a five-year contract.
Ricardo was in Leicester on Saturday to finalise personal terms and complete a medical. The deal will be finalised when international transfer clearance is received on June 9, the Premier League club have announced.
Ricardo, who has three Portugal caps, spent time on loan at Nice under the supervision of current Foxes boss Claude Puel and has also been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
United, however, are believed to have instead targeted Atletico right-back Sime Vrsaljko, according to reports on Sunday.
Discussing the imminent capture of the player, Foxes boss Puel admitted his happiness.
“I’m delighted to have a player of Ricardo’s quality on board for next season, I remember him well from my time at Nice,” said Puel.
Ricardo, a right-back who can also operate as a winger, is excited by the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
He told LCFC TV: “I feel very happy to be here and I can’t wait to do my best to help the team.
“The atmosphere, the fans and the football of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. I am here to support the team and to help the club to achieve its goals.”
Ricardo made 43 appearances for Porto this season, including seven in the Champions League, as the club clinched their 28th Portuguese league title.
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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.Leicester City ‚Äď teamtalk.com 19 May 13:26
A ¬£4million agent’s fee is providing a major stumbling block as Premier League side Leicester City try to tie up a deal for Jonny Evans, according to reports.
The West Brom defender is available for ¬£3million after a release clause can be triggered now that the Baggies were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
The Daily Mail claims that the ¬£4million agent’s fee will go to Evan’s representative Colin Murdock, who wants the payment for organising the deal.
The agent’s fee has put off both Arsenal and Manchester City with the Gunners understood to be looking at other options as a result of the revelation.
Leicester have been trying for three transfer windows to sign Evans but the fee would add an extra 133 per cent on to the ¬£3million release clause.
The report continues by saying that Leicester only spent ¬£9.9million on fees to intermediaries across six deals in the 2017-18 campaign.
Evans, 30, is understood to want wages of ¬£100,000-per-week – not out the budget of the clubs interested – but would also like terms for at least three years.
The post Major stumbling block for Arsenal in pursuit of defensive target appeared first on teamtalk.com.Leicester City ‚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
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