“He’s Ten Hag’s man” – Manchester United urged to pay up for potential €85million transfer

Manchester United need to be bold and pay the big money required to deliver the transfer of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

That’s the view of former Red Devils midfielder Luke Chadwick, who also spoke to CaughtOffside about Richard Arnold’s chat with fans at the pub earlier this week.

The new Man Utd CEO gave some honest answers to a few supporters over drinks after learning that they planned to protest outside his house.

Chadwick praised Arnold for the things he said, and felt it was encouraging to hear from him that money would not be an issue in the pursuit of the club’s transfer targets this summer.

With that in mind, Chadwick went on to say he’d like to see United pay up to bring in De Jong for new manager Erik ten Hag.

“It’s quite a strange situation…from what I understand, the meeting with the fans at the … Read the rest

Barcelona goalkeeper decides to refuse transfer offers and stay put at the club

In a surprise turn of events, as reported by SPORT, Barcelona goalkeeper Neto has decided against leaving the club and is ready to reject all offers he has on the table this summer.

Signed from Valencia almost three years ago, the Brazilian has spent almost his entire time at Barça playing second-fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Indeed, Neto has gotten a look-in only when the German international is out injured or being rested for cup ties.

As a result, the 32-year-old has made just 21 appearances for the Blaugrana to date, with four of them coming in the 2021/22 campaign.

Neto has been pushing for an exit from Camp Nou since last year as he sought regular playing time. And the Catalans were prepared to sanction an exit for the shot-stopper this summer with Inaki Pena primed to take over as ter Stegen’s understudy from the upcoming season.

However, in … Read the rest

Gillilands celebrate Father’s Day with Knoxville win

With his NASCAR Cup Series rookie season currently in its bye week, Todd Gilliland decided to celebrate Father’s Day weekend by joining David Gilliland‘s team for a Camping World Truck Series one-off at Knoxville Raceway, and he gave Dad the perfect gift of a trip to Victory Lane.

Carson Hocevar, a weekly favourite who could never seem to find the luck to finish the deal and win his maiden race, saw his drought continue as he led the first sixty-five laps and won Stage #1 before his engine expired. Gililand assumed the lead which he held to claim the second stage.

Gilliland faced some resistance in Stage #3 from John Hunter Nemechek, but a late restart with ten laps remaining saw him hold off Nemechek to claim his third career Truck win. As a member of David Gilliland Racing, he now has four victories with … Read the rest

‘Nobody was really interested’ – Taki Minamino drops biggest hint of potential Liverpool exit with domestic cup comments

Taki Minamino has revealed his frustration at a lack of playing time at Liverpool following his move away from RB Salzburg.

The 27-year-old made 22 appearances for the Reds last term but registered 11 goal contributions across several impressive showings and cameos in the 2021/22 campaign.

“Most of the matches I played in (mainly cup matches) were ones that nobody was really interested in. Even if I got a result, it wouldn’t have any repercussions,” the Japanese international was quoted as saying by Soccer Digest Web (as translated on Reddit).

“I didn’t think about those external things at all, I just pushed myself hard to prove my own worth.

“As a player, I have never had such a difficult period of not being able to compete. I was conscious of how I could maintain my condition in that situation and how I could use my frustration to the next.

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Leeds have no intention of selling winger amid Premier League interest

Leeds have no intention of selling winger Jack Harrison amid interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.

Harrison has played a pivotal role at Leeds since he arrived from Manchester City, and with Raphinha’s future in doubt, Jesse Marsch won’t want to be losing two of his star players.

According to GOAL, Raphinha is close to securing a move to Arsenal, but it appears Leeds won’t be allowing Harrison to leave the club.

That’s according to talkSPORT, who claim Leeds have ‘no intention’ of allowing him to leave, amid interest from Tottenham and Newcastle, as seen in the tweet below.

Raphinha ‘very close’ to joining Arsenal because of ‘Barcelona’s disappearance’

According to a recent report published by GOAL, Barcelona’s primary right-wing target, Leeds United’s Raphinha, is ‘very close’ to joining Arsenal.

Raphinha was Barça’s first-choice target to replace Ousmane Dembele, who is set to depart on a free transfer on June 30th.

The Brazilian is represented by former Barcelona player Deco, who is still on excellent terms with the club administration. This made the transfer easier for the Catalans, but the situation has changed massively since then.

The report states that sources at Leeds state that “Barcelona have disappeared”, while Arsenal have been building a strong case to rope in Raphinha.

Moreover, Raphinha does not want to wait any longer before sealing his departure to a high-status club. Nor is he in favour of taking a pay-cut, waiting for any ‘economic lever’ or ‘major exit’ that can help facilitate his transfer.

Barcelona approved the sale of 49% of BLM and … Read the rest

Helio Castroneves kicks off 2022 SRX with Five Flags win

Hélio Castroneves battling Tony Kanaan is a headline that NTT IndyCar Series fans are accustomed to, except Saturday night’s race was not in open-wheel cars. In fact, even the track they were racing on is more known for its stock cars than anything else.

Castroneves and Kanaan fought for the win for much of the 2022 Superstar Racing Experience season opener at Five Flags Speedway, and the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves trumped the once victor for his first win in the series. He got the ball rolling in Heat #2 by leading every lap.

A late restart saw Heat #1 winner Bubba Pollard, a short track star representing the Pensacola oval as its local champion, quickly climb through the order to take second. Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman joined Pollard and Castroneves on the podium. The third-place finish makes Newman the points leader going into next … Read the rest

Calvin Ramsay’s Liverpool squad number revealed as he agrees a deal with the club

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Calvin Ramsay, our third arrival this summer, and his squad number has been announced.

As reported by the club’s website: ‘Calvin Ramsay will wear the No.22 shirt for Liverpool FC. 

‘The Scotland U21 right-back has become the Reds’ third new signing of the summer after completing a switch from Aberdeen on a long-term contract, subject to international clearance.

READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s signing of Calvin Ramsay after 18-year-old penns deal with the club

‘Previous wearers of the number for Liverpool include Titi Camara, Chris Kirkland, Simon Mignolet and Momo Sissoko’.

It’s some statement of intent from the Scot, as he looks set to challenge the first-team squad with his performances in training and will hope that he can impress with every chance he’s given.

Jurgen Klopp has been looking for some cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold and looks to have found it in … Read the rest

Spurs favourites to sign left-footed Bundesliga centre-back

Tottenham Hotspur are having a great summer transfer window.

The Lilywhites, led by hard-hitting Italian manager Antonio Conte, have already made several signings, including Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan and Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion.

However, despite the Londoners’ early shrewd business, Conte is not done there and according to a recent report from French outlet Foot Mercato, is targeting a centre-back next.

Super-agent and CaughtOffside columnist Roberto De Fanti recently confirmed which areas Conte is targeting this summer.

“He wants a striker to provide cover and competition for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, a top midfielder and a left-footed centre-back – these are not going to be cheap players. We are talking £50m – £60m each,” De Fanti wrote in his exclusive column.

Although a new striker has yet to arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, following Bissouma’s recent move, the latest name to emerge as a … Read the rest

Barcelona midfielder was offered to ‘several’ clubs by agent; is set to renew with club

After months of negotiations, Barcelona’s project to renew the contract of Gavi may finally lead to fruition, with the club expected to announce the midfielder’s contract extension in the coming days.

In light of the club’s financial woes, Barcelona had appeared very reluctant in meeting the lofty demands from Gavi’s agents. But they were able to reach an agreement thanks to the player’s determination to remain at Camp Nou.

As reported by Adrian Sanchez on Twitter, the Barcelona board are extremely grateful to Gavi and his family for showing the desire to remain in Catalunya.

It played a key role in helping the two parties come to an agreement, even though Gavi’s agent Ivan de la Pena had tried his best to ship the midfielder to other clubs across Europe.

The likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, for one, were more than willing to meet Gavi’s €50 million release clause. … Read the rest