Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola says that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the French midfielder last season when was still Chelsea manager.
The 23-year-old Pogba signed for Mourinho at Manchester United in a world-record £89m deal this summer and Raiola believes United’s gain is every other top club’s loss.
Real Madrid also wanted Pogba but were soon priced out of the move along with “five or six other clubs” according to Pogba’s representative.
“Mourinho already wanted to bring him to Chelsea last summer, but it was not the right time” said Raiola. Read more... (229 words, 1 image, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas explicitly denied that head coach Antonio Conte has told him he does not have a future at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas started the midweek EFL Cup win over Bristol Rovers but has only made one Premier League appearance this season, as a substitute at Watford last weekend.
He was an unused substitute during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley and media reports on Sunday morning stated that he had been told by Conte that he would be allowed to leave the club.
However, Fabregas issued a series of tweets on Sunday night in which he made it clear that he will be remaining with the Blues. Read more... (243 words, 1 image, estimated 58 secs reading time)
The summer transfer window is open and already we have seen Manchester City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea flex their financial muscle with big signings as they look to close the gap on champions Leicester.
Summer Transfer Window – Updated 29 August
Most expensive Premier League Signing: Paul Pogba [Juventus – Man Utd] £89m
Busiest Premier League clubs: Middlesbrough and West Ham(9)
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach, £35m)
Rob Holding [Bolton] Reported £2m
Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)
Wojciech Szczesny [Arsenal] Loan Read more... (1023 words, 1 image, estimated 4:06 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s delighted to have won late on against Hull and that he’s happy to call it ‘Fergie Time’.
Deep into injury-time, Wayne Rooney past Hull full back Ahmed Elmohamady and played in a low cross that was a simple tap-in for Marcus Rashford to score to give United a vital three points in their quest to become champions.
The style of the win was reminiscent of life under Sir Alex Ferguson, whose teams notoriously scored late goals to secure victory.
And Mourinho has taken it as a compliment to be likened to United’s most successful manager of all time. Read more... (415 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Antonio Conte‘s debut season at Chelsea couldn’t have started off brighter with three wins in as many matches, but Saturday’s victory against Burnley was certainly the most convincing yet.
Despite beating Liverpool last week, promoted Burnley were no match for a rampant Chelsea side that deserved to win 3-0. A result that took the Blues top of the Premier League for the first time in 15 months.
‘I’m pleased with the performance and the win,’ Conte said. ‘We played good football with good ball possession. We created a lot of chances. Read more... (417 words, 1 image, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side win their first Premier League game of the season with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Watford before insisting there is more to come from his players as they close in on two new signings.
An early Santi Cazorla penalty was added to by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil as the Gunners raced into a commanding first-half lead at Vicarage Road.
They visibly tired after the interval and Watford pulled a goal back as club-record signing Roberto Pereyra scored a debut goal, but the hosts could not find a way to set up a grandstand finish. Read more... (401 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp will spend the international break wondering how Liverpool could not close at Spurs at White Hart Lane, being forced to settle for a share of the points and not all three.
James Milner, playing in the unfamiliar position of full-back, rifled home the opener from the penalty spot before Sadio Mane unjustly had a goal disallowed for off-side as the Reds pushed for a second.
Spurs were in danger of being over-run as the visitors created a series of chances, but they struck back through Danny Rose in the second half and finished the stronger team. Read more... (305 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Europe’s top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, UEFA has confirmed.
The top four leagues in the UEFA coefficient ranking, currently La Liga, the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A, will see four teams enter the group stage without having to go through a qualification round.
Currently, La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League are guaranteed three group spots, with a fourth possible through the qualifying round, while Serie A has two guaranteed spots and a third possible via qualification. Read more... (372 words, 1 image, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not happy at the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer marketing and says that the inability to strengthen the Blues squad before the transfer window closes will have a negative impact on how well the team does this summer.
Chelsea has brought in big-money signings in the shape of midfielder N’Golo Kante and forward Michy Batshuayi this summer but has yet to add the defensive reinforcements that Conte desperately needs.
The Blues have long been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly but have been unable to lure him away from Napoli, while AC Milan say they have knocked back a bid for Alessio Romagnoli. Read more... (575 words, 1 image, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
Arsène Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are close to completing the signings of Lucas Pérez and Shkodran Mustafi for around £52m but denied suggestions he is panic buying and warned that football fans will be “amazed” at the amount of money spent by Premier League clubs before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
Pérez, from Deportivo La Coruña, and the Germany defender Mustafi, of Valencia, were due to have medicals on Friday with fees of £17.1m and £35m respectively agreed with the two La Liga clubs but the Arsenal manager believes the late nature of the deals and the sizeable price is a natural consequence of the Premier League’s new £5bn three-year TV deal. Read more... (654 words, 1 image, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)