Tuchel SIGNS Chelsea contract extension, Ronaldo 'approached' by PSG, Antonio Conte to Tottenham 'DONE DEAL'

THOMAS TUCHEL has signed a new contract that will keep him at Chelsea until the summer of 2024.

The German wrote himself into Blues folklore by winning the Champions League just months after joining the club.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-German are reportedly hot on the heels of Cristiano Ronaldo as they seek a summer transfer.

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  • Marc Mayo

    LEED THE RACE

    Liverpool have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to sign Raphinha, reports say.

    The Reds are in pole position to land the Brazilian winger after his impressive debut season at Leeds.

    According to the Express, Liverpool are ahead of their rivals Man Utd and Manchester City in the race.

    But the report also states that Leeds have no intention of letting the 24-year-old go.

  • Marc Mayo

    ED START

    Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race for Odsonne Edouard.

    Arsenal, Leicester and AC Milan were all in for the Celtic striker, who could be ready to leave Glasgow this summer.

    But Italian outlet Metropolitan Magazine claim new Inter boss Simone Inzaghi is a fan of the Frenchman’s and wants to do a deal.

  • Marc Mayo

    BREAKING

    Bayern Munich have tied down striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to a new two-year contract.

    The 32-year-old scored nine goals in 2020-21, including in both Champions League quarter-final legs versus PSG.

  • Marc Mayo

    SAUL LATEST

    More on Saul Niguez’s future as Chelsea are interested in signing the Atletico Madrid star, according to reports.

    Saul, 26, is reportedly eager for a new challenge having spent his whole career at Atletico, and he does not feel as important to Diego Simeone after making just 22 league starts this term.

    The midfielder has a release clause of £128million but the Spanish champions are willing to let him go for a lot less, according to journalist Matteo Moretto.

    Matteo reports Chelsea and PSG's ‘attentive’ interest in Saul, but believes nothing is advanced at this stage.

    The journalist adds that Bayern Munich are also interested in the Spaniard, as we told you earlier.

  • Marc Mayo

    COP OUT

    The Copa America has been plunged into chaos with Brazil stars considering a BOYCOTT.

    The continental competition runs between June 13 and July 10, with Argentina and Colombia initially named co-hosts.

    But a spike in coronavirus cases in Argentina combined with protests against Colombian president Ivan Duque saw Brazil awarded hosting rights in the 11th hour.

    Brazilian players have now spoken with national football confederation president Rogerio Caboclo over the possibility of skipping the tournament over Covid fears.

    Several Brazilian states including Pernambuco, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul have already refused to host games.

    Boss Tite revealed: "[The squad] have an opinion, they exposed it to the president and they will expose it to the public at the appropriate time.”

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Steven Taylor has signed on for another year with A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

    The ex-Newcastle star, 35, joined from Peterborough in 2018 and spent time a brief period away Indian side Odisha earlier in the season.

    And he is currently in action against MacArthur live on BT Sport 3…

  • Marc Mayo

    CARL TO ARMS

    Carlo Ancelotti has stamped his authority on Real Madrid by cutting short his stars' holiday.

    The Italian boss, 61, was named as Zinedine Zidane's successor after the Bernabeu icon walked away from the club at the end of a disappointing 2020-21 season.

    And Ancelotti's first act as Los Blancos boss was to cut his players' holidays short as he aims to get straight down to business.

    Zidane had told the Galacticos to return to training on July 12 – the day after the Euro 2020 final.

    But Ancelotti is keen to get to work quickly, telling players to come back on July 7 instead.

  • Marc Mayo

    DOLLAR DOLLAR

    Antonio Conte is set to become the joint-second highest paid boss in the Premier League, if he joins Tottenham Hotspur.

    The former Chelsea boss is in talks with the North Londoners, having left Inter Milan at the end of the season.

    Conte, 51, is said to be concerned over the quality of Spurs' squad, and their ability to contend at the top of the division.

    But assurances from Daniel Levy, as well as a nice pay packet, should soon see to those worries.

    According to the Mirror, Conte could be offered an incredible salary of up to £15m-a-year – in addition to funds being made available to spend on the squad.

  • Marc Mayo

    EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

    Lots of footy to keep you interested if you’re staying in this Friday night.

    Portugal host Spain for a fascinating pre-Euros friendly (6.30pm) and Italy take on Czech Republic at 7.45pm.

    Group B minnows Finland are in action versus Estonia at 5pm while Cameroon face Nigeria in Vienna (7.30pm).

    And Wales’ Under-21s face Moldova in a European qualifier at 7.30pm.

  • Marc Mayo

    BREAKING

    Andre Ayew has been released by Swansea after three-and-a-half years at the club.

    After a one-season spell in South Wales for the 2015-16 season, the striker began his second stint in January 2018 before a year on loan at Fenerbahce.

    In the Championship, he has led the line and scored 35 goals in the past two seasons to cement his place as a fan favourite.

    Joining Ayew in moving on are Kieron Freeman, Declan John and Barrie McKay.

  • Marc Mayo

    GIR CLASS

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a big admirer of Olivier Giroud and is keen for him to join AC Milan.

    The Chelsea forward is believed to be close to a move to the Rossoneri and is said to be excited at the prospect of teaming up with Ibrahimovic.

    The Swede also spoke about the potential departure of Gianluigi Donnarumma, who could leave on a free with Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea interested.

    Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta dello Sport, via Fabrizio Romano: "Donnarumma as a free agent? He's the best goalkeeper in the world, trust me, he could have been the new Paolo Maldini at Milan.

    "And I'd be happy if Olivier Giroud joins AC Milan, we need players like him – he's a winner."

  • Marc Mayo

    SAUL ANSWERS THE CALL

    Reports in Spain have detailed Saul Niguez’s apparently imminent move to Bayern Munich.

    Linked with Manchester United, the Atletico Madrid midfielder is heading to Germany for £71million.

    Radio Marca state that Atleti would then use the cash to buy Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul.

  • Marc Mayo

    DIEGO TRIBUTE

    A statue has been erected in Argentina in tribute to the late, great Diego Maradona.

    The footballing legend passed away from a heart attack in November 2020 just two weeks after suffering a bleed on the brain – with his doctors facing 25 years in prison after police opened a murder investigation.

    Argentina played their first game since the death of their national hero on Thursday night, taking on Chile in a World Cup qualifier.

    And ahead of the match, a bronze statue of 1986 World Cup winner Maradona was unveiled outside the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero.

    Current national idol Lionel Messi was the first to applaud after its unveiling.

    Argentina players also lined up wearing shirts in tribute to Maradona ahead of kick-off in the crunch game. The squad all wore No10 shirts – famously Maradona's number as a player – with a picture of the man himself across the chest.

    Diego Maradona statue unveiled before Argentina’s World Cup qualifier vs Chile and Lionel Messi is first to applaud

  • Marc Mayo

    THE KANE IN SPAIN

    Gary Lineker has admitted he would like to see Harry Kane follow in his footsteps and sign for Barcelona.

    A host of English clubs are chasing the Tottenham man but fellow ex-Spurs striker Lineker would be interested to see him move abroad.

    He told Goal: “I would love to see him at Barcelona but they are going for Aguero and are short on cash at the moment. 

    “I think it is between Manchester City, Manchester United and maybe PSG.

    “They have [Mauricio] Pochettino and he would win things, guaranteed.

    “I think it is more likely that one of the Manchester clubs can afford him outside of Chelsea. I don’t think he would go to Chelsea and do that to the Tottenham fans but who knows?”

  • Marc Mayo

    ITALIAN JOB

    Everton have been in contact with Andrea Pirlo over their vacant managerial position, according to reports.

    Pirlo, 42, was recently sacked by Juventus after winning the Coppa Italia and only just sneaking into the top four on the last day of the season.

    The Italian is being evaluated currently by the Toffees and a decision will be made in the coming days, report Calcio Mercato.

    The report also suggests Everton are keen on another Italian, Claudio Ranieri.

    However, SunSport exclusively revealed Nuno Espirito Santo is in the running to take over from Carlo Ancelotti, who departed for Real Madrid this week.

  • Marc Mayo

    SEA IT AINT SO

    Sead Kolasinac will NOT sign permanently for Schalke following his loan spell with the German club.

    The left-back now returns to Arsenal having been part of a side relegated from the Bundesliga.

    Schalke held a £7.2million purchase clause in the deal but sporting director Peter Knabel has confirmed the player’s exit.

    He said: “This decision hurts us both in sport and human terms.

    "In view of the current budget and squad structure – all the known and publicly discussed challenges – there was no alternative.

    “We have to be so honest. In view of the short preparation and the early start of the season, we cannot afford a week-long hang-up game either, but have to make decisions for Schalke 04 now.

    “That’s why we decided on this clear cut.”

  • Marc Mayo

    BAD TRIP

    Manchester United will miss out on Kieran Tripper, according to reports in Spain.

    Following claims that the Atletico Madrid star is already ready to move back to England, Mundo Deportivo have shut down the notion.

    Despite the LaLiga champions holding just a year left on the player's contract, they do not countenance a sale and neither does Trippier.

    Credit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
  • Marc Mayo

    ARE YOU SER?

    Sergio Aguero was wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea before he agreed to join Barcelona.

    That is according to the striker's father, who made the claim to Radio La Red.

    Leonel del Castillo said: "There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute.

    "If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.

    "He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy.

    "He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together."

  • Marc Mayo

    MOR OF THAT

    Manchester United, neighbours City, and Chelsea are all interested in Barcelona wonderkid Ilaix Moriba, according to reports.

    And the Catalans are believed to be willing to sell the 18-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his current contract.

    Barcelona are struggling for cash and are unwilling to meet Moriba's contract demands, report Mundo Deportivo.

    In March the Spanish outlet claimed several clubs were chasing the midfielder, with United making a 'firm offer'.

    Moriba has a buyout clause of £86million but Barcelona will cash in if he does not lower his demands.

  • Marc Mayo

    'JUVE DUEL'

    Massimiliano Allegri entered Juventus' training complex yesterday for talks over the club's summer transfer plans.

    A striker is reportedly the Italian's focus for the market, whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo stays.

    Tuttosport's front page claims Paris Saint-Germain's Mauro Icardi and Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic are at the top of Allegri's wishlist.

  • Marc Mayo

    COL GOL

    Colombia put three past Peru overnight to claw back into the race to qualify for Qatar 2022.

    Everton's Yerry Mina was on the scoresheet against the team sat bottom of the Conmebol table.

    Elsewhere, Bolivia beat Venezuela 3-1 with group leaders Brazil facing Ecuador early tomorrow morning.

  • Marc Mayo

    CAVANI FRUSTRATION

    Edinson Cavani was not involved as Uruguay missed the chance to win in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers overnight.

    The 0-0 draw with Paraguay left the Manchester United forward's nation fifth in the Conmebol group, out of an automatic spot in Qatar.

  • Marc Mayo

    OVERNIGHT ACTION

    Argentina and Chile drew 1-1 at the Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in a World Cup qualifying match ahead of their Copa America opener later this month.

    The Albiceleste opened the scoring after 24 minutes when Lionel Messi beat Claudio Bravo from the penalty spot with a fine and composed finish.

    The hosts were awarded the spot-kick after the referee checked the VAR monitor and declared that Guillermo Maripan had brought down Lautaro Martinez inside the box.

    But Chile equalised just nine minutes before half-time when Gary Medel got a wonderful touch from a free-kick and flicked the ball towards Alexis Sanchez, who tapped it into Emiliano Martinez’s net.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Tottenham are closing in on Antonio Conte after hitting a brick wall in their bid to bring back ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been battling to seal Poch’s return from Paris Saint-Germain after he told them he wanted to return to N17.

    But with the Argentine so far unable to engineer his exit from the French giants and less than a month to go before the North Londoners start pre-season training, Levy is edging closer to appointing Conte.

    Levy has been in talks with the former Chelsea chief, who is a free agent after leaving Inter Milan last month.

    On the other side of North London, Arsenal have made an official bid for Norwich’s £40million-rated winger Emi Buendia, as have Aston Villa.

    Both clubs, who are offering packages worth £30m-plus, are now locked in a major fight for the winger who is now certain to leave Carrow Road.

    But Norwich, who do not need to sell financially, are playing hard ball and insist they want £40m for the Championship player of the year.

    In other news, Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez are reportedly on Everton’s shortlist to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

    The Athletic claim Toffees chiefs are exploring numerous options as they hunt for a new boss.

    It is believed Gerrard has caught Everton’s eye after his incredible season with Rangers.

    There are a host of other names on their shortlist, including former managers David Moyes and Roberto Martinez.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RIP ALAN

    Former Arsenal and West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller has sadly died at the age of 51.

    His ex-team-mate Lee Dixon tweeted: "Devastated to hear the news that our team mate Alan Miller has passed away

    "He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend."

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