Liverpool to Reject All Approaches for Divock Origi This Summer With Contract Talks Ongoing

?Liverpool will not sell forward Divock Origi this summer, even if it means losing the Belgian for nothing next year when his contract expires. 

The former Lille attacker only has a year left on his current deal but proved to be a mightily important member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad towards the end on the 2018/19 campaign, scoring huge goals against both Barcelona and Tottenham in the club’s Champions League success. 

Divock Origi

According to ?ESPN, both parties are happy with the current set of circumstances, despite no new deal being agreed. Origi is happy to stay at Anfield, while the Reds have until January to convince him to put pen to paper on fresh terms. 

With contract talks ongoing, the report claims ?Origi would not avoid a new deal for financial benefit, claiming he has values other things like game time and off pitch stability above his own monetary needs. 

Somewhat luckily for ?Liverpool, they have already recovered over half of the £10m they gave Lille for the 24-year-old, thanks to the loan fees Wolfsburg handed over during the 2017/18 campaign. 

Divock Origi

After netting a brace in Liverpool’s momentous semi final second leg triumph over ?Barcelona, Origi scored the second in the 2-0 victory over ?Tottenham in the ?Champions League final to earn the club’s sixth European Cup. 

Liverpool are not expected to be heavily active with incomings during the transfer window, with Origi and youngster Rhian Brewster tipped to act as cover for first choice trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. 


Man Arrested on Suspicion of Manslaughter By Unlawful Act in Relation to Emiliano Sala Death

?A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act in relation to the death of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

The Argentine lost his life along with pilot David Ibbotson on 21 January after the aircraft taking the pair from from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared off Alderney.

As reported by the ?BBC, a spokesperson for Dorset Police has stated a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire had been arrested and released while investigations continue. Tthe families of the two men who died have been informed of the arrest.


Det Insp Simon Huxter, of the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our inquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

“He is assisting with our inquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”

Sala had joined Premier League side Cardiff on a three and a half year deal for a club record transfer fee in the region of £15m on 19 January. With the move agreed, despite a late bid from a club in the Chinese Super League, Sala was set to fly to Cardiff to join up with his new teammates.


Upon the disappearance of the aircraft carrying Sala and Ibbotson, a search was conducted to find the plane. After three days of unsuccessful searching, the search was called off. 

?Worldwide calls were made to continue the search, with footballers and members of the public donating to allow the search to continue. On 9 February a body was discovered that was confirmed to have been Sala’s, with his former club Nantes subsequently retiring his former number nine jersey.


Marco Giampaolo Officially Confirmed as New Milan Head Coach on Initial 2-Year Deal

?Marco Giampaolo has been officially unveiled as the new manager of Milan, after weeks of speculation linking him with the Serie A giants.

The role had become vacant following Gennaro Gattuso’s decision to resign after the club failed to secure Champions League football by a single point.

?Milan have now turned to Giampaolo, a move widely expected to happen after the Italian terminated his contract with Sampdoria following three years in charge of the ?Serie A outfit.

Having grown impatient with his former club’s unwillingness to push on and spend money in the transfer market, I Rossoneri now provide the perfect platform for the 51-year-old to hone his skills as a football manager.

“AC Milan announces the appointment of Marco Giampaolo as the new coach of the First Team with effect from July 1st 2019,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“The agreement runs until 30 June 2021 with an option to extend the contract to June 2022. Marco Giampaolo will now coach AC Milan’s First Team on the first day of the new season’s training at Milanello on July 9th.” 

Starting his career as assistant coach at Pescara in 2000, Giampaolo earned his coaching license in July 2007, going on to coach a number of Italian sides.

UC Sampdoria v AC Milan - Serie A

Cagliari, Siena, Catania, Cesena, Brescia and Empoli are listed among his former employers, but the project on hand at Milan poses the biggest move in former midfielder’s career.

Last season he led Sampdoria to a ninth place finish in Serie A, building upon the two seasons prior where he had secured consecutive tenth place finishes.


Exclusive: Man Utd Agree Fee With Crystal Palace to Sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Deal Could Reach £60m

?Manchester United have agreed a fee with Crystal Palace for full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka – with the deal potentially reaching north of £60m with future add-ons considered.

The two clubs have been in negotiations over a deal in recent weeks, with United initially seeing two bids turned down after ?Palace issued disappointment with the structure of payments. 

Talks continued on Wednesday with optimism that an agreement could be struck, and 90min understands a point has now been reached where both clubs are happy with the deal.

It’s understood that ?an initial £55m fee has been agreed, though – according to the noises coming out of Palace, at least – the deal could surpass £60m in add-ons related to the amount of appearances he makes at ?United, and to the amount of international caps he earns for England.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified the England Under-21 international as the club’s primary target at right back – despite links with the likes of Max Aarons and Elseid Hysaj in recent days – and was keen for United to press ahead. Solskjaer is also believed to be in the market for one or two central midfielders, a centre half, and a right winger.

Wan-Bissaka made his real breakthrough in the Premier League only last season, and has made 42 appearances in the top flight to date – with 46 for Palace overall. 

He is currently with England’s Under-21s at the European Championships, but scored an injury time own goal to condemn his side to a 2-1 defeat against France in his side’s opening game.

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Upon completion of the deal, Wan-Bissaka would become United’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Daniel James from Swansea City, and the most expensive English player of all time.


Jefferson Savarino: 5 Things to Know About the Newcastle and West Ham Transfer Target

?Talk of West Ham and Newcastle’s interest in West Brom striker Salomon Rondon has been bubbling away over the last couple of days, but it now looks like they might both be in pursuit of a different forward – Rondon’s compatriot Jefferson Savarino.

Following the departures of Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez, as well as doubt over the futures of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, West Ham desperately need to strengthen in attacking positions.

Jefferson Savarino

Savarino could be just the man they’re looking for. Here’s everything you need to know about the South American.

He’s Had Plenty of Game Time


Savarino started his playing career in his home nation with Venezuelan side Zulia and had a four-year spell at the club between the years 2013 and 2017.

During his time there, he scored 32 goals but perhaps more impressively made an astonishing 132 appearances.

His most prolific season came in 2016 when he scored 18 goals, and looked to be continuing his fine form into 2017, scoring six goals in 11 games before making a loan move to Real Salt Lake.

He’s a Venezuela International

Jefferson Savarino

Despite still only being 22 years old, Savarino has already teamed up with Salomon Rondon for Venezuela’s first team.

Although he’s only scored one goal for his nation – one of two in a 3-0 victory against the United States – he’s in their squad for this summer’s Copa America in Brazil.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to add to his goal tally so far in the competition, with Venezuela playing out two goalless draws against Peru and host nation Brazil, leaving them requiring a win against Bolivia to have any chance of progressing.

He’s Been Compared to Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron


Following Newcastle’s purchase of Paraguayan winger Miguel Almiron, a number of similarities have been drawn between him and their potential new target Savarino.

It’s not just their similar stature or because they’re both South American, but the fact that Almiron was also recruited from Major League Soccer previously playing for champions Atlanta United.

Almiron is currently Newcastle’s record signing and has impressed during his short time at the club, so their fans will be optimistic that Savarino would have a similar impact if a potential deal was completed.

His Style Is Very Different to Other West Ham Targets

Miguel Trauco,Jefferson Savarino

Having already touched on Manuel Pellegrini’s desire to strengthen West Ham’s attack, it’s safe to say that they have been looking for a very specific type of player.

Links with the likes of Rondon, ?Fulham’s ?Aleksandar Mitrovic and Celta Vigo forward Maxi Lopez hint towards their desire for a big, bullish target-man to replace the departed ?Carroll.

Savarino certainly doesn’t fit this description, standing at just 5’7 and regularly playing out wide rather than down the middle.

His current manager at Real Salt Lake Mark Petke has described him as a skilful individual who draws fouls because opponents cannot cope with his dribbling ability.

He Could Be Available for Just £6m

Mike Ashley

Perhaps because he is still fairly unknown, Savarino could come pretty cheap with a rumoured fee of just £6m being ?mentioned.

Therefore, it’s no surprise he’s attracting Premier League attention with ?West Ham and Newcastle set to battle it out for his signature.

But Newcastle might consider themselves to be in pole position to snap up the tricky winger for a number of reasons. It’s common knowledge that ?Magpies owner Mike Ashley is not overly keen on vast spending so if a potential bargain arises, he may be more inclined to pursue that over a more expensive alternative.

The prospect of potentially joining Venezuela teammate Rondon at club level – if he too makes the move – might also be an attractive idea to Savarino.