Romelu Lukau’s Agent Confirms He Wants to Leave Manchester United This Summer

​Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has confirmed to Inter that he wants to leave Old Trafford ahead of the 2019/20 season.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Lukaku’s short-term future in the north-west as Manchester United prepare to undergo a major summer makeover, with the Belgium international admitting over and over again that he would be interested in moving to Italy.

The 26-year-old quickly caught the attention of Inter, and following talks with the Nerazzurri’s decision-makers on Tuesday, Lukaku’s agent confirmed that the forward was looking to leave Manchester United this summer.

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Lukaku is a dream and is not easy to realize it…but yes, Inter are trying to get Rom,” agent Federico Pastorello said, quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“Romelu has expressed his wishes [to leave Manchester United].”

It’s been widely speculated that Lukaku will replace Inter’s Mauro Icardi at San Siro next season, although so far the Italian giants have struggled to find suitors for the Argentina international.

Although the former Chelsea and Everton striker is still widely regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe, it became clear throughout the second half of the season that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was putting his eggs in other baskets.

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were preferred to Lukaku since Solskjaer took over around Christmas, while youngster Mason Greenwood has also been fast-tracked into the first-team over the last few months.

It’s previously been claimed that Lukaku could fetch Manchester United upwards of £70m to spend on their targets this summer, including Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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Inter Kit 2019/20: I Nerazzurri Send Fans into Meltdown After Unveiling Stunning New Away Jersey

Inter have released their new away kit ahead of the 2019/20 season, and in doing so have sent football fans everywhere into meltdown.

​Pre-season isn’t the most inspiring of times for lovers of the beautiful game with most weeks spent cursing the summer break and counting down the days until the start of the season, so one hobby people seem to take up is the judgement of a club’s new shirts, for better or worse.

The minute an above or below average strip is unveiled, us football fans jump on it like hawks and luckily for Italian giants ​Inter, they look to have brought to light an absolute beauty.


It is rare that following a kit release people are so one sided. A lot of the time you have some fans in the ‘love it’ camp and some in the ‘hate it’ but social media seems to have brought a landslide of positivity towards the Black and Blues. 

A minty fresh solid colour similar to the goalkeeper one worn by Julio Cesar during the historic treble season of 2009/10 is complimented by black block writing and gold trim. The black and gold trim is said to refer to the ‘elegance and grandeur of the city of Milan’ and what is better than a stunning kit? A stunning kit with a back story.


Senior Design Director of Nike Football Apparel, Pete Hoppins said (via ​InterOfficial): “I think this is a really fresh away look for ​Inter for 2019-20. It’s great to be able to do that while also tapping into so much Milanese tradition.

Compliments have not stopped flooding in for the impressive strip with one Twitter user calling it ‘perfection’ and another going as far as saying it is ‘the best kit I have seen for anyone in years’. 

Former midfielder Lothar Matthaus even seemed happy, albeit with the subtle reaction of a single emoji via the official Instagram channel.


The ​Serie A fixtures still have not been released so it is yet to be seen when this kit will be first seen in competitive action but regardless of when, it is sure to be one of the most impressive around Europe during the 2019/20 season. Have you ever seen a nicer full strip than this?

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Arsenal to Pursue Ivan Perisic & Franck Kessie in Serie A Raid if Players Can Be Sold to Raise Funds

​Arsenal will look to complete deals for Torino’s Armando Izzo, Inter’s Ivan Perisic and Milan’s Franck Kessie if they can sell enough players to afford the deals.

The Gunners are thought to be operating with just a ​£45m transfer budget this summer, but that still hasn’t stopped them from being linked to a number of high-profile signings.

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Now, according to ​Calciomercato, ​Arsenal are keen to pursue deals for the ​Serie A trio, as Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad to try and compete for a top-four finish next season.

The only problem with this is the cost of each deal. Each player could cost the majority of Arsenal’s budget alone, whilst there are a number of other signings who are also thought to be set to take up most of Arsenal’s funds.

Kieran Tierney could cost £25m, whilst ​Crystal Palace talisman ​Wilfried Zaha could cost more than £45m alone, meaning the Gunners will need to sell numerous players to be able to fund such deals.

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Allowing Lucas Torreira to leave for ​AC Milan could be the best thing for Arsenal. His sale would raise some money, whilst it would also pave the way for Kessie to leave the Rossoneri and head to the Emirates Stadium.

​Mesut Ozil is also thought to be nearing the exit door at the club, with Unai Emery thought to be desperate to cut ties with the midfielder, who takes home around £350,000-a-week at the Emirates.

There was even talk that Emery could look to ​buy Ozil out of his contract for around £24m as he is so desperate to get the German off the books at the club, although their hectic transfer plans suggest that they would prefer to spend the money elsewhere.

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Finally, the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka have all been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer, and the Gunners will be looking to recover as much money as possible, with so many transfer targets in their sights.

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European Giants Offer Star Player in Shock Romelu Lukaku Swap Deal

​Manchester United will sensationally be offered Inter striker Mauro Icardi in exchange for Romelu Lukaku, according to one report.

26-year-old Lukaku has been tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer after a difficult 2018/19 campaign often saw him confined to the substitutes bench, with Marcus Rashford instead being given a starting role up front.

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Recent speculation has seen the Belgian linked with a move to Serie A, with Inter thought to be keen on bringing the powerful forward to Italy.

Now, the ​Express claim Inter will offer star striker Mauro Icardi as bait in order to snap up Lukaku – after months of friction between the Argentine striker and the Nerazzurri hierarchy.

​United are rumoured to be keen on bringing Icardi to Old Trafford, and why wouldn’t they be? Icardi, also 26, has scored 111 league goals in 188 Serie A appearances for Inter, forging a reputation as one of the most clinical finishers in world football.


But off the field controversies have marred his time at the club, though the Express’ report suggests the Red Devils aren’t fazed by his recent antics – and are willing to strike a deal this summer.

Common sense would suggest a deal of this magnitude is highly unlikely, even though Icardi’s time in the fashion capital of the world does appear to be coming to an end following the appointment of Antonio Conte – ​if recent reports are to be believed.

An exit for Lukaku, without the inclusion of Icardi, seems to be far more plausible at this stage, but United’s unpredictable transfer strategy under Ed Woodward does suggest that anything is possible.

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The Red Devils, meanwhile, are ​closing in on the signing of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while rumours continue of a bidding war with neighbourhood rivals Manchester City for Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire.

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Nicolas Pepe: Inter Submit £80m Bid for Supposed Liverpool & Man Utd Target

​Inter have lodged a bid of £80m for Lille star Nicolas Pepe, as they look to beat both Liverpool and Manchester United to the 24-year-old’s signature.

Pepe propelled himself to stardom after an incredible season in Ligue 1, with a number of European giants thought to be keen on securing a deal for the winger.


According to ​L’Equipe, ​Inter are looking to win the race for Pepe with a bid of around £80m, although ​TF1 state that the bid is actually closer to the £67m mark.

Regardless of the value of the bid, Lille are yet to accept any proposals for Pepe, which could give ​Liverpool a chance to make their own proposal. Jurgen Klopp is said to have a ‘special liking’ for Pepe, although they are yet to submit a formal bid.

Liverpool are expected to involve themselves in negotiations, whilst ​La Voix du Nord also add that ​United are eager to make their own offer as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans to build an ‘ambitious’ squad for next season.

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​Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also named as potential suitors, with the latter expected to step up their interest if ​Neymar seals a return to ​Barcelona.

Last season, Pepe racked up 22 goals and 11 assists in 38 Ligue 1 appearances, firing Lille to second in the league table. He finished behind just ​Kylian Mbappe in the scoring charts, establishing himself as one of Europe’s most exciting forwards.

Liverpool may see Pepe as a perfect option to compete with ​Mohamed Salah, ​Roberto Firmino and ​Sadio Mane in attack, which perhaps could lead Klopp to return to a 4-2-3-1 formation to incorporate all four. However, most credible reports still maintain that the Reds are unlikely to spend big this window, with Pepe only on the list of long-term targets rather than immediate ones. 

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United could, however, opt to make Pepe the figurehead of their squad overhaul, with the likes of ​Alexis Sanchez and ​Anthony Martial strongly linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer.

The Red Devils are in need of big names to help transform their fortunes, and there are few players who generated more excitement last season than Pepe.

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San Siro to Be Demolished as Inter and Milan Agree to Build New State-of-the-Art Venue

​The iconic San Siro Stadium, home of Italian giants Milan and Inter, appears to be nearing demolition after both clubs agreed to construct a new £630m venue in its place.

Built in 1925, the colossal arena has hosted four European Cup finals, as well as six matches during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. 

However, the building has been in decline for much of the modern era, with the Nerazzurri favouring a renovation up until recently, while their neighbours have long pushed for a new ground to be erected.

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The two ​Serie A sides will submit design plans to authorities in Milan as they look to get the joint-project underway, with the new stadium expected to be completed for the start of the 2022/23 campaign.

​Gazzetta dello Sport write that, although they were initially hesitant about the idea, the ​Inter board have been convinced by their counterparts that the construction of a state-of-the-art venue is in both parties’ best interests.

To minimise the effects of visual pollution on nearby neighbourhoods, it will be set below street level, with redevelopment also due to take place on areas surrounding the stadium.

The location will be just to the side of San Siro – where both teams will continue to play until the project is finished – and the proposed capacity is 60,000.

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Inter decided against renovation upon realising that it would entail having a reduced capacity for home matches, which would prove troublesome given the pair have the two highest attendance averages in Italy.

Alongside ​Milan, Inter will now seek planning permission from the local government. If the project is greenlit, work is due to begin by the end of the upcoming season.

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Inter Close to Signing Sassuolo’s Stefano Sensi Despite Interest From Milan

​​Inter are closing in on the signing of Sassuolo midfielder Stefano Sensi on a season long loan, after the Italian was believed to be close to a move to local rivals ​Milan.

According to journalist ​Fabrizio Romano, 18-year-old striker Edoardo Vergani will leave the Nerazzurri as part of a deal to tempt the club to part with Sensi, while the Italian giants will also have the option to sign him for a fee of around €22m next summer.​​

Milan had been favourites to sign Sensi after holding an interest since January and having talks with Sassuolo this summer. They were willing to offer a two-year-loan with an obligation to buy for €15m at the end of the term.

However, Inter made a significantly bigger bid for the central midfielder, which included a player and a larger financial package.

Sensi’s agent held talks with Inter on Friday, and said: “We talked to them, now we will see what happens in the next few hours. There are good feelings on my part.”

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The 23-year-old has made 68 appearances for Sassuolo since signing for the club from Cesena, with last season being his breakout campaign – scoring two goals and making four assists in 30 games.

He represented Italy at Under-17 and Under-20 level, and has two caps for the senior national team after making his debut in November 2018. He also scored his first goal in a 6-0 victory against Liechtenstein.

Sensi was scouted by a number of Serie A teams last season, but Antonio Conte is now set to make him his first signing as manager of Inter. He will now shift his focus to completing the deals of Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Barella.

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Transfer Rumours: Alonso to Stay at Chelsea, Romagnoli to Barcelona, Wilson to West Ham & More

Club football is gone for the summer, and the focus is now solely on the transfer window.

The basic recipe for a transfer story is to take literally any player in the world and link them to either Real Madrid or Manchester United, but (believe it or not) other teams occasionally involve themselves in the transfer market too.

Here are nine stories for you to keep an eye on.


Forgotten Newcastle Winger Rolando Aarons Tipped to Make Greece Move

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Cast your mind back to 2014. A young Rolando Aarons looked destined for the top after shining for ​Newcastle United in pre-season and the early weeks of the 2014/15 ​Premier League season. Then he went down with a hamstring injury, and it was game over. Yikes.

Now 23, Aarons has not been seen at St James’ Park since 2017, and his days at the club look to be numbered. ​SDNA claim that Greek sides Panathinaikos and AEK are both ready to offer him a lifeline (if you can even call it that), but the move could collapse as a result of Newcastle’s ludicrous demands.

The Magpies want 50% of his wages to be paid if he heads out on loan, with a mandatory purchase clause of around £6m. Yes, £6m for a player who hasn’t turned out for the club in around 18 months, and barely managed to impress on loan in the Czech Republic last season. This may be a business, but that’s a step too far.


Spurs Identify Alternative to Ryan Sessegnon as Inter Join Race for Fulham Star

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​Tottenham Hotspur look to have finally remembered that you are actually allowed to sign players, but reports suggest they could be in for a frustrating summer.

The first player on their radar is ​Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon but, according to ​Tuttosport, ​Inter are desperate to lure the 19-year-old away from England, so Spurs have been forced to look elsewhere.

​Fotomac add that Spurs are pushing to sign Fenerbahce wonderkid Eljif Elmas, and have already lodged a bid of €19m plus forgotten forward ​Vincent Janssen. Surely Spurs can’t go another window without a transfer?


Martin Odegaard Spotted Heading to Germany Ahead of Move Away From Real Madrid

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Poor Martin Odegaard. He really was a victim of the hysteria when he joined ​Real Madrid as a 15-year-old, and things have not worked out at all. Many fans have labelled him as a flop, and his tumultuous time in Madrid looks to be coming to an end, with a move to Bayer Leverkusen thought to be on the cards.

Norwegian outlet ​TV2 fuelled talk of such a move as they claimed to see Odegaard and his representatives board a flight to Dusseldorf, suggesting he could make the short drive to Bayer’s headquarters to negotiate a move.

Whether it will be a permanent switch or just a loan remains to be seen, but it seems like all signs point to the ​Bundesliga for Odegaard.


Juventus to Land Sassuolo Star Merih Demiral in €15m Deal 

Six months ago, Merih Demiral was an unknown centre-back playing in Turkey. Now, he is set to become a vital part of ​Juventus’ squad, after impressing in a brief spell with Sassuolo. Talk about an astronomical rise.

​Football Italia state that Demiral underwent a medical with the ​Serie A giants on Wednesday, after they agreed a €15m fee to sign the highly rated 21-year-old.

The report adds that Demiral turned down offers from plenty of European giants, and he is set to be rewarded with a regular place in Juventus’ team.


West Ham Look to Callum Wilson After Maxi Gomez Deal Collapses

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You’ve got to respect ​West Ham United’s determination. They have been chasing strikers for what feels like an eternity but, despite setback after setback, they show no signs of giving up.

Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez, who has been pursued by the Hammers for months, has been tipped to move to Valencia instead, ​which has forced West Ham to look elsewhere. The next man in their sights is ​Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson who, according to ​The Sun, is now Manuel Pellegrini’s top priority this summer.

West Ham are ready to offer up to £35m for Wilson, who was one of the Premier League’s top scorers last season. Bournemouth won’t want to lose him, but money talks.


PSG Ready €30m Bid for Sandro Tonali as They Look to Replicate Marco Verratti Success

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Ah, Sandro Tonali. Otherwise known as ‘The Best Player You’ve Never Seen Play’, the 19-year-old is surely nearing his first taste of top-flight action, and it may be Paris Saint-Germain who can offer him that this summer.

​L’Equipe state that sporting director Leonardo is infatuated by Tonali,​ having spent plenty of time monitoring the midfielder whilst working for ​AC Milan. PSG are thought to be lining up a €30m bid, and history shows that they would not be scared to use him.

Back in 2012, they fought off competition from across Europe for a young Pescara midfielder by the name of Marco Verratti, who has since gone on to win 21 trophies in Paris. If Tonali can manage half of that, PSG will have struck gold.


Atletico Unwilling to Meet Chelsea’s Demands Over Marcos Alonso

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​First ​Chelsea reject ​Atletico Madrid’s bid for ​Willian, and now it looks like they have scared off Los Rojiblancos once more. Look away, Chelsea fans.

According to ​COPE, Chelsea demanded €40m for ​Marcos Alonso, prompting Atletico to instantly end negotiations. The left-back is thought to be keen on the move, but not enough to actually force an exit from Stamford Bridge.

With this deal seemingly dead in the water, Blues fans have plenty of time to prepare themselves for the Alonso-Willian partnership on the left wing next season. Don’t let rival fans see you crying.


AC Milan Reject €40m Barcelona Bid for Alessio Romagnoli

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Some transfer sagas go on for far too long (just look at Matthijs de Ligt – make up your mind already). However, ​Barcelona’s pursuit of AC Milan star Alessio Romagnoli doesn’t look to be heading in that direction.

According to Tuttosport (via ​Calciomercato), the Blaugrana came in with a €40m bid, but Milan simply told them to stop wasting their time. The message was simple: Romagnoli is not for sale.

Romagnoli doesn’t want to leave either, so there doesn’t look to be much chance of this one going through. Case closed.

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Marko Arnautovic Keen on Inter Return as Antonio Conte Continues Hunt for New Striker

​Inter are reported to be considering a move for West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic, as reports in Italy suggest the Austrian is keen on returning for a second spell at the club. 

Arnautovic has been frequently linked with a move away from the club over the last 12 months, with reports of Inter’s interest coming after he was close to a switch to China in January, while Manchester United were believed to have an offer on the table last summer. 

It seems like it’s just a matter of time before he does eventually seal a big-money move away, and after scoring 11 goals in 30 appearances in what was an injury-hit 2018/19 season, ​Gianluca Di Marzio reports that it could come via the ​Serie A side.

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The claim is that Arnautovic has made no secret of his ‘love’ for ​Inter, with whom he spent the 2009/10 season on loan from FC Twente, managing just three appearances due to injury, and the club, as a result, see him as an option to fill the striking vacancy that will likely be opened up by Mauro Icardi. 

A move could come about for a fee in the region of €25m, according to the Italian outlet, which seems a long way from the €50m that was touted for him in January. 

He is not ​Inter’s primary target, however, as the report mentions a strong interest in AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko, while reports linking Romelu Lukaku with a switch to the Nerrazzuri suggest he is ​nearing a move.

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Both players seem a cut above Arnautovic in terms of profile and ability, in truth, but if neither ultimately proves a viable option, then the 30-year-old could realistically be considered as a plan C.

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Transfer Rumours: Marquinhos to Juventus, Diop’s West Ham Future, Everton Eye Up Llorente & More

It’s rumours time, so everybody strap in tight.

Thursday’s edition of the rumour mill sees another English full back linked with a move across Europe, Juventus eye a deal for a defender who isn’t Matthijs de Ligt and a Championship striker looking to make the step up to the Premier League.

Without further ado, let’s get started.


Inter & Atletico In for Ryan Bertrand

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Why are top European teams suddenly so interested in English full backs this summer? First Kieran Trippier was bizarrely touted with a move away from north London – which is never going to happen – and it now appears that ​Ryan Bertrand is the next name on the list.

According to the ​Daily Mail, ​Inter and ​Atletico are in the market for a new left back and are both lining up bids for ​Southampton’s Bertrand, with the Saints willing to cash in on the 29-year-old in order to promote Matt Targett to first choice.

Southampton will be looking to secure around £15m for the sale, although Inter and Atletico are both confident that they can land the former Champions League winner (yeah, remember that?) for less than £10m. 


Bradley Dack Keen to Make Step Up This Summer

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Bradley Dack has been making a name for himself in the lower leagues over the past few seasons and, in his debut Championship campaign, the attacking midfielder registered a very impressive 15 goals and seven assists.

It comes as no surprise to learn that the ​Blackburn man is now on the radar of a host of clubs, including recently promoted outfits ​Sheffield United and ​Aston Villa, as well as ​Brighton. ​The Daily Mail are reporting that Dack is keen to make the step up to the Premier League and is calling for Blackburn to allow him to discuss terms with other clubs.

The 25-year-old’s current deal lasts until 2021 but, despite his impressive performances, Blackburn are yet to offer him improved terms. They may want to reconsider that quickly.


Real Sociedad Await Offer From Everton for Diego Llorente

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​Everton earned a reputation for being generally pretty rubbish when it came to making transfers after a few botched moves a few years ago, so it was rather refreshing to see them actually pull off a few decent signings last summer – even if they couldn’t make much progress in the Premier League standings.

They are unsurprisingly on the prowl for a host of new recruits again and, as reported by Spanish outlet ​Noticias de Gipuzkoa, they have Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente firmly in their sights.

The La Liga outfit have accepted the fact that the 25-year-old will be heading for the exit door imminently and are even willing to let him go for around €30m – although they are still waiting on Everton to make an official approach.


Juventus Set Their Sights on Marquinhos

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​Juventus want to sign Matthijs de Ligt. No surprises there then, considering the fact that EVERYONE wants to sign Matthijs de Ligt. 

But I Bianconeri understand that trying to land the world’s most sought-after player is a tricky proposition and are instead keeping a close eye on Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos as a viable alternative to the Dutchman.

Le10sport (via ​Sport) are reporting that Juventus have made a €55m bid for the Brazilian, who is currently on international duty at the Copa America, but that approach is likely to be rejected by the French champions, who would rather move on his compatriot Thiago Silva this summer. 


Jurgen Klopp Gives ‘Green Light’ for Liverpool to Loan Out Kamil Grabara

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Alisson has arguably been one of the most influential signings in recent history for ​Liverpool, but spare a thought for the succession of keepers who are currently behind him in the pecking order at Anfield, fully aware that replacing him is a near impossible task.

One such keeper is Kamil Grabara, who spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Danish club Aarhus in a bid for regular senior minutes. According to ​Football Insider sources, Jurgen Klopp has given his approval to send the youngster out on loan again next season.

Klopp still views the Polish keeper as a potential first team player in the future, but experience is required before he can truly challenge for the number one jersey – as unlikely as that may seem.


Issa Diop’s Representatives Set for Talks With West Ham

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In a surprise twist, Issa Diop recently became the 1,456th player to have been linked with a move to ​Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils apparently offering in excess of £45m to ​West Ham to secure a deal.

Sky Sports reporter ​Kaveh Solhekol is now reporting that Diop’s representatives will sit down for ‘talks’ with West Ham next week – though there is no clear indication over what those talks will focus on.

Diop is said to be happy at West Ham despite the recent interest from United, but the Hammers have tested the waters by enquiring over the availability of Scott McTominay which suggests that he could be used as a part of a potential deal for Diop. When United are involved, who knows what might happen.


Dwight Gayle Edges Closer to Newcastle Exit While Christian Atsu Intends to Stay Put

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​Newcastle’s takeover plans may have stalled in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean that a host of players’ futures aren’t still on the line this summer.

Dwight Gayle, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, seems destined to leave the club on a permanent deal, and the Sun (via ​HITC) say ​Stoke have expressed a genuine interest in snapping him up. Meanwhile, Christian Atsu has reiterated his desire to remain at the club, 

The winger was recently quoted saying via ​Ghanaweb: “I’m very happy at Newcastle, I’m happy with fans, especially the manager Rafa Benitez and the entire staff. I would love to stay there for many years but it will depend on me and my performance. I have to do my job.” 

As clear a statement as you’re likely to hear.


Caglar Soyuncu In Line for Return to Turkey

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Caglar Soyuncu’s debut season with ​Leicester couldn’t have really gone a lot worse. He cost the club £19m, was only able to make eight appearances and managed to look dodgy in all of them. Far from ideal.

It now appears that his brief Leicester nightmare could be set to come to an end as ​Ajansspor claim Galatasaray have set their sights on signing the central defender this summer.

It’s unclear whether the Turkish outfit would be looking to sign the 23-year-old on a permanent deal, but what is clear is that he is unlikely to find a way into the Leicester starting XI anytime soon – especially if they hold on to Harry Maguire this summer.


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