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‘He’s healthy’: Bielsa delivers positive update on Leeds player…but won’t play vs Chelsea

Leeds United will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League clash on Saturday evening, and Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping to keep the winning run going.  Ahead of the match, Bielsa has delivered the latest fitness news. The Argentine has confirmed that Diego Llorente has recovered fully. The Spaniard – who joined the Yorkshire club during the summer transfer window – has struggled with a groin injury that he picked up in October. He hasn’t played a game since, and it looks like he will have to wait for a while to make his Leeds debut. Although he has recovered completely, Bielsa is not looking to rush him. The Argentine has made it clear that he wants the 27-year-old to regain match fitness by playing for the U23 side before he features for the first team. Therein...

Real Madrid join chase for Darwin Núñez

Real Madrid have become the latest club to express interest in Benfica striker Darwin Núñez, according to FourFourTwo. The 21-year-old started his career at Peñarol, before moving to Spanish second tier side Almeria. After impressing there, he made the switch to Benfica, where he has registered five goals and a further five assists in his first ten outings The striker has four caps for Uruguay, scoring twice. He has often been compared to fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani. Núñez celebrates a goal for Uruguay FourFourTwo reports that Los Blancos are looking at bringing in Núñez in January in case Serbian striker Luka Jovic departs. Jovic has had a tough time at the Bernabeu since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019, scoring just twice in all competitions in a Real Madrid shirt. It is now...

Report: Klopp wants 24y/o EPL man to replace Wijnaldum, Arsenal keen too

According to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, Arsenal and Liverpool are both keeping tabs on Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma. “Yves Bissouma is another player I know Arteta is a big fan of, and Arsenal are by no means the only big-six club keeping tabs on him,” Crook revealed on talkSPORT. “Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp I’m told is also monitoring that situation as he looks for a replacement for the out-of-contract Gini Wijnaldum.” ✅ “Eriksen is very much on Arteta’s list of potential targets.” 👍 “Bissouma is another player I know Arteta is a big fan of.” 🔴 “#LFC‘s Jurgen Klopp is also monitoring that situation.”@Alex_Crook says #AFC are targeting Christian Eriksen & Yves Bissouma. pic.twitter.com/ingCev3lfK — talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 3, 2020 G...

Liverpool and Real Madrid linked with Alfonso Pastor

Liverpool and Real Madrid are both interested in Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor, according to Spanish outlet AS. The young Spaniard made his debut for Sevilla on Wednesday, conceding four goals as Chelsea convincingly beat Los Nervionenses in the Champions League thanks to an inspired performance by Olivier Giroud. However, it would be unfair to blame the goalkeeper for any of the four goals. We’re still not over Olivier Giroud’s display last night! 🙌 He scored FOUR goals as Chelsea hammered Sevilla in Spain! 💙 pic.twitter.com/SlNpb3hHSj — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 3, 2020 The 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer, leaving him free to talk to potential suitors in January. And, according to AS, Liverpool and Real Madrid are t...

AC Milan Eyeing Up Swoop For Real Madrid Pair

AC Milan are looking to bring in Real Madrid duo Alvaro Odriozola and Luka Jovic this January, according to reports in Spain (Don Balon). Milan have made a brilliant start to the 2020/21 campaign, sitting at the top of the table – five points clear of bitter rivals Inter in second place. They remain unbeaten in the league and have only lost once in all competitions. Ibrahimovic has rolled back the years this season However, manager Stefano Pioli is still looking to strengthen his squad in January to provide cover and rotation options. This season’s crammed schedule and possible deep ventures into domestic and European competitions make squad depth a necessity. It appears as if the Rossoneri have turned to the Bernabeu to bolster their roster in the upcoming January transfer window, with fu...

Sevilla vs Chelsea: Champions League Match Preview, Team News and Predicted Line-ups

Sevilla host Chelsea tonight in the return leg of their Group E clash, and both sides will be gunning for victory in order to finish top of their group. You can watch this and other Champions League games live online. [embedded content] Both teams have already qualified for the last-16 following three wins and a draw apiece, but the Blues are topping the group due to a superior goal advantage. Maintaining their position at the end of the group stage campaign could hand Chelsea a favourable draw in the knockout stages, and it’s why the La Liga side will be keen to snatch it away from them. While Chelsea manager Frank Lampard would be tempted to ring the changes and hand fringe players a chance to impress, he would want to keep his side’s momentum and unbeaten run going, and that could ...

Mourinho suggests ‘the only problem’ he’s facing with Spurs summer signing

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Gareth Bale needs a ‘physical evolution’, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League clash against LASK on Thursday.  Bale returned to his former club in the summer transfer window on a season-long loan from Real Madrid. He arrived at the north London club in a poor physical condition having played little football last season and needed time to get back to full fitness. The Welshman has managed seven appearances in all competitions for Spurs, scoring one goal. He is now playing regularly and gradually improving on his fitness. Most importantly, he is loved and respected by everyone at the club and has the full backing of his manager and fellow teammates. Mourinho feels that Bale doesn’t need a ‘technical evolution’ but he needs to work on his fitness. ...

Report: Liverpool duo now ‘major doubts’ vs Wolves…but one player ‘expected to return’

Liverpool will face Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next Premier League game on Sunday at Anfield.  The Reds returned to winning ways in the midweek after they defeated Ajax 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The victory ensured a passage to the knockout rounds of the competition, and Liverpool will be looking to keep the winning momentum going when they face Wolves. Liverpool’s squad has been badly ravaged by injuries, and once again, Jurgen Klopp is expected to be without several key players for this game. According to Liverpool Echo, Liverpool midfielders – James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri – are major doubts for this game. Milner picked up a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw against Brighton, while Shaqiri picked up a muscle injury during the international break and hasn’t...

Spanish club interested in Arsenal and Palace defenders

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi and Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho have been named by Estadio Deportivo as potential incomings at Real Betis, as the Spanish side looks to bolster their centre-back options. Real Betis have made a somewhat concerning start to the 2020/21 campaign. After accumulating nine points from their opening four games, they have since lost six of the next seven fixtures. They currently find themselves in 14th place, just two points above the relegation zone. It’s not been an easy ride for Pellegrini this season What will be even more worrying for manager Manuel Pellegrini is the backline. Los Verdiblancos have conceded 23 goals in La Liga so far – three more than anyone else in the division. Estadio Deportivo has named both Mustafi and Sakho as possible targets for the La L...

Arsenal vs Rapid Wien: Europa League Match Preview, Team News and Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal host Rapid Wien tomorrow in the return leg of their Europa League group clash and the Gunners will look to maintain their impressive winning run in the competition and also put in a performance that the returning fans will love. [embedded content] 2000 fans have been allowed back into the Emirates Stadium for the first time in nine months as the UK government takes the first step towards having supporters return to the stadia, and all the tickets for the match sold out within 20 minutes on Saturday. Arsenal are the first English Premier League club allowed to have fans back into the stadium, and they will be keen to impress after their woeful domestic form. Mikel Arteta’s side have won their opening four games in Group B, are currently top of the table and have already sealed quali...

‘Not busy with that’: £27m star responds when asked about Liverpool interest

Ajax defender Perr Schuurs has insisted that he is not looking to leave the Dutch club anytime soon, amidst strong interest from Liverpool.  Recently, Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport claimed that Liverpool had been in talks with the Dutch giants to sign the defender in January. The Reds are looking to bolster their defence next month following the long-term injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and have reportedly earmarked Schuurs who would cost in the region of £27m. However, the 21-year-old – who featured in the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League clash on Tuesday – has insisted that he is prepared to turn down a move to Anfield as he is focussed on playing for Ajax. Schuurs said to SBS6, as quoted by the Express: “Interest f...

Fabrizio Romano: Spurs can sign 25 y/o target in January…but he’s expensive

Tottenham Hotspur can still sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan in the January transfer window, according to popular journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.  The Guardian journalist claimed on Here we go podcast that Spurs could still sign the 25-year-old defender in the January transfer window if they paid £45m (Inter’s asking price) for his signature. Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the Slovak defender in the summer. Both the clubs held talks over a potential transfer, but in the end, the deal didn’t materialise. Inter were demanding a fee in the north of £50m for Skriniar, which was way higher than Tottenham’s valuation of the player. The north London club reportedly proposed a loan deal with an option to buy but cash-strapped Inter weren’t interes...