Liverpool complete transfer deal for England U17 star Bobby Duncan

Liverpool have reportedly clinched a deal for Bobby Duncan (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have secured a deal for England U17 star Bobby Duncan, reports say.

Duncan, who is the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard, confirmed earlier in the week that he was to leave Manchester City.

He first signed for City when he was 11 but has been training away from the club for months and said it felt like the right time to ‘fulfill his potential’ elsewhere.

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Tottenham, Juventus and Monaco were all hoping to sign Duncan but Liverpool have won the race to secure his signature.

According to the Daily Telegraph, he will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1 after the Reds paid £200,000 to complete a deal.

‘It’s been an amazing six years at Manchester City,’ Duncan said this week.

Duncan is a regular for England U17s (Picture: Getty)‘It was a difficult decision for me and my family but the time is right for a new challenge and fulfil my dreams and potential elsewhere.’

Duncan is rated as one of the most talented teenagers in English football, having become the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Brazil for the U16s.

The Liverpool-born striker has been persistently linked with a return to Merseyside and looks set to make the move official next week.

Duncan is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard (Picture: Getty)Meanwhile, new Liverpool signing Naby Keita has revealed his shock at being handed the number eight shirt by club legend Gerrard.

‘It was an incredible day for me,’ he told Liverpool’s official website. ‘Gerrard gave me the number eight jersey.

‘When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it. When he came in, I looked and him and said “Wow” because he is a legend.

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‘He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here.

‘If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it’s not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that’s my motivation.’

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son

Heung-Min Son is wanted by Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. (AFP/Getty Images)Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing Tottenham midfielder Heung-Min Son, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has impressed at Spurs since his £22 move from Bayer Leverkusen nearly three years ago, scoring 47 goals in 139 appearances for the club.

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new attacking option with Anthony Martial pushing to leave United this summer, while Jurgen Klopp is also looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

According to Sport1, United, Liverpool and Arsenal all have Son on their summer shortlist.

And the report claims that the South Korea international is open to leaving Tottenham this summer.

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But Spurs hold a strong hand in negotiations as the midfielder still has two years remaining on his contract, and Sport1 claim that the club will demand at least €70 million (£62m) for the player.

Son is currently with South Korea’s squad at the World Cup and is preparing for his nation’s final game group game against Germany on Wednesday.

South Korea still have a slim chance of reaching the last-16 after losing their matches against Sweden and Mexico but they require a victory over Germany.

Earlier this year, reports claimed that Tottenham were ready to offer Son a new contract and an improvement on his current £60,000-a-week deal.

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Liverpool ready to beat Tottenham’s offer to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa

Jack Grealish is on Liverpool’s radar. (AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool have entered the race with Tottenham to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, according to reports.

Having failed to gain promotion to the Premier League, Villa are now in serious financial difficulty and face the prospect of selling their key players.

Villa value Grealish at £40 million but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made a £20m offer.

According to The Sun, Liverpool have also registered their interest in the 22-year-old and are willing to better Spurs’ £20m offer.

The report also claims that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made Grealish one of his priority targets for the summer window.

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Liverpool already have two new midfielders ahead of the new season in Naby Keita and Fabinho.

But with Emre Can set to leave on a free transfer, Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his midfield options even further.

Earlier this week, Nabil Fekir’s agent also gave Liverpool fresh hope after claiming that the midfielder’s transfer saga ‘is not over’.

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Premier League 2018-19 opening day fixtures in full – Arsenal face Manchester City in Unai Emery’s first game

Manchester City won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points (Picture: Getty)Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title away against Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the division last season, becoming the first side in the history of the competition to reach 100 points.

The game represents a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who will come up against Guardiola and his assistant Mikel Arteta who was also in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger.

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Unai Emery faces a daunting start to his Arsenal tenure (Picture: Getty)

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Arsenal vs. Man City

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Southampton vs. Burnley

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Elsewhere, Manchester United start with a home game against Leicester, while Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield.

Chelsea, who are still to resolve their managerial situation, travel to Huddersfield while Tottenham visit Newcastle.

Promoted Wolves entertain Everton, while Craven Cottage will host its first Premier League game for four years when Crystal Palace travel to west London for an opening day derby.

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How Liverpool have complicated Manchester United’s pursuit of Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham are resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld this summer (Picture: Getty)Tottenham will demand a fee in the region on £70million for Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld, according to ESPN.

Mauricio Pochettino is resigned to losing the former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender, but Spurs believe Liverpool’s world record purchase of Virgil van Dijk in January has changed the goalposts.

Jurgen Klopp sanctioned the £75m signing of Van Dijk and Spurs are adamant Alderweireld should command a similar fee.

The Belgium international’s situation has been further complicated by a clause in his current contract which states he can be sold for just £35m next summer unless he signs a new deal before then.

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Liverpool paid £75m for Virgil van Dijk in January (Picture: Getty)

Clement Lenglet is also said to be interesting Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward have made an impressive start to their summer transfer dealings, completing the signings of Brazil international midfielder Fred and highly-rated Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot for a combined total of over £70m this week.

If United fail to agree a deal with Spurs for Alderweireld, Mourinho is likely to switch his attentions elsewhere.

Reports on Thursday claimed United had already made an approach for Clement Lenglet, while Mourinho is also said to be an admirer of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.

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Christian Pulisic’s father directly responds to Manchester United and Liverpool transfer links

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly keen on Christian Pulisic (Picture: Getty)Christian Pulisic’s father has labelled the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League as ‘hogwash’.

The 19-year-old winger has scored 12 goals in 97 games since breaking into Borussia Dortmund’s first-team back in 2016 and is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham are eyeing a move for Pulisic’s services this summer and the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool are also understood to be interested.

The American’s father, Mark Pulisic, has poured cold water on the rumours, but revealed that his son will sit down for talks with Dortmund ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

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‘He was linked to Tottenham. Last week it was Liverpool. The week before Man United. The week before this… it’s hogwash,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘He’s linked with a different club every week. I have no idea. His agent right now is working and looking, in close relation with me and Christian, and we’re just trying to see what the best phase of his next development will be.

The American will discuss his future with Borussia Dortmund this summer (Picture: Getty)‘Now is the time that the season has just ended that we’ll sit down with Dortmund, we’ll sit down with, I don’t know whether others clubs are in the mix, [and see what] Dortmund’s idea is and their plans for Christian.

‘But there’s nothing concrete. Right now, Christian plays for Dortmund and that’s where he is planning on playing again next year.’

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – MAY 12: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on May 12, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)While Pulisic’s father refused to rule out a summer move, he stressed his son would make the ultimate decision.

Asked if the United States star should stay at Dortmund, he responded: ‘I don’t know. I wish I had the answer because life would then become very easy. But there’s always change.

‘You can think one thing, then you do it, and at the end of the day it wasn’t the right thing.

‘Football is crazy. You kind of have to go with the flow and make sure the player feels comfortable, whatever the decision is.

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‘There’s no magic formula. Is it right to stay at Dortmund? Who knows. Is it right to move to another club? He might think it is, or someone else might think it is, but it might not be in part of his mind.

‘The only thing we can do is continue to talk with him and make sure he’s always in the loop of what’s going on, present all the facts and the content of what can happen, or will happen.

‘It’s up to the player to make that final call.’

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Stan Collymore tells Liverpool to bid £150m for Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli

Alli and Eriksen have been key to Tottenham’s recent success.Liverpool should launch a £150m move for Tottenham Hotspur trio Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli, according to former striker Stan Collymore.

Jurgen Klopp has yet to acquire a replacement for Philippe Coutinho and is already being linked with signing a new goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ mistakes led to the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Despite suffering their third major final defeat under Klopp’s tutelage, Collymore feels Liverpool must build on an otherwise encouraging season to prevent Manchester City and Manchester United extending their advantage.

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‘Liverpool’s owners need to use the Champions League Final as a platform to build a squad that is capable of standing squarely toe-to-toe with those being ­assembled in Manchester,’ he told The Mirror.

‘The first XI put together by the ­affable German has shown that, on its day, it can compete with the very best.

‘But, for all of their promise in the second half of this season, Liverpool do not have the strength in depth of their two great rivals.

Alderweireld is available for £25m next summer and has two years remaining on his current deal.‘If the Reds are to close the gap, they need genuine A-listers as back-up.

‘I am talking about wandering into White Hart Lane, plonking £150m on the table in front of Daniel Levy and saying: “I’ll give you that for Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.”’

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Naby Keita is due to become Liverpool’s first summer signing when he completes his switch from RB Leipzig, having reached an agreement to move to Anfield last year.

A new face in goal is likely to follow after Karius’ night to forget in Kiev.

Roma stopper Alisson Becker and Stoke City’s Jack Butland are among the contenders to fill the position, with Karius’ future looking bleak after his mistakes gifted Real their third successive Champions League triumph.

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Victor Wanyama breaks silence on Manchester United and Liverpool transfer talk

Wanyama only made eight league starts last season but did feature in victory over United. (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has no plans to leave the club despite links with Liverpool and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old missed large swathes of last season with a knee problem but upon his return in January made just seven Premier League starts during the second half of the campaign.

As a result, Champions League finalists Liverpool and Premier League and FA Cup runners-up United have both been linked with a move for the Kenya international, according to The Daily Mail, and he could be available for around £40m.

Mourinho has been linked with a move for him (Picture: Getty)But Wanyama has dismissed such speculation and aims to come back stronger next season after an injury-ravaged term.

‘I don’t respond to rumours and all those are rumours to me, I still have a contract with Spurs and that is what I want to see through’ Wanyama told Goal.

‘I did not have a good season with the team because of injury and my aim now is to work hard during this break and return for next season even stronger and help them perform even better.

‘I am happy at Tottenham and I am committed to the team. I am not aware of anything [regarding a move away] and I am very fine and happy where I am.’

Since moving to north London from Southampton in 2016, Wanyama has made 71 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham but is yet to nail down a regular first team place under Mauricio Pochettino.

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Manchester City closing in on £50m transfer deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha

Manchester City are reportedly closing in on a deal for Wilfred Zaha (Picture: Getty)Manchester City are closing in on a £50million deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

Zaha has been instrumental in Palace’s stunning escape from Premier League relegation this season, scoring eight goals and making three assists in 28 appearances.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have all expressed interest in signing the Ivory Coast international in recent weeks but City are hopeful of striking a deal.

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The Daily Mirror say Zaha’s displays for Palace have caught the attention of Pep Guardiola, who is determined to bolster his squad at City despite storming to the Premier League title.

Guardiola has told City he wants to sign a match-winning winger this summer and his focus has turned from Riyad Mahrez to Zaha.

Manchester City had a £60million bid for Leicester City’s Mahrez rejected in January and the Algerian playmaker may need to look elsewhere to finally get his desired move.

Pep Guardiola has identified Zaha as a top target (Picture: AP)

Zaha played a huge role in Palace’s relegation escape (Picture: Getty)Zaha has developed into a modern-day Palace legend in his two stints at Selhurst Park, first helping the club secure promotion to the top-flight before he was signed by Manchester United.

He made just two league appearances for the Red Devils, however, before returning to his boyhood club and rediscovering his form.

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Crystal Palace looked destined for the drop earlier in the season when they lost their first seven games without scoring a goal, but Zaha and his team-mates completed a remarkable turnaround under Roy Hodgson.

Speaking earlier in the week, Hodgson said of Zaha’s future at Palace: ‘I think Wilf enjoys his football here. He enjoys being part of our set-up.’

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Ryan Sessegnon to snub Manchester United and Tottenham if Fulham earn Premier League promotion

Ryan Sessegnon has emerged as a target for Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Ryan Sessegnon will consider snubbing a move to Manchester United or Tottenham should Fulham earn promotion to the Premier League.

The 17-year-old narrowly missed out on a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad having played a significant role in Fulham’s push for a return to the top flight after a four-year absence.

Sessegnon has scored 14 goals in all competitions, despite nominally being a left-back, and has emerged as the most exciting prospect in the Championship.

Slovisa Jokanovic’s side appear to have missed out on automatic promotion following a 2-2 draw with west London rivals QPR last weekend but are all but guaranteed a place in the end of season play-offs.

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Manchester United are in the market for a new left-back with Luke Shaw and Daley Blind set to leave in the summer (Picture: Getty)Should Fulham go up, The Sun claims the teenager, who has been described as the new Gareth Bale, is willing to delay his inevitable move to a Premier League giant.

Manchester United will be in the market for a left-sided defender this summer with Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian all set to be shipped out by Jose Mourinho.

But reports last month claimed Sessegnon would prefer a move to either Tottenham or Liverpool and the chance to work under either Jurgen Klopp or Mauricio Pochettino.

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