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Arsenal want Patrick Vieira as next manager?

Dec 5, 2019
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Arsenal want Patrick Vieira as next manager?

Vieira a leading candidate for the Arsenal job?


Arsenal have reportedly earmarked former captain Patrick Vieira as the leading candidate to succeed Unai Emery as the permanent manager.

The Gunners have lined up as many as 12 candidates for the head coach role and Mikel Arteta, Brendan Rodgers and Carlo Ancelotti are some of the leading names.

However, according to Nice-Matin, the north London giants are seriously looking at the prospect of recruiting Vieira, who has been managing Nice over the past 18 months.

Vieira has experienced mixed fortunes with the French outfit but the Gunners’ hierarchy believe that he has the leadership qualities and his presence could lift the team and fans alike.

Meanwhile, reports elsewhere suggest that Ancelotti could emerge as the leading candidate to replace Emery and the Gunners could land him without a compensation fee.

Ancelotti has endured a tough period with Napoli, who are lying seventh in the Serie A and reports have emerged that he could be sacked, if the club fail to beat Udinese on Saturday.

 





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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names one Manchester United star who is undroppable

Dec 5, 2019
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names one Manchester United star who is undroppable

Solskjaer praises McTominay’s display vs Spurs


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on midfielder Scott McTominay, who produced a dominant performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last night.

The Scotland international made his comeback from an ankle injury to face Spurs and he produced a solid display in the centre of the park where he controlled the proceedings alongside Fred.

Speaking after the 2-1 win over Spurs, Solskjaer said that McTominay is almost undroppable at the moment and lauded the midfielder’s physical presence and leadership qualities.

“You can almost say he (McTominay) is undroppable at the moment. I wasn’t gonna try to push him through for this game. The physical presence he gives us, the leadership he gives us in midfield also releases Fred,” he told via Goal.com.

McTominay has featured in all but two Premier League games for the Red Devils this season and he has been regarded by many as the standout performer in the club’s midfield.

United have lacked the presence of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic through injuries in recent months but the midfield duo are likely to return to action in the next couple of weeks.





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Frank Lampard provides fresh injury update on Tammy Abraham

Dec 5, 2019
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Frank Lampard provides fresh injury update on Tammy Abraham

Lampard provides injury update on Tammy Abraham


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has provided a fresh update on the fitness of Tammy Abraham following the Blues’ 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The England international missed the West Ham United game with a hip problem but he was able to make his comeback against the Villains on Wednesday night where he bagged the opening goal.

However, he was unable to complete the 90 minutes as he was substituted with a possible knee concern but Lampard has dismissed suggestions that he could miss the forthcoming league clash against Everton.

In a press conference covered by Football.London, he said: “It doesn’t seem too bad. Tammy at the moment is Tammy. A striker near the top, showing his all round game. A personality in the dressing room.”

Abraham has been the stand out performer for the Blues in the attack with 12 goals and four assists and he will be hoping to continue the good form on the trip to Merseyside this weekend.





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Chelsea confident of landing £100m-rated attacker?

Dec 5, 2019
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Jadon Sancho news

Chelsea favourites to land Sancho?
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Chelsea are reportedly confident that they can beat the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho.

The England international has been a consistent performer for the Bundesliga side over the past two years and he has already bagged seven goals and nine goals for the club this term.

Despite this, there has been a sense of uncertainty regarding the attacker’s future a the club with manager Lucien Favre recently criticising him in public for his attitude.

According to Goal.com, the Blues are eyeing a swoop for the former Manchester City graduate and they are prepared to break their transfer record with a £100m plus bid.

It is added that Sancho shares a close relationship with fellow compatriots Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi from the England youth ranks and the Blues are aiming to lure the teenager with the influence of the duo.

Chelsea have already served nearly half of their year-long transfer ban but they are increasingly positive of winning their appeal to sign new players next month.

Meanwhile, Dortmund have made the decision to keep hold of Sancho until the summer at the least and it remains to be seen whether their stance changes during the forthcoming transfer window.





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Arsenal to offload Hector Bellerin in exchange for Juventus star?

Dec 5, 2019
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Arsenal to offload Hector Bellerin in exchange for Juventus star?

Arsenal want Demiral next month


Arsenal are reportedly prepared to offer Hector Bellerin in a part-exchange deal to sign Merih Demiral from Juventus next month.

Bellerin has been with the Gunners since the summer of 2011 and he has racked nearly 200 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Of late, there has been speculation through his agent that he could favour a move to the Serie A and Calciomercato claims that could be realistic possibility when the transfer window reopens.

The same publication cites that the Gunners are desperate to sign Demiral to strengthen the central defensive department and Bellerin could be used as a makeweight to significantly reduce the £34m price tag set by Juventus.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also in the running for Demiral’s services and they could yet hamper the Gunners’ plans by proposing a straight-cash deal for the Turkey international.

Demiral has been exceptional at the international level alongside Leicester City‘s Caglar Soyuncu. He has not got the chance to express himself at Juventus with just one appearance since his summer move from Sassuolo.

 





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Manchester United to offer Nemanja Matic in deal for Tottenham star?

Dec 5, 2019
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Christian Eriksen news

United to offer Matic in exchange for Eriksen


Manchester United could reportedly use Nemanja Matic as part of the proposal to sign Tottenham Hotspur attacker Christian Eriksen.

The Red Devils are believed to be keen on making a mid-season swoop for the Denmark international, whose contract with Spurs is due to expire at the end of the season.

According to The Athletic, the Red Devils will seek to lower Spurs’ valuation for Eriksen next month and they are prepared to offer Matic as a makeweight.

Matic has been on the sidelines with an unspecified injury over the past few months and reports have indicated that he may have played his final game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side.

The former Chelsea man has made just three appearances for United in the Premier League this term and he currently finds himself behind the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira in the selection order.

Matic has not featured for the Red Devils since the 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar in early October.





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Borussia Dortmund make transfer decision on Jadon Sancho

Dec 4, 2019
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Borussia Dortmund make transfer decision on Jadon Sancho

Sancho not for sale in January
Football Transfer Centre


German giants Borussia Dortmund have no plans of parting ways with Jadon Sancho in the New Year amid the speculated interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The England international has been reported to be unsettled due to the recent criticism of his attitude from manager Lucien Favre and there have been claims that he could leave the Bundesliga side in the New Year.

According to Bild, Dortmund have no desire to cash in on their prized asset at the turn of the year and they are prepared to wait until the summer before considering his future.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have recently been linked with a £100m swoop for Sancho and reports have also claimed that Chelsea could join the race once their transfer ban concludes.

Chelsea are not permitted to make any new signings until July 2020 but they are said to be confident of reducing the transfer ban after making their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.





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Predicted Chelsea lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Aston Villa, Kante and Azpilicueta start

Dec 4, 2019
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Predicted Chelsea lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Aston Villa, Kante and Azpilicueta start

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa


Chelsea will entertain Aston Villa in tonight’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have lost the last two league games but they will be hoping to return to winning ways against the Villains, who don’t have the best of records on the road with just four points from seven games.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted Lineup:

Kepa Arrizabalaga will certainly start between the sticks. The Spaniard has been culpable to some poor mistakes in his distribution but he has made up for the same with crucial saves.

In the defence, both Reece James and Emerson may drop to the bench as part of the rotation. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are likely to take their places in the right and left-back roles.

At the heart of the backline, Kurt Zouma could be benched in the place of Andreas Christensen. The Dane will mostly partner Fikayo Tomori‘ who has been the standout defender for the Blues this season.

Further forward, Lampard is unlikely to opt for three central midfielders and one of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante won’t feature. It could be Kovacic making way for Kante, who started the previous game on the bench.

In the attack, Willian and Tammy Abraham should return to the mix for the right wing and striker roles respectively. Christian Pulisic may slot into the number 10 position in order for Callum Hudson-Odoi to occupy the left-wing spot.

Mason Mount has started in all but one league game for the Blues this season but his recent dip in form could offer Hudson-Odoi with the chance to re-establish himself in the starting lineup.

Predicted Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Abraham, Pulisic.





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Chelsea set to hold showdown talks with striker

Dec 4, 2019
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Chelsea set to hold showdown talks with striker

Chelsea to hold talks with Giroud over his future


Chelsea are prepared to hold showdown talks with Olivier Giroud regarding his future ahead of the January transfer window.

The 33-year-old has fallen down the pecking order for the striker’s role this term and he is currently behind the likes of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi in the preference list under Frank Lampard.

According to Evening Standard, Blues boss Lampard is expected to hold discussions with the experienced marksman and he would prefer the Frenchman to stay.

However, it appears that Giroud does not seem keen on the same idea and he is said to be concerned over his national team spot ahead of next summer’s European Championship finals.

The France international has managed just seven appearances for the west London side across all competitions this season and out of those, he has accumulated just three starts.

Giroud’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and he has been linked with the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund ahead of next month’s transfer window.

The Blues are currently banned from signing any players until July 2020. They are presently hopeful that the verdict of the transfer ban appeal will come in their favour later this month.





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Frank Lampard provides fresh update on Tammy Abraham’s fitness

Dec 4, 2019
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Frank Lampard provides fresh update on Tammy Abrahams fitness

Lampard to take late decision on Abraham’s return


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that Tammy Abraham will be offered with every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

The England international picked up a hip problem during the Champions League clash against Valencia last month and he has since missed the Premier League meeting against West Ham United, where the Blues succumbed to a surprise defeat.

Speaking ahead of the Villains clash, Lampard has indicated that his striker is still in a bit of pain and a late fitness test may determine his involvement against Dean Smith’s side.

“We are giving him every opportunity to play tomorrow. We will make the call tomorrow, he has a little bit of pain. He was in good form, he is always keen, he is trying his best,” he told the club’s website.

The west London giants have lost back-to-back games in the Premier League since the international break. This has reduced their advantage for the fourth position to just six points.





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