Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed Manchester United manager on a three-year deal after a successful stint as caretaker, the club have announced.
The former United striker has reversed their fortunes since leaving Norwegian club Molde to replace Jose Mourinho in December, reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League and battling for a place in the Premier League top four.
In his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Ole vowed to turn United into champions again. Asked if winning the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013, he said: Read more... (527 words, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)
Inter Milan are ‘following the situations of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho’ as the club makes plans for a successor to under-pressure manager Luciano Spalletti.
Spalletti is under increasing scrutiny having overseen elimination from both the Champions League and the Europa League this season.
And according to Corriere dello Sport, with Conte and Inter’s former treble-winning coach Mourinho both out of work, the club are ‘intrigued’ at the potential of bringing one of them in post-Spalletti.
Conte has not taken a job since leaving Chelsea and the Italian remains in a fierce legal battle with the London club over a compensation package. Read more... (278 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
According to media reports, Nike played a key role in Frenkie de Jong’s decision to reject an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and sign for Barcelona.
The company, a sponsor of both Barca and De Jong, will pay a large amount of the midfielder’s salary, sources close to the club said.
In February, De Jong agreed a deal to join Barcelona from Ajax for €75 million and will make the move to the Camp Nou in the summer. In January, ESPN FC sources had said PSG were confident that they would beat Barca and Manchester City to his signing. Read more... (239 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Lionel Messi has touched back down in Barcelona after pulling out of the Argentina squad due to injury.
The talisman had made his much anticipated return to the national set-up in a friendly with Venezuela, but his comeback was dampened as Argentina fell to a 3-1 defeat.
Salomon Rondon’s strike in the sixth minute got things off to a bad start, before Jhon Murillo doubled the lead and Josef Martinez scored a third.
Lautaro Martinez pulled a goal back for Argentina but it wasn’t enough, though Messi was able to get through the full-match despite his injury concern. Read more... (288 words, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
Manchester United will have to smash their transfer record and pay a world record fee for a defender, after Napoli put a €150 million price tag on Senegal international centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
Interest is high in the Napoli defender and he has been heavily linked with a move to a top European club in recent months.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are in the race for the 27-year-old, according to reports in Italy, but United are believed to view him as a top priority.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is not prepared to let him leave on the cheap, however, and is demanding a world-record fee for a defender, claim Gazzetta dello Sport. Read more... (230 words, estimated 55 secs reading time)
Barcelona are open to selling Philippe Coutinho should they receive a bid upwards of €100 million, despite the Brazil international’s desire to stay
Coutinho has been in and out of the starting lineup this season, and was even booed by his own supporters during a 3-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away and while there have been no official bids, there is interest in the midfielder.
“Barcelona do not have a firm offer from any club at this point, but some have expressed an interest in the player,” a source at the club told ESPN FC. Read more... (255 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
AS Roma are heading back to the USA again this summer as part of the International Champions Cup. There Roma will meet Mexican side Chivas, Premier League side Arsenal and Portuguese side Benfica.
If you are going to Rome to take in a game, check our the stadium seating chart as well as directions to the Stadio Olimpico
AS Roma USA Tour Fixtures
Tuesday, July 16: Roma vs. Chivas Guadalajara — Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium – Buy Roma v Chivas Tickets
Saturday, July 20: Arsenal vs. Roma — Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium – Buy Arsenal v Roma Tickets
Wednesday, July 24: Roma vs. Benfica — Harrison, New Jersey, Red Bull Arena – Buy Roma v Benfica Tickets Read more... (543 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp believes James Milner’s late penalty in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Fulham has kept them in the title race.
Klopp’s side lead the Premier League table heading into the international break after moving two points clear of Manchester City, who have played one fewer fixture, but having come so close to a damaging draw at Craven Cottage.
After the in-form Sadio Mane had given them a half-time lead, Milner, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker combined to gift former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel the chance to score Fulham’s equaliser. Read more... (367 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
Maurizio Sarri has admitted it will be ‘impossible’ for Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League if their shocking second half at Everton is consistently repeated.
The Chelsea head coach was left perplexed at the manner in which his team surrendered a position of strength at Goodison Park and disintegrated in the second 45 minutes, enabling the hosts to beat top six opposition for the first time in 26 attempts.
There was no sign of such an outcome during the first half, as Chelsea controlled the tempo, but the way in which they folded after Richarlison had opened the scoring left Sarri to openly question the mentality of his squad, who fluffed the opportunity to put pressure on their top-four rivals. Read more... (511 words, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
Manchester City will face Brighton in the semi-finals of this year’s FA Cup as Pep Guardiola’s quest for the quadruple marches on.
Brighton required penalties to see off Championship side Millwall on Sunday while Manchester City overcame a scare at Swansea to reach the last four.
The other semi-final will see Watford take on a Wolves side who overcame Manchester United in their quarter final on Saturday.
Both Manchester City and Brighton had to recover from two goal deficits to reach the last four.
Brighton somehow managed to squeeze through their last-eight tie with Millwall despite trailing 2-0 with less than three minutes of normal time remaining. Read more... (296 words, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)