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Monday, July 23
Leicester boss Claude Puel has responded to Harry Maguireâs recent interview in which he revealed his ambitions to play at the âhighest level.â
The England defender impressed at the World Cup and has been heavily linked with Manchester United as Jose Mourinho seeks to bolster his defence.
Maguire hinted that he may be open to leaving Leicester this summer.
“Leicester have been unbelievable to me and Iâm really happy there but Iâm also an ambitious player and everyone wants to play at the top,â he said.
And Puel has now had his say, telling supporters that Leicester need to match his ambitions.
âIt is important (for Maguire) to continue for Leicester,â said Puel. âIt is a good feeling. If our players are interesting a lot of clubs it is because we made good recruitment and work in our training sessions.
âIt is important to continue this work. Of course, when we welcome them (Maguire and Jamie Vardy) back I hope we can to give them the opportunity to continue their ambition and perform in the Premier League.â
Transfer News: Leicester boss Claude Puel fights for Harry Maguire amid Man Utd transfer claims
Wayne Rooney on Anthony Martial
Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney believes Anthony Martial has the potential to be one of the best players in the Premier League.
The talented 22-year-old has been linked with mega-money moves away from Old Trafford with Tottenham and Chelsea linked with his services.
But Rooney believes selling the Frenchman would come back to haunt Jose Mourinhoâs side.
âI think Martial, ability-wise, is incredible,â Rooney told talkSPORTâs Alan Brazil. âBut I think itâs how do you get the best out of him?
âKnowing Anthony the way I know him I think if you can get the best out of him, heâs up there ability-wise with the best in the league.
âI think sometimes it is difficult to get to know him as a person, as a character because of the way he is. But I think once you do get to know him, you just keep him happy.â
Transfer News: Wayne Rooney thinks Man Utd should keep Anthony Martial
Confident trio will stay – Sarri
Maurizio Sarri says he is confident of keeping Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian at Chelsea and plans to speak to the players by the end of July.
Belgium internationals Hazard and Courtois have been heavily linked with moves to Real Madrid, while Brazilian Willian is reportedly a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.
The influential trio have yet to return for pre-season training as they recover from the World Cup, meaning new Blues manager Sarri must wait to discuss their futures.
“It’s a pleasure to have Courtois, to have Willian, to have Hazard, but it (their futures) doesn’t depend on me, not only on me,â Sarri said. “So, we have to wait. I’m confident.”
Goalkeeper Courtois has only a year remaining on his contract, while forwards Hazard and Willian each have an additional 12 months.
“Face to face, I think at the end of the month because they will come to Cobham (training ground) at the end of the month,â Sarri said when asked if he would have a chance to talk to the players.
Manchester United officials have reportedly met with the agent of Marquinhos to discuss a move for the PSG star.
United have been linked with a host of defenders this summer, including Leonardo Bonucci, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld.
But according to respected French outlet ParisUnited, Marquinhos may be the next new arrival at Old Trafford.
The publication reports the Brazilian’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci jetted in to meet United chiefs last week to see whether the Premier League outfit were interested in doing in a deal.
PSG are currently looking to strengthen themselves, with Thomas Tuchel also eyeing a move for Bonucci, making Marquinhos surplus to requirements.
ParisUnited report the centre-back would prefer to remain at PSG this season as he feels comfortable in France.
Manchester United Transfer News: Marquinhos could be set to join Manchester United
Javier Ribalta leaves Manchester United
Manchester United head scout Javier Ribalta has left Old Trafford after just one year.
The highly-rated talent spotter arrived from Juventus last year but has already decided to part ways with Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils.
The Mirror claim Ribalta has left for Zenit St Petersburg, where he will assume the role of Sporting Director.
His departure will concern some United supporters, who are worried to have only seen Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant arrive during the transfer window.
The Manchester Evening News say that Ribalta felt no animosity with the club but felt the role would be a good career move.
Manchester United Transfer News: Head scout Javier Ribalta has left Old Trafford
Chelsea have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for winger Willian.
Willian has been heavily linked with a move to the Catalan outfit in recent weeks after an impressive season in west London.
Barcelona have seen two lower bids rejected by Chelsea already this summer, and according to Sky Sports, the Blues have now turned down a third offer worth more than ÂŁ55m.
Manchester United are also chasing the Brazilian this summer.
However, the Red Devils have not yet launched an official bid as Jose Mourinho continues to weigh up his options.
Sky Sports claim Barcelona first began efforts to lure Willian to the Nou Camp over three months ago.
However, Ernesto Valverde and his team have fallen short with bids of ÂŁ50m, ÂŁ53m and now more than ÂŁ55m.
Manchester United Transfer News: Barcelona have made a third bid for Willian
Fight to sign the ânext Ousmane Dembeleâ
Liverpool are one of a number of clubs looking to sign Senegal star Ismaila Sarr, reports claim.
The Rennes winger drew plaudits for his displays at the World Cup and has subsequently been linked with a host of European heavyweights.
The Sun claim Sarr, 20, is now being tracked by Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool with some sending scouts to monitor his progress.
âHe is very fast with an excellent technique,â Thierno Seydi, Sarrâs agent, told SunSport. âHe has the same qualities as Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona. They are similar players.
âI have received many calls from English and German clubs and maybe even one from Italy. Many agents from the UK have called me proposing to work with them and Ismaila to get him to the Premier League. One Italian agent asked to speak with Juventus. The price will be around 50-60m Euros (ÂŁ44m-ÂŁ53m).â
Manchester United Transfer News: A host of clubs are looking to sign Senegal star Ismaila Sarr
Harry Maguire to Manchester United
Harry Maguire has hinted he may be open to leaving Leicester this summer.
The England defender, who enjoyed a solid World Cup campaign alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, has been heavily linked with a move to United this summer.
And heâs sent the rumour mill spinning after revealing that heâs an ‘ambitious player’ who wants to play at the highest level.
“Every player wants to play at the highest level,” he told the Sun. “Iâve just come back from playing at a World Cup, where I really enjoyed the high pressure of the games.
“It was something that I really thrived off. Leicester have been unbelievable to me and Iâm really happy there but Iâm also an ambitious player and everyone wants to play at the top.”
Manchester United Transfer News: Marquinhos could be set to join Manchester United
Manchester United Transfer News: Jose Mourinho wants TWO new signings
Jose Mourinho is keen to complete two more signings before the start of the Premier League season.
Manchester United have already completed three deals, with Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant heading to Old Trafford.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho wants a centre-back and a forward this summer and has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to meet his demands.
Tottenhamâs Toby Alderweireld, Leicester star Harry Maguire, Chelsea ace Willian and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale are all under consideration.
Manchester United could end up brokering two transfer deals with Bayern Munich this summer.
As revealed by Express Sport this morning, Bayern want to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
United would prefer the Frenchman to go abroad rather than to suitors Chelsea or Tottenham, so a deal could be settled this summer.
But the Red Devils are themselves eyeing a Bayern player.
According to German magazine Kicker, United are ready to make a move for defender Jerome Boateng.
Kicker reckon a deal up to ÂŁ53.5m could be agreed between the two clubs.