MADRID (AP) Athletic Bilbao says Ernesto Valverde will not remain as the team’s coach next season, clearing the way for his expected move to Barcelona. Athletic said Tuesday that the coach will give more details about his departure in a news conference on Wednesday. The Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Valverde has already reached a deal with Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this year that he would not continue with the Catalan club. Barcelona ends its season after the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on Saturday. The 53-year-old Valverde reportedly will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for a third season. The announcement is expected next
Swansea City remain unwavering in their stance on Gylfi Sigurdsson, with one of their two American majority shareholders, Steve Kaplan, insisting that the club neither want nor need to sell their most prized asset this summer. This comes amid speculation regarding an agreement with Everton and other interest from the likes of former club Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and West Ham United. Sigurdsson has been instrumental to Swansea's fortunes since calling time on a surprisingly mediocre two-year stint at Spurs in 2014 and his 10 goals and 13 assists this term proved crucial in helping the previously doomed club avoid relegation from the Premier League under their third manager of the season in Paul Clement.
Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal is in talks to sign Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side KAS Eupen. The 19-year-old forward is also said to be interesting Everton, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, but Arsenal look to have pushed ahead of their competitors. Onyekuru scored 22 goals in Belgium’s top-flight this season, making him the highest domestic scorer and the teenager’s representatives have reportedly said they’re confident he will play in England next season with the striker having a $8.8 million release clause in his contract. Arsenal have history of taking some of the most talented youngsters in Europe and turning them into first team regulars such as Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to name a few.