Guillem Balague addresses the Guardiola to Juventus rumours, delivers update on new contract

Guillem Balague addresses the Guardiola to Juventus rumours, delivers update on new contract – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been linked with Juventus following the exit of Massimiliano Allegri.

HUGE NEWS 👇🔥
Translation: Done deal! Pep Guardiola will be the Juventus coach. 4-year contract. ☑️ https://t.co/ipswuA97eK
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) May 21, 2019

The rumours have been making the rounds for a while now, and the City boss has always denied them.
Pep recently led the Premier League outfit to an unprecedented domestic treble, defending the League Cup and EPL title in the process.
Despite the domestic dominance, Champions League success continues to elude the former Barcelona manager, though, and there have been some doubts over his future at the Etihad Stadium.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has addressed the rumours on Twitter, and he has also claimed that no new contract is being discussed.

On Pep and Juve. He is staying at @ManCity. No idea where the stories come from, but no truth in them.
In fact, it was published he was in Malpensa, when actually at that point he was on the bus in Manchester!
By the way, no truth in a new contract being discussed either. pic.twitter.com/k2EizBhmMs
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 22, 2019

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Report: United in contact with striker who had agreement with Madrid last summer

Report: United in contact with striker who had agreement with Madrid last summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, Manchester United are interested in securing the services of Fluminense striker Pedro Guilherme this summer.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge squad-rebuilding job to do ahead of 2019/20, and the Norwegian wants to recruit passionate and quality players this summer.
Pedro, who scored 19 goals in 40 games for Fluminense in 2018 is available for £26million and is widely regarded as one of his country’s best youngsters with a huge future.
The 21-year-old had an agreement with Real Madrid last summer having impressed the La Liga giants over the years, but a knee ligament injury, which eventually ruled him out for seven months scuppered a move.
Pedro returned to full fitness last April and will surely be a cheap, yet quality option for United.
He isn’t short of suitors, with Serie A duo Inter Milan and Atalanta also keen on his signature.
After averaging 1.7 goals-per-game in the top-flight last term, the Red Devils need a striker that can deliver on a consistent basis if they are to challenge for silverware and a top-four finish next term, and the highly-rated Brazilian fits the bill.
Pedro earned a call-up to the Brazil national team last August for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador but was not be able to go because of a serious injury, and he would cherish a move to the Premier League in order to prove his worth.
United can help provide him with such a huge chance and opportunity.
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Report: Celtic plot move to sign West Brom defender on a bargain fee

Report: Celtic plot move to sign West Brom defender on a bargain fee – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from the Scottish Sun, Celtic are considering making a move for West Brom’s highly rated young defender Dara O’Shea in the summer transfer window.
The report claims that former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was heavily interested in bringing him to Celtic Park before he left to join Leicester City. It seems, Celtic still retain a strong interest in the player, and could make a move for him this summer.
The 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer, but West Brom have an option to extend his deal. However, if the Baggies do not exercise that option, Celtic can sign him on a cut-price development fee.
The Irish youth international is a highly-rated young talent and made 33 appearances for League Two side Exeter on loan this season.
It remains to be seen whether West Brom offer him a new deal in the coming days. If they refuse to do so, the youngster could be looking for options elsewhere, and the possibility of joining Celtic could be too tempting for him to refuse.
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Report: Newcastle braced for bid for promising player in the next 48 hours

Report: Newcastle braced for bid for promising player in the next 48 hours – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester United are planning to table a bid in the next 48 hours to sign Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been holding talks about his future on Tyneside this week as his contract is set to expire shortly. The Spaniard wants to keep hold of the impressive 21-year-old, and Newcastle must do everything to reject all offers for him.
Longstaff made 12 appearances for the club last season, but he made a strong impression with whatever opportunities he got. His performances have impressed the United coaching stuff, and the Red Devils have made him a top summer target.
The report adds that United have a genuine interest in the player, and developments are expected over the next few days.
Longstaff is a promising young talent, and losing him would place a further strain on Benitez’s relationship with the Newcastle hierarchy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on overhauling his squad in the summer, but Newcastle must make sure they keep hold of their key players. It would make no sense to cash in on him at this moment.
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Seaman urges Emery to emulate Wenger in choosing his goalkeeper for the Europa final

Seaman urges Emery to emulate Wenger in choosing his goalkeeper for the Europa final – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea will face-off in an all-English Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan next Wednesday, and manager Unai Emery has been handed a huge selection headache ahead of the game.
Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech has been in goal in 10 of the 13 games played in the competition so far, and the final was expected to be his last appearance for the Gunners ahead of his retirement at the end of the campaign.
However, there are calls for Emery to play Bernd Leno in place of the 37-year-old after reports emerged last night that he is set to take up a sporting director role at Chelsea this summer.

Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before , I’ll make decision about my future after the last game . Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal .
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) May 21, 2019

Cech has since denied the reports, but former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman wants Emery to emulate Arsene Wenger by playing his strongest XI in such a crucial final.
“I know Cech played all the games, but in a final like that, especially against Chelsea, Arsenal need to win this game to get into the Champions League,” the Gunners legend told talkSPORT.
“For me, you play your strongest team, and if that means Leno plays, that’s what I would do.
“I know Arsene Wenger did it with me. He did it to Richard Wright, he played all the F.A Cup games and then played me in the final. It’s worth lots of millions. It’s huge and they need (to win) to get back in the Champions League.”

“I know Cech has played all the games but Arsenal need to win this game.”
“For me, you play your strongest team and that means Leno plays.”@TheDavidSeaman says #Arsenal should start Leno in their Europa League final next week to have a better chance of victory.
Agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/VAWCbaiLPb
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 22, 2019

With next season’s Champions League football at stake, Arsenal cannot afford to lose the Europa League final to the Blues, and it makes sense for Emery to field his best side.
However, Cech hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down this term, putting in impressive performances during the knockout stages and will be eager to bow out on a superb note by shutting out his former side.
Nevertheless, Leno’s form means the German has been the better goalie this term, and it only makes sense to play him on Wednesday.
Emery has to make a big decision to make, but it will be hard for him to justify dropping Cech solely because of footballing reasons and not the leaked news.
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Leeds eye move for bargain 26 y/o signing…and he would be a superb addition

Leeds eye move for bargain 26 y/o signing…and he would be a superb addition – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Recently, French publication L’Equipe reported that Leeds United are closing in on the free transfer of Yoann Barbet from Brentford.
The Yorkshire club, who will be playing in the Championship next season despite coming close to achieving promotion this term, are keen to sign the player after his release from Griffin Park was confirmed earlier this month.
The 26-year-old would be a good signing for the club. Leeds clearly need some reinforcement at the heart of defence, and Barbet would be an ideal fit.
He has proven experience in the Championship and is versatile enough to play as a left-back. Leeds will be looking to add depth and personnel who can operate in a number of positions, and Barbet would be an eye-catchy signing.
The Frenchman made 108 appearances for the club, and scored six goals since joining in 2015.
His versatility would be a major asset to Leeds, as Marcelo Bielsa has stated last season time and again that he likes to have players who can play in multiple positions.
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Report: Liverpool eyeing Madrid-linked West Ham star as Klopp looks to boost squad

Report: Liverpool eyeing Madrid-linked West Ham star as Klopp looks to boost squad – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Sportmail, Liverpool are interested in a summer move for West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson, as manager Jurgen Klopp wants to sign attacking reinforcements for next season.
Daniel Sturridge is expected to leave Anfield at the end of the season once his contract expires, and despite Divock Origi’s exploits as back-up forward this term, the Reds want another attacker in order to boost their ranks and challenge across all fronts next season.
Anderson has been excellent for manager Manuel Pellegrini’s side since moving to the London Stadium from Lazio last summer, finishing the campaign with nine goals and four assists in 36 league games.
The 26-year-old has already been linked with Real Madrid as a result of his immediate impact at West Ham, and he sure will represent a great option for Liverpool.
The Hammers splashed £33.5million on Anderson’s signature last summer, and will most likely hold on to him in order to make a statement of ambition as they look to break into the top seven.
The Reds will have to table an irresistible offer in order to have a chance of securing the services of the Brazilian, and it doesn’t seem they will be keen to break the bank for someone they plan on making a squad player.
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Report: Newcastle enter race to sign Manchester United's star as Benitez eyes policy change

Report: Newcastle enter race to sign Manchester United's star as Benitez eyes policy change – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata this summer.
The 31-year-old is yet to make a decision over his Old Trafford future with his current deal running out this summer, and the Magpies are ready to rival Barcelona and a host of suitors for his free signing.
Manager Rafa Benitez wants a reunion with the Spaniard after they worked briefly together at Chelsea, but he will need the club to change their policy of not signing old players.
The former Liverpool boss also wants Newcastle to start paying a more competitive salary, and those two factors will go a long way to determine if they have a chance of landing Mata.
The Spaniard earns £140,000-per-week at United, and it remains to be seen if Newcastle – a club which hesitate to sign players older than 26 due to their sell-on value – will be willing to match that.
Benitez is hoping for a proper summer rebuild this summer in order to challenge in the top-half of the Premier League table, as he is not satisfied with having to battle relegation every other campaign.
He is yet to commit his future to the club, and he seems he will take his time before doing so, as he wants to be certain of the plans owner Mike Ashley has for him and Newcastle going forward.
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Report: United star rejects club's final offer as giants lineup £60m bid & £350,000-a-week deal

Report: United star rejects club's final offer as giants lineup £60m bid & £350,000-a-week deal – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea has rejected Manchester United’s latest contract offer – one expected to be the final.
The 28-year-old has just a year left on his current deal, and he has told the club in plain terms he has no intention to put pen to paper for a contract extension.
Paris Saint-Germain are now ready to table a £60million bid for De Gea this summer and will pay him £350,000-a-week wages – a demand United weren’t and aren’t ready to meet.
The French giants are also happy to wait till next summer to land him for free, and the Red Devils have been left with no choice than to cash in on their star goalkeeper in the coming weeks.
The Spain international arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid eight years ago and has since established himself as one of the best players at the club and on the planet.
De Gea won United’s Player of the Year award in four of the past six seasons, but he suffered a dip in form during the 2018-19 campaign.
Nevertheless, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to hold on to him, but the Norwegian might now be forced to look for another goalkeeper as United won’t want to lose him for nothing next summer.
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West Ham ace picks rival attacker as his Premier League player of the year

West Ham ace picks rival attacker as his Premier League player of the year – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham defender Issa Diop has picked Eden Hazard as the Premier League’s best player this past season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Diop picked the rival star as his player of the year.
The West Ham defender will be well aware of the Chelsea winger’s ability after his sensational solo goal against the Hammers earlier in the season.

The Chelsea winger has had a fantastic league campaign with the Blues and he managed to score 19 goals for them in all competitions.
Although Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling won the PFA and the FWA player of the year awards, Hazard’s performance cannot be overlooked.
The Belgian carried Chelsea to the third place and he has helped them make it to the finals of the Europa League as well.
It will be interesting to see whether Chelsea manage to keep him at the club beyond this summer.
Hazard has been linked with a move away from the club and it seems that he is keen to try out something new as well.
A move to Real Madrid might just be on the cards for the Belgian superstar.
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