Category Archive: Transfer Rumours

Feb 22

Claudio Ranieri believes Sevilla game could be a turning point in Leicester’s season

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes his side’s Champions League game against Sevilla could be a turning point in their season. The Foxes are struggling domestically this term and are facing a relegation fight less than a year after winning the Premier League. They are currently 17th in the table, just one point above Hull […]
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Feb 22

Pep Guardiola suggests “it will be impossible” to advance in Europe if City don’t score away against Monaco

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested that “it will be impossible” for his side to advance in the Champions League if they don’t score an away goal against Monaco. City take a 5-3 lead into the second leg next month, and although this is a positive scoreline, the tie is far from over. According to […]
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Feb 22

Football transfer rumours: Milan to sign Alexis Sánchez or Álvaro Morata?

Today’s fluff was crafted in LombardyIt has been a while since Silvio Berlusconi has scoffed his face full of marquee signings, with Milan fairly passive in the swashbuckling transfer market ever since splashing £17m-odd on Mario Balotelli. Related: José Mourinho stops short of ruling out China move for Wayne Rooney Continue reading…

Feb 21

14 seconds of Floyd Mayweather or six nights with Frankel – what could you get for the Olympic money cut by UK Sport?

Feb 21

Batter not batsman? Cricket terms should be ‘gender neutral’, argues Australian official

Feb 21

Football transfer rumours: Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko to Milan?

Today’s fluff is in a hurryFor some reason the Mill can’t quite fathom Milan have the hots for Tottenham’s £30m record signing Moussa Sissoko, a player who has pulled off the incredible feat of remaining near-invisible throughout his 28 appearances this season. It’s been a while since the winger-cum-forward was last truly spotted making a fist of being a footballer, at the Euro 2016 final, when the his France team-mates seemingly mistook him for a latter day Michel Platini and gave him the ball at every opportunity. It’s a tactic

that worked well
. Related: Tottenham fit enough to stay in running on three fronts, says Jan Vertonghen Continue reading…

Feb 20

Antonio Conte targeting perfect send-off for captain John Terry

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is targeting a perfect send-off for long time captain John Terry, who has been at the club for 22 years. The 36-year-old has one more chance to lift the Premier League and FA Cup at the end of this season. The Blues are eight points clear at the top of the […]
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Feb 20

Pep Guardiola preparing his Man City side for Champions League tie with Monaco

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is aware of the threat his side face against Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday but wants his players to embrace the pressures of Europe’s elite competition. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has won the tournament twice before, both with Barcelona, and hasn’t failed to reach the semi-finals […]
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Feb 20

Football transfer rumours: Messi to Manchester City? Pochettino to Barça?

Today’s tell-all doesn’t trust men who don’t trust men who walk with canes Following that midweek 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, it was back to the bread and butter of La Liga for Barcelona on Sunday. If the Camp Nou faithful were expecting a reaction from their team, they were left disappointed. A season low crowd of just over 63,000 watched their team labour to a 2-1 win over Leganés, who are currently enjoying their first ever season in the top flight and sit just one place above the relegation zone. On an evening when some sections of the crowd booed Barça’s manager Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi looked so fed up he didn’t even celebrate the last-gasp penalty kick he converted to help his side scrape a 2-1 victory. Barcelona’s current woes could have reverberations on the Premier League: the Mirror reports that Manchester City are teeing up a £100m bid to bring Messi to the Premier League and reunite him with his former manager Pep Guardiola. With Luis Enrique’s days in charge looking numbered, Tottenham Hotspur supporters will be upset by press reports saying the Spanish club have identified Mauricio Pochettino as the Spaniard’s successor despite his longtime association with their city rivals Espanyol. The 46-year-old Argentinian is contracted to Tottenham until 2021, but wouldn’t be human if he wasn’t tempted by the offer of a spell in the Camp Nou hot-seat. Related: Lionel Messi salvages win for Barcelona with late penalty against Leganés Continue reading…

Feb 19

Pool player Naoyuki Oi gives brilliantly bizarre TV interview after World Pool Masters win

Feb 17

Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards targeting another FA Cup upset

Championship side Wolves host Premier League leaders Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend and Dave Edwards is targeting another magic upset. The midfielder has already played a key role in cup wins against Stoke City and more notably Liverpool this season. The Reds were beaten 2-1 at Anfield in the last round thanks to […]
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Feb 17

Manchester City fined £35,000 for breach of FA anti-doping regulations

Manchester City have been fined £35,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after the club admitted to breaching the FA’s rules on anti-doping. They have also been warned over their future conduct by English football’s governing body. City were charged with failing to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate, a breach of regulation 14(d). […]
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Feb 17

Spurs suffer shock defeat away to Gent

Tottenham’s Europa League dreams have been dealt a massive blow by Jeremy Perbet, who’s strike gave Gent a 1-0 win in their last-32 first leg match. Mauricio Pochettino named a strong Spurs team that included the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli from the start. However, the English side who had travelled to Belgium […]
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Feb 17

Arsene Wenger confirms future plans

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he still intends to be in management next year, whether it is at Arsenal or not. The 67-year-old is battling through arguably the toughest few weeks of his career and speculation over his future refuses to die down. The Gunners have lost three of their last five games, including a humiliating […]
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Feb 17

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez to Juventus or PSG?

Today’s fluff has just finished its morning assault courseNow that Arsène Wenger’s departure from Arsenal this summer looks inevitable, Arsenal’s board members are finally going to have to do some work. Eek! But this is no time for timidity. Stan Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis, Sir Chips Keswick and Dick Law have put their heads together, had a bit of a cry, remembered that no one knows what any of them looks like, thought about faking their own deaths and looked into assuming false identities. Unfortunately, however, Sir Chips understandably refused to give up his name, even though he was fully aware of the consequences, and now it seems the four of them are going to have to get down to the sticky business of hiring a new manager if Dear Arsène decides to ascend to a higher plane of consciousness. Related: ‘Arsenal fans are no longer fighting – hardcore all want Arsène Wenger to go’ Continue reading…

Feb 16

Man United legend expects Wayne Rooney to leave club if he remains benched

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested that Wayne Rooney may leave the club if his playing time doesn’t increase sometime soon. The United captain surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in January but is struggling to regularly start games. He has been benched in every Premier League game since December 17 and […]
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Feb 16

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes fading following humiliating loss

Arsenal are facing another first knockout round Champions League exit following a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Arsene Wenger’s side have been knocked out the competition at the last-16 stage of every season since 2010-11 and will need a huge performance in the return leg at home to stand any […]
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Feb 16

Fabio Capello believes Chelsea will win the Premier League

Former England manager Fabio Capello believes his fellow Italian Antonio Conte will lead Chelsea to Premier League success this season. The Blues are currently eight points clear at the top of the league ahead of rivals Manchester City in second. After a poor title defence under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink last season, many are […]
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Feb 16

Top Premier League referee ready to walk away from English football

Mark Clattenburg, one of the Premier League’s top referees, is reportedly ready to walk away from football, according to SunSport. The 41-year-old is frustrated with the lack of support from the officials’ governing body and has been weighing up a move away from England, to referee in the MLS or China. SunSport also revealed that […]
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Feb 16

Football transfer rumours: Ronald Koeman to take Barcelona job?

Today’s fluff is sketchyBecause Barcelona are so self-effacingly understated, so lovably altruistic, it is impossible to find any pleasure in Tuesday night’s més que un clubbing by Paris Saint-Germain; the football family mourns as one. But as a consequence, and also as a consequence of various other entirely unamusing poor performances, Luís Enrique is under pressure, with most commentators expecting him to lose his job in the close season. So already, rumours abound as to who might succeed him, and that’s Barca for you: firing our fantasy, even in defeat. Related: Barcelona and Luis Enrique: Is there any way back from this humiliation? | Sid Lowe Continue reading…

Feb 15

What is the most popular sport in England?

Feb 15

Football transfer rumours: Antoine Griezmann to veto Manchester United move?

Today’s fluff is pondering its next moveThe Chinese Super League is not content with Oscar, Graziano Pellè or Gervinho. They quite simply want more. And by more, they want Tottenham Hotspur’s rampaging full-back Danny Rose. An unnamed Chinese superpower, as ever, wanted to chuck £14.5m at Doncaster-born, one-time Peterborough United loanee – and that is just in wages. Rose is not having any of it, though, with Manchester United and Manchester City still circling high above White Hart Lane. He is not the only one. Chelsea’s Diego Costa has also rejected the chance to abruptly end his career by snubbing a lucrative five-year deal from China, worth a mouthwatering £220,000-a-week, to stay put beside Antonio Conte, for the time being at least. Chelsea, meanwhile, continue to focus on more important matters, like turfing out the Stamford Bridge naming rights to any willing investors. Continue reading…

Feb 14

Usain Bolt attempts ‘Oscars selfie’ with sport’s biggest stars as he wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for fourth time 

Feb 14

Football transfer rumours: Tottenham target Martial? Clattenburg to MLS?

Today’s rumours need a LearjetWhy – apart from the lure of Champions League football – would Anthony Martial become the first player since Teddy Sheringham to leave Manchester United for Tottenham? The Frenchman would almost certainly have to take a paycut, would have to leave the soft glades of Carrington, no doubt to the sound of that Sir Alex Ferguson half-time team-talk being played at max volume through the PA system, and make his way to the Big Smoke, with its inflated property prices, tube strikes and Dele Alli/Eric Dier friendship cliques. It just doesn’t make sense, especially when only on Saturday, Martial was doing this in front of a beaming José Mourinho. Still, that’s what the Mirror thinks is going to happen. You heard it here second. Related: Sadio Mané and Liverpool stop Spurs in their tracks – Football Weekly Continue reading…

Feb 13

“Spiderman attacked him”: Irish runner struck by flying elastic cross bar in freak athletics accident

Feb 13

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappé from Monaco?

Today’s fluff is considering upping its salt intakeIt’s February and the season is hotting up: this week sees the resumption of the Champions League and the FA Cup, the League Cup final is next week, and the Premier League is also racing towards a climax. Naturally, all keen footballing minds are therefore focused on the summer transfer window, which is going to be great! Avoid the rush and book the 31 August off work now!One player who might be on the move is Alexis Sánchez: amazingly, it’s turned out that having his career ruined by team-mates who do not share his talent, focus and desire cannot be mitigated by a pair of twee dog banners. And, in any event, he’s had enough of being challenged, so would like to join either Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, while Arsenal must decide whether to sell him this year or allow him to allow his contract to run down. The player will decide on his course of action only after consulting with his unusually astute and selfless advisors, Atom Sánchez and Humber Sánchez. Related: Arsenal need stuttering Mesut Özil to find early-season form for Bayern test Continue reading…

Feb 11

What is ‘Salt Bae’ and why are sports stars doing it when they celebrate?

Feb 10

Football transfer rumours: Thomas Tuchel to succeed Arsène Wenger?

Today’s tell-all is surprisingly well, all things considered Arsenal have been hogging the headlines this week, what with that high profile and very public palaver over banner-hoisting, the quality of shouty analysis on their Fan TV channel and yesterday’s request from Arsène Wenger for supporters of his team to behave more like Tottenham fans. OK, he wasn’t actually suggesting that Gooners should buy Kyle Walker replica shirts and season tickets for White Hart Lane, but his comments are unlikely to go down too well among supporters who may or may not be interested to read tabloid reports that somewhere in the Emirates is a sheet of paper bearing the names of four potential replacements for the Frenchman should he decide to walk away from the club this summer. Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Continue reading…

Feb 09

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to battle Liverpool for Joe Hart?

Today’s whispers are bright as a buttonIt seems quite the time for potentially catastrophic proposals to be waved through. Not that anyone in football would ever be so rash or brazen, obviously, so best feet are being put forward well ahead of the summer window and Real Madrid’s nuanced, targeted transfer policy expects to bear fruit by then. Which department of the side does their club-building approach want to tweak next? It’s between the posts, where Keylor Navas – for all his good work – has rarely quite looked a comfortable fit. Related: Dejan Lovren: ‘I know what refugees are going through – give them a chance’ Continue reading…

Feb 08

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Sánchez, Özil and Wenger to PSG?

Today’s fluff is only here to make you goUntil two minutes ago, the Mill thought borborygmi was some sort of Australian wildlife but now we learn it is the sound that says PSG are still hungry for Arsène Wenger. And get this for a cunning plan: the French club are also preparing a bid for Alexis Sánchez. There are even rumblings that they could start wooing the other Arsenal star who has yet to sign a new contract, Mesut Özil. You see what they’re doing, right? Get those two players and PSG fancy they’d be able to lure Wenger at last. Unlikely? Maybe. Made up? Possibly. A rum scenario? Indeed. Related: Kevin-Prince Boateng: ‘Mandela shook my hand and said: my daughter wants to marry you’ Continue reading…

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