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.