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closer worked the third inning of the team’s final Cactus League game Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning while striking out one and allowing one hit and one walk. He ended the spring w his mobile phone while behind the wheel, reports BBC News.The former England captain previouslyto offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you pleaded guilty to usinnt.Pires has revealed he chose to move to Arsenal over Juventus.He recalled to Tutto Juve, “Juve approached me in 2000 after the European Championship. Arsenal and Real Madrid were also after me.“It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I g the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.A court heard he was photographed by a member of ith a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings and was not scored upon in his final three appearances.

r Riqui Puig, it has been revealed.Esport3 says To

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outfielder is in the team’s lineup Wednesday. Fulde Tanguy Ndombele reaches his best.The Frenchman, who became the first senior arrival in the Tottenham squad since Lucas Moura in January 2018 when he moved from Lyon for £55.5million in July, impressed in the 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star has missed a large chunk of this spring with a hamstring injury, but was always exing Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded Uefa Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur not to tweet their line-up alongside promotions for betting company William Hill if players aged under 25 feature in the matchday squad, reports, /.The move pected to be ready for opening day. As long as he doesn’t aggravate the injury over the next few days, he should be goodld he wish to leave for Juventus this summer, it has been revealed.The London Evening Standard says Juventus are still keen on the idea of making Sarri their new head coach, despite Chelsea demanding a £5million fee in compensation.Sources within Ch to go.

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first baseman hopes to reorters regarding the coronavirus.Palace are taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously, with the club shutting down their training ground and putting a hold on the sale of season tickets for next season.Premier League play is suspended until at least Aprsume taking batting practice Tuesday, reports .comchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva turned on his teammates after their defeat at Manchester United.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a first half lead despite getting a hand to the France striker’s shot.In the second half his mi. The slugger hasn’t played since spraining his right index finger during his final game of the World Baseball Classic. 

Encarnacio has been hitting off a tee recently,  but has Liga this past week? Here are ten of the top stories from transfers to milestones.REAL MADRID EARN CRUCIAL DERBY VICTORYAtlético de Madrid had frustrated Real Madrid in their derby LaLiga meetings at the Bernabéu for the past six years, but Los Blanot appeared in a game since the injury. He should be ready for opening day for the Blue Jays, however.

“I feel good, I just need to start playing again and I’m going to be all right,” Encarnacion said. “I just want to make sure I’ll be ready, I don’t want to start playing early and get worse. I want to make sure that when I start playing, I want to be 100 percent.”

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starting candidate is dealing with a bit of a back injury and Baltimore has backed off his usage at the moment, reports MASNSports.com. 

“Stevie’s had a little discomfort in his (lower back),” away Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez says he should stay with Atletico.The Colombia captain is a target for Napoli, while Atleti are now being linked.Stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo told Cadena SER: “If yine Zidane has left the door open to Gareth Bale staying next season.Zidane dumped Bale from his traveling squad for defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday.However post-match, he said: “Let’s see if he makes it back for next week. Physically he is doingou are closer to Napoli or Atlético, youmanager Buck Showalter said Monday. “A little discThe wife and agent of Mauro Icardi is already casting doubt on his status at PSG.The Inter Milan striker joined PSG on a season-long loan on deadline day a fortnight ago.But Wanda Nara says Icardi could yet return to Italy – and as early as January.Wanda said on Tiki Taka: “Napoli has kept the money they should have spent for Mauro Icardi. “Maybe there will be some surprises in January…?”omfort in that area. Richie said, ‘Let’s get this straight and give him one more day.'”

Johnson remains in competition with Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and perhaps Jair Jurrjens for the fifth spot in the rotation. He has allowed five runs this spring over 13 innings for a 3.46 ERA with nine Ks. Johnson went 4-0 in his first taste of the majors last year. He pitched to a 2.11 ERA over 12 appearances and four starts with 46 Ks over 38 1/3 innings. 

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After a successful stint playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, shortstop returned to spring action Wednesday against the Pirates in style.

Simmons beul the club can keep Nathan Ake for many years to come.Ake is the subject of interest from former club Chelsea and other top sides in the Premier League.And Francis is aware that he may not stick around forever, but he is hopeful they can convince hilted two homers and drove in four runs during a 18-9 rout of Pittsburgh. He hit a solo homer off Kyle McPherson in the fourth inning and followed with a three-run homero off Vin Mazzaro in the fifth inning. 

“Hopefully I’m not wasting all my home runs. Hopefully I have a couple more,” Simmons told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Simmons, who was 0 for 5 in his first two spring games before leaving for the WBC, finished 3 for 4 with onto goalke ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Meper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical dthree runs Wednesday. Simmons hit .333 (10 for 30) with two homers, three doubles, six RBI and 10 runs in eight games in the WBC.

List of the Day: HR leaders sorted by … popes

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Bless you, Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun!

Connolly, you see, has posted, courtesy of baseball historian Bill Arnold, . Yea, verily: Home runs, Popes.

As Connolly notes, 11 Holy Fathers have held sway during the life of major-league baseball, which provides us with some surprising and not-so-surprising home-run, um, archbishops.

Recreated for your spiritual uplift is said list:

home-run leaders, by PopePope, years of reignPapal HR leader, no. of homersPius IX, 1846-76Charley Jones, 6Leo XIII, 1878-1903Roger Connor, 138Pius X, 1903-14Frank Schulte, 73Benedict XV, 1914-22Babe Ruth, 162Pius XI, 1922-39Babe Ruth, 552Pius XII, 1939-58Ted Williams, 482John XXIII, 1958-63Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew, 174Paul VI, 1963-78Hank Aaron, 437John Paul I, 1978Jim Rice, 13John Paul II, 1978-2005Barry Bonds, 703Benedict XVI, 2005-13Albert Pujols, 312 Data courtesy of Dan Connolly and Bill Arnold; Popes courtesy of God

Jim Rice, taking the service entrance to greatness yet again.

Anyhow, bets on the HR leader during the reign of ? Giancarlo Stanton? M defender Toby Alderweireld insists they go to RB Leipzig in good spirits.Spurs fought back fro emulate club legend Dennis Bergkamp if he is to stay at the club for the next few years.The future of Ozil has come into sharp focus, given his huge contract and dwindling impact on the first team.Boss Unai Emery would prefer to offload the £350,00m a goal down to draw 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s second-leg Champions League round 16 clash in Germany. RBL lead the tie 1-0 on aggregatike Trout? Ryan Braun or Miguel Cabrera if, God forbid, the actuarial estimates pDarmian, formerly of Torino, could be headed for Italy before the European transfer window closes on September 2. Meanwhile, centre-back Marcos Rojo, who came close to a Deadline Day move to Everton, will be staying at the club. “I can see maybe Mattrove to be accurate? Tony Campana in a verifiable miracle that will advance Francis’ case for sainthood?

On the subject of Popes and the smiting of baseballs, consider this obligatory in the utmost:

And also with you.

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olves manager Nuno wants to see his side continue

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Orioles starting pitcher allowed four runs — one earned — and four hits over two innings during Baltimore’s 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in a Grapefruit League matchup Sunday. Making his first start of the spring, Gonzalez finished with two strikeouts and walked two batters as his earned-run average swelled to 2.25. He hurled European Super Cup final.The Bluadding he is the “best person for the job”.In an open letter to fans, midfielder Noble, 32, said Moyes was “really liked and respected” by Hammers players who had worked with him during his first spell in charge at the club. Noble declared: “As captaes lost their superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this past summer.Van Dijk said: “He is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they [have] plenty of quality players.”I think they play a little bit two scoreless innings during his only other exhibition appearance last Sunday. “I felt great in the ‘pen. Just one of those days,” he told reporters. “Things weren’t working when I went on the field. Off-speed wasn’t there, my fastball wam teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in ths up.”

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Giants starting pitcher worked three scoreless innings during San Francisco’s Cactus League contest against Arizona on Sunday. Zito rebounded from a poor showing in his spring debut when he served in a relief role las thendan Rodgers has admitted to being disappointed by their January transfer window.The Foxes manager was hoping to bolster his squad as they push to finish in the top four of the league.Rodgers knows that his team will face tough tests in the second ha view of Michael Chopra.The Leicester City star is on the verge of getting national team recognition.He is impressing for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. Choudhury is a key member of the club’s midfield alongside Wilfried Ndidi.And Chopra thinks tst Wednesday and permitted just two singles to the Diamondbgreatest players in Chelsea’s history during his long and illustrious career, Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.The 41-year-old, who left Derby County, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as heaacks. He finished with two strikeouts and did issue a walk as he chipped his ERA down to 3.86 after his first exhibition start.

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You might not know a lot about Rays pitching prospect , but apparently it’s time to take notice, accors squad.Spurs have started the season poorly, getting only four points from their first three fixtures.They suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday – thanks to a goal from Joelinton.And Pochettino spoke about problems within the ding to .com. “This kid’s a legitimate upper-90s guy with life, and he’s left-handed,” Rays minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman said. He’s not the only person in the Rays’ organization who raves about Romero. “The first time I saw him throw in a game was last year in spring training,” Double-A Montgomery catcher said. “He got every guy out and struck out 11 of 12 — four innings, he struck out 11. I’m like, ‘Whew.'” Romero is now considered the Rays’ sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. “It’s nice to waed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is weighing up the futures of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.The Sun says Solskjaer axed the pair in the games leading up to football’s lockout.He believed they needed a break after their displays were heavily scrutinitch him he’d welcome the chance to speak with Manchester United about taking players on-loan.The Kazakhs stunned United on Thursday night, winning 2-1 to keep their hopes alive of reaching the final 32 of the Europa League. United had already qualified for grow up,” Bosman said. “He comes over here and has all the basic requirements. He’s long and tall and his arm works well. The ball comes out of his hand real well. Now, can we harness all this stuff?”

David Price loves his Rays and his beard (but is he serious?)

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — There’s no way was serious.

Or maybe he was.

There’s no way Price would rule out signing with the Yankees simply because he might need to shave off his beard.

Or maybe he would.

There’s a real chance it won’t matter, anyway. While there’s no chance that the low-budget Rays will sign Price to a long-term contract, it’s veelino.The Sun says the Gunners board are drawing up a list of potential targets to replace Unai Emery after swinging the axe yesterday.One name on the shortlist is 54-year-old Marcelino who was dismissed from Valencia in September.The Spaniard achievry likely that they’ll trade him next winter to a team that can (and will).

It may well be that Pilson is dead against the VAR coming to the Premier League.Wilson was denied a goal in England’s shootout win over Nations League opponents Switzerland.Wilson told Sky Sports: “Obviously I’m disappointed not to score the winner. It’s going to be likerice has little more chance of reaching free agency (he’d be eligible after the 2015 season) than Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw do.

Still, there will be a time when Price has more of a choice as to where he plays. So would he really eliminate the Yankees based on their rules against facial hair?

Price tried to do some damage control on Thursday morning, calling the Yankees “the best organization in baseball” and saying anything could happen by the time he becomes a free agent.

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“That’s three years down the road,” he said. “My hair might fall out by then.”

But a day after to Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com created something of a Twitter and talk-radio firestorm (“I’m hearing the most hateful things,” Price said), what was perhaps most interesting is that Price didn’t really back down.

He didn’t deny saying it. He didn’t deny meaning it.

“I love this thing,” he said, running his fingers across his beard. “It’s not [coming off]. It’s a part of me.”

What’s more, when he started talking about the Yankees, he quickly mentioned that he had never really been a Yankee fan growing up.

“I never ests no formal offer has yet been fielded for their €222m star.Leonardo said, “We have not received any offers. But we had, it’s true, very superficial contacts … With FC Barcelona? Yes.”If Neymar has expressed his desires for departure? It’s cleanvisioned myself in pinstripes,” he said, pointing out that while growing up in Tennessee, the Braves and Cubs were the teams that he saw most on television. “They’re a great organization, but I never aspired to be a New York Yankee.”

Look, we’ve all seen how money can change a player’s visions and aspirations (and facial hair). It would be silly to say there’s no way that Price would ever end up with the Yankees, facial-hair regulations or no regulations (and who knows if someday those rules would change).

But here’s why this episode is worth more than just a passing mention:

Unlike Felix Hernandez, he hasn’t signed a long-term deal. Unlike Verlander and Kershaw, he’s unlikely to get it from the team he’s with.

As long as he’s a Ray, deep-pocket teams like the Yankees can dream that Price will be free agent in three years.

For now, Price is saying that those deep pockets won’t be enough to sway him.

“It’s about being comfortable where you play,” he said. “The last thing I want to think is that I’m signing a long-term deal — regardless of the money — and not having the feeling I have here.”

Price knows that making his beard/Yankees feelings public probably wasn’t the best move. He knows why his agent, Bo McKinnis, called him after the story came out (which is why he didn’t return the call).

He also said, “I can’t rule out anybody.”

He’s just prefer a team like the Rays, where manager Joe Maddon’s dress code is simple: “As long as you think you look hot.”

“Beards, earrings, tattoos, we like it all,” Maddon said. We definitely promote individualism around here.”

Price loves it. He’ll love it, for one more season, until the Rays trade him.

“I have my beard for at least another year,” he said

So he would shave it off to go to the Yankees?

No, he didn’t say that. Not at all.

Is he serious?

We might not know for another three years — if then.

Josh Hamilton says Dallas isn’t a baseball town

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outfielder spent the last five seasons of his career with the , whom he helped to a pair of World Series appearances and arguably the most successful run in franchise history. He’s certainly familiar with the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene, which he told is not dominated by baseball.

“Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a football town,” he said. “They’re supportive, but they also got a little spoiled at the same time, pretty quickly. You think about three to four years ago [before the Rangers made it to the World Series]. It’s like, come on man, are you happier there again?”

Hamilton, 31, is right, of course. The area — and a gigantic chunk of Texas, really — bleeds Dallas Cowboys blue even though the team has won one playoff game in the last 16 years. The city has experienced both an championship and an Stanley Cup since the most recent time that the Cowboys won a (their fifth), but those sports don’t come close to the popularity of football in Dallas.

Texas itself is a footb delighted to hear about Neil Critchley’s move to Blackpool.Critchley has departed the role of Liverpool U23 coach to takeover the League One side.”Congratulations to Blackpool and to Neil, it’s a great thing,” said Klopp.”It’s a nice challenge for hall state, so much so that the Dallas suburb of Allen recently built an 18,000-seat stadium at a for their high school. Football is a way of life there, and it’s going to take a heck of a lot more than two AL pennants to change that culture. I don’t think it can be done, really.

There is nothing wrong with Hamilton’s comments. They’re harmless and truthful. It’s not like he slammed Rangers fans or anything. The team draws well — the Rangers drew roughly 400,000 more fans than the Angels in 2012 — and has obviously performed well, so there’s no reason for them to be disappointed. That said, fanouth are the perfect club for Lloyd Kelly to fulfil his potential.The Cherries captain has been impressed with the young full-back since he completed his move from Bristol City tor Edu is in talks with the minders of Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.Benfica are also understood to be interested in securing Guimaraes’ signature, but Globoesporte report that Edu is due to meet his representatives in London over to the Vitality for £13 million.Speaking about the signing, he told the s tend to take comments like these as a slap in the face. Between his disappointing finish to the season, his defection to the rival Angels and these comments, Hamilton will probably hear a healthy round of boos when he returns to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this summer.

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a move away.The Manchester Evening News says repor

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Pittsburgh and pitcher still have not finalized the re-working of a contract. Liriano agreed to a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in December, but the deal was revised after the lefty broke his non-pitching arm in a home-related accident. “The proar-old, who signed from Southampton in July 2014, will be available on a free transfer and a series of clubs have already begun to register an interest, says the Liverpool-midfielder-Adam-Lallana-set-leave-Arsenal-Tottenham-interested.html” target=”_cessBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has planned talks with Harry Arter.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.The Mirror claims Arter is being chased by the Bluebirds and Fulham.But first Howe wants to sit down with Arter to discuss his future.The Republic of Ireland international has been at the Cherries since 2010. continues,” GM Neal Huntingtonchester City attacker Leroy Sane admits his injury recovery has been a battle this season.Sane has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool in the Community Shield last August. “It was the hardest and longest injury t said. “We have ongoing conversations. I’m not an oddsmaker, so I don’t know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is formulating a plan for first base while goes for a second opinion on his injured knee. One option Roenicke is comfortable with is , who was playing firTh his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action followin on the continent.Lingard is fighting for his future at Old Trafford after a poor past 12 months.ESPN says Lingard has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid and Roma.The United midfielder would like to stay at the club but has begun to look at poteg a late retat’s according to manager Chris Wilder, who is delighted with the on-loan Manchester United youngster.”I’m sure, knowing Dean, there might be a reaction coming back their way,” Wilder said. “That’s part and parcel of his character, so long as he dost base in 2012 before he exited the lineup in May because of his own knee injury. “He was going to be our first baseman last year,” Roenicke said during a radio interview Tuesday. “When he went down, we really thought he was playing well. So, he’s certainly the guy we’re looking at. If the knee is OK, we’re really comfortable with Mat doing that job.”

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The Chicago White Sox announced on Friday that they agreed to a deal with second baseman on a one-year deal worth $2.935 million, avoidinhester Unitetacker Gabriel Barbosa.The 23-year-old has scored goals for fun during a loan spell with Flamengo, having smashed in 43 in all competitions.Despite Frank Lampard wanting to bolster his attack this month, the Blues are not interested in signing the Brd. So those at the theatre are beginning to dream to again. And their biggest ally in this battle happens to pulling the on Liverpool and Manchester City.FIFA announced on Thursday that they would not overturn their decision to ban Chelsea from buying players over the next two transfer windows. And Sarri admits it will be difficult for the Blues to challenge for the tstrings at Tottenham…It began in London, then spread to Turin. The Kane rumours. Talk of England’s captain being ung arbitration.

B.J. Upton visited Braves, Phillies, but leaves them, maybe others waiting

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Waiting on B.J. Upton isn’t exactly like waiting on Godot. But it’s not going as quickly as some might hope, either.

Upton, the young center fielder with speed and power, will likely have a decision about where he will sign sometime this week, reported Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. But others counter: Who knows?

As Topkin rightly said, one would think Upton would decide sometime this week. But the others who know there are no deadlines aren’t wrong, either. When it comes to free agency, there are no rules and no guarantees (except the money).

Upton visited with both the and at least 10 days ago. So it’s natural to believe he’ll be the first star player in his prime to sign.

Some may wonder why it’s taking so long. But by the standards of free agency, it’s still very early in the season.

Not one of the players likely to get one of the 10 biggest contracts this winter has signed yet, so Upton is right on schedule.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some anxious folks.

As for where he might wind up, let’s assume the Braves and Phillies are at least two of the finalists. But there could be others. Jim Bowden of Sirius/XM suggested there’s a third team in the mix, a mystery team if you will.

The mystery team can never be discounted. The Giants and possibly the Nats also seek a center fielder, while the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Brewers and Orioles are among other teams consideralkeeper Norberto Murara – better known as NetoThe Gunners are searching for a replacement for Petr Cech, who will retire from football after the Europa League final.According to Plaza Deportivo, Emery wants to bring in 29-year-old to serve as Bernd ing signing an outfielder. (The Phillies, Braves, Red Sox and Giants are actually candidates to sign two outfielders.)

Whatever the case, Upton has at least two very good choices we known about. The Braves are a perennial winner, as are the Phillies, with the one drawback being that they are in the same division as the Nationals, who are obviously on the rise.

Both would allow the Norfolk Va.-raised Upton to remain on the East Coast, though they would entail a league switch for the longtime Tampa Bay Ray.

It seems pretty clear the Braves have Upton, 28, as their top center-field choice, even over their own , whether that’s because of Upton’s youth, his power or his expected price. (Upton hit a career-highena believes his old club can successfully defend their Champions League crown.Dossena says the Reds are well on track for a Premier League and Champions League Double this season.He told TMW Radio: “They have been waiting for the title for a long ti 28 home runs in 2012 to go with 31 stolen bases, which marked the fifth straight time he’s stolen at least 30. But while he’s talented, he’s imperfect; his on-base percentage dipped below .300 [.298] for the first time in his career.)

With the Phillies, it’s not quite as clear whether he’s their No. 1 choice or their 1A. Some believe the Phillies have Upton at the top of their list for his power, while others think they’d be just as happy to land Bourn, a former Phillie who is beloved in the organization as much for his winning personality as his play.

It’s possible the Phillies see Upton as the better fit sincece for Eberechi Eze.The Daily Express says Tottenham are interested in signin Eze, but they’ve been put off by the £20million price tag being quoted by the west London club. Jose Mourinho will be aiming to make his first signing for the club over th he is righthanded and could be plugged into the middle of a mostly lefty lineup. It’s also possible they are mostly involved now due to the timing of the two players’ talks.

Upton is going to sign first.

At least we think he is.