All the top stories and transfer rumours from Monday’s national newspapers…
Barca 6-0 Pumas
The Gamble Cup final saw Barcelona take on the Pumas. Barcelona got off to a fantastic start in the first half, with Pederri assisting Lewandowski to break the deadlock, followed by Lewandowski assisting Pederri to break the deadlock, then Rafinha assisting Dembele to score a goal, and Lewandowski’s heel assisting Pederri to score another goal; in the second half, Kessie assisted Aubameyang to break the deadlock and De Jong to push home a goal. Barcelona won the Gamble Cup with a 6-0 win over the Pumas.
Manchester United are open to signing Marko Arnautovic
Manchester United have reportedly opened transfer talks for Arnautovic, the Austrian international who was a star performer in Serie A last season, scoring 14 league goals for Bologna.
90min says that Bologna want an initial fee of €15 million for the transfer of Arnautovic, but United are currently willing to pay just under €10 million for the transfer.
United have spoken to Arnautovic on personal terms and he wants a three-year contract.
Arnautovic has played in the Premier League for Stoke City as well as West Ham United, where he scored 43 goals in the tournament
Ten hag: Ronaldo can’t play full time yet
Ronaldo has only had 10 days of full squad training, which is too short to play a full game, and that’s why we haven’t started him,” said Ten hag. I won’t go into the names rumoured for the striker (meaning Arnautovic), there were 250 players linked with United during the pre-season preparations. We consider Rashford a striker as well, but he also did well playing on the left during pre-season.”
“Of course, we trained quite well and I think we made mistakes in passing when we were organising, so it has nothing to do with whether we play with a false nine or a real centre forward.”
“I think Eriksen could play more positions because we don’t have a typical number nine. I know a long time ago at Ajax he used to play as a striker and I would like to keep Sancho and Rashford on the wing because in pre-season they played really well.”
“Eriksen is ultimately our best midfielder and that’s what gave me the idea for the difference he makes to the game by dropping in and moving between the two lines.”
“I noticed signs of a lack of self-belief in certain players during pre-season and I can understand that after last season, but it’s not necessary because they’re all good players. So self-belief is something that comes from yourself and to bring it to the pitch because you are good. They are supposed to be like that and that has been proven many times in the past and it will be proven again in the future.”
“I knew it could happen (in the loss to Brighton) but I think we should have done better, it’s plain to see. But our progression won’t happen overnight either, sometimes we play better in pre-season. Today we had a very bad period in the first half and we have to learn from that, that’s clear too. I think that’s the case.”
“I think it was a good start and then after our performance dropped a level, our belief slipped, we made mistakes and the opponent punished us. But it’s a good opponent, they’ve been working together for a long time and when you make mistakes you get punished for it.”
“We started well and in the second half we had a setback, I think we had a loss of belief in the first half and that’s something that shouldn’t happen, to always believe in ourselves, to stick together as a team and to have belief on the pitch and that’s why we are here.”
“We always get our form back and we did that in the second half and it was good that we had belief on the pitch, so they have to deal with the setbacks and they have to bring belief to themselves because they are really good players and when you are building a team you play well and that’s what we saw in the second half. “
Manchester United 1-2 Brighton
Manchester United took on Brighton in the 1st round of the Premier League. In the first half, Dalot and Fred almost conceded a goal with one mistake after another, while Gross scored twice in 9 minutes, and United failed to create a good chance to score. In the second half, Rashford missed a number of good chances and McAllister gave away a goal. In the end, United lost 1-2 against Brighton.
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United
The first round of the Premier League saw a marquee match as Manchester City faced West Ham United away from home. In the first half, De Bruyne’s goal was disallowed and Fabianski was withdrawn from the game; then Haaland made his Premier League debut with a penalty. In the second half, De Bruyne’s scalpel shot assisted Haaland’s cool, one-touch goal. In the end, Manchester City opened the scoring with a 2-0 win away to West Ham United.
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Juve
Atletico Madrid and Juventus played a friendly match in Turin. In the first half, Felix assisted Morata for a blistering strike. Sandro then gave away a handball, but Felix’s penalty was parried by Szczesny. Just before half-time, Morata scored on a break from the wing. In the second half, Lemar scored from a free kick and Morata scored his hat-trick with a diving header. Cunha scored another before the end. The match ended with Atletico beating Juventus 4-0.
Roma 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Roma played a pre-season warm-up match at home against Shakhtar Donetsk. In the first half, Abraham assisted Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gianluca Mancini, while Conopulia scored an own goal, Zaniolo missed a good chance and hit the post with a long-range shot, while Dybala had a strong performance. In the second half, Xavi assisted Zaniolo and Bowe, and Wijnaldum made his debut as a substitute. In the end, Roma won 5-0 at home against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
Isco joins Sevilla
Sevilla have officially announced that former Real Madrid midfielder Isco has joined the team on a free agent deal, with both sides signing a two-year deal.
Sevilla have announced that they have reached an agreement with Isco and the player has now arrived in Sevilla and will undergo a medical on Monday, which will be completed once he passes.
Isco’s contract with Real Madrid, now 30, expires on June 30 this summer.
According to previous Western media sources. Sevilla boss Lopetegui is a great admirer of Isco and wants to bring him back into the fold. Isco is also keen to reunite with his mentor, so he is willing to make a big concession in terms of salary.
In the 21/22 season, Isco made 17 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 2 goals.
Isco has played 353 games for Real Madrid, scoring 53 goals and 56 assists, and has won 19 trophies with Real Madrid. 21/22, Isco has played 17 times for Real Madrid in all competitions, scoring 2 goals.
Werner will return to Leipzig on a permanent transfer
The deal for Chelsea striker Werner‘s return to RB Leipzig will be completed today, local time.
Previous reports from Romano had confirmed that Werner was on the verge of returning to Leipzig on a permanent transfer, with German journalist Patrick Berger subsequently stating that the striker’s fee for this move would be €30 million.
Now Romano’s report further states that the deal for Werner’s return to Leipzig will be completed on Monday and that Leipzig have now fully agreed with Chelsea that the player will be transferred not on loan with a buy-out option but on a permanent basis.
Barcelona have confirmed Frenkie de Jong has received offers to leave the Nou Camp but president Joan Laporta insists the club want him to stay.
Barcelona “hope” to sign Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso by Monday – with Sergino Dest possibly going the other way.
Tahlia McGrath was allowed to play for Australia in their Commonwealth Games T20 cricket final against India despite testing positive for Covid-19.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ‘appreciates’ PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who is also linked to Arsenal and Leeds.
Liverpool are keen on a swap deal for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, with either Roberto Firmino or Naby Keita going the other way.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has told Chelsea he wants to leave the club, sparking a frenzy of interest from Leicester and Southampton.
Everton expect to complete the signing of Wolves and England defender Conor Coady this week.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner is on the verge of a permanent return to RB Leipzig.
Anti-Glazer protesters forced Manchester United to close their megastore ahead of their defeat against Brighton as angry fans continue to call for the American owners to sell the club.
Wolves winger Pedro Neto could join Arsenal if boss Bruno Lage lands Goncalo Guedes.
Lewis Hamilton has said Mercedes “can’t forever rely” on hardiness being their biggest strength as part of a plea to improve performance.
Manchester United legends Roy Keane and Paul Scholes have blasted the “shocking and shambolic” defeat for Erik ten Hag’s side at home to Brighton and said the midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay were not of the required standard.