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Nicolas Pepe agent confirms transfer talks amid Liverpool interest

The agent of in-demand Lille forward Nicolas Pepe confirms he is in talks with other clubs amid speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. The agent of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has confirmed that he is in talks with clubs over a possible summer transfer. Lille president Gerard Lopez recently acknowledged that Pepe is likely to leave the club when the transfer window reopens at the end of this season, and a number of top European outfits are understood to be interested in his services. Liverpool are the most recent team to have been credited with an interest, while Arsenal are long-term admirers and Chelsea are understood to view the winger as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard. Bayern Munich are also in the running, and Lopez confirmed that all interested ...

Niko Kovac hails “fully deserved” win over Werder Bremen

Niklas Sule’s 75th-minute goal earned Bayern three valuable points against in-form Werder Bremen. Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes his side “fully deserved” their win over 10-man Werder Bremen but felt they should have made things much more comfortable for themselves. Bremen lost Milos Veljkovic to a 58th-minute red card but Bayern had to wait until 15 minutes from time to finally make the breakthrough, with centre-back Niklas Sule netting the only goal of the game. That was enough to send leaders Bayern four points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who play on Sunday, but Kovac admits his side should really have been celebrating a bigger margin of victory. Kovac told a press conference, reported by fcbayern.com: “I wish that we would have used the mu...

Manchester United to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku will reportedly be given the chance to leave Manchester United this summer if one of the clubs interested in signing him steps forward with an offer. Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offload striker Romelu Lukaku this summer if the right offer is tabled. The Belgium international has fallen behind Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice centre-forward since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Lukaku hit a good run of form when scoring six goals in three matches between February 27 and March 6, but he has since gone five games without a goal and the Red Devils supposedly want an upgrade. Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are believed to be among the clubs to have sounded out the 25-year-old, who is “very open”...

Manchester United ‘launch Niklas Sule enquiry’

Manchester United enquire over the availability of Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly enquired over the availability of Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule. The Red Devils are expected to be in the market for a new central defender this summer and have been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld and Matthijs de Ligt. However, according to Sport1, United have now identified Sule as a potential target, with the 20-time English champions approaching Bayern to enquire about the 23-year-old. Sule joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2017 and has made 78 appearances for the German champions over the last two campaigns. An 18-time Germany international, the defender stands at 6 ft 5 in and would add a ...

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac plays down talk of domestic double

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac insists his side are firmly focused on their upcoming match against Werder Bremen and will not be drawn into talk of the double. The Bavarians are set to face Bremen twice in five days, in the Bundesliga on Saturday and in a DFB-Pokal semi-final on Wednesday. With Bayern just one point ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund in the league, the manager is unwilling to take any chances. “We need to focus on the first game, we have to win that first,” Kovac told fcbayern.com. “We’re up against an opponent in really good form. They’re still unbeaten this year and have scored in every game.” Bremen are the only Bundesliga club to have found the net in all of their 29 matches so far this season and currently sit in seventh place, one po...

Matthijs de Ligt race ‘intensifies after Champions League heroics’

Barcelona are reportedly no longer so confident that they will sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax as five other clubs are also showing a serious interest. Matthijs de Ligt‘s stock has reportedly continued to rise after playing a huge part in Ajax‘s run to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The 19-year-old produced a captain’s display in Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Juventus, scoring the winning goal at the Allianz Stadium to see his side through 3-2 on aggregate. Barcelona are rumoured to have been close to wrapping up a deal for the Ajax skipper, but AS suggests that his future is no closer to being resolved as five other clubs could still make an approach. On top of the interest from Barcelona, De Ligt is also said to be wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester C...

Chelsea after Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech?

A report claims that Hakim Ziyech, who has starred for Ajax this season, is wanted by Premier League giants Chelsea. Chelsea are reportedly in the running to sign talented Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech at the end of the season. The Blues are on the lookout for a new wideman to fill the void that will be left by Eden Hazard‘s likely departure to Real Madrid. Ziyech is enjoying another impressive campaign for the Dutch giants, scoring 17 times and chipping in with a further 14 assists in the Eredivisie and Champions League. Ajax are bracing themselves for offers this summer, as was the case last year, and Suddeutsche Zeitung suggests that Chelsea may be one of those to make an approach. Bayern Munich, Everton, Arsenal and Leicester City have also been credited with an interest in the £30m...

Report: Barcelona close to Matthijs de Ligt agreement

A report claims that Barcelona are confident of wrapping up the signing of Ajax’s in-demand captain Matthijs de Ligt. Barcelona are on the verge of completing a deal for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, according to a report. The Catalan giants are one of a number of clubs believed to be in the running to sign the Dutch centre-back, who has skippered his side to the semi-finals of the Champions League. De Ligt recently hinted that he prefers a move to Juventus, where he would link up with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, but ESPN claims that Barcelona have almost won the race. Barca have the situation “under control”, the report suggests, and missing out on him now would match the disappointment faced when Antoine Griezmann turned them down at the last minute last su...

Real Madrid ‘refuse to meet Joao Felix release clause’

Real Madrid are unwilling to trigger the £100m+ release clause in Joao Felix’s Benfica contract, according to a report. Real Madrid have reportedly pulled out of the running to sign Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix as they are unwilling to meet his £104m release clause. Felix is on the radar of a number of European heavyweights on the back of an incredible season that has seen him play a direct part in 21 Primeira Liga and Champions League goals. The 19-year-old became the youngest player to score a Europa League hat-trick last week when starring in Benfica’s 4-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt – a match that was attended by scouts from across the continent. Juventus, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are all expected to make an approach for the Portugal Under-21s internati...

Report: Liverpool very close to deal for Timo Werner

Liverpool are rumoured to be close to finalising a deal in the region of £43m for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. Liverpool are reportedly very close to agreeing a deal with RB Leipzig for contract rebel striker Timo Werner. The Germany international has made clear to the Bundesliga side that he does not intend to extend his current deal. Werner, who has notched 60 goals in 108 appearances for Leipzig since joining from Stuttgart in 2016, is due to become a free agent in 14 months’ time. Leipzig may therefore have to cash in to the highest bidder this summer, with Bayern Munich and Liverpool considered to be the leading candidates to sign the 23-year-old. Transfer expert Ian McGarry, speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, suggested that the Reds could be on the verge of signing the...

Report: Bayern Munich favourites for Antonio Conte

A report claims that Bayern Munich are the favourites to appoint former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has been out of work for nearly a year. Bayern Munich are the “most concrete option” for out-of-work manager Antonio Conte, according to a report. The 49-year-old has been without a job since being sacked by Chelsea at the end of last season. Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years at Stamford Bridge, and he also lifted three Scudettos in three seasons with Juventus. Corriere dello Sport claims that the Italian is now keen to get back involved in management and Bayern are the favourites to land him. Niko Kovac was under huge pressure in the first half of his maiden campaign at the Allianz Arena, but he has managed to turn things around and Bayern lead ...

Chelsea to rival Arsenal for Lille star Nicolas Pepe?

A report claims that Lille ace Nicolas Pepe, already linked with a move to Arsenal and Bayern Munich, is viewed by Chelsea as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard. Chelsea are in the running to sign Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille, according to a report. The 23-year-old is the only player in Ligue 1 to have registered double figures for both goals and assists this season, leading to interest from a number of clubs. Pepe, who has a combined 30 goals and assists in the league this term, is rumoured to be on the radar of both Arsenal and Bayern Munich. According to Telefoot, Chelsea can be added to the 23-year-old’s list of possible suitors as they see him as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard. Lille are expecting to lose Pepe at the end of the season, with pres...

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