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    Kolo Toure has tipped former team-mate and "club legend" Steven Gerrard to one day succeed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager.

    Gerrard graduated from the Reds' academy to the first team and became an inspirational captain during 17 years in Liverpool's first team.

    The former England international won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three EFL Cups but famously never lifted the Premier League trophy during his playing days at Anfield.

    Gerrard went close to doing so in the 2013-14 campaign, when he played alongside Toure, but after being pipped by Manchester City on that occasion, Liverpool's 30-year wait for a top-flight title was finally ended as Klopp's side cantered to the trophy this term.

    Toure believes Rangers boss Gerrard will have the chance to one day get his hands on the Premier League title as Liverpool manager.

    "He's a club legend. If there is anything coming, we will see Steven back there," Toure told Stats Perform News of Gerrard, who previously worked as a coach at Liverpool's Melwood academy. 

    "Jurgen loves him, they have a great relationship. The style of play that Steve uses is like Jurgen's. You can see that coming."

    Over the past two seasons, Klopp has overseen Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League triumphs at Anfield.

    Toure says the amiable German's success is down to the trust he puts in every member of his squad.

    "You will like him because he treats everyone the same, he treats every player the same," he added. 

    "It doesn't matter who you are; whether you play, you start or don't start. He treats you the same, he smiles at you the same, shakes your hand the same. 

    "He trusts every player that he's got on his team. He's got no doubts about any of his players. You want to fight for him, you want to give everything. 

    "You don't want to let him down because he shows you respect. He shows you respect and he shows you that he cares about you as a person, not only as a player."

  • Rumour Has It: Man Utd prepared to walk away from Sancho transfer Rumour Has It: Man Utd prepared to walk away from Sancho transfer

    Will Manchester United sign Jadon Sancho or not?

    That is the question dominating headlines as United reportedly negotiate with Borussia Dortmund.

    This transfer saga is one to watch.



    Manchester United are threatening to walk away from a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports in England.

    Sancho has been tipped to swap Dortmund for United, with Bild claiming a lucrative five-year contract has been agreed as the Bundesliga outfit insist on a €120million (£108m) fee.

    But Goal, Sky Sports and The Mirror say United are ready to pursue alternatives of Dortmund do not lower their demands.



    - The Guardian reports Leicester City are trying to sign Francisco Trincao from Barcelona. Leicester have proposed a two-season loan deal with an obligation to buy for £45m (€50m). Trincao is preparing to link up with Barca after the LaLiga giants signed the 20-year-old from Braga in January.

    - Premier League champions Liverpool are eyeing a move for Norwich City left-back  Jamal Lewis, says The Mirror. Lewis impressed in 2019-20 as Norwich were relegated and Liverpool are looking to wrap up a £10m deal.

    - Gianluca Di Marzio claims Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier is open to joining Serie A side Milan.

    - According to Tuttomercatoweb, Juventus are lining up possible replacements for under-fire head coach Maurizio Sarri. Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini and Luciano Spalletti have all been linked.

    -  Aston Villa are aiming to keep star captain and rumoured United target Jack Grealish by offering a new contract, reports The Sun.

    - Linked with United , Everton and Napoli, France Bleu Nord claims Arsenal are leading the race for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

    - Is Federico Chiesa set for Old Trafford? La Nazione reports United have made a €55m (£49m) offer for the Fiorentina forward, who has also been linked to Inter, Juve and Chelsea .

    - Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is poised to complete his move to Manchester City. Fabrizio Romano reports there is a total agreement and a medical will take place in the next couple of days.

  • Man City sign Valencia star Ferran Torres Man City sign Valencia star Ferran Torres

    Manchester City have signed highly rated 20-year-old winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

    Stats Perform News understands the Spain Under-21 international will cost City £21.1million (€23m), plus further add-ons.

    City were linked to several young wingers after Leroy Sane's move to Bayern Munich was confirmed at the start of July, with Torres ultimately emerging from the pack to pen a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

    While perhaps not a like-for-like replacement, Pep Guardiola and City will believe they have got themselves a bargain and pulled off a significant coup in landing Torres, who had also attracted interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

    "I am so happy to be joining City," Torres said. "Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.

    "Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream."

    Torres is considered one of Spain's most promising young players, having come through Valencia's academy and made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2017.

    A talented and direct winger capable of playing on either flank, though preferring to operate from the right, he enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019-20.

    Having made 24 LaLiga appearances in 2018-19, Torres had even greater exposure to first-team football this term due to injuries, taking full advantage of Goncalo Guedes' long-term absence as he featured 34 times domestically.

    He scored four goals and set up another five in LaLiga, while his Champions League strike against Lille in November made him the first player born in 2000 to net in the competition for a Spanish club.

    Torres' contract with Valencia was said to contain a €100m release clause, but he had stalled on signing fresh terms, meaning Los Che were never likely to hold out for such a fee given his deal was due to expire next year.

    With Valencia failing to qualify for European football next season after a disappointing 2019-20, their final bargaining chip was essentially lost and City have moved swiftly to secure the youngster's future.

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