Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd done deal claim; Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid
Transfer news LIVE: All the latest from Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and more
Saturday, May 26
Sarri to Chelsea latest
Maurizio Sarri is close to being appointed as Chelsea’s new manager – but the Italian will not be bringing any of his Napoli staff with him to Stamford Bridge.
Sarri’s representatives have been in talks with Chelsea officials in London this week.
Reports in Italy claim a deal is ‘imminent’ and an announcement is due soon.
Antonio Conte will be shifted out to make room for Sarri.
But his coaching staff will be staying in Naples.
Barcelona transfer update
Samuel Umtiti has delivered Manchester United a blow in the transfer window by saying he wants to remain at Barcelona.
Umtiti has a £50m release clause and contract talks with Barca are at a standstill.
A move to United has been proposed by the centre-back said: “For my part, I want to renew.
“It’s important to resolve this issue before the World Cup although if this is not possible, it would not bother me.
“At the moment, there is no more news or further developments.”
Zidane’s job at risk
While Jurgen Klopp will get the chance to build on Liverpool’s successful season regardless of tonight’s results, the same can’t be said for Zinedine Zidane.
Following the disastrous defence of their La Liga crown, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson reckons Zidane could be given the chop if things don’t go their way.
“Jurgen Klopp could get Zinedine Zidane the sack tonight because he is the better manager,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“I know Zidane has won two Champions League titles in a row but he has had world class players to work with.
“You should be judged on what you do in your domestic league when you’re a manager and Real Madrid are so far behind Barcelona now it’s ridiculous.
“Barcelona are not even that good – but Real have only won the league once since Zidane took over and this season they only finished a very distant third.
“He’s been getting out of jail by winning the Champions League. But competitions like that are a bonus. The league is your bread and butter.
“You can’t judge a manager in a knockout competition because you need a bit of luck and a good draw to win them.
“Zidane could win three in a row and that would be an amazing achievement. But if he loses the final I would be shocked if he keeps his job because they are miles behind Barcelona.”
Man Utd deal done?
Manchester United have agreed a deal for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and are just waiting to sell Paul Pogba before welcoming the midfielder to Old Trafford.
That’s the explosive claim of Italian football agent Matteo Materazzi, who says Lazio deserve credit for developing Milinkovic-Savic.
Materazzi, the brother of Italian World Cup winner Marco, reckons United have already sorted out a deal for the 23-year-old.
And he’s claimed United are hoping to get rid of Pogba before announcing Milinkovic-Savic’s arrival in Manchester.
“In my opinion, he has already been sold for a few months to a team, Manchester United, which is waiting to sell a big [name], Pogba, to formalise the Serbian [’s arrival],” Materazzi told French outlet RMC Sport, when asked if there is a risk Milinkovic-Savic will leave Lazio.
“Lazio is the team that worked better with the human material that was available: hats off to [Igli] Tare and [Simone] Inzaghi.”
Dembele to Arsenal
Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Ousmane Dembele to the Emirates – and Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Emery has told Arsenal chiefs to sign Barcelona star Dembele this summer.
They say the ex-PSG manager feels Dembele, 21, would be the ideal signing.
And with the Gunners not being able to afford the former Borussia Dortmund forward, Don Balon say Barca are willing to agree a loan deal with Arsenal.
The Spanish giants are keen on a temporary deal which includes an option to buy next summer.
Fekir to Liverpool latest
Lyon star Nabil Fekir says he will discuss his future with the club president amid interest from Liverpool.
Reports emerged earlier in the month claiming a deal had been agreed between the two clubs, and while that looks to have been premature the sounds are that a transfer could be sorted in the coming weeks.
Fekir, who is under contract with Lyon until 2020, is open to discussions with the club president about his future.
On a possible move away from Lyon, Fekir said: “For now I am in Clairefontaine. Games are coming and I really don’t have my situation on my mind.
“I will let things happen but nothing is done. I have to talk with [Lyon president] Jean-Michel Aulas and we’ll see what happens next.”
Sarri to Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri’s appointment at Chelsea is ‘imminent’, claims Italian TV.
Italian TV station Mediaset claim the deal has been agreed for the ex Napoli boss to replace Antonio Conte.
According to the report, Sarri has settled on a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge, worth £5.25m per season.
Mediaset claim Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich gave the green light to director Marina Granovskaia to get the deal sorted.
Ronaldo’s Man Utd return
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could definitely return to Manchester United one day, says former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison.
I think Man United fans would be going doolally,” Morrison told Express Sport, when asked if Ronaldo could return to United this summer.
“If that happens my kids would be happy because they love Man United. They’ll be over the moon and if Ronaldo goes I’ll probably have to start going getting them a season ticket.
“But it would be what every Man United fans’ dream for him to go there. And I think Cristiano has got a lot of love for Man United.
“They were the club that made him what he was and Sir Alex Ferguson. So it could happen. There’s a big possibility it could happen.
“If he wants to move, I think the one team he will go back to is Man United.”