Eden Hazard could miss Euros, Kokcu a target for Arsenal and Leeds – Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City transfer news

ARSENAL and Leeds are reportedly eyeing up a swoop for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.

Meanwhile Roberto Martinez fears Eden Hazard may miss Euro 2020.


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    Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez is reportedly open to offers from other clubs as speculation continues about his future.

    The 29-year-old has played a key role for Zinedine Zidane's side this season but struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just twice in 31 appearances.

    And according to Marca, a meeting with Real Madrid has ended with Vazquez agreeing to leave the Bernabeu, so he is now 'listening to offers' from other teams.

    Those clubs are said to include Premier League sides Leeds and Everton.

    Spurs and AC Milan are also rumoured to be in for the highly-rated Spanish right-side player.

    When asked about his future back in December, he said: "It's a difficult situation, we'll see what happens."

    For now, I'll keep working hard. Vazquez is a product of the Real Madrid academy, first signing with the club way back in 2007.

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    Arsenal have gleefully confirmed Bukayo Saka's return to full fitness.

    Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta has said he is uncertain whether the left-sided wideman would be fit for England duty at the end of this month.

    But an Arsenal tweet says the 19-year-old is not only back in training but "available for selection" ahead of tomorrow's Premier League derby at top-four hopefuls West Ham.

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    Manchester City are now 5/6 to win the FA Cup and a slimmer 7-1 to land the Quadruple.

    After Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders reached the FA Cup semi-finals, Coral's cut their odds further on winning all four competitions – after the started the season at 100-1.

     Coral's John Hill said: "They top the betting for all four competitions they remain in, including the FA Cup after an excellent victory at Goodison Park.

    "At the start of the season, City were 100/1 to win all four major trophies. This is now the shortest price they have been to make history."

    FA CUP ODDS: 5-6 Man City, 10-3 Chelsea, 5-1 Manchester United, 9-1 Southampton, 11-1 Leicester, 50-1 Sheffield United.

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    Ilkay Gundogan and sub Kevin de Bruyne sunk dogged Everton in the last six minutes as Manchester City reached the FA Cup semi-finals to keep their Quadruple dream alive.

    llkay Gundogan put Man City on the way to a 2-0 win with this 84th-minute header

    City dominated possession as expected but toiled against the Toffees' resolute defending until sending on Riyad Mahrez and De Bruyne.

    Gundogan then nodded home after Aymeric Laporte's shot was tipped onto the bar.

    And De Bruyne drilled home in the final minute to earn City's 25th win in their final 26 games.


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    Mason Greenwood hailed James Garner on social media after the Manchester United starlet’s latest impressive loan show for Nottingham Forest.

    England Under-20 midfielder Garner shone with both his tackling and passing in a 1-1 Championship draw at promotion-chasing Brentford.

    And after the 20-year-old’s match stats were tweeted, England striker and United regular Greenwood responded by pointing out Garner’s star man rating.

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    Christian Pulisic would be 'ideal' for Liverpool if he ends his time at Chelsea according to Brad Friedel.

    The attacker has struggled for game time under new boss Thomas Tuchel and former Liverpool goalkeeper Friedel thinks he would excel at Anfield.

    Christian Pulisic would be an asset to Jurgen Klopp according to Brad Friedel

    Friedel told CardsChat: "I think Liverpool's system is a good one for Christian, without a doubt.

    "He's very quick, his first steps are quick and even when he gets going, he's very quick.

    "The pressing style that Jurgen Klopp likes to play under, then the quick counter-attack and the runs through the lines, I think he would be able to perform very well in that system.

    "I have no idea if that's a player that they (Liverpool) are looking at, but that type of system would be ideal for someone like Christian."

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    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has called for Scotland boss Steve Clarke to include Billy Gilmour in future national team squads despite a lack of first team football at Stamford Bridge.

    The 19-year-old has featured just ten times for the Blues this season, only one of which has come since Tuchel took over at the end of January.

    And while some felt Gilmour needed to move elsewhere on loan to secure regular game time, Tuchel does not believe that would have been the best thing for him.

    Speaking about the decision to keep Gilmour instead of loaning him out, he said: “It’s absolutely no mistake. It was unfortunately not his choice. It was my choice.

    "The choice was made for Chelsea and not for the personal goals of Billy. He accepted it in a five-minute talk. I hope he knows how much I appreciate him.

    “He has three big problems: N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. I can only strongly recommend the Scottish national team to nominate him because this guy trains on the highest level.

    "They should not be worried about his ability to compete."

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    Erling Haaland showed his fury as Borussia Dortmund lost ground in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.

    Today's 2-2 draw at Koln saw the Norwegian – linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid -score twice but his team are now four points off fourth place with eight games to go.

    Erling Haaland marched straight down the tunnel after today's 2-2 draw

    It all started so well at RheinEnergieStadion as Haaland picked up a long ball over the top to open the scoring inside the first three minutes.

    The 20-year-old showed great strength to round his marker and slot home at the near-post. But 14th-placed Koln bounced back with a penalty from Ondrej Duda and Ismail Jakobs' powerful strike.

    Once again, Haaland showed his marksman talents to rescue a late point for Borussia. An Ansgar Knauff cross was finished off by the striker to avoid a second defeat in three Bundesliga games.

    Yet Haaland's frustration was evident as, with the full-time whistle still blowing, he took off his shirt and threw it away.

    He casually tossed it into the arms of opposition defender Jorge Mere and marched straight down the tunnel.

    Jude Bellingham was one team-mate seen flat out on the turf as the understandably gutted squad lost control of their top-four fate.

    After the game, Haaland's official Twitter account posted: "Not a great result. We will use this as motivation to be back stronger! Thanks to all the BVB fans for your continued support. We’ll be back soon!"

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    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has appeared to fire a shot at previous manager Frank Lampard's 'long ball' tactics.

    The Italy international is enjoying life under Thomas Tuchel, with the new boss STILL unbeaten since replacing Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues haven't lost in ten Premier League games with Tuchel employing a possession-based game.

    Chelsea are also into the quarter-finals of the Champions League where they will take on Porto.

    Speaking to Chelsea's official website, Jorginho says he is 'enjoying' the style of football. He is usually paired in the middle of the park with Mateo Kovacic or N'Golo Kante.

    The 29-year-old said: "The coach wants us having control of the game, playing from behind, even when the pressure comes.

    “So, for me, it’s a good way to play football that I like and enjoy, and I think it’s better for my characteristics than playing long balls, and second balls.

    “When it’s Kova [Mateo Kovacic], his style is to play short, to come, so I know if he wants to play one-two or when he wants some space to move forward and to dribble.

    “So, I just try to help him, either give him the space, or come over to help him and give him an option – whatever he needs to get out of the situation."


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    Arsenal target Orkun Kokcu has caught the eye of Leicester and Leeds after having his transfer fee cut to £10million.

    The Gunners had been linked with a £23m move for the Feyenoord midfielder this summer.

    Leicester and Leeds have reportedly joined Arsenal in watching Feyenoord's Orkun Kokcu

    But according to La Razon, Kokcu has now had his price cut by more than half and in doing so drawn the eyes of two more Premier League clubs.

    Both Leicester and Leeds are said to be in for the 20-year-old international, who received his first cap for Turkey in September.

    Sevilla are also looking at the youngster, whose contract does not expire with Feyenoord until 2025.

    However, the Dutch side are open to letting him go for the right price as they look to address their financial problems.

    Speaking recently about his future, Kokcu said: "I have a contract until 2025 but the situation has changed.

    "The club has been very clear about the financial situation and it is clear that it is not good.

    "So if a club comes with a good proposal for me and the entity can enter a good amount, I imagine that it will be listened to."

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    Birmingham City fans flew a plane over Vicarage Road during their game against Watford on Saturday with a message insisting chief executive Xuandong Ren 'must go'.

    Ren has come under heavy criticism from Blues fans since the appointment of Aitor Karanka last summer.

    The message on the plane could be seen clearly from within view of the pitch

    The Spanish coach, who was sacked last week, has left Birmingham loitering in 21st place in the Championship, just three points above the relegation zone.

    And Ren is now taking the brunt of the abuse from Birmingham fans as they bid to have their voice heard while grounds remain empty.

    The banner flown over the stadium read: "By order of Blues fans Dong must go." It was the manner of Karanka's dismissal which has seen Ren receive negative press.

    Charlton announced manager Lee Bowyer was departing for Birmingham before Karanka's sacking had even been publicly announced.

    The mess off the pitch resembles what is happening on the field, with Birmingham winning just one of their last five matches.

    Bowyer's first game in charge did see him have something of an impact as they beat Reading 2-1 at St Andrews. But on Saturday the Blues were again struggling as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Watford.

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    AC MILAN are reportedly chasing Nikola Vlasic for a £26million summer transfer.

    Manchester United knocked the Serie A side out of the Europa League on Thursday, cutting off one route to next year's Champions League.

    If Stefano Pioli can guide Milan back to the premier club competition after seven years away, a spending spree could be green-lit.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Croatian forward Vlasic and Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic are being eyed by the Rossoneri if they qualify.

    Vlasic has excelled at CSKA Moscow following a short spell with Everton.

    The 23-year-old cost £10m when signed from Hajduk Split in 2017 but didn't score a league goal in a quiet year on Merseyside.

    Sent out on loan to CSKA, Everton actually turned a profit on the winger when he left permanently for £14m in 2019.

    This season has seen Vlasic hit 11 goals for the Russian club and he will likely line up versus England in the Euro 2020 group stage.

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    Slavia Prague have condemned a photo posted last night in which a small group of the club's supporters racially abused Rangers star Glen Kamara.

    The picture was posted on Instagram last night and read: "Kamara – just a n*****.'

    This was the racist banner aimed at Glen Kamara

    The Czech club say they have filed a criminal complaint against the 'alleged fans' while saying they 'have been fighting against racism for a long time'.

    It comes after Thursday's flashpoint between the two sides when Ondrej Kudela is alleged to have racially abused Kamara at Ibrox.

    The Gers midfielder released a statement through his lawyer last night in which he revealed the Czech defender called him "a f****** monkey."

    Slavia and the player refute the allegations and say he called the Finnish international "a f****** guy."

    The Czechs have moved to distance themselves from the picture and label it "an unprecedented backstabbing of the club and its ideals."

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    David Alaba is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish giants offered him £165,000 per week and a huge £17million bonus.

    The Austria defender has also been linked with Manchester United, City and Chelsea as he seems sure to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer.

    And according to ABC Deportes, Alaba has ‘verbally agreed’ to join Real Madrid following the huge financial offer tabled by the 13-time European champions.

    Speculation has surrounded the future of Madrid’s current centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, so Alaba could well be seen as a replacement for one of them.

    And the wages and bonus being talked about are affordable for Real due to Alaba arriving on a free transfer.

    Alaba has spent more than a decade with Bayern in what has been a hugely successful spell at the club.

    The Austrian has won nine Bundesliga titles – including eight in a row – and will be looking to make it ten this season with Bayern currently four points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

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    Forget about Alex Ferguson’s hairdryer – Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed he faced the HAIRBAND treatment from Roy Keane!

    The Dutchman says fellow Manchester United legend Keane was an “animal” on the pitch just as fierce off it… with his expectations of team-mates.

    Ruud van Nistelrooy also says Roy Keane was amazingly laidback before games before transforming once the whistle wentCredit: Reuters

    And that extended into the fashion world.  

    Van Nistelrooy told Vibe with Five with Rio Ferdinand: “He was direct, everybody knows that.

    I had this hairband and for three months every day, he was talking about it. 

    ‘Get that thing from your head, what are you doing with that thing, you’re in the Premier League now’, but that was changing room banter.

    “He kept you on your toes. He would hammer himself after a training session if he hadn’t played well. 

    “He set the standard for himself and everyone, which I appreciated. I had to get used to it though because, man, it was intense.”

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    Robert Lewandowski was in unstoppable form as he netted a 20-minute hat-trick for rampant Bayern Munich.

    The Poland striker was at his ruthless best as he destroyed Stuttgart in their 4-0 win, despite the hosts playing most of the game with ten men.

    Robert Lewandowski's treble gives him 42 goals in 36 games

    The German and European champions suffered a blow after just 12 minutes when Alphonso Davies was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Wataru Endo.

    But this did not stop Bayern taking the lead after 17 minutes when Lewandowski fired home after being set up by Serge Gnabry.

    Lewandowski headed in his second in the 23 minutes, which was almost immediately after Gnabry made it 2-0.

    The 32-year-old striker completed his hat-trick with a low strike six minutes before the break.

    It was his 35th goal in just 25 Bundesliga matches this campaign and he has now scored more than 40 goals for the sixth season in a row.

    Lewandowski has scored an incredible 42 goals in 36 games this season

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    Cristiano Ronaldo faces a  £17million tax hit if he rejoins Real Madrid – unless on just a one-year contract.

    The £345,000-a-week Juventus attacker, 36, has also been linked with another old club in Manchester United.

    Ex-Real Madrid and Man Utd frontman Cristiano Ronaldo has much more advantageous tax laws in Italy than he would have in Spain

    But despite Bernabedu chief Zinedine Zidane admitting a switch back to Real was possible, the move would be tricky financially for both Real and Ronaldo.

    Marca quote Himnus Football Lawyers CEO Toni Roca as saying: “Ronaldo enjoys a special tax regime.

    “He did not go to Italy by chance, since the transalpine country has the most favourable tax treatment of the five major leagues on the continent.”

    Roca believes Italy receives only around £200k a year in tax from Ronaldo’s annual £35million wages.

    But in 2015 Spain scrapped the Beckham Law, which gave wealthy foreigners a large tax allowance.

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    Neymar has been revealed as the highest paid player in Ligue 1, raking in more than £600,000 per week.

    The Brazilian earns nearly £200,000 more than teammate Kylian Mbappe, who is next on the list of top earners.

    Paris Saint-Germain players fill all of the top ten in the list put together by French outlet L'Equipe.

    Marquinhos and Marco Verratti are the only other two players to be earning more than £200,000, while Angel Di Maria rounds off the top five.

    Also included in the list is Keylor Navas, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, Juan Bernat and Presnel Kimpembe.

    The breakdown of Neymar's earnings sees him make a total of £31.6million per year.

    That means that every month the Brazilian is at the club he collects an extraordinary £2.63m.

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    Tottenham will NOT pay Benfica £36million to make Carlos Vinicius' stay permanent, according to reports.

    Spurs would like to keep the Brazilian in North London but The Mail reports they are only prepared to offer the Portuguese side £17m.

    Carlos Vinicius could remain at Spurs beyond this season

    Talks began at the beginning of the month with the 25-year-old's future still up in the air.

    He arrived at Spurs in October with the club desperate for some back-up to England skipper Harry Kane up front.

    The season-long loan cost Spurs £2.7m and Vinicius appears to have done enough for club chiefs to consider extending his stay.

    Although figures aren't believed to have been discussed yet, the report states Daniel Levy is prepared to offer £17m rather than the £36m option to buy fee included in the loan arrangement.

    Benfica coughed up £14.5m to sign Vinicius from Napoli in 2019 and will be looking for a higher return form their initial investment.

    The player is believed to be keen to stick it out at Tottenham despite clearly being behind Kane in the pecking order.

    His agent Flavio Ribeiro is said to have already told Benfica his client wants to remain in the Premier League.

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    Dinamo Zagreb's former Arsenal youngster Robbie Burton has cheekily celebrated at Tottenham's expense.

    Zagreb pulled off a stunning comeback to dump Spurs out of the Europa League and Burton certainly made the most of their famous victory.

    It was a disastrous defeat for Spurs as they crashed out of Europe after losing 3-2 on aggregate to the Croatians.

    And Burton could not resist having a dig at Tottenham as he tweeted: "London is red…..Croatia is blue."

    It completed a shocking week for Spurs after losing to Arsenal in the North London derby.

    Burton, 21, came through the Gunners academy before the midfielder moved to Dinamo Zagreb last year.

    Jose Mourinho's side face an uphill struggle to qualify for Europe and the Tottenham boss was left dejected after their feeble defeat in Zagreb.

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    Man Utd are reportedly leading the race to sign Barcelona whizzkid Ilaix Moriba.

    The 18-year-old midfielder has caught the eye of a number of clubs in Europe – despite only having made seven appearances for the Catalans this season.

    Moriba, who joined Barcelona’s academy in 2010, has impressed in his handful of appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side – scoring one goal and bagging two assists.

    RB Leipzig and Chelsea are said to be two of the clubs impressed by the teenager’s displays this season.

    But according to Mundo Deportivo, United are ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race to land the Guinean-born Spaniard.

    If the Red Devils were to make a move for Moriba in the summer, they would have to meet his whopping £86million release clause.

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    Everton are reportedly set to sign goal-keeper Cecilia Ran Runarsdottir from Icelandic outfit Fylkir on a four-year deal.

    Runarsdottir, 17, will join the Toffees in July when she turns 18 for an undisclosed fee, according to Goal.com.

    The Icelandic national is currently on loan at Swedish club KIF Orebro where she will stay until summer, Goal also claim.

    Everton seem to keeping the deal under wraps, and neither club nor player have announced the move yet.

    Runarsdottir’s career has been on a steady rise since she began playing football at 13.

    She started out at Afturelding and helped them win the Second Division title before joining the Urvalsdeild, Iceland’s top-flight with Fylkir.

    Runarsdottir will reportedly join the Toffees in the summer
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    Ralph Hasenhuttl feels Southampton have been rewarded for going for it in the FA Cup with a semi-final place.

    Boss Hasenhuttl said: “I said in January that now is the time to take this chance because it is always a good chance for a smaller club like we are to write history.

    “If you are good in the league, and we were in a good position at that moment, then you can concentrate on the FA Cup.

    “We took the risk that cost us a few injuries in January and February, because we were always going for the strongest side against Wolves and Arsenal to go through.

    “But now we get the rewards for it. We have a very, very good game in Wembley. It’s a highlight for us.

    “There will be for sure a strong opponent waiting for us but with one game, everything is possible.”

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    Juventus are reportedly ready to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba back to Turin.

    According to La Nazione, the Old Lady are prepared to sell Paulo Dybala in order to sign the French World Cup winner.

    Juventus are in the market for a central midfielder, with Andrea Pirlo looking to assemble a squad capable of winning the Champions League.

    It is understood that Pogba is open to a return to Italy with his contract at Old Trafford to expire in 2022.

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    Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has no future at Hertha Berlin following his loan spell with them this season, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old fell out with Mikel Arteta after reportedly bragging about his wages to players during a game against Brighton last season.

    His volatile nature led him to leave the Emirates for a loan spell at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, where he has played 13 times this season, scoring two goals.

    However, Bild are now reporting that Guendouzi has come across as 'moody', 'stubborn' and has a 'resistance to advice', characteristics which mean he will not be offered a permanent deal with the team.

    This news comes after Hertha boss Pal Dardai's recent quotes about the young midfielder.

    Dardai told Bild: "It's like puberty for him, he's kind of a rebel. He has to work and learn like an animal."

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