Aaron Wan-Bissaka is distracted by speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace, says England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd.

Wan-Bissaka is reportedly a transfer target for the Red Devils, but Palace are said to be demanding £50million for the full-back.

The 21-year-old made 35 Premier League appearances in a breakthrough campaign last term and is on international duty at the European Under-21 Championship.

Wan-Bissaka's late own goal contributed to England losing their opening group game 2-1 against France and Boothroyd feels the defender has been affected by talk he could be moving to Old Trafford.

"When that speculation is flying around it's bound to turn your head," Boothroyd told reporters.

"For a young player, who all he knows is Crystal Palace, it would be daft not to say that in some way he must think about it.

"He's disappointed obviously with the way that the own goal turned out.

"With all the noise that's surrounding him at the minute you can imagine if you and I were in that position we'd probably be a lot different to what he is.

"He's very calm, he's very measured, he doesn't say a great deal but if he plays tomorrow night [against Romania] I'm expecting the same sort of focus, the same sort of energy and I expect him to bounce back."

Boothroyd suggested he would not stand in Wan-Bissaka's way if a move away from Palace could be completed during the tournament.

"It seems like it's been going on for a long time," he said of the transfer speculation surrounding Wan-Bissaka. 

"We had a similar situation in Poland last time with [then Sunderland goalkeeper] Jordan Pickford, a lot of speculation.

"Everton agreed the deal they worked very closely with us, they were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our training and our build-up and in the end it was done - with the medicals in a hotel down the road away from everybody else.

"If that was to happen we certainly wouldn't be blocking anybody, we'd be talking to people and seeing if we can help out in any way provided both clubs were happy with it. If that happens we'll oblige and if it doesn't suit us then we'll find a time when it does."

Craig Bellamy has been appointed Under-21 coach at Anderlecht, joining his former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany at the club.

Kompany was appointed player-manager by the Belgian side following his City departure after helping Pep Guardiola's side claim an unprecedented domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup last term.

And the centre-back is building up his backroom staff with Bellamy brought in on a three-year deal to oversee Anderlecht's Under-21 side.

"We are very happy with Craig's arrival at Anderlecht," youth director Jean Kindermans told Anderlecht's official website.

"He has a lot of experience and will be a great mentor for our youth players mentally speaking, but also in terms of football skills.

"As coach of the Under-21 team, his task will be to prepare our young talents for the first team."

Former Wales striker Bellamy stepped down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in January amid a club investigation into claims of bullying, allegations the former Wales forward said he "categorically" denies.

The 39-year-old played for clubs including Newcastle United and Liverpool during his career.

Maurizio Sarri has claimed he could not play his preferred system at Chelsea as he had to accommodate Eden Hazard.

Belgium international Hazard starred for Chelsea last season, scoring 21 goals and providing 17 assists across all competitions.

His form earned him a move to Real Madrid, while Sarri - who won the Europa League and led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League - left for Juventus.

Sarri's first and only season at Stamford Bridge looked to have been a success, but issues over his playing style proved a sticking point throughout his tenure.

And Sarri believes that having to find a way to play Hazard in his preferred role meant he could not deploy the free-flowing, 4-3-3 system that had drawn plaudits during his time at Napoli, and also caused problems in defence.

"In recent years, I've had 4-3-3, but the 4-3-3 at Chelsea was very different to the one at Napoli," Sarri told a news conference.

"We had to accommodate Hazard's characteristics, as he could change the game, but also his presence caused issues in defending that we had to work on."

One player that Sarri brought to Chelsea last season was Gonzalo Higuain, who joined on loan from Juve in January.

Higuain was a crucial player in Sarri's Napoli side before he left for Juve in 2016, and Sarri is looking forward to another reunion with the 31-year-old, should the Argentine wish to remain in Turin.

"You know I love [Higuain] a lot. I have always been very supportive. It depends on him," Sarri said.

"In terms of the other players at Juventus, I have to be very modest because here there are staff who have been dealing with them for many different years.

"I think it's absolutely fair that I listen to them, then we'll make a decision together. The staff know the players better than me - maybe Higuain is the only one I know slightly better - so it will be up to me to listen to them and adapt."

Maurizio Sarri has suggested Chelsea's players did not have the characteristics to fully adapt to his style of play, but the new Juventus coach says he will not change despite scepticism over his philosophy.

Sarri left Chelsea to join Juventus on Sunday, securing a return to Serie A - where he previously enjoyed three successful seasons at Napoli - after just one campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea finished third and won the Europa League during Sarri's stint in charge, though the Italian never looked to have settled in English football.

And, having now replaced Massimiliano Allegri at Juve, Sarri has acknowledged it was difficult to imprint his style on Chelsea's players without adapting his methods.

However, the 60-year-old insisted that sticking by his philosophy is the only way he knows how to achieve success.

"I have always arrived in one club surrounded by scepticism," Sarri told a news conference.

"I went to Empoli from Serie C and everybody was sceptical - Napoli from Empoli - and they were all sceptical. At Chelsea from Napoli, all sceptical. 

"Players' characteristics change from club to club. Napoli was composed of functional players, playing for the team from a psychological viewpoint, they moved the ball very quickly. 

"Chelsea, on the other hand, are made of better players but with different characteristics. Chelsea had wingers who needed the one-on-one, so my style was less smooth but as threatening as before. 

"Eventually we had become very tough to be beat. To repeat the same training methods with different players would be foolish, it would mean to change the players' characteristics. It is something for amateurs. 

"Players have different styles but what remains the same is the ideology that has to be morphed on important and mature players. This makes you win."

Juventus "love" Paul Pogba and have made a move for Adrien Rabiot, the Serie A club's sporting director Fabio Paratici has revealed.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a return to his former club, though Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in signing the Manchester United midfielder.

Rabiot, meanwhile, is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain, though he has not played a senior match in 2019 following his refusal to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions.

And Paratici spoke of Juve's admiration for both players, confirming Juve had already opened talks with Rabiot.

"They are two great players," Paratici told a news conference held for Maurizio Sarri's official presentation as Juve coach.

"Pogba is a Manchester United player. We love him, we made him grow up but he is a Manchester United player.

"We are making an attempt for Rabiot, as with all the players we have in mind. We discussed them with Sarri and soon we will take a decision."

Paratici also lauded Sarri, insisting the former Napoli boss is the ideal candidate to build on the success of Massimiliano Allegri's tenure.

"His style of play was not crucial in our reason to change our coach. We have chosen Maurizio because we believe he's the best coach for Juve in this moment - as, five years ago, was Allegri and, eight years ago, was [Antonio] Conte," he added.

"These are different types of coaches with different characteristics - they could even be opposites, working with very different styles.

"He has demonstrated his great skills in Italy and the Premier League and at European level as well. We believe he's the best option for Juve."

Sarri, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on any specific targets he wishes to sign, claiming Juve's dealings in the transfer market will be in Paratici's hands.

"We'll have to see when we have clear ideas to have a better understanding of what our playing style could be," Sarri said. 

"I don't really like making requests on specific names but definitely on the characteristics of the players. I'll be talking about these things with Fabio.

"I want to convey a message in terms of the characteristics of the players but not the names of the players. He knows many more players than me.

"My task is to prepare for the matches, so I don't have so much time to travel around the world to see all the players. But Fabio's skill and confidence is much higher than mine."

Oleksandr Zinchenko has penned a three-year contract extension with Manchester City that runs until the end of the 2023-24 season, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

Ukraine international Zinchenko has been converted from an attacking midfielder to a left-back by Pep Guardiola and was increasingly relied upon by the City boss during the second half of last season.

A standout performance in the EFL Cup final against Chelsea, as City collected the first part of an unprecedented domestic treble, helped to establish the 22-year-old as a reliable option on the left-hand side of defence as Benjamin Mendy continued to struggle with knee problems.

Zinchenko played 29 times in all competitions in 2018-19, despite having initially been viewed as surplus to requirements and heavily linked with a switch to Wolves at the start of the campaign.

"It's difficult to express how happy I am to sign this deal," Zinchenko said. "This club offers players everything they need to improve and develop, so being here for five more years is an honour.

"This season shows we are built for success. It's been amazing to be involved in such a historic campaign and it's one I'll never forget.

"But I am now completely focused on the coming years and I know more good times are around the corner."

Zinchenko follows Kyle Walker in committing his long-term future to City after the England right-back also signed terms through until June 2024 on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian moved to the Etihad Stadium from Ufa in 2016 after representing his country at that year's European Championship.

A subsequently frustrating loan spell at PSV, where Zinchenko was restricted to 12 Eredivisie appearances, did little to indicate how tenaciously he would fight to establish himself in Guardiola's plans.

"Zinchenko has shown over the past two seasons what a superb talent he is," City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said.

"Not only does he have a wonderful first touch and left foot, he is a player completely focused on becoming the best footballer he can be.

"His improvement since joining us tells you everything you need to know about his attitude and ability.

"Young, hungry and already an established international, he fits perfectly into our long-term strategy. We are delighted he wants to stay here."

Alongside Mendy, Zinchenko could face competition at left-back next year from Angelino after it was reported City are considering triggering the buy-back clause on their former youth-team player, who is enjoying a more successful stint at PSV.

Guardiola's side face Liverpool in the Community Shield on August 4 before opening their Premier League defence six days later at West Ham.

The race is heating up for Neymar.

With Paris Saint-Germain reportedly willing to part with the world's most expensive player, two LaLiga giants are set to go head-to-head.

Will Neymar end up at former club Barcelona or bitter Spanish rivals Real Madrid?

 

TOP STORY – BARCA AND MADRID FIGHT FOR NEYMAR

A return to Barcelona and a blockbuster transfer to Real Madrid both appear on the cards for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Madrid are reportedly ready to pay €130million for Neymar in a deal which would also include either James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale.

But Globo Esporte says Neymar – who left Barca for PSG in a €222m transfer in 2017 – is still on track for a Camp Nou comeback.

It comes after Le Parisien claims PSG want €300m to part with the injured Brazil forward.

 

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to become the world's most expensive full-back as Manchester United negotiate a £55million deal with Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Record. However, talks between the two Premier League sides have dragged on and the Red Devils have identified alternatives, with Sky Sport Italia claiming Napoli's Elseid Hysaj is a target.

- According to Marca, Atletico Madrid will announce the signing of Benfica sensation Joao Felix on Thursday. The 19-year-old has already undergone a medical and signed his contract ahead of the €120m move.

Frank Lampard has notified his Derby County squad that he will replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea if the right offer arrives, the Mirror reports. Former Chelsea star Lampard is expected to move back to London following Sarri's switch to Juve.

Paris Saint-Germain outcast Adrien Rabiot is on the verge of signing for Serie A champions Juventus, according to Sportitalia. The French midfielder and free agent has reportedly penned a five-year contract worth €7m plus bonuses, and a €10m signing-on fee.

- According to the Daily Mail, Inter and Atletico Madrid are both eyeing a move for Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has agreed a deal worth £180,000 per week to join Inter, says The Sun. With Lukaku heading for the exit, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly eyeing Bournemouth's David Brooks.

Andre Gomes is on the verge of joining Everton permanently from LaLiga champions Barcelona. Gomes enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2018-19 and a £22m fee has "verbally been agreed", according to the Telegraph.

Newcastle United poked fun at Lionel Messi after Miguel Almiron helped Paraguay earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina at the Copa America on Wednesday.

Almiron set up Richard Sanchez's opener with a brilliant run, but Messi's second-half penalty saw the spoils shared in the Group B clash in Belo Horizonte.

Derlis Gonzalez had a chance from the penalty spot for Paraguay, but his effort was saved by Franco Armani in the 63rd minute.

Still, Newcastle took the chance to poke fun at Messi while hailing Almiron, who joined the Premier League club from Atlanta United in January.

"A football genius and Lionel Messi," they wrote alongside a photo of Almiron and the Argentina great.

Almiron joined Newcastle for a reported club-record £21million in January, making 10 Premier League appearances to finish the season.

Mohamed Salah deserves to be recognised as one of the best three players in the world, according to Egypt captain Ahmed Elmohamady.

Salah enjoyed another fine season with Liverpool, scoring 27 goals in all competitions to help his club win the Champions League.

Now, the forward will try to lead Egypt to an eighth Africa Cup of Nations title beginning on Friday.

Elmohamady said Salah deserved his place among the world's best, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Salah is now one of the best three players in the world. This is a huge deal for the country and the Egyptian team," he told a news conference.

"Salah being on any team will help it and be a great addition. Everybody anticipates his performance, so this is a positive thing and a good addition for the Egyptian team.

"As has been said, Salah is one of the 23 players on the list. Each player will help the others.

"We play as one team, but having Salah with us is a positive thing and an important thing for us as a team and as players."

Hosts Egypt open the Africa Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Jorginho's previous spell at Napoli will not stop him from reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at Serie A rivals Juventus, according to the Chelsea midfielder's agent.

New Juventus head coach Sarri took Jorginho to Chelsea from Napoli last season and has been tipped to sign him again ahead of his first campaign back in Italy's top flight.

The 27-year-old failed to truly adapt to Premier League football following his reported £50million switch, leading to suggestions that he could be heading for a swift Serie A return after just 11 months at Stamford Bridge.

And Jorginho's representative Joao Santos said, while the player is not actively seeking a move, a transfer cannot be ruled out.

"Chelsea have a four-year contract with the lad," Santos told Tuttomercatoweb. "We'll wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth in this interest mentioned in the papers.

"His past at Napoli won’t be an issue, because Jorginho is a professional. Right now, Jorginho is happy at Chelsea. 

"He found a great atmosphere and we can't really say that he'd like to go elsewhere, but anything can happen in the transfer market. We'll wait and see..."

Sarri finished as a runner-up to Juventus in 2017-18 before joining Chelsea, where he capped his one and only season at the club by winning the Europa League with victory over Arsenal in last month's final.

Santos expects the incoming Juve boss, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, to further improve the Italian champions with his famed style of play.

"Sarri already showed at Napoli and Chelsea that he is a top-level coach," he said. "At a club like Juve, who have been so well-organised for years, he can only improve and continue to win.

"I've been tracking Sarri for five years and his style of football is very entertaining. Juventus will change, because before they would win without being convincing. Now they'll convince too."

Bayern Munich's German players are "very much looking forward" to Leroy Sane joining the club, according to striker Robert Lewandowski.

The Manchester City winger has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions following the departure of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, and Lewandowski added more weight to the rumours during a close-season tour of China.

Sane started just 21 Premier League games for City in 2018-19, six fewer than in the previous campaign, but the 23-year-old is nevertheless valued far higher than the £45million City paid Schalke for him in August 2016.

Asked about Robben and Ribery, Lewandowski told reporters: "They are legends, and of course their departure is sad.

"But Bayern will also sign more and better replacements. I believe that the winger Bayern sign in the future will be as good as Robben and Ribery.

"Bayern's German players are now very much looking forward to Sane's signing, but we have to wait and see what is going on."

Bayern coach Niko Kovac has begun the process of making space in his squad, with South Korean midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong moving to Freiburg for an undisclosed fee.

Police investigating the death of Emiliano Sala have confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when the plane they were travelling in to Wales, after the 28-year-old striker joined Cardiff City from Nantes, crashed in the English Channel on January 21.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said in a statement on Wednesday: "We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority.

"As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act. He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.

"This matter therefore is still subject to a live investigation and I would ask the media and members of the public to refrain from speculation, as this could cause additional distress to the families involved as well as potentially hinder the investigation.

"As is standard practice, we will not be releasing any further information as to the identity of the individual who has been arrested unless that person is charged to appear in court and again would discourage any speculation in relation to this."

Police added in a statement that the families of Sala and Ibbotson have been informed.

Everton have confirmed left-back Leighton Baines will remain at the club next season after signing a new one-year contract.

Baines will enter his 13th campaign at the club after the 34-year-old defender agreed to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

Former England international Baines, who joined from Wigan Athletic in 2007, started only five Premier League games last term.

However, despite being usurped by Lucas Digne following the left-back's arrival from Barcelona, Baines was happy to stay.

"I do feel as proud as when I first signed," he told Everton's website. "As you get older, you realise the work you need to do to sustain the level required by the club.

"And to be judged to be at that level in the later stages of your career is testament to the work you do. You take pride in it all.

“When you look at the back end of last season and how well we played and the results we picked up against some good teams it gives us plenty of optimism going into this season. We are confident about what we can do and striving to achieve success."

Manager Marco Silva added: "It was vital for me to keep Leighton at Everton and I am very pleased to finalise his contract before we return for pre-season.

"Leighton is part of the club's fabric and a top-class professional. Most importantly, Leighton is still an exceptionally good footballer and features in our vision for what we want to achieve at Everton."

Everton have signed Jonas Lossl ahead of the new campaign, while they are reportedly closing in on a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes after he impressed on loan in 2018-19.

But Nikola Vlasic will not be available to Silva as the winger has completed a move to Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow.

Vlasic, who scored CSKA's winning goal when they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League during his loan at the club last season, has signed a five-year contract.

Juan Mata has signed a new two-year contract, with the option for a further season, at Manchester United.

Mata's previous deal was due to expire at the end of June, but after protracted negotiations United confirmed on Wednesday they have struck an agreement to keep the Spaniard at Old Trafford.

"It is a real honour to continue to represent this amazing club and our incredible fans. I have been at Manchester United for five years and I am proud to call Old Trafford my home," said Mata.

"I am looking forward to working with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and his fantastic coaching staff; the vision that they have for the club is truly exciting and I am so happy that I will be a part of that."

The 31-year-old joined United in January 2014 after losing his spot in Chelsea's first team, swiftly becoming a fixture in the side under David Moyes.

Although Mata has gone on to make 161 Premier League appearances for United, he has never managed to rediscover the form he showed in his second season at Chelsea, when he netted 20 times across all competitions.

The most Mata has managed in a single campaign at United is 10 goals on all fronts.

However, Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer have all persisted with using Mata as a right winger on occasion, despite his lack of pace, while he made only 22 Premier League appearances and just 16 starts in 2018-19.

Nevertheless, United have deemed him important enough to strike a deal, meaning the Real Madrid youth product will not join the expected close-season exodus at the club.

"Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with," said Solskjaer, who made Daniel James his first United signing earlier this month.

"He is a great example to our younger players in his approach. He understands what it means to be a Manchester United player and has embraced everything about this great club.

"As well as everything he brings on the pitch, we have some fantastic young players here and I know that Juan's vast experience will help them to reach their potential over the coming seasons.

"I am delighted that he has signed a new contract, as I know that his talent and mentality will be invaluable to the squad."

Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are already confirmed departures from United, while Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have all been strongly linked with moves.

John Terry has signed an extended contract to remain as Aston Villa assistant coach until 2021.

The former Chelsea and England captain spent his final season as player at Villa in 2017-18, losing in the Championship play-off final to Fulham.

But Terry returned to Villa Park when Dean Smith was appointed as Steve Bruce's successor last October and this time helped the club back to the Premier League, winning at Wembley in May.

And the 38-year-old has committed his future to Villa ahead of their return to top-flight action.

Smith said: "I am really pleased that JT has extended his current deal as he is a pleasure to work with.

"We have had a successful start to our Villa coaching careers and JT has been instrumental in joining myself, Richard O'Kelly and Neil Cutler.

"He has complemented the team that we have and I have no doubts he will go on to be a top manager in the years to come.

"Our focus now is on the coming season and to try to continue the progress we have had in the past eight months."

Terry was linked to the Middlesbrough manager's job following Tony Pulis' departure at the end of last season but insisted he was staying patient.

Jonathan Woodgate was subsequently appointed at Boro, including former Tottenham and LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on his staff.

Terry's ex-Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is reportedly the front-runner for the leading role at Stamford Bridge, having impressed with Derby County, who were beaten by Villa in the play-off final last month.

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