Manchester United name price for Arsenal target

With Arsene Wenger planning to bolster his defence in the summer, Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has emerged as a supposed transfer target for the Gunners, although the north-Londoners will have to break the bank if they’re to land the centre-half, as the Red Devils – according to a report published by Daily Star – have […]

Winter may catch up with the English elite as Champions League resumes | Barry Glendenning

The Premier League’s lack of downtime is much maligned – but few clubs are truly idle over an ever more frenzied Christmas The Champions League returns this week and, for many, the most thrilling football tournament in Europe and arguably the world starts now. The wheat has been separated from the chaff, the Juves and Bayerns from the Qarabags and Maribors. As the first country in the history of the competition to have five teams through to the last 16, England’s interest in the knockout stages has never been greater, even if José Mourinho believes it will end sooner rather than later because of the absence of a winter break in the football calendar. Speaking in November, the Manchester United manager poo-poohed the notion that this might be an English team’s time to end a barren Champions League spell dating back to Chelsea’s win on penalties against Bayern Munich in Continue reading "Winter may catch up with the English elite as Champions League resumes | Barry Glendenning"

Arsenal & Liverpool tail England goalkeeper’s £40m signature

Arsenal and Premier League rivals Liverpool – according to a report published by The Sun – will supposedly lock horns in the summer transfer window for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland’s signature, as the two tailing parties are allegedly keen to revamp their respective options between the sticks for the 2018-19 campaign. It’s said that […]

Palace’s Roy Hodgson still awaiting personal apology from Sam Allardyce

• Pair finally come face to face at Goodison Park tomorrow
• Everton manager claims he tried to call but did not get throughRoy Hodgson has admitted his relationship with Sam Allardyce has been wrecked after his successor as England manager was filmed mocking him, making remarks he found insulting and for which he has not had a personal apology. Allardyce, whose Everton welcome Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to Goodison Park on Saturday, was caught on camera in September 2016 calling his predecessor “Woy” during conversations with undercover reporters, and suggesting he would be no use as a public speaker because “he’d send them all to sleep, he hasn’t got the personality”. He went on to suggest that Hodgson had been “too indecisive” as England succumbed to defeat against Iceland at Euro 2016. Continue reading...

England to wear ‘classic’ World Cup kit for Russia 2018

• All 28 national teams based in St George’s Park will wear kits
• The kits add to excitement around national teams, says FA England have unveiled their World Cup kit for the tournament in Russia, including new home and away kits. The outfits will be worn by all 28 national teams based in St George’s Park. A press release said: “The home kit is a classic look of white shirt, blue shorts and white socks. A modern rib collar is backed by a small St George’s cross and chest carries the famous Three Lions crest in traditional colours below a silver star to mark England’s greatest achievement to date.” Continue reading...

Ian Wright believes Arsene Wenger has ‘destroyed’ attacker’s ‘confidence’

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has fired shots at Arsene Wenger over the French tactician’s somewhat damaging treatment of Alexandre Lacazette, especially after the Gunners landed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record transfer deal. Lacazette joined the north-Londoners in the summer from Olympique Lyon for a fee supposedly worth 46.5m, a jump to […]