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    Arsenal star Hector Bellerin ‘desperate’ to quit club but snubbed in Bayern Munich transfer ‘over poor defending’

    ARSENAL star Hector Bellerin is “desperate” to quit the club – but has been snubbed by Bayern Munich due to his poor defending, according to reports.
    The Bundesliga giants had been linked with a move for the Spaniard – but Sky Sports in Germany says the Bavarians are “not after” him.


    Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: PA:Press Association
    Despite being under contract until 2023, Bellerin is valued at a mere £20million.
    Yet Bayern Munich have such issues with the Arsenal right-back’s defensive work they are unwilling to even pay that for him.
    Sky Deutschland say Bellerin is “desperate to change clubs” after being left “unsatisfied” with the Gunners’ dreadful season.
    Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League after throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose to fierce rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

    Bellerin has struggled for form this season after battling a number of serious injuries since 2018.
    Despite his knocks, Bellerin has managed to play 15 of his side’s 35 Premier League games this season.
    But the former Barcelona target has looked a shell of his former self – winning just 41 per cent of his defensive duels this season.

    For that reason, Bayern Munich have opted against making a move in the summer.
    Arsenal have often tried to mask Bellerin’s frailties by playing five at the back, with the Spaniard playing in a more advanced, wing-back role.
    Bellerin played 84 minutes of the North London derby defeat, before being replaced by Cedric Soares – who signed a new contract earlier this month, suggesting Arsenal are ready to move on.


    Paris Saint-Germain are another side thought to be interested in Bellerin.
    The Ligue 1 champions allowed Thomas Meunier to leave on a free, joining Borussia Dortmund opening up a spot at right-back.
    But with Bellerin’s stock dropping after a string of sub-par matches, he may find it hard to find an escape route out of the Emirates.

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    Wigan desperate to offload with two potential buyers put off by crisis club’s £19m payroll

    CRISIS club Wigan Athletic are ready to move out more players in a desperate rush to tempt a buyer.
    The Latics are fighting for their lives on the pitch and, off it, in an EFL court appeal against their 12-point deduction for going into administration.


    Kyle Joseph is one of several players potentially leaving Wigan this summer
    But the transfer market could yet be the hardest battle of all.
    Administrator Gerald Krasner hopes to raise about £5million for bills that include payments to Barnsley, Everton and Portsmouth due next month.
    Midfielder Jensen Weir has left for Brighton, but Wigan need to shift more players in a rush.
    I can also reveal that TWO interested parties have looked at the club’s books but the £19m payroll put them off.

    Even if the Latics get the financial benefit of staying in the Championship next season, it would still mean fortunes are needed to keep the club going.
    However, Sheffield United have joined Leicester in the chase for young Wigan striker Kyle Joseph.


    Antonee Robinson could finally complete his move away from the clubCredit: Getty Images – Getty


    Clubs across the Premier League, Championship and Scotland are taking a look at Joe GelhardtCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The Blades like the Scotland youth cap, who could be snatched from the troubled outfit for a low fee.
    Foxes have been chasing Joseph, while Celtic also admire him. In the end the decision will be down to the club that offers the clearest route to the first team.

    Leicester are also hovering for Latics defender Antonee Robinson if Ben Chilwell leaves the King Power.
    West Brom want him, but would have to secure promotion to bid.
    Striker Joe Gelhardt could also find a new home as Tottenham, Everton, Southampton, Leeds and Celtic consider a move. Remarkably Wigan failed to lodge a new three-year contract and his current deal has just a year left.

    However, any fees raised for those three would not lower the payroll enough.
    There could be interest in skipper Samy Morsy and midfield mate Joe Williams, but their wages are high by Championship standards.
    Centre-half Cedric Kipre could get a move, while keeper David Marshall may be allowed to go for free.
    The payroll will have to drop to about £7-8m even if Wigan stay up. A source close to one buyer said: “It’s a hard deal to do right now with the salaries they have.”

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    Man Utd are close to agreeing £50m-plus deal for Federico Chiesa… but winger may REJECT transfer

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly close to agreeing a £50million-plus deal for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa.
    The 22-year-old has impressed at the Serie A giants since breaking into their first team back in 2016.


    Manchester United remain keen on Fiorentina star Federico ChiesaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    His impressive performances have earned him a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad – as well as admiring glances from Old Trafford.
    According to Italian outlet Corriere Fiorentino, the Red Devils are “very close” to meeting Fiorentina’s £60m valuation for the forward.
    Yet the report adds that United will need to be “extra convincing” if they want to secure Chiesa’s signature.
    The youngster and his dad have “always made it clear” they are not looking at a transfer abroad.

    United are still thought to be leading the pursuit for the 22-year-old following recent interest from Newcastle.
    Old Trafford chiefs may see Chiesa as a cheaper alternative to No1 target Jadon Sancho.
    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen on recruiting a new winger, striker and centre-back this summer.

    Chiesa has been a regular for Fiorentina this term, scoring seven goals and assisting a further five in 30 appearances for Giuseppe Iachini’s side.

    He has been at La Viola throughout his career, joining the club’s academy in 2007 before making his senior debut nine years later.
    In making his international debut in 2018, Chiesa followed in father Enrico’s footsteps by representing the Azzurri.

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    Barcelona confident Philippe Coutinho will make Premier League transfer this summer with Arsenal and Tottenham linked

    BARCELONA are reportedly confident that Philippe Coutinho will make a return to England this summer.
    Catalan outlet Esport3 claim that the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian is working on a Premier League transfer amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.


    Bayern Munich loanee Philippe Coutinho is interested in a return to the Premier League this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The report adds that Bayern Munich, who had Coutinho on loan this term, have not yet been ruled out as a permanent option.
    The 28-year-old, who pockets around £240,000-a-week, has already agreed a reported 50 per cent pay cut to stay at the Bavarians until August.
    The Bundesliga champions still have the option of landing the playmaker on a permanent deal for £108million at the end of the season.
    But with Bayern likely to turn their attentions elsewhere, Coutinho has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

    His availability is set to spark a transfer scramble in the summer with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all interested in his signature.
    Barcelona were said to be demanding a £10m loan fee for the former Liverpool ace, who is said to be willing to take a pay-cut to rejoin his old teammates at the end of the season.
    And Reds star Firmino cheekily ‘liked’ a post about his potential to return to Anfield on social media.
    But Gabby Agbonlahor believes Coutinho would need to apologise to fans before he would be welcomed back.

    He told Stadium Astro: “For me, I’d go out there and get Coutinho back.
    “I’d probably say, ‘you have to apologise for the way you left, but come back’.

    “For me, he is what Liverpool are missing in there. You can even play Coutinho where [Roberto] Firmino plays if Firmino isn’t doing it. The way Firmino plays, it looks like he is just told by [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah. ‘we are having the shots’.
    “So, if you went in and bought an [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, I think that could upset the way Liverpool play because Salah and Mane wouldn’t get as many shots because Firmino is very unselfish.
    “Coutinho needs to be the main man in the team, and at Liverpool, he would be. I think he would do a great job at Liverpool and the fans would forgive him and have him back.”

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    Adama Traore wanted by Juventus in transfer to link-up with Cristiano Ronaldo with Wolves to be offered Rugani in swap

    JUVENTUS are reportedly prepared to offer three of their fringe players in part-exchange for top target Adama Traore.
    The 24-year-old – who still has three years left on his contract at Molineux – is understood to have no shortage of admirers should he decide to leave.


    Juventus have made Wolves speed king Adama Traore a top target this summerCredit: EPA


    The Italian giants would pair the Spanish winger with Cristiano Ronaldo as part of an all-star attackCredit: AFP or licensors
    Traore has been hugely impressive for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this campaign – chipping in with six goals and 12 assists in 48 games in all competitions.
    Wolves league rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been credited as admirers of the Spaniard.
    But Italian giants Juventus are thought to be leading the race and are working on a proposal which could see three players move in the opposite direction.
    ESPN claim the Serie A champions are willing to part with goalkeeper Mattia Perin as well as defenders Daniele Rugani and Cristian Romero, who is on loan at Genoa.

    The report adds that Juve would not be able to afford Traore in a straight cash deal with Wolves setting a £60million price tag on the speedster.
    Italian defender Rugani has been on the West Midlander’s radar before, having rivalled Arsenal for his signature back in January.
    Wolves chief Espirito Santo still needs a centre-half and it is felt the 25-year-old would be ideal for his three at the back system.
    Traore meanwhile is also a target for former employers Barcelona.

    The Spain U21 star – born and raised in Catalonia – came through the Blaugrana’s academy where he scored one goal in four games.
    After a lack of first-team opportunities he made the move to Aston Villa in 2015, before linking up with Middlesbrough the following year. More

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    Man City eye transfer for Bayern Munich star David Alaba with Pep Guardiola wanting to link-up with defender again

    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly eyeing a move for Bayern Munich star David Alaba.
    The Mirror claims that Pep Guardiola is interested in reuniting with the Austrian as he looks to mount a title challenge next season.


    Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Bayern Munich ace David Alaba for Manchester CityCredit: Getty Images
    The City boss has identified left-back as one of the key areas to improve his squad and Alaba’s current contract stand-off is said to have alerted the club to his potential availability.
    The 28-year-old’s deal does not expire until next summer but Bayern will likely sell at the end of this season to ensure they get some money in.
    Talks have been ongoing over a new contract at the Allianz Arena for more than a year but there has been no breakthrough.
    Although still regarded as one of the best left-backs in Europe, Alaba can also play in midfield and centre-back.

    It is this versatility that has made Bayern so keen for him to sign a new deal despite the emergence of Alphonso Davies.
    Inter Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have all been alerted to Alaba’s situation.
    Yet Guardiola’s close relationship with his former charge may give him the edge in negotiations this summer.
    The Spaniard is reportedly watching developments closely following concerns over the consistency of Benjamin Mendy and his deputy Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    Alaba, who has been at Bayern since 2008, could still command a hefty fee and his age may put off clubs forking out for his wage demands.

    He has made an incredible 380 appearances for the Bundesliga champions, winning nine league titles and the 2013 Champions League.
    City meanwhile are ready to back Guardiola in the market this summer as they look to win the Premier League back from Liverpool.
    The Etihad outfit are understood to be leading the race for Wolves star Adama Traore but face competition from the winger’s former side Barcelona.

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    Ex-England goalie Joe Hart tipped to be a huge success at Celtic by John Barnes as transfer speculation intensifies

    JOHN BARNES believes Joe Hart joining Celtic would be a good move for both parties.
    The Hoops are currently on the lookout for a new goalkeeper with a Fraser Forster return looking unlikely.


    Celtic could move for Joe HartCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Neil Lennon has just Scott Bain on the books after Craig Gordon’s departure for Hearts last week.
    And Hart’s name has been touted to the Parkhead club after his Burnley release.
    Former Celtic boss Barnes believes Hart would thrive in Glasgow due to the fact he “wouldn’t come under much pressure”.
    Speaking to BonusCodeBets, he said: “I think Joe Hart going to Celtic would be a great move for him and for the club.


    John Barnes believes the move would work well for both partiesCredit: PA:Press Association
    “Goalkeepers can continue playing for a lot longer than outfield players, which helps in this situation.
    “Joe Hart is an experienced player, who loves his football, is hungry to keep playing at a top level and is still relatively young.
    “Going up to Scotland, where he won’t come under much pressure whilst playing for Celtic, will be a good move for him and I am sure is somewhere that he could do well at.”
    Former Hoops ace David Marshall is another name being considered by Neil Lennon after his Wigan side plunged into administration.

    However, Stoke City look poised to beat the Hoops to the capture of the Scotland international.
    Potters gaffer Michael O’Neill has tabled an offer for the Scotland keeper after his club Wigan went bust last week.
    That could now force boss Lennon to act swiftly or risk losing out.
    Speaking earlier in the week, the Irishman insisted he would do everything he could to bring in another ‘exceptional’ shot-stopper.
    “We’re looking at a number of options in the goalkeeping front, it’s such an important position.
    “Fraser did wonderful things for us last season and he’s got big gloves to fill.
    “Ideally we’ll try to get another exceptional number one in again.”

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    Thomas Robert, son of ex-Newcastle and France star Laurent, snubs Premier League and Bundesliga transfer to join Airdire

    LAURENT ROBERT’S son has turned his back on a big money move to the Premier League – to sign for Airdrie.
    SunSport can reveal winger Thomas rejected a new four-year deal at Ligue 1 Montpellier to pen a 12-month contract with League One Diamonds.


    Thomas Robert has signed for Airdrie


    Dad Laurent in action for NewcastleCredit: PA:Press Association
    The in-demand 19-year-old is a free agent and had been linked with clubs in the Bundesliga and England, as well as Rangers and Celtic.
    But Robert – whose dad starred for Newcastle and PSG and was capped for France – wasn’t interested in playing Under-23s football.
    He wanted regular first team exposure and has agreed to join Ian Murray’s side for the new season.
    Sun Sport told you how Robert might have had the chance to emulate his dad’s legendary Newcastle career.

    The Magpies were among the winger’s Premier League admirers after he rejected a new contract so he could move for free in a bid for more starts.
    Bundesliga and Scottish Premiership clubs, plus French sides Nice and Rennes, are also keen on the 19-year-old.
    Robert Sr won nine France caps, also as a wideman, spending five years apiece with his first club Montpellier and then Newcastle.
    The ex-PSG star, now 45, hit 32 goals in 181 games for the Toon before joining Benfica in 2006.

    His son’s agent, Mark McKay, said: “We have several offers from clubs in France, Germany and the UK but Thomas wants to be playing regular first-team football wherever he ends up going.
    “He refused Montpellier’s offer of a new deal as he wants to be playing first-team football and he sees that as key to his long-term development at this stage of his career.” More