TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exitby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee” whether Adrien Rabiot will be at the club beyond January.The Frenchman has yet to sign a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer.Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona have expressed an interest in the midfielder. And their chances of signing the 23-year-old have seemingly increased with Tuchel’s comments.”I cannot guarantee that Adrien (Rabiot) will finish the season with us because it is still the same thing. He did not say yes to PSG. And as a result of that, everything is possible,” he told reporters.”Like you say, it was necessary and important for me, for us, to sign a number 6 for our team this summer. Now we are in winter and it is the same thing. It depends on the situations of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra. Maybe we will need them now.”
Arsenal boss Emery: We’ll buy in January – if we canby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery says they’ll be active in next month’s January market.Laurent Koscielny is back from a long absence but, with Unai opting for a back three at times, his resources have been stretched.“The club is working because if we have one good option to come around and help us, we can do it,” said Emery. “The club has this possibility to help us in the transfer window with some players, but I am very happy with the players. “Already, we have some problems at centre back when we’re playing with three centre backs, but Sokratis is coming back [against Tottenham]. Koscielny is also coming back, Mustafi is coming back in the next week. “I can sometimes play with Xhaka or Nacho Monreal, and also Mavropanos is starting to do training on the pitch and running. Maybe in one month he can help us, but also in this transfer window if we have one good opportunity to help us and sign [someone], we are working for that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd midfielder Herrera unfazed by Athletic Bilbao interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera remains unmoved by interest from Athletic Bilbao.United triggered the one-year option in Herrera’s contract last season, which means he could leave for free at the end of the current campaignAthletic’s newly-appointed sporting director, Rafael Alkorta, confirmed on Tuesday that the club were interested in bringing Herrera back to the San Mames.MEN believe that Herrera has not been swayed by the interest of his hometown club, where spent three seasons before joining United in 2014.Herrera has since made 177 appearances for the Red Devils. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovic futureby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini had no problem playing Marko Arnautovic for victory over Arsenal.However, he says it will be a case of ‘wait and see’ on his future this transfer window amid pressure from China.“We will see what will happen in the next days with Marko,” he said. “It’s an issue that the club must see what’s best for the club, the player and everyone. I hope the best position for everyone will be taken.“I’ve been in the situation a lot of times, I’ve been a manager for 30 years, but we will be calm about it because there is nothing 100% sure. We will see how it develops in the next days.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd week in Dubai no jolly after fitness reportsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s week in Dubai was no jolly, it has been revealed.The Mirror says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent five days in Dubai last week putting the squad he inherited from the sacked Portuguese through “a mini pre-season” after being told by backroom staff that United were being dominated physically by opposition teams.One of the first messages the Norwegian delivered after taking over was that there were no excuses for the Old Trafford giants’ players being outrun and outfought during the most important 90 minutes of the week. Some staff members at Old Trafford believe the numbers are proof of how much Mourinho had lost the support of his players.Others feel that it was a consequence of the negative tactical noose he had thrown on his team. Either way, the stats are a damning indictment of the one-time Special One’s reign.
Brighton boss Potter happy to give March central roleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is happy to give Solly March a central role.For the draw with Burnley, Potter believes the contribution made by versatile March was a hint of what he should be offering on a more regular basis.He said: “When he has too much time to think, I’m not sure it’s the best for him. We spoke about that.“I think he’s got talent, he’s a good player, he has got quality.“He just needs to play with a bit of freedom.“If you look at the last two or three games, he has played left wing-back, he has played right wing-back and he has played pretty much as an extra midfield player, as a ten.“That tells you we think he is a football player and that he can play in a lot of positions.“The key thing for him is he needs to contribute in the final third, the attacking third, more than he has because he has got the quality to do that.“Obviously it was nice for him to do that (on Saturday) and give support for Neal.“But I think there is more to come from Solly.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Keane never convinced by De Geaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says he’s never been convinced by David de Gea.De Gea conceded twice in defeat at West Ham just days after signing a new contract.Keane said, “I’m not so sure.“Goalkeepers can make mistakes but I’ve always worried about him.“Every time I’ve watched him it’s the character side of the game. He never seems to be commanding.“I never get the impression he’s the type of character that puts demands on people around him.”
ohio state cardale jones longest ball 74 yardsIt’s no secret that Ohio State boasts a lot of depth at quarterback. The competition for the team’s starting QB role is a hot topic in Columbus, and if arm strength were the deciding factor, let’s just say junior Cardale Jones would probably run away with the job. At today’s spring game, the Buckeyes held a “Longest Ball” competition to see how far their quarterbacks could sling it. Not surprisingly, Jones can sling it quite far.Seventy-four yards with accuracy and authority to be exact. Absurd. Jones’ throw was the farthest, beating out one of his current competitors and a former Buckeye legend.Cardale Jones just threw a football 74 yards in the halftime QB throwoff! @OhioStAthletics. Troy Smith 68 yards. J.T. Barrett 59 yards.— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) April 18, 2015
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)By this time next month, the 2016 college football season will be in full swing. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see that most of the country’s top analysts are releasing their version of the ‘Top 25′ rankings this week. FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel is the latest to give fans a look at what he’s thinking will transpire this year. He has some interesting opinions about the strength of the ACC, too.Mandel’s list, which you can view in its entirety over at FOX Sports, is pretty similar to what we’ve seen from others. It won’t shock you to hear that he has defending national champion Alabama as his No. 1 ranked team heading into the season.Here’s a look at Stewart Mandel’s top 10 for FOX Sports. You can check out all 25 teams on his list here.10. Louisville9. Tennessee8. Michigan7. Ohio State6. TCU5. Oklahoma4. LSU3. Clemson2. Florida State1. AlabamaClearly, Mandel is putting some stock in the top half of the ACC this year, with three of the league’s schools finding their way into his top 10. He also has three SEC squads in the group – but that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone.Mandel does not have any schools from the Pac-12 in his top 10 – which will probably upset fans of both Stanford and Washington.Mandel’s selection of Ohio State over Michigan will likely turn some heads, as the Wolverines, which bring back a ton of experience, are a hot pick to win the Big Ten this year. He also has Oklahoma slightly ahead of TCU.Last year, the College Football Playoff was comprised of Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide eventually met in the title game, with Alabama winning a thriller. Mandle has three of last year’s finalists in his top five – while Michigan State comes in at No. 19.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract with the club.The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the Reds’ most consistent performers under Jurgen Klopp and has now penned a new deal, which Goal understands will run until 2024.He follows Scotland captain Andy Robertson in committing his future to the club this week, with the left-back having also agreed a new five-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Alexander-Arnold’s impressive performances over the last couple of seasons have seen him become Klopp’s first choice at right-back, with Nathaniel Clyne having been loaned to Bournemouth as he struggled for game time.His form earned international recognition in 2018, with Gareth Southgate selecting him in his squad for the 2018 World Cup, while he scored his first England goal in the 3-0 win over USA.He is, however, currently sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Brighton last time out, dealing a blow to the Reds as they aim to win the Premier League title in 2018-19.With Joe Gomez also out injured, Klopp is likely to turn to James Milner at right-back for Saturday’s meeting with Crystal Palace, while Dejan Lovren is also unavailable.Liverpool are currently four points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race, while they also have a Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich to look forward to.Alexander-Arnold has featured in 22 games in all competitions for the Reds so far this season, scoring one goal – a direct free-kick in the 3-0 win over Watford.Speaking to the club’s official website about the new contract, the 20-year-old said: “I’m ecstatic and really proud. I feel privileged to have the support and the trust the club has in me to offer me a new deal. “There was no doubt in my mind to sign and extend the years I have with the club. Hopefully we can achieve a lot of success in those years.”As soon as they offered the contract, there was no hesitation whatsoever. The thing that made it easiest for me was having the people around me to make sure I was able to focus on football as much as possible and get the deal done as soon as possible.”That is down to my brother especially, my manager, who took that role and allowed me to focus on football and not get distracted, which is the main thing.”The last 18 months especially have been very special. Hopefully the next 18 months and even further on than that will be even more special.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web