Chelsea open talks with Juventus over Gonzalo Higuain transfer, according to talkSPORT.Chelsea have begun negotiations with Juventus of the transfer of Gonzalo Higuain. The deal could also see Alvaro Morata move in the other to Turin.Juventus are willing to cash in on the 30-year-old striker after they completed a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is hoping to conduct quick transfer business after his appointment and the club have confirmed the signing of Jorginho from Napoli.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Sarri is also believed to want a new striker with Gonzalo Higuain at the top of that list. Napoli duo of Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon have also been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge but Higuain remains the number one priority at this time.The deal to bring Higuain to London could include Alvaro Morata as Chelsea are willing to include him as a makeweight to sign Higuain.Morata could return to Juventus, a club with which he spent two years before with returning to Madrid in 2016.
Tottenham Hotspur and France supporters are “living in a dream world” when it comes to Hugo Lloris, claims Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe LollichonThe 31-year-old captained France to the World Cup this summer and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest goalkeepers.But Lollichon does not rate Lloris as better than fellow French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola, who Chelsea had tried to sign from Paris Saint-Germain last month.He told Le Figaro: “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,”Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Against Germany, he was positionally very good and in his ability to come out.“It’s the basis of all goalkeepers, but not everyone does it well. He’s proactive in his anticipation. I didn’t wait until Thursday to discover Alphonse.“For me, he’s the best current French goalkeeper. He has all the characteristics to be France’s number one. The height, ability with ball in his feet, wingspan, his diving ability, footwork. He’s the most adapted to how they play.”PSG boss Thomas Tuchel announced that Areola is in pole position to beat Italian great Gianluigi Buffon as his first-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised their 2-1 victory at Tottenham as their best performance of the season.Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season with their fifth victory in a row. Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored to hand Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool an important 2-1 victory away at Wembley, while Tottenham lost their second game in a row.Klopp is full of praise for his Liverpool side after their big win, which has put them on top of the Premier League table.“It was very good. It was a very intense job and the boys did it. It was a deserved win,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“Over 85 minutes we were dominant with the ball and without the ball. We caused them massive problems and the things they usually do that usually work didn’t today.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I don’t take things for granted because the boys came back after an intense international break abroad, had one session and then played and stuck to our plan like they did today.“Respect. That was really good. Everybody worked so hard and it was a good performance.“We played against one of the most confident teams in football. They are so used to what they do that it is so difficult to deal with and means we had to be compact.“When we had the ball we were really clear and it was the best game of the season so far.“I like the options we made, the passes we played. The performance was much better than the result.”
Manager Javier Calleja believes the Spartak match was crazy and at the end, the result was good for both teamsRussian Premier League club Spartak Moscow and Spanish La Liga side Villarreal played a very entertaining match tonight in the UEFA Europa League, drawing 3-3 at Otkritie Arena.The game in the Russian capital was played under a light rain and a temperature of only 4 degrees Celcius, leaving both teams sliding in the field.But for Villarreal boss Javier Calleja, the tie was fair after how both teams played.“An away point is always good, although we came to look for the three points,” a very tranquil Calleja asked.“The most difficult part was to take advantage in the scoreboard, and after the second goal we have suffered for more than half an hour, that’s when Spartak fought back to get the lead.”“When they scored the 3-2 we have believed until the end, we fought, and the draw has come. In my opinion, this point is fair,” the Spanish coach added.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Villarreal got the lead twice, but couldn’t keep it and there were almost some minutes where the team almost lost tonight.“We have failed to control the match better. There were many spaces, constant transitions and that has benefited Spartak.”“Today is just one more day to keep learning,” Calleja commented. “In the last half hour of the match, we had to take advantage of the spaces they were leaving by counter-attacking us. We should have killed the match with clearer counter-attacks.”We’re at the UEFA Europa League match between Spartak Moscow and Villarreal.#Ronaldocom #RonaldocomInMoscow pic.twitter.com/18UKsGztmR— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) October 4, 2018
English League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s replacement at Notts County in September on a three-year deal.However, Kewell only managed three wins in 14 games with seven of those ending in defeat.With Notts County now 22nd in the league table, Kewell’s short reign in charge came to an end on Tuesday.“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern,” chairman Alan Hardy told the club website.For the first time in 157 years, Notts County is out of Football League Manuel R. Medina – May 4, 2019 The team known as the oldest Football League club in the world has been relegation to the National League for the first time ever.“We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”Notts County announced Steve Chettle will take temporary control of the first-team.Kewell is a former midfielder who enjoyed a successful 12-year Premier League career with Leeds United and Liverpool.The 2005 Champions League winner leaves Meadow Lane with assistant Warren Feeney and analyst Paul Murphy.
Andy Rollings has echoed Glenn Murray’s praise of Florin Andone, after the veteran striker called Andone a ‘nuisance’ due to his work rate for Brighton & Hove Albion.The former Seagulls defender played during the club’s first golden era in the 1970s and now watches closely as part of his role as a match-day host at the Amex Stadium.“Glenn has been incredible for us. He will always score goals.” Rollings said, according to Argus.“I think Andone looks a clever player. He puts himself about.”“He’s physical, he gets stuck in and you love to see that.”“I can understand what Glenn says about him because Andone doesn’t let anybody rest on their laurels.”Andone happy after Brighton won its “final” Manuel R. Medina – March 2, 2019 The match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town felt like a final for striker Florin Andone and he’s delighted after winning it.“He works his socks off. You expect that of every player but he’s quick and you can’t rest against him.”Rollings also added: “I didn’t have much voice at the Palace game.”“But, when he scored that goal, I didn’t have any voice left!” “I think the squad looks stronger and I’ve enjoyed watching the boy Bissouma. What a talent he is going to be.”
Fulham striker Ryan Babel is not happy with Liverpool, claiming the club stifled his potential and didn’t give him the guidance he needed and wanted.Babel spent only three years at Anfield following a move from Ajax in 2007 and now in Fulham.‘I wanted to develop well and, as they promised me before I joined, just be given the guidance I needed to become a better player,’ said Babel via Daily Mail.“That didn’t happen and, for a lot of different reasons, I didn’t fulfil my potential.”Report: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“I was young. Maybe I should have stayed a couple more years in Holland. I had been living with my parents so it was the first time living abroad and by myself. Different country, different culture.”“I came from Ajax where you play 4-3-3 mostly and as a winger, they didn’t want you to defend too far back. In the English game when you play 4-4-2 you have to change your mentality because you’re not a winger, you’re a left midfielder so you have to help your full-back.”“Those were the things I was struggling with, especially in my first year, and in my opinion, I don’t think the coaches taught me how to manage that properly. I had to find out myself. I think that was why I maybe I wasn’t always playing consistently.”
English side Liverpool have made their first signing of the transfer window but this time it is a deal considered to be for the future.According to ESPN FC via The Mirror, Liverpool have completed a move for 16-year-old French defender Billy Koumetio after a successful trial period.The youngster has been with Liverpool under-17s since November and has been impressive in quite a few friendlies played since then.Koumetio had previously played for French second division side US Orleans, where he joined from Lyon after an impressive string of performances.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Koumetio will start his Liverpool career in their under-16s squad and aim to work his way through the ranks to eventually reach Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Liverpool are currently leading the English Premier league table with four points ahead of closest rivals Manchester City. They face Bayern Munich in next month’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 encounters.