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    Spain vs Argentina LIVE SCORE: Stream free, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Olympic Football group game

    SPAIN and Argentina clash in an Olympic showdown with qualification from Group C still in the balance. Neither side have been in top form so far in the tournament, with the Spanish topping the group despite being held 0-0 by Egypt in their first match. Argentina meanwhile were stunned by the Australians in their first […] More

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    Germany vs Ivory Coast LIVE REACTION: Germans OUT of Olympic football competition after 1-1 draw with Ivorians

    GERMANY are OUT of the Olympic football competition after a 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast. The Ivorians have made it through to the knockout stages along with Brazil. Benjamin Henrichs’ own goal had given the Ivorians the lead before Eduard Lowen bagged an equaliser, but it was not enough for Germany to make it through […] More

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    Chelsea in Kounde talks, Lukaku ‘not for sale’, Messi new contract, Ronaldo to stay Juventus – latest transfer news

    CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla star Jules Kounde.The Blues look to have moved ahead of Man Utd in the race for the Frenchman, who has three years left on his current deal.
    We’ve also got an update on Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta saying he is staying at the club.
    Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract is set to be revealed within the next week, while Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay at Juventus.
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    EXCITED
    Paul Pogba may delay making a decision on his Manchester United future until 2022, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    The midfielder, 28, has been linked with a move away with Paris Saint-Germain one club said to be interested.
    The Frenchman is said to be excited by the moves for Jadon Sancho, 21, and Raphel Varane, 28, with the latter edging closer to an Old Trafford switch after United and Real Madrid agreed a fee.
    As such, a transfer to PSG may now seem less desirable for Pogba.
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    PLAN OF ACTION
    Reports suggest that Arsenal Technical Director Edu is considering a player-plus-cash deal to secure the services of Lautaro Martinez.
    Football.london are reporting that Edu is keen to use Inter’s interest in Hector Bellerin as well as a lump sum to bring the £60million rated striker to the Emirates.
    With the future of Alexandre Lacazette up in the air Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his forward line, and with just two years remaining on Martinez’s contract the Nerazzurri may be forced to cash in before it’s too late.
    PERSONAL TERMS AGREED
    This is a big one.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Chelsea have AGREED personal terms with 22-year-old defender Jules Kounde.
    The club have agreed a contract with the Frenchman that runs until 2026 and are in advanced talks with Sevilla regarding a transfer fee.
    That one has progressed quickly!

    DONE DEAL
    Another done deal to report.
    Former Liverpool and Crystal Palace centre-back has joined Montpellier after leaving Crystal Palace as a free agent.
    According to L’Equipe the 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the French side after an eight year spell in the Premier League.
    DONE DEAL
    Sheffield Wednesday have announced the loan signing of Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
    The 24-year-old joins up with the recently relegated Owls on a one-year loan deal in a bid to further his development.
    Peacock-Farrell acted as back-up to Nick Pope last season but a campaign in League One should see him feature regularly and pick up some much needed game time.
    RUNARSSON DEAL OFF
    It’s been reported in recent days that Runar Alex Runarsson was on the verge of a loan move to Turkish side Altay Spor.
    Runarsson has failed to impress at the Emirates since joining the club from Dijon last summer with the club eager to send the Icelandic international out on loan.
    A move to Turkey was all but done two days ago but now football.london are reporting that the deal has been cancelled.
    Disagreements over a loan fee are said to be the reason, with a deal for the 26-year-old now looking increasingly unlikely.
    ANOTHER ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    Following an enquiry for James Maddison the Gunners have also reportedly made an enquiry for Inter Milan striker Lauro Martinez.
    Spanish outlet Fichajes are reporting that the Argentinian international has been made available for around £60million, with Mikel Arteta eager to add attacking reinforcements.
    The 23-year-old scored 27 goals in 38 Serie A games last season, helping to fire the Nerazzurri to a first Serie A title in ten years.
    However with Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.
    SALES NEEDED
    Manchester United will need to sell players in order to make any more additions, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    United signed Jadon Sancho last week in a deal that will cost the club around £73million.
    And after agreeing a £40m fee with Real Madrid for Varane the Red Devils are committed to spending £113m this summer.
    According to The Telegraph United are targeting an overall net spend between £75m and £100m.
    That means players will have to be sold, particularly if United are to land Kieran Trippier.
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    AU REVOIR ANTONEE?
    Relegated Fulham full-back Antonee Robinson could be on his way out of West London.
    The 23-year-old American international is attracting interest from abroad, with French outfit Bordeaux said to be interested in a loan move for Robinson.
    Robinson was previously on the verge of a move to AC Milan last year, but the move was cancelled at the last minute as an irregular heartbeat was detected on Robinson.
    Manchester City and Wolves are also reportedly keen on Robinson, but Bordeaux are favourites to sign him at this moment in time, according to RMC Sport.
    ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    The Gunners have reportedly made an enquiry for Leicester City star man James Maddison.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be a keen admirer of the 24-year-old England international, who has been linked with a move to North London for a number of months.
    And now football.london are reporting the Gunners have enquired regarding Maddison’s availability but have been put off by the Foxes £60million asking price.
    With Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.

    HAALAND QUOTES
    Chelsea target Erling Haaland has been questioned by Sky Germany regarding the Borussia Dortmund striker being linked with the Blues.
    Haaland seemed to quiet down rumours though, telling the German outlet:
    “Before yesterday I haven’t talked to my agent in a month… you to tell me.
    “But I hope they are just rumours, as €175 million would be a lot of money for one person.”
    BREAKING NEWS
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has declared that Jules Kounde is a top target for Chelsea.
    Last season’s Champions League winners have opened negotiations with Sevilla for the transfer of the highly rated 22-year-old Frenchman.
    Kounde is reportedly open to a move due to the prospect of playing Champions League football.
    He’s also been linked with a move to Manchester United but that would be some signing for Thomas Tuchel.
    BERGE BACK IN TRAINING
    Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is back in training for the Blades, cooling speculation of a potential transfer.
    The 23-year-old has a £35million release clause in his contract, with Arsenal and Napoli both reportedly interested in signing the Norwegian international.
    Yorkshire Live are reporting that no official bid has been made for the Norwegian who missed the Blades pre-season tour to Spain, sparking rumours of a move to North London.
    BID MADE
    Aston Villa have made an opening bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.
    According to Sky Germany Villa have submitted a £25million bid for the 23-year-old Jamaica international.
    Bailey has two years left on his contract so reports suggest Villa’s opening bid will be rejected but Leverkusen are willing to listen to further offers.
    Bailey has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past so a move to Villa Park would be a major coup for Dean Smith and Co.
    NOT DONE YET
    With the transfer of Raphael Varane almost inevitable, Manchester United are already turning their attention to other targets.
    The Manchester Evening news are reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a central midfielder amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba.
    Saul Niguez, Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice are all names that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
    But with £70million being spent on Jadon Sancho and around £40million on Raphael Varane Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to move some players on to free up funds for further transfers.
    AU REVOIR AMINE
    Arsenal target Amine Adli is unlikely to renew his contract with French side Toulouse.
    The 21-year-old forward was named French Ligue 2 player of the year last season after bagging eight goals as well as eight assists.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be an admirer of the youngster, with Brendan Rodgers and Leicester also keen on him.
    Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Toulouse president Damien Comolli said:
    “Is there a possibility that he will renew [his contract]? No. I haven’t believed it for a long time.
    “We’ve had a dozen discussions and at a certain point, when the player doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to.  
    “For me, he will leave. He doesn’t want to stay.”

    WAITING GAME
    Granit Xhaka is reportedly eager for Arsenal and Roma to tie up a deal for the transfer of the midfielder.
    The 28-year-old has been linked with a switch to Rome since before the Euros with a deal being seemingly inevitable.
    But in recent days negotiations seem to have stalled with Arsenal holding out for £17million, a fee which Roma aren’t keen on paying.
    And now Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that Xhaka is so keen for a move he is willing to give up part of his outgoing payment from Arsenal in a bit to force a move through to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
    ERIC’S UNSURE
    Reports emerging from Old Trafford are stating that the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane may also signal the end of Eric Bailly’s United career.
    According to ESPN Eric Bailly is eager to seek clarification of his future at the club when he returns from representing Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympics.
    The 27-year-old only signed a new contract with the club in April after assurances regarding his playing time, but the arrival of Raphael Varane may change that.
    Watch this space.
    TOBY TALKS
    Spurs have this morning confirmed the transfer of centre-back Toby Alderweireld to Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.
    In a video posted on Spurs’ Twitter account, the Belgian said:
    “Hi guys, I want to thank you for everything in the last six years.
    “It’s been an unbelievable road for me, it’s been an honour to play for Spurs and from the moment I arrived I felt [at] home, I felt welcomed.
    “And it was a pleasure to play for this club, [and] for the badge.
    “I wish you all the best for the future and I’m sure we’ll meet again.”
    PHIL STEAM AHEAD
    West Ham boss David Moyes is eager for a reunion with Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to reports.
    With the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid the Red Devils are open to the departure of Jones, who has made just eight appearances in the last two years.
    Hammers boss David Moyes worked with Jones during his spell as United boss and is keen to bring the 29-year-old to East London.
    Jones still has two years left on his contract but some reports are suggesting United would be willing to let him leave on a free transfer.
    MARTIN RUMOUR STARTIN’
    Martin Odegaard is feeling ‘disconnected’ at Real Madrid and ‘considering’ Arsenal return.
    The Norwegian said playing for Los Blancos was his dream earlier this month as the Gunners plotted a move to get him back.
    He joined Arsenal in January and thrived in the latter part of last season but returned to pre-season with Madrid and played in the defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
    Now, Cadena SER claim the distance from his teammates is affecting him as he now ponders a move back to Arteta’s side.

    WANT OUT
    Thomas Tuchel has admitted some of his Chelsea stars will want out the club this summer.
    The European champions are looking to challenge for league success to add to last season’s Champions League.
    With the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley returning from loans, Tuchel admits some are angling for a summer departure.
    Some of them want to look absolutely for the chance to stay, some of them want to maybe leave.
    They’re humans, they’re not robots and that’s why we have to accept it’s not the easiest situation also for them.
    But what I’ve experienced every day is the complete opposite – it’s a very positive group, hardworking, full of desire to learn, hungry in every training session and ready to go.
    It’s such a good mix with the five or six guys who were with us here in the last half-a-year. I’m absolutely happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so nice to be the coach of these guys.Thomas Tuchel
    NOT FOR LAC OF TRYING
    Atletico Madrid are set to renew their interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, reports claim.
    ESPN report that Diego Simeone wants more competition up front having relied heavily on veteran Luis Suarez to win LaLiga last season.
    Atleti now see Lacazette as a solution to their striking conundrum, with Simeone a long-term admirer of the Frenchman.
    They were heavily linked with a move for the Gunners forward last summer and had even tried to sign him when he was at Lyon in 2017.
    SunSport revealed Lacazette is now available after the Emirates side made the decision to not offer their No9. a new contract.
    EVERTON ARE INTER HIM
    Everton are interested in signing defender Stefan de Vrij, according to reports.
    The Inter defender has emerged as a Toffees target, though no bid has yet been lodged.
    Simone Inzaghi is the new Inter boss and has already coached De Vrij and reportedly doesn’t want him to leave this summer.
    And Tuttosport say Everton have made contact with his agent, Mino Raiola.
    BAT OFF
    Michy Batshuayi is being chased by Turkish side Trabzonspor.
    The Chelsea striker is back at Cobham after a loan spell at Crystal Palace.
    And outlet Milliyet claim the Turks are in for the Belgian forward.
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    Tottenham CONFIRM Gil transfer, Cristiano Ronaldo set to STAY at Juventus, Dortmund ‘sign Haaland replacement’ – latest

    CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to stay at Juventus after a summer of uncertainty, according to club chief Pavel Nedved.The Portuguese superstar won the Golden Boot at Euro 2020 and Nedved has confirmed he will report to training this week.
    Elsewhere, Dortmund are closing in on Donyell Malen with reports suggesting he is a replacement for Chelsea target Erling Haaland.
    And Aston Villa are plotting to hand Jack Grealish a bumper new contract as they try and fight off Man City to keep their star man.
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    GABI-GOAL
    EXCLUSIVE – Gabriel Barbosa is one of game’s most gifted players that you have likely never heard of.
    At 24-years-old, the last few seasons have been a rollercoaster of emotions for the striker – from European wonderkid to Serie A failure to returning a hero in his native Brazil.
    And now, with England and Europe’s biggest clubs taking note once more of the man previously dubbed the ‘new Neymar’, Barbosa is ready for whatever is thrown his way.
    Speaking to SunSport, he said: “I feel at my best moment in my career, in full physical and psychological evolution.
    “I am aware that I have to improve and that I can still evolve even more in the coming years, becoming an even more efficient striker. I am working my body and mind daily to achieve these goals.
    “My bad experiences with Inter Milan and Benfica have made me stronger. It is in these moments that we grow up.
    “What I will do differently now is to evaluate the next steps in my career with more care.”
    Read more HERE.

    SHOCK AND AUR
    Serge Aurier paid tribute to Erik Lamela following his move from Tottenham to Sevilla – by branding him a ‘little a**hole’.
    Lamela, 29, has moved to Spain as part of a deal taking Bryan Gil to Spurs.
    Aurier posted an Instagram Story of Lamela posing in Sevilla’s changing room.
    And an accompanying message read: “I will really miss you little a**hole.
    “I love you my brother. I wish you the best for you and your family.
    “I will not be able to take your money to the Uno, but you will always be in my heart hermano, good luck.”

    GUNNAR GO
    Albert Stuivenberg has quit as Wales assistant boss to focus full-time on his role at Arsenal.
    The Dutchman worked alongside interim Dragons manager Robert Page at Euro 2020 but will now concentrate on his daily job as Mikel Arteta’s No2.
    Stuivenberg joined the Welsh set-up in 2017 after being appointed by Ryan Giggs.
    The 50-year-old said: “It has been an honour to be part of the coaching set up with Wales.
    “It has been an exciting period in the history of the game and I have learnt a lot both on and off the field.
    “I thank all the players for the hard work and the incredible, passionate supporters.”

    LUK IT OUT
    Inter Milan have reiterated that Romelu Lukaku is not for sale this summer.
    Chelsea have been linked with a big-money move for their former striker as they look to boost their shot-shy forward line.
    Lukaku himself said before the Euros began that he would be staying.
    And now Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has ruled out the 28-year-old leaving this summer, as he is crucial to new boss Simone Inzaghi’s plans.
    Marotta said: “From our side, we can say yes, absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale.
    “He is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”
    NO PEP TALKS
    Man City defender Pedro Porro has joked Pep Guardiala has no idea who he is as he commented on his future.
    The 21-year-old, who joined the Citizens for around £10million from Girona in 2019, is yet to make his debut for the Premier League giants.
    He was instantly shipped off on loan to LaLiga outfit Real Valladolid, before joining Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon on a two-year loan deal last year.
    Porro, one of a number of forgotten players on the books at Prem clubs, has declared that Guardiola has never spoken to him since his arrival.
    Laughing, he told A Bola: “No, I never spoke to Pep Guardiola.
    “I don’t think he even knows they hired me. But they must be attentive to what I have been doing.”

    AAR YOU SERIOUS?
    Tottenham are reportedly eyeing up a shock move to bring Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey back to North London.
    The 30-year-old midfielder only linked up with Juventus two years ago, but it is understood that the Wales international is already up for sale.
    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport via the Metro, Juventus are keen to get the £250,000-a-week player of their wage bill.
    And Spurs’ Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici is eyeing up a reunion with Ramsey in England’s capital.
    Paratici proved key in helping the Old Lady secure Ramsey’s services in 2019 and it has been claimed he remains a huge admirer of him.
    The Italian news outlet has stated that Juve are aware that their signing of Ramsey has not worked out, despite him winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Super Cup.
    WHITE NOISE
    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has expressed his concern over whether Ben White will make an immediate impact at the Emirates.
    Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “It needs to work out because Arsenal are not in the position to shift out £50m for a player. He’ll definitely have to start.
    “If it does happen and the medical is all good, he’ll have to hit the ground running. It’s a difficult one, it’s a lot of money.
    “They’re looking at the years ahead and they see a future. He can play in midfield or as a full-back.
    “At £50m, you’ve got to be the master of your position.”
    DALOT’S OFF
    Diogo Dalot could be returning to AC Milan, according to reports.
    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has hinted that AC Milan are working on a loan deal with an option to buy for the 22-year-old.
    The Portugese international spent last season on loan at San Siro, with bosses keen for another loan move or even a permanent transfer.
    The arrival of Jadon Sancho and imminent signature or Raphael Varane represent significant investment from the Red Devils, with the sale of Dalot an opportunity to recoup a small amount of money that’s been spent.
    HANDS OFF
    Inter Milan are hoping to tie down Nico Barella to the club by offering the midfielder a new contract in an attempt to fend off interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.
    According to Gazzetto.it, Inter are planning on offering Barella an extension on his current contract which expires in 2024, with many people at the club believing Barella will captain the side in the future.
    The 24-year-old impressed for Italy at Euro 2020, playing for the Azzurri in the final, as well as scoring against Belgium in the 2-1 quarter-final win in Munich.

    MESSI CONTRACT BOOST
    Barcelona reportedly want to announce Lionel Messi’s new contract in the first week of August, writes ANTHONY CHAPMAN.
    And that would allow the Argentine ace to clash once again with old foe Cristiano Ronaldo.
    Messi, 34, is officially a free agent after his Nou Camp contract expired at the start of July.
    However, the legendary forward is reportedly eager to extend his stay with Barcelona.
    And talks are ongoing over a new long-term deal.
    However, the Catalans have been unable to meet Messi’s terms as they struggle to balance the books.
    It’s reckoned a number of players must leave before Messi’s deal can be finalised.
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    MATIC MAKING WAY?
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has suggested that Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic could be on his way out of Old Trafford.
    The 32-year-old has been at the club since 2017, but may well be moved on this summer to free up funds for further signings.
    Romano told The United Stand: “I would say keep an eye on Matic’s situation.
    “Because if they want to sign a new midfielder, I think Matic could be one of the players to leave the club.
    SIGN THE CONTRACT
    Ousmane Dembele is a name that has been repeatedly been linked with Arsenal in recent months.
    And now with the Frenchman entering the last 12 months of his contract now could be a good time for the Gunners to make their move.
    Dembele has been offered a new contract at Camp Nou despite Barca’s financial difficulties, with the club eager to retain his services.
    Mundo Deportivo though are reporting that Dembele has been told by Barca bosses to sign the contract otherwise he will not play.
    An ultimatum like that may push Dembele closer to the exit door, so watch this space.
    RAMSDALE ON THE RADAR
    Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale has been widely linked with a move to the Emirates to provide competition to Bernd Leno for the starting spot in goal next season.
    Sheffield United have reportedly turned down two bids from Arsenal that were around the £20million mark, with Arsenal now preparing a bid worth closer to £30million.
    However the Mirror are reporting that relegated Sheffield United are holding out for £40million, a British transfer record.
    It would match the fee paid by Everton for Jordan Pickford in 2017, but with Ben White reportedly set to sign for the Gunners in a £50million deal, it’s likely that Mikel Arteta would have to free up funds through player sales for a move for Ramsdale to be sanctioned.
    MANCHESTER MEDICAL
    Raphael Varane is set to undergo his Manchester United medical within the next 48 hours according to reports.
    A £42.7million deal with bonuses has been agreed between United and Real Madrid ahead of the 28-year-old defender’s move.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has tweeted that the deal will be complete “within a matter of hours or days.”

    SELL BEFORE BUYING
    According to the Telegraph Arsenal may have to let go of a few players to free up some funds to continue spending.
    The imminent £50million arrival of Ben White from Brighton represents a large chunk of Arsenal’s transfer kitty with a number of players set for the exit door.
    Granit Xhaka has been widely linked with a £17million move to Roma, while Hector Bellerin has been rumoured to be attracting interest from Inter Milan for the same fee.
    But the Telegraph are reporting that Joe Willock could leave North London on a permanent deal, with Newcastle keen to make a move for the 21-year-old who scored eight goals in 14 appearances while on loan at St.James’ Park last season.
    GIVEN THE AXE
    With Raphael Varane edging ever-closer to a move to Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to let Axel Tuanzabe leave the club.
    According to the Telegraph, the Red Devils boss is happy with his defensive options should Varane put pen to paper, paving the way for Tuanzebe to leave.
    The 23-year-old defender is attracting interest from the North-East, with Steve Bruce reportedly keen on bringing Tuanzebe to Newcastle.
    A loan deal is more likely than a permanent transfer due with the Magpies short of cash, but Steve Bruce knows Tuanzebe well having worked with him during a previous loan spell at Aston Villa.
    NO THAN-COU
    West Ham United’s Vladimir Coufal has reportedly turned down a new contract offered to him by the Hammers.
    Sky Sports are reporting that the 28-year-old right-back is disappointed by the package offered to him by the West London club after his impressive performances last season and at Euro 2020.
    The Czech Republic international joined the Hammers joined from Slavia Prague on a three year deal worth £5.5million last season, but is said to have rejected an improved deal offered to him.
    MASTERPLAN
    Could Manchester United offering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract be part of a bigger masterplan to sign Erling Haaland?
    Solskjaer recently penned a new deal at United keeping him at the club until 2024, despite a trophy-less two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.
    And with both Solskjaer and Haaland being Norwegian and having worked together at Molde, Trevor Sinclair believes the new contract may be part of a plan to lure Haaland to Old Trafford.
    Haaland has been linked with a player-plus-cash swap with Anthony Martial, and also has a £68million buyout clause which becomes active next season.
    Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair said: “When you hear little sound bites of Haaland saying ‘maybe play again with you soon’ and that relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is that why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given this contract at Manchester United?
    “If he [Haaland] is going to stay at Borussia Dortmund this season and then allowed to leave for his buyout clause next season, would Ole, who has got a good relationship with Haaland, be in the main seat?”
    DONE-YELL DEAL
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Dutch striker Donyell Malen has agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund.
    Dortmund will sign Malen on a five-year deal from PSV with the transfer to be confirmed imminently.
    Malen’s arrival will spark rumours concerning the future of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with Manchester United and Chelsea both interested in signing the Norwegian superstar.
    The Red Devils are reportedly interested in a player-plus-cash deal involving Anthony Martial, while the Blues have made Haaland their number one target after a disappointing campaign from Timo Werner.
    ALEX TO ALTAY SPOR
    Runar Alex Runarsson is set to join Turkish club Altay Spor on loan from Arsenal in a season-long loan in a bid to gain more first team experience.
    Football.London are reporting that the 26-year-old Icelandic international with fly out to Turkey this week to complete the deal, with Athur Okonkwo set to be promoted to third choice keeper.
    The Gunners are still on the lookout for a second choice shot stopper to provide competition for Bernd Leno, with Aaron Ramsdale heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.
    LENGLET ON HIS WAY?
    Reports emerging from Spain suggest that new Everton boss Raphael Benitez is eager to secure the services of Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet.
    Spanish outlet Sport claim that a loan deal with an option to buy move could be on the cards, with the Frenchman valued at around £20million.
    David Moyes and West Ham are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old who was a regular in Barcelona’s defence last season alongside Gerard Pique.

    FAREWELL PHIL
    Manchester United’s Phil Jones may well be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
    Jones has not played a Premier League game for United since January 2020 but still has two years left on his Red Devils deal.
    United could even be willing to give Jones a compensation pay out according to reports, with a host of Premier League clubs eager to secure his services.
    Newcastle United, Everton, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Burnley AND West Ham are all said to be interested in the 29-year-old who as spent the last ten years at Old Trafford.
    BLADES EYE ELLIOT
    Relegated Sheffield United are keen to secure the services of Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott on loan.
    The Star are reporting that new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic is eager to reunite with the 18-year-old after managing the winger at Fulham.
    Elliott impressed on loan in the Championship last season, scoring seven goals and assisting eleven for Blackburn Rovers.
    There is uncertainty surrounding a potential move though, with Elliott tipped to be involved in the Liverpool first team in this upcoming season.
    MATCHOI MADE IN HEAVEN?
    Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for 18-year-old winger Matchoi Djalo.
    At the age of 16 years and 122 days, he was the youngest player ever to play in the Primeira Liga for Pacos de Ferreira but has failed to live up to expectations since.
    Arsenal though view the transfer as a low risk move, with Djalo reportedly available for as little as £1million.
    With a number of young talents coming through at the Emirates in the form of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, Djalo could thrive alongside Arteta’s improving youngsters.
    READY FOR RAPHA
    With Manchester United edging edger closer towards a deal with Real Madrid for French centre back Raphael Varane, here’s THOMAS BLOW with the full story.
    SunSport understands the two clubs are nearing an agreement over a fee for the Frenchman, who is believed to have already agreed personal terms.
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    Tottenham CONFIRM Bryan Gil transfer, Cristiano Ronaldo set to STAY at Juventus, Dortmund ‘sign Haaland replacement’

    CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to stay at Juventus after a summer of uncertainty, according to club chief Pavel Nedved.The Portuguese superstar won the Golden Boot at Euro 2020 and Nedved has confirmed he will report to training this week.
    Elsewhere, Dortmund are closing in on Donyell Malen with reports suggesting he is a replacement for Chelsea target Erling Haaland.
    And Aston Villa are plotting to hand Jack Grealish a bumper new contract as they try and fight off Man City to keep their star man.
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    MASTERPLAN
    Could Manchester United offering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new contract be part of a bigger masterplan to sign Erling Haaland?
    Solskjaer recently penned a new deal at United keeping him at the club until 2024, despite a trophy-less two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.
    And with both Solskjaer and Haaland being Norwegian and having worked together at Molde, Trevor Sinclair believes the new contract may be part of a plan to lure Haaland to Old Trafford.
    Haaland has been linked with a player-plus-cash swap with Anthony Martial, and also has a £68million buyout clause which becomes active next season.
    Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair said: “When you hear little sound bites of Haaland saying ‘maybe play again with you soon’ and that relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is that why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given this contract at Manchester United?
    “If he [Haaland] is going to stay at Borussia Dortmund this season and then allowed to leave for his buyout clause next season, would Ole, who has got a good relationship with Haaland, be in the main seat?”
    DONE-YELL DEAL
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Dutch striker Donyell Malen has agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund.
    Dortmund will sign Malen on a five-year deal from PSV with the transfer to be confirmed imminently.
    Malen’s arrival will spark rumours concerning the future of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with Manchester United and Chelsea both interested in signing the Norwegian superstar.
    The Red Devils are reportedly interested in a player-plus-cash deal involving Anthony Martial, while the Blues have made Haaland their number one target after a disappointing campaign from Timo Werner.
    ALEX TO ALTAY SPOR
    Runar Alex Runarsson is set to join Turkish club Altay Spor on loan from Arsenal in a season-long loan in a bid to gain more first team experience.
    Football.London are reporting that the 26-year-old Icelandic international with fly out to Turkey this week to complete the deal, with Athur Okonkwo set to be promoted to third choice keeper.
    The Gunners are still on the lookout for a second choice shot stopper to provide competition for Bernd Leno, with Aaron Ramsdale heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.
    LENGLET ON HIS WAY?
    Reports emerging from Spain suggest that new Everton boss Raphael Benitez is eager to secure the services of Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet.
    Spanish outlet Sport claim that a loan deal with an option to buy move could be on the cards, with the Frenchman valued at around £20million.
    David Moyes and West Ham are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old who was a regular in Barcelona’s defence last season alongside Gerard Pique.

    FAREWELL PHIL
    Manchester United’s Phil Jones may well be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
    Jones has not played a Premier League game for United since January 2020 but still has two years left on his Red Devils deal.
    United could even be willing to give Jones a compensation pay out according to reports, with a host of Premier League clubs eager to secure his services.
    Newcastle United, Everton, Southampton, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Burnley AND West Ham are all said to be interested in the 29-year-old who as spent the last ten years at Old Trafford.
    BLADES EYE ELLIOT
    Relegated Sheffield United are keen to secure the services of Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott on loan.
    The Star are reporting that new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic is eager to reunite with the 18-year-old after managing the winger at Fulham.
    Elliott impressed on loan in the Championship last season, scoring seven goals and assisting eleven for Blackburn Rovers.
    There is uncertainty surrounding a potential move though, with Elliott tipped to be involved in the Liverpool first team in this upcoming season.
    MATCHOI MADE IN HEAVEN?
    Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for 18-year-old winger Matchoi Djalo.
    At the age of 16 years and 122 days, he was the youngest player ever to play in the Primeira Liga for Pacos de Ferreira but has failed to live up to expectations since.
    Arsenal though view the transfer as a low risk move, with Djalo reportedly available for as little as £1million.
    With a number of young talents coming through at the Emirates in the form of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, Djalo could thrive alongside Arteta’s improving youngsters.
    READY FOR RAPHA
    With Manchester United edging edger closer towards a deal with Real Madrid for French centre back Raphael Varane, here’s THOMAS BLOW with the full story.
    SunSport understands the two clubs are nearing an agreement over a fee for the Frenchman, who is believed to have already agreed personal terms.
    BATTLE FOR BAILEY
    Bayer Leverkusen’s £25million rated winger Leon Bailey is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
    90min are reporting that Aston Villa are prepared to meeting Leverkusen’s valuation, although Leicester, Everton, Wolves and Southampton are also keen on the 23-year-old Jamaican.
    Bailey has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea but it Dean Smith’s Villa who are currently in pole position to sign the winger.
    KESSIE GOING NOWHERE
    Liverpool are just one of a host of clubs who have been linked with AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie.
    The Ivory Coast midfielder has just one year left on his current contract with Liverpool in the market for a midfielder following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.
    But Kessie has confirmed he plans to stay at San Siro, telling Gazzetta dello Sport:
    “I’m proud to have chosen Milan and my intention isn’t to leave.
    “On the contrary, I want to stay forever. Now I have the Olympics, but when I come back I will sort everything.”
    LINGARD ALTERNATIVE
    Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard impressed while on loan at West Ham United last season.
    The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season in East London, scoring 9 goals in 14 games and seemingly forcing his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Old Trafford.
    David Moyes was reportedly keen on a permanent deal but the Daily Express are reporting the Hammers could turn their attention away from Lingard and instead focus on Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    The Liverpool midfielder is returning from injury and could seek a loan spell to return to form and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans at Anfield.
    VIRG RETURNS
    Liverpool fans will be delighted after breaking news has emerged that Virgil Van Dijk is in contention to feature in a Liverpool shirt again this week.
    The Dutchman could play against Hertha Berlin on Thursday as he continues to near full fitness following a long-term knee injury.
    Jurgen Klopp shared the news that Van Dijk could play as soon as Thursday, with fellow centre back Joe Gomez also nearing a return after nearing a complete recovery from a long-term knee injury himself.
    THREE HORSE RACE
    It was reported yesterday that Leeds United are keen on bringing Manchester United winger Dan James to Elland Road.
    James was on the verge of a transfer to the Whites in 2019 before Swansea pulled out of the deal at the eleventh hour and James moved to Old Trafford.
    Leeds are eager to make another move for James, but now the Telegraph are reporting that Brighton and Burnley are also interested in a move for the 23-year-old.
    LAMELA LEAVES
    After an up-and-down eight year spell in North London Erik Lamela has left Tottenham for Sevilla.
    He’s included in the deal that sees Bryan Gil move the other way after making 257 appearances for Spurs.
    The 30-year-old Argentinian joined Spurs in a £27million deal in 2013 following Gareth Bale’s departure, but has never really hit the heights that were expected of him after his arrival.
    OFFICIAL
    Sevilla’s Bryan Gil is now officially a Tottenham Hotspur player.
    The 20-year-old joins up with the North London club in a deal which sees Erik Lamela going the other way.
    Gil has made three appearances for Spain and is a very highly young talent.
    It looks like a smart move by new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
    We are delighted to announce the signing of Bryan Gil from @SevillaFC! 🇪🇸Erik Lamela will join the Spanish club as part of the deal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 26, 2021

    AARON ON THE MOVE
    Ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey may leave Juventus this summer, according to reports.
    Gazzetto Dello Sport are reporting that the 30-year-old Welshman is attracting interest from Tottenham and Wolves, with Juve willing to let Ramsey leave Turin.
    Ramsey has been a Juve player for two years after joining on a free in 2019 but has been unable to establish himself as a regular starter, despite earning £6.8million per year.
    CHOICE OF CLUBS
    It’s not just Lazio who are keen on a deal for Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
    Sky Sports are reporting that Sevilla, Villarreal and Napoli are also keen on the 29-year-old.
    Shaqiri impressed for Switzerland at Euro 2020, scoring three goals in five games for his country to get clubs from around Europe sniffing for his signature.
    CLOSING IN
    Sky Sports are reporting that Raphael Varane and Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms ahead of the Frenchman’s proposed move from Real Madrid.
    The 28-year-old World Cup winner has been strongly linked with the Red Devils in the last few weeks with a deal now seemingly inevitable.
    The Real Madrid defender has been eager on a switch to the Premier League but cautious not to break his relationship with Los Blancos.
    That danger has now been averted with a transfer edging ever closer.
    LOOKING FOR LEE
    Arsenal and Celtic are set to go head-to-head as they battle to sign Derby County youngster Lee Buchanan.
    Reports by the Daily Record suggest the 20-year-old could be sold against Derby’s will due to their transfer Embargo and financial situation.
    Buchanan can play at the heart of defence or more naturally at left back, as well as further forward on the left side of midfield.
    It also represents a low risk move for Mikel Arteta but one that could have a high reward.
    CENTRE BACK SWOOP
    With Raphael Varane edging ever closer to a move to Old Trafford it seems that the Red Devils will not stop there when it comes to signing centre backs.
    The Daily Mail are reporting that United are keen on making a move for Sevilla star Jules Kounde, a player they have been linked with continuously in the last year.
    The 22-year-old Frenchman has a buyout clause of £68.5million and is one of the hottest young properties in world football.
    MATT ON THE MOVE
    Swansea City captain Matt Grimes is set for a move to relegated Fulham, according to the Daily Mail.
    Grimes reportedly has a deal booked with the Cottagers this week after choosing to stay in the Championship amid interest from the Premier League.
    Newcastle and Southampton were also keen on the midfielder but he now looks set to move to West London.
    J-FLEE
    Aston Villa have revealed John Terry has left the club to pursue his ambition of being a manager.
    The Chelsea legend finished his playing days with the club before returning to be Dean Smith’s assistant.
    Read Terry’s full statement
    Aston Villa can confirm that John Terry has left the club.Thank you and all the best for the future, JT. 👊— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 26, 2021

    ERL OF MANCHESTER
    Utd could try offloading Anthony Martial as part of a swap deal to bring Erling Haaland to the club.
    The Red Devils have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker for some time, which interest appearing to die down when they opted to secure the team-mate Jadon Sancho instead.
    And after splashing out £73million on Sancho, Man Utd would now not be able to afford a cash deal for Haaland this summer.
    But according to Mundo Deportivo, the Old Trafford side are trying to think of creative ways to bring the Dortmund man to Old Trafford.
    One of those is to offer forward Martial as part of the deal reducing the transfer fee required to buy Haaland.
    CONTINUE THE STORY
    SAUL ORDER
    Liverpool have been joined by Manchester United in their pursuit of Saul Niguez, with Utd ‘confident’ of beating their bitter rivals to his signature.
    Saul has been linked with a move away from Atletico all summer, with Premier League giants circling.
    According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old midfielder has a whopping £126million release clause in his contract.
    But he could go for as little as £45m due to Atletico’s dire financial situation.
    FULL STORY
    ‘CLOSER AND CLOSER’
    Real Madrid are now prepared to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United, as per the player’s wish.
    Varane is at training at Real Madrid City this morning but Fabrizio Romano says a deal has moved even closer.
    Raphaël Varane is at training today and he’ll be respectful till last day at Real Madrid… but his move to Manchester United is getting closer and closer. Work in progress to complete the agreement between clubs. 🔴 #MUFCReal are now prepared to sell Varane, as he wants.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 26, 2021

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    Cristiano Ronaldo set to STAY at Juventus, Dortmund ‘sign Haaland replacement’, Grealish £200k contract – transfer news

    CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to stay at Juventus after a summer of uncertainty, according to club chief Pavel Nedved.The Portuguese superstar won the Golden Boot at Euro 2020 and Nedved has confirmed he will report to training this week.
    Elsewhere, Dortmund are closing in on Donyell Malen with reports suggesting he is a replacement for Chelsea target Erling Haaland.
    And Aston Villa are plotting to hand Jack Grealish a bumper new contract as they try and fight off Man City to keep their star man.
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    SANCHO PROMISE TO HAALAND
    Here’s one to get Manchester United fans excited.
    New signing Jadon Sancho has promised Erling Haaland they “will soon meet again” sparking rumours of an Erling Haaland move to Old Trafford.
    Haaland took to social media following Sancho’s move to Manchester, writing:
    “Good luck on your next journey bro,
    “We had some good times together! Can’t wait to see you shine!”
    In reply Sancho said: “A connection like no other, we will soon meet again brother.
    “Take care and good luck to you too.”
    Interesting…
    ISCO ON THE RADAR
    Isco is a name that has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates for what seems like months.
    And now the Express are reporting that Arsenal are ready to make their move as the 29-year-old enters the last year of his contract at Real Madrid.
    With AS reporting that Isco is keen for a move away from the Bernabeu, a move could be on the cards for as little as £15million.
    ALTERNATIVE TARGETS
    Chelsea will not be shy to make big moves in the transfer market this summer according to the Mirror.
    The Blues have been strongly linked for a move for Erling Haaland but Borussia Dortmund remain reluctant to sell.
    Thomas Tuchel though won’t sit around if the move fails to materialise, with the Stamford Bridge outfit keen to hijack Jack Grealish’s proposed move from Aston Villa to Manchester City.
    Euro 2020 winner Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo is another potential target as the Blues eye a title challenge after their Champions League triumph last season.
    MORE ON MARTIAL
    There may be an Anthony Martial transfer saga beginning to unfold.
    According to Mundo Deportivo Manchester United are keen on offering Anthony Martial plus cash to Borussia Dortmund to partner him with new signing and ex-Dortmund man Jadon Sancho.
    Joel Glazer though is thought to be opposed to the deal, preferring a cash only sale of Martial in an attempt to recoup some of the £73million fee that was paid for Jadon Sancho’s services.
    BELLERIN PRICE SET
    The Gunners have slapped a £17million asking price on right back Hector Bellerin.
    Football.London are reporting that Serie A Champions Inter Milan are the favourites for Bellerin’s signature, with other teams in Italy and Spain also interested in the former Barcelona man.
    Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta even confirmed his interest in Bellerin, but no concrete offer is believed to have been made yet.
    TOUCHDOWN
    Toby Alderweireld has landed in Doha ahead of his £13million move to Al-Duhail from Tottenham, The Sun’s Kostas Lianos reports.
    Alderweireld was pictured in Qatar holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a scarf of his new club around his neck last night.
    The defender is set for a new challenge in the Middle East following six impressive years at Spurs after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for a fee close to £11.4m.

    MARTIAL ON THE MOVE?
    Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Manchester United may have paved the way for Anthony Martial to exit Old Trafford according to The Daily Star.
    United are keen to recoup as much money as possible after Sancho’s £73million move and value Martial at as much as £50million.
    Spurs are said to be interested in the Frenchman should Harry Kane leave the club, but Martial’s wage demands are said to be more than the North London outfit are willing to pay.
    WILSON IN WEST LONDON
    The Sun’s Tom Barclay reports that Harry Wilson’s switch from Liverpool to Fulham is actually an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.
    The Welshman, 25, completed what was initially thought to be a permanent switch from Liverpool to Craven Cottage on Saturday.
    Wilson has been borrowed for a season before Fulham are obliged to buy him for £9million, provided certain likely criteria is met.
    The deal could eventually rise to £12m with performance-related add-ons including winning promotion back to the Premier League.
    XHAKA MOVE IN DOUBT
    Reports emerging from Italy are suggesting that Granit Xhaka’s proposed move from Arsenal to Roma is now in serious doubt.
    The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with Jose Mourinho’s Roma for weeks now but it now seems the move may be cancelled.
    Il Tempo are reporting that negotiations have stopped as Roma are unwilling to meet Arsenal’s £17million valuation.
    READY FOR RAPHA
    Manchester United are edging ever-closer to the transfer of Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane.
    The Express are reporting that talks are progressing well between Manchester United and Real Madrid officials over a £39million move.
    Varane signed for Los Blancos back in 2011 and has played 360 times for the club.
    In a glittering period at Madrid, the defender has won three LaLiga titles, the Copa del Rey and four Champions Leagues.
    During that time he has also won the 2018 World Cup with France where he was named in the team of the tournament.
    It would be a major coup for United and add some defensive steel in the backline alongside Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire.
    MAYBE MERIH
    Juventus centre back Merih Demiral is a target for Borussia Dortmund according to Fabrizio Romano.
    Romano reports that Juve have set an asking price of £30million for the 23-year-old Turkish international.
    Both Manchester United and Arsenal have previously been linked with Demiral but it is Borussia Dortmund who look set to pounce.
    TA-RA TAMMY?
    Some more news concerning Chelsea forward department as Tammy Abraham edges closer to the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
    The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal are lining up a £40million bid for the 21-year-old who struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel last season.
    Abraham has also been linked with a cash-plus player deal as the Blues are seemingly putting all their efforts into signing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
    HELLO HAALAND?
    Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are closing in on signing PSV Eindhoven star Donyell Malen, according to reports.
    The alleged transfer is a boost for European champions Chelsea, who are reportedly after Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
    Should the German side complete a deal for the 22-year-old Malen, they may allow Haaland leave the club this summer.
    The 21-year-old is thought to be Chelsea’s No1 transfer target as they are reportedly on the hunt for a new striker.
    Haaland’s price tag is believed to be £150MILLION, although rumours suggest he’ll be available for just £65m in 2022 due to a release clause.
    MAGPIE PLAN B
    Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a deal for Chelsea’s Ross Barkley should their attempts to sign Joe Willock fail.
    Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at St. James’ Park and impressed Steve Bruce with eight goals in 14 games for the Magpies.
    Newcastle though will not hang around if they fail to sign Willock, with 27-year-old Ross Barkley on the Magpies radar.
    Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel making it clear Barkley is not in his future plans at Chelsea.
    ANDERSEN THE EAGLE?
    Crystal Palace are closing in on Joachim Andersen.
    The Eagles look ready to strike a deal worth £19million – rising to a possible £23m with add-ons – for the Danish defender.
    Andersen, who has also drawn interest from Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester United, is believed to have held extremely positive talks with new Palace boss Patrick Vieira.
    The centre-back, 25, is set to agree a five-year contract with the South Londoners after impressing in his loan spell for relegated Fulham last season.
    RONALDO STAYING PUT
    According to the Mail Online Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying in Turin amid speculation he may leave the Old Lady.
    Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved insists the superstar will stay at the club, telling Sky Sports Italia:
    “Ronaldo will return to training on Monday and he will stay with us.”
    Ronaldo is entering the final year of his contract at Juve with reports suggesting PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all interested in a move for the 36-year-old.

    OLSEN’S OFF
    West Ham are interested in signing Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen, according to reports.
    The Swede, 31, spent last season on loan at Everton after being deemed surplus to requirements in the Italian capital.
    Olsen would be unlikely to usurp current first choice Lukasz Fabianski.
    But the Hammers are reportedly wary of their ageing set of keepers, with the Pole 36 and deputies Darren Randolph and David Martin 34 and 35 respectively.
    DAL ME IN
    AC Milan remain interested in re-signing Man Utd right-back Diogo Dalot on loan.
    Dalot spent last season on loan at the Serie A giants and even played against his parent club, United, in the Europa League.
    But Milan were defeated over the two legs.
    According to Calciomercato, the Red Devils want a loan fee amounting to just under £4milllion.
    And United want an option to buy in the deal.
    FREEDOM PASS
    The Premier League have revealed that they are ‘anticipating mandatory checks’ regarding Covid-19 status during the upcoming season.
    After playing the vast majority of last season behind closed doors, games are expected to go ahead in front of full stadiums when the English top flight returns next month.
    But the Prem are considering making it mandatory for fans to be double-jabbed in order to attend matches.
    And in an official statement, they revealed that they want all ‘fans to be vaccinated’.
    They said: “Like everyone we had hoped for no restrictions, however we’d been planning on the basis that we might need something at some point in season.
    “Our priority is the safety of the supporters, players, and those working in the stadium.
    “In anticipation of mandatory checks at some point, we have been working with clubs to establish the best way of doing Covid-19 certification as well as learning from experience of other sports.”
    NEED NO MAR
    Man Utd will look to sell Anthony Martial after signing Jadon Sancho, reports say.
    United finally wrapped up and announced the a deal with Sancho, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for £73million.
    It came one year after the England forward’s move to Old Trafford collapsed as Dortmund held out for £108m.
    In the period since, Frenchman Martial, 25, failed to make an impact with only seven goals.
    It was instead veteran Edison Cavani, 34, who emerged as United’s threat in front of goal, with Sancho, 21, now adding to the front line.
    But according to the Daily Star, Martial’s future has now been left in the balance with the club hoping to sell him.
    NED HAPPENING
    Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to stay at Juventus by vice president Pavel Nedved, ending any transfer speculation.
    Ronaldo has just one year left on his contract with the Italians and having not extended it, question marks over his future were raised.
    PSG and former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid have both been linked with the superstar forward.
    But Juve legend and now club chief Nedved have told them to forget about it, as Ronaldo is staying put.
    He told Sky Sport: “Ronaldo has been called up for July 26, he’ll be back on Monday and will stay with us.”
    TAKING THE MIK
    Arsenal have signed former Fulham starlet Mika Biereth, according to reports.
    The 18-year-old banged in 21 goals in 21 games last season for the Cottagers’ youth team.
    But after attracting interest from elsewhere, the Englishman snubbed a new deal at Craven Cottage in favour of a move.
    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal have won the race for his signature.
    Biereth will become the latest in a steady line of attacking talent to come through the Gunners academy, with an emphasis having been placed on promising strikers.

    CAR BLIMEY
    Jamie Carragher has hit out at Georginio Wijnaldum after the Dutchman pointed to social media abuse when discussing his Liverpool exit.
    He appeared to exit on good terms with the Reds faithful, receiving a rapturous ovation after being substituted during his final game.
    But when discussing his departure with the The Guardian, he subsequently revealed that he felt scapegoated by the online section of the club’s fanbase.
    And he also admitted that he didn’t feel supported by owners FSG.
    Liverpool legend Carragher, however, isn’t having his claims.
    The 43-year-old tweeted: “I love Gini but this is not right, social media is a circus & every club has clowns.
    “Turn off your notifications & if it’s bothering you that much delete the app! He wanted more money the club said no, that’s football!”
    FEEL THE BERN
    Bernd Leno is unlikely to leave Arsenal this summer, despite links of a move away.
    According to journalist Charles Watts, “there’s no whispers about Leno going anywhere.”
    He said on his Youtube channel: “I can’t see Bernd Leno leaving this summer, so if he [Ramsdale] does come in, you’d imagine the two of them would be competing for the No 1 spot.
    “Unless Arsenal very secretly got something agreed for Bernd Leno, they’re going to have to do something very, very quickly if Ramsdale is to come in and be the absolute guaranteed No 1.
    “I haven’t heard anything about Leno, there’s no whispers about Leno going anywhere.”
    ZAK IT OFF
    Denis Zakaria has told Borussia Monchengladbach he wants to leave this summer, according to sporting director Max Eberl.
    The Bundesliga side have attempted to renew Zakaria’s contract, which expires in 2022, but to no avail.
    Instead, the midfielder has made it clear he wants to move on, and that could trigger the attention of Arsenal, who have been linked.
    Eberl revealed the update to reporters, saying: “With Denis, we have been trying to extend his contract since October.
    “Denis and his management told us pretty clearly that they would prefer a transfer this summer.”
    Manchester United and Manchester City could take note, having registered an interest in Zakaria earlier this year.
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    Egypt 0 Argentina 1 LIVE REACTION: Medina goal sees Argentines bounce back with win at Tokyo Olympics – latest updates

    ARGENTINA bounce back from their defeat against Australia by narrowly beating Egypt 1-0 at the Tokyo Olympics.
    RESULT: Egypt 0-1 Argentina
    Egypt XI: Elshenaway, Hamdy, Galal, Hegazy, Mohsen, Sobhi, Tawfik, Eraky, Rayan, El Wench, Fotouh
    Argentina XI: Ledesma, Perez, Bravo, De La Fuente, Vera, Gaich, Mac Allister, Barco, Medina, De La Vega, Payero

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    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    After an enthralling first half, the second half lacked quality as both teams struggled to create chances.
    Argentina’s goal came from their only meaningful opportunity of the half.
    Medina reacted quickest to his header that cannoned off the post.
    And while Egypt impressed, they couldn’t find the killer pass behind Argentina’s backline.
    They have to beat Australia in their final group game to stand any chance of qualifying for the next round.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    FULL-TIME
    It’s over and Argentina have won 1-0!
    They now go second in Group C.
    Egypt go bottom of the group having picked up just one point from their first two games.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    92: Not one ball has been sent into the box yet.
    What are Egypt doing? They keep trying to play the ball on the ground.
    Get it up there!
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    90: There will be FIVE minutes of injury time.
    Egypt have to lump the ball forward into the danger zone.
    It’s now or never!
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    88: This time Sobhi goes for goal instead of crossing.
    But his low effort doesn’t have that much power and it fails to trouble the goalkeeper.
    Waste.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    86: SO CLOSE!
    The whipped in ball is nipped behind for a corner with two players waiting to head the ball home.
    The ball is cleared, but again Egypt win a corner on the edge of the box.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    85: PENALTY APPEAL!
    Egypt want a penalty after Sobhi is hauled down by Perez.
    But the referee gives a free-kick just outside the box.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    79: Argentina make a change.
    Tomas Belmonte replaces Martin Payero, meanwhile Nasser Maher has come on for Egypt in place of Osama Galal.
    Argentina are already looking to run the clock down.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    74: Egypt are piling on the pressure but they just can’t find that killer pass.
    Sobhi has been a nuisance all game.
    He rides the challenges from three players and finds a team-mate on the edge of the box.
    But he can’t get his shot away, and another chance goes begging.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    70: Egypt are keeping up their pressure in search of a vital equaliser.
    A draw would leave them second in the group following their stalemate with Spain.
    But despite their efforts, they are yet to trouble Ledesma this half.
    Time is slowly running out.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    65: It;s all Egypt now as Mohamed rifles an effort over the bar.
    Argentina are adopting Egypt’s approach from the first half.
    Keep their shape and wait for them to lose possession.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    59: A great response by Egypt.
    They have not only composed themselves, but are threatening to equalise.
    And they have made two substitutions.
    Ibrahim Adel replaces Ammar Hamdi, while Taher Mohamed has come on for Salah Mohsen.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    55: That goal has knocked the wind out of Egypt.
    They look shell shocked and Argentina sense blood.
    Egypt have to keep their shape as they being hounded for every ball.
    A great ten minute spell from the South Americans.
    EGYPT 0-1 ARGENTINA
    52: Argentina have the lead!
    And it’s been coming!
    Centre-back Facundo Medina has swept the ball home from close range after the ball dropped to his feet after his header from a corner hit the post.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    49: Close from Mac Allister!From an acute angle, the Brighton man’s free-kick just goes over the bar.
    As expected, Argentina are looking to pile on the pressure.
    But as we’ve seen in the first half, they will leave themselves exposed.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    46: We are back underway at the Sapporo Dome!
    Will Egypt take their chances or will Argentina come out the block quick?
    We will quickly find out.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    HALF-TIME
    An exciting flowing first half of football has come to an end.
    And on the balance of play, Egypt deserve to go into the break ahead.
    They have had just 38 per cent of the possession, but they have created plenty of chances one they got on the ball.
    With Argentina losing against Australia in their Group C opener, they have to come out firing in the second half.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    42: A break in play here as Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy goas down injured.
    He’s back up and Argentina yet another waste a corner.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    37: What a tackle from Ahmed Hegazi!
    Argentina managed to break the backline with a fortuitous header across goal.
    And that left Adolfo Gaich with a shot at goal.
    But Hegazi stuck a leg out and his shot was put behind for a corner.
    Once against Argentina’s set piece was easily cleared away.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    32: Now it’s Egypt’s turn to have a spell of possession.
    But they are happy to just pass it around the back as they look for the gaps to open up in Argentina’s defence.
    But that’s only happening when Argentina attack.
    Egypt are perfectly happy to soak up the danger and hit their opponents on the break.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGETINA
    28: Much better from Argentina who are finally get a foothold on the game again.
    But they are yet to test the Egyptian goalkeeper.
    However Egypt are letting them have a lot of their ball.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    22: How aren’t Egypt ahead?
    Again it’s that man Sobhi that causes chaos as he bamboozles his way into box before finding out the unmarked Ahmed Rayan.
    The striker looks to pick out the far corner, hut effort went wind of the right post.
    He simply has to hit the target from there.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    17: What a game this is turning out to be!
    It’s end to end stuff and Egypt are on top you;d have to say.
    They are exploiting Argentina’s right side and Sobhi looks dangerous whenever he gets the ball.
    And Karim El Ariki has just flashed a shot wide from just outside the box.
    Argentina are all over the place at the back!
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    14: And now Argentina have went close!
    De La Fuente has his head in his hands after his drive went narrowly wide of post.
    He is constantly bombing forward from right-back and is leaving so much space in behind.
    That is how Egypt almost broke the deadlock in the first place.
    EGYPT 0-0 ARGENTINA
    13: HUGE chance for Egypt and it should be 1-0!
    The Argentina defence is split and Sobhi runs clear on goal after being picked out by Salah Mohsen.
    He checks back in on his favoured right foot and looks to fire his effort into the bottom left corner.
    But Ledesma brilliantly got down low to keep out his attempt.
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