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Tottenham Hotspur ‘join Miguel Almiron race’

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly decide to consider a January approach for Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly identified Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron as a potential January signing. Dele Alli and Harry Kane have both been ruled out with injury until at least the start of March, and it has left Mauricio Pochettino to contemplate entering the transfer market before the end of the month. According to Ole, Spurs could make a move for Almiron with the Paraguay international available for a fee in the region of £23m. Newcastle United have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old, who contributed 13 goals and 11 assists in the MLS during the most recent campaign. However, the Magpies may opt against paying the required fee, which could leave Spurs in...

Pep Guardiola relieved over no injuries on ‘dangerous’ pitch

Pep Guardiola felt his Manchester City side coped well with a “dangerous” pitch as they completed formalities against Burton in their Carabao Cup semi-final. Sergio Aguero scored the only goal on the night as City won 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium to wrap up a 10-0 aggregate success and officially confirm their Wembley place. Guardiola felt victory marked another special achievement for City in their continuing development but he was equally pleased to come through unscathed on a freezing night. PEP 💬 It was quite good, the pitch was so dangerous, so slippery. We made a good game, we missed the last pass but Burton had two or three clear chances. Muric was outstanding. We are in the final.#bafcvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/vNecpowZ6X — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 23, 2019 Burton had k...

Killie defeat is a difficult one to take – Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard admits Rangers undid all of their hard work against Celtic after shooting themselves in the foot against Kilmarnock. Jermain Defoe marked his Gers debut with a goal inside 12 minutes at Rugby Park. But Joe Worrall’s nightmare blunder allowed Eamonn Brophy to level for Steve Clarke’s side, before Jordan Jones pounced on a misplaced Ryan Kent pass to hand the side he will be joining in the summer a 2-1 defeat. The Light Blues were hoping to reproduce the kind of display that saw them beat Celtic for the first time in the league since 2012 in their final game of 2018. But having worked so hard to draw level with the Hoops, they now find themselves back to third after freezing on their return to action following the winter break. Asked if his team had let their Old Firm spoils s...

Result: Barcelona lose first leg of Copa del Rey quarter-final at Sevilla

Sevilla record a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Estadio Ramon. Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored the goals as Sevilla recorded a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Estadio Ramon on Wednesday night. Both teams had opportunities to register in Seville, but Sarabia’s 58th-minute effort and a late Ben Yedder strike has given Sevilla a two-goal advantage to take into the second leg at Camp Nou next week. © Reuters Kevin-Prince Boateng only joined Copa del Rey holders Barcelona on loan from Sassuolo on Tuesday, but the 31-year-old went straight into the Catalan club’s starting XI, operating at the tip of their attack. Malcom and Carles Alena joined Boateng in the final third a...

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain joins Chelsea on loan

Chelsea have completed the signing of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan for the rest of the season. The 31-year-old Argentina international spent the first half of the campaign at AC Milan, scoring eight times in 22 appearances. His move to Stamford Bridge sees him reunite with Blues manager Maurizio Sarri after the pair previously worked together at Napoli. Welcome to London and welcome to Chelsea, @G_Higuain! 🙌#HiguaIN pic.twitter.com/DMJN7z8YOL — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 23, 2019 Higuain, who will not be available for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham, said he was keen to repay Chelsea’s faith in him. “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it,” he told the club’s website. “ItR...

Result: Manchester City edge past Burton Albion to confirm place in EFL Cup final

Manchester City complete a 10-0 aggregate victory over Burton Albion with a 1-0 triumph at the Pirelli Stadium, confirming their place in the final of the EFL Cup. Manchester City have confirmed their place in the final of the EFL Cup courtesy of a 10-0 aggregate victory over Burton Albion. The vast majority of the damage was dealt in the first leg when Man City ran riot in a 9-0 demolition, but League One Burton salvaged pride from the home leg as they limited the holders and English champions to only a 1-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium. Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the night as Man City edged past their spirited hosts, setting up a Wembley final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea on February 24 when Pep Guardiola‘s side will attempt to retain the trophy. © Reuters It...

The lowdown on Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentina striker set to lift the Blues

Gonzalo Higuain has joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season. The 31-year-old excelled under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri when they were both at Napoli. Here, Press Association Sport brings you the lowdown on the Argentina striker. Family man His father Jorge was a professional footballer, before becoming a lawyer. “From my father, who was a lawyer, I inherited mental strength, malice and the way to annoy defenders, but that’s a secret,” Higuain told La Stampa in February 2017. Another thing Higuain inherited from his father is his nickname ‘El Pipita’, which is linked to his father’s Pipa moniker, something to do with having a big nose. He has two brothers. His elder brother Federico has been a professional player for Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew since 2012. ...

Result: Clement Depres helps Nimes beat Angers

The southern club have made it back-to-back home wins. Clement Depres scored twice as Nimes beat Angers 3-1 to secure back-to-back home wins in Ligue 1. Quickfire first-half goals put Nimes in control with Depres’s opener followed three minutes later by Loick Landre’s header just after the half-hour mark. Depres struck his second four minutes into the second half and Stephane Bahoken’s stoppage-time penalty was mere consolation for Angers. Nimes had threatened on several occasions before Depres struck in the 31st minute from inside the penalty area following Sada Thioub’s assist. Landre doubled the home side’s advantage soon after when he headed in  Teji Savanier’s cross from close range and Depres raced on to Renaud Ripart’s throughball to add his second shortly after the interval. Depres...

Real Madrid are motivated for Copa del Rey success, insists head coach Solari

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has stressed the Copa del Rey is a major objective for the club this season. Solari’s side face LaLiga rivals Girona in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Bernabeu Stadium on Thursday. Los Blancos, 10 points behind league leaders Barcelona, have reached the Champions League knockout stages but the Copa del Rey could be their best chance of silverware. ⚽🔥 Check out some of our best Copa del Rey goals on @Dugout! #RMCopa 👉 https://t.co/aCnj0oNb0g pic.twitter.com/Yvx847jFIg — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 23, 2019 “I see the team as being really motivated and up for all of the competitions,” Solari told a press conference. “I don’t see there as being any difference between the Copa del Rey and LaLiga games. Obviously in the Champions L...

Cardiff chairman ‘realistic’ about Emiliano Sala fate as plane search suspended

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman admits “it doesn’t look good” for Emiliano Sala after a search and rescue operation to find the missing player was suspended. City’s record signing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were aboard an aeroplane which disappeared from radar en route from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday evening. Guernsey Police will make a decision early on Thursday morning whether to recommence the search around the island of Alderney, with rescue teams having found “no trace” of the light aircraft. 1/2 5.10pm update After an intensive search using multiple aircraft and one lifeboat over the last nine hours, we have found no trace of the missing plane. With the light now fading, the search will shortly be suspended for the night. — Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 23, 2019 Dalman...

Hennessey charged by FA over alleged offensive gesture

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by allegedly making a Nazi salute, the Football Association has announced. Hennessey, 31, denies making the gesture in a picture posted on Instagram by his German team-mate Max Meyer as the players celebrated their FA Cup win against Grimsby earlier this month. “Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3,” the FA announced on Twitter. [2/4] It is alleged that a gesture he made, which was captured by a photograph and posted on social media, breached Rule E3[1] as it was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. — FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 23, 2019 “It is alleged that a gesture he made, which was ca...

Arsenal to appoint Roma’s Monchi?

Arsenal are reportedly looking to appoint Monchi – who is currently at Roma – as their new technical director. Arsenal have reportedly identified Monchi as a potential replacement for outgoing head of recruitment Sven Mislintat. The Gunners only brought in Mislintat in December 2017, but the club recently announced that the 46-year-old would be leaving the Emirates Stadium. Former winger Marc Overmars has been linked with a return to the North London outfit but according to The Independent, Roma‘s Monchi features highly on Arsenal’s shortlist. Monchi has previously worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla, and the Arsenal boss has allegedly been consulted over the possible arrival of the 50-year-old. Roma are said to be ready for an approach from Arsenal, although Monchi s...

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