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New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic is battling to make next weekend's opener at Anfield because of a hamstring injury suffered during the Reds' preseason tour.

Lazar Markovic has been ruled out of Liverpool's final preseason match against Borussia Dortmund casting a doubt on whether one of Europe's brightest young talents can recover in time to face Southampton a week from today. Arriving for a fee in excess of $30 million the attacking midfielder is blessed with rapid acceleration and pace and can pay down either flank or through his more traditional central role. Markovic adds to a list of growing concerns for manager Brendan Rodgers who is already without Adam Lallana because of a knee ligament strain while Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan and Fabio Borini have all suffered injuries during the build-up to the start of the British Premier League season.
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Marten de Roon has admitted he wants to continue playing at the "highest level" after Middlesbrough's relegation, casting doubt over the midfielder's long-term future at the Riverside.

The tough-tackling Dutchman joined Middlesbrough from Italian outfit Atalanta last summer for £12m and was one of the club's top performers in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring five goals while playing in a more advanced role. The likes of Everton and West Brom have already been linked with the 26-year-old, who is under contract at Boro until 2020, but has admitted that staying in the top-flight is a top priority. "Of course, you want to play at the highest level so we're going to see what's happening in the summer, he told Fox Sports. "But for now I'm still at Middlesbrough and I have a contract. If I play next year, we are going to try to come back as soon as possible." Should de Roon be made available, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the Premier League next season.
Source: Gazette Live
May 24 - 4:47 PM

Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to claim the Europa League for the first time in the club's history.

The victory means that United have secured a berth in the group stages of next season's Champions League, ultimately rendering Jose Mourinho's first season in charge as a success. United stood off Ajax and prevented them playing their direct, free-flowing game by creating a classic Mourinho barrier. Their rigid defensive system blocked the young Dutch side and Ajax's attempts to play over the lines were thwarted by United's superior physical attributes. Marouane Fellaini was particularly impressive in this regard. Pogba put United in control after just 18 minutes, benefiting from a fortuitous deflection. Mkhitaryan extinguished any residual hopes of a comeback after half-time with a snap overhead kick from three yards while Lingard fluffed a late one-on-one. Jose Mourinho triumphs again in a big game thanks to a bespoke plan for the big day.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 5:14 PM

Middlesbrough have announced that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of June after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 35-year-old joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer at the start of the season following a summer move from Manchester United, but has decided to move on following their relegation to the Championship. While Valdes was unable to keep Boro in the Premier League, he was one of the club's top performers during a turbulent campaign. The former Barcelona shot-stopper made 28 appearances and kept eight clean sheets, before picking up a rib injury that forced him to miss the final seven matches. "Valdes’ contract has been terminated by mutual consent," a statement on the club's official website read. Valdes' departure does not however signal an indefinite end to his time in England, with reports hinting at a potential reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
May 24 - 3:12 PM

Juventus have completed a £17.3m deal to sign loan star Juan Cuadrado permanently from Chelsea.

After two stellar seasons on loan, Juventus have exercised their option to sign Cuadrado on a permanent basis. The Colombia international joined Chelsea in early 2015 from Fiorentina, but returned to Italy the follow season and has since helped the Juve to back-to-back Serie A titles and this season's Champions League final. Cuadrado, who appeared just once at the start of the 2015/16 season before joining Juventus, leaves Stamford Bridge having made just 13 Premier Leauge appearances for Blues.
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 2:04 PM

Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has scuppered his chances of appearing in the German Cup final for Eintracht Frankfurt as well as his chances of securing a permanent deal at the club.

Varela has been on loan at Frankfurt since last summer and had been due to play the final against Dortmund on Saturday. However, he was ruled out of the final after a tattoo he acquired contrary to the expressed wishes of his German club became infected. The Uruguayan right-back has now been suspended and sent home to Manchester, with a Frankfurt board member quoted as saying "With this action, Guillermo’s time at Frankfurt is over." The club had previously been exploring extending his loan. Manchester United manager José Mourinho is rumoured to be planned to eject Varela from the club this summer.
May 24 - 2:08 PM

The agent of Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Dimitri Seluk, said the midfielder has yet to receive a new contract offer from the club.

Contrary to reports in the media, Seluk said he has not heard from the club over a new deal in months with Toure's current contract set to expire in just over a month. But Seluk said his client won't just wait around despite his desire to remain at the club: "I read a lot of stories about a new City contract but I know nothing about this. The last time I spoke to anyone at City was in Monaco in March...There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club. He has given his heart to the club and he would find it difficult to leave City."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 2:30 PM

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed the club will do everything in its power to keep Mamadou Sakho.

The Liverpool defender made only eight Premier League appearances since arriving in the winter transfer window, but the club recorded four clean sheets and five wins in that span before the Frenchman suffered a season-ending injury. But with Liverpool reportedly holding out for £30 million, it could be an uphill battle for Palace to make the loan permanent. "The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool," Parish said. "I'm sure there'll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course we'd like to, I'm not going to try and be coy or clever on that. He's a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let's hope we can do it."
Source: Daily Mail
May 24 - 2:35 PM

Hull City manager Marco Silva looked to be on the verge of taking charge of Porto in his homeland yesterday. However, it now seems he may stay in England after all.

The Independent are reporting that Silva spent most of Wednesday organising to leave the Hull City job after talks in Portugal broke down over salary and budget. He will begin working out his next step in football on Thursday. Silva, 39, is understood to have impressed Crystal Palace's board by bringing Hull onto the cusp of Premier League survival. He is their primary target to replace Sam Allardyce after he unexpectedly departed. The paper adds that Watford are still keen on attracting the Portuguese's services, while Southampton are understood to have moved him down their shortlist. Burnley's Sean Dyche is also in the running for the job at Selhurst Park but there are a number of large obstacles on both sides which make the chances remote.
May 24 - 1:20 PM

US U20 international Gedion Zelalem has reportedly torn his anterior cruciate ligament while playing the the opening match of the tournament for the Stars and Stripes. If confirmed he will miss approximately nine months of action.

If it turns out that the initial diagnosis is correct then this will be a big blow for the 20-year-old midfielder tipped to be an emerging star at both Arsenal and for the US Men's National Team. One of the concerns over Zelalem's development is his slight frame and a long-term injury will not help the perception that he may end up being too frail to compete at the highest level. Zelalem was likely to be loaned out again next season given where he is in his development and the number of creative midfielders ahead of him at the Emirates. This injury will likely mean that he'll have to wait until the 2018-19 season to get his next loan move unless a short term move to Major League Soccer becomes a possibility.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:23 PM

Newcastle has started preparing for their return to the Premier League by making their loan move for Christian Atsu permanent with a 4 year contract after paying a reported £6.2 million transfer fee.

The move seems like a solid one economically for the Magpies as Atsu was productive during his season on Tyneside. Starting just under half of the Magpies' matches in the Championship (15) and coming on in 17 further, he scored five goals and contributed three assists. Certainly not a star contribution but a solid one given his part time role. At 25-years-old though, the question is how much upside Atsu has to improve on his performances taking a step up in competition.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:34 PM

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final which may force Arsène Wenger into a change of formation.

The Arsenal manager provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides Wembley visit. Following on the heels of Laurent Koscielny’s failed attempt to overturn Sundays red-card, Wenger confirmed Gabriel Paulista could be missing for up-to two months after scan results revealed the centre-back damaged his medial knee ligament against Everton. With Shkodran Mustafi [concussion] yet to re-join the group, Arsenal could ditch their 3-4-2-1 formation which has served them so well during the season run-in: "I have to decide until Saturday [whether to keep a back three or not] - we’ll test that in training until then," Wenger said. On a brighter note, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs have returned to full training and all three are in contention for Saturday.
Source: The Mirror
May 24 - 11:00 AM




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