In Sports by Emmzy on the 31st, May, 2017

Transfer news LIVE updates: Matic to Man Utd; Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE – stay tuned with us for all the latest news, gossips, rumours and done deals from around the Premier League and beyond. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE – Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal updates plus latest from across Europe.

Wednesday 31 May

19.50: Antoine Griezmann speaks and the footballing world listens.

“I am good at the club. My agents are talking with Atletico and we will see what happens,” Griezmann said.

“My future will be decided this summer. If I do leave this summer, the date will depend on the qualifying phase of the World Cup.

“I am happy here. I have spoken with the manager, with Koke and [Diego] Godin. It is in the hands of the president of the club. We will see how it goes.”

19.20: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish admits it will be a tough to sign Mamadou Sakho permanently this summer.

“I think that’s going to be a very difficult one for us to do,” he told American radio station SiriusXM FC

Liverpool are thought to be demanding £30m for his sale after the Frenchman impressed on loan with the Eagles.

18.30: Lucas Perez’s agent has said the striker wants to quit Arsenal.

Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle says a lack of game time at the Emirates is behind his decision.

“The idea is to be able to play for another club,” he told Press Association Sport.

“We want to leave and Arsenal already know. Do you know anyone who is happy but has no opportunities?”

17.50: Michy Batshuayi is uncertain about his future at Chelsea.

Batshuayi has been linked with a move to West Ham on loan but when asked about his future he said it will be up to the board and Antonio Conte to decide.

“Honestly, I’m not trying to think too much [about my future],” Batshuayi told Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad.

“It will be up to the board and the coach to decide. I’m the player, I go where Chelsea send me.”
17.30: Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, according to journalist Tancredi Palmeri.

Griezmann has an £86million release clause in his contract, which United reportedly are willing to meet should Atletico refuse to budge on their asking price.

Palmeri tweeted: “It’s all true: Manchester United and Griezmann reached an agreement on personal terms. Now Mufc trying to negotiate to cut bit of clause.

“I can tell you: Manchester United are fully confident to bring Griezmann, whether that would take to pay the clause or not.”

17:00: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he misses life at Manchester United.

Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009, after a successful six-year stint at Old Trafford.

And, because of Real fans booing him, the 31-year-old admitted he misses life in England.

“I don’t like it and it’s not normal that they whistle you in your own stadium. I just don’t like it,” he said.

“It shouldn’t be the case that a player who always wants to give his best and give 100 percent for this team when he makes his first mistake people whistle.

“It’s not correct. And when you are on a difficult run that is when you need extra support from outside not less. Sometimes we don’t have it.

“I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it never happened to me. Not even once. Maybe England is a case apart – the mentality is different.”

16:30: He’s been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United this season, however, one sneaky Twitter account posted a very realistic tweet claiming Antoine Griezmann had signed for Manchester City.

And understandably, the Old Trafford fans were not impressed with some saying they had a mini heart attack at seeing Manchester United’s top transfer target ‘heading’ to their rivals.

16:25: Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has reportedly been in London to wrap up deals for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.

City have wasted no time bringing in new players ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side have already completed a £43million deal for AS Monaco’s Bernardo Silva and are also said to be close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £35m.

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And according to Goal, City’s director of football Begiristain was in London over the weekend in an effort to beat Bayern Munich to Arsenal forward Sanchez.

Begiristain was also reportedly in the capital to negotiate a deal for Tottenham right-back Walker, but Spurs are said to be playing hardball over the fee.

15:30: Rangers have confirmed the signing of Bruno Alves on a two-year deal.

The experienced Portugal international becomes Pedro Caixinha’s first signing of the summer, arriving from Serie A side Cagliari.

15:02: Kylian Mbappe has rejected a move to Manchester City, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

It’s claimed City boss Pep Guardiola made a move to try and lure Monaco star Mbappe to the Etihad.

But Marca say Mbappe knocked back their advances because his heart is set on Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old – regarded as one of the world’s hottest prospects – has not yet decided whether he’ll stay at Monaco next season.

However, when he does go it’s likely that Real will be his destination.
14:44: Nemanja Matic wants to leave Chelsea, with Manchester United eyeing a swoop for the midfielder.

The MEN claim Matic has had enough of his time at Chelsea and is seeking an exit.

The Serbia international is said to have held talks over a move to Manchester United.

It would mean the player linking up with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho once again.

All United and Chelsea have to do is agree a transfer fee and Matic will be willing to sign a contract.

14:33: Leeds United will wrap up Hadi Sacko’s permanent transfer in the coming days.

Sacko has been on loan at Leeds from Sporting Lisbon this season.

The 23-year-old played 42 games for the Whites this season.

And the Yorkshire Evening Post claim Leeds are pushing ahead with a permanent deal.

It is thought the winger will cost between £1.5m and £2m.

“Looks like were gonna have some more moments together guys,” Sacko tweeted yesterday.

“Very excited to stay there and help as much as I can.”

14:17: Cagliari have thanked Rangers target Bruno Alves for his services in a statement which confirmed his departure from the Serie A club.

The 35-year-old Portuguese defender arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday for discussions about a move to Ibrox.

The former Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Fenerbahce centre-back, who has been capped 89 times and who was member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad, is expected to be Pedro Caixinha’s first signing.

The statement on Cagliari’s official website read: “After a season in red and blue, Bruno Alves leaves Cagliari to face a new professional challenge.

“The club would like to thank Alves for all he has done in Cagliari and wishes now the greatest satisfaction for the continuous of his career.” 13:40: ARSENE WENGER SIGNS ARSENAL CONTRACT

Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal with Arsenal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.

Wenger’s contract was due to end at the conclusion of the current season but despite a backdrop of supporter unrest, he has now committed to the club with a fresh deal that will extend his reign to almost 23 years.

The Frenchman told Arsenal’s website: “We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.”

13:35: Lyon are lining up a summer bid for Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

The report says representatives from the French club will soon meet with the 21-year-old in London for talks.

Chelsea are reportedly demanding £17million for the Burkina Faso international and his wage demands could be a step too far for Lyon.

Speaking about his future last week, Traore said: “I think I had a great season [with Ajax] but I don’t decide to stay at Chelsea or move. I will see what my future will be.”

13:30: Former Croatia international Zvonimir Boban has slammed Inter Milan for entertaining the prospect of selling Ivan Perisic.

The talented midfielder has been linked with a mega-money move to Old Trafford.

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But Boban, who made 178 appearances for rivals AC Milan, thinks it would be ‘absurd’ to part company.

“He’s been one of Inter’s most important players over the past two seasons,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He’s got energy, and is always dangerous in attack and he’s a serious guy.

“I cannot believe that it’s possible for Inter to want to sell him.

“If you make a decision like this then it’s obvious you know very little about football.

“For me it’s an absurd choice if they believe both tactically and technically that Perisic should not stay in this team.”

12:45: Romelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola claims the Belgian superstar has been ‘promised’ he can leave Everton if ‘certain clubs’ come knocking.

Lukaku, 24, still has two years remaining on his current contract and a whopping £100m valuation.

But Raiola says if an ambitious club makes a good offer – he will be allowed to leave.

He told talkSPORT: “Lukaku had a promise that if certain clubs came this summer that he could leave this summer.

“We are not in concrete talks with anybody at this moment.

“If the price is right for Everton and the project is right for Lukaku then I think he will want to make another step but we are not there yet.

“At that moment we decided not to sign the contract but I have to say the relationship with the club is very good and we knew if someone would come and satisfy Everton then there is a possibility that he leaves.”

12:30: Premier League champions Chelsea could have a fight on their hands to keep defender Cesar Azpilicueta at Stamford Bridge.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Barcelona are looking for a right-back and have identified Azpilicueta as a potential signing should they fail to lure Hector Bellerin back to Spain.

Newly installed manager Ernesto Valverde is thought to be a big admirer of the versatile defender, and attempted to sign him during his tenure at Athletic Bilbao.

11:52: Sergio Ramos has urged Manchester United to sign Antoine Griezmann – in order to help Real Madrid.

Real Madrid defender Ramos is keen for Atletico Madrid to sell Griezmann so that he won’t have to face the France international in La Liga next season.

“If they [Manchester United] take him, if they take him out from Atletico, it would be less of a problem for us ahead of next season,” Ramos told Cadena Cope.

“Every footballer is their own world and one must make these kind of decisions. Sometimes they are difficult and sometimes they are not.

“Everyone has to decide where he wants to be, where he is going to be happy. He is a great striker and obviously the top clubs express interest in getting their services. He can decide what he wants.”

11:45: La Liga outfit Valencia are weighing up a move for Arsenal defender Gabriel.

The bruising centre-back has made 63 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Villarreal in January 2015.

But he’s slipped down the pecking order in recent months and may consider an escape route back to Spain.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claim Gabriel’s former boss at Villarreal Marcelino, who’s now managing Valencia, would like to bring him to the Mestalla Stadium.11:40: Sunderland have rejected an £8million bid from Everton for their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Sunderland are realistic about their chances of keeping Pickford but are determined to cash in on the shot-stopper.

The Mirror claim the Black Cats want £30m and will not sell for anything less.

Everton, however, are not prepared to go over £15m for the 23-year-old Englishman.11:30: Juventus are gunning to sign Chelsea and Manchester United target Federico Bernardeschi in a £43.6million deal this summer.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Juve will lodge the offer after their Champions League final clash with Real Madrid on Saturday.

Fiorentina don’t want to sell their star winger and have offered him a £41,000-a-week contract.

But the player knows he can earn far more at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, while Juve can offer him Champions League football.

11:03: Nathan Ake admits he may have to leave Chelsea this summer.

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Speaking to the Guardian, the former Bournemouth loanee revealed he will talk to the Blues regarding his future.

“The main thing for me is to play games,” he said.

“Whether it is here, whether it is somewhere else, I don’t know yet.

“I need to see what Michael [Emenalo] thinks.

“That’s what we need to discuss and see where we go from there.”10:57: Chelsea yesterday agreed a deal to sell Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth – and The Sun are saying they want Paris St-Germain star Alphonse Areola to replace him.

It’s claimed Antonio Conte plans on making Areola his new No.2.

10:56: Interesting quotes coming from Andres Iniesta. He’s got a year left on his current deal but says it’s he who will decide on his future.

Now 33, Iniesta said: “When I don’t have any setbacks in the form of injuries, I am able to perform at the highest level just as I was when I was 28.

“I like to own my future and the possibilities that I have, and I want to be honest with myself and my club.

“I have to see what the club will propose so that I can maintain my desire to retire at Barcelona.”

10:50: It’s hardly breaking news but sources at Manchester United are indicating that there are plans afoot to bring in Antoine Griezmann – although it could be a lengthy drawn-out saga, similar to the Paul Pogba affair.

As for players staying, the club want to rebuff Real Madrid’s attempts to sign goalkeeper David de Gea again this summer.

It is expected the La Liga winners will renew their efforts to sign the Spain star – two years after agreeing a deal that broke down over a failed fax.

De Gea, 26, is under contract until 2019. He also has the option to extend his stay for an additional season..

10:45: Remember the reports last week claiming Iker Casillas could move to Liverpool?

Well, now French media are saying Paris St-Germain are interested in him – so that one could be off before it was ever on. As you were, everyone!

10:40: It looks like Marcos Llorente will be back at Real Madrid next season – after he penned an emotional goodbye to Alaves, where he’d been on loan.

He wrote: “Last summer I decided to come to Alaves, as it was an opportunity to play in Laliga, for a club with tradition and an exciting project.

“Today, almost ten months later, I can say that the decision I made was the right one.

“Thanks to the club for trusting me and for giving me this opportunity that I will never forget.

“And, of course, thanks to the fans, the ones who have never failed us, who have always been there, encouraging us, leading us to that ninth position and that great final.

“I don’t know if there are happy endings but, if so, they must be similar to this year, which makes me feel fortunate and proud to have been part of the history of this great club.

“Let’s go Alaves!”

10:35: Kylian Mbappe has admitted the advice of France manager Didier Deschamps could sway his summer transfer decision.

Mbappe burst on to the scene with Monaco this season, helping them reach the semi-final of the Champions League and claim the Ligue 1 title.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs, with Manchester United and Real Madrid both keen.

“The advice of [Deschamps] counts,” Mbappe told reporters ahead of France’s friendly with Paraguay on Friday (8pm).

“That will not guide my choice, but it will count.

“I do not think I will go to his office to ask, but there’s plenty of time to think about all this.

“There are important matches for France.”

10:30: A quick Arsene Wenger update as we start. It WILL be announced he’s signed a new two-year deal at Arsenal… today.

But so far, there’s been no official word. We’ll keep you in touch with that one.

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