Month: April 2018

  • Roma readying raid on Newcastle for defensive ace

    Newcastle could face a fight to keep hold of Mathieu Debuchy this summer as Roma are keen to land the France ffender Kevin Danso on a season-long loan.Danso, who was born to Ghanaian parents in Austria, but moved to England when he was six, came through the academy system at MK Dons, before moving to Augsburg in 2014.He made his debut for the Bundesliga clubull-back.Roma boss Rudi Garcia worked with the 28-year-old during their time together at Lille, where the pair won a league and cup double in 2011.And now the manager is seeking a reunion in the Italian capital, where Roma are currently Rangers striker Kris Boyd is the latest punditcontent_img to take a pop at him when talking on Sky Sports.He said, "Andy Robertson needs to realise he is playing for Scotland – he is not at Liverpool anymore."You need to defend first and foremost before you cflying in second position in Serie A.Debuchy has been a regular for Newcastle , making 39 Premier League appearances.He is under contract until 2018 and would be expected to command a fee of at least £8.5m.If Debuchy, , joins Roma he will link up with former Lille team-mate Gervinho, who has had a new lease of life at the Stadio Olimpico .
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  • Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, March 5

    Here are the latest transfer tales frornold has spoken of his hand-ball incident in victory at Newcastle United.Alexander-Arnold denied a clear goal for Newcastle's Salomon Rondon when he used his arm to block a shot on the goal line.Newcastle immediately netted the rebound as Christian m Wednesday’s backpages…Striker Nicklas Bendtner, 26, claims his reputation as a “psychopath” is unfcontent_imgair and is damaging his chances of leaving Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona have renewed their interest in Chelsea’s David Luiz, 26, with the confirmation that veteran defender Carlos Puyol will leave the Spanish club this summer. (Daily Telegraph)out bringing Henrikh Mkhitaryan back from his loan with Roma.Arteta admits he's always been a fan of the midfielder.“It's a possibility that we have and will consider," said Arteta.“I always liked him, he is the kind of player who can fit in any David Moyes faces a logistical nightmare as he plans an unprecedented overhaul of Manchester United’s under-achieving squad with the manager understood to want up to eight new signings. (Daily Mail)Moyes has growing concerns about the form and attitude of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30. (Daily Star)Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, 28, believes his long-term future lies at the Etihad. (Daily Express)Striker Luis Suarez, 27, has calmed fears he will quit Liverpool this summer if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, insisting his future “isn’t dependent” on that. (Daily Telegraph)Inter Milan are considering a move to sign Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, 28, this summer. (Daily Star)Jordan Rhodes, 24, is poised to sign a lucrative five-and-a-half-year deal in a huge statement of intent from Blackburn Rovers’ Indian owners Venky’s. (Daily Telegraph)AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf is looking at Botafago’s Doria Macedo, 19, for the central left midfielder position. Martins Indi, 22, Samuel Umtiti, 20, and Martin Hinteregger, 21, are the other names on the Dutchman’s list. (Tuttosport)Fredy Guarin, 27, insists he is happy at Inter Milan, but the Colombian midfielder says his failed transfer move to Juventus was difficult for him and his family. (Tuttosport)Manchester City and Chelsea target Xabi Alonso, 32, says he made the right decision to leave Liverpool in 2009 to join La Liga giants Real Madrid. (Daily Express)
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  • Champions League round-up: Basel shock Chelsea and Arsenal win again

    Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Basel in the Champions League as the start to Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge continues to stall.The Portuguese boss returned to west London amid much fanfare this summer, but pressure is already mounting on him as his happy mood sours.The Blues had led their opponents, who they beat in 5-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, 1-0 at half-time, but goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller saw the Swiss side claim an excellent triumph.It had been a quiet first half, with Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard frustrated by some solid defending from the Swiss side, while at the other end, Mohamed Salah, who caused the Blues and Tottenham plenty of problems in their Europa League clashes last season, came closest to scoring by curling an effort just over the bar.But, on the stroke of half time, Frank Lampard cutely slipped a pass through to Oscar and the Brazilian midfielder fired the ball into the far corner, before treating the Chelsea faithful to a celebratory dance.He nearly doubled his tally in the second period as his wonderful curled strike clattered into the bar, but Chelsea were made to rue missed opportunities as Salah finished off a fine move with a whipped shot into the bottom corner after 71 minutes.It got even worse for Mourinho’s side as Basel captain Marco Strellempton Wanderers are in the hunt for AC Milan striker Andre Silva.Milan are seeking a buyer for the Portugal international after a disappointing loan with Sevilla.Gazzetta dello Sport says Saints and Wolves have made loan offers with options to buy ner lost his marker during a corner, headering past Petr Cech at his near post to hand Basel a 2-1 triumph.In France, Arsenal continued their good start to the season by beating Marseille 2-1 to continue their recent run of form.It was hardly a vintage performance from the Gunners at the Stade Velodrome, but strikes from Theo Walcott and the in-form Aaron Ramsey helped them to victory away from home.Arsene Wenger’s men looked susceptible on the counter, with the excellent Mathieu Valbuena pulling the strings in midfield for the French side and firing over with two hopeful efforts.Shots from Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere produced good saves from the agile Mandanda as the Gunners threatened, although Per Mertesacker nearly cost his team a goal when his skewed clearance flipped over the head of Szczesny before Gibbs cleared off the line.But, 65 minutes in, Gibbs’ cross from the left somehow found its wounce back from defeat to Bournemouth.Two first-half goals left Saints with it all to do after the interval and despite James Ward-Prowse's penalty in an improved second-half display, it was not enough and Callum Wilson sealed things in stoppage timeay to Walcott who hammered a strike beyond Mandanda to give the Gunners the lead.Ramsey then doubled Arsenal’s lead with six minutes remaining, to record his sixth goal in six games this season.Wenger will be frustrated though as his side gave away a penalty in added time which Jordan Ayew powered past Szczesny to give Marseille a late, late consolation goal.Meanwhile, in Italy, Celtic bravely battled for 80 minutes against AC Milan, but the Serie A side eventually beat them 2-0 at the San Siro. Cristian Zapata’s long range effort nine minutes from time deflected past Fraser Forster before Sulley Muntari bundlcontent_imged home a second at the death.
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  • Video: Beausejour nets a beauty for Wigan

    Wigan are now unbeaten in five Championship games under new boss Uwe Rosler after Jean Beausejour rifled home for the Laticsd after he fouled Heung-min Son to give away a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham."Of course critics are always here," he said. "The north London derby, I think we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we cou in their 1-0 win against hing wants to be icontent_imgnvolved against Watford in the Premier League.The 23-year-old is back in full training and wants to play in the game on Sunday.Holding has worked hard to gain fitness and has played for the Gunners' under-23 side already.Per the Evenigh-flying Derby County.
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  • Stepney pays tribute to ‘gentleman’ Eusebio

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney joined the Alan Bracontent_imgzil Sports Br Mikel Arteta made in defeat to Chelsea yesterday.The Gunners had led in what was Arteta's first home game in charge since his appointment earlier this month when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed home early on.d.Xavi played his last game for the Qatari side last week and has now been handed a two-year deal to become the club's new manager. "I'm very excited about this new stage in my career that I'm officially starting today as coach at Al Sadd," he said oBut despite creating plenty of chances aeakfast show to pay tribute to Portugal greatEusebio.The Benfica legend played against Stepney in the 1968 European Cup, a match which the Red Devils won 4-1 at Wembley Stadium.
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  • Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, February 3

    Here are the top latest transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Fenerbahce are putting together a last-minute package to sign Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, 28, before the Turkish transfer window closes ken about the UEFA racial abuse protocol ahead of Thursday's clash with Partizan Belgrade.The Serbian giants played their last two European home games behind closed doors after racist abuse by supporters."We will trust Uefa to follow their protocol,"on Monday.Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is considering another attempt to sign Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 25, in the summer after failing in a transfer deadline day bid. Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams, 20, is set to go out on loan after the arrival of Tom Ince, 22, fmanaged to break more records with last night's 9-1 Euros qualifying defeat of Armenia.It content_imgmarked the final game of their qualifying campaign - leaving them a 100 per cent record.The Azzurri have now recorded more wins in a single calendar year than arom Blackpool.Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 22, who is at Valencia on loan, says he is unsure whether his long-term future lies at Stamford Bridge.Swansea manager Michael Laudrup’s position is in doubt, with factions of the club’s board believed to want him out.
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  • Exclusive – Millwall chief executive denies Kenny Jackett quit club to take charge at Wolves

    Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler has told talkSPORT he will be shocked and disappointed if Kenny content_imgJackett takes charge of Wolves. anducas' past coaches never fully appreciated the midfielder.He explained to Esporte Interativo: “Lucas does a fantastic job, he deserves good things. Not only in terms of quality of play, but also in terms of self-sacrifice.“He is in excellent shap, with on the same day, has immediately been installed as the favourite for the Molineux job.But Ambler, speaking on the Drive Time show, said: "Kenny has assured us he is not leaving us with another job already lined up and I believe him."I have known him for a long time and he is an honourable man. It would disappoint me if something was to happen like that."We, like all clubs with their managers, have compensation rights in place and we will see how that pans out."At the end of the day, we will wish him the best because he is not going to be out of work for too long. But I'd like to think the Wolves situation is purely coincidence and I think that is the case."Jackett, who was one of the longest-serving managers in England having led the Lions since November 2007, guided the club to promotion from League One and to the semi-finals of the FA Cup during his time at the helm.And Ambler admits finding a replacement for the 51-year-old will be a difficult task."We were trying to convince him to give it another season because of the base he had built but Kenny decided that it was in the best interests of the club for him to move on and to bring someone with fresh ideas in," he said."We were proud to have the longest-serving manager in the Championship. During his five-and-a-half years we had three Wembley appearances, he got us into the Championship and guided us through to what will be a fourth successive year [in the Championship]. "Kenny is certainly leaving Millwall in a lot better place than when we brought him in.“We did all we could to keep him on board but he decided he wanted to leave and we respect that. It's now down to us tone has welcomed Sofyan Amrabat from Verona.Barone admits Amrabat's deal was a personal bet of club owner Rocco Commisso.He revealed, “Since we played against Verona, Rocco has followed every game that Verona played, I know he is a player for next o make sure that whoever we bring in builds on the foundation that Kenny has left him.”
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  • De Rossi on radar of Chelsea boss Mourinho

    Chelsea could usurp Manchester City in the race to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.Roberto Mancini was desperate to sign the Italy international last season but the club would not sanction a bid and instead they brought in Javier Garcia and Jack The recently promoted Canaries had reportedly reached an agreement with Well over the 19-year-old.Turnbull had turned down Celtic's personal terms last week and was expected to negotiate with Norwich.Sky Sports says the talented midfielder has changeRodwcontent_imgell as deep-lying midfielders.Since then Mancini has been axed and Chelsea have reinstalled Jose Mourinho at their helm, shifting the Premier League interest in the 29-year-old from the north of England to the south.De Rossi is a one-club man, with his father working for Roma as a youth coach, but he is unsure of his future now after a change in hierarchy at the Stadio Olimpico.At the start of the week the powerhouse midfielder met with the club's director appointment of coach Rino Gattuso.Gattuso, after replacing the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, was off to a losing start on Saturday against Parma.But De Laurentiis said on Sunday at the San Siro: “I am totally in sync with Gattuso, who is a great worker. of football Walter Sabatini to discuss the future of the club after Rudi Garcia was appointed the new head coach and technical director Franco Baldini moved to Tottenham.The period of transition could seriously unsettle De Rossi who has been at Roma for 13 years and has always been earmarked as a future captain.
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  • Coral Daily Download – Argentina the only ones to stop Germany?

    Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson joined thto.it says talk of Chelsea being interested in Juventus ace Miralem Pjanic hmer PSG midfielder has joined Juve in a Bosman deal.“Juventus are a great club with history and prestige," the midfielder told JTV.“I'm very happy to be here. One of the reasons that led me to choose Juventus is that I wanted to improve and take as sparked talk of Jorginho moving in the opposite direction.It would mean a third club Jorginho has been united with Juve coach Maurizio Sarri, having also played for the 61e Alan Brazil and Micky Quinn to discuss tonight’s World Cup semi-content_imgfinal between Argentina and the Netherlands in Sao Paolo, and claims Alejandro Sabella’s side are firm favourites to progress.The victor will face Germany, following their astonishing 7-1 victory over hosts Brazil on Tuesday night, in Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Blow for Chelsea as Radamel Falcao seals Monaco switch

    Chelsea’s summer search to strengthen their strike force has been dealt a blow with news that top target Radamel Falcao has signed a five-year deal with French side AS Monaco.The boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken aim at his former players over last season's defeat at Everton. United lost 4-0 at Goodison in April as Solskjaer hit his lowest point as United manager less than a month after being handed the job on a full-time bColumbian star scored 32 goals for Atletico Madrid this season and was linked with a host of other top European clubcontent_imgs.But the 27-year-old striker instead opted for a reported £50m move to the recently crowned Ligue 2 champions, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.Monaco seem to be planning an assault on the French top flight title after landing Porto duo Joao Moutinil Bath, Chelsea's academy boss, will be saying as much to his staff when they sit down to watch Manchester United tonight...And they will be watching. How could they miss it? Yet another one of their own, having come through the system at Cobham, isho and James Rodriguez for a reported €70m, as well as Real Madrid veteran defender Ricardo Carvalho.The club are funded by their ambitious billionaire owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, who hopes to propel Monaco forward next season to add to their seven Ligue 1 titles.“We are absolutely delighted that Radamel Falco has accepted the challenge of coming to play for AS Monaco FC,” said Rybolovlev."We are proud to have secured one of the best players in the world and confident that he will help Monaco regain its rightful status.”
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  • Napoli to launch swoop for former Arsenal man Song

    Napoli are considering a move for former Arsenal favourite Alex Song – who is also said to be a target for Manchester United.Midfielder Song in what he described as a dream move to the Catalan giants.But he has struggled for game time there, where he has often played second fiddle to Sergio Busquets, and has so far started just 22 La Liga matches in almost 18 months.That has led to speculation about his future with a move to Old Trafford mooted, while Arsenal were also .But now sources in Italy have claimed that Napold boss Nigel Pearson was satisfied with their 1-1 draw against Brighton.A superb first-half goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets in the driving seat and in a position to move out of the bottom three, but they were forced to settle for a pointi manager Rafa Benitez is very keen on landing Song in the January sales.The former Liverpool boss reckons the promise of first-tSouthampton winger Joshua Sims is in advanced talks to join New York Red Bulls.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to cull his squad before the start of the season.Red Bulls will sign the youngster on a season-long loan,content_img according to FootballInsider.England Under-20 international Sims started last season on loan at Championship side Reading, but returned to Southampton in Januaryeam football could be enough to lure the 26-year-old to Naples on a permanent basis. but Benitez appears to be stealing a march on the San Siro duo in the race for Song.
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  • Chelsea great lined up for shock Juventus switch

    Juventus are plotting a summer move for former Chelsea star Didier Drogba – and that could force them to shelve their plans to sign on-loan Southampton forward Dani Osvcontent_imgaldo on a permanent deal.Drogba, 36, is out of contract aNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with victory over Sampdoria.Dries Mertens scored twice for the 2-0 win."We put in a good performance, especially early on, even if we were more efficient and effective in the second half, without just enjoyingt Galatasaray in June and could leave the Turkish club. Juventus are long-term admirers of the powerful Ivorian and are keen to revive their interest in him in the summer.The Serie A side already have a glut of talented forwards, including Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez, at the club, as well as Osvaldo, .Juve can sign the enigmatic Italy international permanently for a fee of around £15.5m at the end of the season, but they may opt against doing so if they manage to persuade Drogba toetro Willems has posted an emotional note to social media after it was confirmed his season is over.On-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, Willems suffered a serious knee injury in victory over Chelsea on Saturday and manager Steve Bruce confirmed yesterd move to Turin.
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  • The Press Pass – Sunday, October 13

    Paul McCarthy stands inne isn't for him.Klopp has revealed why he doesn't wear suits for matches and insists all he cares about his team loocontent_imgking good on the pitch.Speaking to talkSPORT, Klopp said: "I have a suit for weddings, funerals and if someone tells me I have to wea for Des Kelly, and is joined by Shaun Custan striker Keisuke Honda is training with Vitesse today.In Arnhem, Honda joins his former CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky, who he played for between 2010 and 2014.Vitesse are partners with Chelsea and Honda can sign for the Eredivisie club as a freeis and Gabriele Marcotti to disuss the big sporting stories.
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  • Coral Daily Download – Can England beat Uruguay and get their World Cup campaign back on track?

    Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.He told Alan Brazil and Dominic Cork why England are the favourites to ged Jadon Sancho not to join Manchester United.The young English winger looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer, with both United and Liverpool showing an interest."I think he's crazy if he goes to Man United," Nicol told ESPN FC."We're talkbeat Uruguay in their crunch World Cup clash in Sao Paulo on Thursday night.There’s also a preview of the third day’s racing at Royal Ascot, along with odds on the other games from Brazil, including Colombror sacontent_imgys reports in Holland suggest that the Dutch club are considering offloading talented wingers Lozano and Bergwijn.The news is said to have notified United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to rebuild his squad for next season.The Red Devilsia v Ivory Coast and Japan v Greece.
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  • Brighton running the rule over former Reading star Nicky Shorey

    Brighton will run the rule over Nicky Shorey, who is hoping to gain a contract with the Championship side this weekend.Since being handed a free transfer by Readicester City attacker James Maddison.Carragher can see him slotting in well into the Reds system.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at," said Carragher on Sky Sports.“People have been talking aboutng, the 32-year-old has been training with Oscar Garcia's side, who released left-sided defender Marcos Painter and lost on-loan lecontent_imgft-back Wayne Bridge to Nigel Adkins' Royals this summer.Shorey is now hoping to fill the vacant spot but he has a back-up option in Charlton who are also showing an interest.Garcia is likely to make iss has only made three starts this season, and has been linked with loan switches to Roma and Sevilla.Klopp told yesterday's press conference: “In the majority of December we had the bench full of kids, wonderful kids but kids.“So how can we thihis decision after Brighton's pre-season fixture against Whitehawk this Saturday.Shorey signed for Reading from Leyton Orient in 2001 before joining Aston Villa seven years later.The free-kick specialist returned to Reading in 2010 and is now a free agent looking for a new challenge.
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