Atletico Madrid agree deal to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco

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Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign versatile midfielder Thomas Lemar from Monaco after tying forward Antoine Griezmann and defender Lucas Hernandez to new long-term contracts.

The club announced the deal to sign Lemar and the extended contracts for Griezmann and Hernandez after visiting the France training base at the World Cup.

Atletico were given special permission to visit France’s training base by manager Didier Deschamps just two days after his team opened their World Cup campaign with a winning start against Australia.

Griezmann has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2023 and Hernandez will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2024.

Griezmann, who scored in that 2-1 victory, said recently that he intended to remain at Atletico – having been heavily linked with a 100million euros (£88million) move to Barcelona in recent months.

The 27-year-old revealed he would be staying put during a Spanish television documentary called ‘The Decision’ aired on Thursday evening and he has now signed a new contract, along with Hernandez.

The good news kept coming for Atletico boss Diego Simeone as an agreement to sign Lemar was also announced via the club’s Twitter account on Monday night.

Lemar was tipped to head to the Premier League this summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal having shown an interest in the winger during previous transfer windows.

However, the 22-year-old looks set to join the Europa League winners in a deal reportedly worth £62.2million, pending a medical and finalising a formal agreement with Monaco.

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Transfer Predictor: Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona is unlikely, but N'Golo Kante could move on

David Cooper 18/06/2018
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German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could move on to the Camp Nou.

The transfer window is well and truly open.

With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

ALEX TELLES – PORTO TO LIVERPOOL

Alex Telles netted four times for Porto last season.

Alex Telles netted four times for Porto last season.

Why it will happen: After selling both Diogo Dalot to Manchester United and Ricardo Pereira to Leicester City, the Portuguese champions seem to be moving on their best assets and Telles looks likely to be next.

Why it won’t happen: The full-back has not publicly stated he wishes to switch clubs and Liverpool are well-stocked on the left-side with Andrew Robertson.

Prediction: The former Inter Milan star is a talented player and future international. A deal for him would certainly represent good business.

Rating – 7/10

ILKAY GUNDOGAN – MANCHESTER CITY TO BARCELONA

Gundogan had a terrific comeback season for City.

Why it will happen: The German has revealed no desire to leave Manchester City but a move to Blaugrana would prove very difficult for him to turn down.

Why it won’t happen: Gundogan is a favourite of Pep Guardiola and he will want to keep his Premier League-title winning team together.

Prediction: Expect the £50 million-rated (Dh 243m) 27-year-old to stay put.

Rating – 5/10


N’GOLO KANTE – CHELSEA TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

A player with an immense work-rate: N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante is known as the Premier League’s marathon man.

Why it will happen: The Frenchman, like many others at Stamford Bridge, seems uncertain about what is going on at the Blues and could pursue a new challenge.

Why it won’t happen: He is still a key man for Antonio Conte’s men and they really can’t afford to lose him.

Prediction: PSG’s interest in him has been quiet but if they rev-up that up, Kante will consider his options.

Rating – 7/10

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Joe Allen signs four-year deal with Stoke City

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Wales midfielder Joe Allen has committed to relegated Stoke by signing a new four-year contract.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Potters from Liverpool in July 2016, is determined to help the club secure a return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

“As players we have to shoulder responsibility for what happened last season,” Allen told stokecityfc.com.

“Sometimes in football when things go wrong players try to wash their hands of it but I’m hoping a few more of the lads will have the same target of trying to set the record straight and helping the club bounce straight back.”

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