Napoli are willing to drop their price for Maurizio Sarri to £4.5million in a bid to speed up a move to Chelsea, according to reports.
Sarri has already been replaced in Naples by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti but he remains under contract in Italy for two more years.
But according to the Mirror, Napoli’s lowering of the asking price is with the hope that it will ‘encourage Chelsea’ to make their move.
The 59-year-old ran Juventus all the way last season in the Serie A title race and soon became one of the most sought-after managers in world football. Read more... (209 words, 1 image, estimated 50 secs reading time)
There was no lull in the mud-slinging between the Spanish national team and Real Madrid as the club’s president Florentino Perez labelled the decision to sack Julen Lopetegui ‘absurd’.
Spain kick-off their World Cup on Friday against Portugal but there was no amnesty, with Perez defending his club’s decision to poach the national team boss on the eve of the finals.
He said: ‘
Real Madrid had reached an agreement with Lopetegui for him to take over after the World Cup, respecting his contract, and it needed to be made public for it to be transparent and to avoid rumour and leaks that could affect the team. Read more... (760 words, 1 image, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)
Antoine Griezmann has rejected an £87million move to Barcelona and committed his future to Atletico Madrid.
The player revealed the snub to Barca in a bizarre documentary entitled ‘The Decision’ aired on a pay-to-view channel in Spain.
He claimed he had decided to stay after winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid but then almost had his mind changed again when he was booed by a section of the club’s supporters.
‘I was very affected by it,’ he said. ‘I did not understand why they were whistling me.’ He then said Diego Simeone calmed him down finally helping make the decision to stay. Read more... (529 words, 1 image, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)
Everton will open their 2018-19 Premier League campaign against last season’s Championship winners Wolves.
New boss Marco Silva will have to wait until the second game, however, to take charge of his first clash at Goodison Park, against Southampton.
The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place on December 1, at Anfield, before Silva welcomes his former club Watford to Goodison just a week later. The home Merseyside derby is scheduled for March 2.
Everton’s Premier League Fixtures
August 11 – Wolves (A) – Buy Everton Tickets
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West Ham will open their Premier League campaign with one of the most difficult fixtures, a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.
The Hammers round off September with games against Chelsea and Manchester United after a tricky first few weeks.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to Southampton on Boxing Day during the busy festive period. Read the full list below – home fixtures are in bold.
West Ham Premier League Fixtures
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Newcastle United face a tough opening to the Premier League season as they host Tottenham Hotspur.
It does not get any easier for Rafa Benitez’s side as the Magpies take on Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in their opening five matches.
It will be a long trip south to wrap up the campaign as they travel to play Fulham at Craven Cottage on the final day of the season.
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Stunning news from the Spain camp ahead of the World Cup where Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss on the eve of the World Cup after Spanish FA chiefs were left furious following his announcement as Real Madrid boss.
Spain hastily called a press conference as reports emanated that the head of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, was left outraged by the timing of the announcement.
Following a bizarre morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales for Lopetegui to keep his job, it was decided that the manager’s position had become untenable. Read more... (354 words, 1 image, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)
The hunt for a new manager at Real Madrid continues after Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said that he turned down an offer to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Champions League winners because he had already committed to the Italian champions.
Real appointed former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday, but Allegri had been among the front-runners to take over from Zidane, who quit after winning a remarkable three successive Champions League trophies.
‘I said no to Real Madrid,’ Allegri told Italian news outlet Sky Sport Italia.
‘I did it on the phone to Florentino Perez (Madrid president) because I had given my word to (Juventus) president (Andrea) Agnelli.’ Read more... (148 words, 1 image, estimated 36 secs reading time)
The World Cup is returning to North America for the first time since 1195 after FIFA announced that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup.
The U.S.will host 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The U.S. is set to host all games from the quarterfinals onward.
Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986. Read more... (207 words, 1 image, estimated 50 secs reading time)
Sadio Mane was close to joining Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane resigned as manager – but the deal could still be revived this summer, according to reports in France.
The Liverpool striker is reported to have been the first major signing lined up by Real Madrid on the back of them winning a third successive Champions League, beating Mane’s Liverpool in the final.
Despite that European success, Real finished 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, leading the club to plan a major overhaul of the first team squad. Read more... (294 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)