Chelsea 'to make Haaland transfer bid', Buendia to Villa, Messi PSG talks 'confirmed', Wijnaldum snubs Barca for Paris

ASTON VILLA have confirmed that a deal has been reached to sign Emi Buendia from Norwich.

The former Arsenal target is preparing for Argentina's game against Colombia on Tuesday and will undergo a medical with Villa after the game.

Meanwhile PSG are in talks with Lionel Messi over a possible transfer from Barcelona, the club president has implied.

Nasser Al Khelaifi said: "Messi 'I am not talking about ongoing negotiations."

And Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum looks almost certain to head to Paris after snubbing Barcelona, who couldn't match the offer from France.

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  • Thomas Blow

    WIJN YOUR HEART

    PSG have hijacked Barcelona’s move for Georgino Wijnaldum to sign the midfielder.

    The 30-year-old is leaving Liverpool this month after his contract expires at Anfield.

    Spanish giants Barcelona thought they were in pole position to seal a deal for the Dutchman.

    But Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano claims they have been usurped by the Ligue 1 club.

    Wijnaldum has allegedly already penned his contract at PSG.

    The star is believed to have committed his future to Mauricio Pochettino’s team until 2024.

    He is set to undergo a medical this evening and if no problems arise from that then transfer will be officially confirmed.

  • Thomas Blow

    NEUER BRINGS UP HIS CENTURY

    Manuel Neuer has picked up his 100th senior cap for Germany this evening in their friendly against Latvia.

    The skipper has enjoyed a wonderful international career to date, winning the 2014 World Cup.

    Can he lead the Germans to European glory this summer?

  • Thomas Blow

    GERMANS LOOKING GOOD

    Germany are beating Latvia 5-0 at half-time in their final friendly before Euro 2020.

    Joachim Low's side face France in their opening match of the tournament on Tuesday, June 15.

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    BOO ARE YA?

    Rio Ferdinand has slammed fans who boo England players taking the knee as 'ignorant'.

    A number of supporters at the Three Lions' Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies jeered the pre-game gesture.

    Ferdinand told his YouTube channel: "These fans, these ignorant people going to these games, they haven't got a clue.

    "They don't know what the players are kneeling for. It's not a political stance.

    "All these people saying, 'BLM is a political movement' – [the knee] is nothing to do with [BLM]. So take that out of your mind."

  • Thomas Blow

    NOT GUNNER LEAVE

    Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has quashed any rumours linking him with a shock move to Arsenal this summer.

    The Algerian was touted as a potential target for Mikel Arteta – whom he worked with during the latter's time as Pep Guardiola's assistant.

    The Gunners were also strongly linked with a move for the winger during his Leicester days before he joined the Premier League champions.

    And it was said Arsenal could reignite their interest with City looking to get the 30-year-old off the wage bill to make room for new signings.

    But Mahrez has reaffirmed his commitment to the Sky Blues following his nation’s 1-0 victory against Mali.

    He told DZ Sport: “There is nothing about my future. I am well in Manchester. I will stay God willing."

  • Thomas Blow

    ERLI RISER

    Chelsea are hard at work formulating a deal to sign Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    Thomas Tuchel has delivered the Champions League to Stamford Bridge and is being given a huge transfer fund to plot a Premier League title bid.

    A new striker is among their targets with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane joining Haaland in being linked with the Blues.

    According to former Norway striker turned pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, the Borussia Dortmund star is the number one priority.

    Chelsea are working 'intensely' to beat Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City to the 20-year-old, it is said.

    However, Haaland's wage demands are reportedly the biggest stumbling block in the deal.

  • Thomas Blow

    NO HEART OR SOL

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has blasted the current Gunners after claiming that his old club have become 'soft'.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes at the launch of their new European Championships 5-a-side Bet, Campbell said: "When I was at Arsenal we had a team of tough guys… I don't know whether things have softened now.

    "When I was there we had a team full of tough guys. All great gentlemen, straight-talking.

    "There were loads of characters, great banter and with that came a few fights from time to time. But above all that, it was a team full of great personalities; great people.

    "We didn't shy away from things at all. Is football like that now? Are Arsenal like that now? I don't think so.

    "We were ruthless gentlemen. There is such a thing; you know what's good and what's bad but when it comes to football there's no mucking around.

    "It's as simple as that."

  • Thomas Blow

    'SHAMBLES'

    Norwich City fans have blasted their new shirt sponsor for being 'soft porn' and 'sexist'.

    The Canaries announced that they are being backed by Asian gambling firm BK8 in the Premier League next term.

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    BK8 are the new controversial sponsors of Norwich FC

  • Thomas Blow

    SANCHO £80M DEAL ‘CLOSE’

    Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho, according to The Times.

    Borussia Dortmund are believed to have dropped their asking price to £80million – and United are reportedly willing to pay that amount.

    The deal is also believed to include £20m worth of add-ons.

  • Thomas Blow

    NO WAY XHAK

    Granit Xhaka is close to joining Jose Mourinho at Roma, according to reports.

    We’re keeping an eye on this story tonight…

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    PIERRE WE GO

    Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with West Ham to sell midfield wonderkid Pierre Ekwah.

    Sky Sports claimed that the 19-year-old's move to the London Stadium is set to confirmed on Wednesday when the transfer window officially opens.

    The highly-rated France youth international arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2018 for £1.8 million from Nantes.

    Ekwah, who is primarily a defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, has recorded 13 caps for his country's Under-16’s.

    DAN IN THE DUMPS

    Ex-Tottenham striker Mido has slammed Daniel Levy and has claimed the Spurs chief will never hire a demanding manager.

    Levy held talks with former Chelsea chief Antonio Conte about becoming the new manager of the north Londoners last week.

    GETTING SHIRTY

    Russia have been left furious by Ukraine's Euro 2020 kit that includes a map of their country including Crimea.

    Ukraine unveiled their new yellow strip on Sunday ahead of the start of the tournament.

    It includes a map of their nation on the front of their shirt.

    Much to Russia's anger, the Crimean peninsula is included in the design.

    Also on the kit are the slogans 'Glory to Ukraine!' and 'Glory to the heroes!'

    The pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk also feature in the silhouette.

    Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, considering the area to be part of their territory.

    Though this has been rejected internationally, with the United Nations still recognising Crimea as being part of Ukraine.

    'LACK OF RESPECT'

    Mexico fans were condemned for homophobic chanting that led to Sunday's Nations League clash with United States being stopped for several minutes.

    The final in Denver was marred by several incidents of fan unrest, which included missiles thrown at players, the game being paused, and a pitch invader.

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    • Thomas Blow

      WHAT’S EDER UP TO?

      Remember the last man to score in the Euros?

      Eder, who hit the winner for Portugal in the 2016 final, is currently playing for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

      The 33-year-old hasn’t been included in Portugal’s squad for this summer’s tournament having not played international football since 2018.

      He’ll always be an icon for that amazing winner, though.

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      The finals get underway on Friday, when Italy take on Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico.

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    • Thomas Blow

      WIJNALDUM'S BEST

      Gini Wijnaldum is set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

      The Liverpool midfielder will be missed at Anfield after winning the Premier League and Champions League during a five-year spell.

      He also spent a season at Newcastle United, scoring 11 Prem goals for the Magpies during the 2015-16 season.

      Here's his best goals in England…

    • Thomas Blow

      ED-ING TO THE KP

      Leicester City are closing in on Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard after agreeing a £15million transfer in principle with Celtic.

      The 23-year-old French striker cost Celtic a club-record £8million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

      He formed a strong bond with Brendan Rodgers, who described him as the best young player he had ever worked with.

      Now the Foxes boss is set to be reunited with the prolific striker who has scored 55 goals in 75 Scottish Premiership starts for Celtic to become the pin-up boy of Parkhead.

      Rodgers’ relationship with Edouard gave him the edge over fellow admirers Arsenal and Inter Milan who were also keen on the striker, who has entered the final year of his Celtic contract.

      The Gunners remain on the hunt for a new striker, especially as Eddie Nketiah looks set to leave the Emirates this summer while Alexandre Lacazette may also be offloaded.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a below-par season last term but Mikel Arteta cannot offer Eduoard European football.

    • Thomas Blow

      EDDING TO ELLAND ROAD

      Arsenal have offered Eddie Nketiah to Leeds for £20million, according to reports.

      The Gunners are willing to sell the striker who previously spent time at Elland Road on loan.

      Leeds are said to be in the market for a new forward to challenge star man Patrick Bamford and have been offered Nketiah, according to Football Insider. And Arsenal are open to offers for the 22-year-old.

      Mikel Arteta is said to have sanctioned the sale. But the North Londoners want at least £20m for their academy product.

      Nketiah’s contract has a year left to run so the club are looking to cash in now.

    • Thomas Blow

      NO JOSHING AROUND

      Manchester United are reportedly chasing England Under 16 captain Josh Feeney over a potential summer move.

      The Mail claim the centre-back is set to leave Fleetwood at the end of the month and the Red Devils have made an enquiry to the League One side.

      The report adds that Aston Villa are viewed as front-runners to sign highly-rated Feeney.

      The 16-year-old scored for England as captain during their 6-0 win over Northern Ireland on Thursday.

      And he linked up with two United players during that game – goalkeeper Tom Wooster and potential defensive partner Louis Jackson.

      Fleetwood are said to have been fielding bids for Feeney, with the youngster likely to cost a significant six-figure sum.

      He has the freedom to choose his next club from July 1 but his transfer fee will be decided by a tribunal if an agreement cannot be reached.

    • Dylan Terry

      LOOKS COULD KYL

      Kylian Mbappe reacted hilariously when told by Antoine Griezmann that he'd signed for Newcastle for £115million on Football Manager.

      The computer game is popular in the French camp, with Ousmane Dembele having obsessed over a Winchester FC save during the 2018 World Cup.

      This time around, it's Barcelona star Griezmann that's showing off his progress.

      Griezmann, 30, boasted to the camera of his many achievements with the Toon Army.

      The forward revealed that he'd won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Super Cup with the Geordies.

      He expected lavish praise from FM connoisseur Dembele for his achievements. But his Barca team-mate merely said that it's 'not bad'.

      Incredulous, Griezmann then yelled over to Mbappe, who was sitting on the other aisle of their team flight, that he'd signed him for Newcastle on the game.

      At first the PSG star responded: "Where?" before saying in a deadpan voice: "It is not very warm there."

    • Dylan Terry

      GUNNERS TO BE?

      Arsenal summer transfer odds – Betfair

      • Yves Bissouma – 4/6
      • Ruben Neves – 5/6
      • Sander Berge – 2/1
      • Max Aarons – 6/4
      • Tariq Lamptey – 3/1
      • Houssem Aouar – 3/1
      • Ben White – 4/1
      • Wilfried Zaha – 6/1
      • Jack Grealish – 7/1
      • Aaron Ramsey 8/1
      • Allan Saint-Maximin – 8/1

      HAA-RD BALL

      Chelsea have held talks with Erling Haaland about a potential move this summer, according to reports.

      The Borussia Dortmund striker is perhaps the hottest property on the market currently, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and both Manchester clubs also interested.

      But it is the Blues who could hold the upper hand, with Roman Abramovich ready to fund a £154.5million pound move – which is Dortmund's asking price.

      According to journalist Kristof Terreur, Haaland's future is unpredictable, though he did reveal the talks between Chelsea and the 20-year-old.

      He told The Football Terrace: "I know that there have been talks with Haaland's people before, but Haaland is a difficult one to predict, too.

      "Definitely, since Dortmund qualified for the Champions League, you feel that now they have an extra reason to keep him.

      "But Haaland is the one that everybody wants to get and I would wait for him."

      ENG-LESS OPTIONS

      Gareth Southgate has already admitted the pressure of picking an England squad for a major tournament almost saw him snub the job.

      But now he must somehow decide on choosing a starting XI from his 26-strong list of elite-level talent.

      Ben White has come in as a late replacement for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold to complete the final group.

      Southgate’s two certainties are his captain and striker Harry Kane will lead the line while Jordan Pickford is going to be in goal.

      But other than that, there are plenty of different options at the Three Lions boss’ disposal, both in terms of personnel and shape, ahead of their curtain-raiser against Croatia on Sunday…

      Check out five possible ways Southgate could choose to set-up via our piece here.

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