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Wilfried Zaha’s attitude has been ‘first class’ since failed Arsenal and Everton transfers, says new Crystal Palace signing Gary Cahill

New Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has praised Wilfried Zaha’s ‘first-class’ attitude and has told talkSPORT he is ‘selfishly glad’ the forward stayed at Selhurst Park this summer.

Zaha told the Eagles he wanted to leave in the transfer window to take his career to the next level, and was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

The Ivorian was reportedly keen to make the deal happen but Palace’s valuation of £80m-£100m proved too much for the Gunners and they signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille instead.

Wilfried Zaha did not get his desired move away from Crystal Palace this summer
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He was then targeted by Everton but that move also failed due to Zaha’s price tag and the Merseysiders eventually signed Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi.

Although the wider European transfer window remains open until September 2, it appears Zaha is staying at Selhurst Park until at least January.

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But Cahill, who arrived at the London club this summer in a free transfer from Chelsea, says the Ivorian has got over his disappointment and has been ‘no issue whatsoever’ for the Eagles.

“Zaha has been first class to be honest,” the centre-back told talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday.

“I know how difficult it can be when things like that are circulating in your head and you have to go through these emotions so close to the start of the season.

“I knew it would be tough for him, but once that move didn’t materialise his attitude to training and the way he’s been around the place has been first class.

“For me, there is no issue whatsoever.

Gary Cahill left Chelsea after seven-and-a-half-years at the end of last season and eventually joined Crystal Palace
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“He is obviously a top, top player hence why clubs want him and selfishly I’m glad he’s stayed because he could be the difference between three or four places in the league.

“He’s been great, his attitude has been very, very good and I’m sure you’ll see that in the coming weeks.”

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Transfer news and football gossip: Aubameyang ‘to earn as much at Ozil’ at Arsenal, Liverpool target short-term goalkeeper, Eriksen plans next move rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online…

Arsenalare ready to hand striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a pay rise which will see him earn as much as top-wage earner Mesut Ozil. (Daily Telegraph)

As well as Aubameyang, the Gunners are also reportedly offering a lucrative pay rise to strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, who opened his account for the season with a goal in Saturday’s Premier League win over Burnley. (Daily Mail)

Goals from Lacazette and Aubameyang secured Arsenal’s win at Burnley and both are set to be rewarded with new deals
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Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is only interested in joining three teams when he leaves Spurs – Barcelona, Real Madrid or Juventus. The 27-year-old has entered the final year on his contract at White Hart Lane. (ESPN)

Liverpool are considering signing Michel Vorm on a short-term deal as a back-up goalkeeper. The 35-year-old Dutchman remains without a club after being released by Tottenham last summer. (Caught Offside)

Arsenalare prepared to let defender Shkodran Mustafi move to Roma on a season-long loan, with the view to a £23m permanent deal. (Forza Roma)

Barcelona are set to make an offer to sign Neymar on loan from Paris Saint-Germain this week, with an option to make the deal permanent next summer. (ESPN)

However, it is also claimed Juventus have opened talks with PSG as they enter the race to sign the Brazilian star. (AS)

Neymar’s future remains uncertain – he has not featured for PSG yet this season as he eyes a return to Barcelona
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West Ham are keen to tie Manuel Lanzini down to a new long-term contract, with the 26-year-old Argentine entering the final 12 months of his current deal. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was denied a move to Everton on transfer deadline day because the Glazers see the Toffees as a direct rival. (Daily Express)

Celtic are keen to tie up a loan deal for Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe before the Scottish transfer window closes on 2 September. (Daily Express)

Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham all sent scouts to watch 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga inspire Rennes to victory over Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)

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Arsenal news: Josh Kroenke joked about ‘winning’ transfer window by signing Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe despite ‘limited’ budget

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke reveals he joked with colleagues about the Gunners’ performance in the summer transfer window – despite claims of a limited budget.

The north Londoners spent more money than any other Premier League club, signing Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, and Kieran Tierney, with one fan even stopping head of football Raul Sanllehi to christen him their transfer ‘don’.

Arsenal won the race to sign Pepe from Lille
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It was suggested the Gunners only had £45million to spend, but those reports proved to be wide of the mark, with the club smashing their previous transfer record to land Pepe for £73m, while they also signed Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.

And Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, admits talk of ‘winning the transfer window’ in addition to the budget claims amused him and his colleagues in light of their summer business.

He told BBC Sport: “I joked with a few of our colleagues back in the States about this topic and as much as I want to win the conversations in July, I really want to win the matches come May and June.

“So I think it’s important to have that type of conversation – but whether we’re going to be lauded for our efforts or perceived in a negative light, we want to be doing what we think is right for the club and I think we had a very strong summer.

“We addressed certain areas on the pitch for this season and in the years ahead. We had certain age profiles that we were after.

“Without Champions League football we weren’t exactly sure, but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door it’s a different knock.

“This summer, even though we weren’t in a position of strength coming out of [the 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea], I think there were a few people caught off guard that Arsenal Football Club still has the aura that it does. We’re excited to keep pushing that now and into the future.”

The vice chairman of Arsenal’s ownership group, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, also reveals the battering in Baku led to a rethink of their transfer strategy.

Kroenke gave a detailed interview to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein
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He added: “As the second half unfolded of the match, understanding the position that we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes.

“We knew we wouldn’t have Champions League football and certain clubs who attract those type of talents… that’s what they’re after.

“We had to rethink just a few of our things, but my main message to [managing director Vinai Venkatesham] and Raul coming back from Baku on the plane, which was a very long flight after that match, and then throughout meetings all day the following day with Vinai, Raul and Unai [Emery], was ‘Let’s head into the summer, let’s be aggressive and let’s find out what’s possible’.”

Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic on transfer deadline day, along with David Luiz
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Josh Kroenke’s Arsenal transfer revelation: Europa League final spanking against Chelsea sparked £100m-plus summer spree

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has revealed last season’s Europa League final humbling at the hands of Chelsea forced the club into an ‘aggressive’ rethink of their transfer strategy.

The Gunners were thrashed 4-1 by their London rivals in Baku back in May, conceding all four goals in a second-half collapse.

Unai Emery could not guide his Arsenal side to victory in last season’s Europa League final
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Winning the final, under three-time winning manager Unai Emery, presented the club with their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League – and their disastrous performance consigned them to a third straight campaign outside of Europe’s premier competition.

It also meant a big loss of potential transfer funds, with reports Arsenal had only around £40m to spend this summer.

However, supporters were surprised as the club splashed out on over £100m in a number of big signings, including Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney and Chelsea’s Brazilian centre-back David Luiz.

And Josh Kroenke, the son of club owner Stan Kroenke, said their disappointment in Azerbaijan was the spark that led to the Gunners being one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer.

“As the second half of the match unfolded, understanding the position we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes,” said Kroenke in an interview with BBC Sport.

“We knew we wouldn’t have Champions League football and that’s what those type of talents are after. Coming back from Baku, my main message to Vinai [Venkatesham, managing director], Raul [Sanllehi, head of football] and Unai [Emery, head coach] was: ‘Let’s be aggressive and find out what’s possible’.

“These guys went out into the market place and – through their contacts and our fantastic new team behind the scenes – were able to find some talented players who are really excited about playing for Arsenal Football Club.

“I think we had a very strong summer. We addressed certain areas on the pitch for this season and in the years ahead. We had certain age profiles that we were after. Without Champions League football we weren’t exactly sure, but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player’s door it’s a different knock.

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in a club-record £72m move from Lille

“This summer, even though we weren’t in a position of strength coming out of Baku, I think there were a few people caught off guard that Arsenal Football Club still has the aura that it does.

“The guys went out, worked their magic and I’m happy to have them on our side. We’re excited to keep pushing that now and into the future.”

Kroenke also said his father was “thrilled” with Arsenal’s new signings and that they have “come back with a stronger squad”.

Arsenal faced criticism earlier in the summer from supporter groups, who urged the club directors to fund a squad overhaul to get them back competing for titles.

It appears their prayers were answered, but Kroenke said the fan protests were not the reason why they finally splashed some cash this summer.

“I would say that if you’re reacting and doing club record signings based on public opinion, you’re not going to go very far as a club,” he said.

“We weren’t reactive this summer, we were actually proactive.

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke says his father and club owner was ‘thrilled’ with their summer business

“It was unfortunate that the summer unfolded publicly the way it did with some of the supporters groups. I tried to answer some of their concerns to the best of our ability.

“The transfer market is an evolving, living, breathing thing. We identified key targets, worked on those deals and over time we were able to execute them.

“That’s hopefully a sign of encouragement for Arsenal fans that, when we’re out in the market place, you might never know what we’re thinking and you could be surprised by some of the names that come up.

“As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”

And the goal of Arsenal’s ‘aggressive’ transfer rethink?

“Our ambitions are the same as the fans,” Kroenke said.

“We want to win and we want to win as much and as often as possible. And doing it a fun way, where they’re seeing some really entertaining football as well. I think we’ve got the group to do it.”

Arsenal finished 28 points behind champions Manchester City last season, but the Gunners are confident they can end their long wait for the title. It’s now more than 15 years since their famous ‘Invincibles’ victory – the last time the Gunners were crowned Premier League winners.

“We have the highest of ambitions,” he added.

“In North America, we are trying to win. The [Los Angeles] Rams were in the Super Bowl last year. I can only imagine what a Champions League final is like after being over in Baku.

“There are six great clubs in the Premier League and unfortunately only four [Champions League] spots that are guaranteed. The economics involved – to be able to reinvest back into the club, attract different players who only want Champions League football… our goal is to get back and to win the Premier League.”

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The staggering amount of money Liverpool will miss out on as Philippe Coutinho completes move to Bayern Munich from Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho’s move to Bayern Munich could well end up costing Liverpool a huge sum of money.

Bayern completed the singing of Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona with an option to buy the Brazilian for £109.8million next summer.

The Brazil international looks set to end his sorry spell at the Nou Camp after the German champions agreed to pay £7.78m to take him on loan before making the move permanent at the end of the season.

Philippe Coutinoh has completed a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich
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Barcelona have been desperate to shift the 27-year-old forward for much of the summer following a disappointing season – and Tottenham were among the clubs linked with his signature.

But after rejecting a move to north London, the Spanish and German champions have confirmed the agreement for Coutinho to spend this season in Munich.

And it may mean that his former side miss out on a huge pay day.

Liverpool received £105m in up front payments from Barca when the deal was completed in January 2018, with an additional £37m set to be paid in instalments.
The Brazil international had struggled to settle at Barca
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According to Spanish publication Sport, the Reds were due an additional £18m once Coutinho played 100 games for Barcelona, with a further £5m if the Catalan club won the Champions League with the Brazilian in the side.

But by joined the German champions on loan for the season, Coutinho has ended Liverpool’s chances of receiving this money, at least for the time being.

As mentioned previously, Bayern have not only agreed to pay a loan fee for Coutinho’s services for the season, but will also pay the majority of his extortionate wages for the campaign.

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Monaco line up bids for Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko and Mario Lemina to help Cesc Fabregas

Monaco are targeting Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko and Southampton star Mario Lemina before the end of the transfer deadline.

Although the window for Premier League sides to do business may have shut, clubs in Europe can still make signings.

In Serie A, it ends this weekend but the rest of the big European leagues have until September 2 to make any last-minute deals.

Bakayoko’s Chelsea career has been the stuff of nightmares so far
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And, according to L’Equipe, Monaco are eyeing two Premier League midfielders before the window slams shut for the summer.

Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in 2017, but has failed to light up Stamford Bridge after his £40milion mobe.

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan, but failed to earn a permanent move to the Serie A side.

Lemina was linked with moves to Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the summer, but the Gabon international instead stayed at St Mary’s.

A host of top clubs were interested in Lemina over the summer
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But his energy and drive from midfield are seen as perfect attributes to help Cesc Fabregas.

The 32-year-old can still pull strings in midfield, but the Ligue 1 side want to supplement his undoubted ability by supplying him with runners from midfield.

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Ex-Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente set to join Lazio on free transfer amid links to Inter Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina

Fernando Llorente is close to joining Lazio on a free transfer following his Tottenham exit, reports claim.

Spurs released the veteran striker at the end of last season after a two-season spell at the club.

Llorente played a key role in Tottenham’s Champions League run last season
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The 34-year-old, who scored 13 goals in 66 appearances for the north Londoners, has been linked with several Italian clubs, including Inter Milan, Napoli, and Fiorentina.

But, according to Corriere dello Sport, Llorente has been in talks with Lazio ‘for days’ ahead of an imminent move.

The Spaniard helped Tottenham reach the Champions League final in the absence of Harry Kane, netting what proved to be the winner in their dramatic quarter-final triumph over Manchester City.

Manchester United were also rumoured to be interested in Llorente following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan for £70million.

The Red Devils did not replace the Belgian during the transfer window, but they could still sign Llorente due to his status as a free agent.

Meanwhile, Italian clubs have until September 2 to complete any business before the transfer window shuts across the other European leagues.

Llorente is no stranger to Serie A, having played for Juventus between 2013 and 2015.

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‘Alexis Sanchez has stunk Manchester United out’ – Simon Jordan slams forward’s attitude while earning ‘ludicrous’ wages

Simon Jordan says Alexis Sanchez has ‘stunk the place out’ since joining Manchester United, and is raging the forward has got away with ‘not lifting a leg’ on £25million-a-year wages.

Sanchez has spectacularly flopped since his arrival from Arsenal 18 months ago.

Alexis Sanchez could go down as one of the worst Manchester United signing ever

The Chilean ace signed a £500,000-a-week deal with the Red Devils in January 2018, and recent reports claim he has now banked £41m in wages since he joined the club.

That works out at £8.2m for each of the five goals he has scored in total since he arrived at Old Trafford.

It appears his United nightmare could soon be over amid links with a loan move to Inter, with the Italian club said to be in ‘early talks’ with the Premier League giants over a deal for Sanchez.

And Jordan has blasted the 30-year-old’s attitude, saying he is not proving bang for buck in a United shirt.

“The fact of the matter is, Alexis Sanchez has stunk the place out,” the former Crystal Palace chairman said on the Final Word.

“He has stunk the place out, and I don’t think his attitude has been spot on either.

“You don’t go from a big-time player and game-changer at Arsenal to being a player who is suddenly being weighed down by the expectation of you.

Sanchez’s time at Old Trafford has been a disaster so far

“You wanted this kind of money, and with that kind of money comes expectation and then subsequent to that comes performances.

“Where is the player in all of this? Why isn’t the player doing his job?

“We’re talking about a player who isn’t lifting a leg and is getting £25million a year! It’s lunacy!”

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Monday 19th August Eligible Fixtures

The following are today’s Double Match Day Fixtures: Premier League Wolves vs Manchester United | 14:00 Single Match Day Dividends  Top Forward = £0.02 Top Midfielder = £0.02 Top Defender = £0.02 Star Player = £0.01 Media = £0.02   In-Play Dividends Goal Forward/Midfielder = £0.01 Defender/Goalkeeper = £0.02 Assist Any Position = £0.01 Clean Sheet […]

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