It’s been quite the turnaround at Chelsea Football Club under Antonio Conte this season. The Blues followed up their title-winning 2014/15 campaign with a 10th-placed finish last year, in a series of events which included the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese seemed very well settled at Stamford Bridge when in season started in August 2015, and looked to be in it for the long haul for the first time in his career.
Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, has confirmed that Ashley Young could leave the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. Young was an unused substitute in United’s 4-0 home win against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
Dimitri Payet has completed his move to Marseille from West Ham on Sunday night. The 29-year-old forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract after a £25m deal was agreed upon between the clubs earlier in the day.
A statement on West Ham’s official website read:
“West Ham United have sold Dimitri Payet to Olympique de Marseille for a fee of £25m.
Chelsea, the Premier League leaders, are not expected to sign any new player in the remaining 48 hours of the January transfer window. However, the Blues could be involved in one or two outgoing transfers.
One of the players who could leave before Tuesday night is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The United States started off 2017 and Bruce Arena’s second stint as manager with a disappointing 0-0 draw against a weak Serbian side. While the US team looked comfortable in possession, they failed to break the deadlock and even struggled to create good chances (1 shot on target).
Liverpool lost just two games at Anfield during the whole of 2016. They’ve already lost three in the first month of 2017.
A miserable one-week spell means Liverpool have managed to crash out of both the League Cup and the FA Cup, and from being genuine title challengers, are now 10 points behind league favourites Chelsea, who they face on Tuesday.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to sanction Wayne Rooney’s departure to China within the next month. A host of Chinese clubs have made it clear that they are prepared to make a record-breaking £140m offer for Rooney.
According to reports from the Mirror, Rooney could overtake £650,000-a-week Carlos Tevez as the world’s highest paid footballer.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has thrown down the gauntlet to Anthony Martial, when he said that the striker’s starting spot against Wigan in the FA Cup this Sunday is an audition for a Premier League starting spot.
When he was asked how Martial had responded to his omission in the EFL Cup tie against Hull in the midweek, Mourinho said: “I don’t know.
Dutch defender, Patrick van Aanholt, is close to joining Crystal Palace in the January transfer window. Sunderland have confirmed that the player has been given permission to hold talks with Palace over a potential move, after a bid, thought to be in the region of £14m, has been accepted.
Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce, has confirmed that the player is undergoing a medical on Friday.
Hull City midfielder, Robert Snodgrass, is set for a medical at West Ham on Friday, ahead of his £10m move. According to reports from the Guardian, the Scotland international will discuss personal terms and he is expected to join Slaven Bilic’s side in the next few days.
Championship club, Queens Park Rangers, are set to sign Sean Goss from Manchester United in the January transfer window. According to reports from the Independent (live transfer blog), QPR will sign Gross for an initial fee of £800,000.
The midfielder will finalise personal terms and undergo a medical on Friday.
Crystal Palace have agreed to a deal to sign Dutch defender, Patrick van Aanholt, from Sunderland. The Black Cats have accepted a bid, thought to be in the region of £14m, for the defender, who has been given permission to travel to London for talks.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, recently said that he wants Asmir Begović to stay at the club, but at the same time admitted that his situation is not ideal. Begović is a very good goalkeeper, but remains the second choice behind Thibaut Courtois.
Liverpool are facing a strong competition from several Premier League clubs to sign AC Milan forward, M’Baye Niang, in the January transfer window. Milan wanted to send Niang to Genoa, but the Frenchman is pushing for a permanent move to the Premier League instead.
Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, has joined Championship club, Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan for the rest of the season. Both Chelsea and Brighton have confirmed the move on the clubs’ respective official websites.
Fikayo Tomori has tonight joined Brighton on loan until the end of the season…https://t.
Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with Philippe Coutinho about extending his contract. The Brazilian has three years left to run on his current deal. Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, recognise his value to the club, and are keen to tie him up on a long term improved deal.
Everton captain, Phil Jagielka, is ready to leave the Merseyside club in the January transfer window. The England defender has been linked with a move to Sunderland, with David Moyes eager to be re-united with his former captain.
West Ham have shown an interest in him as well, but with the Hammers signing José Fonte from Southampton this month, chances are less that Jagielka would move to London.
Former Arsenal defender, Sol Campbell, is confident that Alexis Sánchez will sign a contract extension with the Gunners. The chilean, who earns £140k-per-week, has only 18 months left on his current deal, and he is yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal.
Manchester United‘s long term target, Gonçalo Guedes, has bid his goodbyes to his club teammates and fans of Benfica. The Portuguese winger is close to leaving the club in January, and his preferred destination is Manchester United.
According to reports from Portugal newspaper, Record, Guedes could join Manchester United or PSG in the January transfer window.
Liverpool winger, Lazar Marković, could join Premier League side, Hull City, on loan in the January transfer window. The Serbian winger is likely to see his season-long loan with Sporting CP cancelled, and could play for Hull City for the rest of the season.
58% of the Premier League’s matches have been played thus far this season, and the season’s elite players have begun to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. Amongst the season’s best players, Chelsea’s Diego Costa reigns supreme in the Most Valuable Offensive Players (MVOP) rankings.
Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, has become the latest manager to comment on the rise of the Chinese Super League. However, unlike other Premier League managers, Mourinho says that he doesn’t like to be critical about the players who are moving to China.
A lot of players have come to the Premier League this season and have made a positive impact on their club’s season so far, but what signings have made an instant impact in their first few games? Below we’ll have a look at five of the best signings so far this season.
1. Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane has already given Liverpool the attacking mentality Jurgen Klopp wanted this season, and he has been a player that has made an instant impact and has shown consistent performances for Liverpool since.
It turned out to be a weekend of missed chances for the two Manchester clubs. Liverpool’s first home loss of the season offered a glorious opportunity for Manchester United and Manchester City to close the gap on the Merseysiders, and in a fashion that has been typical of them this season, both failed to capitalise.
Liverpool lost their first game at Anfield this season to a seemingly rejuvenated Swansea side, which will surely go down as the shock of the season so far. Two goals from Fernando Llorente and an impressive finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the historic victory for the Welsh outfit.
It was a rather uneventful first 45 minutes, with neither side managing a single shot on target.
Manchester City confirmed the £27 million signing of Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras on Thursday. The 19-year-old Brazilian was expected to be available from the start of January, but it has taken until now for the Football Association to approve his registration.
ManchesterUnited winger MemphisDepay is close to completing a permanent move away from Old Trafford. The Dutch international has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under JoseMourinho and will move to Lyon in search of first team football.
French club, Lyon, have agreed to a deal to sign Manchester United forward, Memphis Depay. The Red Devils have agreed to sell him for around €17m (£14.75m), with the fee capable of rising to €25m if a series of add-ons are triggered.
United rejected a £13m bid from Lyon earlier this month.
Serie A giants, Juventus, are preparing an audacious swap deal involving Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Miralem Pjanic. Sanchez, who earns £130k-per-week, has still one year left on his contract, but the Chilean forward is yet to agree to a new deal at Arsenal.
French club, Lyon, have submitted an improved offer, as compared to their previous £13m bid, for Manchester United winger, Memphis Depay. The Red Devils are ready to let the Dutch winger leave the club in the January transfer window.
According to reports from the Mirror, Depay could complete his transfer to Lyon within the next 48 hours.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the latest high-profile Premier League player to be linked to a huge contract offer from the Chinese Super League. His agent, Dimitry Seluk, told Sky Sports that Toure rejected the chance to earn £520,000-per-week at Jiangsu Suning last January.
Tottenham’s bid for the Premier League title suffered a blow on Tuesday as Jan Vertonghen learned the extent of his ankle injury. The central defender has sustained ligament damage, and is therefore likely to miss a number of upcoming matches. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is set to reveal more prior to Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for the highly rated 20-year-old winger, Adama Traoré, in the January transfer window. According to reports from Sky Sports, the Blues have made a formal approach to Middlesbrough over the availability of their young winger.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Chelsea approach Middlesbrough over the availability of winger Adama Traore: https://t.
Diego Costa is back in training. He trained with his teammates on Tuesday for the first-time since a reported bust-up with Antonio Conte. Chelsea have made it clear that they will not sell their star player in the January transfer window. The question is – how long can they keep him at the club?
ManchesterUnited are confident of signing AntoineGriezmann at the end of this season.
Independent are reporting that the Old Trafford outfit have been talking to the player’s intermediaries for several months and have already agreed (verbally) on issues like weekly wage and prospective shirt number.
Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has become out of favour for the Red Devils’ manager, José Mourinho. The young English left-back is almost certain to be on his way out of Old Trafford next summer.
According to reports from the Independent, United will be open to listening to offers for Shaw.
Chelsea have agreed a loan deal for their highly rated young goalkeeper NathanBaxter.
The talented shot-stopper has joined national League side SolihullMoors on loan for the rest of this season. Baxter had been on loan at Ryman Premier Division club MetropolitanPolice since August and has now switched clubs in search for regular first team football.
Chelsea have agreed to extend LucasPiazon’s loan deal at Fulham until the end of this season.
Daily Mail are reporting that the highly talented Brazilian has impressed with the Championship outfit so far and the Premier League leaders believe that staying at Craven Cottage will be good for his development.
The push to get China on the football map has resulted in Chinese clubs spending extravagantly on footballers in recent times. The world’s most populated country has become an attractive destination for footballers considering the money they will earn there. In fact, Chinese Super League clubs splashed out close to $300 million in the winter transfer window on big names.
Chelsea striker, Diego Costa, was dropped from the squad that won 3-0 against Leicester City on Saturday. Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, insisted that the Spain international did not travel with the rest of the Blues squad because of a back injury.
Sevilla snapped Real Madrid’s epic 40-match unbeaten run on Sunday in a last-gasp 2-1 win at the Sánchez Pizjuán. League leaders Real hadn’t lost a game since April 2016 spanning all competitions, but their third game in ten days against Jorge Sampaoli’s side proved too much to bear.
Last week, Chelsea had exercised the option of recalling striker Patrick Bamford from his year-long loan spell at Burnley. Initially it was thought that he would be competing for his place at Stamford Bridge, especially given the current unstable situation surrounding Diego Costa.
Chelsea have exercised the option of recalling striker Patrick Bamford from his year-long loan spell at Burnley. After Nathan Aké, this is the second player whom Chelsea have recalled to strengthen the push for the Premiership title in the second half of the season.
BREAKING: Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea.
José Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, is ready to test Chelsea’s resolve with a shock move for Nemanja Matić next summer.
United will be looking to spend big next summer as Mourinho is keen to build the squad to his own taste. While Atlético Madrid duo Antonione Griezmann and Saúl Ñíguez are the top of his shopping list, according to the Mirror, the Portuguese wants Matić as well to bolster his midfield department.
Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to a basic offer of around £5m for midfielder Tom Carroll from Swansea City. The midfielder is travelling to south Wales for a medical, and the deal is expected to be completed within the next week.
According to reports from ESPN, the overall deal is to be worth around £9m when add-ons are included.
Chelsea have dropped star striker Diego Costa ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday evening. Sky Sports understand that Costa has not trained for three days after learning of a huge contract offer from the Chinese Super League.
Manchester United v Liverpool is not only one of the biggest games of the Premier League season, it is also seen as one of the biggest matches in world football – despite neither side having won the English top flight since the 2012/13 season.
The last title was won by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United four years ago, with the Red Devils now on their third manager since the legendary Scot retired.
It is that time of the year again; for Manchester United vs Liverpool – only the biggest game in English football.
The game is very important for both the clubs, in terms of their current league positions. A victory for Liverpool will see them further closing the gap with Chelsea, and even if the Blues win their respective match, the Reds would at least hold on to their second position.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has become the first man in the history of the Premier League to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on three consecutive occasions. The Italian was awarded the gong for December following his victories in October and November, the Premier League confirmed on their official website.
Everton completed the most expensive deal of the January transfer window to date on Thursday. Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has moved from Manchester United for an initial fee of £20 million, rising to £24 million.
The move has been on the cards since the New Year, with Everton winning the race with West Brom to secure his signature.
Sky Sports have reported that Crystal Palace are close to completing the signing of defender Patrice Evra. The Frenchman has recently expressed interest in returning to the Premier League after leaving Manchester United for Juventus in 2014.
New Palace manager Sam Allardyce has said that a priority this transfer window is to bring in defenders.
Liverpool midfielder PhilippeCoutinho is a man in demand.
The Brazilian has established himself as Liverpool’s best player and one of the best in the Premier League. The likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the former Inter Milan midfielder in the past.
Chelsea have loaned three players – Charlie Colkett, Islam Feruz and Fankaty Dabo – to Swindon Town till the end of the season. The League One side, who are just four points above the relegation zone, have confirmed the news on their official twitter handle.
Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen, has impressed at Borussia Monchengladbach, and his father, who is also his agent, says the Denmark international will be brought back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The 20-year-old joined Chelsea in 2014, and has made three appearances for the London club.
With Chelsea raring to win the Premier League, Antonio Conte needs to carry out some preemptive measures. Not surprisingly, there have been suggestions that the Chelsea boss wants to add another striker to the ranks. With Diego Costa being sublime this season, the Blues don’t need a first-team striker, but they do require a capable back-up whenever the need arises.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he is not looking to bring any new players to the club during the January transfer window.
The Red Devils had been linked with several players recently, especially Benfica defender Victor Lindelof. Many rumours have reported that Manchester United will make a move for the 22-year-old defender but Jose Mourinho cleared things up in a press conference after their recent EFL Cup victory over Hull.
Barcelona have joined Juventus in the race to sign Adam Lallana. The England midfielder has produced outstanding performances for Liverpool this season, and have caught the attention of leading European clubs. According to reports from the Times, there could be a bidding war in the summer for him if the former Southampton midfielder does not agree upon an Anfield contract extension in the interim.
Chelsea are looking to sign the highly talented Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson at the end of this season.
As per Daily Mirror‘s report, The 23-year-old is one of the most sought after defenders in the Premier League alongside vanDijk right now and AntonioConte sees him as the perfect replacement for club legend JohnTerry.
Till last week, the interest in Monaco midfielder, Tiemoué Bakayoko, was limited to three heavyweight Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. To make the transfer saga more appealing, what more can you do?
Real Madrid defender DaniCarvajal is close to signing a new deal with the club.
The Spanish right back has been a key member of the first team squad ever since he joined from BayerLeverkusen, and Marca are claiming that Los Blancos are looking to reward him with a contract extension.
Newcastle United defender, Ľubomír atka, has joined FC DAC 1904 on loan till the end of the season. The Slovakian club have confirmed the news on their official website. However, Newcastle United are yet to officially announce the confirmation.
Arsene Wenger may not be the most popular manager among the Arsenal supporters, but one proud record of his remains unblemished to date. Since the Frenchman joined the club in 1996, he has never finished outside the top 4 places in the Premier League i.e. the Gunners have qualified for the Champions League without fail (except in his first season, when Arsenal finished 3rd but only the top 2 qualified).
Arsenal midfielder JonToral has returned to the club from his loan spell at Granada. The Spanish outfit have reached an agreement with Arsenal to cut short his loan spell. The London giants had the option to recall the player in January and they have exercised that option now.
Chelsea have been the seemingly unstoppable team so far this season in the Premier League, as they currently sit comfortably on top of the table with a five point cushion over second place Liverpool. Last season’s misery has long been forgotten under Antonio Conte, as his side are playing incredible football so far this season.
On Sunday, the British public were treated to the enthralling encounter of Cardiff City and Fulham on the BBC. Only 5,199 people attended the drab 2-1 win for the away side. Cardiff manager Neil Warnock even admitted that he ‘struggled to get out of bed’ for the tie.
The rest of the Third-Round weekend wasn’t exactly a thrill a minute either.
Manchester United are considering making a move for Croatian midfielder, Ivan Perišić, in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old has a contract with Inter Milan till 2020, but United are looking to test Inter’s resolve with an official bid this month.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is expected to leave the club this month.
The French international is not a part of Jurgen Klopp‘s first team plans anymore. Sakho angered the Liverpool manager with his unprofessional attitude during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States and has not played a single game since then.
Chelsea captain John Terry has stated his wish to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this seasonl, according to a story in the Telegraph today. It was reported in November that manager Antonio Conte would be open to selling the defender in January. A host of Premier League clubs including Bournemouth and Swansea City are said to be interested, but the 36 year-old is set on staying on at his boyhood club.
CIES Football Observatory has presented a predictive analysis of the final rankings of the top five European leagues. The research group has made the prediction based on a multivariate statistical model taking into account the offensive and defensive performances of big-5 league teams until the 31st of December 2016.
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League, yet their title challenge could derail this month. The Reds only have three league games in January, but their cup fixtures have made for a relentless first month of 2017 for them.