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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Frank Lampard may join managerial role this season

Sky Sports report that, the former Chelsea star has spoken to the League One club about their vacant manager's position.

Lampard is one of several candidates thought to be under consideration for the position, along with Garry Monk's former assistant at Swansea and Leeds, Pep Clotet, and former Chelsea and Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

According to Sky, the former England midfield star is the favourite to land his first job in football management.

Oxford are in the hunt for a new manager after Michael Appleton quit the club to join Leicester as Craig Shakespeare's assistant.

Lampard retired from playing in February after a glittering career which saw him win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.  He scored 211 goals for Chelsea -  a club record.

The 39-year-old also won 106 England caps.

Liverpool will therefore avoid any punishment over Van Dijk transfer saga

Sky Sports report says, Southampton asked the Premier League to probe the Anfield club over an alleged illegal approach for the Southampton defender after reports said the player had told Jurgen Klopp he wanted to join the Reds.

Liverpool later ended their interest in signing Van Dijk and issued an apology to Southampton.

However, a preliminary probe by the Premier League has failed to find sufficient evidence to support Southampton's claim.

Liverpool will therefore avoid any punishment unless any new information is forthcoming.

The Premier League has strict rules governing transfers, which means clubs can only negotiate with players once a transfer fee has been agreed with the selling club or if the player is out of contract.

Approaches via an intermediary are also out of bounds.

Van Dijk joined the Saints from Celtic for £13m in September 2015 and signed a new six-year contract last year. Southampton have repeatedly said they have no intention of selling him.

I love football and money will never take me to any other place - Dani Alves

The Brazilian full-back has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Pep Guardiola's side as he confirmed he is leaving Juventus in a social media post.

The Premier League club have yet to make an announcement on any deal, but the 34-year old posted news of his departure from the reigning Serie A champions on Instagram, along with a picture of him waving to supporters.

“I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I've had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals,” the post said.

“I think that my respect for this club and its supporters was my dedication, my passion and all my effort to make the club greater every single day.

“I apologise to the Juventus fans if sometimes they thought I had done something to offend them. I never had that intention, I just live very spontaneously and few people understand it. Even though it appears that I am not perfect, my heart is pure.

“Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and true heart make Juve a great club.

"As everyone knows, I always say what I think and feel… so I feel that I should say thank you to Mr Marotta for the opportunity he gave me, he’s a great professional and someone who loves his job like few others.

“I don’t play football for money, I play football because I love the profession and those who are part of it. I leave it up to you to judge what I have done and worked for.

“I love football and money will never take me to any other place.”

Alves was in Italy for just one season, during which he won Serie A, the Italian Cup and reached the Champions League final, where Juventus lost to Real Madrid.

Onyekuru sign contract with Everton fc

Report says, Nigeria Onyekuru, 20-year-old striker starred for newly-promoted Eupen in 2016/17, bagging 22 goals in 38 appearances to finish joint-top scorer in the First Division A.

Onyekuru appeared to be closing in on a move to the Emirates Stadium after revealing earlier this month that the Gunners had made an approach for his services.

But the Toffees now seem to be leading the race for the Nigeria international, who is believed to have undergone a medical on Merseyside already.

However, Onyekuru is expected to remain in Belgium to continue his development, although he will link up with champions Anderlecht on a season-long loan.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Manchester United has accepted to buy Matic from Chelsea FC

The Serbia international was brought back to Stamford Bridge by Mourinho in 2014, having initially been sold to Benfica three years earlier.

Matic won the Premier League title with Mourinho's side in 2015 and repeated the feat with Antonio Conte's Blues this past season, featuring in 35 of their 38 league games.

The Red Devils have reportedly agreed on a fee of £40 million for the 26-year-old, who is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday.

The midfield enforcer is seen as a long-term replacement for United stalwart Michael Carrick and would become Mourinho's second off-season signing following the recent arrival of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Inter Milan wanted Conte as their manager but, unfortunately pick Spalletti

The head of P&P Sport Managament, the organisation who had a hand in Conte's move to the Premier League champions, believes that even though Conte can now be regarded as the top manager in the world, Inter made the right choice with Spalletti.

“I was lucky enough to be involved in Conte’s move to Chelsea," Pastorello told Rai Sport. 

"When you win the Premier League, you’re considered the best," he continued. “Inter wanted him, but ultimately they made a great choice in Spalletti. He’s the right Coach to relaunch the Inter project."

On the topic of the Blues' failed attempt at signing Inter forward Antonio Candreva in January, and the likelihood of there being a subsequent effort, the agent said that he believes the 30-year old is too crucial to Spalletti's plans at the San Siro to sell.

“Candreva? In the winter market, there was a need, with Oscar leaving, for Chelsea to intervene and they’d identified a possible solution in Candreva.

“However, he’d just arrived at Inter and Suning’s project sees its best players stay.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible on that occasion. I don’t know if he’ll stay: I haven’t talked to [Piero ]Ausilio and [Walter]Sabatini, but knowing Spalletti’s system, I think he’s perfect for it."

I will continue to work hard in my career - Sanches

The Portugal international joined the Bavarian giants from Benfica last year amid much fanfare, but endured a frustrating debut season in Germany.

Sanches made just 25 appearances (nine of them starts) in all competitions for Bayern as they won a fifth straight league title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

The 19-year-old midfielder admits he needs more game time and wants to achieve that with Carlo Ancelotti's side, but refused to rule out a move away from the Allianz Arena.

"In principle I will stay at Bayern," he told Record. "Of course Bayern Munich are a great club and I really enjoy being there.

"But if I do not stay at Bayern I will not be discouraged either. I will continue working as usual.

"Of course I need to play more, playing more gives me much more confidence. Let's see what happens."

Verratti denied ever speaking on his transfer saga

Marco Verratti insists he never gave an interview issuing an ultimatum to Paris Saint-German to retain his services for another season.

The Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona after impressing on the domestic scene and in the Champions League.

Verratti was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport as saying he wanted PSG to show their ambition by signing "champions" in order to keep him at Parc des Princes.

The 24-year-old midfielder took to Instagram on Saturday to question the validity of the article, which was then confirmed by the journalist who conducted the interview, Alessandro Grandesso.

But Verratti denied ever speaking to Grandesso and said he was getting fed up with all the constant speculation surrounding his future.

"I did not give an interview with anyone and I have never discussed with PSG the situation presented in the article this morning," he wrote on the social media platform.

"I hope you all stop speaking without knowing. There is a limit to all."

Muhammed Salah will shine in anfield - James Milner

James Milner believes that Liverpool's newest addition will be a hit at Anfield, saying that the Egyptian's skill and attitude off the ball will see him settle without difficulty.

Salah, who joined the Reds on Thursday for a fee of £39m, has everything a player needs to succeed in the English top-flight, says Premier League veteran Milner, including the commitment to always keep the pressure on the opposition when not in possession of the ball.

"That's what you need in our team. The way we play, you can't have any passengers," the 31-year old told the club's official website.

"Everyone mucks in and we've got great team spirit. Everyone gets on the front foot and gets the press; it only takes one person not to do it for it to break down.

"He’ll fit into that really well, with and without the ball. He’s very dangerous with it and causes a lot of problems. And without it, that’s so important the way we play.

"Looking at his stats and things like that, he has had a good season. He is a dangerous player and someone who is going to do really well for us, I’m sure."

Salah joins a Liverpool squad packed with talented forwards, ensuring that competition for places in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI will be fierce, something Milner feels is crucial of the club is to taste success this coming season.

"Liverpool is a top club, we’re a good squad of players and you’re going to attract top players. That’s what you want – the best players in and around the squad to push each other.

"The bigger the squad of top players you have, the more successful you’re going to be. The competition for places is exactly what you need all over the field."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Paulinho's agent is in talk with Barcelona over his client transfer deal

The Catalan giants are looking to strengthen their squad under new coach Ernesto Valverde hand and are in the market for at least one midfielder.

Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti remains their top priority, but reports suggested earlier this week that Paulinho was also a target.

The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder confirmed the speculation.

"There's been contact with my agent,” he told Globo Esporte. “There's an offer. It's true, and the two parties are talking.

"I'm really proud that a great club like Barcelona are interested in my situation - there is no price for that."

The 28-year, however, is unsure about the move, as he said he is happy and settle in China.

Paulinho joined the Chinese Super League club in 2015 for £10 million after struggling at Tottenham Hotspur and has since enjoyed a resurgence in form, becoming a regular in the Brazil side under new coach Tite.

He's also settled and happy in China with his partner.

"At the moment I'm really happy with my life and with my career," he added. "When you're in a situation like the one I'm in, it's difficult to make a decision.

"There are a lot of things that I have to weigh up, one of them being my happiness.

"I think, first of all, the way things are with my partner here in China... We really like where we are, the people, how things are with the club, the success... The truth is that I don't know [what to do]."

Paulinho said he that negotiations between the two clubs have yet to start, and was unsure if and when this would happen.

Just this week, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that Guangzhou do not want to sell Paulinho, who has a £35 million release clause.

Arsenal FC move for Leon Goretzka signature

According to report, the Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka is reportedly mulling over a potential move to English Premier League side Arsenal in order to further his international football aspirations.

But, Goretzka currently plies his trade for Bundesliga side Schalke 04 but after a couple of below-par seasons with the Royal Blues, the lanky midfielder is considering his options.

The 22-year is hoping to find a club where the level of football will help him cement regular playing time under national team coach Joachim Low.

Gunners boss' Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the box-to-box midfielder and after impressive displays in Die Mannschaft midfield at the Confederations Cup in Russia - a possible move away from Gelsenkirchen looks increasingly likely.

"As soon as the facts are there, I will be providing, then publicising what my decision is. But today there is no news to that effect," Goretzka said after scoring against Australia in the 3-2 win.

Low himself also commented on the rife speculation, claiming the pair had a private conversation before the pre-World Cup showpiece.

"Between the matches against Denmark and San Marino we had a long conversation about different possible scenarios because I just wanted to know what he was thinking, what kind of opportunities he envisaged," he told reporters.

"I certainly spoke my mind, but please bear with me if I don't share any details. It was a personal conversation and he said he would not focus on his future, he would focus on the Confederations Cup.

"To date, he has delivered. He played very well in both matches and, given his youth, he is already quite a personality in this team.

"It does seem to be clear that he is carefully planning his next career steps and therefore we are trying to ignore the whole issue surrounding his future club career. He is intelligent enough to come up with the right decision for his own career."

Goretzka scored eight goals and registered six assists in 41 games last season - helping Schalke to the Europa League quarter-finals and a tenth-place league finish.

Nelson Mandela sign deal with Frankfurt of Germany

Mandela has been part of the club's development side for the past 12 months, while in the process of securing a work permit to feature in the Bundesliga. Before joining Frankfurt, the 18-year-old represented Hoffenheim briefly and Barcelona's esteemed La Masia academy.

Last season his eight goals in 14 appearances for the U19 side impressed manager Niko Kovac and his technical team to secure the Cameroonian on a long-term deal.

Die Adler will be hoping the young forward will be able to step up and perform in the senior ranks after the untimely injury of captain Alex Meier, while on holiday in the US. The veteran forward's ankle break has officially ruled him out of the start of next season.

The player has received plenty of media attention since the announcement, due to sharing the name of the first black South African president - who led the country into democracy after the apartheid regime.

I am hungry and want to make my mark - Gray

The Foxes starlet, who opened the scoring in the England U21 team's recent 3-0 European Championship victory over Poland, admitted to talkSPORT at being frustrated by not being given sufficient opportunity to shine since his 2016 signing.

"I used this tournament last season to motivate me to show what I am capable of," the player, who started only nine of his 30 appearances for Leicester City, stated.

"As soon as I get a chance I want to have my best game.

"I am hungry and want to make my mark. I want to express myself as much as I can. I don't feel like I have been able to do that as much as I want," he added.

"Shakey (Craig Shakespeare) has always been there for me at Leicester. He always spoke to me one on one. With him getting the job now I am happy with that and hopefully I will get more of an opportunity," he continued.

"Managers have to trust you and give you a chance. If they do we will have more English talent coming on show."

"The way football is today, the way the game is changing all the time I think we can progress and see young players come through.

"It is all about opportunities. Playing at first team level is how you progress the best. You learn about the real game. If opportunities are given you'll see more of the youngsters coming through.

"The young England generation has some very, very good players. Hopefully, there is opportunities given to all the lads coming up from Under 17 onwards.

"The future is bright for England."

Friday, June 23, 2017

Barcelona soccer star prefer fine than jail

Earlier report says, Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £3.6million and Messi was hit with a suspended prison sentence.

However, under Spanish law he will not be required to serve any time because he does not have a criminal record. The fine will also see the jail term struck from Messi's records.

Numerous footballers have been involved in similar tax fraud cases in recent times, with Javier Mascherano also paying a fine last year after he was handed a six-month jail sentence.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently battling the Spanish tax office for charges of tax fraud totalling a reported £13m.

Video assistant refrees got Arsene Wenger thinking - Hear what he told his player

This year’s Confederations Cup has featured video assistant referees for the first time, and that got Wenger thinking of the potential perils of introducing the technology to the Premier League.

"The only question we have to answer now is how far will we go?" Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"For example, there is a guy in the box who should be given a penalty. The opposition win the ball, go up the other end and score. Do you cancel the goal and give the penalty to the other side?

"That could become a very controversial decision, because if the referee lets the game flow he cannot stop the game. If he comes back and gives a penalty of course that can create havoc, because he has to wait until the game has stopped to intervene. We have to think about how you deal with that.

"At the moment I would [use VAR] for offside and goals allowed or disallowed, but keep it as simple as possible.

"It would sometimes allow the linesmen to let the game go - they would be encouraged to be a bit less protective of the defenders if they knew that if a goal was scored you could come back to see if it was offside or not.

"The penalty decision I’m not 100 percent convinced about because even if you watch it 10 times on video and have 10 specialists in the studio, five might say it’s a penalty and five might say it’s not."

Manchester United have employ Javier Ribalta as scouting manager

LiveScore report says, Ribalta was seen as a key member of the Bianconeri's scouting setup but will now fill the position of scouting co-ordinator for Jose Mourinho's side.

A Juventus statement read, according to Goal: “Juventus Football Club announces that after five years of a profitable partnership, scouting manager Javier Ribalta is leaving the club to take on a new professional adventure.”

Ribalta has spent the last five years as part of the Old Lady's backroom staff but has decided to take on a new challenge at United.

Upon his departure, Ribalta added: “They have been beautiful years, in which I have worked very well. I thank everyone at the club and in particular Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici for the faith they have demonstrated in me from the first day. It has been a great experience and I will always remember it with great pleasure.”

Manchester City offer for Dani Alves is 95% done deal

According to BBC Sport, Dani Alves has one year left on his two-year deal with the Italian giants, Alves reportedly approached club management about a potential switch to the Premier League.

Bianconeri chief executive Beppe Marotta confirmed that the 34-year-old will be allowed to reunite with Pep Guardiola - whom he worked with at Barcelona, BBC Sport said.

Moratta told Italian media on Thursday that the former Sevilla defender; "expressed a desire to try a new experience."

Alves looks set to become the Citizens' first-choice right back after the exits of Bacary Sagna and club legend Pablo Zabaleta.

In his only season with Massimo Allegri's side, Alves won the Scudetto and finished as a runner-up in the UEFA Champions League final.

Emil Forsberg wants to make the next step in his career - Agent

Report says, Emil Forsberg's representative, Hasan Cetinkaya, has revealed that his 25-year-old client is looking to take his career to the next level, presumably at a bigger club.

However, the Sweden international was one of Leipzig's top players last term, setting up 22 goals and scoring eight as they finished second in the Bundesliga to secure Champions League football.

Mintzlaff responded strongly to rumours that Forsberg may move to the likes of Liverpool or Arsenal, reminding the player and his agent that he has a contract until 2022.

"I've never experienced an arrogant attitude like this," Cetinkaya told Bild in response to Mintzlaff.

He added: "I know how long Emil is under contract at Leipzig. And I also know what he owes to the club. My client, Emil wants to make the next step in his career."

At last, Muhamed Salah in Anfield, sign a long-term with Liverpool

All the speculations has finally end as Mohamed Salah has completed his move from Roma to Liverpool, signing a ‘long-term deal’ at Anfield.

The Egyptian winger made his first foray into the Premier League when he moved from Basel to Chelsea in 2014, scoring twice in 10 league appearances in his first season with the Blues.

But halfway through his second season at Stamford Bridge, in which he made just three appearances, Salah was loaned out to Serie A, first with Fiorentina before switching to Roma for the 2015/116 campaign.

Having come of age in Italy, scoring 34 goals in 83 appearances for the Giallorossi, Salah believes that he returns to England a different player.

"Even my personality was different, I was a kid – I was 20 or 21. Now I’m four years older, everything's different," he told his new club's official website.

"I am improving and doing better and better every year. This is why I’m in a new challenge and I’m happy to have this challenge. It’s not easy but I know that. I’m excited. It’s not easy, but I’m ready."

Salah will take the No. 11 shirt, with Roberto Firmino swapping to No. 9, and the 25-year-old says he can be deployed in a number of attacking formations.

"They played so well last season," he said of his new teammates. "Mane played a fantastic season, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana – all of them. I don’t want to say just one name. All of them had a great season last year.

"I have played on the right. Last season with Roma we played five at the back and two strikers; I was a second striker, like a No.10. Sometimes I go on the left. I can play anywhere up front."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Borussia Dortmund is interested in Lee

The 19-year-old has yet to make his first-team debut for the Catalan giants, but is highly regarded at the Camp Nou after featuring for their B team and Juvenil A side.

Schalke have been linked with a move for Lee, who is contracted to Barca until June 2019, although it appears that Dortmund have stolen a march on their Bundesliga rivals.

The South Korea youth international could be set to embark on a new adventure in Germany after BVB opened discussions, according to his representative, Pere Guardiola.

"Dortmund have enquired about Lee with Barcelona," Guardiola was quoted as saying by Bild. "Talks are ongoing."

The teenager had been prevented from playing competitive games for the Blaugrana until his 18th birthday after the La Liga club was found guilty of breaching FIFA rules on signing underage players.

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