Chelsea star completes season-long loan to Premier League rival

Frank Lampard has a hugely important season ahead of him as Chelsea manager.

After making so many high-profile new signings, the pressure will be on the Blues boss to hit the ground running at the start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, with a view to making a dent in the top three by the end of the season.

With so many new names on board, it was inevitable that some players would either leave Stamford Bridge or be loaned out.

To that end, highly-rated defender, Ethan Ampadu, has put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal to Sheffield United according to football.london.

The outlet note that the youngster was prepared to stay at the club and fight for his place, but once the Blues signed Thiago Silva, it was felt that the best course of action was to send Ampadu out to get some experience and minutes … Read the rest

Capital increase already exhausted

A new report from Calcio e Finanza suggests that Juve’s capital increase of €300 million from September 2019 may have already been exhausted.

According to the football and finance website, the board of directors will be called to called to approve the 2019/2020 financial statements on 11 September (the corporate calendar has been updated, ed.), Other interesting news on the company’s accounts emerged from the half-year report of Exor Juventus, in addition to the figure on the expected net loss of around €69 million .

In particular, the half-yearly report of the Agnelli / Elkann family holding shows how Juventus’ cash, which at 31 December 2019 was equal to €137 million, thanks to the liquidity raised with the €300 million capital increase, fell as at 30 June 2020 to only €6 million.

In the second half of the 2019/2020 financial year, characterized by the Covid-19 emergency, which … Read the rest

Dangerous: Mapping out the damage Reguilon could do for United

Manchester United fans have been excited by the prospect of signing Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon and it seems there’s plenty of reasons why.

The Spanish defender’s attacking ability in particular is what supporters want to see more of at Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw is better known for his defensive capabilities than his attacking which was even more evidenced by his occasional performances as a left centre-back for United.

Reguilon would offer something different for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it’s something fans want to see more of from their players.

One of the most important aspects of attacking play from the flanks is a player’s ability to cross, which is brilliantly mapped out below by Twitter account UtdArena.

It’s clear to see the variety in … Read the rest

Carragher predicts huge Liverpool transfer: ‘I think the deal will happen’

Former Liverpool centre-back turned pundit Jamie Carragher thinks that before the transfer window closes, Thiago will have arrived on Merseyside.

The Spaniard has been incessantly linked all summer, but recently spoke out against the rumours and suggested he could stay at Bayern Munich after all.

Carra though thinks it will still happen, and that the delay in the deal is primarily because we are waiting to secure the 29-year-old midfield genius for as much of a bargain as possible.

“I just hope they can get the Thiago deal over the line. If he does come in, I think it will be towards the end of the transfer window and Liverpool trying to get him as cheap as possible […] I think the deal will happen,” he wrote in the Telegraph.

For us, the chance of Thiago signing for Liverpool relies entirely on the future of Gini Wijnaldum.

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Photo: Defender drops Man United transfer hint as he removes Real Madrid and follows Old Trafford stars on his social media

Although Man United look pretty solid at left back with Brandon Williams and Luke Shaw, there was still a feeling that they could do with an upgrade in that position, which would also allow Williams to go out on loan.

The Metro reported that Real Madrid full back Sergio Reguilon had been offered to United, and some of his recent social media activity does hint that something might be happening.

It depends how much importance you put in these things, but it’s been noted that he’s started following Man United players on Instagram while he’s also removed Real Madrid from the bio:

It might be making something out of nothing, … Read the rest

Juventus linked with Edinson Cavani

Juventus have been linked with a move for free agent Edinson Cavani as talks for Luis Suarez and Edin Dzeko have reportedly cooled.

The Old Lady are working on freeing Gonzalo Higuain this summer, leaving the strikers position vacant, with Suarez and Dzeko reportedly the  two choices to replace him.

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca di Marzio reports that the move for Dzeko is essentially ‘blocked’ for now, making him an unlikely option.

Likewise, the move for Suarez is complicated for a host of reasons, not least that he doesn’t have an EU passport, has yet to free himself from Barcelona and could yet remain with the club, now that Lionel Messi has declared his intention to stay

Di Marzio reports that the Bianconeri could now turn their attention to Cavani, who is a free agent, having run down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite Juve’s supposed interest, reports from ESPN … Read the rest

Man United to be offered chance to sign La Liga defender for free

Manchester United could reportedly have their shot at signing Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti as they continue to look for defensive reinforcements.

The French centre-back has had some good times and some bad times in Spain and it looks like they’ve finally decided to end their ties.

Umtiti’s proneness to injuries appears to have essentially cost him his position at Barcelona, with perhaps their new manager Ronald Koeman not being impressed.

The former Everton boss may have decided to shuffle the deck with many recognising the need for a complete overhaul for the La Liga giants.

The 26-year-old arrived in Spain with high hopes he could be Gerard Pique’s long-term partner in the central of defence but things haven’t quite worked out that way.

According to Manchester Evening News, via Cadena Ser, Barcelona are so desperate to get Umtiti’s wages off their bill that they could let him go for … Read the rest

Klopp provides Henderson fitness update as Liverpool thrash Blackpool in nine-goal thriller

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the fitness of Jordan Henderson as the captain sat out of the Reds’ 7-2 victory over Blackpool.

The midfielder is continuing his recovery from the injury sustained at the tail end of last season that kept him out of the Premier League run-in.

Given the fact that Henderson had resumed training at Melwood, there was an expectation he’d make an appearance against Blackpool this weekend.

The boss has explained that the skipper wanted to play at Anfield, but it simply wasn’t worth risking further injury for a pre-season friendly.

Obviously Hendo was desperate to play a few minutes today as well, but it makes no real sense because he had to do an important session today for him,Klopp told the club’s official site before kick-off.

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Koeman flexes his muscles at Barcelona again ahead of Messi return

The turmoil at Barcelona over the last week since Lionel Messi effectively gave the club his notice only to reluctantly rescind it, is more than enough for the club to deal with.

However, the stark reality away from all of the drama is that the club have a new coach in Ronald Koeman who finds himself under the most intense pressure already without a ball even being kicked in anger.

Indeed, there are still three weeks to go before Barca open their LaLiga account for 2020/21, given their participation in the latter stages of the Champions League.

The Dutchman apparently made it perfectly clear who was boss when he first met with Messi, and ahead of a reunion between the pair at training on Monday, Koeman has metaphorically flexed his muscles once again.

Luis Suarez a step away from Juventus

Spanish newspaper Marca report that Juventus are a step away from signing Barcelona striker Luis Suarez with an agreement having been reached with the club.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan has been closely linked with a move to Turin in recent weeks as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain.

Marca now report that Lionel Messi’s decision to remain at Barca had fuelled speculation that this may mean a stay for Suarez too, but he is in fact preparing to leave the club.

According to the report, Suarezs’ future is almost certainly with Juventus having reached an agreement on personal terms with the club on a two-year contract with an option for the third, agreeing a salary of €10 million a season, net.

Marca also suggest that the biggest issue now is for Suarez to free himself of his deal with Barca as he understands that he could be entitled to receive the salary … Read the rest