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    How Liverpool could line up next season to wrestle Premier League title back from Man City including Konate and Bissouma

    LIVERPOOL finally broke their Premier League drought last season but saw their title defence brutally dismantled by a spate of horror injuries and shock loss of confidence in 2020-21.Jurgen Klopp won’t be panicking this summer, though.
    How Liverpool could line up in 2021 with Bissouma, Konate and Suarez
    Liverpool are believed to have come to an agreement to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB LeipzigCredit: AFP
    After all, the German masterminded his first-ever win at Old Trafford with a thumping 4-2 victory over Manchester United on Thursday night with Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as his centre-backs.
    With a host of star names, including Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson still to return from injury, Liverpool will unquestionably be stronger in 2021-22.
    But that won’t stop Klopp from assessing his options in the transfer market.
    The likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have long been linked with big-money moves abroad.
    And Mane could finally jump ship after being dropped for the win over United in the 11th hour before snubbing Klopp after the game amid what he admitted was his ‘worst season’.
    Diogo Jota would be the obvious choice to replace him should he leave, but Liverpool are looking at attacking options this summer, with Roberto Firmino also enduring a tricky campaign despite his two goals on Thursday.
    While Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the dream duo, the Reds face incredible competition for the superstar strikers, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid all hovering for one or both.
    The Reds have also been linked with more attainable targets, such as Lyon’s red-hot, former Man Utd star Memphis Depay, 27.

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    Another way Liverpool could line up in the 2021-22 season
    Liverpool are thought to be hot on the trail of Brighton ace Yves BissoumaCredit: PA

    Liverpool have been tipped with a move for former striker Luis Suarez, 34, who is believed to have fallen out with Diego Simeone, dreaming of a move back to Anfield where he enjoyed three-and-a-half incredible seasons.
    But for now, Klopp’s focus is on midfield, with the German bracing himself for the loss of key man Georginio Wijnaldum.
    The Dutch ace helped Liverpool win the 2019 Champions League and 2020 Premier League but is out of contract this summer and has been linked with a free move to Barcelona.
    And the Reds are targeting Brighton’s in-demand star Yves Bissouma and Udinese ace Rodrigo De Paul to replace him to partner Henderson and Fabinho in a star-studded midfield trio.
    In defence, Klopp will be buoyed by the return of superstars Van Dijk and Gomez – both of him suffered season-ending injuries early in the campaign.
    Ozan Kabak is expected to make his loan move permanent, but Joel Matip could finally be on his way out of Anfield after yet another injury.
    Reports claim Liverpool are already agreed to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, 21, in a £34m deal to add some much needed first-team quality.
    The Reds could also look to sign a new goalkeeper to replace Adrian and provide back-up to Alisson.
    Trabzonspor stopper Ugurcan Cakir has been linked, although Borussia Dortmund are also in the running to sign him.
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    Liverpool and Leeds in Rodrigo De Paul transfer scrap with Udinese midfielder available for £35m this summer

    LIVERPOOL and Leeds are chasing Udinese sensation Rodrigo De Paul in a £35million summer swoop, according to reports.The Premier League rivals are desperate to reinforce their midfield ranks in the upcoming transfer window.
    Liverpool and Leeds are set to fight it out to sign Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul in a £35m dealCredit: Alamy
    The Reds particularly are bracing themselves for the loss of key man Georginio Wijnaldum.
    The Dutchman is out of contract next month and is expected to walk away for free having played a huge role in Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League and 2020 Premier League titles.
    But both Liverpool and Leeds face competition from Serie A giants AC Milan, according to Italian publication Il Milanista.
    The Milan side are also preparing to lose a key midfielder in Hakan Calhanoglu in the coming weeks.
    Stefano Pioli is still hopeful of keeping the Turkish ace but is drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements.
    Top of that is 21-cap Argentina star De Paul, 26, with the midfielder having five years of Serie A experience having joined Udinese from Valencia in 2016.
    However, the report claims Milan are fearful they will miss out on De Paul as they are unable to match Liverpool and Leeds’ financial clout.
    Milan have scoffed at the £35m asking price, while the Premier League duo are expected to match that.
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    The Serie A side – who beat Torino 7-0 earlier this week – are instead drawing up a deal which involves a host of budding stars heading to Udinese in return for De Paul.
    The midfielder has scored 34 times in 184 games in all competitions for Udinese since his 2016 debut.
    De Paul has been particularly impressive this season, scoring nine times in 34 Serie A games.
    And with Udinese struggling down in 12th this term, De Paul could look to move on to bigger and better things.
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    Man Utd ‘preparing £68m Marcos Llorente transfer offer with Atletico Madrid offering midfielder new deal to keep him’

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly preparing a £68million bid for Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente.The Red Devils are known to be huge admirers of the 26-year-old, having first targeted the midfielder in January 2020.
    Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente is a reported summer target for Manchester UnitedCredit: Rex
    Llorente has been instrumental for Diego Simeone’s men this season with Atletico on the brink of winning their first LaLiga title since 2014.
    The ex-Real Madrid ace – who won the 2018 Champions League with Los Blancos – has chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 43 games in all competitions this term.
    His fine form hasn’t gone unnoticed, and United were reportedly set to turn their interest into a formal offer in March.
    And now the Mirror have stated the Europa League finalists are ready to make a £68m bid to secure Llorente’s services.
    United could double his wages to £180,000-a-week as they look to entice him to Old Trafford.
    Such is Atletico’s concern that Llorente could be tempted into leaving, AS have reported that the Spanish side are poised to offer him a new contract.
    His current deal doesn’t expire until 2024, but the club’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil is said to have met with the player’s agent several times in recent weeks about extending his stay.
    Should Atletico fail to convince the ex-Alavas loanee to remain, it has been rumoured that potential suitors will have to fork out his mammoth £103m release clause.
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    According to Marca, Atletico will issue a hands-off warning and have no intention of listening to any offers for their key man.
    They add the only way United have a chance of landing his signature is by forking out his whopping buy-out clause.
    As well as Llorente, United have also been linked with a shock move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
    The England international is currently on loan at West Brom where he has been deployed in his preferred central midfield role.
    But it is understood that United, like the Gunners, view him as a right-back.
    And United are believed to be keen on signing Maitland-Niles to provide cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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    Felipe Anderson set for West Ham return after Porto snub permanent transfer but £36m flop ‘waiting for offers’

    BRAZIL star Felipe Anderson is reportedly set for a miserable return to West Ham this summer.Brazilian outlet UOL claim Porto have no intention of signing the midfielder on a permanent deal following a poor spell on loan from the Hammers this season.
    Porto are set to reject the chance to sign West Ham star Felipe Anderson permanentlyCredit: Getty
    The report adds that Anderson’s return to West Ham is ‘confirmed’ following the Dragons’ decision not to buy the £36million star.
    The playmaker is said to be waiting for other offers to get him out of West Ham permanently, with a return to Italy listed as a possibility.
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    Anderson’s value has since plummeted to £13m following his difficult spell at Porto this campaign.
    The Brazil international only managed to make nine appearances for the Portuguese side, and hasn’t played a single minute since February.
    SunSport previously reported that West Ham were steeling themselves for another transfer market in which they will need to kick on the out of favour player.
    The Hammers have already had to swallow a £25million loss to offload £40m record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.
    Hammers boss David Moyes has also made it clear that Anderson – whose contract expires in 2022 – does not figure in his future plans.
    But the problem for the London club is finding a buyer for a player who was signed from Lazio by Manuel Pellegrini in 2018.

    Particularly as Anderson is West Ham’s highest-paid player and still has another year of his £100,000-a-week contract to run.
    Shifting the former Santos ace from the wage bill could prove crucial in whether the Irons can afford to bring in Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal.
    The England winger has been a big part of that success during a stunning loan spell at the London Stadium since January but will demand big wages to stay.
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    Edinson Cavani leaves door open to future Boca Juniors transfer after signing Man Utd contract extension

    EDINSON CAVANI hasn’t shut the door on a move to Boca Juniors after admitting the talk of him signing for the South American giants at the end of this season were ‘real’.The Uruguayan forward, 34, ended the uncertainty around his future earlier this week by signing a new, one-year £250,000-a-week contract at Manchester United.
    Edinson Cavani has left the door open to a future move to Boca Juniors despite signing a one-year, £250,000-a-week contract extension at Man UtdCredit: Getty
    Cavani has broken his silence about the months of speculation leading up to his decision by admitting being far away from his roots and loved ones often played on his mind.
    But he said he could end up wearing the Boca Juniors shirt if the Argentine club still wanted him in an interview with Uruguayan radio programme 2 de Punta.
    Cavani told journalist Marcos Vitette: “The possibility I was going to sign for them was real.
    “But I was always clear. What has been said and printed is half true, half lies.
    “Sometimes it’s like that. But the chance was real.”
    MAN UTD TEAM-MATES PLAYED ROLE
    Insisting he had been talking with Boca Juniors vice-president Juan Ramon Riquelme for years, when he was still at Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani said: “Has the door with Boca been left open?
    “I haven’t closed it. You’d need to ask Boca if the door is open.
    “But today the reality is what it is, I’m at Manchester United and I’m fully focused.
    “There are moments when you need to be near your roots and your loved ones.
    “There’s not a year goes by when I don’t think about it.
    “But the decision is a mixture of things, the affection of the people, the attitude of the club with me and my family, my teammates asking me to stay, the manager.”
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    Man Utd confirmed on Monday that Cavani had signed a one-year extension.
    On signing the contract, the striker said: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents.
    “I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here.
    “They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.
    “From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager.
    “As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.
    “I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.”
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    Sancho ‘pushing for Man Utd transfer ahead of Euro 2020’, Haaland LATEST, Heaton ‘set to join’, Liverpool build up

    JADON SANCHO remains Manchester United’s top summer transfer target, according to Gary Neville.And reports suggest that the England star is pushing for a £78m move, which could be completed before Euro 2020.
    Sancho has gone up in the pecking order of Man Utd targets following Edinson Cavani’s contract extension, which means a new striker is unlikely to be required for another year.
    The Red Devils face Liverpool tonight in the rearranged fixture at Old Trafford.
    Meanwhile United are said to be on the verge of signing Tom Heaton as backup goalkeeper.
    Sergio Romero and Lee Grant are almost certain to leave the club this summer while the club may only be big enough for one of David de Gea and Dean Henderson.
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    BRU KNOW IT
    Bruno Fernandes was on the bench for the defeat to Leicester, surely he will be back in the line-up tonight…

    GO RON THEN
    Manchester United are the most likely candidates to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
    At least that’s what the bookies are saying with Betfair pricing United at 7/4 to re-sign their iconic number 7. Check out the latest odds below…

    PICTURED
    Manchester United’s stars have already driven into Old Trafford for tonight’s game, well in advance of any protests.
    Check out the snaps here.
    UNITED FANS ON TWITTER
    Thousands of United fans are expected to attend Old Trafford in protest this evening.
    Here’s what a few of them have tweeted ahead of tonight…

    FORTRESS OT
    It’s around three hours to go before the planned protest begins at Old Trafford.
    United have enhanced security around the ground – and this video on Twitter shows the extent of their efforts.

    FANS VIEW – TOM MCDERMOTT
    More protests are planned for Thursday evening ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League game against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
    You don’t have to look far to see the top-secret extra measures the club has introduced to prevent the same scenes as the last protest earlier in the month.
    Just to reiterate, protesting outside the ground is fine.
    But when you see supporters breaking onto the pitch, damaging things, pinching one of the corner flags before snorting a white substance from it – a line has been crossed and it becomes embarrassing.
    Click here to read Tom McDermott’s view.

    PLAYERS ALREADY IN OT
    According to Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News, some United players are already in Old Trafford ahead of tonight’s planned protest.
    One of the main reasons why the initial fixture was postponed was because players were unable to travel from their hotel due to the disruption outside the ground.
    Tonight’s protest is expected to begin around 6pm.
    Understand some United players have already arrived at Old Trafford. Was never any plan to stay at The Lowry, as reported Monday. #mufc— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 13, 2021

    DANIEL CUTTS EXCLUSIVE
    Manchester United will land a huge cash windfall if West Ham join them in the top four this season.
    The Hammers have had a stunning season and are only six points behind rivals Chelsea with a game in hand.
    The England winger has been a big part of that success during a stunning loan spell at the London Stadium since January.
    And SunSport understands there’s a clause in his deal which will net United a £500,000 bonus if they secure Champions League football.
    The agreement could help West Ham seal a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old, who is valued at around £20m.
    His £100,000-a-week wage demands are proving an issue for the Hammers, especially if they don’t get into Europe.
    Credit: Getty

    RON WILL RETURN
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum Dolores has vowed to persuade her son to make a spectacular return to Sporting Lisbon.
    The superstar is being heavily linked with a move away from Juventus and his mum made the assurance as she celebrated Sporting’s first league title in 19 years.
    She posted a video of herself on her Instagram story dancing and singing after Sporting’s triumph.
    The singing died down and a voice was heard shouting up to the balcony before Dolores yelled back: “I’ll talk to him [Cristiano] to bring him back.”
    United are among the clubs believed to be interested in the Portuguese star.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s mum Dolores celebrates Sporting Lisbon winning their first title in 19 years
    MORE OF THE SAME TONIGHT?
    United won 3-2 the last time Liverpool played at Old Trafford.
    Mason Greenwood scored in the FA Cup tie, celebrating with a wave to the cameras.
    A win tonight would seriously hamper Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

    HAALAND ‘WILL BE AT DORTMUND NEXT SEASON’
    Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke believes Erling Haaland will remain at the club beyond the summer.
    The 25-year-old, who’s scored 25 Bundesliga goals this season, is one of the most sought after strikers in European football.
    United are believed to be interested in the Norway international.
    Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Watzke said: “I have the clear expectation that Erling Haaland will play for us next year.
    “And I don’t waste any thoughts on anything else.”

    SHAW MOVES
    United’s official TikTok account has given defender Luke Shaw a platform to show his moves.
    Is he the best dancer in the squad?

    PROTEST EXPECTED
    All eyes will be on Old Trafford this evening – but not for the game between United and Liverpool.
    Another fan protest is expected to take place from 6pm.
    United are said to be more prepared this time, bulking up security around the ground.
    SunSport will keep you updated with events at Old Trafford.
    Let’s keep it going! Further protests are planned by #mufc fans tomorrow evening at 6pm as Liverpool visit Old Trafford to play the rescheduled game. #GlazersOut— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) May 12, 2021

    PRAY FOR CRIST
    United have added Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero to their transfer shortlist, according to reports.
    The Red Devils are said to be keen on the 23-year-old along with Lille star Sven Botman and Sevilla ace Jules Kounde.
    United are eager to sign a new partner for captain Harry Maguire and the trio are their most-wanted, according to Sky Sports.
    Romero is on loan at Atalanta from Juventus.
    And although they are expected to make the deal permanent in line with the £21.5million obligation to buy clause, Atalanta are said to be willing to sell this summer for £34m.
    Credit: Rex
    VALENCIA PAYS TRIBUTE TO FANS
    Ex-United winger Antonio Valencia has called time on his playing career.
    The 35-year-old won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups and the Europa League during his time at Old Trafford.
    He also captained the Red Devils in his final year at the club.
    Valencia has paid tribute to the United fans on social media, posting an open letter.

    BISSOUMA TO UNITED – WRIGHT
    Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Yves Bissouma should join Manchester United.
    The £30million-rated midfielder has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Brighton.
    He’s been linked with a move to United, Liverpool and the Gunners.
    Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, the ex-England striker said: “Bissouma’s making it clear now he wants to leave.
    “You’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man United in the current climate.
    “I’m probably going to go with Man United… You look at Man United and what Man United are on the cusp of doing, it’s a much more attractive proposition right now, much more.”
    SANCHO ‘PUSHING’ FOR UNITED TRANSFER
    Jadon Sancho is ‘pushing’ for a move to Old Trafford, according to the Manchester Evening News.
    The Borussia Dortmund winger reportedly wanted to join United last summer and has asked his agent to complete a deal at the second time of asking.
    With just two years left on his contract, Sancho’s value is believed to have gone down.
    United’s budget has also increased following the news that Edinson Cavani has signed a new contract – meaning they won’t need to sign a No.9 this summer.

    RED WALL
    United chiefs have launched a top-secret operation to foil any anti-Glazer protests ahead of Thursday’s rearranged game with Liverpool.
    Players have been sworn to secrecy with some staff kept out the loop to ensure there are no leaks.
    A 10ft ‘ring of steel’ has also been built around the more vulnerable areas of Old Trafford – including the Munich Tunnel entrance where fans broke initially.
    The teams were set to play each other on May 2 but supporter protests meant the game had to be cancelled.
    Fans broke into the stadium and charged the pitch while a separate group stopped the teams leaving the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
    United bosses are aware of an ongoing threat and have kept their cards close to their chests ever since.
    The same thing happened last week before the team travelled to Rome for their Europa League semi-final.
    And the secret plans are still subject to change until the very last minute, according to the Mail.
    Credit: Reuters
    MORNING MAN UTD FANS
    Manchester United face Liverpool this evening in one of the oldest and most historic games in English football.
    The Red Devils were due to face Jurgen Klopp’s men on May 2 but fan protests at Old Trafford led to the game being postponed.
    But now the two sides are set to do battle as the Premier League season approaches its conclusion.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested 10 players in the 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday, perhaps with one eye on the Liverpool match just 48 hours later.
    And while some criticised the Norwegian for fielding a weakened XI, Klopp backed his opposition number.
    He said: “Playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is a crime.
    “If we do not make it into the Champions League, it will not be the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or his players.
    “It will be our fault because even in this season, in which we have had so many injuries, we really should have been five or six points better than we are.
    “I know Ole made ten changes but I would have done the same thing — I expected him to do that.
    “This is the end of a long season already and then you get Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and it’s just not right.
    “So it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even if it means we now need to get a few favours if we are going to make the top four.”
    Liverpool will move to within four points of Chelsea if they win at Old Trafford and will also still have a game in hand on the Blues.
    Meanwhile, a defeat would almost certainly mean the end of their top four challenge, so this game becomes a make-or-break fixture in the club’s season.
    GUNNAR BOUNCE BACK
    Manchester United will be hoping they can bounce back from defeat to Leicester when they take on Liverpool tomorrow evening.
    The Red Devils will be without captain Harry Maguire but will still feel they have enough to overcome Jurgen Klopp’s inconsistent side.
    Join us tomorrow as we bring you all the build-up to one of England’s biggest and most historic fixtures.
    Credit: Getty
    GOOD FOR THE SOL
    Jurgen Klopp has called Manchester United’s fixture pile-up CRIMINAL and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for resting his stars.
    The United boss made ten changes as they lost 2-1 against Leicester, making it tougher for Liverpool to finish in the top four.
    Ahead of tomorrow’s clash at United, Reds boss Klopp said: “Playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is a crime.
    Klopp said: “If we do not make it into the Champions League, it will not be the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or his players.
    “It will be our fault because even in this season, in which we have had so many injuries, we really should have been five or six points better than we are.
    “I know Ole made ten changes but I would have done the same thing — I expected him to do that.
    “This is the end of a long season already and then you get Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and it’s just not right. So it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even if it means we now need to get a few favours if we are going to make the top four.”

    KABAK SET TO MISS MAN UTD CLASH
    Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak looks set to miss their match against Manchester United tomorrow night.
    Klopp confirms that Ozan Kabak will miss tomorrow’s game v United. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) May 12, 2021

    SIN-FUL DEVILS
    Manchester United should be deducted points for fielding ‘their B team’ against Leicester on Tuesday, according to Trevor Sinclair.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made TEN changes to his team that beat Aston Villa on Sunday with another fixture against Liverpool to be played on Thursday.
    Sinclair told TalkSPORT: “Without being disrespectful to the players that played tonight, they made ten changes, this is their ‘B’ team.
    “I think that’s disrespectful and it takes away from the top four race. Why didn’t the police and the club make amendments and make sure they safeguard the stadium? They didn’t do that.
    “The teams that are going to suffer from Man Utd’s lack of due diligence, the ones who could miss out on the top four, are Chelsea possibly, Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham.
    “I think there needs to be a punishment for Man Utd. Three points isn’t enough because that doesn’t affect anything.
    “I honestly feel the way they put out this team, the way they didn’t safeguard their stadium, I think a six-point deduction should be given to Manchester United.”
    😠 “#MUFC made 10 changes. This is their B team. I think that’s disrespectful.”😡 “I think there needs to be a punishment. 3 points isn’t enough. A 6 point deduction should be given.”Trevor Sinclair explains why he thinks Man Utd should be docked 6 points… pic.twitter.com/QE9kxSS510— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 11, 2021

    MAIT A MOVE
    Manchester United are interested in a shock transfer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.
    The Arsenal academy graduate, 23, has spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom.
    And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed with his performances under Sam Allardyce.
    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are considering an approach to Arsenal when he returns to his parent club.
    However, the report adds they would face competition from three other Premier League sides – Everton, Leeds and Southampton.

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROM
    Jose Mourinho wants to sign Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero for his new club Roma, according to reports.
    The goalkeeper has not played a single minute for the Red Devils this season and is certain to leave in the summer when his contract expires.
    And his old manager Mourinho has added him to his transfer wishlist, according to the Telegraph.
    SunSport columnist Mourinho will take over the Serie A side at the end of the season.
    He signed a three-year deal just two weeks after being sacked by Tottenham.

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    New Arsenal away shirt LEAKED, Camavinga transfer BOOST, Dembele £25million interest, Aarons could replace Bellerin

    ARSENAL are looking to make a big statement in the transfer market by securing Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.The France international had been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but his agent has suggested the Gunners’ lack of Champions League football will not prove a stumbling block if they want to do a deal.
    Arsenal are also considering a move for Atletico Madrid loanee Moussa Dembele, valued at £25m by parent club Lyon.
    And the Gunners are willing to sell Hector Bellerin for around £35m, with Max Aarons of Norwich a potential replacement.
    Get all the latest Arsenal news, transfer gossip and updates with our live blog…
    WRIGHT ON THE MONEY
    Ian Wright has admitted that he does not trust Arsenal to sign Martin Odegaard permanently.
    In discussing the busy summer ahead for the club, the ex-striker told Premier League Productions that the signing of Willian shows the Gunners transfer department is flawed.
    He said: “You say who’s vulnerable, you look at [Lucas] Torreira and [Matteo] Guendouzi, Joe Willock is doing very well at Newcastle, [William] Saliba’s doing well as well.
    “You look at it and you think to yourself those players, every one of them apart from [Konstantinos] Mavropanos who’s not really had a chance [and] Saliba, maybe those players should be where they are.
    “I’d like to see Joe Willock get an opportunity but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
    “Odegaard is somebody who I’d like to see sign, but at the same time the people who are going to oversee who’s coming in and who’s going out are unfortunately the same people who signed Willian for three years.”
    Credit: Reuters
    EMILE A MINUTE
    Arsenal’s winner last night came from a training ground routine designed to push opponents into making mistakes, Emile Smith Rowe has revealed.
    The young midfielder hit the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge after a poor backpass from Jorginho was snapped up.
    And he told Sky Sports: “We worked on that in training this week, the pressing, the high pressing, so I feel like we did well to make them make a mistake and then Auba set me up.
    “This happens sometimes, I’m happy it went in, but it was a lucky finish.
    “It means so much to score for this fantastic club. I just want to keep pushing on now.”
    MONTEMURRO LEAVES
    Joe Montemurro has officially left his role as manager of Arsenal Women.
    The 51-year-old won the WSL and the League Cup during his four-year stint at the club.
    The Gunners have paid tribute to the successful manager with an emotional video.

    LEAKED AWAY KIT
    Arsenal’s away kit for next season has been leaked.
    What do you reckon?

    ARSENAL TRYING TO AGREE ESR DEAL
    Arsenal are trying to agree a new deal with Emile Smith Rowe, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
    Reports suggest the player is happy to stay at the Emirates and a five-year deal could be agreed very shortly.
    Arsenal are working since March to extend Emile Smith-Rowe’s contract, there’s ‘optimism’ to complete the agreement soon. The player is happy and open to stay – five years contract on the table. ⚪️🔴 #AFC #Arsenal https://t.co/0oLWSdBGFP— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 13, 2021

    ARTETA DELIGHTED WITH WIN
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has expressed his delight at last night’s 1-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
    Speaking to the club’s official website, Arteta said: “[It was a] Great win.
    “It shows how tough it is to come here and win against a fantastic team. I think what Thomas [Tuchel] is doing is great. They have so much quality, really good organisation and make it really difficult for you.
    “From the beginning, we showed that we were coming here to try to win with the right spirit, with the right attitude, we showed moments of real quality as well.
    “We got the goal and then we had to defend in long periods. To do that, you have to be really committed and resilient. We needed some luck and we had it tonight.”
    WHAT IS THE CONFERENCE LEAGUE?
    Should Arsenal finish in seventh, they will most likely qualify for the inaugural edition of the Europa Conference League.
    But what is Uefa’s new tertiary competition?
    The ECL will run alongside the Champions League and Europa League.
    It is designed to let even more clubs across the continent experience European football.
    Whichever English team qualifies will enter at the Play-Off round before a familiar looking Group Stage.
    The competition will be held on Thursday nights throughout the season, culminating in a final on May 25, 2022, in Albania.
    AMN LATEST
    Manchester United are interested in a shock transfer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.
    The Arsenal academy graduate, 23, has spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom.
    And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed with his performances under Sam Allardyce.
    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are considering an approach to Arsenal when he returns to his parent club.
    However, the report adds they would face competition from three other Premier League sides – Everton, Leeds and Southampton.

    WAS THIS A GOOD SAVE?
    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno kept a clean sheet last night in their 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
    The Gunners’ social media team have highlighted this save from the German stopper – but was it actually any good?
    You decide…

    SPL-ASH THE CASH
    Ashley Cole has told Arsenal they MUST invest big in players this summer to take ‘the next step’.
    The Gunners face a battle to bag a Europa League spot this season, but a 1-0 away win at Chelsea on Wednesday put themselves firmly back in the frame.
    Speaking before the Chelsea victory, the 40-year-old said: “When Mikel Arteta came into the job he definitely shored up the defence, he really got that defensive shape and organisation.
    “But now, in the middle third and the final third, I think they’ve been lacking that sharpness, that real quality and intensity to go and grab a game.
    “I just think they’ve struggled. As I mentioned, big players have not turned up.
    Next season will they invest? They need to invest if they want to go to the next step and play the Arsenal way, that quick, enjoyable football to watch.
    “They need changes.”
    Credit: Getty – Contributor
    HOLDING HAPPY WITH WIN
    Rob Holding has expressed his delight at Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Chelsea.
    The defender told the club’s official website: “I managed to block everything, head everything that came my way.
    “We just sort of defended first and then anything we could do with the ball, we did.
    “It’s nice to get a double over Chelsea for the season. We got a good one at home and then it’s nice to grind out a result here.”
    Holding is also hoping the Gunners can end the season strongly.
    He continued: “We owe the fans a lot after this season.
    “We’ve let them down a few times, so if we can wrap up some points, wrap up some wins and give them something to look forward to going into next season.”
    SIMA SOON
    Slavia Prague forward Abdallah Sima is keen on a move to the Premier League, according to the Evening Standard.
    The 19-year-old, who’s scored 11 league goals this season, is believed to be a target for Arsenal and West Ham.
    Reports suggest the Czech club want £50million for the player, although they are expected to accept a smaller bid.
    Sima has one senior cap for Senegal.
    It’s gone from bad to worse for Leicester… 😳Abdallah Sima takes aim from 25 yards out, finds the bottom corner and Slavia Prague are 2-0 up at the King Power! 💥 pic.twitter.com/1SA0Jtee5N— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 25, 2021

    ‘PLAYS WITH COURAGE’
    Arsenal’s ‘shining light’ Bukayo Saka is being ‘used and abused’ by Mikel Arteta, according to Ashley Cole.
    And the former Gunner thinks Saka’s versatility might hold him back from becoming a ‘top, top player’.
    Speaking on Sky, Cole said: “As Jamie [Redknapp] says, [he’s] a shining light in this Arsenal team. He plays with courage, [he’s] fearless at times.
    “But I just feel when you don’t cement down one position, it’s very, very difficult to nail that down and be a top, top player.
    “As a manager, you love it because he’s adaptable and he can play in three or four positions, which is brilliant.
    “But I feel for him at times because I think he’s kind of used and abused.”

    BISSOUMA TO UNITED – WRIGHT
    Ian Wright believes Yves Bissouma should join Manchester United – and not his beloved Arsenal.
    The £30million-rated midfielder has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Brighton.
    He’s been linked with a move to United, Liverpool and the Gunners.
    Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, the Arsenal legend said: “Bissouma’s making it clear now he wants to leave.
    “You’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man United in the current climate.
    “I’m probably going to go with Man United… You look at Man United and what Man United are on the cusp of doing, it’s a much more attractive proposition right now, much more.”
    GUNNING FOR BERGE
    Arsenal are serious about signing Sheffield United’s Sander Berge, according to Yorkshire Live.
    The 23-year-old midfielder needs to find another club if wishes to stay in the Premier League following the Blades’ relegation to the Championship.
    Mikel Arteta’s assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, previously coached the Norway international at Genk.
    It is believed Arsenal are hiring a new network of scouts and the applicants have been asked to prepare dossiers on Newcastle loanee Joe Willock and Berge.
    The Sheffield United player is said to have a £35million release clause.

    ICYMI – JORGINHO’S HOWLER
    Chelsea lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last night following an awful back pass from Jorginho.
    Here’s the moment, just in case you missed it…

    TUCHY SUBJECT
    Thomas Tuchel knows exactly which player rotation caused Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal.
    The Blues lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and the German blamed himself and the line up he picked after the game.
    He said: “I am not happy with my line-up. There were too many changes and I should not have done it like this.
    “It was something in particular but I don’t want to tell you.”
    🗣”It is totally our fault, no one elses, we lost the game, we made an own-goal a total gift.” Thomas Tuchel took blame for making too many changes to the Chelsea starting line-up and called it a wake up call pic.twitter.com/kMXnJCjT6M— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 12, 2021

    ARTETA’S MEDIA RANT
    Mikel Arteta has slammed the press following Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Chelsea last night, claiming they are ‘putting words in his mouth’.
    The Gunners boss told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t accept somebody putting words in my mouth that I don’t say.
    “When it’s related to my players, they’re going to hit a wall.
    “They can try to give their opinions from the outside, that’s fine, but to try to break what we have inside there is not possible.”
    MORNING ARSENAL FANS
    It will be a welcome feeling for Arsenal fans this morning to wake up after a positive display from their team.
    For all the negatives about the 2020-21 campaign, Mikel Arteta’s side showed grit and determination to defend resolutely and earn themselves a 1-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea.
    Emile Smith Rowe’s first half goal gave the Gunners a much-needed win and one that lifts them up into eighth place in the Premier League table.
    Speaking after the match, Arteta said: “It’s been a really tough season because we’ve faced something unprecedented in the outside world and in this football club.
    “But we put all our passion, our energy, our knowledge and our togetherness to get through any obstacle and try to be as good as we can.”
    The Spaniard also hit back at what he felt was an incorrect depiction of his words before the game surrounding the motivation of his players.
    With the victory, Arsenal have now given themselves an outside chance of Europa League qualification next season.
    And goalscorer Smith Rowe felt it was a huge win that the team desperately needed.
    The 20-year-old said: “I feel like it was an important result, and for our season.
    “It was really tough, and we had to work hard and dig deep. We worked on [the high press] in training this week, and I feel like we did well to make them make a mistake.
    “I think it showed our character, and just how much fight we’ve got in us. We defended really well in patches and after this tough season, it was a good performance.”
    GOOD NIGHT FOR ARSENAL
    So, Arsenal pick up a much-needed London derby win at Stamford Bridge as their quest for European football goes down to the final few games.
    Mikel Arteta’s side now finish off their Premier League campaign with matches against Crystal Palace and Brighton.
    Can they make the Europa League for next season? We wait to find out.
    Credit: Reuters
    GUNNING FOR IT
    Arsenal’s last nine league victories against Chelsea have all been against different managers for the Blues.#CHEARS— Orbinho (@Orbinho) May 12, 2021

    CRAZY STAT
    Absolutely bizarre statistic. Shows how much Lampard struggled at the end of his reign at Stamford Bridge.
    Over the last 25 league games, Arsenal and Chelsea have taken exactly the same number of points (42). My brain cannot compute how this can be the case.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 12, 2021

    ARSENAL STUN CHELSEA
    Arsenal have shocked Chelsea with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the game after a horror backpass from Jorginho in the first half.
    The Gunners move into eighth place in the Premier League table. Chelsea’s spot in the top four remains a little uneasy.

    OFF THE BAR TWICE
    Chelsea have just hit the bar twice in the final minute of normal time against Arsenal. The Gunners are clinging on.
    MAIT A MOVE
    Manchester United are interested in a shock transfer for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.
    The Arsenal academy graduate, 23, has spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom.
    And despite the Baggies getting relegated, the England international impressed with his performances under Sam Allardyce.
    According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are considering an approach to Arsenal when he returns to his parent club.
    However, the report adds they would face competition from three other Premier League sides – Everton, Leeds and Southampton.

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    Man Utd prodigy Arnau Puigmal set to QUIT on free transfer four years after beating Barcelona to 20-year-old wonderkid

    MANCHESTER UNITED wonderkid Arnau Puigmal is reportedly set to QUIT the club – just four years after the Red Deviuls beat Barcelona to his signature.The 20-year-old has been eyed by LaLiga side Almeria with him failing to make the grade at United.
    Arnau Puigmal is set to call time on his Man Utd dreamCredit: Getty – Contributor
    MailOnline reports that Puigmal ‘is now destined to return to Spain’.
    His contract at United is up in the summer, and despite impressing for the U23 side, he has failed to make the step up into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans.
    Big things were expected of the Spaniard when he joined from Espanyol in 2017.
    Then head of academy Nicky Butt was full of praise for the promising talent in the early stages.
    He said: “He has a great attitude to learn and he has quickly picked up English, which will be a great help to him going forward.
    “It is clear to see that he has all the attributes to develop into a top player and have a fine future ahead of him.”
    He has not made his first team debut yet but has been included in United’s Europa League squad.
    He has also appeared for Spain’s U19 side and has made three appearances so far.
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    Puigmal has not done enough to bag a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-teamCredit: Getty – Contributor

    He was spotted by Espanyol at the age 10 in 2010, and immediately progressed through the Barcelona club’s youth set-up showing lots of promise among his peers.
    Puigmal then turned heads at the 2017 Mediterranean International Cup – a tournament where Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas starred in previous editions.
    Espanyol stunned Manchester United by beating them on route to the final, with Puigmal bossing the midfield.
    Then, he went one better – getting on the scoresheet against La Liga rivals Barcelona to lift the trophy.
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