Barcelona are confident that big-name free agent signing will be completed

Barcelona did get some excellent early business sorted with the signings of Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero, but the potential addition of Lyon star Memphis Depay is starting to drag a little bit.

It’s an interesting situation going into the Euros as he’s a key player for Holland and won’t want to be distracted by transfer talk, but an injury could leave him clubless next year so you would think he would want his future sorted as soon as possible.

Fabrizio Romano has indicated the expected move to the Nou Camp to link up with Ronald Koeman is still expected to happen, but it does sound like there’s still some work to be done in getting it over the line:

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Liverpool activate €30m release clause of potential Wijnaldum replacement, according to Italian media

Liverpool have reportedly activated the release clause in Lorenzo Pellegrini’s Roma contract.

That’s according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (via TEAMtalk), who boldly claim the Premier League giants have lodged a bid of €30 million for the Giallorossi captain.

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It’s worth noting there are conflicting reports floating around regarding Pellegrini’s contract – some sources state it expires in 12 months, while others claim the release clause becomes active next year, but the 24-year-old is tied to Roma until 2023.

Liverpool are arguably in need of midfield reinforcements this summer, with Gini Wijnaldum set to depart the club for PSG later this month.

Roma have been heavily linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer, which could ease the transition period if Lorenzo Pellegrini was to depart

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Man United have clear run at La Liga star as Valencia fall out of the race

It’s likely that Man United fans will be expecting at least one major signing this summer, but that also means any further additions may need to be more budget options with huge upside.

Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri would fall into that category after an impressive season, but excelling for a struggling side doesn’t always translate into making the step up to the highest level.

He was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer by The Mirror, and it was mentioned that he would be a more budget option to anchor the midfield as Declan Rice would be too expensive.

Mundo Deportivo have also reported on the latest with him and it appears he would be a cheaper option with a buyout clause of around €25m, but that price tag will also attract other bidders.

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Calvert-Lewin reveals what Henderson told him before England penalty

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has come under some scrutiny after taking a penalty-kick for England over the weekend and failing to convert.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin won the spot-kick, but the experienced midfielder went over to claim the chance as the Three Lions already had a 1-0 lead in the international friendly against Romania.

There was a strong reaction from the English media after manager Gareth Southgate seemingly criticised Henderson’s decision to take the penalty, and now Calvert-Lewin has revealed what the Liverpool captain said to him before taking the spot-kick.

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Speaking after England’s 1-0 win as the Three Lions continue to prepare for the Euros later this month, the Everton striker said the Liverpool captain wanted to take the penalty as he hasn’t yet scored for his country.

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Maurizio Sarri hoping to sign forgotten Chelsea ace for Lazio this summer

Incoming Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri has demanded that Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is signed this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Loftus-Cheek, who was previously considered one of Chelsea’s brightest young talents, has fallen off the radar at Stamford Bridge ever since rupturing his achilles in post-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 Europa League final.

The Englishman, who went to the World Cup with the Three Lions in 2018, has struggled to regain his best performance level since suffering the injury, with his loan spell at Fulham hugely disappointing for all involved.

As per Gianluca Di Marzio, Loftus-Cheek could be offered a lifeline by a former manager of his, Maurizio Sarri, who he played his best football in his career to date under, prior to suffering the aforementioned long-term injury.

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‘Missed bigger penalties than that’ – Henderson laughs off spot-kick miss in England clash

Jordan Henderson shrugged off his spot-kick miss in England’s 1-0 victory over Romania, reminding a reporter post-match that he’d “missed bigger penalties” before.

The Liverpool captain had not been in line to take the effort, after replacing Kalvin Phillips at the break, but nonetheless took the opportunity off of the designated taker in Dominic Calvert-Lewin before firing a tame shot at opposition goalkeeper Florin Nita.

It’s one the 30-year-old will want to quickly forget, though it shouldn’t be overlooked that the moment occurred in a friendly and did not ultimately affect the end result of the tie.

There’s not a doubt in our mind that some England fans – if tonight’s booing of the players taking the knee prior to kick-off was anything to go off – will take glee in battering the midfielder over the head with the penalty miss but it’s not one worth lingering over.

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Roy Keane hammers Gareth Southgate’s decision to include Liverpool star in England squad

Former Manchester United captain turned footballing pundit Roy Keane has laid into England manager Gareth Southgate for making the decision to include Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson in his final 23-man squad for this summer’s Euros.

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Henderson, through injury, has missed several matches for Liverpool during the latter stages of the recently concluded 2020-21 domestic season.

However, after seemingly winning the race to get back to full fitness ahead of this summer’s major international tournament, the 30-year-old skipper has been awarded a place in Southgate’s Three Lions squad.

England was back in action on Sunday evening when they faced Romania in their final friendly before the start of the Euros next week.

However, after failing to make Southgate’s starting line-up, Henderson wasn’t introduced until after the half-time break.

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Liverpool’s transfer budget supposedly revealed in new report with player sales to factor in – ESPN

Liverpool’s transfer budget for the upcoming summer window, set to open on the 9th June, will be £50m before any potential player sales are made, according to ESPN.

The Reds have already secured the signing of Ibrahima Konate, with the Premier League outfit reportedly keen on adding a forward to its ranks.

It’s not particularly clear whether the report has already taken into account the club’s purchase of the Frenchman from RB Leipzig, which could mean that Jurgen Klopp’s men have less than £15m remaining.

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Assuming a worst-case scenario – that Liverpool have a minuscule amount of funds remaining – it would go some way in explaining reports from those close to the club claiming the lack of interest in seeking to find a Gini Wijnaldum replacement.

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Brazilian giant establishing talks with Inter Milan ace over a possible future transfer

There are few occasions in which Arturo Vidal has publicly shown his desire to play for Brazilian giant Flamengo one day.

However, the thought could become a reality. According to Diario AS Chile, Flamengo will seek to take a step forward with its interest in Vidal and would look to secure a transfer to join them in the coming weeks.

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