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Jun 21

Europe’s top transfer targets: from Mbappé to Aubameyang via Verratti | Jacob Steinberg

Barcelona want a right-back and a Xavi replacement, Manchester United and Arsenal need strikers, while Juventus want a winger – the chase is on

After Manchester United’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann ran into a brick wall, their search for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic took them to Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata. The Spanish striker remains top of their list but United have also been keeping an eye on a young Italian who looks destined to enjoy a wonderful career. Strong and relentless, Belotti has scored 40 goals in 73 appearances since joining Torino two years ago and Milan have already seen one bid turned down for the 23-year-old Italy international. Torino are holding out for as much money as possible, though they would not mind hanging on to Belotti for another season.

Related: Kylian Mbappé: the teenage Monaco striker taking Europe by storm

Related: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk blunder is damaging setback for Jürgen Klopp | Andy Hunter

Related: Alexandre Lacazette: lethal, in demand and hungry to prove worth for France | Sachin Nakrani

Related: Transfer window: 10 players from Ligue 1 attracting interest around Europe

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/21/europes-top-10-transfer-targets-mbappe-aubameyang-verratti

Jun 15

Claude Puel a victim of Southampton’s admirably unreasonable expectations | Paul Doyle

Finishing eighth in the Premier League and reaching a cup final is hardly a failure but Southampton want their managers to be close to supernatural rather than merely good and Puel’s failure to connect also cost him

Southampton’s sacking of Claude Puel is not entirely fair on the Frenchman but the club reckon they could do better, which, in the Premier League, is fair enough. There is no guarantee that Southampton’s next manager will do as well as Puel did but the club’s rulers have decided, ruthlessly and with a boldness born of their strong record, to try to find a manager who will rise to the formidable challenge of guiding the team higher and generating a happier buzz around the place. It will be some trick if Southampton pull it off again. Especially if they sell key players. Again.

Nigel Adkins would disagree but there is entertainment to be had in the way Southampton strive to find better managers even at the risk of making fools of themselves, demanding that gaffers be close to supernatural rather than merely good. And to think people say they lack ambition.

Related: Claude Puel sacked as Southampton manager after one season in charge

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jun/15/claude-puel-southampton-premier-league-expectations

Jun 14

Claude Puel sacked as Southampton manager after one season in charge

• Frenchman led Saints to eighth in Premier League and final of EFL Cup
• Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel among those linked with vacancy

Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton after one season in charge. The 55-year-old’s position had been the source of speculation and rumour for some time with a section of Saints supporters displeased with their team’s style of play and results under the Frenchman.

Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund manager, has been linked with taking over at St Mary’s. The former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, the recent Alavés manager Mauricio Pellegrino and Reading’s Jaap Stam could also be contenders. Whoever does so will be the club’s fourth manager in a little over four years, following on from Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.

Related: Bayern Munich sign Corentin Tolisso from Lyon in £35m deal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/14/claude-puel-sacked-as-southampton-manager

Jun 13

Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy

Barnsley sign Southampton defender Jason McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40265035

Jun 09

Football transfer rumours: Manchester United battling Milan for Andrea Belotti?

Today’s fluff is strong and stable

Apparently Liverpool are going to keep plugging away at this transfer negotiation lark until they crack it or land themselves a full-scale ban. But judging by the latest names being linked with them, the feast of new players that Jürgen Klopp was hoping to find waiting for him at Anfield is pie in the sky and he’s been told to make do with whatever he can find at the service station on the way home. His old muckers at Dortmumd might help him out by lending him the 19-year-old schemer Emre Mor for a season and there’s chat in France about grasping for Bordeaux’s sprightly forward Gaëtan Laborde. Mmmm…meh.

Klopp might also be waving goodbye to Divock Origi, whom Marseille are hoping will be fascinated by the prospect of forming a strikeforce with another of the club’s summer targets, the much-maligned Mario Balotelli.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United after club decide against deal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/09/football-transfer-rumours-manchester-united-battling-milan-for-andrea-belotti

Jun 08

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk blunder is damaging setback for Jürgen Klopp | Andy Hunter

The Liverpool manager has missed out on a key defensive signing as the club show an inability to learn from past mistakes in the transfer market

Transfers are not part of Peter Moore’s remit as Liverpool’s new chief executive and the club’s alleged tapping up of Virgil van Dijk predated his official start date in the job, but his first Premier League meeting in Harrogate on Thursday will have been awkward regardless. Southampton are not the only member club to regard an emissary of Fenway Sports Group with scepticism and suspicion.

Liverpool’s owners, including John W Henry and the chairman, Tom Werner, were heavily involved in the damaging decision to withdraw interest publicly in Van Dijk on Wednesday, 24 hours after Southampton complained to the Premier League of a clandestine approach and 48 hours after it emerged the Holland defender favoured a move to Anfield over Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Related: Liverpool drop interest in Virgil van Dijk after Southampton complaint

Related: How defenders’ transfer fees rocketed in quest for success | Ed Aarons

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jun/08/liverpool-van-dijk-blunder-klopp-manchester-city

Jun 05

Saints’ Van Dijk keen on Liverpool move

Liverpool are set to win the race to sign Virgil van Dijk after it emerges Anfield is his preferred destination if he leaves Southampton.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40164572

May 21

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City

Southampton end the season without a win in five home matches as Stoke record a first away win since January.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39912023

May 21

Peter Crouch heads Stoke to victory over wasteful Southampton

If Claude Puel had plans to leave with a bang, then this was not it, with his immediate future as Southampton manager plunged into further doubt following a 1-0 defeat by Stoke City. Despite guiding the club to an eighth-place finish, Saints will discuss Puel’s position at an end-of-season review planned to take place next week, and the club’s hierarchy were present to witness Peter Crouch’s winner earning Stoke a first away win since January.

Related: Liverpool seal Champions League place with victory over Middlesbrough

Related: Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/21/southampton-stoke-city-premier-league-match-report

May 19

Long likely to miss Austria qualifier

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is likely to miss the World Cup qualifier against Austria after suffering a broken metatarsal.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39982540

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