Tuesday, February 27News That Matters

Premier League

Roman Abramovich approves two ‘marquee’ Chelsea signings

Roman Abramovich approves two ‘marquee’ Chelsea signings

Premier League
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approved two signings for Frank Lampard this summer window, according to reports. The blues have already agreed a £36.6 million deal with Ajax for winger Hakim Ziyech, who will join in the next transfer window. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); But Lampard is keen to improve his options even more in the summer and is looking to strengthen several key areas in the team. According to The Athletic, Leicester defender Ben Chilwell is one of Chelsea’s top targets, while Kai Havertz, Jadon Sancho, Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner are all on the blues' shortlist. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The report claims that Roman Abramovich is ‘enthusiastic’ about the future of Chelsea under Frank Lampard ...
How Mohamed Salah was converted from defender to a forward

How Mohamed Salah was converted from defender to a forward

JB's Column, Premier League
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah "was always very quick and getting into good positions" as his academy coach said he moved him from left-back into a forward position. Attending the El Mokawloon FC academy in Cairo during his youth days, Mo Salah actually started as a defender, but El Shishiny saw some attacking prowess in him and moved the Egyptian further up the pitch, (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Salah would travel for four hours every day from his village of Nagrig to Cairo and back as he pursued a career in football. El Shishiny says he is the one who engineered Salah's promotion to the El Mokawloon first team, where he made his debut in the Egyptian League as a 17-year-old in 2010. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Many coa...
REVEALED: Odion Ighalo’s new loan deal to cost Man Utd £10.5m in total

REVEALED: Odion Ighalo’s new loan deal to cost Man Utd £10.5m in total

JB's Column, Premier League
Manchester United will pay a total of £10.5million to keep Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo at the club until January, according to reports. Ighalo’s first loan deal expired on Sunday, but the Red devils were able to reach a new agreement with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The striker will be able to finish the postponed 2019/20 campaign with Manchester United and will stay at the club until the next transfer window opens. According to Daily Mail, United have agreed to continue paying £130,000 of his £300,000-per-week contract and pay another £6million in loan fees. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Shanghai Shenhua were demanding Ighalo’s return to China and had put a £20m asking price on his hea...
Liverpool handed huge transfer boost in race to sign Timo Werner

Liverpool handed huge transfer boost in race to sign Timo Werner

Premier League, Bundesliga, Transfer Info
Timo Werner’s transfer move to Liverpool is a step closer after his RB Leipzig head coach conceded defeat in the fight to keep the player. The 24-year-old is the No 1 target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is believed to have had a virtual meeting with him during the coronavirus lockdown. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Germany international still has three years left to run on his current contract at the club. But with his release clause of £52.7m set to expire on June 15, Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann fears the forward is off. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He said: “There is nothing we can do about it. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me. “I show him that — he gets many chances...
Chelsea propose increasing number of substitutes to nine when the Premier League returns

Chelsea propose increasing number of substitutes to nine when the Premier League returns

Premier League
Chelsea have put forward a proposal to the Premier League requesting an increase in substitutes from seven to nine, which would see an increase in options for managers during games ahead of 'Project Restart'. This would see squad sizes increase to 20 from 18 as Premier League shareholders are set to meet on Thursday for a vote on June 11. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Premier League is also going to discuss whether to allow managers to increase the use of substitutes from three to five but that is not something that was initially proposed by the blues. Both of these measures have been used in the successful resumption plan in the Bundesliga after the worldwide coronavirus crisis disrupted football around Europe's top leagues. (adsbygoogle...
Chelsea plan to sign £58m Chukwueze if Jadon Sancho joins Man Utd

Chelsea plan to sign £58m Chukwueze if Jadon Sancho joins Man Utd

Premier League, La Liga
Chelsea are considering a transfer move for Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze as an alternative to Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, according to reports. Chelsea are in the race to sign Sancho from Dortmund, although the Red devils are increasingly confident that the 20-year-old winger will join United. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Chelsea are looking at other options to Sancho and according to Goal, Chukwueze is also on their shortlist. The report claims that the blues remain interested in Wilfried Zaha but unwilling to meet Crystal Palace’s £80m asking price. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Chukwueze is considered as one of the brightest young talents in Spain, scoring four goals and providing four assists in 30 games for Vi...
REVEALED: Marcus Rashford agreed Barcelona transfer before U-turn

REVEALED: Marcus Rashford agreed Barcelona transfer before U-turn

Premier League
Marcus Rashford reportedly agreed to sign for Barcelona in 2018 - but backed out as he feared he would not fit in at the club. The England international ended up signing a new deal with Manchester United set to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona made their transfer move for Marcus Rashford shortly after the start of the 2017/18 campaign to discuss a potential move. Rashford only had two years left to run on his deal at United, but they were struggling to compete in the Premier League, and he is believed to have agreed on a move to the Nou Camp. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The forward left the deal in the hands of his brothers, and was 'excited' at ...
Why David Moyes rejected chance to sign Pogba at Man Utd in favour of Fabregas

Why David Moyes rejected chance to sign Pogba at Man Utd in favour of Fabregas

Premier League
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes made a move for Cesc Fabregas instead of Paul Pogba during his time at the club because he was concerned about the player’s long-term ambitions. Moyes was named as Ferguson’s successor in 2013 but his stint at United seemed doom from the very beginning after a catastrophic transfer window in his first summer at the club. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); United were keen on signing Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo but ended up with only the signing of Marouane Fellaini. Having joined from Everton, Moyes was aware that the midfielder has a £23.5m release clause in his contract but allowed it to expire, before signing him in a deal worth £28m. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); But th...
Man Utd target Saul Niguez announces he’s joining new club

Man Utd target Saul Niguez announces he’s joining new club

La Liga, Premier League
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez – who has been linked with a move to Manchester United says he will make an announcement about his new club on Wednesday. The Spain international, who has risen through the ranks at Atletico Madrid, signed a huge nine-year deal with the club in 2017. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Saul has become one of the first names on Diego Simeone’s starting XI and the manager made the midfielder one of his four captains for the current campaign. However, United have been heavily linked with a move for the player in recent weeks and a report claimed that discussions between the Red Devils and Atletico over a deal were “practically closed”. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Indeed, it has also been r...
How Harvey Elliott snubbed Madrid & Sergio Ramos to sign for Liverpool

How Harvey Elliott snubbed Madrid & Sergio Ramos to sign for Liverpool

Premier League, La Liga
Harvey Elliott shocked Real Madrid officials when he rejected the chance to meet Sergio Ramos because he didn’t like him after his clash with Mohamed Salah in a Champions League final. Real Madrid made an attempt to lure Elliott to Madrid in the summer of 2019 when clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea were also interested in his signature. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Liverpool eventually won the race to sign the Fulham teenager, in part due to his life-long affiliation with the club as a supporter. Elliott was in Kiev when Mohamed Salah was forced to bow out of the Champions League final in 2018 with a shoulder injury after a collision with Ramos. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ...
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