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Done deal Brighton has signed Liverpool most talented player 



Done deal Brighton has signed Liverpool most talented player 

Brighton have already been busy in building their squad for next season, with the third signing lined up likely to then replace Alexis Mac Allister.

Mac Allister has been a key part of Brighton‘s push for Europe under Roberto De Zerbi, but is among those widely expected to leave this summer.

The Argentine, who has scored 10 goals in 30 games in this season’s Premier League, is a priority target for Liverpool, with reports even suggesting a £70 million deal is close.

Despite their step up this season, it is built into Brighton‘s model to operate as a selling club, then recruiting wisely to sustain success.

A £30 million deal for Watford forward Joao Pedro has already been confirmed, while James Milner is set to leave Liverpool for the Amex on a free transfer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Brighton are also close to a verbal agreement to sign Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, who will also be a free agent this summer.

The deal for Dahoud is described as “very advanced,” with the south-coast club only having to “fix [the] final details and then sign documents.”

If it goes through, it would see the 27-year-old arrive in the Premier League six years after a proposed move to Liverpool dissolved.

Dahoud was first earmarked as a target by Klopp in 2016, with reports from the Merseyside press confirming Liverpool’s interest as the manager began to shape his new squad.

Marko Grujic had already arrived as the German’s first-ever signing at Anfield, while Piotr Zielinski was also being pursued, with Dahoud another potential addition from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Syrian-born midfielder eventually joined Dortmund instead in 2017, but after 141 appearances for Klopp’s old club the offer of a new contract was not forthcoming.

Now, it appears as though he is close to joining Brighton, with De Zerbi admitting this week that he expects to “lose some important players” in the transfer window.

Mac Allister is chief among those, and with Dahoud able to operate in the same advanced midfield role it is possible that he would be brought in as a de facto replacement.

“I don’t know about next season, but if you want to improve your team you have to decide before [on transfers] to understand the next season,” De Zerbi explained.

“I think we will lose some important players and we have to be ready to start stronger than this season.”


Newcastle United’s remaining Premier League fixtures compared to Liverpool & Man United

Newcastle United are rivalling Manchester United and Liverpool for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Here’s each club’s remaining Premier League fixtures.

Eddie Howe’s men recovered from 1-0 down at Elland Road to lead following two Callum Wilson penalties. However, Rasmus Kristensen’s equaliser, 11 minutes from the end, prevented a win.

The Magpies remain third in the Premier League table, tied on points (66) with Manchester United after their 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers – but both teams continue look over their shoulder.

Newcastle United players enter a huddle prior to the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on May 13, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Fifth-place Liverpool, who have pulled together a six-game winning streak, travel to Leicester City on Monday night and are heavily tipped to beat their relegation-threatened hosts.

In the event that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds claim maximum points between now and the end of the campaign, Newcastle require six points from their remaining three games to mathematically guarantee a return to Europe’s elite after a 20-year absence.

What’s Eddie Howe said about the top four battle?

Speaking after the draw at Elland Road, Howe said: “Possibly [could go down to the wire]. Who knows? It’s difficult to predict anything in football. You seen that today. We’re prepared for that, if it does. That will be what we have to do. It’s still in our hands, we have three huge games to come.

“Sometimes you have to take yourself back to the start of the season and what we would have thought to be in this position now. Everyone at the club would have taken that. It’s in our hands and we have to be very positive about what’s ahead.”

Newcastle host back-to-back home game against Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City. Wins in both of fixtures will seal a top four finish before the final day visit to Chelsea.

Howe added: “Every time we play at home is an opportunity to win because of the conditions, the arena, the support, the confidence.

“We’ve down really well at home this season. We love to play there. We go into those two games with belief we can get the job done but it’s never that easy, and that showed today.”

Remaining fixture

Newcastle United (3rd) – 66 points, +32 goal difference

Remaining fixtures: Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 18/05, Leicester City (H) 22/05, Chelsea (A) 28/05.

Average current league position of opposition: 12. Maximum possible points total: 75

Manchester United (4th) – 66 points, +10 goal difference

Remaining fixtures: Bournemouth (A) 20/05, Chelsea (H) 25/10, Fulham (H) 28/05.

Average current league position of opposition: 11.3. Maximum possible points total: 75

Liverpool (5th) – 62 points, +25 goal difference

Remaining fixtures: Leicester City (A) 15/05, Aston Villa (H) 20/05, Southampton (A) 28/05.

Average current league position of opposition: 15.3. Maximum possible points total: 71

Brighton and Hove Albion (8th) – 55 points, +18 goal difference

Remaining fixtures: Arsenal (A) 14/05, Newcastle United (A) 18/05, Southampton (H) 21/05, Manchester City (H) 24/05, Aston Villa (A) 28/05.

Average current league position of opposition: 6.6. Maximum possible points total: 70

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