Ancelotti to Real Madrid CONFIRMED, Kane will 'leave Tottenham even if Pochettino returns', Traore to Chelsea transfer

CARLO ANCELOTTI has left Everton and taken over the vacant manager's role at Real Madrid.

The Italian has returned for a second spell at the Bernabeu after leaving in 2015.

On the transfer front, reports suggest Harry Kane is ready to leave in an effort to win trophies – regardless of whether Mauricio Pochettino returns to Tottenham.

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  • William Pugh

    LONDON'S FALLING – EXCLUSIVE

    William Gallas believes Mikel Arteta should leave Arsenal.

    Gallas is confident Arteta will develop into an elite manager one day – but reckons it was a ‘mistake’ to appoint the Spaniard as the Gunners missed out on European football for the first time since 1995-96.

    The Frenchman, 43, told SunSport: “Mikel Arteta was not ready yet to manage a club like Arsenal. OK, he was assistant coach at Manchester City. But he had never managed a team. It is completely different.

    “The board made a mistake picking him. I’m sure he will be a great manager but you need to have experience to manage a big club.

    "To be honest, it is a great shame for the Arsenal fans after finishing eighth.

    “Arsenal is not the same Arsenal we knew 18, 20 years ago. We had players who were strong with strong personalities.”

    Credit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
  • William Pugh

    FAVOURITES FO SHO

    Austria boss Franco Foda claims England are 'big favourites' for this summer’s Euros.

    The Three Lions take on the German’s side at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium tonight in a warm-up friendly. Former Sturm Graz boss Foda, 55, chief said: “In the last few years England have had a great development.

    “They have lots of young, dynamic players, especially offensively and they are always able in situations to do very well. They are very quick.

    "This is why they are one of the big favourites at the Euros.”

    Ex-West Ham and Stoke striker Marko Arnautovic misses out due to a thigh muscle tear, while Austria are sweating on the fitness of captain Julian Baumgartlinger.

    They will also be without former Newcastle loanee Valentino Lazaro, who would have had to quarantine had he travelled to England due to a visit to Dubai with Inter team-mate Romelu Lukaku last month.

  • William Pugh

    LUKE AWAY

    England boss Gareth Southgate will be sweating over Luke Shaw's fitness ahead of Euro 2020 after the defender was spotted with a cast around his left wrist.

    The Manchester United star – who has been named in the Three Lions' squad for the tournament – is expected to be the first-choice left-back under Southgate.

    But the 25-year-old looks to be a serious doubt to feature in Wednesday night's friendly against Austria after being snapped sporting a slight injury.

    Shaw was caught by cameras with a cast on his left wrist while out with his girlfriend Anouska Santos in Altrincham town centre on Tuesday afternoon.

    And to add insult to injury, the former Southampton ace was greeted to a parking ticket when he returned to his Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

    Ben Chilwell could now start for England against Austria, with Southgate hoping Shaw will be fit to face Romania on Sunday. It will be England's final fixture before they compete against Croatia in their first Euro 2020 group stage clash on June 13.

  • William Pugh

    THE GREAL DEAL

    Jack Grealish says he had to assure Gareth Southgate he would be fit for the Euros.

    The Aston Villa man has been included in the final 26-man squad but he was touch and go having picked up an injury towards the end of the season.

    Grealish and Southgate was regularly pictured together at Villa Park when the midfielder was watching from the stands and the Villa man said he had to reassure the boss he would be ready for the summer.

  • William Pugh

    SQUAD NUMBERS!

    England's final squad numbers have been announced for this summer's Euros.

    And it looks like Jordan Pickford will be No 1 goalie ahead of Dean Henderson while Kyle Walker looks set to be the first choice of the FOUR right-backs included.

    Harry Kane has been given the iconic No 9 shirt while Jack Grealish's starting chances seem to have been given a boost having been given David Beckham's famous No 7.

  • William Pugh

    SEVEN LIONS AXED!

    Gareth Southgate was forced to cut seven players from his original 33-man group to leave him with his final 26-man squad.

    And here are the stars he had to disappoint…

    Aaron Ramsdale (Sheff Utd), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Jesse Lingard (West Ham on loan from Man Utd), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Ben White (Brighton), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) and Mason Greenwood (Man Utd – injured).

  • William Pugh

    ENGLAND'S EUROS SQUAD CONFIRMED!

    Gareth Southgate has included FOUR right-backs in his England squad for this summer's Euros.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier are all IN.

    But there is no room for Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse or Mason Greenwood – who pulled out injured.

  • William Pugh

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea and Leicester have been charged with failing to control their players during last Tuesday's game at Stamford Bridge.

    The clubs have been fined £22,500 each.

    A mass brawl erupted towards the end of the game with the Blues 2-1 up.

    The incident erupted after Ricardo Pereira's challenge on Ben Chilwell and players and members of staff from both sides were involved in a vicious confrontation.

  • William Pugh

    STICKY SITUATION FOR TOFFEES

    Everton chiefs will meet later tonight to discuss potential replacements for Carlo Ancelotti, according to Sky Sports News.

    The Italian is reportedly on the verge of returning to Real Madrid and the ex-Chelsea boss is said to have told the Toffees he wants to go.

  • William Pugh

    PEP SQUAWK

    Pep Guardiola 'stole' the Champions League crown from Manchester City with his bizarre team selection, according to Lothar Matthaus.

    The Etihad giants' wait for a first European Cup continues after they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in Porto on Saturday night.

    The City boss opted to play three attack-minded midfielders in Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden. That meant both Rodri and Fernandinho were left on the bench, despite at least one playing almost every game all season.

    But Germany legend Matthaus has claimed the blame falls solely at the feet of Guardiola for his questionable pre-game tinkering.

    Matthaus told Sky Germany: “With his line-up he stole the Champions League from the club and the fans. [Guardiola] has to rightly listen to the harsh criticism from all sides.

    “I am sure that there will be internal discussions about whether to part with him. The players will doubt him since that final."

  • William Pugh

    O MY DAYS

    Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Ajax keeper Andre Onana… despite the player's doping ban.

    The 24-year-old was handed a 12-month suspension in February after the banned substance Furosemide was found in his urine.

    In a statement, Ajax claimed Onana had accidentally taken one of his wife's pills while feeling unwell. Onana confirmed he believed the medication to be a 'simple aspirin'.

    Ajax and the player have appealed the decision which could play a big role in his final transfer fee. Arsenal are said to have been in contact with Onana's representatives since January.

    According to Dutch publication NOS, Arsenal will be able to land him for a bargain £1.7million fee if his ban is upheld.

    If his suspension is shortened or overturned, then the Gunners will be forced to fork out £7.75m.

  • William Pugh

    TOP DOGS

    This is the final eight-man shortlist for the Premier League's Player of the Season award.

    Prem winners Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias make the cut.

    As do West Ham star Tomas Soucek and Aston Villa's England ace Jack Grealish.

  • William Pugh

    RIGHT ON KOU

    Sevilla have put a Premier League trio on high alert by placing defender Jules Kounde on the market, according to reports.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all set to battle it out for the hugely talented 22-year-old centre-back.

    Kounde recently fuelled exit rumours by admitting he may 'change clubs this summer' to play in the biggest matches in world football.

    And Mundo Deportivo write how his club won't stand in his way amidst the ongoing financial problems in football.

    Sevilla are prepared to cash in on their main starlet if they receive an offer in the region of £56million.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is also keen but they may struggle to lure Kounde to North London without European football.

  • William Pugh

    THAT'S THE SPIRIT

    Everton are set to approach Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Carlo Ancelotti, it's understood.

    The Italian Toffees boss, 61, is on the verge of completing a stunning return to Real Madrid. Ancelotti had been contracted until 2024, leaving Everton in shock at losing the multiple-Champions League winning coach.

    According to talkSPORT, the Toffees will 'try' to appoint former Wolves boss Nuno to replace the outgoing Ancelotti. The Portuguese, 47, left Wolves by mutual consent last month, after a low key season in which they finished 13th.

    But Nuno has plenty of credit in the bank from his four years at Molineux.

    The former Porto and Valencia boss stormed to the Championship title in his first season, before guiding Wolves to two consecutive seventh placed finishes in the Premier League.

    Nuno has also been loosely linked with the vacant Spurs job, but isn't believed to be on the North Londoners' radar.

  • William Pugh

    FAREWELL JAGS

    Sheffield United legend Phil Jagielka has been released by the Blades after 309 appearances for the club spanning 21 years.

    The centre-back is being let go when his contract expires at the end of this month.

    Jagielka, 38, will join John Lundstram, Simon Moore and Jack Rodwell in heading for the exit door along with youngsters Ashton Hall and Tommy Williams.

    Ethan Ampadu will return to Chelsea following his season-long loan.

    But Kean Bryan has been offered new terms.

  • William Pugh

    YOUNG GUNS

    Phil Foden, Declan Rice and Marcus Rashford have all made the final cut for the Premier League's Young Player of the Season award.

    Mason Mount, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ruben Dias, Bukayo Saka and Illan Meslier have also made the eight-man shortlist.

  • Marc Mayo

    OLE UP

    The Premier League have nominated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the five-man shortlist for Manager of the Year.

    Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola also make the cut.

  • Marc Mayo

    MAUR TO COME

    Maurizio Sarri is finally freed from his Juventus contract a year after being sacked, opening the way for a move to Lazio.

    The Italian is in talks to succeed Inter Milan-bound Simone Inzaghi on a three-year contract, according to Il Messaggero.

    A contract worth around £50,000-a-week is in the works.

  • Marc Mayo

    ARM WRESTLE

    Southampton could bid £15million for Blackburn star Adam Armstrong this summer.

    Daily Express report on Rovers’ facing Premier League interest for their star striker.

    But Newcastle’s 40 per cent sell-on fee for their academy product will mean the Championship side seeking £20m-plus for a sale.

    Credit: PA
  • Marc Mayo

    LILLE BRO

    Ligue 1 champions Lille are looking to the English second-tier for reinforcements, according to TEAMtalk.

    Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma and Reading’s Michael Olise both starred as their sides missed out on promotion.

    And the Cherries would want north of £20million for their star winger, it is claimed.

  • Marc Mayo

    START THE CAR

    Carlo Ancelotti's quickfire return to Real Madrid is being described as a 'done deal'!

    The Everton boss has been linked by multiple outlets with Los Blancos today and The Athletic say negotiations have been swiftly completed.

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo

    YOU BLUETY

    Olivier Giroud announced his new TikTok account in style by sharing a clip of a world-class, training ground goal.

    The Chelsea striker, 34, teased fans over a 'new social media account' in a hopelessly-contrived conversation with the Blues' official Twitter account.

  • Marc Mayo

    CLOCKING OFF

    Sergio Aguero shelled out a staggering £60,000 to buy every single member of Manchester City's backroom staff a watch – AND enter them into a raffle to win his brand new car.

    The Argentine legend, 32, will leave the Etihad at the end of the month and join Barcelona and he had some incredible parting gifts for the 60-strong backroom staff at City after a decade at the club.

    According to The Athletic, the Man City icon bought everyone either a Tag Heuer of Hublot watch, with some models – including the Tag Heuer Formula 1, valued at up to £1,650.

    Each watch was engraved with the words: "Gracias! Kun Aguero."

    The striker also entered every member of staff into a raffle to win his Range Rover Evoque. It's claimed one of Aguero's favourite Man City employees won the car – one of the City kit men.

  • Marc Mayo

    FIK AS THIEVES

    Chelsea have agreed to sell Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan for £25million, according to reports.

    Happy with his performances, Milan chiefs have been working on making the deal permanent.

    They were keen to negotiate a discount, however, on the £25m option to buy agreed in January's loan transfer.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea haven't budged, with Milan set to pay the amount in full to acquire Tomori's services on a full-time basis.

    Credit: AP
  • Marc Mayo

    DAN IN THE DUMPS

    Daniel Sturridge still had the world at his feet back in 2016 — despite being part of England’s shameful Euros exit.

    The striker, who had scored in the Europa League final for Liverpool a few weeks earlier, was expected to push on at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.

    But today — as England name their squad for this summer’s tournament — Sturridge is a free agent who last played a match 15 MONTHS ago.

    Read Charlie Wyett’s full feature on the striker here.

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