Newcastle 'make £85m Vlahovic transfer bid', Chelsea 'want Lautaro Martinez', Pep Guardiola inconclusive Covid test

NEWCASTLE are reportedly making a shock £85m transfer bid for Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic.

The in-form Serb has refused to sign a new contract with the Italian side and has been a target for Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City among others.

Meanwhile Chelsea are said to be keen to rekindle Lautaro Martinez's partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

The two fired Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season before Lukaku headed to Stamford Bridge.

And there's more Covid trouble in the Premier League after Pep Guardiola cancelled his press-conference following an inconclusive test result.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN COMES AROUND

    Kostas Manolas rejected offers from the Bundesliga and LaLiga for a return to his beloved Olympiacos, reports SunSport's Kostas Lianos.

    Manolas completed a sensational comeback to the Greek champions seven years after leaving for the Serie A where he stood out for Roma and then Napoli.

    SunSport understand the centre-back turned down a potential move to Germany and Spain just two years after being targeted by some of the Premier League's biggest clubs.

    The Greece international's performances in Italy attracted the interest of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in 2018 and 2019.

    Reports at the time suggested the Premier League trio was willing to splash over £30million before the now 30-year-old defender joined Napoli two years ago

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    EFL POSTPONEMENTS

    Here are all the EFL matches that have been postponed:

    Championship

    Cardiff P-P Derby
    Coventry P-P Stoke
    Millwall P-P Preston
    QPR P-P Swansea
    Reading P-P Luton

    League One

    Bolton P-P Wycombe
    Burton P-P MK Dons
    Gillingham P-P Crewe
    Lincoln P-P Doncaster
    Sheff Wed P-P Accrington

    League Two

    Crawley P-P Oldham
    Northampton P-P Barrow
    Port Vale P-P Exeter
    Swindon P-P Walsall

  • Kostas Lianos

    COVID HIT

    So far a total of FIVE Premier League games, scheduled for the weekend, have been postponed:

    Saturday

    Man Utd P-P Brighton
    Southampton P-P Brentford
    Watford P-P Crystal Palace
    West Ham P-P Norwich

    Sunday

    Everton P-P Leicester

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    GOOD AFTERNOON FOOTBALL FANS

    A total of FIVE Premier League matches, scheduled for the coming weekend, have been postponed.

    Those are Manchester United vs Brighton, Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace, West Ham vs Norwich and Everton vs Leicester.

    Meanwhile, United are the ‘only’ serious bidder for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

    That is according to SportBild, who report that the Red Devils are strong candidates for Haaland’s signature compared to other suitors, but will first have to make it to the Champions League.

    Chelsea have already landed Romelu Lukaku, while Real Madrid’s priority is to buy Kylian Mbappe.

    Haaland could replace Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain but a transfer to Paris ‘would only be an alternative’ for him.

    Manchester City, meanwhile, were keen on signing Harry Kane in the summer and the Tottenham star remains a ‘dream’ target for Pep Guardiola.

    Bayern Munich won’t be considered as long as Robert Lewandowski is still leading the attack while Barcelona are still struggling financially.

    And Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will again be frozen out by Mikel Arteta as punishment for the late return that cost him the captain’s armband.

    Aubameyang has missed the last two games as manager Arteta lost patience with his striker for the latest lack of discipline.

    And the Spanish head coach has revealed the 31-year-old will have no part to play in Saturday’s match at Leeds as his exile continues.

    Arteta said: “No, he is not available for this game.”

    Asked if Aubameyang has a future at the club, Arteta added: “He is not available for this game.”

    Finally, City boss Guardiola has cancelled his press conference following an inconclusive COVID-19 coronavirus test result.

    The Spanish head coach is now waiting on results of a follow-up test, but the pre-match presser has been called off.

    This comes after five Premier League matches, scheduled for the weekend, got postponed. That's due to a COVID-19 outbreak that has taken over several clubs

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