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Blow for Liverpool as Alisson’s price-tag set to skyrocket

According to a number of reports in the Italian media this afternoon, AS Roma have opened negotiations with goalkeeper Alisson regarding a new contract with the club.

World-class shot-stopper

Alisson, full name Alisson Becker, is a 25-year-old Brazilian international, and has emerged as one of the most impressive goalkeepers in world football since taking over as Roma’s no.1 this season, following the end of Wojciech Szczęsny’s loan with the club.

The former Internacional star has already earned 22 international caps, and is currently viewed as the Selecao’s first-choice between the posts, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.

Anfield links

Alisson’s stellar form to this point in the campaign has seen the South American linked with a whole host of top European clubs, with Premier League giants Liverpool long named as the side expressing the most genuine interest in his services.

The Reds are known to be keeping an eye out for reinforcements in the goalkeeping department, due to the consistently-questionable performances of both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

New deal

However, as per a report from Football-Italia.net (via Calciomercato) this afternoon , Roma have opened negotiations with Alisson regarding a new contract at the Stadio Olimpico, which could see the Brazilian’s wages rise from 1.5 million Euro-per-year to 5 million Euro-pear-year.

The most significant aspect of the proposed new deal, though, is the rumoured buyout clause being proposed by the Giallorossi, who hope to fend off interest from all of Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG by raising Alisson’s price-tag to a hefty 90 million Euro.

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Huge boost for Chelsea as key man looks set to return from injury

Injury

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata has handed the club a major boost in terms of his fitness if the latest post on his Twitter account is to be believed, with the player claiming he’s back and ready to train with the club once more after being out for some time.

 

It could well be the case that Morata is building up his fitness again after being out for so long, and according to manager Conte, he doesn’t know when the player will be back and ready to take part again – though Chelsea will almost certainly be hoping the player is ready for their second leg against Barcelona, if not their first.

It seems there’s no set date for him to return from injury, with Conte cryptic at best when speaking about a set timeline.

On Friday Conte had said: “We are talking a lot about bad results, but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation. Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time.

“I don’t know how long he will be out. We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. I don’t know.

For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”

Real Madrid

One thing Morata has been talking about is his former club Real Madrid, who have been linked with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois in recent months, and it seems that while the forward was happy to put his thanks to Chelsea on record, the main point of his comments was to make it clear that Madrid will always be his home and a key club for him – another thing that Chelsea fans may worry about.

 

Palace Officials Just Shared Meghan and Harry Wedding Details — Including When to Set Your Alarm!

It’s going to be another fairy-tale royal wedding when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19.

The newlyweds will ride in a horse-carriage through the streets of Windsor after exchanging their vows at St. George’s Chapel, palace officials confirmed on Sunday. At the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the carriage ride through London was one of the day’s most romantic highlights.

Also on Sunday, the palace shared exactly when royals fans will need to set their alarms for the big day. The service will begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, or 7 a.m. EST/4 a.m. PST. The carriage procession will depart an hour later, at 8 a.m. EST/5 a.m. PST.

With fewer than 100 days until the couple say “I do,” officials shared a new round of details, including confirmation that the couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby. He will conduct the marriage ceremony, but the full service at the chapel will be led by The Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

After the wedding, the couple will parade through the streets — leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and preceding along the High Street through Windsor Town before returning to the castle along the Long Walk.

“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” said the statement from Kensington Palace.

The palace will not say whether invitations have already sent or comment on the number of people who will be expected at St. George’s Chapel on the big day. (It can hold around 800 guests.) Those who land one of the golden tickets will be invited to a reception at St. George’s Hall, one of the luxurious state rooms inside the castle. The couple will then join the reception after returning from the carriage procession.

After a break in the late afternoon, there will be a private evening reception given by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. No word yet on whether that reception will be held inside the state apartments or at another venue within the Windsor estate, such as Frogmore House – where the couple’s romantic engagement photos were taken.

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Elton John Reschedules Concerts Originally Set for Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Wedding Weekend

Has Elton John scored an invite to the upcoming royal wedding? He certainly seems to be planning for it!

On Friday, it was announced that the 70-year-old singer was rescheduling two performances of The Million Dollar Piano in Las Vegas that were originally scheduled for May 18 and 19 — the weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding.

The pair will tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

According to a statement on John’s website, the two performance dates were changed because of a “scheduling conflict.” A rep for John didn’t return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Although the “Rocket Man” singer has yet to confirm he’ll be attending the royal wedding, John was friends with Harry’s late mother Princess Diana and has previously spoken out about how wonderful it’s been to see Harry, 33, “totally in love.”

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“Well, I spent some time with him in Sicily last summer, and I could tell that he was totally in love,” John said during a new interview on the U.K. show ITV’s Lorraine in January. “He didn’t really discuss much personally, but he said ‘I’m in love,’ and I thought, good for you.”

John went on to say that Harry’s brother, Prince William, 35 — who has been married to Kate Middleton for almost seven years — seems just as happy.

“Both those boys seem to be ecstatically happy,” he said. “And that’s all you want people to be, no matter who they are.”

During the interview, the singer also spoke about Diana, calling her a “great friend,” even though they had some trying moments in their friendship, which were eventually resolved before her death. The Grammy-winner famously performed “Candle in the Wind” at her funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.

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“She was very much loved,” he said. “She was a controversial figure in some respects, but not to me. I loved her because she did so much for AIDS and she was a great friend to me. We had a falling out, but we reconciled in the end. It was an extraordinary summer. Gianni Versace was murdered , and then Diana rang me up and we reconciled. And six weeks later, I’m in the same house, and she’s dead. It was extraordinary, and I just couldn’t believe what was going on.”

In January, the singer announced his final global tour before he retires to focus on his family with longtime partner David Furnish.

“I’ve had an amazing life, I’ve had an amazing career,” he said. “My life has changed, the priorities in my life have changed, my priorities are my children, my husband and my family.”

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West Ham look set to appoint a long term manager

West Ham & David Moyes

When West Ham appointed David Moyes to replace Slaven Bilic, many questioned the decision.

Critics wondered what had Moyes done recently to earn a shot at the London Stadium.

Rather than looking like the fresh-faced manager who worked wonders at Everton, his recent records at Sociedad, Sunderland and Manchester United lingered in the memory.

Yet, Moyes has proven a wily appointment as West Ham’s relegation fears ease.

Nevertheless, Moyes was only given a contract until the end of the season, and it’s becoming clear that the Irons are gearing up for a longer term commitment.

David Sullivan on West Ham’s long term manager

In the past few days, West Ham owner David Sullivan has been signalling that David Moyes will get the job for the long term.

Sullivan has responded to reports that David Moyes may be tossed aside at the end of the season. He said:

What I like is, he [Moyes] is very hard-working. You see him at grounds watching games. He puts a long shift in at the training ground. The harder you work, the better the results.

He’s a good manager and will prove it. I hope he stays with us for many, many years and achieves things and wins things and achieve things.

So Moyes can count on a new contract, right?

It’s not like West Ham are known for breaking promises…

West Ham 2 – Watford 0

For once it was a relatively happy weekend for West Ham.

The Hammers beat Watford 2-0 at the London Stadium against Watford.

The three points pushed West Ham up to 12th in the table, level with Watford on 30 points.

Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock in the first half, while Marko Arnautovic marked his return from injury with the crucial second.

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Klopp set to bench Liverpool midfielder vs Southampton… for good reason

  • Jurgen Klopp expected to move Jordan Henderson to the bench against Southampton
  • Liverpool boss keen to preserve his skipper’s fitness ahead of Champions League clash
  • Henderson recently returned from hamstring injury 
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Jurgen Klopp admits he is mindful of Jordan Henderson’s fitness ahead of a busy week of fixtures for Liverpool.

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