Tottenham & Man Utd Could Swoop for Real Betis’ Star Men as Club’s Financial Struggles Worsen

A number of ​Premier League sides could look to take full advantage of Real Betis’ desperate financial situation and swoop for their star men.

It was a disappointing campaign for the Spanish outfit who limped to a 10th place finish in La Liga, which now looks to have had a knock-on effect on them financially. With the club not qualifying for any European competitions next season, they must now raise money from player transfers in order to compensate for the lack of revenue they will receive next season.

Giovani Lo Celso

One player who has now been linked with a move away is their Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, who Betis only recently signed on a permanent deal for €22m having just finished his one-year loan spell with the club from Paris Saint-Germain. Despite Betis’ poor season overall, Lo Celso himself had a productive campaign, scoring nine and assisting five in La Liga. However, his stay at the Benito Villamarin may prove to be very short.

According to Spanish newspaper ​AS, ​Tottenham are said to be willing to pay up to €60m (£52m) for the 23-year-old Argentine midfielder – who may be viewed as a replacement for Christian Eriksen should his mooted move to ​Real Madrid go through.

The Argentine has a €100m release clause in the contract he only recently signed, but given the club’s financial situation Mauricio Pochettino will be hopeful of getting his man at a cut price.

Lo Celso isn’t the only big name being linked with a move to the ​Premier League, with the report going on to state that ​Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Betis’ left back Junior Firpo.

Junior Firpo,Souleymane Bamba

The 22-year-old committed his long term future to Betis last summer as he signed through until 2023, but given recent developments, it looks as though Firpo may well be sacrificed with United said to be willing to pay up to €30m (£26m) for his services. 

The Red Devils look set to face stiff competition for his signature with Real Madrid also said to be monitoring his situation, but regardless it looks as though it’ll be a very long summer for Real Betis.


Mario Balotelli Confirms Marseille Exit With Farewell Message on Instagram

​Mario Balotelli all but confirmed he’s played his last game for Marseille after posting a farewell message on his Instagram account.

Marseille wrapped up their Ligue 1 campaign on Friday with a 1-0 home win over Montpellier to leapfrog their opponents in the table into fifth place. Florian Thauvin’s goal was enough to settle the tie, although the game’s talking point came in the closing stages of the game.


​Balotelli came off the bench on the hour mark but was shown a straight red card with just three minutes left after a dangerous tackle. There were suggestions that it could’ve been his last game in a Marseille shirt, and the striker seemingly confirmed this after the final whistle.

The Italian took to ​Instagram and posted a message thanking the players, backroom staff and fans. The message read: “Thank you everybody for these 5 months even if we didn’t achieve our objectives.

“I really want to say thanks to the coaches and staff, players, president and directors, everyone that works with OM [Olympique Marseille], supporters. Thank you and hopefully see you soon, or good luck with everything in the future years.”

The striker joined Marseille on a five-month deal in January after a sour end to his time with OGC Nice, and got off to a great start with his new club. He scored on his debut and ended the season with eight goals in 12 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille – scoring in each of his first five home games.


It’s yet to be seen where Balotelli will play his football next season, but after a solid spell with Marseille, there wil likely be a number of potential suitors coming in for the striker this summer.


Harry Wilson Admits Interest in Staying at Derby if They Win Promotion to Premier League

On loan star Harry Wilson has claimed that he would seriously consider moving back to Derby County if they win promotion to the Premier League.

The Liverpool winger has had a sensational campaign at Pride Park, claiming 18 goals in 48 games, making him the Rams top scorer this season.

His form has prompted interest from the top flight, but the Wales international has refused to rule out a return to Derby, amid reports that Liverpool would listen to offers of around £25m for Wilson.

Derby County v Swansea City - Sky Bet Championship

“I’ve seen a lot of reports,” he told ​Derbyshire Live, admitting: “I’m on social media and I saw the story break the other day.

“Obviously, every player wants to play at the top level – and the​ Premier League is the best league in the world.

“So if I could do that with Derby, it would be great, and we’ve got a great opportunity to do that.

“Like I said, in the summer is when I’ll sit down and discuss my options.”

The 22-year-old was speaking ahead of the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Monday afternoon, where his side will take on Aston Villa for the final promotion spot to the Premier League.

Wilson has insisted that his sole focus is helping the Rams win that vital clash, which would secure top-flight football at Pride Park for the first time in 11 years.

He said: “I’m just concentrating on the final on Monday. I think it would be stupid of me to be thinking about anything else, because I know what a special thing we can achieve.

“So that’s got my full focus and in the summer, that’s when we’ll sit down and talk about my future.”

Wilson added: “But for now, I’m just doing all I can to make sure that I do have that option – of playing in the Premier League with Derby come next season.”


Davinson Sanchez Warns Liverpool That Tottenham Will Play ‘Aggressively’ in Champions League Final

​Davinson Sanchez has warned Liverpool that Tottenham will play ‘aggressively’ when the two sides face off in the Champions League final on 1 June.

It’ll be only the second time two English teams have met in a Champions League final with Liverpool bidding to win the competition for the sixth time, while Tottenham will hope to win it for the first time in the club’s history.

Hugo Lloris

​Tottenham head into the final having defied the odds to overcome a three-goal aggregate deficit against Ajax in the semi-finals, and ​Sanchez has sent out a stern message to Saturday’s opponents ahead of the encounter.

Speaking, as quoted by ​The Express ahead of the final, Sanchez has warned ​Liverpool that he and his Tottenham side will be playing with an aggressive mentality. 

He said: “Whoever is on the pitch has to do it.

“It’s a final. A final is about winning. You can’t wait for the opponent to be better than you, or let them start to play their football. We are going to start aggressively. A final is about this. Everyone wants to win the trophy.

Davinson Sanchez

“You have to tackle. Football is not composed of just taking the ball, or clearing the ball, properly, without touching the opponent? No. If you clear the ball and the opponent is in the middle of it… I feel sorry for the opponent!”

It’ll be the second straight season Liverpool find themselves in the Champions League final after they were outdone by ​Real Madrid last season, when they were beaten 3-1 in Kiev. 

The Reds were dealt a huge blow early in the game when Mohamed Salah dislocated his shoulder following a clash with Sergio Ramos, but Sanchez went onto insist he admires the aggression Ramos plays with.

He added: “Sometimes now, everyone is too focused on playing football, and Sergio has that character you need to play that position. I watch video clips of him, Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini. Their aggression…

“After a few years you have to realise that’s important for some defenders. You have to admit, yes you play football, but at the same time you must not forget you are a defender and have to fight. Put your face in where it hurts.”

Having started in seven Champions League matches this campaign, Sanchez will be hoping he can retain his place in the side and put in a solid performance as Tottenham bid to complete what has already been a remarkable European run.


Tottenham Planning £80m Move for Bournemouth Duo to Start Mauricio Pochettino Overhaul

​Tottenham are planning an £80m summer swoop for Bournemouth duo David Brooks and Callum Wilson, according to a report.

After leading Tottenham to a top-four finish as well as reaching the Champions League final, despite not having spent a penny on transfers this season, Mauricio Pochettino is said to have been given the green light by club chairman Daniel Levy to pay big for new players this summer in order to help build on the club’s domestic and European success. 

Mauricio Pochettino

There are a number of areas ​Spurs will want to strengthen this summer, while the ​Daily Mail claims they are planning an £80m swoop for ​Bournemouth duo Brooks and Wilson after the pair’s outstanding seasons on the south coast with the Cherries.

Brooks was signed by Bournemouth last summer and had a breakout ​Premier League campaign, scoring seven times and bagging himself five assists in 30 league appearances during his debut season. His performances also earned him a call-up to the Wales national team and he already looks set to become a regular member of Ryan Giggs’ squad.

Wilson also had a remarkable campaign as he managed 14 goals and nine assists in 30 Premier League appearances, with his impressive performances also earning him an international call-up with England.

Callum Wilson

Spurs boss Pochettino is said to be an admirer of the pair, and would want to bring in Wilson as cover for star man ​Harry Kane – who missed a large portion of the last campaign through injury – whilst Brooks would be a handy option in a midfield which is also currently lacking depth.

Tottenham fans will be keen for their side to dip into the market sooner rather than later, although for now Pochettino will no doubt be fully focused on Tottenham’s Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday night, with Spurs aiming to win their first ever Champions League.