Arsenal agree £50m deal for Brighton's White – Paper Round

Arsenal agree White deal

The Telegraph reports that Arsenal are finally close to sealing a deal for Brighton’s central defender Ben White. White has been on international duty with England for Euro 2020, with the 23-year-old one of the best young defenders in Britain at the moment. Arsenal have agreed a £50 million deal with their fellow Premier League side in order to secure his presence next season.

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Paper Round’s view: White has shown at Leeds and then with Brighton that he is capable of handling himself and he has the potential to offer more for his side. Arsenal needed to have a refresh of their squad, and the exit of David Luiz made it more pressing that they should find a central defender in order to give them some defensive solidity under Mikel Arteta.

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Milan close in on Diaz

AC Milan are closing in on the signature of Real Madrid’s Brahim Diaz, according to The Sun. The 21-year-old Spanish player has spent time on loan with the Italian side and is set to join on a two-year loan. Milan will be able to spend 22 million euros to make the deal permanent, but Real Madrid will also have a buyback clause that is worth 27 million euros, though he is not a first choice player yet.

Paper Round’s view: Milan have found a decent prospect in Diaz, and it appears as if Real Madrid are ready to accept they might be making a mistake too. The buyback clause seems like an abuse of power when larger sides do it, but it does also give Diaz a reason to improve so that he could gain some kind of redemption by moving back to Real Madrid.

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Niguez-Griezmann set for swap deal

Atletico Madrid could soon welcome back Antoine Griezmann to their team. The 30-year-old French international has been at Barcelona for two years, but he could now be included in a deal that brings Saul Niguez to the Catalan side. That would see Griezmann join Luis Suarez and Joao Felix in a dangerous looking attacking trio to defend their La Liga title.

Paper Round’s view: Griezmann has been a disappointment at Barcelona and perhaps a return to the direct and aggressive play at Atletico would be enough for him to rediscover his best form for the remainder of his career. Giving up Niguez would be a huge blow for Atletico, but Diego Simeone’s team appear able to find a replacement for most players in the market easily.

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Chelsea target Haaland

The Mail reports on the prospects of Chelsea signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old Norwegian international striker was the subject of an opening, rejected bid from Chelsea. It was believed to be cash but plus one of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. However Hakim Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi and Abraham would have to be included in a deal that could run to £170 million.

Paper Round’s view: Haaland is an exceptional striker and perhaps the best young player in world football. Kylian Mbappe might have something to say about that, but the fact is Dortmund can play hardball for a limited window. Next summer it is believed that Haaland will be available for around £70 million, which means they may have to compromise soon.

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Southgate reveals how Sancho reacted to Man Utd move in England camp

Gareth Southgate insists Jadon Sancho hasn’t been distracted by his transfer move to Manchester United and is training better than ever for England.

Sancho is in line to start against Ukraine in the quarter-finals on Saturday, his first of Euro 2020 and United fans are desperate to see their new signing in action.
The forward will complete his move to United once he agrees personal terms and passes a medical, but Southgate insists the spotlight on Sancho hasn’t affected him in a bad way.

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“No, in fact I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained the best level in the time with us,” Southgate told ITV when asked if Sancho had been distracted by the speculation.

You accept there are lots of ongoing transfer situations and nobody is coming in for talks, nobody is going out for talks.

“But we can’t stop people’s phones ringing and we can’t stop business happening outside of that and you just have to trust the players and they’re all very focused.

“I haven’t really had a long discussion with him about it at this moment, because that story’s been going on for 12 months. When everything’s confirmed I’m sure I’ll have a chat with him.

“But there’s so much speculation about all of our players, I don’t pick up every little individual piece but I’m checking in with the players every single day to see how they are and the biggest thing is he’s been very focused in his training and that’s been good.”

United and Borussia Dortmund announced they had come to an agreement over the transfer of Sancho, with the Red Devils set to pay around £73 million for the England international.

The 21-year-old will sign a five-year deal worth a reported £350,000-a-week. Sancho leaves Dortmund after kickstarting his career in the Bundesliga.

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Sancho forced his way out of Manchester City when he was a youngster to join Dortmund and burst onto the scene in Germany to become one of the league’s best players.

United have been chasing Sancho for several years and the deal will represent the end to a long-running transfer saga.

England are favourites to progress past Ukraine with one semi-final already confirmed. Spain will take on Italy after their clashes with Switzerland and Belgium respectively.

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Sancho and Mount in line to start against Ukraine – report

Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount are in line to start England’s quarter-final match against Ukraine on Saturday, according to the Telegraph.

Despite being one of the most productive attacking players in Europe over the past two seasons, Sancho is yet to start a game at Euro 2020, making just one substitute appearance against Scotland.

The report suggests England are set to revert to a back four after playing a back five against Germany, and the news of a Sancho start is likely to please fans who are desperate to see manager Gareth Southgate play more attacking football, especially against weaker nations.

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Manchester United fans will be pleased too, with the Old Trafford club having agreed a £73m deal to bring Sancho to the club from Borussia Dortmund after a long and arduous transfer saga.

Mount is also set to start, having missed the matches against Czech Republic and Germany due to a period of self-isolation.

One of Southgate’s most trusted players, Mount started the first two matches against Croatia and Scotland, and will provide the attacking impetus from midfield in an England side looking to reach their first European Championship semi-final since 1996.

Raheem Sterling of England celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on June 29, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.

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With Mount and Sancho starting, Southgate looks as though he is wary of tournament fatigue and is using the depths of his squad to ensure players are rested and ready for the latter stages, should England progress.

But there will be no room for complacency against a Ukraine side that saw off Sweden and a tricky group stage to progress to the last eight.

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Sterling ready to quit Man City after being offered to Spurs – Paper Round

Sterling set to quit City

The Mirror explains why Raheem Sterling is now keen to leave Manchester City. The 26-year-old England international had been due to start talks on a new deal to extend the contract he has that currently has two years remaining. However, as he was used in a part-exchange offer to Spurs for Harry Kane, he has decided to reassess his future and may run down his deal.

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Paper Round’s view: Sterling had a difficult year last season and was unable to produce the form that people had come to expect. Pep Guardiola appears to have little patience for his players being inconsistent, and that is no surprise if he can always ask for more money to have them replaced. Quite where Sterling would be able to go from the Etihad is unclear now that he is not as deadly a forward.

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Kabak Premier League move still possible

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decided against making Ozan Kabak’s loan move to Anfield permanent, despite a clause requiring a payment of just £17 million to complete the deal. The 21-year-old Turkish defender does have interest from elsewhere though, with the Sun saying £13m would be enough to convince Schalke. Potential buyers are: Leicester, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, plus Ligue Un teams Nice and Rennes.

Paper Round’s view: Kabak did not do enough at Liverpool to show why he was one rated as one of the most talented young defenders in Europe. If any club is willing to take a gamble, then giving him the chance to show his ability and rediscover his performance might be a simple way to bring in a player with huge potential who was sidetracked by his club’s problems.

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Haaland against Bayern move

While Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, Spanish newspaper Marca believes that the 20-year-old Norwegian striker is not keen on making a swap between the two Bundesliga sides. He remains keen on joining Real Madrid, and if he decides to try the Premier League, Chelsea are leading the pack for his signature.

Paper Round’s view: Haaland is one of the most exciting talents in world football, and one of the players who looks able to take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of those talents that put away at least a goal a game. Staying with Bayern might not be an option given the German champions are struggling with cash this summer, and Dortmund want more than 100 million euros for their man.

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Amos turns down United

Manchester United’s former goalkeeper Ben Amos has turned down the chance to return to the Premier League club. The 31-year-old last played at Charlton Athletic but has seen his contract expire, and there is now interest from Ipswich, who need to add strength in their goalkeeping department. The Mail suggests that Amos did not want to go back to United to add cover as he wanted more playing time.

Paper Round’s view: United appear to have secured a deal for Tom Heaton when his contract with Aston Villa expires, and in turn Sergio Romero is believed to be wanted by both Juventus and Everton. Amos showed little in his career to suggest that he would be a success at United but given Tom Heaton looks likely to turn up as third choice, it appears standards were not desperately high.

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Real start Haaland talks

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Erling Haaland has given his blessing for talks to start between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old Norwegian striker is available for 75 million euros next summer, and it is believed that the Germans and Spaniards will come together on a compromise of around 130 million euros to complete a deal this summer.

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Paper Round’s view: Dortmund would be getting 65 million euros more than they would next season if they were to keep hold of Haaland for just one more season. As good as he is, there is probably more benefit in doubling the profit they are making on him, more or less, and being able to spend big to bring in a replacement. It might make it harder for Manchester United to sign Jadon Sancho, though.

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United close in on Sancho

The Mirror claims that Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are close to agreeing terms for a transfer of Jadon Sancho. The 20-year-old England international will earn £250,000-a-week wages on a five-year contract with the option of a further year, and United have followed up a £60 million bid with one worth £72.5 million with another £10 million in add-ons. That is £5 million short but a compromise is expected.

Paper Round’s view: One would imagine that United simply did not want to sign Sancho last season because their approach this summer has been far more constructive. If he is signed then United will then be able to move swiftly onto improving the defence, and the focus will turn to the future of Paul Pogba, who is impressing for France while his contract starts to run down.

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Chelsea hope to tempt Ramos

Chelsea are making a late move for former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. The 35-year-old Spaniard is wanted by Thomas Tuchel to partner Antonio Rudiger, according to the Sun. However there is competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who can tempt him with the chance to play alongside Neymar, former teammate Angel Di Maria, and perhaps even Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paper Round’s view: If Ronaldo and Ramos team up again that would transform PSG into a side who would believe themselves to be genuine challengers for the Champions League – if only for a season or two, given their age. Chelsea’s interest might be genuine but it is difficult to square that with the new contract for Thiago Silva, who surely carries out the same role for Chelsea now.

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Bertrand set for Leicester switch

Ryan Bertrand is likely to join Southampton on a free transfer, says the Mail. The 31-year-old left-back is out of contract on the south coast, and had been wanted by Arsenal, AC Milan and Monaco. However with Leicester in need of defensive back-ups with Timothy Castagne and James Justin both potentially out for long periods with injury, Brendan Rodgers has made his move.

Paper Round’s view: Bertrand will be able to contribute for a few years yet given his fitness, and if he is coming to help fill out the Leicester squad then his career may be elongated by not having to play two times a week. He has international and Champions League experience, and will give Rodgers a reliable presence who can also play at wing-back and perhaps even further forward, if required.

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Haaland, Jadon Sancho…¿Qué se le puede exigir a este Borussia?

Con el Borussia Dortmund siempre tenemos la duda de qué hay que pedirle o exigirle en cada temporada.Con figuras como Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna… ¿hasta dónde puede llegar este Dortmund?

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El Leipzig blinda a Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann es el niño prodigio de los banquillos. En sus dos temporadas en el banquillo del Leipzig, ha convertido al equipo en uno de los ogros de la Bundesliga. Incluso, es tan espectacular el salto de calidad del equipo bajo sus órdenes que ha clasificado en este 2020 al Leipzig más allá de la fase de grupos de la Champions por segunda vez en su historia. La temporada pasada ya jugó las semifinales del torneo.

Sus éxitos no pasan desapercibidos. En el pasado ya rechazó una oferta del Bayern porque se había comprometido con los de Leipzig cuando aún era entrenador de Hoffenheim, pero ahora las llamadas para ofrecerle equipos no paran. El técnico alemán, de 33 años, tiene contrato hasta 2023 y no tiene cláusula de salida. El Leipzig sabe del interés que despierta su entrenador entre los grandes clubes de Europa y son tajantes sobre una posibe marcha. Nagelsmann no se mueve. Así lo ha expresado en Sky Sport Germany, el director general del club alemán Oliver Mintzlaff: “Les puedo asegurar que Julian será nuestro entrenador la próxima temporada. Se siente bien, ha construido un gran equipo. No hay necesidad de hacer las maletas. Estamos totalmente relajados”, advirtió sobre el CEO germano. El Borussia Dortmund había sondeado al Leipzig para fichar al entrenador como sustituto de Lucien Favre, pero se encontraron la puerta cerrada.

Se espera verano caliente en el Leipzig

No es la primera vez que llaman a su puerta. Gran parte de clubes de la Premier le tienen en gran consideración. Manchester United, Arsenal, incluso, City tienen su nombre en lo más alto de sus listas de futuribles técnicos. El PSG es otra de los posibles interesados en Nagelsmann. Hasta el Liverpool tienen al alemán como principal candidato para sustituir a su compatriota en caso de que Jurgen Klopp se marche en un futuro cercano lejos de los reds. Ya se barajó esa opción cuando el puesto de Joachim Löw se tambaleó en la Mannschaft y Klopp era el favorito para sustituirle. El Leipzig ya ha movido ficha y no dejará salir al técnico, pero no sabremos cuanto tiempo podrá aguantar. Nagelsmann volará del RB Leipzig

Sancho reduce las expectativas

Jadon Sancho apareció en Dortmund como el próximo gran ‘playmaker’ del fútbol mundial. Un creador de juego no en el sentido del mediocentro director y armador, más como un atacante. Un cazador capaz de abatir por si mismo o facilitar presas a los demás.

El inglés cayó de pie y, después de un breve periodo de adaptación en la 17-18, cuajó dos campañas impresionantes alcanzando el doble-doble: al menos, diez goles y diez asistencias. En su primera campaña completa cuajó un notable 12-14 y en la pasada cerró con un 17-16, rozando las dos decenas en ambas cifras.

Unos datos que tentaron al londinense con volver a Inglaterra y, más concretamente, a Old Trafford. Los mancunianos estaban dispuestos a llegar a una oferta récord por él pero, todo se detuvo.

Ahora, las dudas crecen. El rendimiento del inglés atraviesa un valle del que parece no salir cuando casi alcanzamos el ecuador de la temporada. De momento, apenas suma tres goles y seis asistencias en 17 partidos entre todas las competiciones y siendo titular de manera bastante regular. El dato que más duele es en Liga donde aún no ha conseguido marcar un solo tanto.

La estadística avanzada, evidentemente, también se resiente. Si su promedio de gol y asistencia cada 90 minutos en la Bundesliga era de 1,30 la campaña pasada, la mejor de su carrera, este ha caído hasta el 0,30, un desplome de más del 70% en conseguir perforar él o sus compañeros la portería rival.

El londinense, cuyo futuro estará en el aire un verano más, rebaja las expectativas dado el rendimiento y, además, no le duelen prendas en reconocer que algo falla. “Creo que todos los jugadores tienen un bajón en su carrera y yo estoy pasando por eso ahora mismo”, aseguraba hace menos de un mes en el, eso si, que ha seguido a cero en la Liga (cinco partidos casi completos y solo una asistencia ante el Eintracht). Valorado aún en 120 millones, el United le mantiene entre sus objetivos. De momento. 

Una sociedad que no cuaja

El bajón de rendimiento de Jadon Sancho contrasta con el buen momento que vivía Erling Haaland hasta su lesión, que le tendrá fuera hasta 2021. De su conexión se esperaban grandes tardes de gloria para el Dortmund pero, esta campaña, Sancho solo le ha servido tres tantos de los 17 que el de Leeds ha metido en total.

En la jornada 1, el inglés le dio el segundo tanto de su cuenta particular. En la quinta, le sirvió para matar el derbi ante el Schalke y desde ahí, hasta el último partido que disputaron juntos meses después en la Champions ante el Brujas. Ante la ausencia del noruego y el mal momento del equipo, Jadon debe volver a ser líder. 

El Wolfsburgo desplaza al Dortmund de la cuarta plaza

El Wolfsburgo se reencontró con el triunfo tras la derrota sufrida ante el Bayern Múnich, con la victoria ante el Stuttgart (1-0), que le impulsa hacia la cuarta plaza de la Bundesliga, de donde sale el Borussia Dortmund. El conjunto del austríaco Oliver Glasner retomó la excelente trayectoria que disfrutaba antes del choque con el líder, contra el que sufrió el, hasta ahora, único revés en lo que va de curso.

La victoria en el Volkswagen Arena, que le instala en los puestos de Liga de Campeones, se fraguó al inicio de la segunda parte, en un golpe franco que ejecutó Josip Brekalo y que, tras ser desviado por un defensa, superó al meta suizo Gregor Kobel. El marcador ya no se movió y el Wolfsburgo sumó su sexto triunfo del curso. Aventaja en dos puntos al Borussia Dortmund, ahora quinto, aunque tiene a cuatro la tercera y segunda plaza, del Leipzig y Bayer Leverkusen, respectivamente.

Haaland recibe su Balón de Oro

Erling Braut Haaland ha sido galardonado con el Balón de Oro noruego 2020 que entrega la Federación noruega de fútbol al mejor jugador del año. El delantero del Borussia Dortmund sucede a su compatriota Martin Odegaard como mejor futbolista noruego del año. El centrocampista del Real Madrid lo conquistó en 2019.

Haaland, a sus 20 años, ha recibido el premio pocos días después de ser galardonado también con el Golden Boy 2020, que entrega el diario Tuttosport. “Es grande y algo que valoro mucho. Estoy muy orgulloso y demuestra que estoy haciendo algo bien. Estoy sonriendo ahora. Es bueno que te reconozcan que has hecho algo bueno con estos precios. En primer lugar, quiero ganar algo con mi equipo, pero también es bueno obtener premios individuales”, afirmó el delantero noruego en la página web de la federación noruega de fútbol.

“Han sido un par de momentos bonitos, desde el debut en Liga con el Dortmund hasta el debut en Champions con el Dortmund y el hat-trick con Noruega”, explicó Haaland sobre sus mejores actuaciones en este raro 2020. El del Borussia venció a otros dos grandes jugadores: Jens Petter Hauge (Milan) y Alexander Sørloth (Leipzig).

Caroline Graham Hansen, vencedora femenina

La Federación también premió a la jugadora del Barcelona, Caroline Graham Hansen como la mejor futbolista noruega del año. Segundo premio consecutivo para la extremo culé. “Es increíble ser agraciada. Ha sido un año especial y solo puedo dar las gracias. Fue genial ganar la Liga con el Barcelona. Fue un momento destacado. Además, hemos tenido pocas, pero buenas experiencias en la gira con la selección nacional, lo que realmente aprecio”, afirmó Hansen, tras el anuncio del galardón 2020.

Gran año para la futbolista del Barcelona, que ya estuvo en el once ideal de la Champions 2019-2020, además de estar en la terna de candidatas al premio The Best femenino que finalmente se llevó la defensa británica Lucy Bronze. Hansen venció a Maren Mjelde (Chelsea) e Ingrid Syrstad Engen (Wolfsburgo), que también fueron nominadas para el Balón de Oro noruego.