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Report: Philippe Coutinho open to joining Chelsea if transfer ban lifted

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is reportedly open to joining Chelsea this summer should the Blues’ transfer ban be lifted. Philippe Coutinho is reportedly looking to leave Barcelona this summer and will prioritise a move to Chelsea. The Brazil international, currently away on Copa America duty, has struggled during his 16 months at Camp Nou. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who cost Barca £142m to sign from Liverpool. According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, Coutinho would prefer to join the Blues if he has a choice. However, as things stand the West London outfit are managerless and are unable to bring in any players for the next two transfer windows. “Philippe Coutinho – there is also interest from ...

Real Madrid ‘open to offers for Lucas Vazquez’

Real Madrid are reportedly open to selling attacker Lucas Vazquez during the summer transfer window. Attacker Lucas Vazquez has reportedly been made available for transfer by Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have already made a number of high-profile additions this summer, including the signing of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. The acquisition of the Belgium international will have ramifications for other members of Zinedine Zidane‘s squad as the club look to reduce their wage bill. According to Marca, Real are open to offers for long-serving Vazquez, who has come through the academy setup to become an established member of the first-team squad. The Spaniard made a total of 44 appearances in all competitions during the most recent campaign, although the 27-year-old saw his involvement re...

Derby open contract talks with Frank Lampard amid Chelsea rumours

Derby are understood to have opened talks with Chelsea target Frank Lampard over a new managerial contract to keep him with the Rams. Pride Park bosses appear determined not to let Lampard leave for former club Chelsea without a fight, and will offer him improved terms in a bid to ward off Stamford Bridge interest. Derby are still braced for an approach from Chelsea, who are understood to want Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. Maurizio Sarri is set to take over at Juventus (Adam Davy/PA) Juventus are poised to unveil Sarri as their new manager on a three-year deal, with Chelsea having secured a compensation package it is understood could rise as high as £10million. Lampard notched a club-record 211 goals in a stellar Chelsea career from 2001 to 2014, and rac...

Result: Brazil open the 2019 Copa America with a three-goal win

Tournament hosts Brazil open the 2019 Copa America with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia at the Cicero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium. Tournament hosts Brazil opened the 2019 Copa America with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia at the Cicero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium in Sao Paulo on Friday night. Philippe Coutinho, who struggled to impress for Barcelona during the 2018-19 campaign, scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes before Everton netted a stunner for the host nation late on. In truth, it was always going to be a straightforward start to their Group A campaign for Tite‘s outfit against a Bolivia side that entered the competition as the lowest-ranked CONMEBOL team. © Reuters Neymar‘s absence for the hosts could prove vital later in the competition. Tite was still able to select a...

Barcelona ‘open to Ivan Rakitic exit amid Manchester United interest’

Barcelona will allow Ivan Rakitic to leave Camp Nou this summer amid interest from Manchester United, according to a report. Barcelona are reportedly prepared to allow Ivan Rakitic to leave Camp Nou this summer. Rakitic scored five times and contributed 10 assists in 54 appearances for Barca during the 2018-19 campaign. However, according to Cadena Ser, the Spanish club’s head coach Ernesto Valverde no longer considers the Croatia international to be a crucial member of his squad. As a result, the report claims that the Spanish champions would allow the midfielder to leave the club this summer provided that an adequate offer is received. Manchester United have been strongly linked with a swoop for the 31-year-old, who will see his current deal expire in June 2021. The 2018 World Cup ...

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira open to return to Italy?

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira suggests that he has struggled to adapt to life in England, claiming that ‘life was better in Italy’. Lucas Torreira has suggested that he would be open to leaving Arsenal if he was able to return to Italy. The midfielder left Sampdoria to move to the Emirates Stadium last summer, making a total of 31 starts and 18 substitute outings in his first campaign. However, Arsenal may face a battle to keep Torreira, who has indicated that he has not enjoyed many aspects of life in England. The 23-year-old told Ovacion: “I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy. I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country. “The language has stopped me, to be able to relate with my teammates and w...

Chelsea open Rafael Benitez talks?

Chelsea are in negotiations with Rafael Benitez over a possible return to Stamford Bridge, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly in negotiations with Rafael Benitez over a possible return to Stamford Bridge. Benitez will see his contract with Newcastle United expire this summer and the Spaniard’s future remains unclear due to the uncertainty surrounding a potential takeover at St James’ Park. The 59-year-old took charge of Chelsea on an interim basis between November 2012 and May 2013, leading the Blues to the Europa League title. According to Tuttosport, the London club have now initiated talks with Benitez over a return to Stamford Bridge, with current boss Maurizio Sarri widely expected to leave the London club to take charge of Juventus. Jose Mourinho has also been ...

Desired Dutch duo De Ligt and Van De Beek keeping options open

Highly-rated Ajax duo Matthijs De Ligt and Donny Van De Beek are keeping their options open amid transfer interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. A memorable season came to a disappointing end for the pair on Sunday evening as Holland lost 1-0 to hosts Portugal in the inaugural Nations League final. De Ligt and Van De Beek had been hoping to cap a campaign to cherish with more silverware, having played a key role in Ajax’s domestic double and their eye-catching run to the Champions League semi-finals. You guys deserved more… 😞#porned #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/39xA2Cqdy3 — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 9, 2019 The Amsterdam club’s golden crop is now set to be disbanded, with a number of big names looking set to follow Barcelona-bound Frenkie De Jong in making an exit. Teenage sensatio...

A look at every Premiership club’s business as transfer window prepares to open

Scotland’s summer transfer window officially opens on Tuesday. A number of pre-contract deals have already been announced, while some Ladbrokes Premiership clubs have yet to make any signings. Here, Press Association Sport examines each top flight club’s business. Aberdeen Gary Mackay-Steven’s future is uncertain (Jane Barlow/PA) The Dons have already brought in players from back to front but their biggest deal could be persuading winger Gary Mackay-Steven to extend his contract. Derek McInnes could also try to get back at least one of the players who were on loan last season, with Max Lowe the most likely target. In: Ash Taylor (Northampton, free), Ryan Hedges (Barnsley, free), Curtis Main (Motherwell, free).Out: Greg Halford, Greg Stewart, Dominic Ball, James Wilson, Max Lowe, Graeme Shi...

Manchester City open to Danilo offers?

Manchester City are reportedly happy to entertain offers for versatile defender Danilo during the summer transfer window. Manchester City may reportedly allow Danilo to leave the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window. Danilo has spent the last two campaigns at City, making a total of 60 appearances in all competitions, but the versatile full-back has never held down a role in the starting lineup. There has been speculation regarding the Brazilian’s future, and the Daily Mail claims that City could allow the 27-year-old to make his exit in order to secure regular first-team football. Any departure will only materialise if City find a replacement, however, with Pep Guardiola keen to avoid being left short on each flank due to having to contend with Benjamin Mendy‘s inj...

Result: Renard at the double as France open World Cup campaign with victory

South Korea were beaten 4-0 by the hosts. Wendie Renard scored twice as hosts France opened the Women’s World Cup by thrashing South Korea 4-0 in Paris. After forward Eugenie Le Sommer had fired in the first goal of the tournament in the ninth minute, centre-back Renard converted one header in the 35th and then another in first-half stoppage-time. Captain Amandine Henry added a superb strike with five minutes of normal time to go. Amandine Henry was also on target in Paris (Francisco Seco/AP) It was a dominant display from Corinne Diacre’s side against opponents who gave them very little to worry about. With French President Emmanuel Macron among the crowd of 45,261 watching at the Parc des Princes, Les Bleues came close to taking the lead in the second minute when Henry curled an effort j...

Meunier open to Paris Saint-Germain exit amid Manchester United speculation

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier is aware of interest in him from European clubs and says that a transfer ‘could suit him’. Thomas Meunier has revealed that he is open to leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer and says that ‘dozens of clubs’ are interested in signing him. The Belgian right-back struggled to hold down a regular spot in PSG’s lineup last season, starting exactly half of their Ligue 1 matches. With just 12 months to run on his Parc des Princes contract, a number of sides – Manchester United and Arsenal among them – have been tipped to make a move for the 27-year-old ahead of next season. Just like teammate Adrien Rabiot this summer, Meunier may now leave PSG as a free agent at the end of 2019-20 unless an offer is tabled o...

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