Pedro Chirivella will leave Liverpool at the end of his contract and join Nantes on a three-year deal.

Chirivella, 23, spent seven years with the Reds after joining as a teenager from hometown club Valencia.

He was reportedly offered a new five-year deal by the European champions, but the former Spain youth international is said to have rejected those terms in order to seek first-team football elsewhere.

A technically gifted midfielder, Chirivella spent three loans spells away from Liverpool, playing for Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II in the Netherlands, plus a brief stint with Spanish Segunda side Extremadura prior to the coronavirus suspension, though he was unable to feature for the latter due to an apparent administrative error in his registration.

He will join Nantes on a deal until 2023, having played just 11 times for Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk is set to extend his deal at Liverpool, while Lautaro Martinez could reportedly push for his move to Barcelona.

Van Dijk, 28, is widely regarded as one of the world's best defenders and he seems primed to stay put after starring at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Barca's pursuit of Martinez continues.

 

TOP STORY – VAN DIJK TO SIGN FIVE-YEAR LIVERPOOL CONTRACT

Van Dijk will sign a five-year deal worth £57million at Liverpool, according to The Sun.

The report says the Netherlands international will become the highest-paid player in the club's history.

Van Dijk finished second to Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the 2019 Ballon d'Or and is on track to help Liverpool win their first league title in 30 years.

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- Talk around Martinez's future continues. Sport reports Barcelona will press Inter and the forward will also push for a move to Camp Nou.

- Inter could be looking for a replacement if Martinez decides to leave. CalcioMercato reports they are considering Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa as the Argentina international's replacement.

- Another forward Inter have been linked to is Edinson Cavani, who is coming out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain. But La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Cavani wants €12m per year, which it says it €3m more than Inter are willing to pay.

- There is also uncertainty over Arturo Vidal's future at Barcelona. The midfielder has been linked with an exit as his contract expires next year, but Mundo Deportivo reports the Chile international has no interest in discussing his future until August.

- Hector Bellerin has a deal at Arsenal until 2023, but there is some talk about his future. The Mirror reports the 25-year-old is a target for Inter this close season.

- Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is apparently attracting some interest. According to the Daily Express, Everton want to sign the 25-year-old, who has also been linked to Tottenham.

Liverpool have been assured Marko Grujic will return to Anfield as a more complete player following two years on loan at Hertha Berlin.

Serbia international Grujic is coming to the end of his stay at Hertha, who have confirmed he will head back to his parent club at the end of the month.

The 24-year-old former Red Star Belgrade midfielder may find there is a role for him in Jurgen Klopp's plans for next season.

Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said: "It is 100 per cent certain that the loan agreement between us and Liverpool and the contract with Marko Grujic will end on June 30.

"It has been agreed by both clubs that he will return to Liverpool. The conclusion of this loan agreement over the past two years is very positive and it has had positive effects on everyone who has been involved.

"Liverpool will get back a player who is definitely more experienced than he has been before, because he earned very important game practice.

"And we also had profit out of this past two years with Marko. Marko is a player who is present in both penalty boxes. Just in his first year he played extraordinary. Now after the restart he is getting back into his good shape.

"He is just a very good player. So for me this loan agreement definitely made sense."

Jadon Sancho's future has dominated headlines for months, tipped to return to England.

Sancho, who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, has been heavily linked to Manchester United, as well as Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Dortmund are reportedly preparing for life without the England star.

 

TOP STORY – BVB BRACED FOR SANCHO DEPARTURE

Borussia Dortmund believe Jadon Sancho's exit at the end of the season is inevitable, according to The Evening Standard.

Dortmund star Sancho has been tipped to join Manchester United, who are determined to boost their attacking stocks.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been linked as Bundesliga outfit Dortmund hold out for €129million (£116m).

Dortmund are also running out of patience with Sancho's off-field issues, after the England international was fined for flouting social-distancing guidelines following a haircut.

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Juventus could raid Italian rivals Roma for Italy star Nicolo Zaniolo. Calciomercato says Roma could be forced to sell their best players due to the club's financial situation, giving Juve the chance to bring the 20-year-old to Turin.

- Mundo Deportivo claims Inter want €80m for Madrid target Milan Skriniar. The Inter defender is seen as a replacement for veteran Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos.

United and Inter are battling to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso, reports RMC Sport. The Frenchman moved to Munich from Lyon in 2017.

Madrid are ready to join the chase for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to The Sun. The Germany international is wanted by United, Liverpool and Chelsea and the Premier League reportedly appeals to the 20-year-old.

- Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Gianluigi Donnarumma, however, Tuttosport says Serie A champions Juventus are eyeing a move for the Milan and Italy goalkeeper.

- Sky Sport Italia claims Roma are trying to lock down Lorenzo Pellegrini to a new contract amid interest from Inter, PSG and Dortmund.

Madrid's path to Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga could become complicated. With the Ligue 1 transfer window already open, RMC Sport suggests PSG could try to trump Madrid for the 17-year-old.

- Sport reports Barcelona are willing to lower their asking price to accelerate Philippe Coutinho's departure. The out-of-favour Brazilian has been linked to Tottenham, Newcastle United and Chelsea.

Everton have received approval to host the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League match will be played behind closed doors at Everton's stadium on Sunday June 21, with kick-off at 1900 local time.

Liverpool have also been given the go-ahead to host their remaining matches at Anfield.

The derby would have been played at a neutral venue had approval not been given.

There had been concerns over public health raised by UK's football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, due to the possibility fans could congregate outside grounds.

But Liverpool City Council's Ground Safety Advisory Group confirmed after a meeting on Wednesday they had approved an amended safety certificate that allowed the Toffees to host the fixture.

They "recommended that Anfield and Goodison Park can host football matches behind closed doors, without spectators, to help conclude the 2019-20 Premier League season".

A statement from Everton added: "The decision to play the game at the club's home stadium was made today by the local Ground Safety Advisory Group.

"[It was made] following positive discussions between the club, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, The Everton Fans' Forum, The Blue Union, Liverpool Football Club and Spirit of Shankly.

"It means Everton will play all five of their remaining home fixtures for the 2019-20 season behind closed doors at Goodison.

"The derby is followed by games against Leicester City on Wednesday July 1, Southampton, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

"Dates and kick-off times for the final three home matches will be confirmed in due course."

Joe Anderson, Liverpool Mayor, had indicated ahead of the meeting that he was optimistic approval would be given but said the advisory group required further information before giving final confirmation.

Everton's match with Liverpool was one of only two games in the initial rounds of confirmed Premier League fixtures last week that did not have a confirmed venue.

Depending on Manchester City's result against Arsenal on June 17, league leaders Liverpool may have the chance to win the title when they face rivals Everton.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are seemingly a long way apart when it comes to Leroy Sane.

Sane has been heavily linked with a move to the Bundesliga giants, although it seems City's valuation of the attacker is proving problematic for Bayern.

And, they are reportedly not getting much closer to a deal for the Germany international.

 

TOP STORY – MAN CITY, BAYERN STILL FAR APART OVER SANE

Manchester City are remaining tough with Bayern Munich over the transfer fee for Sane, according to Sky Sport.

Reports says City are hoping for €70million (£62.4m) for Sane, but Bayern are offering just €40m (£35.6m).

Sane, 24, left Schalke for City in 2016 and has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two EFL Cups with the club.

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- Manchester United may be considering their options. Tuttosport reports the Premier League giants are ready to make an offer for Juventus midfielder Federico Bernardeschi if they do not land Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

- Out of contract next year, Georginio Wijnaldum's Liverpool future has been questioned. However, The Guardian reports the Premier League leaders held positive talks with the midfielder and hope to extend the Netherlands international's deal for at least three years.

- Sergio Ramos is set to stay at Real Madrid. AS reports the club captain has agreed a one-year extension, taking his deal through until 2022.

- With his deal expiring at season's end, Thiago Silva looks likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain. ESPN reports the defender wants to stay in Europe and play for another top club for at least two more seasons.

- Jose Callejon appears happy at Napoli. CalcioMercato reports the attacker, out of contract at the end of the campaign, would like to stay at the Serie A club for at least another year.

- Valencia attacker Ferran Torres has drawn plenty of interest. According to Radio Valencia, Napoli have spoken to the LaLiga club about the 20-year-old, who has also been linked to Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

Adama Traore has been linked with a move to Liverpool but his former manager Tony Pulis thinks he should "settle down" at Wolves and aim for the Spain squad.

Barcelona youth product Traore has enjoyed a fantastic 2019-20 at Wolves, where he has scored four goals and supplied seven assists in the Premier League while playing primarily as a wing-back under Nuno Espirito Santo.

The 24-year-old, with whom Pulis retains a good relationship following their time together at Middlesbrough, is reportedly wanted by league leaders Liverpool, plus Manchester City and Manchester United.

Former Stoke City boss Pulis believes Traore should be looking to lay down roots at Molineux and focus on breaking into the Spain set-up ahead of Euro 2020, which will be held next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pulis told Stats Perform News: "I think Adama always had the ability to play. The big thing was his confidence. I think I probably caught him at the right time. He had gone and worked for a few managers who weren't enamoured enough to play him on a regular basis.

"I obviously knew him as a West Brom manager watching [Aston] Villa, watched him in the reserves a few times. His pace and balance was just extraordinary.

"Going to Middlesbrough, he wasn't in the team when I got there but I wanted to make him a focal point of the team. We did that and the biggest thing with him is that he grew in confidence and he started to believe in himself.

"I made him my best friend. He used to come in and make me a cup of coffee after lunch and we would sit down and watch videos. He became a friend and he knew he'd be first pick on the team sheet. And the team understood what we could get from him and what we couldn't. Having said that, as the season progressed, he learned the other side of the game [defensive] well as well.

"You meet people in life who are really, really good people, and Adama is a really good person. You hope and pray those people get everything out of life that they possibly can.

"He's gone to Wolves - we didn't want to get rid of him at Middlesbrough, but the only problem was the finances… He went to the right club, stepped up and has murdered it.

"I think he can only get better. His temperament and personality is first class. His next step, I speak to him now and then, his next step is to get a place in the Spanish side.

"I'll be quite content for him, and I said this to him, to settle down. He seems happy at Wolves. He's playing under a manager that's confident with him and gives the respect Adama needs.

"But Adama's big challenge is seeing if he can get a place in the Spanish team and keep it."

During his time at the Riverside, Pulis did not enjoy the same sort of relationship with striker Martin Braithwaite, whom he is surprised to see now playing at LaLiga champions Barcelona.

"He was completely different to Adama in personality. Different traits as a player. I never thought Braithwaite wanted to be at Middlesbrough although he signed a contract," said Pulis.

"He spent more time telling me that he wanted to leave than be at the club. In the end I hope and pray that the club got a good price for him because they paid a lot for him. They certainly paid him an enormous amount of money wages-wise, it was just extraordinary.

"Am I surprised he's gone to Barcelona? Yes. Is he playing every week? I don't know. Is he going to play every week? I don't know. Was he my cup of tea? Adama was. Braithwaite wasn't."

Adam Lallana has signed a short-term contract extension that will keep him at Liverpool for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

The midfielder's deal was due to expire this month, but he has agreed to extend his stay at Anfield until the end of July.

It means the 32-year-old will be able to play a part as the Reds attempt to secure the Premier League title, their first top-flight crown in 30 years, when the season gets back underway next week.

Lallana, who joined from Southampton in 2014, will then leave the club on a free transfer when his short-term deal expires.

"I am really pleased to have the chance to finish this season – it means a lot to me and my family," he told the club's website.

"Of course, one of the big personal positives about committing to this short-term extension is that I will now get to say goodbye to the people who mean so much to me in the right way.

"The gaffer has been different class and we've had an honest conversation about what my role will be in the remaining weeks. I want to contribute in the most positive way possible that helps him and the team, not just for the remaining matches of this season – but also what they'll need to consider for next.

"I'm totally at peace with what that looks and feels like, and I know the role I'll be playing for this team will help in what's going to be an extraordinary period – the likes of which none of us have ever experienced.

"I feel in my time at Liverpool I've always looked to do the right thing for the team, the manager and the club in every decision I've made. I think this one fits into that category as well, so I'm buzzing to be seeing out this campaign and hopefully get to celebrate something memorable with an amazing group of people."

Manager Jurgen Klopp added: "I know how highly sought-after Adam is in this moment by other clubs who want him for next season, so for him this is a commitment to us and we are very appreciative to him for it.

"This is absolutely how it should be, too, because I am so pleased he will be with us to finish the job this season and have the farewell he deserves so much.

"It is not possible for me to find words in the English language to properly explain the importance of Adam Lallana during my period of being manager of this club.

"But, to be honest, now is not the time for these words. Because of this news – that he stays until we finish this campaign – I can say all the things I want and need to when our season is concluding next month.

"What I can say – and want to say – now is even the way he has handled this extension tells you all you need to know about the person and his character. A top-class professional and an even better person."

Chelsea are reportedly set to make a move for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

Havertz, 20, has been linked with numerous European giants after impressing for the Bundesliga club.

The Germany international has attracted plenty of interest, but Chelsea are apparently ready to strengthen even further this close season.

 

TOP STORY – CHELSEA PREPARE HAVERTZ BID

Chelsea are preparing a bid for Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz, according to the Daily Mail.

The Premier League giants are expected to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Havertz could follow him to Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are among the other clubs reportedly interested in Havertz, who is rated at £75million.

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- Manchester United have been linked to James Rodriguez previously and the playmaker could yet end up at Old Trafford. The Sun reports United have been asked about a cut-price deal for James, who is out of contract at Real Madrid next year.

- Staying at Manchester United and Sport reports they were prepared to pay £88.8m (€100m) for 17-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, but the LaLiga giants have no plans to let the teenager leave.

- Out of contract at the end of June, Adam Lallana could extend his Liverpool stay – at least briefly. The Daily Mail says the midfielder is on track to agree a short-term deal with the Premier League leaders to stay until the end of the season, before being expected to join Leicester City.

- Memphis Depay has enjoyed a strong season at Lyon, but the attacker is out of contract next year. CalcioMercato reports talks are moving slowly, leading to interest in the Netherlands international from AC Milan and potentially Everton.

- Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell is linked with a switch. The Evening Standard reports Chelsea have the advantage over Manchester City in the chase for the England international due to the latter's Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing as they challenge their European ban.

- With Alex Sandro contracted until 2023, Juventus seemingly have no plans to sell the left-back. According to CalcioMercato, the 29-year-old is not for sale – but he is also not untouchable.

Bournemouth have struck a deal with Liverpool to ensure Harry Wilson will remain on loan with them for the remainder of the Premier League season.

The two clubs had discussed an extension because the coronavirus pandemic delayed the end of the 2019-20 campaign beyond the original expiration date of the winger's stay.

Wales international Wilson has been a key contributor for Bournemouth, scoring seven times in 23 Premier League appearances.

Following Monday's extension, the 23-year-old will bid to help Eddie Howe's side move out of the relegation zone over the last nine games of the season.

Bournemouth sit 18th in the table as part of a competitive battle against the drop, with only four points separating Brighton and Hove Albion in 15th and Aston Villa in 19th.

The Cherries are scheduled to return to action with a home match against Crystal Palace on June 20.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is the only centre-back to have enjoyed a better season than Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu in the Premier League this term, according to Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

Leicester have been the surprise package of the 2019-20 campaign, with Brendan Rodgers' men sitting third in the Premier League ahead of the season's resumption.

Soyuncu has been regarded as a key component for the Foxes, with the Turkey international playing 28 of their 29 league games, forming a solid partnership with Jonny Evans.

Only Liverpool and Sheffield United have conceded fewer goals than Leicester's 28, and Soyuncu – who stepped in as a replacement for Harry Maguire after he left for Manchester United – has reportedly attracted interest from bigger clubs.

City are among those thought to be keen on the 24-year-old, with Pep Guardiola seemingly eager to bolster his defensive options, and Gundogan would like to see the former Freiburg man in Manchester.

Speaking to Turkish publication Fanatik, Gundogan – whose parents are from Turkey – said: "The first who comes to my mind regarding the Turkish player I'd want to see in Manchester City is Caglar.

"I agree with the general opinion of the football public. This season, Caglar has had the best performance in the Premier League after Van Dijk.

"I didn't know him before. We met when we played each other in matches. In addition to the Premier League games, we also played against Leicester City in a cup.

"We always saw and talked to each other. We started getting to know each other – he's a very good lad. I love him.

"His football understanding and character are also very good, and his performances for both Leicester and the national team have been great."

Timo Werner is not of the standard of Liverpool's current front three, according to Reds legend Robbie Fowler.

Werner has long been linked with a move from RB Leipzig to Anfield but looks set to join Liverpool's Premier League rivals Chelsea.

It is claimed the Blues have triggered Werner's release clause, thought to be in the region of £54million (€60m), to win the race for his signature.

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol recently said the club had "slipped up" by not signing Werner.

However, that is not a view shared by Fowler.

Fowler wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror: "I've heard the noise ­surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I'm not a big fan.

"I realise he's a talented player, he has moments of real brilliance in matches that underline his quality. But I stand by this: is Werner up to the standard of Liverpool's current front three? Not for me.

"I've also seen the meltdown from some Liverpool fans when they ­realised he's probably not leaving RB Leipzig for Anfield after all. It makes it seem as though he's a Marco van Basten, a world-class player who would walk into any side.

"For the life of me, I don't know why... does he influence games consistently enough? Not for me.

"Does he match up to the players you are signing him to challenge and replace? Not at Liverpool. Maybe at Chelsea."

Werner has scored 25 goals and supplied eight assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances in 2018-19.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested holding a Premier League title parade next season when coronavirus restrictions could be eased.

The Reds were just two wins from securing their first league triumph in 30 years when the 2019-20 season was halted in March due to the pandemic.

The Premier League is set to return on June 17, but matches will be held behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, denying fans the opportunity to celebrate inside Anfield.

Regulations limiting mass gatherings outdoors also means a parade with the trophy through Liverpool is likely to be impossible.

Klopp, however, thinks there is no reason why such a celebration could not simply be deferred until it is safe.

"That you can't celebrate in the way you've always dreamed of, that's not nice, I totally understand that," he told Sky Germany. "I feel the same way. It's not that my ideal is to celebrate alone in the stadium, then just drive home.

"It wasn't like that when you thought about it. But that cannot be changed now. Why should we now make a big deal about something that can't be changed?

"There comes a day when life will get back to normal. When someone has found the vaccine, when someone has found a solution to the problem, when infection rates are zero or below – that day will come eventually. Then we have the right to celebrate what we want to celebrate on that day.

"If this is the 12th or 13th matchday of next season and we want to celebrate it, who is going to stop it? Then we still have the trophy and then we can drive it around town and stand on the bus. If other people then think that we are completely crazy, I honestly don't care.

"Can it then still be a special celebration? No question. It's different, but different is sometimes absolutely okay."

Liverpool won 27 of their first 29 league games of the season and are on course to break Manchester City's record points tally of 100, something Klopp wants his players to target.

"This [season] can become historic, I have to say so clearly," he said. "And not only club historical, but historical in general. We have the chance to get an unbelievable number of points and so we prepare ourselves and then we will see what comes out of it."

Klopp also praised his players for the decision to take a knee around the Anfield centre-circle this week as a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I have been very proud of the boys for a long time, but this was another extraordinary moment," he said. "When I saw them there and this photo was taken, I was really proud, because it is also an important message. No question about it."

Jack Grealish or Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford?

Manchester United have been linked to both players.

But Aston Villa's Grealish has reportedly surged ahead of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon as United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes reinforcements.

 

TOP STORY – GREALISH LEAPFROGS SANCHO AS UTD TARGET

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has moved ahead of Jadon Sancho on Manchester United's wishlist, according to the Mirror.

United have been tipped to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho at the end of the coronavirus-hit 2019-20 season.

But Grealish now reportedly tops United's list of transfer targets due to Dortmund's demands.

 

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- Marca reports Barcelona risk losing out on signing Inter forward Lautaro Martinez. The LaLiga champions are favourites to prise Martinez to Camp Nou but they are yet to agree a deal. Now, United and Real Madrid are waiting in the wings.

Inter remain hopeful of signing Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, says Calciomercato. It comes as the Nerazzurri also target Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali.

- The Mirror claims Liverpool have turned their attention to signing Wolves star Adama Traore as RB Leipzig's Timo Werner looks set to join Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Madrid have made an €80million offer for Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz, according to Bild. The deal would also see Havertz stay at Leverkusen on loan next season. The in-demand Germany international is also reportedly wanted by Bayern Munich, United and Liverpool.

- The Daily Mail reports United are looking to hijack Madrid's pursuit of Ajax star Donny van de Beek.

- Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has turned down Inter as he heads to Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, says Tuttosport.

Jurgen Klopp says it is "rather quiet" at Liverpool in terms of pursuing transfer targets, as he labelled Timo Werner and Kai Havertz "great" players.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with RB Leipzig striker Werner and Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Havertz over recent months.

But reports have suggested they will miss out on both stars, with Werner close to joining Chelsea and Havertz said to be in line for a move to Bayern Munich.

Liverpool manager Klopp was happy to acknowledge the quality of his compatriots in an appearance on Sky Germany.

But he explained the coronavirus crisis is giving the Premier League leaders pause before making any big financial commitments.

"There are a lot of good players on this planet," Klopp said. "Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.

"Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn't know if we could play again this year.

"If we hadn't played the second half of the season, we would have thought, 'Okay, when can you really play football again?'. And now it starts right away.

"We act as if everything is already settled. It's not settled. We use this little loophole we've been left to play football again. 

"Everything else we have to see the moment it happens. We can't pretend now that everything's going to be fine in the future."

Discussing the impact on football finances, Klopp added: "There are all sorts of rumours in England about who Manchester United are going to pick, Chelsea are going to pick.

"It's rather quiet here [at Liverpool] at the moment, I think it's safe to say. 

"If you want to take it seriously, run a normal business and depend on income, you have no idea how much you will earn – especially because we don't know when we can start playing with spectators again.

"At the moment, all clubs are losing money. Without spectators, we have to pay back the season tickets and probably sell none next year. At least maybe without the first 10 or 15 games.

"The VIP areas won't be packed and the tickets won't be sold. This will have an impact on other partners and things will look a bit different.

"Discussing with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buying a player for £50-60million, we have to explain."

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