Arsenal have told Barcelona it will cost them €50million(£42.5m) if they want to sign Hector Bellerin this summer.The 22-year-old has firmly established himself as the first choice right-back at the star Conor Hourihane.The midfielder scored two goals for his side in the Carabao Cup against Crewe Alexandra.However, his Villa boss admits that it was only two weeks ago when Hourihane was furious at being dropped against Bournemouth.Speaking of hiEmirates and he The Spaniard is now a target for Barcelona, who brought the player through their youth ranks before he joined Arsenal in 2ran defender has been with City for over a decade, winning four Premier League titles in that time.He said: “Everybody thought that, me too. His last shot on target was in 2012 and we did not practise this in training. Nobody in the world can expect 011 as a 16-year-old.The La Liga giants need a new right-back and they have set their sights on bringing Bellerin back to the Nou Camp.However, if Barcelona want to sign the defender this summer, according to AS, it will cost them £42.5m.Arsenal are very reluctant to let one of their most promising players leave the club and hope the hefty asking price will make Barca look elsewhere.
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool have every chance of ending their long title drought this season.Under Rodgers, the Reds came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2013/14 but a late collapse meant theyhad to settle for second.They haven’t been able to challenge at the top for the past two seasons but that has changed this term, with Jurgen Klopp’s reig to parent club Real Madrid.AS says his bad relationship with Real coach Zinedine Zidane means he will opt against deciding to head back as Arsenal pursue a permanent transfer. Ceballos joined Arsenal on loan in the summer and has become a hit with nvigorated side leading the table after 11 games.And, with no European football to contend with, Rodgers is convinced his successor can go one better than he did and lead the Anfield clubto theirfirst titlesince 1990.The Northern Irishman, who left his post as Liverpool manager in October and is now in charge of Celtic, was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday.Asked if Liverpool can win the title ays talks over a new deal at United have not taken place and he would be free to speak to clubs outside of England from January. Young is United’s club captain and while he is versatile and can play down both wings, his route into the team is set to this season, he replied, “Yeah. I don’t think there is any question.“Jurgen has gone in and done great.“You have the time to prepare your team and it is an advantage [having no European football].“You think of all the others that have the European games. You have the time to prepare during the week, you can conserve energy in the right moments, and then you can go full in to your press and pressure [game].“What they have this year as well isthose guys like [Philippe] Coutinho and Jordan Henderson that are that bit more experienced now. They are three years on from their experience [of challenging for the title] and those guys were pivotal at that time for me.“They have made a terrific start, Anfield is a real, real difficult place to go when you get it goingand obviously away from home, with the pace and intensity, they can give teams problems.“It is obviously early but there is no doubt that Liverpool can go on and really affect it this year.”
Southampton manager Claude PuGodfrey has ended speculation over a potential move to Manchester United after a penning a new contract extension with the Canaries.The 21-year-old, who played a key role in their succesful Championship-winning campaign in 2018-19, had been linked wiel insisted he had made the right decision to rest four key players for the clash with Hapoel Be’er Sheva.He also praised his team for earning what appeared a valuable point following a goalless draw and explained his decision to substitute youngster Jake Hesketh in the 35th minute was because of his concern about the game’s physicality and not the player’s performance.The combination of the 0-0 stalemate and a 3-1 victory for Sparta Prague over Inter Milan leaves Southampton at the top of Group K and, like second-placed Hapoel, with a total of four points from two games.They next visit Inter before hosting them back at St Mary’s, but despite Southampton appearing to miss the rested Charlie Austin’s physical presence and the result ending a run of four successive victories, Puel said: “It was important to take some players to keep fresh for a game in two days (in the Premier League against Leicester).“Israel is very hard, it’s a long journey, a difficult opponent. All my players have done (well) because it’s not easy and it’s not a surprise to see (Hapoel) at this level.“It was a difficult game and I am happy to take this point. We played a good team, a physical team, a good team tactically.“It’s a good experience for the future. When we win away at West Ham (last Sunday) and you take one point with the difficulties here with all this travel, the journey, and we go to play now in two days against Leicester.“It’s very hard and difficult but my team learned. They gave a good answer in difficult conditions.”Hapoel’s movement and athleticism gave them the greater attacking threat, explaining how they succeeded in unexpectedly winning 2-0 at Inter two weeks ago and allowing them to dominate possession with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis and captain Jose Fonte also rested.The promising Hesketh had recently impressed with his performance and by scoring his first senior goal in the recent EFL Cup defeat to Crystal Palace, but after replacing him with Dusan Tadic in the first half League final thrashing by Chelsea.Xhaka has opened up on how gutted the players were, having suffered an embarrassing defeat by their Premier League rivals.“Him (manager Unai Emery), the players, nobody speaks in the dressing room,” said Xhaka.Whe, Puel insisted he was trying to protect the 20-year-old.“I prefer to change because it was difficult that we didn’t have the ball,” he said. “It was physical and I prefer to protect him and it was for me a tactical problem.“I have confidence with Jake. When I put him in to start: it’s a young player for the future but it’s important also to protect him and all the players.“It was difficult but we will see Jake in other games and other moments and it’s not a problem.”
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has reiterated his desire to keep defender Toby Alderweireld at St Mary’s beyond his loan spell but denied he has been offered a deal.The 25-year-old is on a season-long loan stint from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and has impressed with a series of strong performances for Koeman’s high-flying south coast outfit.And according to reportsled with a new offer for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.The Mirror says the Cherries have made a £12 million bid to land England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Stoke.But the Potters have rejected the offer as it falls well bele for Phil Jones.Moyes managed Jones for a year at Manchester United when he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson.The Englishman has seen his career stall at United, mostly due to his own injury problems.The Mirror suggests that Jones is available for roow their £20million , the Saints have offered Alderweireld a four-year contract to stay in England after his Atletico deal expires in the summer.However, Koeman has revealed he is not sure whether a contract offer is on the table for the versatile defender.Speaking ahead of his team’s FA Cup clash against Ipswich Town on Sunday, the Dutchman said: “Yes I know I spoke to Toby. I would like him to stay but I don’t know if the club have already made an offer for him.”
League One strugglers Oldham have sacked manager Stephen Robinson and replaced him with John Sheridan.The Latics are bottom of the table and without a win in their last 10 league matches.Sheridan, who was sacked by League Two Notts County at the start of January, has now been drated in for his third spell as manager.Oldham chairman Simon Corney said in a statement: “This is obviously a difficult decision. Stephen is a talented coach who we believed could make the transition into a successful manager.“Unfortunately things have not worked out for him or the club and we felt that a change needed to be made.“I’d like to thank Stephen for the hard90 countries and territories during the 2020 season, reports, /.North America’s top soccer league confirmed its broadest international distribution yet ahead of the start of the new campaign later this month, with all deals in place running through t work and commitment he has shown and wish him well for the future.“John is obviously someone we know well and we hope he can have an Tonali insists he’s in no rush to leave Brescia.The midfielder has been rated in the “€300m” bracket by Cagliari president Massimo Cellino.He laughed: “I love President Cellino very much and he rates me highly. He’s a great person and I hope to immediate effect on our current situation.”
Jurgen Klopp was close to vomiting after Bournemouth’s late leveller as Liverpool missed out on the chance to open up an eight-point gap between themselves and fifth place.The Reds fought back from conceding early at Anfield when Georginio Wijnaldum’s back-pass presented Benik Afobe with a gift, as goals from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi put the hosts on course to go well clear of Arsenal and Manchester United in the hunt for Champions League qualification.However, with Coutinho having come off after being sick at half-time, a Liverpool team that then reverted to a back three allowed Joshua King space to rifle in an 87th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw, with the home side’s defence having failed to clear following a long throw and a Harry Arter shot.“Usually you close the game in one moment, we didn’t, we left it open,” Klopp explained.“Then it’s a second ball after a set piece and that made me nearly vomit. That’s of course not nice. We have to take it. It’s my responsibility, all of this, and I have to be clear in this situations. I will find a solution for this.”The burden of blame could easily have been laid at Ragnar Klavan’s door after the Estonian allowed King to turn into a shooting position, though Klopp refrained from blaming him or any other Liverpool player.“When my son does something that is not right, probably I have a big part of the responsibas deleted Wayne Rooney from his social media accounts.Vardy has made the move as he stands by his wife Rebekah during her public falling out with Manchester United legend Rooney’s wife Coleen.Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking stories about her to thility,” he said.“I should have explained better. It’s a situation that’s not too different.“I will tell them that they had a part but there’s nothing else to say. I said it earlier in the seasoowyer has performed a U-turn and agreed to terms with Charlton Athletic.Bowyer and owner Roland Duchatelet held overnight talks and have reached agreement on a new one-year deal to keep him at the club.The amazing U-turn comes just hours after Duchatn: the bad things are my responsibility, the good things are the responsibility of the players. I think that is a fair deal because I have the age to get it.“With three points we would feel completely different but it would have been pretty much the same game. That’s how we have to see it.“It feels already different, it should be disappointing but tomorrow we have to take it like it is. It’s one point more than before. Not what you wanted, but it could have been worse.“We lost already games like this this season and we didn’t so maybe that is a positive.”
Everton boss Ronald Koeman’s proposed return to Barcelona has been thrown into doubt after it emerged that the Dutchman holds a release clause of £6.7m in his current contract.The former Barcelona midfielder, who won 10 major honours during his time at the Nou Camp, had been tipped to return this summer and succeed the outgoing Luis Enrique.And although Barca were originally keen on forcing through the deal, according to Sport, the release clause in Koeman’s current contract is just too high.Real Sociedad’s Eusebio Sancristan, RB Salzburg’s Ósca delighted to welcome Naby Keita back into the first team fold.Keita started in the Carabao Cup against MK Dons, a game that Liverpool won 2-0.It was a tough clash and the Reds had to do a lot of defending, but they escaped with a win to progress intr García Junyent, Jorge Sampaoli of Sevilla and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp are also in the frame for the role.The idea of appNewcastle United pair Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow have reportedly been snapped in a in a street fight.The — Lilian Chan (@bestgug) July 18, 2019ointing someone who has such an affiliation with the club was an immediate draw for Barcelona in tempting Koeman to return.However, these latest demands are set to quash any talk of the Dutchman leaving Goodison Park for Spain in the summer.
Manchester United boosted their chances of reaching the Europa League knockout stages after thrashing Feyenoord 4-0 at Old Trafford.Goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, a Brad Jones own goal and a late strike from Jesse Lingard, helped the Red ing wants to be involved against Watford in the Premier League.The 23-year-old is back in full training and wants to play in the game on Sunday.Holding has worked hard to gain fitness and has played for the Gunners’ under-23 side already.Per the EvenDevils overtake their Dutch opponents in second place.United travel to Zorya for their final group game, knowing a draw will be enough to take them through to the last 32 of the competition.Twelve years after starting his continental tally with a hat-trick on debut and five days after vowing he was “not finished yet” as an England international, Rooney moved beyond Ruud van Nistelrooy’s haul of 38, and one behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time tally of 249, with a cool first-half dink.It was then Rooney’s brilliant reverse pass that allowed Juan Mata to double the lead in the second half before an own goal from Brad Jones and a Jesse Lingard strike made it 4-0, ensuring United need just a point against Zorya Luhansk in two weeks to progress.There were other positives for Mourinho to take – not least Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s impressive outing on his first start in two months – but this was a night that belonged to Rooney.Fenerbahce’s victory over Zorya earlier had left Mourinho’s side with a simple equation – lose and they were out or secure four points in the final two games and they would advance.Mkhitaryan’s involvement, which had been promised by his boss, saw him largely occupying the left flank under Mourinho’s glare, and he looked keen to impress with several nice touches most obviously demonstrated with four first-time passes exchanged with Rooney which nearly produced a chance.Opportunities did fall to Paul Pogba, whose attempt was pushed over by Jones, and Michael Carrick when his measured effort from the edge of the box was diverted away by a combination of ex-Liverpool duo Jones and Dirk Kuyt.The latter had been afforded a reception typically reserved for those to have called Merseyside home, though he almost silenced the Old Trafford faithful with an effort Sergio Romero diverted past his post with a flick of his right foot after the Argentinian had also saved from Rick Karsdorp.Kuyt was operating in a central-midfield berth, one some have suggested may suit Rooney more, but he showed his value further forward with the opener.The 31-year-old instigated the move by breaking down the left and feeding Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside on a three-on-four break which evened up when Rooney’s marker Jens Toornstra lost his footing, allowing United’s captain to collect a return pass and deliciously lift the ball over the onrushing Jones.The desire to formulate the attack and the poise to round it off was reminiscent of Rooney’s earlier days in red, though back then the pacy teenager may have reached Pogba’s second-half chipped pass over the top which, on this occasion, bounced away into Jones’ arms.A side Mourinho had dubbed “the unlucky team in the Premier League” at the weekend seemed intent on wrapping up matters after the interval, with Mata’s own chipped effort from range brilliantly tipped over by Jones.The Spaniard turned the ball home minutes later but even the most fortunate club in the land would have seen the offside flag raised given how far Mata had strayed beyond the line.Of United’s attacking outlets it was Mkhitaryan, with his purposeful ruf four new minority owners of Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise Austin FC, reports, /.The team of local investors are led by technology entrepreneur Eddie Margain, and also includes Marius Haas, chief commercial officer at Dell Technologins and excellent close control, who was impressing the most and the Armenian fired into the side netting following a give-and-go with Ibrahimovic.Any fears United would fail to make their dominance count were dispelled with two goals inside six minutes.The first, in the 69th, came after Carrick won the ball back, Ibrahimovic flicked through to Rooney in the box and he displayed the vision to find Mata inside to leave him with a routine finish.It was Mata’s last act, though not United’s, and for once luck was on their side as Ibrahimovic’s pull-back from the byline was diverted into the net by Jones’ heel.Rooney and Mkhitaryan made way to gratuitous applause with the job done and further gloss was applied by one of their replacements as Lingard finished from the edge of the box in stoppage time.
Sunderland have announced the signing of goalkeeper Mika from Portuguese club Boavista.The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light and becomes the 10th signing under new boss David Moyes.Mika, whose full name is Michael Simoes Dominguez, is set to challenge Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone for the regular number one position.Pickford has been the only fit senior goalkeeper at the club since Mannone tore elbow ligaments last month, ruling him out until at least November.Mika has spent the last two seasons with Boavista and represented his country at under-made a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market j21 level.The deal has been ratified by FIFA denar Solskjaer suggests that he will play his best team against AC Milan in a friendly in August.United start pre-season training during the first week of July, but Solskjaer is expected to rotate players in the early friendlies.Many of his players haspite coming one week after the end of the transfer window, due to what is described as a “technical issue” on the selling club’s part.
Chelsea may not have been playing on Easter Monday, but fans of the west London club still had something to keep their eyes on.In the Championship, out-on-loan striker Tammy Abraham made his 38th league appearance for Bristol City – and netted a tricky finish to bag his 22ndgoal of the season.That goal return is remarkable, given that the 19-year-old is in just his first full season of professional football, and all throughout the campaign Chelsea supporters have been calling for him to return to Stamford Bridge next term.The Blues have a dreadful record with promoting academy players to the first-team, but many feel Abraham may be the first one to establish himself sinInter Milan loan signing Alexis Sanchez insists his statistics at Manchester United prove he was no flop.Alexis made the claim while with Chile’s squad today.“I would have liked to play more with [Romelu] Lukaku,” Sanchez said. “I think in the lice John Terry 19 years ago.In fact, fans now think Abraham is actually better than Diego Costa!The Spaniard hrs for Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic.Bartomeu needs to shift out players to help balance the books and is keen to sell both veterans due to an overloaded midfield.Mundo Deportivo says Barca coach Ernesto Valverde accepts the sales need to be made, evas been woefully out of form since rumours linking him with the Chinese Super League started, and his performances are negatively affecting Antonio Conte’s team.With Abraham excelling and Costa struggling, fans have taken to Twitter to share their views on the young striker – and they mostly focus on him replacing the wantaway Spanish forward.