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Birmingham set sights on future after Garry Monk departure

Birmingham will focus on a “fresh and modern footballing philosophy” following the departure of manager Garry Monk. The Blues announced they had parted company with Monk on Tuesday afternoon. The former Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough boss had taken over at St Andrew’s during March 2018. Last season, Monk’s side retained Birmingham’s Sky Bet Championship status despite a deduction of nine points for a breach of the Football League’s profitability and sustainability rules, finishing 17th. The club, coaching staff, players, all the employees at Wast Hills and every single Bluenose… thank you for Keeping Right On through all the difficulties to achieve our target 👏🏻💙 again 😉#BCFC pic.twitter.com/1VmtFZQUjd — Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) April 22, 2019 Mon...

Frank Lampard, Roman Abramovich ‘set for face-to-face talks this week’

A report claims that Frank Lampard has been invited to join Roman Abramovich on his luxury yacht as Chelsea step up their search for a new manager. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly meet with Frank Lampard this week to discuss the legendary midfielder becoming the club’s new manager. Lampard is considered the leading candidate to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take over at Juventus after just 11 months in West London. The Blues’ leading all-time scorer has only one season of managerial experience under his belt, coming at Derby County last season, but The Sun claims that Chelsea are serious about putting him in charge. Abramovich is rumoured to have invited Lampard to join him on his £380m yacht off Saint-Tropez, near where he is curr...

Real Madrid ‘set Manchester United deadline for Paul Pogba move’

Real Madrid reportedly tell Manchester United that they want to complete the signing of wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba by July 1, when United return for pre-season. Real Madrid have reportedly told Manchester United that they want to complete a deal for Paul Pogba by the time the Premier League outfit return to pre-season training on July 1. The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer and last week fuelled speculation that he could leave by admitting that he is open to a “new challenge”. United remain unwilling to consider bids for the World Cup winner, but their stance on his future could change if Pogba pushes for an exit in the coming weeks. Marca reports that Madrid are keen to wrap up the deal by July 1, when United are due to reconvene ...

Kyle Walker set for new Manchester City contract?

Kyle Walker is to sign a new contract with Manchester City that will keep him tied down until 2024, according to a report. Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker is reportedly on the verge of signing a two-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium. The 29-year-old has won five major honours during his two seasons with City since joining in a £45m transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. Walker still has three years to run on the deal he penned in 2017, but the Citizens are said to be keen to tie him down beyond then. The Manchester Evening News suggests that the England international is happy to stay on and terms could be agreed as early as next week. Should he put pen to paper, Walker will become the fifth play to sign a contract lasting at least five more years with the champions, along with ...

Oleksandr Zinchenko set for new Manchester City deal?

Premier League champions Manchester City reportedly offer utility player Oleksandr Zinchenko a new long-term contract. Manchester City utility player Oleksandr Zinchenko is reportedly close to penning a new long-term contract. Despite Pep Guardiola giving Zinchenko an opportunity to earn first-team football elsewhere last summer, the Ukraine international opted to remain at the Etihad Stadium in a bid to win over his manager. The decision ultimately paid off as Zinchenko regularly deputised for the injured Benjamin Mendy at left-back, making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions. According to The Telegraph, the 22-year-old’s performances have resulted in Guardiola being happy to offer him the opportunity to sign a five-year deal. The report suggests that an official agreement...

Bolton bidders set Wednesday deadline to prove they can take over club

The administrators are hoping a Heads of Terms agreement can be signed with the new owner on Friday. Bolton’s joint administrators have set bidders a deadline of 4pm on Wednesday to submit their final offers for the club. Five separate parties are hoping to take control of Bolton, who went into administration last month after a takeover by former Watford chairman Laurence Bassini collapsed. “The Joint Administrators for Bolton Wanderers have set a deadline of 4pm on Wednesday June 12 for best and final offers for the club,” read a statement on behalf of the joint administrators, posted on the club’s official website. The statement said six potential bidders met last week’s deadline for offers, although one has since been eliminated from the process. The remaining five candidates’ final off...

Alan Judge set for surgery on fractured wrist

The midfielder had earlier provided the cross from which Shane Duffy equalised. Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge is to undergo surgery on his fractured wrist on Monday, manager Mick McCarthy has revealed. The 30-year-old Ipswich man needed extensive treatment on the pitch following a collision with Kasper Dolberg at the Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Friday night, minutes after coming off the bench to provide the cross from which Shane Duffy snatched a 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw with Denmark. Judge, who has had to contend with a catalogue of injuries in recent years, including an horrific double leg fracture during his time at Brentford, will have the damage repaired on Monday before re-joining his team-mates to watch that evening’s clash with Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadi...

Tottenham Hotspur ‘set Christian Eriksen price at £130m’

Tottenham Hotspur place a £130m value on Christian Eriksen amid interest from Real Madrid, according to a report. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly placed a £130m transfer value on unsettled attacker Christian Eriksen. Eriksen, who will see his contract with Spurs expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, has suggested that he wants to leave Mauricio Pochettino‘s side in this summer’s transfer window. Initial reports had claimed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was not prepared to sell the Denmark international this summer, even if it means losing him for nothing next year. However, according to The Mirror, the Premier League club would sanction a sale if they received an offer of £130m for the former Ajax playmaker. Eriksen, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real...

Arsenal ‘set for talks with striker Alexandre Lacazette’

A report claims that Arsenal intend to hold face-to-face talks with Alexandre Lacazette amid rumours that he is a target for a couple of Spanish sides. Arsenal have reportedly arranged talks with Alexandre Lacazette following speculation that the striker is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The 28-year-old is coming off the back of an impressive campaign with the Gunners that saw him crowned the club’s Player of the Year. Atletico and Barca are rumoured to be weighing up offers for the Frenchman, with Antoine Griezmann‘s future key to their interest. Atleti will need to replace Griezmann should he join Barcelona, but the Catalan giants may yet turn to compatriot Lacazette in their search for a new goalscorer. Amid the rumours regarding one of their key men’s future...

Manchester United ‘set deadline for Toby Alderweireld decision’

Manchester United will decide whether to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld by the end of next week, according to a report. Manchester United will reportedly decide whether to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld in this summer’s transfer window by the end of next week. Alderweireld’s current Tottenham deal runs until the end of the 2019-20 campaign. However, a £25m clause comes into effect this summer and United have been linked with a swoop for the Belgium international, who will line up for Spurs in Saturday’s Champions League final with Liverpool. According to The Sun, the Red Devils will decide next week whether to submit an offer for the 30-year-old, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide to snub a move and sti...

The scene is set for a Champions League showdown

Tottenham and Liverpool will be part of history when they meet in the Champions League final. The Premier League sides battle it out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Saturday, three days after Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League showpiece, making it the first time ever that all four European finalists have come from the same country. It is also just the second all-English European Cup final, 11 years after Manchester United and Chelsea competed in Moscow. PA Graphics Liverpool are back in the biggest game in European club football for the second successive year after they lost to Real Madrid last season and they chase a sixth crown. Spurs, however, are in uncharted territory as this is the furthest they have ever gone in the competition, either in its guise as the Euro...

Everton ‘set Richarlison price amid Manchester United interest’

Everton reportedly place a £100m value on Richarlison amid suggestions that Manchester United want to sign the Brazilian. Everton have reportedly placed a £100m value on Richarlison amid suggestions that Manchester United want to sign the Brazil international in this summer’s transfer window. The 22-year-old scored 13 Premier League goals for the Toffees during the 2018-19 campaign. AC Milan and Barcelona have both been strongly linked with a move for the South American this summer. However, according to The Sun, Everton have set the attacker’s price at £100m with United considering a swoop for the former Fluminense youngster. Richarlison scored five Premier League goals for Watford ahead of a move to Everton last summer. The attacker will represent his country in this summer&#...

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