Daily Archives: April 4, 2017
Chelsea chase Real Madrid midfielder
Chelsea have made a firm move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco. According to the Sun says the Blues are set to make a £160,000-a-week summer deal. Reports in Spain claim the London club have formally entered the race for the Spain international, and are willing to pay his large wage demands. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is aiming to gazump cross-town rivals Spurs to their long-time target, along with a host of European elite including Manchester City and Barcelona. So often left out of the starting lineup by Zinedine Zidane this term, he is reportedly still wanted at the Bernabeu by president Florentino Perez.
Theo Hernandez doesn’t rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid
On-loan with Alaves Theo Hernandez won’t rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid. The defender has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester City, along with Real Madrid. “It’s true that there were teams that wanted me but I thought about it well and the best thing was to stay,” he told AS. “Could an Atletico player say yes to Real Madrid? I don’t know. If it’s the best thing for him, to go there, it could be that he has to go. It depends on each one.”
Besiktas want to sign Arsenal midfielder
Besiktas are chasing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. The Sun claim, Ozil, Cesc Fabregas and Radamel Falcao are all being eyed by Besiktas as the Turkish giants plan stunning summer raid. Aksam says Fabregas is the No1 target – but Arsenal star Ozil, linked with a summer move away from the London club, and Monaco striker Falcao is also potential signings. “I will get a name that ‘will not’ come to Turkey. It will be called impossible. This star will be Besiktas’ brand face in Europe,” club president Orman said.
Klopp eye striker signing
Liverpool's title challenge faltered this season through a combination of attacking absentees in the form of Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, as well as defensive issues. Klopp revealed he has his eye on a new forward for the summer however... "We will show that we learned from this year. Of course we will bring in players. The squad will change in a few positions. We will still have young players in the squad “The problems we had in January and February, the injury of Phil [Coutinho] in November. Sadio [Mane] in January, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, should we have another striker or winger? Yes. It felt like this in other moments. “Next year with more games we need more options, that’s clear.”
Arsenal want to sign Juventus defender
Arsenal are planning to offer €35m to Juventus to sign Alex Sandro, Tuttomercatoweb.com reports. The Brazilian international's future is under scrutiny and despite being contracted to Juve until 2020 is looking for a move away. Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked. Note that Sandro has made 32 appearances during this season.
Juventus eye Chelsea midfielder
Juventus are considering making a bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic this summer, according to Calciomercato.com. It’s reported elsewhere that Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his central midfield options. Juventus reportedly tried to sign Matic last summer, but Chelsea rejected their advances. Note that Matic has made 31 appearances during this season.
Suso refuses to rule out a summer switch from AC Milan
Tottenham and Atletico Madrid target Suso has refused to rule out a summer switch from AC Milan. The former Liverpool winger has shone in Serie A this season and has been linked with Spurs and Atleti in recent months. Discussing his future plans and the possibility of returning to Spain, the Spaniard told AS: “I have two and a half years left [on my contract] and I have always said that I am happy here, but we’ll see what happens in summer. “[Would I like to return to Spain?] Hopefully. It’s always nice to return to your country, but I have [time] left on my contract and will have to wait until summer.”
Luke Shaw is set to be involved in Manchester United’s clash against Everton
Luke Shaw is set to be involved in Manchester United's clash against Everton on Tuesday night after a meeting with Jose Mourinho on Monday, according to the Daily Mail. Omitted from the 18-man squad to face West Brom on Saturday, the United boss afterwards launched a scathing attack on the left-back in which he questioned the 21-year-old's fitness and attitude. Mourinho had said: "It's difficult for him to be on the bench. Because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, or with Matteo Darmian, or with Daley Blind. "I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind."
Slaven Bilic desperate for positive result against Arsenal
West Ham face off with Arsenal on Wednesday and the struggling Hammers need points in order to stay out of relegation battle zone. After Dimitri Payet's scandalous departure the west London club West Ham United have found themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League table. The season's high expectations were not met as the team was unable to perform on the expected level. Slaven Bilic even had disagreements with the club board as they reportedly offered new fitness and firs-team coaches, but the Bilic,48, turned down the offer. “Bilic backed Miljenko Rak, his long-term fitness coach, when the West Ham owners first suggested changes in December,” adds the report in The Times. “Some felt that Rak, at 69, could be helped by a younger man.”
Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho is lining up another big summer in the transfer market
Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho is lining up another big summer in the transfer market to address Manchester United's attacking problems. United have been held to goalless draws at home to Burnley, Hull and most recently West Brom, having also failed to beat Stoke, West Ham and Bournemouth at Old Trafford. "I think he's lining it up. You think about the sales of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay for around £40m," Neville said on Premier League Daily. "There's talk of Antoine Griezmann and I'm sure other clubs will be after him as well, but Jose must be lining up for another big summer."