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Huge blow for Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa as club‘will trigger’player’s€60m clause–Transfer expected



Huge blow for Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa as club‘will trigger’player’s€60m clause–Transfer expected

If the latest information coming out of France is correct, then Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa are all about to miss out on Manuel Ugarte.

The midfielder has been a target for many Premier League clubs, but it’s Paris Saint-Germain who look set to make the most concrete move, as they are about to trigger his release clause.

L’Equipe back up reports in Portugal about the interest and talks, and then take it one step further by stating they are ‘very advanced’.

That would be a blow for Liverpool, who were recently dubbed as the ‘closest to an assault’ for the Uruguayan, as well as Tottenham and Aston Villa, who were said to be ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in the race.

L’Equpe explain to their readers that Ugarte has a €60m releasee clause, that Paris Saint-Germain ‘will trigger’, meaning that ‘barring a U-turn’, then he should be the first signing made by the Ligue 1 giants this summer.

Therefore, Liverpool, who appear to be after Alexis MacAllister, Tottenham and Aston Villa will have to either move very quickly to try and get a say or simply look at other targets.


Gareth Southgate hints at new England role for Alexander-Arnold after ‘talks’

Gareth Southgate has revealed he holds regular talks with Trent Alexander-Arnold after recalling him to the England squad for next months Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The 24-year-old has played a significant part in Liverpool’s success in recent years and has been in scintillating form since his positional shift last month, but regular football for his country has always deserted him.

Alexander-Arnold was put back into the national squad for the first time since the World Cup in Qatar, having missed out on a place for the last round of fixtures.

Speaking after naming the right-back alongside captain Jordan Henderson in the latest England squad, Southgate admitted he has spoken with Alexander-Arnold about his role within the set-up.

“Contrary to what might be the mood music – I have a really good relationship with him and we talk a lot about his game, football,” the England boss explained.

“I’ve always recognised his qualities as a player but he’s just been bloody unlucky that we’ve got Walker, who has just had three of the best games I’ve seen from a right back, Trippier who has probably been one of the outstanding players this season, Reece James also.”

Southgate has baffled Liverpool supporters on a number of occasions with his decisions to omit the defender from England selections, having continuously proven himself to be one of the Reds’ most important players.

After confessing that he is conscious of the noise around such decisions, the England manager described Alexander-Arnold as a “bloody good footballer” and hinted that he could be deployed in his new role for the national team.

“England won’t have been as fulfilling because he has unbelievable experiences with Liverpool and we haven’t been able to give him the same,” Southgate continued.

“But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he is a bloody good footballer and you’d like to find a way of it working because of his talents.

“As to what his best position is, who knows moving forward. We shouldn’t be sitting here saying he is a midfielder now because we have a glimpse of that but there’s a lot more to it and could be really exciting but let’s see.”

Not all Liverpool supporters concern themselves greatly with the fortunes of England, but decisions to overlook Alexander-Arnold have often perplexed many.

Whether a call-up to the squad will translate to minutes on the pitch remains to be seen, but it has been an incredible upturn in form since switching to a hybrid role between right-back and midfield for the Reds.

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