Erik Ten Hag: Manchester United chief begs fans

Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has called on fans to have patience with new manager Erik ten Hag, insisting that “success will not be achieved overnight.”

Ten Hag officially took over on Monday after a season which saw United finish sixth in the Premier League and drop out of the Champions League.

Arnold has admitted results on the pitch fell well below the expectation level at Old Trafford but ahead of Ten Hag’s first summer in charge, he says the Dutchman will need time to turn things around.

“Suffice to say we are not happy with where we are in terms of performance on the pitch,” Arnold said. “We understand fans are frustrated and want to see change and improvement and I can assure you that we share that frustration very intensely within the club.

“We also feel confidence that change is coming because of the action being taken to drive long-term success. The appointment of Erik ten Hag was the most visible example of that action and the most important. Success won’t be achieved overnight but we are determined to get there.”

Roberto Firmino tells Liverpool fans about his future

Roberto Firmino has followed Mohamed Salah in reassuring Liverpool fans that he has no plans to leave the club this summer.

He told TNT Sports Brazil: “I want to stay. I’m very happy here and I’m grateful to God to be here playing at a great club with great players, winning titles, and my wish is to stay.

“I want to be here.”

Firmino added: “I’m happy here, and that’s all I can say – I want to stay.”

Arsenal close on former Chelsea striker

Arsenal are closing on a move for Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, says Sport.

Morata, 29, has been on loan at Juventus for the past year with the Italian club having an option to sign him permanently for €35m this summer. He has scored 12 goals in 48 games this season.

With his contract expiring in 2023, the Spain international could move on for around €30m and the former Chelsea striker may be keen to try and boost his reputation back in the Premier League.

Revealed: Why Aurelien Tchouameni’s transfer to Real Madrid has stalled

AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni’s transfer to Real Madrid has been held up due to a tax issue, according to ESPN.

LaLiga champions Madrid are prepared to pay around €80m to land Tchouameni, who joined Monaco for €20m from Bordeaux in 2020.

However, the Spanish treasury considers the Principality of Monaco a tax haven and are therefore expected to demand Monaco pay 24% in taxes on top of the €60m profit they stand to make from the deal.

Sources close to the negotiations have told ESPN that the Ligue 1 club hope Madrid will pay the additional money, which is just under €15m, but the Spanish side are resistant to doing so.

A source close to Tchouameni played down the issue, saying everything is progressing “as expected” and that they expect the move to be completed next week.

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Liverpool chief reveals Todd Boehly’s plan for Chelsea, says “he will prove to be an excellent owner”

Liverpool chief Tom Werner has welcome the arrival of Todd Boehly after he completed his £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea, and believes he will be ‘an excellent owner’ at Stamford Bridge.

Boehly’s deal was finally approved by both the Premier League, the UK Government and Portuguese Government following months of uncertainty after previous owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned amid his ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Government are now satisfied Abramovich will not profit in any way from the sale of the club and now Chelsea can look ahead to a brighter future.

And Werner – who knows Boehly well from their connections in the US – has tipped him to succeed at the club.

When the Liverpool supremo was asked about the competition from Saudi-backed Newcastle and now Chelsea’s lucrative takeover, he told the Athletic: “Again, it comes down to the issue of financial regulation.

“It doesn’t matter who invests in it if teams are subject to the rules then we welcome their inclusion into the league.

“John Henry and I have known and admired Todd from his association with the Los Angeles Dodgers (FSG is a fellow owner in Major League Baseball (MLB) at the Boston Red Sox).

“I’ve had a couple of conversations with him in the last week. He was just picking my brain. I think he will be good for Chelsea. I know they are working right now on a stadium solution. I think he will prove to be an excellent owner.”

Arsenal receive Tammy Abraham transfer blow

Tammy Abraham marked his stunning first season as a Roma player with a trophy, as Jose Mourinho’s side were crowned Europa Conference League winners last night.

Ahead of the match, the former Chelsea man said he is ‘more than happy’ at the Serie A side, where he has managed 27 goals in all competitions.

Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly interested in bringing the former Chelsea striker back to the Premier League.

Discussing his future at Roma, Abraham told BT Sport: “I would say I’m more than happy here.

“Just the experience here, I had the experience of just the derby game. Derby games of course are big, but here they filled the roads weeks before the game. That’s all they were talking about.

“We had another game before it, they [the fans] weren’t even talking about that game, they were saying, ‘We have to beat Lazio’. Just the rivalry, the atmosphere in the stadium, just everything is incredible.

“So I’m happy here. You never know what the future holds, you can’t write the future, but as far as it is I’m satisfied.”

Chelsea told why they should sign Inter star Ivan Perisic

Former Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson would welcome his old club bringing in Ivan Perisic on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old Croatian is viewed as an upgrade on Marcos Alonso, and could be the ideal candidate to share left wing-back duties with Ben Chilwell should he move to the Londoners.

In conversation with Bettingodds.com, Johnson admitted he would be thrilled to see Perisic join the Blues.

“Yes, absolutely. It would represent a smart bit of business. He’s another top player who can play in a few positions,” he said.

“If Alonso’s going to leave the club and you can bring in a player like him on a free, who can play in a couple of positions, then it sounds like a no brainer.”