‘£60m bid by Man United? I’d pay £100m to sign this world class attacker!

first_img Manchester United transfer target Thomas Muller Man United have reportedly offered Bayern Munich £60m for Thomas Muller.It was thought the 20-time English champions were on the brink of sealing the transfer of Pedro from Barcelona, but reports in Germany are claiming the Red Devils have tabled the huge bid for Muller.VIDEO: MULLER ON TARGET IN BAYERN’S 5-0 OPENING BUNDESLIGA WINBelow are a selection of tweets from Man United fans reacting to news of the possible transfer. 1last_img

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‘What’s better than joining Man United? Signing for Man City!’ Fans loving breaking done deal news

first_img Nicolas Otamendi has joined Man City from Valencia A day after pretty much every football fan laughed at Man United when Chelsea swooped in for Pedro, Man City fans are enjoying the fact Nicolas Otamendi has joined them.United were believed to be interested in signing the defender from Valencia, but their Manchester rivals have beaten them to it.It comes during a week in which Sergio Ramos decided to renew his contract with Real Madrid and Pedro agreed to join Chelsea when both were United targets.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from City fans, who were delighted with the arrival of Otamendi. 1last_img read more

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PSG to rival Manchester City in French defender chase

first_img1 Lorient star Raphael Guerreiro Paris Saint-Germain and have joined Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign defender Raphael Guerreiro.The Lorient star, who has won two caps for Portugal, is hot property in Ligue 1 following a series of strong performances last term from both left-back and left wing.Guerreiro chipped in with seven league goals last season and made his international bow – sparking interest from all over Europe for his services.According to Tuttosport, PSG are on the prowl for defensive reinforcements to replace the outgoing Lucas Digne while City and the Gunners have held long-term interest in the 21-year-old star.Guerreiro, who began his career at Caen, has two years remaining on his existing deal with the Ligue 1 side but no offer is on the table to extend his contract.It opens the door for Arsene Wenger’s men and the Etihad Stadium club to move for his signature before the transfer window slams shut although Guerreiro has given no indication he wants to leave just yet.last_img read more

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink disagrees with claims surrounding Chris Powell and Chris Ramsey’s departures

first_imgBurton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he is does not agree with claims Chris Ramsey and Chris Powell were sacked for reasons beyond results.On Wednesday, Ramsey and Powell were dismissed as managers of QPR and Huddersfield Town respectively and it cut the number of black and ethnic minority [BME] coaches in professional football to four.Those coaches currently working in the top four divisions are Brighton’s Chris Hughton, Hasselbaink at Burton, Carlisle’s Keith Curle and Notts County’s Ricardo Moniz.QPR and Huddersfield are both in the bottom half of the table after 15 games in the Championship this season.Anti-racism campaigner Troy Townsend and Kick It Out chairman Herman Ouseley have stated their disappointment at the managerial departures this week. Lord Ouseley said it “will do nothing to help encourage the next generation of black coaches in professional football”, but Hasselbaink disagreed when he was speaking to Adrian Durham and Jason Cundy on Drive.When asked if he thought their race was a factor in their exits, the Chelsea legend responded: “No.“I don’t want to think like that, I can’t think like that.“I am not that kind of person.“I don’t look at it like ‘oh, they’ve been sacked because they are black’ – that’s just being ridiculous. It is the world that we are living in. It is football.”SEE HERE – What Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink had to say about Chelsea without Jose Mourinho on Saturdaylast_img read more

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Bournemouth v Man United on talkSPORT: Tommy Elphick backs Cherries to shock LVG’s men

first_imgTommy Elphick believes Bournemouth can pile more misery on Manchester United IF they come storming out of the traps.Louis van Gaal’s side are without nine first-team stars for Saturday’s clash at the Goldsands while they are also reeling from their midweek exit in the Champions League.The Cherries, meanwhile, head into the game full of confidence having stretched their unbeaten run to three matches with a stunning victory over champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.Elphick, their club captain, joined the Weekend Sports Breakfast ahead of the meeting with injury-hit United and said his side can pull off another shock.The defender, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, said: “They are going to be hurting from the Champions League and injuries are mounting up for them.“From our point of view, a quick start is going to be so important. If we can go in front, that would certainly not give them a platform to build on.“A lot of people have been criticising the way they play but it has obviously been effective for them up to a certain point this season. But if we can start quick and try to prey on the weaknesses they have from the injuries then we stand a good chance.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Bournemouth v Manchester United on Saturday, kick-off 17:30last_img read more

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Video: Former Milan, Barcelona and Newcastle forward Patrick Kluivert scores effortless 40-yard lob for legends side

first_imgHe may have been retired for seven years, but Patrick Kluivert has still got it. The former Barcelona forward was playing in a Blaugrana legends XI against a Uganda All Stars team when the ball fell to the former Dutch international 40 yards from goal. A deft, first-time shot with the outside of his boot looped over the scrambling goalkeeper and into the goal, with one team-mate seen putting his hands on his head in shock. Take a bow, Patrick!last_img

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Tottenham match-winner hailed by Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager has hailed match-winner Christian Eriksen after his two-goal display against Sunderland.The Danish midfielder hadn’t scored a Premier League goal since October but bagged a brace against the Black Cats in Spurs’ impressive 4-1 victory.It was a performance the player will have been delighted with given his want to play as Spurs’ No.10 rather than being stuck out in a role on the left wing.It was also clear his Argentinian boss was happy with the display and the two strikes were just the icing on the cake for Pochettino who is hoping he’ll weigh in with more as the season goes on.Asked if he would like to see Eriksen score more goals, he replied: “Yes, but it’s step-by-step.“He’s very young and he’s one of our best players. He’s very talented.“Today he scored and we’re very pleased for him. Now he’s just got to keep working hard.”last_img read more

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John Terry will be ‘annoyed’ by Chelsea departure, claims ex-Blues midfielder

first_imgChelsea might have made an error in allowing club captain John Terry’s contract to expire at the end of this season.That’s the verdict of former Blues midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins, who reckons the 35-year-old will be annoyed by the decision after he announced the news following their 5-1 win at MK Dons in the FA Cup.Terry expected to receive a one-year renewal on his deal but has instead revealed he will not have ‘the fairytale ending’ he had hoped for at Stamford Bridge by finishing his career at a club he’s represented so successfully for nearly two decades.Reports also emerged on Sunday that Terry was informed of the news through his agent rather than directly through the club.Wilkins, while accepting it was within the club’s right to make such a decision, isn’t convinced it’s a good move.“I think he [Terry] is annoyed. He’s Chelsea through and through. To lose someone as influential as John could be a slight error,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.“Guus [Hiddink] will be flabbergasted by it because it was a recommendation from him to give John another year at the club.“He’s an enormous follower of John. He admires him immensely because he controls and works that dressing room.“But it’s the club’s prerogative to make these decisions.”Wilkins has tipped Terry to follow fellow Premier League icons Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the MLS, claiming he could never envisage the defender playing against Chelsea.He added: “John is a blue, he’s a Chelsea boy. His statement goes towards him thinking the MLS or China.“You can’t imagine him a different colour. It’s clear that he’s not going to play for another club in this country.”last_img read more

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West Ham news: Cheikhou Kouyate red card appeal successful

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has had his red card against Blackburn on Sunday overturned.Kouyate was dismissed by referee Jon Moss for bringing down Rovers defender Adam Henley in the 75th minute of West Ham’s 5-1 FA Cup win at Ewood Park.But the Hammers appealed against the decision, contesting that the ball had run a long way in front of Henley and was not therefore presenting an obvious goalscoring opportunity.The Football Association on Tuesday agreed with the appeal, meaning Kouyate will not serve a suspension and will be able to face Sunderland at Upton Park on Saturday.An FA statement read: “Cheikhou Kouyate’s one-match suspension for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity has been withdrawn with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.“West Ham United’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to their Emirates FA Cup fifth-round proper tie against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 21 February 2016 was upheld.” 1 Cheikhou Kouyate was dismissed for a last-ditch challenge on Adam Henley last_img read more

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Benteke seals 2-1 win for Liverpool at Palace with controversial last gasp pen

first_imgLiverpool secured a win at Crystal Palace with the last kick of the game, despite going a goal and a man down at Selhurst Park, but their victory came courtesy of a highly debatable penalty.Joe Ledley opened the scoring early in the second half, netting his first goal of the season, before James Milner was sent off for the visitors.But Eagles goalkeeper Alex McCarthy gifted Roberto Firmino the simplest of equalisers on 71 minutes after slipping while attempting to clear.This was merely the hors d’oeuvre to the drama that followed, as just seconds before the referee was to blow for the final whistle, substitute Christian Benteke fell to the ground following a challenge by Damien Delaney and the referee pointed to the spot.Replays appeared to show that minimal contact had been made, but this didn’t matter to the Belgian, with the striker winning the game for the Reds by calmly dispatching the penalty.The result saw Liverpool climb up to seventh place, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, while Palace remain without a Premier League win since December 19 and sit nine points above the relegation zone.While the ending was full of drama, the game was a lively affair from early in the first half.Adam Lallana, high on confidence after a number of recent impressive performances for Liverpool, was finding pockets of space with ease, aiming to dictate his side’s play in the final third.But it was Yannick Bolasie and Emmanuel Adebayor for Palace that posed the most intimidating attacking threat.Simon Mignolet was called into action with less than 10 minutes on the clock, as Adebayor played a ball into the path of the onrushing Bolasie, only for the alert Reds goalkeeper to pounce off his line and deny the Palace winger from close range.Only moments later, Adebayor created more problems for the Liverpool defence, first attempting to catch Mignolet out with a strike from wide, before heading an effort onto the crossbar just a few yards from goal seconds later.Jurgen Klopp’s side, while not struggling for possession, flattered to deceive in attack, overplaying and barely testing Alex McCarthy in between the Eagles’ posts.With the game goalless at the break, Joe Ledley – who hadn’t scored for Palace in 13 months – broke the deadlock just three minutes into the second period, hitting the back of the net from the edge of the box with a low, powerful shot after the Reds failed to clear from the corner.With Liverpool almost void of ideas in the final third, the clash was screaming out for Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho or Christian Benteke – all benched for the trip – to burst onto the scene.Klopp opted for Coutinho with little over an hour on the clock, with the Brazilian replacing defender Jon Flanagan, but the German manager may have been questioning the decision when seconds later James Milner was shown a second yellow card.The England international, who had been booked at the end of the first half, rashly felled Wilfried Zaha to halt a counter attack from the hosts – leaving the referee with no choice but to wield his red card.It should have spelled curtains for Liverpool’s chances, but Palace failed to capitalise and in the 72nd minute the Reds were gifted an equaliser following a howler from McCarthy.The Eagles goalkeeper slipped while attempting a clearance, and the ball rolled to the feet of Roberto Firmino who, calm and composed, slotted the ball past the hapless Englishman.The goal lifted Liverpool’s confidence tremendously, and despite being a man down they began to monopolise the ball and push for a winner.Benteke, who had replaced Divock Origi in the 80th minute, burst into the box in the third of the four added minutes and dramatically fell to the floor, claiming he’d been tripped by Delaney.The referee, to the astonishment of most onlookers, pointed to the spot and Benteke himself tidily sent the ball past McCarthy.Whether Benteke dived is open to contention, but Palace’s own plummeting fortunes are a very real fact that must be concerning everyone involved with the Eagles. 1 Liverpool players celebrate Benteke’s late winner last_img read more

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