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  • 3 minute read 5/9/2017 | 03:03pmAccording to reports in The Sun, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will look to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale next summer as he looks to add a world class winger to his squad.What’s the word, then?Well, The Sun says that Mourinho was keen to bring the 28-year-old to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, but the Champions League holders told them that he was not for sale.The Portuguese boss was desperate to add a wide man to his squad before the window slammed shut on Thursday night, but he also had to give up on a deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic when the Serie A giants changed their asking price during negotiations.The Sun adds that while Real didn’t want to sell Bale this year, they indicated that a deal could be done in 2018 as they would be willing to consider a huge bid.With Isco currently in top form and Marco Asensio coming through the ranks, the La Liga outfit are certainly well stocked in attacking positions.Why does Mourinho want Bale?Following a tough start to life with Tottenham Hotspur, the Welshman quickly established himself as not only one of the best players in the Premier League, but also in the world during his time with Spurs.He scored 21 goals in 33 English top flight appearances in his final season at White Hart Lane before completing a then world-record move to Real Madrid, where has netted 55 goals in 102 La Liga outings.An influential performer and leader, the Wales captain has also netted 26 goals in 62 appearances for his country and was one of the main catalysts behind their progress to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships in France.Would he be a good signing for United?He would be a huge addition for the Red Devils.The 28-year-old has pace, is effective when dribbling and is a potent finisher. However, he also offers a lot more and is strong and decent in the air, as well as being versatile enough to play in a variety of attacking positions.While he would undoubtedly come at a big price as his contract doesn’t run out until 2022, he could prove to be the difference if United are to become the top force in the Premier League and Europe in the future.
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 06:54amIsco was the hero for Spain as they moved a step closer to sealing their spot at the 2018 World Cup with a 3-0 victory against Italy on Saturday, and his performance certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Manchester United fans.The 25-year-old was handed a more advanced role as manager Julen Lopetegui decided to start with an out-and-out striker on the pitch, and the move paid off as the Real Madrid man scored a first-half brace.His first goal was a magnificent free-kick that beat Gianluigi Buffon in the Italy goal, before he added a second five minutes before the interval with a shot from outside the penalty area.Man United supporters were certainly impressed with what they saw and took to social media to give their thoughts on the playmaker’s performance, and many want the club to target Isco over another Real star in Gareth Bale.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…If I could sign one player for my club regardless of position and system, I'd undoubtedly get Isco. What a technically strong player #MUFC— Rishabh (@rishabh0607) September 3, 2017Just saw the highlights of that game and #Isco performance. 😱What a player! Forget Bale…If I was #mufc, I'd break the bank to sign him! https://t.co/6DuEMj3B2N— Avinash (@anjelus_28) September 3, 2017We need to get Agent Juan, Agent Andre and Agent De Gea to work and get Isco to #MUFC 🔥👀— RYAN 🇾🇪 (@rymozza_) September 2, 2017#MUFC didn't sign Isco because his head is big 🤔 !!!— Fred (@FredyTheRed) September 2, 2017Isco is the main man. He's the most id want from the Madrid team #mufc— T_bag_Mufc (@Jose_un1t3d) September 2, 2017Bale should have left for United. No way is he making into the starting 11 with Isco in this form. #mufc— SAMI (@sameerrashid_) September 2, 2017Isco was 10/10 last night. Not a step wrong.— The United Link 🏆 (@TheUnitedLink) September 3, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 06:13amReal Madrid playmaker Isco was the hero for Spain as they beat Italy 3-0 in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, and his performance didn’t go unnoticed by Chelsea fans.The 25-year-old was given a more attacking role as Julen Lopetegui opted to start the match without a recognised striker, and he certainly didn’t let his manager down.The Spaniard fired a brilliant free-kick past Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute before adding a second from outside the penalty area five minutes before the interval to send his nation on the way to a comfortable win.Isco has struggled to break into the Real first team under Zinedine Zidane, but there are already signs that could change this season – especially after his latest two-goal salvo for his country.Nevertheless, Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the showing via social media, and many would love to see the 25-year-old in a Blues shirt, preferably playing alongside Eden Hazard.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…What a shame Chelsea lost the chance to sign Isco a few seasons ago. Would have been a star for us #CFC— Thea (@tmac19971) September 3, 2017What I'd give to make Isco a blue. #CFC— Demarquis McIntyre (@DemarquisMcInty) September 2, 2017Isco has a good game against Verratti and he's suddenly the best thing since sliced bread. Fooball Twitter is so impulsive.— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) September 3, 2017oh how id love isco so much at chelsea what a man— 💙 (@Hazuayi) September 3, 2017Would love to see Isco and Hazard play together someday, the football would be out of this world!— ChelseaDaily (@Chelsea20126) September 2, 2017Sooner Chelsea buys Isco, the better.— ♘ Kaiser ♘ (@JoeyKaiZer) September 2, 2017The things I'd do to have Isco at Chelsea 🤤— Jack ✌️ (@RamboMorgan) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/9/2017 | 05:53amReal Madrid playmaker Isco was the star of the show for Spain as they closed in on automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a 3-0 win against Italy on Saturday, and his showing certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Arsenal fans.The 2010 world champions lined up without a recognised striker and the 25-year-old was given a more attacking role as a result, and he certainly didn’t let his nation down by scoring a brace as well as proving to be a constant menace for the likes of Marco Verratti.He curled a brilliant free-kick beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the opposition goal in the 13th minute before he doubled Spain’s advantage five minutes before half-time with another strike from outside the penalty area.Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on Isco’s performance via social media, and many believe that he would be the ideal successor to Santi Cazorla when the Spaniard moves on.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…An ambitious board at Arsenal would've bid for Isco, when they just had him sitting on the bench like a sideman— It's A Lot 🇯🇲🇮🇳 (@KingKongCourts) September 3, 2017Was hoping that we would somehow lowkey wind up with Isco at Arsenal but after recent perfermances, forget about it. £150m at least— Hobo_Hustle (@Hobo_Hustle) September 3, 2017Isco is what Arsenal fans think Ramsey is— Tobiloba (@KingYormidey) September 3, 2017Would take isco over ozil & ramsey all day long— THE ARSENAL CIRCUS (@DazAuto15) September 3, 2017We should have signed Isco while he was at Malaga— Speedy (@MiaSanArsenal) September 3, 2017Isco is a brilliant replacement for Cazorla. Needs to come Arsenal— Serdz (@_serdz) September 3, 2017Isco is the perfect replacement for Santi Carzola. #Arsenal— King Xhaka-Laka-Boom (@Eternal_Gooner) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 3/9/2017 | 03:47pmManchester United announced on their official website on Saturday that young midfielder Andreas Pereira had joined Valencia on loan after signing a contract extension,but it is a decision that has baffled their fans.The 21-year-old was an impressive performer for the Red Devils during pre-season and his performances obviously haven’t gone unnoticed by the club after they extended his current deal until 2019, with the option of a further year.However, the Brazilian will now spend the current campaign on loan with the La Liga outfit rather than staking his claim for a spot in the starting line-up for Jose Mourinho’s side this term.Man United supporters were quick to have their say on the double announcement via social media, and while they were pleased that he looks set to stay at Old Trafford for at least another couple of years, others were confused by the decision to send him out on loan.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…What a joke— Oliver Riley (@OllRiley_) September 2, 2017Wrong decision …— Jamal Kamal (@jamal_kamal_) September 2, 2017You'll regret this— HERRERA IS ANDERATED (@GABBYR0CKS) September 2, 2017Gutted! Hes gonna give up on us soon!— ●DMC● (@DMUFC58) September 2, 2017Makes me feel a bit better— Lydie (@NyiraLydieMUFC) September 2, 2017Thats some good news at least 😁😁😁— Keiron Gibbons (@Keiron_Gibbons) September 2, 2017Great news!— Anagat (@zlatanagat) September 2, 2017he is better than @JesseLingard— Avinash Singh (@Avinash54336604) September 2, 2017
  • 1 minute read 3/9/2017 | 03:23pmReal Madrid attacking midfielder Isco played a starring role as Spain beat Italy 3-0 in their latest World Cup qualifier on Saturday, and Liverpool fans believe he could be a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho in the future.Once again playing without a recognised striker, the 25-year-old started in a more advanced role for the 2010 world champions and he made a huge impression by curling a free-kick beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute.Things were to get even better for the playmaker five minutes before the interval when he once again scored from outside the penalty area, while he also proved to be a constant menace to Italy midfielder Marco Verratti throughout the match.Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer transfer window and saw a transfer request rejected, but Liverpool supporters believe that Isco should replace him if he goes in the future following his dazzling display for Spain.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…If Real come calling for Coutinho, I'd trade him for Isco.Who's with me? #LFC https://t.co/pdGO7FGYAV— LiverpoolAllDay (@LiverpoolAllDay) September 3, 2017We should have signed Isco. #LFC— Jide✌ (@hevel09) September 2, 2017Dear Klopp, Isco for coutinho next summer come on reds #LFC— Gerald (@oldGHANAempire) September 2, 2017#Isco is such a majestic player. To think only an injury to Bale and Ronaldo have him a place in the team. #LFC should have had him ages ago— Ad Ikram (@darr_a) September 2, 2017Just imagine if Liverpool managed to get their hands on Isco before. Now that's a £200m player.— جاحنزيب (@Jzb06) September 2, 2017Liverpool please just pay up for Isco as an eventual replacement for Coutinho— Ryan Jon Tarrant (@ryan__tarrant) September 2, 2017If Liverpool looking for Coutinho replacement, Isco is the man. Magical— Bayazidbahar (@bayazidbahar) September 2, 2017Isco reminds me so much of @LuchoGarcia14 . Nimble footed— Liverpool Plus (@LiverpoolPlus) September 3, 2017
  • 2 minute read 29/8/2017 | 11:03pmNeymar has told Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho that he will not regret Liverpool’s decision to keep Barcelona at bay, according to Estadao.What’s the word?The Catalan giants have been chasing Coutinho all summer, and it has been widely reported that the playmaker is keen to move to the Camp Nou.Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, but so far, Liverpool have stood firm in their stance that he is not for sale.Barcelona have failed to persuade the Reds to discuss a deal after having three bids rejected, the most recent of which the Daily Mail reports was worth £114m.The former Inter Milan star, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, has reportedly been warned off a move to Barcelona by none other than the club’s former player Neymar.According to Brazilian newspaper Estadao, the 25-year-old has told Coutinho that “he won’t regret Liverpool’s decision to keep him away from Barcelona”.Neymar’s relationship with Barca, where he played for four years, has turned sour since he completed a world-record £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.Could this make a difference?It is known to be a usual tactic of Barcelona to have their key players speak publicly about transfer targets in a bid to help their cause in trying to sign them.On this occasion, Neymar – albeit no longer a Barcelona player – has done the opposite.If Coutinho regards his fellow countryman as a good friend, then the 25-year-old’s words could make a difference in whether or not he continues pushing for a move to Spain.With the window closing in just two days’ time, it seems more and more likely that the playmaker will be forced to stay at Liverpool.Neymar’s reassurance, though, could help Coutinho adapt his outlook and accept the fact that he may have to remain at Anfield for at least another season.
  • 1 minute read 28/8/2017 | 01:03pmWhen the transfer window is in full flow, shock rumours can emerge, and given that the market is closed for business from this Thursday, the surprising stories are being churned out at a pace.According to Spanish publication Don Balon, the European heavyweights are eyeing Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as a star for the future.The 19-year-old has already become a fully-fledged first-team player at Old Trafford, despite his young age.Rashford made 32 appearances in the Premier League last season, 16 of which were starts, and he scored five goals and produced one assist.In the current campaign, the forward has featured in all three of the club’s league games so far, creating an assist in the Red Devils 4-0 rout over West Ham United and scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Leicester City.Don Balon claims that Barcelona are keen for Rashford to eventually replace Luis Suarez, but they may be forced to spend around £185m to prise him away from Old Trafford.After the speculation emerged in the gossip pages, United fans took to Twitter to give their reactions.In their dreams😤— #I'm MAN UNITED (@Kweku_Paroni) August 28, 2017No— ruth arie (@rut_arie) August 28, 2017Ok. I want my own planet.— ⚫️⚪️🔴Wojtek 🇪🇺 (@Unitedsince1995) August 28, 2017Ok 😂😂😂— Craig Henniker (@craigybott) August 28, 2017lol— Russ (@russnewsham) August 28, 2017@Barcelona hold it right there.no amount of money can make we sell@Rashford cus we have what's it's take to keep our best players.— Kendrick d one (@MondehAugustine) August 28, 2017Barcelona want Rashford, pay £300m then— Nick Morris (@Nickmorris69) August 28, 2017Sell the Nou Camp and u still can't afford him— United20times (@busbyway20) August 28, 2017
  • 1 minute read 25/8/2017 | 02:55pmAll eyes were on the Champions League draw on Thursday, and the main talking point from the event was the group that Tottenham Hotspur were placed in.Last season’s Premier League runners-up will have to take on Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel in order to make it through to the knockout rounds.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were arguably handed the toughest draw out of the English clubs competing, which also include Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.The glamour tie is of course the one against Madrid, which will involve a trip to the Bernabeu for Tottenham and a hosting job at Wembley, where the North London outfit will be playing all of their home games this season.Micky Hazard, who represented Spurs between 1993 and 1995, pointed out that former Tottenham players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are likely to play.The latter was sold to the Spanish club in 2012 following a four-year spell at White Hart Lane, while Bale joined Tottenham for a then world-record £85m fee a year later.Both have gone on to have stunning success in Madrid, and Hazard is excited to see the stars line up against their former club.The 57-year-old amusingly tweeted that Tottenham will be able to have the players back for free.Modric and Bale back at Spurs and no fee lol— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) August 24, 2017
  • 1 minute read 25/8/2017 | 02:25pmPeter Crouch’s funny side has become evident since he joined Twitter, and he gave quite the humorous reaction to Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League draw.The North London outfit were arguably placed in the hardest group of the elite competition, with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Apoel.Last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to get out of the group stage when they were pitted against Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.They performed poorly at Wembley, winning just one of their three games at the national stadium, where they will be based for the entire season while their new stadium is being built.In the 2010-11 season when Crouch was playing for the North London outfit, Spurs suffered a damaging defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the competition.After going a goal down inside the first five minutes, the striker was sent off 10 minutes later after receiving two yellow cards for poor tackles.The team – managed by Harry Redknapp – failed to recover and they eventually lost 4-0 to the Spanish giants in the first leg.After Crouch, who now plays for Stoke City, discovered who Spurs would be facing this season, he decided to poke fun at his past.Real Madrid for spurs . If they don't have an idiot sent off early they have a great chance— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 24, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/9/2017 | 06:59amManchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is disappointed that Andreas Pereira decided to join Valencia last week, and Red Devils fans now fear for the youngster’s future.The 21-year-old was an impressive performer for United during pre-season, and he seemed set to remain at Old Trafford until January at the earliest.However, he didn’t feature in any of the club’s four matchday squads in August and decided to secure a move away in order to play regularly.Mourinho told the Manchester Evening News: “Andreas Pereira was a personal decision that I don’t agree with.“A decision I don’t think honestly I don’t think is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me a little bit, because I think he has the potential to be here fighting for a position, for opportunities, and fighting to be a Manchester United player.”Man United supporters were quick to have their say on Mourinho’s comments via social media, and some believe that his Red Devils career may now be over.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…No chance he will be recalled he will be sold if anything mufc career is over— wayne littlewood (@waynelittlewoo2) September 8, 2017Curtains— Phillip Mehegan (@prmehegan) September 8, 2017Great comments, I hope the boy takes them onboard and shows mental strength when he eventually comes back. Could be a januzaj tipping point— kelbo (@the_kelbo) September 8, 2017Dont think its over for him but if he really wants to succeed at United then he must show more openness to fight for his place in the squad.— Milad (@MiladST) September 8, 2017Both r right if the situation seen from both angles, but personally I had a hope that he will fight for a position & show his true colours.— Maithem (@maithem7) September 8, 2017Mourinho ripping Pereira for deciding to leave is hilarious. A fantastic player who hasn't even made the bench for 4 straight games! #MUFC— Basel Arti (@Aritonian) September 8, 2017How Mourinho speaks about Pereira just shows how highly he rates him. Future star #mufc— 🔴🔴Shiv🔴🔴 (@GunmanRashford) September 8, 2017I think it's all over for Andreas Pereira at United. We have to resign to the fact he is moving on. Wishing him the best #mufc #Pereira— Deepan Chakravarthy (@bhoovi) September 8, 2017That's Pereira's United career over before it's even started! 🙈 #MUFC #bigmistake— Craig Bolton (@CraigBolt200) September 8, 2017
  • 1 minute read 9/9/2017 | 07:40amLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference for his side’s clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday that Philippe Coutinho will be omitted from the squad.Jürgen Klopp confirms Philippe Coutinho will not be included in the matchday squad to face Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/lZGilb7Iyk— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 8, 2017The 25-year-old was recovering from injury when he handed in a transfer request just days before the Premier League season started last month after Barcelona showed an interest in him, and the La Liga giants had three offers for the Reds star rejected.However, the attacking midfielder returned to action for Brazil with two substitute appearances during the international break but despite that, Klopp isn’t ready to include him for the clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.Klopp said: “I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training. He agreed.”Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and they are largely divided with some saying it is the “right decision” and others feeling it might prove to be a mistake to not include him in the squad.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Good decision..no point disrupting the current rhythm of the team and dropping players in form. He'll earn his place for sure IMHO— Prinz (@WeArePrinz) September 8, 2017The right decision.— tony nevitt (@tonynevitt) September 8, 2017Not sure this is a good idea. Especially if we're trying to win the game and looking for something special from the bench.— Steve Heighway (@Mywayorthe) September 8, 2017He should be. Still one of their best players and you need your best players for the big games.— Richard kemp (@RCKempy) September 8, 2017Very pleased with how Klopp is dealing with him.— G (@G_uhyeah) September 8, 2017It's a smart decision by Klopp to leave Coutinho out. I think he will make his comeback with 50,000 #LFC fans supporting him at Anfield!— LFC-TM (@Its_all_left) September 8, 2017still suffering with that back pain caused by anxiety is it hahaha,hope he never plays for us again!— Breff (@Breff91) September 8, 2017
  • Arsenal have long been attributed with an interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and a move could materialise next summer, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.What’s the story?Although not the most reliable of reports, Don Balon’s claim that Florentino Perez will use his authority at Real Madrid next summer to reshape Zinedine Zidane’s squad is certainly possible and a new-look side could be created.Karim Benzema, now 29, could find himself on the way out as Real Madrid consider options to rejuvenate their forward line, with their list of targets including Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Juventus’ Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala.With Marco Asensio and Isco stepping-up to become crucial players for Real Madrid over the course of the past 12 months, the reliability on the likes of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale has significantly decreased- which could lead to changes.Bale has himself struggled with regular injury problems and could be sold to provide funds for a move next summer, whilst Benzema will likely seek an exit as he won’t want to play second-fiddle and Real Madrid would accept his wishes after years of service that has seen him lift 14 titles in the Santiago Bernabeu.Is there still a place at Arsenal?Whilst some may feel the ship has sailed for Benzema and Arsenal due to the summer signing of Alexandre Lacazette, the Gunners still have a desire to rejuvenate their attacking options- especially as it’s highly likely Alexis Sanchez will leave next summer.Benzema could therefore slot into Arsenal’s line-up as the first-choice striker, with Lacazette dropping behind his compatriot and playing alongside World Cup winner Mesut Ozil- assuming the former Real Madrid man pens a new deal.Former Lyon man Benzema will turn 31 in December next year, so cannot be seen as a long-term solution for Arsenal, but they may need to strengthen their ranks as Olivier Giroud, who turns 31 this month, may bring an end to his time in North London.The striker was offered the chance to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer but elected to stay and fight for his spot in the side, scoring a dramatic winner on the opening weekend victory over Leicester City, but has found first-team opportunities limited since.
  • Liverpool face a major battle on their hands if they are to lure Timo Werner to the Premier League from RB Leipzig next summer, according to reports cited by TalkSport.What’s the story?Seemingly not content with landing Naby Keita from the Bundesliga’s breakthrough side last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are ready to raid RB Leipzig once again for the services of Timo Werner next summer following the German international’s meteoric rise.The 21-year-old forward has netted 24 goals in 34 league matches for RB Leipzig so far and has also made a major impact on the international stage, finding the back of the net six times in eight matches after making his debut for Joachim Lowe’s side earlier this year.Naturally, that’s led to a wealth of interest in the young striker’s services and Sport 1 state Real Madrid have joined Liverpool in the hunt for the forward who’s widely regarded to be one of the best up-and-coming striking talents in European football.Where would he fit?Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is one of the best in the Premier League but one downfall is the lack of a recognised central striker, which is why reports consistently link Timo Werner with a switch to Anfield.Whether he’d be a guaranteed starter is debatable though as the aforementioned trio have proved to be extremely valuable to Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, so Werner may remarkably have a better chance of securing regular football at Real Madrid.With Karim Benzema turning 30 this year, chairman Florentino Perez is keen to rejuvenate Real Madrid’s attack with the addition of a young striker and Werner is reportedly on their short-list, with Spanish outlet Don Balon claiming Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala are also being tracked.Liverpool could have the financial firepower to compete with Real Madrid in the market if Barcelona succeed with a move for Philippe Coutinho next summer but RB Leipzig are determined not to sell, as they see Werner as an integral part of their side.
  • It’s been a long summer for Diego Costa but his transfer limbo looks set to end with an exit from Chelsea, according to Spanish outlet Marca.What’s the story?Shortly after winning the Premier League with Chelsea last season, Blues boss Antonio Conte informed the Spanish striker he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and the signing of Alvaro Morata was the final nail in the coffin.Named in the Blues’ Champions League squad, having failed to secure an exit during the summer, it seemed Costa could have an opportunity at redemption in West London. However, it now seems any appearances will simply be a final swan-song for the controversial striker.Marca state Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Chelsea to bring the striker back to Diego Simeone’s side in the January transfer window, where the La Liga giants will see their transfer embargo come to an end.The move comes as no surprise as The Sun reported earlier this week that Costa has sent his family back to the Spanish capital ahead of his return to La Liga, though it remains to be seen how much football he’ll receive at Stamford Bridge in the meantime.Risky move by Chelsea?Britain Football Soccer – Chelsea v Southampton – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – 25/4/17 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates after the match with Diego Costa Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.Chelsea have been heavily reliant on Diego Costa in recent years but seem uninterested in having two top-class strikers battling for a spot at Stamford Bridge, with Michy Batshuayi, a player yet to find his feet in the Premier League, playing understudy to the Blues’ record-signing Morata.A return to Madrid for Costa was always the likely outcome and it’s a big step for Diego Simeone’s side too, as they move to their new stadium, as it means they have a direct replacement for Antoine Griezmann should the Frenchman be lured elsewhere next summer.Chelsea’s biggest success though is getting £54m in the transfer market for a player they do not want, which is further evidence of the Blues’ strong negotiations skills as they’ve previously got a lot of money for the likes of Oscar and Ramires to China.Whilst the money from the Far East appears to be stagnating, prices in Europe have been on a meteoric rise in recent seasons and Chelsea have once again shown they have the ability to negotiate the best possible deal no matter who they’re negotiating with.
  • Gareth Bale’s name has regularly been mentioned on the back pages of the tabloids regarding a move to Manchester United but the Welsh sensation has spoken about why he’s stayed in Spain, in an interview with The Daily Mail.What’s the story?Ever since his emergence at Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale has regularly been named by the press as Manchester United’s ‘top-target’ and a move for the wing-wizard to Real Madrid, where he’s since won three Champions League titles, hasn’t quelled the speculation.Rumours rose again this summer following a varied year for Bale, who clinched another Champions League medal but saw his involvement in the glory limited due to consistent injury problems- which led many to speculate he could be surplus to requirements as Isco and Marco Asensio proved their worth.Neymar decided to move on to become the king of Paris, leaving Barcelona, and Bale could have reigned supreme at Old Trafford if he elected to seal a move. However, The Daily Mail mentions in an in-depth interview with the Welsh wizard that an exit was never close.What’s been said?Speaking to The Daily Mail, Bale admitted there’s a theory to becoming the star-man elsewhere but stated he wants to be judged on trophies, indicating that he feels his chances of further success at Real Madrid are superior to what he could achieve with Manchester United.‘Well there’s an argument for that but I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.’Will he ever return?Clearly comfortable in Spain, and now 28, Bale’s preference would clearly be to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu and push towards legendary status with the Spanish giants. Having been part of a squad that’s won three Champions League titles in four years, being an integral part in the victories in 2014 and 2016, it’s certainly a possibility.With Real Madrid regularly linked to big names though, Bale’s position within Zinedine Zidane’s side isn’t perhaps as stable as it would be if he were to move back to the Premier League. However, he does have the benefit of the fact that Karim Benzema seems the most likely to be replaced.Cristiano Ronaldo turns 33 next year and his importance to Real Madrid is already starting to decline, so Bale has the chance to establish himself as Los Blancos’ biggest hero in the coming years- but a return to English football will never be off the cards.
  • The saga concerning Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool has not been drawn to a close with the end of the transfer window and Barcelona will return for the Brazilian in January, Spanish outlet Sport reports.What’s the story?Having handed in a transfer request this summer and failing to secure a move to Barcelona, who saw numerous bids rejected by Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho seems an unhappy figure on Merseyside but he still has the chance of making his dream move.Sport state the Catalan giants have not ended their pursuit of the Brazilian and will return with a fresh offer in January, with Coutinho yet to feature for Liverpool this season due to a back injury- but he was fit enough to feature and score in his nation’s World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador.Whilst Liverpool’s resolve has always remained strong on Coutinho, there’s only so far that can go if the South American starlet wants to leave and many believed the Reds were daft this summer for turning down audacious sums of money for the playmaker.Will he stay?Given the series of events concerning Coutinho’s links to Barcelona, it really is a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ the Brazilian leaves Liverpool and the danger is that things could start to boil behind the scenes, potentially then causing immense problems behind the scenes.It’s something that Liverpool may not be alone with this year, as Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and Virgil Van Dijk at Southampton experienced similar, but the resolve of Liverpool to keep Coutinho in January is likely to be a lot stronger than their counterparts.Barcelona also have a record of pulling controversial stunts in their quest to get major deals over the line, including getting star players to speak about a move and forcing a Barcelona shirt on Cesc Fabregas whilst he was on international duty, so it’s unlikely we’re anywhere near the end of this saga.
  • According to the Daily Star, Manchester United will return to Atletico Madrid with a bid to sign Antoine Griezmann within the next two transfer windows.What’s the Story?Manchester United have set aside £100million and left their number 7 shirt “un-allocated” in preparation for Antoine Griezmann, who they will bid for within the next year, according to the latest report.The Frenchman was the subject of much speculation this summer, with Manchester United seemingly making Griezmann their top target. However, Jose Mourinho’s side failed to land their man and subsequently, he stayed with Atletico Madrid until at least January.With the number 7 shirt currently unoccupied at Old Trafford, rumours are starting to grow as to why this commercially profitable shirt has yet to have an owner this season. And it seems that we may now have an answer.How good was Griezmann last season?Since his phenomenal performances for France at Euro 2016, Antoine Griezmann has been one of the most sought after players in Europe. Last season, the 26-year-old, who is valued at £72million by Transfermarkt hadyet another fantastic domestic campaign.The French international scored 16 times in 36 appearances for Atletico, his second largest single season goal-scoring tally of his career and was a constant threat to opposition with his lightning pace and technical ability.Would Griezmann be a good signing for Manchester United?Absolutely. Manchester United’s bright offensive start to this season demonstrates the talent that they have in their attacking positions. Adding Griezmann to this crop in January or next summer would only improve the balance of the team and could help Manchester United become the dominant European force that they once were.
  • Diego Costa won’t be remaining at Chelsea until January and will instead move out on-loan before moving to Atletico Madrid in the new year, The Daily Mail reports.What’s the story?Diego Costa’s fall from grace in the eyes of Antonio Conte has been well publicised and the two-time Premier League winner looks set to end his stint with Chelsea imminently, with Spanish outlet AS stating the striker has returned to Spain and will stay there until his future is resolved.The signing of Alvaro Morata in the summer has reiterated Chelsea’s view that Costa is surplus to requirements and he’s hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge, leaving compatriot Costa out of the frame despite his fellow striker being named in Chelsea’s first-team squad for the first-half of the season.That suggested that Diego Costa could still play a part in Chelsea’s campaign over the course of the coming months before returning to Atletico Madrid in January but The Daily Mail report he could be on his way to Saudi Arabia on-loan instead, joining Al Hilal.Why’s it such a mess?Chelsea really have made a dogs meal out of the situation concerning Diego Costa, which started when Conte decided to inform the Spanish striker that he’s surplus to requirements via text- a precedent for the shambles that followed.Atletico Madrid, handed a transfer ban until 2018, couldn’t finalise a move in the summer window but Costa has refused to return to West London, staying in Brazil before flying his family out to Madrid in the past week- where AS say the striker has now joined them.Both parties are guilty of mismanagement in this situation but it definitely casts a rotten picture of Chelsea, which could prove to be problematic should things go wrong this season- and it may even put players off joining the Premier League champions.
  • Liverpool’s hopes of retaining Philippe Coutinho’s services beyond the January transfer window have received a huge boost as Barcelona have set their sights elsewhere, according to Sport.What’s the word?The future of Liverpool’s Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho was one of the biggest sagas of the summer transfer window and the general expectation was that Barcelona’s crusade to bring the South American to the Nou Camp would commence once again in January.It’s no secret that Coutinho wanted to move to Catalonia but Liverpool held firm with their monstrous demands, aware that Barcelona had plenty of cash to spend after the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Whilst speculation persists on Coutinho’s future, Sport reports Barcelona will not return in the new year and will instead set their sights on securing the signature of OGC Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri; widely regarded as the ‘new Xavi’.Will Coutinho stay?Whilst this does hand a boost to Liverpool’s attempts to keep Philippe Coutinho for the long-term, it doesn’t necessarily bring an end to the saga. Coutinho made it clear he wanted to leave and could push for an exit next year, particularly after the World Cup.He’ll also be likely to jump ship if Liverpool fail to secure Champions League football again next season, which is a stern test for Jurgen Klopp’s side due to the wealth of competition in the Premier League, and at 25 he may feel it’s time to take the next step.However, the fact that he’s no longer considered their priority target means that Liverpool should have more time to prepare for the Brazilian’s exit- or even persuade the South American starlet to commit his future to the Merseyside outfit and snub a move to La Liga.
  • 1 minute read 14/9/2017 | 12:00pmLiverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla in their opening Champions League group game at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were furious with defender Dejan Lovren for his latest below-par performance.The centre-back returned to the starting line-up in place of Ragnar Klavan following Jurgen Klopp’s men’s 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, but he was at fault for the La Liga outfit’s fifth-minute opener.The Croatia international looked certain to clear Sergio Escudero’s low cross from the left, but he fell over and the ball went under his foot with Wissam Ben Yedder on hand to tap home.The hosts regained control of the game through goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, but the Brazilian missed the chance to give his team a two-goal advantage when he missed a penalty just before the break.Questionable defending from Lovren and centre-back partner Joel Matip saw Joaquin Correa score the equaliser and Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on the former’s poor performance via social media, with some saying the time is now surely up on his career with the Merseyside outfit.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…No more excuses for Lovren #lfc— Marc Carter-Selwood (@MarcSelwood) September 14, 2017Defensively poor again last night, with Lovren a complete shambles. I can't see a reason why we wouldn't give Gomez a run at CB. #LFC— Remco Buckley (@remcobuckley) September 14, 2017Surely now #Lovren is done in an #LFC shirt? It's too late but enough is enough! #liability #donkey— Karl Henton (@KHenton) September 14, 2017Gomez needs to learn his trade at CB. Klavan isn't good enough to be 3rd choice and Lovren is beyond help. #LFC— Red Rivelino (@RedRivelino) September 14, 2017I really don't see Lovren getting a start again for this club, times up, not good enough. #lfc— * (@AnfieldMagic) September 14, 2017Dejan Lovren is #shocking #LFC— Ian Gibson (@OswestryRunner) September 14, 2017Lovren is Pathetic beyond Words.. #LFC— Sushant Chandekar (@sushantchandekr) September 14, 2017Never criticised Lovren badly but sadly enough, He doesn't deserve to start for a club like #LFC for sure. Diabolical defending @LFC— Kloppo Man (@TheRedOpinion) September 14, 2017Lovren and Henderson need to be binned if we're going to progress and challenge for trophies. Neither of them are good enough #LFC— Yimmy (@YimmyDrisc93) September 14, 2017
  • 1 minute read 14/9/2017 | 04:42pmLiverpool’s return to the group stages of the Champions League began with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were divided on the performance of left-back Alberto Moreno.Despite coming under criticism and finding himself behind James Milner in the pecking order last season, the Spaniard is being given more of a chance in the side by Jurgen Klopp this season and started against his former team on Wednesday.While he perhaps should have done better from a defensive point of view in the fifth minute when Wissam Ben Yedder gave the visitors the lead after being caught on the wrong side of the forward, he did set up Roberto Firmino for the equalising goal just 15 minutes later.The 25-year-old went on to pick up a yellow card for a poor challenge and was unlucky not to score just before the break in what was an eventful first 45 minutes.Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on Moreno’s showing via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.While some feel that he put in a “top performance”, others described him as a “complete joke”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Alberto Moreno impressed me the most tonight. He's really taken the criticism constructively and brought his A-game. Brilliant. #LFC— Max Generossi (@MaxiGenerossi) September 13, 2017Love seeing Moreno getting praise like he is right now. Always have hoped he'd turn it around and get fans on his side ☺️🔴⚽️ #LFC— Riz (@Riz_1902_BITW) September 13, 2017Thought Moreno was good tonight credit were it's due and lovren was…….lovren #lfc— Andy Barrett (@andrewbarrett70) September 13, 2017Top performance from Alberto Moreno last night 🙌#LFC #YNWA @lfc18alberto pic.twitter.com/VGUX0dk1xH— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) September 14, 2017I can not believe what I am reading from last nights game… Moreno had a good game ???? 😂😂😂😂 wtf !!!!! The guy is a complete joke 💩 #lfc— Les Riches (@SoireeLes) September 14, 2017I must have been watching a different Moreno last night. Fine going forward. Defensively shambolic…— Matt (@mattlfc6) September 14, 2017Moreno doesn't even know he's a defender. He should be replaced #LFC— Pedro J. Salazar C. (@ppedrossalazar) September 13, 2017I personally don't care what Moreno offers going forward. First and foremost, he is a LB, thus he should be able to defend. He can't! #LFC https://t.co/8lA8jmFoNf— Terence Ramsay (@TerenceRamsay) September 13, 2017Alberto Moreno is the epitome of Klopp's #LFC: manic, unpredictable, erratic & reckless. An attacking force and a defensive liability.— Dale (@dalewetter) September 13, 2017
  • 2 minute read 29/9/2017 | 02:00pmEverton could make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro when the transfer window reopens in January, according to The Mirror.What’s the word?The Merseyside outfit are in desperate need of some firepower up front having scored just four Premier League goals in six matches.Sandro Ramirez was bought in the summer to help the team’s goal threat, but he is yet to find the back of the net.Towards the closing stages of the transfer window, manager Ronald Koeman was rumoured to be hunting for a new striker, but he failed to get a deal over the line.Now, The Mirror claims that the Dutchman could make a £20m move for Gameiro, who is likely to drop down the pecking order due to Diego Costa’s arrival.Is Gameiro the right man?There is always an element of risk bringing in a player who does not have any Premier League experience, but Gameiro has shown in the past that he can be prolific.In his final season at Sevilla before joining Atletico in 2016, the 30-year-old scored 16 La Liga goals and produced four assists.For Atletico, Gameiro had a positive debut campaign, finding the back of the net 12 times and assisting five goals, but he has only made two substitute appearances so far this season.Everton were always going to struggle to replace Romelu Lukaku, so rather than depend on one man, the team need a handful of players to produce goals.If Gameiro comes through the door and former outcast Oumar Niasse stays consistent, then the pair could share the burden.
  • 1 minute read 28/9/2017 | 04:44pmChelsea pulled off a hugely impressive 2-1 win away against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Blues fans weren’t impressed with the performance from midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The La Liga giants were hosting their first European game at their new Wanda Metropolitano home when Antonio Conte’s men came to town, and they looked to be on course to pick up three points when Antoine Griezmann’s penalty gave them a half-time lead.However, the visitors hit back after the break and Alvaro Morata’s header on the hour-mark was followed by a last-gasp winner from Michy Batshuayi, with Fabregas – who started in a more advanced position with Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park – missing a sitter from six yards just after Morata found the net.Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some described it as “awful”, others said it was a “shocking performance”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…fabregas has been awful today #cfc— ifty (@iiftyyy) September 27, 2017Fabregas has been unusually poor this game #cfc— Ben Stephens (@Sparkey63Ben) September 27, 2017As I say that, here comes Christensen for Fabregas.Not at his best tonight Cesc. Still did a job though. #CFC #ATLCHE— Lav (@ConteTactics) September 27, 2017Breath breath……..yes we won and best performance of season and this despite pretty weak games from Fabregas and Bakayoko #CFC— Justin Scarborough (@justinscarboro2) September 27, 2017For the whole of the game only Fabregas wasn't at his best.. #cfc— yo p! 💙🔵 (@iampeedeeterry) September 27, 2017Fabregas has been well off the pace tonight… #ATLCHE #CFC #ChampionsLeague— Stefan Hodge (@stefan_hodge) September 27, 2017Fabregas has had a shocking performance, let alone that finish. #CFC— Chelsea Central (@ChelseaCentral_) September 27, 2017Fabregas having a real poor game till now. That’s a concern. #CFC— Souradip (@souradip23) September 27, 2017Cesc needs to improve ffs #CFC— Abz 🥊⚽️ (@abzcfc98) September 27, 2017you didn't play well bro. Hope to see a better performance against city if selected. C'mon chelsea— Mubaraq (@mbijaiya) September 27, 2017
  • 2 minute read 28/9/2017 | 02:40pmTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been the talk of the football sphere these last couple of days following his goalscoring performance in the Champions League.The England international netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday night, which ensured that the club continue their winning run in the competition.Kane has proven season by season that he is one of the best forwards in the Premier League having won back-to-back Golden Boot awards, but now that he is showing it on the European stage, people are beginning to discuss whether he can be considered among football’s elite.So far in 2017, the 24-year-old has scored six hat-tricks, which is four more than Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid hero Cristiano Ronaldo have recorded, with both nabbing two hat-tricks.Kane also leads the scoring charts in the Champions League with five goals in total, with Messi on two and Ronaldo on four.Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has done little to quieten the comparisons by claiming that Kane is as important to the North London outfit as Messi and Ronaldo are to their clubs.talkSPORT quotes the French goalkeeper as saying:“In every big team you have a big goalscorer. In Tottenham it is Harry Kane. I think for him he has got a lot of things to prove in the Champions League. He shows his quality and skills at the moment. Five goals in two games is fantastic and hopefully he will carry on in the same way for him and the team. We are not surprised about Harry, we know his talent, his skills, his aptitude to score goals and important goals. He is our main player, like in top teams, in Real Madrid you have Ronaldo, in Barca you have Messi.”
  • 1 minute read 28/9/2017 | 11:20amTottenham Hotspur will have to take on Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, according to Transfermarketweb.What’s the word?The USA international has caught the eye of many since breaking into Dortmund’s first team last year.Despite being just 19 years of age, the attacking player has become a regular figure, making 64 appearances in total, scoring 10 times and creating 14 assists.Transfermarketweb reports that Pulisic, who has 16 international caps to his name, is a target for Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid.The teenager’s current contract at the Westfalenstadion does not expire until 2020.Do Tottenham have a chance?Given Mauricio Pochettino’s proven track record of developing young players, the North London club would be a suitable destination for Pulisic.If the midfielder does decide to move on from Dortmund, then he will need to think of progression rather than choosing the biggest club.Moving to Madrid would be a huge risk as he is unlikely to be handed regular playing time and if he does not hit the ground running, he could end up fading away.Tottenham would be able to offer more first-team football, as well as guidance to help develop Pulisic’s game.However, if Arsenal and Liverpool are also sniffing around, then Pochettino will need to do what he can to convince the USA midfielder to choose Spurs.
  • 3 minute read 28/9/2017 | 07:22am According to reports on talkSPORT, Southampton have been alerted to the fact that out-of-favour Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer wants to leave the club during the January transfer window.TalkSPORT says that Saints were keen on signing the 24-year-old during the summer, but Barca obviously looked to keep the Spain international after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, while the player himself would have been keen to prove himself at the Camp Nou having only joined from Valencia in 2016.However, those regular first team minutes haven’t been forthcoming under Ernesto Valverde this term and Alcacer could now look to leave the Catalan giants in the New Year.Meanwhile, Saints’ goalscoring issues from last season have continued into this one under Mauricio Pellegrino and they have now failed to score in 10 of their last 14 top flight matches, and it could mean that the Argentine looks to strengthen his attacking options when the window reopens in 2018.Here are three reasons Southampton must make Alcacer their top January target…
  • 3 minute read 27/9/2017 | 04:45pmAccording to reports in The Mirror, Everton could make a January move for £20m-rated Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro after summer transfer target Diego Costa returned to his former club from Chelsea.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that the Frenchman could be surplus to requirements after Atletico agreed terms with the Premier League holders to bring Costa back to Spain earlier this month.The Mirror says that the £67m deal means that the La Liga giants may be forced to balance the books in the New Year, and that could mean they look to offload Gameiro, who has found game time hard to come by.The report adds that Everton have been sounded out about his potential availability, with the Merseyside failing to sign the direct Romelu Lukaku replacement that manager Ronald Koeman wanted during the summer transfer window.The Mirror says that Atletico would be willing to loan him out for the remainder of the campaign or negotiate a £20m permanent deal.How has Gameiro done at Atletico?While the 30-year-old was something of a key first team player under Diego Simeone in his first season when he ended the 2016/17 campaign with 16 goals and a further seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions, but he has found it more difficult to get time on the pitch this term.The French attacker has played in just 27 minutes of Atletico’s opening six La Liga fixtures of the season, while he was left out of the squad altogether for the Champions League clash against AS Roma a fortnight ago.Would he be a good signing for Everton?It’s difficult to say.While the 30-year-old has done well for Atletico when played as a centre-forward, he is certainly more in the mould of Sergio Aguero than Lukaku from a physical point of view and couldn’t be seen as a direct replacement for the big Belgian.That said, his record for Sevilla and Atletico in La Liga has certainly been impressive and he has shown that he can find the net on a regular basis.One concern for the Toffees though would be how Sandro Ramirez – who also impressed in Spain for Malaga last season – has so far struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and they could easily find themselves in a similar situation if they brought Gameiro to Goodison Park.
  • 1 minute read 27/9/2017 | 07:15amTottenham Hotspur fans are feeling very confident about the team’s progression into the knockout rounds of the Champions League following back-to-back wins.The North London outfit were arguably handed the toughest group of the draw when they were place in a pot alongside defending champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.A 3-1 victory over Dortmund put Mauricio Pochettino’s men in a strong position after Matchday One, and they followed that up with a 3-0 win over APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday night.Harry Kane stole the headlines by securing a hat-trick – his sixth in 2017 – and it helped the club move equal with Madrid on six points.Following their last two results in the competition, Tottenham fans are feeling confident that the team can match Real when the pair go head to head.Spurs will be facing their former player Gareth Bale, who scored a wonder-goal in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Dortmund in Germany.Get in!!! He's one of our own! Bring on Real Madrid! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ #COYS https://t.co/8dzzn1vRGW— Jamie Arden (@jampota) September 26, 2017Two teams have 100% records in group H, one is the best team in the world and the other is Real Madrid 😉#thfc #coys pic.twitter.com/bgCVw7Q9f5— KWP (@therealwalker37) September 26, 2017Madrid, watch out, were after you …. #COYS pic.twitter.com/MDyCadtFax— Spurssoko ⚽️ (@TheMacBoy_) September 26, 2017Bring on Real Madrid! #COYS #TTID— kryptokev (@kevinfds) September 26, 2017We're coming for you……we're coming for you! Gareth Bale we're coming for you! Bring on Madrid! #COYS— Dom Coeur-De-Lion (@dom_coeurdelion) September 26, 2017Our fate is in our hands. We can go to Madrid with no fear, nor expectation. Expected to lose but on our day we can beat anyone. #COYS #THFC— Jurts__COYS94 (@THFC_COYS94) September 26, 2017Perfect start to the CL group of death, sets us up nicely for Madrid #COYS— Carlb (@carlbowman) September 26, 2017Well done boys. Bring on Real Madrid. This gonna be good 😃 #COYS— Dele (@zarifhrahman) September 26, 2017
  • 3 minute read 26/9/2017 | 03:43pmAccording to reports in the Daily Mail, Leeds United are considering making a move for Osasuna midfielder Fran Merida, who like recent addition Samu Saiz is playing in the second tier of Spanish football, after sending scouts to watch the former Arsenal man in action.What’s the word, then?Well, Leeds United may be top of the Championship table on goal difference going into Tuesday night’s fixtures following an impressive start to the campaign, but it hasn’t stopped Thomas Christiansen looking at players that could potentially improve his squad during the January transfer window and beyond.The Daily Mail says that scouts from the Yorkshire outfit have been trailing the 27-year-old, who is in his second season with Osasuna following their relegation from La Liga last term, with a view to making a move for the Spaniard.Merida has certainly had an interesting career having been on the books of Barcelona, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid during his career, but he has failed to settle down at any of those or Braga, Hercules, Atletico Paranaense and Huesca prior to joining Osasuna.How has he done for them?Ok, but not brilliant.Merida, who usually operates as a central or defensive midfielder has made 25 appearances in all competitions since joining Osasuna in the summer of 2016, and he sometimes struggled to make the matchday squad on occasions in La Liga last term.In 15 outings in the Spanish top flight, he did show his ability with the ball at his feet by successfully completing 12 of the 17 take-ons he attempted in what was a disappointing personal campaign for him and the club.Would he be a good signing for Leeds?It’s difficult to say.Saiz has already made a huge impression at Elland Road and while Merida may have struggled to have a huge impact at Osasuna, there is no reason why he couldn’t with Leeds.Of course he already has some experience of English football too from his time with Arsenal, and that would stand him in good stead if he did join the Championship outfit during the January transfer window or elsewhere in the future.That said, the Yorkshire outfit look to be well stocked in the middle of the park right now with Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Mateusz Klich, and they also have to start thinking about players that could make the jump up to the Premier League because of their promising start.It’s hard to believe that Merida is good enough to do that, though.
  • 2 minute read 25/9/2017 | 02:40pmTottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli is being targeted by Real Madrid in a potential swap deal involving Mateo Kovacic, according to Don Balon.What’s the story?It is not the first time that Alli has been linked with a move to Spain due to his significant rise over the past couple of years.The 21-year-old has established himself as a regular for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team, as well as for England.Since moving to the North London club from MK Dons in 2015, Alli has scored 35 goals and created 25 assists in 107 appearances.His statistics seem to have attracted the attention of Madrid, who according to Don Balon, are prepared to offer Kovacic in a deal.It is believed that club president Florentino Perez is keen to snatch Alli away in January, but Spurs are unwilling to listen to offers before the end of the season.Should Tottenham consider a deal?Based on statistics alone, no. Kovacic has netted just three goals and racked up five assists in 78 appearances for Madrid since his 2015 switch from Inter Milan.The 23-year-old also plays in a different style to Alli in that he sits in a much deeper role, so it would not be a like-for-like replacement.It is clear that the Tottenham star has not found his best form yet this season following a handful of lacklustre performances.Even during this slight lull, though, Alli has still produced three goals and an assist in seven outings in all competitions.With Tottenham becoming serious challengers for honours, it is vital that Pochettino keeps his best players.
  • 2 minute read 25/9/2017 | 01:20pmEverton were prepared to pay £70m for Chelsea striker Diego Costa in a late move in the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.What’s the story?The Merseyside outfit spent more than £100m on a handful of new signings, but they failed to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left to join Manchester United.Wayne Rooney returned to Goodison Park, while Sandro Ramirez was also bought, but it has been widely reported that manager Ronald Koeman wanted another attacking player.The Mirror reports that Everton were willing to pay a staggering £70m for Chelsea misfit Costa, who caused controversy in the summer for refusing to return to Stamford Bridge.The Spain international made it clear that he only wanted to join his former club Atletico Madrid, and eventually his wish was granted.Costa will not be eligible to play for the La Liga club until January, though, due to a transfer embargo that prevents Atletico from registering new players until 2018.What does this bid tell us about Everton?Firstly, that the Toffees certainly have money to spend. The club jumped out of the blocks in the transfer window and were praised for their early business.However, judging by the team’s performances this season so far, they failed to bring in the one player they needed – a striker.The Toffees have won two of their six Premier League matches and in that time have scored just four times.If these latest reports are true, then potentially forking out £70m for Costa so late in the window shows that Koeman was desperate for a new attacker.Ironically, the man who the manager deemed not good enough for the team is showing the most promise up front.Oumar Niasse, who did not even have a squad number at the start of last season, has scored three goals in his last two matches in all competitions.
  • 1 minute read 4/10/2017 | 09:00amGareth Bale was expected to face his former club Tottenham Hotspur in two weeks’ time when Real Madrid hosted the North London outfit at the Bernabeu.The two clubs will go head to head in the group phase of the Champions League, with both on six points apiece.The build up would have been focused on Bale, but now injury looks set to rule him out of the match.The Guardian reports that the 28-year-old is facing four weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury, which has forced him out of Wales’ two crucial World Cup qualifiers.If Bale is unable to feature against Tottenham, where he spent six years of his career before moving to Madrid for £85m in 2013, then it will be a big boost to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Spurs were arguably handed the toughest group, but they have already overcome Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.The Premier League club will be underdogs heading into the encounter, but without Bale, Madrid are weaker.After the reports emerged, Tottenham gave their reactions on Twitter.Hope Bale isn't out of our game against Madrid, would love to neither cheer or boo him just to show how irrelevant he is to Spurs these days— Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) October 3, 2017@Ben_Farmer16 scared of davies— Ross (@RossiT99) October 3, 2017Now all we need is ronaldo isco asensio modric kroos ramos marcelo carvajal ceballos and casemiro to get injured as well— MR MIYAGI (@mrmiyagi996) October 3, 2017Tbh Aurier on bale was a red waiting to happen.And trippier he’d have breezed past like a paper https://t.co/qLO9U39elo less worry for poch.— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) October 3, 20176 points coming up! #thfc #COYS— Spurslife– (@SomeYoungMin) October 3, 2017A shame, would have loved to have seen him again.— Rob Bettles (@Rob_Bettles26) October 3, 2017Glad, he hasn’t been very nice about us since he left so happy he won’t have an opportunity to play against us— Nick Buckland (@Nick_Buckland) October 3, 2017Mixed emotions on that one.— Tottenham Grammar (@PhilYiddo) October 3, 2017He don’t want to hurt us mate 😉— Austin Nardone (@1Ratchet_rabbit) October 3, 2017
  • 1 minute read 4/10/2017 | 03:01pmAccording to reports in Spanish publication AS, via Sport Witness, Everton are ‘very interested’ in signing out-of-favour Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro during the January transfer window, but Toffees fans are divided on a potential deal for a player they were also linked with last month.The report says that the La Liga giants are considering selling the Frenchman and Nicolas Gaitan in the New Year as they look to prepare for the arrival of Diego Costa, and it is news that will have alerted the under-fire Ronald Koeman.The pressure is building on the Dutchman following a disappointing start to the season, and he will be frustrated that the club didn’t sign the Romelu Lukaku replacement he wanted during the summer transfer window.Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the latest rumour via social media, and they were divided with their opinions on the 30-year-old, who has played just 27 minutes of football this season.While some “would love to see this happen”, others believe the 30-year-old is “another second-rate player”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Is Athletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro interested in Everton in January .. I very much doubt it ..— brian anjo (@Brian_Anjo) October 3, 2017Until we sign him I'm not interested. Sick getting our hopes up to be let down— debbie (@debbiewright197) October 3, 2017Can he play number 10?— Mike (@Mike187819) October 3, 2017Would love to see this happen— Mark Doughty (@markdoughty88) October 3, 2017Too small to fit our playstyle, will end up like sandro— Joe (@IdrissaMagic) October 3, 2017Don't get carried away he's not doing it there anymore, another second rate player, thought mosh was going for the best, ambition??— kieron hynes (@kieronhynes) October 3, 2017Yes please!— Zachary Robb (@zachary_robb) October 3, 2017Would be a HUGE signing— Garrison Ball (@FIRECBJ) October 3, 2017Too little, too late.— Craig Rimmer (@_cr_90) October 3, 2017
  • 3 minute read 4/10/2017 | 04:45pmAccording to reports on Transfermarketweb, Tottenham Hotspur are target a January move for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, who the Daily Mirror says is rated at £18m.What’s the word, then?Well, Transfermarketweb says that the Portugal international could exit the La Liga giants on loan or even on a permanent deal in the New Year, and while Spurs are keen they could face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and AS Monaco.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old could leave on a loan deal with a view to a permanent £18m move having struggled to get game time under new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde this term.Why do Tottenham want him?While he has struggled to make an impression with Barcelona after competing with the likes of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park, Gomes has still shown glimpses of what he is capable of and he was extremely impressive at Valencia beforehand.The Portugal international has featured for just 110 minutes this term, with just 28 of those coming in La Liga, but he is a tall and versatile performer who can play in a variety of midfield roles and that is something that will appeal to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.Would he be a good signing?Despite struggling to make an impression this season, Gomes did make 47 appearances in all competitions for Barca last term and the fact that he can play in a defensive or central midfield role – or even out wide – mean that he could be an effective performer for Tottenham.According to WhoScored.com, one of his main strengths is his dribbling ability, and his qualities on the ball should mean that he fits effortlessly into the current Spurs side.Considering Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele have struck up such a strong relationship in the middle of the park, it would be difficult to see how Andre Gomes would break that partnership up though, but the competition he would provide would certainly keep all three players at the top of their respective games.What’s the verdict, then?Well, while Gomes could prove to be a bargain buy if he can be purchased for £18m in the current market, the price could mean that Tottenham face a lot of competition for his signature.
  • 2 minute read 5/10/2017 | 02:30pmTottenham Hotspur are willing to discuss the possibility of a new contract for Harry Kane following reported interest from Real Madrid, according to The Gambling Times.What’s the word?Kane has been hitting the headlines of late for his prolific form, which has seen him score 13 goals for club and country in September alone.The 24-year-old has proven that he can stand out on the European stage as well as domestic by netting a hat-trick – his sixth in 2017 – during a recent victory over APOEL in the Champions League.It seems that Spanish giants Real Madrid have taken note, and according to Don Balon, the club are prepared to splash £177m on the striker.The Gambling Times report that this has caused Tottenham to rethink their position and are even considering opening talks over a new contract with Kane, despite the forward putting pen to paper on a fresh five-year deal just 10 months ago.Will wages be a problem?It is well known now that the North London club pay fairly modest wages compared to the so-called ‘big’ clubs of the Premier League.The London Evening Standard claims that Kane and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are the highest earners among the Spurs squad on around £100,000 per week.It is highly likely that Madrid would offer a more lucrative salary if Kane was to have his head turned.It is worth stressing that the striker has made no public suggestions that he is considering a move to the Bernabeu, but if it came down to money, then Spurs could have a problem.Chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman, but he may need to rethink his pay structure in order to keep the club’s best player.Tottenham have an advantage over Madrid in that Kane worked his way through the club’s academy, therefore has an emotional connection to Spurs.However, the hitman is ambitious and no-one could blame him for following in Gareth Bale’s footsteps in search of silverware.
  • As one of the most in-form players in world football right now, it is no surprise to see Harry Kane’s name being linked with Real Madrid. However, it is the England captain’s latest comments that have seemed to worry some Tottenham fans, who believe he is leaving the door open to a move.Ahead of the Three Lions game against Slovenia, Kane was asked about the Madrid rumours, to which he responded;“I would never say no. I think in football, you never know and you never rule out anything. It is not something that I definitely want to do but it could happen. You just never know.”While it seems unlikely that Kane would walk away from the ongoing project at Tottenham, his quotes may indicate that a call from Real Madrid may prove too hard to resist.Upon hearing the comments, Spurs fans took to Twitter, some of them seemingly very confident, others not so…Stick my neck out, imo Harry Kane will stay at #Spurs for many years to become true legend, breaking appearance & goal records. #COYS #THFC— Alf Love (@alf_love47) October 5, 2017Spurs fans freaking out about Kane 😂😂😂 relax. He is going no where. Trust me #THFC— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) October 5, 2017Ok so apart from money there is NO REASON for Kane to leave,player said himself he won't leave Tottenham so its all down to Levy if he stays— Abi (@WembleyForTHFC) October 4, 2017If we don't win anything in the next 2/3 seasons Kane will 100% leave and I wouldnt blame him— Cameron (@thfcCam) October 5, 2017If Kane leaves I leave— MasonDee (@MasonDee2419) October 4, 2017I hoped we learned from the sale of Bale. With new stadium and a quality young squad, we should be aiming to bring stars in rather than sell— Archie (@Archie_Tashjian) October 4, 2017
  • 3 minute read 6/10/2017 | 04:54pmAccording to an interview with Belgian media outlet Derniere Heure, Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that he was denied the chance to return to the Premier League with Everton during the summer.What’s the word, then?Well, speaking while on international duty with Belgium, the former Arsenal defender told Derniere Heure that he wanted to leave the Camp Nou during the summer following a season-long loan spell with AS Roma, but the La Liga giants told him he couldn’t leave.The 31-year-old listed the Toffees and Anderlecht as two of the interested clubs, and now he has been left in a situation where he isn’t being picked to play for the first team and isn’t allowed to play for Barcelona B either because he hasn’t been registered, which has left him in the limbo.Everton boss Ronald Koeman had said during the summer that he wanted to bring an experienced left-sided centre-back, who could also cover at left-back, to Goodison Park to cover for the injured Ramiro Funes Mori and it is no surprise that they have been named as one of the teams keen on the Belgian.How did he do during his loan spell with Roma?Having made just 21 appearances in all competitions in his first two seasons with Barcelona because of injury, Vermaelen moved to the Italian capital on loan last term.However, it wasn’t really a fruitful spell as another injury hindered his chances of breaking into the first team and he was often left on the substitutes’ bench.The 31-year-old returned to Spain having made just 12 outings in total, and he would have been keen to secure a permanent move elsewhere.Will Everton still be interested in the New Year?It’s difficult to say.With Funes Mori likely to be out of action until after the January transfer window has closed and with the Toffees struggling at the back in the early stages of the season it could be an option.However, Vermaelen certainly wouldn’t be the younger defender they perhaps need considering they already have Leighton Baines, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka in the backline, and his lack of game time and injury record would also be a big concern.
  • 1 minute read 19/10/2017 | 06:00pmThe transfer window may be closed, but that does not stop the rumour mill from churning.A report in Don Balon has claimed that Real Madrid may be open to selling Gareth Bale next summer due to his regular injury woes.The 28-year-old, who is currently out of action, has had eight calf problems during his four-year spell at the Bernabeu and he missed a large chunk of last season.The report adds that Bale’s former club Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Manchester United, could be in for him come the end of the season, but the emotional pull of the North London outfit could be too much for the player to turn down.The attacker spent six years at Spurs, developing into the player that earned a then-world record £85m move to Madrid.Since 2013, Bale has won 10 trophies, including three Champions League crowns, the most recent of which from last season.As expected, Tottenham fans have been digesting the news and there have been mixed responses.@SpursOfficial get the deal in place now for Jan— Marcus Pearce (@Mp10Marco) October 19, 2017Kane – bale – eriksen – Dele in front of the meanest defence in the prem….. game over!!!— ryan ledger (@rynoledge15) October 19, 2017Although if true it shows our rise in status— Bry the Cabbie (@LDNGreenBadge) October 19, 2017Smoke and mirrors for when he goes to Man U so the fans can't be upset at him. He'll blame the clubs not agreeing. Not rocket science here— Bombay (@GordoneBombay) October 19, 2017Bring the homesick boy back Dan— Rhinoceros (@Rrinoceros) October 19, 2017And they would be looking for Kane and Dele in return. We have enough players on treatment table. #COYS #THFC— John Hueston (@johnrhueston) October 19, 2017I must admit I would like 2 c him bk, great signing 4 the new stadium, but he is on like 425K a week……we can't/won't do that— simon young (@rookieyoung1) October 19, 2017What could they possibly want in return, I wonder 🤔— Craig Bradfield (@heisyouknow8) October 19, 2017
  • 3 minute read 19/10/2017 | 05:45pmReal Madrid star Gareth Bale may consider a return to Tottenham Hotspur next summer, according to Don Balon.What’s the story?The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to the Premier League almost every season since moving to the Bernabeu from Spurs in 2013.On this occasion, Don Balon reports that the Spanish giants are growing weary of the attacker’s injury problems and may decide to offload him next summer.Bale is currently on the sidelines with a calf problem – a similar issue that has blighted him eight times during his four-year spell in Madrid.Manchester United have regularly been linked with a swoop for the Wales international, but now the prospect of a sensational return to North London has been reported.It is believed that Bale could be swayed into re-signing for Spurs over United due to his emotional connection to the club.Should he go back?In many aspects of life, the term ‘never go back’ is a good one to stand by, but from Tottenham’s point of view, having Bale in the team would boost their chances of title glory significantly.In the early stages of the Welshman’s Madrid career there were rumours that he was feeling homesick, so returning to a club that he is very familiar with suggests that he could hit the ground running.Some would question why Bale would even want to go back to Tottenham given that he plays for one of the best clubs in the world and has picked up three Champions League crowns in the last four years.However, it is clear to see that Mauricio Pochettino is transforming Spurs into genuine contenders, and with the new stadium on the horizon, they are beginning to look the part.Given Bale’s link to Tottenham – he spent six years at the club – it may not take much for him to consider moving back, particularly as he will have the chance to potentially spearhead the London outfit to glory.Are there any problems?Yes, money. Bale was sold to Madrid for a then-world record £85m and it is likely that the Spanish giants will be looking to recoup that figure.The attacker’s injury problems could prevent Real from making a profit, but club president Florentino Perez is unlikely to go below the sum that was paid.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and a stubborn one at that, so if he were to enter negotiations, it could be a long and arduous process.On top of that, the North London club have a very modest wage structure, which they will have to reassess if they want to welcome back Bale.
  • According to Don Balon, Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn is attracting the interest of Barcelona who may look to sign the Wales international in the next 12 months.What’s the Story?As if Barcelona haven’t caused enough trouble for Liverpool already! Now, Spanish papers are reporting that the Catalan club are monitoring Ben Woodburn, as they look to invest in a youngster whose potential has caught the attention of the football world.Incredibly, Barcelona has the chance to sign Woodburn when he went for Spanish trials at the age of 12. However, the European giants decided against a move for the Welsh international. However, it seems that recent performances have re-ignited Barca’s interest.How good has Woodburn been this season?Despite having yet to play a minute of league football for Liverpool this year, Woodburn, who is valued at £1.35million by Transfermarkt has impressed in the League Cup and during pre-season.However, the 18-year-old has earned most of his accolades for his performances in a Wales shirt. The youngster has been a major catalyst for a number of recent wins for the Welsh national team and it is genuinely disappointing that his talents will not be on show in Russia during this Summer’s World Cup.Would Liverpool consider letting Woodburn go to Barca?While Liverpool will do almost everything in their power to ensure that Barcelona don’t land Woodburn, especially after the Coutinho debacle, the Reds can only do so much. If Woodburn wants to test himself at the very highest level then no one would begrudge him a move to arguably the biggest club in the world.
  • According to ESPN, Manchester United are chasing the signature of in-form defender Aaron Martin, who plays for Espanyol.What’s the Story?Manchester United scouts were in Barcelona on Friday evening to watch Espanyol take on Levante. And reports have suggested that they were keeping a close eye on the home side’s left-back Aaron Martin.The 20-year-old, who is valued at £9million on Transfermarkt, only recently signed a long-term contract which would see him remain at Espanyol until 2022. However, providing Manchester United offer enough, Aaron could be on his way to Old Trafford.How good has Aaron been this season?An ever-present for much of Espanyol’s domestic campaign, Aaron has impressed with his maturity in spite of his young age. The Spaniard has played in all eight league games so far and has not looked at of place when facing some of the most talented stars in La Liga.At just 20, the defender has been part of a unit that have conceded just four goals all season…if you discount their 5-0 drubbing at Barcelona!Would Aaron be a good signing for Manchester United?This is a tough one to call. Firstly, it is likely that Aaron needs to feature in a few more games before United can decide whether to take a punt on the youngster.Secondly, the future of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford will likely be a defining factor in any proposed transfer for Aaron. Jose Mourinho’s well publicized outbursts regarding Shaw’s fitness have always meant that the former Southampton star’s future has been the subject of speculation.
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 12:48pmTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks posted on his official Twitter account after playing the full 90 minutes in his side’s impressive 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night, and Spurs fans were quick to praise him.What a night to be involved in🙌⚽️thanks to the travelling fans #coys— Harry Winks (@HarryWinks) October 17, 2017The 21-year-old was struggling for game time under Mauricio Pochettino earlier in the campaign and he featured for just 32 minutes in their opening six Premier League matches this term.However, injuries to Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have seen him start the north London outfit’s last four matches in all competitions, and he made a huge impression against players like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos on what was a daunting occasion against the Champions League holders.Tottenham supporters took to social media to react to the England international’s latest post, and while some said they were “so proud” of him, others said “you’re staying forever”.Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…Immense. Just immense. So proud. #COYS— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) October 18, 2017Modric has posters of you in his bedroom, goodnight Harry 👏🏼— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) October 17, 2017You're so much better than Modric— 🇮🇪 (@Aldertonghen_) October 17, 2017Hero— Jack Chang (@Jack1chang) October 17, 2017You didn’t look out of place for one single minute. Great performance.— Chris Fitzgerald (@cfitzy69) October 18, 2017You killed it kiddo. Keep it up. #COYS— Rob McGaw (@GudCanadianKid) October 17, 2017Mate. You're staying forever— Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) October 17, 2017
  • 3 minute read 18/10/2017 | 09:26amAccording to reports in The Mirror, Southampton have opened talks with Barcelona over a January move for striker Paco Alcacer, but they could face competition from French side Lille for his signature.What’s the word, then?Well, The Mirror says that Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is desperate to bolster his attack after his team have scored just seven goals – three of which came from the penalty spot – in their nine matches in all competitions this season.Nine points from seven Premier League games has certainly put the Argentine under pressure considering the favourable fixtures the south coast outfit had on paper, and he is keen to bring the out-of-favour Alcacer to St Mary’s in the New Year.However, The Mirror says that the 24-year-old is not yet sold on the potential move, which has prompted interest from Lille.How has Alcacer done this season?He has pretty much been frozen out by Barca boss Ernesto Valverde since starting the first La Liga match of the season against Real Betis in August.He has played just 33 minutes of football in all competitions from that opening day appearance and he hasn’t even made the Catalan giants’ matchday squad in three of their last four league games.It looks certain that the Spain international will be leaving the Camp Nou in January, but it remains to be seen whether he would be willing to join Southampton.Why wouldn’t he want to join?The fact that the 2018 World Cup is just around the corner could well be a factor, as the 24-year-old would know that it would be a huge risk to move to a new country when he is looking to find the form that may see him named in Spain’s squad for the finals.That said, he must also consider that he needs to be playing on a regular basis and moving to a Southampton side that is struggling for goals should mean that he does that, and he would subsequently have more chance of finding some form – just as Manolo Gabbiadini did when he first joined the south coast outfit at the start of this year.What’s the verdict?While Saints will hope that they can get a deal over the line for Alcacer in the New Year following his previous form for Valencia, it seems they have a lot of work to do to convince the player that it will be the best move for his career right now.
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 08:30amChristian Eriksen has become one of Tottenham Hotspur’s key players, but on a night when top talent had to shine, the midfielder was stuck in the shadows.The Denmark international started against Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League group match at the Bernabeu.Mauricio Pochettino’s men headed into the fixture as underdogs, but they held their own in the Spanish capital.At times, the North London outfit were severely under pressure, but some goalkeeping heroics from Hugo Lloris kept them in the game.Harry Kane, who scored 11 goals in all competitions for Spurs in September, forced open the deadlock, but the ball came off Madrid’s Raphael Varane.Cristiano Ronaldo levelled up the scoreline to 1-1 by converting from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier brought down Toni Kroos in the box.Tottenham managed to hold on for a point, which delighted the fans, but there was one man that the supporters felt was lacklustre on the pitch.My only slight disappointment was Eriksen, expected more. Winks, Sanchez are legends in the making #coys— Dave (@davelinx1) October 17, 2017Eriksen, had to happen eventually but he had a stinker. Slow in possession, chose the wrong pass too often & never looked on it #THFC #COYS— Cheeseroom FC 🧀⚽️ (@JMEmabbz) October 17, 2017But what happened to Eriksen? Very very silent and anonymous. Was tightly marked though… #coys— Kjetil Ermesjø (@KjetilErmesjo) October 17, 2017I know some think we should have won but we didn't show enough in the final third. Eriksen and Llorente were lacking tbh #COYS— Harry C (@HazSpur92) October 17, 2017Truth is, if Eriksen had of had his normal 9 out 10 performance tonight, we quite possibly might have won! #thfc #coys— Matt (@Spurs2380) October 17, 2017Thoughts on Eriksen? Just didn’t think he played as well as the Eriksen we all know and love? #COYS https://t.co/PaLkp0UcJK— SERGE AURIER (@LukeGriffiths4_) October 17, 2017Without being over critical I thought Eriksen's passing and decision making was below parNow is not the time for negatives though#COYS— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) October 17, 2017Great team performance apart from eriksen #COYS— Lou (@VickeryLou) October 17, 2017Eriksen needs to hang a picture of Winks on his wall after tonight #COYS #THFC— Sebastian (@Sebastian__4) October 17, 2017Eriksen absolute pony but 10 other brilliant performances. Looked like we belonged there! #COYS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— 👉🏼Steve👈🏼 (@paynotron) October 17, 2017How was it that Sissoko played better than Eriksen tonight? #COYS— Syafiq Ab Ⓜ (@SyafiqAb) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 07:00amTottenham Hotspur faced the daunting task of taking on Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League group match, but they managed to come away with a point.For a relatively inexperienced player these matches do not come much bigger, but Harry Winks looked as though he was unfazed by the occasion.The 21-year-old, who recently made his England senior debut, had started just four games in all competitions for Spurs before Tuesday night, but manager Mauricio Pochettino included the midfielder in the starting lineup against Madrid at the Bernabeu.Despite the calibre of opposition he was facing – Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos to name a few – Winks looked hungry on the ball.After an own goal from Raphael Varane, Madrid levelled up through Ronaldo, who netted from the penalty spot, but Spurs were able to keep Los Blancos at bay and leave with a 1-1 draw.Fans watching the game were very quick to praise Winks, who has come through the academy ranks at Tottenham.Harry Winks single handily out played the Madrid trio of Casemerio, Modric and Kroos. What a player @HarryWinks is! 💫 #COYS #UCL— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) October 17, 2017Harry Winks just went to Real Madrid and showed everyone just why he was picked for England. The boy will be a superstar! #COYS #THFC— Gary Ford (@Spursfordie) October 17, 2017Harry Winks is different gravy 🙊#COYS #THFC— Jack (@MrJSPoll) October 17, 2017Harry Winks was majestic tonight #Coys— Mike Dixon (@ParkLaneDicko) October 17, 2017Harry Winks 🙌💙 #COYS— rohana little (@RohanaMaeLittle) October 17, 2017Winks, started slow but once he got his feet under the table he was remarkable given the opposition. What a future he has #THFC #COYS— Cheeseroom FC 🧀⚽️ (@JMEmabbz) October 17, 2017Still can’t get over how confident and comfortable Harry Winks looked on the ball tonight! Honestly made Modric look semi decent 😂 #COYS— SERGE AURIER (@LukeGriffiths4_) October 17, 2017Harry Winks 94% passing accuracy against the European Champions!! Amazing performance, another #OneOfOurOwn #thfc #coys— Matt (@Spurs2380) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 18/10/2017 | 12:01amIf there was any doubt about Hugo Lloris’s ability as a goalkeeper, then there certainly will not be now after the Tottenham Hotspur star put on a stellar display against Real Madrid.As expected, Mauricio Pochettino’s team were under the cosh at times during their Champions League group match at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.Zinedine Zidane’s side are reigning champions for a reason, and they knocked on the door many times during the encounter in Spain.However, it was Spurs who went in front thanks to some skill from Harry Kane, who forced an own goal from Raphael Varane just before the half-hour mark.Madrid continued to unleash waves of pressure, though, and it eventually paid off when Serge Aurier’s clumsy challenge on Toni Kroos in the box resulted in a penalty, which was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.The hosts had numerous chances to win the game and they may have done so by a significant margin had it not been for Lloris, who made a handful of saves to keep Spurs in the game.One stop in particular will be embedded into the memory of Tottenham fans, and it came in the second half when Lloris denied Karim Benzema a header from close range.The Premier League club will return to England with an impressive point, and they have their goalkeeper to thank for it.Hugo #lloris saving all the shots you'll ever take. #coys pic.twitter.com/m6WIqEyv8i— Paul Davies (@PaulJDavies) October 17, 2017As I said earlier on in the season. One of the best in the WORLD!! #Lloris #COYS https://t.co/rtltnMYcqU— Zeus #COYS (@superspurs34) October 17, 2017That save by Lloris from Benzema. Wow. Best I’ve seen at Spurs in the last 30 years #coys— Jay1882 (@Jay_1882) October 17, 2017Lloris never leave my club. #COYS— SB (@SarcasticShubh) October 17, 2017Lloris was on absolute 🔥🔥 tonight! He kept us in that game, plenty of missed chances though, could have won that about 3-1 #COYS— Elliott (@E_Connelly94) October 17, 2017Hugo Lloris is my favourite human alive right now. How did he save that header, I think I’m in love 😻❤️ #THFC #RMATOT #COYS— G.Wilka (@george72573717) October 17, 2017…and our captain, Hugo Lloris. Sensational saves all night long. 😍 @SpursOfficial #COYS— Michaela ⚓️ (@MB2314) October 17, 2017@SpursOfficial's Hugo Lloris doesnt get much credit. Absolutely fabulous tonight, with 4 key saves at the #Bernabeu. Love my Club. #COYS— Ray Verma (@rayverma) October 17, 2017Lloris has had an unbelievable game tonight #COYS— Joe Sutton (@Suttbags) October 17, 2017I thought Lloris was maybe past his best. I’m an idiot and Hugo is my hero. #COYS— Richard Joyce (@R_J_Joyce) October 17, 2017
  • 1 minute read 17/10/2017 | 06:56pmPrior to this evening, Fernando Llorente had made just one start for Tottenham Hotspur, and that was in a Carabao Cup match.Tonight, the Spaniard finds himself in the starting XI for Spurs’ huge Champions League group match against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has made a surprise call by including Llorente in the lineup alongside Harry Kane up front.The forward has made three Premier League appearances and two in Europe so far this season, but in none of those outings was he included in the first XI.Meanwhile, Danny Rose, who has been out of action for the past nine months with a knee injury, has made it onto the substitutes bench, but there is no place for Moussa Dembele.#THFC: Lloris (C), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Aurier, Sissoko, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Kane, Llorente. #COYS pic.twitter.com/tORTEicas0— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2017The main talking point from the fans, though, is Llorente’s inclusion, with many surprised that Pochettino has opted to start the striker in a game of this magnitude.The 32-year-old does have experience playing against Madrid having had spells at Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.Kane and Llorente in the same team. I mean, don't try these things at home to Bournemouth…but nah we will try it against Real Madrid #coys https://t.co/ODF4tqdgkH— Ollie Olly Oli (@OllieClaco1882) October 17, 2017Woah, didn’t see Kane and Llorente coming. Llorente as the out ball to no doubt hold play up. #COYS #THFC https://t.co/N98Sdn61Hf— ♕ (@thfc_lennkerk) October 17, 2017Interesting selection. Didn’t expect to see Winks or Llorente start. #COYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Stefan Blois (@BloisStefan) October 17, 2017Strange team, would have Son instead of Llorente & an actual LB but other than that 0-4 win in the bag!!! #RMATOT #COYS— CMJ Flaners (@HeelFlaners) October 17, 2017Llorente is in this match to hold onto the ball, could be key factor #THFC #COYS— RuckerHaringey (@RuckerHaringey) October 17, 2017Kane-Llorente #tasty #COYS— FMC (@fm_carv) October 17, 2017Fernando Llorente starts for Tottenham tonight. #THFC #COYS #UCL pic.twitter.com/q0cUWwLIZu— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) October 17, 2017Very interesting from Poch. I guess Llorente brings Spanish experience. Kane free to roam. Aurier & Sissoko bromancing. Big task ahead #COYS— el wehbi (@ibleedhotspur) October 17, 2017Kane and Llorente up front for #THFC tonight just goes to show that Poch believes Madrid can be beaten tonight. Huge decision. #COYS— Jordan Pomeroy (@EastTerrace00) October 17, 2017
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Crucial Facts show that USMNT must Replace their Manager Jurgen Klinsmann in order to Progress

pGIuRKASLosing out to Jamaica and Panama was pretty embarrassing, and a number of fans projected their dissenting voices demanding that Jurgen Klinsmann be fired. Nevertheless, some are on the contrary and want Klinsmann to remain as the head coach of United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). While the opponents complain that Klinsmann has brought nothing but misery to the USMNT, the proponents are for the view that he has done a lot of good things, and even go further to point out how he has flourished in the most recent World Cup. Going by their arguments and views, it is safe to suggest that both of these groups are right.  

When penning down his contract and agreeing on different terms, U.S. soccer president Sunali Gulati agreed to make Klinsmann both the head coach and technical director of USMNT. As if that was not enough, Klinsmann was allowed to have a say in the operation of under-17 and under-20 national teams. Considering the immensity of his powers, Jurgen Klinsmann was able to create a new under-23 national team as well as influence how the Development Academy system operates. To be honest, all of these roles are too huge for one person, no matter how perfect someone is or seems to be.  

During his appointment, Klinsmann was to manage the senior national team, and before meeting Jamaica, he made it clear that one of his top priorities in the 2015 summer was to win the Gold cup. However, we can confidently say Klinsmann is not walking the talk, not after fielding a team in a formation they had not played in since February 2015. Of course, Jamaicans beat the U.S. in that match and this is what he said after the match-“the luck was not with us and maybe we were not clinical enough to put it in there”. To me, that is a scapegoat. Surely, how do you expect a team to be clinical when they are playing in a formation they are not familiar with?  

Passing combination, rhythm wise, and effort wise; everything was there,” says Klinsmann after the 2-1 loss to Jamaica. “That was a lot of good stuff we saw out there; only that we could not put something in,” he adds. Well, this was not all about luck because in real sense, you cannot expect luck to come to your side when you put together an unbalanced roster and spend the group stage experimenting with personnel. Despite all the laments and complaints, it is fair to demand that head coach Klinsmann be judged by the team’s overall quality and performance rather than their results. After all, fluke losses happen to everyone, including experienced and celebrated managers.  

Nevertheless, even the overall performance is not encouraging either. Looking at the USMNT performance in the World Cup, they were totally outplayed by Ghana and needed miracle goalkeeping from Tim Howard and bad finishing from the Black Stars (Ghana) to win the match. Despite outplaying Portugal, USMNT gave up a 95th minute equalizer because he (Klinsmann) decided to abruptly change the compact back four to a crowded back five late in the game, thereby, bringing in a lot of pressure, which gave Portugal a stunning chance to sneak a goal. Against Germany, the team had little to do. And in their round of 16 match against Belgium, they needed good goalkeeping and magical saves from Howard to escape the historic and somewhat embarrassing exit. That match was probably the most lopsided game of the entire World Cup after the Brazil-Germany one (which was undoubtedly the first in that category).  

We note from the analysis that USMNT was only good in one match (against Portugal), which, unfortunately, was also tainted by a bad coaching decision that directly resulted in dropping two crucial points. If we are to judge Klinsmann on results then World Cup was definitely a job well done. But if we are to judge him on overall quality and performance then we can say confidently that his tenure has experienced more than a few shaky moments. Back-to-back bad finishes against Jamaica and Guatemala in the third round of World Cup qualifying brought the United States at the brink of not even making the Hex. Ideally, they needed a 90th minute magic goal to see off Antigua and Barbuda. While their barren draw at Estadio Azteca is quite motivating, Costa Rica and Jamaica achieved the same result away to Mexico, while Honduras recorded a win.  

Therefore, going by these facts, it is really hard to defend USMNT’s current head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Perhaps the time has come for the U.S. to try something new under someone new. After all, nothing is as good as change.        



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