Brazilian international Alisson is expected to sign for Liverpool on a five-year deal worth €75 million, a world record for a goalkeeper, media reports suggested on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old, who currently plays for Roma in Italy, is cutting short his vacation to undergo a medical on Merseyside after being given permission to talk to Liverpool.
“An official announcement should follow in the next 24 to 48 hours,” claimed the Liverpool Echo. Place bet on Live games 24/7
The deal will cost the Anfield giants €75 million, smashing the amount paid to Benfica by Manchester City for Alisson’s compatriot Ederson last summer.
Liverpool are desperate to sign a new goalkeeper to replace Loris Karius following his calamitous Champions League final performance. Continue reading “Liverpool close in on signing Alisson for a world record deal”
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah’s signing of a new long-term contract is a major boost for Liverpool’s ambitions of delivering trophies, said manager Jurgen Klopp on Monday.
Klopp added the fact the 26-year-old striker – who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season – had signed such a deal reported to be for five years reflected his belief the club were on course for a successful era.
Liverpool have been praised for their free-flowing style of football under Klopp, but the fact remains the charismatic German has taken them to three finals in his tenure and fallen short on each occasion.
He will pray that Salah is more patient about the prospect of success than world-class talents such as Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Brazilian Philippe Coutinho who both left for Barcelona in 2014 and January this year respectively in search of silverware. Place bet on Live Matches on NaijaBet
Salah’s goals, after joining last year from Italian outfit AS Roma for an initial £37 million, played a large part in Liverpool reaching the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
However, that proved a rare sour note for the player as Salah was slammed to the turf by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, causing a painful separation of his left shoulder. Continue reading “‘Salah’s belief Liverpool can achieve greater things’”
Chelsea have sacked Italian Antonio Conte as manager, media in Britain and Italy reported on Thursday.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had said on Wednesday that the Premier League side were close to securing a deal for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Conte.
There was no immediate confirmation from Chelsea, who won the Premier League title with Conte in his first season after joining in 2016 and also the FA Cup in his latest campaign.
The former Italy manager had a year remaining on his current contract and had already taken charge of pre-season preparations at the club’s Cobham training ground.
Conte’s future with the Roman Abramovich-owned club has looked uncertain for months, however, with the West Londoners failing to qualify for the coming season’s Champions League after finishing fifth in 2017-18. Continue reading “Chelsea has send Antonio Conte away”
Algerian international Riyad Mahrez secured his move to Manchester City on Tuesday, with the Premier League champions paying a reported club-record £60 million for the winger.
It comes seven months after City refused to pay Leicester’s asking price of £80 million, having offered £50 million plus young winger Patrick Roberts, who was valued at £15 million.
This time though Leicester said they had sold him in a club-record deal.
The 27-year-old – a pivotal figure when Leicester stormed to a shock Premier League title in 2016 – signed a five-year contract. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the Manchester City website.
“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure.
“Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding.” Continue reading “Mahrez has move from Leicester to Manchester City”
French teenage midfielder Matteo Guendouzi says he wants to become part of the history of Premier League side Arsenal after signing for them on Wednesday for a fee reported to be £7 million.
The 19-year-old – Arsenal’s fifth signing since Unai Emery was appointed Arsene Wenger’s successor in late May – joins from Ligue 2 outfit Lorient
Guendouzi, who began his career in the youth system at Paris Saint Germain before moving to Lorient in 2014, told Arsenal’s website for him the move is a dream come true. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“Arsenal have always been the team closest to my heart and a side I’ve wanted to join since I was a child,” said Guendouzi.
“It gives me great pride – it’s incredible. I hope I can do great things here.
“It doesn’t get any better than coming to a club like this, with so much history, like Arsenal. I’m hugely proud.
“I want to become part of the club’s history and to achieve great things here.” Continue reading “My childhood dream is to play for Arsenal – Guendouzi”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident the team can step up another level in the upcoming campaign as the Premier League side looks to end their trophy drought after coming close in recent seasons.
The Merseyside outfit’s most recent triumph was a League Cup win in 2012 and despite showing improvement under Jurgen Klopp, the German manager has seen them lose three finals since he joined the club in 2015.
“We’re going to work our socks off and do everything possible to make it happen this season. We were very close to silverware but obviously not close enough,” Netherlands international Van Dijk told Liverpool’s website. Play bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I can improve in any aspect of the game. At the moment, it’s getting back to full fitness, making sure I’m getting better and stronger than I was before. I will work every day and do everything possible and no doubt it will happen.” Continue reading “Van Dijk ready to help Liverpool wins silverware”
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has signed a new long-term contract with the club, the Premier League side said on Monday.
Salah had a remarkable first season with Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and helping the club reach the Champions League final. He was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year.
“I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season,” manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s website. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him.”
Continue reading “Salah signs new five years deal with Liverpool”
Midfielder Naby Keita is eager to help Liverpool build on their impressive run last campaign as the Guinea international prepares to complete his transfer to the Premier League club on Sunday.
Liverpool signed Keita from Leipzig for a club record fee last August, with the teams agreeing that the 23-year-old would move to Anfield ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Manager Jurgen Klopp’s side hosted a blistering attack last season, which helped the team finish fourth in the league and reach the Champions League final, where they were defeated by holders Real Madrid in May. Place bet on LIVE matches Now on NaijaBet
“When you see how they performed last season it makes me want to do the same and to be a part of this team. I would like to be able to achieve a similar kind of season with them next season – but even better,” Keita told Liverpool’s website.
“When I see how things have progressed here, I think if I am brave I can do the same and develop further.” Continue reading “Keita keen to take Liverpool to new heights”
Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery faces a baptism of fire after the Gunners were handed an opening day fixture at home to Premier League champions Manchester City.
Emery, Arsenal’s first new manager since Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996, will then travel to London rivals Chelsea on the second weekend of the season.
Liverpool, who will look to build on their Champions League final appearance, open their campaign at home to West Ham United in what will be manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first competitive game in charge of the London side. Place bet on Today game on NaijaBet
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, a distant runners-up to City last season, start at home to Leicester City while FA Cup winners Chelsea are away to Huddersfield Town.
Tottenham Hotspur, who finished third, have confirmed that their first home fixture on the second week of the season against newly-promoted Fulham will be held at Wembley.
The north London club say their first game in their new stadium will be against Liverpool on the weekend of Sept 15-16. Continue reading “Arsenal host Man City on Premier League opening day”
Eden Hazard wants clarity on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s position at the club, as well as what signings they plan to make in the close season before he makes his mind up about his own long-term future.
Conte won the Premier League in his first year at Chelsea but his future is unclear after they finished fifth last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League.
When asked if his future at the club depended on who was in charge at Chelsea next season, Hazard told media: “Yeah I want to know. I want to know, but like I say I am focused on the World Cup. Place bet on today games on NaijaBet
“If we have something new – manager or players – it is always good to know it because I want players that can (help bring success back to) Chelsea next season.” Continue reading “Hazard demand clarity on Conte’s future”
Midfielder Yaya Toure accused Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans” in an interview that was published on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
“He insists he has no problems with black players because he is too intelligent to be caught out,” Toure said. “But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”
“I’m not the first to talk of these differences in treatment. At Barcelona, I know that some also asked questions.” Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“Last summer, when Pep brutally got rid of (Wilfried) Bony, who had been signed a year earlier for a huge some, I asked questions,” Toure said.
The 35-year-old Ivorian played just 17 matches this season for City, who romped to the Premier League title, and he confessed to wondering if his limited playing time “was not because of my colour.” Continue reading “Guardiola has problem with African players – Toure”
Eden Hazard dropped a hint he is willing to stay at Chelsea next season as the FA Cup winner set his sights on more silverware.
Hazard scored the first-half penalty that fired Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract with the Blues, but last week the Belgium playmaker admitted he wanted to see who Chelsea signed in the close-season before agreeing to a new deal. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
That sparked renewed talk that Hazard would consider leaving Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services, following Chelsea’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
But Hazard’s role in Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph — the first time he has won the competition — might have given him pause for thought as he targeted the Premier League title next term.
“We have a lot of top players, players who are used to winning trophies. We will be ready next season,” Hazard said Continue reading “Hazard targets more titles at Chelsea”
Arsenal are set to appoint former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager to succeed Arsene Wenger, reported on Monday.
Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.
The 46-year-old Spaniard had previously been manager at Sevilla, who he steered to three Europa League triumphs.
The report stated that the recruitment process was led by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and that an announcement and a news conference was expected later this week.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he would understand if assistant coach Mikel Arteta was lured to Arsenal to become their next manager but hopes the Spaniard remains at the Premier League champions to finish what they started.
Guardiola’s assistant at City since 2016, former Arsenal captain Arteta has been mentioned as one of the leading contenders to succeed Arsene Wenger, who brought the curtain down on his 22-year reign at the London club on Sunday.
“Mikel’s contribution has been amazing,” Guardiola told reporters after City’s 1-0 win over Southampton.
“We work together so good and him staying will (make me) the happiest guy in the world. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“If he decides to move because he has this offer, I will not say you don’t have to go. I want the best for my friends. Continue reading “Pep hopes Arteta would ignore Arsenal job”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his team that they must improve on their toothless display in Sunday’s Premier League defeat by Newcastle United when the London outfit take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea, who harbored an outside chance of a top-four spot heading into the final league fixture of the season, was overwhelmed at St James’ Park, falling to a 3-0 defeat by 10th-placed Newcastle.
The loss, coupled with Liverpool’s 4-0 home win over Brighton, ended Chelsea’s hopes of securing Champions League football for next season as Conte’s defending champions finished five points behind the Merseysiders in fifth. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“For the next game, for sure we must change. If we think we can play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup then we don’t have a chance,” Conte told reporters as he looked ahead to Saturday’s Wembley showdown. Continue reading “Conte urges Blues to improve ahead FA Cup final”
Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is “just the beginning” of his time at the club despite speculation over interest from Real Madrid.
The Egyptian collected awards in Liverpool on Thursday after being voted player of the season by both the club’s fans and his teammates before boarding a flight to collect the Football Writers’ Association’s award in London.
The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return that has seen him heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, who face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month. Various Betting Options are Available on Site
But Salah, who needs just one more goal to become the outright record-holder for the most strikes in a 38-match season in the Premier League, appears content with life at the club.
“I’m very happy here, everything is fine,” he said. “Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.
“It is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning.”
Continue reading “This is ‘just the start’ – Salah promises Liverpool fans”
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has refuted suggestions that his work is done at the club as they close in on a fourth double in as many seasons under his leadership.
Allegri was in belligerent mood after his side beat AC Milan 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday to complete the first of half what looks certain to be another double, given that the Serie A title race has been reduced to a formality.
Juve’s dominance of Italian football has left observers wondering what else there is anything more for the 50-year-old to achieve, especially with other jobs opening up around Europe.
“I don’t feel that I’m close to the end…We still have to win the championship and the next season we will have to fight again,” said Allegri after Wednesday’s match. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“I have a contract with Juventus and, as we do every year, we will meet at the end of the season to plan the future. We need a clear understanding of how to improve again.”
“We haven’t reached our maximum because we have lost two Champions League finals (in the last three seasons). There are so many unpredictable elements in football.” Continue reading “Allegri says Juve still offers challenges,blow Arsenal Job”
Chelsea’s bid to qualify for the Champions League suffered a hammer blow as Huddersfield secured their Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Antonio Conte’s side fell behind to Laurent Depoitre’s second-half strike and although Marcos Alonso bagged a fortuitous equaliser, the Blues couldn’t find a priceless winner.
Fifth-placed Chelsea’s attempt to salvage a troubled season by finishing in the top four is now out of their hands heading into the final game of the season at Newcastle on Sunday. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet
Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday means Chelsea can’t make up the four-point gap to their third-placed London rivals.
Fourth-placed Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea and, given their vastly superior goal difference, they will condemn the Blues to the Europa League next season if they avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.
That would be a suitably downbeat conclusion to a lacklustre title defence from Chelsea and could prove the last straw for Blues owner Roman Abramovich as he reportedly plans to part ways with Conte. Continue reading “Chelsea’s top-four bid is in Liverpool’s hands”
Southampton almost certainly secured their Premier League survival after Manolo Gabbiadini’s second-half goal gave them a 1-0 win over Swansea City on Tuesday that left their relegation rivals deep in the mire.
Substitute Gabbiadini bundled home a scrappy goal after 72 minutes to settle a tension-filled encounter in South Wales that left Southampton’s players celebrating at the final whistle.
The result saw West Bromwich Albion relegated to the Championship and left Southampton on 36 points, three clear of Swansea heading into the season’s final round of matches this weekend.
With Southampton’s goal difference better than Swansea’s by nine, it would take a remarkable swing against the south-coast club, who host champions Manchester City on Sunday, for them to drop out of the top flight.
Swansea, on the other hand, need to win their final game against already relegated Stoke City and hope Huddersfield Town lose at Chelsea on Wednesday and at home to Arsenal on Sunday. Bet Now NaijaBet
While not mathematically safe, Southampton manager Mark Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke earlier in the season, was in party mood at fulltime, joining his players on the pitch as they saluted the visiting fans.
Continue reading “Southampton sink Swansea, relegate West Brom”
Antonio Conte warned Chelsea’s top four rivals that his side will fight to the finish as the race to qualify for the Champions League goes down to the wire.
Olivier Giroud boosted Chelsea’s bid to snatch a top four place as the France striker sealed a 1-0 win over Liverpool that brought the Champions League finalists back down to earth.
Giroud’s first-half header at Stamford Bridge lifted fifth-placed Chelsea to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 0n NaijaBet
“Usually when you play a must-win game it is not easy because it’s normal to be a bit nervous,” Blues boss Conte said.
“We had the will to win, to keep the hope alive that we can get a place in the Champions League.
“I don’t know if this will be enough at the end of the season but we have to try.” Continue reading “Chelsea close on top four with Liverpool win”
The 21-year-old Nigeria international beat Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray to take the prestigious annual prize for the second time.
Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi has been rewarded for an outstanding season in England with Leicester City Young Player of the Year award.
The midfielder joined the King Power Stadium outfit in January 2017 and has grown into an essential part of the team. Bet Now
Ndidi impressed in his first Premier League season and was named the club’s best young talent in 2016-17.
And he has gone one better this season, beating Ben Chilwell and Demarai
Gray to take the award for the second time. Continue reading “Ndidi take Leicester City Young Player of the Year award”
Harry Kane admitted it has taken him time to recover top form after an ankle ligament injury, but believes he still has time to rediscover his best ahead of shouldering England’s World Cup hopes.
Kane scored his 38th goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur edged closer to a third consecutive season in the Champions League by opening up a five-point lead on fifth-placed Chelsea with just three games of the Premier League season to go thanks to a 2-0 win over Watford at Wembley on Monday.
But Kane was again far from his best and believes he should have scored more in a laboured Spurs performance that was characteristic of the dip in form from Mauricio Pochettino’s men in recent weeks. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“Obviously, I would have liked to play better over the last few games or so but I think the whole team feel like that,” said Kane.
“I feel good, I feel sharp, I probably could have scored a couple more out there today.
“I’m looking forward to the last three games. Hopefully I can finish strong like I did last year going into a big summer.” Continue reading “Kane targets strong finish before world cup”
Everton striker Wayne Rooney hopes the club can restore stability at Goodison Park and has backed manager Sam Allardyce to extend his stay beyond the current campaign.
Following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman and a short spell for David Unsworth as caretaker early on in the season, Allardyce took charge of Everton in November and led them away from the relegation zone and up to eighth in the Premier League.
“Obviously it’s tough having three managers in one season, that’s not the normal situation you face,” Rooney said. Bet Now NaijaBet
“I think the club, we all want stability, and I’m sure the owners will do that.”
Everton have picked up 33 points from 22 games under Allardyce but there has been growing discontent among some fans over the quality of football on display. Continue reading “Rooney calls for Everton’s restore stability”
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are victims of their own success as they scramble to finish in the top four of the Premier League ahead of deposed champions Chelsea.
Fourth-placed Spurs, who host Watford on Monday, have stumbled in the league in recent weeks and crashed to their eighth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United last week.
But Pochettino, targeting Champions League qualification for a third straight year, said his approach would not change as he strives to take the club to the next level and win silverware after a barren decade.
Spurs are two points clear of Chelsea, with four games remaining. Antonio Conte’s side, who have won three successive league matches, have three games left. Place Bet on today’s games NaijaBet
“Tottenham needed when we arrived here to have a clear idea about discipline, rules, principles, a project to develop, to use young players, and that was how we created this project all together,” he said.
“Whether it is me or another, that is the right project to keep pushing, don’t be disappointed if we still don’t win a trophy, the expectation always is massive. Continue reading “Tottenham years ahead of schedule”