Merseyside giants Everton have reportedly reached an agreement with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona for the permanent transfer of midfielder Andre Gomes.
This is according to the publication from Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo which revealed that Barcelona have agreed to a €25m initial bid for the Portuguese international star plus add-ons that will see the Catalans recoup the majority of the money spent on the midfielder when he joined them from Valencia in 2016.
Andre Gomes signed for Barcelona shortly after he helped Portugal win the 2016 European Championship in France via a 1-0 win.
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The Portuguese midfielder spent two years at Barcelona where he failed to nail down a starting XI spot in the star-studded Barcelona team.
Andre Gomes was sent on loan to Premier League club Everton where he has proven to be an instant hit.
Everton faced a lot of opposition in their bid to retain the player permanently but their quest has been aided by Andre Gomes’ desire to stay in Liverpool.
European champions Liverpool were also linked with him but nothing concrete came out of it.
Another Premier League club West Ham United made two separate bids of £18m and £20m but they were rejected by Barcelona who were holding out for more money.
How Freddie Ljungberg Reacted To Paul Scholes Bizarre Comments
While responding to Paul Scholes, Freddie Ljungberg has hit back at him following the unwarranted criticism from the former Manchester United midfielder.
As you reckon, Ljungberg took charge of Arsenal first team as an interim manager at the weekend, His first game as a manager ended with a 2-2 draw against Norwich City.
Whilst some post-match analysis has blamed his poor defense, Scholes did not blame the player but aimed dig at Ljungberg.
Sky Sports cameras captured a scene where the Arsenal legend arrived at Carrow Road sporting with a grey jumper and shirt combination.
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However,Paul Scholes unimpressed with Ljungberg after he claimed he should have dressed more formally.
“You would think he’d be out in a suit to show a bit of proudness that he took the job,” Scholes said on Premier League Productions.
“To me that’s a great start – shirt and tie to show some discipline.
“I don’t think he’ll be the right man.”
Ljungberg has since hit back at Scholes by insisting it’s his decision over what attire he wears on matchday whilst also revealing that he is yet to be fitted for a suit.
“I’ve seen coaches with a tracksuit, suit and sweater and I’ll decide on matchday what I will where,” Ljungberg said during his pre-Brighton press conference at London Colney.
“I haven’t been fitted for a club suit but you will know what I where.
“That’s extremely important. It happened so quickly that the suit was at the dry cleaners and I couldn’t get it ready,” he joked.
When Ljungberg was asked to comment he said there isn’t exactly dress code for managers in the Premier League.
What Happend To Arsenal Against Southampton
North London giants Arsenal can’t seem to buy a win after they played out a draw during the Premier League game with Southampton.
The Gunners could have lost the game against the Saints but they were able to salvage a 2-2 draw to take their winless run to six games in all competitions either side of the November international break.
Arsenal have not won a game since they beat Vitoria Guimares 3-2 at home on Matchday 3 of the Europa League.
Summer signing Nicholas Pepe scored twice in the last ten minutes to give Arsenal the win over their Portuguese opponents.
Since the Vitoria Guimares game, Arsenal have played four Premier League matches, one Carabao Cup game and one Europa League game without recording a victory.
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Arsenal started the run with a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at home in the league before the 5-5 draw away at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
The Gunners were knocked out of that competition via a 5-4 penalty shootout win for Liverpool.
Arsenal then played 1-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league before a similar scoreline away to Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal in the Europa League.
Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 at home in the league before the Soutampton game made it six games without victory for the Gunners.
Manchester United- The issues that Remain
Manchester United have just begun their pre-season tour but even that hasn’t provided an escape from the problems at the Old Trafford. The club finished the season on a poor note, collecting just one point from matches against Cardiff and Huddersfield.
In transfer terms, only two players have been added to the team, 21-year-old Aaron Wan- Bissaka from crystal palace and the equally talented Daniel James from Swansea, While both deals are at bargain price( showing a significant improvement in United’s recruitments), They hardly have the required experience to lead the line.
THE LUKAKU CONUNDRUM
Rumors from England suggest that Solskjaer is open to a deal as any money generated can be used to strengthen. His position is further re-enforced by the fact that Romelu isn’t a regular starter. There is interest, from Inter Milan, Whose coach Antonio Conte thought he was bringing the Belgium forward to Chelsea in 2017, only to lose-out to Jose Mourinho. However, as of the time of writing, there is no bid- leaving both player and club in Limbo.
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THE POGBA PROBLEM
Paul Pogba has twice stated his “desire” to leave Old Trafford. Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid are keen on his signature, but they are yet to make a formal bid, let alone suggest that they could meet United £150m valuation.
Solskjaer has been under constant media scrutiny concerning Pogba’s status but has for now maintained that United need not sell their most expensive player. Truth be said, He didn’t exactly rule out a move happening.
It would be easy to view United’s position as totally bleak. The truth is less straightforward, as Despite not sustaining a single Premier league challenge since 2013, United remain one of the biggest names in world football. The club’s overall revenues for 2018-2019 are expected to exceed £630m, an incredible figure only Real Madrid exceeds. It remains to be seen if such revenue would be used to reinforce Solskjaer’s Squad, not lining owner’s pockets.
Can Man Utd Afford To Lose Romelu Lukaku
It’s no longer news that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a move to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan but what’s surprising is the ease with which the Red Devils are willing to let him go.
Romelu Lukaku has been at Manchester United for two years since his £75m move from Merseyside giants Everton but his time at Old Trafford is gradually coming to an end.
The player recently talked up the Italian Serie A and his dream is close to becoming a reality after Inter Milan opened negotiations with Manchester United for the Belgian international hitman.
Lukaku has already agreed on personal terms with Inter Milan, but the two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee for him.
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has been the chief catalyst for the Nerazzurri as confirmed by sporting director Piero Ausilio.
According to him, the move for Lukaku is at the request of Conte who was appointed the Inter Milan manager last month.
Italian tactician Conte is a big fan of Lukaku whom he tried to sign during his time as a Chelsea manager.
Conte tried had failed to sign Lukaku in 2017 before his move to Manchester United.
Since his transfer to Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals for the Red Devils (42 goals). Let’s examine the consequences of letting the Belgian striker leave for Inter Milan.
1. Goal Threat – Romelu Lukaku possesses a potent goalscoring threat and Manchester United might struggle to replace his goals if he leaves the club for Inter Milan this summer.
2. Proven Premier League Experience – The Manchester United striker has proven Premier League experience spamming clubs like Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke City and Everton. Manchester United might struggle to find a replacement with equal or more Premier League experience. Lukaku is the joint 19th leading goalscorer in Premier League history with 113 goals.
Liverpool Urged To Sign Antoine Griezmann
Newly crowned European champions Liverpool have been told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.
Liverpool were advised to sign the French World Cup winner by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.
According to him, Antoine Griezmann would be a very good fit for Liverpool who already boast of one of the most fearsome attacks in world football.
The Liverpool front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have performed well for the club on a consistent basis but Antoine Griezmann has a quality of his own.
He was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash in Moscow.
Antoine Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer after five years at the club.
The 28-year-old signed for Atletico Madrid after the Spanish capital club reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for his transfer.
Spanish champions Barcelona are thought to be in pole position to secure his transfer by paying the €120m release clause but PSG are also showing interest in the player.
He is also linked with other clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.
Bristol City Eyeing Permanent Transfer For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Loanee
English Championship club Bristol City are plotting a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
Tomas Kalas spent last season on loan at Bristol City whom he joined from Chelsea during last summer’s transfer window.
The Robins are keen to make his loan move to the club permanent this summer.
Kalas was in superb form for Bristol City but he was unable to propel them to the Championship playoffs as the Robins narrowly missed out on the playoff cut on the final day of the regular season.
The 26-year-old is the longest serving player at Chelsea after the Blues paid Czech side Sigma Olomouc £5.2m to secure his transfer in 2010.
Tomas Kalas has previously had loan spells at clubs like Middlesboro and Fulham whom he helped to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.
He was not retained by Fulham for the Premier League season which turned out to be a poor one for the Cottagers.
Fulham will play their football in the English Championship next season after they suffered relegation from the top flight of English football for the first time.
The Cottagers finished second from bottom at the end of the latest Premier League season.
Bayern Retain Interest In 18-Year-Old Liverpool Target
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich still retain an interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi according to Bundesliga football expert Christian Falk.
He made this known in a chat with Get German Football News.
According to him, Bayern Munich want to sign both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.
He further revealed that that the Bavarian giants will leave the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi until next summer if they get Sane this summer.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been strongly linked with the Bavarian giants this summer though the Premier League champions want to retain his services and also offer him a new contract.
Christian Falk revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich have an understanding that he will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer if they sign Sane this summer.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as Borussia Dortmund.
The 18-year-old is presently recovering from a serious Achilles injury sustained towards the end of the season.
He suffered the unfortunate injury during a home league game against Watford.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is already back in light training as he recovers from the Achilles injury.
The young winger has one year left on his contract and he’s expected to be back in action in three months.
Liverpool In Pole Position To Sign £25m Italian Midfielder
Premier League giants Liverpool are the favourites to sign highly rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali who has had a very good season.
This is according to the newest reports coming out of the British media.
Sandro Tonali could be a Liverpool player soonest with an official bid expected for him by next month.
The 19-year-old had been earning rave reviews for his impressive performances for Brescia in Italian football.
Sandro Tonali has a release clause of around £25m in his present deal which will run out tomorrow.
The young Italian midfielder has been attracting the interest of clubs from Juventus to Inter Milan to Chelsea but they are still yet to make an offer.
The Liverpool midfield is crying out for more creativity ahead of the new season and Sandro Tonali could be the man to add the creative spark.
Sandro Tonali scored three goals and also provided seven assists for his Italian club.
Liverpool lacked the creative spark needed to dominate games and the signing of a new midfielder will go a long way to correct the lack of creativity.
Apart from Sandro Tonali, Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder also has suitors from everywhere.
Liverpool Forward Told To Join Barcelona For This Reason
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been told to consider a move to Spanish champions Barcelona by Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o.
In a chat with the BBC, Eto’o told Salah to join Spanish champions Barcelona because of the playing style at the Nou Camp.
According to him, the playing style at Barcelona will definitely suit Mohamed Salah.
Egyptian national team star Salah has been in superb form since joining the Reds from fellow Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
The former Chelsea winger sealed a €44m move from AS Roma to Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah announced himself to the British audience when he scored 44 goals in just 52 games for the Reds with 32 of those goals coming in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old helped Liverpool qualify for Champions League football and also reached the final of the competition before he was substituted as a result of a shoulder injury.
Real Madrid won that Champions League final via a 3-1 win for the Los Merengues who were able to benefit from the injury to Salah.
Liverpool have come back in a stronger way after they won the Champions League title via a 2-0 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Salah getting one of the goals.
Man Utd Striker To Earn €6m Per Annum At Inter Milan
Italian giants Inter Milan ushered in a new era following the appointment of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer.
The Italians have made Conte their new manager after the dismissal of Luciano Spalletti at the end of the last campaign.
Upon his first managerial appointment since he left Chelsea last summer, Conte has set his sights on a move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 26-year-old is the top transfer target for Inter Milan this summer as demanded by Conte and the latest reports claim that the player has agreed on a deal with the Nerazzurri.
According to the publication from the stables of popular Italian transfer news portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, Romelu Lukaku has agreed on a €6m yearly salary with Inter Milan though the Nerazzurri will also have to agree on a fee with Manchester United for him.
Romelu Lukaku has previously talked about a possible football career in Italy and he could get his wish this summer.
The former Chelsea player has spent just two years at Manchester United since his big money transfer from fellow Premier League side Everton.
Lukaku finished as the Red Devils’ topscorer in his first season at Manchester United with 27 goals in all competitions before netting just 15 goals in all competitions in his second season.
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