Video: Digne silences Goodison Park as pinpoint assist helps Buendia to put Aston Villa ahead at Everton

When a player leaves for another club, their return often has that extra bit of spice, particularly if the move has only just taken place.

Lucas Digne left Everton for Aston Villa earlier in January, and his first start under Steven Gerrard came at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Predictably, the home fans, who had cheered their most creative player’s name when he wore the royal blue shirt, booed him whenever he received the ball for Villa.

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For the most part of the first half, the Frenchman had been marked out of the game, and aside from a couple of cross field balls, he’d not been able to do anything of note.

Not until the final minute of the half when the visitors were handed a corner.

Xavi talks winter signings, Dembele, Pique, Alba, Busquets, de Jong, ahead of Alaves clash

Barcelona will travel to the Basque Country for the second time in four days when they lock horns with Deportivo Alaves at the Mendizorrota Stadium. It is a golden chance for the team to leapfrog into the top four, and Xavi knows that better than anyone.

Speaking ahead of the game as part of his pre-game press conference, he answered questions from the press about his plans for the transfer window, the game, and his tactics.

Is the team planning to sign a striker?

“We are working on that, and on other aspects of the team. We spoke with Jordi [Cruyff] and Rafa [Yuste] I was clear about what the team needed. We are working hard to sign some players.”

Any update on Ansu Fati and his injury?

“Fati is deeply affected, there will be another meeting for him. We spoke with his family, it is a huge setback. We Read the rest

Disgraced Arsenal Fan TV star’s veiled threat to fan channel as he attempts pathetic apology

The rise of Z-list ‘celebrities’ has much to do with the popularity of so-called football ‘fan channels’ on YouTube, a space where Arsenal Fan TV, also known as AFTV, were one of the first.

Run by Robbie Lyle, until the last 12 months or so the popularity of the channel continued to rise.

That was until an ill-intentioned comment from one of the channel’s contributors, known as Claude, saw him sacked and the channel receive significant backlash over it.

Things had then gone quiet and any controversy didn’t linger. Until recently.

That’s when it was revealed that another channel contributor, Liam Goodenough, known as Mr. DT, had seen his 12 month sentence for stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend increased to three years.

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AFTV were quick to issue a statement distancing themselves from DT, and also noting that he would no longer by given work by … Read the rest

“Talks are not over yet”: Former Chelsea midfielder confirms Barcelona interest

Earlier this month, Barcelona were linked with a shock move for former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who currently plays for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port.

The 30-year-old enjoyed an impressive stint at Chelsea between 2012 and 2017, going on to play over 200 times in all competitions, before moving to China as he was lured by a lucrative contract which made him the world’s best-paid footballer at the time.

The Brazilian playmaker has tasted success in the Far East, winning the Chinese Super League and the Chinese Super Cup, while he has also gone on to become Shanghai Port’s current club captain.

With 50 goals and 93 assists from 170 matches, Oscar has been churning out impressive numbers in China. And, he could now be headed back to Europe, with links emerging over a potential January transfer to Barcelona.

The Catalans allowed Philippe Coutinho to leave the club on loan … Read the rest

Newcastle United transfer target drops clear hint over his future

Newcastle United look to have been dealt a blow to their hopes of sealing the transfer of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

The Brazilian defender has shone in La Liga and has been strongly linked with a potential move to the Premier League this January.

Other English clubs have been linked with Carlos in recent times, but Newcastle looked the favourites to get a deal done this winter, until the player himself came out to distance himself from all the recent transfer gossip involving him.

Speaking during Spain’s popular Ultima Hora show: “I have a lot of time left here (in Seville).”

This also seemed to later be confirmed by Sevilla’s assistant manager Pablo Sanz as he suggested a move would be on hold until at least the summer.

Barcelona sporting director confirms: “Dembele does not want to continue”

Football has finally reached one of the final steps in the over-extended Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona renewal saga, as the club’s sporting director, Mateu Alemany, has confirmed that the Frenchman does not want to continue wearing the garnet and blue.

“We understand that Dembele does not want to continue with Barcelona, and our final stance has been communicated to him. We want committed players, and we have told him that has to leave the club as soon as possible,” he said.

Elaborating on the club’s stance on wanting to sell him in January, Alemany said, “We told Dembele he has to leave. We expect him to be sold before January 31st.”

There were several talks about how Barça continued to make offers to Dembele, which were rejected in search of a bumper salary. Alemany reaffirmed that stance, saying, “In six months, we have made several offers to Dembele. The coach’s Read the rest

Xavi talks Dembele, Pedri, Fati, Torres, Araujo, Memphis ahead of Athletic Club vs Barcelona

Barcelona took on Real Madrid last week in the second El Clasico of the season in the Spanish Super Cup. The result was far from ideal, but the performance was definitely convincing.

The next step in this journey for Xavi’s team is to build on that impressive showing, and get the result this time. They will travel to the Basque county in Spain tomorrow to take on Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey Round of 16.

Ahead of the mouth-watering clash, Xavi took part in the scheduled pre-game press conference.

On Athletic Club: “Athletic is going to demand a lot from us, they’re very intense and is led by one of the best coaches in Spain, with one of the best batches of young players. We had no luck with the draw.”

On Ousmane Dembele: “Dembele? We are in a complex and difficult situation. We can’t wait form him. Read the rest

West Ham United prepared to offer Serie A flop £6m-per year salary

West Ham United would like to sign two South American attackers.

That’s according to a recent report from Tuttomercato Web, who claims the Hammers have their sights set on Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz and Inter Milan wide-man Alexis Sanchez.

Diaz, 22, is making quite a name for himself in the Championship.

Having featured in 26 Championship matches, so far this season, Diaz has already reached double figures (20) and looks set to rival Ivan Toney and Glenn Murray’s 30-goal-campaign record.

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Barcelona eyeing summer swoop for Swedish forward

Erling Haaland is the dream signing for Joan Laporta, and many figures from the club president’s environment have revealed his obsession with bringing the Norweigan to Camp Nou.

The operation, however, is complicated as several clubs across Europe are looking to sign the wonderkid. Moreover, there are questions over Barcelona’s financial ability to pay the huge agent fees and signing bonuses required.

SPORT report that the Catalans have identified Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak as an alternative to Haaland. The La Liga striker has received interest from the Premier League but would prefer joining Barcelona over moving to England.

Isak is no stranger to being linked with Barcelona. In 2020, the Swedish international was scouted by the Blaugranas as an alternative to Lautaro Martinez. More recently, his name arose as a potential option when the club brought in Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero too.

His price, however, could end up … Read the rest

Leeds United rival Arsenal for transfer of 21-year-old sensation

Leeds United reportedly want to sign Nottingham Forest right-back Djed Spence this January after his impressive form in the FA Cup.

Spence has a price tag of around £10million after his remarkable rise in recent times, which includes his heroic and tireless display to knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup third round recently.

The Gunners themselves are also taking a look at Spence as a potential transfer target, though the 21-year-old is also on Leeds’ agenda, according to Sky Sports.

It looks unlikely that Spence will be on the move this month, but it seems increasingly clear that a big move isn’t too far away for him after his remarkable rise in the Championship.

Djed Spence is wanted by Arsenal and Leeds United