Valencia vs Atletico Madrid – An exciting start to the new La Liga season

ramos navas

The new season of La Liga kicks off this weekend on an exciting note as Valencia host Atletico Madrid at Mestalla on Monday night. Both sides are coming on the back of strong seasons, and both have high aspirations this season. It would be an interesting encounter between two powers of Spanish football. After finishing a couple of seasons in the bottom-half, Valencia did well to finish fourth under Marcelino last season. The Spaniard manager has done an incredible job by guiding Los Che back into Champions League football in…

Read More

Arsenal faced with decision on Sanchez’s future and more news from North London

Arsenal have received a new £20m offer for Alexis Sanchez from Manchester City, according to the latest report in the Guardian. The report also claims that Sanchez has already agreed to terms on a £250,000 a week deal, which will last until 2023. The Citizens have been interested in the Chilean since the summer, and it was widely expected that they would move for him again in January. It appears that has happened now, and the Gunners are faced with a decision over the future of their star player. The…

Read More

United reject Lyon bid for winger, set to make a move for forward and more

Manchester United are set to make a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann during the summer, according to reports by the Independent. The 25-year-old Frenchman scored six goals during his country’s run to the finals of the European Championship and finished third in the subsequent Balon d’Or awards. Griezmann, a known United fan, has made little secret of his desire to play for the club. “I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United,” Griezmann said in an interview with Sky Germany back in November. “I think they are a…

Read More

West Ham man set for move to France, Zaza joins Valencia

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet is set for a move to French side Olympique Marseille, according to a report from reliable French publication L’Equipe. Over the last couple of days, conflicting stories have emerged in the media. BBC has claimed that the Hammers have turned down Marseille’s improved offer of £19m while the Guardian is claiming that the Hammers want the player to apologise for his behaviour. The Frenchman handed in a transfer request over a week ago to the chagrin of manager Slaven Bilic. Although Bilic came out to state the club’s…

Read More

City to break the bank for Arsenal star

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not ready to give up on his pursuit of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin. According to the reports, City made an approach to sign the Spaniard, but their approach was rebuffed by the Gunners. In recent weeks, multiple reports have claimed that City are still interested in the player and will attempt to sign him next summer. Now, the Sunday Times has claimed that Guardiola is ready to spend up to £40m to sign the Spain international. The 21-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona in…

Read More

Arsenal linked with Real Madrid star, deal for centre-back looks doubtful

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in Spanish media. Madrid-based paper AS has claimed this week that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is trying to convince the 25-year-old to join the Gunners. Both players not only play for Colombia national team, but Rodriguez is married to Ospina’s sister Daniela Ospina. Rodriguez reportedly has a £69m release clause in his contract with Madrid. Chelsea have also been linked with the Colombia international as of late. However, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane this week insisted that Rodriguez won’t be leaving his…

Read More

Chelsea and Arsenal compete for defensive target

Chelsea and Arsenal are both interested in Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. Reliable BBC football journalist David Ornstein has reportedly claimed that both London clubs are keeping tabs on the German international. #AFC interested in signing Valencia defender Mustafi. No bid yet + others inc #CFC keen. Also want a striker but not pursuing Mahrez/Draxler — David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 4, 2016 The Gunners are in the market for a centre-back following a long-term injury to Per Mertesacker. Meanwhile, the Blues have shifted attention to Mustafi after failing to sign Kalidou Koulibaly…

Read More

Arsenal open talks with transfer target

Arsenal have opened negotiations for the signing of Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Germany. The Gunners are in dire need of defensive reinforcements following the long-term injury to Per Mertesacker and have been strongly linked with a move for the German international recently. Manager Arsene Wenger admitted last week that he will have to look for a central defender in the transfer market following the German centre-back’s injury. Sky Germany has claimed that Mustafi has a release clause of £42.1 million, but Valencia would let him leave for…

Read More

Arsenal’s bid for star forward rejected, Gunners linked with young striker and experienced defender

It’s a busy news day for Arsenal fans as a number of new stories linking the club with prospective transfer targets have emerged. Firstly, Ligue 1 club Lyon have confirmed that they have turned down a £29 million bid from the Gunners for their striker Alexandre Lacazette. The French made the announcement on their official Twitter denouncing the claim from French source Le Progrès that the North London club have made a £40 million bid for the player. Communiqué du club ! #Mercato #Lacazette pic.twitter.com/mEKZvHAobx — Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July…

Read More

Striker’s agent confirms Arsenal interest, Gunners star linked with a move to La Liga

Arsenal are desperately searching for a world class striker in the transfer market. The North London club have been heavily linked with Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette recently. Now, the agent of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has revealed that Arsenal have enquired about the availability of the Argentinean. Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who also acts as his agent, also dropped the names of clubs like Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Napoli, and AS Roma. Nara’s comments clearly suggest that all is not well between the 23-year-old and his current club. She…

Read More

West Ham make improved bid for winger after signing La Liga star, to shelve striker bid

lacazette lyon

West Ham are set to make an improved bid of £8 million for Matt Ritchie after having an initial approach turned down by Bournemouth, according to a report by The Telegraph. The Hammers originally made a bid of £25 million for both Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson last month, but will make a new offer of £8 million, potentially rising to £10 million, for the 26-year-old winger. Ritchie is believed to have met with Cherries boss Eddie Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to…

Read More

Manchester United to beat competition for La Liga star, at risk of losing out on top class striker

Jose Mourinho has been in charge of Manchester United for a couple of days now, but his only moves so far have been extending the contracts of talents Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. However, things are looking to change for the Red Devils as it is reported that United will beat main rival Juventus for the services of Valencia’s Andre Gomes. A report by respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims negotiations between Valencia and the Serie A champions have stalled due to the price-tag of the 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder. The La Liga outfit are said…

Read More

Manchester United contact agent of PSG star, interested in Valencia defender

Manchester United have initiated contact with the agent of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos ahead of a possible summer move. Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona along with United and Chelsea are interested in the 21-year-old. However, the report suggests that the Catalan club will find it difficult to match the financial power of the Premier League clubs. United have already contacted the player’s agent and are currently in the driving seat in his pursuit. The Brazilian defender is reportedly frustrated due to lack of playing opportunities and has attracted attention from…

Read More

Chelsea monitoring La Liga defender, talking extended loan spell for starlet

Chelsea have reignited their interest in Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour, according to the latest reports. The Blues attempted to sign the centre-back from Ligue 1 club Monaco last summer, but he opted to move to Valencia. However, Los Che have struggled in La Liga this season and the Tunisia international has failed to cement his spot in the starting eleven. Now, according to Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb, via talkSPORT, the West London club have once again registered their interest in the 26-year-old as he features on Antonio Conte’s summer shopping list. AC Milan…

Read More

Manchester United linked with two new transfer targets

Reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has linked Manchester United with a couple of new transfer targets. Di Marzio has claimed that the Red Devils have held talks with representatives of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas over a potential summer move. The report states that future United manager Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the 24-year-old and has previously attempted to sign him when he was in charge of Chelsea. Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to be interested in the Greek international, but United are currently leading the race…

Read More

Jose Mourinho receives a very special coaching offer

It’s still not 100 per cent certain where Jose Mourinho will coach next season. The Portuguese was sacked by Chelsea a few days before Christmas 2015 and has been the subject of many rumours since. Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. The man who also coached Porto, Inter, and Real Madrid has been the favourite to take over from Louis van Gaal in the summer. There have been talks between the Portuguese’s inner circle and the Red Devils. However, no formal offer has been made by United,…

Read More

Manchester United face shock rival for Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have been rumoured to be Jose Mourinho’s next coaching destination for several months. The Red Devils are once again having a disappointing season, ranked just sixth after 30 matchdays with 50 points. Coach Louis van Gaal has been under serious scrutiny all season long, as he’s been unable to rocket the proud Old Trafford club back to title contending status. Mourinho got sacked by Chelsea in December and has been the favourite to take over from the Dutchman in the summer. There have been talks between the Portuguese’s…

Read More

Europa League stats: Neville’s Valencia and Manchester United youngster break records

It was a glorious Europa League evening for English football. Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham secured their place in the round of 16, while Gary Neville coached Valencia to a record. The Spanish club beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna by 4-0, while they had already beaten them 6-0 at home. Therefore, Valencia beat their opponents 10-0 over two matches, the biggest aggregate win ever since the UEFA Cup was renamed Europa League before the 2009-2010 season. Valencia beat Rapid Wien with the biggest aggregate score (10-0) in a two-legged tie…

Read More

Twitter ridicules Gary Neville as Barcelona thrashed Valencia

Things are not going well for Gary Neville at Valencia. The former Manchester United man has failed to win a single Primera Divsion game with Los Che, and things took a turn for the worse last night. Neville’s side was thrashed by Barcelona 7-0 at Nou Camp in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final. Now this result will surely give Neville nightmares for days. Meanwhile, Twitter was having a field day with the former Sky Sports pundit. Oh Gary Neville.. Its more than this pic.twitter.com/Z8vWx2y7fn — Aiseen Shuga…

Read More

Gary Neville appointed as Valencia boss

Man Utd legend Gary Neville has been appointed as the new head-coach of La Liga club Valencia. Neville has signed a five-month deal which will keep him at the helm of club until the end of the season. Neville has been working as a coach in the England national set up under manager Roy Hodgson, and he is expected to continue in his role. “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” Neville told the club’s official website. “Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing…

Read More

Man United eye move for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi

Manchester United are said to be ready to go all out in order to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to the Metro. The 23-year-old has stepped up to become a key part of the Valencia defence after Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester City over the summer, and his subsequent performances have attracted interest from the likes of Bayern Munich. However, despite Bayern’s reported interest, sources in Spain have claimed that United will step up their efforts to bring him to the club. The Metro states that the Germany international is…

Read More

Spanish international wing ace regrets not signing for Chelsea

Former Spanish international winger Joaquin has said that he rues not joining Chelsea when they made an offer for him back in 2004, the Daily Express reports. The 34-year-old, who has just returned to boyhood club Real Betis, was on Jose Mourinho’s radar when he first took over at the club over a decade ago. Joaquin reveals that the Portuguese tactician travelled to Spain to convince him to put pen to paper on a move to Stamford Bridge, but he turned down the move to stay in La Liga. And…

Read More

Man United willing to allow Ander Herrera to join La Liga giants Valencia

Manchester United are apparently willing to allow midfielder Ander Herrera join Spanish outfit Valencia, according to the Metro. The 26-year-old shone for Louis van Gaal last season, but has suddenly found himself behind the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick in the Old Trafford pecking order so far this term. And now reports in Spanish outlet Fichajes is claiming that his days in Manchester could be numbered as the Red Devils are reportedly ready to facilitate his return to La Liga. The Spaniard has cut a popular…

Read More

(Images) Jorge Mendes spotted in Manchester as City step up Otamendi move

High profile football agent Jorge Mendes has been seen in Manchester after flying in to meet with City chiefs over a deal that would see them sign Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi for next to nothing, the Daily Mirror reports. The Spanish giants currently owe City £23.8m because their promise to make Alvaro Negredo’s loan move permanent this summer, and it now appears that they have offered up Otamendi to settle the debt. Otamendi, 27, has a £35.5m release clause installed in his contract, though it is widely believed that they…

Read More

Man United target set to go on strike to force through Premier League move

Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi could finally be set to join Manchester United after he refused to train with the Spanish giants, according to the Metro. The 27-year-old was one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders last term, and as such has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer. His absence from Valencia’s squad for the friendly clash with Monaco earlier this week was noticeable, and reports in Spanish publication Marca claimed that the Argentine international asked manager Nuno Espirito Santo to be left out of the…

Read More