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Sunderland

Ricky Alvarez Debacle Reaches Conclusion: Sunderland Forced To Pay £9m For Transfer That Never Actually Happened

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The man you see afore you is Ricky Alvarez and, quite frankly, we'd forgive even the staunchest Sunderland fan for not recalling his ill-fated stint at the Stadium of Light.

The spindly Argentinian attacking midfielder signed on a season-long deadline day loan from Inter Milan in August 2014 and went on to make just five Premier League starts for the Black Cats, scoring precisely zero goals and offering pretty much nothing for the duration.

Official: Everton Make Jordan Pickford The Third Most Expensive Goalkeeper Of All Time (Photo)

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It's been a tidy afternoon for the accounting departmentsof freshly-relegated teams, with the news that Everton have completed a £30million deal to sign Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper, Sunderland's poor beleaguered player of the season last time out, has signed a five-year contract at Goodison.

Reports: Everton On Verge Of Closing £30m Deal To Sign Jordan Pickford From Sunderland

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Everton are *this* close to bagging themselves a shiny new goalkeeper as their acquisition ofSunderland stopper Jordan Pickford continues to movetoward conclusion.

According to John Percy in the Telegraph, the Toffees are now within spitting distance of cinching up a £30million package for Pickford, who iscurrently away with England at the Under-21 European Championships in Poland.

‘It’s More Of An Insult’ – Everton Have £8m Opening Bid For Jordan Pickford Rejected By Sunderland

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Everton have flinched first in the race to procure Jordan Pickford's services from relegated Sunderland.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper was one of the few Black Cats players to emerge from their largely dismal 2016/17 season in credit, with a succession of Premier League suitors now keen to take him on.

Reports: Sam Allardyce Quits As Crystal Palace Manager Five Months Into The Job After ‘Ending On A High’

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Sam Allardyce has reportedly quit as Crystal Palace manager just fivemonths into the job at Selhurst Park.

While nothing has been confirmed by the club, the Telegraphreckon that the decision has already been made and an official statement is now forthcoming.

Corpulent Samuel took over the Eagles in December with the team languishing in 17th.

Reports: Jermain Defoe Agrees Three-Year, £130,000-Per-Week Deal To Join Bournemouth

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Looks like Jermain Defoe has no plans to hang around at Sunderland any longer than he has to.

Indeed, it's being reported principally by Sky Sports News that the 34-year-old striker has agreed a deal to join Bournemouth.

BREAKING: @IAmJermainDefoe
agrees to join @afcbournemouth on free transfer from @SunderlandAFC Sky sources.

Pep Guardiola

Reports: Dani Alves ‘Verbally Agrees’ To Join Man City, Currently Negotiating Juventus Exit

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It may have come ever so slightly out of the blue, but it looks like Dani Alves will be moving to Man City in the very near future.

Alves only joined Juventus last summer and spent an incredibly successful year at the Serie A champions, endearing himself to fans while defying naysayers who cited his advancing years as a reason to be cautious.

‘My Daughter Has Changed Colour’ – Nolito Admits He’s Desperate To Leave Man City, Likens Manchester To ‘Living In A Cave’

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Unsurprisingly, Nolito is rather keen to move on from Man City this summer having played just 39 minutes of Premier League football since the beginning of February.

The Spanish forward has been heavily linked with a move toback to La Liga, with Sevilla said to be keen to engineer a season-long loan deal.

Official: Benfica Confirm Man City’s €40m Purchase Of Ederson Has Now Gone Through (Photo)

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Benfica have emitted a short statement to confirm that Man City's purchase of goalkeeper Ederson has now gone through.

The Portuguese club have declaredthat the deal is worth€40million (around £35million), with 50% going to third parties.

The transaction was made public when Benfica announced it to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.

Reports: Man City On Verge Of Making Benfica’s Ederson The Most Expensive Goalkeeper In History

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Man City are on the verge of procuring themselves a rather expensive new goalkeeper in the shape of Benfica's 23-year-old Brazilian stopper Ederson Moraes.

Sky Sports are reporting that the fee involved is £45million, which would make Ederson the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

However, BBC reporter Simon Stone is adamant that City will 'only' be paying £33million, thus making Ederson the second most expensive 'keeper behind Gianluigi Buffon.

‘I Thought It Would Be Harder’ – Man City Striker Gabriel Jesus Discusses Making Big Jump To Premier League

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Instant successes don't come much more immediate than Gabriel Jesus, who has hit the ground running at Man Citysince joining from Palmeiras in January.

The 20-year-old striker has managed 7 goals in 11 appearances for City, either side ofa seven-week lay-off caused by the knackered metatarsal he suffered in mid-February.

Manchester United

Fortuna Koln Offer Lifetime Supply Of Beer In Hope Of Luring Cristiano Ronaldo To German Third Division

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As you've probably heard, there is (highly spurious) word that Cristiano Ronaldo might just be on the market this summerhaving fallen out of love with the Real Madrid experience.

Of course, these whispers have sparked fervour among the elite European clubs, many of whom are now working behind the scenes to ascertain just how viable the prospect of luring Ronaldo into their midst would actually be.

Reports: Man Utd To Release Zlatan Ibrahimovic When His Contract Expires Next Month

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It looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tenure as a Manchester United player will be limited to one season, with reports that the club plan to release the striker when his contract expires at the end of the month.

According to ESPN FC's insider sources, Ibrahimovic will be included on United's 'released' list which is expected to be published by the Premier League on Friday morning.

Antoine Griezmann, The Object Of Man Utd’s Affections, Has Told Atletico Madrid He Wants To Leave

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With Manchester United hovering, it's being reported in Spain that Antoine Griezmann has finally told Atletico Madrid of his intention to leave the club this summer.

According to Antonio Ruiz, a very well-connected and reliable Atleti correspondent, the French forward hasinformed the club that he wishes to move on.

Reports: Man City ‘Favourites’ As Monaco Mini-Maestro Bernardo Silva Flies In For Talks With Both Manchester Clubs

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With both Manchester teams vying for his attention, Bernardo Silva has arrived in the city to see what both City and United are willing to offer.

According to James Robson of the Manchester Evening News, the Monaco attacking midfielder blew into town on Thursday night and will now meet with representatives from both sides of the Mancunian divide.

Leicester City

Official: Harry Maguire Joins Leicester City From Hull City In £17m Transfer (Photo)

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Leicester City have officially signed Harry Maguire from Hull City, paying around £17million for the privilege.

The Foxes pounced earlyto get the deal done, with the 24-year old centre-back signing a five-year contract at the King Power.

#lcfc are delighted to announce the signing of defender Harry Maguire!

‘Now Is The Time To Move On’ – Riyad Mahrez Releases Statement Confirming He’s Asked To Leave Leicester City

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Riyad Mahrez has released a personal statement to confirm that he has, in effect,handed in a transfer request at Leicester City.

The Algerian midfielder scored 17 goals in the Foxes' title-winning season of 2015/16, but managed just six this time out his form bottoming out entirely before Craig Shakespeare's mini-revival saw him muster up a few decent outings toward the end of the campaign.

Chelsea

Championship Suitors Lining Up As Harry Redknapp Claims John Terry Has Received ‘Good Offer’ To Join Birmingham City

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Harry Redknapp has revealed that Birmingham City have presented John Terry with a 'good offer' to join the Championship club.

As you well know, Terry had his 22-year association with Chelsea brought to an end in Mayand, keen to play on, is now assessing his options.

Aston Villa reportedly made an approach to sign the 36-year-old free agent last week, with their cross-city rivals now following suit.

‘He Told Me He Doesn’t Count On Me For Next Season’ – Antonio Conte Ends Diego Costa’s Chelsea Career By Text Message

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Diego Costa has revealed that he is hoping to leave Chelsea this summer after seeing his relationship with manager Antonio Conte deteriorate to the point of non-existence.

Indeed, the 28-year-old striker claims he received a text message from Conte after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday to inform him that he will not be considered as part of the Italian's plans at Stamford Bridge next season.

‘I’ve Been Chilling On A Jet Ski’ – Michy Batshuayi Denies Claiming He’s Doomed To End Up ‘Wherever Chelsea Send Him’ Next Season

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Michy Batshuayi has debunked an interview he apparently gave to the Belgian press in which he admitted he wouldn't have a say in where Chelsea chose to send him on loan next season.

Despite signing for £30million last August and scoring the vital goal that clinched Chelsea the Premier League title, Batshuayi is likely to remain a bit-part supporting player at Stamford Bridge next year, with a season-long loan switch to West Ham being widely mooted.

Official: Bournemouth Complete £10m Deal To Sign Asmir Begovic From Chelsea (Photo)

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Photo: @afcbournemouth/Twitter

In nice, sensible news, Bournemouth have parted with £10million of their Premier League prize money to sign Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.

The Bosnian goalkeeper, 29, is actually rejoining the Cherries, having made eight appearances on loan from Portsmouth in 2007.

Southampton

‘We Have Ended Any Interest In The Player’ – Liverpool Publicly Apologise To Southampton For ‘Misunderstanding’ Re: Virgil Van Dijk

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Liverpool have formally apologised to Southampton after making what was described as an 'illegal approach' to sign Virgil van Dijk.

The Saints lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League earlier in the week after learning that Liverpool had contacted Van Dijk through the back channels 'tapping up', as it used to be called in the trade.

Southampton Plan To Report Liverpool For Making ‘Illegal Approach’ To Sign Virgil Van Dijk

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With news of a £50million transfer in the offing, Southampton are prepared to report Liverpool over an 'illegal approach' made in their attempts to lure Virgil van Dijk to Anfield this summer.

While the 25-year-old Dutch defender is said to be"keen" to join Jurgen Klopp's side in a club-record move, Southampton are doing their utmost to prevent him leaving.

Arsenal

Official: Arsenal Sign Left-Back Sead Kolasinac On Freebie Deal From Schalke (Photo)

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Photo: Arsenal FC

It's official. Sead Kolasinac is an Arsenal player.

The German-born, Bosnian international left-back arrives from Schalke, having spent the last six years ploughing up and down the flank for the Bundesliga club, their youth team,and their second string side.

The club formally announced Kolasinac's arrival in the most round-about manner by replying to a tweet from a fan demanding an announcement of Kolasinac's arrival.

‘Let’s See What Happens’ – Arsenal Right-Back Hector Bellerin Openly Flirts With Idea Of Returning To Barcelona

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Having previously remained diplomatically schtum on the matter, Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has broken his silence on the prospect of returning to his boyhood club, Barcelona.

Bellerin has always made a point of nippingtalk of a return in the bud, but his latest interview with Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo appears to show a tangible shift in stance, with the young full-back hintingseveral times that hemay be open to persuasion.

Reports: Juventus Agree €16m Deal To Sign Arsenal’s Fourth-Choice Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

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After spending the last two seasons on loan at Roma, it looks like Arsenal's cast-off 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny will be staying on in Italy for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, Sky Sports are reporting that Juventus have struck a €16million deal with the Gunnersto sign Szczesny on a permanent basis.

Reports: Arsenal Have Enormous €100m Opening Bid For Kylian Mbappe Rejected By Monaco

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The big story coming out of France this morning is that Arsenal have reportedly tabled a dizzying offerto pry Kylian Mbappe from Monaco's payroll.

According to L'Equipe,the Gunners have pipped Real Madrid and Man City to the punch by lodging a formal bid of€100million (roughly £87million) for the 18-year-old striker.

‘He Has To Go To The Best Team’ – Arturo Vidal Using Whatsapp To Pester Alexis Sanchez Into Joining Him At Bayern Munich

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With Alexis Sanchez still to commit his future to Arsenal, concerned Gooners will no doubt be glad to learn that Arturo Vidal has been in his compatriot's ear, pleading with Sanchez to join him at Bayern Munich.

Sanchez is about to move into the final year of his contract at the Emirates, with the club desperate to shore up a new £270,000-a-week extension for their main man.

Reports: Arsenal To Sign Nigerian Winger Henry Onyekuru For £6.8m From Belgian Side Eupen

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While the big signing of the day for Arsenal is Arsene Wenger, the Gunners are also reported to be close to sealing a £6.8m deal for Nigerian attacker Henry Onyekuru.

The 19-year-old was the Belgian Jupiler League's joint top-scorer this season, with 22 goals for Eupen, although the club ended the campaign in13th spot out of 16 teams.

Real Madrid

‘The Ruling Is Unfair And Causes Irreparable Damage’ – Atletico Madrid Unable To Sign New Players Until January 2018 After Transfer Ban Upheld

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The big news emanating from Spain this morning is that Atletico Madrid have had their transfer ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Back in January of last year, Atleti (along with rivals Real Madrid) were banned from signing players for two consecutive transfer windows for breaching FIFA regulations over the registration of minors.

Official: Real Madrid Complete Signing Of 16-Year-Old Vinicius Junior After Triggering €45m Release Clause

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Real Madrid have just droppedapproximately £38million to sign a Brazilian striker whowasn't born when Family Guy first aired in the United States.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions have issued a statement to confirm that they have completed a deal for Vinicius Junior, who has two count 'em, two senior appearances under his belt for Flamengo.

Tottenham Hotspur

‘I Wish Pochettino Would Communicate Better’ – Moussa Sissoko Keen To Leave Tottenham ASAP After ‘Worst Season’ Of His Career

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After a season in theTottenham doldrums, Moussa Sissoko has spent the past few weeks taking stock and assessing his options.

Clearly unrated by Mauricio Pochettino, Sissoko has made just 8 league starts for Spurs since Daniel Levy chucked £30million at Newcastle for his services last August.

Birmingham: Harry Redknapp Keen To Sign Benoit Assou-Ekotto But Player Is ‘More Interested In Becoming A Pornstar’

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Harry Redknapp has admitted that his attempts to bringBenoit Assou-Ekottoto Birmingham City may be hindered by the Cameroonian full-back's plan to switch careers.

Assou-Ekotto spent last season in France with Metzhaving signed a one-year contract with theLigue 1 mid-tablers last August.

The Rest

Moise Kean: Juventus May Lose Prodigious 17-Year-Old On Free Transfer After Reneging On Deal To Buy His Dad A Tractor

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Juventus run the risk of watchingpromising forwardMoise Kean leave on a freebie if the Serie A champions don't stump up the fleet of agricultural equipment they promised to the player's father.

Back in February, Kean, 17, became the first player born post-millennium to play a senior gamein any of Europe's top leagues, then subsequently became the first player born post-2000 to score in a 'big five' match when he notched the winner in Juve's final game of the season a 2-1 win over Bologna in May.

The Black And White Years: How New Signings Used To Be Unveiled Back In The Good Old Days (Photos)

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In the days before rubber lion masks, uncooked supermarket pizzas and social media blow-outs with budgets akin to your average Hollywood blockbuster,the welcomingof a new signing was a much more sedate and earnest affair.

There was minimalpomp, very littlecircumstance and, generally speaking, a surfeitof sturdy handshaking.

‘I Did It To Please My Entourage’ – Emmanuel Adebayor Describes Signing For Crystal Palace As ‘Worst Decision’ Of His Career

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Ever-lovable scamp Emmanuel Adebayor has described his move to Crystal Palace last year as the "worst decision" of his career.

The Togolese striker joined Palace on a six-month loan deal in January 2016 but only managed nine starts for the club scoring but once, in a 2-1 defeat against Watford in February.

Official: Man City Finally Complete €40m Deal For Ederson, Snag Themselves Brand New Goalkeeper (Photo)

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Photo: Manchester City

Just one week after Benfica broke the news to the Portuguese Marketing Commission, Man City have formally welcomed Ederson unto their bosom.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has moved to the Etihad in a€40million deal that will see roughly 50% going to third parties such are the times in which we live.

Reports: Pablo Zabaleta Agrees Two-Year Deal To Join West Ham

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Pablo Zabaleta has reportedly agreed to joinWest Ham following his release by Man City after nine years at the coalface.

With Pep Guardiola planning a mass overhaul of his City defencethis summer, Zabaleta's contract was allowed to dwindle along with those of fellow veteran full-backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, who both left the club earlier this week.

‘Thanks For Letting Me Know’ – Alex Bruce Obviously Didn’t Get The Memo About Being Released By Hull City

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With relegation confirmed and a tilt at life in the Championship to gear up for, Hull City have confirmedthat several players will be allowed to leave the club come the end of June.

The biggest name included on the Tigers' 'released' list was that of long-serving defender Alex Bruce, who has been on the books at the KCOM Stadium since 2012.

Official: Burnley Release Joey Barton As 18-Month Betting Suspension Comes Into Effect

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Coming as a surprise to absolutely nobody, Burnley have passed on the option torenew Joey Barton's contract.

As you may recall, Barton is currently just a few weeks into an 18-month suspension from all footballing activity after being found guilty by the FA of over 1,000 betting breaches in April.