Friday, June 15, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!

The World Cup Finals may be underway in Russia right now, but transfer speculation is rife all across Europe as clubs seek to bolster their squads and offload any dead wood before the beginning of the 2018/19 football season!

Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 26. Dortmund want £18m for the 26-year-old, although Everton and West Ham are also keeping an eye on his situation - Daily Mirror

Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Alisson as the Liverpool transfer target wants his club future decided before Brazil's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday. Madrid have decided Alisson represents a more affordable option than Manchester United's David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea and are confident Roma will accept an offer between €60m-€65m (£52.4m-£56.8m). But even if Madrid do make the 25-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, he will not be considered automatic first choice and will have to battle Keylor Navas for the No.1 jersey - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Manchester United are determined to stop Anthony Martial from departing over the summer. A representative of the 22-year-old, who joined United from Monaco in September 2015, claimed on Wednesday he wants to leave. His deal expires next summer, however United can extend it by a year - The Times

Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, is a major summer target for Barcelona, who want him as a replacement for Andres Iniesta - The Sun

Manchester City have demanded £15million from Leicester for Patrick Roberts as talks continue over a deal for midfielder Riyad Mahrez - Daily Telegraph

Juventus are planning to bid for Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Patrick van Aanholt, 27, should Brazilian defender Alex Sandro, 27, complete a move to Manchester United - The Sun

Chelsea have turned down an £18m bid from Arsenal for 31 year-old Brazil defender David Luiz - Le 10 Sport (French tabloid newspaper)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele's agent has flown out to Italy for talks with Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli - The Sun

Roma sporting director Monchi has contacted Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Newcastle United transfer target Alphonse Areola as they prepare to sell Alisson to Real Madrid. Roma are holding out for a fee of €75m (£65.5m) for the Brazil international but the transfer is nearing completion. PSG value Areola at €35m (£30.5m) but are aware the 25-year-old also has interest from Napoli and the Premier League so will not be pressured into a quick sale - Corriere dello Sport (Italian national sports newspaper)

Newcastle want £20m for Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 23-year-old spent time on loan at Fulham last season -

Real Madrid have beaten PSG and Bayern Munich to the €45m (£39.3m) signing of Santos wonderkid Rodrygo. Madrid will pay €20m (£17.4m) up front for the 17-year-old forward with the rest of the payment spread over the next few years. Rodrygo will remain with Santos until next summer - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

West Ham are considering a move for Manchester United's 29-year-old English defender Chris Smalling. New boss Manuel Pellegrini has been given a £70m transfer budget - Metro

West Ham have offered £25m plus £5m in add-ons for Lazio's 25 year-old Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson - Daily Mail and The Guardian

West Ham are also moving closer to signing English defender Alfie Mawson, 24, and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 33, from Swansea. The Swans previously rejected bids from West Ham for both players - and The Sun

West Ham have opened talks with Toulouse over a £26million deal for 21-year-old centre-back Issa Diop - Daily Telegraph

Jose Mourinho wants to bring a new left-back to Manchester United, with Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon and Celtic's Kieran Tierney high on his list - The Guardian

Chelsea are also reportedly preparing a move for Juventus' Italian defender Daniele Rugani. The 23-year-old's agent met with Juventus chiefs on Thursday - Football Italia (Italian football website)

Liverpool will battle Chelsea and Paris St-Germain to the signature of Porto's 25 year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles - Le Parisien (French daily newspaper)

Liverpool could turn their attention to Lazio's Thomas Strakosha as they continue to search for a new goalkeeper - The Guardian

Bayern Munich will allow Manchester United target Jerome Boateng to leave the Allianz Arena for the right price, because they are confident Niklas Sule is the long-term future of their defence. Sule, 22 made an unexpected 42 appearances last season. As a result, club bosses are relaxed over Boateng's departure knowing they have a ready-made replacement - Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has hinted he could leave the club with a post on Instagram. The 26-year-old Englishman's contract expires at the end of June - Daily Telegraph

New Everton boss Marco Silva wants to be reunited with Abdoulaye Doucoure, but may face competition from Spurs to sign the Watford midfielder - The Guardian

Leicester are lining-up Lokomotiv Moscow and Georgia international central defender Solomon Kvirkvelia as their third summer signing - Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are under pressure to raise up to £50m in player sales over the next two transfer windows and could lose key stars including English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, Wales centre-back James Chester, 29, and Ivory Coast forward Jonathan Kodjia, 28 - Daily Telegraph

Bordeaux are considering a move for Southampton playmaker Sofiane Boufal, especially if they lose 21 year-old Brazilian midfielder Malcom. Malcom’s future remains uncertain, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Inter Milan all reportedly interested in the 21-year-old - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal is eyeing a move back to Ligue 1 with Marseille and Nice interested - The Sun

Leeds United have appointed Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach on a two-year deal, holding an option for a further year. The 62 year-old has managed a number of club teams across Europe including Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and most recently Lille. He was also coach of the national teams of Argentina and Chile -

Stoke City are eyeing a £10million move for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle, despite having already signed Benik Afobe from Wolves - Daily Telegraph

Defender Leon Barnett has signed a new contract to stay at Northampton Town -

Birmingham City will rename their stadium St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium after signing a three-year sponsorship deal - Daily telegraph

Friday, June 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Lisa Zimouche, Champion Freestyle Football Sensation!

Lisa Zimouche was born 29th June 1999 in Paris, France and is a professional freestyle footballer.

The French athlete has been passionate about football since her childhood days. Lisa started playing for her local junior clubs at the age of seven. By the time she turned 10 years old she was already renowned for her amazing soccer and freestyle skills.

She joined the Paris Saint Germain women's youth football team, but left at the age of 14 as she preferred freestyling, and wanted to develop her skills further on the streets.

When she was 13 years old, she was a part of Red Bull Street Style World Final 2012 and in the year 2014, she was named the "World Female Panna Champion." The term 'Panna' originated in the Netherlands and doubles as slang for 'gate' or 'being megged' which really just means simply putting the ball between your opponents legs.

Now 18, Lisa is touring the world showcasing her talents in front of iconic landmarks in major cites like Paris, London and Los Angeles.

As of now, she is a full-time freestyle soccer player. She is also famous for performing in Street Style Society.

The profile of Lisa Zimouche is still missing in the Wikipedia, a non-profit online encyclopedia. But, the athlete is active on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and so on. She joined YouTube on 2nd June 2016, and since then her videos have been watched more than 2.1 million times.

Zimouche is generating the huge amount of money from her professional freestyle football career, and also from her social networking sites.
Her salary, allowances and other incentives have not been disclosed to the public, but it is estimated that her net worth is upwards of a million US dollars.

Lisa is now living her dream life as she’s touring all over the world. She has shown her talent and skills in different countries around the world including France, England and the United States.
Lisa also got a chance to meet famous stars like actor and singer songwriter Drake, Usain Bolt, Paul Pogba, Ronaldinho and Gianluigi Buffon.

As we see how diversity plays a vital role in shaping our modern society, this now is being incorporated into the fashion and design world. German sportswear brand Puma had recently announced the release of the street inspired football trainer, the 365 Ignite Netfit accompanied with a release party and a football tournament in the heart of Paris. But that wasn’t all for Puma, they also appointed Lisa Zimouche as one of their football ambassadors at just 18 years old.

Puma has long cultivated a reputation for being different. For embracing the strengths and eccentricities of the individuals who relate to the brand and empowering those individuals to take the world by storm.

Lisa said: "I’m a street player and I mix street soccer and my lifestyle and for me, Puma is the best to do it with. They are doing good work with me. They know I love playing football, freestyle, street soccer. And they know I love listening to music and they have a nice blend of that feeling. They let me do whatever I want so I just love working with Puma. They are good people. I love the way they treat me."

There’s a saying that goes: “Find a soccer match and be happy for a day; find a girl and be happy for a night; find a girl who loves soccer and be happy for the rest of your life.” I think we've found that girl! The question is, can anyone handle her?

You can follow Lisa on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook