Liverpool Van Dijk fee ‘not nice’, says Klopp Dejan Kalinic 10:25 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Liverpool Liverpool v Leicester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp Paying £75 million for the Dutch defender was an exorbitant outlay, but the Liverpool manager said it was down to the market Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled the £75 million spent to buy Virgil van Dijk as “not nice”, but said his club was simply adapting to the market.Van Dijk, 26, is set to join Liverpool from Southampton in January after the Premier League clubs agreed to a record fee for a defender.Klopp, who questioned Manchester United for paying £89m for Paul Pogba last year, said his club had little choice in a market where Paris Saint-Germain bought Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record £198m. 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 “A fee of £75m at this moment is very good for Southampton. They want to improve their squad as well,” the German told UK newspapers.”Do you think when they go to a club – if the player is not a free agent – those clubs will be accepting £5m for a replacement? That is how it is.”It’s not nice, but that’s the market, that’s the world. We have to adapt.”Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.Full story: https://t.co/tJy9vsGOen pic.twitter.com/L17A7UwqaU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017Van Dijk signed a new deal with Southampton in May 2016, extending his contract until 2022.Klopp said that played a part in the price, one he said fans should try to immediately ignore.”Virgil has a long contract at Southampton. That is how it is. It started a few years ago. If you do not want to do it, do not do it,” he said.”We had an opportunity to do it and that is why he will be a Liverpool player. Do I like it? No, because it puts more pressure on everything.”That is why I said as a Liverpool community we have to ignore it immediately. He is a player for us, he can improve and he needs to adapt.”There are so many things he still needs to work on. He developed a lot in the last few years, made big steps, so it is a good thing.”Liverpool, fourth in the Premier League, host Leicester City on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsène Wenger Wenger moans about Arsenal’s Christmas schedule: Chelsea get one more day of rest! Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 20:18 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League The Frenchman is not happy that his side are playing just three days after their draw with West Brom and believes the Blues have an unfair advantage Arsene Wenger has expressed his frustrations at Arsenal’s busy festive fixture schedule, complaining that rivals Chelsea are getting an extra day of rest.The Gunners face Antonio Conte’s side in the Premier League on Wednesday, three days after their frustrating 1-1 draw at West Brom.Conte’s Blues, meanwhile, will get an extra day to recover compared to the north Londoners, with Chelsea having thumped Stoke City 5-0 on Saturday. 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 And Wenger, who has never been shy in discussing his grievances over the Premier League’s hectic Christmas period, has once again made his feelings known.Speaking after the draw with the Baggies that saw Jay Rodriguez net a controversial late equaliser from the penalty spot, Wenger told reporters: “Maybe we haven’t played well enough but that’s down to you to judge.”These are two things. You cannot have… West Brom had five days to prepare for a game like that, we had three.”I’m ready to play every day as long as our opponent has had the same time for recovery over Christmas. It’s not normal.”We have the same problem again against Chelsea. They played yesterday [Saturday], we play on Wednesday. They have one day more [rest] again.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and six behind Manchester United, who currently occupy third spot.
Transfers The Covert Agent: Central Coast set to poach Wanderers midfielder Jacob Melling The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 03:29 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers A-League EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the Gosford club are nearing the acquisition of the unwanted midfielder enforcer Central Coast Mariners are close to securing Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Jacob Melling on a deal until the end of the the current season.The Covert Agent can reveal the Mariners are currently in negotiations with the 22-year-old, who appears to be surplus to requirements at the Wanderers.It’s believed Mariners coach Paul Okon is keen to sign Melling because of the temporary departure of star midfielder Daniel De Silva with the Australian Under 23’s. 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 Melling will likely slot into the defensive midfield position of Dutch star Tom Hiariej, who will move into a more advanced role to cover De Silva’s loss.The Adelaide-born youngster has only played 55 minutes in the league this season and has missed the past four Western Sydney matchday squads under Josep Gombau.The Mariners would be Melling’s fourth A-League club after stints at Adelaide United, Melbourne City and the Wanderers.
Manchester City Guardiola confirms injured Jesus will miss 4-6 weeks for Man City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:39 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero The Manchester City manager has confirmed that his striker will miss almost two months through injury, after damaging his knee against Crystal Palace Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus will miss around six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury.Jesus suffered a knee ligament injury during Sunday’s goalless draw at Palace, and following tests in the past 48 hours he has been ruled out for close to two months.With City still active in four competitions, Jesus’ absence will leave Pep with reduced options up front in a hectic start to 2018. 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 “Gabriel will be out four to six weeks, maybe a bit longer, hopefully as soon as poosible,” Guardiola confirmed.Kevin De Bruyne also suffered what appeared to be a nasty injury at Selhurst Park but proved his fitness on Tuesday afternoon and informed Guardiola that he was ready to start against Watford.”Kevin went out on the pitch at four in the afternoon, proved himself and wanted to play,” he added. “He had some pain but wanted to play, if he wants to play then i want him to play.”It says a lot. Nothing will change the opinion of his quality, everyone knows about his quality but we will get a step forward if we win, towards being champion. The club, the manager, the staff, the players, Kevin wanted to play and his desire is what we have to follow.”De Bruyne’s midfield partner Silva also returned to City action on Tuesday having missed games against Tottenham, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. The Spaniard has been dealing with a family issue, and may need more time off in the coming weeks.“It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points while he is not here, family is the most important thing.”WHAT GAMES WILL JESUS MISS?If Guardiola’s prediction is accurate, City will be left sweating on the fitness of their young striker ahead of perhaps the biggest games of the season so far.The club resume their Champions League campaign on February 13 against Basel, exactly six weeks away as of Tuesday. Jesus, then, will face an uphill struggle to recover in time for that first leg in Switzerland. City’s return clash at the Etihad Stadium, on the other hand, falls on March 7, a date for which the Brazil international should be more than ready if his rehabilitation proceeds as expected over the next two months. In the Premier League, meanwhile, Jesus could miss up to five clashes, with either February 10’s home test against Leicester or a visit to Arsenal two weeks later the most likely venues for his return. He will also be absent for both of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup semi-finals against Bristol City, as well as Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash at home to Burnley. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League Arsenal team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:40 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday Arsenal were a dealt a tough blow in their final game of the year as West Brom were awarded a somewhat fortunate penalty kick after referee Mike Dean adjudged Calum Chambers to have deliberately handballed in the box on New Years Eve.The subsequent equaliser from the spot was enough for both teams to share the spoils on Sunday and as Arsene Wenger takes his squad into 2018, supporters will be wondering whether their team possesses enough to finish in the top four.Admittedly, bad refereeing decisions aren’t going to do anything to help their cause but Arsenal’s performance against the Baggies was by no means dominant and they will need to increase their level on Wednesday night when they face Chelsea in north London.The Gunners face Chelsea three times in January after drawing the Blues in the Carabao Cup semi-final and will be desperate to make sure they get the New Year off to a positive start. 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 ARSENAL INJURIES Nacho Monreal, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are still out injured while Sead Kolasinac has been ruled out for two weeks after he was on the receiving end of a challenge from West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry.Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny are both doubts for Wednesday’s game with Wenger deeming the Frenchman of having a 30 per cent chance of being involved at Emirates Stadium.Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPInjuries look set to ravage Arsenal’s starting XI for their first game of 2018 with captain Per Mertesacker likely to fill in for the absent Laurent Koscielny.Sead Kolasinac’s blow means Wenger has a choice of reverting to four defenders at the back but he may decide to try out Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left wing back due to the lack of available left-backs.In central midfield Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka are expected to continue while Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette will be the favoured forwards, with one of Alex Iwobi or Theo Walcott also coming in.CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Antonio Conte’s side are undefeated in their last 13 matches but have fallen behind league leaders Manchester City whose imperious 19-match winning run has seen them top the table for much of the season.Conte rested several players against Stoke at the weekend and will likely see the Eden Hazard and Andreas Christensen return to the line-up, following their astute record of four consecutive clean sheets in the league.Chelsea will be without David Luiz (knee) while Baba Rahman (knee) is a long-term injury absentee.Alvaro Morata is the club’s top scorer with 12 goals to his name so far this season.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal won this exact fixture 3-0 last season, after a five-game winless run against them in the Premier League at the Emirates (D3 L2). In all competitions, no team has won more away games at the Emirates Stadium than Chelsea (5, level with Man Utd). The last time Arsenal didn’t lose either Premier League meeting with Chelsea in a season was in 2011-12 (W1 D1), while the last time they kept a clean sheet in both league meetings was 1998-99. Arsenal have failed to score in seven of their last nine games against Chelsea in the Premier League, netting just four goals in total in this run. 21 of Chelsea’s top-flight goals this season have come via Spanish players, more than any other side in Europe’s big five leagues. This will be the sixth meeting between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte in all competitions since the start of last season, with the Chelsea boss managing just one win from the previous five (D2 L2). Cesc Fabregas netted 19 goals at the Emirates as an Arsenal player, however he’s yet to score there in the competition as an opposition player (three appearances for Chelsea). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK, while in the United States (US) Arsenal v Chelsea can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League Man City top list of richest clubs in Soccerex Football Finance 100 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:41 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Everton Leicester City Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea Arsenal Football Business The report considers playing assets, fixed assets, money in the bank, potential owner investment and debt to determine the world’s wealthiest clubs
Transfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Lemar decides to join Liverpool Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:30 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up 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. 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 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.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.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. Max keen on Premier League moveAugsburg left-back Philipp Max is keen on a move to the Premier League but doesn’t expect to change clubs in the January transfer window.Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been linked with an approach for Max, who is under contract at Augsburg until 2022.The 24-year-old said: “I have a contract with Augsburg. In football, you can never rule anything out but I firmly believe that in the second half [of the season] I will play for FCA.”Read the full story on Goal! 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 £130million will get the deal done, with Coutinho having pulled out of Liverpool’s match against Burnley on New Year’s Day.Liverpool lead Goretzka chaseLiverpool are the leaders in the race to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke, according to Bild ( via the Express )Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all been mentioned as possible landing spots for the 22-year-old midfielder, but the German publication seems to think the Reds are winning the race. Goretzka is out of contract in the summer, and the club have already moved to bring in another midfielder this winter, opening the door for his possible exit. 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, with the Reds having also been mentioned as a possible destination. 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! Kent set for Liverpool returnRyan Kent is set to return to Liverpool, with the club ready to loan out Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria, according to the Daily Mail . Kent is expected to return after a dissapointing loan spell with Freiburg, where he signed on for the season this summer. The Reds are also ready to part ways with Woodburn, with Sunderland among those leading the chase, and Ejaria, who have both struggled for game time this season. Keita not seeking January switchNaby Keita has not asked for an early transfer to Liverpool, according to RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.A deal to take Keita to Anfield next summer was agreed in August and, amid rumours that the former Salzburg midfielder is eyeing a switch in January, the Bulls boss has laid such to rest.Read the story in full right here on Goal! 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.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.Sources close to the No.10 have revealed Liverpool unsuccessfully tried to alter Coutinho’s mind by presenting multiple incentives and a greater wage packet to their highest earner.Read Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy’s full story right here! Lijnders leaves Liverpool for NECPepijn Lijnders has left his post as Jurgen Klopp’s assistant to take over as head coach of Dutch side NEC, the Reds confirmed .The 34-year-old joined the Premier League side in 2014 to take over the Under-16s side and then become part of Klopp’s coaching staff, but has been lured back to his homeland to take on his own side in the second tier.“I’m proud of each day that I could represent [Liverpool] directly and I will give my best to do so in my next chapter. Hopefully they will be proud of me as well,” he told the club’s website as he bid farewell.Klopp shrugs off Coutinho Nike ‘leak’Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he “couldn’t be less interested in anything in the world” regarding Nike’s apparent leak of Philippe Coutinho’s rumoured transfer to Barcelona.The Brazilian has been linked with the Catalan giants since the start of the season and was not part of the Reds’ squad for Monday’s 2-1 victory at Burnley due to a minor thigh complaint.Read the story in full right here on Goal! Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
eSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Sanchez, Dybala lead TOTW 16 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:09 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images eSports Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 Each attacker had a brace to headline a week in which a pair of players from both Manchester United and Liverpool made the XI Alexis Sanchez, Paulo Dybala headline the latest edition of FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week, while Liverpool and Manchester United each get a pair of representatives in the starting XI.Sanchez ended 2017 right with a brace in a 3-2 Arsenal win over Crystal Palace while Dybala broke out of a much-publicised slump with a pair of goals for Juventus against Hellas Verona.For Liverpool, the much-maligned Dejan Lovren was immense in the Reds victory over Burnley, including setting up the winning goal. Meanwhile Roberto Firmino makes the list on the strength of his brace against Swansea. 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 Jesse Lingard’s strong play for Manchester United earns him a spot in the XI this week alongside his more heralded team-mate Paul Pogba.And the blue side of Manchester is also represented with Ederson snatching a starting spot after saving his club’s unbeaten run in the Premier League with a late penalty stop against Crystal Palace.Find out who else makes the cut and earns special bonuses in EA Sports’ famous football simulation this week…The Team of the Week is available from 1800 GMT on Wednesday, January 3 until January 10. STARTING XIGK – Ederson – Manchester City – 83>85CB – Lovren – Liverpool – 81>84CB – Nkoulou – Torino – 78>82CB – Ake – Bournemouth – 75>81CM – Pogba – Manchester United – 87>89CAM – Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – 84>86CAM – Lingard – Manchester United – 78>82LF – Sanchez – Arsenal – 89>91RW – Dybala – Juventus – 88>90ST – Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – 83>86ST – Arnautovic – West Ham United – 82>86BENCHGK – Perin – Genoa – 83>85CB – Dendoncker – Anderlecht – 79>82LM – Izquierdo – Brighton & Hove Albion – 78>82LM – Braithwaite – Middlesbrough – 77>82RM – Snodgrass – Aston Villa – 76>81RW – Willian – Chelsea – 84>86ST – Quagliarella – Sampdoria – 78>82RESERVESCB – Wilson – Rangers – 69>77RM – Mierzejewski – Sydney FC – 72>79RM – Fathi – Al Taawoun – 67>76ST – Alessandra – Notts County – 66>75ST – Marriott – Peterborough United – 62>72 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham improving despite league position, insists Alli Joe Wright 03:00 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Spurs sit fifth in the Premier League, but the star attacker believes the table is hiding signs of their progress this season Dele Alli insists Tottenham have improved this season, despite them sitting outside the Premier League top four after 21 games.Spurs made it three wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Swansea City on Tuesday, a result that lifted them two points above Arsenal into fifth place.Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished as runners-up to champions Chelsea last season and came third in 2015-16, but a 22-point gap to leaders Manchester City means another title challenge this term looks to be beyond them. 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 Spurs, who entertain West Ham on Thursday, also face a battle to finish in the Champions League places, with Liverpool four points above them in fourth after playing a game more, but Alli does not believe the league table shows their progress this term.”At the start of the year, we wanted to win the league,” he told Sky Sports. “It was important to show we were improving. Maybe if you look at the stats it’s different but, as a team, we’re still improving, we’re still learning about each other.”Of course, we want to be in the top four but we can’t get too drawn into the league and the table and what teams are doing around us. We just have to focus on ourselves and try to win every game.”No better feeling! Bring on tomorrow #COYS #heretocreate pic.twitter.com/84U7ObTavO— Dele (@dele_official) January 3, 2018Alli scored his side’s second goal against Swansea to take his league tally for the season to five, the England international having also netted in the 5-2 win over Southampton on Boxing Day.That strike ended a run of nearly two months without a league goal, but the 21-year-old thinks too much was made about the dip in his form.”Every player has ups and downs; it’s impossible to stay at one level throughout your career,” he said. “I think I’m playing well.”Of course, there have been games where I haven’t played as well as I would have liked but, overall, I don’t think there’s too much to worry about. I’ll keep working hard. I don’t want to be as good as I was last year; I want to be better.”It’s important to stay confident; it’s easy for your confidence to drop when you’re not scoring goals, especially as an attacking player. People think if you’re not scoring or assisting, you’re playing badly but that’s not always the case.”There’ve been times when I’ve scored two goals in a game and probably had one of my worst games! It’s frustrating when you’re missing but you have to keep working hard and getting in positions. I know the quality I have so it’s about showing it.”
Arsenal Wilshere reports ‘no progress’ on Arsenal contract extension Chris Burton 16:15 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Transfers The England international impressed again during a derby date with Chelsea, but admits he is no nearer to committing to fresh terms with the Gunners Jack Wilshere admits “no progress” has been made regarding a possible contract extension at Arsenal.The England international has entered the final six months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium – alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.Wilshere has expressed a desire to commit to fresh terms, while Arsene Wenger has promised that future talks will be held during the January 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 The 26-year-old has enjoyed a welcome return to favour and form of late, impressing again in a 2-2 Premier League derby draw with Chelsea, but he is no nearer to putting pen to paper.Speaking to Sky Sports after a meeting with the Blues, in which he scored, Wilshere said on his contract situation: “No progress there.“But I’m happy. I’m enjoying my football and feel I’m getting better and better each week.“We’ve got another big game at the weekend in the FA Cup [against Nottingham Forest] and then we go again in the Carabao Cup [against Chelsea] – there’s loads of games and I want to be involved in them.”Wilshere’s second-half strike at the Emirates on Wednesday was his first in the Premier League for over two years.A barren run can be partly blamed on a succession of injuries, but the all-action midfielder concedes that he needs to be offering more to the collective cause.He added: “I’m not satisfied with one goal a season, I should be scoring more than that.“I get the opportunities so hopefully that will open the gates a bit and a few more will come.”Continuing to make a telling contribution at club level should help to push Wilshere back into international reckoning.He is being billed as a candidate to fill one of the places in England’s 2018 World Cup squad, with Wenger among those talking up his claims, but focus is locked very much on the present for now.Wilshere said when quizzed on his Three Lions future: “Regarding Russia, now is not the time to start thinking about that.“I’ve got to take each game as it comes, keep playing in this team, keep improving and then we’ll see when March comes and the next international games.”
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Mkhitaryan dealt loan blow Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:18 1/5/18 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 Inter rule out Mkhitaryan moveLuciano Spalletti insists he will not look to remedy Inter’s current slump in form with big-money January signings such as out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.”To keep saying we need to have a big transfer campaign, after the club has made it clear there are certain parameters to be respected, seems to me the best way to get hurt,” he told a news conference.”You can say names — Mkhitaryan, Pastore, Verdi. But they’d cost €30 million and we don’t have that.” 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 Read the full story on Goal!Arsenal to move for young Spanish starArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on a move for Dinamo Zagreb’s Spanish attacker Dani Olmo, according to 24 sata. Olmo, 19, has represented Spanish youth national teams, but recently gained Croatian citizenship. Spain will reportedly call him up to their U-21 side in the near future to avoid the teenager pledging his international future to Croatia. Wenger will face competition for Olmo, with three other English sides reportedly interested. Man Utd open Mourinho extension talksManchester United have opened talks with Jose Mourinho regarding an extension to his current contract, says Sky Sports.The Portuguese coach penned a three-year deal at Old Trafford upon his arrival in the summer of 2016 and the Red Devils are eager to fend off rumours suggesting he could cut his stay short.Puel insists Mahrez is happy at LeicesterLeicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.Many of Europe’s biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. “He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing,” Puel said.Read the full story on Goal!Jardim says Lemar won’t be sold in JanuaryMonaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his side will not allow Thomas Lemar to leave the club this January.The 22-year-old is a long-term target of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Jardim says Lemar won’t be leaving Monaco until summer at the earliest.”Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here,” Jardim said.Read the full story on Goal! Coutinho close to record Barcelona dealPhilippe Coutinho is close to completing a club record €150 million move to Barcelona from Liverpool, Goal understands.The Brazilian is set to become the third most expensive player in history, surpassed only by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and Monaco respectively.Read the full story on Goal! City willing to pay £35m for AlexisManchester City are ready to open the January bidding for Alexis Sanchez at £25 million but will go as high as £35m, claims the Daily Mail.The Arsenal forward continues to run down his contract, with Goal revealing that the Chilean is eager to push through a January switch to the Etihad.PSG won’t sanction Lucas loanParis Saint-Germain will only consider permanent offers for Lucas Moura during the January transfer window, reports Maxifoot.Manchester United have been linked with a loan move for the Brazil international, but PSG want €30m for the winger.Arsenal turn to Aubameyang Arsenal will look to make a January move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Alexis Sanchez leaves during the transfer window, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Alexis continues to be linked with Manchester City as the Chilean’s contract continues to run down at the Emirates Stadium.And the Gunners have started making contingency plans, with Aubameyang their primary target given his willingness to leave the Bundesliga giants.PSG eyeing ConteParis Saint-Germain already consider Antonio Conte as their frontrunner to replace head coach Unai Emery, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.The Ligue 1 leaders will sack the Spaniard in the summer and will replace him with the Italian boss, with the French side impressed with the way the Italian led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season.Conte, meanwhile, remains unsettled at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho turns to Real Madrid’s KovacicJose Mourinho believes signing Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid will solve Manchester United’s shortcomings, according to Don Balon .The report claims Zinedine Zidane does not want to part ways with the Croatian midfielder, while also suggesting Mourinho will similarly not accept no for an answer.It is said the Red Devils coach is pushing to sign the 23-year-old before the end of the January transfer window.Coutinho could cause FFP issues for BarcaSpanish outlet Gol Digital claims Barcelona could find themselves in a world of trouble if they complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.The report suggests the wages being offered to the Brazilian by the Catalan side could have Financial Fair Play implications that could see Barca fined and banned from Champions League football for more than a year.Kepa signs six-year deal with RealKepa Arrizabalaga has already signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid, AS claims.The report suggests the player will receive a higher signing bonus if he wants until June to make the switch, but the 23-year-old wants Real to finalise the move in January as things have become uncomfortable at Athletic Bilbao.Liverpool eyeing shock Alexis moveLiverpool are considering a shock move that would see them sign Alexis Sanchez to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon .The Reds are on the verge of selling Coutinho to Barcelona, and while Alexis seems poised to join Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side reportedly are prepared to make a last-minute bid for the Arsenal star.Mourinho urges £50m Rose bidJose Mourinho has urged the Manchester United board to make a £50 million bid for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to The Sun .Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of the England international as he looks to upgrade on his current left-back options.And though Rose is likely to be out for three weeks with a knee injury, Mourinho wants to get him in before the end of the January transfer window.Alexis agrees Man City moveArsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has verbally agreed to join Manchester City, according to Marca .The Chile international almost joined City last summer and looks set to run his contract — which is up at the end of the season — down at the Emirates Stadium.A number of European clubs have tried to make approaches for the former Barcelona man, but they have been told Alexis is only interested in joining City having spoken to Pep Guardiola.Juve set to keep SandroJuventus are determined to keep Alex Sandro this January, preventing the left-back from moving to Chelsea or Manchester United, according to the Independent .The Blues are now more likely to explore different full-back options this transfer window, while the Red Devils could wait to see if Sandro is available in the summer.Guardiola wants to spend £50m in JanuaryPep Guardiola wants £50 million to reinforce Manchester City’s squad in January, according to The Sun .The Catalan reportedly hopes to see City secure the signing of Alexis Sanchez, as well as add another centre-back following Vincent Kompany’s latest injury.Man Utd & City set for Evans battleManchester United and Manchester City are set to battle for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to the Daily Mirror .West Brom are prepared to sell their captain this month if he does not commit to a new contract, and the Red Devils reportedly are now willing to pay £20 million to fend off City and bring Evans back to Old Trafford.Arsenal also are monitoring the situation, though Evans is said to prefer a move to Manchester.Umtiti not interested in Man City moveManchester City target Samuel Umtiti is not interested in leaving Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .Pep Guardiola reportedly was interested in signing the French defender, but Umtiti’s agent has told City the player is not looking to leave the Camp Nou.Inter monitoring Mata situationInter are keen on signing Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, according to the Daily Mirror .The Spain international is out of contract at the end of the current season, though has an option to extend his current deal for another year.And the Serie A side are hopeful they can tempt the former Chelsea man to San Siro.Spurs could consider selling KaneTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino indicated the club would consider selling Real Madrid target Harry Kane if the striker decided to leave like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.”As Tottenham coach I would say that if Madrid come in with a bid, we don’t want to sell, because he will stay here and they will have to understand that,” Pochettino told El Chiringuito in an interview from December 19, published on Wednesday.”If the player asks you to leave, as happened with Modric and Bale… We’ll see what happens. Today, that has not happened.”Read the full story on Goal! Man Utd fear Mourinho will quitManchester United fear manager Jose Mourinho will resign at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail .The former Chelsea boss has been spending less and less time in Manchester of late after a run of disappointing results for the Red Devils.And the United hierarchy feel his heart is no longer in it and he could be set to depart this summer.PSG target summer move for ConteParis Saint-Germain are set to move for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Despite sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 and having flown through the Champions League group stages, Les Parisiens’ hierarchy are not happy with Unai Emery.And they believe they can take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge to tempt him to the French capital.Mourinho to block Mkhitaryan exitManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to block Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s exit during the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star .Inter have shown an interest in the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, with Joao Mario offered as part of a potential swap deal.But Mourinho is keen to keep the Armenia international despite him slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.West Ham join Walcott raceWest Ham are the latest club to show an interest in Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Express .The England international has barely featured for the Gunners in the Premier League this season and looks set to depart in January.Everton and Newcastle are also keen on signing him, but Sky Sports report Southampton are leading the way to sign their former academy graduate.Conte: ‘I’ve rarely been given players I asked for’Antonio Conte said he does not aim high with his transfer requests and has “rarely been given the players I asked for” after the Chelsea boss was questioned about his January plans.Conte added via Sky Sport Italia : “I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme.”Read the full story on Goal! Watford eye Markovic moveWatford are targeting a January move for Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, according to the Daily Star .Markovic impressed under Hornets boss Marco Silva at Hull City last season, and the Portuguese coach is keen to reunite with the former Benfica man.The Vicarage Road outfit are also keen on Leicester City striker Islam Slimani and Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.Newcastle make Deeney top targetNewcastle have made Watford striker Troy Deeney their top target for the January transfer window, according to ESPN .The Magpies have made an enquiry as to whether the Hornets captain would be available having been in and out of the side under Marco Silva.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.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! 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.
Transfers Barkley benefit for Palace? Chelsea deal could free Loftus-Cheek for permanent switch Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Crystal Palace Chelsea Premier League With the Blues having bolstered their ranks with another creative midfielder, Roy Hodgson is ready to explore a move for a Selhurst Park loan star The arrival of Ross Barkley at Chelsea could help Crystal Palace to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently, says Roy Hodgson.Antonio Conte has completed the £15 million capture of one England international midfielder.That deal could edge another Three Lions star through the exits, with Loftus-Cheek having been loaned out amid fierce competition for places. 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 21-year-old has found regular game time at Palace, allowing him to force his way into the senior international fold, and Hodgson admits he will be asking questions of Chelsea during the January transfer window.He told reporters on Loftus-Cheek’s future: “He’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that.“Ruben’s a player we like very much. We’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here. I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.”It could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.”I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.”While being open to discussing one deal during the winter window, Hodgson has reiterated that no talks will be entered into regarding the possible sale of Wilfried Zaha.The Ivory Coast international has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City amid a fine run of form, but the 25-year-old is not looking for a move and remains very much off the market.Hodgson added: “People who make offers for Wilfried Zaha are basically wasting their time.”I’m certainly not expecting it. I have it on very clear authority from the chairman and owners of the club that they have no interest in selling Wilfried Zaha: quite the opposite.”Our job is to keep all of the players we’ve got, who’ve been doing reasonably well for us in the past few weeks, to keep all of them, keep them fit, and add to it, and make ourselves stronger.”I would advise people thinking of making offers to save it, because they’re going to be turned away, and might just be wasting the price of a phone call.”
Transfers Ajax complete signing of Argentina defender Tagliafico Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter (@AFCAjax) Transfers Ajax Independiente Superliga Eredivisie The Dutch side added Independiente man on Friday, having earlier tied Donny van de Beek down to a new deal. Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico’s switch from Independiente to Ajax has been completed.Left-back Tagliafico signed a four-and-a-half-year contract in Amsterdam on Friday and joins for an undisclosed fee.The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut last June as Jorge Sampaoli guided the Albiceleste to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in his first match at the helm. 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 Tagliafico, whose only previous spell in Europe was a season on loan at Real Murcia in the Spanish second tier, was a key member of the Independiente side that won the Copa Sudamericana in December.Ready to shine! #HolaNico pic.twitter.com/Bp1FtLxLvE — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 5, 2018 His arrival came on a busy day for Ajax, who also announced a two-year contract extension for Donny van de Beek, who is now tied to the club until June 2022.Furthermore, the Eredivisie side confirmed the impending arrival of Hoffenheim assistant Alfred Schreuder as part of new coach Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.
Manchester City Man City team news: Guardiola means business as Aguero, Sterling, Silva & Sane start in FA Cup Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 22:12 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City FA Cup Manchester City v Burnley Burnley Kevin De Bruyne is given a rest and is named on the bench against Burnley, while Alexander Zinchenko is given another chance to impress Pep Guardiola has named a strong starting XI for Manchester City’s FA Cup third round clash with Burnley, as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva all feature.Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho all also start in what is close to a first-choice line-up, although Kevin De Bruyne is given a rest and is named on the bench.Guardiola has also decided to change his goalkeeper, bringing in Claudio Bravo to replace Ederson, while Alexander Zinchenko, who has already started in two Carabao Cup games this season, is also in from the start. 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 Our first #FACup match of the season!Here’s your @HaysWorldwide City squad! #cityvburnley pic.twitter.com/mj9oKmFyFn— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 6, 2018Elsewhere Danilo comes in for Kyle Walker, while talented youngster Brahim Diaz is named as part of the substitutes along with Bernardo Silva and Eliaquim Mangala.Burnley, meanwhile, have restored Sam Vokes to the starting line-up, while there also starts for Kieran Westwood, Matt Lowton and Kevin Long, who all missed the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last time out.Manchester City starting XI: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, Sane; Aguero.Subs: Ederson, Walker, Mangala, De Bruyne, Toure, Bernardo, Diaz.Burnley starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Westwood, Barnes; Vokes.Subs: Marney, Defour, Walters, Ulvestad, Wells, Lindegaard, Bardsley.
WTF FA Cup heroics deliver Fleetwood star Neal free pizzas for a year! Chris Burton 23:28 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Papa John’s WTF FA Cup Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Fleetwood Town Leicester City The goalkeeper had been promised a supply of food for the rest of 2018 if he secured a shut-out against Leicester, and he duly kept the Foxes at bay Chris Neal has helped Fleetwood to an FA Cup third-round replay with Leicester, following a 0-0 draw, and himself to a year’s supply of free pizza.The 32-year-old goalkeeper lined up against the Foxes on Saturday knowing that a clean sheet would earn him more than just personal pride.Shutting out the Foxes was always going to give Fleetwood a shot at claiming a notable scalp, with a day out at the King Power Stadium the very least a blank scoresheet would secure them. 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 For Neal, though, there was the promise of free food for the rest of 2018 to think about.As part of a pre-match promotion, Papa John’s – who were announced as Fleetwood’s sponsors prior to the game – offered the Cod Army star a rather intriguing incentive to perform well.Neal said of the offer: “It should be a great occasion for our fans and I’m hoping to do my bit for the team by keeping a clean sheet and earning myself some Papa John’s pizza in the process.”I might even share a slice with one of our strikers if they manage to score at the other end!”Fleetwood’s frontmen failed to deliver on that part of the deal, meaning that Neal can now claim his prize all for himself.What a professional footballer will do with a year’s supply of pizza remains to be seen, with there strict fitness regimes to think about.Neal, though, can now dine out whenever the mood takes him, with the takeaways at Highbury Stadium on him for the remainder of 2018!
Juventus Allegri unsure over severity of Dybala injury Jack Davies 09:00 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Cagliari v Juventus Cagliari Serie A The Argentine will be sent for tests after sustaining an apparent hamstring injury in his side’s win on Saturday Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri concedes the severity of the injury picked up by Paulo Dybala in the 1-0 win at Cagliari remains unclear.Dybala left the field in tears and clutching his hamstring early in the second half, although the fact he was able to walk off will be encouraging for Allegri, who also lost Sami Khedira to a head knock.The Argentina international will now be sent for tests as Allegri waits to discover how long he will be without the striker. 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 “We don’t know how bad it is now, but he will have tests,” he told Mediaset Premium .”Fortunately we go into a two-week break now and he’ll evidently need to rest more than the others during that time, so hopefully he will be fresh for the final weeks of the season.”200 – Massimiliano #Allegri have won 200 Serie A games as manager, 100 of these as Juventus manager. Milestones. #CagliariJuve — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 6, 2018 Juve had to rely on a 74th minute strike from Federico Bernardeschi to overcome a spirited Cagliari side, who felt the goal should have been disallowed for a Medhi Benatia elbow on Leonardo Pavoletti in the build-up.The hosts were further incensed when they were denied a penalty following allegations of handball against Bernardeschi, imploring referee Gianpaolo Calvarese to use VAR to no avail.”We didn’t react as well as we should’ve done, the second half was very physical,” added Allegri. “It was very important that we bring home the result, so I compliment the players, as we are still in Napoli’s slipstream and have broken away from Inter and Roma.”After going 1-0 up, we could’ve added another goal, or at least done better to control the ball rather than allow Cagliari opportunities to equalise.”I will say that Cagliari did not deserve to lose. VAR is an instrument that was meant to reduce controversy, but instead it has increased it because people don’t accept the referee’s decision.”The win, which closes Juventus within a point of leaders Napoli, was Allegri’s 200th in Serie A and 100th league win in charge of Juve.
Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Liverpool look to speed up Keita arrival Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:00 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) 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 Liverpool looking to speed up Keita arrivalLiverpool are hoping to accelerate Naby Keita’s arrival from RB Leipzig after the departure of Philippe Coutinho, according to The Telegraph .The Reds have already secured Keita in a £57 million deal that would see the 22-year-old midfielder arrive over the summer, but the club are now willing to pay more to add him this month.Although Keita would prefer to join Liverpool this winter following RB Leipzig’s Champions League elimination, the Bundesliga side want to keep the Guinea international as they look to qualify for next season’s competition. 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 City & Arsenal in Alexis talksManchester City and Arsenal are negotiating the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, Goal can confirm. Arsenal have told City that they want in the region of £35 million for Alexis, who is out of contract at the end of the season.However, City are optimistic that they can agree a deal worth around £25m to complete the signing of their long-term transfer target in the January window.Read the full story on Goal! Wenger denies Evans bidArsene Wenger has denied making a bid to bring West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans to Arsenal.Former Manchester United defender Evans has been linked with a January move to the Emirates Stadium, with Manchester City also reported to be interested.However, while Wenger is keen to further improve his squad in the January window, he insists he has not made an approach for Evans.Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool won’t make Lemar move in JanuaryDespite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool not be making a move for Monaco star Thomas Lemar this January, Sky Sports reports.The big-money departure of Coutinho has left a gaping hole in the Reds’ attack, but the report suggests that Lemar will not be filling it, this winter at least.Indeed, Monaco have already insisted that the France international, who is also thought to be a target for Arsenal, would not be leaving the club in January.Gladbach deal Spurs and Arsenal Vestergaard blowBorussia Monchengladbach have stated that they do not intend to let centre-back Jannick Vestergaard depart this January.He is wanted by both Arsenal and Tottenham, but manager Max Eberl has declared that the club has no intention of letting him go.“We don’t intend to let anyone go during the winter,” he said.Get the full story right here on Goal! Vidal told to find new club by BarcelonaBarcelona’s Aleix Vidal has been told to find a new club as he is now surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, claims Mundo Deportivo . The versatile ex-Sevilla man has been linked with a move back to his former employers after falling out of favour at Barca. But, while the newspaper affirms he has received offers both in Spain and elsewhere, the Andalucians are not among those who have called Barcelona so far.Teenage keeper to cost Man Utd £4mManchester United have been told Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jake Turner will cost £4 million, reports The Sun .Turner has yet to start a first-team game for Bolton, but has been tracked in recent months by United and fellow Premier League side Everton.United and Jose Mourinho view the 18-year-old as a long-term prospect for the future, but are now being put off by Bolton’s asking price.Donnarumma wanted as Courtois replacementChelsea want AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, if they lose Thibaut Courtois in the summer, claims Mundo Deportivo .The Premier League champions are hoping to agree a new contract with Courtois, whose current deal expires in 18 months’ time.However, he has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and, if the Belgian ends up at the Santiago Bernabeu, then Chelsea want Donnarumma to replace him.Fred waiting for Guardiola’s callManchester City target Fred has admitted he is waiting to hear from Pep Guardiola regarding a move.Goal understands City are keen on the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder as Guardiola looks to add depth to his squad in the middle of the park.Read the full story on Goal! Goretzka must make a decision on his futureSchalke expect midfielder Leon Goretzka to announce whether or not he will sign a new contract before the end of January, Clemens Tonnies has said.The promising Germany international has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern and is eligible to move on a Bosman deal at the end of the season.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man Utd to make bid for OzilManchester United will make a move to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal in the January transfer window, The Mirror claims.The Germany international can leave the Gunners for free at the end of the season, but United will offer them a fee to take him off their hands this month.Khedira weighing MLS transferSami Khedira will decide between signing a new deal with Juventus and moving to MLS this summer, according to Calcio News 24 .The 30-year-old midfielder remains a key figure for Juve, having started 12 Serie A matches and four Champions League contests this season. His current deal with the club doesn’t expire until June 2019.Sporting KC targeting Celtic striker GriffithsSporting Kansas City and Swansea City are interested in signing Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, according to the Daily Mail. Valued at around $9.5 million, the 27-year-old could be available as he finds himself battling Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard for playing time at Celtic.While Sporting KC reportedly are looking to spend big on a striker this offseason, it remains to be seen if the club are willing to meet Griffiths’ valuation.Mirallas makes Olympiacos returnEverton have confirmed that Kevin Mirallas will leave to club to join Olympiacos on loan until the end of the season.The 30-year-old had fallen out of favour at Goodison Park and will head back to the side he won two league titles with before making the switch to England in 2012.Read the full story here . Mahrez ‘happy’ at Leicester – Puel Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move to Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho but manager Claude Puel is hopeful he will stay.”I am happy with him and I think he is enjoying his football. He is happy to play with this team,” the former Southampton boss said.”We are trying to develop good play on the floor and he likes this … I think it is important he keeps this focus and concentration until the end of the season.”Read the full story here on Goal! Man Utd target Malcom prepares for life in EnglandManchester United target Malcom is learning English as speculation over his future at Bordeaux continues.Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the 20-year-old and is keen to agree a deal to bring him to Old Trafford this month, with Goal understanding a £40 million deal may be on the cards.Read the full story on Malcom’s proposed move to United here! Southampton confirm Walcott interestSouthampton have confirmed that they wish to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.”I have been talking about him,” Mauricio Pellegrino told Sky Sports . “He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Chelsea interested in Hazard moveChelsea are interested in re-signing Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach, according to a report from Bild . Hazard, the brother of Blues star Eden and Under 23 player Kylian, signed for the Stamford Bridge club in 2012 before being sent out on loan to Zulte Waregem and Gladbach, with his permanent move to the latter secured in 2015.Chelsea are ready to reunite him with his brothers, however, with a move in the summer transfer window.City set for stunning Maguire bid Manchester City are set to make a stunning £50 million bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, reports The Sun . Pep Guardiola has been impressed with the England defender since his move from Hull last summer are willing to part with a massive sum to bring him in, despite also being linked with cheaper options. The Man City boss ideally wants a centre-back who would be eligible to play in the Champions League, and Maguire fits the bill. Chinese club rival Man Utd with big Bale bidGuangzhou Evergrande are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Gareth Bale, according to The Mirror . The Chinese Super League side are prepared to meet Real Madrid’s £85 million valuation of the 28-year-old, who has struggled with injury this season. Manchester United have long been seen as the favourites to sign the Welshman, but China’s richest club are hoping to unite him with coach Fabio Cannavaro.Mahrez key to Alexis transferAlexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave Arsenal for Manchester City only if Riyad Mahrez is bought for the London club, reports The Mirror .A failed deal for Thomas Lemar killed the chances of Alexis moving in the summer, and with Liverpool the front-runners for the Monaco man now, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to the Leicester City star. Both Sanchez and Mahrez would welcome moves, with the former keen to join back up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. Tottenham set £300m Kane asking priceReal Madrid will have to pay up £300 million to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, The Mirror reports.The Champions League holders are considering making a move for the goal machine and chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to warn them off with a massive valuation.Manchester United have also been linked with the Spurs star in recent days. Madrid no longer looking at LuizReal Madrid have backed away from the idea of bringing in David Luiz, according to Don Balon . The Spanish side made contact with the Brazilian a few weeks back, according to the report, but he has been left waiting since then. While Luiz also drew interest from Manchester United, he was more interested in Los Bloncos, though it now seems as though Zinedine Zidane believes he might cause issues in the dressing room with the club having two established centre-backs. Chelsea defender to join Sunderland on loanSunderland are set to sign Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter on loan for the rest of the season, according to Football Insider. The 20-year-old was a member of the England Under-20 side to win the World Cup last summer but has made just one first-team appearance under Antonio Conte this season.Liverpool delay Woodburn loanLiverpool will delay Ben Woodburn’s loan to Sunderland after the club sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, The Daily Mail reports. The youngster was set to go on loan to Wearside, but Coutinho being sold and Mohamed Salah’s recent injury mean he may be needed at Liverpool. Liverpool not interested in MahrezDespite rumours that Riyad Mahrez would be having a medical with Liverpool on Sunday, Sky Sports have claimed that the Reds have no interest in signing the Leicester City star.While Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new attacking option to replace Philippe Coutinho, it is thought that Mahrez would cost well more than the £49 million being reported, and Liverpool are not interested in the Algerian in any case. Spurs chase Barca’s Andre GomesTottenham will look to sign Andre Gomes from Barcelona after losing out on Ross Barkley, says The Daily Express . The midfielder has barely played for the Catalan side this season and Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to lure him to England after backing out of a deal in the summer transfer window. Everton target Mawson & DoucoureEverton are targeting moves for Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson and Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Sunday People .Having already spent around £25 million on Cenk Tosun, Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is keen to continue spending in January.Mawson would likely cost another £25m while Doucoure is seen as an alternative if a deal for Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi cannot be agreed.PL clubs in battle for SimunovicCrystal Palace and Burnley are locked in a battle to sign Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, according to the Sunday Mirror .The Bosnian has fallen down the pecking order at Parkhead and is likely to be available in January for around £8 million.Brighton weigh up Ze Luis bidBrighton & Hove Albion are weighing up a £20 million move for Spartak Moscow forward Ze Luis, according to the Sunday Mirror .Chris Hughton is keen to add a proven goalscorer to his squad in January with the Seagulls having found the net on just 17 occasions this season.Palace back in for NiasseCrystal Palace are set to return with an offer for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, according to the Sunday Mirror .The Eagles missed out on the forward late on in the summer transfer window, but are hopeful Cenk Tosun’s arrival at Goodison Park will see Sam Allardyce allow Niasse to leave.Everton target Dembele and SakhoEverton are weighing up offers for Celtic star Moussa Dembele and West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, The Sun reports. Despite signing Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, the Toffees are hoping to land another forward and are prepared to race ahead of the pack to get the highly-coveted Dembele.Sam Allardyce is also interested in luring Sakho from one of his former sides to help bolster the attack.
Barcelona Dembele: ‘I have a lot of work to do to get up to speed’ Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé Levante Barcelona v Levante Primera División Ousmane Dembele pointed out that the hard work remains ahead for him after he returned from lengthy injury layoff for Barcelona. Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele admits he is still short of his best after making his first appearance at Camp Nou following a four-month injury absence.The start of Dembele’s Barca career has been heavily disrupted by a hamstring injury, but the Catalans’ march to top spot in La Liga and Philippe Coutinho’s arrival for a fee which outstrips his could help ease the France international back into action.He successfully completed 100 per cent of his passes in a composed return as Barca beat Levante 3-0 on Sunday to restore their nine-point advantage over Atletico 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 And Dembele has plenty of self-confidence in his ability to improve further.”I played on Tuesday against Celta, which was a difficult game, and now I had to play at home for the first time after the injury and I was excited,” Dembele is quoted by Marca.”I have a lot of work to do to get up to speed, but I’m calm.” Camp Nou@Dembouz #BarçaLevante#ForçaBarça! pic.twitter.com/XqSxKwThvB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018Dembele’s injury was his first major spell on the sidelines, but he explained how he managed to put the time to good use.”It was harder to maintain concentration and be consistent in order to meet the recovery deadlines,” he said.”I know it is complicated and difficult to play in this team, but I like the philosophy of the club, which I have to learn.”I have been learning about the dynamic of the group in the time that I was away.”
Real Madrid Marcelo: ‘Sad’ Real Madrid are ‘f***ing sunk’ Sacha Pisani 08:44 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid Celta de Vigo Marcelo The Brazilian full-back did not mince his words after seeing his team once more fall short in Sunday’s draw against Celta Marcelo admitted Real Madrid are sad and feeling low after falling 16 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona.Defending champions Madrid and their stuttering season continued on Sunday, held to a 2-2 draw by hosts Celta Vigo.Gareth Bale scored twice to cancel out Daniel Wass’ opener and give Madrid the lead before half-time. 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 it was not good enough for Madrid as Celta equalised in the 82nd minute via Maxi Gomez after Iago Aspas had his penalty saved 10 minutes earlier.”We’re sad and we’re f****** sunk,” Marcelo said afterwards.”We’re trying to get out of this mess and we’re working to do that, but we don’t like this at all.”It’s difficult because the more matches you draw or lose, the more the pressure increases. We can’t do anything else.”We do what we can, we try to play good football, score goals and circulate the ball, but it’s not happening for us.” Read the report from Balaídos as we had to make do with a point in our first #RMLiga match of 2018. #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid https://t.co/g7tnkY56i6— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 7, 2018Madrid, who are winless in their past four away matches in LaLiga, are fourth in the league, behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and Valencia.”There’s no choice but to show your best face and fight,” the Brazilian continued. “Fight and give your best so you can win.”
Videos Goal Playlist – The best bands and artists with a passion for football Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:35 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite Videos Premier League Everton Leicester City Leicester City v Everton WTF Subscribe to Goal’s YouTube channel for the latest interviews combining the music industry’s top talent with the beautiful game Some of music’s biggest and brightest stars are passionate football fans and Goal has compiled a Spotify playlist for readers to explore here.Plan B, Franz Ferdinand, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Alt-J, The xx, Liam Gallagher and many more feature on the digital mixtape, with over 60 songs for Goal readers to browse through.It also includes many of the bands and artists that we’ve interviewed for our Goal Playlist videos, including The Amazons, Reverend & The Makers, Def Leppard and The Sherlocks. 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 Subscribe to Goal’s YouTube channel for all the latest interviews and football chats with the music industry’s hottest artists!