Coral’s Dave Stevensjoins theAlan Brazil Sports Breakfastto round up the latest sporting odds., Manchester Un about Tottenham’s appointment of Jose Mourinho.Mourinho is close to Lille management and there is talk oAston Villa made an attempt for Celta Vigo midfielder Pione Sisto last week.Celta are eager to sell Sisto and accepted an offer for the Dane from Villa.The Premier League outfit offered €10m for Sisto, who was tabled a €1m-a-year contract.However, the winger turned down the offer.Despite Sisto’s stand, Celta remain determined to sell the attacker this month.f sports director Luis Campos moving to the Londoners to join the Portuguese.And Le 10 Sport says Mourinho could well raid LOSC in 2020 to boost ited have been backed into 3/1 to win the Premier League this season.Pogba, meanwhile, is 10/1 to pick up the 2016/17 PFA Player of the Year prize
Josh King’s late winner ensured Bournemouth will finish the season with their highest-ever points tally in the top flight after a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley.Sam Vokes’ 83rd-minute equaliser looked to have mathematically secured the Clarets’ Premier League status but King fired home two minutes later as the Cherries claimed victory in their final home game of the season. Junior Stanislas had given Bournemouth the lead with his first-half effort.The result sees Bournemouth climb up into 10th after reaching a record 45 points, while Burnley stay 14th and await Hull’s result at Crystal Palace on Sunday, that could confirm their fate.Both sides remained unchanged from last weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, with the previously ever-present Michael Keane missing a second consecutive game due to a knock as rumours of a summer move away from Turf Moor intensify.The Clarets knew before the game that one point would mathematically secure top-flight safety.Prior to kick-off there had been at least two goals in 12 of the last 13 league games at the Vitality Stadium and the hosts went on the front foot from the off.After a patient passage of play, Cherries captain Simon Francis was in acres of space outside the area but the defender’s effort from 20 yards out skied way over the bar and the stand.Burnley were aiming to win their second win on the road this season, following their 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, but their defence was breached with the first shot on target after 25 minutes.Stanislas controlled Lewis Cook’s long ball on his chest before the forward showed composure and pace to shrug off Stephen Ward and calmly slot past Tom Heaton.Conceding seemed to wake Burnley up after a subdued start to Barcelona assistant coach Eder Sarabia is learning Catalan during the coronavirus break.Sarabia revealed his plans on social media as the region went into lockdown.He posted: “With all the plans I have for these days in the state of emergency at homethe game and they came close to finding an equaliser.A slick interchange of passing saw the ball fall to Scott Arfield, who found space on the edge of the box but could only fire his left-footed effort wide of Artur Boruc’s post.Another chance fell to Arfield before break as Ashley Barnes’ deflected shot somehow found the midfielder in behind Bournemouth’s defence.Boruc, however, had other ideas and the Polish stopper sprinted off his line to gather the loose ball.Eddie Howe’s men started the second half brightly as Lys Mousset failed to get firm contact on the ball following Marc Pugh’s cross.Burnley went up the other end and went agonisingly close to drawing level with Arfield’s long-range strike, beating Boruc but going inches past a post.Mousset’s header almost doubled Bournemouth’s advantage but would be the Frenchman’s last involvement in the game as he limped off with an injury to be replaced by Ryan Fraser.The tireless King was next to try his luck and he could only find the side netting from a tight angle after out-muscling Kevin Long on the left-hand side.And Bournemouth were punished for their missed chances when former Cherries striker Vokes climbed highest to head home Johann Berg Gudmunsson’s cross with seven minutes to go.Burnley fans thought that was the goal to rubber-stamp Premier League safety, but King had the final say moments later.Substitute Fraser’s low cross found the Norway international inside the box, where he strucd a full trophy cabinet to prove his quality.Klopp has restored Liverpool to a place few could have envisaged them having the stability to sustain, yet he has still failed to lift a trophy with the Anfield club, something which Ramos doesn’t believe k past Heaton to score his 16th goal of the season, clinching all three points.
Manchester City suffered their first defeat under Pep Guardiola as Tottenham claimed a well-deserved 2-0 home win in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane.The visitors, who had won ten of their previous 11 games under the Spaniard, were far from their best and were behind after just nine minutes through an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal.Dele Alli then finished off a fine team move to double Spurs’ lead with a low shot before half-time.Tottenham continued to control the game well after the break and could have made it 3-0 when they were awarded a penalty, but Erik Lamela saw his effort saved by City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.City, meanwhile, struggled to create clear-cut chances without the injured Kevin De Bruyne and did little to threaten Hugo Lloris in the Spurs net.The win saw Tottenham move back above Liverpool into second place and close the gap on early pace-setters City to juster United face a battle to keep hold of midfield pair Richie Wellens and James Garner.They have impressed this season and Inter scouts have been watching them play at their Under-23 and Under-18 games. United are keen to keep both of them at the clst one point.It was an enticing clash as the Premier League’go Sacchi has hailed the work of Roberto Mancini with the Azzurri.Mancini’s Italy boast a 100 per cent record in Euros qualifying, with the final game held against Armenia tonight.”The Azzurri win, convince and entertain. They left to applause from ts only remaining unbeaten sides went head-to-head in north London, and also saw the top flight’s best defence go up against the most potent attack.But City, who had scored 18 goals in their opening six games, drew a blank at the Lane while steadfast Spurs took their chances well.Spurs started well in what was a high-tempo first-half and quickly took the lead thanks to an unfortunate error from City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, who shanked a clearance from Danny Rose’ dangerous cross into his own net.The difference between this City and the team who looked unbeatable just a few weeks ago was startling in the opening half. They looked nervy at the back, particularly when faced with the lively Son Heung-min, and just could not cope with Spurs’ intensity.And it was that high-tempo which led to Spurs’ second as Alli took advantage of sluggish defending to score what eventually proved to be the game-clinching goal.A flowing Tottenham counter-attack move had appeared to have broken down, but the City defence were then caught out by a clever reverse pass from Son to Alli, who burst through three players to meet the ball and fire hard and low past Bravo.Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure after the break, with Son and Victor Wanyama both going close to a third goal, before Lamela had his spot kick well saved by Bravo after Alli was clumsily fouled in the box.City produced their best chance of the game late on as Sergio Aguero, who was kept quiet by the Spurs back-four, was sent free by a Fernandinho pass, but the Argentine’s shot was parried by Hugo Lloris onto the crossbar.
Juventus are in talks over a deal for Arsenal target Gonzal Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The striker has been linked with a move away from Napoli this summer and he has a releaseclause of £78m.Arsenal are interested in signing the Argentina international and a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud has been mooted.However, according to Radio CRC, it is Juventus who are inel Keane has no doubts about the quality of Lucas Digne.The left-back was signed from Barcelona to take over from Leighton Baines in Marco Silva’s defence, and quickly made that role his own in the squad. Keane said: “I saw myself last season how dif talks with Napoli over the signing of Higuain.The Italian champions are currently negotiating with Manchester United over a £100m move for Paul Pogba – meaning they could have plenty of money to spend soon.The club have already lost Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and as a result they are willing trefuses to be pressured by Manchester United to enter a new round of contract talks.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish international has been holding out on a new deal at Manchester United , with his current contract due to expire next summer.Attempts o go all out for Higuain.
Stats experts WhoScored have assessed the credentials of Arsenal target Miralem Pjanic. Find out why theJuventus man might be the right fit at the Emirates Stadium…On Tuesday night, Francis Coquelin was forced off in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth with a hamstring problem. The Frenchman’s month-long absence only weakens the Gunners’ squad in the middle of the park, particularly with Santi Cazorla currently sidelined and Mohamed Elneny unavailable throughout January due to the Africa Cup of Nations. With the transfer window now open, manager Arsene Wenger has the option to strengthen if he sees fit and it’s seen the club linked with a move for Juventus man Miralem Pjanic.The Bosnian only moved to the Serie A champions in the summer, but has made an immediate impact, as his WhoScored.com rating (7.56) suggests. Pjanic currently features in the Serie A team of the season on the back of a respectable start to life at the Juventus Stadium and is a deep lying creative outlet Arsenal could utilise considering Cazorla’s ongoing injury issues and contract situation. While he’s unlikely to carry possession forward akin to the pint-sized Spaniard, Pjanic’s greatest trait is his ability to create from deep.Indeed, four accurate through balls is third only to Francesco Totti and Paulo Dybala (both n Tuesday to book their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero had the hosts up by two goals at half-time, before the latter added his second for the game after 56 minutes.Jack Stephens grabbed a consolation for Sa5) in Serie A this season, highlighting Pjanic’s ability to split open a defence for the frontmen. Considering Wenger has deployed Alexis Sanchez as the lead striker on numerous occasions in the Premier League this term, this facet to Pjanic’s game would undoubtedly benefit the team as a whole. Sanchez’soff the ball work and readiness to make runs in behind the opposition defence means the duo could thrive, especially if Wenger demands a more direct approach against a team that pushes high up the pitch.What’s more is that Pjanic has made more key passes from set-piece situations (20) than any other player in Italy’s top tier this term. Both from open play and from dead balls, the 26-year-old is a hugely effective attacking outlet for club and country and Arsenal could maximise his set piece efficiency to help them to the Premier League title. Five goals and a further four assists for Juventus in Serie A this term further emphasises just how destructive a force Pjanic is in the opposition final third.Furthermore, a versatility to his game means the Bosnian is able to play as a deeper lying creator with a license to press forward, provided he operates alongside a ball-winningmidfielder, or in the number 10 role, which would not only swell Wenger’s creative options, but provide significant competition for Mesut Ozil. That being said, Wenger is already able to call on a player capable of hurting opponents from deep in Granit Xhaka, even with the Swiss star’s disciplinary issues and the fact that he is taking longer to settle into the Premier League than originally anticipated.However, having only signed him last summer, it would take a gargantuan offer to convince Juventus to sell one of their primarcasual workers for Premier League games for the rest of the season, should they be played behind closed doors.The decision will impact more than 3,000 members and cost the club more than £1m.A statement on Manchester United’s website said: “This gooy creative outlets in January. If Arsenal are prepared to splash the cash this month, then one can understand the rumoured pursuit of Pjanic, but it’s highly likely that the Gunners would have to wait until the end of the season – at the very earliest – to land the player if they are to firm up their reported interest.
For soml Brands.Brands stated last season he would not bring in a “big name” striker because it would damage the develop of young players, such as Calvert-Lewin.The forward read what Brands said.“It’s massive belief the club have put in me and it (Brande players the Champions League has always been just out of reach, and as a result they are forcedto ‘settle’ for numerous league titles, World Cup and European Championship winners medals.Here, talkSPORT looks at 18 of the very best footballers who, despite all their quality, have never managed to get their hands onment he returned to the club as caretaker boss.Solskjaer took over more than a year ago when the club sacked Jose Mourinho in the middle of last season.He went through a fantastic spell in temporary charge, which earned him the permanent job.While th the famous trophy.Scroll through the gallery to see the unlucky 18.
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has set hrmer Holland star Rafael van der Vaart does not believe Virgil Van Dijk is the best player in the world.Despite his fellow Dutchman coming in for praise from all angles, and winning the UEFA Best Player ar League club chiefs have put together an action plan to save the season.They are ready to play all of the remaining 92 games behind closed doors with every game shown live on TV, reports The Sun.The matches would also be played at two or three neutrward for the past season, van der Vaart is notis heart on a return to Marseille, according to reports in France.The 31-year-old has spent this season on loan at the Ligue 1 club, managing to bag 19 league goals and three assists.The Frenchman’s form has led to reports Swansea may bring him back into the fold next season as Paul Clement looks to build on his good start to life in Wales.But, according to Le10 Sport, Gomis is eyeing a permanent move to the south of France instead of a staying in the Premier League.The striker, who has thrived since going back to Stade Velodrome, is said to be reluctant to go back to Swansea.Gomis has a year to run on his current contract and, as he is unlikely to sign a new deal, Swansea must decide whether to sell him in the summer or risk losing him for free in 12 months.
Borussia Dortmund have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the summer scramble for Stephan Lichtsteiner.The 32-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Juventus and he is ready to jump ship following the arrival of Dani Alves.Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the 82-cap Switzerland international all summer and they are reportedly considering late swoops for him.But, according to Premium Sport, the Premier League pair will now have to battle off interest from Borussia Dortmund to get their maer with the Spanish giants.Valdano is confident that the Colombia international will take advantage of the opportunity given to him by Zinedine Zidane.”James is a world-class player and if he is able to commit himself like he has, we have a player whn.The German side are in the market for a right-back and have been alerted to Lichtsteiner’s availability.Juventus are happy for the veterandefender to stay and see out the final year of his contract in Turin, but will sanction a the race for Brighton defender Ben White.Mikel Arteta is looking for a centre-back to sign this summer as he looks to mould Arsenal’s defence to his liking.Football Insider says the Spaniard has been impressed by 21-year-old White.The Englishman has move for around £5m if he demands to leave.
Six games down and we are now well into the 2a boss Frank Lampard says he won’t be playing favourites.Lampard is ready to tell them they will be dropped, if necessary.He said, “That will be my job. We’re going to be fighting on multiple levels — game after game every three or four days — an016/17 Fantasy Premier League season.We hope your team has been like a fantasy football equivalent to Man City so far, storming ahead in the league with an electric start. In which case our tips this week should help you retain your position.However, if you’re more like a West Brom or God forbid even a Stoke/Sunderland then study these tips, tor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gunake note and make the most of any advice you can get! We all know it’s a long way back once you fall behind in a mini-league.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above…
Nigel Pearson has been suspended by Derby ahead of their Championship clash at Cardiff.Assistant Chris Powell has been placedin temporarycharge for Tuesday night’s trip to Wales.Derby have not explained the reasons for ordering Pearson to stay away but it comes on the back of a woefulstart to the season for the club.Pearson, has overseeEverton striker Fraser Hornby is in Belgium.The youngster is in talks with KV Kortrijk about a loan deal.HLN says Hornby is visiting the club to check on facilities and also the town.If convinced, Hornby wll sign with KV Kortrijk on a season-long loan.n justone win from his opening nine games at thive different goalscorers will please any manager, and Hodgson singled out Max Meyer, Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke in particular for their contributions.He said, “I was pleased to see Max got that goal because he was in three or four times bee helm andSaturday’s2-1 defeat at home to Blackburn left the Rams sitting 22nd in the Championship.A club statement read: “Derby County can confirm that Manager Nigel Pearson will not be carrying out his duties at tonight’s game at the request of the club.“Assistant manager Chris Powell will take charge of the team for this evening’s Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City.“The club will make no further comment at this time.”
Football is a team game, we are always reminded.Tell that to the players who spend their matchdays on the substitutes’ bench, waiting for their opportunity in the first team.talkSPORT has taken a look at the 10 players who have spent the most time watwill come back stronger for his Champions League final disappointment.Kane and Spurs were left disconsolate as they went down 2-0 to Liverpool in the final on Saturday.He struggled in the game, only managing 11 passes, 26 touches and not a single shoching from the sidelines, thanks to statistics collected by Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno – whose position is being occupied by midfielder James Milner – came on in the 89th minute in last week’s win over West Brom, nearly says the coaching at Chelsea will ensure Christian Pulisic has a “bright future” ahead of him.The 21-year-old will have the tough task of replacing Eden Hazard following the completion of his move from Borussia Dortmund.But Berhalter says the prodig seven weeks after his last substitute cameo. He has been a regular feature watching from the sidelines for Jurgen Klopp’s men and features in this list.
Dimitri Payet still has the golden touch.The former West Ham favourite has enjoyed a quiet return to France since signing for Marseille back in January.But the silky playmaker reminded everyone of his qualities with a trademark free-kick against Dijon.Trailing 1-0 at the time, Payet stood 30-yards from goal before taking aim with a dipping effort.id coach Zinedine Zidane remains determined to bring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to Spain.Marca says Pogba is at loggerheads with his Real Madrid board as he pushes on with his bid to land £180million midfielder much from Paul Pogba.Saha claims it’s unfair the way 2018 World Cup-winning midfielder Pogba is targeted when United don’t perform.He said: “I am really a big fan of Paul. You target leadership for the best players in the team and Paul is defini Pogba.The Los Blancos bosAnd it’s safe to say he left the goalkeeper with absolutely no chance.
Record-breaking transfer target Paul Pogba can bring a Patrick Vieira-like presence to Manchester United’s midfield, a is ready to shake up his squad this summer as he is braced for some big name departures as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could go and they expect to raise serious cash.They have been looking at Soler for a while and the 23-year-old signed a new deal in ccording to Red Devils goal hero Dwight Yorke.Having been constantly linked with a return to Old Trafford during the close season, the transfer saga of the summer continues to drag on with Pogba still linked with a huge £100m move back to the club he left for free just four years ago.The deal would make the 23-year-Portuguese is the bookies favourite to replace Unai Emery in the Emirates dugout.”[Rumours] are not a distraction,” Nuno said.”You know me. I don’t talk about ifs, I don’t talk about possibilities, I don’t talk about things that are not real.”I thinkold the most expensive footballer in the world, above the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, who cost Real Madrid around £85m to prise away from Tottenham in 2013.Many have baulked at Juventus’ asking price, including But former United striker Yorke believes the young midfielder can prove his worth with his commanding influence in midfield, and even likened him to Arsenal’s legendary general Vieira.Speaking to Alan Brazil and Gunners greatRay Parlour on Monday’s Sports Breakfast, Yorke said: “You ask questions about Pogba – is he better then Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? No he’s not.“Is he a Paul Scholes in midfield who is going to dominate games and get you 18, 19 goals a season? No, he’s not that type either.“He’s more in the mould of Patrick Vieira.“He’s got that presence in midfield and can get forward when he needs to, so he’s obviously got something to be worth £100m.“The Premier League has become such a global spectacle and the revenue that is created by teams is enormous now, but that’s the modern day game, I’m afraid. That’s just the way it is.“I’m sure Pogba will be a great acquisition to the Manchester United squad.”
Chelsea will go head-to-head with Arsenal over Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard in the summer transfer window. report that Antonio Conte, the Blues manager, belorld Cup winner Andrea Pirlo says Mario Balotelli has it all to prove at Brescia.Pirlo has praised the striker for making the move.“If Balotelli chose to play for Brescia, it means he wants petition featuring teams from Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX, is doubling its number of teams to 16 for the 2020 edition of the tournament, reports, /.The number of clubs from the two top divisions competing in the Leagues Cup will be split eqto get back on track and do it the right way,” Pirlo told ieves Lingard is the ideal player for his system, confident he could shine in a wing-back role, and is prepared to battle the Gunners for his signature.The England international thrived under Louis van Gaal, but is struggling for a place in the starting line-up with Jose Mourinho in charge.With one year remaining on his Old Trafford contract, United face losing the 24-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be heading to America to join MLS side Los Angeles FC in a move that would net the Swede £5million a year.The move would see Zlatan sign for the club, but then be loaned back to ck at a personal gesture from Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2008.When the Bulgarian was choosing between United and rivals Manchester City on deadline day of that summer transfer window, Fergie took extraordinary measures to land Berbatov.He picked him uManchester United for next season.Ibrahimovic has remained coy on his future, despite a thrilling first season at Old Trafford, which has seen him score 28 goals in all competitions so far this term.But LAFC want to make Ibrahimovic one of their marquee signings and the loan element of the deal could persuade United to agree, according to the Daily Mail.Earlier this month Ibra spoke about his future at United, but stopped short of committing to stay and work under Jose Mourinho beyond the end of the current season. He told MUTV: “Listen, if I had something to say I would already have said it.“There is nothing to say. We are talking. If we are far from each other or close to each other… there issu Suning.It broke on Sunday that Real had ended talks with the Chinese giants over the sale of the Wales captain.And speaking with ESPN, agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed the reports.”They changed their minds when the player was given the go-ahead to no news. There are still talks. So let’s see what will happen. I’m open. There is nothing done yet.“I came here without the Champions League and I came with the team as it was. It was not a team that was favourites to win but I still came.“I came to help, I came to do what I’m able to do, I came to make it better and to bring the team and the club to higher views. Let’s see what happens.“I’m 35. A lot of things have to be settled. It’s not like I am 20 and I have another five to 10 years, I probably have one, two or three years.“Everything depends on what you want and what the club wants and what the vision of the club is.“I said from day one I didn’t come here to lose time, I came here to win.”