Chelsea warned Jadon Sancho back-up may not be good enough for the Premier League

Chelsea have been warned Jesus Corona may not be up to the physicality of the Premier League. Reports claim Chelsea are targeting Corona as a potential back-up signing to Jadon Sancho. Manchester United are understood to be leading the way for Sancho’s signature.

Winger Corona has often been used as a wing-back for Porto this season, registering seven assists in 24 Liga NOS appearances.

Former USA international Herculez Gomez is a fan of Corona but is not sure whether the 27-year-old has what it takes to replicate his form in the Premier League for a club like Chelsea.

“Oh man that is so difficult to say because first of all he’s a fantastic player,” Gomez told ESPN.

“He’s young, he’s brash, he’s very exciting on the ball in the final third, he takes risks, he’s a joy to watch.

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“But is he ready for that big jump to a big-six club in the Premier League or to a big club around the world?

“I don’t know and I’ll use this as an example. How many times have we seen a player who plays very well in the Portuguese league who makes that jump and it doesn’t translate?

“We saw it with Raul Jimenez at first, we saw it with Hector Herrera to Atletico, we saw it with Jackson Martinez who came out of Porto as well to Atletico, these players where it just didn’t translate.

“He’s a very good player but what are you saying? He’s going to go to Chelsea right now and he’s going to play in that winger position?

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“Because right now he’s playing as a wing-back and he’s still kind of learning the position.

“I’d like to say yes because I’ve seen what he can do on the ball but until he gets there and proves it, it’s just an unknown.”

On occasions, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has adopted a back three formation in his first campaign in charge.

However, Gomez cannot see Corona being up to the job of playing wing-back in England’s top flight.

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“I don’t like him at right-back, I like a bit of structure in my team,” the pundit added.

“I think he’s very adventurous in the way he plays.

“In a league like the Premier League, in a league where you’re going to have to fight, where it’s very physical, I don’t know if he has the physicality to really play in that league.

“I don’t know if that’s the league for Corona. I’d almost rather see him in La Liga or even the Bundesliga.”

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What Liverpool need to do to secure Timo Werner transfer this summer

Liverpool must continue to sit tight and attempt to negotiate themselves “into a better position” in their pursuit of Timo Werner, says European football expert Gabriele Marcotti. Werner is a long-term target of Liverpool following several years of prolific goalscoring for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

The Reds are not the only club interested in Werner, with the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan all linked.

In April, reports claimed Liverpool were cooling their interest over signing the Germany international this summer.

However, Marcotti believes that is the approach they should continue to adopt in an attempt to move closer to a deal.

“Obviously [Werner to Liverpool] is talked about,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

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“Inter Milan are also looking at him long and hard in case Lautaro Martinez moves.

“From their perspective, what they believe is they can offer more of a guaranteed starting spot in Conte’s spot, and maybe more of an opportunity to play more as a forward rather than coming in off the wing, although as we’ve seen Werner can pretty much play all over the place.

“I think if you’re Liverpool right now what you do is exactly what they’ve been doing.

“You put out feelers saying that ‘maybe he might be too expensive, you’ve got to see where it is, maybe not this summer’ and see if you can negotiate yourself into a better position.”

Meanwhile, former MLS star Alejandro Moreno believes Werner would be making the wrong choice if he joined Liverpool.

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Moreno says Werner would be better off joining a club where he would be more of a guaranteed starter.

“No [Werner shouldn’t go to Liverpool], because I think that Liverpool has something special going on,” Moreno said.

“And if I’m Timo Werner I have to be smart enough and intelligent enough to recognise that ‘you know what? They got something cooking over there that it would be a great thing to be a part of, but the truth of the matter is in order for me to get a chance to play the same way that I play with Leipzig, some things would need to change at Liverpool’ and I don’t think anything is changing when you look at a team that is about to win the Premier League by a thousand points.

“So it would be ridiculous for Jurgen Klopp to somehow force a place for Timo Werner when you have something so special and so productive right there in front of you.”

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Man City star Leroy Sane ‘would go to Liverpool’ in surprise transfer

Manchester City star Leroy Sane has been linked with a move away from the Etihad this summer as the player prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract and while Bayern Munich are interested in bringing the youngster to the Bundesliga, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is also keen on the German international.

Sane’s City contract expires in 2021 and the 24-year-old appears uninterested in signing a new deal with the Sky Blues.

Last week German publication Bild claimed Liverpool are interested in Sane.

However, Bild’s head of football Christian Falk has insisted the player would not leave City for one of their main rivals for two reasons.

Firstly because of the fans and secondly because the player has his heart set on a move to Bayern.

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However, former City and England defender Danny Mills disagrees and he thinks Sane’s ties to the club would not stop the winger from securing a summer move to Anfield.

“Clubs do not want to sell to their immediate rivals and that is normally the biggest problem,” Mills told Football Insider.

“If Liverpool want Sane I am pretty sure he would go there given the opportunity. Why wouldn’t you?

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“We have seen players do far worse.

“It is not a Manchester United-Liverpool or a Leeds-Manchester United. The rivalry is not of that ilk.”

Sane hasn’t featured in City’s Premier League campaign this season after he suffered an injury during their Community Shield win over Liverpool.

However, with football set to resume next month, the winger could still play a part in City’s campaign before the season is over.

Bayern have been monitoring Sane for a long time and even tried to sign the winger last summer but couldn’t reach an agreement with City as they had placed a £90million price tag on the youngster.

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But Bayern are confident a deal can be stuck this summer and in anticipation of his arrival, the Bundesliga champions have already reserved the No.10 shirt for Sane, according to reports in Germany.

The shirt is currently taken by Philippe Coutinho, who is on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona.

And while Bayern have the option to make this move permanent, the German club appear unwilling to do so and instead will allow the Brazilian to return to the Nou Camp and focus their efforts on trying to sign Sane.

During his time with City, Sane has scored 39 goals and has provided 45 assists in 134 appearances in all competitions.

He has also won two Premier League titles and three domestic cups, as well as the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the 2017/18 season.

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Everton backed to beat Tottenham to signing of Southampton star because of Carlo Ancelotti

Everton have been backed to beat Tottenham to the signing of Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Saints midfielder Hojbjerg emerged as a transfer target for Tottenham late in the January transfer window. Spurs are once again linked with a move for the former Bayern Munich ace.

However, Everton are also said to be interested in signing the 24-year-old.

The Toffees saw an upturn in form under Carlo Ancelotti before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, moving up to 12th in the table after a poor start to the campaign.

Ancelotti was appointed as the permanent successor to Marco Silva in December.

And former Leeds and Coventry striker Noel Whelan believes having the Italian could help Everton beat Tottenham to Hojbjerg’s signature.

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Whelan thinks Ancelotti will look to move Morgan Schneiderlin on, leaving room for Hojbjerg.

“They are both desirable football clubs,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Everton are very up and coming now. Ancelotti will have a full pre-season ahead of next year, so they will be exciting. Who does not want to work under him?

“Everton would be a better option because there are players there such as Morgan Schneiderlin who will be moved on.

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“He has not done enough and Ancelotti has had enough time to look at players now.

“He knows who he wants at the football club.”

Hojbjerg has made 129 appearances for Southampton since joining from Bayern in 2016.

Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown reckons Ancelotti could also help Everton get a deal for Newcastle ace Matty Longstaff over the line.

Longstaff, 20, is out of contract at Newcastle at the end of the season and has been linked with a free transfer to Goodison Park.

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“Any young player like Matty Longstaff, who’s just set off on his career and is starting to get going, will want to play, they’ll want to secure a future,” Brown told Football Insider.

“That will be what their advice is and Ancelotti’s a very, very renowned manager so a young player will want to play for him, that’s for sure.”

Longstaff made his name when he scored the only goal on his Premier League debut in a 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James’ Park.

He has made six appearances in the Premier League to date, scoring twice.

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Anthony Martial could help Man Utd chief Ed Woodward complete reduced Barcelona transfer

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France duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial could help Manchester United sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.

That’s according to Spanish publication Sport, who believe playing alongside his international colleagues at Old Trafford would be an enticing prospect for Umtiti.

Sport also suggest that the Catalan giants are prepared to accept a rock-bottom £27million for their 26-year-old defender, who is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

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Wanted: Wissam Ben Yedder

Monaco have set their asking price for Manchester United target Wissam Ben Yedder.

ESPN claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are considering an approach for the France international, who scored 19 goals in 31 appearances this season.

And Monaco will do business for £45million, according to French publication Le10sport.

The report continues to state that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Ben Yedder, and will make a move should Neymar or Kylian Mbappe leave the club.

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Solskjaer transfer verdict

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given a straightforward verdict on this summer’s transfer market.

“I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a**hole,” Solskjaer told United We Stand. “Personality is so important. We’re a team in a team environment. You want players to have a bit of ego and edge but they have to be able to adapt.

“In March 2019, players were physically tired, mentally tired and we had injuries. The players started with negative thinking, whereas now it’s positive thinking.

“There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal agendas which couldn’t be sorted out until the summer.

“There will always be players who want to play more in football, but if a team is to be successful, then players have to be available at different times. I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.”

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Liverpool backed to sign Caglar Soyuncu as Brendan Rodgers tipped to approve transfer

Liverpool have been backed to sign Caglar Soyuncu and the deal could be on due to the nature of Brendan Rodgers, in the view of pundit Noel Whelan. The Turkish international has been a prominent figure in Leicester’s march towards Champions League qualification and has earned rave reviews for his colossal performances at the back.

Soyuncu’s future at the King Power Stadium looked bleak last summer when his entourage held talks about leaving the club.

Shortly after, Harry Maguire moved to Manchester United for £80million in a world-record deal for a defender and Leicester did not have time to sign a replacement.

Luckily for them, Soyuncu stepped up to the plate and is now a fan favourite in the East Midlands.

The player’s former agent Mustafa Dogru recently claimed in AS that Liverpool are the only Premier League team capable of signing the defender.

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He said: “I think only Liverpool have the power to sign Caglar Soyüncu in the Premier because of his economic conditions, but we must not forget French teams. PSG could be a surprise.”

And former Premier League striker Whelan believes Brendan Rodgers would sign off a deal for his former club Liverpool.

“Soyuncu has been fantastic,” he told Football Insider.

“People were worried as to how they would replace Harry Maguire but he has been more of a standout than Harry Maguire and cost next to half the price.

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“I think he would fit into that mould. He covers the ground well, is dangerous from set-pieces and is good with the ball at his feet.

“Brendan Rodgers will desperately want to keep him though. But when clubs like that come calling it is very difficult to turn down big money as a club and very difficult to turn the opportunity down as a player.

“I think Rodgers is the sort of manager that will realise that these transfers do not come around very often. He is a fair guy and I do not think he would hold him back from joining a club where he can challenge for honours.”

Liverpool are unlikely to be in the market for a centre-back this summer.

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Links to Diego Carlos and Kalidou Koulibaly have escalated since football was called to a halt, but the Reds are unlikely to do much business this summer.

Joe Gomez is held in high regard by Jurgen Klopp, as is third choice centre-back Joel Matip.

Dejan Lovren is set to consider his future at the end of the current campaign.

Should he leave, there could be room for the Reds to bring in another centre-back in reserve.

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Chelsea suffer major transfer blow as priority target makes decision over his future

Chelsea have missed out on one of their priority transfer targets after Dries Mertens signed a contract extension at Napoli. The Belgian was set to become a free agent this summer, leading Chelsea and Inter Milan to take an interest in the forward.

Reports from Italy had previously suggested that Chelsea had identified Mertens as their priority target ahead of the upcoming window.

Former Blues boss Antonio Conte, now in charge at Inter, was also interested in the frontman but both clubs have been left disappointed after Mertens penned a new deal this week.

The Guardian claim the forward has been handed a three-year extension and a £2.2million signing bonus.

Mertens will receive £140,000-a-week on his new deal, which is considerably less than the £170,000-a-week package offered by Inter.

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However, the Belgian is happy in Naples and decided against moving during the twilight of his career.

Mertens has established himself as one of the most accomplished forwards in European football since joining Napoli in 2013.

He has scored 90 goals in 226 Serie A matches for Napoli and is the club’s joint-highest scorer alongside Marek Hamsik.

Mertens will surely claim the record outright if the league resumes on June 14, as Napoli still have 12 matches remaining of their 2019/20 campaign.

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Chelsea were originally thought to be in pole position to sign the 33-year-old after negotiations with Napoli stalled.

Mertens initially refused to put pen to paper on an extension at the Stadio San Paolo because the Naples outfit refused to meet his demands of a two-year contract worth €4million per season, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Italian outfit also suggested Mertens wanted Napoli to rescind the fines imposed on players following an internal mutiny against the club hierarchy last November.

However, it was thought Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentis did not wish to cancel the financial penalties while he was also reluctant to pay more than €3m per season in wages.

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That stalemate triggered Chelsea’s interest, with Frank Lampard on the hunt for a new striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Tammy Abraham and known to be an admirer of Mertens.

Inter were also in the hunt but it was widely reported that Mertens did not fancy a move to another Serie A side if a deal could not be worked out with Napoli.

Chelsea and Inter will now have to turn their attentions elsewhere, with the Blues expected to step up their pursuit of Lyon frontman Moussa Dembele.

They are also believed to be monitoring Lille striker Victor Osimhen and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner.

Meanwhile, Lampard is also hopeful of securing a move to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho with Pedro and Willian both out of contract and expected to leave Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea also require a new left-back with at least one of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso likely to depart.

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Real Madrid hero Roberto Carlos snubs Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in GOAT debate

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has insisted Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t compare to Ronaldo Nazario. The Brazil international played alongside R9 for club and country during his playing days. And while he’s hailed the Barcelona and Juventus players, he feels his friend was a class above.

The debate as to who is the greatest player of all time continues to take place around the footballing world.

Ronaldo and Messi are widely considered to be two of the greats, with the Juventus and Barcelona players still going strong.

Carlos, though, feels Ronaldo Nazario was on a different level to the rest.

“Ronaldo stood out in training. He was the best. There will never be another Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’,” the 2002 World Cup winner told Goal.

“Not Neymar, Cristiano or Messi – Ronaldo is unique.

“I think in our generation it was harder to score goals. It was more physical back then and attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do everything.”

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The 47-year-old also expressed a belief that Eden Hazard and Neymar will succeed Ronaldo and Messi as the game’s best players soon enough.

“I still think they have another three years at the very top but Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe and Hazard will take over after Ronaldo and Messi,” he stated.

“Indeed, Hazard, in a short time, will prove he is number one in the world.”

Carlos spent 11 years at Real Madrid during his playing days.

He was part of the Galactico era, sharing a dressing room with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Luis Figo and Raul – as well as Ronaldo.

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And Carlos has nothing but fond memories of his time at the Bernabeu, adding: “We had an amazing atmosphere inside the club.

“Even though there were huge players, it was just a group of great people working in the same environment. We are all great friends and still are.

“It was spectacular. Real Madrid is bigger than egos.

“The club is huge and the culture of the club was so big that we were able to sign huge players. It was then up to the players to adapt to the culture and not the other way around.

“Everyone had to speak Spanish in the dressing room.

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“The only one who decided to speak more Portuguese than Spanish was [David] Beckham because he wouldn’t leave my house!

“He was close to Ronaldo and me, so his Portuguese got better than his Spanish.”

Carlos won four La Liga titles during his time at Real.

And he also helped them win the Champions League on three occasions in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

He retired from football in 2015 after a brief spell in India at Odisha Football Club, previously established as Delhi Dynamos FC.

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Man Utd pushing to sign Juventus star after Maurizio Sarri changes mind

Manchester United are pushing to sign Juventus star Douglas Costa with Maurizio Sarri starting to come round to the idea of a sale, reports say. The Brazil international has struggled for consistency this season. And the Serie A giants are looking to raise funds for a summer spending spree, with the coronavirus crisis impacting their financial situation at the present time.

Manchester United’s interest in Costa predates the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

While still playing in Brazil as a teenager he was being eyed by the club, with Sir Alex Ferguson a fan of his flair and trickery.

In the years since Costa has won trophies in Europe with Bayern Munich and Juventus while also making the grade at international level.

And, now, Calcio Mercato claim United are pushing to sign the Samba star ahead of the summer transfer window.

It’s claimed the Juventus manager Sarri was initially willing to keep hold of the winger.

But the Italian is now starting to come round to the idea of a potential departure with Juventus in need of funds to strengthen their squad.

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There’s no mention of Costa being used as part of a swap deal involving Paul Pogba, who still wants to leave Old Trafford behind.

But that could be the way of working the situation to their advantage, particularly given Pogba’s desire to embark on a new challenge elsewhere.

Costa has contributed just three assists for Juventus from 14 Serie A matches this season.

But he’s scored twice from three appearances in other competitions.

Last summer the Brazilian admitted that he was open to a move to England – although was still coy on exactly where.

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“Maybe one day,” he said

“But I don’t think I will leave now.”

Solskjaer has previously admitted that United are bracing themselves for a ‘new world’ when the transfer window opens again.

“We’re always looking to improve the squad,” said the Norwegian.  

“This uncertainty in the market now, who knows how football and the market is going to be, but I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.

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“Today’s world is different to what it was two months ago.

“We’ve got to adjust, adapt, there’s clubs out there struggling more than us financially.

“It’s a new world, and I think the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it would be.”

Were United to sign Costa it would make a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho unlikely.

The England international is a top target for the Red Devils having flourished for the Bundesliga side this season. 

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Man Utd told to pursue former Arsenal star who ‘has the appetite’ to be Red Devils star

Manchester United have been urged to sign Aaron Ramsey from Juventus in the summer transfer window because the former Arsenal star “has the appetite” to play under the pressure at Old Trafford. That is the view of former Wales manager Chris Coleman.

Ramsey ended an 11-year spell with Arsenal when he joined Juventus on a free transfer last summer.

However, the 29-year-old has struggled to cement a place in Maurizio Sarri’s starting eleven and has been tipped to make a return to the Premier League this summer.

Coleman thinks Ramsey would be a perfect fit for United, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to strengthen his midfield this summer.

“I’ve been fortunate to see the best of Aaron when I was manager of Wales,” Coleman told the Mirror.

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“He’s at his best when he’s under a bit of pressure, when he’s playing against the best teams and when he’s playing in the big games.”

Ramsey won three FA Cup during his time with the Gunners and was part of Coleman’s Wales side who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

This season the box-to-box midfielder has scored four goals and provided one assist in 24 games for Juve, although 12 of these appearances have come off the bench.

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And while Ramsey has not made an instant impact in Turin, Coleman believes the player is more than capable of playing under the pressure that comes with wearing a United jersey.

“If it’s not going to happen for him at Juventus he’s definitely the type of player who can handle playing for Manchester United,” added Coleman.

“When you play for a club like Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you are with a smaller club in the Premier League.

“If you play for a big club you’ve got to handle that extra weight. He certainly has the appetite for that.”

Juventus aren’t openly looking to sell Ramsey, who is under contract until 2023, however, reports in Italy suggest the Old Lady are willing to consider offers and are also open to including the player in a possible swap deal.

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“He had been at Arsenal a long time, probably didn’t achieve what he wanted to achieve because Arsenal haven’t achieved what they would have liked in the last 10 years,” Coleman continued.

“He went there for good reasons but he’s too good to be sitting on the bench. If he’s got a chance at Juventus and Sarri likes him then okay.

“He might be out of form, maybe it’s taking him a little while to get used to a different culture. It’s not a walk in the park when you move from one country to the next, a different type of football, a different ask.

“But he wants to be in the starting eleven. In my opinion, he’s good enough to be in it.”

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