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Man United & Moussa Dembele have mutual interest in January transfer – Castles

As per a report from journalist Duncan Castles, Manchester United could swoop for Lyon star Moussa Dembele in January, with the player interested in a move to Old Trafford. Lyon standout 23-year-old hitman Dembele made a return to his home country last summer, when the Frenchman joined Lyon from Celtic for €22 million. And, on the back of an impressive stint with the Scottish champions, Dembele has since gone on to carry his goalscoring exploits back to Ligue 1. The powerful attacker’s debut season at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais saw him rack up 20 goals and 6 assists across all competitions. Moussa Dembele just loves a derby goal 🙌 A 95th-minute winner to send Lyon above rivals Saint-Etienne into 3rd in Ligue 1? The fans will be talking about this one for some time 👊 ...

Manchester United interested in Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic – Sport

Rakitic’s Barcelona stint Ivan Rakitic joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2014. Barca are said to have paid somewhere in the region of £16m for Rakitic’s services. The Croatian has gone on to feature 274 times across all competitions for the Catalonian giants. In those 274 games Rakitic has found the back of the net on 34 occasions and provided 37 assists. Rakitic has also won a plethora of trophies during his stint with Barcelona. In total, Rakitic has helped Barca win 13 pieces of silverware including four league titles, four Copa del Reys, two Supercopa de Españas, one Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.   View this post on Instagram   #iznadsvihhrvatska A post shared by Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) on Oct 12, 2019 at 2:37pm PDT Rakitic to leave Barca in...

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah unlikely to cut Leeds stint short, despite Bristol City links

As per a report from the Bristol Post, despite suggestions to the contrary, it is altogether unlikely that Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell with Leeds United will be cut short in January. Nketiah’s career to date Nketiah, a 20-year-old striker, has been on Arsenal’s books since 2015, when he made the move across London from Premier League rivals Chelsea. After spending two seasons in the club’s youth setup, Nketiah’s goalscoring exploits saw him first handed a chance to impress as part of the Gunners’ first-team panel in 2017. The 7-time capped English U21-international, though, subsequently struggled to carve out any meaningful game-time. Last season saw Nketiah manage 5 Premier League appearances as part of Unai Emery’s senior squad. All of these, thou...

Harry Maguire explains poor Manchester United form reason for England disappointments

Harry Maguire explains poor Manchester United form reason for England disappointments – originally posted on Sportslens.com England’s dominant run in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers came to a shocking halt when they fell to a disappointing 1-2 loss to Czech Republic to lose their first game since the UEFA nations league defeat to the Netherlands. In what was an extremely disappointing showing, Gareth Southgate’s men showed little confidence and allowed the hosts to easily triumph over them. Southgate was quick to take the defeat upon himself, but star defender Harry Maguire suggested that some of the players’ poor club form is the reason for being unable to turn up at the International stage. Following the game, the towering centre-back explained how lack of confidence in club level is...

Report: Manchester City star in line for new deal after filling Kompany void

Report: Manchester City star in line for new deal after filling Kompany void – originally posted on Sportslens.com According to The Sun, Manchester City are planning to enter into talks with Fernandinho in the coming months in order to discuss terms of a new deal. The 34-year-old is currently in the last year of his contract, and while many thought this could be his last season at the Etihad, the club want to have him around for at least one more year. Since the departure of Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho has helped fill the leadership void in the dressing room and on the pitch, and that has impressed manager Pep Guardiola. Despite losing his defensive midfield spot to summer arrival Rodrigo, the Brazilian has proven to be a perfect cover at centre-back following the injuries to Aymeri...

Report: Bielsa’s starting XI decision could hand Championship rivals massive boost

Report: Bielsa's starting XI decision could hand Championship rivals massive boost – originally posted on Sportslens.com Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is yet to start a Championship game for Leeds United since moving to Elland Road on a season-long loan on summer transfer deadline day. The Athletic’s Phil Hay recently claimed head coach Marcelo Bielsa is yet to fully embrace the youngster, with Patrick Bamford still firmly his first-choice striker.  While Nketiah has seven league appearances for Leeds thus far, Arsenal want him to get regular first-team action and do have the option to recall him in January, according to The Sun. The newspaper claims Bristol City are ready to come after his services in January after missing out on him during the summer. Leeds beat them and...

Man United failed in summer move for Antoine Griezmann/Fernando Llorente also targeted – Athletic

As per a report from The Athletic, Manchester United attempted to sign both Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Llorente during the summer transfer window. United’s struggles After clearing out the likes of wantaway attackers Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, and reinforcing the club’s backline with the big-money additions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, Manchester United headed into the 2019/20 campaign with fresh hope of finally putting their recent struggles on the pitch firmly behind them. The season also came on the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first summer overseeing proceedings at Old Trafford, a key element in the preparations of any side. What has subsequently unfolded over the weeks and months since, though, has proven nothing short of a disaster. The Red D...

Report: Premier League man who turned Rangers down in 2017 agrees to join them

Report: Premier League man who turned Rangers down in 2017 agrees to join them – originally posted on Sportslens.com According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers are set to appoint Southampton chief Ross Wilson as their new Director of Football. The 35-year-old Saints man turned the Light Blues down two years ago, but has finally agreed to join them, with an official appointment expected to be confirmed on Monday. Rangers started talks with Wilson two weeks ago after Mark Allen left Ibrox, and finally securing his services comes as a huge boost. Gers boss Steven Gerrard was behind the appointment after managing to convince the Saints director of football. Wilson has experience working in Scotland having once been with Falkirk, and he also once worked with Huddersfield and Watford. He is ex...

Manchester United’s current squad: Who should be shown the door?

Man United’s struggles Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United in 2013 they have never really been able to replicate the form they became so accustomed to under the Scotsman. Instead, the past six or so years have been spent with Man United splashing big money on players and managers and getting fairly average results. Whether it be to do with the board or the managers themselves, United are now in a position where they are seriously struggling to even crack the top six in the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did look as though he could have been Man United’s savior. When the Norwegian first took the reins at Old Trafford, United went 12 Premier League games unbeaten. CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates w...

Harvey Elliot dealt with a two weeks ban for mocking Harry Kane

Harvey Elliot dealt with a two weeks ban for mocking Harry Kane – originally posted on Sportslens.com Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliot has been banned by two weeks from any competitive football for mocking England captain Harry Kane after the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in June. In an offensive video posted on his Instagram account, Elliot could be seen making a mockery of Kane by using an impersonating the striker and using abusive language against him. The video posted showed the 16-year-old watching the game between the English sides with a very abusive caption summing up the Spurs man. He was in violation of breaching FA’s rule E3 in relation to a derogatory video posted on social media. The FA statement summing up the situation explained, ...

Source: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson’s Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition

Nike has long been synonymous with premium sneakers and other sports gear, but now it seems that the company could be extending its brand into another area — digital media — thanks to the rumored acquisition of a Seattle-based startup. TechCrunch has learned from a source that the multibillion-dollar sports giant has acquired TraceMe, which originally built an app to let fans engage with sports stars and other celebrities before later pivoting into a service called Tally, a platform aimed at sports teams, broadcasters and venues to help fans engage around sporting events. TraceMe was originally founded by Russell Wilson, the champion quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, who was the executive chairman of the startup. The company had raised at least $9 million from investors that...

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante suffers injury on international duty

Potentially big blow for Chelsea Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was forced to withdraw from the France team against Iceland after picking up an injury during the warm-up. Since joining from Leicester back in 2016, Kante has grown into one of the best midfielders in world football. The Frenchman is incredibly important for Chelsea but hasn’t had the greatest start to the season. Kante picked up an injury during pre-season, which has caused several issues. Despite making the season opener against Manchester United, Kante then struggled to get fit. The Frenchman was then practically featuring once every two games due to injury problems. However, he returned to full fitness recently and scored in the clashes with Liverpool and Southampton. Now, in another unfortunate twist, he could ...