Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he was decided against signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he was made aware that the midfielder had decided to join the Reds’ arch-rivals Manchester United.
The 27-year-old was signed by the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmud for a reported fee of £26 million in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez is expected to leave the club this summer.
The highly rated Spaniard’s development has stalled over the last couple of seasons due to the lack of game time and injuries and the player is looking to kick-start his stagnating career with a move away from Bernabeu.
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has denied reports that a deal has been struck between Manchester United and Juventus for the transfer of the French midfielder.
According to several sources, the 23-year-old is on the verge of returning to Old Trafford this summer after both the clubs reached an agreement on Thursday, with an offer of €110 million reportedly accepted by Juventus to sanction Pogba’s sale.
According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are interested in Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic as a cut-price alternative to Kalidou Koulibaly as manger Antonio Conte’s search for a new centre-back goes on.
It was reported yesterday that the Blues have offered £38m for Napoli’s Koulibaly, with the Serie A side reportedly holding out for £45m.
Chelsea have agreed to a deal to sign the highly talented young Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka from FCB Escola. The Blues want to wrap up his signing as early as possible as they want to take the 16-year-old goalkeeper with them for the pre-season tour to the US.
Bulka had been a reported target for Spanish giants FC Barcelona and was even close to joining the Blaugrana early this year but Chelsea moved in quickly (the Blues even arranged a trial for the youngster) and the Blues now have secured a deal for the youngster.
It seems like Manchester City have won the tug of war with derby rivals Manchester United over the signing of young Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus, who has been selected to represent his country at the Rio Olympics, is close to joining Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. He said in a recent interview to Fox Sports Brazil (translated by our in-house Spanish / Portuguese speaker Manuel Traquete):
Arsenal are close to agreeing to a £37m deal for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez. According to Algerian outlet Le Buteur, a deal is close to being done after personal terms were agreed and it could be completed within the next 24 hours.
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Borussia Mönchengladbach have made a new bid for young Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, but it still falls short of what the Premier League side are believed to be holding out for.
The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him after a stellar 2015-16 season in Germany where he helped Gladbach reach the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds with a fourth place finish as one of their most prominent back four.
2015-16 represented Arsenal’s best chance at winning the title. Their main rivals were going through turbulent times. However, Leicester City managed to show the class and confidence one would expect from the Gunners and got the Premier League trophy. One of the major reasons why Arsenal could not end their title drought was because of the striker problem.
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.
Since making his debut on international stage in 2004, the midfielder has made 120 appearances for Germany, making him national team’s fourth most-capped player of all time.
“Dear fans of the Germany national team I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me any more for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire,” the 31-year-old announced on Twitter.
Arsene Wenger has addressed the need to sign a central defender following a long-term injury to German defender Per Mertesacker. Despite bringing in Rob Holding from Bolton, the Gunners are looking to sign a top quality defender ahead of the 2016-17 season.
According to reports from Sky Sports, Arsenal are in talks to sign German defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia but no offer has been made to the La Liga club.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been backed to shine under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, if he rejoins the Red Devils, says his former coach Mohamed Chacha.
The 23-year-old left Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer of 2012 and completed a switch to Juventus. At the Turin club, he continued his development as a player and is now one of the best midfielders in the world.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the club can not outgun rivals financially in the transfer market.
The Gunners have faced severe criticism from their own fans for lack of transfer activity in the past few seasons and were the only club in Europe’s top five leagues to have failed to sign an outfield player last summer.
Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United is nearing its conclusion now.
The ever reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has now confirmed that Pogba should become a Manchester United player within two days.
According to latest reports, Manchester United’s offer for the Juventus midfielder is 110 million Euros plus add ons and the Old Trafford outfit will pay Raiola a significant commission out of their own pocket.
Manchester United’s latest signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he is driven by the tragic death of his father at the only age of 33.
Henrikh’s father Hamlet Mkhitaryan, who was also a professional football and spent few years of his career in France, passed away two decades ago from a brain tumor when the former Dortmund star was just seven but the attacking midfielder insists that he takes inspiration from the memories of his beloved father.
Manchester United summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he would never rule out a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) in the future.
The 34-year-old was signed by the Red Devils as the striker became Jose Mourinho’s second addition of in the current transfer window. He joined the 20-time English champions after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expire at the end of June.
Manchester United could face severe competition to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after Real Madrid head coach Zidedine Zidane claimed that ‘anything can happen until 31 August’ in the transfer saga to sign the Frenchman.
The Premier League giants are reportedly close to seal Pogba’s return to Old Trafford this summer despite having an initial £86 million bid rejected from Juventus.
Belgian football club Excel Royal Mouscron have signed Chelsea goalkeeper Matej Delac on a season-long loan, the club has confirmed.
Delac joined Chelsea in 2009, signing a five-year-contract with the Blues that came into effect in the January 2011 transfer window. He continued playing at Inter in the meantime while his wages were being paid by Chelsea.
Sadio Mane has revealed that he snubbed advances from Manchester United to join Liverpool this summer. The Senegalese international became one of the high profile signings at Anfield as he left Southampton and moved to Merseyside.
He joined the Saints from Red Bull Salzburg on the deadline day in the summer of 2014.
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing French winger Dimitri Payet this summer. The Red Devils have enquired about the possibility of signing the West Ham star and are looking at a fee nearer to €60m to lure him to join Old Trafford.
While United have shifted all their focus on signing Paul Pogba, the club is in need of another winger and Payet certainly, would be a great addition to the squad.
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are facing a tough battle to save their Old Trafford career.
The Argentine international was brought by former Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal in 2014. After starring in the centre-back position, injuries and lack of fitness saw a drop in performance at the end of his debut season.
Manchester United’s hope of landing Paul Pogba has hit a roadblock after his agent Mino Raiola cancelled his medical.
Juventus star has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, while the Champions League winners Real Madrid are also interested in signing him. However, it is the Premier League giants who are leading the race in landing the midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Wolfgang Niersbach, a member of Fifa’s ruling council, was banned from football for one year on Monday after Fifa’s ethics committee found him guilty in the investigation into Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.
Fifa’s ethics committee discovered Niersbach guilt as he failed to report findings about possible unethical conduct and conflicts of interest during the bidding process.
Premier League giants Manchester City are reportedly deep in negotiation with Palmeiras over the signing of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus but faces a stiff competition from derby rivals Manchester United.
According to reports from Globoesporte, Manchester United are ready to make a €38m (£26.
PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s future has come under intense speculation this summer. New PSG boss Unai Emery hopes to retain the services of the French midfielder, whom he described as a “fantastic” and a “great” player, for the 2016/17 season, however, PSG could be open to selling him if they receive a good offer.
According to TMW, Italian side Napoli are currently meeting with Inter Milan officials over the transfer of captain Mauro Icardi, with talks said to be ongoing over the 23-year-old, who could potentially be the final piece of the Paul Pogba transfer jigsaw for Manchester United.
Sources in Italy (via Sky Sports) claim that Napoli could spend up to €55m on the striker, who would seemingly replace Gonzalo Higuain who reportedly had a medical at Serie A champions Juventus over the weekend, with the Old Lady said to be willing to pay his buy-out fee, which is set at around the €94m mark.
The agent of Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed in an interview with Radio CRC that the defender, reportedly valued at around €55m, wants to leave Serie A side Napoli, while also confirming the Premier League side’s interest and still have time to “close a deal”.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has been strongly linked with a move to West London this summer, with the player’s agent, Bruno Satin, announcing that his client is set to leave Italy “for economic reasons”, while also claiming that a move to Chelsea is very much on the cards.
With Leicester City starlet Ben Chilwell seemingly out of reach (the youngster set to sign a new contract with the Foxes) and Brad Smith likely to be joining Bournemouth, it has left the Reds short of depth in defence. As a result, Jurgen Klopp, the Reds manager, has shifted his attention towards PSV’s young left-back Jetro Willems, making a £13m offer.
Chelsea are expected to remain busy in the transfer market as Antonio Conte has reportedly requested Roman Abramovich, the Blues owner, to sanction him at least five new signing before the start of the new 2016/17 campaign. Without further ado, let’s check the major transfer stories:
Blues ready to pay Victor Lindelof’s release clause
Chelsea have reportedly told Benfica they’re ready to pay Lindelof’s release clause which is thought to be around £25m.
Some players are comfortable playing in a particular type of league. Their playing style is best suited for that particular league and may struggle to replicate a similar type of performances elsewhere. And just because they failed in a different league doesn’t make them a bad player. For example, Juan Cuadrado.
With Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuaín set to move to Juventus for a reported €95 million, the Gunners are forced to look elsewhere for a new striker this summer.
Manager Arsène Wenger is in the market for competition to Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck next season and with the club being linked to a number of names it will be interesting to see who, if any, he lands.
The Pokemon Go craze is everywhere. People are glued to their phone trying to catch Pokemon and funnily the craze has gone too far, even in sports. It has even made it way inside the stadiums, for instance, it has been a huge hit in the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse.
Liverpool have been very busy in this transfer window. Along with signing as many as seven players, the Reds are also rapidly getting rid of players. Jurgen Klopp is very keen on trimming the squad and we can expect further departures after Joe Allen, for whom a fee of £13m was accepted from Stoke City.
The two Manchester clubs’ dreams of signing the much sought-after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are up in smoke, with the player stating that the only club he would be interested in moving to is Real Madrid. The Borussia Dortmund man was a target for Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, and reportedly also held talks with City.
Swansea City manager Frencesco Guidolin has admitted that he is unsure about the future of his star man Andre Ayew. The Italian suggested that the winger’s future isn’t in his hands, ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
In an interview to the BBC, Guidolin said, “Andre is a good guy and a good player, I hope he stays with us but I don’t know.
Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca is edging closer to joining Liverpool this summer, according to reports from Portugal newspaper O Jogo.
The 22-year-old forward has a reported €45m release clause but Benfica are happy to sell him for a cut-price deal of €25m only. Wolves are also showing an interest in him but it seems he is heading towards Liverpool instead.
The Gabriel Jesus transfer saga takes a new twist with Manchester United registering a late interest in the Brazilian forward and Spanish newspaper AS has rightly described it as a ‘soap opera’.
Manchester City appeared to have won the race for the young Brazilian striker after the Premier League giants had submitted a €32m bid for the player, which is €8m more than what Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and PSG are supposed to pay as per his contract.
Chelsea are looking to add a defensive reinforcement this summer and have been linked with a host of top defenders to their ranks this summer. One of the names linked with the Blues is Greek international Kostas Manolas, who plays for Serie A giants Roma.
Earlier this month, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Chelsea had offered a deal worth €4m-per-year for Manolas which is significantly high to what he earns at Roma.
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is hoping Jose Mourinho can have a similar impact on his career to club’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was officially named as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May and has since won his first game in charge of the Old Trafford outfit in a 2-0 friendly victory over Wigan Atheltic earlier this month.
Liverpool signed Netherlands international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m, making him the seventh arrival of a busy first summer transfer window for Jurgen Klopp.
In the 2014/15 season where he did exceedingly well for PSV as they won the league, Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong got most of the plaudits, perhaps because they scored more goals, but Wijnaldum was very crucial to their successful season.
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has hailed Luke Shaw as one of the best left-backs in the world.
The 21-year-old returned to action for the first time since last September when the Red Devils sealed a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. A double leg fracture in the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven at the start of the last season forced him to spend the rest of the previous campaign on the sidelines.
In theory, Edinson Cavani should be a happy fella at PSG right now. The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United means Cavani by default will spearhead the PSG attacking lineup for the upcoming 2016/17 season. He has always demanded the role of a central striker and now will finally get the chance to show his true potential playing in his favoured position.
Portugal based newspaper O Jogo has a small update on Anderson Talisca in today’s edition. The Brazilian forward has been linked with a move to Liverpool and there were reports of initial talks being held.
Talisca is a highly talented youngster who can play as a forward or as an attacking midfielder.
Having bolstered the midfield and forward department this summer, Chelsea shift their attention towards adding depth in the central defence. The likes of Kostas Manolas and Leonardo Bonucci being linked with the club while recently Chelsea have shown an interest in Benfica’s highly rated defender Victor Lindelof.
In an amazing turn of events, FC Barcelona have pulled off a shock deal for Valencia’s highly-rated midfielder Andre Gomes. La Liga giants Real Madrid were thought to be leading the race for signing Gomes while Premier League club Chelsea and Manchester United had shown an interest too but Barcelona moved in quickly and secured a fantastic deal for the Portugal midfielder last night.
Gabriel Jesus’ transfer saga to Europe has been a right mess so far.
A few days ago, the player seemed destined for a move to Barcelona. Then came the interest from Manchester City and apparently their new manager Pep Guardiola swung the deal in City’s favour with a phone call.
Yesterday, reports emerged that the player has snubbed both Manchester City and Barcelona for a move to Real Madrid.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he expects Spanish midfielder Juan Mata to stay at the club and wants him to fight for his place.
The former Chelsea playmaker was sold to Man Utd in January 2014 under Jose Mourinho for a reported fee of £37.1 million and several reports claim that Mata will once again be on the move after the Portuguese coach’s arrival at Man Utd this summer.
Chelsea have had two bids rejected for the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer.
However a transfer could be close because Real Madrid are holding out for an offer only 5 million pounds more than Chelsea’s last offer. Usually in such cases, both clubs reach an agreement/compromise.
Chelsea recorded their first win under Antonio Conte with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Austrian side WAC RZ Pellets. This was, incidentally, their first pre-season win in two years, and Conte would have been pleased to see his side keep a clean sheet as well in the process. A goal from striker Bertrand Traore put the Blues in the lead going into the break before late strikes from two more youngsters, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah sealed the deal.
Andre Gomes has more or less decided that he will leave Valencia in the summer. Real Madrid could be his likely destination but Chelsea haven’t given up on him, as yet.
Valencia have started preparing for next season assuming a life without their star midfielder Andre Gomes. Los Che are prepared to lose him at the right price and have already started searching a suitable replacement for him.
Catalan based newspaper Sport has devoted quite a bit of space for young Brazilian striker: Gabriel Jesus. Sport claims that Manchester City, out of nowhere, have snatched a deal for the Palmeiras striker who was almost certain to join Barcelona. Money speaks.
Gabriel is one the upcoming young talents from the Brazilian shores and due to a similar playing style, he is often compared with his national team skipper, Neymar.
Chelsea have agreed a deal to send their talented winger Alex Kiwomya on loan at the League Two club Crewe Alexandra.
The 20-year-old winger made his professional debut on loan at Barnsley and also spent a month on loan at Fleetwood last season.
Yet to break into the Chelsea first team, the explosive young winger has signed a loan deal with the League two side until 9 January 2017 and is expected to continue his development with more first-team action under his belt.
According to reputed Italian website Gianlucadimarzio.com, Arsenal have failed with an undisclosed bid for Torino wideman Bruno Peres, with the Gunners offer considered to be too low for the Brazilian.
Peres, 26, completed the most dribbles for a defender across the top five European leagues in the 2015/16 season, reportedly interesting both Arsenal and Premier League champions Leicester City – and the Gunners have made the first move.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he rejected a huge €60m bid plus “two or three players” for Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain from Atletico Madrid last month, while also claiming that the offer is the only one to have arrived for the Argentine striker.
Higuain, 28, is in high demand after breaking the Serie A record for most goals scored in a single domestic campaign, with the striker bagging 36 league goals in a brilliant third season at Napoli.
According to the Daily Mail, Premier League side Chelsea have rejected a £14.25m bid from Borussia Monchengladbach for Andreas Christensen, with the Danish international defender currently halfway through a two-year loan deal at the Bundesliga side.
Christensen, 20, was named the fans player of the year at Monchengladbach ahead of new £35m Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka last season, and remains highly rated at Stamford Bridge.
Asmir Begovic has proved over the years that he is a reliable goalkeeper and good enough to start for any Premier League side. Last season, he took the starting role at Chelsea when Thibaut Courtois got injured in the first half of last season and did a decent job.
It seems, however, Begovic, could be allowed the leave the London club and thus he’s drawn the attentions of Premier League club Everton.
Inter striker Mauro Icardi’s future has come under intense speculation in the media over the past few weeks. Arsenal are reluctant to pay over €90m for Gonzalo Higuain and have set their sight on the Inter Milan striker instead.
The Gunners have made initial contact with the player and the striker is set for talks with Arsenal over a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to reports from Sky Sport Italia.
Barcelona have agreed a deal with German outfit Hamburg for the highly talented Croatian winger Alen Halilovic.
The Catalan giants will receive a fee of 5 million Euros for the young winger and have an option to buy him back for the next two seasons. The Croatian will sign a five year contract with the Bundesliga outfit.
Real Madrid are looking to sign a central midfielder this summer. After apparently admitting a defeat to Manchester United (well, Spanish newspaper Marca believe they’ve actually let United to do the business) in the race to sign Paul Pogba, Los Blancos have shifted their attention towards signing Andre Gomes.
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted that star winger Riyad Mahrez wants to stay at the Foxes.
Despite being offered a lucrative new contract, the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year has been strongly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium this summer with European giants including Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City thought to be interested for his services.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race for Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci. The Juventus centre-back, who is currently holidaying in the Mediterranean, is said to have told close friends that he is considering a move away from the Serie A champions, with both Chelsea and City waiting in the wings.
Manchester United have joined their neighbours in attempting to sign Arsenal right-back Héctor Bellerín this summer, according to reports in Spain.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City had emerged as the latest club wanting to sign the highly-rated defender from their Premier League rivals earlier this week, and now it appears United want to get in on the act as well.
Manchester City have made a formal approach to sign West Ham’s highly rated teenage star Reece Oxford.
According to reports from the Telegraph, City have made contact on Monday night for the 17-year-old who is also wanted by a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has rubbished rumors that the club’s star striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to join Serie A rivals Juventus this summer.
The Argentine striker, who scored 36 league goals last season to equal Gino Rossetti’s 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight campaign, was reportedly closing in on a mega-money move to Juventus.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has rubbished rumors that the club’s star striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to join Serie A rivals Juventus this summer.
The Argentine striker, who scored 36 league goals last season to equal Gino Rossetti’s 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight campaign, was reportedly closing in on a mega-money move to Juventus.
Chelsea defender Ola Aina has committed his future to the London club by signing a four-year contract, the club has confirmed.
Aina is one of Chelsea’s academy’s most promising young talents and has been knocking at the corridor for a potential role in the senior team for a while now. Last season, he was promoted to the senior team but the teenager didn’t get a single minute of competitive action.
Real Madrid are close to completing a loan move for the 26 year old versatile defender Nacho.
The Spanish defender has fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu and will join the Italian giants Roma on loan for the whole of next season.
The Serie A club have an option to sign Nacho permanently when the loan deal expires, however, Real Madrid have also inserted a buyback clause in the player’s agreement much like that of Morata at Juventus.
Brazilian winger Wellington Silva has left Arsenal and returned to Brazil to join Fluminense, the Brazilian club has confirmed on their official twitter account.
Silva joined the Gunners in 2010 but he failed to get a work permit that prevented him from playing for Arsenal. Instead, he spent time on loan in Spain with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almeria.
Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes is close to joining the reigning European champions Real Madrid, according to reports from Spanish newspaper Marca.
Gomes is a highly talented player who won the European championship medal with Portugal in France last month. Los Che value him at €65m, but Real Madrid are increasingly confident of striking a deal at €50m with an additional €5-10m as bonuses depending on objectives reached.
Arsenal are expected to complete a move for the highly talented Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding.
The player has been linked with a move to Emirates over the last few weeks and now the local media is reporting that a fee has been agreed between both clubs and the player completed his medical yesterday evening.
Premier League’s newly promoted side Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing sensational deals for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo and Borussia Dortmund centre back Neven Subotic.
Negredo was left out of Valencia’s squad that have traveled to Holland for their pre-season tour and is set to be confirmed as club’s seventh signing of the summer after having a medical later this week.
It seems like Arsenal have backed away from the race to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine is a great scorer (scored 36 goals in 2015/16 and set up a new record in Serie A), playing at the peak of his career and there’s absolutely no reason why Arsenal should not sign him.
The player wants to move outside Italy and Premier League remains his preferred destination.
Another day. Another new twist in the Diego Costa’s transfer saga. Spanish media believe Costa is unhappy at Chelsea and he wants a return to Atletico Madrid. The La Liga club are desperate to get him back while the player himself wants to be reunited with Diego Simeone.
Interestingly, most of the rumours have come from Spain.
Liverpool are poised to complete the signing of the Augsburg centre back Ragnar Klavan this week.
The 30 year old defender will sign as a replacement for recently released Kolo Toure. With the likes of Sakho and Gomez picking up injuries earlier this month, Klopp is keen on adding some depth to the centre back position and Ragnar is expected to fill that void.
Andreas Pereira has revealed he is working hard to impress his manager Jose Mourinho in order to become a regular for Manchester United in the 2016-17 season.
The Portuguese coach was in charge of the Red Devils for the first time during the pre-season fixture against Wigan Athletic. The Premier League giants sealed a 2-0 win over the Latics at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
La Liga side Villarreal are set to make an offer for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Yellow Submarine have already narrowed their back-line by allowing Eric Bailly head into the other direction to make him Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Man Utd and are reportedly preparing to offer a loan deal for the Argentine defender.
Chelsea have completed the signing of French midfielder N’Golo Kante from fellow Premier League club Leicester City, both the clubs have announced.
The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Blues and will become new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s second signing at the club following the arrival of Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi last month.
It is known that success in football comes at a price, and that price is often given in the amounts paid for the transfers of players who were crucial to the team’s success. Transfers can determine the outcome of a season and even the future of a club. We all remember Leeds United who went bankrupt after a series of unsuccessful transfers and Aston Villa who got relegated after selling their top scoring striker last year.
This summer is very crucial for James Rodriguez. He needs to make a decision: whether to stay at Real Madrid or to move elsewhere. The 2015/16 campaign didn’t particularly go well for him. He first fell out with Rafael Benitez and then saw his game time getting curtailed under Zinedine Zidane.
Each manager has his own set of ideas and Rodriguez probably doesn’t not fit into the plans of the Frenchman.
With N’Golo Kante close to joining Chelsea from Leicester City, the Blues must shift their attention to other areas of need. A top class defender is required this summer and one of the names being considered is AS Roma’s central defender Kostas Manolas, who is also wanted by Premier League rivals Arsenal.
In theory, this is Arsene Wenger’s last chance to win the Premier League title for Arsenal since 2004. The Frenchman has a contract with the Gunners till 2017, so unless, he pens a new deal, this is Wenger’s final season at the North London club.
Arsenal did a brilliant job by moving quickly ahead of other potential suitors in signing Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka before Euro 2016.
Chelsea have completed the signing of in-demand midfielder N’Golo Kante from Leicester City, according to RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi. The radio’s Chief Football Editor used his Twitter account to reveal that a €36 million deal is in place and Kante will have his medical at Stamford Bridge in the next 48 hours.
So it came out that claims from Le Parisien aren’t exactly true. Earlier this week, the French broadsheet made a bold claim that Chelsea had agreed to a deal for Leicester City’s midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kanté. The French midfielder, who played a key role for France in Euro 2016, will have signed a five-year deal as per the report.
La Liga giants Atletico Madrid haven’t given up on their hopes of signing Diego Costa. The Rojiblancos are looking to sign a striker this summer and are linked with some of the high profile names like Carlos Bacca, Kevin Gameiro, Mauro Icardi, and Gonzalo Higuain but Costa remains Diego Simeone’s first choice target.
Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the “special player” of his generation.
The 31-year-old played a key role in helping the Spanish capital club win their second Champions League title in three years. Following that, he joined Portugal squad for the Euro 2016 and was instrumental in his side’s route to reach the final, where he lasted only for 25 minutes.
Chelsea confirmed late on Wednesday evening that defender Tomas Kalas has joined Fulham on a season-long loan. The 23 year-old will continue his time in the Championship with the Blues’ West London rivals, after spending last season at Middlesbrough.
The 23 year-old looked set to be the next big thing at Stamford Bridge after he made his debut in a league game against Liverpool two years ago.
Another day, another academy player leaves Manchester United. This week, three academy players have left the club – Joe Rothwell, Tyler Reid and Anthony Fletcher – and now defender Jimmy Dunne has joined the list as well.
The newly promoted Premier League side Burnley have signed the 18-year-old defender from United, the club have confirmed on Wednesday.
AFC Bournemouth are edging closer to signing Jordon Ibe from Liverpool. According to reports from Sky Sports, Ibe has agreed personal terms and passed a medical ahead of his £15m move to the Cherries.
The report claims that Bournemouth will officially announce the deal on Thursday and the winger will immediately fly out to Chicago to join up with his new teammates for the pre-season training camp in Illinois, USA.
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be left behind for Manchester United’s pre-season by manager Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils fly to China on Tuesday but Mourinho wants the Swedish striker to make his club debut against Galatasaray on 30 July or Everton on 3 August, meaning Ibrahimovic will miss at least the first two pre-season games against Borussia Dortmund and local rivals Manchester City.
Chelsea, out the blue, have joined the race to sign Brazil’s highly talented striker Gabriel Barbosa. According to reports from Brazil (sounds legit, isn’t it?), the Blues have reportedly submitted a €30m bid for the striker who is commonly known by the monicker “Gabigol”.
The young striker is only 19 but he is rated highly in his native land and in some quarters often his talents are being compared with Barcelona superstar Neymar.
‘Will Paul Pogba join Manchester United?’ is the question that is being asked by fans and bloggers across the world for the past two or three weeks. Manchester United have either made / preparing to make a record-breaking £100m bid for the Frenchman as Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to bring the Frenchman back to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United manager in May as he replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Since joining the Red Devils, the Portuguese tactician has already started working with his players at his new club.
United have already completed three signings this summer and the list includes the likes of defender Eric Bailly, striker Zlatan Ibrahimović and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The moment every Chelsea fan has been waiting is here: Antonio Conte has arrived!
The Italian took his first training session at the club at the Blues’ Cobham training ground on Wednesday. The players comprised of players who did not participate in the knockout rounds of either Euro 2016 or Copa America, with the exception of summer signing Michy Bathsuayi.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Italian striker Mario Balotelli has no future at Anfield and must find a new club this summer.
Balotelli returned to AC Milan last summer on a season-long loan but failed to make an impact after scoring just one goal in 20 league appearances.
The 25-year-old has now returned to Liverpool for pre-season training following his unsuccessful second stint at Milan but Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp has declared that the former Inter and Man City centre forward is currently his 5th choice striker at Liverpool and should leave the Premier League club to pursue regular first-team action.
When Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle to bring down the curtains on Euro 2016 on Sunday, there were quite a few surprising sights that met the eye of the viewer. For one, no one expected Cristiano Ronaldo to be on the bench at the end of Portugal’s final with France. For another, the hosts losing out against an opposition clearly inferior on paper and Eder, of all people, walking away as the match-winner left many people scratching their heads.
Manchester United will begin their 2016-17 pre-season campaign under new manager Jose Mourinho. While transfer activities remain the central point of focus at the moment but the pre-season is equally important for Manchester United.
Mourinho is known for taking bold decisions that he feels necessary for the best interest of his team.
West Ham United are showing real ambition in the transfer market. The Hammers have already signed Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore and they’ve been linked with some of the top players around the world.
For instance, West Ham had lodged a formal bid for Michy Batshuayi before the Belgian joined Chelsea last month.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be officially unveiled by the London giants on Thursday. The former Italy manager’s biggest dilemma at his new club will be to find a solution to fit existing players according to his methods and plans.
For instance, he may find problems to integrate Cesc Fabregas into the team.
Brazilian midfielder Willian has signed a new long term contract with Chelsea.
The 27 year old playmaker was one of the Chelsea stars linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. The former Anzhi player has had a very good season personally and was thought to be a target for Manchester United.
Chelsea are hoping to gain the first-mover advantage by opening talks to sign Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante. According to the Telegraph, the Blues have moved in just 24 hours after the Euro 2016 final, where Kante was an unused substitute for France against Portugal. They are hoping to seal the deal by meeting his £20 million release clause and fend off interest from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.
What a year it has been for Cristiano Ronaldo. He won Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and the Euro with his country in France to complete an unforgettable 2015/16 season. While he has won the Champions League before (with Manchester United) but winning the highest honour in Europe for his country has to be Ronaldo’s biggest achievement till date.
Euro 2016 in France has seen a return of football hooliganism which had been largely absent from recent international competitions. Hooliganism and football is a phrase everyone is familiar with, but it has been largely absent from recent international competitions. However, Euro 2016 in France saw a return of this ill-affair.
Moussa Sissoko is one of the players in demand at the moment following his impressive performances in Euro 2016. He is almost certain to leave Newcastle United this summer and several top Premier League clubs are vying for his signature.
Sissoko has had a poor 2015/16 domestic season with Newcastle but has made a strong impression in Euro 2016 with France earning high praise from all corners.
Back in 2013, Gonzalo Higuain was reportedly close to signing for Arsenal. He had already decided to leave Real Madrid and was heavily linked with a move to North London. In the end, the deal didn’t materialise and he decided to join Napoli instead.
Four years later, Arsenal have another opportunity to sign the Argentine.
Fresh from winning the Euro championships with Portugal, young midfielder Joao Mario might be looking to make another big step in his career. It’s time for him to focus on his future. Like all good players who move away the Portuguese league at some point, probably the time is right for Mario to move elsewhere and play at a bigger club.
Paul Pogba to Manchester United has been dominating headlines over the last few weeks and the latest claims from the reputed Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has fuelled further rumours of a world record transfer to Old Trafford.
The Spaniard has claimed in show with talksport that Pogba is indeed heading to Manchester United.
Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is all set to join the Turkish giants Besiktas on loan for next season.
According to latest reports, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs and the confirmation is only a matter of time. The player is heading to Istanbul to finalise the personal terms and will sign a contract with the Turkish club after the medical is done.
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of highly talented AZ Alkmaar striker, Vincent Janssen, the club have confirmed on their official website. The youngster completed his medical on Monday and will join Harry Kane in the Tottenham attack.
Switzerland youth international Nishan Burkart has confirmed that he has joined Manchester United’s academy from FC Zurich.
According to ESPN, the striker had attracted interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Southampton, along with the 20-time English champions. He made a trip to all these clubs and finally decided to use his gut feeling to join United.
The Welsh football team have arrived home safe and sound and to a heroes’ welcome after they surpassed all expectations and won the hearts of not just their own nation, but many others during their games which took them to the semi-final of Euro 2016. The streets of Cardiff were lined with tens of thousands of proud fans who waited patiently for hours in order to catch a glimpse of the team who have come closer than any British team before them to reach a tournament final in the last half a century.
Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez has made it clear that the Catalan giants will be busy in the transfer window this summer. The club already have signed French defender Samuel Umtiti and there could be more arrivals in the coming days as well.
At the same time, Barcelona’s parlous financial conditions mean they need to sell a few first team players to balance the book.
Moussa Sissoko has been one of the star performers for France in Euro 2016. Initially, he was not in the first team plans of Didier Deschamps but as the tournament progressed he made himself a valuable player to the side. Although France ended up as the runners-up, Sissoko can take great pride and satisfaction from his tremendous performance in the final against Portugal.
Spain midfielder Isco joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 with a lot of hope and promise. He was seen as the ‘next big thing’ in Spain and many thought he would reach the world-class level at Madrid.
However, the former Malaga midfielder has been in and out of Los Blanco’s first team and has never really flourished during his three years stay at the Bernabeu.
And another major international tournament came to a close with Portugal becoming champions of Euro 2016. A tremendous team effort brought Portugal the trophy, but it were the individuals that brought them to the final. Discover where the Portuguese players rank amongst the other players in FanaticData’s final Top 15 ranking of the Most Valuable Players in Euro 2016.
Lille striker Eder scored a sensational goal from 25 yards in the second half of extra time as Portugal beat France 1-0 to win the Euro 2016 Championships at Stade de France in Paris.
After a cagey opening five minutes, Nani nearly gave Portugal the lead. Right-back Cedric hoofed a long pass over the top to Nani, who did beat Koscielny on pace, took the ball down on his chest but couldn’t keep his shot on target from 15 yards.
Jose Mourinho is set to continue Manchester United’s tradition of giving academy players a chance to shine in the Red Devils’ first team by including duo Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe in his plans for the next season.
According to Sky Sports, the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager is keen on promoting the youth players at Old Trafford, which has seen him turn his attention towards the two defenders.
Serie A club Lazio are in a total mess at the moment. They thought the club were moving in the right direction when they appointed Marcelo Bielsa, but withing 72 hours, the Argentine resigned from his post, before even turning up for pre-season training.
Lazio could face more problems in the coming days as star player Brazilian forward Felipe Anderson now wants to leave the club to join Premier League giants Chelsea.
Spanish winger Sergi Canos is close to leaving Liverpool after the Merseyside outfit accepted a bid worth 4.5 million pounds for him.
The former Barcelona forward spent last season on loan at Brentford and impressed several Championship clubs with his scintillating displays. Canos scored 7 goals for Brentford and is a target for Bristol and Norwich this summer.
Real Madrid have ended their pursuit to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, leaving Manchester United as strong favorites to bring the Frenchman back to the Theatre of Dreams.
Sky Sports report that the Spanish giants have conceded defeat in their chase to sign the 23-year-old as Real believe they can not outbid the Premier League giants, given their financial strength in the transfer market.
FC Barcelona and Brazilian forward Neymar have declared their support to Lionel Messi after the Argentine star was handed a 21-month sentence for tax fraud and a £1.7 million fine but is likely to escape serve time.
Messi also announced his shocking retirement from International football in the wake of his national team’s defeat in the final of Copa America last month.
Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa has blamed Lazio for failing to meet the expected conditions after sensationally quitting the Serie A club in just 48 hours after his appointment.
The 60-year-old was announced as the new head coach of Lazio on Wednesday but the Italian club issued a statement on Friday, revealing that Bielsa has pulled out of coaching the club but did not provided any further details of his shocking departure.
Portugal meet France at the Stade de France on Sunday in the Euro 2016 final.
Didier Deschamps takes charge of the favourites who have scored seven goals in their last two matches to reach the final, whilst the Portuguese have only scored eight in the whole tournament in comparison.
After a slow start to the tournament that only saw them beat Romania and Albania very late in their opening two matches, held by Switzerland in their final group game and come from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1, France have exploded into life to reach the final.
France forward Antoine Griezmann has been producing as a top player for the last few seasons at Atletico Madrid; however, his 2015/16 season in Spain, along with an outstanding Euro 2016 with France, has propelled the 25-year-old to stardom. The pint-sized striker netted 32 total goals for his club, a significant jump from 25 a year ago and 20 two seasons ago, and has also taken France to the final of this summer’s Euro tournament.
Yes, you read it right. According to German newspaper Bild, Mario Gotze has decided to leave Bayern Munich this summer and the two clubs who are leading the race for his signature are Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.
Gotze has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool as well. The player revealed back in March that he was still in contact with the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
The final of an international tournament has rarely proved to be the most fascinating or engrossing one in the edition but Sunday’s Euro 2016 final promises to be an intriguing clash between France and Portugal, who have been very fascinating to observe, for a variety of reasons.
Despite Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo being their country’s star men, it is the team effort from both set of players that has guided them to Sunday’s final.
Former Italian defender Marco Materazzi has undisclosed what he said to his opponent Zidedine Zindane which caused the infamous headbutt incident in the 2006 World Cup final.
In the 110th minute of the mega International finale, France midfielder Zidane produced one of the most controversial moments in the history of the game as he was sent off for headbutting Materazzi after the duo confronted each other during a heated encounter.
When hosts France will take on Portugal on Sunday in the Euro 2016 final, they will start as an overwhelming favourite. France have won their last ten matches against Portugal, there is a clear psychological advantage, but most importantly Les Blues are playing as a unit and are bubbling with confidence.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is close to leaving the French champions this summer.
According to latest reports, Manchester United are looking to sign the 29 year old defensive midfielder and have been given permission to open talks regarding personal terms with the player and his representatives.
Antonio Conte will want to sign as many familiar faces as possible at Stamford Bridge, and Antonio Candreva could be the man he starts off with. The Lazio winger looked set for a move to Napoli after a €24 million deal was agreed, but Gianluca Di Marzio has reported today that Chelsea are going to put in a last-gasp effort to hijack the move.
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is unlikely to stay at the club following the Magpies’ relegation to the second tier last season. The French midfielder has been a long-term target for Arsenal, but according to reports in France, Liverpool have joined the race for his signature as well.
Chelsea probably would be looking to sign another striker in the summer. The Blues have already signed Belgium’s highly rated 22-year-old striker Michy Batshuayi and there could be more arrivals at the Bridge.
Diego Costa, the club’s first choice striker, has been repeatedly linked with a move back to Spain.
The ‘forward / strike’ department is one area where Liverpool are stocked with enough talent and depth. Liverpool already have Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke in their ranks but a new striker could still arrive at the club this summer.
Benteke has failed to impress Klopp and there is a possibility he could be sold this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored first and set up the second as Portugal beat Wales 2-0 in their Euro 2016 semi-final clash in Lyon last night.
The pre-match hype was on two Real Madrid superstars going head-to-head as Ronaldo and Gareth Bale lined up on opposite sides. Bookmakers were favouring Portugal heading into the game, whilst many pundits were leaning towards Wales.
Chelsea’s flawed transfer policy of dealing with young academy talents has seen top players moving out of the club in recent years without getting enough opportunities to play for the senior team. The latest on the list is Jeremie Boga, who has completed his one-year loan move to La Liga outfit Granada, the club have confirmed.
Antonio Conte will be officially unveiled as the new Chelsea manager next week, and there is no doubt the Italian is going to have his work cut out right from Day 1. With Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho joining Manchester clubs United and City respectively, the 2016/17 edition of the Premier League is set to be the most high-profile one ever.
Manchester United have announced the signing of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.
Mkhitaryan has penned down a four-year deal with the Premier League giants with an option to extend for a further year.
Despite Dortmund’s reluctance to sell the 27-year-old all summer, the Bundesliga runner-ups confirmed last week that a deal has been struck with Man Utd for the player’s services from next season after agreeing a reported fee of £26.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with French players over the past one week. If the widespread reports are to be believed, United are looking to bring back Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.
Pogba, who left United in 2012 on a free transfer, would cost around more than £80m.
Manchester are interested in re-signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer. The report has been covered by major media outlets in the UK like the Guardian and Sky Sports which suggest there is a fair bit of interest from the Red Devils to bring back their former midfielder.
However, United are not the only one vying for Pogba’s signature.
Not even the few who bet on the 5000/1 title outsiders Leicester City could have believed what was to happen in the 2015/16 Premier League season. Leicester fans were left constantly pinching themselves throughout the term to ensure that they weren’t in the most intense of dreams. With a campaign beyond belief having passed, there is one big question for football fans around the world.
José’s back in town. Like a persistent infection that lingers after treatment, he reared his head at his third official unveiling in English football – the first away from the initial host Chelsea, which is still recovering from the destruction caused by their last bout of Mourinh-itis. The symptoms are the same – the strong sense of confidence and belief, and a fierce desire for victory – and the willingness to attack vulnerable targets continues, with both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger subjected to subtle barbs.
Newcastle’s surprise relegation from the Premier League shocked the footballing world, however there are many encouraging signs for Toon fans which suggest that they won’t be plying their trade in the Championship for long. Apart from their sparkling squad, brimming with Premier League quality players, there are many other things to consider as to why the club may stand out from the other promotion hopefuls next season.
An overwhelming sense of expectation, fifty years of hurt finally put to rest. And yet, in the back of our minds this fairytale was never going to conclude with the Three Lions roaring into the annals of sporting immortality alongside our 1966 heroes.
Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Germany winger Julian Draxler this summer. Arsenal and Manchester United are the other two Premier League clubs vying for his signature.
Jose Mourinho, the new Manchester United manager, is thought to be one of his keen admirers while reports in English press claimed last month that the Red Devils had lodged an opening £30m bid for the Wolfsburg star.
Newly unveiled Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that club captain Wayne Rooney will not play in midfield and will switch back to a striker’s role for the Portuguese’s tenure at Old Trafford.
Rooney dropped into midfield under Louis van Gaal in the final quarter of last campaign and continued to operate in the same role for England’s national team during the Euro 16 in France.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shed light on the type of players he is looking to bring to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window..
The Portuguese tactician replaced Louis van Gaal after the Red Devils allowed the Dutchman to leave the club in May. In his first press conference as United manager, he admitted that he is looking to bring in four specialists to the club.
The UEFA European Championships are deep into the knockout stages as teams are battling for their place in the finals. Portugal are one of the four teams left in the tournament and will face Wales in the semifinals. It may not be a big surprise to some that Portugal have made it this far in the tournament, but what does come as a shock is that Cristiano Ronaldo is really not the reason for their success.
Two more rounds have come to an end in Euro 2016 and only 4 of the 24 nations that started the tournament remain. As FanaticData, we released our first Top 15 ranking of the Most Valuable Players in Euro 2016 after the group stages. It is now time to update that ranking as we head into the semifinal matches.
European champions Real Madrid are the latest club to have joined the race to sign sought-after Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, reports Marca.
The 22-year-old, who is currently representing Portugal at Euro 2016, has been a reported target of several Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, while La Liga giants Barcelona and Juventus have had shown an interest as well.
Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England and it has two major football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. This city is likely to be the capital of English football after the arrival of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola at Old Trafford and the Etihad respectively.
The arrival of big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan shows the city is able to attract a lot of top quality players.
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to not install club legend and former assistant Ryan Giggs in his backroom staff and allow the Welshman to ‘stand on his own feet’.
Man Utd announced Giggs’ departure on Saturday to bring an end to the former winger’s 29-year association with the club with the 42-year-old keen to pursue a managerial career elsewhere.
Manchester United showed their former manager Louis van Gaal the exit door just days after the Dutchman guided the Red Devils to the FA Cup triumph. They replaced him with Jose Mourinho as he returned to management for the first time, following his departure from Chelsea last December.
Since the Portuguese tactician took charge at Old Trafford, United have completed deals in signing Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Arsenal are close to sealing the loan exit of Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The Poland international spent last season on loan at Roma and will return to the Italian capital after failing to convince Arsene Wenger that he is ready to replace Petr Cech as the club’s first choice keeper.
Matteo Darmian’s future at Manchester United remains uncertain just an year after he made the switch to Old Trafford. Barcelona are interested in landing the versatile defender in the summer transfer window, reports Spanish publication Mundo Deprotivo.
The Italian international joined the Red Devils from Torino for a reported fee of €18 million (£15.
La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have not given up on their hopes of signing Diego Costa from Chelsea this summer. While the likes of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Gameiro also interest Diego Simeone, but the Atletico boss is desperate to be reunited with the Spain international.
Chelsea have refused to negotiate a deal for Costa, so far, but the scenario could change if the player forces a move or the new manager Antonio Conte sign at least two strikers.
Manchester City have officially unveiled the brand new Manchester City 2016-17 home kit manufactured by Nike on July 3, 2016. The club enters the new 2016-17 season with a new manager, Pep Guardiola, the most innovative kit in the club’s history and a redesigned club crest.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to shore up his midfield this summer and the Porto midfielder Ruben Neves is a target.
The 19 year old defensive midfielder has been a first team regular for the Portuguese outfit and has already captained his club a few times. He has managed 75 appearances for Porto in the last two seasons and that is significant experience for a player of his age.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice while Antonine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet also got their name on the scoresheet as France beat Iceland 5-2 at St-Denis on Sunday evening to secure their passage to the semifinals of Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps made two changes to the side that won 2-1 against Ireland in their last match: Samuel Umtiti made his international debut in place of suspended Adil Rami, while N’Golo Kante, also suspended, is replaced by Moussa Sissoko.
Everton are hopeful of convincing Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata to join Ronald Koeman’s revolution this summer.
Mata joined the Old Trafford outfit from Chelsea in a £37 million deal in January 2014 but is widely expected to leave the club following the appointment of his former Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho last month.
Real Madrid would probably be looking for a new central defender in the summer. Pepe and Sergio Ramos are first choice defenders and there’s no chance they would be leaving the club anytime soon. However, French defender Raphael Varane and Spaniard Nacho are attracting interest from top European clubs, and both the players could accept offers from elsewhere this summer.
Hirving Lozano is all set to be a Manchester United player and will sign a contract with the Red Devils after Mexico’s Rio Olympics 2016 campaign.
The winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after impressing for his club Pachuca. The 20-time English champions are not the only side looking to secure his services as his form has seen him attract interest from clubs across Europe.
Jonas Hector scored the winning goal as Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties to book a place in the semi-final of Euro 2016.
Germany boss Joachim Low made one tactical change; he switched to a 3-5-2 formation with Howedes replacing Julian Draxler. For Italy, Daniele De Rossi failed to make it to the starting XI, with Stefano Sturaro replacing him in the midfield.
Manchester United have announced the departure of club legend and former assistant manager Ryan Giggs to end the Welshman’s 29-year association with the club.
Ryan Giggs said: “After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club – giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football.
When Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon was included in the final 23-man Italy squad eyebrows were raised about his selection. Many wondered why Italy are still sticking with a 38-year-old player while a new player is not being given an opportunity.
Or is age just a number? As long as you’re performing at the highest level, age is not a barrier.
Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is all set to join the Turkish giants Besiktas on loan for next season.
According to reports in Turkey, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs and the confirmation is only a matter of time. The player is apparently in Istanbul right now and will sign a contract with the Turkish club soon.
Barcelona forward Neymar has agreed a new five-year contract which will tie him up to the La Liga giants until the summer of 2021 and end speculation about his future.
Club president Josep Bartomeu revealed earlier this week that the Brazilian attacker has no intention to leave the Spanish champions and that the club expect Neymar to sign a contract extension to ward off interest from a host of elite European clubs.
The quarter-finals of Euro 2016 began yesterday with Portugal beating Poland by way of penalties in the first of four big-stakes matches across France. Ricardo Quaresma, who scored the winning goal in his side’s last 16 clash against Croatia, bagged the crucial spotkick after Jakub Blaszczykowski’s kick was saved.
The warning signs were there. Conceding an injury-time equaliser to Russia, the worst team at Euro 2016, meant that Roy Hodgson’s England started the competition in France with a draw. A late, late win over Wales briefly gave the nation hope before a dour 0-0 draw with Slovakia brought everything crashing back down, with the Three Lions progressing in second place behind Wales who enjoyed a group stage win in their first ever major international tournament.
Portugal have not a won a single game in 90 minutes so far and yet they are through to the semifinals of Euro 2016. Ricardo Quaresma is the hero again as he keeps his cool from the spot to send Portugal through to the last four against Poland on Thursday night in Marseille.
On performance alone, Poland and not Portugal should have been in the last four.
Liverpool have confirmed that the highly talented academy goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has completed a permanent transfer to Swindon Town.
The 22-year-old keeper joined the League one club on loan last season and had an impressive spell with them. Swindon have now agreed a deal with the Anfield giants to secure a permanent transfer for Vigouroux.