10 months agoFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgFiorentina table offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadiniby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have made an offer to Southampton for Manolo Gabbiadini.The Viola want to take the Italy striker on-loan to the end of this season.La Nazione says Fiorentina are willing to include a permanent option in the region of €12-15m.They are also prepared to match Gabbiadini’s wages at Southampton to the tune of €2.5m-a-year.Saints are now mulling over the proposal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchases

first_imgKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchasesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not be able to compete “constantly” in the transfer market.The Reds spent over £200m in 2018 to bring in Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Both van Dijk and Alisson were bought with world-record fees for their respective positions.According to Klopp, those purchases were only made possible by equally big sales, such as Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. And the German has urged fans not accept as them future norm.”We cannot do that constantly [spending big on players] and we will not do that constantly,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “The good thing was that, like most things in life, the timing was important. We had the money and the players were on the market. We didn’t know exactly when Alisson was on the market and when it was clear that he was, we had to, even if we had to collect money somewhere.”With the Neymar transfer, the whole world changed. Could I have expected someone would have made the move from Barcelona to PSG for that money? No. But then, we had a bit of that money because of Phil [Coutinho] so what do we do? We don’t build houses, we invest in this club and invest in players. The money was there so let’s use it in the smartest way and that’s what we did.”Since I’ve been here, we’ve always sold players and bought players because that’s how it is. I don’t know what our net spend is at the end, but we bought fantastic players in. Like Gini Wijnaldum, what a player he is. We bought him from Newcastle, playing left-wing or whatever so that’s really nice. So really good signings and two for really big money.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

first_imgGenoa deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have a deal in place for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sky Italia says Genoa will take Sturaro on loan from Juventus with €8m option to buy, which becomes compulsory after a certain number of games.Sturaro has been with Sporting CP for the first-half of the season.It is a return to Marassi, where Sturaro already played in several different stints, beginning his career in their academy.The midfielder is leaving Sporting due to board room upheaval. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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9 months ago​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-back

first_img​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-backby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has admitted his admiration for his teammate Fabinho.The Brazilian was drafted in for centre-back duty given the injury crisis the Reds are experiencing in that position.He turned in a top display alongside Virgil Van Dijk, helping his side to a 1-0 win away to Brighton. And Robertson was very impressed with what he saw.”For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected to the club’s official website.”So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.”I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 days agoAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastle

first_imgAndrew Cole: Really difficult seeing state of Man Utd and Newcastleby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole says it’s tough seeing the club at such a low ebb.Cole feels the same for another of his former teams, Newcastle.He told The Sun: “It’s difficult, really difficult.“My time with Manchester United was so successful so when you see your team struggling like it is, you do ask yourself questions, and naturally punters will ask you questions as well.“It gets frustrating because you want the current team to be playing well and winning the Premier League just like we did. “Likewise at Newcastle, from where they were under my brief time under Kevin Keegan, to where they are now, it’s chalk and cheese. “In those times, the owner Sir John Hall said he wanted to rival Manchester United to try and win the league.“But if you look at Newcastle now, they are more than happy if they finish in the top half. That’s how much things have changed.“I do get a little bit disappointed because all Newcastle fans want is just a little bit of success.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoLeicester manager Rodgers raps Klopp for Choudhury ‘reaction’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester manager Rodgers raps Klopp for Choudhury ‘reaction’by Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has once again defended Hamza Choudhury from criticism from Jurgen Klopp.Rodgers’ Liverpool counterpart was seething after Choudhury’s tackle on Mohamed Salah, which left the Egyptian out of action for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.Rodgers insisted: “The reaction to Hamza was right over the top for me. The boy went in to make a tackle.”Mo Salah is a world-class player but you can tackle him. It wasn’t even a bad tackle.”You have to ensure they stay aggressive because that is their game, without overstepping the line.”If you look at the team we play in an aggressive but sporting way.”Young Hamza is one of those lads that play on the limit and is fighting for his career.”His strength is recovering the ball and retrieving the ball, which he is very good at, and he is learning other aspects of his game.”The only way is constant work and talking with him.” last_img read more

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Photos: Ohio State Groom Marries Michigan Bride In The Big House

first_imgOhio State fans holding Go Bucks signs during a football game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes cheer as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)How many die-hard Ohio State football fans have gotten married at Michigan’s Big House? Well, at least one. ESPN is reporting that Mike and Stephanie Stout got hitched recently and held their reception at the Wolverines’ football stadium, despite the obvious rivalry between the two fan bases. While it would appear that Stephanie won the overall argument, Mike certainly did all he could to make the wedding feature both schools.The photos, produced by E. C. Campbell Photography, show Mike spelling out O-H-I-O in Michigan’s tunnel. He also had his groomsmen wear Ohio State socks and grey tuxedos. Finally, there were Buckeyes koozies and pom-poms for each guest.When an Ohio State groom marries a Michigan bride and the reception is at the Big House … [Credit: E.C. Campbell Photography]A photo posted by espn (@espn) on Jul 31, 2015 at 8:08am PDT(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));A fun feature on ESPN today. 🙂 #lovewinsPosted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Friday, July 31, 2015(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));What happens when a Buckeye fan falls in love with a Wolverine fan? Check out Mike and Stephanie’s wedding day to find…Posted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Thursday, July 30, 2015You can check out all of the photos over at the photographer’s website. Ohio State fans – is this acceptable?last_img read more

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Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgArsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday when they take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium following Tuesday’s narrow victory over Cardiff City.Unai Emery’s side are coming into the game in fourth place on goal difference following Bournemouth’s 4-0 hammering of Chelsea but must be wary of a City backlash.A strong City team were defeated 2-1 in Newcastle in midweek; a loss which saw the title holders slip five points behind Liverpool in the chase for the Premier League trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Moreover, Arsenal’s away form in the league is not promising. They have not won in five games on the road since beating Bournemouth back in November.Arsenal Injuries There has been a boost in Arsenal’s injury department with the news that captain Laurent Koscielny’s facial injury picked up against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round defeat is not as bad as first feared. He has reportedly returned to full training and could well come into a backline which is desperately lacking in numbers.Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are longer-term casualties while Sokratis Papastathopoulos will miss two or three more weeks with his ankle injury.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is pushing closer to fitness after a broken metatarsal while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also due to be assessed in the days before the fixture after missing out against Cardiff with a knee injury.Danny Welbeck is out for the rest of the season.Laurent Koscielny Arsenal FA CupArsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery could well decide to field Koscielny now that he has returned to full training and he would be expected to team up with Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the Gunners’ defence.It remains to be seen whether or not Mesut Ozil will retain his place in the team after starting in midweek against Cardiff. He played in the opening day defeat by City at the Emirates but the coach has not always preferred to use the German against top six opposition since then.Aaron Ramsey could come back into the fold after missing the Cardiff game while Granit Xhaka will also be pushing for a start.Arsenal Man City GFXManchester City Team News Ederson suffered an injury believed to be a cut or a gash against Newcastle on Tuesday night with reserve goalkeeper Aro Muric in line to replace him from the bench at one stage. The Kosovo international will be expected to deputise if Ederson doesn’t make it.Defenders Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany are still not match fit and neither is expected to start.Mendy has suffered a complication on his return from a bad knee injury while a niggling muscle problem is plaguing the club captain.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD and is available to stream on NOW TV and SKY GO. It kicks off at 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET) . It will be available to watch live in the United States on NBC Sports Live.Best Opta Match Facts Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games against Arsenal – they’ve haven’t won four consecutive top-flight games against the Gunners since April 1937. Arsenal have lost seven of their last 11 visits to the Etihad Stadium in all competitions against Man City (W2 D2), losing the last two. Manchester City have lost four of their last nine Premier League games (W5), as many as in their previous 72 combined (W56 D12). Arsenal have lost 11 of their last 19 away Premier League games (W5 D3), keeping just one clean sheet in that time, a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town in May 2018. Since Roberto Firmino’s goal for Liverpool on January 3rd, Manchester City have scored 25 goals in a row without conceding at the Etihad in all competitions, winning their last four home games by an aggregate score of 24-0. Manchester City have lost three of their last seven Premier League games when scoring first – they had lost just three of their previous 96 matches when scoring the first goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 25th Premier League goal in Arsenal’s last match against Cardiff, reaching that number faster than any other Gunners player in the competition’s history (37 games). Since August 20th, Manchester City have only won three more points in the Premier League (50) than Arsenal (47) and have lost more games (4) than the Gunners (3) in that time. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has never lost a match against Unai Emery in all competitions (W7 D4 L0) – the only manager he has faced more during his managerial career without losing is Joaquín Caparrós (13 games). Sergio Aguero has scored in seven of his last 11 matches against Arsenal in all competitions for Manchester City, though he hasn’t found the net in either of his last two. Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Premier League debut (February 3 2018), Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have combined for seven Arsenal goals in the competition – two more than any other duo for the club in that time. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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John Calipari Trolled UNC Columnist With Press Conference Outfit

first_imgA closeup of Coach Cal in front of a blue Kentucky background.NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – FEBRUARY 27: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats speaks to the media after a 74-62 loss to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym on February 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)John Calipari wore a white t-shirt and shorts to his Tuesday press conference as a little jab at a UNC columnist who criticized his post-game outfit.Following Kentucky dramatic 101-100 win against North Carolina on Saturday, John Calipari went somewhat casual with his post-game look, taking off his tie and changing into jeans.Video of the presser, via Kentucky.com:For whatever reason, UNC’s Adam Lucas, who writes the school’s in-house basketball column, harped on it after the game.You can hate the game because the opponent was Kentucky and being in the same building with them reminds you of exactly how differently things work in Lexington. John Calipari arrived at his postgame press conference with his tie off, top two buttons on his shirt unbuttoned, and having changed into blue jeans. There are not two top-level programs in America right now that arrive at the end result off the court more differently than Carolina and Kentucky.On Tuesday, Calipari decided to troll Lucas a bit, wearing a white t-shirt and shorts to his press conference, with a towel draped over his shoulder.Cal came straight from his workout. “You guys want me to change?” Surely this is a nod to the UNC column. pic.twitter.com/ap9t0KxXMl— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) December 20, 2016Think this game matters to this state? pic.twitter.com/ct5MH9ajUc— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 20, 2016I’m a little disappointed that Calipari didn’t break out the flip-flops to complete the look, but the point was certainly made, and incredibly well executed.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

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