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Mo Salah, Liverpool UCL 2020-21

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Bruce informs Arsenal of Willock transfer plan and rules out Newcastle exit for Saint-Maximin

The Magpies boss, who is also waiting on discussions regarding his own future, is hoping for a productive summer at St James’ Park

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says a permanent deal for Joe Willock will be discussed this summer, while suitors of Allan Saint-Maximin have been warned that the winger is not for sale.

The Magpies are in a position where they can start planning for next season after hitting form at the right time and dragging themselves clear of the relegation zone.

Willock, who has hit five goals through 11 appearances during a productive loan spell at St James’ Park, is among those to have sparked a resurgence and Bruce is eager to see the 21-year-old midfielder remain on Tyneside.

Asked about Newcastle’s plans for Arsenal-owned Willock, Bruce told talkSPORT: “All of us would love to [make it permanent].

“He’s 21, a midfield player and he’s got five goals since the turn of the year, so of course we want him – but we have to respect that he’s Arsenal’s player.

“I’m sure Arsenal will have big discussions this summer, but if there’s a possibility that we can bring him back we’d love to do it.”

What about Saint-Maximin?


While Newcastle are eager to see Willock move through arrivals this summer, efforts are being made to ensure that key men do not head for the departure lounge.

French winger Saint-Maximin is attracting plenty of interest, with his direct running and quick feet earning plenty of praise, but the 24-year-old is considered to be a key part of long-term planning at St James’ Park.

Bruce added on a prized asset: “I said when we signed him he was going to be someone who gets you off the edge of your seat and how often do you feel like that about an individual player?

“He has wonderful natural ability and it wouldn’t surprise me if other teams are looking because his ability is there for everybody to see.

“He is right. Nobody wants Newcastle to be in a relegation fight.

“He is a very gifted individual and young, of course. The last thing we want to be doing is selling our better players that is for sure.”

Will Bruce be staying put?

Bruce is hoping to work with Willock and Saint-Maximin in 2021-22, but questions have been asked of his ongoing presence in the Newcastle dugout.

He has a contract through to the end of next season, but discussions will be held this summer about whether he remains the right man to guide the Magpies forward.

The 60-year-old said of his own future: “It is for others to decide.

“Most clubs will have big discussions and review the season. I am a football person and it is still too early to retire yet. But those conversations will happen over the next couple of weeks, I am sure.”

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says a permanent deal for Joe Willock will be discussed this summer, while suitors of Allan Saint-Maximin have been warned that the winger is not for sale.

Bruce has told talkSPORT of an on-loan midfielder: “I’m sure Arsenal will have big discussions this summer, but if there’s a possibility that we can bring him back we’d love to do it.”

Joe Willock

Leeds made aware of Lang’s asking price

Leeds will need to stump up around €25 million (£22m/$30m) if they want to lure Noa Lang away from Club Brugge, claims GVA.

The 21-year-old winger is currently on loan in Belgium, but that deal will be made permanent and another big-money bid would be required in order to take him elsewhere.

Departure from Arsenal

New arrival at West Ham

Barca in talks with Aguero & Depay

Barcelona are, according to Fabrizio Romano, is talks with representatives of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay.

The Manchester City and Lyon forwards will become free agents in the summer, with those at Camp Nou putting groundwork in place before definitive recruitment calls are made.

Marseille looking into Guendouzi deal

Marseille are, according to L’Equipe, looking into a deal for Matteo Guendouzi.

The French midfielder, who has spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Hertha Berlin, is out of favour at Arsenal and expected to be on the move this summer.

Cavani signs Man Utd extension (Fabrizio Romano)

Red Devils tie Uruguayan striker down to fresh terms

Dembele yet to say yes to Barca extension offer

Ousmane Dembele has not yet said yes to Barcelona’s offer of a contract extension – according to RMC Sport.

The Blaugrana want the Frenchman to commit to fresh terms at Camp Nou beyond 2022, but may be forced to cash in on the winger this summer if he continues to stall on a renewal.

Dembele has appeared in 41 games across all competitions for Barca so far this term, scoring ten goals.

Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona 2020-21

New deal for Liverpool youngster

Martinez ‘open to all directions’ when he leaves Bayern

The Spaniard says he will hold off on making a final decision regarding his future until the summer

Javi Martinez has insisted that he will be “open to all directions” after his Bayern Munich departure at the end of the season.

Martinez will officially leave Allianz Arena when his contract expires in June, having spent the last nine years of his career with the German champions.

The 32-year-old has won all the top honours in the game during his time with Bayern, but has yet to decide on his next move, with his focus currently locked on wrapping up the 2020-21 campaign in strong fashion.

What’s been said?

“I’m open to all directions and am looking for the best option for myself,” Martinez told Kicker of his future plans. “I don’t know yet, I will make this decision at home in Ayegui this summer.

“First I will concentrate on the last two games and my farewell.”

Asked how long he wants to continue playing at the highest level, the Spaniard added: “My legs decide. One year, three, 10? Take a look. But I also want to be physically well after my career is over.”

Martinez’s career at Bayern

Martinez became the most expensive signing in Bayern’s history when he joined from Athletic Club for €40 million (£35m/$49m) back in 2012.

The World Cup winner has since racked up 266 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga giants, while also contributing 14 goals and 11 assists.

Martinez has picked up 22 trophies in total with Bayern, including nine league titles and two Champions League crowns.

Who else is leaving Bayern this summer?

Martinez is not the only influential figure set to walk through the Allianz Arena exits this summer, with Bayern having also decided against handing veteran defender Jerome Boateng a contract extension.

David Alaba will also be departing as he seeks to undertake a new challenge away from Germany, while head coach Hansi Flick is due to be replaced by RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann.

Romagnoli eager to stay at Milan

Alessio Romagnoli is eager to stay at Milan beyond the end of the season – as Calcio Mercato reports.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from San Siro after falling down the squad pecking order, but he wants to remain in the Italian capital and fight for his place.

Romagnoli’s current contract expires in 2022, and Milan are happy to keep the club captain for the time being.

Santo touted for Aston Villa job

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been touted for the top job at Aston Villa – according to Football Insider.

The Portuguese tactician’s agent Jorge Mendes is trying to sort out a move away from Molinuex after a turbulent 2020-21 campaign.

Dean Smith’s position at Villa is not completely secure, and the owners could draft Santo in as his replacement this summer.

Herrerin to leave Athletic Club this summer

Milan want Tomori on permanent deal – Pioli

The Italian head coach says the Rossoneri will take up their option to buy the English centre-back at the end of the season

Stefano Pioli has confirmed AC Milan want to sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal.

Tomori moved to Milan on loan in January after falling down the squad pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and has since rediscovered his best form at San Siro.

The 23-year-old played a starring role once again as the Rossoneri beat arch-rivals Juventus 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday, with Pioli revealing after the game that the club intends to exercise their £26 million ($37m) purchase option on the centre-back.

What’s been said?

“We want to buy Tomori on a permanent deal from Chelsea,” the Milan boss told reporters. “Our intention is clear and also Fikayo’s decision (staying at Milan). We’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”

Tomori’s record at Milan

Tomori’s latest Serie A outing marked his 19th appearance across all competitions for Milan, who are now on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The England international opened his scoring account for the Italian giants against Juventus, nodding a powerful header past opposition goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny late on to cap a superb display which also saw him keep five-time Balon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo quiet.

What has Tomori said about his future?

Tomori could still return to Chelsea and fight for a place in Thomas Tuchel’s set-up in the summer, with his current contract at the Bridge not due to expire until 2024. However, the Blues loanee gave little away when asked if he would like to extend his stay at Milan in March.

“I’m not really focused too much on what can happen in the future, it’s just more about me playing well for the team and doing what I can for myself right now and helping the team as much as possible,” he said. “Then what happens in the future will happen.”

Salah not heading back to Chelsea (Athletic)

Reds won’t sell to domestic rival

There is no chance of Mohamed Salah retracing his steps to Chelsea in the next window, claims The Athletic.

A stunning return to Stamford Bridge for the Egyptian forward has been mooted, but Liverpool are not about to part with a prized asset – particularly in a deal involving a domestic rival.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2020-21
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Everton eyeing marquee addition

Everton are in the market for an “A-list right winger”, reports Football Insider.

Carlo Ancelotti is eager to bolster his ranks at Goodison Park and has made the addition of a proven forward on the flanks a top priority.

Dortmund won’t listen to offers for Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund consider Jude Bellingham to be “untouchable” and will not be listening to offers, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The 17-year-old has sparked talk of interest from Chelsea, but his Bundesliga employers have no intention of parting with the England international midfielder.

Kane open to Barcelona move

Harry Kane would be willing to consider a move to Barcelona, reports Sport.

The Tottenham striker is seeing a summer switch mooted – with Manchester United also said to be keen – as major silverware has remained elusive in north London.

Watford in talks to sign River Plate striker Rafael Borre

Watford are in talks to sign River Plate striker Rafael Borre – according to The Sun.

The 25-year-old’s current contract is about to expire, and the Hornets are eager to bring him in on a free transfer.

Borre took in a spell at Atletico Madrid earlier in his career, with Watford hopeful he has the pedigree to help them stay in the Premier League next season.

Barca ready to re-ignite Lautaro interest

Barcelona are ready to re-ignite their interest in Inter’s Lautaro Martinez – as Calcio Mercato reports.

The Spanish giants tried and failed to sign the Argentine striker last summer, but are now planning to launch a €60 million (£52m/$73m) summer bid.

Inter could be open to the offer amid their financial crisis, but Lautaro has insisted that he is happy at San Siro with his contract set to run until 2023.

Mbappe stalling PSG contract talks

Kylian Mbappe is stalling in contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain – according to Telefoot.

The 22-year-old’s current deal expires in 2022, and he has been heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Neymar committed to fresh terms through to 2025 last week, but Mbappe’s future remains up in the air heading towards the summer transfer window.

Kylian Mbappe PSG

Man City in pole position to sign Espanyol’s Fernandez

Manchester City are in pole position to sign Espanyol teenager Mateo Fernandez – according to The Sun.

Pep Guardiola is eager to bring in the 17-year-old as he seeks attacking reinforcements ahead of Sergio Aguero’s departure in the summer.

Fernandez is elible to play for both Spain and England, with City confident he has the technical ability to star in the Premier League.

Pirlo won’t resign

Andrea Pirlo has said he has no intention of stepping down as the manager of Juventus even as their slump could lead to them missing Champions League qualification.

The first-year manager has been under intense pressure lately with his men winning just two of their past five matches and falling 3-0 to AC Milan on Sunday.

Pirlo insists he won’t resign after AC Milan hammer Juventus

Andrea Pirlo says that he will not stand down from his role as Juventus head coach despite another major setback against AC Milan on Sunday.

Rookie boss Pirlo watched from the sidelines as the Bianconeri were dismantled 3-0 at home by their rivals.

The heavy loss came just a week after Juventus had officially relinquished the Serie A crown for the first time after nine successive titles.

What was said?

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Pirlo said: “Resign? No, I won’t step aside. I took this role with a great deal of enthusiasm amid certain difficulties. I am at the disposal of the club, there are still three games to go, so I will continue doing my work as long as I am allowed to.

“I had a different project in my mind and thought I would have a different group at my disposal. I had been working on some concepts, but then I had to make changes in order to suit their characteristics and had to adapt.

“It’s not that this team is resistant to change, but if you have some things in your mind and they become more difficult with certain players. If I cannot get the best out of these players, that is my fault and I certainly need to do better.

“If something didn’t go right, I take responsibility. This squad is made up of great players, clearly something did not work.”

The bigger picture

Juventus are now in grave danger of missing out on the Champions League entirely next season. With three matches of the season remaining, they are fifth in the league, three points behind both Atalanta and Milan, as well as one back of Napoli.

And Juventus face a testing schedule. On Wednesday, they travel to eighth-placed Sassuolo before hosting Inter, their fiercest rivals and this season’s Serie A champions, next Saturday. The Coppa Italia final against Atalanta follows on May 19 before a final trip to mid-table Bologna.

With Juve in financial difficulties, they can barely afford to miss out on the money-spinning Champions League, making the next two weeks absolutely vital to their hopes in the years ahead.

Cameron nearing FC Cincy deal

Former Stoke City and QPR defender Geoff Cameron is close to joining FC Cincinnati, reports The Enquirer.

The 35-year-old spent nearly 10 years in England, playing 180 matches for Stoke between 2012 and 2018 before joining QPR.

Cameron has earned 55 caps for the USMNT.

Bailey says he will one day consider MLS

Al-Hilal announce Marega deal

Al-Hilal have confirmed the signing of Moussa Marega on a free transfer from Porto.

The 30-year-old spent four seasons with Porto and will now continue his career in Saudi Arabia.

Moussa Marega Porto 2020

Bayern consider entering Sancho race (The Telegraph)

The Bavarians could raid Dortmund yet again to weaken one of their top rivals

Bayern Munich are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to The Telegraph.

The Bavarians are reportedly waiting to strike for Sancho’s team-mate Erling Haaland in the summer of 2022, but they could deal another blow to their Bundesliga rivals by stealing away the young English attacker who is also being chased by Manchester United.

Watford enter Borre talks

Watford have entered talks with River Plate striker Rafael Borre over a potential free transfer, writes The Sun.

Borre spent time earlier in his career in the Atletico Madrid system and played 17 La Liga games for Villarreal in 2016-17 before heading back to South America.

After earning promotion to the Premier League, Watford are eager to fill out their squad with affordable players bigger clubs may be overlooking.

Soumare to Leicester expected to be completed soon



PSG re-sign Arsenal-linked Draxler (L’Equipe)

The playmaker had been connected with the Gunners as well as a move back to Germany

Julian Draxler has signed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, reports L’Equipe, with the attacking midfielder’s new deal lasting for three years.

The reported deal comes shortly after Neymar’s announced extension, making it an important week for the future of PSG’s lineup. Kylian Mbappe, however, remains without a fresh contract.

Draxler, 27, admitted last fall that he had considered moving on from his French team. Since then, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been among the organisations said to be eyeing his services. Now, though, he will play out the rest of his 20s in Ligue 1.

Camavinga linked to PSG

Coveted 18-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga continues to be linked with Paris Saint-Germain, with Telefoot becoming the latest outlet to report the connection.

The Rennes star has plenty of interest from other clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, however PSG hope he can be swayed to remain in his home nation for a while longer.


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