Solskjaer delighted to sign players with X-factors this summer

Submitted by content on Sat, 07/13/2019 - 07:31

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is delighted with the signings made during the summer transfer window, given they offer real X-factors to the team. The Red Devils have pursued the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James in the current transfer window and the duo stand the chance of staying put for the long-term, given they are relatively young at 21.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer acknowledged that he has been impressed with the summer business to date and the signings made will make a difference on the playing field, he said: “Well, I know this club, the supporters, staff, coaches and team-mates, we want players who can get us off the edge of their seats as well.

Netherlands legend does not fancy de Ligt joining Manchester United

Submitted by content on Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:52

Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit does not see Matthijs de Ligt making the move to Manchester United during this summer’s transfer window. The Ajax captain has been widely fancied to secure a big-club move this summer and he has been linked with the likes of United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking at the Costa Smeralda Invitational, Gullit acknowledged that the Red Devils face a tough task of signing the young defender, given they have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, he said: “I don’t think Man United, they don’t play [in the] Champions League. I think he wants to play Champions League. So, that’s unfortunate for Man United. It’s going to be difficult, a lot of them maybe have a Uefa ban, so there’s a lot that’s going on still. So I hope he makes the right decision for himself.”

Mido suggests Paul Pogba could join Real Madrid this summer

Submitted by content on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 13:45

Tottenham Hotspur favourite Mido has said that Paul Pogba could be headed to Real Madrid this summer due to the influence of super-agent Mino Raiola. The representative was key to orchestrating the midfielder’s move from Juventus three years ago and Mido believes there could be a repeat of the same with Real Madrid keen on signing the Frenchman.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Mido revealed that he has a good knowhow of Raiola, who was his agent for a decade. He added that the Italian will be seeking a fresh club for the World Cup winner this summer and Los Blancos may prove the perfect fit with manager Zinedine Zidane used to handling the egos of French players.

Mark Lawrenson urges Liverpool to revive interest in Nabil Fekir

Submitted by content on Mon, 05/27/2019 - 14:46

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has urged his former team to revive the interest in signing Nabil Fekir from French side Lyon. The France international was on the cusp of joining the Reds from Les Gones last summer but the move fell through at the final hurdle with Jurgen Klopp’s side concerned by the player’s injury history.

Since then, Fekir has gone on to win the World Cup with France while observing his regular duties at Les Gones but he is expected to part ways with the club this summer with his contract expiring in 13 months’ time. Speaking to The Star, Lawrenson said that the Reds need to find areas of improvement from the current campaign in order to provide another strong challenge for the Premier League title.

Graeme Souness – There is no quick fix to Manchester United fortunes

Submitted by content on Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:02

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has said that there is no quick fix to the problems at Manchester United and the club require more than one transfer window to sort out the mess. The Red Devils have experienced an average 2018/19 season where they have remained outside of the top four places for most of the campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Souness said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive job ahead with the Red Devils, who have dropped far off from the glory days. He added that the club require a massive spending spree during the forthcoming transfer window, but may not necessarily enhance their prospects of competing for the Premier League crown next term.

Bruno Genesio announces Lyon departure

Submitted by isport on Fri, 04/26/2019 - 13:09

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has confirmed that he would be stepping down from the managerial position at the end of the season.

The 52-year-old had initially agreed on a two-year contract with Les Gones, but he is said to have objected the deal thereafter with the club suffering four defeats on the bounce across all competitions.

Memphis Depay talks up big-club move during the summer

Submitted by content on Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:45

Netherlands international Memphis Depay has talked up the prospect of joining one of Europe’s elite teams in the near future. The Dutch attacker has made a name for himself with Les Gones following a nightmarish spell with Manchester United, but he appears to have set his sights on pursuing a bigger challenge elsewhere.

Speaking to Helden Magazine, the former PSV Eindhoven graduate said that Les Gones are a big club but they cannot be compared to some of Europe’s elite including Real Madrid and Chelsea, he quipped: “Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe. I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich… I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football. I always talk about Real Madrid, a royal club, white shirts with gold. But I’m focused right now on Lyon, and then we see where I end up.”

Ernesto Valverde wary of Lyon threat after goalless draw at the Groupama Stadium

Submitted by content on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:04

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said that his team have secured a dangerous 0-0 draw against Lyon ahead of the return leg of their Champions League round of 16. The Blaugrana failed to find an away goal at the Groupama Stadium despite their dominance and they now find themselves in a must-win situation to progress to the quarter-final stage.

Speaking to reporters, Valverde stressed that the Blaugrana are strong with their performances at the Camp Nou but they face a tricky test against Les Gones, given the risk of conceding an away goal, which may enhance the visitors’ qualifying prospects, he said: “We are strong at home, but 0-0 is a dangerous result for the second leg. You have to win at home and the fans will have to push us, because everything’s to be decided.

Moussa Dembele speaks about his experiencing of playing for Lyon

Submitted by content on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:06

French striker Moussa Dembele has said that he needed some time in order to adapt to the new surroundings at Lyon. The young striker made the surprise move to Les Gones from Celtic during the dying stages of the summer transfer window and he has since made over 25 appearances for the club across all competitions.

In a report covered by L’Equipe, Dembele acknowledged that he did not experience the best of beginnings with Les Gones, given he had come through a different style of play under Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. He continued to explain the differences in tactics between Celtic and Lyon with the latter more profound to utilising counter-attacks.

Tanguy Ndombele’s agent reveals Lyon’s asking price for the midfielder

Submitted by content on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:13

The representative of Tanguy Ndombele has suggested that any potential suitor would have to pay a staggering price, if they are to secure the signature of the Frenchman from Lyon. The 21-year-old has already caught the attention of Manchester City and Barcelona with his consistent performances during the current campaign but his agent has recently revealed that Napoli are also on the hunt for the enforcer.

Speaking to Calcio Napoli 24, Duro Ivanisevic confirmed that the Naples outfit are indeed keen on signing the upcoming star, although the midfielder won’t come on the cheap with Les Gones said to have placed a €80m price tag on his head, he said: “Napoli are a great club and even more so now they have Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best managers in the world and, with him, he [Ndombele] could get even better. He is in great form and playing at a very high level. He is the classic box-to-box midfielder who can be the difference maker in attack and defence. You need to ask Lyon [about his valuation]. They are asking for €80m, but that could go down and a compromise could be found.”

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