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Newcastle United: Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll sign new contracts

Javier Manquillo and Andy Carroll have signed new contracts with Newcastle United, while on-loan pair Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose have extended their deals until the end of the season.

Newcastle are also confident of extending Valentino Lazaro’s loan from Inter Milan and expect it to be completed in the coming days.

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Premier League prize money: How much can Liverpool and co earn?

Premier League football is back in full swing following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Liverpool are closing in on the league title while the remaining clubs looks to finish as high up the table as they can.

The Premier League is the most lucrative football league in the world, with Forbes reporting a total payout of £2.46billion last season.

Ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, a new three-year rights cycle began with the overall payout expected to increase by more than £180m.

Forbes say domestic rights have dropped by £400m but the sale of overseas rights have more than made up the shortfall.

International broadcasters will reportedly add £1.1bn to the fund over the three-year cycle.

Allocation of the prize money for the 2019/20 season also changed.

Until the 2018/19 campaign, revenue from foreign rights were distributed equally among the 20 clubs.

But Forbes report the increased income over the three-year cycle will be distributed based on a club’s finishing position in the league.

Premier League prize money breakdown

Equal Share – 50 per cent of the fund is equally shared between all clubs

Facility Fees – 25 per cent is allocated based on number of club’s matches broadcast in the UK

Merit Payments – 25 per cent is allocated based on league table position

Central Commercial revenues – Equally shared between all clubs

International broadcasting revenues – Equally shared between all clubs

Last year, each club received payments of £34m in equal share, £43m in international TV rights and £5m in central commercial revenue.

Manchester City, who won the league last season, earned £38.4m in merit payments and £30m in facility fees, taking their total prize money to more than £150m.

Liverpool took home over £152m despite finishing second, as the Reds had more games televised live.

Prize money figures for the 2019/20 campaign are yet to be confirmed.

Payments made to Premier League clubs may differ this year due to the financial implications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which halted the season for three months.

The merit payments made based on finishing positions in the 2018/19 season are listed below:

Manchester City – £38.4million

Liverpool – £36.5m

Chelsea – £34.6m

Tottenham – £32.6m

Arsenal – £30.7m

Manchester United – £28.8m

Wolves – £26.9m

Everton – £25m

Leicester – £23.1m

West Ham – £21.1m

Watford – £19.2m

Crystal Palace – £17.3m

Newcastle – £15.4m

Bournemouth – £13.4m

Burnley – £11.5m

Southampton – £9.6m

Brighton – £7.7m

Cardiff – £5.8m

Fulham – £3.8m

Huddersfield – £1.9m

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West Ham: Pablo Zabaleta, Jeremy Ngakia and Carlos Sanchez to leave club on June 30

Pablo Zabaleta, Jeremy Ngakia and Carlos Sanchez will leave West Ham when their respective contracts expire on Tuesday.

Zabaleta has made 80 appearances for the club since joining from Manchester City in 2017 but an injury has prevented the World Cup finalist from accepting an offer of a short-term contract extension until the end of the season.

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Academy graduate Ngakia, who has made five first-team starts in 2020, is also departing after declining a new contract.

West Ham said: “In line with our structure and policy, Ngakia was offered significantly improved terms to reward his breakthrough into the first-team squad this year, along with further contractual enhancements linked to his future progress and success.

“However, the player and his representatives declined to accept any of the offers, and also turned down a short-term extension until the end of the current season.”

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Pedro: Chelsea winger to join Roma at end of season

Chelsea winger Pedro will join Roma when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old’s Chelsea deal was due to expire at the end of the month, but he signed a short-term extension earlier this week to allow him to end the campaign with the Blues.

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Pedro’s exit will bring an end to his five-year spell in London following his arrival in August 2015 from boyhood club Barcelona.

He has scored 43 goals in 201 games since joining Chelsea, and helped them win the Premier League in 2017, FA Cup in 2018 and Europa League in 2019.

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When was the last time Liverpool won the league?

Liverpool moved tantalisingly close to the Premier League title with a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Reds are now 23 points clear at the top the table and require just two more to be crowned champions.

When was the last time Liverpool won the league?

It has been 30 years since Liverpool were last crowned league champions.

They won the First Division in the 1989/90 season under Kenny Dalglish’s management.

The Reds are yet to win the Premier League since the competition was formed in 1992.

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That could all change tonight, though, as Manchester City take on Chelsea.

Anything other than a win for City will hand Jurgen Klopp’s side the title.

“I watch the game not to prepare a celebration but we play City a week later and also Chelsea,” said Klopp.

“This game is a really important game to watch for plenty of reasons. Whatever happens… we have no influence on it so I have no interest.

“It will happen when it happens.”

Liverpool have also received a title boost after City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his priority was on Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle rather than postponing the Reds’ coronation as Premier League champions.

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“We can’t deny that we have one eye on Newcastle,” said Guardiola.

“Chelsea and Liverpool are prestigious but Newcastle is our game. A final. We have one eye.

“It depends on physical condition, the minutes they have played. We take a look a little bit at what is going to happen, not just Chelsea.”

How many times have Liverpool won the league?

The Reds have been crowned league champions 18 times in total.

Their tally is bettered only Manchester United, who have won 20 league titles.

Liverpool’s title-winning seasons

1900–01

1905–06

1921–22

1922–23

1946–47

1963–64

1965–66

1972–73

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1975–76

1976–77

1978–79

1979–80

1981–82

1982–83

1983–84

1985–86

1987–88

1989–90

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez soak up the sun on board £15m yacht

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a break from the return of Serie A to sun himself on board a £15million yacht with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.

The Juventus star has only been back on the pitch twice following lockdown, but has already used the opportunity of his downtime to get out to sea.

Rodriguez posted a picture on her Instagram account of them together laying on deck, along with the caption: "The only thing I like more than you, is us."

The post followed one she had made on Wednesday of her posing on a lounge area on the boat.

According to Tuttosport, the couple had been to visit seaside town Viareggio, before staying the night in a hotel in Forte dei Marmi.

Ronaldo's quick get away may come as a surprise given recent criticisms aimed at the forward over his fitness.

Juve boss Maurizio Sarri admitted his star man "lacked sharpness" following a disappointing defeat to Napoli in the Coppa Italia.

However the yacht does house its own gym on board, as well as a jacuzzi.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will most likely be back in training on Thursday too ahead of Juventus' third match back on Friday evening.

The Old Lady got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Bologna on Monday, and welcome 18th-placed Lecce to the Stadio delle Alpi in their next fixture.

Ronaldo had opened the scoring against Bologna from the penalty spot before Paulo Dybala doubled Juve's advantage.

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The 35-year-old broke another record with his goal, becoming the leading Portuguese goalscorer in Serie A history – a feat he also holds in the Premier League and La Liga.

His strike saw him move ahead of former AC Milan and Fiorentina star Rui Costa to 43 goals.

Juventus now have a four-point lead over second-placed Lazio, but will be without suspended full-back Danilo for the visit of Lecce.

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Man City vs Liverpool venue confirmed for potential title decider

Manchester City's Premier League clash with Liverpool will take place at the Etihad Stadium next week.

Liverpool could enter the clash as the newly-minted Premier League champions, if City cannot win at Chelsea on Thursday night.

But the Reds may also be facing the prospect of securing their first championship in 30 years at the home of the closest rivals, Pep Guardiola's back-to-back champions.

Police had questioned whether the game should be played at a neutral venue amid worries that fans of both clubs could potentially congregate outside the ground.

But now Manchester City Council have confirmed that its Safety Advisory Group has made no objections with regards the venue.

As such, the Etihad will play host to the potential title decider.

A statement confirmed: “The Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Etihad Stadium met this morning to review the upcoming fixture between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC.

“Following the most recent round of Premier League fixtures which have all taken place behind closed doors the SAG has signalled it has no objections to the above fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium as planned at 8.15pm, Thursday July 2.

"As with all other Premier League matches this fixture will take place behind closed doors, with no fans present.”

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Liverpool's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening moved them to within inches of the title.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Fabinho were on target in a dominant display.

Jurgen Klopp's men now await the result of City's trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

If City fail to claim all three points, then Guardiola's side's reign as champions will officially end.

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The incredible stats behind Liverpool's Palace masterclass

Not ONE opposition touch in their box, a 23rd home win in a row and a ton of goals already… the stats behind Liverpool’s Crystal Palace masterclass as they prepare to end 30 years of title torture

  • Liverpool produced a stunning 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield
  • It was their 23rd straight home victory and they are closing in on the league title
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold is now youngest free-kick scorer at Anfield since 1995
  • Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez completed more passes than Palace’s whole team 

Liverpool produced a remarkable performance on Wednesday night to put Palace to the sword and move within two points of winning their first Premier League title in 30 years.

It finished 4-0 but, in truth, it could have been more, and the Reds march on knowing that Manchester City dropping points against Chelsea on Thursday night will hand them their long-awaited winners’ medals.

After such a dominant display, Sportsmail has compiled a list of the most impressive stats from Wednesday night’s win, to show exactly why Jurgen Klopp’s side are worthy Premier League champions… 

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced yet another remarkable display to down Crystal Palace

Liverpool’s second goal of the night, tucked home by Mohamed Salah on the stroke of half time, brought up the Reds’ 100th goal of the season in all competitions.

With seven Premier League fixtures still to play, plus the conclusion of their Champions League campaign, that number is only going to grow as the side puts the gloss on an extraordinary season.

To put the number into context, Barcelona have 89, Manchester United and Real Madrid sit on 87, and Juventus have just 73.   

Mohamed Salah’s goal to put the Reds 2-0 up brought the side’s 100th goal of the campaign

Trent youngest since Fowler 

The opener on Wednesday night came from the boot of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who fired in a wonderful free-kick past Wayne Hennessey inside 23 minutes.

The Welshman’s positioning perhaps left a lot to be desired, but take nothing away from the near-perfect strike offered up by Liverpool’s right back.

The goal set yet another record for the Reds, with Alexander-Arnold – at 21 years, 261 days – now the youngest Liverpool player to score a direct free-kick at Anfield in the Premier League since Robbie Fowler (20yrs, 252 days) in December 1995.  

Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s youngest scorer of a direct free-kick at Anfield since 95

Not a touch in the box

Liverpool’s back-line was not even close to being breached at Anfield on Wednesday night, even without the raucous home crowd doing their bit to keep the ball out.

In fact, for the first time since Opta started collecting data in 2008-09, Crystal Palace failed to record a single touch in the opposition box in the entire game.

To make that clear, no team in the last 12 years has gone through an entire Premier League game without touching the ball in their opponents’ 18-yard-box… until Roy Hodgson’s Eagles on Wednesday night. 

Crystal Palace became the first team not to record a touch in the opposition’s box since 2008

23 and counting

Liverpool’s win over Palace took their win streak at Anfield to 23 matches, stretching back to a 1-1 draw with Leicester City in January 2019. Only Aston Villa, Burnley and Chelsea stand in front of them until they can record a full season of home wins… the only negative will be that there’s no fans there to see it.

If you want to look at the unbeaten run, and not just wins, that stretches back 55 home league games until April 2017, when Palace came away with a 2-1 win. Fair to say they weren’t particularly close to replicating that on Wednesday night. 

Liverpool have now won 23 straight matches at Anfield, stretching back to January 2019

No shots on target

We’ve already mentioned Palace’s failure to touch the ball inside Liverpool’s penalty area… but you’d have thought maybe they’d test the goalkeeper from range?

Sadly not: the Eagles didn’t manage a shot on target in the whole 90 minutes, showing once again how impressive that Liverpool back-line really is.

In contrast, Liverpool had seven shots on target and 21 shots overall. Palace had three shots full stop. 

Alisson didn’t have a single save to make throughout the 90 minutes of dominance at Anfield

Liverpool’s CBs > Palace

In the 90 minutes at Anfield on Wednesday night, Liverpool completed a mammoth 789 passes against Crystal Palace, while enjoying over 73 per cent possession.

This total is not quite their highest in a Premier League game this season, but once again shows their dominance.

A statistic that proves this even more is that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez completed 244 passes between them, while Palace’s entire team – subs and all – managed just 235 in the entire game. Dominance from start to finish. 

Virgil Van Dijk (centre) and Joe Gomez (right) made more passes than Palace’s whole team

Super Salah strikes again

As previously mentioned, Salah scored the second of Liverpool’s four against Palace, and the goal continued his incredible run of form on home turf.

While Roberto Firmino has a much-talked about knack of scoring away from home, Salah instead gets most of his on familiar ground at Anfield. 

Salah’s strike on Wednesday was his 15th Premier League goal at Anfield this season – and no other player has got more than 10.

Indeed, he’s scored in each of his last six home league games for the Reds, netting seven goals.

Salah (right) now has 15 goals at Anfield in the league this season, five more than anyone else




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Manchester City vs Liverpool WILL be played at the Etihad

Liverpool’s potential title-clincher against Manchester City WILL  take place at Etihad Stadium next Thursday despite initial safety concerns

  • Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City will be played at the Etihad next Thursday
  • Greater Manchester Police have no issues with it taking place as planned
  • The Merseyside derby took place at Goodison Park on Sunday without incident

Manchester City have been given the green light to stage their Premier League fixture against Liverpool on July 2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Before the resumption of the top flight earlier this month, City-Liverpool was one of five matches that police asked to be held at a neutral venue because of safety concerns.

However, Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group met on Thursday and concluded there were ‘no objections’ to the fixture taking place at City’s home ground, as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail. 

Liverpool’s game against Manchester City next Thursday will be played at the Etihad

‘The Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Etihad Stadium met this morning to review the upcoming fixture between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC,’ a statement from Manchester City Council read. 

‘Following the most recent round of Premier League fixtures which have all taken place behind closed doors the SAG has signalled it has no objections to the above fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium as planned at 8.15pm, Thursday July 2. As with all other Premier League matches this fixture will take place behind closed doors, with no fans present.’ 

While Liverpool’s visit to City was one of the matches initially identified as high-risk last month by the national lead for football policing, Mark Roberts, amid suggestions they should be switched to neutral venues to avoid the potential for mass gatherings, the list was swiftly reduced to two — the City game and last weekend’s Merseyside derby.

The Merseyside derby took place at Goodison Park on Sunday without incident

Jurgen Klopp’s men could seal their first league title in 30 years away at Manchester City

Merseyside Police raised no objection to the latter fixture being staged at Goodison Park however, and after last Sunday’s goalless draw took place without incident, their counterparts in Manchester followed suit.

Liverpool were looking to clinch their first league title in 30 years at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday but the draw at Everton coupled with City’s 5-0 rout over Burnley means it will not be mathematically assured, even with their win over Palace. 

And so the wait will go on and Jurgen Klopp’s side now face the prospect of clinching the league title against the current champions.

However, Liverpool will be crowned as champions on Thursday should City fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. 




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Chelsea could face Kai Havertz transfer twist if Bayern Munich sell Liverpool target

Chelsea face the prospect of being beaten to Kai Havertz by Bayern Munich – if the Bundesliga club sell Thiago Alcantara amid talk of a move to Liverpool.

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Bayer Leverkusen attacker Havertz is one of the hottest properties on the market ahead of the summer transfer window amid a €100million (£90m) valuation.

Chelsea are looking to make the 21-year-old their third summer signing after capturing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

But Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are monitoring developments, while Real Madrid are also keen.

Bayern hold a long-term interest in Havertz, who is the youngest player in the league’s history to reach 50 and 100 appearances.

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But the Bundesliga champions’ ability to launch a move has always been dependent on their financial position.

They have an avenue to raise the necessary funds if they sell Thiago, who has rejected a contract extension ahead of the final year of his deal, however.

According to Kicker, Bayern bigwigs are reluctant to allow the Spanish midfielder to leave on the cheap and will hold out for a fee between €60m (£54m) and €80m (£72m).

It is claimed achieving a sale within their desired price range would allow them to finance a swoop for Havertz.

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Thiago has been linked with a move to Liverpool, although it is unlikely Anfield bosses would stump up the sums needed after passing on Werner for financial reasons amid the coronavirus crisis.

Allianz Arena bosses have yet to receive an offer and could lose him on a free transfer if they fail to agree a contract extension.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has denied that the club have launched an offer for Havertz.

“He’s a top player but we’re certainly not going to comment on players at other teams,” said Lampard. “It cannot be our focus. No bids have gone in.”

Chelsea fixtures

Tonight – Manchester City (H) – Premier League

Sunday, June 28 – Leicester City (A) – FA Cup

Wednesday, July 1 – West Ham (A) – Premier League

Saturday, July 4 – Watford (H) – Premier League

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