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

Neville slams new Subscription fees for PL matches

Sky Sports Pundit Gary Neville has criticized the premier league for imposing a £14.95 fee on matches that won’t be shown live on a premier league matchweek.

Since Premier league Football restarted in June following the outbreak of COVID-19, All games were shown live to viewers since fans were obviously not permitted from entering stadiums but according to an amendment made today, only five games will now be shown live for a fixed subscription fee while the other games will cost an additional fee.

"This is a really bad move by the Premier League to charge £14.95 for single matches that have been shown free for 6 months!"

A Statement was released from the premier league website today concerning the additional costs of viewing premier league games which read:

 "In addition, the five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.

"Clubs today agreed this interim solution to enable all fans to continue to watch their teams live.

"The Premier League has worked closely with Sky Sports and BT Sport to provide this arrangement and is grateful for their support. The agreement will be regularly reviewed in consultation with clubs and in line with any decisions made by government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums."

Victor Moses set for Spartak Moscow loan move

Chelsea Winger Victor Moses has reportedly agreed a deal in principle to join Spartak Moscow on a season long-loan move.

The Nigerian International would still have to complete his medical at a hospital in Russia inorder to finalize the deal.

Furthermore, Moses visited a clinic in rome today to undergo checks on a hip discomfort he suffered while on loan at Inter Milan last season.

Victor Moses who has retired from international football will become the 30th player to leave Chelsea on loan this season and Spartak Moscow will be the 6th club he would be heading out on loan to in his Chelsea career.