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New York Red Bulls are set to appoint Thierry Henry as their new manager next week, according to Sky sources. Sky Sports News revealed earlier this week that the MLS side were in talks with the former Arsenal striker over their managerial position. It is understood the football and commercial side of Red Bull have agreed on the decision to bring Henry back to New York, with their head of global soccer Oliver Mintzlaff to fly to London to finalize a deal.

-source: Sky Sports News


New manager

Cesare Prandelli’s experience with Genoa seems to have reach its end: after the doubts he’s had for the past few hours, president Preziosi seems likely to have a new managerial change. The decision is expected to be taken this evening, but Prandelli is getting closer to being sacked. Ballardini should return after he started the season with 12 points in 8 games, also thanks to Piatek’s explosion.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Pricey

Crystal Palace are open to selling Wilfried Zaha this summer — but want £80million for their most prized asset. Zaha underlined his intention to leave Palace ahead of next season in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail on Saturday. And there is a growing realization at Selhurst Park that they can no longer keep hold of the Ivory Coast international with the likelihood of their star forward leaving this summer now looking almost inevitable.

-source: Daily Mail


Wage demands

Paul Pogba’s big money salary demands could be a potential issue if Real Madrid pursue the Manchester United midfielder this summer - according to a report in Diario AS this weekend. The French international has been widely linked with a move to the Spanish capital ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, however his annual salary of €17m at Old Trafford could be an issue.

-source: Football Espana


Of dreams and reality


Galactico


More smoke


Arsenal find their DoF

Edu is back on course to become Arsenal’s technical director, with 17-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli lined up to be the first signing of a summer rebuild under Unai Emery. Former Arsenal midfielder Edu is currently coordinator of the Brazilian FA national teams. The 40-year-old is wanted for the new role at the Emirates after Monchi opted to return to Sevilla after leaving Roma, rather than join Arsenal. Edu has historical links to the club as part of The Invincibles squad of 2003-04 and is seen as an ideal candidate, but he was previously reluctant to move because Brazil are hosting the Copa America this summer.

-source: Daily Mail


Englishman on the move

Newcastle United want to sign Fulham playmaker Tom Cairney this summer and are willing to sell Dwight Gayle in part-exchange, Football Insider understands. Rafael Benitez is a long-term admirer of the Scotland international and his interest has not waned even though Cairney has had a mixed season in the Premier League. A club source has told Football Insider that Benitez is convinced left-footed Cairney has the creativity and passing range to be a major asset in his Newcastle side and is keen on a summer deal.

-source: Football Insider


Frustration

Manchester United have made no effort to reopen contract negotiations with David De Gea, who is said to be growing increasingly frustrated with the club’s refusal to meet his long-standing request for a pay rise. The Spain international – voted the Premier League’s best goalkeeper in five of the past six seasons – wants his status as Old Trafford’s most effective player to be rewarded with the same financial terms as United handed Alexis Sanchez in January 2018. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told De Gea’s representatives that such an increase is impossible.

-source: The Times


Hope?

Tottenham Hotspur are increasingly confident that playmaker Christian Eriksen will agree a new-long term deal with the club, with talks between the player and the North London side ongoing. The midfielder, whose current contract expires next summer, has been in discussions with the club’s hierarchy about an extended deal for almost a year, with Spurs looking to at least double his current £75,000- a-week salary.

-source: Goal


Right-back search for Inter continues

Danilo, 27-year-old Brazilian, of Manchester City, could be the name again to fix the defense. He is running to a role alongside Matteo Darmian, whereas Cedric will certainly not be redeemed. Last summer in that role was Sime Vrsaljko: curbed by physical problems, he never recorded and left permanently in early 2019; in late January he arrived on loan in extremis Cedric: the Portuguese saw themselves shortly and will not be redeemed from Southampton. That’s why Maddy and Aid now are thinking about a reinforcement.

-source: La Gazzetta dello Sport


DoF available

Sampdoria technical director Walter Sabatini confirms he resigned following a row with President Massimo Ferrero, as it’s reported they had to be separated by players and staff. The disagreement occurred in the locker room after a thumping 3-0 defeat against Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara on Saturday. According to Sky Sport Italia and other sources, Ferrero was very critical of the players and Coach, so Sabatini stepped in to defend them. At this point, the argument became so fiery that they almost came to blows and had to be separated by staff and players.

-source: Football Italia

The heavy loss to Bologna today caused a lot at tension at Sampdoria. Following today’s match, sporting director Walter Sabatini abruptly resigned after an argument with president Ferrero who had descended to the locker room to express his disappointment over the performance. Sabatini defended the players and coach which led to an escalation which resulted in his abrupt resignation.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Everyone wants the best possible deal


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