Blockbuster claims from outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said “a little bird has told me a few years ago” that Pallotta is in some form of partnership with Liverpool owner John Henry.
“I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool, and if this were the case, the two clubs should not be allowed to play in the Champions League,” De Laurentiis said. Read more... (448 words, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga’s plan to take one fixture per season to the United States or Canada strikes him as “strange.”
La Liga announced on Thursday that an agreement with Relevant, the organisers of the International Champions Cup, would see one game played in North America each year to promote the game in the continent.
However, the plans have been met with a mixed response, with the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) among those complaining that the deal was struck without the necessary consultation. Read more... (239 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Italian-based strikers Lautaro Martinez and Giovanni Simeone are among the 20 new faces in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) have announced.
Martinez, who joined Inter Milan from Racing earlier this summer, and Simeone, the Spain-born striker who plays for Fiorentina, are included up front alongside Paolo Dybala, Angel Correa and Cristian Pavon.
Mauro Icardi, the Inter striker who was surprisingly left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad, also returns, but there is no place for Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero or Angel di Maria. Read more... (366 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho has denied having a bust-up with Paul Pogba and insists he is happy with the unsettled Frenchman’s attitude at Manchester United.
United are adamant that Pogba will not be sold to Barcelona even though it’s understood that he wants to leave Old Trafford for a second time.
But Mourinho denied that he had been involved in an angry exchange with the 25-year-old midfielder, and praised him for playing against Leicester last week after just four days training. Read more... (469 words, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted there is no competition for goals between the club’s scintillating front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The trio have formed a frightening attacking line-up and their goals helped the Reds to the Champions League final last season and turned them into Manchester City’s biggest threat in the Premier League.
Salah and Mane both opened their accounts for the season in the 4-0 win over West Ham last weekend and, speaking ahead of his team’s trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night, Klopp insisted the trio are not competing against each other. Read more... (337 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted that Alvaro Morata could be struggling with a lack of confidence after scoring just three times this year.
The Spaniard, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid last summer, started last week’s opening 3-0 victory at Huddersfield but failed to find the back of the net.
Morata is likely to lead the line against Arsenal again on Saturday evening and Sarri concedes the 25-year-old needs a goal to get back on track.
Speaking ahead of the London derby with Unai Emery’s men, Sarri said: ‘I am not worried about Morata. He is a very great player. Read more... (352 words, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
After the midweek defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui was asked about the clubs summer transfer inactivity.
“I do not think the club’s policy changes much because of this game,”
was Julen Lopetegui’s answer after the game in Tallinn when asked about new signings. But 24 hours later, after reviewing the game, Lopetegui has changed his mine.
He wants a centre forward, a central defender and a physical midfielder. There are 15 days until the transfer window closes to reinforce his squad and the justification for new players has only gained weight after the defeat to Atlético exposed the lack of depth on the bench. Read more... (440 words, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
The Serie A matches involving Genoa and Sampdoria on Sunday have been postponed at the request of the two clubs in the wake of Tuesday’s motorway bridge collapse in their city which killed at least 38 people.
An 80-metre-long section of the bridge, part of a motorway linking the port city of Genoa with southern France, gave way in busy lunchtime traffic, sending dozens of vehicles into free-fall.
Genoa’s chief prosecutor, Francesco Cozzi, said on Thursday that 10-20 people were still missing.
Both Genovese clubs asked not to play their games this weekend, and the entire first round of fixtures could be delayed. Read more... (256 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Leicester have been drawn to play Joey Barton’s Fleetwood in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The tie will see Foxes striker Jamie Vardy play against his former side. The 31-year-old joined Leicester from Fleetwood back in 2012.
Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham will also travel to League One opposition in Wimbledon.
The all-Premier League tie of the round sees Brighton welcome Southampton.
League Two side Exeter have been rewarded for their penalty shootout win over Championship side Ipswich on Tuesday night with a trip to Premier League newcomers Fulham.
Everton face Rotherham while Newcastle travel to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest. Read more... (273 words, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
James Milner has said Liverpool should embrace enhanced expectations this season and it is now the time for the side to win their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest competitors for the Premier League title this term following a summer where the squad was strengthened with the additions of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson.
Milner, who won the league with City on two occasions, is confident that Liverpool can end their six-year trophy drought in 2018-19, having lost their last three finals. Read more... (283 words, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)