Tottenham prepare new Zaha bid
Tottenham Hotspur will make a renewed effort to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer, The Mirror claims.
Spurs have long held an interest in the England international and hope to convince their city neighbours to sell at the end of the season.
However, Chelsea and Manchester City are said to hold an interest in him.
Barca near €30m Arthur signing
Barcelona are on the cusp of reaching a €30 million agreement with Gremio for midfielder Arthur, according to Mundo Deportivo.
After several talks in recent months, a recent discussion between Barca director Robert Fernandez and the Brazilian side’s president and other directors has seen negotiations take a big step forward.
Barca could pay €30m to sign the 21-year-old this summer, but could see that price lowered by €5m if they agree to loan him back to Gremio.
Hazard ‘happy’ at Chelsea amid Madrid links
Eden Hazard insists he is happy at Chelsea and is not thinking about his future, despite constant links to Real Madrid.
The Belgian is reportedly one of the capital club’s top targets as they look to improve a squad that has struggled in La Liga until recent weeks. But Hazard stayed quiet on a potential move, suggesting there is no reason to leave Stamford Bridge yet.
“I’m just happy here. Like you say, I have two years left on my contract,” he said. “I’m happy here, my family is happy here. Now I’m just focused on the game [and until] the end of the season.
“I don’t think much about the future because you never know what happens in the future, but I’m just happy here.”
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Arsenal target Fekir on the move?
Nabil Fekir’s agent has suggested the Lyon star could be on the move at the end of the season.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal said to be leading the race to sign him.
And his representative Jean-Pierre Bernes has suggested his future remains open.
“Will Fekir still be at Lyon next season? It’s too early to talk about it,” the agent told Telefoot.
“We have time, that’s the straight line. There are important goals and he is already in a big club. After considering my relationship with [president] Jean-Michel Aulas, we will make the best decision.”
Man Utd target De Vrij set for free transfer
Lazio have confirmed Stefan de Vrij will leave the club at the end of the season after failing to reach an agreement over a new deal.
Sporting director Igli Tare says the Serie A side have “withdrawn the proposal” and will part ways when his contract expires in the summer.
The Netherlands international has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool in previous transfer windows.
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Man Utd make Kroos top target
Manchester United have identified Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos as their top target for the summer transfer window, reports The Independent.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will be in the market for a new midfielder, as Michael Carrick prepares to head into retirement.
Kroos is considered to be the ideal candidate to fill that role, with the World Cup winner having been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford.
Reds to reward Mane
Liverpool are ready to put improved terms to Sadio Mane, according to the Liverpool Echo.
His current deal is already set to run until 2021, but the Reds are prepared to discuss a new deal after seeing the Senegalese star become a key figure alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Asensio has Premier League offers
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have put offers to Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, reports Diario Gol.
The 22-year-old has sparked transfer talk as he struggles for regular starts amid fierce competition at Santiago Bernabeu.
Malcom move expected
Arsenal and Tottenham have seen the transfer path cleared in their ongoing pursuit of Malcom, with Bordeaux boss Gustavo Poyet confirming that the Brazilian is likely to leave in the near future.
The highly-rated 20-year-old became a much sought-after asset during the winter transfer window, with two north London rivals marking him out as a top target.
Find out what his current boss has had to say on his future here.
Sandro shrugs off transfer talk
Alex Sandro claims to have ignored links to Chelsea and Manchester United, with Juventus having fended off the regular rounds of transfer talk.
Interest from the Blues first emerged in the summer of 2017, with Antonio Conte reported to be in the market for a new left-back, while the Red Devils were reported to have joined the chase by January.
Here is what the Brazilian full-back has had to say on the rumours.
Lewandowski ignoring Real rumours
Robert Lewandowski has reiterated his full commitment to Bayern Munich as he continues to ignore links to Real Madrid.
The prolific Poland international is among those who continue to be mentioned as possible additions during a summer overhaul at Santiago Bernabeu.
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Nobody is laughing at Paulinho now. Eyebrows were raised in the summer when Barcelona paid €40 million for a midfielder who had flopped at Spurs and appeared to be playing out the final years of an unfulfilled career in China. But he has been a superb signing.
Having missed out on their top target Marco Verratti, Barca turned their attentions to Paulinho. At almost 29 and not seemingly suited to the club’s style of play, his arrival proved unpopular in the Catalan capital.
To make matters worse, he was unveiled just after a painful 5-1 aggregate loss to fierce rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa. And failure to control the ball in the customary kick-ups on the pitch brought more mockery as supporters called for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
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No Paulinho shirts were sold during his presentation , either, while only around 2,000 had bothered to show up at all. But the player himself said: “You have to face challenges with courage. I will try to do my job and I am prepared. Coming here is a dream. It’s a very satisfying moment. I will give everything.”
And to be fair to the Brazilian, he has made it work so far. The former Tottenham midfielder has hit eight goals, all of them in La Liga, and has become an important part of Ernesto Valverde’s squad since signing in August.
The first of those goals, a late winner at Getafe to turn around a hard-fought match after he had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, brought belief and his affable personality has also seen him become a popular player in the dressing room – particularly with the other South Americans.
His most recent strike came in an important victory at Real Sociedad, where Barca have consistently struggled in recent years, and Saturday’s win over Eibar saw him set a new record in La Liga, becoming the first player ever to avoid defeat in his first 23 matches in the competition.
Much of that is down to Barca’s fine form this season, of course, but Paulinho has definitely played his part – even if some question marks remain about his involvement in the team’s play. That can still improve and the goals have certainly gone some way to masking a deficiency in his overall contribution.
Largely, however, the move has been extremely positive and with midfielders like Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic not really prolific in front of goal, Barca have definitely benefited from the Brazilian’s ability to take up scoring positions and convert chances, as well as his physical presence.
“I value him very positively,” Valverde said last month in an interview with Barca TV . “He is a player who, when he arrived, it seemed there were certain doubts about him. He is a player who isn’t the same style as others in the team, who are more specialists in positional play.
“He is something else. He moves differently, he gets in the area by surprise and he is so effective because he has a lot of faith. He combines well with [Leo] Messi and Luis [Suarez] in the final metres.”
All of that is true. And on Tuesday night, Paulinho will return to a Premier League ground for the first time since his underwhelming Spurs exit in 2015, though this time he will be met with respect by a Chelsea coaching staff well aware of the danger he can cause. Nobody will be laughing in England any more.
Guingamp U19 have completed the signing of Isaac Drogba, the son of Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire legend Didier Drogba.
The French side confirmed the deal on Monday, with the 17-year-old forward, who trained with the Blues youth setup returning to the team his father played for 16 years ago.
“Drogba joins the EAG! The recruitment cell of the academy EAG is very pleased to record the signature of Isaac Drogba, son of Didier Drogba. Born in Vannes, on December 15, 2000 and trained in Chelsea, he joined the U19 of the academy,” the club tweeted.
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?[OFFICIEL] : Drogba rejoint l’EAG ! ??
La cellule recrutement de l’Akademi EAG est très heureuse d’enregistrer la signature d’Isaac Drogba, fils de Didier Drogba. Né à Vannes, le 15 décembre 2000 et formé à Chelsea, il intègre les U19 de l’Akademi.
Bienvenue Isaac ! pic.twitter.com/xvfqpYsl2T
— En Avant de Guingamp (@EAGuingamp) February 19, 2018
Drogba joined Las Costarmoricains in an £80,000 move from Le Mans. There, he scored 24 goals in 50 appearances before linking up with Olympique Marseille.
Excited by this move, Drogba senior took to Instagram to express his delight. “Couldn’t be more proud of you Isaac Drogba.”
Couldn’t be more proud of you @isaacdrogba11 @eaguingamp Fiers de toi @isaacdrogba11 @eaguingamp
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Stefan de Vrij will not be returning to Lazio after his contract expires this summer, the Serie A club have confirmed.
The 26-year-old Netherlands international, who is a rumoured target of Manchester United, has been in negotiations with Lazio over a new deal but was unable to come to an agreement.
The club’s sporting director Igli Tare confirmed a breakdown in talks, with Lazio having pulled their final offer off the table.
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And with De Vrij’s current deal set to come to an end at the culmination of the campaign he is free to depart Stadio Olimpico
“Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij,” Tare told Mediaset Premium.
“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on. It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.
Though De Vrij has been free to discuss offers from other clubs since the turn of the year, Tare insists that the decision to pull out talks with one of their star assets is not down to him agreeing terms elsewhere.
“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that. He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.
“It’s not an issue of him agreeing terms with other clubs, but of being fair in negotiations. We did things the right way, but things changed at the last moment.
“We no longer wish to continue along this path.”
Though De Vrij is not returning, he was in the starting XI for Lazio as they faced Hellas Verona on Monday evening.
There has been reported interest from multiple Premier League sides for De Vrij, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City joining the Red Devils as the teams who would like to secure the defender’s signature.
De Vrij also is rumored to have interest from Lazio’s Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter.
The centre-back joined Lazio in July 2014 from Feyenoord for a reported fee of €7.5 million and has gone onto play spend four seasons with the club.
He already has four goals this season, which has equaled his career-high from Feyenoord in 2013-14.
Internationally, he has been capped 31 times by the Netherlands and has scored three goals.