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.
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.
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.
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.
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.