Monday, December 28, 2020

Wijnaldum considering Liverpool Contract offer

Liverpool Star Georgino Wijnaldum is still considering Liverpool’s Contract offer and wants more time before he can decide; according to Fabrizio Romano 

The Reds see the Dutchman as an integral part of their team and would him to commit his future to them.

However, Wijnaldum fully respects Liverpool as a club and would speak to the club before listening to offers from potential suitors.

Llorente could leave Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente could move on from the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

According to the Player’s Agent, Llorente has been receiving interest in his services from other clubs.

SOCCER PUNCH can confirm what Julio Llorente told Cadena Ser: “I have received many calls about him, and we have talked about this,” 

Contract News: Milan relaxed about Gigi Donarumma

AC Milan are relaxed about Gianluigi Donarumma Contract situation at the Club.

The Rossoneri are growing increasingly confident that Gigi Donarumma will sign an extension to his deal at San Siro.

According to Corriere della Sera, Numerous clubs are interested in his services.

Man Utd unlikely to sign fullback

Manchester United are no longer willing to battle Real Madrid for Bayern’s David Alaba - according to The Athletic 

The Red Devils were willing to go after the fullback after being linked to him along with Real Madrid.

Manchester United are now unlikely to meet his enormous pay day and have set their priority elsewhere.

Marcos Alonso: Atletico interested in fullback

Atletico Madrid have approached Chelsea concerning Marcos Alonso; The Independent claims 

Los Rojiblancos are preparing for an initial loan bid for him first before getting him on a permanent basis.

The Blues are happy to allow Alonso leave as he is among one of the seven players they are looking to sell come next January.

Real Madrid worried by Bale’s form

Gareth Bale’s form at Tottenham Hotspur is leaving Real Madrid surprised and unsatisfied; according to Diario AS

Los Blancos sent Bale to Spurs thinking he would rediscover his form at North London before they would sell him next Summer but they have now being left disappointed.

Real Madrid are now aware of the potential difficulty they may encounter in selling him in the summer if his poor form persists.

Diego Costa wants out at Atletico Madrid

Brazil-born Spanish Striker Diego Costa has asked Atletico Madrid to cancel his contract as per numerous reports.

Los Rojiblancos do not want to allow him leave without finding a suitable replacement for him.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Costa has made up his mind to leave the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in January.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Could Cutrone return to Wolves?

Fiorentina have being unimpressed with Patrick Cutrone’s loan stint at their club and are prepared to discontinue it next January; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Calciomercato.

Cutrone has failed to score for La Viola in the Serie A this season and he is looking likely to return to Wolves in the winter transfer window.

Meanwhile, Sampdoria could be willing to prolong the 22-year-old stay in Italy.

Modric set to sign a new contract

Luka Modric has accepted to extend his stay at Real Madrid by agreeing a new contract extension.

The Ballon D’or winner definitely sign a new deal until the summer of 2022; according to Marca

The Croatian has been one of the mainstay of the Real Madrid team in recent seasons.

City could make Puig bid

Manchester City are preparing to make a permanent move for Barcelona prospect Riqui Puig.

According to Estadio Deportivo, La Blaugrana might be willing to allow him leave on loan in January but it remains to be seen if they would sanction a permanent transfer.

Riqui Puig has once said he is happy in Catalunya but could be persuaded on a move away from the City.

Dybala unsure of Juventus contract

Paulo Dybala is hesitating on signing an extension to his stay at the Allainz Stadium; Calciomercato claims

Juventus President Andre Agnelli confirmed in recent days that the Argentine has been offered a new deal.

The Cordova-born is considering the terms of the contract offer and doesn’t look convinced with them.

Chelsea rule out Anjorin loan move

According to The Athletic, Chelsea do not want Faustino Anjorin to go out on loan next January.

The Blues are convinced that Stamford Bridge is the right place for him to continue his progression and to harness his potential.

The 19-year-old has been used sparingly by Frank Lampard this season.

James wanted by four PL Clubs.

Manchester United Winger Daniel James is a subject of transfer interest from four premier league clubs.

According to the Daily Star, Brighton, Westbrom, Leeds United and Burnley are all looking at the prospect of securing his services next summer.

Daniel James joined Manchester United from Swansea City.

Did Ozil hold talks with Juventus?

Juventus have held talks with Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil regarding a possible transfer; according to Tuttosport 

The Bianconeri are only keen to strike a deal should Arsenal reduce the price they want to sell the German International.

Ozil’s contract expires in next June and he is free to talks to clubs in January.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Mourinho wants RB Liepzig Star

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Marcel Sabitzer and is keen on getting him on board at Spurs; According to the Bild

The Austrian is one of those RB Liepzig players who earn a massive payday at the club.

The German Club may be willing to sell however should they decide to reduce their wage bill.

Arsenal mull over move for Brandt

Arsenal have identified Julian Brandt as a potential winter transfer signing; according to reports from The Athletic 

The Gunners were vying for Dominik Szoboszlai but the Playmaker decided to snub them in favour of a move to RB Liepzig.

Arsenal are now in the hunt for Brandt if a move for Houssem Aouar fails to materialize.

Agent: Lautaro Martinez is happy at Inter

Lautaro Martinez isn’t looking to leave San Siro and he is happy at Inter Milan; according to his agent Beto Yaque.

The Forward has since being linked with The Blaugrana but his agent has squashed reports of a potential move.

"Lautaro is happy at Inter. He is growing and learning because he is a boy with enormous potential, I would say without limits. He can become an elite player."

No chance of Juventus signing Marcelo

Juventus won’t be looking to signing Real Madrid Star Marcelo Vieira in January despite numerous reports linking the Brazilian to Turin.

According to Calciomercato, Los Blancos are increasingly looking unlikely to be involved in deals in the Next Transfer Window.

Ferland Mendy has won the leftback spot for himself this season ahead of Marcelo who has had recent fitness issues.

Contract News: Tim Krul signs new deal

 Tim Krul has put pen to paper on a new deal at Norwich City; according to the Club’s website.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that the Experienced Goalkeeper has extended his stay with the Canaries until 2024.

Contract News: AC Milan’s contract talks with Calhanoglu progressing

Hakan Calhanoglu is close to signing a new contract at the San Siro; according to his Manager Stefano Pioli.

According to DAZN, The AC Milan head coach said that talks about a new contract are progressing and he is confident that Calhanoglu will put pen to paper.

Paul Pogba: Juve to bring frenchman back on loan?

Juventus are thinking about making a loan move for Manchester United Midfielder Paul Pogba with an additional option to buy in the future.

According to Calciomercato, The Bianconeri do not have the money to try and sign him outrightly and are considering bringing him back to Turin on loan first.

Mino Raiola has suggested that his client Paul Pogba may seek a move away from Old trafford.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Azpilicueta intending to win place back in Chelsea team

Chelsea Captain Cesar Azpilicueta is happy to be back playing in the premier league after Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Westham United on Monday.

The Spaniard has lost his place in recent Premier league games to Reece James but has made up for it by appearing in Chelsea’s champions league games.

However, Azpilicueta was quick to point to James that he isn’t willing to give up his place in the team without a fight and hopes to impress the manager.

“It was good to be back. I’ve been playing more in the Champions League but it’s true that in the Premier League, I haven’t been involved since Old Trafford.

“It has been a while but my job is to work hard to improve every day and, whenever the manager needs me to step up, do the best job I can. To win was important and we did well.”

Schwarzer: “Werner’s place in the Chelsea team under threat”

Timo Werner could lose his place in the Chelsea Starting XI should Pulisic and Ziyech become fully fit; according to Former Chelsea Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The German has already scored eight goals this season but has failed to find the target in his last nine games drawing criticism from some quarters.

Schwarzer thinks three Chelsea players are fighting for Werner’s place in the team and the German could be the one to miss out if he doesn’t up his game.

“If he’s contributing by doing a lot of work in the game, helping the team be successful, getting in the right areas, helping with assists, then I can understand why he stuck with him.

“Don’t forget as well that Frank has had to balance some injuries whether it is Pulisic, Ziyech in and out of the side.

“If we had a fully fit Pulisic and Ziyech, it may be a different situation for Timo Werner. He may find himself on the outside.

“I think it is only a matter of time. Add Hudson-Odoi to that mix, he has struggled with injuries. Timo Werner is the only one out of those four that has been fit all the time.”

Getafe vying for Kubo and Alena

Spanish Club Getafe are making plans at bringing him two temporary signings during the next window.

According to AS, Getafe are keeping tabs at Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo and Barcelona’s Carles Alena.

Real Madrid and Barcelona could be willing to allow both aforementioned players leave on loan.

Did Thomas Tuchel know he was going to be sacked?

According to Le10sport, Thomas Tuchel already knew he was going to be sacked from his position as head coach of Paris-saint Germain.

Inconsistencies at the start of this season means the French Giants are not at the summit of the Ligue 1 table leaving the German Tactician to face the brunt despite guiding the team to the CL final last season.

It’s only a matter of time before Mauricio Pochettino becomes the new Les Parisiens head coach as per numerous reports.

Spurs looking to cancel loan deal for 18-year-old

Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to cancel Troy Parrott’s loan deal with Milwall; according to Football Insider

The 18-year-old is currently on loan at the London club but spurs do not want him to continue there as they are seeking another club for him to continue his development.

Tottenham will find a new club for him in January if they can cancel his current loan deal.

Greenwood to be offered new deal

Manchester United are set to hand a new contract to their English winger Mason Greenwood.

According to the Here We Go Podcast, The Red Devils want him to be a mainstay in the first team for years to come despite his off-field issues at the start of the season.

Chelsea make haaland major target

Chelsea have highlighted Erling Haaland as their next major signing in the next summer transfer window; according to SkySport Italia

The blues want to freshen their squad but are first keen on selling seven first team players before embarking on their own targets.

Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland has being in imperious form for the black and yellows this season unsurprisingly and it would take a bumper deal to lure him away from Germany.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Inter hoping to seal deal for Udinese Midfielder

Inter Milan are trying to get a deal to sign Udinese Midfielder Rodrigo de Paul done in January.

Due to their finances which has been hampered, The Milan Club want him for an initial 18-month-loan move before signing him on a permanent deal.

26-year-old Rodrigo de Paul is valued at around £32 million.

Cenk Tosun to depart Everton

Cenk Tosun will be looking for another club in 2021 after failing to be an integral part of the toffees first team.

According to AD, Feyenoord are interested in his services and are prepared to bail him out of Everton.

Everton are very much willing to sell a player that has only played four premier games this season.

Man Utd targeting four new signings

Manchester United are vying to make four new signings to their current team in January; according to Transfer Window Podcast.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that the Red Devils want a new central midfielder, a right winger, a new rightback and a left-sided central defender 

Pochettino to be appointed as new PSG head coach

Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of taking over as the head coach of French Club Paris Saint-Germain.

According to RMC Sport, The French giants were unimpressed with the inconsistency that has being plaguing the team this season which meant they are 1 point behind Lyon and Lille at the summit of the table and they have now made the decision to bring back their former player in Mauricio Pochettino.

Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday night despite PSG’s win but the official confirmation of the sack came on the early hours of Thursday morning.

Chelsea to sell up to seven players

Chelsea have shortlisted seven players in their first team that they are willing to offload during the winter transfer window.

According to The Sun, The likes of Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses have made the list.

The blues are hoping to offload the aforementioned players quickly so that can target Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland and Westham’s prized asset Declan Rice. 

Traore considering wolves exit amid Leeds Utd interest

Adama Traore is frustrated at lack of playing time at the Molineux Stadium and could depart in January. 

According to 90min, Leeds United are interested in his services with Manager Marcelo Bielsa seemingly willing to offer him game time.

The Forward has yet to score in the premier league this season.

Napoli could sell Fabian Ruiz

Napoli could be willing to sell Fabian Ruiz if a suitable offer for him comes in; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Calciomercato 

The Naples Club were in contract talks with the Spanish Midfielder but those talks have now stalled.

Napoli could now allow him to leave as a result of that if they can get a bid more than €50 million for him.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Liverpool to end Karius loan stint

Liverpool are considering cutting short the loan spell of Loris Karius who is currently at Union Berlin.

According to the Daily Star, The German’s loan stint is proving to be unfruitful as he has not earned a starting berth at the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei.

Loris Karius Liverpool Contract expires in the summer of 2022.

Hammers looking for new striker

Westham United are unimpressed with the efforts of Sebastien Haller and could look for his replacement in January.

According to the Mirror, The Irons have shortlisted Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud as a potential target to provide cover for Micheal Antonio. 

Man Utd looking to prize away Alaba

Manchester United are set to battle it out with Real Madrid for the signing of David Alaba from Bayern Munich; According to the Daily Star

The Austrian prefers a move to Real Madrid than Manchester United as he enters the final few months of his contract at Munich.

Two PL Clubs favourites to sign Tarkowski

Two Premier Clubs have emerged as favourites to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley; Eurosport reports

Westham United and Leicester City are said to battle for the aforementioned defender in the incoming winter transfer window.

The Clarets could be tempted to sell the Englishman particularly as his contract is running down.

Man Utd Approach Caicedo

Manchester United have approached the agent of Midfielder Moises Caicedo; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the Independiente del Valle Midfielder is valued at around £5million.

Although, It remains to be seen if Manchester United will complete a deal for the 19-year-old.

Arsenal could make loan bid for Vinicius

According to The Daily Star, Arsenal are mulling over making a loan bid for Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.

The Gunners are aware of the situation the young Brazilian is in at Real Madrid but they are unmoved.

Los Blancos could be willing to allow him leave on loan as they don’t have enough faith in him to be in the starting XI as of yet.

Juventus, Milan vying for Celtic forward

Odsonne Edouard is attracting interesting from Italian heavyweights Juventus and AC Milan.

According to Calciomercato, The Bianconeri wants to provide competition for Alvaro Morata up top while the Rossoneri wants the Celtic forward to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Liverpool vying for Reading Playmaker

Liverpool and Leeds United are vying for Micheal Olise who plays for Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.

According to Football Insider, The Reds are impressed with the young playmaker’s impressive numbers this season and could swoop for him.

19-year-old Michael Olise is valued at around £8million.

Casillas returns to Madrid to take up non-playing role

Real Madrid have today announced the return of their Legendary Goalkeeper Iker Casillas to the Club.

Los Blancos announced on the official website that Casillas who is arguably the best goalkeeper in the club’s history with take on the role of Deputy CEO at the Club.

The 39-year-old also played for FC Porto in his stellar career.

Spurs, Man Utd in for Milenkovic

Fiorentina Defender Nicola Milenkovic is being targeted by Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs Boss Jose Mourinho wants Milenkovic to replace Jan Vertonghen who joined Benfica last summer while United are looking to come into the limelight for him again after losing out on him last year.

According to La Nazione, Tottenham are mulling over bidding for him next January.

Liverpool join United, City in race for Grealish

Liverpool are also prepared to join the race for Aston Villa Playmaker Jack Grealish; The Mirror reports 

Manchester United and Manchester City were set to go head-to-head for the 25-year-old in January but the reds are now keen to join them  are keeping an eye on proceedings.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are preparing themselves for potential bids during the Winter Transfer window.

Barcelona desperate to sell Coutinho

Barcelona are still keen on selling Philippe Coutinho despite the Brazilian gradually finding his feet at the club.

According to Sport, The Catalan Club do not want to pay Liverpool £18million should Coutinho reach 100 appearances for the club

La Blaugrana are looking for ways to make money and not spend unnecessary funds.

Westham to sign Denmark International

Westham United have today announced that Frederik Alves will join them.

The East London Club said on their Official website that the Denmark Under-21 International has agreed to join their side.

Leverkusen keen on loan deal for Brandon Williams

According to SkySports, Bayer Leverkusen have asked Manchester United about Brandon Williams.

The German club are willing to take him up on a loan deal next January after monitoring his situation at Manchester.

Brandon Williams may be allowed to leave for Bayer Leverkusen on loan to get gametime for his development.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Three PL clubs in race for Portugese Defender

Three premier league clubs are chasing the services of Portugese Defender Jorge Fernandes.

According to the Mail, Fulham, Newcastle United and Southampton are impressed with the central defender and are mulling over a future bid.

The Vitoria Guimareas player is currently valued at £16million.

Lars & Sven Bender to retire at the end of the season

German Club Bayer Leverkusen have announced the future retirement of Lars Bender and Sven Bender.

The Club said on their social media channels that both players won’t agree an extension to their contracts which is currently set to expire next summer.

Furthermore, Their professional playing careers will end following the conclusion of this current season.

Mancity to offer Stones contract extension

Manchester City are keen on extending the contract of their Central Defender John Stones; The Telegraph reports.

Stones have forced his way back into the Manchester City’s starting lineup and is now seen as a key component of the squad.

The Englishman’s current deal expires in the summer of 2022.

COVID-19: Sancho won’t be allowed into the UK

Borussia Dortmund Star Jadon Sancho cannot return to the United Kingdom for the festive season from Germany.

According to the Kicker, The Black and Yellows are concerned with the growing number of coronavirus cases in the UK.

Travel bans have been set in place by most european countries to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Everton to offer Digne new contract

Everton are set to reward Lucas Digne who still two years to run on his current contract with a new contract.

According to the Times, The Toffees are wary of interest that could come for the fullback and are ready to rebuke any interest.

Manchester City could be interested in Lucas Digne.

Barcelona looking to complete deals for Garcia and Depay in January

Barcelona are setting their sights on Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and Dutchman Memphis Depay.

According to SportLa Blaugrana are prepared to complete the transfer in the January transfer window rather than wait till the summer.

Both Players contract expires in the summer of 2021.

Man Utd to complete Diallo deal

Manchester United are set to finalize the signing of Atalanta’s Ahmed Diallo; according to the Guardian.

Diallo will jet in to the UK in January to complete the deal which has since being agreed in the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old will join for a fee around the region of €25million.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Liverpool want Stefan De Vrij

Liverpool have identified Stefan De Vrij as a temporary replacement to their central back options.

According to FCInterNews, The Reds might send in a bid for the 28-year-old in January but face a battle to convince Inter Milan to let him go.

Inter Milan’s Stefan De Vrij has three years remaining on his contract at San Siro.

Bale could go back to Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is mulling over going back to Real Madrid to complete the remaining one year on his contract which ends in 2022.

According to the AS, The 32-year-old is following reports of a potential sacking of Zinedine Zidane and should the Frenchman be sacked, he could be back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The relationship between Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale deteriorated which saw Bale leave to join Spurs for a second spell.

Eriksen wants Ligue 1 move to PL move

Christian Eriksen prefers a move to Paris Saint-Germain rather than a move to a premier league side.

According to the Daily Star, The Former Tottenham Hotspur man would reject Manchester United or any premier league team  for a transfer to Paris.

Saliba doesn’t want to leave England

William Saliba doesn’t want to leave England and would remain in England should he leave Arsenal next month.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal are willing to sell the young defender but it looks like he would be heading out on loan this January.

Everton to join PSG in race for Alli

Everton could join Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur in January.

According to The Mirror, The toffees are ready to make a bid for him in January with Spurs keen on finding a buyer for 25-year-old.

Ozil keen on MLS move

Mesut Ozil could be interested in making a move to the MLS when his contract expires next summer.

According to ESPN, The German Playmaker who finds himself repeatedly out of Mikel Arteta’s starting XI at Arsenal could begin talks with another club in January.

D.C United and Inter Miami are said to be interested in his services.

CL draw: PSG face Barcelona, Atalanta face Madrid, Atletico Madrid to battle Chelsea

The Uefa Champions league last-16 draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday afternoon.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Chelsea were waiting to find out who they would face in the Round of 16.

Below is the full Uefa CL last-16 draw as all 16 teams found out who they would face in the round of 16:

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City
Lazio vs Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
RB Leipzig vs Liverpool
Porto vs Juventus
Barcelona vs PSG
Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund
Atalanta vs Real Madrid

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Hasenhuttl: “Any player could leave with right offer”

Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t ruled out the possible sale of any of his players should a suitable offer comes in for him.

Southampton like every other club has being hit financially by the effects of Coronavirus which is still endemic.

The Austrian Tactician said to Football Transfers: “When we are performing well and other clubs are coming, wanting to take our players and give you the money you want, then you always discuss it," 

“If it is necessary, we have to. If players don’t extend their contracts, and they are free and have to go, then they go.

Spurs could respect Dele Alli’s wishes to leave.

Tottenham Hotspur could be willing to allow leave Dele Alli leave the club if he so desires in the January transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, Spurs are thankful for the five years of service he gave them and could sanction a loan deal for him if they can sell him permanently.

PSG could be interested in the 25-year-old services in January.

Huntelaar hinting towards retirement

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is hinting towards retirement at the end of this current season.

The 37-year-old who is currently playing for AFC Ajax has admitted that he has been considering retiring from the beautiful game of football.

The Former Schalke 04 man said according to Voetbal International : “That moment is getting closer. I think this is my last season."

Wolves to return for Zinchenko

According to the Daily Star, Wolves will return with a bid for Oleksandr Zinchenko in January.

The Wolverhampton based club was said to have failed to complete a move for the fullback last summer and might renew their attempts to convince him in January.

Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy are believed to be ahead of him for a spot at leftback in the Manchester City first team.

Juve keen on loan deal for Pogba

Juventus are keen on bringing back their former player Paul Pogba on a loan deal in the winter transfer window.

The Mirror reports that the Old lady want him on a temporary deal with an option to buy in the summer.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba has taken to Instagram to squash rumours about a potential exit from Old trafford.

Warnock wants new contract for Watmore

Middlesbrough Manager Neil Warnock is pushing for Duncan Watmore to be offered a new contract.

According to Middlesbrough Gazette, Warnock sees him as an integral part of his plans and wants his short term deal which will expire in January to be extended. 

Arsenal to put William Saliba up for sale

Arsenal will reportedly make William Saliba for sale in the next transfer window; according to Eurosport

Mikel Arteta doesn’t want him in his plans at Arsenal going forward and the London Club are prepared to cash in on him.

Gabriel Magalhães and Rob holding are thought to be ahead of him in the pecking order in the first team.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Barcelona players have forgone their remaining wages this season

Barcelona have finally reached an agreement with their players to forgo their remaining wages for this season.

According to Cadena COPE, Bonuses in the players contract which amounts to €50m will be forfeited and it will help the club in not losing €122m in total.

Furthermore, The amount of bonuses will be paid back to the top performing players in the next four years.

Milan want Diaz for another season

AC Milan are impressed with the progression Brahim Diaz has made while on loan at the San Siro and are keen on having him on loan for another season.

According to reports from Calciomercato, The Milan Club are confident that Diaz will continue his progression in Milan.

Atalanta keen on selling Ilicic

Serie A Entertainers Atalanta are preparing to sell Josep Ilicic who is contracted to them until 2022.

According to Sky Italia, Josep Ilicic and Head Coach Gian Piero Gasperini are not on good terms together.

The Bergamo based club will not refute any bids that come for the 32-year-old next January.

Winks want clarification over his future

According to The Telegraph, Harry Winks wants clarification about his future at the New White Hart lane.

The 24-year-old Midfielder is willing to have conversations with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy concerning the subject.

Harry Winks doesn’t want to miss next year’s european championships as a result of lack of playing time at Tottenham Hotspur.

Leicester, Westham to battle for Diawara

Amadou Diawara could be heading towards a potential exit at Roma which has put the likes of Leicester City and Westham United who are interested in him on red alert.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Leicester Mercury that the Rome-based club will only agree to sell if they get a bid over €18million next January.

However, Amadou Diawara is said to be an integral part of Roma Boss Paulo Fonseca’s plans.

George Baldock signs new deal

Sheffield United’s George Baldock has signed a new contract with the blades; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm 

The Blades have announced on their social media platforms and on their website that Baldock has committed his long term future to them agreeing a new contract until 2024.

Alaba prefers Real Madrid over Chelsea and PSG

David Alaba wants to join Real Madrid if he leaves Bayern Munich next summer; according to Marca

The Bavarians have yet to tie the leftback to a new contract and time is running down on his stay at the Allainz Arena.

The Austrian Defender would however prefer to join Los Blancos despite interest from Chelsea and PSG.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Juventus rejected to sign Ozil five times

Juventus declined to sign Mesut Ozil on numerous occasions from Arsenal; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Calciomercato 

The Old lady weren’t interested in signing him due to the enormous salary he was collecting at the Emirates Stadium.

The German Playmaker has since lost his place in the Arsenal first team and his contract will wind down in the new year.

PSG will return for Alli

Paris Saint-Germain will return back for Dele Alli Again in January after failing to capture him last summer; according to reports from the Mail

Tottenham Hotspur rebuked all offers for him from the French giants last summer but the relationship between Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli is getting more “tense”.

Dele Alli stormed away from the substitute bench last night against antwerp after Manager Jose Mourinho failed to bring him on.

Juventus turned down Rabiot-Digne swap deal last summer

According to Calciomercato, Juventus turned down a swap deal involving Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Digne last summer.

Everton Boss Carlo Ancelotti was said to be a big fan of Adrien Rabiot and was willing to let go of Lucas Digne for him.

However, The Newly Appointed Andrea Pirlo saw Adrien Rabiot as a big part of his plans going forward.

Arsenal keen on Dominik Szoboszlai

Arsenal are keen on signing Dominik Szoboszlai and are preparing a bid for him next January.

The Red Bull Salzburg forward is also being eyed up by the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from SkySports that the 20-year-old is mulling over leaving RB Salzburg or staying put until the summer.

Bayern to make formal bid for Kamara in 2021

Marseille Defender Boubacar Kamara is being targeted by Bavarians giants Bayern Munich next summer.

According to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich reportedly held private talks with the young defender last summer but a move could not materialize.

Bayern Munich are impressed with Kamara’s Versatility.

Barcelona do not want Todibo back

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona do not want Jean-Clair Todibo back from Benfica.

Benfica are disappointed with the defender and want to cut their loss by allowing him to return to Catalunya.

Meanwhile despite the fitness issues of Samuel Umtiti and the Injury to Gerard Pique, La Blaugrana don’t want him back.

Eriksen must take paycut to return to PL

Christian Eriksen would have to take a paycut should he return to the premier league; The Telegraph reports.

The Playmaker has fallen down the pecking order at Inter Milan under Manager Antonio Conte.

Eriksen has been linked with a return to former club Tottenham Hotspur but that comes with a significant salary reduction.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Arsenal, Wolves in race for Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez has emerged as a subject of interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal and Wolves.

According to the Daily Mail, Valencia want to sell the striker during the winter transfer window to boost their income.

The South American Striker has appeared in ten La Liga appearances this season.

Man United to get rid of Paul Pogba

Manchester United are growing tired of Paul Pogba’s Agent tirade and they are now willing to get rid of the French International.

According to The Sun, Mino Raiola said that Paul Pogba his client was keen of exiting Manchester United before the CL elimination at the  hands of RB liepzig.

The Red devil officials are unhappy with the Frenchman’s disturbing aroma around the club premises and are now willing to sell the 26-year-old of whom they bought for £89million.

Barcelona to swoop for Micheal Zorc

Barcelona could make a swoop for Sporting Director Micheal Zorc who is currently working at Borussia Dortmund.

According to Esport3, La Blaugrana are impressed with how Zorc captured Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg and see him as an excellent replacement for Eric Abidal.

CL exit: No January transfer incomings for Inter Milan

Inter Milan won’t be involved in any transfer incomings during the next transfer window as they have crashed out of the UEFA champions league. 

According to Calciomercato, The Nerrazurri’s financial problem has worsened as they won’t be taking part in any european competition again this season.

Man United still monitoring Jack Grealish

According to reports from The Athletic , Manchester United won’t be dissuaded at the prospect of signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old’s fine form this season has not failed to convince top english clubs from targeting him during the next transfer window.

Manchester United see him as an excellent transfer prospect if they fail to land Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

Spurs Director of football Trevor Birch leaves club

Tottenham Hotspur Director of football Trevor Birch has left the North London Club after just few months in his role; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

Birch who joined spurs from Swansea City has taken up the role of Chief Executive of the English football league.

Vazquez could leave Madrid next summer

Real Madrid Forward Lucas Vazquez is not looking to renew his contract with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid beat Borussia Mochenglabach on Wednesday evening.

Speaking after to game to Movistar and Marca, The forward said: That’s a complicated issue. “We’ll see what happens. I dedicate myself to work, and in football sometimes it doesn’t depend on just one part. I’m very happy to be in Madrid.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Leicester could return for Carvalho

According to La Razon Leicester City are still interested in signing Real Betis Midfielder William Carvalho.

Betis are looking to boost their cash reserves for their transfer dealings in January by selling the 28-year-old.

The Foxes may renew their interest for the Portugese Midfielder in January.

Aston Villa won’t sell Grealish below £100m

Aston Villa will not sell Jack Grealish for bids below their £100 million valuation; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from the Telegraph

The Villians are aware of the performances that Grealish has been churning out this season and are expecting offers for him again in January.

Manchester United were previously interested in the 25-year-old who signed a long term deal with Aston Villa few months ago.

Pochettino open to PSG job

Former Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on replacing Thomas Tuchel as the next Paris Saint-Germain Manager.

According to talkSPORT, The Argentine Tactician likes the city of Paris and could be eyeing the position Tuchel is currently occupying.

Newcastle Utd to make loan offer for Williams

Brandon Williams is attracting interest from Newcastle United who could make a loan move for him.

According to The Chronicle  Newcastle could be favourites to land him ahead of Southampton due to Steve Bruce’s relationship with Mike Phelan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Brandon Williams has only featured in four games this season for Manchester United.

Vieira wants loan move away from Arsenal for Saliba

William Saliba should be sold after not making a desired impact since joining North London Club Arsenal; according to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.

Speaking to But! Football Club, Vieira made his point known and believes a loan move away from the Gunners for him should be considered next January.

Tottenham must pay £45m for Skriniar

According to Here We Go Podcast Tottenham Hotspur must be ready to part away with £45 million if they want to get Milan Skriniar.

Spurs were chasing centre-half during the last transfer window but couldn’t agree a fee with the Nerrazurris.

Jose Mourinho is not ready to close talks with Inter Milan for him and is keen on launching a new bid for the central defender.

Eriksen in for Arsenal switch

Inter Milan Playmaker Christian Eriksen may be keen on moving to Tottenham Hotspur rivals Arsenal; according to Transfer Window Podcast

Since leaving Spurs last January, Eriksen hasn’t been the same player and has struggled largely for consistency.

A move to Arsenal could happen in the future if the Danish international decides to go back to England.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Nacho doesn’t want Madrid exit

Real Madrid Defender Nacho Fernandez has ruled out the possibility of him leaving Real Madrid.

Nacho is aware that of the fact that he needs more game at Madrid but he is still satisfied to keep wearing the Real Madrid shirt.

According to Marca Nacho said: “Every summer offers come in, but I’m happy here. I would like to play more, but I dreamed of playing for this team,” 

Manchester United could swoop for Eriksen

According to Football Insider, Manchester United could swoop for Christian Eriksen should his situation at Inter Milan not improve.

Eriksen left Tottenham for Inter Milan in the last winter transfer window but he has struggled for stability and consistency ever since the move and might reconsider coming back to England.

Meanwhile, SOCCER PUNCH has also learnt from Football Insider that Tottenham Hotspur are not keen on resigning him.

Newcastle Utd to make loan bid for Tomori

Newcastle United are willing to make a loan bid for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori; according to reports from the Northern Echo

Tomori declined to leave Chelsea in the last transfer window but may reassess his future soon now that game time is hard to come by for him.

Fikayo Tomori is one of the five first team central defenders at Chelsea.

Spurs highlight Ferrari as Vertonghen replacement

Tottenham Hotspur have highlighted a replacement for Jan Vertonghen who left the club for Benfica in the last Transfer window.

According to 90min. Spurs are willing to make an offer for Sassuolo central defender Gian Marco Ferrari.

The 28-year-old defender is left-footed and he has impressed Tottenham Hotspur Manager Jose Mourinho.

Ancelotti wants Umtiti

Everton Manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to prize defender Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona; according to reports from Mundo Deportivo 

Barcelona would obviously be keen to sell frenchman due to their financial situation at the moment.

Umtiti was the next big thing when he arrived at Barcelona but injuries have stunted his progression and his refusal to undergo a surgery has further broke down his relationship with the club and he is also not favoured by Ronald Koeman.

Rennes to reduce asking price for Camavinga

According to AS, Rennes have reduced their asking price for their prized asset Eduardo Camavinga.

Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG are all willing to battle for his signature ever since his emergence onto the biggest stage last year.

Rennes know that they face a fight to keep him at the club before the end of his contract in 2022.

Barcelona closely monitoring Rudiger

Barcelona are monitoring Antonio Ruediger’s situation at Chelsea and could be interested in him in January.

According to Mundo Deportivo, La Blaugrana may swoop for him should they fail to land Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

Rudiger has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen seemingly above him which has seen him make just one premier league appearance so far this season.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Low to continue as Germany coach

Joachim Low will continue in his role as Germany Manager for the foreseeable future; according to a Statement released by the Germany Football Association.

The long serving coach has been with Germany since 2006 winning the 2014 world cup in Brazil and the Confederations cup.

A Statement from DFB website goes as follows: The DFB Presidium agreed on Monday in a telephone conference that the path for the renewal of the national team, with national team coach Joachim Low, will continue without restriction," 

"The Presidium thus followed by a recommendation by the presidential committee and by Oliver Bierhoff, the director of the national teams & academy.

"It was important for the national coach to discuss the current situation, the defeat against Spain and the months leading up to the European Championship in an open, constructive and intensive exchange. In the process, Joachim Low informed those involved about his assessments, ideas and further plans. 

"The members of the Executive Committee agreed that what counts is the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the intact relationship between the team and the coach, and a clear concept for the previous and future procedures. A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and the national coach.  

"The DFB Presidium agrees: On the way to the Euro 2021, important sporting goals have already been achieved - including the Euros qualification, staying in League A of the Nations League and being in the top seeding group for World Cup qualification. Accordingly, Joachim Low continues to have the trust of the DFB Presidium.

"Together, the view is purposeful and focused on further preparations for the European Championship next year. There is a firm conviction that Joachim Low and his coaching team will deliver successful games and results despite a challenging situation for everyone. 

"The national coach will take all necessary measures to play an exciting European Championship in 2021 with the team. The national coach's assessment also receives approval that subsequent tournaments - specifically the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2024 European Championship, which will take place in Germany - must already play a role as perspectives and sporting goals in further sporting and personal considerations at this point in time."

Watford to offer Joao Pedro new deal

Watford are keen on keeping Joao Pedro and are prepared to reject any offers coming from a premier league club by offering a new contract.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that Liverpool were one of the teams eyeing him during the last summer transfer window.

The Former Fluminense forward could put to pen a new five-year-contract.

Milan to sign Diaz on a permanent basis

AC Milan are looking to sign Brahim Diaz on a permanent deal; according to AS

The Real Madrid forward is currently undergoing a season long loan course with the Rossoneri after leaving Manchester City one year ago.

Inter Milan in for Giroud in January

Inter Milan could be back for Olivier Giroud next January after failing to sign him during the last winter transfer window.

According to Tuttosport, The Nerrazurri’s are weighing up a loan deal of Six-month with an option to buy for the Frenchman.

The 34-year-old has struggled for game time under Frank Lampard this season and has admitted his frustration at his current predicament.

Boateng, Muller, Hummels to return to the DFB fold

Germany Manager Joachim Low could welcome back Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels back to the DFB fold for the next set of international games.

According to SPORT1 A meeting took place on Monday which ended up in Low changing his mind about the aforementioned players and he is now keen on their return to international action.

Barcelona could sign young defender Bogarde

Barcelona could be interested in signing young sensation Melayro Bogarde who plies his trade at Hoffenheim.

According to Sport, The young defender has attracted interest from other elite european clubs but he seems to have impressed the Blaugrana Manager Ronald Koeman.

Pirlo keen on four additions to squad in January

According to Calciomercato Juventus Manager Andrea Pirlo has told his transfer chiefs at the Allainz Stadium about the need to sign some players to improve the squad in the long run.

The Bianconeri are having close competition for top spot with the likes of AC Milan and Napoli and with their chances of winning a 10th successive scudetto under threat, they may fix the issues in January.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Hasselbaink: “Abraham has to do better”

Tammy Abraham was guilty of spurning three good chances against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.

The Profligacy was met with fury from former Chelsea Star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who believed the Englishman should have made his chances count.

Hasselbaink also believes Abraham has to do more to be the focal point of the team with Werner being played out on the left and thinks the 23-year-old has a good stature to aid him in scoring important goals.

"For me Abraham has to do better,” Reece James cannot do any more for him, he put the ball in the right space”

"Put your head against it. The other one as well, it does not matter who you are, as a striker these are brilliant crosses.

"What do you want as a striker? These moments, this is what you want. These are the moments that are counting for Abraham and he has to step up.”

“He has done ever so well last year, Half of the season he was a breath of fresh air. Second half of the season he had it difficult, but it is normal as he is a young boy.

"This season he has to step up and at times he can do better. With his stature and ability he should score more goals, and [more] important goals.

"I wonder if he watches clips of himself after games, as his movement and holding up the ball can be better. He needs to keep on improving.”

Mourinho: “Spurs dressing room not happy with result”

Tottenham avoided defeat at Chelsea which drew the praise of their Manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho admitted that getting a point in enemy territory and staying top of the PL log should not bother his team but he is delighted with the team’s anger at not getting more than a point at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham Hotspur are still top of the premier league table ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

"A draw at Stamford Bridge is usually a positive thing and staying top of the league is also a positive thing," 

"But my dressing room isn't happy with that and that is fantastic. It's a complete change of mentality and personality.

"That was a game where we respected them and they respected us. Nobody gambled today or tried to change the direction of the game. Everybody was in a situation of one mistake wins the game, especially in the last 15 minutes."

"The game did not have many chances. It is a game where we both wanted to win. We respect each other. Nobody gambled.

"They had one shot from distance, we had more in the first half than the second. I think a big game is difficult for both teams."

Lampard: “if we are contenders for the title, Spurs are too

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur played out a goalless draw in Saturday evening blockbuster clash at Stamford Bridge.

During Post Match, Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho revealed his side were frustrated at the final result but despite praising their mentality he still thinks his side are far from contending for the title.

Meanwhile His opposite number Frank Lampard when asked about what Mourinho said disagreed with his assessment and claims Spurs are capable of challenging for the title this season particularly with the red hot form of Harry Kane, Son and Co.

"It’s Jose’s call to say it as he sees it from his end, but from the outside they are top of the league, it’s very close at the top," 

"If we’re contenders then they have to be contenders. If you’ve got Harry Kane and Son in your team – Son has got nine goals, Harry’s got seven, they keep clean sheets well because of the organisation of their team – they would expect to be in the race.

"They have invested heavily – they’ve got people like Gareth Bale sitting on the bench, Dele Alli’s not here. There is a strong squad there. So, I think we are all competing, but Jose can say it as he sees it."

Arsenal preparing to ditch Pepe

Arsenal have seen enough of Record Signing Nicolas Pepe and are prepared to sell him outrightly should a right offer come for him

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from the Daily Star that Arsenal are regretting paying too much for the forward who they now think is not suitable for premier league football.

Arsenal won’t be rushed into selling him for a reduced fee however and may be interested in sanctioning a loan move for him with an option to buy.

Solskjaer keen on resigning Evans

Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in resigning Leicester City Defender Jonny Evans.

According to the Mirror, Jonny Evans Contract expires at the end of the season and Solskjaer is not contented with the current centreback options he currently has.

Manchester United may look into signing him in the January transfer window for a reduced fee.

Leeds want Lopetegui as next Manager

Leeds United have identified Former Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui as their next Manager should Marcelo Bielsa decide to leave Elland Road.

According to The Sun, The Current Sevilla boss is liked by the owner of Leeds United Andrea Radrizanni.

Man United scouting network hacked

Manchester United’s scouting network have been hampered by activities from Cyber crime agents; according to the Mirror

The Club are currently carrying out investigations on the extent of damage to the “confidential information” in their scouting network system to verify the identity and amount of information that has been collected by the aforementioned hackers.

City still on Martinez pursuit

Manchester City have not lost hope on signing Inter Milan Forward Lautaro Martinez despite closely monitoring him for more than a year.

According to the Mirror The Citizens see him as a potential replacement for Sergio Aguero who has being blighted by injuries problems in recent months.

Aguero’s hopes in signing a new contract with Manchester City is in limbo.

Ramos switches from Nike to Adidas

Real Madrid Long-serving Defender Sergio Ramos has reportedly changed his brand allegiance from Nike to Adidas; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Marca.

The Veteran defender has been with Nike for 10 years but has now changed to fellow brand company Adidas.

Arsenal, Juve, Madrid still keeping tabs on Aouar

According to Tuttosport, Arsenal, Juventus and Real Madrid are still keeping a close eye at Olympique Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.

The aforementioned clubs might make an Approach for the Frenchman in the winter transfer window following his sanctioning by OL.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Tagliafico close to signing a new deal

Nicolas Tagliafico is close to signing a new contract at AFC Ajax; De Telegraaf reports.

The 27-year-old who has drawn interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City has reported agreed to terms of signing a new contract until 2023.

Although should a tempting offer arrive for him at the end of the season, Ajax could cash out on him.

Barca could swoop for Haaland

Barcelona will plot the signing of Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland if Joan Laporta becomes the president of the club in the next presidential election.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from El Chiringuito that Laporta is willing to use his excellent relationship with Mino Raiola to try and complete a deal for the on-form Norwegian Striker.

Betis keen on signing Alena

Carles Alena is generating interest from Real Betis who are willing to sign him as a temporary replacement for Sergio Canales who is injured.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona may allow the youngster to leave on a loan move rather than a permanent move.

Man United keen on adding another right-back.

Manchester United are eager to sign a new rightback who will provide competition for first choice rightback Aaron Wan-Bisaka.

According to reports from ESPN, The Red devils are confident of signing a new rightback in the next two Transfer window if a deal cannot be struck in January.

Barca, Liverpool swooping for Garay

Barcelona and Liverpool are considering signing former Valencia Defender Ezequiel Garay; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from SPORT 

The Blaugrana are looking at signing him as a free agent inorder to provide support for Gerard Pique , Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo.

Liverpool meanwhile are targeting Garay as a temporary replacement for Injured Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Juventus, Liverpool, Milan in race for Kabak

According to The Sun, Juventus have spoken to 20-year-old defender Ozan Kabak.

Schalke 04 are willing to sell the young defender for £20m and are generating interest from Liverpool and Juventus.

Meanwhile AC Milan have spoken to the agent of Ozan kabak over a deal for him in the January transfer window.

Vydra wants to leave Burnley

Burnley Striker Matej Vydra is reportedly keen on leaving Turf Moor; according to Lancashire Live.

Chris Wood is ahead of the 28-year-old in the pecking order for starters in the first team squad and Vydra is keen to leave inorder to find regular minutes.

Matej Vydra signed a new Contract with the Clarets on Wednesday until 2022.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Rangers favourites to sign Wilshere

Scottish Club Rangers have emerged as favourites to sign free agent Jack Wilshere after he left Westham United.

Jack Wilshere on leaving the hammers said he is open to continue playing football abroad but according to The Sun, he is increasingly likely to join rangers.

Dybala & Juventus contract talks have stalled

According to La Stampa, Contract talks between Juventus and Dybala have stalled over and will continue next year.

The Argentine wants a salary of €15million from The Bianconeri but the Old lady are not willing to match that figure and instead wants to offer €10m with bonuses.

Juventus are now looking to continue contract talks next year as they do not want to lose him for free.

Thauvin wants AC Milan move

Florian Thauvin has refused a new contract from Marseille and wants to leave the French club for Italy.

The Frenchman’s current deal will expire at the end of the season and he is close to joining Italian club AC Milan.

Juventus keen on Van de Beek

Juventus are assessing Donny Van de Beek situation at Manchester United.

The Midfielder signed for the Red Devils last summer and has had to fight for his place in the team ever since before earning a starting berth.

The Bianconeri are keen on signing him next summer for a fee around €35 million.

Gladbach to extend Ginter & Elvedi deals

Borussia Mochenglabach are ready to extend the contract of two of their players who have about 18 months left on their current deals.

The German based club are looking to convince Matthias Ginter and Nico Elvedi to put pen to paper for at least a few more years.

Chelsea mulling over Gimenez

According to Numerous reports, Chelsea are mulling over a move for Atletico Madrid Defender Gimenez.

The Centreback is one of the top potential target that the blues are looking to add to the defensive personnels next January.

Wijnaldum wants Barcelona move in January

Georgino Wijnaldum is interested in a move back to Barcelona in the next transfer window; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Corriere Dello Sport.

The Dutchman doesn’t want to agree a new extension to his current deal which will push him beyond 2021.

The Midfielder is excited by the prospect of playing under Manager Ronald Koeman again at Barcelona.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Man United to relinquish interest in Upamecano

According to The Times,  Manchester United are looking at the possibility of exploring a move for Dayet Upamecano.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that the 22-year-old signed a new three year contract and has had a £45m release clause Valuation was removed.

The 20-time League Champions may now to set to relinquish their interest in the Defender at the end of season when he would be available for £38m.

Edouard keen on playing in a bigger league

Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard has revealed that he wants to play for a bigger team in a bigger league.

According to telefoot_chaine, Odsonne Edouard was quoted as saying and SOCCER PUNCH can confirm:

“I’ve been here for three years and for sure when the time comes I’ll think about leaving, looking for a league”

“Right now i am focused on this season and when the right time comes I’ll make the decision to go”

“Petr Cech kicking himself for retiring”

“Petr Cech was better at Chelsea training session which comprised of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero before Edouard Mendy was signed”, according to Mark Schwarzer.

The Former Chelsea stopstopper has opened up on how fit and excellent his former Chelsea goalkeeping mate Petr Cech was on the training ground which outclassed both Willy Caballero and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

“From my understanding, he was better than the Chelsea keepers – but this was before Mendy arrived at the club,"

"He was performing and training better than the Chelsea keepers."

Schwarzer also revealed that Petr Cech is kicking himself for retiring from professional football when he still had the legs to continue 

“He just was saying that he felt so good. He said had he known that after having time off he would have felt so good, he would have only had six months off and wouldn’t have retired," 

"He actually believes he’s fit enough and strong enough and good enough still to play in the Premier League.

"I know he’s kicking the ball further than he did towards the end of his career, because the injuries he had, the problems he had with his ankle, his calf, they were hindering his kicking game.

"So apparently he has no problems with that at all anymore. He’s kicking the ball as far as he [ever] did.”

“We have to take the game to Chelsea and be aggressive”

“The Krasnodar team has to match Chelsea’s aggression all through the game”, according to the team’s fitness coach John Philips.

The Former Southampton fitness coach believes the blues will be looking to dominate the game from the onset by being agressive and he thinks his side can give Frank Lampard’s men a run for their money.

Chelsea travel to face Krasnodar on Wednesday evening.

“Chelsea are the same as most English clubs, they're going to be aggressive, the speed of the game will be high. They're doing okay in the league, but they will want to come here and they will want to really try and dominate so it's going to be tough," 

"Obviously with the injuries we've got and things like that, but for me it's just we have to fight, we have to work hard, and try not to be intimidated by them in any way, so it's a lot to do with the mentality, as well as the physicality.

"[We have to be aware] of their technical ability, also the speed and power. They have a lot of players who can individually do something out of nothing. I think the key is if we work hard, if we're aggressive, we need to concentrate for 95-96 minutes.

"We can't switch off because you'll get punished by these sort of teams. So it's almost as much mental as it's physical for this game. Don't give them respect and allow them to play, we have to be aggressive and take the game to them."

Essien: “Lampard needs time to find a winning team”

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid Midfielder Micheal Essien believes his former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard needs time to build a winning team.

Chelsea splashed over £200m during the last Transfer window but have only won thrice in their opening nine games of the season; a run of poor form that has got people talking.

Speaking to Goal, Michael Essien thinks it’s normal for a Club to have up and downs and has backed Chelsea to improve with time.

“Lampard is Chelsea, he knows the club inside out and what needs to be done," 

"He will get the help of everyone there and I think so far that he has done a good job.

"Last season was a good achievement and it isn't an easy place to manage. The fans can demand a lot so it isn't easy, and he is doing his best.

"Football is full of ups and downs, you have to understand that. Get behind the team instead of not being happy after every bad result.

"The job is not easy so you have to be patient and push the team, then hopefully they will do well. They have added good players so they will have to deliver as a lot is expected now.

"The young players are doing well but I don't know if they could play in my old team! I am joking because I like the young players, with the likes of Mason Mount, but you need to raise your game at Chelsea constantly."

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Lampard “not worried” about recent lack of goals

Chelsea have failed to score in their last two games in all competition after a goalless draw away to Manchester United.

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is not worried about the team’s lack of goals recently and believes his forwards would hit the peak of their best form soon.

"I am very happy with Timo If you go back to the game before that, he scored two goals and Kai Havertz scores a goal. I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

"It is normal that it will take some time for relationships [to build]. For when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet, clearly these things are going to take time to build. The reason we brought Timo and Kai into the club is to add to the quality we already have here.

"Hakim Ziyech is looking like he is getting close to starting a game with his fitness. I have no worries about that. The last bit didn’t happen for us today. It is normal, that happens in football but I am very happy with the players."

Lampard admitted that his team are still working hard in finding the right balance between their offense and their defense after a change to their style of play in recent weeks.

“Where we have conceded more goals in certain games than we would have liked this season, it is important to address those problems You obviously address them at the back and I thought we defended the box very well today”

"Defending for me, at this level, is about concentration. Concentration is what will define defending in top players generally. 

What you saw in Thiago Silva today is a defender who concentrates at every moment of the game in every minute, to not just affect things for himself but affects those around him. I think that was a big plus today.

Azpilicueta: “VAR can improve a lot”

Chelsea Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was aggrieved that a penalty call went against him and his team during Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.

Maguire’s arm was all over the Experienced Defender but the referee waved away the penalty call and VAR opted not to review the incident much to the disbelief of the Chelsea Captain.

The Spaniard thinks the VAR technology is not being used the right way and believes there is room for improvement when asked Post-match. 

"A good question, on the pitch I felt yes and I felt arms around my neck and shoulders," 

"The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there [to help]. In any situation, the referee takes the main decisions and the monitor is there for him to help.

"It was 50-50 so why not take 20 seconds to review it? I think VAR can improve a lot. It happens, it is football, I don't say every time there is contact there should be a penalty.

"In England, there is strong physical contact. In football and in the Premier League always we should seek improvement - it is not a criticism, we can all help together to make a better league."