Transfer roundup: Spurs close in on £55m defender Ndombélé, West Ham ponder Rondón


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• Pochettino moves in on No 1 summer target
• West Ham will sign Rondón if they can sell HernándezTottenham have made a club record £55m (€62m) bid for the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé and are confident of closing a deal for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino has made the 22-year-old France international his prime summer target as he seeks new impetus at the club after spending five years in charge, and negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage.

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Pochettino hands Spurs shopping list to Levy and counts on him to deliver | David Hytner


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Tottenham manager desperate to refresh squad amid falling points totals and work out how to improve results on bad daysMauricio Pochettino is back in Barcelona – the city that he calls home – and he is waiting. The Tottenham manager is waiting to see whether the chairman, Daniel Levy, and the club’s recruitment staff can deliver on any of his transfer targets, who include Tanguy Ndombélé, Donny van de Beek, Nicolò Zaniolo and Ryan Sessegnon.

Pochettino has made it plain that he wants to refresh at Spurs and a part of that means introducing new players for the first time since January 2018. There has even been the subtext that he would consider his position if Levy were to disappoint him.

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Me, my dad and Spurs: what happened next (spoiler alert – not good) | Max Rushden


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I flew back from Madrid to watch the Champions League final on TV, but other travel plans went awry. See you next season

I recently wrote an article explaining how I’d given up my Champions League final ticket to watch the game with my dad. He gave me a love of Spurs that meant it was the right thing to do. It was well received. Real journalists slid into my DMs to praise me. Ex- pros texted me (well, one ex-pro texted me). What an altruistic gesture. What a moving piece. You should write more they all said. I was a hero.

A cynic might argue that writing an article about liking both your own father and football was likely to resonate with an audience of people – many of whom also have, or had, fathers and also like football.

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Tottenham open talks with Lyon over Tanguy Ndombélé but clubs far apart


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• Lyon want €75m for midfielder but Spurs value him at €50m
• Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid also interestedTottenham’s pursuit of the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé is being complicated by his €75m (£66.6m) price tag. Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, has told Daniel Levy, his chairman, that Ndombélé is precisely the type of player he wants to sign this summer, as he looks to refresh his project at the club.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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Spurs’ Dele Alli insists he improved last season despite fewer goals and assists


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• Tottenham midfielder endured injury-hit campaign
• ‘Defensively, in possession, I’ve improved on that,’ says Alli

Dele Alli insists he became a better player last season despite his overall numbers – appearances, goals and assists – suggesting otherwise.

The midfielder endured a stop-start campaign for club and country owing to hamstring and thigh muscle injuries. He featured 38 times in all competitions for Tottenham, scoring seven goals and assisting a further eight, compared with 50 appearances, 14 goals and 17 assists during the 2017-18 season.

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England hope Harry Winks will transform midfield exposed by De Jong


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• Steve Holland says Spurs man can knit together England’s play
• ‘He is a player we have very much been waiting for’England will bring Harry Winks back into the fold next season with a view to the Tottenham Hotspur player knitting together midfield and adding a new dimension to the team’s play in possession.

Winks would have been included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the Nations League had the tail-end of his domestic campaign not been wrecked by a groin injury which required surgery. The 23-year-old was one of four players cut from the initial party, despite playing relatively impressively for more than an hour in the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool. That had constituted his first football in eight weeks.

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Ryan Sessegnon wants Spurs move and tells Fulham he will not renew contract


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• 19-year-old winger has one year left on his deal
• PSG and Manchester United also interested in himRyan Sessegnon has told Fulham he will not sign a new contract with them – to replace the one that expires next summer – and the 19-year-old winger has set his heart on a move to Tottenham.

Related: Christian Eriksen says he is ready to leave Tottenham for new challenge

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Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?


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Today’s tell-all is ruing another international semi-final defeat

One of several England defenders who failed to impress against the Netherlands last night, Kyle Walker may be disheartened to learn Manchester City are hitching their skirts at Juventus right-back, João Cancelo. Bought from Real Madrid for £26m, Danilo is expected to leave the Etihad this summer and City are reported to have rejected a £13m bid from Inter for the Brazilian. With Juve also believed to be interested in the full-back, a player-plus-cash deal could be in the offing.

One man who had a more enjoyable evening in Guimaraes was Matthijs de Ligt, who has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona but is now being tipped to join Paris Saint-Germain. With Leonardo due to return to his former role as sporting director with the French champions, ESPN say the Brazilian has been in constant contact with Mino Raiola, Continue reading “Football transfer rumours: João Cancelo to Manchester City?”

Virgil van Dijk warns Spurs players of lasting let-down from final defeat


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Christian Eriksen says he is ready to leave Tottenham for new challenge


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  • Midfielder says any move ‘would have to be a step up’
  • Real Madrid may have to pay £130m to buy him this summer

Christian Eriksen has confirmed the worst kept secret at Tottenham: that he wants to take on a new challenge at another club this summer. The 27-year-old Denmark midfielder, who has been at Spurs since 2013, has one year to run on his current contract and has shown no inclination to renew for another cycle in north London.

Spurs cannot afford to allow him to run down his deal and leave as a free agent next summer, given his high value at arguably the peak of his career and the fact they have repayments to make on their new stadium. Consequently, they have let it be known in recent weeks he would be available at a price, albeit an extremely high one.

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Hugo Lloris tells Tottenham: ‘Don’t throw all our work in the bin’


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• Captain intent on keeping the faith as uncertain summer looms
• Jan Vertonghen: ‘Will there be an overhaul? I don’t know’

Hugo Lloris has urged Tottenham to keep the faith in their project and not to “throw everything in the bin” after the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool as attention turned towards a summer of expected transition.

The captain accepted there would be speculation over Mauricio Pochettino, who did not entirely quash it after the match in Madrid, which finished in a 2-0 Liverpool win. It felt a little strange that players were discouraged by club officials from answering questions about the manager’s future.

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Mauricio Pochettino faces task of laying out the road ahead for Tottenham | Barney Ronay


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The Spurs manager has some tough decisions to make over the nature of his team following their defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League finalHindsight is of course always twenty-twenty. Did Mauricio Pochettino make a defining error in selecting Harry Kane to play from the start in the Wanda Metropolitana, Tottenham’s once-in-a-generation shot at European ultimacy?

In outline the tone and texture of that oddly deathly Champions League final might suggest this was the case. Kane had not played for seven weeks, had not scored for Tottenham since early March. A half-fit Kane tends to be a ponderous Kane, with a tendency to spend much of the game grappling with his marker, arms stretched behind him, like a man feeling for the bathroom door in the dark.

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Klopp and Pochettino go back to English basics in final that fails to fire | Jonathan Wilson


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The Champions League final carried echoes of the scrappy showpieces at which English teams triumphed in 70s and 80sFor Liverpool this has been a season of two extraordinary statistics: 11.7mm and 64%. It was the former that denied them a goal (albeit a freakish one via John Stones and Ederson) away to Manchester City in January, and it was with the latter they won the Champions League. Neither makes much sense. That games can be swayed by margins as fine as that defies comprehension. But it feels at least as incredible that Liverpool could win a Champions League final with only 64% pass accuracy.

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Champions League final 2019: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool – in pictures


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The best images from Madrid after Liverpool beat Tottenham to win their sixth European Cup

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Mo Salah says photo of Kyiv pain inspired him to score against Spurs


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• Salah: ‘I looked at the picture from last year before the game’
• Striker says Champions League win can start Liverpool glory eraMohamed Salah believes he was fated to score in Liverpool’s sixth European Cup triumph having used a picture of last season’s misery in Kyiv to inspire his redemption in the Champions League final.

Moments before leaving the changing room to face Tottenham on Saturday, the Egypt international looked at a photograph of his despair from 12 months ago when forced out of the final against Real Madrid after 30 minutes by Sergio Ramos. Within two minutes of kick-off in Madrid, Salah had converted his 29th goal of the season from the penalty spot to send Liverpool on their way to the first trophy of Jürgen Klopp’s reign.

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Jürgen Klopp ‘relieved and emotional’ after Liverpool’s Champions League win


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• Klopp says James Milner’s rousing speech paved way for victory
• Mauricio Pochettino says it is too early to talk about his futureJürgen Klopp said he was overwhelmed by Liverpool’s Champions League triumph and the greatest night of his career as the club became champions of Europe for a sixth time with victory over Tottenham.

The Liverpool manager received a call of congratulation from his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola, in which the pair vowed “to kick each other’s butts again next season”, after ending a run of six consecutive cup final defeats with a 2-0 win against Mauricio Pochettino’s team in Madrid. Mohamed Salah scored a penalty awarded after only 22 seconds, before Divock Origi sealed the first trophy of Klopp’s Liverpool reign in the 87th minute. Goalkeeper Alisson was in commanding form as Spurs created more chances but lacked the champions’ clinical touch.

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‘Now it’s time to stay calm,’ says Mauricio Pochettino after Spurs Champions League defeat – video


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Mauricio Pochettino says it’s time to stay calm and reflect after Tottenham lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League final. It is the first time that Spurs have made the final of the competition and Pochettino says they lost despite dominating the match in which Liverpool took their chances. 

Liverpool win  Champions League after Salah and Origi sink Tottenham

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‘This is only the start’, says Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool’s Champions League triumph – video


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Jürgen Klopp says he is ‘relieved’ to have ended his streak of defeats in cup finals after lifting the Champions League trophy with Liverpool following a 2-0 victory over Tottenham.

Klopp won the Champions League at his third attempt after back-to-back finals, and delivered Liverpool their sixth European Cup, and first trophy on his watch.

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Liverpool fan: ‘Football transcends everything here. To win it will mean an awful lot’


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Liverpool supporters were on the top of the world as they celebrated their Champions League victoryOn the roof of the Shankly hotel in Liverpool, they were on top of the world. The afternoon sun had long been replaced by heavy clouds.

And finally, briefly, it rained when Divock Origi secured Liverpool’s sixth European cup.

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Liverpool’s win is brilliant culmination of Klopp’s inclusive project


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Under their German manager the Anfield club are geared to connect with something other than simply success on the pitch

And so, back into the red. In the end it seemed fitting that Liverpool should win this Champions League final through an effort of shared will. This was a night when the gears refused to click, the circuits rarely sparked, and when taking that last step was always likely to be matter of spirit and bloody-minded certainty.

How do you make a champion team? At the final whistle in Madrid, as the air seemed to fizz and crackle and the red and white shapes melted into the green, Jürgen Klopp hugged Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson to his chest, his great beaming, bearded face looming over them like a proud father of twins.

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