TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.”
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriballby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits his game is being transformed under coach Maurizio Sarri.Pjanic says he wants to touch the ball 150 times a game as “playing under Max Allegri was completely different”.“There are obviously things that still to be improved, but I’m convinced that with the passage of time, everything will get better and better,” he said.“My teammates always look for me and I like that. Playing under Allegri was completely different, we immediately looked to get the ball wide.“Now it’s different. In the last few games I’ve tried more forward passes, but it all depends on what the Coach asks of me. I want to get to touching 150 balls per game.“I want to be one of the best midfielders in the world. I’m playing for one of the best teams in the world. I was lucky to grow step by step with the Coaches I had.“Winning helps you improve, and I know I can improve even more. The Juventus players are all ready to reach the highest objectives.“We have an experienced group with players who have won everything, and that aspect helps in certain games. I don’t think it’s a flaw.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Former Reds star Danny Murphy believes Liverpool are not in danger of losing in-form forward Sadio Mane to Real Madrid despite apparent interest from the Spanish giants.Mane, 27, has enjoyed comfortably his best season in senior football, scoring 22 times in the Premier League to finish joint top-scorer in the division alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Senegal international has been a revelation ever since signing from Southampton in 2016, going on to form a formidable attacking trident with Salah and Roberto Firmino. 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? Mane also chipped in with four goals to help Liverpool reach the Champions League final, which the Reds will contest against Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.The Spanish capital could be where Mane plays his football permanently next season if reports of Los Blancos’ interest is genuine, though Murphy does not think fans need to worry, particularly if they become European champions for a sixth time.Murphy told Omnisport: “I don’t think they are in danger of losing him and, to be honest, I think he’s happy.Is right, Reds. @MoSalah and Sadio Mane win the 2018/19 @premierleague Golden Boot, after netting 22 goals each. pic.twitter.com/pFWK84aVNh — Liverpool FC (@LFC) 12 May 2019 “He’s loved, he’s scoring, competing for trophies. I know there’s been links with Madrid, but I just don’t see him going or wanting to leave where he is, where he is doing so much good and playing so well and is loved.”Never say never with anybody, but, at the moment in terms of what he’s done this season, would he be a bigger miss than [Philippe] Coutinho? Yes, he would, because his numbers are bigger, he’s more productive and scores more goals. He’s more of a threat.”He’s been brilliant this season. He really has moved on again from last season. He’s stood up and been counted when so many people probably didn’t expect him to compare with the likes of Salah in terms of his goalscoring exploits.”Ideally, if you win, it’s easier to keep a player when you’re champions of Europe, I get that. Why would you want to leave?”But I just don’t think any of them are in that space at the moment, things are so good. Everyone’s playing so well and there’s a nice togetherness, so I don’t see that being a problem, but of course it would help if they won [the Champions League].”Spurs defied the odds in reaching the Champions League final, particularly in their dramatic ties with Manchester City and Ajax – a last-gasp Lucas Moura goal securing a three-goal comeback against the latter.The skipper. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/uY2iYE4YmZ — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2019 Son Heung-min, Lucas and the fit-again Harry Kane have all impressed in the competition, though Murphy is adamant Liverpool do not need to be hugely worried about Spurs.”I think it’s more the other way around,” Murphy, also an ex-Spurs player, said. “I think for Liverpool, if they carry on playing with the same intensity, momentum and confidence that they have been, Tottenham will be more worried about Liverpool than Liverpool will be about Tottenham.”Liverpool have beaten Tottenham a lot over the last few years. They’ve only lost once to them in the last six or seven years, which is not a great record when you when you look at it.”Liverpool won’t be doing anything other than going into the game with the same confidence – full-backs flying forward, the three forward men will be interchanging, causing problems, running in behind, pressing.”You’ll have the three midfielders who will all just get about the pitch, they know how to condense space and how to press, when to press – they’re a well-oiled machine, Liverpool.”So, Liverpool won’t be too worried about where they stop Tottenham. I mean of course there’s some players you have to get close to at times, but I think with [Virgil] Van Dijk at the back leading them and with how calm and assured he is, it’s not Liverpool who’ll be worried, it’s Tottenham.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Andy Robertson has offered a humble assessment of his achievements at Liverpool to date, with the Scottish full-back saying of his efforts: “I’ve been good but I can always be better”.The 25-year-old has just completed a memorable 2018-19 campaign that ended on a Champions League-winning high.His contribution to the Reds’ cause has been widely heralded, with Robertson registering 13 assists across Premier League and European competition. 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? He has made the £8 million ($10m) that Liverpool paid Hull City for his services look like quite the bargain, but believes there is scope for even more improvement in his game.Robertson told the Reds’ official website: “I think I’ve been good but I can always be better. That’s the way I’ve always worked.”I’ll never praise myself because I think there’s always improvement to be made.”Even when I have a good game, you can still do things better. I’ve had a good season but I still have a lot of improvement to make and hopefully I can show that in the following seasons.”Robertson acknowledged his cause at Liverpool has been aided by those alongside him.He currently forms part of a defensive unit that includes PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk.The Dutchman has been credited with turning the Reds into serious contenders for major prizes on the back of a record-breaking £75m ($94m) transfer, with Robertson one of his many admirers.”He brings everything, in my opinion,” the Liverpool left-back said of a commanding colleague. “He is one of the leaders in the changing room now, he is vocal. He is a lovely person off the pitch. He has been so crucial to what we do.”The players around him have helped; Joel [Matip] has been magnificent when he has been called upon this season, Joe Gomez was different class at the start of the season, and Dejan [Lovren] has obviously played games and stepped up where he has been great.”The central partnerships have been really good this season. Virgil takes all the plaudits but rightly so – he has been on a different level to anyone this season. What he brings on and off the pitch is special.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin has landed a few transfer quarterbacks during his time at FAU. Another one joined the fold in Boca Raton today.Rafe Peavey, a former Arkansas and SMU quarterback, has joined the FAU program as a graduate transfer. He is immediately eligible to play.According to the Palm Beach Post, Peavey participated in practice with the Owls today, earning reps with the first, second and third units.Also, Peavey’s transfer wouldn’t be complete without a Twitter greeting from his new head coach.Welcome @espn https://t.co/CG88Oy0WWF— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 7, 2018Peavey was a three-star recruit in the class of 2014. He signed with Arkansas, but transferred to SMU in 2016.Last year, Peavey appeared in three games for the Mustanges, completing 4-of-4 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. He joins Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison and former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson as part of the Owls’ QB competition.Another quarterback, Nick Tronti, transferred to FAU from Indiana this offseason, However, he must sit out this year as per NCAA regulations.FAU will open its 2018 season at Oklahoma on Sept. 1.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DeMarco Murray retired last month, after being cut by the Tennessee Titans. We’ll be seeing him around the sport, but in a different capacity.According to a new report, Murray is the latest former Cowboys star that will enter the football media.Barry Horn, the former sports media columnist for The Dallas Morning News, says that Murray is heading to FOX to be a college football analyst.He broke the DeMarco Murray news via Twitter this afternoon.He says that FOX is set to announce the move soon.Stream of Ex-Cowboys to the booth never ends. Fox set to announce analyst DeMarco Murray joining a college football booth for the upcoming season. You don’t think he landed the job because of his work with the Eagles or Titans do you?— Barry Horn (@bhorn55) August 17, 2018Murray was a star running back at Oklahoma before his NFL career. The Cowboys made him their third round pick in 2011.He played for the team for four years, leading the league in rushing with 1,845 yards in 2014. From there, he spent one year with the Philadelphia Eagles, and two with the Tennessee Titans before his retirement.Murray joins a growing list of recent Cowboy stars in football booths. Tony Romo went from retirement straight to CBS’s top NFL team last fall. Jason Witten is now at ESPN, where he will be part of the Monday Night Football team.