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    How Man City could line-up next season with Pep splashing cash including Koulibaly and Havertz but Stones out

    PEP GUARDIOLA is set to align a stunning array of stars to try and win back the Premier League title.
    Monday’s successful appeal against their Champions League ban means the club are now well-positioned to launch a summer spending spree.

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    How Man City could line up next season after their Champions League ban was overturned
    A number of positions are said to be at the forefront of Guardiola’s mind, including the defence and his flanks.
    Leroy Sane’s exit to Bayern Munich will prompt a serious investment in a replacement with SunSport recently revealing City’s interest in Kai Havertz.
    The Bayer Leverkusen star is also wanted by Chelsea after setting Bundesliga alight but is said to want Champions League football next season – something the Blues are in danger of missing out on.
    According to the Telegraph, as many as four other players could arrive at the end of the campaign.

    Three of those could be defenders with Kalidou Koulibaly strongly linked with a switch from Napoli.
    A younger centre-back, such as Benfica’s Ruben Dias or Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, could also be targeted to back up the first-choice pair of Koulibaly and Aymeric Laporte, particularly if John Stones goes.

    Everton and Arsenal are understood to be chasing the England international who has hardly featured this season.
    Completing the summer splurge could be Ben Chilwell as City reportedly continue to mull over a bid for a new left-back.

    And a new striker may be brought in if Sergio Aguero continues to motion towards the exit door once his contract expires in June 2021.
    The Telegraph report adds that any incoming signings may want guarantees that Guardiola is sticking around ahead of his deal running out in 12 months’ time – but the confirmation of Champions League football will still be a huge boost to City’s hand in negotiations.

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    Liverpool ‘to extend Dejan Lovren’s contract in shock move but will still sell him with Zenit showing transfer interest’

    LIVERPOOL will reportedly hand Dejan Lovren a shock contract extension – but will still sell him amid interest from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
    The Croatian has made just ten Premier League appearances for the champions this season and has a year remaining on his contract at Anfield.

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    Liverpool are set to extend Dejan Lovren’s contract – but will still sell him, with Zenit interested
    According to Goal, the Reds will trigger an extension to Lovren’s contract until the summer of 2022, but are still likely to sell the 30-year-old in the next transfer window.
    Zenit are said to be among a herd of European clubs looking to snap up the centre-back from Anfield.
    Reports in Russia had suggested that Zenit want to hash-out a bargain price for the Reds defender – given that he has just one year to run on his current deal.
    Liverpool may want to tie Lovren down for another year to avoid him walking away for free in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side were even said to have moved ahead of Manchester City in the race for Kalidou Koulibaly by offering Lovren as part of a transfer.
    Anfield chiefs were hoping to get just under the £20m they paid Southampton for the defender back in 2014 amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
    The Croatian was widely criticised for his role in Liverpool’s defeat at Watford – their first Premier League loss of the season.
    But despite his underwhelming Reds performances in recent times, Roma and Lazio are all said to be keen on signing the centre-back.

    Speaking to Sky Sports in June, Lovren admitted he has struggled to accept falling down the pecking order under Klopp.
    He said: “It has been a test for me.
    “But in these moments, I think you should stick with the team even more, to show your quality even if you are not on the pitch with the first XI.

    “The next day in training, you should give everything, just to respect your team-mates.
    “Of course, it’s not the happiest moment when I see myself on the bench, but it’s the decision of the manager.
    “I respect it and I am always the guy who will work 200 per cent behind closed doors.
    “It’s just part of football. If 20 players could play, it would be nice, but there are only 11 places. Whoever is in the best shape will play and that’s fair enough.”

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    Man City plot huge overhaul with up to FIVE new transfers and Koulibaly top target after Champions League ban overturned

    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a major summer overhaul after their Champions League ban was overturned.
    Monday’s news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has accepted their appeal against alleged Financial Fair Play breaches is said to have served as a green light to proceed with some serious spending.

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    Man City face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea to snap up Senegal international KoulibalyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Pep Guardiola is hoping to close the gap to Liverpool by beefing up his defence after feeling the impact of individual errors in their title defeat this year.
    Therefore as many as three purchases could be made at centre-back and left-back.
    According to the Telegraph, the coach’s frustration with Benjamin Mendy is tempting him towards a bid for Ben Chilwell.
    The Leicester star is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United with City described as pondering their own approach.

    At the very least, remaining in the mix could force their rivals – as the Eastlands club managed when Harry Maguire cost United £85million last summer.
    City’s failure to capture a new central defender like Maguire was criticised throughout their failed title defence and Guardiola could be out to make up for lost time this summer.

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    How City could line up next season
    It is reported that Kalidou Koulibaly is a major target, rated by Napoli at upwards of £75million.
    On top of that, a younger second signing may be made in the position to replace John Stones, were the England international to leave.

    Among the names touted for City are Caglar Soyuncu, Nathan Ake, Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar, Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou and Pau Torres of Villarreal.
    That would significantly bolster Guardiola’s options with the club said to be doubting Barcelona’s ability to launch a significant bid for Eric Garcia.
    FLYING WITHOUT WINGS
    Leroy Sane and David Silva’s exits will also require attention in the summer market.
    The club’s coffers were boosted by around £55m with the German’s move to Bayern Munich, and £389m arrived via private equity firm Silver Lake’s November investment.
    Monday’s overturned ban should also make City at least £200m if they can go far in the Champions League in the coming seasons.
    That should provide enough funds to sign a winger to replace Sane, with Kai Havertz revealed by SunSport to be a target amid rumours about Jack Grealish and Saul Niguez.

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    Reportedly rounding off the transfer spree could be another striker to complement Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
    Out of contract in 12 months’ time, the Argentine forward has previously vowed to consider a move back to South America.
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    Man Utd vs Southampton: Live stream FREE, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for TONIGHT’s big Premier League clash

    MAN UTD welcome Southampton to Old Trafford looking to jump into the Champions League places.
    After cross-town rivals Man City were given the all-clear to compete in next season’s competition this morning, the Red Devils must now push for that all important top four spot – and can go third with victory.

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    Man Utd were ruthless as they beat Villa 3-0Credit: AFP
    Southampton meanwhile are enjoying a rich vein of form and in Danny Ings have the division’s hottest marksman.
    The former Liverpool striker is chasing the Golden Boot and netted his 19th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

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    Danny Ings struck again as Saints picked up a point on MerseysideCredit: AP:Associated Press
    When is Man Utd vs Southampton?
    This Premier League clash is the Monday Night Football offering on July 13.
    Kick-off at Old Trafford is set for 8pm BST.
    When the Saints last visited this ground, an 89th minute winner from Romelu Lukaku gave United all three points after a 3-2 victory.
    Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
    You can catch this game live and FREE on Sky Pick, which is available on Freeview 11.
    The match will also be shown on Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.
    If you want 24 hours access to Sky Sports, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on your mobile, tablet, games consoles or laptop.
    What is the team news?
    After a brilliant run of form, Ole could send out the same XI which saw off Aston Villa with no new injury concerns.
    Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain out, but otherwise the Norwegian has a fully fit squad to choose from.

    For the visitors, Jannik Vestergaard could return to the fold after sitting out the Everton draw with a thigh problem.
    But none of Moussa Djenepo, Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery will feature again for the Saints this season.

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    How Man Utd could line-up against Southampton
    Match odds
    Man Utd to win – 2/7
    Draw at Old Trafford – 21/5
    Southampton victory – 9/1
    Both teams to score – 20/23
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    Eden Hazard adds £500,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to his stunning car collection as he shows off new motor in training

    EDEN HAZARD has revved up his Real Madrid career by buying a £500,000 Lamborghini.
    The former Chelsea idol has helped the Bernabeu club hit the fast lane towards the LaLiga title following a slow start.

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    Eden Hazard has splashed out on a new £500k Lamborghini

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    The Belgian drove the Aventador SVJ to training

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    The ex-Chelsea man’s car collection is now worth more than £1MILLION
    And 29-year-old Hazard has now splashed out over half a million euros on a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
    The supercar can do over 217 mph, and go from 0-60 in an incredible 2.8 seconds.
    Belgium international Hazard turned heads when rolling up for training in the Lambo on Sunday.
    And he found favour with Real’s fans by choosing a simple white paint job for the car – matching the club’s colours – rather than opting for a more adventurous shade.

    Hazard has made 20 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring once, in an injury-hit debut season in Spain.

    Questions were raised early on whether the playmaker was good value for his record £90million transfer.
    However he has since helped Zinedine Zidane’s men to the brink of the title.
    They lead arch-rivals Barcelona by a point, with a game in hand, before Monday night’s trip to mid-table Granada.

    Hazard is a well know petrol head and the Lambo is just the latest in an impressive motor collection.
    The midfielder has been spotted in various rides over the years, including a Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, Audi R8 V10, BMW X6, Audi RS4 Avant, Range Rover, Aston Martin Vanquish and Mercedes C Class.
    Audi R8 V10

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    The Audi R8 V10 that’s part of Hazard’s collection is worth £110kCredit: Handout
    Able to hit a top speed of 205mph, Hazard would never be late to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground driving this car.
    Brazil star Neymar also owns an R8, so Hazard’s in good company.
    Price: Around £110k
    BMW X6

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    The BMW X6 is the perfect family car for Hazard, a dad of threeCredit: Handout
    A stylish and reliable SUV, the classic number ten often took his X6 for a spin on match day.
    As a family man, this roomy ‘Beamer’ is also perfect to drive around his missus, Natacha Van Honacker and their three kids for a day out.
    Price: From £60k
    Audi RS4 Avant

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    Hazard loves an Audi
    A regular standard among footballers, including Real Madrid and Barcelona’s elite – who have deals with the car giants – Hazard loves the Audi brand.
    Price: From £60,290
    Range Rover Sport

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    The Range Rover Sport is Hazard’s preference when leaving training
    A Range Rover… every footballer should own one and more or less most of them do.
    Hazard’s preference is the sport model because it’s comfortable and the ideal ride for when he finishes training and can stretch his legs.
    Should be more than enough room for his 5’8″ frame.
    Price: From £60,760
    Aston Martin Vanquish

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    The most expensive car in Hazard’s collection was the classy Aston Martin Vanquish worth £199,950 but the Lambo blows it out the waterCredit: Paul Tonge – The Sun

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    Is classy Hazard pondering what motor to get next?Credit: Reuters
    A classy gents’ car, the Vanquish was the most expensive motor in Hazard’s collection.
    James Bond star Daniel Craig once owned a limited edition version, which was sold at an auction for £344,000.
    Price: From £199,950
    Mercedes C-Class

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    Cool Hazard is a motor car enthusiast

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    The cheapest car in Hazard’s collection is a £32k C-ClassCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    The luxury C-Class has been part of the German brand’s make-up since 1993, when it was first introduced.
    It was also one of the first cars Hazard rocked up in when he signed for Chelsea from Lille back in 2012. Needless to say, he’s moved on since.
    Price: From £32,260
    And finally, Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

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    Hazard’s AMG GTR reaches a top speed of 197.6 mphCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Perhaps the best-looking in his collection, Hazard has a AMG GTR which has a horse power of 430 kW and top speed of 197.6 mph.

    Aston Villa and Man City legend Gareth Barry once had one once upon a time too.
    Price: From £99,245
    That gives us a grand total more £1.1m! Now, that’s not to be sniffed at.

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    The seven Premier League records Liverpool lost out on after Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley

    LIVERPOOL have enjoyed a phenomenal season for the ages, finally winning their title back after 30 barren years.
    Jurgen Klopp’s relentless side have swatted away all competition with aplomb – with neutrals’ hopes of a title-race having fizzled out months ago.

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    Jurgen Klopp saw his champions draw 1-1 with Burnley on SaturdayCredit: PA:Press Association
    But while the German and his fans will likely not care too much, Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield saw a number of potential records tumble out of reach, as per BBC Sport.
    The Reds could still shatter records for most points, home wins, victories and largest title-winning margin.
    But which have fallen by the wayside? Let’s take a look.
    1. MOST GOALS

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    Gabriel Jesus netted the 106th and final goal of Manchester City’s extraordinary 2017-18 campaignCredit: Rex Features
    While this one is technically still possible, I wouldn’t count on it… irrespective of how devastating Liverpool’s front three is.

    Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have frightened the life out of opposition defences all season – but the Reds would need to score 30 times in three games to match Manchester City’s eyewatering tally of 106 from two years ago.
    Upcoming opponents Chelsea have had a dodgy defence this year, but they’re not that generous…
    2. AWAY DAY TRIUMPHS

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    City produced some memorable performances on the road in 2017-18Credit: PA:Press Association
    So we’ve established earlier that Anfield is a fortress for the Reds, but this year it turns out that virtually, well, everywhere has been a fortress for the Reds.
    But even with wins at Arsenal and Newcastle in the coming weeks, Liverpool’s tally of away triumphs this term would reach 15 – one shy of City’s tally in 2018.

    Ironically Pep Guardiola’s side only lost once on the road that season on the way to securing 50 points away from home… at Anfield.
    3. STERNEST DEFENCE

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    Chelsea conceded just 15 goals in the 2004-05 seasonCredit: AFP
    So Liverpool’s defence has been pretty good this season, right?
    Correct. But Chelsea’s 2005 vintage were freakish in their ability to keep the ball out of the net.
    The Reds, marshalled by Virgil van Dijk, have conceded only 27 goals this season – six fewer than anyone else in the Premier League.
    But the Blues, with John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho at the back, conceded just 15 in an entire campaign, keeping 25 clean sheets in the process.
    4. INVINCIBLES

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    Arsenal’s 2004 side remain the only team to have gone a full Premier League campaign undefeatedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    February’s surprising 3-0 loss at Watford put paid to this one.
    For a while it had looked pretty likely, in fact, with the Reds having won 26 of 27 games to that point before travelling to Vicarage Road.
    But Arsenal’s “Invincibles” class of 2004 remain the only side to have gone an entire season undefeated in Premier League history.
    5. GOAL DIFFERENCE

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    City finished the 2017-18 campaign with an almost absurd +72 goal differenceCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Like with the “most goals” record, we can’t say this one 100 per cent for sure.
    But it’d have to be somewhere around 99.9…
    Again this record belongs to Manchester City’s 2017-18 campaign, in which they finished with a frankly ridiculous +72 goal difference.
    Liverpool’s is good, but at +49, there is no way that they can make up 23 goals in just three games.
    6. ENGLISH FOOTBALL’S HIGHEST POINTS TALLY

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    Reading’s 106-point haul definitely warranted an open-top bus parade in 2006Credit: Jasonpix
    Okay, so this one feels a little unfair.
    Yes – Liverpool aren’t going to match or better Reading’s stunning 106-point haul from 2006…
    But the Royals, being in the Championship, had eight more games in which to achieve the amazing feat.
    Steve Coppell’s all-conquering side finished with 31 wins, 13 draws and just 2 defeats in a season that looks likely to never be repeated in the second tier.
    But with Liverpool currently sat on 93 points from 35 games – you’d back them to collect at least 14 more if given another 11 games.
    7. TOP-FLIGHT EUROPEAN FOOTBALL’S HIGHEST POINTS TALLY

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    Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys also tasted a 106-point season, in 2016-17Credit: Rex Features
    This one, I’m afraid, belongs to Brendan Rodgers.
    The Northern Irishman, formerly of Anfield, led Celtic to an unprecedented season of success in his first at the Parkhead-helm back in 2016-17.
    The Bhoys completed a scarcely believable “Invincibles” season of their own, winning 34 games and drawing a further four on their way to a 106-point haul over 38 matches.
    Rodgers, 47, may have angered Hoops fans no end by the way he walked out last season to take on the Leicester City job.
    But his achievements at Celtic Park are likely to live on forever.

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    Tottenham ace Serge Aurier’s brother shot dead at 5am on French highway with killer still on the run

    SERGE AURIER’S brother Christopher has been shot dead.
    The 26-year-old’s killer is still on the run after the incident which took place at 5am in Toulouse, France, according to local media.

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    Christopher Aurier was found with a gunshot wound in his abdomen
    Europe 1 claim local residents called the police after finding the 26-year-old on the ground.
    He was allegedly shot in the stomach before the killer fled the scene.
    The incident is believed to have happened outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
    Christopher was then pronounced dead at Toulouse University hospital.

    Spurs have paid tribute to Christopher with a post shared to their Twitter page.
    Alongside a picture of Serge’s shirt, it read: “The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of the morning.
    “Everybody at the club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family.
    “Our thoughts are with them all.”

    Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe posted: “I am with you… @Serge_Aurier.”
    Wilfried Bony shared a picture to his Instagram page alongside the caption: “Courage my brother. Love and condolences to your family. RIP to your brother.”
    Christopher, brother of 62-cap Ivory Coast international Serge, played football at an amateur level.
    Like Serge, Christopher progressed through the ranks at RC Lens in the early stages of his career.
    He had a trial with Brentford back in 2011, but failed to make the cut with the Championship side.
    Speaking in 2017, he explained of his failed trial: “Brentford were in League One at the time. Everything went well with my trial, but I could not speak English at the time.
    “The coach [Uwe Rosler] told me: ‘It’s a shame you can’t understand my instructions. I’d have signed you otherwise.’

    The Club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier’s brother passed away in the early hours of this morning.Everybody at the Club sends their sincerest condolences to Serge and his family. Our thoughts are with them all. pic.twitter.com/NVw0v9OWCR
    — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 13, 2020

    “I had a trial at Stalybridge, but I did not like it as it was too far away. So I left them – only to spend seven months with a club in Qatar.”
    Most recently the 26-year-old was on the books for fifth division side Toulouse Rodeo.
    Brother Serge was in action yesterday for Tottenham as they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby.

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    Serge Aurier joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017Credit: AP:Associated Press

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