TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a second spell.The Sunday Express says Inter are considering parting company Luciano Spalletti next summer after they crashed out of the Champions League and trail leaders Juventus by 14 points in Serie A.Mourinho is one of the names Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta is considering along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte should they not extend Spalletti’s contract which runs out at the end of the season.Mourinho arrived at United in 2016 to replace Louis van Gaal and he won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.But this season has seen up upset with the United board over their failure to sign a central defender before the summer transfer window closed.
Real Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solariby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno refused to comment on Isco’s situation after victory at Real Betis.Real coach Santiago Solari left the midfielder on the bench for the 2-1 win.”It’s a decision of Solari, I should not enter it,” replied Butragueno when asked about Isco.”A coach makes those decisions and belongs to his world, I insist, we should not enter.”On new signing Brahim Diaz, he added: “He’s a boy with a lot of personality, we have a lot of hope in him, we have to give him time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd to scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali tonightby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will have scouts posted for Brescia’s Seria A clash with Juventus on Tuesday night.United will have Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali watched, says Gazzetta dello Sport.The 19-year-old, who has been compared to Andrea Pirlo due to his playing style and long sweeping hair, is enjoying his first season in Serie A after earning promotion with Lombardy outfit last season. United have sent scouts to this evening’s clash at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti to take a closer look at the Italy Under-21 international.Opponents Juventus are also believed to be keen on Tonali. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus ponder swap bid for Spurs star Eriksenby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrien Rabiot could yet be on the move from Juventus in January.Le 10 Sport says Juventus could include Rabiot as a makeweight in their attempts to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham.The France international has featured sparingly under Maurizio Sarri after leaving PSG for Turin in the summer.Rabiot would join Spurs as a direct replacement for the Dane.The Juve midfielder is a former Manchester City trainee.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at BB&T Arena on February 25, 2018 in Highland Heights, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Yesterday, actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd took to Facebook to apologize to Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis on behalf of her fellow Wildcat fans for the offensive and racist remarks sent to him following the teams’ Round of 32 game. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin was quick to accept Judd’s apology via Twitter, but he also added an interesting little note at the end of his second tweet.Thank U to @ashleyjudd for her kind words for Octavious. Te’ is a “Great”young man to those of us that actually know him.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015My advice to Ms Judd..Ignore ignorance…And I’m divorced as well (just sayin)— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 24, 2015Was Cronin trying to relate to Judd, or was the Bearcats’ coach hitting on her? We can’t be totally sure, but Cincinnati and Lexington are only about 83 miles apart…
Bernardo Silva admits Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool will count for little if Pep Guardiola’s side do not build on a crucial result in the Premier League title race.Pep Guardiola’s side welcomed the Reds to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday knowing that three points were imperative in their defence of the top-flight crown.Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane helped to deliver the required result, as they netted either side of a leveller from 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? City are now back to within four points of table-topping Liverpool and looking to re-establish momentum following an uncharacteristic wobble in December.Silva is hoping that positivity can be maintained, with there still little margin for error in a battle which could go down to the wire.The Portuguese playmaker told reporters after starring in the win over Liverpool: “When you win against the team that is top of the league it means a lot.“For the confidence it is always good to beat them. But it is just a game. “If we lose the next one this doesn’t mean anything. Try to keep playing the same way as we have the last two games and try to not let happen what happened to us a few weeks back.”Silva admits the fear of falling a long way off the title pace inspired City in their most recent outing, with a star-studded squad accustomed to performing at their best when the stakes are high.He added: “We knew that if we lost it would almost be over because 10 points is a lot.“Now, four points, we believe it is possible, knowing the Premier League is a very tough competition. “The pressure was a little bit more onto us. We are used to that kind of pressure. “We got three very important points against a fantastic team.”City’s attention is now set to be switched to domestic cup matters.An FA Cup third round clash with Rotherham is next up on Sunday, before Guardiola’s side then take in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Burton Albion.Their next Premier League outing is set to come against Wolves on January 14. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of Nantes’ Argentine striker Emiliano Sala in a club-record deal.Sala, 28, has come to prominence this season thanks to his fantastic scoring record in France’s Ligue 1.He has smashed 12 goals in just 16 starts for his club in 2018-19, a mark that puts him fifth in the league’s list of top scorers. 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? And now he will try his luck in the Premier League after Cardiff swooped in a deal believed to be worth roughly£15 million ($19m).”Cardiff City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes, for an undisclosed club record fee, subject to international clearance,” the club announced on their official website.”The 28-year old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Cardiff City Stadium, that will take us up to summer 2022.”Sala told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.”For me it feels special [to be the club’s record signing]. I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club. I can’t wait to get to work straight away and do everything I can.”#CardiffCity is delighted to announce the Club-record signing of @EmilianoSala1, subject to international clearance.👉 https://t.co/[email protected] #CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Uyv670nVBV— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) 19 de enero de 2019Cardiff CEO Ken Choo also expressed his delight at closing the deal, with the hope that Sala will give the Bluebirds the attacking potency they have sorely lacked so far this season as they battle relegation.”It’s obviously been a long process to secure the services of Emiliano, but I’m very pleased that we’re now in a position whereby we can confirm his signature and officially announce him as a Cardiff City player,” Choo noted.”I’d like to thank those involved for making the signing happen, especially Tan Sri Vincent and the rest of the transfer committee.”We see Emiliano as a significant acquisition and welcome him wholeheartedly to the capital city of Wales. I’m sure all Cardiff City fans will join me in that and we can look forward to seeing our record signing in a Bluebirds shirt.”Sala, a native of Santa Fe province, joined Bordeaux in France while still a teenager and enjoyed loan spells at Orleans and Niort before breaking into the first team at the Ligue 1 club during the 2014-15 season.The Argentine failed to claim a regular spot in the starting line-up, however, and was loaned once more, this time to Caen, before Nantes swooped to complete a permanent transfer in the summer of 2015.He has gone on to net 48 goals in his three seasons at the club, becoming a fans’ favourite in the city thanks to his performances.
Gonzalo Higuain is “a goalscorer” and just what Chelsea needed, says Joe Cole, with his arrival allowing Maurizio Sarri to ditch a false nine experiment with Eden Hazard.The Argentine arrived at Stamford Bridge after a protracted transfer saga involving various striking options.In the end, he was snapped up on an initial loan deal from Juventus – with an option to make a permanent move in the summer – while Alvaro Morata was moved out of Stamford Bridge and back to his native Spain at Atletico Madrid. 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? Higuain will have to adapt quickly to the demands of life in English football, with questions having already been asked of his fitness and suitability to the Premier League.Former Chelsea star Cole believes the 31-year-old will prove to be a shrewd addition as he fills an important role for Sarri and frees others to operate in favoured positions where they are more effective.He told The Telegraph: “It’s a very logical signing.“Chelsea were playing with a false nine and they needed a number nine and he is just that – he’s a goalscorer.“It’s what they need and it’s what Higuain needs, so it suits everybody involved.”Cole added on the challenges which will face a man who has inherited a shirt which proved too big for the likes of Morata and Fernando Torres to fill: “One thing is for sure, you have to be the finished article to wear the Chelsea number nine shirt because it’s heavy.“And he has played for some big clubs, so it shouldn’t be a problem.“It will just be how quickly he settles in, but the great thing is Sarri knows him, knows what he’s about as a person and he knows the system. So it ticks boxes.”Higuain is still looking for his first goal as a Chelsea player.He passed up the chance to take a penalty during an FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday and drew a blank as the Blues suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth.There are, however, 290 club efforts on his CV, from 580 appearances, while he has also found the target 31 times over the course of 75 appearances for his country. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – NOVEMBER 11: A general view as the North Carolina State Wolfpack kick off against the Boston College Eagles during the second half at Alumni Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the country has announced his decision to de-commit.Tommy Eichenberg, a four-star linebacker out of Ohio, announced late on Monday night his decision to de-commit from Boston College.The top prospect has started to blow up on the recruiting trail, receiving scholarship offers from Michigan and Ohio State.“I have decided to reopen my recruitment. Thank you Boston College for everything,” he announced.I have decided to reopen my recruitment. Thank you Boston College for everything.— Tommy Eichenberg (@tommyike41) November 20, 2018Eichenberg talked to 247Sports about Ohio State and Michigan earlier in the month.“I think I’m going to look at my recruitment a lot closer once the season is over,” Eichenberg said. “I am planning on visiting both Ohio State and Michigan for games, since they have offered me. The Ohio State offer was a surprise, and I did not expect it. When it came in it meant something, because I’m an Ohio kid.”“I was offered by (head coach) Jim Harbaugh, and he told me that he wants me to play for him at Michigan when we spoke on the phone,” Eichenberg explained. “He said he loved me as a player.”Stay tuned.
We’ve had several head coaching changes so far this college football season and more are coming soon.ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg believes two major college football programs could be making a change in leadership in the coming days or weeks.Those two programs: Boston College and Texas Tech.The ESPN college football analyst tweeted about the situation earlier today:“From talking with multiple industry sources today, expectation is that more Power 5 jobs could open than expected a few weeks ago. Two places to watch with teams losing right now: #TexasTech and #BostonCollege,” he reports.From talking with multiple industry sources today, expectation is that more Power 5 jobs could open than expected a few weeks ago. Two places to watch with teams losing right now: #TexasTech and #BostonCollege.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 24, 2018It’s unclear at this point where Texas Tech and Boston College could turn if they do decide to make a head coaching change.Stay tuned.