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Liverpool reluctant to pay big for Haaland (Football Insider)

Reds lagging behind in striker race

Liverpool are, according to Football Insider, reluctant to pay the going rate for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

That stance has the Reds lagging behind the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for one of the most sought-after talents in world football.

Newcastle want contract extension for Schar

Newcastle want to see Fabian Schar extend his contract with the club ahead of this summer’s European Championship, reports The Northern Echo.

The Swiss defender is due to become a free agent at the end of the season, but has a 12-month clause in his deal that can be triggered if all parties agree.

Villa lead £40m race for Abraham

Aston Villa are leading the race for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, claims Football Insider.

The Villans are said to have out aside £40 million ($55m) that will be spent on bringing a former loan star back onto their books.

Sancho asking price dropped to €100m (ESPN)

Man Utd & Liverpool learn of fee for top target

Borussia Dortmund have, according to ESPN, dropped their asking price for Jadon Sancho to €100 million (£87m/$120m).

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the England international, while Liverpool are also said to be keen on the 21-year-old winger.

Jadon Sancho Dortmund 2020-21
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Fresh terms for Wirtz

Tottenham set to bid for Aarons

Tottenham are set to launch a summer bid for Norwich right-back Max Aarons – according to Football Insider.

The Canaries are willing to sell the 21-year-old for £30 million ($42m) when the transfer window reopens.

Aarons has also been linked with Everton, but Spurs are determined to win the race for his signature.

Let Ramos’ career end at Real – Hierro

Fernando Hierro has urged Real Madrid to work out a new deal for Sergio Ramos, who he believes deserves the chance to end his career in the Spanish capital.

Ramos’ place in Madrid’s history as long been assured, with the Spaniard having played a key role in one of the club’s most successful periods, but he is now approaching the final few weeks of his contract.

Real have yet to reach an agreement with Ramos over an extension, and Hierro has urged his old club to step up negotiations so he remains at Santiago Bernabeu for years to come.

‘Let Ramos’ career end at Real’ – Hierro urges Madrid to work out new deal for captain

The Blancos legend wants to see the veteran defender see out his playing days at Santiago Bernabeu

Fernando Hierro has urged Real Madrid to work out a new deal for Sergio Ramos, who he believes deserves the chance to end his career in the Spanish capital.

Ramos’ place in Madrid’s history as long been assured, with the Spaniard having played a key role in one of the club’s most successful periods, but he is now approaching the final few weeks of his contract.

Real have yet to reach an agreement with Ramos over an extension, and Hierro has urged his old club to step up negotiations so he remains at Santiago Bernabeu for years to come.

What’s been said?

“I would like him to continue. For all that he is and what he represents. Let his sports career end here,” the former Madrid defender told Goal of Ramos.

Hierro went on to express his belief that Ramos is the most important player in La Liga, before also backing him to shine for Spain at Euro 2020.

“As a Madrid player and as captain of the national team he contributes a lot,” he added. “He has a leadership quality that is very necessary in any team.

“This is a very special year for him. He is a boy who transmits a lot and all good. He is exemplary, and he is going to be a very important player in the next European Championship.”

Madrid’s stance on Ramos

Madrid president Florentino Perez addressed the ongoing speculation surrounding Ramos’ future last month, admitting that a final decision has yet to be made amid the financial uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

“I love Sergio Ramos, but we are in a very bad financial situation at Real Madrid. Nobody puts money into this club,” he said. “Will he leave the club? I didn’t say that. Many things can happen. We will think about it at the end of the season.”

How has Ramos performed for Madrid in 2020-21?

Ramos has struggled with injuries throughout the current campaign and has been unable to make his usual contribution to the club’s cause, featuring in just 20 games across all competitions.

The 34-year-old’s spell on the sidelines was extended after a positive coronavirus test in April, but he is in line to return when Madrid face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Marseille plotting summer swoop for Almada

Marseille are plotting a summer swoop for Velez Sarsfield midfielder Thiago Almada – according to Calcio Mercato.

The French outfit are hoping to arrange a €20 million (£17m/$24m) deal for the 20-year-old, who has also been linked with Inter.

Almada has featured in 74 games across all competitions for Velez to date, scoring 17 goals and recording seven assists.

Boca look to Martinez as Cavani alternative

Boca Juniors have turned their attention to Club America frontman Roger Martinez as an alternative to Edinson Cavani – according to TyC Sport via ESPN.

The Argentine club are resigned to missing out on Cavani, who is expected to sign a one-year extension at Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Martinez is next on Boca’s list, but Club America are likely to demand around $10 million for a striker who has hit 23 goals in 99 games for the Mexican outfit.

Lukaku hopes to continue at Inter after winning Serie A

Romelu Lukaku says he hopes to continue at Inter after becoming a Serie A winner, and has described the 2020-21 campaign as the best season of his career so far.

Inter were crowned champions of Italy on Sunday after Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo, with Antonio Conte delivering the club’s first title since 2009-10.

Lukaku has had a huge role to play in the Nerazzurri’s success with his prolific form in the final third, and has expressed his desire to keep fighting for trophies at San Siro for the foreseeable future ahead of the summer transfer window.

‘This was the best season of my career’ – Lukaku hopes to continue at Inter after becoming Serie A winner

The Belgian frontman says he is “truly proud” to represent the Nerazzurri after helping them land their first league title since 2009-10

Romelu Lukaku says he hopes to continue at Inter after becoming a Serie A winner, and has described the 2020-21 campaign as the best season of his career so far.

Inter were crowned champions of Italy on Sunday after Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo, with Antonio Conte delivering the club’s first title since 2009-10.

Lukaku has had a huge role to play in the Nerazzurri’s success with his prolific form in the final third, and has expressed his desire to keep fighting for trophies at San Siro for the foreseeable future ahead of the summer transfer window.

What’s been said?

The Inter striker, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League, told Sky Italia: “Last year was good too, but this was the best of my career.

“It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.”

Lukaku added: “I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the President and everyone.

“It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter. I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans.

“For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them.”

Lukaku’s record at Inter this season

Lukaku has already racked up 41 appearances across all competitions for Inter this term, scoring 27 goals.

21 of those efforts have come in Serie A, a number which is only bettered by Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, while he has also provided nine assists for his team-mates.

The bigger picture

Chelsea and Manchester City are both reportedly weighing up summer moves for Lukaku, who is now entering the prime years of his career at 27.

However, the Belgium international still has three years left to run on his contract at San Siro, and has put his ill-fated spell at Manchester United between 2017 and 2019 behind him to rediscover his best form in Italy.

Lukaku has insisted that he is happy in his current surroundings and unless Inter receive an astronomical bid when the market reopens, the experienced frontman will likely stay put for at least one more season.

Valencia sack head coach Javi Gracia

Watford make contact with Young

Watford have opened talks with Ashley Young regarding a return to Vicarage Road, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The former Manchester United star is currently with Serie A title winners Inter, but a homecoming at the club that launched his career has been mooted for the 35-year-old.

Ashley Young Inter 2019-20
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Burnley ready for Ramsdale raid

Burnley will, according to The Sun, look to lure Aaron Ramsdale away from Sheffield United if Nick Pope leaves Turf Moor.

The England U21 international has suffered relegation with the Blades, but could be offered an immediate return to the Premier League for 2021-22.

Rice back on Man Utd’s radar

Hammers star touted for Old Trafford switch

Declan Rice is interesting Manchester United once again, claims Express Sport.

The West Ham midfielder has seen a move to Old Trafford mooted for some time, with the Red Devils now ready to use Jesse Lingard as a makeweight in a bid to get a deal over the line.

Leeds make midfielder a top priority

Leeds United are making the addition of another defensive midfielder a top priority for the summer window, claims Football Insider.

The Whites have struggled when Kalvin Phillips has been unavailable this season, with suitable cover for the England international now being sought.

Spurs in talks to sign Corinthians teenager Varanda

Tottenham are in talks to sign Corinthians teenager Rodrigo Varanda – according to The Sun.

Spurs are hoping to wrap up a £9 million summer deal for the 18-year-old after making initial contact with his current employers.

Varanda’s representatives are already trying to get the attacker’s travel documents ready for the move, but Corinthians want to extend his contract in order to increase his value.

Atletico target Hysaj

Atletico Madrid have identified Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj as a transfer target – according to Calcio Mercato.

Diego Simeone is a keen admirer of the 27-year-old, who is set to drop into the free agency pool at the end of June.

Atletico could table a contract offer for Hysaj as they look for cut-price options in the market amid the coronavirus crisis.

Nice still keen on Lingard

Nice are still keen on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard – as Calcio Mercato reports.

The French club wanted to sign the England international on loan in January, but he signed a short-term deal at West Ham instead.

Nice are set to rekindle their interest in the summer, having seen Lingard rediscover his best form at the London Stadium.

Jesse Lingard West Ham 2021
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Man Utd interested in Lens defender Medina

Lens defender Facundo Medina is the subject of interest from Manchester United – as Calcio Mercato reports.

The Red Devils are weighing up a summer move for the 21-year-old, whose current contract is due to run until 2024.

Medina has appeared in 22 Ligue 1 games for Lens so far this term, scoring twice.

England likeliest Lewandowski destination (SportBild)

If Bayern Munich sell their star striker this summer, it would be to a Premier League club

Robert Lewandowski’s next destination might be in England, as SportBild claims the striker’s agent will apply pressure on Bayern Munich to either put together a lucrative contract extension or sell him to a team that can afford his wages, likely in the Premier League.

The 32-year-old remains one of the deadliest goalscorers in the world, netting 36 goals in the Bundesliga in just 26 appearances this campaign while also carrying a heavy workload in the Champions League.

Lewandowski’s current Bayern contract runs until 2023.

Lukaku not planning to leave Inter

Romelu Lukaku does not plan to leave Inter Milan this summer after the club’s Serie A title victory, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The striker told Sky Sport on Sunday that “he’s really proud to be an Inter player” – and Romano said the Belgium international will stick around for next season amid reported interest from clubs outside Italy.

Ajer watched by Newcastle

Newcastle are tracking Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, according to the Daily Record.

Ajer was watched by Newcastle scouts as the Hoops were beaten 4-1 by Rangers in Sunday’s Old Firm match.

Moyes rules West Ham out of Abraham race

West Ham boss David Moyes said Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham would be too expensive for the club to purchase at his reported price tag of £40 million (€46m/$55m).

“It would rule us out completely. We will be ruled out,” said Moyes via Sky Sports. “So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.

“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no. Is that sort of figure our total spend? It may well be. But you never know here.”

Abraham is said to be a top target of several Premier League clubs after falling out of favour with the Blues, but the field of interested teams might narrow if Chelsea refuse to budge from their asking price.

Mason delays Bale future talk

Ryan Mason said he didn’t want to discuss Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham, saying the club would revisit the on-loan winger’s status after the campaign.

Bale led Spurs with a hat-trick on Sunday against Sheffield United.

Mason delays Bale future talk after ‘world-class’ hat-trick vs Sheffield United

The on-loan Spurs winger delivered his best scoring performance in the Premier League since 2012 in a win over Sheffield United

Interim Tottenham manager Ryan Mason refused to speculate on whether the club would keep Gareth Bale beyond 2020-21, telling reporters the subject “is a discussion for once the season is done”.

His comments came after Bale put three past Sheffield United on Sunday in a 4-0 win for Spurs – the first time the winger has netted a hat-trick in the Premier League since 2012.

Bale has alternated between being a core part of Tottenham’s attack and a fringe player while on loan from Real Madrid this year, but Mason claimed the Wales player “hasn’t and won’t lose that [world class] ability in the final third”.

What has been said?

“I said all along Gareth Bale hasn’t and won’t lose that ability in the final third to produce moments of excellence,” Mason told Sky Sports. “He’s a world-class player – he’s proved that over many years. The most pleasing thing about him tonight was his attitude, his running for the team. You feel confident he’ll take the chances.

“I think that [whether Bale could stay] is a discussion once the season is done. Our priority is the next game.”

Mason added to BBC Sport:  “When you score a hat-trick and in crucial moments you’ll get the headlines. He’s world-class, we know that. Everyone who has watched football over the past 10 years knows what he can do. His finishing was outstanding.”

Bale, meanwhile, praised Spurs’ response to a Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City last weekend.

“We had to bounce back [from the Carabao Cup defeat] in a positive way and we did that tonight,” he said to BBC.

“[Not having a Premier League hat-trick since 2012] seems worse than it is because I’ve been away for a while.

“It’s always nice to get a hat-trick but we take each game as it comes and a positive response from the weekend is all we can do. It’s nice to get three goals but the team comes first. We need all the points we can get now so we’ll keep fighting to the end.”

Still in the hunt for fourth

Tottenham are not quite out of the race for Champions League qualification, moving up to fifth place on Sunday, where they sit five points behind Chelsea and seven behind Leicester City.

There are just four matches remaining in their season, but they do get to play Leicester on May 23 as they try to pull off an improbable turnaround under Mason.

Sporting CP want to sign ‘the Neymar of Bissau’

Sporting CP want to sign Vando Felix, who has been ‘the Neymar of Bissau’.

Record believes that the Lisbon club face competition from Sporting Braga for the 18-year-old Leixoes attacker.

Alaba to match Ramos’ wages

Real Madrid will pay David Alaba the same €12 million-per-year (£10.5m/$14.5m) wage they give to Sergio Ramos, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Alaba’s switch to Madrid has not been officially confirmed, but it is an open secret that this is his destination.

Ramos’ future, though, looks far less clear.

David Alaba Bayern 2020-21
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Van de Saar confirms Man Utd contact

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van de Saar has said the club has tried to get him to return in a backroom role.

“Manchester United? It’s always nice to read positive things about you,” he told ESPN.

“Everyone is ambitious in life. Did they contact me? Yes, a few years ago already.”

Batlles tipped for Montpellier job

Laurent Batlles has been tipped to take over from outgoing Montpellier coach Michel Der Zakarian.

Foot Mercato believes that the Troyes head coach is high on the Ligue 1 side’s shortlist.

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