Ben Chilwell set for Chelsea medical after clearing out his things at Leicester

Although finding a new goalkeeper should be Chelsea’s main focus this summer, there’s been a lot of rumours about signing a new left back too.

Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell’s name keeps coming up and it’s probably good timing for him to make this move, especially after the inevitable Brendan Rodgers’ slide has started at the club.

You’ll see different opinions about his quality and his rumoured price tag of £80m does seem excessive, so Chelsea will probably need to find a way of bringing that down if they want this move to happen.

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The other problem was that the player seemed to be happy to stay where he was, but that’s changed after they failed to finish in the top four and murmurs of transfer requests have started to emerge.

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Man United's new right wing target will prosper at Old Trafford, legend says

Brazil legend Rivaldo says that Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé would be a good transfer for Manchester United as rumours mount that the Old Trafford club are interested in signing him.

United are starting to look for alternative signings to their top target Jadon Sancho, who now appears certain to be staying at Borussia Dortmund for another season after the Red Devils missed the German side’s deadline to sign him.

Dembele, who joined Barca from Dortmund for an incredible €138 million (£124m) in 2017, has missed much of this season due to two bad injuries, but is now back in training and could play for Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich tonight.

The MEN reports that Barcelona are open to selling the player and have slapped a €90 million (£81) asking price on him – some €30 million (£27m) less than that of Sancho.
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You can’t always get what you want

When contemplating where Arsenal need to make improvements this summer, I am minded of that famous Manchester United tweet carrying a quote from then manager David Moyes. It’s probably quicker to consider the areas where the team doesn’t need a great deal of improvement. However, in the interests of satisfying the demands of this column, I have tried to condense Arsenal’s needs this summer into bitesize priorities.

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One of the curious tactical developments under Mikel Arteta is that Arsenal have become an effective counter-attacking side. They have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City under Arteta’s stewardship. With wide-forwards like Nicolas Pepe and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a fairly solid midfield base of Ceballos and Xhaka, three central defenders and a selection of adaptable … Read the rest

Bernardo Silva says Champions League no easier now Liverpool are out

Bernardo Silva has told his Manchester City team-mates to stay focussed – and that just because Liverpool are no longer in the competition – their passage to the Champions League Final is not guaranteed.

We’d argue that right now, Liverpool and City are the two standout teams on the planet.

City are easily the best side left in the competition, and we think only Bayern Munich might stand in their way – especially after watching PSG’s shoddy performance last night v Atalanta.

Liverpool were knocked out by Atletico Madrid before the lockdown, in very unfortunate circumstances after playing incredibly well at Anfield – but gifting our opponents a late goal via Adrian’s error.

“The fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out, it’s not going to make our path any easier. That would be a wrong thought,” Silva told Goal.

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Aubameyang’s new Arsenal contract appears to be confirmed by brother in major hint

Arsenal fans seem to have been sent into overdrive after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother – Willy, suggested that the talisman has signed a new contract with the Gunners.

Willy dropped a massive hint whilst hosting an Instagram Live session, as he was just casually describing his days, he was inundated by Arsenal supporters to offer an update on Pierre-Emerick’s future.

Willy was asked to wink if his younger brother has signed new terms with Mikel Arteta’s side, he immediately obliged, almost as though he knew those questions were coming.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal’s skipper is on the brink of agreeing a new deal until 2023, that would see the prolific forward earn £250,000-a-week.

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Romano reveals date Man United will renew Pogba's contract by

Manchester United fans can expect Paul Pogba to be tied down long-term soon according to Fabrizio Romano.

The French midfielder previously stated a desire for a new challenge but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to hold onto him nonetheless.

Pogba was said to have an interest in him by the likes of PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid but United fought them all off so far.

The World Cup winner only has a year left to his contract though it’s believed the club triggered the additional year in his deal.

Either way, Pogba needs to be handed a new contract if he’s going to be committed to the Red Devils for the long term and Romano has given fans a date.

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Barcelona confirm squad heading to Lisbon ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Barcelona have announced the squad that has made the trip to Lisbon ahead of their Champions League quarter-final showdown against Bayern Munich on Friday night.

After seeing off Napoli last week, the Catalan giants will hope to continue their run in Europe but face a hugely difficult task against the reigning Bundesliga champions.

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It promises to be a fascinating battle between two giants of European football, and Barcelona coach Quique Setien will hope to have as close to a fully-fit squad at his disposal as possible.

As seen in the club’s tweet below, they’ve named a 26-man squad list that has travelled to Lisbon for the meeting with the Bavarian giants, and notably Ousmane Dembele has been included.

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Liverpool ‘disrespected’ Norwich and left a ‘sour taste’ after Jamal Lewis chase, according to Inside Story

There is a long and rather interesting story in the Eastern Daily Press that slams Liverpool for our conduct during the Jamal Lewis chase.

Journalist Paddy Davitt has branded the Premier League champions ‘disrespectful’ and has claimed the relationship between ourselves and Norwich has been damaged following the Jamal Lewis mini-saga.

To be honest, we’re baffled by his opinion. Liverpool had a valuation for Lewis of around £10-12m. Norwich wanted at least double that.

When the offer was submitted and immediately rejected, Liverpool signed a left-back for £11m in Kostas Tsimikas who was valued at what we wanted to spend on him.

Davitt’s argument that Liverpool have now potentially unsettled Lewis is a little silly. It’s the summer transfer window. Clubs make bids for players they want the entire time. Liverpool did not pursue the deal for months, only to pull out at the last minute and leave Lewis despondent, … Read the rest

Liverpool ‘frontrunners’ for Sarr – £50m bankroll from player sales could fund deal for Sadio Mane’s mate

A reliable source has indicated that Liverpool are indeed in the race for Ismaila Sarr, Watford’s 22-year-old winger.

David Lynch of the Standard has penned a piece with Watford expert Simon Collings that states Liverpool are the ‘frontrunners’ for Sarr, but Watford want £40m for his services…

The winger would prefer an Anfield switch, says Lynch, who also states the fee for his services could be funded by the sales of Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic – who could fetch over £50m combined.

We don’t mind Sarr as a player, but for that kind of money, we’d like someone a little closer to the levels of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

After all, Sarr scored five goals in his debut Premier League season, two less than Wilson, who is already on our books and is not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

Sarr ripped us apart at Vicarage Road, but … Read the rest

Can Arteta’s Arsenal build on FA Cup triumph?

By Jon Spurling @jonspurling1

Despite what Arsenal fans may have sung or Tweeted last weekend, the club doesn’t actually own the FA Cup. Yet, given that that the Gunners have now won it 14 times, and 8 of these victories have occurred within the last 22 years, it’s no surprise that the love many fans have for the beautiful old silver pot runs deep.

Several of the club’s FA Cup wins have even been afforded their own moniker which most Arsenal fans will recognise instantly. In 1930, when Herbert Chapman’s men defeated Huddersfield 2-0 to land the club its first piece of major silverware, it quickly became dubbed the ‘Zeppelin Final,’ after the Graf Zeppelin hove into view during the second half at Wembley.

The 1979 showpiece was described as the “3 minute final” after Manchester United wiped out Arsenal’s 2-0 lead, only to see Alan Sunderland sweep home the … Read the rest