Man Utd target Hysaj staying at Napoli ‘regardless of Sarri’s future’

Elseid Hysaj has no intention of leaving Napoli and could soon sign a contract extension with the Serie A outfit, according to his agent.

Manchester United are reportedly readying an offer for the highly-rated right-back, who followed in the footsteps of Maurizio Sarri by joining Napoli from Empoli in 2015.

Hysaj’s future has been clouded by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Sarri’s position at the club, with the Partenopei boss yet to confirm whether he will remain at the helm for a fourth season.

However, the situation appears unlikely to impact the Albania international’s desire to stay in Naples.

“Hysaj is and will remain a Napoli player regardless of Sarri’s future,” his agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio CRC.

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“We started talks with the club about a contract extension, but they were put on hold because the Scudetto was the priority.

“If someone wants to send him away I don’t know, but I don’t think that will happen.”

Giuffredi did suggest goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, another of his clients, would depart Napoli in search of first-team football.


Liverpool yet to make Fekir move and warned they will need to be “very, very rich” to get deal done

Liverpool are yet to make a move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, claims Jean-Michel Aulas, with any would-be suitors warned they will need to be “very, very rich” in order to get a deal done.

A France international considered to be worth around £60 million ($81m) in the summer transfer market has seen his stock rise throughout a productive 2017-18 campaign.

It is now being suggested that Fekir could be the latest to drop off the production line of talent in Lyon and onto the books of a European heavyweight.

Liverpool are reported to be leading the chase for a much sought-after signature, but Lyon have no intention of selling and their president maintains that he has received no formal offers.

Aulas told SFR Sport when quizzed on Fekir’s future: “There has been no contact with Liverpool or any other club so we haven’t discussed the future.

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“I know that Nabil, now that we have qualified for the Champions’ League, would really like to stay, so we will discuss things calmly.

“He has magnificently won the right to go to Russia with France, which gives him an even higher standing.

“For the moment, nothing is done.

“You will have to be very, very rich to sign Nabil Fekir this year.”

Nabil Fekir no Liverpool approach Jean-Michel Aulas

Fekir has offered no indication that he will be looking to force the issue when the summer transfer window opens.

The 24-year-old is a product of Lyon’s famed academy system and will do nothing to disrupt his home-town club, although he has not committed his future to them either.

Pressed on whether he had taken in his last game for the club following a 3-2 victory over Nice on Saturday, Fekir said: “Farewell? Frankly, I don’t know.

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“I spent an exceptional season here with players, fans and the staff. We ended up in beauty.

“You have to pass a course, it is true. I think I gave everything to Lyon.

“Now it is time to look into the future.”


‘His heart isn’t at Liverpool’ – Klopp urged by Aldridge to snub want-away Emre Can

Jurgen Klopp has been urged by John Aldridge to snub contract rebel Emre Can in his Champions League final plans as the midfielder’s “heart isn’t at Liverpool”.

Despite several efforts by the Reds to resolve an issue which has dragged on throughout the 2017-18 campaign, no agreement has been reached with a versatile performer.

As a result, Germany international Can continues to head towards free agency.

A move to Juventus has been mooted, with those in Turin “optimistic” regarding their chances of doing a deal, but the matter remains one of uncertainty and frustration for those at Anfield.

Taking that into account, and with the 24-year-old having only recently returned from a back problem, Aldridge feels Liverpool should be placing their trust in others when they face Real Madrid in Kiev.

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The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m not sure I want Emre Can in the squad for the Champions League final on Saturday because his heart isn’t at Liverpool.

“It’s a tricky one for the manager. Do you use his experience now he’s fit or do you turn to people whose future is at the club?

“A lot of fans wouldn’t want Can on the bench. The club has had a custard pie from him and his agent.

Emre Can Champions League final snub John Aldridge

“He’s been part of the journey to this final but he certainly doesn’t deserve to start against Real Madrid. Why does he want to leave? Money. Is the Italian league better? No. Juventus are a huge club but Liverpool have won the Champions League more times than them.

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“I would question the advice he’s been getting but if he wants to go this summer then go.”

Klopp has been questioned again about Can’s future ahead of an eagerly-anticipated clash with Madrid.

He claims to have “no clue” as to whether a fellow countryman will be remaining on Merseyside, with his full focus at present locked on a meeting with Zinedine Zidane’s reigning European champions.


Arsenal close to signing Barcelona starlet Joel Lopez

Arsenal are close to completing a move for Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez after fighting off interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The 15-year-old Cadete A left-back has been at the Catalan giants since the age of seven and is described by reports in Spain as a ‘mature, attacking full-back who can be used as an offensive weapon’.

Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football relations who left Barcelona to join the Gunners at the start of the year, is likely to have played a part in persuading Lopez to sign for Arsenal over Liverpool in a deal which will only cost the Gunners training compensation.

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Previous Arsenal signings from Barcelona’s youth ranks include Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin, Fran Merida, Ignasi Miquel and Jon Toral, with several La Masia talents expected to leave this summer as they don’t see their chances of progressing into the Barcelona first team.

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger famously handed first team opportunites to a number of youngsters during his 22 years at the helm in north London but it remains to be seen how incoming boss Unai Emery plans to utilise the academy players at his disposal.

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Per Mertesacker, who has been working as a de facto head of academy before taking up the role officially this summer, will work closely alongside new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who was responsible for scouting and signing 20-year-old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina in January.


Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Juventus eyeing Pogba return

Juventus ponder Pogba return

Juventus are eyeing a sensational move to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba back to Turin, according to Tuttosport.

Having agreed to remain in charge of the Serie A champions, Massimiliano Allegri is looking to add a marquee central midfielder to his squad.

And he sees Pogba – who left the club in 2016 – as the ideal player while he is also keen on Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Liverpool & Atletico eye Dybala

Liverpool and Atletico Madrid could be about to face-off in a fight to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, according to Tuttosport.

The Reds are bracing themselves for bids for Mohamed Salah from Real Madrid, and would target Dybala as a replacement should the Egypt international leave.

Meanwhile Atletico are resigned to losing Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona and similarly see Argentina star Dybala as the ideal man to fill his boots in the Spanish capital.

Atletico jeers push Griezmann towards Barcelona

The rough reception Antoine Griezmann endured at the hands of Atletico Madrid fans have pushed him closer to the exit, claims Marca.

Griezmann has long been linked with a move to Barcelona, but reportedly told Atletico that he was willing to stay another season. 

But the boos and whistles he heard at the Wanda Metropolitana left him in tears, and he is now reconsidering his future at the club.

Chelsea make Lewandowski top transfer target

Chelsea have made Robert Lewandowski their top summer target as they look to rebuild after a difficult season, claims the  Telegraph

After winning the Premier League in Antonio Conte’s first term, the Blues fell to fifth and failed to make the Champions League this time round. 

And while Conte’s future is still uncertain, the Bayern striker is at the top of the club’s wishlist, with Alvaro Morata’s sale likely to offset part of the transfer fee.

Buffon entourage discussing PSG move

Gianluigi Buffon’s entourage have travelled to France to discuss the details of a move to PSG.

The 40-year-old recently announced that he would leave Juventus, and bid farewell to the club at the end of the Serie A campaign.

PSG have offered Buffon a two-year deal that will double his salary to €8 million (£7m/$9.4m), and he is expected to work as a mentor to young goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

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Dortmund appoint Favre

Borussia Dortmund have appointed Lucien Favre as the club’s new manager.

The former Nice manager has signed a two-year deal at the German club and replaces Peter Stoger, who left following the club’s last-day defeat to Hoffenheim.

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Juve target Morata & Martial

Juventus have prioritised a move for former striker Alvaro Morata, but are also interested in Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, reports Tuttosport.

The Serie A champions are looking to refresh their attack this summer and want to re-sign Chelsea forward Morata, who previously spent two years with Juve.

Another leading target for Massimiliano Allegri’s side is Martial, who has endured a frustrating season at Old Trafford and has been strongly linked with a summer exit.

Gomes ready to leave Barcelona

Andre Gomes is resigned to leaving Barcelona in the summer after clearing out his locker at the club’s training ground, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Portuguese midfielder has struggled to make a sustained impression during his two years at Camp Nou following a €35 million (£30.7m/$41.4m) from Valencia.

He has missed out on a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad and is now keen to move to the Premier League, with Barca willing to sell if they receive an attractive offer.

West Ham appoint Pellegrini

West Ham have confirmed they have appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.

The former Manchester City boss, who won the Premier League title during his last spell in England, was available after he left Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.

And he has now made the move to the Hammers, signing a three-year contract with the club.

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Man City close on Mahrez deal

Manchester City have moved closer to striking a deal with Leicester City for Riyad Mahrez, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Algerian, Leicester’s hero in their 2015-16 title run, has long been unsettled at the club but has seen repeated transfer requests turned down. 

But after failing to strike a deal in January, City will make another effort to sign Mahrez for a fee worth around £60 million. 

Buffon wants week to decide future

Gianluigi Buffon says he needs about a week for the emotions to calm down after the end of the Juventus season for him to decide his next step.

The Italy legend has announced he will not return to the Serie A champions, but is not yet ready to call it a career.

Buffon has been linked to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but it looks like the Ligue 1 champions and any other suitors will have to wait at least a few more days to hear his verdict.

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Chelsea told to pay Sarri release clause

Maurizio Sarri’s representative has told Chelsea they will have to pay his €8 million release clause (£7m/$9m) if they want to prise him away from Napoli.

Sarri is expected to be in demand after leading Napoli to a second-place Serie A finish, with the Blues and Zenit strongly linked with making a move for the Italian.

But Sarri’s agent Alessandro Pellegrini has said no offer has been made and that any interested parties will need to pay the release clause in his contract.

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Arsenal choose Emery as new manager

Unai Emery is set to be named new Arsenal manager after the Gunners made a last-minute decision not to offer Mikel Arteta the vacant job at the Emirates Stadium, Goal understands. 

Emery emerged as a late front-runner for the job after Man City assistant and former Arsenal player Arteta was signalled as the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger.

But Emery’s brilliant trophy record with Sevilla and PSG has won out, and he is expected to sign a two-year deal at the club.

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Neymar wants Madrid move

Neymar is desperate to swap Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid this summer.

The Brazil international has told the Ligue 1 champions he wishes to leave and his agent spoke with Madrid president Florentino Pere on May 13.

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is being lined up as a potential replacement should he depart Parc des Princes.

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Buffon closes on PSG transfer

Gianluigi Buffon has moved closer to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the move could be finalised in the coming days, reports Sky Italia.

Buffon said goodbye to Juventus in an emotional farewell win over Verona after agreeing to leave the Serie A club. 

And the 40-year-old is not looking for a quiet end to his career, as he prepares to join another European giant on a two-year contract.

Cazorla set for Villarreal return

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to return to Villarreal this summer, according to  ESPN.

The Spain international is out of contract this summer, having not made an appearance for the Premier League outfit since October 2016, and has had it confirmed that he will leave the club.

And he is set to return to the club he represented for four years between 2007-2011 for pre-season training, though no offer has been made in terms of a more long-term contract.

Read our story on Cazorla’s Arsenal departure here!

Barca after Tottenham youngster

Barcelona is hoping to sign Tottenham youngster Reo Griffiths when he turns 18, reports the Daily Star.

Spurs had been hoping to land Barca 18-year-old Ricard Piug and now the La Liga champions are hoping to turn the tables on the Premier League club.

If Barca are successful, they will have to pay compensation to Spurs over Griffiths, but it would not be nearly as much as if he signed with another English club.

Lampard in talks over Ipswich job

Retired Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is in talks to take over for Championship club Ipswich, according to the Mirror.

The ex-midfielder has never managed before, but is now rivaling previous favorite Jack Ross after impressing in his interview.

Lampard has been working on his coaching badges and hopes to land the position as Mick McCarthy’s replacement at the club.

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Bailey is Madrid’s backup plan

Real Madrid view Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey as their backup plan o replace Gareth Bale this summer, reports Don Balon.

The La Liga giants want to sign Neymar, Eden Hazard or Mohamed Salah, but face roadblocks for all three players.

As a result, Bailey is moving up Madrid’s target list with the attacker available for €100 million.