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June 5, 2022 at 3:06 PM WBS

News: Matic holding talks with Roma over free transfer, could meet with Mourinho for third time

Former Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is holding talks with Roma over joining the Italian side on a free transfer, The Athletic understands.

If completed, the move would see Matic reunited with Roma manager Jose Mourinho for a third time.

Roma are proposing an initial one-year deal, with the 33-year-old triggering an extension if he makes a certain number of appearances.

He will replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the Roma squad, who is on the verge of signing with Inter Milan as a free agent.

Matic left Old Trafford this summer after a five year spell in Manchester, having joined United from Chelsea for £40 million. Mourinho signed him on both occasions.

More here.

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Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 2:22 PM WBS

News: Wales to face England and US after reaching first World Cup in 64 years with Ukraine win

Wales have reached their first World Cup in 64 years after a 1-0 win over a spirited Ukraine in the play-off final.

They will join England, the United States, and Iran in Group B after Andriy Yarmolenko’s first-half own-goal in Cardiff’s raucous noise settled the tie.

Wales will be the United States’ first opponents at the World Cup, with the sides meeting at the Al Rayyan Stadium on November 21. England will then face Wales on November 29 in both teams’ final game.

The match was momentous for both Wales and Ukraine. Wales were trying to qualify for the first time since 1958, while Ukraine were seeking to overcome the turmoil of the Russian invasion, and reach the tournament for only the second time as an independent nation.

More here.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 1:03 PM WBS

News: Grimsby Town promoted to Football League after play-off final win

Grimsby Town have been promoted to the Football League after winning the National League play-off final against Solihull Moors.

Paul Hurst’s side triumphed 2-1 at the London Stadium, having trailed 1-0 after a first-half strike from Solihull’s Kyle Hudlin.

However, an excellent goal from John McAtee sent the match to extra-time, before the Lincolnshire club were sent into ecstasy by Jordan Maguire-Drew’s scrappy 111th minute winner.

It was the third extra-time victory in their play-off run.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 12:43 PM WBS

1-0 Wales!

Gareth Bale’s freekick is headed into his own net by Andriy Yarmolenko!

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 12:26 PM WBS

0-0 after 20 minutes of Wales vs Ukraine

Follow live updates with Rob Smyth here.

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Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 12:15 PM WBS

News: Ukrainian Football Association say domestic league will restart in August

Andriy Pavelko, president of the Ukrainian Football Association (UFA), has said the country’s domestic leagues will restart in August.

However, he is unsure exactly how the matches will be staged due to Russia’s ongoing invasion.

The 2021-22 season was suspended in April after Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24. Shakhtar Donetsk, who have not played in their home city since 2014, had been leading the championship.

Pavelko was speaking before Ukraine’s World Cup play-off final against Wales on Sunday afternoon.

Six players in the starting XI that defeated Scotland on Wednesday evening play in the domestic league.

More here.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 11:42 AM WBS

Level in the National League play-off final

Which of Grimsby Town and Solihull Moors will make it to the Football League?

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 11:10 AM WBS

Welsh starting XI named

Danny Ward dropped for Wayne Hennessey.

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Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 11:09 AM WBS

Perisic was one of Serie A’s best players – can aging wing-back succeed in England too?

Tottenham Hotspur’s purchase of 33-year-old Ivan Perisic is particularly interesting in terms of the familiar debate about youth versus experience. Tottenham generally invest in emerging talent, whereas Antonio Conte demands players who can succeed immediately. It seems Conte has got his way.

But more interesting than Tottenham signing a 33-year-old is Tottenham signing a 33-year-old they will use at wing-back.

Michael Cox analyzes whether the move will pay off.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Perisic was one of Serie A’s best players – can aging wing-back succeed in England too?

June 5, 2022 at 10:39 AM WBS

Northern Ireland announce team

They play Cyprus tonight. Leicester City’s Jonny Evans starts.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 10:16 AM WBS

Garner, Spence, O’Brien: What next for Forest and Huddersfield’s play-off final stars?

Getting to the Championship play-off final can be a double-edged sword for teams whether they win promotion or not.

Lose and rival clubs, or those in the Premier League, are bound to start sniffing around your best players in the summer transfer window. Go up and the price on your star loan player rises sharply — if you’re even able to sign him at all.

So what lies ahead for the stars of this season’s EFL showpiece between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town which saw a handful of players rise to the occasion after strong seasons for their clubs? Winners Forest will have more financial clout this summer, but that does not guarantee easy business, while Huddersfield will try to cling on to their top players.

The Athletic takes a look at the immediate futures of each of the five standout performers from the Championship play-off final — Sorba Thomas, Lewis O’Brien, Djed Spence, James Garner and Levi Colwill — and why they are in demand.

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Jacob Whitehead

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Garner, Spence, O’Brien: What next for Forest and Huddersfield’s play-off final stars?

June 5, 2022 at 9:04 AM WBS

Gareth Southgate’s England don’t usually wilt like this

Gareth Southgate insisted afterwards that England were aware of the threat Hungary could pose but as his side drifted to defeat on Saturday, they looked unprepared.

Hungary away, behind nominally “closed doors” at the Puskas Arena was not meant to be the moment when England’s third Nations League campaign came off the rails. They still have Germany and Italy home and away — trips to Munich next week and Milan in September — that should stretch Gareth Southgate’s team far more than this.

But right now, it is difficult to see how England will be in contention to finish top of Group A3. The prospect of them returning to the next Nations League finals, scheduled for June 2023, feels extremely remote.

Jack Pitt-Brooke reports.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

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Gareth Southgate’s England don’t usually wilt like this

June 5, 2022 at 8:42 AM WBS

Follow build-up to Wales vs Ukraine

We’ve got a dedicated live blog here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 8:19 AM WBS

How is Arsenal’s defense taking shape?

With the news William Saliba is returning to the club, how is Arsenal’s defense looking?

We asked The Athletic’s Arsenal correspondent James McNicholas: “Saliba will join a contingent of centre-backs that also includes White, Gabriel and Rob Holding. Arsenal are also exploring the possibility of adding a left-footed centre-back to the group to replace Pablo Mari.

“At right-back, Arsenal are content with their options. Takehiro Tomiyasu is the established first choice, and the coaching staff value the work of Cedric as his understudy. Upgrading in this position is not a priority. Hector Bellerin returns to the club after his loan with Real Betis, but his preference is to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.

“Left-back is more interesting. The club have discussed the possibility of sending Nuno Tavares out on loan to aid his development. That could create a vacancy but a move for a replacement could be delayed until January: the Europa League group stage could also provide a great platform for the young defender to improve.

“Ahead of Tavares, Kieran Tierney remains the clear first choice. He is hoping to be fit in time to join with Arsenal’s pre-season training.”

Jacob Whitehead

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Picking Arteta’s magic 25: how Arsenal squad might look for 2022-23

June 5, 2022 at 7:47 AM WBS

Leicester City announce pre-season fixture in Belgium

Leuven finished 11th in the Belgian League last season.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 7:29 AM WBS

News: William Saliba confirms return to Arsenal next season — ‘I will be back’

Arsenal defender William Saliba — currently on loan at Marseille — has confirmed he will return to north London to fight for a place in Mikel Arteta’s side.

The 21-year-old has not made an appearance for the senior side since joining from Saint-Etienne for £27 million in 2019.

He starred for Marseille this season, winning Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, helping the club to second in the league, and winning his first caps for France.

Speaking about his future at the Emirates, Saliba told Telefoot: “I belong to Arsenal, I still have two years left.

“I will be back with Arsenal. I have played zero matches and I still want to show them my true face and have the chance to play for these fans and this great club.

“But it doesn’t just depend on me. In any case, to leave like this, it would be a shame.”

More here.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 7:23 AM WBS

Looking ahead to Wales vs Ukraine later…

Kick-off against Wales is at 17.00.

The winner goes to the World Cup.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 7:16 AM WBS

ICYMI: Konate receives first senior France call-up after Varane injury

Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate has received his first senior France call-up after replacing injured Manchester United defender Raphael Varane in Didier Deschamps’ squad.

Varane had to be substituted in the 61st minute of France’s eventual 2-1 defeat by Denmark in the Nations League on Friday evening after sustaining a thigh injury.

More here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

June 5, 2022 at 7:05 AM WBS

Hello!

And welcome to coverage of today’s transfer news. We’re in the heart of the international break – updates on those games, as well as all the movings and shakings ahead of the new season.

Jacob Whitehead

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