Around The World In Snippets

Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler
  • David de Gea is finally set to seal his summer move to Real Madrid after Manchester United accepted a €40 million (£29m) offer for the goalkeeper and, with personal terms agreed weeks ago, a deal could be announced on Sunday.
  •  With De Gea set to join Real Madrid, United are hopeful of signing Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as his replacement.
  • Kevin de Bruyne has completed a medical of a £51 million move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City, with an official announcement expected on Sunday.
Kevin De Bruyne coming out of Manchester Hospital
Kevin De Bruyne coming out of Manchester Hospital
  • De Bruyne’s switch to the Etihad was reportedly almost scuppered by a German car company, who wanted to see the player move to Bayern Munich.
New Manchester City signing De Bruyne
New Manchester City signing De Bruyne
  • Bayern Munich have joined Paris St-Germain in trying to sign Everton defender Seamus Coleman, 26, and are preparing an £18 million bid to follow up on interest dating back to January.
  • Arsenal will make an attempt to sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, from Paris St-Germain before the transfer deadline.
  • Arsene Wenger has been so impressed by Riyad Mahrez’s early season form for Leicester, Arsenal are mulling over a bid for the 24-year-old before the summer transfer deadline
  • Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has hired former Bayern Munich doctor Fredi Binder to fly over to England once per week to help him in his battle to regain full fitness.
  • United have rejected an offer from Tottenham to take out-of-favour striker Javier Hernandez to White Hart Lane. Louis van Gaal has told the striker he can leave Old Trafford, with Bayer Leverkusen the most likely destination.
  • Besiktas have pulled out of a deal to sign Victor Valdes from Manchester United. The Turkish side have decided to strengthen other areas ofb the squad first.
  • Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has played down the possibility of signing Inter Milan’s 28-year-old left-back Yuto Nagatomo.
  • Wolfsburg are busily reinvesting their incoming windfall from selling Kevin De Bruyne and are set to sign Dante from Bayern Munich. The clubs have agreed a €4.5 million fee and the Brazilian centre-back will undergo a medical on Sunday.
  • Leicester City are also rumoured to be close to securing a deal for  Dante.
 
  • Meanwhile, United are unlikely to make a late move for Dante, despite showing interest earlier in the summer, as Louis van Gaal has concerns over the player’s fitness.
  • Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil will spend the season on loan at Swiss outfit FC Lucerne, according to the Liverpool Echo. The 21-year-old has made just two senior appearances for the Reds since arriving in 2011.
  • Daniel Sturridge has pencilled in a home game against Crystal Palace on November 8 as his return after recovering from hip surgery.
  • Inter Milan are ready to secure a £6m a four-year deal to take 24-year-old striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool.
  • Meanwhile, Watford owner Gino Pozzo is pushing to bring in Borini on loan from Liverpool but wants to convince the Reds to pay a third of his obstructive £55,000-per-week wages.
  • Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is set to join Southampton in an £11.5 million deal after the Scottish champions signed Manchester United’s Tyler Blackett on loan as his replacement.
  • Victor Wanyama has again told Southampton that he wants to leave the club, with the club aware of the midfielder’s unhappiness at St Mary’s for over a year.
  • Wanyama has been left out of Southampton’s squad to face Norwich as he looks to engineer a move to Tottenham. The Kenyan has told Saints he wants to leave and Spurs will make a big effort to try and sign him over the next 48 hours.
  • West Ham are considering a move for Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic, 30, with Slaven Bilic keen to add at least more striker to his ranks after injuries to Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll and concerns over completing a deal for Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • A West Ham fan has had the scoreline and scorers of his side’s 3-0 win at Liverpool tattooed on to his arm to fulfil a bet.
  • Tunisian centre-back Aymen Abdennour, 26, has signed for Valencia from Monaco, despite a late approach from Chelsea.
  • Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 29, is set to join Norwich City on a season-long loan move.
  • Emanuele Giaccherini is set to leave Sunderland for a loan spell with Bologna. The 30-year-old is due in Italy on Sunderland to join the newly promoted Serie A side.
  • Rapid Vienna forward Robert Beric will travel to Saint-Etienne on Saturday to undergo a medical and complete a move to the Ligue 1 outfit for an initial €5.5 million, which could rise to €1.5m in performance-related add-ons.
  • Swansea City are prepared to play hardball with Michu, who is free to leave but wants his £40,000 wages matched, and could let the Spaniard rot in the reserves for the final year of his contract.
  • Crystal Palace are bracing themselves for a late push to sign Yannick Bolasie from Tottenham, though negotiations have stalled due to the winger’s compassionate leave.
  • Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has injured his hamstring – by kicking a bunch of water bottles. Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says referees might be “too busy watching Match of the Day instead of assessing their own game” after his side’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
  • England manager Roy Hodgson will retain Jamie Vardy despite a racism controversy and call up Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Switzerland and San Marino.
  • Northern Echo reporter Richard Mason made an impact on Twitter by posting a picture of a man using a computer game controller in the press area at St James’ Park, during Newcastle United’s defeat by Arsenal.
  • Chelsea are thought to be ready to break the British transfer record to land Paul Pogba, but now it seems that Juventus will reject any and all offers for the Frenchman. The Old Lady plan to keep him for another year even if €150m is offered.
  • Wolfsburg have joined Juventus in the race to sign Julian Draxler. The Serie A champions had been close to signing the playmaker, but die Wolfe have made a late move as they seek a replacement for Manchester City-bound Kevin De Bruyne.
  • Juventus fear they have lost out on Julian Draxler to Wolfsburg and are lining up an alternative. The Old Lady had made the German their No.1 target but will now attempt to sign Tottenham’s Erik Lamela on loan with the option to buy.
  • Lazar Markovic is a step closer to finalising his loan move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce after completing his medical with the Turkish outfit.
  • West Brom are closing in on a deal for Chelsea winger Victor Moses. The £10m-rated Nigeria international had been heavily linked with West Ham but Tony Pulis has gazuped the Hammers, while he is also keen on QPR attacker Matt Phillips.
  • Neymar says he wants to stay at Barcelona “no matter how many million pound offers come from England” amid reports Manchester United want him.
  • Paris St Germain have offered Dutch international Gregory Van der Wiel to Everton in a £20million part-exchange deal for Seamus Coleman
  • Fifa agent Wagner Riberio has claimed that Fenerbahce offered €20 million for Santos’ Gabriel Barbosa.
  • Michel Platini has announced he will step down as UEFA president in 2019 if he fails to win FIFA’s top job in next year’s election.
  • Atletico Madrid sealed the dual signings of Colombian striker Rafael Santos Borre and Argentine midfielder Matias Kranevitter on Friday.
  • Santos Borre, 19, completed a €5 million move, signing a six-year deal that will see him stay at the Colombian club Deportivo Cali on loan for the 2015-16 season.While, Kranevitter, 22, signed a five-year contract after an €8m fee was agreed. He will stay at River Plate on loan until January.

Latest Fotball News

Victor Valdes to join Besiktas
Victor Valdes to join Besiktas

Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £65m plus goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, in exchange for Gareth Bale in a last-ditch bid to lure the 26-year-old Wales forward to Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal admits he does not yet know whether Sergio Romero is up to the job of being Manchester United’s No.1 on a long-term basis.

Paul Pogba has told Chelsea he wants to be paid £318,000-a-week. The Blues have lodged a £73 million bid with Juventus for the midfielder, but will need to make him the club’s highest paid player in order to land him ahead of Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident of completing a deal for Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, 26, although the China international will be loaned out for the rest of the season.

But, Jose Mourinho said “I don’t speak about players from other teams” after being questioned about John Stones, Paul Pogba and Zhang Linpeng.

The Blues are exploring deals for Zenit centre-back Ezequiel Garay and Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour after giving up on John Stones. Everton insist the young defender will not be sold, leaving the Blues rushing to find a new target.

Manchester City are set to complete the £55m signing of Kevin de Bruyne over the weekend with the 24-year-old midfielder having sat out German side Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win over Schalke on Friday.

The agent of Alexandre Pato is in London to discuss a transfer to a European club. Tottenham, who have struggled to agree a fee for another striker target, Saido Berahino, are the main club interested in signing the Brazilian.

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman is open to moving to Paris Saint-Germain after the French champions made a surprise move for the defender. PSG’s initial £20m bid was rejected, though, and the Irishman will not try to force through a move. Everton told PSG that not even a bid of £50m will persuade them to sell 26-year-old right-back.

The Toffees are in talks with Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowski. The Poland international is not getting regular playing time under Thomas Tuchel at the moment and could be willing to move.

West Brom have reportedly agreed a fee for Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans, who is now set for a medical at The Hawthorns.

Celtic have agreed a deal to sign Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old, not in the first-team reckoning under Louis van Gaal, is expected to replace Virgil van Dijk and can seal a permanent move for £4m.

Aston Villa are poised to sign defender Joleon Lescott, 33, from West Brom for £2m next week.

The Villans are preparing to make a bid for Club Brugge midfielder Victor Vazquez after he impressed against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Sunderland are set to miss out on Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow, 29, to UAE side Al Ahli.

Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat has ended his interest in 27-year-old Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman. Advocaat will risk the wrath of Sunderland supporters with a move for ex-Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan, 33, who is a free agent after being released by West Ham.

Advocaat insists he has no plans to walk away from Sunderland and intends to once again ensure they preserve their Premier League status.

Adrian Ramos is set to leave Borussia Dortmund for Sunderland. The Black Cats have offered a three-year contract.

Juventus is selling youngster Kingsley Coman to Bayern as the Serie A outfit make room for key target Julian Draxler before the summer transfers deadline.

Beşiktas board member Erdan Torunogulları has travelled to England to wrap up a deal for Victor Valdes, with the Manchester United goalkeeper having already agreed personal terms.

Dynamo Kiev’s Younes Belhanda is edging closer to a loan move to Lyon, with the Ligue 1 side able to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo is set to join Leicester City after a £3 million fee with agreed, with the Japan international flying to England to undergo a medical.

Mark Hughes has revealed he would like Jonathan Walters “to stay” at Stoke after the club rejected a new £2million bid from Norwich.

Bournemouth are hoping to sign Jonathan de Guzman from Napoli in a deal worth £5m. The midfielder has turned down the chance to move to Sunderland on loan.

Watford are hoping to make a late move for Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic. The Hornets are hoping to beat Fenerbahce to the winger.

Watford have also joined the race to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini who is set to leave Anfield before the close of the transfer window.

Ipswich Town youngster Harry Clarke has been snapped up by Arsene Wenger and joins the club’s academy.

England manager Roy Hodgson is poised to recall Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 20, for the Euro 2016 qualifier double-header with San Marino and Switzerland.

Newcastle are still keen on Wolves striker Benik Afobe, 22, after they dropped their interest in 26-year-old QPR forward Charlie Austin.

Preview: Manchester City Vs Watford

City's duo - Silva and Toure
City’s duo – Silva and Toure

It has been a fantastic start to the season at the sky blue half of Manchester. Teams have been beaten convincingly and there is a swagger about the City side which has made them odds on favourite to win the title. With UEFA failing to follow through the Financial Fair Play effectively, City have gone on to make some stellar signings and Kevin De Bruyne is expected to join soon.

Watford have had 3 draws so far and making it 4 will be seen as a huge achievement against a side that easily dispatched Chelsea. Manchester City’s assault on the title is led by Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has continued from where he stopped and Pellegrini will know that keeping him fit will probably be the single most important factor in their bid to reclaim a title they lost to Chelsea last season.

The stats do not favour the newly promoted side. City boasts an impressive home record with 14 victories in their last 18 league games while Watford have just won 3 of their last 39 Premier League away games.

Team News

Manchester City

Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando and Gael Clichy remain sideline due to injuries. Bony could miss out as well due to a gashed leg. New signing Nicolas Otamendi could make his debut today

Watford

Quique Sanchez Flores will definitely name a very different side from the one that lost in midweek to Preston. Miguel Britos is suspended following a red card on his debut on Tuesday. Joel Ekstrand remains injured.

EPL Prediction: Fendi Mendieta Vs Nnamdi Amobi

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This week, Fendi battles Nnamdi in LetsTalkFootball’s EPL Prediction game. Results will be revealed at the end of the 4th match day.

Fendi Mendieta predicts:

Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

Stoke City 2-0 West Brom

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Aston Villa 1-1 Sunderland

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Man City 3-0 Watford

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham

Southampton 3-0 Norwich

Tottenham 1-1 Everton

Swansea 2-0 Man United

Nnamdi Christopher Amobi predicts:

Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

Stoke City 1-0 West Brom

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Aston Villa 2-0 Sunderland

Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Man City 3-1 Watford

Liverpool 3-0 West Ham

Southampton 2-0 Norwich

Tottenham 2-2 Everton

Swansea 1-1 Man United

Rules.

  1. Every correct score line gets 3 points for that game (that is if the game ends exactly as was predicted.)
  2. A correct result (win, draw or loss) will score 1 point if the score line does not end exactly as predicted.
  3. A wrong score line and result score zero.

Preview: Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace

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Jose Mourinho goes into his 200th Premier League game in charge of Chelsea looking to continue his impressive record at the bridge. The Portugese manager has suffered just one home defeat in his first 99 games at Stanford Bridge, winning 76 of those games. After Pedro’s impressive introduction to English football, the doom and gloom of their start to the season can be finally laid to rest against Crystal Palace with another win.

Palace has started the season strongly with 2 wins in 3. Regardless of the result today, they will be encouraged that they have picked up at least 6 points and would have played 2 of last season’s top 4 sides. Pardew’s team have been particularly difficult to beat away from home winning seven of the last nine, with one of two defeats coming at Chelsea.

Their record at Chelsea has been far from perfect having won just twice in their last 21 visits. The last win recorded away at Chelsea was in March 1982. To change this trend, they will look to Zaha, Sako and Bolasie to trouble a Chelsea defence that has looked uncharacteristically leaky this season. The absence of Terry and the unconvincing form of Ivanovic means this may be a far from straight forward for Chelsea

Teams News

Chelsea

Chelsea captain is suspended so Gary Cahill is expected to start alongside Kurt Zouma. Baba Rahman could make his debut while Victor Moses and Oscar are doubts for the game as a result of injuries.

Crystal Palace

Mile Jedinak is ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek League Cup win over Shresbury. Yannick Bolasie will also take part following the death of his father.

Preview: Newcastle United Vs Arsenal

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Arsenal has had a poor start to the season considering the optimism generated by their strong pre season. Against Liverpool, the Gunners were denied by some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping. Doubts may exist about Olivier Giroud’s ability to lead a title charge, but there is no denying the fact that he has a tremendous record against the Magpies. He has scored 8 goals in 6 appearances against the team from Tyneside.

Steve McClaren’s side produced a heroic display against Manchester United and the manager will expect the same level of commitment. Florian Thauvin has a bright start to life in English football. AT Old Trafford, he looked comfortable before putting Northampton to the sword with a hat trick of assist and one in a convincing 4-1 win.

The likes of Thauvin, Mitrovic and Wijnaldum will look to capitalise on any uncertainty in the Arsenal defence where Chambers and Gabriel may continue in the continued absence of Per Mertesacker and if Koscielny fails a late fitness test.

The records do favour Arsenal though who have picked up 7 wins against Newcastle in 9 meetings, with the other two ending in draws. Newcastle’s home ground is not exactly a fortress. The club has only won 2 in 11 games played at ST. James Park.  The Gunners have also had a lot of joy on the road where they have picked up 19 points out of the last 21 available.

Teams News

Newcastle United

Sissoko remains a doubt with a groin problem while RIviere and Marveaux are definitely ruled out with knee and groin injuries. Siem De Jong is also available after having a difficult last season which was disrupted by injuries. He completed 90 minutes in midweek in the Carling cup and even scored in a convincing Newcastle win.

Arsenal

Arsenal will definitely be without Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Thomas Rosicky who are all ruled out with injuries. Koscielny may miss out with a back problem while Mertesacker is unexpected to recover from illness in time for the early kick off. Gabriel and Chambers are expected to deputize for the pair.

Around The World In Snippets

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  • Manchester United will sell David de Gea at the end of the transfer window if they receive a bid from Real Madrid of £33 million. Madrid are confident of landing the goalkeeper on deadline day.
  • United have offered Lazio £29 million for star man Felipe Anderson. The deal for the Brazilian attacking-midfielder will also include add-ons, while Lazio’s elimination from the Champions League is a factor.
  • Manchester City are close to signing Kevin De Bruyne and have made an “astonishing” salary offer to, Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs has revealed. He said: “He’s had an astonishing, astonishing offer from City and we can’t compete with that. We had to take it seriously and that is the way we react with our players and finally we decided to start negotiations with City.
  • Kevin de Bruyne will earn £200,000 per week when he completes his move to Manchester City from Wolfsburg.
  • Wolfsburg have joined Juventus in the race for Julian Draxler. The Bundesliga side are looking for a midfielder to replace Kevin De Bruyne who is set to join Manchester City.
  • Milan striker Alessandro Matri is closing in on a move to West Ham. Slaven Bilic is on the hunt for a striker and sees the 31-year-old as a viable option this summer.
  • Hammers striker Andy Carroll, 26, has missed out on a move to Sevilla in La Liga.
  • Joey Barton, who is a free agent after his release from QPR at the end of last season, is set to discuss a move to Championship side Burnley.
Ola Toivonen
Ola Toivonen
  • Dick Advocaat is hoping to complete the signing of Napoli midfielder Jonathan De Guzman after signing Rennes forward Ola Toivonen.
  • Ola Toivonen has been included in the Sunderland squad to face Aston Villa after signing on a season-long loan from French side Rennes.
  • Sunderland’s 32-year-old forward Jermain Defoe believes he deserves an England call-up – two years after last playing for his country.
  • Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 21, a £20m signing from Benfica last summer, is joining Fenerbahce on a season-long loan.
  • Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he is a fan of pop star Taylor Swift. “Just took my girls to watch Miss Taylor Swift . So talented she put on a incredible show #1989tour little cameos from Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. Bonus,” wrote the LA Galaxy midfielder on Instagram.
  • Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, on learning his new club would face his former team PSV Eindhoven in the group stages of the Champions League, tweeted:Well well @PSV, guess we’ll see each other soon.
  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi ‘photobombed’ rival and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo at the Champions League group stage draw.
  • Thiago Alcantara has signed a new four-year contract with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
  • Yaya Toure is considering whether to retire from international football and has asked to be omitted from Ivory Coast’s squad for September’s clash with Sierra Leone.
  • Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer tweeted a photograph after meeting Tottenham forward Harry Kane and his father Pat. “Had a word about his goal celebration. Looking forward to seeing the next one,” wrote Shearer.
  • Tottenham have signed South Korea forward Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £22million fee on a five-year contract.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says trying to sign the right striker is very much like chasing the woman you love.
  • Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban, 27, is seeking advice from the Professional Footballers’ Association after being suspended by the Premier League club.
  • Tottenham fans are being offered the chance to swap a Spurs top from the last two seasons with the name of a recently sold player on the back – including Gareth Bale – in exchange for this season’s new shirt.
  • Louis van Gaal is keen to bring fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich. The winger would cost £73 million and would blow the remainder of the Red Devils’ summer budget.
  • China defender Zhang Linpeng, dubbed the ‘Chinese Sergio Ramos’, has revealed Chelsea are interested in signing him.
Zhang Linpeng
Zhang Linpeng
  • Wolfsburg have an agreement with Bayern Munich centre-back Dante. The Brazilian is allowed to leave the Bavarians this summer.
  • Ivan Perisic has told Wolfsburg he wants to leave for Inter. Meanwhile the VfL is in advanced talks to sign Anderlecht’s young midfielder Denis Praet.
  • Everton expect to complete the signings of Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez on Friday, manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed.
  • Portuguese midfielder Rony Lopes is close to joining Monaco from Manchester City, with the midfielder believing he will not be given first-team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Monaco are close to signing Brazilian defender Felipe Macedo from Goias for a fee of around €2.5 millions.
  • Winger Filip Kostic has told VfB Stuttgart he wants to leave the club in the next days. Schalke, Wolfsburg and HSV are interested in the 22-year-old, though Stuttgart are reluctact to sell him.
  • Roma are keen to add another midfielder to their squad and have identified Malaga’s Sergi Darder. The Spanish outfit want €10 million to sell the former Espanyol player. Inter’s Saphir Taider is also a target.