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Marotta: ‘No Eriksen contact’

beppe marotta Inter Milan

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirmed they are seeking “a midfielder and winger” in January, dropped Arturo Vidal hints, but denied “any contact” for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

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The Nerazzurri chief was asked before the game against Napoli about Inter’s interest in Barcelona and Chile midfielder Vidal.

“We are having various contacts with agents and clubs to increase the quality level of a squad that is already doing extraordinary things,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

Mercato: Paul Pogba To Inter Milan

Mercato Transfers Serie A

Manchester United have reportedly told Inter Milan that they are willing to sell them Paul Pogba, but only if they get Lautaro Martinez in return.

It appears that Pogba is keen to reunite with Antonio Conte, since the two worked so well together at Juventus.

The speculation over the World Cup winner’s future at Old Trafford has not died down during his absence from the pitch and the newspaper claims Inter have the makeweight to be in pole position for the former Bianconeri’s signature.

Martinez is valued at around €80million, while United insist Pogba is worth €150m.

Mercato Transfers Serie A

Flamengo’s offer of €16m plus 20 per cent of a future sale for striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa is not enough for Inter, and that has allows long term suitors West Ham United back into the fray.

According to multiple Italian sources, including Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Premier League side are ready to offer €20m plus performance-related bonuses and add-ons for Gabigol.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Flamengo and the Brazilian side have claimed a deal was in place to sign him permanently. But Inter insist that is not the case and want to sell ‘Gabigol’ to the highest bidder.

jurgen klopp Liverpool manager

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not scared of losing but the quest to improve means he occasionally ‘kills the mood’ in his post-match debrief to players.

If the Reds avoid defeat against Sheffield United at Anfield they will have gone 12 months without losing a league match and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently compared them to his ‘Invincibles’ side of the 2003-04 season.

Liverpool have won 17 consecutive league games at Anfield since Leicester came from behind to draw last January, their joint second-best such run at home in their history, and are unbeaten in 50 home league matches stretching back to April 2017.

frank lampard chelsea

Frank Lampard has slammed his players after their 1-1 draw at by admitting they were ‘lucky not to lose’ at the Amex Stadium.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal after 10 minutes after Aaron Mooy had blocked Tammy Abraham’s initial effort appeared to have put the Blues on course for a third successive away Premier League victory following their wins at and over the festive period.

But Brighton came back into the game and piled on the pressure and were rewarded for their endeavours when Alireza Jahanbakhsh netted the equaliser with a spectacular overhead kick with six minutes remaining.

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Manchester United are targeting ‘one or two’ new faces in January, revealed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United’s top four hopes were dashed on Wednesday night following a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and attention quickly turned to transfer business on the first day of the January window.

Injuries are becoming a major issue for United, particularly in central midfield, and while Solskjaer remained coy on targets, he admitted that the club are on the hunt for a couple of additions this month.

‘Well you can see the squad and yeah, one or two additions could do nicely,’ he said.

United States To Play Costa Rica In February

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its plans for a U.S. men’s national team training camp in early 2020, concluding with a Feb. 1 friendly against Costa Rica at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

The bulk of the training camp will take place in Qatar, the host country for the 2022 World Cup. The U.S. will begin the camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha starting on Jan. 5, and will hold practices and closed-door scrimmages against other teams training in Qatar during the Americans’ three-week stay. Dutch side Ajax will be in the country during the U.S.’s time there but there has been no confirmation that they will be one of the scrimmage opponents.

Alonso Inter Miami

Inter Miami CF have appointed Diego Alonso as their first ever head coach. The former Uruguay international most recently served as head coach for CF Monterrey in Liga MX, where he led them to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League title.

“In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans,” the club’s sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement.

“He brings a lot of experience and championship-winning mentality as we begin our drive to be among the best clubs in the Americas. We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”

Lamps Gives Chelsea Transfer Update

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager

Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea will look to improve their squad in the January transfer window. The Blues are looking to secure a top-four finish in Lampard’s first season in charge of the west London side.

Chelsea FC have been impressive on the road in the Premier League but the Blues have struggled in front of their home supporters at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard’s side are in fourth spot in the Premier League table in the race to finish in the Champions League places ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Klopp Turned Down PSG Approach Before Christmas

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently ‘spent an hour on the phone discussing a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain with the club’s sporting director Leonardo’ before insisting he is happy at Anfield.

According to French outlet Le10Sport, Leonardo reached out to Klopp to sound him out about taking over the reins with current boss Thomas Tuchel under increasing pressure.

Tuchel guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title last term but club chiefs are desperate to win the Champions League, and the German is expected to be axed if he cannot deliver it this season.