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  • 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 11/12/2017 | 01:00pmWith all five English teams progressing into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, a couple were bound to be handed difficult ties.Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were dealt the toughest draws, with the Blues taking on Barcelona and Mauricio Pochettino’s men going head to head with Juventus in the last-16 stage.After Antonio Conte’s men were stunned in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday, the team would have been hoping for better news today.It was not to be, though, as Chelsea learned that they will have to get through th five-time European champions in order to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.It is not all doom and gloom, though, as the West London outfit can draw on their semi-final win over Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.Chelsea went on to lift the crown that season under manager Roberto Di Matteo.After the draw was announced, fans took to Twitter with their reactions, which were a mix of confidence and dread.easy 10-0 win— Nishant Ramesh (@nishantramesh37) December 11, 2017Let’s go then boys. pic.twitter.com/ZVojeYCUMf— BK (@CFCBrano) December 11, 2017It's been a good run lads time to say goodbye— R (@Legedenary) December 11, 2017Lord help us— ㅤㅤㅤ‏ً (@RightCentreHalf) December 11, 2017Now let's Go Get Them!!!!!!!!!— Avson (@avson999) December 11, 2017we're out. pic.twitter.com/YB5LZTE5vi— HUMOURn ReSauce (@Awesome_Neythan) December 11, 2017Knew that was gonna happen! We beat them before so why not now? Come on the Chels!!— Jem Haynes (@jemhaynes) December 11, 2017If we play the cards right it's not impossible to beat Barca!— 🤶ŞΔŇĐ¥🎅 (@QueenSandy_CFC) December 11, 2017
  • 2 minute read 9/6/2018 | 07:29am According to Sport, West Ham United are considering a move for Barcelona attacker Rafinha in this summer’s transfer window. What’s the story? Rafinha has been with Barcelona since 2006, and after progressing through the youth system, has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions. The midfielder spent the 2013-14 campaign with Celta Vigo before returning to Barcelona, and went on to make 36 appearances the following season. A long-term knee injury saw Rafinha miss the first half of last season, but he returned to action in January, and moved on loan to Inter Milan for the rest of the campaign. According to Sport, Inter are shying away from a permanent move for the Brazilian, with the Italian outfit unprepared to pay £31m. As a result, West Ham have reportedly joined the race, and it is understood that the Hammers have already met with Barcelona to discuss a potential move this summer. Would Rafinha fit in at West Ham? It would be some coup if West Ham managed to convince Rafinha, who has previously been linked with Everton, to make the move to the London Stadium in this summer’s transfer window. He might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but this is a player who has scored 11 times in 79 appearances for one of the best club teams in world football. Rafinha will not turn 26 until next February, meanwhile, and there is absolutely no question that he has the qualities to be a success in the Premier League. The two-time Brazil international, who is valued at £25.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, only managed two goals in 17 Serie A appearances for Inter in the second half of last season. The midfielder is still working his way back to fitness following a long-term knee injury, however, and in full flow, he could turn out to be an absolute superstar at West Ham.
  • 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 11/12/2017 | 01:20pmManchester United have received some positive news following Sunday’s defeat to neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side avoided a horror tie in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will see all five English teams competing.United will take on Sevilla across two legs in the hope of reaching the quarter-finals of the elite competition.The North-West outfit have not played in the Champions League since the 2015-16 season, in which they failed to progress from the group stage.United were unable to claim a top-four finish in the 2016-17 league campaign, but winning the Europa League ensured their place this season.The last-16 tie will mark the first time that the two clubs have played against one another competitively.United’s arch rivals Liverpool are familiar with Sevilla having faced them twice in the group stage and drawing both games.Following the announcement of the draw, fans tweeted their reaction, which was by and large full of confidence.We win already, but ur players should be aggressive!!!#MCFC— Wasswa Emmanuel (@WasswaEmmanue14) December 11, 2017Qualified— Sunny Saharan (@Sunnysaharan111) December 11, 2017Easy win.— REGGIE 💎 (@ReggieUtd8) December 11, 2017Happy with that ⚽️🔴⚪️⚫️— Nathan Jones (@nkjones93) December 11, 2017Good team, but Im expecting a win— Zenzo Nkosi (@ZenzoNkosi) December 11, 2017Straight to the quarters! But we need to do something bout our forwards.— Nelson Mugo (@NelMugo) December 11, 2017Easy way to pass through last 8 @ManUtd— Mlungisi Mbhele (@maloada) December 11, 2017We are through to the quarter finals already— Hlalanathi Makenisi (@HMakenisi) December 11, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/6/2018 | 07:59am According to Sport, West Ham United are considering a move for Barcelona attacker Rafinha in this summer’s transfer window. Rafinha spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, and it is understood that the Italian giants can make the move permanent ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. However, Sport have claimed that Inter are stalling on a deal, which has allowed West Ham to enter the race for the two-time Brazil international. Rafinha might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona this summer, but he has made 79 appearances for the Catalan giants – scoring 11 times in the process. The midfielder, who has also previously been linked with Everton, was also developing into a first-team star before he suffered the serious knee injury that ended his 2016-17 campaign. It would certainly be some coup if West Ham managed to secure the deal in this summer’s transfer window, but the club’s supporters are not exactly holding their breath. Indeed, it seems that the bulk of West Ham fans on social media do not expect Rafinha to make the move to the London stadium this summer. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Believe it when I see it , does anyone here really think we have reps in Barcelona offering £35m — Darren Butler (@boogiebutler7) June 7, 2018 Same old, same old! How many £35m players are we being linked with? They’re never going to happen. We’ll be lucky if we get one player of this value but never 5 or 6! — John (@UKBones) June 7, 2018 I’d prefer Mario tbh — Alan (@_AlanWHUAlan_) June 7, 2018 It’s won’t be £35m signing it’s will be another freebie in Yaya Toure — David (@dboy2107) June 8, 2018 ???? — jeff smithers⚒⚒ (@jeffsmithers2) June 7, 2018 All these players we so called linked too, bet we don’t end up with any, I’m seeing 35 mil here 35 mil there… there is noway our owners will pay 35 million in total over the transfer window let alone on one player — Gaz Hird (@GazHird08) June 7, 2018 ??? who next??? — West_Ham_Utd (@terrydavis1984) June 7, 2018
  • 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
  • 2 minute read 10/6/2018 | 12:03pm Manchester United’s deal for Brazilian star Fred seems to have paved the way for Ander Herrera’s return to La Liga. Athletic Bilbao, Herrera’s former club, are prepared to make the Spaniard their highest-paid player in order to get him to return to San Mames, according to Spanish publication AS via MailOnline. The Basque-born player has been a bit-part player under Mourinho, despite impressing under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, and is also wanted by AC Milan, according to the The Sun. What’s the story? Herrera, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.com, has been a bit-part player since Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford, and despite his best efforts in short cameos, is largely viewed as surplus to requirements at Manchester United. He has had moments of brilliance, including his appearance against Chelsea in which he was instructed to man-mark Eden Hazard at Old Trafford in April 2017. The purchase of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder, Fred, will further push the Spaniard down the pecking order. His role has developed somewhat since his move from Bilbao, at one point seen as a box-to-box midfielder, but he is now largely used as a ball-winner, tasked with playing basic roles, and one would think the Spanish international would jump at the chance of returning home, where he is still highly regarded. What would he bring to Bilbao? He fits the recruitment policy of the Basque club – the club’s traditions means that they can only buy Basque players. Herrera has undoubted ability and is a measured passer of the ball who is not scared in the tackle. Herrera might perhaps demand a higher wage than Bilbao would generally pay, but a return to Spain is possible should a deal be struck. What it means for Manchester United is a different story. Mourinho is reportedly not willing to part with the midfielder should a suitable replacement not be found, especially with the likely departure of Marouane Fellaini, who is set to move away due to a reduced role in the United side.
  • 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.
  • 3 minute read 2/5/2018 | 04:00pm Liverpool have not yet made it into the final of the Champions League, but some are already tipping Jurgen Klopp’s side to go all the way. This evening, the Merseyside outfit will take on Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie. Klopp and his men currently hold a three-goal advantage following a dominant 5-2 victory in the first meeting at Anfield. However, the two away goals struck by Roma gives them hope heading into the decider, particularly as they managed to cut down the same lead to knock out Barcelona in the quarter-finals. Whoever progresses this evening will take on Real Madrid in the showpiece in Kiev after the Spanish outfit ousted Bayern Munich. Zinedine Zidane’s side earned a 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Allianz Arena, and they came through an entertaining encounter at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night. Los Blancos were not at their scintillating best, and in truth have not been so throughout the whole tournament, but they managed to come from behind inside the first 11 minutes thanks to an equaliser from Karim Benzema. The forward struck again to give Madrid the lead, but he was helped along by some horror goalkeeping from Sven Ulreich. James Rodriguez, who is on loan at Bayern from Madrid, found an equaliser just after the hour mark, but Zidane’s men saw out the match to book a place in their third successive final. Given that both sides showed weaknesses during the display, England legend Alan Shearer suggested on Twitter that Liverpool would be capable of beating either team. The forward line of @LFC would cause havoc against either of these sides. #RMAFCB @ChampionsLeague — Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) May 1, 2018 Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been the men leading the line for Liverpool this season, and all three scored in the first leg against Roma. Reds fans have been posting their thoughts on Shearer’s claims via Reddit.
  • 1 minute read 12/6/2018 | 04:52am According to Sport, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in this summer’s transfer window. The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan, and it is understood that the Italian giants have the option to make the deal permanent this summer. Whilst Inter were pleased with Rafinha’s performances last term, it is thought that the Serie A side are shying away from a potential £31m move. West Ham United have recently been credited with an interest in the midfielder, who is believed to be open to a move to the Premier League. However, according to Sport, Tottenham are also considering a move. Indeed, head coach Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be a keen admirer of the two-time Brazil international, whose future is far from secure. The Tottenham fans have been reacting to the transfer speculation, and it seems that the bulk would welcome the playmaker to the new White Hart Lane ahead of the new campaign. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Where is this link coming from. More like the sorta player i like being linked with — Middleman (@Middlem66026279) June 11, 2018 Oh that could be really good. Only not sure if he fits England with his playing style. Would cost 35 mil which Inter could not pay and Barca are willing to sell. — EstonianXavi???? (@EstonianXavi) June 11, 2018 I prefer his brother , but he will do. — Sammy (@Samm349) June 11, 2018 Interesting ? — Adam Neville (@N3V1985) June 11, 2018 Thrilled by Rafinha rumors. A CM/AM who can challenge Winks and Eriksen for game time. #THFC #COYS — Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) June 11, 2018 Yeah, very good player. Injuries halted his progress last season and the one before, but he’s come back very very strongly since the January window and his move to Inter. Helped them crack into top 4 when Icardi’s form took a tumble. — Shreyas Rao (@Spurs_Shreyas) June 11, 2018 Get sergi roberto instead — Ajmal Shah (@AJ_Shah13) June 11, 2018
  • 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 12/12/2017 | 03:43pmAccording to reports in Spanish media outlet Diario Gol, Manchester United only face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, but his €90m (approximately £79.2m right now) price tag could prove to be an issue.What’s the word, then?Well, Diario Gol says that Real are willing to let the injury-hit attacker – who has missed 250 days since joining the La Liga giants in 2013 – leave the Bernabeu, but he will only leave for one of Europe’s biggest clubs and not many of those are willing to pay the money that president Florentino Perez wants for the Wales international.Diario Gol says that Perez wants to €90m (approximately £79.2m) to let the 28-year-old leave, but no one is willing to pay that fee.The report adds that the only two clubs willing to make offers below that amount are the Red Devils and Spurs, with the former not willing to negotiate until the price is reduced and the latter only willing to pay €60m (approximately £52.8m right now).How has Bale done this season?The Welshman’s injury problems have meant that he has been limited to just 10 outings so far this term, in which he has scored three goals and provided a further five assists.The 29-year-old has already suffered from calf and thigh problems during the current campaign, and despite playing 28 minutes as a substitute and picking up two assists against Fuenlabrada in the cup last month, he suffered recurrence of the calf issue which has kept him on the sidelines since.Would he be a good signing for United?He certainly would be, as long as he was fit on a regular basis.Given his injury record it is no wonder that they aren’t willing to pay around £80m for Bale’s services, but Jose Mourinho will also be well aware of the difference he could make for them in the final third because of his versatility and quality.The Wales international’s pace, dribbling ability, strength in the air and all-round goal threat would make him a superb addition, but United will be hoping Real lower their demands either during the January transfer window or next summer to make a deal possible.
  • 2 minute read 12/6/2018 | 04:02am According to Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have joined bitter London rivals West Ham United in the pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. What’s the story? West Ham were recently credited with an interest in Rafinha, who has been with Barcelona since 2006, and has gone on to make 79 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions. A long-term knee injury saw Rafinha miss the first half of last season, but he returned to action in January, and moved on loan to Inter Milan for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign. Italian giants Inter are believed to be shying away from a £31m move for Rafinha, and West Ham are believed to be in the race for the two-time Brazil international. It would be some signing for the Hammers if new head coach Manuel Pellegrini managed to pull it off, and there is no question that he would improve the London club. However, according to Sport, Tottenham are looking to beat their bitter London rivals to the signature of the versatile midfielder. Would Rafinha fit in at Tottenham? Rafinha might be surplus to requirements at Barcelona, but he has scored 11 times in 79 appearances for one of the biggest teams in world football. He will not turn 26 until early next year, meanwhile, and there is no question that he has the qualities required to be a success in the Premier League. A gifted footballer with a wonderful passing range and an eye for goal, Rafinha would certainly complement the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane in the final third of the field. Rafinha, who is valued at £25.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, only scored two Serie A goals for Inter last term, but it is worth remembering that he is still recovering from a long-term knee problem. Tottenham will not be able to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the transfer market this summer, but they could pull off a coup by beating West Ham to Rafinha.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 3/5/2018 | 05:00am Tottenham Hotspur fans are feeling very proud that Real Madrid have reached the final of the Champions League, but not because of the Spanish club’s achievements. The North London outfit have no affinity to Los Blancos, so when Zinedine Zidane’s side ousted Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, Tottenham supporters’ praise was for their own team. The reason being that Spurs are only one of two teams to inflict defeat onto Madrid in the tournament this season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side earned a 3-1 victory at Wembley in the group stage, three weeks after recording a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. Tottenham, who have not won a trophy for a decade, made it into the last 16, but were eventually beaten 4-3 by Juventus on aggregate. The Italians went on to face Madrid, and in their quarter-final tie they managed to claim a 3-1 win on away soil, but Real’s 3-0 triumph in the first leg meant that the club progressed into the semi-finals. Zidane’s side did not comfortably seal a place in the Kiev showpiece as they sneaked past Bayern 4-3 on aggregate, but their ability to reach a third consecutive final gave Tottenham confidence about their own team’s quality. Madrid will face either Liverpool or Roma in the final, with the Reds edging it courtesy of their three-goal lead from the first leg. We beat this Real Madrid team over two legs. We are not far off, just need to step up when it matters most. #COYS #THFC — Ashley Watts (@AshWatts93) May 1, 2018 ONE team has not lost to Real Madrid this year in the Champions League #UCL #COYS #THFC — Peter Ström (@popeyedoyle_) May 1, 2018 How did Bayern Munich lose that?? #RMAFCB And we beat Real Madrid….. It should have been us!! #COYS — Tracy Dawn (@TracyDawn17) May 1, 2018 We battered Madrid at Wembley , and what happens they get to the CL Final #COYS — Neil (@monkey1959neil) May 1, 2018 Is this the same Real Madrid we DEMOLISHED at Wemberley last year? Pfff #COYS #RMAFCB — John Malathronas (@Malathronas) May 1, 2018 Lol…how did we beat this Madrid side again??? #RealMadridBayern #UCL #coys — truespur ☆ (@truespur) May 1, 2018 To think we absolutely schooled Real Madrid… #THFC #COYS #ChampionsLeague #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/2833HNn4Hl — DJ Key (@DJKey) May 1, 2018
  • Oh my goodness me. Queens Park Rangers almost sent their fans into meltdown earlier this week when they posted a picture of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann on their official Twitter page. Griezmann is being strongly linked with a move away from Atletico this summer, with Barcelona the favourites to sign the Frenchman. And the attacker, who is valued at £90m by transfermarkt.co.uk, again revealed to disclose his future plans at a France press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Griezmann actually liked a tweet from QPR where the Championship club’s players discussed who could take home the World Cup Golden Boot this summer. QPR pointed out what had occurred on their official Twitter page, and that led to a host of the club’s supporters commenting on the future of Griezmann. There is more chance of Panama winning the World Cup than Griezmann making the move to QPR this summer, but the R’s supporters can still dream of the impossible. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: ? @AntoGriezmann #QPR pic.twitter.com/fjdN5FXHsT — QPR FC (@QPRFC) June 11, 2018 Swap him with Washington? — Conor (@ConorBarry98) June 11, 2018 Straight swap for Washington? Fair deal — distrait. (@coogles7) June 11, 2018 @paulsissons1 straight swap for sylla — Ben Thomas Sissons (@bensissons11) June 11, 2018 Hopefully @MassLuongo tries to convince him during our game. Bonus, Mass will give him a pen if Griezzy signs the paperwork — Ethen Daniel (@EthenDaniel) June 11, 2018 Imagine the scenes ? — Jamie (@ClevelandJamie) June 11, 2018 #AnnounceGriezmann ?? — Martin Griffin (@MartinGriffin4) June 11, 2018 #AnnounceGriezmann @QPRFC — Rangers (@LoftusRangers) June 11, 2018
  • 1 minute read 13/12/2017 | 12:06pmPaul Pogba has confirmed that he rejected the chance to join Real Madrid in favour of returning to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.Pogba sealed a return to United ahead of the 2016-17 campaign after the Red Devils paid Juventus £89m for his services.The midfielder initially left Old Trafford in 2012 after becoming frustrated with his lack of opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson. After a successful spell at Juventus, Pogba re-joined the 20-time English champions.Pogba, who is valued at £67.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has revealed that Real Madrid also wanted to sign him during the same summer, but the Frenchman was set on a return to United.Pogba told Beyond the Pitch:“To be honest, Real Madrid came to me and I was thinking to go there, and I was thinking to go to Manchester United too.“But I always felt it in my heart. My heart told me to come back here [Manchester], I don’t know why, I didn’t know what was going to happen. But I did it, and I don’t regret. I never regret my choice.”Pogba scored nine times in 51 appearances for United last season as the Red Devils landed the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League.The France international has also been in impressive form during the 2017-18 campaign, although he is currently on the sidelines through suspension.
  • 2 minute read 13/12/2017 | 07:00pmBarcelona superstar Lionel Messi has learned that Real Madrid are likely to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, according to Don Balon.What’s the word?When most top players in the Premier League are performing well, they tend to be linked with moves to Europe’s elite.Hazard’s eight goals and four assists in 21 appearances have reportedly put him on the transfer wishlists of Barcelona and Real Madrid.It is not the first time that the Belgian has been named as a potential target for the Spanish duo.This time, though, Don Balon reports that Real boss Zinedine Zidane has finally convinced club president Florentino Perez to make a move for Hazard.The publication adds that Messi has found out about the proposed deal, which gives Los Blancos an upper hand over their rivals.Could this deal finally happen?Hazard has often spoken of his commitment to Chelsea, but he has never insisted that he wants to end his career at Stamford Bridge.The playmaker has been part of the Blues’ setup since his 2012 switch from Lille and in that time has won four trophies, including two Premier League titles.A five-year stretch is a long time for a player of his calibre to stay at one club when numerous elite outfits have been keen on nabbing his signature.It seems that this summer could be the right time for Hazard to make the jump given that Real could benefit from an injection of talent.Gareth Bale has been struggling with injuries, while Cristiano Ronaldo has not failed to recreate his scintillating form in La Liga.For Chelsea, though, if Hazard departs it could be a disaster with regard to future recruitment.It could also force Antonio Conte to walk out the exit gates, particularly as he was frustrated with the transfer activity in the summer.
  • 3 minute read 14/12/2017 | 03:20pmAccording to reports in The Mirror’s live transfer blog at 17:53 on December 13, Southampton are leading the chase for Eibar midfielder Dani Garcia, although they could face competition from La Liga sides Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Malaga for his signature.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror’s live transfer blog says that the 27-year-old attacker has rejected an offer to extend his deal with the La Liga outfit, which is due to run out next summer.The Eibar captain will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with Southampton during the January transfer window if he wanted to, which would allow the south coast outfit to bring him in on a free next summer.The Mirror’s live transfer blog says that despite the interest from a number of Spanish clubs, the player is said to favour a move to the Premier League.How has Garcia performed this season?He has been very good.The 27-year-old has played in all but two of Eibar’s 15 La Liga games this term, and has helped them take 10 points from the last 12 available following a disappointing start to the campaign.The skipper, who can play in both a central or defensive midfield role, has shown his tenacity, aggression and perhaps also a lack of discipline by picking up seven bookings already during the current campaign.According to Squawka, Garcia has won 25 of the 71 tackles he has attempted, while he has won 13 of the 23 aerial duels he has faced.His record of 37 interceptions in 13 leagues matches is impressive, while he has also made 12 clearances.Would he be a good signing for Southampton?If they could get him on a free transfer you would probably say yes, but do they really need him?The middle of the park looks to be where the south coast outfit are perhaps strongest right now, as they have the likes of Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Steven Davis and James Ward-Prowse available to play in the central midfield roles.Bringing Garcia to St Mary’s would be strange in that respect, and strengthening their attacking options should be the priority in the New Year.
  • 1 minute read 12/6/2018 | 09:03pm Oh my goodness me. Queens Park Rangers almost sent their fans into meltdown earlier this week when they posted a picture of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann on their official Twitter page. Griezmann is being strongly linked with a move away from Atletico this summer, with Barcelona the favourites to sign the Frenchman. And the attacker, who is valued at £90m by transfermarkt.co.uk, again revealed to disclose his future plans at a France press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Griezmann actually liked a tweet from QPR where the Championship club’s players discussed who could take home the World Cup Golden Boot this summer. QPR pointed out what had occurred on their official Twitter page, and that led to a host of the club’s supporters commenting on the future of Griezmann. There is more chance of Panama winning the World Cup than Griezmann making the move to QPR this summer, but the R’s supporters can still dream of the impossible. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: ? @AntoGriezmann #QPR pic.twitter.com/fjdN5FXHsT — QPR FC (@QPRFC) June 11, 2018 Swap him with Washington? — Conor (@ConorBarry98) June 11, 2018 Straight swap for Washington? Fair deal — distrait. (@coogles7) June 11, 2018 @paulsissons1 straight swap for sylla — Ben Thomas Sissons (@bensissons11) June 11, 2018 Hopefully @MassLuongo tries to convince him during our game. Bonus, Mass will give him a pen if Griezzy signs the paperwork — Ethen Daniel (@EthenDaniel) June 11, 2018 Imagine the scenes ? — Jamie (@ClevelandJamie) June 11, 2018 #AnnounceGriezmann ?? — Martin Griffin (@MartinGriffin4) June 11, 2018 #AnnounceGriezmann @QPRFC — Rangers (@LoftusRangers) June 11, 2018
  • 2 minute read 15/12/2017 | 08:22pmAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed that Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave the club, reports The Guardian.What’s the word?The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for the France international in the summer.However, Atletico’s transfer embargo persuaded Griezmann to stay put for the time being.Numerous clubs have been touted as potential suitors for the attacker, who has scored seven goals in all competitions so far this season.Simeone has indicated that the forward could leave the club in the near future, which could spark a bidding war.The Guardian quotes the Atletico boss as saying:“Of course he can leave at some point, like Diego Costa and Arda Turan did in their day. I love watching my players grow, and if one of them tells me that they have the unique opportunity of playing for a certain team, after they did everything they could for me, like Griezmann has done, I’ll say it’s not a problem. I know that he needs to grow.”Should United go for him?Romelu Lukaku cemented himself as the team’s first-choice striker when he scored 10 goals in his first nine outings.However, the forward’s goal threat has been sporadic of late as he has found the back of the net just three times in his last eight matches.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to fitness, but the 36-year-old has struggled to grab a regular spot in the team.Bringing in Griezmann would hugely boost the team’s strength up front and would lessen the burden on Lukaku’s shoulders.The problem that United will face is the level of competition from the other clubs fighting for his signature.If you are putting together an accy for this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended coupons! We’ve got a Premier League outright win treble that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds, plus a banker of an EFL fourfold with odds of nearly 10/1! Check out the latest Football FanCast Accy show and let us know who you’re backing this weekend.
  • 2 minute read 13/6/2018 | 04:57am Andre Villas-Boas will not go down in Tottenham Hotspur history as one of their great managers; in fact most fans tend to poke fun at the Portuguese coach. On paper, though, it is rather odd that the fanbase have such a disliking for the 40-year-old given that under his leadership the team set a then-club record of 72 points in the Premier League during the 2012-13 campaign. Things started to go downhill in the following season after Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid and Spurs spent the money on array of new faces rather than a statement signing. Villas-Boas lasted until December 2013 before he was given his marching orders, and since then, the former Chelsea coach has been in charge of Zenit St Petersburg and Shanghai SIPG. Surprisingly, the Portuguese coach switched focus to motorsport last year, but there are rumblings that he plans to return to football. Real Madrid are looking for a new manager following Zinedine Zidane’s departure, and according to RMC Sport, Los Blancos have made contact with Villas-Boas regarding his availability. The report claims that the ex-Premier League boss is being considered due to his relationship with Gareth Bale, who soared for Spurs under Villas-Boas before departing for the Bernabeu. The majority of Tottenham fans are not taking the reports too seriously; in fact they have been left tickled by them. They also want Tim Sherwood in as Technical Director for the bantz. — Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) June 11, 2018 pic.twitter.com/HJvdFw4l7a — Harry C (@HazSpur92) June 11, 2018 He is a top manager, with lots of experience of winning top trophies pic.twitter.com/NZITW7BxXr — I am THFC 1980 (@iamthfc1980) June 12, 2018 pic.twitter.com/Z81rJDu9GE — Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) June 11, 2018 EVEN POCH THINKS THAT HILARIOUS — JerryDawson (@DawsonJerry) June 11, 2018 Taking over what ? The snack bar ?absolute ? — Chris Tovey (@31Tovey) June 11, 2018 Gerry Francis has more of a chance. — Nick Barry (@nickpixtxt) June 11, 2018 Fake news surely — Adam Wren (@ADDTHFC) June 11, 2018 They say you get promoted to your level of incompetence. In this case, maybe a few levels above even that. — Chris Yeager (@Tortfeasor039) June 11, 2018 No they haven’t — Heemstrength (@Heemish) June 11, 2018 Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahajabajahajajahahahshahahajahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahaha??? — WoodyforSpursSC (@CarterWoodward4) June 11, 2018
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 13/6/2018 | 06:21am Unai Emery’s first major task as Arsenal manager is to recruit the right type of players in the summer transfer window. Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined from Juventus on a free transfer to bolster the defence, and one area that the fans believe needs addressing is in between the sticks. Petr Cech has been a standout goalkeeper for many years, but at the age of 36, he is nearing the closing stages of his professional career. On top of that, the former Chelsea keeper was guilty of making some costly blunders during the 2017-18 season. The transfer gossip columns have been relatively quiet with regards to any Arsenal pursuit for a keeper, but the fans have been alerted to an unsettled Dutchman in Spain. As reported by RAC1, Jasper Cillessen is open to leaving Barcelona after failing to become the club’s number one keeper over the past two years. The 29-year-old, who has earned 40 caps for the Netherlands, has had to play second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and it seems that he has had enough. On Reddit, Arsenal fans debated whether or not the club should swoop for the shot-stopper. Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 13/6/2018 | 08:17am Tottenham Hotspur should consider making a move for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos if the club lose Mousa Dembele this summer. What’s the word? As it stands, Dembele remains a Spurs player, but if the days continue to pass without him signing a new contract, it grows more and more likely that the Belgian will leave. The 30-year-old had a slow start to the season due to fitness issues, but once he found his stride, the midfielder was a crucial part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Dembele ticks all the boxes for a player in his position, which will make it tough for the North London outfit to find a direct replacement, but there are options out there. Is Ceballos the right fit? The Spaniard, who has earned 24 caps for the Spain Under-21 side, has the talent to thrive in a top team. The problem that the 21-year-old has faced is that he is fighting for a place in a team full of Galacticos in Madrid, which is why he was restricted to just 12 La Liga appearances last season. Generally, Ceballos is positioned in the centre of the park, but he can also play slightly further forward in an attacking midfield role. For a player to replace Dembele, they need to possess all-round ability of defensive attributes as well as forward thinking. Ceballos is strong on the ball and is comfortable keeping hold of possession while fending off his markers, and he always seems to try to get the ball forward when possible. The only downside is that the midfielder has not been given the opportunity to showcase his talent on a regular basis at the top level, which presents a slight risk for Tottenham.
  • 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
  • 2 minute read 18/12/2017 | 06:20pmAccording to Don Balon, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the January transfer window.What’s the story?Mourinho recently refused to rule out January signings at Old Trafford as the Portuguese considers boosting his squad at the mid-point of the campaign.Michael Carrick’s absence has been a big one for United this term, while the uncertainty surrounding the future of Marouane Fellaini has left the Red Devils short of options in the middle of the park.Scott McTominay has emerged impressively in recent weeks, but it is thought that Mourinho wants another central midfielder in his first-team squad.According to Don Balon, Real Madrid midfielder Kovacic has been identified as the perfect signing, with the United boss believing that a bid in the region of £27m would be enough to convince the Spanish and European champions to sell.Would Kovacic be a good fit at United?Kovacic, 23, joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015.He is fast closing on 100 appearances for the Spanish giants, but the presence of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro at the Bernabeu has made it difficult for the Croatian international to gain a regular spot in the team.Indeed, Kovacic, who is a 38-time Croatia international, has not started a single league match for Real Madrid this season.An energetic midfielder with an impressive range of passing, there is no question that Kovacic has the attributes to play in the Premier League. He is still young, but has a wealth of experience at the top level.United need a player that will complement Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the middle of the park, and Kovacic could prove to be a very smart signing for the 20-time English champions.
  • 1 minute read 13/6/2018 | 08:02pm Liverpool have had a difficult few days in the transfer market, just when everything seemed to be falling into place following the surprise acquisition of Fabinho from Monaco. Widespread reports indicated that Nabil Fekir was on his way from Lyon, but last weekend, the French club released a statement confirming that the attacking midfielder will be staying put. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans were left stunned by the news, and now they have been hit with another wave of bad news – this time relating to Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar. The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the Frenchman last summer, as well as in the January window, but a deal never came to fruition. On Tuesday, Atletico Madrid confirmed on their official website that they have agreed to sign Lemar this summer, and the news has sparked a reaction from Liverpool fans. Some are not too concerned to have missed out, while others have expressed sadness that he has slipped through their fingers. Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • 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 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 3/5/2018 | 05:00pm In just over three weeks’ time, Liverpool will have the opportunity to win their sixth European Cup following an impressive run in the Champions League. England had a strong contingent in Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool this season, but not many would have tipped the Merseyside outfit to go all the way to Kiev. Jurgen Klopp’s men are the competition’s top scorers with 40 goals to their name. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been in fine form in the attacking department, but fans were left slightly concerned by the former’s lacklustre display against Roma on Wednesday night. Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum got on the scoresheet in what turned out to be a 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico. However, Liverpool’s 5-2 victory at Anfield in the first leg of the semi-finals gave the team a big advantage heading into the decider. The Reds face a tough task in the Ukraine showpiece as they take on a Real Madrid side that are looking for their third consecutive Champions League crown. Zinedine Zidane’s side have not been entirely convincing during the campaign, but they have world-class talent and experience of winning at the top level. Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson is feeling very confident that the Reds will repeat the success of the 1981 European Cup final when Alan Kennedy scored the only goal of the game to beat Los Blancos in Paris. Real Madrid ,we beat them in Paris and we will beat them in Kiev YNWA — Phil Thompson (@Phil_Thompson4) May 2, 2018 Unsurprisingly, plenty of Liverpool fans agree. @Phil_Thompson4 Oh what a day that was! And what a day it will be again! Fancy Robbo to repeat Barney's barnstormer! — David Goulbourn (@DavidGoulbourn1) May 3, 2018 We beat them in Paris,And we'll beat them in KievLet's make it number 6Come on you Redmen!!!!! — Athanasios (@ArchieC1981) May 3, 2018 You know it Phil 👍 — Gaziano Outdoors (@Gaziano79) May 2, 2018 Can't for Andy Robertson to pop up with the Alan Kennedy winner — Adam Heath (@adamheath) May 3, 2018 hope u are in the dressing room again Phil vs Madrid in Kiev. love the positivity — AK (@superal999) May 3, 2018 Keep winding them up Thomo lad, see you in Kiev 😎 — Anthony Cullen (@AnthonyCullen) May 2, 2018 I didn’t think this night could get any better, until I got on twitter and read all the Utd fans crying it in. 😂 — Sean Collins (@seanosdelgardo) May 2, 2018 Yes Thommo! A team in red v a team in white – red always wins!! — Dan Rawlinson (@Danrawly) May 2, 2018
  • 2 minute read 22/12/2017 | 08:00amThe agent of Tottenham Hotspur target Nicolas Gaitan has told Foot Mercato that the midfielder will leave Atletico Madrid in January, reports talkSPORT.What’s the word?The North London outfit, as well as Manchester United, were registered with an interest in the Argentine earlier this year.Gaitan has found it difficult trying to cement a place in the first team having started just six La Liga games this season.The midfielder’s agent Jose Iribarren has told Foot Mercato that a number of English clubs are interested in his client, who intends to move on next month.“I can tell you English clubs are interested. Yes, he’ll undoubtedly leave Atletico in January. He has a lot of concrete offers. Nicolas was an important player when he played in Argentina, at Benfica and with the national team.“He can’t continue in these conditions. If he can’t play a string of matches, nor win the coach’s trust. A player wants to play. We’re going to see with Atletico which solution we can find.”The 29-year-old has been at the Spanish outfit since 2016 when he made the switch from Benfica, where he made more than 250 appearances.Do Tottenham need him?The Premier League club may not necessarily be crying out for Gaitan, but he is certainly capable of providing the team with some attacking flair.So far, Mauricio Pochettino has been reliant on Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to lead the way from midfield.However, both players have experienced dips in form in recent weeks, which could be down to the amount of games they are feating in.Gaitan would be a decent player to call upon for an injection of quality, plus the midfielder has Champions League experience.The fact that the player’s agent has confirmed his client has a desire to move in January, puts Tottenham in a good position in terms of negotiations.
  • 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.
  • As per Telefoot, via Daily Express, Barcelona have launched an audacious loan offer to sign Chelsea’s David Luiz.The 30-year-old defender has been displaced in the Blues’ back three due to the rise of Andreas Christensen, and his immediate future at Chelsea is undoubtedly in the balance.What’s the story? Despite persistent and public denials by the Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, there have been reports of discontent between coach and the player, seemingly Barcelona are looking to exploit the uncertainty that characterises Luiz’s current predicament.It appears that the Catalan giants urgently require defensive reinforcement as Javier Mascherano is poised to join Hebei China Fortune in the forthcoming January transfer window. The fact that Luiz, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.com, is no longer considered a starter for Chelsea could impact the situation enormously.Can he still do it? Last season’s indelible title success for Chelsea illustrated Luiz’s ability to thrive at the highest level. During his first stint with the West London team, the Brazilian was often criticised for being too impulsive and erratic in his defensive work. He was often seen as the team’s liability, last season he displayed a greater sense of maturity and leadership as he orchestrated Chelsea’s defence.In addition to these qualities, PSG’s former centre-half is endowed with superb technical ability which will ensure that he adapts well to Barcelona’s style of play if he joins the La Liga side.Will Conte let him go? Antonio Conte has stressed on numerous occasions his concern regarding the size of his Chelsea squad, and it is unlikely that the impassioned Italian will want to witness another departure in the upcoming transfer window.Whether reports of a falling out between the manager and player are accurate or not, Chelsea will be keen to ensure that they have a replacement in mind, if Luiz departs in the new year.The festive fixture pileup is upon us! Hurrah! It’s time for Jose Mourinho to dig into his vast bank of excuses, and for you to have a flutter with the help of the Football FanCast Accy Show! We’ve got a couple of great coupons to share with you this week, including a Premier League outright win treble with very impressive LeoVegas odds, and an EFL fourfold that could help line your pockets this yuletide season. Take a look and be sure to let us know what you’re backing this weekend.
  • According to Diario Gol, Arsenal and Liverpool have supposedly contacted Dani Ceballos’ agent in an attempt to organise a move for the promising Spanish midfielder.The 21-year-old enjoyed a fruitful spell at Real Betis that earned him his move to Real Madrid, yet the Spaniard has only made six La Liga appearances for the champions this season.The story so far Despite favouring a summer move to Real Madrid over Catalan giants, Barcelona, Ceballos’ career with the Los Blancos is failing to develop as he would have hoped for.The promising midfielder has only made two starts in La Liga for Madrid this season, and every single one of his Champions League appearances has been as a substitute.It is believed that the Real Madrid man is keen to secure consistent first-team football elsewhere to continue his progression as a player.What’s the deal? It is reported that the La Liga champions are unwilling to allow their summer signing to depart in the forthcoming January transfer window and they would rather him leave on loan at the start of next season.It will be interesting to see how the story develops and if Arsenal or Liverpool can alter Real Madrid’s current stance on the matter.How good is Ceballos? Despite only playing in six league games for the champions this term, Ceballos has scored twice – an average of a goal every three games.  He is widely recognised for his astute dribbling ability and his valuable capacity to retain possession of the ball.In addition to his attacking qualities, Ceballos flaunts good defensive capabilities, most notably is his ability to complete tackles.His arrival is likely to augment the midfield of both Arsenal and Liverpool, yet perhaps he’ll be more tailored to the Gunners’ style of play.The festive fixture pileup is upon us! Hurrah! It’s time for Jose Mourinho to dig into his vast bank of excuses, and for you to have a flutter with the help of the Football FanCast Accy Show! We’ve got a couple of great coupons to share with you this week, including a Premier League outright win treble with very impressive LeoVegas odds, and an EFL fourfold that could help line your pockets this yuletide season. Take a look and be sure to let us know what you’re backing this weekend.
  • Arsene Wenger’s recent decision to leave his Emirates post at the end of the season led, rather inevitably, to the rumour mill very quickly starting to turn. The question nagging at all football fans being, who will replace the 68 year-old once his remarkable 22 year-long tenure finally comes to an end? Thomas Tuchel emerged as an early front runner. Then rumours of Brendan Rodgers heading south of the border started to spread. We’ve heard Carlo Ancelotti’s name linked, as well as Germany coach Joachim Loew’s. And ex-Gunner Mikel Arteta could even stand a chance of landing the job. The latest manager to get a mention? Former Barcelona player and boss Luis Enrique. He’s looking like a strong possibility now too. The Gijón-born coach, who managed Barca between 2014 and 2017, has been seen by many as the logical successor to Antonio Conte if and when he leaves Chelsea. But while he may top Roman Abramovich’s wishlist, Enrique is also firmly on Arsenal’s radar. And why wouldn’t he be? The man has a proven track record of success and could just be the perfect fit for the North Londoners. Luis Enrique might even prove to be the long-term replacement for Wenger that Arsenal seek. The Arsenal board will no doubt look to the example of Manchester United and see what can happen when a club tries too hard to look for a ‘long-term successor’ to a legendary manager. David Moyes’ stint at Old Trafford was supposed to be a long and successful one. But, to put it politely, it didn’t quite work out that way. After enjoying the leadership of a cool, calm and collected man with free-flowing football and pragmatism always at the forefront of his mind, Arsenal will want to avoid a succession of Chelsea-style hirings and firings. They’ll want to select the right candidate and settle on him. Enrique fits the bill. On a practical level, he’s great pals with Arsenal’s Head of Football Relations Raul Sanllehi, the pair having forged close ties and worked well together during their time at the Nou Camp. So there should be no conflict there. More than that, though? The man knows success. In his three years with his former Catalan employers, Enrique led them to two La Liga titles, three cup successes and a Champions League. It’s possible to argue that managing Barcelona isn’t the world’s toughest gig, but with a win ratio higher than 75% over three seasons, Enrique knows how to win football matches. Will Arsenal fans warm to him? It’s highly likely. The man is thoughtful, serious about playing attractive football and respects fans and their input. Not only that but he believes in nurturing young talent, something that Wenger has always taken pride in. Enrique’s first game in charge of Barcelona saw his hand debut appearances to three youth players, Munir El Haddadi, Rafinha and Sandro Ramírez. He’s unafraid to take risks and upset players too. Critics of Arsenal’s current manager often cite his loyalty to out-of-form players as a major weakness. Wenger’s insistence on standing by struggling players may seem nice but often leads to poor teams performances and dropped points. Enrique has no such qualms about making big decisions. While in charge of Roma he once famously took off under-par club legend Francesco Totti during a big European tie, much to the anger of the Roma faithful. Arsenal fans have become accustomed to a certain style of play over the past two decades. Enrique would look to continue it. He helped develop Barca’s 4-3-3 short passing game but doesn’t mind not having the ball. He evolved their tiki-taka game from an at-times dull affair into slick, direct counter-attacking devastation. Which Arsenal fan isn’t going to love that? Wages could prove to be a slight stumbling block, however. Enrique has reportedly asked for £25m a year, a contract that matches that of Jose Mourinho’s at Manchester United. If Arsenal agree to his demands and the appointment were to be made, he’d trail only Pep Guardiola in terms of the highest-paid football club managers in the world. He could just prove to be worth it, though.
  • 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 4/5/2018 | 07:00am Liverpool fans were on cloud 9 on Wednesday night after witnessing their team book a place in the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp’s men upset the odds by making their way to the showpiece in Kiev courtesy of wins over Porto, Manchester City and Roma. The club had a 5-2 advantage heading into the semi-final second leg at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. In Rome, the Reds were not quite as prolific as they ended up losing 4-2 on the night, but their result from the Anfield tie was enough to send them through. In just over three weeks’ time, the Merseyside outfit will take on Real Madrid, who will be hunting for their third consecutive European crown. Not long after the final whistle in Italy, Liverpool released information regarding the ticketing situation at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in the Ukrainian capital. Despite the fact that the ground holds more than 70,000, the Reds have been allocated 16,626 tickets for the showdown. The supporters will be paying a staggering price for a seat, with the cheapest at £61 and the most expensive seat at £394. Restricted views are slightly less extortionate as they range from £48 to £315. Unsurprisingly, the fans are not impressed. No champions league final should be played in a “restricted view” stadium, shambolic. — Adam Thorne (@adam_besty) May 2, 2018 Christ the night….how much? — H K Fooey (@H_K_Fooey) May 2, 2018 Restricted view for £315 WTF what kind of hovel is this stadium — Mark Wright (@wrighty108) May 2, 2018 FFS, it holds 70k — Russ Pemberton (@RussPLFC) May 2, 2018 £315 for a restricted view??? 😂 — col n (@newgoldream08) May 2, 2018 Why is the final in a stadium that has seats with restricted views? Ludicrous — Alyn Jenkins (@abzwizard) May 2, 2018 What a joke. Worse than FA cup finals — Kevin Devlin (@kev_agent151) May 2, 2018 £315 for restricted view… — Steven Ellis (@ste92lfc) May 2, 2018
  • 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
  • 1 minute read 4/5/2018 | 09:00am Arsene Wenger’s fairytale ending to life as Arsenal manager has turned into a nightmare. The Frenchman had hoped to lead the club to Europa League glory before signing off permanently, but it was not to be. Pressure was on the Gunners’ shoulders heading into Thursday night’s semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid in Spain due to the fact that they conceded an away goal in the Emirates tie. The match sat at 1-1, with Arsenal knowing that they needed to score at Atletico’s ground to have any hope of progressing into the final. It was a painful encounter for Wenger’s men as they were the better side for large parts of the game, but ended up losing 1-0 on the night following Diego Costa’s goal. Arsenal fans were crushed by the result, and many aimed criticism at Hector Bellerin for his performance during the encounter. While the Gunners support were suffering, their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur were not feeling the pain as strongly. In fact, plenty of the club’s supporters took to Twitter to mock Arsenal’s failings, because not only will Wenger’s reign end without silverware, they will also fail to qualify for a place in next season’s Champions League. Today is a good day #COYS a great send off by his players and couldn’t of happened to a better bloke 😂😂😂hard luck arsenal — Magic Marley Marl (@__MARL___) May 4, 2018 What a morning to be alive, Arsenal are out of Europe, and they can’t finish above us. #YIDS #COYS #NorthLondonIsWhite — Mercedes Blendz (@DJMercedesBlend) May 4, 2018 Arsenal bottling Europa while the boys chill on Fortnite hahaha. Love Thursday nights. Up The Spurs. @HKane @dele_official @trippier2 #COYS — Lucas (@MoughtTHFC) May 4, 2018 Oh my goodness @Arsenal – forever in our shadow #MindTheGap #THFC #COYS Just wait until you get Moyes!!! Come on Burnley! You’re better than this mid table trash! — DJ Key (@DJKey) May 3, 2018 Looking what you lot did to your greatest manager….left him broken lol bunch of bottlers…SHAME @Arsenal #COYS #THFC #SPURS pic.twitter.com/cgu1mRiLhB — Ady (@MrAdy1882) May 3, 2018 Tottenham in the champions league, Arsenal in Europa league. How it should be #COYS #THFC https://t.co/ccyvnVcgGF — Pat – COYS (@pjg1999) May 3, 2018 When arsenal bottle the europa league 🤣 #COYS #YIDS pic.twitter.com/6yZCPTK1QA — Jack (@Jgrantt__) May 3, 2018 So the European trophy 🏆 count unchanged at Tottenham 3 Arsenal 1#COYS — Bradley H (@HyettBVH) May 3, 2018
  • 2 minute read 27/12/2017 | 06:38pmAccording to Marca, via the Daily Express, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is one of five January signings that Barcelona are intending to make when the transfer window reopens.The German international’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and the 29-year-old is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club when the window opens on the 1st of January.What’s the story? It is being reported that Barcelona are preparing to make five signings in the new year at relatively cheap rates to bolster Ernesto Valverde’s squad.Rather famously, Barca underwent a summer of vast spending – much of which was evoked by the departure of Neymar to PSG – accordingly they’re hoping to make financially shrewd deals in the upcoming window.Is Ozil the right fit? Since joining Arsenal from Barca’s arch rivals, Real Madrid, in the summer of 2013, Ozil has amassed 177 first-team appearances for the Gunners, scoring 36 goals. Last season was the German’s most prolific term from a goal-scoring perspective for the North London team, and he’s highly regarded for his tendency to create goals.Real Madrid’s former playmaker, who is valued at £45m by transfermartk.com, has started this season in fine form having scored four goals and registered five assists in 16 league games for the FA Cup winners. There’s no denying that the German international provides an abundance of creativity, a quality that would augment Barcelona’s attack enormously.Will Wenger let him go? While the thought of losing one of their star players at a reduced fee may evoke concern among Arsenal supporters, the likelihood is that Wenger would rather see Ozil return to Spain in January – with Arsenal recouping some money – than see their number 11 join someone like Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer.
  • 2 minute read 4/5/2018 | 04:00pm Trent Alexander-Arnold has come of age this season while playing for Liverpool, particularly in the Champions League. The 19-year-old was given the task of keeping Leroy Sane quiet during the Reds’ quarter-final showdown against Manchester City. The England Under-21 international did so, and made it look easy, but the youngster was given a reality check on Wednesday night against Roma. After being part of a scintillating 5-2 victory in the first leg of the semi-final at Anfield, Alexander-Arnold was left exposed numerous times at the Stadio Olimpico. The Liverpool-born player had little protection down the right-hand side and he struggled to cope, making a few blunders as a result. Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to the final despite losing 4-2 on the night, and now attention has turned to team selection for the showpiece against Real Madrid in Kiev. For the most part, the first XI picks itself, but after Alexander-Arnold’s inexperience got the better of him in Rome, perhaps Klopp should consider turning to Nathaniel Clyne. The 27-year-old has spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines with injury having started just one Premier League game. In fact, Clyne has made just four appearances in all competitions, and on that basis alone it would raise eyebrows if he were to oust Alexander-Arnold. However, one could argue that throwing the teenager into a game of this magnitude against world-class talent that Madrid possess would be a risk. With all that in mind, who should Klopp name as right-back in the club’s biggest game of the season? Let us know by voting below..
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 4/5/2018 | 05:00pm Liverpool fans would not have thought beyond their wildest dreams that the club would be crowned Champions League winners this season, but according to UEFA’s website, they have lifted the trophy three weeks before the final. An eagle-eyed Liverpool supporter has spotted that the European governing body has described the Merseyside outfit as ‘winner’ of the tournament for the 2017-18 season. The blunder was made on UEFA’s official website, which had the Reds named as champions in a banner above the list of matches throughout the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s men have an opportunity to win a sixth European Cup for the club following their 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma. The team were not at their scintillating best, and even 43-goal machine Mohamed Salah failed to perform at his high level. Madrid are looking for their third consecutive European crown, but they too have had some hairy moments during the campaign. It is building up to a thrilling final, but UEFA’s media team seem to think that the Reds have already secured the trophy. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans posted some amusing reactions to the mistake.
  • 2 minute read 15/6/2018 | 11:28am When Antoine Griezmann confirmed that he is staying at Atletico Madrid on Thursday despite being linked to Barcelona, not many would have automatically thought of how the news would affect Tottenham Hotspur. Numerous media outlets, including Sport English, have suggested that Christian Eriksen will be next on Barca’s list. The Spanish giants are looking for a marquee signing, which would have ben Griezmann, but since the attacker confirmed via video that he is going nowhere, Barcelona have to start again. Eriksen is not a like-for-like replacement for the Atletico star as he plays in a midfield role for Tottenham, but he could potentially come in for the recently-departed Andres Iniesta. The Denmark international had a stellar season for the North London outfit in the 2017-18 campaign as he scored 14 goals and created 11 assists in all competitions. Eriksen has not indicated that he wants to leave Spurs, and the fans are desperate for the midfielder to sign a new contract. Since Griezmann made his intentions known, Tottenham supporters speculated on Reddit and Twitter about Barcelona potentially moving for Eriksen, but not many are worried. Now that Griezmann isn’t going to Barca, they’ll want Eriksen. Hopefully Levy has already got him to sign the new contract. #thfc #COYS — Adhithya (@adhithya35) June 15, 2018 Following Griezmann’s announcement, it might be a good idea for @SpursOfficial to announce Eriksen’s new contract in the morning as we all know who the press are going to link to Barca now! #COYS #Eriksen — Dave W (@spudly77) June 14, 2018
  • 2 minute read 15/6/2018 | 06:16pm For many months, Roma goalkeeper Alisson has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool. The fans have been keen on the idea of the Brazilian moving to Anfield, but it seems that the price tag could be a problem. Roma allowed their best player Mohamed Salah to join the Reds last summer for around £36m, so it is understandable if they are reluctant to cut another deal with the Merseyside outfit. Given how Salah set the world alight with 44 goals last season, the Italian club cannot be judged for hiking the price up for Alisson. Now, though, it seems that Real Madrid could be leading the race for the shot-stopper, with Marca reporting that Los Blancos are closing in on a deal that could cost upwards of €60m (£52.3m). If the La Liga giants get their man, it leaves Liverpool with one less option, while Navas could lose his starting spot at the Bernabeu. Some Reds fans believed that making a move for Navas is the solution. Fine. We’ll take Navas. #LFC — iDad (@APlender) June 15, 2018 If Madrid buy Allison, maybe we should go for Keylor Navas? Experienced, a leader and would cost less than half of Alisson. #LFC — Anupam Jaina (@anupamjaina) June 15, 2018 Then #LFC should bid for Keylor Navas — Abhay Raj (@AbyRaj) June 15, 2018 Kaylor Navas anyone?! #LFC — Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) June 14, 2018 Apparently if madrid signs Alisson, then #LFC should go in for Navas… He was our nightmare in the final… — Roger Gyening (@Roger_de_wizard) June 14, 2018 Keylor Navas it is then… #LFC — Jaykulina (@Jaykulina5) June 14, 2018 Now that Allison is close to join Real Madrid, why not #LFC turn to Madrid’s keeper Keylor Navas? I’m sure he still wants to be a starter and he’s much better than what we have and he would be much cheaper — Armadillo (@Armadillo_KSA) June 14, 2018
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 15/6/2018 | 07:19pm Ilkay Gundogan has struggled to win over every Manchester City fan since his arrival at the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. The midfielder was dealt an early injury blow, but since recovering, the Germany international, who has earned 26 caps for his country, has failed to hold down a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s team. In fact, Gundogan started just 15 Premier League matches and came off the bench in a further 15 to play a role in the club’s title triumph. Guardiola has plenty of talented players at his disposal, so the ones in contention need to be on top form in order to secure a regular place. Gundogan, who scored six goals and created three assists in all competitions last season, has put in some solid performances. However, there is an argument that the 27-year-old would not be missed, and some fans are wondering whether the club should sell to Barcelona. A report in The Sun on Friday claimed that the Catalan giants want Gundogan to replace Andres Iniesta, and would have to pay in excess of £50m. While some fans are open to it, others are keen for the midfielder to stay put. Over 50mil for a squad player who is injury prone?! No brainer for me! — Paul MCFC Johnston (@mothball69) June 14, 2018 Messi in return or bust — Troy (@troyboy621) June 14, 2018 If we get £50-60m we should take it. I know his a good squad player for Silva and KDB but his still a injury prone player and has had number of long term injuries. I’d sell him if we can get someone like Kovacic then it’ll be a good deal all round. — Ahmad (@Ahmadib47066232) June 14, 2018 TAKE IT TAKE IT TAKE ITTTT — ???????? (@Mahrez_SZN) June 14, 2018 dont know what is worsethe newsthe pricereplace iniestacity keen to hold onfans wanting him to stay — igor (@igorjuni0) June 14, 2018 How can you think off selling him? — JackMarriott5 (@JackMarriott101) June 14, 2018 Keep him, underperforms yet he is a fantastic squad player — ᴍᴀᴛᴛʜᴇᴡ??????? (@UniversaI_Gleam) June 14, 2018 All these city fans calling for to get sold sold just because of the price is disgusting. He’s been a good addition to the squad and shone when Silva / De Bruyne haven’t. Need I remind people you need squad players can’t have every player in their position being the worlds best. — Declan Flaherty (@Decolski) June 15, 2018 50m I would take, we could just buy a younger better replacement but doubt this is true — Wizard of O.Z™️ (@Zinchenkoholic) June 15, 2018 Gundogan is better than Jorginho — ENA (@9320City) June 15, 2018 Yey he’s not going anywhere!!! Our Maestro. — DeepDealing (@InnojamMahlangu) June 15, 2018
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 5/5/2018 | 06:00am The Arsenal team knew that they had to step up on Thursday when they faced Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie in the Europa League. So much was riding on the contest as it was the club’s only realistic route of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. The Gunners will finish outside of the top four for a second season running as they currently reside 14 points adrift of arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy fourth spot. Not only would winning the competition put Arsenal into the elite contest next season, it would have been a fitting send-off for manager Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down at the end of the campaign. Many would say that the damage was done in the first leg when Atletico scored a crucial away goal at the Emirates to make it 1-1. Diego Simeone’s side knew that all they had to do was prevent the Gunners from scoring on their turf on Thursday night. The Spanish outfit managed to do so, and more, as former Chelsea hitman Diego Costa netted the only goal of the game. Defensively, Arsenal were poor again, and Nacho Monreal was one of the players targeted with abuse after the final whistle. The Spaniard, who has won three trophies during his time at the North London outfit, launched numerous crosses into the box but the majority were wayward. The overriding feeling on social media is that Arsenal fans want Monreal to be sold this summer. Monreal's career is well over. Put that man in the bin #AFC #coyg — Jon (@jon_glenn) May 3, 2018 That loss is on Bellerin and Monreal. They’ve both played terrible and haven’t put a single good ball into the box. #AFC — Austin Downey (@AustinDowney) May 3, 2018 Those Monreal overhit crosses tho 😫😡 probably the lowlight of the whole game. Harder to watch that Dirty Diego’s goals and Griezzmans poor sportsmanship #afc — David Lusby (@david_lusby) May 4, 2018 Crosses from monreal & bellerin tells it all that they’re not world class players. We need better replacements #afc @arsenal — kbkoh (@kohkb) May 4, 2018 This season also looking very long for Monreal. Seemed absolutely dead tonight. Play Kolasinac more, he is a stud #Arsenal #AFC #Gunners — Bjorn Vorster (@bjorn_vorster) May 3, 2018 #And monreal can't even cross a simple pass into the boss on numerous occasions…. #Afc.. He simply need to go base on this performance…. — peter yaw ntsen (@peterdavids23) May 3, 2018 Monreal and bellerin were not good enough tonight, so many good positions and messed the cross up especially monreal. Such a shame #ATLvAFC #afc — Jason O'Sullivan (@Blind_Tweeterer) May 3, 2018 #afc #arsenal. Some clubs have wing backs who are good defenders, some have ones that are better when attacking. Tonight, in Bellerin and Monreal, we had a pair who defended poorly and were shockingly awful going forward. Painful to watch. — Dave Mills (@DPJMills) May 3, 2018 Chambers did very well to be fair to him. It was Mustafi, Bellerin and Monreal who let us down yet again. #AFC — Fabian Månsson (@fabianmansson) May 3, 2018
  • 2 minute read 5/5/2018 | 10:42am There is one comment that has frequently been made during Mesut Ozil’s career at Arsenal – he goes missing in big games. The German World Cup winner has often been criticised for this flaw throughout his five-year spell at the North London outfit. This season, it seemed that he had shaken off that tag for the most part, but during Thursday evening’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, the doubts crept in once again. The 29-year-old, who has reportedly been earning around £350,000 per week since signing a new contract in January, was pretty much anonymous during the match in Spain. Not one single attempt on goal was made by Ozil and he created just one key pass across the contest. The German’s commitment could be questioned following that display as he failed to track back and help his teammates when out of possession. After Alexis Sanchez left to join Manchester United in the winter window, the onus was on Ozil to step up and be Arsenal’s key figure, but judging on Thursday’s performance, the midfielder has plenty of work to do. Arsenal knew that they had to score in Spain due to the away goal that Atletico struck during the first leg at the Emirates to make it 1-1. In the end, though, Diego Costa was the only scorer of the second leg, which was enough to put Diego Simone’s side through to the final. The elimination puts a dark cloud over Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge of the Gunners.
  • 1 minute read 5/5/2018 | 11:30am Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin delighted the fans when he signed a new long-term contract in November 2016. The Spaniard was linked to Barcelona and Manchester City at that time, but the Gunners managed to convince their star to stay. Fast forward 18 months later, and some supporters may wish that the 23-year-old had moved on to pastures new. During Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, the speedy right-back had a difficult night in his homeland. There was only one goal scored during the contest and Bellerin played a hand in it happening, but unfortunately for Arsenal, it was for the opposition. The full-back – valued at £36m by Transfermarkt – was caught out of possession, which led to Diego Costa netting in the dying moments of the first half. Not only was Bellerin at fault for the goal, he committed just one clean tackle, and only Granit Xhaka created fewer crosses than the full-back. In the end, Atletico sealed a 2-1 victory on aggregate, which sent Diego Simeone’s team into the final of the second-tiered competition. It was a hugely disappointing night for the North London outfit, and in particular Arsene Wenger, who will end his two-decade spell in charge of the club this summer. There will be no more fairytale end to the season for the manager or the club, who will miss out on Champions League football for the second season in a row, much to the delight of Tottenham Hotspur fans.
  • 1 minute read 16/6/2018 | 07:42am Liverpool should seriously consider making a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez following the collapse of their Nabil Fekir pursuit. What’s the word? Supporters were left stunned when the club’s attempts to sign Fekir from Lyon came to nothing, despite widespread media reports suggesting that a deal was almost completed. The club are yet to find a permanent replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left to join Barcelona in January. Now that Fekir is seemingly off the table, Liverpool need to consider alternatives, and one of those should be James Rodriguez. The Colombian international joined Bayern Munich last year from Real Madrid on a two-year loan after failing to hold down a regular spot in the first team at the Bernabeu. Last season, the midfielder scored eight goals and created 14 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for the German club. What would Rodriguez provide? The 26-year-old predominantly plays in a central midfield role, but he can also play out wide, which would be beneficial for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Rodriguez has shown during his time at Bayern that he is capable of scoring goals and producing opportunities for others. With the attack that Liverpool already have, comprising of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the addition of Rodriguez could make them unstoppable. With Coutinho gone, the Reds have missed having a reliable set-piece taker, but if the Colombian star arrives at Anfield, he would be able to take that role.
  • 2 minute read 7/5/2018 | 04:02pm With the Champions League final over two weeks away, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has time to assess his options with regards to team selection. The Merseyside outfit have delighted with their attractive attacking displays, but in the last few games, something has been missing. Klopp’s men have lacked urgency, and their once clinical touch in the final third has been non-existent in recent Premier League matches against Stoke City and Chelsea, which ended in a goalless draw and defeat respectively. With the top-four race going to the wire, Liverpool know that they need to beat Brighton on the final day of the campaign in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Of course if they fail to do so, they have the opportunity of securing their place by winning the final on May 26. The Merseyside outfit will be underdogs heading into the contest as they take on Real Madrid, who are hoping to win their third consecutive trophy in the competition. Trent Alexander-Arnold – valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt – has been first-choice right-back in recent weeks, and he hugely impressed in the quarter-final tie against Manchester City. However, in the second leg of the semi-final against Roma, the 19-year-old showed his age and struggled to cope at times. Given that Liverpool will be up against world-class elite when they face Madrid in Kiev, we asked you whether Klopp should stick with Alexander-Arnold or turn to experienced Nathaniel Clyne. The right-back has started just two matches this season, and judging by the results, the fans are keeping faith with Alexander-Arnold, but only marginally.
  • 2 minute read 16/6/2018 | 07:12am Tottenham Hotspur should test the waters at Barcelona over the availability of Jordi Alba if Danny Rose leaves this summer. What’s the word? Rose’s future remains uncertain, despite being linked to Manchester United for the last few months. The left-back is currently in Russia for England’s World Cup campaign, so any potential transfer is unlikely to be agreed until after the tournament. Rose landed in hot water before the start of the 2017-18 campaign after publicly bashing Tottenham and questioning their ambition. After he recovered from a serious knee injury, the left-back struggled to win back his spot from Ben Davies and in the end started just nine Premier League games. If Rose does walk out the exit gates, then the club should certainly mull over a move for Barcelona’s Alba. Is a deal likely? Given the player’s pedigree, he is likely to attract interest from many top clubs, which would make it harder for Tottenham to get a deal over the line. There may be an opening, though, as Sport reported a fortnight ago that Alba was growing frustrated with the contract situation at the Camp Nou. There is no doubting the Spaniard’s ability as he made 48 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season, and in that time produced 12 assists and scored three goals. Alba’s attack-minded approach would add another dimension to Mauricio Pochettino’s team at Spurs, but knowing how chairman Daniel Levy likes to operate, he will not pay over the odds for the left-back. Transfermarkt rates the Spaniard at £54m, but is is unclear how much Barcelona would demand.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everybody knows what a talented player Paul Pogba is. One of the biggest stars in the football world, Pogba has pushed himself into the top tier of players. He’s scored 49 career goals at age 25 and serves a vital role for Manchester United. Further proof of Pogba’s greatness is the record transfer fee required to bring him back to Old Trafford in 2016. But with that rarified talent accompanying Pogba is an enormous salary United must pay each year. The Frenchman is one of the best midfielders in football, but is he worth the gaudy £290k per-week price tag? Paying a premier figure for great players is mandatory at times, but with such a hefty sum, a close examination of assets is necessary to determine whether an alternative option may be needed. There are a multitude of options to consider, but one Man United should keep an eye on is the Serbian Sergej Milinković-Savić. A 23-year-old midfielder, Milinković-Savić has made quite a name for himself in the past year. Milinković-Savić has always been a player laced with potential, and he turned that into a fantastic season for Lazio in 2017-18. After scoring a combined 13 goals over his first four professional conquests, the Serbian broke out last season, notching 14 goals, three assists and an 80 per cent pass success. After a productive season and ahead of an expectations-filled 2018 World Cup in which Serbia were placed in Group E, Milinković-Savić’s name has become more and more recognisable. As he grows in profile, so does his future price tag, which leaves just a few wealthy teams with the means and hunger to pounce on the young talent. One would think that with the potential and pedigree of the Serbian, the top European clubs will be eager to acquire the 23-year-old’s talents. Despite just coming off another Champions League title victory, Real Madrid could find it a perfect fit to put Milinkovic-Savic alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos. Likewise, the Red Devils have already secured Fred and Diogo Dalot this offseason, but adding Milinkovic-Savic to the mix would only make their midfield that much more potent. But if Manchester United do outbid the other European teams and shell out what will likely be more than £100million, would it even make sense? It’d be nearly impossible for the Red Devils to field a midfield of Pogba – Milinković-Savić – Fred because of the massive cost that would ensue, so should they consider replacing Pogba with Milinković-Savić? When comparing the two midfielders, it’s easy to see the similarities. Both Pogba and Milinković-Savić play with an offensive style and possess a penchant for creating goal scoring opportunities. Due to that same offensive style, both players have lacked at times on the defensive end as a result. Overall, the results reveal near-identical players. However, Milinković-Savić has an edge in a few categories that might prove he can be a better alternative. During the 2017-18 season for Lazio, the Serbian netted 10 goals and created 1.5 chances per game. Those figures are a tick better than Pogba’s respective 6 and 1.3. Pogba’s numbers though might infer he’s a better creator, as he had seven more assists than Milinkovic-Savic and had 2.7 dribbles per game last season. If United choose Milinković-Savić, they might find it difficult to make up for the distributing skills of the Frenchman. Nonetheless, with an encouraging breakout season, Milinković-Savić has proven himself worthy of a sizable contract from one of the premier clubs in Europe. Given the chance, the Red Devils shouldn’t hesitate to make an offer. Which midfielder would you rather see in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI next season? Let us know by voting below…
  • 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…
  • 2 minute read 8/5/2018 | 07:08am Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to re-sign Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? The Wales international transformed into a star at Spurs, and his impressive form earned him a big-money move to the Bernabeu. At the time of the 2013 transfer, Bale was the most expensive player in history, costing the Spanish side around £85m. Since then, the attacker has won a plenty of trophies, including three Champions League crowns. This season, though, the 28-year-old has struggled for game time due to various injury problems, particularly relating to his calf. As a result, Bale has been restricted to just 22 starts in all competitions and 31 appearances in total. In that time, the Welshman has scored 15 goals and created four assists. According to Don Balon, Madrid have agreed to sell to Tottenham, but they are still miles apart when it comes to price. The La Liga outfit are looking for around £79m, while Spurs value the injury-prone star at around £52.7m. Is Bale the marquee signing Tottenham need? Given that Tottenham have gone another season without winning silverware, they could do with recruiting a big name this summer. The club are moving into a new state-of-the-art stadium, so a show-stopping signing would be a great way to kick off the new era. On paper, bringing Bale back to the club would be the stuff of fairytale, but there is no escaping the regular injury troubles that he experiences. The Welshman is not getting any younger, so his fitness issues are likely to increase rather than dissipate. Despite this, Bale still has plenty to provide a team and if he stays fit, he is more than capable of lifting Tottenham to where they need to be, but it is important not to fall to Madrid’s demands in terms of price tag.
  • 2 minute read 18/6/2018 | 07:12am The absence of Philippe Coutinho was not heavily felt during Liverpool’s campaign last season following the playmaker’s move to January. Mohamed Salah swiftly became the club’s most important player, and the scintillating attacking performances from the Egyptian alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane overshadowed Coutinho’s exit. Without the 26-year-old, the Merseyside outfit managed to secure a top-four finish and reach the Champions League final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev. It is fair to suggest that the fans have not hugely missed the midfielder, but they were reminded of his quality on Sunday evening during Brazil’s opening Group E match against Switzerland. The attack-minded star curled the ball into the top corner from outside the box to put Brazil ahead, and Liverpool fans began to reminisce. No joy watching that Coutinho goal whatsoever. #worldcup #BRASUI #LFC — Tony (@TonyHavaianas) June 17, 2018 That hurt seeing Coutinho putting that top corner ? #BRA #WorldCup #LFC — Gisby (@gisby8) June 17, 2018 I miss Phil ?? #Coutinho #BRA #WorldCup #BRASUI #LFC — James Ware (@Jbware96) June 17, 2018 Not bad that Coutinho fella #lfc #YNWA #BRASWI — Rhodri English YNWA (@rhodrienglish) June 17, 2018 That coutinho goal just reminds me how much I miss him in a liverpool shirt #WorldCup #LFC — Connor Niblett (@Connornib44) June 17, 2018 The same fans saying they miss Coutinho are the same ones who abused him when he left #LFC — LFC Fan (@LFC_Fan_321) June 17, 2018 And to think some #LFC supporters actually stated Coutinho was overrated! The lad is world class. — Daryl Moran (@daryljmoran) June 17, 2018 Still kinda hate him for leaving #lfc but can’t deny that Coutinho is one of the best playing at the moment — Titus (@TitusOgbonnaya) June 17, 2018 You have to say that’s some goal by Coutinho. Brings back memories of some of the great goals he’s scored for #LFC. I’m not bitter. Much. #WorldCup #BRASUI — Sean O’ Donovan (@henriksen1) June 17, 2018 For the 1st time since his transfer, I had a moment of Coutinho nostalgia. #WorldCup #LFC — Premier League Story (@LFCLegacy) June 17, 2018 What a big loss for #LFC…..COUTINHO — IJOBA_GEE (@Ogee_Don) June 17, 2018 The club are yet to buy a replacement for the Brazilian star, but numerous targets have been touted in the media, including Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, whose proposed move to Anfield recently collapsed.
  • 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…
  • 1 minute read 8/5/2018 | 07:23am Liverpool will take on the biggest game of their season in just under three weeks’ time. Jurgen Klopp’s men will go head to head with Real Madrid in Kiev for the Champions League trophy. Not many would have tipped the Reds to come this far, but they ended up being the only English club left standing after four of their rivals dropped out in the knockout rounds. The Reds are lacking a bit of form leading up to the final as they have failed to score in their last two Premier League encounters. It is rather unheard of given the scintillating seasons of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Klopp and the fans will be hoping that the trio find their shooting boots for the showpiece clash on May 26. It seems, though, that the negative energy among the Liverpool fans has spread following the announcement of referee for the final. According to the Liverpool Echo, Milorad Mazic will be the man in the middle, but his name does not carry much gravitas considering that he was voted the worst match official at the 2014 World Cup. The referee oversaw a 2016 Europa League game between Liverpool and Manchester United, which ended with the Reds progressing 3-1 on aggregate. Madrid are unbeaten under Mazic’s rule, which has left some Liverpool fans feeling nervous. is that your way of saying that we are screwed? — ivanloh (@ivanhimself11) May 7, 2018 If he was voted worst referee in the world cup, how was he chosen for a Champions League final? — Liverpool Red (@lfcredynwa) May 7, 2018 I have a bad feeling about this…….. — johnny1248 (@JediFlippyDoer) May 7, 2018 🙄🙄🙄 — 𝑴.𝒆𝒍𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒂 ©¹¹ 🇪🇬 (@Melbanna_) May 7, 2018 And the die is cast! No surprise to be given another muppet as referee. Wait for the inexplicable decisions lol — Red Dragon (@hillsy1964) May 7, 2018 Makes sense @ChampionsLeague @UEFA to put this person in charge of this game. Did you have a better candidate… — big Al (@AlanLynch83) May 7, 2018 Ohhhh — Aubertus Ivan (@greg_ivan) May 7, 2018 Congrats to Madrid then — travis (@haightravis) May 7, 2018
  • 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…
  • 3 minute read 8/5/2018 | 08:57am When Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo left the pitch during El Clasico on Sunday with an injury, Liverpool fans would have certainly taken notice. The Portugal captain was replaced at half-time of the 2-2 draw at Camp Nou after suffering an ankle problem. Liverpool will take on Los Blancos on May 26 in the hope of being crowned Champions League winners. The Merseyside outfit are hunting for their sixth European trophy, while Madrid are looking to claim three on the trot. Ronaldo is certainly the talisman at the Bernabeu, and despite being in his early 30s, the attacker is still prolific. This season, the former Manchester United hero has scored 40 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions. After suffering an ankle injury at the weekend, questions were raised over Ronaldo’s fitness for the showpiece in Ukraine. However, according to Marca, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be available for the final, as well as the last La Liga game of the season, as he has been diagnosed with a sprain, which should keep him out of action for a week. Some Liverpool fans have been left disappointed that Ronaldo will be fit for the showdown, while others want him to play.
  • 3 minute read 8/5/2018 | 04:03pm Liverpool have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal, but judging by recent reports, manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to add more. In the last few days, speculation has been rife that the club are interested in swooping for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele. The 20-year-old signed for the Catalan giants last summer from Borussia Dortmund, but injury problems delayed his progress. The winger has struggled to settle at the Spanish outfit, making just 20 appearances in all competitions, and only nine of those were starts in La Liga. In total, the youngster, who cost more than £100m when he moved to Barca, has produced six assists and scored two goals. According to French TV show SFR Sport, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been ‘obsessed’ with Dembele ever since the attacker moved to Dortmund. The Frenchman – valued at £72m by Transfermarkt – signed for the Bundesliga outfit a year after Klopp left as manager, but now it seems that the Liverpool boss wants to coach him. SFR Sport claim that the Reds will explore a possible loan deal with an option to buy due to the likely cost of a straight deal. Some Liverpool fans are excited by the prospect of signing Dembele, while others question the player’s attitude. The youngster reportedly refused to train at Dortmund while waiting for his move to Barcelona.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 9/5/2018 | 02:03am According to El Gol Digital, Manchester United are prepared to sell Ander Herrera to Barcelona for £22m in this summer’s transfer window. What’s the story? Herrera has become a real favourite with the United supporters since moving to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014. The Spaniard has made more than 150 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, and actually picked up the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season. Herrera has struggled to hold down a regular spot under Jose Mourinho this season, however, and he will see his current deal with the 20-time English champions expire next summer. Earlier this year, the 28-year-old hinted that he could depart United, and according to El Gol Digital, the club are prepared to sell in this summer’s transfer window. The report claims that La Liga champions Barcelona want the Spaniard to boost their squad for the 2018-19 campaign, and a bid of £22m is likely to be accepted. Should United sell the midfielder? Herrera’s all-action style of football has made him a favourite with the United fans, and there is simply no doubting his passion on the field. The midfielder has only scored twice and managed two assists in 36 appearances in all competitions this season, but he was excellent against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and is generally impressive in matches against the bigger teams in the league. Herrera, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is a tidy and talented footballer, but Mourinho seemingly does not see the Spaniard as a starter next season, and it is difficult to argue with the Portuguese. As a squad player, Herrera is absolutely perfect for United, but it would be wrong for the Red Devils to deny him a dream move to Barcelona just so he could drift in and out of the team.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 9/5/2018 | 05:01am According to El Gol Digital, Manchester United are prepared to sell Ander Herrera to Barcelona in this summer’s transfer window. Herrera has made more than 150 appearances for United since a 2014 move from Athletic Bilbao, but is currently being linked with a move away from the club. Indeed, it is being reported that a bid of £22m from Barcelona at the end of the season would be enough to convince the 20-time English champions to sell. Herrera won the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season, but has struggled for consistency this term, and his contract will expire at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The United fans have been offering their opinions on the situation, and a number do not want to see the midfielder sold. That said, there are also those that believe the Spaniard is not good enough to be a regular starter for the Red Devils. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Would you be sad to see him go #MUFC fans?https://t.co/eYNC6jHZn9 — talkSPORT 📻 (@talkSPORT) May 8, 2018 I'd rather Pog went to Barca instead! — RedCobbler (@Damien_S89) May 8, 2018 Herrera's been so underrated though. 😢 — N.V. Simelane (@eNVy_8492) May 8, 2018 One of the few players who really buys into the club and history and wears the shirt with passion — Mike Neville (@MikeJordo2k1) May 8, 2018 Have to love his tenacity and work rate. Do think we need a more technically gifted player alongside matic though. — matthew (@fullflush111) May 8, 2018 Can't believe #MUFC are willing to let him go Would rather they kept @AnderHerrera and got rid of Pogba But can't blame him for wanting to go Should be starting every week — McGrath ™ (@noelmcgrath72) May 8, 2018 If we let go of him and keep Fellani then Mourinho has gone bonkers! — Dennis Antiohos (@D_Antiohos) May 8, 2018 Definitely — David Joe (@Davidjoe77) May 8, 2018 Should be our next captain — Rhys Jones (@RH_BeastFC) May 8, 2018
  • 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 9/5/2018 | 07:49am Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would request three Real Madrid players in a deal that would involve Mohamed Salah moving to the Bernabeu, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? Salah has been a revelation for the Reds this season having scored 43 goals in all competitions so far. There were some doubts over the Egyptian international’s ability when he arrived at Anfield from Roma last summer due to his failed spell at Chelsea. However, the 25-year-old has since proved all critics wrong by putting in some sensational performances as part of Jurgen Klopp’s front three. Salah’s form has understandably attracted interest from other clubs, and according to Don Balon, Liverpool’s Champions League final opponents Madrid are keen to sign the attacker. The report adds that if a deal were to be struck, Klopp would want three players from Los Blancos, including Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic and goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Should Liverpool consider a deal? Having Bale as a like-for-like replacement for Salah would have been a great coup a season ago, but the Welshman has struggled with injuries since. There is no doubt that the former Tottenham Hotspur star is capable of creating magic, but his fitness issues present a huge risk for Klopp. Salah may be having a slight lull given that he has failed to score in his last three appearances in all competitions, but selling the Egyptian international this summer is unthinkable from Liverpool’s point of view. With regards to Kovacic, the midfielder could fill a hole left behind by Emre Can if the German international leaves at the end of the season. Plus, Navas would certainly replace Loris Karius as number one goalkeeper, but losing Salah in the process would weaken the side.
  • 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.
  • 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 10/5/2018 | 04:58am Once Arsene Wenger announced his decision to resign from his post as Arsenal manager, attention swiftly turned to potential replacements. Numerous names have flooded the the gossip columns, and fans have debated on social media who the best option is. Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique emerged as an early candidate, but reports have suggested that salary could be an issue. A recent report in The Mirror claimed that the Spaniard is demanding wages worth up to £15m after tax. Enrique does not have the biggest portfolio in terms of clubs managed, but he has had huge success at Barcelona. During a three-year spell, the 48-year-old won nine trophies, including two La Liga titles and the Champions League. Enrique left the Catalan giants last year and has been out of work since. Despite the reported concerns over money, former Arsenal defender Lauren believes that the former Celta Vigo boss would embrace the club’s philosophy. He told Sky Sports: “I would go for Luis Enrique because of a few facts. The style of play, there are some parallels with Barcelona, the way they play is the ‘Arsenal way’. He’s got that killer instinct that you need to manage a big team. You need a manager that has that big personality and the animal instincts to control everything.”
  • 1 minute read 21/6/2018 | 06:26am Tottenham Hotspur are yet to strengthen their team this summer, but they could do with adding another attacker to their prolific side. Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to guide the club to the next level after falling short in title and trophy bids in recent seasons. Russia attacker Denis Cheryshev has certainly caught the eye at his home World Cup. The 5ft10 player scored twice in their nation’s opening Group A 5-0 triumph over Saudi Arabia, and he starred again in the team’s second clash against Egypt on Tuesday. The Villarreal attacker, who spent four years at Real Madrid before leaving in 2016, added to his goal tally in the 3-1 triumph. Cheryshev also created more shots than any of his teammates and also tried to turn provider by delivering five crosses into the danger area. The 27-year-old also proved that he is strong in the air, and his overall game would slot into Tottenham’s system. Cheryshev would add a different dynamic to the North London outfit, and he can also give Pochettino different options due to his versatility. He predominantly plays on the left wing, but can also switch to the right and position himself just behind the striker. If the attacker continues to thrive at the World Cup, then he is likely to have many suitors, so Tottenham should move fast.
  • 3 minute read 10/5/2018 | 07:26am The Champions League final is not for another 17 days, but Liverpool fans are already making score predictions. The Merseyside outfit will take on Real Madrid in Kiev with the hope of claiming their sixth European Cup. It will be a hugely tough task for Jurgen Klopp’s team as they are facing a club that are hunting for their third consecutive title in the competition. Prior to the showdown in Ukraine, Liverpool have a rather important objective – securing Champions League football for next season. Klopp’s side need to beat Brighton at Anfield on the final day of the season this Sunday in order to cement a place in the top four. Despite that fixture being the main priority at this moment, Liverpool fans have begun discussing the possible outcome in Kiev. Most are expecting a high-scoring game, and they made that evident on Reddit while responding to Zinedine Zidane’s quotes about the final.
  • 2 minute read 21/6/2018 | 07:27pm Manchester City are yet to announce any new signings this summer, but there is one that is believed to be on the horizon. Seventeen-year-old midfielder Adria Bernabe agreed to join the Premier League champions in April, according to City Watch, and now the move is imminent. The teenager has been developing his game in the famous Barcelona academy, but it seems that he feels he will make more progress at City. Youngsters at the Catalan club face a huge battle trying to break into the prestigious Spanish team. At City, Pep Guardiola is shaping his own lineup of stars, but the club have put plenty of emphasis on developing young talent at their state-of-the-art academy. It is sure to be a good few years before Bernabe is pushing for a first-team start, but he is certainly in good hands at City. On Instagram, the midfielder bid farewell to Barcelona, and now City fans are wondering whether they have a top player on their hands. Some are curious as to whether he will match the progression of 18-year-old Phil Foden. Watched him week in week out he’s a baller — Owen(main locked for a week) (@JesusssEsque) June 20, 2018 Is he on the level of Foden & Diaz? — Bestia S. Alexito (@LightningBS) June 20, 2018 Is he a @PhilFoden tho — ???????⚽️??????? (@LeeStratton) June 21, 2018 Best 17 year old going. — ¿ (@JSHlad) June 20, 2018 We are mugging Barca off constantly — City Fan 21 (@MerlinTwentyOne) June 20, 2018 First Eric Garcia now this lad. Now a we need is an actual decent youth coach who can develop all this talent — LF (@_Rmmci_) June 20, 2018
  • 1 minute read 21/6/2018 | 08:26pm One of the main criticisms of Southampton last season was that their attack was lacklustre. Shane Long, Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin failed to find consistent form in front of goal. The coastal club came close to suffering relegation to the Championship, but a slender 1-0 win over Swansea City saved them from the drop. Manager Mark Hughes, who signed a permanent deal at the end of the season, is now mulling over transfer options for the 2018-19 campaign. One figure that has emerged is Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, who has been struggling for game time at the Camp Nou. On June 7, The Mirror reported that the Saints hold an interest in Alcacer, who made 23 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals and creating four assists in the process. The 24-year-old predominantly plays up front, but he can also switch to either wing, which would give Hughes a variety of options. We asked you whether Paco would be a top addition to Southampton’s team, and the response was overwhelming.
  • 2 minute read 22/6/2018 | 06:49am Gareth Bale has been a sensation at Real Madrid since his move to the Bernabeu in 2013, but he will always be regarded highly at Tottenham Hotspur. The Wales international began his journey towards becoming a world-class talent at White Hart Lane, where he spent six years of his career before making the move to Madrid. Unsurprisingly, Arsenal fans had plenty of distaste for the winger while he was playing for their North London rivals. Now, though, it seems that the Gunners’ following would snap the 28-year-old right up if there was a chance of landing his signature. Bale has often been linked with a move away from Madrid due to his lack of regular game time last season, and now his agent has stoked the fire. During an interview with Sky Sports News, Jonathan Barnett, who represents the four-time Champions League winner, claimed that he would love for his client to join his boyhood club Arsenal, but accepts that it would never happen. “I’d love him to play [for Arsenal] but it’s got as much chance as me going to the moon.” Arsenal fans have been posting their thoughts on these remarks via Reddit.
  • 2 minute read 22/6/2018 | 06:32am Arsenal have plenty of pressure on their shoulders for the upcoming season as they try to navigate their way back into the top four of the Premier League. Unai Emery is the man at the helm now that Arsene Wenger has left, and while his priority will be recruiting new players, he also needs to keep hold of the important figures in the team. Nacho Monreal is one of those as he is the one calming figure in a shaky defence. Last season, the Spaniard, who has earned 22 caps for his national team, even contributed with six goals, one of which was scored in the Europa League. Monreal has been at the North London outfit since his 2013 switch from Malaga, and has gone on to become an important member of the team. According to a report in Gol Digital on Wednesday, Real Sociedad have enquired about the defender’s availability. Arsenal fans have made it clear that they want Monreal to stay, but it is worth noting that the 32-year-old has just one year left on his contract.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson won everything with Manchester United but did his finest hour come during a much earlier chapter in his career? On this day (11th May) in 1983, he lifted his maiden European honour; The Cup Winners’ Cup after defeating Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid in the final. It was a feat achieved not with a giant of European football like Manchester United or with players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Instead, the heroes that night were a young Gordon Strachan and Alex Mcleish and the team was the somewhat more modest outfit of Aberdeen.
  • 2 minute read 22/6/2018 | 12:07pm Ivan Rakitic was the star of the show during Croatia’s Group D clash against Argentina at the World Cup in Russia on Thursday night. The midfielder’s display has caught the attention of plenty of fans, including Liverpool supporters who now want their club to make a move for Rakitic in the transfer window. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi carried the hopes of Argentina on his shoulders, but for some reason he struggled to recreate the dazzling form that has been on show at Barcelona all these years. Rakitic overshadowed his club teammate to help Croatia claim a 3-0 victory and push Argentina closer to elimination. As well as play an integral role in the middle of the park, the 30-year-old, who is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, also got on the scoresheet. Liverpool have been linked to numerous midfielders this summer, and the speculation may ramp up now that Emre Can has left to join Juventus. After watching Croatia in action on Thursday night, Reds fans called on the club to swoop for Rakitic, who scored four goals and created five assists in 55 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last season. As for Rakitič, if Barça we’re looking rid of him, I’d take him at #LFC in a heartbeat — Paddy McCouldBeWorse (@paddymccleery) June 21, 2018 Splash the cash for Rakitic ??? #lfc #lfcnor — Morten Liland (@Mor10lil) June 21, 2018 Rakitic anyone? #LFC @SamMcGuire90@GraemeKelly1@stehoare — Rob (@RT3960) June 21, 2018 Come Liverpool Rakitic https://t.co/5G78h23wdq — K”All Day”T (@itz_ike_KT) June 21, 2018 @LFC Hey Liverpool, I think Rakitic may be for sale in the summer. — Nadya (@nadyaissa) June 21, 2018 After watching that game, i want Rakitic at Liverpool or Perisic they where amazing today! — ?? (@Salahbility) June 21, 2018 Rakitic to Liverpool #YNWA — Barry John (@BarryJohn12) June 21, 2018 Sign Rakitic @LFC — Ahmad (@Lallannaa) June 21, 2018
  • 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 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.”
  • 3 minute read 11/5/2018 | 04:22pm Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool players will face the biggest test of their careers so far when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The relatively inexperienced side will face a team that are hunting for their third consecutive European crown. Historically, the Reds have a huge presence in the competition given that they have won the trophy five times already, but they have not been in the final since 2007. Klopp also has an unfortunate record when it comes to finals as he has lost five as a manager. The Merseyside outfit have a must-not-lose Premier League game against Brighton on the final day of the domestic season this Sunday, but after that focus will solely be on the Champions League showdown in Kiev. Already, Liverpool fans have been predicting hefty scorelines due to the potent attack of both clubs. However, it seems that Real Madrid’s honorary president Paco Gento believes that it will be a walk in the park for Los Blancos. According to Spanish publication AS, the six-time European Cup winner claimed that the final “will be a piece of cake” for Madrid. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans responded to these comments, with many hoping it backfires on the La Liga giants.
  • 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 The Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid are planning a sensational transfer to bring Sergio Aguero back to the Vicente Calderon. What’s the story? Atletico have a strong history in developing, and then selling, world class striking talent. The likes of Torres, Falcao, Diego Costa and of course Aguero all enjoyed prolific seasons with the Madrid side before moving on for massive transfer fees. Now it seems that Atleti forward, Antoine Griezmann will be the latest name to join that list with Barcelona poised to match Griezmann’s £87million release clause. Should Griezmann make the move to Catalonia, Atleti will be forced to enter the transfer market to find a player equally capable of contributing 27 goals a season. At the top of their apparent wish-list, Sergio Aguero. Could it happen? Marca have reported that in anticipation of Griezmann moving on, Atleti have contacted Aguero’s representatives to assess his possible inclusion in the team for next season. The forward is understood not to have dismissed the option of a return. Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, admitted speaking to Griezmann’s agent earlier this week reports The Mail Online. Batomeu told Radio Station RAC1: “I have bumped into [Griezmann] occasionally in the Balearic Islands. I have not spoke to him this year but I did speak to his agent in October.” Aguero swapped Madrid for Manchester seven years ago and went on to become City’s all time top goalscorer, but now with the player approaching 30, could City decide to let him go? Why would Aguero leave? Aguero – who for the most part of his City career has been accustomed to being a guaranteed starter – has had to compete this season with the dynamic 21-year-old striker, Gabriel Jesus. The Argentinian is understood to be looking for reassurance over game-time in the upcoming season and despite the scintillating form that saw him hit 30 goals in 39 games this season, Guardiola is apparently unable to guarantee him a starting spot. The Sun claim that Guardiola is looking to the future and wants to give his young forwards – Jesus (21) Sane (22) and Sterling (23) – more game time together to develop their on-the-pitch relationship. Like Aguero, Jesus will want to play as much as possible and Atletico are ready to take advantage of the situation.
  • 2 minute read 11/5/2018 | 10:18pm There is no doubt that Sergio Aguero has been a standout player for Manchester City during his seven years at the club. Bizarrely, despite scoring a mammoth 143 Premier League goals, the Argentina international has never been voted PFA Player of the Year. The striker is well loved at City, though, but there have been some rumblings about his long-term future at the Etihad Stadium. This season, the forward has impressed again by netting 30 goals and creating seven assists in all competitions. However, Aguero has started only 22 top-flight matches and at times was restricted to playing second fiddle to Gabriel Jesus. Although, during the latter stages of the campaign, the Argentine has convinced Guardiola to put him ahead of Jesus in the pecking order once again. According to the Daily Mail, Aguero’s former club Atletico Madrid are prepared to test City’s resolve by tabling a bid for the attacker this summer. It is believed that the Spanish outfit are likely to lose Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres in the next few months, which would leave an opening. Following City’s impressive title win, questions will be asked of Guardiola and how he can build on the club’s dominance from this season. Aguero is certainly an asset as he is City’s record goalscorer with 199 to his name, but there have been occasions when he has struggled to fit into Guardiola’s plans. With the manager unlikely to leave any time soon, we wonder is it time for Aguero to go? Let us know by voting below…
  • 2 minute read 22/6/2018 | 04:53pm Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal by La Colina de Nervion. What’s the story? Banega, who has played a part in both games of Argentina’s World Cup campaign, returned to Sevilla at the start of the 2017/18 season. Banega has asked new Arsenal boss Unai Emery for assurances regarding his play-time, but it appears the 29-year-old is open to leaving the Spanish outfit again this summer. Banega is a player that Emery trusts, playing under him at Valencia and Sevilla, and is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt. Is it a good signing? The Argentine would be another midfield reinforcement for Emery, with the club on the verge of signing Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira. Banega is an established passer who can play as a defensive midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder, and has been a consistent performer in Europe across his stints at Valencia and Sevilla. Whilst the midfielder represents a step in the right direction, he has not had a stand-out season since his early days under Emery at Valencia, and his demand for assurances about his playing time could hinder the tactical approach that Emery may take. Arsenal would be wiser to look for a deal for one of Emery’s former PSG players, Adrien Rabiot. The youngster would likely cost more money, but has the ability to go on and be one of the world’s top box-to-box midfielders. Rabiot has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League on a number of occasions and would likely be keen to discuss the transfer after his surprise omission from the France World Cup squad.
  • 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.
  • 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 12/5/2018 | 04:33am Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest Premier League rival has always been North London neighbours Arsenal, but dislike for another English outfit has been growing throughout the season. The competition between Harry Kane and Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah for the Golden Boot award has filtered into the fanbase. Heading into the final game of the season, Salah leads the way as top scorer with 31 goals, but Kane is hot on his heels with 28. Last month, the Liverpool star appeared to mock his counterpart on Twitter after Tottenham successfully had Christian Eriksen’s goal against Stoke City awarded to Kane due to the ball brushing the striker’s shoulder en route to the back of the net. Spurs have once again ended a season without silverware, but Liverpool have the opportunity to claim their sixth European title as they prepare to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26. It is no big surprise that Tottenham fans will not be rooting for the Reds, but interestingly, manager Mauricio Pochettino has no desire to see the English club succeed either. While speaking to Spanish radio station El Transistor, the Argentine coach said: “I think Real Madrid are the favourites to win the Champions League final and I want them to win because Liverpool are our rivals in the Premier League.” The fans certainly agreed.
  • 2 minute read 23/6/2018 | 03:32pm Mateo Kovacic has been one of the names mentioned in the transfer gossip pages this summer, and that is set to continue after his latest comments. The Real Madrid midfielder has admitted in an interview with Marca that he needs to move on in order to gain regular game time. “I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter. I think I can have this opportunity and it’s one I want right now.” Last season, the Croatia international, who has earned 43 caps for his country, started just 10 La Liga matches last season. With Zinedine Zidane no longer manager at the Bernabeu, there is always a chance that Kovacic could revive his career with the Spanish giants, but it seems that he has made up his mind. Tottenham Hotspur seem to be in the market for a new midfielder, and the rumours are likely to ramp up if Mousa Dembele leaves the North London outfit. Kovacic’s admission suggests that there could be a scramble for his signature over the next few weeks, and Spurs fans are determined for their club to get involved. @SpursOfficial make it happen — Skizzius Maximus (@JaniahK_THFC) June 22, 2018 He should be our #1 target, we should be doing everything to get him! #COYS #THFC — Cappy (@Cappy20) June 22, 2018 Pay what they want, PLEASE — Ryan (@RY27EPHEN) June 22, 2018 Levy please — Zach (@20Role) June 23, 2018 @SpursOfficial you know what to do — Jamie Bacon (@Jaybacon31) June 23, 2018 Will be a great signing, imagine…. Eriksen, Kane, Son, Alli, Kovacic and Grealish ufff Hope this will come true. — Samuel Molero Petit (@molerop) June 23, 2018 No brainer this. Get it done. — Ross Wagstaff (@rwaggy26) June 22, 2018 Bring this boy to NWHL please ?? — SoapboxSPURS (@SoapboxSpurs) June 23, 2018
  • 2 minute read 25/6/2018 | 02:36pm Liverpool are no strangers to being linked to James Rodriguez, but some fans’ desire to sign him has strengthened following Sunday’s performance at the World Cup in Russia. The attacking midfielder has been on Real Madrid’s books since 2014 following his impressive display at the Brazil World Cup. In recent seasons, though, the 26-year-old has dropped down the pecking order and as a result was sent to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan. Rodriguez remains at the Bundesliga outfit, but there has been talk about his long-term future. Liverpool are in the market for an attacking midfielder as they are yet to replace Philippe Coutinho, who signed for Barcelona in January. Lyon star Nabil Fekir has been the rumoured top target, but after the deal allegedly fell through, fresh targets have been mentioned. On Sunday, Rodriguez, who is valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, was one of the stars of the show as he created two assists in a 3-0 victory for Colombia over Poland in Group H. On Twitter, some Liverpool fans urged the club to make a move for the attacker. #lfc would take James Rodriguez whether Fekir comes or not. Offers great options up front. — Patrick Hogan (@PatrickCHogan) June 24, 2018 If I could wish for a player it would be James Rodriguez ! Such a classy player #lfc — Boom (@Boom_Boom_LFC) June 24, 2018 Looks a descent player that James bloke #LFC ? — Jess L.F.C. Warren (@WarrenJess) June 24, 2018 Cheeky bid for James Rodriguez anyone? #LFC #WorldCup — The Smiling Assassin (@TSmilinAssassin) June 24, 2018 I’m saying it, guys… James Rodriguez is who we need to fill the Coutinho void, isn’t he? If we’re being honest, he’s what we’re hoping Fekir can be. He ticks all the boxes: Young ✅Clever ✅Skillful ✅Quick ✅Dogged ✅#LFC #LFCFamily #POLCOL — ? Backseat Liver FC ? (@BackseatLiverFC) June 24, 2018 James as a Fekir alternative? I wouldn’t say no. #LFC pic.twitter.com/Hm6Vqnnq3X — Liam Grimshaw ????? (@LiamGrimshawLFC) June 24, 2018 We should be all over James Rodriguez imo. #POLCOL #LFC — Chris Ngwenya (@Chriscooper_LFC) June 24, 2018 Is James Rodriguez available…..he would be awesome in our colours #lfc — Realest Root (@RealestRoot) June 24, 2018 We should go for James Rodriguez if the Fekir deal is dead #LFC — Dan R (@dxn92_) June 24, 2018 Sign James #LFC — Shaun Gaddu (@shaungaddu) June 24, 2018
  • According to reports in Marca, Paris Saint-Germain have been made aware of Neymar’s desire to leave the club despite the Brazilian only arriving at the club last summer. What’s the story? Paris St-Germain signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona in August 2017. The gifted winger signed a contract with the club worth 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m. At the time the 26-year-old said he had joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”. “Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added. “I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.” Fast forward to the present and Neymar has reportedly asked to sit down with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi to negotiate his exit. Why does he want to leave? Already the ex-Barca man reportedly regrets making the move to Ligue 1 with the Brazilian struggling to adapt to the PSG dressing room. Neymar is said to have a poor relationship with Argentine core of the team, Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, while his relationship with strike partner Edison Cavani is said to be equally tense. Where could he go? While most teams in world football would love to have Neymar in their squads, the sheer cost of any possible deal with PSG limits the Brazilian’s options to a handful of clubs. A return to Barcelona doesn’t seem likely with outgoing icon, Andreas Iniesta, recently stating it would be “weird to see him back at Barca.” Don Balon has previously linked Neymar with moves to both of the Manchester teams with both sides equipped with the financial means needed to pull off the deal. Even so, Real Madrid appears to be Neymar’s preference. During the Ballon d’Or gala held in Paris on December 7, 2017, Neymar reportedly expressed his desire to sign for the 12 times European champions even if it meant forcing an exit from PSG. Analysis Should Los Blancos convince the PSG hierarchy to sell their prized asset the transfer fee would be in excess of 250 million euros, a slight increase on what the French champions paid to prise the forward away from the Camp Nou. Real Madrid are the most likely to complete any deal for Neymar Jr. with the club looking to appease their expectant fanbase with a marquee signing after surrendering their title challenge to arch-rivals Barcelona. However, Los Blancos officials are reportedly wary of Man City complicating any deal because of their financial power and the draw of enigmatic manager, Pep Guardiola, who Neymar has previously admitting his desire to play under.
  • 2 minute read 14/5/2018 | 07:16am Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane would prefer the club to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard over Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? It is not the first time that Hazard and Salah have been linked with Los Blancos, and it is unlikely to be the last. Both players are vital to their respective teams in the Premier League, but it seems that Madrid are keen to disrupt. Don Balon reports that Zidane is keen for the club to swoop for Hazard this summer, and would prefer the Chelsea playmaker over Salah. The Liverpool star has been in scintillating form having scored 44 goals in all competitions, and could potentially play a part in Madrid misery if the Reds win the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26. Hazard has not been as prolific, but he has still managed to net 16 goals and create seven assists in all competitions. Could Chelsea lose Hazard? In almost every transfer window over the last few years, questions have been raised over the Belgian’s future at Stamford Bridge. So far, the midfielder has resisted the temptation to move elsewhere, but Chelsea’s end to the season could end up loosening his resolve. Antonio Conte’s side finished fifth in the Premier League table following a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday. It was a disappointing end to the season, particularly due to the fact that Chelsea lifted the title this time last year. Hazard may feel that it is time for a fresh challenge, and if it came down to himself and Salah, the Liverpool star has more reasons to stay at his current club. The Egyptian international has transformed into the star of the show at Anfield, and if the Reds win the Champions League, it would be hard to see Salah leaving this summer.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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 29/3/2018 | 07:30pm Since Gareth Bale made the huge move to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, he has regularly been mentioned in the transfer gossip pages. Initially, rumours of feeling homesick stirred reports that he could make a return to the Premier League, and now his fitness has become an apparent issue in the Bernabeu. According to Spanish publication AS, Los Blancos are open to offloading the Wales international this summer, but will not accept less than £88m for his signature. Bale has had a hugely successful time in Spain given that he has won 10 trophies, including three Champions League crowns, but this season he has been affected by injuries. The attacker has made 29 appearances in all competitions so far and has still managed to score 12 goals, but it spells on the sidelines have reportedly made Madrid bosses consider their options. Manchester United are the first club that tend to be mentioned with regards to Bale’s future, but Tottenham have entered the rumour mill in recent months. After hearing of the 28-year-old’s alleged £88m price tag,Spurs fans have taken to Twitter. Never gonna happen, can’t afford to pay Toby’s asking wage, let alone bales😅 — Brad Brooks (@BradBrooks3) March 28, 2018 Sissoko, Jansenn, N'Koudou plus minus the 20mill they owe us. Easy! — S S Rai (@sunny_spur) March 28, 2018 Never going to happen for so many reasons — Martin Beirne (@fingolfin82) March 28, 2018 Not to bad considering we sold him for that and market is bloody crazy now compared to then. — Stuart napper (@StuNapper) March 28, 2018 Anything over 50 is too much… — Sam Hain #VetsResistSquadron (@Rev_Orbb) March 28, 2018 We won’t pay the best center back in the league his worth but we’ll bring back someone on over £300k a week? K. — Richie (@richiekpuk) March 29, 2018 tbf we don't need to strengthen in any other areas so would make sense to blow our whole transfer budget on a world class player — Chris Kyriacou (@MrChrisKyriacou) March 28, 2018 Knowing levy he will refuse to go over 87m — Max (@Maxsmith2468) March 28, 2018
  • 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 27/3/2018 | 10:25pm Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that Real Madrid are not interested in signing Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah at the end of the season. Salah joined Liverpool from Roma last summer, and the Egypt international has scored 36 times and provided 12 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. According to the Daily Star, Real Madrid want to press ahead with a £150m move for Salah this summer as the Spanish giants look to overhaul their squad. However, Balague has claimed that the Madrid outfit have not mentioned Salah, who has drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in conversations, and are actually more interested in Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard. Balague told Sky Sports: “Salah is a difficult one because Real Madrid have no mention of him as a candidate to be a Galactico. “You can think there is a market in Egypt and he is a star of the Premier League – he has a lot of things to go for him – but if they get Hazard they won’t need Salah.” Salah, who has also been linked with Barcelona, has managed 28 Premier League goals for Liverpool during what has been a remarkable 2017-18 campaign. The 25-year-old had previously struggled to make his mark in England during a short spell with Chelsea, but has been in outstanding form for the Merseyside giants this term.
  • 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 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.
  • 2 minute read 26/3/2018 | 02:13pm Atletico Madrid are considering a summer move for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to Don Balon. What’s the word? Pickford was one of many new faces that arrived at Goodison Park last summer. The shot-stopper was part of Ronald Koeman’s spending spree, which surpassed the £100m-mark, but it did not manage to save his job as the Dutchman was sacked in October. Pickford has impressed between the sticks and has fully established himself as a Premier League regular following his breakthrough at Sunderland. It appears that the 24-year-old has caught the attention of La Liga as Don Balon reports that Atletico Madrid are pondering a summer swoop. The Spanish publication claims that Diego Simone wants to bring in another goalkeeper due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of Jan Oblak. The manager reportedly believes that Pickford would provide decent competition for Axel Werner, who is currently the club’s second-choice keeper. Don Balon reports that Atletico may have to front up around £39.2m to get a deal over the line. How should Everton respond? Some of the club’s summer signings turned out to be flops, but this is not the case where Pickford is concerned. The Washington-born player has not been able to make Everton’s season a success on his own, but he has certainly kept the club from being humiliated in a handful of matches. As well as being the Toffees’ number one, Pickford is a realistic option for England’s top jersey at the World Cup in Russia. If Everton want to continue building for next season then they need the former Sunderland stopper in between the sticks. As long as Pickford maintains his form, there is no reason why he would not earn a move to a so-called ‘bigger’ club in the future.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 23/3/2018 | 05:30am Throughout the season, rumours have been rife that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane. The England international has been in stellar form this season, scoring 35 goals in all competitions. At the end of 2017, he became Europe’s highest goalscorer in the calendar year having netted 53 for club and country, surpassing the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kane has also gone beyond 100 Premier League goals, but an ankle injury has stopped him in his tracks. With the summer transfer window approaching, some fans may be feeling nervous about the striker’s future, but according to the latest reports, interest from Real Madrid may have cooled. AS reports that chiefs at the Spanish club are concerned that Kane’s ‘introverted’ personality will cause him to struggle with the demands of playing at the Bernabeu. The report claims that manager Zinedine Zidane is now turning his attention to Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski. Tottenham fans have been reacting to these reports on Twitter. Aka he’s too scared to deal with Levy — LP ✈️ (@Verttonghen) March 21, 2018 What a ridiculous way to fill a newspaper — Why (@rich20101982) March 21, 2018 So the guy who got sent out on loan multiple times and got his head down, worked hard and become one of the best strikers around by not giving up and is happy on he back papers rather than the front doesn’t have the ‘right personality’? Suits me… — Glen (@gleng1882) March 21, 2018 None of us want him to go to Madrid but we’re still insulted 😂😂 — Harry Kane is King (@Hotspurman90) March 21, 2018 Sure. Fine. Whatever. We'll keep him. — Lee Snowden (@Snowden4000) March 21, 2018 It's a reverse psychology narrative where they are trying to bait Harry by saying he's not good enough. Knowing that one of Harrys greatest attributes is proving people are wrong. 🙄 — Nicholas Price (@SoundMatter_UK) March 22, 2018 I hate real madrid anyway rather he go to barcelona after his peak with us! — MR MIYAGI (@mrmiyagi9962) March 21, 2018 thats awfully brave of zidane, to be fair i would be a bit shy if i had to deal with levy too — jamie (@Jamie98176842) March 21, 2018 Lol what does he mean by this — Doni (@SonsOutBumsOut) March 21, 2018
  • 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.
  • Aston Villa are hopeful that Deportivo La Coruna will sign Carles Gil on a permanent deal at the end of the season, according to the Birmingham Mail. What’s the story? The Midlands outfit recruited the Spaniard from Valencia in 2015 for a fee thought to be in the region of £3.5m. Many were excited by the young player’s talent, but his appearances in the first team began to dwindle and he was eventually sent on loan to Deportivo, where he has spent the last two seasons. According to the Birmingham Mail, Villa aim to sell Gil to Deportivo when the summer transfer window opens up, but the attacker has made just one appearance since Clarence Seedorf became manager. Gil has made just five appearances for the Spanish outfit since the turn of the year. Should Villa give him another chance? Regardless of where the Villans will be playing football next season, Gil has not shown enough on his loan spells to warrant a return to the first team under manager Steve Bruce. At the age of 25, the forward should be performing at a higher level on a more consistent basis, and unfortunately that does not seem to be the case. The forward, who scored three goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for Villa, will have just one year remaining on his contract after this summer. It would make sense for Villa to sell now in order to prevent the player from walking for free at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 21/3/2018 | 05:30am Mohamed Salah is the talk of the town at the moment thanks to his goalscoring heroics for Liverpool. The Egyptian international has scored 36 goals in all competitions and is current leading the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 28 to his name. The 25-year-old was labelled a Chelsea reject after failing to establish himself in the first team during a two-year spell, but now he is drawing comparisons to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. Whenever an attacking player is hitting his best form, he is generally likened to the greatest footballers in the game. After Salah hit four in a 5-0 rout over Watford last weekend, some have begun mentioning the former Roma star in the same breath as Messi, who has won 30 trophies in his career, including four Champions League titles. In an interview with Sky Sports News, Salah’s club teammate Andrew Robertson, who has gained a major Liverpool following of his own, claimed that the attacker could reach the same heights as Messi. As expected, plenty of rival fans are not having any of this. During Leicester's title winning season, Mahrez was compared to Messi. Now, Salah is. However prolific these players are, these comparisons hold no water unless the player in question wins 5 Ballon D'ors and leaves Jerome Boateng questioning his existence. — Aatreya (@AatreyaBhat) March 20, 2018 Mo Salah is having a terrific season and is certainly earning his way into discussion for the Ballon D'ore. As to Messi comparisons, he needs to do this every season for the next decade. — AnimalMother (@JohnGacy1) March 20, 2018 this is salah’s first time ever in his career surpassing 20 goals in a season and he’s already better than messi? 😂 — el puto amo (@Beatcy) March 20, 2018 Salah a great player one.. But comparing him to Messi is Just not done.. Messi is on another planet and so is CR7.. please leave Salah in his own league — rivash (@RivashRivoz121) March 20, 2018 Guys Messi is too much. Good season for salah but only a few will ever emulate messi — Trevor (@faraitrevorm) March 20, 2018 How can man tell me Mohamed Salah is better than Messi😂😂😂😂 — KJ🤙🏽 (@ForeverABluee) March 20, 2018 If you think Salah deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Messi and Ronaldo you’re off your welt — leecramb (@leec33679) March 20, 2018 Don’t mention Salah in the same sentence as Ronaldo and Messi — 🎗 (@1nnSane) March 20, 2018
  • 1 minute read 17/3/2018 | 06:35am A reunion between Tottenham Hotspur and Gareth Bale has been suggested in the media a handful of times over the last few seasons. Not long after the Wales international left White Hart Lane to move to Real Madrid in 2013, reports did the rounds that he could return to the Premier League. None of that speculation has become reality as yet, but that does not stop the rumour mill from churning. According to Diario Gol, Bale is expected to leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season having dropped down the pecking order in Zinedine Zidane’s team due to injuries. The Spanish publication states that Manchester United have been the front-runners for his signature, but the uncertainty over Jose Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford has forced the attacker into reassessing his options. The report adds that Bale, who has previously been linked to Chelsea, is considering a return to Tottenham as he feels that they are becoming a team that can challenge for top honours. There is a case of ‘we have heard this all before’, but Spurs fans remain split on the idea of Bale coming back to the club, where he spent six years of his career. Anyone saying they wouldn’t take him need to have a lie down… sell Lamela buy Bale and make a statement for next season 👍🏻 — Lee Smith (@LeeSmith2000) March 15, 2018 Bale will go where the money is .. he’s a mercenary … remember how he left — Katrina THFC (@katthefatkat) March 15, 2018 Not going to happen. If Levy is having kittens over paying Toby £150k a week he's not going to sanction Bale's wages. — Chris Wiggan (@KanKeano_OLBG) March 16, 2018 @stevebarkerPD mate. If only. Kane and Son up top. Bale, dele,Eriksen,Lucas/Lamela. City who? — Andy (@Andy_G92) March 16, 2018 And explain to me how this is going to work financially when Spurs have a wage structure in place? Never going to happen unless Levy breaks the budget — Daniel Brincat (@danb1378) March 15, 2018 He was born to play for Spurs!!!! — Jack Goodman (@jgoodman23) March 15, 2018 His Injuries and hair would be a concern — Tommy Hotspur (@tommyhotspur24) March 16, 2018 All forgetting Levys famous bonus system — Iceman (@Kazansky66) March 15, 2018
  • 2 minute read 15/3/2018 | 10:25pm Arsenal are planning to make a £53m swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, according to Don Balon. What’s the word? Given that the Gunners are in danger of missing out on a Champions League spot for the second season running, the club are likely to be making changes to the playing squad. Don Balon suggests that Modric is on their list of midfield targets and the North London outfit may have to splash out £53m to seal his signature. The Spanish publication claims that the midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, is open to leaving the Bernabeu and join a club where he can wind down before hanging up his boots. Arsenal are in need of a new midfielder to help balance out the squad and show some consistency, given that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka can be hit and miss. Is Modric a good option? The Croatian is on top of his game when it comes to passing and there is no doubt that he would boost Arsenal’s midfield. However, if reports are true in the sense that the 32-year-old is looking for an easy ride, he is unlikely to get that at the Emirates. If Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s position as manager continues, then the experience will be anything but a walk in the park. There is also the issue of club rivalries given that Modric spent four years of his career playing for the Gunners’ arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Nevertheless, the midfielder would be a great signing, but only if he is ready to embrace the pressure.
  • 2 minute read 15/3/2018 | 09:35pm On Wednesday night, Chelsea were humbled by a Lionel Messi-led Barcelona team in the last-16 stage of the Champions League. The Blues headed into the second leg at the Camp Nou with a chance of getting into the quarter-finals due to the 1-1 draw that they recorded in the fixture at Stamford Bridge. However, the Premier League club were outclassed, and Messi was the star of the show as he scored twice – reaching 100 Champions League goals in the process – in a 3-0 win for Barca. Chelsea fans criticised a number of their players on Twitter, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, and now former Blues striker Chris Sutton has taken aim at manager Antonio Conte. The pundit has slammed the manager’s comments about Hazard prior to the match, suggesting that Conte should have built his star player up rather than bring him down to earth. Before the match in Spain, the Italian coach told reporters that the Belgian cannot be regarded in the same bracket as Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta because he has not won enough silverware. While on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton hit back saying: “Antonio Conte was hardly endearing himself to Eden Hazard [on Tuesday]. It was a bit of a slap in the face from Conte – talking him down. Coming into the game I just thought ‘talk him up, big him up, he’s your star player’. “Of course pay all respects to Iniesta and the great player he has been, but saying that Hazard needs to win important trophies, I just wonder how he actually felt. I’d have felt unhappy coming into the game if my manager had spoken in those terms, slightly derogatory. I didn’t get that.”
  • 2 minute read 14/3/2018 | 10:30pm According to Don Balon, Chelsea are prepared to pay £120m to sign Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio at the end of the season. What’s the story? There are expected to be big changes at Chelsea this summer as the Blues look to bounce back from what has been a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. The future of head coach Antonio Conte is far from secure, but it is understood that transfer targets for this summer’s window have already been identified. According to Don Balon, the reigning English champions are desperate to bring Asensio to Stamford Bridge, and the Blues are prepared to pay £120m for the Spain international. A number of Premier League clubs are believed to be interested in Asensio, but it is thought that a move to London does appeal to the 22-year-old, who is widely considered as one of the best young talents in the European game. How good can Asensio become? Asensio can be anything that he wants to be. The former Mallorca youngster has scored 10 times in 39 appearances for Real Madrid during the 2017-18 season, following on from the 10 goals that he managed in all competitions last term. Asensio has already made more appearances this season than he did in the entirety of the 2016-17 campaign, and he actually has a contract with Real Madrid until the summer of 2023. That said, speculation surrounding the attacker continues to gather pace as Premier League clubs circle. Chelsea would not be afraid to spend big in a bid to challenge Manchester City and Manchester United at the summit, and any indication that Real Madrid would be willing to sell would force the Blues into the market. Spending over £100m on any player is always a risk, but Asensio has the absolute world at his feet, and it would be a stunning signing from Chelsea if they managed to pull it off this summer.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 17/5/2018 | 02:42pm Fernando Torres instantly made himself a fan favourite at Liverpool when he signed from Atletico Madrid in 2007. In his three-and-a-half-years at the Merseyside outfit, the Spaniard scored 81 goals in 142 appearances. In January 2011, Torres ruined his relationship with Liverpool’s fanbase by moving to Chelsea in a shock £50m deal. The striker left in search of silverware, and he managed to find it by winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with the boys in blue. However, on an individual level he failed to set the world alight, scoring just 45 goals in 172 outings across a four-year spell. The hate towards Torres from a number of Liverpool fans slowly dissipated due to his struggles at Stamford Bridge, and the majority were happy for the forward when he re-joined Atletico Madrid permanently in 2016. On Wednesday night, the 34-year-old lifted another trophy as Atleti defeated Marseille 3-0 to win the Europa League final. After the final whistle, Liverpool fans reflected on their relationship with Torres, and it seems that for some, all is forgiven. Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • Liverpool could make a surprise swoop for Barcelona star Luis Suarez this summer, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? Liverpool fans were heartbroken when Suarez left Anfield in the summer of 2014, but it was not a huge surprise. Much like the January transfer of Philippe Coutinho, it became known early on that the Catalan giants were interested in swiping for the Reds’ star player. Suarez’s two-and-a-half year stay on Merseyside did not pass by without its controversy as he was banned twice for biting and once for racial abuse. With regards to his skill on the pitch, though, nothing came close as he scored 82 goals in 133 appearances. Since moving to Barcelona, the Uruguayan has hit the back of the net 110 times in La Liga alone. According to Don Balon, Barcelona are willing to sell Suarez in order to free up cash for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. The report adds that Liverpool are likely to be frontrunners for the 31-year-old’s signature, while Inter Milan are also interested. How realistic is this deal? There is no doubt that Suarez still holds a place in his heart for Liverpool, but he did have a fairly tumultuous relationship with the British press. It is unclear whether the striker would be open to returning to Anfield, but if he did he would boost Jurgen Klopp’s already prolific attack even more. Mohamed Salah is currently the star man at Liverpool and he surpassed Suarez’s best season of 31 goals by hitting 44 in all competitions. The Egyptian international can still add to his tally as he will compete in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26 in Kiev. Given how goal hungry the pair are, Liverpool would have a menacing attack, but Barcelona are not foolish and they will want a pretty penny for the hitman. Transfermarkt value Suarez at around £76.5m, but the Catalan giants will require more than that to prise Griezmann away from Atletico.
  • 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 18/5/2018 | 06:51am Ousmane Dembele was one of the big names in last summer’s transfer window when he moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, and it seems that he will be a regular feature in the gossip pages once again. Arsenal fans have been discussing the possibility of their club making a swoop for the 21-year-old, who cost Barca in excess of £100m. The attacking midfielder has struggled to settle into life in the Catalan city, largely due to the fact that his start was disrupted by a serious hamstring injury. In total this season, Dembele made 22 appearances in all competitions, including 11 starts in La Liga. During that time, the midfielder scored four goals and created six assists, but it seems that Barcelona are willing to offload already. According to Spanish radio station RAC1, the Catalan giants have been contacting European clubs regarding a potential sale. The identity of the clubs were not mentioned, but Arsenal fans are deliberating whether or not the North London outfit will launch a bid. The majority do not feel very hopeful, while others think that Liverpool are likely to win the race due to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play. Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • Football isn’t only about fine margins on the pitch. Over the years, many seemingly inconspicuous transfers have collapsed which could have changed the course of a club’s history forever. Ronaldinho has revealed that he was 48 hours away from joining Man United. Ok, given that Sir Alex unearthed Cristiano Ronaldo that summer, the potential impact of the Brazilian at Old Trafford is a moot point. However, what if Blackburn Rovers had signed Zinedine Zidane? What if Blackburn Rovers had signed Robert Lewandowski? What if Blackburn Rovers had signed… Ronaldinho? We count down the five biggest transfers that were never to be…
  • 2 minute read 31/3/2018 | 06:30am Tottenham Hotspur are one of a handful of Premier League clubs interested in signing Real Madrid attacker Isco, according to The Sun. What’s the word? The 25-year-old has been at the Bernabeu since a 2013 move from Malaga, but in recent seasons, his game time has been limited. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the club, it has been difficult for the Spaniard to hold down a regular place under Zinedine Zidane. According to The Sun, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea are all keeping tabs on Isco, and they hope to secure his signature for around £40m. This season, the midfielder has made 40 appearances, 12 of which have ben substitute appearances, and in that time has netted seven goals and scored as many assists. Isco certainly caught the attention of numerous fanbases after scoring a hat-trick for Spain in midweek. Should Tottenham make a move? Transfer prices seem to be rising year by year, and after Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee, it may not be long until top-level footballers are going for around £200m on a regular basis. If the latest report about Isco is to be believed, then £40m would be an absolute steal for Tottenham, particularly as he will enhance what they already have. Mauricio Pochettino already has a handful of creative players in his team, but having Isco’s strength and quick passing ability will only improve them. In addition, the former Malaga star has the ability to play on the left-hand side, more centrally in midfield or behind the striker. Given that Harry Kane is largely responsible for providing goals at Spurs, perhaps Isco’s arrival would ease the burden.
  • 1 minute read 4/4/2018 | 03:55am Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has claimed that Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah is not good enough to represent either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Salah has scored 37 times in 42 appearances in all competitions during a remarkable 2017-18 campaign at Liverpool. The Egypt international’s form has led to suggestions that La Liga’s two giants want to bring him to Spain in this summer’s transfer window. However, Adam, who represented Liverpool for one season following a move from Blackpool in 2011, has claimed that Salah would not get a game at Real Madrid or Barcelona. Adam told talkSPORT: “Where’s he going to go? It’s difficult for him, where does he go? Will he get a game at Real Madrid? Will he get a game at Barcelona? I don’t think he would. I think he will stay there.” Salah, who is valued at £72m by transfermarkt.co.uk, struggled to make his mark in the Premier League whilst representing Chelsea, but a successful spell at Roma saw the attacker given another crack at the English game. The 25-year-old has managed 29 goals in 31 league matches for Liverpool this season, and will be looking to make an impression in the club’s upcoming Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
  • 2 minute read 4/4/2018 | 03:20am According to Don Balon, Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has told teammate Marco Asensio that he could join Arsenal in this summer’s transfer window. What’s the story? Navas gets a lot of bad press for a goalkeeper that has certainly played his part in Real Madrid winning back-to-back Champions League titles. The Costa Rican came close to joining Manchester United in 2015 as part of the deal that would have taken David de Gea to Real Madrid, but a faulty fax machine saw that particular move break down at the final moment. It is thought that Real Madrid will move for unsettled Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at the end of the season, which would put Navas’ future in doubt. According to Don Balon, Navas has informed his Los Blancos teammate Asensio that he would seriously consider a move to the Emirates Stadium in this summer’s window. Would Navas be a good signing? Petr Cech has had a wonderful career in the English game, but the Czech is now 35 years of age, and has shown signs of a decline over the last 12 months. Number two David Ospina, meanwhile, has never really shown on a consistent basis that he has the potential to be Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper. Navas would bring a host of experience to the Emirates Stadium having made more than 130 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid since joining the Spanish giants from Levante in the summer of 2014. The 31-year-old is a wonderful shot-stopper, and has certainly shown that he has the temperament to represent a top-level club. It is unlikely that Arsenal would have to break the bank to sign the Costa Rica international, but the fact that he has managed just six La Liga clean sheets this season might be a touch concerning for the London club.
  • 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 19/5/2018 | 04:57pm Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has admitted in an interview with Marca that signing Fernando Torres would be “appealing”. What’s the word? Benitez is well aware of the striker’s qualities having worked with him at Liverpool. Unsurprisingly, at the age of 34, Torres does not possess the pace and sharpness that he had during his three-and-a-half-year spell at Anfield. However, he still managed to score eight goals in all competitions and is now expected to be on the move. While speaking to Marca, Benitez admitted that he would be keen to bring in Torres on a free transfer, but does not have any expectations. “I think it will be harder for him to come for him, not because we don’t want to. I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else. It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.” Is Torres still good enough? The Spaniard is no longer at the standard that would warrant him a regular first-team spot. However, he is still capable of providing an additional option in attack that would be helpful to Newcastle. The Magpies struggled for goals this season, netting just 39 in 38 Premier League matches, but they were able to secure safety in 10th spot. Ayoze Perez ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, showing that they need more support up front next season. As Benitez said, it may be difficult for Newcastle to convince Torres to join, possibly because he could earn a heftier pay package at another club.
  • Kurt Zouma’s performances at Stoke City have been appreciated abroad with Spanish clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla interested to get hold of the French centre back, according to The Mirror, via the Stoke Sentinel. The France international has been playing for Stoke City this season on a loan from Chelsea and the defending champions don’t seem too keen on bringing him back to Stamford Bridge. Zouma is expected to return to London at the end of the season but with his parent club not willing to give him a regular start, a move away is highly likely. While some Chelsea fans would like to see him regularly in their starting line-up next season, there are others who might think he has not reached the level to be in the top ranks. With the defending champions looking to miss out on Champions League football next season, maybe selling a player to make room for some new ones in the transfer market is not a very bad idea after all. Valued at £13.5m on Transfermarkt, here’s a look at what the fans think about the 23-year-old’s potential move to Spain… Once a potential world beater — Nappa (@Kali29) April 3, 2018 Not like Chelsea could use any defenders at the moment — Matt Krueger (@Kruegs19) April 3, 2018 Don’t know why Chelsea loaned his ass out anyways he’s a hell of a player — Eagle Eye (@vybzLDN) April 3, 2018 I feel disgusted by our transfer policy. Why on earth spend 30m on very average centre back when you have better player in zouma? Plus toby alderwiereld will be in the market for the same price. #cfc — Abdul Qadir (@QadirCFC) April 4, 2018
  • 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
  • 2 minute read 5/4/2018 | 09:30am Real Madrid no longer have Liverpool star Mohamed Salah on their list of transfer targets, according to Sports Illustrated. What’s the word? The Egyptian international has caught the eye of the football world due to his scintillating form in front of goal. Since moving to the Merseyside outfit from Roma last summer, Salah has scored 38 goals in all competitions and currently leads the way in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. It is almost inevitable that players of his calibre in top form will be linked to other elite clubs. However, Sports Illustrated claim that even though Real Madrid are expected to make numerous changes to the playing personnel this summer, Salah is not a target. Can Liverpool breathe a sigh of relief? For a brief moment, yes. However, if Salah continues to go from strength to strength, then rival clubs will take notice. Even if Madrid have not quite focused their radar on the Egyptian, it does not mean other elite outfits do not have an interest. Salah has not given any indication that he wants to leave Liverpool, but his long-term future at the club is likely to be dependent on trophies. The Merseyside outfit are a well-known and respected club in global football, but silverware has been sparse in recent years. As it stands, the Reds have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg, but the club will need to consistently reach these heights in order to keep Salah for the long haul.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 5/4/2018 | 09:00am Southampton remain interested in signing Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, according to Mundo Deportivo. What’s the story? In the build up to the January transfer window, the Spaniard was mentioned in the same breath as Southampton, but nothing came to fruition. The coastal club have struggled to impose a serious threat up front having netted just 29 goals in 31 Premier League matches. The lack of firepower was one of the reasons that led to Mauricio Pellegrino’s departure from St Mary’s. Mark Hughes is now at the helm, but after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham United, the club’s survival hopes have dwindled. Despite the uncertainty of where the club will be playing next season, Southampton have their eye on Alcacer, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish publication claims that a number of clubs are interested in the forward, who is considering his future due to a lack of game time at the Camp Nou. Is a move likely? If the Saints pull off a deal it would be a major coup, but if there is a chance, surely it would largely depend on whether the club suffer relegation or not. Even though Alcacer has started just eight games in all competitions, including seven in La Liga, he has the quality to perform in a top division. If Southampton drop into the Championship, it will be difficult for them to persuade the 24-year-old to join, particularly if he has attracted interest from a handful of clubs. With seven games to go, the Saints sit two points from safety.
  • 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 5/4/2018 | 08:30am Arsenal have contacted Real Madrid regarding a sensational move for Gareth Bale, according to Diario Gol. What’s the story? Bale has been regularly linked with a return to the Premier League, but not many would have included Arsenal in the list of potential suitors. The Wales international developed his game at Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent six years of his career before moving to the Bernabeu in 2013. Manchester United and Bale’s former club have been touted before as potential suitors, but according to Diario Gol, Arsenal have made contact. The Spanish publication, though, has stated that Bale will not move to the Gunners as he would regard it as a step down. Is it serious? At this stage of the season when clubs begin assessing their transfer plans, outlandish rumours filter through. This report in the Spanish press seems hard to believe; not because Arsenal would not want a player of Bale’s calibre, but the suggestion that they think that they had a chance. Arsene Wenger’s side are struggling to maintain their stature among the elite Premier League clubs as they look on course to finish the campaign outside of the top four for the second consecutive season. Bale is used to regular success having won 10 trophies in Madrid, and even though injuries have prevented him from being consistent, the attacker can still provide at the elite level. Arsenal have splashed the cash on big names in the past, but Los Blancos are unlikely to let the 28-year-old leave on the cheap.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • According to the Manchester Evening News, Real Madrid are monitoring the situation of David De Gea as they look to freshen up their squad. The Los Blancos attempted to side the Spanish goal keeper in 2015 but the deal fell through at the last minute. What’s the story? David De Gea has been an extremely important player for Manchester United in the last five years and his stock has risen. He is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and Real Madrid have been linked with him for years. MEN are reporting that the Spanish giants will attempt to sign him again this summer. Madrid are also monitoring the situation of Antony Martial and Paul Pogba. According the the MEN, they have asked to be kept informed about the situation of these three players and are said to be willing to let Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric go the other way. Madrid are aware of Man United admiration for these three players, who they have tried to sign before and are also aware of their need to bolster their midfield. Michael Carrick will be retiring this summer and Marouane Fellaini’s contract is up. How big of a miss would De Gea be? Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Manchester United have struggled to challenge for trophies. A shining light through this period has been their goalkeeper. De Gea ignored the early criticism he faced when he arrived at United and has gone on to become the most important members of the squad. The Spaniard has saved United on a number of occasions and losing him would leave a huge hole which United will struggle to fill. While second choice keeper Romero is an excellent keeper, he is not at the level of De Gea. The Spaniard is almost impossible to replace. De Gea might be tempted to move to Madrid, where he is guaranteed Champions League football and trophies as well as return to his home city, Madrid. However, he was quoted in the Daily Express saying he will snub any offers from Madrid. Would a 3-way swap deal benefit United? The news on MEN, suggests that Real Madrid will offer Bale, Modric and Kroos in exchange of De Gea, Pogba and Martial. Real Madrid would definitely get the better deal here. While Bale, Modric and Kroos would improve United’s midfield, the Red Devils would be losing three of the most influential and youngest players. Martial and Pogba are entering the peaks of their careers while Modric and Kroos are coming into the twilight of theirs. Martial and Pogba have had mixed seasons at United but in glimpses have shown world class potential, something if nurtured could prove extremely successful in the long term for United. Bale’s talent is undoubted but he has struggled with injuries since moving to Spain. A swap deal involving these players would only benefit Real Madrid and weaken United in the long term.
  • 1 minute read 22/5/2018 | 02:16pm Luis Suarez was a huge fan favourite at Liverpool during his two-and-a-half-year spell at Anfield. The Uruguayan scored 82 goals in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit, but his time at the club did not pass without controversy. Suarez was banned twice – once for racist abuse and another for biting – and he eventually left the club following the 2014 World Cup. Since moving to Barcelona, the 31-year-old has continued his scoring streak, but a recent report in Don Bacon claimed that the attacker could be on his way back to Liverpool. The Spanish publication stated that Barca would be willing to sell in order to free up funds for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, and that Liverpool would be Suarez’s likely destination. These transfer rumours should be met with a pinch of salt, but the hitman would certainly add to Liverpool’s attack given that he netted 31 goals and created 15 assists in all competitions this season. We asked you if the Reds should move for their former striker, despite already having Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane performing at their best level. The outcome suggests that Suarez is still a favourite among the fanbase.
  • According to The Sun, Barcelona are interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen after Spanish newspaper Sport claimed the North London side are scrambling to secure their star man’s future. Whats the story? Eriksen was a target for Barcelona in January before they secured the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. According the The Sun, Nou Camp chiefs remain keen on the Dan following his stunning form since Christmas. Eriksen has been key to Spurs excellent form and instrumental in their push for top 4. However, the wage structure at Spurs has meant a number of key players are stalling contract extensions. Eriksen would be a huge loss, bigger than Dembele or Kane The Dane’s influence on Spurs goes somewhat under the radar, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele taking the limelight. He is not someone who seeks the stardom but deserves it. Eriksen, who is valued at £63m by transfermarkt.com, is Spurs most important player. He links their midfield and defence and is the driving creative force. While others have sometimes faltered, the midfielder has consistently performed form Spurs. He regularly provides excellent chances for top scorer Kane and Son. Eriksen’s importance was highlight when Kane was injured. Without Kane’s goals and holdup play, Tottenham had to be a bit more clever with their play. This was led through Eriksen who’s excellent range off passing and ability to get a goal allowed Spurs to continue to win without Kane. His importance was highlighted against Chelsea when he scored an excellent goal just before half-time to change the tide of the game. The goal was very much his own doing and without it Spurs may have struggled to get take the points back to Wembley. Losing Eriksen would be a massive loss for the North London side.  Without the Dane, Spurs go flat and lack creativity. Dele Alli and Son do not have his guile and calmness. He links the team together and is an important part of Mauricio Pochettino’s game plan. He is the master of finding space and is the main supply chain for Kane’s goals.  While Spurs could cope without Kane they would struggle to fill the hole that selling Eriksen would leave.
  • Many Manchester United fans were left extremely disappointed last summer when high rated midfielder Andreas Pereira was sent out on loan for a second season by Jose Mourinho.  Many fans felt he was ready for first team football at United. The midfielder is set to return to Old Trafford in the summer after helping Valencia challenge for a Champions League place in La Liga. Whats the story? According to ESPN, the midfielder will seek assurances from Mourinho about his role next season before deciding on his future. At the start of the season Mourinho said he wanted to keep the 22-year-old but Pereira felt a loan move would be better for his development. Pereira, who signed a contract extension last summer, is keen to establish him at Manchester United and has long-term ambitions to become a key member of the squad. ESPN reported that the coaching staff at United have been impressed with Pereira while he has been at Valencia. Despite this United are linked with a number of midfielders as the look to bolster their squad with Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini stalling contract talks. Should Pereira be given a chance next season? Pereira has been part of the youth ranks at United since Sir Alex Ferguson signed him aged 16. He was a key member the youth squads and has continued to impress under different managers. It is clear that the Spaniard has loads of ability and if her were to be given a chance could prove to be a great addition into the squad. Despite extremely high spending on attacking players over the last five years, it has been players who have been at the club who have impressed Manchester United fans the most. Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Scott McTominay, Antonio Valencia and Marcus Rashford have been at the club for several years at different age groups and understand the ethos of the club. Pereira will share this ethos and will add something that is missing to the Manchester United squad. He can play pretty much anywhere in midfield from a number 8 to a wide midfielder. He is an extremely confident young man with a lot of ability; he has an eye for goal, he is two footed, extremely skilful and has pace. If he were to return to United, he will surely push hard for a starting spot. Mourinho has trusted young players since he has been manager at Old Trafford and should do the same with Pereira who looks like someone who can be a real star.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 6/4/2018 | 10:00am Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to move for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to Don Balon. What’s the word? Defensively, the Reds have had problems for some time, but the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton has helped improve the back line. There still remains an issue over the goalkeeper options that Klopp currently has at his disposal. Simon Mignolet was the number one, but he relinquished the jersey at the turn of the year. Loris Karius has since been promoted to first choice, but a report in Don Balon claims that Klopp is not convinced by either shot-stopper and wants to bring in Cillessen. Is Klopp making the right move? There is no denying that signing a world-class goalkeeper will boost Liverpool’s chances of winning silverware. Cillessen has been unable to force Marc-Andre Ter Stegen out from the number one role, but he has the quality to thrive in a top team. It is unlikely that Mignolet is going to win back his spot at Anfield, so it could transpire that the Reds need to find a replacement for him. Cillessen would expect to be first choice, though, which means that Karius would drop back to the understudy role. At the moment, it seems unfair to oust the German considering that he has conceded just six goals in his last 10 outings in between the sticks. In total, Karius has kept 12 clean sheets in 23 games in all competitions this season, his most recent being Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield. Disrupting the 24-year-old this summer may not be the best option for Liverpool, but if a top-class keeper becomes available, the Reds need to be part of the conversation.
  • 2 minute read 6/4/2018 | 01:00pm Real Madrid have cooled interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to Sports Illustrated. What’s the word? It is safe to say that most people have probably lost count of the amount of times that Tottenham figures have been linked to Real Madrid this season. Kane’s scintillating form in attack, which has earned him 35 goals in all competitions, was always going to attract other clubs. As for Pochettino, the Argentine has transformed the North London outfit into genuine title challengers since his arrival in 2014. Real Madrid were thought to be hovering, but according to Sports Illustrated, Kane and Pochettino are no longer on their radar. The report states that Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski has moved to the top of the wishlist, while a 3-0 win over Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals has eased pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane. Can Tottenham fans relax now? In the world of football, nothing is ever certain, but at this stage of Tottenham’s development, it would be a huge shock if either Kane or Pochettino left this summer. If the club’s star striker got his head turned by the big boys in Spain, he could be forgiven for considering a move given that he is in the form of his life. However, Kane, who is hoping to chase down Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot, has not given any indication that he wants to leave this summer. Moreover, the club will begin a fresh chapter next season when they move into a brand new state-of-the-art stadium, which will challenge the Premier League elite. If the pair are to leave in the future, it is difficult to envisage them departing before the new campaign.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 2 minute read 8/4/2018 | 10:30pm Real Madrid are interested in swiping Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as Eden Hazard, from Chelsea this summer, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? A ‘Hazard to Madrid’ rumour is nothing new as the Belgian international has been a rumoured target of Los Blancos for some time. Chelsea fans have often speculated about the playmaker’s future on social media, but now there could be concern about the future of another first-team star. Don Balon reports that Madrid are keen to bring in Azpilicueta due to his professionalism and versatility, which has seen him play as a wing-back and in a defensive line. The Spaniard is tied down to Chelsea until the summer of 2020, and there have been no reports of a release clause. How should the Blues react? It would be a disaster for the West London outfit to lose both Hazard and Azpilicueta, as both have been influential in different ways. The future of manager Antonio Conte also remains uncertain, so it is important for the club to bring back some stability this summer. After being restricted to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United on Sunday, the Blues sit 10 points adrift of the top four, and with six Premier League games left to play, they could miss out on a Champions League spot. If that becomes a reality, then some of the club’s first-team players could reconsider their futures at Stamford Bridge. With regards to Azpilicueta, Chelsea are in a comfortable position due to the fact that he has two years remaining on his contract, but if the 28-year-old’s head gets turned, then the situation could change.
  • 2 minute read 9/4/2018 | 05:00am In an interview with Barca TV, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has played down reports linking him with a move to Manchester United. What’s the latest? The 24-year-old has been part of the Catalan giants since 2016 when he signed from Valencia, and initially struggled to break into the team. This season, Gomes has started just five La Liga matches and one in the Champions League, while 18 of his outings in all competitions have been as a substitute. However, the midfielder has been getting more chances of late, and played the entire 90 minutes of Barca’s 3-1 victory over Leganes at the weekend. According to The Express, United are the frontrunners to bring in Gomes this summer, but the man himself has kept quiet about his future prospects. While speaking to Barca TV, the midfielder said: “Right now I do not think about that. I am enjoying myself and living the dream that all children want to live.” Do United need Gomes? Jose Mourinho is expected to make changes to his team this season, and the midfield is an area that is likely to be focused on. Michael Carrick is due to retire when the campaign comes to a close, while the futures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera remain uncertain. Gomes could be a strong addition to the pack, especially due to the fact that he can play in a variety of positions across the midfield. The Spaniard can play centrally, on either the right or the left, plus he can drop back and do a defensive job in the middle of the park.
  • 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 9/4/2018 | 07:00pm Former Egypt boss Hassan Shehata has warned Liverpool star Mohamed Salah that he risks being left in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow if the attacker joins Real Madrid, reports the Daily Star. What’s the word? When Salah arrived at Anfield from Roma last summer, there were question marks due to his previous failings at Chelsea. However, the 25-year-old has proven all critics wrong by scoring 38 goals in all competitions so far for the Merseyside outfit. Almost like clockwork, rumours of possible interest from European giants have emerged, and now former Egypt boss Shehata has had his say. According to the Daily Star, Shehata told Egyptian TV:  “He did great job this year with Liverpool. He can either leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid, or he can stay with Liverpool. It is up to him, but I think he should play for the team who will always let him play. Salah is the biggest star with Liverpool, but with Real Madrid he will under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo. “That’s what made Neymar leave Barcelona, because he wanted to be out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. Salah should think very well before he leaves Liverpool and get advice from trustworthy professional people, then he will take the best decision for himself.” Does he have a point? The majority of top footballers see playing for the likes of Madrid and Barcelona the pinnacle of a career. Salah has reached a point in his evolution that could warrant him a move to one of those clubs, but Sheheta is right in that the Egyptian could struggle to be the main man. With Ronaldo and Lionel Messi still dominating at their respective clubs, it would be tough for Salah to steal the spotlight. At Liverpool, the attacker is the star and he will continue to be as long as he keeps thriving alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Salah is only in his first season at Liverpool, so it would be too premature to jump ship, but if he fails to win silverware in the coming campaigns, then his head could get turned.
  • 1 minute read 24/5/2018 | 08:34am Liverpool fans will head into Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid as underdogs due to their opponent’s recent success in the competition. The Reds last played in the showpiece more than 10 years ago, while Los Blancos are hunting for their third consecutive crown in the tournament. Jurgen Klopp’s side should not be underestimated, though, as they have reached the final in Kiev on merit due to impressive displays throughout the competition. The Merseyside outfit obliterated Porto, Premier League champions Manchester City and Roma in order to secure a spot in the showdown against Madrid. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are a force to be reckoned with, and even though Real boast the prolific attacker that is Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane’s side play a system that will give Liverpool opportunities. However, former Spain national team manager Vicente del Bosque thinks that it will be a walk in the park for Madrid, and has predicted a 4-1 triumph in Ukraine. Vincenté del Bosque: “I can't find a Liverpool player that could replace a Real Madrid one. Real Madrid will beat Liverpool 4-1". pic.twitter.com/zfHeithgcd — Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) May 22, 2018 Liverpool fans have had plenty to say about this… pic.twitter.com/BqvCNTVB4f — Rendy (@rendy90s) May 22, 2018 I love it when they underestimate us. — Thanduxolo (@Thand_uxolo_M) May 22, 2018 The spanish are so arrogant about these finals. Honestly, just like fergie did – Klopp needs to put all of the quotes that the spanish have been saying in the dressing rooms… — Profit Mo (@liverpoolfc790) May 22, 2018 That's the exact score I put 4 the final. Fake Madrid 1-4 Liverpool — chijioke ochubili (@Bruce_Wayne_05) May 22, 2018 Lost all respect for Del Bosque, Saturday is a date B**** — Akan (@talk_akan) May 22, 2018 Lol..if we talk about numbers there are milner, salah, firmino, mane and karius.. — Allez Aditya (@AdityaAllez) May 22, 2018 It will be 4-1, but Real Madrid will not be the ones lifting the trophy.. — Ben Fischer (@fischer_ben) May 22, 2018 Surprise surprise….. A Spaniards who's managed real thinks the Spanish side will win…… Oh, the shock of it 🙄🤯 — koppite (@stuartclark1892) May 22, 2018 He doesn't now football it seems!🤨🤔 — MR. Liverpool (@WwwGohan22) May 22, 2018 This should be our team talk pre match. — Okotb (@Okotb22) May 22, 2018
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 22/11/2017 | 11:30amLiverpool missed out on the opportunity to secure their spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League as they surrendered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in Spain on Tuesday night, and Reds fans weren’t impressed with captain Jordan Henderson’s performance.Following Spartak Moscow’s draw with Maribor earlier in the evening Jurgen Klopp’s side knew that a win would be enough to take them through to the last 16 with a game to spare, and they looked to be cruising to victory following a first-half brace from Roberto Firmino and goal from Sadio Mane.However, a second-half double from Wissam Ben Yedder and an injury-time equaliser from Guido Pizarro gave the La Liga outfit a point, meaning the race for qualification will go down to the final matchday.While Alberto Moreno didn’t have his best night against his former team, Henderson was equally poor in the middle of the park – as his stats from the night show.Jordan Henderson vs Sevilla55% passing0 take-ons 0 tackles won0 aerial duels won5 fouls1 booking‘Captain’— LFC Stats (@LFCData) November 21, 2017Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the 27-year-old’s showing via social media and while one said he is the “core of the problem”, another said “how on Earth do some people actually rate Henderson?”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Please forgive me if you don't share the same opinion but Henderson is one of our major problems. Having that captaincy means he can't be benched when fit and that's hella foul. #LFC— StevenGerrard'sSon ™ (@AttaBoi_Westy) November 22, 2017Lovren > Henderson #lfc— MADO #Klopp (@MADeveci17) November 22, 2017Jordan Henderson is simple not good enough to be in the starting lineup, let alone captain. #LFC— Hassan Anfield (@Junior__Agogo) November 22, 2017Core of the problem is Henderson.. as a captain and a leader he isn't good enough.. I personally don't think he is a good enough player for #LFC full stop..— Ian…… (@redian77) November 22, 2017Henderson needs to be replaced ASAP in this team. #LFC— #Blessed 🌞 (@ariez12reds) November 22, 2017How on earth do some people actually rate Jordan Henderson? It’s just baffling, he brings nothing to the side, not captain material and is simply not good enough. #LFC— TheFootballGram_ (@TheFootballGram) November 21, 2017Not a big fan of Henderson .. never have been.. not worthy to wear the red shirt let a lone be captain #lfc— 🅣Ⓡ🅤Ⓢ🅣 Ⓘ🅝 Ⓚ🅛Ⓞ🅟Ⓟ (@TEE_70) November 21, 2017We're sacrificing Emre for Henderson, it'll look like a poor decision in the near future. Just hope Klopp looks for an upgrade on JH, need better. #LFC— Mo (@MomoyoyoLFC) November 21, 2017Henderson put in his worst ever performance tonight when we needed him, Gini was his steady self and Phil isn't a CM, Benega and Co had a free run #LFC— Chris Burn (@redbhoyburn) November 21, 2017
  • 8 minute read 24/5/2018 | 08:28am Liverpool’s thrilling run in this season’s Champions League has taken them into the final of the competition against Spanish giants Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking to win the trophy with the big ears for a staggering third year running but Jurgen Klopp has assembled an attack to trouble any defence in Europe and belief is certainly strong among the club’s fans. 5P0RTZ is the new revolutionary sports gaming experience, where YOU can win a trip to Marbella’s HOTTEST pool party. All you have to do is play! Question 1: What will the result be? Madrid have won the last two iterations and have found a way to grind out results in this year’s competition, seeing off three domestic champions in PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. However, they have not been convincing for extended periods in those games and have won only two of their last six league matches. Liverpool were rampant going forward in both legs against Roma but rotation has dampened their momentum in the league, also with just the two domestic wins in their last six. Real are the conservative bet to win but Klopp and his team fear no-one and this Madrid team is there to be got at. It’s anybody’s game. Question 2: How many goals will be scored? It looks like there could be goals in this one, even before examining the stats. Liverpool’s defence is notoriously leaky and Madrid have conceded 44 league goals this season, while both attacks are absolutely formidable. There’s an average of 3.63 goals in each Madrid game and 3.21 in Liverpool’s. 47% of Real’s games contain over 3.5 goals, and that figure is 42% for the Reds. 3 or more could be the way to go here. Question 3: Pick a player to score anytime It’s hard to look past two men here; Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah. The Portuguese superstar has 15 goals in this season’s Champions League and has the ruthlessness to punish a Reds defence that is still prone to giving up chances. Salah broke the record of Premier League goals in a season, previously jointly-held by Ronaldo and while Ian Rush’s record of 47 goals in a Liverpool campaign looks just out of sight, he is the man Madrid will be most worried about. Question 4: How many corners will be taken in the game? Liverpool get, on average, 6.05 corners per game, while conceding just 3.32, while Madrid top the divisional rankings with 7.32 earned alongside a league low 3.53 against. Both sides are stingy with what they do give away – Liverpool are surely conscious to do so given how poorly they defend set-pieces – but in an end-to-end encounter, a shout towards the higher end of the scale may be worthwhile. Question 5: Pick an event to occur during the match There’s more scope for choice here but one that may appeal is one team to come from behind to win. Liverpool will shoot out of the blocks and may well go ahead but Madrid have such a strong belief in their ability and may find a way to grind out a win. James Milner scored a comical own goal in the second leg of the semi-final against Roma and that’s also an option on offer to choose. Question 6: Pick a player to be carded anytime Sergio Ramos is prone to a tactical foul, with three Champions League yellow cards to his name this season and against this flying Liverpool attack, looks a solid bet. His club and international teammate Dani Carvajal has four bookings in the competition this term and up against Sadio Mane, could go into the notebook again. From a Liverpool perspective, skipper Jordan Henderson can match Ramos’ trio of cautions and charged with stifling a midfield containing Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, he could also be a good pick on this question. Question 7: In which minute will the first goal be scored? This is a monster bet but a look at the numbers shows two patterns that may be the key to nailing it. The average time it takes both sides to open the scoring is the earliest in their respective leagues; Madrid net the first goal after 25.19 minutes, while Liverpool’s flying starts sees them bag after 29.23. Going between 25 minutes and half an hour may be a good shout. Meanwhile, the average time it takes for the first goal against both teams is remarkably similar; Real’s is 46.21 minutes, Liverpool’s is 45.82 – so right after the interval could also be worth a stab. It’s fun. It’s simple. It’s easy to win. Play 5P0RTZ now for your chance to win BIG!
  • 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
  • Rafael Benitez has a renowned penchant for the facts. Now, every Monday, he’s here to save us from water cooler small talk and that one guy in the pub who thinks he has all the answers. With a mix of unbelievable stats from the weekend’s action and truly random knowledge from the world of football, Rafa’s got you covered so you’re never caught without something better to say than “What was Wenger thinking?” ever again. This week, Cristiano Ronaldo has Danny Welbeck in tears, Mo Salah has most of the Premier League in tears and Ryan Babel lives on!
  • 1 minute read 24/5/2018 | 02:37pm Not many, least of Liverpool fans, would have predicted that their club would be in the final of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s team will take on Real Madrid in Kiev this Saturday in the hope of earning the Reds’ sixth European crown. It has been over a decade since the Merseyside outfit were in the final of the prestigious competition, but it is familiar ground for Madrid as they are hunting for their third consecutive trophy. Many Liverpool fans have already predicted a high-scoring game, mainly due to the fact that Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are expected to be on show. On top of that, Cristiano Ronaldo is the star man in Zinedine Zidane’s Real side, and has devastated many defences this season. If nothing can separate the two sides after 90 minutes then extra time and even penalties could ensue. Most Liverpool supporters are praying that the showdown is won in normal time, as the prospects of a shootout is rattling the nerves. Other fans have listed who they would select as penalty takers, and there are a few amusing suggestions. Milner VvdSalahBobbyHendo — ☆FIGO☆ (@M_SALAH11X) May 23, 2018 MilnerMilnerMilnerMilnerMilner — Nathan (@_NathanLFC) May 23, 2018 Scenes when Karius saves CR7s penalty for Trent to follow up with the match winner — Rich 🇬🇧 v 🇪🇸 🏆 🇺🇦 (@RichardPenn7) May 23, 2018 If it goes to pens I want Migs on for Karius. — 🖐Times🖐 (@ZennyLFC) May 23, 2018 1. Milner2. Milner wearing a moustache3. Milner wearing a fro4. Milner with a clean shaven head5. Milner with an eye patch and a peg leg — Tyler Chan (@Haukpun) May 24, 2018 The thought of that isn’t helping my nerves 😂 — Jonathan Pritchard (@Pritchy1980) May 23, 2018 Firmino Milner Salah Henderson Van dijk — Kunal©️ (@kunal_paltani) May 23, 2018 Heart couldn't take it going that far to be fair. pic.twitter.com/sUJFEGZxB8 — this just in (@Jphilly2) May 23, 2018 MilnerSalahFirminoVVDHendo No particular order — . (@MuhammedPatel7) May 23, 2018 MilnerSalahFirminoManeHenderson — Jonathan 🇺🇦 (@M0rle7) May 23, 2018
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 10/4/2018 | 11:30am Gareth Bale will always be associated with Tottenham Hotspur given that he developed into a top talent at the North London outfit. The Wales international earned a move to Real Madrid in 2013 and has gone on to win 10 trophies, including three Champions League crowns. Every so often, though, Bale is linked with a return to England, and more recently, Tottenham have cropped up as a possible destination. A rumour has emerged on social media that the attacker has purchased a property not far from Spurs’ training base. Tommy Sandhu posted the speculation on Twitter, and of course, Tottenham fans have been reacting. Me: My property mate just told me @GarethBale11 has bought a multi million £ house in Chigwell (near @SpursOfficial training site) Spurs mate: oh my days, he’s coming back! Tweet that Me: it could be a rumour Spurs mate: it’s not a rumour, it’s a dream come true Here u go! — Tommy Sandhu (@TommySandhu) April 8, 2018 At this stage of the season when transfer rumours begin filtering through at a faster pace, stories with little foundation come to the surface. Tottenham supporters have previously given mixed reactions to the thought of Bale returning. The 28-year-old has scored 13 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season, but has been plagued by injury woes.
  • Jose Mourinho rocked up at the Etihad on Sunday knowing that the title was long gone but the incentive of ruining Pep Guardiola’s big day was more than enough. The Man Utd boss certainly has previous when it comes to crashing a party both with and against his current club as well as others who dared to threaten having the final say instead of him. We look at FOUR times Mourinho ruined the opposition’s big day…
  • 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
  • According to Catalan Radio (via Team Talk), Mesut Ozil is set to snub Manchester United in favour of a move to Barcelona this January.What’s the Story?Mesut Ozil could be on his way to Barcelona, according to reports in Spain. Catalan Radio have reported that a deal has been struck between Arsenal and Barca and the German international will leave the Emirates for around £17.8million.This will come as a blow to Jose Mourinho, who was reportedly looking to add Mesut Ozil to his squad during the winter transfer window.How good has Ozil been this season?Once again, Mesut Ozil has had a somewhat inconsistant season in North London. The 29-year-old shows regular flashes of exceptional skill but is also capable of a very quiet game.The German international has featured in 10 games for the Gunners this campaign, scoring just once and providing three assists for his teammates.Unfortunately, for both club and player, much of the discussion around Ozil is regarding his contract, of which he has yet to renew. It now seems that the World Cup winner will be on his way out of Arsenal in two months time.Would Manchester United be missing out on Ozil?Jose Mourinho, who has worked with Mesut Ozil before, may feel that he can reignite Ozil’s talents and consistency at Old Trafford.While the former Real Madrid man, who is valued at £45million by Transfermarkt, is certainly nowhere near his best form, a move to a club battling for a number of trophies this season may bring back his confidence somewhat.If you’re going to put your hand in your pocket to back a coupon this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended Accys! Last week, our Premier League outright win treble with LeoVegas paid out—so we’re having another crack with Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace. We’ve also got a very enticing fourfold from the Championship and League One. Take a look and let us know how you’re placing your money this weekend!
  • 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 10/4/2018 | 07:30pm Arsenal have ramped up their pursuit of Barcelona youngster Robert Navarro after Manchester City cooled their interest, according to the Daily Mail. What’s the word? City have been working hard on developing a state-of-the-art academy over the last few years in the hope of bringing through some top talent. The North-West outfit were believed to be closing in on the capture of 15-year-old attacking midfielder Navarro, but the narrative has changed. The Daily Mail reports that City have eased off and now Arsenal are ready to swoop in and snatch the youngster, who has been offered new terms by Barca. Navarro will make a decision about whether or not to stay with the Catalan giants later this week when he turns 16. Could Arsenal produce a future star? The Gunners are certainly capable of creating a star from their academy, and they have experience developing youngsters from Barcelona’s youth ranks. Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin made their way to North London from Barca’s famous ‘La Masia’ academy, and both can be considered success stories. Navarro is only a young teen, and even though he is widely rated, it does not mean that he is guaranteed to break into the first team in the future. With the transfer market how it is, there is an argument that it has become easier for clubs to splash out millions on an established star for quick success rather than give youngsters time.
  • 1 minute read 11/4/2018 | 06:20am Earlier this week, Fernando Torres revealed that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season. The 34-year-old has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season, and has managed just two La Liga goals during the 2017-18 campaign. The Spaniard is not expected to hang up his boots, however, and a number of clubs have been credited with an interest in a striker that was once regarded as one of the best in European football. A return to the Premier League has been mooted, with Torres previously turning out for Liverpool and Chelsea in the English game. There will be no transfer fee for the striker this summer, but he would still command high wages due to his standing in the game. West Ham United supporters that have been discussing a potential move for the centre-forward, with a number believing that Torres would be the perfect fit for the London Stadium. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Just inhaled deeply through my nostrils and the air told me Fernando Torres has West Ham written all over him. — Jack Mumford (@jackmumf) April 9, 2018 Wouldn’t mind Torres at West Ham 👀 — ΔИDY (@FutbolMarko) April 9, 2018 Oh is he? I was gonna say I wouldn't pay for a 32 year old, but if he'll be free then it doesn't seem like an awful idea, but Hernandez, Arnautovic and Torres would all expect 90 minutes every game we just can't give, face it, our attack is too good for our own good 😂 — 🇨🇩🇦🇹⚒️Ben⚒️🇲🇽🇦🇷 (@Mxsuaku) April 9, 2018 Come to #WestHam @Torres you've still got plenty to offer and nothing to prove. We'll have you ⚽️⚽️⚽️ #legend — Glenn Firmin (@GlennFirmin) April 9, 2018 So Fernando Torres is leaving Athletico at the end of the season, at 34 certainly fits the West Ham age profile so I wouldn't be surprised to see us make a move for him. — ⚒ Mr B ⚒ (@onebarian1) April 9, 2018 Torres is to leave athletico at the end of the season….. Enter west ham United with the £59.99 offer. — Jordan Burdall (@JordanBurdall6) April 9, 2018 @ExWHUemployee with Fernando Torres leaving Athletico at end of season, u reckon West Ham could have a look and bringing him Back to the prem? — Matt WHU James (@mjames26) April 9, 2018
  • 1 minute read 24/11/2017 | 03:43pmReported Everton summer target Cedric Bakambu impressed for Villarreal in their 3-2 win against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday night by scoring twice, and Toffees fans have urged their club to sign the striker.The Sun reported in March that the Merseyside outfit were lining up a summer bid for the DR Congo international, but a move never materialised as they failed to find a replacement for Romelu Lukaku before the transfer window slammed shut.The 26-year-old has certainly been in good form for the La Liga outfit this term though and his brace on Thursday – having only entered the field with 30 minutes left to play – moved him on to 11 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions this season.Everton supporters were quick to react to the centre-forward’s performance via social media, and while one described him as an “absolute beast”, another said he is “the striker Everton should sign in Jan”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Cedric Bakambu is the striker Everton should sign in Jan it's a no brainer— Dieudonne (@DidiM_93) November 23, 2017Bakambu ou um atacante de ofício em janeiro, por favor @Everton— Toffees Brasil (@ToffeesBR) November 23, 2017Bakambu scored another 2 tonight. He was available in the summer but koeman chose to sign three number 10s instead.— Billy The Kid (@ToffeesArentWe) November 24, 2017This team with new additions in January anyone?What players (realistically) should we sign?For me it should be;Sessegnon/ShawZoumaBakambu@EvertonBlueArmy @FinKitch @JPickfxrd @greenallefc RT pic.twitter.com/gdMBHfyzUH— ClassicCalvert (@ClassicCalvert) November 23, 2017Bakambu another striker we should go for. Him with Onyekuru and Bas Dost would be quality— Paul (@iPauloxD) November 23, 2017Said last summer we should sign Bakambu, absolute beast— Dan (@WhatAGueye) November 23, 2017If you’re going to put your hand in your pocket to back a coupon this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended Accys! Last week, our Premier League outright win treble with LeoVegas paid out—so we’re having another crack with Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace. We’ve also got a very enticing fourfold from the Championship and League One. Take a look and let us know how you’re placing your money this weekend!
  • 2 minute read 11/4/2018 | 10:00am When Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January, the likelihood of the Brazilian winning trophies increased significantly. The Catalan giants are serial achievers, but there is one competition that they will not be victorious in – the Champions League. At the start of the season, not many would have predicted that Liverpool would go further on the elite stage than Barca, but exactly that has transpired. On Wednesday evening, Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium. The Merseyside outfit were hugely under the cosh in the first half, with many thinking that City were going to overturn the 3-0 deficit from the first leg after Gabriel Jesus scored two minutes into the clash. However, the Reds weathered the storm before Mohamed Salah struck in the second half to secure that all-important away goal. Liverpool maintained their composure and Roberto Firmino wrapped up the victory with 13 minutes left on the clock. Elsewhere in the Stadio Olimpico, Barcelona were stunned by Roma as the Italian outfit came from 4-1 down in the first leg to earn a dramatic 3-0 triumph on home soil. The away goals sent them through to the semi-finals, and instantly, Liverpool supporters turned on Coutinho, who caused hurt among the club’s following when he left. The Brazilian was ineligible to play in the Champions League for Barca due to being cup-tied, but Reds fans find it amusing that his new club failed to progress further than Liverpool. Has anyone checked in on little Phil Coutinho… | #LFC — R O S S T Λ L B O T (@rosstalbot) April 11, 2018 I thought that Sterling and Coutinho could be disappointed and regreted for leaving Liverpool just to win UCL with Barca and Man City. Pity them. 😂.#LFC #YNWA — Azim 🌝 (@afifazimz) April 11, 2018 @Phil_Coutinho feeling bad already? HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAHHA #lfc — Nishchal (@Nishchal_A) April 11, 2018 Coutinho, Suarez, Sterling…….hmmmmm #lfc — no hope #FPL (@nohopefpl) April 11, 2018 Watch Out! @Phil_Coutinho memes are coming. #LFC #LFCMCI #UCL — Sumit Aggarwal (@sumitagger) April 11, 2018 Good thing Coutinho left Liverpool to join a club that wins in Europe. #lfc #barca @thisisanfield @empireofthekop — Dave B (@daveb1976) April 11, 2018 I wonder what Coutinho is thinking now that #LFC goes to the semi-finals in the #ChampionsLeague – I bet he didn't see that coming. — Erik Steigen (@ErikSteigen) April 11, 2018 Michael Owen left …. we won the European cup.Phillip Coutinho left …….. TBC #LFC — Matty (@Chialton) April 11, 2018 Oh ho ho… a penny for Coutinho's thoughts.#LFC — Stuart Chapman (@StuJChapman) April 10, 2018
  • 2 minute read 24/11/2017 | 07:30pmLiverpool have told Philippe Coutinho’s camp that the playmaker will not be sold during the January transfer window, according to Le10 Sport.What’s the word?Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, but despite the Catalan giants’ persistence, the Brazilian was not sold.It has been widely reported that the former Inter Milan star wanted to move to the Camp Nou, but in the end respected Liverpool’s stance.Even though Barcelona were knocked back in the summer, the Spanish outfit are believed to be keen to launch a fresh bid when the transfer window reopens in January.Le10 Sport claims that Barca are wary of Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in Coutinho and hope to sneak in with a deal before any competitors steal their main target.The report adds that Liverpool have told the player’s representatives that a sale is ‘out of the question’.How long can they keep this up?The Reds are in the driving seat given that Coutinho’s contract, which he signed in January, does not include a release clause.However, more often that not, players tend to get their way and it is understandable due to concerns that an unhappy member of the team could affect the dressing room.If these latest reports are true, Liverpool are right to refuse a sale in January because losing a player of Coutinho’s calibre midway through the season could hugely affect how the rest of the campaign pans out.Having said that, in the summer the Merseyside outfit may have to re-think their approach if the Brazilian makes it clear that he wants to join Barcelona.If that becomes the case, the best thing for Liverpool to do is get a deal done as early as possible and then focus on bringing in a replacement.If you’re going to put your hand in your pocket to back a coupon this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended Accys! Last week, our Premier League outright win treble with LeoVegas paid out—so we’re having another crack with Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace. We’ve also got a very enticing fourfold from the Championship and League One. Take a look and let us know how you’re placing your money this weekend!
  • 2 minute read 25/11/2017 | 01:08pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United look set to miss out on the signing of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who will be offered a £350,000-a-week deal to join Barcelona.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that the La Liga giants are keen to sign the Germany international, whose contract with the Gunners runs out at the end of the season with no new deal close to being finalised.The Mirror says that the 29-year-old will be able to command a huge pay-day next summer, with United boss Jose Mourinho said to be keen on a reunion with the playmaker having worked with him at Real Madrid previously.The fact that Barcelona and not the Red Devils can sign a pre-contract agreement with the player in the New Year could prove to be a problem though, with Mourinho potentially having to look elsewhere for a new No. 10.Why does Mourinho want Ozil?While the Portuguese boss has some decent attacking options in the form of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he perhaps doesn’t have the elite No. 10 that he would want.Henrikh Mkhitaryan started the season as the first-choice in that position but despite providing five assists in the first three Premier League games this term, he hasn’t registered one since and was dropped from the squad for the games against Newcastle United and FC Basel in the previous week.Ozil has provided 48 assists in 126 top flight outings for Arsenal since joining them from Real Madrid in 2013, and he would be a creative force at Old Trafford.Could United still get him?Well, Arsenal are unlikely to sell the Germany international to a direct Premier League rival in the New Year, and if Ozil wants his future sorted out then rather than at the end of the season then Mourinho looks unlikely to get his man.If you’re going to put your hand in your pocket to back a coupon this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended Accys! Last week, our Premier League outright win treble with LeoVegas paid out—so we’re having another crack with Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace. We’ve also got a very enticing fourfold from the Championship and League One. Take a look and let us know how you’re placing your money this weekend!
  • 1 minute read 26/11/2017 | 05:20amReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane is open to joining Manchester United, according to Don Balon.What’s the word?The France international was linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.Instead, the 24-year-old’s deal at the Bernabeu was extended by five years.However, Don Balon states that Varane feels under-appreciated at the Spanish outfit and is willing to consider a move to United.It is believed that Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has promised the Frenchman that he will be a key figure at the North-West outfit if he decides to join.Is this the right call?There is no doubt that Varane would be a welcome addition to a United defence that struggles with injury problems.Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly have all been on the treatment table recently.Varane is comfortable at the top level considering that he has been at the Bernabeu since 2011, but he has never before played in the Premier League.If the former Lens player was to join United, then it could have a detrimental effect on Victor Lindelof, who has struggled for game time already since his switch from Benfica in the summer.The 23-year-old’s last two performances have earned him plaudits from the fans, but his progression could be halted if Varane comes along.If you’re going to put your hand in your pocket to back a coupon this weekend, hold fire until you’ve seen our recommended Accys! Last week, our Premier League outright win treble with LeoVegas paid out—so we’re having another crack with Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace. We’ve also got a very enticing fourfold from the Championship and League One. Take a look and let us know how you’re placing your money this weekend!
  • 2 minute read 25/5/2018 | 09:21pm When the transfer window opens, rumours begin flying all over the place. Manchester City are expected to be heavy hitters in the window as they try to build on their Premier League title success. The North-West outfit certainly have the funds to bring in some fresh talent, and it seems that Real Madrid star Isco is on the list. According to Mundo Deportivo, the attacking midfielder is a priority target for manager Pep Guardiola, who could nab Isco’s services for a £70m fee plus add-ons. Transfermarkt, though, rates the player at around £67.5m following a season that saw him score nine goals and create 10 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. The Spanish publication reports that Isco will push for a transfer if Zinedine Zidane does not make him feel like a valuable member of the team. This suggests that the Spaniard’s camp could be trying to persuade Los Blancos into providing their client with a better contract. Plenty of City fans have been left unconvinced by the speculation, while others would love Isco to join the club this summer. Rubbish. just catalan press boys trying to cause some distraction as per — FRZ. (@riziriz7) May 24, 2018 It won’t happen — Ticklish Mi Baby Ticklish Mi ?? (@JangoF3tte) May 24, 2018 They need to give up on this story — Ryan #Mcfc (@ryanl2801) May 25, 2018 Get him @ManCity ?? — *Aditya Chaugule* (@AdityaChaugule) May 25, 2018 Sign him up !!!! — matthew.E ???? (@Eddiefingers84) May 25, 2018 This is not true at all. — @Fhumulani Mck Carlo (@MckCarlo) May 25, 2018
  • 1 minute read 12/4/2018 | 05:30pm On Friday, Liverpool will discover who they will need to get past in order to reach the final of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side earned their place in the final four with an impressive 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City. Mohamed Salah was one of the stars of the show as he opened the scoring in a 3-0 triumph at Anfield in the quarter-final first leg, and netted a crucial away goal in the 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium. On the night of Liverpool’s joy, elsewhere in Italy, Rome caused a huge upset by clawing back from 4-1 down to oust Barcelona from the competition. The result was welcomed by supporters of the Merseyside outfit, not only because they will avoid meeting the Catalan giants, but because their former player Philippe Coutinho left Anfield in January to win more trophies at Barca. The Brazilian was roundly mocked by Liverpool fans following the Spanish giant’s shock elimination. More drama ensued on Wednesday night when Juventus came close to knocking out Real Madrid by going 3-0 up in the second leg. However, a penalty kick from Cristiano Ronaldo in stoppage time meant that Los Blancos progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Liverpool will be joined in Friday’s draw by Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The final 4⃣ in the @ChampionsLeague. Who would you like to face, Reds fans?https://t.co/xOyuVG3eoE pic.twitter.com/lJp2rpRUlz — Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 11, 2018 Fans have been having their say on who they want to meet in the semi-finals, and one club stands out… Give us Real and let us destroy them!!! #AllezAllezAllez — Tom Wylie (@tom_10X) April 11, 2018 Madrid so Ronaldo can kiss Salah’s foot — ROSE MONROE SIT ON MY FACE 😃 (@sunnylfc8) April 11, 2018 Bring on anyone! ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ — Jordan (@ffsklopp_) April 11, 2018 Real Madrid, so Big Virgil can show Ronaldo how it's done. — FFective (@DPijke) April 11, 2018 Bring all 3 of them on. At the same time if you want — LFCKoptalker (@LFC_Koptalker) April 11, 2018 Bring on @realmadrid! I want #LFC to give them a lesson as they are going away with tricks probably being helped by @UEFA as well. — Dr. Ukë Maxharraj (@ukemaxharraj) April 11, 2018 Madrid. We will score a hat full against them. — Rob (@RT3960) April 11, 2018 Real Madrid! Don’t fancy them on a one off match, but over the course of 2 legs with 1 at Anfield? pic.twitter.com/65elChLvRO — Sadioinho (@Sadioinho) April 11, 2018 @realmadrid is our only easy path to the final so lets hope we can draw them on Friday — LFC_Prodigy (@LFC_Prodigy) April 11, 2018
  • 3 minute read 12/4/2018 | 07:02pm Tottenham Hotspur have had no shortage of options up front this season, with Harry Kane leading the line, while Son Heung-min and Dele Alli have also chipped in with goals. However, in the middle of the park, it only tends to be Christian Eriksen who can add to the goal tally. The Dane has netted nine times in 31 Premier League outings, while the likes of Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko have netted just once between them. Granted, manager Mauricio Pochettino has utilised the trio’s defensive attributes at times this season, but the Argentine could do with an extra attack-minded midfielder in the pack. The future of Real Madrid star Isco has been a talking point in recent months due to the fact that the Spaniard has started just 18 La Liga matches this season under manager Zinedine Zidane. A recent report in Don Balon claimed that Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus are interested in signing the 25-year-old, who is believed to be deliberating over an exit this summer. Tottenham should enter the mix as Isco has the attributes that would certainly fit into Pochettino’s system, and would potentially allow the playmaker to thrive. Supporters of the North London outfit have made it clear on social media in the past that Isco would be a positive addition to the team. Against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Los  Blancos were not at their best, but some late penalty drama resulted in Zidane’s side progressing into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate. Isco played the full game, which ended 3-1 to Juve, and on an individual level the Spaniard performed well. The 27-capped international created the second-most shots on goal, with penalty scorer Cristiano Ronaldo producing more (6). Isco was also second to Toni Kroos in the amount of key passes made, and his accuracy on the ball was almost perfect. The Spaniard would present another option for Pochettino in an attacking midfield position, which is where he has played 20 of his matches this season. In addition, Isco could also be used more centrally having scored one goal and created two assists in five appearances in that role for Madrid.
  • 2 minute read 26/5/2018 | 04:26am Tottenham Hotspur are on the road to becoming a Premier League heavyweight, but they still have plenty of steps to take. Having the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen within the team puts them head and shoulders above some of their competitors. They have always had a handful of standout players, though, particularly prior to Mauricio Pochettino’s era when Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were among the first XI. Both players moved to Real Madrid, with Bale hopping over to Spain in 2013, one year after his teammate. Bale certainly developed into world-class standard while at Tottenham and went from strength  to strength in his first few seasons at the Bernabeu. Nowadays, the attacker struggles with injuries, but he can still make an impact on the team, much like Modric. It is highly unlikely that the pair will return to Tottenham in the near future, but football.london journalist Alasdair Gold posed the question ahead of Madrid’s Champions League final on Saturday evening. Some fans jumped at the idea of welcoming back the duo, while others have firmly moved on. Let’s be realistic we are not bringing in bale if we can not pay toby, Mussa, and the rest market value wages. This type of plug is only gonna hurt the fans that are not used to the pain of the offseason. — Ciavash Elliott (@CiavashElliott) May 25, 2018 Yes i would but cant see it they would want too much wagesNice dream though what do think al yes or no — @avisosborne (@AvisOsborne) May 25, 2018 Yes I’d take them back, and I’d love to see them smash the pool to pieces, I respect both, and I can’t hold grudges on any player lost to Madrid. It was bales dream, Luka wanted to win things. I still love them both, always will. Legends in my eyes — Daniel Clare (@YiddoDan83) May 24, 2018 Never look back , only forward . They were from a different Spurs era and good luck to them tomorrow but we shouldn’t go back in my opinion — Richard Tugwell (@rtugwell) May 25, 2018 Yes have them both back I’ll even pay the fare ???????? — Martin Stevens (@MARTIN_THFC) May 24, 2018 Anyone who says “no” is certified insane. Imagine that team?!!!! — Southpaw Boxing News (@SouthpawBoxNews) May 24, 2018 Bale is a different player to anything we already have. Modric is a classy player but I think we have a young player, in Winks, that can do as good a job. — Andy (@MileFromTheLane) May 25, 2018 I’ll always have fond memories of both of these players, and they were two of our most talented players in the Premier League era. I would take the both back now, but only on the right terms. We have moved on since they left and are in a different position now — admin (@Thecoyslife) May 25, 2018 In a heartbeat — Ben Archer (@benarcher60) May 24, 2018 Modric,all day. Bale,I’m not so sure mate.. — Michael Eary (@meary1980) May 24, 2018
  • 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
  • 2 minute read 27/5/2018 | 07:12pm There was so much hope within the red half of Merseyside that Liverpool would come home from Kiev with their sixth European crown. However, it was not to be as Real Madrid nabbed their third in a row with a 3-1 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday evening. The Reds suffered the worst luck of all when their star man Mohamed Salah was substituted just after the half-hour mark with a dislocated shoulder. It was a huge blow that the team failed to recover from, and it was made worse when goalkeeper Loris Karius gifted Madrid the opening goal by attempting to roll the ball out. It was a poor decision as Karim Benzema latched on to simply knock it home, but Liverpool will given some hope when Sadio Mane equalised. Substitute Gareth Bale ruined the Merseyside outfit’s dream with a stunning overhead kick, and Karius was at fault again towards the end of the game as he fumbled the Welshman’s shot. The German keeper made two costly howlers, and he tried to redeem himself by apologising to the fans after the final whistle with tears streaming down his face. Even though the majority of the Reds’ support have managed to forgive him, plenty are desperate for a new goalkeeper to be bought this summer. Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak has done the rounds in the rumour mill a few times, and fans believe that he should certainly be under consideration by the club. The 25-year-old – valued at £63m by Transfermarkt – made 49 appearances in all competitions this season, conceding 28 goals and keeping out 29. Oblak need to be signed asap. #LFC. — Arap Ruto (@GideoRuto) May 27, 2018 Go get Oblak, sign fekir and with keita coming we are not that far away from glory again #lfc — Trent #66 (@madyshields) May 27, 2018 The only keeper I want is Oblak #LFC — Jordan 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@SuperSalah_) May 27, 2018 People saying Karius is only human ,the last time i checked, Oblak , Alisson Becker and Gianluigi Donnarumma are humans too, so lets buy one of them #lfc — Michael bimpong (@m_bimpong) May 27, 2018 Get Oblak and pay his release clause, you have the money. Stop crying at finals and act. #lfc — Malik LFC (@slickmalick) May 27, 2018 Feel for #Karius but its time @lfc address the goalkeeping problem once and for all. #Oblak #lfc #YNWA — I.A.Karolia (@iakarolia16) May 27, 2018 I really wanted @LorisKarius to be our #1 for next season but after yesterdays performance ……. truth be told we need to splash that cash for oblak type of keeper @lfc #YNWA #WeAreLiverpool #LFC — IamNate (@nkavatha) May 27, 2018 Jan Oblak. Sooner the better. #LFC — OddsWise (@OddsWise) May 26, 2018 I don’t care how much it costs or who we have to sell. Get us oblak. Pay those agent fees and back hand payments get it done. #LFC — Daron James (@dcoleman8) May 26, 2018
  • 2 minute read 13/4/2018 | 10:30am Arsenal have contacted Atletico Madrid regarding a swoop for midfielder Saul Niguez, according to AS. What’s the story? The North London outfit need to be busy in the transfer window this summer, and their main priorities should be recruiting a new defender, defensive midfielder and goalkeeper. Fans have been coming up with their own transfer lists on social media, but not many have suggested that the latest target is a realistic one. According to AS, Saul has emerged as an option for manager Arsene Wenger, with the Spanish publication claiming that contact has been made between the two clubs. The report states that the Gunners have had a close eye on the midfielder for a while, but they could struggle to get a deal done as the 23-year-old is happy at Atletico. It is also believed that the midfielder’s release clause is set at a staggering £130m, and he still has eight years left on his contract. Is it a distant dream? It would be a huge shock if Arsenal managed to pull off a deal given the financial hit that they would take in doing so. There is no denying that Saul would boost the team given that he can provide plenty of options for the team in midfield. This season, the Spaniard has played the majority of his games – 25 in fact – in a central midfield position. He has also, though, featured out wide on both the left and the right, as well as in a more advanced role in the final third. If Arsenal fail to win the Europa League, then they are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League via the domestic route as they are 13 points behind the top four. It would be difficult for the club to convince Saul to sign without securing a place in the elite competition.
  • 1 minute read 26/11/2017 | 09:58pmFormer Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista impressed as his current team Valencia drew 1-1 with Barcelona in a top-of-the-table La Liga clash on Sunday, and Gunners fans were quick to have their say on his performance.The 27-year-old made 64 appearances for the north London outfit during two-and-a-half years at the Emirates, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI during that time before he was sold to Valencia in August.However, the Brazilian has been in fine form for the Spanish club this term and they currently lie second in the standings having conceded just 12 goals in their 13 league games.Arsenal supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the centre-back, and while one said “still don’t understand why Wenger sold Gabriel”, another said “shame he never really got a chance”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Gabriel Paulista just proves that Arsenal don't work on defending enough in training he's been class since signing for Valencia currently beating Barca 1-0 with 10 mins left— Steve (@goonersteve12) November 26, 2017Gabriel paulista is bossing it at the highest level in spain have we missed out on him?— ARSENAL FC (@wengeroutfans) November 26, 2017Gabriel is doing bits at Valencia this season. Shame he never really got a chance at the Arsenal— goatjic (@StefflonDon10) November 26, 2017Gabriel is doing so well at Valencia. A talented CB who never really got a great run in the team at #afc.— Sam (@samuelJayC) November 26, 2017Still don't understand why Wenger sold Gabriel Paulista #AFC— mohamed (@BremHajji) November 26, 2017
  • 1 minute read 27/5/2018 | 08:42pm A lot of tears were shed on Saturday evening when Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The first stream came from Mohamed Salah when he was forced off the pitch in the 31st minute after disclosing his shoulder during a tussle with Sergio Ramos. The next came from Loris Karius after the final whistle of the 3-1 loss in Kiev following his two goalkeeping howlers that led to goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Plenty of tears were shed from Liverpool fans, and the misery has been compounded after pictures emerged of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacting emotionally to the result. It would have been a frustrating evening in Ukraine for the former Arsenal star as he was unable to make an impact due to injury. The England international’s season was over in April when he damaged knee ligaments in the first leg against Roma in the Champions League semi-finals. As well as being ruled out of the showdown in Kiev, Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced out of contention for the World Cup in Russia. An image has emerged of the 24-year-old crying after the final whistle, and it has sparked quite the response from Liverpool fans. The ox after the final whistle. The love I have for this man is incredible. from r/LiverpoolFC Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • 2 minute read 27/5/2018 | 10:53pm Jermaine Pennant will not go down in Liverpool folklore as one of the greats, but he has become somewhat of a talking point following Saturday night’s Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp’s side had a miserable evening in Kiev as they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the showpiece. The first hammer blow came when the contest was goalless and Liverpool’s star man Mohamed Salah was forced off in the 31st minute with a dislocated shoulder. Six minutes into the second half, Karius made an unforgivable mistake by attempting to roll the ball out but ended up handing it straight to Karim Benzema who simply knocked it into the back of the net. Sadio Mane managed to equalise at the other end, but it was in vain as substitute Gareth Bale netted a stunning bicycle-kick goal to regain the lead for Los Blancos. No goalkeeper would have been able to prevent Bale’s hit from reaching the back of the net, but Karius messed up for the Welshman’s second on the night as he fumbled the ball and allowed it to go past him, The German was in tears after the final whistle and he has since taken to Twitter to apologise to his teammates and fans. Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again… I'm infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down… pic.twitter.com/w9GixPiQDC — Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) May 27, 2018 The shot-stopper has not received any sympathy from Pennant, though, as the winger took to Twitter to criticise Karius in a series of tweets. The 35-year-old, who was on the losing side of the 2006-07 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan, played for the Reds between 2006 and 2009. I’m done with this clown WTF seriously it’s the champions league final 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️ all the hard work Mo and the players have done for the GK to do this in the final 🤬 — jermaine pennant (@pennant83) May 26, 2018 Gutted for the players and fans apart from the GK….. I’ve been there I feel there pain 😩😩🔴 next season 💪🏾 #YNWA pic.twitter.com/8LiKxND8Zt — jermaine pennant (@pennant83) May 26, 2018 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/RyGXUhi7E9 — jermaine pennant (@pennant83) May 26, 2018
  • 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 13/4/2018 | 06:57pm The transfer rumours surrounding Tottenham Hotspur of late have largely been about potential player departures rather than new additions. However, there is one man that the fans certainly feel that the club should be looking to bring into Mauricio Pochettino’s team. In a poll, we asked the supporters if the North London outfit should swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Isco this summer, and an overwhelming number were all for it. The 25-year-old joined Los Blancos from Malaga in 2013, but in recent seasons has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s team. In total, the Spaniard has started 27 games in all competitions this season, and only 18 of those have been in La Liga. In that time, Isco, who can play centrally either in the middle or further forward as well as on the left, has netted six goals and created seven assists. Earlier this month, Don Balon reported that Chelsea, Manchester City and Juventus are all keeping a close eye on the attack-minded player, who is believes to be considering his Madrid future.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 13/4/2018 | 06:30pm A lot more is riding on Arsenal’s Europa League campaign than just simply picking up a piece of silverware. The club are likely to be in a position where they need to win the tournament in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League. As it stands, the club are 13 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League, with just six games left to play. In Europe, Arsene Wenger’s side have looked relatively comfortable, although they were given a scare on Thursday night in their quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow. The North London outfit headed into the fixture with a commanding 4-1 lead from the contest at the Emirates, but nerves began to jangle when CSKA went 2-0 up after 50 minutes. Arsenal recovered, though, with goals from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey, but it was Mohamed Elneny who received most of the plaudits from fans. The Egyptian international assisted both goals and put in a display that proved he was worth his recent contract extension. Earlier today, Arsenal were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the competition. The Spanish outfit were arguably the toughest opponents that the Gunners could have drawn given that RB Salzburg and Marseille were also in the hat. Supporters have since given their reactions to the draw. Excited pic.twitter.com/ylvqiICxuc — Sushant Gupta (@sushantguptas) April 13, 2018 Dat guy welbz will run their defence ragged — James bray (@JamesBrayj79) April 13, 2018 No need to fear them, they also didn't want to draw us. #COYG — Mesut Özil Stats (@WeAreOzil) April 13, 2018 pic.twitter.com/VFylUyowwU — TheArseneView (@TheArseneView) April 13, 2018 pic.twitter.com/zJMhZkmajb — kené (@kenezht) April 13, 2018 We’ll smash them. Easy W. — Andrew (@andrewafc_) April 13, 2018 Shame, would have made an awesome final. — Sophie Westrop (@sophiewestrop) April 13, 2018 This is Wenger's end!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😁😁😁 — arsenalmad79Reloaded (@arsenalmad37) April 13, 2018
  • 2 minute read 28/5/2018 | 08:51am Real Madrid attacker Lucas Vazquez has told Liverpool that he will not be joining the club this summer following their Champions League final defeat, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? The Spanish publication reports that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has been keen on Vazquez moving to Anfield to provide competition for Roberto Firmino. However, the Spaniard – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – reportedly decided on Saturday night that he does not want to join the Merseyside outfit following their Champions League misery. The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Madrid in Kiev, and the collapse began after Mohamed Salah was forced off the pitch 31 minutes into the clash with a dislocated shoulder. Loris Karius made two big blunders in goal, allowing Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to strike, while the latter hit a stunning bicycle kick to take the headlines. Vazquez has struggled for game time at the Bernabeu, and made just 16 starts in La Liga last season. However, Don Balon reports that the attacker now wants to fight for his position in Madrid. Will Liverpool struggle to sign stars? If the Merseyside outfit had won the Champions League, then their position in the transfer market would have been boosted. Financially, the club would have pocketed a tidy sum, and their reputation would have strengthened. It was not meant to be, though, which may cause some players to second guess whether joining Liverpool is the right option. Klopp’s side have shown throughout the campaign that they are moving in the right direction, but they are not quite at the level to challenge the Real Madrids of the world. Players that fit the manager’s mould should be excited by the prospect of competing at Anfield, but the club may need to work a little harder to get deals over the line.
  • 1 minute read 28/5/2018 | 08:17am West Ham United are interested in signing Barcelona defender Marlon Santos, according to the Daily Mail. What’s the word? The club are expected to have a busy summer as new manager Manuel Pellegrini will look to shape his own squad. A report in the Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are keeping a close eye on Santos, who impressed during a season-long loan spell at Nice. The Brazilian made 22 appearances in all competitions for the French outfit. It is unlikely that Santos will be able to break into the first team of the Spanish giants, which means that he may look to move on this summer. Is he right for West Ham? The Brazilian is still developing as a player, so it may be a risk to throw him into the deep end straight away. However, the Hammers need to inject some youth into their squad, and if Pellegrini wants to be at the London Stadium long-term, he needs to start thinking about giving hopefuls a chance. Santos predominantly plays at centre-back, but can also play at right-back, which proves his versatility. West Ham will certainly welcome a player who can feature in a variety of positions, but they may need to be patient with Santos if he comes through the welcome gates this summer.
  • 2 minute read 29/5/2018 | 06:43am Gareth Bale sent the world a message on Saturday night insisting that he still has what it takes to change a game having been the star of the show in Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool. The Welshman came off the substitutes bench to score two goals, one of which was a stunning bicycle kick, to earn a 3-1 triumph for Los Blancos in Kiev. Unsurprisingly, the world and his wife have since been linked with a move for Bale, who has been restricted to a bit-part role for the majority of the season in Spain but still managed to score 20 goals in all competitions. However, according to The Guardian, Premier League champions Manchester City have no interest in recruiting the 28-year-old. The publication claims that Pep Guardiola’s side will pave the way for Manchester United to swoop for the former Tottenham Hotspur star. There is no doubt that City have a wealth of talent in their squad, but some fans have arrogantly dismissed the idea of signing Bale, as if he did not possess the quality required. Imagine my shock — Avinash Jha (@jha_nash) May 27, 2018 Manchester city not interested in signing Vladimir Putin.See, I could be a journalist too. — Harry Houdini (@andwithoutrepos) May 27, 2018 pic.twitter.com/PuSfq2yTwA — LES CENTURIONS (@AmadHD94) May 27, 2018 Asif we wanted him — Dylan Jones (@jonesdy17) May 27, 2018 Good I’ve not heard his name all season. One decent goal and he’s a world beater again — Daniel (@danny7broome) May 28, 2018 BREAKING: Manchester City are not interested in signing goalkeeper Masahiro Okamoto of the Japanese 2nd division. — ? AP ? (@ShtNuggets) May 27, 2018 As if we wanted him? — 2018/19 Champions? (@pep_blueArmy) May 27, 2018 Why should we? — wandile ngcobo (@wandilengcobo8) May 27, 2018 thank you lord — samaine (@FtbILaporte) May 27, 2018
  • 2 minute read 14/4/2018 | 08:25am Manchester United should go all out to sign Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale in this summer’s transfer window, according to former Red Devils captain Rio Ferdinand. Bale started Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Roma on Tuesday night, but was hooked at half time following a poor first 45 minutes. The 28-year-old is reportedly keen to stay at the Bernabeu, but Real Madrid are said to be preparing to sell the Wales international to the highest bidder this summer. United were strongly linked with Bale before the attacker joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur, and continue to be credited with an interest in the former left-back. Ferdinand has said that he would ‘100%’ take Bale at Old Trafford despite the former Spurs winger finding it difficult to remain injury-free over the last couple of seasons. Ferdinand told BT Sport: “For his talent, 100% [I would want him]. If you get him at a decent price, but talent-wise there’s not doubting this guy. But it’s just getting him out on the pitch every week is the problem. He hasn’t been able to do that. “He’s a huge talent. He’s had a bad season by all accounts from what they’re saying, their fans are disgruntled and not happy about him. He’s got 16 goals. In the Premier League, I’d love to see him here.” Bale has managed 81 goals and 59 assists in his 182 Real Madrid appearances since making the switch from Tottenham in the summer of 2013. This term, the Welshman has managed 14 goals and eight assists in 32 appearances – including 11 in 21 La Liga matches.
  • 1 minute read 30/5/2018 | 05:38pm West Ham United fans will be keeping a keen eye on the club’s transfer activity this summer. New manager Manuel Pellegrini will get his first chance to shape a squad that he sees fit for the new Premier League season. According to the Daily Mail, Brazilian defender Marlon Santos is on the club’s radar. The 22-year-old, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, spent last season on loan at Nice. The youngster has struggled to find a way through to the first team at the Camp Nou, which leads to suggestions that he may seek a move elsewhere. Santos has the potential to be a world-class centre-back, but he can also be positioned at right-back when needs be. The defender’s versatility is a big advantage for any club, but he may need time to grow before being thrown in the deep end at West Ham. After the reports emerged, we asked you if the East London outfit should swoop for Santos, and an overwhelming majority are all for it.
  • 2 minute read 29/11/2017 | 05:49pmAtletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed in his new book ‘Behind the Smile’ that he brushed off interest from Arsenal after they let him down in 2013, reports The Mirror.What’s the story?Griezmann has become one of Europe’s best forwards over the years for his heroics at Atletico.The France international’s career could have taken a different path when he was at Real Sociedad in 2013.In his new autobiography, Griezmann has revealed that he was keen on signing for Arsenal when the club’s scout Giles Grimandi made contact with the player’s agent.However, a bid never came in for the attacker and he vowed not to join the North London outfit in the future due to the way he had been treated.According to The Mirror, Griezmann wrote:“I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting. When there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.“So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”Will Griezmann be playing in England next season?During the recent summer transfer window, widespread reports claimed that Manchester United were keen on signing the forward.In the end, though, the Frenchman stayed put, with many suggesting that Atletico’s transfer embargo persuaded him to remain loyal to his club of three years.Next summer could be a different story, but a recent report in The Independent has indicted that United have cooled interest in Griezmann due to the positive form of Anthony Martial.The Atletico star would be a welcome addition to the Premier League, but given the financial clout of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, it may be tough to convince the forward to move to England.
  • 2 minute read 14/4/2018 | 07:50am According to Diario Gol, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is considering making the move to Manchester United at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. What’s the story? United are expected to be in the market for at least one new central midfielder this summer due to the fact that Michael Carrick is approaching retirement and Marouane Fellaini is preparing to leave on a free transfer. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho wants a new midfielder to play alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba, and a number of players have been linked with a move. According to Diario Gol, United have decided that they will make an attempt to sign Rakitic this summer, and the Croatia international is coming round to the idea of leaving Camp Nou. The report claims that the 30-year-old will hold talks with Barcelona chiefs before making up his mind, but is leaning towards a departure in this summer’s transfer window. Would Rakitic be a good signing? Rakitic was outstanding during his three and a half seasons at Sevilla – scoring 34 times in 149 appearances for the club before making the move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014. The midfielder has been even more impressive at Camp Nou, however, with 30 goals in 208 appearances since arriving at the Catalan giants. This term, Rakitic, who has also been linked with Arsenal, has managed four goals and four assists in 49 appearances for Barcelona, and his form has been key to the club’s outstanding La Liga campaign. Barcelona were shocked in the Champions League by Roma on Tuesday night, however, and it is thought that there will be big changes this summer. United need an established performer to play in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Matic and Pogba, and Rakitic’s all-round midfield game would be a perfect fit for the Red Devils. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Rakitic is valued at £45m, and that sounds about right when considering what price the Croatian may command this summer.
  • 2 minute read 29/11/2017 | 06:35pmReal Madrid are interested in signing out-of-favour Chelsea defender David Luiz in January, according to The Express.What’s the word?Zinedine Zidane is reportedly expected to bring in some new faces in the winter window in the hope of catching up with La Liga leaders Barcelona.The Express claims that Luiz is one of those targets, while Chelsea are considering reviving their interest in Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro.The future of Luiz remains unclear following reports of a fallout between himself and manager Antonio Conte.According to The Express, the Italian coach was unhappy with his player’s attitude following both Champions League games against Roma.As a result, Luiz was dropped from the squad for the 1-0 win over Manchester United and Andreas Christiansen was also preferred in matches against West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool.Luiz could be out of action for a longer spell as he is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury.What should Chelsea do?Conte has proven that he can be cut throat; an example being his dismissal of Diego Costa.The striker scored 25 Premier League goals last season, but was sold to Atletico Madrid in the summer after falling out with Conte.If Luiz is not welcomed back into the team once he returns to fitness, then it could spell the end for the defender.Chelsea must not allow the Brazilian to leave Stamford Bridge in January, though, as it will leave them short of options at the back.Given that the team are still fighting on all fronts, the club need as much depth as possible.
  • Rafael Benitez has a renowned penchant for the facts. Now, every Monday, he’s here to save us from water cooler small talk and that one guy in the pub who thinks he has all the answers. With a mix of unbelievable stats from the weekend’s action and truly random knowledge from the world of football, Rafa’s got you covered so you’re never caught without something better to say than “What was Wenger thinking?” ever again. This week, Arsenal are worse than Grimsby Town, Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Man Utd and CSKA Moscow are older than The Kremlin…
  • 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
  • 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.
  • According to Calciomercato, Southampton are among a number of clubs willing to meet the £23.8million release clause in the contract of Espanyol striker Leo Baptistao.What’s the Story?Reports in Italy claim that Espanyol forward Leo Baptistao is on the radar of a number of clubs around Europe including Southampton, Brighton, Roma and Genoa.Under contract until 2021 with the Catalan Club, Southampton would need to bid £23.8million or more to land Baptistao, as per his release clause.How good has Baptistao been this season?Arguably his most consistent season in European football, Baptistao has found a home at Espanyol.A regular in the side, the Brazilian has started 12 games this season, scoring three times and providing two assists. Played mainly as a central striker, the 25-year-old has alos been deployed on the right wing, where he has proved extremely effective at times.One of the strongest points of Baptistao’s game is his ability to contribute to both offensive and defensive phases of play. He understands the game very well and is able to read teammates and opposition movement impressively.Would Baptistao be a good signing for Southampton?The one thing that Southampton are in desperate need of at this moment in time is an exciting attacker. Other than their 4-1 victory over Everton last weekend, the Saints have been miserably unentertaining in front of goal.With manager Mauricio Pellegrino under increasing pressure from fans to improve the teams fortunes, a move for a Brazilian striker may help reignite some energy into a dreary-looking Saints squad.
  • According to RMC Sport, David Luiz could be set to leave Chelsea this January and join European Champions Real MadridWhat’s the Story?Reports in France have suggested that David Luiz is keen on a move to Real Madrid after finding his playing time reduced at Stamford Bridge this season.Following a rift with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at the end of October, Luiz has found himself out of the playing squad on a number of occassions since.While the Blues have played down any spat between player and manager, these reports suggest that Luiz is ready to move to pastures new.How good has Luiz been this season?It has been an inconsistent season for Luiz so far in 2017/18. The 30-year-old, who is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt has featured in 12 games for Chelsea, scoring twice and putting in pretty decent performances when selected.However, his inability to reclaim his spot in the Blues side and the emergence of Andreas Christensen means that Luiz could be set to leave Stamford Bridge for the second time in five years.Would Chelsea really consider letting Luiz leave?Clearly an immensely popular figure with the fans and inside the dressing room, David Luiz would certainly be hugely missed in West London.However, if reports are true and the Brazilian has fallen out with Antonio Conte, the club may need to take action in order to take a stand against unwarranted player power.A move to Real Madrid would be a surprise but is far from unlikely.
  • 3 minute read 30/11/2017 | 02:13pmAccording to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton striker Sandro Ramirez is a January target for La Liga high-flyers Valencia.What’s the word, then?Well, the Daily Mail says that Valencia are keen to bring the out of favour 22-year-old back to Spain on loan less than six months after he left Malaga to join the Toffees.Despite arriving for what was considered to be a bargain £5.2m fee following an impressive goalscoring campaign in La Liga, the attacker has so far struggled to adapt to the English game or to find a position where he fits into Everton’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.How has Ramirez done this season?Having scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga last term, hopes were high that the 22-year-old could help to score some of the goals the Merseyside outfit were losing when they sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United during the summer.However, he has only scored one goal in 13 outings for Everton so far this campaign, and he has only played 14 minutes of Premier League football in his club’s previous seven top flight fixtures.Could he go in January?While it looked as though he could potentially leave in the New Year if David Unsworth got the job on a permanent basis, that situation may now change after Sam Allardyce was confirmed as the club’s new manager.The former England boss will want to run the rule over all of his players before deciding who is surplus to requirements, and he may feel that he can get the best out of Ramirez – perhaps if he is partnered with a taller player like Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.Big Sam certainly won’t fancy him as a lone striker if he intends to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation though, as he likes to have a target to hit with any long balls played forward.What’s the verdict, then?Well, if Allardyce decides that Ramirez isn’t for him or Everton – it could well be the case considering he has struggled to adapt to English football so far – then giving him to Valencia on loan in January could not only potentially help the 22-year-old regain his confidence, but also help them make a profit on a player that cost so little in today’s market.
  • Liverpool’s Champions League dream evaporated on Saturday night thanks to one moment of pure genius, two of pure comedy and another of Sergio Ramos simply being Sergio Ramos and Reds fans are still trying to make sense of the events in Kiev. There will be no ‘We won it 6 times’ banners on the Anfield terraces next season but there should be lots of optimism… unless you’re Loris Karius! A manager with a song in his heart, a Guinean with a contract already signed and a youth prospect with even better hair than Mo Salah make up our list which should stop Liverpool fans reaching for the history books just yet.
  • 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.
  • 3 minute read 1/12/2017 | 10:37amAccording to reports in Spanish magazine Don Balon, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Newcastle United are keen to sign out of favour Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, although he could cost any of the interested parties €32m (approximately £28.2m).What’s the word, then?Well, Don Balon says that Gameiro could leave the La Liga giants just 18 months after joining the club after failing to convince manager Diego Simeone that he can be a key player for them in the future, and the Premier League trio have all been credited with an interest in the France international.However, Don Balon says despite the fact the 30-year-old isn’t wanted, he won’t be sold on the cheap and Atletico are keen to recoup as much of the €32m (approximately £28.2m) they paid to sign him from Sevilla in 2016.How has Gameiro done this season?Despite being largely out of favour under Simeone, the Frenchman has still scored four goals and provided a further assist in 10 appearances in all competitions, including a brace and an assist in the 5-0 win against Levante last weekend.Why would Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle want him?Well, Mauricio Pochettino may well be looking for cover for Harry Kane with Fernando Llorente yet to score having joined the club during the summer, while Sam Allardyce may look to add to Everton’s attacking options in the New Year with the Merseyside outfit still yet to replace Romelu Lukaku.Meanwhile, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez could be keen to boost a frontline that has scored just 12 goals in 14 Premier League matches this term, in order to keep his team away from a relegation battle in the second-half of the campaign.Would he be a good signing for them?As a back-up option for Tottenham he certainly would be, but there would be concerns at the 5ft 7in striker’s ability to play a lone role up top because of his weakness in the air.That could be a similar problem for Everton and Newcastle too considering they often play with a 4-2-3-1 formation, and they would need to rely on Gameiro’s goalscoring abilities to make sure he was effective.That said, he has often played that role for Atletico and we have seen how well other smaller players like Segio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez have succeeded when they know how to use their body in the correct way.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 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…
  • 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 1/12/2017 | 12:26pmAccording to reports in Spanish magazine Don Balon, Tottenham Hotspur are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing out of favour Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, and Spurs fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.Don Balon says that the north London outfit, along with top flight rivals Everton and Newcastle United, are keen on the 30-year-old who could be allowed to leave the La Liga giants having failed to impress Diego Simeone since joining the club in 2016.Despite seemingly being unwanted, the French attacker did score two and assist another in Atletico’s 5-0 win against Levante last weekend to show the goalscoring abilities that he has.Tottenham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the link to Gameiro, and while one said “we’ll sign him and he’ll somehow flop”, another urged the club to “give them Llorente and £20m”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…When are they going to learn la liga strikers aren't for us— Jake (@lilywhite_army) December 1, 2017We'll sign him and he'll somehow flop— Henry (@princebale) December 1, 2017we really need fire power. This lad can finish but I think Atletico are just staring to play him more in a front 3, so this will be a hard signing— simon young (@rookieyoung1) December 1, 2017This will 100% not happen my sources inform me— Marcus (@mrmarcusroberts) December 1, 2017I'm sure he's nearly 30 or already is past that age, so why try but older when there is plenty of good young players out there? It didn't work with Soldado now it seems to be Llorente too. Why not try for someone younger with some pace and can try compete with Kane.— Ethan Mosely (@ethan_mosely) December 1, 2017great; another cheap option who is on the wrong side of 30.— Hywel Davies (@howlindavies) December 1, 2017Give them llorente and 20 million— winksinho (@xavierfifa) December 1, 2017The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 1 minute read 17/4/2018 | 10:20am Philippe Coutinho’s departure seemed inevitable during the summer months due to the constant speculation linking the Liverpool star to Barcelona. The Merseyside outfit managed to keep hold of the playmaker until the January transfer window. Coutinho’s exit was met with unhappiness from the majority of Liverpool fans, many of whom were frustrated by the club’s decision to sell mid-season. At the time, the 25-year-old was widely regarded as the Reds’ best player, but it did not take long to notice that Jurgen Klopp’s side were more than capable of succeeding without him. Since Coutinho left, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have taken centre-stage, with the Egyptian in particular impressing with 40 goals in all competitions. The team have secured a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League – something that Coutinho’s Barcelona were unable to do – and they are on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Given that there was a lot of upset and anger among the Liverpool fanbase when the playmaker opted to leave, news that he is likely to return to Anfield with national team Brazil has sparked an interesting reaction. The Reds confirmed on their official website that the stadium will host a World Cup warm-up fixture between Brazil and Croatia on June 3. In response to the news, many fans poked fun at the back injury that Coutinho allegedly suffered with prior to his move to Barcelona. Just if his “back” will be ok for that day 😂😂😂 #LFC — Nasra Ali (@afrika5uk) April 16, 2018 Please can we end the journalism on him. He's not our player. — A bitter old man named Joe (@joepat_iliff) April 16, 2018 Think he might be having back problems that day. — Fräulein Locke (@groovehamster) April 16, 2018 Who cares.?!?! 😒😒😒 pic.twitter.com/Um8yglpIRC — Kat_😼👑 (@Kat_CrazyTweets) April 17, 2018 Back to collect his Champions league winners medal😊 — fire77ice (@fire77ice) April 16, 2018 Sing his name to show him what he is missing in barcelona. — Zead Jamalkhan (@ZeBlackBox) April 17, 2018 oh that will go down like a lead balloon — helen raybould (@rizz50isles1) April 16, 2018 Reckon I’m cutting the grass that day !!! — Graeme Barker (@rafasreds05) April 16, 2018
  • 3 minute read 1/12/2017 | 12:10pmAccording to reports in Spanish publication Marca, Newcastle United could reignite their interest in Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla having failed in a move to bring him to St James’ Park during the summer transfer window.What’s the word, then?Well, Benitez was keen to bring a new goalkeeper to the newly-promoted Premier League outfit before the start of the current season, but a deal for Casilla failed to materialise with Real not signing a new stopper themselves.Newcastle’s first-choice keeper in the Premier League this season – Rob Elliot – was dropped for Karl Darlow in the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in midweek, and Benitez could reignite his search for a new man between the sticks in January.Marca says that Real are keen on a deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa, and despite the fact that Casilla has filled in for the injured Keylor Navas in recent times, he could be surplus to requirements in the New Year if Kepa does arrive at the Bernabeu.How has Casilla done this season?The 31-year-old started the campaign as second-choice behind Navas, but injuries have meant that he has been handed his chance by Zinedine Zidane, and he has been named in the XI for nine of the La Liga giants’ last 10 matches in all competitions.He has conceded nine goals and kept five clean sheets in his 10 outings in total, with Real failing to win in four of those games.Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?He certainly would be.There will be doubts over the abilities of Elliot and Darlow from the St James’ Park faithful as the Magpies look to avoid a relegation battle this season, and bringing in Casilla would certainly make Benitez and the fans feel more confident.The 31-year-old has shown with his appearances for Real this season what a good goalkeeper he can be, and he certainly wouldn’t have any problem dealing with the pressure of playing in the Premier League having appeared for arguably the biggest club in the world.Will Newcastle get him in January?If Real get Kepa in the New Year then it certainly couldn’t be ruled out, but you would feel that could be a deal that is more likely for next summer unless Zidane wants a new number  one right now.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 2 minute read 17/4/2018 | 12:20pm Real Madrid are willing to sell Dani Ceballos to Liverpool as long as the Premier League club agree to a buy-back clause, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? Liverpool may be in the market for a midfielder this summer due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of Emre Can. The Germany international will come to the end of his current contract this summer, and fans are not convinced that he will pen a new deal. Manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be targeting 21-year-old Ceballos as Can’s replacement, but according to reports in Spain, the club will only be able to sign the midfielder on one condition. According to Don Balon, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed that he will give the green light for a transfer as long as a buy-back clause is inserted in the agreement. This season, Ceballos, who moved to the Bernabeu from Real Betis last year, has started just two La Liga games. Is Ceballos a good replacement for Can? The midfielder has bags of talent in the middle of the park but he has been able to show it consistently due to a lack of minutes under Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. In total, Ceballos has made 10 league appearances this season, but has played just 237 minutes of top-flight football. Despite the limited game time, the Spaniard has still contributed with two goals. Ceballos’s age and the fact that he has not been given a regular run-out in Zidane’s team indicates that it may be risky throwing him into the deep end in the Premier League. However, Klopp is the type of manager that young players love to learn from and he has a track record of giving youth a chance at the top level. If an agreement can be made with Madrid, the Reds will snap up a potential gem for the future.
  • 2 minute read 1/12/2017 | 04:30pmDavid de Gea has calmed speculation that he could leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, reports El Confidencial .What’s the word?Whenever a transfer window approaches, rumours of De Gea returning to his homeland do the rounds.Since the summer of 2015, when the goalkeeper’s proposed move to the Bernabeu fell through, the media has constantly speculated whether or not the Spaniard will end up at the Bernabeu.It is partly understandable given that De Gea clearly wanted to join the La Liga giants two years ago, but he has never publicly expressed a desire to join Real.The 27-year-old has given the clearest indication yet that he intends to stay at Old Trafford.In an interview with El Confidencial, De said:“Real Madrid? I’m the goalkeeper of Manchester United and Spain. What more could I ask for?”Is this the end of the rumours?Most likely no. If Madrid’s interest is serious then in most cases club’s of that stature get their way with regards to transfers.However, De Gea’s short but sweet response rings true as he has no real need to take on the challenge at the Bernabeu.Keylor Navas is the current number one at Real, and even though De Gea is one of the world’s best, he may need to fight for the shirt.At United, the shot-stopper has that position nailed down, and even though Manchester City seem to be running away with the Premier League title, the Red Devils will always be competitive under Jose Mourinho.Homesickness could eventually play a part in De Gea returning to Spain, but it seems that he is very secure at United.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 2 minute read 31/5/2018 | 08:48am Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was public enemy number one on May 26 when his tussle with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah become a defining moment in the Champions League final. The Spain international had locked arms with Salah before both hit the deck within the first half an hour of the clash in Kiev. The Liverpool attacker came off worse as he suffered a dislocated shoulder, which forced him to leave the pitch in tears as the game was goalless. In the end, Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 3-1, and even though goalkeeper Loris Karius made two costly mistakes, Ramos took the brunt of criticism from disgruntled Liverpool fans. Since the final, a petition has been doing the rounds online calling for UEFA to take punishment against Ramos for ‘deliberately’ hurting Salah. According to the London Evening Standard, the form has collected around half a million signatures, but some Liverpool fans think that the furore has gone way too far. This Salah/Ramos petition is just bloody embarrassing. Things happen in football. Players will do anything to gain a slight advantage. Yes I believe it was intentional in my eyes but again as I said.. things happen in football. #LFC — Steven Amoss (@StevieAmoss) May 29, 2018 Sick of the #Ramos attack on #Salah now. As for the petitions and everything else, it's making us, as a club look pethetic. Gutted we lost, gutted #Salah got injured but move on. Ramos isn't going to be banned or fined they've said that. Hopefully we'll get our chance again. #LFC — Dan Bennett (@DanBennett11) May 30, 2018 Anyone whose signed that #Ramos petition, unfollow me Irrespective of whether it was a foul or not it’s football & this list is cringey! #LFC — Steve Lloyd (@SteveLloyd_10) May 29, 2018 What exactly are some #LFC fans trying to achieve still moaning about #Ramos? Making a petition!! Showing videos of Ramos career fouls?? Get over it guys! Liverpool could have still won without Salah if we hadn't of gifted them 2 goals. Nothing to do with Ramos. Move on — James Fish (@jrfish7) May 28, 2018 Just saw tweets about Ramos petition that’s a bit desperate it’s not going to change the result. Let’s not forget we all supported Suarez and let’s be honest what he did was worse than Ramos being a dirty cheat. Perspective Reds fans #LFC — Dipesh Shah (@mrdipeshashah) May 28, 2018 Let karma deal with Ramos! Our boys gave their all and are only human! Onto bigger & better things for the redmen — Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownRAF) May 28, 2018 We lost the game when Salah went off but to blame Ramos is rubbish. It’s a contact sport. Our heads dropped, crowd went quiet & RM reacted. Sure, bad GK mistakes but that’s not why we lost. We were brilliant for 30 mins but it’s a 90 minute game. #YNWA — Guy Williams (@Piglet0080) May 28, 2018 Think Ramos is a dirty dog of a player, and knew what he was doing… but yes, this petition is cringe worthy — Shalds (@elbowshalds) May 28, 2018
  • 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.
  • 3 minute read 2/12/2017 | 01:25pmAccording to Spanish media outlet AS, reported Arsenal target Steven N’Zonzi could be on his way out of Sevilla after falling out with manager Eduardo Berizzo.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sun says that the Gunners were keen on the former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City man during the summer transfer window, but no move materialised with AS reporting that no interested party was willing to meet the 28-year-old’s €40m (approximately £35.3m right now) release clause.Now AS says that the Frenchman could leave the La Liga side after reacting angrily to be taken off at half-time in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool in the Champions League last month, believing that fellow midfielder Guido Pizarro should have been replaced instead.AS adds that the midfielder then missed training the next day to throw his future with the club into doubt.How has he done this season?Prior to the incident against Liverpool, the France international had made 15 appearances in all competitions, and showcased why he is so highly-rated.According to Squawka, the 28-year-old has a passing accuracy of 90% in 10 La Liga outings this term, while he has made 11 interceptions and nine clearances.The fact that he has successfully completed three of three take-ons he has attempted shows how comfortable he is on the ball, while he has also won 29 of the 38 aerial duels he has contested.Would Arsenal still want him?It’s difficult to say.While Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka have done well in a central midfield pivot in recent weeks, the Gunners still don’t have that powerful and strong player in the middle of the park that you need in some matches.While Francis Coquelin can play that role and sit in front of the defence when required, there is no doubt that his fellow Frenchman N’Zonzi would be an upgrade.What’s the verdict, then?Well, it remains to be seen whether N’Zonzi and Berizzo make up in the next few weeks, but if they don’t then Sevilla could be forced to sell the 28-year-old in January.Whether Wenger would be willing to make a move for the midfielder then remains to be seen, with having to potentially replace Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez being more of a pressing matter.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 1 minute read 31/5/2018 | 02:16pm The transfer window throws up some outrageous stories during the off-season, and it seems that Liverpool fans have created their own. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been in the media over the last few days due to his heroics in the Champions League final. The Wales international came off the bench in Kiev to score two goals, one of which was a stunning bicycle kick to help Los Blancos to a 3-1 win over Liverpool. The Daily Mail recently reported that after the final whistle, Bale, who joined Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, spent 20 minutes in the Liverpool dressing room. The publication claims that he went to speak to the players, including Adam Lallana, who he has known since the pair were both at Southampton in their younger years. Despite Bale’s goalscoring performance, the Welshman is continually linked with a move away from Zinedine Zidane’s side. Even though the attacker did not have a regular starting spot last season, he still managed to score 21 goals and create eight assists in all competitions. On Reddit, Liverpool fans joked that the club were closing in on the signing of Bale, purely basing it on his visit to the team dressing room. Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card Card
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 3/12/2017 | 08:00amEgypt head coach Hector Cuper has revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is wanted by Real Madrid, reports the London Evening Standard.What’s the story?Given the attacker’s current form, he was bound to attract interest from other big-name clubs.Salah has found the back of the net 17 times and has created four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.Egypt head coach Cuper apparently has inside knowledge about a potential transfer, with Madrid said to be interested.According to the London Evening Standard, the football coach told ON Sport TV in Egypt:“I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but let’s not rush things. To me, he is in an amazing position right now.”How should Liverpool react?The Merseyside outfit proved in the summer that they can be stubborn when trying to keep hold of a key player.The club denied Philippe Coutinho a move to Barcelona, despite the Spanish giants’ tabling three bids.If there is a genuine interest in Salah, then Liverpool need to make sure that they do everything that they can to stop the 25-year-old from having his head turned.In most cases, it is difficult for players not to consider joining one of the European heavyweights, but at the moment, there is no need for the player to move.At the moment, Salah, who joined the club from Roma for £36m in the summer, is a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s side and if he made the jump to Madrid, he would have to compete for a place in the setup.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 2 minute read 19/4/2018 | 06:00pm According to Diario Gol, Arsenal are prepared to offer £35m for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in this summer’s transfer window. What’s the story? Benzema has scored 189 goals for Real Madrid since joining the Spanish giants from Lyon in the summer of 2009. The Frenchman has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and three Champions League crowns with the club, meanwhile, and has often been credited with helping Cristiano Ronaldo thrive at the Bernabeu. Benzema has only managed nine goals for Los Blancos this season, however, and his performances have been called into question by the Spanish media. According to Diario Gol, Arsenal will attempt to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future by launching a £35m bid at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Much will depend on whether Real Madrid follow up on their interest in Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, but it is certainly an offer that would grab the Spanish club’s attention. Would Benzema be a good signing? The question is not so much whether Benzema would be a good signing, but whether he is needed when considering Arsenal’s recent transfer business. Indeed, the Gunners broke their transfer record to bring Alexandre Lacazette to the club last summer, before smashing it again in January to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. Benzema, who has also been linked with a shock move to West Ham United, is a different type of player, however, and the 30-year-old must be respected for the type of numbers that he has posted in the Spanish capital. Much has been made of Benzema’s form this term, but there is absolutely no doubting that he has the quality to score goals in the Premier League, and a change of scenery might be just what he needs at this stage of his career. It is certainly one to watch ahead of this summer’s transfer window, and it would be a big statement of intent from Arsenal if they managed to pull off the deal.
  • 3 minute read 3/12/2017 | 05:38pmAccording to reports in The Sunday Mirror, new Everton boss Sam Allardyce has targeted unhappy Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi as one of his priority transfer targets.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sunday Mirror says that having been promised a bumper January budget by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Allardyce could look to be reunited with the 28-year-old.The 63-year-old signed the Frenchman when he was Blackburn Rovers manager, and The Sunday Mirror also says that he was keen to see if the midfielder was eligible to play for England when he was in charge of the Three Lions.The report adds that N’Zonzi is keen to leave the La Liga outfit and although Sevilla would be reluctant to let him go, they could be tempted if they are offered £20m.How has N’Zonzi done this season?The 28-year-old has been a regular in the Sevilla side this season, but he wasn’t happy when he was taken off at half-time in the draw against Liverpool in the Champions League, and he failed to turn up to training the next day.Since then, the Frenchman hasn’t made the squad for the La Liga matches against Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna, with the relationship between himself and manager Eduardo Berizzo still not repaired.Do Everton need him?With the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Mo Besic, Beni Baningime and Tom Davies in the middle of the park, you wouldn’t necessarily think that they need N’Zonzi but the former two especially have been performing far worse than they did last season.There is no doubt that the Sevilla man would add some strength and power in the centre, and he would prove to be an important player at both ends of the pitch when it comes to set-pieces.What’s the verdict, then?Well, if Everton could pick N’Zonzi up for £20m Allardyce would probably be happy to do it, especially having worked with the Frenchman before and the fact that he has experience of playing Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.That said, his fall-out with his current boss in recent weeks would bring some question marks over his attitude and character.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 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
  • 2 minute read 3/12/2017 | 07:08pmAccording to reports in The Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are ready to pull the plug on signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale unless the price is right, and they are only willing to pay £50m-£60m for the £100m-rated player.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sunday Mirror says that Real are ready to sell the Welshman in order to fund moves for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, but they rate him at £100m.However, The Sunday Mirror says that United don’t feel he is worth that much because of the fact that he has suffered a number of injury issues during his time with Spain, the fact that he turns 29 in July and how he is currently on £350,000-per-week.The report adds that while the Red Devils were once willing to pay £100m, their chiefs will only do business in a cut-price deal.How he has done this season?It has been another injury-hit campaign for Bale at the Bernabeu.The Wales international has made 10 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing a further five assists, but he picked up his 20th injury during his time with Real against Fuenlabrada last week.That calf problem meant he missed the goalless draw against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Could United get him for £50m?Considering some of the transfer fees that are being thrown around right now, it would be difficult see Real accepting an offer of £50m for Bale.Even if they are looking to offload the 28-year-old they will still believe that he is one of the best attacking players in the world on his day, and that is shown by their £100m valuation.Of course, Real have long been linked with United goalkeeper David De Gea and there could be a compromise found if the stopper was involved in any deal, but the Red Devils won’t want that to happen either.The festive fixture pileup is almost upon us—that’s bad news for the players, but great news for those of us who like a flutter! Before you build your accumulator for this weekend, be sure to check out the brace of LeoVegas coupons we’ve picked out. There’s a Premier League outright win treble with great odds, plus a fourfold from the lower leagues for the more cavalier. Our Accy Show tips have paid out in the last two weeks—take a look and let us know whether you think our streak will continue…
  • 1 minute read 31/5/2018 | 06:22pm According to La Verdad, Newcastle United want to sign Celta Vigo attacker Pione Sisto in this summer’s transfer window. The 23-year-old had a fine 2017-18 campaign at Celta – scoring five times and registering 10 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for his Spanish club. Sisto’s performances throughout the season are believed to have attracted the attention of a number of European clubs, and Newcastle are said to be in the hunt. The attacker, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, joined Celta from FC Midtjylland in the summer of 2016, and has gone from strength to strength during his time in the top flight of Spanish football. It is not a surprise that a host of teams are monitoring his situation, but it is worth noting that Sisto has a contract at Celta until the summer of 2021. The Newcastle fans have been reacting to the transfer speculation, and it would be fair to say that a number are desperate for the Denmark international, who has previously been linked with Southampton, to move to St James’ Park this summer. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Looks like an absolute live wire dribbler in the mould of Sadio Mane on YouTube. Pace to burn but also cuts inside and goes on mazy dribbles too. Get him signed up. — Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) May 31, 2018 Probably too much for us. Looks a real player though. — Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) May 31, 2018 Do it!! He’s fast as fook — Dayle (@DayleBarron) May 31, 2018 Yes yes yes yes please — Tommy ?? (@TommyLeeStrings) May 31, 2018 We definitely could do with him. Could replace Kenedy just fine. Can play on both wings, him and Yedlin could link up perfectly. — TOON ARMY (@doiuhg) May 31, 2018 From what we saw last year, our season will probably be made or broke by the striker signings — Angry Cat (@JayHolz1) May 31, 2018 Very good player from what I’ve seen. 5 goals 10 assists last season & 12 goals 4 assists the year before. Hope this is true. — Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) May 31, 2018
  • 2 minute read 31/5/2018 | 09:11pm Manchester City have the ability to attract the biggest stars in the game due to their huge spending power and trophy success. Manager Pep Guardiola is a major pull on his own, and even more so now that he guided the team to the Premier League title last season. It was a successful campaign for the North-West outfit, but there was a level of disappointment due to the club’s failings in the Champions League. City managed to reach the quarter-finals but they were blown away by Liverpool. Guardiola will hope to do much better in the 2018-19 campaign, and for that to happen, City will need to bring in some fresh faces to boost the squad even more. Real Madrid star Isco has regularly been linked with the Premier League outfit, and his name has emerged once again. However, on Twitter, an exchange between Guardiola and a journalist has seemingly confirmed that the Spain international, who has won 13 trophies with Los Blancos, will not be arriving at the Etihad Stadium this summer. -¿El City va a fichar a Isco?– Guardiola: “¡No!”@elchiringuitotv pic.twitter.com/qud9rhbHw6 — Ignacio Miguélez (@IgnacioMiguelez) May 30, 2018 Fans have been posting their reactions on Twitter, and the overwhelming feeling is content. Good decision,Pep.we donn’t need him and he’s too costly,as well. — IAN ALLPORT (@stimulatinguall) May 30, 2018 Doesn’t work hard enough and is a prima donna — Chris (@Bromster63) May 30, 2018 Love it ? — Salman Ahsan (@salmanahsan2) May 30, 2018 We don’t need him anyway — man city mental (@TheCityDon2) May 30, 2018 Still will be linked with him forevee — ( ・ิϖ・ิ) (@ElMagoFC) May 30, 2018 I think Mahrez would be a better team player, and that Isco might mess up the locker room chemistry if hes not happy with a part time role. Mahrez wont. — Apollo 17 ? (@_THNK_TANK_) May 30, 2018 We all know it was the agent that created that rumor — papite (@jgedeon1717) May 30, 2018
  • 2 minute read 4/12/2017 | 05:05pmAccording to Diario Gol, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are both interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos in the January transfer window.What’s the story?Ceballos starred for Spain Under-21s during the Under-21 European Championships last summer, and after being linked with a number of clubs, ultimately joined Real Madrid from Real Betis.The 21-year-old has struggled for first-team football at the Bernabeu, however, starting just two La Liga matches for the defending champions this season.According to Diario Gol, Ceballos’ position at Real Madrid has not gone unnoticed, and North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are both closely monitoring proceedings with the view to a move when the winter window opens for business.AC Milan and Roma have also been credited with an interest, while Betis are said to be keen to take Ceballos on a loan deal until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Would Ceballos suit the Premier League?Ceballos, who is valued at £15.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored twice in 11 appearances for Real Madrid since making the move to the Bernabeu.The presence of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric has made it very difficult for the midfielder to earn a spot in the middle of the park, whilst he does not have the same qualities as Casemiro in a defensive position.There is simply no doubting Ceballos’ ability, however, with the Spaniard a terrific footballer capable of producing moments of magic from the middle of the park.His close control and range of passing make him a nightmare to play against, and despite not being a physically imposing midfielder, there is no question that he has the credentials to operate in the Premier League.It is not a surprise that English clubs are watching the midfielder with a view to a winter move, and he has the potential to be a star in the Premier League.
  • 1 minute read 4/12/2017 | 06:55pmLuis Suarez had a pretty good time of it at Liverpool – scoring 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Merseyside outfit before making the move to Barcelona.He netted 61 times in his final two seasons with the Reds, and has continued that scoring form in Spain – registering 127 goals in 165 matches for Barcelona.Norwich City will not have many fond memories of Suarez though following a couple of spectacular performances against the Canaries.Liverpool took a trip down memory lane on Monday as they posted a video of the striker scoring four times in the 5-1 win over Norwich in December 2013.It would be fair to say that Suarez is not popular with everyone, and he has made some serious mistakes on the football pitch during his career.There can be no doubting his ability as a player, however, and it is a shame for Liverpool that he did not stick around a little bit longer to help push the club forward.A selection of the best Twitter reaction to Liverpool’s video can be found below:🗓 #OnThisDay in 2013…An unbelievable performance from @LuisSuarez9 👌🙌 pic.twitter.com/30aifqEaCM— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 4, 2017So special . Once in a generation type of player, for sure.— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) December 4, 2017Love him or loathe him, Luis Suarez is a footballing genius! #LFC There is not enough words to describe how good this man is. He scores EVERY type of goal, what a player! Thanks for the memories Luis!— Jurgen Meister🇩🇪 (@SS_LFC) December 4, 2017What a player!!! 👏👏👏— Cindy™ (@Cindymonel) December 4, 2017Missing his moments tho— Jordan Collins (@JordanC73346859) December 4, 2017I was at that game with my daughter's he was breathtaking so glad I saw this genius play .— jeansgirl (@henrysboss) December 4, 2017Wish he would come back— unclegrowler (@unclegrowler) December 4, 2017miss himHe scores a goal and the Kop go wild#YNWA— Jason k (@Jasonk185) December 4, 2017Best individual performance I’ve ever had the privilege to witness.— GEOFF CATON (@GEOFFCATON1) December 4, 2017Yes remeber it well! Brilliant, best player on the planet at times— sakho's first touch (@dazzerlad) December 4, 2017“The man… is just (voice breaks)… brilliant! 😭— pete vorimo (@PVorimo) December 4, 2017
  • 1 minute read 21/4/2018 | 09:55am Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has rejected a move to Liverpool in what was a proposed swap deal involving Mohamed Salah, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? A day does not seem to go by when the Wales international is not linked to a return to the Premier League. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur tend to be the main clubs mentioned in the transfer gossip pages, but now Liverpool have emerged. According to Don Balon, Real president Florentino Perez was keen on securing a deal that would see Salah move to the Bernabeu and Bale switch to Anfield. However, the Welshman rejected the deal as he would only consider leaving Madrid for his former club Tottenham, where he spent six years before joining Los Blancos in 2013. Would he even fit in at Liverpool? Given that Bale was the most expensive footballer in the world not that long ago, it seems odd to suggest that he would not fit into a team. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likes his teams to press and close down opponents, which could prove to be an issue for Bale due to his injury problems. This season alone, the 28-year-old has struggled with calf injuries and hamstring problems, which has limited the attacker to just 16 La Liga starts. In total, Bale has made 28 appearances in all competitions and has still managed to score 13 goals and produce four assists, but a deal would not be worth losing Salah for.
  • 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
  • 4 minute read 5/12/2017 | 09:56am According to reports in Spanish media outlet DiarioGol, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is unhappy at a lack of first-team minutes and is being eyed by Tottenham Hotspur, along with Premier League rivals Arsenal, Serie A duo AC Milan and AS Roma and former club Real Betis.DiarioGol says that the 21-year-old, who moved to the Bernabeu from Betis during the summer transfer window, chose to join Real over Barcelona even though he knew that manager Zinedine Zidane didn’t particularly want him and that he would have played more at the Camp Nou, and he is already frustrated at a lack of game time.Now the Spain Under-21 international is looking for a way out, with Spurs among the clubs ready to offer him an escape route.Meanwhile, new Everton manager Sam Allardyce will already be identifying potential January signings as he looks to lead the Merseyside outfit up the Premier League table, and a deal to bring the youngster to Goodison Park could prove to be a shrewd move.Here are three reasons the Toffees should hijack Tottenham’s bid to sign Ceballos…
  • Real Madrid are willing to pay £190m to sign Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, according to Don Balon. What’s the story? The Egyptian international’s scintillating form for the Merseyside outfit has attracted the attention of many figures in the football world. The 25-year-old has scored 41 goals in all competitions, including 31 in the Premier League. On Sunday night, the attacker was crowned the PFA Player of the Year, which has sparked worry in some Liverpool fans that they will lose their key star. According to Don Balon, Real Madrid hold a strong interest in Salah and are now willing to pay £190m to seal his signature. The report suggests that the figure is in the region that the Reds would consider, but they are expected to be tough negotiators. Should Liverpool fans be worried? At this stage, everything seems rosy at Anfield, and there would be nothing to suggest that Salah is an any way unhappy. How could he be? The Egyptian is the main man at Liverpool, he cannot stop scoring and is potentially three results away from lifting the Champions League trophy. However, Real Madrid do not come calling every day, and there may be a part of Salah that wonders if this will be his only chance. At the end of the day, if the former Chelsea player decides to leave, Liverpool can only do so much before he gets his way.
  • 2 minute read 31/5/2018 | 09:34pm Sergio Aguero has been Manchester City’s star man for some time, but over the course of the last 12 months, doubts have risen over the striker’s future. The Argentina international has consistently performed for the North-West outfit since his move to the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011. For some reason, Aguero has never won PFA Player of the Year, despite the fact that he has been in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot numerous times. Last season, manager Pep Guardiola suggested that the 29-year-old may have a more limited role by playing Gabriel Jesus. However, in the latter stages of the campaign, which ended in a Premier League title win for City, Aguero was used regularly. According to Spanish publication AS, the prolific striker, who scored 30 goals and created seven assists in all competitions last season, wants to return to Atletico. Aguero spent five years of his career at the La Liga side before switching to City. Now, it seems that he wants to go back to his former club, but City fans are not having any of it. Lies — david bradshaw (@bradshawmcfc) May 31, 2018 «hey guess what… Pigs have started to fly»…… pic.twitter.com/fkA2AZrFEc — Kim (@Kimbanor) May 30, 2018 ?? — #RM26 (@CmonCity_) May 30, 2018 Lies!! — Alex tweets Man CITY (@alexinh8) May 30, 2018 ? — ChampagneColinBaines (@bainesymcfc) May 30, 2018 Dream on — Sazieh (@Eazy__S) May 30, 2018 Rubbish! — Matthew Miller (@MillerMattu) May 30, 2018 Put this rumour to bed become a few days back in an interview Kun said he’s not leaving City anytime soon. — Kushveer singh (@kushveer141) May 30, 2018 Never happen !! — Chris (@Bromster63) May 30, 2018
  • 3 minute read 5/12/2017 | 11:07amAccording to reports in The Times, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is refusing to sign a new contract worth £300,000 a week in the hope of attracting an offer from Real Madrid.What’s the word, then?Well, The Times says Hazard has joined Belgian teammate Thibaut Courtois in putting talks over a new deal on hold until the end of the season despite the fact that he has been offered a contract that would make him the highest-paid player in the west London outfit’s history.The Times says that while the 26-year-old is happy at Stamford Bridge, he is so far reluctant to extend his current deal – which still has two-and-a-half years left to run on it – as it would affect his chances of joining Real in the future.The report adds that while the La Liga giants have coveted the attacker for a long time, they didn’t make a formal bid last summer and the Blues are hoping that the man that wants him – Zinedine Zidane – is sacked at the end of the season to boost their chances of keeping their influential star.How has Hazard done this season?Even though he perhaps hasn’t been as influential as he was last term so far during the current campaign – especially as he recovered from an ankle injury – the  26-year-old has still scored an impressive eight goals and provided a further six assists in 19 appearances in all competitions.The Belgium international showed his importance in the 3-1 win against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, when Antonio Conte’s side came from a goal down to pick up the three points with Hazard scoring a brace.Could he go to Madrid before his contract expires?It’s difficult to say.While Chelsea certainly won’t want to lose their attacking talisman if he is refusing to sign a new deal and they receive a huge offer from Real next summer, it could be too tempting to turn down – especially if the player says he wants to go.Of course the Blues would have to make sure they were definitely getting a world-class replacement first, and it certainly won’t be easy to find someone of the Belgian’s quality.
  • 1 minute read 1/6/2018 | 02:57am Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world on Thursday afternoon when he revealed that he was stepping down as head coach of Real Madrid. Zidane led the Madrid giants to a third straight Champions League title last weekend, but the Frenchman will not be in charge of Los Blancos entering the 2018-19 campaign. Gareth Bale looked almost certain to leave Real Madrid this summer due to his difficult relationship with Zidane, who left the Welshman out of his starting XI for the Champions League final against Liverpool last weekend. Manchester United are believed to be keen to sign the former Tottenham Hotspur attacker this summer, but Zidane’s departure could well change the situation. At least that is what the United supporters now expect to happen, with the bulk fearing that Zidane’s exit has ended the chances of Bale moving to Old Trafford in this summer’s transfer window. Bale came off the bench to score twice against Liverpool in Kiev, and threw his future into doubt with his comments after the match. A selection of the Twitter reaction from the United supporters can be seen below: yeah…. any new manager will want him too at #RealMadrid — MrJ&MUFC (@redevilfel27) May 31, 2018 I think he is staying at Madrid! — saabwe alekc (@SaabweAlekc) May 31, 2018 Absolutely. Willian or Griezmann will be next target? — Rifqo Muhammad Putra (@Rifqoqo) May 31, 2018 Zidane gone whom I believe had probes with Bale it’s now most unlikely United can get him coz the new manager might fancy him and why o — LLM (@lungelomoss1) May 31, 2018 he is staying — Mannie ?? (@Mannie_osa) May 31, 2018 Really unexpected turn of events.. definitely hard to get bale now. — Naveen Prasad (@shora7) May 31, 2018 Willian and arnoutavic it is ffs — Alexei (@Braithy99) May 31, 2018 Bale will stay or go to bayern, ronaldo no idea — Van (@van79804109_van) May 31, 2018
  • 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
  • 3 minute read 5/12/2017 | 12:09pmAccording to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United could face competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the race to sign Krasnodar and Russia striker Fyodor Smolov.What’s the word, then?Well, the Daily Mail says that Real have been impressed with the 27-year-old performances for club and country in recent weeks, and they are considering adding the centre-forward to their squad following a disappointing start to the campaign.The Daily Mail reported last month that West Ham were ready to launch a £15m bid for the Russia captain during the January transfer window, but the news of the interest from the La Liga giants could dent their hopes of bringing the striker to the London Stadium in the New Year.The latest report adds that even though he is set to skipper his country at his nation’s home World Cup next summer, he is still willing to leave Krasnodar midway through the current campaign.How good has Smolov been this season?He has been excellent, and it is no surprise that he is attracting admiring glances from a number of clubs.The 27-year-old scored a brace in Russia’s 3-3 friendly draw with Spain last month, while he has also hit form for his club with five goals in his last six appearances.In total, he has 13 goals in 15 outings in all competitions this term.Would he be a good signing for West Ham?He certainly would be.With 13 goals in 15 Premier League matches this season the Irons are struggling for goals, and there are continued fitness doubts over the likes of Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, with the Daily Mail reporting that David Moyes could be set to lose the latter in January anyway.Standing at 6ft 2in tall and being relatively strong, Smolov looks to have the physical traits to be a success in the English top flight, but WhoScored.com also lists dribbling as one of his major strengths, too.Could they really beat Real Madrid to his signature?It would depend on the player.There is no doubt that the 27-year-old would get more first-team football at the London Stadium than he would with Real, but the draw of joining the La Liga giants could be too good to turn down – especially if his captain status guarantees that he will play every game for Russia at next summer’s World Cup.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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 5/12/2017 | 10:41pmLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he cannot say for certain that Philippe Coutinho will still be at the club after the January transfer window, reports Sky Sports.What’s the word?Throughout the summer, the Brazilian was coveted by Barcelona, but the Reds managed to hold firm.The Catalan giants reportedly had three bids rejected by the Merseyside outfit, despite Coutinho expressing a desire to leave.With the January window a matter of weeks away, there are rumours that Barcelona could revive their interest.During a press conference, Klopp was asked what makes him sure that Coutinho will stay beyond the winter period.According to Sky Sports, the German coach said:“Nothing, but I don’t think about it. Not one second. I’m not unsure, I’m not sure, I don’t think about it.”Could Liverpool lose Coutinho next month?Most of the time, big-name players do not move clubs until the end of the season, but it is not unheard of for high-profile stars to switch homes midway through the campaign.If Coutinho was keen to seal a transfer in the summer, then the 25-year-old may be tempted if Barca come calling in a few weeks’ time.It is unclear what is going on behind the scenes, but the Brazilian has knuckled down and is performing well on the pitch.If he was unhappy at Anfield, we may not be seeing the kind of performances that the playmaker has been producing.Coutinho has scored six goals and created six assists in his last 10 outings for the Reds.Given how hard Liverpool fought to keep their star player in the summer, it would seem like a wasted effort if they sell him midway through the season.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 24/4/2018 | 10:00pm Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Atletico Madrid will grab a crucial away goal against Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night. The Gunners arguably got the worst possible draw, which will make it that much tougher to go all the way in the competition. The Europa League is not regarded as highly as the Champions League, but taking home the trophy is a huge priority for Arsenal. Not only will it be the perfect way to say goodbye to long-standing manager Arsene Wenger, it will secure a place in next season’s top-tiered tournament. The North London outfit are not expected to qualify for the Champions League via the domestic route as they sit 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. On Thursday, Arsenal will take on an Atletico team that have picked up just one victory in their last five outings. In a predictions piece for Sky Sports, Nicholas backed Arsenal to claim victory at the Emirates, but expects Diego Simeone’s side to get on the scoresheet. “Atletico are heavy favourites for me with their defensive strength and Arsenal’s backline constantly making me nervous. How Shkodran Mustafi is still in the team is beyond me, but the competition isn’t really there. There’s not much between these two sides other than their defences and I can see Arsenal scoring a couple of times at the Emirates Stadium, but my concern is keeping that concentration to prevent Atletico snatching a vital away goal.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 4/6/2018 | 10:04pm According to AS, Everton are considering a £25m offer for unsettled Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes in this summer’s transfer window. What’s the story? Gomes moved to Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2016, and it would be fair to say that the midfielder arrived at Camp Nou with a big reputation. Indeed, Manchester United had previously been linked with a move for the Portuguese, and there was a lot of excitement about his move to Barcelona. The 24-year-old has struggled to deal with the weight of expectation in Catalonia, however, and is widely expected to leave his Spanish club this summer. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have previously been linked with the midfielder, but according to AS, Everton are currently weighing up a £25m offer. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Gomes is valued at £13.5m, but after appearing on a regular basis for Barcelona last term, the Spanish champions are bound to ask for at least double that figure in order for talks to begin. Would Gomes fit in at Everton? Gomes might have had his problems at Barcelona last season, but it is certainly worth noting that the midfielder made 31 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign. The 29-time Portugal international has made 78 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, meanwhile, since arriving at the club. It has not quite happened at Camp Nou, but Gomes is a wonderful footballer, and there is absolutely no question that he has the skills to thrive in the Premier League. If new Everton boss Marco Silva puts his arm around the Portuguese and gives him confidence, then he has the potential to be a game-changer at the top level. The Toffees are not exactly blessed with depth and quality in a central midfield area, and Gomes would be a fine summer addition, even if the Merseyside club have to pay more than their opening £25m offer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 5/6/2018 | 02:43pm Many Liverpool fans would have hoped that the team’s attacking trio would make the headlines following the Champions League final on May 26. However, it turned out to be Loris Karius due to the goalkeeper’s error-strewn performance in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev. The German shot-stopper received plenty of criticism on social media for practically handing the ball to Karim Benzema for Madrid’s opening goal, as well as failing to keep out Gareth Bale’s second of the night. Now, though, it has emerged that Karius played the majority of the second half with a head injury. According to ESPN, Liverpool were concerned that the 24-year-old had suffered concussion during a collision with Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who earlier in the game was involved in a challenge that left Mohamed Salah with a dislocated shoulder. Massachusetts General Hospital has now confirmed in a statement that Karius did suffer a concussion, and added that “it could be possible that such deficits would affect performance”. Liverpool fans have been tweeting their thoughts on the news, with the majority hoping that their fellow supporters do not use this as an excuse for the defeat in Ukraine. Not buying this,made similar error v Roma,but got lucky,it hit cross bar,and no concussion then. — JB. (@Limericktaximan) June 4, 2018 He suffered a concussion, he should have asked for a substitution. — Stelios Ioannou ?? (@stegiosgerrard8) June 4, 2018 First it’s up to the player to say about a not so obvious injury head injuries are not apparent at first the medical staff may not have known they may have even asked if he was ok — ste (@ste51467014) June 4, 2018 We got to stop finding excuses, it’s embarrassing. It happened, we lost, we move on. This is becoming Everton behaviour. — Troy Roberts (@T____R) June 4, 2018 Salahs petition was embarrassing and this isnt? Its been a week or two since the final. — Kamran?? (@K4M20) June 4, 2018 It was examined by specialist doctor who are used to handle such problem for NFL. Just respect the result guys. Many footballers always want to play as long as he can ignore the pain and it was a final game. But, we also know that his performance wasn’t enough to convince us. — Allez Aditya (@AdityaAllez) June 4, 2018 He didn’t look concussed at all during the match against Real Madrid. — Yinka Oyesanya (@Bomber25) June 4, 2018 Damage limitation. Still not good enough concussed or not — heather (@hcams) June 4, 2018
  • 2 minute read 25/4/2018 | 07:30pm According to El Confidencial, Sevilla will look to sell French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi this summer, which is sure to put Everton on high alert. What’s the story? Everton were strongly linked with a move for N’Zonzi during the January transfer window, but the midfielder ultimately remained at his Spanish club. The 29-year-old has again been in impressive form for Sevilla this term, but his relationship with the La Liga outfit is believed to be at an all-time low after he was pictured partying in a Madrid nightclub hours after his team’s 5-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. According to El Confidencial, N’Zonzi is at loggerheads with Sevilla officials, and the Spanish side will now actively look to sell the midfielder in this summer’s transfer window. N’Zonzi has since apologised for his actions, although it is thought that a decision has already been made on a player that would command a healthy transfer fee at the end of the season. Would N’Zonzi be a good fit for Everton? N’Zonzi knows what the Premier League is all about having represented both Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City in the top flight of English football between 2009 and 2015. The Frenchman has gone from strength to strength during his time at Sevilla, and was outstanding against Manchester United in both legs of their Champions League round of 16 tie. N’Zonzi has scored once and provided one assist in 40 appearances for Sevilla this term, and would add a physical presence to the middle of Everton’s midfield. Calm on the ball and with a brilliant range of passing, N’Zonzi is valued at £29m by transfermarkt.co.uk, and may well command that price in this summer’s transfer window. Everton need to add quality this summer if they are to close the gap on the top six, and N’Zonzi would be the perfect arrival at Goodison Park.
  • 1 minute read 25/4/2018 | 08:55pm According to Goal.com, Barcelona are interested in signing Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso in this summer’s transfer window. The report claims that Barcelona see Alonso as a potential replacement for Gerard Pique, with the Catalan giants believing that they can mould the Spaniard into a centre-back. Alonso was excellent for Chelsea last season, but the wing-back’s performances have been called into question this term, and it is thought that he could move on in this summer’s transfer window. The 27-year-old, who is valued at £31.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is in contention to travel with the Spain squad for the 2018 World Cup, however, and his reputation has gone from strength to strength since moving to Chelsea. The Premier League club’s supporters have been debating the future of the former Bolton Wanderers defender on social media. There are plenty that have urged the Blues to keep hold of Alonso, but there are also those that feel their club should cash in at the end of the season. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Chelsea are linked with left backs right now. Alonso would have his head turned should any of the big Spanish sides come in, he wants to play La Liga. Chelsea would listen to the right offers. — Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 25, 2018 Can’t see him wanting to leave. I mean it’s not like he doesn’t get any playing time — Fran (@chelseafran) April 25, 2018 He’s said before now that he wants to play in La Liga. He’s 28 end of the year. I can see it happening. — Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 25, 2018 I can guarantee h e won’t start here next season when conte leaves especially if we switch to a back 4 — Shaq (@Shaquillejt) April 25, 2018 I’d also listen for a big offer.His goals mask a lot of cons in his game.Also I’m assuming we will revert to a back 4 which I think he would struggle. Emerson is a lot better just using his pace up & down. — David (@DavidTReeves) April 25, 2018 I’d be picking Emerson ahead of him now. — Alison (@AlisonCoops2224) April 25, 2018 Has done well for us and a great signing….however, if Conte leaves then a new coach may play a day different system. I don’t think Alonso would be nearly as good as a left back. Emerson has impressed me so far. — Ian Kimber (@OnsideLTD) April 25, 2018 very well ..sell him — Adarsh Mkv (@AdarshMkv) April 25, 2018 Id sell him tbh — TJ (@CareFreeRomeo) April 25, 2018 Emerson was brilliant on Sunday. I’d start him. Alonso is very good going forward but doesn’t have enough pace to deal with pacey wingers — Scott Cooke (@Scott_Zombi3) April 25, 2018 He’s been bloody good and seems like a top fella. Don’t know why we’d sell him — Anthony Sinclair (@mushsinclair) April 25, 2018
  • 2 minute read 5/6/2018 | 10:46pm Southampton and Liverpool have formed a unique relationship over the years, but it is not one that the all fans are particularly happy with. The Reds have bought a number of Saints stars that have become regular first-team members of the team. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk have been among the exodus from St Mary’s. Southampton have pocketed some decent cash from the sales, but as a result have lost some key players, particularly more recently when Van Dijk jumped ship in January to move to Anfield. Now, the rumour mill has been churning out reports suggesting that one of the Saints’ former stars intends to leave Liverpool. According to France Football, Mane has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid regarding a summer move, but a fee between both clubs is yet to be agreed. The publication claims, though, that a transfer has been put on hold due to the recent departure of Zinedine Zidane as manager. Losing Mane would be a huge blow to Liverpool given that he was a key figure in the prolific attack including Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Some Southampton fans, though, would rather enjoy seeing Liverpool lose out this time around. I hope Sadio Mané gets his move to a big club to win trophies and his current club don’t stand in the way of his dreams! ? ? #déjàvu #LFC #SaintsFC https://t.co/bYz6WIJQdT — FM Saints Researcher (@MatthewLeGod) June 4, 2018 Hopefully they’ve been tapping him up for months and his head’s already in Madrid #lfc #saintsfc — Sfcbows (@Sfcbows) June 4, 2018 I just hope we got a sell on clause! — Stevie G (@Saintstepgar) June 4, 2018 Be great if he left the bin dippers to further his ambitions. — DREW LUTTON (@ports57) June 4, 2018 #FreeMané pic.twitter.com/jF8Ptcorkp — Martin Ferguson (@MartFergie) June 4, 2018 Mane should definitely go on strike if #LFC try to stand in his way. He should be at a club that wins trophies. I’m sure we’ll see ex RM players tapping him up via the press soon, it’s only right & fair… #goodforthegoose #Saintsfc — SaintCirce (@SaintCirce) June 5, 2018 Mane off to Real Madrid, do Liverpool want Redmond?! #LFC #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/vSsW0k2dO2 — Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) June 4, 2018 The big question is, do we have a sell-on clause?! ??#mané #saintsfc — Dan Steele (@dan_of_steele) June 4, 2018
  • 1 minute read 6/6/2018 | 02:16am According to L’Equipe, Manchester United are preparing a £31m move for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet. United boss Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new centre-back this summer, and the Red Devils have been strongly linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld. However, according to L’Equipe, Lenglet has emerged as a potential transfer target ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The 22-year-old was in outstanding form for Sevilla last season – scoring four times in 54 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish outfit. Spanish champions Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for the Frenchman, but it appears that United are confident of swooping in to land the centre-back, if they so wish. There is absolutely no question that Lenglet has talent, and he would certainly be cheaper than Alderweireld, who is believed to be valued in the region of £75m. The United fans have been reacting to the transfer speculation surrounding Lenglet, and a selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Lenglet would be amazing…kept Lukaku quiet in both CL ties when we played Sevilla — Chris Tom (@Chris_T22) June 4, 2018 Not sure what to think of these Lenglet links. If he were to come it would instantly spell the end of a potential Alderweireld signing. Personally prefer Toby, already an elite CB and the leader-type we need to put in our back line. #mufc — Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) June 4, 2018 Hope Bailly & Lindelof feature consistently in our defence next season! — George Villios (@lovepethila) June 4, 2018 Lenglet is younger and cheaper. I was really impressed by attitude against us, the way the won numerous duels and how he plays from the back — Ashad (@Ashad_007) June 5, 2018 Another quality youngster might be a real plus! — George Villios (@lovepethila) June 4, 2018 Lenglet for €35m is a good deal, when he played against us it was rare anything got past him. If United are looking to sign him they need to get it done fast as Barcelona are still looking to sign him. #mufc pic.twitter.com/5sLHJfVyDL — George (@UtdGeorge) June 5, 2018 Lenglet was absolutely sensational against us. Was always in the correct position and made the right decisions of when to step forward and challenge for the ball and when to step back. That’s all I’ve seen of him though and by all accounts he’s off to Barcelona — Alex (@Alex94_mufc) June 5, 2018
  • 1 minute read 26/4/2018 | 04:30pm At the moment it appears likely that Liverpool and Real Madrid will go head to head in the Champions League final in Kiev next month. The Reds stunned Roma at Anfield in the first leg of their semi-final by ripping to a 5-0 lead, largely in thanks to an unstoppable Mohamed Salah. In the final 20 minutes, though, the Italian outfit gave themselves a glimmer of hope heading into the decider at the Stadio Olimpico by scoring two away goals. Elsewhere in Germany, Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid team took the edge with a 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. If the final does end up being a clash between Liverpool and Real, Los Blancos will be favourites on paper as they aim to clinch three Champions League crowns in a row. However, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are in a rich vein of form and are yet to suffer a single defeat in the European campaign. The only downside for the Merseyside outfit is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the rest of the tournament, as well as the World Cup, due to injury. Despite the fact that Liverpool are not yet in the final, the majority feel confident that they would overcome Madrid. I think it's clear we can beat both these teams, the only problem is Ronaldo running at Lovren… — Gavin (@G_uhyeah) April 25, 2018 Mo already thinking about all that space Marcelo will leave him wandering off upfield — Stuart Palmer (@Stuart_Palmer) April 25, 2018 Nothing to worry about there from #Real or #Bayern — kelly (@mooch1uk) April 25, 2018 Netheir of these teams are any challenge to @LFC . — Enzro Greenidge (@gasman74) April 25, 2018 We can beat Real Madrid… I have full confidence. Spurs and Juventus have beaten them in Europe this season #LFC — Kyle (@KB2X) April 26, 2018 Just watched the bayern vs madrid game. Gotta say if we came up against real madrid and their defense played like that it could end up being a cricket score. Our front 3 would tear them a new one good and proper. #LFC — Chris Whitt (@ChrisWhitto09) April 25, 2018 Theres no way Real Madrid will be able to handle the LFC front 3 Bayern only had Lewa up top and looked to be really struggling. I can see us scoring quite a few in the final all we need to do is keep it tight at the back and itll be 6👌 #LFC #UCL #BayernRealMadrid #BayernMadrid — Uwaiz (@OfficialUwaiz7) April 25, 2018 If Liverpool hopefully get to play Madrid in the final & Marcello goes walk about like tonight Salah will have a field day. #RTEsoccer #LFC — Paul O'Driscoll (@podge1971) April 25, 2018
  • 2 minute read 6/6/2018 | 02:02am According to L’Equipe, Manchester United are ready to move for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet. What’s the story? United boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be desperate to sign a new centre-back this summer, and the Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld. Tottenham are currently playing hard-ball when it comes to Alderweireld’s transfer value, however, and it has been suggested that United could now drop their interest in the Belgium international. According to L’Equipe, the 20-time English champions are prepared to bid £31m for a player who has been linked with Barcelona in recent weeks. The Catalan giants were believed to be keen to tie up a move for the Frenchman before the start of the World Cup, but United look ready to battle for the signature of the highly-rated defender. What are Lenglet’s credentials? Lenglet started his professional career with Nancy, and made close to 80 league appearances for the French club before joining Sevilla in January 2017. The 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength during his time in Spain, and made 54 appearances for his La Liga outfit during the 2017-18 campaign. Boasting aerial prowess and composure on the ball, Mourinho is believed to see Lenglet as an upgrade on both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who had their problems last season. United have already secured a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred, whilst Porto’s Diogo Dalot will soon sign on the dotted line as the Red Devils boost their squad following the 2017-18 campaign. Lenglet also impressed in the Champions League last season, and was indeed part of the Sevilla side that knocked United out of the competition. Alderweireld, who is no spring chicken, could well cost United upwards of £75m this summer, and a £31m deal for Lenglet might well make a lot more sense.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 26/4/2018 | 07:00pm Now that Manchester City have secured their status as Premier League champions, they can begin focusing on bringing in new additions during the summer transfer window. They also, though, need to be braced for interest in their own stars, according to the latest reports in the media. The Manchester Evening News has claimed that Real Madrid are considering a shock swoop for Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and John Stones. The publication adds that City will stand firm and not entertain any offers from Los Blancos for their star players. De Bruyne, in particular, has been an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s title-winning team having created 19 assists and scored 12 goals in all competitions. Despite the Belgian’s dominance, the 26-year-old missed out on being voted PFA Player of the Year as the majority of his peers selected Liverpool star Mohamed Salah instead. Given the success of City this season, it would be surprising if any of their first-team stars sought an exit from the club. In this instance, if Madrid wanted to swoop all three, it would cost them a pretty penny as the quartet are valued by Transfermarkt at £283.5m combined. City fans have been tweeting their thoughts on the rumour. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 God loves a trier — Andy Sherrington (@andyglg68) April 25, 2018 The Shiekh will buy their entire club if they don’t behave themselves. — ARG (@ClinicalKun16) April 25, 2018 Real Madrid are interested in our whole team. Hmm. Will be awkward when they find out we can be interested in their whole club. — Regista (@aranyakpaul) April 25, 2018 They can take Sterling please!! — vivek (@vivek_cool) April 25, 2018 Raheem and Stones have a price, but KDB and Sané will not be going anywhere. — Alex Mitchell (@Denny_Slim) April 25, 2018 Haha hopefully not man 🤞 — Matthew Howcroft (@mattjhowcroft) April 25, 2018 I mean you could have Raheem if we get Mbappé — Adde (@JustAddexd) April 25, 2018 Somebody has lost the plot big time — Aditi Bakshi (@oddity1912) April 25, 2018 1 billion and we might talk , my point is they are priceless — Tony Walker (@tonythemanc) April 25, 2018
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 5/12/2017 | 11:33pmEverton are keeping tabs on Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi ahead of a potential January move, according to the Daily Mail.What’s the story?The 28-year-old has been open about his desire to leave the Spanish club after falling out with head coach Eduardo Berizzo.Since getting substituted in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the Champions League, the midfielder has failed to win back his spot.The Daily Mail claims that Everton manager Sam Allardyce is keeping track of the situation, while the player’s representatives are contacting Premier League and Italian clubs about a January deal.It is believed that N’Zonzi has a buyout clause worth £35.2m, but the Toffees would push for a £25m fee.Where would N’Zonzi fit in at Everton?With Allardyce having only recently taken charge, he may use the January window to shape a team that best fits his style.N’Zonzi was never regarded in high esteem in England’s top flight during his time at Stoke City.However, since moving to Sevilla in 2015, the midfielder has shone and has proven that he can play a pivotal role.Morgan Schneiderlin has failed to win over every Everton supporter since joining the Toffees from Manchester United in January.With that being said, N’Zonzi could take his position or work alongside the midfielder, with either Gylfi Sigurdsson or Wayne Rooney playing in front.
  • 1 minute read 6/6/2018 | 12:53pm Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen would force a move to Barcelona if the Catalan giants come calling, according to Don Balon. What’s the word? Spurs fans would have breathed a sigh of relief when manager Mauricio Pochettino signed a new contract. That sense of stability is a good start heading into the summer transfer window, but news has emerged that could concern sections of the fanbase. According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Barcelona will try to swoop for Eriksen if they fail to land Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. The report adds that if the La Liga giants make a move, the Spurs midfielder will try to force a transfer. Eriksen has been part of the North London outfit’s progress since 2013 when he joined from Ajax. Can Tottenham afford to lose him? In short, no. The club are entering a crucial period as they prepare to take that next step by moving into a brand new state-of-the-art stadium. If Spurs want to launch regular title challenges, they need the personnel that can perform on a consistently strong basis. Eriksen is certainly one of those players that has been vital for Pochettino, particularly last season. The Denmark international, who is valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, scored 14 goals and created 11 assists in all competitions. Eriksen should be one of the players that Pochettino builds around, not replaces, but in this day and age, when a footballer is determined to leave, not much can be done to stop him.
  • 1 minute read 6/12/2017 | 12:04amWith the January transfer window only a few weeks away, many stories have been churning in the rumour mill.One involves Everton and former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who left the Premier League for Sevilla in 2015.After falling out of favour at the Spanish club, the 28-year-old has suggested that he intends to move on.The Daily Mail reports that the Toffees are keeping tabs on the situation and would be willing to part with around £25m, which falls short of his £35.2m release clause.N’Zonzi sent the rumours into overdrive when he travelled to London on Tuesday, but it later emerged that he was in the capital to visit his son on a trip that was approved by Sevilla.Numerous clubs, including Arsenal and Serie A outfits, have also been linked with moves for the midfielder.Everton fans, who have experienced plenty of change this season with the sacking of Ronald Koeman and new appointment of Allardyce, have now had their say on the transfer rumour.Think you know the answer. If N’Zonzi comes it’s one underwhelming player replacing another.— David Arrow (@DavidArrow04) December 5, 2017Do we need N’Zonzi? #EFC— Ross Crombie (@RossCrombie) December 5, 2017I wouldn't have said so in the summer but who could have foreseen Morgan Schneiderlin forgetting how to play football?— Gary Shaw (@shawryblue) December 5, 2017N'Zonzi got a clause in contract for €35m get it done @Everton #EFC— #NSNO (@AllezAllezEFC) December 5, 2017#NZonzi yes please#Giroud yes pleaseSilly season is almost here again. Not Xmas! The transfer window, where we all play fantasy football with rumours and dreams of who we might sign 🙈 #EFC— Jake Cintra (@SuperJakeC) December 5, 2017Nzonzi would be a slightly odd signing considering the amount of cm's we have unless we're ditching Morgan mores when there are more obvious areas that need strengthening. #EFC #COYB— J Roche (@jamieroche) December 5, 2017N'Zonzi, Walcott, Dost and a Centre Back and january is a success #efc— 👾 (@Liam17Lewis) December 5, 2017
  • 1 minute read 27/4/2018 | 04:00am Tottenham Hotspur’s proposed transfer activity this summer has been centred around potential outgoings, but the club need to strengthen. Over the last few years, manager Mauricio Pochettino has helped transform the North London outfit into genuine trophy challengers. However, they continue to fall short following failed Premier League title bids in the previous two seasons. Spurs were well positioned to claim their first piece of silverware in a decade after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup. It was not to be, though, as the team were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Wembley, despite taking the lead through Dele Alli. With the club due to move into a new stadium this summer, they could couple it with a statement signing that would boost their midfield. James Rodriguez – valued at £58.5m by Transfermarkt – has been linked with a switch to the Premier League numerous times, and after his performance against parent club Real Madrid in Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final first leg, Tottenham should take notice. Despite losing the tie 2-1, the Colombian international performed well for the Bavarians, and provided the assist for Joshua Kimmich’s goal. Out of all the Bayern players on the pitch, Rodriguez provided more key passes than anyone else and also committed the joint-most tackles alongside Thiago Alcantara. With the future of Mousa Dembele uncertain, Tottenham could do with a player of Rodriguez’s calibre who can contribute with attacking moves, as well as break up play in the middle of the park.
  • 1 minute read 6/12/2017 | 08:30amChelsea cemented a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, but it was tinged with disappointment.A 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge meant that Antonio Conte’s side finished second in Group C, with Roma taking top spot.The outcome has made the first knockout round that much harder for Chelsea as they could be drawn against Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.On the night, Atletico nudged in front thanks to a goal from Saul Niguez, but Eden Hazard managed to drag the Blues back into the game.The Belgian’s effort deflected off Stefan Savic and into the net with 15 minutes of normal time remaining on the clock.Hazard almost became the provider when he set up Willian, who had little to do to grab the winning goal, but the Brazilian ended up sending the ball high over the crossbar.The 29-year-old has faced criticism from some Chelsea fans this season, and once again he was targeted.Others, though, jumped to the player’s defence.– Don’t know how some fans can disrespect Willian like he’s on Theo Walcotts level…absurd & fickle #cfc— Dean (@dean_trnslt) December 5, 2017Don’t understand why all these armchair ‘supporters’ continue to blame Willian everytime #cfc don’t win. How can you target a player who wasn’t even on the pitch when we conceded! #pathetic— Daninho (@islehood) December 5, 2017I saw both the games that PSG lost and I think with disciplined defending and by keeping Willian out we can beat PSG over 2 legs !!#CFC #ChampionsLeague— Blue Wizard (@joban_patel) December 5, 2017When Willian is at his best he can win games on his own. So inconsistent though which is why musonda needs chances #CFC— mason❄️ (@MasonClark14) December 5, 2017Willian should be docked 2 weeks wages , one for the miss and one for that pass ! #cfc— marshey (@marshey71) December 5, 2017Apart from missing that one vital chance, Willian was really impressive today ! Blaming him would be totally unlike a #CFC fan ! #CHEATL— SHYAM (@SHYAMTAN) December 5, 2017Never thought Willian will be able to outdo his performance against Man City but today in 20 minutes he didTotally neglected the positive impact Pedro madehuge opportunity missed #CFC— AayushKataria (@aayush11kataria) December 5, 2017Willian ruined so many counters it’s frustrating.. he can’t pass #cfc— Chelsea FC (@NarcosAlonso1) December 5, 2017
  • 1 minute read 27/4/2018 | 05:00pm After Loris Karius was promoted as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper at the start of 2018, questions were raised about whether or not the club will strengthen in that area in the summer. Simon Mignolet has failed to convince every fan that he is worthy of the position, and it seems that manager Jurgen Klopp feels the same way as he opted to demote the Belgian earlier in the season. Numerous names have been banded about in the media about potential new goalkeepers that could arrive at Anfield this summer, and Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak has been one of them. At the start of the month, a report in Mi Otra Liga claimed that Liverpool and Arsenal are both interested in signing the 25-year-old, who is valued at £63m by Transfermarkt. After witnessing Oblak’s impressive performance for Atletico in Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals, Liverpool fans are even more convinced that their club should swoop for the Slovenien. #LFC pay whatever you have to, get Oblak in! He is a super keeper! — Zubin Daver (@zubinofficial) April 27, 2018 Break the bank. Sign Oblak #LFC — Pedro J. Salazar C. (@ppedrossalazar) April 27, 2018 #Oblak is a proper keeper .big, commanding and one of the best shot stoppers out there … would love him at anfield! #lfc #ynwa — The Bishop (@bermobash) April 26, 2018 There’s only one goalkeeper in the world I would have ahead of Karius. And that’s Oblak. #LFC — Liverpool Red (@lfcredynwa) April 26, 2018 #LFC Seeing lots of calls on my timeline for us to buy #Oblak – can't say I'm surprised 🤨 I'm sure many fans would be over the moon if we got him. On another level@LFC @John_W_Henry @PeterMooreLFC — Mo DBR (@MomoDebinho) April 26, 2018 Jan Oblak is easily top 3 in the world, worth his buyout and would make your defence secure for the next ten years but that makes far to much sense to do… #LFC — Connor (@CMT17LFC) April 26, 2018 Oblak to #lfcThis needs to happen by any means necessary 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 — Michael (@mikey247365) April 26, 2018 Get Oblak and win the title next season @LFC #LFC — Hened Collaku (@henedersonn) April 26, 2018 Oblak is needed!!#LFC — SFM (@SosoLFC_10) April 26, 2018 Interestingly, our recent poll showed that a large number of Liverpool supporters want to keep faith with Karius next season.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 6/12/2017 | 09:00amReal Madrid are considering a January move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, according to Corriere dello Sport.What’s the story?The midfielder’s current contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season and there are no indications as yet that the German intends to sign a new one.Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for Can, but now Corriere dello Sport report that Madrid have taken an interest.The report claims that manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to add a central midfielder to his squad when the transfer window reopens next month.Given that Can’s deal expires next summer, the midfielder could be available for a cheaper price in January.What can Liverpool offer?The Germany international recently told the Liverpool Echo that his reluctance to sign fresh terms at Anfield has nothing to do with money.Presumably it is about game time and the club’s ambitions, but the midfielder did not expand on the reasons to the media.Can has started 10 of the Reds’ 15 Premier League games this season and four in the Champions League.The 23-year-old is far from a bit-part player, but he is yet to really cement himself in Jurgen Klopp’s side.The Merseyside outfit are a way off being genuine title contenders, so with Juventus and Madrid showing an interest, it would be hard to turn them away.However, Can could find himself in a position where he is struggling to grab a regular place in his new team, particularly if the midfielder moves to the Bernabeu.
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 7/6/2018 | 04:52am New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already got the ball rolling with regards to transfers. The Spaniard, who succeeded Arsene Wenger last month, recruited his first player on Tuesday. Stephan Lichtsteiner has agreed to join the North London outfit on a free transfer after he was released by Juventus. The 34-year-old is expected to provide competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back, but there is still some defensive issues they need to address. The latest report coming out of the rumour mill relates to former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. Since moving to Sevilla in 2015, the Frenchman has impressed and regularly caught the eye of Premier League clubs. In three seasons, N’Zonzi has picked up one trophy – the Europa League – in which he won with Emery as manager. Transfermarkt values the midfielder at around £27m, but according to The Independent, Sevilla’s director of football Joaquin Caparros has told Radio Seville that any suitor will have to meet the player’s £35m release clause. Arsenal fans have tweeted mixed responses to the club’s apparent pursuit of N’Zonzi, and some would prefer the midfielder to Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, who according to The Mirror, is a target for the Gunners. That’s not too much !! We really need a player like him ! — zagnation (@zagnation2) June 5, 2018 I’ll pay 45 to avoid that fellaini — Láníyì (@pumpey93) June 5, 2018 What will be the biggest mistake to sign N’Zonzi for that heavy amount of money instead sign Michel Jean Seri from Nice — Leo’rahl (@RahlLeo) June 5, 2018 Why do we keep signing older players — Mailyn (@Xx_Cherryade_xX) June 5, 2018 But he’s not that young for 35mill — Arsenal’s Alvin (@raavanan_sham) June 6, 2018 No…I will rather buy Seri even if it means to pay little more than that — life@arsenal (@breakruless) June 6, 2018 No thanks. — Kafka Inconnue (@InconnueKafka) June 5, 2018 That’s not too much?‍♀️ Come on Arsenal go for him!! — LadyGooner?⚪️?⚽️?? (@PriyaFast12) June 5, 2018 PAY IT! — #DDON (@talibjofficial) June 5, 2018 Surely we could have gotten him for a fiver when Blackburn went down? — Thoriso Letlape (@DaaiOutie) June 5, 2018
  • 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
  • 1 minute read 28/4/2018 | 04:20am The Europa League has extra significance for Arsenal this season as it is their main hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. The pressure is on for Arsene Wenger’s men to reach the final in what will be the manager’s last ever season at the club. On Thursday night, the North London outfit took on tournament favourites Atletico Madrid at the Emirates in the first leg of their semi-final clash. In general, it was a positive performance from the Gunners, but a few defensive errors led to what could be a crucial away goal for the Spanish side. Antoine Griezmann scored to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener, which means that Atletico have the edge in the 1-1 draw heading into the second leg at the Vicente Calderon. The goal was a blow for Arsenal, but they remain in contention for a spot in the final, and the supporters, who have been deliberating over which manager will succeed Wenger, feel that they can get the job done if Henrikh Mkhitaryan – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – is passed fit. The Armenian international has not played since the Gunners. 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow on April 5 due to a knee injury, but he is closing in on full fitness. When is Mkhitaryan coming back? #AFC could really use his dynamic in attack against Atletico. — Joey (@Estadox) April 26, 2018 I firmly believe that presence of Mkhitaryan who holds a great number in the European competition will indulge each teammate on the pitch. We have nothing to lose. — Somamithran (@somamithran) April 27, 2018 I was right about formation and line up last night! Hopefully Wenger realises Mkhitaryan will be our saviour! Line up even more attacking than last night! pic.twitter.com/SR8yU6V9bY — Allegri’s Arsenal (@InvinciblesXI) April 27, 2018 Arsenal have to go to Madrid in the same way we beat Milan. Believe you can win against a team on a long unbeaten run. But we need Mkhitaryan back. — Liam Arnold (@liam343) April 27, 2018 Hopefully we'll have a better bench for the second leg,which is one thing that probably killed us! Forced to play 90 mins with the same 11. Having Mkhitaryan and Mo back will be vital. Fingers crossed they can beat the clock. — Wes (@wexley09) April 27, 2018 Mkhitaryan is the key, if he is fit we win going away. — Nathan (@youngn8t) April 27, 2018 It's not over yet, score first in Madrid and it's game on!! Mkhitaryan should be back as well🙏 — Mänish (@Manish_k_n_6) April 27, 2018 Good thing about the 2nd leg is we will have Mkhitaryan back and hopefully we can have the performance that puts us into the final — Arsene My Hero (@TejasAFC) April 27, 2018 Only hope we have for second leg is the man who runs this competition coming back; man like Mkhitaryan. Hopefully he can drag us through. — Asad Khan (@AsadKha79665506) April 27, 2018
  • 2 minute read 7/6/2018 | 07:12am According to Mundo Deportivo, Newcastle United have been told that they will have to pay £35m if they wish to sign Espanyol centre-back David Lopez this summer. What’s the story? Speculation surrounding the future of Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles continues to gather pace, with a number of clubs said to be interested in the defender. As a result, the Magpies could well be searching for at least one new centre-back this summer. Head coach Rafael Benitez is believed to extremely interested in bringing Espanyol defender Lopez to St James’ Park in this summer’s transfer window. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Premier League club face being priced out of a move, with Espanyol demanding £35m in order to sanction a sale. Newcastle are not currently in a position to spend that sort of money on one player, but Lascelles’ reported departure would certainly free up some funds. Is Lopez worth £35m? Lopez is valued at £7.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, but according to Mundo Deportivo, Espanyol are not interested in opening talks for anything less than £35m. The 28-year-old is contracted to his Catalan club until the end of the 2019-2020 campaign, and he was in impressive form last season – scoring once in 43 appearances in all competitions. There is absolutely no question that the Spaniard has talent, and he has the frame required to play at centre-back in the Premier League. Lopez is also quick across the ground and a good reader of the game, while he has experience of playing in Serie A having represented Napoli between 2014 and 2016. Lopez could turn out to an absolute revelation in the Premier League, but Newcastle must be extremely careful that they do not pay over the odds in this market.
  • 1 minute read 6/12/2017 | 10:32amAtletico Madrid were one of the teams to drop into the Europa League following their 1-1 draw in their final Champions League group game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, and Arsenal fans were quick to have their say on the news.The Gunners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League and have already qualified for the knockout stages, but now they have been joined by the likes of Atletico, Celtic, CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon after those teams finished third in their Champions League groups.As things stand they are likely to be joined by the likes of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig on Wednesday, and with AC Milan also already in the Europa League it is shaping up to be an exciting competition over the remainder of the campaign.Arsenal supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the latest bombshell, and while one simply said “life is unfair”, another said “we can’t catch a break”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…When Arsenal in Europa League only teams like Dortmund and Atletico Madrid will enter round of 32. When United was in Europa last year, teams like Spurs and Rostov will enter. Life is unfair 🙃— Dinesh (@dineshjohn98) December 6, 2017Atletico Madrid in the Europa League. This is a deliberate sabotage of Arsenal's title hopes. UEFA hates Wenger 😡😡— MikeThePundit (@MichaelImianvan) December 6, 2017Strongest line up in years I imagine, typical when Arsenal drop in to it 😂 https://t.co/C3vZXpcdG0— ✌🏻 Ŵęśtŷ™⚽️🍺 (@Westyafcm) December 6, 2017CSKA, Celtic, Atletico & Sporting all droping out to Europa League. Could be joined by likes of Napoli, Dortmund & Porto/Leipzig tomorrow. Insanely difference from last years campaign #afc— Bagheera (@BagheeraLoui) December 5, 2017Damn,tis is not gud pic.twitter.com/0Ec5UsxVjn— I know a guy (@TerryVitamin) December 5, 2017Said the other week that it would be a nightmare if certain teams dropped into the Europa League and of course that has now happened. We can’t catch a break 😫 #EuropaLeague #afc— MotherOfDragons (@thegoonerway94) December 6, 2017Transferring to UEFA Europa League round of 32:CSKA MoskvaCelticAtlético MadridSporting4 more teams will join them on Wednesday:Liverpool or Sevilla or SpartakShakhtar or NapoliPorto or Leipzig Dortmund or APOELArsenal luck… 😂😂#UEL #coyg #afc— Amar (@Arsene__Knows) December 5, 2017Atleti, Dortmund, Napoli in the Europa league. God save us. #UCL #AFC— TEJ (@sartejt) December 5, 2017
  • 2 minute read 28/4/2018 | 04:40am The notion of Arsenal winning the Europa League to earn a Champions League qualification spot and bidding farewell to manager Arsene Wenger with a trophy is the ending that all the club’s fans want. However, Laurent Koscielny could have potentially played a part in that dream crashing down following his costly blunder in the first leg of the semi-final against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night. Wenger’s team put in a decent performance at the Emirates as Alexandre Lacazette gave the hosts the lead not long after the hour mark. Arsenal played against 10 men for the majority of the encounter and it appeared as though they were going to see out the match with their slender lead, but a lapse in concentration cost them. Koscielny – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – failed to clear the ball, which allowed Antoine Griezmann to latch on, manoeuvre himself around goalkeeper David Ospina and slot the ball home to gain a crucial away goal. It was a disappointing night for the defender as he managed to make just two clearances and one interception. Even though he won the second-most aerial duels on the pitch, his error could end up being the moment when Arsenal threw away their chance of reaching the final. The Gunners hopes of playing Champions League football rest on winning the second-tiered competition as they currently sit 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games left to play. Meanwhile, the fans have been deliberating over who the club should appoint as Wenger’s successor this summer.
  • 1 minute read 28/4/2018 | 06:00am Now that Arsenal fans have come to terms with the fact that Arsene Wenger will be leaving his role as manager this summer, attention has turned to potential replacements. The club have not given any indication as to who will take the Emirates hotseat, but numerous names have emerged from the rumour mill. One such figure has been Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, and Arsenal fans assessed the Argentine’s during Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg in North London. The 47-year-old is known for creating teams that are difficult to break down, but he is also known for his fiery antics on the touchline, which landed him in trouble against Arsenal. Simeone was sent to the stands by the referee after reacting angrily to the sending-off of Sime Vrsaljko, just 10 minutes into the game. The contest ended in a 1-1 draw, with Atletico taking the edge due to Antoine Griezmann scoring a crucial away goal ahead of next week’s second leg at the Vicente Calderon. On Twitter, Arsenal fans debated whether or not Simeone, who has won five trophies as Atletico boss, would be a good fit for their club. Arsenal need to do whatever it takes to get Simeone. If arsenal we away from home yesterday with 10 men they would have been tonked. Plus he's got Hagrid as his assistant. Ozil would fear for his life if he didn't put a shift in. #gooners #AFC — Adekola Adeyemi (@adekola1990) April 27, 2018 I don't want a Simeone type manager. It's boring bloody football. But I do want someone who will tell our CBs not to spend the last 20 minutes in the opposition half trying to score against a team whose modus operandi is the counter attack. #AFC — Lulu (@lulumr) April 27, 2018 One thing is certain, we are not getting Simeone. The way he conducts himself is well out of order and I can’t see the Arsenal board letting a mad man like that take control of our club. Whether he would even want the job is also debatable. Why would you even leave Madrid? #AFC — Arsenalism (@TheBimal) April 26, 2018 Arsenal where better. Oblak superb. We can’t defend. Simeone is the least Arsenal manager i can Imagine. Wengerball lost to a parked bus. Simple. #ARSATM #AFC — Dionizy (@diokonieczny) April 26, 2018 The only man capable of shaking up #AFC is Diego simeone . nobody else will do. Kocielny should leave with Wenger — Rhys Lloyd (@RhysLloyd) April 26, 2018 Oh and I still want Simeone as my manager. Organiser and a motivator #nextmanager #afc #mychoice #myopinion — J Crowhurst (@seasidegunner) April 26, 2018 Honestly though the only guy I want at Arsenal next is Simeone, he is exactly what we need. #AFC — Alom Hussain (@AlomHussain_) April 26, 2018 Have to say I've been very impressed with Atleticos defending… Simeone may just be the guy we need! #AFC — www.YouTube.com/KaiQom ⚽️🎮 #fifa18 (@KaiQom) April 26, 2018
  • 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 28/4/2018 | 04:00am Following the announcement that Arsene Wenger was going to resign as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, the majority of supporters expressed gratitude towards their coach of two decades. For so long, many called for the North London outfit to sack Wenger due to the continued failure to launch a serious challenge for the Premier League title. Once the news they were all hoping for came, many fans took a softer approach towards the manager until Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. Arsenal put in a decent performance on the Emirates turf and they were rewarded with a goal not long after the half-hour mark from Alexandre Lacazette. However, in the final 10 minutes, defensive errors led to Antoine Griezmann scoring an equaliser and what could turn out to be a crucial away goal. Diego Simeone’s side now have the advantage heading into the second leg at the Vicente Calderon. After the match, the hatred for Wenger soon returned on social media. Yeah yeah yeah… We heard that enough already! I can’t wait for him to go, thank god! Only a few more games with him and can finally turn the page…@EuropaLeague — Mika (@07Mickael) April 27, 2018 You said nothing that you need to do to progress! Of course everybody knows you must win to progress! But how do you do it?! No clue?! — Rebo Ehwan (@EhwanRebo) April 27, 2018 Get rid if Wenger and let someone else coach the game would be a good way to start — Justin Noel (@Jnoel1534) April 27, 2018 please go now ! #wengerout — Farhan Ishak (@PaanIshak) April 26, 2018 Okay … first off, arsene, leave arsenal Now!Secondly, scrap all players like Welbeck, and unused waste of space playersFinally, change the damn team fully and logo and management!Arsenal will never run as the best team again with this shoddy outlook! — Adam Davies (@adam2iceman) April 26, 2018 we dont need you on the timeline right now — roman. (@_revolverx) April 26, 2018 That last night is why he’s off. No Merci, just do one #wengerout #arsenal — Chris West (@westc89) April 27, 2018
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1 minute read 7/12/2017 | 09:00pmPhilippe Coutinho’s Liverpool future has been under the microscope ever since Barcelona made their interest known in the summer.The Catalan giants targeted the Brazilian after they sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal worth close to £200m.Liverpool could not be persuaded to sell, though, and managed to keep hold of their star attraction.Since the transfer was refused, Coutinho has managed to re-focus and score nine goals and create six assists in 14 appearances in all competitions.The rumours about a possible switch to Barcelona continue to rumble ahead of the January transfer window.Following Liverpool’s 7-0 thumping of Spartak Moscow, in which Coutinho scored a hat-trick, the Brazilian joined Carragher and former Norwegian striker Jan Aage Fjortoft in a televised interview.During the broadcast, Carragher’s phone began to ring, which prompted the interviewer to say “it’s probably Barcelona, it’s Barcelona!”The retired defender tried to save his embarrassment by saying “no, he’s staying” while gesturing towards Coutinho, who joined in with the laughter.The 25-year-old refrained from commenting on the speculation and continued talking about the game against Spartak.If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!
  • 2 minute read 7/12/2017 | 10:30pmReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has suggested that he is not interested in signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, reports the Metro.What’s the word?Ever since the shot-stopper’s proposed move to the Bernabeu collapsed in the summer of 2015, De Gea has been a rumoured target for the Spanish club in almost every window.Despite seemingly wanting to join Real at the time, the 27-year-old ended up making a U-turn and signed a new contract.As it stands, De Gea will become a free agent in 18 months’ time unless a 12-month extension is activated.Zidane has calmed speculation about a possible swoop for the keeper by telling reporters:“I have two goalkeepers, understand? I am a Real Madrid coach and I am happy with my two goalkeepers, I will always say the same. I saw Keylor well, although we can always give a little bit more, like always.”Should Zidane’s words be taken for face value?In the football world, things can change dramatically over the course of a day or two.Managers can lose their jobs after a handful of unsavoury results and players can pledge their commitment to a club a few months before moving on.Zidane’s comments could be an attempt to rid the squad of any potential distractions, particularly the goalkeepers.If Navas is concerned about losing his number one spot to De Gea, then his focus on upcoming games could be compromised.On the other hand, the Madrid boss may genuinely not be considering a swoop for the United star.However, until the transfer window passes, nothing can be ruled out.If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!
  • 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.
  • 2 minute read 7/6/2018 | 10:37pm Winning the Premier League title has certainly put Manchester City in a strong position in the summer transfer window. With Pep Guardiola at the helm, it is difficult to see why a player would not want to be part of the club’s success. However, it seems that the North-West outfit are struggling to get a deal for Napoli midfielder Jorginho over the line. City have been linked with the talented star for months, but according to the Manchester Evening News, the club have begun looking at alternatives. The publication states that Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Southampton’s Mario Lemina are plan B options. Both players struggled for regular game time last season, and are believed to have caught the attention of the City boss. The fans have since had their say on the rumours, and while some are happy to be linked with Kovacic, others are baffled by the interest in Lemina, who managed to avoid relegation by a whisker with the Saints last season. Lemina!! Give it a rest. Kovacic is nothing like Jorginho. — MCFC_P (@MCFC_P) June 6, 2018 I really like Kovacic not sure on Lemina but Kovacic would be great — MCFC 1894 (@ManCityArmy1894) June 6, 2018 thiago alcantara why not him he is better than all of them — Luke St Leger (@luke_mancity) June 6, 2018 Can we not? In that case, I’d much rather sign Jorginho. Is this the level we’re sinking to? No Thiago or Pjanic? — Leonardo (@CalmaoLeonardo) June 6, 2018 Well,if i was pep i would rather train stones in midfield area, a pure DMF. He not like fernandinho in centre but he got a good tackling and be able to mark opponent. Just like he doing with lahm in bayern years ago, he may not as fast fernandinho but can be good in marking — Luckyyy (@JordanLucky) June 6, 2018 Lemina !!!!!!! WTF ? — Luke St Leger (@luke_mancity) June 6, 2018 What the — Kyrie_dehaan (@DehaanKyrie) June 6, 2018 The Real Madrid lad would be a great bet , some work for Danilo to do for us there — i wear the club shop (@progersmcfc) June 7, 2018 If we want lemina or whatever his name is, we better get in before Arsenal or Pool . — Timmy (@Timmyharlowblue) June 6, 2018 Liverpool and rags wrap up deals for midfielders in no time, why do we have to turn this into a long drawn-out saga. We only willing to offer 40mil? No way we get him cheaper than Fred/Fabinho… — OverTheBlueMoonFan (@UKlionfan) June 6, 2018 Would love to see Kovacic in a City shirt! — Ems✌ (@Miano310) June 6, 2018 Good alternatives. Still think we’ll get Jorginho. — Pepe Silvia (@davidskadey) June 6, 2018
  • 2 minute read 8/12/2017 | 06:00pmManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has turned his attention to Real Madrid star Marco Asensio after giving up on Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon.What’s the word?During the summer window, Mourinho made it clear that he wanted Bale in his team if he became available at the Bernabeu.A transfer never materialised and now rumours are rife that the Red Devils have cooled their interest in the injury-prone Welshman.Don Balon reports that Asensio is the new target, but the Premier League giants are unwilling to pay his £442m release clause.United are prepared to offer a hefty fee in a bid to convince club president Florentino Perez to sell.Asensio right for United?It was widely reported prior to the start of the season that Mourinho wanted a new winger.Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic was thought to be the top target, but the Croatia international never made the move.Asensio is good enough to fulfil that role, but he offers more than skill in wide areas.The 21-year-old can also play further up in a left-sided attacking position, as well as centrally as a number 10 or up front.Given that the Spaniard has started just eight La Liga games and one in the Champions League under Zinedine Zidane, he may be open to moving on.Mourinho, though, has shown with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw that if a player does not meet his standards, he will ruthlessly drop them.Asensio’s lack of game time this season and zero Premier League experience may result in him needing time to adapt.Having said that, the attack-minded star has still contributed with seven goals in all competitions.If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!
  • 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.”
  • 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….
  • 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.
  • 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 9/12/2017 | 07:00amAccording to Diario Gol, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move to re-sign Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.What’s the story?Modric starred for Tottenham between 2008 and 2012, and it would be fair to say that the English club’s supporters were devastated when he joined Real Madrid.There is no question that the Croatian international has developed into one of the world’s best central midfielders over the last few years, and he has won three Champions League titles and one La Liga crown since making the move to the Spanish capital.Speculation surrounding Modric’s future has gathered pace in recent months though, with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2020.According to Diario Gol, Tottenham are closely monitoring proceedings, and the London club could launch a stunning move to re-sign the midfielder at the end of the 2017-18 season.Would Modric go back to Tottenham?Tottenham are a wonderful football club, there is no question about that. They are not, however, Manchester United.Nor are they Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City in the current climate, with all three of those teams arguably having a more realistic chance of winning major silverware.If Modric, who is rated at £36m by transfermarkt.co.uk, did become available on the open market, it would be a surprise if the likes of United, Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Liverpool were not in the running.Modric’s relationship with Tottenham could well stand Mauricio Pochettino’s side in good stead, but a lot of things would have to occur for a deal to take place.Modric will be 33 next year, but the Croatian is still a stunning footballer, and if Real Madrid decide to sell, he will not exactly be short of interest.It is certainly a deal to watch over the coming months, but for the moment, he remains a key figure at the Bernabeu.If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!
  • 1 minute read 8/6/2018 | 08:27am Tottenham Hotspur should consider making a move for Real Madrid Mateo Kovacic if Mousa Dembele leaves this summer. What’s the word? Doubts continue to shroud the future of Dembele due to the fact that the midfielder is yet to sign a new contract. At 30 years of age, the Belgium international does not perhaps warrant a long-term contract, but he was a crucial figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s team last season. As the days roll on, though, the more likely it is that the midfielder will leave this summer. If that is the case, Tottenham will need to dip into the market to bring in a sufficient replacement. Who would thrive? Kovacic is certainly worth considering from Tottenham’s point of view as he has the experience and the zest to fit into Pochettino’s team. The Croatia international, who has earned 40 caps so far in his career, struggled to hold down a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid team last season. Kovacic possesses speed and strength, and can also switch from an attacking to a defensive mentality, which ticks all the boxes. The midfielder regularly breaks through defences and has the confidence to perform at the top level. The only issue that Spurs face is price as Madrid are unlikely to allow Kovacic to leave the Bernabeu on the cheap.
  • 1 minute read 10/12/2017 | 01:47pmReal Madrid will make a move for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris if Tottenham Hotspur fail to win a trophy this season, according to The Mirror.What’s the story?Widespread reports have suggested that Los Blancos will be looking for a new shot-stopper when the campaign comes to a close.Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois have been touted as possible candidates.Now, The Mirror claims that Madrid are eyeing Lloris, who could be bought for around £25m if Tottenham end the season without silverware.The publication states that the Frenchman is happy with life in North London, but is wary of the fact that the club have not won a trophy since 2007-08.What should Tottenham do?In this instance, a hike in wages is unlikely to convince Lloris to stay put if he is considering a switch to the Bernabeu.Given the club’s modest wage structure, the goalkeeper would be handed a much bigger pay packet by Madrid anyway.When footballers enter their 30s, they are more likely to be assessing their career and if they are at a club that are not winning trophies, a change might be needed.Tottenham have come close in recent Premier League title races having finished third and then second, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are already 15 points off the pace this season.It is difficult for most players to turn down Madrid, and if Spurs end another campaign without silverware, Lloris may edge towards the exit gates.If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!
  • 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
  • 1 minute read 8/6/2018 | 08:04pm According to The Mirror, Southampton manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Barcelona attacker Paco Alcacer in this summer’s transfer window. The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2016, and still has three years left to run on his contract with the Catalan giants. Alcacer has only scored 15 times in 50 appearances for Barcelona, however, and has netted just 10 La Liga goals since his arrival at Camp Nou. Indeed, the presence of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the final third of the field has made it difficult for the Spain international, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, to secure a regular spot. It is understood that Valencia are considering the possibility of re-signing the forward, but now Southampton are also being strongly linked with a move in this summer’s transfer window. The Southampton fans have been reacting to the reported interest on social media, and it would be fair to say that they are struggling to come to an agreement. Indeed, whilst many of the club’s supporters would take Alcacer ahead of the new season, there are also those who are unconvinced. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: Yeah I’d take that — Callum Field (@callumfield06) June 8, 2018 Would love it but will never happen — Charlie Payne (@payner1_) June 8, 2018 No, got a shocking record for Barca let alone in the bottom half of the EPL — Stu?⚪️? (@stewartrowe86) June 8, 2018 Nah he won’t cut it in the lower echelons of the PL but he’d be Gabbiadini replacement talented n would start with a bang n then be frustrated#SaintsFC — Raul Vaid (@rvaid3) June 8, 2018 Sign him!!! — Kim Lindström (@lindstrom_kim) June 8, 2018 Yes — Joe Peacock (@joe_peacock) June 7, 2018 No we need to lose long and Carillo not Gabbi !! — Rob (@RowsellRob) June 7, 2018
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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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