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Friday, May 31

  • Manchester United are ready to move for two players after signing Daniel James
  • Liverpool are set to offer Joel Matip and James Milner new contracts
  • Unai Emery has drawn up plans to prioritise signings in three positions
  • Liverpool have opened talks with Lille over forward Nicolas Pepe

14:30 UPDATE: The price is right

Manchester United have set their asking price for striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian forward, 26, has struggled at Old Trafford this season. His 12 goals in 32 Premier League appearances saw him drop behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order.

As a result, Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan have been linked with the Belgian international.

However, The Times claim Ed Woodward and Co want at least £80million for Lukaku, who they paid Everton £90million for.

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14:15 UPDATE: Sign Youri!

Jurgen Klopp should consider an approach for Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to Danny Murphy.

Tielemans enjoyed a superb loan spell under Brendan Rodgers at Leicester – netting three goals and providing five assists in 13 Premier League appearances.

And should James Milner leave the club as a free agent this summer – Murphy thinks the £40m-rated Belgian is the perfect replacement.

“The big clubs are always looking at what is next and where to improve,” former Liverpool midfielder Murphy told William Hill.

“Maybe they will let Milner go and one other. Then coming in, Tielemans has had a good season at Leicester, he can open a team up and I am sure Liverpool would love a player like that.”

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14:00 UPDATE: Gary Cahill’s Villa-bound

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill could soon be joining John Terry at Aston Villa.

That’s according to the Birmingham Mail, who claim Villa boss Dean Smith is considering an approach.

The Midlands outfit are looking to bolster their ranks having secured promotion to the Premier League.

And Cahill, who only featured in two Premier League games last season, will be available on a free transfer.

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13:45 UPDATE: Done deal: Roberto signs

West Ham have got their summer transfer business underway with the signing of Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto.

Roberto, 33, will arrive at the London Stadium on July 1 as a free transfer.

Roberto told West Ham’s official website: “I consider this step a big step in my career. I think everyone who follows football knows the importance of this Club, so I’m really excited.”

13:30 UPDATE: James Maddison to Arsenal?

Unai Emery has launched a surprising enquiry for Leicester star James Maddison.

Maddison only moved to the King Power Stadium from Norwich City back in the summer.

He had been linked with a move to Arsenal before that – as well as the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Daily Mail say, though, that the Gunners have been left reeling by Leicester’s response.

The Foxes are reportedly demanding a huge £60m to let Maddison go – despite only signing him for £20m this summer.

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13:15 UPDATE: Retired: Rob Green

Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Green has announced his retirement.

“The former England goalkeeper had been at Stamford Bridge for a year but did not make an appearance, although was in Baku for Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Green started his career at Norwich and played for West Ham, Leeds and QPR while he also made 12 appearances for England.

He said in a statement: “Following an incredible evening in Baku on Wednesday and after a 23 year career spanning three decades, I’ve decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.”

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13:00 UPDATE: McPake appointed

Dundee have confirmed the appointment of James McPake as their new manager, with experienced coach Jimmy Nicholl arriving as his assistant.

Former club captain McPake took over on a caretaker basis for the final game of the season after Jim McIntyre was sacked in the wake of their relegation.

The 34-year-old has now been charged with leading the Dens Park club back to the Ladbrokes Premiership after being given the job on a rolling contract.

12:45 UPDATE: Matthijs de Ligt has options

Matthijs de Ligt has confirmed has ‘several options’ on the table and says he will make a decision on his future soon.

The Ajax sensation is one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in world football and has been strongly linked with a summer move to Manchester United and Barcelona.

“I am very excited about what the nearest future may bring me,” he said. “But I am also calm, I see it as a challenge, that is the most important thing

“There are several options, what I do is to see which is the best option, it seems logical that one option is better than the other.”

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12:30 UPDATE: Bruno Fernandes deadline

Ed Woodward is hoping to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon by the end of the week, according to reports.

The midfielder hit over 30 goals for the Portuguese giants this season and, as a result, is expected to leave the club.

City have supposedly tabled an offer of £48million in order to land the 24-year-old.

That, despite Fernandes having a huge £89m release clause.

However, Sporting have rejected their bid and, though United are yet to make an offer, they are planning to go big.

A Bola say the Red Devils will gazump City with an offer in the region of £62m-£72m.

12:15 UPDATE: Neymar transfer latest

Neymar is reluctant to do two things despite wanting to leave PSG for Barcelona this summer, reports say.

Neymar does not want to apologise to the Barcelona fans, who were furious at his departure.

Many accused the Samba superstar of greed due to the huge wage that PSG were willing to offer.

But Neymar will not be saying sorry to fans of the Catalonian club.

Sport say the 27-year-old is also reluctant to admit he made a mistake in swapping Barcelona for PSG two years ago.

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12:00 UPDATE: Samuel Chukwueze repsonds

Samuel Chukwueze addressed rumours linking him with a move away from Villarreal.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been credited with interest in Chukwueze, 20, who netted 10 goals in 47 appearances last season.

But Chukwueze insists no ‘concrete’ talks have taken place and that he would only leave for regular first-team football.

“I am aware that there are several interested teams, but I am still a Villarreal player and there is nothing concrete,” Chukwueze told Marca.

“It’s good that I am linked to great clubs, because that shows that hard work has its reward. I do not want to rush to go to another club. But if I ever had to leave, I should make sure I go to a club where I’m going to play.”

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11:45 UPDATE: Joao Felix talks

Manchester United fans won’t be too pleased with this.

It’s being reported that Manchester City have opened talks with Benfica over the signing of Joao Felix.

Felix, 19, is considered one of the hottest properties in world football has a bumper £105million release clause.

But that doesn’t look to have deterred Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Sun claim City chief executive Ferran Soriano met with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira and agent Jorge Mendes yesterday to discuss the Portugal ace.

Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have been linked with Felix.

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11:30 UPDATE: Hirving Lozano hint

Hirving Lozano hinted he is ready to leave PSV in the summer, claiming ‘I want to play with the best’.

United are reported to be interested in the Mexican who is expected to move to one of Europe’s top five leagues.

He has also been linked with the likes of Napoli in Serie A and Spanish giants Barcelona.

And while United might be interested, they could face a big problem as he insists he wants to play in the Champions League and they failed to qualify after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

”I think I’m ready to take a step forward,” he said. “But it makes no sense to talk about things that could happen, my heart is with PSV and I’m not sure what will happen tomorrow.”

On the Champions League, he added: ”It’s the stage that I aspire to be on, it’s also necessary to become a better footballer.”

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11:15 UPDATE: Sadio Mane on Real Madrid rumours

Sadio Mane has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid and insists he is happy at Liverpool.

Mane has enjoyed a super season at Anfield netting 26 goals in all competitions including 22 in the Premier League as he took a share of the Golden Boot.

As a result, the Senegal forward has attracted interest from some of the world’s biggest clubs.

In an interview with The Mirror conducted by Reds legend Robbie Fowler, Mane was urged by the former striker to stick around at Anfield.

“I hope as well. There’s no place like it,” he replied.

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11:00 UPDATE: Sell ‘em all!

Ex-Gunner Charlie Nicholas has told Unai Emery to ring the changes after Wednesday’s humiliating Europa League final defeat.

“I don’t think any of the defenders I would keep,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Maitland-Niles I feel sorry for because he’s not defensive minded, he’s a more central midfield player, he’s a good athlete, but he’s not getting taught how to defend by these players who are on survival courses.

“Mustafi, Koscielny… Koscielny’s been in the deep end now for three years, I know there are injuries in there.”

10:45 UPDATE: Record fee wanted

Celtic have been warned they will have to fork out “significantly more” than the record fee they paid for Motherwell’s Phil O’Donnell 25 years ago if they want to land latest Fir Park talent David Turnbull.

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The Scottish Daily Mail reported on Friday morning that the the Hoops were plotting a £1.2million swoop for the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year.

But Well chief executive Alan Burrows insists any potential suitors for the 19-year-old will have to come up with a fee far in excess of the £1.75million they received in 1994 when O’Donnell made his Parkhead switch.

And PA understands the Steelmen will want at least double the sum that O’Donnell went for a quarter of a century ago.

Posting on Twitter, Burrows said: “Getting some questions re David Turnbull, given today’s newspaper report.

“I try not to reply to speculation (for obvious reasons), but to reiterate what I’ve already gone on public record as saying. We will only consider offers of significantly more than our record fee received.”

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10:30 UPDATE: Matthijs de Ligt pursuit

Ed Woodward is chasing a deal for Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt because of one person, it has been claimed.

Barcelona are also keen to sign the 19-year-old but United are willing to give De Ligt more money than their Catalan counterparts.

And The Sun say Woodward is chasing a transfer because of the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.

Raiola has given United a sniff at signing the teenager from under the noses of Barcelona and Juventus.

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10:15 UPDATE: Ronaldo to Man Utd? Pirlo speculates

Italy legend Pirlo has given his thoughts on what the future holds for Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar helped Juve become Serie A champions on his debut season but he’s being linked with an early departure – despite having three years left on his contract.

“I don’t know,” Pirlo said when asked if Ronaldo could head back to Old Trafford.

“He has two or three years on his contract with Juventus and after then it’s possible that he comes to the USA or to another country.”

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10:00 UPDATE: Andre Gomes latest

Everton can breathe a sigh of relief after learning Tottenham are no longer interested in signing Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.

According to Sky Sports, Spurs have ended their pursuit of the Barcelona star.

Gomes, 25, impressed during his season-long loan on Merseyside – forming an excellent partnership with Idrissa Gueye.

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09:45 UPDATE: Adrien Rabiot transfer

Manchester United are hoping to win the race to sign PSG star Adrien Rabiot.

The midfielder is out of contract this summer and will be available on a free transfer.

And according to French website Paris United, the Premier League big boys are chasing the 24-year-old.

They say Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham want Rabiot.

Paris United add that United see Rabiot as the ideal replacement for Ander Herrera, who will leave Old Trafford this summer – and possibly head to PSG.

However, Rabiot is keen to join Liverpool and is a fan of the club.

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09:30 UPDATE: James staying away

Colombian international James Rodriguez has NO intentions of joining a Premier League club.

The Real Madrid midfielder has just finished a two-year loan spell with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who have reportedly decided not to make the deal permanent.

He’s set to return to the Bernabeu where his future under Zinedine Zidane remains unclear.

The uncertainty has led to speculation that Premier League trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are interested.

However, Marca say Rodriguez isn’t interested in England leaving Napoli and Juventus the front-runners.

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09:15 UPDATE: Marko Grujic

Werder Bremen are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, reports claim.

Grujic, 23, arrived from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 but has managed just eight Premier League appearances under Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin but Bremen are eager to be his next loan destination, claim Bild.

However, the £16m-rated Serbia international wants to stay with Hertha for another season.

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09:00 UPDATE: Neymar La Liga return?

Neymar wants to leave PSG for Barcelona rather than Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Neymar has been backed to leave PSG this summer, with links to former club Barcelona and Real Madrid refusing to go away.

However, Catalan outlet Sport say that he would actually prefer to return to Barcelona rather than head to Real.

It is said that, while he has openly flirted with moves to Europe’s elite, Barcelona remain the team he wants to join the most.

Neymar regrets leaving for PSG two years ago, particularly in the wake of their failure to win the Champions League.

And Sport say that Barcelona are well aware of the Real Madrid target’s intentions to return.

08:45 UPDATE: Antoine Griezmann signed in March!

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann reportedly signed a contract with Barcelona in March!

Griezmann, 28, sent shockwaves through Europe when announcing his decision to leave the Wanda Metropolitano less than 12 months after signing a contract extension.

However, reports in Spain suggest Griezmann struck a deal with Barcelona months before his announcement.

Radio station Cadena SER claim to have access to documents that prove the Frenchman agreed personal terms with Barcelona two months ago.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly furious with the situation and will consider reporting their rivals to FIFA for an illegal approach as they did in 2017.

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08:30 UPDATE: Antonio Conte signs

Inter Milan handed the reigns to former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy coach Antonio Conte, giving him the job of attempting to revive a side who have not won a major trophy for eight years.

The fiery 49-year-old, famous for his dressing-room tirades, will replace Luciano Spalletti who parted company with the Chinese-owned club on Thursday, two years before the end of his contract, despite guiding them into next season’s Champions League.

“A new chapter in my life is beginning, I’m really excited,” Conte said in a statement on Inter’s website.

Inter have won 18 Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia seven times but have struggled since winning a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.

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08:15 UPDATE: Reece James bid

Manchester United are plotting a shock summer raid on Chelsea in a bid to sign right-back sensation Reece James, according to reports.

James is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the country and has caught the attention of a number of clubs after a stunning loan spell with Wigan in 2018-19.

Leicester are also said to be interested in the 19-year-old but The Sun claim United hold the edge as younger sister Lauren plays for United’s women’s team.

The report says Chelsea would be willing to listen to offers in the region of £15m and United are desperate for a new right-back.

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08:05 UPDATE: Philippe Coutinho preference

Philippe Coutinho would prefer to leave Barcelona for Chelsea rather than Manchester United, according to reports.

Mundo Deportivo claim United’s lack of Champions League football means the Brazilian is reluctant to move to Old Trafford.

Coutinho is said to be waiting to know if the Blues have their transfer ban overturned by The Arbitration of Sport.

If they are granted license to spend this summer, then Coutinho could move to Chelsea to replace Eden Hazard.

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08:00 UPDATE: Manchester United deadline

Manchester United are ready to move for two players after signing Daniel James.

Reports this week claimed Manchester United are closing in on Swansea’s James.

Personal terms are agreed and the deal should be confirmed next month.

And according to the Manchester Evening News, United are already planning their next signings.

They reckon United will chase Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

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07:45 UPDATE: Liverpool double deal

Liverpool are set to offer Joel Matip and James Milner new contracts.

That’s according to the Telegraph, who claim the pair will be rewarded after Saturday’s Champions League final against Tottenham.

The duo, 27 and 33 respectively, currently have one year left on their existing deals at Anfield.

The Reds reportedly view Milner as one of the fittest members of their squad, while Matip has formed a good relationship with centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

07:30 UPDATE: Arsenal key signings

Unai Emery has drawn up plans to prioritise signings in three positions, according to reports.

The Mirror report that the Spanish boss has huge plans this summer and wants to completely revitalise his first-team squad.

Three players who Emery could sell are Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he looks to free up added funds to bolster his side.

It is claimed offloading all of the trio would take as much as £50m off of the club’s wage bill, which would offer Emery added finances to target more signings.

With that money, Emery will look at bringing in a winger, a box-to-box midfielder and a commanding centre-back.

07:15 UPDATE: Liverpool talks underway

Liverpool have opened talks with Lille over forward Nicolas Pepe, journalist Duncan Castles claims.

Pepe netted 23 goals and provided a further 12 assists in all competitions last season to help Lille secure Champions League football.

“[Liverpool] have been, I’m told, in contact with Pepe’s agent to discuss a deal, discuss his interest in coming there, what it would cost to bring him there,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“Lille are aware of this and are waiting for a bid. As we told you on The Transfer Window a couple of weeks ago, Manchester United have enquired direct with Lille about what the transfer fee would be.”

Lille value their prized asset at £80million.



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