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Transfer News Live : Willian 'turns down MLS switch' , Chelsea dealt Havertz blow , Aguero set for new City deal? , Man City look to Hojbjerg , Pogba eyes titles

Federici leaves Stoke
Adam Federici has left Stoke following the end of his contract.


Federici, 35, joined from Bournemouth in the summer of 2018 but is now a free agent. 


Pogba eyes titles
Manchester United have made huge improvements this season but need to win trophies to ensure a successful campaign, their France midfielder Paul Pogba said on Monday.


"United are about trophies, we know that. There are trophies we know we can get," Pogba, 27, told the club's website.
"We don't want to let this opportunity go. We're going to do our best to go and get those two trophies by giving everything."

Man City look to Hojbjerg 
Manchester City are set to battle Tottenham for the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, the Daily Record report.

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Tottenham are reportedly prioritising a move for the Southampton midfielder after their earlier interest in January. 
The 24-year-old has just a year left on his Saints deal and has been stripped of his captaincy after insisting he wants to "play at an even higher level”.
While Ajax are also reportedly in the running, City have now joined the race. 


Lampard bats away transfer query
Frank Lampard has batted away a question over the importance of Chelsea's final three games in relation to their transfer plans.

Asked how failure to qualify for the Champions League could impact their summer plans, Lampard said: "Not really a question for me and it could be a hypothetical one."
"We have brought players in and it shows a positivity of where we want to go. I know where I want to go with the squad, but that is a conversation for later."

Aguero set for new City deal?
Sergio Aguero is set to open talks with Manchester City over a new deal until 2022, according to The Mirror.
Juventus and Real Madrid are interested in the City man, whose current deal expires at the end of next season.


He has also been linked with a return to boyhood team, Independiente, when his City deal expires in 2021, but now the Premier League club are keen to tie him to fresh terms. 

Liverpool planning to extend Lovren deal
Liverpool are planning to take up an option on Dejan Lovren’s contract that will tie him to the club until 2022.
The Croatian, who has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield in recent seasons, is attracting interest from across Europe ahead of a potential summer move.


Zenit Saint-Petersburg became the latest club to join the race for his signature, and were given encouragement that they could strike a deal with the Reds.
However, hopes of a cut-price move appear to have been dented after it emerged that Lovren’s contract will now have two years remaining, rather than just 12 months. 


Lazio want Danny Rose
Lazio are keen to sign Danny Rose on a permanent deal, according to Corriere dello Sport.


Lazio’s director of football Igli Tare is especially keen on the left-back, who has been on loan at Newcastle for the second half of the current campaign. 
The Serie A club look set to qualify for the Champions League, handing them an advantage over the Magpies.

Chelsea dealt Havertz blow
So Havertz reportedly won't join Chelsea unless they qualify for next season's Champions League - and their hopes of doing so are narrowing.

Manchester City's possible European ban had opened up the possibility of fifth place securing a Champions League berth, but news that ban was lifted by CAS this morning means it's fourth or bust for the Blues. 
Chelsea have got three to play but are clinging to a top four place. If Manchester United win as expected this evening then Frank Lampard's men will sit just inside the top four by a single point, with Leicester dropping to fifth.
Chelsea's hopes then of securing Havertz hinge on the next three matches: Norwich, Liverpool and Wolves.

Soucek determined to make West Ham move permanent
Tomas Soucek says he is determined to help keep West Ham up to make his loan from Slavia Prague permanent.
The Czech midfielder has been a revelation since joining in January and impressed again as Michail Antonio scored all the goals in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Norwich.


West Ham are still in danger at the bottom after Watford, Bournemouth and Aston Villa also won at the weekend.
They are three points above the relegation zone with three games remaining but Soucek wants to help them get over the line and prolong his stay at the London Stadium.
 “I am enjoying the Premier League because we play against big teams and I’m enjoying every day on the training ground,” said the 25-year-old, whose loan will become permanent for £16.5million should West Ham stay in the Premier League.
“I’m playing with guys that I’ve played with for four or five months but I’m really enjoying it and, hopefully, we’ll be safe and I will be able to enjoy more years here.”


ICYMI: Willian 'turns down MLS switch'

Chelsea winger Willian has reportedly snubbed the chance to join MLS outfit Inter Miami, according to The Telegraph.

The 31-year-old penned a short-term extension to his deal with the Blues until the end of the campaign but will be free to leave upon the expiry of his contract.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with the Brazilian, who is thought to be resigned to leaving the west London outfit after they refused to meet his demands for a three-year deal.

But it seems he will not be heading to the United States for one last big payday after turning down the Miami-based outfit owned by David Beckham.

Xavi will coach Barca 'sooner or later'
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Xavi will coach the Catalan club 'sooner or later', but insists the Blaugrana will stick with Quique Setien for now.
"Xavi will be Barcelona coach sooner or later," Bartomeu told TV3.
"All in good time. But right now we are not looking for a coach. We are with Quique [Setien]."

Man Utd 'need three signings'
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Manchester United need three signings this summer.
"It’s important who they [Man Utd] buy now. I think a defender is needed and maybe a left-back," he told The Metro.


“I’d still go for Sancho if I could, depending on what that will cost, because they still need a calibre of players that’s gonna be challenging – not just the teams in this league – but Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“You want the best that you can possibly get to keep the fight in that squad and keep them trying to achieve.
“You put [Kalidou] Koulibaly in that squad… Luke Shaw has been in and out of that squad – we know what potential he had and whether or not he’s going to be able to fulfil that, because we’re still not seeing a settled left-back playing the kind of game that you want to see someone do.
“Maybe a left-back, a centre-half and that team with a Sancho in it as well which would help with the competition for places.”


Yan Couto heads for Man City
Yan Couto, who signed for Manchester City earlier this season, has said his goodbyes to Cortiba ahead of his move to the Etihad Stadium.

He wrote on Instagram: "Today I come to say goodbye to the club of my heart, I thank you for all the moments that we live and all the support that was given to me. Thanks @coritiba and see you soon!"

Klopp spells out future
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he intends to stay at Liverpool until his contract runs out in 2024.
Klopp said: "Four years in Liverpool."


Asked if he plans to return to Germany, he added: "Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz."

Chelsea make Henderson enquiry
Chelsea have made an enquiry for Manchester United's Dean Henderson, according to The Express.


The report claims Frank Lampard is stepping up is now stepping up his pursuit of a replacement for Kepa.
Henderson is unlikely to want to spend the 2020/21 season as David De Gea's understudy at Old Trafford.


Sancho to Man Utd for £85m
Manchester United will ultimately agree a fee of around £85m for Jadon Sancho, according to Bleacher Report.


United won't want to break their £89million transfer record this term, but the report claims Dortmund will use the £80million fee paid for Harry Maguire as leverage to get the biggest fee possible. 
The Bleacher Report article says: “Sancho, with his goals and assists, has an added premium—so perhaps we are looking at around £85 million, which converts to approximately €95 million, as the sort of figure that might make this deal possible.”


Benteke's Palace career over?
Christian Benteke could have played his final game for Crystal Palace.
The Belgium international was shown a red card after the final whistle of Sunday's defeat to Aston Villa.


The suspension rules him out of the final three games of the season and could spell the end of Benteke's spell at the club.
He has just 12 months to run on his Palace contract and the Eagles will be keen to cash in to avoid losing him for free next summer.

Arsenal back in the hunt for Roca
Arsenal are back in the hunt for Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, according to The Mirror.


The 23-year-old will likely leave for a fee significantly lower than the €40m asking price slapped on him by the Liga club. 
But the Gunners will face a battle for the in-demand Roca. 


Chelsea join Jovic race
Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic, according to The Express.


Leicester and Arsenal have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who is set to leave Real after a disappointing 12 months at the Bernabeu.
It is thought he will be available for as little as £31million.

Man Utd Skriniar bid
Manchester United have matched Manchester City’s offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, according to Tuttosport.


Real Madrid and Bayern are also linked with the Slovakia international. 
When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?
The Premier League's chief executive, Richard Masters, has confirmed that the window is not set to open until the end of the season.
The campaign is currently scheduled to finish on Sunday July 26th, though the FA Cup Final will be held on August 1.
Therefore, August 2 seems a likely date for the window to open, though Masters admitted there is not yet a plan for how long it would go on for - especially with no dates yet confirmed for the 2020/21 season.
A summer transfer window usually lasts at least 12 weeks. Recent reports suggest Fifa will allow leagues to open their windows up to four weeks before the culmination of the season.
Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 - such as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Chelsea - though Fifa guidelines suggest players joining in July will not be able to play for their new clubs during the current 2019-20 season.
From January 1 onwards, Premier League players with six months left on their contract have been able to negotiate and agree pre-contract deals with foreign clubs.
Some players have signed short-term deals with their clubs to finish the current season, but there is no obligation for players to do so. However, they will not be able to play for a new team this season even if they become a free agent due to Fifa regulations on registrations.


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