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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 26 Jul 10:34

Ramadan Sobhi and Joe Allen join as part of Stoke's push for top six

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest transfer rumours. While Stoke's players were acclimatising to their preseason surroundings in Orlando on Monday, two new faces were being pencilled in to join them as the club confirmed the signings of internationals Ramadan Sobhi and Joe Allen. With the fans growing anxious over the club's lack of activity in the transfer market, the mood has been lifted with a quick-fire double signing that has injected some renewed enthusiasm ahead of the 2016-17 season. Wonder kid Sobhi joins for a fee that could rise to £6...

Stoke City – teamtalk.com 26 Jul 09:39

Everton close in on £12.5m swoop for Stoke star Arnautovic

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is reportedly on the verge of moving to Everton after the Toffees activated the £12.5million release clause in the Austrian’s contract.

The 27-year-old has only a year left on his deal at the Britannia Stadium and the Potters had been in talks with him over a new deal and in a bid to raise his exit clause.

The player has admitted that the move to Stoke has “saved his career” – but it seems Arnautovic is ready to depart the Potteries and make the move to Merseyside, with Sky Sports Austria claiming the deal is close to completion.

New Everton manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bolster his forward options and Arnautovic could be his first major signing since moving to Goodison Park from Southampton.

Arnautovic’s departure could pave the way for a renewed Stoke bid for West Brom forward Saido Berahino. The Potters saw a £20m bid last week fail to tempt the Baggies.

Stoke on Monday made their first forays into the transfer market this summer with the captures of Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi and midfielder Joe Allen in a £13million deal from Liverpool.

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Stoke City – teamtalk.com 26 Jul 08:54

Paper Talk: Man Utd in £50m bid; new Messi to Man City talk

Manchester City have been given fresh hope of a deal for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, while Manchester United are set to continue their spending with a £50million bid for a defender, according to Tuesday morning’s newspapers.

 

MAN CITY GIVEN FRESH HOPE OF MESSI SWOOP

Manchester City believe they are in pole position to sign Lionel Messi – but only if he one day decides to leave Barcelona.

Their interest has been peaked by claims on Monday by former Blaugrana president Joan Laporta that there is a conspiracy at the Nou Camp to get rid of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

‘There are certain powers who want Messi to no longer be a Barca player,’ Laporta told Catalunya Radio.

‘The club has let the player down, the best player in history, the best player in the world. We have a president and a board that didn’t accompany him when he had to testify in court.’

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Citizens are still doubtful that the 29-year-old will ever leave the Catalan outfit, but believe that his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola could see him arrive at the Etihad if he did.

Messi – sporting a new blonde dye during Barcelona’s training St George’s Park – is also friends with Sky Blues chief executive Ferran Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain, who used to work for Barcelona before moving to the Premier League side.

 

MAN UTD TO RIVAL MAN CITY FOR BONUCCI

Leonardo Bonucci: Wanted by Guardiola

Manchester United are ready to rival Manchester City for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports.

The defender, 29, has been linked with a £50million switch to Man City as Pep Guardiola bids to beef up his central defence with neither Eliaquim Mangala or Nicolas Otamendi totally convincing alongside Vincent Kompany.

But Jose Mourinho also intends to strengthen his central defence and the Manchester Evening News claim the United boss has also identified Bonucci and is preparing a £50million bid.

However, the paper claims that with United closing in on a world record deal for Paul Pogba, the club are unlikely to sell another of their key men to the club and ‘would prefer’ to do business with City for the player.

United have already signed central defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal this summer but Mourinho admitted he was uncertain whether the Ivory Coast international would immediately adapt to the Premier League, while Marcos Rojo could leave.

 

 

AND THE REST

Gabriel Jesus: Persuaded to  move to Manchester by Guardiola

Manchester City are closing on the £20m transfer of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus despite rival interest from Manchester United (Daily Mail)

Everton are working on a deal to land Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic as Ronald Koeman looks to find a solution to bolster his attack (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have made a surprise move for Carlos Tevez, as their search for a new striker widened last night (Daily Express)

Chelsea are set for a boost with Atletico Madrid on the verge of dropping their interest in Diego Costa (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool could break the £100m barrier for sales this summer (Daily Mail)

Premier League champions Leicester will hold crunch contract talks with Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, Jeffrey Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez ahead of the new season (Daily Mirror)

Mahrez is “not bothered” about speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, according to team-mate Demarai Gray, 20 (The Independent)

West Ham are set to make a move for a new left-back after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce admitted Arsene Wenger is among the bosses with whom he will build bridges to ensure players are released for England (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could be out for up to five months after suffering a knee injury (The Sun)

Manchester United have upped their bid for Paul Pogba to £95m to force the world record deal over the line – but the deal is being held up by who picks up his agent’s £25million fee (The Sun)

Juventus could replace Pogba with 32-year-old Barcelona player Javier Mascherano, who can play in defence and midfield, if the France international moves to Old Trafford (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester City and Manchester United will continue to visit China for pre-season tours despite the shambles surrounding the cancellation of yesterday’s derby game in Beijing (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace have joined Premier League new-boys Burnley in the battle to sign Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens (Daily Star)

Steve Bruce is considering whether to quit football altogether after his shock departure from Hull (Daily Star)

Sunderland have finally thanked Sam Allardyce for saving them from relegation – three days after he left to take the England job (Daily Star)

Sam Allardyce has left Wayne Rooney in limbo over the England captaincy for at least another month and suggested that he will lose his midfield place unless he is playing in that role for Manchester United (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have both made official offers to 26-year-old Newcastle and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko (Le 10 Sport)

Hull City have a five-man shortlist topped by former Everton boss Roberto Martinez as they seek a successor to Steve Bruce (The Guardian)

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is keen to join Leeds United. The 27-year-old Scotland international spent time on loan at Elland Road last season (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Winger Ryan Kent, 19, is the first of a host of youngsters Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp intends to send out on loan next season (Liverpool Echo)

Bristol City have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign 21-year-old goalkeeper Ivan Lucic for an undisclosed fee (Bristol Post)

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 25 Jul 21:09

Stoke complete signing of Joe Allen from Liverpool for reported 13 million

Joe Allen will join Stoke City after completing a move from Liverpool. Stoke City have signed Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool. The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a reported £13 million fee. Allen has struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses possible transfers of Gonzalo Higuain and Joe Allen, as well as Arsenal's missed chance. The ESPN FC panel look at Liverpool's signings in the summer transfer window and what it means for Liverpool's EPL season. But he was one of the stars of the Wales squad which reached the semifinals at Euro 2016 earlier this summer. Stoke's bid met Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 25 Jul 21:07

Liverpool's Allen completes Stoke move

Stoke City sign Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Premier League rivals Liverpool for £13m on a five-year deal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 25 Jul 14:56

Stoke sign Egyptian winger Sobhi

Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi is Stoke's first summer signing after joining from Al Ahly for a fee that could rise to £5m.

Stoke City – teamtalk.com 25 Jul 14:30

Egyptian starlet becomes Stoke?s first summer signing

Stoke City have announced the signing of Egyptian teenager Ramadan Sobhi from Ah-Ahly for a fee which could rise to up to £5million.

The 19-year-old is the first fresh face through the door at the Bet365 Stadium and could soon be followed by Liverpool’s Joe Allen as he closes in on a reported £13million move.

Sobhi has already been capped six times by Egypt and widely regard as the ‘most exciting talent’ in African football.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed a player of Ramadan’s undoubted quality and potential,” said chief executive Tony Scholes.

“He’s a special young talent who is excited about the prospect of making an impact in the Premier League and we’re looking forward to giving him that platform.”

Sobhi has been granted a work permit and is expected to receive his UK visa in the next 48 hours. He should then join his new team-mates in Orlando later this week where they are in pre-season training.

He is a graduate of the Al Ahly youth system and made his professional debut as a 16-year-old, earning his first international cap a year later.

He helped Al Ahly win the Egyptian League title last season under former Tottenham and Fulham manager Martin Jol.

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ESPN FC - Stoke City News 25 Jul 13:58

Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi signs for Stoke City from Al Ahly

Ramadan Sobhi is an Egypt international. Stoke City have announced the signing of Ramadan Sobhi from Al Ahly for a fee that could rise to €6 million. Sobhi, 19, has been granted a work permit to become Stoke's first signing ahead of the 2016-17 season. The Egypt international, who has six caps to his name, plays as winger and had been linked with Arsenal and Roma. BREAKING | Stoke City are delighted to announce the signing of @RamadanSobhi from Egyptian Champions @AlAhly #SCFC pic.twitter.com/bFtUm7Pb6y - Stoke City FC...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 25 Jul 12:31

Stoke biding time over Berahino & Allen

Stoke City are prepared to be patient in their attempts to sign Saido Berahino and Joe Allen, says manager Mark Hughes.

Stoke City – teamtalk.com 25 Jul 10:34

Allen set for Stoke medical as £13million switch draws closer

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen will undergo a medical at Stoke on Monday after agreeing personal terms with the club on Sunday.

It is understood that the £13million transfer could be finalised in the next 24 hours, allowing Allen to meet up with his new team-mates in the USA on Tuesday.

Allen is thought to be an admirer of Potters boss and fellow Welshman Mark Hughes and is reported to have set his heart on a move to the Britannia Stadium.

Allen’s former club Swansea admitted they are also keen to sign the player, but they are reportedly yet to match Stoke’s offer.

Liverpool had been keen to stick with their £14million valuation after rejecting an opening offer from the Potters last week, however it was reported on Wednesday the Reds have now reached a compromise with their fellow Premier League club.

It’s reported that as part of the deal, Stoke will have to pay a further installment if they secure another top-10 Premier League finish next season.

Allen was a key player for Wales at Euro 2016 and some Liverpool fans will be sorry to see the midfielder leave Anfield, but with only a year left on his contract the transfer is likely to represent good value for money.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 24 Jul 21:30

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Stoke City – teamtalk.com 24 Jul 13:05

Allen set for Stoke talks ahead of potential £13m switch

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will meet Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen on Sunday as he looks to tie up a move for the Welshman.

The Sunday Telegraph understands that the transfer could be finalised in the next 48 hours, allowing Allen to meet up with his new team-mates in the USA on Tuesday.

Allen is thought to be an admirer of Hughes and would be keen to link up with the former Wales player and manager at the Britannia Stadium.

Although Stoke remain frontrunners for the 26-year-old’s signature, Allen’s former club Swansea admitted they were one a number of clubs in the running to sign the player.

Liverpool had been keen to stick with their £14million valuation after rejecting an opening offer from the Potters last week, however it was reported on Wednesday the Reds have now reached a compromise with their fellow Premier League club.

It’s reported that as part of the deal, Stoke will have to pay a further installment if they secure another top-10 Premier League finish next season.

Allen was a key player for Wales at Euro 2016 and some Liverpool fans will be sorry to see the midfielder leave Anfield, but with only a year left on his contract the transfer is likely to represent good value for money.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC 22 Jul 23:09

West Brom turn down £20m Berahino bids

West Bromwich Albion turn down £20m bids for striker Saido Berahino from Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 22 Jul 15:44

Stoke and Hughes look to Bojan ahead of new Premier League campaign

The ESPN FC crew look at the latest transfer rumours. When Stoke signed Bojan Krkic from Barcelona in July 2014, fans were relieved with the realisation the days of long-ball were over. It is a transfer that still brings a smile to the face of supporters as it was such a significant signing for a club desperate to move away from the notion they were the antithesis of everything that Bojan represented. His signing fast-forwarded Mark Hughes' transformation of the Potters. The world stood up and took note of a player -- once dubbed the next Lionel Messi...

ESPN FC - Stoke City News 21 Jul 17:40

Stoke have loan bid for Robin van Persie rejected by Fenerbahce - source

Robin van Persie made his name in the Premier League with Arsenal. Stoke City have had a loan bid for Robin van Persie rejected by Fenerbahce, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC. Van Persie, 32, has been closely linked with a return to the Premier League over the past couple of weeks with Middlesbrough expressing an interest. Stoke were keen to land the experienced striker but the offer has been turned down and the former Manchester United and Arsenal star is expected to stay at the Turkish club next season. The Netherlands international scored 16 times...

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