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Rose, Gacinovic to Man United; Alli, Griezmann to Barca?

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It’s nowhere near January 1, but Manchester United (of course) have been linked with moves for two wide players.

Danny Rose continues to be linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur with the England international left back still out injured and his comments at the start of the season about wanting to be “paid what he deserves” still rings true.

With Ben Davies filing in ably for Rose over the past six months, that could persuade Daniel Levy to cash in on another full back if United offer over $60 million for the 27-year-old. Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb say Jose Mourinho will come in with a fresh bid for Rose in January after missing out on him in the summer.

Another wide man United are keeping on eye, according to the Daily Mirror, is Eintracht Frankfurt winger Mijat Gacinovic.

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the top attacking talents in the Bundesliga and it would explain why Mourinho was spotted in Austria last week wearing a baseball cap as he looked on sheepishly from the stands. Serbia (who have since qualified for the World Cup) lost 3-2 to Austria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier and Mourinho was said to be watching Gacinovic closely.

Gacinovic scored two goals in his first three games for Serbia and comes from the same youth team as Dusan Tadic at Vojvodina. With a deal for Ivan Perisic not coming to fruition following a summer-long chase, Mourinho could well swoop for the promising winger.

Quite why he needs another wide man with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata all capable of playing those positions is beyond me. But Jose usually gets what he wants.


Tottenham’s Dele Alli has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid as Barca turn their attentions away from Philippe Coutinho.

According to Sport, Alli, 21, is a key target for both Barca and Real and Real are also eyeing up a move for Harry Kane. Of course, we would be taking about monstrous transfer fees for both of these Tottenham and England stars but given Alli’s recent dip in form, perhaps Spurs would be more wiling to cash in on him compared to Kane.

Barcelona are said to believe that Spurs cannot keep hold of both of their star attackers and that enticing Alli away from north London, just a few weeks after he changed his agent, could be a lot easier to do.

Another star attacker said to be interesting Barca, according to Mundo Deportivo, is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman decided to stay at Atleti last summer once their transfer ban was confirmed but now that Diego Costa is back at Atleti from January onwards, it is believed Barca will try and swoop in to meet Griezmann’s release clause of $117 million before July 1 when it doubles for the remaining five years of his contract at Atletico.

Griezmann, 26, looked set to move to Manchester United in the summer but Barca will be keen to make him their main man and his record of 86 goals in 167 games for Atleti has seen his star rise over the past three season.

Barca are keen to exploit this loophole in Griezmann’s contract and after all, they now better than most about the risks and rewards of release clauses.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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With the international break here, it is time to take stock of the players who have been ripping it up in the Premier League.

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Stars from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all trending in the right direction as the big boys made their mark ahead of the international break.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Even
  2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  3. Marouane Fellaini (Man United) – New entry
  4. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Even
  5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – New entry
  6. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
  7. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – New entry
  8. David Silva (Man City) – Down 5
  9. Phil Jones (Man United) – Up 9
  10. Nemanja Matic (Man United) – New entry
  11. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Even
  12. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Even
  13. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Down 5
  14. Ben Davies (Tottenham) – New entry
  15. David De Gea (Man United) – Even
  16. Ederson (Man City) – New entry
  17. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
  18. Ben Mee (Burnley) – New entry
  19. Richarlison (Watford) – New entry
  20. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) – New entry

Premier League roundup: Manchester in focus (video)

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Manchester is five points clear of the pack after United and City both posted wins on Saturday.

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The Red Devils’ victory came a bit easier, 4-0 against moribund Crystal Palace, but City’s may have made a bigger statement of intent considering a terrific win at Stamford Bridge.


Huddersfield Town 0-4 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

Harry Kane is really good, and finished September with a combined 13 goals for club and country after scoring a brace Saturday at the John Smith’s Stadium. Even Moussa Sissoko scored for Spurs, who also found a goal from Ben Davies.

Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Squad rotation was no problem for Jose Mourinho, as Marouane Fellaini scored twice to go with Juan Mata‘s 145-second opener at Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku bagged one late to doom Palace to a seventh-straight goalless loss.

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester CityRECAP

Don’t let the score line fool you: Manchester City was very, very good on a day without Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. The goal came from Kevin De Bruyne, and it was wonderful, but this was a total win. The final shot total was 17-4 in favor of City.

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 WatfordRECAP

The Hornets were dormant out of the gates, and both Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans reaped the spoils to open a 2-0 lead for the hosts. But Abdoulaye Doucoure scored and Brazilian magician Richarlison added an equalizer for Watford.

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester City — RECAP

Far from a beauty for either side, but Joshua King, Marc Pugh and Bournemouth will feel extra aggrieved after a controlling performance failed to produce a goal.

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City — RECAP

Diafra Sakho came off the bench to move the Irons out of the drop zone at the expense of now 18th Swans.

Stoke City 2-1 Southampton — RECAP

Good news for USMNT fans, as Geoff Cameron returned to the Starting XI and saw goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch get three points for the Potteries. Saints goal came from Maya Yoshida.

 

Kane: “Probably the best month I’ve had”

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“The gaffer drilled it into us that we needed to start sharp today,” Ben Davies.

Well, then, it’s mission accomplished for Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs buried Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

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Spurs led 3-0 after 24 minutes, with one coming from Davies and a pair from irresistible Harry Kane. The latter will finish September with an almost absurd 11 goals for club and two more for England.

After the match, he was asked whether he’d had a better period in his career.

“Probably not,” Kane said. “It’s probably the best month I’ve had, especially after August. I feel confident when these boys are putting in good crosses and putting in good through balls. I’m just there to put them away. I’m delighted with the win. It’s been a great week for us.”

There’s some sort of reverse Green Day reference to make here about not waking Kane up for October. He’s been unconscious with his finishing, and Spurs are right in the thick of the race for a Premier League title.

Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham: Kane leads surging Spurs

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  • Spurs have won 14 consecutive PL games v newly-promoted sides
  • Kane has 13 goals in last eight games
  • The last time Spurs won the opening four away league games was during the double-winning campaign of 1960-61
  • Huddersfield suffer first home defeat of season

HUDDERSFIELD — Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur are ripping teams apart each time they step on the pitch and it happened again on Saturday as they beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Harry Kane scored twice in the first half — his second was a beauty for his 13th goal in eight games in September — and Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko also found the back of the net as Spurs made it four away wins on the spin to start off the Premier League season.

With the win Spurs move on to 14 points and were momentarily in third place, while Huddersfield suffered their first home defeat of the season and remain on nine points as they battled but were totally outclassed in their biggest challenge to date since arriving in the Premier League.

Despite the defeat, the Huddersfield fans didn’t stop singing all game long.

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Huddersfield started brightly with Aaron Mooy and others flying into tackles and Tommy Smith having a shot well saved by Hugo Lloris.

Just as the Terriers were building momentum one long ball over the top saw Spurs take the lead. Kieran Trippier‘s ball forward should’ve been dealt with by Chris Loewe but he missed his clearance and Kane raced through to score his sixth goal in his last three games.

Soon after it was 2-0 as superb build-up play involving multiple Spurs players saw Christian Eriksen race through and a tackle on him saw the ball run straight into the path of the onrushing Davies who dinked home. Tottenham led 2-0 after 16 minutes and threatened to run riot.

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Kane then sent a vicious dipping volley onto the top of the net from distance and moments later almost had his second and Spurs’ third goal after Jonas Lossl totally whiffed on the ball but recovered to smother Kane’s effort. Soon Kane did have his second of the game and it was a stunner in the 23rd minute.

The England international turned two Huddersfield defenders in one movement and curled home a wonderful strike into the far corner as even the home fans stood to applaud his brilliance.

Dele Alli hit the post before half time arrived as Spurs led 3-0 at the break after total domination, even though Laurent Depoitre clipped the crossbar for the home side after a fine run.

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In the second half Spurs started well and Kane could have sealed his hat trick but an effort from close range was blocked as Eriksen looked to play Kane in. From the resulting corner Kane couldn’t adjust his feet quick enough to finish as Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure for most of the second half.

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Huddersfield briefly threatened on the break with Scott Malone whipping in a cross to the near post which was cleared but Spurs were comfortable as they surged to yet another away victory with substitute Sissoko scoring in stoppage time to finish things off.

Kane will rightly get the headlines but Pochettino’s men were imperious all over the pitch.