TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man Utd can land Ozan Kabak for third of Galatasaray valuationby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United can snap up Galatasaray defender Ozan Kabak for a cut-price fee.The Daily Mail says the 18-year-old centre back only made his first-team debut earlier this year but has quickly established himself as a regular under manager Fatih Terim.His potential has alerted United and other top European clubs who have established that Kabak has a £6.7million release clause despite Galatasaray valuing the teenager at £20m.Under-pressure Jose Mourinho has been pushing for his club to sign new defenders. Though he has been keen for them to sign more experienced players such as Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Leicester’s Harry Maguire, United have been earmarking younger players with potential to grow such as Kabak and Porto’s Eder Militao.
Month: October 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal Double winner McNab: We should’ve fought harder for Van Dijk, Robertsonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal Double winner Bob McNab has slammed the club for failing to sign Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.McNab believes both would have jumped at the chance of bringing back the Gunners’ glory days had Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp and Scot Frank McLintock been asked to intervene.He told The Sun: “Van Dijk has to be one of the best centre-backs the Premier League has seen in ages.“For the life of me I really can’t understand why we didn’t go for him when he was at Southampton.“Robertson has been brilliant, a joy to watch for ageing full-backs like me.“Liverpool took a gamble because you never know how someone will cope when they move to a big club where there’s pressure and scrutiny all the time. But Jurgen Klopp really did his homework.”McNab added: “We shot ourselves in both feet by not signing Van Dijk and Robertson.“I couldn’t imagine Andy Robertson turning us down if Frank McLintock had got involved in talks.“And the same applies to Bergkamp — if he’d have had a quiet word in Van Dijk’s ear then it could have been us at the top.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus demand Chelsea cough up big for Higuainby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are demanding Chelsea cough up big for Gonzalo Higuain.The Daily Express says a permanent deal at the end of the loan could be worth more than £54million.Juventus have rejected an initial six-month loan deal for the Argentine striker.Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan but wants to join his former coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.But Chelsea have proposed a long-term loan, with them taking over the remaining six months of Milan’s lease on the player.They then want to take the Argentine on loan for next season as well for an £18m fee, followed by a permanent deal in the summer of 2020. Juventus are reluctant to go for another loan move but could be persuaded with clauses for the deal to be made permanent if Chelsea finish in the top four or win the Europa League.
Venkatesham insists Arsenal happy with Emeryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham insists they’re happy with the work of manager Unai Emery.Despite their collapse in drawing at Watford, Venkatesham insists the board are happy with Emery’s tenure so far.”We are very comfortable with him and his coaching staff,” Venkatesham said of Emery during an interview with the Strait Times. “We think he is doing an excellent job, so we are very happy.”When we appointed Unai, the team that worked on that looked at lots of different attributes that we felt we want to have in our head coach.”One of them was, we want a coach who was willing, able, and had a track record of playing young players, because that is an important part of Arsenal Football Club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Malachi Boateng pens terms with Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMalachi Boateng has penned terms with Crystal Palace.Palace midfielder Boateng has signed his first professional contract with the club.Boateng, 17, is the brother of Academy graduate Hiram Boateng and has featured four times for the Under-23s this season, scoring once against Hull City.Hiram is now with MK Dons. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred praises Man Utd assistant coachesby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFred insists he maintains a strong relationship with the coaches at Manchester United, particularly former Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick.The 26-year-old has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since arriving from Shahktar Donestk in the summer of 2018.But he is working hard with the United coaches on the training pitch to improve his game.He told The Telegraph: “I have a good relationship with the manager and the coaches.”I speak to the coach [Mike Phelan] every day. And to Michael [Carrick] and Kieran [McKenna]. Michael played in my position – he knows what he is saying.”They are always encouraging me and I feel the support of fans, too. And I thank them for that.”
Paul Pogba’s confidence is growing game by game and he remains central to Manchester United’s hopes this season, according to teammate Nemanja Matic.Pogba scored twice on Boxing Day as United beat Huddersfield 3-1 at Old Trafford to continue their revival under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he appears to have slipped out of the shackles imposed on him during the final weeks of Jose Mourinho’s doomed tenure.The France international’s relationship with Mourinho disintegrated after the Portuguese referred to him as a “virus” following United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Pogba publically thanked his former manager for helping to “improve” him after last Saturday’s 5-1 win against Cardiff City, and Matic believes there is more to come from the club’s record signing after his recent uplift.“As I’ve said in previous interviews about him, he’s very important for us,” the Serb told the Guardian.“When he plays at his best, he can make the difference in every game. He played very well [against Huddersfield] but I think that he can do even more.“Slowly, game-by-game [he is doing better] and it’s very important for him to score some goals. The confidence for the next game is going to be better and he needs to know that he still can improve. He needs to know that he’s very important for this team.”“It’s difficult to answer what we changed [under Solskjær],” he said. “For sure, our approach to the game was different because this team have quality and we have to give our best every game if we want to win the games.”United have scored eight goals in their two games since the Norwegian took over from Mourinho, and have re-discovered the attacking verve that has so often been absent since the club last won the Premier League in 2013.“Everyone wants to show against Manchester United that they can compete with us, so we need to know that our level of running and fighting needs to be the same or even higher than the other team. Then our quality can make the difference.”“But when we are fighting, when we know what we have to do in every moment of the game, then the other teams don’t have a lot of chance to take points from here. The next game is a new challenge. We have to do more. We have to do everything to win because this is the way to make [improvements].”
Inter are prepared to let Gabriel Barbosa go out on loan once more after the youngster relaunched his career in 2018, with Fulham among those leading the way in the battle to sign him.Barbosa, dubbed ‘Gabigol’ in his native Brazil after bursting onto the scene as a teenage sensation, joined Inter in 2016 from Santos.He failed to settle in Italy, however, playing just a handful of games in his debut season and subsequently disappointing in a temporary switch to Benfica. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A move back to Santos saw him rejuvenated over the past 12 months , with Barbosa finishing as Serie A’s top scorer with 18 goals to help the Peixe gain a Copa Sudamericana spot.And now, Goal understands, he will again be offered out on loan by Inter in the hope that the 22-year-old will continue to fine tune his play, with Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez both ahead of him in the pecking order at San Siro.The Nerazzurri, however, stipulate that only teams that are willing to cover the full cost of Gabigol’s wages – some €3.5 million per season – will be considered as potential suitors.And while the January transfer window has recently opened two sides in particular are willing to accept those terms: Fulham and Brazilian giants Flamengo.Fulham currently find themselves in a tense battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League, currently sitting second from bottom in the standings four points adrift from safety.A lack of goals, moreover, has contributed to that malaise; the west Londoners’ tally of just 19 goals in 21 outings is superior only to Huddersfield and Newcastle United’s strike-rate to date.But while Gabigol is a big fan of English football, June’s Copa America is weighing heavy on his mind.The striker believes that spending the next campaign in Rio de Janeiro with Flamengo, who finished second to Palmeiras in 2018 and will dispute this year’s Copa Libertadores, would be more beneficial to his Brazil chances than a relegation dogfight.Inter and Flamengo remain in negotiations, with the cost of a prospective deal causing an early stumbling block.The Italians are looking for a fee before releasing Barbosa for the next year in order for the loan to run to the end of the Brazilian season, a condition that did not go down well in Rio.West Ham also remain keen as they look to bolster their own forward line, though they are unwilling to match Inter’s wages demands.
England Women’s manager Phil Neville has said he fears no side in the Women’s World Cup.The Lionesses face Cameroon in the round of 16 on Sunday, after progressing with a perfect record from the group stages for the first time in their World Cup history.Despite that success, Neville acknowledged that each game had seen some sloppy passages from his team but also admitted his own standards might be unrealistically high. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Yes, it does frustrate me,” the former Manchester United player said at a press conference.“I’m looking for something that may take a long time to achieve, that total domination for 90 minutes. I sometimes expect more of them, but maybe no team can do it for 90 minutes.“My expectation levels are sometimes higher than what’s achievable. But I have to keep pushing the standards.“And so far I’ve seen nothing in this tournament that gives me fear. I’ve seen nothing that makes me go: ‘Oh dear me, if we play them we’re going to struggle’.”England are favourites to beat Cameroon and progress to the quarter-finals, where they would face Norway, who beat Australia in a penalty shootout on Saturday, should they advance.Despite that, Neville will not underestimate their opponents, saying that his team could struggle against a defensive style.“Our biggest tests are going to be against teams like that, the teams that we’re expected to beat but will sit low and really try to stifle us,” he continued.“My players are looking forward to the games where teams will come out at us, give us more spaces to play and to counter-attack.”No team at this World Cup has rotated as much as the Lionesses, and Neville says he has made those changes based on tactical needs in each game.“We pick players based on their profiles,” the 42-year-old added.“Over the years I’ve learned that, if you have one cog that’s not quite right in the system, that flow of how you want to play can’t work.”“It’s not science, it’s common sense, it’s playing the right players in the right positions for the style of football you want to implement in a specific game.”