Everton move in on £40M Liverpool transfer taget

Everton
Everton are the latest club to be linked with a big money transfer bid for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi. There has been a summer of speculation linking the Algerian with a move to the Premiership, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all being mentioned.

According to a Sky Sports report today, the Toffee's have opened talks with Porto about a transfer for the winger who is understood to be valued at around £40 million. Their sources have reported that talks have 'progressed well', but that the player has a preference for clubs that can offer him Champions League football.

The increased interest in Brahimi comes off the back of a couple of impressive seasons with Porto, which has seen him develop into one of the best attackers in Portuguese football. His stats from last season stood at 10 goals and 11 assists in 49 appearances

Earlier in the summer Portuguese news source A Bola reported that Klopp had come 'very close' to signing the 26 year old. Speaking about the potential for more incoming players before the transfer window shuts, Klopp stated: 'I wait for the day when the transfer window is closed.'

'I can’t believe how obsessed you all are with this. What will happen we will see, I don’t know in this moment, but we do not have a preferred position to sign players.'

Mourinho warns fans: Pogba's no Drogba

Manchester United
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has asked that fans lower expectations in regards to new mega-signing Paul Pogba, who he doesn't believe is can score over 20 goals in his return to Old Trafford this season.

Mourinho championed Pogba as probably the best midfielder in the world, but stated that he didn't expect him to be scoring goals at the same rate as Ronaldo or Messi. We would also like to add that he won't score as many as Didier Drogba in his Chelsea heydey, who was formerly managed by Mourinho and has a similar sounding name to Pogba.

When asked about his expectations for Pogba's United return, Mourinho stated: 'I’m not expecting him, the first time he touches the ball, to dribble five guys and score a wonder goal.'

'I expect him, the first time he touches the ball, to have a correct pass, a good selection of pass, a good choice, a good, simple execution and keep the game fluid. So maybe it’s not an ‘impact’, maybe it’s just a natural improvement of the team, because he’s a super football player.'

When asked if Pogba could hit the same heights as Messi and Ronaldo, Mourinho stated: 'First of all, when you speak about the best players in the world, you go immediately to the ones that score a lot of goals.'

'You don’t give a Golden Ball to a goalkeeper. You gave a Golden Ball to Cannavaro once, but because in that season he was the captain of Italy, the world champions, and there were not many top players. Maldini never got a Golden Ball. Zanetti never got a Golden Ball. Top goalkeepers over history didn’t get a Golden Ball, so you look immediately to the ones that score a lot of goals.'

'Can Paul score the same number of goals as Ronaldo and Messi? Not even 25 percent, I believe. I believe in a season he cannot score 20 goals. So if to be the best player in the world means to score a lot of goals, that’s not the point. He is one of the best midfield players, maybe I could say the best midfield player in the world.'

Cellino already considering sacking Monk...TTGM

Leeds

According to Mirror journalist David Anderson 'Garry Monk is fighting for his life at Leeds after just four games in charge with Massimo Cellino considering axing him.'

After only three games in charge new manager Gary Monks position was already under question with Leeds 'manager eater' owner. After losing the first two league games of the season, Leeds were only minutes away from an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to ex-Leeds manager Uwe Roslers Fleetwood Town in the Capital One Cup. A late equalizer from Marcus Antonsson's and a win 5-4 on penalties seems to have bought Monk some additional time, but with Cellino reportedly poised and 'ready to sack Monk' one questions if he'll make it to Christmas.

Looking to address the current weakness in the Leeds United squad, Monk has signed both Liam Bridcutt from Sunderand and Pontus Jansson from Torino to hopefully add some much needed experience to his young squad.

£40M Uruguayan answer to Wenger's defensive woes


After conceding four goals at the weekend and losing Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertersacker to long term injury, the need for Arsenal to bring in a new central defender before the transfer window closes has become very apparent.

According to the Daily Mail Wenger's defensive problems could be about to be solved with the signing of Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid. They have reported today that Arsenal are in talks with the Spanish side about a potential transfer deal for Gimenez, who has a valuation of around £40M.

The 21-year-old Uruguayan defender is said to be open to a move to the Premier League, however his lofty valuation could be a stumbling block for the move. A similar story has developed with Arsenal's pursuit of Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi, with the deal hitting complications due to the price tag despite the player having agreed personal terms in principle with the Gunner's.

A cheaper potential solution which has been reported to the shock and displeasure of many Arsenal fans is a £15M move for former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Who's it going to be Arsene?

Wenger to outgun Mourinho in battle for £10M defender


Jose Mourinho's big spending has been the story of the summer transfer window, with Arsene Wenger watching from the sidelines. It could be that the Arsenal manager has been waiting patiently to make a late swoop however, as news emerges about a potential hijacking of one of Manchester United's transfer targets by the Gooners.

ESPN FC have reported that Arsenal have made an approach for Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte, who they previously claimed was in talks with Jose Mourinho to agree a deal to make a switch to United from current club Southampton.

Wenger is desperate to bring in a central defender following losing Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertersacker to long term injuries. The asking price for Fonte is said to be around £10 million who has two years left on his current deal with Southampton.

Euro 2016 winner Fonte is understood to favour a move to join his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho and we would expect United to win in a bidding war with Arsenal. However, after conceding four goals against Liverpool at the weekend Wenger could be willing to go the extra mile to patch up his leaking defence.

Klopp v Conte in bidding war for £50M+ star

Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte are going head to head in a race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario with both managers being reported to be readying bids for the Portuguese winger in the past seven days.

An initial bid of £33 million from Liverpool was reported to have been rejected earlier in the summer according to the Daily Star. A fresh bid was then said to have been in the works, when the Daily Express reported on comments made by the player's father last Friday.

According to the Express, Mario's father revealed that Lisbon are unlikely to accept offers under £50 million for the Portuguese star who has become one of the worlds most highly sought after player following an impressive Euro 2016.

Speaking about the interest in his son, he stated: 'They go to his agent, Kia Joorabchian, and the Sporting President. I was informed, however, that the club said no to a €35m (£29.3m) bid plus €10m (£8.4m) in bonuses from Inter and €40m (£33.5m) from Liverpool.

Daily Telegraph article today reported that Chelsea are now getting involved, launching a £39 million for Mario and alleging that the player would prefer a move to the Premier League over a move elsewhere in Europe.

The article stated that Inter have also put in a bid to match Chelsea's offer with an additional £4 million in bonuses on top.

Liverpool boss Klopp may need to get his skates on with a new bid if he is to avoid missing out on this 23-year-old Euro winning star.


Arsene edging towards Emirates exit

There has long been speculation upon when Arsene Wenger's reign at Arsenal will come to an end. It's five years this month since the infamous 8-2 hammering Arsenal received at the hands of Manchester United, a defeat that was blamed on a lack of transfer activity during the summer window.

We are seeing a familiar story this summer with Wenger showing a lot of restraint when it comes to transfer activity in comparison with his more gung-ho managerial adversaries. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Wenger explained that the performance and success of his team this season will have a bearing on his plans to continue at the club.

'My contract runs until the end of the season. What I will do after will depend a little bit on how the season goes,' stated Wenger. 'You never know in your job. It’s a love story that you hope will last your whole life but it could stop at any moment.'

Speaking about his expectations for the season, Wenger predicted it could be a very open race with eight teams with the potential to win in. Arsenal are currently fourth favourites to win the Premier League behind Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

'It promises to be a very exciting season. We want to focus and start well. It’s the world championship of managers, there is a lot of expectation, the ambition is very high and maybe the Premier League is more even than ever.'

'You have to take into account there are seven or eight teams who could win the Premier League this season. Who expected Leicester to win the Premier League last season? It shows it is very open.'

Hey Big Spender! Wenger ready to up the ante to £35M to get his man


Arsene Wenger is known for his tight fisted and cautious approach to the transfer market. This time of year is always particularly frustrating for your average Gooner as they witness their rivals splashing the cash whilst their manager sits on his hands. This year could be different though, according to journalist Gilles Favard of French daily newspaper L’Equipe.

According to Favard, Arsenal are ready to make a second bid for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez after having an initial bid of £30 million rejected. Via his twitter account he today announced that Mahrez has told Leicester that he wants a move to Arsenal, who are reading a second bid of £35 million for the Algerian.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has attempted to pour water over claims linking Mahrez with a transfer this summer. Speaking to Sky Sports, he stated: 'He [Mahrez] stays with us. We wanted to keep all our players. Of course, Kante had the clause and Chelsea paid the clause. But Riyad does not have the clause and he will stay with us. Yes, he told me he will stay with us.'

With Manchester City bringing out the big bucks for Stones and Mourinho goading any manager who will listen following his signing of Paul Pogba for United, Arsenal fans will be praying there is some substance to this sensational swoop for Mahrez.

Revealed: Why Arse-beneezer Scrooge never spends big

Arsene Wenger's reluctance to spend big in the transfer market has long frustrated Arsenal fans, especially given the frivolous spending of their Premier League competitors. Never was this more evident than the time he failed to lure Luis Suarez to the Emirates with a 'poundshop' transfer bid just £1 over his rumoured release cause. A move that was described by many as 'classless'.

The Frenchman's thought process has been revealed in upcoming book 'Game Changers' by Alan Curbishley. The book features quotes from Wenger in which he explains that he likes to think of his transfer kitty spending as if it were coming from his own wallet, which goes a long way to explaining the years of low spending.

Wenger states: 'I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club’s money as if it were your own because if you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.'

'You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money, like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club. Because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far.'

Zlatan: We can win more trophies

To each club who have signed him throughout his career he has brought goals, trophies and his own unique style. The sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic lifting aloft the Community Shield yesterday would have helped assure Manchester United fans that despite his advancing years the trend looks set to continue.

The Swedish sensation has wasted no time making an impression at his new club, scoring an overhead kick just four minutes into his Manchester United debut in a pre-season friendly against Galatasaray. He followed this up by  scoring the winner in his first competitive game for the club in their 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield.

Ibrahimovic made his intentions for the season clear after the game yesterday, stating: 'It feels good. First official game, we play for the trophy and we win. That’s what it’s all about, winning trophies.'

'This is my 31st trophy, collective trophy, and I’m super happy. This is why I came and hopefully I can win much more than this. Our team is something big going on. We’re at the beginning, but we begin with a trophy, so it’s a good start.'

'My individual performances will come. We’re in the beginning and building up my physique, my conditioning, and I am yet to know the team-mates. When all these things are settled, things grow easily. You can then just play your game and enjoy.'

'Things are coming together. We’re in the beginning and we’re just getting to know each other, especially with me. That is new and we won today and hopefully we can win more.'