Fabinho reveals Jurgen Klopp’s favourite Liverpool player

Fabinho has spilled some insider knowledge of the Liverpool dressing room, revealing Virgil van Dijk is Jurgen Klopp’s favourite as he took some cheeky digs at team-mate Joel Matip.

The 27-year-old staged an Instagram Q&A from his sun lounger beside the pool, even entertaining fans with his impression of a Scouse accent.

Asked ‘who’s the gaffer’s favourite?’ Fabinho simply replied ‘VVD’, Anfield’s big Dutch centre-back.

Van Dijk is still making the final steps of his rehabilitation after suffering an ACL injury in October, and Klopp will be desperate to have his defensive rock back.

The impact of the star’s injury last season certainly justifies the German’s favouritism.
According to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian was also asked for his favourite tackle of his career, attaching a shot of his wild lunge on Luis Suarez in the 2018-19 Champions League semi-final with the words ‘just ball ref.’

The challenge earned him a booking, but wiping-out the former Liverpool striker on the way to a 4-0 win on that memorable Anfield night will only be a sweet memory.

Arsenal close in on Tammy Abraham, set to sell star to fund move

Reports claim Arsenal will agree to Tammy Abraham’s personal terms and are ready to sell an experienced striker to fund a move for the Chelsea man.

Alexandre Lacazette, who has recently entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, has been placed on the transfer list by Arsenal, according to a report from the Mirror.

Arsenal have slapped a £15million price tag on Lacazette, with a view to replacing the Frenchman with Abraham.

The Chelsea striker has attracted interest from West Ham, Aston Villa and Arsenal. Chelsea have placed a £40 million valuation on the English forward this summer.

The 23-year-old appears surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after slipping down the pecking order.

He looked set for a stellar Blues career after his breakthrough season of 2019-2020. The Londoner bagged 18 goals from 47 appearances in all competitions.

He is yet to sign a new deal at Chelsea with his current contract set to expire in 2023. Abraham currently earns around £80,000-a-week in west London but wants to increase his weekly wage by £45,000 to £135,000-a-week.

And the Emirates outfit are willing to pay that amount, according to The Express. There is still confusion about his price tag.

Marcos Alonso puts pressure on Chelsea for Serie A move

Latest reports in Italy claim Marcos Alonso is reportedly pushing Chelsea to let leave for a new Serie A experience with Inter.

The 30-year-old Spain international is no stranger to Italian football, having played for Fiorentina from 2013 to 2016.

He is struggling for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge, especially if Emerson Palmieri remains amid on-going Napoli talks.

Alonso had already been linked with Inter as part of Chelsea’s bid for Achraf Hakimi, but that never materialised, as the full-back went to Paris Saint-Germain instead.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea are asking for €15-20m for Alonso, whereas Inter would prefer a loan with option to buy.

It’s reported in Italy that Alonso is pushing Chelsea to let him leave, but his contract runs to June 2023.

The English club paid €23m to sign Alonso from Fiorentina in 2016.

Roma had also shown an interest, before agreeing terms with Palmeiras for Matias Viña instead.

PSG fans protest against Paul Pogba move, remind Man United star of his mother’s warning

Paris Sant-Germain fans are in protest against the potential signing of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Parisians want to bring the Frenchman to his homeland after he rejected United’s latest contract offer.

The banner – which protests against the potential signing – reads: “Pogba, you should listen to your mother, she doesn’t want you here, neither do we.”

Des banderoles contre Pogba ont fleuri au petit matin! https://t.co/39XDzNLBYs

— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) July 24, 2021

Arsenal ready to meet Tammy Abraham’s wage demands

Arsenal are ready to meet Tammy Abraham’s wage demands to bring the Chelsea striker to the Emirates this summer, according to reports.

The Gunners have emerged as the frontunners to sign Abraham with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel ready to offload the 23-year-old this summer.

Abraham has popped up with regular goals for Chelsea – and shown his ability during loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa – but Tuchel appears to be unconvinced, leaving the forward out of multiple of his matchday squads last season.

A potential stumbling block to Abraham’s move to Arsenal was his wage demands – he is currently on around £80,000 a week and is said to want around £125,000.

But the Daily Express say Arsenal have indicated in talks that they are prepared to meet Abraham’s demands as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options.

Inter Milan tell Chelsea cost of signing of Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea will have to fork out a nine-figure fee to land former Man Utd ace Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan this summer.

Borussia Dortmund are adamant that Haaland will remain with them for at least one more season, while Chelsea would need to pay in the region of £160m in order to sign the Norway international this summer.

Reports in Italy outline the Serie A champions’ asking price of £102.5million for their star striker.

Inter are set to defend their Scudetto title next season but financial difficulties have led to player sales dominating their summer so far.

Achraf Hakimi has already left for Paris Saint-Germain with Chelsea said to be keen on Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge.

However, the Italians are intent on keeping their man, who has committed his future to the club.

According to Tuttosport, only a bid topping the £100m mark would make them consider selling Lukaku, 28.

AC Milan put pressure on Chelsea for another Blues star

AC Milan have turned up the heat in their pursuit of Hakim Ziyech following their successful swoop for ex-Blues frontman Olivier Giroud.

The Serie A side are eyeing a temporary deal for the Chelsea forward as a less pricey option than their other targets, according to Calciomercato.

Ziyech, 28, has been heavily linked with a Milan move with reports in Italy claiming the Blues star is a dream target for Stefano Pioli’s side.

The attacking midfielder, who sealed a £36.7million move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax in July 2020, is thought to have fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.

With Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner thought to be ahead of the forward, reports claim opportunities for him could be limited next season.

Chelsea are, according to The Sun, thought to have warm relations with Milan following the two giants reaching an agreement over Olivier Giroud’s £2million move to the San Siro from Stamford Bridge.

Italian football outlet Calciomercato claims the Serie A side hope to seal a loan move for Ziyech, who netted six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for the Blues last term.

And it is thought Barcelona’s Coutinho and Real Madrid winger Isco are also on the San Siro’s giants transfer giant’s wish list.

Manchester City set to get rid of highly-rated star to fund Harry Kane, Jack Grealish £225m swoop

Manchester City need to get rid of just ONE star to fund a sensational double swoop for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

And Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva looks set to be the one sacrificed as boss Pep Guardiola freshens up his Premier League champions.

The Sun report that England skipper Kane, 27, is poised for a British record £160million move if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rubber stamps the deal.

The Etihad giants know it will cost upwards of £225m to land Kane and Aston Villa’s Grealish, with the Spurs man set to earn an eye-watering £400,000-a-week at his new club.

But there will be no fire sale needed from Guardiola’s squad to raise the cash.

And striker Gabriel Jesus has been told he is staying, for now at least, despite Juventus interest.

City already had £45m burning a hole in their pocket from the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich last year.

Chelsea have “strong interest” in ex-Manchester United star

Chelsea have placed free agent Sergio Romero on their shortlist of candidates as they look to bring in cover for Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, according to reports.

Mendy established himself as Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice goalkeeper across an outstanding debut season after swapping Rennes for west London, playing a key role as the club secured a fourth-placed finish and won the Champions League.

But Kepa is the only other serious option available to Tuchel as it stands – after Willy Caballero’s contract at Stamford Bridge came to an end – and the Blues are scouring the market for cover between the sticks.

Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, is firmly on Chelsea’s radar and former Manchester United shot-stopper Romero is also attracting strong interest, according to The Telegraph.

Romero has been without a club after his six-year stay at Old Trafford came to an end and the ex-Argentina international is keen to resolve his future as quickly as possible, with the new season on the horizon.

The 34-year-old made just seven league starts for United after arriving in England from Sampdoria back in 2015 but proved himself as a reliable deputy to David de Gea in cup competitions.

Barcelona president denies Antoine Griezmann exit report

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied reports that Antoine Griezmann is on the verge of leaving the club.

The Catalan giants are desperate to sell players this summer as they cannot yet register Lionel Messi’s new contract nor new signings registrations due to them operating above their wage budget.

Griezmann – one of the highest earners at the Camp Nou – is thought to be one of those most likely to leave due to his high salary and interest from elsewhere, notably his former club Atletico Madrid.