All the latest transfer news, including updates on the futures of Danny Drinkwater, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Serge Aurier.
Manchester City have sent a delegation to Chile in anticipation of finalizing a deal for Alexis Sanchez. (Daily Telegraph)
- Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is being lined up for a dramatic deadline day switch to West Ham. (The Sun)
- Arsenal are attempting to seal a last-minute swoop for Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler — or they will block Alexis Sanchez’s move to Man City. (Daily Mirror)
- Liverpool chiefs are flying out to Monaco to push through a deal for Thomas Lemar. (Daily Mail)
- Mauricio Pochettino is weighing up a late move for Chelsea-target Fernando Llorente. (The Sun)
- Manchester City have still to meet West Brom’s £30m asking price for defender Jonny Evans. (Daily Mirror)
- Tottenham are locked in a transfer deadline day battle with West Ham to sign Andre Gomes on loan from Barcelona. (Daily Telegraph)
Coutinho To Barcelona
Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho is not letting mounting speculation over his future distract him from his international duties, insists Brazil goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel.
“I am seeing him (in) great serenity,” former World Cup winner Taffarel told SporTV. “He is very calm, very calm.
“The player is accustomed, in this period, to live in this type of situation. I also experienced that.
“Each (player) has an entrepreneur, a person who takes care of the business. He’s in here, totally back, with his head in the games. I’ve seen him training very well.”
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PSG’S REINA BID REJECTED
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday he had rebuffed an offer from Paris Saint–Germain for Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
“Paris Saint-Germain offered me 5m euros plus 2m in add-ons. I said to them ‘Thanks and goodbye’,” De Laurentiis told Sky in Italy.
Reina, who turns 35 on Thursday, initially joined Napoli from Liverpool on loan in 2013. He moved to Bayern for the 2014-15 season but then returned to Italy on a permanent deal.
Chamberlain To Liverpool
We understand Alex Oxlade–Chamberlain will earn a minimum of £120K a week at Liverpool during his six-year contract. His wages will increase on win bonuses and loyalty payments.
Liverpool see Oxlade-Chamberlain playing as an attacking midfielder – and as a long-term replacement for James Milner.
DENAYER TO GALA ON LOAN
Manchester City’s centre-back Jason Denayer is joining Galatasarayon a season-long loan.
Denayer is yet to make a first team appearance for City.
It means if Eliaquim Mangala departs tomorrow, Pep Guardiola is down to three senior centre-backs; Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi with only Tosin Adarabioyo as cover.
Serge Aurier has been granted a work permit ahead of a £23m move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham, according to Sky sources.
The Ivory Coast international is a talented full-back who would head to north London as a replacement for Kyle Walker, but he is also a controversial character with a history of misdemeanors.
So what do you need to know about the 24-year-old? Here, we answer the key questions…
SAKHO ‘GOING NOWHERE’
West Ham co-chairman David Gold has just ended talk of Diafra Sakho leaving the club this summer.
Sky sources understand Crystal Palace bid £10m today for the forward, who had earlier passed a medical ahead of a move to Rennes.
Swansea and Chelsea are in talks over a deal for Fernando Llorente, Sky sources understand.
Llorente trained with Swansea today and should he leave for Stamford Bridge, the Swans will move for Wilfried Bony to replace him.
And on Renato Sanches, we understand Bayern Munich’s desire for the midfielder to get regular playing time is key to his potential loan to Swansea.
HULL IN MUSA TALKS
Sky sources understand Hull are in talks with Leicester to sign Ahmed Musa on a season-long loan.
Musa played under Hull head coach Leonid Slutsky at CSKA Moscow.
ARSENAL SCRAMBLING ON JULIAN DRAXLER
Arsenal are attempting to seal a last-minute swoop for Julian Draxler — or they will block Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester City.
The Gunners face a deadline day battle with the big-spending Mancunians over Sanchez, with Blues boss Pep Guardiola ready to make a last-gasp offer in excess of £60million.
Bury sign Romanian under 21 star on loan
Bury have added Bournemouth midfielder Mihai Dobre on loan.
Dobre, a Romanian under-21 star, well spend the first half of the season at the Shakers.
The 19-year-old joined the Cherries last summer from Viitorul
Barcelona and Torino agreement on Munir
According to Sport newspaper, Barca and Torino have reached an agreement for the transfer of Munir. Operation depends on the OK of the striker. It remains to be seen whether there will be a repurchase option.
Juventus unveil Howedes
The club announced that this morning he passed his medical and will be presented as a Juve player.
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Lucas Perez set for Deportivo
Lucas Perez’s insistence on a return to the Riazor is paying off with Arsenal accepting that he is the only club he will go to
Lemar to Barcelona?
Sport claim that Barcelona have targeted Lemar as an alternative to Coutinho in a deal around 80 million euros.
Gabigol set for Las Palmas
The future of Gabriel Barbosa appears to be at Las Palmas after talks broke down with Benfica.
Imbula joins Toulouse on loan
Stoke City have loaned out Imbula to Toulouse. There is no option to buy for the 24-year-old midfielder.
Andre Horta loaned to Sporting Braga
Portuguese Under-21 international Andre Horta will join Sporting Braga on loan from Benfica as he looks to have more playing time.
Niang could leave Milan for Torino
Torino are close to signing Niang for 15 million euros from Milan and set to beat Spartak Moscow and Sampdoria who were also interested.
Juan Foyth joins Tottenham
Tottenham have signed Argentine defender Juan Foyth after a deal was agreed with Estudiantes.
Manchester United could make surprise move for Draxler?
According to Transfermarketweb, Manchester United could try and lure Draxler from Paris Saint-Germain with Jose Mourinho keen on bringing in the player.
Da Silva’s move hits complications
Eibar are now looking for alternatives with Caen not open to allowing De Silva to move.
Monaco and Liverpool in talks over Lemar
According to Radio Montecarlo, Monaco and Liverpool are discussing a move for Lemar to the Premiership in a deal that would be around 80 million euros.
Chelsea want Rafinha
According to Bild, Chelsea are targeting Rafinha so as to have more options at right back where he can compete for a place with Azpilicueta.
Atletico try to convince Diego Costa
Simeone, Filipe and Tiago have spoken to Costa asking him to return to Chelsea in order that then they can start to discuss a transfer.
Bojan also being followed by Alaves
Las Palmas, Betis, Alaves… it looks as though Bojan Krkic’s future is in Spain. The Sun claim that he is closest to joining Alaves.
Kampl set for RedBull Leipzig
According to Bild, Bayer Leverkusen and RedBull Leipzig are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Kevin Kampl who will move for 20 million euros.
Inter close to Mustafi
There is still no agreement with Arsenal, but it is close. As Corriere dello Sport points out, the Italians offer a transfer with a mandatory purchase of 22 million. The English do not want less than 25. The difference is minimal.
Benfica withdraw bid for Gabigol
According to A Bola, Benfica has withdrawn from the bidding for Gabigol when it seemed that everything was closed. The forward would only takea place in the squad if Raul Jimenez or Mitroglou leave.
Athletic rescinds Gorka Santamaria’s contract
The player will join the Recreativo de Huelva.
Diafra Sakho passes Rennes medical
The West Ham striker will leave the Premier League and sign for the French side, who will pay 9 million euros for him.
Arsenal want 75m euros for Alexis
Manchester City continue to insist on the Chilean, but Arsenal will only listen to offers above 75 million euros, as The Independent points out.
Sources: Skysports, Marca, Mirror
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.