Real Madrid may confirm Bellingham deal imminently – Paper Round

Bellingham move could be announced soon

The Daily Mail believes that Real Madrid may be able to announce a deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the coming days.

The paper writes: “Jude Bellingham could be announced as a Real Madrid player as early as next week, after the Borussia Dortmund ace agreed personal terms with Los Blancos, according to reports.


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“The England international has long been tracked by the LaLiga side and Real Madrid have been the frontrunners since Liverpool dropped out of the race to sign the player due to the high fees he is set to command.

“Mail Sport revealed earlier this month that the Spanish side were closing in on their man after the midfielder was reported to have accepted the details of Madrid’s offer, but that the final transfer fee was yet to be discussed between the club and Dortmund. “

Kounde wants to stay at Barcelona

Jules Kounde has been linked with a move away from Barcelona just a year after joining from Sevilla.

The French defender, however, has made it clear that he hopes remain at Camp Nou and did not ask to leave.

“Jules Kounde has denied reports that he is leaving Barcelona in the upcoming summer transfer window with an emphatic tweet,” Spanish newspaper Marca reported.

“There have been many suggestions in the press that his time at Camp Nou could be coming to an end already.

“‘To make it clear: at no time did I ask to leave, so I’m not going anywhere,’ explained the France international, who, as MARCA reported on Wednesday, has launched a challenge to the club due to his dissatisfaction with Xavi for insisting on his right-back position.”

Battle for Southampton star hots up

The Sun believes that Southampton will look for around £40 million for their teenage midfielder Romeo Lavia.

The newspaper claims Chelsea and Liverpool are leading the race for the player, but Manchester City have first refusal.

“CHELSEA and Liverpool are both reportedly preparing to battle it out for Southampton star Romeo Lavia,” the story claims.

“The 19-year-old joined the Saints from Manchester City last summer for £14million.

“The midfielder has shone on the South Coast during his 33 appearances despite Southampton being relegated from the Premier League.

“Both Chelsea and Liverpool are in the running to sign him.

“However, despite a clause that says he can be brought back to the Etihad if Man City match any bid made for him, his former club are not believed to be keen.”

United concerned over Mount fee

The Mirror believes that Manchester United are put off by the potential cost of Mason Mount.

The 24-year-old could leave Stamford Bridge for nothing next summer, and so they are sceptical of being asked to pay the £55 million that Chelsea are currently asking.

“Manchester United have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Mason Mount with Chelsea unwilling to drop their asking price,” the paper states.

“The Blues have slapped a £55m price tag on the midfielder, who is also of interest to Liverpool and Arsenal. United are currently his preferred destination but negotiations over any transfer could rest on his value with Chelsea set to stand firm despite his contract situation.

“Mount has been in discussions with the West London club for much of the year but no agreement has been struck as he enters the final 12 months of his deal. United have several areas they want to strengthen, but may be against paying more than £50m for a player who could be available for nothing in a year.”


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Southampton relegated after loss to Fulham, Palace beat Bournemouth

Southampton were relegated from the Premier League after losing 2-0 to Fulham on Saturday afternoon, while Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth.

Southampton had home advantage but it was not enough, as the visitors scored twice in the second half.

Macro Silva’s Fulham had two-thirds of possession as they dominated the match.

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Carlos Vinicius opened the scoring just three minutes into second half, and Aleksandar Mitrovic made it two late on as he marked his return from an eight-match ban for shoving referee Chris Kavanagh.

The defeat leaves Southampton bottom of the table, eight points from 17th spot, occupied by Everton, and was little surprise after another lethargic performance as they approached a little over a decade in the top flight.

The three points for Fulham lifts them into ninth place, with an outside chance of some form of European football if results go their way in the next two matches.

Their next league game is against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage next Saturday.

At Selhurst Park, Palace were 2-0 winners over Bournemouth with a brace from promising forward Eberechi Eze.

The 24-year-old scored on 39 and 58 minutes with no response from the south coast side.

Palace finished the match in 12th, level on points with Chelsea above them, though Frank Lampard’s side have a game in hand after stumbling to a 2-2 draw at home to Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth are six points clear of the bottom three, in 14th.

Further up the table, Aston Villa beat Tottenham 2-1 with goals from Jacob Ramsay and Douglas Luiz, and Man Utd beat Wolverhampton 2-0 with Anthony Martial and Alejandro Garnacho on the scoresheet.
In the early kick-off, Leeds drew 2-2 at home to Newcastle.

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Ryan Yates replaces Joe Worrall in the Forest side, signalling a switch to a back four. Danilo has been declared fit to play, while an extra midfielder may allow leading scorer Brennan Johnson to be a bit more advanced.

Nottingham Forest: Navas, Aurlier, Felipe, Niakhate, Lodi, Mangala, Yates, Danilo, Gibbs-White, Johnson, Awonyi.

Forest win thriller to move out of bottom three as Saints slide towards drop

Nottingham Forest vaulted out of the relegation zone with a 4-3 victory over Southampton, whose demotion from the Premier League is now all but a mathematical certainty.

A Taiwo Awonyi brace – both goals sharp finishes from close range – gave Forest a healthy lead as they capitalised on dreadful defending from the visitors.

Carlos Alcaraz pulled a goal back for Southampton when they broke effectively, but Morgan Gibbs-White scored from the penalty spot to ensure Forest had a two-goal lead at the break.

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Lyanco pulled another goal back for the Saints from a corner, setting up a nervy second half, but Danilo calmed those nerves when he made it 4-2, finishing off a crisp move after being set up by an exquisite Gibbs-White flick.

James Ward-Prowse scored an injury-time penalty for Southampton that was just a consolation.

The win – just their second in 14 matches – lifts Forest up to 16th place on 33 points, three above 18th-placed Leicester, who lost to Fulham earlier in the day. Rock-bottom Southampton have 24 points and are eight adrift of safety, with just three games left.

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Newcastle storm back to beat Southampton, Bournemouth trounce Leeds

Newcastle United took another big step towards Champions League football with a 3-1 comeback victory over Southampton at St James’ Park.

Southampton took the lead in the 41st minute, gang-tackling Joelinton in midfield and breaking forward in numbers. Stuart Armstrong finished the move, lifting them temporarily within three points of Premier League safety.

But Eddie Howe’s side regathered at half-time and patiently built their way back into the game.

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In the 54th minute, Alexander Isak carried the ball down the left and rolled an innocuous pass into the box but Callum Wilson found himself inexplicably free and gratefully took the chance to bring his side level.

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It was a shockingly poor piece of defending on the part of Southampton’s entire backline.

A shade over 15 minutes later Theo Walcott had the misfortune of getting the final touch on a Newcastle header at a corner, turning the ball into his own net to give the home side the lead.

Southampton’s humiliation was complete two minutes later when a long Nick Pope punt was poorly dealt with by the Southampton defence, allowing Wilson to complete his brace with consummate ease.

Victory sees Newcastle strengthen their grip on the top four, while Southampton remain six points from safety after another promising but ultimately fruitless display.

On the South Coast, Southampton’s fellow relegation candidates Leeds United were receiving a battering at the hands of Bournemouth.

Jefferson Lerma piloted home a clever finish from the edge of the box in the 21st minute. Lerma smashed home a second just three minutes later from a corner.

Patrick Bamford snuck into space in the box to pull one back for the visitors with a header in the 32nd minute, but that was the highlight of their day.

Leeds lost captain Liam Cooper to a groin injury before Dominic Solanke added a third for the hosts.

Comical Leeds defending handed the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker a free hit in the box and he sliced his shot into the far corner.

The 23-year-old Ghana striker Antoine Semenyo got his first Premier League goal in stoppage time to add polish to Bournemouth’s victory.

Leeds could have been just three points off The Cherries with a win, but slipped dangerously close to the drop zone.

Only six points now divide Leeds and Leicester City in 18th, while Bournemouth sit happily in mid-table.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Erling Haaland made history with his 50th goal of the season as Manchester City moved ominously into top spot with a tight win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Manchester United also moved closer to a Champions League return with an important 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were thrilling 4-3 winners over Tottenham after a wild finish at Anfield.

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Tavernier strike gives Bournemouth hope as Southampton look doomed to relegation

Southampton look almost certain to be relegated as Premier League rivals Bournemouth took a step towards survival with a 1-0 win.

The south coast rivalry was settled in the away side’s favour on Thursday night as Marcus Tavernier had an effort deflected home on 50 minutes, and the three points sees them move seven points clear of the bottom three.

Southampton meanwhile have endured a wretched season and are now six points from safety with only five games left to play.

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Bournemouth were the better side but were given a fright when Che Adams thought he had snatched a point for Southampton, but it was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.

The win gives Gary O’Neill’s efforts at Bournemouth further credit following his appointment as manager to replace Scott Parker, and apart from Adams’ effort, Bournemouth were largely in control of the match despite their narrow advantage.

Bournemouth goalscorer Tavernier told BT Sport: “We know it’s a big three points for us and that’s what we want to do. Every point matters and happy to get the three and move up the table, yeah definitely.

“We knew coming back from the international break we had to do it [improve] and that’s what we have done. I think it’s just the manager drilling into us to play a certain way. You see that in how we play and the defence keeping clean sheets gives us attackers freedom to go and make things happen.”

O’Neill’s men are now 14th in the league table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

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‘I love my players more than ever’ – Arteta praises Arsenal team despite draw

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his team were “disappointed” with a 3-3 draw against Southampton but claimed he “loved” his players.

For much of the second half his team looked set for a dispiriting home defeat but two late goals, the first from Martin Odegaard and the second from Bukayo Saka meant that the points were shared.

A point does not change the fact that Manchester City can go top if they win their game in hand, and the two sides meet next Wednesday, but Arteta had mixed opinions.

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He told Sky Sports: “Obviously unhappy with the result, We made it very difficult again for ourselves but mistakes are part of football but the way we reacted I love my players more than ever.

“It is incredible, we were on the way back, we conceded again with a sloppy goal but in the end we should have won the game. We created enough chances and opportunities but it didn’t happen and we are disappointed.

“You can’t concede three goals in this league, if you concede three like we did in a sloppy way it is very difficult to win matches.

“This young team reacts in a way that is incredible, when it is against the odds but the chances they created and the spirit they had it was a joy to watch. The message is clear that I love them.

“We are down and they are more willing than anybody to win it. You can see that spirit and fight in the dressing room but it is clear we have to do defensively things better.”

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Jesus: Arsenal ‘will fight until the end’ for Premier League title despite Southampton draw

Gabriel Jesus said that Arsenal would “fight until the end” after stumbling to a 3-3 draw against Southampton on Friday night.

Arsenal were 3-1 down with two minutes of regulation time still to play, but Martin Odegaard gave the home side hope.

Two minutes later, Bukayo Saka popped up with a leveller to rescue a point for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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That left Arsenal five points clear at the top of the league, but their position is by no means assured.

On Wednesday, Arsenal travel to Manchester City for a top-of-the-table clash but a win for City would mean that Pep Guardiola’s men could go four points clear if they win their games in hand on the current league leaders.

Speaking after the match, Brazilian striker Jesus – a former City player – refused to give up hope.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “A lot of things are going on now. We don’t want to come here and talk negatively because we are very positive, what we are doing this season is amazing. The Premier League is tough.

“Now is the difficult moment. It is time now to stick together until the end. We still have a lot of things to do this season, it is not over, we are still five points clear. Manchester City have two games in hand but if we want to be champions we have to go there to win the game – that is all.

“We are the youngest team in the league, not making excuses. Sometimes we do right and sometimes we do wrong, everyone can make mistakes that is why it is so important to stick together.

“Everything can happen. Obviously we are not happy with the last three games, we dropped points and we know this is true, no one has to tell us. We dropped a little bit of our level and focus, this is the Premier League, it is so difficult to win this competition.

“We are still there, we are still fighting and we will fight until the end.”

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Saka equaliser rescues point for Arsenal as draw with Southampton threatens title challenge

A late Bukayo Saka equaliser rescued a point for Arsenal in a 3-3 draw at home to Southampton but threatened to blow their title challenge apart.

A huge Aaron Ramsdale error handed Carlos Alcaraz the opening goal after just 28 seconds and Theo Walcott doubled Saints’ lead in the 14th minute.

Gabriel Martinelli slammed home Bukayo Saka’s cross to give Arsenal hope, but Duje Caleta-Car headed the third for the visitors midway through the second half, with Martin Odegaard scoring for the home side on 88 minutes.

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Saka then levelled on 90 minutes to ensure the points were shared, but Arsenal will still fall behind Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s men win their two games in hand.

Arsenal travel to City on Wednesday in a huge game for both sides.

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