The latest news and rumours as Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly battle to bring former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique to the Premier League.
ALLARDYCE: TOSUN IS STRUGGLING
Everton boss Sam Allardyce says new signing Cenk Tosun is struggling with the weather and pace of English football.
The Turkish striker arrived from Besiktas for £27m in January but has failed to break into the Everton side, starting just two games since arriving from Turkey.
“He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League which happens to more players than it doesn’t who come in in January,” Allardyce said.
“There is no doubting his goal-scoring ability but you have to have the capabilities to get in those positions to score those goals and that is the hard bit.
“It is not unusual to see a centre-forward struggle when they first come we have seen many, many over the years do that.”
ENRIQUE WANTS PREMIER LEAGUE JOB
Former coach Luis Enrique has decided to return to management next season and would prefer to do so in the Premier League, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The Spaniard, who led Barcelona to nine trophies during his three seasons in charge, has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp at the end of last season.
According to Mundo Deportivo, various clubs have shown interest in his situation.
Chelsea, who have been tipped to replace Antonio Conte with the Spaniard, are interested, as are Arsenal.
PSG, via their sporting director Antero Henrique, have sought to find out Enrique’s intentions in case current boss Unai Emery leaves before next season.
Milan showed interest in Enrique before, while Juventus also have him in mind, although they expect Massimiliano Allegri to continue in his role at the club.
Right, let’s kick things off this morning with a quick roundup of some of the biggest stories making today’s back pages…
- Toby Alderweireld’s Tottenham future is in fresh doubt after he was left out of the Champions League trip to Juventus (Telegraph)
- Liverpool are winning the race for Manchester United and Tottenham target Pinchi (Sun)
- There are signs on and off the pitch to suggest David Moyes will be staying at West Ham for the long term (Mirror)
- Brighton boss Chris Hughton never saw Mathew Ryan play before signing him (Mail)
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CITY AGREE FRED DEAL
Manchester City have reportedly agreed to sign Brazilian player Fred for £50m from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer, according to The Mirror.
The Premier League leaders were impressed by the midfielder when they faced the Ukranian side in the Champions League.
Donetsk had refused to sell Fred to City during the January transfer window, with an upcoming Champions League round of 16 tie against Roma, but have agreed to let the 24-year-old go at the end of the season.
‘MAHREZ MATTER AT AN END’
“He came in and spoke to the lads on our own in the dressing room and that’s it, we move on,” Simpson told Sky Sports News. “[On Saturday], in flashes, he has shown why he is a good player and obviously he is back in the team and we are all delighted.”
‘RUMOURS WILL NOT AFFECT PLAYERS’
“Honestly I don’t think talk about my future can affect the players,’ Conte said. “Otherwise from the first game we lost against Burnley, it could happen.
“I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day they want to overcome this situation.
“We are talking about a team that is fourth in the league [before the start of the weekend fixtures], is preparing to face the game against Barcelona, we are in the FA Cup competition and we reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.”
LLORENTE MISSES JUVE
Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente admits he misses his life in Italy. The Spanish forward’s current side will face his old team Juventus in the Champions League last 16 and he admits he found it hard leaving the Serie A champions back in 2015.
He told Tuttosport: “Juve is a difficult place to leave. I left the Vinovo training ground crying. It’s also true what David Trezeguet said: It’s only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had. I miss it like crazy and would love to return.”
KEPA WASN’T SCARED OF REACTION
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he was not scared of the reaction from fans on his return to the team after being the subject of Real Madrid transfer talk during January.
The 23-year-old looked set to join the Spanish champions, but Zinedine Zidane repeatedly insisted he didn’t need a goalkeeper and Arrizabalaga ended up signing a new deal with the Basque side.
“I wasn’t worried about the reception from the fans because I’ve always maintained the stance of not speaking about rumours. The fans have always been very good to me, and they were better than I could have imagined,” he told Marca.