More misery: Yet another insulting Man United offer for brilliant player turned down

Manchester United have reportedly had a bid for FC Porto’s Alex Telles turned down as they appear no closer to signing him.

The Brazilian defender quickly became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred target for the summer after Sergio Reguillon moved to Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Real Madrid insisted on having a buy-back clause in the deal and the London club accepted their terms, unlike United.

It was clearly a sticking point for Solskjaer and time will tell whether Spurs were right to accept such a transfer or not.

Nonetheless, Telles seems to be another player who may escape his clutches unless the Red Devils act fast.

It’s understood Porto’s number is closer to €20-25m so it makes sense they wouldn’t … Read the rest

Former Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge linked with surprise Premier League return

Daniel Sturridge left Turkish side Trabzonspor earlier this year via mutual agreement to end his contract in light of a four-month ban for breaching regulations.

The former Liverpool star is now being linked with a return to the Premier League to solve Chris Wilder’s striker problem at Sheffield United.

The Blades are said to be in the market for a new forward this summer, and have been linked with a move for Rhian Brewster – but Sturridge has now entered the conversation.

MORE: Rising stars like Curtis Jones are “in the best hands” at Liverpool, says Jurgen Klopp

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the former England international feels as if he has ‘unfinished business’ in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old has been training with non-league side Kidsgrove Athletic, a club located near his home, as he gets ready to go again.

Sturridge has struggled with injuries … Read the rest

Agreement reached: Man United look set to sign defender as they reach an agreement on the final details

While the Man United board will want to be judged at the end of the transfer window, there’s no doubt that being passive in the transfer market has stunted their start to the season.

A new left back has emerged as a big priority and Porto defender Alex Telles has been repeatedly linked in recent days, and it now looks like the deal is finally set to go through – or at least someone will arrive:

If things have got to the point where final details and agent’s fees are being … Read the rest

Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to allow Roma to beat 10-man Juventus

Juventus battled on for a hardened draw despite a red card against Roma in Serie A.

Juve started the game slowly, but after being on the backfoot during the early exchanges we really began to pile the pressure onto our rivals.

Our pressure didn’t equate to a goal however, and the game changed after Adrien Rabiot blocked the hosts shot from inside the box with his hands up, and the penalty was given.

French midfielder Veretout stepped up and just beats Wojciech Szczęsny to his right, but we continued to push on.

Shortly before the break, Cristiano Ronaldo runs at the defenders, passes one, and tries to pass to his team-mate from inside the box, only for Pellegrini to leave a low-hanging arm out to block the ball, and another penalty is given.

CR7 of course makes no mistake in putting the spot-kick away, and we looked destined to go … Read the rest

'In for a long season'- Man United fans react to narrow Brighton win

Manchester United fans were split over the result over Brighton & Hove Albion after what was a superbly dramatic match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would’ve been hoping for an easy win over the Seagulls but it proved to be anything but that.

United were labelled as lucky after Brighton hit the post or crossbar five times and missed multiple big chances.

Solskjaer’s men certainly rode their luck at times but the 3-2 scoreline describes what kind of match it was itself.

The Red Devils will need to do better against more difficult opposition and it’s clear they’re struggling to get their fitness back.

Read the rest

Alisson admits Liverpool’s level dropped in 2020 – but says we’re back in the groove now

Liverpool’s level is so high – and the standard the team expects of itself so crazy – that Alisson has suggested our performances were not good enough at the end of the Premier League season in which we strolled the title and racked up 99 points.

And when you consider we won 26 and drew just once in the opening 27 games, they probably were not!

Against Chelsea though last time out we strolled to a 2-0 win – and the signs were very good. Our backline looked secure, the midfield controlled and the attackers were electric.

Alisson saved a penalty, too.

“We know that we dropped a little bit, we don’t know why,” he told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t something we wanted to do but we knew we had to go back to our path if we want to be competitive this season for the title, because I Read the rest

‘It is a special moment’ – £50m target appears to confirm move to Man City

Manchester City could be on the verge of making another signing after one of their proposed targets dropped a huge hint.

The Daily Mirror suggest that Pep Guardiola’s side are closing in on a £50m deal for Benfica defender, Ruben Dias.

That move was given credence by journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who announced via his Twitter account that City’s Nicolas Otamendi is likely to be included as part of the deal.

After scoring for Benfica against Moreirense, Dias left the pitch in tears according to the Daily Mirror, with his post-match words, cited by the outlet, virtually confirming his next destination.

“It was very important … Read the rest

What chance of Juventus ace signing for Premier League club? Romano has his say

Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on the rumoured transfer of Juventus winger Douglas Costa to Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer.

The injury-prone Brazilian is one member of the Juventus first team that the club will gladly sell, and he has been linked with a move to Wolves recently.

The Premier League side has just sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool and it appears smart that they may replace the Portuguese forward with Costa.

Tuttosport had reported that Jorge Mendes is looking to broker the Brazilian’s move to Molineux, but Romano was speaking on the latest episode of the Here We Go podcast and he claimed that he has been in touch with Juventus, Wolves and the agent of Costa and all of them have said that such a transfer isn’t happening.

He adds that Costa’s age and injury record puts him at odds with the type of player that the English … Read the rest

4-4-2 diamond: Unleashing Pogba the key to silencing the Seagulls

Manchester United need to get off the mark in the Premier League tomorrow but face a tricky away fixture against Brighton.

The Reds suffered a humiliating 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening fixture last weekend but managed a win and got more game time under their belts against Luton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.

The defence, with Dean Henderson in goal and Eric Bailly alongside Harry Maguire in the centre-back positions, looked a lot more solid than the De Gea – Lindelof – Maguire triad that let three in against Palace.

Based on his comments at this morning’s press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have seen enough there to stick with Bailly alongside Maguire, but we think that he will keep faith once again in David de Gea in goal and that Dean Henderson will drop back to the bench.

Last week for the Palace … Read the rest

Klopp has admitted his coaching initially made Naby Keita worse…

Jurgen Klopp has intimated that Naby Keita will still have a massive role to play this season, despite the signing of Thiago potentially pushing him down the pecking order.

The coach was talking ahead of the Arsenal game on Monday night – and made some very interesting points about Liverpool’s no.8.

Jurgen Klopp admitted that when he tried to coach Keita after a few months of his arrival, the Guinean actually went backwards due to the tactical confusion and the fact he is a very natural, instinctive footballer – but that now – having adapted to England – he’s flying.

“The very beginning was very good. I didn’t speak to him about football – I just wanted him to his natural stuff – that was really good. Then I started coaching him – then it got worse!” Klopp said. 

“Naby had to learn the language, feel settled in the squad. Read the rest