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Arsenal make contact over potential signing of Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini?

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini during the summer transfer window. Arsenal are reportedly looking to push through the £27m signing of Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini. The Gunners are expected to make major changes this summer, despite allegedly having limited funds due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League. Unai Emery is said to hold an interest in Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet, but it appears that the Spaniard is looking to do business with another Serie A club. Accordiing to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal have made contact with Pellegrini’s agent in order to determine whether the Italy international would entertain a switch to the Emirates Stadium. The report says that the player has a £27m release ...

Wayne Rooney urges Manchester United to sign players with potential

Wayne Rooney thinks Manchester United need to recruit a raft of hungry players with potential and resist splashing money on expensive marquee signings. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a major rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford following a dismal 2018/19 campaign. The 13-time Premier League champions, who recruited Solskjaer after sacking Jose Mourinho in December, finished sixth and failed to qualify for the Champions League. Manchester United agreed a deal to sign 21-year-old Swansea winger Daniel James on Friday (Adam Davy/PA) “For Ole, I think the first thing he’s got to do is try and build the squad,” Rooney told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme. “I don’t think bringing one or two players in for over £100million is going to really help with the squad and the ...

Ryan Babel: ‘I see a lot of potential with Fulham’

The Dutchman sent Neil Warnock’s side closer to relegation. Fulham winger Ryan Babel admits his wonder-strike against Cardiff is among the best goals of his career. The Dutchman hit a fierce, curling drive from 25 yards which flew into the top corner to secure a 1-0 win for the hosts at Craven Cottage. “It’s one I will definitely put in my top five, that’s for sure,” Babel told the club’s official website. “To be honest I played the ball slightly too hard. I wanted to hit it with the inside of my foot but because the ball was so hard I risked it with my laces and it was the perfect hit.” Babel’s short-term contract expires at the end of the season, and he is not expected to play in the Championship with relegated Fulham next term. ̶...

Six potential new opponents for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua‘s promoters Matchroom are looking for a new opponent for the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion’s next fight in New York on June 1. A replacement for Jarrell Miller will be announced next week, according to Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn. Here, Press Association Sport explores six potential opponents. Adam Kownacki Poland’s undefeated Kownacki is based in New York and therefore has a suitable profile for the occasion of Joshua’s United States debut, which is specifically why Miller was first selected. He would also earn a career-high purse by agreeing to the relatively late-notice fight. Dillian Whyte Anthony Joshua, right, and Dillian Whyte have already fought in London (Nick Potts/PA) A rematch between Whyte and Joshua has long appeared inevitable, ...

Laurence Bassini named as potential Bolton Wanderers buyer

Bolton have been granted a further stay of execution by the High Court, while controversial former Watford chairman Laurence Bassini has been confirmed as the club’s prospective buyer. The Sky Bet Championship outfit were back in court on Wednesday facing a winding-up petition over an unpaid tax bill but the case has been adjourned until May 8 to allow the proposed sale of the club to proceed. This is the sixth time in the last 18 months that Bolton have faced a winding-up order, which could result in administration or liquidation. The latest one was issued in February by HMRC over debts of £1.2million. Laurence Bassini has been revealed as the prospective buyer of Bolton (Tim Goode/PA) Current owner Ken Anderson had refused to name the prospective buyer, but on Wednesday it was revealed t...

Rafael Benitez unconcerned about potential Ayoze Perez exit

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez remains relaxed over the future of striker Ayoze Perez despite his compatriot appearing to suggest that the time to leave Tyneside may have come. The 25-year-old is a player who divides Magpies fans, although his form this season – he has seven Premier League goals to his name including a match-winning double against Everton – has seen him linked with a call-up to Spain’s senior squad and a move back to his native country. Speaking in a interview with Spanish television programme El Chiringuito, Perez said: “I believe in cycles. I think there is a moment where you plan things, to undergo a change and I think after five years, I think it’s the moment. “To go back to your country and play for a big team and enjoy LaLiga, would be somethin...

Roberto Mancini excited for Moise Kean’s “enormous potential”

Italy coach Roberto Mancini hailed teenage goalscorer Moise Kean‘s “enormous potential” after his side’s 2-0 win against Finland. The Azzurri launched their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with victory thanks to Nicolo Barella and Kean, who scored their first goals for their country in either half at the Friuli Stadium in Udine. Mancini was rewarded for turning to youth as Cagliari midfielder Barella, 22, and Juventus forward Kean, 19, ensured Italy scored more than one goal in a competitive game for the first time in almost two years. “Kean has quality, enormous potential and it all depends on him,” said Mancini, who also handed late teenage substitute Nicolo Zaniolo, of Roma, his senior debut. “It’s not difficult to see talent in Kean and Nic...

Willian urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay and fulfil his potential at Chelsea

Willian says Callum Hudson-Odoi can be one of the world’s best players if he stays at Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi submitted a transfer request after public declarations of interest from Bayern Munich, which have been branded unprofessional by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Reports on Monday suggested Chelsea have rejected Hudson-Odoi’s request and have no intention of selling prior to Thursday’s closure of the transfer window. Willian believes Hudson-Odoi has great potential, which he can fulfil at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger (second left) and Willian (right) hope Callum Hudson-Odoi (third from left) stays at Chelsea (Nick Potts/PA) “Of course we want him to stay. We don’t want him to leave,” the Brazilian said. “He can become one of the best players f...

Valencia boss Marcelino: ‘Not right to discuss potential Michy Batshuayi stay’

Valencia boss Marcelino suggests that no decision has been made on whether Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi will remain at the club on a permanent basis. Manager Marcelino has suggested that Valencia will ‘analyse the situation’ before making a decision on the future of forward Michy Batshuayi. Valencia moved to complete the season-long loan signing of the Chelsea forward during the summer, but the Belgium international has scored just twice in 17 outings this season. Marcelino has confirmed that Valencia can purchase Batshuayi for a set fee at the end of the campaign, but it appears that no call has been made on the 25-year-old. At a press conference, Marcelino told reporters: “At the right time will analyse the final situation and we will decide. “There is a transf...

Rafael Benitez talks up Newcastle’s potential

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle’s suitors they have a great opportunity to do something special. Tyneside has been buzzing with takeover talk again this week after owner Mike Ashley revealed he was in negotiations with a series of potential buyers who are ready to meet his £300million-plus asking price. Despite the understandable caution after Amanda Staveley’s attempt to buy the club 12 months ago fell through, fans are hoping a turbulent period on Gallowgate is about to draw to a close. And Benitez is convinced the potential he saw when he arrived almost three years ago is still there. He said: “Yes, 100 per cent. Again I’d say it’s not my job to talk about this too much because I don’t have the information, but as you say generally it’s very clear it has the potential to be one of the...

Peacock excited by potential after year out

Jonnie Peacock expects to get faster and faster as he chases a third successive Paralympic 100 metres title at Tokyo 2020. Peacock is currently nursing a knee injury which has temporarily derailed his return to training from his ‘gap year’, which included an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing. But the 25-year-old Cambridge amputee sprinter, who won T44 100m gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, says his year out has had the desired effect. Peacock told Press Association Sport: “It has completely worked. I’ve come back completely fresh with that real hunger. I was definitely hungry before, but I’m even more so now. “For me, this is still the start of a lot. There’s still so much I can improve on in my running.” Jonnie Peacock won a second Paralym...

Gary Neville claims numbers behind potential Wembley sale are bizarre

Former England defender Gary Neville has hit out at the “bizarre” numbers behind how the proceeds from the proposed £600million sale of Wembley will be shared to grassroots football. The potential sale of the national stadium to Fulham owner Shahid Khan will go to a vote of the Football Association Council on October 24, the governing body has said, after a “healthy discussion” of the merits of the deal on Thursday. Some have agreed with the FA’s plan to use the windfall to transform grassroots facilities, while others have likened it to selling the crown jewels. The Grass Roots Football Survey is LIVE and we need your input🔎 👉 https://t.co/cSpUI1OFrb pic.twitter.com/52L5kVgOoG — The FA (@FA) October 12, 2018 England boss Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, wants any revenue to be ploughed back i...

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