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‘Articulating frustration’ – Report shares Mourinho’s concerns during EPL’s meeting with managers

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and director of football Richard Garlick held a meeting with all the 20 club managers on Zoom today, with medical advisor Mark Gillett and government medical experts also involved as a potential return to action was discussed. The managers all want four weeks of training before the league resumes, and Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t want further delays to the resumption of training if it’s safe to return. The Portuguese was said to have have been the main voice articulating frustration on any potential delays as clubs had hoped they would have returned to training by now. The Premier League is hoping league action will resume on June 12, with training expected to commence on May 18. ...

Report: Newcastle make enquiry for 24-yr-old attacker who has played in the PL before

Newcastle have been linked with a move for the former Chelsea winger Bertrand Traore. As per Foot Mercato (via Sportwitness), the Premier League side have asked about the player. The 24-year-old has done well in France and he could prove to be a useful addition to Steve Bruce’s side. Newcastle could do with some pace and flair in their attack next season. They have Saint-Maximin on their left and Traore could lead their attack from the right. It will be interesting to see if the Magpies submit an offer for the player in the coming weeks. They should be able to tempt him back to the Premier League given their resources (when the new owners come in). The report adds that Traore is open to offers because of the competition for places in Lyon. He is not keen on being a backup. It seems that if...

‘Up in the air’: Phil Hay sheds light on Leeds’ promotion situation

While the governing body in the UK is hopeful that football will return amid the coronavirus pandemic, the situation is still far from ideal. Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has called for Championship sides to not be promoted to the Premier League if the football season fails to complete. It’s a complex scenario, and things could get messy if clubs opt for legal proceedings. It has been reported widely that clubs in the Championship want to complete the current season. But despite their desire to do so, whether they will be able to complete it remains a different issue. The Athletic’s Phil Hay has shed light on the matter on his personal Twitter account. He has claimed that the situation is very much “up in the air” with many teams feeling that it won’t be possible ...

‘Should be obliged to say something’: Journalist makes fresh claim on NUFC takeover

Newcastle United fans are getting impatient about the takeover as it is getting delayed. And with the delay, the pressure rises, and the fans are getting anxious. It is getting repetitive with every update, but as things stand – the prospective Newcastle United owners are awaiting official confirmation from the Premier League. All paper works have been submitted, and journalists, who are well-connected with the club, expect that the deal will go through at some point this week or this month. But no time frame has been given. A deal in the region of £300 million has been agreed between Mike Ashley and the Newcastle potential owners. A part-payment of £17 million has been paid already, which is non-refundable, while the remaining part will be paid once they get the green signal fro...

Manchester United £61 million ‘agreement in place’, Chelsea set to swoop for star

The summer transfer window will give Premier League clubs to address issues in their squads in time for next season. It will be particularly crucial for members of the ‘Big Six’ as they strive to keep themselves at the forefront of the battle to win silverware. Sportslens takes a closer look at six key signings the top clubs simply must make during the next transfer window. Manchester United – Moussa Dembele According to todofichajes.com, United have an agreement in place with Lyon to sign Dembele for around £61 million. The former Fulham and Celtic forward has been impressive in France, scoring 42 goals in 88 appearances in all competitions. With Odion Ighalo unlikely to stay beyond the end of his loan deal United need another forward – Dembele would be a quality addition. Liverpool – Jam...

Report: Leeds keen on 27-yr-old Spaniard, Orta has been following him closely

Leeds United have been linked with the Elche left-back Juan Cruz this summer. As per AS, the Championship outfit have been keeping tabs on the 27-year-old and Victor Orta is following him closely. Cruz has impressed for Elche this season and several other clubs are keen on him. It will be interesting to see if Leeds submit an offer for the player anytime soon. They are vulnerable at the back and that needs to change next season. Marcelo Bielsa’s men could be in the Premier League soon and they will struggle to cope with that defence. Someone like Cruz will add depth and defensive quality to the side. Furthermore, the Elche ace is at the peak of his powers right now and he could make an immediate impact for the Whites. The player has a €4m release clause but that could double if the Spanish...

The Premier League’s 13-word response to new legal documents threatening NUFC takeover

According to The Guardian, new legal documents linking Saudi Arabia with BeoutQ could derail the Public Investment Fund’s £300 million bid to own Newcastle United. BeIN Sports have accused the Saudi-based television broadcaster of illegally broadcasting live Premier League matches to subscribers, costing them millions in the process, and that could see the PIF fail the owners’ and directors’ test, which states that digital piracy is prohibited. Parties looking to buy English top-flight clubs must not provide false, misleading or inaccurate information according to the test, and having denied any link to the BeoutQ piracy, the Saudi consortium could miss out on buying Newcastle if Premier League lawyers are able to prove that the kingdom indeed owns the TV. The Shields Gazette has asked the...

Report: Newcastle ready to submit super offer in order to land 28-yr-old star

Newcastle have been linked with a move for the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The 28-year-old Senegalese is expected to leave the Serie A giants this summer and journalist Fabio Santini (via Sportwitness) claims that the Magpies are willing to submit a ‘super offer’ to sign him. Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world and he would be a tremendous signing for Newcastle if they manage to get it done. The Magpies need to tighten up at the back next season and Koulibaly could partner Schar/Lascelles at the back. He will add presence and composure to the backline. Koulibaly is an excellent reader of the game as well. He could be a Van Dijk-esque signing for the Magpies. The Dutchman completely transformed Liverpool after joining them and Koulibaly could have a similar impact. Ne...

Barcelona plan to compete with Liverpool to sign £52m-rated star: report

Barcelona could compete with Liverpool for the services of Timo Werner, suppose they are unable to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan this summer, a report from Mundo Deportivo claims. The Blaugrana are aiming to sign a new striker during the next transfer window, who can act as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez up front. Martinez has been identified as their prime transfer target but they face a stumbling block as the Nerazzurri may be reluctant to accept anything less than the £102m release clause in the striker’s contract. As a result, the Catalan giants may look elsewhere and Mundo Deportivo reports that Werner has emerged as the ‘Plan B’ option to bolster their centre-forward department this summer. Unlike Martinez, Werner is available for a cheaper price due to the rep...

Report: Tottenham keen on 11-goal La Liga ace who could cost around €60m

Tottenham are keen on the Real Betis forward Loren Moron this summer. As per Estadio Deportivo (via Sportwitness), the Premier League side are one of the clubs looking at the attacker. Spurs have been linked with quite a few forwards already and it seems that Mourinho is keen on bringing a backup for Harry Kane. Moron has scored 11 goals this season and he could prove to be a solid addition for Spurs. The 26-year-old striker has 3 assists to his name as well. His numbers are likely to improve when he is playing for a better team. Real Betis’ asking price could be a bit of problem for Moron’s suitors though. Apparently, they value the player at €60m and there is no doubt that Moron is not worth that investment. He is yet to prove himself in the European competitions and he is not a prolific...

Report claims Tottenham have launched a bid for 18-goal Chelsea target

Tottenham have been linked with Victor Osimhen this summer. As per reports (via Express), Chelsea are keen on the player as well but Jose Mourinho’s side have already launched a bid for the attacker. Tottenham need to improve their goalscoring options and Osimhen would be a superb signing. The talented attacker has scored 18 goals this season and he could be the ideal partner/backup for Harry Kane next season. Spurs have missed a quality alternative to Kane and the interest in Osimhen makes a lot of sense. The player will be tempted to join a Premier League club like Spurs if a good offer comes in. It would be a step up for him and the chance to work with Mourinho is an attractive proposition as well. The challenge at Spurs will help him improve as a footballer. The amount of the bid has n...

Report: Spurs and Everton battle to sign 23-year-old star, club have received bid already

A trio of Premier League clubs are chasing Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, but could face competition from Serie A club Roma for his signature. The 23-year-old highly-rated goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from Turkish club Trabzonspor. According to reports from TMW, three Premier League clubs – Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool – are showing keen interest in signing him. Cakir is arguably one of the finest goalkeepers in Turkey, and he has been watched heavily by several Premier League clubs before the coronavirus pandemic broke out. Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu, who rates him as one of the best keepers in the world, has claimed that his club have received a £17.5 million bid for the player.  The global economy has been hampered ...