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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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Derby boss Gary Rowett has asked his club for permission to speak to Stoke regarding the managerial vacancy at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Rams said they were now in talks with the Potters regarding Rowett, with compensation likely to be one of the major hurdles which must be overcome before he can move clubs.
According to TEAMtalk sources, the Rams are said to have asked Stoke for around ¬£3million in compensation, with their manager still having three years to run on the new deal he signed in January of this year.
Stoke were relegated from the Premier League this season and will play alongside Derby in the Sky Bet Championship next term.
Paul Lambert left Stoke last week, while Rowett has been in charge of the Rams since March 2017 after prior spells as boss at Burton and Birmingham.
Derby said in a statement on their website: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that Gary Rowett has asked for permission to speak with Stoke City regarding the vacant manager’s position at the bet365 Stadium.
“The club is now in discussion with Stoke regarding the matter and will update our supporters in due course.”
Rowett is a former Derby player. He succeeded Steve McClaren as manager 14 months ago, when the former England boss’ second spell came to an end.
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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*
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Boss Paul Lambert has left Stoke by “mutual consent” following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Lambert was appointed on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January after Mark Hughes was sacked but the former Aston Villa and Norwich boss was unable to keep the club in the Premier League.
The Scot won just two of his 15 games in charge – his first fixture against Huddersfield in January and what proved to be his final match at Swansea last weekend.
A statement on stokecityfc.com read: “The club would like to thank Paul for his work over the past four months and wish him well for the future.
“Whilst he was unable to guide us to Premier League safety after being appointed in January, it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort, professionalism and dedication on his part.”
The statement added: “The club will appoint a replacement as soon as possible in order to give the new manager time to prepare for the challenge of the 2018-19 season in the Championship.”
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Xherdan Shaqiri admits he would like to play in the Champions League next season after Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League.
The Switzerland international was linked with a move to Serie A side Roma in the January transfer window but recent reports have speculated that Tottenham might be keen on the Potters forward.
It is understood that he has a release clause in his Stoke contract of ¬£12million if the Potters were relegated.
Now that has happened it leaves the door open for Spurs to pounce with Mauricio Pochettino’s side finishing third and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
And Shaqiri thinks it would be ideal if his next club were playing in Europe and more specifically the Champions League.
“It is important for me to find a club where the manager and directors all want me to sign,” Shaqiri said.
“It will be all the better if this club is playing in Europe. It is any footballer’s great aim to play in the Champions League.
“I will always be thankful to Stoke, as my time with them has been the most educational spell of my career.
“I’ve been able to establish myself in the Premier League, and the club stood by me even when things didn’t go well for me.
“Above all I’ve learned how to defend properly. Previously I always played for teams that were set up to attack in Basel, Bayern and Inter.
“I have matured as a person as well as a player. That is the reason I have provided more goals and assists than before – although I’d have sooner got one less and we’d have stayed up.
“You’ll understand that I can’t talk about what is written in my contract.
“No-one is perfect. I didn’t play well in every game, and all of us – players, staff and management – made mistakes.
“I’m not sleeping well for the moment. I feel sorry for the Stoke fans, the club and the people who work for it.
“It’s now important for Stoke to draw lessons from the season so they can hopefully return to the Premier League as soon as possible.
“With the support they enjoy, that is where I belong.”
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