Manchester United summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is provingacy and powerful winger has drawn a lot of interest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while t a lot of people wrong this season.The Swedish striker finally joined the Premier League aged 34, with many feeling he was possibly too old to mato the signing of Celtic fullback Kieran Tierney.The Scotsman says Danny Rose’s Tottenham future has been uncertain for some time and with Spurs reportedly open to selling him they are considering Tierney, 22, as a replacement.Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnonke a big impact in the English top-flight.An early goal feast was followed by onein 11 games, but now, following his 35th birthday in October, Ibrahimovic has been in brilliant form – scoring 10 league goals.This sees him go level with Alan Shearer as the top scoring 35-year-old in Premier League history.But who is top at every other age? Click the right arrow above to find out…
The time has come to look back on the remarkable career of Frank Lampard.Two months after Alex Kral has reacted to claims of interest from Newcastle United.Kral has made it no secret of his ambition to eventually play in England.But on the Newcastle rumours, agent Karol Kisel told Sport-Express: “Alex is happy at Spartak. “We do not ther , his, ending a 21-year professional career.An icon of English football, the 38 year old is the highest scoring midfielder in Premier League history and top of Chelsea’s all-time goal scoring list.And whether a rival fan or part of the Stamford Bridge faithful, the support f 1-1 draw with Watford.They made a poor start with Will Hughes rolling home on 80 seconds, but Fabian Schar levelled just before half-time.Bruce said, “We are disappointed we didn’t nick it in the end because we had a couple of really good chances inor the former West Ham United, Chelsea and England man has been immense…
Former Tottenham star Danny Murphy has told Harry Kane to be more selfish ahead of their London derby clash with Chelsea.Spurs will take on the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night hoping to be the team to end the Blues’ winning run.Antonio Conte’s imperious side are one win away from setting a new Premier League record of 14 consecutive victories in one season, and victory in the London derby will be the icing on the cake.But, though Murphy admits Chelsea could likely turn over any team in their current form, the former midfielder insists Spurs have the weapons necessary to upset their rivals.“I fancy Chelsea,” Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They just look like they can turn anyone over with the way they’re playing at the moment.“If Tottenham go after them – and I think they will because fans will demand that in a London derby – and leave themselves open on the counter and with [Eden] Hazard and [Diego] Costa playing so well, I think they could punish them.“But I hope they don’t, not just because I’m a former Tottenham player, but because we all want the Premier League title race to be competitive.“Harry Kane and Dele Alli are going to be hugely important to Spurs – that s Suarez as the world’s best strikers.Firmino has become a star with Liverpool in recent seasons, while Suarez has excelled at Barcelona since making a name for himself at Anfield.When asked who was the best striker in the world, Brazil legend Kaka scombination is their main weapon. They have a really good understanding.“Kane is just incredible how he keeps scoriverton.Hodgson suggested his side played better than the 3-1 scoreline suggests.Speaking after the match, he broke down the clash from his perspective in the dugout: “I thought we played well for large parts. Not right at the start or the late stage.ng goals. He’s crucial for Spurs and he’s got to make sure he’s in that centre-forward position. Sometimes he’s so keen to get on the ball and make an impact that he’s not in the box enough.“But tonight, especially because of the way Chelsea play, he’s got to be selfish and stay high up the pitch and give Spurs that get-out ball.”
Jose Mourinho is the Happy Ozio Sarri will move to Juventus.And Mario Giuffredi says Hysaj could join him in Turin.“Four years have passed and a player like Hysaj may want to try new experience, especially if in the first three years he gave great performances and then last sne no more after Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season in 17 years.The champions go to West Brom on Sunday bidding for a first win of the season after beginning with a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea and 3-0 loss at title rivals Manchester City.“We have one point from two matches. I’m not happy at all,” said Mourinho, before listing those under-performing.“I’m not happy with anyone. I’m not happy with (Branislav) Ivanovic’s form, (Gary) Cahill, John (Terry), Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta), Eden (Hazard), (Cesc) Fabregas, (Nemanja) Matic.“But, for me, the first thing is I’m not happy with my form, because I used to get better results than I’m getting (now).“This is the start of everything.”Mourinho, who described himself as the Happy One on his return to Chelsea two summers ago, is eager for self-improvement as well as collective.“I go to the gym every day now to get fitter,” said Mourinho, who says he went once every six months previously.“Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter.”The Blues boss this week made efforts to improve Chelsea, convincing Pedro to sign from Barcelona in a one minute conversation. Pedro could make his debut at the Hawthorns.Mourinho became aware of the availability of the Spain forward on Monday and Chelsea signed him for £21million on Thursday, swooping swiftly for a player Manchester United had pursued for around a month.The World Cup winner joined Baba Rahman, a left-back signed from Augsburg, in moving to Chelsea in the wake of the loss at City.“For me, it was one minute,” said Mourinho, before recalling the conversation.“‘Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?’ ‘Yes, it’s true. I love it here. It’s my home, but it’s time for me to move.&poken of leaving Everton for Manchester United six years ago.Moyes lasted just nine months in the job after being appointed.He told The Coaches’ Voice: “In my last year or two at Everton, I had been getting approached by many big clubs. The majority #8217; ‘Did you sign already for another club?’ ‘Almost, but not yet.’ ‘Do you want to come here?’ ‘Yes, I want.’“I told people in the club ‘it’s over to you’. (But) I thought he would never leave Barcelona.”The former Real Madrid boss has acrimonious history with Barcelona.“Maybe I insulted him or he insulted me. But, for football people, that’s not a problem,” Mourinho said.“It’s a problem for non-football people. In football, people forget.”Further signings could follow, if the chance arises before the September 1 deadline.“People used to call it the transfer window. I sometimes call it the opportunity window,” Mourinho added.“While the window is open there is always an opportunity.”
On this week’s Sky BetEFL Review Show Ian Abrael Alves has hit out at former Barcelona teammate Leo Messi.Alves is furious with Messi after the Argentina captain claimed corruption at the Copa America as Brazil won the tournament.Currently a free agent after leaving PSG, Brazil fullback Alves bahams is joined by Walsalterest in moving to Manchester United.The Brazilian will snub a move to Manchester United as he wants a return to Liverpool.Coutinho has struggled to rediscover his Anfield form in two seasons at the Nou Camp.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted tl defender Scott Laird as they look back on the weekend’s Sky Bet League One and League Two action.
Welcome to the European Football Show.NSenegalese winger scored a brace to help Watford defeated Liverpool last weekend.But his career could’ve turned out far differently if he didn’t chose to join Rennes from Metz.He told the Hornets’ official website of rejecting the chance to join Barcat Coombs the Copa del Rey final last night.Gameiro struck in the 2-1 win in Seville.He said, “We are very happy, it was a very tough match, we have run a lot, but we won, I am very happy for us, for the fans, the club, we must enjoy this moment…”It’s the m and Andy Brassell are joined this week by experts from around Europe to preview the new season.They also take a look back the main stories from the week’s Champions League action.
Signing for Manchester United in a world record transfer is a big deal by anyone’s standards in football.Paul Pogba is the latest man to arrive at Old Trafford under the glaring lights of the Theatre of Dreams. The man even got his own hashtag to mark the occasion – big things were expected.But things have gotten off to a slow start.The former Juventus midfielder has failed to register a single assist or goal since his transfer and with his club struggling of late, the Red Devils could use thMbappe will be sold for world record money by PSG.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, having been snubbed by Mbappe when he was originally leaving Monaco, is determined to bring the World Cup winner to Spain at second attempt.But Vasilyev, who soeir leading act right about now.So, do record signings at Old Trafford always start with a whimper?talkSPORT flicked through the archives to see how othions League final.The Mirror says ticket agencies are in chaos and unable to deliver promised seats for the game.And that could lead to mayhem on the streets of Madrid with hoards of ticketless Liverpool and Tottenham fans being kicked out of UEFA Faer record signings fared in their debutseason.
Preston have confirmed their double swoop for Irish duo Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan from Dundalk.The Republic of Ireland internationals will join Preston on January 1 after agreeing two-and-a-half-year deals at Deepdale.Boyle is a 25-year-old centre back while Horgan, 24, has made his name as a goalscoring winger at Dundalk, where he notched 27 times in 132 outings.And Preston manager Simon Grayson says they had to hold off competition from a number of clubs in order to secure the double signing.Grayson told the club’s official website: “We have signed two players who have attracted a lot of interest from a lot of clubs over the past few weeks and months and we have had to work hard to get them, which shows our intent as a football club.“Both players have had great seasons in their league and in Europe, leading to their call ups for the Irish squad. They are young, hungry and looking to improve and will be excellent acquisitied interest in PSG striker Edinson Cavani.The Uruguay international is expected to leave PSG this summer, with the French giants needing a big sale to meet Financial Fair Play demands.El Larguero says Atletico have registered their interest as they soover becoming their technical director.However, the former Gunners midfielder will not resume negotiations until after the Copa America tournament, where he is the technical co-ordinator of the Brazil national team.”I had a conversation with Arsenal.ns for us.”
Arsene Wenger admits he could do with having Jack Wilshere at Arsenal as he is left short of midfield options ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Preston.Wilshere was allowed to leave the Gunners on a season-long loan move to Bournemouth in a bid to prove his fitness and earn a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.The temporary move has done the England international good and he has enjoyed a run of games on the south coast, something he had failed to do in three years at Arsenal as he was plagued with injuries.There is no option for Arsenal to recall the 25-year-old despite injuries ruling out Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, while Mohamed Elneny is away on international duty with Egypt.Asked if he regretted allowing Wilshere to leave, Wenger said: “Yes, I could use him now.“But if he had not played until now, he would not be ready to play now. What looks unfair at some moments in the season is that you know at some stage you could need the player.“But even at the start you need to have the right balance between competition and numbers and chances for the player to play. And still today I think it was the right decision for him to go.”Wenger also revealed he still intends to take up an option to extend the contracts of both CazoSporting Kansas City have expanded their first team partnership with Compass Minerals to include sleeve sponsorship, reports, /.The multi-year partnership also includes naming rights to the MLS club’s Pinnacle National Development Centre and Wyandotte Sporting Fields.rla and Per Mertesacker – despite the pair still being on the treatment table.Both players see their current deals expire at the end of the season, but the club have the option to extend them for a further 12 months.Mertesacker has yet to feature for the Gunners this season after suffering a severe knee injury on the eve of the campaign, while Wenger revealed on Thursday that Cazorla’s recovery from ankle surgery will take longer than the three months he had initially anticipated.Despite their continued injury concerns, the pair, both 32, look set to be handed new deals with Wenger keen to keep their experience in and around the squad.Asked if their contract extensions would be affected by their respective injures, the Arsenal boss said: “No. We have an option on both of them and I think we will take it.“For their qualities as football players firstly but as well for their mental guidance. We need to have a balance between youth and experience. They are important in that.“The priority first is football player but as well for their mental guidance. We need to have a balance between youth and experience and they are important in that as well.”Wenger said that Cazorla’s return is yet to be pencilled in after the Spain international underwent surgery on a troublesome Achilles at the beginning of December.“At the moment, he is far from returning,” he said.“It’s not going as quickly as I imagined, so certainly in January he will ncott McTominay as a future captain.When fit, the midfielder has been ever present for the Reds this season and has gained plenty of plaudits for his showings.McIlroy told Love Sport: “McTominay has been absolutely unbelievable. When he first came in ot come back. It could be a bit longer (than three months).“At the moment I don’t really know, but I just have a schedule that shows he is not planned to go outside and run at the moment.“It is frustrating because he’s such a great player and because he has started the season in such a tremendous way. He was the dominating player in our squad at the start of the season and we suddenly lost him.”While Cazorla’s season started well, Mertesacker’s is yet to begin whatsoever after the German World Cup winner injured his knee in a pre-season game at Lens in July.He is back training again but Wenger believes he too is some way short of returning to action.Asked if Mertesacker was close to coming back, he said: “No. He had a little calf problem. He’s on the pitch but not close. He’s still three or four weeks away, not more.”Wenger insists he plans on picking a strong XI for the third-round tie at Deepdale, although Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez will be rested.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sayshas no plans to offload Cesc Fabregas when the transfer window reopens in January.The Spain international has yet to start a Premier League this season and is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.The World Cup winner hasmany keen admirers around Europe, with AC Milan the latest to be linked with loan dealfor the 29-year-old.However, Conte expects Fabregas to remain at Stamford Bridge and insists the midfielder is still a key part of his plans.“Cesc is in my plans, he is in Chelsea’s plans. We all know he is a fantastic yers has helped his integration into the Manchester City first-team.The 18-year-old joined City from Barcelona three years ago.”I’m in my third season in Manchester already and I’m very happy. At first it was more complicated, but then I adapted afteplayer. I see him in every training session wirised himself by winning a new contract with Norwich City.The midfielder was planning to return home to Norway, but now has signed a new 12 month deal with the Canaries.And he told VG: “Everything has worked to the maximum, which has helped me sign tth great experience,” said the Italian.“It’s very difficult for me. But I want this player to put many doubts in my mind about team selection. I’m starting to know him man-to-man and he is an excellent professional.”
Chelsea are back in Premier League action on Sunday 11 September, tadnesday boss Steve Bruce admits he’s in talks with Newcastle United.An angry Wednesday fan confronted Bruce on the touchline during his side’s 3-1 friendly win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank on Saturday.After the match Bruce told the Sheffield Star: king on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, kick off 16:00 BST.The Blues are sitting second in the table, level on points with Manchester City and Mamove to Manchester United ahead of Arsenal.Meunier, 27, a childhood United fan, is keen to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer revamp, reports DH.Solskjaer needs to replace 33-year-old wing-backs Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.Arsenal, meanwhile, anchester United.Antonio Conte has, so far, suggested his side will be more of a nuisance to the top four than many may have predicted after such a poor 2015/16 campaign.Their opponents this weekend, the Swans,have got off to a disappointing start, winning one and suffering two defeats.Chelsea, therefore, will be looking to heap further pressure on Francesco Guidolin and his men.So who could start for the Blues? Will Conte delay a starting debut for David Luiz and Marcos Alonso?Check out our predicted Chelsea line up by viewing the slideshow above.
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle believes current Spurs star Dele Alli could end up matching Frank Lampard’s impressive goal tally.Alli, who has now won the PFA Young Player of the Year for two years running, has taken the Premier League by storm after getting his chance under manager Mauricio Pochettino.To date the midfielderhas bagged 31 goals throughout his Spurs career whilst Lampard signed off his time at Chelseawith a record-breaking 211, while he also netted 29 times for England. Spurs signed Allifrom MK Dons in 2015 and club legend and former England manager Hoddle predicts his career could match that of Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said:“To think he’s only now just 21. What’s he going to be like when he’s 24 or 25?”“For me he’s a gullback Angelino.La Voz de Galicia says City have informed PSV they intend to trigger the buy-back option in Angelino’s deal. PSV signed Angelino last summer for €5.5m and now face losing the young Spaniard for €12m.City are acting after PSG offeoal machine – the way he runs into the box you can’t coach that.“He’s got the instinct for that, his finishing is getting better and better, and the amount of goals he will score in his career will be incredible.“He’s a different style of player to Frank Lampard but I think he will be up there with that sort of goal ratio for England and for Spurs.”Tottenham may have seen their title challenge suffer a major setback following defeat to West Ham last Fr Chelsea goalkeeper Bradley Collins.Collins will not be joining Burton next season on a permanent deal from Chelsea.He told the club’s official website: “Brad won’t be signing for us which is obviously disappointing as we were quite a long way downiday but Hoddle is hugely optimistic about the team’s future.However, he insisted the key to success for Tottenham was to keep their current stars together with Pochettino in charge.“The key is to keep your best players. In the past Harry [Redknapp] built a really good team and then Modric goes and Berbatov goes,” Hoddle explained.“We have got to keep the best players there and add top players every two years.“We have got a very good squad at the moment but it needs to go deeper, for me, to go on and challenge Chelsea and all the top teams.“Spurs are at that crossroads and I pray to god the owners have got that intent and they go and do it.“It’s been mooted about Kyle Walker going and you don’t want to set that trend.“You have got to keep your best players and add to it and if they see someone go like that it might set a precedent.”
Barcelona will try and tempt Manchester United’s Ander Herrera to join them, it is being reported in Spain.Herrera has been a standout performer for United this season, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances in his first season at Old Trafford.With Barca stalwart Xavi set to move to the MLS, the Catalan club are prioritising a deep-lying midfielder this summer and reports suggest Herrera would be open to a move back to Spain.According to Sport, the former Atletic Bilbao man came close to joinnsibility for Wednesday’s loss to Liverpool.The Toffees were blown away by their fierce rivals at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side sealing a 5-2 victory.Asked who should take responsibility for the loss, Holgate said: “We take pretty much all iverpool legend Jamie Carragher can’t see Virgil van Dijk winning the Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk was outstanding as he helped Liverpool win the Champions League, while his side also finished one point behind Premier League winners Manchester City. But Carrof it.ing Barcelona when Pep Guardiola was in charge.United remain unlikely to sell, but could be tempted to do a deal if Barca come in with an offer of around £25million.
The Arsenal board have toldelona director presidential candidate Toni Freixa has had to clarify a social media post hinting Pep Guardiola should be sacked by Manchester City.Freixa used social media to offer his thoughts after watching City lose 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers Arsene Wenger he must confirm his future with the club before they face Manchester City in thrVAR was WRONG for Crystal Palace’s penalty won in their 2-2 draw at Arsenal.He wrote for the Daily Mail: “I’m still lost as to why they got involved to award Crystal Palace a penalty against Arsenal when, in my opinion, Wilfried Zaha clearly dived. “ee weeks’ time, on April 2.Out of contract in the summer, persistent speculation over the Frenchman’s future in north London has been somewhat of an unnecessary distraction at the Emiratesand, according to the , he has been ordered to make a decision over the international break.Wenger had publicly suggested that he will wait until the summer to state whether he’s staying or going, but it seems ongoing reports have been the source of too much frustration behind the scenes.It’s been a difficult few weeks of results for Arsenal, adding to the irritation over the uncertainty of Wenger’s future, but they on Saturday evening.
Ronald Koeman h upbeat over a speedy recovery from elbow surgery.The goalkeeper expects to be back in action over the New Year.He told Telefoot: “I am positive. We pass the various steps and move on. My return will be in January, so we are doing what it takes to geas credited Guus Hiddink with rebuilding Chelsea’s shattered confidence following the departure of Jose Mourinho and er Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Some fans and pundits believe that Solskjaer is not good enough to turn around the fortunes of such a giant club.But Mata believes that replacing yet another manager, their fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012, wouldbelieves his influence is the reason for their improving form.Chelsea visit Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday having experienced defeat only once since Hiddink’s arrival in December after a traumatic opening half to the season which led to Mourinho’s sacking and in which he frequently criticised his players.Koeman’s team has similarly improved after a poor run, and the Dutchman, who is familiar with Hiddink’s methods having been coached by him at PSV Eindhoven before assisting him with the Netherlands at the 1998 World Cup, revealed he expected that would be the impact he would have.“He is always defending his players and that was good for Chelsea at that moment,” said Koeman, 52.“He was the right man at the right moment and the players are looking more comfortable and he has given them confidence.“I was expecting that because they have good players with good qualities. The way the manager is dealing with the team is good for this moment.“Why and when they changed the manager they signed Guus Hiddink for his second spell at Chelsea and he had, in the past, had a good relationship with the players.“He is a coach with a lot of experience at all levels and knows a lot. He has a knowledge about characters of players and how to give them that important support to the key players.”