Category: Transfers in football

Kluivert: ‘De Ligt regrets leaving Barca, following Juventus’

Player Patrick Kluivert said that compatriot Matthijs de Ligt is regretting choosing to join Juventus after leaving Ajax last summer.

“I won’t say that I tried to persuade De Ligt. I only said good things about the city of Barcelona and the club to him. He and his agent were the ones who decided. De Ligt had a choice, and I think he’s a bit sorry about that. In life, when you make choices, sometimes you make the right choices, or very badly. You have to learn from your decisions”, commented Kluivert.

De Ligt currently plays not really comfortable at Juventus. Thanks to the long-term injury of Giorgio Chiellini, the 20-year-old Dutch midfielder has the main position. De Ligt also suffered a lot of criticism for making mistakes in the early stages of the season.

Before joining Juventus for $ 84 million, De Ligt had a long time to contact Barca. The former Ajax captain has also consulted with Kluivert, who has played successfully for Barca and is currently the club’s young football director.

Contrary to De Ligt, former teammate Frenkie De Jong is very comfortable at the Nou Camp. After the summer transfer of 2019, the young Dutch midfielder quickly took a main position and received many compliments from experts.

“De Jong is a very high quality midfielder,” Kluivert said.

Regarding the possibility of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman returning to Barca in the future, Kluivert said: “I do not know. That may happen, but with respect for incumbent coach Valverde, I do not want to talk about other coaches. In terms of competence, Koeman is a good coach. He is leading the Netherlands very well. “

Recently, the Dutch Football Federation has revealed, the contract with Koeman has a clause that allows the coach to go to Barca at any time without compensation. Time player, Koeman has played very successfully for Barca. He has just led the Netherlands to qualify for Euro 2020.

Man Utd risk losing three pillars when playing Bournemouth

Rashford, Maguire and Lindelof all had to be looked after by medical staff, two days before Man Utd’s trip in the 11th Premier League.

“All three asked the doctor to take care of yesterday and today too. Right now I cannot tell their exact situation. Hopefully they can recover to play tomorrow,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at the meeting. foreshadowed round 11 Premier League on Friday 1/11.

Besides Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, Man Utd certainly does not have the services of Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe on Saturday night 2/11. “They are not ready. Even after a team rally, we will be at great risk if we let the three return soon. But two weeks later, everything will be more possible.”

Maguire and Lindelof have been Solskjaer’s top priorities at the Man Utd defense center since the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. And Rashford is in high form, with four goals in the last four matches. Thanks to the sublimation of the English striker, “Reds” won three away matches. Solskjaer also escaped the scene of constantly receiving public opinion axes.

“In football, sometimes you need luck. On Chelsea‘s trip we won with an unbelievable free-kick from Rashford. Before that, the Man Utd defense had stood firm in Belgrade. We also There is a good game in Norwich. The whole team is full of confidence. Obviously, the gap from success to defeat is very small, “continued Solskjaer.

In early October, after losing to Newcastle 0-1, Solskjaer once thought that the match against Liverpool on October 20 would change the situation. Everything went as expected of the Norwegian military leader. Man Utd drew on a victory with the top team, before opening a series of three away wins.

“The preparation of a two-week break for the national team to give us a good game against Liverpool. As a result, the Man Utd player is energized. They are satisfied with the work and the results. achieved, “said Solskaer. “Every match is an opportunity to prove yourself. As a player, I always try every game to show the coach that I deserve to be on the next game. Hopefully, my students now have that feeling too.”

Mourinho: ‘My future does not lie in Italy’

Jose Mourinho has denied the possibility of returning to Italy in the case of a return as a coach.

In the summer, he has been linked with Juventus, Inter or Napoli, but has not yet returned to the coach seat. Answering TV program Tiki Taka on 29/9, Mourinho also affirmed: “My future? I don’t think it lies in Italy”.

After winning a La Liga and a King’s Cup in three years leading Real, Mourinho returned to Chelsea to win an English Premier League. After this period, his career began to cause controversy with a series of incidents at Chelsea and Man Utd. Since being sacked by Man Utd in December 2018, Mourinho has appeared more as a commentator.

Peter Kenyon: ‘Man Utd was wrong to dismiss Mourinho’

Former Manchester United CEO Peter Kenyon believes Jose Mourinho is still a top-class coach.

“If you give me the job of leading a big team and need to appoint a coach, the first person I think of is Jose Mourinho,” Kenyon said on September 26, on the sidelines of the World Football Summit. “He is intelligent, fit and very experienced. He is not out of date. I just think he needs to find a suitable club. I am sure you will see Mourinho working for a big club.” .

Mourinho has successfully led Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real. But when he arrived at Old Trafford, he could not meet the club’s expectations and was fired in December 2018.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped Man Utd win consecutively during his time as interim manager, after Mourinho was fired. However, the Old Trafford team leveled off afterwards. This season, through the first six matches in the Premier League, Man Utd are sixth with two wins, two draws and two losses.

Kenyon said Mourinho was good enough to help Man Utd regain glory on the condition that he must be told how the club works behind the scenes.

Arsenal midfielder replaced Pogba in France

France coach Didier Deschamps called Matteo Guendouzi to replace Paul Pogba in the rally.

Pogba lost the opportunity to play due to an ankle injury in the recent match of Man Utd (1-1 draw on Southampton’s field in Round 4 of the Premier League). Coach Deschamps decided to put his trust in Guendouzi, the midfielder who is performing at Arsenal.

This is the first time Guendouzi has been called up to France. The 20-year-old star will have the opportunity to debut against Albania or Andorra within the next week. “I was only about to take a nap for about 10 minutes when someone knocked on the door to the room, saying ‘You have to get up now, to return to the national team.”

Guendouzi has been an important part of Arsenal since the beginning of this season. After the Tottenham 2-2 draw, he received many compliments from fans and experts.

Thanks to the performance of players like Guendouzi, Arsenal are ranked fifth in the Premier League. They only lost to the Liverpool candidate, drew against Tottenham and won the remaining two matches.

In Group H qualifying Euro 2020, France is leading thanks to goal difference. They have the same nine points with Turkey and Iceland after four games: three wins and one draw.

The top two teams in each group will have tickets to the final round. The two matches against Albania and Andorra have important implications for France in “cutting off” Turkey and Iceland.

As the 2018 World Cup champion, France is well positioned and well prepared to be crowned the Euro. New factors like Guendouzi are expected to make a positive contribution to this process.

Solskjaer confirmed Pogba will stay at Man Utd

Man Utd coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists midfielder Paul Pogba will stay at Old Trafford despite rumors to Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba has long had a reputation to go to Real Madrid. The Spanish team also openly expressed their desire to have midfielder Man Utd, but the obstacle of this deal lies in the transfer value. Real have two days left to attempt, before the transfer market in La Liga closes on September 2.

Barca does not buy Neymar for January 2020

Barca president Bartomeu denied the possibility of returning to negotiations with PSG on the transfer of Neymar.

“Neymar is not in Barca’s recruitment plan for January. At the end of the transfer window, Barca was unable to meet PSG’s demands. We have never included players in negotiations, but it is demanding asked PSG. We did everything we could, “said Barca president Bartomeu.

On the last day of the summer transfer – September 2, the negotiations between Barca and PSG ended with no results. According to the Spanish press, the reason for the failure is PSG’s demand: 165 million with Rakitic, Todibo, and Dembele. Meanwhile, Barca is only ready to buy off for about 180 million or borrowed with the terms of the following season.

“This transfer is not easy, in terms of both economic and influence to the fans,” Bartomeu said.

The Barca president also denied that some pillars of the team urged leaders to buy Neymar. He asserted: “Messi never told me about buying Neymar. It was a lie. Other players did not say anything about this. The technical department and leadership are the decision-makers.”

Before the deal to buy Neymar failed, Barca promptly bought Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Neto, and Frenkie De Jong. In addition, defending champion La Liga has also released a number of surplus players such as Coutinho, Malcom, Rafinha, Juan Miranda, Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, or Cardona.

“This summer we prepare very quickly. The team is less, with 21 players, but it is more competitive,” Bartomeu said.

Regarding the purchase of Griezmann for $ 135 million, the Barca president revealed how to turn the money: “We borrowed $ 70 million. The rest is the money that other clubs pay when buying our players.”

Coach Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground

The treatment of pneumonia by coach Maurizio Sarri is progressing well.

Sarri returned to the Juventus training ground on September 4. He works with a group of players who don’t have to play for their national team. Most of the Juventus squad have returned to the team to play in the Euro qualifiers or friendlies.

Man Utd bid farewell to Smalling and Darmian

Man Utd coach Solskjaer confirmed defenders Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian to Italy on loan.

According to Sky Italy on March 30, AS Roma reached an agreement to borrow Chris Smalling for $ 3.2 million a year. “The summer transfer window of 2019 is only a few days away. This opportunity belongs to Smalling and we discussed it very carefully,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the same day, during a press conference before the match against Southampton in the fourth round of the Premier League.

After recruiting Harry Maguire, Man Utd panic crisis of center-back. Bailly was injured, while Maguire, Lindelof, and Tuanzebe were prioritized by Solskjaer. The remaining people will be liquidated from now until the end of the transfer period.

“We have too many center-backs and I cannot guarantee Smalling’s starting kick. He has been on his way to Roma. It’s a good club, in a good tournament. Hope Smalling likes the experience, “Solskjaer added.

Before Smalling, Man Utd also parted with Alexis Sanchez. Former Arsenal player on loan to Inter Milan. Besides, the redshirt team also moved farewell to Matteo Darmian. The Italian defender has returned home to complete a $ 1.7 million contract with Parma

In the summer of 2019, Man Utd sold and loaned five players, Romelu Lukaku, Sanchez, Smalling, Darmian and Joel Pereira. They also let the three of them leave on their own as Antonio Valencia, James Wilson, and Ander Herrera. However, their first team still has 26 players.

Man Utd lost Martial and Shaw

Striker Anthony Martial and defender Luke Shaw were unable to make it to the Southampton game in the Premier League this weekend.

Both players were injured in last week’s defeat of Crystal Palace. According to the medical department of Man Utd, a seven-day break is not enough for the two to return.

Martial’s absence will put significant pressure on Man Utd. In the first three games of this season, the French striker was the author of two goals against Chelsea and Wolves.

Man City announced a $ 73 million rookie

Premier League champions complete Joao Cancelo’s recruitment from Juventus yesterday 7/8.

The transfer fee for Man City includes $ 31.5 million in cash, plus Danilo, a Brazilian defender valued at $ 41.5 million.

Cancelo will wear the number 27 shirt at Man City

Cancelo only played for Juventus one season after moving from Valencia for $ 45 million in the summer of 2018. He is considered a successful contract of Juventus. However, after constantly recruiting quality players like Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot or Aaron Ramsey to conquer the Champions League, Juventus decided to let Cancelo leave.

Some sources said that Man City had to spend 30 million euros plus Danilo to own Joao Cancelo but this is not a trade-off between the two clubs.

With coach Pep Guardiola insisting on bringing in Cancelo (25 years old), he seems to have considered a long-term alternative for Kyle Walker when the English star is not really good at the right corridor in a few matches. Recent matches. Cancelo is a right back but can play any position in this area.

“City is a great club with a great coach. I’m very happy to be here. They have everything to impress me, from the facilities to the style of play,” Cancelo said. Man City homepage, after a medical examination on 6/8.

“I am always looking for ways to improve and win trophies. I believe I can do it here. Now, I’m anxious to wait for the new season and challenge myself in the Premier League,” the 25-year-old defender Portugal continued.

Man City expects Cancelo to be a good attack on the right wing

Man City sporting director Txiki Begiristain expected that Cancelo will give the team a plan to intimidate the opponent from the right. Joao impressed with his progress and we are sure he will continue to shine in Manchester “.

Man City bought Danilo in 2017 for $ 32 million. The 29-year-old has played 22 Premier League games in a total of 60 appearances for Man City in every arena. Danilo and Man City won the English Premier League twice in a row but rarely used. He signed a five-year contract with Juventus and was a record transfer player that City ever sold.