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Tuesday May 29
Sarri to Chelsea worry
Chelsea’s plan to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new manager is close to collapsing.
Napoli are demanding £7m to let Sarri go.
His release clause disappears on Thursday, at which point the Serie A club could increase those demands.
Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Sarri won’t leave on the cheap.
“I don’t give anyone discounts and no-one has called me about the clause in Sarri’s contract.
“This was a clause put in his contract when it was renewed and his salary increased – so now it is going to be paid.
“I have to defend our fans. The clause defends my choices.
“When I modify a contract, it is with agreement. I inserted the clause, and it has to be honoured. Now the clause is not valid? I don’t like this one-sided idea.”
Higuain to Chelsea
Chelsea have been quoted £52m for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.
That is according to Transfermarketweb.
They claim the Blues are interested in Juve frontman Higuain, who cost £75m from Napoli two years ago.
A deal for the Argentina international would almost certainly end Alvaro Morata’s stint at Stamford Bridge.
Lazio’s president says they are not a “supermarket” and will demand more than £87m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Milinkovic-Savic.
But Lazio chief Claudio Lotito says the player is going nowhere cheap.
“I turned down €110m for Milinkovic-Savic on August 29,” Lotito said.
“So I don’t know how much he is worth now, but I can tell you €100m isn’t enough.
“I get angry when I read people call Lazio a supermarket. I’ve never put anyone up for sale.
“In the past they wouldn’t even knock on the door, clubs would just come and take, but now they have to ask for permission.”
Manchester United may struggled to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (right) from Lazio
Thiago Silva has backed Fabinho to impress at new club Liverpool.
“I think that he is really smart, he is a really technical player,” Silva said.
“I’m sure that he will get adapted to the Premier League as soon as he arrives.
“He changed his position at Monaco, he was a right-back and now he’s a midfielder.
“I don’t know how the club are thinking about using him.
“But I believe he can help Liverpool in both positions.”
Man Utd trigger Dalot clause
Manchester United have triggered Porto right-back Diogo Dalot’s release clause.
United manager Jose Mourinho is seeking to sign a new right-back this summer.
Dalot will cost United £17.5m (€20m).
The 19-year-old played only a handful of games for Porto last season and made his professional debut in February.
Manchester United have triggered Diogo Dalot’s release clause
Blanc to Chelsea
Chelsea are eyeing a deal for Laurent Blanc as they cool their interest in Maurizio Sarri.
That is the sensational report coming out of Italy this evening.
Sarri has been in talks with Chelsea for weeks but the Blues don’t want to pay his £7m release clause.
That clause expires on Thursday and calcionapoli24 claim Chelsea are now eyeing up Laurent Blanc instead.
Blanc has not managed since leaving PSG in 2016.
Loris to Italy
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been offered a one-year proposal to join Serie C side Rimini.
“On June 22, Loris Karius will turn 25 years old. I would like to host the German goalkeeper for a few days in Rimini, a welcoming town that has always been frequented by his fellow countrymen and women,” Rimini president Giorgio Grassi wrote in an open letter.
“I would be happy to meet him in Rimini to remind him that it just takes courage, or perhaps good sense, to understand the best life lessons are often also the toughest, the most difficult to bear.
“We’ve all been through these moments, unfortunately for him, his moment was in front of millions of people. At the end of the day, the only real failure is allowing defeat to get the better of us.
“I would like to help Loris become a great example to those who in football, as in life, fall and get back on their feet. I’d like to offer a gift for his birthday: a year-long contract with Rimini FC, the ideal club to rediscover his calm, self-belief and strength to follow his dreams.
“Let it be clear, this wouldn’t be a walk in the park, because he’d be in competition with a great goalkeeper like Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Scotti, but he’d certainly find a big family and a city ready to support him as he got back to being a Number One in the Lega Pro.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been offered the chance to join Rimini
European football expert Gabriele Marcotti doubts Manchester United will have any rivals in the battle to sign Gareth Bale this summer.
But the Italian reckons United will back away from the Wales international.
“If he thinks he can go and get a gig elsewhere, go tell your agent, go get an offer, have them make an offer to Real Madrid,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.
“I think it’s as simple as that.
“But be warned Gareth Bale, the fact of the matter is, Gareth Bale makes so much money, it’s close to $30million-a-year, that there is very few teams in the world that can afford Gareth Bale.
“And there’s fewer teams still for whom need Gareth Bale and for whom he would be a fit.
“In fact, I’ll make this very easy for you, it’s really still only Manchester United.
“And now that they’ve signed Alexis Sanchez, I don’t see how they’re going to go and move for him.
“If anything, United’s issues are further back on the pitch.”
Salah to Real Madrid
Mohamed Salah was ambushed by a Spanish reporter as he walked through an airport today.
Salah was asked about his shoulder injury, whether or not he would make the World Cup and if he plans to join Real Madrid.
But the Egypt international refused to respond to the questions.
The journalist jumped Salah as he was walking with a suitcase and asked: “Will you play at the World Cup? Are you ready? Do you expect to start the World Cup?”
Salah then moved his head from side to side, suggesting there is still doubt over his World Cup dreams.
The questioning continued, without reply.
“Do you think that Ramos injured you intentionally in the Champions League final?” the journalist said.
“Is it possible for you to play at Real Madrid next year?
“How are you? A lot of people worry about you and your injury.”
Eventually Salah walked off.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was asked if he wants to join Real Madrid
15:30: Cristiano Ronaldo fears Manchester United could overlook him this summer and instead move for his team-mate Gareth Bale.
Both Bale and Ronaldo gave ominous hints that their futures are away from the Bernabeu.
Manchester United have been linked with both forwards inn recent months.
And Don Balon claim Ronaldo is worried United will prioritise Bale over his own transfer.
Five deal Mourinho
14:45: Jose Mourinho is keen to sign five players this summer.
The Manchester Evening News say Mourinho wants two midfielders, two full-backs and a centre-back.
The Red Devils have been linked with Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred in recent months.
Spurs’ Danny Rose and Atletcio Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko are possible full-back options for Mourinho.
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign five players this summer
Ousmane Dembele sale
14:30: Barcelona are prepared to sell Ousmane Dembele, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda.
Dembele, 21, has struggled to make an impact since his £135million arrival from Borussia Dortmund, netting four goals in 24 appearances.
And it appears Barcelona are ready to cut their losses and sell the France international.
Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with Dembele in recent weeks, and Inda revealed: “If they reach €100million (£87m) for Ousmane Dembele, he leaves.”
Edin Dzeko update
14:15: Edin Dzeko has revealed why he decided not to join Chelsea in January.
“Chelsea is a big challenge and I know what kind of a club that is, I’ve been at Man City and I wasn’t ready to move to Chelsea,” he told Bosnian outlet Face.
“Nobody I spoke to wanted me to move to Chelsea so I decided to stay.
“It has been tough period, a lot of stories and information, true and false, were written, everything went through my head, I wasn’t clear or certain of anything at the time.”
Transfer News: Barcelona are prepared to sell Ousmane Dembele
Man Utd & Chelsea eye unsettled Alba
14:00: Well I suppose this was inevitable after talk of Jordi Alba’s contract dispute…
German publication Sport are claiming that Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing the full-back.
As previously mentioned, Alba’s agent has accused Barcelona of delaying contract negotiations with the 29-year-old for the past 18 months.
But Barca’s stalling tactics could see them lose Alba, whose current deal expires in June 2020.
Jose wants deal done before WC
13:30: Jose Mourinho is desperate to land Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld before the World Cup.
The Belgium international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months.
Alderweireld, 29, started just 13 Premier League games under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
And according to the Daily Star, Red Devils boss Mourinho is keen to sign the defender before the World Cup starts on June 14.
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to land Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld
Sessegnon staying put
13:15: Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon will remain at Craven Cottage next season despite being linked with a move to a top-six Premier League outfit, according to club owner Shahid Khan.
Sessegnon has earned rave reviews for his performances this season which helped drive the club’s promotion to the Premier League, with the winger being linked to Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
But Khan said Fulham’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off means the 18-year-old winger can grace the Premier League in a white Fulham shirt next season.
“We don’t want Sessegnon leaving,” Khan told The Times. “I don’t think he wants to go. He’s going to be at Fulham for the coming year, leading us into the Premier League.
“Frankly, if we had not been promoted, well, we have a responsibility to our players,” Khan was quoted saying. “He’s been there since he was eight. We want to do the right thing for him and he is Fulham through and through. He is going to be there next season.”
13:00: Roma chief Monchi has revealed the three things that must happen for Liverpool transfer target Alisson Becker to leave this summer.
Alisson has been linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid as Jurgen Klopp and Keylor Navas look to upgrade in the goalkeeping department.
Roma chief Monchi has now explained the three conditions necessary for Alisson to leave the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
“If Alisson remains? To go away you need three things: an offer, an accepted offer and the boy’s will to go away,” Monchi told Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web.
“For now there is nothing of this. We are happy with him, the market rumours are normal.”
Liverpool transfer news: Roma chief Monchi reveals three conditions for Alisson deal
Jordi Alba contract
12:30: The agent of Jordi Alba has taken aim at Barcelona for delaying contract negotiations.
Alba, who signed a new five-year deal in 2015, has reportedly been waiting 18 months for talks about an extension at the Nou Camp.
And his agent, Vicente Fores, says the club have been silent since their former director of football Raul Sanllehi left for Arsenal in November.
“Raul Sanllehi was still at the club when they told us not to worry, that they were going to call us to renew,” he told Sport. “But we are still waiting. It’s been a year and a half now.”
12:00: Manchester United are eyeing up a deal for Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish, according to reports.
The midfielder was on form at Wembley but couldn’t inspire his side beyond Fulham, and the Sun claim Jose Mourinho is keen on the 22-year-old, as they look to build for the future.
Grealish is said to have impressed with his running from deep, as United look to add more dynamism to their play.
Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and hope to have the move wrapped up this week.
Fred is in London with the Brazil squad and United are keen to complete the formalities with a £53m move agreed between the clubs.
United are also in the hunt for defenders and another wide forward, with Gareth Bale back on the radar but there are doubts over the price they would have to pay.
Jack Grealish is on Manchester United’s radar after impressing for Aston Villa
Paul Pogba to Juventus
11:30: Paul Pogba is only 30 per cent likely to return to Juventus this summer, according to Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia.
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus, where he won eight trophies in four years under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri.
Bargiggia, who works for Premium Sport, has revealed he does not believe the 25-year-old will go back to Turin though while discussing Juventus’ transfer plans.
“I received a rumour about a possible [Alvaro] Morata – [Gonzalo] Higuain exchange: Allegri pushed hard to renew the team, for him the three strikers, [Mario] Mandzukic, [Paulo] Dybala and Higuain, are transferable,” said Bargiggia.
“And [Federico] Chiesa is another goal, as well as [Anthony] Martial: from Juve I expect a nice revolution in front.
“Pogba? I do not give more than 30 per cent chance for his return.
Man Utd transfer news: Chances of Paul Pogba to Juventus deal revealed by Paolo Bargiggia
David Alaba hijack
11:00: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has demanded the club sign versatile Bayern Munich star David Alaba, reports claim.
Alaba has been strongly linked with a stunning move to Real Madrid by his father, who recently claimed Zinedine Zidane’s side were “really interested” in his services.
But the Champions League winners have competition from their rivals.
Spanish website Don Balon claims Messi has told Barcelona chiefs that he would like Alaba at the Nou Camp next season.
Alaba was asked about the rumours circulating about his future. He said: “For now there is nothing concrete.
“I know that in football everything can go very quickly. But, for now, I am focused on the national team and after that, pre-season in Munich. I feel very, very good in Munich and I still have things to do there.”
10:45: It seems only a matter of time before Chelsea appoint Maurizio Sarri as their next manager, according to the bookies.
Sarri is now as short as 1/6 from 1/2 with bookmaker Coral to be the next Chelsea manager, with many people now thinking it is a done deal.
“Sarri has been the leading candidate for a while now but this further gamble suggests that it seems a done deal and it looks like it won’t be long until betting is suspended,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
“Luis Enrique (6-1), Jardim (10-1) and Brendan Rogers (12-1) are the other names in the mix but all have seen very little support in the betting in what looks a one horse race.”
Chelsea Transfer News: Maurizio Sarri wants to splash £180m on new signings
Transfer News: Paul Pogba wants to rejoin Juventus and has told Mino Raiola
10:23: Barcelona have identified an alternative target for Antoine Griezmann, and it’s not good news for Tottenham.
The Catalan giants have a long-standing interest in Atletico Madrid superstar Griezmann, and will try to prize him away from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
Should they fail to sign the Frenchman, they have another target up their sleeve.
And according to Spanish website Sport, that man is Christian Eriksen.
The 26-year-old has been outstanding for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and his exploits haven’t gone unnoticed with Ernesto Valverde reportedly a big fan of the Danish playmaker.
Fred arrives in the UK
10:00: Fred has flown to England with Manchester United hoping to seal a deal to make him their first summer signing in the coming days.
Fred is with the Brazil squad as they train at Tottenham’s training facilities ahead of the World Cup, and Jose Mourinho wants to get a deal done before he leaves the UK next week.
Brazil will fly to the north-west on Friday, ready to face Croatia in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday, and that itinerary could fit perfectly into Mourinho’s plans.
The Manchester United boss wants to have Fred signed from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk and the addition of Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld both wrapped up before the World Cup kicks off.
United have agreed a fee of around £53m with Shakhtar Donetsk and are close to sorting personal terms.
Fred could then undergo a medical and complete the formalities of the deal before the week is up.
Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho looks to wrap up Fred deal
09:45: Liverpool will announce a second signing this week, according to journalist Matt Critchley.
The Reds announced they had struck a deal with Ligue 1 club Monaco that would see Brazilian midfielder Fabinho move to Liverpool on July 1.
But there could be a second arrival in the pipeline.
“Expect at least one more arrival at Liverpool this week after Fabinho’s move from Monaco was confirmed earlier tonight,” Critchley tweeted.
Fans have been quick to speculate who the mystery signing will be with Nabil Fekir, Alisson or Jan Oblak the three most prominent names.
‘I can see Willian at Man Utd’
09:30: Willian could join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, according to former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin.
The Brazilian playmaker is pushing to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remains at the helm, and Sky Sports claim Manchester United are interested in securing his signature.
Asked if Willian could join former colleague Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford, Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk: “I can see Willian as a Man United player under Mourinho.
“Although he is a tricky player, he can be direct and do the right things. If there is a rift and Antonio Conte stays, that’s the obvious place for him to go.”
Willian could join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, according to Pat Nevin
Nabil Fekir date
09:00: Nabil Fekir says he will not discuss leaving Lyon until after the World Cup.
Liverpool are thought to be keen to follow up Fabinho’s arrival on Merseyside by securing the services of Lyon captain Fekir.
Fekir provided an update on his future after scoring in France’s 2-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday night.
“If Fabinho will be my future team-mate? I will discuss about my future after the World Cup, not before,” said the 24-year-old. “If I will sign somewhere before the World Cup? Honestly, I don’t know.”
Paul Pogba future
08:45: Manchester United star Paul Pogba reportedly wants a return to Juventus.
Pogba has faced regular criticism for inconsistent performances since his £89million move to United from Juventus in 2016.
But things could be about to change.
Tuttosport via Tribal Football claim Pogba is ‘fed up’ of life at Old Trafford and has asked his agent, Mino Raiola, to help him return to Turin.
It’s thought Jose Mourinho would approve the sale if Juventus paid somewhere in the region of £96million.
Christian Pulisic already has 21 international caps, having scored nine goals for the US
Maurizio Sarri eyes £179m swoop
08:30: Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea to spend up to £179million on FOUR new players this summer.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim the 59-year-old, who is odds-on favourite to replace Antonio Conte, has made his transfer intentions clear.
Sarri is keen to sign three Napoli players from under new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s nose.
The main target is centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is available for £79m, right-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski from Napoli.
The pair are available for a combined £100m and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis would be unable to block either deal going through if Chelsea triggered their release clauses.
On top of the Napoli trio, Gazzetta report that a swap deal between Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain is also on the cards.
Transfer News: Man Utd are looking to sign Kylian Mbappe, reports claim
Kylian Mbappe to Man Utd
08:15: Jose Mourinho wants to launch an audacious swoop for Paris St-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, sensational reports claim.
The Portuguese tactician is looking to bolster his attacking options to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City.
And Spanish website Don Balon claim Mbappe, 19, has been identified as a priority signing.
They say that Mourinho wants a ‘glittering star’ through the door at Old Trafford this summer and plans to rival Real Madrid for his signature.
PSG signed Mbappe from Monaco on a season-loan loan and will have to pay a staggering £166million to complete a permanent deal over the next two years.
But Don Balon suggest that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules could see him leave the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe has already sparked doubts over his long-term future with PSG having admitted that he is unlikely to see out the entirety of his five-year contract.
“I have a five-year contract and I am happy here,” Mbappe said. “PSG have given me the opportunity to play and develop. Next year, I will be here, but all five years of my contract? I do not know. We will see – that is football.”
Three-way battle for Christian Pulisic
08:00: Chelsea have joined Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.
The American starlet has long attracted attention from Liverpool, who failed in an £11million bid to sign the teenager back in August 2016.
But his stock has since shot up considerably in the Bundesliga since then and he is rated at close to £50m, although the Reds retain an interest with Jurgen Klopp the man in charge when Pulisic signed for Dortmund.
The Daily Mail have suggested that the Blues have been in talks over Pulisic given Dortmund’s desire to make Michy Batshuayi’s loan spell permanent.
The Belgian striker scored nine goals in 14 games before an injury cut short his temporary spell at Westfalenstadion and Dortmund are keen to extend his stay.
That could play into Chelsea’s hands with the FA Cup winners set to lose Willian, a strong Manchester United target, this summer and Eden Hazard’s future still uncertain.