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  • Morata misses out on Spain's 23-man Worl...

    Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has missed out on being named in Spain's squad for the 2018 World Cup. The former Real Madrid forward has struggled for form in the second half of his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, scoring 15 goals in 47 appearances for the Blues having joined ...

    Morata misses out on Spain's 23-man World Cup squad

    Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has missed out on being named in Spain's squad for the 2018 World Cup. The former Real Madrid forward has struggled for form in the second half of his first campaign at Stamford Bridge, scoring 15 goals in 47 appearances for the Blues having joined for a club record £60 million ($80.5m) in the summer of 2017. Morata has previously scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for La Roja, but the likes of Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo Moreno have been preferred by head coach Julen Lopetegui. The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker took his omission well, tweeting minutes after the announcement that he wishes Spain "the best of luck at the World Cup" and that he'll be "supporting and encouraging the team until the end always". Muchísima suerte en el Mundial!! Desde ya estaré apoyando y animando hasta el final como siempre!! — Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) May 21, 2018 The 2010 winners have followed England's lead in naming their 23-man squad well ahead of time rather than an extended provisional roster as they look to win their fourth major tournament in a decade. David de Gea is set to start in goal after another fine season for Manchester United, with Clasico rivals Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique the established centre-back pairing. Arsenal's Nacho Monreal is preferred to Chelsea's Marcos Alonso to provide competition for Jordi Alba at left-back while Real Madrid duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho will fight it out for a place on the opposite flank. Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and David Silva are likely to be Lopetegui's first-choice midfield trio, with Isco deployed slightly further forward. Atletico Madrid are represented by creative duo Koke and Saul Niguez while Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara and Madrid pair Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez provide options off the bench. Most of the 32 nations who will feature at Russia 2018 have named their squads already, with Spain last out the blocks of the big guns following Belgium's announcement earlier on Monday morning. They will be hoping to better their group stage exit in 2014 when defeats to Netherlands and Chile caused the holders to be the first team eliminated from the Brazil finals. Spain's full 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Club), David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli) Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpiliqueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City) Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).

  • Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Ci...

    Pep prepares £100m Hazard bid Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Eden Hazard his top transfer priority for the summer, claims the Daily Star . Despite romping to a record Premier League title victory in 2017-18, the manager is keen to reinforce his attack wi...

    Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man City line up £100m Hazard bid

    Pep prepares £100m Hazard bid Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Eden Hazard his top transfer priority for the summer, claims the Daily Star . Despite romping to a record Premier League title victory in 2017-18, the manager is keen to reinforce his attack with Chelsea's star.  But Hazard will not come cheap, with a £100 million ($135m) fee and wages worth £300,000 ($404,000) a week needed to convince the Blues into a sale to their rivals. Man Utd keen on Willian Manchester United are interested in signing Chelsea forward Willian, according to Sky Sports. Jose Mourinho is keen to further bolster his squad after a trophyless campaign at Old Trafford, and worked with Willian during his time in west London. Brazil international Willian, meanwhile, would be keen to leave Chelsea should Antonio Conte remain in charge. PSG open Lewandowski talks Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to L'Equipe du Soir. They are keeping tabs on the Poland international star in case Edinson Cavani decides to leave the club this summer.  Cavani is wanted by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to supplement his attacking options next season, with Antoine Griezmann set to depart for Barcelona. MLS an option for Hart Joe Hart could be on his way to MLS this summer as he plots a permanent move away from Manchester City, according to The Sun. The England international has one year to run on his City contract but wants to find pastures new ahead of next season following loan spells at Torino and West Ham. And New York City have emerged as an option for Hart, with the MLS outfit likely to have to pay around £3 million ($4m) for his services. Toure set for Pellegrini reunion Yaya Toure could be set for a reunion with former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, according to the Daily Telegraph. Ivory Coast international Toure is leaving City this summer on a free transfer but is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League. And Pellegrini's imminent arrival at the London Stadium is set to increase the chances of Toure joining the Irons. Wilshere set for new Arsenal deal Jack Wilshere is set to commit his future to Arsenal, according to The Mirror. With Mikel Arteta set to be confirmed as the Gunners' new boss, the midfielder is poised to sign a three-year contract, having looked likely to leave the club throughout the season. Everton, Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus had been interested in him. Alderweireld leads Man Utd's overhaul plans Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld leads Manchester United's transfer wishlist as Jose Mourinho prepares to overhaul his squad, according to the Mirror . Mourinho's second season ended without a single trophy after Chelsea downed the Red Devils in the FA Cup final.  And the manager is set to receive a pot of £250 million ($337m) to turn things around, with Alderweireld a potential target alongside the likes of Napoli's Jorginho, Fred of Shakhtar and Nice's Jean Michael Seri.  Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian are among the players who could make way in what is set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford. Cahill calls for Conte clarification Chelsea's Gary Cahill has called for a swift resolution over the future of Antonio Conte after claiming that the uncertainty harmed their chances over the course of the season. "I probably want the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever is going to happen, to happen," Cahill said after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley. "Naturally, we will see what happens with the club. I don’t really want to speak about it. Today is about celebrating the FA Cup. It is out of our hands. Read the full story on Goal! Emery battles Arteta for Arsenal job Unai Emery has emerged as a late contender to beat out Mikel Arteta for the Arsenal job, the Daily Mail   claims. The former Gunners midfielder remains favourite to take over from Arsene Wenger having cut his coaching teeth under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.  But Emery's trophy record with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain has marked him out to the silverware-starved Arsenal board, and he could yet challenge Arteta with no deal having yet been struck. Real offer Bale & Kroos to seal Neymar signing Real Madrid are prepared to include Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos in a record-breaking deal to bring Neymar to the Spanish capital, claims Don Balon . Florentino Perez's overtures to Paris Saint-Germain have so far fallen on deaf ears, as the Ligue 1 champions hold out for €400 million (£349m/$471m) in order to consider a sale.  But the president will try to lower that price to €200m (£175m/$235m) by offering two world-class players as part of the deal. Roma lead the chase for Kluivert Roma have taken the lead in the race to sign Ajax star Justin Kluivert, reports  France Football. The 19-year-old striker is likely to be sold after rejecting Ajax's most recent contract offer , and has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. But the Giallorossi have made the most progress out of any of Kluivert's suitors, and are in advanced discussions for the promising Dutch talent.  Pogba open to future PSG move Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has indicated his willingness to join Paris Saint-Germain in the future.  Speculation over the 25-year-old's future has been rampant in recent months after Pogba was occasionally benched in the second half of the season. Pogba was in Paris for a photoshoot this week, leading to more talk he could be in line for a move to the Ligue 1 champions. Read the full story on Goal! Everton hope to appoint Silva Everton are hopeful of appointing Marco Silva as their new manager this week, according to the Daily Mail. The Toffees still need to resolve an ongoing issue with Silva's former club Watford, who made a formal complaint to the Premier League when Everton approached him in January.  Silva was later sacked by the Hornets, and Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is confident that issue can be resolved before the 40-year-old takes charge at Goodison Park.  Bayern leading race for Rodrigo Bayern Munich are leading the chase for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno, reports Marca .  The 27-year-old has attracted interest from all over Europe after scoring 19 goals for Los Che in 2017-18.  The German side have contacted Valencia about Rodrigo's availability, with the forward likely to cost at least €60 million (£52m/$71m). Pellegrini to take over at West Ham West Ham United will name Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager by Tuesday at the latest, reports the Mirror .  The former Man City boss most recently managed in China with Hebei China Fortune, which he departed at the weekend.  The Hammers were interested in Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, but the Spaniard ultimately decided to stay put after owner Mike Ashley promised a financial windfall in the transfer market.   Napoli chief hints Sarri will leave Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has expressed his frustration with manager Maurizio Sarri. who has yet to commit his future to the club.  " Time has run out," De Laurentiis said about his manager clarifying his future, with Sarri linked with the soon-to-be vacant job at Chelsea.  Sarri was previously reported to be nearing a new contract with Napoli, but De Laurentiis has suggested that may not be the case.  Read the full story on Goal!

  • Man City chairman suggests no repeat of ...

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their "high-quality squad" in the off-season. City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola's men delivered in the Prem...

    Man City chairman suggests no repeat of £200m summer spending spree

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their "high-quality squad" in the off-season. City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola's men delivered in the Premier League, winning the title with a record-breaking campaign. But the big-spending outfit are unlikely to repeat that this close-season, with Al Mubarak suggesting there would be more caution about their spending. "In terms of improving the squad, we have had a lot of learning in the past. Today, we have a superbly high-quality squad," he told City TV. "You don't get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad, which is what we have. Any additions have to improve the squad. "This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing in new players is a very important decision because you have a winning formula that has just won. "Whatever you can add, it has to be a decision that you don't take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad - that is key." City claimed 100 points in the Premier League and scored 106 goals, while losing just two of their 38 games. But Al Mubarak said he expected Guardiola's side, who were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals, to get better. "My expectation, and the manager's expectation, is that this team will continue to improve," he said. "We have a manager in Pep who is relentless. "There's not going to be any content or relaxation here, that I can assure you. I have no doubt that this summer we're going to come back and be hungry and be more aggressive and we'll continue to grow and improve."

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