Wednesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
LIVERPOOL: Southampton have asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk, Press Association Sport reports.
– Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that he was confronted by Daniel Sturridge over his criticism of the striker.
REAL MADRID: Colombia national team manager Jose Pekerman believes that sometimes “great talents” like James Rodriguez don’t fit in with certain clubs because of a difference in style and a lack of understanding.
– Departing Real Madrid defender Pepe has said he is unhappy with the way he was treated in his final months at the club.
ARSENAL: Arsenal have announced the signing of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a long-term contract.
– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe to join a club where he is guaranteed to play and hailed him as a future Ballon d’Or candidate, fuelling speculation that the Gunners are preparing a record-breaking bid for the striker.
MONACO: Monaco owner Dmitiri Rybolovlev has told France Football the French champions want to keep hold of Kylian Mbappe but that it is “the player who’ll decide” his future.
EVERTON: Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has told Sky Sports he and his agent “have an agreement” with another club, adding that he intends to remain in the Premier League.
BARCELONA: Gerard Pique has told Movistar the day people see Barcelona “on a victory parade for winning the Copa del Rey” would be the moment to conclude that Real Madrid “have entered a dominant cycle.”
GERMANY: Joshua Kimmich’s spectacular overhead kick secured Germany a late 1-1 draw in their friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.
ENGLAND: Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker may be battling for the same shirt with Tottenham and England but there is no tension between the pair, who were happy to share a tent on the Three Lions’ military boot camp.
MAN UNITED: The Red Devils have been named the world’s most valuable football club by Forbes for the first time in five years.
BOURNEMOUTH: Jermain Defoe has confirmed his move to Bournemouth is all but finished, telling BBC Radio the transfer from Sunderland will be completed in July.
TURKEY: Arda Turan has announced his retirement from international football after clashing with a journalist while flying back from Turkey’s goalless draw with Macedonia on Monday.
DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund have appointed Peter Bosz as their new head coach, a week after the departure of Thomas Tuchel.
BAYERN MUNICH: German champions Bayern Munich have defended their close ties to Qatar, insisting the growing diplomatic crisis between the 2022 World Cup host and its neighbours is a matter for the German government.
MLS: Orlando City SC is condemning a social media post that targeted a Major League Soccer referee.
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