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Monday, April 30

Buvac quits Liverpool

Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac has walked away from the club just days before the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The Bosnian-Serb has worked alongside Jurgen Klopp for 17 years during spells at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

According to the Daily Record, Klopp and his No 2 have fallen out in recent weeks, which has contributed to the exit.

A source close to Liverpool told the publication: “Klopp and Buvac had a big falling out.

“And Buvac has been left completely out of the loop of late.

“They stand apart in training, Buvac doesn’t go to tactical meetings, and he is no longer involved in picking the team.

“In the past, he was the only one who had Klopp’s ear. The relationship had broken down.”

Salah update

Mohamed Salah is reportedly expected to be offered a huge new contract to stay at Liverpool.

And according to the Sun on Sunday, the Reds are prepared to double his wages to around £185,000 a week in an effort to thwart Real.

The report suggests that Anfield chiefs are desperate to avoid another big name leaving following the departures of Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

The Sun claim Salah’s new deal could be thrashed out before the World Cup gets underway.

Bale latest

Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid next season – because no Premier League club can afford to bring him home.

Manchester United and Chelsea are both long-term suitors of the Welsh ace, who has found it difficult to get a regular run of games with Real this season.

Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with the former Tottenham man, along with Bayern Munich.

But – partly because of the costs involved in signing him – the 28-year-old is believed to be ready to stay and fight for his place in the Spanish capital next season.

Arsene Wenger replacement

Arsenal need their new manager to focus on the defensive side of the game, says Ian Wright.

“We need somebody who is going to coach the players,” Wright said on Match of the Day 2. “We need to go back to basics when it comes to defending from deep.

“We’ve got the players going forward, we’ve got brilliant offensive players.

“We need to build on a good defensive base. I’m thinking goalkeeper, another centre-half. (Konstantinos) Mavropanos looks good quality if he continues to progress like he has done.

“We need two midfield players, definitely a holding midfielder and another one to go in there.”

Barcelona transfer plans

Barcelona are reportedly planning to make four key signings this summer after their early Champions League exit.

Don Balon claims Antoine Griezmann is the club’s main priority this summer.

But in a surprise turn of events, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is also being touted as a new arrival.

To add, Don Balon also claim Munich’s Joshua Kimmich is another target for Valverde.

The right-back would cost around €50m in the summer.

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