Mourinho eyeing triple January transfer swoop for Matic, Dias and Fernandes

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has told Tottenham there are three players he would like to bring in when the transfer window opens, it has been claimed.Mourinho gave chairman Daniel Levy a clear vision of what he sees as the future of the squad before the club agreed to appoint him as their new manager.3 Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes is the leading target for Jose Mourinho at TottenhamCredit: EPAAnd despite assuring them he believes there is quality in the squad to work with, the Independent say the 56-year-old made it clear there are a trio of targets he has in mind for Janaury.Top of the list is Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes – who has been a long-term target for Spurs under Pochettino.But the article also claims Mourinho wants Spurs to try to sign Benfica star Ruben Dias and also Manchester United outcast Nemanja Matic.The pursuit of Fernandes is an obvious one, as the North London club look to find a replacement for Christian Eriksen as the creative force in the side.Eriksen’s days are numbered, having made it clear he will not extend the contract which runs out at the end of the season and Spurs could look to move him on when the transfer window opens in six weeks.It would take a bid of around £63million for Spurs to land the attacking midfielder but they will have to dig deep if they want to beat United to his services.The suggestion Matic is a target will come as a surprise given the way he has been frozen out at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Serb has made just four Premier League appearances this season and Solskjaer believes he lacks the mobility to get around the pitch nowadays.3 Defender Ruben Dias could come in and help strengthen the back line at SpursCredit: AFP or Licensors 3 Manchester United outcast Nemanja Matic is another target of MourinhoCredit: PA:Empics SportJose Mourinho gives first interview as head coach at Tottenham Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBut Mourinho is a long-term fan of the 31-year-old having taken hmi to both Chelsea and United in the past, and believes he is excellent tactically and could make a big impact if he can tempt him down to London.Dias, 22, is regarded as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe and Mourinho is already looking to bring him in as he prepares to shake-up the mis-firing back line.With doubts over the future of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, United and Manchester City target Dias would be a signing who could come in and establish himself as a force for years in the side.last_img read more

Ighalo and Silva… the players who may MISS end of season if it’s delayed

first_imgA HOST of Premier League stars could miss the end of the season with the campaign set to be extended.All games have been postponed until at least the first weekend of April although that could increase as the coronavirus continues to spread globally.⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellations3Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta have already tested positive for the virus while a host of squad members are self-isolating.That includes West Ham boss David Moyes and fellow staff after they came into contact with Arteta during a league fixture, while Everton players have also been advised to isolate after a number of first-team stars showed symptoms.Premier League chiefs will need to decide the best way to reschedule fixtures without it having an impact on next season – but it will leave a whole host of players in limbo with their contracts expiring at the end of June.There will be question marks as to whether those stars will be able to play if the campaign is extended beyond the end of June, which is becoming increasingly likely.The high-profile names include Manchester City’s David Silva, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Manchester United’s on-loan striker Odion Ighalo.Ighalo has been an integral figure for the Red Devils since his loan move from the Chinese Super League in January.3 Odion Ighalo arrives at training wearing a face maskCredit: Eamonn and James Clarkemost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’3The Nigerian, 30, has scored four in three United starts as they look to mount a Champions League charge.Other names include Arsenal’s midfielder Dani Ceballos, Chelsea duo Willian and Pedro and United anchorman Nemanja Matic.Here is a full list of players whose contracts expire from every Premier League club at the end of June.ArsenalPablo Mari (loan ends)Matt MaceyDani Ceballos (loan ends)Aston VillaPepe Reina (loan ends)Danny Drinkwater (loan ends)Borja BastonMatija SarkicKeinan DavisBrighton and Hove AlbionBeram KayalEzequiel SchelottoBournemouthSimon FrancisArtur BorucAndrew SurmanCharlie DanielsRyan FraserJordan IbeJack SimpsonHarry Wilson (loan ends May 30)BurnleyAaron LennonPhil BardsleyJoe HartAdam LegzdinsAshley WestwoodRobbie BradyJeff HendrickUEFA plot four-team mini tournaments to decide Champions League and Europa League as coronavirus suspends seasonChelseaWilly CaballeroWillianPedroOlivier GiroudMarco van GinkelCrystal PalaceStephan HendersonScott DannEvertonMaarten StekelenburgLeighton BainesCuco MartinaDjibril Cisse (loan ends)Oumar NiasseLeicester CityEldin JakupovicChristian FuchsWes MorganNampalys MendyLiverpoolAndy LonerganAdam LallanaNathaniel ClyneManchester CityDavid SilvaClaudio BravoManchester UnitedOdion Ighalo (loan ends)Nemanja MaticTimothy Fosu-MensahNewcastle UnitedRob ElliottAndy CarrollDanny Rose (loan ends)Jack ColbackKarl DarlowJetro Willems (loan ends)Javier ManquilloValentino Lazaro (loan ends)Nabil Bentaleb (loan ends)Jamie SterryMatthew LongstaffNorwich CityOndrej Duda (loan ends)Sheffield UnitedPhil JagielkaLeon ClarkeJack RodwellRicky HolmesJohn LundstramKieron FreemanRichairo Zivkovic (loan ends)Panagiotis Retsos (loan ends)Mohamed Besic (loan ends May 30)Dean Henderson (loan ends May 30)SouthamptonKyle Walker-Peters (loan ends May 30)Kevin Danso (loan ends)Shane LongTottenham HotspurJaphet TangangaJan VertonghenMichel VormWatfordBen FosterHeurelho GomesAdrian MariappaJose HolebasDaniel BachmannWest Ham UnitedPablo ZabaletaCarlos SanchezTomas Soucek (loan ends)Wolverhampton WanderersJohn RuddyPhil Ofusu-AyehBright EnobakhareMax KilmanEnzo Loiodice (loan ends)last_img read more

Lafai re-signs with Dragons

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Dragons centre Tim Lafai has re-signed with the Dragons for a further three seasons. Credit: Grant Trouville). Lafai will now remain at the Dragons at least until the end of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season.The Samoan international joined the club last year and has played 29 NRL games for the Dragons to date.Scoring five tries so far in 2017, Lafai has reaped the rewards from a strong off-season.The 25-year-old was pleased to secure his family’s future at the Dragons beyond the current year. “I’m excited to spend the next three years at the Dragons,” Lafai said. “When you’re off-contract it’s always one of those things that sit in the back of your mind, so now I can just fully concentrate on doing my job for the Dragons.”It’s really great to be able to sort out my future and focus wholly on footy now.”last_img read more

Simeone: from the lack of players to ‘overbooking’ in three weeks

first_imgThe injuries have stopped tightening Simeone. Just look at two lineups in the last month to check: Atlético has gone from making a list with only 14 field players available to overbooking. Atlético-Granada, February 8. Correa and Vitolo become the rojiblanca forward, Vrsaljko, eleven months without an official match for his knee injury until before the derby, again headline. On the bench, Lemar and Carrasco, ten days after returning, are accompanied by Saponjic (62 minutes in two games: 60 ‘in the Cup against the Cultural, 2’ in the League and now), Toni Moya, Manu Sánchez and Ricard. Atlético-Villarreal, February 23, just fifteen days later: from the Cholo list the kids have disappeared, all are players of the first team. Simeone must make three discards. “Blessed problem”, that the Argentine thought after so much trouble. If Diego Costa had a few minutes 100 days after going through the operating room To have a cervical disc herniation, Morata was already on the team after recovering, in 16 days, from the muscular injury he suffered in the derby against Real Madrid. Before that game the Argentine coach had already lost his star signing of the season, João Félix, another muscular injury, in his right leg, and then he saw how another of his soccer players also entered the operating room: Trippier, pubalgia. The word “nursing” produced cold sweats. From San Rafael to ‘déjà vu’The return of the pre-season ‘stage’ to Los Angeles de San Rafael had controlled the team what last year was a serious problem, the muscle injuries, which were around number 50 throughout the season. It was, but on account drops. Everything accelerated in December. The medical part of each protagonist party again. The 21 has been the last of Lemar. But since December 11 and at a new devilish pace. Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias, João Félix, Herrera, Morata and Lemar again. February on the Cholo charts was cold and hungry. But in the last week, of spring time, the sun has entered its infirmary. Morata recovered, Costa returned, João Félix has recovered, Trippier too, Herrera is already training with the group, although he did not enter the list. Lemar is the only member of that infirmary three weeks ago full. Today is the red and white bench.last_img read more

Paralyzed referendum

first_imgRegarding the signings, is on the hunt for a central defender, a winger and a center forward. The end is already closed, once the Portuguese was signed in January Trincao. The center forward who likes is Lautaro Martinez , the Argentine of the Inter, who is still confined to Milan, the European epicenter of the pandemic.According Sports world, the last centrals they like are Alessio Romagnoli, of the Milan, Y Dayot Upamecano, of the Leipzig, in addition to other objectives. With all of them, logically, the contact cannot be personal.To all that, it remains unclear that Quique Setién go to be the technician of the next campaign. It will depend on the results of a season of uncertain outcome both on the field and in the offices, waiting for what happens with the competitions in dispute. The Barcelona in a complicated situation similar to what most companies are going through: paralysis of operations for the future, immobility. In a very sensitive moment regarding the planning of the squad for the next course, the executives of the sports area find themselves unable to arrange meetings with agents, clubs or the difficulty of taking planes to make trips to watch games, that in the best of cases they are played behind closed doors, if they have not been suspended.In the same way, the date to call the referendum among the partners to decide if they give the green light to the new financing project for the remodeling of the stadium is paralyzed waiting for what happens with the competition The league.Barça had made it an obligation for this referendum to be held on a match day in the Camp Nou to facilitate partner participation, but the entire planned plan has fallen apart. First, because it is not known when you will be able to play with the public; and, later, because it is feared that all competitions will be suspended.last_img read more

Eder Sarabia’s open letter from confinement

first_imgThe second coach of FC Barcelona, ​​Eder Sarabia, sent a letter, through the club’s official media, where he explains his day to day during the confinement due to the coronavirus crisis.After a few first paragraphs where he evokes what he would be doing in the Blaugrana club if this pandemic had not devastated the planet, “at eight in the morning I would have woken up to go to the Ciutat Esportiva”, adding that “surely I would have found myself in the dining room Setien with a bowl of fruit and we would have talked about Johan Cruyff, who was celebrating four years of his death ”, the assistant begins to review his daily life in the confinement. “Before eating, I start to play chess, then I learn a little Catalan in an online course that I signed up for, then I cook a delicious pasta salad and I stretch out on the sofa to take a nap,” says the technician, who ensures that this dish is one of their specialties. You also have time to “review the latest games on the computer” and even enjoy one of your favorite sports: cycling. “I spent the whole afternoon watching the legendary Vuelta del 91, when Indurain first dressed in yellow.”Like the rest of mortals, he is also hooked on the series. In his case, it is ‘You’, “a series that has me hooked and that I took advantage of to see two chapters.”At 8:00 p.m. he goes out to the balcony to applaud and thank the toilets for his work, and then puts on his sneakers, using the dining room “as a makeshift gym.” After having dinner “a French omelette and a grilled chicken breast”, the night ended “talking to my parents and my sister on the phone.”Sarabia ends his article, acknowledging that he is “privileged” and that this confinement has made him even more aware of “valuing more” everything he has.last_img read more

The blow of Maria Teixidor

first_imgA new boost for women at Barça. That meant Maria Teixidor. Since January 2017, she was president of the Edelmira Calvetó Group, created by the club with the purpose of recovering the legacy of women in the history of Barça, and promoting the role of members and women athletes in the club. In addition, he represented Barça in the Grup de Treball Dona i Esport, which reports to the Municipal Council of l’Esport de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. His activity at Barça multiplied at times. Her appointment as secretary of the Board of Directors in February 2019 confirmed her ancestry in the club, where she had a frantic activity. He was also in charge of activities related to children and the elderly within the social area.And one more detail, surely important in this story. Since September 2017, Maria Teixidor was president of the Barça Commission for Control and Transparency. A basic commission on censorship, for example, of the I3 Ventures scandal, in which the payment for the creation of accounts that eroded the image of third parties was fractured to avoid passage through the corresponding delegated control commissions.No one doubts that Teixidor was a fundamental asset for Bartomeu’s board and a figure with a background. His departure leaves Barça without references in the development of women’s football and without a fresh face that modernized the image of the club. Ambitious, Maria Teixidor has decided to leave. Who knows if to join another electoral candidacy with a view to June 2021. Who knows if to stand and try to be the first woman president of a club with more than 120 years of history. A terribly powerful image that Bartomeu may not have weighed well. It was Maria Teixidor (8-10-1975) who called Josep Maria Bartomeu to give him the news. The president could wait for the resignations of Rousaud, Tombas, Calsamiglia, Font or Elias, but that of Teixidor, at least out of doors, was a thunderclap for Barça. He had achieved great relevance in the board, so much so that for a time he had sounded like a possible replacement for Josep Maria Bartomeu in a continuation candidacy.The promotion of Maria Teixidor i Jufresa at Barça was brilliant. Lawyer, mediator and entrepreneur in the LegalTech sector (she is the creator of the first bullying detection and conflict resolution app for schools), she was a member of the board since July 2015, when Josep Maria Bartomeu won the elections. Teixidor had revolutionized the feminine universe of Barça. He was responsible for the first team since January 2018, actively collaborated in the millionaire signing of the sponsorship contract with Stanley, He presented in Los Angeles on the mixed tour that the professional male and female teams made in the United States in that 2018. The women’s soccer section had become the only professional that generates profits, which increased its prestige like foam.last_img read more

Clarke expects high class meet

first_imgCalabar High’s head coach, Michael Clarke, is promising a high-class performance at home when the school hosts the inaugural McKenley-Wint Invitational Track and Field meet tomorrow.”We are really excited about the meet tomorrow and the guys are upbeat after training on the new synthetic track last Tuesday. They really want to do something special,” said Clarke.Clarke, who has coached three high school teams to top Boys’ Championships, is very confident that with the new track, it will be even harder for any team to wrest the title from them this year.”Training on the school campus is a great plus for the team and the institution as the boys will not have to travel away from school, and also, it has cut down on transportation costs as this money can go somewhere else in the programme,” he said. “It will be a family affair as we expect many past students to be present,” he continued.Calabar is the first local high school to have its own synthetic running track. The opening and dedication of the new track will take place today at a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be the main speaker at today’s function.last_img read more

WI looking to drive ‘fear’ into opponents

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, said his players will use warm-up matches against English County Warwickshire this weekend to ramp up their fielding arsenal in preparation for the T20 World Cup starting next week in India.West Indies start a two-match series against Warwickshire tomorrow at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, after thrashing Zimbabwe 2-0 in a similar series which ended here on Monday.”It’s a case of making sure that we get back to a standard where people are afraid of us in the field, and we have the players that can put that fear into other people in the field,” said Simmons.”I think we, as a unit, have to make sure everybody is doing their job and if we can get it to that stage by the 16th then people will be in for a shock.”The Caribbean side displayed solid batting in their confidence-boosting warm-up victories against Zimbabwe.However, Simmons expressed some reservations about their fielding, especially during their final match against the Zimbabweans where catches were dropped.”I think we need to make sure that we are in the field, that we are getting to the ball and we are hitting stumps and things like that,” he said.”We dropped a few catches today … but we got to make sure that we are doing everything right by the time we leave here.”UNBEATEN CENTURYThe former West Indies all-rounder says he was impressed with the unbeaten century stand for the first wicket between Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, which led them to a 10-wicket victory against Zimbabwe on Monday.He says competition for Chris Gayle’s opening spot is healthy for the regional side.”This was a much better wicket than two days ago and they showed what they are capable of doing,” said Simmons.”They are both in a way fighting for a spot as Chris Gayle has to come in, so it’s good for them to show what they have and for us to know that if Chris is not there that we still have people who can do the job up top.”West Indies are also scheduled to play warm-up matches against India and Australia next week.last_img read more