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Southampton ‚Äď 17 Jan 13:22

Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal to replace Walcott with £89m Liverpool target; Real Madrid plot ?600m six-player trade

Arsenal are tipped to make a move for a big-money Liverpool target, while Real Madrid could sign three stars and let three leave in a prospective ‚ā¨600m trade, according to Wednesday’s European papers.



Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, according to reports in the Portuguese media.

With long-serving Gunners star Theo Walcott expected to sign for Everton, O Jogo claims Arsenal have turned their attentions to Portugal flyer Martins.

The 22-year-old has been one of the standout stars in Liga NOS over the last two seasons and has also impressed in the Champions League with Sporting this term.

Indeed his performances led to reports earlier in the week claiming Liverpool had offered the player a summer move to Anfield and had even agreed a £4.4million-a-season salary.

However, any deal for either Arsenal or Liverpool would come at a price: Martins currently has a buy-out clause of £53m but it is believed Sporting are looking to increase that to an eye-watering £89million.


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Real Madrid will sign¬†Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski in place of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema this summer in an overhaul that will see around ‚ā¨400m spent and around ‚ā¨200m brought back in¬† (Marca)

Ronaldo is desperate to leave Real Madrid after falling out with president Florentino Perez over the fact that he earns less than Lionel Messi and Neymar (Mundo Deportivo)

Ronaldo’s potential return to Manchester United is definitely back on (Gazetta dello Sport)

Manchester United target Fabinho insists he won’t be leaving Monaco this month, despite talk of a fresh ¬£40m offer from Jose Mourinho’s side (O Globoesporte)

Leon Goretzka has snubbed a move to Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal and will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season (Bild)

Arsenal could yet miss out to Real Madrid after the Spaniards re-entered the race to sign Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Don Balon)

Juventus will make a concrete move for one of either Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil or Christian Eriksen of Tottenham this summer (Corriere dello Sport)

Inter will launch an ambitious bid for Liverpool target and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos should they fail to land Rafinha Alcantara this month (Diario AS)

Manchester City are emerging as contenders to sign Antoine Griezmann after ending their interest in Manchester United bound Alexis Sanchez

Chelsea are expected to face competition from PSG if Juventus give any indication they are willing to sell wing-back Alex Sandro (L’Equipe)

Javier Mascherano will play his final Barcelona match next Thursday against Espanyol before joining Hebei China Fortune (Mundo Deportivo)

Villarreal hope to talk AC Milan into accepting a reduced ‚ā¨11m bid (down from ‚ā¨15m) for on-loan striker Carlos Bacca (Gazetta dello Sport)

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Roma defender Federico Fazio has criticised Spurs and the English game after his ill-fated spell in the Premier League (Corriere dello Sport)

Long-term Liverpool target Inaki Williams has signed a new seven-year deal at Athletic Bilbao which has seen his exit fee increased to a potential ‚ā¨108million

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs to have opened talks on a deal to sign Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal this month (Estadio Deportivo)

PSG have put talks with AC Milan keeper Gigio Donnarumma on hold and have turned their attentions to Roma stopper Alisson, who is wanted by Liverpool (Calciomercato)

Simon Mignolet has been linked with a ‚ā¨20million switch to Serie A leaders Napoli (Het Nieuwsblad)

Tottenham have reportedly joined Juventus in race to sign Cagliari’s North Korean forward Kwang-Song Han




Manchester United are plotting a fresh bid to take Brazil midfielder Fabinho to Old Trafford and could launch a £40m move to bring him to Old Trafford this month (Don Balon)

Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz wants to extend his contract at the club, despite Roma attempting to trigger his ‚ā¨15m release clause (Cadena Ser)

Juventus are emerging as favourites ahead of Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli in the race to sign Matteo Darmian – but any move for the unsettled Manchester United defender is likely to be put on hold until the summer (Calciomercato)

AC Milan star Suso has refused to rule out a return to Liverpool

Everton are emerging as serious rivals to Sevilla in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt Omar Mascarell (Marca)

Real Madrid have agreed to pay the ‚ā¨110m exit fee in Mauro Icardi’s contract, with the Argentine due to move after the 2018 World Cup (Corriere dello Sport)






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Southampton ‚Äď 17 Jan 11:45

All the completed Premier League transfers in the January window

All the incomings and outgoings in the Premier League during the January transfer window….



Players in: Konstantinos Mavropanos (£2.2m, PAS Giannina)

Players out: Francis Coquelin (£10.6m, Valencia)


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Players in:

Players out: Jamie Murphy (loan, Rangers)


Players in: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Tottenham)

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Players in: Ross Barkley (£15m, Everton)

Players out: Diego Costa (undisclosed, Atletico Madrid); Jake Clarke-Salter (loan, Sunderland)

Crystal Palace

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Players in: Cenk Tosun (£27m, Besiktas)

Players out: Ross Barkley (£15m, Chelsea); Liam Walsh (£1m, Bristol City); Gethin Jones (undisclosed, Fleetwood); Kevin Mirallas (loan, Olympiakos)

Huddersfield Town

Players in: Terence Kongolo (Monaco, loan); Alex Pritchard (£11m, Norwich)

Players out: Kasey Palmer (loan recall, Chelsea)

Leicester City

Players in: Adrien Silva (£22m, Sporting Lisbon), Fousseni Diabate (£4.4m, Gazelec Ajaccio)

Players out:


Players in: Virgil van Dijk (£75m, Southampton);

Players out: Philippe Coutinho (£142m, Barcelona), Cameron Brannagan (undisclosed, Oxford United), Ryan Kent (loan, Bristol City)

Manchester City

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Players out: Marlos Moreno (Flamengo, loan)

Manchester United

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Players out: James Wilson (Sheffield United, loan)

Newcastle United

Players in:

Players out: Adam Armstrong (loan, Blackburn), Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe, loan)


Players in:

Players out: Virgil van Dijk (£75m, Liverpool)

Stoke City

Players in: Moussa Niakate (undisclosed, Paris FC), Moritz Bauer (undisclosed, Rubin Kazan)

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Swansea City

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Tottenham Hotspur

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Players out: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Burnley), Marcus Edwards (loan, Norwich)


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West Bromwich Albion

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West Ham United

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Southampton ‚Äď 17 Jan 08:56

Paper Talk: Mkhitaryan wages scare Arsenal; Aubameyang deal close

A Roma defender has been linked to Chelsea, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded a huge pay rise if he is to join Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded astronomical wages if he is to join Arsenal in a deal for Alexis Sanchez, a report claims.

The Daily Record claims that Mkhitaryan has told Arsenal he wants the same wage package that was offered to Sanchez if he is to move to North London.

The Armenia international allegedly has several reservations about moving to the Gunners, including having to drop down to the Europa League and the club being adrift of the top four currently.

A return to former club Borussia Dortmund is believed to be the preference of the 28-year-old rather than a switch to the Emirates.

The report goes on to state that his agent, Mino Raiola, is demanding Arsenal make Mkhitaryan the highest paid player in the club’s history if they are to tempt him to leave Manchester.

Mkhitaryan currently earns around £140,000-a-week at United, but Arsenal’s final contract offer to Sanchez reached £300,000-a-week, reports claim.

Speaking about Mkhitaryan‚Äôs future, agent Raiola told The Times: “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.

“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it‚Äôs his decision.”



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Manchester United are prepared to offer Arsenal £35million and Alexis Sanchez £350,000-a-week, should the swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan fall through (The Sun)

Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is hopeful of signing Sanchez and the Chile international is Jose Mourinho’s top target (Times)

Tottenham have 21-year-old Norwich midfielder James Madison in their sights, along with Liverpool and Manchester City (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are chasing the signature of Roma defender Emerson Palmieri (Mirror)


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Jose Mourinho is close to signing a new five-year contract with United. The new deal is two years longer than his initial agreement with United, which saw him signed up for three years in May 2016

Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with Arsenal chiefs – leaving it to their Bundesliga club counterparts to finalise a deal (Mirror)


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Theo Walcott will complete his ¬£20million move to Everton on Wednesday after spending Tuesday afternoon at the Toffees’ training ground Finch Farm for a medical and finalising terms (Liverpool Echo)

David Moyes may have publicly denied that he is aware of a Chelsea bid for Andy Carroll, however West Ham bosses are willing to listen to offers of £20million

Swansea are favourites to sign AC Milan’s ¬£35million striker (WalesOnline)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley (Press Association Sport)

Argentinian 31-year-old former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto, currently playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League with Emirates Club, could return to English football after opening talks with Fulham (Daily Mail)


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Southampton ‚Äď 15 Jan 11:31

Ref Review: Sterling rightfully yellow carded after dive

We reflect on matchday 23 of the Premier League and there were some shocking decisions by referees over the weekend.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Swansea penalty appeal v Newcastle United 

New boss Carlos Carvalhal was left raging for what he described as a “clear penalty” that Swansea failed to be awarded on Tyneside. In the first half of an even encounter Mo Diame appeared to block a shot from Mike van der Hoorn with his elbow. It was missed by ref Graham Scott despite wild protests from various Swansea players in the vicinity. Replays suggested Diame’s arm was not in a natural position and therefore it should have been handball and a spot kick. When you are down amongst the dead men though, decisions like this have a habit of not falling your way.

Verdict: Incorrect decision 

Abdoulaye Doucoure goal v Southampton 

Roger East has had a complete nightmare here, not to mention Southampton, who were robbed of their first win in 10 Premier League matches after a crazy last few minutes at Vicarage Road. Leading 2-1 against the Hornets, the Saints were under the cosh as Doucoure stopped to nod home Troy Deeney’s header back across goal in the final minute. The ball however missed his head, but was swept home with a subtle hand. Inexplicably Mr East and his two assistants missed the game’s defining moment and the goal was given.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Wayne Rooney offside v Tottenham

Mr Rooney thought he had scored on 22 minutes at Wembley after dabbing the ball past Hugo Lloris following Cenk Tosun’s flick. However the England man was rightly flagged for offside.

Verdict: Correct decision


Harry Kane first goal v Everton

“I might have been offside. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t.” So said a sheepish Harry Kane in his post-match interview reacting to his first goal against the tricky Toffees. Kane slammed a side-footed shot into the net following Son’s cross but was blatantly offside. Not so, according to the officials, and he went on to grab another and become the club’s record scorer in the Premier League.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Crystal Palace penalty appeal v Burnley

Huge moment at Selhurst Park early on and Michael Oliver surely got it wrong. Bakary Sako, who was excellent all afternoon, was scythed down in the box by James Tarkowski. However Oliver somehow failed to award a penalty.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


West Brom penalty appeal v Brighton

The Baggies long wait for a Premier League win finally ended on Saturday as they beat a below par Brighton 2-0. They were good value for the win and also saw a penalty appeal waved away midway through the first half when a Matt Phillips shot struck Glenn Murray on the arm. The appeals were waved away by Martin Atkinson and to be fair to Murray it was more ball to hand, though his arms were quite high.

Verdict: Correct decision


Riyad Mahrez penalty appeal v Chelsea

Mahrez has been on fire for Leicester in recent weeks but blotted his copybook somewhat here after an outrageous second half dive at a Stamford Bridge. Andreas Christensen doesn’t move in the box as Mahrez tumbled over his outstretched leg in search of a spot kick. The normally mild-mannered Christensen was furious, confronting Mahrez afterwards with a wagging finger and a few choice words. On a weekend where the officials got things wrong in so many top flight games, Mike Jones was bang on the money here.

Verdict: Correct decision


Ben Chilwell red card v Chelsea

Young Chilwell was dismissed for the first time in his career for two yellow cards. And while the first may have been semi dubious he can have no argument about the second. He caught Victor Moses on the shin. Studs up. Case closed.

Verdict: Correct decision


Bournemouth penalty appeal v Arsenal

Let’s have it right. Just what was Alex Iwobi doing? The Arsenal man, in a nod to Chuck Norris, elbowed the ball away after a Bournemouth cross. His arm was clearly in an unnatural position. He elbowed the football. It was stonewall. In the words of Graeme Souness afterwards “What’s not to give there?” Thankfully the decision didn’t cost the Cherries, who came from behind to win 2-1.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Manchester City penalty appeal

Just in case Liverpool fans needed another reason to boo him mercilessly, Raheem Sterling took a dive in the box with just six minutes gone of Sunday’s pulsating Anfield spectacular. There was a slight suggestion that Emre Can brushed Sterling’s heels initially, but replays confirmed it wasn’t a penalty. If the ref didn’t deem it a spot kick there is also an argument Sterling should have been booked for simulation.

Verdict: Correct decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award


You have to feel for Mauricio Pellegrino, a manager on the brink, trying to comprehend a 10-game winless run which looked like ending until Doucoure’s outrageous late leveller. In these heady times of VAR trials, here is a perfect example of a decision that would have been referred, an infringement spotted and a goal removed.

Stonewall decision of the Week

Chilwell red card at Chelsea

The second booking was clearly the result of a reckless act. Whether Chilwell meant to make the foul or not, it was reckless. And brainless given he had been booked not long before.

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Southampton ‚Äď 15 Jan 10:18

Monday Verdict: Man Utd NEED difference-maker Sanchez; Sterling succumbs to jeers

This week’s Monday Verdict explains why Manchester United MUST beat their rivals to sign Alexis Sanchez, how Raheem Sterling fluffed his lines on his Anfield return and Arsenal doing ‘an Arsenal’ yet again.



When Manchester United emerged as genuine contenders to sign Alexis Sanchez towards the end of last week it was regarded as a major surprise by many, but actually, why is it?

United’s need to sign a player like Sanchez always appeared more obvious than ‘noisy neighbours’ City’s. After all the Chilean is a very similar player to the sort of attacking talent that Pep Guardiola already has in abundance.

As for United, it is clear for all to see that the Gunners frontman would offer something completely different to the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

For starters he can play off the cuff and perhaps isn’t as structured as Jose Mourinho normally likes his players – something that Old Trafford used to see plenty of during Fergie’s golden era.

He would be the perfect foil for the battering ram that is Lukaku (when he is the mood) and would give United more energy and purpose as an attacking force.

At 29 he should still be in his prime and would be a snip at anything between ¬£20-35m. Compare that to spending ¬£80m on another top United target, Torino’s Andrea Belotti, who is unproven at Premier League level despite being prolific in Italy. It’s a no-brainer.

Sanchez would also offer more of a goal threat from a wide position than Martial and Rashford, even though both have performed admirably this season.

But it all depends on whether Mourinho is prepared to go against his own overly cautious philosophy and actually bring in more of a maverick to spice up his side’s attacking threat.

Of course City remain favourites to sign the player, despite Guardiola seemingly ruling out a move for the ‘too expensive’ Sanchez, as that’s where the former Barcelona star wants to go.

Mourinho, however, HAS to convince the Gunner that Old Trafford is the place to cement his legacy as one of the Premier League’s best foreign signings.

If he doesn’t then another era of Manchester dominance is almost definitely emerging, but it won’t be coming from Salford.


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Raheem Sterling returned to Anfield on Sunday as Manchester City’s top Premier League scorer and playing the best football of his career, but he left with his tail between his legs.

Hauled off with 20 minutes to go and his team 4-1 down, Sterling struggled to get the better of Andrew Robertson all afternoon and looked a shadow of the player who has been so consistent this season.

Here we take a close look at the 23-year-old’s performance in more detail…

Attacking threat

Sterling has always possessed the attributes to cause defenders problems, but under Pep Guardiola this season he has turned occasional flashes of brilliance into consistent end product. However, deployed wide on the right he found little joy against Liverpool left-back Robertson, who matched Sterling for pace and more than held his own in the pair’s one-on-one duels.


With Robertson nullifying any threat out wide, it was little surprise that Sterling’s best moment came when he drifted infield. With the score still 1-1, Sterling played a central role in a swift counter-attack at the start of the second half, only to under-hit his pass to Sergio Aguero and allow Liverpool’s defence to get back and block the Argentine’s effort on goal.


Robertson’s ability to maraud forward makes him a dangerous opponent, and to Sterling’s credit he tracked back well to prevent the Scotland full-back posing a threat at the other end of the field. Sterling was beaten in the air by Robertson at the start of the move which led to Roberto Firmino scoring Liverpool’s second, although other Manchester City players were far more culpable for the ball ending up in the back of the net.


As Liverpool began to run riot in the second half Sterling appeared to lose his cool. He squared up to Robertson after the former Hull player was penalised for a hefty challenge, and was booked six minutes later for a clumsy, late tackle on Georginio Wijnaldum. Guardiola replaced Sterling with Bernardo Silva two minutes later.


Having been booed from the start by the home crowd, Sterling was a willing runner and put in plenty of effort during a pulsating encounter. However, he received little change from Robertson and failed to make an impact in the final third. It was no surprise to see him substituted after he began to lose his discipline midway through the second half.




As Arsenal limped off the field following their 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, the discontent from the travelling contingent raining down on the players, there was a sense of familiarity.

They have problems, simply put. They sit five points behind Spurs in fifth place, eight behind Manchester United and a colossal 23 behind Manchester City. That’s after 23 games.

They created very little apart from the opening goal scored by Hector Bellerin; that being the one time that Arsenal really cut their hosts open, a team who had conceded 16 goals in their last six league games.

The Gunners have won just once in their last five Premier League fixtures; that being a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. They have lost six games this season, the most of any team in the top six. Three of those defeats came against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, but the others came at the hands of Stoke, Watford and the latest loss at Bournemouth.

Arsenal have conceded 32 goals this season, comfortably the most of any team in the top seven. Burnley, who sit five points behind them, have conceded ten less goals.

“We were 1-0 up and suddenly we lost two goals and we don‚Äôt know where they came from,‚ÄĚ Wenger told¬†BBC Sport¬†after the game.

“It is very frustrating. Overall we have to look at it in a very objective and harsh way we made mistakes we should not have made.

“The team that fights against relegation will fight and you cannot afford any concentration mistake.

Arsenal changed to a back four moments before conceding the winner, and when asked whether that was a mistake on his part, Wenger answer:¬†‚ÄúMaybe a little bit but 1-1 was not good enough for us. We had to win the game. I think if you look again at the second goal we made many mistakes and that is what we paid for.‚ÄĚ

Respect should be given for trying to go and win the game, but the game should have already been wrapped up long before the Cherries levelled proceedings. Wastefulness and carelessness appear to be manifesting in the team, and it has begun to breed.

It’s not just on the field that Arsenal’s problems exist though. They are embroiled in two separate transfer sagas involving their two best players; one of whom (Alexis Sanchez) it appears they are set to lose to a Premier League rival. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil reportedly continues to request an absurd salary from interested parties despite being nowhere near as consistent as his demands suggest.

In addition, they’re making midfielder Jack Wilshere sweat over a new deal – understandable perhaps given his injury troubles, but if reports are true and he will only be offered a new deal on reduced terms, it hardly provides motivation.

You get the feeling that Arsene Wenger doesn’t know his best formation, starting XI, what substitutions to make and how to implement any kind of style. For a manager who was renowned for his ability to do those things, it has become a bit of a joke.

Arsenal fans reading this may say that it is all common knowledge amongst an increasingly disgruntled fanbase, but sometimes it is important to take stock of just how bad things have become.


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ESPN FC - Southampton News 14 Jan 11:36

Watford 2-2 Southampton: Hornets grab late point

Southampton looked destined to end their 10-match winless run in the Premier League, but Watford earned a share of the spoils with a late equalizer.

ESPN FC - Southampton News 13 Jan 21:54

Top 5 Premier League goals of the day

Check out the best goals from Saturday's Premier League action, including a brilliant team goal from Tottenham and a debut to remember at Huddersfield.

ESPN FC - Southampton News 13 Jan 21:19

How lack of VAR cost Southampton at Watford

ESPN FC's Craig Burley calls on the Premier League to expedite the implementation of VAR after Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial equalizer against Southampton.

ESPN FC - Southampton News 13 Jan 20:55

Premier League: Chelsea 'abysmal,' Spurs in full flow

ESPN FC's Craig Burley recaps all the Saturday results from week 23 in the Premier League, including Chelsea's third straight goalless draw.

ESPN FC - Southampton News 13 Jan 18:52

Watford 2-2 Southampton: Hornets grab late point

Southampton looked destined to end their 10-match winless run in the Premier League, but Watford earned a share of the spoils with a late equalizer.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC 23 Jun 17:56

Pellegrino appointed Southampton manager

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, with the 45-year-old former Alaves boss replacing Claude Puel.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC 15 Jun 10:42

Southampton sack manager Puel

Southampton sack boss Claude Puel after one season in charge, when they finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup final.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC 14 Jun 10:00

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC 13 Jun 16:24

Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy

Barnsley sign Southampton defender Jason McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Southampton | BBC 7 Jun 20:20

Liverpool end interest in Van Dijk

Liverpool apologise to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

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