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    Jack Grealish poses in new Aston Villa kit giving fans hope he’ll snub Chelsea and Man City transfer interest

    JACK GREALISH has treated Aston Villa fans to a cheeky strip tease.And it has left many of them feeling rather excited about Villa’s chances of keeping their iconic skipper out of Manchester City’s clutches.
    Jack Grealish pictured wearing the Aston Villa’s new 2021-22 Kappa kit
    Pessimistic Villa fans feared they would never see Jack Grealish in their club’s colours again
    Pessimistic Villa fans feared they would never see Grealish in their club’s colours again when he headed off for England duty, amid rumours Pep Guardiola was preparing to launch a £100million bid after the Euros.
    However Grealish surprised and delighted his Villa fanbase when he was pictured wearing the club’s new 2021-22 Kappa kit when it was launched yesterday.
    The club’s poster-boy was shown in snaps with his feet up at Villa Park modelling the new look, while declaring his love for his hometown club in a promotional video.
    “Everyone knows what claret and blue means to me,” commented the England midfielder.
    “I’ve been a Villa boy all my life, and I love playing for this club.”
    That was enough to convince fans the only walking Jack will be doing this summer is on the catwalk!
    The Villa faithful took to social media, with one fan commenting: “No way they’d promote him this much if he’s off. Never in doubt.”
    While another believer added: “So, Jack’s staying then. Knew it all along.”

    Unfortunately for Grealish’s army of Villa fans, the snaps of their hero were taken several weeks ago, before the midfielder joined up with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
    In fact City fans remain convinced they are on course to increase the amount of Sky Blue Grealish will be sporting this term.
    City also released their new home kit yesterday with many commenting that they expect to see it being worn by the Villa skipper by the time the new season kicks off.
    One Tweeted: “Classic kit! @JackGrealish you’ll look good in this one.”
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    Erling Haaland is already in England, jokes Dortmund chief as Chelsea transfer target misses pre-season fitness test

    BORUSSIA DORTMUND sporting director Michael Zorc joked Erling Haaland is ‘already in England’ as he missed pre-season training. Haaland was absent at Dortmund’s preparations for the start of the season, but it was laughed off by club chief Zorc.
    Dortmund chief joked Erling Haaland is ‘already in England’ as he missed pre-season trainingCredit: Getty
    He told Sky Germany: “Erling is already in England.”
    The Norwegian is among the strikers linked with Champions League holders Chelsea, who are on the hunt for a striker this summer.
    Timo Werner, 25, managed only 12 goals with Tammy Abraham, 23, and Olivier Giroud, 34, also facing uncertain futures.
    It is believed Dortmund goal machine Haaland, 20, has since emerged as their priority target.
    Some reports have suggested Chelsea have even started talks with his agent Mino Raiola.
    It is understood Dortmund have set a £150million price tag on the forward this summer, but Haaland has a £65m release clause come into play next year.
    If he remains at Dortmund, it will spark an even bigger transfer pursuit.
    It leaves Chelsea considering matching the fee the German side have laid out already.

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    But Dortmund are in no rush to sell Haaland, having agreed a £73m deal for winger Jadon Sancho, 21, to leave for Manchester United.
    Zorc added: “Nothing has changed. We are firmly planning with Erling for the new season.”
    Sancho is expected to complete his medical to United this summer before enjoying a well earned summer holiday.
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    Chelsea ‘preparing £150m Erling Haaland transfer bid after positive talks with Borussia Dortmund star’s camp’

    CHELSEA are preparing a bid of £150million for Erling Haaland after holding talks with his representatives, according to reports. The Blues are on the hunt for a striker this summer despite winning the Champions League last season.
    Chelsea are preparing a bid of £150m for Erling Haaland, according to reportsCredit: Getty
    Timo Werner, 25, managed only 12 goals with Tammy Abraham, 23, and Olivier Giroud, 34, also facing uncertain futures.
    Borussia Dortmund goal machine Haaland, 20, has emerged as their priority target.
    According to 90Min, Chelsea have started negotiations with the Norwegian’s agent Mino Raiola.
    Personal terms are said to be not an issue and Haaland is open to a move to West London.
    It is understood Dortmund have set a £150m price tag on the forward, but the Blues see an offer of £135m more preferable.
    Haaland has a £65m release clause come into play next year but if he remains at Dortmund, it will spark an even bigger transfer pursuit.
    It leaves Chelsea considering matching the fee the German side have laid out already.
    Dortmund are in no rush to sell Haaland, having agreed a £73m deal for winger Jadon Sancho, 21, to leave for Manchester United.
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    Chelsea are also looking to make space in their squad with AC Milan in talks to sign Frenchman Giroud.
    The World Cup winner extended his Stamford Bridge contract in April, with the European Champions unwilling to let him leave for nothing.
    Milan, runners up to rivals Inter in the league last season, are still in talks with Giroud’s agent over a potential £3.5m move.
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    Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko’s wife Kristen is an ex-American model, who posed with the ex-Chelsea star in saucy shoot

    UKRAINE manager Andriy Shevchenko is the football legend who has won it all – including the heart of a stunning American model.The ex-Chelsea ace, who played for the Blues from 2006 to 2009, has led his country to a quarter-final place at Euro 2020, where they will take on England.
    Andriy Shevchenko, pictured with wife Kristen, has led the Ukraine at the Euros
    Shevcheno and Kristen posed in a sexy photoshoot for GQ in ItalyCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    The photoshoot took place in 2003 when Shevchenko was in his prime at AC Milan
    However, before that – when the now 44-year-old was starring in Italy for AC Milan in the early noughties – he was posing in saucy photoshoots for GQ Italia.
    The 2004 Ballon d’Or winner is married to stunning American model, Kristen Pazik.
    And the men’s lifestyle magazine came up with the genius idea to pair them together for a covershoot. Incidentally, it became GQ Italia’s biggest ever seller.
    Pazik’s father Mike is also a MLB legend, having pitched for the Minnesota Twins in the 1970s and helped Kansas City Royals win the World Series in 2015 as their Major League scout.
    MODEL MISSUS
    Blonde bombshell Kristen, now 42, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Polish descent.
    She met Shevchenko at a fashion show in Milan in the early 2000s, where he was one of the best players in the world.
    The pair were instantly smitten, and they appeared topless on the front cover of the Italian version of GQ in a saucy photoshoot in 2003.
    Pazik and Shevchenko’s chemistry can be seen throughout the photoshootCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    The semi-naked shoot was an eye-opener for Serie A fansCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    Pazik was born in America and is of Polish originCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    Shevchenko and Pazik became the glam couple of Italian football after the GQ photoshootCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    In the snaps Shevchenko also posed toplessCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    Three years after this shoot, Pazik and Shevchenko married in Washington DCCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI

    In the snaps the chemistry between them is seemingly electric, with Shevchenko draped across the semi-naked beauty.
    Other images show a topless Sheva looking suggestively down the lens.
    That issue is GQ Italy’s biggest seller of all-time, and put the super-couple on the map.
    A year later Kristen, who boasts 276-inch pins, and Shevchenko married on a golf course in Washington DC.
    They have four sons, including one boy – Kristian – who is on Chelsea’s books.
    Pazik walks the runway at the Rocco Barocco show during Milan Fashion WeekCredit: Rex Features
    Shevchenko met Kristen in the early noughties when he played for AC MilanCredit: Rex Features
    The pair were cover stars for the Italian version of GQ magazine
    Pazik boasts legs measuring 276 inchesCredit: The Mega Agency
    Shevchenko’s son Kristian, 14, is on the books at Chelsea
    SHE LOVES CHELSEA
    When Shevchenko was to be sold by AC Milan, both Manchester United and Chelsea declared their interest.
    However, the forward’s wife reportedly helped her husband make his mind up.
    Kristen was said to have become close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife Irina, who apparently whisked the beauty around Sloane Square’s glitzy designer boutiques.
    Soon after, Shevchenko chose to move to West London, but he told Gazetta Sport that his wife wasn’t the deciding factor.
    “My wife has nothing to do with this, we decided together for the best interests of our family,” he said.

    Shevchenko and Pazik pose with legendary designer Giorgio ArmaniCredit: Getty Images
    Pazik reportedly influenced Shevchenko to move to Stamford Bridge and was friends with Roman Abramovich’s ex-wife IrinaCredit: Rex Features
    Blonde bombshell Pazik reportedly loved the trendy boutiques West London offersCredit: Rex Features
    In the early days of their romance Shevchenko and Pazik would speak Italian to one anotherCredit: © GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI
    “I don’t speak English, my wife does not speak Ukrainian – the only language we have in common at the moment is Italian.
    “The only way to be able to teach our children our love that we have for them is the English language.”
    At the turn of the year, Shevchenko was linked to the Chelsea job but lost out to Thomas Tuchel.
    You can’t help think that one day he might just end up in the managerial seat at Stamford Bridge.
    STRIKE IT LUCKY
    Shevchenko isn’t the only sports star in his family. His father-in-law is a MLB legend.
    Mike Pazik was a pitcher who was a first round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 1971.
    He enjoyed three seasons at Minnesota Twins from 1975-77, then served as a pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox from 1995-98.
    Ukraine boss Shevchenko has managed to get his team into the Euro 2020 quarter-finalsCredit: AP
    Shevchenko and Pazik have been married for 17 yearsCredit: Instagram / @kristenpazik1
    Shevchenko’s father-in-law is baseball legend Mike PazikCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mike Pazik is now the Major League scout at Kansas City Royals

    Pazik is currently working with the Kansas City Royals as a Major League scout.
    In 2015, he helped the team win the World Series for only the second time in their history.
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    Chelsea ‘make transfer offer’ for Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid legend, 35, set to leave club on a free

    CHELSEA have reportedly made an offer to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.The centre-half recently confirmed he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season as a free agent.
    Chelsea are reportedly in for Real Madrid legend Sergio RamosCredit: AFP
    Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.
    But according to El Chiringuito, Chelsea are one of four clubs to have offered the 35-year-old terms.
    The others in the race are Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG.
    ESPN claim the veteran defender is going through the pros and cons of each potential move.
    It’s said that City are willing to offer Ramos a two-year contract at Eastlands, which they’d ‘reassess’ in the summer of 2023.
    Ramos, however, is said to have reservations about a move to Manchester.
    The four-time Champions League winner is reportedly concerned about the ‘impact’ a move to Manchester would have on his four sons, and wife Pilar Rubio.

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    Ramos is believed to be on Paris Saint-Germain’s shortlist this summerCredit: AFP

    Ramos’ imminent exit from Madrid brings about the end of a 16-year love affair with Los Blancos.
    But according to Real president Florentino Perez, the former Sevilla man was offered a new deal at the Bernabeu.
    During an appearance on El Transistor, Perez said: “I had a tough time at Sergio Ramos’ farewell [event].
    “I love Sergio Ramos like a son.
    “I wasn’t with him at the [farewell] press conference because I’ve never been to a press conference with any player.
    “I have an adoration for Sergio Ramos, and I’m not going to talk about the bickering.
    “He has been a legend at Real Madrid and that’s what we Real Madrid fans are left with.
    “We offered him a contract, we gave him a deadline and he didn’t accept it.
    “He was thinking about other things and life goes on. He will do very well for sure, and this is his home.
    “I would be delighted if Sergio Ramos went to a club that offered him what we have not been able to offer him.”
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    Chelsea interested in Barcelona outcast Miralem Pjanic but face three-club transfer battle with Juventus and PSG

    MIRALEM PJANIC is reportedly attracting interest from Chelsea, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a Barcelona fire sale.The LaLiga giants are facing mounting debt and have been told to drastically cut their wage bill.
    Miralem Pjanic reportedly favours a move to JuventusCredit: Getty
    Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite are just some of the players linked with moves this summer.
    According to ESPN, midfielder Pjanic is among them.
    The 31-year-old signed only 12 months ago from Juventus in a contrived swap deal for Brazilian playmaker Arthur Melo.
    Yet he has failed to light up the Camp Nou and did not score a goal during their failed LaLiga title bid.
    Therefore Barcelona are said to be ready to accept a reasonable bid for Pjanic.
    Massimiliano Allegri signed the Bosnian for Juventus in 2016 and helped turn him into one of the world’s top central midfielders.

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    The Italian is now back in Turin for the new season and is reportedly interested in securing Pjanic’s return.
    But the Old Lady are thought to not be too keen on a permanent transfer with a significant fee.
    Whether a loan deal is of interest to Barcelona remains to be seen.
    Earlier in the summer, the player was said to want a move back to Italy.

    Chelsea and PSG have also been named by Le10Sport as considering a loan bid.
    Thomas Tuchel is preparing to spend big to turn his Blues team into Premier League title challengers.
    On the German’s wishlist is a new centre-back with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde strongly linked alongside Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.
    Former striker Romelu Lukaku has also been lined up but is not thought to be ready to leave Inter Milan.
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    Mount and Chilwell train alone while Kane, Sterling and Co do heavy lifting as England step up Germany preparations

    MASON MOUNT and Ben Chilwell are moving closer to returning to full training – but not too close.Mount and Chilwell did drills on a pitch well away from the rest of the England squad – and socially distant from each other – as preparations for Tuesday’s last 16 clash with Germany moved up a gear.
    Mason and Ben Chilwell are moving closer to returning to full trainingCredit: The Sun
    Ben Chilwell training on his ownCredit: The Sun
    Harry Kane joined by Reece James, Jadon Sancho and John Stones in trainingCredit: AFP
    The Chelsea pair have been in isolation since having been in “close contact” with Blues team-mate Billy Gilmour.
    Gilmour tested positive for Covid-19 after chatting in the tunnel with Mount and Chilwell following the bore draw with Scotland on June 18.
    Their quarantine period will expire only at midnight on Monday, but they will be available for selection against Germany.
    England players know the weight of the task against their old rivals on Tuesday night.
    Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling & Co were pictured on the main training pitch doing some heavy lifting.
    Gareth Southgate’s men carried weight bags as they trained on Saturday morning at St George’s Park.
    Chilwell is yet to feature at the Euros, but Gareth Southgate may well pick Mount despite the disruption to his schedule.

    Phil Foden was left out against the Czech Republic due to being on a yellow card and will be hoping to return to the starting XICredit: PA
    Harry Kane is yet to scoreCredit: Reuters
    Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell did drills on a pitch well away from the rest of the squadCredit: The Sun
    The Chelsea pair have been in isolationCredit: The Sun
    Gareth Southgate was keeping a close eye on his playersCredit: Reuters
    Jordan Pickford looked in good spirits having not let in a goalCredit: Reuters

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    Mount had established himself in Southgate’s starting 11 before the bizarre chain of events forced him and Chilwell to return to England’s base at St George’s Park in separate ambulances.
    They have been confined to their hotel rooms except when training on their own to maintain fitness, with separate FA staff overseeing them to prevent any further Covid mishaps.
    Mount and Chilwell have also been joining team meetings and other events remotely.
    Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jack GrealishCredit: Getty

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    Chelsea and Man Utd joined by Tottenham in transfer race for Sevilla star Jules Kounde

    TOTTENHAM have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, reports say. The Frenchman is one of the most sought after defenders in the world currently following a breakthrough season in Spain.
    Spurs have joined Chelsea and United in the race for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, reports say.Credit: Getty
    Managerless Spurs, still yet to confirm a replacement for Jose Mourinho, are the latest club interested in Kounde, according to The Guardian.
    It is claimed he currently has a £69million release clause, but can be expected to move for much less than that in the summer window.
    Real Madrid and Arsenal are also long-term admirers of Kounde – who has just helped France reach the knockout stages of the Euros.
    The Gunners have since closed in on a move for Brighton and England’s Ben White, 23.
    And while Madrid said goodbye to club legend Sergio Ramos, 35, they already have David Alaba, 29, signed as a replacement.
    Kounde, 22, made 49 appearances for Sevilla last season, qualifying for the Champions League just two points behind Barcelona. 
    Only champions Atletico Madrid and Real conceded fewer league goals than Sevilla last term.
    But Kounde put Europe’s elite on red alert last month when he revealed his future could be destined for a move away.
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    He said: “I may have to change clubs this summer. I have not decided anything.
    “My goal is, one day, to evolve into a great club to always try to progress, win trophies.
    “To be able to start the season each year by telling yourself that the goal is win a particular trophy. I might have to move, but that’s not relevant today.”
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