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."

Solskjaer: “Lack of fans reason for poor form”

Manchester United have now failed to win their first three games of a new season since 1972-73 and they have now failed to win their last five home games with the final home games of last season included.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about this poor run of form and pointed out to the lack of fans in the Stadium as the reason.

The Norwegian tactician thinks the Atmosphere a packed Old trafford brings could have helped the team more.

“Two teams who played in Europe this week, I think it showed in the first half. It was not the greatest," 

"I think in the second half we pushed on. If that Stretford End is full we might get some help and get the ball over the line.

"We pegged them back and created some half-decent opportunities. There was a great block by Thiago Silva and the goalkeeper has made a couple of fantastic saves against Marcus.

"All in all, a good defensive performance and we created enough chances to give ourselves a win."

"His performance was very good”

Edouard Mendy’s performance against Manchester United was a subject of praise from his Manager Frank Lampard.

The Former Rennes Goalie made two crucial saves to deny Marcus Rashford in different periods of the game.

Mendy has now kept three cleansheets in his first three games at Chelsea and Lampard couldn’t hide his satisfaction.

"His performance was very good. You rely on your goalkeepers in those moments in a tight game, not full of many chances," 

"Rashford's first chance was a mistake from us, the one at the end was a moment of quality from him. He showed us what he is there for.

"We brought him in for his quality. He showed great composure in the games he's played already and with the saves today in a tight you rely on them moments."

Lampard also thinks Maguire’s Challenge on Azpilicueta was a penalty all day long.

"It was a clear penalty. Clear penalty. I didn't see it from where I was standing at the time and I know it's a hard call for the referee on the pitch but that's why we brought VAR into the game," 

"VAR was very quick to dismiss it in my opinion. It should take time, the referee should watch the monitor. If he watches the monitor he has to give a penalty. It's very confusing in my opinion.

"Should referees consult monitor more frequently? I'm not sure. There's a frustration at the fact when something moves seemingly in the right direction, we're all pretty happy with referees going to the monitor.

"It happened a bit more at the start of the season. The players on the pitch should always say it and the referee should always take responsibility. We have that back to the referee with the monitor but for some reason we've come off that. I don't understand it.

"It was an easy decision, not a difficult one for the VAR to give anyway but the referee on the pitch should make the main call. Ask him to review it and if that happened today it would have been a penalty."

De gea: “We deserved a bit more”

David De gea believes Manchester United we’re deserving of more than a point after the Clash with Chelsea.

United were the dominant team at Old trafford with 14 shots to the visitors six but Edouard Mendy saved the day for the blues.

The Spaniard bemoaned the fact that his teammates couldn’t take their chances in getting a victory.

"For me, we created enough chances to win the game. It was a tight game against a good team, of course, but I think we deserved a bit more," 

"I think we had two or three big chances, especially with Rashy, but the keeper saves them. That is fine and, like I said before, we deserve a bit more. 

"It was a tough game and now we need to look forward to the next game."

De gea also had positives to take from the game

"I think for us it is very important to start to keep clean sheets, especially at home," he said. "Today we defended really well and didn't concede many chances. 

"We always try in every training session to improve, to make the team better defensively, work with each other, and talk to each other. 

"It was important today to get a clean sheet against a top team like the one we played today. That's the way to keep going and the way to win games."

Van de Beek Signing questioned

Donny Van de beek’s lack of playing time has became a subject of Discussion by SkySports Pundits Patrice Evra and Gary Neville.

The Dutchman has not started a Premier league game since his move from AFC Ajax this summer.

Former Manchester United Leftback Evra thinks his old team doesn’t need Van de Beek because Bruno Fernandes is filling his preferred position in the team.

"We’re talking about Van de Beek, nothing against the kid, but why have we bought him? He’s watching the game from the stand every game. We don’t need him, that’s the truth.", 

Neville meanwhile thinks the signing of Van de Beek has yet to be justified 

"What is a little bit of a mystery is the use of Van de Beek since he’s been signed for £40 million," 

"He doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in every game. It’s a bit of a mystery that one. And the more he doesn’t start, and the more he doesn’t come on, the more you’re thinking, 'Well £40m player, ordinarily you’d get him in the team'. 

"He must be thinking: 'What am I doing here?' at this moment in time."

Shaw: “Mendy made wonderful saves”

Manchester United Full back Luke Shaw has heaped praises on Chelsea’s Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy following the Man-of-the-Match Performances he put in on Saturday evening.

The Englishman thinks that his side should have won the game due to the fact that they played better than the blues and they had the better chances to take all three points.

United had 14 shots on goal against Chelsea but Mendy stood firm to deny them on Numerous occasions.

“I feel like we created the better chances.

"Their keeper made wonderful saves at times. I was right behind it [Rashford’s shot] and, like I said, their keeper was very good today. He made a couple of very good saves that kept them in the game.

“We defended much better than we have been, especially against a very good team like Chelsea who have high-quality players all around the pitch.

“I feel like they didn’t really create much, and we did well in that aspect - but higher up the pitch, we should have maybe grabbed a goal, or maybe even two, and taken the three points.”

Kai Havertz Luke Shaw Man Utd Chelsea 2020-21

Friday, October 16, 2020

Cardiff City favourites to sign Harry Wilson

Cardiff City looks to be the frontrunner in signing Harry Wilson ahead of the likes of Swansea City and Bristol City.

According to Football Insider, Harry Wilson is close to signing for Cardiff City.

Liverpool earlier rejected an offer from Swansea City for the attacker who played in Liverpool’s Carabao penalty shootout loss to Arsenal on October 1.

Middlesbrough keen on Bolasie

According to Sky Sports, Middlesbrough are interested in signing out-of-favour Everton Midfielder Yannick Bolasie.

Middlesbrough have had talks with Everton concerning a loan deal and Bolasie himself doesn’t have any problem in departing Goodison Park.

Joe Gubbins signs new deal with QPR

Queen Park Rangers have announced a contract extension for youngster Joseph Gubbins.

The 19-year-old Defender has signed a new three-year contract at the Club having joined from Southampton in 2017.

Liverpool rule out Signing another goalkeeper

Liverpool have ruled out signing a temporary Goalkeeper to replace Allison Becker who is injured; Liverpool Echo reports 

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that there is no Liverpool interest in Stoke City’s Jack Butland despite rumours saying that a possible deal could be done.

The Reds will keep faith with their second choice Goalkeeper Adrian.

Barcelona considering Mbappe move

Kylian Mbappe could emerge as a transfer target for Barcelona if Presidential Candidate Victor Font is elected as the new Barcelona President; according to reports from AS

Although The French Champions are willing to offer the 22-year-old a new contract, Barcelona think there is opportunity to swoop for him next summer.

Icardi, Neymar helping Rafinha in settling down

South American duo Mauro Icardi and Neymar Jr are helping Rafinha settle down at Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Le Parisien, Rafinha is living in an hotel but has an excellent relationship with the pair from his time at Barcelona 

Rafinha joined the French Champions during the last summer transfer window.

Camavinga a first choice target for Madrid

According to AS, Realmadrid’s first choice target in the Summer Transfer window of 2021 is Edouardo Camavinga.

Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 17-year-old France International but Los Blancos appears to want him more than other european heavyweights.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Roma offered Kolasinac

According to Corriere dello Sport , AS Roma has been offered the opportunity to sign Sead Kolasinac from Arsenal in January.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from Corriere dello sport that the Giallorossi are also keen on making a move in January.

The 27-year-old joined Arsenal from the Bundesliga in 2016 but he has fallen down the pecking order in the Gunners setup.

Chelsea eyeing Paulo Dybala

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Chelsea are thinking about making a move for Juventus Paulo Dybala in the future.

The Blues are watching and waiting to swoop for the Cordova-born Forward if a proposed contract extension from Juventus for him fails to see the light of the day.

Meanwhile, Chelsea also tried to sign Lautaro Martinez this summer but Martinez rejected a move away from Inter Milan

Barca planning another wage cut to players wages

According to SER Catalunya, Barcelona are considering another negotiation with their players concerning a cut in their wages in the next week.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that the Barcelona players are unhappy about talks of another cut to their wages being proposed by the club and it could be a difficult task in executing that plan.

La Blaugrana also want to negotiate a new contract with their players but are unwilling to increase annual salaries in any prospective contract.

Ayew’s Brighton Transfer in limbo

Andre Ayew’s potential move from Swansea City to Brighton and Hove Albion could be on the verge of collapsing due to his wage demands; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

According to The Sun, The Ghanian Striker pens £90,000-a-week currently at Swansea City and the Seagulls are unwilling to match his demands .

Rooney could become player-coach at Derby

Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney could become a player-coach at his current club Derby County; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from The Sun

Pressure is mounting on Philip Cocu as Derby made an unconvincing start to the season and a loss to Watford on Friday night could see the rams pull the trigger on his fate.

Grant to have Westbrom medical ahead of move

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from BBC Sport, that Westbrom are close to agreeing a deal for 23-year-old Huddersfield Striker Karlan Grant.

Grant will partake in his medical on Thursday as a £15m move from the terries inches closer to completion.

Liverpool turn down bid for Wilson

According to reports from The Athletic , Liverpool have turned down Swansea City’s offer for Harry Wilson

Derby County are now the likely club to land him after Swansea City failed to agree on a final loan offer.

Wilson played in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal in October 1.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Chelsea Slam Kante reports.

Chelsea Football Club have rubbished talks of N’golo Kante’s unhappiness at Stamford Bridge; SOCCER PUNCH  has learnt from the Daily Mail.

Reports from Le Parisien claimed that Kante fell out with Manager Frank Lampard and he was unhappy with how is he being treated which spinrolled reports of a move to Real Madrid.

Chelsea have now addressed the reports branding it as “total nonsense”.

Fulham in talks for Kongolo

Fulham are in negotiations with Huddersfield over the potential permanent signing of Terence Kongolo; according to the Daily Mail

The 26-year-old Defender is valued at around £3M and has had a loan stint with the cottagers last season.

Romero wants MLS move

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero wants to leave Manchester United at all cost and doesn’t want to paid off by the club; according to The Sun

The 33-year-old is seeking to play regular football in the MLS after the General Transfer window has closed in October 5.

The Argentine is now the third choice Goalkeeper at Old trafford after dropping behind David degea and Dean Henderson.

Middlesbrough keen on Danny Rose

Danny Rose has yet to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite Jose Mourinho wanting him to depart if he finds a suitable club.

Middlesbrough are now interested in his services according to Football Insider

The Championship Club are now in race against time in trying to sign Rose before Friday’s deadline day for Domestic transfers.

Juve & PSG to sign Ramos next summer

According to Don Balon, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are looking to sign Sergio Ramos in the summer of 2021.

The 34-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has indicated his willingness to stay at the bernabeu until he retires. 

Although, Los Blancos have no problem in allowing him to leave for either Juventus or PSG at the end of the season.

Man United targeting Pau Torres in January

Manchester United are targeting a move for Villarreal’s centre-back Pau Torres; according to a report from ESPN.

The Defender has a contract at the Madrigal until 2024 and it could take a huge bid to prize him away from the Yellow submarines.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer may be interested in signing him if United continue to struggle defensively.

Ilicic set to play against Napoli

Atalanta’s Josep Ilicic is raring to go for his team’s clash against Napoli on Saturday in Serie A; according to Gazzetta dello sport.

The bergamo-club forward who had not played for Atalanta since July 11 after being given a compassionate leave is reportedly set to make his long awaited return.

Monday, October 12, 2020

City eyeing Tagliafico in January

Manchester City have shortlisted Nicolas Tagliafico as one of their targets in January; according to reports from The Sun

Benjamin Mendy’s place in the first team is not secured and Pep Guardiola won’t be taking any chances and would be interested in strengthening that position.

The Citizens are willing to table a bid of €20m for the leftback.

Leeds considering Cantwell move

According to the Daily Star, Leeds United are eyeing the completion of a deal for Norwich Midfielder Todd Cantwell.

Leeds United are convinced that he would be a useful squad player for the depth of the squad and are now considering making an official bid for him before the domestic transfer window closes next Friday 

Man United in race for Camavinga

Manchester United are now in the race to sign Rennes Starlet Eduardo Camavinga; according to reports from AS.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a move for the French International next summer.

The 17-year-old will have a decision to make concerning his future next summer with bids from Europe’s blockbuster clubs set to be tabled.

Westham’s move for Benrahma on verge of collapsing

Westham’s deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma looks on the verge of collapsing; according to reports from the Mirror.

The hammers have had a change of mind regarding prioritizing him despite having a £25m bid for him agreed.

Benrahma won’t be short of interest though as Crystal Palace are still interested in him.

Arsenal paid Ozil loyalty bonuses despite his £350,000-a-week wages

The Athletic reports that Arsenal paid Mesut Ozil a loyalty bonus of £8m despite the German last playing for the club in March.

SOCCER PUNCH has learnt that the Gunners were desperate to sell the 32-year-old last transfer window which failed as he remained at the Club.

There is also performance-related bonuses in the terms of his contract but it doesn’t look likely that Arsenal would pay him those bonuses because Manager Mikel Arteta doesn’t fancy him.

Juan Mata turns down move to Saudi Club

According to reports from AS, Manchester United’s Juan Mata has rejected a move to join an unnamed Saudi Arabian Club.

The Spaniard wants to stay at Old trafford till the end of his contract which expires next summer.

AS reports  that the former Chelsea star initially rejected a deal that would see him earn €16m-a-year before turning down another offer that would see him earn €20m-a-year.

OFFICIAL: Dawson joins Westham on loan.

Craig Dawson has joined Westham from Watford on an initial loan deal which could be made permanent at the end of the season; according to the Club’s website.

The Defender has a lot of Premier league experience having made 184 appearances across Westbromich Albion and Watford.

The English Football domestic transfer window is still open until next Friday.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Mancity to make €100m Haaland bid next summer

Manchester City have joined the race to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund next summer; according to Don Balon

Juventus and Real Madrid are also keen on the Norwegian who has a release clause of €70m that can be activated in 2022.

Manchester City do not want to wait till then and are prepared to offer €100m to get the deal over the line in the summer of 2021.

Westham to move for Benrahma

Westham United are short of Squad players with only twenty personnels in their first team squad after selling the likes of Grady Diagana and releasing Jack Wilshere for free.

The hammers are considering making a bid for Brentford’s Said Benrahma; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from BBC.

The English football domestic transfer window closes next Friday.

Nice join race for Christie

According to Reports from The Scottish Sun, Nice have joined the race for Celtic Star Ryan Christie.

The French club are thinking about making a bid for the 25-year-old next January.

Newcastle United and Burnley meanwhile are also interested in his services.

Inter to swoop for Aguero next summer

Inter Milan are looking to swoop for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero when his contract expires next summer; according to Italian Media Outlet Calciomercato.

The  Nerazzuri’s are reportedly willing to offer the Star Forward a two years contract with an option for a third year with a whooping salary of €8m per year

Bournemouth reject £13m King bid from Westham

Bournemouth have rejected a £13m bid for Joshua King from Westham; according to The Guardian.

Aston Villa and Westbrom were also interested in him but they were rebuked by the cherries.

Joshua King’s Contract expires new summer but the hammers are prepared to move on from the deal.

Sevilla preparing to offer Kounde a new contract

Jules Kounde could pen a new contract at Sevilla in the coming days after failing to get a move away from the Andalusian club.

According to Muchodeporte, Sevilla  are ready to offer him a new contract after failing to sell him in the last transfer window even though Kounde still has four years on his current deal.

Juventus want €50m for Demiral

Juventus want €50m for their centreback Merih Demiral; according to reports from Calciomercato 

The Biaconeri turned down bids from Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur for him in the last Transfer window.

Juventus are certain that those clubs will come for him again and they won’t be willing to negotiate a fee below €50m for him

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Unnamed Saudi Club interested in Juan Mata

According to Express Sport,  An Undisclosed Saudi Arabian Club are interested in the services of Manchester United’s Juan Mata.

The Spaniard is out of favour at Old trafford and a move to Saudi Arabia could be on the horizon.

Meanwhile, Manchester United could be willing to let Mata go as they are well equipped in the position the former Chelsea Star plays for the club.

Real Madrid prefer Camavinga to Pogba

Real Madrid are not interested in signing Paul Pogba next summer despite the Frenchman wanting a move to the Santiago Bernabeu should the chance arise; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Los Blancos have identified Rennes’s Eduardo Camavinga as an option and are now prepared to monitor his progress before making a move next summer.

Watkins was keen on joining spurs

According to Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur were one of the teams interested in Ollie Watkins who was at Brentford then.

Watkins was keen on joining spurs then but Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to match the valuation set by Brentford.

The Striker thereafter signed for  Aston Villa for a fee around £45m.

Alaba could leave Bayern next summer

David Alaba is looking likely to depart Bayern Munich next summer; according to a report from Sport1.

The defender wants an increase to his wages in his next current offer but the Bavarians are unwilling to meet his demands.

David Alaba’s current contract expires next summer.

Niang close to Saint-etienne move

Mbaye Niang is close to a move to Saint-Etienne from Rennes, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt from a Report from L’equipe.

The Striker always wanted to move earlier in the General Transfer window but agent fees delayed his move away from Rennes.

Just like English Football teams, French teams can do transfer deals domestically after the General transfer window closes although it is only limited to one transfer dealing.

Barcelona could sell Dembele in January

FC Barcelona are losing patience in Ousmane Dembele after failing to impress in his time at the Camp Nou; according to Sport

The Frenchman is not part of Koeman’s plans and Barcelona were looking to sell him next summer but have now decided against doing that.

Interestingly, La Blaugrana are willing to drop their valuation for him to €50m from the initial €80m

Wagner now in charge of Germany U-16’s

Sandro Wagner will now take charge of the Germany U-16’s; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

The Former Germany International who played for the Bavarians formerly has been tasked to the day-to-day running of the youth team.

He only made eight appearances for the German National team.

Valverde didn’t want Bayern Munich move

Bayern Munich failed to convince Fede Valverde in Signing for them; according to Marca

After sactioning the sale of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool, Bayern Munich were keen on bringing the Los blancos man to the Allainz Stadium but Real Madrid were unwilling to negotiate a deal with them as with the player also.

Manutd eyeing Tarkowski in January

According to reports from The Athletic, Manchester United have shortlisted James Tarkowski as a centreback option in the next Transfer window.

The Red devils signed players in every department in the last Transfer window except the centreback option but they are now keen to do that in January.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Wilshere pinpoints next career destination

Westham United and Jack Wilshere mutually agreed to terminate the contract of the latter earlier on this week.

Jack Wilshere has seen his progress stunted by niggling injuries that persisted throughout his stay at the London Stadium which resulted in him only making six appearances for the club.

Now as a free agent, The 28-year-old has highlighted his next career destination which could be in LaLiga or the Serie A but reiterates that he would think properly before making his next move because he wants to be happy playing football again.

“I think I want to try something different – I am leaning towards that. Maybe La Liga, Italy, something a little bit different that not many English players have done," 

“At the same time, I am probably going to take a week or two to decide. I was in this position when I left Arsenal and if I have learnt anything from that, it is to take your time and make sure it is right for you.

“Not that I have regrets that I went to West Ham because in my head things would have turned out differently. But this time I am going to take my time and find something that suits me.

“I just want to be happy playing football again. When I first signed for West Ham and the first three games when I started, before I picked up a little injury, that was probably the last time I could tell you I was happy playing football.

“I want to go back on the pitch with a smile on my face and play 20-30 games a season where I am an important player for a team.”

Westham to renew Rice Contract

Westham United are looking to tie Declan Rice to a new deal after fending off interests for him in the just concluded transfer window.

The Hammers are aware that Chelsea who were interested in Rice’s services in the just concluded window might renew their interest in him next January.

According to reports from the Sun, A contract worth £120,000-a-week will be tabled down for him to sign.

#ENDSARS: John Ogu, Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa show solidarity against Police Brutality

Some Nigerian Super Eagles Players have voiced out their concerns over the recent #ENDSARS Protests that has rocked the country; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm 

Special Anti-Robbery Squad also known as SARS are believed to have harassed and brutalized Nigerian citizens on numerous occasions while carrying out their duties nationwide.

This has lead to Nigerian youths coming out with banners and messages for a protest to voice out their displeasures about the activities of the Anti-Robbery squad on Friday.

In the midst of the protest on Friday, Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun tweeted on his official account: The reasons for the #EndSARSProtests have just come to my attention via very disturbing images & tweets. It is never good when those charged with protecting the citizens are now terrorising, extorting or even killing the same citizens. I support #EndSarsProtests #EndSars,”

While the likes of Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and John Ogu also followed suit.

Ahmed Musa: "In a world where genuine love for ourselves seems to be so scarce, I sincerely pray that the right thing is done to put an end to the strife,"

Moses Simon: "The essence of law enforcement agents is to protect lives and properties of citizens. If the citizens they swore to protect are now their preys, then the purpose of its formation is defeated. #EndSARS #End BANDITRY Going on in the north #Togetherwestand,"

John Ogu: “Enough is Enough .. #EndSARS

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