Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele - who has signed a six-year contract - Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017.

Spurs will pay £53.8m (€60m) up front and a further £9m (€10m) in bonuses if certain requirements are met.

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Ndombele joined Lyon on loan from Amiens in August 2017 and made the move permanent a year later. He went on to score four goals and register 16 assists for the club.

A statement from the Ligue 1 side read: "Lyon thanks Tanguy Ndombele for his involvement with the club since his arrival in 2017 and congratulates him for his professionalism and performances that have enabled him to represent France.

"Today he becomes the record sale in the history of the club, but Tanguy Ndombele will remain one of the greatest talents to have worn our shirt."

Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017. 

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close-season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.

The 18-year-old has joined on a long-term deal and is the Gunners' first signing of the close season.

Martinelli was named in the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista and was rewarded with a chance to join Brazil's senior team for a training camp in May.

He will link up with his new team-mates for pre-season training at Arsenal once the deal, reported to be worth £6million, has been ratified.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Martinelli said: "It is a dream since I was a child and also my family's dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity.

"I am very grateful for everything. I am grateful to God and I will try to make the most out of it.

"Training with Brazil was an amazing feeling, a dream come true, being able to be beside great players. I was home when I got the news and I was super happy. 

"It is a great opportunity to learn and I enjoyed it as much as I could and I have to thank the team for welcoming me with open arms."

He added: "I am a player who gives his all at all times, I play as a team and always look to win games and win trophies.

"I model my game on Cristiano Ronaldo - he is a player who works hard, pushing himself to the next level."

Martinelli made his debut for Ituano in November 2017 and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club.

Raheem Sterling insists he is at Manchester City "for the long haul" but would like to fulfil his dream of moving to a foreign club before the end of his career.

The 24-year-old has spent the past four seasons playing in the Premier League with City following his high-profile switch from Liverpool in 2015.

He has won six major honours during his time at the Etihad Stadium, including back-to-back league titles, and is under contract until 2023.

However, Sterling has reiterated a desire to try his luck abroad in the coming years, hinting a move to LaLiga could be his preference. 

"Looking at it now it's like, Manchester, I love it. I love it here," he told British GQ. "This is one of the best clubs in the world and I'm here for the long haul. 

"But you just don't know what happens in the future. I'm still young and, like I say, I am loving every minute. 

"Ever since I was a kid, 100 per cent it's always been a dream of mine to play abroad somewhere. It would be nice one day to finish training and go home and sit in your garden and eat some dinner. 

"I would need to see where it's minimum 17°C or 18°C constantly."

Asked if he would consider a move to the Bundesliga, Sterling responded: "Not really - the language barrier. It sounds very difficult [to learn].

"I hear Leroy [Sane] and Ilkay [Gundogan] talking and sometimes I think they're having me on. 

"Spanish sounds like... 'Hola! Raheem!' I feel that one I can definitely catch on!"

Sterling has managed to silence critics over the past two seasons after a slow start upon his £49million arrival from Liverpool.

The England international conceded he struggled amid the deluge of criticism aimed his way, but it ultimately made him stronger.

"My lowest point? Probably my first season at City, purely because I came in excited for my move here and then it went from 'This kid is going to be the next whatever' and before making a mark I was written off," he said. 

"I was the golden boy six, seven, eight months before that, a big money move, and it's kind of switched without even hitting a ball. Before I've even done anything it's just, 'He's not good enough'. I was like, 'What's going on?'

"At first it got to me because I was 19, it was my first time as a professional football player and it's a learning curve. Now you can say or do what you want and I wouldn't take it in."

Four years on from his big-money switch from the reigning European champions to this season's treble winners, Sterling has no regrets.

"When I got into Liverpool I said if I haven't won the Premier League by the time I'm 21 I need to look at my options and see what I'm doing there," he added.

"I put that into place from a young age. And I came to City and won my first Premier League.

"It's just good to know what I've set out to do - what we've set out as a team to do - is going as planned."

Robert Snodgrass raved about West Ham's future after extending his contract with the Premier League club through to 2021.

The experienced winger has added a year to his existing deal and the Hammers have inserted the option to activate another 12-month extension until 2022.  

Scotland international Snodgrass made 38 appearances in all competitions last term and firmly believes in the direction being taken under manager Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League in the Chilean's first season in charge, winning 15 matches.

"Sometimes you get a chance to play for that one club that's special, going through that special time, and I believe at this moment that's West Ham," Snodgrass said.

"We're trying our best to keep progressing and keep moving forward.

"They're building something special here. To be part of that going forward, I'm delighted."

West Ham have signed Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals along with goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin ahead of the new campaign.

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.

 

The wait for Tottenham is over – they have finally signed a player!

After what felt like an eternity since their last new arrival, Mauricio Pochettino's side have signed teenage winger Jack Clarke from Leeds United - and there could be more to follow in this transfer window.

The previous time Tottenham added a new face to the squad was on January 31, 2018, when Lucas Moura arrived from Paris Saint-Germain.

Plenty has happened in the period since the Brazilian landed in north London. We take a look at how the world has changed in the past 18 months.

MADRID'S MANAGERIAL MERRY-GO-ROUND

Five days after winning a third successive Champions League, Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from Real Madrid. But his replacement - Julen Lopetegui - did not last long, and was sacked in November.

Santiago Solari took over, but he too found himself out of the role within a matter of months, and on March 11, Zidane returned for his second spell in charge of Los Blancos.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, left Madrid for good, going on to star as Juventus cruised to another Serie A title - in total, the Portuguese star has scored 55 goals for club and country since January 31, 2018, while Lionel Messi has netted an astonishing 72.

CITY'S DOMESTIC DOMINANCE AND FOOTBALL (ALMOST) COMES HOME

By the end of January 2018, Pep Guardiola had yet to win anything at Manchester City. Since then, however, the Spaniard has lifted the Premier League twice, the EFL Cup in successive seasons and also the FA Cup, completing a domestic treble at Wembley in May.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, who ran City close in the Premier League last term, have made it to two Champions League finals, losing in 2018 to Real Madrid before beating Spurs 2-0 this year in an all-English showdown in Madrid.

While English sides have enjoyed success in Europe, England have also undergone a rejuvenation under Gareth Southgate, reaching the semi-finals of a World Cup before also enjoying further success in the Nations League.

TRANSFER RECORDS TUMBLE

While Liverpool had already brought in Virgil van Dijk for a record fee for a defender by the time Lucas signed for Tottenham, the Reds then smashed the previous amount paid for a goalkeeper when they drafted in Alisson from Roma for a reported £56million.

The record did not last long, with Chelsea paying £72m for Kepa Arrizabalaga a few weeks later.

Overall, the rest of the Premier League's so called 'big six' have spent over £600m on new players since Spurs' previous signing.

PREMIER LEAGUE LEGENDS HEAD INTO MANAGEMENT

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both took their first senior management roles in 2018, taking charge of Rangers and Derby County respectively.

Lampard's efforts with the Rams look set to have landed him the Chelsea job after Maurizio Sarri's one-season stay, with the Blues in talks to bring their former player and record scorer back to Stamford Bridge.

Paul Scholes also took charge at Oldham Athletic, but quit after just 31 days. Thierry Henry tried to arrest an alarming Monaco slump, yet his reign was short and not so sweet, the Frenchman spending 104 days in charge of the Ligue 1 club.

BOLT'S FORAY INTO FOOTBALL, ZION GRADUATES AND AUSTRALIAN DUO BANNED

Usain Bolt finally started his football career - at the age of 32 - when he joined A-League side Central Coast Mariners in August, scoring two goals on his first start for the club in October, before retiring from sport in January.

In the NBA, Zion Williamson became basketball's next star, graduating from high school and, following a dominant freshman-year stint with the Duke Blue Devils, he was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Steve Smith and David Warner both received 12-month bans for their participation in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket. The duo have since returned to action, taking part in the Cricket World Cup on English soil.

Rafael Nadal has won two French Open titles while Tiger Woods returned to the pinnacle of golf with his victory at the Masters.

IN THE NEWS

The political landscape in Britain remains uncertain, with Theresa May, amid ongoing furore over failed Brexit negotiations, announcing her resignation as Prime Minister.

Donald Trump has sent in excess of 3,000 tweets, while North and South Korea came together in an historical summit in September.

And finally, Elon Musk's SpaceX programme managed to launch a Tesla Roadster into space, complete with a mannequin in a spacesuit. Well, why not?

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.

 

Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed his appointment as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Benitez, 59, officially left the Magpies at the end of June after failing to agree a contract extension.

The former Liverpool, Inter and Real Madrid coach claimed the Premier League outfit did not share his "vision" and brought an end to a three-year stay on Tyneside.

Clubs in England and across Europe are said to have expressed interest in the Spaniard's services, but a lucrative switch to China emerged as his most likely destination.

Benitez announced the move to Dalian in a post to social media and succeeds Choi Kang-hee after the former South Korea international stepped down citing personal reasons following a brief stint at the helm.

Dalian will reportedly pay the Champions League and LaLiga winner £12million per year.

He takes over with the club sitting 10th in the 16-team CSL, 22 points adrift of top spot.

The vastly experienced Benitez, who guided Newcastle back to the Premier League in his first full season in charge after he was unable to save them from the drop in the previous campaign, has never previously coached outside Europe.

Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed his appointment as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

Slowly but surely, Neymar's return to Barcelona appears to be getting closer.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, is heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou, two years after his world-record €222million switch to the Ligue 1 giants.

Amid reports of talks between Barca and PSG, steps continue to be taken for a possible return for Neymar.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR'S FATHER MEETING WITH BARCA

Neymar's father and his lawyer are set to meet Barcelona representative Andre Cury on Tuesday, according to Esporte Interativo.

The report says Cury, who was involved in Neymar's sale, will put forward Barca's point of view.

If those talks go smoothly, Barcelona would only need to seal negotiations with PSG for a deal to be done.

ROUND-UP

- Christian Eriksen said last month he wanted a fresh challenge away from Tottenham amid links to Real Madrid, who are reported to be chasing a central midfielder. Marca report one of Eriksen's lawyers will meet with Madrid this week to find out their intentions.

- Gonzalo Higuain's future is unclear after Chelsea opted not to exercise their purchase option on the Juventus forward. Now, Tuttosport report Atletico Madrid could be interested in Higuain.

- Frank Lampard's dream return to Stamford Bridge is a done deal. The Mirror report the England great has agreed a three-year deal to become Chelsea manager, with confirmation expected in the next 48 hours.

- As they prepare to potentially make room for Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona are expected to sell at least one player, with Ousmane Dembele linked with a move away. Kicker report the LaLiga champions have put the France attacker up for sale.

- Manchester United continue to try to get a deal done for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, United have reached an agreement with Fernandes and must now finalise a deal with the Primeira Liga outfit. Staying at Old Trafford, Gianluca Di Marzio reports Inter are set to resume talks with United regarding Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday.

- Nicolas Pepe is expected to leave Lille amid links to some of Europe's top clubs. In good news for Liverpool, L'Equipe report the forward – who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 – is keen on a move to Anfield.

Rafael Benitez has insisted he wanted to remain in charge of Newcastle United as he prepares to take over at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.

Benitez left Newcastle last week, much to the chagrin of Newcastle's support, who were desperate for the club to secure the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager to a new contract.

Having joined Newcastle in March 2016, Benitez failed to save the Magpies from Premier League relegation but guided them straight back to the top flight before securing a 10th-place finish in 2017-18 and 13th last term.

During his time at St James' Park, Benitez was not shy in airing his frustration with Newcastle's ownership, who he believed failed to back him in the transfer market.

Dalian Yifang looks set to be the next step in Benitez's career, but he has claimed he had no wish to leave Newcastle, adding he did not demand power or control at the club.

"I wanted to stay, 100 per cent," Benitez told The Times. "I wanted to develop a project, to be competitive, to compete in the cups and to be as close as possible to the top of the league, but you have to have the tools.

"If you don't, then you suffer, because you're at the bottom of the table, every point is massive and you know that a mistake could mean relegation. 

"That responsibility, the fact we were suffering in every game just to get a draw, is something I couldn't manage for another three years. I couldn't stay there just to be bottom.

"It wasn't my idea when I went to Newcastle. The idea was the top 10, top eight and then maybe try for Europe later on. If the people at the top of the club had the same ideas, I would still be there.

"People talk about power, money and control, but it wasn't about that. It was about doing things right."

And Benitez believes the club's ownership were pulling in a different direction, affirming that resources should have been made available to allow him to push Newcastle up the league.

"I had the feeling they were really pleased for me to stay at the beginning, but when we had different views in terms of how to move forward, I couldn't see this support," he said.

"I couldn't see this clear desire I could feel at the beginning. I knew from day one that you could not compete against the top six, that you cannot spend £100million every year.

"The reason I wasn't happy was because we weren't competing. We could have done more with the resources we had."

Wilfried Zaha has always dreamed of playing for Arsenal, according to his brother, who has pleaded with Crystal Palace to agree a deal with the Gunners.

Reports on Monday suggested Arsenal had lodged a bid of £40million for Zaha – half of Palace's rumoured £80m valuation for the 26-year-old, who has four years left to run on his deal at Selhurst Park.

As speculation began to circulate on Monday, Zaha – who netted 10 goals in the Premier League last term – scored in Ivory Coast's 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations win over Namibia.

Meanwhile, his brother Judicael urged Palace to cut a deal with Arsenal.

"Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they've given means the world to him," Judicael told Sky Sports News.

"It's my brother's dream though, to play for Arsenal.

"Given all Wilfried has given to Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he's supported since childhood."

Zaha has previously left Palace for pastures new, having signed for Manchester United in 2013, though his stint at Old Trafford was a miserable one.

The forward returned to Palace on loan in 2014, before making his return permanent in 2015, and signed a new deal with the Eagles in August 2018.

Palace have already seen right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka leave for United in a reported £45m deal last week.

Danny Ings has joined for Southampton on a permanent transfer following his season-long loan from Liverpool last term.

Ings left Anfield in August 2018 to join Saints on a loan deal that included an agreement for a transfer a year later.

That switch has now been formally finalised, with Ings signing a three-year contract at St Mary's Stadium for a reported fee of £20million.

The 26-year-old, who scored eight goals across 25 Southampton appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, is now excited for the new season after putting serious knee injury troubles behind him.

"It feels good," Ings told Southampton's official website.

"Now I've signed permanently, I feel great. I've looked after myself and I'm just raring to go for the new season.

"Personally, it's a big season for me. I feel like it's my most exciting really.

"The last few years have been very up and down for me, but I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully great things can come from it."

Ings will be joined in Southampton's attack by Che Adams, who signed for the Premier League club from Birmingham City on Monday.

It is July 1, meaning players who had run down their contracts at former clubs are now officially free to move.

Some, such as Aaron Ramsey, Diego Godin and Adrien Rabiot have already signed with new clubs, while the likes of Ander Herrera seem to have transfers all but finalised.

However, there are plenty of players yet to have secured their next destination.

 

Aaron Ramsey

Wales international Ramsey called time on his 11-year stay in February, signing a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions Juventus.

While Massimiliano Allegri was in charge when Ramsey agreed to join, it is Maurizio Sarri who will have the midfielder at his disposal for the upcoming season and, after an injury-hit end to 2018-19, the 28-year-old will be eager to quickly cement his place in the Bianconeri's starting XI.

Diego Godin

A mainstay in Atletico Madrid's defence since 2010, Godin announced his departure from the Wanda Metropolitano in May.

Inter were always favourites to sign the 33-year-old and that deal was officially announced on Monday, with the Uruguay international penning a three-year contract at San Siro.

Adrien Rabiot

France midfielder Rabiot did not play for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 due to a dispute over his contract situation.

The 24-year-old has now officially left the Ligue 1 champions for their Serie A counterparts Juventus, who announced an agreement on Monday.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

After defining an era at Bayern Munich, Robben and Ribery have officially left the Allianz Arena.

Ribery has been linked with a move to the A-League, while PSV are one of the clubs to have declared an interest in Robben. However, neither of the veteran wingers have found a new home yet.

Ander Herrera

Manchester United tried in vain to keep hold of former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera, who made 132 Premier League appearances after joining the club in 2014.

A move to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to go through in the first week of July.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge was a key figure in Liverpool's title challenge in 2013-14 but injuries have gradually taken their toll on the forward, who managed four goals from 27 appearances in all competitions last season.

Divock Origi usurped Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice back-up striker and the 29-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, with Rangers – managed by Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard – reportedly leading the chase for his signature.

Mario Balotelli

Former Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan striker Balotelli signed a six-month deal with Marseille in January and went on to score eight Ligue 1 goals.

The 28-year-old has not extended his stay at Stade Velodrome, though, and a return to Serie A is an option, with Parma having confirmed their interest.

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