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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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Chelsea look like having a clear run at signing Robert Lewandowski and Lyon fear Nabil Fekir will play his final game for the club this weekend, all in the papers.
CHELSEA MOVE FOR LEWANDOWSKI ON CARDS
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is considering a move to Chelsea this summer, report the Daily Express.
The Poland striker was apparently spotted in a meeting with his agent Pini Zahavi this week discussing his future.
The 29-year-old is believed to have his heart set on move to Real Madrid, but his poor performances against Real in the Champions League have seen the La Liga side back out of a summer transfer.
That could well leave Chelsea with a clear run at the forward.
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Pep Guardiola wants to bring Toni Kroos to Manchester City this summer as he attempts to build a team that can challenge for the Champions League title (Don Balon)
Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle is confident manager David Wagner will sign a new contract with the club. (Mirror)
Aston Villa have been scouting Porto striker Moussa Marega in preparation for a Premier League return.¬† (Mirror)
Leeds have offered Tom Pearce a new three-year deal in a bid to stop him from being lured to a top-flight club.¬† (Mirror)
Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has been invited to train with England’s World Cup squad for a week before they head to Russia. (Daily Mail)
Should Manchester City assistant Arteta leave Etihad Stadium to move to the Gunners, City boss Pep Guardiola’s preference is to bring in 34-year-old Spain and former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta as player-coach. (Yahoo)
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, left out of England’s World Cup squad, will have offers from Southampton and Wolves for next season after West Ham opted not to pursue a permanent move for the 31-year-old, who had been on loan with the club. (Mirror)
Leicester want to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, from West Brom, but a ¬£4m agent’s fee could prove a sticking point. (Mail)
Stoke want former Hammers boss David Moyes as their manager after Paul Lambert left the club following relegation to the Championship. (Sun)
Former Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has told the Potters he would be interested in taking over at the Bet 365 Stadium. (Telegraph)
Former Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer and Ostersund manager Graham Potter are the leading candidates to replace Carlos Carvalhal at Swansea.(Guardian)
Everton’s 32-year-old forward Wayne Rooney is thought to be deciding whether to accept an offer from DC United in Major League Soccer. The former England captain has an open-ended invitation to return to the Toffees after any spell in the United States. (Mail)
Southampton are planning a ¬£20m bid for Middlesbrough’s English defender Ben Gibson, 25. (Sun)
Aston Villa have been scouting Porto’s 27-year-old Malistriker Moussa Marega as they prepare for a potential return to the Premier League. (Mirror)
Marco Silva will hold further talks with Everton over their managerial vacancy next week (Telegraph)
Thierry Henry will be offered a coaching role at Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s backroom team. (Express)
Lyon fear Liverpool target Nabil Fekir will be playing his final game for the club this weekend against Nice.¬† (Express)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has acknowledged he could be sacked even if his side beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. (Mirror)
Manchester City will make a sensational swoop for Eden Hazard this summer if the Belgium international decides to quit Chelsea. (Sun)
Brighton are closing on a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone. (Star)
Fenerbahce will make Rangers wait despite being keen on the Scottish club’s reported ¬£4m offer for former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. (Daily Record)
Rangers are trying to hijack Leeds United’s move to sign Swansea defender Kyle Bartley (Sun)
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insists he never had any doubts over staying with the Italian champions despite interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. (London Evening Standard)
Arsene Wenger, who is leaving Arsenal after nearly 22 years as manager, could move away from coaching and become general manager of French giants Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says the England and Eagles midfielder Ruben-Loftus Cheek, 22, is one of the best players he has worked with. (Times)
Former Newcastle midfielder Kenedy, who has returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at St James’ Park, has suggested he is open to a return to the Magpies. The 22-year-old Brazilian said: “Maybe one day I will be back.” (Newcastle Chronicle)
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he would still have been sacked by former club Liverpool even if they had won the Premier League. (Times)
Liverpool supporters have been warned by the club against purchasing tickets for the Champions League final on 26 May from unofficial sources. (Liverpool Echo)
Stoke’s Spanish forward Bojan Krkic says he has suffered from anxiety issues but “no-one wants to talk about that”. (Guardian)
Manager Chris Wilder is expected to sign a new contract at Sheffield United early next week after being given assurances by the club’s owners. (Yorkshire Post)
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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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The post Villa to face Fulham in play-off final after seeing off Middlesbrough appeared first on teamtalk.com.Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 15 May 22:42
LAURIE WHITWELL AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa won the European Cup on May 26 in 1982... and 36 years on they will hope the date carries significance again. Villa are heading for Wembley.Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 15 May 19:12
Aston Villa are heading for Wembley to face Fulham in the Championship play-off final after coming through a contest against Middlesbrough that drained legs and minds.Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 15 May 00:32
Jack¬†Grealish says he will only start worrying when opposition teams stop kicking him.The 22-year-old was man-of-the-match during Aston Villa's 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 15 May 00:15
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY CRAIG HOPE: It sounds like a tale of close-season excess nowadays reserved for the after-dinner circuit; an entire week locked inside a pub, hitting the bar at 7am.Middlesbrough F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 May 20:30
Bruce was appointed in October 2016, with Villa 19th, and has previously questioned the mentality and ability of some players to handle the pressure - although he expects no problems on Tuesday.Middlesbrough ‚Äď teamtalk.com 6 May 15:31
Cardiff City will be playing Premier League football next season after Fulham lost at Birmingham and the Bluebirds drew with Reading on Sunday.
The Welsh side were forced to settle for a goalless home draw against struggling Reading – but Fulham’s 3-1 loss at Birmingham meant Neil Warnock’s men could celebrate a return to the top flight after a three-year exile.
Birmingham, who went into their game at St Andrew’s still under the threat of relegation, took control with first-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz (15) and Harlee Dean (43).
Tom Cairney gave the Cottagers hope with six minutes remaining but Che Adams’ 89th-minute goal means they must settle for the play-offs.
Barnsley’s 4-1 loss at Derby ended their brief stay in the Championship.
Cameron Jerome opened the scoring for the home side with a powerful left-foot shot in the 14th minute, then set up Matej Vydra for the Rams’ second goal 10 minutes into the second half.
Substitute Vydra then set up David Nugent for Derby’s third midway through the second half. Tom Lawrence made it 4-0 in the 71st, before George Moncur’s reply 10 minutes from time. The win secured the Rams’ place in the play-offs.
Burton lost 2-1 at Preston, with Louis Moult’s goal in added time ending their survival hopes. Callum Robinson gave Preston the lead with a close-range header, before the hosts had Billy Bodin dismissed for two yellow cards – one a handball which saw a goal ruled out, then a dive in the penalty area. Hope Akpan curled in Burton’s equaliser in the 63rd minute.
Bolton produced an impressive late finish to escape the clutches of League One as a result of a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.
Adam Le Fondre volleyed Wanderers in front midway through the second half but Ben Osborn (70) and Jack Colback (79) turned things around and had Bolton staring relegation in the face.
However, goals from David Wheater (87) and Aaron Wilbraham (88) – who had earlier hit the post – kept the hosts up, sparking joyous scenes at the Macron Stadium.
Play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough drew 2-2 at Ipswich. Freddie Sears (eight) and Martyn Waghorn’s 83rd-minute penalty had the hosts ahead twice but Stewart Downing (71) and Patrick Bamford (90) earned the visitors a draw.
The other top six team, Aston Villa, lost 1-0 at Millwall. Shaun Williams got the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, before Lee Gregory missed another spot-kick for the Lions late on.
Elsewhere, bottom club Sunderland stunned champions Wolves 3-0, in front of prospective new owner Stewart Donald.
On-loan duo Ovie Ejaria (19) and Ashley Fletcher (45) had the hosts 2-0 ahead before Paddy McNair got Sunderland’s third midway through the second half.
Atdhe Nuhiu (14, 60 and 90) scored a hat-trick in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-1 drubbing of Norwich at Hillsborough. Fernando Forestieri (30) and Frederico Venancio (58) also netted, with Timm Klose (83) replying for Norwich.
Wednesday’s city rivals United were also final-day winners, 3-2 at Bristol City.
Leon Clarke opened the scoring in the eighth minute with his 19th league goal of the season, before Billy Sharp (29) and Kieran Freeman (34) made it 3-0. City rallied with goals from Aden Flint (60) and Joe Bryan (75) – but there was to be no leveller.
Leeds beat QPR 2-0 with goals from Kemar Roofe (30) and Kalvin Phillips (47), while Brentford and Hull drew 1-1 at Griffin Park.
Sergi Canos headed the hosts into a 12th-minute lead before Jarrod Bowen levelled in first-half added time. Harry Wilson had the chance to win it for the Tigers in the second half after Luke Daniels fouled Fraizer Campbell – but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with an excellent stop to keep out Wilson’s penalty.
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Manchester United are eyeing an ¬£80million swap deal for a Chelsea star, while there will be a three-way battle for Wilfried Zaha this summer, according to Sunday’s papers.
MAN UTD EYE SWAP DEAL FOR CHELSEA STAR
Manchester United are plotting a huge ¬£80m transfer swap with Chelsea of Willian-plus-cash deal for Anthony Martial.
Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Willian from his time as Stamford Bridge chief, while the Blues are said to be keen on Martial.
However, a report in the Sunday Mirror claims that Old Trafford bigwigs would only consider selling the Frenchman to the Londoners if Willian is part of the deal.
Along with Nemanja Matic, Willian was one of two Chelsea players Mourinho wanted to sign when he joined United in the summer of 2016, just six months after leaving Stamford Bridge.
But he faces a real battle to persuade his former employers to let Willian go.
As for Martial, the attacker has struggled for starts since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez and is said to be stalling over a new deal at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old, who cost United ¬£36million when he joined from Monaco, is also attracting interest from Juventus, while Tottenham have also been stronlg linked with a move for Martial in the past.
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Manchester United have agreed an ¬£80m deal with Lazio for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Sun on Sunday)
Wilfried Zaha is ready to quit Crystal Palace and seek European football, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City pursuing the forward (Sun on Sunday)
Maurizio Sarri is to resign as Napoli head coach amid Chelsea links (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Mohamed Salah says he knew he has to leave Chelsea just four months after joining the club, when Jose Mourinho took him off at half-time in a game against Norwich in 2014 (Sun on Sunday)
David Moyes is targeting Jack Butland as his big summer signing, and is ready to spend ¬£30m to bring the Stoke keeper to the London Stadium (Sun on Sunday)
Joe Gomez is a major doubt for the World Cup after the England and Liverpool midfielder suffered a devastating ankle injury (Sun on Sunday)
Real Madrid are considering a bid for PSG’s former Barcelona forward Neymar, after being told the 26-year-old Brazil international would be happy to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (Marca)
Borussia Dortmund could abandon a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko because Chelsea want ¬£53m for the 23-year-old France midfielder (Sport 1)
Chelsea are closing in on ¬£30m transfer of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough (Sunday Mirror)
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to an Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri job swap by praising the Chelsea boss (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester City are lining up a ¬£50m transfer raid for Matthijs de Ligt to be Vincent Kompany’s successor (Sunday Mirror)
Celtic have joined the race for ¬£15m-rated West Brom defender Craig Dawson (Sunday Mirror)
Jordan Henderson has pledged Liverpool will take their adventurous attacking style into the Champions League Final against Real Madrid (Sunday Express)
Chelsea’s Spain striker Alvaro Morata says his debut season has been made incredibly difficult by a mystery pain in his back (Marca)
Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested in France international Anthony Martial (Mail on Sunday)
Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling needs to take a leaf out of Lionel Messi’s book if he wants to take the step to the next level (Mail on Sunday)
Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney admits he is flattered by interest from Bournemouth but says he remains committed to the six-year contract he signed with Celtic this season (Mail on Sunday)
Steven Gerrard says he wants to seek the advice of Liverpool and Rangers icon Graeme Souness before he starts work at Ibrox (Mail on Sunday)
The pressure has been piled on Claude Puel after Leicester fans turned on the manager in front of the club’s board during their defeat to West Ham on Saturday (Mail on Sunday)
The FA have told Gareth Southgate he is expected to at least guide England out of the group stage at this summer’s World Cup (Mail on Sunday)
Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has confirmed he will be leaving Juventus and quitting Italian football this summer (Sky Sport)
England have worked out why they have such a poor record in penalty shoot-outs – they take their spot-kicks too quickly (Sunday Telegraph)
Pep Guardiola backs Fabian Delph for England World Cup call-up, saying “I think he deserves it” (Sunday Telegraph)
Jurgen Klopp is ready to strengthen Liverpool squad this summer – irrespective of the Champions League result (Sunday Telegraph)
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