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Transfer Talk: Chelsea prepared to offer Man United


The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Chelsea prepared for ‘persuasive’ Gomes offer

The Independent reports that Chelsea are prepared to make a move for Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes once he leaves the club.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has all but confirmed that the 19-year-old will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires on Tuesday, after the England U20 international rejected the Red Devils’ £25,000-a-week contract offer, and now it appears as if there is potential for the Blues to swoop in and sign the attacking midfielder to a contract described as “persuasive.”

The teenager is said to have offers on the table from a handful of clubs across world football, with Chelsea among Valencia, Benfica and Hamburg in the leading sides chasing Gomes’ signature.

Hakimi rejects Man United

Real Madrid starlet Achraf Hakimi has rejected a potential move to Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News cites AS as reporting.

Hakimi, who has spent the past two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund, has been unable to convince Zinedine Zidane that he can dislodge Dani Carvajal as the first-choice right-back at the Bernabeu. As a result, he’s now on the verge of completing a move to Inter Milan, with the Red Devils being left in the dust.

The report states that in addition to United, Bayern Munich also made an offer for Hakimi, but the Westfalenstadio veteran ultimately opted for a move to the San Siro.

Arsenal and Newcastle want Weghorst

Arsenal and Newcastle United are just two of several Premier League clubs chasing the signature of Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst, according to Bild.

The report states that the 27-year-old Dutch international will be available for around €35 million after a campaign that saw him score 16 goals and provide three assists in the Bundesliga.


Leicester City youngster Dennis Gyamfi is set to leave the club on when his contract expires on Tuesday, the Leicester Mercury reports. The young Dutchman has stunned the Foxes with his decision to leave, with the club expecting him to sign a new deal and potentially work his way into the first team. A new contract had been offered to the 18-year-old, but in the end he decided that his future lies elsewhere.

The Daily Mail writes that Newcastle United are contemplating a move for young Montpellier forward Thomas Robert — the son of former Magpies star Laurent Robert. Newcastle are one of many teams monitoring his situation after the 19-year-old turned down a new three-year contract with the French club, with Nice and Rennes both making offers to keep him in Ligue 1.

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Angel Gomes set to quit Man Utd – Solskjaer


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is expecting midfielder Angel Gomes to leave the club.

The United boss had been hopeful Gomes would sign a new contract but with no update on the situation and the 19-year-old’s deal due to expire on Tuesday, he now looks set to leave Old Trafford.

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“I’ve got no news, nothing, so it doesn’t look like [he will stay],” Solskjaer told a news conference on Monday.

“I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning. It seems like they haven’t managed to agree so the answer is probably short and yes [he will leave].”

United travel to Brighton on Tuesday looking to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games and put more pressure on the top four places.

With seven games remaining, Solskjaer’s team are sixth in the table, five points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

“I think there are many teams in that battle for third and fourth — Leicester, Chelsea, us, Wolves are doing really well, ” Solskjaer said.

Tottenham, Arsenal and Sheffield United want to put a run together and put a challenge in there. It’s exciting for fans

“The players are working really hard and want to do as well as they can.

“For me as a team we’re trying to implement our ideas. When you go into the next game knowing you’ve won the previous game it’s a good place to be in.”

Brighton are still in relegation trouble but have been in good form since the restart with a win over Arsenal and a draw at Leicester.

United have lost on both of their last two visits to the Amex Stadium and Solskjaer is expecting a tough game even without Brighton fans in the stadium.

“They’re a good footballing side, play football and make it hard for you,” he added.

“I’ve not been down there myself and fans, of course they matter and have an impact on games and football.

“We have to deal with the situation as it is and as an away team, sometimes it helps you but then again when you’re at the bottom pressure of fans can get to you and give an extra edge.”

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Transfer Talk: Inter Milan consider Skriniar swap for Man City


The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

Inter consider Skriniar swap for City’s Aguero

Reports at Calciomercato claim Internazionale are plotting a potential swap deal that would see Milan Skriniar head to Manchester City in exchange for City’s record goal scorer Sergio Aguero.

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Slovakian Skriniar is no longer deemed an indispensible asset by Antonio Conte’s side, and the 25-year-old’s red card in Inter’s last match against Sassuolo last Wednesday is believed to have incensed the Nerazzurri hierarchy, who are now rumoured to be sounding out interested buyers for the highly coveted centre-half.

Pep Guardiola is credited with a long-term interest in Skriniar, and may be tempted to offload the now 32-year-old Aguero and give more game time to the frustrated Gabriel Jesus.

Real Madrid are also in the race for Skriniar, who could look to offer highly-rated right back Achraf Hakimi as a makeweight in a deal between the two clubs.

Borussia leave Sancho deal door ajar for Man Utd

Borussia Dortmund have given Manchester United a boost in their pursuit of top target Jadon Sancho, with the German club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke saying the Bundesliga runners-up would be willing to discuss a deal to sell the England international.

The 20-year-old has lit up the German top flight since joining Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, and his 17 goals this season have helped take his market value towards the £100 million mark.

That fee isn’t believed to have put off United, however, who are one of a small number of clubs not to have felt a significant financial pinch as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But while Watzke appeared open to letting Sancho leave if the player requested to do so, he did also add that it was “unlikely” that any interested club would be able to offer the sizeable fee they are looking for.

Euro elite chase Sankoh signature

A string of top European clubs are in the race to sign young Stoke City forward Mohamed Sankoh, according to reports at Calciomercato.

The 16-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances in the youth set up at the Bet365 Stadium, and his goalscoring exploits have put Chelsea on high alert, but Frank Lampard’s side also face stiff competition from Spanish duo Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, along with Serie A giants Juventus.

The youngster joined Stoke from Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam in 2018, and his immaculate technique and physical strength have drawn comparisons with Belgium and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Italian publication claims another — and so far unknown — Serie A side are in the running for the Dutch youth international, who has notched 19 goals and 10 assists in 34 games this season.

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– Young Lyon striker Amine Gouiri is set to seal a move to fellow Ligue 1 side Nice in the coming days, according to L’Equipe. The 20-year-old will sign on the dotted line for a fee of around €6 million, subject to the completion of a medical mid next week.

– Inter Milan are keen to tie up a deal to bring Brescia midfield starlet Sandro Tonali to the San Siro in the close season, but the two clubs are believed to be poles apart in their respective valuations of the 20-year-old. According to La Gazzetta, Brescia owner Massimo Cellino wants around €50 million for the Italy international, while Inter are only believed to be willing to part with around €35m.

Celtic are keen to resign Southampton duo Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan for a second season, and the Saints are hoping to leverage the Hoops’ interest in the duo to help them sign midfielder Olivier Ntcham from the Scottish Premiership champions, according to reports at the Daily Mail.

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Sterling 8/10, De Bruyne 7/10 as Man City reach FA Cup semis


Manchester City booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Pep Guardiola’s side will play Arsenal at Wembley in the semi-finals after a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and a goal from Raheem Sterling earned them a comfortable victory at St James’ Park.

De Bruyne scored his 12th goal of the season from the spot after referee Lee Mason spotted a push on Gabriel Jesus by Fabian Schar. Substitute Dwight Gayle missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 1-1 only for City to go down the other end and seal the result thanks to an impressive finish from the edge of the box from Raheem Sterling.

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Defeat at Chelsea and Liverpool clinching the title made it a difficult week, but it ended with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals. There is a lot left for City to play for this season and the performance at St James’ Park was proof enough that they’re not just going to switch off now that the Premier League is officially gone.


City dominated the game but the result might have been different had Gayle not wasted a glorious opportunity to equalise minutes after coming on as a substitute. An error from Nicolas Otamendi gave Allan Saint-Maximin the chance to cross but from six yards out and with the goal gaping, Gayle found a way to blast his finish over the bar.

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7 — The City manager is determined to keep his players as fresh as possible during this packed end to the season but after relinquishing the Premier League title, he wants to win the FA Cup. Guardiola picked a strong team with De Bruyne, Sterling and Aymeric Laporte and it meant Newcastle never looked likely to cause an upset.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Claudio Bravo, 6 — Newcastle managed just one shot on target which says everything about how busy he was.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 — Found Jesus with a cross smashed across the penalty area and created the danger that led to Schar conceding a penalty.

DF Benjamin Mendy, 7 — Didn’t have much defending to do and was allowed to play as an auxiliary winger for much of the evening.

DF Nicolas Otamendi, 6 — Got away with an awful pass across goal that went straight to Saint-Maximin and led to the golden chance for Gayle.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 — Came close to scoring with a looping header back across goal from David Silva‘s corner. Clattered by Andy Carroll three times.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 7 — Played as a quarterback for much of the game, popping passes around with very little pressure from Newcastle.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 7 — Made the penalty look easy by sending Karl Darlow the wrong way. His passing was as good as ever.

MF David Silva, 7 — Smart cut-back to create an early chance for Riyad Mahrez. Substituted early to save his legs.

FW Raheem Sterling, 8 — Saw a good effort beaten away by Darlow in the first half and put the game to bed with a wonderful goal after cutting in from left.

FW Riyad Mahrez, 7 — Should have hit the target with the first chance of the game but fired over. Kept shooting and was unlucky not to end with a goal.

FW Gabriel Jesus, 7 — Caught out by Kyle Walker’s drilled cross that flashed wide off his heel. Got in a good position to win the penalty.


MF Bernardo Silva, 6 — Bright cameo.

MF Phil Foden, 7 — Turned up the tempo.

MF Rodri, N/R — On for De Bruyne but didn’t make much of an impact.

DF Joao Cancelo, N/R — Replaced Walker in a rather subdued performance.

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