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    PEP GUARDIOLA is predicting an "amazing decade" ahead for Manchester City after signing his new two year deal. The former Barcelona coach – who was into the final seven months of his existing deal – has now committed until summer 2025. 2Pep Guardiola is ready to fight for more trophiesCredit: PA He held talks with the club hierarchy in Abu Dhabi over the weekend and agreed to stay on as he still feels there is more they can achieve together. SunSport reported on November 7 he would be talking to the club's hierarchy during the World Cup break.  And City announced the agreement on Wednesday morning - which will be a huge boost when the domestic season resumes next season.  Guardiola said: “I am so pleased to be staying at Manchester City for another two years. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Cristiano Ronaldo to BREAK silence, Kane's ankle scan, Spain build up “I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at the club for trusting me. I am happy and comfortable, and I have everything I need to do...
    CHELSEA have appointed Southampton's Joe Shields as their new director of recruitment. The Blues have reshaped both their hierarchy and transfer strategy following Todd Boehly’s takeover. 1Joe Shields is Chelsea's new director of recruitmentCredit: Twitter Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech have all left Chelsea so far. Now the West Londoners have brought in Shields from Southampton after his impressive work at Saints and Manchester City before them. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl let slip the news in his pre-West Ham press conference, saying: "He came in August and he left in October. "It’s not a big loss for this club because the impact he had in the six weeks was not the biggest. READ MORE FOOTBALL NEWSBIG BUST-UP Graphic showing biggest clubs in England divides fans with controversial picks "We are not in the situation where we fall into depression.” The Blues’ new owner is believed to have been particularly impressed with the signing of Romeo Lavia, who moved to St Mary's from City last summer. Lavia arrived with three other young talents Juan Larios, Sam Edozie and...
    CHELSEA have smashed the British spending record for a transfer window following the signing of £70million man Wesley Fofana from Leciester City. Fofana, 21, joins the Stamford Bridge club on a seven-year contract. 1Fofana joins Chelsea on a long-term contractCredit: Reuters Before the arrival of the Frenchman, Chelsea had already shelled out £193.1m on players. And their spending will now stand at £263m following the arrival of the centre-back. On the move, he said: "The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. "I trained this morning with the team and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to start playing games for the fans and the club. READ MORE ON CHELSEAChelsea news Fofana ANNOUNCED, Neymar 'offered' to Blues, £77m Gvardiol deal "I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. "I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that." More to follow... Most read in SportCHEER SQUAD How much do NFL cheerleaders make?SISTER...
    WEST HAM have completed the £36.4million signing of Brazil international Lucas Paqueta in a deal rising to £51m. The midfielder, who joins from French club Lyon, is David Moyes' eighth signing of a huge summer at the London Stadium. Born in Brazil, but now East London is his home.Bem-vindo, @LucasPaqueta97! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/N5AaDQROPD— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 29, 2022 1Lucas Paqueta has joined West Ham from Lyon in a deal rising to £51millionCredit: Getty He has signed a five-year deal with the option of another year. Paqueta, 25, faced the Hammers as they knocked Lyon out of the Europa League last season and has long been a target for Prem clubs - with Arsenal having been keen in recent years. The deal, including add-ons, could rise to as much as £51million over the coming years. Paqueta told West Ham's website: “I am extremely happy to be here. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news Ronaldo to Chelsea 'talks', Liverpool 'verbally agree' Bellingham Jan deal "I hope it’s the beginning of an enjoyable journey. "I hope my time here is successful. “Last season,...
    NEWCASTLE have confirmed the club-record signing of Alexnader Isak from Real Sociedad in a deal rising to £63million. SunSport reported earlier in the week how the Magpies had struck a deal with the Spanish side to bring the Swedish striker to St James' Park. ✍️ Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.Welcome, Alex! ????????⚫️⚪️— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 26, 2022 And now the Toon have officially unveiled the arrival of the 22-year-old on a long-term contract. His transfer smashes their previous record fees of £40m which they paid to sign Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes. Isak is now expected to go straight into Eddie Howe's starting XI in Sunday's away clash against Wolves at Molineux. Speaking to Newcastle's website, Isak said: "I'm delighted to have it done. It was a big, big decision for me but it is a decision I am really happy with. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news Cristiano Ronaldo in SHOCK Napoli twist, Newcastle CONFIRM Isak signingTHE AXE FACTOR Ten Hag ruthlessly axed Ronaldo in front of Man Utd squad...
    Getty Samuel Umtiti trains with Barcelona. Barcelona center-back Samuel Umtiti appears to be close to a Camp Nou exit before the transfer window closes at the end of August, with Serie A side Lecce interested in the World Cup winner. Club president Saverio Sticchi Damiani has told DAZN that reports linking the Italian side with the defender are true but a deal is not quite agreed yet, as reported by Diario Sport. He said, “We have been evaluating the signing of Umtiti for a long time. There is a negotiation with FC Barcelona, ​​but there is still a lot to talk about.” Umtiti will move to Lecce on a season-long loan, according to reporter Gianluca Di Marzio. Barcelona will pay the center-back’s entire salary but “will receive bonuses linked to the player’s appearances.” The Frenchman has opted to move to Lecce because he “wants to become a coach and wants to learn about Italian football and the tactics.” Lecce are back in Serie A this season after a seven-year absence but have lost both of their opening games...
    DIEGO CARLOS has ruptured his Achilles tendon as Aston Villa sent an emotional message to the £26million signing. The defender suffered the injury late on in his side's 2-1 win against Everton and was immediately sent to hospital for a scan. Villa have now revealed the extent of Carlos's injury online and wished the Brazilian a speedy recovery. They tweeted: "Aston Villa can confirm Diego Carlos has ruptured his Achilles tendon. We're all with you, Diego." MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Sportback to the future Nottingham Forest turn up at Newcastle with NO SPONSOR... here's whyWANDA BRA Wanda cheekily edits boob pic to avoid ban as Icardi 'closes on Utd move'NOSEY PARKER Watch ex-UFC champ Cruz suffer horrific broken nose thanks to brutal head kickKAY DAY Kay Adams lands new job on commercial after leaving Good Morning Football
    A MATCH was abandoned when a young player collapsed in the centre circle. Chippenham defender Pablo Martinez, 21, received emergency treatment ffrom his physio during Saturday's National League South clash at home to Chelmsford. MATCH ABANDONED: Chippenham Town vs Chelmsford City We can confirm that @pablojm78has been stabilised and is breathing. Everyone at the club would like to wish Pablo in his recovery.#BlueArmy ????— Chippenham Town FC (@ChipTownFC) August 13, 2022 Fans on social media praised the physio's prompt action. And soon after the fixture was called off Chippenham posted: "We can confirm that @pablojm78 has been stabilised and is breathing. Everyone at the club would like to wish Pablo in his recovery. Oxford-born Martinez is a former Wales Under-17 and U-19 international who joined this summer from Bristol Rovers. Most read in SportCAN I KICK IT? Conor hints at UFC return setback as he can't kick to his 'absolute' level'SWEET KA-CHING MUSIC McMahon paid Shawn Michaels $750,000 salary to sit at home FOUR YEARS'IT CHANGED ME' Bodybuilder ‘Freakenstein’ reveals what he saw when he died for one...
    DIEGO COSTA is edging closer to a return to Europe as reports suggests Rayo Vallecano have got their main. The former Chelsea striker last played for Atletico Mineiro in 2021 after leaving Atletico Madrid in 2020. 1Costa last played for Atletico Mineiro at the end of 2021Credit: Getty The deal to bring him back to Spain now appears all but done with the 33-year-old hoping he can terrorise La Liga defenders all over again. The move would mean he would also reunite with fellow attacker Radamel Falcao, with the pair sharing a dressing room briefly at Chelsea and more memorably at Atletico Madrid where they formed a formidable frontline. Falcao signed for the Spanish club a year ago and it means that mid-table Rayo Vallecano now have two strikers who were among the most feared in Europe over the last decade. Marca report that the deal is done and will be announced soon. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Goncalo Ramos to Newcastle, Man Utd and Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong battle They say the negotiations were...
    ARTHUR OKONKWO has become the first of up to THREE Arsenal keepers to leave this summer. Crewe Alexandra signed the Gunners' academy product, 21, on loan for their first season back down in League Two. Good luck, Arthur ????— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 29, 2022 1Arthur Okonkwo is swapping Arsenal U-23s for League Two with CreweCredit: Getty Germany stopper Bernd Leno is tipped for an £8milion move to Premeir League newcomers Fulham. And Alex Runarsson could make it three Arsenal keepers departing by September. The Iceland ace has been linked with Danish champs  FC Copenhagen after two disappointing years at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsdale replaced Leno as Mikel Arteta's No1 choice early last term. FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS And now boss Arteta has brought in USA keeper Matt Turner as back-up. Okonkwo is the first to go - yet he is the one who the Gunners believe can eventually make a first-team breakthrough. Selling the Londoner this transfer window was out of the question. Instead the Gunners "look forward to seeing his continued development" - with Crewe rather than in Under-23s football....
    CHELSEA have been dealt a blow over their pursuit of Jules Kounde as Barcelona announce that a deal has been struck for the Sevilla defender. It appears that the medical and paperwork is the only hurdle between the centre-back officially being unveiled as a Barcelona player. 1Kounde is edging closer to officially being a Barcelona playerCredit: @FCBarcelona It will bring to an end a long chase from the London club to land the centre-back. They have been locked in battle with Barcelona for weeks and it one stage it appeared that Thomas Tuchel's side had gotten the job done. But an announcement and tweet this evening from the Catalan club have made clear that Kounde is edging closer to the Nou Camp. In a statement, they say a deal has been agreed in principle for the 23-year-old. The statement adds that the medical and signing of contracts are the final steps before the signing can be officially confirmed. They also give a description of the abilities they believe the Frenchman will bring to the...
    BORUSSIA DORTMUND are searching for a short-term replacement for Sebastien Haller as he begins treatment for a testicular tumour. The 28-year-old former West Ham striker joined the Bundesliga giants from Ajax for £27million earlier this summer. 3Haller is beginning his treatment after Dortmund detected a tumourCredit: Instagram But during training last Monday he complained about feeling unwell, before examinations showed a tumour. Haller shared a picture from his hospital bed three days later as he confirmed the first step of his treatment had been completed. But, understandably, Dortmund have now revealed that the Ivory Coast international will be sidelined for a while. Speaking about the situation, the club's sporting director Sebastian Kehl said: "Sebastien was operated on last week. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Ronaldo set for new Man Utd deal and loan, Chelsea line up shock Kane bid "We asked for patience at the time. The therapy is currently being discussed. "Sebastien will be out for a few months but once we can be more precise about that we will communicate it." As a result, Dortmund are instantly looking...
    BAYERN MUNICH have confirmed they will not be signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer but have admitted their interest in Harry Kane. The wantaway Manchester United striker is desperate to leave the club and Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn confirmed the club did think about signing him. 2Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was considered by Bayern but they have decided he doesn't match their needsCredit: AFP 2Harry Kane is a player the Bundesliga champions like but a deal appears unlikelyCredit: Getty He told Bild: "We discussed about Cristiano Ronaldo internally - I consider him one of greatest footballers ever. "Then we came to conclusion that despite appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit into our philosophy in the current situation." Bayern Munich are in the market for a centre-forward this summer after Robert Lewandowski made the switch to Barcelona for £42.5million. The Bundesliga club have had an interest in Tottenham star Harry Kane all summer and Kahn refused to deny claims they are still in for him. READ MORE TRANSFER NEWSGET YOUR GOSS Suarez's Nacional pre-agreement, de Jong...
    ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI is finally an official Barcelona player as the club confirmed his transfer from Bayern Munich. But the deal was overshadowed by Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann launching a stinging attack on the Catalan club. 4Robert Lewandowski has been confirmed as a Barcelona playerCredit: Instagram @fcbarcelona 4He signed a four-year contract at the Nou Camp with a £426m release clauseCredit: Instagram @fcbarcelona Lewandowski, 33, forced through an exit from the Allianz Arena and has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Nou Camp. The transfer sees Barca pay £38million with a further £4m in add-ons. His release clause has been set at a staggering £426m should anyone try and buy the Polish international. Barca agreed a deal three days ago and now Lewandowski has flown to Miami to meet his new team-mates and successfully passed his medical. Most read in SportRIC ROLLED Ric Flair left BLOODIED in crazy parking lot brawl after announcing final matchCENTER STAGE Meet Kourtney Kellar, the stunning NBA Wag who was chatted by by Jake PaulSMACK DOWN Mark Henry...
    BAYERN MUNICH have confirmed the signing of defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. The 22-year-old Holland international had been heavily linked with Chelsea after talks over a new deal with Juve broke down. 2Bayern confirmed the news with pictures of De Ligt in the German champions' kitCredit: FC Bayern Munich via Instagram / @fcbayern 2The Dutchman is thrilled to have secured a move to Bayern MunichCredit: FC Bayern Munich via Instagram / @fcbayern But he has now snubbed the Blues in favour of sealing a transfer to the German champions - a deal which runs until 2027. Speaking about the move, he told the club website: "I'm very happy to become a player for this great club. "FC Bayern are the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and in the world. "I felt the genuine appreciation from the sporting management, the coach and the board right from the start, which convinced me. READ MORE ON CHELSEACHELSEA LATEST Pavard £30m deal lined up, Kounde £47m signing AGREED "On top of that, FC Bayern is...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have announced the £55million signing of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. The Red Devils have beaten off interest from Prem rivals Arsenal to secure the centre-back's signature. 2Lisandro Martinez has joined Man UnitedCredit: Getty Martinez, 24, played under boss Erik ten Hag for three years in Amsterdam and will now link up with him again at Old Trafford. Arsenal made an initial bid of around £34m, before United came in with an improved offer just shy of £40m. Eventually the Red Devils were able to settle upon paying an initial £46.8m fee, which is set to rise to £55m with add-ons. Agreeing personal terms with the Argentine proved to be straightforward. Read More Man Utd NewsUNITED LATEST Martinez announcement IMMINENT, Bayern REJECT Ronaldo Martinez jetted into Manchester to complete his medical on Friday. He posted a picture onboard a private jet heading for Manchester alongside his agent Christian Bragarnik after being spotted by fans at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. The 5ft 9in ace is known as a ball-playing defender and is set to play an integral part in Ten Hag's...
    BAYERN MUNICH have NO interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer despite Robert Lewandowski's departure. Boss Julian Nagelsmann had rejected reports of interest in the wantaway Manchester United superstar in a chat with German football expert Christian Falk. 1Bayern Munich have denied having an interest in Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Credit: getty Asked about a pursuit of Ronaldo, Nagelsmann reportedly said: "I read that too, but that's NOT TRUE." Nagelsmann is now the third member of staff at the club to deny the rumours, following CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. Rumours had been circling of the German champions' interest in the Portuguese following the forward's announcement that he wants to leave Old Trafford. Bayern are the verge of losing star striker Lewandowski after a goal-laden eight-year stay with the Bundesliga giants. READ MORE SUN STORIESUNITED LATEST De Jong set to head on Barca pre-season tour, Red Devils ANNOUNCE Eriksen The two clubs have agreed a £42.5million fee for Lewandowski, 33, which could rise by a further £5m. Lewandowski is set to pen a three-year deal before flying out for...
    Despite swirling rumors on social media that Drake was arrested for marijuana possession in Stockholm, Sweden, The Daily Beast has learned the rapper is not even in custody. Swedish police said that while they would not says whether the rapper had been arrested, they could confirm he was not in police custody. “I cannot tell you any thing about that but I can confirm he is not in custody,” a spokesperson said. The statement comes as The Hollywood Reporter confirmed from Drake's team that the rapper had not been arrested, despite initial speculation that he had been taken away by police at a Stockholm nightclub. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his team said “that the Grammy winner was in his hotel in the Swedish capital and had not been arrested.”
    Getty Rafa Marquez has returned to Barcelona. Rafa Marquez enjoyed a stellar playing career during his seven years at Barcelona and has now returned to the Catalan giants for a second stint as manager of the club’s reserve team. Barcelona confirmed the news on Thursday, July 14 on the club’s official website. “FC Barcelona and Rafa Márquez have reached an agreement for the latter to become coach of Barça Atlètic for the next two seasons through to 30 June 2024,” read a statement. “This will mark the Mexican’s return to the club he played for from 2003 to 2010. He starts work on Friday 15 July with the players due back for medicals, while the first training session will be held the day after.” ???????? @RafaMarquezMX ???? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????????????????????#ForçaBarça ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/w20r5q82ZX — Barça Atlètic (@FCBarcelonaB) July 14, 2022 Marquez will take over as coach of Barcelona B, which will be known as Barca Atletic from the start of next season, replacing Sergi Barjuan at the helm and working with some of the club’s most promising youngsters. The...
    HUDDERSFIELD have confirmed the signing of GIANT 6ft 9in striker Kyle Hudlin. The 22-year-old, who is the tallest outfield professional player in Britain, has left non-league Solihull Moors to pen a two-year deal with the Championship outfit. 5Hudlin has penned a deal to keep him at Huddersfield until 2024Credit: Getty 5The huge striker joins from non-league side Solihull MoorsCredit: Getty 5Hudlin netted 16 goals during his 18-month spell at SolihullCredit: Getty 5Hudlin was a major handful for the non-league defendersCredit: Getty 5He is now set to step up to the second tier of English footballCredit: Getty Following the announcement, Hudlin took to social media to express his delight at signing with the second tier side. Speaking on Twitter, the forward said: "Delighted to have signed for such a great club, really excited for what the future holds! "Can’t wait to get started! ????." And Huddersfield's head of academy recruitment Lee Mellor said: “Kyle is a very interesting player – one we are delighted to welcome to the Club. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Tuchel NOT 'keen' on Cristiano Ronaldo,...
    Getty Barcelona have Trincao to Sporting. Barcelona have confirmed that 22-year-old winger Francisco Trincao has become the latest player to depart the Camp Nou this summer and has joined Portuguese side Sporting. Trincao cost Barcelona €31 million in July 2020 when he arrived from Braga but moves on a season-long loan. The Catalan giants confirmed the details in a statement on the club’s official website. “FC Barcelona and Sporting Clube de Portugal have reached an agreement on the loan of Francisco Trincão until 30 June 2023. The deal includes the option to purchase the player when the loan period expires.” Barcelona will receive €3m for Trincao now and a further €7m at the end of the season if a series of objectives are met, as reported by Diario Sport. The Catalans also have a buyback clause should Trincao’s move become permanent. The Portuguese youngster played 43 times in his first season at Barcelona, scoring three goals and giving two assists, before heading off on loan to Wolves for the 2022-23 campaign. The Premier League side did have the...
    ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Jack Wilshere as the club’s new Under-18 head coach. The former England midfielder, 30, announced his retirement last Friday after missing out on more than four years of football during an injury-riddled playing career. 3Arsenal have confirmed that Jack Wilshere is their new U18s coachCredit: Getty 3The 30-year-old announced his retirement from playing last weekCredit: EPA Now he will be in charge of promoting the best young talent from the club’s Hale End academy after he was allowed to help coach the kids by Mikel Arteta last year. Wilshere said: “This is a big opportunity for me and I am ready, I’m hungry and I can’t wait to help these young players thrive and be the best they can. “It’s no secret that I love this club and what it stands for and that love never left me. “Even though I moved on for a few years, my heart was always still at Arsenal. “A big part of my life was spent in this academy, some of the best days of my life. It’s...
    CRYSTAL PALACE have confirmed the signing of Cheick Doucoure on a five-year deal. The midfielder, 22, joined the Eagles in an £18million transfer from Ligue 1 side Lens, but add-ons could take the total cost up to £21m. 1Doucoure has signed a five-year deal with Crystal PalaceCredit: https://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/announcement/crystal-palace-sign-midfielder-cheick-doucoure-from-lens/20 Upon his arrival, he told the club's official website: "I'm very happy, I feel a lot of joy and a lot of pride to be a Palace player. "I’m proud to be at Palace today." Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish added: "Cheick's arrival is yet another statement of intent, demonstrating our ambition to further improve the squad this summer. "We are extremely confident that Cheick will adapt seamlessly to the rigours of the Premier League and that he will contribute positively to the squad, and I wish him all the very best for his time with us." Read More on ArsenalGUNNERS LATEST Gunners make Lucas Paqueta BID, £5.9m for Grimaldo, Tielemans top priority Crystal Palace fought off competition from London rivals Arsenal for Doucoure's signature. Mikel Arteta has been on the hunt...
    SOUTHAMPTON have confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo on a four-year deal. The midfielder had earlier announced his Rangers exit with a touching post on social media. 1Southampton have confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo on a four-year dealCredit: Willie Vass Aribo had rejected a new contract with Rangers earlier in the window and will now move to the South Coast. The Londoner, who helped Rangers win a first title in ten years and scored in the Europa League final last year, has become a star in his three seasons in Scotland. Aribo, a Nigeria international said:  “It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan with what’s to come next. I’m really excited for the journey. “The Premier League is the best league in the world. I’ve been watching it since I was a young boy, it’s always been a goal for me to play here and show what I can do on this stage. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea LATEST, Barcelona confirm £34m Lewandowski bid “It’s...
    MANCHESTER UNITED'S Dylan Levitt has completed his transfer to Dundee after an impressive season with the Scottish side. The Wales international impressed on a season long loan at Dundee United scoring six goals and gaining one assist in 29 appearances for the club. 1Manchester United's Levitt completes transfer to DundeeCredit: Kenny Ramsay Levitt joined Man Utd at the age of eight and made his senior debut in a Europa League clash with Astana in the 2019/20 season. The midfielder joins Dundee for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance. "I'm really proud to be back after last season,” Levitt said. “The big attraction was to come back and play games. "After I came back from injury I feel I really hit the ground running. I want to continue that form into the new season and I'm really looking forward to getting started.” READ MORE ON MAN UTDLIGT THE FIRE Chelsea and Man Utd in De Ligt blow as Bayern chief flies to Italy for talks His performances won the hearts of the club's supporters as he was crowned...
    Damian Lewis and Alison Mosshart confirmed their romance as they cosied up for a sweet photo together at private members' club The House of KOKO's first Summer Party on Wednesday.  The Homeland actor, 51, and the American rocker, 43, have been pictured together during a variety of outings in recent weeks and it was even revealed by MailOnline that Damian has received the approval of Alison's mum.  His new romance comes one year after he was devastated by his beloved wife Helen McCrory's death from cancer.  Sweet: Damian Lewis, 51, and Alison Mosshart, 43, confirmed their romance as they cosied up for a photo together at private members' club The House of KOKO's bash on Wednesday Damien flashed a smile for the camera as Alison wrapped her arm tightly around his shoulders.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nicole Kidman makes style statement in an off the shoulder... Angelina Jolie wears white smock dress while directing new... Spice Girls 'set to perform again with Victoria Beckham as... EXCLUSIVE: 'You get more sass with age!' Claire...
    BARCELONA have confirmed Franck Kessie as their second summer signing to help bolster Xavi squad for the upcoming season. The Ivory Coast international will sign on a free transfer from Serie A champions AC Milan and has a £430MILLION release clause in his contract. 1Franck Kessie has been confirmed as Barcelona's second summer signingCredit: AP Kessie leaves AC Milan having won the Serie A in the last of his three seasons with the Italian giants. He arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday morning and will sign a four-year deal at the Camp Nou. The box-to-box midfielder will be officially presented by the club tomorrow. After being announced as a Barca player, Kessie told the club's official website: "This is a great opportunity. Read More In FootballGET YOUR GOSS Lenglet to Tottenham in 'FINAL' steps, Richarlison's BAN, Poch SACKED by PSG "I am really looking forward to starting and doing all I can for this team… When a great coach like Xavi calls, who was also a great player, you see that all the effort was worth it. ...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have confirmed manager Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked. It has been rumoured for some time that the former Tottenham boss' days were numbered in the French capital - despite leading his side to the Ligue 1 title last season 1Pochettino bids farewell to PSG after one and a half seasons in chargeCredit: AFP But now the club have released a blunt statement revealing his departure after 18 months in charge. They said: "Paris Saint-Germain confirms that it has ended its collaboration with Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian coach and his staff had joined the capital club in January 2021. "Former captain of the Rouge et Bleu, he made 84 matches in all competitions on the Parisian bench. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Lenglet to Tottenham in 'FINAL' steps whilst Spurs make Depay 'ENQUIRY'Free bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners "Under his leadership, Paris Saint-Germain won the 2020 Champions Trophy, the 2021 Coupe de France as well as the 10th French championship title in its history, last April. "The club would...
    Getty Xavi can count on Andreas Christensen next season. Barcelona confirmed the arrival of a second free agent on Monday, July 4 as center-back Andreas Christensen completed his move to the Camp Nou after leaving Premier League side Chelsea. The club had earlier announced the signing of Franck Kessie and have now confirmed Christensen is also now Barcelona player ahead of the new 2022-23 La Liga season. ✍️ Barça sign Andreas Christensen until 2026! — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 4, 2022 The Catalans offered some details on the move on the club’s official website. “FC Barcelona and Andreas Bødtker Christensen have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club after his contract with Chelsea FC came to an end,” read a club statement. “The player will sign a contract until 30 June 2026 and his buy out clause will be set at 500 million euros.” Christensen joins Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, and Gerard Pique as Xavi’s options at center-back for next season. Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, and Oscar Mingueza are expected to depart before the start of the...
    LIVERPOOL have issued an emotional statement following Takumi Minamino's departure from Anfield. The Japan international's love affair with the Reds came to an end this week after he inked a four-year deal with Ligue 1 big boys Monaco, who splashed out £15.5million to acquire his services. 3Takumi Minamino's love affair with Liverpool is overCredit: GETTY 3The Japan international has inked a four-year deal with AS MonacoCredit: AS MONACO 3Kop chief Jurgen Klopp is saddened by Minamino's departureCredit: REX Despite failing to establish a permanent place in the Merseysiders' starting XI, Minamino - who Liverpool signed from Red Bull Salzburg for a paltry fee of £7.65million - was beloved by Kopites and his team-mates. An excerpt of a club statement read: "Liverpool FC can confirm Takumi Minamino has today completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco. "Minamino leaves Anfield for Ligue 1 after making 55 appearances in total during his two-and-a-half-year stint as a Red, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists." Another snippet read: "Due to his quality and first-class attitude, Klopp once described Minamino as a ‘coach’s dream’, with...
    GARETH BALE is 'extremely excited' to join Los Angeles FC as the MLS club confirmed the huge signing by posting a dazzling montage. The Wales captain, 32, agreed a 12-month deal with an option to stay another year following his free transfer from Real Madrid. 2Garth Bale says it's the 'right time' to make such a move to the MLSCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk LAFC co-president John Thorrington hailed the former Tottenham wideman as 'one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation'. And Bale, who rejected a move to Cardiff, said:  "I cannot wait to get started. "I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC. "This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career." READ MORE IN FOOTBALLLOS INCOME Bale's new wage at Los Angeles FC means star is taking £27.5 MILLION pay cutMAN-SOON Man Utd star Pogba's brother Fiorentina quits Sochaux to join Indian side FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS Speculation Bale might retire was killed off early in June when...
    CHELSEA have confirmed transfer guru Marina Granovskaia has been relieved of her duties with new chairman Todd Boehly taking over the role of interim sporting director. New Blues owner Boehly is wasting no time in executing his vision for the club as he aims to "challenge for top honours". And the American has announced a major reshuffle to his board of directors team. A club statement read: "Chelsea Football Club today announced a series of appointments to its Board of Directors and other leadership changes. "The announcement includes the departure of Marina Granovskaia, director of Chelsea FC. "Boehly will operate as interim sporting director until the Club names a full-time replacement, continuing the Club’s work towards its targets during the current transfer window. READ MORE SPORT STORIESChelsea news Chelsea in Kounde boost as Barcelona pull out, Blues 'turned down' Mbappe "Chelsea FC and Ms. Granovskaia have agreed that she will remain available to Boehly and the Club for the duration of the current transfer window, to the extent required to support the transition." On Granavskaia's departure, Boehly said: "We thank...
    LIVERPOOL have confirmed the signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez for a club record fee of £85million. The 22-year-old Uruguayan became one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe after a sensational season with the Portuguese outfit. 1Nunez adds another string to Klopp's bow at the top end of the pitchCredit: Getty He netted 34 goals in 41 appearances - while also contributing four assists. The South American even netted against Liverpool in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final last season. A move to Manchester United was mooted, but it is now Merseyside where the talented youngster will be playing his football. The £85m fee eclipses Liverpool's previous record - which stood at £75m for Virgil van Dijk. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Nunez set to complete Liverpool medical TODAY, Man City UNVEIL Erling Haaland Nunez told Liverpool's website: “I’m really happy and delighted to be here at Liverpool. It’s a massive club. “I’d like to thank my partner and my parents and my son, who is a real source of pride for me. They’ve been really important to...
    REAL MADRID have finally confirmed that legendary left-back Marcelo is leaving the club. The 34-year-old's contract runs out this month and he has decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere after 15 years at the club. 1Real Madrid have confirmed that Marcelo is leaving the club after 15 glorious yearsCredit: Rex And the Brazilian is set to get a stunning send-off after helping them to the domestic title and Champions League glory this term. A statement from the club said: “Real Madrid CF announces that tomorrow, Monday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m., an institutional act of homage and farewell to our captain Marcelo will take place at Real Madrid City, with the presence of our president Florentino Perez. “Following this act, Marcelo will appear before the media in the press room at Real Madrid City.” After beating Liverpool 1-0 last month, the South American revealed: “It was my last game with Real Madrid.” READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Zidane 'AGREES' PSG deal, Poch set to be SACKED, Liverpool chase NunezFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers...
    LAIA ALEIXANDRI has swapped Atletico Madrid for Manchester City with the club sealing a hat-trick of summer signings from Spain’s top-flight. The centre-back’s three-year move will see her join former Atletico striker Deyna Castellanos at the Academy Stadium. 3Laia Aleixandri's move will see her join Spain team-mates Vicky Losada and Leila Ouahabi at Man City 3Aleixandri has been included in Spain's squad for the Women's EurosCredit: Kenny Ramsay And it follows Leila Ouahabi announcing her City switch from Barcelona on Wednesday. Aleixandri, 21, will officially become a City player in July and will wear the Citizens' number four shirt. Of her decision to join the Conti Cup holders, the defender, said: I am very excited for what is to come. “Manchester City is a very big club with top players and staff, and I believe this is the best move for me to make. Read More Sports StoriesHOUGHTON HOPE Lionesses ace confident of being ready for Euros as she targets England spotPLAYING BALL Beaming Shakira cheers on son at baseball as Pique keeps distance in stands “This is a team...
    Getty Barcelona have sold Ferran Jutgla to Club Brugge.. Barcelona announced on Thursday, June 8 that reserve team striker Ferran Jutgla has left the club and moved to Belgian side Club Brugge in a deal worth €5 million. The deal comes as no surprise as Jutgla had already confirmed he had been told he was surplus top requirements at the Camp Nou and was ready to move on after just one season at the Camp Nou. Barcelona confirmed the news in a statement on the club’s official website and also offered a few details of the transfer. “FC Barcelona and Club Bruges have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ferran Jutglà for 5 million euros. The club reserves 10% of the capital gain of a future sale of the player by the Belgian club. The club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ferran Jutglà for his commitment and dedication, and wishes him good luck and success in the future.” Jutgla finished the 2021-22 campaign as the top scorer in the Primera División RFEF on 19 goals and also...
    WALSALL have announced that an American investment group have purchased a majority stake in the club. Club chairman Leigh Pomlett, who has owned 76% of shares since 2019, transferred 51% over to Trivela Group LLC following a year-long period of discussions. 2Trivela Group LLC now own a majority share of Walsall FCCredit: Getty 2Leigh Pomlett has transferred 51% of his shares to the American investment firmCredit: Getty The Saddlers announced the takeover in a statement on their official website on Monday morning. It read: "Walsall Football Club (WFC) is pleased to announce that a transaction has been completed to transition majority ownership of the Club’s shares from Leigh Pomlett to Trivela Group LLC, a sports investment firm based in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. "The parties have been in discussion for approximately one year and have agreed to a transaction which will take place in two phases. "In Phase 1, which was executed last week, Trivela has purchased 51% of the shares of WFC, and has injected additional capital directly into the Club for strategic investments. Read More in FootballTransfer news live...
    ARSENAL have confirmed striker Alexandre Lacazette will leave the club at the end of June when his contract expires. The 31-year-old joined the Gunners in a £47million transfer in 2017. 1Lacazette is expected to leave Arsenal after five years and REJOIN boyhood club LyonCredit: PA He went on to score 71 goals in 206 appearances for Arsenal, helping the North London club win an FA Cup. Lacazette took up the captain's armband after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's controversial transfer to Barcelona in January. Manager Mikel Arteta said on Lacazette: “Laca has been a fantastic player for us. "He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players. "His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.” Technical Director Edu, added: “A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal. "He’s been really important for us. "He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.” More to follow... Most read in...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed that Jesse Lingard will leave the club this summer. The attacking midfielder is out of contract at the end of June. 1Jesse Lingard will officially leave Man Utd on a free transfer when his deal expiresCredit: Reuters And Lingard will depart Old Trafford on a free transfer, having joined his boyhood club aged 7 in 2000. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueHOLIDAY HELL Shock pics of devastation after resort fire destroyed 28 homes on Memorial Day'SLOW DOWN' Nancy Pelosi's husband killed brother in 'joyride' crash 65 years ago'LET HER GO' Bobbi Kristina was taken off life support machine after haunting messageNUKE SHOWDOWN Russia threatens to wipe out entire US with just four Satan II missiles
    TODD BOEHLY'S era as owner of Chelsea has officially begun after he beat 250 bidders to the purchase of the club. The Blues have confirmed the consortium fronted by the 46-year-old American has assumed control of the club. 2A consortium fronted by Todd Boehly have officially taken control of ChelseaCredit: PA 2The Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge is overCredit: PA Roman Abramovich's 19-year association with Chelsea has finally come to an end after he decided to sell earlier this year following sanctions placed upon him amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Boehly's £4.25bn bid was approved by the Premier League and UK Government earlier this week, and the deal has now been rubber-stamped. The European Union have given the takeover the go-ahead after fears Abramovich's Portuguese passport could scupper the deal. Russian billionaire Abramovich is on the EU sanctions list and there had been genuine worry European chiefs would block the move. Read More In FootballBLUES NEWS Lukaku's EXIT plans, Dembele 'eyed' as first Todd Boehly signing Now though an agreement has been reached and the club...
    CHELSEA have struck a "definitive agreement" to sell the club to Todd Boehly's Clearlake Capital consortium. And in a statement, the club revealed the takeover could be completed by MONDAY. It read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that a final and definitive agreement was entered into last night to sell the Club to the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital consortium. "It is expected that the transaction will be completed on Monday. The Club will update further at that time." MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueSTAR GONE Goodfellas icon dies in Dominican Republic at 67 as stars pay tribute to actorSICK EXCUSE Texas shooter's mom tries to justify his 'reasons' and sobs over young victimsUNTOLD EVIL Final words of Texas gunman to teacher before shooting her dead are revealedSTORE CARNAGE Walmart shooting suspect arrested after shopper killed and store worker hurt
    Getty Barcelona players celebrate with Frenkie de Jong. Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed the club have received offers for midfielder Frenkie de Jong amid ongoing speculation about the Dutchman’s future at the Camp Nou. Laporta told L’Esportiu that clubs have been in touch but also claimed the Catalan giants are hoping to keep hold of the 25-year-old Netherlands international. “Frenkie has great quality; he knows our system and, yes, he is a coveted player in the market and we have received offers, but we think he should continue at Barça,” he said. “Now the market is starting to move and we have players who have offers. They have offers because they are high-quality players and we have to somehow let everything flow a bit and be very attentive to what fair play we have to make depending on what decisions. Right now, everything is open.” De Jong is a key player for Barcelona but there has been speculation he could be sold for a fee of €80 million to help ease the club’s ongoing financial difficulties. Manchester...
    BARCELONA have confirmed that they have received multiple offers for Frenkie de Jong with Manchester United believed to be among them. Speaking to L'Esportiu, Barca president Joan Laporta said: "Frenkie de Jong? Yes, we have received proposals. But he has great quality, we think he should continue at Barca. 1Frenkie De Jong could leave the Nou Camp this summer with Barcelona confirming they have received offers for himCredit: Getty "Selling players? Right now, everything is open. In this case will depend a lot on the issue of (financial) fair play." New Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag worked with the midfielder at Ajax and is rumoured to be keen on working with him again as he aims to rebuild the club. It was previously reported though that De Jong wants Champions League football which the Red Devils cannot offer. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also supposedly in for the player after Man City distanced themselves from a move. READ MORE ON MAN UTDMAN UTD NEWS Pau Torres agents 'flying to Manchester', Ten Hag wants Ronaldo to stay...
    FULHAM have confirmed the exit of 14 players including TWO of their biggest transfers ever who cost the club a combined £50million. Jean Michaël Seri and Alfie Mawson will depart the club this summer alongside 12 others players. 2Seri helped the club win the ChampionshipCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK 2Mawson joined Fulham in 2018 from SwanseaCredit: THE SUN Seri joined the club for a near £30m in the summer of 2018, leaving OGC Nice. The midfielder failed to make an impact and spent two spells out on loan at Galatasaray and Bordeaux. Seri made 33 appearances for the Cottagers this season, managing just one goal which came in the 7-0 win over Luton. Mawson left Swansea for Fulham in 2018 in a £15m deal. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Barca 'submit' Lewandowski bid, PSG 'put Neymar up for sale' The centre-back, like Seri, failed to have an impact in Fulham's squad and had a loan spell at Bristol City. Mawson featured six times in the second division for Fulham in their record breaking title-winning year. More to follow... Most read in Premier...
    BARCELONA have confirmed that they are in talks to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker is reportedly keen on a move away from the Bundesliga champions and is only talking to Barcelona about a transfer, and no other clubs, with Chelsea apparently interested. 2Robert Lewandowski looks increasingly likely to make the switch to the Nou Camp this summerCredit: AFP 2Xavi has confirmed that Barcelona are trying to sign Robert LewandowskiCredit: EPA Barca manager Xavi said: "Lewandowski? He's one of the options, one of the possibilities. "There are negotiations, he has one year of his contract left, it won't be easy." Lewandowski, 33, is waiting for Bayern to decide if they want to sell their star man and who their replacement will be, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. Lewandowski has netted an incredible 50 goals in 46 games this season taking his overall Bayern tally to 344 goals in 374 matches. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live PSG confident Mbappe will STAY, Gundogan LATEST, Mane 'awaits PSG bid' FREE BETS AND SIGN UP...
    NORWICH CITY have confirmed 12 players are leaving the club this summer - less than 48 hours before their final game of the season. The Canaries have suffered a miserable campaign and already know that they are relegated from the Premier League. 2Norwich boss Dean Smith has announced his retained list before the final dayCredit: Rex 2Billy Gilmour will be returning to Chelsea after a miserable loan spellCredit: Reuters They host Tottenham on Sunday on the final day with nothing more to play for other than trying to overtake Watford to avoid finishing bottom. And the club, managed by Dean Smith, have decided to announce their retained list prior to that clash. Popular German midfielder Lukas Rupp, 31, will depart Carrow Road next month when his contract expires. He helped Norwich to promotion last year from the Championship and has played 61 matches for the club. READ MORE FOOTBALLTransfer news live PSG confident Mbappe will STAY, Henderson 'on verge of Newcastle move' Fellow out of contract stars Josip Drmic, Josh Giurgi, Aston Oxborough, Nelson Khumbeni, Reece McAlear, Solomon Alidor-Hamilton and...