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Update: Gareth Southgate speaks on replacing Maurizio Sarri

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The job of Italian boss Maurizio Sarri has already been put up after uncertainties over his future at West London outfit Chelsea.

Reports claim that the former Napoli boss has told the Blues management of his decision to quit and there are speculations that he has already agreed on a deal with Juventus.

A number of names have already been linked with the job and the England national team manager Gareth Southgate is also been linked.

He has come out to deny the speculations that he would be running for the job as he will want to focus on the English national team.

However, Gareth Southgate has pointed to his assistant Steve Holland is a better candidate for the job, praising him as a manager who has got all it takes to deliver good success at Stamford Bridge.

The England national team boss therefore, made it clear that they are both preparing for England’s summer’s European Championship and will not want to be distracted.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will have to make a stand on either keeping Maurizio Sarri at the club or not so that a new manager can be able to settle down quickly for next season’s challenge as former Juventus manager Max Allegri is being linked.

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

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EPL: How Pirlo’s appointment has caused tension in Man United’s camp

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Man United will now have to work harder to keep French midfielder Paul Pogba at the club following the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as the head coach of Juventus.

The Red Devils had earlier believed that the World Cup winner is now happy at the Old Trafford, especially with his recent form but that can change in a twinkle of an eye with Pirlo’s influence at Juventus.

The end is yet to be heard of Juventus’ interest in their former player, Paul Pogba and the latest is being linked with the sack of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and the appointment of Andrea Pirlo.

It is reported that Andrea Pirlo have great impact on Paul Pogba and has been backed to make a move for him which could force the player to consider leaving the Old Trafford this summer window.

Andrea Pirlo is also reported to begin his rebuilding of Juventus from the midfield and will bring in new faces at the midfield to help carry out his formations.

However, Man United will do all it takes to keep Paul Pogba as they are already planning to hand him a new contract deal which means he will no longer be available for a return to the Serie A outfit.

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EPL: What Arsenal must do to make Willian’s arrival worth it

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Fears have been expressed over the coming of Brazilian international from West London outfit, Chelsea to the North London club, Arsenal this summer transfer window.

The Brazilian international has already been confirmed to leave the Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window and has already bid farewell to his teammates to make the expected move.

Football expert Gabriel Marcotti in his interview with Sky Sports expressed fears that Willian’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium might not make any sense if the club still keeps Alexandre Lacazette.

He noted that Alexandre Lacazette still has one year on his contract ahead of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and adding Willian for a three-year deal will mean spending too much.

According to him, the North Londoners might not be able to cope with the financial burden, to add with the choice of players for games.

He also noted that the Gunners team have got the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Eddie Nketiah at the club which means there would be selection headache and the level of redundancy will be better imagined.

However, the decision by Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta for Alexandre Lacazette is unknown but he has continued to be mentioned as part of the players to say goodbye.

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EPL: Chelsea make £20m bid ahead of Arsenal for want-away defender

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West London outfit Chelsea are steps ahead of their London rivals, Arsenal in the chase of John Stones from Man City this summer transfer window.

The England international defender has been living in the shadows of how he started as he has not been in his best, the reason why he has been frozen out of the Pep Guardiola team at the Etihad.

Reports claim he would be forced to leave to be able to resurrect his dying career but as the Sky Blue team has already landed defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth in a fee of £41 million.

Chelsea and Arsenal are reported suitors for the English defender and were expected to make a move but with the latest report, the West Londoners have already tabled a £20 million offer.

The Blues manager Frank Lampard is the major push for John Stones because of his intent to rebuild the team and also strengthen the depth of his team ahead of next season’s challenge.

It is also confirmed that the Gunners will be in the summer transfer window for defenders but that has not been spelled out as the focus has been on Willian and Philippe Coutinho from Chelsea and Barcelona respectively.

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EPL: United finally decides “unfavourable” Henderson fate

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If claims by Alan Nixon is anything to go by then English Premier League club, Man United have already decided the fate of English goalkeeper Dean Henderson ahead of the coming season.

Dean Henderson spent last season on loan with Sheffield where he excelled and impressed. He is now on the radar of West London outfit, Chelsea for a transfer as he is being tipped to end his relationship with the Red Devils.

The 23-year-old is reported to have told his owners that he will not be staying at the club if he will not be guaranteed on a first-choice role ahead of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea and that is most likely not going to happen.

However, reports claim that the future of Dean Henderson has already been decided as Man United are hoping to keep him at the club without a promise of a first-team football.

The decision isn’t a favourable one for Dean Henderson as he only wishes to have a fresh start elsewhere but United will tempt him with a very lucrative new deal that will have him earn about £100,000 weekly.

However, a loan move for him is already being talked about by Man United as he will not remain at the Old Trafford as a second goalkeeper.

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EPL: Chelsea, United now handed boost in Rice’s chase

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Two English Premier League clubs, Man United and Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their chase of West Ham United player Declan Rice in the summer transfer window.

Both teams have been in chase of the player and it seems it would be a difficult one to achieve but West Ham United are now being forced to make certain decisions if they must bring in new faces.

One of the decisions is to let go of Declan Rice to be able to cash in on him with the Blues and the Red Devils keen on his signature.

The Blues manager, Frank Lampard is hoping to concert Declan Rice back to a defender to solve the problems at his back, the reason why he is being followed.

The Red Devils are not also left out of their wish to land the 21-year-old to add depth to the squad ahead of next season with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to reinforce as well.

However, the Hammers are hoping to leave it for the highest bidder as they hope to cash in about £70 million for Declan Rice which would be enough to sanction most of their transfer deals this summer transfer window.

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Yes!! Coutinho agrees terms but is Willian still coming?

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The latest report has claimed that Arsenal have already agreed on personal terms with Philippe Coutinho for a deal to happen in the coming days as soon as a fee is agreed upon.

Barcelona are hoping to part ways with the former Liverpool man after a big-money deal as German Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich failed to keep him on a permanent deal after his loan spell with the club.

Arsenal are keen to land the Barcelona player and talks have been reported to be heading the right direction with a loan deal as an option.

However, this development has caused a drop in the transfer of Willian from West London club, Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium as reports had earlier claimed that the Gunners will not be bringing in the two players to the club.

This development has left Arsenal fans divided with some seeking for Willian over Philippe Coutinho while others are saying the opposite.

Commentators have argued that Willian will make more impact at Arsenal than Coutinho which means a deal for the Barcelona star and a snub for the Chelsea man may not go well for the club.

Already, reports claim that Arsenal have handed Willian a three-year deal to join the Emirates Stadium and will have him earn £100,000 weekly.

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Barcelona still on their way to Arsenal

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Arsenal’s hope of keeping Gabon international forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium could still be threatened with reports that Barcelona could still tempt him.

It is claimed that Spanish giants are yet to make a decision on whether to come for the signature of the former Borussia Dortmund forward or not and that would be in the coming days.

Le10Sport, via Sport Witness, reports that the Spanish giants are very interested in the signature of the Arsenal man and have placed him at the top list but have Inter Milan forward, Lautaro Martinez as an alternative if they fail to land him.

However, Mikel Arteta is working back and forth to ensure a new deal is handed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and it is claimed that he would be given a £250,000 per week wage to stay at the Emirates Stadium for more years.

Meanwhile, it has been a very light mood for the Gunners fans after seeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang send them into frenzy by liking a post on Instagram begging him to sign a new deal at the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been scoring goals for the North London club and since his arrival and will not be forgotten for delivering the FA Cup title with his brace against their London rivals, Chelsea.

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EPL: Gunners legend have a say as Willian’s arsenal move gets more real

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The speculated move of Brazilian international winger, Willian from Chelsea to Arsenal is now looking like it would happen with the latest developments in the news.

Chelsea’s boss, Frank Lampard is the first to raise the dust when he stated that Willian’s reported exit does not mean anything as he only shares a good relationship with Willian as a former teammate and now a manager.

According to him, the club will move on if the Brazilian should leave, recalling how the Blues team did not fall with the exit of Eden Hazard.

Frank Lampard’s statement has been interpreted as “giving up” on keeping Willian as he has made some efforts to have the club agree on new terms with the Brazilian.

However, Arsenal legend, Paul Merson backs the move for Willian as he stated that despite the age, football is all about now, and right now, the player is a great one.

According to him, it is unbelievable that the West London outfit will let a player with such quality leave the club, stressing that Willian will be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal.

It is, therefore, claimed that the Brazilian winger will earn about £100,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium and he will be at the club for three years, the terms that were not granted him by Chelsea.

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