October, 2019 Archive
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Europe’s biggest alerted as FFP force PSG into Neymar or Mbappe saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEurope’s biggest clubs are on red alert after it broke on Sunday that Financial Fair Play pressure will force PSG to sell Kylian Mbappe or Neymar in 2019.Mediapart reports PSG will have to pay back around £170m Euros to appease FFP – which means selling one of the stars in 2019.The signings of Neymar for €222 million (£195.8 million) and Mbappe for a reported €180 million (£158.7 million), are believed to have unbalanced the club’s accounts.UEFA are looking into the finances of the French champions and the impact of the signings of Neymar and Mbappe.And PSG could be excluded from the Champions League if they are found to have breached FFP rules.Neymar has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United this season.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV striker Donyell Malen back on agenda of Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven’s £50million-rated striker Donyell Malen is back on the agenda of Arsenal.The Mirror says Arsenal are monitoring Malen – two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.No fewer than 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of their plans for the 20-year-old international, who was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprintby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce has set out his blueprint for his transfer plans.Bruce says he draws on his experience under Sir Alex Ferguson.He told the Mirror: “When you get the spine right, everything else falls into place.“I think Sir Alex would say himself that bringing in Schmeichel, Pallister, myself , Irwin, we all ended up being there ten or 12 years.“It’s vitally important that you get that right if you can. If you can get the nucleus and spine of your side and keep it together, that is massive.“In front of us, you had Robson who played ten or 12 years, Keane who played ten years, Ince, seven years. Hughes, who played ten years or something like that.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle owner Ashley makes honest admission to Woodwardby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley knows how he’s seen within the game.The Evening Chronicle says he dubbed himself ‘the most unpopular man in football’ in a meeting with Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward, according to a report.The Magpies recently earned a crucial 1-0 win over the Red Devils earlier this month as Matty Longstaff capped his Premier League debut with the winning goal.The win lifted Steve Bruce’s side out of the relegation zone and relieved the pressure that had been building on the Newcastle manager.The same cannot be said for Ashley, though, with Magpies fans growing tired of his unpopular 12-year reign.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukicby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince does not believe Mario Mandzukic would be an astute signing. The Juventus striker is being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.”I don’t think Mandzukic is the answer,” Ince told the Mirror.”I feel that you never get your best players in January, clubs don’t sell their best players in January, so whoever Manchester United are going to get is going to be a stop-gap.”If they’re looking to go down the young route then they should be looking at young strikers, not Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or Mandzukic.”
Being linked with a move to Chelsea is a “huge compliment” to Callum Wilson, says Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.With Alvaro Morata struggling for form and Olivier Giroud injured, Chelsea have confirmed their interest in the England international.Gonzalo Higuain has also been linked with a reunion with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, but the Blues are reportedly willing to pay up to £50 million ($64m) for Wilson. 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? Bournemouth have signed Dominic Solanke from Liverpool to add to their forward options this month, yet Howe is still determined to hold on to Wilson.”I think it is a huge compliment to the player involved,” Howe told Sky Sports.”But with all the rumours, there is no point in me thinking about these different situations until we have something to answer.”From our perspective, we don’t want to sell anybody this window that we don’t want to.”We want to continue to take the club forward and the team forward, and to do that, we’ve got to keep our best player.”Wilson has scored nine Premier League goals this season, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane the only English player with more.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Jurgen Klopp should be praised for having reached three Champions League finals, not criticised for losing the previous two.Pochettino’s Tottenham take on Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday in the first all-English showdown in the final of Europe’s elite competition since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in 2008.Klopp’s side reached the final last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid, with the German also having been beaten when he guided Borussia Dortmund to European club football’s biggest game of the 2012-13 campaign. 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? Klopp also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in his first term in charge of the Reds, but Pochettino thinks his opposite number deserves far more credit for simply reaching this stage.”Jurgen is a very successful manager, he’s great, he’s always happy, he’s optimistic, he’s spontaneous, he’s natural,” Pochettino told a news conference in Madrid.”I think the people judge because you lose the finals; for me, you need to judge that it’s the third time arriving at the final. That is the most difficult thing and then a lot of circumstances will be decisive. You need to trust that the universe conspired, and you lift the trophy.”To arrive in a third final of the Champions League is… ‘chapeau’. I admire him a lot. We all want to win, we need to feel that adrenaline, but to get to the final of the Champions League, that journey is the most important thing. To arrive here is the most difficult thing.”Pochettino thinks Spurs’ chances of winning the competition for the first time in their history could depend on whether his players are able to shake off the pressure of the occasion.”You cannot prepare a friendly game like [you prepare for] a final of the Champions League,” he said. “When there are one billion watching you in a final, the most important thing is freedom.”When you are seven, eight, nine [years old] and you play with freedom, the key is not to think that one billion people are watching you. That is going to be the key.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Video assistant referees were once again the subject of controversy on Wednesday in Switzerland’s Nations League semi-final clash with Portugal.Referee Felix Brych was at the centre of a major decision during the game in Porto, as VAR wiped out a Portugal penalty by deeming a foul on Switzerland seconds earlier had warranted a spot kick.Down a goal in the second half, Switzerland had an appeal for a penalty when Nelson Semedo dragged down Steven Zuber in the penalty area, only for the referee to call for play to continue. 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? Portugal marched down to the other end before earning a penalty of their own as Bernardo Silva was dragged down in the box.However, after consulting VAR, the official determined that the incident involving Semedo and Zuber had indeed been a foul, awarding Switzerland a penalty while wiping away the one earned by Portugal.Ricardo Rodriguez stepped up to bury that shot from the spot, beating Rui Patricio to his right to tie the game at one goal apiece in the 57th minute.Portugal had initially taken the lead in the 25th minute on a free-kick goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus star would go on to decide the game, as he scored twice late in the match to complete his hat-trick and give his side a 3-1 win that sees them into the final.GOAL! Switzerland are level after some crazy VAR scenes. Portugal thought they had won a penalty at one end, but the referee checked for a handball at the other 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RO9jqeBh5d— Goal (@goal) June 5, 2019Worth watching the Nations League semi for the strangest VAR moment and a preview of how mental next season will be in the Premier League. #PORvSUI— Ashley Blaker (@AshleyBlaker) June 5, 2019If that VAR call was designed purely to spite Ronaldo then I can get behind it— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) June 5, 2019Switzerland’s penalty was given for a trip in the area, not a handball. But with VAR, who really knows anyway? #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/YSnux1AqCc— Goal (@goal) June 5, 2019VAR YOU KIDDING ME!?Switzerland ask for a penalty, not given, Portugal get given a penalty up the other end, VAR brings it back and gives the Switzerland penalty, Switzerland score.MAD!!!!! #NationsLeague— JΛKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) June 5, 2019Penalty for someone. The best VAR ever.— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) June 5, 2019Me trying to figure out this VAR tomfoolery to understand why Switzerland got a penalty and not Portugal in #PORSUI 🙄🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/8xiC76FejJ— Stephanie (@LIVAUDAIS) June 5, 2019UEFA nations refs be like, I gotta check VAR for this one… pic.twitter.com/aLZQtYOJTz— leonardo (@laryfishsherman) June 5, 2019>Can’t wait for Premier League VAR next season😵😨— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) June 5, 2019Portugal: Did we get the penalty?VAR:#PORSUI pic.twitter.com/nyhQOB8Bt2— Nicolas 🏳️🌈 (@nicokont) June 5, 2019Bernardo Silva must be sick of VAR at this point.— SR (@Blissistheone) June 5, 2019
Liverpool’s three-time European Cup-winning goalkeeper Ray Clemence has called on Virgil van Dijk to be considered as a serious contender to win the Ballon d’Or.The £75 million ($95m) signing from Southampton transformed Jurgen Klopp’s defence, helping the Reds to win the Champions League in 2018-19 and amass 97 points in the Premier League.Clemence, who won five league titles with the Reds during his career, believes that Van Dijk was Jurgen Klopp’s most influential player last season and that he deserves to be recognised as the best player in the world. 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? “Who had the biggest influence for Liverpool over the full year? I would say it was Van Dijk,” Clemence told Goal at the launch of the Liverpool FC 2018-19 book. “There’s an obsession with attacking and creative players winning it.”It is more difficult to create and score goals but when you have an influence over a side like Van Dijk had last season, it wasn’t just what he did, it was what he gave. I think he should be a very strong contender for it.”Alisson and Van Dijk have been massive. I like to put the two of them together because I think the two of them have been a massive influence at Liverpool defensively and on the whole team as well.”A year ago, if Liverpool went 1-0 up, you thought they are probably going to need to score another goal because they could concede one somewhere. Van Dijk and Alisson being alongside young, talented players has meant they can win with a single goal.”The main two help with their experience. They are very difficult to beat and that’s what happened in the final. Alisson made a few excellent saves in the second half. I think Tottenham would have gone on to win the game had they got that equaliser.”Adding to the signing of Van Dijk, Liverpool splashed out £65m ($82m) to bring in Alisson from Roma and Clemence believes that he played a huge part in helping his side beat Tottenham in the Champions League final.”For me, the great goalkeepers have a presence about them,” he added. “Even before they do anything, they look like they are difficult to beat. They stand in that penalty area with size and agility. If they say something to a defender then they do it. He has all of that.”He is capable of great saves, but many are – he does it in tight games. He has a massive influence on the game. In the Champions League final, it was his saves as much as anything that won it.”Liverpool will now aim to go one step further in the Premier League and win the title in 2019-20. Clemence feels that, while they have a strong starting XI, they still need “one or two” new signings to help improve their squad depth.”It is difficult for a team to stick with what they have got in the modern game,” Clemence said. “If you stay still, people go past you. Man City won it last year and they will make a couple of signings. Liverpool will have to be competing with them.”In the last two years, Liverpool has had a good first XI, but the bench isn’t as good as Man City. Last season it got better with [Divock] Origi and [Xherdan] Shaqiri there. I think Liverpool only need a couple, one or two. It might disappoint the one or two who get replaced but you have to keep the competition high amongst the squad.”The most important thing was making sure that they won something. That’s got the monkey off the back of not winning anything for so many years. Hopefully, that will give them the motivation and the confidence to take it forward next year. It is the first time Liverpool have won something for many years.”Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web