Barcelona Enter Race to Sign Moise Kean as Juventus Youngster’s Future Remains Uncertain

Barcelona are the latest side to be linked with a potential approach for Moise Kean, as the Juventus youngster’s future remains increasingly uncertain.

Despite enjoying an impressive breakout season with Juventus, Kean has been touted with a move away from the Italian champions this season with the likes of Inter, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Everton all being cited as potential suitors for the 19-year-old.

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Now, according to a report from Italian journalist ​Gianluca Di Marzio, ​Barcelona have entered the fray and could be prepared to pay the €25m to €30m fee ​Juventus are currently demanding. If Barcelona were successful in their quest to sign the Italian forward, then they would consider sending him out on loan to Sevilla.

However, in contrast to those reports, ​Mundo Deportivo are suggesting that Sevilla are not interested in pursuing a loan deal for Kean, as they are instead focused on keeping Wissam Ben Yedder at the club. 

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​Manchester United have been eyeing up a move for the French striker and 

Sevilla-based outlet La Colina de Nervion have gone as far as to say that he has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils. 

While Juventus will be willing to let Kean go this summer, they would still be looking to include a buy-back clause to ensure that they can bring him back to Turin if he achieves his full potential elsewhere.

Moise Kean

Juventus have already been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, securing deals for Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Cristian Romero, but they are yet to strengthen their options up top, which could indicate that they have a number of replacements for Kean in their sights.

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Transfer Window: 6 Players That are Vying for Moves But Have Absolutely Nowhere to Go

​With the summer transfer window in full flow, there is a lot of business still yet to be done by clubs and players. While teams around Europe and worldwide are looking for new recruitments ahead of the season, there are a lot of players who are also looking to leave their respective sides.

However, this summer more than any other in recent memory, a lot of players vying for big-money moves have nowhere to go. 

Here are just a few of the players who are pushing for moves this summer, but seem unlikely to get their wish.


Neymar

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Despite joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee just two summers ago, ​Neymar already wants to move on. The Brazilian star didn’t turn up to pre-season training earlier this month, which infuriated the Parisian club, who stated they were to take “appropriate action”.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has said that Neymar can leave “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, and ​Barcelona have been heavily linked with bringing him back to the Camp Nou two years after his departure. 

Although Neymar is in a tough situation at the moment, it looks like he’ll be staying in Paris. Barcelona would need to pay a huge fee to re-sign him, and although PSG say that Neymar can leave it would be daft to let a £200m record signing exit the Parc des Princes after two seasons.


Paul Pogba

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​Paul Pogba has been at the heart of another transfer saga this summer, this time involving big-spending ​Real Madrid. The ​Manchester United midfielder is one of Los Blancos’ key targets, as Florentino Pérez aims to continue his summer spending spree in style.

Although the Spanish side are willing to pay a large fee and give up big players to acquire Pogba’s services, the problem lies with whether United will part ways with arguably their best and most important player and whether Real will follow through with their pursuit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a summer of rebuilding to do, and Pogba is likely to be apart of his plans. While the Frenchman may feel that it is best for him to move on, the Red Devils are not as eager and look like they will fight to keep him at Old Trafford, whatever it takes.


Nicolas Pépé

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After bagging 23 goals and 12 assists for Lille last season, Nicolas Pépé is hot property in the European market. A number of clubs have been vying for his signature, with European champions ​Liverpool and ​Arsenal battling to sign him.

Pépé himself also seems eager to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with ​Inter and PSG also in contention. However, Lille have set an €80m price tag for their star forward, and even then they seem reluctant to part ways with Pépé.

Lille and Pépé are waiting for the right offer from the right club, and while there are plenty of options staying in northern France and helping the club in their ​Champions League campaign may turn out to be a priority for Pépé as he decides the next step in his career.


Christian Eriksen

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Rumours have been flying around White Hart Lane over midfielder ​Christian Eriksen, who could be ​La Liga bound. Eriksen has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, and has been delaying a possible contract renewal with ​Tottenham for months.

The Dane is believed to be eager to move to Spain, and has been waiting for one of their top clubs to make an offer. However, Spurs have shown no sign of letting Eriksen go, despite not tying him down with a new contract amid the speculation.

Spurs don’t look like they’ll be letting any players go, especially not ones like Eriksen. He will continue to wait for a breakthrough in the transfer saga, but with a few weeks of the transfer window to go, he may be spending another season in north London.


Wilfried Zaha

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​Crystal Palace and ​Wilfried Zaha are stuck in an internal conflict with one another, with the Ivorian telling the club that he wants to leave this summer. Zaha has been with the Eagles since 2004 as a youth player, but looks like he now wants a move to Arsenal.

Manager Roy Hodgson has hinted at the fact that the club would let him go, but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka already leaving for Manchester United, it would be a fatal blow for Crystal Palace if another one of their star players left for pastures new.

Zaha will no doubt keep pushing for a move, but if Palace continue to reject big money offers then he will have no choice but to stay. The Ivorian will keep trying to find a compromise with the club, as he hopes to make a huge move in his career.


Danny Rose

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With Spurs already facing a battle with Eriksen, they are now preparing for one with ​Danny Rose too. PSG, ​Juventus and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the England full-back, with Rose left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour squad so he can “explore other opportunities”.

Although Rose will be deciding whether he wants to move on, Tottenham may be wiser to keep ahold of him. They are already short of full-backs ​having sold Kieran Trippier to Atlético Madrid, and if they can’t replace Trippier and Rose in time then they’ll have to hold onto the latter.

Rose does look very likely to leave at the moment, but the rumours and interest in signing him may not hold up. If Spurs cannot reach a deal with another club or make a decision regarding Rose, then he will likely be stuck at White Hart Lane for a while longer.


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Picking the Liverpool XI That Should Start Against Norwich City in August Premier League Opener

Liverpool are still in the midst of their pre-season preparations after wins against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City.

Jürgen Klopp’s side recently embarked on their US Tour where they faced Borussia Dortmund and will battle it out with Sevilla and Sporting CP, before finishing off their summer with games against Napoli in Edinburgh and Lyon in Geneva.

But attention is already turning to that Premier League opener against Norwich City on August 9 at Anfield. The Reds will be hoping to go one step further in 2019/20 and claim the ultimate prize of the Premier League title.

As of right now, without speculatively looking to future signings that may or not happen – here’s how Liverpool should line up against the Canaries next month.


Alisson Becker (GK) – The Brazilian number one will return to face Norwich on the Friday night having been victorious in the Copa America and will be full of confidence going into the match and the new season. He will be eyeing the Golden Glove next campaign, having secured it in 2018/19.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – One of the first names on the team sheet, the 20-year-old has locked down the right back position, having impressed throughout the whole of last season, clocking up 13 assists. A no brainer.

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Joe Gomez (CB) – Liverpool fans could see Joe Gomez make a return to first-team action, having stained a lower leg fracture during the Reds’ 3-1 win at Burnley on December 5 last season. He could be given the nod ahead of Joël Matip.

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Virgil van Dijk (CB) – He picks himself, really. Will continue where he left off last season. The 28-year-old towering colossus will be the go to man at the back as always. It will no doubt be another successful campaign for the Dutchman.

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Andrew Robertson (LB) – The 26-year-old Scot clocked up a staggering number of assists last season. Another one of Klopp’s key playing staff, Robertson has been a breath of fresh air since arriving from Hull City for £8m in 2017.

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Fabinho (DM) – Despite a slow start to his Anfield career, following his £44m move from AS Monaco last summer, the Brazilian is another who has been formidable in the Liverpool midfield. Now a crucial member of the starting XI, he is the steel the Reds need in the middle.

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Jordan Henderson (CM) – Now 28, the Reds captain is ‘hungry for more’ trophies and will no doubt form part of Klopp’s middle three for the majority of the season, including the first game at Anfield.

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Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – His two goals against Barcelona were incredible, but it’s the Dutchman’s performances throughout last campaign which haven’t gone amiss. A baller and terrier in the middle, he will be expected to start, especially with Naby Keïta injured.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (RW) – The 25-year-old could make a return on the opening day, having been absent for over 12 months due to a knee and hamstring injury. Oxlade will be like a new player for the Reds and will most likely replace Sadio Mané, following his Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) participation.

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Roberto Firmino (CF) – Fresh off the back of a successful Copa America, the Brazilian will be fit and firing on all cylinders, hoping to help the Reds to victory over Norwich. With 16 goals in all competitions last campaign, the 27-year-old will lead the frontline.

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Divock Origi (LW) – Having signed a long-term contract to remain at Anfield, Liverpool’s Champions League hero will most likely be drafted in to replace Mohamed Salah, following his participation in the AFCON. With a lot of power and pace, he will be eyeing goals against the Canaries.

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Joao Felix Limps Out of Atletico Madrid’s Friendly Against Numancia After Suffering Suspected Injury

Joao Felix lasted just 28 minutes before being substituted with a suspected hip injury during Atletico Madrid’s pre-season friendly against Numancia.

Plenty is expected of Atletico’s record-signing after he exploded onto the scene with Benfica last season, where he was able to register an impressive tally of 20 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, before being named in Portugal’s Nations League squad earlier this summer.

He made his highly-anticipated debut for ​Atletico on Saturday, but his evening ended in disaster after picked up a knee injury which prevented him from even completing the first-half.


​Mundo Deportivo revealed the news on Twitter, sharing a video of the Portuguese youngster receiving treatment on the sidelines before making a brief return to the action. He lasted a few seconds before holding his hip and signaling to the bench to be substituted.

It is understood that the 19-year-old then headed straight down the tunnel and into the dressing room for further treatment.

It could come as a big blow for Atletico, as they were hoping to integrate Felix into the squad this summer and use their remaining pre-season fixtures to get him back up to speed ahead of the upcoming season.


Atletico are yet to shed any light on the matter, simply noting the substitution in a match update on their Twitter feed.

Atletico continue their pre-season schedule with a second friendly against Guadalajara on Wednesday, before they go on to face Juventus and Real Madrid later this month.

Los Rojiblancos are also scheduled to play against the MLS All-Stars XI at the start of August.

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Aston Villa: 5 of the Villans’ Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20

After Villa’s sudden rise from mid-table mediocrity to a Championship play-off victory, many fans will be eager to see how the squad fares next season, especially with the departure of their top goalscorer Tammy Abraham.  

Yet with the quality of Aston Villa’s youth academy it’s not all doom and gloom for the Claret and Blue, as here are some of the young players that could breakthrough into their first team this season and make an impact.


Callum O’Hare 

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​Callum O’Hare is one of the rookies that have been selected for ​Aston Villa’s pre-season tour of America, and with only four first-team appearances under his belt, his selection shows the confidence that manager Dean Smith has in the 21-year-old attacking midfielder. 

O’Hare spent the second half of last season on loan with Carlisle United, where he made 16 appearances for the Cumbrians, scoring three goals and clocking three assists as they made a late push for the play-offs. In a similar vein to Jack Grealish, O’Hare bridges the gap between the defence and the attack with his precise passing range, making him a valuable asset.


Rushian Hepburn-Murphy  ​

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Another youngster that’s been brought along for Aston Villa’s pre-season campaign is Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, who’s been in and around Villa’s first-team ever since their relegation from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season; a season in which he became the second-youngest player to play for the first team. 

It was thought that when Villa got relegated to the Championship, players like Hepburn-Murphy would be allowed to shine in this lower league, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case, as he was limited to only ten appearances in three seasons in the Championship. 

His explosive pace and quick feet would made him a threat in the Premier League, especially against some of the ageing defenders in the league, and his ability to play up front and on both wings would make him a valuable asset for their upcoming campaign, but it comes down to whether Smith will want to take a risk on a player that hasn’t even proven himself in the Championship. 


Jack Clarke ​


​One surprise inclusion into Aston Villa’s pre-season team is the 20-year-old Ireland international Jack Clarke, who was instrumental in their Under-23 Premier League cup win in 2018. He started life at Villa at Under-9 level with many of his current team mates, and has worked his way through the ranks. 

He plays in the centre of midfield and dictates the tempo and play of the game from there, Aston Villa scout Jim Thomas told ​BirminghamLive: “He was a left footer, a very tricky player. The team I saw him at, Arden Forest, he was playing at left-back but I think he plays midfield now, left-sided. A tiny player at the time.”

With no senior appearances under his belt for Aston Villa, this pre-season campaign will be pivotal for the development of this young talent, and hopefully he can be brought into the first team fray for next season. 


Jake Walker 

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​This 18-year-old right back broke into the Under-23 squad last year and immediately made his mark upon the side. He is highly thought of by the Aston Villa coaching squad due to his professional approach to games, shown by the fact he only received two yellow cards in 68 appearances last season. 

He made 35 appearances with Aston Villa’s Under-18 team last year, while also making 23 appearances for the Under-23 squad in the Premier League 2. His work rate is incredible and he can play on both flanks of the defence.

Due to Villa’s weakness when it comes to defensive full-backs Walker may be called upon sooner than expected, whether that comes in the form of training with the first team or playing games, Walker will benefit from John Terry’s advice in the upcoming season. 


Dimitri Sea​


​​The signing of Dimitri Sea was seen as a huge coup for Villa way back in 2017, as he was wanted by nearly every club in the Ligue 1.

Since signing for Villa from Boulogne-Billancourt he’s made an explosive impact being one of the only Under-18 players to consistently appear in the Unfrt-23 set up for Aston Villa, contributing to 11 goals in 23 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League last season.

Boulogne-Billancourt’s technical director Bertrand Rebours spoke highly of Sea in an interview with ​BirminghamLive when he signed for Villa in 2017 stating that: “He’s not a training player, he’s a match killer. 

He has a spontaneous technique, he goes fast, he jumps up, very good head play, an incredible strike and an impressive collective sense. When you have Dimitri in your team you know you can win at any time. He is a rare scorer, he just needs a ball to find the net.”

He may only be 18 years-of-age, but the Frenchmen may be able to help fill the void left back Tammy Abraham at the club. 


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