Liverpool not planning fresh move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir

Press Association Sport 16:14 13/06/2019
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Liverpool have no plans to resurrect a deal for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir despite claims to the contrary in his native France.

A year ago the Reds were on the verge of completing a £53million transfer – to the extent that the player had been interviewed for club media and been photographed in a shirt – when they pulled out over concerns about a historic knee injury.

Liverpool sought a second opinion after the initial medical and decided not to risk proceeding with such a high-value transfer.

Reports in France claim they are still interested in the 25-year-old, who is entering the final 12 months of his contract, and there was even a suggestion a five-year contract had been offered.

But Press Association Sport understands the club’s stance has not changed since the player failed his medical and the deal was declared dead.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted there is “an understanding” to allow Fekir to leave.

However, with the club still wanting around £45million for a player with just 12 months left on his contract it would benefit the Ligue 1 club if they can generate an auction for his services.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are considering scrapping their Anfield friendly with Schalke as it is just three days before their Friday-night Premier League season-opener at home to Norwich.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have pre-season games at Tranmere and Bradford ahead of a trip to America for matches against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting, before returning to face Napoli at Murrayfield and Fekir’s side Lyon in Geneva on July 31.

Schalke, managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, were due to be the visitors for the only summer friendly at Anfield on June 6 but that has now been thrown into doubt.

A message on the ticket section of Liverpool’s website for the game in question stated “Ticket sales for this fixture have been postponed.”

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Transfer predictor: Prospect of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joining Spurs is a 5

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 13:31 13/06/2019
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Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Everton, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele

Lyon -> £60 million -> Tottenham

Sky Sports Italia were first to report that Spurs have enquired Lyon about a possible transfer of midfielder Ndombele.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The Champions League runners-up are in need of activity in the transfer window after sitting idle over the last two. With Mousa Dembele departing from the club, Spurs are in need of talent in midfield.

Ndombele performed admirably well in a double pivot with Houssem Aouar throughout the season. The midfielder has generated interests from numerous top European clubs, but is likely to enjoy more minutes in the North London club.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Spurs face stiff competition from the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City. Although, Pep Guardiola has reportedly shifted his interest to Atletico Madrid star Rodri and Los Blancos are after Paul Pogba.

Juventus are still genuine suitors for the youngsters and given talks between Spurs and Lyon are still in initial stages, there is a long way to go before Ndombele enters the Premier League.

Transfer rating: 5/10

Andres Onana

Ajax -> £40 million -> Manchester United

With the future of David de Gea still unclear and the chances of Jan Oblak arriving at Old Trafford nbleak, United are desperate to sign a goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. The Independent reports that Ajax custodian Andre Onana could move to Old Trafford.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

The moment Ajax performed beyond expectations in the Champions League, one could make an educated claim that they would lose their core to financially superior clubs. Onana could join Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt out of the club in search of a new challenge in a league of higher quality.

The price tag is reasonable enough for United to not overcomplicate the situation and rope in the goalkeeper as soon as De Gea leaves the club.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

This is a case of a conditional transfer and those rarely go through. First, De Gea needs to find an agreement with another club and then Onana and Ajax need to negotiate with United.

Should De Gea choose to stay, it’s unlikely that the Ajax custodian will become a Red Devil, given his minutes will be cut significantly.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes

Barcelona -> £17.5 million -> Everton

Several reliable publications, including Mundo Deportivohave claimed that the Toffees will convert Andre Gomes’ loan to a permanent deal.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Gomes has been one of the best players for Everton after a forgettable tenure at Barcelona. The fans have already accepted the Portuguese as one of their own and clearly, the club have too.

The Catalan club are in a rebuilding process and Gomes is one of the first names on the departure list.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

It’s highly unlikely that this move will fall apart. Although, interest from West Ham and Tottenham could complicate, if not derail this move.

It is believed that the Hammers are willing to pay up to £25m-£30m, but the player wants to continue at Everton

Transfer rating: 9/10

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Atletico Madrid chief reveals Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer

Press Association Sport 09:55 13/06/2019
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Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi could be playing together next season

Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insists he has known about the move since March.

The France forward announced last month he would leave Atletico this summer after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.

Barcelona have long been linked with a move for Griezmann and the 28-year-old has a release clause in his contract that the LaLiga champions are reportedly ready to trigger.

While no official offer has been made, Gil Marin revealed he has been aware of Griezmann’s next destination for the last three months.

“It’s crystal clear where he is going to play, I’ve known since March. At Barcelona,” he told Spanish television station Movistar Toros on Wednesday.

Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille.

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