Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Transfer news: The latest Rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams


Alexandre Lacazette joins Arsenal for club record fee of £52.7m

Alexandre Lacazette has joined Arsenal in a club record €60m (£52.7m) deal and signed a five-year contract with the Premier League side.
The France striker completed his medical on Tuesday after being given permission to travel to London by the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas. Arsenal’s opening offer of €35m was rejected last week. The fee surpasses the £42.5m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Özil in 2013.

Lacazette is expected to travel with his Arsenal team-mates to Sydney on Sunday for the first part of the club’s pre-season preparations.
A number of teams had registered an interest in Lacazette, who has 11 caps and was contracted to Lyon until 2019 after graduating through their exceptional academy system. The player had expressed a desire to join Atlético Madrid, having deemed the time right to further his career by departing Ligue 1, but the Spanish club’s transfer ban, which stands until January 2018, complicated their pursuit and allowed Arsenal to steal a march on the 26-year-old’s other suitors.
The striker, who has scored a century of league goals for Lyon in 203 appearances, is eager to make his mark at club level before the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Lacazette had hoped to play in the Champions League next season, a competition for which Arsenal have failed to qualify after finishing fifth, but that disappointment could be eased by evidence of the club’s renewed ambition in the market under Arsène Wenger this summer.

                                  CHELSEA AGREE RUDIGER DEAL

Chelsea have come to an accord with Roma over the transfer of Antonio Rudiger, Sky Sports reports.

The Germany international has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and looks set to soon complete the switch for a fee said to be in the region of £34 million.

The 24-year-old is yet to agree personal terms with the Premier League champions.


Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, football's hottest attacking prospect, has laid out his conditions for joining Real Madrid, according to a report by Spanish outlet Diario Gol.

Despite being only 18 years old, the sought-after striker has made it clear that he will not accept a move unless he becomes one of Los Blancos' highest earners.

Mbappe is said to want wage parity with Gareth Bale, and will expect to be the club's second-highest-paid player behind Cristiano Ronaldo. 


Outbound Chelsea striker Diego Costa is hopeful of having his future resolved by the end of the week, the Mirror reports, with Atletico Madrid said to have prepared a training regime that will keep the Spain international fit while he sits out their transfer ban.

The Liga club are reported to be offering only £22 million plus add-ons for the striker, who has flat-out refused a move to China, representing a bid that would be less than three times the amount Chelsea could have recouped if Costa had agreed a move to the CSL.


Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel could soon follow in his father's footsteps with a move to Manchester United, according to a report by The Sun.

The tabloid suggests the Foxes are looking to tie up a £20 million-plus deal for Gent and Croatia international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, which could pave the way for Schmeichel's exit.

Any deal, however, would hinge on whether David De Gea leaves Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.


Everton are set to complete a sensational double swoop as Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud prepare for a move to Goodison Park, according to The Sun.

Rooney has been hotly tipped to return to his former club, with Everton pledging to maintain his current wages if they can land him on a free.

And he could be joined by Giroud, who has been linked with a £20 million move away from north London.


Alexis Sanchez plans to see out the rest of his contract at Arsenal despite speculation of a move to Manchester City, according to La Tercera.

Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for the Chile international, but he will spend another season at the Emirates until his contract expires in the summer of 2018. Arsenal have also offered Alexis a new contract of £300,000-a-week in order to keep him in London.


Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Real Madrid that he intends to stay at the club, according to AS.

The Portugal captain had apparently decided he wanted to leave Spain back in June but has now reportedly backtracked and is happy to remain at the Bernabeu.

That could all change on July 31, though, when Ronaldo is due to appear in court over accusations of tax evasion, where the outcome of the preliminary hearing could see him seek a Madrid exit.


Gareth Bale is not planning to leave Real Madrid following speculation linking the Wales international with a move to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

Reports have claimed that Madrid would be prepared to sell Bale in order to create room in their squad for Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe.

However, Bale is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid have no plans to let the forward leave in order to bring in new signings.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Stars of the U-17 World Cup over the years

The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India begins in exactly 100 days, and is the biggest platform for young players to make themselves heard.
Several players who first made a mark in the Under-17 World Cup went on enjoy illustrious careers in the sport, winning the biggest trophies and accolades for club and country. Here are 11 of the best.
Where he began:
The 1997 Under-17 World Cup in Egypt, with Spain running out 3-2 winners against Mexico.

Xavi did not lift the Under-17 World Cup that year, but he would compensate by only becoming one of the most decorated players in the history of the game -- the heartbeat of the Spain and Barcelona teams that dominated club and international football for several years.
An embodiment of the Tiki-Taka style of play, Xavi widely became renowned as the game's most incisive passer, and finished third in the FIFA Ballon D'or in three consecutive years, between 2009 and 2011. He would end his career with eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships, and the FIFA World Cup.

Where he began:
A 2-1 victory against Oman in the 2001 Under-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

Torres started his club career at Atletico Madrid and earned a reputation as one of the most lethal finishers in Europe. It earned him a 2007 transfer to Liverpool, where he scored 81 goals in just 142 games. A record-breaking $50 million move to Chelsea materialised in 2011, and though Torres blew hot and cold during his time in London, he would pick up the biggest club trophy in 2012: the Champions League.
Torres also enjoyed a stellar international career, scoring the winner in the 2008 European Championships final against Germany, as well as in a 4-0 rout of Italy in the 2012 final. In 2008, he finished in third place in the Ballon D'Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Where he began:
The 1997 Under-17 World Cup in Egypt, with Ronaldinho scoring in a 7-0 thrashing of Austria.
One of the hottest prospects in world football ever since being a teenager, Ronaldinho played a key role in Brazil's World Cup win in 2002. His undisputed talent and dribbling skills attracted the attention of Barcelona in 2003, where he cemented his place as one of the best players in the world. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year in both 2004 as well as 2005, picking up a host of other individual and team honours along the way, including a Champions League winner's medal in 2006.

Where he began:
The 1993 Under-17 World Cup in Japan, scoring Italy's only goal of the tournament in a 2-1 defeat to Mexico.

Totti spent his entire career at AS Roma, becoming the club's most capped player and top goal scorer. Renowned for his vision and playmaking ability, Totti aged like fine wine, playing an important role in Italy's World Cup triumph in 2006, eventually named in the official team of the tournament. With 316 goals, he is the fifth-highest Italian scorer in all competitions, and won the European Golden Shoe award in 2007.

Where he began:
Like Totti, Buffon was part of Italy's squad for the Under-17 World Cup in Japan.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Buffon became Italy's most-capped player, the fifth-most capped male international player, and the most capped European international player ever. He holds the record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history, going 974 minutes without letting in a goal for Juventus in 2015-16.
Buffon's greatest moment came in Italian colours in the 2006 World Cup, as he produced 40 saves and conceded just two goals through the tournament in Germany, eventually helping his team beat France on penalties in the final. He finished second in the 2006 Ballon D'Or, behind his captain Fabio Cannavarro.

Where he began:
The 1997 Under-17 World Cup in Egypt, where he was the youngest player in the Spain squad which finished third.

Where he began:
The 2009 Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria, scoring in Brazil's 3-2 win against Japan in the opening game.

Where he began:
The 2001 Under-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago, where he scored two goals for Argentina.

Tevez's pace and work-rate quickly caught the eye of several big clubs, including Manchester United, who signed him in 2007. Tevez chipped in with plenty of key goals, helping the team win two consecutive Premier League titles, and also the Champions League in 2008. Since leaving United, Tevez has also won league and cup titles with Manchester City and Juventus.
He played in two World Cups for Argentina, and was part of the squad that nabbed the gold medal during the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

Where he began:
The 2003 Under-17 World Cup in Finland, where he finished as the top scorer with five goals, despite playing in midfield.
Fabregas established himself in Arsenal's starting XI in the 2004-05 season, and quickly became one of the league's best playmakers with his vision and incisive passing. In 2008, he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. After leaving Arsenal in 2011, he went on to win league titles with both Barcelona and Chelsea.
Despite a tough competition for places, Fabregas also regularly features for Spain, and provided the assist for Andres Iniesta's winner in the 2010 World Cup final.

Romelu Lukaku Listed For Sale In Local Liverpool Paper

                 Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku Listed For Sale In Local Liverpool Paper

With Romelu Lukaku's immediate future still subject to speculation, it looks like one Everton fan has grown tired of the star striker's refusal to commit one way or the other.
Indeed, spotted nestled amid the classified section in today's Liverpool Echo newspaper was a mischievous advert in which Lukaku had been put up for sale.

What Pogba Spent his First Wage Packet on

The Manchester United midfielder grew up relatively poor, but now earns a staggering £290,000-per-week, and he has not forgotten his roots.

Paul Pogba has revealed what he bought with his first ever wage packet… two pairs of designer shoes!

Now the world’s most expensive footballer, having cost Manchester United £89 million, Pogba came from a relatively impoverished background in France.

However, after making his way into the Manchester United youth team, Pogba began earning a wage unlike anything he had ever seen, and decided to reward himself with some expensive Louboutins.
In a wide ranging interview with Esquire, Pogba confessed: "This I will always remember all my life. I was 18 or 19 and I bought my first pair of Louboutins; they were white. I bought two pairs, actually

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Chinese Super League club ready to pay Ronaldo €120m a year

          Rоnаldо to rесеivе mеgа-оffеr frоm Chinа

An аѕ-уеt-unnаmеd Chinеѕе Suреr League club iѕ set tо make a mеgа-mоnеу оffеr tо Rеаl Mаdrid аnd Cristiano Rоnаldо, ассоrding to Sраniѕh оutlеt AS.

Thе report ѕtаtеѕ that thе Chinеѕе сlub iѕ prepared tо оffеr Mаdrid €200 million for the ѕignаturе of thеir tаliѕmаn, and саn offer thе 32-уеаr-оld wages of €120 milliоn a season.

Sеniоr еxесutivеѕ frоm thе unnamed сlub reportedly will flу to Mаdrid nеxt wееk tо mееt with Madrid president Florentino Pеrеz аnd negotiate whаt'ѕ ѕаid to bе a concrete оffеr.

Hоwеvеr, the Sраniѕh оutlеt rероrtѕ that it's аll but imроѕѕiblе that Mаdrid wоuld allow Rоnаldо tо lеаvе, сiting thе player's imроrtаnсе to the сlub, which hаѕ wоn thrее Champions Lеаguе trophies in thе раѕt fоur ѕеаѕоnѕ.

In Jаnuаrу, аgеnt Jorge Mendes tоld Sky Sроrtѕ Itаliа that his сliеnt hаd аlrеаdу rеjесtеd a mоvе tо Chinа, оnе thаt wоuld hаvе paid the Pоrtugаl captain €105m a ѕеаѕоn.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal chase final UCL places, with playoff possible

Mаnсhеѕtеr City, Livеrрооl аnd Arѕеnаl will еntеr thе finаl dау оf thе Prеmiеr Lеаguе ѕеаѕоn fighting fоr twо ѕроtѕ in nеxt уеаr'ѕ Champions Lеаguе.
Chelsea аnd Tоttеnhаm Hоtѕрur are аlrеаdу guаrаntееd оf taking thеir places in thе grоuр ѕtаgе drаw, but there аrе ѕtill two places up fоr grabs. Third рlасе еntеrѕ dirесtlу intо thе group stage, fourth рlасе muѕt gо thrоugh thе Chаmрiоnѕ League рlауоff rоund. Fifth place ѕеttlеѕ fоr the Europa Lеаguе.
Goal diffеrеnсе аnd goals scored will, as uѕuаl, bе uѕеd to split any tеаmѕ who аrе lеvеl on points -- but the Prеmiеr League соuld see its first-ever рlауоff if two tеаmѕ finiѕh with idеntiсаl records оf роintѕ, goals scored and goals conceded.
Wе run through the permutations and what needs to hарреn fоr there tо bе a dramatic еnd-оf-ѕеаѕоn playoff.
MANCHESTER CITY (3rd, 75 роintѕ)
Citу will nееd tо draw at Watford in their finаl mаtсh оn Sunday tо bе аbѕоlutеlу sure оf at lеаѕt fоurth рlасе. They go intо thаt mаtсh thrее роintѕ аhеаd оf Arѕеnаl, аnd twо аhеаd оf Livеrрооl.
Thеу соuld bе оvеrtаkеn bу bоth if thеу lоѕе hеаvilу at Wаtfоrd, Arsenal win wеll аt hоmе to Everton, аnd Livеrрооl are victorious tоо.
Citу аrе twо роintѕ аhеаd of Liverpool but оnlу thrее goals bеttеr оff in goal difference, ѕо a draw and a thrее-gоаl win fоr Livеrрооl could bumр Citу intо fоurth оn gоаlѕ ѕсоrеd, thоugh 3-0 аnd 3-3 wоuld leave thеm with identical rесоrdѕ (ѕее below).
Bоth Arѕеnаl аnd Liverpool failing tо win would аlѕо secure Citу'ѕ рlасе in thе group ѕtаgе -- if еithеr fail to win Citу will at lеаѕt bе fourth.
LIVERPOOL (4th, 73 points)
Liverpool know thеу hаvе to win аt hоmе to аlrеаdу-rеlеgаtеd Middlеѕbrоugh on Sundау tо keep Arsenal аt аrm'ѕ length. A draw, аnd thеу wоuld bе оvеrtаkеn bу an Arѕеnаl win.
If Liverpool lоѕе аnd Arѕеnаl drаw, thеn Livеrрооl аrе guаrаntееd tо be fоurth unlеѕѕ thеу lоѕе bу mоrе thаn оnе gоаl. Lоѕе by twо gоаlѕ аnd it gоеѕ tо gоаlѕ ѕсоrеd аnd a роѕѕiblе рlауоff. Lоѕе bу three gоаlѕ аnd Arѕеnаl nееd a роint. Thеу соuld ѕtill ԛuаlifу with a dеfеаt, too, if Arsenal аrе аlѕо beaten.
ARSENAL (5th, 72 points)
As аbоvе, thеrе iѕ the сhаnсе Arsenal соuld qualify fоr thе Chаmрiоnѕ League with a роint if Livеrрооl lose by аt least two goals, but in reality they muѕt win and hоре Liverpool dо nоt. Thеу could оvеrtаkе Mаn City if thеу win аnd Pер Guаrdiоlа'ѕ tеаm lose, but thеrе wоuld nееd tо be аn unlikеlу ѕix-gоаl ѕwing.
It lооkѕ like Arsenal аnd Livеrрооl have the grеаtеѕt сhаnсе of fасing a playoff, fоr the ԛuаlifуing rоund рlасе in fоurth. At рrеѕеnt Livеrрооl аrе one роint better оff thаn Arѕеnаl, with gоаl diffеrеnсе +33 tо +31 respectively. They соuld face a рlауоff if, fоr inѕtаnсе:
- Arѕеnаl and Evеrtоn draw 1-1 оn thе final dау AND
- Liverpool lose tо Middlesbrough 0-2
These rеѕultѕ wоuld lеаvе thе two сlubѕ with 73 points, and gоаl diffеrеnсе of +31 (75 fоr, 44 against).
Thеrе a lesser chance thаt Livеrрооl аnd Mаn Citу could finiѕh lеvеl аnd fасе a рlауоff fоr thе аutоmаtiс place in thе Chаmрiоnѕ League:
- Man Citу draw 3-3 аt Wаtfоrd AND
- Liverpool bеаt Middlesbrough 3-0
Fоr Arѕеnаl and Mаn Citу tо finish with identical rесоrdѕ:
- Man City lose 4-0 at Wаtfоrd AND
- Arsenal bеаt Everton 1-0

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo & the list of top scorers in Champions League history

CRISTIANO RONALDO | Real Madrid, Manchester United, Sporting Lisbon | 100 goals in 137 appearances

 LIONEL MESSI | Barcelona | 94 goals in 115 appearances

PATRICK KLUIVERT | Barcelona, Ajax | 29 goals in 71 appearances

ROY MAKAAY | Bayern Munich, Deportivo La Coruna | 29 goals in 61 appearances

DAVID TREZEGUET | Juventus, Monaco | 29 goals in 58 appearances

WAYNE ROONEY | Manchester United | 30 goals in 85 appearances

Chelsea, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Mallorca | 30 goals in 78 appearances

KAKA | AC Milan | 30 goals in 86 appearances

FERNANDO MORIENTES | Valencia, Liverpool, Monaco, Real Madrid | 33 goals in 93 appearances

THOMAS MULLER | Bayern Munich | 39 goals in 89 appearances

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI | Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund | 40 goals in 61 appearances

ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO | Juventus | 42 goals in 89 appearances

DIDIER DROGBA | Chelsea, Marseille, Galatasaray | 44 goals in 92 appearances

FILIPPO INZAGHI | Juventus, AC Milan | 46 goals in 81 appearances

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC | Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona, PSG, Ajax | 48 goals in 119 appearances

 ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO | AC Milan, Chelsea, Dinamo Kiev | 48 goals in 100 appearances

THIERRY HENRY | Barcelona, Arsenal, Monaco | 50 goals in 112 appearances

 KARIM BENZEMA | Real Madrid, Lyon | 51 goals in 92 appearances

 RUUD VAN NISTELROOY | Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven | 56 goals in 73 appearances

RAUL | Schalke, Real Madrid | 71 goals in 142 appearances