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Manchester United are reportedly planning to muscle their way to a move for Liverpool’s top transfer target Virgil van Dijk this summer.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen the heart of his defence this summer and the Southampton star is his first choice to do just that.
It is common knowledge that the 25-year-old Dutchman will leave St Mary’s this summer, with Saints wanting at least Ā£50million for their star player, but United appear to have put a spanner in the works as far as Liverpool are concerned.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol claims that van Dijk is on a three-man shortlist of targets that Jose Mourinho has handed to United’s hierachy, with the Red Devils reportedly ready to shell out Ā£300m on new players this summer.
The news will come as a bitter blow to Klopp but not to Southampton, who can now expect a potential bidding war for a player they signed for Ā£13m just under two years ago.
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A Chelsea and Man United target has hinted at a move to Barcelona, while United have reportedly named the price they will allow David de Gea to leave for this summer, according to Friday’s European press.
MOURINHO NAMES HIS PRICE FOR UNITED STOPPER
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly named his price for goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Portuguese tactician is said to want ā¬75m (Ā£65m) from Real Madrid for the Spaniard, or striker Alvaro Morata plus ā¬25m (Ā£21.7m).
A move for Morata looks highly unlikely, however, given that the frontman now looks certain to join AC Milan this summer.
Marca claims that Mourinho has come to terms with the fact that De Gea would prefer a move back to his homeland this summer, with United linked with several highly-rated goalkeepers as a result – the latest being Benfica stopper Ederson Moraes.
UNITED, CHELSEA TARGET SET FOR MILAN SWITCH
Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, has reportedly agreed a move to AC Milan.
The 20-year-old had been strongly tipped to make a move to the Premier League this summer, but La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Milan representatives have already visited the player’s home to complete the deal.
Kessie may also not be the only Atalanta star to join Milan this summer, with full-back Andrea Conti also wanted by the Serie giants, according to Calciomercato.
AND THE REST
Ajax defensive starlet Davinson Sanchez, who is being tracked by Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, has hinted at a move to Barcelona (Cadena Ser)
Juventus have entered the race with Man United and Man City for Monaco defender Fabinho (Calciomercato)
AC Milan have targeted a move for Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)
PSG star Angel Di Maria could be moving to Inter Milan in the summer (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli are ready to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy, who is available on a free (Il Mattino)
Napoli have also targeted Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a replacement for current number one Pepe Reina (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Nice are unclear whether or not Mario Balotelli will sign an extension on his initial one-year deal, with Marseille a possible destination for the Italian (Le10Sport)
Eliaquim Mangala will not be part of Manchester City’s plans next season and can leave for around ā¬20m (L’Equipe)
Arsenal striker Lucas PĆ©rez will hold talks over his Arsenal future this summer says his agent (Marca)
Reports from Italy suggest that former Leeds United patron Massimo Cellino is considering a takeover move for Serie A side Genoa (La Repubblica, via Calciomercato)
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Europe’s top clubs have all been put on alert after Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang officially handed in a transfer request.
German daily Bild has stated that the Gabon international has met with club directors and advised them of his intention to leave Signal Iduna Park this summer.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for the 27-year-old over the course of the last 18 months, while Real Madrid and PSG are other potential destination.
Aubameyang has enjoyed another prolific season in the Bundesliga, netting 31 times as he edged out Bayern Munichās Robert Lewandowski for the Golden Boot award in Germany.
Despite having three years left on his contract, Dortmund will reportedly accept a bid of around Ā£40million for the frontman and that is sure to start a summer transfer scramble of epic proportions among Europe’s elite clubs.
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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes top players will jump at the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp this summer.
The Reds boss has guided the club back into the Champions League for only the second time in the last eight seasons, providing they get through a play-off in August, but Gerrard thinks that will not be the deciding factor when it comes to transfer negotiations.
“If I’m a top player around Europe and Jurgen picks the phone up and I get offered the chance to play for this club, which is moving forward in every single department and has a world-class manager leading it, I’d be jumping at that opportunity,” the midfielder, who played for Klopp in a post-season friendly in Australia against A League champions Sydney FC, told the Liverpool Echo.
“I want to play for him and I am 37 next week! For me, it’s such an exciting project. Not just because we qualified for the Champions League but the whole project.
“I went out there to play in a friendly and I felt like it was the World Cup final. That’s what he gives players.”
Gerrard, who will take up his first full-time coaching role in charge of Liverpool’s Under-18s next season, added: “It’s his aura and the way he is with you – how he makes you feel.
“There’s no doubt about it, if he had been here three or four years I believe I would have been part of him delivering big trophies for this club.
“The next three, four, five, six years, whatever it turns out to be, are going to be very exciting and players will want to be a part of what Jurgen is doing.”
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Mesut Ozil should be dropped for the FA Cup final and if Mertesacker starts in a back three, Arsenal are done for, according to our forum.
Aside from the defensive changes we have to make, Iād stick mostly with the current team:
Holding Mert Monreal
Bellerin Xhaka Rambo Gibbs
Ox Sanchez Welbeck
The only player Iād drop is Oz. This new formation suits him even less than the last one and now that Ox is fit, he should get his chance.
Letās face it, weāre going to concede goals, so we need a front line thatās going to cause Chelski problems too. I can see this being one of the highest scoring finals in a long time.
CāMON YOU GUNNERS!!!
Al The Gooner
If we play a back 3 of Mertesacker,holding and Monreal thatās the final gone right there.
Mertesacker already being the most overrated defender to ever play for the club until he got found out 2 seasons ago.Not to mention heās played only 1 game this season, and in all honestly heās always terrible against chelsea.Diego costa will either get him sent off or hazard will double meg him.Not the answer.
As for holding,heās also been overrated by Arsenal fans in the past few weeks.I mean fans see one good performance and suddenly heās the next big thing.I donāt mean to be too harsh on the kid but heās actually made some mistakes and shows moments of inexperience.Like just out the back of my headache was responsible for letting valencia through so easily when kosicelnyās challenge on him got him sent off.Not reliable but mainly because of inexperience.
Monreal ā Well heās the only one i deem good enough to play in our defense against chelsea.
Bottom line though is, we should get rid of this 3 at the back system weāve been playing and if wenger has a tad bit of sense left in him heāll do it.Why?Because thereās no way in hell weāre going to beat chelsea using their own system which won them the PL.They didnāt invent the system, but wenger surely copied them in the last games of the season.
Considering the personal we have available for the game, our best chance would be reverting to 4 at the back.and that extra midfielder probably Ox will do us good.
My lineup ā Cech,bellerin,mertesacker,Holding,monreal,Ramsey,xhaka,Ozil,Ox,Welbeck,sanchez.
Make no mistake,I only chose mertesacker and holding because there are literally no other Central defenders fit so thatās the only option.I thought for a second to keep monreal instead of holding but Heās best a Full back.
It would be a miracle if we win, and Iād be very surprised.Either way wenger out.
If united do get Griezman, Rashford would be surplus to requirements, we know Jose doesnāt like youth.. I reckon he could be prised away for something half way decentā¦
Another player I like is Welbeck. I wonder if Arsenal could be tempted.
Manure aint going to sell Rashford, and especially not to Chelsea.
It is going to be a stuggle to get players from abroad here now other clubs across Europe can offer the same wages, its not all about CL anymore it would seem.
For me number one target has to be Sanchez, good enough and already in the english PL, and he stated wants to stay in London.
I will go on record now, that if Lukaku comes it will end in tears, here to be shot down, but eh thats my thoughts on him not being good enough, especially at the prices quoted and dealing with Everton.
Also the Torres deal pretty much sealed it for the owner, in that there would never be such a big money signing again at Chelsea.
If we play to our potential you would think with Arsenalāsā defensive injuries Chelseaās pace in attack will be too much for their defence but Cup Finals are notoriously difficult to predict and Arsenal offensively are packed full of potential Match winners.
Be great to see JT come on and head the winner and stick it to all the whingers.
nine nine nine
Seeing United deservedly win (they were always gonna win it) the Europa (they played like we should have done a year ago) fills me with more frustration regarding last yearās finals.
Even with sub standard teams (compared to their teams of the past) United have still picked up three trophies in the last three seasons; they have a winning mentality and we donāt, yet.
Their team still has winners and when you have winning parts in your engine success will always, generally, be around the corner.
Jurgen has to bring in winners, leaders, warriors of Gerrard and Suarez ilk. We canāt keep relying on the odd wonder goal from Phil or the occasional contribution from our other midfielders or hope one day Daniel stays fit for three straight games (I honestly think his body is chronic, fit for the odd game but several in succession and his permanent issues return).
We have to bring in a friggin ball breaker in mid, a ruthless SoB up front, a lefty who can beat a full then whip in a cross (I love Milner but how many times does he get level with the 18 yard box and then cut back on his right and find Phil?). I am OK with Migs right now. I think heās matured and developed well this season. That is NOT a huge priority area.
I am OK with Joel, Clyne (as long as his attacking end product is worked on), Lovren (as a back up or in a back line of three CBās), Milner needs to stay (heād make a terrific right back and heās won stuff!), Hendo (again, how convinced are we that his foot issues arenāt temporary and how convinced are we that he is the āmain manā we need in mid at the cost of Wij or Can who I think are better than our ācaptainā) ā sorry to be harsh but I will go back to United winning three trophies in three years again).
Phil and Bobby obviously need to stay as should Lallana, Mane and Grujic. Ings has to be given the opportunity. Harshness here folks (but not much) but Origi needs to be loaned out or sold. Not good enough, end of. Had many, many opportunities this season and bar the occasional flash he hasnāt convinced at all. In his defence tho
I am sure heād would have a few more to his tally if the final ball from our fulls had been better because Origi is good in the air. Milner cuts back constantly and Clyne either does the similar or doesnāt a find anyone in a Liverpool shirt. Alexander Arnold is one for the future as is Gomez (back up) but others like Stewart etc need to be loaned for experience.
Winners folks, winners. I know winners come with price tag and winners tend to move on to other winning teams but weāve finished fourth which is great, but no trophy for fourth, just a CL qualifier (great!). United have been building momentum by winning physical trophies and we need to start lifting silverware too for the obvious reasons.
Those saying baby steps, I agree, but weāve been saying that since our second place finish which seems bloody yonks ago. Babies grow and we need too, quickly, to compete in the big boys playground.
Rob Fort Worth TX
We need to be finishing top 4 AND winning some silverware next season otherwise the season will deemed a failure.
If we donāt get top 4 and a trophy it will be stagnation or a step backwards.
We have won 1 trophy in a decade I believe now. Thatās absolutely shocking!
Simply not good enough for Liverpool Football Club.
We donāt need City/Utds spending in order to win a domestic cup. Plenty of other teams have won cups without their level of wealth.
Itās not beyond us to win the FA/League Cup and finish top 4 now is it?
If it is then we really need to take a long hard look at ourselves and what direction we are going.
āI donāt get why you would play like Jose did in the finalā
Could you show me where I indicated that I wanted LFC to play like Jose did last night? Thanks
On what basis do you say that top 4 and a trophy is a must ginger? we donāt have the squad and we dont have the money to spend like City/Chelsea/United and to an extent Arsenal
Klopp is flexible enough, I think in the last 13 games or so we lost only 1 game and kept many clean sheets, Klopp played Lucas in the midfield ahead of more attacking options and he was more cautious towards the tail end when we were not on song attacking wise
I donāt get why you would play like Jose did in the final, whats the point in spending so much money and having attacking talents like Martial/Mhki/Rashford and Pogba? if it wasnāt for a fluke goal from a huge deflection United wouldnāt have had a sniff against a young team that seemed unable to deal with the occasion
Im pretty sure that Klopp will be out the door if he canāt come up with a title challenge in the next two seasons.
Iām quite confident that will happen, he knows what it takes, is a leader himself.
We just need to trim the deadweight of the squad and find some suitable additions to the first team.
I donāt see the sense in mocking about waiting for players such as Stewart though, he is in the same age category as Can.
We got a few prospects though but we need to understand that out of the reserves we got, only 2-3 of them are going to make it into the lineup without making any guarantees though.
Itās easy to argue that with another signing like Mane we could have competed for the title but we got more games next season but still the possibility is there.
10-15 extra goals to what we got could go a long way, one extra defender battling for a starting position could get us 5 extra clean sheets, same goes for a starting keeper.
If we really wanna go for it the one way would be to offload our injury prone players, get some players in that can actually compete, we got enough players in the physio room. Banking on them to come good has never resulted in a title.
Just look at the two last winners of the league, Leicester and Chelsea, both played the same team nearly for a full campaign.
Interesting post, I expected this type of post as I myself was jealous of seeing Man Utd pick up another trophy. However, we have to have context. We are no longer the Liverpool of the seventies or even eighties. This premier leagu is no longer as easy as it was in the 90ās or even the noughties (Arsene Wenger will testify to that one).
Things have changed, Iām more up for steady sustained progress rather than burdening the manager and club with unnecessary expectations.
Look at tottenham, what have they achieved in terms of trophies? Not too much. However I envie Tottenham probably more than any other team in the premiership. They have built a solid team based on clever long term planning and are progressing every year. We have the manager to replicate the progression that Spurs have enjoyed. I believe if we keep doing that trophies will happen naturally.
As for United, every man and his dog knows that last years Uefa League was far harder than this seasons; furthermore we were a kick/save away from lifting the League cup against city whilst they had to play Southampton.
Good things come to those who wait.
We made two finals last year and this season I bet we would have come close or won something again but Klopp decided (or was encouraged to) prioritize 4th place and again played weak teams in the 2 cups we have any real chance of winning.
As Iāve said many times now we will remain a trophy light club a la EFC until FSG sell up. If you applied moneyball to any club they would struggle to win anything.
The very idea that 2017/18 will represent a new dawn is an absolute joke, just look at the poor quality of (again young) players we are linked to. Cast offs from non entity teams, more potential, all about as appealing as a plate of sick. Nothing will change until FSG sell up and by then Klopp will have gone.
Heās that good and heās blindingly quick, I mean he matched Rashford for pace and 70 mins in he caught Lingard too, although Lingard did have a poor touch that slowed him a little. Snap him up but he wonāt come unless heās going to be guaranteed a starting place. Thatās why he turned down Barca last summer in favour of Ajax, the boy wants to play.
Expect us to be linked with around 130 players this summer and āsignā at least 20. Remember Vidal and Gaitan? Both āsignedā for United on 17 different occasions during a single transfer window. Griezmann will be the summerās big story and while a wet dream for United fans itās nowhere near being a done deal.
There are quite a few linking us with Michael Keane and while a succesful return would be romantic I donāt see him as much of an upgrade on Smalling and Jones, who simply arenāt good enough. After all, weāve seen Evans, Chester and Shawcross performing for a mid-to-lower level PL clubs and I think thatās Smallings, Jonesā and probably Keaneās level as well.
I also see the press linking us with Matuidi again. Good player but on the vane and more of a box-to-box left sided midfielder, like Pogba, rather than someone who can sit back and allow Pogba to burst forward.
I wonder who the press will link us to tomorrowā¦Gaitan flopped at Atletico so Iām sure weāll be rumoured to be āoffering him an escape routeā and then thereās the obligatory āRonaldo doesnāt feel loved at Real Madrid and wants to returnā storyā¦until they offer him a new contract and everything goes back to square one.
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