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Adam Lallana loan decision made

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It has finally been decided by English Premier League outfit Liverpool that Adam Lallana would not be leaving the club this winter transfer window on loan.

Reports had claimed that the star midfielder is unhappy at the Anfield under manager Jurgen Klopp and will be seeking a move away from the club this January window.

The speculation also attracted suitors for the star player with Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce coming forward to bid for Adam Lallana as they expected to land him before the transfer window closes.

However, reports according to Sky Sports claim that the Reds have made the decision to keep Adam Lallana and will not loan him away yet.

Manager Jurgen Klopp struggling with the fitness of his defenders which raises fears that he could lose some more players and that is why he is keen to keep Adam Lallana and integrate him back into the team.

Adam Lallana has just had two appearances as a substitute for the Merseyside club which makes him frustrated, after recovering from an injury he sustained.

However, the Turkish Super Lig outfit will have to look elsewhere with the decision already made by the club.

I, is however, not clear if the decision by the club would be accepted by Adam Lallana who is keen to play regularly.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Man Utd Target Secures Transfer Move

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Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has completed his move to fellow Spanish La Liga club Valencia in a swap deal.

This is according to trusted Spanish newspaper AS which revealed that the transfer won’t be announced until the 1st of July.

Jasper Cillessen is expected to move to Barcelona in a swap deal with Neto of Valencia with the transfer sum set at $34m.

The 30-year-old Dutch international shot stopper was previously linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United as a possible replacement for wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea, but it seems the Spaniard will be staying at Old Trafford beyond this summer.

David De Gea has one year left on his current deal with the Red Devils but recent reports claimed that he’s close to agreeing on a long-term deal to stay at the Theatre of Dreams beyond this summer.

Jasper Cillessen was an Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper before his move to Barcelona in 2016 as a replacement for Claudio Bravo who joined Premier League champions Manchester City shortly after Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium.

During his time with the Blaugrana, Jasper Cillessen won two Spanish La Liga titles and two Spanish Copa Del Rey titles.

The Dutchman played second fiddle to Marc Andre Ter Stegen during his time at the Nou Camp.

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Liverpool Target Unsure Of Real Madrid Future

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Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez has thrown his future at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu into further doubt after he admitted that he’s not sure of a Real Madrid stay beyond this summer.

The 27-year-old talked about his future at Real Madrid in a recent interview monitored by popular Spanish media outlet Marca.

James Rodriguez has been linked with several European sides this summer including newly crowned Champions League winners Liverpool.

The Colombian international star is presently on international duty with his national team at the ongoing COPA America tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez and Colombia are in the quarterfinals at the tournament where they will meet defending champions Chile for the right to qualify for the semifinals.

His future won’t be resolved until after the COPA America tournament.

The Real Madrid player spent the last two seasons on loan at German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich who paid £11m for his loan spell.

He signed for the Bavarian giants on a two-year loan deal until this summer with the option for a permanent transfer for £36m but the Germans decided not to take up that option.

Apart from Liverpool, James Rodriguez has been linked with other clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and the Italian Serie A duo of Juventus and Napoli.

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Man Utd Target Wanted By Barcelona For Two Reasons

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar is a top transfer target for Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona this summer.

Barcelona are keen to seal a return for the Brazilian international star two years after he left the club for PSG in a world-record deal.

The Manchester United target has already agreed on personal terms with Barcelona with a yearly salary of €24m reported to be the agreement between the player and the Spanish champions.

According to Spanish media outlet Marca, Barcelona want Neymar for two reasons.

The first reason is because of the Barcelona players who have demanded the return of the former Santos player two years after leaving in controversial circumstances.

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi is said to have been pushing for Neymar to return to the Nou Camp this summer.

Barcelona also want another option in their attackers due to the over-reliance on the duo of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have not been able to replace Neymar in the Barcelona attack since the Brazilian left the club in 2017.

Neymar signed for PSG two years ago after his £198m (€220m) release clause was activated by the French Ligue 1 giants.

He has scored 51 goals in 58 appearances for PSG in two seasons.

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Celtic Eyeing 22-Year-Old Replacement For Top Arsenal Target

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Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are said to be eyeing a move for Derby County defender Max Lowe who could be a possible replacement for Arsenal target Kieran Tierney.

Celtic are not the only Scottish club interested in Max Lowe.

Rangers and Aberdeen are also keen on a move for the 22-year-old left-back who spent last season on loan at the latter.

Max Lowe impressed a great deal during his loan spell at Aberdeen who want to sign him permanently but will have to contend with the top two Scottish Premiership giants.

The Derby County left-back would be a good replacement for Celtic star Kieran Tierney who’s a strong target for Premier League giants Arsenal.

The Gunners want to sign a new left-back this summer and they have identified the young Scottish international player as the man for the job.

Kieran Tierney is a key player for Celtic but the Scottish champions would be open to a deal for him if they get at least £25m for the left-back.

Arsenal have had two separate bids rejected for him but the Gunners are hopeful that they can get a deal over the line for the 22-year-old.

Apart from Arsenal, Kieran Tierney has also been linked with a move to fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Manchester United.

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Jose Mourinho Distance Self From Vacant Newcastle Job

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Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from the vacant managerial job at Premier League club Newcastle United.

According to the Daily Star, his representatives say that the Portuguese tactician is not in the running for who to succeed Rafael Benitez as the Newcastle United manager.

Spanish tactician Benitez is expected to leave his post as the Newcastle United manager on June 30 when his contract expires.

Jose Mourinho had earlier revealed that his focus is on getting a national team job in one of his recent interviews despite the numerous transfer links with top jobs at club level.

The former FC Porto and Inter Milan manager has not been in the dugout since he was sacked as the Manchester United manager in December.

He was sacked at Manchester United after masterminding their worst start to a season in the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez has decided to step down from his role as the Newcastle United manager after the club failed to provide adequate backing for him in the transfer window.

He has been at Newcastle United for three years since his appointment in 2016.

Rafael Benitez led the Magpies to a top-ten finish in their first season back in the top flight two seasons ago before the 13th place finish from last season.

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Michael Ballack Set To Join Chelsea As Assistant Manager

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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack could join the new-look backroom staff at Stamford Bridge ahead of the new season according to Sky Germany.

It was revealed that the ex-German international skipper is in line to be the assistant manager to Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

Michael Ballack is currently in the process of getting his coaching badges and he could be named as the assistant to Derby County manager Frank Lampard who’s expected to be the new Chelsea manager.

Derby County have already given Chelsea the permission to speak to their former player about the vacant managerial job at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been without a manager for the better part of two weeks after former boss Maurizio Sarri left to take up the Juventus job.

Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend who’s the all-time topscorer in the history of the club with 211 goals during his 13-year spell at the club between 2001 and 2015.

He was named the Derby County manager last summer in what was his first job as a manager and he impressed a great deal by leading the Rams to the Championship playoffs.

Lampard and Derby County were beaten in the final by Aston Villa via a 2-1 victory which was more than enough to seal Premier League promotion.

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How Chelsea Could Line-up For 2019/20 With Frank Lampard As Manager

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Chelsea are closing in on the appointment of a new manager after English Championship club Derby County gave the Europa League winners permission to speak with their former player.

Frank Lampard was appointed the Derby County manager and he has done well in the job after just one year thus prompting Chelsea to make a move for him as the replacement for Maurizio Sarri who has left for Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Derby County are expected to receive £4m in compensation if Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard as their new manager as expected this week.

Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend after spending 13 fruitful years at the club.

The 41-year-old scored 211 goals for the Blues in those 13 years to emerge as their all-time leading goalscorer till date.

Frank Lampard will be handicapped by the two-window transfer ban slammed on Chelsea by FIFA though the London club has appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The incoming Chelsea manager is expected to rely on youths more than his predecessor Sarri for the new season.

Chelsea Starting XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Recce James, David Luiz, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic.

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Man Utd Target Will Join Real Madrid On One Condition

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar has set his sights on leaving the club this summer having already told senior club officials about his desire to exit the French capital outfit after two seasons.

Spanish champions Barcelona are said to be closing in on a return for Neymar two years after the Brazilian international left for PSG.

It was revealed that Neymar has also held talks with arch rivals Real Madrid this summer.

According to the publication from popular Spanish media outlet Sport, Neymar has held talks with the Los Merengues about a possible switch to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Man Utd target Neymar will only join Real Madrid this summer on one condition – if Barcelona say no to his return to the Nou Camp.

Real Madrid are long-term admirers of Neymar dating back to his days at Brazilian Serie A player with Santos before he left the club to join Barcelona for big money in the summer of 2013.

Neymar spent four hugely successful years at the Nou Camp before his controversial exit in 2017 to PSG for a world-record transfer fee believed to be around €222m (£200m).

He has scored 51 goals in 58 appearances for PSG in all competitions over two years.

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Everton Ready €25m Bid For Arsenal Target

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Merseyside giants Everton are reportedly plotting a big bid for Torino defender Armando Izzo according to respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

It was revealed that the Toffees are ready to make a €25m bid for the Italian international centre back.

Armando Izzo made his international debut in March 2019 during a win over Lichtenstein and he played as a right-back during that game.

The 27-year-old has been an instant hit at Torino following his move from fellow Italian Serie A club Genoa last summer.

Armando Izzo joined Torino from Genoa for €8m last summer and recent reports claimed that Torino want €30m for the player who scored four goals and also provided one assist in 37 league games during the recent Italian Serie A season.

He was a regular fixture in the Torino team that finished in the top half of the table under the guidance of experienced coach Walter Mazzarri.

Izzo could be the direct replacement for Everton skipper Phil Jagielka who’s expected to leave the club at the end of this month when his contract expires.

The Torino centre back has also been attracting the interest of both Arsenal and Manchester United apart from Everton.

He turned down a move to West Ham United last summer before signing for Torino.

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Transfer Target Slammed For Snubbing Arsenal

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Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has slammed star midfielder Joe Aribo over his transfer decision.

Joe Aribo was seriously linked with the Premier League clubs like Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal before the Charlton Athletic midfielder snubbed both teams to opt for Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

The Charlton Athletic star will join Rangers later this summer in a deal reported to be around £300,000.

His manager Lee Bowyer was left disappointed with the player’s choice as he wondered why the midfielder will opt for the Scottish Premiership ahead of the more illustrious Premier League.

In his latest interview monitored by the Daily Record, Lee Bowyer was frank in his assessment of his next destination.

According to him, Rangers are not the proper team for Joe Aribo to develop as a player.

Lee Bowyer also pointed out his disappointment at the player on his choice of a new club having worked to ensure that the midfielder reached his current level.

Lee Bowyer wanted him to go to a club where he can test himself rather than Rangers with little or no attraction other than Steven Gerrard.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been the Rangers manager since he was appointed at the start of last season.

He led Rangers to second spot behind rivals Celtic last season.

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