Transfer news: Willian to Arsenal, Tottenham; Lallana to Burnley


In the latest transfer news Willian had been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham, while Adam Lallana could be heading to Burnley.

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Willian, 31, is set to leave Chelsea in the next transfer window and he has yet to extend his current contract beyond June 30. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal and Tottenham both want to sign Willian as their financial situations mean they will not be spending much money, if any, on new players this summer.

It appears Willian will leave Chelsea as he wants a three-year contract but the Blues are only willing to offer him a two-year extension. Willian flourished under Jose Mourinho during his second spell in charge of Chelsea and the two have kept in close contact since. Spurs are pretty stacked with options out wide, though, with Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso all able to operate on the flank.

As for Arsenal, they do need wide options with Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their main options but the latter could leave, while Saka has yet to sign a new contract and Pepe has only just found his feet in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta would surely love Willian’s experience among his young, but talented, squad.

Willian’s quality and experience is clear and he really stepped up in the second half of this season at Chelsea, with seven goals and six assists in all competitions. He has a couple of years left in the tank, at least, and on a free transfer he is a bargain.

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Sticking with free transfers, Adam Lallana has been linked with Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham but a new club is emerging as a potential destination.

According to the Daily Mirror, Burnley have enquired about Lallana’s availability. The 32-year-old playmaker has been riddled with injuries during his six-year stay at Liverpool but his influence off the pitch has seen Jurgen Klopp keep him around and even though his fitness has failed him, his quality on the ball hasn’t.

Lallana has a contract until June 30 and is expected to leave Liverpool and it is likely he would want to join a club where he could play regularly for the final years of his career. Burnley could actually be a decent option for Lallana because he would play regularly, would add a totally different dimension to their attack and it is relatively close to his current home near Liverpool.

Leicester would be ideal because he could link up with Brendan Rodgers, the man who took him from Southampton to Liverpool, but would he play ahead of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes or Youri Tielemans in midfield? Probably not.

If Lallana just wants to play in the Premier League, joining Burnley wouldn’t be the worst move in the world as he could feed Chris Wood, Dwight McNeil and Ashley Barnes and take on a leadership role. That said, his hometown club Bournemouth may be a good option too, providing they stay in the Premier League.

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Five Bundesliga games take place on Wednesday with RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin headlining the action, as all of the details on how to watch on TV and follow along can be found below.

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Leipzig can move to second in the table with a win and after their 5-0 shellacking of Mainz at the weekend, they are in fine form. But so too are Hertha who face Leipzig off the back of two-straight wins since the restart with seven goals scored and zero conceded. USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams is expected to feature for Leipzig v Hertha.

Elsewhere, young American midfielder Weston McKennie will aim to kickstart Schalke’s season after two big defeats as they travel the short distance to Dusseldorf to face struggling Fortuna.

Augsburg host bottom club Paderborn and Union Berlin host Mainz in two clashes between teams battling against relegation, while Hoffenheim and Cologne sit in midtable but both have European aspirations.

Below is how you can watch all of the Bundesliga action live, while you can click on the link above to follow live stats and commentary.

How to Watch the Bundesliga

  • When: Wednesday, May 27 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: FS2
  • Stream Live: Via Fox Soccer
  • USMNT players in action: Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Alfredo Morales

Bundesliga schedule

12:30 p.m. ET: RB Leipzig v Hertha Berlin
2:30 p.m. ET: Augsburg v Paderborn
2:30 p.m. ET: Union Berlin v Mainz
2:30 p.m. ET: Hoffenheim v Cologne
2:30 p.m. ET: Dusseldorf v Schalke

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MADRID (AP) Spain’s top sports government official says fans may be back in La Liga stadiums beginning next season.

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Irene Lozano, president of the Spanish Sports Council, believes that conditions could be in place by the fall to allow fans back to La Liga, with some restrictions.

“We haven’t ruled that out,” she said in an interview with radio network COPE late Tuesday. “Depending on how the epidemic progresses and how the situation progresses, we can start looking into putting a certain number of fans into the stadiums next season.”

The Spanish league is expected to resume – without fans – on the second weekend of June, nearly three months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now, the main goal is to be able to finish this season,” she said. “And it is clear that the best option now is to do it with matches behind closed doors. But we have to take into consideration that as we return to a new normality, having fans back in the stadiums can be done, as long as we follow the health safety measures in place.”

Lozano said she expects only parts of stadiums to be filled at first, with social distancing guidelines and protective materials such as gloves and masks likely still required.

She said Spain wants to be seen as a model on how organize sports events after the pandemic.

“Internationally speaking, Spain has led the way in safely organizing sports events,”…

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