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Jul 21

PSG increasingly confident of signing Neymar and Alexis Sánchez

• French club working on respective £199m and £40.3m deals
• Sánchez and his agent met PSG official in Paris on Friday

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly confident of signing Neymar from Barcelona and Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal in the next few days in what would rank as one of the biggest double-signings in football history.

Nasser al Khelaifi, the PSG chairman, is working on a potential world-record €222m (£199m) deal for Neymar while Antero Henrique, the club’s sporting director, is focusing on a deal to lure Sánchez. Henrique spent Friday afternoon with the Chile forward and his agent, Fernando Felicevich, at the luxurious Royal Monceau hotel in the centre of the French capital. The two camps are close to an agreement regarding the player.

Related: PSG to hold talks over £196m deal to capture Neymar from Barcelona

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Jul 20

Bob Higgins, former Southampton youth coach, denies child sexual abuse charges

Higgins faces 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse against 23 boys Case to be tried at Winchester crown courtThe former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins has appeared before magistrates charged with 65 sexual offences against boys as young as 12.Higg…

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Jun 28

Tapping up remains rife in football with little appetite for change among clubs | Stuart James

Liverpool’s approach to Virgil van Dijk highlighted an area of little regulation where almost anyone can become a player intermediary

Three weeks on from the Virgil van Dijk tapping-up scandal and the predictable news has emerged that Liverpool are expected to escape any punishment from the Premier League. Southampton had kicked up a storm by complaining about an alleged illegal approach and Liverpool were forced into making an embarrassing apology for overstepping the mark, yet the dust soon settled on a row that was never likely to go anywhere.

The reality is that at the time the tapping-up story broke, on the back of newspaper stories about Van Dijk being won over by Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp, the majority of people working in the game will have wondered what all the fuss was about. “So what?” pretty much summed up the football world’s response to reports that Liverpool had been sounding out Van Dijk without Southampton’s permission.

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

Related: Manchester City banned from signing certain academy players over tapping up

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/28/tapping-up-part-of-game-stoke-chairman-peter-coates

Jun 27

Liverpool to escape punishment for alleged tapping-up of Virgil van Dijk

• No action likely over Southampton defender’s link to Liverpool
• Chelsea and Manchester City remain interested in Holland international

Liverpool are likely to escape punishment from the Premier League for the alleged tapping-up of the Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, with the heat over the row having fizzled out.

It had ignited at the beginning of June, when Southampton were furious to read that Van Dijk was keen to join Liverpool, having been won over, in part, by the vision of Jürgen Klopp.

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

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Jun 24

Mauricio Pellegrino, the complete coach who hates losing and frets when he wins | Sid Lowe

Southampton’s new manager, highly regarded for his man-management and tactical nous, obsesses about the damage victory can inflict on players’ hunger

There were around 40 people on the coaching course Mauricio Pellegrino took when he was a player at Valencia in 1999 and he wanted to know what it was that moved them to be there, so he did something he has done ever since football took him from his home in the Argentinian pampas: he asked and he listened. There were all sorts of reasons but surprisingly few matched his. For some, it was just something to do. For others, it was about money, just a job. Not for Pellegrino. He asked a friend there whether he would take it if a tiny third division club came for him. “No,” he said. “Coaching’s not your vocation, then,” Pellegrino replied.

It is Pellegrino’s. “Had it not been for football I would never have left home,” he once said. He was a little introverted, at least to start with, and one former team-mate says football is his life while he told a player who worked under him that through football he found a way to express himself. Especially through coaching, his calling. He has emerged and evolved over the years but even as a player he was a manager. Louis van Gaal once said: “He’ll make a great coach.” Although Pellegrino was not pleased, joking that meant the Dutchman did not think he was much of a centre-back, Van Gaal is not a man given to handing out compliments and he knew he was right.

Related: Southampton appoint former Liverpool coach Mauricio Pellegrino as manager

Related: Antonio Conte urges Chelsea to sign Leonardo Bonucci or Virgil van Dijk

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Jun 23

Southampton appoint former Liverpool coach Mauricio Pellegrino as manager

• Pellegrino left Alavés in May after reaching the Copa del Rey final
• ‘I am excited and passionate about the future,’ says Argentinian

Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful.

Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/23/southampton-appoint-former-liverpool-coach-mauricio-pellegrino-as-manager

Jun 23

Southampton appoint former Liverpool coach Mauricio Pellegrino as manager

• Pellegrino left Alavés in May after reaching the Copa del Rey final
• Argentinian coached at Liverpool under Rafael Benítez

Mauricio Pellegrino is the new manager of Southampton on a three-year contract. He succeeds Claude Puel, who was sacked after guiding Saints to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League.

Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.

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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

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