Usmanov 'signs off Benitez appointment' at Everton, Man City's £100m transfer 'proposal' for Kane, Calvert-Lewin LATEST

EVERTON are making a final push to hire Rafa Benitez as their manager, despite a fan backlash over the appointment of the former Liverpool boss.

Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri are looking for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti left Goodison Park to return to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, champions Manchester City have reportedly offered up £100MILLION to Tottenham for Harry Kane's signature, though Spurs have NO desire to accept the deal.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    GREEN LIGHT

    Alisher Usmanov has given the green light for Everton to appoint Rafa Benitez as their next manager.

    According to Football Insider, the Toffees were ready to appoint the Spaniard last week.

    But some fan backlash temporarily halted the deal, and Benitez was reportedly ready to walk away from the offer.

    But Usmanov – who has a net worth in excess of £13Bn – is pushing for Benitez to be the next boss.

    Usmanov isn't even a shareholder, but is believed to be the club's decision-maker.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TORRES ON FUTURE

    Man Utd target Pau Torres was asked about his future, but he insisted that he has a contract with Villarreal.

    Quizzed by Goal about speculation, the 24-year-old said: “I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the club, we have qualified for the Champions League and it is something that excites me a lot.

    “Now I’m focused on the Euros. Then the Super Cup and nice things will come, so I’m totally calm.”

    But there is a growing belief that Man Utd could get a deal done for around £51million.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAH OF THAT

    Arsenal are eyeing an ambitious move for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, according to reports. 

    According to Eurosport, Arsenal are looking to be ambitious this summer after dropping out the European places for the first time in over two decades. 

    And Mahrez is one name that could be on his way out from City.

    But it is unclear whether the Algerian would actually be in favour of a move to north London.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG MONEY MOVES

    Will we see some big money transfers this summer?

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    Bayern Munich are reportedly eyeing Erling Haaland as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

    Sport1 claims the Borussia Dortmund is being lined up to take over when Lewandowski’s contract expires next year.

    Haaland is a major target for Chelsea this summer and will command a huge fee, reportedly worth £150million.

    But with a £64m release clause kicking in after the 21/22 campaign, Bayern are hoping to land Haaland for a bargain price.

    Meanwhile, Inter Milan have completed the shock signing of Hakan Calhanoglu from fierce rivals AC Milan.

    The Turkish playmaker has joined Simone Inzaghi's side on a free transfer after his Milan contract expired.

    It is sure to ruffle Rossoneri feathers, with Calhanoglu set to continue at the San Siro but in different colours.

    Finally, PSG are tipped to offer David Luiz a shock free transfer return.

    Marseille and Rennes have already been linked with the former Brazil centre-back, 34, after Arsenal released him.

    And Brazilian top-flight clubs are queuing up for the ex-Chelsea star.

    Now French magazine Le10 Sport say PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is making moves behind the scenes to re-sign the 57-cap defender.

    But it's claimed PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, plus sporting director Leonardo, are still unsure over Luiz.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAN DOWN

    Sergio Ramos has told former Real Madrid team-mates that he is going to join Paris Saint-Germain, reports suggest.

    Manchester United, Manchester City and PSG have all been monitoring the Spain international after his Los Blancos deal expired.

    According to Tiempo de Juego, however, the legendary defender has told other Real players that he is on his way to Paris.

    Reports suggested that Ramos has been prioritising the French giants, who have offered him a deal that is 'financially superior' to what the two Manchester clubs have proposed.

    But if negotiations collapse, then the former Real captain would prefer to join United over City.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRIGHT IDEA

    Arsenal are edging closer to signing Ben White – leaving William Saliba pondering his Emirates' future.

    The Gunners remain favourites to land Brighton's England centre-back White, despite having an initial £40million offer rejected.

    Now football.london suggest France Under-20 defender Saliba is 'assessing his options'.

    The 20-year-old has already been loaned back to Saint-Etienne, as well as Nice.

    And there have been few signs that Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta is willing to give him a serious stab at the first team any time soon.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NOTHING TO LEWS

    Bayern Munich are reportedly eyeing Erling Haaland as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

    Sport1 claims the Borussia Dortmund is being lined up to take over when Lewandowski’s contract expires next year.

    Haaland is a major target for Chelsea this summer and will command a huge fee, reportedly worth £150million.

    But with a £64m release clause kicking in after the 21/22 campaign, Bayern are hoping to land Haaland for a bargain price.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RAHEEM DREAM

    Arsenal are targeting Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, according to reports.

    But the title-winning duo are set to snub interest from the Gunners.

    Mikel Arteta's side are sounding out the calibre of player that could potentially be recruited this summer.

    According to Eurosport, however, neither are interested in moving to North London.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KING SIZE

    Kingsley Coman’s agent and family are trying to force a move to England following rumoured interest from Manchester United.

     Sport 1 journalist Florian Plettenberg said: "Update [on] Coman: Bosses are sure that [Kingsley Coman] wants to extend.

    "But they know that his father, Benoit Menye (family’s friend) & (agent Pini) Zahavi are forcing his move to [England].

    "A boss from [Man Utd] told me: ;We do not comment on rumours. We have scouts all over the world & Coman is very talented.’”

  • Anthony Chapman

    DONE DEAL

    Inter Milan have completed the shock signing of Hakan Calhanoglu from fierce rivals AC Milan.

    The Turkish playmaker has joined Simone Inzaghi's side on a free transfer after his Milan contract expired.

    It is sure to ruffle Rossoneri feathers, with Calhanoglu set to continue at the San Siro but in different colours.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW BLUES

    Chelsea are set to strengthen their squad with some huge-name signings this summer, including Erling Haaland, Declan Rice and Achraf Hakimi.

    Now champions of Europe, Roman Abramovich looks keen to keep the momentum up with a summer splurge in a bid to wrestle back the Premier League crown.

    But how will Tuchel send out his star-studded team should all three join? We take a look at THREE possibilities…

  • Anthony Chapman

    POLE POSITION

    Man Utd are reportedly chasing Euro 2020 record breaker Kacper Kozlowski.

    Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Red Devils are set to rival Serie A giants Cagliari and Juventus in the race to sign the young Pole.

    The report adds that Barcelona have also expressed an interest but it is Borussia Dortmund that are leading the race for Kozlowski.

    The 17-year-old became the youngest player ever to appear at the Euros after coming on against Spain.

    Kozlowski broke England star Jude Bellingham's record, which lasted just SIX days, when he appeared last week aged 17 years and 246 days.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PS-GLEE

    PSG are tipped to offer David Luiz a shock free transfer return.

    Marseille and Rennes have already been linked with the former Brazil centre-back, 34, after Arsenal released him.

    And Brazilian top-flight clubs are queuing up for the ex-Chelsea star.

    Now French magazine Le10 Sport say PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is making moves behind the scenes to re-sign the 57-cap defender.

    But it's claimed PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, plus sporting director Leonardo, are still unsure over Luiz.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TOR BLIMEY

    Man United target Pau Torres has broken his silence over his future, insisting that he’s ‘totally calm’.

    The Villarreal and Spain star said: “I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the club, we have qualified for the Champions League and it is something that excites me a lot.

    “Now I’m focused on the Euros. Then the Super Cup and nice things will come, so I’m totally calm.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAL ME MAYBE

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Man United in the hunt for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    The Telegraph claims Mikel Arteta is ready to offload several players to raise funds for the England ace.

    Everton are holding out for a £50million fee for their star man.

    And SunSport understands Carlo Ancelotti would like to sign Calvert-Lewin for Real Madrid.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAUGHT NAPPING

    Napoli are ready to push through a £13.7million deal to land left-back Ben Davies, according to reports.

    Tottenham are open to flogging the Welshman who played back-up to Sergio Reguilon for the majority of last season.

    According to RAI, the Serie A side were initially hoping to land Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri.

    But the Italian international is also attracting interest from both Juventus and Inter Milan.

    Therefore Davies is eyed as the ideal Plan B and Spurs' new managing director Fabio Paratici is expected to help push through the deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    DONE DEAL

    Arsenal have allowed another youngster to depart the club as Cardiff City confirmed the signing of Mark McGuiness.

    The 20-year-old defender has penned a three-year contract with Mick McCarthy’s Championship side.

    Fellow Arsenal U23 players Trae Coyle and Zech Medley are also leaving the Emirates.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NAB NAT

    Liverpool would be willing to sell centre-back Nat Phillips at the right price.

    Goal are reporting that the former league champions are willing to do a deal if the price is right.

    And the player himself is open to the idea of a move.

    In an exclusive interview with Goal, Phillips said: “The plan at the moment is to go back to Liverpool for pre-season and just go from there, really.

    “Every player wants to be playing games, and at the stage I’m at, I need to be playing games for my development.

    “I think if you look from my first game last season to my last, there was development and I felt a lot more confident and comfortable.

    “I want to keep that progression.

    “In terms of Liverpool, they obviously play a huge amount of games every year.

    “Game-time is never guaranteed for anyone, but it would depend on whether there’s enough opportunity within those games for me, I guess.”

    Both Burnley and Brighton are believed to be interested in the 24-year-old defender.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MUCH-NEEDED FLAIR

    Arsenal are looking to add some much-needed flair to their attack this summer.

    According to football.london, Arsenal are interested in Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho.

    Citing Sport, football.london claim that Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing Coutinho to north London.

    However, Coutinho's knee injury which he is still recovering from is a cause for concern.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TWO-YEAR DEAL

    Wolves have signed England youth international goalie Louie Moulden, ahead of the 19-year-old's Manchester City contract expiring next week, writes GRAEME BRYCE.

    The son of former Manchester City, Oldham and Birmingham City striker Paul Moulden, Louie progressed through the Liverpool and Manchester City Academy systems and has played for the Three Lions at every youth level up to Under-19's.

    The teenager has agreed a two-year-deal and will officially become a Wolves player on July 1 when his City contract expires after impressing during a trial period with the Molineux club.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FOX HUNTING

    Leicester City have signed 16-year-old Liverpool midfielder Jack Lewis after a successful trial period with the Foxes, writes GRAEME BRYCE.

    The club are also keen to sign Manchester United's Wales youth international Chris Popov after the left-winger turned down an offer from the Red Devils.

    He could join his former Man United teammate Jahmari Lindsay after the left-back swapped Old Trafford for the King Power last season. 

    Meanwhile the Foxes hope to beat Chelsea to sign Hartlepool United's 19-year-old goalie Brad Young on a three-year-deal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'TYPE OF STRIKER I LIKE'

    Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon confirmed that he considered signing Watford's Troy Deeney.

    Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: "I was a big fan of Troy in my first spell as Celtic manager, he’s the type of striker I like.

    “I went down to watch him in that very famous play-off match where Leicester didn’t quite score a penalty and then 30 seconds later Troy’s put Watford to Wembley.

    “Finances dictated things but whether Troy would have wanted to come or not is another thing. We were huge admirers of him… he was in his prime then.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    MESSI END

    Barcelona could lose Lionel Messi on a free this summer because of the new LaLiga wage cap, writes SUNNI UPAL.

    Argentine magician Messi, 33, is out of contract in a matter of days and hasn't yet made a decision on his future.

    Manchester City are among the European sides in pole position to land Messi if he leaves the Nou Camp.

    But the decision might be taken out of Messi's hands if Barcelona can't register him next season.

    LaLiga's limit for the 2020-21 season was £328m while Barcelona's pre-pandemic wage bill was £575m.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BID ACCEPTED

    Burnley are closing in on signing Stoke City defender Nathan Collins.

    The two clubs have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of
    £12million.

    The clarets have been watching Collins for some time, and now Sean Dyche will finally get his man.

    Collins is an academy product of the former Premier League side, and can be versatile across the backline.

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