Transfer Centre: Pogba, Maguire latest LIVE!

Transfer Centre: Pogba, Maguire latest LIVE!
All the news and rumours including the latest on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba, Maurizio Sarri’s future and more.
TRANSFER HEADLINES
Sarri deal to trigger Lampard approach
Lukaku: My future up to Man Utd
Milan interested in Lovren
Utd director won’t alter transfer policy
Why Manchester rivals want Maguire
Papers: De Gea primed for new Man Utd offer
Utd eye Aarons if Wan-Bissaka bid fails
Transfer rumours: Liverpool; Man City;
Spurs; Arsenal; Man Utd
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13:12
JOVIC PRESENTED AT BERNANBEU

Luka Jovic has been presented to the media as a Real Madrid player with president Florentino Perez after completing his medical earlier today.

Eden Hazard’s presentation will also take place tomorrow.

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13:03
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: MAGUIRE ON THE MOVE?

The latest Transfer Talk has landed! Harry Maguire and Matthijs de Ligt feature, while the panel also discuss potential Old Firm arrivals.

Click or tap below to listen…

12:48
UTD DIRECTOR WON’T ALTER TRANSFERS

Manchester United are still looking to appoint a technical director but the new role is unlikely to affect the club’s transfer policy this summer.

An appointment was expected to be made in time for the new arrival to be a part of the club’s plans for the current transfer window but with player recruitment already underway, there is no sign of when United might have their first technical director.

Former United players including Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand have been linked to the position, but it is unclear just what the roles and responsibilities of the candidate will be.

Head HERE for more.

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12:35
MBAPPE COY ON FUTURE

PSG striker Kylian Mbappe refused to entertain talk of a move to Real Madrid after netting his 100th senior goal in France’s 4-0 win over Andorra.

“Now is not the time to talk about Real Madrid,” he said in quotes carried by Marca. “You always ask me the same thing, but it’s not the time.”

12:20
WOODGATE ASKS FOR COACH KEANE

Robbie Keane has confirmed that Jonathan Woodgate has asked him to be part of his new coaching set up at Middesbrough.

“He’s a good friend. If I can help him as much as I can I’ll do so,” Keane said. “I saw in the news that he was going to get the job but I didn’t think he was going to call me. But the first person he called was me so I must be alright.”

Former striker Keane is currently an assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland while Woodgate is expected to be announced as Boro’s new manager, Sky Sports News understands.

12:07
WILLIS IN AT STIRLING

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✍️✅ Done deal! We are delighted to announce that our 10th new signing of the summer is former Dunfermline and Berwick midfielder Paul Willis, who was most recently with @pfcofficial

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11:57
SARRI EDGING CLOSE TO EXIT

Maurizio Sarri’s ten months in charge at Stamford Bridge could soon be at an end as negotiations continue today between Juventus and Chelsea over a suitable compensation package, Sky Sports News understands.

Chelsea are holding out for the majority of the final year of Sarri’s contract, worth around £5.3m. Juventus, however, are trying to negotiate a deal without the need for compensation.

An agreement over the 60-year-old will then trigger an official approach from Chelsea to Derby for permission to speak to Frank Lampard about becoming Roman Abramovich’s 12th manager in 16 years.

11:52
BELL LEAVES PARTICK

Partick Thistle have confirmed that goalkeeper Cammy Bell has left the club by mutual consent.

11:38
VICTORIA JOINS RAITH

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11:22
STOCKTON BACK WITH SHRIMPS

Cole Stockton has agreed a one-year deal with Morecambe and will join the club on July 1 after his current deal with Tranmere ends.

The 25-year-old previously spent the 2016-17 on loan at the Globe Arena.

11:10
JOVIC COMPLETES MEDICAL

Luka Jovic has undergone his medical this morning ahead of his move to Real Madrid.

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11:03
LEVERKUSEN EYE MITROVIC

Bayer Leverkusen are keen on a deal for Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to Sport Bild.

They are also looking at Watford winger Dodi Lukebakio, who impressed on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf this season.

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10:39
GRIEZMANN ANNOUNCEMENT SOON?

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann says his future could be decided in two weeks’ time with his release clause dropping by £107m on July 1.

“There’s a need for patience, as it’s still soon,” he told Marca. “I want my future to be decided more than anyone, but there’s a need to wait. I don’t know if I’ll remain in Spain. Maybe in two weeks we’ll know something.”

10:15
MILAN INTERESTED IN LOVREN

AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren, according to reports in Italy.

Lovren made just 18 appearances in all competitions last season due to injury and the form of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Milan sacked manager Gennaro Gattuso and are about to embark on a rebuilding programme, and it’s believed the Croatian – who turns 30 next month – is a top target.

The Serie A club have not made a formal offer at this point but will make their move once, as expected, Marco Giampaolo is appointed manager.

10:04
CHELSEA’S ‘LAST-DITCH’ SARRI ATTEMPT

Chelsea will make an incredible last-ditch attempt to get Maurizio Sarri to stay at Stamford Bridge and snub Juventus, according to The Sun.

Sarri led the Blues to third place in the Premier League and won the Europa League, but has admitted to feeling homesick for Italy.

09:48
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: MAGUIRE ON THE MOVE?

The latest Transfer Talk has landed! Harry Maguire and Matthijs de Ligt feature, while the panel also discuss potential Old Firm arrivals.

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09:31
‘LAMPARD PERFECT FOR CHELSEA’

Rio Ferdinand believes his former West Ham and England team-mate Frank Lampard is the ideal candidate to takeover at Chelsea, especially if their transfer ban is upheld.

“He is the perfect choice. People talk about experience and what-not but what experience did Pep (Guardiola) have when he went into Barcelona’s first team? He trained the younger kids at the club,” added Ferdinand.

“Frank knows the club and he knows the players and the players will respect him. You can see he can carry himself in a particular way in front of the media and in the football club and he can change things within a season.

“If Chelsea are going to get a ban transfer-wise I don’t think they can look anywhere but Frank if I’m honest. Because he and Jody (Morris, Derby assistant manager) they know all the kids from 16 upwards. They know what they can all do.”

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09:16
WHY MANCHESTER CLUBS WANTS MAGUIRE

The tug of war for Harry Maguire could be the saga of the summer transfer window, but why are Manchester United and Manchester City so keen on the Leicester defender?

We take a look HERE.

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09:00
HUGHES ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Aaron Hughes has retired from football after a 21-year playing career.

Hughes made a brief emotional speech in the changing room after Northern Ireland’s 1-0 win against Belarus in Minsk.

He is Northern Ireland’s most capped outfield player with 112 appearances, although Steven Davis is one behind on 111. Only Pat Jennings (119) won more caps than the former Newcastle, Fulham and Aston Villa defender.

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08:53
ZIDANE WINS POGBA BATTLE

Zinedine Zidane has won his transfer battle with Florentino Perez with Real Madrid set to move for Paul Pogba over Christian Eriksen, according to the Mirror.

Zidane wants to bring in Pogba to strengthen the La Liga club after a disappointing season, but Perez believes Eriksen will be cheaper and more accessible.

08:29
‘RANGERS SHOULD SELL MORELOS’

Rangers should sell striker Alfredo Morelos and use the money to strengthen other areas of their squad, says Kris Boyd.

“If I was Rangers I would sell him because I think that if you can get the money that teams might be willing to pay, you can go and maybe strengthen your squad or your first team with maybe three or four other players who can make a big difference,” said former Rangers striker Boyd on the latest episode of Transfer Talk.

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08:12
NEW HUDSON-ODOI CONTRACT?

Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new deal – but only if he is guaranteed minutes, The Sun reports.

The 18-year-old shone towards the end of last season before rupturing his Achilles in April, with Chelsea’s ongoing managerial uncertainty playing a part in the delay.

Should he sign a new deal, the newspaper claims he will be given the coveted No 10 shirts, left vacant by the outgoing Eden Hazard.

07:57
‘MY FUTURE UP TO UTD’

Romelu Lukaku called for Manchester United to decide his future after his double kept Belgium on course to qualify for Euro 2020.

Asked if he will still be a Manchester United player next season, Lukaku said: “It’s up to the club. The club have to come out with statements. I’m not here to entertain any rumours.

“I just play my football and we’ll take it from there.”

07:44
RIO INTRIGUED BY UTD DIRECTORS ROLE

Rio Ferdinand admits he is interested in becoming Manchester United’s first technical director but says the role has not yet been defined by the club.

“It all depends on the shape of the job,” Ferdinand said when asked if he fancied returning to the club. “I don’t think it’s all been outlined at Man United in terms of ‘that’s the job and this is the description’. I think there’s a lot to talk about within that.

“To be fair to Man United, in that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can’t lie and say that that’s not a turn-on.

“Because you are helping to shape the fortunes of a club of that stature. That’s a huge job.”

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07:23
PAPER TALK

Zinedine Zidane has won his transfer battle with Florentino Perez with Real Madrid set to move for Paul Pogba over Christian Eriksen. (Mirror)
David de Gea is prepared for a fresh contract offer from Manchester United as talks over a new deal continue. (Telegraph)
Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new deal – but only if he is guaranteed minutes. (The Sun)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has told Crystal Palace he wants to make a dream move to Manchester United. (Mirror)
AC Milan will try to lure Arsenal star Lucas Torreira back to Italy, according to reports. (The Sun)
Head HERE for all of today’s Paper Talk.

22:06
WOODGATE UPDATE…

A Boro legend as a player, Woodgate had been one of Tony Pulis’s assistants until Pulis left the job at the end of the season after they missed out on the Championship play-offs.
Woodgate had retired from his playing days at Boro – his boyhood club – in 2017 and was immediately given a job among the academy coaching staff.

Boro owner and chairman Steve Gibson has a track record of giving the club’s top former players a chance as at management, having introduced both Bryan Robson and Gareth Southgate to the role.

And the ex-England centre-back Woodgate, who went on to play for Real Madrid and Tottenham in a successful but injury-plagued career, looks to be the next man given his first foray into management.

Woodgate came through the ranks on Teesside before switching to Leeds in 1996 and breaking into senior football at Elland Road, and he also had spells at Newcastle and Stoke City before retiring at 36 at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Meanwhile, Percovich was goalkeeping coach under Aitor Karanka, who has also been linked with a return to the club, but is understood not to have held talks with Gibson about doing so.

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21:33
WEST BROM CLOSE IN ON BILIC

Slaven Bilic is close to agreeing a deal to become WBA’s new head coach, Sky Sports News understands.

A number of face-to-face meetings have taken place between Bilic and West Brom bosses, and whilst at first there was “substantial distance” between both sides over the issue of salary, there is now broad agreement on that, and other key issues.

One source has even told us that Bilic has been made a formal offer from Albion to take over the job, but there’s been no comment from the club, who are remaining tight-lipped about the process.

It’s thought only a few legal issues are left to address.

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21:27
WOODGATE SET FOR BORO JOB

Jonathan Woodgate is set to take over as the new Middlesbrough boss, Sky Sports News understands.

The 39-year-old is understood to have been back into Rockcliffe for talks on Tuesday following an initial interview three weeks ago, and is close to being appointed.

He is set to be joined by Leo Percovich, who is also close to arriving for another stint as goalkeeping coach.

18:28
‘MARGINALISED DYBALA FACES JUVE EXIT’

Paul Dybala is likely to be forced out of Juventus this summer after being marginalised since the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Italian football expert Adam Digby.

Digby, the author of ‘Juventus: A History in Black and White’, told Sky Sports News: “I think Dybala will be the one player who is forced to move on. I think the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo forced Juventus to play a front three for the most of last season and the only position available to Dybala in that system is wide on the right – that doesn’t suit him.

“He is much more comfortable down the middle behind a conventional No 9. And he has really struggled to adapt to that this season. It’s been his poorest season since he arrived at Juventus in 2015. He only scored three goals in the league and he really is the player that has been marginalised by Ronaldo’s presence.

“I can fully see him moving on this summer in search of somewhere he can play his more natural role.”

17:33
BRADFORD SIGN ISMAIL

Bradford have signed Walsall winger Zeli Ismail.

Ismail will officially become a Bradford player on July 1 when his contract with Walsall expires.

The 25-year-old said: “I am really happy to be here. I know this is the right move for me and cannot wait to get in front of the crowd. As a footballer you do not want to hide, you want to play in front of the kind of support we have here. Who would not want to play in front of these fans? It is what playing football is all about!”

17:21
BREAKING NEWS

Liverpool are close to agreeing a new 12-month contract extension with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The addition to his present deal, reportedly worth around £120,000 a week, will keep him at Anfield until 2023.

The England star returned to first team action in April after a year side-lined by a serious knee injury.

17:17
BOWERY JOINS MK DONS

MK Dons have signed ex-Aston Villa forward Jordan Bowery on a free.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the newly-promoted Sky Bet League One club after he left Crewe.

16:42
BREAKING NEWS

Oldham have now announced that they have appointed Laurent Banide as head coach on a one-year-deal.

16:23
REGIONAL PAPER TALK

Dalian Yifang are demanding Arsenal pay a fee in excess of £25m to complete the signing of Yannick Carrasco. (London Evening Standard)
Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame is on the verge of moving to the Qatar Stars League, according to reports in the Gulf. (Newcastle Chronicle)
The futures of Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa are in doubt with Wolves believed to be open to offers for both players. (Express and Star)
Aston Villa are preparing to table a bid for Stoke number one Jack Butland, according to media reports in Birmingham. (The Sentinel)
Leicester are facing competition from newly-promoted pair Norwich and Sheffield United for Jay Rodriguez, according to reports. (Leicester Mercury)
Leeds have joined the race to sign Liverpool’s Ryan Kent on loan with Marcelo Bielsa looking to land three new wingers before the end of the transfer window. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

16:11
BREAKING NEWS

Laurent Banide will be the new manager of Oldham Athletic, Sky Sports News understands.

The former Monaco coach has most recently been working in the Middle East.

Pete Wild left the League Two club for personal reasons at the end of the season.

15:58
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: MAGUIRE ON THE MOVE?

The latest Transfer Talk has landed! Harry Maguire and Matthijs de Ligt feature, while the panel also discuss potential Old Firm arrivals. Click or tap below to listen…

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15:52
BARCELONA CLOSE ON BAGGIES TEEN

Barcelona are closing in on West Bromwich Albion’s 15-year-old Louie Barry.

Sky Sports News understands West Brom are keen on keeping hold of the prodigious teen, but fear a move to the Nou Camp may prove too tempting to turn down.

The striker, who has been at The Hawthorns since he was six, has attracted the attentions of a host of top clubs after scoring 10 goals in five games for England U15s.

Barry went on to claim the golden boot at the Val-de-Marne U16s tournament in November last year and three months later, scored two goals for England’s U16s against Brazil.

He has also played for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams, being eligible to play for both countries.

15:39
SWINDON BORROW MAY

Portsmouth midfielder Adam May has joined Swindon on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old academy graduate spent time at Aldershot last season.

15:23
NEW DEAL FOR SPURS YOUNGSTER

Tottenham youngster George Marsh has signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2021.

The 20-year-old midfielder made his senior debut during last summer’s pre-season International Champions Cup tournament in the United States.

He made his competitive bow as a second-half substitute in a 7-0 FA Cup win at Tranmere Rovers in January.

15:05
SUNDERLAND CONFIRM EXITS

Sunderland have released their retained list for 2019/20, with four senior players set to depart.

Adam Matthews, Luke Molyneux, Max Stryjek and Robbin Ruiter will leave the club when their current deals expire on June 30.

U23 players Max Johnstone, Connor Shields and Alex Storey will also leave this summer.

14:56
SARRI – JUVE FANS UNDERWHELMED?

Our colleagues at Sky in Italy understand Maurizio Sarri will be allowed to join Juventus as soon as Chelsea have sorted a replacement.

Italian football expert Adam Digby has been speaking to Sky Sports News about the mood in Turin.

“I think the Juve fans are likely to be a bit underwhelmed – they seem to have been promised Pep Guardiola or Mauricio Pochettino all summer! Some reports have suggested the delay is because Juve are still holding out hope they could get someone else.

“Sarri is a gruff character who has antagonised Juve fans in the past. It remains to be seen how long it takes for him to win over the fans.

“It seems to take time for Sarri to settle and embed his ideas. That doesn’t really seem to mesh with Juve, where there’s an urge to win immediately. They need to modernise their style and Sarri can certainly do that but he’s spoken previously about playing well and finishing second and Juve’s style and tradition is to win at all costs – otherwise they will feel the money they’ve spent on Cristiano Ronaldo and other players will be going to waste.”

14:30
COUTINHO’S ADMISSION

Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has opened up about his Barcelona struggles.

Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 but has failed to command a regular place, starting only 22 games in La Liga last term.

“I have not had a good season,” the Brazil international said in quotes reported by Marca.

“My performances have been a lot worse than I expected they would. The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard.”

The Spanish paper claims both Barcelona and Coutinho are “actively seeking a move away” for the player and that, as things stand, PSG are leading the race to sign him.

13:51
FULL AARONS STORY

Man Utd are interested in Norwich City’s Max Aarons as a potential alternative signing if a move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka is unsuccessful.

Sky Sports News understands Palace themselves hold an interest in 19-year-old Aarons, with Tottenham and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig linked in the past.

The Eagles are prepared to make a move for him if they do end up letting Wan-Bissaka leave for Old Trafford.

Read the full story here

12:54
WEST HAM IN FOR FORNALS

West Ham are in talks to sign Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals for £25m.

The 23-year-old has been capped twice by Spain, and moved to Villarreal from Malaga in 2017.

12:44
UNITED, PALACE INTERESTED IN AARONS

If Crystal Palace sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United, Norwich City right back Max Aarons is their number one target as a replacement.

However, United are ALSO interested in the 19-year-old.

Aarons, who played a key role in Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League, EFL young player of the season and also in the Championship PFA team of the season.

Tottenham and Red Bull Leipzig have also been linked with him in recent months.

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12:30
ARSENAL ‘MUST PAY £25M’ FOR CARRASCO

Dalian Yifang are demanding Arsenal pay a fee in excess of £25m to complete the signing of Yannick Carrasco, according to the London Evening Standard.

Arsenal failed to complete a loan deal for the 25-year-old Belgian in January, but look to have returned.

11:22
BAYERN TO WAIT ON WERNER

Bayern Munich will wait until next summer to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner on a free transfer, rather than paying a fee, according to Bild.

The 23-year-old has hit 50 Bundesliga goals in three seasons.

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10:33
NAVAS TO LEAVE REAL?

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will leave this summer after Zinedine Zidane settled on Thibaut Courtois to be his No 1 next term, according to AS.

However, the Costa Rican would like Real to waive any fee for him and pay up the final two years of his contract. Real, however, will not consider any offer below £17m

09:58
FONSECA NAMED NEW ROMA BOSS

Paulo Fonseca has been confirmed as Roma’s new head coach on an initial two-year contract.

The 46-year-old has agreed to take over ahead of the start of the new season and an optional third year could extend the deal until the summer of 2022.

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09:29
‘ARSENAL BID FOR DUO REJECTED’

Arsenal’s £43m raid for Sampdoria duo Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet has been rejected, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Defender Andersen, 23, and midfielder Praet, 25, will reportedly cost Arsenal £50m if they wish to prise the duo away from the Serie A side.

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