Newcastle United in talks over replacing Steve Bruce ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Newcastle United are reportedly holding talks over hiring former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Steve Bruce.

The Magpies have so far stuck with Bruce, who was in the dugout for the defeat to Tottenham at the weekend, though it seems only a matter of time before a change is made after the club were bought out by a wealthy Saudi consortium.

Newcastle will surely have big ambitions, and the Daily Mirror now claim they could try to kick-start this new era by appointing Howe to replace Bruce imminently.

The ex-Cherries boss could be in line to take over for Newcastle’s upcoming clash with Crystal Palace, according to the report.

Barcelona eye summer swoop for Manchester United’s veteran midfielder

If one thing has been clear from Barcelona’s moves in the transfer market over the past few weeks, it is the sudden sense of urgency over reinforcements in midfield.

In the last window, Barcelona let go of two players from the department in Miralem Pjanic and Ilaix Moriba. The Catalans were close to regaining one number in midfield through the signing of Giorginio Wijnaldum. However, the deal collapsed at the last minute and the manager was left short-staffed in midfield.

READ: Real Madrid midfielder would ‘pay out of his own pocket’ to play for Barcelona

Barcelona has an abundance of young talent in the middle of the park. Not only the golden boy Pedri but also Spain’s youngest debutant Gavi and La Masia stars Riqui Puig and Nico Gonzalez have proven their worth.

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Liverpool star makes Premier League history following superb performance vs Watford

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino hit a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League win over Watford, and made a small piece of history in the process.

The Brazil international has become the first Brazilian player to score more than one hat-trick in the Premier League, having also previously netted a treble against Arsenal in the past.

This stat comes via BBC Sport, with Garth Crooks including Firmino in his latest Premier League team of the week, alongside his Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Firmino didn’t have the best of times for Liverpool last season, with the goals really drying up for the 30-year-old, but it now looks like he’s back to something closer to his best form.

Koeman hints at possible Barcelona attack in the future: “They are an excellent pair”

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media after his side’s impressive 3-1 victory over Valencia. Though the hosts went down early to Jose Gaya’s goal, his side responded well and came back to win the game convincingly.

It was a fairytale start to a difficult week ahead, and Koeman had nothing but praise for his players. Here are the snippets from the Dutchman’s post-match interview-

When asked about the combination between Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay, Koeman said the duo are complementary to each other.

“Ansu and Memphis are complementary to each other. They can both play as a striker or coming inside from the left. They can switch positions all throughout the match.”

On Phillipe Coutinho, who scored Barcelona’s third goal today, the Dutch manager said he always trusted the Brazilian.

“With Coutinho’s introduction and giving him freedom, we controlled the game better. He’s a player who knows Read the rest

“It says everything” – Solskjaer sums up his dismay with Man Utd’s performance vs Leicester

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer summed up his dismay at his team’s performance in his post-match press conference yesterday.

The Red Devils were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City in a thrilling encounter at the King Power Stadium, but Solskjaer was clearly far from impressed with his players.

Watch below as Solskjaer points out that it says everything about the display that his goalkeeper David de Gea was probably the best performer, despite conceding four goals…

United supporters will surely be growing impatient with Solskjaer at the moment, with this United team showing some of their worst form during the Norwegian’s reign, despite so much money being pumped into the squad.

Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool eye 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder for the summer

While the 2021 summer transfer window is closed, Barcelona are already setting their sights on the one to come. The likes of Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland and Dani Olmo have been on the club’s radar for some time. As of now, another name has resurfaced, one that almost made his way to the Catalan capital this past summer.

As per a report relayed by Fichajes, Barça are once again on the lookout for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches. The Portuguese has been scouted by the Catalans for quite some time, and they look to strengthen the midfield in the coming year. 

Ronald Koeman took a liking towards his playing style and the different skill he possesses compared to the rest of the side. His dribbling ability and eye for goal are all praised by the Dutchman. As is the case with every single transfer, no club ever acts alone. 

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Video: Jack Wilshere wants Declan Rice to stay at West Ham but it will harm his career

The best people to speak to about Declan Rice’s trajectory at West Ham United would be David Moyes and those who have played alongside the midfielder.

Jack Wilshere is one such player, and the former Hammer believes that the England star should stay at West Ham.

With the possible exception of winning the title, Wilshere clearly feels that Rice can achieve everything he wants to in his career whilst plying his trade in east London.

As one of the club’s youngest-ever captains, the football world really is Rice’s oyster, though it’s debatable that he will hit the highest heights if he remains at West Ham.

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With all due respect to West Ham, who are doing remarkably well under David Moyes, their ceiling has always been roughly whereabouts they finished last season.

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Barcelona president speaks Messi, Fati, Dembele, Roberto

Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s interview with SPORT has been released and once again, there are many eye-catching quotes from the publication.

The Spanish businessman spoke on topics like Lionel Messi to the renewals of multiple players. Moreover, the interview provides a birdseye view of the happenings at the club. Here are the snippets from the president’s interaction with the media.

On Lionel Messi: “Messi will always be in our hearts and the doors of Barcelona are open for him.”

On his statement regarding Messi playing for free: “I don’t want to talk about it anymore, the only thing I ask is respect for the decision we made. We were sad, we enjoyed him as a footballer and as a person. We must look forward because our responsibility is Barca.”

On the Argentine’s departure: “Messi’s departure was a very sad moment, as usual: I try to look forward and not think Read the rest

Robert Lewandowski isn’t right for Man City even if he’s ousted by Haaland at Bayern Munich

Next summer’s transfer window could see the merry-go-round turning apace once it’s known where Erling Haaland is going to end up.

The young Norwegian is likely to be the most sought after name in the transfer window, with most of Europe’s elite clubs vying for his services.

Christian Falk of Bild detailed in a tweet that Bayern Munich have discussed the possibility of bringing the 21-year-old to Bavaria, and would aim to do so if Robert Lewandowski’s career at the club is coming to an end.

The Polish hit man has been an incredible servant for Bayern, however, he isn’t getting any younger.

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Even at 33 years of age (34 by the beginning of the 22/23 campaign), Lewandowski still knows where the goal is, though it’s arguable that, despite his natural goalscoring instincts, he’s not as sharp as he once was.

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Barcelona and Real Madrid go head to head for free agent duo

According to AS, Barcelona and Real Madrid are competing head to head for the potential signing of two free agents in the summer.

The two players being targetted by the Spanish Giants are Franck Kessie of AC Milan and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea. Both the midfielder and centre-back are out of contract in June, and thus a target of multiple European supergiants.

Both the Spanish sides have been actively looking out for free transfers over the past year, and this comes as s golden opportunity.

Kessie is a highly valued midfielder who not only possesses the physicality but also the technical ability to lift the quality of any team he steps into.

However, the biggest obstacle in his signing for both the Spanish sides is Paris Saint Germain. The French side are looking to upgrade their midfield in the coming summer. Given their economic stability, they can offer a more … Read the rest