Thursday, 13 February 2020

Odion Ighalo 'banned from Manchester United training ground' fears over the coronavirus

Manchester United have reportedly banned Odion Ighalo from attending the club's training ground due to fears over the coronavirus.

During the closing minutes of deadline day, United completed the loan signing of Ighalo, who has been playing for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

As it stands, the forward is in contention to make his debut against Chelsea on Monday night, but it appears that the 30-year-old is currently being prevented from working with his new teammates.

According to The Mirror, Ighalo is unable to make an appearance at Carrington in order to minimise any risk of the illness being passed on in the coming days.

Despite the chances of Ighalo carrying the coronavirus being regarded as extremely small, United made the decision to effectively apply a 14-day incubation period.

The measures being taken by United have been described as "precautionary".

Monday, 10 February 2020

Messi stars in Barcelona win over Real Betis

Lionel Messi landed a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona pulled off a 3-2 win at Real Betis after trailing twice in an enthralling match in La Liga on Sunday, finally giving the Catalans something to celebrate after a week of upheaval.

Clement Lenglet headed home the decisive goal in the 72nd minute from a Messi free kick, earning second-placed Barca a first away win in the league in four matches and cutting the deficit behind leaders Real Madrid back to three points.

French defender Lenglet was then sent off for two bookings, moments after Betis’ Nabil Fekir had been dismissed for earning two yellow cards in the space of a minute.

Barca coach Quique Setien was making his first appearance back at Betis since being sacked by the Seville club last May and desperately needed a victory after Real had beaten Osasuna 4-1 earlier in the day.

But the visitors got off to a terrible start when Sergio Canales gave Betis the lead in the sixth minute from the penalty spot after a VAR review showed Lenglet had handled the ball.

Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong promptly equalised with the help of a lofted pass from Messi but Barca soon found themselves on the back foot again when Betis restored their lead with a strike from World Cup-winning forward Fekir in the 26th minute.

Messi proved pivotal in the Catalans levelling right before halftime, delivering a free kick into the path of Sergio Busquets who converted from close range.

The Argentine was also able to pick out Lenglet for the winning strike, setting up a goal for the fifth time in three games.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Juventus preparing to sell Aaron Ramsey

Juventus are ready to cut their losses with Aaron Ramsey after just one season in Turin, according to reports in Italy. Arsenal lost Ramsey to the Italian giants on a free transfer last summer, as the Welshman sought a new challenge in his career. But the spell in Italy is yet to really get off the ground, with Ramsey struggling to shake off injury concerns. Ramsey signed a deal worth a reported £400,000-a-week with Juventus, but has made just 12 appearances in Serie A this season. Tuttosport claim Juventus have been left frustrated with Ramsey’s fitness issues and want to cash in on the midfielder.

The Serie A club has a huge wage bill, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt and Adrien Rabiot on huge salaries. Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri offered his public backing to Ramsey last month, but the 29-year-old has scored just once this season and is yet to register an assist for his team. Ramsey is under contract at Juventus until 2023 and came off the bench in the defeat to Hellas Verona on Saturday.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Barcelona set to hijack Bruno Fernandes transfer

Barcelona are reportedly preparing to hijack Manchester United's move for Bruno Fernandes.
United made Fernandes their top January transfer target but have so far failed to reach an agreement with Sporting Lisbon.
The Red Devils are understood to be willing to pay around £55m with add-ons, although Sporting want £65m.They face a race against time to get the deal done and reports in Spain suggest Barcelona have now entered the race.

And the Catalan giants will then loan Fernandes to La Liga rivals Valencia for the remainder of the season.Barcelona and Valencia are still locked in negotiations over a deal to take Rodrigo to the Nou Camp.A medical is scheduled, with Valencia looking to take Nelson Semedo to the Mestalla from Barca
And the La Liga giants will also offer to loan Fernandes to their rivals, if they complete his signing from Sporting.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Leeds United Sign Jean-Kevin Agustin

Leeds United have completed
the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The striker joins the Whites on an initial loan deal until the end of the season from Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig.

Augustin came through the ranks with French outfit Paris Saint-Germain and went on to make his senior debut for the club back in April 2015.

Over the course of the next two seasons, he helped PSG win every domestic honour.

In July 2017, he completed a move to German side Red Bull Leipzig for a reported fee of €13m.

He featured in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League during his time with the Bundesliga club, who finished sixth and third in his two seasons, where he hit 20 goals in 67 outings.

Augustin returned to his native France to join AS Monaco on loan at the start of the season and went on to feature 13 times.

The 22-year-old is a France youth international, having been capped at every level from Under-16s to Under-21s.

He helped France win the European Under-19 Championship in 2016, where he was the top goal-scorer and player of the tournament.

Augustin becomes Leeds’ third signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of Elia Caprile and Ian Poveda.

He will wear the number 29 shirt for Leeds during his time at Elland Road and the club hold the option to sign the player on a permanent basis upon completion of his loan spell.

Tottenham to land £30m Winger

PSV winger Steven Bergwijn has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. The 22-year-old Dutchman missed the Eredivisie game with FC Twente amid speculation over his future.Speculation increased over his future, following reports that Spurs had lodged a bid believed to be in the region of £30million.
Despite PSV interim manager Ernest Faber claiming after his side's draw with FC Twente that Bergwijn had called him to tell him he was not going to play in the match and that Tottenham did not have permission to meet with the player, it was reported that Bergwijn was on his way to London.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Barcelona set to land Rodrigo Moreno

Barcelona have been linked with Valencia and Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno as they seek a replacement for Luis Suarez.Given that Barcelona are looking for a striker who can perform straight away, Rodrigo is considered a good option because there is a belief that he'd adapt well to Quique Setien's style of play.The problem for Barcelona is that this transfer would be costly, as Valencia don't want to sell for anything less than 60 million euros.Barcelona are in need of reinforcements in the centre-forward department after Luis Suarez was ruled out for the season, having had to undergo a knee surgery. With Ousmane Dembele struggling with injury issues and Antoine Griezmann still adapting to life with in Catalonia, the Blaugrana have been over-dependent on captain Lionel Messi.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Match Report:Stoke City 2-1 Manchester United

Stoke deservedly beat Manchester United on home soil with two more goals from in-form Charlie Adam doing the damage.United started slowly, Jonathan Walters almost getting on the end of a ball that cut through the middle of the United defence. Any attempt at momentum from the visitors was interrupted by an early injury to Jonny Evans, who limped off to be replaced by Rafael. There were glimpses of class from United, Wayne Rooney's half-volley fizzing past the post before an uncharacteristically weak free kick from Juan Mata, and it was slightly against the run of play when Stoke took the lead. Charlie Adam took a free kick for Stoke and, despite standing 40 yards from goal, opted to take on the shot. His effort took a wicked deflection and whizzed past the static David de Gea. Moments later, United's afternoon got even worse as Phil Jones had to be stretchered off with a head injury. Minutes after the second half started, it looked like the United comeback was on when Robin van Persie tapped the ball past Asmir Begovic after some clever build-up play from Mata, but only five minutes later Stoke were back in the lead. It was Adam again who gave Stoke the lead, fizzing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards after a cushioned header from Walters. With Stoke leading it was left to United to mount some sort of resurgence, but they left it until the final few minutes of injury time. First Ashley Young made a mess of a free header in the box after a pinpoint cross from the wing from Chris Smalling, before Rooney's free kick was tipped onto the bar by Begovic. Ultimately Stoke made the most of an off day from United, to haul themselves into mid-table mediocrity and leave the visitors today with yet another huge dent in their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

De Jong set for Newcastle Switch

Newcastle United are close to signing Dutch international Luuk De Jong. De Jong has been a long term transfer target for the club, but elected to sign for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach when he left FC Twente in 2012 as he did not feel he would be guaranteed first team football on Tyneside.
Newcastle were also reluctant to match Mönchengladbach’s offer of £12.6m for a player at such an early stage in his career, but are increasingly confident they will be able to offer less than that this month to finally land the 23-year-old.
The club were initially rebuffed when they asked if they could take De Jong on loan - their preferred option as it will enable manager Alan Pardew to see how suited De Jong is to English football before they hand over a significant transfer fee - but they have been locked in talks with the German club and a compromise has been reached.De Jong has talked publicly about his desire to move to Newcastle and Mönchengladbach are likely to have agreed to Newcastle’s loan, with a view to buy.

Newcastle and PSG agree Cabaye deal

Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Yohan Cabaye, who will cost £25million.Toon boss Alan Pardew admitted on Monday afternoon he was not confident of retaining the services of the 28-year-old France international after PSG formalised their interest and those fears appear to have come true. Newcastle knocked back PSG's bid of £14million on Sunday but they have come back with an much improved offer, one that Newcastle are unable to turn down. PSG officials were in Newcastle on Monday to thrash out a deal and after agreeing a fee with the Magpies, now just need to agree terms with the player before he undergoes a medical.