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By Sports Desk June 23, 2020

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  • Rumour Has It: Coutinho close to Arsenal move, Barcelona reach agreement with Ter Stegen Rumour Has It: Coutinho close to Arsenal move, Barcelona reach agreement with Ter Stegen

    Philippe Coutinho's move to Arsenal is seemingly getting close.

    The Brazil international has been on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona in 2019-20, but is expected to leave Camp Nou permanently.

    A return to the Premier League has been mooted.

     

    TOP STORY – ARSENAL DEAL FOR COUTINHO IS 'ADVANCED'

    A deal sending Coutinho to Arsenal from Barcelona is "more advanced", according to Sport.

    The former Liverpool star would head back to England less than three years after leaving Anfield.

    Coutinho has scored nine goals in 34 games for Bayern in 2019-20.

     

    ROUND-UP

    - There could be good news coming for Barcelona. Mundo Deportivo reports Marc-Andre ter Stegen has agreed to extend his deal at the club for five years, but there is still no financial agreement between the parties.

    - Jerome Boateng's Bayern Munich future seems uncertain. Sport Bild reports the Bundesliga champions want to sell the defender, who would like to extend his contract beyond 2021.

    - Takefusa Kubo looks set for another loan spell away from Real Madrid. AS reports Kubo will join Villarreal on loan for 2020-21, having spent this season at Mallorca.

    - Are Liverpool looking for a back-up for Andy Robertson? The Athletic reports the Premier League champions value left-back Jamal Lewis at £10million, but Norwich City will not even enter talks for less than £20m.

    - Contracted at Manchester United until 2022, Tahith Chong could be heading elsewhere to gain experience. Sport Bild says Werder Bremen are in talks with United over a loan deal for the attacker.

    - After losing the Championship play-off final, Brentford may also see a star depart. The Guardian reports Crystal Palace are battling with Aston Villa to sign Ollie Watkins, who scored 26 goals in 49 Championship games in 2019-20.

  • Lukaku 'cost the same as all of Getafe', says Bordalas Lukaku 'cost the same as all of Getafe', says Bordalas

    Romelu Lukaku "cost the same as all of Getafe", Jose Bordalas said after his side's Europa League loss to Inter.

    Goals from Lukaku and Christian Eriksen saw Inter record a 2-0 win over the LaLiga side in the last-16 clash in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.

    Signed by Inter from Manchester United for a reported €80million (£72.3m) last year, Lukaku has scored 30 goals this season.

    Getafe boss Bordalas said the difference between his team and Inter was enormous, highlighting how much Lukaku cost.

    "We are sad because I think the team played a great game," he said.

    "We had Inter on the ropes during the second half. We had control of the game and, unfortunately, in our mistake in their first goal after practically nothing had been put forward, but the team did not fall and we had the penalty that would have put us fully into the possibility of passing this tie.

    "It is a shame, but I am proud because the approach has been fantastic, the team has interpreted it great. I am very proud of the work of the players.

    "The difference is very big, only Lukaku cost the same as all of Getafe."

    Jorge Molina missed a 76th-minute penalty for Getafe that would have drawn them level.

    Inter will face either Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League quarter-finals.

  • Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers: Ebobisse, Blanco score in semi-final win Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers: Ebobisse, Blanco score in semi-final win

    The Portland Timbers moved into the MLS is Back Tournament final with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.

    Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco scored for the Timbers in their semi-final victory at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Andrew Wooten pulled a goal back for Philadelphia, but Portland advanced into the decider, in which they will face either Orlando City or Minnesota United.

    The opener came for Portland in the 13th minute through Ebobisse's fourth goal of the tournament.

    Ebobisse got on the end of a Diego Valeri corner to head in and make it 1-0.

    Philadelphia squandered a great chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time as Sergio Santos put a penalty over the crossbar.

    Instead, another corner saw Portland double their lead, Blanco heading in from close range after Dario Zuparic got on the end of a Valeri set-piece with 20 minutes remaining.

    Blanco has enjoyed a fine tournament, scoring three goals and providing five assists.

    Wooten scored in the 85th minute for Philadelphia, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

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