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Richarlison will receive medical treatment from Tottenham today after agreeing a £60million fee with Everton

Spurs have reached an agreement in principle with Everton to sign Richarlison, with the Brazilian set to undergo a medical on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

RicharlisonTottenham have reached an agreement in principle with Everton to sign Richarlison with the Brazilian, who is reportedly due to undergo a medical on Thursday. Antonio Conte wanted to add a quality attacker to his squad, capable of playing up front and acting as a backup for Harry Kane down the middle - something Spurs haven't had since Fernando Llorente left in 2019 . Richarlison was Conte's go-to choice for the role despite ties to Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus, with the 25-year-old capable of playing on either flank, alone up front or in a front two alongside Kane. Everton were unwilling to sell a player crucial to their surge in survival last season, but the need to meet financial fair play rules before the end of the current financial year - on June 30 - has accelerated talks. According to The Athletic, a deal was agreed overnight between Everton and Spurs, although further talks are needed to finalize the transfer's exact fee and structure. That's not a dissimilar fee to the one Everton paid for Richarlison when he moved away from Watford in 2018 and underscores the pressure the Toffees are under to make money and raise funds to meet FFP guidelines. Richarlison is believed to have already agreed personal terms on a long-term deal with Spurs and a medical is due to take place later today. Negotiations are believed to have been pushed by Daniel Levy, with BBC news reporter Jon Sopel revealing he had seen Tottenham chairman and his Everton counterpart Bill Kenwright having dinner together at London's Scott's restaurant earlier this week. Richarlison scored 10 goals and provided five assists for Everton in the Premier League last season and was a rare bright spot in a difficult season. Although the transfer is unlikely to be made official before the end of the game, for FFP purposes the transfer is considered part of the final financial year as long as Everton and Spurs can demonstrate an agreement has been reached before the end of the day. Conte might not have to wait long for a fifth signing either. According to reports in Spain, an agreement has also been reached on a loan deal for Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, who would take on the role of left centre-back. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news

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Martinez has clear transfer stance as Man Utd and Arsenal battle for signature

Arsenal and Manchester United are expected to compete over the signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, with the Dutch club now having their price tag set for the Argentina international (Author: Gardener)

MartinezArsenal and Manchester United are expected to fight over the signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, with the Dutch club now set the full price on Argentina international Man Utd's pre-season plan as Red Devils travel to Australia Ajax star Lisandro Martinez is keen to move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United locked in a tug-of-war to sign him. Arsenal have made THREE attempts to sign the Argentina international with the latest offer totaling £35m plus £5m in add-ons in a bid to fend off United. United boss Erik ten Hag is looking to ambush his former club to sign Martinez, who is versatile and can play in defence, left back and also fill in in midfield. Ajax have been so rebuffed by Arsenal's offers to sign the 23-year-old and maintain their stance that they don't want to sell and have slapped a hefty asking price of over £45m to deter potential suitors. Martinez will remain respectful of Ajax but is excited about the opportunities and the chance of potentially moving to English football this summer. He's a very popular figure at Ajax, they want to keep him and he's just had an outstanding season. Martinez is just 5ft 9in but his tackles and tackles stats are superb and is considered a similar figure to Javier Mascherano who had a brilliant career as a fighting midfielder but also ended up in defense at Barcelona. Arsenal have been chasing him since April and that groundwork could prove beneficial as they look to improve their squad with a versatile player who can mark Kieran Tierney but also fill other roles even more comfortably. But United's link comes from former Ajax boss Ten Hag, who is now watching developments, and they could dive in if Arsenal appear to be finalizing an agreement. United's priorities have been elsewhere and have agreed deals for Frenkie de Jong and Tyrell Malacia but Ten Hag really want Martinez and it's clear the player is drawn to a big move to the Premier League. Lisandro Martinez interested in Premier League move amid interest from Man Utd and Arsenal Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has reassured his United team-mates that he will stay at the club for next season. Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been monitoring Ronaldo's situation after the 37-year-old forward was said to have been dismayed by United's lack of transfer activity this summer. But Ronaldo's United team-mate and fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes revealed he has spoken to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and is confident he will stay at Old Trafford. United are on the verge of confirming the double signing of Dutch duo De Jong from Barcelona and Malacia from Feyenoord, with Fernandes now confident Ronaldo will not leave this summer. I don't think the club is ready to lose a player of Cristiano's worth."

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Andy Murray's hopes are dashed by John Isner, but Cameron Norrie pulls through

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu through the exit door after a four-set loss to John Isner. (Author: Gardener)

John IsnerTwo-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined Emma Raducanu through the exit door after a four-set loss to John Isner. Powerful American Isner secured a first career win over the Scot on the ninth try by firing 36 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 win. The Scot was only able to gain 15 points against Isner's unrelenting first serve. But there was so much more to the 20th seed's victory, with a multitude of clean drop shots and deft touches at the net that left center court stunned. Murray still believes he can still show his best tennis in the Slams and hinted in his press conference that he has no intention of retiring from the game. "I think most players on the tour would tell you that a game like this was won or lost on the basis of a few points here and there. I didn't play well enough tonight because of those points," said the 35-year-old. old. "Like I said, I certainly didn't serve well enough early in the game, which I think is understandable. You see, it's a difficult opponent to play against. As you said, I've obviously had good against in the past played him." He later added: "Physically, I feel good, then we will try to continue playing. "But with the problems I have had with my body in recent years, it is extremely difficult to make long-term predictions about how I will feel Will go in a few weeks, let alone a year." If I'm physically fine, yes, I'll keep playing. Murray's serve also had to fire, but too often in the early stages he threw Isner a look at his second try , and it was a searing return that was too hot for the home favorite as he was broken in game three. It was only the second time in the last 12 years that Isner had broken Murray's serve in 25 tennis sets. The second The set whizzed past, neither player putting a glove on the other, but Isner drew the first blood in the tie-break and when Murray had a single chance to undo the damage, he threw a simple pass into the net. At the S etpoint did Murray well to get a bat on the 136-mile rocket, but the return floated wide and Isner held a 2-0 lead. In the inevitable tie-break in the third set, errors crept in from Isner for the first time, a long forehand and a volley netting that gave Murray the initiative, and the fired former champion jumped wildly as he halved the deficit. He was devastated shortly after, however, when another easy backhand pass smashed into the tie to hand Isner's break point, which he scored with a return that Murray just netted. "I'm definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray, maybe I was just a little better than him today," Isner said after the Scot had left the jubilant court, waving. "It was an incredible honor to play him on this court in front of this crowd. "To play as well as I did against one of our greatest players of all time was a huge achievement for me. Cameron Norrie survived a major scare to ensure the British No.1 progressed to the third round after a 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win over Juame Munar. The friendly atmosphere between the former doubles partners might have ended if the Spanish right-hander had maintained his level during a thrilling back-and-forth battle on Court One. Norrie ensured he averted further misery for the home players on day three of the championship by returning to triumph shortly after Emma Raducanu's elimination in round two against Carolina Garcia in five sets. Ryan Peniston's impressive summer on British soil is over after losing in straight sets to American Steve Johnson. Peniston reached the quarter-finals in Nottingham, Queen's and Eastbourne but lost in the second round in his first Grand Slam appearance 6-3 6-2 6-4. The 26-year-old from Southend was unable to to reach the level he's shone at for the past few weeks, and the big serve American did it with ease. The crowd-favorite partnership of Jamie Murray and Venus Williams makes headlines in the Wimbledon mixed doubles draw as Kyle Edmund celebrates his long-awaited return to tennis. After Andy Murray and Serena Williams' spectacular run to the third round in 2019, it's their siblings' turn this time. Venus, who is now 42, had said she would not be playing at Wimbledon this year but decided to follow her sister across the Atlantic and will seek a first mixed doubles title at a Grand in 24 years to win a slam. Jamie Murray has won five slam mixed doubles titles, including two at Wimbledon - in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and in 2017 with Martina Hingis. They will face New Zealand's Michael Venus and Poland's Alicja Rosolska in round one, while former British No. 1 Edmund is home partner Olivia Nicholls against American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock. Briton Neal Skupski and American Desirae Krawczyk, the defending champions, are second seeded to Japan's Ena Shibahara and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer.

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Other tennis players need support as Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray are eliminated

After Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu fell at Wimbledon 2022, here are some of the most exciting British players to support instead. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuAfter celebrating Britain's best Wimbledon opening performance in almost 40 years, hopefuls Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray both fell in the second round of the tennis tournament. The pair and their team-mates got off to an excellent start at Wimbledon, most of them winning convincingly against their opponents in the first round. But some of Britain's top players have now been eliminated in the second round after a series of bruises. So which other British players can you outperform at Wimbledon 2022? Here's a rundown of the most exciting men and women playing this year. One of the most obvious choices to keep an eye on is Britain's newest No. 1 champion Cam Norrie, who is on his way to the third round of men's singles after beating Jaume Munar in a thrilling match on Wednesday. Kyle Edmund will return to Wimbledon for the first time in two years after suffering a serious injury on Friday, playing the mixed doubles game with team-mate Olivia Nicholls. In men's doubles, Andy Murray's brother Jamie won against France with his Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares and advances to the next round. After British number one Emma Raducanu fell at Wimbledon on Wednesday, number two Harriet Dart is in the women's singles spotlight. After an excellent first round, she will face American Jessica Pegula in Thursday afternoon's second round match. She will also play with her Guernsey teammate Heather Watson in women's doubles on Thursday. Olivia Nicholls has also had a good run so far in women's doubles, where she will play Romanian and Ukrainian players with Alicia Barnett in the second round on Friday. Find out how to watch your favorite players live on the BBC here. MORE : Andy Murray follows Wimbledon's Emma Raducanu after losing to John Isner on Center Court

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Andy Murray believes he can still shine at Grand Slams despite being eliminated at Wimbledon at the earliest

Murray fell in four sets from the second round after being beaten by 20th seed John Isner and has his sights set on being seeded to help his cause and the danger men in the early rounds of future slams to dodge. Murray had faced a fitness race ahead of Wimbledon after suffering an abdominal strain, which he was adamant he would have had no trouble against Isner. (Author: Gardener)

WimbledonAndy Murray believes he still has the game for a deep run at the Grand Slams despite being eliminated at the earliest of his Wimbledon career last night. Murray fell in four sets from the second round after being beaten by 20th seed John Isner and has his sights set on being seeded to help his cause and the danger men in the early rounds of future slams to dodge. The 35-year-old insisted losing to the hard-hitting American didn't change his goal of getting back to the top of the Majors. “I came into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run. “Now I really want to improve my ranking to a level where I will be put in Slams. I've talked about it a lot with my team and I want to try that - and put myself in a position that hopefully comes after the US Open. "If not the US Open, then I'll go to the Australian Open next year, where I'll be seeded again. Those are my goals leading up to the US Open.” Murray had never experienced a loss to Isner before last night, but none of their eight previous meetings on the pitch had been played on grass, and none had happened since he retired three and a half years ago had an operation on his hip. Isner hit a total of 36 aces and 82 winners while Murray struggled to find a way past the American, barring a slip by his 37-year-old opponent in the third set tiebreak. Murray had faced a fitness race ahead of Wimbledon after suffering an abdominal strain, which he was adamant he would have had no trouble against Isner. But it didn't let him serve for 10 days after the Stuttgart Open, which has proved to be the weakest part of his game in his two rounds here. In the first set against Isner, his first serve percentage was only 44. "It's frustrating because I was in a good place with my game," Murray added. “But I felt physically good on the pitch. Physically, I wasn't in good shape when I came into the tournament. “My game was better this year. I could have had a good run so it's frustrating."

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John Isner's heavy metal drums Andy Murray from Wimbledon

Andy Murray was eliminated from Wimbledon after losing to John Isner of the USA 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-4 (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAmid feverish scenes resembling a resuscitation meeting, Andy Murray tried his best to conjure up one last famous late-night miracle on Center Court. But Father Time - and the crunching heavy metal tennis of John Isner - offered a crushing answer. Afterwards, Murray vowed to be back at Wimbledon if his creaking 35-year-old body holds out, but he conceded it wasn't a given. "It's no secret that I'm not a better tennis player than Andy, but maybe I was a little better today," he generously admitted. As Isner later admitted, his game is not particularly polished. But he still confused Murray with his Blitzkrieg bop. "I've played against these players many times and found ways to get enough returns to turn the games around, whether it's against Karlovic, Isner, Raonic or guys like that," a dejected Murray said afterwards. "But tonight he was very close to the lines at key moments." But as much as it will pain the Wimbledon crowd who have cheered him royally all these years, it was Murray who offered a portrait of the artist as an older man. But a little slower in the eyes and between the lines. In a game of millimeters and microseconds, it made the difference. "I think most players on the tour would tell you that a match like this would be won or lost based on a few points here and there," Murray said. "I didn't play well enough on those points." Earlier, bookmakers had made Murray, who had won all eight of his previous contests against Isner, a heavy favourite. But he also knew those wins were years before his body collapsed and his hip reappeared. With the overwhelming difficulty of breaking Isner's serve, it was important Murray got off to a quick start. Instead, he was broken in the third game. The Scot immediately had two chances to retaliate, only Isner was able to save them - first with a skillful volley and then with a 200kph first serve. Incredibly, Murray didn't get another opportunity to interrupt the competition. After losing the opener 6-4, Murray stabilized and had half a break chance as he led 30-15 on Isner's serve at 5-4 in the second set. But then the American hit two exquisite drop volleys and showed he had surprisingly good touch for a big man to hold serve before blasting away with the tie-break. Murray was now in a desperate situation. To add to his troubles, Isner got 79% of first serves - a staggering percentage considering many flew past the speedgun at over 130 mph - and won 88% of his first serve points. Murray's best hope now was that his fellow 37-year-old veteran, after playing a five-setter on Monday, could start to feel some prominence in his legs. "C'mon Andy, he's older than you!" one shouted, but Isner's serve held as we went into another tiebreak. This time it was Murray who got off to a quick start and took a 3-0 lead. Murray couldn't, could he? But Isner was unable to comply. A break to make it 2-2 in the fourth set put the match on the table and after a delay he was able to keep his nerve to close the stadium roof. Murray, meanwhile, had to hope this wouldn't be his last day at this most famous of places. "If I'm physically well, I'll keep playing," he said. "But with the issues I've had with my body over the past few years, it's extremely difficult to make long-term predictions."

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Andy Murray issued a retirement warning after Brit expressed doubts about returning to Wimbledon

ANDY MURRAY was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

WimbledonAndy Murray has been warned against hasty retirement by Andrew Castle and Naomi Broady. The Brit suffered a painful loss to John Isner in a match that dragged on well into Wednesday night, ending a grass season in which he had pinned all his hopes on a deep run at SW19. Murray lost the first set of his first-round match against James Duckworth on Monday but seemed to be picking up steam with a convincing win in the last three sets. In his second duel on center court of the week, Murray lost two sets to 6ft 10in Isner thanks to a monstrous service performance. Murray drew roars from the home crowd as he clawed back a set via a tiebreak, but Isner kept his nerve to end the match, prompting an angry reaction from the 35-year-old, who clearly felt his chance wasted to have a deep run in this year's tournament. While some may feel this was Murray's last dance at the All England Club, former British tennis star Castle believes he has plenty of reasons to keep going. "All the work was done, the preparation, the games, and there was a lot that could praise his game." In an explosive game on grass, here and there it didn't matter more than two or three points. He had plenty of chances to grab a big chunk of the game but was always a step behind a player who played a little better. OK, he was upset after that, but he wants to move on. You haven't played for a long time, you're long retired, so play as long as possible. "Murray's career has been in jeopardy before. Speaking alongside Castle, Naomi Broady agreed that Murray should banish all thoughts of retirement. "I think as we've seen throughout his career he will do whatever it takes to move on play," she added. It's just entirely up to him when he wants to step down. I can't even imagine for Murray the adrenaline rush he needs to get out on center court, it's addictive. Of course he wants to get out there and feel the emotions again.”

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Andy Murray doesn't need to keep playing, but we'd love for him to

Andy Murray is an emotional man. That's one of the things we love about him. (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray is an emotional man. That's one of the things we love about him. © Andy Murray leaves the pitch after his second round loss to John Isner at Wimbledon. (Photo by Sha... He had to face powerful moments - not least one of the darkest scares - long before that summer afternoon on Center Court when he broke down in tears after losing his first Wimbledon final. Since then there have been occasions where voice cracking to a croak as he appears to be returning to a robotic delivery to brace himself for the next minute or two.He did so again late Wednesday night.Yes, he would continue to play tennis - if his health would allow. Yes he could be back at Wimbledon next year - if he could avoid more injuries No we hadn't necessarily seen the last of him - as long as his body held up For example what kind of game to expect John Isner actually That's wrong. Everyone seemed to know how their second-round contest was going to go, with so much emphasis placed on the big American's giant serve beforehand gt that one almost expected the match to come with a spoiler alert. Yes, Isner's serve was phenomenal said the perfect game. And as he conceded in one of the loveliest victory speeches in many years, he had to do this to overcome our man. So he should continue, yes? Sure, if he really wants to - go ahead, big guy. But no one - in a sport that employs large retainers, possibly including a massage therapist and someone who boosts the ego - will have to tell this man of independent mind that time is the enemy. Murray the Magnificent reappeared on Wednesday, shimmering like a ghost. At other moments we wondered where he had gone. That's the problem with an athlete who is so ingrained in his consciousness: we know his movements, how he runs, grunts, thrashes, the whole game plan - his "net," as Isner called it, and one that he had to do everything possible to avoid, otherwise he would have been a goner. Or rather, we think we know all that. What we don't know, however, is whether the gap between that performance and some of the golden ones is due to the dream performance of the opposition or Murray's not being 100 percent fitness, training and playing time - and more importantly, whether that gap is bridgeable is and he wants to try to close it. He doesn't have to. He is Sir Andy. He's a multimillionaire. But he may want to continue to be, as Isner said, "an inspiration to all of us in the dressing room." And first he will take the emotion out of it.

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Over-enthusiastic Wimbledon ball boy may have cost Andy Murray the set point

One of the Wimbledon ballboys jumped into action, catching the ball before rebounding at the end of a set Andy Murray won against John Isner on Center Court last night (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayOne of the Wimbledon ballboys jumped into action, catching the ball before rebounding at the end of a set Andy Murray won against John Isner on Center Court last night. When center court erupted as Andy Murray won the third set against John Isner last night, a ball boy was so swept up in the action that he caught the ball before it bounced. The two-time champion tried to hold off the heavy-serving American in the second round of Wimbledon after losing the opening two sets 4-6, 6-7 (4). The set ended with a gigantic first serve from Murray, which bounced off Isner's racquet into the sky before the ball boy snapped it out of the air before hitting the ground again. A jubilant Murray threw his arms in the air after keeping his hopes of winning the game alive, little did he know the ball boy could have lost him the point or at least prompted a replay, with the rules saying that the ball must hit the ground first. Nothing was done, however, and Murray, who had a healthy lead in the tie-break, was in a strong position to yet maintain it. Technically, Isner's wild return was still in there until it bounced down and out, meaning the towering American could have received a let. However, a linesman also said so, with Murray's set clinching point standing. Isner smashed the 35-year-old around the net with the best serve of the tournament and a series of clever little volleys. The tough loss marked the first time Murray lost to Isner and failed to reach the third round at SW19 for the first time in 13 previous tries. "I came into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run," he said. On the final point of the third set, a Wimbledon ball boy caught the ball before it bounced. He added: "I really want to try to get my ranking up to a level where I'll be seeded in Slams. If not [of] the US Open, then next year it's the Australian Open." A stomach injury he sustained at the Stuttgart Open in early June disrupted his preparations for the Slam on grass and showed that he was "in Essentially couldn't serve for 10 days". When asked if he would show up again at Wimbledon, Murray added that it would depend on his physical condition. "[If] I'm feeling good physically, we'll try to play on." , he said. It's not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level."

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Andy Murray's greatest hits aren't enough to stop John Isner's heavy metal music at Wimbledon

Andy Murray's departure from Wimbledon was tough on viewers, writes Tim Ellis. (Author: Gardener)

Andy Murray'sOne felt that this might not be the most memorable day for British tennis on Wimbledon's grandest stage. It soon became apparent that Emma Raducanu was incapable of directing her final major with the panache of September 21st. She was moved like an extra by the clever play of Caroline Garcia, whose game plan stifled the optimism of the early afternoon crowd. Raducanu wasn't concerned. Like, it's a joke. I literally won a slam.” She's right, but going out on day three felt a little premature. There was no better antidote to that disappointing but not entirely unexpected loss as Andy Murray went out to cheer at tea-time. A functional win with a somewhat dodgy patch seemed like the most reasonable prediction. Until they started playing. Isner broke in the third game and just grew. It's hard to grow when you're already 6ft, but his game had a groove that castrated home fans. Was that really "the great, but not much more" John Isner? The best returner in town just couldn't break the American. Murray always finds a way, especially in the first week. That sure was a little hiccup. Isner would suffocate. Or hit a pair of double faults. no He does not have. He just kept serving. And he played like a dream between the flashes. This wasn't the storyboard for fans frozen in time and remembering all those late night fights that Murray specializes in. This would certainly be a repeat of last year when he beat Oscar Otte under the spotlight on the first Wednesday at 10:30pm. A game that would end with a roar and a couple of bracelets thrown in the stands just before curfew, yes? no It just didn't feel right. When the Scot snagged the third set in the tie-break, he went into megawatt celebrations like he'd won the tournament. The comeback king tried to recharge the long-lasting battery, but there's only a limited number of times you can go back in the oven with a metal hip. Isner is now 37, two years older but acted like he'd rediscovered new skills just before Father Time cruelly took them away. The subtlety was something else, scraping Murray's dipping returns off his feet with brilliant hands to make his opponent feel powerless. Games were 40-0 within a minute. Murray was involved in the match but couldn't dent a player's confidence he usually has on toast. We'd like to remember Murray as a lithe 26-year-old, not a 35-year-old with Robocop parts. Still, if he were to lose to anyone, it was less painful to fall on the lovable Isner, who apparently spent his entire on-court interview belittling his own powers and showing great respect for the example Murray sets in the dressing room to pay tribute Will it be his last Wimbledon? "It's not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to be able to compete at the highest level." John McEnroe said: "It's tough for him." It was also for us to watch. The article Andy Murray's Greatest Hits not enough to stop John Isner's Heavy Metal Music at Wimbledon first appeared on Tennis365.com.

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