Manchester United are desperate to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

Maguire, 26, has reportedly told Leicester he wants to leave, with both Manchester clubs linked with a move for the centre-back.

But it seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to bring the England international to Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UNITED STARS GIVE MAGUIRE THUMBS-UP

Maguire is Manchester United's number one defensive target, according to the Mirror.

The report says Solskjaer received positive feedback from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, the United trio having played with Maguire for England.

The Mirror also say United assistant manager Mike Phelan is desperate for the club to sign Maguire, who he worked with briefly as Hull City manager in 2016-17.

It was reported earlier this week that United had made a £70million bid for Maguire.

ROUND-UP

- Staying at Old Trafford, Manchester United have offered goalkeeper David de Gea – who has been linked with a move away – a final £350,000-per-week contract, according to The Sun.

- Romelu Lukaku is set to join United's pre-season tour despite reportedly being set for a move away. The Sun say Inter are yet to meet United's £75m price tag for the striker.

- After 12-and-a-half years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Marcelo is set to leave Real Madrid. The left-back, who faced plenty of criticism during 2018-19, will leave the LaLiga giants in the coming weeks, according to Sport.

- It looks set to be a busy few days for West Ham. The Premier League club have agreed to sell Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for £23m, according to the Daily Mail. The Mirror say the Hammers are looking at West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, while Football London report the club are trying to land Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, who was set to join Valencia.

- There could be another talented forward heading to China, with Sky Sport Italia reporting Stephan El Shaarawy has agreed to move to Shanghai Shenhua. Roma reportedly want €20m for the forward.

- AC Milan have completed a €16m move for Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennacer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who also reports the club have enquired about Benfica's Gedson Fernandes. Still at San Siro, Sky Sports News report Liverpool are not looking to sell rumoured Rossoneri target Dejan Lovren.

Frank Lampard has demanded Chelsea players work hard and live healthily following his appointment as head coach, though he will not be imposing a ban on tomato ketchup.

After weeks of speculation, Chelsea finally announced the appointment of Lampard on Thursday, signing a three-year deal as Maurizio Sarri's successor.

Lampard spent 13 years at Chelsea as a player and is their record goal-scorer, making him a true Blues icon.

He returns to Stamford Bridge despite having only one season in management, as he guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final last term.

He has spent long enough at the top of football to understand what is expected of players, and although he will not be taking such a hard-line approach that sees him ban tomato sauce, he will see red if members of his squad challenge his methods.

"What we did at Derby, and I will bring here, is that I will have a respect for the players and they should behave like professionals," he told reporters.

"We will lay out everything, and the sports science, nutrition, medical, everything like that is spot on here, I know that from being here.

"So, there are no excuses. To get a top performance, the players have to live right. They have to train hard and rest well, and if they don't it becomes evident.

"I'm a manager who has faith to a point, but if I see it's not being done...

"It's not about ketchup. I'm not banning tomato ketchup. They go home and they can have a whole tub of it, I'll never know that.

"But if I see it [slack performances as a result of an unhealthy diet] showing on the training pitch, I would be strong on that because I think it's important.

"When you're dealing with small differences at the top of the league – and last year there was a gap to the top boys – then you have to try and bridge the gap."

Frank Lampard has completed his remarkable journey from Chelsea player to head coach after being named as Maurizio Sarri's successor.

The 41-year-old spent the vast majority of his playing career at Stamford Bridge and will go down in history among the club's greatest players.

Following spells with Manchester City and New York City after leaving the Blues in 2014, Lampard made the move into coaching last year and impressed during his one and only campaign with Championship side Derby County.

He guided a youthful Derby to the play-off final, where they suffered a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa, but that has not put Chelsea off making a move for the former England international.

As Lampard prepares for a new chapter, we look at why he is so highly respected at the club where he spent 13 years of his career, as well as dissecting his managerial record to date.

LEGENDARY STATUS AT CHELSEA

11 - Lampard won 11 major honours as a Chelsea player, including three Premier League titles and two European trophies.

3 - Only three players have made more appearances for the Blues in the club’s history than Lampard, who appeared 648 times between August 2001 and May 2014. They are John Terry (717), Peter Bonetti (729) and Ron Harris (795).

211 - The Englishman holds the record for scoring the most goals for Chelsea in the club’s history, finding the back of the net 211 times. He has also scored the most Premier League goals for the club (147) and provided the most assists (90).


PREMIER LEAGUE GREAT

4 - Only four players have scored more goals for a single club in the Premier League than Lampard’s tally of 147 goals for Chelsea - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Alan Shearer (Newcastle United).

39 - During his Premier League career, Lampard holds the record for scoring against the most different teams in the competition (39) and scoring the most goals from outside the box (41), as well as being the highest-scoring midfielder in the competition’s history (177 goals).

44 - In his time in the Premier League with West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City, Lampard registered at least one victory over all 44 clubs he faced.


YOUNGSTERS GIVEN A CHANCE
 
13,137 -
Derby gave more minutes to players aged 21 and under in the Championship last season than any other club.

20 - Lampard won 20 of his 46 league matches as Derby boss (excluding play-offs), earning 74 points - one fewer than the Rams won in their previous season under Gary Rowett. 

0 - In both the EFL Cup and FA Cup, Lampard faced Premier League opponents on five occasions during 2018-19, winning none of those games (W0 D3 L2). But he progressed on penalties against Manchester United in the EFL Cup and Southampton in the FA Cup after drawing 2-2 away from home in both matches.


AGE NOT A PROBLEM FOR ABRAMOVICH

17 - Lampard is Chelsea’s 17th permanent Premier League manager, but only the third Englishman after Glenn Hoddle and David Webb.

41 - Aged 41 years and 52 days on the opening day against Manchester United, Lampard will become the youngest manager to take charge of Chelsea since Andre Villas-Boas in March 2012 (34 years, 138 days vs West Brom).

Frank Lampard has been named Chelsea's new head coach to replace Maurizio Sarri, returning to the club where he spent 13 years as a player.

The legendary midfielder, who won 11 major honours during his playing days at Stamford Bridge, takes over from Sarri following the Italian's return to Serie A with Juventus.

Lampard has just one year of managerial experience gained at Derby County but returns to the Blues on a three-year contract.

"It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach," said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

"Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game."

He guided Derby to the Championship play-offs last season, earning praise for his style of play, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in May's final.

The Rams granted the Premier League outfit permission to speak to Lampard, 41, last week and excused their manager from the first two days of pre-season training to avoid a long-running saga.

Chelsea have reportedly paid £4million in compensation to secure new leadership of a team that won the Europa League and finished third in the top flight last term.

Eden Hazard has since left and a two-window transfer embargo is set to force the London club to rely more heavily on its academy.

Lampard scored a club record 211 goals for Chelsea, while only three players have made more than his 648 appearances for the club.

His first competitive match in charge is away to Manchester United in the Premier League on August 11, with the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool to follow three days later.

Derby, who are tipped to turn to Phillip Cocu, announced that assistant Jody Morris and coach Chris Jones have followed Lampard to Chelsea.

Sheffield United have made Luke Freeman their first signing ahead of their Premier League return in a club-record deal.

Midfielder Freeman joins from QPR on a three-year contract with the Blades having paid a reported £5million fee.

The 27-year-old has created more goalscoring chances than any other player (311) since making his Championship debut in 2015-16, while no player has more than his 28 assists.

"Luke gives us balance off his left foot. His stats add up and all the eyes we've had on him have come back with glowing reports," said Blades boss Chris Wilder.

"He's one of the best players in the Championship and he can play in a number of positions. Luke is ideal to complement what we already have at the club. I think he will be a good fit for us."

Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison is also training with the club ahead of a potential move to Bramall Lane.

Leeds United have signed Portugal international Helder Costa on a one-year loan from Wolves that will become a permanent deal at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Angola-born winger made 25 Premier League appearances for Wolves last term, scoring once, and was a key member of the team that helped the club to promotion from the Championship in 2017-18.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will hope Costa's experience of escaping the second tier will boost his side's chances of achieving promotion at the Argentine coach's second attempt, after the Whites suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County in May.

Costa scored 10 goals in 35 Championship appearances in his first season at Molineux, following a £13.4million (€15m) transfer from Benfica.

His opportunities in Nuno Espirito Santo's side dwindled following Wolves' return to the Premier League, with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota typically getting the nod ahead of Costa.

His arrival at Elland Road follows that of defender Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion and a loan deal to keep winger Jack Clarke at the club after he was transferred to Tottenham.

Jack Harrison has also returned to Leeds on loan from Manchester City after a successful 2018-19, and 18-year-old winger Liam McCarron has joined the club from Carlisle United.

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

Clarke has penned a four-year deal to become Mauricio Pochettino's first addition since the arrival of Lucas Moura in January 2018.

Leeds accepted an offer reportedly in the region of £10million plus add-ons for the 18-year-old and negotiated his return for another 12 months under the tutelage of Pochettino's former mentor Marcelo Bielsa.

Quick, direct and comfortable on either flank, Clarke made 25 competitive appearances during his breakthrough campaign in Yorkshire.

He scored twice in that time and looked set to break into Leeds' starting XI before being taken ill during a game against Middlesbrough in February, which led to him spending a short period of time in hospital.

"I'm delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I'll be giving my all to hopefully help Leeds win promotion," Clarke said.

Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is tipped to follow Clarke to London to become Tottenham's second signing of the transfer window.

Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso has also been heavily linked to the beaten Champions League finalists.

 

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

 

Watford have announced the signing of Craig Dawson, who joins the Premier League side from West Brom.

Dawson made 225 appearances for the Baggies but has agreed a four-year deal with Watford, who paid WBA a reported £5.5million.

Former England Under-21 international Dawson becomes the beaten FA Cup finalists' first signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Heurelho Gomes penned a one-year contract extension last week, the veteran goalkeeper reversing his previously announced intention to retire.

Manchester City have handed Jack Harrison a one-year contract extension but the winger will spend another season on loan at Leeds United, who have an option to make the move permanent.

Former New York City star Harrison made 42 appearances in all competitions last term as Leeds missed out on promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

And the 22-year-old will return to Elland Road to continue his schooling under Marcelo Bielsa after Leeds sealed another 12-month loan deal with City.

Harrison's contract at City now runs to 2022 but Leeds have a purchase option included in the terms of his latest loan.

Leeds have also snapped up centre-back Ben White on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

"It's really nice to secure another year at this football club," said White, who has signed a one-year contract extension with the Seagulls. "I've been here for six years now, and it shows that all my hard work is paying off and that's great to see.

"I knew Leeds were interested about 18 months ago, when I was at Newport, and they've obviously been keeping track of me. It's a massive football club, but I haven't really thought too much about it yet — I'm not the sort of person to get too ahead of myself."

Frank Lampard has been excused from reporting back for pre-season training with Derby County as he continues to thrash out a deal with Chelsea.

Former Blues midfielder Lampard was given permission to speak to Chelsea last Tuesday as the Premier League club seek a replacement for Maurizio Sarri, who has joined Juventus.

The 41-year-old took his first step into coaching with Derby in 2018-19 and came within one win of guiding the club to Premier League promotion as they lost to Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.

Derby's players returned to pre-season training on Monday but Lampard was not there to oversee it.

A club statement read: "Derby County Football Club has excused Frank Lampard from reporting back for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible.

"The first few days of pre-season training will be focused on fitness training and will continue as planned under the guidance of the fitness, medical, conditioning and sports science teams at the club’s training centre.

"On the assumption that Frank will reach an agreement with Chelsea to become their new manager, the club shall step up its efforts to find a replacement manager."

Lampard spent 13 years as a Chelsea player, winning 11 major honours and scoring a club-record 211 goals, and has been consistently linked with the vacancy at his former club since it became clear Sarri was set to leave.

Former Napoli boss Sarri returned to Serie A to take charge of Juventus earlier this month after a single season in London, with Chelsea finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Europa League.

Should Lampard be handed the reins at Chelsea, he will be unable to bring in new players due to the transfer ban imposed on the club, and will have to cope with the departure of star winger Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

 

Willian says Frank Lampard has ability to succeed at Chelsea and would be "very welcome" back at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is the considered a firm favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left to become head coach at Serie A champions Juventus after a single season at Stamford Bridge.

Derby County have granted the 41-year-old ex-England midfielder permission to speak to his former club about the role, although Rams owner Mel Morris has "not given up hope" of retaining his services.

Sarri reportedly struggled to corral Chelsea's dressing room, notably falling out with Kepa Arrizabalaga during the EFL Cup final, but experienced winger Willian insists "legend" Lampard would not lack support.

"He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already achieved at the club," the Brazil international told Football London.

"If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome. Is he definitely going to be the next manager? I don't know. But I think he would be up to the task."

Willian added Lampard has "everything it takes" to thrive at Chelsea, where he spent more than a decade as a Premier League player, becoming their all-time top goalscorer.

He retired in 2016 and moved into management at the start of last season, guiding Derby to sixth in the Championship and an unsuccessful appearance in the play-off final.

Ex-Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and former team-mates Rio Fedinand and Vincent Kompany have all endorsed Lampard's credentials in recent weeks.

Martin O'Neill has left Nottingham Forest after just five months in charge, with Sabri Lamouchi appointed as the Championship club's new head coach.

After leaving his role with the Republic of Ireland, former Celtic and Aston Villa manager O'Neill - along with assistant Roy Keane - took over in January.

O'Neill enjoyed a trophy laden spell at Forest during his playing days, winning the First Division title, two European Cups and one League Cup during his time at the City Ground under Brian Clough's guidance.

However, he could not propel Forest into the play-offs in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign, winning eight of his 19 games in charge.

Amid reports suggesting several key players had turned against O'Neill, the 67-year-old has departed Forest, five days after Keane left his role at the club.

"The club would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at The City Ground and wish him well for the future," Forest said in a short statement.

Forest - who start their Championship campaign against West Brom on August 3 - moved quickly to replace O'Neill too, bringing in ex-Rennes and Ivory Coast coach Lamouchi.

The former France international will be assisted by six new members of staff, the club confirmed.

Chelsea have allowed young full-back Jay Dasilva to join Bristol City on a permanent deal following a loan spell at Ashton Gate.

Dasilva spent the 2018-19 campaign at City, making 32 appearances and impressing on the left side of defence.

His performances helped him earn international recognition with the England Under-21s, winning a spot in their squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Italy, with the Young Lions failing to get out of the group.

It had been suggested Dasilva was in line to be given an opportunity to impress in Chelsea's first team in pre-season, particularly given their transfer ban and likely appointment of Frank Lampard as Maurizio Sarri's successor.

But the Blues have allowed the 21-year-old to depart for good, signing a four-year deal.

Derby County owner Mel Morris is holding out hope that Frank Lampard will remain in charge of the club next season, but said it is inevitable his manager will be appointed by Chelsea at some point.

Chelsea were given permission by Derby on Tuesday to begin talks with Lampard over succeeding Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach.

The 41-year-old made his step into coaching with the Championship side in 2018-19 and came within one win of guiding the club to Premier League promotion.

Lampard is widely expected to take over at Stamford Bridge in the coming days, and Morris does not begrudge the Chelsea great for wanting to return to his former club.

"When Frank met me for the first time, we talked about this opportunity and even then we knew at some stage this was going to happen. We just didn't know when," he told talkSPORT.

"We talked about that and we both probably thought it would be some way off and, let's face it, right now it's still not a done deal.

"Let's be blunt, as far as I'm concerned I'm hoping this guy is going to manage us next season. I'm not giving up hope on that at the moment.

"But you'd have to say at some point it will happen - whether it's now or some point in the future. For Frank Lampard it's a win-win. He can't lose in this situation."

Derby are in line to pocket a reported £4million in compensation from Chelsea for their manager, who won 11 major honours during a 13-year playing career in west London.

Asked if he would have blocked Lampard's exit had it been any other club that made an approach for his services, Morris said: "I think I probably would have been more critical – 'why make this move?'

"Let's say it was a low-half Premier League [club] coming along, I would have said, 'Listen, another season with us and maybe we'll be there, maybe two seasons, whatever it takes. Building something is worth doing'.

"But this is one of the top jobs in football and we have to respect that. It's a huge decision for Chelsea - any manager decision is, it was for us last year. But I've got no regrets, however this works out."

He added: "If you become obstructive in these situations it’s not going to bode well for the future.

"I have a great relationship with Frank. To me, our relationship with Frank and our relationship with Chelsea is really important, and it's critical we maintain the integrity of that.

"I have no regrets about Frank, whether he stays or goes. If he stays, fantastic, we'll be in better shape next season than we were in this one for all sorts of reasons - the learning curve, the style of play being established, et cetera."

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