TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton rival PSG for Lille midfielder Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are amongst the scramble for Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes.Telefoot says Lille are prepared to sell Mendes this month and have set a price of €30m for the Brazilian.PSG, in the market for a new midfield addition, are in contact, but face stiff competition.Southampton are keen, with Wolfsburg and several Chinese clubs also in contact.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth, Southampton chasing Brentford defender Chris Mephamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth and Southampton are chasing Brentford defender Chris Mepham.The Sun says Bournemouth are set to bid £15m for Mepham as they look to land the young defender ahead of Southampton.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe wants a centre-back to complete his January spending after landing Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne early in the window.Brentford defender Mepham is a long-term target and Howe failed with a £10million summer bid for the 21-year-old Wales international.But he will move for him again and launch a £15million raid to get him ahead of south-coast rivals Southampton, who are also interested in Bees forward Ollie Watkins.
Man City boss Guardiola reveals new squad additionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis has been officially promoted to the first-team squad.City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed the news on Saturday.“From now on, he will train with us,” Guardiola said of the 17 year-old. “Whether he will play or not, we’ll see.“The guys from the academy spoke really well about him before pre-season.“I saw in pre-season. He is aggressive, he wins duels, he pays attention.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 28: Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke will be counting on several true freshmen to help the program defend its national championship next season. One of them is five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard.The Blue Devils’ team Instagram account posted video tonight of Kennard throwing down an alley-oop to himself off the backboard with one hand. Pretty impressive. Duke fans are no doubt hoping to see some of that in game action this year.
Ajax attacker Dillon Hoogewerf has confirmed he will join Manchester United this summer.The Eredivisie champions confirmed last week that the 16-year-old striker, who also plays as a winger, had rejected their offer of a professional contract to pursue a move abroad.Hoogewerf was quickly reported to be on the way to join United’s youth academy and he announced through an Instagram post on Saturday that he is on heading to Old Trafford. 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? “We wish Dillon a lot of success,” Ajax’s head of youth Said Ouaali said when he confirmed the Netherlands Under 16 international’s departure.”We know we have done everything we can to keep him. Ultimately, the choice is up to him and he has opted for a foreign adventure.”Hoogewerf rose through the Ajax youth academy after joining in 2012 and went on to feature for the Under 19s this season.While the Amsterdam side bid farewell to one promising talent, they recently convinced 15-year-old Naci Unuvar to sign a three-year contract in the wake of his goal for Netherlands Under 17s in the European Championship final win over Italy.Ajax are expected to have a busy summer after winning the domestic double and reaching the Champions League semi-finals. Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona, while the likes of 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres and Donny van de Beek are being linked with a transfer.Although Hoogewerf is their first summer signing, United are set for a busy transfer window, too, as they look to improve on their sixth-place finish in the Premier League. Goal understands they have made a bid of over €40 million (£35m/$45m) for Lyon attacker Moussa Dembele and they have been linked with De Ligt as well as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Benfica’s Joao Felix.
Blaise Matuidi has called Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic inspirational, while admitting his own dedication is what’s made him indispensable for France.Ronaldo joined Matuidi in Turin at the start of the 2018-19 season and was instrumental in guiding the Bianconeri to an eighth straight Serie A title.The World Cup winning France international said it would be easy for a player as decorated as Ronaldo to allow standards to slip, but insisted his new team-mate doesn’t allow that to happen. 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? “After the World Cup I did not have time to play around, because if I had played around someone else would have taken my place,” the 32-year-old midfielder said in L’equipe .“The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, seeing him work on a daily basis, I can tell you that it does not leave you the choice either. He’s won everything.“You say to yourself that when you have won everything, the backlash will come and you will ask yourself ‘what more can I earn?’“Not him! He always wants to go higher. In training he always wants to win everything, he is not happy when he loses and I want to ensure you that it is not fake.”Matuidi has just won his 80th international cap, appearing as a substitute in a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia on June 3rd.Tanguy Ndombele started the game in midfield, and Matuidi says competition for places in the engine room has helped to spur him on.“I can say without pretension that I knew how to make myself indispensable, but that’s work,” the former-PSG man said. “I worked, I hung on, and I needed that – to feel in danger. It’s part of me pushing my limits today.“Today, I’m happy. When I started at Troyes, to be honest, if I had been told that I would reach 80 caps, a World Cup, a Euro final [in 2016, when France lost to Ronaldo’s Portugal] and that I would have played in major European finals, I would have signed right away.”Matuidi, however, has never won the Champions League, and Juventus will no doubt look to add European glory to their domestic dominance next term
Real Betis’ Mexico international Diego Lainez has redoubled his commitment to making a name in European football, ruling out a mooted return to America. Lainez, 18, earned a move to La Liga at the start of 2019, but found it difficult to establish himself in the team previously coached by Quique Setien. The winger made just three league starts following his transfer as Betis slipped to a 10th-placed finish, with Setien leaving at the end of the season to be replaced by Rubi. 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? According to reports in Mexico, America are keen to take their former gem back on loan for the coming season, which would ensure the regular first-team football he has found so sparse in Seville. But Goal understands that a return to Distrito Federal is the last thing on the mind of the teenager, who is determined to break through in European football. Sources close to the player revealed that Lainez made the decision to step up convinced that he has what it takes to succeed. He therefore has no interest in coming back to Mexico after barely six months of La Liga under his belt, and foremost in his mind is the need to talk to new coach Rubi, establish his goals for the coming season and fulfil expectations with Betis. Betis too are not willing to consider the sale or loan of a player they see as key to their future plans. Club authorities have exhorted Lainez to be patient and wait calmly for his chance to shine, convinced as they are that he will grow to be a star at the Benito Villamarin. Lainez is under contract until 2024 and in any case will not rush into any decision until he has spoken to the new man on the bench at Betis. For now, there is no prospect of a move away for the young star labelled one of Mexico’s hottest prospects. The Tabasco native made his debut for America at the tender age of 16, and went on to rack up more than 50 appearances for the Aguila, scoring five goals. He has also been capped at senior level by Mexico and formed part of the Tricolor’s Under-20 World Cup squad this summer, going out in the first round.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed David de Gea will miss Manchester United’s game against Leeds on Wednesday due to illness while Romelu Lukaku and Luke Shaw are “not ready”.The Red Devils face the Championship side in Perth as part of their pre-season tour to Australia as they continue their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign. De Gea and Lukaku have both been linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer, with the Belgian striker wanted by Inter while Solskjaer’s first-choice goalkeeper is still negotiating a new contract. 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? But the uncertainty surrounding the two players’ futures has nothing to do with their absences from the friendly against Leeds, the Norwegian insisted, with full-back Shaw and goalkeeper Lee Grant also missing out. “David just fell ill today, he didn’t feel right so we’ll wait for the Inter game with him. And they’re not ready the others [Lukaku, Shaw and Grant], either,” Solskjaer told Man Utd’s official website ahead of the game. The Premier League outfit beat Perth Glory 2-0 in their opening friendly on Saturday thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner. Centre-backs Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, who missed that fixture, have now returned to the squad against Leeds.Bailly has not featured since he ruptured a medial ligament in his right knee against Chelsea in April.”Eric had his operation before the end of the season, and now he’s back,” Solskjaer continued. “He’s trained all week while we’ve been here so it will be good to see him. “And Victor, he was fit – just a little thing before the Perth game.”Both defenders have been given starting spots against Leeds. Juan Mata captains the side, meanwhile, with summer signing Daniel James getting his second consecutive start on the wing after completing his move from Swansea.Paul Pogba, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, starts in midfield alongside Scott McTominay.Aaron Wan-Bissaka also features at right-back having made a £50 million ($62m) switch from Crystal Palace last month.Solskjaer’s side face Inter next up on Saturday before a game against Premier League rivals Tottenham on July 25.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners observes during warm ups before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated TCU 38-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma is the first major College Football Playoff contender to fall this season, with the undefeated Sooners falling in the Red River Showdown to rival Texas. OU made it really interesting at the end, rallying from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit, but the Longhorns drilled a game-winning field goal with just seconds remaining.What does this mean for the College Football Playoff?Well, Texas is now the favorite to win the Big 12. Do the one-loss Longhorns have a chance at making the College Football Playoff?ESPN has updated its College Football Playoff prediction following today’s game.FiveThirtyEight gives Oklahoma just a 13 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff after today’s game. Texas, meanwhile, also has a 13 percent chance.Here’s the full College Football Playoff prediction after today’s Oklahoma loss:Alabama – 62 percent chanceOhio State – 55 percent chanceClemson – 48 percent chanceGeorgia – 40 percent chanceWill the SEC get two teams into the College Football Playoff again? That’s what ESPN is currently projecting, anyway.There’s plenty of college football to be played, though.Stay tuned.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 10: Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer before the start of their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A fan’s unfortunate reaction to his team’s heartbreaking loss on Saturday night is going viral on social media. This is not surprising.Penn State, the No. 8 team in the country, fell to unranked Michigan State this evening, 21-17. It’s a devastating loss for a Nittany Lions team that had conference title and College Football Playoff expectations.The loss was a brutal one, coming in the final minute.Michigan State outscored Penn State, 7-3, in the fourth quarter. The game-winning touchdown came with 20 seconds left.This was the reaction from a Penn State fan:Are you *not* about to be a meme forever? pic.twitter.com/YzIS2llaVL— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) October 13, 2018Welp.Penn State dropped to 4-2 with the loss, while Michigan State improved to 4-2.