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Chelsea transfer news: Gonzalo Higuain’s Stamford Bridge nightmare ending as Blues decide against extending loan deal

Chelsea have decided against extending Gonzalo Higuain’s loan spell and will instead send him back to Juventus this summer, reports claim.

Higuain, the Argentina forward, penned a temporary deal with the Blues in January as Maurizio Sarri sought to solve the club’s attacking problems.

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He was a prolific goal getter while playing under Sarri at Napoli, but the 31-year-old failed to live up to his former self during his time at Stamford Bridge, scoring just five goals in 21 appearances.

Higuain could still make one more appearance for Chelsea – in the Europa League final – but he is vying with Olivier Giroud for the starting spot ahead of the Baku showpiece.


Even if he finds form against Arsenal to fire Chelsea to silverware, Higuian will still be returning to Juventus this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have already decided to send Higuain back to his parent club at the end of the season, despite the Blues having the option to either extend the forward’s loan for another season – or buy him outright.

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Higuain still has two years remaining on his contract with Juventus, who do not want him back due to his lucrative wage packet. He spent the first half of the season with Milan, before Chelsea secured a deal to end that loan and bring him straight to England at the beginning of the year.

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Manchester City: Is this the line-up that could stop Liverpool winning the title again next season? Including Ben Chilwell, Rodri and Joao Felix

Manchester City wrapped up their second consecutive title on the weekend and it doesn’t look they’ll be stopped for years to come yet.

They have, arguably, the best manager on the planet and, although they are being investigated for breaching Financial Fairplay Rules, they have all the resources available to stay at the top of the English game.

Guardiola is set for another busy summer of transfer business

Even since the title was secured on Sunday, City have been linked with a host of top performing stars from across Europe, and if they land just two of them their already superior squad to the rest of the league will only grow better and better.

Liverpool were beaten by just one point this campaign, but Jurgen Klopp will surely have to pull off a miracle if they spend big again this summer.

But who are the targets and how could they line-up if they are bought next season? talkSPORT.com has identified where they could slot in.



Harry Maguire

According to the Mail, Guardiola is a ‘huge fan’ of Harry Maguire and he could be willing to lure him to the Etihad in the summer.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed another fine season with the Foxes, but is reportedly expected to leave the club this summer – and with Nicolas Otamendi departing the Champions and Vincent Kompany’s future uncertain the door has opened for another centre-back to come in.

Guardiola is reportedly a big fan of Maguire
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It is understood Leicester will demand a huge fee after Man City paid £50million-plus for defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones.

Foxes boss Rodgers is desperate to keep Maguire, who only signed a new five-year deal last September.

Ben Chilwell

There have also been multiple reports throughout the season of interest from City in Leicester and England full-back Ben Chillwell.

The 22-year-old has been one of the Foxes’ most consistent performers, missing just one Premier League game this season.

Chilwell has put in some superb performances on the left side of Leicester’s defence

His form since breaking through at the King Power Stadium has also earned him five England caps and The Telegraph report Chilwell is being eyed by Guardiola, who has been frustrated by first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy’s injury problems.

The Frenchman has made just 16 Premier League appearances since his £52million move from Monaco in 2017.

Chilwell is contracted to Leciester until 2024, which means it is likely City will have to pay the Midlands club more than Liverpool’s £75million fee for Virgil van Dijk.

Rodri

The Mail also report that Guardiola has pinpointed Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri as the man who can replace Fernandinho, 34, in the middle of the park.

The Brazilian is by no means labouring in his performances but recent injuries of late suggest his age is catching up with him.

Rodri is being mooted as the perfect replacement for Fernandinho

Rodri, 22, has impressed with some assured displays for Atletico this season and City sporting director Txiki Begiristain made a personal check with the LaLiga of his availability in the summer.

Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic has caught the eye of a number of top European clubs after his prolific season with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

The forward, 21, has netted 17 goals in 31 matches, and recently impressed against Chelsea in the Europa League with two in two against the Blues.

Jovic has been tremendous for Frankurt this term

Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid are frontrunners for his signature, but Man City have also shown interest and have reportedly sent scouts to watch the striker in action.

Frankfurt are willing to cash in on the youngster and could be willing to part ways if a bid in the region of £50m is tabled.

Joao Felix

The transfer window has not even opened yet but Joao Felix has already dominated much of the talk in the rumour mill.

He has been linked with several huge clubs after making waves in the Primeira Liga this season, netting 14 goals and adding seven assists in 23 matches.

Felix has been the talk of the transfer market

Felix has been most strongly linked with a move to Juventus, with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo identifying the youngster for the Juve board to sign.

However, City have also been following his progress closely and have reportedly ‘spoke with the parents’ of the playmaker.

Whichever club does sign Felix will have a diamond for years to come as he has talent in abundance.

Have a look at the line-up in full below…

Could this be City’s line-up next season?
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Tottenham transfer news: Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente could make way for Andre Gomes and Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham are to set have a busy summer in the transfer market with a number of players on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar.

Spurs have not made any additions to their squad since they signed Champions League hero Lucas Moura in January of last season, and, now that top four is secured and their new stadium is built, a big spend in the window is long overdue, while it is being reported the club have already concluded a deal for 15-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper, Isak Solberg.

Pochettino is set for a big summer in the summer
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But who could be on their way to the club? talkSPORT.com has taken a look at all the transfer gossip surrounding the north London outfit.


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Andre Gomes, who has just enjoyed a solid season in midfield for Everton on loan from Barcelona, is one of Pochettino’s targets and a fee of £35m will reportedly be enough for the Catalan giants to part ways with the player.

The Sun report the two parties are ‘nearing an agreement’ and a deal for the playmaker could be concluded soon.

Gomes has had a superb debut season in the Premier League

A deal is also said to be close for Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon.

The youngster had a difficult season for the Cottagers as his side struggled on their return to the Premier League, but Lilywhite deal-makers have not been put off and still believe Sessegnon has the talent to excel at a higher level.

Tottenham are reportedly keen on Sessegnon despite his difficult season for Fulham

Gareth Bale is another player whose name is doing the rounds in the rumour mill and the Welshman has consistently been linked with a return to Spurs.

However, according to reports, if the 29-year-old was to return to north London it would be as part of a £10million season-long loan.

It has been said Real will take an offer where a club pays around £250,000-a-week for Bale’s wages – believed to be in excess of £600,000 – in addition to the £10m fee.

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The idea of Spurs taking Bale permanently has been ruled out, while his pay packet will also prove to be an obstacle.

The player left Tottenham for Real in an £85m transfer in 2013 and, despite winning four Champions League trophies in his time there, he has been booed by his own fans.

Now it appears Zidane is doing everything he can to force him out.


Outs

Talks are still ongoing between the club and Christian Eriksen over a new deal and Pochettino is hopeful a new contract can be agreed.

The 27-year-old playmaker has one year left on a contract that earns him a reported £70,000-a-week.

“I hope and wish Christian can be with us in the future,” Pochettino said.

“I think Christian and us, we are so open to talk and we will see what happens. It’s a situation that’s a very special one and Christian is a special person. The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something is maybe different to another player.”

Eriksen has been linked with a move away from Spurs
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Meanwhile, Spurs are reportedly set to allow Fernando Llorente to leave the club, despite his heroic performances in the Champions League.

The north Londoners are seemingly ready to cut ties with the 35-year-old Spaniard and delve into the market to find a younger back-up to Harry Kane.

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Manchester United transfer news: Crystal Palace duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt wanted in £50m double swoop

Crystal Palace duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt are wanted by Manchester United in a £50million double summer deal, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to overhaul his squad after a disastrous end to their season, winning just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Patrick van Aanholt and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both on United’s radar this summer

And the Sun claim the highly rated Wan-Bissaka, 21, is being eyed up as a potential successor to Antonio Valencia, who is leaving the club this summer.

Solskjaer is also a big admirer of Van Aanholt’s defensive qualities, with Juventus and Roma monitoring the situation.

While Luke Shaw was one of the few United players to emerge with any credit from this campaign, winning the club’s Player of the Year award, Solskjaer is keen for the England international to have competition.

However, Roy Hodgson says he will fight hard to keep his star players at the club

Speaking after Palace beat Bournemouth 5-3 on the final day of the 2018/19 season, he said: “There’s nobody at the club who is anxious to see any of those players leave the club, in fact it’s the reverse.

“We’ve committed them to long-term contracts.


United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster his defensive ranks after a miserable end to the 2018/19 campaign

“[Michy] Batshuayi is a different case because he’s on loan. But [the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Wan-Bissaka and Van Aanholt] are committed to us on long-term contracts and we believe they have an important part to play here.

“We shouldn’t forget, yes there is a top-six up there, but if you take the other teams we are not light years away.

“Last year we missed out on 10th place on goal difference, this year we’ve missed ninth place by one point.

“I think we can offer as a football club a team which is competitive, isn’t miles away from the top half of the table and a team that plays good football and can get results.”

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Best XI of players out of contract in 2019 and available for free: Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City stars included

The 2018/19 football season is over for most clubs in England with just the final round of fixtures set to take place around the top European leagues.

Planning for next season has already started for many with the transfer window opening for Premier League clubs on 16 May.

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Some players will be moving on from their clubs in the summer as their contracts are set to expire in the coming weeks.

A number of teams will be clamouring for their signature in order to pick up a bargain.

Here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve created our best XI from the players who are set to become free agents.

Our lineup for the best free agent XI
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Willy Caballero

The goalkeeper department is a bit light on free agents but trusty backup Caballero is the best available.

The 37-year-old has played been used as a second choice goalkeeper by Manchester City and Chelsea over the last five seasons.

Willy Caballero has been primarily used as a backup over the last few seasons
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The Argentinian has 430 club appearances in his career as well as five international caps.

Defence

Dani Alves (LB)

Age may be an issue with this free agent defence but what they may lack in pace they will more than make up in experience.

Dani Alves became the most decorated footballer in history
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Right-back Alves became the most decorated footballer of all-time when he won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain this season.

The 36-year-old has an incredible 42 trophies in his career.

James Milner (LB)

The perfect utility man for this team and has been outstanding for Liverpool this season.

James Milner has been a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad
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The 33-year-old has made an incredible 516 Premier League appearances since making his debut for Leeds United as a 16-year-old.

He has gone on to win two league titles with Manchester City and been unlucky not to add more while at Liverpool.

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Milner still has the chance to win the Champions League this season with the Reds facing Tottenham in the final on June 1.

Diego Godin (CB)

Godin has been a stalwart for Atletico Madrid over the past nine seasons, racking up 380 appearances as well as seven trophies.

Atletico look set for a mass exodus in the summer with Antoine Griezmann set to leave but the 33-year-old can still be a top level player for seasons to come.

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Vincent Kompany (CB)

A true legend for Manchester City as he led them to a fourth Premier League title this season.

His spectacular 30-yard strike to score the winner against Leicester in the penultimate fixture will be remembered for a long time by City fans.

Vincent Kompany lifted his fourth Premier League title for Man City
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Despite injury problems restricting his number of games in recent seasons, when he has played he has been an important presence at the back.

City are likely to offer him a contract extension but for now he is set to become a free agent in the summer.

Midfield

Juan Mata (RM)

Talks are thought to still be ongoing between Manchester United and Mata over a new contract but a deal has yet to be struck.

The 31-year-old has been a consistent performer for United in the five-and-a-half seasons since they signed him.

There will be no shortage of suitors if a deal cannot be reached.

Juan Mata is yet to agree a new deal with Manchester United

Franck Ribery (LM)

The winger was part of one of the most successful European teams over the past decade and helped Bayern Munich to nine Bundesliga titles in the 12 seasons since joining in 2007.

Even though he is 36, he managed 36 games in all competitions for Bayern this season with six goals.

Franck Ribery is regarded as a Bayern Munich legend with nine Bundesliga titles to his name
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Ribery is not ready to call time on his career just yet, though, and plans to carry on playing next season.

Adrien Rabiot (CM)

The midfielder has been one of the best players to come out of the Paris Saint-Germain youth system for a number of years.

The 24-year-old helped them to 18 major honours since making his debut in 2012, including five Ligue 1 titles.


His relationship with PSG has been fractured since he announced his intention to leave and has been forced to train with the reserves.

Some of the biggest clubs in Europe are targeting him in the summer.

Ander Herrera (CM)

Manchester United fans do not seem best pleased that their club are allowing a player like Herrera leaving for nothing.

The 29-year-old announced his departure following the end of the season and PSG are the likely destination for the midfielder.

Ander Herrera is set to leave Manchester United and join PSG
Forwards

Olivier Giroud

The France World Cup winner probably has not got the credit he deserves for the goals he has scored for club and country during his career.

The 32-year-old 213 club goals in 526 games and is France’s third all-time leading scorer with 35 goals in 89 games.

Olivier Giroud could be leaving Chelsea in the summer
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Mario Balotelli

The 28-year-old has had a journeyman career with plenty of unfulfilled promise and antics off the pitch.

He has been revitalised in Ligue 1 over the past three seasons where he netted 43 goals in 76 games for Nice before scoring eight in 12 for Marseille since joining in January.

Mario Balotelli scored eight goals in 12 games for Marseille
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Manchester United transfer news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘threatens to sell’ half the squad – but who could be heading for the exit door?

The transfer window is now open and it could not appear to come soon enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Manchester United manager has endured a miserable run of form since taking over permanently in March.

A draw to Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium ensured the Red Devils would not be playing Champions League football next season and led to the Norwegian reportedly calling his players a ‘disgrace’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly planning a massive summer clear out of his Manchester United squad

However, the former United striker went one step further after the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford after the last home game of the season.

According to The Sun, the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ was so incensed after the defeat, he told some of his players he planned to sell them to fund a massive summer rebuild.

The 46-year-old initially enjoyed a sensational start to life in the dugout at Old Trafford, but chasms began to form and widen at an alarming rate as the season began to unravel and sixth place was confirmed.

Asked what Solskjaer believed was to blame for United’s woeful end to the season, he said: “We just need to get that consistency at home, being able to win games and dominating more games. I think we’ve been fantastic with counter-attacking football but must improve on dominating more games.

Antonio Valencia has confirmed he will leave Old Trafford this summer

“The last period has been difficult but that doesn’t mean the team or players have become any worse. We’ve just found it hard. It’s been a long, emotional season for them physically, as well as emotionally.

“When you lose your manager halfway through the season, it’s not easy for the players.”

With Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia already set for the Old Trafford exit door once their contracts expire, Solskjaer’s prediction about the squad exodus already appears to be coming true.

But who else could be set to follow the experienced duo out of Stretford as United look to the future to rebuild the squad? Scroll down to see the Manchester United players in danger of the axe at Old Trafford.


Juan Mata

Juan Mata is seemingly set to return to Spain upon the expiration of his contract

Potential destinations: Valencia, Barcelona

The Spaniard’s five-year stay at Old Trafford appears to be drawing to a close as his contract is set to expire in the summer.

Reports suggest Mata was called into Ed Woodard’s office after the defeat to Cardiff and it seems as though a return to his homeland is expected.

The 30-year-old has been linked with an emotional return to former club Valencia, but reports earlier in the season suggested Barcelona had made contact with Mata’s father (also his agent) to discuss a move.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United has been under intense scrutiny for the past 12 months

Potential destinations: Barcelona, Real Madrid

The situation surrounding Paul Pogba and Manchester United seemingly gets worse and worse on a daily basis.

After admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Old Trafford, having Zinedine Zidane sing his praises and then have details of a fallout with Solskjaer leaked, Pogba’s end to the season has been chaotic to say the least.

Los Blancos are seemingly leading the charge, but Barcelona have also reportedly entered the bidding and are prepared to offer £130million for the World Cup winner.

Alexis Sanchez

Reports suggest United will actually pay Sanchez to leave the club

Potential destinations: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus

Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to United has seemingly been cursed at every turn, with injuries and a loss of form leaving the forward looking like a shell of his former fearsome self.

With his contract running out at the Emirates in 2018, United were forced to stump out big wages for the Chile international and his salary seems to be a sticking point.

Reports in the Wednesday morning papers suggest United will pay Sanchez to leave Old Trafford and there is unlikely to be a shortage of potential suitors for the former Barcelona forward.

Marcos Rojo

The injury-prone Argentina international is a liability when he does make it onto the pitch

Potential destinations: Wolves, Estudiantes

Injuries have hampered Rojo and he has made just six appearances for United in all competitions last season. When he was called upon, the defender has a tendency to dive into tackles and is somewhat reckless.

In order to get his fitness back, the 29-year-old returned to Argentina to train with Estudiantes.

And before an injury in early 2019, Wolves were also reportedly keen on signing the Albiceleste international.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has been described as United’s Pele by Joel Glazer

Potential destinations: Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain

Co-chairman Joel Glazer is adamant United will not sell their star man this summer as he sees Martial as the club’s Pele.

But after constant criticism of his attitude and application as well as losing his place in the side, few would be surprised if the Red Devils were trying to bump up the France international’s value ahead of a summer move.

Juventus are reportedly targeting Mauro Icardi as well as the 23-year-old to lead their strike force in the future once Cristiano Ronaldo eventually calls it a day,

Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football since moving to Old Trafford in 2015

Potential destinations: Juventus

Signed by Louis van Gaal in July 2015, Darmian was seen as the man to dominate the right back spot at United for years to come.

However, with Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot now seen as first and second choice for the spot, the Italian’s time in Stretford appears to be coming to an end.

A return to his home country seems the most likely option, with the physical demands of the Premier League proving too difficult.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in Serie A

Potential destinations: Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain

Much like Pogba, Lukaku’s comments about moving away will surely have infuriated Manchester United fans.

At the end of April, the Belgium striker described moving to Italy as a ‘dream’, with several clubs from LaLiga and Ligue 1 also keen.

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to join Inter Milan this summer, with the 26-year-old at the top of his wish list when he gets to the San Siro.

Eric Bailly

The centre back could be available for £30million this summer

Potential destinations: Arsenal

Like defensive colleague Rojo, injuries have massively contributed to a downturn in Bailly’s form.

At the start of the 2017-18 season, the Ivory Coast international seemed to have found his feet in the Premier League and was beginning to look like the defensive rock upon which Jose Mourinho could build from.

However, his performances have tailed off and United have reportedly slapped a £30million asking price on the centre back to ward off Premier League rivals Arsenal.

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Transfer news and gossip column: Frank Lampard ‘set for Chelsea return’, Alexis Sanchez in talks with Juventus, Tammy Abraham to join Bundesliga club?

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Manchester United forward forward Alexis Sanchez is in talks over a move to Juventus. (The Independent)

Chelsea are not planning to extend Gonzalo Higuain’s loan and will send the 31-year-old striker back to Juventus after the Europa League final. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid will release up to 14 players this summer, with Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez likely to be among them. (Marca)

Blues striker Tammy Abraham is a target for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, as well as Aston Villa, who want to make the 21-year-old’s loan permanent this summer. (The Sun)

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave this summer. The 26-year-old wants to play Champions League football and the Eagles could demand £80m. (Daily Mail)

Gonzalo Higuain will not be staying at Chelsea this summer
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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will return to Stamford Bridge this summer to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager, having impressed by taking Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a coach. (SportMediaset)

Manchester United are planning to spend £50m on Crystal Palace defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dutchman Patrick Van Aanholt. (The Sun)

The Red Devils are also closing in on 21-year-old Swansea winger Daniel James. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham are among the clubs monitoring 23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt, who is understood to have a £21.5m release clause for this summer. (Daily Mail)

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon – who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Newcastle this season – will have a £16.5m release clause this summer after the Baggies failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Could Frank Lampard make a glorious return to Chelsea as MANAGER this summer?

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Manchester United’s 18-year-old English midfielder Angel Gomes. (Daily Star)

Barcelona are confident they will sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer, despite late interest from PSG. (London Evening Standard)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is set to meet owner Mike Ashley on Thursday to discuss his future, with the Spaniard’s deal expiring this summer. (The Times)

West Brom will hold talks with former Brighton boss Chris Hughton next week over becoming their new permanent manager. (Daily Telegraph)


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Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants summer transfer with club valuing him at £80million

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave this summer so he can join a club playing Champions League football, reports claim.

Zaha, the Ivory Coast winger, has previously spoken of his desire to win trophies – something which is unlikely while he remains at his boyhood club.

Zaha was more subdued this season than in previous years, though he still hit double figures for both goals and assists
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And after establishing himself as one of the most feared players outside the Premier League’s top six, Zaha is ready to test himself at the highest level.

According to the Daily Mail, Zaha told Steve Parish, the Palace chairman, earlier this week that now is the time for him to move on, hoping the club sanction his departure this summer.

While the Eagles would rue losing their key player, it is understood they would be willing to sell Zaha for around £80million.


Zaha is said to be worried such a high transfer fee will price him out of a move.

Clubs are expected to renew their interest in Zaha now he has openly admitted his desire to leave Selhurst Park this summer. Tottenham and Chelsea have both previously tried to sign the former England youth international and could return for him.

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A return to Manchester United for Zaha has also been suggested, despite the Red Devils failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Zaha joined United in 2013 as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever signing, but he made just four appearances before returning to Palace in 2014, after a spell on loan at Cardiff.

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Manchester United transfer news: Crystal Palace duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt wanted in £50m double deal

Crystal Palace duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick Van Aanholt are wanted by Manchester United in a £50million double summer deal, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to overhaul his squad after a disastrous end to the season, winning just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Patrick van Aanholt and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are both on United’s radar this summer

And the Sun claim the highly rated Wan-Bissaka, 21, is being eyed up as a potential successor to Antonio Valencia, who is leaving the club this summer.

Solskjaer is also a big admirer of Van Aanholt’s defensive qualities, with Juventus and Roma monitoring the situation.

While Luke Shaw was one of the few United players to emerge with any credit from this campaign, winning the club’s Player of the Year award, Solskjaer is keen for the England international to have competition.

However, Roy Hodgson says he will fight hard to keep his star players at the club

Speaking after Palace beat Bournemouth 5-3 on the final day of the 2018/19 season, he said: “There’s nobody at the club who is anxious to see any of those players leave the club, in fact it’s the reverse.

“We’ve committed them to long-term contracts.


United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster his defensive ranks after a miserable end to the 2018/19 campaign

“[Michy] Batshuayi is a different case because he’s on loan. But [the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Wan-Bissaka and Van Aanholt] are committed to us on long-term contracts and we believe they have an important part to play here.

“We shouldn’t forget, yes there is a top-six up there, but if you take the other teams we are not light years away.

“Last year we missed out on 10th place on goal difference, this year we’ve missed ninth place by one point.

“I think we can offer as a football club a team which is competitive, isn’t miles away from the top half of the table and a team that plays good football and can get results.”

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West Ham transfer news: Hammers planning double-swoop on Celta Viga star Maxi Gomez and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic

West Ham are planning a double swoop to land Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to reports.

The Hammers were interested in signing Gomez in January, but the LaLiga club were unwilling to part with their striker without having a replacement lined up.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is a target for West Ham
Maxi Gomez is widely regarded as one of the most promising young forwards in world football

However, he has a £43.5m release clause stipulated in his contract – with the Hammers identifying the Uruguayan as their top target to replace Marko Arnautovic when the window opens – according to the  Standard.

Gomez has been dubbed as the ‘next Luis Suarez’ and the 22-year-old has enjoyed a solid campaign in the Spanish top flight, netting 13 goals and adding five assists in 34 matches in a side that have struggled this season.

Fulham ace Mitrovic is also being monitored by the Hammers.


The Cottagers may be willing to cash in on their talisman following their relegation to the Championship and Mitrovic is said to be keen on staying in England.

However, they will have to fend off interest to secure the signing of the forward as Crystal Palace have also reportedly enquired about his availability.

Mitrovic scored 11 goals this season as Fulham finished in 19th place in the Premier League.

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