Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi denies laughing at Alvaro Morata penalty miss

Michy Batshuayi has denied claims that he enjoyed teammate Alvaro Morata’s penalty miss after TV footage appeared to show him stifling laughter during Chelsea’s shootout defeat to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield.

Chelsea lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Wembley as both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Morata — the club-record signing who came on for Batshuayi in the 74th minute — failed to convert in the first use of the new ABBA shootout system.

Batshuayi and Morata are expected to compete for one starting spot as the central striker in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation this season, but the Belgium international dismissed any suggestion that he revelled in his rival’s disappointment on Sunday.

“Wow lol some people really believe I laughed at my teammate and/or us losing ? Sorry to disappoint but I wasnt,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I’m enjoying every goal for us scored by anyone in the team, thats the only thing you have to know. Have a blessed day.”

Batshuayi signed for Chelsea in a £33 million deal from Marseille last summer but the presence of Diego Costa restricted him to just one Premier League start in his debut season season, though he did come off the bench to score the goal that clinched the title for the away at West Brom in May.

Costa has since been exiled as he seeks to force through a return to Atletico Madrid, but Morata’s arrival from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £58m this summer appears likely to maintain Batshuayi’s status as a backup option.


2017 Community Shield: Courtois and Morata miss penalties as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win community shield

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (PK 4-1)

Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed penalties as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a dramatic 4-1 shootout victory over 10-man Chelsea.

Premier League champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for an ugly lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level to take the match to penalties.

The shootout – the first in English football to follow the ABBA format- saw Chelsea miss back-to-back penalties to allow Olivier Giroud to win the match from the spot.

Trailing 2-1 in the shootout, Courtois took Chelsea’s second kick but failed to equalise, blazing over, before club-record signing Morata fired wide.

That handed Arsenal the initiative, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive strike to secure the Shield, and a timely boost ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday Night Football.

Alexis Sanchez was present as a spectator, as was Eden Hazard but Diego Costa remained in exile.

Alvaro Morata suffer debut defeat as Bayern Munich beat Chelsea

Alvaro Morata marked his first appearance for Chelsea with an assist as the Blues lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly in Singapore.

The Spain forward, who joined in a club record £60m deal from Real Madrid last week, came on in the second half.

Bayern made a fast start to the contest, clearly stung by the drubbing they suffered at the hands of AC Milan in their last outing in the tournament.

The Bundesliga champions raced into a three-goal lead in Singapore, opening the scoring through Rafinha’s long-range strike after only six minutes.

That advantage was soon doubled by Thomas Muller’s close-range effort and Bayern’s captain further increased their advantage with a wonderful solo effort just before the half-hour mark.

However, the Blues responded through Marcos Alonso’s thumping drive in first-half stoppage time, although Michy Batshuayi’s 85th-minute goal proved too little, too late.

Chelsea face Serie A side Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at same the National Stadium on Thursday, with the game again getting underway in in Singapore at 12.35pm.

And on Sunday August 6 the Blues get their season underway when they take on FA Cup winners Manchester United the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea sign striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club-record fee

​Chelsea have completed the club record £60m signing of striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.
The Spain international, 24, scored 20 goals last season after rejoining Real from Italian champions Juventus.
Morata won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.
Morata told the Chelsea website: “I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.
“I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

Morata was poised to join Manchester United until their recruitment of former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku, and has instead ended up with the Premier League champions.
Blues boss Antonio Conte briefly worked with Morata at Juventus and believes the forward – who scored 20 goals as Real won both LaLiga and the Champions League last season – can bring something different to the Chelsea frontline.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing earlier on Friday, Conte said: “We have added a fantastic striker, even at a young age he has won a lot already and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the squad.
“I think for sure this is a good signing for us. He is a young player, but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid. He has a lot of experience and I think this is a good sign for us.”
Morata will now join up with the Blues squad on their pre-season tour of Asia. They play Arsenal in a friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Saturday before heading to Singapore.
Blues technical director Michael Emenalo told the club website: “We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action.
“Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.”
Morata is set to replace Diego Costa in Conte’s starting line-up next season.
Conte revealed on Friday that the 28-year-old frontman, who has not travelled to Asia, was told in January he was not part of the club’s plans.
“I don’t like to talk about players that don’t stay here, but the only thing I can tell you (is) in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club, for him and his agent,” said the Italian.
“For me the situation is closed.”
Costa is reported to be keen on a return to Atletico Madrid, although the Spanish club are currently banned from completing the signing of players until January 2018.
Premier League champions Chelsea have also signed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.

Chelsea confirm deal agreed to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid 

Chelsea have confirmed they have have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge.

“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

“Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season.”
Morata joined Real Madrid’s youth team in 2008 and was handed his senior debut aged 18 in 2010.

The 6ft 3in striker moved to Italy in 2014, scoring 27 goals in two years for Juventus, winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia twice and playing in the 2015 Champions League final.

Real exercised a buy-back option in June 2016 to take him back to the Bernabeu.

Morata has won 20 caps for Spain, scoring nine goals, since his international debut in 2014.
Morata scored 20 goals last season after rejoining Real from Juventus.

He won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.

Morata could replace Spain team-mate Diego Costa, who says he has been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is no longer in  Chelsea’s plans.
Chelsea have been linked with Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero, but Morata is their man after Romelu Lukaku signed for Man Utd.
The sale of Morata will allow Real to step up their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

Jose Mourinho describes Cristiano Ronaldo’s  Manchester return as “mission impossible”

​Jose Mourinho ruled out any attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Man Utd’s 5-2 rout of the LA Galaxy.
United boss Mourinho worked with his compatriot in Madrid and says an Old Trafford reunion was never on the cards.

“We have never thought about it because he is too much of an important player for his club, of great economic power,” he said.

“We have not been able to find for whatever reason anything that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave.

“I am not a defender of my club once I waste time on players who are mission impossible.”

United have so far brought in Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, with the latter’s arrival said to have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

“He belongs to Madrid,” said former Real boss Mourinho. “Madrid have decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It is a shame.

“He is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for him, he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution at Juventus and Madrid.

“It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

Manchester United agree £75m fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku and end interest in Alvaro Morata

Manchester United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.
However, Senior Everton sources insist no deal has been reached or fee agreed for the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

United remain confident one is close and will be finalised.
All summer former club Chelsea appeared to be the front-runners for Lukaku’s signature but it is understood United have been quietly pursuing him old for months and he is said to have been the club’s main target, with interest from Stamford Bridge helping cover that up.

It is understood United have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they progress a move for Lukaku, with the club hoping to get a deal over the line before heading to the United States on their pre-season tour.
Lukaku’s future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract  offer back in Marchand said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.

Lukaku has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, is expected to have a medical later this week with the hope that he can join United for their tour of the United States.
The team return to training on Saturday before flying off to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Ronaldo beg super-agent for Manchester United return

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told his agent to seal a dream return to Manchester United this summer.

United will offer Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and £183m in exchange for Portugal forward Ronaldo, 32, and his Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata, the 24-year-old Spain striker.

Alternatively, United will offer De Gea and £175m for Ronaldo and will pursue Morata in a separate deal.

If De Gea goes to Madrid, then United could move for AC Milan’s Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18, as a replacement.

United, along with Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich are all keen on the prolific Portugal star, with the French outfit ready to to offer £122m to land him plus a staggering salary of £26m per year.

Ronaldo, however, favours a return to return to United and has instructed his representative, fellow Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, to do everything in his power to make it reality after ignoring pleas from Real boss Zinedine Zidane to reconsider his position.
The Chinese transfer window opens on Monday and the biggest prize is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Real Madrid’s Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has agreed to join United and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee of around £60m before making the move to Old Trafford.

  • Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, had talks with Real Madrid representatives on Friday to pave the way for the former Juventus player’s move to United.
  • Sweden defender Victor Lindelof will complete a £35million five year move to Manchester United on Wednesday.
  • Manchester United have made a bid of £70m for Torino’s 23-year-old Italy forward Andrea Belotti.

  • AC Milan are reluctant to meet Diego Costa’s wages of £200,000-plus a week as the Chelsea striker seeks a new club after being told he is no longer part of Antonio Conte’s plans.
  • Chelsea must pay Juventus £52m for Brazil defender Alex Sandro, 26, who has three years left on his contract with the champions of Italy.

  • Inter Milan want £44m for Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.
  • Zenit St Petersburg have reportedly  joined the race to sign Tottenham  and Juventus target Douglas Costa  this summer.
  • Manchester United are interested in beating Liverpool to the signing of Sporting Lisbon forward Gelson Martins.
  • West Ham are trying to sign £17m-rated Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore. 

  • But the Hammers face competition from fellow top-flight side Everton for Bertrand Traore, while Borussia Monchengladbach, Lille, Lyon and Schalke are also interested in him.
  • West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is weighing up a £7.5m move for Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite.
  • Tottenham are eyeing PSG full-back Serge Aurier as a replacement for Man City target Kyle Walker.
  • Arsenal are fighting to keep starlet Chris Willock with Manchester City circling as his contract expiry nears.
  • Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, says his agent “will see” to his future as he concentrates on playing for Chile in the Confederations Cup.
  • Liverpool starlet Joe Gomez is a target for new Premier League rivals Brighton.
  • Newly promoted Brighton will listen to offers for Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood, 26, just one year after signing him from Reading.
  • Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford will consider an offer from Everton – but only once his England U21 duty is over.
  • Black Cats owner Ellis Short wants to sell the club and the Stadium of Light oufit are in positive talks with a prospective German consortium.
  • Former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, 43, is the new favourite to take charge of the Black Cats.
  • Sean Dyche remains the favourite for the Crystal Palace job despite them sounding out Frank de Boer.
  • Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk held talks with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and received videos on how he would be used in the Reds team prior to the Anfield club ending their interest in the 25-year-old.
  • Premier League newcomers Huddersfield will try to sign Leeds United’s New Zealand forward Chris Wood, 25, for £15m.
  • Leicester City are close to signing non-league defender Sam Hughes, 20, from National League side Chester for £125,000.
  • Newcastle United are closing in on the £8.7m signing of French defender Florian Lejeune, 26, from Spanish club Eibar.
  • Newcastle United’s Scotland defender Grant Hanley, 25, and Middlesbrough’s Spanish defender Daniel Ayala, 26, are both wanted by Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Premier League newcomers Huddersfield will try to sign Leeds United’s New Zealand forward Chris Wood, 25, for £15m.
  • Reading hope manager Jaap Stam will sign a new two-year contract when he returns from holiday.
  • Bolton want to sign Newcastle United winger Sammy Ameobi, 25, after the former England Under-21 international’s successful loan at Wanderers in 2016-17.
  • Aston Villa have had a £500,000 bid for Stoke’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan, 33, turned down but the Championship club remain confident a deal can be done.
  • Boxing champion and Everton fan Tony Bellew says his next fight will be against whichever manager lures striker Romelu Lukaku away from Goodison Park
  • Fans of Premier League clubs can  expect fewer Saturday afternoon  kick-offs but more matches on  television from the 2019-20  season.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Leicester’s Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa, 24, has agreed a deal with Fenerbahce and is expected to complete a £17.4m move to the Turkish club.
  • Manchester United’s pursuit of Alvaro Morata has intensified. The Real Madrid striker is reportedly top of the  summer wishlist at Old  Trafford after the club released Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The news comes the same day Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, claimed he did not know whether the striker would be in Spain next season.

  • Morata may have agreed a deal to join Manchester United.
  • Liverpool transfer target Marco Asensio has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid. The 21-year-old playmaker, who scored in the Champions League final win over Juventus, wants to become a starter for Zinedine Zidane’s sideand earn “a lot of minutes”.
  • Barcelona are planning to offer Lionel Messi a blockbuster deal that includes a stunning €400million release clause.
  • Chelsea want to sign Everton’s Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 27, but the Toffees are not interested in selling.
  • Leonardo Bonucci’s agent was  spotted in London last week as  talk of a move to Chelsea hots up.
  • However, Leonardo Bonucci says rumours he is set to join Chelsea are purely media speculation.
  • AC Milan are reported to be interested in signing former Arsenal and Liverpool target Andre Silva from Porto.

  • AC Milan have reached an agreement with Andrea Conti over the player’s summer move to the San Siro
  • Chelsea’s Diego Costa, 28, is in talks over a £40m move to AC Milan after the Spain forward revealed the Premier League champions want to sell him.
  • Blues boss Antonio Conte’s decision to get rid of his top-scorer by text, and Costa going public on the private exchange, has shocked the Chelsea board and is set to cost the club millions.
  • Costa has pleaded with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to save his career at Stamford Bridge.
  • Bayern Munich will offer Arsenal’s 28-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez £350,000 a week as they look to beat Manchester City to his signature.
  • Arsenal are confident Spain defender Hector Bellerin, 22, will stay at the club despite reports he could move to Barcelona this summer.
  • Juventus hope to land Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, a top target for the Turin-based club, but know any deal hinges on the Bundesliga champions signing Alexis Sanchez. Massimiliano Allegri reportedly considers the Brazilian to have the perfect profile for his system.
  • The Serie A champions have also targeted Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. It’s another summer of change at the Spanish club and Juventus feel they can take advantage of this with a €25million offer for the midfielder.
  • Juve are set to be busy in the market. As well as Costa and N’Zonzi they’re also interested in Keita Balde Diao, and are prepared to go to war with AC Milan for his signature.
  • Porto have accepted a settlement agreement that includes a €700,000 fine and a restriction on the number of players in their Champions League squad from next season after failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
  • Iker Casillas’ representatives have offered the Porto goalkeeper’s services to a number of La Liga clubs, including Sevilla. The former Real Madrid shot-stopper was linked with a move to the Premier League in May but it appears as though a return to Spain may be on the cards.
  • Borussia Monchengladbach look to be closing in on the signature of BSC Young Boys midfielder Denis Zakaria. The 20-year-old appears set to pen a deal with the Bundesliga outfit until 2022 as the club look to fill the Mahmoud Dahoud shaped hole in their midfield.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are confident of landing long-time Chelsea  transfer targetJames Rodriguez. The 25-year-old Colombian wants to leave Real Madrid in search of first-team football and the Ligue 1 giants feel their existing relationship with Rodriguez’s club and agent Jorge Mendes puts them at the front of the queue for his signature.
  • PSG are very interested in signing Manchester United target Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid and are ready to pay €75million.
  • Monaco forward Valere Germain is a transfer target for Ligue 1 rivals Marseille. The two clubs have been in negotiations for a number of weeks and the lure of first-team football appears to have been enough to convince the striker to move.
  • Sevilla’s president says the Spanish club are in negotiations to sign Manchester City’s 31-year-old winger Jesus Navas, and they would also like to sign City forward Nolito, 30.
  • Claudio Ranieri and Frank de Boer are in talks with Crystal Palace about their manager’s job.
  • Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, 40, is in pole position to take over as new manager of French club Saint-Etienne.
  • Southampton will not let Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, leave for less than £70m. Chelsea and Manchester City are interested after Liverpool pulled out of the race.
  • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 31, is considering seeing out the remaining year of his £250,000-a-week contract at the club instead of taking a pay-cut to join Everton.
  • Hoffenheim have extended the contract of their highly-rated head coach Julian Nagelsmann until 2021.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed a fee with Valencia for Australian goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, who spent last season on loan in Belgium at Genk.
  • Brighton, Newcastle, Watford and Stoke are interested in signing Arsenal’s England defender Kieran Gibbs, 27, although the Gunners could be forced to lower their £15m asking price.
  • Norwich City will sign Darmstadt’s Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Mario Vrancic, 28, for around £650,000. Vrancic made 23 appearances as Darmstadt finished bottom of the Bundesliga in 2016-17.
  • A football fan spoiled his general election ballot paper by scrawling ‘Wenger Out’ on it in reference to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
  • FIFA will not take any action against Saudi Arabia after their national team declined to participate in a minute’s silence in memory of last weekend’s deadly attacks in London.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Manchester United are ready to spend more than £100m to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 27.

  • They are also ready to spend £100m for 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

  • Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will stay at Atletico Madrid this summer and it would be a “dirty move” to leave after their transfer ban was upheld.
  • Jose Mourinho is willing to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid for just £22m in part exchange for Alvaro Morata.
  • AC Milan transfer target Alvaro Morata has stated he does not plan to leave Real Madrid this summer. Speaking after his side’s Champions League victory, the striker said: “No, I certainly won’t be in Italy. I want to continue here and it’s difficult. I can only tell you what I read in the papers, I know nothing else.”
  • Valencia have reportedly earmarked Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera as one of their main targets this summer, with their boss Marcelino asking the club’s owner Peter Lim to launch a £30m-plus bid.

  • Manchester City have had an initial offer for defender Benjamin Mendy, 22, rejected by Monaco.
  • Former Manchester City hitman Mario Balotelli is wanted by both Borussia Dortmund and Olympique Marseille, according to his agent Mino Raiola.
  • New Zenit St Petersburg boss Roberto Mancini wants to reunite with controversial striker Mario Balotelli.
  • Jeremy Mathieu and Arda Turan are both set to depart Barcelona this summer. The former has been offered a deal with Marseille, though clubs in Turkey are also said to be interested. The latter has been an Arsenal transfer  target for some time, but has also had proposals from Chinese football.

  • Arda Turan, 30, has agreed a move to Arsenal, but the Gunners are yet to agree a transfer fee for the Turkey international.
  • Sandro Ramirez could be Atletico Madrid’s first signing of the 2017/18 season. The club recently had a transfer ban upheld, meaning players cannot join them this summer, but they could still negotiate for the forward to join them early next year.
  • Sandro, a reported target for Arsenal and Everton, has undergone a medical at Atletico Madrid.
  • Liverpool remain hopeful of reaching a contract solution with Emre Can despite an approach from Juventus for the Germany midfielder.
  • The Reds are ready to steal a march on Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United by snatching £50m-rated Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette from under their noses.

  • Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is set to return to Marseille this summer. The shot-stopper suffered with injuries last term and is no longer No.1 for the Eagles, but could rejuvenate his career back in France.
  • Nice have made a £6.8m move to rival Arsenal for Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru.
  • Arsenal have handed Arsene Wenger £150m to turn the Gunners into a title-challenging side next season.
  • The Gunners are ready to make a real statement of intent and increase their offer for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe to a world record £95m.
  • Arsenal could have signed £100m-rated Kylian Mbappe for just £230,000 after talks last year.
  • Tottenham want to re-sign Adam Smith from Bournemouth as Kyle Walker’s replacement.

  • Leicester City have made an enquiry for £30m-rated Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • Everton are reportedly weighing up making a shock move for Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy as they line up a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
  • Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has spent more than £100,000 of his own money in a bid to find the next non-league star.
  • Everton have joined Sevilla and Liverpool in the race to sign £10m-rated Anderlecht striker Lukasz Teodorczyk.
  • The Toffees are keen on 25-year-old West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang.
  • West Ham are keen on a deal to sign Lincoln City FA Cup hero Sean Raggett for a bargain £350,000.
  • West Ham’s flexible defender Havard Nordveit could be set for a return to Germany. After a disappointing season in English football, the Norwegian may join Hoffenheim, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga.
  • Manchester United will announce the signing of Benfica and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 22, for £30m next week.
  • AC Milan’s rebuilding project is set to continue with the signing of Lucas Biglia. The Rossoneri have already confirmed the additions of Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie, and reports suggest they will soon add the Lazio captain to their ranks having agreed a transfer fee of €21m (£18m) plus €4m (£3.5m) bonuses.
  • While they have been linked with Jean-Michael Seri recently, Paris Saint-Germain’s preferred midfield target is Fabinho. The 23-year-old Brazilian is contracted to Monaco until 2021, but has a release clause of €50m (£44m).
  • Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa scouted Nicolas Pepe on the final day of the season and liked what he saw. The 22-year-old scored three goals in 11 Ligue 1 starts for Angers, who are looking for a bid of at least €10m (£8.7m). The forward is also wanted by Newcastle United.
  • Florian Lejeune will become the second player to join Rafa Benitez’s Toon revolution, with the Eibar centre-half joining Newcastle in a £8.7m deal next month.
  • Reece Oxford is set to join Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan to gain more first-team experience.
  • Chelsea forward Eden Hazard says he would have to listen if Real Madrid try to tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels as young as ever after guiding Real Madrid to more Champions League glory.
  • Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has admitted he came close to joining Manchester United last year.
  • Real Madrid are said to be retraining their sights on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin.

  • Thomas Tuchel will not become the  new coach of Bayer Leverkusen this  summer, his agent has confirmed.
  • Arsenal are to offer central defender Rob Holding a new contract after he was signed from Bolton last summer for £2.1m
  • Former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become the club’s next manager and has asked chairman Steve Gibson to call him.
  • However, Middlesbrough have lined up a management team of Garry Monk and James Beattie to guide the Teesiders back to the Premier League.
  • Reece Oxford is set to join Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan to gain more first-team experience.
  • Anderlecht are standing firm against Everton as they are determined to keep hold of Leander Dendoncker.
  • Lazio winger Keita Balde, 22, will turn down a move to Liverpool in favour of signing for Juventus.
  • Watford are considering a move for 22-year-old Montpellier forward Steve Mounie, who is also a target for West Brom.
  • Swansea and Burnley are locked in £1.5m summer scrap for Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom.
  • Celtic continue to be linked with a move for Sunderland man Fabio Borini, who worked with Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea Liverpool and Chelsea.

  • Former Leeds United and Swansea City manager Garry Monk is now favourite to take over at Hull City rather than Crystal Palace.
  • Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was mistaken for France left-back Gael Clichy on a plane, so played along and told the inquisitive passenger he was on his way to sign for the Scottish club.
  • David Beckham has moved a giant leap forward in creating his MLS franchise dream after being granted permission to buy the last piece of land needed to build a stadium in Miami.
  • Thousands of football fans were watching a live relay of Juventus’ Champions League final against Real Madrid in Cardiff when a bang was heard and rumours of an explosion spread.
  • The former Bundesliga team 1860 Munich face demotion to Germany’s fourth or fifth tier after failing to meet a deadline for a third-division licence.
  • Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is reportedly ready to snub Liverpool and Chelsea and join Manchester City this summer.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Inter want to complete an ambitious double swoop for Real Madrid duo Pepe and James Rodriguez.

    • But, James Rodriguez wants to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United instead of Inter, but the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a fee,  Diariogol reports.
    • Manchester City have sealed a move for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva, making the Portugal midfielder the club’s first addition of the summer. The 22-year-old’s transfer was announced on Thursday, and it will be finalised when the window opens on July 1. City confirmed that Silva will sign a five-year deal.
    • City will continue their summer spending spree with moves for England and Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, 26, and Monaco and France defender Benjamin Mendy, 22.
    • City boss Pep Guardiola has upset his old club Barcelona by targeting three of the Spanish club’s academy players- Pablo Moreno, Nico Gonzalez and Ansu Fati.
    • Meanwhile, Yaya Toure is close to signing a new one-year deal with Manchester City.
    • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will sign a new two-year contract regardless of the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final.
    • Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, meanwhile, is set for a new £40m contract at Stamford Bridge plus a large transfer fund to add to his Premier League-winning squad.
    • Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

      • Only a world-record offer in excess of £50m would tempt Juventus to part company with 30-year-old defender Leonardo Bonucci.
      • Jose Mourinho hopes to sign a right winger this summer and has turned his attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.
      • United are reportedly planning to muscle their way to a move for Liverpool’s top transfer target Virgil van Dijk this summer.
      • Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian, 28, says he is not interested in a move to the lucrative Chinese Super League and wants to become a British citizen.
      • Brazil and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, would be “an ideal player” for Barcelona, says national manager Tite.
      • Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has dismissed reports he has already agreed to leave this summer but stopped short of committing his future to the club.
      • Liverpool are ready to break their club transfer record to land £50m-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
      • AC Milan have reportedly threatened to bench highly-rated young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma if he fails to sign a new deal.
      • Rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan have reportedly joined Juventus in the race for Arsenal target Corentin Tolisso.

        • Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in Manchester United target Marquinhos ahead of a summer move.
        • Francesco Totti has reportedly  accused Roma of forcing him to stop playing football.
        • Juventus have met with Angel Di Maria’s new agent Pablo Sabbag to discuss the potential transfer of the Paris Saint-Germain winger to the Bianconeri, with Inter Milan also interested. No decisive moves have been made yet, though.
        • Alvaro Morata has flown to Milan to seal a move to the Rossoneri, with the Spanish International striker set to be paid a salary of €7.5million a year at the San Siro.
        • German legend Ottmar Hitzfeld expects Borussia Dortmund to part ways with Thomas Tuchel this summer, revealing there is “no dialogue at all” between the manager and managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke.
        • Schalke are targeting Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore after the Burkina Faso forward spent a successful season on loan at Ajax, scoring 14 goals for the Amsterdam side over the course of the campaign.
        • Ahead of his final match in charge of Barcelona, Luis Enrique refused to rule out a return to the Catalan club in the future. He is expected to take a sabbatical year, but “never say never” on the 47-year-old one day sitting on the Camp Nou bench again.
        • Marseille have approached Rubin Kazan over a potential move for former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, although no firm offer has been made.

          • Thomas Lemar is a target for Tottenham Hotspur, with the Premier League club expressing a “keen interest” in the midfielder to AS Monaco. However, they will face competition, with Juventus also interested.
          • Everton are not expected to take up the option to sign Enner Valencia permanently, having brought in the 27-year-old Ecuador winger on a season-long loan from West Ham in August.
          • Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, 65, is being approached to replace Garry Monk at Leeds.
          • Monk and another ex-Leicester boss, Nigel Pearson, are both interested in taking over at Middlesbrough, with the club keen to speak with both of them.
          • Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has ruled out managing Sunderland while admitting he is ready for a new challenge.
          • Tony Pulis has been told by West Brom owner Guochuan Lai he will have a club record budget for new signings this summer.
          • Burnley chairman Mike Garlick has hailed Sean Dyche’s five years at Turf Moor and describes him as one of the best managers in the club’s history.
          • Tony Pulis is considering his future at West Brom because of persistent criticism from fans, despite securing a top-ten Pemier League finish.
          • Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez has confirmed the La Liga side are in talks to re-sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez.
          • Watford midfielder Dion Pereira, 18, is wanted by West Ham and Newcastle.
          • Guillermo Varela has hit back at Eintracht Frankfurt after he was suspended and fined by the club for getting a tattoo against the coach’s wishes. 
          • He said: “I wonder what Real Madrid would have to do with Sergio Ramos. He gets tattooed every week. I can’t explain why I’ve been punished so hard.”
          • “I’ve been nailed to the cross as if I’d violently attacked the coach or done something else.”
          • Gary Cahill admits he was close to joining Arsenal before fate intervened and got him hooked on trophies at Chelsea.
          • Tottenham have sold more than half of the 9,000 premium season-tickets that will be available when their new stadium opens for the 2018/19 season.
          • Juventus forward Pablo Dybala is improving his weaker right foot – by writing with it. The 23-year-old Argentina international puts a pen “between my big toe and the little one” and scribbles away.