HONG KONG — Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of the game as Gregorio Manzano maintained a winning start to his tenure as Guizhou Zhicheng coach with a 1-0 win over Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League on Sunday.
Former Hull City and Everton striker Jelavic netted six minutes from time to ensure ex-Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan coach Manzano claimed a second successive win since his return to China this month.
“The three points are crucial to both sides,” said the Spaniard. “We are working hard to get away from the relegation zone, so today every player has given his best to win the game.
“This win means a lot to us. It’s not easy for a team like us to win two successive games, so this is an achievement for us. We are very happy and I believe the fans are also very happy.”
The result enabled Guizhou to climb up to eighth in the standings as six-times champions Guangzhou Evergrande continued to lead the way following their 2-1 win over Jiangsu Suning.
Brazilian striker Alan scored twice for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side, who moved on to 25 points and remain two clear of Shanghai SIPG, 3-1 winners of a fiery Shanghai derby against Shanghai Shenhua thanks to two late goals.
Wu Lei gave SIPG the lead only for Obafemi Martins to score to take the teams into the break level, but an 89th-minute goal by Hulk and an own goal from Li Yunqiu two minutes into injury time gave Andre Villas-Boas’s team all three points.
“I feel very sad now, the score is unacceptable,” said Shenhua coach Gustavo Poyet, who was without the injured Carlos Tevez for the fifth league game in a row.
“We had very obvious opportunities during the game but we didn’t seize them due to certain reasons.
“In the last 15 minutes both teams pulled open the formation. The ones who had ability to score were meant to win the game but that didn’t happen to us.”
Hebei CFFC moved into third place with a 2-0 win over Liaoning Whowin while Guangzhou R&F are in fourth after Dragan Stojkovic’s side went a fourth game without a win when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Beijing Guoan.
Shandong Luneng’s 1-1 draw with Yanbian Funde left them in fifth place while Alexandre Pato was on target for Tianjin Quanjian as Fabio Cannavaro’s side defeated Chongqing Lifan 1-0 to move up to seventh.
Brown Ideye cancelled out Sun Jie’s opener as Tianjin Teda shared the points with Changchun Yatai.
Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, rescued a point for his club Tianjin Teda as he was on target in their 1-1 away draw against Changchun Yatai in a Chinese Super League on Sunday.
The goal was Ideye’s second after nine CSL appearances for Tianjin Teda.
Odion Ighalo was in action for Changchun Yatai for 90 minutes, but was yellow-carded on 76 minutes.
Changchun Yatai took the lead through Jie Sun in the 16th minute.
Ideye pulled a goal back for Tianjin Teda in the 46th minute.
Changchun Yatai had a golden opportunity to win the game, but Szabolcs Huszti missed an 84th minute penalty.
Tianjin Teda are now 11th and on 10 points in the league table, while Changchun Yatai occupy 13th position on eight points.
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Simone Inzaghi expects signing a new Lazio contract to be a “formality” after his in-form side thrashed Sampdoria 7-3 in Serie A on Sunday to boost their chances of European qualification.
The hosts – who moved to within five points of third-placed Roma – took the lead in the second minute at the Stadio Olimpico as Balde Keita raced into the Sampdoria box to power a shot through goalkeeper Christian Puggioni for his sixth goal in three games.
After Milan Skriniar was sent off for the visitors, Ciro Immobile converted the ensuing penalty and further goals from Immobile, Wesley Hoedt, Felipe Anderson, Stefan de Vrij and Stefan Lulic saw Lazio build a 7-1 lead, with Karol Linetty replying.
Veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella struck two late goals to reduce Sampdoria’s defeat to a mere four-goal humbling and complete the scoring in a 10-goal thriller, which left Inzaghi looking ahead to a bright future that includes the upcoming Coppa Italia final against Juventus.
1.55 – #Keita (6 goals in his last 3 games) has just scored the fastest goal for #Lazio in the Serie A 2016/17 (after 1’55”). Flash.
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 7, 2017
“We had a great approach, it wasn’t easy. The team won with great credit,” said Inzaghi. “It is the group that is making the difference.
“It was right that Anderson took the second penalty, because he was working for the team. The boys gave him the ball straight away.
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— Stefan de Vrij (@Stefandevrij) May 7, 2017
“The [contract] renewal should be a formality, over the last few days the president [Claudio Lotito] and I have been talking. We will find the necessary time.
“Our approach shows that the team is strong. During the week I made the point that after winning derbies we have always done badly. But now we have closed out the match-point in front of our supporters.
“Now, we will finish in the best possible way and think about the Coppa Italia final. The attackers were excellent and played close together.”
5 – Lazio are the only team to score five goals in the first half of two different games in this Serie A. Sprint.
Manchester United are being linked yet again with Barcelona superstar Neymar, but the Red Devils could face competition from local rivals Manchester City.
Neymar has been advised by his father to join Manchester United in a bid to escape from the shadow of Lionel Messi. That’s according to reports from Spain.
However, the Sunday Express claims United and City will battle it out in a £100million transfer battle.
But if United, City, or anyone else, for that matter, want to buy Neymar, they are going to have to pay a whole lot more than £100million. United were being linked both last summer and in 2015 with a bid for the Brazil international. They were then prepared to pay his release clause which at that time stood at €190million. The exchange rates then in force made that the equivalent of over £140million.
Neymar put pen to paper on a new deal with Barcelona last summer. That saw his release fee rise to €200million – currently worth £172million. From 1 July it increases again to €220million (£189million).
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked. Indeed they seemed to be closer than United to any kind of deal.
But Neymar enjoys life in Barcelona, even if it means playing in Messi’s shadow. The climate in Manchester or Paris – or even Madrid where the winters are much colder than in north-eastern Spain – is similar to that in Brazil. He enjoys the lifestyle there.
A move anywhere for Neymar would be a huge surprise.
Shaw For Walker?
The same outlet – the Express – claims United could use Luke Shaw in a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker.
The 21-year-old Shaw has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho. Walker is at loggerheads with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. But Manchester City look to be further advanced in their bid to sign Walker. If he goes anywhere this summer it will be to the Etihad.
United Join Bakayoko Race
Manchester United will challenge Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for the Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
French radio station RMC claims the four clubs have all been tracking the 22-year-old and are ready to make a move this summer.
United’s interest was reported in March but Chelsea’s goes back earlier in the season and the west London club are believed to be further on in their negotiations. However, his home-town club PSG are favourites to secure his signature. That’s if he goes anywhere.
Bakayoko cost Monaco €8million when they signed him from Rennes in 2014. He is now valued at €40million (£34million).
A move by Manchester City for his Monaco team-mate Fabinho could scupper any exit for Bakayoko. Monaco are loath to part with two of their top players and may stand in the way of any exit.
Rooney Talks Must Wait Until Next Month
Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future may not be settled until next month. The United skipper has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
The Mail On Sunday claims no meetings are planned until at least after the Europa League Final with Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Everton and Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan are interested.
Rodriguez, Dybala on Manchester United Wishlist
Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
Don Balon in Spain claims United have the signing of Rodriguez in the bag. That’s despite there being some in the UK who believe that’s far from the case and that the Colombia international isn’t even close to the top of United’s wishlist.
Don Balon adds that United boss Jose Mourinho is also keen on Dybala. But while that may be true the chances of the Argentina international leaving Juve are slim.
No Talks Planned Over Mourinho Contract
United may axe plans to give Jose Mourinho a new deal. The Sunday Mirror claims that while the club’s hierarchy have no plans to sack the United boss, talks over a new deal will be shelved until after the Europa League Final.
Failure to beat Ajax on Wednesday will cost United £50million in lost revenues.
Mourinho was put on the same £15million-a-year wages as Pep Guardiola at Manchester City when he moved to Old Trafford last year. But while City will scrape into the Champions League – and could even need a play-off to get in to the group stages – United face gaining entry via the back-door.
A sixth-placed finish wasn’t how the Old Trafford top brass saw this season panning out. Mourinho may have to wait for talks over a new deal.
United Go Back To Neto
Manchester United are being linked once again with Sporting Braga striker Pedro Neto. The 17-year-old was given the once-over by United last year. However, he decided to spur interest from both United and Barcelona and instead signed a contract with Braga.
Neto scored on his debut for the Portugese league last weekend in a 4-0 victory over Nacional.
The Sun On Sunday claims United are interested once again after watching Neto in action for Braga’s B team. Barcelona are keen again as are Liverpool and Monaco.
However, Neto’s contract with Braga contains a release clause of €20million (£17million).
Transfer news LIVE updates: Liverpool spending spree, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham latest
Sunday May 21
04:50: Tottenham are ready to hijack Liverpool’s move for Ryan Sessegnon by tabling a £12million bid for the Fulham wonderkid, according to reports.
Sessegnon, 17, has been stalling on signing a professional contract at Craven Cottage.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has earmarked the youngster as a long-term replacement for James Milner at left-back.
But The Sun claim Spurs are ready to swoop for the England Under-19 international as Mauricio Pochettino looks to replace first-choice defender Danny Rose, who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.
04.20: Bournemouth are expected to raid Chelsea for Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic.
The pair have become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, despite the former only returning to the club after his loan spell with the Cherries in January.
And according to the Sunday Mirror, Eddie Howe is plotting a £40m bid for Ake AND Begovic.
It is said the south coast outfit are prepared to smash their club-record purchase twice over.
Bournemouth will make a move for Nathan Ake
02.50: Chelsea may have to fend off interest from Real Madrid for N’Golo Kante.
The 26-year-old Frenchman has been irresistible for the Blues in their title-winning campaign.
Real have been sniffing around Eden Hazard, but according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, they are keen on Kante.
Zinedine Zidane is believed to have instructed president Florentino Perez to make a move.
It is thought he is keen to avoid a situation again whereby Casemiro has missed large chunks of the season through injury.
01:40: Jose Mourinho wants Benfica keeper Ederson to replace David de Gea, according to reports.
De Gea is apparently Real’s No1 transfer target as Zinedine Zidane looks to replace Keylor Navas.
Real Madrid are lining up a swoop for N’Golo Kante
And Portuguese outlet Corrieo de Manha claim Mourinho is ready to sell the Spain international.
It is claimed Mourinho will offload him to Real if they cough up £74million.
The report adds Benfica want around £26m for Ederson despite the Brazil under-23 international having a £52m release clause interested into his contract.
Saturday May 20
23.40 Chelsea are exploring the opportunity of signing CSKA Moscow star Aleksandr Golovin.
The 20-year-old has been slapped with a £20million price-tag, which reflects his potential future.
And according to the Daily Mail, the Blues have made an approach for the midfielder.
Antonio Conte has a number of targets in mind, especially if Nemanja Matic were to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Manchester United and Liverpool are keen on Tiemoue Bakayoko
22.40: Manchester United and Liverpool are both interested in signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Monaco star has already been alerted to by Chelsea, with Conte keen to bolster his midfield.
And according to the Daily Mail, United and Liverpool have both made informal approaches through the 22-year-old’s agent.
It is believed the midfielder could fetch around £40m in the summer.
21:45: Faustino Asprilla has slammed Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane for his handling of Manchester United target James Rodriguez.
“They bought him because he scored in a World Cup, because he can make goals, because he was able to score and because he was able to assist,” Asprilla told ESPN.
“They bought him because he was going to turn into a winger. You must play where you know well.
“James isn’t a winger, what are you expecting of him?
“He cannot recover the same amount of balls than that big lump called Casemiro.
Chelsea are interested in signing Aleksandr Golovin
“You simply cannot ask that of a player like James.”
18:30: Leicester have confirmed Marcin Wasilewski will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old exits after four years at the King Power Stadium.
“Marcin will depart with the very best wishes of the Board, management, players and staff of Leicester City, whom he has served with distinction in the last four years,” a club statement read.
“He will always be welcome back as a guest, as a visiting player or as a friend of the Club.”
15:35: Ronald Koeman has heard nothing official about Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton in the summer.
“I expect that he will stay because until now I did not hear anything from the board that one club is asking about Lukaku,” Koeman said.
“You like to keep your best striker, your top scorer, but we also need around that position more productivity.”
Chelsea are interested in landing Lukaku in a big-money deal this summer.
14:20: Tottenham are planning to re-sign Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to reports.
The London Evening Standard claim Spurs are willing to make a £25million bid for the Iceland international.
The deal will reportedly be pursued if they fail to sign their No 1 target – Everton’s Ross Barkley.
The Toffees are said to be demanding £50million for the England international which could scupper a move to White Hart Lane.
Everton want to keep Romelu Lukaku
14:00: Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Monaco won’t accept even £85million for Kylian Mbappe.
Manchester United and Real Madrid want to sign the Frenchman.
“Kylian Mbappe has no price. If he wants to leave then we’ll discuss it,” he told Maxifoot.
“Are we ready to refuse an offer of €100m? Of course, no doubt!
“We want to keep him for at least one more season so he can continue his formidable progression and help us dream bigger.
“Our wish is to extend Mbappe’s contract, that’s a certainty.
“We’ve said to all the players that we won’t talk about the future before the end of the season.
“I insist no player has talked about his future, not one. We’ve all been focused, otherwise we wouldn’t have won this title.”
13:20: David Stockdale has turned down a new contract with Brighton amid transfer interest from Chelsea and Leeds United.
The Daily Mirror claim he will leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.
And Leeds have reportedly already begun sniffing around the goalkeeper, while Chelsea are also said to retain an interest after they attempted to sign the 31-year-old in January.
Transfer News live updates: Romelu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe and Kurt Zouma could all be on the move
12:45: Manchester United want to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.
Dutchman De Vrij has been on manager Jose Mourinho’s radar for some time but uncertainty over Lazio’s willingness to sell has clouded their pursuit.
But now Italian newspaper La Republica claim Lazio are open to offloading the centre-back.
According to the report, De Vrij is available for £21.5m.
However, United face a battle with Valencia and Atletico Madrid to land the former Feyenoord star.
12:20: Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham would struggle to replace Harry Kane if he left the club.
Tottenham star Kane scored four goals in the 6-1 win over Leicester on Thursday.
The England international is closing in on the Premier League golden boot.
And Pochettino says his star man in irreplaceable.
“It is difficult to find another striker like him in the world,” the Argentine said.
“I think the most important thing is he is more mature and a more experienced player and he is so professional.”
11:00: Chelsea have put a £7million price-tag on wantaway defender Kenneth Omeruo who is reportedly attracting interest from a host of Turkish sides.
A source close to the player told website Score Nigeria: “There are some clubs in Turkey who are interested in signing Kenneth at the end of the season.
“They will include Kasimpasa, who he played for last season, and also his current club Alanyaspor.
“But the snag will be if they could come up with the £7million Chelsea want for the player.”
Peter Crouch (right) says he is willing to find a new club if Stoke let him leave
07:20: Peter Crouch says he is open to leaving Stoke and will consider offers from Championship and overseas clubs.
The Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer are both interested in the former England striker.
Crouch, 36, said: “I know I can play at this level for a number of years but if that wasn’t the case, then would I be prepared to drop down divisions or perhaps go abroad? The thought of not doing it every day does worry me.”
05:15: Marseille have entered the race to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports.
Zouma has struggled to make his mark under Antonio Conte this season, making just nine Premier League appearances.
And French outlet L’Equipe claim Marseille are keen to offer Zouma regular game time next season.
It is suggested that they are interested in a season-long deal as they look to bolster their ranks and mount a Ligue 1 title charge next season.
The French side were apparently wanting to bring him to the club on a permanent basis but Chelsea have refused to part – with a loan deal being the maximum they will offer.
03:55: Monaco will reportedly hand Kylian Mbappe a contract extension in the coming days.
The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United with Jose Mourinho keen to bolster his ranks ahead of next season.
But it appears as if he could be set to miss out on one of Europe’s fastest rising stars.
French outlet RMC claim he and Falcao will be handed new deals as the principality club bid to ward off interest from potential suitors like United.
20-year-old Davinson Sanchez has impressed hugely during his first season at Ajax
02.55: Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City target Davinson Sanchez is reportedly being lined up for a summer move to Real Madrid.
Bernabeu president Florentino Perez wants the Ajax defender, 20, to fill the void set to be left by James Rodriguez.
With the Colombia star looking to go, having struggled for game time under Zinedine Zidane, his compatriot Sanchez would help cover his loss in the market for Madrid.
Ajax want £21.5million for the centre-half who Barcelona have been tracking for almost a year, but the Catalan giants are not so sure on his valuation.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon though, Madrid see it as a bargain.
But United, City, Chelsea and Barca’s admiration in Sanchez could spark a bidding war for him.
02.05: Manchester United are in pole position to sign Monaco star Bernardo Silva, according to reports.
Silva has been attracting interest from across Europe with his fine displays helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000.
It is claimed Jose Mourinho is determined to bring Silva to Old Trafford.
And French outlet Canal+ suggest United have now moved ahead of the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race to sign the Portugal international.
Canal+ say the Red Devils have completed the necessary groundwork after holding informal discussions between the relevant parties in recent weeks.
Sanchez is attracting interest from Chelsea having failed to agree a new contract with Arsenal
00.25: Liverpool have held talks with Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports.
Bakayoko is one of the most sought after midfield talents with Manchester United and Chelsea also interested in the France international.
However, French outlet RMC claim Liverpool are the latest club to enter the race after holding talks with Bakayoko’s representatives over a transfer to Anfield.
But Liverpool’s attempts at securing his signature could be left in vain with United and Chelsea apparently leading the race.
The report adds Chelsea have held positive talks and are preparing a £37.8million bid.
But RMC reckon Conte will up his offer to £43m.
Friday May 19
10.40pm: Bad news West Ham fans – Slaven Bilic has ruled out a move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
“We are not looking for Griezmanns,” Bilic said in his press conference today. “We would like them, but we are realistic.
But with Alexandre Lacazette reportedly set to leave Lyon this summer the Hammers could try their luck again having failed to sign him last year.
“Last year we tried to do something like that,” Bilic added.
“We were in talks with (Lyon and France striker Alexandre) Lacazette, and maybe we spent too much time hoping.
“We spent a lot of time on that, the board really tried and then it did not happen. Then we missed some No2 (options) and No3s.”
Chelsea transfer news: Cesc Fabregas is wanted by AC Milan
10pm: Chelsea are confident they lure Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez away from the Emirates.
The Chilean is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners and the Independent claim Chelsea are ready to take advantage of the situation.
Manchester City are also in the hunt for Sanchez but Antonio Conte believes he can convince Sanchez to move to Stamford Bridge.
The report claims Sanchez is eager to stay in London if he does cut ties with Arsenal.
9.35pm: Reports in France say Alexandre Lacazette has said in an interview with L’Equipe, due to be published tomorrow, that he will be leaving Lyon this summer.
Cue Arsene Wenger and Arsenal making the necessary calls tomorrow…
9pm: Gareth Bale has reportedly told Real Madrid’s board they must do all they can to sign Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn.
Spanish publication Don Balon claim Bale has warned Madrid they can’t miss out on fellow Welshman Woodburn with Barcelona also said to be considering making a move for him.
Liverpool are unlikely to want to part with their youngest ever goalscorer though with the 17-year-old under contract until 2019.
Earlier this month Woodburn won Liverpool’s Academy Players’ Player of the Season award.
Transfer News: Yaya Toure is out of contract at the end of the season
7.25pm: Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has admitted the midfielder would be open to a move to Italy.
The 34-year-old is yet to agree a new deal with Manchester City and it seems his agent is fanning the flames in trying to find his client any potential suitors in Serie A.
“Italy is a beautiful country which he likes a lot. The standard of life is very good and Serie A is very competitive,’ Seluk told TMW.
“At the moment, there is nothing definite or anything already underway with any club in particular, but we are open to everything. We are ready to listen to any kind of offer, then obviously we will evaluate things.
“Yaya is an expensive player and not every club can afford him. Only the biggest clubs would have sufficient arguments to have him, both from a technical and financial point of view.”
6.50pm: Moussa Sissoko admits it hasn’t quite gone to plan for him during his first season at Tottenham and says he’ll consider his options in the summer.
“It’s true that I was expecting a lot more minutes this season,” he said.
“Then again, I did arrive in a team that was working really well last year, and again this year with the same XI. I tried to make the most of the time I was given.
“Of course, I’m disappointed, but the manager has choices to make and I have to respect them.
“For me, what’s most important is the team. We had a good year, we finished second. There’s the game against Hull next, the France squad, and then I’ll have time to think, to ask myself the right questions and we’ll see then. We’ll have to see what’s best for me and try to make a choice. Next year is a World Cup year.”
Tottenham transfer news: Moussa Sissoko could consider his future at Spurs this summer
6.30pm: Wojciech Szczesny is due to return to Arsenal when his loan spell comes to an end with Roma this summer.
But he certainly has no regrets about leaving north London to try his hand at Serie A.
“I could have stayed in an environment that was going negatively for me. Instead the opportunity that came gave me a fresh start,” he told The Guardian.
“You get a new perspective. You get new coaches and influences. You learn new drills. You do new things.
“Now I am very happy that it happened, even if the first impression was that I might be out of Arsenal, which was very painful. Now I think it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me.”
Thu, May 18, 2017
Express Sport looks at which Fantasy Premier League stars have been dropped and selected most ahead of Gameweek 38
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6.05pm: Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks to Barcelona or Real Madrid? It would be a strange one… but La Liga expert Guillem Balague is hoping to see it happen.
When asked which Premier League player he would like to see move to La Liga this summer, he said: “If this is a question of preference rather than likelihood then I would like to see a player like Harry Winks in La Liga, where he would be challenged in a different ways.
“He has the makings of a top midfielder. I know he will play a lot at Spurs and won’t go but I would love to see him at Barcelona or Real Madrid, even though he will be a key feature at Spurs for years to come.”
5.45pm: Alisher Usmnaov has made a $1.3 billion bid to take control of Arsenal, according to reports.
The Financial Times claim the offer was made last month to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who is yet to respond.
But Usmanov, who currently owns 30.04 per cent of the club, might not have the offer accepted.
A source said: “Two weeks ago, I thought something could realistically happen. Now I am not so sure.”
Arsenal News: Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion bid to take control of the club
5.30pm: Cristiano Ronaldo to Inter Milan? It’s unlikely but the club can definitely afford him according the club’s director.
“The new Chinese owners could comfortably buy the most famous players in the world, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, but the truth is we can’t do that because of Financial Fair Play, which takes into account the development of the club,” Piero Ausilio said.
5pm: Brighton boss Chris Hughton is in good spirits after completing the signing of Ingolstadt midfielder Pascal Gross.
“We are delighted Pascal has opted to sign for us, amid interest from a number of clubs from the Premier League and across Europe, and I am pleased to welcome him to the club,” he told the club’s official website.
“He offers something different to our existing midfielders, as an attacking midfielder in a more advanced position, operating behind the forward line, he will give us a different and new option going into the new season.”
Real Madrid transfer news: Inter Milan could afford to buy Cristiano Ronaldo
4.30pm: Antonio Conte was asked about Chelsea star Willian being linked to Manchester United in his press conference today.
“First of all the player must have pleasure to stay in Chelsea – this is the first important thing,” said Conte, responding to reports of his star players leaving in the summer.
“For me this is very important. Every player that wants to stay has to have the pleasure to stay.”
4pm: Real Madrid are ready to offer Karim Benzema as part of a deal to sign Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
Spanish publication Don Balon claim Real will offer Karim Benzema in order to bring down the asking price of Mbappe with the Ligue 1 side valuing the 18-year-old at around £100m.
Monaco are keen to keep hold of their young talent after he guided them to their first league title since 2000.
Fri, May 19, 2017
Express Sport takes a look at some Premier League deals that could define the summer
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Antoine Griezmann – linked with Manchester United
3.30pm: Sunderland boss David Moyes is confident of keeping hold of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
“It would need to be a really, really big offer.
“I have said all through the season that sometimes on your journey, you may have to sell to improve.
“But I have heard some really derisory sort of figures getting mentioned, and it wouldn’t be any of those figures, I can tell you that.”
Everton are thought to be showing the strongest interest in the shot-stopper but Sunderland have put a £30million price-tag on his head.
3pm: Brighton are set to make their first new signing of the summer ahead of their Premier League bow with Pascal Gross moving to the south coast from FC Ingolstadt 04.
The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year-contract with the Seagulls and will officially join when the transfer window opens on the 10th June, subject to international clearance.
The midfielder has racked up close to 200 appearances in the top two tiers of the Bundesliga.
2.30pm: Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have admitted they have reached a verbal agreement with their No 1 transfer target.
And that is expected to be Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
“Basically, a decision on which player we are going to buy in the summer has been made,” club owner Shu Yuhui said.
“And we have secured a verbal agreement with the player as well as his club.
“We have not signed a formal contract yet, and I will not reveal the player’s name during the sensitive period.”
Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp says the club are talking to players that they hope to sign
2pm: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are talking to their transfer targets.
“The world is not full of players who will make us better immediately but clearly there are a few out there,” said German Klopp.
“We have spoken to them.
“We have a really good side when our first 11, 12, 13, 14 players are fit.”
He added: “We are a club without financial problems and we have money to spend, but it makes sense to think before we spend and that is what we are doing.”
Could one of them be Kylian Mbappe? Reports in Spain yesterday claimed Liverpool had made a £64m bid for the Monaco sensation.
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Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina’s attack against arch-rivals Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi replaces Aguero in a squad believed to have been chosen by Jorge Sampaoli, the Sevilla coach who is poised to take over Argentina in a bid to rescue their World Cup hopes.
Playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who has enjoyed a good season for West Ham in the Premier League, gets his first international call-up.
Before they get back to the business of qualifying for Russia 2018 in August, Messi and Argentina play Brazil in a June 9 friendly in Melbourne in what is likely to be Sampaoli’s first game in charge of his country.
Four days later Argentina travel to Singapore for a friendly against the city-state.
Barcelona star Messi had a four-game ban from competitive internationals for swearing at an assistant referee lifted earlier this month, giving a major boost to Argentina’s foundering World Cup hopes.
They are fifth in qualifying in South America, with only the top four earning automatic places in Russia.
In addition to the absence of Aguero, there is also no place in the squad for Ezequiel Lavezzi, the forward who last year swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hebei China Fortune.
Super Eagles and Tianjin TEDA midfielder Mikel Obi is eager to return to action for club and country, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Mikel underwent surgery last month in London and has missed Tianjin TEDA’s last six games.
The Nigerian international posted a picture of himself in the gym on his Instagram wall with a note beneath it emphasising how much he wants to be back playing.
“On the road to recovery. Can’t wait to get back on the pitch with TEDA and my national team,” Mikel posted on Saturday.
The former Chelsea midfielder is likely to miss the Super Eagles’ 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on 10 June.
The 30-year-old has scored once in three Chinese Super League appearances since joining Tianjing on a free from Chelsea in January.
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