English Premier League News
Fabregas on Milan radar
AC Milan will try to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the summer, reports the Daily Telegraph. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also reportedly keeping tabs on the situation. The midfielder has emerged as a target for Milan, who are set to finally confirm their takeover by Chinese investors. The Telegraph claims a £27m bid will be Milan’s opening offer – with Mourinho set to consider a move if Chelsea indicate a willingness to sell.
Arsenal hero Parlour wants them to move for Aguero
Arsenal hero Ray Parlour wants them to move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero has been linked with a move away from City after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. “That would be good," he told talkSPORT . “That would be a nice signing, but £300,000-a-week though so I'm not too sure! Arsenal would be a much better team with Aguero in it. “Why would Man City want to sell him? They are trying to rule the Champions League over the next few years."
Aubameyang brands Tottenham’s attempts to sign him as “weird”
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has branded Tottenham's attempts to sign him as "weird". The London club tried to sign Aubameyang in 2012. “If Spurs ever came back in me for me, I'd say no," said the 27-year-old forward. "In the end everything became a bit weird, I didn't really like the way things were done." Note that Aubameyang has made 29 appearances during this season, scoring 23 goals.
Mourinho: “Fans will convince Ibrahimovic to stay”
Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho says he is convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at the club, and joked that fans should "go to the door of his house" to convince him. "I never beg for a player to sign a contract," Mourinho said. "I never beg for a player to play for me. "One day, Zlatan decided to leave me and Inter Milan to join Barcelona, I was very sad, but I did nothing to try to stop him to go, so I don't beg for players. "But, if needed, maybe United fans can go to the door of his house, and stay there all night, if needed. We all want, and believe, that he is going to stay another season."
Ibrahimovic: “My kids wanted United move'”
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his two children persuaded him to join Red Devils squad. Asked about his plans for next season, he said: "Let's see what happens. I think in your career you have moments. I did not come to England before because it was not the moment. "Even my two kids wanted to see me play at United, I had my mind somewhere else. Before, everything was coming on top of the table, then Jose called. "I have a special relationship with him. When he called it was basically, 'tell me what number I should wear'. My mind was not here. Then my kids started to bump my head and Jose called, then I am here."
Jordan Henderson set to miss the clash with Leicester City
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will not travel to Leicester with the rest of the team due to injury. The Englishman picked up an injury during a training session at the Reds' Melwood facilities on Friday. However, the club doctors are confident of Jordan's future. The foot problem is not serious, and a quick return to face the Gunners at the weekend is possible. https://twitter.com/JamesPearceEcho/status/836184155927031814 Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge are also doubts for today's clash with the managerless Foxes. But Ragnar Klavan has fully recovered from illness and is ready for action.
BREAKING: Arsenal academy coach takes over at Wolfsburg
Andres Jonker, the Arsenal academy coach has left the London club for Wolfsburg manager post The Dutchman had been at an Arsenal coach since July 2014, having previously spent time working with Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. https://twitter.com/VfLWolfsburg_EN/status/836177986965626881 Arsenal Chief executive Ivan Gazidis told the club’s official website: "This is a great opportunity for Andries and we wish him every future success. Under Andries' guidance, we have made huge progress in our academy operations. “Arsenal is known around the world for its development of young players and we are confident we will find the right person to continue to lead our progress."
Ibrahimovic not surprised by Man Utd success
After leading Manchester United to victory in the EFL Cup final, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been asked if he is surprised by how well his first season in England has gone. "No, no. This is what I predicted. Everything I thought would happen. The only thing is the others didn’t see it. And I came here to show them what I saw and what I would do. "Apparently too many I could not do it, but I keep going and doing what I am doing every year." Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United last summer on a free transfer and has already managed to net 26 goals in 38 appearances.
“Palace start to feel the Big Sam impact”
Patrick van Aanholt believes Crystal Palace are starting to feel the impact of Sam Allardyce. Two months after Allardyce's appointment Palace finally showed some of the organisation and resilience which his teams usually demonstrate as they beat Middlesbrough on Saturday. And Van Aanholt - whose first-half goal secured a 1-0 victory - insists that was largely because of the effects of the hosts' recent work. "We trained very hard because we didn't have a game last week and after that we got a couple of days off, because rest is also important," he told the club website. "We came back together, worked hard in the week and that's paid off. We showed everyone we were up for winning the game and we did. "We were very good (defensively). In the first half we came out and were dominant, like, 'We're here to win this game'. It was an unbelievable moment for me (to score)."
Ranieri Sacking: Pros & Cons
Speculation surrounding the circumstances of Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester exit last week has been rife. Suggestions have been made of a player-lead revolt against the title-winning manager, with top players Vardy and Schmeichel said to have played a big role. This, however, has been strongly denied by the players apparently involved. Jamie Vardy stated on his private Twitter account that it was ‘completely untrue, unfounded and extremely hurtful’. He went on to thank Ranieri ‘for everything’. So he should; Leicester have a great deal to thank their ex-manager for. Any manager who can deliver a Premier League title at odds of 5000-1 deserves all the credit in the world. We’ll probably never know the true circumstances surrounding Ranieri’s dismissal, but it’s likely the decision was made far away by the owners in Bangkok. Whatever the reason, Ranieri becomes just the latest casualty in the managerial merry-go-round that is Premier League football. Whatever you might think about the decision, it’s certain to have a big impact on the club. So, what does this mean for Leicester City going forward? Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of their managerial changeover. Pros A new manager may provide the impetus they need to avoid relegation. Currently sitting somewhat uncomfortably in 18th position, Leicester are in serious danger of losing their place in the Premier League. A change in manager at this time can go either way, and it’s a huge gamble to take at this stage of the season. Gambles often pay off, however, and a new coach can have the effect of boosting previously struggling players. If the new manager can get players like Vardy firing again then they’ll have a good chance of a late surge. Ranieri had lost the dressing room. If it is indeed true that the players were turning against Claudio Ranieri, then sacking him may have been the only real option. Although the players may have been as much, if not more, to blame as the Ranieri for this, it is far less plausible to sack the players than the manager. If the next manager can regain the support of the players, then they’ll have a better chance of getting out of trouble. Ranieri was too loyal to underperforming players. As some fans have pointed out in recent days, the manager may not have been ruthless enough with his underperforming stars. A new manager will not have any ties to the Leicester players, and will be better able to make difficult decisions without any sentiment getting in the way. Cons A change at this stage in the season could cement their demise. On the flip-side of number 1, above, Ranieri’s sacking could see a further slump in morale at the club. This could have a dire effect on performances, and consign Leicester to relegation to The Championship. The owners may face a backlash from the fans and players. Leicester City’s Thai owners have shown a stunning lack of ‘disloyalty’ and ‘gratitude’ to Ranieri, according to Gary Lineker. This may well be the case. Leicester’s incredible title winning run was a huge boost to the fans and the city of Leicester as a whole. It genuinely united people and was an immense source of pride for the city. Ranieri had so much to do with this that the owners have seriously risked angering the fans of the club. The club will have lost the support of neutral fans. It wasn’t just Leicester City fans and the local community that got behind the team last year; it was pretty much every neutral fan in England. They were the darlings of English football last season and, with Ranieri such a large part of that, a lot of those sentiments will have evaporated with his sacking. Only time will tell if the Leicester City board have made the right decision, and they certainly won’t have endeared themselves to many within the footballing community. However, their decision will be vindicated if the next manager can lead the side to Premier League safety.