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Dries Mertens’ exit fee makes a January move to Manchester United a possibility, while Inter and AC Milan are set to do battle for a Barca star next summer, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MERTENS EXIT FEE HAS PREM PAIR ON ALERT
Liverpool and Manchester United have reportedly been alerted to the possibility of signing Napoli star Dries Mertens after details of his exit fee were published in the Italian media.
The Premier League duo have been linked with the Belgian star at various times over the past 12 months, but Napoli rewarded his fine form with an extended contract to 2020.
That appeared to signal the end of English interest in Mertens, but Calciomercato claims that the player’s exit clause has been set at a rather low €30million – a fee hardly likely to scare off potential suitors.
Mertens, 30, netted 28 goals in 35 appearances for Napoli in Serie A last season when the forward operated in a more central striking role following the sales of Manolo Gabbiadini and the injury to Arkadiusz Milik.
But with the player more adept at playing in a wide attacking role, United could yet pounce once again.
Officials from Manchester United were reported to have held transfer talks with Mertens prior to the player extending his Napoli deal.
MONACO TELL JUVENTUS, PSG, MAN UTD PRICE FOR FABINHO
Fabinho could be allowed to leave Monaco in January after the Brazilian midfielder once again expressed a desire to leave the defending Ligue 1 champions.
The player was heavily linked with both Manchester United and PSG this summer, but he eventually stayed put with Monaco instead cashing in on the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Ben Mendy.
Juventus, meanwhile, are the latest club to be linked with Fabinho and Italian publication Calciomercato claim Monaco have slapped a €60m price tag on the player.
United look unlikely to pursue the deal given their capture of Nemanja Matic and the form of Antonio Valencia at right-back, which will leave Juve and PSG to battle it out over his signature.
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AC Milan and Inter are interested in signing Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic and will do everything they can to sign him next summer (Sportal)
West Ham sent scouts to watch SPAL defender Francesco Vicari on Wednesday night ahead of a possible January swoop (Sport Mediaset)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has allocated £180million on new players in January and wants to sign one attacker and one defender on the back of their disappointing start to the season. Forwards Antoine Griezmann, Paulo Dybala and Timo Werner all in their sights, while Bayern Munich star David Alaba and Athletic Bilbao ace Aymeric Laporte are also reported targets (Don Balon)
Juventus would be powerless to prevent Dybala from leaving if he wants to seek pastures new, according to the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta (Premium Sports)
Roma striker Edin Dzeko wants a reunion with Wolfsburg in January (Bild)
Liverpool are once again being linked with a January move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The French defender is in talks with the club over a new deal and raising his buy-out clause to £89m – but the Reds hope to sign him up before his new deal is inked (Kicker)
Manchester City scouts were in attendance last night as Lazio suffered a 4-1 defeat to Napoli. City have been linked with a move for €70m-rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla have all joined Newcastle, Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the race to sign £17.5m-rated Besiktas star Cenk Tosun (Fanatik)
Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele has revealed he will be back “in two months” time after suffering a torn thigh muscle
Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has admitted his club have held talks over a possible deal for Genoa’s teenage sensation Pietro Pellegri. The 16-year-old is also wanted by Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United (Premium Sports)
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his side bringing Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes to the Bernabeu (Don Balon)
Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has revealed that he wants to get into management when he finally hangs up his boots (Football Italia)
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Manchester United had 54 matches televised last season, the most of any Premier League side in a single campaign over the past five seasons, according to new findings by MoneySuperMarket.
In fact, this is more than six other Premier League clubs have each had over the past five years in total (Bournemouth had 34 games televised in that time, Brighton 52 games, Burnley 46 games, Huddersfield 25 games, Stoke 49 games and West Brom 51 games).
In contrast, the number of Chelsea games on TV has decreased each season, down from 44 in 2012/2013 to 33 in 2016/2017 – a 25% decrease, despite them having won the Premier League title twice in the last three seasons.
These findings come as part of research which examined when and where fans can watch their team on TV. The start of the football season historically sees an above average number of customers taking out sports TV packages, but 2017 has seen an explosion – with a 1,000% increase in people taking out new packages** – due to the great value deals available.
To help fans see where and how often their team’s games have been televised over the past five seasons, MoneySuperMarket has launched a guide on its website. This will enable supporters to choose the right package for them.
The Blues also feature in both of the two most-screened fixtures; Chelsea vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Manchester City. The both aired 14 times a piece over the past five years, closely and a bit surprisingly followed by West Ham vs Manchester City (13 times).
If you’re after goals, Manchester City are a good bet, – the Citizens have scored the most goals out of anyone, netting 386 goals across 195 games. This is an average of just under two goals a game, the highest rate of any Premier League side.
Thrill-seekers should avoid games featuring Stoke City though – the Potters average less than a goal per televised game (0.94) and they are the only Premier League team to do so.
A table of the total number of televised games each club has had can be found below:
A table of the current Premier League sides’ average games per broadcaster can be seen below:
Even with BT’s exclusive European football coverage, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are still being shown more often on Sky and this is reflected in the number of live fixtures between the so-called ‘Big Six’.
The Manchester derby has been a Sky exclusive with BT yet to televise a single game between North-West giants and it is a similar story with Manchester United vs Liverpool as Sky have aired 11 out of the last 13 fixtures between the sides.
A table of Big Six fixtures split by broadcaster can be seen below:
Dan Plant, Editor-In-Chief at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Our data shows that the public’s interest in sports-related TV products is at its highest when the new season begins, with 46% of customers making their choices at the start of the season.
“We’ve analysed the games, the goals and ratio of big games across all broadcasters and found that Sky are still airing more games per Premier League team despite BT gaining exclusive rights to European competitions in 2015/2016.
“Year-on-year, BT are closing the gap in regard to number of live games but the data shows that regardless of who you support, Sky are likelier to televise more of your team’s matches. Though, fans of Stoke City may prefer to switch off altogether given their team is averaging less than a goal a game when on the box.”
For more information, check out the Football Fixtures on TV Index here.
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Manchester United and Arsenal have entered the race to sign a Schalke midfielder, while PSG striker Edinson Cavani is a target for two Premier League sides, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
PREM DUO ENTER RACE FOR SCHALKE MAN
Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs keen to sign Schalke star Leon Goretzka.
The midfielder is regarded as one of the best young talents in German football after helping the national team lift the Confederations Cup this summer.
As a result, both Liverpool and Manchester City were spoken of as potential destinations for Goretzka, who instead opted to stay in the Bundesliga.
However, the 22-year-old will be out of contract next summer and according to the Daily Express, United and Arsenal have now entered the race for the player.
It is rumoured though that Goretzka prefers a move to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, with reports on Wednesday suggesting that Barca were at the front of the queue for the player.
The Catalan giants view Goretzka as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, while Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel recently said he hopes to have the player’s future sorted by the time the transfer window opens again in January.
“I’d like to think that by the winter break we will have clarity,” he said.
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Manchester City are closing in on a new deal for Fernandinho, despite negotiations taking longer than expected (The Sun)
Chelsea and Everton are interested in signing PSG forward Edinson Cavani (Daily Mail)
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has ruled out big-money move to French club Paris St-Germain (Daily Express)
Demarai Gray has warned Riyad Mahrez that he is ready to replace him in Leicester’s starting line-up (Daily Mirror)
Fernando Llorente has pleaded for time to settle before Tottenham fans judge him (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been handed a major boost with £26m centre-back Mamadou Sakho set for Premier League action for the first time this season (Daily Express)
Liverpool are interested in RB Leipzig’s 18-year-old French defender Dayot Upamecano (Daily Star)
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he tried to sign Graham Dorrans for Swansea as he prepares to face the Rangers star in the first derby showdown of the season (Daily Record)
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Real Madrid want a £120m-rated Premier League striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, while an Atletico Madrid star has hinted at a move to Liverpool or Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
REAL WANT HARRY KANE TO REPLACE RONALDO
Real Madrid have targeted Harry Kane as the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports in Spain.
Don Balon claims Real president Florentino Perez has drawn up a five-man shortlist to replace their record-breaking goalscorer Ronaldo, who at the age of 32, is in the autumn of his career.
Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski have all been mentioned as possible targets, but Spanish media outlet claims it is England striker Kane, who is top of the European champions’ list.
It’s claimed Real have allocated up to £120million to land the striker, with the club said to be considering the offer next summer.
ATLETICO STAR PUTS PREMIER LEAGUE SUITORS ON RED ALERT
Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to move to the Premier League.
The defender has been a long-term target for Manchester United, but it’s believed the form of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly this season, together with the summer arrival of Victor Lindelof, has seen their interest cool.
However, reports in Spain claim Liverpool and Arsenal are plotting moves and their chances of signing him have been boosted with the player yet to agree a new deal.
The 22-year-old, who currently has a €55m exit clause in his current deal, will be able to open talks with overseas clubs from January 1, given his current arrangement in the Spanish capital expires next summer.
And despite holding talks with Atleti about a possible new deal, the Uruguayan has been quoted in French publication L’Equipe that he “dreams of playing in the Premier League next season”.
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Barcelona are the latest club to lead enter the race for Leon Goretzka. The Schalke midfielder has been linked with moves to Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea (Bild)
Barcelona tried to sign Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann this summer, and made an offer of £124m for the French forward (Mundo Deportivo)
Juventus boss Massimo Allegri will leave striker Gonzalo Higuain on the bench for this evening’s clash against Fiorentina, with Mario Mandzukic coming in (Calciomercato)
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The deal brings to an end Tim Krul's 12-year association with Newcastle and means he is now eligible to face his former club when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Newcastle United – teamtalk.com 20 Sep 17:18
Goalkeeper Tim Krul has turned his season-long loan from Newcastle to Brighton into a permanent deal.
The Holland international, who made his Albion debut in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth, has signed a one-year contract with Chris Hughton’s Premier League side.
The deal brings to an end Krul’s 12-year association with Newcastle and means he is now eligible to face his former club when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.
“Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club and wish him and his family well for the future,” read a statement on Newcastle’s website.
The 29-year-old joined Newcastle from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2005.
He went on to make 184 appearances for the Magpies and also had loan spells with Falkirk, Carlisle, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.
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