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Real Madrid prepared to offer three players in part exchange for Harry Kane – report

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer up to three players in a bid to tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with striker Harry Kane, according to a report from Spain.

Real are reportedly willing to offer former Spurs players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as striker Karim Benzema to try and secure a deal for Kane, according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol.

Diario Gol also claim that Spurs will not let Kane leave for less than €200 million (£179 million) – hence the willingness to involve a swap deal.

But all three players will be seen as expendable to the Spanish side. Bale has been blighted by injuries in the past season, which has affected his form and value. Meanwhile Benzema would be the player most likely to lose his place in the side if Kane were to join Madrid. Finally, while Modric is still highly rated, his is 33.

However, nothing has been said by Spurs, and this story comes without quoting any sources, so it is best filed under ‘speculation’ – for now.

All the factz for today’s seven Premier League matches

There are seven Premier League matches today, with the big match coming at tea-time, when Manchester City take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But there are plenty of other interesting games as clubs look to build on good starts – or put bad ones behind them. There are the factz you need:

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30) Live on Sky Sports Premier League

* This is the first top-flight meeting between the sides since 1972.
* The Terriers are unbeaten at home this season with one win and 2 draws and have conceded just once.
* However, Spurs have won all 3 of their away matches so far.
* Huddersfield have kept 4 clean sheets in 6 PL matches.
* Harry Kane has scored more goals on his own than 7 PL team’s have managed in total this year in all competitions. He’s bagged 34 so far.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City

* Bournemouth won this fixture 1-0 last season. The return fixture ended 1-1.
* Both sides have had awful starts to the season – Bournemouth have had 5 defeats and Leicester 4.
* The Cherries have kept just 2 clean sheets in 14 home PL matches.
* Leicester’s last 6 defeats have all come against last season’s top 6.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest – the past 4 matches have only garnered 5 goals.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

* The omens aren’t good for Palace, who have lost all 6 PL games without scoring – the first side to do that in any of the four divisions.
* United meanwhile have won all 3 home matches without conceding.
* The Eagles have also never beaten United in the PL – losing 13 of their 16 meetings.
* Palace have lost 9 of their last 10 PL matches – failing to score in each defeat.
* Romelu Lukaku have scored 6 goals in 6 PL matches for United this season.

Stoke City v Southampton

* Last season, this fixture ended 0-0. At St Mary’s, Stoke won 0-1. So don’t expect a goal-fest.
* Stoke aren’t on a good run – losing 9 of their last 16 PL matches, including 3 of 6 this season.
* But Saints aren’t faring much better – they’ve lost 11 matches in 2017 so far (23 matches)
* Saints have also failed to score in 10 of their last 14 matches.
* Five of the 10 PL matches between these sides have ended all square.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford

* West Brom beat Watford 3-1 in this fixture last season. Watford gained revenge with a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road.
* The Baggies are unbeaten at home this season – 2 draws and 1 win.
* However, Watford have won all 3 away games.
* Watford’s start – 11 points from 6 games – is their best start to a top flight season since 1982/3. That season they finished 2nd in the old Division 1.
* West Brom have yet to score more than once in a PL game this season, and haven’t scored in their last 2.

West Ham United v Swansea City

* The Hammers did the double over Swansea last season, winning 1-0 at the London Stadium and 1-4 at the Liberty Stadium.
* Swansea have never kept a clean sheet at West Ham.
* Both sides have had poor starts the season – West Ham losing 4 so far and Swansea 3.
* Swansea have scored just 3 goals in the PL this season so far.
* If the Hammers lose, they will replicate their start from last season (1 win, 1 draw and 5 defeats).

Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30) Live on BT Sports1

* Chelsea did the double over City last season – the only team to do so.
* Chelsea have won 10 of their last 12 PL matches, with their only defeat coming on the opening day to Burnley.
* City have become the first side to score 5 or more goals in 3 consecutive top-flight games since Blackburn Rovers in 1958.
* City are unbeaten in their last 14 PL matches (11 wins) – the last side to defeat them was Chelsea.
* Chelsea had scored in 27 consecutive home matches under Antonio Conte – until their 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

All the factz you need for today’s Premier League matches

There are eight games today in the Premier League, with both Manchester clubs looking to build on their great starts to the season, plus a London derby. All games kick off at 3pm unless stated.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30, Live on Sky Sports Premier League)

* West Ham beat Spurs 1-0 last season at the London Stadium. Spurs won the return fixture 3-2.
* West Ham have kept 2 consecutive clean sheets – they haven’t kept 3 in a row since April.
* Spurs have won 4 consecutive away games – they have only won 5 in a row in the PL once before.
* The London Stadium seems to be starting to feel like home for the Hammers, they’ve won 3 of their last 5 matches there.
* Harry Kane has scored 9 goals in his past 4 away matches.

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

* This is the first top flight meeting between the sides since 1971.
* Burnley have won the past 3 matches between the sides.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in September 1981.
* Huddersfield have conceded just 3 times in the PL this season.
* Turf Moor is a fortress for Burnley – winning 11 matches there since the start of the 2016/17 season.

Everton v AFC Bournemouth

* Last season, Everton won a thrilling game against the Cherries 6-3, with Romelu Lukaku scoring 4.
* Everton have scored just 4 goals in their last 10 PL matches.
* Bournemouth had their first win of the season last time out, having lost their previous 4.
* Everton may have lost their last 3 matches without scoring but they have won 10 of their last 12 PL matches at Goodison Park.
* The Cherries have beaten Everton once in 8 attempts in all competitions – that win coming last season at the Vitality Stadium.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

* Palace have lost all 5 PL matches this season without scoring – the worst ever start to a PL season.
* Things aren’t likely to get any easier for the Eagles – City are unbeaten in their last 13 PL matches, winning 10.
* City also have a great record against Palace – they did the double over them last season and have won 7 of the last 8 PL games they’ve played.
* City have scored 11 goals in their last 2 PL matches and 16 in 5 overall.
* Palace meanwhile haven’t scored in 9 of their last 10 PL matches – losing all 9 where they drew a blank.

Southampton v Manchester United

* Last season’s match between the sides at St Mary’s ended scoreless. United beat the Saints at Old Trafford and in the EFL Cup final.
* United have a great record against the Saints – they’ve beaten them 24 times in 36 attempts in the PL.
* Saints are goal shy – they’ve failed to score in 8 of their last 10 PL matches, although they have netted 4 times this season, including 3 against West Ham.
* United may have won 4 of their 5 PL matches this season, but they’ve only won 1 of their last 6 away from Old Trafford.
* Old habits appear to be returning to United – they’ve scored 9 goals in the 80th minute or later this season. They were famous for late goals in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Stoke City v Chelsea

* Chelsea did the double over Stoke last season – winning 1-2 at the Bet365 and 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.
* Chelsea love playing Stoke – they’ve beaten them 13 times in 18 PL matches, losing just twice.
* Stoke are in poor form, winning just 3 of their last 16 PL matches.
* Chelsea have won 7 of their last 8 PL matches away from home.
* Chelsea have won 17 of their last 23 PL matches.

Swansea City v Watford

* This fixture isn’t traditionally a thriller – the last for PL meetings have resulted in just 3 goals.
* Swansea have scored in just one PL match this season, but it did bring a win – 2-0 v Crystal Palace.
* Watford have won their opening 2 away matches, but did get spanked 0-6 at home by Man City last time out.
* Watford’s last away victory against Swansea came in 1983 at the old Vetch Field.
* Swansea have lost their opening 2 home matches – they’ve never lost the first 3 in a row.

Leicester City v Liverpool (5.30, Live on BT Sports1)

* Leicester beat Liverpool 3-1 at the King Power last season, but lost 4-1 at Anfield. Leicester also beat Liverpool 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
* Leicester have won just 1 match so far this season – their only win in 8 including last season.
* Liverpool have lost just 1 of their last 7 away matches.
* Leicester have kept just 1 clean sheet in the last 8 matches.
* Liverpool have conceded 9 league goals this season, although 5 came in one match where they were spanked by Manchester City.

All the factz and form for today’s Premier League matches

There are 7 matches on today in the Premier League with some intriguing clashes. Here is our factz and form run-down for all the sides.

Crystal Palace v Southampton (12.30)

* Last season, Palace won 3-1 against Saints at Selhurst Park. Southampton won the reverse fixture 3-0.
* Palace have had a terrible start to the season – 4 straight defeats and no goals. No top flight side has ever lost their first 5 matches without scoring.
* Although goals could be in short supply – Saints have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 PL matches.
* The Eagles have lost 8 of their last 9 PL matches and have failed to score in each of those defeats.
* Southampton have won 10 of the 16 PL matches between the sides, Palace have won just 2.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City

* Although the sides haven’t played each other much in recent years, Leicester have won the last 7 matches between the sides.
* Huddersfield have yet to concede a goal at the John Smiths Stadium this season.
* Leicester are usually terrible on the road – they’ve lost 15 of their last 21 PL matches away from the King Power.
* A win for the Terriers will give them 10 points from 5 games – only 4 promoted teams have done that in PL history.
* If Leicester lose, that will be their 4th defeat in 5 matches – last time they did that (1994/5), they were relegated.

Liverpool v Burnley

* Liverpool beat Burnley at Anfield last season, 2-1. But the Clarets won 2-1 at Turf Moor.
* Despite their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City last week, the Reds have kept clean sheets in 7 of their last 10 PL matches.
* Burnley have 7 points from 4 matches – their best start to a PL season.
* Liverpool have won 10 of their last 16 PL matches, losing just two.
* Burnley used to be terrible away from home, but if they avoid defeat they will be 3 unbeaten away from home – their best run in the PL.

Newcastle United v Stoke City

* St James’s Park has never been a happy hunting ground for Stoke – they’ve won there just 4 times in 44 attempts in all competitions.
* That said, Stoke are unbeaten in 5 against Newcastle, winning 3.
* Newcastle have won 2 of their opening 4 matches.
* Stoke have only won 3 of their last 15 PL matches.
* Don’t expect this to be a goal-fest – the last 5 meetings have produced just 5 goals.

Watford v Manchester City

* Last season, City walloped Watford 0-5 at Vicarage Road.
* City haven’t lost to Watford since 1989 – a run of 11 matches.
* But if Watford overturn this run and win, they can go top of the Premier League today.
* However, City are unbeaten in 12 PL matches, winning 9.
* Watford have kept 3 consecutive clean sheets -they’ve never kept 4 in a row in the top flight.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

* Last season, West Brom beat the Hammers 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They also played out a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.
* However, Albion have become goal-shy since then, scoring just 8 in their last 13 PL matches.
* But West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 away matches.
* West Ham have won just 1 of their last 10 away matches in the PL.
* If Gareth Barry starts today he will become the first player to start 600 PL matches and equal Ryan Giggs’ appearance record of 632.

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City (5.30)

* Spurs have won 10 of their 12 PL meetings with Swansea, drawing the other two.
* However, Spurs haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 11 matches at Wembley.
* Swansea are on a good run away from home – unbeaten in 4 (2 wins)
* Spurs have scored in 29 consecutive home matches. If they find the net today it will be a. Ew club record.
* But Swansea haven’t conceded in their last 3 away matches – a clean sheet today would be a top flight record for the Swans.

Liverpool join Arsenal in race to sign Thomas Lemar

Liverpool have joined Arsenal in making an enquiry to Monaco about their 21-year-old winger Thomas Lemar – and offered a club record fee for him.

The Reds are believed to have offered £55 million for 21-year-old Lemar earlier in the summer and that this offer is still active.

Arsenal have chased Lemar for most of the summer but recently declared any deal ‘dead in the water’. However, there is a suspicion that is just a bit of public brinkmanship, given that the transfer window closes this week.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown an interest in the versatile midfielder over the summer.

However, Monaco are adamant that they don’t want to sell Lemar. Given that several of their side have departed – including Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City – and star Kylian Mbappe looks like he will follow them out of the exit door you can understand their position.

Lemar, regarded as one of the brightest rising stars of French football, has kept largely quiet on his intentions this summer and has been playing regularly for Monaco so far this season – unlike Mbappe.

This story will probably go right up to the transfer deadline on Thursday. He could end up in England but it is just as likely that he decides to stay in the principality.