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Tottenham target Bryan Cristante believes he is ‘perfect’ for Premier League

The Benfica-owned star, on loan at Atalanta, is said to be attracting the interest of Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur’s mercurial midfielder Mousa Dembele linked with a summer exit. According to The Mirror, Spurs are willing to let the Belgian go this summer as contract talks have struggled to progress between the 30-year-old and the club.

It was also reported that Spurs are already monitoring potential replacements, including Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante.

The Italian is enjoying a fine loan spell at the club from Portuguese side Benfica and Spurs are one of a number of teams said to be keen on his signature.

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The player himself has spoken about the rumours, telling L’Eco Di Bergamo he is still focused on finishing the season strong in Serie A:

“I am not distracted from what I read: it’s nice to talk of me, but I think about the field and reach the goal with Atalanta.

“If something happens in the summer, the club and my attorney will talk about it.”

But Tottenham will certainly be hopeful of getting their hands on the player, based on what he said back in December.

The 23-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at AC Milan, told the print edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, as relayed by Football Italia, that he felt a move to the Premier League would be an excellent match to his style of play:

“So many people tell me: ‘The Premier League is the perfect place for you,’ and I agree with them. It’s physical, there’s a lot of tackling and open football. I can really see myself there.”

Tottenham, it seems, tend to agree.

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The most recent reports suggest that his parent club Benfica will want a sizeable fee for his services.  As reported in L’Eco Di Bergamo it is believed Cristante will fetch around €30 million (£26.1 million) in the summer transfer market.

Tottenham would surely be willing to pay such a fee for a player they see as a future Dembele replacement.

But whilst Tottenham would like to see Cristante arrive, they would not want it to be to the detriment of losing Dembele.

Hopefully, Tottenham can find a way to keep hold of the Belgian midfield maestro next season. Pairing him up with Cristante in the base of midfield could certainly be a winning combination for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Liverpool

How Liverpool fans reacted to signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker

Liverpool have been in the market for a goalkeeper throughout this transfer window.

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Premier League giants Liverpool made a real statement of intent on Thursday evening when they completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker who arrives at Anfield from Roma.

The Daily Mail confirmed the £65 million deal late last night and it is a move that is sure to send a message to the rest of the top flight with the Reds seemingly meaning business when it comes to challenging for the title next season.

It has been a well courted situation that boss Jurgen Klopp has been in the market for a new custodian following high profile errors by current stoppers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius during last season.

The German boss has finally got his man and the real pressure is now on the Reds’ boss who, following a glut of new arrivals, is now under pressure to deliver some much needed silverware to the football club.

The Brazilian number one kept 17 clean sheets for the Serie A outfit last term and was an instrumental part of Roma’s team that reached the semi-final of the Champions League before losing out to Liverpool over two legs.

As with any transfer deal, the world of Twitter has reacted and TBR Football looked at exactly what some Liverpool fans were saying about this deal…

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The media obsession with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha should be ignored

The winger is being heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.

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Ask any Crystal Palace fan their least favourite part of the summer, and one answer will stand out: the endless media obsession about the future of Wilfried Zaha.

After further reports in The Times, Mirror, and The Sun linking the Ivory Coast international with a move away from Selhurst Park, Palace supporters should tune out the noise and focus on the facts of the matter.

Zaha is currently under contract at Selhurst Park, having signed a five-year deal just over a year ago. Despite the rumoured interest from the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace hold all the cards in the situation.

And, to add to their strong position, manager Roy Hodgson has made it very clear he has no intention of selling the winger when speaking to football.london last week:

“What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract. There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too. He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”

(during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

This strong statement from the Palace manager is the only thing that holds significance with regards to the Zaha saga. At the end of the day, there can be as much speculation and interest from clubs as possible, but if the club is not willing to sell then the player will stay put.

Additionally, the reports that Zaha is unsettled at Palace seem like nothing more than sensational claims. This is a player who expressed his love for the fans and the club as recently as April, talking to the Eagles’ official website after a win against Brighton.

“Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else.”

In all, one must focus on what is relevant in the Wilfried Zaha transfer saga: the actual words of the figures involved.

With Zaha expressing his happiness and Hodgson making it clear no sale is forthcoming, the media obsession over the winger’s Selhurst Park exit appears unfounded.

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Liverpool

Liverpool fans should ignore Jurgen Klopp’s claims that spending has ended

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Speaking after confirming the signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not expect the club to make any further signings this summer despite ongoing speculation.

Exits are expected with doubts surrounding several members of the squad who may depart Merseyside in the remaining few weeks of the summer transfer window, but the German was clear that he is not looking for many signings.

Yet there may still be reasons for Liverpool fans to believe that Klopp could turn out to be wrong with his assumption.

“We have everything that we need for the next season, I don’t think that we will do any more (signings), I’m pretty sure…”

Jurgen Klopp made the claim after the signing of Alisson was confirmed.

The immediate reaction was, perhaps surprisingly, one of disappointment with many fans thinking of one man in particular in the form of Nabil Fekir.

Negotiations broke down in June before the World Cup and had gone quiet, though Dominic King of the Daily Mail claimed that the deal was dead in the water, despite coming only 24 hours after Dean Jones of Bleacher Report suggested that talks had begun again.

News that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss all of the 2018/19 campaign with a number of knee ligament injuries has sparked fears about the lack of depth in attacking midfield, with no real replacement having been found for Philippe Coutinho.

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It is worth remembering that only a week ago the Liverpool Echo said that Klopp was public with his desire to give Danny Ward a shot as number one, yet seven days later he is on his way to Leicester City after a fee was agreed, according to Sky Sports.

Klopp is no stranger to playing with the media and will do whatever he can to strengthen his club’s negotiating hand, yet fans could be forgiven for retaining hope of a deal for Fekir.

What may affect the reality is whether or not Olympique Lyonnais are prepared to sell this summer, as the Reds showed last summer that they would prefer to wait for their man rather than shop for alternatives, with a move for Virgil Van Dijk being dragged over into the next window.

Either way, Liverpool fans can have little to complain about the dealings that have been done in this summer’s transfer window with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker all having arrived.

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