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As the Fifa  World Cup 2018  is fast approaching and that’s placing pressure on clubs to get their business done as soon as possible.

Football’s biggest stage is placing pressure on Premier League clubs, with many international stars determined to have their futures sorted before the tournament in Russia.

Additionally, the transfer window closing early on August 12 places further importance on club’s getting deals done now.

Already Liverpool have been busy, adding £45million Fabinho to their midfield, while the chase for Nabil Fekir continues.

Unai Emery and Arsenal are closing on Sokratis Papasthapoulos, the Borussia Dortmund defender, while young PSG midfielder Yacine Adli also looks close to a switch to the Emirates.

Manchester United are also closing on a youngster of their own, Porto starlet Diego Dalot as Jose Mourinho continues in his quest to strengthen.

And newly-promoted Wolves have already flexed their financial muscles, already spending £33million to turn three players’ loan deals permanent.

For all the best reaction, all the latest transfer news and gossip plus much more, stick right here…

 

New Everton boss eyes move for Premier League captain

Marco Silva isn’t hanging around at Goodison Park.

He’s already identified his first signing – powerful Newcastle centre-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles.

There’s uncertainty at Tyneside with the club still unsold – and the new Everton boss wants to take advantage.

According to the Sun he is looking for a long-term partner for Michael Keane with Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka getting on a bit.

And Lascelles, 24, is among the players who may look at their future with nothing close to be sorting at Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United (06) arrives for the Premier League Match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St.James' Park on May 13, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United (06) arrives for the Premier League Match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St.James’ Park on May 13, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) (Image: Serena Taylor)

Watford eyeing £8m Masina

Watford could make £8million-rated Bologna defender Adam Masina their first summer signing.

The Italian left-back, 24, has held talks with the Hornets and negotiations have begun between the clubs.

But a deal is still some way off completion and Morocco-born Masina is also weighing up interest from elsewhere.

His arrival would pave the way for Marvin Zeegelaar’s exit with the Dutchman not in boss Javi Gracia’s plans.

BOLOGNA, ITALY - OCTOBER 15: Adam Masina of Bologna FC heads the ball during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Spal at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on October 15, 2017 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini/Iguana Press/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY – OCTOBER 15: Adam Masina of Bologna FC heads the ball during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and Spal at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on October 15, 2017 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini/Iguana Press/Getty Images) (Image: Mario Carlini / Iguana Press)

Everton and Brighton in battle to land Charlton kid

Everton and Brighton are in a £5million fight to land Charlton whizzkid Ezri Konsa.

The Premier League rivals will swoop for the centre-back,20, following the Addicks defeat by Shrewsbury in last month’s League One play-offs.

Charlton’s failure to win promotion has cost them the chance to keep Konsa at The Valley, and now they are resigned to losing their England under-20 international.

Konsa, who is rated as one of the country’s best young prospects, has been on the radar of the Merseyside outfit and the Seagulls since the turn of the year.

New Goodison boss Marco Silva is already a big fan from his time in charge at Watford, and the Portuguese is targeting Konsa as the long-term replacement for veteran Toffees skipper Phil Jagielka.

Albion chief Chris Hughton wants Konsa, who can also play at right-back and as a defensive midfielder, to add depth to his squad.

Konsa, who joined the Charlton academy at 12 and signed his first professional contract three years ago, established himself as a first-team regular last season, making 47 appearances for the Londoners.

He still has two years remaining on the improved deal he penned in March 2017.

The Addicks will wear black arm bands and a specially inscribed shirt
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Huddersfield enter Silva race

Huddersfield Town have entered the race to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers target Andre Silva from AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.

Wolves hold an interest in the 22-year-old striker as they look to add to their squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign after their Championship title triumph.

Jorge Mendes has reportedly held talks with Milan about the possibility of Silva heading to Molineux, while French club Monaco have also been linked.

But Wolves could now face fresh competition from Huddersfield for Silva, who only joined Milan from Porto last summer but could leave during the window as the Serie A club look to ease their Financial Fair Play concerns.

It is thought that a fee of around £27million could be enough to land Silva, who cost Milan £34million and scored 10 goals in 40 games in all competitions across the season.

However it is likely that his future will only be resolved after the World Cup, with Silva having been selected in Portugal’s squad for the tournament in Russia.

Despite Wolves’ interest, reports in Italy have claimed that Huddersfield were the last English club to contact Milan over the player’s situation.

Journalist Alessandro Sugoni, speaking to Sky Sport 24, said: “It remains the first thought in the minds of the managers, who have to think of a plan A or B according to the UEFA decision without being caught unprepared.

“The last strong contact from England was for Andre Silva: Huddersfield is one of the teams interested in Portuguese, not the only one, and we’ll see if and how things will materialise.

“Andre Silva with the shirt of Portugal has always done well, more than with the Milan shirt, and the tournament in Russia can reassess him.

“Milan has no intention of selling off its players. Milan thought of selling two strikers, namely the Portuguese and Kalinic, and to sign a top striker.”

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 23: Andre Silva of AC Milan celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Europa League group D match between AC Milan and Austria Wien at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Robins commits future to Sky Blues

Mark Robins has committed his future to Coventry City by signing a new contract.

The manager, who led the Sky Blues to their first promotion in over 50 years with a win over Exeter City in the League Two play-off final last weekend, has put pen to paper on an improved deal with the club.

Robins is in his second spell in charge of City having rejoined them last year.

The 48-year-old’s assistant Adi Viveash has also agreed a new contract.

Robins, who is putting together his pre-season preparations ahead of the League One campaign, said: “I am delighted to extend my commitment to Coventry City Football Club and its supporters.

“The change from when I took over last March has been massive, both in terms of performances and the atmosphere around the Club and the City.

“Since I’ve come back the supporters have backed me and the players 100%, and for me the reconnection between the players and the supporters is so important.

“To see so many at Wembley and on the streets of Coventry was fantastic for everyone connected with the Club.”

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Brazil boss calls on Fred future to be resolved

Brazil manager Tite last night called on Manchester United to complete the signing of Fred as quickly as possible so he can concentrate on his country’s World Cup bid.

Reports in Brazil last night claimed Fred left Brazil’s friendly win over Croatia at Anfield and headed over to Manchester.

He is thought to be poised for a medical that will complete the midfielder’s £52.5 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Tite would not confirm that Fred (left) has left his squad to sign on the dotted line.

But the respected Brazilian coach did confirm that talks were on-going and that he wants the deal tied up quickly – with his team kicking off their World Cup against Switzerland in 13 days.

Tite said: “Something like this speculation is inevitable when you’re meeting in the summer and players are always thinking of their careers.

“What we say is please resolve it as soon as possible so your head is back with us and focused on the national team. So you can get back as quickly as possible to the task in hand.

“But if I was the manager of a club team, I would be looking to sign him!”

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Swans set to hand Ward lifeline

Swansea City are ready to hand Liverpool’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Danny Ward a chance to revive his career, according to the reports.

The Sunday Mirror claims the Swans could be keen on making the Wales international their new number one in the light of Lukasz Fabianski’s expected departure this summer, although they could yet face competition from Championship rivals Norwich City.

The 24-year-old has found first team opportunities hard to come by at Anfield, with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet consistently finding themselves ahead in the pecking order.

Ward was the talk of the Championship during his loan spell at Huddersfield Town two seasons ago, playing a key part in helping the Terriers return to the top tier of English football for the first time since 1972.

He was widely expected to kick on and assert himself as a first team contender on Merseyside the following season, but made just one appearance for the Reds in 2017/18 – a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the League Cup.

However, he is still highly rated by Jurgen Klopp, with the German recently telling the club’s official website: “Danny is a young, very skilled, goalkeeper with a lot of potential, which means space for improvement.

“We are quite desperate to work on that together with him. We would like to do that but we have to see.”

As a result, a loan move away from Anfield has been cited as the most likely option, and he could well be seen as a decent fit in Swansea’s bid to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

It’s just the latest link to have emerged against the back-drop of Graham Potter’s imminent arrival at the Liberty Stadium.

Negotiations have taken a while, but the 43-year-old now looks set to be confirmed as Carlos Carvalhal’s successor this week, with several members of his staff at Ostersunds set to join him.

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Atleti ‘join Lemar race’

Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Thomas Lemar.

That is according to Spanish outlet AS, who say the winger would cost Atleti around £80million.

Liverpool and Arsenal have previously been linked with swoops for the Monaco flier.

Atleti are set to receive a windfall from the likely sale of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona.

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Silva to pocket £3m-a-year at Everton

Marco Silva will pocket over £3m a year as part of his Everton contract – with his three year deal also incentivised.

Silva was appointed as Sam Allardyce’s replacement on Thursday and agreed on terms to keep him at Goodison until at least 2021.

It is believed that Silva will earn over £3m a year but can increase his earnings to as high as £5m based on Everton’s finishing position in the league.

Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce both trousered around £6m a year when in charge at Goodison but 40-year-old Silva can only command around half of that.

Everton’s new director of football Marcel Brands is said to be earning around £2m a year, which is understood to be more than the man he replaced – Steve Walsh.

Brands and Silva are expected to perform a squad overhaul this summer which sees the squad’s wage bill reduce.

Marco Silva is unveiled as the new Everton manager
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United put on Ronaldo alert

Manchester United have been put on high alert after Cristiano Ronaldo told teammates he plans to leave Real Madrid, according to reports.

Marca suggest the Portugal forward informed his Real Madrid teammates prior to the Champions League final victory over Liverpool last month of his intentions to leave the club.

It is suggested the Real Madrid squad are well aware of the 33-year-old’s desire to leave the club, however the player will reportedly wait to see who becomes the new first-team manager before he decides on his future.

Ronaldo has continuously been linked with a return to Old Trafford ever since his then world record £80m switch to the Bernabeu in 2009.

Earlier this month Fabio Capello claimed the Portuguese legend ‘has his heart set on a reunion with Jose Mourinho’, while reports from Spain suggested the forward is pushing for a move himself.

The report suggests Ronaldo is unhappy at the club and wants a new contract which would see him paid as much as Neymar and Lionel Messi. However, Real Madrid are reportedly reluctant to discuss new terms before they appoint a new manager.

In other transfer news, Daley Blind is a transfer target for Inter Milan.

La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest the Dutch international would be open to a move this summer and the prospect of Champions League football is expected to entice him.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is reportedly a big fan of Blind and will send scouts to watch him play for the Netherlands when they face Italy on Monday.

Real Madrid striker Ronaldo 'celebrates' winning the Champions League Final
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Umtiti signs new Barca deal

Barcelona have announced defender Samuel Umtiti has signed a new deal at the Nou Camp until 2023.

The defender had been linked with a move to Manchester United, with the Red Devils keen to strengthen their backline this summer.

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Fred talks ‘progressing well’

Manchester United remain in advanced talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over signing Fred.

And discussions are ‘progressing well’, according to Sky Sports.

United are keen to land a forward over the summer.

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Shaqiri confirms he will leave Stoke

Xherdan Shaqiri has appeared to confirm he will leave Stoke at the end of the season.

The Swiss international is set to depart the Potteries following their relegation to the Championship.

But Shaqiri says he would like to stay in the Premier League.

“It is no secret that I will leave the club,” he told Aargauer Zeitung. “I think the league is perfect for me. I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.”

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Expect Dembele to stay at Barca – Bartomeu

Ousmane Dembele will stay at Barcelona, expects president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

“[Philippe] Coutinho, Dembele are for us a big investment,” he said. “They are very important players that we expect from them a lot.

“Coutinho probably in the last four months has been very active for the team. But Dembele is a very young player, a very talented player that we are, of course, expecting from him a lot. He’s been demonstrating during the season that he’s a good young player for us. But, of course, next season will be different.

“It’s not easy to play in Barcelona the first year because the model of football is quite different from the rest. But after one year I’m sure we are going to see Dembele and Coutinho at a very high level.”

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Fred set for Manchester United medical this week

Manchester United are closing in on completing the £52million signing of Fred.

The Shakhtar Donetsk star is set to undergo a medical at Carrington this week.

According to the Manchester Evening News, he could be confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing by Tuesday.

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Zidane a no go for France Football Federation

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has played down rumours that Zinedine Zidane could replace Didier Deschamps.

“We start the World Cup with Didier. He signed a contract at least until 2020. And fortunately! Imagine if I didn’t do that.

“It’s better to be totally secure, the problem is not there now,” Le Graet told RMC.

“There will not be any talks with him [Zidane] in the coming year. If I see him, we can talk of course, but the Deschamps is here until 2020 or even beyond.”

Zinedine Zidane announces his decision to leave Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane announces his decision to leave Real Madrid (Image: Angel Martinez)

Alisson ‘wants Real Madrid move’

Marca are reporting that highly-rated Roma goalkeeper Alisson is keen on a move to Real Madrid.

The Brazil international has been linked with a Liverpool move.

Apparently he instead has his heart set on joining the Champions League winners.

Interesting.

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Dortmund close on youngsters

Borussia Dortmund are close to a double youth signing, according to L’Equipe.

Midfielder Kamal Bafounta, 16 and of French side Nantes and South African attacker Tashreeq Matthews , 17 of Ajax Cape Town, are both reportedly set to join.

O’Neill backs Evans for switch

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill expects to see Jonny Evans move on this summer.

“Jonny has all the attributes to play in a top-six side, there’s no doubt about that. The price you can get him for is an absolute steal, given what people are buying players for nowadays.

“I expect to see Jonny move in the summer and get a fresh start, hopefully at a big club.”

Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion was left out of the side
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Werner says he’ll need to leave Leipzig to become ‘world class’

Timo Werner, the Germany striker, has said that he will need to leave RB Leipzig in order to fulfil his potential.

But he also says he doesn’t expect to move anywhere this summer.

“To become a world-class player, I’ll probably have to play in an even better team at club level,” said Werner.

“I still have four or five years to learn, and then to become world class.

“I want to be honest, Naby Keita has not become world class with us either, he may now be with Liverpool.

“To become world class, you have to play big games, such as the final or semi-final of the Champions League.”

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Are Bayern Munich scouting Jordan Pickford?

An interesting one from The Sun.

They claim Bayern Munich are scouting Jordan Pickford, the Everton and England keeper, as a potential long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer.

It’s claimed that they will watch him at the World Cup.

Hmmmm..

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Valencia eye Hazard (Thorgan)

Spanish side Valencia are keen on Thorgan Hazard.

The Belgian international, younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, has been starring for Gladbach in Germany.

According to Cadena Ser there has been a meeting between Hazard’s father, Thierry, and Alvaro Dominguez – the ex-Gladbach defender working on behalf of the Spanish club.

They want Hazard to replace Goncalo Guedes, the Portuguese youngster who is returning to PSG after the end of his loan deal.

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Wenger’s future set to be decided

Arsene Wenger will decide in the next fortnight if he will take another job in football.

The Frenchman, now 68, left Arsenal after 22 years last month.

But he has still to decide whether to retire from the game or seek another challenge.

Wenger is currently the favourite with some bookmakers to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, after his compatriot walked away from the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.

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Ben Hamer explains Huddersfield move

BEN HAMER has gone to Huddersfield to fulfil his ambition of becoming a Premier League No1.

Hamer, 30, has signed a three year deal at Huddersfield despite Leicester pulling out all the stops to persuade him to stay at the King Power Stadium.

Former Charlton keeper Hamer had four years at Leicester but decided to leave to get a better chance of regular first team football.

Hamer said:

“I feel like I will get a better chance at Huddersfield to play regularly and even though their keeper had a really good season it will be more of a level playing field.

“My contract came to an end at Leicester, they wanted me to stay and we’d been talking for a long time so it certainly wasn’t a case of being released as they appear to be saying.

“I had four great years at Leicester, I loved it there and I like to think I’d brought something to the club otherwise they wouldn’t have wanted me to stay.

“But I always felt that no matter how well I did, Kasper Schmeichel was the first choice, he’s something of a legend there and I needed to go somewhere to play.

“Anyone wants to be playing week-in and week-out in the Premier League and, while there’s no guarantees at Huddersfield, they offered me a contract and a challenge to go and play.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity, I wanted to spread my wings and try something new and different.”

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Why Leeds sacked Heckingbottom on Friday

Leeds waited until last Friday to sack manager Paul Heckingbottom – and, in doing so, saved themselves £500,000.

The Championship club, who have fired nine managers in four years, axed former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom after just 16 games in charge.

A clause inserted in the Yorkshireman’s contract enabled Heckingbottom, who had gone on holiday fearing the worst, to a £1million pay-off if he was dismissed before the beginning of June.

After that, his compensation would be halved to £500,000 – the amount he will now receive as Leeds look to appoint former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom could be in danger of the chop
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Latest on Steve Bruce’s future

Steve Bruce’s future could be sorted out this week in crunch talks with Aston Villa owner Tony Xia.

Xia is considering the manager’s position.

And Bruce is also understood to be questioning whether he should stay on.

He kept Villa’s promotion bid on course, despite the death of both his parents in quick succession.

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Marseille to move for Balotelli?

According to France Football, Marseille have a ‘strong interest’ in Mario Balotelli.

The striker returned to the Italy fold recently, scoring in a recent friendly, and is set to be on the move this summer.

Parma, Napoli and Monaco have also said to be interested in Balotelli, who has forced his way back into the Italian national side after helping Nice to eighth in Ligue 1 last term with 26 goals.

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New boss at Espanyol

Heading to Spain, where Espanyol have a new boss.

Rubi Perico takes charge of the Catalan side.

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Sporting Lisbon boss leaves

News from Portugal, courtesy of OJogo.

Jorge Jesus has left Sporting Lisbon, it’s claimed.

Jesus, who made a controversial move from rivals Benfica to the club he represented with distinction as a player a couple of years ago, has undergone a serious falling out with owner Bruno de Carvalho (he isn’t the only one either).

Now it’s claimed he’s leaving his contract 12 months early.

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Palace eye Livermore

Crystal Palace are keen on Jake Livermore, reports the Sun.

Livermore is available for £10million following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship.

Hodgson gave Livermore his England debut three years ago.

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Arsenal ‘join race for Benatia’

Medhi Benatia is one of the names on Arsenal’s shopping list, according to reports.

The Moroccan centre-back is also reportedly being looked at by Marseille and Borussia Dortmund.

Benatia has failed to nail down a place in the Juventus team since moving from Bayern Munich last summer.

The Sun report that the Gunners have joined the chase for his signature, as they look to bolster their defence.

Arsenal are also continually linked to Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

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Bale to ‘keep United waiting’

Gareth Bale will keep Manchester United waiting, according to reports.

The Real Madrid winger is set to wait and see who the new manager at the Bernabeu is going to be before he decides if he will move.

The Sunday Express claim that Bale is in no rush to decide his future and will assess all of his options properly before making the call on whether to relocate.

Bale’s future has been up in the air since he said he was having to assess his future following the Champions League final.

Real are expected to make a decision on their new manager within the next month.

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Fekir agent ‘due in UK’

Nabil Fekir’s agent is set to jet into Liverpool on Sunday to complete the details of his transfer, according to reports.

The Lyon forward is top of the Reds’ transfer wish list this summer, as they look to add to their already-lavish front line.

Canal Plus in France claim that Fekir’s representative, Jean-Pierre Bernes, is due in the north west with a view to green ticking the agreement.

It is reported that the medical would then follow in the coming days, ahead of the World Cup.

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Wolves and Monaco wait over Andre Silva

According to Corriere dello Sport, Wolves and Monaco are both vying for AC Milan striker Andre Silva.

The Portugal marksman struggled after a £32million move to the Rossoneri last summer, scoring just twice in Serie A – although he did consistently notch in the Europa League.

He looks set for a summer move however, with both clubs said to be keen on taking him.

But Silva is currently with Portugal ahead of the World Cup and it’s claimed won’t make a decision until after the tournament in Russia concludes.

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Chelsea ‘hold Jokanovic talks’

Chelsea have held talks with Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic with Antonio Conte on the brink of being sacked as Blues manager.

That is according to reports in Italy, which say Jokanovic has emerged as a potential target for the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

The former Watford boss has led the Cottagers into the top flight ahead of next season following their playoff final victory over Aston Villa.

Outgoing Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was favourite to land the Chelsea job, but the Blues have seemingly opted against pursuing him.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Conte in west London.

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Mourinho eyeing £100m Verratti

Jose Mourinho wants to make Marco Verratti his marquee summer signing for Manchester United.

The Old Trafford boss wants to rebuild his midfield and has identified Paris Saint-Germain star Verratti, 25, as his top target.

United were quoted £100million when they enquired about the Italy star last summer and a similar fee would be needed to prise him away from the French giants.

Should Mourinho get his way, then Verratti would be paired with Brazilian Fred, the Shakhtar Donetsk star, who is also a target.

Mourinho’s interest in the Italy star will come as a blow to new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, who wants to sign him too.

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Emery wants N’Zonzi as first Arsenal deal

Unai Emery wants to make Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi one of his first Arsenal signings this summer.

The new Gunners boss has had to convince the club’s hierarchy to push ahead with a deal for the 29-year-old former Blackburn and Stoke star.

Arsenal showed some initial interest in the France international in January, but head of recruitment Sven Mislintat decided against taking it any further.

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However Emery, who signed N’Zonzi during his time in charge of Sevilla, is a huge admirer – and the player is also keen to link back up with his old boss.

Mislintat is understood to be ready to sanction the deal after conversations with Emery about the player.

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Watford determined to keep Rich from Everton

New Everton boss Marco Silva has been told by Watford to forget about launching a bid for Richarlison.

The two clubs are at war, with the Hornets accusing Goodison chiefs of an illegal approach for their former boss Silva last October.

Watford will not entertain bids under £40million for the Brazilian winger, and will not sell to Everton at any price.

Tottenham have a long-standing interest in the South American, 21, and could make a move if they fail to prise Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace.

Even if Spurs do step up their interest, Everton will be given short shrift if they enter the running for his signature.

The Hornets will refuse to do any business with Everton and have already told them in no uncertain terms.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal tangles with Richarlison de Andrade of Watford during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Leicester told to pay £40m for Grealish

Aston Villa have told Leicester it will cost them at least £40million to sign Jack Grealish.

The Foxes are keen on the midfield star in case Riyad Mahrez is sold.

Villa owner Tony Xia is keen to offload players and reduce the wage bill after the club’s failure in the Championship
play-off final at Wembley last weekend.

Failure in the Championship play-off final at Wembley last weekend against Fulham has left Villa and their Chinese owner in crisis.

They are struggling to meet EFL financial play regulations which insist Championship clubs can’t lose more than £39million over a three season period.

It will mean attempting to offload a number of players including Holte End favourite Grealish and attempt to reduce a top heavy wage bill which sees some players on weekly earnings in excess of £60,000 a week.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and John Terry
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Leeds make saving on Hecky sack

Leeds waited until Friday to sack manager Paul Heckingbottom – and, in doing so, saved themselves £500,000.

The Championship club, who have fired nine managers in four years, axed former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom after just 16 games in charge.

A clause inserted in the Yorkshireman’s contract enabled Heckingbottom, who had gone on holiday fearing the worst, to a £1million pay-off if he was dismissed before the beginning of June.

After that, his compensation would be halved to £500,000 – the amount he will now receive as Leeds look to appoint former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa.

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Pellegrino back in business

Former Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has himself a new job.

He has been appointed manager of La Liga minnows Leganes ahead of their third season in the top flight.

Pellegrino was sacked after only winning five of the 30 Premier League matches he was in charge for at St Mary’s

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as manager of Southampton
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Real Madrid to ‘end Mauricio Pochettino interest’

Real Madrid are ready to halt their interest in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as the La Liga side attempt to find a replacement for Zinedine Zidane.

Pochettino had been the front runner in the race to take over from Zidane, who sensationally quit at Los Blancos boss on Thursday, days after lifting the Champions League for the third year in a row.

The La Liga giants have reportedly, according to COPE, turned their back on the Argentine due to the prospect of having to deal with Spurs owner Daniel Levy.

Real are aware of the difficult of attempting to make an agreement with hardballer Levy, having struggled to find a quick and reasonable deal to take Gareth Bale and Luka Modric from north London to the Bernabeu in recent years.

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Mauricio Pochettino poses with Chairman Daniel Levy after signing a new contract until 2021 with Tottenham on May 12, 2016
Mauricio Pochettino poses with Chairman Daniel Levy after signing a new contract until 2021 with Tottenham on May 12, 2016 (Image: Tottenham Hotspur/Getty)

Perin close to sealing Juve deal

Mattia Perin has poured oil on the rumours he is about to join Juventus.

The Genoa keeper would move for €16million.

“I do not feel like I’m here at home,” Perin said. “I’m thinking of the national team, I leave it to my agents and the two clubs. I’m trying to leave the market rumours for ten to fifteen days.

“An excellent season at Genoa, there is the chance that it will go away but nothing is done yet. I feel ready in the case to make a qualitative leap.”

Mattia Perin
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Sobhi to Hudderfield

Ramadan Sobhi has been given permission by the Egypt FA to head for a medical at Huddersfield Town as he nears a Stoke City exit, as originally reported by the Stoke Sentinel.

The 21-year-old winger is set to stay in the Premier League after Stoke’s relegation by completing a move to Yorkshire before starring in this summer’s World Cup.

He played just over an hour of last night’s international friendly 0-0 draw with Colombia in Italy and was then allowed to make a brief return to England.

The Egypt FA confirmed: “Ramadan Sobhi is undergoing a medical screening to move to Huddersfield Town and will return (to Italy) this afternoon.”

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Higuain to discuss his future

Top sides around Europe are on red alert over Gonzalo Higuain.

Juventus don’t sound too confident about keeping him after the World Cup.

They would want £79million for him.

“It’s very difficult to judge the transfer market in a World Cup year,” Juve director John Elkann said.

“Anything can happen. We’ll see after the World Cup, but there’s not much I can say now.”

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Lemar in talks with Atleti

Bad news for Arsenal and Liverpool, as their long term trail of Thomas Lemar is about to go stone cold.

That is according to AS, who are reporting the France winger is in talks with a move to Atletico Madrid.

Monaco ace Lemar will cost around €90million, with the move not dependant of Antoine Griezmann joining Barcelona.

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Pep Guardiola considering Manchester City future?

Don’t panic City fans, Pep isn’t looking to jump ship…yet.

Guardiola has told HLN in Belgium that he dreams of taking charge of an international team in the future.

“Doesn’t every successful coach dream of training a national team?,” Guardiola said.

“I want to be at a World Cup or European Championship once again, yes.

“For now, I want to stay where I am. But if someone makes me on offer in the future, I’m still young.”

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Falcao on Milan links

Monaco hitman Radamel Falcao has been linked with a move to AC Milan.

The Rossoneri spent big last summer on Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva but neither really fit.

Now, despite Milan’s money troubles, Falcao is being tipped to move to San Siro.

Here’s what he says about the move.

“I’m keeping myself out of it. I’ve seen what the media says about it. I have a contract and right now I’m just thinking about the World Cup.

“Milan are one of the best clubs in the world and I’ve always been following them but, for now, as I said, I have a contract with Monaco and I’m comfortable there. I feel loved there.

“We need to see their plans and their project but I’m focused on the World Cup right now. I will analyse everything once all this is finished.”

Monaco's Radamel Falcao celebrates
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Marcelo Bielsa to Leeds?

Ex-Whites boss Steve Evans reckons they should be looking closer to home.

He told Sky Sports News:

“They’re perhaps going to an Argentinian (Bielsa). I think his reputation in the game on a worldwide basis is phenomenal. But will he know what it’s like going to the New York Stadium in Rotherham on a Tuesday night? I’m not so sure.

“But I’m looking at Steve Bruce and Mick McCarthy – English managers with track records of getting out of the Championship – and why are they not knocking on those doors?”

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: Steve Evans, Manager of Leeds United applaudes the travelling fans at the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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Arsenal fans loving Lichtsteiner!

Arsenal have all but announced the recruitment of right back Stephan Lichtsteiner as the first Unai Emery signing – and fans are VERY happy.

Switzerland international Lichtsteiner spent Friday at the Gunners’ London Colney training centre having jetted in to agree a deal in north London.

The 34-year-old will join on a free having ended his contract at Juventus this summer – Lichtsteiner seven years in Turin, winning the Serie A title in each of his seasons there.

Check out the reaction here


Real Madrid is no go for Low

Germany boss Jogi Low says he has no interest in becoming Real Madrid boss this summer.

Zinedine Zidane’s exit has left Los Blancos with a hole to fill.

But the World Cup winner says he won’t be filling it.

“You can rule me out completely,” Low said.

“For me it is not an issue, I am focused now on the World Cup.

“For sure Real Madrid will find a good replacement.”

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Napoli reject Man City offer for Jorginho

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has rejected an offer from Manchester City for midfielder Jorginho.

The Italian international has been heavily-linked with a switch to the Etihad.

But De Laurentiis says no deal has been agreed yet – with an offer totalling £43.6million having been rejected.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “Jorginho? I have refused an offer from Man City worth €45m (£39.3m) plus €5m (£4.3m) in bonuses.”

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is a target
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Arnautovic for United?

West Ham ace Marko Arnautovic appeared to talk up his hope of reuniting with Jose Mourinho, amid suggestions the Manchester United boss is keen to take him to Old Trafford.

Mourinho was in attendance as Austria beat Russia on Wednesday evening and is weighing up a shock move for the forward, reports the Manchester Evening News.


Chester land defender

Heading into Non League now.

Former Salford City defender Steven Howson has moved clubs.

He has joined Chester.

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Barton down to business

First day on the job.

Joey Barton is getting down to business with Fleetwood.

How will he get on?

Latest on Rui Patricio’s Sporting Lisbon quit threat

To get you up to speed.

Rui Patricio has issued Sporting Lisbon with a 34-page document asking for his release, claiming himself “the victim of physical and psychological violence” at the hands of club president Bruno de Carvalho.

It comes after the Sporting president reportedly blocked an €18million move to Wolves, by attempting to raise the price in his latest battle with agent Jorge Mendes.

It’s all very unseemly – much of it covered here.

The latest now from OJogo is that Patricio will rescind his resignation offer – as will fellow Sporting player and Gestifute client Daniel Podence – if De Carvalho steps down as president (something he is already under pressure to do).

Patricio will then look to move to Molineux for the original €18million fee, it’s claimed.

Got that? Good.

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How Fabinho deal saw Liverpool learn from Van Dijk mistakes

As a private jet soared from John Lennon Airport, onwards and upwards towards Monte Carlo, the announcement from Anfield had not long past.

Inside was Liverpool’s latest star, champagne glass raised, reports the Liverpool Echo. “We are Reds baby” toasted Fabinho’s wife, Rebeca Tavares, capturing the moment on Instagram.

The elation and celebration in her voice was that of an actress in a film, when a heist is pulled off without a hitch, and the protagonists’ realisation comes just as the end credits roll.

It was a far cry from 12 months previous.

In full here

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Another Real Madrid star hints at exit

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has hinted that he could leave the European champions this summer.

Kovacic made 36 appearances in all competitions, but only started 10 times in La Liga.

The Croatia international has been linked with a number of clubs, and says he cannot guarantee staying at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he is desperate to play more.

“I believe I’ll play more, whether in Real or somewhere else,” he told reporters on Friday.

“Now is the time for me to play.

“Offers? I am under contract with Real and I wish not to comment on other clubs.”

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Fulham keen to give Jokanovic a new deal

Fulham are set for talks with manager Slavisa Jokanovic over a new contract.

According to Sky Sports News, Jokanovic is in line for a new deal when he returns from holiday

The Serbian has 12 months left on his current deal.

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Jorge Mendes blasted for ‘manipulating’ Portugal star over Premier League move

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has confirmed that goalkeeper Rui Patricio has asked to have his contract terminated – claiming he is being manipulated by agent Jorge Mendes into trying to force a move to Premier League new boys Wolves.

Patricio, the Euro 2016 winner, has recently been tipped to join Napoli, but that move has cooled amid claims new Partenopei boss Carlo Ancelotti isn’t keen.

That led to Wolves swooping with an €18million offer of their own. However, Record reports Sporting chief De Carvalho placed a number of hurdles in the way, making a deal impossible.

And since, it’s all become a bit of a mess. More here

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Griezmann to announce decision over future before World Cup

Antoine Griezmann says his club future will be sorted before the World Cup and that he will make an announcement before the action gets underway.

France star Griezmann scored in Les Bleus 3-1 win over Italy on Friday night, but has been at the centre of a Spanish tug-of-war with regards his club future.

The Atletico Madrid forward, 27, has been heavily linked with a £100million move to Barcelona.

However, there remains suggestions that, as he did 12 months ago, Griezmann could elect to turn down a Camp Nou switch and remain with Los Rojiblancos.

Pressed on his future after France’s win, Griezmann responded:

“Yes, it will be done before the competition.”

Here’s what Diego Costa has to say on the matter

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Pellegrino has a new gig

He flopped spectacularly at Southampton.

But now Mauricio Pellegrino has a new job back in Spain.

He’s taken charge at Leganes.

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FICHAJE | Mauricio Pellegrino, nuevo entrenador del Leganés para la próxima temporada. ➡️ https://bit.ly/2JnR7z6 

McCarthy wants big money for new Saints deal

Tottenham and Liverpool target Alex McCarthy is demanding a bumper £60,000-a-week contract to stay at Southampton.

Goalkeeper McCarthy is a free agent next summer and will only sign an extension if Saints match the £3m-a-year deal they gave former number one Fraser Forster last year.

Ex-Crystal Palace star McCarthy played a key role in Saints’ relegation great escape after replacing the error-prone Forster in January.

Despite starting just 23 games, McCarthy was named the south coast side’s Player of the Year.

His form is attracting interest from Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino, who is looking for competition for Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is also monitoring McCarthy’s situation following Loris Karius’s Champions League horror-show.

McCarthy has been at St Mary’s since the summer of 2016.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Alex McCarthy of Southampton shouts instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Over at Fleetwood….

Yep, it’s happened.

Joey Barton is down to business at Fleetwood Town.

Barton’s FA ban is over and he is in place as Fleetwood manager.

Bielsa in talks with Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa is in talks with Leeds United over taking over at Elland Road.

Paul Heckinbottom was sacked on Friday and the ex-Argentina boss is the No.1 choice to take over.

Now Bielsa’s agent has confirmed that he is in talks over a switch.

His brother, Rafael, told the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“Conversations are in progress”.

Wowsers!

This file photo taken on March 22, 2015 shows Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looking on during the French L1 football match between Lens and Marseille at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Ndiaye detemined to leave Stoke after relegation

BADOU Ndiaye’s agent has confirmed he is leaving Stoke with Spain and Turkey two possible destinations.

Stoke expected Ndiaye would want to leave six months after joining for £14million from Galatasaray and his representative William D’Avfilla says the midfielder does not want to play in the Championship.

Ndiaye’s future should be resolved after he plays in the World Cup with Senegal and D’Avfilla says the 27-year-old could join either Besiktas or Fenerbahce.

“I can confirm that Badou will leave Stoke City,” said D’Avfilla. “There has been contact from Spain. Turkey is an option for us as well.

“He could go to Besiktas or Fenerbahce or any other club. It’s all down to negotiations with Stoke City.

“Badou likes challenges. He has a right to leave Stoke City to play on a bigger platform like the Champions League.

“It’s not cool for me to say specific things about his transfer at this stage, but I can say things will become much more clear after the World Cup.”

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Ex-Exeter boss Tisdale explains exit

Paul Tisdale walked away from Exeter on Friday, ending his time as the longest-serving manager in English football, after 12 years at the club.

He’s released a statement explaining his exit.

“In light of the continuing speculation over my role as Manager of Exeter City Football Club, I feel it is appropriate to announce that I have rejected the new and improved contract offered to me.

“I would like to note that the club did everything in its power to keep me and for that I am extremely grateful. However, I feel now is the correct time for some careful personal consideration regarding my own career.

“To do so, I must first provide the club with absolute certainty in its planning for the upcoming campaign by standing aside.”

Already he has been tipped to join MK Dons, following their relegation to League Two.

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How Manchester United squad could look with transfer targets

Manchester United are preparing for a Premier League title assault next season, with Jose Mourinho determined to close on rivals City.

Porto starlet Diego Dalot, with just eight senior appearances to his name, is one of the names in the frame as the United boss moves for new fullbacks, reports the Manchester Evening News.

And while United supporters may be underwhelmed by a move for a player few outside his homeland have heard of, it must be remembered how United have previously used youngsters to supplant seasoned full-backs before – with Rafael da Silva ousting Gary Neville, and Neville himself previously usurping Paul Parker.

Here’s what else is on offer

Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Gareth Bale home
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Liverpool to loan out Grujic again

Liverpool plan to send Marko Grujic back on loan – alerting Premier League new boys Cardiff.

The Serbian midfielder caught the eye after spending the second half of last season with the Welsh club.

Liverpool’s double signing of Fabinho and Naby Keita has pushed Grujic down the pecking order at Anfield.

Neil Warnock is a big fan and could move to re-sign Grujic again when he is made available.

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Good news for Dunfermline

Some good news for Dunfermline fans.

Defender Lewis Martin yesterday inked a new one year deal.

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Hear from defender Lewis Martin following signing a new 1 year deal with the club today.http://bit.ly/2xyOOnX 

Mourinho ‘awaiting Bale response’

Jose Mourinho is awaiting a response from Real Madrid as he bids to take Gareth Bale to Manchester United this summer.

That is according to ESPN FC, who say the Red Devils boss wants the Welshman to help launch a title challenge next term.

Bale continues to be linked with an exit from the Bernabeu despite his two-goal salvo in the Champions League final as Real Madrid saw off Liverpool in Kiev.

He has struggled for regular starts under Zinedine Zidane, but the Frenchman has now departed Los Blancos.

However, Bale’s future remains uncertain, with his agent reportedly sent to meet Bernabeu chiefs to discuss his client’s future.

More United news here

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Arsenal ‘considering summer swoop’ for Portuguese winger

Arsenal are considering a move for Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins.

That is according to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, who say the Gunners are weighing up a summer swoop for the flier.

Martins notched 13 goals and laid on a further 13 for his teammates as Sporting finished third in the Portuguese top flight.

Sporting are understandably keen to hold on to one of their most prized assets, but tensions are running high at the club after president Bruno de Carbalho threatened to suspend 19 squad members through Facebook in April.

Unai Emery is seeking a wide player as he bids to improve on Arsenal’s sixth-placed finish next term.

Martins is under contract until 2022 and has a £52.7million release clause.

More Arsenal here

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MARCH 08: Gelson Martins of Sporting Lisbon competes for the ball with Jan Kovarik of Viktoria Plzen during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and Viktoria Plzen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 8, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
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Liverpool ‘in pole for Talisca’

Liverpool are in pole position to land Benfica playmaker Anderson Talisca this summer.

That is according to Portuguese outlet Record, who say the Reds have as good a chance as anyone of landing the in-demand star in the transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has already sealed a deal for Fabinho and also wants to take Nabil Fekir to Anfield from Lyon.

And Talisca, 24, could also arrive on Merseyside after Besiktas opted not to take up the £18.5million option to buy him following his two-year spell on loan in Turkey.

Talisca scored 37 goals in 78 appearances for Besiktas.

More Liverpool news here

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready for a LOT more transfer business
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