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Transfer rumors: Willian, Alderweireld to Manchester United

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The transfer rumor mill is picking up steam this Monday, including some persistent whispers regarding two Premier League players with possible futures at Old Trafford.

Both of these make a lot of sense.

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A day after Nemanja Matic stressed the need for experienced players at United, two good fits hit the rumor mill (again).

Matic’s old Chelsea pal Willian has interest from United if he seeks a way out of London — which seems likely — where he’s said to be ready to go if Antonio Conte remains as manager.

Then there’s Toby Alderweireld, whose been very strong at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur but reportedly fallen out with current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

During a rut, the Tottenham manager claimed that Alderweireld was held out of Spurs’ lineup due to the form of the players in front of him.

Also from Sky, we’ll leave this quote from PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi on the idea of possibly selling Kylian Mbappe.

Al-Khelaifi told Canal+: “You want me to give you a number? More than €1bn! Yes, I said one billion! And even if you gave me a billion, I wouldn’t sell him.”

Matic: Man Utd needs more experience in its squad

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Nemanja Matic would like to see a bit more veteran bravery in his Manchester United side.

The title-winning 29-year-old midfielder finished second in the Premier League this season, his first with the Red Devils after a strong run with Chelsea.

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The Blues beat United in Saturday’s FA Cup Final, and Matic says the answer to winning hardware isn’t in talent as much as it is wisdom.

From the BBC:

“The only team who is better than us this year is Man City,” said Matic. “Obviously, they play amazing football. But we are second and we are in the Champions League next year, which is the most important thing. I think we need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team.”

United loses one veteran cog in Michael Carrick, and both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have skipped town in the last year.

Who could fit the bill in terms of old hats in current United positions of weakness? Well, a full offseason for Alexis Sanchez will help, and perhaps the rumors of Toby Alderweireld make the most sense of any we’ve seen in recent weeks.

Tottenham 5-4 Leicester City: Wild win for Spurs

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  • Kane scores twice, has 30 for season
  • Vardy scores twice, 20 for season 
  • Spurs finish third in PL table; Leicester ninth

Tottenham Hotspur won a nine-goal thriller at Wembley on Sunday, as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men secured a place in the Premier League’s top four for the third-straight season.

Jamie Vardy scored twice, as did Harry Kane and Erik Lamela as Leicester threw away a 3-1 lead.

Tottenham finish the season on 77 points, while Leicester have 47 points but Claude Puel’s future is uncertain.

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The game got off to a rapid start as Vardy flicked home a header at the near post from Mahrez’s perfect free kick. An 19th PL goal of the season from Vardy gave Leicester the lead.

At the other end moments later Vardy’s international teammate, Kane, equalized as he made the most of a mistake from Simpson. Kane raced clear and slotted home to make it 1-1 as he tried to win the PL Golden Boot for the third-straight season.

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Toby Alderweireld then had a decent effort on target which was saved and then Leicester retook the lead. Vardy controlled in the box and an onrushing Mahrez slammed home to make it 2-1.

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At the start of the second half Leicester went 3-1 up via a stunner from Iheanacho from outside the box but soon the game turned on its head.

Lamela tapped home to make it 3-2, then a shot was deflected off Christian Fuchs and in to make it 3-3 four minutes later. Harry Maguire then had a shot which he scuffed just wide as the crazy game was end-to-end.

Lamela scored another to make it 4-3 as Spurs scored three times in the space of 11 minutes to turn the game on its head.

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Vardy then made it 4-4 as Mahrez timed his pass perfectly and Vardy smashed home his 20th goal of the PL season in style.

Yet there was one more twist in the tale as Kane cut inside and curled home perfectly into the far corner to make it 5-4 as Spurs won a nine-goal thriller to see out their time at Wembley.

Watch Live: Tottenham vs. Newcastle

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Tottenham aims to keep Chelsea at bay in the race for top four as Spurs host Newcastle United (Watch live at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold and online via NBCSports.com).

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Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela will start on the bench for Spurs.

Meanwhile, DeAndre Yedlin is appearing in his 33rd Premier League match of the season, and returns to the starting XI after coming off the bench in Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat to Watford.

LINEUPS

Tottenham: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Rose, Alderweireld, Foyth, Lamela, Lucas, Llorente.

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Murphy, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Haidara.

Watch Live: Tottenham vs. Watford

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There’s plenty on the line today as Tottenham hosts Watford in Monday’s line Premier League action (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Spurs sit just two points ahead of Chelsea for the final UEFA Champions League slot, and a win would overturn a three-game slide the club is on. Watford, on the other hand, sit six points above 18th place-Southampton and the drop zone, and a win would likely secure their participation in the Premier League next season.

Hugo Lloris returns to goal for Spurs with Toby Alderweireld back on the bench. Meanwhile, Andre Gray also makes his return to the starting lineup for the Hornets, who have Olivier Daucoure and Etienne Capoue, both French internationals, in the way of Tottenham’s midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

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Last time out, Watford drew Spurs, 1-1 at Vicarage Road. Another result like that will be a bonus to Javi Gracia‘s side.

LINEUPS

Tottenham: Lloris (C); Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Aurier, Sissoko, Wanyama, Lamela, Lucas

Watford: Karnezis; Mariappa (C), Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Femenía, Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

Subs: Gomes (GK), Britos, Janmaat, Carrillo, Deulofeu, Sinclair, Deeney.