Sunday, Jul 23rd 2017

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Chelsea are reported to be confident that manager Antonio Conte will agree to a new contract.

The Italian coach has two seasons left on the deal he penned last year, but Chelsea are keen to extend the contract after his title-winning debut season.

The forty-seven year old oversaw a comfortable run to the Premier League crown as well as a defeat in the FA Cup final against rivals Arsenal.

He had been linked with a return to Serie A with Inter Milan, but they have appointed Luciano Spalletti and that clears the way for Chelsea to get a deal agreed.

 

There are rumours that Conte wants more control over transfers as part of any agreement and Chelsea are yet to make any additions in the Summer window so far.

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Manchester United boss José Mourinho is being accused of tax fraud by prosecutors in Spain.

An investigation into the Portuguese manager’s spell in Spain managing Real Madrid is being conducted.

The former Chelsea boss is being accused of concealing around £3m from 2011/12.

A prosecutor says an “illicit benefit” was gained by Mourinho due to not declaring income from the use of his image rights.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has followed the likes of Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar in being accused as well.

Mourinho is yet to comment.

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Manchester City could make a move to sign Juventus defender Dani Alves.

Manager Pep Guardiola is reported to be interested in reuniting with the Brazilian after letting Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna leave the Etihad this Summer.

Alves would reportedly cost just £5m should the Spaniard decide to try and secure his signature in the coming weeks.

City have been strongly linked with an offer for England international Kyle Walker, but Spurs are digging in their heels over any deal.

Guardiola was in charge at the Nou Camp when Barcelona signed Alves from Sevilla back in 2008 in a deal worth around £25m.

The pair won three La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups and two Champions Leagues together prior to Guardiola’s exit to German giants Bayern Munich.

They will be hoping for a repeat of that success at City if the move goes through.

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West Ham youngster Reece Oxford is close to sealing a season-long loan deal with German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

The teenager has already completed a medical as he moves nearer to spending a year in the Bundesliga.

Oxford spent half of last season on loan at Championship outfit Reading before returning to the Hammers at the end of the campaign.

He put pen to paper on a new contract back in December and that will see him spend the next four seasons with West Ham.

The eighteen year old became the second-youngest player in Premier League history when he played in a match against Arsenal back in August 2015.

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Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has said that he could not guarantee regular football to midfielder Peter Whittingham.

The thirty-two year old has agreed to join League One club Blackburn Rovers after spending the past ten years with the Welsh club.

And Warnock has said that the former Aston Villa man just wants to get regular starts – something he could not offer him next season.

“He wants to play and he’s got a two-year contract offered to him, and you’ve got to take your hat off to that.” he told BBC Radio Wales.”I think he’s realised he’s not going to be instrumental in playing every week here.

“His agent said to me it was similar terms to what we offered him.

“I think Peter could have played a part next year but I don’t think we could, at this stage, offer him a two-year deal.

“You could see last year how frustrated he was at not being able to play and not being in that starting eleven.

“Probably going down a division gives him more opportunity as well to play and you’ve just got to accept he’s at the stage of his career where you do want to play.

“A lot of people don’t even think about playing and they just go for money, but that’s not Peter.

“Peter just wants to play and you’ve got to take your hat off to him.

“Good luck to him, sometimes you need a little challenge later on in your career.” he finished.

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Leicester City are close to wrapping up a deal to sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire.

The 2015/16 Premier League champions are near to completing a move that could potentially cost them £17m.

BBC Radio Humberside are reporting that a £12m fee with add-ons has been agreed and a medical has been undertaken by the Foxes.

Sheffield United will also make some money out of the move, as they had a 10% sell-on fee agreed with Hull when they sold them the defender back in 2014.

Liverpool had been tentatively linked with a move for the twenty-four year old, but they have not made any offers.

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Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt has returned home after heart surgery.

The former England international was taken into Kings College Hospital last week after having chest pains and breathing issues.

Spurs have received a statement revealing the news that he will continue his recovery at his home.

“Gary Mabbutt has been released from hospital and will now continue his recovery at home.” it reads.

It went to state that Mabbutt himself has thanked the staff at the hospital as well as Spurs supporters.

“Gary would like to thank the staff at Kings College Hospital, the Kings College Cardiac team & also Spurs fans for their get well messages.” it said.

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Relegated Sunderland have opened talks with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes over becoming their next manager.

BBC Newcastle are reporting that the Championship club have moved to appoint the Scot as a replacement for David Moyes, who recently left the club.

 

Forty-five year old McInnes took over at Pittodrie back in 2013 and has led the club to second place in the Scottish top flight.

 

His contract at with the Dons has two years remaining and Aberdeen are reported to be seeking a payment of £1m to release him from the deal.

Sunderland were finally relegated from the Premier League last season after several campaigns of clinging on to their status.

Moyes oversaw a meek battle against the drop before departing the Stadium of Light recently.

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Everton have opened talks with Malaga over a deal for striker Sandro Ramirez.

The twenty-one year old scored fourteen times in La Liga last season and has a release fee in his contract worth just over £5m.

Ramirez moved to Malaga from Spanish giants Barcelona just a year ago and looks set to be moving on already.

Atletico Madrid were reported to be keen on landing him this Summer, but their transfer ban will stay in place and that has seen an opportunity develop for Everton to move in.

It is claimed that he is not being lined up as a replacement for Belgian international Romelu Lukaku, who is being heavily linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United.

 

Everton are also said to be considering bids for Ajax captain Davy Klaasen and Burnley defender Michael Keane.

Manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bolster his squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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Manchester United have released Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The speculation that the former Sweden international would be allowed to move on from Old Trafford was confirmed by the Premier League club today.

The thirty-five year old had moved to join them a year ago from French giants Paris Saint Germain and went on to become their top scorer last season.

But he suffered a season ending knee ligament injury in April and the recovery period has been deemed too long by United.

Speculation is rife that the former Barcelona forward will now head to an American club in Major League Soccer once he is back to fitness.