Blues beat off West Ham and Spurs to agree £22m fee with Barcelona

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EVERTON have seen off Spurs and West Ham to agree a £22million fee for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.

Now the Portuguese international, 25, is set to sign a permanent deal with Marco Silva’s team after a successful season on loan at Goodison.

West Ham actually offered £25million for the player and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was also keen to add Gomes to his squad.

But the player made it clear that he wanted to stay at Everton, where he has established himself as a fans’ favourite and gets on well with manager Silva.

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Gomes’ reluctance to consider a move to another Premier League team has scuppered Barcelona’s hopes of starting an auction for a player who cost them almost £40million when they signed him from Valencia in 2016.

Everton have recouped the majority of that fee by offloading Nikola Vlasic to CSKA Moscow for £14million.

The Croatian international winger managed just 12 Premier League appearances following a £10million move from Hajduk Split in 2017.

Signed by former boss Ronald Koeman, he did not fit into Silva’s long-term plans and has been allowed to leave after spending last season on loan in the Russian League with CSKA.

But Everton look as though they are going to miss out on Argentine midfielder Santiago Sosa despite agreeing a £13million fee for the River Plate youngster.

Sosa, who has never played for his country and has managed only a handful of appearances in Argentina’s top division, has been refused a work permit by the British authorities.

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Australia vs Bangladesh: Preview and Links

Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat

Pitch & weather: The conditions are bright and sunny whereas the pitch has a slight tinge of grass with an even convering. It’s a dry wicket, so it would be interesting to see if spinners get help from this track. Looks like a good wicket to bat on.


Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Aaron Finch: We are gonna bat first, looks a really good surface. I think we have played well in patches, we haven’t been able to play well for all the 400 overs. At stages we have had partnerships with the bat and there have been times we haven’t got it right.

Still excited to be in the position we are in but we haven’t had a perfect game yet. We have got three changes – Marcus Stoinis is back from injury, Adam Zampa is back and so is Coulter-Nile.

Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff will miss out. Wickets in the middle overs are just as important, I think.

New Zealand vs South Africa: Preview and Links

New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to field


South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Faf du Plessis | South Africa captain: We would have bowled as well. There is a bit of blue sky, hopefully the ball will come on nicely to the bat. They are a good team, they have been playing some good cricket. We need to be on top of our game to beat them.

The previous game was really good for us, there was a real intensity from the team. Hopefully we can do something similar today. Lungi (Ngidi) is back for us. It’s another big game for us (smiles).

Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: We are going to bowl, looks like there is going to be some weather around. Same side for us. We are coming from a long break. The guys are ready to go. We thought about Nicholls, Sodhi, but stuck to the same team for this game.

The past record against South Africa is irrelevant. We know every time we play against South Africa it’s going to be a tough game. They are one of the best sides in the world.

The pitch looks fairly white, not much of grass cover on it. May not have been a bowl-first wicket if there was no rain. So may not be a good toss to lose for South Africa.

However, it all depends on swing. Because any hint of swing, they know Boult and Co. will be all over them.

Reportedly available for £45m, Real Madrid ace is perfect for Everton

Everton should consider a move for the Real Madrid midfielder.

Everton fans will be expecting their side to kick on next season, and make a real push for the top six.

In order for this to happen, however, Marco Silva will need to really improve his options at Goodison Park this summer.

One area of the Toffees squad which is indeed of improvement is central midfield, with more quality needed to supplement the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin.

t is still unclear as to whether Everton will sign Andre Gomes on a permanent deal, and with this in mind, the Merseyside outfit should consider a move for Real Madrid ace Dani Ceballos, who could be available for around €50 million (£45 million) this summer, according to Spanish publication El Desmarque.

The six-capped Spain international, 22, is a silky midfielder, with a wonderful range of passing, and he is extremely comfortable when in possession of the football.

He would add more creativity and guile to Everton’s midfield, and he would compliment the likes of Gueye and Schneiderlin perfectly.

The Madrid ace would also bring some much-needed youth to the Toffees’ engine room, with Gueye and Schneiderlin both set to turn 30 before the turn of the year.

Whether Everton will be prepared to pay £45 million for someone who is unproven in the Premier League, however, remains to be seen.

Ceballos possesses the exact kind of quality that they need though, so Silva should take a leap of faith, and attempt to bring him to Goodison Park this summer – it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the Merseysiders.

England vs Afghanistan: Preview and Links

England have won the toss and have opted to bat

Eoin Morgan is fit and leading England

Gulbadin Naib – We would have batted first as well, looks a good wicket, slightly Asian conditions. We are disappointed with our batting, have not even played 40 overs, we have a good chance to restrict them to a good defendable score.

Three changes for us, Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing – Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing. Because of the wicket, we are going in with just one seamer.

Eoin Morgan – We will bat first. Unfortunately, Jason Roy misses out, it’s a used wicket, they have done magnificently well to prepare the pitch, looks like a good wicket, played well the other day, carry for the seamers and turn for the spinners. Two changes, one forced, Vince replaces Roy and Moeen is back, in for Liam Plunkett


Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran

England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

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India vs Pakistan: Game Links and Preview

Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to field


India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

Virat Kohli: We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice though and we have two wrist spinners in our team. We will be in good stead if we bat well.

(On 800,000 applications for tickets and over a billion viewership for this match) That’s the kind of attention this game brings but that’s all is outside the ropes. Once you enter the field it is all about playing the game which you have played from the childhood. The team that holds their nerve in the big match usually wins.

We have been playing good cricket and we don’t want to tinker much with the team combination. We have one forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place. He is a solid batsman, brilliant in field and gives us few overs too.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: We will bowl first. It has been raining so conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0.

Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz: How to watch the fight, TV Channel, UK Time

Tyson Fury takes on the undefeated Tom Schwarz for the defence of his lineal heavyweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight.

The Gypsy King is an overwhelming favorite to beat the undefeated German with an eye on the rematch against Deontay Wilder in the near future.

Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz how to watch the boxing fight online
Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz how to watch the boxing fight online

Fury would obviously be aware of Joshua’s stunning defeat against Andy Ruiz jr. and would like to avoid any upsets.

When is the fight

The fight takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 15th of June (early hours of 16th in the UK).

What time is it on

The main event should start at 4:00 am UK Time, but there could be delays.

What TV Channel is it on?

The fight will be shown live at BT Sport Box office if you could shell out £19.95.

Alternate stream?

You can always watch the fight live on Potato Streams, Tomato Streams or Red Glory android apps for free


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What Fury said

Tyson Fury revealed that only 18 months ago he was in a very dark place, but now, he wanted to inspire the people:

“Eighteen months ago I was in a very, very dark place. If you had seen me at that time I was very heavy and very unwell. I want to inspire people to change their lives and get well.

“I’m living my dream and I don’t know many people who can say the same. I’m seeing my picture on all the screens and billboards, this is what I was born to do.

“The crowd have warmed to me and been very welcoming. I’m surprised, people who don’t speak English, who don’t even watch sports are asking for photos and wanting to talk. It’s quite humbling.”

Credits: Telegraph

Australia vs Sri Lanka: Live links and preview

Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to field


Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Aaron Finch, Australia captain:

Still haven’t managed to win a toss – it’s been a while. I would have bowled first. A bit of cloud cover. Will swing around initially and we will have to bat well to see that phase through. We haven’t done too well particularly with the bat. Haven’t played our best cricket yet. We have got a lot of experience, and hopefully we will get better with each game.

We have done well in patches in the tournament, but it hasn’t come together for us. There will be a little bit in the wicket. We need to be disciplined against the new ball. Hopefully no more spin from me today. NCN is stiff and sore from the last game, and Behrendorff will be replacing him.

Karunaratne, SL captain:

We’ll bowl first. It has been rainy, so the moisture will help seamers initially so we need to take advantage. Pradeep is fit to play, he’s been playing really well and has recovered. Siriwardana will play instead of Lakmal. We have trained harder since it has been frustrating with all our games getting rained out. We’ve been training hard – that’s all we can do.

England vs West Indies: Links and Preview

England have won the toss and have opted to field


West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Jason Holder: Oppurtunity for our guys to get some runs first. Probably would wanted to bowl first on a fresh wicket. There is a lot at stake. We guys have planned well for this game and we are up for it.

It is a matter of adapting to particular individuals on that day. We have got three changes. Evin Lewis comes in, Russell comes back and Shannon Gabriel is making his first appearance.

Eoin Morgan: We are gonna have a bowl first. The wicket has been under covers for last 24 hours. There has been a lot of rain around and we feel there would be some moisture on it.

Completely different challenge that we had against Bangladesh. The World Cup is about adapting to conditions. Tough challenge for us. We have got the same team.