Steven Gerrard & Patrick Vieira Among Names Linked With Newcastle Job as Toon Shortlist Is Revealed

​There have been plenty of names linked with the vacant managerial role at St. James’ Park following the news of Rafa Benitez’s impending departure from Newcastle United, but reports purporting to know the Magpies’ managerial shortlist for the position are starting to circulate.

On Monday afternoon Newcastle confirmed Rafa Benitez would leave the club when his contract expires on July 1, ​m​uch to the fury of the Toon Army.

The ​Sun, along with a corresponding report from the ​Telegraph, claim the club have drawn up a shortlist which includes Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta as candidates to take over from the departing Spaniard.


Yet the Sun’s report indicate Newcastle are yet to make any contact with any of their targets, with owner/villain Mike Ashley thought to be ‘seeking clarity’ over the Bin Zayed Group’s proposed takeover the club – delays to this process, the Sun theorise, could lead to Ashley hiring a short-term manager, though one wonders which of the aforementioned candidates would accept a role with such uncertainty surrounding the club.

Other names that have been touted for the role include ex-Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, as well as Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Burnley’s Sean Dyche. 

But the ​Daily Mail indicate ​Newcastle will have to part ways with £10m to lure Dyche away from Turf Moor, with the Englishman still having three years remaining on his current contract worth £65,000 per week. 

Furthermore, 90min understands Dyche does have an interest in the Toon job, but could face competition from Anthony Hudson, who most recently coached the Colorado Rapids of the MLS, with the American having already spoken with executives at the club.

Lastly, and perhaps most intriguing, we understand that former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose name has been linked with the position in recent weeks, has not yet ruled himself out of contention.

Regardless of who gets the job, reports indicate that they must be willing to accept less control on transfer dealings than Benitez – a key point that is sure to not sit well with fans, given Ashley’s unwillingness to spend money on the playing staff.


With so many names flying around it’s hard to make sense of just who the frontrunners are for the Newcastle job, but with preseason set to begin next week, the Magpies must assemble a first-team coaching staff quickly.


Man Utd & Man City Remain Confident Leicester City Will Lower Harry Maguire’s £100m Price Tag

Manchester United are reported to have pulled out of the race to sign England defender Harry Maguire after being quoted a total of £100m by Leicester City, potentially leaving Manchester City alone in pursuit of the 26-year-old centre-back.

Yet 90min understands that both United and City remain confident of landing Maguire, while Leicester would ultimately settle for less than the £100m package they have been holding out for.

Sergio Aguero,Harry Maguire

Weighing on the subject, the Daily Mirror alleges that United are now ‘out of the running’ because the Foxes are seeking a deal worth £90m, plus a further £10m in add-ons. The newspaper claims that the Old Trafford club only value Maguire at around £60m.

The subsequent implication from that version of events is that it will now be up to Manchester City to decide whether they are willing to meet Leciester’s lofty demands.

Assuming that United are unwilling to go to £100m, it is difficult to believe that City would. The reigning Premier League champions, while significant spenders in recent years, have often shied away from splashing out the really big cash on single deals. Their club transfer record was only pushed to £60m last summer and is far less than the record fees at United, Liverpool and Chelsea. City have also notably walked away from deals for Alexis Sanchez and Fred.

Josep Guardiola

There is a belief that Leicester could settle, with 90min recently reporting that their valuation of Maguire initially started as high as an eye watering £120m, before dropping to £100m. And it is thought the Foxes would ultimately accept a smaller package in the region of £85m to £90m – still a new world record for defender, as well a potential new record for a British club.

That Leicester’s £100m valuation exceeds what both clubs are currently willing to pay tallies up with existing reports on the developing saga – earlier this week a story from Sky Sports suggested United and City had informed the Foxes of their willingness to pay £65m.

Clearly, there is plenty of negotiating still to be done.

Whether United or City will stretch to £85m or £90m is now the key question, although the confidence of both clubs in the race suggests they think an agreeable deal is possible.

Harry Maguire

While Leicester are happy to keep Maguire if they do not receive an acceptable offer, 90min understands that the Foxes are eyeing Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Bristol City’s Adam Webster as possible replacements. However, they will not move for either if Maguire stays.

With Maguire signing a new long-term contract at the King Power Stadium less than a year ago and not actively pushing for a transfer, despite being open to one, the general consensus is that Leicester are under no pressure or obligation to sell. That is why they can demand so much.


Lucas Torreira Dismisses AC Milan Links & Insists He Is ‘Happy’ at Arsenal

​Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has insisted that he is happy at the Emirate Stadium, dismissing talk of a potential move to AC Milan.

Torreira fuelled talk of a potential move away from Arsenal by ​admitting he had struggled to settle in England, with Milan thought to be keen on bringing the Uruguay international back to Serie A.

Lucas Torreira

However, speaking ahead of his nation’s Copa America quarter-final against Peru (via the ​Daily Mail), Torreira insisted that he was in no rush to leave ​Arsenal this summer.

He said: “Nobody from ​AC Milan has got in touch with me. Today I’m in the ​Premier League and happy to be part of Arsenal. Adapting was not easy, but I only think about the team. I’m happy to be there.”

Reports had claimed that Torreira longed for a return to Italy, whilst Milan were also thought to be eager to recruit him as part of their summer overhaul. Arsenal were even said to be ​open to a permanent sale, although Torreira’s latest words seem to suggest that he is going nowhere this summer.

The Gunners are on the lookout for ways to raise transfer funds, with their reported budget of £45m thought to be far below what Unai Emery is looking to spend this summer. 

The club have been heavily linked with plenty of players, such as Kieran Tierney, ​Wilfried Zaha and Armando Izzo, and will certainly need to raise more money if they are to sign more than one of their targets.


The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny have been linked with moves away from the Emirates this summer, with Emery keen to build a squad capable of competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

It appears as though Torreira, who made 50 appearances for Arsenal last season, is eager to remain part of the side as the Gunners look to bounce back from a disappointing end to their last campaign. 


Neto Completes €35m Barcelona Transfer Following Jasper Cillessen’s Move to Valencia

​Barcelona have completed the signing of Valencia goalkeeper Neto, following Jasper Cillessen’s move in the opposite direction.

​The deal for Cillessen was always expected to pave the way for Neto to head to Camp Nou, with Barcelona in need of a new goalkeeper to compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The club took to their ​official website to confirm the deal, writing: “F​Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Norberto Murara Neto. 

“The cost of the transaction will be €26m plus 9m in add-ons. The player will be signing a contract with the club for the next four seasons, until the end of the 2022/23 season, and his buyout clause has been set at 200 million euros.

“Details of the Brazilian goalkeeper’s presentation as a new Barça player will be released shortly.”

Norberto Murara Neto

The 29-year-old made 80 appearances for Valencia during his two years with the club, impressing with his agility and quick reflexes. However, after clashing with manager Marcelino, Neto found himself nearing the exit door at the Estadio Mestalla.

With Cillessen pushing for a move away from Barcelona in search of first-team football, the Blaugrana quickly struck a deal with Valencia which would see the two goalkeepers move in opposite directions, although the two deals are thought to be completely separate.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

At Camp Nou, Neto will compete with ​Ter Stegen for minutes, although the German is still expected to retain his place in the starting lineup. In his five years with the club, he has racked up 190 appearances, establishing himself as one of the world’s top goalkeepers.


PSG to Demand Barcelona Duo as Makeweight for Neymar With Brazilian Eyeing Sensational Return

​Paris Saint-Germain will demand that Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho be included in any deal that would see Neymar leave the club and make a sensational return to Barcelona.

The Brazilian has supposedly grown tired of life in France, as the move that was meant to present him with grander personal accolades has instead been riddled with injuries and Champions League failings.

Having moved to Paris in a blockbuster world-record transfer two years ago, worth an immense €222m, his days are now numbered as the ​Blaugrana explore the multitude of different options available to bring the 27-year-old back to the Camp Nou.

Whatever option they seek, however, PSG will demand that it must include forward duo Dembele and Coutinho, according to Spanish publication ​Sport. 

While the Dembele side of the deal would be a loan deal with an option to buy, Coutinho’s move would be a permanent transfer. It is also expected that Ernesto Valverde’s side would need to offer some money to strike a deal.

The ​Express claim that Barca have already made two bids for to PSG, the first offer being £89m along with three three players – Ivan Rakitic, Dembele and Samuel Umtiti – while the second was an equal amount of cash but with Coutinho instead of the three players mentioned.


If the offers are anything to go by, then Barcelona appear somewhat unwilling to part with both forwards, an area they would be light on if the pair are to leave with just one addition coming the other way.

Reports emanating from Spain are that ​Neymar has ​already agreed personal terms on what would be a five-year-deal and a 50% salary cut, therefore the only issue left to iron out is the fee, a sticking point which looks likely to rumble on throughout the summer.