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  • 3 minute read 5/9/2017 | 03:03pmAccording to reports in The Sun, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will look to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale next summer as he looks to add a world class winger to his squad.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sun says that Mourinho was keen to bring the 28-year-old to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, but the Champions League holders told them that he was not for sale.The Portuguese boss was desperate to add a wide man to his squad before the window slammed shut on Thursday night, but he also had to give up on a deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic when the Serie A giants changed their asking price during negotiations.The Sun adds that while Real didn’t want to sell Bale this year, they indicated that a deal could be done in 2018 as they would be willing to consider a huge bid.With Isco currently in top form and Marco Asensio coming through the ranks, the La Liga outfit are certainly well stocked in attacking positions.Why does Mourinho want Bale?Following a tough start to life with Tottenham Hotspur, the Welshman quickly established himself as not only one of the best players in the Premier League, but also in the world during his time with Spurs.He scored 21 goals in 33 English top flight appearances in his final season at White Hart Lane before completing a then world-record move to Real Madrid, where has netted 55 goals in 102 La Liga outings.An influential performer and leader, the Wales captain has also netted 26 goals in 62 appearances for his country and was one of the main catalysts behind their progress to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships in France.Would he be a good signing for United?He would be a huge addition for the Red Devils.The 28-year-old has pace, is effective when dribbling and is a potent finisher. However, he also offers a lot more and is strong and decent in the air, as well as being versatile enough to play in a variety of attacking positions.While he would undoubtedly come at a big price as his contract doesn’t run out until 2022, he could prove to be the difference if United are to become the top force in the Premier League and Europe in the future.
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 06:54amIsco was the hero for Spain as they moved a step closer to sealing their spot at the 2018 World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Italy on Saturday, and his performance certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Manchester United fans.The 25-year-old was handed a more advanced role as manager Julen Lopetegui decided to start with an out-and-out striker on the pitch, and the move paid off as the Real Madrid man scored a first-half brace.His first goal was a magnificent free-kick that beat Gianluigi Buffon in the Italy goal, before he added a second five minutes before the interval with a shot from outside the penalty area.Man United supporters were certainly impressed with what they saw and took to social media to give their thoughts on the playmaker’s performance, and many want the club to target Isco over another Real star in Gareth Bale.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…If I could sign one player for my club regardless of position and system, I'd undoubtedly get Isco. What a technically strong player #MUFC— Rishabh (@rishabh0607) September 3, 2017Just saw the highlights of that game and #Isco performance. 😱What a player! Forget Bale…If I was #mufc, I'd break the bank to sign him! https://t.co/6DuEMj3B2N— Avinash (@anjelus_28) September 3, 2017We need to get Agent Juan, Agent Andre and Agent De Gea to work and get Isco to #MUFC 🔥👀— RYAN 🇾🇪 (@rymozza_) September 2, 2017#MUFC didn't sign Isco because his head is big 🤔 !!!— Fred (@FredyTheRed) September 2, 2017Isco is the main man. He's the most id want from the Madrid team #mufc— T_bag_Mufc (@Jose_un1t3d) September 2, 2017Bale should have left for United. No way is he making into the starting 11 with Isco in this form. #mufc— SAMI (@sameerrashid_) September 2, 2017Isco was 10/10 last night. Not a step wrong.— The United Link 🏆 (@TheUnitedLink) September 3, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 06:13amReal Madrid playmaker Isco was the hero for Spain as they beat Italy 3-0 in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, and his performance didn’t go unnoticed by Chelsea fans.The 25-year-old was given a more attacking role as Julen Lopetegui opted to start the match without a recognised striker, and he certainly didn’t let his manager down.The Spaniard fired a brilliant free-kick past Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute before adding a second from outside the penalty area five minutes before the interval to send his nation on the way to a comfortable win.Isco has struggled to break into the Real first team under Zinedine Zidane, but there are already signs that could change this season – especially after his latest two-goal salvo for his country.Nevertheless, Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the showing via social media, and many would love to see the 25-year-old in a Blues shirt, preferably playing alongside Eden Hazard.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…What a shame Chelsea lost the chance to sign Isco a few seasons ago. Would have been a star for us #CFC— Thea (@tmac19971) September 3, 2017What I'd give to make Isco a blue. #CFC— Demarquis McIntyre (@DemarquisMcInty) September 2, 2017Isco has a good game against Verratti and he's suddenly the best thing since sliced bread. Fooball Twitter is so impulsive.— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) September 3, 2017oh how id love isco so much at chelsea what a man— 💙 (@Hazuayi) September 3, 2017Would love to see Isco and Hazard play together someday, the football would be out of this world!— ChelseaDaily (@Chelsea20126) September 2, 2017Sooner Chelsea buys Isco, the better.— ♘ Kaiser ♘ (@JoeyKaiZer) September 2, 2017The things I'd do to have Isco at Chelsea 🤤— Jack ✌️ (@RamboMorgan) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 05:53amReal Madrid playmaker Isco was the star of the show for Spain as they closed in on automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a 3-0 win against Italy on Saturday, and his showing certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Arsenal fans.The 2010 world champions lined up without a recognised striker and the 25-year-old was given a more attacking role as a result, and he certainly didn’t let his nation down by scoring a brace as well as proving to be a constant menace for the likes of Marco Verratti.He curled a brilliant free-kick beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the opposition goal in the 13th minute before he doubled Spain’s advantage five minutes before half-time with another strike from outside the penalty area.Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on Isco’s performance via social media, and many believe that he would be the ideal successor to Santi Cazorla when the Spaniard moves on.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…An ambitious board at Arsenal would've bid for Isco, when they just had him sitting on the bench like a sideman— It's A Lot 🇯🇲🇮🇳 (@KingKongCourts) September 3, 2017Was hoping that we would somehow lowkey wind up with Isco at Arsenal but after recent perfermances, forget about it. £150m at least— Hobo_Hustle (@Hobo_Hustle) September 3, 2017Isco is what Arsenal fans think Ramsey is— Tobiloba (@KingYormidey) September 3, 2017Would take isco over ozil & ramsey all day long— THE ARSENAL CIRCUS (@DazAuto15) September 3, 2017We should have signed Isco while he was at Malaga— Speedy (@MiaSanArsenal) September 3, 2017Isco is a brilliant replacement for Cazorla. Needs to come Arsenal— Serdz (@_serdz) September 3, 2017Isco is the perfect replacement for Santi Carzola. #Arsenal— King Xhaka-Laka-Boom (@Eternal_Gooner) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 3/9/2017 | 03:47pmManchester United announced on their official website on Saturday that young midfielder Andreas Pereira had joined Valencia on loan after signing a contract extension,but it is a decision that has baffled their fans.The 21-year-old was an impressive performer for the Red Devils during pre-season and his performances obviously haven’t gone unnoticed by the club after they extended his current deal until 2019, with the option of a further year.However, the Brazilian will now spend the current campaign on loan with the La Liga outfit rather than staking his claim for a spot in the starting line-up for Jose Mourinho’s side this term.Man United supporters were quick to have their say on the double announcement via social media, and while they were pleased that he looks set to stay at Old Trafford for at least another couple of years, others were confused by the decision to send him out on loan.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…What a joke— Oliver Riley (@OllRiley_) September 2, 2017Wrong decision …— Jamal Kamal (@jamal_kamal_) September 2, 2017You'll regret this— HERRERA IS ANDERATED (@GABBYR0CKS) September 2, 2017Gutted! Hes gonna give up on us soon!— ●DMC● (@DMUFC58) September 2, 2017Makes me feel a bit better— Lydie (@NyiraLydieMUFC) September 2, 2017Thats some good news at least 😁😁😁— Keiron Gibbons (@Keiron_Gibbons) September 2, 2017Great news!— Anagat (@zlatanagat) September 2, 2017he is better than @JesseLingard— Avinash Singh (@Avinash54336604) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 3/9/2017 | 03:23pmReal Madrid attacking midfielder Isco played a starring role as Spain beat Italy 3-0 in their latest World Cup qualifier on Saturday, and Liverpool fans believe he could be a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho in the future.Once again playing without a recognised striker, the 25-year-old started in a more advanced role for the 2010 world champions and he made a huge impression by curling a free-kick beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute.Things were to get even better for the playmaker five minutes before the interval when he once again scored from outside the penalty area, while he also proved to be a constant menace to Italy midfielder Marco Verratti throughout the match.Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window and saw a transfer request rejected, but Liverpool supporters believe that Isco should replace him if he goes in the future following his dazzling display for Spain.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…If Real come calling for Coutinho, I'd trade him for Isco.Who's with me? #LFC https://t.co/pdGO7FGYAV— LiverpoolAllDay (@LiverpoolAllDay) September 3, 2017We should have signed Isco. #LFC— Jide✌ (@hevel09) September 2, 2017Dear Klopp, Isco for coutinho next summer come on reds #LFC— Gerald (@oldGHANAempire) September 2, 2017#Isco is such a majestic player. To think only an injury to Bale and Ronaldo have him a place in the team. #LFC should have had him ages ago— Ad Ikram (@darr_a) September 2, 2017Just imagine if Liverpool managed to get their hands on Isco before. Now that's a £200m player.— جاحنزيب (@Jzb06) September 2, 2017Liverpool please just pay up for Isco as an eventual replacement for Coutinho— Ryan Jon Tarrant (@ryan__tarrant) September 2, 2017If Liverpool looking for Coutinho replacement, Isco is the man. Magical— Bayazidbahar (@bayazidbahar) September 2, 2017Isco reminds me so much of @LuchoGarcia14 . Nimble footed— Liverpool Plus (@LiverpoolPlus) September 3, 2017
  • 2 minute read 29/8/2017 | 11:03pmNeymar has told Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho that he will not regret Liverpool’s decision to keep Barcelona at bay, according to Estadao.What’s the word?The Catalan giants have been chasing Coutinho all summer, and it has been widely reported that the playmaker is keen to move to the Camp Nou.Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, but so far, Liverpool have stood firm in their stance that he is not for sale.Barcelona have failed to persuade the Reds to discuss a deal after having three bids rejected, the most recent of which the Daily Mail reports was worth £114m.The former Inter Milan star, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, has reportedly been warned off a move to Barcelona by none other than the club’s former player Neymar.According to Brazilian newspaper Estadao, the 25-year-old has told Coutinho that “he won’t regret Liverpool’s decision to keep him away from Barcelona”.Neymar’s relationship with Barca, where he played for four years, has turned sour since he completed a world-record £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.Could this make a difference?It is known to be a usual tactic of Barcelona to have their key players speak publicly about transfer targets in a bid to help their cause in trying to sign them.On this occasion, Neymar – albeit no longer a Barcelona player – has done the opposite.If Coutinho regards his fellow countryman as a good friend, then the 25-year-old’s words could make a difference in whether or not he continues pushing for a move to Spain.With the window closing in just two days’ time, it seems more and more likely that the playmaker will be forced to stay at Liverpool.Neymar’s reassurance, though, could help Coutinho adapt his outlook and accept the fact that he may have to remain at Anfield for at least another season.
  • 1 minute read 28/8/2017 | 01:03pmWhen the transfer window is in full flow, shock rumours can emerge, and given that the market is closed for business from this Thursday, the surprising stories are being churned out at a pace.According to Spanish publication Don Balon, the European heavyweights are eyeing Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as a star for the future.The 19-year-old has already become a fully-fledged first-team player at Old Trafford, despite his young age.Rashford made 32 appearances in the Premier League last season, 16 of which were starts, and he scored five goals and produced one assist.In the current campaign, the forward has featured in all three of the club’s league games so far, creating an assist in the Red Devils 4-0 rout over West Ham United and scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Leicester City.Don Balon claims that Barcelona are keen for Rashford to eventually replace Luis Suarez, but they may be forced to spend around £185m to prise him away from Old Trafford.After the speculation emerged in the gossip pages, United fans took to Twitter to give their reactions.In their dreams😤— #I'm MAN UNITED (@Kweku_Paroni) August 28, 2017No— ruth arie (@rut_arie) August 28, 2017Ok. I want my own planet.— ⚫️⚪️🔴Wojtek 🇪🇺 (@Unitedsince1995) August 28, 2017Ok 😂😂😂— Craig Henniker (@craigybott) August 28, 2017lol— Russ (@russnewsham) August 28, 2017@Barcelona hold it right there.no amount of money can make we sell@Rashford cus we have what's it's take to keep our best players.— Kendrick d one (@MondehAugustine) August 28, 2017Barcelona want Rashford, pay £300m then— Nick Morris (@Nickmorris69) August 28, 2017Sell the Nou Camp and u still can't afford him— United20times (@busbyway20) August 28, 2017
  • 1 minute read 25/8/2017 | 02:55pmAll eyes were on the Champions League draw on Thursday, and the main talking point from the event was the group that Tottenham Hotspur were placed in.Last season’s Premier League runners-up will have to take on Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel in order to make it through to the knockout rounds.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were arguably handed the toughest draw out of the English clubs competing, which also include Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.The glamour tie is of course the one against Madrid, which will involve a trip to the Bernabeu for Tottenham and a hosting job at Wembley, where the North London outfit will be playing all of their home games this season.Micky Hazard, who represented Spurs between 1993 and 1995, pointed out that former Tottenham players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are likely to play.The latter was sold to the Spanish club in 2012 following a four-year spell at White Hart Lane, while Bale joined Tottenham for a then world-record £85m fee a year later.Both have gone on to have stunning success in Madrid, and Hazard is excited to see the stars line up against their former club.The 57-year-old amusingly tweeted that Tottenham will be able to have the players back for free.Modric and Bale back at Spurs and no fee lol— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) August 24, 2017
  • 1 minute read 25/8/2017 | 02:25pmPeter Crouch’s funny side has become evident since he joined Twitter, and he gave quite the humorous reaction to Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League draw.The North London outfit were arguably placed in the hardest group of the elite competition, with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel.Last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to get out of the group stage when they were pitted against Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.They performed poorly at Wembley, winning just one of their three games at the national stadium, where they will be based for the entire season while their new stadium is being built.In the 2010-11 season when Crouch was playing for the North London outfit, Spurs suffered a damaging defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the competition.After going a goal down inside the first five minutes, the striker was sent off 10 minutes later after receiving two yellow cards for poor tackles.The team – managed by Harry Redknapp – failed to recover and they eventually lost 4-0 to the Spanish giants in the first leg.After Crouch, who now plays for Stoke City, discovered who Spurs would be facing this season, he decided to poke fun at his past.Real Madrid for spurs . If they don't have an idiot sent off early they have a great chance— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 24, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/9/2017 | 06:59amManchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is disappointed that Andreas Pereira decided to join Valencia last week, and Red Devils fans now fear for the youngster’s future.The 21-year-old was an impressive performer for United during pre-season, and he seemed set to remain at Old Trafford until January at the earliest.However, he didn’t feature in any of the club’s four matchday squads in August and decided to secure a move away in order to play regularly.Mourinho told the Manchester Evening News: “Andreas Pereira was a personal decision that I don’t agree with.“A decision I don’t think honestly I don’t think is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me a little bit, because I think he has the potential to be here fighting for a position, for opportunities, and fighting to be a Manchester United player.”Man United supporters were quick to have their say on Mourinho’s comments via social media, and some believe that his Red Devils career may now be over.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…No chance he will be recalled he will be sold if anything mufc career is over— wayne littlewood (@waynelittlewoo2) September 8, 2017Curtains— Phillip Mehegan (@prmehegan) September 8, 2017Great comments, I hope the boy takes them onboard and shows mental strength when he eventually comes back. Could be a januzaj tipping point— kelbo (@the_kelbo) September 8, 2017Dont think its over for him but if he really wants to succeed at United then he must show more openness to fight for his place in the squad.— Milad (@MiladST) September 8, 2017Both r right if the situation seen from both angles, but personally I had a hope that he will fight for a position & show his true colours.— Maithem (@maithem7) September 8, 2017Mourinho ripping Pereira for deciding to leave is hilarious. A fantastic player who hasn't even made the bench for 4 straight games! #MUFC— Basel Arti (@Aritonian) September 8, 2017How Mourinho speaks about Pereira just shows how highly he rates him. Future star #mufc— 🔴🔴Shiv🔴🔴 (@GunmanRashford) September 8, 2017I think it's all over for Andreas Pereira at United. We have to resign to the fact he is moving on. Wishing him the best #mufc #Pereira— Deepan Chakravarthy (@bhoovi) September 8, 2017That's Pereira's United career over before it's even started! 🙈 #MUFC #bigmistake— Craig Bolton (@CraigBolt200) September 8, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/9/2017 | 07:40amLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference for his side’s clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday that Philippe Coutinho will be omitted from the squad.Jürgen Klopp confirms Philippe Coutinho will not be included in the matchday squad to face Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/lZGilb7Iyk— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 8, 2017The 25-year-old was recovering from injury when he handed in a transfer request just days before the Premier League season started last month after Barcelona showed an interest in him, and the La Liga giants had three offers for the Reds star rejected.However, the attacking midfielder returned to action for Brazil with two substitute appearances during the international break but despite that, Klopp isn’t ready to include him for the clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.Klopp said: “I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training. He agreed.”Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and they are largely divided with some saying it is the “right decision” and others feeling it might prove to be a mistake to not include him in the squad.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Good decision..no point disrupting the current rhythm of the team and dropping players in form. He'll earn his place for sure IMHO— Prinz (@WeArePrinz) September 8, 2017The right decision.— tony nevitt (@tonynevitt) September 8, 2017Not sure this is a good idea. Especially if we're trying to win the game and looking for something special from the bench.— Steve Heighway (@Mywayorthe) September 8, 2017He should be. Still one of their best players and you need your best players for the big games.— Richard kemp (@RCKempy) September 8, 2017Very pleased with how Klopp is dealing with him.— G (@G_uhyeah) September 8, 2017It's a smart decision by Klopp to leave Coutinho out. I think he will make his comeback with 50,000 #LFC fans supporting him at Anfield!— LFC-TM (@Its_all_left) September 8, 2017still suffering with that back pain caused by anxiety is it hahaha,hope he never plays for us again!— Breff (@Breff91) September 8, 2017
  • Arsenal have long been attributed with an interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and a move could materialise next summer, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.What’s the story?Although not the most reliable of reports, Don Balon’s claim that Florentino Perez will use his authority at Real Madrid next summer to reshape Zinedine Zidane’s squad is certainly possible and a new-look side could be created.Karim Benzema, now 29, could find himself on the way out as Real Madrid consider options to rejuvenate their forward line, with their list of targets including Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Juventus’ Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala.With Marco Asensio and Isco stepping-up to become crucial players for Real Madrid over the course of the past 12 months, the reliability on the likes of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale has significantly decreased- which could lead to changes.Bale has himself struggled with regular injury problems and could be sold to provide funds for a move next summer, whilst Benzema will likely seek an exit as he won’t want to play second-fiddle and Real Madrid would accept his wishes after years of service that has seen him lift 14 titles in the Santiago Bernabeu.Is there still a place at Arsenal?Whilst some may feel the ship has sailed for Benzema and Arsenal due to the summer signing of Alexandre Lacazette, the Gunners still have a desire to rejuvenate their attacking options- especially as it’s highly likely Alexis Sanchez will leave next summer.Benzema could therefore slot into Arsenal’s line-up as the first-choice striker, with Lacazette dropping behind his compatriot and playing alongside World Cup winner Mesut Ozil- assuming the former Real Madrid man pens a new deal.Former Lyon man Benzema will turn 31 in December next year, so cannot be seen as a long-term solution for Arsenal, but they may need to strengthen their ranks as Olivier Giroud, who turns 31 this month, may bring an end to his time in North London.The striker was offered the chance to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer but elected to stay and fight for his spot in the side, scoring a dramatic winner on the opening weekend victory over Leicester City, but has found first-team opportunities limited since.
  • Liverpool face a major battle on their hands if they are to lure Timo Werner to the Premier League from RB Leipzig next summer, according to reports cited by TalkSport.What’s the story?Seemingly not content with landing Naby Keita from the Bundesliga’s breakthrough side last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are ready to raid RB Leipzig once again for the services of Timo Werner next summer following the German international’s meteoric rise.The 21-year-old forward has netted 24 goals in 34 league matches for RB Leipzig so far and has also made a major impact on the international stage, finding the back of the net six times in eight matches after making his debut for Joachim Lowe’s side earlier this year.Naturally, that’s led to a wealth of interest in the young striker’s services and Sport 1 state Real Madrid have joined Liverpool in the hunt for the forward who’s widely regarded to be one of the best up-and-coming striking talents in European football.Where would he fit?Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is one of the best in the Premier League but one downfall is the lack of a recognised central striker, which is why reports consistently link Timo Werner with a switch to Anfield.Whether he’d be a guaranteed starter is debatable though as the aforementioned trio have proved to be extremely valuable to Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, so Werner may remarkably have a better chance of securing regular football at Real Madrid.With Karim Benzema turning 30 this year, chairman Florentino Perez is keen to rejuvenate Real Madrid’s attack with the addition of a young striker and Werner is reportedly on their short-list, with Spanish outlet Don Balon claiming Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala are also being tracked.Liverpool could have the financial firepower to compete with Real Madrid in the market if Barcelona succeed with a move for Philippe Coutinho next summer but RB Leipzig are determined not to sell, as they see Werner as an integral part of their side.
  • It’s been a long summer for Diego Costa but his transfer limbo looks set to end with an exit from Chelsea, according to Spanish outlet Marca.What’s the story?Shortly after winning the Premier League with Chelsea last season, Blues boss Antonio Conte informed the Spanish striker he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and the signing of Alvaro Morata was the final nail in the coffin.Named in the Blues’ Champions League squad, having failed to secure an exit during the summer, it seemed Costa could have an opportunity at redemption in West London. However, it now seems any appearances will simply be a final swan-song for the controversial striker.Marca state Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea to bring the striker back to Diego Simeone’s side in the January transfer window, where the La Liga giants will see their transfer embargo come to an end.The move comes as no surprise as The Sun reported earlier this week that Costa has sent his family back to the Spanish capital ahead of his return to La Liga, though it remains to be seen how much football he’ll receive at Stamford Bridge in the meantime.Risky move by Chelsea?Britain Football Soccer – Chelsea v Southampton – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – 25/4/17 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates after the match with Diego Costa Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.Chelsea have been heavily reliant on Diego Costa in recent years but seem uninterested in having two top-class strikers battling for a spot at Stamford Bridge, with Michy Batshuayi, a player yet to find his feet in the Premier League, playing understudy to the Blues’ record-signing Morata.A return to Madrid for Costa was always the likely outcome and it’s a big step for Diego Simeone’s side too, as they move to their new stadium, as it means they have a direct replacement for Antoine Griezmann should the Frenchman be lured elsewhere next summer.Chelsea’s biggest success though is getting £54m in the transfer market for a player they do not want, which is further evidence of the Blues’ strong negotiations skills as they’ve previously got a lot of money for the likes of Oscar and Ramires to China.Whilst the money from the Far East appears to be stagnating, prices in Europe have been on a meteoric rise in recent seasons and Chelsea have once again shown they have the ability to negotiate the best possible deal no matter who they’re negotiating with.
  • Gareth Bale’s name has regularly been mentioned on the back pages of the tabloids regarding a move to Manchester United but the Welsh sensation has spoken about why he’s stayed in Spain, in an interview with The Daily Mail.What’s the story?Ever since his emergence at Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale has regularly been named by the press as Manchester United’s ‘top-target’ and a move for the wing-wizard to Real Madrid, where he’s since won three Champions League titles, hasn’t quelled the speculation.Rumours rose again this summer following a varied year for Bale, who clinched another Champions League medal but saw his involvement in the glory limited due to consistent injury problems- which led many to speculate he could be surplus to requirements as Isco and Marco Asensio proved their worth.Neymar decided to move on to become the king of Paris, leaving Barcelona, and Bale could have reigned supreme at Old Trafford if he elected to seal a move. However, The Daily Mail mentions in an in-depth interview with the Welsh wizard that an exit was never close.What’s been said?Speaking to The Daily Mail, Bale admitted there’s a theory to becoming the star-man elsewhere but stated he wants to be judged on trophies, indicating that he feels his chances of further success at Real Madrid are superior to what he could achieve with Manchester United.‘Well there’s an argument for that but I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.’Will he ever return?Clearly comfortable in Spain, and now 28, Bale’s preference would clearly be to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu and push towards legendary status with the Spanish giants. Having been part of a squad that’s won three Champions League titles in four years, being an integral part in the victories in 2014 and 2016, it’s certainly a possibility.With Real Madrid regularly linked to big names though, Bale’s position within Zinedine Zidane’s side isn’t perhaps as stable as it would be if he were to move back to the Premier League. However, he does have the benefit of the fact that Karim Benzema seems the most likely to be replaced.Cristiano Ronaldo turns 33 next year and his importance to Real Madrid is already starting to decline, so Bale has the chance to establish himself as Los Blancos’ biggest hero in the coming years- but a return to English football will never be off the cards.
  • The saga concerning Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool has not been drawn to a close with the end of the transfer window and Barcelona will return for the Brazilian in January, Spanish outlet Sport reports.What’s the story?Having handed in a transfer request this summer and failing to secure a move to Barcelona, who saw numerous bids rejected by Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho seems an unhappy figure on Merseyside but he still has the chance of making his dream move.Sport state the Catalan giants have not ended their pursuit of the Brazilian and will return with a fresh offer in January, with Coutinho yet to feature for Liverpool this season due to a back injury- but he was fit enough to feature and score in his nation’s World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador.Whilst Liverpool’s resolve has always remained strong on Coutinho, there’s only so far that can go if the South American starlet wants to leave and many believed the Reds were daft this summer for turning down audacious sums of money for the playmaker.Will he stay?Given the series of events concerning Coutinho’s links to Barcelona, it really is a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ the Brazilian leaves Liverpool and the danger is that things could start to boil behind the scenes, potentially then causing immense problems behind the scenes.It’s something that Liverpool may not be alone with this year, as Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and Virgil Van Dijk at Southampton experienced similar, but the resolve of Liverpool to keep Coutinho in January is likely to be a lot stronger than their counterparts.Barcelona also have a record of pulling controversial stunts in their quest to get major deals over the line, including getting star players to speak about a move and forcing a Barcelona shirt on Cesc Fabregas whilst he was on international duty, so it’s unlikely we’re anywhere near the end of this saga.
  • According to the Daily Star, Manchester United will return to Atletico Madrid with a bid to sign Antoine Griezmann within the next two transfer windows.What’s the Story?Manchester United have set aside £100million and left their number 7 shirt “un-allocated” in preparation for Antoine Griezmann, who they will bid for within the next year, according to the latest report.The Frenchman was the subject of much speculation this summer, with Manchester United seemingly making Griezmann their top target. However, Jose Mourinho’s side failed to land their man and subsequently, he stayed with Atletico Madrid until at least January.With the number 7 shirt currently unoccupied at Old Trafford, rumours are starting to grow as to why this commercially profitable shirt has yet to have an owner this season. And it seems that we may now have an answer.How good was Griezmann last season?Since his phenomenal performances for France at Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann has been one of the most sought after players in Europe. Last season, the 26-year-old, who is valued at £72million by Transfermarkt hadyet another fantastic domestic campaign.The French international scored 16 times in 36 appearances for Atletico, his second largest single season goal-scoring tally of his career and was a constant threat to opposition with his lightning pace and technical ability.Would Griezmann be a good signing for Manchester United?Absolutely. Manchester United’s bright offensive start to this season demonstrates the talent that they have in their attacking positions. Adding Griezmann to this crop in January or next summer would only improve the balance of the team and could help Manchester United become the dominant European force that they once were.
  • Diego Costa won’t be remaining at Chelsea until January and will instead move out on-loan before moving to Atletico Madrid in the new year, The Daily Mail reports.What’s the story?Diego Costa’s fall from grace in the eyes of Antonio Conte has been well publicised and the two-time Premier League winner looks set to end his stint with Chelsea imminently, with Spanish outlet AS stating the striker has returned to Spain and will stay there until his future is resolved.The signing of Alvaro Morata in the summer has reiterated Chelsea’s view that Costa is surplus to requirements and he’s hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge, leaving compatriot Costa out of the frame despite his fellow striker being named in Chelsea’s first-team squad for the first-half of the season.That suggested that Diego Costa could still play a part in Chelsea’s campaign over the course of the coming months before returning to Atletico Madrid in January but The Daily Mail report he could be on his way to Saudi Arabia on-loan instead, joining Al Hilal.Why’s it such a mess?Chelsea really have made a dogs meal out of the situation concerning Diego Costa, which started when Conte decided to inform the Spanish striker that he’s surplus to requirements via text- a precedent for the shambles that followed.Atletico Madrid, handed a transfer ban until 2018, couldn’t finalise a move in the summer window but Costa has refused to return to West London, staying in Brazil before flying his family out to Madrid in the past week- where AS say the striker has now joined them.Both parties are guilty of mismanagement in this situation but it definitely casts a rotten picture of Chelsea, which could prove to be problematic should things go wrong this season- and it may even put players off joining the Premier League champions.
  • Liverpool’s hopes of retaining Philippe Coutinho’s services beyond the January transfer window have received a huge boost as Barcelona have set their sights elsewhere, according to Sport.What’s the word?The future of Liverpool’s Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho was one of the biggest sagas of the summer transfer window and the general expectation was that Barcelona’s crusade to bring the South American to the Nou Camp would commence once again in January.It’s no secret that Coutinho wanted to move to Catalonia but Liverpool held firm with their monstrous demands, aware that Barcelona had plenty of cash to spend after the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Whilst speculation persists on Coutinho’s future, Sport reports Barcelona will not return in the new year and will instead set their sights on securing the signature of OGC Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri; widely regarded as the ‘new Xavi’.Will Coutinho stay?Whilst this does hand a boost to Liverpool’s attempts to keep Philippe Coutinho for the long-term, it doesn’t necessarily bring an end to the saga. Coutinho made it clear he wanted to leave and could push for an exit next year, particularly after the World Cup.He’ll also be likely to jump ship if Liverpool fail to secure Champions League football again next season, which is a stern test for Jurgen Klopp’s side due to the wealth of competition in the Premier League, and at 25 he may feel it’s time to take the next step.However, the fact that he’s no longer considered their priority target means that Liverpool should have more time to prepare for the Brazilian’s exit- or even persuade the South American starlet to commit his future to the Merseyside outfit and snub a move to La Liga.
  • 1 minute read 14/9/2017 | 12:00pmLiverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla in their opening Champions League group game at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were furious with defender Dejan Lovren for his latest below-par performance.The centre-back returned to the starting line-up in place of Ragnar Klavan following Jurgen Klopp’s men’s 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, but he was at fault for the La Liga outfit’s fifth-minute opener.The Croatia international looked certain to clear Sergio Escudero’s low cross from the left, but he fell over and the ball went under his foot with Wissam Ben Yedder on hand to tap home.The hosts regained control of the game through goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, but the Brazilian missed the chance to give his team a two-goal advantage when he missed a penalty just before the break.Questionable defending from Lovren and centre-back partner Joel Matip saw Joaquin Correa score the equaliser and Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the former’s poor performance via social media, with some saying the time is now surely up on his career with the Merseyside outfit.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…No more excuses for Lovren #lfc— Marc Carter-Selwood (@MarcSelwood) September 14, 2017Defensively poor again last night, with Lovren a complete shambles. I can't see a reason why we wouldn't give Gomez a run at CB. #LFC— Remco Buckley (@remcobuckley) September 14, 2017Surely now #Lovren is done in an #LFC shirt? It's too late but enough is enough! #liability #donkey— Karl Henton (@KHenton) September 14, 2017Gomez needs to learn his trade at CB. Klavan isn't good enough to be 3rd choice and Lovren is beyond help. #LFC— Red Rivelino (@RedRivelino) September 14, 2017I really don't see Lovren getting a start again for this club, times up, not good enough. #lfc— * (@AnfieldMagic) September 14, 2017Dejan Lovren is #shocking #LFC— Ian Gibson (@OswestryRunner) September 14, 2017Lovren is Pathetic beyond Words.. #LFC— Sushant Chandekar (@sushantchandekr) September 14, 2017Never criticised Lovren badly but sadly enough, He doesn't deserve to start for a club like #LFC for sure. Diabolical defending @LFC— Kloppo Man (@TheRedOpinion) September 14, 2017Lovren and Henderson need to be binned if we're going to progress and challenge for trophies. Neither of them are good enough #LFC— Yimmy (@YimmyDrisc93) September 14, 2017
  • 1 minute read 14/9/2017 | 04:42pmLiverpool’s return to the group stages of the Champions League began with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were divided on the performance of left-back Alberto Moreno.Despite coming under criticism and finding himself behind James Milner in the pecking order last season, the Spaniard is being given more of a chance in the side by Jurgen Klopp this season and started against his former team on Wednesday.While he perhaps should have done better from a defensive point of view in the fifth minute when Wissam Ben Yedder gave the visitors the lead after being caught on the wrong side of the forward, he did set up Roberto Firmino for the equalising goal just 15 minutes later.The 25-year-old went on to pick up a yellow card for a poor challenge and was unlucky not to score just before the break in what was an eventful first 45 minutes.Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on Moreno’s showing via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.While some feel that he put in a “top performance”, others described him as a “complete joke”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Alberto Moreno impressed me the most tonight. He's really taken the criticism constructively and brought his A-game. Brilliant. #LFC— Max Generossi (@MaxiGenerossi) September 13, 2017Love seeing Moreno getting praise like he is right now. Always have hoped he'd turn it around and get fans on his side ☺️🔴⚽️ #LFC— Riz (@Riz_1902_BITW) September 13, 2017Thought Moreno was good tonight credit were it's due and lovren was…….lovren #lfc— Andy Barrett (@andrewbarrett70) September 13, 2017Top performance from Alberto Moreno last night 🙌#LFC #YNWA @lfc18alberto pic.twitter.com/VGUX0dk1xH— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) September 14, 2017I can not believe what I am reading from last nights game… Moreno had a good game ???? 😂😂😂😂 wtf !!!!! The guy is a complete joke 💩 #lfc— Les Riches (@SoireeLes) September 14, 2017I must have been watching a different Moreno last night. Fine going forward. Defensively shambolic…— Matt (@mattlfc6) September 14, 2017Moreno doesn't even know he's a defender. He should be replaced #LFC— Pedro J. Salazar C. (@ppedrossalazar) September 13, 2017I personally don't care what Moreno offers going forward. First and foremost, he is a LB, thus he should be able to defend. He can't! #LFC https://t.co/8lA8jmFoNf— Terence Ramsay (@TerenceRamsay) September 13, 2017Alberto Moreno is the epitome of Klopp's #LFC: manic, unpredictable, erratic & reckless. An attacking force and a defensive liability.— Dale (@dalewetter) September 13, 2017
  • 2 minute read 29/9/2017 | 02:00pmEverton could make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro when the transfer window reopens in January, according to The Mirror.What’s the word?The Merseyside outfit are in desperate need of some firepower up front having scored just four Premier League goals in six matches.Sandro Ramirez was bought in the summer to help the team’s goal threat, but he is yet to find the back of the net.Towards the closing stages of the transfer window, manager Ronald Koeman was rumoured to be hunting for a new striker, but he failed to get a deal over the line.Now, The Mirror claims that the Dutchman could make a £20m move for Gameiro, who is likely to drop down the pecking order due to Diego Costa’s arrival.Is Gameiro the right man?There is always an element of risk bringing in a player who does not have any Premier League experience, but Gameiro has shown in the past that he can be prolific.In his final season at Sevilla before joining Atletico in 2016, the 30-year-old scored 16 La Liga goals and produced four assists.For Atletico, Gameiro had a positive debut campaign, finding the back of the net 12 times and assisting five goals, but he has only made two substitute appearances so far this season.Everton were always going to struggle to replace Romelu Lukaku, so rather than depend on one man, the team need a handful of players to produce goals.If Gameiro comes through the door and former outcast Oumar Niasse stays consistent, then the pair could share the burden.
  • 1 minute read 28/9/2017 | 04:44pmChelsea pulled off a hugely impressive 2-1 win away against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Blues fans weren’t impressed with the performance from midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The La Liga giants were hosting their first European game at their new Wanda Metropolitano home when Antonio Conte’s men came to town, and they looked to be on course to pick up three points when Antoine Griezmann’s penalty gave them a half-time lead.However, the visitors hit back after the break and Alvaro Morata’s header on the hour-mark was followed by a last-gasp winner from Michy Batshuayi, with Fabregas – who started in a more advanced position with Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park – missing a sitter from six yards just after Morata found the net.Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some described it as “awful”, others said it was a “shocking performance”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…fabregas has been awful today #cfc— ifty (@iiftyyy) September 27, 2017Fabregas has been unusually poor this game #cfc— Ben Stephens (@Sparkey63Ben) September 27, 2017As I say that, here comes Christensen for Fabregas.Not at his best tonight Cesc. Still did a job though. #CFC #ATLCHE— Lav (@ConteTactics) September 27, 2017Breath breath……..yes we won and best performance of season and this despite pretty weak games from Fabregas and Bakayoko #CFC— Justin Scarborough (@justinscarboro2) September 27, 2017For the whole of the game only Fabregas wasn't at his best.. #cfc— yo p! 💙🔵 (@iampeedeeterry) September 27, 2017Fabregas has been well off the pace tonight… #ATLCHE #CFC #ChampionsLeague— Stefan Hodge (@stefan_hodge) September 27, 2017Fabregas has had a shocking performance, let alone that finish. #CFC— Chelsea Central (@ChelseaCentral_) September 27, 2017Fabregas having a real poor game till now. That’s a concern. #CFC— Souradip (@souradip23) September 27, 2017Cesc needs to improve ffs #CFC— Abz 🥊⚽️ (@abzcfc98) September 27, 2017you didn't play well bro. Hope to see a better performance against city if selected. C'mon chelsea— Mubaraq (@mbijaiya) September 27, 2017
  • 2 minute read 28/9/2017 | 02:40pmTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been the talk of the football sphere these last couple of days following his goalscoring performance in the Champions League.The England international netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday night, which ensured that the club continue their winning run in the competition.Kane has proven season by season that he is one of the best forwards in the Premier League having won back-to-back Golden Boot awards, but now that he is showing it on the European stage, people are beginning to discuss whether he can be considered among football’s elite.So far in 2017, the 24-year-old has scored six hat-tricks, which is four more than Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid hero Cristiano Ronaldo have recorded, with both nabbing two hat-tricks.Kane also leads the scoring charts in the Champions League with five goals in total, with Messi on two and Ronaldo on four.Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has done little to quieten the comparisons by claiming that Kane is as important to the North London outfit as Messi and Ronaldo are to their clubs.talkSPORT quotes the French goalkeeper as saying:“In every big team you have a big goalscorer. In Tottenham it is Harry Kane. I think for him he has got a lot of things to prove in the Champions League. He shows his quality and skills at the moment. Five goals in two games is fantastic and hopefully he will carry on in the same way for him and the team. We are not surprised about Harry, we know his talent, his skills, his aptitude to score goals and important goals. He is our main player, like in top teams, in Real Madrid you have Ronaldo, in Barca you have Messi.”
  • 1 minute read 28/9/2017 | 11:20amTottenham Hotspur will have to take on Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, according to Transfermarketweb.What’s the word?The USA international has caught the eye of many since breaking into Dortmund’s first team last year.Despite being just 19 years of age, the attacking player has become a regular figure, making 64 appearances in total, scoring 10 times and creating 14 assists.Transfermarketweb reports that Pulisic, who has 16 international caps to his name, is a target for Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid.The teenager’s current contract at the Westfalenstadion does not expire until 2020.Do Tottenham have a chance?Given Mauricio Pochettino’s proven track record of developing young players, the North London club would be a suitable destination for Pulisic.If the midfielder does decide to move on from Dortmund, then he will need to think of progression rather than choosing the biggest club.Moving to Madrid would be a huge risk as he is unlikely to be handed regular playing time and if he does not hit the ground running, he could end up fading away.Tottenham would be able to offer more first-team football, as well as guidance to help develop Pulisic’s game.However, if Arsenal and Liverpool are also sniffing around, then Pochettino will need to do what he can to convince the USA midfielder to choose Spurs.
  • 3 minute read 28/9/2017 | 07:22am According to reports on talkSPORT, Southampton have been alerted to the fact that out-of-favour Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer wants to leave the club during the January transfer window.TalkSPORT says that Saints were keen on signing the 24-year-old during the summer, but Barca obviously looked to keep the Spain international after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, while the player himself would have been keen to prove himself at the Camp Nou having only joined from Valencia in 2016.However, those regular first team minutes haven’t been forthcoming under Ernesto Valverde this term and Alcacer could now look to leave the Catalan giants in the New Year.Meanwhile, Saints’ goalscoring issues from last season have continued into this one under Mauricio Pellegrino and they have now failed to score in 10 of their last 14 top flight matches, and it could mean that the Argentine looks to strengthen his attacking options when the window reopens in 2018.Here are three reasons Southampton must make Alcacer their top January target…
  • 3 minute read 27/9/2017 | 04:45pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Everton could make a January move for £20m-rated Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro after summer transfer target Diego Costa returned to his former club from Chelsea.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that the Frenchman could be surplus to requirements after Atletico agreed terms with the Premier League holders to bring Costa back to Spain earlier this month.The Mirror says that the £67m deal means that the La Liga giants may be forced to balance the books in the New Year, and that could mean they look to offload Gameiro, who has found game time hard to come by.The report adds that Everton have been sounded out about his potential availability, with the Merseyside failing to sign the direct Romelu Lukaku replacement that manager Ronald Koeman wanted during the summer transfer window.The Mirror says that Atletico would be willing to loan him out for the remainder of the campaign or negotiate a £20m permanent deal.How has Gameiro done at Atletico?While the 30-year-old was something of a key first team player under Diego Simeone in his first season when he ended the 2016/17 campaign with 16 goals and a further seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions, but he has found it more difficult to get time on the pitch this term.The French attacker has played in just 27 minutes of Atletico’s opening six La Liga fixtures of the season, while he was left out of the squad altogether for the Champions League clash against AS Roma a fortnight ago.Would he be a good signing for Everton?It’s difficult to say.While the 30-year-old has done well for Atletico when played as a centre-forward, he is certainly more in the mould of Sergio Aguero than Lukaku from a physical point of view and couldn’t be seen as a direct replacement for the big Belgian.That said, his record for Sevilla and Atletico in La Liga has certainly been impressive and he has shown that he can find the net on a regular basis.One concern for the Toffees though would be how Sandro Ramirez – who also impressed in Spain for Malaga last season – has so far struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and they could easily find themselves in a similar situation if they brought Gameiro to Goodison Park.
  • 1 minute read 27/9/2017 | 07:15amTottenham Hotspur fans are feeling very confident about the team’s progression into the knockout rounds of the Champions League following back-to-back wins.The North London outfit were arguably handed the toughest group of the draw when they were place in a pot alongside defending champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.A 3-1 victory over Dortmund put Mauricio Pochettino’s men in a strong position after Matchday One, and they followed that up with a 3-0 win over APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday night.Harry Kane stole the headlines by securing a hat-trick – his sixth in 2017 – and it helped the club move equal with Madrid on six points.Following their last two results in the competition, Tottenham fans are feeling confident that the team can match Real when the pair go head to head.Spurs will be facing their former player Gareth Bale, who scored a wonder-goal in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Dortmund in Germany.Get in!!! He's one of our own! Bring on Real Madrid! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ #COYS https://t.co/8dzzn1vRGW— Jamie Arden (@jampota) September 26, 2017Two teams have 100% records in group H, one is the best team in the world and the other is Real Madrid 😉#thfc #coys pic.twitter.com/bgCVw7Q9f5— KWP (@therealwalker37) September 26, 2017Madrid, watch out, were after you …. #COYS pic.twitter.com/MDyCadtFax— Spurssoko ⚽️ (@TheMacBoy_) September 26, 2017Bring on Real Madrid! #COYS #TTID— kryptokev (@kevinfds) September 26, 2017We're coming for you……we're coming for you! Gareth Bale we're coming for you! Bring on Madrid! #COYS— Dom Coeur-De-Lion (@dom_coeurdelion) September 26, 2017Our fate is in our hands. We can go to Madrid with no fear, nor expectation. Expected to lose but on our day we can beat anyone. #COYS #THFC— Jurts__COYS94 (@THFC_COYS94) September 26, 2017Perfect start to the CL group of death, sets us up nicely for Madrid #COYS— Carlb (@carlbowman) September 26, 2017Well done boys. Bring on Real Madrid. This gonna be good 😃 #COYS— Dele (@zarifhrahman) September 26, 2017
  • 3 minute read 26/9/2017 | 03:43pmAccording to reports in the Daily Mail, Leeds United are considering making a move for Osasuna midfielder Fran Merida, who like recent addition Samu Saiz is playing in the second tier of Spanish football, after sending scouts to watch the former Arsenal man in action.What’s the word, then?Well, Leeds United may be top of the Championship table on goal difference going into Tuesday night’s fixtures following an impressive start to the campaign, but it hasn’t stopped Thomas Christiansen looking at players that could potentially improve his squad during the January transfer window and beyond.The Daily Mail says that scouts from the Yorkshire outfit have been trailing the 27-year-old, who is in his second season with Osasuna following their relegation from La Liga last term, with a view to making a move for the Spaniard.Merida has certainly had an interesting career having been on the books of Barcelona, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid during his career, but he has failed to settle down at any of those or Braga, Hercules, Atletico Paranaense and Huesca prior to joining Osasuna.How has he done for them?Ok, but not brilliant.Merida, who usually operates as a central or defensive midfielder has made 25 appearances in all competitions since joining Osasuna in the summer of 2016, and he sometimes struggled to make the matchday squad on occasions in La Liga last term.In 15 outings in the Spanish top flight, he did show his ability with the ball at his feet by successfully completing 12 of the 17 take-ons he attempted in what was a disappointing personal campaign for him and the club.Would he be a good signing for Leeds?It’s difficult to say.Saiz has already made a huge impression at Elland Road and while Merida may have struggled to have a huge impact at Osasuna, there is no reason why he couldn’t with Leeds.Of course he already has some experience of English football too from his time with Arsenal, and that would stand him in good stead if he did join the Championship outfit during the January transfer window or elsewhere in the future.That said, the Yorkshire outfit look to be well stocked in the middle of the park right now with Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Mateusz Klich, and they also have to start thinking about players that could make the jump up to the Premier League because of their promising start.It’s hard to believe that Merida is good enough to do that, though.
  • 2 minute read 25/9/2017 | 02:40pmTottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli is being targeted by Real Madrid in a potential swap deal involving Mateo Kovacic, according to Don Balon.What’s the story?It is not the first time that Alli has been linked with a move to Spain due to his significant rise over the past couple of years.The 21-year-old has established himself as a regular for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team, as well as for England.Since moving to the North London club from MK Dons in 2015, Alli has scored 35 goals and created 25 assists in 107 appearances.His statistics seem to have attracted the attention of Madrid, who according to Don Balon, are prepared to offer Kovacic in a deal.It is believed that club president Florentino Perez is keen to snatch Alli away in January, but Spurs are unwilling to listen to offers before the end of the season.Should Tottenham consider a deal?Based on statistics alone, no. Kovacic has netted just three goals and racked up five assists in 78 appearances for Madrid since his 2015 switch from Inter Milan.The 23-year-old also plays in a different style to Alli in that he sits in a much deeper role, so it would not be a like-for-like replacement.It is clear that the Tottenham star has not found his best form yet this season following a handful of lacklustre performances.Even during this slight lull, though, Alli has still produced three goals and an assist in seven outings in all competitions.With Tottenham becoming serious challengers for honours, it is vital that Pochettino keeps his best players.
  • 2 minute read 25/9/2017 | 01:20pmEverton were prepared to pay £70m for Chelsea striker Diego Costa in a late move in the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.What’s the story?The Merseyside outfit spent more than £100m on a handful of new signings, but they failed to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left to join Manchester United.Wayne Rooney returned to Goodison Park, while Sandro Ramirez was also bought, but it has been widely reported that manager Ronald Koeman wanted another attacking player.The Mirror reports that Everton were willing to pay a staggering £70m for Chelsea misfit Costa, who caused controversy in the summer for refusing to return to Stamford Bridge.The Spain international made it clear that he only wanted to join his former club Atletico Madrid, and eventually his wish was granted.Costa will not be eligible to play for the La Liga club until January, though, due to a transfer embargo that prevents Atletico from registering new players until 2018.What does this bid tell us about Everton?Firstly, that the Toffees certainly have money to spend. The club jumped out of the blocks in the transfer window and were praised for their early business.However, judging by the team’s performances this season so far, they failed to bring in the one player they needed – a striker.The Toffees have won two of their six Premier League matches and in that time have scored just four times.If these latest reports are true, then potentially forking out £70m for Costa so late in the window shows that Koeman was desperate for a new attacker.Ironically, the man who the manager deemed not good enough for the team is showing the most promise up front.Oumar Niasse, who did not even have a squad number at the start of last season, has scored three goals in his last two matches in all competitions.
  • 1 minute read 4/10/2017 | 09:00amGareth Bale was expected to face his former club Tottenham Hotspur in two weeks’ time when Real Madrid hosted the North London outfit at the Bernabeu.The two clubs will go head to head in the group phase of the Champions League, with both on six points apiece.The build up would have been focused on Bale, but now injury looks set to rule him out of the match.The Guardian reports that the 28-year-old is facing four weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury, which has forced him out of Wales’ two crucial World Cup qualifiers.If Bale is unable to feature against Tottenham, where he spent six years of his career before moving to Madrid for £85m in 2013, then it will be a big boost to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Spurs were arguably handed the toughest group, but they have already overcome Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.The Premier League club will be underdogs heading into the encounter, but without Bale, Madrid are weaker.After the reports emerged, Tottenham gave their reactions on Twitter.Hope Bale isn't out of our game against Madrid, would love to neither cheer or boo him just to show how irrelevant he is to Spurs these days— Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) October 3, 2017@Ben_Farmer16 scared of davies— Ross (@RossiT99) October 3, 2017Now all we need is ronaldo isco asensio modric kroos ramos marcelo carvajal ceballos and casemiro to get injured as well— MR MIYAGI (@mrmiyagi996) October 3, 2017Tbh Aurier on bale was a red waiting to happen.And trippier he’d have breezed past like a paper https://t.co/qLO9U39elo less worry for poch.— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) October 3, 20176 points coming up! #thfc #COYS— Spurslife– (@SomeYoungMin) October 3, 2017A shame, would have loved to have seen him again.— Rob Bettles (@Rob_Bettles26) October 3, 2017Glad, he hasn’t been very nice about us since he left so happy he won’t have an opportunity to play against us— Nick Buckland (@Nick_Buckland) October 3, 2017Mixed emotions on that one.— Tottenham Grammar (@PhilYiddo) October 3, 2017He don’t want to hurt us mate 😉— Austin Nardone (@1Ratchet_rabbit) October 3, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/10/2017 | 03:01pmAccording to reports in Spanish publication AS, via Sport Witness, Everton are ‘very interested’ in signing out-of-favour Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro during the January transfer window, but Toffees fans are divided on a potential deal for a player they were also linked with last month.The report says that the La Liga giants are considering selling the Frenchman and Nicolas Gaitan in the New Year as they look to prepare for the arrival of Diego Costa, and it is news that will have alerted the under-fire Ronald Koeman.The pressure is building on the Dutchman following a disappointing start to the season, and he will be frustrated that the club didn’t sign the Romelu Lukaku replacement he wanted during the summer transfer window.Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the latest rumour via social media, and they were divided with their opinions on the 30-year-old, who has played just 27 minutes of football this season.While some “would love to see this happen”, others believe the 30-year-old is “another second-rate player”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Is Athletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro interested in Everton in January .. I very much doubt it ..— brian anjo (@Brian_Anjo) October 3, 2017Until we sign him I'm not interested. Sick getting our hopes up to be let down— debbie (@debbiewright197) October 3, 2017Can he play number 10?— Mike (@Mike187819) October 3, 2017Would love to see this happen— Mark Doughty (@markdoughty88) October 3, 2017Too small to fit our playstyle, will end up like sandro— Joe (@IdrissaMagic) October 3, 2017Don't get carried away he's not doing it there anymore, another second rate player, thought mosh was going for the best, ambition??— kieron hynes (@kieronhynes) October 3, 2017Yes please!— Zachary Robb (@zachary_robb) October 3, 2017Would be a HUGE signing— Garrison Ball (@FIRECBJ) October 3, 2017Too little, too late.— Craig Rimmer (@_cr_90) October 3, 2017
  • 3 minute read 4/10/2017 | 04:45pmAccording to reports on Transfermarketweb, Tottenham Hotspur are target a January move for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, who the Daily Mirror says is rated at £18m.What’s the word, then?Well, Transfermarketweb says that the Portugal international could exit the La Liga giants on loan or even on a permanent deal in the New Year, and while Spurs are keen they could face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and AS Monaco.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old could leave on a loan deal with a view to a permanent £18m move having struggled to get game time under new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde this term.Why do Tottenham want him?While he has struggled to make an impression with Barcelona after competing with the likes of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park, Gomes has still shown glimpses of what he is capable of and he was extremely impressive at Valencia beforehand.The Portugal international has featured for just 110 minutes this term, with just 28 of those coming in La Liga, but he is a tall and versatile performer who can play in a variety of midfield roles and that is something that will appeal to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.Would he be a good signing?Despite struggling to make an impression this season, Gomes did make 47 appearances in all competitions for Barca last term and the fact that he can play in a defensive or central midfield role – or even out wide – mean that he could be an effective performer for Tottenham.According to WhoScored.com, one of his main strengths is his dribbling ability, and his qualities on the ball should mean that he fits effortlessly into the current Spurs side.Considering Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele have struck up such a strong relationship in the middle of the park, it would be difficult to see how Andre Gomes would break that partnership up though, but the competition he would provide would certainly keep all three players at the top of their respective games.What’s the verdict, then?Well, while Gomes could prove to be a bargain buy if he can be purchased for £18m in the current market, the price could mean that Tottenham face a lot of competition for his signature.
  • 2 minute read 5/10/2017 | 02:30pmTottenham Hotspur are willing to discuss the possibility of a new contract for Harry Kane following reported interest from Real Madrid, according to The Gambling Times.What’s the word?Kane has been hitting the headlines of late for his prolific form, which has seen him score 13 goals for club and country in September alone.The 24-year-old has proven that he can stand out on the European stage as well as domestic by netting a hat-trick – his sixth in 2017 – during a recent victory over APOEL in the Champions League.It seems that Spanish giants Real Madrid have taken note, and according to Don Balon, the club are prepared to splash £177m on the striker.The Gambling Times report that this has caused Tottenham to rethink their position and are even considering opening talks over a new contract with Kane, despite the forward putting pen to paper on a fresh five-year deal just 10 months ago.Will wages be a problem?It is well known now that the North London club pay fairly modest wages compared to the so-called ‘big’ clubs of the Premier League.The London Evening Standard claims that Kane and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are the highest earners among the Spurs squad on around £100,000 per week.It is highly likely that Madrid would offer a more lucrative salary if Kane was to have his head turned.It is worth stressing that the striker has made no public suggestions that he is considering a move to the Bernabeu, but if it came down to money, then Spurs could have a problem.Chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman, but he may need to rethink his pay structure in order to keep the club’s best player.Tottenham have an advantage over Madrid in that Kane worked his way through the club’s academy, therefore has an emotional connection to Spurs.However, the hitman is ambitious and no-one could blame him for following in Gareth Bale’s footsteps in search of silverware.
  • As one of the most in-form players in world football right now, it is no surprise to see Harry Kane’s name being linked with Real Madrid. However, it is the England captain’s latest comments that have seemed to worry some Tottenham fans, who believe he is leaving the door open to a move.Ahead of the Three Lions game against Slovenia, Kane was asked about the Madrid rumours, to which he responded;“I would never say no. I think in football, you never know and you never rule out anything. It is not something that I definitely want to do but it could happen. You just never know.”While it seems unlikely that Kane would walk away from the ongoing project at Tottenham, his quotes may indicate that a call from Real Madrid may prove too hard to resist.Upon hearing the comments, Spurs fans took to Twitter, some of them seemingly very confident, others not so…Stick my neck out, imo Harry Kane will stay at #Spurs for many years to become true legend, breaking appearance & goal records. #COYS #THFC— Alf Love (@alf_love47) October 5, 2017Spurs fans freaking out about Kane 😂😂😂 relax. He is going no where. Trust me #THFC— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) October 5, 2017Ok so apart from money there is NO REASON for Kane to leave,player said himself he won't leave Tottenham so its all down to Levy if he stays— Abi (@WembleyForTHFC) October 4, 2017If we don't win anything in the next 2/3 seasons Kane will 100% leave and I wouldnt blame him— Cameron (@thfcCam) October 5, 2017If Kane leaves I leave— MasonDee (@MasonDee2419) October 4, 2017I hoped we learned from the sale of Bale. With new stadium and a quality young squad, we should be aiming to bring stars in rather than sell— Archie (@Archie_Tashjian) October 4, 2017
  • 3 minute read 6/10/2017 | 04:54pmAccording to an interview with Belgian media outlet Derniere Heure, Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that he was denied the chance to return to the Premier League with Everton during the summer.What’s the word, then?Well, speaking while on international duty with Belgium, the former Arsenal defender told Derniere Heure that he wanted to leave the Camp Nou during the summer following a season-long loan spell with AS Roma, but the La Liga giants told him he couldn’t leave.The 31-year-old listed the Toffees and Anderlecht as two of the interested clubs, and now he has been left in a situation where he isn’t being picked to play for the first team and isn’t allowed to play for Barcelona B either because he hasn’t been registered, which has left him in the limbo.Everton boss Ronald Koeman had said during the summer that he wanted to bring an experienced left-sided centre-back, who could also cover at left-back, to Goodison Park to cover for the injured Ramiro Funes Mori and it is no surprise that they have been named as one of the teams keen on the Belgian.How did he do during his loan spell with Roma?Having made just 21 appearances in all competitions in his first two seasons with Barcelona because of injury, Vermaelen moved to the Italian capital on loan last term.However, it wasn’t really a fruitful spell as another injury hindered his chances of breaking into the first team and he was often left on the substitutes’ bench.The 31-year-old returned to Spain having made just 12 outings in total, and he would have been keen to secure a permanent move elsewhere.Will Everton still be interested in the New Year?It’s difficult to say.With Funes Mori likely to be out of action until after the January transfer window has closed and with the Toffees struggling at the back in the early stages of the season it could be an option.However, Vermaelen certainly wouldn’t be the younger defender they perhaps need considering they already have Leighton Baines, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka in the backline, and his lack of game time and injury record would also be a big concern.
  • 1 minute read 19/10/2017 | 06:00pmThe transfer window may be closed, but that does not stop the rumour mill from churning.A report in Don Balon has claimed that Real Madrid may be open to selling Gareth Bale next summer due to his regular injury woes.The 28-year-old, who is currently out of action, has had eight calf problems during his four-year spell at the Bernabeu and he missed a large chunk of last season.The report adds that Bale’s former club Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Manchester United, could be in for him come the end of the season, but the emotional pull of the North London outfit could be too much for the player to turn down.The attacker spent six years at Spurs, developing into the player that earned a then-world record £85m move to Madrid.Since 2013, Bale has won 10 trophies, including three Champions League crowns, the most recent of which from last season.As expected, Tottenham fans have been digesting the news and there have been mixed responses.@SpursOfficial get the deal in place now for Jan— Marcus Pearce (@Mp10Marco) October 19, 2017Kane – bale – eriksen – Dele in front of the meanest defence in the prem….. game over!!!— ryan ledger (@rynoledge15) October 19, 2017Although if true it shows our rise in status— Bry the Cabbie (@LDNGreenBadge) October 19, 2017Smoke and mirrors for when he goes to Man U so the fans can't be upset at him. He'll blame the clubs not agreeing. Not rocket science here— Bombay (@GordoneBombay) October 19, 2017Bring the homesick boy back Dan— Rhinoceros (@Rrinoceros) October 19, 2017And they would be looking for Kane and Dele in return. We have enough players on treatment table. #COYS #THFC— John Hueston (@johnrhueston) October 19, 2017I must admit I would like 2 c him bk, great signing 4 the new stadium, but he is on like 425K a week……we can't/won't do that— simon young (@rookieyoung1) October 19, 2017What could they possibly want in return, I wonder 🤔— Craig Bradfield (@heisyouknow8) October 19, 2017
  • 3 minute read 19/10/2017 | 05:45pmReal Madrid star Gareth Bale may consider a return to Tottenham Hotspur next summer, according to Don Balon.What’s the story?The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to the Premier League almost every season since moving to the Bernabeu from Spurs in 2013.On this occasion, Don Balon reports that the Spanish giants are growing weary of the attacker’s injury problems and may decide to offload him next summer.Bale is currently on the sidelines with a calf problem – a similar issue that has blighted him eight times during his four-year spell in Madrid.Manchester United have regularly been linked with a swoop for the Wales international, but now the prospect of a sensational return to North London has been reported.It is believed that Bale could be swayed into re-signing for Spurs over United due to his emotional connection to the club.Should he go back?In many aspects of life, the term ‘never go back’ is a good one to stand by, but from Tottenham’s point of view, having Bale in the team would boost their chances of title glory significantly.In the early stages of the Welshman’s Madrid career there were rumours that he was feeling homesick, so returning to a club that he is very familiar with suggests that he could hit the ground running.Some would question why Bale would even want to go back to Tottenham given that he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and has picked up three Champions League crowns in the last four years.However, it is clear to see that Mauricio Pochettino is transforming Spurs into genuine contenders, and with the new stadium on the horizon, they are beginning to look the part.Given Bale’s link to Tottenham – he spent six years at the club – it may not take much for him to consider moving back, particularly as he will have the chance to potentially spearhead the London outfit to glory.Are there any problems?Yes, money. Bale was sold to Madrid for a then-world record £85m and it is likely that the Spanish giants will be looking to recoup that figure.The attacker’s injury problems could prevent Real from making a profit, but club president Florentino Perez is unlikely to go below the sum that was paid.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and a stubborn one at that, so if he were to enter negotiations, it could be a long and arduous process.On top of that, the North London club have a very modest wage structure, which they will have to reassess if they want to welcome back Bale.
  • According to Don Balon, Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn is attracting the interest of Barcelona who may look to sign the Wales international in the next 12 months.What’s the Story?As if Barcelona haven’t caused enough trouble for Liverpool already! Now, Spanish papers are reporting that the Catalan club are monitoring Ben Woodburn, as they look to invest in a youngster whose potential has caught the attention of the football world.Incredibly, Barcelona has the chance to sign Woodburn when he went for Spanish trials at the age of 12. However, the European giants decided against a move for the Welsh international. However, it seems that recent performances have re-ignited Barca’s interest.How good has Woodburn been this season?Despite having yet to play a minute of league football for Liverpool this year, Woodburn, who is valued at £1.35million by Transfermarkt has impressed in the League Cup and during pre-season.However, the 18-year-old has earned most of his accolades for his performances in a Wales shirt. The youngster has been a major catalyst for a number of recent wins for the Welsh national team and it is genuinely disappointing that his talents will not be on show in Russia during this Summer’s World Cup.Would Liverpool consider letting Woodburn go to Barca?While Liverpool will do almost everything in their power to ensure that Barcelona don’t land Woodburn, especially after the Coutinho debacle, the Reds can only do so much. If Woodburn wants to test himself at the very highest level then no one would begrudge him a move to arguably the biggest club in the world.
  • According to ESPN, Manchester United are chasing the signature of in-form defender Aaron Martin, who plays for Espanyol.What’s the Story?Manchester United scouts were in Barcelona on Friday evening to watch Espanyol take on Levante. And reports have suggested that they were keeping a close eye on the home side’s left-back Aaron Martin.The 20-year-old, who is valued at £9million on Transfermarkt, only recently signed a long-term contract which would see him remain at Espanyol until 2022. However, providing Manchester United offer enough, Aaron could be on his way to Old Trafford.How good has Aaron been this season?An ever-present for much of Espanyol’s domestic campaign, Aaron has impressed with his maturity in spite of his young age. The Spaniard has played in all eight league games so far and has not looked at of place when facing some of the most talented stars in La Liga.At just 20, the defender has been part of a unit that have conceded just four goals all season…if you discount their 5-0 drubbing at Barcelona!Would Aaron be a good signing for Manchester United?This is a tough one to call. Firstly, it is likely that Aaron needs to feature in a few more games before United can decide whether to take a punt on the youngster.Secondly, the future of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford will likely be a defining factor in any proposed transfer for Aaron. Jose Mourinho’s well publicized outbursts regarding Shaw’s fitness have always meant that the former Southampton star’s future has been the subject of speculation.
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 12:48pmTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks posted on his official Twitter account after playing the full 90 minutes in his side’s impressive 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night, and Spurs fans were quick to praise him.What a night to be involved in🙌⚽️thanks to the travelling fans #coys— Harry Winks (@HarryWinks) October 17, 2017The 21-year-old was struggling for game time under Mauricio Pochettino earlier in the campaign and he featured for just 32 minutes in their opening six Premier League matches this term.However, injuries to Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have seen him start the north London outfit’s last four matches in all competitions, and he made a huge impression against players like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos on what was a daunting occasion against the Champions League holders.Tottenham supporters took to social media to react to the England international’s latest post, and while some said they were “so proud” of him, others said “you’re staying forever”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Immense. Just immense. So proud. #COYS— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) October 18, 2017Modric has posters of you in his bedroom, goodnight Harry 👏🏼— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) October 17, 2017You're so much better than Modric— 🇮🇪 (@Aldertonghen_) October 17, 2017Hero— Jack Chang (@Jack1chang) October 17, 2017You didn’t look out of place for one single minute. Great performance.— Chris Fitzgerald (@cfitzy69) October 18, 2017You killed it kiddo. Keep it up. #COYS— Rob McGaw (@GudCanadianKid) October 17, 2017Mate. You're staying forever— Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) October 17, 2017
  • 3 minute read 18/10/2017 | 09:26amAccording to reports in The Mirror, Southampton have opened talks with Barcelona over a January move for striker Paco Alcacer, but they could face competition from French side Lille for his signature.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is desperate to bolster his attack after his team have scored just seven goals – three of which came from the penalty spot – in their nine matches in all competitions this season.Nine points from seven Premier League games has certainly put the Argentine under pressure considering the favourable fixtures the south coast outfit had on paper, and he is keen to bring the out-of-favour Alcacer to St Mary’s in the New Year.However, The Mirror says that the 24-year-old is not yet sold on the potential move, which has prompted interest from Lille.How has Alcacer done this season?He has pretty much been frozen out by Barca boss Ernesto Valverde since starting the first La Liga match of the season against Real Betis in August.He has played just 33 minutes of football in all competitions from that opening day appearance and he hasn’t even made the Catalan giants’ matchday squad in three of their last four league games.It looks certain that the Spain international will be leaving the Camp Nou in January, but it remains to be seen whether he would be willing to join Southampton.Why wouldn’t he want to join?The fact that the 2018 World Cup is just around the corner could well be a factor, as the 24-year-old would know that it would be a huge risk to move to a new country when he is looking to find the form that may see him named in Spain’s squad for the finals.That said, he must also consider that he needs to be playing on a regular basis and moving to a Southampton side that is struggling for goals should mean that he does that, and he would subsequently have more chance of finding some form – just as Manolo Gabbiadini did when he first joined the south coast outfit at the start of this year.What’s the verdict?While Saints will hope that they can get a deal over the line for Alcacer in the New Year following his previous form for Valencia, it seems they have a lot of work to do to convince the player that it will be the best move for his career right now.
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 08:30amChristian Eriksen has become one of Tottenham Hotspur’s key players, but on a night when top talent had to shine, the midfielder was stuck in the shadows.The Denmark international started against Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League group match at the Bernabeu.Mauricio Pochettino’s men headed into the fixture as underdogs, but they held their own in the Spanish capital.At times, the North London outfit were severely under pressure, but some goalkeeping heroics from Hugo Lloris kept them in the game.Harry Kane, who scored 11 goals in all competitions for Spurs in September, forced open the deadlock, but the ball came off Madrid’s Raphael Varane.Cristiano Ronaldo levelled up the scoreline to 1-1 by converting from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier brought down Toni Kroos in the box.Tottenham managed to hold on for a point, which delighted the fans, but there was one man that the supporters felt was lacklustre on the pitch.My only slight disappointment was Eriksen, expected more. Winks, Sanchez are legends in the making #coys— Dave (@davelinx1) October 17, 2017Eriksen, had to happen eventually but he had a stinker. Slow in possession, chose the wrong pass too often & never looked on it #THFC #COYS— Cheeseroom FC 🧀⚽️ (@JMEmabbz) October 17, 2017But what happened to Eriksen? Very very silent and anonymous. Was tightly marked though… #coys— Kjetil Ermesjø (@KjetilErmesjo) October 17, 2017I know some think we should have won but we didn't show enough in the final third. Eriksen and Llorente were lacking tbh #COYS— Harry C (@HazSpur92) October 17, 2017Truth is, if Eriksen had of had his normal 9 out 10 performance tonight, we quite possibly might have won! #thfc #coys— Matt (@Spurs2380) October 17, 2017Thoughts on Eriksen? Just didn’t think he played as well as the Eriksen we all know and love? #COYS https://t.co/PaLkp0UcJK— SERGE AURIER (@LukeGriffiths4_) October 17, 2017Without being over critical I thought Eriksen's passing and decision making was below parNow is not the time for negatives though#COYS— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) October 17, 2017Great team performance apart from eriksen #COYS— Lou (@VickeryLou) October 17, 2017Eriksen needs to hang a picture of Winks on his wall after tonight #COYS #THFC— Sebastian (@Sebastian__4) October 17, 2017Eriksen absolute pony but 10 other brilliant performances. Looked like we belonged there! #COYS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— 👉🏼Steve👈🏼 (@paynotron) October 17, 2017How was it that Sissoko played better than Eriksen tonight? #COYS— Syafiq Ab Ⓜ (@SyafiqAb) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 07:00amTottenham Hotspur faced the daunting task of taking on Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League group match, but they managed to come away with a point.For a relatively inexperienced player these matches do not come much bigger, but Harry Winks looked as though he was unfazed by the occasion.The 21-year-old, who recently made his England senior debut, had started just four games in all competitions for Spurs before Tuesday night, but manager Mauricio Pochettino included the midfielder in the starting lineup against Madrid at the Bernabeu.Despite the calibre of opposition he was facing – Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos to name a few – Winks looked hungry on the ball.After an own goal from Raphael Varane, Madrid levelled up through Ronaldo, who netted from the penalty spot, but Spurs were able to keep Los Blancos at bay and leave with a 1-1 draw.Fans watching the game were very quick to praise Winks, who has come through the academy ranks at Tottenham.Harry Winks single handily out played the Madrid trio of Casemerio, Modric and Kroos. What a player @HarryWinks is! 💫 #COYS #UCL— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) October 17, 2017Harry Winks just went to Real Madrid and showed everyone just why he was picked for England. The boy will be a superstar! #COYS #THFC— Gary Ford (@Spursfordie) October 17, 2017Harry Winks is different gravy 🙊#COYS #THFC— Jack (@MrJSPoll) October 17, 2017Harry Winks was majestic tonight #Coys— Mike Dixon (@ParkLaneDicko) October 17, 2017Harry Winks 🙌💙 #COYS— rohana little (@RohanaMaeLittle) October 17, 2017Winks, started slow but once he got his feet under the table he was remarkable given the opposition. What a future he has #THFC #COYS— Cheeseroom FC 🧀⚽️ (@JMEmabbz) October 17, 2017Still can’t get over how confident and comfortable Harry Winks looked on the ball tonight! Honestly made Modric look semi decent 😂 #COYS— SERGE AURIER (@LukeGriffiths4_) October 17, 2017Harry Winks 94% passing accuracy against the European Champions!! Amazing performance, another #OneOfOurOwn #thfc #coys— Matt (@Spurs2380) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 12:01amIf there was any doubt about Hugo Lloris’s ability as a goalkeeper, then there certainly will not be now after the Tottenham Hotspur star put on a stellar display against Real Madrid.As expected, Mauricio Pochettino’s team were under the cosh at times during their Champions League group match at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.Zinedine Zidane’s side are reigning champions for a reason, and they knocked on the door many times during the encounter in Spain.However, it was Spurs who went in front thanks to some skill from Harry Kane, who forced an own goal from Raphael Varane just before the half-hour mark.Madrid continued to unleash waves of pressure, though, and it eventually paid off when Serge Aurier’s clumsy challenge on Toni Kroos in the box resulted in a penalty, which was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.The hosts had numerous chances to win the game and they may have done so by a significant margin had it not been for Lloris, who made a handful of saves to keep Spurs in the game.One stop in particular will be embedded into the memory of Tottenham fans, and it came in the second half when Lloris denied Karim Benzema a header from close range.The Premier League club will return to England with an impressive point, and they have their goalkeeper to thank for it.Hugo #lloris saving all the shots you'll ever take. #coys pic.twitter.com/m6WIqEyv8i— Paul Davies (@PaulJDavies) October 17, 2017As I said earlier on in the season. One of the best in the WORLD!! #Lloris #COYS https://t.co/rtltnMYcqU— Zeus #COYS (@superspurs34) October 17, 2017That save by Lloris from Benzema. Wow. Best I’ve seen at Spurs in the last 30 years #coys— Jay1882 (@Jay_1882) October 17, 2017Lloris never leave my club. #COYS— SB (@SarcasticShubh) October 17, 2017Lloris was on absolute 🔥🔥 tonight! He kept us in that game, plenty of missed chances though, could have won that about 3-1 #COYS— Elliott (@E_Connelly94) October 17, 2017Hugo Lloris is my favourite human alive right now. How did he save that header, I think I’m in love 😻❤️ #THFC #RMATOT #COYS— G.Wilka (@george72573717) October 17, 2017…and our captain, Hugo Lloris. Sensational saves all night long. 😍 @SpursOfficial #COYS— Michaela ⚓️ (@MB2314) October 17, 2017@SpursOfficial's Hugo Lloris doesnt get much credit. Absolutely fabulous tonight, with 4 key saves at the #Bernabeu. Love my Club. #COYS— Ray Verma (@rayverma) October 17, 2017Lloris has had an unbelievable game tonight #COYS— Joe Sutton (@Suttbags) October 17, 2017I thought Lloris was maybe past his best. I’m an idiot and Hugo is my hero. #COYS— Richard Joyce (@R_J_Joyce) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 17/10/2017 | 06:56pmPrior to this evening, Fernando Llorente had made just one start for Tottenham Hotspur, and that was in a Carabao Cup match.Tonight, the Spaniard finds himself in the starting XI for Spurs’ huge Champions League group match against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has made a surprise call by including Llorente in the lineup alongside Harry Kane up front.The forward has made three Premier League appearances and two in Europe so far this season, but in none of those outings was he included in the first XI.Meanwhile, Danny Rose, who has been out of action for the past nine months with a knee injury, has made it onto the substitutes bench, but there is no place for Moussa Dembele.#THFC: Lloris (C), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Kane, Llorente. #COYS pic.twitter.com/tORTEicas0— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2017The main talking point from the fans, though, is Llorente’s inclusion, with many surprised that Pochettino has opted to start the striker in a game of this magnitude.The 32-year-old does have experience playing against Madrid having had spells at Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.Kane and Llorente in the same team. I mean, don't try these things at home to Bournemouth…but nah we will try it against Real Madrid #coys https://t.co/ODF4tqdgkH— Ollie Olly Oli (@OllieClaco1882) October 17, 2017Woah, didn’t see Kane and Llorente coming. Llorente as the out ball to no doubt hold play up. #COYS #THFC https://t.co/N98Sdn61Hf— ♕ (@thfc_lennkerk) October 17, 2017Interesting selection. Didn’t expect to see Winks or Llorente start. #COYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Stefan Blois (@BloisStefan) October 17, 2017Strange team, would have Son instead of Llorente & an actual LB but other than that 0-4 win in the bag!!! #RMATOT #COYS— CMJ Flaners (@HeelFlaners) October 17, 2017Llorente is in this match to hold onto the ball, could be key factor #THFC #COYS— RuckerHaringey (@RuckerHaringey) October 17, 2017Kane-Llorente #tasty #COYS— FMC (@fm_carv) October 17, 2017Fernando Llorente starts for Tottenham tonight. #THFC #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/q0cUWwLIZu— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) October 17, 2017Very interesting from Poch. I guess Llorente brings Spanish experience. Kane free to roam. Aurier & Sissoko bromancing. Big task ahead #COYS— el wehbi (@ibleedhotspur) October 17, 2017Kane and Llorente up front for #THFC tonight just goes to show that Poch believes Madrid can be beaten tonight. Huge decision. #COYS— Jordan Pomeroy (@EastTerrace00) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 23/10/2017 | 06:00pmManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has admitted that he would prefer to spend the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Spanish club Valencia.Pereira, 21, went against the wishes of United boss Jose Mourinho to join Valencia on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window.The playmaker has scored once and provided one assist in seven La Liga appearances this season, with his form drawing admiring glances.United have the chance to recall Pereira during the January transfer window, and it is understood that Mourinho is exploring that possibility due to his injury problems in midfield.Pereira, however, has revealed that he wants to spend the whole season with Valencia before returning to Old Trafford ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.Pereira told AS:“When I signed, I knew that this clause existed. But now I am calm, focused on Valencia. Nobody called me from Manchester.“I’m calm, if they want them to go back they’ll call. I want to stay here for the whole season because I’m fit, I feel good… If I had to go back it would be difficult again.”Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick are all currently on the sidelines for United, who suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.Scott McTominay, who benefited from Pereira’s departure, could be given the chance to impress when United visit Swansea City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
  • 3 minute read 25/10/2017 | 09:30amReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has told Cadena COPE that the club have not contemplated making a move for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane.What’s the word?It was only a few weeks ago when Spanish outlet Diario Gol reported that Madrid were gathering together a three-man swap deal to convince Spurs to sell their striker.The publication claimed that the Spanish giants were willing to offload Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to get a deal over the line.However, Real president Perez has now played down suggestions that Los Blancos are even interested in the 24-year-old, telling Cadena COPE:“Signing Harry Kane has not passed through my head. He is a great player and in addition he is young. He has many years to progress, but we are delighted with Benzema and with all of the team. I didn’t ask Tottenham’s president [chairman, Daniel Levy] for the price because he would have told me that he [Kane] is worth €250million.”Have we overreacted?There is a tendency in this country for English players to be overhyped, but it is safe to say that Kane is the real deal.The forward has proven that he is not a one-season wonder having won back-to-back Golden Boots in the last two Premier League seasons.Kane has also become a pivotal figure at Tottenham, leading the charge in the club’s recent title campaigns and he is on course to do the same.As it stands, the striker has scored 13 goals in all competitions for the North London club.Is he Real Madrid calibre, though?When multiple Champions League winners and World Cup heroes fill a squad, then a player needs to be at an elite level if he wants to join.Kane has not won a trophy and moving to Madrid, where silverware is the minimum requirement, would be a big step up.However, Gareth Bale was in a similar situation when he moved to the Bernabeu in 2013 and has gone on to win 10 trophies, including three European crowns.Kane has the ability to thrive in Spain, but he is in a comfortable position as the talisman at Spurs having come through the ranks and being regarded as a hero.The striker would find himself in a completely different scenario if he made the move.
  • 3 minute read 25/10/2017 | 04:00pmAccording to reports in The Sun, Everton could be set to double their money on forward Henry Onyekuru if they decide to sell him, despite the fact that he is yet to play for them.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sun says that European giants Juventus and Atletico Madrid want the 20-year-old, who joined the Toffees during the summer but was immediately loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht with the Merseyside outfit unable to get a work permit for him.The Sun says that the Nigeria international cost £7m when moved from KAS Eupen, but he could already be worth double that after impressing for Anderlecht domestically and in the Champions League, and Everton must decide whether to cash in on him.The report adds that Juve are keen after missing out on Keita Balde Diao to Monaco during the summer, while Atletico see the forward as potential long-term replacement for Fernando Torres.How has Onyekuru done this season?The 20-year-old earned his move to Goodison Park after a sensational season with KAS Eupen in which he scored 24 goals and provided a further nine assists in 41 appearances in all competitions, with the majority of those outings coming from the left wing.The Nigerian attacker has quickly shown that he isn’t just a one-season wonder by netting seven times in 15 appearances for Anderlecht this term, and he was unfortunate not to score in the 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this month after he hit the woodwork.Would Everton really sell him?Considering their current struggles and their apparent need for pace and clinical finishing right now, they would be mad to sell the forward for any price.Onyekuru has already shown the ability he has and he looks to be a real promising player for the future too, meaning the Merseyside outfit should look to keep hold of him.If obtaining a work permit proves to be difficult then they could consider cashing in on the 20-year-old, but it seems unlikely that they will give up that easily on such a talented young player that they had to fight off lots of competition for.
  • 2 minute read 25/10/2017 | 05:10pmAccording to Don Balon, Manchester United are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.What’s the story?Despite spending £40m on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic during the summer transfer window, it is understood that United boss Jose Mourinho is still keen to boost his midfield options.Ander Herrera has struggled to make his mark in the absences of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, and it has been suggested that the Spaniard could move on at the end of the season.According to Don Balon, Mourinho wants a world-class holding midfielder to play alongside Matic and Pogba, and has identified Real Madrid’s Casemiro as the perfect player to join the club.The report has claimed that United would be willing to offer Casemiro a better salary than he currently collects at the Bernabeu as Mourinho continues to spend big in a bid to return the 20-time English champions to the top of European football.Would Casemiro be worth the money?The 25-year-old has been a first-team regular for Real Madrid since re-joining the club from Porto in the summer of 2015.The 18-time Brazil international made 42 appearances in all competitions last season, and has managed two goals in 12 appearances for the Spanish giants this term.Casemiro actually scored six times for Los Blancos during the 2016-17 campaign, whilst his style of football would certainly work well in the Premier League.It seems unlikely that Real Madrid would sell the defensive midfielder without putting up a fight, but the chance to play in the Premier League might well turn his head.United are well-stocked in midfield when everyone is fit, but the Red Devils do lack a world-class defensive midfielder that can get about the pitch, and Casemiro certainly fits the ball in that respect.
  • 2 minute read 25/10/2017 | 07:00pmAccording to the Daily Mail, Manchester United want to tie up a £30m deal for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler ahead of next summer’s transfer window.What’s the story?Soler, 20, is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in Spanish football.The midfielder broke into the Valencia first team last season, and ended the 2016-17 campaign having made 18 appearances in all competitions.The Spain Under-21 international has scored once and provided four assists in nine league appearances this season, meanwhile, helping Los Che to second position in La Liga after a brilliant start to the campaign.According to the Daily Mail, United boss Jose Mourinho is a firm admirer of Soler’s talents, and the Portuguese sees him as the perfect foil for Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park.Would Valencia let him go for £30m?Soler is contracted to Valencia until the summer of 2021, whilst the fact that the midfielder’s deal includes a £75m buyout seems to place the Spanish side in a strong position when it comes to negotiation.Los Che are not in a position to turn down a big-money offer, however, and it seems likely that United could sign the youngster for a figure in the region of £30m.United will not be the only club interested in a player that boasts excellent statistics this season, but it seems that the 20-time English champions have moved quickly in a bid to hold off any competition.Soler, who came through the youth system at Valencia, could well star for Spain at the 2018 World Cup, and if United have things their way, he will go from Russia to Manchester to link-up with his new teammates.
  • According to Don Balon, Antonio Conte is desperate to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, with the Chelsea manager willing to spend £71million on the Spaniard.What’s the Story?Reports in Spain are claiming that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is an admirer of 22-year-old midfielder Saul Niguez and is happy to pay up to £71million to lure the international away from Atletico Madrid this January.However, Saul signed a new contract with his beloved club during the summer; a contract which has a release clause of £133million. While the Blues are unlikely to pay this much, reports suggest that Conte will not give up his pursuit of the talented Spanish star without a fightHow good has Saul been for Atletico Madrid this season?Like much of Atletico Madrid’s team this season, Saul is far from finding his form of recent years, The 22-year-old, who is valued at £36million by Transfermarkt, is still one of the clubs top performers however.Saul has featured in 12 games for Diego Simeone’s men this season and has frequently dominated the midfield, with his unrivalled energy and talents in both offensive and defensive phases of play.Would Saul be a good signing for Chelsea?Strong, skillful, intelligent and passionate; Saul has these characteristics in abundance. With the Spanish contigent at Chelsea getting larger by the transfer window, Saul would have no problem fitting in.However, his adoration for current club Atletico Madrid could mean that the Premier League Champions would have a hard time even reaching an agreement with the midfielder.
  • 4 minute read 26/10/2017 | 04:33pm According to the International Business Times, Newcastle United are monitoring Villarreal winger Alfonso Pedraza, who is currently out on loan with fellow La Liga side Alaves.The IB Times says that the 21-year-old has garnered a reputation as one of the most promising players to graduate from the prolific Villarreal academy in recent years, and he even spent time on loan with Championship side Leeds United last season.The report says that Magpies’ Premier League rivals Southampton are also keen on the wide man, with scouts from both clubs watching the Spain Under-21 international in action in La Liga.It is hardly surprising that the Tyneside outfit are watching the Spaniard given Rafa Benitez is their manager and the fact that they have the likes of Mikel Merino, Ayoze Perez, Javier Manquillo and Joselu in their squad, but it may not be a smart decision to add the forward to their ever-growing Spanish contingent.Here are three reasons Newcastle should steer clear of signing Pedraza…
  • 2 minute read 27/10/2017 | 06:00amReal Madrid have placed Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld on their list of transfer targets, according to Don Balon.What’s the word?The transfer links between Tottenham and Madrid have emerged yet again, but this time it is Alderweireld who is at the centre of them.The Belgian is yet to pen fresh terms at the North London club, leading to suggestions that the 28-year-old may consider his options at the end of the season.Don Balon claims that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is an admirer of the defender, who is being considered as a potential partner at the back for Sergio Ramos.Could it be down to wages?There is no doubt that Spurs are heading in the right direction as a club given that they have been in the race for the Premier League title the past two seasons.The North London outfit are also due to move into a state-of-the-art new stadium for the 2018-19 campaign, which will further boost their status as a genuine threat in English football.With that being said, it begs the question why Alderweireld, who is a regular starter under manager Mauricio Pochettino, has not yet signed a new deal.It is no secret that Spurs have one of the more modest wage structures in the top flight, and if Madrid do come calling, they would be able to offer Alderweireld a much bigger pay package.The defender’s plans for the future are unknown, but if Tottenham want to be among the big boys on the pitch, then they need to boost salaries off it.
  • 8 minute read 27/10/2017 | 06:45amThey say that defensive football is boring. That the art of organising a team to be solid and nigh-on impenetrable is against the ideals of football, the idea of which is to out-score the opponent, not out-concede them.Those people might point to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at their most brazen, but they have clearly never watched Atletico Madrid in their pomp.There may be no more thrilling sight in football than a blazing counter-attack where each player knows his job. To see a team go from defending to attacking in a whirlwind of a moment is exciting, but it’s the ruthlessness of the finish that makes it altogether more predatory. Like a lion downing a gazelle it is both brutal and oddly mesmeric. In order to achieve that, you have to lie in wait first.At times over the last year and a bit, since Mourinho arrived at United, it’s the gladiatorial thrill of the counter we’ve been missing, apart from the first few games of this season. But when it came to the best of Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone, that wasn’t the only reason games were enjoyable. There was a joy to watching them defend, too.Importantly, though, it was a conspiratorial joy.When you watched Atletico play – seemingly no matter who they were playing against – they’d never dominate the opposition. Everything was on edge, even until the last minutes. There would be a quality and a class in attack, players like Diego Costa and later Antoine Griezmann would let you know you were watching a top side. But there was something about watching them defend as a team which mesmerised as much as the passing motions of Barcelona in their pomp.Diego Simeone gets the crowd involved. Everyone is a part. Everything is on edge. Atleti became a big team, La Liga champions in 2014 and Champions League finalists twice in three years, but rarely did they win even the small games by big margins, not like the big teams did. Indeed, that’s not what the crowd were there to see.In fact, they didn’t arrive to see. They arrived to take part. The Vicente Calderon was filled with people whose job it was to roar the team on because the alternative was to bite their nails. The manager had convinced them that they were part of the war effort, and they had duly resolved to sing for victory.All you had to do was look at the two banks of four moving in tandem to see the beauty, but a glance at the ball – always at the feet of an opponent – showed that it was all in the balance. One slight mistake from a defender was all it would take before it was gone.It’s rare for a club to create a sense of community quite like that one, where there is a shared goal between players and fans, especially one which involved such intense concentration in defence. The aim is to entertain the crowd, but not through Pep Guardiola dominance: through the opposite. Fans were complicit in the result, and when you make the defensive performances heroic enough to be thrilling, it’s no longer ‘entertainment’, it’s an immersive experience.Manchester United will never be Atletico Madrid. United are too big a club. They can never be the underdogs like Simeone’s side can. They don’t have a Real Madrid or a Barcelona to usurp, just noisy neighbours to silence now that Liverpool have long since been knocked off their perch.The siege mentality that Mourinho creates among his players might well bear fruit in the end, but it’s hard for a fan to buy into that because there is no complicity. They aren’t involved, at least not in the same way. If they aren’t there to be entertained by attacking play, nor are they there to sing for victory, then why exactly are they turning up? And they will turn up, because they support their team, but a reason removes the wall.This year, Atletico aren’t the same team. Their stadium move hinders and probably weakens them. There were always going to be teething problems and they may well overcome them in the future, maybe even this season, but there is something missing. At the Calderon, though, they were barely penetrable: the fans were complicit in the result and that in turn helped focus the team on the game itself.That might sound like a strange concept, but it’s an important one which brings together the comparison between Atletico and Manchester United. Because if a style of football which is primarily about defensive organisation and individual attacking flair on the counter is to work in the long-term, then you can’t have your team defending like it’s a mathematical equation or an academic exercise. You can’t line up in two banks of four for the majority of every game. It gets boring for the players.But, if you’re being willed to focus by 45,000 baying fans roaring at every clearance and tackle because they’re complicit in the result, then you’re not focusing on a ‘job’, but you’re defending something much more meaningful than that. And that’s not boring for anyone involved, players of fans.Jose Mourinho’s problem is that, in the long term, performances like his two at Anfield in his time at United aren’t possible unless you create that same sort of complicity between fans and players. It’s true that you can’t create that in one transitional season, but the worry is that he won’t actually try. And if he doesn’t, he might end up like quite a few performances like he got against Huddersfield, when his players, perhaps lacking motivation because of their rigid and unadventurous style of play, simply failed to turn up in the first half.But even if he does attempt to string together an overarching philosophy like Simeone did in Spain, one of the reasons why Atletico were such a force in Europe, and why they were, counter-intuitively, such a joy to watch, was because they always felt like the underdogs. Manchester United, on the other hand, are English football’s most successful club and three-time winners of the European Cup. They will never be underdogs, and may never even want to be.And that’s the sticking point. Mourinho can win the league playing football in such a way. He may even win Champions Leagues. But at a club like Manchester United, will he ever be able to create a situation like Diego Simeone did, where heroic defensive performances are thrilling, not drab 0-0s against the club’s biggest and bitterest rivals?If not, he might have to learn to out-score even the biggest teams, not just out-concede them.
  • 2 minute read 27/10/2017 | 07:50pmManchester City hope to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, while Sergio Aguero is wanted by Real Madrid, according to Don Balon.What’s the word?During the summer transfer window, judging from all the media reports, Sanchez was closing in on a switch to the Etihad Stadium.Despite the interest, a deal never came to fruition and now the attacker is free to leave Arsenal for nothing at the end of the season.Don Balon reports that the Gunners will try to sell Sanchez in January in order to get some cash, which could pave the way for Aguero to move on.The Spanish publication claims that the Argentine is open to a move to Real Madrid, with Spain’s warmer climate being one of the attractions.What should Man City do?This season, Pep Guardiola has certainly got his team ticking, particularly in attack.The North-West outfit have a five-point advantage in the Premier League title race and are unbeaten in all competitions so far.City have been in scintillating form having scored 32 top-flight goals, and in five of their nine outings they have netted three or more.Adding Sanchez to that forward line would make Guardiola’s side even more threatening to the opposition.Plus, the Chile international is versatile in that he can play across the front line in various positions, which is something that Aguero has struggled with in the past.Can they keep both?If Sanchez was to join City, it is likely that Aguero would be the one that would have to sacrifice game time.There is no denying that the 29-year-old is a crucial member of the team given that he has scored 129 goals in 188 league games since his 2011 switch from Atletico Madrid.However, the striker’s fitness issues have been a concern, and as mentioned, Aguero does not possess the same level of versatility as Sanchez.Moving to Real Madrid could end up being the right fit for the forward.
  • 2 minute read 27/10/2017 | 08:10pmManchester United have cooled interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, according to Diario Gol.What’s the story?A few months ago, United manager Jose Mourinho was praising the Wales international to the high heavens, suggesting that he wanted to make a move.However, it seems that the Portuguese coach has now changed his mind about the 28-year-old, who moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur n 2013.Diario Gol claims that Mourinho has been put off by Bale’s injury record, which has prevented him from having a consistent run in the last season and a half.In the 2016-17 campaign, the attacker had spells on the sidelines with hip, ankle and calf problems, the latter of which is still troubling him as he has now missed six games of the current season.Should United forget about Bale?An injury-prone player can end up being a regretful purchase, and it is safe to say that over the past year or so, the Real Madrid star has struggled.When fit, though, the ex-Spurs star can be a game-changer and could propel United to the league title.There is always a risk when it comes to injuries, but Bale is certainly worth taking a chance on given that he has scored 70 goals in 159 games for the Spanish giants.Due to the fitness issues, United have every right to argue for a lower price tag than the £85m that Madrid spent to sign Bale four years ago.Whether Los Blancos are willing to consider a lower offer remains to be seen.
  • 1 minute read 27/10/2017 | 10:00pmManchester United are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, according to Diario Gol.What’s the story?The Brazilian has become an important figure in Zinedine Zidane’s team over the last few seasons, even though he has been at the club since 2013.The 25-year-old has started seven of Los Blancos’ nine La Liga games so far and all three of the club’s Champions League fixtures.Diario Gol reports that Casemiro is on United’s radar as manager Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options in midfield.However, there are suggestions that the Red Devils’ interest could be used to persuade Madrid into offering Casemiro a pay rise.Should United be wary?In short, yes. These situations have played out before when the likes of a big-name star uses another club to force their current outfit’s hand.There have been no indications that Casemiro is unhappy at the Bernabeu or is even open to moving on elsewhere.In the past, rumours of a sensational return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo have emerged, only for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner to sign fresh terms at Madrid.A club of United’s stature should not allow themselves to get dragged into a cat and mouse situation, particularly if the player has no desire to join them.
  • 3 minute read 28/10/2017 | 07:02pm According to the International Business Times, Southampton are interested in signing Villarreal winger Alfonso Pedraza, who is currently on loan at fellow La Liga side Alaves.The IB Times says that the 21-year-old is considered to be one of the most promising young players to graduate from the Villarreal academy in recent years, and he would have made his loan move Championship side Leeds United last season permanent if they had have been promoted at the end of the campaign.The report says that the south coast outfit’s Premier League rivals Newcastle United have also scouted the attacker in action in Spain.Of course, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino may have already have seen a number of scout reports on the player himself considering he was the coach of Alaves last season, but it may not be a smart decision to bring him to St Mary’s during the January transfer window or even next summer.Here are three reasons Southampton should steer clear of signing Pedraza….
  • 1 minute read 30/10/2017 | 10:30amTottenham Hotspur were flying high after comfortably defeating Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley just over a week ago.Mauricio Pochettino’s men were unbeaten in seven Premier League matches heading into Saturday’s clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.However, during the build up they suffered a big blow when Harry Kane was struck down with a hamstring injury.The prolific striker, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions so far this season, was left out of the squad and as a result, the team struggled in the final third.In the end, United earned a 1-0 victory, with substitute Anthony Martial scoring the winner in the 81st minute.Next up for the North London outfit is a crucial Champions League encounter with Real Madrid at Wembley.Pochettino’s men earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, keeping them on level terms with Zinedine Zidane’s side in the group.Despite the disappointment of the result at Old Trafford, the fans are now switching their focus to Wednesday’s showdown.# COYSLets beat Madrid this wednesday.— Benjamin Mensah (@Gospel_Brand) October 29, 2017Wednesday will be great— huni phil farai (@PhilHuni) October 30, 2017go, Spurs!— Thomas E. C. Barclay (@tecbarclay) October 30, 2017I will support you from here in Brazil. Spurs o /— Douglas Clouser (@douglasclouser) October 30, 2017And I'll be there COYS— nigel french (@FrenchNigel) October 29, 2017Very unlucky yesterday. Huge game on Wednesday and the opportunity to qualify for the #UCL last 16! Still proud of the effort #COYS— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) October 29, 2017Still mad but COYS 💙— ♚ Suzy (@SuzyLilywhite) October 29, 2017good luck boys— Yaslam (@yaslam_222) October 29, 2017#victory all the way— Usman Hassan (@UsmanHa59329797) October 29, 2017Always on yr side…..we always support you. 👍👍👍— Derrick (@Derricksimos) October 30, 2017
  • 2 minute read 30/10/2017 | 01:20pmTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Harry Kane could miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid, reports The Mirror.What’s wrong?A hamstring injury kept the 24-year-old out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, and it seems that the striker may struggle to be fit in time for the visit of Madrid.No timeline of recovery has been offered and Kane has not been ruled out of the match entirely, but Pochettino is being cautious.The Mirror quotes the Argentine as saying:“With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone. It’s not the last game or the final where you would say: ‘ok, after that it’s holidays.’“We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone. We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”The player himself if believed to be keen to get back on the pitch for the crucial European encounter, which ended in  1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Bernabeu.Can Tottenham cope without him?Spurs are certainly not a one-man team, but Kane’s absence was felt against United at Old Trafford.The visiting team put in a good shift in defence, but that crucial touch was missing in the final third, with Son Heung-min and Dele Alli failing to find the breakthrough.Kane offers a huge threat up front, but without him against a team of Madrid’s calibre, Tottenham may need to change their tactics.Fernando Llorente is next in line, but with all due respect, the Spaniard is not on the same level as his teammate.Everyone connected with Tottenham will be praying that Kane is passed fit for the Wembley showdown.
  • 1 minute read 1/11/2017 | 06:30amTottenham Hotspur have been keen to stress that they are not a one-man team, and while that may be the case, the North London outfit missed Harry Kane’s presence against Manchester United at the weekend.Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to seriously threaten David de Gea and ended up losing 1-0 at Old Trafford.Kane missed out on the trip to the North-West of England due to a hamstring injury, but it seems that the striker could be available for tonight’s Champions League contest against Real Madrid at Wembley.During his pre-match press conference, Pochettino confirmed to reporters that the 24-year-old took part in training and is hopeful of being 100% fit for the clash.Earlier this month, the Premier League club earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, which has left them level on points with Madrid in Group H.Given that Spurs are closing in on qualification for the last 16, some fans think that Kane should not be risked against the Spanish giants, but rather allow him to be fresh for Sunday’s league match against Crystal Palace.Others, though, are keen for the England international to be unleashed this evening.I hope he's available for the Real game.— Nisha. (@NishaZaharie) October 31, 2017HES PLAYING ALRIGHT— 🇮🇪 (@Aldertonghen_) October 31, 2017The best notice ever 🔥🤤 #COYS— Luis Angel Alvarado® (@Soyluiso8) October 31, 2017Play him lads— Lewis 🇬🇧 (@L_Addison01) October 31, 2017Please don’t play him, wait for Saturday!— tweetmicka (@tweetmicka) October 31, 2017Pls put Kane in the starting 11 against Real Madrid ❤️— Aizzy Kane (@FarhanAizzy) October 31, 2017Rest him up lads— Seedotu (@cunderwood97) October 31, 2017Don't play him tomorrow keep him fresh for the league— Seanie G (@theseanieg) October 31, 2017Don't risk him simple.— Mark Lucas (@Mark_lucasSkem) October 31, 2017play him we can't beat real Madrid without him— leeroy sibanda (@leeroysibanda2) October 31, 2017Dont risk him if not 100%, whatever you do 🙏— Double M (@Marl_McC) October 31, 2017
  • 1 minute read 1/11/2017 | 08:00amThe build-up to the first Champions League encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid was dominated by transfer rumours linking Harry Kane with a move to the Bernabeu.The second fixture between the pair has also been dominated by Kane, but this time it is centred around the striker’s fitness.Tottenham were without the 24-year-old for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United due to a hamstring injury.The England international has returned to training ahead of Wednesday’s showdown against Madrid at Wembley, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is unsure whether Kane will be named in the first XI.After sealing two wins and a draw, Spurs are well positioned to qualify for the last 16 in Europe, which means that they could afford to rest Kane rather than risk him.Football pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Pochettino’s men could rub salt into the wound of Madrid, who head into this week’s match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Girona in La Liga.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports:“Real Madrid had a shocking result losing to Girona on Sunday and if Kane is fully fit then they are there for the taking. They look all over the place and looking to blame each other, with Sergio Ramos likely to be up to his old tricks and Cristiano Ronaldo unhappy with the physical treatment he’ll get from Tottenham’s defence.”
  • 1 minute read 2/11/2017 | 09:30amTottenham Hotspur beat the Champions League holders Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the competitions, and Spurs fans were understandably ecstatic.Mauricio Pochettino’s men came into the clash against the La Liga giants on the back of a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu a fortnight ago, and they perhaps couldn’t have dreamt that they would perform so well on their own patch.The north London outfit dominated the match from start to finish and a brace from Dele Alli – who was making his first appearance in the Champions League this season following suspension – was added to by a goal from Christian Eriksen to wrap up a relatively comfortable victory.Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on the historic win via social media, and while one simply said “give us the trophy now”, another said “never thought I’d see this”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…I need to change my pants— ㅤ (@G0Spurs) November 1, 2017I LOVE THIS CLUB— Jack 🔥 (@jretchford_) November 1, 2017Can we play them every week?— Anton (@NowhereFast91) November 1, 2017Never thought I’d see this. WHAT A NIGHT— Ben Burrell (@benburrell) November 1, 2017GIVE US THE TROPHY NOW @ChampionsLeague— ㅤ (@DeleAllington) November 1, 2017What a performance. What a win. Congratulations to all the lads #THFC 👏👏. A deserved victory as well. A night to live in the memory 😀— Luke Jack Conlaund (@ConlaundLuke) November 1, 2017Best night ever #coys— GRAHAM RIDER (@grarid) November 1, 2017Beautiful…. simply beautiful…#coys— TCSIO (@TangoCharlieSIO) November 1, 2017Unbelievable tonight lads. I have the biggest smile on my face right now! #COYS!— Judith Burr (@swampduck12) November 1, 2017
  • 1 minute read 2/11/2017 | 10:30amTottenham Hotspur recorded a famous 3-1 win against Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday night, and Spurs fans were quick to praise two-goal hero Dele Alli.The 21-year-old was making his first appearance in the competition this season after sitting out the previous three matches through suspension, and he took just 27 minutes to give his team the lead when he finished from close range.The England international added a second 11 minutes after half-time when his strike deflected off of Sergio Ramos and into the net, with Christian Eriksen wrapping up the three points nine minutes later.Having struggled for form so far this term – and after missing a decent chance in the 1-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday – this could be the catalyst for Alli to return to his very best.Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on his performance via social media, and while one described him as “the best player on the pitch”, another said it was “the best individual performance I’ve seen in the flesh”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…What a result! Dele Alli is back! #COYS— Sean Logue (@SeanLogue1) November 1, 2017Dele Alli is the King. What is he the King of, you ask? Of any damn place or thing that he wants, that’s what! #COYS #THFC— Jared Kozal (@jkozal) November 1, 2017Who’s your MOTM? Its difficult, but I’m going for Dele Alli. Total performance 👏 #COYS— Zeus #COYS (@superspurs34) November 1, 2017Alli was immense tonight. Was due a good game! #COYS— Jack Perkins (@MrJPerkins) November 1, 2017Alli making up for a bad miss against United, best player on the pitch #TOTRMA #COYS— Nairobi Newsam (@NairobiNewsam) November 1, 2017Alli tonight is the best individual performance I've seen in the flesh, against the best team in the world as well, incredible player.— Stephen (@SvenMorty) November 1, 2017That’s the way to shut them up what a performance 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #coys— H Zand (@Kengo61) November 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 2/11/2017 | 12:00pmTottenham Hotspur qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare following a brilliant 3-1 win against the holders Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday night, and Spurs fans were full of praise for the performance of Kieran Trippier.The 27-year-old started at right wing-back ahead of summer signing Serge Aurier, and he was outstanding at both ends of the pitch as a brace from Dele Alli and a goal from Christian Eriksen wrapped up a deserved win on a night that Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated the La Liga giants.Trippier provided the assist for the opening goal when his first-time cross from Harry Winks’ pass was turned home by Alli, and the former Burnley man impressed with his delivery from the right throughout the 90 minutes.Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while one described it as his “best game in a Spurs shirt”, another said “if you don’t rate Trippier then I seriously pity you”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Trippier dazzling on Europe's top table last night, what a performance and what a season he is having. #COYS#THFCpic.twitter.com/MfMFg2Djf8— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) November 2, 2017A few slices of humble pie being eaten this morning for many. Long-term scapegoat, Kieran Trippier outstanding ‘again’ last night 👊🏻 #COYS— Ben Harris (@thisisbenharris) November 2, 2017Trippier’s best game in a Spurs shirt tonight. Excellent going forward, and kept Ronaldo in his pocket. Well played, @trippier2! 👏🏻 #COYS— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) November 2, 2017Trippier outstanding along with Dele and Kane (amazing hold up play). Back 3 superb and Dier is such a leader. The future is Spurs #coys— Dom K (@dom_k) November 1, 2017Brilliant to see Kieran Trippier finally getting the deserved recognition from Spurs fans. Brilliant player with a brilliant attitude #COYS— George Poole (@GeorgePuddle) November 1, 2017If you don’t rate Trippier then I seriously pity you, I know he isn’t the best at the back but going forward he is incredible #COYS— Nad (@nad_THFC) November 1, 2017Also, Trippier was extraordinary. His delivery, often first time, was fantastic. #COYS— Roberto Kusabbi (@RKTweets) November 1, 2017Kieran Trippier saves his best ever Tottenham performance for tonight, incredible display where so many doubted the bloke. 👏🏻 #COYS#THFC pic.twitter.com/D8B3aUNNfu— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) November 1, 2017I doubted Trippier playing over Aurier and he shut me right up. I wouldn't have it any other way. Masterclass from Trips #COYS— Herbo (@HerbMcDerb) November 1, 2017
  • 1 minute read 2/11/2017 | 02:00pmReal Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has built up quite a reputation for himself over the years.The defender’s top-class ability has kept him first choice at the Bernabeu for the majority of his career since making the move from Sevilla in 2005.However, the centre-back also has a dirty streak, which has seen him get issued with 23 red cards in a Madrid jersey.On Wednesday night, the 31-year-old appeared to meet his match in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele, who showed that he would not be bullied on the pitch.During the Champions League meeting at Wembley, which ended in a 3-1 win for Spurs, the two players clashed a handful of times.There was one incident which involved Dembele smashing into Ramos while one-on-one with the Madrid defender.Rightfully so, the Spurs man picked up a booking, but the club’s fans were more than happy that he took on the Spaniard.After the match, Dembele took to Twitter to express his joy in Tottenham’s win, which sent them into the last 16 of the competition.Oh when the Spurs… #COYS 🔥🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/Er9DIJZKCU— Mousa Dembélé (@mousadembele) November 2, 2017In response, the fans were full of praise.Should’ve used this pic pic.twitter.com/PksEaJYKf0— Rory (@AlliNutmeg) November 2, 2017A bit fired up last night mate?!? LOVED it. 💪👊— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) November 2, 2017I love you— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) November 2, 2017Moooouuusssssaaaaaa 🙌🏼— Lara © (@laazarini7) November 2, 2017 pic.twitter.com/8L3XYBeEqm— ٰ (@qinspead) November 2, 2017Bruh you almost killed Ramos 😂 💪💪💪— He's a Yiddo (@_TTID) November 2, 2017Love Mousa, especially the part when you bust up Ramos 😂💪👊— Nikki (@NikkiH_27) November 2, 2017You were massive as always. Love the gritty play too 💪— Robbie Keano (@I_AM_TOTTENHAM) November 2, 2017Great to see you showing your authority my man ! #COYS pic.twitter.com/FjTskVxvPS— Ian Branch (@branchy_boy) November 2, 2017The win was amazing. But seeing you go through Ramos. Priceless— marc deboo (@deboo_marc) November 2, 2017On behalf of all the Spurs fans, thank you Mousa for putting Ramos in his place in a fitting manner— KnottyKev (@knottykev) November 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 2/11/2017 | 03:20pmOn Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur sent a very clear message that they mean business in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s team already proved that they can hold their own against elite opposition when they restricted Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.At Wembley, though, the players took a step forward by sealing a 3-1 victory over Zinedine Zidane’s side, which also sent the club into the last 16 of the competition.Dele Alli, who had missed the first three group games due to a UEFA ban, scored twice before Christian Eriksen wrapped it up.In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was solely a consolation for the Spanish giants, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time under Zidane since January.Osvaldo Ardiles, who is widely regarded as a Tottenham legend, delivered his verdict of the match on Twitter, and pointed out a key difference between the two clubs.The difference: we were a Team. Fighting for each other. Helping. Going the extra mile. Real: a collection of very talented individuals. COYS— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 2, 2017Spurs have two more group games to play before they take on the first knockout round of the competition.
  • 3 minute read 3/11/2017 | 05:22pmAccording to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as Real Madrid’s top target to replace Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman fails to last the course of the season.What’s the word, then?Well, despite lifting the La Liga trophy and becoming the first club to win the Champions League in successive seasons last term, the Daily Mail says Zidane is under pressure at the Bernabeu for the first time in 19 months with his team making a poor start to the campaign.After 10 Spanish top flight matches they are already eight points behind Barcelona after drawing two and losing two this term, while they have dropped four points against Tottenham in the Champions League including their 3-1 defeat against Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday night.The Daily Mail says that Pochettino is seen as the long-term solution to Real’s current problems, with president Florentino Perez having a great relationship with the Argentine after referring to him as ‘My Poch’ before their draw in Spain’s capital last month.The report adds that he would prove to be a popular addition after saying he could never coach their arch-rivals Barcelona having played for and managed Espanyol.Should Tottenham fans be worried?It’s difficult to say.While Pochettino will no doubt be flattered to be linked with the La Liga giants, it is unclear whether he would be willing to leave Tottenham given the impressive project he is building and that fact he clearly loves the north London outfit.With stars like Harry Kane and Dele Alli at his disposal he may feel that he has a good chance of winning both the Premier League and Champions League with Spurs, and he could turn down Real as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has on three occasions, according to the Daily Mail.That said, the promise of a bigger budget and the likelihood of winning more trophies could prove to be tempting, even if he is loved by his current players and the supporters.What’s the verdict, then?Well, there is no doubt that if Zidane goes in the near future Pochettino will be one of the favourites to replace him, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and the fans will be praying that he isn’t tempted by the opportunity to manage one of the biggest clubs in the world.
  • 1 minute read 3/11/2017 | 10:30pmThere is a tendency in the football world for players to be linked with moves away once they start performing well at their respective clubs.Harry Winks has become one of those individuals as the London Evening Standard reports that Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has been left impressed by the midfielder.The Barca chief is believed to have been in the stands when the 21-year-old helped Spurs earn a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu earlier this month in the Champions League.Winks was one of the stars of the show, and the midfielder put on another decent display when the team defeated Los Blancos 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday.The report does not state that Barcelona will swoop any time soon for the homegrown talent, but with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli also getting linked elsewhere, it is no big surprise that Winks would attract similar interest.Tottenham fans, though, do not seem worried about the speculation.I for one am not going to lose a Winks sleep over who Barcelona fancy from us this week! 💤😂👌🏽— Rico Hernandez Suavé (@FormallyRicky) November 3, 2017We're not gonna have any players left, Tom— Matt (@majdeano85) November 3, 2017the stuff that gets made up is hilarious. Just when u think uv heard it all 🙈.— Danny Clark (@TheMilkyBarYid) November 3, 2017More lazy journalism 🙂— Newquay Branch (@Newquay_branch) November 3, 2017Ha ha and so it begins 🤣— Rubbsey40 (@rubbsey40) November 3, 2017Tom you seem a reasonable man in the 'media' can you just summarise for me? Poch Alli Kane to Madrid Eriksen Winks to Barca Rose to Manchester have I missed anything? #THFC— James Cooper (@JimmyBCooper) November 3, 2017Here we go, another impressive result & the media are trying to sell Harry Winks to Barca & Poch is off to Madrid. Bore off ffs😴 #THFC #COYS— Cory Clark (@coryscoys) November 3, 2017
  • 2 minute read 3/11/2017 | 10:00pmTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has caught the eye of Barcelona, according to the London Evening Standard.What’s the story?There is no denying that Winks has caused many football figures to stand up and take notice.The 21-year-old put in stellar displays in both Champions League group games against Real Madrid.The London Evening Standard reports that Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez attended Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Madrid at the Bernabeu, initially casting an eye over Christian Eriksen.However, the Barcelona man, as well as some of his colleagues who was at the reverse fixture at Wembley, were reportedly impressed by Winks.Should Tottenham fans be worried?There are no indications that Barca are seriously considering a move for the Tottenham midfielder.If anything were to transpire, it may not be the wisest decision for Winks to move to the Camp Nou at this stage of his career.The youngster has had to be patient after making his first-team debut last season, but due to some injuries in midfield, Winks has proven to manager Mauricio Pochettino that he deserves to be in the squad.So far in the 2017-18 campaign, the England international, who can play as a deep-lying midfielder, has made 12 appearances in all competitions.Winks may be attracting some of the world’s biggest clubs, but under Pochettino’s guidance, there is no better place for the player to continue developing.The manager has shown that he gives deserving young players a chance at the top level, and that is something that the midfielder may not receive if he moves to Spain.
  • 2 minute read 4/11/2017 | 11:00amAccording to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are hopeful of beating Barcelona to the signature of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.What’s the story?If it were up to Coutinho, the Brazilian international would currently be turning out in the famous Barcelona shirt.Indeed, the 25-year-old, who is valued at £58.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, did his best to engineer a move to Camp Nou during the summer transfer window, even handing in a transfer request at Anfield.Liverpool would not play ball, however, with the Reds consistently rejecting bids from Barcelona as Coutinho stayed on Merseyside beyond the end of the transfer window.It is thought that Barcelona will return with a fresh bid in January, but according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are hoping to jump above their rivals in the queue.The report claims that the Spanish and European champions have already made initial contact with Liverpool as they look to secure what would be a spectacular deal.Why are Real Madrid so keen?It would have been easy for Coutinho to sulk at Liverpool in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign, but the Brazilian has scored four times and provided three assists in nine appearances for the Reds this season.It remains to be seen whether the former Inter Milan playmaker is an elite footballer, but there is no question that he would improve what is a wounded Real Madrid.Los Blancos failed to replace the likes of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata during the summer, and Zinedine Zidane’s side have now lost their last two games in all competitions – 2-1 at Girona last weekend and 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.Real Madrid are in desperate need of some fresh blood in the final third of the field, and Coutinho could easily slot into one of the wide positions for the capital giants.Liverpool are expected to hold out for in excess of £100m for Coutinho, and a spectacular battle for his services between the two powerhouses of Spanish football could well be about to take place.
  • 2 minute read 4/11/2017 | 10:45amAccording to Don Balon, Manchester United will move for Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.What’s the story?Despite being just 21 years of age, Asensio is already one of the most valuable players in European football.The Spain international scored 10 times in 38 appearances for Real Madrid during the 2016-17 campaign, and has already netted six goals in 17 appearances this term.The attacker only signed a new long-term contract with the Spanish and European champions in September, but according to Don Balon, Asensio’s deal includes a release clause of £75m, which has attracted the interest of Man United.It seems unlikely that Asensio would be interested in leaving Real Madrid at this stage of his career, but there is no smoke without fire, and Man United certainly have the credentials to entice the brilliant attacker to Old Trafford at the end of the season.Could Man United really sign him?It could be argued that any player that leaves Real Madrid is stepping down a level, but Man United are one of the few clubs in world football that can match up to Los Blancos.Should the Red Devils activate the £75m release clause, it would be up to Asensio to decide whether he wanted to try his hand in the Premier League.According to Don Balon, Asensio is a little concerned with his lack of starts this season. Indeed, the Spaniard has actually only played 45 minutes of Champions League football this term.Real Madrid might be the holders of the Spanish title and European crown, but Zinedine Zidane’s side have struggled in recent weeks, and it promises to be a fascinating few weeks at the Bernabeu.There is no question that Real Madrid will be desperate to keep Asensio, but it would be up to the player if Man United were prepared to spend £75m next summer.
  • 1 minute read 6/11/2017 | 01:20pmReal Madrid feel that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is the biggest obstacle in their pursuit of Dele Alli, according to Marca.What’s the story?It is not the first time that the midfielder has been linked with a big-money move to Spain, and it is unlikely to be the last.Alli took time to find form this season, but he was one of the standout players in a recent 3-1 victory over Madrid in the Champions League at Wembley.The 21-year-old scored twice, showing that he can cut it on the elite stage, just two years after signing for Spurs from MK Dons.According to Marca, Alli has impressed Real club president Florentino Perez, but the club feel that Levy will provide a stumbling block.How crucial could Levy be in keeping Alli?A chairman at any football club plays a pivotal role with regards to transfer spending, but it is Levy’s approach that has given him a reputation.The businessman is known for being very shrewd having forced a then-world record £85m from Madrid for the sale of Gareth Bale in 2013.The saga went on for weeks, with Levy seemingly not backing down in his valuation of the player.With regards to Alli and all of Tottenham’s top players, it is highly unlikely that the chairman will allow any of them to leave for anything less than an astronomical figure.Levy could end up being a huge reason why certain players remain at the North London outfit.
  • 2 minute read 7/11/2017 | 03:28pmAccording to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal will revive their interest in Barcelona midfielder Rafinha when the January transfer window opens for business.What’s the story?Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Rafinha during the summer, but could not come to an agreement with Barcelona over the transfer of the 24-year-old.Rafinha, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is still recovering from the knee injury that saw him miss the end of last season, meaning that he has not yet featured under the leadership of Ernesto Valverde.The midfielder’s father Mazinho claimed last month that the Brazilian would not be leaving Camp Nou at the start of 2018, but according to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal will test Barcelona’s resolve with a move in the winter window.It could be argued that Rafinha is similar to a number of players currently at the club, but with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere all out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, it would not be a surprise to see a midfielder arrive in January.Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?As mentioned, Rafinha missed the end of last season with a knee injury, but he did find the back of the net seven times in 28 appearances.A loan spell at Celta Vigo during the 2013-14 campaign saw Rafinha return to Barcelona a better player, and he made 36 appearances for the Catalan giants during the 2014-15 season.The 24-year-old is not said to be in the long-term plans of Valverde, however, which has led to suggestions of interest from Juventus and Liverpool.Arsenal fans will feel that they need a presence in the middle of the park rather than another technically gifted midfielder, but Rafinha would bring class and flair to a team that are facing the possibility of missing out on the top four in the Premier League once again.With Barcelona said to be keen to sell, there could well be a bargain available for the Gunners.
  • 2 minute read 7/11/2017 | 04:38pmAccording to Diario Gol, Arsenal have identified Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas as the perfect replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.What’s the story?Cech will certainly be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers to play in the Premier League, but there is no getting away from the fact that the 35-year-old has struggled to produce his best form in the early stages of the 2017-18 season.It is not a surprise that Arsenal are looking to the future, and according to Diario Gol, the capital giants want Real Madrid stopper Navas to be their new number one.The 30-year-old has been Los Blancos’ first-choice goalkeeper in each of the last three seasons, but talk of David de Gea joining from Manchester United will not go away, with many believing that the deal will finally happen next summer.If that occurred, Navas would surely move on, and it would not be a surprise to see the Costa Rica international pitch up in the Premier League.Would Navas be a good signing for Arsenal?With Real Madrid actively trying to sign De Gea over the last three years, it would be easy to assume that Navas was struggling at the Bernabeu.That is simply not the case, however, with the former Levante stopper proving a dependable performer between the sticks.It is true that Navas, who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has made the odd mistake, but the goalkeeper has also made a series of outstanding saves, especially in big matches.The 30-year-old came close to joining Man United in the summer of 2015 in a deal that would have seen De Gea move in the opposite direction, but a faulty fax machine saw the move fall through.The thought of Navas arriving at the Emirates Stadium might not excite too many of the Arsenal supporters, but he is a terrific goalkeeper, and played a key role in Real Madrid winning the Champions League and La Liga last season.
  • 1 minute read 8/11/2017 | 07:20amWhenever a manager gets sacked, numerous names fill the gossip pages, and that has been the case with Everton.The Merseyside outfit are currently searching for a successor to Ronald Koeman, whose ambition in the transfer window did not match up on the pitch as he oversaw just two wins in nine Premier League games this season.As it stands, Under-23s coach David Unsworth is in charge of the first team, but it is only on an interim basis.Sky Sports News claims that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is the number one target for Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.The Argentine is reportedly at the very top of a list of four potential candidates, with the club’s chief willing to back the new leader with funds.Simeone has been at the helm of Atletico for the past six years, winning five trophies, including the La Liga title.The 47-year-old is also tied down to the Spanish outfit until 2020 having signed a new contract in September.The news of Everton’s rumoured interest in Simeone has, understandably, got the fans talking.Diego Simeone?! Catch yourself on, lads. #EFC— Chris Jones (@_chrisjones_) November 7, 2017More chance that Kathleen will be the next Everton manager than Diego Simeone #efc— GP (@GCP1989) November 7, 2017Simeone to Everton with the money we have it's realistic, but we're Everton which makes it unrealistic. Sadly #EFC— Adam Oakes (@imagineadam97) November 7, 2017Simeone's appointment may be a pipe dream, but it's great to see the club still showing ambition. #efc— Elliott Cuff (@CuffWrites) November 7, 2017money talks and the man backing us has plenty. The man backing our man has even more ! #moshiri #Simeone #efc— Coop (@Holocene1878) November 7, 2017Simeone? 😂like he’s gonna manage us and leave a champions league, title challenging club…absolutely ridiculous #EFC— Kris Dalston (@KrebbyD14) November 7, 2017Apparently Moshri wants Simeone as next manager? More chance of me getting Margot Robbie to meet me in KFC to share a bargain bucket #EFC— Mark Bagnall (@Baggy4) November 7, 2017Can’t wait til Alexis Sanchez is running down the wing at Goodison with Simeone going mental on the touchline. Just what we’re missing👌 #EFC— Michael Rutherford (@MRutherford_24) November 7, 2017Simeone is my no1 choice too for #efc, but i would get his face tattoo'd on my body if it happens. And my body is a temple…#nothappening— M_rtin J_hn Gr_ves (@marty_mcfly27) November 7, 2017Simeone eh. Let's not get excited, it's always the hope that kills us #EFC— Lindsey (@LindseyC1878) November 7, 2017
  • 2 minute read 8/11/2017 | 07:00amEverton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has placed Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone as his number one target to replace Ronald Koeman, according to Sky Sports News.What’s the word?The Merseyside outfit have had Under-23s coach David Unsworth in charge since the dismissal of Koeman, who guided the team to just two wins in nine Premier League games.It seems, though, that the board have other targets in mind for the full-time position.Sky Sports News claims that Moshiri has included Simeone as one of four potential candidates for the job, and the Argentine sits at the top of the list.The report adds that the Atletico boss, who has been in charge of the Spanish club since 2011, is happy in his current position after making a U-turn and signing a new contract in September.Are Everton good enough for Simeone?Given that the 47-year-old is used to challenging for league titles and Champions League trophies, moving to a club with Everton’s current predicament would be a shock.As it stands, the Toffees are just two points above the relegation zone after picking up just three wins in 11 outings.If Simeone was to come in, he would be tasked with boosting morale and dragging the club up the table.While the Argentine may be equipped to doing so, it would not make sense for him to leave Atletico mid-season, particularly as the club currently sit fourth in La Liga.It is important for Everton to aim high, but targeting Simeone is too ambitious.
  • 2 minute read 8/11/2017 | 09:40amFootball pundit Paul Merson has suggested that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone would consider taking over Everton.According to Sky Sports News, Toffees majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has selected the Argentine as a candidate among a list of four.The broadcaster claims that Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and David Unsworth, who is currently in temporary charge of the team, are also options.Simeone has been the main man at Atletico since 2011, and in the last six years, he has guided the club to five trophies, including the La Liga title.Atleti have come closest to challenging Spain’s elite giants Real Madrid and Barcelona over the last few years.At the moment, the club sit fourth in the domestic table and remain in the Champions League, but have an outside of chance of reaching the last 16.While some have suggested that moving to Everton would be a step down for Simeone, Merson thinks that it could be the best way for the 47-year-old to enter the Premier League.The former Arsenal man said on The Debate:“This is where it has taken Simeone now. People are saying he might be a bit big for the club but he’s been around a long time, Atletico Madrid are not the team they were and they are falling behind a bit.“He’ll look at the Premier League and think ‘right, I’m not going to be manager of Liverpool, Man City or Arsenal, maybe Chelsea’ and all of a sudden, Everton are the next best thing. Even with where they are, they are the next biggest club with money and big wages, then he’s in the Premier League.”
  • 2 minute read 8/11/2017 | 09:00amManchester United target Antoine Griezmann has told Barcelona that he will sign for the club as long as he is regarded as their star man, according to Diario Gol.What’s the story?The France international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer.It was widely reported that Griezmann had chosen to join Jose Mourinho’s team, but the forward ended up staying at Atletico Madrid after the club’s transfer ban was imposed.Now, rumours in Spain are rumbling that Barcelona could be an option for the 26-year-old.Diario Gol claims that Griezmann has told the Catalan giants that he is open to moving to the Camp Nou, but only if he becomes the team’s main man.What should United do?If the attacking star was previously willing to move to Old Trafford, then United should reignite their interest.Even if Barcelona’s interest is genuine, the Red Devils are capable of competing with the La Liga side, both in ambition and wages.Romelu Lukaku was Mourinho’s big buy in the summer and he proved to be the right choice considering that the striker scored 15 goals in his first 12 games in all competitions.In his last seven outings, the Belgian has registered two assists, but he has failed to find the back of the net.If United also had Griezmann in their ranks, a dip in goalscoring form from Lukaku would not be hugely noticeable.It is worthwhile jumping back in the market for the Atletico star, but United need to be wary of the player potentially using the club to get a better offer elsewhere.
  • 2 minute read 8/11/2017 | 03:14pmAccording to The Express, Real Madrid are preparing a January swoop for Manchester United attacker Juan Mata.What’s the story?Mata has started seven Premier League matches for United this season, but the Spaniard was left out of the squad for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.The 29-year-old has only managed one goal in 12 appearances for the Red Devils this season, and with his contract expiring next summer, there are huge question marks surrounding the attacker’s future at Old Trafford.According to The Express, Mata’s situation in Manchester has alerted Real Madrid, who want to boost their squad in January after a difficult start to the 2017-18 campaign.Indeed, Los Blancos failed to replace the likes of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez during the summer, and it is understood that president Florentino Perez will make funds available during the January transfer window.Mata, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.co.uk, spent three years at Real Madrid during his youth, but never represented the first team at the Bernabeu – moving on to Valencia before switching to the Premier League.Would United sell in January?There is a reason why so few major deals take place in January, with clubs uncomfortable with selling at the start of the year. Mata is out of contract next summer, however, meaning that he could leave United on a free.According to The Express, United could be willing to listen to offers at the start of 2018, whilst the player himself is interested in talking to the Spanish champions.Mata is a favourite with the United fans, but he has been substituted in each of his 11 starts this season, and has found it difficult to make his mark in a wide position.A move to Real Madrid would also boost Mata’s chances of making the Spain squad for the 2018 World Cup.It would seem a strange move for United to sell one of their most experienced players at the mid-point of the season, but with no new contract on the table, the deal might make financial sense.
  • 1 minute read 8/11/2017 | 04:33pmBarcelona forward Luis Suarez has said that former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho would thrive if he made the move to Camp Nou.Coutinho, 25, was strongly linked with Barcelona during the summer, and handed in a transfer request at Anfield in a bid to force the move.Liverpool were not prepared to do business with the Catalan giants, however, and rejected at least two bids in excess of £100m for the Brazil international.Coutinho is expected to push once again when the January transfer window opens for business, and Suarez has spoken of his admiration for his former teammate.Suarez told Mundo Deportivo:“Obviously he must have because he’s a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barca.“I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute. He is a footballer, who today, plays at a very high level.”Coutinho, who is valued at £58.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored four times and provided three assists in nine appearances for the Reds this season.Barcelona eventually signed Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund after missing out on Coutinho, but it is thought that the La Liga leaders are still in the hunt for the former Inter Milan playmaker.
  • According to the Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho is keen to add Samuel Umtiti to his Manchester United squad this January.What’s the Story?After giving up on his pursuit to land Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho is looking at another French defender to join Manchester United this January. The man who is attracting the interest of the Portuguese manager is Samuel Umtiti, who is currently plying his trade at Barcelona.With new signing at Old Trafford Victor Lindelof failing to impress thus far and Luke Shaw clearly out of Mourinho’s thoughts for selection, United need to strengthen at the back.Umtiti, who is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, reportedly has a £53million buyout clause in his Barcelona contract, a sum that Mourinho deems affordable.Should Manchester United sign Umtiti?It took a little while for the 23-year-old Frenchman to establish himself at Barcelona. However, he is now a mainstay of the side and has already played over 50 games for the Catalan club since signing in the summer of 2016.A perfect modern centre-half, Umtiti is quick, astute with ball at his feet and very intelligent. A partnership with current United defender Eric Bailly would be truly intimidating and would offer a solid foundation for Mourinho’s team to work from.Signing a player like Umtiti would also be beneficial for Manchester United due to the fact that he can play at left-back as well as centre-half. Given that the aforementioned Luke Shaw looks likely to move on, the club need some competition in that area of the field and Umtiti would certainly provide that.
  • Despite being held in high regard by almost all Liverpool fans who remember his time at the club, Luis Suarez’ latest comments may lose him some serious credibility amongst the Anfield faithful.Speaking to ​Mundo Deportivo, Suarez was asked about Philippe Coutinho and the incessant rumours linking the Brazilian with a move to Barcelona;“Obviously he must have wanted (to leave) because he is a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barcelona. He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he has continued to show how good a player he is and the personal quality he has. Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued helping the team and working. He is demonstrating as a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.”After hearing what their former player had to say on the matter, Liverpool fans were not happy and took to Twitter to express their displeasure;Suarez needs to shut up… https://t.co/BOnHXyvxNI— Coutinho🇧🇷 (@LFC_Coutinho7) November 8, 2017What gets me is people still celebrate 🎉 Suarez hang on his every word and all he is doing is tapping up coutinho for Barca starting the whole affair again 😡😡😡— Lfc_Talk_Podcast (@lfc_talk_pod) November 8, 2017Suarez is just a hypocrite. Has no respect for Liverpool. #LFC https://t.co/tAf8TS3jCs— NK (@SmartestNk) November 8, 2017Shut up you rat #Suarez https://t.co/GdJB2typ5Z— Keyur Sapra (@KSapLFC) November 8, 2017suarez was never loyal to Liverpool he turned his back on us and pretended to love us wn @LFC refused to sell him— Antony Mamvura (@AntonyMamvura) November 8, 2017Carry on calling Suarez an Lfc legend ..#TUT https://t.co/F7ejsbF9MP— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) November 8, 2017
  • 3 minute read 9/11/2017 | 11:00amAccording to reports on Spanish website El Gol Digital, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao are all interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino next summer and believe that he could be purchased for around €20m (approximately £17.7m).What’s the word, then?Well, even though the Magpies only completed a permanent deal for the 21-year-old – who signed a five-year contract – last month after he initially joined them on loan from Borussia Dortmund during the summer transfer window, he is already being linked with a move to his homeland.El Gol Digital says the Tyneside outfit are already aware of interest from a number of La Liga clubs and they point to Newcastle’s reported interest in Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron as a sign that the Premier League club are already preparing for the Spanish starlet’s exit.Merino has made a huge impact already for Rafa Benitez’s men this season – but he could be out until 2018 with a back injury after he missed their last two top flight matches and withdrew from the Spain U21 squad this week.How good has he been this season?He has been excellent, and the fact that Newcastle decided to make his loan move permanent so soon after he initially joined them proves that.As well as forming a strong partnership with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden in the middle of the park, he has shown his defensive contribution with 14 clearances and 14 interceptions in nine Premier League appearances, according to Squawka.However, he has also shown he can be effective going forward too and as well as scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at St James’ Park last month, he has also shown his qualities on the ball by successfully completing 13 of the 17 take-ons he has attempted.Would Newcastle really sell him next summer?While the Magpies certainly wouldn’t want to sell the player considering he has only recently joined them on a long-term deal, but of course they could be tempted if they receive a huge offer for the 21-year-old.However, it would have to be far higher than the £17.7m that El Gol Digital are suggesting in their report.
  • 1 minute read 9/11/2017 | 02:20pmAccording to reports on Spanish website El Gol Digital, Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino is a target for La Liga trio Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.El Gol Digital says that the Spanish clubs believe they can get the 21-year-old for around €20m (approximately £17.7m) next summer, despite the fact that the Tyneside only signed him on a permanent basis last month following an impressive start to his loan spell from Borussia Dortmund.The Spain U21 international penned a five-year contract at St James’ Park and he has quickly become a key player in central midfield for Rafa Benitez’s men, even scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace in October.Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their verdict on the rumour, and while one simply said “what a joke”, another said “if Mikel goes it would be the start of the end for Rafa”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Didn't he already reject Bilbao to come to us? He's bound to end up at one of the top clubs eventually, but not yet. We've really unearthed a gem here— Hello, I am Nicky (@ORANGEYPURPLE) November 8, 2017Can't see him leaving this season… 😬— Baz Latimer (@baz_lat) November 9, 2017International break and all the bs stories are out. Ings linked now Merino away! Oh Carroll rtns yay silly season reporting per usual.— carl (@Ccsh007Carl) November 8, 2017Wat only 17.6 mil, he worth more than that !!!! We miss him big time !!!— Chris (@smartassunit) November 8, 2017If Mikel goes it would be the start of the end for Rafa. #NUFC Players like Merino are what managers build their team on.Can't see him going anywhere.— Mark Jobson (@seat87Area_N) November 9, 2017£17.6m? 🤣🤣🤣 sound 👍🏼 prices these days? U21 Spanish international? Rippin it up in the prem? #tryfiftymill— Chris Hall (@Chris_Hall1312) November 8, 2017No deal.— MatthewLaidlow (@MatthewLaidlow) November 8, 2017Haha what a joke— OnlyToon (@OnlyToonArmy) November 9, 2017I'd hope we'd ask for a massive amount more than that and actually keep him to build a team around.— Simon (@LittleHenryD) November 8, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/11/2017 | 04:40pmChelsea star Eden Hazard is open to joining Real Madrid, but only if he is guaranteed first-team football, according to Don Balon.What’s the story?It is rare for the Belgian not to be linked to the Spanish giants when a transfer window is around the corner.The latest development in the saga comes from Don Balon, which reports that Hazard could move to the Bernabeu, but on one condition.It is believed that the 26-year-old wants to be guaranteed first-team football from manager Zinedine Zidane before signing on the dotted line.Hazard has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season after recovering from ankle surgery, and has scored three goals and created two assists in that time.How would this affect Conte?The Italian did not have the summer transfer window that he would have hoped for.The club’s strategy led to reports that the ex-Juventus boss could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, but he dispelled the rumours by signing a new two-year deal.Chelsea’s chances of retaining the Premier League title have taken a hit as they currently reside nine points adrift of unbeaten leaders Manchester City.Losing Hazard would massively deplete the squad, and it could play a pivotal role in whether Conte continues on as manager, such is the midfielder’s importance.The Blues were criticised in the summer for allowing Nemanja Matic to join rivals Manchester United, and Conte does not want to find himself in a similar position.
  • According to The Metro, Arsenal are ready to battle Real Madrid for the signing of Goalkeeper Kepa from Athletic Bilbao.What’s the Story?Growing speculation is mounting in Spain suggesting that Kepa, Athletic Bilbao’s 23-year-old Goalkeeper is being tracked by Arsenal, who may consider the player a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.However, Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in the Spanish star and could make a move for Kepa, if they fail in their final attempt to land David De Ga from Manchester United.Arsenal will be looking to strengthen their options in goal, with Petr Cech entering the twilight years of his career. With David Ospina not a viable first-team replacement and Emiliano Martinez not considered good enough to take the number one shirt, Kepa could well be an affordable option, if his £7.2million Transfermarkt valuation is anything to go by.How good has Kepa been this season?Over the past 18 months, Kepa has firmly established himself as the first choice stopper for an ever improving Athletic side.The 23-year-old has featured in 10 of the Basque clubs’ 11 domestic games and has impressed with his composure and maturity in spite of his age.Kepa is also starting to develop a string passing game, which seems to be a key element of the modern goalkeeper. His distribution is fantastic and his concentration when receiving the ball at his feet is tantamount to an outfield player.Arsene Wenger would be wise to act fast in claiming Kepa, who could well be a star of the future.
  • 3 minute read 10/11/2017 | 03:00pmAccording to reports on Spanish website El Gol Digital, Newcastle United could make a January move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as he looks to strengthen his squad.What’s the word, then?Well, El Gol Digital says that Magpies manager Rafa Benitez has shown an interest in Real Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli, who is expected to leave the Basque outfit next summer, but he may not wait until then if he can sign Cillessen from Barca in the New Year.The 28-year-old has been the La Liga giants’ second-choice goalkeeper under Ernesto Valverde this term, and an exit seems likely sooner rather than later in order for him to play regularly.El Gol Digital says that Benitez is willing to hand him that chance, having failed with moves for the likes of Pepe Reina and Willy Caballero during the summer transfer window.How has Cillessen fared this season?Not too well.While he made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan club last season, he has been limited to just one outing – in the Copa del Rey at the end of October – this term with Marc-Andre ter Stegen the undoubted number one.The Dutchman will certainly be frustrated at his lack of opportunities, and may well feel that he needs to leave the Camp Nou to get regular game time.Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?He certainly would be.While the 28-year-old has struggled to break into the starting XI at Barcelona you don’t earn a move there unless you have something special about you, and the Netherlands international was an impressive performer for Ajax previously, while he is a starter for his country.Cillessen kept 63 clean sheets in 143 matches for the Dutch giants, conceding 119 goals, and WhoScored.com says his strengths are in his reflexes, saving both close and long-range shots and his concentration.Would the addition be harsh on Rob Elliot?It probably would be as the 31-year-old has only conceded 10 goals in 11 Premier League matches this term having got the nod from Benitez to be his first-choice goalkeeper this season.However, if Newcastle want to push on and avoid being sucked into relegation battles in the future then they need to consistently strengthen their squad, and bringing in Cillessen would be a huge statement of intent.
  • 2 minute read 11/11/2017 | 09:45amAccording to the Daily Mail, Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho is not interested in joining Paris Saint-Germain as he holds out for a move to Barcelona.What’s the story?If it were up to Coutinho, the Brazil international would be a Barcelona player as things stand. It is as simple as that.The Spanish giants were strongly linked with the 25-year-old during the summer, and it is thought that Coutinho handed in a transfer request at Liverpool in a bid to force a move.The Reds were not prepared to play ball, however, and rejected at least one bid in excess of £100m for the former Inter Milan youngster.It is understood that Barcelona are still interested in signing Coutinho, but PSG are now believed to be in the hunt as the Ligue 1 leaders look to splash the cash once again.That said, according to the Daily Mail, Coutinho, who is valued at £58.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is simply not interested in moving to Paris as he holds out for his dream move to Barcelona.Will Coutinho leave Anfield in January?It is a tough question. The fact that Liverpool refused to sell during the summer means that it is difficult to imagine Coutinho leaving in the middle of the campaign.It would have been easy for Coutinho to sulk at Liverpool this season, but in fairness to the attacker, he has performed pretty well – scoring four times and providing three assists in nine appearances in all competitions.According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona will make a £106m bid for Coutinho in the January transfer window, and if that does occur, Liverpool will surely have to accept.There is a reason why so few major deals occur during the winter transfer window, however, which means that both parties might have to wait until next summer.PSG are clearly interested in signing Coutinho, but it seems that the Brazilian only wants to leave Liverpool to seal a dream move to Barcelona.
  • 3 minute read 11/11/2017 | 10:33amAccording to AS, Atletico Madrid are closely monitoring Ander Herrera’s contract developments at Manchester United.What’s the story?Herrera picked up the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season after impressing during a campaign that saw him make 50 appearances in all competitions.It had been claimed that the Spaniard could become United’s new captain following Wayne Rooney’s departure, but that honour was ultimately given to Michael Carrick.Herrera, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has played plenty of football in recent weeks, but he struggled for action in the early stages of the campaign when Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini were both available.Nemanja Matic and Pogba were Jose Mourinho’s first picks in central midfield in the early weeks, with Fellaini next in line. That left Herrera well down the pecking order as he went from key man to a player that was struggling for football.Incredibly, Herrera’s contract at United will expire next summer, and according to AS, Atletico are closely monitoring developments at Old Trafford as the La Liga giants consider poaching the Spaniard on a free transfer.Surely he could not leave on a free?As it stands, Herrera would be able to enter into a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club when the January transfer window opens for business, which is incredible for a player that is just 28, and has a whole host of experience at the highest level.It is thought that contract talks are underway, but Herrera would surely want guarantees over his future at Old Trafford before signing a new deal.When Mourinho has a fully-fit squad, Herrera does not make the first XI. That places the midfielder in a difficult situation at this stage of his career.Atletico are currently banned from registering new players, but that situation changes at the start of 2018, and having already tied up a deal for Diego Costa, Herrera could be the next Premier League player to make the move to Madrid.It is three years since Herrera left his homeland for United, and despite being a favourite of the club’s supporters, his future at the club is extremely uncertain.
  • 3 minute read 12/11/2017 | 03:30pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Southampton have been alerted to the news that out of favour Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is interested in making a Premier League return.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that Torres is eyeing a Premier League swansong following spells with Liverpool and Chelsea earlier in his career, with first-team opportunities hard to come by under Diego Simeone this term having featured for just 182 minutes in La Liga.With Diego Costa eligible to play in the second-half of the campaign following his move from Chelsea, The Mirror says that Torres fears he will hardly feature for the Spanish outfit in 2018.The report adds that the 33-year-old’s representatives have let Southampton and their Premier League rivals Newcastle United know that he is keen to leave on loan in January, and he is hoping that one of them will hand him a deal until the end of the season.Why would Southampton want him?Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino will be desperate to strengthen his attacking options during the January transfer window with his team scoring just nine goals in 11 Premier League matches this season, and The Mirror says he knows Torres well having worked as Benitez’s assistant when Torres was at Anfield.While he is approaching the end of his career and his spell with Chelsea was disappointing, the 33-year-old has shown throughout his career that he is a world-class striker on his day and he would bring some much-needed experience and goal threat to the Saints frontline.Could they get him?Whereas Southampton will probably want to make a permanent addition in the New Year – as they did with Manolo Gabbiadini in January of this year – it isn’t always possible to get the player you want for a reasonable price.Therefore a loan deal until the end of the season – when Torres is keen to return to his hometown club for the final year of his Atletico contract – could be an attractive option even in the short team and it is a name that would boost the St Mary’s faithful who have become bored with their team’s displays.However, the fact that Newcastle are managed by Benitez could make a deal difficult, while his salary demands could also be an issue considering The Mirror says they would have to pay part of his annual £2.2m salary.
  • 3 minute read 12/11/2017 | 04:30pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Newcastle United are keen on signing out of favour Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres on a short-term loan deal during the January transfer window.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that Torres is keen on a final Premier League swansong after finding first-team minutes hard to come by with the La Liga giants this season.The Mirror reports that the 33-year-old is keen to return to the English top flight for the second-half of the campaign with Diego Costa able to play from January onwards, with the centre-forward’s representatives letting the Magpies and Southampton know of his potential availability on loan.The report adds that the former Liverpool and Chelsea man is hoping that one of the two will be able to offer him a package that will allow him to return to England before he spends the last season of his contract with his hometown club, as they will need to take on part of his £2.2m annual salary.How has Torres done this season?The Spaniard has found game time hard to come by and despite making 10 appearances in all competitions – without finding the net – that has only included 332 minutes on the pitch and just 182 minutes in La Liga.Why would Newcastle want him?While the Magpies have made a decent start to the season, they have scored just 10 goals in their opening 11 Premier League matches this term and that is a record that they will need to improve if they want to stay out of trouble.Summer addition Joselu has done well but has only netted twice, while Dwight Gayle has struggled to get into the starting XI and Aleksandar Mitrovic appears to be out of favour.It is clear that Benitez needs to strengthen his attacking options and while his spell with Chelsea was disappointing, Torres has shown throughout his career that he can be a big goal threat.Would he be a good signing?It’s difficult to say.While he has shown world-class finishing ability in the past, the fact that he is 33 years of age means he may not be quite as sharp as he used to be.However, signing him would still boost the squad and the St James’ Park faithful and on a short-term loan there isn’t really anything to lose.
  • 1 minute read 12/11/2017 | 05:30pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Southampton have reportedly been alerted to the news that Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres could be available in January, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.The Mirror says that the 33-year-old is keen to play regularly in the second-half of the campaign having found first-team minutes hard to come by this term, and his representatives have told the south coast outfit and Premier League rivals Newcastle United about his potential availability.Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino will be keen to strengthen his attacking options in the New Year with his team scoring just nine times in their 11 top flight matches this season, with the former Liverpool and Chelsea centre-forward seemingly a target.Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one simply said “as if he’d come to Saints”, another said the move would be “10 years too late”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…you do know it november and not april the 1st lol— richard geddes (@richardgeddes83) November 12, 2017😂.. 10 years too late.— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) November 12, 2017He can attract more star players also coz who doesn't wanna play along side a top player like Torres but I don't think he will leave Atletico his probably gonna retire there.— ʝσѕнυα 🎱 (@josh17YSL) November 12, 2017Would rather we called back one of our youngsters tbh— Aaron Neilson (@Born1990) November 12, 2017As if he’d come to saints😂— ChloeeSFC⚽️♥️ (@Gedz04) November 12, 2017Utter nonsense ffs— Mathew Vincent (@MathewMraz) November 12, 2017Hope not. @Sfcsamo— Stuart Lark (@Larky78) November 12, 2017A loan move wud be a gud deal.— Joѕнυa (@underpaxt) November 12, 2017
  • 1 minute read 12/11/2017 | 06:00pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Newcastle are considering signing out of favour Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres during the January transfer window, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.The Mirror says that the 33-year-old is keen for a Premier League swansong in the second-half of the campaign after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by this term, with the centre-forward’s representatives telling the Tyneside outfit and Southampton that he could be available on loan.The former Liverpool and Chelsea man worked under Magpies boss Rafa Benitez during his successful spell with Anfield, and the Spanish boss is likely to want to strengthen his attacking options in the New Year.Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said he is “better than what we have”, another said he would be “a moronic signing”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Torres is finished— mark vickers (@markvickers10) November 12, 2017Scored 8 last year and was second or third choice behind Griezman and Gamerio. He’s proved in his career he needs consistent starts to score— davidlabelle7 (@david_labelle) November 5, 201733 years old and not been a consistent goal scorer for years, he was amazing at Liverpool but Chelsea messed him up.— chris surtees (@csurtees1969) November 5, 2017As an Atléti support, I hope not. Nowhere near quality enough ay the moment— Paul Kearney (@One_True_Czar) November 12, 2017He’s better than anything we’ve got.— The Honest Johns (@TheHonestJohns) November 12, 2017No thanks— NoRealTalent (@GingeroHurstez) November 12, 2017It’s just a moronic signing.— Grim (@GrimGarry) November 12, 2017Is it wrong that I still believe he can do a job? He was supported by Gerrard and Alonso, running on to long balls, Shelvey could pick him out easy!— Peter Egglestone (@StoopidMunki27) November 12, 2017
  • 1 minute read 12/11/2017 | 07:42pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have been placed on alert by the fact that Real Madrid are willing to sell Gareth Bale for £85m, and Spurs fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.The Mirror says that the Spanish giants have become increasingly frustrated at his frequent injury problems, with his latest thigh issue likely to keep him out until the New Year.The report adds that the La Liga outfit are open to offers for the 28-year-old, with Mauricio Pochettino a confirmed admirer of the former Spurs star, who scored 55 goals in 203 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit previously.Tottenham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “he’s not worth more than £50m”, another said “he is exactly the kind of player we’re missing”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Really think spurs would pay 85 mil for a 28 year old that wouldn’t be able to handle Poch’s training regime and would want 300,000 a week? This is such a non story it’s ridiculous— Luke Neville (@lukenev13) November 12, 2017Not for that money. Plus his wages. Have they no idea who Daniel Levy is ?— NotSoSkinnyPete 🕴🏻 (@NotSoSkinnyPete) November 12, 2017Might get on the bench I suppose….— mark skelton (@Skelly2505) November 12, 2017We shouldnt.. He is so injury prone. Not worth the money imho.— Keldinho (@Keld_Inger) November 12, 2017The only way this happens is if Levy has decided he wants one big marquee player in to make sure that NWHL is jam packed from the outset for every game. He is exactly the kind of player we are missing to send us that one notch further up toward winning the PL. incredibly unlikely— Rich (@clevvercloggs) November 12, 2017Interesting development…. I wouldnt be against this. #THFC— Fraser William Banks (@FraserBanks) November 12, 2017No way dont bother hes not worth it we dont need him and his ego— mandy taylor (@mollymandytay) November 12, 2017Do not want him— TweetySpurs (@LliyWhite_thfc) November 12, 2017He's not worth more than £50M— Aanas Zami (@aanas_zami) November 12, 2017
  • 1 minute read 13/11/2017 | 06:40amAccording to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United are among the clubs to be alerted to the fact that Real Madrid are willing to sell forward Gareth Bale for £85m, and Red Devils fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.The Mirror says that the La Liga giants are considering cashing in on the 28-year-old after growing frustrated with his frequent injury problems, and the Welshman is set to be out until 2018 with a thigh issue.The report adds that while United and Jose Mourinho will join the race to sign the attacker, they could face competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, while Real could also ask for David De Gea as part of any deal.Man United supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the transfer story, and while one said they ‘would take him for below £50m’, another said “I’d rather have Christian Eriksen”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…No thanks, he’s like a modern day Owen “Permanently injury” Hargreaves.— Pete Jones (@Pete_Js) November 11, 2017Exclude Man United, Bale is finished— Greater.Expectations (@mr_mac_anthony) November 11, 2017Makes zero sense. He’d cost 80/90m easily— hongo (@hongo_jr) November 12, 2017No point having a £85m player that spends most of his time on the treatment table .Pity really because when fit he's a very good player .— eddie white (@1957eddie) November 12, 2017I'd rather have Christian Eriksen. Him and Pogba would create silly amounts of chances for Lukaku— Matt Barron (@VonBarronshire) November 12, 2017Not when better players for that money or will it be united love affection for bale— Fantastic matic (@CupraWayne) November 12, 2017Gareth Bale for £85m?POINTLESS signing, he’s made of pringles!Its like Ferrari signing Michael Schumacher…#MUFC— Billy Meredith (@BigPert_MUFC) November 12, 2017#MUFC Bale refused his chance like many others. Injury prone, let Spurs have him. Certainly not worth £85 never mind 85 million.— Loucas Andreou (@landath7) November 12, 2017I used to think that Real Madrid fans were harsh on Gareth Bale. Always jeering him, hardly giving him standing ovations. As time went by i understood why u can't blame them they will be relieved to see him gone. Lets just hope we don't get any crazy ideas of signing him 😂 #mufc— Mancunian Candidate (@Po6baholic) November 12, 2017For below £50m then yeah, anything more not worth the risk. But when fit you can’t argue he’s world class— Adrian (@Adrian_tribe) November 12, 2017Why should we chase injury prone Gareth Bale? Man United Don't need him. What get on my nerves is the price,£85.— IssifuSomaila (@IssifuSomaila) November 12, 2017
  • 1 minute read 13/11/2017 | 06:20amAccording to reports in The Mirror, Chelsea have been alerted to the fact that in demand Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could be available for £85m, and Blues fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.The Mirror says that the La Liga giants are ready to cash in on the 28-year-old after becoming frustrated with his frequent injury problems – he is expected to be out until 2018 with a thigh issue – but the west London outfit could face competition for the Welshman’s signature from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.The report says that the Blues have shown interest in Bale previously, and they could move for him if Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his attacking options.Chelsea supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the transfer story, and while one said he “would never even play” because of his injury issues, another said ‘he’d still do more than Willian’.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Bale LWB, Goretzka CM.We would win the UCL. #CFC https://t.co/UP5sAX5XBs— FRANCO (@franco_47nm) November 12, 2017Imagine Gareth Bale on the RW, hazard on the Left w/Morata up top. And a midfield with Kante-Ruben LC-Bakayoko🔥🔥🔥🔥 #chelsea please make it happen— bryce (@ibrycent) November 12, 2017I'd still take Bale at Chelsea— Damion Kurtis (@DMeisterrr) November 12, 2017He’d still do far more for us with the repetitive injuries than Willian does in a season lol— Los Blues (@CFCLosBlues) November 12, 2017Wouldn’t mind Bale at Chelsea but Real are going to want crazy money for him— Michyology (@DonBatshuayi) November 12, 2017No way, Bale would miss more games than he’d play and Isco wouldn’t fit our system— Loan Marina to Vitesse (@LoftusSleek) November 12, 2017Bale would never even play at chelsea… only recovering from injury , over and over again..— RFZ_#CFC (@RFZ_94) November 12, 2017Please not Chelsea!— Jackie P (@Jackie___P) November 11, 2017
  • 2 minute read 13/11/2017 | 06:00pmAccording to The Sun, Valencia are closely monitoring Marouane Fellaini’s contract situation at Manchester United as the La Liga outfit consider a move.What’s the story?There is no question that Fellaini is a favourite of United boss Jose Mourinho, but the fact of the matter is that the Belgian will soon enter the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford.There was a stage where Fellaini was almost a joke figure at United, but the 29-year-old has scored four times and provided one assist in nine appearances this term.Despite his impressive form, the midfielder will be out of contract at the end of the season, and it is understood that talks over an extension are yet to begin.According to The Sun, Valencia are keen to land Fellaini on a free transfer, and will approach the experienced midfielder at the start of 2018 with the view to tying him to a pre-contract.Surely Mourinho wants to keep him?Fellaini might not be the best player in the world, but there is a reason why Mourinho is such a big fan of the towering Belgian.There was interest from Turkey during the summer transfer window, but the United boss refused to allow the former Everton midfielder to leave due to his importance to the team.Fellaini, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored three times in seven Premier League appearances this term, and was rushed back from a knee injury to feature against Chelsea before the international break.Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are also among those that will be out of contract at United this summer, whilst there is speculation surrounding the future of Mourinho.It is no surprise that a number of clubs are interested in signing a player of Fellaini’s experience and standing on a free transfer, but it is very hard to believe that Mourinho would allow one of his favourite players to enter January without a new contract in place.
  • 1 minute read 13/11/2017 | 10:30pmAndreas Pereira has revealed that he wants to stay at Valencia rather than return to parent club Manchester United in the January transfer window.The 21-year-old, who is valued at £4.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, joined Valencia on a season-long loan from United in the latter stages of the summer.United boss Jose Mourinho revealed shortly after that he was not entirely happy with Pereira’s decision to leave, and it has been claimed that the Red Devils could decide to recall the Belgium-born midfielder at the start of 2018.Pereira, however, has revealed that he is desperate to see out the season with Valencia having featured regularly for the Spanish outfit in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign.Pereira told Super Deportes:“In my head I want to be here, help Valencia until June. It is the thought with which I came.“I know that I have this clause in the assignment contract and now I have to wait to see. But my mind is focused on Valencia and I want to stay here.“It is important that I am playing to grow, be better and help Valencia. It would be very difficult to return to United mid-year and continue with the same evolution that I’m having now.”Pereira has scored once and provided three assists in nine La Liga appearances for a Valencia team that sit second to Barcelona after a fine start to the season.The midfielder signed a new two-year deal at United shortly before leaving on loan.
  • 3 minute read 14/11/2017 | 11:43am According to reports in Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wants the club to sign Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Dele Alli.With Andres Iniesta coming towards the end of his career with the La Liga giants and with Ivan Rakitic turning 30 in March, the Catalan outfit may well be looking for a new number 10 either in January or next summer and Don Balon says that Messi believes that Alli should be a target.The 21-year-old will likely be on the radar of a number of the top clubs across Europe after scoring 39 goals in 109 appearances in all competitions for Spurs, including a remarkable 22 in 50 outings last term.If the England international did end up moving to the Camp Nou, Mauricio Pochettino would know that he would need to find a top class replacement, and the answer could be close to home in the form of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace.Here are three reasons Tottenham should move for the Blues man if Alli leaves…
  • 3 minute read 14/11/2017 | 12:01pm According to reports in The Mirror, Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is eyeing a Premier League swansong, and Southampton are one of the clubs that have been alerted to his potential availability.The 33-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by for the La Liga giants this season, and The Mirror says that he is keen to come to the English top flight on loan for the second-half of the campaign before returning to Spain to spend the final year of his contract with his hometown club.Saints and Premier League rivals Newcastle United have both been informed by the former Liverpool and Chelsea centre-forward’s representatives that he could be available, and it is a proposal that could interest Mauricio Pellegrino considering his team have scored just nine league goals in 11 games this term.While the Spaniard would perhaps be a good addition on paper, the south coast outfit may be better off trying to get his attacking teammate Luciano Vietto instead.Here are three reasons Southampton must forget Torres and target the Argentine…
  • 1 minute read 15/11/2017 | 09:20amNewcastle United and West Ham United are keeping tabs on Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu, according to Marca.What’s the story?It is not the first time that the Hammers have been linked to the Congo international, but they reportedly fell short of the club’s asking price.So far this season, Bakambu has scored nine goals in 14 outings in all competitions, and eight of those were netted in La Liga.Marca claims that Newcastle and West Ham have taken notice of the forward’s goalscoring form, while West Bromwich Albion have also been registered with an interest.It is believed that Bakambu has a release clause worth around £27m, while transfermarkt.com value the striker at £14.4m.Could Newcastle or West Ham win the race?The striker would be a great addition to either team, particularly as both are in need of a reliable goalscorer.Javier Hernandez was meant to be the solution for the Hammers, but in 13 appearances in all competitions, the Mexico international has scored four times.It is worth noting, though, that the 29-year-old was played out of position numerous times by former manager Slaven Bilic, who was replaced by David Moyes.For both West Ham and Newcastle, the biggest stumbling block is the £27m price tag.The East London outfit could not meet the valuation before, while the Magpies’ takeover situation brings uncertainty with regards to transfer budget.
  • 3 minute read 15/11/2017 | 06:57pm According to reports by Spanish media outlet Marca, Newcastle United are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu after his impressive start to the season.The 26-year-old has begun the campaign in fine goalscoring form, which Marca says has caught the attentions of the Magpies, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United despite the fact that he could be a costly addition as his current deal doesn’t run out until 2022.The report says that the Irons made an unsuccessful offer of around €25m (currently £22.4m) for the Democratic Republic of Congo international during the summer, and they could reignite their interest in January with Javier Hernandez so far failing to make the impact that was perhaps expected of him.In an interview with French TV station SFR Sport 1 last week, the centre-forward expressed his desire to play in the English top flight, and Toon boss Rafa Benitez must take advantage of that wish by outbidding his Premier League rivals and offering the attacker an offer he can’t refuse to turn down in the New Year.Here are three reasons Newcastle must win the race to sign Bakambu…
  • According to Diario Gol, Tottenham are interested in bringing Gareth Bale back to the club, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez desperate to offload the Welshman.What’s the Story?Following a disastrous start to Real Madrid’s latest campaign, Gareth Bale is reportedly surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, and Tottenham are ready to make a bid to lure the Welshman, who is valued at £72million by Transfermarkt, back to his former club.However, Madrid’s president Florentino Perez will accept no less £80million for the 28-year-old, and Tottenham will not be looking to spend any more than £55million for their former star.How good has Bale been this season?If the Welshman were at any other club than Real Madrid, the start to his season would perhaps be under no scrutiny. However, the expectant club have been unimpressed with Bale, who has actually faced jeers from his own fans at the Bernabeu.To compound the former Spurs star’s misery he has been out of action for the last month with injuries and is set for a few more weeks on the sidelines.Unfortunately, his time in the famous white of Madrid may be coming to a disappointing end.Would Bale be a good signing for Tottenham?While the bullish attitude of some Tottenham fans regarding a move for Bale is understandable, the Welshman is still one of the best players in the world.Adding him to the phenomenal squad that Mauricio Pochettino is already building would turn Spurs from ‘nearly men’ in the Premier League to genuine Champions League contendors.
  • 3 minute read 16/11/2017 | 09:43am According to reports on Spanish media outlet Marca, West Ham United are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing in-form Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu during the January transfer window.Marca says that the Irons made an offer for Democratic Republic of Congo international in the summer but were unable to match the price tag put on the centre-forward’s head, but they are now ready to revive their interest in the prolific 26-year-old.The report adds that the Hammers’ English top flight rivals West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United are also keeping tabs on the attacker, who has scored nine goals in 14 appearances in all competitions for the La Liga outfit so far this term.While new Irons boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to strengthen his squad in the New Year considering they currently find themselves in the relegation zone, he may be better off ignoring Bakambu and targeting a deal for his club compatriot Rodrigo Hernandez.Here are three reasons West Ham should forget about the striker and sign his midfield teammate instead…
  • 3 minute read 16/11/2017 | 10:12am Denmark thrashed the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off in Dublin on Tuesday night to secure their spot in Russia next summer, and the performance of winger Pione Sisto would have caught the attention of a number of clubs.The Celta Vigo forward picked up two assists and was just a general nuisance to the Ireland defence throughout on what was just his 10th cap, and had it not been for Christian Eriksen’s hat-trick he would probably have picked up the man of the match award.The 22-year-old has certainly made big strides in recent years having moved to La Liga from FC Midtjylland in 2016, with Southampton well aware of his talents having come up against him in their defeat to the Danish outfit over two legs in the Europa League qualifying rounds in 2015.Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to strengthen his attacking options during the January transfer window with his team netting just nine goals in their 11 Premier League matches so far this term, and bringing in the wide man would certainly prove to be a shrewd move.Here are three reasons Southampton should make Sisto their top January target…
  • 2 minute read 16/11/2017 | 01:45pmAccording to Sport, former Spanish champions Valencia are considering a January move for Everton forward Sandro Ramirez.What’s the story?Everton won the race to sign Sandro from Malaga during the summer, with the Spaniard moving to Goodison Park for £5.2m on a four-year contract.It would be fair to say that there was plenty of excitement surrounding the 22-year-old, who scored 14 La Liga goals during the 2016-17 campaign.Sandro, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has really struggled to settle in England, however, starting just three Premier League matches and failing to find the back of the net for the Toffees.The former Barcelona youngster is believed to be keen on returning to Spain in the January transfer window, and according to Sport, Valencia lead the race as they look to build on what has been a very impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign.Indeed, Los Che are second to Barcelona in La Liga after 11 matches of the new season.Why is Sandro struggling at Everton?It was always going to take time for Sandro to settle in the Premier League, and the circumstances surrounding the early stages of his Everton career have not exactly been ideal.Indeed, the Spaniard joined a team that had signed a number of new players, and when things started to go wrong for Ronald Koeman, Sandro’s chances of action evaporated.Having represented Barcelona’s first team on 32 occasions, there is no question that Sandro has ability, but his temperament is yet to be discovered when it comes to a battle.Much will depend on the new manager at Everton, and who arrives might well determine whether Sandro has a future at Goodison Park.Koeman was not exactly shy in revealing that he wanted to sign a recognised centre-forward during the summer, but a failed move for Olivier Giroud saw Sandro selected as the lone striker in the early weeks, which was always going to be difficult.Sandro’s numbers this season are not exactly impressive, but he deserves time to make his mark at Goodison Park.
  • 1 minute read 16/11/2017 | 05:20pmNewcastle United have started the season well as they are in touching distance of the top 10 after 11 Premier League games.Rafael Benitez’s team stormed to the Championship crown last season with goals aplenty, but they are lacking that attacking threat in the top flight.So far, the team have scored just 10 goals in the division and they have failed to find the back of the net in their last two matches, both of which they lost.Recently, The Mirror reported that Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is keen to return to the Premier League, with Newcastle and Southampton as possible options.The 33-year-old has had limited game time at the Vicente Calderon this season having started just two matches in all competitions.Torres made a name for himself at Liverpool, but his form dwindled when he left the Reds to join Chelsea in 2011 for £50m.Newcastle legend Alan Shearer told bookmakers Coral that the striker would be a good addition to Benitez’s team, and now the fans have had their say. pic.twitter.com/M4IZ6XpxMl— Jaz340 (@Jaz340) November 16, 2017Is he not past his sell by date, esp’ for the Prem! #Torres— Jona (@JonaOnDrums) November 16, 2017I completely agree with @alanshearer that Torres would be a great signing if take over doesn’t happen.Would he get a lot more opportunities than Joselu?Probably not but how many goals would Joselu have scored with Torres finishing? #NUFC #Torres— Andy… (@Andy_Raine) November 16, 2017Never say never.— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) November 16, 2017Think big al been heading to many balls— Nick (@soggydishcloth) November 16, 2017Better than what we have at the minute but not the answer …… maybe 10 years ago— paul (@toonislife) November 16, 2017Can’t do any harm for short term.— Steve Bell (@NUFCSteveB) November 16, 2017Don't know what anyone else thinks but I'd take Fernando Torres on loan! #NUFC— @P (@MrPea13) November 16, 2017
  • 1 minute read 16/11/2017 | 06:55pmManchester United are interested in signing Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to The Independent.What’s the story?United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be keen on bringing in a winger after missing out on signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic in the summer.The Independent claims that 20-year-old Soler is on the Portuguese coach’s list, and even though he is still young, the Red Devils will be expected to pay in the region of £40m.Andreas Pereira, who is currently on loan at the Spanish outfit, could reportedly be included in a player-plus-cash deal.With the futures of certain players, including Marouane Fellaini, in doubt, Soler is likely to be added to the first-team squad.How good is he?A player at his age is usually pushing for first-team minutes rather than featuring regularly in a competitive side.So far this season, Soler has made 11 La Liga appearances and has found the back of the net on one occasion.The youngster, who can also play centrally in midfield, has created four assists in Spain’s top flight.United have dropped eight points behind rivals Manchester City in the table, and even though they remain well positioned to challenge for the title, injuries have hampered them.If Soler was to move to Old Trafford, his potential could be huge, but he may take time to settle and adapt to English football.
  • According to Marca (via talkSPORT), Newcastle are keen on signing Barcelona ‘keeper Jasper Cillessen, who may be available at for as little as £9million in January.What’s the Story?Reports in Spain are suggesting that Barcelona Jasper Cillessen is one of a number of players that the Catalan club are looking to sell in January, in a bid to reduce the wage budget.Such is their desire to let a number of their fringe players leave, reports state Barcelona will be happy to accept a bid of just £9million for the experienced ‘keeper.Newcastle have been on the hunt for a new first choice stopper for the last few months, with Rob Elliot currently occupying that position at St James’ Park. It is thought that Rafael Benitez would be very keen to bring Cillessen to the club. With a guaranteed place in the starting line-up, the 28-year-old Dutchman would find it hard to turn down the move.How good has Cillessen been this season?Unfortunately, due to Marc Andre Ter-Stegen’s dominance between the sticks for Barcelona, Cillessen has yet to feature for the Spanish giants so far this season.However, the former Ajax man has featured prominently for the Netherlands in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. While not eye-catching, Cillessen demonstrated his confidence and agility when dealing with a number of quality opposition strikers and often helped his country stay competitive with a number of great saves in important matches.Newcastle need a top goalkeeper who has years of international experience under his belt. Looking at the market, there is perhaps no better available option than Jasper Cillessen, who is valued at around £8.1million by Transfermarkt.
  • 3 minute read 19/11/2017 | 05:42pmAccording to reports in The Sun on Sunday, Manchester United are lining up a £136m double move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sun on Sunday says that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho hasn’t been out off making a move for Bale despite his injury problems and the fact that he has missed 40% of Real’s games since joining them from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday also says they have also reopened talks with Atletico over a deal for long-term target Griezmann, with representatives from both clubs meeting to discuss a potential move during the international break.The report adds that Spurs have first refusal on a deal to bring Bale back to the Premier League, and it is a transfer that could happen sooner rather than later seeing as the 28-year-old isn’t a popular figure among the Bernabeu faithful.Why does Mourinho want the duo?Despite Bale’s injury problems, the Wales international has scored 70 goals in 159 games for the La Liga giants and he would add some much-needed pace, strength and directness across the frontline for the Red Devils.Meanwhile, Griezmann has endured a disappointing start to the season by his own estimations but his record of 86 goals in 173 outings in all competitions for Atletico – as well as 19 goals in 49 caps for France – has seemingly convinced Mourinho that he could add a new dimension to his side’s attack.Could they really sign both?It’s difficult to say.Considering they already have the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku it would be hard to argue that they need both, but if Mourinho believes they could make a significant difference it could happen.Both players would want regular first-team football and probably guaranteed starts though, and it could leave the Portuguese boss with a selection headache and perhaps even having to change his current preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.What does seem far more unlikely however is that United could buy both for £136m, considering some of the transfer prices we have seen banded about in the last year or so.
  • As the north London derby in the English capital came to a close, it was time for the Spanish capital to take centre stage. No fewer than three La Liga games took place in Madrid on Saturday, and two of them involved the biggest three teams in the country.As Barcelona left Madrid to fly back home after beating Leganes 3-0, they would have passed the Wanda Metropolitano on the way to the airport. There, Atletico Madrid welcomed Real to their new home for the very first time.There was to be only one winner. Barcelona.A drab 0-0 was played out as both sides were fearful of losing, and that makes sense. It’s one thing to lose to your city rivals, but it’s quite another to lose to that rival and be dumped out of the title race as a result. In truth, though, the cagey draw may well have had a similar effect.What that means now is that Barcelona are ten points clear of their two big rivals, and look like they might well have a title race played out between themselves and Valencia, not the double European champions Real Madrid. For Chelsea and Spurs, too, it might not mean all that much: if the Madrid clubs are going to spend the rest of their season focusing on European glory, they’ll both have to hope for miracles.For Real, they’ll need Tottenham to slip up twice, once against Borussia Dortmund and once against APOEL in order to top the group, whilst Atletico will be hoping for two slip-ups from Chelsea if they’re to go through at all. That now looks nigh-on impossible, though Qarabag away is hardly the nicest trip for the English champions to have to make.But the big effect on English clubs might well come in the spring.Whilst Atletico Madrid may not be in the Champions League – they may be in the Europa League where they can draw Arsenal or possibly even Celtic – you’d have to expect that Real Madrid will be. And by finishing second in the group, they could face a game against any of the English group-toppers who aren’t Tottenham: Chelsea can still finish first, whilst Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool are all still in good positions to do so.Despite the lack of form that Zinedine Zidane’s side have shown so far this season, they still may not be a team you want to draw. Indeed, coming second in the group stage isn’t evidence of being a bad team but of being in bad form. By the spring, they may well have rectified that. They are due a purple patch.A big day of football in the Spanish capital, then, had repercussions in Barcelona and potentially even effects in Britain’s cities, too. The further Ernesto Valverde’s Blaugrana pull away from the rest in La Liga, the more emphasis that puts on Real Madrid compensating for their domestic failings in Europe. And no-one should forget how dangerous they can be.Chelsea, Liverpool and the Manchester clubs will still want to avoid them.
  • 2 minute read 21/11/2017 | 08:45pmAccording to Don Balon, Real Madrid want to sign Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne in an £89m deal.What’s the story?De Bruyne has been in sensational form for City in the opening months of the 2017-18 campaign – managing four goals and nine assists in 17 appearances in all competitions.The 26-year-old is in his third season with the Citizens following a move from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015, and his stock has never been higher.According to Don Balon, Real Madrid have identified the Belgium international as the perfect player to boost their squad, and the Spanish and European champions are prepared to pay £89m in order to seal a deal.Real Madrid’s problems this season have been shown by the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have just two league goals between them, whilst Gareth Bale’s continued absence through injury has left Zinedine Zidane’s side light in the final third.Is the move likely to occur?As much as City would like to think that they hold all of the cards, it would be very difficult for De Bruyne to turn down Real Madrid if the Spanish giants came calling.It is not as if De Bruyne grew up supporting City, and whilst he has a contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2021, if Real Madrid want to sign him, they will fancy their chances of making it happen.If the Belgian helps City win the Premier League and advance deep into the Champions League this season, he might well decide to move on.It is a very exciting time to play for City, however, and an interesting tug-of-war could take place if Real Madrid do indeed make a move at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.One thing is for sure, De Bruyne is now one of the best playmakers in world football, and Real Madrid are in need of some fresh blood in the final third of the field.
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Lionel Messi is breaking records left and right in the Spanish league

Lionel Messi is breaking records left and right in the Spanish league written

Lionel Messi is now the leading goalscorer in European Champions League history after he scored a hat trick for his team, Barcelona in its 4-0 win against the Apoel Nicosia. Raul, a former Real Mandrid forward held the leading goal scorer record in the Champions League with 71 goals but now Messi has scored 74 goals in this league.

How long it to Messi to break the record

Messi has scored the goals after only 91 appearances in the league. Raul who previously held the record, had scored 71 goals after appearing for 142 times in the Champions League. However, the player was unlikely to continue holding this record after Christiano Ronaldo and Messi had rewritten the history books. Messi started the night in the same position with Raul but after 38 minutes, he broke the record and then added other two goals for a later good measure. The player is now sitting three goals clear of Ronaldo who hopefully will feature for Real Madrid against the Swiss Side Barsei on Wednesday. messi

Considering that Lionel Messi is 27, this latest landmark is one of several he has reached in the most recent years. This great Barcelona player and whose future in the club is questionable did hit the news headlines last weekend after he scored another hat trick in a 5-1 win against Sevilla. The 251 Spanish League goals record of Telmo Zarra had stood for 59 years and it would only take a brave man to bet against the Messi’s remaining longer. Messi will possibly extend his 253 goals record in coming years and still extend the record he has set in the Champions League.

Total goals

In all competitions, Messi has scored 369 goals for Barcelona and also registered 91 times during an amazing 2012 and this was after beating Gerd Muller, the former best of 85 in the calendar year. The 2011-12 campaign was among his most successful after he scored 68 goals – 50 of them coming in only 37 league games and having used his left foot to score 44 of the goals and his head to score one of the goals.

Messi, who has also won the honored Ballon d’Or four times between the year 2009 and 2012, appeared in 21 consecutive matches in the league which helped him score against the many clubs in the top Spanish league fight. With Barcelona safely through to the competition’s next stage and following a poor campaign last year, hopefully, Messi will inspire the team to the Champions League glory.

Liverpool’s former player Luis Suarez who scored his first goal after joining Barcelona is among the men who are eager to assist Messi attain this. In Cyprus Suarez scored the team’s opening goal while Messi took over and scored three goals to secure their win. Barcelona is now sitting one point behind the Paris Saint-Germain which won their match against Ajax, 3-1 to remain at the top.

Messi is not the only striker from Argentina who hit a hat trick on Wednesday. Sergio Arguero also scored three goals for Manchester City enabling them to defeat Bayern Munich 3-2. The team trailed 2-1 to the 10 men Bayern Munich but within the last five minutes Aguero managed to score twice and kept his team’s hopes for qualification alive. Bayern which has already passed through the knockout stage suffered the nightmare start after Mehdi Benatia was dispatched due to a professional foul on Sergio Aguero.

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