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Transfer news: Sancho transfer fee set; Zouma to Tottenham

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In the latest transfer news an updated transfer fee has been revealed for Man United target Jadon Sancho, while Kurt Zouma has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

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First up, not a day goes by without a new story on Jadon Sancho potentially leaving Borussia Dortmund as Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea seem to be the frontrunners to sign the England international.

According to the Telegraph, the 20-year-old winger will be available for $135 million this summer as Dortmund have admitted on several previous occasions that the Watford and Man City academy product will not be with them for much longer. The report also states that Man United are the frontrunners but are wary of paying the biggest transfer fee in Premier League amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sancho has scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in the Bundesliga this season and is having the best campaign of his fledgling career. Man United seems the most obvious destination for Sancho, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing young, British talent his top priority. See: Maguire, Harry; Wan-Bissaka, Aaron and James, Daniel.

Can Man United, or any club for that matter, afford Sancho right now? If anybody can, it is Man United.

Their pursuit of Sancho this summer is likely to hinge on whether or not the qualify for the Champions League via a fourth or maybe fifth place (if Man City’s UEFA ban is confirmed, fifth place in the PL will likely be given a UCL spot) finish, as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has previously mentioned that getting back into the UCL group stage will have a massive impact on their finances.

Sancho’s talent is undoubted and clubs across Europe want to sign him. With Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes all part of Man United’s attacking lineup, there is a missing piece of the superstar jigsaw on the right wing. That is where Sancho comes in.

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Moving from Manchester to London, it appears that Kurt Zouma could be linking up with his former boss Jose Mourinho or heading back to Everton.

Zouma, 25, has been in and out of the Chelsea team this season under Frank Lampard and like most of the Blues defense he’s had a topsy-turvy campaign.

A report from the Daily Express says Everton (who loaned Zouma for the entire 2018-19 season) want him back at Goodison Park on a permanent basis but Tottenham are also keen on the French international. It is reported that Chelsea would allow Zouma to leave on a permanent deal for around $25.2 million.

Zouma signed for Chelsea when Mourinho was in his second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge and the Portuguese coach was a big fan of him. His Chelsea career suffered a cruel blow in 2016 when he suffered a serious knee injury when landing after an aerial challenge against Man United, but Zouma has been able to work his way back to full fitness, for the most part, at Everton last season and then with Chelsea this season.

Chelsea have been linked with Ben Chilwell, Nicolas Tagliafico, Achraf Hakimi and Nathan Ake, among many others, and sprucing up their defense is obviously key for Frank Lampard, as he also spends big on freshening up his attack. With Zouma not seeming to fit in his plans as Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him in the pecking order, it is probably best for his career if he moves to a club where he will play regularly.

Zouma would do that at both Everton and Tottenham, although it seems unlikely Chelsea would sell Zouma to Spurs as they’d be strengthening a direct top four, and London, rival. At Spurs he would surely be a starter and Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his defense which has leaked goals ever since he arrived in north London. As for Everton, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina have developed a good partnership and the versatile Mason Holgate is an option too, but Zouma would probably start at Goodison.

It is likely Zouma will leave Chelsea this summer and it seems like Tottenham would be the best move for him, but it may not be the best move for Chelsea.

Everton ends West Ham’s unbeaten home run

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  • Zouma scores 4th PL goal
  • Bernard adds first of PL career
  • Everton moves ahead of West Ham

The international break didn’t hurt Everton’s form, as the Toffees followed up an impressive defeat of Chelsea by taking down another London side.

Goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard helped Everton to a 2-0 defeat of West Ham United on Saturday at the London Stadium, further cluttering the race for seventh place in the Premier League.

The loss was West Ham’s first at the London Stadium in four outings.

Everton’s win moves it ninth with 43 points, one more than West Ham and one behind Wolves and Leicester City. Watford also has 43 points and a quintet of clubs eye seventh place and a possible Europa League berth.

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Zouma’s goal came very early, as a fifth minute corner kick saw Gylfi Sigurdsson send a cross to the front post. The center back rose high and bounded a header over a leaping Aaron Cresswell to make it 1-0.

The lead was doubled before halftime, as Bernard collected his first Premier League goal when he raced into the six to push a ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

The second half chances were mostly on the side of the visitors as well, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin blazing high and wide in the 75th.

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Everton tops Bournemouth at soggy Goodison (video)

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  • Toffees’ 2nd win since December
  • Zouma, Digne connect for winner
  • Calvert-Lewin adds insurance in stoppage time
  • Bournemouth one point in last four PL matches

Kurt Zouma‘s second half goal propelled Everton to a rare win during a soggy 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth on Sunday at Goodison Park.

The win is Everton’s first at home in the Premier League since a Nov. 24 defeat of Cardiff City, and pushes the Toffees into 10th with 30 points. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored from an Ademola Lookman assist deep in stoppage time to complete the scoring.

Bournemouth is 12th with 27 points.

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A steady, heavy rain plagued the first half, as players like Gylfi Sigurdsson skidded shots wide of goal which may normally have troubled the goalkeeper.

How sloppy was it? The clubs attempted 15 shots on target, but only two were on target (Both sides hit the woodwork once).

Bournemouth’s David Brooks was very involved, hitting the post late in the half after seeing an early penalty shout rightly denied when Idrissa Gueye made a fine intervention in the box.

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Richarlison had a shot blocked and put the rebound past Asmir Begovic only to see Nathan Ake make a final goal line clearance.

Bernard then won a free kick off Jefferson Lerma, centrally-located from about 30 yards out.

Everton broke through a few touches after a corner kick, as Lucas Digne sent the ball atop the six for Zouma to turn into the goal with a fine header.

Richarlison missed with his attempt of a diving header to turn Sigurdsson’s cross on goal.

Jordan Pickford was needed twice in stoppage time as Everton held on for the win.

Son’s six-star Spurs wreck Everton

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  • Son with two goals, assist

Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen all scored, with Son and Kane at the double, as Tottenham Hotspur battered Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott scored for Everton, who has taken just two of their last 15 available points.

Son added an assist and was especially strong for Spurs. Tottenham improves its winning march to four league matches, and now sits two points back of second place Man City and six behind Liverpool.

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Richarlison just missed with a 10th minute header as Everton had the first true chance of the match, and both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson couldn’t react quickly enough to flick the shot into the goal.

An over-aggressive Jordan Pickford nearly allowed a goal to Christian Eriksen before making a fine save on Kieran Trippier.

The Toffees took the lead when Sigurdsson sent Calvert-Lewin into the left side of the box, and Walcott ran to the six to slot the latter’s cutback pass. 1-0, 21′.

Calvert-Lewin looked to have made it 2-0, but his stronger header was defied for a foul on Davinson Sanchez. Touchy.

Instead, it was soon 1-1. Pickford came way out of his box and knocked down his center back Kurt Zouma, who was first to a Harry Kane ball over the top. Son reaped the benefits with a pretty finish inside the far post.

Pickford made a nice save before Spurs took the lead, with Dele having plenty of time to fire the Son-inspired rebound into the goal.

And three. The 42nd minute saw another rebound goal, as Trippier’s free kick beyond Pickford and off the post went to Kane. The England captain saw nothing but a yawning cage in front of him.

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Eriksen spun a volleyed goal past Pickford off of Seamus Coleman‘s half clearance in the 49th, putting the match to bed.

Hold on, though? Everton nabbed a goal in the 51st minute when Lucas Digne dribbled to find Sigurdsson, who dribbled a bit himself before beating Hugo Lloris.

Son made it 5-2, with substitute Erik Lamela putting the ball right onto his run, and the South Korean sliding his chance under Pickford.

Picked apart, and how: Son then raced onto a Ben Davies cross to slide a perfect pass to a shockingly unmarked Kane for 6-2.

Brighton 2-2 Stoke: Seagulls stay ninth

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Three Premier League newcomers remain in close contention with one another after 12 weeks, one of which picked up another positive result today.

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Brighton & Hove Albion earned a 2-2 draw against Stoke City at the Amex Stadium on Monday after Jose Izquierdo’s persistence gave the home side the leveler in the 60th minute from Glenn Murray‘s clever pass inside the box.

The result made for Brighton’s sixth consecutive match unbeaten at home this season.

A back-and-forth first half saw the on-loan Chelsea defender give Stoke the lead heading into the halftime break after a disappointing spell of defending by Brighton allowed Zouma to finish of a corner kick.

Pascal Gross gave Brighton an equalizer one minute from halftime after Davy Propper had done superbly to create space for himself down the right wing.

The visitors struck in the 28th minute after Shaqiri delivered a perfect long ball into the path of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

The Cameroonian proceeded to control the pass beautifully from his Stoke teammate, before tucking his shot from close range into the near corner past Brighton goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

Brighton thought they had the chance to level the score prior to the equalizer when the hosts appeared to have a penalty appeal after Murray went down inside the Stoke area. However, referee Lee Mason opted against spot kick.

The two sides will both be in action on Saturday when Brighton travels to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and Stoke takes on Crystal Palace.