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Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has scuppered his chances of appearing in the German Cup final for Eintracht Frankfurt as well as his chances of securing a permanent deal at the club.

Varela has been on loan at Frankfurt since last summer and had been due to play the final against Dortmund on Saturday. However, he was ruled out of the final after a tattoo he acquired contrary to the expressed wishes of his German club became infected. The Uruguayan right-back has now been suspended and sent home to Manchester, with a Frankfurt board member quoted as saying "With this action, Guillermo’s time at Frankfurt is over." The club had previously been exploring extending his loan. Manchester United manager José Mourinho is rumoured to be planned to eject Varela from the club this summer.
May 24 - 2:08 PM

Juventus have completed a £17.3m deal to sign loan star Juan Cuadrado permanently from Chelsea.

After two stellar seasons on loan, Juventus have exercised their option to sign Cuadrado on a permanent basis. The Colombia international joined Chelsea in early 2015 from Fiorentina, but returned to Italy the follow season and has since helped the Juve to back-to-back Serie A titles and this season's Champions League final. Cuadrado, who appeared just once at the start of the 2015/16 season before joining Juventus, leaves Stamford Bridge having made just 13 Premier Leauge appearances for Blues.
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 2:04 PM

Hull City manager Marco Silva looked to be on the verge of taking charge of Porto in his homeland yesterday. However, it now seems he may stay in England after all.

The Independent are reporting that Silva spent most of Wednesday organising to leave the Hull City job after talks in Portugal broke down over salary and budget. He will begin working out his next step in football on Thursday. Silva, 39, is understood to have impressed Crystal Palace's board by bringing Hull onto the cusp of Premier League survival. He is their primary target to replace Sam Allardyce after he unexpectedly departed. The paper adds that Watford are still keen on attracting the Portuguese's services, while Southampton are understood to have moved him down their shortlist. Burnley's Sean Dyche is also in the running for the job at Selhurst Park but there are a number of large obstacles on both sides which make the chances remote.
May 24 - 1:20 PM

Newcastle has started preparing for their return to the Premier League by making their loan move for Christian Atsu permanent with a 4 year contract after paying a reported £6.2 million transfer fee.

The move seems like a solid one economically for the Magpies as Atsu was productive during his season on Tyneside. Starting just under half of the Magpies' matches in the Championship (15) and coming on in 17 further, he scored five goals and contributed three assists. Certainly not a star contribution but a solid one given his part time role. At 25-years-old though, the question is how much upside Atsu has to improve on his performances taking a step up in competition.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:34 PM

US U20 international Gedion Zelalem has reportedly torn his anterior cruciate ligament while playing the the opening match of the tournament for the Stars and Stripes. If confirmed he will miss approximately nine months of action.

If it turns out that the initial diagnosis is correct then this will be a big blow for the 20-year-old midfielder tipped to be an emerging star at both Arsenal and for the US Men's National Team. One of the concerns over Zelalem's development is his slight frame and a long-term injury will not help the perception that he may end up being too frail to compete at the highest level. Zelalem was likely to be loaned out again next season given where he is in his development and the number of creative midfielders ahead of him at the Emirates. This injury will likely mean that he'll have to wait until the 2018-19 season to get his next loan move unless a short term move to Major League Soccer becomes a possibility.
Source: espnfc.com
May 24 - 12:23 PM

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final which may force Arsène Wenger into a change of formation.

The Arsenal manager provided a mixed injury update ahead of his sides Wembley visit. Following on the heels of Laurent Koscielny’s failed attempt to overturn Sundays red-card, Wenger confirmed Gabriel Paulista could be missing for up-to two months after scan results revealed the centre-back damaged his medial knee ligament against Everton. With Shkodran Mustafi [concussion] yet to re-join the group, Arsenal could ditch their 3-4-2-1 formation which has served them so well during the season run-in: "I have to decide until Saturday [whether to keep a back three or not] - we’ll test that in training until then," Wenger said. On a brighter note, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Kieran Gibbs have returned to full training and all three are in contention for Saturday.
Source: The Mirror
May 24 - 11:00 AM

Junior Stanislas has gone under the knife in an attempt to cure his long-standing hernia problem.

The Bournemouth winger finished the season strongly, scoring in his last three appearances, which in return, helped the Cherries to their highest ever Premier League finish. But Stanislas, struggled during the early part of 2017 due to an ongoing groin issue, and he managed just four Premier League starts between the end of January and mid-April. Now the decision has been taken to have surgery in the hope of being fully fit for the start of pre-season. Stanislas was absent from the club’s annual presentation at the BIC on Monday evening, and reports now confirm that the 27-year-old has travelled to Germany for treatment by one of Europe’s leading specialists.
May 24 - 10:03 AM

After surviving yet another relegation test, Sam Allardyce has called his time at Crystal Palace after less than one season.

Contrary to initial reports, Allardyce said he is resigning in order to spend more time with his family and get away from managing, not due to a dispute over the club's transfer budget and future plans. His exit marks the end of a turbulent year that started with earning, then losing his job as England manager before starting on at Palace in December. Said Allardyce: "It’s hard walking away now. I think the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months...This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League."
May 24 - 5:03 AM

Hull City manager Marco Silva is set to leave the club. However, he will not be returning back to the Premier League according to reports.

The Portuguese manager came close to working a miracle and saving Hull from relegation in his short stint in charge, but it seems he will now depart the club after a meeting with the owners later in the week. Watford were among a number of PL clubs said to be interested in employing him, however, it appears that the pull of Porto in his homeland will win out. Silva reportedly spent Tuesday in Lisbon in discussions with Porto, and has agreed to take charge of the club. While Silva had suggested that staying in England was of greater interest to him, Porto have taken advantage of PL clubs' sluggishness to approach Silva. They sacked their manager after one season in charge on Monday and are now closing in one their first choice replacement.
Source: The Guardian
May 23 - 6:40 PM

Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Eduardo to a new one-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2018.

The Portugal international has acted as the third-choice goalkeeper since signing from Dinamo Zabreb last summer. While the 34-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the Premier League champions, the looming departure of Asmir Begovic means Eduardo could find himself as the backup to Thibaut Courtois next season. On signing his new deal, Eduardo said: "I am very happy to stay at Chelsea for another year. This season has been very successful for the club, and everybody has made me feel like a part of the family. I hope next season can be just as positive and we can win many more trophies. "
Source: Sky Sports
May 23 - 2:58 PM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 2:33 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta says he is not interested in rumors linking him with a summer move to Barcelona because he is "very happy" at Chelsea.

Azpiliueta has proved to be an invaluable member of Chelsea since his arrival from Marseille in 2012. Operating at left-back under Jose Mourinho, the Spanish international shined at center-back this past term in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 formation, playing every minute in Chelsea's second Premier League title in the past three seasons. While he has reportedly been identified as one of Barcelona's top targets ahead of the summer transfer window, the 27-year-old insists he is keen stay at Stamford Bridge. "It's flattering that a club like Barcelona can be interested in you," he told Spanish outlet Marca. "The interest of teams of this level is very positive, but I am very happy here." Apzilicueta, who signed a new contract in December that will keep him in London until 2020, added: "I feel very valued by the club and I do not think of anything else."
Source: Marca
May 23 - 2:32 PM

Alvaro Negredo and Calum Chambers have said their goodbyes to the Riverside Stadium and now depart after finishing their season-long loan spells with Middlesbrough.

Negredo, who ended the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, heads back Liga La outfit Valencia after making 39 appearances in total. While 31-year-old didn't have the strongest campaign, he managed to account for roughly 37 percent of Middlesbrough's 27 Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Chambers played a key role at the back after arriving from Arsenal in late September. The 22-year-old featured 26 times for Boro and helped them to the 10th best defensive record in the Premier League, while playing in both central and wide roles.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Academy youngsters Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre have signed new one-years deals with West Ham United.

Having helped the U23s win Premier League 2 promotion this season, the duo have been rewarded with new contracts which will see them remain with the Hammers until 2018. Makasi, 21, who played 29 times for the U23s this term, also featured twice as an unused substitute for the first-team. Swiss 19-year-old Sylvestre was also a key man in the Hammers' PL 2 campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions.
May 23 - 12:47 PM

Bournemouth starlet Lewis Cook has received praise from his manager Eddie Howe after some good performances in the final weeks of the season.

Cook appeared five times for the Cherries towards the end of the season before missing the final day clash with Leicester as he is representing the England U-20s at the World Cup in South Korea. Cook arrived to the south coast club ahead of the 2016/17 season in a £7 million deal with Leeds United, and started the first PL game of the campaign before enduring a frustrating season on the periphery. However, Cook's displays since returning to the field off the bench in the GW33 defeat to Spurs have been promising. The highlight was the 20 year old supplying an assist for Junior Stanislas against Burnley. His manager favourably compared the Yorkshire man to Jack Wilshere, citing his comparable creativity, control and pace aided by an aggression similar to that of Harry Arter. Howe added: "Lewis is a very special talent... In a short time in the team, he really has been very productive." It sounds like Cook may be more central to Howe's plans next term.
May 23 - 10:02 AM




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