Easy come, easy go.
That seems to be the case at White Hart Lane as Spurs work to find out who will continue to be a part of their European push and who’ll be part of the post-AVB exodus. The latest rumors have Etienne Capoue skipping town for Napoli, at 1.5 million pounds less than he cost from Toulouse this summer, and Lewis Holtby returning to Schalke after just one year.
The Turkish Football Federation only allows 10 foreign players on a roster and six in a Match Day 18m, but that isn’t stopping Galatasaray from trying to lure Charlie Adam away from Stoke City. Roberto Mancini is looking for Champions League reinforcements and Adam is not tied to Stoke (obviously). Among the foreign names you’ll notice on the Cimbom roster are Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Emmanuel Eboue and Albert Riera.
The agent for Porto midfielder Fernando, a target for Everton and Liverpool amongst others, has a bizarre quote regarding the player’s potential extension to keep him at the Portugal club.
“We’ve come to an agreement with Porto. The only thing that is missing are the details. Once they’re agreed we’ll sign.”
‘Details’ is a pretty vague term, wouldn’t you say? Seems like they may be encouraging foreign clubs to step their transfer games up.
Fulham made a play for a pair of West Ham players in Ravel Morrison and Mohamed Diame, but the 7.5 million pounds offered aren’t good enough for the Hammers to sell, though the Cottagers may be ready to suggest more. Morrison is considered the more desired of the two, but West Ham are reportedly in an uproar over the way Fulham have gone about their pursuit.
Carlton Cole has signed an 18-month extension at West Ham.
Would Vito Mannone consider leaving his gig as Sunderland’s No. 1 keeper to back-up David de Gea at Old Trafford?
For all the talk of Julian Draxler heading to Arsenal, multiple reports say Schalke has not received a bid for the 20-year-old with a 45.5 million Euro out-clause.
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).