Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha a doubt to face Arsenal due to a hamstring injury

Crystal Palace have been handed a fitness concern from the international break as Wilfried Zaha has injured his hamstring.

The winger represented Ivory Coast during this period, but he was not available for their second match against England after feeling pain following their 2-1 loss to France.

Zaha has suffered either a grade one or two hamstring injury, but it is currently unknown how severe the problem is going to be for him.

“After the first game, he felt something painful behind the hamstring,” Patrice Beaumelle told the press.

“I asked him to come with the team for the game. He was so sad because he wanted to play. He is a very fast player, he needs his hamstring to play his game. I would have loved him to have played tonight with the Elephants.”

The 29-year-old is now a doubt for Crystal Palace’s upcoming Premier League fixture against Arsenal on Monday, but he has already started treatment.

Brazil set new South American World Cup qualifying record

Brazil have set a brand new South American World Cup qualifying record following their victory over Bolivia.

Tite‘s team won their latest match 4-0 with Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes getting on the scoresheet, while Everton’s Richarlison bagged a brace.

Brazil have amassed 45 points from their 17 games in qualifying, which is a new record for the highest number any team has secured in the history of the group.

They overtook Argentina‘s efforts during the 2002 group, where Marcelo Bielsa‘s team managed to gain 43 points from all of their fixtures.

The Canarinho still have one more match to play against the White and Sky Blue, but they will top the group ahead of the tournament in Qatar later this year regardless of that result.

Brazil are also set to be back in the number one slot of the FIFA World Rankings after Belgium were held to a draw in their most recent match against Republic of Ireland.

Tottenham Hotspur ‘lining up move for Andrea Belotti’

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly set their sights on signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti, amid continuous uncertainty around Harry Kane‘s future.

The 28-year-old has endured an injury-hit season this year, meaning that he has only made 15 Serie A appearances, during which time he has netted four goals.

A deal to secure Belotti’s signature is simplified by the fact that the Italy international is out of contract at the Stadio Grande Torino this summer, meaning he could arrive in North London on a free transfer.

According to Sport Witness, Belotti could come into the Tottenham squad to provide cover for Kane, which is a role Spurs have struggled to fill with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Carlos Vinicius failing to set a light to their Tottenham career.

Belotti will have to decide whether he would be willing to second Kane and by doing so potentially limit his game time, but after a disappointing season due to injury, there may not be many other clubs looking to recruit the forward.

Since arriving at Torino in 2015, Belotti has gone on to score 109 goals in 244 appearances for the club.

Atletico Madrid ‘to reject any Barcelona move for Joao Felix’

Atletico Madrid have reportedly decided that they will block any attempt Barcelona make to sign midfielder Joao Felix this summer.

The 22-year-old arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano from Benfica in 2019 for a significant £107m, but he has not been able to live up to the expectations a price tag that big puts on a signing.

To date, his best goalscoring season for Atletico was last year, when he netted 10 times in all competitions, while he has hit similar figures during this campaign, having scored eight and provided six assists in 30 appearances.

GOAL reports that despite his lower-than-expected stats, Felix will remain in the Spanish capital as Diego Simeone has insisted that he is a key member of his side.

Felix’s contract with the club currently runs until 2026 and his release clause is set at £296m, which is likely to price Barcelona out of any deal they would have wished to secure.

The Portuguese international has scored 27 goals and provided 15 assists in 106 appearances for the club.

Gareth Bale to sign short-term contract with new club?

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will reportedly sign a short-term contract with a new club this summer, ahead of this year’s Qatar World Cup.

The Wales international helped his nation reach the World Cup playoff final with two goals against Austria on Thursday, while he is out of contract at the Bernabeu at the end of this season.

Should Rob Page‘s side reach the 2022 World Cup later this year, Bale will want to be match fit and to do so is likely to have to find a new club on a short-term basis, with his future at Los Blancos seemingly certain to be over.

According to the Standard, the 32-year-old has been linked with a third spell at Tottenham Hotspur, while it has also been suggested that he could join hometown club Cardiff City for the beginning of next season.

The report states that Bale will look to retire after the World Cup, if Wales are to qualify, but if they lose the final against Scotland or Ukraine, he will assess his future in the next couple of months.

Bale has enjoyed a successful career at the Bernabeu, scoring 106 goals in 256 appearances for the club, during which time he has lifted 17 trophies.

Arsenal ‘table bid for Luis Sinisterra’

Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra, who looks certain to depart the Dutch outfit this summer.

The 22-year-old has scored 18 goals and registered 11 assists in 38 appearances for Arne Slot‘s side this season, making him one of the most highly-rated players in the Feyenoord squad this year.

Sinisterra has attracted interest from a number of top European sides, meaning that Arsenal will have to fend off competition from Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen for the youngster’s signature.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Gunners will be able to sign the Colombia international for £15m this summer, but they are expected to have bid slightly lower than that figure to negotiate a better deal from Arsenal’s point of view.

It is believed that Sinisterra has dedicated some of his time to learn Dutch and English, which of course will help his transition to North London should he sign for Mikel Arteta‘s side.

During his four seasons with Feyenoord so far, the winger has netted 30 goals and provided 26 assists in 102 appearances for the club.

Gavi, Ronald Araujo to pen new Barcelona deals?

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted that contract negotiations are progressing well with Ronald Araujo and Gavi.

Both players have contracts at Camp Nou until the end of next season, a situation which has inevitably led to speculation regarding their respective futures.

Many top European clubs are said to be monitoring the situation with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea being linked with either or both of the players.

However, Laporta feels that the duo will each extend their stays at the Catalan outfit, telling El Periodico: “Gavi and Araujo contracts? There’s a framework in which we have to stay at to negotiate salaries.

“Talks are going well. We want them to stay, and they want to stay.”

Laporta may look to free up further space on the wage bill during the summer transfer window before finalising improved offers for the defender and midfielder respectively.

Kalvin Phillips ready to sign new Leeds United contract?

Leeds United have reportedly been handed a boost in their bid to retain the services of Kalvin Phillips.

The midfielder has established himself as a regular in the England squad over the past two years, playing a key role as the Three Lions reached the Euro 2020 final last year.

His progression has naturally led to interest from bigger clubs in the Premier League with Manchester United and Liverpool said to be monitoring the situation.

However, according to The Mirror, the 26-year-old will pen fresh terms at Elland Road providing that Leeds avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The report suggests that any new deal will also be delayed because of Phillips changing representatives, but it should not hinder Leeds’ efforts to push through an improved contract.

Phillips has endured a frustrating campaign, making just 15 starts in all competitions due to injury.

Newcastle United ready to move for Bologna defender Aaron Hickey?

Bologna defender Aaron Hickey has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Newcastle United.

The former Hearts teenager has enjoyed a fine campaign in Serie A, contributing four goals and one assist from his 27 appearances.

Hickey’s form earned him a call-up to the latest Scotland squad, the 19-year-old making his debut against Austria on Tuesday night, and it now appears that he could be given an opportunity to move to the Premier League.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle have been left impressed by Hickey’s development this campaign and are prepared to make a big-money approach for his signature.

The Magpies would be expected to pay in excess of £15m for a player who possess a contract at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium until 2024.

However, money is not likely to be an issue with Newcastle boss Eddie Howe being provided with a significant warchest to turn his team into contenders for European qualification next season.

Ajax chief coy on Erik ten Hag to Manchester United rumours

Ajax chief Gerry Hamstra has stated that he hopes Erik ten Hag remains at the club next season, amid rumours linking the manager to Manchester United.

The 52-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, and it was reported that he was interviewed by the Premier League giants at the beginning of last week.

Ten Hag is among other candidates to become the next permanent manager at Man United, along with Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique, but it is believed that the Dutchman is the top target.

Speaking to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Hamstra made his feelings on the situation known: “It would be fantastic if Ten Hag is still our coach next season. He still has a contract but we all know how the world works. For now he is focused on this season, these important months. Time will tell what will happen after.”

Ten Hag’s contract at the Johan Cruyff Arena runs until 2023, and he has currently guided his side to top of the Eredivisie, two points clear of PSV Eindhoven.

Having added value to his CV during his time at Bayern Munich, Ten Hag has got Champions League experience and managing sides at the elite end of European football.