Friday, August 18, 2017

All the very latest football news and gossip across Europe!

The 2017/18 Premier League season has been underway for just two weeks and with the England summer transfer window closing at 23.00 on 31st August, as players and agents look to secure moves and/or more lucrative contracts, while clubs are working hard behind the scenes to strengthen their squads before the window slams shut.

At the start of the 2016/17 campaign, FIFA introduced new rules which mean that the emergency loan window would no longer exist. All 92 clubs will be forced to abide by the fixed transfer window which exists in the Premier League. A club can no longer request to sign a player on emergency basis, e.g. if several goalkeepers are injured at the same time. It also means fringe players or youth team players won't be heading out on loan outside the usual transfer window.

Free agents can be signed by a club at any time during the season, if they had been released by their previous club before the end of the transfer window.

Here is a round up of all the latest football news/gossip across Europe today, which includes the likes of: Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Diego Costa, Julian Draxler, Yohan Cabaye, Davinson Sanchez, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Evans, Real Madrid, Juventus, Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Brom, Watford, David de Gea, Alex Sandro, Kevin Wimmer, Gabriel, Ivan Perisic, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal to name but a few!

Barcelona will "fight" to sign Liverpool and Brazil international Coutinho up until the transfer window closes, with the growing expectation that they will soon submit a new offer - The Telegraph

Barcelona are closing in on the transfer of Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria - The Sun

Everton are considering a loan move for Diego Costa. Costa released a statement saying how he has no intention to return to Stamford Bridge and Ronald Koeman is reportedly to test their resolve on the Chelsea striker - The Sun

Chelsea have had a £63m bid for Juventus' 26-year-old wing-back Brazil Alex Sandro rejected - The Mirror

Real Madrid could try again to sign David de Gea from Manchester United before the transfer window closes - The Sun

Manchester United have not given up hope of signing winger Ivan Perisic, 28, despite only offering £39m to Inter Milan - The Mirror

Tottenham have had a bid accepted by Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez that could be worth up to a club-record £40m - and The Telegraph

Manchester City are ready to offer West Brom £22m for their 29-year-old captain Jonny Evans after having an £18m bid rejected. City are prepared to almost double the Northern Ireland defender's £75,000 a week wages - The Mirror

AC Milan have three Premier League-based midfielders on their shortlist. The Serie A giants have had a busy summer of transfer activity and are not yet done, with three midfielders on their radar.
The trio of players includes Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye, Watford’s Etienne Capoue and Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy - Sportitalia (an Italian terrestrial and satellite television channel)

Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Red Bull Leipzig youngster Oliver Burke - The Mirror

Bojan Krkic could be on the way out at Stoke after falling out of favour with manager Mark Hughes - The Telegraph

Southampton are closing in on the signing of Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt, 23, from Lazio after making a £15m bid - Daily Mail

Paris St-Germain attacker Julian Draxler has been offered to Barcelona. The French club are reportedly under pressure to generate funds to appease Financial Fair Play after breaking the transfer world record to purchase Neymar from Barcelona - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona)

Arsenal are considering renewing their long-standing interest in Julian Draxler after PSG decided that the winger is surplus to requirements following the arrival of Neymar - The Times

Paris St-Germain are still keen to sign Monaco's 23-year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho - L'Équipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 30, has completed a medical at Juventus but the two clubs are yet to agree on how any transfer fee will be paid. PSG boss Unai Emery did not want to sell the player - Le Parisien (French daily newspaper)

Tony Pulis has played down reports that Kevin Wimmer is close to joining West Brom from Tottenham. He said: "Whoever's telling you we are close, is miles away from that fact. We have a lot of irons in the fire with a lot of targets." -

Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, is in talks with West Brom over a £15m move - The Telegraph

Toby Alderweireld's contract talks have stalled at Spurs and he wants parity with the club's top earners - Daily Mail

Arsenal and Brazil defender Gabriel, 26, is close to a £10m move to Spanish club Valencia - London Evening Standard

AS Roma will try to sign Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi after giving up on Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, according to sources in Italy. Roma are willing to spend €20m to sign the 21-year-old - La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian sports newspaper)

West Ham have told Robert Snodgrass that he is surplus to requirements -

Scotland international Robert Snodgrass is ready to escape from the West Ham wilderness by moving to Newcastle - Daily Record

Manchester United are close to extending Luke Shaw's contract as the left-back nears a return to fitness - The Times

Borussia Dortmund's chief executive says Barcelona are "not even close" to meeting their valuation of 20-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele - Kicker (Germany's leading sports magazine)

West Ham are ready to hand Manuel Lanzini a new four-year contract and will resist any moves from Liverpool to lure the Argentine to Anfield - Daily Express

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says their pursuit of Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom has now ended and Huddersfield will not be going back in for him.

Sunderland risk losing record signing Didier Ndong, 23, as Lyon could make an offer for the midfielder if they miss out on Celta Vigo's Pape Cheikh Diop - Daily Star

Celtic have announced that Stuart Armstrong has signed a new-two year contract that will see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2019 -

Fiorentina have told their 29-year-old Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, a target for AC Milan, that he will be fined after failing to report for training on Thursday - The Sun

Leeds United offer Chris Wood a three-year contract extension -

Friday, August 04, 2017

My Predictions for the 2017/18 Football Season and the Betting Odds!

National League:

Winners: Tranmere Rovers 11/4

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Dagenham and Redbridge 9/2

Dark Horses: Wrexham and Aldershot

# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.


Sky Bet League Two:

Winners: Luton Town 6/1

Automatic Promotion: Mansfield (9/2 to win League Two and 11/10 to win promotion) and Exeter (16/1 to win League Two and 10/3 to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Lincoln City 12/1, Exeter 14/1 or Swindon Town 14/1

League Two Promotion Straight Forecast: Luton (1st) and Mansfield (2nd) 40/1 and Luton (1st) and Exeter (2nd) 100/1

Dark Horses: Crewe, Accrington Stanley and Colchester

Relegation: Morecambe 15/8 and Crawley 3/1

Top Scorers: James Collins (Luton) 8/1, John Akinde (Barnet) 9/1, Danny Hylton (Luton) 10/1, Matthew Godden (Stevenage) 12/1, Marc McNulty (Coventry) 14/1, Chris Porter (Crewe) 16/1, Matt Green (Lincoln) 16/1, Reuben Reid (Exeter) 20/1 e/w, Chris O'Grady (Chesterfield) 50/1 e/w

Players to Watch: Michael Bostwick (Lincoln), Jack Grimmer (Coventry), George Cooper (Crewe), Donal McDermott (Swindon), Luke Croll (Exeter) and Liam Noble (Forest Green)

# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places


Sky Bet League One:

Winners: Wigan Athletic 7/1

Runners-up: Blackburn Rovers (4/1 to win League One, Evens to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: MK Dons 12/1, Bradford 14/1, Oxford United or 14/1 Southend 16/1

League One Promotion Straight Forecast: Wigan (1st) and Blackburn (2nd) 40/1

Dark Horses: Bury and Fleetwood Town

Relegation: Oldham 11/8, Gillingham 13/8, AFC Wimbledon 10/3 and Walsall 5/2

Top Scorers: Danny Graham (Blackburn) 10/1, Will Grigg (Wigan) 12/1, Omar Bogle (Wigan) 12/1, Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) 14/1, Jermaine Beckford (Bury) 20/1 e/w

Players to Watch: Conor McAleny (Fleetwood), Dominic Poleon (Bradford), Nick Powell (Wigan), Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin (both Blackburn), Michael Kightly (Southend), Jay Dasilva (Charlton) and Ethan Ebanks-Landell (MK Dons)

# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 place


Sky Bet Championship:

Winners: Middlesbrough 6/1

Runner-up: Wolvehampton Wanderers (9/1 to win the Championship, 10/3 for promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Fulham 10/1, Sheffield Wednesday 11/1, Norwich 11/1 or Derby 12/1

Championship Promotion Straight Forecast: Middlesbrough (1st) and Wolves (2nd) 66/1

Dark Horses: Brentford and Cardiff

Relegation: Burton Albion 13/8, Ipswich Town 5/2, and Sunderland 11/1 (Also in the relegation mix Bolton 15/8)

Top Scorers: Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) 8/1, Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) 9/1, Chris Wood (Leeds) 9/1, Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) 16/1 e/w, Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) 20/1 e/w, Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) 40/1 e/w, Frazier Campbell (Hull) 50/1 e/w, Neal Maupay (Brentford) 50/1 e/w, Adam Armstrong (Bolton) 66/1 e/w

Players to Watch: Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon (both Fulham), Tom Huddlestone (Derby), Ruben Neves and Willy Boly (both Wolves), George Boyd (Sheff Wed), Michael Hector (Hull), Angus Gunn and Harrison Reed (both Norwich), Ike Ugbo (Barnsley), Lee Tomlin and Kenneth Zohore (both Cardiff), Jota and Ollie Watkins (both Brentford)(Brentford)

# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places


Premier League:

Winners: Manchester City 7/4

Runners-up: Manchester United (7/2 to win the Premier League)

Europe (Champions League qualification): Chelsea and Liverpool

Europe (Europa League qualification: Tottenham and Everton

Premier League Top 3 Exact Order: Man City, Man Utd Chelsea 22/1

Not to finish Top 4: Arsenal 10/11

Premier League Winner and Top Goalscorer: Man City and Harry Kane 11/1

Player of the Year: Paul Pogba 10/1

Young Player of the Year: Jordon Pickford 16/1

Dark Horses: Leicester and Crystal Palace

Relegation: Huddersfield 2/3 Brighton 5/4 and Swansea 9/4

Premier League Relegation Treble: Swansea, Brighton and Huddersfield all to be relegated 28/1

Top scorers: Hary Kane 3/1, Romelu Lukak 7/2, Sergio Aguero 7/1, Gabriel Jesus 9/1, Alexandre Lacazette 10/1, Michy Batshuayi 33/1 e/w, Kelechi Iheanacho 33/1 e/w, Javier Hernandez 33/1 e/w, Jermain Defoe 50/1 e/w

Players to Watch: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace), Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Solanke (both Liverpool), Ben Chilwell and Harry Maguire (both Leicester), Connor Mahoney (Bournemouth), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke), Anthony Knockaert (Brighton), Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus (both Manchester City), Tammy Abraham (Swansea), Will Hughes (Watford) Sandro Ramirez and Michael Keane (both Everton)

1st Manager to Leave Post: Marco Silva (Watford) 10/1 or Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton) 18/1

# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places