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Transfer Talk Daily Update: Christian Eriksen, Ander Herrera, Ludovit Reis

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. All transfer business is done and dusted for this season, but that doesn’t stop clubs from preparing ahead for next season. Wednesday morning’s headlines: Mauricio Pochettino confirms talks over new deal for “special” Christian EriksenEriksen secured Spurs a vital three points against Brighton on Tuesday night. Read more. Manchester United handed boost in Ander Herrera talks?Manchester United are reportedly handed a boost in their efforts to keep Ander Herrera at Old Trafford. Read more. Barcelona closing in on Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis?Barcelona are allegedly close to securing a deal for Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis. Read more. Manchester City not in...

Ernesto Valderde expects to wait until Saturday for La Liga title

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valderde does not expect Atletico Madrid to hand the title to them by losing to Valencia on Wednesday. A 2-0 win over Alaves, courtesy of second-half goals from Carles Alena and Luis Suarez, means the Catalans are just one victory away from retaining their LaLiga title. However, should second-placed Atletico lose to visitors Valencia, in fifth and pushing for a Champions League place, then the championship will be Barca’s with four matches to spare. “Atletico is a competitor that shows every day how they do it. We’ll see. I do not see Atletico relaxing,” said Valverde. “We count on that we will need the three points (at home to Levante). “We are at the peak of the season and the victory (over Alaves) is worth its weight in gold. &...

Raheem Sterling: ‘Premier League title more important than individual recognition’

City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title. Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title. The England international is one of the favourites for the honour, with his main rival Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title and Sterling, who revealed he voted for Harry Kane, his England team-mate not making the six-man shortlist, is interested solely in helping his team. “It’s nice to be recognised on that front, but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention,” he said. Raheem Sterling voted for England team-mate Harr...

Kieran Tierney pays tribute to “legend” Billy McNeill

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney expects his fellow supporters to pay a fitting tribute to Billy McNeill on Saturday. Fans have been gathering around the statue of McNeill lifting the European Cup outside Celtic Park since news broke of their former captain and manager’s death on Tuesday morning. But their first opportunity to meet in their tens of thousands looks set to come when Celtic host Kilmarnock on Saturday. Tributes at the statue of Billy McNeill at Celtic Park (Lucy Christie/PA) Neil Lennon’s side are aiming to move within a point of retaining the Ladbrokes Premiership title but the chance to pay tribute to McNeill on a grand scale is sure to make it an even more special occasion for the support. Tierney told the club’s official website: “As a supporter, yo...

Mauricio Pochettino confirms talks over new deal for “special” Christian Eriksen

Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen is open to talks over a new contract after his heroics against Brighton boosted Tottenham’s Premier League top-four hopes. Eriksen produced a moment of quality in the 88th minute to hand Spurs a 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which strengthens their grip on the Champions League places. The Dane is out of contract at the end of next season and is currently stalling on a new deal, with Real Madrid reported to be interested in signing him. Pochettino has revealed that Eriksen is open to discussing a new deal, but it will not be until the end of the season. “I think I was clear a few months ago,” Pochettino said. “It is a situation that is a very special situation, Christian is a special person, I think we are all sp...

Shane Long was clueless over record-breaking goal until after game

Shane Long had no idea he had scored the fastest goal in Premier League history in Southampton‘s 1-1 draw at Watford. The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland striker fired the Saints ahead after just 7.69 seconds at Vicarage Road. It was not enough to secure Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side all three points in their bid to stave off relegation as Andre Gray equalised for Watford in the final minute. ⚡️ NEW @premierleague RECORD ⚡️ Congratulations, @ShaneLong7! 😇💚 #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/jnlrx2BFGE — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 23, 2019 “It’s nice,” Long told Saints’ official website. “I didn’t find out until after the game and I didn’t know what the record was before.” Long’s effort was a fraction more than two seconds quicke...

Manchester United handed boost in Ander Herrera talks?

Manchester United are reportedly handed a boost in their efforts to keep Ander Herrera at Old Trafford. Manchester United have reportedly been provided with a boost as they look to keep Ander Herrera. The midfielder has just over two months remaining on his contract, and it has been suggested that the two parties are far apart regarding the player’s wages. Paris Saint-Germain have allegedly offered a deal to Herrera but according to Paris Team, there remains uncertainty over whether a transfer will be completed. The report claims that sporting director Antero Henrique has become ‘annoyed’ that a deal for the 29-year-old is yet to be finalised. PSG currently regard the signing of Herrera on a free transfer as a priority with a lack of fee helping their efforts to satisfy F...

Barcelona closing in on Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis?

Barcelona are allegedly close to securing a deal for Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis. Barcelona have allegedly moved to the brink of signing Groningen teenager Ludovit Reis. The Catalan giants have already agreed a deal for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and it has been suggested that Matthijs de Ligt will join his current teammate at Camp Nou. However, it appears that a third Dutchman will make the switch to the Spanish giants with Groningen director Hans Nijland claiming that a transfer is close to completion. Nijland is quoted by Fox Sports as saying: “It is not yet closed, but we are seriously considering Reis going to Barcelona.” Reis – who turns 19 in June – has made a total of 27 appearances in the Eredivisie during the current campaign.

Manchester City not interested in bidding war for Atletico Madrid’s Rodri?

Manchester City reportedly have no interest in becoming involved in a bidding war for Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. Manchester City have reportedly decided that they will not pay in excess of their valuation of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri. City will be in the market for a new defensive-minded player for the middle of the park during the next transfer window, and Rodri has allegedly been identified as a potential signing. However, according to Sky Sports News, City have no intention of getting themselves involved in a bidding war for the Spaniard. The 22-year-old has a release clause of just over £60m, but there is the suggestion that City may look to sign the player for less than that figure. Rodri has made a total of 42 appearances during his first campaign at Atletico having sig...

Arsenal ‘have £40m summer transfer budget’

Arsenal will reportedly only have a transfer budget in the region of £40m for the summer window. Arsenal have reportedly decided to restrict Unai Emery‘s transfer budget to £40m. There has been widespread speculation regarding Arsenal’s plans for the summer window, with it being suggested that the size of the funds made available to Emery depends on whether the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. According to The Mirror, the club’s board have already made the call regarding their spending ahead of the new campaign with an onus being placed on reducing the wage bill. The report claims that Emery may be provided with more money should they earn their place in European football’s premier competition, but it remains to be seen how much Arsenal woul...

Ralph Hasenhuttl warns Southampton they are not safe from relegation

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Southampton are still not safe from relegation after his side drew 1-1 at Watford despite Shane Long‘s record-breaking goal. Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, firing his side ahead after only 7.69 seconds to stun Vicarage Road. But Long’s first-minute goal was cancelled out by a last-minute one from Andre Gray as the Hornets snatched a 1-1 draw. A point left Saints six ahead of Cardiff in the final relegation spot with three games remaining. Hasenhuttl said: “We have 37 points and until we have 40 we do not speak about being safe. “Now we have a home game against Bournemouth. If you’d told me that we’d have a chance to secure safety in that game when I took over, I’d have taken that.” The strains...

Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fouling’ claims

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at suggestions from his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he might condone ‘tactical fouling’. The United manager said he expected City to “snap at their heels” and foul his side in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League derby at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is not the first United boss to have claimed City might strategically foul opponents high up the pitch to prevent counter-attacks, with his predecessor Jose Mourinho having mentioned it last season. Guardiola wasn’t too impressed by suggestions from Solskjaer that his side commit tactical fouls #MCFC pic.twitter.com/S2d3NoGzoN — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 23, 2019 “When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles an...

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