Arsenal 'keen on Zaha transfer', Aguero interested in Chelsea move, Euro 2020 venues BOOST, Haaland LATEST

TRANSFER speculation is intensifying ahead of a massive summer window.

Erling Haaland is the man on most clubs' lips but there's also interesting news from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona.

Meanwhile Arsenal are weighing up who to try and sign on the wing, with Hakan Calhanoglu and Wilfried Zaha potential targets.

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  • Dylan Terry

    HERE'S DE BRUY

    The biggest transfer story of yesterday came from the Etihad where Kevin de Bruyne signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2025.

    SunSport reported on March 10 that an agreement was edging closer after KdB knocked back the first offer – and they shook hands on the agreement earlier this week.

    If the Belgian sees out his contract, it means he will have spent a decade with the Sky Blues.

    He was previously on around £300,000 a week at City and is believed to have agreed a small increase.

    But crucially the former Chelsea man was given the assurances on the football side that the club’s ambitions matched his own.

    De Bruyne is on the brink of a third Premier League title but is desperate to win the Champions League – the one club trophy missing from his CV.

  • Dylan Terry

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  • Dylan Terry

    LOSING FOCUS

    BBC presenter Dan Walker has announced his departure from Football Focus.

    The programme has been a Saturday lunchtime staple since its launch as part of Grandstand in 1974, with Walker the host for the past 12 years.

    On Thursday, 44-year-old Walker confirmed the move.

    He said: “This is going to be my last season presenting Football Focus. It has been an amazing 12 years and I can honestly say I have loved every single second of it.

    “I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at a time when the football landscape has changed immeasurably.

    “But, having said all that, after 12 years it’s time for someone else to take the reins.”

  • Dylan Terry

    DYNAMIC DUO IN BLUE?

    Here is how Chelsea could line up with Sergio Aguero and Erling Haaland.

    Which one would you like to sign if you could, Blues fans?

  • Dylan Terry

    THE HERR AND NOW

    Manchester City will be keeping a keen eye on Granada's clash with their neighbours on Thursday, to watch Yangel Herrera.

    The LaLiga side face Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals with the Venezuelan set to line up in midfield.

    Herrera, 23, is coming to the end of a two-year loan spell at Granada and could attempt a breakthrough into the City team upon his return.

    Pep Guardiola's side are considering giving him a run with Fernandinho set to vacate the position in the summer.

    The Brazilian is out of contract and reportedly set to follow Sergio Aguero out the Etihad exit door.

  • Dylan Terry

    RAM IT HOME

    Bit of Championship news from yesterday. Takeover completed at Derby County, subject to EFL approval.

    Good news for boss Wayne Rooney?

  • Dylan Terry

    GED HIM IN

    Tottenham flop Gedson Fernandes has reportedly been chosen by Marseille as a replacement for Oliver Ntcham.

    Celtic star Ntcham has been on loan at the French side since January but is set to return to Scotland this summer after a controversial stint which saw ex-boss Andre Villas Boas reveal he didn’t want the player.

    And reports now state Benfica’s Fernandes, currently on loan at Galatasary, is the target identified to replace him in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad.

    The storm surrounding Ntcham’s arrival saw ex-Spurs and Chelsea manager Villas-Boas resign in a press conference before he was then sacked by the club following the bust-up with the board who sanctioned the move without his blessing.

    But Ntcham has fared little better under former Argentina boss Sampaoli, making just one appearance.

    French reports suggest the ace will head back to the Hoops when his temporary move comes to an end at the close of the season.

  • Dylan Terry

    RECAP

    A reminder of one of the biggest stories of the day.

    Arsenal have reignited their interest in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

    The Gunners were linked with a £40million transfer in 2019 before bringing in his Ivory Coast team-mate Nicolas Pepe instead.

    But it is now thought that the North Londoners are plotting a fresh bid.

    However, in order to finance a swoop, Arsenal would need to sell – and the report adds Alexandre Lacazette could be axed to raise funds.

  • Dylan Terry

    READY TO BOUNCE BACK?

    Can Arsenal hit back after their dismal 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on the weekend? Europe is their last chance to salvage something from this season.

  • Dylan Terry

    BOATENG TO BID FAREWELL

    Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has revealed defender Jerome Boateng will be let go at the end of the season.

    The 32-year-old German's contract expires in the summer and it has now been confirmed the Bundesliga champions will not be renewing his deal.

    "Jerome's contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended," Salihamidzic told Sky Germany before the match last night.

    "That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved. I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door – hopefully with titles."

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    EUROPA LEAGUE

    What do we reckon about tonight's action then? Two wins for the English sides?

    Granada v Manchester United

    Arsenal v Slavia Prague

    Credit: AFP
  • Dylan Terry

    SPACED OUT

    Gareth Bale has revealed his own personal E.T. moment when he saw a UFO – firming up his belief that aliens ‘100 per cent’ exist.

    "There’s a lot of conspiracy theories and there’s footage of UFOs out there that’s been released by the US Government," he said in a chat with Spurs teammate and fellow Welshman Joe Rodon.

    He later added: "There is definitely, 100 per cent aliens. 100 per cent. There’s been video footage released."

  • Dylan Terry

    NEYMAR AND MBAPPE FUTURE

    Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo hopes to provide some positive news soon regarding new contracts for Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

    "I think we'll have some news that will make us all happy soon," he said.

    "We will soon get to a more concrete situation for Mbappe and Neymar contracts."

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    LUC & WAIT

    Mikel Arteta told Lucas Torreira ‘it’s not the moment’ to sell him after he begged for a transfer.

    The Uruguayan star, 25, requested a move from Arsenal back to South America to be closer to his family.

    But Arteta warned the midfielder – who joined in 2018 and is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid – against making any rash, impulsive decisions during difficult circumstances.

    The Gunners boss said: “Of course we contacted him. We have spoken to him and we know how difficult a time this is for him. He was really attached to his mum and he’s really attached to his family.

    “It’s a hard time for him and emotionally there is a lot of thoughts that will go through his mind. When things are like that, it’s not the moment to make decisions.

    “I understand how he’s feeling emotionally. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family.

    “But it’s not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It’s just an interview with some comments. Let’s see what happens.

    “We know that when you recruit a player from a foreign country, when they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things.

    “This risk is there and then you have to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time.”

    Credit: AFP
  • Dylan Terry

    SPURS FOR SERG

    Sergio Aguero would reportedly consider a move to Tottenham when his contract expires in the summer.

    Manchester City confirmed the striker would not receive a new deal last week, though a statue will be built in his honour.

    Aguero is available to sign and is said to be open to moving to Chelsea as well as Spurs.

  • Dylan Terry

    JAN THE MAN

    Spurs have reportedly stepped up their interest in Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard.

    The centre-back is hotly tipped for a move this summer, with Jose Mourinho said to be in the market to bolster his back line.

    And according to The Express, Vestergaard is thought to be at the top of Tottenham's wishlist.

    Credit: AP
  • Dylan Terry

    TIM OUT

    Thomas Tuchel has been told to consider dropping Timo Werner after a lacklustre display against Porto.

    Former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison said: "Chelsea have got other attacking options – it just depends on how long Tuchel wants to stick with Timo Werner.

    "Listen, Werner is not a bad player. You don’t become a bad player overnight.

    "It’s just at the moment, he’s getting into positions and not being clinical.

    "Maybe he needs a bit of time out of the team and he can make an impact coming off the bench."

  • Dylan Terry

    HOWE ABOUT THAT

    Eddie Howe is not close to joining any club and will not return to management until the summer at the earliest, according to Sky Sports.

    The former Bournemouth man has been heavily linked with Celtic in recent weeks as the Scottish giants seek a replacement for Neil Lennon.

    But reports coming out of Glasgow now appear to suggest the appointment of Howe is, at the very least, going to have to wait.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Dylan Terry

    EUROPA LEAGUE ACTION TONIGHT

    Both Arsenal and Manchester United are in Europa League action this evening as they begin their quarter-final ties.

    Slavia Prague are the opposition for the Gunners as they look to knock out a third British side after Leicester and Rangers.

    And Man Utd are looking to reach the last four as they take on Granada.

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    CARDS ON THE TABLE

    The yellow card signed by Erling Haaland after Dortmund's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City will be auctioned off for charity, according to reports.

    Eyebrows were raised when footage emerged of Romanian linesman Octavian Sovre asking the 20-year-old for his autograph in the tunnel after the game.

    But it turns out that it was for a good cause.

    According to reports, Sovre made the gesture because he wants to raise money for charity.

    They claim that the Romanian FA have confirmed that as well as assisting referees in the Champions League, Sovre also assists an autism centre in his native country.

    The card will now be auctioned to the highest bidder, in order to raise funds for the centre.

  • Dylan Terry

    THE POCH MASTERMIND

    Kylian Mbappe has revealed how PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino went about securing victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich last night.

    The striker told RMC Sports, via GFFN: "Above all, this is a superb team performance, I was able to profit from everyone else’s work.

    "Aside from that, we are only at half-time in this huge clash. We suffered, but we suffered as a team, we should not be ashamed of our performance.

    "We were solid, and we knew how to inflict damage in our strong moments. We will attack the second leg with the same determination.

    "As I said in Barcelona, I like these type of matches. I was not always smiling, but I am not here to hide, I like to play these type of matches and to be decisive.

    "The coach wanted me to close the passing lines on Kimmich with Neymar and that I run deep to overcome the Bayern block and make them run because they don’t like that. It worked well today. "

  • Dylan Terry

    KYL-ING ME SOFTLY

    This is the man on everybody's lips this morning after his two goals in the Champions League last night.

    But will he be at Paris Saint-Germain next season? There appears to be a contract stand-off…

  • Dylan Terry

    GO FOR GRAV

    Chelsea are reportedly targeting Ajax's Ryan Gravenberch – who has been dubbed a 'better Paul Pogba'.

    The Blues did business with the Dutch outfit for Hakim Ziyech last year and want to get another deal over the line.

    Thomas Tuchel is desperate to bolster his Chelsea squad this summer when he has his first full transfer market since replacing Frank Lampard in January – with the exciting central midfielder seemingly high on his wish list.

    But he faces competition from two other Premier League clubs for the teenager.

    It is thought Liverpool are one of those sides also chasing Gravenberch while reports have also linked him with Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United.

  • Dylan Terry

    LUC OUT?

    Lucas Vazquez refused to commit his future to Real Madrid after the win over Liverpool.

    And that has sparked further discussions surrounding a summer free transfer when his current contract expires with Manchester United and Chelsea linked.

    Asked about renewing his contract, Vazquez said: "Now what I focus on is the present.

    "I am enjoying this year with minutes, I feel comfortable playing and that is what makes me happy.

    "I was always from Madrid and I will always be from Madrid."

  • Alex Terrell

    BIG ‘AHA

    Arsenal have reignited their interest in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

    The Gunners were linked with a £40million transfer in 2019 before bringing in his Ivory Coast team-mate Nicolas Pepe instead.

    But according to 90min.com, the North Londoners are plotting a fresh bid.

    However, in order to finance a swoop, Arsenal would need to sell – and the report adds Alexandre Lacazette could be axed to raise funds.

    The French striker, 29, arrived at the Emirates in 2017 for £52m but is on the radar of Inter Milan, Roma, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract.

    Zaha, 28, is tied down at Selhurst Park until 2023 and his market value stands at £40.5m, according to Transfermarkt.

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