Transfer Rumours: Mata to Newcastle, Camarasa Wanted by Duo, Inter Baulk at Darmian Fee & More

?The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will produce any text, such as the entirety of William Shakespeare’s works – or yet another Manchester United transfer rumour.

Although this time, for a change, it’s about players leaving Old Trafford. It doesn’t stop there though, oh no, and we’ve also got some rumours coming out of Spain and Germany to keep things fresh.

So without babbling on any further, here’s your roundup all of things transfer related for today.


Rafael Benitez Keen on Juan Mata Reunion 

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As is clearly abundantly evident, unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time, Benitez isn’t blessed with a shedload of money in the north east. The deciding factor on whether he opts to stay with ?Newcastle hinges on Mike Ashley’s willingness to unzip his Sports Direct trackie bottoms and splash a bit of cash.

Well, either way, ??The Sun? claim Benitez fancies a one particular player who would be available for diddly squat this summer, as Mata’s ?United contract is set to expire. He can’t get too carried away though, as if the Magpies were to lure Mata to the north east it would break certain club policies of signing players over 26. Furthermore, the Spaniard would be asking for considerable wages to switch to St. James’ Park.

Benitez worked with Mata when he managed Chelsea during the 2012/13 season and is eager to add his creative spark to his squad.


Wolves & West Ham After Cardiff’s Spanish Loan Signing

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It didn’t end well for Cardiff this season, as relegation was confirmed to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The one player who seemingly caught the eye, however, wasn’t even one of their permanent players. Victor Camarasa was the club’s joint top scorer with five goals during the 2018/19 season, enough to prompt duo ?Wolves and ?West Ham to fancy bringing the Real Betis player back to the ?Premier League.

His one-year loan stint in Wales seems to have done him some favours according to the ?Daily Mail, with a possible return to England on the cards.


Inter Unsurprisingly Don’t Agree With Manchester United’s Valuation of Matteo Darmian

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For the 100th time there are suggestions that Darmian might return to Italy with ?Inter, yet again, willing to offer the right back a one-way ticket out of his miserable four-year stint at Old Trafford.

?FC inter News state that the Serie A outfit are back in towards 29-year-old Darmian who has mustered just 14 league appearances in the past two seasons.

Naturally, United are keen on a refund for the player they paid £12.7m for but the €10-12m they’re asking for is double Inter’s valuation. Poor, poor Darmian, although with the player earning €3m net maybe he could fund the move himself? Ha, fat chance.


Arsenal Eyeing Goalkeeping Reinforcements With Unknown Bundesliga 2 Player

Markus Schubert

Hats off if you had heard of Markus Schubert before you just read his name, because you clearly know too much about football. Or, you are a Dynamo Dresden fan.

Petr Cech’s departure from not just ?Arsenal but playing football entirely is just one match away, and Unai Emery is keen on making a swift move to replace the legendary Czech by scooping up the 20-year-old on a free transfer, according to ?Bild.? Schubert has run down his deal with Dresden therefore offers the Gunners with the kind of move that suits their pitiful transfer budget.

Highly regarded in his native Germany, the goalkeeper made 43 appearances for the second-tier side this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in the process.


Barcelona Toying With the Option of Filipe Luis as Jordi Alba Backup

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Blessed with talent across the pitch, it’s hardly like ?Barcelona need to go gung-ho in signing players worth upwards of £60m. Except, they already have, and, it looks likely that they will again.


?Well, either way, there is no need to spend any more money in transfer fees if 
?Sport are to be believed – with the club are mulling over the free signing of Filipe Luis who is set t leave ?La Liga rivals ?Atletico. The Brazilian left back is out of contract with Los Rojiblancos and seeking a new challenge, so bench warming at the Camp Nou might tickles his tastebuds.

Alba is unquestionably the number one but, even at 33 years old, Luis would offer the Spaniard a chance for a rest every now and then after several seasons of solid displays in the top leagues.


Bayern Munich Have ‘Agreement in Principle’ for Everton’s Forgotten Man Henry Onyekuru

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?Everton are crying out for a talented, goalscoring forward, but have seemingly failed to see what is right in front of them. 

Onyekuru joined from Eupen back in 2017 for £7m before immediately being sent on loan to Anderlecht. There, he netted ten times before Galatasaray took note of the Nigerian’s ability and he joined them for the 2018/19 campaign.

He has torn it up in the Super Lig, netting 12 league goals in 26 games, showcasing a real eye for goal. Now, Kewse Sports’ ?Colin Udoh claims ?Bayern have an ‘agreement’ to sign the player and that a deal is ‘close’. You don’t get pinched by the Bundesliga champions if you’re rubbish, yet still Marco Silva would prefer to persist with Cenk Tosun up front. Go figure. 


Watford Striker Offered Huge Wages to Join Schalke

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?Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio has garnered some attention after successful loan stint for Fortuna Dusseldorf this season.

11 goals in 23 outings is a fair return for the 21-year-old Belgian, as fellow German side Schalke are looking to offer the winger a deal with significant financial benefits. SportBild, as relayed by ?Sport Witness, claim Die Knappen have ‘promised’ to blow his current €500k-per-year wages out of the water and attempt to lure him to Gelsenkirchen with a basic salary that could reach €5m.

Watford are after a €20m fee to part with the player they brought in from Anderlecht, which could act as a slight stumbling block for the Bundesliga side, however.


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#WePlayStrong: Behind the Scenes at the Women’s Champions League Final as UEFA Launch New Strategy

?The moment that the UEFA Women’s Champions League final kicked off in Budapest, it was already a success. 

24 hours previous, UEFA had launched their first ever women’s football strategy, by the time kick off came there were nearly 20,000 fans in the stadium, and importantly, this was first time ever that a Women’s Champions League final had its own host city. 

At a time when every single host nation or city of any tournament is seemingly under a lot of scrutiny – Budapest was the perfect choice.

It’s not only beautiful in terms of the history, architecture and weather…but also let’s face it, the atmosphere, the buzz and the nightlife (stag do’s aside) is incredible. Budapest, even before the football ramped up, had that almost in-built away day electricity you so often feel when you’re out and about at a European Championships or World Cup. 

Of course, it’s an incredibly popular tourist city and that won’t change when the fans of women’s footballing elite leave, but the fact that the Women’s Champions League final could seamlessly slot in and further elevate an already upbeat city is the dream scenario for any huge fixture.

In the build up to the game, Nike made room for a group of us to get on out to experience a street football masterclass in the shadow of one of Budapest’s most beautiful landmarks, Fisherman’s Bastion, which was to be honest…awesome. We then moved on to watching the first ever European Women’s Football Freestyle Championships – yet another example of the different ways that the women’s game continues to grow.

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If you’re someone that follows the women’s game, and you know what, even if you aren’t, this period of time now feels so significant. With the World Cup around the corner, and some of football’s dinosaurs finally becoming extinct, there’s a tidal wave of optimism around women’s football that gives you a bigger buzz with every game you go to.

Even in light of UEFA launching their first ever women’s football strategy with some aggressive targets, if you take the binary number based stuff away, and instead focus on the #WePlayStrong message that has been been embraced, women’s football is in a magnificent place.

At this point, It’s necessary for me to say…

The job is not done.

Parity has not been achieved.

Equality should be strived for.

The pay for players and staff is not nearly good enough.

The media coverage is not as committed and thorough as it should be.

The commercial partnerships are only scratching the surface.

We can all do more.

But sometimes it’s nice to pump the brakes, even if just for a second, to see how much has been achieved in a small space of time.

From a British perspective, Jess Fishlock, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan all featured in the highest profile domestic game of the season, just a couple of weeks away from the biggest World Cup the women’s game has ever had. For Jess and Lucy it was an exciting and impressive win, as it was of course for Lyon, their 4th UWCL title in a row.

For Toni Duggan, it was a little more cruel. Having moved to Barcelona to try and win the Champions League, it was a bitter pill to swallow. She told 90min after the game, with a wobble in her voice and tears streaming down her face, “that’s football”.


She’s right…that is football, but, Toni once again showed us what makes women’s football so special. At one of the toughest moments in her career, she still took the time to talk and recognise, that she was a role model and inspiration to many, a friend, a teammate and a Lioness. 

She was honest, passionate, sincere and a perfect sportswoman in the face of what must have been honestly, an incredibly crap moment to experience. She said how proud she was of Lucy Bronze and how focused she was on winning the World Cup with the Lionesses.

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Lots have raised concerns that as the women’s game grows it will become harder and harder to keep its authenticity, or to keep the closeness and intimacy between fans and the players. 

But at this important moment in time, based on the atmosphere in Budapest, the atmosphere in the stadium, the commercial partners on board, the character of the players and the passion of the fans it looks as though it’s in incredibly good hands.

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Chelsea Revealed as Only Premier League Club Interested in Signing Philippe Coutinho

?Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho if they avoid their two-window transfer ban this summer. 

The Blues are currently looking for a replacement for Belgian superstar Eden Hazard, who looks set to switch Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu in a big money move to Real Madrid, with a possible successor for the 28-year-old coming in the form of ex-Liverpool ace Coutinho.

Coutinho has not had the greatest time since signing for Barcelona back in 2018, only contributing to seven goals in 34 appearances in this most recent La Liga campaign, and a trip back to the Premier League could offer him an exit from Camp Nou.

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Spanish radio network? ?Cadena Ser claim the only Premier League club that has shown an interest in signing the Brazilian is ?Chelsea.

But the Blues are currently enduring a two-window transfer ban for breaching Article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and are looking to appeal this ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which would see the sanction lifted if successful.

If the ban is overturned Chelsea may look to secure Coutinho’s services a year and a half after the former Inter ace left England for Catalonia.

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However, if the ban is not overturned it’s unlikely Coutinho will return to the ?Premier League anytime soon. He may be pushed further down the pecking order with Barca rumoured to be interested in signing Antoine Griezmann.

Chelsea are looking at possible attacking options to replace ?Hazard, and may have to consider the likes of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi as opposed to global superstars like Coutinho if their transfer ban is not overturned. 

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France Squad Call-Ups: 7 Premier League Stars Feature, Lenglet Earns Spot & Lacazette Snubbed

??Arsenal striker ?Alexandre Lacazette has been left out of the France squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, while ?Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet has been included for the first time.

Depsite being named the Gunners’ Player of the Season earlier this month, there is no place for Lacazette in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad, which instead includes ?Chelsea’s ?Olivier Giroud and Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder for June’s qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra.


Deschamps, explaining Lacazette’s omission, said via the ?Metro: “There’s no reason for us not to see him again, I had a difficult choice to make, with Ben Yedder coming out of a big season too.

“I have a choice to make and I chose Wissam [Ben Yedder]. He has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season. He scored in big games, he knows how to play in alone in attack. He’s named in this group of attackers as another option at one time or another.”

Meanwhile, Barça centre-back Lenglet has been included for the first time after an impressive debut season at the Camp Nou, where he has made 44 appearances and edged compatriot Samuel Umtiti out of the starting lineup.

?Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, however, is snubbed yet again by Deschamps despite starring in the Citizens’ treble-winning season and being named in the PFA Team of the Year, with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma among the preferred defenders after an impressive season on loan at ?Everton.

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Lenglet isn’t the only new face in this French camp, as Lyon full-back Leo Dubois and Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan prepare to join up with the World Cup winners for the first time next month.

Chelsea midfielder ?N’Golo Kante has struggled with injury of late, but having returned to training ahead of the Europa League final, the 28-year-old has been named among Deschamps’ midfielders alongside ?Manchester United’s ?Paul Pogba.

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Les Bleus take on Bolivia in a friendly on June 2, before two qualifiers away from home against Turkey on June 6 and Andorra on June 11. 


GoalkeepersAlphonse Areola, Benjamin Lecomte, Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan.

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Clement Lenglet, Ferland Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Leo Dubois, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Kurt Zouma

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Tanguy Ndombele, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin.

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Tottenham & Barcelona ‘in Negotiations’ Over Potential Deals for Malcom & Andre Gomes

?Tottenham have entered negotiations with Barcelona for midfielder Andre Gomes and winger Malcom, Spanish newspaper Sport report.

Mauricio Pochettino is currently preparing for the biggest game of his managerial career, as Spurs take on Liverpool in next month’s Champions League final, but it looks like the Argentine boss is already plotting for next season.

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According to ?Sport, ?Tottenham have begun talks with ?Barça for the services of ?Andre Gomes as well as Malcom, with the latter valued at at least €40m.

Gomes has already gained one season of Premier League experience after spending the current campaign on loan at ?Everton, making 29 appearances during his spell at Goodison Park, with the Euro 2016 winner ?reportedly closing in on a €30m transfer to Tottenham.

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The Toffees’ loan deal for the Portuguese midfielder includes an option to buy, but Spurs’ offer is said to be higher and Gomes would favour a move to the Champions League finalists.

Meanwhile, Malcom only joined the Spanish champions last summer from French side Bordeaux but has struggled to gain the trust of Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou, where he made just six league starts in his debut season.

Pochettino famously failed to sign a single player during last summer’s transfer window, with Malcom’s compatriot Lucas Moura the last player to join the Lilywhites back in January 2018.

However, it looks like Spurs will be entering the market this time around as they look to build on another impressive season, which could see the north London side lift the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history next month.

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