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  • Samuel StreetMay 19, 201911:17 pm

    MAN UTD have been given a big boost in their pursuit of Matthijs De Ligt with Barcelona running into a Mino Raiola-shaped roadblock.

    The Spanish champions are struggling to meet the Dutchman's increased wage demands and banned agent Raiola's requested fee.

    Should Barca fail to lure De Ligt, he looks set to move to Manchester, with United and rivals Man City strong favourites to secure his signature.

  • Samuel StreetMay 19, 201910:07 pm

    TOTTENHAM are looking at replacements for Mauricio Pochettino should he choose to leave this summer.

    Poch has been mooted for a switch to Juventus, and interestingly Daniel Levy's backup plan is set to involved the man he would replace.

    Max Allegri is said to be Spurs' top target, but would demand assurances over his transfer budget.

    Arsenal's refusal to loosen the purse strings is believed to be the main reason Allegri chose not to move to North London last season.

  • Samuel StreetMay 19, 20199:09 pm

    MAN CITY are set to rival Man Utd in the pursuit of Matthijs De Ligt and Harry Maguire.

    The Red Devils have been keen on signing one or both of the duo throughout the season.

    But Pep Guardiola is now looking to step in with both ball-playing centre-backs being of interest.

  • Samuel StreetMay 19, 20197:30 pm

    ZINEDINE ZIDANE defended his decision not to bring Gareth Bale on in Real Madrid's 2-0 loss to Betis.

    The Frenchman added that Bale would not have played even if he had four substitutes available.

    He said: “I don't know if it's the last game or not. I don't know what's going to happen.

    “I'm sorry he didn't get to play, but no-one knows what will happen. If I think a player doesn't fit in the team I have to do what I think works best.

    “No-one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.

    “I have counted on other players more in recent weeks, and if I had a fourth substitute today I would not have brought him on.

    “I make these decisions when it is right to do so, and I must act in the best interests of the team at all times.”

  • Samuel StreetMay 19, 20195:43 pm

    EVERTON have 'offered Thomas Meunier a contract' in a big statement of intent for next season.

    The Toffees are looking for competition for Seamus Coleman and have been in talks with the PSG star, according to Get French Football.

    In an interview with Canal+, the Belgian said he has received a lot of interest from various clubs ahead of the transfer window.

    He commented: “As I have said, nothing is clear, with regards to me or the club.

    “People are enquiring, left and right, but I still have another year on my contract.

    “The club knows my position, I have always said that I want to stay.

    “Aside from that, do I suit them or not, do they want to change the Paris cycle a bit?

    “Nothing is clear for the moment and we are going to see a little what happens.

    “I think that I will receive news during the holidays.”

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