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Liverpool have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee believed to be around £34m.

The news comes after weeks of speculation, with Liverpool’s approaches for the Egypt international initially being rebuffed by Roma.

But Salah – who recorded 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A last season – was keen on the move, and on Thursday completed his medical to return to the Premier League.
“I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club," Salah told the official Liverpool website. "I really want to win something for this club.

“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100 per cent to win something.

“Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp struggled to find a solution when his side were without Sadio Mane last season, but the German coach believes that Salah could be the man to solve that issue for the title hopefuls.

“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area," Klopp said. "I like that we will make it even more competitive.

“He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country. His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. I have followed him since he emerged at Basel and he has matured into a really good player.

“He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool. I welcome him and his family into our Liverpool family.”
This is Salah's second spell in the Premier League. The 25-year-old joined Chelsea in an £11m move from Basel three years ago, but struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge and was shipped out on loan to first Fiorentina and then Roma.

Salah completed a permanent move to Roma for £13m last summer.

Dani Alves drops Manchester City hint

Published in England Premier League
Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:20

Juventus full-back Dani Alves has hinted that he will join Manchester City after admitting “everyone knows my admiration for Pep Guardiola.”

Alves is set to leave Juve on a free transfer after just one season in Turin, and the Brazilian refused to play down the idea of reuniting with Guardiola, whom he played under at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.

“I’ve learned that you can never stop doing what you love and I love music. Music’s my passion, football’s a hobby,” he told Conversa com Bial.

“Leaving Juve on a free transfer? I don’t know what’s happening. Have I asked to leave? I’ve left the work to my agents, and they’ve said they’d talk to me once they found a resolution.

“If I go, it’ll be without any conflicts, without any problems, as opposed to what’s being said.

“City my next team? Well, everyone knows my admiration for Pep Guardiola…”

Read the original article on Football Italia - The ultimate website for English-speaking fans of Italian football

Monaco midfielder Fabinho would be tempted by a move to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the principality, having helped Leonardo Jardim's men to impressively win Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Fabinho, who can also slot in at right-back, has - like many of his team-mates - been attracting admiring glances from some of European football's biggest clubs.

United are among those linked with the Brazil international, who told Esporte Interativo in his homeland that he would be open to an approach.

"If Mourinho invites me (to join United) it would be very tempting, but, first of all, I would have to talk with my agent and with Monaco to make the things right," Fabinho said.

"But Manchester United is a great team and I would think about it, for sure."
Tottenham's Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic at Chelsea are other midfield options said to be under consideration as United look to strengthen this summer. Reports that the latter has already verbally agreed personal terms have been dismissed by the club.

Benfica's Victor Lindelof has been United's only summer acquisition to date and Press Association Sport understands the club intend to make three or four high-quality additions in total.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is a player Mourinho hopes to bring to Old Trafford, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury and impending exit meaning a frontman has become a priority.

Confederations Cup, Group A - Krestovsky Stadium - New Zealand 0 Portugal 4 (Ronaldo 33 pen, B Silva 37, A Silva 80, Nani 90+1)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th international goal as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

The match started evenly, but Portugal grew into the game. When Danilo was blocked in the box between two defenders, the referee gave a penalty.

Cristiano Ronaldo calmly blasted a high shot past the keeper for his 75th international goal, and minutes later it was two when Bernardo Silva was on hand with a late run in the box to fire past Stefan Marinovic.
Andre Silva was lucky not to be sent off when he aimed a punch at Michael Boxall.

In the second half, New Zealand had a shot cleared off the line, but Marinovic was called into a couple of excellent stops to keep the scoreline respectable. Andre Silva and Nani added late goals despite his best efforts.

Portugal are now through to the semi-finals, topping the group with seven points. They are joined by Mexico, who eliminated hosts Russia.
TALKING POINT

How far can Andre Silva go? It's only New Zealand, but eight goals in 11 international appearances suggest there is plenty to come. He's moved to AC Milan in the summer, and while he is only 21 now, he is alive in the box and capable of creating his own chances. Ronaldo thinks he is his successor, and while he may not be that good, he is capable of becoming an excellent player in his own right.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo was the creative hub of the team. While he might have got a goal, it was from the spot. However, he was able to stretch play and lay off to either side in order to give colleagues the chance to cross from the right. An easy match was made simple by Ronaldo.
PLAYER RATINGS

Portugal: Patricio 6, Eliseu 6, Alves 6, Pepe 5, Semedo 7, Moutinho 6, Danilo 6, A Silva 7, B Silva 7, Quaresma 6, Ronaldo 7. Subs: Pizzi 6, Nani 7, Martins 6.

New Zealand: Marinovic 6, Ingham 5, Durante 5, Boxall 6, Doyle 6, McGlinchey 5, Thomas 5, Smith 6, Lewis 5, Rojas 5, Wood 6. Subs: Tuiloma 6, Barbarouses 6, Smeltz 6.

KEY EVENTS

32' - PENALTY! Danilo goes down as he looks for a cross, he's sandwiched between two defenders and go down, and the ref awards it.

33' - GOAL! Portugal 1-0 New Zealand. Ronaldo scores - A confident run-up and Ronaldo blasts his spot-kick up to the right, Marinovic goes left.

38' - GOAL! Portugal 2-0 New Zealand. Bernardo Silva scores - Eliseu is released down the left, he skips down the wing, into the box, and he squares it for Silva to fire into the net. He lands awkwardly on Doyle, who is booked for his attempted sliding block.
58' - SMITH CHANCE - New Zealand go close. Doyle slides a cross across the six yard box to the back post. Smith slides a leg out, it's through Patricio's legs and it bounces off Alves and away.

80' - GOAL! Portugal 3-0 New Zealand. Andre Silva scores - A defensive mistake gives Silva the ball on the halfway line. He jogs goalwards, isn't challenged, and darts past one defender before rifling into the top of the net from a tight angle.
90+1' - GOAL! Portugal 4-0 New Zeland. Nani scores - Released into the box, Nani performs a couple of stepovers to make some space, and he drills it inside the far post.
Cristiano Ronaldo now has 75 international goals.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 on Monday to win their second NBA championship in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the playoffs.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them last year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 15-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors hoping to win an elusive title and on Monday he not only reached his goal, but was also named the unanimous Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.
Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, led the way in a 4-1 series win over the Cavaliers to capture his maiden NBA title.

The 28-year-old American averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven Finals, which the Warriors wrapped up in five games.

To win his first NBA title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals.
"He's the only person that I was looking at since 2012," Durant said after the game.

"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him ... you can't stop the guy. But we battled.
"I told him we're tied up now and we're going to try to do this thing again but I'm going to celebrate this one tonight."

The imminent captuire of Victor Lindelof says everything about what Jose Mourinho wants to accomplish at Manchester United, writes Jim White.

Never mind the buzz and glitter surrounding Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata, the fact that Manchester United’s first signing of the summer is set to be Victor Lindelof tells us much about Jose Mourinho’s priorities.

This is a manager who knows how to win the Premier League. And he knows the first essential element of any challenge is a pair of proper centre-backs. He had them in John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea. He knows his history of Manchester United, aware they were at their most potent when they could rely on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic or Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce. Above all he knew he was not going to win the league dependent on a combination drawn from Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, the cohort he was bequeathed by Louis van Gaal.

His first move was to bring in Eric Bailly last season, who already looks the part. But Bailly needs a consistent, reliable partner. Now United have paid £31 million for Benfica’s Swedish centre-back Mourinho has two fine prospects still in their early twenties. Play these two in front of David De Gea and it could be the bedrock of a long-running saga, the cornerstone of a title-challenging team.
A fee of £31m, more than the United record for a defender paid out to bring Ferdinand in from Leeds in 2002, may seem a mighty steep price tag for what is essentially still a work in progress. Because make no mistake about it, Lindelof is not yet the finished article, with much to learn, not least about the intensity of a Premier League season, something of which he has no experience gliding away at the top of the Portuguese league.

But in these days of hyper transfer inflation, that is likely to become the price of admission we will see this summer for a decent player. Absurd as it sounds, if Virgil van Dijk is expected to change hands at north of £60m, £31m for Lindelof is as close to a bargain as the mad world of football finance allows.

Lindelof is a prospect all right. Quick, strong, the Swede is a brilliant modern defender, someone who has played extensively at full-back, as at home in a back three as a back four. Sophisticated, cultured and multilingual, he showed his ambition by moving to Portugal as a 17-year-old. In Sweden he is already reckoned the natural heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the country’s most influential footballer. He has a girlfriend busy on Instagram promoting his image as level-headed, calm and unflash. When he turns out in a yellow shirt – as he did in this week’s derby international against Norway - he already has the look of a leader.
And what is particularly noteworthy about him is his experience. He is 22, but already has 73 first-team appearances behind him at Benfica, including 12 in the Champions League. If there is no better place to learn the game than in the heat of the first team, then Lindelof is already well ahead of many of his contemporaries making their way in the English game.

Over the weekend, England’s Under-20s won the World Cup. It was a magnificent performance, proof that when it comes to technique and potential, English players are at the front of the international queue. A brilliant win it might have been, but the reward for most of those who participated is likely to be a season-long loan at Derby. Or Reading. Or Preston.

This has now become the Premier League norm. Millions are channelled annually into youth development. But then, the most crucial part of a player’s learning curve – the graduation into the first team – is largely blocked off. Sure, Everton, Southampton and Tottenham have promoted more than most. But the standard methodology in the Premier League is to deal only with those who are close to the finished article. And to pay out accordingly.
Take Timothy Fosu Mensah at United. An outstanding prospect, full of pace and aggression, about to turn 20: what he needs most of all now to test his potential is an extensive run in the first team. It won’t happen at Old Trafford. Particularly not now Lindelof has been brought in ahead of him. While the Swede was given his chance in Benfica’s first team at 20, at the same age Fosu Mensah will find his progress stalled. Even if he stays at Old Trafford this season, the young Dutchman is unlikely to add many to the dozen games he has already played for the Reds.

And it is understandable why. The sheer financial pressure to succeed in England is such that youth cannot be risked. So instead, Premier League clubs use the European leagues for their research and development. Instead of blooding their own, they pay someone else £31m to complete a player’s education. Football’s new economic truth is that even an institution as storied as Benfica has become a feeder club for the English giants.

 

Juventus defender Dani Alves has admitted that one day he would like to play in England whilst saying that team-mate Paulo Dybala needs to leave the club in order to fulfil his potential.

After eight years with Barcelona - where he won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues amongst other trophies - Alves left on a free in the summer of 2016 to join Juventus.

During his first season with the club he won the domestic double but there has been speculation that he might move on, with the Premier League mentioned as a possible destination after rumours of interest last year.
Alves admitted in a TV interview that he had received offers from England and one day he would like to test himself there.

"Last year I turned down many offers from the Premier League because I felt I had to go to Serie A," Alves told Esporte Interativo.

"There is a great defensive culture, and to go and play in England you have to know how to defend well. I hope that one day I will go there."

When asked if that could happen Alves said: "Who knows? We'll see."
He also discussed the future of Dybala, with the young forward repeatedly linked with a move to Alves' former club Barcelona.

"We have talked and I told him that one day he will have to leave to improve.

"He is a jewel that will blossom. We talked so many times about it and I said one day, I don't know when, that he will have to leave Juventus if he is to improve even more."

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says he will donate £50 to a fund for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire for every minute he plays at the European U21 Championship.

The official death toll from the inferno which engulfed the high-rise tower block in west London on June 14 stands at 30, although an estimated 70 people are still unaccounted for and the death toll is expected to rise considerably.

Residents have been displaced, and scores of families affected, in an event which has shocked the entire country.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has already pledged to donate in support of the victims as they try and rebuild their lives, with Bellerin, a resident of London, joining in.
Spain start their campaign at the finals when they take on Macedonia at 7:45pm this evening.

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has pledged to offer his services to the Grenfell Tower relief effort by helping to find new homes for survivors.

Bertrand, 27, who featured for England in this week's friendly defeat to France in Paris, revealed on Twitter that he wants to help out those affected by the fire disaster by doing more than just donating.
Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead and Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy, the officer in charge of the investigation, has warned the death toll could rise further.

"I went to Grenfell Tower (on Friday). I want to help, not just donate. I can't think of all the answers but I can do what I feel is needed," said Bertrand.
Olympique Lyonnais are expecting competition from various clubs as they hold "advanced talks" to sign midfielder Bertrand Traore from Premier League champions Chelsea, the Ligue 1 team's president Jean-Michel Aulas said.

The 21-year-old, who made 12 appearances for Chelsea in the 2015-16 season, was loaned out to Ajax Amsterdam last season, where he scored 13 goals to help them reach the Europa League final and finish second in the Dutch league.
"We want to bring Bertrand Traore to the club," Aulas told reporters at a press conference to unveil the club's newly signed defender Fernando Marcal.

"There are advanced talks there, but many clubs are interested.

"We absolutely want to do the deal."

The Burkina Faso international signed a new three-year contract at Chelsea in 2016.

"Starting with rehousing the victims, and making sure they don't leave the W11 post code. And remain on the emergency housing list.

"Monday I will be around @RugbyPortobello putting this plan into action. From 10:30am until progress has been made."

Mr Cundy said on Saturday that of the 58 people, 30 were confirmed dead while16 bodies had been recovered from the 120-flat Tower and taken to a mortuary.

Bertrand, who won his 14th England cap in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat, signed a new five-year contract with Southampton last summer after joining from Chelsea in a £10million deal in 2015 after an initial loan spell.

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