Clarke: Costa Could Be Out In The Cold For Two Years

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Former Chelsea manager Steve Clarke says Chelsea can afford to keep Costa on the books for two years and not use him.

The Spain international was expected to be on his way out of the club in the summer, but a move to Atletico is impossible, due to a transfer ban.

Costa has refused to come back and train with the club and will rather stay in Brazil and Clarke warns he could spend the next two years there.

He told talkSPORT: “At the moment Costa is making it difficult for himself. He hasn’t gone back to the club, he’s not training, he’s not earning his money.

“I think Chelsea have got the financial power to make him see out the rest of his contract.

“If Costa doesn’t want to come back in and honour his deal, then Chelsea have got the financial power to say, ‘ok, you’ll sit for two years and not play’.

“But that’s not an ideal situation for anybody.

“I think they need to get all the parties together, sit them down and thrash out some kind of a solution that’s best for everybody – even if it’s a short-term one.

“I think they need somebody at the top, probably right at the top – it’s probably a job for Mr Abramovich to be honest.”

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Clarke: Costa Could Be Out In The Cold For Two Years

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Former Chelsea manager Steve Clarke says Chelsea can afford to keep Costa on the books for two years and not use him.

The Spain international was expected to be on his way out of the club in the summer, but a move to Atletico is impossible, due to a transfer ban.

Costa has refused to come back and train with the club and will rather stay in Brazil and Clarke warns he could spend the next two years there.

He told talkSPORT: “At the moment Costa is making it difficult for himself. He hasn’t gone back to the club, he’s not training, he’s not earning his money.

“I think Chelsea have got the financial power to make him see out the rest of his contract.

“If Costa doesn’t want to come back in and honour his deal, then Chelsea have got the financial power to say, ‘ok, you’ll sit for two years and not play’.

“But that’s not an ideal situation for anybody.

“I think they need to get all the parties together, sit them down and thrash out some kind of a solution that’s best for everybody – even if it’s a short-term one.

“I think they need somebody at the top, probably right at the top – it’s probably a job for Mr Abramovich to be honest.”

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Malignaggi: Let Us Fight McGregor

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Paulie Malignaggi says he wants to fight Conor McGregor, to settle the dispute between them, after a well documented sparring row.

Malignaggi says he is ready to fight the irishman next year, as long as he does not suffer a one sided defeat against Mayweather.

Paulie quit the UFC superstar’s training camp, after pictures of him hitting the canvas surfaced online.

“It’s picked up a ton of momentum, the bad blood is there so let’s fight,” he said during an in-depth interview on The MMA Hour.

“We’ll need to see how he looks against Mayweather. If he looks dog s***, no one will want to see us fight.

“As long as he doesn’t get the living s*** beaten out of him, I think the demand is there to make the fight.”

“I showed up with the best intentions in camp, but at a certain point you realise that you are being used as a pawn where somebody is trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help,” said Malignaggi.

He added: “I had no choice but to leave.

“If I never see him or speak to him for the rest of my life, it’s cool.”

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Roach: McGregor Is Fun To Watch

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Freddie Roach says he is backing Conor McGregor, but believes the irishman can only last four rounds.

The boxing trainer said the mixed martial arts professional is exciting to watch ahead of his fight against Mayweather.

Roach says McGregor is more exciting to watch than his opponent, as they prepare for their Las Vegas fight.

“He’s [McGregor] fun to watch,” Roach told boxing.com.

“He’s a character. [But] he’s not that good of a fighter. He’ll let his hands go and so forth. He’s a little wild.

“He’s putting himself on a very high level. I think he’s more of a four-round fighter at this point.”

“He’s not a risk-taker anymore,” he said of Mayweather.

“He’s not the most exciting guy in the world. But, he’s still a great boxer. [McGregor] can’t beat guys like that, in my opinion.”

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Henry: Arsenal Must Switch Style For Lacazette To Shine

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Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has said Arsenal must ditch their current style to bring the best out if Lacazette.

Arsenal acquired Lacazette from Lyon for a fee of £46 million, with Sanchez future surrounded by uncertainty.

Henry believes the midfielders must adapt their game to suit the France international, switching to direct football.

The club’s all-time leading goalscorer told Sky Sports: “Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top.

“He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.

“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?
“That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal. They don’t like it.

“Does he lose the ball? No, he doesn’t lose the ball. Does it look pretty? Yes, it looks pretty. But we want to go to goal.

“That’s where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with Lacazette.”

He added on the 26-year-old: “Because he is so sound and good on the ball, he can play on the left or on the right, but for me he is a No.9.

“When the big man comes back and hopefully he is going to come back soon, Alexis Sanchez, he is going to play on the left.

“I think Lacazette is going to play in the centre. That is where I would like to see him play. [Olivier] Giroud can offer a lot and he showed that [against Leicester] but I would love to see the partnership that Sanchez and Lacazette can create.”

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Mkhitaryan: Lindelof Will Shine For United

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has backed Lindelof to perform for Manchester United, believing he will impress Mourinho.

Lindelof joined United from Benfica for £30 million in the off-season, but was left out of the squad that played the opener.

Mourinho has cited the reason for dropping the defender, saying he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

“Lindelof is still going to have time to show himself,” Mkhitaryan said. “So I want to say all the players are good signings and they are going to help us a lot.

“As a player and for a club, you are always going to have ups and downs. I think the last few years was a little bit down for the club but since last year, and this year, I hope it is going be up for the club.

“We are going to try to do our best to bring the club on the level it was at before. It is always hard but we will try and do our best.”

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Davinson Sanchez Tells Ajax He Wants To Join Tottenham

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Davinson Sanchez has informed Ajax he wants to join Tottenham, reports the Independent.

The Colombia international is understood have rejected a move to Barcelona last year due to fears of a lack of game time.

But with Mauricio Pochettino believe to be interested in the 21-year-old, the defender has now revealed his desire to leave the Eredivisie club.

Sanchez’s importance was evident as last season’s Europa League finalists lost against their Eredivisie rivals for the first time in 52 years.

Despite Ajax having sold their top talent throughout their illustrious history, it is understood they are holding out for upwards of £45million.

And that would make him the club’s highest-ever sale — and record purchase for Spurs.

Sanchez, 21, is one of a number of top, young talents at the Amsterdam Arena, and would find Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen as former Ajax players in North London.

He joined from Atletico Nacional last summer, and his performances have seen Barcelona among the clubs interested in signing him.

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Joey Barton Predicts Rafa Benitez Will Quit Newcastle Before Christmas

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Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has predicted that Rafa Benitez will leave his job as manager before Christmas.

The Spaniard has admitted that he is unhappy with the club’s transfer activity this summer having seen the arrivals of five new players.

After the Magpies’ earned promotion to the Premier League from the Championship last season, owner Mike Ashley claimed that Benitez would have funds to recruit the players that he wants.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports News, the Sports Direct businessman revealed that he cannot compete financially with some of England’s elite, including Manchester City.

Barton, who played for Newcastle between 2007 and 2011, believes that it is only a matter of time before Benitez walks away over disputes with the hierarchy.

“Newcastle is a great club, but the owner causes a lot of problems. It’s his way or the highway. I can’t see Benitez staying there until Christmas,” the midfielder told talkSPORT.

“Ashley’s interview on TV was silly because it draws everybody in and makes it a soap opera because Rafa has to responded and has to take a side.

“I believe Benitez wants to go. His body language says Ashley has not come through with what he wanted this summer, and that means he feels he won’t have the opportunity to establish Newcastle in the top half of the Premier League.

“It ends one of two ways – either the owner leaves and gets the money he wants for the club, or the manager will go because he won’t give him the finances he feels is necessary to compete in the Premier League.”

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Tottenham £25m Bid For Fulham’s 17-year-old Wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon Rejected

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Tottenham have had a bid worth up to £25m rejected for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 17-year-old, England U19 international has emerged as on the country’s football’s most-promising talents having worked his way through the ranks at Craven Cottage.

Spurs’ fee would go close to matching the £25.5m Manchester United paid to sign 18-year-old Wayne Rooney in 2004, still the highest fee paid for an English teenager.

The Telegraph, however, claim Sessegnon is happy at Fulham and will put no pressure on the club to sell.

Spurs are also understood to be interest in Ryan’s twin brother, Steven.

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Philippe Coutinho Leaving Liverpool Would Be Awful -Roberto Firmino

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Roberto Firmino has reportedly admitted that it would be “awful” to see Philippe Coutinho leave the club.

Philippe Coutinho is believed to have submitted a transfer request via email after learning of Barcelona‘s interest.

The Catalan giants, who recently sold Neymar for a fee thought to be around £196m, have reportedly had a £72m bid for Coutinho and an offer in the region of £80m rejected by the Reds.

The 25-year-old missed Saturday’s Premier League opening 3-3 draw with Watford due to a back injury, and he has not travelled with the squad for tonight’s Champions League first leg qualifier against Hoffenheim.

Twitter account @BrazilStat has quoted Firmino as saying: “I prefer to not think of [Coutinho leaving] because it’d be awful. He’s a great player but also a great friend to me.”

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Let Lucas Perez Re-join Deportivo La Coruna, Agent Tells Arsenal

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The agent of  Lucas Perez has urged Arsenal to let the striker re-join Deportivo La Coruna.

Representative Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle has told Sky Sports News that Deportivo have offered £10.9m for Perez – who is unhappy at a lack of playing time at the Emirates.

“I think the £10.9m (€12m) that Deportivo La Coruna have offered Arsenal is a great deal. Deportivo received £12.7m (€14m) when they sold him to them last summer,” he said.

“They are giving everything to make this transfer possible. Lucas wants to play but he has a contract with Arsenal. I am hopeful an agreement can be reached. Lucas wants to play in Spain.”

Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez intends to travel to London this week to meet Arsenal executives in a last attempt to lure Lucas Perez back to the La Liga club

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Stoke City Interested In Signing Tottenham Striker Vincent Janssen

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Stoke look to be coming to life in the transfer market, The Potters have enquired about signing Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.

The Netherlands international has played second fiddle to Harry Kane since joining Spurs in 2016, and was an unused substitute in Sunday’s win at Newcastle.

Stoke City have approached their Premier League rivals to see if a deal can be done.

That’s despite closing in on a loan deal for Paris St-Germain striker Jese Rodriguez.

Sheth said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre: “PSG forward Jese Rodriguez has been having a medical ahead of a loan move.

“Jese, once of Real Madrid, had verbally agreed to join Fiorentina, but lure of Premier League football has swung the deal Stoke’s way.

“We now await a formal announcement from both clubs.

“Stoke’s interest in forwards doesn’t end with Jese.

“We understand they’ve made an enquiry for Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.

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Everton’s Gareth Barry Set To Undergo West Brom Medical

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is at West Brom’s training ground undergoing a medical

The deal which would take the 36-year-old from Goodison Park to The Hawthorns could be completed in the next 24 hours.

Barry did not feature in Everton’s opening-day victory over Stoke because of an ankle injury, but this is not thought to be serious, and should not prevent him passing Albion’s medical.

We understand the England international is keen on the move after dropping down Ronald Koeman’s pecking order after Everton’s busy summer of transfer activity.

Barry wants to play regular first-team football, while Tony Pulis is keen to bring in an experienced “leader” in midfield after Darren Fletcher joined Stoke.

Pulis is expecting a frantic finale to the transfer window and is targeting at least three more signings, including a centre-half, a winger and a forward.

After the 1-0 win over Bournemouth, Pulis reiterated his desire to bring in new recruits. He said: “We need to get some players in and quickly.. “Everybody from around the football club is waiting for them to come in.

“They’ve got to be players that improve us. We will work tremendously hard the next two weeks to give us a better opportunity to do well. The squad’s just not strong enough.

“We only have 17 senior pros so we need to and we’ve got a few at the top age so it just needs restructuring.”

Nacer Chadli, the record £13million signing, is facing an uncertain future amid interest from Swansea City.

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Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Morning

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  • Manchester City are set to make a £60m offer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
  • Manchester City are facing a potential conflict of interest with Girona if the Spanish side qualifies for Europe.
  • Jack Wilshere has stepped up his Arsenal return with an appearance for the club’s U23 side.
  • Chelsea are ready to splash £120m on three Premier League stars; Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Drinkwater.
  • Jurgen Klopp has issued a simple but emphatic message for Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho: ‘We don’t want the money’.
  • Jurgen Klopp has opened up on Emre Can and admits his contract situation ‘isn’t perfect’.
  • Antonio Conte has ordered his Chelsea stars to clean up their act during a Monday inquest.
  • Jordan Henderson says everyone in the Liverpool team wants Philippe Coutinho to stay.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes Manchester United are ready for the title battle.
  • Chelsea’s stars have taken Diego Costa’s side in a dispute with boss Antonio Conte.
  • Borussia Dortmund have set a two-week deadline for Barcelona to finalise their £90m deal for Ousmane Dembele.
  • Benjamin Mendy has trained for the first time after injury since his £52m move from Monaco.
  • Chelsea have given Diego Costa four demands to meet before they consider selling him to Atletico Madrid.
  • Ross Barkley has suffered an injury in training that has plunged his transfer further into doubt.

  • Chelsea have ordered Diego Costa back to training and get fit for selection.
  • Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho decision is out of is hands and is down to his American bosses at FSG.
  • Diego Costa asked to be sold LAST during last summer’s pre-season tour.
  • Spurs are in talks to make Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez their first signing of the summer.
  • Hibernian boss Neil Lennon is facing a sweat to see if he will be hit with a bumper touchline ban over his Ibrox goal celebrations.

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Kompany Says Guardiola’s City Is Better Than Mancini’s City

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Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain has said that the club under Guardiola is better than the team managed by Mancini.

Manchester City won the Premier League under Mancini, with the likes of Tevez, Kolo Toure and a host of others.

Pep Guardiola has inherited a team that is better than the one with which Mancini used to win the title.

“The team in the first league title win was all about big personalities, character and tough guys in the team,” he said.

“It was game-deciding people.

“This team is more about there being a flow to it – there is coordination, the system is very meticulous. So we will see – this team still needs to win something.

“But my feeling is that we have a lot more tools we can use. It was difficult for us to play in a back three back in the day, just because of the personnel we had.

“Here it is just as easy for us to switch from a back three to a back four and so on. That is the strength of this team, the fact that we just can adapt to so many ways.”

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Kompany Says Guardiola’s City Is Better Than Mancini’s City

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Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain has said that the club under Guardiola is better than the team managed by Mancini.

Manchester City won the Premier League under Mancini, with the likes of Tevez, Kolo Toure and a host of others.

Pep Guardiola has inherited a team that is better than the one with which Mancini used to win the title.

“The team in the first league title win was all about big personalities, character and tough guys in the team,” he said.

“It was game-deciding people.

“This team is more about there being a flow to it – there is coordination, the system is very meticulous. So we will see – this team still needs to win something.

“But my feeling is that we have a lot more tools we can use. It was difficult for us to play in a back three back in the day, just because of the personnel we had.

“Here it is just as easy for us to switch from a back three to a back four and so on. That is the strength of this team, the fact that we just can adapt to so many ways.”

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Ronaldo Handed Five-Match Ban For Pushing Referee After Receiving Red Card

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Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.

The World Player of the Year was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off on Sunday.

In the photo, Ronaldo can be seen pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. (Photo: Sky Sports)

In the photo, Ronaldo can be seen pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. (Photo: Sky Sports)

He was booked at the Nou Camp for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Ronaldo was also fined 3,805 euros ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.

Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.

The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.

The official match report sent to the RFEF from the Camp Nou included Ronaldo’s push in the “other incidents” section.

“Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro — having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement,” the Basque official wrote.

The RFEF’s disciplinary code appears clear that the punishment for such behaviour, even if only “slightly violent,” is an extra suspension of four to 12 games.

“Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games,” says the code’s article 96.

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Azpilicueta: Chelsea Needs To Sign New Players

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Cesar Azpilicueta has asked Chelsea to do everything possible to reinforce the squad by signing new players.

Chelsea were down by three goals before the second half and ended up losing the match 3-2.

Chelsea has only added Morata, Bakayoko, Rudiger and Caballero while the likes of Matic, Loftus-Cheek and a host of others have left the club.

“When you see the players we lost, and the players we have signed in, they are not the same,” Azpilicueta told reporters.

“Obviously we have very good young players, but we have to know the reality that being champions is even harder the next season. We have experience of that,” Azpilicueta continued, referring to the club’s disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.

“So we need players. The young players need help from senior players, top players, not to rush them into a position where they are maybe not ready to go at the moment. It is something that the club is working on with the manager, and hopefully we can get new signings in the next few weeks.”

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Alli On Shelvey Incident: No Need To React

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Dele Alli says he intends to keep his emotions in check, after he was involved in an altercation with Jonjo Shelvey in the 2-0 win against Newcastle.

Shelvey who captained the magpies was sent off shortly after the second half for trampling on Alli.

The England international who scored in the 2-0 win says it was important to not react and keep the team going.

“I’ve had a few talks with the gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] and a couple of people,” Alli said. “I’ve been caught out a couple of times with my temper.

“It’s something I like to keep in my game and it was a game today when we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react today.

“We didn’t want to get too heated up and get pulled into what they wanted us to and make it more of a physical battle than a game of football.”

“We knew it was going to be a physical game today,” Alli added. “They didn’t make it easy for us and it’s a difficult place to come.
“We knew if we stuck to the game plan then the chances would come. They did and we put them away.
“[Shelvey’s red card] happens sometimes in football. He’s a great player and I’m sure he’s going to be disappointed.

“It was important that we stayed professional and just did what we knew we had to do. We kept the ball moving, which was difficult at times, but I don’t want to talk about it too much.”

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Paulinho To Join Barcelona From Guangzhou Evergrande

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Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi has confirmed that midfielder, Paulinho will be joining Barcelona.

The 29-year-old is in Spain to finalise the deal and has joined Barcelona, after his release clause of €40 million was met.

“We have lost such a key player [in Paulinho],” he said. “And our line-up and style of play will be absolutely affected by his departure because it is impossible for us to seek any replacement at this stage of the campaign.

“Anyway, we want to wish Paulinho good luck. His transfer to such a big club as Barcelona from the Chinese Super League is testament both to him and the Chinese football leagues.”

Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said: “Paulinho is a fantastic player who has a brilliant track record both in club and national team.

“The substantial amount of money that Barcelona had paid to buy Paulinho is a very big testament to the football played by Guangzhou Evergrande.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

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Hoeness: Neymar Is Not Worth €222 Million

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has voiced his opinion on Paris Saint-Germain smashing the world transfer fee.

The head honcho had previously stated the signing shows weakness on PSG’s part, which was met with criticism by Neymar’s agent.

The Brazil international cost the Ligue 1 club €222 million and will play against Guingamp on Sunday.

“€222m? I don’t think that this Neymar is that good,” Hoeness said, speaking to Sky Sports.

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Hart Wanted Permanent City Exit

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Joe Hart has stated that leaving Manchester City on loan was not his previous position, as he wanted a permanent move.

Joe Hart will return to the Premier League, after joining West Ham on a season long loan from City.

The England international spent last season on loan at Torino and he is starting to seek a permanent exit.

“The permanent move was going to be difficult,” Hart said to Sky Sports. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation.

“When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly, and ideally I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere so I could set my life up and have a direction.

“When you become a professional footballer there is no written contract that says you have to play first-team football.

“It’s a job at the end of the day but there are a lot of us, myself included, who just love playing football and I’m just lucky that it’s my job.

“It’s a short career. The money side of it is great and it is important, but at the end of the day I’m a young guy, I want to play football, that’s all I want to do. If going on loan is what needs to happen then for me that’s fine.

“The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.”

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Redknapp Confirms Interest In Onazi

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Harry Redknapp has said he is eager to sign Trabzonspor’s Ogenyi Onazi for Birmingham City.

The former Tottenham manager wants the services of Onazi, to add some strength to his midfield.

“We are trying to get him [Onazi], he is a good player – an outstanding player,” Redknapp told Birmingham Mail.

“We are hopeful, I don’t know where we are at today, the people who deal with that are off dealing with it.

“Hopefully it’s getting there.

“Another good player, Ghanaian boy [Acquah], strong, aggressive, good midfield player.

“It would probably be one or the other. You have got to see what you can get – and if you can get them both you have got to make a decision.

“If you can only get one, you take him and if you can’t get any – you just pray. We are trying to get one of them in.”

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Aluko Aims For EPL With Fulham

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Sone Aluko has stated that Fulham are aiming to gain promotion to the premier league, after failing last season.

Fulham could only make it to the play-offs and lost 2-1 to Reading to end their race for promotion.

“Reading worked hard and had a game plan to frustrate us — and it worked,” Aluko told The Sun.

“At the start of last season, we weren’t tipped to be anywhere near the playoffs.

“But we believed in ourselves and knew we would get there. We played very good football en route. Overall we were happy with how we performed — although of course, we weren’t content with how it ended.

“The goal is to build on last season. We’ve kept hold of a lot of key players but we’re still a few short from where we would like to be.

“I’m sure the club is working hard to bring more players in now (in order to fortify their team).

“The aim is to get promoted this time — so first and foremost that is the automatic places — but, if not, it’s the playoffs again.”

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Spalletti: Perisic Wants Inter Stay

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Inter Milan head coach, Luciano Spalletti believes Ivan Perisic will not leave the club , despite interest from United.

The 28-year-old Perisic is in the middle of a transfer speculation linking him with a move to England with Manchester United.

However, Spalletti insists the Croatia international is set to remain with the club in the Serie A.

“Perisic is determined to remain,” Spalletti said via Sky Sports Italia following Inter’s 1-0 friendly win over Real Betis.

“He spoke like a player who wants to do well and be professional.”

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