Everton to reject all Pickford offers amid Chelsea links

Everton will reject offers from any club for Jordan Pickford amid reports linking Chelsea with a move for the goalkeeper, Goal understands.

Marco Silva’s side are keen to hold onto their prized asset as they aim to do more business themselves in the final two weeks of the transfer window, having already landed Richarlison from Watford and waved goodbye to Davy Klaassen and Ramiro Funes Mori.

Everton’s relationship with Chelsea is strained due to the London side’s previous approaches for John Stones and Ross Barkley having proved disruptive for the Merseyside club.

The Blues are said to have made the shot-stopper a top target while they run the risk of losing current No.1 Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, as he pushes for a move to the European champions to be closer to his family in the Spanish capital.

Talks for the 26-year-old have stalled as Chelsea want a replacement to come in before sanctioning the sale of their reliable first choice.

However, Pickford is unlikely to be the one to step in for the Belgian, as he only joined the Toffees last year in a £30 million move from Sunderland and still has four years remaining on his contract, but his impressive displays at the World Cup have only increased talk of him heading to a bigger Premier League side.

Alisson was Chelsea’s initial top target to replace Courtois but he went on to join Everton’s rivals Liverpool in a £65m ($87m) deal from Roma.

Chelsea have also been linked with Jack Butland, Kasper Schmeichel and Gianluigi Donnarumma, but a clear option has yet to be determined.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have already landed one backup goalkeeper this summer in the form of ex-England No.1 Rob Green and they also landed midfielder Jorginho from Napoli. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also in talks with Juventus over the potential signing of Gonzalo Higuain, Daniele Rugani and Mattia Caldara.

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Barcelona likely to make more signings, says Valverde

Barcelona’s summer transfer business is not over, according to coach Ernesto Valverde, who says the Blaugrana are likely to make more signings before the close of the window.

The Liga champions recently announced the capture of Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux, beating Roma to the punch at the last minute.

Malcom became the club’s third signing of the summer following Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet’s arrivals at Camp Nou.

And while Barca’s business so far represents a solid strengthening of the squad, Valverde feels his squad lacks depth in midfield following the exits of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.

“We’re open to any possibility,” the coach told a news conference, “It’s true that we’ve had some big departures in midfield so it’s likely that we will make more signings.

“We will try to build the most competitive squad possible, keeping in mind that Andres [Iniesta] and Paulinho have left.”

When quizzed on what profile the club are looking for in terms of targets, he said: “It doesn’t depend only on me, but on the club and what players are available.

“We want players that fit our style. We need people that can generate play through the middle – and if they can get forward into the box, too, even better.”

Despite all the talk of more signings, Valverde is eager to trim the fat from his squad, with Lucas Digne close to Everton and one of five central defenders likely to be moved on.

Lucas Digne

Firmly in the midst of pre-season, however, the coach has time to run the rule over his fringe players and make an informed decision over who he wants to keep at Camp Nou.

“It’s a familiar story for all the teams at this stage of the season,” he said, “There are players coming back from loans, players from the B team and we have to decide [who will stay and who will go].

“We think the B team can help us this year, and, yes, I prefer to have a small squad. As for the players that could go, we will see.

“The tour of the United States provides a chance for the players coming back from loans and up from the B team.”

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‘Chicharito not on the market’ – West Ham determined to keep Mexico star

Javier Hernandez is not “on the market” and is unlikely to leave West Ham before the start of the season, according to club sporting director Mario Husillos.

The 30-year-old has recently returned to the club after World Cup duty with Mexico, where El Tri advanced from the group stage for a seventh consecutive tournament, only to be eliminated by Brazil in the last 16.

Despite a bright start with West Ham, Hernandez’s future has been a subject of speculation after falling out of favour at London Stadium last season, when former manager David Moyes preferred Marko Arnautovic to lead the line.

The striker was a headline signing for the Hammers last year and Husillos, who worked with new manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga when they reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 2012-13, believes the former Manchester City tactician’s arrival could provide Hernandez with a new lease of life.

Speaking to Marca Claro, Husillos said: “We have many expectations, but offers? There surely won’t be any because people know we have him. For the moment he’s not on the market at all.

“[Pellegrini’s] style is one that favours all attacking players, because it is to maintain possession, attack, reach the area and create opportunities.

“The forwards in general are benefited by this type of play.”

Pellegrini’s first Premier League match as West Ham manager will be against Liverpool at Anfield on August 12.

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Lacazette must rediscover his lethality in front of goal if Arsenal are to attain success under Emery

For 90 minutes he huffed and puffed, trying his best to score a goal for his team and hopefully impress his new manager. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be for Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal as they succumbed to a defeat to Atletico Madrid on penalties at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

Seeing the Frenchman play can be quite frustrating as he looks languid at times when his team does not have possession. Lacazette’s work rate is questionable at times but not his ability. The 27 year old was a goal machine at Lyon even being named the named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year the in the 2014–2015 season.

But his time in North London has yet to replicate that narrative and against Atletico Madrid it showed just why. When the golden chance came for him to bury the ball into the back of the net, he failed and for a team that intends to challenge for Champions League places, it simply isn’t good enough.

Granted, it may only be a pre-season match but this is the period where you prove your worth and so far for Lacazette it hasn’t been going well for him. Compounding matters for the former Lyon player was the fact that a relatively unknown youngster outshone him. Emile Smith Rowe was simply sublime in midfield as he displayed maturity and composure beyond his tender years.

Moreover the 18-year-old scored a goal for Arsenal to add to his all-round impressive performance. Now, for Unai Emery it is back to the drawing board and to figure out how he can unleash the potential of Lacazette.

In the match against Diego Simeone’s side Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was used out wide instead of a front two partnership with Lacazette. Many Arsenal fans are dying to see them in tandem upfront. It is still early days under the Emery regime to see how he will extract the best out of his players, tactically.

But the Spaniard must act fast to revive Lacazette’s confidence for the Gunners will need goals if they are to qualify for European football. Emery’s time in France with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club was marred by his inability to deliver the Champions League. Indeed there were also reports that he lost control of the dressing room.

Now if he wants to avoid that in England, he must start winning. And Lacazette could be the main key to opening the doors of success should he revive the Frenchman’s lethality in front of goal.

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African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Manchester United’s Eric Bailly not for sale

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to African stars in the summer transfer market


Eric Bailly not for sale


Eric Bailly will not be leaving Manchester United this summer despite Jose Mourinho’s plans to reinforce his defence, according to Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils have assured the Cote d’Ivoire international that his future is secured at the club as they look to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld before the transfer market closes.

Bailly has played in every of Manchester United’s pre-season games and he is most likely to get the nod for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10.


Zaha cools Crystal Palace exit rumours


After deleting a cryptic, Instagram post on Friday, Wilfried Zaha has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Crystal Palace.

The Sun reports that the 25-year-old posted on his Instagram story to confirm that his deleted message that reads – ‘Today is the day I make a change with everything’ – has nothing to do with football.


Aboubakar emerges as Sevilla top target


Sevilla have made Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar their transfer priority as they look to strengthen their attacking force, Estadio Deportivo reports.

Aboubakar who is still under contract with Porto until 2021, attracted interest from Pablo Machin following an impressive 2017-18 campaign where he scored 24 goals across all competitions.

The La Liga outfit are also targeting Fluminense youngster Pedro Guilherme Abreu to challenge Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel.


Ayew completes Fenerbahce move


Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Andre Ayew on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City. 

The Turkish giants confirmed the capture of the Ghana international during a public presentation on Friday.

Read the full story here


Iwobi close to new Arsenal deal


Alex Iwobi is close to signing a new deal with Arsenal, head coach Unai Emery has confirmed.

Ahead of the Gunners’ International Champions Cup game against PSG, Emery revealed that the Nigeria international whose contract runs until 2020 will soon ink fresh terms to commit his future to Arsenal.

Read the manager’s full comments on Goal!


West Ham hold talks over Marega move


West Ham United are targeting a deal for £22 million-rated Porto forward Moussa Marega, according to Daily Mail .

The Hammers have opened discussions for the Mali international who scored 23 goals last season in Porto’s successful league campaign.

With Porto reportedly interested in Cheikhou Kouyate, the East London outfit could include the Senegal captain in the deal in order to make the move possible.


Ikeme retires from football


Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has called time on his career as a footballer having been kept out of action for 12 months.

The 32-year-old confirmed his retirement from professional football through a statement from his club on Friday.

Check out the full story on Goal right here !


Umar joins Rizespor on loan


Aminu Umar has been given a chance to continue in the Turkish top-flight next season after reaching a season-long loan deal with newly promoted Caykur Rizespor.

The Nigerian striker scored five goals in 31 league appearances for Osmanlıspor last term but was not enough to save them from relegation.

Check out the full story on Goal right here !


Sabaly expected at Napoli


Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly is expected at Napoli for medical examination on Friday, Mercato365 reports.

The Partenopei are not ready to risk the signing of the Senegal international who has problem with his medial collateral ligament.

If the result turns out positive, club President Aurelio De Laurentiis will then make the decision of either signing the 25-year-old or PSV defender Santiago Arias after ruling out the arrival of both players at the Stadio San Paolo according to Calciomercato .


Leicester in talks for Jordan Ayew


Leicester City have opened talks with Swansea City over the transfer of Jordan Ayew, The Times reports.

Claude Puel is keen on strengthening his squad with the versatile forward who scored seven goals in Swansea City’s underwhelming Premier League campaign last term.

Ayew has attracted lots of interests this summer, notable was Fulham’s £8 million offer that was rejected by Graham Potter’s side.


Nottingham Forest want Sheyi Ojo


Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for £10m-rated Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, according to the Sun .

Ojo is currently on tour with Liverpool in USA but the Reds are ready to cash in on the winger as he is nowhere near the first-team set-up.

The 21-year-old scored four times in 24 appearances during his last loan spell in the Championship and helped Fulham win promotion to English top-flight last season.


Essien completes Uefa B coaching license


Chelsea legend Michael Essien is close to becoming a football manager after completing Uefa B coaching license, according to Ghana Soccernet .

The 35-year-old is now eligible to coach in Ghana Premier League but needs a Pro License to qualify for a coaching job in the English Premier League.

 


Crystal Palace & Porto in talks for Kouyate


According to  SkySports News , Crystal Palace are discussing a £10 million summer move for Cheikhou Kouyate as they look to bolster their midfield following the departure of Yohan Cabaye.

The 28-year-old who joined the Hammers from Anderlecht in 2014 is reportedly not in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans following the arrival of Jack Wilshere.

And the Hammers are ready to cash in on the Senegal international this summer even though he still has three years left on his contract.

The Sun claims that Porto are also holding talks to sign the midfielder.


Dortmund eye Belhanda


Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Morocco international Younes Belhanda from Galatasaray, Get Football News claims.

Dortmund coach Lucian Favre is plotting a reunion with his former Nice midfielder at the Signal Iduna Park.

Belhanda could become the second Moroccan to join the Bundesliga club this summer after Achraf Hakimi completed a two-year loan move from Real Madrid.


‘Zaha perfect for Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs’ 


Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako believes Wilfried Zaha will be a great addition for Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur. 

The Cote d’Ivoire international previously flopped at Manchester United back in 2013 before switching back to Selhurst Park where he has rebuilt his game and reputation.

See what Salako had to say on Goal!


Napoli reject €100m bid for Koulibaly


Napoli have turned down an offer worth €100 million by an unnamed English Premier League club for Kalidou Koulibaly, Calciomercato reports.

The Senegal international has attracted lots of interests from big European clubs with Chelsea being the closest but they were blocked following the capture of Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho.

The report claims that the unnamed club could have been Manchester United who possess such financial resources as they are currently in search for defensive reinforcement.


West Ham turn to Lemina


West Ham are considering a move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as replacement for Pedro Obiang, according to SkySports News .

Obiang is closing in on a return to his former club Sampdoria after spending three years with the Hammers.

Lemina joined the the Saints from Juventus last summer for €17 million.


Juventus & Barcelona eye Sarr


Barcelona, Juventus and some clubs in the English Premier League have registered their interest in signing Senegal’s World Cup Ismaila Sarr, agent Thierno Seydi revealed.

The 20-year-old’s impressive showings at the world stage in Russia have drawn top European scouts to monitor and request for his availability this summer.

Check out his agent’s full comments on Goal!

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