West London giants Chelsea have bagged their first Champions League victory at the third time of asking following their emphatic win over Italian Serie A side AC Milan in Group E. The Rossoneri were on the end of a big defeat at the hands of Chelsea when the two teams met in London this week. Chelsea were without a win in their first two Champions League games before the 3-0 victory over AC Milan.
The Liverpool quartet of Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk have missed out on the men’s UEFA Player of the Year award after they were left out of the final three-man shortlist as revealed by the football body on Friday.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are in contact with Barcelona over the prospect of signing Alejandro Balde. The Premier League outfit have a long-standing interest in the Barcelona left-back, who was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as far back as the summer of 2020. While a move to west London could not materialise then, Chelsea are hopeful they can attract the youngster to Stamford Bridge this time around. Chelsea’s renewed interest in Balde comes in the midst of reports linking their own left-back Marcos Alonso to Barcelona, with the Spaniard reportedly agreeing a three-year deal with the Catalans.
A native of Catalonia, Balde is a homegrown prospect who had initially started his youth career at Espanyol. Since joining Barcelona, he has enjoyed a swift rise to prominence in the youth levels before eventually earning a promotion to the senior side at the start of last year. With Jordi Alba nearing the final phase of his career, Balde was hopeful of making a breakthrough at Barcelona in the near future. But 18 months later, the youngster is staring at the prospect of potentially becoming the club’s third-choice option at left-back next season, as the Catalans close in on Alonso. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is a big doubt for his North London team ahead of their trip to face bottom club Norwich City on the final day of the current Premier League season. Kane is doubtful for the Norwich City game due to illness, but the expectation is that the Englishman will recover in time to lead the line for Spurs in a game that would secure Champions League football next season.
Kane has been suffering from Gastroenteritis in the past few days and the England international has to miss an event on Friday as a result. He has been influential for Spurs over the course of the last two games thereby helping to overturn a four-point deficit to Arsenal to a two-point advantage. Continue reading
French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is currently a hot property on the market and the club will be facing a major battle to have him sign a new contract extension in the summer. The former AS Monaco man has been tipped to complete his dream move to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer and it has already been reported that he has an agreement already in place with the Los Blancos to be their major Galactico signing of the summer. However, he recently refuted those claims and stated that he is currently a Paris Saint-Germain player and that it will continue to be so in the nearest future.
Merseyside giants Liverpool were given a stern test of their Premier League title challenge by struggling Newcastle United and they passed the test to close the gap on pacesetters and holders Manchester City. The Citizens had earlier moved four points clear of Liverpool at the Premier League summit thanks to the annihilation of Leeds United at home on Tuesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo had fiy been presented as a Manchester United player for the second time in his career on Friday. The Portugal international superstar forward had been waiting to be presented as a Red Devil following his transfer in the summer from Italian Serie A giants Juventus as fans were also waiting patiently to welcome their legend back to the club. Ronaldo, at his presentation, held an interview and he has revealed his ambitions for the new season, saying s lot of things that would excite the Manchester United fans, who, in turn have been waiting to find out whether Ronaldo will be starting their next Premier League game on Saturday at Old Trafford against Neeadtle United or not.
Ronaldo, in a video posted by the official social media handles of the Red Devils, was seen walking out of the Old Trafford tunnel and oto the pitch all smiles as he donned the number 7 jersey. After walking onto the pitch, he said that he’s back and he followed that up by walking up to his former teammate at Old Trafford during his first stint at the club, Wes Brown. Brown would then hold an interview session with Ronaldo and it’s one that every United Fan would love to watch or read about. Continue reading
Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly willing to make a return to the Premier League years after leaving England for Spain, according to reports. The Brazilian midfielder left English Premier League giants Liverpool some years ago to seal his dream move to Camp Nou but his career has gone down the slope since then. Before Coutinho left Liverpool, he was their best player at Anfield and was one of the best attackers in the Premier League as well. However, he had his head turned after Barcelona came knocking on the door to take him to Spain. Liverpool intended to keep him for at least one more season but the player already had his mind made up and he was sold for around £150 million.
Premier League club Chelsea have been dealt a huge transfer blow after Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku recently revealed that he wants to stay at the club and does not want to leave amid reports that the Blues are interested in signing the striker this summer. It was reported some weeks ago that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants to sign a major striker for the club and is looking to choose between Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland and Lukaku, but it looks as though they will have to forget about signing the Inter Milan star.