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Liverpool Flop Set for La Liga Move As Club President Seeks Replacement




Iago Aspas

Liverpool Flop Set for Real Madrid Move As Perez Seeks Ronaldo’s Replacement

Iago Aspas left Anfield Stadium in 2014 after unsuccessful spell during Brendan Rodgers reign at the club.

The Spanish striker was let go by the Reds for just £4.4m as they were desperate to cash-in on his signature due to his unimpressive performances.

Since the player moved to Spanish side Celta Vigo in 2014, he has returned back to blistering form.

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His performances for the Spanish side hasn’t gone unnoticed by many clubs as reports claimed that Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has made move for his signature.

According to Diario Gol, the former Spain national team coach has developed an interest in his compatriot, whom he believes is the best player to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus this month.

The Spanish media further revealed that the Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has reached a £35m agreement with Celta Vigo for Aspas’ signature and the deal could be completed as soon as Friday.

Selling the diminutive striker for such a low price appeared to be Liverpool’s greatest undoing as they failed to give him much chance to prove his worth.

Though the Reds are not regretting their decision to sanction his move to Celta Vigo, they could have made the Spanish club pay a bit higher, considering Aspas quality.

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Lacazette’s future might not be settled yet

Timothy Aiyeku



Alexandre Lacazette

It has been confirmed that the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal is far being settled following claims by manager Mile Arteta that the club is yet to open start contract talks with him.

This summer transfer window has seen the future of the former Lyon striker being debated with suggestions that he would be leaving as a result of the limited starting role he had last season.

Some reports immediately linked him with a move Italian Serie A outfit Juventus while others claim he is being wanted at the Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Alexandre Lacazette has come out to dismissal of the reports, insisting that he is happy at the Emirates Stadium and will continue to respect the decision of the Spanish manager.

However, Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports that the French Man who scored his 50th goal for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United is currently not in negotiation for a new deal with the club.

The North London manager, therefore, noted that he is happy with the player but there cannot be any speculation over his future as the focus for the club is to make more additions in this summer window.

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Brentford hand David Raya condition to Arsenal

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English Premier League club Arsenal have been told by Brentford that they can only have their goalkeeper target, David Raya, if they will agree to loan him back for the rest of the season.

The Telegraph reports that the Bees rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal for the Spanish goalkeeper who made 49 appearances last season.

It is understood that the 25-year-old is well known to Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana because the tutor was with Brentford before moving to Arsenal in December last year.

David Raya is needed at Arsenal with the exit of Argentina shot-stopper Emi Martinez who has left the club to join Aston Villa after a brilliant performance that helped him deliver the FA Cup and the Community Shield. No doubt he left when the ovation was high.

Bernd Leno is now left as the only viable option as a goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

With Arsenal looking to sign more players before the end of the summer transfer window, there is no doubt a new goalkeeper will be brought in.

It is understood that the Gunners are close to sealing a deal for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as he has passed the first stage of medicals.

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Lyon president sends Aouar message to Arsenal

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Houssem Aouar

Arsenal have been told by Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas that they have the opportunity to sign their top target Houssem Aouar but that will not happen until they are willing to meet his £44 million valuation.

The North London outfit are confirmed to have indicated an interest in the French Ligue 1 star but they are yet to agree on a deal as negotiations are still ongoing. Manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club is still in the market to add more players to the team.

When asked if Houssem Aouar would join the north London side, Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly said No because the Premier League side had not submitted an offer yet.

Now it is claimed that talks have been opened between the two clubs over a deal as the 22-year-old is understood to be keen on a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal will have to wait till the last minutes to stand the chance of having their £36m bid to be accepted.

Houssem Aouar is an important part of the Lyon team that reached the Champions League semi-finals by defeating Italian Serie A champions Juventus in the last-16 and Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Should he join Arsenal, he will be an automatic replacement to Mesut Ozil who is still around but has been frozen out of the team.

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Wolves Confirm £13.5m Signing From Liverpool

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Ki-jana Hoever

Wolves have confirmed the signing of young defender Ki-Jana Hoever from Premier League champions Liverpool in a £13.5m deal.

The transfer was officially announced this weekend after the Dutchman penned a five-year deal.

The Reds will receive an initial fee of £9m for the transfer of the player, while the remainder is dependent on the fulfilment of the add-ons inserted to his contract.

Ki-Jana Hoever leaves Liverpool after two seasons as he failed to break into the Reds team during his time at the club.

The majority of his appearances in the Reds colour came for the youth teams.

Ki-Jana Hoever becomes the fifth summer signing at Wolves who failed to qualify for European football this season after finishing in 7th position on the Premier League last term.

They had the option of Europa League last season but crashed out to eventual winners Sevilla in the quarterfinals.

Wolves have been very active in the transfer window this summer after the club-record deal to sign teenager Fabio Silva from FC Porto.

They also signed Vitinha from the Portuguese Champions as the contingent from Portugal continues to grow at the club.

Matija Sarkic (Aston Villa) and Marcal (Olympique Lyon) also signed for Wolves this summer.

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Liverpool Complete Third Summer Signing

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Six-time European champions Liverpool have made their biggest signing of this summer’s transfer window following the signing of Portuguese international Diogo Jota.

The Reds have signed Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract to become a Liverpool player.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp always wanted to sign a new attacker to provide stiff competition for his front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Klopp was heavily linked with German international Timo Werner but the former RB Leipzig forward decided to sign for Chelsea ahead of the Merseyside giants.

Werner had talked about his admiration for Klopp and Liverpool but the lure of regular first team football played a major role in his decision to sign for Chelsea ahead of Liverpool.

The German attacker signed for Chelsea from Bundesliga side in a £53m deal.

Klopp and Liverpool also wanted to sign Ismaila Sarr from second tier team Watford after missing out on Werner. However, they were priced out of a move for Sarr thus leaving the club with the option of signing Diogo Jota.

Jota, 23, has been at Wolves for three years and was regarded as an important member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s team at the Molineux.

Other Liverpool signings this summer are left-back Kostantinos Tsimikas and midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

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Barcelona Banned From Signing Liverpool Midfielder

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Spanish giants Barcelona have been banned the club from signing midfield target Georginio Wijnaldum from Premier League champions Liverpool this summer.

La Liga officials have implemented strict financial guidelines on clubs in the top division this summer due to the Coronavirus Pandemic thus affecting Barcelona and their plans to sign players.

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had wanted to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool and Memphis Depay from French giants Lyon this summer but the Dutch tactician is unlikely to get his targets.

Wijnaldum and Depay both have one year left on their respective deals at Liverpool and Lyon. The two players were instrumental to the successes recorded by Ronald Koeman during his time as the Dutch national team manager.

Koeman left the Dutch job to take the managerial position at the Nou Camp.

La Liga’s Communications Director Joris Evers recently said that the football body has a new financial model that goes beyond the financial fairplay previously implemented by European football body UEFA.

Under the new financial guidelines, Barcelona will have to sell players to sign new players as they are struggling with an annual wage bill of €510m.

In addition, Barcelona also have to pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government as part of the financial assistance to clubs during this Coronavirus Pandemic era.

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Liverpool Have Made Contact To Sign £40million Defender

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Ozan Kabak

Premier League champions Liverpool have improved their title-winning squad with two signings in the space of two days and it looks like the Merseysiders are not done with transfers according to journalist Chris Williams.

It was reported by the journalist that the Reds are in contact with Schalke 04 over their defender Ozan Kabak.

Liverpool are one defender short following the exit of Dejan Lovren this summer. The Croatian international has signed for Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg.

Lovren had one year left on his Liverpool contract before he left England for Russia.

His replacement at Liverpool could be Ozan Kabak who’s rated at £40m by his German Bundesliga outfit.

Schalke 04 have financial issues at the moment and a bid of around £22m could be enough to prise Kabak away from the Germans.

Ozan Kabak, 20, was in the starting XI as Schalke 04 travelled to Munich to face Bavarian giants and treble winners Bayern Munich in the first game of the 2020/21 German Bundesliga season.

He was unable to prevent his team from suffering a heavy defeat against Bayern.

Ozan Kabak played 90 minutes as Bayern thrashed Schalke 04 8-0.

Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry was the star of the show as he scored a treble.

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Man United Want To Make Three Signings After Crystal Palace Defeat

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Jadon Sancho

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing the addition of three new players to their squad before the transfer window shuts next month on the back of the stunning defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils started their 2020/21 Premier League campaign on the wrong footing with the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

The London club secured victory courtesy a second-half brace from former Manchester United star Wilfried Zaha.

Andros Townsend scored the opening goal of the game for the Eagles, while new signing Donny Van De Beek came off the bench to score the only goal for Manchester United.

According to the Daily Express, the Red Devils want to strengthen their squad after the Palace loss in three areas namely left-back, right-wing forward and central defence.

Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano said that the priority for Manchester United is the signing of a left-back and a right-winger.

Recent reports disclosed that the Red Devils have agreed on a weekly salary with Alex Telles of FC Porto. The Brazilian international has less than a year on his existing deal with the Portuguese champions.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is the main option for the right wing at Manchester United and they have alternatives in Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic and Juventus winger Douglas Costa if they don’t meet up with the £108m asking price for the England international.

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