Van Dijk to become highest-paid Liverpool player EVER

Van Dijk to become highest-paid Liverpool player EVER
Van Dijk to become highest-paid Liverpool player EVER

Van Dijk to become highest-paid Liverpool player EVER with a new £220,000-a-week deal.

According to The Sun, the Dutch defender, 28, will commit to a five-year contract — worth a massive £57million — once Jurgen Klopp’s side have the Premier League title in the bag.

The deal is understood to be done and dusted but it will not be rubber stamped until next month.

And it will end fears that the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year will jump ship to Paris Saint-Germain.

The mega-rich French club have made it known to Van Dijk that they would love to sign him this summer — but his head has not been turned.

He currently earns £180,000 a week and could earn another £100,000 on top of that in the French capital.

Credit: The Sun

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Liverpool could celebrate Premier League title win in Everton’s car park

Liverpool could celebrate Premier League
Liverpool could celebrate Premier League

Liverpool could celebrate Premier League title win in Everton’s car park.

Liverpool could reportedly celebrate their long-awaited Premier League title win in Everton’s car park because the Goodison Park dressing room may not fall in line with social distancing rules.

If second-placed side Manchester City lose to Arsenal next Wednesday, Liverpool could wrap up the title with a win against their bitter rivals the following weekend.

Usually after winning the league, players will go back to the dressing room and celebrate their victory, however, government guidelines on social distancing may make this impossible for the Reds.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool could be forced to continue their title party on a temporary structure in a car park behind the Park End stand because of dressing room size.

Other older stadiums such as Old Trafford may also see contingency measures put in place for dressing rooms to ensure players can be kept two metres apart.

Credit: Metro Football & Daily Mail

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No favourites in the Serie A title race, says Juventus coach Sarri

No favourites in the Serie A title race
No favourites in the Serie A title race

No favourites in the Serie A title race. Juventus coach Mauricio Sarri claims there are no favourites for the Scudetto: “All the teams risk dropping points.”

With 12 games remaining and one point separating the top two, the Bianconeri coach has claimed the Scudetto race is wide open.

Inter are nine points behind league leaders Juventus and could close the gap to six if they win their game in hand, prompting Sarri to look over his shoulder when football resumes.

“In this situation, we can’t talk about favourites for the Scudetto,” he told Juventus official website. “All the teams risk dropping points.

“The most important thing is to conclude the season and if the health situation permits it, we must review the protocols and avoid quarantine, to reach the conclusion of the championship.”

Credit: Football Italia

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La Liga clubs stand to lose €800m for matches behind closed door

La Liga clubs stand to lose €800m
La Liga clubs stand to lose €800m

La Liga clubs stand to lose €800m for matches behind closed door or if fans do not return to stands for the remainder of the calendar year.

The details are outlined by a report in the Financial Times, which cites claims from the league’s president Javier Tebas as shooting the financial warning if fans do not return before 2021.

Professional football in Spain returns this week after three months of no action due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all games must be played behind closed doors.

There are hopes that the social distancing measures will be eased as part of Spain’s de-escalation programme but there is a great deal of financial uncertainty even if the remaining fixtures are played out.

Although Tebas remains optimistic that stadiums can return to a capacity between 10% and 15% before the end of the campaign, he warned that it could take two seasons for clubs to recover financial from the impact.

Tebas added that those clubs with the lowest revenue streams would be aided by the league, but warned that clubs must reduce outgoings.

Credit: Football Espana

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Alli to miss Manchester United clash through suspension

Alli to miss Manchester United clash
Alli to miss Manchester United clash

Alli to miss Manchester United clash. Tottenham midfielder apologises for coronavirus-related social media post.

Dele Alli will miss Tottenham’s return to Premier League action against Manchester United next week because the FA handed him a one-game suspension for a social media post.

The 24-year-old has also been fined £50,000 and ordered to undertake a face-to-face education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.

The incident relates to a video posted on the player’s Snapchat account in February in which he appeared to mock an Asian man and joke about the coronavirus outbreak.

“In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour,” Alli said in a statement to the club’s website.

Credit: Sky Sports News

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Chelsea put four players up for sale to help fund Chilwell transfer

Chelsea put four players up for sale
Chelsea put four players up for sale

Chelsea put four players up for sale. Chelsea are willing to part with four of their defenders as they look to raise funds for the transfer of Ben Chilwell.

The Blues are willing to part with four of their defenders as they look to raise funds for the transfer of Ben Chilwell.

Chilwell, the left-back from Leicester City, is Frank Lampard’s priority summer transfer target after securing a £53million deal to sign Red Bull Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The England could cost anywhere up to £85m and Chelsea want to raise funds by offloading some of their squad. Four players who are available to be sold are in the backline, according to The Times.

One of the other two left-backs at the club, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, are expected to be shifted.

But Blues chiefs are also willing to listen to offers for centre-back duo Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.

Credit: Metro Football

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La Liga after Covid-19: How will Madrid, Barca, and Atletico deal with the rest of the season?

La Liga
La Liga

La Liga is the best league in Europe, they are coming back. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid still need to fight for this season, FinalGoal will take you to discover…

Two revolutions go head to head

It’s Real vs Barcelona for the La Liga title. Shock, horror. But it’s not a Real or a Barca that you would recognise from the last few seasons.

Ernesto Valverde’s pragmatic approach steamrollered opponents, but it didn’t project the image that Barcelona ultimately wanted, and he was relieved of duties in January.

Mid-season appointment Quique Setien wants to raise the pulse of the Nou Camp, but Barca are taking time to find their feet. The balance of the squad is delicate; Setien’s midfielders are cut from similar cloths and despite huge-money signings, the club lack attackers who truly stretch play, with their manager still testing pegs in holes, while trying to maintain club values. It’s a difficult job for anyone, especially midway through a campaign.

It’s similar in the capital. This is not the Ronaldo-led Madrid side that Zinedine Zidane cultivated; Luka Modric is ageing, Federico Valverde is bone-crunching and Gareth Bale is a hate figure among Los Blancos’ ultras.

Zizou has openly admitted he’s craving another La Liga crown more than a European title.

Barcelona are on 58 points; Real 56, with the latter edging it on head-to-heads this season, which will be used to separate them if the two finish the season joint on points.

Both sides are vulnerable, yet packed with explosive talent. It’s anyone’s guess as to which way the pendulum will swing come matchday 38.

Will Atletico fail to qualify for Europe?

Diego Simeone has almost single-handedly turned the duopoly of Spanish football into a triopoly, instating Atletico Madrid at the top table of European football and even lifting a title along the way. But all good things come to an end… right?

Just as at the Bernabeu and the Nou Camp, Atletico are having a transition season of sorts. Lucas Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann, Rodri and Diego Godin all went in a fire sale that raised an eye-watering €300m; Kieran Trippier, Mario Hermoso, Marcos Llorente and most intriguingly, the €100m+ teenager Joao Felix all stepped into the void. Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez are heavily linked with England, other linchpins are either ageing or back at the club for another spell and the precocious Felix is yet to deliver the same goods that Super Antoine so reliably offered.

You can see why they’re down in 6th. It’s not that Atletico have been bad – two legs against Liverpool proved they still have what it takes under Simeone – but a string of draws and just 31 goals scored all season looks worrying for Los Rojiblancos. Could this season be the beginning of the end for El Cholo and his army?

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Manchester United to increase offer for Ansu Fati after €100m bid

Manchester United to increase offer for Ansu Fati
Manchester United to increase offer for Ansu Fati

Manchester United to increase offer for Ansu Fati after €100m bid.

Manchester United are preparing a new offer for Ansu Fati after Barcelona rejected their a €100 million (£89m) bid for the winger, according to reports in Spain.

Earlier this week, reports claimed that Jorge Mendes contacted Barcelona last month to enquire about Fati’s availability and tabled a €100m (£89m) offer on behalf of United.

However, Barca rejected the bid and have told United that Fati will only leave if his €170m (£151.5m) release clause is met.

But according to Sport, United are not giving up on Fati and are preparing a new offer to submit to Barcelona.

The report claims that United ‘are willing to go to great lengths’ to sign the 17-year-old but so far Barcelona are standing firm.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is unwilling to let the winger leave as he views him as a key part of Barca’s future.

Credit: Metro Football

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Balotelli should just retire, says Italian football agent

Balotelli should just retire
Balotelli should just retire

Balotelli should just retire. Football agent Furio Valcareggi has some very strong advice for Brescia outcast Mario Balotelli.

The striker turns 30 in August and has practically split from Brescia after a series of disagreements, which culminated in him being turned away from the training ground yesterday.

He was allowed back in this evening for medical tests and a brief session, but only after his teammates had already left.

“I would’ve signed Balotelli last season. However, at this point, it’s obvious now that he has to stop playing football.” noted agent Valcareggi told TMW Radio.

Meanwhile, Valcareggi also puts some of the blame on Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola.

“I think Raiola has to accept some of the responsibility, because he ought to help Balotelli to improve. Instead, he presents him as this great champion and then the results are embarrassing.”

Credit: Football Italia

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Willian and Pedro are concerned over short-term Chelsea extensions

Willian and Pedro
Willian and Pedro

Willian and Pedro are concerned over short-term Chelsea extensions.

Both Pedro and Willian are both concerned about signing short-term contract extensions to keep them at Chelsea until the end of the season as injuries could stop them finding a new club.

The Spaniard and the Brazilian are both out of contract at the end of June and are in a tricky situation regarding their future.

Neither appear likely to sign new deals to stay at Chelsea for next season and beyond, but with the Premier League season now running into July, their current contracts do not see them through all the fixtures.

The Telegraph reports that the club and the players are stuck in limbo with the situation ahead of the Premier League getting back underway next week.

Pedro is fully expected to leave the club this summer, but Willian’s future is less clear as Chelsea want to keep hold of him, but negotiations over a new contract have been unsuccessful.

The Brazil international wants a new three-year deal, but at 31 years old, the Blues are only willing to offer him two more years at Stamford Bridge.

Credit: Metro Football

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