Arsenal and Liverpool chasing £40m starlet dubbed the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’

Arsenal and Liverpool have been quoted a £40 million asking price for Benfica starlet Goncalo Guedes, according to the Express.

Guedes is being monitored by both Premier League clubs after an impressive season, making 26 appearances for the reserve team, scoring seven goals and racking up 12 assists.

The 18-year-old looked set to leave the club on a free transfer last summer but Benfica have tied him down until 2021 and have included a £40 million release clause, according to Portuguese publication O Jogo.

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Guedes is known for pace, trickery and flare – hence his likening to Ronaldo – and is the same age as his Portuguese counterpart when he signed for Manchester United back in 2003.

The news of his huge release clause comes as a huge blow to both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, who were seemingly going to have the chance of signing the Portugal under-20 star on a free if they had made a move just eight months earlier.

The Benfica winger is one of the hottest prospects in Europe at the moment but a move this summer looks unlikely now as he has a long-term deal with the Portuguese giants, and he will be looking to break into the first-team.

Should Arsenal and Liverpool still make a move for Goncalo Guedes for £40 million?

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Chelsea set to make SHOCK move for Liverpool star – report

Chelsea are eyeing up a summer move for Liverpool’s key midfield man, Jordan Henderson, according to the Daily Star.

In a week where Brendan Rodgers has had to deal with the possibility of Raheem Sterling leaving, they could now be set to lose Jordan Henderson too.

Henderson’s current Liverpool contract is set to expire in 2016 and the England international has reportedly turned down an £80,000-a-week offer from the Reds.

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Liverpool will need to renegotiate and offer the influential midfielder what he wants to fend off interest from the Premier League leaders.

Champions League football could play a major role in Henderson’s decision if an offer from Chelsea is made, as this weekend’s loss to Arsenal has left Liverpool with a mountain to climb if they are to finish in the top four with just seven games left.

Brendan Rodgers is aware the club needs to be in the Champions League to attract the big names to sign for the club, but a place in Europe’s elite competition also helps to retain star names.

Speaking as a ‘realist’ after the loss to Arsenal at the weekend, Rodgers said he feels Liverpool’s chances are now gone.

With Juventus reportedly set to make a summer swoop for Chelsea star Oscar, the Liverpool vice-captain could be an ideal replacement.

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Henderson has scored seven league goals this season and has racked up six assists in 30 appearances. By comparison, Oscar has the exact same output in five less games, though he has played in a more advanced position.

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Appearances 30 25
Goals 7 7
Assists 6 6

If Oscar is to depart Chelsea, a move for Henderson could seem more likely, especially with Chelsea looking for English options to fill their homegrown squad quota.

Henderson is expected to replace Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain and leader from next season and so a transfer to Chelsea would not go down well with the Reds supporters.

Will Chelsea make a move for Jordan Henderson? Would a move away from Liverpool make sense?

Liverpool legend claims top four chances are gone

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes his former side’s chances of finishing in the Premier League‘s top four have gone following a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

That loss at the Emirates leaves the Reds seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United with just seven games to go, and Carragher thinks a place in next season’s Champions League is now out of reach.

“Top 4 looks like it’s gone for Liverpool, which makes Wednesday at Blackburn even bigger,” he posted on Kicca.

The defender made 737 appearances for the club and think silverware is more important than qualification for Europe’s elite competition.

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“I as a player would take a trophy over Champions League qualification but that goal looks more difficult with the suspension of Can and Skrtel as well as the performances of the other defenders [against Arsenal].

“Rodgers may have to change the system to a back four as he did for the second-half today as defeat at Blackburn doesn’t bear thinking about!”

Carragher famously won the Champions League with Liverpool in Istanbul back in 2005 and his opinion will be perceived as being in the best interests of the club by Liverpool fans.

Defeat at home to Manchester United two weeks ago ended a fine run of form and back-to-back losses make it difficult to see the Reds finishing in the top four again this year.

Are Liverpool out of the race for Champions League football? Should all attentions turn to the FA Cup now?

Liverpool plotting double raid on Barcelona for exciting duo

As the Raheem Sterling saga continues at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is apparently monitoring potential replacements for the English winger, and could turn to Spanish giants FC Barcelona for options.

Spanish international, Pedro could be on the move this summer after he is reportedly frustrated with his lack of playing time at the club. It comes as no surprise with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez ahead of him in the pecking order.

Pedro has a wealth of experience and he has already won some of the world’s most prestigious trophies. The 27-year-old attacker won the World Cup twice and a European Championship with Spain, and he has also won the Champions League with Barcelona twice, scoring against Manchester United in the 2011 final.

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Pedro spoke to ESPN earlier this week about his frustration and long-term interest from Liverpool could tempt him away this summer.

“When you do not have playing time, of course you do not feel one of the important players.

“Playing few games, not many minutes, it is normal that there can be talk of leaving, that is logical. It is the same for all players, everyone wants to play. When you do not play in important games, then it is a difficult situation.”

This is the biggest hint Pedro has dropped so far that he is considering leaving the club and at 27, he could hold the key to what Rodgers’ side need to push for European football again next season.

The Metro have reported that Liverpool are also interested in former Everton loanee, Gerard Deulofeu, who is still contracted to Barcelona. The winger is set to be sold this summer upon returning to his parent club after a loan spell at Sevilla.

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The Catalan youngster showed his potential at Everton but struggled to tie down a regular first team place, which has been the story of his career so far. If given the chance for an extended run in the squad, his real talent could emerge.

Liverpool are hoping to tie down Raheem Sterling to a new contract but won’t negotiate a deal until the summer, and with top clubs around Europe circling, they will need to have possible replacements lined up.

Could Liverpool sign both Pedro and Gerard Deulofeu this summer?

Arsenal legend urges Wenger to sign Liverpool star

Legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright has urged Arsene Wenger to sign unsettled Liverpool star Raheem Sterling this summer.

Sterling, who is yet to sign a new deal amidst reports that he is unhappy with his playing position, has been tipped for a summer move away from Liverpool.

And Wright has responded by tweeting: “Come on Arsene! Go in and get ‘Raheem the dream Sterling’ from Liverpool and play him where he wants.”

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If a move to the Gunners is on the cards they will have to offload at least one of their current attacking options and a likely candidate would be Theo Walcott, who is in a similar contract position himself.

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Sterling has reportedly refused to negotiate any new Liverpool deal until the summer, which could mean he is waiting to see if the Reds make the Champions League as the race for the top four in the Premier League is so close.

If Brendan Rodgers’ side fail to make the top four, a move away from the club looks ominous. With eight games remaining Liverpool trail Manchester United in fourth spot by five points.

Is Arsenal a possible destination for Raheem Sterling?

Premier League legend claims Liverpool star has to decide between money or development

Arguably one of the most naturally gifted Premier League players of all time, Matt Le Tissier has stated Raheem Sterling‘s future on Merseyside is down to whether the Liverpool star wants fame or fortune.

Sterling’s current contract has two years remaining and talks are still on hold as the 20-year-old attacker is pondering over his future.

Reports from the Daily Mail suggest he is prepared to turn down a £180,000-a-week deal due to his frustration of not being guaranteed game time in his favoured forward positions as he has been used as a full-back on numerous occasions this year.

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Le Tissier, speaking on Sky Sports HQ Morning View, thinks Sterling is best placed at Liverpool for his development, rather than looking to earn big money in a possible move abroad.

“I think this really boils down to what Raheem wants out of his career,” the Southampton legend said.

“If he wants to go and make as much money as he possibly can, which I’m not going to criticise him for, if that’s what he wants to do, then absolutely fine – then you’ll see him going to one of the big boys abroad.

“Is that going to be best for his development? Possibly not.”

Le Tissier, who spent his entire career at Southampton, has highlighted that playing time is the most important thing for Sterling and it isn’t guaranteed by playing at some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“At those clubs, there’s a lot more pressure, a lot better players around him, and he may not play week in, week out.

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“Whereas at Liverpool, he will get that. He’s pretty much guaranteed – unless Brendan Rodgers is going to rest him – of playing week in, week out. And it is a brilliant football club to be at.”

The England international has unsurprisingly attracted interest from the biggest clubs around Europe after another impressive season, featuring in 28 Premier League games and scoring six so far this campaign.

Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with moves for Sterling over the past few months, and will be keeping a close eye on his contract discussions with the Reds.

Do you think Raheem Sterling should leave Liverpool at the end of the season?

Liverpool legends feel club can still finish in the top four

Former Liverpool goal-machines, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush, believe the Reds have what it takes to finish in the top four this season.

But Brendan Rodgers’ side’s chances of finishing in the Champions League spots took a blow after their latest 2-1 defeat to fellow challengers Manchester United.

Liverpool are five points off the pace but Rush doesn’t think anything is done and dusted yet.
“I still think there’s a possibility,” he said speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.

“It was difficult losing to Manchester United with that five-point gap but it was 10 points and now it’s five.”

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Rush insists belief is key as fourth-placed United have a difficult run of game coming up before the end of the campaign.

“You’ve still got to believe, they have some tough games coming up. Arsenal and Chelsea may be difficult but if you’re looking to finish top four, then you have to be looking to win all of the other games.”

Fowler shared the view on United’s run in and feels it will help his former club in their bid to bring Champions League football back to Anfield again next season.

“Manchester United are playing well at the minute but their run of games is a little bit more difficult, if I’m being honest. So they definitely still can, but it will be more difficult than it was a week or two weeks ago.”

Will Liverpool still make the top four in the Premier League this season?

Jamie Carragher says being sold by Mourinho has hindered Juan Mata

Juan Mata has struggled to live up to his £37.1m transfer value since moving to Manchester United and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell him has led people to believe he isn’t the same player he was.

Carragher believes Mata was one of Chelsea‘s best players when he joined from Valencia in 2011.

“Lets not forget about Mata, he was outstanding in those first two years,” he said while working as pundit for Sky Sports during the match coverage of Liverpool vs Manchester United on Sunday.

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But Carragher thinks the sale of Mata has lead to people questioning the qualities of the 26-year-old.

“You can’t argue with Jose Mourinho for what he has done in the game, for the trophies he has won, so if he thinks Mata is not good enough, people have question marks against him.”

Mata was the star of the show at Anfield on Sunday as he scored both goals in Man United’s 2-1 win against Liverpool – one of which a contender for goal of the season.

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The Spanish international has seven goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season – four more than record signing Angel Di Maria. Mata has also created an impressive 31 chances.

Mata needs just five more goals this season to equal his 2012/13 tally in his final full season at Chelsea, which is something he can achieve if he plays with the same intensity and freedom as he did against Liverpool.

Has Juan Mata been worth the fee Manchester United paid for him?

Former Liverpool teammate says Steven Gerrard has to start against United

Steven Gerrard has been in and out of the Liverpool side all season but Sky Sports columnist Jamie Redknapp believes he has to start in tomorrow’s huge clash with rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

Gerrard has made 23 Premier League appearances so far this season and scored six goals. He came off the bench and steadied the game against Swansea on Monday night, helping Liverpool to record their fifth league win on the bounce.

This will be Steven Gerrard’s last big game against Manchester United for Liverpool and Redknapp thinks his inclusion in the side is vital.

“Gerrard is a leader and these are the games when Liverpool need him in their team. It would be a mistake by Rodgers not to start him on Sunday.

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“Victory for either side would mean so much in the race for a top-four spot.”

Gerrard has eight goals in the Premier League against United, four of them coming from the penalty spot and in a high intensity game his calm-headed approach could be vital.

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This is the biggest match up between the sides in recent years and Redknapp thinks Gerrard is the right man for the occasion.

“Given everything that’s at stake, Brendan Rodgers must start Steven Gerrard.”

Should Steven Gerrard start for Liverpool against Manchester United tomorrow?

Steven Gerrard’s key moments in the Merseyside derby ahead of final showdown with Everton

Captain, talisman and legend are just a few words used to describe Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard and the midfielder is set to play in his final Merseyside derby this weekend as the Reds travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Gerrard has had some brilliant moments in the match-ups between the two Merseyside rivals since he made his debut 17 years ago.

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It will be his 33rd derby clash against Everton and he has been through it all, scoring numerous times, being sent off and has even netted a hat-trick in past matches.

The 34-year-old, who is set join MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, has scored ten goals in his 32 games against Everton and could well be on target again in a game he loves to play in.

Seeing red:

1999: Gerrard was sent off in the away fixture for a high-footed challenge on Everton striker Kevin Campbell and was on the losing side that day as the Toffees won 1-0.

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2006: Gerrard saw red for two bookings in the 18th minute but on the Reds went on to win the game at Anfield 3-1.

Important goals:

2001: Gerrard netted an early equaliser away at Goodison Park before the Reds went on to win 3-1.

2005: Gerrard scored his first derby goal at Anfield with a trademark free kick routine after 27 minutes in a 2-1 victory.

2012: Gerrard gave Liverpool fans even more reason to love him three years ago as he netted a superb hat-trick at Anfield and became the highest Premier League scorer in the fixture in a comfortable 3-0 win.

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We can expect the Liverpool skipper to have an impact on the game on Saturday and he will fire up his teammates in his final Merseyside derby appearance. He will want to go out on a high by sealing victory and don’t rule out the skipper scoring a trademark thunderbolt.

The Merseyside derby will undoubtedly miss Gerrard and this will be the last time we see one of England’s most combative midfield enforcers feature in one of the biggest derbies of all time.

He has scored in the past two derby games, both at Anfield, and will hope to help his side to victory yet again with another strike this weekend.

The LA Galaxy will no doubt benefit from the addition of Gerrard when he arrives in MLS in the summer but all eyes will be on him in a red shirt until that moment comes.

Will Steven Gerrard score in his final Merseyside derby appearance this weekend?