Tottenham to fine Harry Kane for not reporting for training

Yardbarker

Many in the football community were surprised to learn Monday that Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain Harry Kane failed to report for preseason training, COVID-19 testing and routine blood work as he attempts to force a move to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. 

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With Xhaka Deal on Ice, Roma Could Look to Koopmeiners or Delaney

Chiesa Di Totti

If Granit Xhaka's long-rumored move to Roma does indeed fall through, we certainly can't blame Xhaka. With the Swiss midfielder making no secret of his desire to work with José Mourinho at Roma this season, many journalists felt it was only a matter of time before the 28-year-old Arsenal midfielder swapped European capitals. With Xhaka reportedly willing to forgo certain bonuses to hasten his move to Roma, he’s done everything in his power to grease the wheels—to no avail.

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Following Ballard last season, John-Jules heads to Blackpool on loan

The Short Fuse

After two disappointing loan spells, Tyreece John-Jules will get his biggest chance yet, as he joins the newly-promoted Blackpool side in the Championship this season. Arsenal announced this week that the 20-year-old forward will be going on a season-long loan. This move comes on the heels of Daniel Ballard’s loan at Blackpool last season in which he started at center back as they won promotion from League One through the playoffs. 

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Paul Pogba can see long-term future at Man Utd but may wait on contract extension

Sky Sports

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba can see a long-term future at the club – but may not commit to a contract extension in this transfer window.

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Arsenal transfer news: Ben White joins in $70 million deal from Brighton

CBS Sports

Arsenal have completed the signing of center back Ben White in a deal understood to be worth just short of $70 million (£50 million) to selling club Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Wayne Rooney apologises to family and Derby over online images

The Guardian

Wayne Rooney has apologised to his family and Derby after images emerged on Sunday appearing to show the former England striker asleep in a hotel room surrounded by a group of young women.

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Areola returns to Premier League with loan move to West Ham

CBS Sports

West Ham have completed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on an initial loan deal that will include an option to buy.

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Chelsea ‘open official talks’ with Sevilla for center back Jules Koundé

We Ain’t Got No History

Transfer Oracle Fabrizio Romano has broken the Chelsea Twitterverse today with an “exclusive” claim that the Blues have started “official talks” with Sevilla for center back Jules Koundé, who’s apparently our “main target” at the position. Clearly the masses have been starved of transfer action, any transfer action, and have pounced upon this story as if it were an oasis in the middle of a desert.

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Tottenham eyeing shocking swoop for Juventus ‘financial burden’ Aaron Ramsey

Clutch Points

Wales international Aaron Ramsey hasn’t exactly enjoyed his stay with Juventus. Two years in, the former Arsenal midfielder is still struggling to find regular minutes and contribute to the side due to various injuries and inconsistencies. According to the Daily Mail, the Serie A giants are keen on selling Ramsey this summer and Tottenham is being heavily linked.

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Ronaldinho Offers Lionel Messi Advice on Barcelona Future

Heavy

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has offered his thoughts on Lionel Messi’s future and believes the captain “must stay” at the club until he finally decides to hang up his boots.

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Manchester United on verge of signing Varane from Real Madrid

The Score

Manchester United are in the final stages of completing a deal to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to Rob Dawson of ESPN.

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AC Milan Set Meeting With Kessie’s Agent To Discuss Contract Renewal

AC Milan Offside

Gianluca di Marzio is reporting that AC Milan are keen on finding a solution to renew the contract of midfielder Franck Kessie this summer as he enters the final 12 months of his current deal. The Ivory Coast international has been a leader for the side and has become a fan favourite over the past two seasons. Kessie has been dominant and one of the core elements of Stefano Pioli’s side. 

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Even the rumor mill’s admitting defeat in Chelsea’s Erling Haaland pursuit

We Ain’t Got No History

Erling Haaland returned to the pitch for Borussia Dortmund in yesterday’s 2-0 friendly defeat against Athletic Bilbao, and while the result was certainly not what they wanted, the highly coveted striker continues to show no signs of leaving the club. His singular focus appears to be on the season ahead with BVB.

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Man City break silence on Harry Kane £160million transfer reports

Manchester Evening News

Manchester City have made it plain that talk they have agreed a £160million deal for Tottenham striker Harry Kane is nonsense.

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Chelsea submitting £130m Erling Haaland bid after Abramovich vow

Football Insiders

Chelsea are submitting a £130million bid for Erling Haaland after the green light from Roman Abramovich, Football Insider can exclusively reveal. 

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Manchester United sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund

ESPN

Manchester United have completed the signing of Jadon Sancho on a five-year deal with the option of a further 12 months, the club confirmed on Friday.

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Varane passes pre-season medical with Real Madrid while Manchester United decide to wait to get a cheaper deal

Managing Madrid

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane completed his pre-season medical at Valdebebas this Friday morning and then went home as he will not be allowed to rejoin his teammates in training until his tests for Covid-19 come out negative, something which can take around a full day.

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MLS Sued by Exec Claiming Retaliation for Speaking Up About Race

TMZ

The MLS just released a statement to TMZ Sports … saying, "Ms. Travieso’s allegations have no merit as her job, along with her entire department and 20 percent of League Office positions, was eliminated in November of 2020 as a result of the dramatic impact of the pandemic on Major League Soccer’s business."

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Everton confirm suspension of ‘first team player’ amid police investigation

CBS Sports

Everton have confirmed that an unnamed member of the senior squad has been suspended in relation to a police investigation.

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Henderson’s future at Liverpool uncertain as contract talks stall

The Score

Jordan Henderson's future at Liverpool could become a major storyline this summer.

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Ronaldo, Mbappe, Pogba could lead free-agent frenzy as COVID-driven cash crunch hits transfer market

ESPN

It's one of the byproducts of the COVID-induced cash crunch in football, and it has created an unprecedented situation across Europe. At no point in recent history have so many key players at big clubs found themselves in the final year of their contract, as is the case heading into the 2021-22 season.

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Manchester United ready to make bid for Real Madrid’s Varane

The Score

Manchester United are in the process of preparing a bid to sign center-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson.

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Chelsea confirm Olivier Giroud exit as striker follows Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan

Football London

Olivier Giroud has completed his transfer from Chelsea to AC Milan as the veteran striker leaves west London.

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Crystal Palace hope summer spending under Patrick Vieira will be enough to convince wantaway star to stay

Evening Standard

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Dortmund won’t sell Haaland this summer

The Score

Erling Haaland is off the market – for now.

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