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Vice-chairman Les Reed insists Southampton will only sell players "on the basis it is the right thing for them and the club at that given time" and vows to hold onto centre-back Virgil van Dijk and full-back Cedric Soares.

Van Dijk has been attracting a lot interest recently, and while Liverpool were reported to the Premier League for their illegal approach of the Saints captain and forced into a humiliating apology, the Merseyside outfit may yet come back with a £50-£60 million offer. Soares on the other hand is said to be the target of Barcelona, who switched their attention to the Portugal international after an approach for Hector Bellerin was rebuffed by Arsenal. But, following the sacking of Claude Puel, former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has taken over the Southampton hot seat, and the Chilean is said to be confident of holding onto his prize assets.
Source: The Sun
Jun 28 - 9:55 AM

Jack Wilshere could miss Arsenal’s pre-season tour as his recovery from a fractured fibula is taking longer than originally anticipated.

The injury-plagued midfielder suffered a broken leg while on-loan at Bournemouth in April missing the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign. At the time, Arsène Wenger confirmed it was not serious, and Wilshere was expected to be ready for the start of pre-season: "I think it’s a simple fracture of the fibula and we need to be patience," he said before adding. "He will be back in July." However, it now seems certain that Wilshere, who has one year remaining on his current deal, will not be a part of the travelling squad to Australia and China, although he should be ready to rejoin the group on their return. The injury will not dissuade Arsenal from discussing a possible contact extension, but the deal may include certain clauses which could be linked to his availability. For example, on a pay-as-you-play basis.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 28 - 9:24 AM

Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of completing the signing of Nemanja Matic, but rumours are circulating that the deal will not end the club's interest in Fabinho.

Matic and Fabinho have both been heavily linked with United in recent weeks along with Eric Dier as the club explore options to replace veteran midfielder Michael Carrick. However, now that Matic's arrival appears to be a foregone conclusion, United will still be pursuing Monaco's young midfielder. The Independent explain that José Mourinho seeks Fabinho not just for his midfield talent, but also because he can provide the squad with another option in the right-back slot. United primarily relied on converted winger Antonio Valencia in the role last term. Thus, United will seemingly continue their interest in plundering the Champions League semi-finalists for their talented and versatile Brazilian, while the rest of Europe's elite target those teammates of his who have not yet been snapped up.
Jun 28 - 12:05 AM

Crystal Palace has filled its vacant managerial role by bringing in former Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

The Dutchman most recently coached at Inter Milan at the start of last season after leaving Ajax, where he at one point won four straight league titles. De Boer arrives on a three-year contract at Selhurst Park, bringing his attacking pedigree to the side after manager Sam Allardyce's resignation at the end of the season. Said de Boer: "I’m very excited because it’s been a long period where I haven’t managed a squad, but I’m also excited to be a manager in the biggest league in the world. Crystal Palace is a great club with fantastic facilities to work in and a fantastic fanbase, so I can’t wait to start."
Jun 27 - 10:37 PM

West Ham United have turned down an offer from Mexican top-flight side Tigres for Enner Valencia.

While the Hammers rejected the initial approach by Tigres, the club are keen to offload the forward and remain hopeful a deal can be worked out. The 27-year-old joined West Ham from Mexican outfit Pachuca for £12.5m in 2014 after shining for Ecuador at the World Cup in Brazil, but struggled to make an impact in East London and spent 2016/17 on loan at Everton after being deemed surplus by manager Slaven Bilic. Valencia managed to score just three goals in 23 appearances during his spell at Goodison Park and the Toffees opted to not activate the option to make his move permanent at the end of last season. With West Ham expected to sign one or two new forwards this summer, it seems a forgone conclusion Valencia's days at the London Stadium are over.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 4:18 PM

Everton are on the verge of completing a £25 million move for Burnley centre-back Michael Keane.

The 24-year-old looks set to snub a switch to Manchester United, after Jose Mourinho secured the services of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, in favour of a move to Goodison Park. The deal is close to being finalised and should be completed within the "next couple of days" to take Everton’s spending to over £78 million during this transfer window. The signing of England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was quickly followed by the arrival of Ajax star Davy Klaassen as the Toffees prepare for life without Romelu Lukaku. The addition of Keane to Ronald Koeman’s squad could pave the way for Phil Jagielka to rejoin former club Sheffield United who have been linked in recent weeks. Current manager Chris Wilder said he would "welcome him back with open arms" should Jagielka fancy a return to Bramall Lane. "He's gone from here to have a wonderful career and if we wants to come back and play here for a couple of years we'd be delighted."
Source: The Express
Jun 27 - 4:10 PM

AC Milan have joined the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny as the Italian club look to splash the cash under their new Chinese owners.

The 31-year-old only signed an extension to his current deal 8 months ago, a contract which would keep him at the Emirates until 2020. But, in spite of "feeling very good over here" recent comments hinted that he could be open to a move: "I have always said that I was a Marseille fan when I was younger. When a mythical club like Marseille contact you, it is good. But will I sign for them? I have no idea at all." Arsène Wenger would be very reluctant to part with one of his key assets, particularly given that Arsenal are themselves, looking to strengthen defensively. Despite his man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup final, Per Mertesacker’s best days look to be behind him while Gabriel Paulista divides opinion. Rob Holding, 21, looks an excellent prospect but next season could come too soon, leaving German international Shkodran Mustafi as the only other experienced central defender.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 3:41 PM

Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy has admitted he wants to move back to France and sign with Ligue 1 club Bordeaux.

The 25-year-old sign with the Foxes from Nice last summer on a four-year contract, for £13million fee, and was pinned to be a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante. However, his debut campaign was derailed by injury which limited him to just a handful of appearances. While Mendy has been linked with a move to Nantes, who named former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri as head coach earlier this month, the midfielder is "set on" signing for Bordeaux. "I heard about the interest of Nantes but neither me nor my adviser have been contacted," Mendy told L'Equipe. "Anyway, since my adviser talked to me about the possibility of joining Bordeaux, I'm set on it." Though Mendy is currently recovering from a pair of ankle surgeries, he noted his rehabilitation progress is going excellent: "And now I have the hope of rallying the Girondins [Bordeaux] fairly quickly. It's even an obsession."
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 27 - 3:07 PM

Southampton are thought to be honing in on their first signing in the reign of new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

The had been attempting to sign Lech Poznan's centre-back Jan Bednarek prior to the appointment of the new manager, though it seems his arrival has only moved proceedings forward in this regard. Initially, the Saints were reportedly reluctant to meet Lech's valuation of the player, though it seems they have now made an agreement. The club were believed to be holding out until after the U-21 European Championships, where they thought Bednarek's reputation would be enhanced and his value increased. Instead, the Polish player had a poor championship, with the low point being conceding a penalty en route to getting sent off in a 3-0 defeat to England in the group stages. Even if Virgil Van Dijk leaves Southampton this summer, Bednarek is not being viewed as a replacement and more so as an investment in the future.
Jun 26 - 11:15 PM

Brighton and Hove Albion are exploring a number of options to beef up their left-back slot ahead of the upcoming season.

Albion, who were promoted to the PL as Championship runners-up in 2016/17, had relied upon Gaëtan Bong and Sébastien Pocognoli, on loan from West Brom, to fill that void last season. However, Pocognoli will not be at the AMEX Stadium next season as he is moving to Belgian club Standard Liege. Thus manager Chris Hughton is exploring alternative options. Their principal target is Ingolstadt player Markus Suttner, but the club are not keen to let the experienced set-piece specialist depart. Brighton have placed a bid for him, believed to amount to £2.2 million, but the club refuse to accept the bid and are rumoured to be holding out for a much improved offer of £3.5 million. They have tried to entice Suttner to stay by offering him a new three year contract. However, if Suttner's agent is to be believed, Suttner has no intention of staying. He says playing in the PL is his client's dream, and he is critical of Ingolstadt for refusing to sell the player.
Source: The Argus
Jun 26 - 10:39 PM

Bournemouth are in talks to sign former Blackburn winger Connor Mahoney, who is currently out of contract.

Mahoney, 20, made 14 appearances for Rovers last season in the Championship as they suffered relegation, making four starts. However, his deal at Blackburn expired at the end of the season, with the club resigned to the fact that the player would leave the club to play at a higher level. Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough since Garry Monk took the reigns have been linked with the Englishman, who is capped at youth level, but Eddie Howe's Cherries are now believed to be leading the race to secure his signature. While Bournemouth do not have to pay a transfer fee to Blackburn for the player, as he is under 24 years old they must agree compensation with the club or have a figure fixed by a tribunal.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 26 - 10:51 PM

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has completed a permanent transfer to French side Lyon.

The Burkina Faso international joins Lyon on a five-year contract for a fee of €10 million, with the deal including a 15 per cent sell on clause for Chelsea should the Ligue 1 outfit decide to sell the striker in the future. The 21-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2014 and spent the first 18 months of his Blues career on loan at Vitesse, scoring 17 goals in 48 Eredivisie appearances. Traore returned to Stamford Bridge for the 2015-16 season and made 16 starts, scoring four goals, under Jose Mourinho and caretaker manager Guus Hiddink. But the arrival of Michy Batshuayi saw Traore sent out on loan to Ajax last season, where he turned heads with 13 goals in 39 appearances and shined on the club's run to the Europa League final. Traore becomes the third Chelsea player to leave this summer following the sale of Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) and Christian Atsu (Newcastle).
Jun 26 - 4:13 PM




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