Sport Southampton linked with Joao Mario

02:25  04 july  2018
02:25  04 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

McQueen unlikely to secure Bristol City switch

  McQueen unlikely to secure Bristol City switch Sam McQueen is set to stay at Southampton for at least another season, following the hushing of rumours the 23-year-old was set to join Bristol City. The defender made eight appearances for the Saints last season, including two starts. On the periphery of the squad, McQueen was given the nod just twice by Mark Hughes since the Welshman took over the reigns in March. Suggestions had linked the left-back to Ashton gate, but Bristol Live report today that McQueen won’t be joining the Robins just yet. Bristol City said goodbye to left full-back Hordur Magnusson earlier this week as the Icelandic international left for CSKA Moscow and have been linked with various players to fill the void left by departure. Whether another team decides to take a run at the overlooked prospect will be made apparent in the coming weeks. With captain Ryan Bertrand keeping McQueen on the sideline, Southampton may choose to cash in on the still-youthful prodigy.

João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒwɐ̃w̃ ˈmaɾju]; born 19 January 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Italian club Inter Milan and the Portugal

Playing off Arnautovic was Joao Mario , the Portuguese midfielder West Ham took from Inter Milan on loan in January, having failed to make much of an impression during 18 months in Italy.

Southampton have been linked with a surprise move for Inter Milan playmaker Joao Mario.

According to tentative claims from Italian news outlet Stadio Sport, the Portuguese international has been lined up by the Saints, along with their fellow south coast outfit, Bournemouth.

Mario spent the second-half of last season on loan at West Ham United and despite showing signs of inconsistency, he impressed on occasions, especially in the club’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

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It’s reported that concrete offers for Mario are expected to be lodged in the upcoming days, with Inter keen to offload the player on a permanent basis following his loan spell in East London.

Chelsea target Raul Albiol set for Villarreal move

  Chelsea target Raul Albiol set for Villarreal move Chelsea look set to miss out on the signing of Napoli defender Raul Albiol, with the Spaniard poised to join Villarreal. According to reports from Claudio Russo on Twitter, the player’s agent has agreed a deal with the La Liga outfit. Both Chelsea and Villarreal had been heavily linked with a move for the player, who looked set to leave Napoli this summer. The player, who has a €8 million release clause, was keen to return to Spain but was also interested in the prospect of playing under Maurizio Sarri once again. Sarri is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea boss in the coming days and Albiol was said to be a transfer target. Chelsea have always been reluctant to sign players over the age of 30, but for just €8 million, Albiol was seen as a low-risk signing, who had worked with Sarri previously. The Blues have also been linked with moves for Daniele Rugani and Kostas Manolas as they seek a new central defender.

West Ham put an end to a three defeat streak as they got further away from relegation zone. David Moyes' side started the game with two goals in the first

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Mario is understood to be keen on an exit from San Siro and a return to the Premier League may be of interest to the player, with Saints and Bournemouth allegedly in the race.

The midfielder is capable of playing in a central role and also on the right-hand side.

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Lemina reportedly features on Spurs' list of midfield targets .
Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina features on Tottenham Hotspur’s shortlist of potential midfield targets, according to a report from Sky Sports. The Gabon international joined Saints in a deal believed to be worth £18 million last summer and has since gone on to establish himself as a key member of the first-team squad. Lemina endured a difficult first season in the Premier League as he fought injury struggles and inconsistencies. However, towards the end of the campaign, he flourished under Mark Hughes. Manchester City have reportedly identified Lemina as a potential target ahead of next season, also, with the Premier League champions having recently missed out on Jorginho to Chelsea. Tottenham could be set to see some changes ensue among their midfield options, with Mousa Dembele linked with a move to Italy. Moussa Sissoko could also depart this summer, as implied by the report from Sky Sports. Southampton are understood to be keen to keep hold of their key players this summer and this is expected to be the case with Lemina, who has evidently caught the eye of some of the Premier League’s top clubs in recent times.

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