Premier League fantasy football tips: 15 bargain midfielders to sign for your Dream Team

20 Jul

Signing up for Dream Team’s free fantasy football game is easy but you need to do it now ahead of tonight’s Premier League opener between Liverpool and Norwich City.

The hard part will be picking a winning team to get one over on your mates in the mini-leagues and thinking of a funny name.

Ryan Fredericks and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are two defensive bargains you could sign in Dream Team fantasy football

Luckily, talkSPORT are here to help with more handy tips for your team.

Depending on your strategy, you’ll need a bargain somewhere in your squad so you can field a selection of Premier League superstars.



The midfield needs to have the right balance of creativity, goals, and reliable performers if you’re going to have a shot at some of the £100,000 prize pot.

So who are the cheap as chips stars who could help you on your way to glory in Dream Team fantasy football? Find out below.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

The English youngster can do it all in the centre of the pitch, creating and scoring goals, and he’s vital to Dean Smith’s squad.

If he stays fit, unlike last season, he could pitch up some nice Dream Team points.

A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish will need to continue his fantastic form in the Premier League
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Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) – £1.0m

He may have been a dud last season after his huge move from AZ Alkmaar – but under Graham Potter he may flourish.

Jahanbakhsh got two assists in the Seagulls’ friendly win over FC Liefering and played in the no.10 role too. He’s a wildcard pick.

Brighton’s Iranian midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh
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Pascal Gross (Brighton) – £2.0m

Last season saw a downturn in the German’s effectiveness for the Seagulls.

Now, though, with a new man at the helm we could see him get back to his creative best in the Albion midfield.

His haul of seven goals and eight assists in 2017/18 was superb.

Can Gross get back to his best?
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £1.0m

The 19-year-old Englishman has gone from fringe star to wanted by Juventus in around half a year.

In just 21 appearances last season he managed three goals and five assists for Sean Dyche’s side.

McNeil has interested several clubs this summer after breaking into the Burnley team
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Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – £2.0m

A decent 2018/19 could get better depending on how frequently he’s used by new manager Frank Lampard.

We’ll call this a risky pick for now but he’s worth putting on your watchlist.

Ross Barkley in action for Chelsea
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N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – £2.5m

In other fantasy football games, the defensive midfielder isn’t worth signing – but with Dream Team he really is.

Getting points for his ratings of 7/10 or above on WhoScored saw him land 65 bonus points and he may do the same again.

Lampard has a truly world class player at his disposal in Kante
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Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – £3.0m

Another wildcard, many may steer clear of the new signing but we reckon he’s worth a go.

He grabbed two goals and an assist in his last three games at Borussia Dortmund and hit another three at the Gold Cup.

Christian Pulisic is the US national’s team golden boy
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Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – £2.5m

He starred in the second half of the Foxes’ 2018/19 campaign and could well pick up where he left off after joining permanently.

There is a risk he could drop off but even so he’s a decent bet for points.

Youri Tielemans has been hugely impressive in the Premier League
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Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £2.5m

Keita is another player who, points-wise, was a bit of a dud, but we reckon he could really improve this season.

He may miss a game or two early on but could then really shine in midfield as he did before he got injured at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Keita delivered a man of the match performance against Porto in the Champions League – can he do more of the same?
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Daniel James (Manchester United) – £1.0m

How involved the speedster will be under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unknown right now.

If we’re honest, though, the price is extremely tempting, even if he’s just a rapid super sub!

New Man United star Daniel James
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

After impressing with Paraguay at the Copa America, Almiron’s stock is steadily rising.

Magpies fans will be hoping he finally breaks his duck when it comes to goal contributions, and if he does you’ll be laughing to the top of your mini-leagues.

Almiron is a star in the making at St James’ Park
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Emi Buendia (Norwich City) – £2.0m

A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.

Get on board this bargain early.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League
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Onel Hernandez (Norwich City) – £2.0m

Like Buendia, Hernandez got a lot of goals and assists in the Championship.

This will, obviously, go down in top flight but his form from the left flank should be considered as you make selections as he got off 2.4 shots per 90 minutes and made 1.9 key passes per 90 last season.

Onel Hernandez in pre-season action for the Canaries
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Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – £1.0m

In total, the Senegalese youngster got 12 goals and seven assists last season, earning him his Premier League switch from Standard Liege.

The dribbler could be a smart signing for your XI.

Moussa Djenepo signed a four-year contract with Southampton
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Pablo Fornals (West Ham) – £2.5m

Possibly one of the signings of the summer from Villarreal, his goal contributions weren’t huge last year.

But don’t worry about that as in 2017/18 he managed a fine three goals and 12 assists.

If he combines well with Sebastien Haller, the Hammers are going to have a great season – and so will your Dream Team XI.

New boy Pablo Fornals starred for Spain’s Under-21s in the European Championship this summer
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Premier League fantasy football tips: 25 Bargains to sign for your Dream Team XI

17 Jul

The Premier League is back and so is Dream Team – sign up here for free!

It’s the fantasy football game you’ve all know and love with a prize pot of £100,000!

Who will you pick for your Dream Team?

You’ve got a £50million budget to spend on your XI and just three transfers a month to test your managerial skills to the max.

It’s easy enough picking star men like Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane but you will need some bargains to ensure you don’t spend too much.

Whether they’re cheap and cheerful first-team fillers or smart deals for a diminished dime, here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a look at the players you should be signing.

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Goalkeepers

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) – £2.5m

Only one shot-stopper averaged over 7/10 on WhoScored.com, and that was Polish ace Fabianski.

He might not get heaps of clean sheets, although this could improve with additions to the Hammers, squad but he’s a steady point-scorer.

Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £2.0m

The Portugal international had a fine first season in the Premier League and should do well again under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Signing Patricio last summer was a huge coup for Wolves
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Ralf Fahrmann (Norwich City) – £1.0m

Landing a goalkeeper on loan with eight Bundesliga seasons under their belt is impressive for a newly-promoted side.
Sure, he was displaced at Schalke last season by talented youngster Alexander Nübel but he should be a fine performer at a cheap price.

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

The Magpies are facing a tough campaign ahead and if he remains at St James’ Park then the Slovakian is likely to be a key star.

He’s been a fine signing and could almost certainly earn himself a big move if he is on top form again in 2019/20.

Dubravka has been linked with transfers this summer
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Defenders

Matt Targett (Aston Villa) – £1.5m

Having never had a full season as a starting player, Targett has joined the Villans for £15m.

But, he did get three assists and a goal last term as he made 16 appearances for the Saints, which isn’t too shabby.

Targett is set to play a major role for Dean Smith and he could offer cheap points.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton) – £2.0m

A move to Leicester City appears to be in the works if Harry Maguire joins Manchester United this summer.

Dunk is good for a few goals a season, while last year was the first time he hasn’t averaged more than 7/10 on WhoScored.

Playing for a bigger club is also likely to see an increase in clean sheets – the Foxes got 10 compared to Brighton’s seven in 2018/19.

Dunk has been a vital part of the Seagulls’ squad and has formed an excellent partnership with Shane Duffy
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £2.5m

The Red Devils’ standing may have fallen and the ex-Saint might not quite have fulfilled the potential he once showed but he’s a bargain on Dream Team.

If he remains fit all season he should improve on the one goal and four assists he got last-term.

He also got 14 WhoScored ratings of 7/10 or more, which will come in handy.

Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) – £1.0m

With four goals and two assists in just 31 Championship appearances from centre-back, Godfrey is a possible gem.

Yan Valery (Southampton) – £1.5m

French youngster Valery is on course to be the Saints’ starting right-back this season and is very capable of getting goals and assists.

His number of clean sheets is likely to improve too as Ralph Hasenhuttl improves his squad.

If you’re looking for a Saint to be your saviour and help you perform a mini-league miracle then Valery might be your man.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £1.5m

The ex-Tottenham and Fulham right-back really kicked on at the end of last season and if he improves his final ball then he could be a huge winner for your XI.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Okay, in comparison to the other men in this list, the Scotsman isn’t a ‘bargain’ but bear in mind he got 11 assists last year.

Teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold got 12 and one goal and is valued at £5m, while Virgil van Dijk is £6m.

Robertson helped Liverpool win the Champions League
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Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £2.5m

The English youngster can do it all in the centre of the pitch, creating and scoring, and is vital to Dean Smith’s squad.

If he stays, fit unlike last season, he could pitch up some nice Dream Team points.

A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish will need to continue his fantastic form in the Premier League
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Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton) – £1.0m

He may have been a dud last season after his huge move from AZ Alkmaar but under Graham Potter he may flourish.

Jahanbakhsh got two assists in the Seagulls’ friendly win over FC Liefering and played in the no.10 role too. He’s a wildcard pick.

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – £3.0m

Another wildcard, many may steer clear of the new signing but we reckon he’s worth a go.

He grabbed two goals and an assist in his last three games at Borussia Dortmund and hit another three at the Gold Cup.

Pulisic shined for USA in the win over Trinidad & Tobago
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Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – £2.5m

He starred in the second half of the Foxes 2018/19 campaign and could well pick up where he left off after joining permanently.

There is a risk he could drop off but even so he’s a decent bet for points.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £2.5m

Another player who, points-wise, was a bit of a dud, we reckon he could really improve this season.

He may miss a game or two early on but could then really shine in midfielder as he did before he got injured at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Daniel James (Manchester United) – £1.0m

How involved the speedster will be under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unknown right now.

If we’re honest, though, the price is extremely tempting, even if he’s just a rapid super sub!

Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United) – £2.0m

After impressing with Paraguay at the Copa America, Almiron’s stock is steadily rising.

Magpies fans will be hoping he finally breaks his ducks when it comes to goal contributions and if he does you’ll be laughing to the top of your mini-leagues.

Almiron has caught the eye after starring in the Copa America
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Emil Buendia (Norwich City) – £2.0m

A set-piece taker for the Canaries, we’re tipping the Argentine 22-year-old to make a splash in the Premier League.

Get on board this bargain early.

Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) – £1.0m

In total, the Senegalese youngster got 12 goals and seven assists last season, earning him his Premier League switch from Standard Liege.

The dribbler could be a smart signing for your XI.

Moussa Djenepo has signed a four-year contract with Southampton
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Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – £4.5m

Like Andy Robertson, Silva is a relative bargain.

When you consider Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mane are £6.0m, the Portuguese ace looks decent value.

Forwards

Michy Batshuayi/Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – £2.0m

It’s best to analyse this as pre-season moves further down the line but whoever looks like getting the staring role is an almost must-have for your XI.

Yes, they have lost Eden Hazard but they still have quality elsewhere to provide them with ammo.

Tammy Abraham was a huge hit on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea last season
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Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £3.5m

He’s not going to usurp Sergio Aguero any time soon but he will still get plenty of goals.

He got 17 in all competitions last season, not bad going at all.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £3.5m

The Red Devils could have another tough campaign in the Premier League, or they could bounce back.

If they do the latter then Rashford, their current main striker, is likely to get the goals for them

Rashford has signed a new contract at Man United
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Che Adams (Southampton) – £1.5m

The 23-year-old hit 22 goals and got four assists in the Championship last season.

He really troubled defences in the second tier and you wouldn’t put it past him doing the same in the Premier League too.

Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.

Goalkeepers

Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.

Forwards

Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

Transfer news and football gossip: Man United to fund Sancho with Pogba sale, Gerrard rubbishes Derby speculation, Koulibaly drops Napoli exit hint

24 Jun

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online.

The expected sale of Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer could trigger an ambitious bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. United will demand £100m from Real Madrid for the Frenchman and plan to reinvest the money into a bid for Sancho. (Forbes)

Liverpool hero Mohamed Salah has been urged to quit the European champions and move to Barcelona – by Nou Camp legend Samuel Eto’o. FULL STORY

Steven Gerrard has dismissed speculation linking him with the Derby job, should Frank Lampard leave to join Chelsea. FULL STORY

Liverpool and Manchester United will battle for the signature of 22-year-old Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, who has a £45m release clause. (Marca)

Tottenham have been told to pay £45m to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane ready to cash in on the midfielder. (AS)

Spurs have already secured the signing of Yago de Santiago from Celta Vigo. The 16-year-old is reported to have agreed terms with the Lilywhites after being offered an ‘extraordinary’ contract. (El Desmarque)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will undergo a medical at Man United this week ahead of completing a £55m move from Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. (Goal)

Wan-Bissaka appears to be closing in on his move to Man United
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Palace hope to cancel or reduce Wilfried Zaha’s sell-on clause as part of the deal taking Wan-Bissaka to Man United. (Guardian)

Liverpool have been urged to sign Zaha, who has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal. Reds hero John Aldridge believes the £80m-rated Ivorian is the one player the club should go for. FULL STORY

Kalidou Kouliably has refused to rule out leaving Napoli this summer amid interest in the defender from Liverpool, Man United and Man City. (Goal)

Real Betis are interested in Reds striker Divock Origi, 24. (Estadio Deportivo)

Junior Firpo is on Liverpool and Man United’s radar
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Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is the subject of an £80m bid from Inter Milan. (L’Equipe)

The Reds are said to be leading the race for Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde, who has also been linked with Chelsea. (Sport)

Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron has caught the eye of Real Madrid with his impressive form at the Copa America – it would take £35m to prise him away from the Toon in the current transfer market. FULL STORY


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Harry Maguire is set to become the world’s most expensive defender this week, having reportedly agreed a £80m move to Manchester City after snubbing rivals Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Man United will trigger their 12-month extension option in Marcus Rashford’s contract, amid fears the 21-year-old striker may leave when his current deal expires next summer. (The Sun)

Inter Milan are still €25m (£22.3m) short of the Red Devils’ valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Almiron became Newcastle’s record signing when he joined for £21m from Atlanta United in January
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Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the 23-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. (Sport Mediaset)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a personal plea to United chief Ed Woodward to move quickly and sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (Record)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia for an initial £600,000 from Real Zaragoza.(The Sun)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been told it is a waste of time to try to sign Celtic’s 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will step up talks to sign Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old Englishman was instrumental in Villa’s promotion to the Premier League when on loan with the club last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Sheffield United are among a number of clubs interested in £15m-rated defender Ben Gibson, 26, who has been told he can leave Burnley this summer.(Teamtalk)

Brighton have agreed to sign Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, 24, from Genk for £18m. (Sky Sports)

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed they have held talks with Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie. (Daily Echo)

Real Madrid ‘tracking’ Newcastle star Miguel Almiron as Paraguayan midfielder dazzles at Copa America

23 Jun

Real Madrid are reportedly tracking Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron ahead of a potential bid for the Paraguayan.

Almiron became the Magpies’ record signing when he joined for £21m from Atlanta United in January.

Almiron has dazzled for Paraguay in the Copa America

And according to TyC Sports, Madrid are keeping a keen eye on the playmaker, who is performing well at the Copa America.

Almiron, who plays as an attacking midfielder, looked the real deal at St James’ Park since his switch from the MLS despite not registering a goal in his 10 appearances.

The 25-year-old has continued his good form into the Copa America, where he has provided an assist in each of the two games he has played for Paraguay so far.

His second assist. against Argentina, came about from a phenomenal run and it led to dozens of Newcastle fans on social media to claim he outshone Lionel Messi in the match.

Real are currently revamping their squad after enduring a difficult season.

Los Blancos have already signed an astonishing five players for almost £300million as Zinedine Zidane splashes the cash in the hope of propelling the club back to where they belong next season.

The latest addition to the squad is highly-rated left-back Ferland Mendy, who has joined for a fee of £48million.

While the club have also signed Belgium forward  Eden Hazard from Chelsea for around £150million, as well as Serbia striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt, Brazilian Rodrygo from Santos and central defender Eder Militao from Porto.

Copa America 2019: Newcastle mock Barcelona star Lionel Messi with Miguel Almiron tweet

20 Jun

It has not been a great start for Lionel Messi and Argentina at the Copa America.

Argentina lost 2-0 in their opening match to Colombia before Messi’s penalty salvaged a draw against Paraguay on Wednesday night, leaving Lionel Scaloni’s side bottom of their group – even behind Qatar!

Lionel Messi and Miguel Almiron went head-to-head on Wednesday night
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Miguel Almiron, who joined Newcastle in a club-record £20million deal from Atlanta United in January, starred for Paraguay as he assisted Richard Sanchez’s opener after a lung-busting run.

He also notched an assist in his country’s opening game against Qatar last weekend.

And Newcastle have been proudly watching his heroics in Brazil as the club light-heartedly tweeted a picture of him and Messi tussling for the ball with the caption: ‘A football genius and Lionel Messi. #NUFC #CopaAmerica’.

Almiron was a fitness doubt for the Copa America after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in April.

The playmaker left the pitch in tears as he was forced off against Southampton.

But he made a speedy recovery and will hope to help Paraguay improve on their 2017 Copa America third-placed finish.

Meanwhile, Messi’s Argentina will need to beat Qatar in their final group stage game to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds.

Newcastle United fans excited as Miguel Almiron outshines Barcelona star Lionel Messi at Copa America

20 Jun

Lionel Messi may be the greatest footballer to ever walk the earth, but it was Miguel Almiron who set the footballing world alight in last night’s Copa America clash between Argentina and Paraguay.

Newcastle’s club record signing is dazzling for his country and played a pivotal role as his side frustrated the two-time World Cup winners to a 1-1 draw.

Almiron outshined Messi in the clash between Paraguay and Argentina

The Group B clash was frankly a lacklustre encounter, but there was one piece of brilliance from Almiron which stood out.

The Magpies playmaker provided an assist in Paraguay’s opening match of the tournament against Qatar and it wasn’t long before he turned provider again in the match against Messi and Co.

The midfielder ran almost the length of the pitch, dancing through the challenges of several defenders before dispatching a perfect cross for Richard Sanchez to score.

 

Almiron was clearly still adapting to English football last term, but the signs are that he could be set for a brilliant season at Newcastle – and it’s safe to say Toon fans think they have a major superstar in their ranks.

Have a look at some of their reaction below…

 

Newcastle news: Miguel Almiron’s season is over due to hamstring injury, Magpies confirm

24 Apr

Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Early signs were worrying when the 25-year-old left the field in tears during the Magpies’ 3-1 victory over Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Almiron will miss Newcastle’s last three games

And the Paraguay international now faces a race against time to be fit for this summer’s Copa America.

A statement issued on the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk, said: “Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.

“The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club’s medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies’ final three matches of the campaign.

“The club have already been in communication with – and will continue to liaise with – the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer’s Copa America, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery.”

The Copa America gets under way in Brazil on June 14, with Paraguay opening their campaign against Qatar in Rio two days later.

Almiron has made a good impression since completing his club-record £20million switch to St James’ Park in January.

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Although he is yet to score, he has injected pace and a direct approach into Newcastle’s play to justify manager Rafael Benitez’s faith in him.

In the process, he has helped the Magpies to secure their top-flight status for a third season, a process which was completed a day after their win over the Saints when Cardiff lost to title-chasing Liverpool.

He will miss Saturday’s trip to Brighton before the last home game of the season against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and the final day fixture at relegated Fulham.

Newcastle United news: Rafael Benitez ‘to be given’ £100million transfer budget over next two seasons

18 Apr

Rafael Benitez will reportedly be given more than £100million to spend over the next two seasons at Newcastle United if he decides to stay.

Benitez’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has yet to commit his future to the club.

Rafael Benitez is yet to sign a new contract at Newcastle


Discussions are understood to have been going on for more than 18 months and he is still waiting for answers on certain requests from the board, according to Chronicle Live.

The Sun report that the manager will be armed with more than £50million a season to spend.

Benitez is still waiting for answers from the board before signing a new deal

In an interview with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, following the release of their accounts, he said the club want to ‘invest and strengthen’ in the summer.

He said: “Our accounts are pretty simple. We’ve got turnover less our wage bill and other operating costs.

Miguel Almiron is Newcastle’s record signing

“And broadly speaking that gives us what we have to spend in a year. It’s not difficult to do the maths – that’s what we have to spend.

“In addition to that, you then have the funds generated from player sales.

“We would look to spend our budget on a small number of high-quality players, rather than dilute the money over so many.

“We’d then look to supplement this with loans. We want players that can make a difference and improve the team.

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“We want to be competitive at every level and in every competition.

“The idea we turn up every year just hoping to survive just isn’t correct.

“We want to improve – but do so sustainably.”

Newcastle’s surplus figure was £58.7million at the end of the 2017/18 season and it is expected to be around £50million over the next two years.

Charnley wants quality over quantity of players, which means that they could break their record signing.

Salomon Rondon is high on Benitez’s wish list

They paid £21million for Miguel Almiron in the January transfer window.

One of the players believed to be high up on Benitez’s wish list is Salomon Rondon, who is currently on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Charnley also revealed plans are in place to revamp their current training facilities but believes the £15-20million needed would be better served improving the team, in the short term.

He also confirmed the club are planning for Mike Ashley to carry on as owner but did not rule out a takeover in the future.

Premier League: Five things we learned from the weekend’s action including Almiron’s impact and Liverpool’s resolve

17 Mar

The Premier League was at its brilliant best on the weekend even though only five matches were played.

On Saturday, West Ham produced a stunning comeback against Huddersfield in a seven-goal thriller at the London Stadium.

Leicester secured a last-gasp victory against Burnley to put further pressure on Sean Dyche’s side – who now hover dangerously above the relegation zone.

While spoils were shared on the south coast between Bournemouth and Newcastle in a dramatic encounter at the Vitality.

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League

On Sunday, Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to a late James Milner penalty, while Chelsea’s top four hopes were put in further jeopardy with defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

But what are five things we learnt from the matches? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…

Miguel Almiron is the real deal

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Newcastle signed the Paraguayan playmaker for a club-record £20million in January.

But he has been brilliant for the Magpies and that was once again the case against Bournemouth.

For Newcastle’s first goal, Almiron ran 60 yards all on his own to earn his side a free-kick – which Salomon Rondon expertly converted.

He has created an average of 3.25 chances per game since joining the club – no-one in the division has created more since his arrival.

Almiron has been brilliant since signing for Newcastle

Marko Arnautovic looks disinterested

In the pick of the weekend’s action, the Hammers produced a remarkable comeback to beat bottom side Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium.

However, there was one player in the match who looked disinterested; Marko Arnautovic.

Apart from producing a few fancy flicks here and there, the Austrian was not at his best and his mind seemed elsewhere.

The forward was the subject of rumoured interest from the Chinese Super League, but committed his future to the east Londoners soon after.

Arnautovic wasn’t his usual self against Huddersfield

Brendan Rodgers is getting the best out of the Foxes

Leicester struck late against Burnley to pile further pressure on Sean Dyche’s side – who now sit precariously in 17th position and two points adrift of safety.

But what is now clear is that Rodgers is getting the best out of the Foxes.

His side put in a spirited display with ten-men on the pitch for all but four minutes of the match.

Rodgers is getting the best out of the Foxes

Liverpool showing title fight

Jurgen Klopp’s side were far from convincing against Fulham but they showed their title credentials by grinding out the victory at Craven Cottage to return to the summit of the division.

However, one major cause for concern for Reds fans is the form of their talisman Mohamed Salah.

The Egypt international drew a blank for the fifth consecutive Premier League game in a row and many Liverpool fans took to social media to call for the forward to be dropped in their next match.

Klopp’s side are grinding out the results

Maurizio Sarri is on borrowed time

The Chelsea boss is on the brink again after another damning loss at Everton.

The Blues had lots of possession in the match but once again they simply did not create enough chances.

Furthermore, the Italian’s reluctance to start Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, coupled with his clear lack of a plan B, will anger the Chelsea board more and more with every display.

Sarri appeared to be feeling the strain