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Rumor Mill: Arsenal target Saliba; Spurs lead for Ndombele; Kompany as player-manager?

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New Arsenal target

Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for teenage Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, Goal understands. The 18-year-old defender has enjoyed a breakthrough season in France, making 17 appearances in all competitions.

-source: Goal

Coming to Bavaria

The end of Setien at Betis


Spurs favorites for Ndombele?

According to the information of Telefoot, the most assiduous club on the back is Tottenham. On the trail of the Lyonnais since last season, the London club already submitted offers to recover the player. After two windows of mercato - been 2018 and January 2019 - without arrival, a direct result of the construction of its new stadium, now operational, the finalist in the champions league goes back to the foreground on the transfer market. Mauricio Pochettino, the technician of the Spurs, is, it, the player in high esteem.

-source: Telefoot


Take a bow

Extension for Mertens

Napoli will reportedly offer Dries Mertens a one-year extension on his current contract, tying him to the San Paolo until 2021. According to today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian forward will meet with Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli after the final game of the season with Bologna to finalize the deal.

-source: Football Italia

Change at Milan

Several sources claim Milan director Leonardo is among several figures who will be replaced this summer by CEO Ivan Gazidis. The Rossoneri are struggling to snatch fourth place from Atalanta, with reports in the Corriere dello Sport that they could even take a plea bargain with UEFA over Financial Fair Play violations, accepting a season out of continental competition if they only qualify for the Europa League. According to Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport this afternoon, Leonardo’s future is nowhere near secure and he is increasingly likely to leave at the end of this term.

-source: Football Italia

Roma managerial news

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has emerged as a candidate for the Roma job, claim Sky Sport Italia. Eusebio Di Francesco was fired in March and Claudio Ranieri was only ever brought in as a caretaker until the end of the season.

-source: Football Italia

Max Allegri has emerged as a surprise candidate for the Roma bench, as President James Pallotta has reportedly asked after the Juventus Coach. According to both Il Messaggero and the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri is the hot name on the list of potential candidates to take over at the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

-source: Football Italia

Officially official

Rejected again

In recent weeks Manchester United have made attempts to sign two men from the most exciting team in European football. Ajax rejected the English Premier League club’s offer for their young goalkeeper Andre Onana. Ajax’s teenage centre back and captain Matthijs de Ligt has made it clear that he intends to move elsewhere.

-source: Duncan Castles


Price for Wan-Bissaka

Crystal Palace have placed a remarkable £60million price tag on young defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka in an attempt to deter Manchester United from trying to sign him this summer. Palace, who fear losing Wilfried Zaha, are determined not to lose both of their star assets in the same window and their statement of intent has been relayed to Old Trafford who have long admired the 21-year-old right-back.

-source: Daily Mail

Next in line

Bournemouth are ready to follow up their capture of defender Lloyd Kelly with a move for £15m Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Landing a new goalkeeper is another of Howe’s summer priorities and he has been closely assessing England stoppers Pope and Stoke’s Jack Butland. Offering out-of-favor Asmir Begovic back to his former club Stoke as a makeweight was considered in a bid to try and bring the cost of a deal for Butland down. But Pope, 27, is likely to be the slightly cheaper of the two and Bournemouth are now set to firm up their interest with an opening offer.

-source: Daily Mail

A surprising name

Simone Inzaghi is increasingly likely to be the new Juventus Coach, as multiple sources claim the Lazio tactician has been in talks to replace Max Allegri. According to Sport Mediaset, La Stampa and now the Corriere dello Sport, Inzaghi has been contacted and told to wait for further information.

-source: Football Italia

Thorgan moves

Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Eden Hazard, has officially announced his transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund: ”The reasons are clear when you are called by such a great team. Axel Witsel? It’s a good thing that I already know someone at the club.” The 1993 born player, therefore, has played his last match for Die Fohlen.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio


Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has played his last game for the club, in their final match of the season at Levante. Diego Simeone’s side brought down the curtain on their 2018-19 campaign, with a 2-2 draw at the Ciutat de Valencia, and the Spanish international was joined in bidding farewell to the club, by skipper Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann.

-source: Football Espana

Jovic replacement?

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Digne on the left, Meunier on the right

Certainly a straight shooter

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