Juventus: ‘We didn’t have to sell Paul Pogba to Manchester United’

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta claims the club would have signed Gonzalo Higuain even if they had blocked Paul Pogba from joinay to make a last ditch bid to sign Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax defender is expected to sign for Juventus, with terms already settled between clubs.However, Mundo Deportivo says Bartomeu hadn’t given up and wanted to meet with De Ligt and Ajax officialing Manchester United.The France international ended up returning to Old Trafford this summer for a world record fee of £89million, four years after he had left for £1.5m.Pogba’s departure seemingly covered the cost of Juventus signing Higuain, who arrived from Napoli three weeks earlier for £75.3m.But now Marotta has dcontent_imgismissed such talk and Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger has paid tribute to manager Maurizio Sarri after his departure for Juventus.It was confirmed on Sunday that Sarri had left Chelsea to take charge of Juve.Former Roma defender Rudiger posted a thank-you to social media.”Thank you coach Sarri. You made me a better player and I learned a lot from you,” he stated. “Best of luck on your new adventure…”insisted the Italian champions could have kept Pogba and signed Higuain.“I know [Napoli President] Aurelio [De Laurentiis] well,” Marotta told Rai.“He is a passionate man and with Higuain there was a lot of controversy surrounding his move to Juventus.“It’s not true, though, that this move was closely linked to Paul Pogba’s departure.“We could have done the deal and still retained him, because in the past five years under the management of Andrea Agnelli our turnover has more than doubled, and we have considerable muscle if we want to buy new players.”

Everton FC news: Morgan Schneiderlin wants Ross Barkley to sign new deal at Goodison Park

Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin admits the players want Ross Barkley to stay at the club and he hopes his fellow midfielder makes a good decision about his future.Barkley has been given until next weekend to agree to the contract extension offered by the Toffees or be sold in the summer as manager Ronald Koeman believes it is not good business to keep a player entering the final year of his deal.That ultimatum ensured the England international’s name earned the headlines ahead of Friday&#821r contract with Fiorentina.The former Bayern Munich midfielder joins as a free agent.“Hello Fiorentina,” wrote Ribery on social media.“A new chapter for me and my family is beginning. Blessed and happy to sign a new contract at a great club in a 7;s visit of Watford but his response was equally attention grabbing as he fired home the only goal from 25 yards before performing a knee slide in front of the Gwladys Street End.At the moment neither side appears to want to make concessions in relation to Barkley’s contract impasse but Schneiderlin said the squad were united in their opinion.“We know the contract is between him and the club but what we can say is he is still working hard, has a good attitude and is very happy in the dressing room,” he said.“We will see what is going to happen. We can’t say too much on whether he will sign the contract or not &#8content_img211; we want him to sign but it is his decision. Hopefully he will make a good one by signing the contract.”Schneiderlin has only played with Barkley for four months having arrived from Manchester United in January but he has no doubts about the 23-year-old’s quality or his potential to improve.“I am very happy to play with him. He is a very good player with a good attitude, he works very hard every day to be a better player and he has great quality,” the Frenchman added.&#822ce his playing career is over – as a sporting director.The Blues’ director Marina Granovskaia is determined to continue the integration of a number of players from the club’s heydays having already assigned duties to Didier Drogba, Joe Cole, and Pa0;He is still young and he progresses week in, week out – and he can continue progressing.”

Antoine Griezmann transfer: Chelsea will battle Manchester United for £86m Atletico Madrid forward this summer

Antoine Griezmann is a wanted man in the summer transfer windon Wan-Bissaka.United have baulked at Crystal Palace’s asking price of £60m for the 21-year-old right-back.Sky Sports says Norwich City teenager Max Aarons will be targeted by the Red Devils if they cannot agree to a deal for Wan-Bissaka.Aarons was iw.Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the Atletico Madrid forward at the eer his surprise departure yesterday.Just days after manager Rafa Benitez quit for Dalian Yifang, Perez was sold to Leicester for £30m.“Newcastle made my dreams come true – to be able to play in the Premier League,” he said.“It’s been five yearnd of the season and, according to , Chelsea are also determined to battle their Premier League rivals for his signature.The France international, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions for Atleti this term, has arelease clause of £86m and both content_imgEnglish teams are understood to be willing to meet this price.Antoine Conte, The Sun report, will be backed by Roman Abramovich with unlimited transfer funds in the incoming market,as the club aim to build on what has so far been an excellent campaign.

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 29, 2016

This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we keep you up to date with what’s happening on day four of the third Tes eyeing Newcastle United’s loan signing Danny Rose.The Sun says Tottenham’s exiled left-back, 29, is playing for his next move during his loan spell with the Toon and PSG are hot on his trail.And with a spell in the shop window Rose is keen to prove t between India and England.We also discuss Manchester United manager Jose Mourimsdale joined fans on Saturday for defeat to Watford.Ramsdalcontent_imge posted a message on the club’s social media last week, urging fans to give the struggling Cherries their full support when Watford visited on Saturday.The 21-year-old missed the game throunho, who has been charged by the FA for kicking a bottle in frustration during the 1-1 draw against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday.We also discuss West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis, who has lost a £3.7m High Court battle with former club Crystal Palace and look ahead to tonight’s EFL Cup quarter-final action.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.

Pre-season results for Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool

Missed the results from Saturday’s(30 July) friendlies, then check them out here (Prw’s Carabao Cup tie.The St Mary’s side were embarrassed on their own turf by Leicester, losing 9-0, following a total capitulation. “It’s not easy of course but at the same time I think they are incredible professionals,” explained Guardiola.”The manemier League club and goal scorers in bold).1-0 Cardiff City (Dean Court)Rangers 1-3 (Ibrox)Mee (OG)/ 2-3 Real Madrid (Michigan, USA))/Marcelo (two),Mariano DiazFulham 3-1 (Craven Cottage)Aluko, Matt Smith,Ayite/Real Betis1-1 (4-3 pens) (Dresden, Germany)Pezzella/,Nottingham Forest 1-2 (City Ground)Burke/Paris St-Germain 4-0 (California, USA)Cavani, Ikone,Lucas Moura,EdouardAC Milan 0-2 (California, USA)Galatasarayadmits Matthijs de Ligt is on the brink of leaving.The defender is all set to sign for Juventus.”The end is in sight,” Overmars told Voetbal International.“It’s about bank guarantees now, as Ajax are always very strict on these matters. I hope it a 2-5 (Gothenburg, Sweden)Gumus, Bruma/Aston Villa 1-3 (Villa Park)BakerGroningen 0-1 (Groningen, Netherlands)Montpellier 1-1 (Aix-les-Bains, France)Camara/Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 (Molinecontent_imgux)Queens Park Rangers 2-0 (Loftus Road)Polter, WashingtonPlymouth Argyle 0-0 (Home Park)

Jurgen Klopp plans to retire before age of 60 and claims Liverpool could be his last club

Jurgen Klopp could see himself ending his managerial career with Liverpool and expects that to be in the next decade.The German celebrates a year in charge at Anfield next weekend and so far has proved to be a very popular figure.His first season had its ups and downs but the Reds have made a flying start to the 2016-17 campaign and have been widely praised for their football.Klopp, 49, told Germany’s RedaktionsNetwerk he cannot imagine still being a manager at 60 and, although he would be happy to end his career in England, he would then head back to his homeland.He said: “I certainly will (return to Germany) to live, but I don’t know if I will be back there as a coach yet. The day will come when I say, ‘thanks, it was a pleasure’.“It’s very, very unlikely that I will still be sitting on the bench when I am 60. And, if at the end of my career I only got to coach Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, then it will certainly have been three fantastic clubs.”Liverpool will bid for a fifth consecutive win when they travel to struggling Swansea on Saturday.The Reds have scored 14 goals in their past four games while Swansea have managed just a single Premier League victory this season.That came in their opening match against Burnley, and manager Francesco Guidolin admitted he is braced for the sack if they fail to win on Saturday.But the Swans were unlucky to lose to Manchester City last weekend and Klopp feels they are a better team than their points tally suggests.He said: “This season we have time to analyse all the oCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha is in talks with Bayern Munich.Sky Sports says Zaha’s representatives have held preliminary talks with Bayern Munich following his decision to hire super-agent Pini Zahavi, but at this stage it seems unlikely Bayern wpponents properly and they play much better than four points look like.“It’s a good football-playing side with a clear plan, with different options in their style of play, good defending. If you want, it’s a typical Premier League problem.“You analyse an opponent and you think, ‘Okay, that’s quite strong’. They were unlucky in this situation, lucky in this situation for the opponent. We will be prepared for this game and no one should be in doubt that we know about thcontent_imge quality of Swansea.”Liverpool were beaten on their last visit to the Liberty Stadium in May in a match that came less than 72 hours after a last-gasp defeat by Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.The Reds are not in European competition this season and Klopp is determined they must use that to their advantage in the Premier League.He said: “We lost at Swansea last season in a difficult week for us. We had to play there at 12pmer City midfielder Jack Harrison admits he stays in touch with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.The new Chelsea manager, who starred alongside Harrison for New York City FC, has taken real interest in the youngster’s career and they remain close. “I feel l on the Sunday and that was really hard for us, we didn’t perform really well so deserved the defeat.“This time we want to deserve something else. We have absolutely no excuses. We have time to recover, we have time to train, we have time to analyse and we have to use it.”

Chelsea FC transfer news: AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli insists he has no interest in move

AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has poured cold water on speculation he could joinChelsea.The Blues werary Arsenal defender Martin Keown was impressed with Pablo Mari’s debut against Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Monday. The Spanish centre-half started alongside David Luiz in the 2-0 victory.An incredible stopper in his time, Keown knows a thing or two e chacontent_imgsing the 21-year-old in the summer, but they were rebuffed on several occasions.Antonio Conte, however, has reportedly asked Crlet Gianluca Busio.ESPN says United have expressed interest in the 17-year-old midfielder, who scored four goals and provided two assists in his breakthrough MLS campaign.It’s said United have been “kicking the tires” for the US Under-17 internationhelsea owner Roman Abramovich to make a fresh approach for the Italian in January.But, Romagnoli has now revealed that he is settled at the San Siro and is not pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge.“I’m happy here, I’m happy and I hope to stay in Italy,” Romagnoli told Premium Sport.

REJECTED! Crystal Palace have £10m bid rejected for Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji

Crystal Palace have had a £10million bid for Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji rejected.The 27-year-old has been attracting plenty of interest this January, with Leicester City another one of the clubs chasing him.The Foxes, however, have failed with their approcontent_imgach for Mbodji after a bid of £7m was rejected by Anderlecht.Palace were hoping they could trump Leicester’s move for the centre-back by offering £10m but that, according to Het Laatste Nieuws, has been snubbed too.Anderlecht are currently sitting second in the Belgian First Dal Palace both want to keep the 29-year-old in the Premier League next season.While Fulham and West Brom are also prepared to meet Southampton’s asking price to make Austin part of their Chafter selling him to Atletico Madrid for €25m, Villarreal will receive more money for Rodrigo.The midfielder has completed a move to Manchester City after the English club activated his €70m release clause.Villarreal will receive €7m of that figmpionship promotion challenge next year.The quartet of clubsivision A, just one point behind league leaders Club Brugge.As a result, they are reluctant to let any of their key players leave – and that includes Senegal international Mbodji.

Montreal Impact v Toronto FC – Is this the most intense derby in North America?

In the world of football, there are few things that bring out the vibrancy of the game like rivalries. Whether these rivalries are cross-town derbies like the ‘Old Firm’ in Glasgow, or battles on the national level like Spain’s ‘El Clasico’, there is an indescribable importance that accompanies these types of matches. In North America, this sentiment is no different, but for perhaps the first time in modern history, its Canada’s game-of-games in the spotlight: Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC.Hidden within the United States and Canada’s adolescent football landscape is a rivalry that has the fire and tension of a hundred-year derby, a contest which didn’t start in football, but serves only as its latest, and arguably most heated outlet. While these two clubs have only been playing each other since 2007, Montreal and Toronto aren’t cities that had to learn to hate each other. In fact, the roots of this rivalry can be traced back hundreds of years to Napoleonic Wars and the settling of modern day Canada. Separated by only 504 kil should be competing for trophies.The Giallorosso haven’t won a title for 11 years.“It’s such a shame for a club like this not to have won anything in the last years,” Dzeko told the Athletic. “Hopefully this can change, because this club, first ometres, Canada’s two largest cities are culturally worlds apart to this day, and the tension between English Protestant Ontario and French Catholic Queaying alongside Pablo Mari for their U23 defeat to Chelsea yesterday.It marked on-loan Flamengo defender Mari’s first appearance in an Arsenal shirt.Coyle later said, “We’ve played with Rob (Holding) a lot of times and he’s always been good with us. bec has manifested itself most visibly through sport.In 1917, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs played for the first time, and while this hockey rivalry has best represented the provincial prize-fight for a century, a new generation of fans are turning to football. The game has a rich history in both cities, dating to the 1970’s NASL era and even beyond, but with the explosion of the game on this continent in recent years, and the league success of both sides, the rivalry now sits centre stage with TFC and the Impact.The true foundation of the rivalry came in 2009 at the “Miracle in Montreal” which saw Toronto win 6-1, overcoming a five goal deficit on aggregate to win the Canadian Cup and etch a place into Canadian football folklore. But with the promotion of the Montreal side to MLS in 2012, the clubs have been able to play more often and in even more meaningful games. One of the most significant of these games came in the 2015 MLS Playoffs, where Montreal wrote their own page into history when they knocked out TFC in the Ontario club’s first ever play-off appearance.As fate would have it, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC met in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final. Coupled with the usual bragging content_imgrights of this fixture is not just the ability to earn a place in the MLS Cup, but to earn that placefirst. No Canadian team has ever played in the final, and for one to do so, they must first beat their greatest rival, across two games, with everything to play for. Make no mistake, this is the biggest game in the history of Canadian club football. It’s been called the ‘401 Derby’, the “Two Solitudes Derby” and even the “Canadian Classico” – but whatever it may be called, the stakes have been raised, and what’s on the line goes well beyond 90 minutes. Watch the clip below..

EFL Cup quarter-final: Arsenal v Southampton – Predicted line-up for Arsene Wenger’s side at the Emirates

Arsenal host Southampton in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup, kick off 7:45pm at the Emirates’s seen from their U23s.The midfielder, now in his third spell with the the Seagulls, believes the environment can get the young guns ready for the next step. Crofts, 35, said: “Since I have come in it’s been brilliant.“It’s like a first team content_imgand.Hull City and Liverpool booked their placeter United.The Mirror says Maguire has moved a step closer to an £80million move to United after telling Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave.The 26-year-old England centre back has set his sights on a move to Old Trafford with champions in the semi-finals on Tuesday night, while Manchester United meet West Ham United in tonight’s other clash.Top flight managers often make significant alterations to their starting XI in this competition, and Arsene Wenger is expected to do just that.Lucas Perez is set to return to the side after recovering from an ankle injury, but who else could join the Spaniard in the Gunners’ line-up?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI by scrolling through the gallery above.

Transfer report: Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote targeted by Turkish giants Galatasaray

Galatasaray have set their sights on Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote after missing out on Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.The Turkish giants had looked set to land Brazilian Lucas this summer but the switch has fallen through leaving Gala seaking an alternative.And, according to Fanatik, the Istanbul club are now hopeful of sealing a deal for Tiote.The Ivorian had become an integral member of the Newcastle team since his arrival from Twente in 2010 but his future is unclear following their relegation from the Premier League.Galatasaray are keen to lure him to Turkey althooure is being encouraged to seek bigger things.Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves says Doucoure could walk into Liverpool’s xpected to make a second attempt to land Watkins, says the Mirror. An £11million bid was rejected, but boss Roy Hodgson needs content_imgto add to his attack and Palace will up their offer for Watkins, who scored 12 times last season.Palace are also interestedmidfield. The Frenchman was impressive for Saturday’s triumph.Hargreaves enthused: “He is one of ugh it has been suggested that both Watford and Al-Jazira are also hoping to clinch his signature this summer.Tiote could be followed out of Newcastle by another midfielder, with

Transfer news: Sevilla want to sign on-loan Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri on permanent deal amid MLS interest

Sevilla r United boss Jose Mourinho admits coaching a national team is an ambition.Mourinho says Portugal would be a priority, but not his lone choice.He said: “I think it’s more of the national team than a club. But you can never say never. “But I see more are hoping to signSamir Nasri on a permanent basis from Manchester City, despite reported interest from New York City FC.The Spanish club landed the Frenchman on a season-long loan although boss Jurgen Klopp says Curtis Jones will be better for last night’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.Klopp was happy with the midfielder’s performance in the 2-0 loss.Klopp believes there’s still a lot more to come from the city-centre-born Jones who has enhe later revealed that manager Pep Guardiola had tried to convince him to stay.He has made a bright start in La Liga and newspaper Estadio Deportivo have reported that they are already exploring the option of signing him outright.Sevilla are wary of interest from New York City, who are the sister club of his current employers, after it was reported that they want to land Nasri in the summer.Although given he is content_imgjust 29, Sevilla are hoping that Nasri will want to continue plying his trade in one of Europe’s major leagues before heading to America in the twilight of his career.