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Liverpool chief to hold talks with UEFA over Champions League ticket allocation

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore will raise the issue of ticket allocations with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin when the pair meet for the Champions League final in Madrid next week. Reaching a second successive final has brought more complaints from Reds fans about the number of tickets given to each side – just 16,613 for the game against Tottenham at the 64,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano on June 1. While there is little which can be done to alleviate the situation this year Moore will speak to Ceferin about the issue and other logistical concerns. “I will see him and usually when I see Alek there are 20 things (to talk about),” said Moore, speaking at the Anfield launch of a global partnership between the LFC Foundation and Right To Play. “It is all the thing...

Steph Houghton talks up England’s World Cup chances

England captain Steph Houghton says the Lionesses are ready to “do something special” at the Women’s World Cup this summer. Boss Phil Neville named his 23-player squad for the tournament in France earlier this month and they have warm-up games against Denmark in Walsall on Saturday and New Zealand in Brighton a week later before opening their campaign against Scotland in Nice on June 9. England came third at the 2015 World Cup, got to the semi-finals of Euro 2017, and in March won the four-team SheBelieves Cup for the first time. Houghton, skipper throughout, told Press Association Sport on Thursday when asked if the current squad was equipped to win this World Cup: “Yes. “I’ve been in plenty of squads in terms of World Cups and European Championships an...

Manchester United ‘in Paulo Dybala talks for more than a month’

Manchester United have been in talks with Juventus ‘for more than a month’ over a potential deal for Paulo Dybala, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly been in talks with Juventus ‘for more than a month’ with a view to signing Paulo Dybala in this summer’s transfer window. Dybala’s agent and brother recently said that there is “a good chance” that the Argentina international could leave Juve ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign. The 25-year-old has scored 10 times for Massimiliano Allegri‘s side this season, but just five of those have come in Serie A. According to Tuttosport, United have been pressing to sign Dybala since the end of April, with the Red Devils keen to bring the attacker to Old Trafford to boost their opti...

Raheem Sterling calls for talks with FA over harsher racism punishments

Raheem Sterling would be keen to speak to the Football Association and the Premier League over the summer to work out the next steps in the ongoing efforts to combat racism. The England and Manchester City forward has said social media boycotts and gestures such as wearing t-shirts during warm-ups are “not enough” and has called for “harder punishments” such as nine-point deductions for racist incidents. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival in New York, Sterling said with City’s domestic treble-winning season now over he would be keen to discuss ways the campaign can be developed. Soccer star Raheem @sterling7 talks athlete activism and shares his perspective on the sport’s future at The #WSJFuture Of Everything Festi...

Manchester United ‘in talks for £48m Ivan Rakitic deal’

Manchester United are allegedly in talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who may be allowed to leave Camp Nou this summer. Manchester United have reportedly made a move to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make significant changes to his first-team squad this summer, and fresh faces could arrive in the centre of the pitch. Rakitic is allegedly keen to remain at Camp Nou, but The Mirror claims that United are prepared to push through a £48m deal for the Croatia international. Barcelona are open to selling Rakitic this summer, with the Catalan giants having already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. The La Liga champions also want to raise funds to complete other deals ahead of next season, and parting ways with 31-year-old ...

Mauricio Pochettino ‘has been in talks with Juventus for weeks’

Mauricio Pochettino has already been in talks with Juventus over replacing Massimiliano Allegri, according to a report. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been in talks with Juventus for the past few weeks over the vacant manager’s job. The 47-year-old has been strongly linked with the top job at the Allianz Stadium, which has become available following Massimiliano Allegri‘s announcement last week that he is to step down. Tuttomercatoweb claims that Pochettino and Juve have been locked in discussions for the best part of a month, and the Argentinian coach may ask chairman Daniel Levy for a move away. Pochettino stunned his bosses last week by admitting that he would consider quitting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if his side win the Champions League. Spu...

Liverpool in talks with in-demand Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt?

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reveals that Liverpool have “been talking to” Matthijs de Ligt about a summer move from Ajax. Liverpool have been in talks to sign Ajax‘s highly-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. The 19-year-old is rumoured to have an array of clubs to choose from this summer after catching the eye for double winners Ajax. Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest, but Barcelona are widely considered to be the favourites to land his signature. Liverpool can also be added to that list as Balague told BBC Sport the Reds have “been talking to” the Netherlands international about a potential move. De Ligt’s Ajax exit is...

Lennon talks up promise of 16-year-old Dembele

Neil Lennon believes Celtic fans were given a “glimpse of the future” when 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele made his debut in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead. Dembele replaced the injured Oliver Burke for the second half, with the game at 1-1 after fringe player Mikey Johnston’s early opener had been cancelled out by Jake Mulraney. Dembele went through his repertoire of tricks to the delight of the home fans, although it was 20-year-old Johnston who drove in the winner, giving the Hoops the win which meant they finished the season nine points ahead of Rangers, before they were presented with the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy for the eighth successive season. Interim boss Lennon said of Dembele’s cameo: “He was great to watch. He is the type of player that you w...

Brian Rice talks up Hamilton’s player development reputation

Accies will play in the Ladbrokes Premiership again next season. Brian Rice wants Hamilton to be a magnet for young footballers in Scotland. Accies had seven academy graduates in their squad of 18 on Saturday for the 2-0 home win over St Johnstone which secured their Ladbrokes Premiership status for a record sixth season. The Lanarkshire side started the last day of the campaign one point ahead of second-bottom St Mirren and goals from defender Ziggy Gordon and attacker Steve Davies ensured the Buddies’ 3-2 win at already-relegated Dundee was irrelevant. Rice told AcciesTV about his hope for next season and beyond, saying: “We are renowned throughout Britain for producing players and improving players and selling them. “I want to continue that. I want good young kids to c...

Talks over Benitez future to continue this weekend

Sources on Tyneside have played down suggestions that midfielder Sean Longstaff could be a target for Manchester United. Rafael Benitez‘s talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley are set to go into the weekend. The 59-year-old Spaniard met Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley on Thursday to discuss his contractual situation with his existing deal due to expire on June 30. Those negotiations continued on Friday as the club’s players and fans alike awaited white smoke amid collective breath-holding in the city. The fact that the two parties are still talking is being seen as an encouraging sign, with Benitez looking for assurances over the club’s ambition and Ashley unwilling to inject fresh capital into a business he has been trying to sell for two and a half years. Wit...

Manchester United ‘in talks with Mexico midfielder Carlos Rodriguez’

Manchester United reportedly hold discussions with the agent of Monterrey midfielder Carlos Rodriguez. Manchester United are reportedly attempting to sign Monterrey midfielder Carlos Rodriguez. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make significant changes to his first-team squad during the next transfer window, and the Norwegian is looking to strengthen in a number of areas. United have already confirmed that Ander Herrera will leave Old Trafford this summer, and Los Pleyers suggests that the Premier League giants consider Rodriguez to be a potential replacement. The report claims that club officials were present to watch Rodriguez Monterrey play against Necaxa on Monday night, with talks later being held with the player’s representative. Rodriguez – who recently earned his first cap for ...

Report: Juan Mata holds talks with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward

Juan Mata reportedly held talks with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over his future following Sunday’s defeat to Cardiff City. Manchester United have reportedly not yet ruled out the prospect of Juan Mata staying at Old Trafford for another season. The Spanish midfielder is out of contract next month and has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus in recent weeks. Mata failed to agree terms of a new deal with the Red Devils but, according to The Mirror, the 31-year-old is reluctant to walk away this summer. United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is rumoured to have intervened by calling Mata into his office following Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Cardiff City on the final day of the Premier League season. The 31-year-old is expected to mak...

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