Wenger names Vieira as potential Arsenal successor

Arsene Wenger says former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira could be a future manager of the Premier League club.

Vieira started his coaching career on the staff of Manchester City and has been in charge at their sister club New York City FC in MLS since January 2016.

At the head of the MLS side, Vieira has guided the team to two straight playoff appearances and has NYCFC with the best record in the league in the early part of the season. 

The former France midfielder won three Premier League titles and a trio of FA Cups during his nine-year stay at Arsenal and has regularly been touted as a potential Wenger successor.

And the veteran Arsenal manager, rumoured to be departing at the end of the season despite having a further year remaining on his contract, agrees Vieira could be among the names in the frame when the job is next vacant.

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“He works in the moment in New York and he works for Manchester City,” Wenger said of Vieira, who has spoken of his interest in returning to Arsenal. 

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“He’s a guy who has the potential one day, yes. I’ve followed his managerial career.

“I think he does very well but overall, this Premier League is special.

“You have to come in and there are plenty of former players who played here who have potential, the intelligence and knowledge to do it.”


Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd set £140m Pogba asking price

Man Utd set £140m Pogba asking price

Manchester United will demand £140 million in any summer deal involving Paul Pogba, reports the Daily Mail.

The France international continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid among those reported to be keen.

United, though, will only part with their £89m record signing if their hefty price tag is met.

Real closing on €175m Kane

Real Madrid are preparing to step up their efforts to land Tottenham striker Harry Kane in a €175m deal, claims Don Balon.

The prolific England international has been mooted as a Blancos target for some time and Florentino Perez is ready to make a move and land a proven goalscorer.

City still keen on Mahrez

Manchester City will return for Riyad Mahrez when the transfer window re-opens, with The Mirror claiming a £60m offer is being readied.

Pep Guardiola missed out on the Leicester winger in January, but he remains a fan and is eager to bring further creativity into the Etihad Stadium.

Man Utd lead Richarlison hunt

Manchester United are leading a £40m chase for Watford midfielder Richarlison, according to the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian has also been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, but a move to Old Trafford could be made if the exit door opens at Vicarage Road.

Blancos have Bale-Hazard plan

Real Madrid will make a move for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard if Gareth Bale leaves Santiago Bernabeu, says the Daily Mail.

Zinedine Zidane has suggested that he has no intention of parting with his Wales international forward, but contingency plans are being put in place.

Monaco mulling over Sessegnon

Ligue 1 giants Monaco have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the battle to land Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon, reports The Sun.

The talented teenager has become hot property and could spark a bidding war when the summer transfer window opens.

Messi seeks Saul deal

Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to launch a summer raid on Atletico Madrid, but Diario Gol claims he is looking for them to sign Saul Niguez rather than Antoine Griezmann.

The Blaugrana have been heavily linked with a France international striker, but their star man feels a midfield playmaker would be a better addition.

Bale prefers Spurs over Man Utd

Gareth Bale wants to return to Tottenham, trading places and shirt numbers with Harry Kane, rather than move to Manchester United, reports Don Balon.

Real Madrid may be tempted to use the Welsh winger as part of their efforts to land a big-money striker.

West Ham want to extend Hart stay

West Ham are hoping to keep Joe Hart beyond this season and aim to work out a deal with Manchester City, according to the Mirror.

Hart, sent on loan from City for the second season in a row, has regained his place as the No.1 after falling out of the West Ham XI for a time.

And West Ham is looking to work a deal that will keep the England international in London for the 2018-19 season.

Klopp says Bayern move would have been ‘complicated’

Jurgen Klopp has told Sky Sports Germany that he has no exit clause in his Liverpool contract and any departure would be difficult.

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Klopp indicated he wants to see out his contract with the Reds, which runs through 2022, and that Bayern Munich did not contact him about their managerial position for next season.

However, even if there had been interest from both sides, Klopp said it would have been a complicated situation to get out of his Liverpool contract.

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Klopp: Bayern Munich move would have been ‘complicated’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he does not have an exit clause in his contract, and that a move to become Bayern Munich’s manager would have been complicated even if both parties were interested.

The 50-year-old has managed Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and now Liverpool in an illustrious career that has seen him win two Bundesliga titles, a DFB Pokal and a pair of DFB Super Cups, along with managing in both a Europa League and Champions League final.

Klopp is a round away from repeating the latter this season, as he has the Reds in the Champions League semi-finals up against Serie A side Roma.

His long track record of success may have landed him on Bayern Munich’s managerial shortlist, though Klopp denied there was any contact with the Bundesliga champions, who have announced Niko Kovac as their manager for next season.

Furthermore, he said that it would have been difficult for him to leave Liverpool, even if there had been mutual interest.

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“I’ve never had an exit clause in one of my contracts,” Klopp told Sky Sports Germany. “If Bayern had really been interested, no matter what I would have done, this would have been a complicated move.

“I have a contract for four more years in Liverpool and the club are happy with me. That’s why it makes total sense that they (Bayern) didn’t try.”

Another roadblock may well have been the fact Klopp intends to take a one-year break from managing when he is done at Anfield.

Klopp concedes that his intense personality not only made that break a required promise to his family, but also makes it unlikely that he would manage as long as the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

“It’s possible that I will end my career a lot earlier than coaches usually do,” he said. “It’s very intense.

“I don’t want to die on the coaching bench. After Liverpool I will for sure do a one-year break. That’s a clear agreement with my family.”

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Klopp spent seven years with Mainz and seven years with Dortmund. And while he has fond memories of his time there, and hopes to perhaps return, he doesn’t plan to pull a Jupp Heynckes and come back as a manager.

“I don’t really want to come back. That time was too good,” Klopp said of his time in Mainz and Dortmund. “I won’t work as a coach with the age of (Bayern Munich head coach) Jupp Heynckes. I admire what he is doing but I won’t do that.

“I had a fantastic time in Mainz and Dortmund. Most likely I will go back there – but not necessarily as a coach.”


Arsenal & Man Utd alerted as Bordeaux chairman confirms likely Malcom sale

The chairman of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux has confirmed Malcom is likely to be sold in the second half of this year.

The 21-year-old attacker has scored nine goals and added six assists this season for the Ligue 1 outfit, surpassing his previous highs in the French top division.

Malcom has previously stated that he desired a move away from the club this past January, but later confirmed he would be allowed to depart Bordeaux in the summer.

And now Nicolas de Tavernost, chairman of M6 which is the majority shareholder of the club, admitted at a shareholder’s general meeting the club’s losses in the first half of the year stemmed from not selling a player they are likely to sell in the second half.

He followed that up by saying ‘a major Brazilian’ who wishes to leave will be allowed to.

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“There are always purchases and sales being made, and there is a major Brazilian player whom you know he wants to leave the club and we will do it in the most absolute respect of our interests,” he said in quotes published by sudouest. “That’s why we first bought this player and then [will eventually sell him] in the offseason.”

Though Malcom was not named directly and is not the only Brazilian at the club, the reference toward a desire to depart Bordeaux would seem to indicate he is the player de Tavernost referred to.

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Malcom previously moved to the club from Corinthians in January 2015, for a reported €5 million. He signed a new deal in September 2017 that ties him to Bordeaux until 2021.

An electric first half of the year raised his profile and drew links to clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. However, Malcom’s form has dipped a bit in the second half of the season, as he has only two goals and two assists since January 1.

Bordeaux sit 10th in the Ligue 1 table.


Should Pogba leave Man Utd? Yorke states case against summer sale

Paul Pogba remains “an entertainer” and should not be sold by Manchester United this summer, says Dwight Yorke.

Amid another testing campaign for a man brought back to Old Trafford in a record-breaking £89 million, questions are being asked of his ongoing presence.

Jose Mourinho’s opinion of the 25-year-old has veered between superstar and benchwarmer, with it that inconsistency across the board which has sparked talk of a possible switch elsewhere.

Yorke, though, is of the opinion that Pogba’s services should be retained as he remains a talent with plenty of potential to still be unlocked.

The former United striker told talkSPORT: “No, I don’t think he should leave United.

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“When you join United, you are under so much scrutiny, and if you underperform there are always people likely to criticise you – it’s just part and parcel of the game.

“He’s still in that development stage and he’ll embrace all this and understand he can’t just perform when he feels like.”

Pogba was more like his talismanic self during a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday, with the France international proving once again – following a two-goal showing on derby day against Manchester City – how productive he can be when given the freedom to play to his strengths.

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Yorke, who formed part of United’s Treble-winning squad in 1999, added: “I don’t think he goes out there deliberately trying not to perform, I just think he’s not been able to express himself.

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“It’s all about character, and understanding the character of the people you have brought to the football club. He’s a showman, Paul Pogba, and a great guy – you can’t take that away from him because that is his personality and he likes to express himself.

“I feel at times he has been restricted – defensively he has to contribute to the team, and it’s not just about Paul Pogba, it is about the team – but when it comes to the character of the person, Pogba is an entertainer.

“He wants to entertain, and sometimes he is not allowed to do that.”