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    MANCHESTER UNITED are demanding £20million for Chris Smalling this summer – with Roma still desperate to snap him up. The England defender, 30, returned to Old Trafford last week after his loan with the Serie A giants ended. 2 Man Utd are demanding £20m from Roma for Chris Smalling He had become a huge favourite at the club after an impressive season, and is interested in a permanent move. It is understood Smalling would like a return to Italy, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still a big fan of his. United are asking for £20m for the centre-back, and want a quick answer from Smalling on where he sees his future. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest...
    CHELSEA have reportedly made a £20million swoop to snap up Manchester City defender John Stones. The 26-year-old England star is likely to leave the Etihad this summer following the £41m arrival of ex-Blues player Nathan Ake. 1Chelsea are among the clubs interested in a move for John StonesCredit: AFP or Licensors Pep Guardiola moved quickly to land Bournemouth centre-back Ake, 25, after losing faith in Stones. According to the Mirror, interest in the former Everton man has sparked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard's interest. The report adds that Lamps feels he can resurrect Stones’ career and is prepared to sanction a £20m move. Chelsea struggled defensively in the Premier League despite securing a top four finish. But they are set to...
    MANCHESTER CITY have announced the signing of Nathan Ake. Pep Guardiola has forked out £41million to sign the defender from Bournemouth. We’re excited to announce the signing of @NathanAke from Bournemouth on a five-year deal ✍️???? #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/6tyYQ2OVwv— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2020 1Nathan Ake had also attracted interest from Manchester United and ChelseaCredit: PA:Press Association MORE TO FOLLOW... Most read in FootballPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar's ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfieTOP OF TH£ FLOP$Most expensive flop XI in history as £505k-a-week Sanchez nears Utd exitGossipLONG-RANGE EFFORTMan Utd & Rangers to battle it out for Man City starlet Charlie McNeillLive BlogUTD LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: Follow all the latest Red Devils updates...
    CHELSEA are reportedly set for a defensive exodus with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri the first out to make way for Ben Chilwell. The Blues' defensive problems have been well documented this season, with a new left-back and at least one centre-back an absolute necessity to buy this summer. 2Marcos Alonso will reportedly be turfed out to make room for a new left-back The FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal exposed Chelsea's porous defence and lack of leaders. And according to The Telegraph, Frank Lampard is now looking to axe some of his current defenders to make space for new reinforcements. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues news Marcos Alonso and Emerson have both struggled to hit...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are rumoured to be rivalling Real Madrid to the signature of 6ft 4in Monaco ace Benoit Badiashile.  The teen sensation, dubbed “the next Raphael Varane” is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in European football.  3Manchester United are reported to be rivalling Real Madrid and Bayern Leverkusen for the signature of AS Monaco centre-back Benoit BadiashileCredit: Getty The Red Devils’ neighbours Manchester City are among the sides who are believed to have monitored the 19-year-old centre-back’s performances. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news However, the Premier League runners-up have since bid £41million for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake.  United officials are believed to have commenced talks with Monaco over the prospect of bringing...
    NAPOLI president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to selling in-demand centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The defender has attracted attention from a host of major clubs, but they have all been told he is not for sale in the past. 1Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened the door to selling in-demand centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly But now, it appears Napoli are resigned to losing Koulibaly as long as their price tag is met. They value him at £80million, a fee they have so far not been offered by anyone. De Laurentiis told Sky Italia: "Kalidou is a great person, I would be terribly sad to lose him.  "But there is a time for everything, even to move apart.  "But...
    CHELSEA have a massive summer ahead as they plan to close the gap on Liverpool and Man City at the top of the Premier League. Frank Lampard led the Blues to a top four finish and the Champions League in an excellent first season in charge. 12Frank Lampard had a great first season at Chelsea - but the pressure will be ramped up next termCredit: Reuters Lampard, who may yet make the FA Cup the first trophy of his managerial career, had minimal expectations this season. Chelsea managers of yesteryear were sacked over failing to win league titles or impress in the Champions League. On the other hand, the transfer ban and loss of Eden Hazard meant Lampard's first season...
    BRIGHTON have signed Ajax defender Joel Veltman for an undisclosed fee. The Dutch international, 28, has joined the club on a three-year contract and becomes Albion’s second signing of the summer following Monday’s capture of Adam Lallana. 1Brighton have signed Ajax defender Joel Veltman for an undisclosed fee. Boss Graham Potter said: “We’re delighted to welcome Joel to the club. "He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League and, of course, with the Dutch national team. “He’s an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at centre half, but he’s also comfortable in possession.  “He is really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League and we’re delighted he is...
    ATLETICO MADRID defensive midfielder Thomas Partey is reportedly open to joining Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to bring him to the Emirates. The 27-year-old is understood to be the Gunners' No1 target this summer as the North Londoners look to assemble a squad capable of challenging for a top four spot next season. 2Arsenal are keen to bring Thomas Partey to the Emirates this summerCredit: Getty Images - Getty And the Ghanaian international is delaying signing a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, and Arsenal are said to be waiting to find out whether he plans to leave Spain before making a formal offer. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news Arsenal are believed to have limited funds...
    A TWO-year-old girl was dragged into a store cupboard and sexually abused in a play centre while her mum’s back was turned. Emergency services were called to the play centre in Penrith, Sydney, about 12.20pm on Sunday after the toddler was found injured. 2Cops are currently investigating after the girl was found injured in a store cupboard (stock image)Credit: Getty Images - Getty The youngster was said to have been found by a member of the public after her mum had been frantically searching for her for some time. The girl was taken to a children’s hospital where she was examined. Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said the girl’s injuries were “sufficient enough for us to be concerned”, according to 9...
    A MUM is warning other parents to be vigilant after two women tried to "kidnap" her three-year-old daughter at a popular shopping centre. Athena was walking around Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford, Staffordshire, with one of her children in a pushchair and the other holding on to the side of the pram. 2Athena said two women tried snatching her daughterCredit: Getty Images - Getty The distressed mum said she noticed two men were following her and soon after that two women grabbed her girl by hand and tried to walk off with her. Athena was quick in pulling her daughter back before the two women and the men ran off, StokeonTrent Live reports. The mum said she has alerted police...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes. The Daily Record claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new centre-back this summer. 1Man Utd are in the running for Lille centre-back Gabriel MagalhaesCredit: Getty - Contributor And he has apparently identified Gabriel as the man to partner Harry Maguire next season. The 22-year-old Brazilian had a fine campaign with Lille as they finished second in Ligue 1. LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool scores on final day and win £100   And it’s believed Gabriel is available for a bargain £22.5million. However, United are sure to face a battle to sign the defender. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the...
    DEJAN LOVREN’S six-year stint at Liverpool looks to be over with the defender on the verge of joining Zenit St Petersburg for £10.9million. The 31-year-old is departing Anfield as a Premier League winner having made 15 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. 1Dejan Lovren is set to leave Liverpool and join ZenitCredit: PA:Press Association Now after talks over the past fortnight, his transfer to the Russian giant’s is imminent, says The Times. Zenit initially thought the veteran had entered the final 12 months of his contract and could purchase him at a knockdown price. But Liverpool triggered their option to extend the Croatian’s deal by a further year, allowing them to retain his market value. Zenit appear to have...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have announced that academy defender Ben Hockenhull has joined Championship club Brentford. The 18-year-old has joined the Bees reserve side on a two-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. 2Manchester United academy defender Ben Hockenhull has joined BrentfordCredit: Getty Images 2The young centre-back has been at Old Trafford since he was nineCredit: Getty Images Hockenhull has been at United since he was nine years old and featured 22 times for the Under-18s side over the last years. The Red Devils had extended his contract to December after the Academy season was ended early due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. And United have now helped Hockenhull secure the move to promotion-chasers Brentford following interest from a...
    ERIC DIER has extended his Tottenham contract until 2024. The club announced the news with a video on Twitter, which shows a smartly dressed Dier ink a new deal. 1Eric Dier has extended his Tottenham contract until 2024 ✍️ 2️⃣ 0️⃣ 2️⃣ 4️⃣ ✍️ pic.twitter.com/MMtvrVdjW6— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 21, 2020 Dier was coming into the final year of his contract, but wanted to hash out fresh terms having forged a working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was also keen on England international staying, having become an important figure in the Portuguese's plans moving forward. Dier was reverted from holding midfield into defence and has emerged as a crucial part of Spurs' squad. Since the Premier League...
    ANDY CARROLL has offered to play centre-back for Newcastle when they face Brighton tomorrow. The ex-Liverpool and West Ham striker has shaken off a hamstring injury to be fit for the clash at the Amex. 2Andy Carroll has offered to play centre-back for Newcastle amid an injury crisis at centre-back But with the Magpies suffering an injury crisis in the centre of defence, Carroll has put his name forward to cover at the back. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: "He's okay. He could play. "Andy reminded me he has played centre-half before! "It was a long, long time ago. I think he started as a left-back. "So Andy looks okay for Monday." Newcastle will be without centre-backs Fabian Schar, Jamaal...
    VIRGIL VAN DIJK “turned into the most Arsenal centre-back ever” after he gifted the Gunners a goal. The Dutchman is the second most-expensive defender on the planet and is widely-regarded as the best after helping Liverpool claim their first title in 30 years. 3Virgil van Dijk produced a calamitous error for Liverpool against ArsenalCredit: Sky Sports 3His poor passback was cutout and converted into an equaliser by Alexandre LacazetteCredit: Sky Sports But the 29-year-old former Celtic and Southampton ace showed everyone he is human at the Emirates on Wednesday. Sadio Mane had given the champions the lead in North London as Jurgen Klopp’s boys looked on course for another three points. That was until Van Dijk dropped his huge clanger...
    MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be interested in signing a trio of new players this summer. It's claimed that the Red Devils will go after a winger, striker and centre-back... and United fans should be salivating at the prospect. 6How United could line-up next season if Ole is granted his transfer wishes With the likes of Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raul Jimenez all having been linked, United could look like real title contenders next season. But with existing stars Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, to name just a few, looking the part already - how could Solskjaer fit all of his star names into the team? Let's take a look. AN IMPROVING...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has informed Manchester United chief Ed Woodward that he'd like a new winger, centre-back and striker, according to reports. The Norwegian has overseen a superb Old Trafford resurgence in 2020, with the Red Devils currently unbeaten in 16 matches. 4Solskjaer has outlined his targets for next seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty But the ambitious Solskjaer, 47, doesn't want to stop there. According to The Telegraph, he has informed Woodward of his plans for the summer - with the likes of Jadon Sancho remaining on the agenda. The pursuit had appeared to go cold, with Borussia Dortmund still holding out for £90million for the English starlet. But he remains United's No1 target this summer, and they will work...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has played down talks of a summer move for Nathan Ake. The Manchester United boss had a quick chat with the defender after the 5-2 win over Bournemouth. 1Fans went wild when Solskjaer was spotted chatting to Ake after the gameCredit: Reuters Fans were convinced that Solskjaer told Ake that there was a space for him at the club. United supporters claimed the manager had said: "We need a left-footed centre-back, keep going." But Solskjaer has dismissed rumours that he will make a move for the Dutchman this summer. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news The manager was quizzed about his remarks to Ake during Wednesday's press conference. He said: "I've...
    ARSENAL will have to battle Everton and West Ham for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez. The 23-year-old has fuelled speculation he is set to depart this summer by snubbing yet another offer. 2Athletic Bilbao's Unai Nunez is wanted by Arsenal this summerCredit: Getty AS claims he has “declined to renew” due to making only 12 starts in La Liga this term. And now the Gunners and Hammers are leading the chase for his services. The Premier League duo are also joined by the Toffees, who are also weighing up whether to fork out the £27million release fee that is inserted into Nunez’s current deal. However, it looks far from certain that the centre-back will be arriving in England. 1-2-FREE Simply...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has revealed that Victor Lindelof is a doubt to face Aston Villa on Thursday in what is a huge blow for the club. The Manchester United centre-back was replaced at half-time during the 5-2 win against Bournemouth due to a back injury. 1Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is a doubt for Thursday's clash against Aston VillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Lindelof has been a key player for the Red Devils - starting 30 out of 33 Premier League games. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news He has formed a solid partnership with Harry Maguire at the back as he has silenced his critics with his performances. But Solskjaer has confirmed that the Swedish...
    RB LEIPZIG have hinted that defender Dayot Upamecano could follow Timo Werner out the door to the Premier League. The German side have already sold prolific striker Werner to Chelsea for £53million and could be set to offload another star with the West London club and rivals Arsenal interested. 2Dayot Upamecano could quit RB Leipzig for the Premier League French ace Upamecano's current deal expires in 2021 but he is able to leave if a club meets his £54m release clause. However, it appears the 21-year-old could sign an extension before moving on in the future. Former team-mate Werner did just that after he put pen to paper on a deal last summer before being snapped up...
    CHEEKY Manchester United fans were left excited after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a post-game chat with Nathan Ake on Saturday. After the Red Devils smashed Bournemouth 5-2 at Old Trafford, the TV cameras picked up on the Norwegian saying something in Ake's ear. 1Solskjaer had a few words with Ake - and fans are picking over exactly what he saidCredit: Reuters It prompted some fans to believe that Solskjaer had told the defender that there was a space for him at the club. United supporters online pondered whether the boss had said: "We need a left-footed centre-back, keep going." Others disagreed, pointing out that Solskjaer in fact consoled the Dutchman by remarking: "You need a bit of luck from your...
    HE’S changed the minds of many, and Chelsea MUST pursue a Declan Rice swap deal When I say that West Ham star Rice has changed the minds of many, I tend to include myself here. 5West Ham star Declan Rice is the answer to Chelsea's defensive woesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Although I have maintained that Rice is a top player, I have always pushed the agenda that Chelsea didn’t need to sign him because they have Ethan Ampadu. Now though, for two reasons, I am firmly in the ‘Rice in’ camp. £1 FREE BET Try your luck this weekend with a free bet on Ladbrokes First of all, Ampadu has hardly played this season. The 19-year old has been...
    CHELSEA look set to move for Declan Rice but it could pave the way for Kurt Zouma's Stamford Bridge exit. The Blues are leaning their attention on signing a defender in the next window, with manager Frank Lampard frustrated at defensive errors leading to conceded goals this season. 2Chelsea look set to move for West Ham's Declan Rice 2Kurt Zouma is likely to leave if Chelsea sign a defender CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues news SunSport revealed Rice - who was released by Chelsea as a 14-year-old - has emerged as a priority signing. And Lampard will look to shift him back into defence having spent most of his senior West Ham career as...
    BRITS may have to wait three years for international travel to return to normal, a top holiday boss has warned. Even then things may never be the same again and travellers could be forced to undergo coronavirus testing before and after flights. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4A woman has her body temperature tested at at Paris-Orly AirportCredit: Reuters 4The Flight Centre boss said it could take three years for the travel industry to get back to normal Flight Centre chief executive Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner said that just how fast the industry bounces back depends on government policy. He told ABC radio: “It's really up to the government on this sort of thing,...
    CHELSEA want Declan Rice to lead their defence next season – and are growing confident they will wrap up a deal to sign the West Ham star this summer. Frank Lampard is desperate for someone to come into the heart of his back line and help drive a challenge for the Premier League title next season. 1 Declan RIce could rejoin Chelsea to play in the heart of defence CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues news Hammers star Rice is the man he wants, with Lampard keen to shift him from the holding midfield position he currently plays in back to his natural home in the centre of defence. Chelsea have sounded out their London rivals over a...
    CHELSEA have already signed two attacking players for the next season and are linked with a host more. But surprisingly, they are yet to be solidly linked to bringing in a new centre-back. 6 Will Frank Lampard continue his spending spree in defence?Credit: AFP or llicensors AFP or Licensors Yes, Frank Lampard does have four decent options to choose from in Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori. But none of these are stand-out defenders. None of them take control and command the 18-yard box. None of them lead from the back. And those are the elements missing for Chelsea. Of course, you can operate on a 'score more goals than your opponent' motto, but as Sir Alex...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool target Kalidou Koulibaly looks set to join Manchester City. That’s according to Duncan Castles, who claims the Napoli star is close to a £70million Etihad switch. 2 Kalidou Koulibaly is expecting to join Man City for £70m this summerCredit: Getty - Contributor Koulibaly, 29, is regarded as one of the top centre-backs in world football. And it’s no secret that City have struggled with that position this season after seeing Vincent Kompany leave last summer. Aymeric Laporte was injured for most of the season, forcing midfielder Fernandinho to fill in on multiple occasions. And it’s now reckoned Pep Guardiola is ready to sign a new defender after losing his Premier League crown to Liverpool. Koulibaly had...
    MANCHESTER CITY are leading the race to sign Kalidou Koulibaly - with Liverpool prioritising other areas of their squad this summer. Napoli chiefs have told boss Gennaro Gattuso the in-demand Senegal star will be sold in the upcoming transfer window. 2 Koulibaly can see himself at Man City next season, according to Duncan Castles Manchester United have been long-term admirers, with Liverpool recent favourites to sign him. But now Man City lead the race after the Reds shifted their transfer focus, according to Duncan Castles. Speaking to Ian McGarry, Castles said: "Gattuso has been told Koulibaly WILL be sold this summer. "Koulibaly himself is open to that and is ready for a change of environment. "He's keen to move to...
    BENFICA star Ruben Dias has reportedly been scouted by Manchester City as Pep Guardiola priorities signing a centre-back at the end of the season. This could mean bad news for John Stones, with the potential arrival of the Portuguese defender to only further fuel speculation that his future lies outside of the Etihad. 1 John Stones' future at Manchester City is in doubt with reports claiming Ruben Dias is a target for the Citizens Arsenal have been linked with a switch for the England international with Mikel Arteta claimed to be keen on reuniting with the the player. As well as the Gunners, Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in Stones should their proposed takeover go ahead. According...
    CHELSEA were thankful for the finesse of Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud on Sunday afternoon as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park. The Blues were all over Villa for the majority of the match but ended up finding themselves 1-0 at half time. 3 Chelsea need a new centre-back as the likes of Andreas Christensen don't quite cut itCredit: EPA As is the situation for Chelsea on many occasions so far this season, Villa scored a scrappy goal that could and should have been avoided. Chelsea lack that dominant 18-yard box defender - a leader type similar the legend that is John Terry. They really need a player to stand up, command, and eat up anything that comes...