David de Gea’s camp are increasingly confident the Manchester United goalkeeper will complete a long-protracted move to Real Madrid before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, The Mirror reports.De Gea hasn’t featured for the Red Devils so far this season, having been exiled by manager Louis van Gaal until his future is resolved either way.And sources close to the player believe that a transfer can be done by Monday, it is claimed.Real have so far failed to meet United’s £35m asking price for the Spaniard – a world record for a goalkeeper – but is understood that an offer slightly less than £30m will be accepted by United.Reports suggest the Premier League side have reached a stage where they feel they would be better off without De Gea, given the distraction his protracted transfer has caused.The 24-year-old has also refused to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, meaning he would leave them for free next summer barring a dramatic u-turn before then.Stand-in goalkeeper Sergio Romero has proved an able deputy so far and it is unclear if United plan to bring in further reinforcements before the deadline.One player who had been tipped to replace De Gea is Dutchman Jasper Cillessen, but the Ajax No.1 has since pledged his future to Ronald de Boer’s side.De Gea’s fellow Spanish shot-stopper, Victor Valdes, is also on is way out of Old Trafford, with a move to Besiktas all but complete.Elsewhere, Manchester City have made an ‘astonishing’ wage offer to winger Kevin de Bruyne, claims Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs.De Bruyne, 24, has been left out of Friday’s game with Schalke as talks continue over a move to City.City have not responded to reports a £58m deal has been agreed for the Belgium international.Chelsea meanwhile have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported on Friday.The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday, Titan said.Even if were to go ahead, Zhang said he did not expect to get straight into Premier League football.Players from non-European Union countries are subject to tighter work permit requirements in Britain, and Chelsea might elect to loan the defender to a European side for a period of time to pave his way into the league.Technically proficient and solidly built, Zhang has been a key player in Guangzhou’s success in China and their run to the 2013 Asian Champions League title.He carries the nickname ‘Zhangmos’ in China in a nod to Real Madrid’s stalwart defender Sergio Ramos.
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria, judging from the way he spoke on Friday night, didn’t exactly get the opponent he preferred for his Beermen in the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.“That’s a strong team with a lot of good players, from the starting five down to the third group,” Austria told the Inquirer after watching Rain or Shine dismantle Blackwater, 103-80, to catch the last playoff bus.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Morales, Navy riders favored as Ronda fires off Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The Painters thus advanced as the Beermen’s first round playoff foes after rallying to win at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“They have been contenders all these years,” he said of the Painters, who would need to beat San Miguel two straight times to advance to the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We beat them only in overtime (in the eliminations) and their confidence is still there. They know they can beat any team in the tournament,” said Austria, whose Beermen will be taking a nine-game winning streak into the playoffs as they search for a franchise-best third straight all-Filipino crown.The Painters shook off a bum start against the Elite, slowly breaking away starting in the second period to win with plenty to spare and snap a four-game losing streak that could help them, mentally, in their clash with the defending champions. “We just have to be positive about it,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after the rout of the Elite, who will bow out for the third straight conference after what had been a strong start to the season.“If we want to make the Finals, we will still have to play San Miguel (at some time); they’re the No. 1 team,” Garcia said. “It’s good that we get to meet them early.”Jericho Cruz came off the bench to shoot 12 points and grab the same number of boards and actually get the Painters out of a rotten 2-13 start.There were six players in twin digits for Garcia, who said that the only way for them to beat San Miguel in their quarterfinal match-up is for them to run at every chance and offset the Beermen’s size advantage.Art dela Cruz had 20 points and nine rebounds, with highly-touted rookie Mac Belo finishing with just six points while playing 28 minutes with a hurting left knee.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments
Arsene Wenger laughed off claims he could take charge of Real Madrid as he offered his backing to under-fire Rafael Benitez.Benitez is under huge pressure at the Bernabeu after being thumped 4-0 by Barcelona at the weekend.Real Madrid have called a press conference for Monday night and it has led to claims the Spaniard could be sacked just five months into his reign.But Wenger, who has long been linked with the post, insists it would be madness to dump his former Liverpool rival.Jokingly asked by a reporter if he had been contacted by Real president Florentino Perez, the Arsenal boss replied: “No.“I would just like to take this occasion to support completely Rafael Benitez, who is an outstanding manager.“I think it would be not serious to sack the manager after 12 games. I hope he will get the support of Florentino Perez.“No one should bet on me to become the next [Real Madrid] manager.” Arsène Wenger 1
Powered by Wakelet Alexis Sanchez is reportedly on his way to Old Trafford 1 Alexis Sanchez was not included in Arsenal’s squad to play Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, sparking rumours he is definitely leaving.According to reports, Manchester United are favourites to sign the Chile forward before the end of the month, as they are willing to offer Sanchez a larger contract – worth around £400,000-per-week – than rivals Manchester City.United are said to be willing to offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Sanchez, though reports in France suggest Arsenal are close to sign Malcom, the Bordeaux winger, as the Chilean’s replacement.Here, talkSPORT.com looks at a selection of tweets from both delighted Man United fans, who were keen to have a laugh at Arsenal supporters’ expense, and unhappy Gooners.Also, stream Bournemouth v Arsenal here from 13:30 on Sunday 14 January here.Powered by Wakelet
BARRY MCNAMEE hopes to follow an illustrious band of men to have captained Derry City to League Cup glory on Saturday night.McNamee is aware of the honour of captaining the Candystripes – and could lift silverware at the Brandywell this weekend.First, though, Derry have to navigate the task of treble-chasing Dundalk in Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final. “We’re under no illusions about how tough it will be, but we’ll go and give it our all,” McNamee told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.“We’ve been told all week about the game being sold out. It’s a big game between two big sides.“We took them to extra time and hit the bar in the last minute of normal time, but they showed their experience from the years of success that they’ve had. We’ll learn from that. We drew with them twice so there’s been nothing between the teams.”The 27-year-old returned to Foyleside in January having spent the 2018 season at Cork City. Derry have won the League Cup 11 times in the past – including last year’s 3-1 win at home to Cobh Ramblers.Declan Devine’s side are also firmly in the hunt for a European sport.McNamee said: “Regardless of what happens on Saturday, it’ll be a big end to the season for us.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Barry McNamee aiming to lead Derry City to League Cup success was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brandywellDeclan Devinederry cityDundalk
Tottenham are the new favourites to land goalkeeper Shay Given, it has emerged tonight.UK bookmakers Skybet were quoting the Lifford man at 12/1 less than three weeks ago but after seeing plenty of interest at that price the firk subsequently cut the odds to 6/1. Today, however, the company halved that price yet again and now only go 3/1 about Given moving to White Hart Lane.A move abroad could also be on the cards, with Italian side, Roma, next in the betting at 4/1. Celtic are 9/2 while Fulham(5=1) and Aston Villa(6-1)are next in the list. BREAKING NEWS: SPURS ARE FAVOURITES TO LAND SHAY was last modified: January 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS update Abraham’s rise to stardom has been rapid – and well deserved Abraham then went one better when the Premier League returned after the international break a fortnight later, scoring a hat-trick in last Saturday’s incredible 5-2 win at Wolves.The striker faces perhaps the toughest challenge of his career this weekend, as he’ll go head-to-head with Virgil van Dijk during Liverpool’s trip to west London on Sunday.But, if Abraham continues his free-scoring feats in front of goal, he could match an incredible achievement managed by only one player before in Premier League history – Liverpool legend Luis Suarez.In December 2013, Suarez scored four goals in a rout of Norwich and followed that up with braces in three successive matches against West Ham, Tottenham and Cardiff. stalemate Getty Images – Getty Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked latest Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Ally McCoist pays tribute to Rangers legend Fernando RicksenHe struggled during Chelsea’s opening weekend defeat by Manchester United, and was then subject to racial abuse after missing a penalty as Chelsea lost the UEFA Super Cup on spot kicks.But Abraham refused to let this bring him down, and he’s hit a period of remarkable form since scoring his first ever Chelsea goal in last month’s victory over Norwich.He struck twice in that match, before grabbing another brace a week later when Sheffield United visited Stamford Bridge. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:17Loaded: 12.88%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error deals appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Suarez’s four-goal showing against Norwich is one of his most famous Liverpool performances Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Tammy Abraham’s remarkable feats in front of goal for Chelsea have been one of the stories of the season.The England forward has scored seven goals in just seven games since being trusted to lead the line by Blues manager Frank Lampard, overcoming a couple of dodgy displays at the start of the campaign to prove his true talent. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas When he netted that second goal against the Bluebirds, Suarez became the first ever player to score at least a brace in four consecutive Premier League games – but Abraham can do the same this weekend.Of course, to do so Abraham will have to breach a brilliantly strong Liverpool defence not just once, but twice.And if he can do that, the young Englishman deserves all the praise that will undoubtedly come his way.
Tierney didn’t even get to go to last year’s event because he was so new to the scene and credits his manager for putting so much faith in him in such a short space of time.“It’s been mad for me to come all this way,” he said. “I won Young Player of the Year for Celtic last season which was great for me but obviously this one is bigger as it’s the full awards.“I thought I would be in and out [of the team], maybe playing in cup games, because I played against Raith Rovers in the cup, but the manager has put great faith in me and I’m grateful for that.”Tierney, who won his first senior cap for Scotland last month in a friendly win over Denmark, added that he has not changed as a person despite his successful season in the limelight. Celtic defender Kieran Tierney says Ronny Deila must be credited for putting faith in him this season because he went into the campaign as an inexperienced youngster.The 18-year old who has been shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, had less than 90 senior minutes to his name at the start of the season.He has since forced his way into Ronny Deila’s starting line-up though, dislodging Emilio Izaguirre at left back and forging a name for himself as a new fans’ favourite.A year to the day he was playing for the Celtic Under-20s, Tierney was announced as one of the four nominees in the running for the best young player in the country accolade. He will come up against Rangers’ Barrie McKay and Hibs duo John McGinn and Jason Cummings for the gong at a ceremony this weekend. “It’s what you want when you’re a wee guy, you want to play for Celtic and be known,” he continued. “Apart from that, what I do outside of training nothing has changed.”
Rangers will be without Bruno Alves for their match against Celtic after the defender failed to recover from a calf injury in time.Declan John has also been ruled out through injury with Lee Hodson expected to replace the left-back.Alves, who was acting as stand-in captain in the absence of Lee Wallace, limped out of the League Cup win over Partick Thistle on Tuesday after 76 minutes. John picked up in a thigh injury during the match.Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha hoped that Alves had a chance of making the crucial match at Ibrox but STV has learned that the influential defender has been told to rest and may be out for a couple of weeks. The absence of the experienced Portugal international means that teenage defender Ross McCrorie is likely to make his Old Firm debut.McCrorie replaced Alves on Tuesday and afterwards Caixinha was effusive in his praise for the player, tipping him to reach the top of the game and saying he would be ready to face Celtic if required.“Ross McCrorie is going to be one of the best centre halves in history, not just for this club but for this country,” he said. “You just need to see what he did. He was brilliant. “It’s not about age or names. It’s about getting the chance to prove it. “I have no concerns about him. I never had and never will have. If he needs to play on Saturday [against Celtic], he will play.”