Pre-season kicks off with a win + Arteta communication anticipation

Morning.

So we played our first game of pre-season last night, beating MK Dons 4-1, and scoring all the goals in the process. I watched the first half, didn’t see the second, and as ever with games like this there’s not a huge amount to be read into them. First and foremost this was a fitness exercise ahead of the weekend when we face Liverpool in the Community Shield. Still, there were a couple of interesting things.

We got our first look at William Saliba in an Arsenal shirt, for one. With all due respect to last night’s opponents, he’s obviously going to face much more challenging opposition in the Premier League, but you can see what’s going on with him. He’s tall, quick, and good on the ball, his passing was excellent. What I liked most about that was how much intent he put into those passes: the weight … Read the rest

United fans buzzing after club announces new 5 year deal for 23yo star

Manchester United fans were delighted to see Dean Henderson sign a new contract after all the uncertainty over his future.

The young Englishman has seen himself suddenly being pushed for the number one spot after David de Gea‘s error-filled season.

Henderson isn’t just riding his luck, he had a remarkable campaign for Sheffield United and was instrumental in their success.

Those two factors combining has seen the goalkeeping prospect’s stock rise and there’s a real chance he could be United’s first-choice in the upcoming season.

With reports claiming Henderson won’t be loaned out and will compete with De Gea, the new contract certainly seems to confirm that.

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Klopp laughs at Thiago question and tells journalist, ‘We have to see…’

Jurgen Klopp has played a straight bat to the Thiago transfer question – but his reaction proves that there is at least something in the story.

If Liverpool were NOT in for Thiago, he’d simply say as much, as he has plenty of times before – but in regards to the Spaniard – he chuckled – before rolling out the familiar (and rather tedious) line about COVID and finances.

Klopp did however admit that Chelsea’s approach to the transfer market has made him laugh – given their reckless spending amidst the pandemic.

“[laughs] There are a lot of interesting players out there, but if someone is interesting for us I can’t say right now. Due to COVID you have to think 5 times about what you can and what you can’t do…” he told an interview with Servus TV, translated by LFC Transfer Room on Twitter.

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Chelsea can immediately recoup €20m as Chilwell signing frees up outcast to move on

Usually one player coming in results in another leaving the club, and that appears to be the case with Chelsea and Ben Chilwell.

The Guardian reported that Chelsea signed the Leicester City man for a fee of around £50m, so it will be interesting to see if he lives up to that price tag.

Any doubters will wonder if Chelsea have made an error by paying so much, but it looks much better when you realise they can immediately get some money back by selling Emerson Palmieri.

READ MORE: How Chelsea’s new defence will look next season with Ben Chilwell and two additional signings

Football Italia have confirmed that Emerson is now free to join Inter Milan after the arrival of Chilwell, and the Italian side could end up paying as much as €20m to make that happen.

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Papers: ‘Total War’ – Messi wants to go

By now everyone on the planet is aware that Lionel Messi wants to go. He wants to leave Barcelona and feels this is the end of his cycle. Of course, this morning, the papers are focusing exclusively on the Argentine’s decision and the battle with the board that’s on the horizon.

SPORT even call it ‘Total War‘ and it really does feel like it. Messi wants to go and is aiming to terminate his contract through the clause that allows him to leave for free.

The problem is, however, that the club say the clause had already expired so now the parties might go to court. Be that as it may, PSG, Manchester United, Man City and Inter are among the interested clubs.

Mundo Deportivo are saying practically the same thing. They call it the ‘Messi bomb‘ and also highlight the fact that he indeed wants … Read the rest

Arsenal have to sell, and the market knows it

Things are starting to move a little bit in the transfer market for Arsenal. Gabriel Magalhaes was in London yesterday to complete his move to Arsenal. There was a medical, everything appears to be sorted, and it’s now just the matter of an announcement. Hopefully there are no last minute hitches with photos or something to delay things.

In seriousness though, his arrival boosts our central defensive options, you can see how he might be seen as one to play alongside William Saliba in the future, but it also means our collection of central defenders has grown. Something’s gotta give there. And here’s the thing, the fact we’re completely overloaded in this position means our leverage in the market is not great.

Everyone knows we’ve got to sell, so it’s not as if interested clubs have to prise us away from assets we don’t want to lose, they know that … Read the rest

Southgate tips young Man Utd star as England's future

Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has been given a show of faith from England manager Gareth Southgate who insists the player is ready for the step up.

The academy product has received his first call up to the senior team after an impressive season where he managed to hit double figures in goals.

Greenwood became instrumental to United’s success in the second half of the season as became a regular name in the starting XI.

Up until that point, the young attacker usually got his minutes coming off the bench or in cup competitions.

Greenwood did so well at one point that some fans even felt signing Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was not as much of a priority.

According to the FA website, Southgate said: “They’ve been involved with England’s development teams, so they are used to coming here – they are used to being part of an England team.… Read the rest

Klopp says ‘Bayern were lucky’ v PSG but explains huge respect for Hansi Flick

Jurgen Klopp has reacted to Bayern Munich’s Champions League Final victory over PSG.

On Sunday night, the Bundesliga champions beat the Ligue 1 champions to secure their sixth European Cup, thanks to a second-half goal by Frenchman Kingsley Coman.

Most of the media reaction has suggested that Bayern were dominant, but in reality, PSG had more gilt-edged chances and would have likely taken the lead if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Manuel Neuer and Kylian Mbappe’s poor finishing.

Klopp recognised as much, although did salute Hansi Flick, who has achieved an incredible amount in such a short space of time.

“It is difficult to write more history in eight months,” Klopp told ZDF of Flick.

“Hansi was lucky enough to have done such a good job as assistant coach to Niko Kovac that he was allowed to stay. And that worked quite well.

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Barcelona are bracing themselves for an approach from Man United for Lionel Messi

The next few weeks at Barcelona are going to be fascinating, especially if Lionel Messi does manage to force his way out of the club.

The Argentine superstar is 33 so he probably has two or three years left at the highest level, so it does suggest that his next club will need to have a chance of immediate success.

It’s so easy to link him to Man City because of Pep Guardiola and their financial backing, but it also sounds like Man United are going to have a real run at trying to sign him.

They’ve been trying to sign a right sided forward all summer so Messi would be a perfect fit, while he would also bring a whole new level of threat that could elevate them to the elite level again.

READ MORE: Lionel Messi’s decision to quit Barcelona came after harsh words from Ronald Koeman in

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BREAKING: Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now

We all knew it had to happen eventually but not like this. According to the latest reports essentially from all the reliable Catalan journalists, Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now.

The message was apparently faxed through to the club executives and the Argentine’s decision is final and seemingly irreversible. Not only that but this is it for him at the club. He won’t attend the testing nor the training sessions before the start of the new season with the team.

Multiple sources are stating that Messi wants to leave Barcelona through the exit clause in his contract that allows him to walk for free. Even though it was stated that the said clause had expired on June 10, Messi believes it can be extended due to the season being prolonged.

The club have reportedly confirmed his message and are now having an emergency meeting. Josep Maria Bartomeu and … Read the rest