With the football season now in full flow, there’s plenty of news and gossip to try and keep up with from around the footballing world.
From transfers, to injuries, to the weird and wonderful, we’ve got you covered with the very latest.
Morata's agent to consider West Ham move (Sept 21st)
The representatives of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata are considering the player’s options in the approach to the January transfer window.
Morata is keen to break through and nail down a place in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad, but he knows he must be playing regularly to do so.
After falling down the pecking order at Chelsea, Morata is said to have offers in Italy and Germany, while West Ham are also said to be interested.
A move to Chelsea’s London rivals, who they meet on Sunday, is not being ruled out at this stage, according to reports.
Pedro suffers nasty shoulder injury (Sept 21st)
Chelsea have been dealt a blow with the news that Pedro suffered a nasty shoulder injury in their Europa League opener.
After taking a heavy touch, Pedro clashed with the Greek side’s goalkeeper in the final seconds and was forced off.
Maurizio Sarri confirmed that injury did not appear to be a dislocated shoulder as was suggested, but the Spaniard looked in some discomfort.
Juventus end interest in Liverpool target (Sept 21st)
Juventus have ended their interest in Liverpool target Nicolo Barella.
The Italian midfielder, who plays his football for Cagliari, is impressing in Serie A.
A host of clubs, including Liverpool, Spurs, Milan and Inter are believed to be keen on the youngster.
United and Arsenal scout German prospect (Sept 21st)
German youth international Arne Maier has emerged as a transfer target for both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Both clubs have had scouts keeping a close eye on the Hertha BSC midfielder recently.
Maier is a defensive midfielder and is earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga after breaking into Hertha’s side last season.
No new deal for Milner yet (Sept 21st)
Liverpool are yet to offer a new deal to midfielder James Milner, it has been revealed.
The player is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave the club for nothing.
Milner has been one of the star performers for Liverpool in their early-season run, keeping the likes of Fabinho out of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool begin work on new training ground (Sept 21st)
Liverpool announced that work has begun on the building of the club’s new training complex.
The work will redevelop the academy site and make the first-team and youth sides have one combined training facility for the first ever time at Liverpool.
Speaking about the plans, manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his delight, “We are in a situation where we are currently OK. Melwood is a wonderful place, we love it. Kirkby is a wonderful place, we love it. But bringing them together is a step into the future, which we all need.”
Pochettino fears the sack (Sept 21st)
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could be sacked by the club after their poor run of form.
Tottenham are now facing four defeats in a row should they lose on the road against Brighton this weekend.
Pochettino explains that his players had been “traumatised” by their recent run of form in all competitions.
Spurs lost in the Champions League to Inter thanks to a late goal from Matias Vecino.
Hazard wanted to miss PAOK game (Sept 20th)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard reportedly requested to sit out of the club’s Europa League opener.
The Belgian did not travel with the rest of the squad to Greece and will watch the game from home.
Hazard wants to avoid fatigue after a busy start to the season. The player was originally eased back into action following the World Cup this summer.
Spurs stars demand days off (Sept 20th)
Tottenham players are reportedly looking to increase the number of days they have off.
According to reports, players believe that their current form is partly down to mental and physical fatigue.
A number of Mauricio Pochettino’s players took shorter holidays this summer in order to be back in time for the club’s opening Premier League game of the season.
Spurs confident over stadium plans (Sept 20th)
Tottenham are confident that they will be playing their home football at their new-look White Hart Lane before the end of the year.
There had been suggestions that the delays could carry over into 2019, but Spurs have assured fans that is not the case.
Original plans meant the club had hoped to be in much earlier, but the stadium’s build has been delayed.
Lovren could face jail time (Sept 20th)
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face as many as five years in jail.
Lovren was charged with perjury in Croatia but has denied the allegations, claiming he has not committed any criminal offence.
The defender was involved in a case regarding transfer fees to Dinamo Zagreb that brought down a high-profile football administrator.
Coady could get England cap (Sept 20th)
Wolves captain Conor Coady is the latest name to emerge as a potential England international.
Gareth Southgate is said to be keeping an eye on the defender, who has impressed so far in the Premier League.
Southgate has never been shy to evaluate all of his options in a bid to increase the pool of talent available to him.
Extra training for Rashford (Sept 20th)
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is putting on extra training sessions to help fellow forward Marcus Rashford.
Lukaku is said to be working closely with the young striker in a bid to bring the best out of him at Old Trafford.
Rashford has been unable to dislodge Lukaku as United’s starting striker and there have been concerns over the amount of game time he is getting as a result.
United scout Nicolas Pepe (Sept 20th)
Manchester United have ordered their scouts to run the rule over Nicolas Pepe.
According to reports in France, both Arsenal and United are interested in the player who impressed for Lille last season.
Southampton had a bid rejected for the player during the summer transfer window.
Premier League trio eye Paqueta (Sept 20th)
Flamengo youngster Lucas Paqueta looks like he could be the next Brazilian to try and tackle European football.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all being linked with a move to sign the midfielder.
Potential suitors are going to have to spend big, the player has a €50 million release clause in his contract.
Liverpool held Mbappe talks (Sept 19th)
Jurgen Klopp held talks with Kylian Mbappe over a potential move to Anfield when it became clear he was leaving AS Monaco.
The Reds were in the running to sign the player, but could not compete with Paris Saint-Germain financially, it has been revealed.
Mbappe would go on to join Liverpool’s Champions League group stage opponents in a deal worth around £155 million.
The French forward scored during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over the Ligue 1 side on Tuesday night.
De Gea happy at Manchester United (Sept 19ht)
David De Gea has once again reiterated his happiness at the club.
The Spaniard is continuously linked with a move back to La Liga, but the shot-stopper has hinted that he has no plans to move anytime soon.
When quizzed on his future, De Gea replied, “I am really happy to play for this club, one of the best clubs in the world.”
Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move to sign De Gea before they opted for Thibaut Courtois.
Berbatov backs City to make the CL final (Sept 19th)
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is backing Manchester City to make the Champions League final this season.
Berbatov admits that any of City, Real Madrid and Juventus could make the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
He believes that Pep Guardiola’s men will learn from last season’s mistakes in Europe and go all the way to the final.
Many have suggested that City are the favourites for the competition after their Premier League success.
Southgate keeping an eye on the Championship (Sept 19th)
Gareth Southgate took the bold decision to not watch Liverpool’s eye-catching Champions League meeting with PSG in order to catch a Championship game.
The England boss watched Derby County’s home game against Blackburn Rovers, with a particular focus on Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
Steve Holland was also keeping tabs on Jack Grealish at Aston Villa.
Many were surprised Southgate decided against watching the likes of Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold come up against some of the best in Europe.
Tony Blair to join the Premier League? (Sept 19th)
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could become the next chairman of the Premier League, according to reports.
It is believed that he is a name that has popped up in discussions among officials of Premier League clubs during recent meetings.
A nominations panel led by Chelsea’s Bruce Buck are set to decide on the next chairman and Blair, who is said to be a Newcastle fan, is in the running.
Marko Arnautovic fit to face Chelsea (Sept 19th)
West Ham are confident that they will have Marko Arnautovic fit enough to face Chelsea on Sunday.
The Austrian international was forced off with a knee injury against Everton last weekend, but it is not believed to be serious.
There had been concerns he would miss Sunday’s game at the London Stadium, but that no longer appears the case.
Arnautovic has quickly emerged as West Ham’s talisman once again this season and his performance will be key if the Hammers want to get a result on Sunday.
Arsenal eye Pavon deal (Sept 19th)
Arsenal remain keen on a deal to sign Cristian Pavon from Boca Juniors.
The Gunners are hopeful that a backroom shake-up could help them seal a deal for the Argentinian international.
Raul Sanllehi, the club’s new head of football, has already prepared to talks over a deal to sign the player, according to reports.
The movement behind the scenes at Arsenal has been prompted by Ivan Gazidis’ decision to leave the club and move to Milan.
Maguire hits back at reporters (Sept 19th)
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has denied reports that claimed players were unhappy at the King Power Stadium.
It was reported that the Leicester players were not pleased with the decision taken by the club to drive to Bournemouth, rather than fly.
However, the England international refuted these claims and was keen to set the record straight.
Chelsea and Madrid eye Dybala move (Sept 18th)
Reports in Italy have linked both Chelsea and Real Madrid with a move for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.
The Argentinian star could leave the Italian champions after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and there is talk that he could make the reverse move that Ronaldo did in the summer.
Chelsea have not been too keen to splash the cash in recent windows, having done just that in years past, but the chance to sign such a star player could tempt the powers-that-be into getting the chequebook out.
Sterling's contract talks break down (Sept 18th)
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has seen talks over a new deal at the club break down.
The England international has been locked in talks over a new deal for some time, with suggestions he wants to match some of the top earners at the Etihad.
Sterling’s current deal at City expires at the end of next season. The winger earns around £170,00 a week at City but wants to see to that rise to at least £220,000 in order to put pen to paper.
Infantino worried about La Liga's American move (Sept 18th)
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has expressed his concerns over plans to stage La Liga games in America.
Barcelona are set to play Girona in the United States next year.
The game has been scheduled for late January at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami but has caused much controversy from local supporters.
Wilshere out for six weeks (Sept 18th)
West Ham United have suffered an injury blow with the news that Jack Wilshere is set to miss six weeks after having surgery on his injured ankle.
The midfielder picked up the injury in training and as such, he missed West Ham’s 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
It had been suggested the injury was not too serious but he is now set for a spell on the sidelines at the London Stadium.
John Terry still unsure on next move (Sept 18th)
Former Chelsea and Aston Villa defender John Terry says he is still unsure about his next move.
The defender turned down the chance to move to Russia in a big-money move and has attracted interest from his former side Villa.
Maurizio Sarri has also openly admitted that he would be willing to work him the Chelsea legend in a coaching capacity, amid suggestions he could finally hang up his boots.
Frank Lampard and Derby County were also linked with the Rams boss has admitted he would not stretch the club’s wage bill to get a deal done.
Arsenal's Gazidis set for Milan move (Sept 18th)
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis finally looks set to secure a move away from the club and accept a big-money offer from Milan.
He is set to bank around £3.6 million a year from the move, with Milan keen to get a deal over the line.
Gazidis has been in talks over a move to Italy for some time and any potential deal has been drawn out by Arsenal’s attempts to keep him at the club.
Mourinho 'doesn't trust' Rashford (Sept 18th)
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the reason that Marcus Rashford is not a regular at Old Trafford is that the manager does not trust him enough.
Concerns have been raised about the amount of playing time Rashford is getting at Manchester United after an impressive international break with the England squad.
He has been in and out of the team under Mourinho and usually forced out wide when he does get his chances.
Ferdinand believes that Mourinho does not have the faith in the striker to give him a starting role ahead of Romelu Lukaku.
Palace contact the Premier League to protect Zaha (Sept 18th)
Crystal Palace appear have had enough with Wilfried Zaha’s treatment after contacting the Premier League to raise their concerns.
The winger himself launched an explosive attack on his fellow professionals for the treatment he gets during games.
Zaha has often become a target for opposition teams, who have been known to take turns in fouling him to avoid punishment from officials throughout matches.
Jose Mourinho wants Ozil at Manchester United (Sept 17th)
Manchester United are eyeing a January move for German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. Jose Mourinho is already thinking about ways to strengthen his side for the second half of the season and is considering Ozil to improve his midfield. Ozil signed a new contract with Arsenal earlier this year but faces an uncertain future at the club with plenty of speculation over his head. Any deal would be a pricey one and naturally Arsenal will be keen not to lose one of their key players.
Spurs and Arsenal want out-of-favour Man United defender (Sept 17th)
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering swoops for out-of-favour Manchester United star Eric Bailly. The Ivory Coast international has struggled to force his way into United boss Jose Mourinho’s plans at this early stage of the new season, prompting speculation that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford. The 24-year-old has been out of contention under Mourinho since a haphazard display against Brighton in the second fixture of United’s season.
Chelsea eyeing move for Mitrovic (Sept 17th)
Chelsea are thought to be eyeing up a move for Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic. The striker has scored four Premier League goals so far this season and has impressed with his performances at Craven Cottage. Mitrovic joined Fulham in the summer from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £22m.
Reds considering stepping up Barella interest (Sept 17th)
Liverpool are reportedly ready to firm up their long-standing interest in Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella. The Reds have been perennially linked with a move for the promising Italian midfielder, who has established himself as an integral part of the Cagliari team in the past year. The 21-year-old is held in high esteem by Cagliari and it’s claimed in the report that Barella is currently valued at a sizable fee of £35 million.
De Bruyne hoping to return for Manchester derby (Sept 17th)
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is hoping to return to action in time for the Manchester derby on November 11th. The Belgian suffered the injury in training and was set to miss two-three months of action. He’s been under the care of doctor Ramon Cugat, who is renowned for his help to speed up recovery from injuries. Reports suggest the brace around his knee has now been removed and he’s on target for a return in seven weeks’ time.
Pellegrini denies wrongdoing from Lucas Perez (Sept 17th)
Manuel Pellegrini has moved to deny rumours that forward Lucas Perez refused to warm up during West Ham’s game with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Broadcasters had reported that Perez was asked to go and prepare to come on for the Hammers but would not do so, but that’s incorrect according to the West Ham manager. “I called Lucas [Perez] to get ready to play, but [Michail] Antonio was already ready so played as I needed to make the change. I don’t have any problem with the player.”
Mbappe relishing Anfield opportunity (Sept 17th)
Kylian Mbappe says he is excited about the prospect of playing at Anfield when Liverpool and PSG meet for the first Champions League match day on Tuesday. He said: “Of course Liverpool is one of our main rivals, but I have good feelings about it. I think we’re ready to do something big and positive.”
Luiz set for Chelsea contract talks (Sept 17th)
Chelsea are keen to tie David Luiz down to a new contract at the club, according to reports. The Brazilian international looked all but set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window but following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, it seems he still has a future at the club. The former PSG man sees his current deal at Chelsea come to its expiration at the end of the ongoing season, meaning that he’ll be able to move on for free in the summer, should he not be able to agree a deal with the Blues.
Hughes says Ings a 'level better' than he thought (Sept 17th)
Southampton manager Mark Hughes has admitted that the technical quality of Danny Ings is a ‘level better’ than he first anticipated. Speaking to the media ahead of Saints’ home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night, the manager heaped praise on his striker, who has already scored twice this season. “I knew he was a very good player but his technical ability is probably a level better than I thought. He has come in and impressed me in terms of the way he is able to receive the ball, manipulate the ball to create space and his understanding of dropping the shoulder to gain an extra yard or two.”
Beckham wants Messi to make MLS move (Sept 16th)
David Beckham is reportedly eyeing Lionel Messi to join his new side Inter Miami CF as they gear up for their debut MLS campaign in 2020. Beckham wants the Barcelona star, who is currently 31, to headline his team going into their first season.
Pogba open to extending contract at Old Trafford (Sept 16th)
Paul Pogba is open to extending his contract with Manchester United, if Jose Mourinho is sacked and Zinedine Zidane replaces him. Pogba is keen to work with his fellow countryman and will consider a move back to Juventus if Mourinho stays at Old Trafford.
Sarri claims Hazard can be Europe's best player (Sept 16th)
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed that winger Eden Hazard can be the best player in Europe in the next two seasons. This came in the wake of his hat-trick against Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday. The Belgian also impressed for his country at the World Cup over the summer.
Inter plotting Martial swoop (Sept 16th)
Inter Milan are planning on a January move for Manchester United winger Anthony Martial. The Italian side are looking to sign Martial on loan, although reports claim that Ivan Perisic would be demanded by United as part of any deal with Martial.
Juventus to offer Dybala in exchange for Pogba (Sept 16th)
Juventus are set to offer Manchester United Paulo Dybala in exchange for Paul Pogba next simmer as they look to re-sign the French midfielder. The Italian giants want to bring Pogba back to Turin and are willing to let Dybala move to England as part of the deal.
Manchester United priming £98m swoop (Sept 15th)
Manchester United are interested in making a move for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, with the triggering of the £98 million release clause in his contract. Jose Mourinho’s side can already boast one of the premier strikers in the league in Romelu Lukaku, but could further add to their roster if they move for Icardi. Goals have proved hard to come by at times for the Red Devils lately, and the powers-that-be at Old Trafford seem willing to throw money at the issue.
Pep claims he wouldn't sell De Bruyne for £250 million (Sept 15th)
Pep Guardiola is a fan of Kevin De Bruyne, to put it mildly. The Spaniard recently claimed he wouldn’t sell his midfield maestro for £250 million. De Bruyne does not have a release clause in his contract at Manchester City, a deal which makes him the highest paid player at the club.
Hodgson pining for Loftus-Cheek (Sept 15th)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson still wants to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to Selhurst Park. The 22-year-old was on loan in South London last season, and turned in a series of performances good enough to land him a spot in the England World Cup squad. Despite being retained by Chelsea this year, don’t be surprised if Palace take another run at the Lewisham-native in January.
Spurs turned down chance to sign Asensio in 2014 (Sept 15th)
Spurs had the opportunity to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio in 2014, but turned the Spaniards down. The versatile midfielder was recommended to manager Mauricio Pochettino by a scout, but the boss declined the tip. Asensio now has a £442 million release in his contract at the Bernabeu.
Sarri not opposed to Terry return (Sept 15th)
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is open to former club captain John Terry returning to Stamford Bridge as a coach. The 37-year-old is supposedly keen to play another season, despite having recently turned down a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. The ex-England skipper played for Aston Villa last season, taking them to the playoff final before opting not to renew his deal in the Midlands.
Wilshere set for ankle tests (Sept 15th)
The West Ham midfielder will be unavailable for selection as his side travel to Everton on Sunday, and will have tests on his ankle to assess the damage to ligaments next week. The ailment made its first appearance in a recent training session, and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping the England international isn’t set for a prolonged spell on the sideline.
Warnock interested in bringing Ampadu to Cardiff (Sept 15th)
The highly impressive Chelsea product Ethan Ampadu has been garnering numerous headlines in recent weeks, largely thanks to his performances with Wales. Catching the eye of Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock, the 18-year-old could get a loan chance in the Premier League as early as January. However, Cardiff will surely not be alone in their quest to add the supremely talented Ampadu…
West Brom sign Hoolahan (Sept 15th)
West Brom have signed veteran attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan. The former Norwich icon had been out of contract at Carrow Road upon the completion of the 2017/18 season, and had spent some time away from football over the summer. However, Hoolahan and another ex-Norwich teammate Russell Martin made the trip across the country to trial for Darren Moore at West Brom. The Baggies have not yet signed Martin.
Digne praises Silva's "project" (Sept 15th)
Lucas Digne has revealed why he left Barcelona for Everton, citing the vision of new Toffees boss Marco Silva. The left-back was one of three former Barcelona players to arrive at Goodison Park this summer, and said he made the switch for the “project and the coach”. Everton have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, but did avoid defeat in their first four games.
N'Golo Kante reveals PSG contact (Sept 15th)
Chelsea’s star midfielder N’Golo Kante has insisted he is happy at Stamford Bridge, whilst admitting French champions Paris Saint-Germain made contact with him this summer. The World Cup winner is in line to receive a new contract from the Blues, in a deal that could see him tied to Chelsea through 2023. A critical component of both France and Chelsea’s sides, there can be few footballers coveted like N’Golo Kante.
Liverpool could make Dybala January move (Sept 14th)
Juventus star Paulo Dybala looks set to leave Juventus in January and Liverpool are closely monitoring the situation according to reports. Dybala has seemingly been cast aside in Turin following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and reports suggest that he’ll be on the move in January. Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all also thought to retain interest in the Argentinian.
Real Madrid could open chequebook for Mbappe or Neymar (Sept 14th)
Real Madrid have £330m to spend next summer, according to reports in Spain. President Florentino Perez is plotting a huge move for either Neymar or Mbappe with the cash. It was thought Los Blancos would go big over the summer after losing Ronaldo to Juventus, however they decided to keep their cards close to their chest and have patience. It was unlikely that either of the two PSG players would have joined this soon, but things could be very different next year.
Sterling asks for £100k pay increase (Sept 14th)
Raheem Sterling has asked for an extra £100,000 pay per week to sign a new contract at Manchester City. If the England forward gets it, he will be one of the highest paid players at the club. It’s well documented that the Blues are concerned about contract negotiations, with Sterling’s current deal running down. Whether they will sign off this large addition to his current wage, though, remains to be seen. If they don’t, there’s bound to be plenty of interest in the 23-year-old.
Sir Alex spotted Amapdu at just 12 - and wanted to sign him! (Sept 14th)
Manchester United had the chance to beat Chelsea to the signature of youngster Ethan Ampadu before the Blues were even aware of him, it has been revealed. Reports suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson had personally asked the club to sign him after being impressed with his performances during a junior tournament at the club back in 2013. Ampadu, who was as young as 12 at the time, was said to have been described as a ‘proper player’ by the famous United manager.
Liverpool set to sign new goalkeeping coach (Sept 14th)
Liverpool are poised to make an appointment in their backroom department, with goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson reportedly joining the Reds. The arrival of Robinson – who is currently the national goalkeeper coach at the Football Association – would see current ‘keeper coach John Achterberg focus on senior shot-stoppers Simon Mignolet and Alisson Becker, with Robinson devoting time to prospects such as Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher.
Everton face possible points deductions (Sept 14th)
Everton are facing a possible points deductions for tapping up Marco Silva whilst he was boss of Watford. The Toffees tried to pry the Portuguese man away from Watford, failed and then employed Sam Allardyce instead. Silva then subsequently lost his job with the Hornets shortly after. If the contact is found to have destabilised Watford last season, then a fine at very least will be issued, with the further possibility of points being taken.
Fredericks reveals what was said after fourth consecutive Hammers defeat (Sept 14th)
Ryan Fredericks has revealed what was said in the West Ham dressing room after the team slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat at the start of the Premier League season. The 4-0 thrashing on the opening weekend at the hands of Liverpool was followed up with a 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth, before a frustrating 3-1 loss to Arsenal, a game in which the Hammers had led. Then followed the 1-0 loss to Wolves. Fredericks said: “There is no thought of letting things go. Some hard truths were spoken after the Wolves game and everyone wants to do the best for the club and the best for themselves.”
Spurs duo set to miss Saturday's clash with Liverpool (Sept 14th)
Spurs will be without captain Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with Liverpool. Lloris was absent from Spurs’ last Premier League outing, a 2-1 defeat to Watford, with backup shot-stopper Michel Vorm starting in his place. The same is expected once again at Wembley. Alli started against the Hornets, played the full 90 minutes in the loss and also played 90 minutes for England against Spain. However, he picked up an injury after that and isn’t expected to be fit.
Emery wants more from his Arsenal players now (Sept 14th)
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is desperate to see his side play with “personality” when they make the long trip up to Newcastle United on Saturday. Speaking to the press ahead of the game, the Spaniard said: “Firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won. Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday now is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively.”
Claude Puel confident of Maguire stay after new contract (Sept 14th)
Leicester are confident that they will be able to keep Harry Maguire at the club after the defender signed a new five-year deal. Maguire had been a target for Man United during the Summer, but no move transpired. Speaking ahead of Leicester’s game against Bournemouth, Leicester boss Claude Puel said that Maguire’s new contract was good for the Foxes, and that it was unlikely the player would leave so soon after signing it. “I don’t know the details. I can only say that it is a good feeling for all the club and for our fans. This signing shows the ambition of the club, the owners. Very good for the future. After every season, there can be some moves. Not just Harry, but all the players. He signed a five-year contract. It is not in my mind, or his, to leave the club after one season.”
AC Milan eye January move for Aaron Ramsey (Sept 13th)
AC Milan are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the January transfer window. Milan are looking to take advantage of Ramsey’s contractual situation with the Gunners. His deal expires at the end of the season and there appears to be no progress on a new one for the midfielder. The Italian giants are now hoping that they can snatch Ramsey up on a cut-price deal to strengthen their squad in the second-half of the season.
Inter keen to tie down two key players amid United interest (Sept 13th)
Inter Milan are growing increasingly keen to tie down both Mauro Icardi and Milan Skriniar to new deals amid fears Manchester United are looking to buy the pair. Jose Mourinho’s desire to sign a new centre-back has been well documented over the summer, and Skriniar would definitely fill that need. Mauro Icardi would provide the Red Devils with excellent depth in forward areas.
Real Madrid star never intended to join Liverpool (Sept 13th)
Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has this week revealed that he never had any intention of leaving the Spanish giants this summer, despite constant links to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. There had been rumours about a potential move for Asensio to the Reds, though no official bid for the player ended up being made. “My first option is always to triumph at Real Madrid. After that, you never know what can happen.”
Mourinho has "lost patience" with Martial (Sept 13th)
Jose Mourinho has reportedly “lost patience” with his winger Anthony Martial. The 22-year-old now looks set to end his time at Old Trafford by moving to another Premier League club. Both Arsenal and Tottenham are thought to be interested in the Frenchman. He won’t come cheap though, with United likely wanting to recoup much of what they paid out for the former Monaco man.
Terry turns down Russian switch (Sept 13th)
Aston Villa target John Terry has officially rejected the chance to sign for Russian side Spartak Moscow. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.” Villa are now thought to be looking into the possibility of bringing Terry back to the club, after he captained the side last season.
Boateng explains rationale for turning down United (Sept 13th)
Jerome Boateng has revealed exactly what he told Jose Mourinho on the phone when he turned down a move to Manchester United this summer. Both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for the defender, but he opted to remain at Bayern. He said: “I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me. I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”
Fulham open Sessegnon contract talks (Sept 13th)
Fulham are hoping to sign Ryan Sessegnon to a new contract after opening talks with his representatives. The England U21 international has less than two years remaining on his current deal and the Cottagers want to ensure that his value is maintained and he’s freshly committed to the club. During the summer, Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the winger, but that interest didn’t come to fruition.
Luke Shaw gives United injury boost (Sept 13th)
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is hoping to return to action within a week. According to reports, Shaw is hopeful of facing Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday. There were fears over Shaw’s availability in the coming weeks after he suffered a head injury during the international break. Shaw was knocked unconscious in England’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League. However, his recovery has clearly gone well and his time absent isn’t going to be as bad as was first thought.
David Luiz appears to take dig at Antonio Conte (Sept 13th)
David Luiz is certainly enjoying life under Maurizio Sarri and he’s delivered what looks like a bit of a dig at former boss Antonio Conte with his latest comments. Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Luiz has been discussing the differences between Sarri’s reign at the club, compared to his Italian predecessor. “First of all he’s a great person, great as a human. I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day. After that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent.”
Sane highly praised by Thomas Muller after less-than-ideal start to the season (Sept 13th)
Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is backing Manchester City’s Leroy Sane to deliver on the biggest stages, despite the recent uncertainty around his future. Sane was left out of Pep Guardiola’s City side during the early stages of the new season, raising concerns over his long-term future in Manchester. He was also left on the bench during Germany’s fixture in the international break, before leaving the squad early to be with his partner for the birth of their child. Muller said: “He’s an exceptional talent with abilities that only very few people possess. I think Leroy is mature enough, and I have great confidence in him for the future.”
Juventus want Pogba reunion next summer (12th Sept)
Fresh reports in Italy suggest Juventus are very keen to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United next summer. The Frenchman has been regularly linked away from Old Trafford, somewhere he reportedly doesn’t quite feel at home – especially under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. It’s thought that the midfielder would be open to a move away from his current side, and it’s likely a return to Turin would appeal. United, of course, will be doing everything they can to keep hold of their record signing.
Barcelona lining up move for Alberto Moreno (Sept 12th)
Barcelona are said to be tracking Liverpool’s Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno. The Catalan side are said to be looking for cover after Lucas Digne’s departure for Everton during the summer transfer window. Moreno has yet to play for Liverpool competitively this season and has fallen down the pecking order behind Andy Robertson – and was behind James Milner for much of the 2016/7 season as his form waned. He’s made a total of 136 appearances for the Reds since 2015, scoring three goals and assisting 11 more.
City join growing list of Pavard suitors (Sept 12th)
Manchester City are in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart. It’s reported that the Citizens have apparently joined the long list of clubs who are keen to explore the possibility of landing the Frenchman, who enjoyed a tremendous World Cup campaign with France. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly an admirer of the versatile defender.
Keane eager to clear the air with Arter (Sept 12th)
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is reportedly open to repairing his relationship with Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter. Reports suggest an argument between Keane and Arter in May played a factor in the 28-year-old being left out of the country’s squad for the match against Poland. However, boss Martin O’Neill has revealed that Keane is likely to extend an olive branch to the 13-cap playmaker. The news comes amidst further reports of bust-ups in the Ireland camp, with experienced defender Stephen Ward appearing to leak a recollection of Keane and Jonathan Walters falling out via WhatsApp.
Woodward looks to make Berta appointment (Sept 12th)
Atletico Madrid’s sporting director, Andrea Berta, has emerged as a contender to take a similar role at Manchester United. It’s thought that United are keen on appointing a director of football as part of a major restructuring at the club. Berta can be credited for signings such as Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak during his time in Madrid, as well as bringing Diego Costa back to the club. It’s that sort of man Ed Woodward is on the hunt for.
Tuchel wants to keep hold of Liverpool target (Sept 12th)
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says that he is keen for Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot to stay at the club, even though he’s entered the final year of his contract in the French capital. Jurgen Klopp’s side have reportedly been in talks with Rabiot’s mother, who is his agent, about a possible transfer. He can sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from January onwards, but there has been some talk that PSG will allow the 23-year-old to leave in the winter window if he doesn’t commit his future to them, so that they can get a decent transfer fee for him.
Willian keen on new long-term Chelsea deal (12th Sept)
Chelsea winger Willian has reiterated his desire to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge. Speaking in an honest and revealing interview on the club’s official website, Willian outlined his ambition to extend his stay in London, despite being linked with moves away over the summer. He said: “My mind was always like that [staying at Chelsea], always when I arrive here my plan was to stay here as long as possible and now I am here five years, I hope stay five more! I know I have two years of my contract left but I hope to stay even more years in the Premier League.”
Reds CL fixture against Napoli unchanged (Sept 12th)
Liverpool will indeed travel to Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo when the two sides meet in the Champions League next month, after suggestions the fixture could be moved. It was reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had asked to play Champions League fixtures in Bari, 160 miles from Naples, but UEFA have now confirmed that no such request has been received.
Moshiri increases share holding at Everton (Sept 12th)
Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has taken an even larger stake in the club. The Iranian business mogul had increased his share from 49.9% to 68.6% – and that figure is set to rise further still. As of no later than July of next year, Moshiri will increase his holding to 77.2%. Moshiri had initially made his foray into English football with an ownership stake in Arsenal, which he took with his business partner Alisher Usmanov in 2007.
Lanzini recovery making good headway (Sept 12th)
West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is making progress in his rehabilitation efforts following a serious injury earlier this year. The attacking midfielder suffered severe knee damage while away on international duty some months ago, as he began preparations for the World Cup with his native Argentina. Lanzini is some way off from making his return to first-team training but does appear to be stepping up his efforts to recover, with work now ongoing at West Ham following a recovery period in Spain under orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat.
Benitez delivers positive Shelvey verdict ahead of Arsenal game (Sept 12th)
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is optimistic about Jonjo Shelvey’s chances of featuring against Arsenal this weekend. The midfielder has been absent in recent games as he works his way back from a minor injury. Speaking ahead of the clash against the Gunners, Benitez delivered a positive update on the condition of his midfielder: “We have some time, but at least Jonjo was training. If we don’t have any problems, he can be there. It’s too soon to say ‘yes’, but I am quite optimistic.”
Mourinho keen to sign fellow countryman (Sept 11th)
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, Ruben Neves, is reportedly a £60m January target for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho, who incidentally has the same agent as Neves, is keen on signing the 21-year-old. The Portuguese man has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League, registering a goal and an assist in his first four games. Man City are also thought to be watching developments closely.
Ozil linked with Arsenal exit (Sept 11th)
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has emerged as a target for Fenerbahce. The former Germany international has overseen a slow start to the new season at Arsenal and has already seen his future at the club come under scrutiny, with the Turkish side allegedly keen to recruit him. The club are reportedly confident about their chances of convincing the 29-year-old to switch the Premier League for the Turkish Super Lig, with £42m quoted as a potential transfer fee.
Paul Gascoigne makes England a bizarre offer (Sept 11th)
After Gareth Southgate declared he was looking for a new “Gazza” to add creativity into his midfield, Paul Gascoigne made a remarkable offer to return to the England squad. He said: “I take a size nine. I’ll see what I can do. I’ll pop down and see you. Good luck mate and thanks for the kind words.” Just one last game for old times’ sake?
Man United eyeing Lozano move (Sept 11th)
Manchester United are interested in a deal to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano after he impressed during the World Cup. It was widely expected that the Mexican would move on during the summer, but the Dutch side have managed to retain his services, for now at least. It wasn’t just in Russia that the 23-year-old made an impression, he also caught the eye in what was his first season in Dutch football, scoring an impressive 17 goals in 29 appearances.
City contact agent of Napoli star (Sept 11th)
Piotr Zielinski is the latest name to be linked with a move to Manchester City, with reports in Italy suggesting contact has been made over a deal. The Napoli midfielder was subject to a bit-part role under Maurizio Sarri last season, but remains very highly thought of in Serie A. Pep Guardiola is still looking for a central midfielder after missing out on the likes of Jorginho and Kovacic over the summer.
Dier set to captain England against Switzerland (Sept 11th)
Eric Dier will captain England against Switzerland after Gareth Southgate revealed Harry Kane would be rested for the friendly clash. The Spurs midfielder hasn’t necessarily been a first choice pick for Southgate since his arrival into the job, but he has certainly been a squad regular. As many as nine changes are expected for the game at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Tottenham monitoring Ben Chilwell (Sept 11th)
Spurs are monitoring Ben Chilwell as they consider making a move for the England U21 international. The Leicester player has been handed his first senior call-up by Gareth Southgate this week, something his impressive performances in the Premier League have warranted. With Danny Rose’s future uncertain, Mauricio Pochettino may want the 21-year-old left-back to replace him.
Lovren could yet miss more time with injury (Sept 11th)
Liverpool could be without defender Dejan Lovren for a while longer yet, as they insist that the player will not be rushed back from his ongoing struggles with fitness. It’s believed that the Croatian is currently sidelined due to a stomach problem, meaning that he hasn’t featured for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. Thankfully for the Reds, the form of Joe Gomez has been outstanding, and four wins from four suggest they’re not missing the World Cup finalist too badly.
High praise for Silva from ex-Toffee Abel Xavier (Sept 11th)
Everton will enjoy plenty of success under Marco Silva’s management, according to former Toffees defender Abel Xavier. Speaking to the club’s official website, Xavier outlined just how talented a coach Silva is as he continues to adjust to his new surroundings at Goodison Park. The Portuguese manager has overseen a solid start to the season, going unbeaten in the first four Premier League fixtures and comfortably progressing through to the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Kenedy stepping up efforts to learn English (Sept 11th)
On-loan Newcastle United star Kenedy has revealed that he is stepping up his efforts to overcome the language barrier and learn English quickly. Kenedy, whilst conceding that he has been ‘lazy’ in his efforts to get to grips with a new language, has revealed that he is undergoing private lessons to improve his communication skills.
Chelsea eyeing AC Milan pair (Sept 10th)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is keen to strengthen his defensive options in the immediate future and has identified central defenders Mattia Caldara and Alessio Romagnoli as potential targets. The Blues were linked with a move for Caldara in the summer, as they lined him up as an alternative to Rugani. However, the 24-year-old ended up departing Juve and joined Milan in a big-money deal. Romagnoli also committed his future to life at the San Siro, penning a new contract.
Man City target Weigl won't come cheap (Sept 10th)
Manchester City are interested in signing Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund after several failed attempts to sign central midfielders this summer. The Bundesliga giants will demand a sum worth at least £68 million for the German, however. The 22-year-old is regarded as a crucial player at Dortmund, leading them to put a huge asking price on his head. Any fee in that region would break City’s record purchase (currently Riyad Mahrez).
Premier League clubs want end of August deadline return (Sept 10th)
Premier League clubs are set to agree to move the deadline for the transfer window again next season, but this time back to its original date at the end of August. Due to the insistence this summer for the window to close before the season started, clubs had to get their business done earlier than any other teams in Europe. It also left sides vulnerable, with player exits still allowed after the buying window had shut.
Leon Bailey wanted by a number of PL clubs (Sept 10th)
Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. The 21-year-old is thought to prefer a move to Chelsea, if he were to leave Leverkusen in the upcoming transfer window. Bailey scored 12 goals in all competitions for his current side last season and was the subject of a £53m bid from Bayern Munich earlier this year.
Changes expected as Southgate risks unwanted record (Sept 10th)
Gareth Southgate could make as many as nine changes to his England side ahead of the friendly game with Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. It’s a risk for Southgate, as a loss would mean the Three Lions have been defeated in four consecutive games – something that has never happened in their history. The likely XI will be: Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Tarkowski, Stones, Rose, Delph, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Welbeck, Kane.
Liverpool keeping watch on Gelson Martins (Sept 10th)
Liverpool are keeping an eye on Portuguese international winger Gelson Martins following his move to Atletico Madrid. Martins signed for Spanish side Atletico Madrid on a six-year deal after his contract at Sporting Lisbon was terminated by mutual consent. However, he has been restricted to just two substitute cameos in La Liga, as he appears to be struggling to adapt to life outside of Portugal.
Maguire contract likely to end United pursuit (Sept 10th)
Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract at Leicester City after interest in him from Manchester United over the summer. The English centre-back felt he owed the Foxes a lot, deciding to stay despite the option of Old Trafford being on the table. It’s thought that this new deal will effectively end United’s interest in Maguire, for the time being at least.
Lemina record fine given incorrectly (Sept 10th)
After being handed a UK record fine for speeding last week, Mario Lemina has since discovered it was awarded in error. The Southampton man was initially charged £96,425 for the offence, later to have it reduced to just £2,000 after it became clear he’d been sentenced under the wrong guidelines.
Joe Gomez set for new Liverpool deal (Sept 10th)
Liverpool are set to hand defender Joe Gomez a new contract after his impressive start to the season. Reports suggest Gomez will sign an improved deal with Liverpool to match his wages with the club’s first-team regulars. Gomez has had an excellent start to the campaign so far, starting in each of Liverpool’s four Premier League games, as well as receiving a senior England call-up.
Griezmann has claimed he would like to end his career in the MLS (Sept 9th)
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has claimed that he would like to end his career playing in the MLS, with Inter Miami CF and LA Galaxy his preferred options. Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons, but signed a new contract with Atletico over the summer.
Shaw is walking after head injury (Sept 9th)
Luke Shaw is up and walking about following a nasty head injury he suffered against Spain whilst playing for England on Saturday. Shaw collided with Dani Carvalhal and was forced off the pitch on a stretcher. It has now been revealed that he is awake and walking about following the incident.
Rudiger prefers Sarri to Conte (Sept 9th)
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has said that he prefers Maurizio Sarri’s style of play to that of his former head coach Antonio Conte. Rudiger has praised Sarri’s high-pressing football, comparing it to Conte’s instructions to sit deep and soak up the pressure. Rudiger has started every game in the Premier League for Sarri.
AC Milan interested in Chelsea midfielder (Sept 9th)
AC Milan are showing a keen interest in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window. Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho appear to have Chelsea’s starting places in midfield, with Fabregas left to watch on from the bench, Milan could now offer him a route out to Italy, having also been previously linked with the midfielder.
Van Der Saar rubbishes claims he will be returning to Manchester United (Sept 9th)
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar has poured cold water on claims that he will become the new director of football at Old Trafford. Van Der Saar called the reports “nonsense”, with the Dutchman set to retain the same role at Ajax in Holland.
John Terry set to earn £1.8m-per-year (Sept 9th)
John Terry is set to pocket £1.8m-year after tax when he joins Russian side Spartak Moscow. Terry is set to sign, either, a one-year deal or a two-year deal with Spartak, where he will earn £1.8m in wages, at least. Terry has been a free agent since he left Aston Villa at the end of last season.
Ruben Neves wanted by Manchester clubs (Sept 9th)
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is being eyed up by Manchester City and Manchester United after his impressive start to the season. The Portuguese international has shone in central midfield for the newly-promoted team and is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe because of it.
Ramos has "clear conscience" after Salah injury (Sept 8)
Real Madrid central defender Sergio Ramos has claimed he has a “very clear conscience” after tangling with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final, inflicting an injury upon the Egyptian that ended his match in the first half. Leaving the pitch in tears, many Liverpool fans took to social media to accuse Ramos of deliberately injuring their star forward, but the Spaniard claimed he never sets foot on the pitch with the intention of hurting another player. Despite his words, it seems Liverpool fans will remain largely unswayed in their opinions of the incident in Kyiv…
Real Madrid newbie Courtois "sad" at Chelsea fans' anger (Sept 8)
Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is “sad” after some Chelsea fans reacted angrily to his Stamford Bridge exit, secured in the latter part of the summer transfer window. Moving to Real Madrid for a fee of £35 million, the Belgian will play for the cross-town rivals of Atletico Madrid – a club where he spent three years on loan previously. The 26-year-old claimed that fans who were upset by the move were not aware of “the full picture”.
Gracia claims Watford are "the new Leicester" (Sept 8)
Watford boss Javi Gracia has stated that his Hornets side are “the new Leicester”, in reference to the Foxes’ astonishing Premier League title campaign in the 2014/15 season. Having won the first four games of the season, Watford have exhibited some fantastic football in the early-going of this year’s competition. Whilst it may be too early for us writers to crown them “the new Leicester”, their manager certainly has every confidence in his squad.
Sane leaves Germany squad for "private reasons" (Sept 8)
Leroy Sane has left the Germany squad for what the national team describe as “private reasons”, following discussions with manager Joachim Low. It has been a turbulent six months for Sane, who despite winning the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup in Russia, and has found it equally difficult to get playing time for Manchester City in the early season.
Richarlison makes Brazil debut (Sept 8)
Richarlison replaced Roberto Firmino in the 75th minute of Brazil’s friendly with the USA, in what marked the 20-year-old’s first cap for his national side. The new Evertonian enjoyed a strong start to the seaso, before a red card against Bournemouth derailed his promising Premier League campaign. Brazil beat the United States 2-0, with goals from Neymar and Firmino.
OUCH! Rüdiger apologises for brutal tackle on Pavard (Sept 8)
German central defender Antonio Rüdiger has apologised to French full-back Benjamin Pavard for a tackle that left his opponent with visible marks on his neck. Rüdiger tweeted his apology, insisting the challenge was not intentional, and wished the world Cup winner a speedy recovery.
"Blame me" - McLeish looks to encourage Scotland players (Sept 8)
Scotland manager Alex McLeish is looking to encourage his Scotland players after they were soundly beaten by Belgium on Friday night. A 4-0 win for the World Cup semi-finalists could have been much worse for the Scots, in what is McLeish’s fourth defeat in five games, with one goal scored in that time. However, the boss shouldered the blame in the aftermath of the drubbing, saying “if anybody’s got to take the blame, it’s me for telling them to pass it”.
EFL in groundbreaking decision to allow 3pm kickoffs to be televised (Sept 8)
The EFL have made the seismic decision to allow Saturday 3pm kickoffs to be televised on the platform iFollow. With the top two divisions on the international break, the EFL are able to lift sanctions preventing the transmission of the coverage of Leagues One and Two within the UK. Midweek games had also been shown, in a move that started this season.
Sherwood calls for lower league teams to act as feeder clubs for Premier League clubs (Sept 8)
Tim Sherwood has called for lower league teams to act as “feeder” clubs for Premier League teams. The comments are sure to generate controversy, with many lower league fans already choosing to boycott the EFL Trophy competition for its inclusion of Premier League and Championship “B Teams”. Sherwood claims that young English players would thrive on regular first team football
John Terry - "I'm still hungry" (Sept 8)
John Terry has stated that he still has the desire to play football at a high level, even hinting at a possible return to Aston Villa. Heaping praise on manager Steve Bruce, the former Chelsea and England captain revealed his sadness that the Midlanders weren’t able to get promoted, ultimately falling at the final hurdle in the playoff final against Fulham. Terry, 37, is set to play in a charity match for Stiliyan Petrov at Celtic Park this weekend, but may not be done playing competitively just yet.
Juventus keen to sign Anthony Martial for free (Sept 7th)
Juventus are the latest team to express an interest in signing Anthony Martial, with the Turin side hoping to land the player on a free transfer at the end of his current contract. Manchester United have reportedly offered the Frenchman a bumper new deal, however, as they look to tie down his long-term future.
Inter Miami CF planning to sign Ronaldo (Sept 7th)
David Beckham named his Miami football club this week and reports suggest he’s already eyeing players for their opening season in 2020. Cristiano Ronaldo is high on the wanted list to help increase the profile of the club, but you’d think he’d cost much more than the current MLS record signing of £11.05m. After a couple of years in Turin, perhaps CR7 will fancy Miami?
Clubs queuing round the block for De Jong (Sept 7th)
Tottenham are reportedly ready to rival the likes of Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Barcelona in a deal to sign Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch midfielder is valued at close to £40m by Ajax and is now considered among the best young talents in the Eredivisie. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a known admirer of the player and could pursue him in January. Manchester City and Roma are also believed to be monitoring the situation.
Atletico looking to up Hernandez release clause (Sept 7th)
Atletico Madrid want Lucas Hernandez to sign a new contract so they can increase his release clause to £135m. This news comes as Manchester United began to show interest in the Frenchman and it’s thought the bump up in exit figure would help fend off potential suitors. It’s not known if Hernandez or his agent are open to signing anything at this stage.
Dele Alli tips England to win Euro 2020 (Sept 7th)
Dele Alli says England can win Euro 2020 thanks to the players feeling as if there are “no limits” to their achievements. The Spurs player said: “I think we’ve definitely got the quality to win something and we can’t set any limits on what we can achieve. We feel like there is no limits, the only limit is what we put on ourselves which we shouldn’t do because we’ve got such great players.”
Mark Lawrenson reveals secret battle with cancer (Sept 7th)
Former Liverpool defender and football pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed that he has successfully overcome a secret battle with cancer. The former Republic of Ireland international told fans on Twitter that he had had a cancerous blemish removed from his face. He also declared that he’d been given the all clear, revealing his nerves at having to wait for the good news.
Henderson was close to joining City in 2015 (Sept 7th)
Whilst we all know that Manchester City were able to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool back in 2015, what wasn’t such common knowledge was that the Manchester club also eyed a move for Jordan Henderson. City had big interest in Henderson and could have signed him for free as his contract at the Reds was close to expiring. He of course signed a new deal then, as he has just done so again.
Jorginho to City was as good as done (Sept 7th)
The agent of Italian midfielder Jorginho has confirmed that the 26-year-old had all but agreed to join Manchester City and was happy to do so, only for City to fail to agree a deal with Napoli for his signature. He then ultimately signed for Chelsea as they did manage to negotiate a purchase. Jorginho has settled in very quickly at Stamford Bridge, already looking like a shrewd by for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Klopp strict on language lessons for his squad (Sept 7th)
It has been revealed that Jurgen Klopp makes all his foreign players learn English as a non-negotiable part of joining the Reds. Any player who isn’t keen likely won’t be signed or, if they already have, won’t be around too long. The rationale behind this is mainly the obvious – Klopp wants to be able to fully communicate with his players before match days.
Usmanov eyeing next purchase after Arsenal exit (Sept 7th)
Alisher Usmanov, the former Arsenal shareholder, is considering buying another football club now he’s cashed in his Gunners shares. It’s thought the Uzbek-Russian is looking at Charlton Athletic as a potential target. The £600m is obviously burning a hole in his pocket!
Liverpool make contact with agent of Adrien Rabiot (Sept 6th)
Liverpool have made their first move in pursuit of Paris St-Germain midfielder, Adrien Rabiot. The Frenchman has a contract that expires next summer and the Reds want to agree a deal for him to join in January. The Merseysiders have made initial contact with Rabiot’s mother, who is his agent, in an attempt to get ahead of the competition.
City eyeing £54m-rated Junior Firpo (Sept 6th)
Manchester City could be looking to splash the cash once more as Spanish reports suggest the Blues are lining up a move for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo. The Dominican Republic-born is a Spain U21 international. The 22-year-old can play at centre-back as well as left-back, something that supposedly appeals to Pep Guardiola.
Benfica face three year ban from football (Sept 6th)
Reports from Portugal suggest Benfica are potentially facing a ban of three years from playing football after being accused of a number of complex crimes, including the alleged ‘infiltration of the country’s judicial system’. In total, the club have to answer to 79 supposedly committed crimes.
Guardiola turns strict to keep title bid in check (Sept 6th)
Pep Guardiola has taken steps to ban mobile phones in ‘working spaces’ at City’s training complex. The Spaniard is so keen to keep the title bid alive, he’s also introduced a shake up with the club’s fine system. A flat fee will have to be paid by players for things such as arriving late for training. Prohibited phone areas include analysis sessions, team meetings, in the gym and training pitches at the City Football Academy.
Nuno added to Old Trafford shortlist (Sept 6th)
Wolves boss Nuno Santo has reportedly been added to a Manchester United shortlist of managers who could succeed Jose Mourinho, should he leave Old Trafford. Mourinho is thought to be under pressure already this season, after a mediocre start to the campaign. Zinedine Zidane is widely considered to be the Red Devils’ first choice.
Joachim Low not fazed by Ozil exclusion (Sept 6th)
Germany manager Joachim Low has claimed that not selecting Mesut Ozil is no issue. Low hinted that there are no plans to bring Ozil back at any point, after the midfielder decided to make himself unavailable for Germany. Ozil released a statement after the World Cup claiming that he felt he was being made a scapegoat for Germany’s poor tournament.
Spurs may play at Wembley all season (Sept 6th)
Tottenham have reportedly extended their Wembley stay to December 15th, with officials warning Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that the club may have to commit to playing there for the whole season. Delays at the new ground have caused a big push back in the planned opening date, with Boxing Day now seemingly the earliest it will host a competitive game.
Zaha set to make generous CPFC Ladies donation (Sept 6th)
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is set to play a key role in helping out the club’s womens team with their development. The Eagles had recently been told that they would need to raise a total of £250 per player for the side to be able to survive beyond this season. Zaha has recently signed a new deal with the club and has contacted Palace to confirm financial help for the Ladies squad.
Vertonghen expecting contract extension (Sept 6th)
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is expecting the club to extend his current contract by a further year, keeping him in north London until 2020. The 31-year-old Belgian defender has been a key figure at the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they are keen not to lose the centre-back.
Southgate considering Ings call-up (Sept 6th)
Southampton forward Danny Ings could be set for an England call-up this year, with Gareth Southgate watching his progress intently. Southgate is apparently a fan of Ings and is keeping track of his progress at Southampton. The forward has had a good start to his Saints career with two goals in three starts for the club in the Premier League.
Hernandez on Man United radar (Sept 5th)
Lucas Hernandez is being eyed by Manchester United as they look to add competition to their defensive positions. The Frenchman, who is now a World Cup winner, is versatile and can play at left-back or at centre-back – something that reportedly appeals to Jose Mourinho. The 22-year-old has a £72m release clause.
Arsenal linked with former Chelsea man (Sept 5th)
Arsenal have been reportedly eyeing a move for former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis, currently at Atletico Madrid. The left-back had an unconvincing spell in the Premier League with the Blues, but Unai Emery is thought to be keen to add the Brazilian to his squad in January. The 33-year-old’s contract ends next summer.
VAR testing set to step up a gear (Sept 5th)
VAR testing in the Premier League is set to step up a gear, as the first Premier League “multi-match” trial takes place. On September 15th, all 3pm kick-offs will simultaneously have VAR usage, with Premier League chiefs keen to prove that the system can work when posed with a busy schedule.
Alli reveals how a Russian bracelet is now a lucky charm (Sept 5th)
Dele Alli has explained how the gift of a bracelet from a Russian taxi driver is now one of is lucky charms. After suffering an injury during the World Cup, he was sent for a scan to determine if his tournament was to be over. The driver handed Alli a bracelet, declaring it would be good luck – and it might well have been! The scan was clear and the midfielder was free to carry on playing. The 22-year-old has since kept it, taking it in his wash bag on match days.
Luke Shaw reveals he could have lost leg after double break (Sept 5th)
Back in the England squad after some impressive displays for Manchester United, Luke Shaw is once again finding his footballing feet. However, the left-back has revealed how, after his double leg break against PSV in Eindhoven, back in 2015, he was one flight away from having an amputation. Speaking about the ordeal, Shaw said: “At the time, they were thinking about flying me back [to the UK]. If I had flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots. No one knows I was really close to losing my leg.”
Henderson admits he must still improve (Sept 5th)
Jordan Henderson has admitted he still has to improve after signing a brand new, five-year deal with Liverpool. The Reds captain has been a mainstay at the club for many years, taking the armband from Steven Gerrard back in 2015. Henderson said: “I can certainly improve and be better in certain areas. Under Jurgen Klopp, there’s no better manager to do that.”
Messi believes the gap to Barcelona has closed (Sept 5th)
Lionel Messi thinks the attractiveness gap to Barcelona – and fellow La Liga side Real Madrid – has now been closed by Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, thanks largely to the spending power the two clubs have. He said: “Wherever the most money is, that’s where they [players] end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”
Lallana injured with England (Sept 5th)
Adam Lallana has pulled out of the England squad for games against Spain and Switzerland with a groin injury. The Liverpool midfielder suffered the problem during a training session with Gareth Southgate’s side. He’s returned to Liverpool to begin treatment with no prognosis yet determined.
Neymar makes scathing Liverpool prediction (Sept 5th)
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool in the Champions League, PSG star Neymar predicted that Liverpool would not even make the top four this season, let alone challenge Manchester City for the title. The Brazil forward thought City would win the league again, with United (2nd), Chelsea (3rd) and Spurs (4th) making up the rest of the European places.
Terry could be set for European move (Sept 5th)
John Terry could be on his way to Portugal to play, after Sporting Lisbon registered their interest in the Englishman. The former Chelsea player had also been linked with a return to Aston Villa, where manager Steve Bruce was keen for him to return, but Sporting appear to be favourites, assuming presidential candidate Pedro Madeira Rodrigues wins the upcoming election at the Portuguese club.
Pogba wants January exit (Sept 4th)
Paul Pogba has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club in January – and head back to Juventus. The Frenchman re-joined United from the Italian giants but it’s thought he now wants a return to Turin. Understandably, Jose Mourinho won’t be keen to lose such a big player midway through the season.
Mane scoops first Player of the Month award (Sept 4th)
Sadio Mane has picked up the first Player of the Month award of the season, thanks to his electric start to the 2018/19 campaign. The Liverpool forward has scored 4 goals this term, including a brace against West Ham in the Reds’ opening fixture. The Senegalese man will be hoping to continue his good form after the international break.
FA considering 2030 World Cup bid (Sept 4th)
The FA are considering a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Ireland, in an attempt to hold the prestigious tournament for the first time since 1966. It’s thought the inclusion of Ireland within the proposals would hold a number of advantages, with one being that votes the UK wouldn’t normally win for its associations may go towards Ireland instead, increasing the chances of a successful bid.
Mourinho bullish over keeping his job (Sept 4th)
Jose Mourinho already seems under pressure this season, thanks to a below-par start to the year for his side. The Manchester United manager is not worried about losing his job, however, claiming that it would cost the club “a fortune” should they sack him. Seems the ‘Special One’ also believes he’s the ‘Invincible One’.
Dembele could be heading east in January (Sept 4th)
Various reports suggest Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Moussa Dembele will head to China in January to continue his career. Spurs were reportedly open to offers for the 31-year-old during the summer, but without any player purchases, it was unlikely he’d have been allowed to leave. Mauricio Pochettino will likely have to replace the number 19, should he depart north London.
Mustafi avoids FA action over celebration (Sept 4th)
Shkodran Mustafi has avoided any further action from The FA regarding his celebration in Sunday’s game against Cardiff City. The German was seen doing a political hand gesture after scoring the game’s opening goal. The FA have dismissed any allegations of wrongdoing on Mustafi’s part, with no further punishment or action to be taken.
Hornets set to reward Gracia (Sept 4th)
Javi Gracia is set to be rewarded for his excellent start to the Premier League season by being offered a new and improved contract. The Watford boss has overseen four wins from four to kick off the campaign – one of only three sides to do that so far this season. Gracia’s current contract expires next summer, so club bosses are keen to get the matter resolved quickly.
Sterling pulls out of England squad (Sept 4th)
Raheem Sterling has pulled out of England’s international squad for fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, citing a back problem. The Manchester City winger is a key player for Gareth Southgate as his side look to make a solid start in the newly devised ‘Nations League’ format. Pep Guardiola will be hoping it’s nothing long term, as Sterling has hit the ground running at the Etihad after returning from the World Cup.
Klopp has no goalkeeper rotation plans (Sept 4th)
Jurgen Klopp has declared his desire to limit goalkeeper rotation this season, making it clear Alisson will be his number one for Champions League games. The 25-year-old Brazilian has made an assured start to life on Merseyside, if you exclude Saturday’s mishap away at Leicester. The club’s number two stopper, Simon Mignolet, looks set for an extended spell on the bench.
City to hold off on Kompany contract talks (Sept 4th)
Manchester City will wait until the end of the season before offering Vincent Kompany a new contract at the club. The Belgian centre-back celebrated 10 years at City last weekend, but is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career. The 32-year-old has suffered with regular injury issues throughout his time in the Premier League.
West Ham would have to break the bank to bin Pellegrini (Sept 4th)
Whilst the word from the West Ham board is that Manuel Pellegrini is safe in his Hammers job, the fans are certainly not all comfortable with that same rhetoric. Four losses from four to begin a season is never going to delight the east London faithful, but even worse is that should the club wish to sack the Chilean, it would reportedly cost around £15m, largely due to there being no break clause in his active deal.
Bumper contract likely for De Gea (Sep 3rd)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to sign a new contract with the club, worth a reported £350,000 per week.
Arguably the best ‘keeper in the league, De Gea has long since been linked to a move back to Spain, with a Real Madrid deal coming as close as a miss-directed fax.
His allegiance since then, however, appears to have earned the Spaniard a rather large pay rise.
Marcelo wants Ronaldo reunion (Sep 3rd)
Real Madrid defender Marcelo is reportedly hopeful of a reunion with Ronaldo as he eyes a move following his former teammate to Juventus.
The Brazilian left-back yet again had a top drawer season last year, so any deal would likely involve large figures.
It’s unclear if Juventus do have any interest in the defender, but you’d be surprised if they didn’t.
Mustafi in hot water after celebration (Sep 3rd)
Shkodran Mustafi could be in for a dressing down by The FA after his goal celebration during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Cardiff City.
The German made what is thought to be a political gesture with his hands after scoring the opening goal of the game – similar to the one Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri displayed during the World Cup.
Neither of those two players received any repercussion, however.
Sane treatment scares City squad (Sep 3rd)
Pep Guardiola deciding to leave Leroy Sane out of the match day squad for Manchester City’s game with Newcastle on Saturday has sent shockwaves around the squad.
The Spaniard’s treatment of the German winger has apparently led to the rest of his side fearing for their place on future team sheets.
It’s a good job the former Barcelona boss has a very good squad to pick from!
Foxes keen on Drinkwater return (Sep 3rd)
Leicester City are monitoring Danny Drinkwater’s situation at Chelsea with a keen eye, with the hope of potentially bring him back to the King Power in January.
The former Foxes man helped Leicester win the league in his time as the club, but since moving to Chelsea, hasn’t enjoyed the best of times.
It’s thought Maurizio Sarri may be open to allowing the Englishman to leave.
No such goal trouble for Ronaldo Jnr. (Sep 3rd)
Whilst Ronaldo has yet to open his account for the Italian champions, there’s been no such issues for his 8-year-old son.
Over the weekend, Ronaldo Jnr. scored four goals for one of Juventus’ youth teams.
It sounds very much like he could be a chip off the old block.
Man United private jet fail on deadline day (Sep 3rd)
With Manchester United on the hunt for a centre back, Diego Godin became a serious target as the transfer window came to a close during August.
It’s been reported that the club had a private jet on standby but had to cancel it when any move for the Uruguayan didn’t come to fruition.
As it happened, Jose Mourinho had to make do with no new defender.
Ings has bet with former teammate Salah (Sep 3rd)
Danny Ings has had a friendly bet with his former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah that he can score more goals than him this season.
The Southampton striker bagged again on Saturday as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
Liverpool’s Egyptian striker hasn’t been at his brilliant best just yet this campaign but still has two Premier League goals to his name – on par with Ings.
No 'Sir' for Southgate (Sep 3rd)
After guiding England into the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup and eventually achieving a fourth place finish, it was expected that Gareth Southgate may have been recognised for his efforts in some way.
However, if a knighthood was in the thoughts of the former Middlesbrough man, he’ll have to think again, as it was revealed the government intends to block honours for people who avoid tax.
Southgate put money into a film production company in 2016, a company now involved in a large tax dodging case.
Manuel Pellegrini's future not yet in doubt (Sep 3rd)
After a fourth straight defeat this weekend for new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was already under pressure.
Reports suggest, however, that the Chilean is safe – for the time being at least – and is in no imminent danger of being handed his P45.
Performances, and more importantly results, will need to improve though, especially given the money spent over the summer transfer window.