AC Milan 2019/20 Kit: Images of New Home Designs for Upcoming Season Leaked

​Images of the potential new AC Milan home kit for the 2019/20 season featuring thinner stripes have been leaked online.

The photos surfaced of the new possible kit on Friday afternoon, and show the likely efforts of shirt manufacturer Puma in only their second time crafting the famous red and black shirt, after two decades of adidas’ handiwork.


The kit shows a return to the stripe-heavy days of 1984, 1999 and 2011, which will likely be welcomed in ​Milan, especially following the uproar that occurred when images of ​Juventus’ alleged new kit leaked online and showed it to have no stripes at all – just block black and white colours. 

Gennaro Gattuso’s side penned a long-term partnership with Puma last summer and, though the exact terms of the deal have been kept under wraps in the time since, it has been estimated that the club receive between €12m and €15m per season as part of the deal. 

Of course, as with all leaks, it is impossible to know at this stage how accurate these images will turn out to be, and so far the Rossoneri have neither confirmed nor denied their veracity, although the production value seems fairly high to be deemed fake. 

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The Rossoneri are currently sat in fourth place, level on points with fifth-placed Atalanta – who beat Napoli 2-1 last weekend – and four points behind Milanese rivals Inter in third, with just five games to go in ​Serie A.

Their next clash will be against Torino on Sunday, before they host Bologna at San Siro the following week.

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Transfer Rumours: Abraham to Everton, Petagna to Leicester, Meunier to Chelsea & More

​Another day, another set of exciting transfer rumours. 

The transfer window is just around the corner and we are a matter of weeks away now from seeing exactly which teams throw money around like it’s going out of fashion, and that’s exactly why we love it.

Here are eight stories for you to keep an eye out for.


Tottenham Tracking Nigerian Wonderkid Ahead of Bargain Summer Bid

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If you haven’t heard of Spartaks Virsliga youngster Chikezie Miracle Nwaorisa, chances are you’re not alone. The 18-year-old midfielder has broken through in the Latvian league this season, and he has won himself plenty of fans.​

According to ​Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Villarreal, Sampdoria and Dinamo Zagreb for Nwaorisa’s signature, and he could be available for a bargain €1.5m.

Could the Nigerian be the next youngster to blossom into a star under Mauricio Pochettino?


Leicester Ready for €20m Transfer Battle Over Atalanta’s Andrea Petagna

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Prolific goalscorers are always a valuable commodity in the transfer window, and it looks like ​Leicester City have found one in the shape of Atalanta’s Andrea Petagna.

​The Guardian state that Leicester scouts have watched the 23-year-old, who is currently on loan with SPAL, on a number of occasions this season, and have been incredibly impressed with his return of 14 goals for a side lost in mid-table obscurity in the ​Serie A.

SPAL are obligated to sign Petagna for €10m this summer in the likely event that they avoid relegation, but the Foxes are ready to offer them a chance to double their money with a €20m offer.


Dortmund Eye ‘Next Superstar’ Reinier in €30m Deal

There’s nothing quite like seeing your side snap up the next future superstar, so ​Borussia Dortmund fans could be in for a fun summer.

The man on their wish list, according to ​Bild, is 17-year-old Flamengo starlet Reinier. Die Borussen feel he is destined for superstardom, but would have to part with around €30m if they want him all to themselves.

However, they could face serious interest from ​Real Madrid, who have been linked with Reinier in the past. Los Blancos love a mammoth shopping spree in Brazil, so Dortmund may need to act quick to win this race.


Wolves Join Race for €15m Signing of World Cup Star Domagoj Vida

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The 2018 World Cup will live long in the memories of many fans, and ​Premier League supporters could be in for a little throwback to the tournament this summer.

One of the stars of the competition was Croatia’s Domagoj Vida and, according to ​Sporx, ​Wolverhampton Wanderers have not forgotten about the 29-year-old centre-back, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign with Besiktas.

Wolves are said to have reached out to the Turkish side about signing Vida, and a fee of €15m could be enough to seal the deal. However, with Roma and ​Inter both keen, they may have some work to do to convince Vida. 


Real Madrid Refuse to Lose Wonderkid Martin Odegaard Permanently 

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In 2016, Martin Odegaard was destined for greatness. In 2017, he was being labelled a flop. 2018 saw him rebuild his reputation on loan with Vitesse, could 2019 be the year he makes it with Real Madrid? Not exactly. 

According to ​Marca, Los Blancos have been incredibly impressed with him, and they are ready to reject any interest from ​Champions League semi-finalists Ajax to keep him around the club for a little while longer. The Eredivisie side were said to be keen on a €20m deal for the 20-year-old, but Real are not interested.

However, they could be keen on sending Odegaard out on loan again, and Ajax would be an incredibly appealing destination. It may be another year before he steps out at the Bernabeu again.


Everton to Test Chelsea’s Resolve With Bid for Prolific Forward Tammy Abraham

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Scoring goals has not always come easy to ​Everton this season. Both Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have struggled at times, and Marco Silva is keen to add some much-needed firepower to his side.​

One man in their sights, according to ​Football Insider, is ​Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, who has scored an impressive 25 goals in 39 appearances on loan with ​Championship side ​Aston Villa. The Toffees have watched him plenty of times this season, and feel he is ready to make the jump to the ​Premier League.

Unfortunately, a deal may not be too straightforward, as Chelsea still face the possibility of being unable to sign players this summer as a result of their transfer ban. The Blues could look to promote Abraham to the first team, given their doubts over the long-term futures of ​Gonzalo Higuain and ​Olivier Giroud.


Shkodran Mustafi Nearing Arsenal Exit as Gunners Target Samuel Umtiti & Michael Keane

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Recent weeks have not been kind to Shkodran Mustafi. The German has attracted plenty of unwanted criticism after a series of underwhelming showings, including a nightmare showing against ​Crystal Palace, and it appears ​Arsenal could be looking to part ways with him.

Unai Emery is keen to get rid of Mustafi, and the ​Daily Mail note that he could look to replace him with either ​Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti or ​Everton’s ​Michael Keane.​

​Manchester United’s ​Eric Bailly is also on their wish list, and it looks like Mustafi’s time at the Emirates Stadium could be coming to an end sooner rather than later.


Premier League Giants Set to Battle for €30m Signing of Wantaway PSG Star Thomas Meunier

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After a few seasons of playing second-fiddle to the rest of Paris Saint-Germain’s defence​, it could be time for Thomas Meunier to move on. His contract expires in the summer of 2020, and there is no new deal on the horizon.

​RMC Sport claim PSG are keen to sell the Belgian this summer, and will demand a fee of around €30m for the right-back. This news could be good for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, who are all paying close attention to the situation.

He previously confessed to ​DH that the only thing he loves more than United is playing the piano, so you can probably guess where he would like to end up.

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Fulham vs Cardiff City: Neil Warnock’s Best Available Bluebirds Lineup

​Cardiff City travel to Fulham on Saturday for a must-win game in their fight for Premier League survival.

​Cardiff are three points from safety with three matches remaining but ​Brighton are there to be caught, with the Bluebirds facing a more favourable run-in.

Neil Warnock will be without midfielder Joe Ralls, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in the defeat to ​Liverpool last weekend. It remains to be seen whether ​Harry Arter will return from a calf injury in time for the trip to Craven Cottage.

Here’s how Cardiff could line up for this crucial Premier League ​clash.


​Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Neil Etheridge (GK) – The Philippines international has one clean sheet more than ​David De Gea this season.

Lee Peltier (RB) – The 32-year-old defender has become Cardiff’s first choice right-back in the second half of the season and should make his eighth consecutive start. 

Bruno Ecuele Manga (CB) – Manga has started all but one of Cardiff’s league matches this season – a 2-0 defeat to ​Wolves.

Sean Morrison (CB) – Morrison sealed the victory against Brighton earlier in April but his bizarre miss against Liverpool on Sunday will go down as one of the worst of the season.

Joe Bennett (LB) – Bennett has made more appearances for Cardiff than for any of his previous clubs and is six games away from 100 for the Bluebirds.


Midfielders

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Aron Gunnarsson (CM) – Throw-ins are as good as corners for Cardiff with Gunnarsson hurling them into the mixer.

Leandro Bacuna (CM) – It is unclear whether Arter will return after his two-game absence, so Bacuna could get the nod in midfield after being compared to ​Paul Pogba by Warnock recently.

Victor Camarasa (CM) – Camarasa’s highly successful loan spell at Cardiff is nearing its end but a win on Saturday could keep Cardiff’s hopes alive of signing the Spaniard on a permanent basis.


Forwards

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (RW) – Mendez-Laing is in good form after his wonderful goal against Brighton and gave Liverpool’s ​Trent Alexander-Arnold a difficult afternoon last Sunday.

Kenneth Zohore (ST) – Oumar Niasse is still firing blanks up top for Cardiff and it may be time to give Zohore only his seventh Premier League start of the season.

Junior Hoilett (LW) – Despite scoring just 16 goals in 113 appearances, his return for the Bluebirds is the highest of his career.

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Watford vs Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo’s Best Available Wanderers Lineup

​Wolves travel to Watford on Saturday afternoon, knowing they are three wins away from securing European football next season.

Seventh will be enough to secure a place in the Europa League and Wolves currently occupy that position after a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

If this game ends up being anything like the last match between the teams, when Watford won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in the FA Cup semi final at the beginning of the month, then we are in for a treat.

Here’s how Nuno Espirito Santo’s team could look for Saturday’s ​clash.


Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Rui Patricio (GK) – The veteran is enjoying his debut season in the ​Premier League, playing all but one game and keeping seven clean sheets along the way.

Matt Doherty (RWB) – An ever present in 2018/19, the Republic of Ireland international has had a productive campaign so far. His goal against Arsenal was his fourth in the league and he has also provided four assists for his teammates.

Ryan Bennett (CB) – The 29-year-old was key in helping Wolves gain promotion from the Championship last season, and his good form has carried on into the Premier League this year.

Conor Coady (CB) – The skipper has featured in every league game this season, leading from example at the heart of the Wolves defence.

Willy Boly (CB) – Since arriving from Porto, initially on loan, Boly has been colossal at the back for Wolves – only missing two games this season.

Jonny Castro (LWB) – Jonny impressed so much during the first half of the season that Wolves signed him on a permanent basis in January.


Midfielders 

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Ruben Neves (CM) – Wolves shelled out £16m on Neves and the 22-year-old has made a seamless transition to the Premier League from the Championship. He’s a key player and makes them tick – supplying passes for strikers Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to find the back of the net. His set pieces are always dangerous, his wonder strike against Arsenal being evidence of that. 

Joao Moutinho (CM) – Eight assists and one goal show how much Moutinho contributes to his team. He may not be the quickest but his football brain never stops, only seven players have provided more assists for their teammates in England’s top flight than the Euro 2016 winner.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – A summer signing from Anderlecht, Dendoncker made a slow start to his Wolves career – not making his debut until December – but has featured in the last 14 games.


Forwards

Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota (ST) – The former Atletico Madrid man has been a revelation for the Wanderers, netting eight times and laying on four goals for his colleagues. His pace and direct play causes defenders problems, and other teams will be sniffing around if his great form continues.

Raul Jimenez (ST) – Wolves splashed out a club record £34m to secure Jimenez and, with the Mexican having contributed towards 45% of their goals, that seems like money well spent. He is their top scorer and has formed a formidable double act with Diogo Jota – the duo have netted 20 times between them.

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Spurs Ladies to Be Renamed Tottenham Hotspur Women Ahead of Next Season

​Tottenham have confirmed that their Ladies team will be renamed ‘Tottenham Hotspur Women’ from the start of the next season.

Originally called the Broxbourne Ladies, the side was formed in 1985 before becoming Spurs Ladies six years later. 


Now, as confirmed on the ​club’s official website, the side will officially be named as Tottenham Hotspur Women from the beginning of the next campaign.

Karen Hills’ side currently occupy second spot in the Championship, and know that a victory at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday will secure them promotion to the Women’s Super League.

If ​Spurs do indeed make their way to the top-flight, then it will mean all clubs in the Super League would have ‘Women’ in their title next season.


With promotion very much on the cards, the club also announced that Heather Cowan has been appointed as Head of Women’s Football to oversee all day-to-day operations, having been in similar role at Birmingham City. 

Speaking about her appointment, Cowan said: “I am thrilled to have joined Spurs at a time where women’s football is really starting to flourish. The Club has a wonderful opportunity to create an exciting future and a lasting legacy in the women’s game and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that.


“We shall be working hard to develop a structure and culture that enables talented female footballers to thrive. We’re striving for continued success and to build something that fans, players and staff are all proud to be a part of.”

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