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Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier hoping to steal Kyle Walker’s England shirt

• Spurs full-back believes he has been handed a chance by Walker exit
• ‘My dream is always to play for England’

Kieran Trippier is undaunted at the prospect of battling his friend Kyle Walker for England’s right-back position at next summer’s World Cup having spent two years in his shadow at Tottenham Hotspur. While Walker begins life at Manchester City following his £50m move last week, Trippier knows this is his moment to shine.

With Russia 2018 on the horizon, the timing could not have been better for the 26-year-old who made his full international debut against France in June. Trippier signed a new five-year deal following Walker’s departure and is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Mauricio Pochettino by excelling for club and country. “For the past two years I’ve been waiting patiently for my opportunity,” he said before Spurs’ friendly match with Paris Saint-Germain in Orlando on Sunday.

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Dele Alli and Harry Kane expose absurdity of football’s silly season

Spurs pair who cost pittance are second and third most valuable players in the world behind Neymar according to one estimate – but fans still crave a splurge

Now that the Lions tour and Wimbledon are over, and with the Test series against South Africa yet to grab the attention, thoughts can easily turn to the start of the new football season, which is only two weeks away. Or rather to the pre-season competition. I don’t mean friendly tournaments, like the money-spinning non-event of the so-called International Champions Cup. But the true sport and drama of the transfer window. A kind of fantasy football for chairmen, it is also a ritual that finds generous space for frenzied media and desperate fans alike. And all to the tune of sums of money that are increasingly difficult to conceptualise, let alone justify.

Related: Kyle Walker for £50m? Collective madness has gripped the Premier League | Jonathan Wilson

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Manchester United confident of signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic

• José Mourinho frustrated in pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier
• United confident of closing a deal for Matic, with a fee of £50m mooted

Manchester United are confident of closing a deal for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic after hitting a wall in their efforts to take Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho, the United manager, identified Dier as his No1 defensive midfield target at the start of the close-season and he has seen three bids for him turned down by Tottenham. The third bid was understood to be close to £40m.

Tottenham’s position on Dier has been resolute all summer. When Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, made his first approach to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman – and put forward a preliminary offer of £25m – he was told, in no uncertain terms, that Dier was not for sale.

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Tottenham need to find their bearings quickly as Wembley tenants

After poor results at the national stadium in last season’s European games Spurs need to find their feet on the larger pitch now it is their temporary home

The irony was not lost on Mauricio Pochettino. “Remember when I first came to Tottenham and I was criticised for saying the White Hart Lane pitch was too small for us?” the manager said. “And now, people are saying that Wembley is too big?”

Pochettino’s comments came last season, when his team’s travails at Wembley – their temporary home for European matches – were under the microscope. It was a regular talking point, one of those things that become a thing, much to the annoyance of the manager who finds himself caught up in them.

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to PSG for a world record fee?

Today’s fluff is written in the stars

That 6-1 clobbering Barcelona handed out to Paris Saint-Germain last March still weighs heavily on the minds of the French club. In fact, PSG are still seeing stars as a result of the thrashing. One star, in particular: Neymar, who PSG’s Qatari owners see dancing spryly around them every time they close their eyes. Rich folks shouldn’t have to suffer thus! Rich folks should be free to enjoy the wealth they worked hard to inherit!

PSG’s Qatari owners are said to be in talks with Barcelona, who have previously had close ties with the Gulf state, over triggering the Brazilian’s £195m buyout clause. That sounds like an outrageous amount of money to pay for a footballer until you consider how much money Qatar’s ruling regime reportedly pays for weapons, mass surveillance technology and so forth.

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to PSG for a world record fee?

Today’s fluff is written in the stars

That 6-1 clobbering Barcelona handed out to Paris Saint-Germain last March still weighs heavily on the minds of the French club. In fact, PSG are still seeing stars as a result of the thrashing. One star, in particular: Neymar, who PSG’s Qatari owners see dancing spryly around them every time they close their eyes. Rich folks shouldn’t have to suffer thus! Rich folks should be free to enjoy the wealth they worked hard to inherit!

PSG’s Qatari owners are said to be in talks with Barcelona, who have previously had close ties with the Gulf state, over triggering the Brazilian’s £195m buyout clause. That sounds like an outrageous amount of money to pay for a footballer until you consider how much money Qatar’s ruling regime reportedly pays for weapons, mass surveillance technology and so forth.

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Erik Lamela to miss Tottenham’s US tour and aim for September return

• Lamela’s last appearance for Tottenham came on 25 October
• Tottenham travel to the US on Wednesday for pre-season trip

Erik Lamela will not travel with the Tottenham Hotspur squad on their tour of the United States and he will not be fit until late September at best, as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term hip problem.

Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, has decided to leave his injured players in London and it means Danny Rose will stay behind as well. The left-back underwent surgery in May to the knee problem that wrecked the second half of his season and he is a fitness doubt for the beginning of the new campaign.

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Premier League: 20 players ready to make a breakthrough next season

A club-by-club guide to the rising stars who could make a mark in 2017-18, including Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson and West Brom’s Sam Field

The 17-year-old was trending on Twitter last Thursday morning during his first appearance for Arsène Wenger’s first team – against Sydney FC – and it was because his pace, power and trickery are always going to be popular. The attacking midfielder played in an unfamiliar right wing-back role but there were no nerves, only a determination to show what he could do. Will Wenger give him his professional debut this season? According to the manager, Nelson is “very, very close”. David Hytner

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Kyle Walker signs for Manchester City in world-record £53m deal for a defender

• Transfer from Tottenham eclipses 2014 fee PSG paid for Chelsea’s David Luiz
• The 27-year-old becomes most expensive English player of all time

Kyle Walker is now the world’s most expensive defender after Manchester City completed a deal with Tottenham worth an initial £50m rising to £53m for the England right back. With the add-ons the transfer eclipses the £50m Paris St-Germain paid for Chelsea’s David Luiz in 2014 and also ensures Walker has become the costliest English player of all time.

“It feels a bit surreal,” the former Sheffield United defender admitted. “I have been at Tottenham for so many years , but I’m excited about beginning a new chapter in my career. I can’t wait to get started. I’m thrilled to be signing for City.” Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, added: “Kyle is a fine full-back, one capable of producing quality at both ends of the pitch. We’ve followed his progress at Tottenham and have been really impressed by how he has developed. He is now one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and justifiably an England regular. I am sure he will be a success at Manchester City this season and beyond.”

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Kyle Walker for £50m? Collective madness has gripped the Premier League | Jonathan Wilson

How are historians going to explain a society that has lived under austerity for seven years yet smiles benignly at a decent right-back going for £50m?

Kyle Walker for £50m. £50m for Kyle Walker. There is no way of saying it that does not sound a bit, well, odd.

That is not to do down Walker, who was probably the best right-back in the Premier League last season. But still: £50m for Kyle Walker.

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Kyle Walker for £50m? Collective madness has gripped the Premier League | Jonathan Wilson

How are historians going to explain a society that has lived under austerity for seven years yet smiles benignly at a decent right-back going for £50m?

Kyle Walker for £50m. £50m for Kyle Walker. There is no way of saying it that does not sound a bit, well, odd.

That is not to do down Walker, who was probably the best right-back in the Premier League last season. But still: £50m for Kyle Walker.

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Tottenham’s great transfer balancing act, starring Daniel Levy’s iron fist

With an £800m stadium to build and a relatively low wage ceiling Spurs face a dual challenge. The deal to sell Kyle Walker for £50m will provide money to spend but upgrading the first XI is not easy

Of all the tributes to Daniel Levy and his iron fist in the iron glove negotiating style, Sir Alex Ferguson’s is surely the most memorable. Dealing with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Ferguson recalled, “was more painful than my hip replacement”. It should be noted, too, that Ferguson got what he wanted from Levy. Despite all the agonies, he was able to take the striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham to Manchester United in 2008.

Many people in the game do not get what they want from Levy. The very mention of his name can have agents and players letting out mournful signs before they launch into stories about how they thought they had a deal only for Levy to make an eleventh-hour revision to his demands.

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Manchester City agree £50m deal to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham

• Signing a right-back a priority for City’s manager, Pep Guardiola
• Mauricio Pochettino knew he had to sell to release funds for signings

Kyle Walker is poised to complete his heavily trailed move from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City, after the clubs agreed a fee of £50m. Pep Guardiola, the City manager, has made the signing of full-backs a priority this summer and Walker has always been his No1 target at right-back.

The negotiations have been protracted, with the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, having held out for £50m. Levy has been in a strong position. Walker was the best right-back in England last season, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association, which named him in its team of the year, and, at 27, he is not only highly experienced in the Premier League but about to enter his prime.

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Manchester City agree £50m deal to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham

• Signing a right-back a priority for City’s manager, Pep Guardiola
• Mauricio Pochettino knew he had to sell to release funds for signings

Kyle Walker is poised to complete his heavily trailed move from Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City, after the clubs agreed a fee of £50m. Pep Guardiola, the City manager, has made the signing of full-backs a priority this summer and Walker has always been his No1 target at right-back.

The negotiations have been protracted, with the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, having held out for £50m. Levy has been in a strong position. Walker was the best right-back in England last season, according to the Professional Footballers’ Association, which named him in its team of the year, and, at 27, he is not only highly experienced in the Premier League but about to enter his prime.

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Manchester United step up efforts to sign Eric Dier from Tottenham

• United prepared to more than double Eric Dier’s wages in new £50m bid
• Tottenham keen to keep midfielder but prepared to sell Kyle Walker

Eric Dier is open to the prospect of a move to Manchester United and the club are pushing hard to make it happen, despite the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, having categorically ruled it out.

Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, spoke with Levy at the start of the close season and registered their interest in Dier, who sees himself as a defensive midfielder, although he played in Tottenham’s defence for most of last season.

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Football transfer rumours: Eric Dier and Kyle Walker heading for Tottenham exit?

Today’s rumours are shorthanded

With White Hart Lane closed for renovations, Tottenham Hotspur have had second thoughts about hosting matches at Wembley for a season and are thinking instead about taking a sabbatical from football. Untrustworthy sources say there is listless debate within the club about whether everyone should spend their gap year travelling the world as a squad or whether each individual should be allowed to go find himself in his own way. Dele Alli is rumoured to be keen on devoting several months to quiet contemplation in a Tibetan monastery while Vincent Janssen has his heart set on exploring Bouvet, an uninhabited subantarctic outpost considered to be the world’s remotest island, where penguins and petrels are left alone to breed and no one gives a hoot about dreadful goalscoring records.

Meanwhile, several clubs are banging on Spurs’ door in the hope that the “Closed for Business” sign is some kind of joke. Manchester United are banging loudest because Ed Woodward dare not face José Mourinho again without Eric Dier, says the Star, especially as Fabinho is now leaning towards staying at Monaco until Atlético Madrid are allowed to bring him in. But West Bromwich Albion are knocking on Spurs’ door, too, because they want to reintroduce Kevin Wimmer to competitive football. And then, of course, there’s Pep Guardiola, who doesn’t really do banging or knocking, so is instead working on a lace doily representation of Kyle Walker’s face, to be slipped under Spurs’ door as a reminder of Manchester City’s admiration for the full-back. It is hard to say, however, whether Spurs are aware of any of this, or even whether they are awake.

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Manchester United ponder fresh Eric Dier bid after Matic hopes recede

• José Mourinho considers bid of around £50m for Tottenham midfielder
• Chelsea unlikely to allow Nemanja Matic deal if Romelu Lukaku joins United

Manchester United are ready to test Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve over Eric Dier by making a renewed effort to sign him. They have had one bid turned down and with Spurs adamant the 23-year-old defensive midfielder is not for sale, it appeared José Mourinho had moved on to other targets, including Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

But with United poised to sign the Everton striker Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea’s noses for about £75m, it is unlikely they would sanction Matic’s move to Old Trafford. As a result United are considering a further push for Dier, who has always been Mourinho’s No1 target in the position, and a bid of about £50m may change Spurs’ thinking.

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Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures

Who has signed whom? Who wants what? Who could be leaving? Your guide to every team in England’s top flight as the transfer window hots up

What has happened so far?

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