Lyon name their price
Lyon’s president has been talking a lot it seems, and this time about how much Arsenal must pay for Alexandre Lacazette.
Sturridge urged to move to PSG
Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move to PSG over the past few days.
And Jason McAteer thinks the Liverpool squad player should jump at the opportunity to play regular first-team football for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“I have heard West Ham want to sign him, but my personal opinion is that Daniel would thrive at somewhere like PSG,” McAteer told The Sunday Mirror.
“Playing with superstars like Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria would suit his game. In France, he would also be out of the constant spotlight.
“The stumbling block would be the fee and whether Liverpool get the £40million they want for him, which remains to be seen.
“It could depend on Ronaldo. If he left Madrid, I’m certain he would join PSG – and that would rule out them moving for Sturridge.
“But, whatever happens, the time is right for Daniel to move.”
Giroud to return to France?
Lyon’s president has confirmed he has been in talks with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
Clement sets sights on Europe
Swansea City manager Paul Clement hopes that having a full pre-season with his side will help them start the 2017-18 Premier League campaign strongly and avoid another relegation scrap.
Clement joined Swansea in January, when they were bottom of the table, and led them out of the relegation zone with the team collecting 26 points from 18 games to finish 15th after four wins in their last five league matches.
The 45-year-old believes that his side will benefit from the opportunity to have a full pre-season as he can develop the team without the pressure of a relegation battle.
“The key to making sure we do not have the same sort is season is starting strongly,” Clement said.
“Every game is important and we want a good tally by the halfway point so we can avoid this pressure and suffering we have had in the second half of last season.
“Pre-season will be important in that… We did not have time to do that in January because the pressure was on and it was so hectic. This gives us a less pressurised environment in which to do all those things.”
Clement also said that his team could reach Europe if they performed as well as they did in the latter half of last season.
“I have had half a season, I know the players and staff really well. I am familiar with the club and city as a whole, so we are not at zero. I have an advantage now,” Clement added.
“But we need to build and get better, build on what we have done. Twenty six points in half a season is impressive, do that over a season and you bang on the door of Europe.”
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