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Transfer news: Fraser to Tottenham; Koulibaly to Liverpool

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The latest transfer news from around the Premier League gives us plenty of intriguing tidbits with Liverpool linked with a move for Kalidou Koulibaly the headline news.

First up, Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser will be interesting a lot of clubs as he becomes a free agent this summer and the Scottish winger is reportedly to be keen on a move to Tottenham.

Fraser, 26, has let his contract run down at Bournemouth and he’s been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool in the past. But according to multiple reports, ‘wee man’ would like a move to Tottenham to play for Jose Mourinho.

On paper, that would actually be a very good spot for him to land. Is he going to play at Liverpool or Arsenal regularly? Definitely not at Liverpool and probably not at Arsenal.

Fraser had an exceptional 2018-19 season, registering the second-most assists (14) in the Premier League. This season he’s gone off the boil a little but his contractual situation hasn’t been easy and he’s admitted his focus hasn’t been right. That is refreshingly honest and you have to say that free agents like Fraser will now be in huge demand as clubs around the globe are hit hard by the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

A speedy winger providing for a focal point of a striker is something Mourinho loves and with Harry Kane in the middle and Fraser and Heung-min Son on each wing with Dele All and Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso buzzing around, Tottenham’s attack would be pretty stacked and balance. Now, that defense…

Talking about defense, Liverpool have reportedly reached out to Napoli about signing Kalidou Koulibaly to strengthen theirs.

The Senegalese center back, 28, has long been linked with a move to just about every Premier League club in the top 10 but according to Tutto Mercato in Italy, Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached out about his availability.

With Joel Matip suffering injuries throughout the 2019-20 season, Joe Gomez has stepped in to fill the gap admirably but there are still some lingering concerns about who is best suited to play alongside Virgil van Dijk at center back.

Per the report, Koulibaly is seen as the answer to any of Napoli’s financial problems as they are unlikely to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Koulibaly has been sensational for Napoli over the last six seasons but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is ready to sell him even if the current decrease in transfer valuation means he will get less than the $130 million previously asked for the towering center back.

Bringing in a new center back probably shouldn’t be top of Klopp’s wish-list but if Liverpool can acquire Koulibaly for less than $100 million, that would be a very, very good deal. They know that after coming up against Koulibaly on seemingly a yearly basis in the Champions League and only beating Napoli once in their last four attempts.

COVID-19 season suspensions leave questions for transfer targets

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When USMNT fullback Reggie Cannon signed a new deal with FC Dallas, both sides knew the 21-year-old was not long for Texas.

But suspended seasons in Europe raise questions as to when the transfer window will open this summer.

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Speaking in a conference call, Cannon said “the goal was to be transferred this summer” but that he’s focused on the more serious health issues caused by the coronavirus suspensions.

“Regardless of if it happens [this summer] or not, I don’t think it’ll hinder my career at all,” Cannon said. “It’s God’s timing, I have to trust in him and have faith, which I do. At the end of the day, I know my future is over there, whenever that may be. I just have to be patient and kill it at FC Dallas. Dallas is my priority and what I care for right now. That future is great and I’m looking for it, but right now I have to give 100 percent to Dallas.”

Cannon has 11 caps for the USMNT and 72 first-team appearances for FC Dallas. He turns 22 on June 11, the same age as DeAndre Yedlin when the Seattle Sounders man headed abroad.

For every up-and-coming player looking to get into a top league in Europe, there are a bevy of installed talents hoping to keep their spot.

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis wants to keep the Cherries in the top flight, and says he’s got something to prove before becoming a free agent this summer. From The Bournemouth Daily Echo, citing The Sun:

“We have nine games left and if in those matches I need to prove that I can still cut it at this level, then so be it.”

Francis’ contract expires June 30, but he’s not just curious about his own deal. Bournemouth is in a relegation fight, and what happens with guys like him, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman, and star winger Ryan Fraser.

“Would you sign a short-term contract with the club you are currently at and commit your short-term future? Or do you think, ‘No, this club wants me for next season, I’ll hold off’? … If the season does go beyond June 30, we are going to need Ryan (Fraser) because he would play a massive part in our fight to stay up.”

Finishing European seasons by June 30 would still be likely if the league kicks back into action at the end of April. We’ll see what it means for hundreds of players if the calendar turns to July.

Liverpool’s move for Ryan Fraser makes perfect sense

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Liverpool are said to be in talks with Bournemouth about signing Ryan Fraser in January.

The Scottish winger is out of contract next summer and talks over a new deal at Bournemouth have so far failed.

Fraser, 25, was a star for the Cherries last season but has only been a bit-part player so far this campaign (adding one goal and two assists) as Eddie Howe plans for a future without him and the tension surrounding his future hasn’t helped matters.

Per a report from talkSPORT in the UK, Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, could make a permanent switch to the South Coast club in January in exchange for the Reds being able to sign Fraser. Per the report, it is expected Bournemouth would also want around $15 million from Liverpool, plus Wilson, for Fraser.

Does this move make sense for Liverpool? Absolutely.

The speedy winger was an assist machine last season, racking up 14 which was the second-highest in the Premier League. Fraser wouldn’t start ahead of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino, but he would be a great option off the bench and to play in cup competitions. His style of play is also perfectly suited to Liverpool’s high-tempo and pacy counter attacking.

With Xherdan Shaqiri currently out injured and failing to break in as a regular for Liverpool last season, Fraser would jump ahead of him in the queue for minutes after Liverpool’s attacking trio.

If this move to Liverpool doesn’t work out then Fraser can of course ‘do an Aaron Ramsey‘ and start talking to non-English clubs in January about a free transfer next summer. That’s not something Bournemouth would want, so you can understand their eagerness to at least get a little cash and a promising young player to replace Fraser.

From Liverpool’s point of view, Fraser would be a great addition on the cheap and he still has the prime years of his career ahead of him.

Liverpool reportedly ‘in advanced talks’ to add Bournemouth’s Fraser

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Liverpool wants to add to its depth this January, and will give competition to Xherdan Shaqiri by signing a Scottish player who, honestly, looks a lot like him.

Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth is on Jurgen Klopp’s radar, and Talksport claims the Reds could sanction the sale of Harry Wilson to make it work.

The 22-year-old Wilson is currently on loan at Bournemouth, and scored against Newcastle to give him four goals on the season.

Bournemouth resisted the urge to sell Fraser, 25, this summer as the playmaker entered the final year of his contract.

He has a goal and two assists in 807 Premier League minutes this season. That’s well off the pace his remarkable 2018-19 season, when Fraser scored seven goals and added a league-high 14 assists in 3,173 minutes.

The 28-year-old Shaqiri has played just 25 minutes this season, suffering from both Liverpool’s selection headache and then a calf injury.

Both players stand about 5-foot-5 and while Shaqiri’s blistering shot is something he likes to deploy more than Fraser, who is a bit more pass-first, the wingers have plenty in common (right down to looks),

Like this idea, Liverpool fans? The Scottish Shaqiri? It’s not like making buys from the South Coast is a new thing for the Anfield set.

Bournemouth punishes sloppy Everton

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Callum Wilson scored twice as Bournemouth stung sloppy Everton 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

Ryan Fraser also scored for the Cherries, who rise eighth on 7 points to move ahead of the visitors on goal differential.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored Everton’s only marker, as the Toffees fail in a bid to join the Top Four.

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Three things we learned

1. Marco’s mercurial men: A lot has been made of Marco Silva‘s up-and-down tenure as Everton boss, especially given the club’s wealth of talent. That was again on display, as mistakes overrode Everton’s control of the match for most of the first hour. Keep in mind, though, that the inconsistency has plagued the Toffees since well before Silva came to town. That may not save him.

2. Ramsdale the difference: Eddie Howe trusted 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale as his No. 1 goalkeeper despite a total of 44 senior appearances in his locker and none above the Championship level (aside from a pair of FA Cup dates). He was calm, decisive, and sturdy. He’s yet to keep a clean sheet, but that’s no matter on the day.

3. Wilson in form:  Callum Wilson’s second and third goals of the season showed his versatility, with a snapped header in a sea of bodies to open the scoring and a long run to beat Pickford on his second. He now has three goals in his last two performances after scoring against Leicester City.

Man of the Match: Ramsdale — Again, this could have easily been 3-1 in the other direction had Ramsdale not mopped up some silly, silly mistakes of his teammates.


Philip Billing fizzed a shot wide of the near post inside of the first 10 minutes, while at the other end Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale raced to beat Dominic Calvert-Lewin to a loose ball.

The 19th minute saw Richarlison smash a dipping effort off the top of the cross bar.

Ex-Toffees man Dominic Solanke ripped a shot that Jordan Pickford poked over the bar in the 22nd, and Bournemouth got on the board off the ensuing corner kick when Wilson snapped his neck to power the ball past Pickford.

Richarlison was at it again in the 37th, but couldn’t head Lucas Digne‘s cross inside the near post.

Everton leveled the score when Seamus Coleman spotted Richarlison’s run down the right side and the Brazilian crossed for a powerful Dominic Calvert-Lewin finish.

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Ramsdale made a terrific save after Digne and Iwobi combined to cue up a Gylfi Sigurdsson rip in the 47th minute. And Steve Cook made a terrible back pass that helped Richarlison to a chance, but Ramsdale was up to the challenge.

Fraser’s goal came from a set piece, as he swept a free kick toward goal and Fabian Delph couldn’t get purchase on a chance to clear it. It changed direction a little, but Pickford may not have had a chance to save it either way.

It was 3-1 moments later, as Yerry Mina and/or Michael Keane switched off to allow Wilson to race toward a stunned Pickford, who could not react to the break.

Ramsdale then denied Alex Iwobi with a terrific save from 18 yards, and Richarlison couldn’t put the rebound on goal.