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Everton given rare piece of good news with positive update on two major transfers

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A fresh update has stated that Everton will in fact not have to sell star players Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, contrary to a recent report.

Everton’s on-field problems have been evident for much of this season. The Toffees are currently just one place above the Premier League drop zone.

Furthermore, their form away from home has been a big problem, too. Everton have won just one away league match all season, and under Frank Lampard, they have not won a single point on the road.

Recent reports stated that those issues could be compounded by financial woes. Indeed, the club is struggling under Financial Fair Play rules and the solution to those apparent problems was to sell one of Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison.

Seeing the back of either of those stars would be a massive blow for the Toffees. Despite troubles this season, the pair have been two of Everton’s brightest sparks in recent years.

Both players have had consecutive seasons of scoring 10+ Premier League goals. In fact, the pair sit sixth and seventh on the list of Everton’s highest ever Premier League goalscorers.

However, claims of the Toffees needing to sell one of those stars have been refuted in a Liverpool Echo Q&A.

“I think the important thing to note is that Everton’s financial situation won’t force them into a sale in either case,” journalist Adam Jones said.

“They have ‘comfortable headroom’ with the Premier League over profit and sustainability regulations, so it’s not as if they’re required to sell either player.”

Everton fans will surely be content in the knowledge that their star players will not be forced out of the club.

Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin could still leave

Of course, there is still a chance that one, or both of the star strikers could up sticks.

The threat of relegation is still looming, and it is difficult to see either Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin wanting to stick around and play in the second tier.

What’s more, there have been links between both Everton stars and some big clubs. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have recently cropped up regarding Richarlison.

Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a while, too. Furthermore, Jones feels Everton may still be in danger of losing out.

“If the Blues want to keep hold of both in that sense, they can, but it just boils down to the individuals themselves you’d imagine. Then, if a suitable offer comes in, then yes Everton would be hard-pressed to say no,” he added.

Indeed, it might not be long before we see the stars moving on to pastures new.

READ MORE: Pundit outlines ‘pathetic’ Everton danger, and reveals what Lampard will be ‘petrified’ about

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Manchester United want signing ‘at all costs’ – Talks this week, ‘willing to pay’ what’s needed

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants Villarreal star Pau Torres ‘at all costs’ this summer.

That’s according to Marca, who explain the Red Devils are the club that yearns ‘most strongly’ to take the defender.

The new Manchester United coach wants a centre-back who is comfortable with the ball and the 25-year-old ‘fits perfectly’ into his plans. Therefore, the Premier League side are ‘willing to reach’ the €50m fee need to sign him.

Claims made by Marca are echoed in today’s edition of El Periódico Mediterráneo.

Having turned down Tottenham Hotspur last summer to fulfil his dream of representing the Yellow Submarine in the Champions League, ‘the time has come’ for the centre-back to take the next step in his career.

The 25-year-old’s agents, Jose Manuel Tarraga Valero and Vicente Fores Cornejo, ‘plan to travel to Manchester this week’ to negotiate the contract details, if United can ‘reach an understanding’ with Unai Emery’s side for the transfer. 

Manchester United being ‘willing to pay up to €50m’ for the defender puts them ahead of La Liga sides.

Torres’ preference is to stay in Spain, but it seems the next step in his career will be in England, and ‘more specifically’ at Manchester United.

Villarreal must raise funds to balance their budget and if Torres were to be sold in the region of €50m, he will be the club’s record sale.

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Paul Warne identifies Sunderland player who is a “real handful”

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Rotherham United boss Paul Warne believes Sunderland already have a goal scoring Championship-level striker.

The Millers’ boss has claimed that Ross Stewart will possess a threat in the second division now that Alex Neil’s side have earned promotion.

A 2-0 win in the League One play-off final ended the Black Cats’ four year stay in the third division.

Goals either side of half time from Elliot Embleton and Stewart clinched promotion for the club.

Rotherham also earned a place in next season’s Championship having come 2nd in the table behind Wigan Athletic.

But Warne believes that Stewart will give Sunderland the edge they need in order to stave off any relegation battle.

Speaking on EFL on Quest, the 49-year old shared his confidence that the striker will succeed in the second division.

“He’s a real handful,” said Warne, via Chronicle Live.

“He pinned the two centre halves back for Wycombe and it allowed the players around him to play. Sometimes his ability outweighs what he does in the game.

“They were so concerned with him as there were two on him, it allowed other players to get round him, pick up those pockets and potentially score more goals.

“He got his goal and he deserved that for his work rate. 

“Shot through legs which I buzz off, I think it’s worth double, I love that and then celebrated with his fans at that end, that must of been the high point of his life and career. 

“He’ll go on next year and he’ll be a threat in the Championship for defences, there is no disputing that.”

Quiz: Can you name which club Sunderland sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

Both clubs will be preparing for life in the second tier of the English football pyramid next season, with survival the ultimate aim.

Sunderland had a difficult campaign having dismissed Lee Johnson in January and only finishing 5th in the table.

But victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe earned an overdue promotion.

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It is possible that Stewart would be preparing for Championship football this summer regardless of Sunderland’s play-off outcome.

The forward scored 24 times in the third tier and was one of the division’s standout players this season.

That Sunderland have earned promotion now gives him the opportunity to prove what he is capable of at this level.

If he can perform to the same standards, then Sunderland will no doubt be aiming for much higher than simply surviving.

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