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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 27 May 08:48

Paper Talk: Reds eye £25m Saints star; Hazard?s Man Utd link

Liverpool are ready to turn their attention to Sadio Mane after missing out on Mario Gotze, while Eden Hazard is the latest name to be linked with Manchester United, according to Friday’s newspapers.



Sadio Mane: Southampton forward fit to face Crystal Palace

Liverpool have turned their focus to signing Southampton’s £25million-rated Sadio Mane after failing to land Mario Gotze.

Jurgen Klopp has turned to the Saints winger after top target Mario Gotze made it clear he would prefer to stay at Bayern Munich for another season.

Manchester United tried and failed to sign Mane last summer while Tottenham were also interested in the Senegal speedster.

Mane cost Saints £11.8m from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.

But Ronald Koeman wants at least double that for one of his star men who last May scored the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick in just two minutes and 56 seconds against Aston Villa.

Liverpool have made a habit of raiding St Mary’s with Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert all moving to Anfield in the last two summers, with both The Guardian and the Daily Star claiming a move for Mane is now top of their agenda.



Jose Mourinho wants to bring Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard to Manchester United, according to reports in Italy, and as covered in the Daily Express.

The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months after a disappointing season in west London.

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have been credited with interest, while United have also kept tabs on him.

But following the news of Mourinho signing a deal to become United’s new boss, their pursuit of the Belgian has increased rapidly.

According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Mourinho has spoken directly with Hazard over a reunion at Old Trafford.

He tweeted: “Hazard wants to leave Stamford Bridge and Mourinho has spoken directly to him. This is what has happened. #cfc #mufc.”

Earlier on he suggested that a bid between £65million and £75m could be offered to prise him away from Chelsea.

He tweeted: “Mourinho wants Hazard from Chelsea at Manchester United. £65 mln offer could reach £75 mln. First contact with his entourage ok. #mufc #cfc.”

Hazard scored six goals for the Blues last season and is under contract until 2020.




Breel Embolo: Wolfsburg see offer rejected

Jack Wilshere shouldn’t go to the Euros with England because he hasn’t played enough, says Sol Campbell (The Sun)

Gareth Bale is ready to emerge from Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow to become Real Madrid’s star man as he prepares for the Champions League final against Atletico (The Sun)

Tottenham have opened negotiations with Basel forward Breel Embolo, 19, after he scored 21 goals in 61 leagues appearances (Daily Express)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has postponed contract talks for a second time and the 27-year-old says he is unwilling to discuss signing a new deal until after Euro 2016 (The Times)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, says he will remain at Stamford Bridge next season, despite interest from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain (Daily Express)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is eyeing a swoop for Atalanta’s teenage Ivory Coast international centre-back Franck Kessie (The Sun)

Bournemouth ace Glenn Murray is wanted by Reading, QPR and Fulham (The Sun)

Charlton want Russell Slade to be their boss (The Sun)

Swansea have made a move for AZ Alkmaar’s attacking midfielder Markus Henriksen, 23, who is valued at £6m by the Dutch club (South Wales Evening Post)

Premier League champions Leicester City look like making Sporting Gijon centre-back Luis Hernandez, 27, their first signing of the summer on a free transfer (Leicester Mercury)

Bournemouth are leading the race to sign 18-year-old striker Mikael Ndjoli, who has not offered a professional contract by Millwall (Bournemouth Echo)

Diego Simeone will snub interest from the Premier League to see out his contract with Atletico Madrid (The Sun)

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 33, is expected to announce he is joining Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer signing three-year deal (Daily Mirror)

Everton are planning an offer to tempt Arsenal legend Marc Overmars – the director of football at Ajax – back into English football (Daily Express)

The agent of Martin Skrtel says the 31-year-old defender is “90% sure to leave Liverpool” this summer with Turkish side Besiktas a possible destination (ESPN)

Derby County have interviewed former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson about becoming the club’s new manager (The Times)

Chelsea will block any attempts by Mourinho to sign Brazilian midfielder Willian, 27, who has been linked with a £60m move to the Red Devils (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool and Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 26, who has been linked with Swansea, says if any interested clubs want to talk to him, he is “not going to pie them” (The Sun)

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, 23, says he is focused on playing for Portugal at Euro 2016 after reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea (Daily Express)

Piotr Zielinski’s proposed move to Liverpool from Udinese is in danger of collapsing, the Poland international midfielder’s agent has revealed (Daily Star)

Alessandro Florenzi: Linked with move to United

Jose Mourinho wants to sign Roma pair Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas (Daily Star)

Arsenal are bracing themselves for a summer bid from Barcelona for full-back Hector Bellerin (Daily Star)

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City chiefs they need eight new starters as he plots his summer overhaul (Daily Mirror)

Man City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, has rejected offers of £30m from two Chinese Super League clubs and is also not interested in joining Serie A side Inter Milan (The Guardian)

Raheem Sterling, signed from Liverpool for £47m, is fearing for his Man City future under Pep Guardiola due to a crisis of confidence (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are confident of beating competition from Manchester United to resign their former striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton (Daily Mirror)

Gary Cahill has become another injury worry for England after it emerged he needs painkilling injections to allow him to play (Daily Mirror)

Roberto Di Matteo is set to be given the task of rebuilding relegated Aston Villa (Daily Mirror)

Roma have joined West Ham in the pursuit of Newcastle star Georginio Wijnaldum, with his agent confirming the player has to think about his future (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have tabled a £1.2m bid for Bolton defender Rob Holding, with the League One club considering Chris Powell and Nigel Adkins for the manager’s job (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are considering a summer approach for Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric, with Chelsea and Manchester City also in the race for the Croatia Under-21 international midfielder (Daily Mail)

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 26 May 13:13

Swansea departure could suit Andre Ayew and Francesco Guidolin

Andre Ayew has been linked with an exit from Swansea. Last January's rumours that Sunderland were ready to offer Swansea £12 million for Andre Ayew seemed far-fetched at the time. Both clubs were fighting to avoid relegation and there seemed little sense in Swansea strengthening a relegation rival's cause by giving up one of their best players. Of course, an argument could be made that Swansea did precisely that in the same window by selling Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle for the same amount of money. That Newcastle were eventually relegated and Shelvey...

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 24 May 16:41

Swansea outcast Eder completes Lille transfer

Lille have completed the permanent signing of Swansea’s Eder on a four-year contract following the striker’s successful loan spell with the Ligue 1 club.

The 28-year-old, who moved to France in the January transfer window just six months after arriving from Braga for £5million, scored six goals in 13 matches while on loan.

“His signing is good for the present and the future of the Lille,” coach Frederic Antonetti told losc.fr.

“We learned to know and appreciate Eder and am very happy he now belongs to the club.

“He is a centre-forward who did a lot of good in our offence, a warrior, and we needed this profile.”

Eder failed to score in 13 appearances for Swansea, only two of which were Premier League starts

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 24 May 14:50

Lille sign Eder from Swansea City on permanent deal

Eder joined Lille on loan in February. Portugal international Eder has made his move from Swansea to Lille permanent, signing a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 club. Eder, 28, was allowed to join Lille on loan in February having made just two Premier League starts for the Swans after joining them from Braga in July for a reported £5 million.  The striker was much more effective in France, scoring six goals and making four more in 13 league matches as his side climbed from 15th to fifth in Ligue 1 following his arrival. On...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 24 May 13:56

Eder leaves Swansea City for Lille

Swansea striker Eder will move to French side Lille on a permanent deal once the transfer window re-opens.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 23 May 12:06

Cast your vote in the eighth annual TEAMtalk Soccers awards

Our annual TEAMtalk Soccers awards ceremony is just around the corner and we want you, our readers, to cast your votes for the best and worst of the season.

Now into his eighth year, our TEAMtalk Soccers are your chance to have your say about everything that was good and bad about the 2015/16 campaign.

The ceremony begins next Monday May 30 and runs each day until Friday June 10 – with the winner (or loser) of each category revealed on a daily basis.

We’ll have 10 awards to hand out – so have a think and let us know your votes about each of the following:

– Player of the Season

(2015 winner: Eden Hazard)

– Young player of the Season

(2015 winner: Harry Kane)

– Manager of the Season

(2015 winner: Ronald Koeman)

– European Player of the Season

(2015 winner: Lionel Messi)

– Goal of the Season

(2015 winner: Charlie Adam v Chelsea)

– Failure of the Season

(2015 winner: Liverpool’s transfer committee)

– Game of the Season

(2015 winner: Leicester 5 Man Utd 3)

– Moment of the Season

(2015 winner: FIFA corruption scandal)

– Signing of the Season

(2015 winner: Alexis Sanchez)

– World XI of the Season


All your votes count, so let us know your thoughts now….

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 20 May 21:05

Swans to play Bristol Rovers and Wolves

Swansea City announce pre-season friendlies against Bristol Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 20 May 19:01

TV deal helps Swans keep stars - Taylor

Swansea's Neil Taylor says the club are under less pressure to sell players this summer because of the new Premier League TV deal.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 20 May 18:16

Rodgers ?genuinely honoured? after becoming Celtic boss

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been named Celtic’s new manager on a rolling 12-month contract.

The ex-Reds and Swansea coach had been in talks with the club this week and his appointment reportedly sees him become the highest-paid manager in the history of the Scottish game.

Rodgers, who has been out of work since leaving Anfield in October where he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp, has expressed his delight at succeeding Ronny Deila at Parkhead, who left after two years in charge at the end of the season.

Speaking to Celtic’s official website, Rodgers said: “I am absolutely delighted to be named Celtic manager. This is genuinely a huge honour for me. I have followed Celtic all my life and to be given this fantastic opportunity and to be part of such a truly great football club is a dream come true.

“I will give my new role everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football.

BREAKING NEWS: Celtic FC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Brendan Rodgers as the Club’s new manager. pic.twitter.com/u2s2FwgChm

— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 20, 2016

“The Club has been in magnificent shape in recent years and has collected silverware regularly during this time. My objective now, of course, is to continue this work, to keep us at the top and again make our mark in Europe.

“I know what a magnificent support Celtic enjoys and I can promise our fans one thing – that I will be doing everything I can to give you a team that you can be proud of and a team that delivers.

“I can’t wait to be in Paradise with our team and our fans as we all get to work.”

Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier commented: “We are delighted to welcome Brendan to Celtic as the Club’s new manager.

“As expected, there was huge interest in the position of Celtic manager but we believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the Club forward.

“Brendan is a man with a tremendous pedigree in football management, he is someone who knows all about Celtic and someone who has a real passion for Celtic. He is also a manager who we believe has the talent, the drive and the determination to bring continued success to the Club.

“We are sure Brendan will receive a fantastic welcome from our supporters and we now look forward with real excitement towards next season as we tackle the many challenges ahead domestically and in Europe.”


Peter Lawwell on Rodgers appointment

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool TEAMtalk

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Brendan is a highly-sought after manager and we are pleased that we have been able to bring such a high calibre individual to Celtic.

“He has a huge and genuine affection for the Club. I know Brendan feels privileged to be named Celtic manager and I know he will give us everything he has to be successful at Celtic. Above all, he will bring huge experience, knowledge and ability to the role.

“We wanted to bring one of the biggest and best names to the Club to match our own aspirations and those of our supporters – we believe, in appointing Brendan, that we have done this.

“We have appointed a special manager and we are sure he can bring some special times to Celtic.”

Rodgers will be officially unveiled at a media conference on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Celtic Park at 4pm.

His likely appointment at the club was welcomed by former Celtic assistant boss John Collins earlier this week, who applauded the brand of football Rodgers played during his time at Anfield.

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 20 May 13:44

Alternative Premier League table reveals Arsenal?s woodwork woe

Arsenal would have won the Premier League title if every one of their shots which hit the woodwork this season had gone in, the Premier League has revealed.

The Gunners hit the frame of the goal 21 times in their 38 matches, two more than any other side, and topped a revised table published on the Premier League website based on every shot which hit the woodwork going in, above Manchester City and West Ham on goal difference with 70 points.

Actual champions Leicester were down in fourth on the revised table, with four more defeats and 12 fewer points than they ultimately recorded.

If the woodwork table was used, Manchester City would have secured an automatic place in the Champions League group phase rather than facing a qualifier, and West Ham, who hit the woodwork 19 times, would be joining them in time for their move to the Olympic Stadium.

Instead, the Hammers are reliant on Manchester United winning the FA Cup final on Saturday just to claim a place in the Europa League.

Tottenham would have scored 19 more goals but would have conceded the same number and were eighth on the ‘woodwork’ table and out of the European places.

The table showed no significant changes at the bottom, with Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle still occupying the bottom three spots.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku were the unluckiest players – each hitting the woodwork seven times during the season.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy also struck the frame of the goal on six occasions.

:: How the revised table looked:

1st Arsenal 70 points (+36 goal difference)

2nd Man City 70 (+33)

3rd West Ham 70 (+23)

4th Leicester 69

5th Liverpool 67

6th Southampton 66

7th Man Utd 64

8th Tottenham 62

9th Everton 60

10th Swansea 51

11th Watford 48

12th Crystal Palace 47

13th Chelsea 46 (+4)

14th Stoke 46 (-24)

15th Sunderland 45

16th West Brom 41

17th Bournemouth 40

18th Newcastle 38

19th Norwich 37

20th Aston Villa 13

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 18 May 10:07

Swansea escape relegation after difficulties under Garry Monk

Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin is delighted to be staying on at the club. With the season over, it's time to assess Swansea's 2015-16. Here's a look back at a difficult campaign which saw the Swans sack Garry Monk. Where will Swansea finish next season? Champions Top 4 Top Half Bottom Half 2% Champions 2% Top 4 56% Top Half 40% Bottom Half $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id="4864222"]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Season in a sentence A summer of complacency and questionable decisions almost cost Swansea their Premier League status, but in hiring Francesco Guidolin the board look to have restored their reputation for shrewd managerial appointments. Highlight The 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on March. 2 was a key fixture in Swansea's revival and eventual...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 17 May 17:57

Swansea had 'shot across bow' - Curtis

Swansea City coach Alan Curtis says "traumatic" 2015-16 Premier League season was "a shot across the bow'' for the club.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 16 May 22:49

Amat and Britton are Swansea's best players but Guidolin is the real star

Manchester City did just enough to secure a spot in the Champions League qualification stage for next season. Swansea manager Franco Guidolin expresses his love for the atmosphere at the club and their massive draw with Man City. Andre Ayew finished as Swansea's leading goalscorer with 12 goals this season. Swansea held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium and, with a difficult season now over, have good reason to be optimistic about the future. In Francesco Guidolin, who recently signed a two-year contract extension with the club, the Swans have arguably their most tactically-sophisticated manager in the Premier League era. The Italian's side routinely show the kind of tactical nuance that was absent from Garry Monk or Brendan Rodgers' versions of the team, and the prospect of a full...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 16 May 22:00

Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol reflects on the Premier League season. It was another memorable Premier League campaign. Our ESPN FC bloggers take a quick look at how their team fared in the 2015-16 season. LEICESTER: Leicester ended 2015-16 with a fairytale Premier League title, the PFA player of the year, a Premier League scoring record and Champions League football -- so not bad, then! -- Ben Jacobs ARSENAL: Not good enough to sustain a title challenge but not bad enough to drop out of the top four -- stop me if you think you've heard this one before. -- 

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 16 May 16:54

Andre Ayew unsure on Swansea City future

Swansea striker Andre Ayew says his future will depend on a summer discussion with club chairman Huw Jenkins.

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