Zola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianfranco Zola has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Callum Wilson.The Bournemouth striker has scored nine goals across all competitions this season, with reports stating the Blues were contemplating a move for the 26-year-old.And speaking before Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarterfinal, Zola said the club were interested in the England international.”I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” the Blues assistant said.”Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like him because he’s quick, but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality.”But I don’t want to go too much into it. He’s doing very well. I’m pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery: We can only make loan signingsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the club will only sign loan players this month. The Gunners want to bring Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez to the Emirates, but are reluctant to part with a fee for the 25-year-old. And Emery has confirmed the club are only looking for temporary signings.”We cannot sign anyone permanently,” Emery said ahead of the Gunners’ game against West Ham on Saturday. “Only loan players this January.”Asked specifically about Suarez, Emery added: “I do not know his situation.”But I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Tottenham star Alli makes drastic changes to forget injury woesby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli is willing to do anything in a bid to end his injury woes.The attacking midfielder has suffered a series of problems in the past 18 months, especially with his hamstrings.The England star is reportedly taking up yoga and seeing a nutritionist to discover what could be causing the problems.The 23-year-old is said to prefer a high protein and low sugar diet to limit inflammation in his body, per the Daily Mail.Alli has the present international break to get back to match fitness, so that he can help Spurs halt a miserable run of results.The midfielder wants to win back his place in the team and cement himself as one of their top performers.
Brewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a planby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRhian Brewster has faith in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old whizkid made his first and only appearance for the Reds in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last month.But Brewster believes Klopp has a plan for his career.”You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly.”Just chatting to him and stuff, he says, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen,’ and I’m just waiting. I’m being patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has work to do to justify being appointed Manchester United’s new permanent manager despite winning nine of his opening 10 games in interim charge, according to former defender Gary Neville.Victory over Leicester continued the Norwegian’s unbeaten run since taking over from Jose Mourinho, following the Portuguese’s sacking in December.The only blemish on his record is the 2-2 draw with Burnley, but otherwise it has been the perfect start to Solskjaer’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Such has been his impact at Old Trafford the 45-year-old has reportedly leapfrogged Mauricio Pochettino in the race to start next term in the hot seat.United face a key run of matches against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round and Liverpool in the Premier League in February.And Neville says a decision over Solskjaer’s future should not be made until after that period, and that it would be premature to give him the job now.”I think that’s far too early [to appoint Solskjaer],” Neville, who made over 600 appearances for United, told Sky Sports.”If you’d have said to me when he got the job what the chances were as a percentage, I’d have said probably 25 per cent.”He’s had an incredible run. He’s got a far greater percentage chance now – maybe 50, 60 per cent – but Chelsea away in the FA Cup, PSG in the Champions League, Liverpool, today against Leicester.”There’s a huge challenge coming in the next five, six weeks and I think the end of March, early April is the right time to assess the body of work that Ole’s done.”Amid the run of victories, United have played with a freedom they lacked particularly towards the end of Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years in charge.Neville has been astounded by the turnaround, which has seen the likes of Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford recapture their best form.”He’s lifted the club on and off the pitch,” the ex-England international added. “It’s been an incredible turnaround, which shows you how bad the players felt before.”I never realised how bad the players’ mood could have been to see the response since.”There were certain players who, under Mourinho, played the best I’ve seen them – the likes of (Victor) Lindelof and (Jesse) Lingard – but you’ve seen what’s happened since.”Is this the reality of what those players can achieve or are we just seeing a boost? I think the answer is somewhere in between but we’ll see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
VAR was at the heart of yet another controversy in the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday as a chaotic end to the 3-3 draw saw Scotland women crash out of the competition.The Scots had a 3-0 lead over Argentina until the 74th minute of their final group game and still had a chance of progressing into the next round before their opponents struck back.Milagros Menendez fired home first for Argentina, before a Florencia Bonsegundo shot hit the crossbar and bounced in off of goalkeeper Lee Alexander to set up a nailbiting final 10 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The excitment then seemed to have reached its peak when a penalty was awarded to Argentina in the 89th minute. Alexander stopped Bonsegundo’s effort from the spot, following it up with another save, seemingly securing the win for Scotland.But play was stopped to allow the referee to review the video footage, causing a long delay. Eventually, it was ruled that Alexander had stepped off the line before the spot-kick was struck and the referee ordered a retake, with the goalkeeper seemingly marginally off the line.This time Bonsegundo hammered it straight down the middle and past Alexander, completing a remarkable comeback.But the outrage that the incident caused on social media continued after the game, with many players, fans, pundits and even actors and politicians voicing their distain for VAR. I still don’t fully understand how it works, but I understand enough to know that I hate VAR! @FIFAWWC— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) June 19, 2019Great game but let’s be honest that penalty re take was a serious serious joke….. Goalkeepers always come off there line, that referee is a disgrace…. and #VAR once again has ruined a great game of football.Feel bad for the girls, great effort, futures bright! @ScotlandNT— Tony Curran (@TonyCurran69) June 19, 2019Scotland have been completely done in by VAR in the Women’s World Cup. Two penalties conceded for the most pedantic reasons, one apparently clear not given their way.— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) June 19, 2019VAR is an absolute shambles, what a way to ruin football♂️ I’ve seen keepers on their 6 yard line before the ball is kicked…Gutted for them— Ryan Christie (@ryanchristie2) June 19, 2019Never seen anything like it. Taking VAR too far now. GK was hardly off the line! #SCOARG— Jamie Murphy (@Jamiemurphy89) June 19, 2019VAR is for pedants. Give us the game back and leave the letter of the law to lawyers.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) June 19, 2019Everytime I think Football has peaked and I’ve seen everything, it find something new. A VAR retaken penalty to help a team comeback from 3 goals down? pic.twitter.com/G8t0dz4wvG— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) June 19, 2019VAR has been existence for a season or two across most major men’s leagues. Why is it that we’re only now seeing this incredibly strict interpretation of the encroachment rule on penalties?— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 19, 2019I’m a fan of VAR… But that’s a ridiculous decision once again against Scotland…all penalties would be retaken if goalkeepers are getting called for that…— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 19, 2019VAR is exclusively for people who didn’t get picked for the school football team.— Rory’s Da (Sponsored by Good Pizza) (@EHDMJU) June 19, 2019VAR can only work when the people processing the incident understand football, which as it stands they don’t.— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) June 19, 2019
Alex Iwobi is on the verge of a dramatic record breaking move to Everton.The Toffees saw a £30 million ($36.4m) bid rejected by Arsenal for the winger on Wednesday, but returned with a new offer on Thursday ahead of the 5pm BST (12pm ET) summer transfer deadline.Arsenal accepted the bid, which Goal has been told could eventually total up to £40m ($48.6m), and paperwork has now been filed to the Premier League by the Goodison Park outfit asking for an extension to get the deal done. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Premier League has stated that six deal sheets were submitted before the 5pm deadline and the clubs working on those deals now have until 7pm to get them over the line.Providing Iwobi’s move is finalised before 7pm, he will become Arsenal’s record ever departure, beating the previous record set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £36m move to Liverpool in 2017.Iwobi was a key player for Unai Emery last season, making 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring six gaols.But he was not a regular starter and his opportunities would have been limited further during the coming campaign following the arrival of Nicolas Pepe and the return of Reiss Nelson following his loan spell with Hoffenheim.The Gunners meanwhile still expect to confirm the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m ($9.7m) deal.Luiz has had a medical and spent the afternoon at London Colney putting the finishing touches to his switch from Stamford Bridge.A deal sheet was submitted before the 5pm deadline, so the two clubs have until 7pm to finalise the transfer.Once confirmed, Luiz will join Kieran Tierney at the Emirates after the left-back completed his deadline day move from Celtic for £25m ($30.4m).The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.3 shirt.“It feels great,” said Tierney. “I’m delighted to be here.“Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.”On having to leave Celtic, his boyhood club, Tierney added: “It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make.“I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well.“I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here.”
Real Madrid would be among the favourites for this season’s Champions League if they signed Neymar, according to Gheorghe Hagi.The Brazil superstar has been linked to the Spanish giants, as well as former club Barcelona, and he was absent as Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.Madrid are prepared to swoop in with a bid in excess of €100 million (£92m/$112m) for him, though Goal understands Barca could convince PSG to sell with an offer of €50m plus Philippe Coutinho and Nelson Semedo . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG’s sporting director Leonardo hinted Neymar could be close to leaving the French capital, saying negotiations over his exit were “more advanced” but says no agreement has been made .Madrid have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea during the off-season and Hagi – who played for Los Blancos between 1990 and 1992 – says the addition of Neymar would make them a formidable force in the 2019-20 campaign.”They can win easier,” he told Super Deportivo Radio . “Without a doubt. If they sign Neymar and with the Hazard signing, they can win the Champions League again.”[Zinedine] Zidane will then have to find a place for each one, but it’s the best thing that can happen to a coach. You just have to motivate them.”Neymar has struggled to hit the heights of his time at Barca following his move to France, but Hagi is confident that he would rekindle his best form back in Spain.”There are times that he is good and sometimes he is not,” he added. “The value of the player is the same. He is a player who would do well for all the teams in the world.”Hagi was also drawn on the age-old debate of whether he prefers Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 54-year-old opting for the Barca star.”I would love to be his coach, but I confess that I choose Messi because I have a small weakness for him being left-footed,” he explained.”I was a left-footed footballer myself. I can’t choose another one, it’s my style.”
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)It’s game week in the college football world. Finally.The 2018 regular season is set to have its first full Saturday of games this weekend. There are several notable games, from Alabama-Louisville to Michigan-Notre Dame to Miami-LSU.Several outlets have been updating their predictions heading into the weekend.ESPN published some College Football Playoff predictions this morning. The Worldwide Leader believes two teams will “decide” the playoff.Those two teams: Auburn and Ohio State.Even with Urban Meyer suspended for the first three games of the season, Ohio State and the entire Big Ten will have arguably the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff race this fall, according to ESPN’s Playoff Predictor.Ohio State and Auburn will combine to play in the six of the seven most important games of the season, and five of the eight games with the biggest impact on the CFP race will feature two Big Ten teams. Ohio State’s games against Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan are each amongst the seven most important games — and Meyer will be coaching in all of them — along with Auburn’s games against Washington, Georgia and Alabama.Both Auburn and Ohio State are legitimate playoff contenders. And, clearly, they’ll be playing in several big-time contests this fall.You can view ESPN’s full predictions here.
College football players aren’t the only ones who can suffer injuries on game days. Sometimes, the mascots go down.That’s what happened on Saturday during Colorado’s home victory over New Hampshire.Colorado’s mascot went down with a horrifying injury after a misfire with a T-shirt cannon.WARNING: This is kind of graphic.T-SHIRT CANNON TO THE DICK @CUBarstool pic.twitter.com/0a0top515u— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 19, 2018The mascot had to be carted off the field. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/h8w8RFnLNN— jac nickuemard (@jacnickuemard) September 19, 2018Hopefully everything is OK now.