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Transfer CHASE: Liverpool set to sign Premier League’s youngster

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Transfer CHASE: Liverpool set to sign Premier League’s youngster

The 16-year-old will turn into the Reds’ second new signing of the summer transfer window as Jurgen Klopp reinforces his squad with young talent

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of young forward Harvey Elliott from Fulham.

The Reds have beaten a large host of clubs, including Premier League rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, to the signing of the talented 16-year-old.

Surrey-born Elliott turned into the most young player in Premier League history when showing up as a substitute for Fulham against Wolves in May, aged only 16 years and 30 days. He made his senior debut for the Cottagers last September in the Carabao Cup against Millwall, aged 15 years and 174 days.

Various European clubs were quick to sign the versatile England Under-17 international, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain comprehended to have made enquiries.

Elliott, however, grew up as a Liverpool supporter and sources have advised Goal he has been edgy to make the move to Merseyside.

He can’t turn professional until his seventeenth birthday celebration in April, but has rejected Fulham’s offer of a scholarship so as to sign with Liverpool.

He is expected to complete his move this week, with the Reds agreeing a significant compensation package for the player.

Fulham have been left baffled by the circumstance, having made what they felt to be a considerable offer to the youngster. Elliott’s schoolboy contract at Craven Cottage lapsed toward the end of June.

He will end up being the second highly-rated youngster to move to Merseyside this summer, following in the strides of Sepp van nook Berg, the 17-year-old Defender signed from PEC Zwolle a month ago.

Van lair Berg got together with his new teammates for pre-season preparing at Melwood on Saturday, and will have some impact in the friendly at Tranmere Rovers on Thursday.

Elliott, as well, could be ready by at that point, and it will interesting to see how rapidly he positively influences Liverpool’s senior squad given his tender years.

Talking in May, Fulham boss Scott Parker portrayed him as “an special talent”, while the Londoners’ skipper Tom Cairney was considerably all the more spouting in his praise.

“He’s been a sensation since he joined in training a couple of months back,” he said. “He doesn’t look out of place and does some bits of magic that everybody says ‘goodness’.

Joel Watson is a sports reporter/writer for sportshills

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Confirmed: Unai Emery all set to announce Club Captain, and other team news

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With the 2019/20 season beginning, a new team captain has yet to be announced for Arsenal. Unai Emery has been out in the media to confirm that he will be announcing the club’s captain for the season having held a player meeting on Friday morning.

Speaking about it, Emery said via SkySports: “We spoke about that this morning and next week I will take the decision on the five captains. We spoke with the team and it will be official next week.

Moving to Rob Holding, who was sidelined since December 2018, will be resuming into full action for the Gunners in the Europa League and the carabao Cup games to come.

Speaking about this, Emery added: “Rob Holding is the same situation but he earned time with matches with the U23s. We need to decide if he will play.

“Next week we start with the Europa League and then the Carabao Cup, so with more U23 minutes, he can be ready to give us a performance

“At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, it will be four on Sunday. Rob Holding makes it five and also Mavrapanos makes it six.”

On loan from Real Madrid, Dani Ceballos has properly integrated himself into the Gunners’ first team and has also become a fans favourite quickly due to impressive performances against Burnley and his second half against Tottenham.

Emery has, however, stressed the need for Ceballos to adapt to Premier League football having totally intimidated by Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at Anfield.

“Every player when they are coming to a new competition and team, they need some adaptation,” he said.

“He is playing, for example at Liverpool he told us at that moment he found out how difficult it was to play in the Premier League, and above all a team like Liverpool.

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Unai Emery offers HUGE boost ahead of trip to Vicarage Road

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With the resumption of the Premier League, English clubs are all set to ready their team for the Gameweek 5 in spite of the number of players on the sidelines.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed to the media saying that his defending duo Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are now “close” to returning to first-team football.

The Spanish manager confirmed to the media that the duo has now resumed full first-team training during the international break.

He also confirmed that both players will not be available for selection for the Sunday trip to Vicarage Road for their Gameweek 5, he further claims that they will get to play in the U23s for some brief minutes in a bid to return to full fitness.

Tierney, who at the Emirates Stadium in the summer from Celtic for a deal said to be worth £25 million, is yet to feature for the Gunners since his arrival due to a groin injury, while the other, Bellerin have been sidelined for a crucial ligament injury, which he acquired last season.

“They are now close to us but they need to continue to work. They need to take their time to feel comfortable so they can play,” Emery said via SkySports.

“Kieran Tierney to start [with the team] and Hector Bellerin to come back after the injuries.

“It depends on how they can progress in the next few weeks. Maybe we will decide at the beginning to play them first with the U23s to be ready with us.

“Maybe they can take confidence and rhythm and be ready to play for us 100 per cent.

“We need to look at each step in each training. This week they trained normally with us for the first time. Next week we want to see them train normally and after we can decide if they can play with the U23s or with us.”

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Done Deal: Arsenal officially seals deal for Technical midfielder

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Joe Willock

Arsenal academy graduate and midfielder Joe Willock has been handed and put pen to paper a new “long term” contract has put up an outstanding form since the beginning of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. 

The 20-year-old midfielder, according to Goal, has signed a new contract that will keep at the Emirates Stadium till the end of 2022/23 campaign. 

Willock joined the Gunners at the age of four, dancing himself through the academy to break into the club’s first team. And his performance so far this season proves that he will be sealing the spot. Having been with the club since age 4, the youngster was offered new and improved bid as a befitting reward for his impressive performance over the years. 

The 20-year-old midfielder started his Premier League campaign with two victories against Newcastle and Burnley playing in the first team. An also the first defeat of the season against Liverpool in a 3-1 loss but was dropped for the Gunners 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the North London derby. Taking his tally of appearances to 20 for the Reds. 

The Gunners manager, Unai Emery, who ever since his arrival at the club have shown a particular interest the clubs academy players with the willingness to give them opportunities to break into the first team and that proves to be a good thing for Willock, who has quickly shown improvement in his play. 

Speaking about the youngster, Emery said: “Joe has progressed a lot in the last year. 

“He is technically strong and has shown the confidence to take responsibility and play his game whatever the occasion or opposition. 

“I’m looking forward to working with to help him develop further and fulfill his potential.” 

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