Reports on Friday morning linked Chelsea with a $50 million move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
Turns out those rumors won’t be far off the mark as Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the club are set to splash the cash this summer to bring in “a couple of critical signings” to bolster his squad at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Mourinho certainly had plenty to say for himself (when doesn’t he?) as he slammed Eden Hazard for his mistake and subsequent comments after Chelsea’s defeat to Atletico on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League semifinal.
Yet perhaps the most interesting news to come out of the press conference was that Mourinho confirmed he is looking to add two major players to his team and a new striker is at the top of the list.
“The transfer window is closed and it opens in the summer. Chelsea will be quiet during that period. We are not going to be the noisy team, buying and selling and selling and buying. We’re going to do a couple of critical signings,” Mourinho said. “Is a striker a target for us? Yes. We never denied that. Is Diego a good player? He is, but he is an Atletico Madrid player so we cannot say much.”
As always the Special One is keeping his cards close to his chest, yet two big money signings could spell the end of Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o’s Chelsea careers. Bringing in Costa up front to replace the Blues’ misfiring forwards makes sense and adding two top-class players to Chelsea’s squad will leave it brimming with options as Mourinho continues his rebuild.
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This season Willian, Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah Andre Schurrle and Eto’o arrived but more investment is needed if they’re going to kick on and become the best team in England and Europe next season. It is likely that Chelsea will finish in second place in the PL and they fell at the final hurdle before the UCL final.
Not a bad campaign, but no trophies means Mourinho must work hard over the summer to land his targets and improve Chelsea’s team.
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.