Crystal Palace v Arsenal Arsenal team news: Chambers handed first Premier League start of the season at Palace Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 03:02 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Crystal Palace v Arsenal Arsenal Crystal Palace Premier League The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League table and will be seeking to keep pace with the top four in a crucial clash at Selhurst Park Calum Chambers has been handed his first Premier League start of the season as Arsenal take in a London derby with Crystal Palace.The 22-year-old comes in for the injured Nacho Monreal as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reverts back to the 3-4-3 formation which had featured towards the back end of last season and much of the current campaign.Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka make up the central midfield partnership while the attacking triumvirate of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette continue upfront.Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side welcome back Christian Benteke from suspension to form another exciting attacking trio alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.Arsenal team: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.Subs: Ospina, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.Crystal Palace team: Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, BentekeSubs: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Fosu-Mensah, McArthur, Puncheon, Riedewald, Sako.
Transfers Chelsea & Man City told to look elsewhere as Bonucci sale ruled out Chris Burton 20:04 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Chelsea Milan Manchester City Serie A Premier League The Italy international has been linked with another move after enduring a tough time at AC Milan, but his agent says there will be no January deal Leonardo Bonucci is a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester City, but his agent says the AC Milan defender is going nowhere.Goal recently revealed that the Italy international defender is already considering a move away from the San Siro after enduring a torrid start to his time with the Rossoneri.A €40 million deal took the 30-year-old centre-half to Milan from Juventus over the summer, but an ambitious project has fallen flat as several big-money buys have failed to deliver. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That has sparked further transfer talk, with Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and City said to be long-standing admirers of Bonucci, but a January move has been ruled out for a player scratching around for form.”Leonardo is a Milan player, and he chose to play for Milan and will continue to pursue his objectives there,” Bonucci’s representative, Alessandro Lucci, told Sky Sport Italia.”He’s a great professional, a leader, and he wants to get out of this situation and help the club reach the objectives they deserve.”Bonucci has helped Milan to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and the last-32 of the Europa League, but they sit 11th in the Serie A table at present – 14 points adrift of the Champions League spots.There is clearly much work to be done over the second half of the season if a campaign which promised so much is to be salvaged.Keeping Bonucci will be key to those plans, with the highly-rated defender having conceded that he sees similarities between his start at Milan and the one he made at Juventus – with that situation turned around to eventually land six Italian top-flight crowns.He told Forza Milan magazine: “It’s true, I can see a lot of similarities between the start here at Milan and my first year at Juventus.”We had the new signings, the initial enthusiasm. The only difference was at the start: at Juve, we were top in December but then had an inexplicable collapse, whereas here we’ve had problems gelling as a group.”We knew it would be difficult, but maybe we could have done with a bit more luck.”
Arsène Wenger Wenger 811: The numbers behind record-breaking Arsenal tenure Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 18:20 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal West Bromwich Albion Premier League As the Frenchman prepares to break Alex Ferguson’s Premier League longevity record, we look at some of the key data behind his career Arsene Wenger will claim another slice of Premier League history when he takes charge of Arsenal against West Brom on Sunday.The 68-year-old has already matched Manchester United great Alex Ferguson on 810 matches as a manager in England’s top flight and will break that record at the Hawthorns – interestingly, the very ground at which his old nemesis oversaw the final game of his career, a thrilling 5-5 draw with West Brom in May 2013.Wenger has not exactly enjoyed unwavering support during his 20-year spell in north London but, with three league titles to his name, he is showing few signs of giving up hope of a fourth before he finishes his Gunners career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ahead of his latest milestone, we take a look at the Opta stats behind his remarkable time in England.MORE GAMES, MORE WINS THAN MOSTWenger will move beyond Ferguson’s record when he manages his 811th game on Sunday and it looks like his will be a tally that will take some time to surpass.The nearest manager to these two in terms of games in charge in the top flight is Harry Redknapp on 641. Some way further back are David Moyes (508), Sam Allardyce (494) and Mark Hughes (442).Ferguson still has the highest number of victories (528), giving him a win percentage of 65.2, above Wenger’s 57.8. Indeed, Jose Mourinho, with a 63.3 per cent win rate from 270 games, has a more clinical record than the Frenchman.Wenger’s Arsenal have also managed fewer goals than Ferguson’s United (1524 compared to 1627) in 810 matches.FAVOURITE MANAGERS AND THE ONES HE’D RATHER AVOIDThere are some managers down the years who Wenger has loved facing. Of those Wenger has met on 10 occasions or more in the Premier League, he has enjoyed win rates of at least 50 per cent against 18 of them.Steve McClaren is probably his favourite: Wenger has beaten the ex-England boss in 11 games out of 12. However, when it comes to the stats, his easiest opponents are Sean Dyche, Jean Tigana, Joe Royle and Dave Bassett, all of whom managed teams at least three times against Wenger and lost every one of those games.Of course, it hasn’t all gone his way. Wenger only managed 10 wins in 34 meetings with Ferguson and has famously won only once in 14 attempts against Jose Mourinho teams. He has never beaten Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Roy Evans or Roberto Di Matteo, to name a few.HAPPY HUNTING GROUNDSArsenal have won 145 of 219 games at the Emirates Stadium, giving them a 66.2 per cent win ratio. That’s worse than they managed at Highbury under Wenger, where they won 134 out of 186 matches.On the road, Goodison Park is probably Wenger’s favourite, where he has managed a commendable 11 wins and five draws from 22 visits. Villa Park (10 wins from 19 and only two defeats) and The Valley (six wins from eight) are also enjoyable trips.Games at Anfield, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane have yielded only 18 wins from a possible 85, while he has managed six wins at the Etihad Stadium. His worst days out have come at Hillsborough, Valley Parade, Bramall Lane and Sunderland’s old Roker Park: he has never won at any of them in the league.FAVOURITE OPPONENTS AND A SHOCK BOGEY TEAMUnsurprisingly, given his Goodison Park record, Everton are Wenger’s favourite opponents. He has beaten them 28 times and lost only six of their 43 meetings, with a goal difference of +50.Leicester City (14 wins and no defeats from 20 games), Charlton Athletic (12 wins and two draws from 16 games) and Portsmouth (eight wins and six draws from 14 games) have also dreaded the visit of Wenger down the years, while Reading have lost all six of their meetings with his team.His worst records against teams he has faced at least five times yield a surprise, though: Liverpool (13 wins from 43) and Manchester United (12 wins from 43) have proved tough nuts to crack, but it is Sheffield Wednesday who hold the anti-Wenger formula, having lost just twice to his team in seven meetings.A TASTE FOR THE TOFFEES, BUT LET’S FORGET OLD TRAFFORDSorry, Everton: when it comes to Wenger’s record wins, once more, you’re top of the pile.A 7-0 thrashing of the Toffees in May 2005 remains his joint-biggest Premier League victory, alongside a demolition of Middlesbrough in January 2006 by the same scoreline.In more recent years, a 6-0 win over Blackpool in August 2010 and a 7-1 triumph over Blackburn Rovers in February 2012 are the most impressive.For many years, Wenger’s worst defeat was a 6-1 loss to Manchester United in February 2001. That was until August 28, 2011, when they suffered a humiliating 8-2 reversal at Old Trafford.Wenger has only ever endured a six-goal defeat once since then: a 6-0 loss to Chelsea in March three years ago.
Transfers Donnarumma allays AC Milan exit fears: ‘I’m very happy here’ Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 23:03 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Fiorentina v Milan Milan Serie A Fans jeered the goalkeeper after reports he wants to leave the club, but he has assured he is happy at San Siro Gianluigi Donnarumma has moved to allay fears he will engineer a move away from AC Milan in January by insisting he is happy at the club.The teenage goalkeeper has been jeered by Milan fans since reports emerged claiming his agent Mino Raiola was trying to terminate the four-year contract he signed in July.Donnarumma is seen as the heir to Italy and Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon and is believed to have drawn interest from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 18-year-old returned from a groin injury that kept him out of the derby victory over Inter in the Coppa Italia in midweek and turned in an impressive display during a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on Saturday, making a string of excellent saves on his 100th Milan appearance.99+1=@gigiodonna1 #FiorentinaMilan #weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/UpgffgPYM7— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 30, 2017Donnarumma said he was “proud” of the milestone and suggested he was content to continue his career at San Siro.”I have four years left on my contract and I’m very happy here,” Donnarumma told Mediaset Premium when questioned about his future.”It is a beautiful achievement that I will share with the whole team — I’m proud of these 100 appearances.”I thank the team because they have always been with me in a difficult moment.”
Jamie Vardy Vardy maintains awesome record against Liverpool and Premier League’s top teams Goal 23:47 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v Leicester City Leicester City Liverpool Premier League The 30-year-old striker needed just three minutes to find the net against the Reds, showing how deadly he is against the top teams in the league Jamie Vardy has upset Liverpool once again.It took just three minutes for the Leicester City star to open the scoring against Jurgen Klopp’s side in Saturday’s meeting at Anfield and maintain his excellent record against the Reds.The England international has developed a real knack for scoring against Liverpool, now having netted seven times against them – more than he has against any other team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 22 – Since August 2014, nobody has scored as many goals in the Premier League against ‘big six’ opposition as Jamie Vardy (22 goals in 41 apps). Prey.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2017Only Andy Cole and Thierry Henry have scored more goals against the Anfield side in the Premier League than the 30-year-old.The Reds are not the only big team in England to consistently suffer the wrath of the Foxes attacker.His record against the traditional top six since August 2014 now stands at 22 goals in 41 games – the best record in the league against the top flight’s most powerful sides. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers Montella hoping to talk N’Zonzi away from Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton links Ryan Benson 23:06 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Arsenal Everton Liverpool Premier League Sevilla Primera División The French midfielder is reportedly keen for a move during the winter window, but Sevilla’s new coach is planning to talk with him about staying Vincenzo Montella considers wantaway midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to be “very important” to his plans at Sevilla and will make discussions with the France international one of his initial main goals at the club.The former AC Milan coach was presented as Sevilla’s new boss on Saturday after taking over from Eduardo Berizzo, who had been dismissed on December 22, and convincing N’Zonzi to stay could go some way towards a positive settling in period for Montella.N’Zonzi, who starred for Sevilla last season, has been out of the picture since getting substituted at half-time in the 3-3 Champions League draw against Liverpool on November 21, with Berizzo reportedly singling him out for criticism with the Andalusians 3-0 down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Frenchman has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool Everton and West Ham, the latter allowing him to be closer to his son in London, but Montella harbours hope that he can convince the former Stoke City man to remain in La Liga.”N’Zonzi is a great player for me, so one of my goals is to talk to him and see what his ambition is,” Montella told reporters. “For me he is a very important player of Sevilla.”The presentation of new #SevillaFC manager Vincenzo Montella has begun #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFC pic.twitter.com/UYOUNFBouz — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 30, 2017 Club president Jose Castro insisted that N’Zonzi’s exile had been purely a technical decision and he will now be available again, while he also claimed there have been no offers for him.”N’Zonzi is just another player in the squad,” Castro added. “He is not playing because of a technical decision, and now he can play again by technical decision. There has been no offer for him.”The club is clear that it wants to have good players to achieve the sporting objectives. The player had friction with the previous coach, but Montella will speak with N’Zonzi and we’ll see about his willingness to count on him [N’Zonzi].”Montella has enlisted the support of Enzo Maresca as part of his coaching staff and he expects the former Sevilla favourite to make his own transition that bit easier.This morning the new boss got to know the Sports Village #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFC pic.twitter.com/o0ReFCXt3P — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 30, 2017 “He [Maresca] is a historic person at this club,” Montella said. “He is a person who has the respect of everyone in Italy and he has my respect too.”He is helping me a lot because I still do not know Spanish, but I promise that I will learn it, quickly.”It’s a connection with the club and we are all a family. Support is important to have effective communication.”
Ryan Giggs Man Utd legend Giggs slams ‘ridiculous’ critics of managerial aspirations Harry Sherlock 17:08 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Premier League Manchester United Swansea City Wales The former Red Devils winger has issued a stern defence of his own credentials after touting himself for coaching jobs Ryan Giggs has lashed out at those who criticise his managerial ambitions, insisting it is “ridiculous” to claim he does not have enough experience to manage in the top flight.Giggs, who managed Manchester United for four games after David Moyes’ sacking in 2014, has been linked with a clutch of jobs in recent months, including Swansea City and Wales.However, he has yet to move into the dugout full-time as a number one – he did spend two years under Louis van Gaal as assistant manager at United – and told The Times last week that he would feel comfortable managing a top-flight club, given the experience he gained during his playing career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t have experience in the lower divisions. It’s not where I’ve worked in my career,” he said.”I’ve spent my whole life in the Premier League – not just as a player but as a player-coach and assistant manager. I know now I wasn’t ready when I had those four games in charge at United but I’m a lot better qualified to manage now after those two years with Louis. That was a fantastic experience.”Critics have since claimed that he should focus on working his way up the ladder instead of merely expecting to be handed the keys to an elite club, but Giggs has now issued a vigorous defence of his own CV.”I did an interview last week about my managerial aspirations and received some criticism because apparently I wasn’t willing to manage at a lower level,” he told Sky Sports.“I didn’t say anything at all about not managing at a lower level; I said because of my experience, I’d be more suited coaching at the level which I previously played and coached.”My critic quoted Steven Gerrard saying, in his experience, footballers want to just do their UEFA C Licence and go straight into the job. I did my UEFA B Licence when I was 29, my A Licence when I was 35, my Pro Licence while I was still playing and I coached at Manchester United for three years – including managing four games – so I don’t see the relevance.”The argument that players who have been a success can’t go into success is a non-argument. People use Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger but there are also countless examples of unsuccessful players being unsuccessful managers. It is all down to the individual.”I played until I was 40 so I was doing my Pro Licence on a Saturday and Sunday, training on a Monday and Tuesday, doing more coaching and then driving back for Champions League games on Wednesday. To say I haven’t put in the work is ridiculous.”Giggs, who has also previously proclaimed his interest in managing Leicester City and Everton, is currently co-owner of Salford City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona Vermaelen confident injury nightmare is behind him Alex Fisher 23:15 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División After missing significant time over the past few seasons, the Belgian feels he has proven he is not a defender “made of glass” Thomas Vermaelen is confident he has put his injury problems behind him and hopes to establish his place in Barcelona’s starting XI under Ernesto Valverde.Since arriving from Arsenal in 2014 the Belgium international has been blighted by hamstring and calf problems, with the 32-year-old having only made 16 La Liga appearances.His time at Camp Nou looked over when he was loaned to Roma last season, but he has forced his way into the reckoning in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After making his first appearance of the season against Valencia in late November, Vermaelen has started Barca’s last three league encounters – including the 3-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.And Vermaelen is feeling in better condition than at any other time with the Catalan giants.”I understand that people had doubts about my physical condition because in recent years I have had a few physical problems,” he told Mundo Deportivo.”But since November 2016 I have not had any more problems and I’ve been feeling good for a year.”I know I have a reputation as a player made of glass, but I have managed to overcome that. Now I am demonstrating that I can be without injuries for a long time and I hope to keep it that way.”And that’s the end of training for 2017. Tomorrow’s a holiday but the players will be back on Tuesday #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/8XXVCzk2Dk— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 31, 2017He added: “I always believed in my ability but you never know how things are going to go because I had not had continuity at Barca. “I knew I had the ability to play for Barca but in previous years, due to injuries, I had not been able to show what I am capable of. “Luckily, in the last few weeks I’ve been able to prove it and I’m very happy about that.”Barca’s win in Madrid gave them a nine-point lead at the top of the table over Atletico, while Zinedine Zidane’s side are 14 back in fourth.However, talk of the title being a formality for Barca has been dismissed by the central defender.”No, the league is not yet won,” said Vermaelen.”It’s a big advantage, but we have not yet reached the halfway point of the season.”
Transfers Goretzka transfer to Bayern not done yet – Schalke Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:59 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Schalke 04 Bundesliga Barcelona Liverpool Juventus Arsenal Manchester United Reports have suggested the sought-after midfielder has decided which club he will join when his contract expires at the end of the season Leon Goretzka has not told Schalke he will leave the club amid mounting speculation the Germany midfielder will join Bayern Munich.Goretzka is out of contract at the Veltins Arena at the end of this season and has been linked with a host of leading European clubs, including Liverpool and Juventus.Bayern appear to have stolen a march in the pursuit of the 22-year-old, with Marca and Sport Bild reporting on Sunday he had opted to join the Bundesliga champions ahead of Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel told Sport 1 there is no done deal to discuss at this stage.”Leon has not informed us so far that he has decided to leave us,” Heidel said.”I trust Leon and his agent, with whom I was in contact yesterday [Sunday].”Arsenal and Manchester United are other clubs reported to have shown an interest in Goretzka, who has previously stated he will make a decision on his future by the end of January .“I have to find out for myself what the next step should be,” he told reporters following Schalke’s 2-2 draw with Cologne in early December.“I have to consider a million things. I am a person who is very meticulous in such decisions. I play through all the scenarios. So I need time.“There doesn’t exist a deadline, but I think we are in the final phase.“The final decision will be made in January.”Goretzka has helped Schalke to the lofty heights of second in the Bundesliga with four goals in 11 appearances this season on the back of a superb showing in Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph, although a stress fracture in his lower leg has interrupted his progress of late.
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Coutinho has played last game for Liverpool Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:50 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Coutinho has played last game for LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho has pulled on the Liverpool jersey for the last time as he looks to force a move to Barcelona, according to Spanish outlet Sport .The 25-year-old is determined not to pick up an injury playing for the Reds, and as a result, will play no part in their January fixtures as he seeks a move to Camp Nou during the current transfer window.Coutinho last played for Liverpool on December 30, as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Leicester City 2-1 thanks to a Mohamed Salah double. He then sat out their 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year’s Day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo hands his transfer demands to Real chiefsCristiano Ronaldo has handed his transfer demands to Real Madrid chiefs, with two goalkeepers part of the list, according to Diario Gol, via Daily Mail . The Portuguese apparently does not believe that Kiko Casilla or Keylor Navas are of a good enough standard and wants two new players to replace them.Ronaldo reportedly also wants more reinforcements in defence although he has apparently stated that he is happy with the current forward line in place at the Bernabeu.Pjaca seals Schalke loan switchSchalke have agreed to sign Marko Pjaca on loan from Juventus, according to Sky Germany .The 22-year-old will join the Bundesliga club for the rest of the season with Schalke paying €1 million to Juventus, but there is no clause to make the deal permanent with Pjaca returning to Italy in the summer.Besiktas closing in on Slimani loanBesiktas are close to sealing a loan deal for Leicester City attacker Islam Slimani, according to NTV Spor .The Turkish Super League side see the Algeria striker as the perfect replacement for Cenk Tosun, who looks set to leave Besiktas during the transfer window.Tosun looks likely to join Everton, while Besiktas hope to land Slimani for a loan fee of €2 million following a disappointing spell with the Foxes where he has just one league goal this season.Chelsea want £50m Alex Sandro dealChelsea are keen to push through a £50 million deal for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro in January, according to the Mirror .The Blues missed out on the Brazil international during the summer but are keen to beat Manchester United to signing the defender.And Juve are already looking at replacements, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell on their radar.Romero wants Man Utd exitManchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero wants to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window, according to The Independent .The Argentina international is concerned he will miss out on the World Cup if he is not playing regular football.Sources close to the player suggest he has received offers from Spain and Argentina, as well as from elsewhere in the Premier League.Chelsea eye Lemar after dropping Dembele interestChelsea are keen on securing a January deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar after cooling their interest in Celtic forward Moussa Dembele, The Evening Standard reports.The Blues have also sent scouts to watch Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye as Conte looks for a back-up to Alvaro Morata, with Michy Batshuayi still out of favour.Conte rules out Chiellini & provides Luiz updateAntonio Conte has ruled out a move for Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and suggested that he would only be interested in selling David Luiz if a suitable replacement is found.Chiellini had been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge but Conte believes he should finish his career at Juve, while Luiz has recently been touted as a possible target for Arsenal.Click here to read the full story on Goal !Costa wants Azpilicueta at AtleticoDiego Costa is pushing for Atletico Madrid to sign Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea, according to Don Balon .The striker is officially registered to play for the Spanish giants, having joined them last year, and is now keen for Diego Simeone to launch a bid for his former team-mate.Azpilicueta has emerged as one of the best defenders in the Premier League in recent years, winning two domestic titles, as well as the Europa League and the League Cup, and it is understood that Atleti would be willing to pay over €30 million for his signature.Coutinho pushes for record Barca dealPhilippe Coutinho has repeated his insistence to trade Liverpool for Barcelona in a potential deal that would comfortably surpass the British transfer record, Goal understands.Given the Brazilian’s attitude and application since submitting a transfer request in the summer, the playmaker feels it is only fair for the Reds to accede to his request to leave should they receive a significantly improved proposal that would surpass Paul Pogba’s £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United.Read Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy’s full story right here! Real Madrid set to sign KepaReal Madrid are set to activate Kepa Arrizabalaga’s release clause and secure the signing of the Athletic Club goalkeeper, Marca reports.Athletic are not interested in selling the 23-year-old Spain international, but the European champions will bypass negotiations with the Basque club by paying the €20 million required to trigger his clause and begin talks with the player.Athletic will, however, make an attempt to persuade the shot stopper to snub Zinedine Zidane’s side and remain at San Mames.Kroos to be sold to Man UnitedReal Madrid are ready to offload Toni Kroos to Manchester United in an effort to help fund a sensational move for PSG star Neymar, according to The Express .Madrid want Neymar to be the long-term replacement for Ronaldo, though the club will have to comply with FFP, and even the sale of Gareth Bale may not be enough to meet the regulations, with the German tabbed as the additional fall guy. PSG and Manchester City are also being tabbed as potential buyers for Kroos. West Ham target £15m Joe AllenWest Ham are willing to pay £15 million to land Joe Allen from Stoke City, according to The Daily Mail .David Moyes is keen to bolster his midfield options in the winter window but the Potters remain adamant that they will not allow Allen to leave.Anderlecht join race for PjacaAnderlecht are keen on taking Marko Pjaca on loan in the January window, according to Belgian media including Le Soir .The Croatia international had been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool but it appears he could prefer a move to Belgium as he looks to increase his chances of regular first-team football.Wenger denies Luiz deal closeArsene Wenger has denied that he is closing in on a deal to sign David Luiz from Chelsea.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wenger rubbished the transfer speculation although did hint that he could well be in the market for January buys.Check out the full story on Goal here !Time running out on Mata extension clauseManchester United only have until May to exercise a clause in Juan Mata’s contract that allows them to renew his current deal until 2019, claims a report in AS .Mata has emerged as an important player for Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad, although the Red Devils could lose him for nothing in the summer unless the clause is activated within the next four months or brand new terms are agreed.No Man City bid for Alexis Sanchez yetArsene Wenger has insisted that there have been no bids for star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.The January window opened on Monday and, as reported by Goal , Alexis is keen to push through a move to Manchester City , while Ozil is also being tipped to leave the club.Click here to read the full story on Goal !Barca will have to pay €180m for CoutinhoLiverpool have set Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho’s price at €180 million, according to Onda Cena Radio .The Brazilian has long been linked with the Catalans, with Jurgen Klopp’s side apparently willing to sell if they receive the fee they are looking for for one their star names.Chelsea make move for VidalChelsea have made contact with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal regarding a possible January transfer, reports Bild .The Blues have been linked with the Chile international for some time and have now sounded out a big-money deal.Vidal is under contract at Bayern until 2019, but they could be tempted into a sale if the right terms are tabled and the player wants out.Man Utd step up Andre Gomes chaseManchester United are preparing to step up their efforts to land Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to Il Bianconero .The Red Devils have already seen one £35 million approach for the Portugal international knocked, but are refusing to give up the chase.Messi wants Alli at BarcaLionel Messi wants Barcelona to put a deal in place for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, claims Diario Gol .The La Liga giants are aware of the need to reinforce in that area of the field, but know the bidding will start at around the €100m mark.Arsenal battle for DemirbayArsenal are ready to battle Everton for Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, says News Mondo .The Gunners are ready to put a formal offer forward, but will face competition from Premier League rivals for the Germany international.Man Utd beaten to GrimaldoManchester United have lost out to Serie A leaders Napoli in the race for Benfica defender Grimaldo, reports O Jogo .The Italian side have agreed to pay €30m for the Spaniard, forcing Jose Mourinho to look elsewhere in his pursuit of a new left-back.Man Utd get Ghoulam transfer boostNapoli are ready to sell left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Manchester United as they close in on a deal for Benfica defender Alejandro Grimaldo, claims Record .Algeria international Ghoulam only signed a new contract with the Serie A side recently but with a potential replacement incoming, they would be willing to sell him to United for his £53 million release clause.Klopp shrugs off Coutinho-Nike ‘leak’Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he “couldn’t be less interested” in claims Nike have leaked Philippe Coutinho’s proposed move to Barcelona.The Reds boss told reporters after a 2-1 victory over Burnley that he is reading nothing into the story, with the Brazilian playmaker still part of his plans.Bayern leading race to sign USA starletBayern Munich are leading the race to sign talented 16-year-old Taylor Booth, claims The Washington Post .Real Salt Lake City are keen to tie down the midfielder but it appears that the Bavarians are the front-runners to land the highly-regarded USA youth international.Willian reiterates Chelsea commitmentChelsea winger Willian has reiterated his full commitment to the club during an interview with ESPN Brasil . The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a Jose Mourinho reunion at Manchester United, but he insists he is not looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge.Mourinho considering additionsJose Mourinho is open to bringing fresh faces into Manchester United during the January transfer window, he has told Sky Sports .The Red Devils are being linked with several top talents and the Red Devils boss is ruling nothing out after conceding that a recent winless run has left his side “in trouble”.Wilshere hints at new Arsenal dealArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has suggested that he is ready to commit to fresh terms with the club in a New Years Instagram post .The England international is among those approaching free agency at Emirates Stadium, but he has stated a desire to stay put and extension talks are planned.Barca fending off Umtiti interestBarcelona are planning contract talks with Samuel Umtiti in an effort to fend off interest from Manchester rivals United and City, reports Marca .The France international is a man in demand after seeing Liverpool put a £75m deal in place for Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk.Arsenal consider Lucas recallArsenal are weighing up the option of recalling Lucas Perez from a loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna, claims The Mirror .The Spanish striker headed home over the summer after struggling for game time but Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his attacking options. 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Arsenal ‘I would have committed suicide’ – Wenger makes controversial claim after Chelsea draw Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Arsène Wenger The manager made the remark after sharing the points with Antonio Conte’s men in an extremely exciting finale to proceedings at the Emirates Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger controversially claimed that he would have killed himself had Davide Zappacosta’s late shot sealed three points for Chelsea on Wednesday. A sparkling second half of football at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw between the London rivals. The visitors hit back after Jack Wilshere’s first Premier League strike in over two years with goals via Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso, before Hector Bellerin restored parity late on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There was one more twist in the tale, however, when Zappacosta crashed a long-range shot against the bar. “I would have committed suicide,” Wenger told reporters after the final whistle when asked what he would have done if that effort went in. “It was a great football game, we have shown great mental resources, I knew the last 20 minutes would be tough.”The draw leaves Arsenal rooted in sixth place in the Premier League, outside the Champions League standings. But while Wenger is annoyed to see his side down the table, he believes that the Gunners’ play merits better fortunes. “It’s very frustrating. We have to look at ourselves as well,” he added.”Our performances have been top quality but we have not had the results we could have had. We have not been gifted luck.”The manager singled out goalscorer Wilshere for praise after opening the scoring with a fine finish. “He’s at the level now that not many people expected him to be. He has not played for England since 2016, that means everyone gave up on him,” he said.”But now it would not be a surprise if he gets a call up. He deserves great credit.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Madrid offer €150m and Bale for Kane Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:34 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty/Goal Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Madrid to bid €150m + Bale for KaneReal Madrid are set to bid €150 million plus Gareth Bale to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to Sport .Los Blancos value Bale at around €50m, meaning their total bid would be somewhere close to €200m.They could face competition from Manchester United for the England striker, however, with the Red Devils keen to bolster their own forward line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Schweinsteiger nearing Chicago Fire returnBastian Schweinsteiger is nearing a return to the Chicago Fire according to MLSsoccer.com. The report says talks between the retired Germany international and the MLS side are progressing and “the Fire expect” to agree to a new deal for the 2018 season, with the midfielder remaining a designated player. The deal would also include a team option for the 2019 campaign. Arsenal complete Mavropanos signingArsenal have completed the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Greek side PAS Giannina, Goal understands.The Gunners’ new chief scout Sven Mislintat has close ties to the 20-year-old centre-back, who has also attracted interest from Olympiakos, and the Premier Leaguehave snapped him up in a deal worth £1.8 million.Read the full story on Goal! Valverde coy over Coutinho moveBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has refused to comment on whether a move for Philippe Coutinho is close.The Liverpool midfielder is keen to complete a move to Camp Nou in January after the Reds rejected three bids over the summer.Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool in battle for AlissonLiverpool are locked in a battle to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .The Reds are keen to add a new keeper to their squad, with neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius able to bring any consistency to Jurgen Klopp’s side.They have turned their attention to Brazil international Alisson, but face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.PSG to make Seri moveParis Saint-Germain are set to make a January move for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to the Daily Mail .The 26-year-old almost joined Barcelona in the summer, but a £32.5 million bid was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.Liverpool and Manchester City have also been keeping tabs on Seri’s progress, but the Parisiens are keen to win the race over the next month.Lemar decides to join LiverpoolMonaco star Thomas Lemar has decided to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Yahoo Sports . Arsenal tried to sign Lemar last summer, but failed to finalise a €95 million deal on deadline day which, in turn, prevented Alexis Sanchez from joining Manchester City.Liverpool were also interested in Lemar in the last transfer window and are ready to make a renewed push to sign the France international in January, with Barcelona trying to agree a deal for Philippe Coutinho.Manchester United have also been linked with Lemar, but the winger has decided he wants to join Liverpool and he could become the replacement for Coutinho at Anfield.Man Utd want three January signingsManchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign three players during the January transfer window, according to the MailOnline . Mourinho is keen to strengthen his squad in the coming weeks and has identified the areas where he is demanding fresh faces.Agents have been alerted to United’s desire to sign a right-back, left-back and attacking midfielder as Mourinho tries to address ongoing issues within his squad.Liverpool eye Ceballos as Coutinho replacementLiverpool have identified Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos as the man they want to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Diario Gol . Ceballos is apparently fed up of waiting for a chance to prove himself under Zinedine Zidane and has communicated his desire to leave, through his agent, to president Florentino Perez.And the Reds are keen to make their move, seeing him as the ideal replacement for Coutinho, who is closing in on a switch to Liga leaders Barcelona. Arsenal set Alexis priceArsenal are willing to sell Alexis Sanchez for a fee of over £25 million, according to the Daily Mirror .The Chile international has attracted serious interest from Manchester City, and is keen to move to the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal are subsequently ready to acquiesce to his desires, provided they receive an acceptable offer, though any bid will be a major hit on what they were offered in the summer.Indeed, City were ready to pay over £60m on deadline day, but no deal could be struck.Ozil yet to make future decisionArsenal finally opened talks with Mesut Ozil’s representative last month over a contract extension but the German star has yet to make a decision on his future Goal understands.Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, and has attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.He recently bought a new house in London and enjoys life in the capital with a close circle of friends from Turkey and Germany as he continues to consider his options.Mourinho frustrated over Rose dealJose Mourinho is frustrated with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward for his unwillingness to sign Danny Rose from Tottenham, according to the Daily Mirror .Mourinho is keen to strengthen his side as they look to compete with Manchester City, and believes Rose may be available for around £50m.However, Woodward has told Mourinho that he will either have to sell players first or wait until the summer, much to the chagrin of the Portuguese.Barca confident of landing CoutinhoBarcelona are growing increasingly confident of landing Philippe Coutinho in January, with the Brazilian pushing for a move, according to the Mirror . There is a growing feeling from the Spanish outfit that a bid over £130 million will get the deal done, with Coutinho having pulled out of Liverpool’s match against Burnley on New Year’s Day.Man Utd and Inter set for Mkhitaryan swapManchester United are ready to let Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for Inter, with Joao Mario heading the other direction, according to Corriere dello Sport .Inter paid €40m for Joao Mario last summer, while Manchester United spent €42m on Mkhitaryan, with both teams looking to work out a straight swap for players who have yet to settle in after big-money moves. Man Utd keen to complete Lucas loanManchester United are desperate to complete a loan move for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to The Sun .The Brazil international has fallen down the pecking order at Parc des Princes this season and has been heavily linked with a move away.United have made him their top target for the January window, though only want a loan move for the time being.PSG will only do business, however, if the loan deal leads to a £40 million summer move.Man City eye Navas bidManchester City are keen to sign Keylor Navas from Real Madrid this January, report Don Balon .Real are set to sign another goalkeeper in the winter transfer window and Navas is subsequently considering a move away from the Bernabeu.Pep Guardiola’s side are willing to offer Navas a big contract in order to tempt him to Manchester, where he would provide competition for Ederson.Umtiti wants time to decide on City moveManchester City have had a sit-down with Samuel Umtiti and explained the club’s project to the Barcelona defender, according to L’Equipe .The 24-year-old has a €60m release clause, but wants time to think over the offer from City before making any decision on his future. Aguero drops Man City exit hintSergio Aguero has dropped a further hint that he could leave Manchester City at the end of the season.Goal reported in December the Argentina international is unhappy at his treatment this season having been left on the bench on numerous occasions by Pep Guardiola.And though he does not want to leave, he conceded that the club will have the final say on his future.Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea to make €35m Trigueros moveChelsea are set to make a €35 million offer for Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros, according to El Gol Digital .The 26-year-old has impressed in La Liga this season, with many of Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progess.But Chelsea are set to make the first move, though any deal is unlikely to be completed until the end of the January window.Pjaca’s agent confirms Juve switchJuventus midfielder Marko Pjaca will spend the rest of the season on loan at Schalke, after struggling to establish himself in Serie A. Agent Marko Naletilic confirmed to Goal on Tuesday that his client has chosen Schalke as his next destination, despite interest from the club’s Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.And though he does not want to leave, he conceded that the club will have the final say on his future.Read the full story on Goal! Milinkovic-Savic rules out Lazio exitSergej MIlinkovic-Savic has ruled out leaving Lazio amid reported interest from Manchester United.The Serbia international has been one of the most impressive players in Serie A this season, with the Red Devils rumoured to be planning a £95 million bid.Paris Saint-Germain are also keen, but the 22-year-old insists he does not want to leave Rome.Read the full story on Goal! Arda offered to Everton & MilanBarcelona forward Arda Turan has been offered to AC Milan and Everton, according to Mundo Deportivo .The Turkey international is set to leave Camp Nou having fallen further down the pecking order this season.Besiktas are also in the running to sign the 30-year-old, with a January deal very much on the table.Conte hints at Luiz & Batshuayi exitsChelsea manager Antonio Conte has hinted that David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.The pair have slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season, and could be at risk of missing out on playing at the World Cup this summer.Conte has confirmed that players who are concerned on not making the cut for the tournament in Russia could be let go if he is able to sign replacements first.Read the full story on Goal! Diarra close to PSG moveParis Saint-Germain are close to completing a move for former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra, according to SFR Sport .The France international had his contract at Al Jazira cancelled in December, with Manchester United and AC Milan among the clubs keen on signing him.But Diarra is now in advanced talks with the Ligue 1 leaders, with the deal set to be completed before the end of the week.Conte keen on signing Alexis & VidalChelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted he would be interested in signing Chilean duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.The Blues have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal while Alexis looks set to leave Arsenal with his contract up at the end of the season.The former Juventus boss feels both players are among the best in the world, and he sees no reason why he would not want them at Stamford Bridge.Read the full story on Goal! Milan interested in Spurs star DembeleAC Milan are looking into the possibilities of signing Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, according to Corriere dello Sport . The Rossoneri are keen to bolster their squad in the January transfer window after an underwhelming first half of the season.And they are hopeful the Belgium international could be tempted to San Siro having been in and out of the Spurs team in 2017-18.Everton look to complete Tosun dealEverton are hopeful they can complete their move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun on Wednesday, according to the Guardian .Officials from the Goodison Park outfit will meet with the Turkish club’s president, Fikret Orman, in London to hash out the final details of the deal.The move has been held up by Besiktas requesting an extra £2 million as they look to find a replacement, but the Toffees are confident they will finalise the move this week.Palace plot £4m Bialkowski moveCrystal Palace are lining up a £4 million move for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, according to the Daily Mirror .Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to add a new goalkeeper to his squad in January, and sees the 30-year-old as an affordable option.Coutinho has played last game for LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho has pulled on the Liverpool jersey for the last time as he looks to force a move to Barcelona, according to Spanish outlet Sport .The 25-year-old is determined not to pick up an injury playing for the Reds, and as a result, will play no part in their January fixtures as he seeks a move to Camp Nou during the current transfer window.Coutinho last played for Liverpool on December 30, as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Leicester City 2-1 thanks to a Mohamed Salah double. He then sat out their 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year’s Day.Ronaldo hands his transfer demands to Real chiefsCristiano Ronaldo has handed his transfer demands to Real Madrid chiefs, with two goalkeepers part of the list, according to Diario Gol, via Daily Mail . The Portuguese apparently does not believe that Kiko Casilla or Keylor Navas are of a good enough standard and wants two new players to replace them.Ronaldo reportedly also wants more reinforcements in defence although he has apparently stated that he is happy with the current forward line in place at the Bernabeu.Chelsea want £50m Alex Sandro dealChelsea are keen to push through a £50 million deal for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro in January, according to the Mirror .The Blues missed out on the Brazil international during the summer but are keen to beat Manchester United to signing the defender.And Juve are already looking at replacements, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell on their radar.Coutinho pushes for record Barca dealPhilippe Coutinho has repeated his insistence to trade Liverpool for Barcelona in a potential deal that would comfortably surpass the British transfer record, Goal understands.Given the Brazilian’s attitude and application since submitting a transfer request in the summer, the playmaker feels it is only fair for the Reds to accede to his request to leave should they receive a significantly improved proposal that would surpass Paul Pogba’s £89m move from Juventus to Manchester United.Read Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy’s full story right here! 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Celta Vigo 1 Barcelona 1: Dembele returns as Copa del Rey holders draw in 2018 bow Jamie Smith 03:59 1/5/18 Getty Images Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance for Barcelona since September, but the LaLiga leaders were held 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Ousmane Dembele returned but Barcelona’s Balaidos woes continued as the LaLiga leaders were held 1-1 at Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Thursday.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were among the big names rested by Ernesto Valverde, who named Dembele, fit again after sustaining a hamstring injury in September, among his substitutes.The Catalan giants lost on their last two visits to Celta and the hosts, coached by former Barca goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzue – who was Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou assistant – ensured the visitors’ difficulties in Galicia did not let up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca’s lack of cohesion was clear throughout, although they took an early lead thanks to Jose Arnaiz, who tucked away an Andre Gomes cross to open the club’s account for 2018.But Celta equalised before half-time, Pione Sisto taking advantage of slack defending to slam home a powerful drive from the rebound after Iago Aspas hit the crossbar and the ball ricocheted off goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.Arnaiz spurned chances to put Barca back in front and Valverde turned to Dembele with 20 minutes remaining, but the club-record signing could not inspire his side to victory, although Sergi Roberto turned Nelson Semedo’s cross on to the outside of the post in injury time.Our first goalscorers for the last 10 years 2008 – Ezquerro 2009 – Henry 2010 – Pedro 2011 – Pedro 2012 – Cesc Fàbregas 2013 – Xavi 2014 – Alexis 2015 – Neymar 2016 – Messi 2017 – Messi 2018 – Arnaiz #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/nszcfQWcyH — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 4, 2018 Aspas had the first chance inside seven minutes, finding himself through on goal, but Semedo’s pace allowed the right-back to make a fine recovery block.Arnaiz had scored in two consecutive Copa del Rey appearances and he took his chance again in the absence of Luis Suarez and Messi, putting Barca in front in the 15th minute.3 – Jose Arnaiz has scored with his first three shots on target for Barcelona in all competitions (three goals in Copa del Rey). Stellar. pic.twitter.com/1OyXS2msIh — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 4, 2018 The visitors won the ball on the edge of their own area and broke rapidly down the left channel through Denis Suarez, before Gomes pulled the ball back for Arnaiz to drill home a first-time finish.Celta drew level in the 31st minute, however, Sisto reacting quickest to lash in from a tight angle after a close-range Aspas strike crashed against the bar and Cillessen.The hosts went close five minutes prior to the break, Daniel Wass driving narrowly wide, before Paulinho thumped a low shot off-target at the other end.Arnaiz should have scored his second in the 56th minute, sending a diving header from Lucas Digne’s cross wide.Denis Suarez then missed an even better chance at the back post, Semedo’s centre begging to be finished but somehow put wide by the midfielder.Barca were cranking up the pressure and a placed Sergio Busquets shot clipped the bar with Sergio Alvarez well beaten, before Dembele came on for his first appearance in over three months.He’s back @Dembouz — Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 4, 2018 Emre Mor drilled inches wide in the 72nd minute, while Alvarez had to save a poked Dembele effort and an ambitious strike from substitute Ivan Rakitic.Dembele looked sharp on his return, but despite heavy pressure from Barca – Roberto hitting the post in stoppage time – they could not force a winner, leaving the tie in the balance ahead of next Thursday’s return leg at Camp Nou, where Celta drew 2-2 last month. read more
Liverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk makes debut in derby showdown with Everton Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool FA Cup Liverpool v Everton Everton Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with the pedigreed centre-back named in the first XI Virgil van Dijk has been handed his Liverpool bow against Everton in the FA Cup third-round tussle at Anfield on Friday night.The world’s most expensive defender lines up alongside Joel Matip in his first outing for the club since his record £75 million switch from Southampton.Sadio Mane, who returned from the CAF African Player of the Year ceremony in the morning having finished runner-up to team-mate Mohamed Salah, is also included in the starting XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Egyptian is unavailable due to a minor groin issue, while Philippe Coutinho misses out with a thigh knock as he closes in on his desired move to Barcelona.Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with only Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane retained.Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, with centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan being named in reserve. James Milner switches in for Georginio Wijnaldum in the centre of the park, while Roberto Firmino is back leading the line.Andy Robertson returns at left-back, with Trent Alexander-Arnold moving to the bench and Gomez returning to the right flank.Goalkeeper Danny Ward is named in a matchday squad for the third time this season.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Can, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, FirminoLiverpool subs: Ward, Klavan, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Solanke, Ings Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Paulo Dybala Juventus ace Dybala could miss Spurs Champions League clash with injury Joe Wright 20:35 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Paulo Dybala Juventus Cagliari v Juventus Cagliari Serie A The dangerous attacker is primed to miss up to 40 days with an injury, which could see him miss the first leg of the last-16 showdown Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been diagnosed with a mild to medium thigh muscle strain, the club have confirmed.The forward was forced off in the second half of his side’s 1-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday in clear distress, with head coach Massimiliano Allegri later admitting they were unsure about the severity of the problem.Tests carried out early on Sunday have shown Dybala has damaged a flexor muscle in his right thigh, with Juve unwilling to estimate his recovery time until at least next week, although his time on the sidelines is being judged as around 30-40 days. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That would put him in doubt to feature against Tottenham in the Champions League, with that fixture scheduled for February 13.”Paulo Dybala underwent an MRI this morning which showed a mild to medium strain to his right thigh flexor,” the Serie A champions said in a statement. Enjoy the break lads! #CagliariJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/l85TvpM2Sx— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 7, 2018″He will immediately start rehabilitation with the prognosis for return better evaluated in the coming days.”There was more encouraging news for midfielder Sami Khedira, who will require no further treatment after suffering a blow to the head, while Giorgio Chiellini is recovering well after receiving eight stitches for a wound.Juve’s win took them back to within a point of league leaders Napoli ahead of a two-week break in Italy’s top flight.
FA Cup FA Cup third-round matches on TV and live streams in UK Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images FA Cup Liverpool v Everton Manchester United v Derby County Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Middlesbrough v Sunderland Watford v Bristol City Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday Fulham v Southampton Manchester City v Burnley Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United v Luton Town Stevenage v Reading Cardiff City v Mansfield Town Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale Aston Villa v Peterborough United Norwich City v Chelsea Newport County v Leeds United Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace Derby County Fulham Cardiff City Fleetwood Town Milton Keynes Dons Everton Leeds United Aston Villa Reading Shrewsbury Town Leicester City Peterborough United Nottingham Forest Manchester United Sheffield Wednesday Liverpool Sunderland Middlesbrough Bristol City Watford Carlisle United Southampton Burnley Manchester City Queens Park Rangers Bolton Wanderers Huddersfield Town Luton Town Newcastle United Stevenage Mansfield Town Doncaster Rovers Rochdale Norwich City Chelsea Newport County West Ham United AFC Wimbledon Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Crystal Palace Goal brings you all you need to know about which of the upcoming FA Cup games you will be able to watch live Premier League and Championship representatives joined the fray as 64 clubs lock horns in the FA Cup third round this weekend.Of those 64 teams, however, only 14 will appear live on screens in the United Kingdom, with a bulk of the games scheduled to take place during the ‘blackout’ period on Saturday.With matches played on January 5, 6, 7 and 8, Goal brings you all you need to know about which games are on TV. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player WHAT FA CUP THIRD-ROUND GAMES ARE ON TV?A total of seven games in the third round will be shown live on television. The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, got things under way on Friday, January 5, with the Reds winning 2-1.Leicester City’s scoreless draw against League One side Fleetwood Town was the next live game on Saturday, January 6, with Chelsea’s stalemate with Norwich City following that evening.Leeds United’s early trip to League Two outfit Newport County will be shown live on Sunday, January 7, while West Ham’s match away to Shrewsbury Town is on that afternoon.In the evening of January 7, Arsenal’s game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground will be available to watch live.The live coverage of the FA Cup third round concludes on the evening of Monday, January 8 with the meeting of rivals Brighton and Crystal Palace.FA Cup third-round games on TV Date Match Time (GMT) TV Channel Jan 5 Liverpool 2-1 Everton 19:55 BBC 1 Jan 6 Fleetwood Town 0-0 Leicester City 12:45 BBC 1 Jan 6 Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea 17:30 BT Sport 1 Jan 7 Newport County 2-1 Leeds United 12:00 BBC Wales Jan 7 Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 14:00 BBC 1 Jan 7 Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 16:00 BT Sport 1 Jan 8 Brighton vs Crystal Palace 19:45 BT Sport 1 Click here to see the full run-down of FA Cup third-round fixtures in our comprehensive competition guide.SHREWSBURY TOWN VS WEST HAM: TV CHANNEL & STREAM UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer Having beaten Aldershot Town and Morecambe, Shrewsbury Town have landed themselves a home tie against David Moyes’ West Ham.New Meadow is the venue for the clash as the League One promotion hopefuls attempt to stage an upset.In the UK, the game will be shown live on television on BBC One and it will be available to stream live online using the BBC iPlayer service.The game takes place on Sunday, January 7 and kicks off at 14:00 (GMT).NOTTINGHAM FOREST VS ARSENAL: TV CHANNEL & STREAM UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app Reigning champions Arsenal have been paired with two-time winners Nottingham Forest in an intriguing match-up at the City Ground.Forest, who are currently without a permanent manager, come into the clash with the Gunners having gone five games without tasting victory and they will hope to change that in style.In the UK, the game will be shown live on television on BT Sport 1 and it will be available to stream live online using the BT Sport app.The game takes place on Sunday, January 7 and kicks off at 16:00 (GMT).BRIGHTON VS CRYSTAL PALACE: TV CHANNEL & STREAM UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app An all-Premier League tie concludes the live TV coverage of the FA Cup third round with the ‘M23 derby’ between Brighton and Crystal Palace taking place at the Amex Stadium.The rivals already met at the venue back in November, but could not be separated in a scoreless draw. However, given the occasion, sparks are sure to fly in East Sussex.In the UK, the game will be shown live on television on BT Sport 1 and it will be available to stream live online using the BT Sport app.The game takes place on Monday, January 8 and kicks off at 19:45 (GMT). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Mahrez set for Liverpool medical Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:04 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Mahrez set for Liverpool medicalRiyad Mahrez is set to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Sunday ahead of a £49million move, according to beIN Sports (via Inside Futbol ).Liverpool have a massive amount of money to play with after agreeing a €160m deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It now seems the Reds have wasted little time in bringing in a replacement, with Mahrez reportedly set to sign on until 2022. Real Madrid set to bid for SalahMohamed Salah’s early-season success with Liverpool has led to interest from Real Madrid, OK Diario reports. Zinedine Zidane’s men have misfired offensively this season and are looking for solutions in front of goal, with the Egypt star touted as a possibility after an explosive beginning to life at Anfield.Madrid are aware that a deal during January will be complicated but are set to return in the summer.Man Utd activate Shaw clauseManchester United have activated a 12-month extension clause in Luke Shaw’s contract, according to the Manchester Evening News .The England international left-back was due to see his current deal expire in the summer, but will now be tied to the Red Devils until 2019.Reports had suggested that the 22-year-old was heading towards the exits at Old Trafford, with United eyeing Danny Rose, Ryan Sessegnon and Kieran Tierney as possible replacements, but he has played his way back into favour.Giroud wanted by BesiktasBesiktas have set their sights on landing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for Cenk Tosun, reports beIN Sports .The Turkish side have seen their top marksman leave for Everton and are now in the market for a proven successor.Giroud has struggled for starts this season and is eager to find regular football ahead of a possible World Cup quest with France this summer.Five Premier League sides watching MaregaFour Premier League sides are monitoring the progress of Porto striker Moussa Marega, according to Foot Mercato .The Paris-born stirker has 12 goals in 15 games in the Portuguese top flight this season and is being watched by Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Brighton and Leicester.Porto do not wish to sell, but the centre forward has a release clause of €40 million.Aubameyang to Guangzhou Evergrande a done deal?Dortmund have failed to pour cold water on reports linking striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande. Speaking to Kicker , chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “The speculation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will circle for as long as he plays here.”We do not comment on that anymore.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Coutinho deal will be €120m fee + €40mBarcelona will sign Philippe Coutinho for a €120 million up-front fee in January with €40m of potential bonuses included in the deal with Liverpool, according to Sport .At least €10m will be easy clauses for Coutinho to meet at Camp Nou, while the other €30m depends on the Brazilian’s performances and Barcelona’s achievements.The €160m deal would make Coutinho the third-most expensive player of all-time behind Paris Saint-Germain pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.’Keeping Kane will be difficult’Tottenham may see their hand forced by Harry Kane at some stage if Real Madrid and Manchester United rumours persist, Christian Ziege has warned.“He has the option to change [clubs] in the Premier League or if he wants to have experience away from the Premier League. At some stage, if he wants to move on, it will be difficult to keep him.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Aubameyang signs Chinese dealGuangzhou Evergrande have agreed terms with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of the Gabon international this summer, Sina Sports reports.The Chinese Super League side swept in with a bid of €72 million to snatch the striker from Beijing Guoan, who had offered €60m. A spokesman for Beijing Guoan said: “It is unprofessional to poach other club’s target and drive up the price so carelessly and recklessly, which will ultimately put the Chinese football and the national interest in jeopardy.”Conte reveals three transfer listsAntonio Conte has admitted to having three lists of transfer targets at Chelsea, having previously moaned that he has “rarely been given the players I asked for”.In an effort to avoid a repeat in 2018, the Premier League title-winning coach is leaving no stone unturned.”There isn’t just one list, there’s two, three lists and sometimes you can’t get the first name on the list,” Conte said.Read the full story right here on Goal! Mourinho sorry for Mkhitaryan HT hookJose Mourinho has apologised to Henrikh Mkhitaryan for unfairly hauling him off at half-time during Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Derby County.“I didn’t like what I did. He didn’t deserve it, he was playing well, he wasn’t playing bad,” the Man Utd boss said.Find out why he substituted him in our full story right here on Goal! Lemar to replace Alexis at ArsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t ruled out a January exit for Alexis Sanchez and, if the Chilean does depart for Man City in January, he is ready to make Monaco’s Thomas Lemar his replacement, according to L’Equipe .The Gunners failed with a £90 million bid for Lemar in the summer and though Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has insisted the France international is not for sale, Wenger could test his resolve should Alexis move on in January.With Monaco out of the Champions League and PSG cruising to a Ligue 1 title, the principality side could be convinced to cash in on the highly rated 22-year-old.Coutinho to PAY to join BarcelonaPhilippe Coutinho is ready to pay €15m from his own pocket to allow his move from Liverpool to Barcelona to take place, Mundo Deportivo reports.The Brazil star has already turned down more lucrative bids from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but has his heart set on moving to Camp Nou.Liverpool have recently bumped the price of their star player up following a leaked Nike advert showing the 25-year-old as a Barca player – and Coutinho is ready to pay the difference himself.Newcastle United consider Hart loan moveNewcastle United have targeted Joe Hart as a January transfer candidate after the goalkeeper lost his first-team place at West Ham under David Moyes, according to the Daily Mirror .The England international, who is on loan from Man City, is admired by Rafa Benitez and would be a cheap option to bolster the Magpies’ squad without significant budget.Man City to make £35m Alexis bidManchester City are poised to make an opening January bid of £35 million for wantaway Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Mail .Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury has forced Pep Guardiola to reconsider a winter move for the Chilean, whom he had originally preferred to sign at the end of the season.Arsenal turned down a £60m offer in the summer from Man City but, with fewer than six months left to go on his contract, they could lose him for free in July.Wenger admits to Arsenal transfer problemsArsene Wenger admits that Arsenal are experiencing teething problems as a new transfer team finds its feet at Emirates Stadium.There has been a major overhaul behind the scenes in north London, with the Gunners eager to ensure that they remain competitive in their recruitment.Read the full story right here on Goal! Tevez exits China nightmareShanghai Shenhua have terminated the contract of Boca Juniors-bound Carlos Tevez by mutual consent, the Chinese Super League (CSL) side announced on Saturday.The former Manchester United and Manchester City forward had another 12 months to run on his deal, and long-drawn negotiations with the struggling giants led to the decision.Find out where he’s expected to join in the coming days! David Luiz to be shown the Chelsea doorChelsea centre-back David Luiz will be sent out on loan for the second half of the season, The Express states.The Brazil international has had a bust up with manager Antonio Conte, who is now willing to offload the experienced defender.Andreas Christensen has kept him out of the starting XI lately, and Juventus could seek to profit by snatching him on a temporary basis this winter.Arsenal set Walcott asking price at £30mArsenal will allow attacker Theo Walcott to depart this January – but not for a fee less than £30 million, The Sun believes.The 28-year-old has not started a Premier League game all season and is of interest to struggling Southampton, who wish to reinvigorate their campaign by signing their former youth star.Everton and Newcastle are also interested in the England winger.WBA want DebuchyWBA wish to sign Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, L’Equipe reports.The France international has featured only in cup competitions for the Gunners this season and still believes that if he plays regularly he could feature at World Cup 2018 for his country.As a result, he could be willing to move to the Hawthorns six months before his deal at the Emirates expires.Hazard rejects second contract offerEden Hazard has rejected Chelsea’s second offer of a new contract, according to RMC . The Belgium international’s current deal runs through 2020, but the Blues are offering fresh terms to prevent Real Madrid from swooping for Hazard.Antonio Conte is reportedly furious with Hazard’s refusal to sign a new deal, which would have made the Belgian the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history. Man Utd to swoop for KaneManchester United are ready to hijack Real Madrid’s move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, according to Don Balon , via the Manchester Evening News . Kane is in high demand after establishing himself as one of Europe’s best goalscorers, and the Red Devils have emerged as the main rivals for a potential Madrid bid. Chelsea and Manchester City are also reportedly interested in signing Kane, but Man Utd are seen as the biggest threat to Madrid.Barca and Palmeiras far apart on MinaBarcelona and Palmeiras are “far apart” in negotiations over defender Yerry Mina, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .The 23-year-old has requested an immediate move to the Blaugrana after impressing with the Brazilian side since a 2016 move from Santa Fe in his native Colombia. Mina’s agent and the two clubs will continue to negotiate in order to seal a January move. Chelsea targeting Mahrez after Barkley dealChelsea aren’t planning on ending their signings with the capture of Ross Barkley, as the Blues are now targeting Riyad Mahrez, reports The Sun .The Algerian has impressed in 2017-18, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in the Premier League so far. Arnaiz threatens Premier League transferBarcelona forward Jose Arnaiz will demand a move to the Premier League if he doesn’t get more first-team opportunities, according to Diario Gol. The 22-year-old has impressed when given the chance with the first team this season, scoring three goals in three Copa del Rey games, but the rest of his appearances this term have been with Barcelona B. A host of Premier League teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton are willing to pay Arnaiz’s €20 million release clause should he move to England.Juve wanted to sell Marchisio to ChelseaJuventus were disappointed by Chelsea’s signing of Ross Barkley, as they had hoped to offload Claudio Marchisio to the Blues, according to calciomercato.com. The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Juve, and enjoyed some of his best seasons in Turin under current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Though Chelsea were an enticing option for a sale, the signing of Barkley likely closes the door on any chance Juventus had to send Marchisio to London. Suarez could make shock return to LiverpoolBarcelona may be nearing a move for Philippe Coutinho, but Liverpool could use some of the funds from the Brazilian’s sale to make a move for Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon. The Reds are set to net around €160 million from Coutinho’s move to Barcelona, and could be tempted to turn around and spend some of those funds on their former striker. Though Suarez is happy at Barca, Coutinho’s arrival along with Ousmane Dembele’s return from injury and a potential summer move for Antoine Griezmann could push the Uruguayan out of the lineup. Brandt set for summer tug-of-warBayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt may have his pick of German clubs in the summer, according to Der Westen . The 21-year-old has a €12.5 million release clause that can be activated when he enters the last year of his contract, which is an enticing option for Bayern Munich as the Bavarians continue aiming to stock up on young German talent.Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest, and Brandt is also expected to listen to renewal offers from Leverkusen. Arda in talks over MLS moveOut-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in talks over a possible move to Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, according to the Daily Mail. The 30-year-old has not featured for the Blaugrana this term as the club have looked to offload him to several teams around Europe. But Turan could be tempted by a new challenge in the U.S. with Chicago, who signed Bastian Schweinsteiger for a $4.5 million deal last season.Liverpool line up Mahrez as Lemar contingencyLiverpool will turn to Riyad Mahrez if they can’t sign Thomas Lemar to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to The Independent .The Reds are bracing for Coutinho’s departure for Barcelona, and have identified Lemar as a top option to replace the Brazilian. Monaco turned down a £75m bid from Liverpool for Lemar in the summer and if the France international’s price is too high, the Reds will move for the Leicester City midfielder instead. Inter to offer Icardi new dealInter sporting director Piero Ausilio says the club could offer Mauro Icardi a new contract to fend off interest from Real Madrid.Icardi signed a five-year contract at San Siro in October 2016, but his red-hot form could mean the Serie A side will have to offer another raise to keep him at San Siro. The Blancos are reportedly planning to trigger a €110 million release clause in the 24-year-old’s contract this summer to seal his signature. Read the full story on Goal!
Transfers Coutinho thrilled to work with Messi and Barcelona’s ‘idols’ Matthew Scott 08:09 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Twitter (@FCBarcelona) Transfers Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Primera División Luis Suárez The ex-Liverpool man is keen to join up with some of the Catalans’ world-renowned stars, as he was unveiled as their latest signing on Sunday Philippe Coutinho is excited to begin life at Barcelona alongside “idols” such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Barca have parted with a reported €160million to bring Coutinho to Camp Nou from Liverpool.The Brazil international will pen a five-and-a-half-year deal on Monday before being presented to the media, with Barca finally capturing a player they chased for much of the previous transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho looks set to end this season with at least one trophy, with Barca nine points clear in LaLiga, and he hopes it is the first of many.”I am very happy. I have always said I am living a dream, we are very happy to be here,” he told the club’s official website.@Phil_Coutinho More photos https://t.co/H71xgITo82 #CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/TbPPNDhEd1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018″To be able to play football, win titles, make the fans happy and play with a smile. These are the objectives.”It is incredible to know I will be around idols, with players who have such a great history like Leo, Luis, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets… all the great players.”I am very happy to know I will be playing with them and I hope to be able to learn, live and win together.”
Manchester City Guardiola congratulates Alexis on impending Man Utd move Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 22:17 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(56) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero A. Sánchez The Catalan wanted to sign the Chilean throughout last summer and in January but pulled out of the deal as it emerged he was open to joining United Pep Guardiola has congratulated Alexis Sanchez on his impending move to Manchester United, insisting the Chilean and his agent have “decided what is the best for them”.Guardiola had made Alexis his priority target last summer and this month, but Goal revealed this week he and his Manchester City bosses pulled the plug on their pursuit after discovering that the 29-year-old and his agent had struck a deal with United.Jose Mourinho confirmed that his side are yet to close an agreement with Arsenal, but admitted that he could not deny that his side “are there” in the race to sign him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has been widely reported that Alexis will earn anything between £300,000-per-week and £500,000-per-week at Old Trafford, but Guardiola was not prepared to discuss the financial aspect of the deal.”I am not the guy with the mathematics, the numbers,” he said.”At the end what I know is he is still at Arsenal, I think he will go to United. Congratulations to both of them, the players and his agents decide where they want to play, good luck.”Alexis had agreed a deal to join City on two separate occasions during 2017 – last spring and before Christmas – but Guardiola insists he does not feel let down.”I repeat, the players and their managers decide what’s best for both,” he said. “There’s nothing to add. My opinion of Alexis remains the same. It was always a pleasure to be with him in Barcelona. He has decided to join another club and we wish him all the best.”Speaking generally about January transfers, the Catalan added: “I believe in it if the players adapt quickly and have quality. It depends if they are nice people. We are looking for nice people to come to help if we believe we need them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Barcelona Valverde has high hopes for Coutinho after promising Barcelona debut Jamie Smith 07:58 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Copa del Rey Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Philippe Coutinho Ernesto Valverde After the club-record signing made a bright 22-minute cameo from the bench, his boss was full of praise and expectation for what is to come Ernesto Valverde has high hopes for Philippe Coutinho after Barcelona’s record signing made his first appearance for the club in a Copa del Rey victory over Espanyol on Thursday.Barca trailed 1-0 from the opening leg but goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the first half turned the tie around for the holders, who are seeking a fourth straight Copa del Rey title.With Barcelona’s place in the semi-finals all but secured, Coutinho came off the bench for the last 22 minutes and impressed in his link-up play with Messi particularly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho replaced Barca captain Andres Iniesta – the player many assume the Brazilian was bought to replace – and Valverde hinted at how he sees the former Liverpool playmaker fitting in at Camp Nou.”We have a lot of hope for him,” Valverde said after Barcelona booked a Copa semi-final spot for the eighth year in succession.”In the sense that he will be good for our game, he can help us with his self-confidence, his ability one-on-one, to see the free player when he is close to the area, the danger is sensed.”[Coutinho had] a simple game, but I think it went well. Let’s see, this is the beginning.”Debut day for @Phil_Coutinho! pic.twitter.com/CUFwQmI8bo— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 25, 2018Barca’s path to claiming the Copa del Rey title is a lot clearer after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were knocked out at the quarter-final stage, Zinedine Zidane’s men suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Leganes.Sevilla and Valencia are the other potential opponents awaiting Barca in Friday’s draw but Valverde would not be drawn on talk of a crisis at rivals Madrid, with Zidane accepting his job is on the line.”Madrid are a great rival,” Valverde said. “We are in the semis, it is because we have worked hard.”In these games you cannot have a bad day because they take you out of the competition.”I do not stop to think about the rest of the teams. I worry about mine, to be good and to move forward in our competitions.A SEMIS Felicitaciones por el debut @Phil_Coutinho y espero a la próxima poder hacer el gol . GRAN TRABAJO EQUIPO!!!!!TO SEMIFINALS Congratulations for your debut @Phil_Coutinho and I hope to score next time . GREAT TEAM WORK!!!!! pic.twitter.com/g712KHA5MY— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 25, 2018″Football is what it is, we all know this dynamic, we know that when we win we are the best and when we lose, we are the worst.”Zidane has done a lot at Real Madrid and has all our recognition.”