Everton in talks to sign former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore

Everton & Lyon’s Bertrand Traore

French broadcasters Telefoot have broken a fresh story on Sunday: Everton are in talks with Lyon over Bertrand Traore.

Now 23, Bertrand Traore is under contract at Lyon until 2022.

Last season Traore made 34 appearances for OL in Ligue 1, scoring seven goals and contributing three assists.

In total, Traore scored 11 goals in 48 matches in all competitions in 2018-19.

So what do we know about the Everton & Bertrand Traore story?

Very little.

All Telefoot report is that “according to our information, OL is currently discussing the transfer of Bertrand Traore with Everton.”

There’s no mention of Traore’s price tag, nor any details about his possible contract with Everton.

Bertrand Traore & Chelsea

Bertrand Traore has history in the Premier League, having formerly signed for Chelsea.

Chelsea signed Traore when he was under 18-years-old, as the Blues paid £400,000 for the Burkina Faso forward.

However, Traore’s time at Chelsea contributed to the current transfer embargo placed on the Blues.

As previously revealed by Mediaset, the way Chelsea signed Traore breached FIFA guidelines on signing teenagers.

Will Lyon sell Bertrand Traore to Everton?

Lyon are known for being something of a selling club in France.

Previously Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette from OL, while Tottenham may land Tanguy Ndombele this summer. (More here.)

Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy has joined Real Madrid from Lyon for 48 million euros.

So do Lyon need to sell Traore to Everton? One suspects the French club aren’t under much financial pressure to make the deal happen.

Everton’s striker search

From Everton’s perspective, does Traore fit the bill as the club look for fresh attacking options in 2019-20?

On Sunday, the Liverpool Echo have confirmed Everton’s next target:

Everton are in the market to sign a new forward this summer as Marcel Brands and Marco Silva look to enhance the squad ahead of next season.

Everton have already signed Andre Gomes from Barcelona.

Also see: How Everton could line up in the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Everton open talks for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma – Telegraph.

Tanguy Ndombele’s transfer to Tottenham is happening, deal ‘close’ – Telefoot

Tanguy Ndombele’s transfer to Tottenham

Tottenham are on the verge of signing Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.

That’s according to French broadcasters Telefoot. TF1 have reported:

Tanguy Ndombele will go in the direction of London (to join Tottenham).

So when will Tanguy Ndombele actually sign for Spurs?

Telefoot are a little hazier on the specific timetable of the Ndombele transfer.

They simply report the deal is “near” and “close”, adding that talks between Spurs and Lyon are set to continue “in the coming days “.

Will Ndombele complete his transfer to Tottenham this week? Fans are likely to have to remain patient.

 

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How much will Ndombele cost Tottenham?

Telefoot are now claiming Tottenham will pay Lyon 63 million euros for 24-year-old Ndombele.

TF1 add that that figure includes bonuses.

In return, the French international midfielder will sign a five-year contract with Spurs.

Tanguy Ndombele has spoken to Telefoot about Tottenham

Earlier in the month, Telefoot ran an interview with Ndombele which touched on links to Tottenham.

Telefoot pressed Ndombele on his thoughts about Spurs, and on the possibility of him switching clubs this summer. He replied:

Yes, it’s true Tottenham is a great team, it’s a big club.

They finished fourth in a big championship, and are finalists in the Champions League.

It’s a big club, like others. Which player wouldn’t be interested in a big club?

Also see: Kieran Trippier’s Juventus move hinges on Man City’s transfer business.

Vitaly Uncensored & Kinsey Wolanski: What happened to the Liverpool vs Tottenham Champions League streaker.

David Moyes’ Manchester United contract has finally expired

David Moyes & Manchester United

June 30, 2019.

Today’s the day when David Moyes’s six-year contract with Manchester United ends.

To recap, Moyes was appointed as Man United’s manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

Moyes moved to Old Trafford from Everton, while the Red Devils handed the Scot a massive long-term deal.

In the end, Moyes only lasted ten months at the Theatre of Dreams.

Put another way, Moyes had 5 years, 2 months and 8 days to run on his Man United contract before he was let-go.

Ryan Giggs replaced Moyes as Man United’s interim manager.

In total Moyes was in charge for 51 matches at Old Trafford.

United won 27 games, drew 9 and lost 15. Moyes left Man United with a 52.9% win record.

Stormzy vs David Moyes

British rapper Stormzy was the headline act on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Friday night.

During his set, Stormzy, a massive Man United fan, referenced David Moyes.

It’s fair to say that Stormzy wasn’t impressed by what Moyes achieved during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

More social media reactions

The end of David Moyes’ six-year Man United contract has triggered plenty of social media chat.

Enjoy the best tweets below.

Also see: Man United & David de Gea: Confirmed contract offer & the problem with Alexis Sanchez’s wages.

of the 2019/20 season.

Manchester United 2019-20: Premier League fixture list & live streaming details.

Man United & David de Gea: Confirmed contract offer & the problem with Alexis Sanchez’s wages

Man United & David de Gea: Confirmed contract offer

Writing in the Sunday Times, reporter Duncan Castles has this weekend confirmed that Manchester United have offered goalie David De Gea a new deal.

Readers are told the following in the broadsheet:

Manchester United have made an improved contract offer to David de Gea in an attempt to secure the Spain international to a new long-term deal ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full campaign as manager.

The Sunday Times confirm that Man United’s contract offer was made last week.

That’s after De Gea’s representatives met United executives in London.

Alexis Sanchez’s wages

Sadly for Man United, De Gea hasn’t signed the new Man United offer.

Why? Because the Spanish international, who is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season, is reportedly unhappy with the financial terms.

The Sunday Times note that De Gea wants to be paid the same money as Alexis Sanchez:

De Gea has asked for his status as Old Trafford’s most productive player to be rewarded with the same net salary as United handed Alexis Sanchez in January 2018. 

To be clear, the Sunday Times fail to detail the terms of De Gea’s contract offer.

Put another way, fans remain in the dark about how much less Man United have offered their keeper compared to their Chilean forward.

Chile’s Alexis Sanchez & Copa America

Alexis Sanchez scored the crucial penalty for Chile to fire them into the semifinals of the Copa America.

Chile beat Colombia 5-4 on penalties after the sides drew 0-0.

Chile will now face Peru, while Brazil take on Argentina in the other semifinal.

 

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Also see: Predicting Man United’s starting XI for their first Premier League game of the 2019/20 season.

Manchester United 2019-20: Premier League fixture list & live streaming details.

Wolves set to sign Brentford’s Ezri Konsa

Wolves & Brentford’s Ezri Konsa

There’s a new name for Wolves fans to research on Sunday: Ezri Konsa.

According to the Sunday Times, Wolves are closing in on signing Konsa from Brentford this summer.

Who is Ezri Konsa?

Ezri Konsa is a 21-year-old centre-back.

Last season Konsa played 42 matches for Brentford in the Championship, scoring once.

This summer Konsa was part of the England U21 squad who struggled to impress at the Euros.

Konsa only made one appearance at the Euros, coming on as a sub in the 3-3 draw against Croatia.

The defender, who joined Brentford from Charlton in 2018 for around 2.5 million pounds, is under contract with the Bees until 2021.

Moreover, Brentford have an option to extend the deal by 12 months.

How much will Wolves pay Brentford for Konsa?

The Sunday Times report that Konsa is set to join Wolves for 12 million pounds.

Pointing out the obvious, that’s a terrific piece of business from Brentford who are set to make around 10 million pounds profit on the centre-half.

Unfortunately, the Sunday Times fail to detail how long Konsa’s expected contract with Wolves will be, nor any details of the financial package being offered to the player.

Also left blank is a timeframe for when Wolves can expect to wrap up the Konsa transfer.

Wolves & Europa League

Wolves start their 2019-20 season early.

Indeed, in less than a month, Wolves return to action in their Europa League qualifier.

Wolves come up against Northern Irish outfit Crusaders on Thursday 25th July at Molineux before an away second leg on Thursday 1st August.

Wolves start their 2019-20 Premier League campaign with an away trip to Midlands rivals Leicester on August 11.

Also see: Wolves 2019-20: Premier League fixture list & live streaming details.

Wolves & Leicester interested in Angers forward Stephane Bahoken – L’Equipe.

Frank Lampard would welcome Alvaro Morata back at Chelsea/Player wants Atleti stay – MD

As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Frank Lampard, who is expected to be named as the new Chelsea boss imminently, is open to the idea of Alvaro Morata returning to the club for next season.

Atleti switch

On the back of a disappointing opening half to the 2018/19 season, Spanish striker Morata made a return to his home country in January, when he joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal.

The 26-year-old subsequently went on to notch a respectable 6 goals and 1 assist across 15 La Liga outings.

As such, all signs have since pointed to Atleti attempting to make Morata’s move permanent.

A report from the Telegraph last night, though, suggested that Chelsea will not make it easy for Diego Simeone’s men to do so.

Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid

SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 03: Alvaro Morata of Club Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 03, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Blues are said to be demanding that Los Rojiblancos stump up £50 million this summer, or risk Chelsea cutting their hitman’s stint at the Wanda Metropolitano short.

This claim is based around the fact that the English giants will be unable to sign any new players this summer, amid their UEFA-imposed transfer ban.

Lampard wants Morata?

And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, Morata would be welcomed back to Stamford Bridge with open arms by prospective new boss Frank Lampard.

On the back of weeks of speculation, Blues’ legend Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Stamford Bridge imminently.

And the 40-year-old is seemingly already running the rule over his potential Chelsea squad, with Lampard open to the idea of counting on Morata for next season.

Crucially, however, the Spaniard himself is not keen on a return to London.

Willian expresses excitement over prospect of Chelsea appointing ‘legend’ Frank Lampard

Chelsea have ‘not given up hope’ of new Hudson-Odoi deal amid renewed Bayern interest

Daniel Levy offers Real Madrid Christian Eriksen, Tottenham willing to accept €70m. Los Blancos say ‘no’

Daniel Levy offers Real Madrid Christian Eriksen

According to Spanish paper Marca, Tottenham dealmaker Daniel Levy has offered Real Madrid the chance to sign Christian Eriksen.

The way Marca tell the story, Levy has called up Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez to offer the Dane to Los Blancos.

So why would Tottenham do that?

Marca claim Eriksen, who is out of contract in 2020, is refusing to sign a new deal with Spurs.

Facing the prospect of Eriksen leaving the club in twelve months as a free agent, Levy has decided to sell the playmaker now.

Eriksen’s price tag plummets

In another key piece of information reported by Marca, Eriksen’s price tag appears to be falling sharply. Readers are told:

While Tottenham wanted 150 million euros for the player in the summer of 2018, now their objective is to bring in at least 70m euros.

Real Madrid say ‘no’

But the story ends badly for Tottenham and Daniel Levy.

Painting the Spurs powerbroker out to be in a weak position, Marca reveal:

Real Madrid aren’t currently planning to accept the offer, but that could change if they fail to land Paul Pogba or Donny van de Beek.

Eriksen’s family house hunting in Madrid

How does Marca’s story pair up with the Times’s report on Eriksen on Saturday.

The Times revealed that Eriksen’s family have already begun house hunting in Madrid:

Christian Eriksen’s family members have been seen looking for a house in Madrid, where the Denmark playmaker would like to move this summer.

The Times value Eriksen at 100 million pounds.

Also see: Kyle Walker-Peters a Crystal Palace target & Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon & Tanguy Ndombele updates

Jack Clarke & Tottenham: Leeds to secure sell-on clause & right of first loan

Former Arsenal midfielder urges club to sell Mesut Ozil/keep hold of Lucas Torreira

One-time Arsenal star Jimmy Carter has this afternoon provided his take on the respective futures of Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal come up short

A frustrating debut campaign for Unai Emery in north London came to a close late last month, when Arsenal took on Chelsea in the Europa League final.

After finishing in 5th-place in the Premier League table, the capital giants required a victory over their rivals to secure a much-needed spot in next season’s Champions League.

The latest in a string of underwhelming performances over the final weeks of the campaign, though, eventually culminated in a heavy 4-1 defeat for the Gunners in Baku.

Arsenal’s limited funds

As such, Arsenal are set to ply their trade in European club football’s second-tier for the 3rd-straight season in 2019/20.

Not only does this come as a blow to the capital outfit’s hopes of luring top talent to the club this summer, but it also severely restricts the funds available to Unai Emery.

If reports are to be believed, then the Spanish tactician has just £40 million at his disposal to secure new players over the coming months.

As a result, another frustrating summer may well lay in store for Arsenal’s loyal fanbase.

‘Move on or step up’

One option to raise funds would of course be to part with some of the club’s star players, with former Gunners’ midfielder/winger Jimmy Carter having this afternoon provided his take on potential outgoings from the Emirates this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Goal, Carter first revealed his opinion that finding a new club for Mesut Ozil should be viewed as a priority:

‘He has to either be moved on or he needs to step up next season and show he is a top player in Europe.’

‘You need some creativity in there, Ozil has to be moved on as he looks disinterested. At the moment, he is not showing that [he is interested]. If I was the manager and got offered good money for him, then I would take it straight away.’

The 53-year-old continued:

‘I grew up an Arsenal fan. They have massive rebuilding problems. They need to recruit and recruit well. They have problems at the back, Sokratis and Mustafi are not good enough and need to go and Monreal is not a centre-half. He is a decent left back at best. Centre-back needs addressing.’

‘Another chance’

On Arsenal’s midfield problems, Carter added that Granit Xhaka ‘isn’t good enough’ to ply his trade for the club, before providing his backing to Lucas Torreira, amid heavy links between the Uruguayan and Serie A giants AC Milan:

‘Midfield needs strengthening as losing Aaron Ramsey is complete madness to Juventus. Torreira, give him another chance; he is decent and tenacious. Xhaka is very inconsistent. I don’t think he is good enough for Arsenal.’

‘I don’t think it was a perfect season for Torreira. He started the season very well but he seemed to tire as it went on. He has the World Cup so I think that took its toll later on in the season for him.’

‘I think what you get with Torreira is that he sticks his foot in, makes it difficult for the opposition and he is going to be tenacious. That’s what you get from him, he isn’t going to create a lot but he scored a great goal in the North London derby.’

‘He is not the most creative player. I would give him another year unless he is really unsettled and he wants to move to AC Milan.’

‘If he tells Unai Emery he wants to go back to Italy then Arsenal could let him go but then he would need replacing. You can’t sell everyone.’

Arsenal interested in AS Monaco winger Keita Balde – Sky

Wilfried Zaha ‘pleads with’ Crystal Palace to reach Arsenal agreement

Aston Villa agree deal for Southampton defender Matt Targett

As per a report from Sam Wallace of the Telegraph, Premier League newcomers Aston Villa have found an agreement with Southampton over the signing of defender Matt Targett.

Villa seal Premier League return

Dean Smith’s Villa went head-to-head with Derby County in the Championship playoff final late last month.

The Villans booked their spot in the showpiece courtesy of a nail-biting penalty shootout victory over fierce rivals West Brom.

Frank Lampard’s Derby, meanwhile, advanced to the playoff finale courtesy of a stunning second-leg comeback win over Leeds United.

When all was said and done at Wembley, though, only one side could seal a return to English football’s top-tier, with an entertaining affair having eventually seen Villa emerge victorious.

Anwar El Ghazi’s stooping header put the Claret and Blue ahead on the stroke of half-time, before John McGinn capitalized on a poor piece of goalkeeping from Kelle Roos to double their advantage.

Martyn Waghorn did manage to pull one back for Derby 10 minutes from time to set up a tense close to proceedings, but, in the end, Villa held on.

Villa clearout

As such, Dean Smith’s side will be plying their trade back in the Premier League next season for the first time since 2015/16.

The board at Villa Park, though, evidently felt as though their squad required a major overhaul this summer, in order to compete with English football’s top clubs.

This was confirmed when the Villans released a hefty 8 players at the beginning of the month:

On the arrival front, meanwhile, to this point, Wesley and Jota have been added to Dean Smith’s squad, while the respective loans of Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause have been made permanent.

Southampton stopper

And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of Sam Wallace of the Telegraph this afternoon, Villa’s latest signing now appears imminent.

The player set to join the top-flight returnees is Southampton defender Matt Targett.

Former English youth international Targett managed 13 Premier League starts at St. Mary’s this past season, notching a goal and 3 assists in the process.

However, the versatile full-back/wing-back, who can also play in midfield, sits firmly behind Ryan Bertrand in the left-back pecking order of Ralph Hasenhüttl, meaning game-time would no doubt prove tough to come by once again next season.

As such, in a beneficial move for all parties involved, Targett looks set to depart Southampton over the coming days.

The highly-regarded 23-year-old is on the verge of a move to Villa Park, after a deal with the potential to rise to £17 million was agreed this morning:

Southampton, meanwhile, are set to reinvest the funds raised courtesy of Targett’s sale in the purchase of Birmingham City striker Che Adams:

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Official: Manchester United sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace

Wan-Bissaka impresses for Crystal Palace

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was thrust into Crystal Palace’s senior side at the back end of the 2017/18 season.

Some bad injury look in the Eagles’ defence led to Roy Hodgson calling up the Palace youth product to help fill the void at right-back.

The now 21-year-old had an extremely tough start to life in Crystal Palace’s senior side.

His debut game was against Tottenham, and Wan-Bissaka’s ensuing two outings came against Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, the young Englishman made it through that gruelling start, going on to cement himself as Palace’s main right-back.

Wan-Bissaka would play 39 games across all competitions this past season, in which he assisted four.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Man United finally announce Wan-Bissaka

After such an impressive campaign with Crystal Palace, Wan-Bissaka caught the eye of Manchester United.

With Antonio Valencia departing and Ashley Young 33, United did look to be in the market for a new full-back.

Now, on Saturday the 29th of June, the Red Devils have officially announced the signing of AWB.

The youngster is believed to have cost United a staggering £50 million.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also spoken out about Wan-Bissaka’s signing:

“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.” As quoted by Manchester United’s official website.

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