26 Jul
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Posted by content at 13:18

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the club are indeed interested in securing the signature of Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic. The Serbia international has been an influential player for the Saints over the years but he is now understood to be eyeing a return to the Eredivisie where he enjoyed fruitful spells with FC Twente and Groningen.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Ten Hag admitted that Tadic is one among the prime targets for Ajax but they are unlikely to make any announcement regarding the players until they reach a financial agreement with the Saints, he said: “It is no secret that we are interested (in signing Tadic). But I also learned that we must have signatures first before it is final. He clearly showed (against Switzerland) why he is a more than a suitable player for us. He can take Ajax by the hand. Ajax reports via the official channels when everything is complete. But as long as the signature is not set, it will not happen.”

17 Jul
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Posted by content at 12:52

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright is reportedly pleased with the Gunners’ decision to appoint Unai Emery as the new head coach. The north London club were initially leaning towards signing former Gunner Mikel Arteta as the next Gunners boss but made a late decision to bring Emery on-board.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Wright was excited by the prospect of Emery who he believes is a better option than Arteta, who has no managerial experience, he said: “I'm very pleased with that. Obviously it came as a bit of a shock. I feel everybody was getting ready to digest Arteta, even though he is inexperienced when it comes to the level we are going to need. But Emery - very happy with that. I think it's a massive, massive decision they had to make. As much as I've given them stick, I still have to commend them on hopefully getting the right guy because it's a job I wouldn't want to do. Replacing Arsene Wenger after 22 years is a massive job in itself.”

02 Jul
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Posted by content at 12:30

French outfit Lyon have confirmed that they have ended negotiations with Liverpool regarding the proposed transfer of Nabil Fekir. The France international was widely expected to join the Reds following a medical and a leaked introductory video but in a surprise change of events, the move has now been cancelled.

“Olympique Lyonnais informs that the tripartite negotiations with the Liverpool club and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the captain of OL have not succeeded and that Olympique Lyonnais has decided to put an end to this negotiation tonight at 20:00. Although the club Liverpool has been the priority of a possible transfer of Nabil, and subject to other proposals consistent with the interest of Nabil and OL and from ambitious clubs, Olympique Lyonnais is delighted soon to be able to count on the presence of his captain who is a leading rookie for this season 2018/2019 during which the club will play the Champions League being in the 3rd hat of the draw,” the statement read.

15 Jun
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Posted by isport at 14:47

If recent World Cups are any indicator, then backing the established stars of global football to be tournament top scorer just don't pay.

While you can, of course, bet each-way in the market with most bookmakers offering a quarter of the outright odds for four places, it is worth considering some fresher faces to step up instead of the usual suspects. Which new names on the global stage could be World Cup top scorer?

Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

While Manchester City fans will know Gabriel Jesus and what he can do in front of goal well, the 2018 World Cup in Russia is the first major senior tournament he's played at. He did win a gold medal at the Summer Olympics on home soil in Brazil two years ago as part of their under-23 team.

09 Jun
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Posted by content at 08:17

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that the Red Devils need to achieve more success under his management in order to be completely beyond the Sir Alex Ferguson days. After being able to win the Europa League and the EFL Cup in his first campaign at United, Mourinho is on course to lifting more honours in his second campaign is the club have made it to the final of the FA Cup.

Mourinho’s team will be taking on Chelsea in this final, but the key objective of the team remains the Premier league. However, United have been quite disappointing on this front and they are set to finish in second place for the 2017-18 campaign.

30 May
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Posted by content at 03:24

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he would consider the opportunity a new club, should his managerial reign with the Gunners come to an end. The 68-year-old has been regularly linked with a summer exit from the north London club as they face the prospect of missing out on Champions League for the second season on the bounce.

16 May
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Posted by content at 04:17

Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named in the FIFA ’18 Team of the Year squad. The Croatia international was voted on the team by the media, athletes and members of the EA Sports FIFA community.

The annual list of best XI in the world also had Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne and Frenchman N’GoloKante in the midfield. The three made the final cut out of a group of 15 nominees. Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, PSG’s Marco Verratti, and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala were nominated in the midfield category but the trio of Modric, Kante and De Bruyne won.

07 May
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Posted by content at 14:13

Russian official Alexei Sorokin has assured Arsenal fans that they will have nothing to fear during next month’s Europa League quarter-final tie against CSKA Moscow. The Gunners will play the first-leg of the last-eight stage in their home turf before heading for the decider in Moscow.As a result, the Gunners’ official website had published warning about the anti-British sentiments in the city, amid the political tension between the two nations.

However, speaking on TASS, Sorokin appeared to play down any safety concerns for the visiting supporters, the chief of the World Cup organising committee said: "We will ensure security in equal measures to all, from dignitaries to fans. It is a shame that the games will be played in such circumstances. There are absolutely no grounds for such warnings. To us, there is no difference which country people come from or what our diplomatic relations with them are."

12 Apr
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Posted by content at 14:35

Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that there was a secret conversation between him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prior to their January moves to Arsenal. Mkhitaryan arrived from Manchester United in a swap agreement involving Alexis Sanchez whilst Aubameyang arrived shortly after, on a club-record deal from Borussia Dortmund.

10 Apr
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Posted by isport at 10:55

The Premier League has changed an awful lot since the first game on 15th August 1992, when the new era of football in England began with a set of results that saw Norwich defeat Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury, Leeds United beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Elland Road, and Brian Deane enter the history books after scoring the first ever Premier League goal (against Manchester United of all teams).

With some of today’s avid Premier League fans possibly not even alive when the last game was played at Highbury stadium, Wimbledon in their original form a distant memory when it comes to the Premier League, and a fair few of the original ‘dinosaurs’ removed from the footballing landscape (we’re looking at you Andy Gray and Richard Keys) since the early days of the league, it’s fair to say that times have changed.