The Liverpool duo of Alisson Becker and Jurgen Klopp have been named the Goalkeeper and Coach of the Year at the FIFA Best Awards held at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday night.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won the Coach of the Year Award ahead of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Klopp has been able to transform the fortunes of Liverpool since he became their manager in October 2015.
The German tactician replaced Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool shortly after the current Leicester City boss was dismissed from his job at Anfield.
Klopp led Liverpool to their first trophy in seven years after their Champions League triumph last season.
Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the Champions League title, courtesy the goals from Mohamed Salah (penalty) and second half substitute Divock Origi.
Klopp and Liverpool also won the UEFA Super Cup via the penalty win over Liverpool.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was named the Goalkeeper of the Year Award ahead of Barcelona shot stopper Marc Andre Ter Stegen and Manchester City goal minder Ederson.
Alisson Becker won the Champions League title with Liverpool in his first season at the club following his transfer from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
Yes!! Coutinho agrees terms but is Willian still coming?
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.
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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.
EPL: Arsenal in search of a goalkeeper
The injury of Bernd Leno could force North London outfit, Arsenal into the search for a new goalkeeper as the club can only boast of Emi Martinez.
Emiliano Martinez got the opportunity he has been waiting for in gold as he gave an impressive performance in the absence of Bernd Leno especially in the restart of the Premier League.
Most importantly is the fact that Emi Martinez helped the Gunners to win their 14th FA Cup title to earn a place in the Europa League next season but that has not stopped Arsenal from searching for a new goalkeeper, according to reports.
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It is claimed that the North London outfit will move in for a backup goalkeeper to ensure their safety in the course of the coming season.
Dejan Iliev and Matt Macey have both been identified as the best options as a backup gaolkeeper with the North London club hoping to seal a deal for any of one that is available in the summer transfer window.
However, it is expected that Bernd Leno will return to take his place as the first-choice goalkeeper as e is rated as part of the top five goalkeepers in the English Premier League.
Barcelona still on their way to Arsenal
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.
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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.
EPL: Lyon still waiting for Arsenal’s Aouar bid
North London club, Arsenal are reported to be in the chase of French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon star Houssem Aouar in this summer transfer window but of course, they are yet to submit a bid for him.
Houssem Aouar has impressed with the Ligue 1 club and has attracted interest from a number of clubs but the Gunners are being tipped to snap him up this summer window.
However, it is claimed that the North London club is yet to make any bid for the star player as Lyon are still waiting for offers from interested suitors.
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French outlet L’Equipe reports that the bid for Houssem Aouar has now been left very open to all interested suitors as Lyon are forced to part ways with him to be able to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the club.
English Premier League club, Man City are reported to be the only major contestants for Houssem Aouar with Pep Guardiola also making efforts to work with the 22-year-old after his side played against Lyon in the Champions League last season.
Howbeit, the Gunners will be ready to meet with the £54 million asking price if they wish to have Houssem Aouar at the Emirates Stadium next season.
EPL: Arsenal set to face goalkeeping crisis
English Premier League club, Arsenal might be thrown into a goalkeeping crisis as Emiliano Martinez could dump the club in the summer transfer window.
The Argentina international came into the scene as the first-choice at the Emirates Stadium after Bernd Leno picked up an injury against Brighton in the Premier League encounter.
Emiliano Martinez in his short stint at the first-choice goalkeeper was impressive that it was difficult to notice the absence of Bernd Leno as he helped the Gunners to secure their 14th FA Cup title against Chelsea.
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However, Emiliano Martinez has told the Arsenal board to assure him of a first-choice role or have him leave the club as he will not be willing to remain as a second choice if Bernd Leno returns.
This means the Gunners will be short of goalkeeping options should the Argentina international leave the club as getting a goalkeeper with such quality will be very difficult.
He stated that he has already shown the club that he can play and he would like to return for next season’s campaign with the assurance that he will be given the chance to do so.
Emiliano Martinez added that his target is to win the first-choice role as well as emerge as the first choice for the Argentina national team.
EPL: Gunners legend have a say as Willian’s arsenal move gets more real
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.
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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.
EPL: Why Arsenal’s expected transfer deals might not happen
A SunSports reporter, Mark Irwin has claimed that North London outfit Arsenal are poised to sign three players, including Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Dani Ceballos this summer transfer window.
The report also claims that the Gunners will be spending £100 million to be able to achieve this transfer feat as they are hoping to cash in from the sale of Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Shkodran Mustafi this summer window.
However, the North London outfit are not sure of snapping two of their three main targets following the latest reports coming from their camps at Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid for Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos respectively.
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Atletico Madrid club president, Enrique Cerezo in an interview with TeleMadrid expressed confidence that the Ghana international midfielder will not be leaving the club this term, which means an agreement has not been reached with Arsenal on a deal.
He added that Thomas Partey can still be a key part of the club in the coming season despite claims that the player seeks a move away from the Spanish La Liga.
Also, the future of Dani Ceballos is yet to be decided as Real Madrid are yet to confirm his exit from the club because an option of a buy was not included in his loan deal which means both clubs have to begin fresh talks.
Lyon waiting for Arsenal offer, expects others to show up
The latest reports making round has revealed that North London outfit Arsenal are very keen on the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit, Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar this term.
Some journalists close to the North London outfit have confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the midfielder and the possibility of signing him up this summer transfer window.
Houssem Aouar is one of the hottest players in the transfer window after his impressive performance for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 this season. There is no doubt about his quality to make a good career in the English Premier League.
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Meanwhile, French outlet L’Equipe reports that the French Ligue 1 outfit is waiting for an offer for Houssem Aouar as they consider cashing in on him. The report also adds that Lyon will not take less than £54 million for the highly-rated 21-year-old.
However, it was clearly stated in the report that the North London club is not alone in the chase of the player as Man City’s Pep Guardiola is also embroiled in a transfer tussle.
Pep Guardiola already saw Houssem Aouar and confirmed his quality when his team faced Lyon last season in the Champions League and singled him out for praise. He will be facing competition from Real Madrid and Juventus for the midfielder.