Jay Rodriguez has left West Brom and returned to hometown club Burnley in a deal reportedly rising to £10million.

The one-time England international heads back to Lancashire on a two-year deal, with an option of an additional 12 months.

Burnley reportedly parted with £5million to activate his release clause and will pay the second half of the fee in 2020.

Rodriguez, 29, scored 41 goals in 129 appearances during his first spell at Turf Moor before moving to Southampton in 2012.

He switched to West Brom in 2017 and hit 22 league goals last season as the Baggies lost out in the Championship play-offs to Aston Villa.

The striker joined up with Sean Dyche's squad, including fellow new signing Erik Pieters, in Portugal on Monday.

Manchester City have loaned United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen to Fortuna Dusseldorf for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign.

Steffen was signed by the Premier League champions in December but remained on loan with Columbus Crew for the first half of the Major League Soccer season.

He made his 84th and final appearances for Columbus in last month's 2-2 draw with New York City FC and is now heading back to Germany with Dusseldorf, having previously played 14 times for Freiburg's reserve team at the start of his career.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to Germany and becoming part of such a traditional club," he told his new side's official website.

The 2018 US Soccer Male Player of the Year was first-choice keeper for the United States at the Gold Cup, which ultimately ended in disappointment with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Sunday's final.

Confirmation of Steffen's departure came on the same day that City loaned fellow goalkeeper Aro Muric to Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Muric will also spend the whole of next season away from the Etihad Stadium, but he signed a renewal before departing that keeps him under contract until 2024.

"Extending my current deal with City by a further three years is incredible and an honour for me," he told City's official website.

"I really enjoyed the 2018-19 season and to be involved in our successful EFL Cup run was an amazing experience.

"The players and supporters have made me feel so happy and part of everything and the club have showed their belief in me with this deal."

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Xherdan Shaqiri for the start of their pre-season programme due to a calf tear.

Shaqiri picked up the injury during Switzerland's Nations League clash with England on June 9.

The 27-year-old returned to Liverpool's Melwood training complex on Monday, but he faces a period of rehabilitation before he can take part in full training.

"Shaq is still injured from the national team and it will take a while until he is in again," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"He has a tear in his calf, so he will not be involved for a while."

Shaqiri, a reported £13million signing from Stoke City last year, also spent time on the sidelines towards the end of last season with a groin injury.

Liverpool kick off their warm-up matches ahead of the new campaign with a trip to neighbours Tranmere Rovers on Thursday.

Paul Pogba deserves no criticism for his conduct despite wanting out of Manchester United, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

World Cup winner Pogba has travelled to Australia for the start of United's pre-season tour despite Raiola recently admitting the midfielder is "in the process" of securing a move.

Juventus, his former employers, and LaLiga giants Real Madrid are expected to battle for the 26-year-old's signature.

Pogba's return to Old Trafford from Italy has not gone to plan, with critics questioning his consistency and leadership amid an underwhelming period for the club, and a drawn-out exit could prove a distraction as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to build a new team.

Tensions appeared to be fraying to some degree in a video posted to the Premier League outfit's social media channels, which showed defender Victor Lindelof intervening in a purported disagreement between France international Pogba and team-mate Jesse Lingard.

Raiola, though, says his client has behaved respectfully throughout the weeks of speculation.

"[Pogba] has done nothing wrong," Raiola said in a statement released to talkSPORT.

"He has been respectful and professional in every way and always.

"The club has known his feeling for a long time.

"It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.

"Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties."

Pogba and his United team-mates trained in Western Australia on Tuesday ahead of this weekend's friendly against local A-League side Perth Glory.

Solskjaer's men then face Leeds United before venturing to Singapore for an International Champions Cup date with Inter.

Victor Lindelof's agent has confirmed the rumoured Barcelona target is attracting interest from one of Europe's top clubs.

LaLiga champions Barca are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back after missing out on Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who appears set to join Juventus.

Manchester United defender Lindelof has reportedly emerged as an option to rival starters Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet amid reports the club are prepared to part with Samuel Umtiti.

United are said to be among Umtiti's suitors but it remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to lose Sweden international Lindelof.

"Lindelof is on the radar of a great European club, but leaving United depends on the English club," Hasan Cetinkaya, the 24-year-old's agent, told Mundo Deportivo.

Lindelof signed a four-year contract when he joined United from Benfica in July 2017, with an option for an additional 12 months.

The Premier League club have been heavily linked with Leicester City's Harry Maguire as manager Solskjaer looks to remodel a defence that leaked 54 league goals last term.

Thomas Meunier put the onus on Paris Saint-Germain to provide clarity on his future by confirming he wants to remain at the club.

Right-back Meunier is out of contract in 2020 and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Arsenal and Everton have reportedly expressed an interest in the Belgium international after Manchester United filled their vacancy in the position with the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

PSG could listen to offers if head coach Thomas Tuchel deems him surplus to requirements but the 27-year-old would prefer to stay and fight for a new deal.

"The club knows my intentions. I want to stay in Paris," Meunier told France Football.

"The executives know I am open to spending my fourth season here and to signing a new contract.

"It will be their decision - everything is in their hands."

Meunier made 19 starts in Ligue 1 last season as he faced competition from Thilo Kehrer and Dani Alves, who is now a free agent.

Real Madrid want Paul Pogba and the LaLiga giants are confident the Manchester United midfielder would reject a possible return to Juventus.

Pogba, 26, is set to leave Old Trafford this close season, just three years after returning to the Premier League club from Juve.

The France international is heavily linked with a move to Madrid, but the Serie A champions are also reportedly interested.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID BELIEVE POGBA WILL REJECT JUVE RETURN

Real Madrid feel Pogba will opt against a return to Juventus even if the chance presented itself, according to the Daily Mail.

The report says Pogba wants to play for compatriot and Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and experience a new league.

Pogba has travelled with United for their pre-season tour, but his agent recently said the midfielder wants an exit.

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- Madrid are set to raise some funds by selling James Rodriguez to Napoli. Marca report Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is in Madrid with James' agent, with the LaLiga side wanting €42million for the playmaker. Napoli, meanwhile, want an option to buy later.

- Mauro Icardi is unwanted at Inter, with Napoli and Juventus linked with the forward. Corriere dello Sport report Juve president Andrea Agnelli was meeting with agent Gabriele Giuffrida, who could be the intermediary for negotiations between the Serie A champions and Inter.

- Manchester United appear to be searching for a midfielder this close season and they are linked with a surprise move for Tiemoue Bakayoko. RMC Sport say United have made contact with Chelsea about Bakayoko, back at Stamford Bridge after a loan spell at AC Milan, while Paris Saint-Germain are also chasing the French midfielder.

- Juventus are willing to sell Joao Cancelo. According to Corriere Torino, Maurizio Sarri has approved the sale of the full-back, who has been linked to Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

- Everton are looking to strengthen with the addition of a forward. Sport report the Premier League club are willing to offer £31.4m (€35m) for Barcelona forward Malcom, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal. Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport say Everton had a £26.9m (€30m) offer for teenage Juventus forward Moise Kean turned down.

- Like Icardi unwanted at Inter, Radja Nainggolan has offers from China. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Belgian midfielder is evaluating offers from Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs Dalian Yifang and Shanghai Shenhua.

Edu has been replaced by Juninho as general coordinator of Brazil amid reports he is set to become Arsenal's technical director.

Edu, 41, is reportedly set to return to the Premier League club, who he played for between 2000 and 2005.

The former Brazil international will reportedly become technical director, days after his nation secured the Copa America.

In a statement on Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed director of football development Juninho – who played for the likes of Atletico Madrid and Middlesbrough – would replace Edu.

"Edu built a story inside the CBF, helped to elaborate a methodology of work and also leaves a winner," CBF president Rogerio Caboclo said.

"I would like to record our thanks.

"Juninho also represents the Brazilian football that lifts trophies. He is a winner on and off the field with a solid career as a manager.

"In those first few months with CBF he proved we were right in choosing him. He did a great job on the development board.

"It was a difficult decision, but we are sure that he will carry out the new role with great success."

Tottenham duo Harry Winks and Ben Davies have signed new contracts to keep them at the club until 2024.

Winks has been rewarded for an impressive season in which he made 26 Premier League appearances and cemented his place in the England set-up.

Davies, meanwhile, kept Danny Rose out of the team at left-back for much of 2018-19 and has also agreed to extend his deal.

"I'm obviously delighted to sign here for the next five years," Davies told Spurs TV.

"It's one that I've worked really hard for to put myself in the position to stay at this club for the next few years and I'm delighted to be here."

"I've been at the club since I was five so when I got the opportunity to sign a new contract it was a no-brainer," said Winks.

"It's been a difficult season but a great season last year especially so to sign a new contract, I'm delighted. I'm really happy."

Aston Villa have signed Tyrone Mings for a reported £20million.

The defender becomes Bournemouth's club-record sale, with the fee said to include clauses that could see it rise to £26.5m.

During a loan spell at Villa Park last season, Mings made 18 appearances to help Villa win promotion from the Championship.

And after the arrivals of Matt Targett and Wesley, Mings has further bolstered Dean Smith's squad for the 2019-20 season.

"We're really pleased to have Tyrone back at Aston Villa on a permanent basis," he told Villa's official club website.

"I think everybody could see the connection that he made with the club as a whole and it is excellent news that we can continue the relationship in the Premier League. 

"He will be an integral part of the squad for the new season and I look forward to working with him and helping to further develop his game."

Mings joined Bournemouth from Ipswich Town in June 2015 and made 17 Premier League appearances for the club.

In September 2017, Mings was banned for five games after stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head during a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Tottenham have appointed former midfielder Ryan Mason as an academy coach as part of a reshuffle of their backroom staff.

The 28-year-old, who retired from football in February 2018 after suffering a head injury, will take charge of the Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League.

Mason, who worked with Spurs' academy staff last year while earning his coaching badges, spent 17 years at the club as a youngster and senior player before a permanent move to Hull City in 2016.

He was forced to retire after fracturing his skull in a collision with Gary Cahill in Hull's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea in January 2017.

Former Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers and West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor has also joined Spurs' academy staff, taking over as Under-18s boss.

Marko Arnautovic has completed a move from West Ham to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

Arnautovic handed in a transfer request at London Stadium in January, but agreed to stay at West Ham, signing a new five-year deal.

However, renewed interest from China reportedly led to the 30-year-old former Stoke City forward asking to leave West Ham again in July.

The fee to take him to Shanghai is rumoured to be £22million, with Arnautovic linking up with Hulk and former Chelsea playmaker Oscar at SIPG.

A West Ham statement read: "West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee.

"The 30-year-old Austrian departs after two seasons at London Stadium, during which he scored 22 goals in 65 appearances in claret and blue."

Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke in 2017, scoring 11 Premier League goals in his first season at the club before netting 10 more in the top flight last term.

Manuel Pellegrini's side must now look to bring in a replacement for the striker, with Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez having already left the club.

They have been linked with a £45m move for Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo.

James Rodriguez could yet be staying in Madrid – by moving to Atletico.

James, 27, is set to leave Real Madrid after Bayern Munich opted against exercising their purchase option for the playmaker at the conclusion of his two-year loan deal.

It seemed the Colombia international was likely to move to Napoli, but interest from Atletico has, at least, slowed down that potential switch.

 

TOP STORY – JAMES PREFERS ATLETICO SWITCH OVER NAPOLI

According to Gol Caracol, James is enjoying the interest from Atletico Madrid.

The report says Atletico would be ready to invest the €120million they are expected to receive from Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann on James.

With Joao Felix having already arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Simeone could have plenty of attacking talent to work with next season.

 

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- Griezmann is set for a fine. AS report the forward, expected to join Barcelona, did not report for the start of Atletico Madrid's pre-season and could face a fine. The France international is reportedly in Ibiza on holiday.

- Paul Pogba will join Manchester United on their pre-season tour despite wanting a move from Old Trafford. The Mirror report Real Madrid – who are eyeing the midfielder – told Pogba to make the trip, unwilling to risk upsetting the United hierarchy.

- Inter are still trying, unsuccessfully, to find a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. La Repubblica report Inter offered either Mauro Icardi or Radja Nainggolan as part of a deal for Lukaku, but that was rejected.

- Tottenham are eager to bring in Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Corriere dello Sport report Spurs have offered £20.6m (€23m) plus defender Toby Alderweireld for Zaniolo, a deal which was apparently well received. Juventus are also interested in the 20-year-old Italy international.

- Just as it looked like his Valencia deal was just about done, Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez may have had a change of heart. West Ham have offered to meet Gomez's £44.9m (€50.1m) release clause, according to Sky Sports, who say the Premier League club – who sold Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG – want to pay in instalments.

- Liverpool could be signing another young talent. The Telegraph report the European champions are set to sign England Under-17 midfielder Harvey Elliott, the 16-year-old having left Fulham and decided to head to Anfield over several European giants. Liverpool have already added 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg this close season.

Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes can understand why Zinedine Zidane is so determined to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola made it clear this week that the France international is seeking a move away from Old Trafford and Madrid are considered the favourites to land his signature.

Head coach Zidane has previously talked up the possibility of signing the World Cup winner, who was named in the PFA Premier League Team of Year last season despite attracting widespread criticism for some of his performances.

But while Morientes believes Pogba would be a good addition to Madrid's squad, he expects former team-mate Zidane to offload players before pushing to bring in the wantaway United midfielder.

"I think he is a great player, but Real Madrid need to let some players leave before signing others," he told reporters.

"There are many good players in the Real Madrid midfield but Pogba is one of the best there is. 

"Zidane is pushing a lot to sign him. I think when a coach wants a player it is because he knows he is going to do good things, so if Pogba came he would be a good signing for Real Madrid."

Despite Raiola's comments on Friday, Pogba has travelled to Australia for the start of United's pre-season tour.

Jurgen Klopp hopes Liverpool will get "addicted" to winning trophies after their Champions League triumph, which arrived when he had forgotten what such glorious moments feel like.

The German manager's last trophy came in 2014 when he won the DFL Supercup with Borussia Dortmund, while he narrowly missed out on guiding Liverpool to the Europa League, League Cup and Champions League in subsequent years. 

Having finished as runners-up in all three competitions under Klopp, the Reds finally claimed silverware under his stewardship when they beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to clinch Europe's top prize for the sixth time.

Klopp expressed his relief at having ended his drought and said the memory of the celebrations in Liverpool city centre would spur his players on in 2019-20.

"It was actually better than I expected, to be honest, because it was long ago that I won something so I didn't know exactly how it feels anymore," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"Of course we move on. It's not that wherever we go it's like, 'Morning, we won the Champions League!'. But why should we forget it?

"It's just something that should give the boys more confidence – that's important. But if you only use confidence you have no chance, but nobody should worry about this team.

"It's not about being finally satisfied, happy or done with our careers because we won the Champions League, there is so much to go for.

"We smelled really how it feels – we played the final, we won the final, we came into the city, we saw the city and saw the people. That’s something you can get addicted to, you want to have that much more often."

Klopp's contract at Anfield expires in three years and his agent, Marc Kosicke, said the club's directors are keen to tie the 52-year-old to a longer deal.

In addition, Kosicke pointed out that Germany coach Joachim Low is also on a contract that runs out in 2022 and indicated that taking charge of Die Mannschaft is not out of the question for his client.

"Jurgen himself once said that in the event that Jogi Low someday no longer wants to be a national coach and the role became available, this is an option for him," Kosicke told Die Welt.

However, Kosicke added that Klopp is in no mood to think about leaving anytime soon, saying: "He felt again, at the recent city festivities, what a great club Liverpool is and that he is in the right place at the right time."

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