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Cam Newton says he is motivated by respect, not money as terms of Patriots deal revealed

Cam Newton says “respect” and not money is what is driving him for the 2020 NFL season.

Newton made the remarks on Instagram on Thursday after NFL Network revealed he is guaranteed only $550,000 under the terms of his incentive-heavy, newly-signed contract with the New England Patriots.

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“This is not about money for me. It is about respect,” posted Newton, who agreed a deal with New England on Monday.

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Prior to that, the No 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft had surprisingly remained unsigned since being released by the Carolina Panthers in March.

The Patriots signed Newton for the veteran’s minimum but the contract could be worth $7.5m if Newton hits all of his incentives.

Newton’s base contract would be worth $1.05 million in 2020 if he’s on the roster for Week 1.

Among the bonuses are $700,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $5.75m in incentives, NFL Network reported.

Newton, who is recovering from foot surgery, would have made $19m in the final year of his deal in Carolina.

The terms of Newton’s deal with New England angered San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who said it was “disgusting” that the 2015 NFL MVP had to settle for such a deal.

How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting https://t.co/eZycGL8qkZ

Sherman tweeted: “How many former League MVPs have had to sign for the min? (Asking for a friend.) Just ridiculous. A transcendent talent and less talented QBs are getting 15/16m a year. Disgusting.”

Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, who retired in February after playing last season with the Chargers, replied to Sherman: “Totally agree.”

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How Lancashire's football clubs have fallen into decline

IAN HERBERT: Wigan facing ruin, Bolton sinking fast, Bury bust and Burnley at a crossroads as Sean Dyche’s request for squad investment falls upon deaf ears… How football has wilted in the county of the Red Rose

  • Wigan entered administration this week in another blow for Lancastrian football
  • Championship club won the FA Cup in 2013 but now find themselves in trouble
  • Success is sustained for as long as local owners are interested then rot sets in
  • Bolton have fallen from the Premier League to League Two in just a few years
  • Burnley face unsettling times with Sean Dyche asking the board for investment 

The evidence of the old Premier League days is everywhere at Wigan Athletic, killing the place by a thousand cuts with reminders of how far you can fall in football and how fast. 

Each time the players push through the green swing doors to their dressing room, they see the giant mural of their 2013 FA Cup triumph on the wall.

But there is a pattern of decline where the clubs within the old Lancashire county boundaries are concerned. 

Wigan’s FA Cup triumph of 2013 seems a distant dream after the Latics entered administration

Dave Whelan parades the FA Cup after their 2013 triumph during happier times for Wigan 

Reminders of the club’s glory years can be found everywhere at Wigan’s DW Stadium

Success delivered by a local owner with a passion for the place – for Whelan and Wigan, read Jack Walker at Blackburn and Eddie Davies for Bolton – is hard to sustain when those individuals decide enough is enough. 

The uncomfortable truth is that the former mill towns simply don’t attract credible takeover candidates in the way that those in the Greater London conurbation do.

Blackburn wound up with Venky’s, who saw fit to sack Sam Allardyce, dispense with the wise counsel of chief executive John Williams and… well, take your pick of the public embarrassments which followed. Paying out £7.5m on players who never kicked a ball probably topped the lot.

Bolton wound up with the reviled Ken Anderson. So your heart sank when, after Whelan was worn down having spent around £100m fighting Wigan’s battles, the phrase ‘unnamed Hong Kong group’ started circulating. 

Former Premier League champions Blackburn ended up in the hands of an Indian poultry firm

Disgruntled fans even released a live chicken onto the pitch at Ewood Park back in 2012 

Attendances were not even breaking 8,000 at the time. A mere 4,709 saw a giant-killing over Bournemouth in the Cup.

Worse has befallen others within the old Red Rose county boundaries. Blackpool’s civil war. Basket case Oldham. Bury, now bust. 

Burnley have sailed serenely on – sticking resolutely to Sean Dyche when relegated in 2015 and spending so abstemiously that a marginal profit in each transfer market has become an article of faith.

But they, too, now stand at a crossroads. Dyche, not unreasonably, feels that his eight years of accomplishment at the club entitles him to significant squad investment from the board this summer and views the act of standing still as heading backwards amid the relentlessly shifting dynamics of the Premier League.

After a thoroughly miserable 2019-20 season, Bolton have been relegated to League Two 

Ken Anderson took over Bolton amid financial strife but their decline only worsened

Anderson became a hate figure among Bolton fans as they dropped down the divisions 

Burnley, whose entire spend this season has been £17.4m, play Sheffield United, whose comparable outlay has been £62m, this weekend. 

Make no mistake about the private indignation the fixture brings for Dyche, as he watches Sander Berge (£19.3m) and Oli McBernie (£17m), who’ve arrived at Bramall Lane in the last year, run out at Turf Moor.

There is no sense of what transfer funds will be available to him this summer and how he might plan for another campaign in which far more moneyed clubs than Burnley – Leeds and West Bromwich Albion – will see the ground shift again.

Swirling around in the background – and the reason why no commitments have been made – is the suggestion that Burnley will be sold to a Middle East buyer this summer and that how the future looks will be dependent on whoever that buyer might be.

Bury have already gone bust – the League One club were expelled from the league last year

Distraught Bury fans outside their Gigg Lane ground after the Shakers went bust last August

‘Middle East’ does not equate to ‘Gulf state’ if rumours are to be believed. But ‘Middle East’ of any description is actually deeply unwelcome. 

Security means the club remaining in current hands, or at the very least still majority-owned by those individuals – Mike Garlick, Barry Kilby, Clive Holt, John Banaszkiewicz and others – who know the club top to bottom.

The model in many respects are Crystal Palace, defeated by Dyche’s side last weekend and now three places below them, whose chairman Steve Parish has settled on the manager, a relatively prosaic football method and found American investors, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, to help him develop the club in return for a large stake. The Palace core has not been lost.

Dyche’s imprint on Burnley is now absolute, in the way that Shankly’s was at Liverpool; Busby’s and Ferguson’s at Manchester United. 

Sean Dyche has called for squad investment at Burnley but the board don’t want to listen 

Dyche has established Burnley as a Premier League club but his time there could be at an end

Dyche with Burnley chairman Mike Garlick – there have been rumours of new owners 

The walls of the club’s Gawthorpe Hall training facility, which he had a major role in creating, are adorned with murals of his motivational messages which have driven Burnley on. 

Dismantling all that would leave the club’s world looking immeasurably poorer. It’s why anything less than a huge personal and financial commitment to him looks like folly.

The backlash against the board were Dyche to leave would, incidentally, be loud and long from fans, who have previously supported the cautious fiscal approach. 

Dyche’s public expressions of frustration should give cause for that board seek him out, sit him down, rebuild a relationship, adhere to his plans and express contrition that it had actually come to this.

Time is of the essence. The football landscape of the old Lancashire demonstrates that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.




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Manchester City vs Liverpool team news: Phil Foden and Eric Garcia start for City vs unchanged champions

Phil Foden will start for Manchester City against Liverpool on Thursday evening, live on Sky Sports, with Eric Garcia also named in the starting XI.

Foden and Garcia come in as two of three changes from the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last week, with Gabriel Jesus also in for Bernardo Silva. Riyad Mahrez drops to the bench, while Fernandinho is serving the second of his two-match ban for his sending off at Chelsea.

Garcia has been out since suffering a worrying head injury in the win over Arsenal on June 17.

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Newly-crowned champions Liverpool are unchanged from their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.

Joel Matip appeared in the Merseyside derby when Liverpool resumed their season on June 21 but has been sidelined since with a toe problem.

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The teams

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Bernardo, David Silva, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Doyle

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Williams

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Sky Sports Fanzone & Watchalongs: What is it, how it works, where to experience

Take the return of the Premier League to the next level with the Fanzone feature as part of Sky Sports’ live coverage.

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On Thursday night, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Glen Johnson are the special guests from 8pm on Sky Sports Football

Fans will now be able to use a new feature on the Sky Sports website on your phone (optimised on iOS for iphone 8 and above), laptop or PC to watch select matches with friends in a video room and interact while the action unfolds, giving them the chance to chat about the match and influence the crowd noise they hear on screen.

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Whether watching with fans of your own club or mixing with rival supporters, users of the feature can post predictions, join in-match polls and use the Sky Sports stats to fuel the virtual conversation.

Get into the game with family and friends

Invite up to five people to your Fanzone to catch the match together. Log in online on your phone, laptop or PC, set up your Fanzone and send a link to your fellow fans. The Fanzone opens 15 minutes before kick-off and will close 15 minutes after the match.

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Have your say/pretend you’re a pundit

Do you usually yell at the screen during a game? Or fancy yourself as the next big-name pundit reporting live from the Sky Sports News studio? Share your views on the players and their performance in live opinion polls.

Watchalong with pundits and presenters

While using the Fanzone feature on skysports.com, fans can also simultaneously view the Sky Sports Watchalongs (via the Sky Sports Football channel), where Sky Sports pundits and presenters will be watching the game, reacting to events and answering your social media questions.

Choose the cheer you hear with Watchalong

Also with the Watchalong, fill your home with the sound of the stands so you feel like you are right there at the game. Drown out any support for the opposition and vote for your team’s chant to be played through the TV.

Viewers can see which crowd noise is being voted for in the ‘Choose a Chant’ poll and analyse match stats as the game is going on.

Where can I experience Fanzone and Watchalongs?

The Fanzone feature is available to Sky Sports customers on skysports.com on phone, laptop or PC on the following games, with more to be announced for future rounds.

The Watchalong feature will be available to view on Sky Sports Football; Carlton Cole and Steve Sidwell join Adam Smith and Zac Djellab from 8pm on Sky Sports Football.

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There are three ways to watch the game on TV, where Fanzone is available. For the full Fanzone experience head to the Football channel.

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Who can use Sky Sports Fanzone?

If you are a Sky customer with a Sky Sports subscription, you can create a Fanzone, but you can share your Fanzone link with anyone. If you invite someone who has Sky Sports with another provider to your Fanzone, their live stream may be out of sync with yours.

How do I create my Fanzone?

  • Sign in to skysports.com/fanzone on your phone or laptop
  • Select Sky Sports Fanzone
  • Select Create Your Fanzone. You’ll see an icon to invite people to your Fanzone which creates a link that’s unique to your room
  • Copy and share your link with up to five other people to catch the match together in your Fanzone. Please don’t share your link on social media in case someone unwanted tries to join.

How long is the Fanzone?

Sky Sports Fanzone opens 15 minutes before live kick-off. If you use video call, this will close 15 minutes after the match ends, but you can keep the conversation going via text chat. The Fanzone session will stay open until it’s closed by Sky.

Let us know what you think

With the Premier League returning, we couldn’t wait to create Sky Sports Fanzone. It’s a new beta feature available for some upcoming games, which means we’re still working on it. We’d love to know what you think so we can make it even better. Please email your feedback to [email protected]

Here’s a list of all the supported devices and browsers.

  • Android 4.1 and above, using Chrome 58 and above.
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  • macOS 10 and above, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75, Safari 12.1 and above.
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Sports to come together to celebrate NHS and key workers

A range of sports, including football, cricket and rugby union, are to come together to celebrate the NHS and key workers on the organisation’s 72nd birthday this weekend.

Members of the public are also encouraged to take part in the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative by applauding the “commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many” on their doorsteps at 5pm on Sunday.


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This weekend’s Premier League and EFL fixtures will be preceded by a moment’s applause, while England’s Test series against the West Indies – which begins on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports – has been named the #raisethebat series.


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England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones and a selection of his players will also record thank you messages.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The Premier League will support the NHS and its moment of thanks to recognise the efforts of the health workers, key workers and all those who have shown kindness and care to others during these months.”

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney added: “Rugby, like the wider sporting community and the nation as a whole, is extremely grateful to and proud of all those who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic going above and beyond to support local communities and the NHS.

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Ilkay Gundogan: Manchester City know where they have to improve

Ilkay Gundogan has warned newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool that Manchester City know exactly where they have to improve next season.

Pep Guardiola’s side host Liverpool at the Etihad on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, having relinquished their two-year reign at the summit with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Thursday.

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City currently sit 23 points off Liverpool, having lost eight Premier League games this season – more than they lost in the previous two seasons combined.

And although Gundogan readily admits Jurgen Klopp’s side are fully deserving of this season’s crown, he knows exactly how City are going to bounce back.


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“We know where we can improve next season to challenge for the title again,” Gundogan exclusively told Sky Sports News.

“We won the title back-to-back which is always tough but the motivation for next season will be there to win it again.

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Mikel Arteta: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang willing to stay at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta insists captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is willing to stay at Arsenal after his side’s 4-0 victory over Norwich.

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Aubameyang, who scored twice against Norwich to take his tally to 19 Premier League goals for the season, has just a year to run on his contract but, while Arteta insists negotiations do not involve him, he feels the Gabon international is keen to stay put at the Emirates Stadium.

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“He is willing to stay with us,” Arteta said. “He is really happy where he is.

“He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve as well some parts of his game he might feel he can improve. We are pushing him every day.

“I leave that to the football club and the senior people that finalise the contracts.

“Auba knows really well what my thoughts are towards him and the project that I want to create, and how much he is part of that. And after that it is not in my hands.”

The Gunners ran out comfortable winners as Aubameyang was gifted two goals as well as laying on Granit Xhaka’s first of the season before Cedric Soares marked his debut with the last in comprehensive win.

Aubameyang’s first, coming after he was gifted possession by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, saw him reach 50 Premier League goals in 79 appearances – making him the fastest Arsenal player to make it to the landmark.

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‘Keep hitting landmarks, Auba’

Speaking after the win, Gunners boss Arteta praised Aubameyang and is hopeful his captain can score another 100 goals for the club.

“A player that is able to score as many goals as he has done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us,” Arteta said of his captain.

“Players that can make the difference in any moment in the game every three days in competitions. That is a big task and he has done that at different clubs.

“[I hope he can score] at least another 100 but I don’t know. I am not a magician.

“What he has achieved today to be the fastest to score 50 in the whole history of this club tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing, on trying to help the team. He’s decided to be better and better every day. So hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.”

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Auba: Talks ongoing over new deal

Meanwhile, Aubameyang insists talks over a new deal are ongoing.

With Bukayo Saka committing his long-term future to the Gunners on Wednesday, focus now turns to the Arsenal captain’s future, but he was not giving anything away.

“I know [fans want me to sign a new contract] and I am really happy that Bukayo Saka signed ‘da ting’ and now we’ll see,” he told BT Sport.

“We’ll talk with the football club and see what happens but first of all I am really focused on the games coming until the end of the season, so we’ll see.”

Auba’s impressive stats

Aubameyang’s opener was his 50th Premier League goal in just 79 appearances, with only five players managing to do so at a quicker rate than the Arsenal skipper (Fernando Torres, Mohamed Salah (72), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Alan Shearer (66) and Andy Cole (65).

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘attack’ the Premier League title next season

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will attack the Premier League title next season rather than defend it, and expects Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United to lead the challenge.

Liverpool were crowned champions on Thursday night after nearest rivals City lost at Stamford Bridge, ending the Merseyside club’s 30-year wait for the league title.

The Reds travel to face City at the Etihad on Thursday, live on Sky Sports, and Klopp insists there will not be any hangover from his side and expects them to maintain their hunger next season.


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“As long as we stay humble and greedy, we have a good chance to remain a really uncomfortable opponent,” he said.

“When you are a really uncomfortable opponent, you have a chance to win. And when you have a chance to win, then sometimes you have to win.

“There are a lot of challenges, life is constantly a challenge, and our challenge is now being champions and playing seven games against teams that will fight for everything.

“We can show that we don’t run because we have to, we run because we want to.

“Next season, you can write stories about us being the defending champions or whatever, but that is why I say – we will not defend anything, we will attack it.”

When asked if City were likely to be Liverpool’s main rivals for the title again next season, Klopp added: “City will be strong next season, [Manchester] United will be strong next season, Chelsea will be strong next season. They all will be strong next season.

“It is obvious. City are just an outstanding team, United are in outstanding shape and Chelsea are in really good shape and are doing some interesting business. That is clear.

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Manchester United transfer news and rumours

The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Manchester United – and those who could leave the club.

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The latest players linked with a move to Manchester United…

Marc Jurado – Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado is set to join Manchester United after announcing his exit from the Nou Camp. The 16-year-old defender would cost £200,000 in compensation (Metro, June 30).

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachmin Watzke admits the club are willing to discuss selling Sancho, but doubts anyone could match their asking price – “I don’t think a club will pay the fee we want.” (June 29); United have emerged as Sancho’s only option this summer after Borussia Dortmund set their asking fee at a staggering £117m (Sun, June 25); United have been handed a transfer boost with Dortmund “concerned” over the future of their wonderkid (Sun, June 20); Sancho’s future at Dortmund remains uncertain after head coach Lucien Favre admitted the forward was among players that could leave this summer (Sky Sports, June 16); Sancho looks set to stay with Dortmund for next season (Mail on Sunday, June 14).

Jack Grealish – Manchester United have moved closer to signing Grealish with the Aston Villa captain choosing to buy a new house in the north west (Daily Express, June 28); Aston Villa will demand at least £80m for Grealish during the transfer window and have not given up hope of keeping their captain if they avoid the drop. (Daily Mail, June 17); Aston Villa’s Grealish wants to move to Manchester United and has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford (Daily Star, June 15)

Matteo Guendouzi – Manchester United are interested in signing Guendouzi from Arsenal. Guendouzi was removed from the Arsenal squad to face Southampton on Thursday due to “squad management”, with reports of a bust-up between the midfielder and Mikel Arteta (L’Equipe, June 27)

Jude Bellingham – Bayern Munich will not join Manchester United in trying to sign Bellingham, who has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund. (Bild, June 26)

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Manchester United to the signature of highly-rated Birmingham teenager Bellingham, and the Bundesliga club will announce an £18m deal in the coming days (Daily Mail, June 23)

Manchester United have reportedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bellingham with Borussia Dortmund said to be struggling to afford him. (The Sun, June 18); Borussia Dortmund believe they have beaten Manchester United in the race to sign Bellingham, the highly-rated young Birmingham City midfielder (Daily Telegraph, June 13); The starlet would rather move to Borussia Dortmund instead of Manchester United (Birmingham Mail, June 8)

David Alaba – Bayern Munich are open to selling the Austria international this summer, with United among his suitors (Daily Telegraph, June 19)

Raul Jimenez – Wolves are to set to fend off United by placing a mammoth £90m transfer valuation on the Mexico striker (Star, June 25); The Wolves forward says rumours linking him with United and Liverpool are inspiring him to keep getting better as he targets a move to a top club. (Daily Mirror, June 18)

Cengiz Under – Manchester United are interested in signing the Roma winger. (Daily Express, June 18)

Moussa Dembele – Manchester United may face pressure from Leicester in the battle to land Lyon striker Dembele. (Daily Star, June 17)

Willian – Manchester United have been offered the opportunity to sign winger Willian on a free transfer with his Chelsea career coming to an end (Daily Star, June 24); Manchester United have made contact with Willian’s agent ahead of a potential free transfer from Chelsea this summer, according to reports. (The Sun, June 17)

Leon Bailey – Manchester United are giving serious consideration to a summer swoop for the Bayer Leverkusen winger (Daily Mail, June 16)

Wilfred Ndidi – United are the latest big European club to add Leicester City midfielder Ndidi to their summer shopping list (Daily Express, June 15)

Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli will not let Koulibaly go cheaply as Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG are all told they will have to pay £90m. (Daily Mail, June 16); The defender has been told to snub Manchester United for their Premier League rivals, Liverpool or Chelsea, this summer (Daily Mirror, June 9); Napoli are unwilling to budge on their £100m valuation of the Senegal international, who has been linked with United (Daily Mirror, June 8)

Donny van de Beek – Manchester United have become the favourites to sign the Ajax midfielder this summer after Real Madrid backtracked in their move to sign him, according to reports in Holland. (Daily Mail, June 17); United have decided to focus their attention on signing Van de Beek rather than Kai Havertz this summer (Manchester Evening News, June 15)

United will sacrifice Andreas Pereira to land Ajax midfield target Van de Beek (Sunday Mirror, June 14); Ajax have reportedly lined up former Everton midfielder Davy Klaasen as a replacement for Donny van de Beek amid speculation of a move to Manchester United (Manchester Evening News, June 10)

Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar has confirmed Manchester United and Real Madrid are interested in the Netherlands international (Daily Mirror, June 8); Manchester United are ready to hijack Real Madrid’s plans to sign Van de Beek with a £49m bid (The Sunday Times, June 7)

Ansu Fati – Manchester United may opt to pursue the Barcelona ace instead of Jadon Sancho because the deal would be cheaper overall (Daily Express, June 11)

Corentin Tolisso – Manchester United have opened talks to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder (Daily Express, June 11)

Wissam Ben Yedder – The striker is said to have told Monaco he wants to leave the club – putting Arsenal and Manchester United on red alert. (The Sun, June 17); Manchester United have held a series of talks with the agent of Monaco forward Ben Yedder ahead of a potential summer move, according to reports (Manchester Evening News, June 10).

Federico Bernardeschi – Manchester United have made enquiries about the Juventus midfielder Federico Bernardeschi with officials ready to make an offer should they fail to sign Jadon Sancho (Daily Mail, June 10)

James Rodriguez – Manchester United have been sounded out over a cut-price deal for the Colombia international, who is a long-term target (The Sun, June 9).

Lautaro Martinez – United and Real Madrid are monitoring the Inter Milan forward’s situation after talks over a move to Barcelona stalled (Marca, June 8)

Timo Werner – Frank Lampard and Petr Cech made an undercover pre-lockdown trip to Germany that helped Chelsea leapfrog Liverpool and Manchester United to convince the forward to move to Stamford Bridge (Daily Telegraph, June 6)

Raul Jimenez – United have been put on alert after Wolves reportedly lowered the asking price for striker Jimenez (Daily Mirror, June 5)

Benoit Badiashile – United are reportedly eyeing the Monaco wonderkid (Sun, June 25)

Marcus Edwards – United have registered an interest in the Vitoria de Guimaraes ace (Star, June 25)

James Maddison – Brendan Rodgers has told James Maddison that Leicester City is the “perfect place” for him after the England midfielder, 23, was linked with Manchester United (Leicester Mercury, June 26)

Other players linked with a move to Old Trafford…

  • Kai Havertz (The Sun, June 2)
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Le10Sport, June 2)
  • Moussa Dembele (L’Equipe, May 30)
  • Josh King (Sky Sports, May 25)
  • Pietro Pellegri (The Sun, May 30; Gianluca Di Marzio, May 29)
  • Riccardo Calafiori (Daily Star, May 29)
  • Adrien Rabiot (Sunday Mirror, May 24)
  • Samuel Umtiti (Daily Star, May 21)
  • Adama Traore (Daily Star, May 20)
  • Fode Ballo-Toure (Daily Mail, May 19)
  • Nuno Mendes (Daily Mirror, May 22)
  • Corentin Tolisso (Sunday Express, May 17; Daily Express, May 18)
  • Milan Skriniar (Daily Mirror, May 18)
  • Federico Chiesa (Gazzetta dello Sport, May 14)
  • Erling Haaland (Daily Star, May 14)
  • Saul Niguez (Daily Star, May 13)

The latest on players linked with a Manchester United exit…

Alexis Sanchez – Inter Milan are yet to agree a loan extension for Sanchez, says Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta (June 29); Brazilian legend Ronaldo has offered Sanchez the chance to return to Spanish football with Real Valladolid and end his Manchester United and Inter Milan nightmare (Daily Mail, June 22)

Chris Smalling – Roma have reportedly made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Manchester United to keep Smalling for next season (Daily Mirror, June 22)

Dean Henderson – The goalkeeper is willing to accept United’s offer of a new contract – but only if he is given the number one spot at Old Trafford (Daily Star, June 23)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed initial talks have taken place over bringing goalkeeper Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson back on loan next season (Sky Sports, June 16).

Eric Bailly – Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has high hopes for Bailly despite the defender’s constant injury problems (Evening Standard, June 4)

Marcos Rojo – Solskjaer’s hopes of boosting transfer funds through the sales of Rojo, Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez are set to be hit by the financial impact of coronavirus (Evening Standard, June 4)

Rojo is set to return to United as the club go for a Champions League spot with Estudiantes coach Leandro Desabato admitting the defender is “unlikely” to see out his loan spell (FM Radio Late 93.1, June 4)

Axel Tuanzebe – The Manchester United defender is set to reject a move abroad to fight for his place (Daily Star, June 3)

Jesse Lingard – Having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, Lingard could move on from United to find a new club (Independent, June 2)

Paul Pogba – Real Madrid remain pessimistic about their chances of signing Pogba this summer because the player’s wages would create huge discontent in a dressing room that has already accepted one pay cut and is braced for another (Daily Mail, May 30).

Juventus have effectively pulled themselves out of the race to sign the Frenchman after becoming the first Serie A club to introduce a salary cap (Daily Mail, May 13); Pogba is on the verge of rejoining Juventus for £72m (L’Equipe, May 17); United’s hoes of offloading the Frenchman have been dashed after Juventus duo Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala rejected the club (RAI Sports, May 26); Real Madrid have reportedly offered four players, including James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard, to Manchester United in an attempt to sign Pogba (The Sun, May 28)

Other players linked with a move away from Old Trafford…

  • Dean Henderson (Daily Telegraph, May 26)
  • Marcos Rojo (Sunday Mirror, May 24)
  • Diogo Dalot (Daily Express, May 21)
  • James Garner (Daily Star, May 20)
  • David de Gea (Sunday Mirror, May 10)
  • Jesse Lingard (Daily Star on Sunday, May 3)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Daily Mail, May 4)
  • Anthony Martial (Gazzetta dello Sport, April 18)
  • Jesse Lingard (The Sun, March 22)
  • Andreas Pereira (The Sun, March 22)
  • Phil Jones (Daily Mirror, March 16)

The latest Manchester United contract talk…

Fred – The Brazil midfielder is open for talks over a new long-term United deal after a stunning turnaround in form (Sun, June 25)

Brandon Williams – The full-back is set to be awarded a new deal by Manchester United just eight months after signing his last (Daily Mirror, June 5)

Joel Pereira – United will recall the Portuguese keeper from his loan spell at Hearts following the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership season (Manchester Evening News, May 19)

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The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Chelsea – and those who could leave the club.

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Werner to Chelsea…

Chelsea have completed the signing of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, subject to a medical.

The latest players linked with a move to Chelsea…

Declan Rice – Chelsea want to bring in Rice to add to their defensive ranks next season (Sun on Sunday, June 28)

Andre Onana – Valencia are plotting a move for a two-year loan for Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea, with their goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen going to Ajax, and Onana going to Chelsea (Marca, June 27); The Ajax goalkeeper is set to join Chelsea or PSG this summer, with the Blues willing to splash £27m on the Cameroon international (The Sun, June 11)

Kai Havertz – Chelsea have outbid rivals Real Madrid after they made an £80m offer for the German (Sun, June 25); Chelsea are leading the race to sign the Bayer Leverkusen talent (Daily Express, June 22); Chelsea could save £20m on their top transfer target – depending on whether Bayer Leverkusen qualify for the Champions League (Mail, June 20)

Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of the 21-year-old with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are backing out of signing him (Daily Express, June 19); Chelsea must wait to find out whether or not Bayer Leverkusen stick to their £90m-plus valuation of Havertz as the German club battle for Champions League qualification (Telegraph, June 18); Bayern Munich have emerged as favourites to win the race for Bayer Leverkusen’s Havertz. (Telegraph, June 16); Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are £15m apart as Frank Lampard looks to beat Liverpool and Manchester United to Havertz’s signature (Daily Mail, June 15)

Real Madrid are set to join the race for the Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid amid Chelsea’s interest in the £70m-rated midfielder (Daily Mail, June 11); Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says the club “haven’t given up hope” that Havertz will ignore interest from Chelsea and Manchester United to stay with them next season (Daily Star, June 11); Chelsea want to sign the youngster from Bayer Leverkusen this summer (Sky Sports News, June 9)

David Alaba – Chelsea are reportedly lining up a stunning bid for David Alaba as Frank Lampard steps up his hunt for a new left-back. (The Sun, June 26)

Ben Chilwell – Chelsea have been handed a transfer boost for Chilwell’s signature with the news Ajax will sell Nicolas Tagliafico, who could end up taking his place at Leicester (Metro, June 28); Chelsea are in talks with Leicester over the £80m left back as Frank Lampard’s transfer spree steps up a gear (Express, June 20); Leicester’s Chilwell remains Chelsea’s primary left-back target this summer but Frank Lampard has three back-ups. (Daily Star, June 16); Chelsea are confident they will be able to sign Chilwell from Leicester if they secure a place in next season’s Champions League (Daily Mail, June 13); Manchester City are keen to sign Chilwell along with Chelsea (Sky Sports, June 8)

    Leicester are employing the same tactic over Ben Chilwell that they used to secure a record fee for Harry Maguire (Daily Mirror, June 8); Leicester are ready to resist any bids for Ben Chilwell this summer and will insist that the England international is not for sale (Daily Telegraph, June 6); Leicester’s Ben Chilwell has been identified by Chelsea as the club’s No 1 left-back target this summer (Sky Sports, June 5); Chilwell is tempted by a huge move to Chelsea later this summer but has not yet demanded to quit Leicester (Daily Mirror, June 5)

    Adrien Rabiot and Fernando Bernardeschi – Chelsea are set to be offered the pair as Juventus plot an audacious double swoop for Jorginho and Marcos Alonso (The Sun, June 17)

    Said Benrahma – Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on the Brentford winger but Leicester are leading the race for his signature. (Daily Express, June 17)

    Miralem Pjanic – Chelsea have reportedly made an offer for the Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as he weighs up his options ahead of a likely summer move. (Daily Mail, June 16)

    Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona are ready to pay for a portion of Coutinho’s wages for him to move back to England or stay at Bayern Munich (Daily Telegraph, June 13)

    Kalidou Koulibaly – The defender has been told to snub Manchester United for their Premier League rivals, Liverpool or Chelsea, this summer (Daily Mirror, June 9)

    Jadon Sancho – Sancho’s future at Borussia Dortmund remains uncertain after head coach Lucien Favre admitted the forward was among players that could leave this summer (Sky Sports, June 16); Real Madrid have entered the race for Manchester United and Chelsea target Jadon Sancho, according to reports (Daily Mail, June 3)

    Federico Bernardeschi – Juventus winger Bernardeschi is eyeing a move to the Premier League this summer with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all monitoring the situation (Gazzetta dello Sport, June 1)

    Dayot Upamecano – Chelsea have joined Arsenal in the race for the RB Leipzig star (Sun, June 25)

    Other players recently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge…

    • Jesus Corona (The Sun, May 30)
    • Said Benrahma (The Sun, May 28)
    • Roman Burki (The Sun, May 28)
    • Nicolas Tagliafico (Daily Star, May 27)
    • Andre Onana (Sunday Express, May 24)
    • Kaan Kurt (The Sun, May 23)
    • Lamare Bogarde (Football Insider, May 17)
    • Jeremie Boga (Daily Express, May 16)
    • Miralem Pjanic (Metro, May 14)
    • Angel Gomes (Daily Mirror, May 14)
    • Dries Mertens (Daily Express, May 11)
    • Moussa Dembele (Daily Star, May 11)
    • Thomas Meunier (Sunday Express, May 10)
    • Boubacar Kamara (Le 10 Sport, May 5)
    • Max Bird (Football Insider, May 5)
    • Orkun Kokcu (Daily Express, May 5)
    • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Daily Star, May 4)

    The latest players linked with a Chelsea exit…

    Victor Moses – Inter Milan are yet to agree a loan extension for Moses, says Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta (June 29)

    Pedro – Willian and Pedro have agreed short-term contracts with Chelsea to see out the remainder of the season. Pedro will join Roma on a two-year deal when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.

    Willian – Manchester United have been offered the opportunity to sign winger Willian on a free transfer with his Chelsea career coming to an end (Daily Mail, June 23); Manchester United have made contact with Willian’s agent ahead of a potential free transfer from Chelsea this summer, according to reports. (The Sun, June 17); Real Madrid have rejected the chance to sign Willian on a free transfer (Daily Mirror, June 2). Arsenal were ready to offer Chelsea’s Brazil forward Willian, 31, a £250,000-a-week contract before the coronavirus pandemic. (Mirror, June 26)

    N’Golo Kante – Chelsea are ready to sell the France international to raise funds for extra transfers (The Times, June 19); Real Madrid have set their sights on Chelsea star Kante for £71m (AS, June 13)

    Tiemoue Bakayoko, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater, Michy Batshuayi and Victor Moses have all been made aware that they do not have a future at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.

    Olivier Giroud – The France striker is still a target Tottenham, Inter Milan and Lazio – with clubs not giving up hope of capturing him this summer.

    Jorginho – Chelsea have been offered three Juventus players by Maurizio Sarri as the Italian seeks a reunion with Jorginho this summer (Daily Express, May 31)

    Other players linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge…

    • Tiemoue Bakayoko (The Sun, May 28)
    • Ross Barkley (Football Insider, May 26).
    • Kepa Arrizabalaga (Sunday Express, May 24; Daily Express, May 22).
    • Emerson Palmieri (Daily Express, May 16)
    • Charlie Webster (Daily Telegraph, May 12)
    • Tiemoue Bakayoko (Calciomercato, May 8; France Football, May 3)
    • Emerson Palmieri (Gazzetta dello Sport, March 24)
    • Ethan Ampadu (Daily Express, March 18)

    The latest Chelsea contract talk…

    Jorginho – The midfielder’s agent says they will enter talks about a contract renewal with Chelsea after there were rumours he would follow former manager Maurizio Sarri to Juventus (Calciomercato, April 22)

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