Barca ‘accept offer’ from Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal


Friday, June 1

10.25pm: Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Nabil Fekir with Lyon lining up a replacement.

Starsport understands Fekir is one of Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp’s top targets and Anfield chiefs hope to clinch a deal before the World Cup.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is reluctant to sell the 24-year-old but reports in France suggest they are already preparing for his departure.

According to Le 10 Sport, Paris Saint-Germain outcast Hatem Ben Arfa is on their radar.

And Lyon bosses have reportedly got in touch with his representatives about a potential deal.

9.40pm: Liverpool are ready to hijack Real Madrid in an attempt to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Shock reports in Spain claim Jurgen Klopp has made his move for the Belgian following the Champions League final.

Loris Karius made two horrendous errors as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev.

And that means a new goalkeeper is one of the top priorities for Klopp this summer.

Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their outlandish transfer claims, even say Liverpool have made a bid for Courtois.

8pm: Manchester United are in the final stages of completing the transfer of Fred and expect to announce the new signing next week.

The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is set to become the first new addition at Old Trafford this summer.

Jose Mourinho has moved fast to replace the new retired Michael Carrick, while the future of Marouane Fellaini remains uncertain.

The Manchester Evening News claim most of the smaller details are being ironed out and United will officially announce Fred before the end of next week.

6.30pm: Liverpool are beating Arsenal in the race to sign Monaco ace Thomas Lemar, according to the bookies.

BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion said: “Monaco star Thomas Lemar has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young talents and the Frenchman is expected to be in high demand following this summer’s World Cup.

“Liverpool were within touching distance of completing a move for the 22-year-old back in January and the Reds are the outright favourites at 6/4 to get their hands on the Monaco star this time around.

“Arsenal are next in the running at 4/1 to finalise a deal for the highly-rated youngster who they were supposedly touting in January as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.

“Both Manchester clubs are long shots at 12/1 to clinch the attacker’s signature, while La Liga winners Barcelona trail behind at 14/1 to entice Lemar to the Nou Camp this summer.”

5.40pm: Liverpool have edged closer to striking a deal for Ousmane Dembele, it has been claimed.

Reports in Spain have linked Liverpool with a move for Dembele, who has struggled to impress for Barcelona following his €147m (£128.6m) move from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

According to Don Balon, Jurgen Klopp has tabled a ‘serious proposal’ to Nou Camp bosses.

And the Spanish publication, who are renowned for their outlandish transfer stories, claim president Josep Maria Bartomeu has given his approval to accept the offer.

Barcelona are set to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid so Dembele will reportedly become surplus to requirements

5.15pm: Chelsea will ask Zinedine Zidane to jump straight back into management after his shock resignation at Real Madrid.

The Los Blancos boss left the Bernabeu yesterday despite winning a third straight Champions League crown against Liverpool.

And The Sun are now reporting that the Stamford Bridge club are prepared to walk away from top target Maurizio Sarri and ask Zidane to take over instead.

The France legend is expected to want some time out of the limelight but that will not stop the Blues from making an informal approach.

4.15pm: Chelsea have ended their interest in Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues are widely expected to replace Antonio Conte this summer but Sarri is no longer in the running.

Sky Sports claim his problems with the Italian football authorities have put Chelsea off.

The most recent issue saw Sarri fined €20,000 and handed a two-game ban for alleged homophobic abuse of former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

The Napoli boss denied the charge but was banned as a result of ‘directing extremely insulting epithets at the coach of the opposing team’.

3.25pm: Manchester United should sign Gareth Bale because he’s capable of performing in big games, says Gary Neville.

“I’ve got a lot of admiration for him as a player,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I’d like to see Messi play for United or Ronaldo or Neymar or all these players, but the reality is they’ve got to want to come to the club.

“That’s the first question that needs to be asked.

“If he wants to come to United then absolutely, yes, because he’s a fantastic player and he is a game changer.

“For me every top club is looking for that player who is the difference, who can turn the big games.”

2pm: Neymar has reportedly agreed to join Real Madrid on one condition.

Los Blancos are in the market for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane resigned yesterday, just five days after securing his third consecutive Champions League title.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be Real’s number one choice despite recently signing a new contract tying him to the club until 2023.

But reports in Spain suggest that Neymar does not want to work under the Argentine.

According to Don Balon, a Spanish outlet famous for its outlandish transfer claims, the 26-year-old wants Real to hire Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp or Germany’s Joachim Low.

The report claims that Neymar thinks Pochettino is an amateur and does not have nearly enough managerial pedigree to manage a club like Real. 

12pm: Real Madrid have reportedly set their asking price for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reports in Spain have suggested that Ronaldo is desperate to leave following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation yesterday.

And according to Don Balon, a Spanish outlet famous for its outlandish transfer claims, Real have slapped a huge price tag on their talisman.

It’s reported that it will take an offer of €200m (£175m) to tempt the La Liga giants into selling.

It would be the second most expensive transfer in history behind Neymar’s move to PSG last summer.

10.20am: Nabil Fekir is wanted by Liverpool this summer – but Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is not prepared to let him go on the cheap.

French outlet L’Equipe say Lyon owner Aulas still has a trick up his sleeve to drive the maximum return he can on the player.

He’s keen to spark a bidding war for his prize asset.

It’s claimed his plan is to wait until at the World Cup to sell Fekir.

9am: Cristiano Ronaldo wants to return to Manchester United to play under Jose Mourinho, according to Fabio Capello.

He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s future with Real Madrid? Cristiano wants to return to Manchester United alongside Mourinho.

“I think he will eventually leave Madrid to go back to England. When? This I don’t know.

“If Ronaldo leaves Madrid, Real will have to replace him. (Robert) Lewandowski could be an option.”

8am: Liverpool are reportedly still looking to sign long-term target Thomas Lemar – but will be forced to smash their transfer record to land him.

With Jurgen Klopp and co eager to complete a major transfer spending spree this summer, it seems Lemar is still a top target for the Anfield giants.

Transfer outlet TMW report that the 22-year-old winger will be the subject of another major bid from Liverpool.

The France international, who is set to star at the upcoming World Cup, is under contract at Monaco until June 2020.

And it is said that only a bid in excess of £102m would convince the Ligue 1 side into selling this summer.

7am: Man Utd will reportedly attempt to sign Toby Alderweireld this week and have outlined their financial plan to do so.

The Spurs ace has been touted to leave the north London club in recent weeks after a breakdown in contract talks.

It is thought there is also a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on the cheap next season.

And rather than lose out, Tottenham owner Daniel Levy looks set to cash in now on a player that is clearly unsettled.

The Sun report that Jose Mourinho will set aside £50m for the Belgium international as well as offering him a huge contract.

6am: Gareth Bale has been reportedly been told to choose between either Manchester United or Bayern Munich this summer window as he prepares to exit Real Madrid.

United have been alerted to his availability, but a host of European clubs have also registered an interest – including German giants Bayern.

And according to El Confidencial, Bale is being made to choose one of these top European clubs.

5am: Chelsea will reportedly ask Zinedine Zidane to jump straight back into management after his shock resignation at Real Madrid.

The Stamford Bridge side are in a managerial mess at the moment, with Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri involved.

The Blues finished fifth in the Premier League, missing out on Champions League football, and made a poor showing in Europe.

But The Sun are now reporting that the Stamford Bridge club are prepared to walk away from that situation and ask Zidane to take over instead.

12am: John Terry looks set to join Frank Lampard at Derby, Starsport can exclusively reveal.

The former Chelsea captain has recently left Aston Villa after they failed to clinch promotion.

And Lampard has been revealed this week as the new Rams head coach in his first venture into his managerial career.

The duo were highly successful during their time at the Blues, winning three Premier League trophies, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League.

Thursday May 31

– Manchester City are set to complete the signings of Jorginho from Napoli and Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

– The futures of Gareth Balr and Cristiano Ronaldo have been thrown into more doubt after manager Zinedine Zidane quit Real Madrid earlier today

– Robert Lewandowski is wanted by Chelsea after asking to leave Bayern Munich

– Liverpool have made an offer of €60m (£52.68m) for Lyon star Nabil Fekir, report French outlet Le Parisien

– Arsenal have won the race for talented youngster Yacine Adli, The Mirror report

10.20pm: Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma could be heading out on loan again this summer.

The French centre-back spent last season at Stoke and is now wanted by Turkish side Bursaspor.

9.40pm: Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are keen on Liverpool target Nabil Fekir – and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to spark a bidding war for his services.

L’Equipe claim Aulas is ready to wait until after the World Cup to sell Fekir, in the hope the trio will all try to out-do each other with offers for his prized asset.

9pm: Alisson does NOT have an agreement in place with Real Madrid.

That’s according to the Roma goalkeeper’s agent, Ze Maria Neis.

“The fact that he already has an agreement with Real Madrid is completely wrong,” he said on Italian TV network Premium Sport.

8.25pm: Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to STAY at Real Madrid – by departing manager Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane revealed this afternoon that he’s stepping down after three straight Champions League wins, but AS say he’s told Ronaldo not to follow him out of the door at the Bernabeu.

7.30pm: Nabil Fekir WILL sign for Liverpool, according to L’Equipe journalist Erik Bielderman.

“We do believe that it [Fekir’s move to Liverpool] is going to happen,” he told TalkSPORT.

“I’m not going to tell you it’s going to happen on a very short basis but it should because it seems quite obvious from the Lyon camp and the Fekir camp, Liverpool is really the first choice.”

6.30pm: Could Chelsea hijack Liverpool’s bid to sign Roma star Alisson this summer?

With Thibaut Courtois now looking set for an exit this summer, getting a replacement on board is the next objective for the club.

Liverpool like Brazil international Alisson, but Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio claims the Blues could go for him too.

5.45pm: Arsenal manager Unai Emery will hold talks with Jack Wilshere in the next week to discuss his future.

Wilshere is out of contract this summer and new contract has been signed.

But Emery is ready to chat with the midfield man about what happens next as he gets down to business at the Emirates.

5.15pm: Manchester United are ready to complete the signing of Porto star Diogo Dalot today – by upping their offer.

According to The Times, Old Trafford chiefs fear a number of rival clubs are preparing to hijack their swoop.

It is claimed Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are willing to activate Dalot’s buy-out clause.

And United are set to react to the mounting interest by increasing their offer to around £19m in the coming hours.

4.40pm: Liverpool are shopping around for a new goalkeeper, and could turn attention to Barcelona’s No.2.

Dutchman Jasper Cillessen has played backup to Marc-Andre ter Stegen since arriving from Ajax, and could now be snapped up by the Reds, report Mundo Deportivo.

4pm: Thibaut Courtois looks set for a Chelsea exit after the club gave up on negotiating a new contract with him.


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