Defenders

Spurs defenders Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier ‘offered to Juventus’

Juventus are reportedly offered the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur pair Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier. Juventus have reportedly been offered the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier. The defensive pair have helped Spurs reach the Champions League final this season, but speculation persists regarding their futures at the North London outfit. Alderweireld has a release clause of £25m, while Trippier has been linked with a summer switch to Napoli due to his inconsistent form during the current campaign. According to Calciomercato, Juventus have been informed that they will be able to sign both players should they make a move in the coming weeks. The report suggests that a bid for Alderweireld is more likely, although Juventus must also...

Arsenal boss Holding out hope defender’s injury is not too serious

Unai Emery fears Arsenal defender Rob Holding faces a lengthy spell out with a knee injury sustained in Wednesday night’s draw at Manchester United. Holding is being assessed by Gunners medics following the injury. Emery said on Thursday: “The first news is not good.” Rob Holding was taken off on a stretcher in Arsenal’s draw at Manchester United on Wednesday (Martin Rickett/PA) Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) will be monitored before Saturday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield, which Mesut Ozil is expected to miss out due to a back problem. Emery added: “He had backache and now he’s working with one physio. We’re going to look when he can come with us.” Those players not involved at Old Trafford trained on Thursday morning. Given...

Leicester boss Puel delighted with raft of quality defenders at his disposal

Leicester boss Claude Puel believes he possesses strength in depth in central defence, but wishes he could give some players more game time. Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan have been Puel’s number one pairing this season, starting five Premier League matches. On the two occasions Morgan has missed out, once through injury and another time due to suspension, summer signing Jonny Evans has stepped in. However, another close-season addition Caglar Soyuncu has yet to make his debut for Leicester, with Morgan and Evans the preferred partnership in the Carabao Cup. “I am happy with all of my centre-backs,” said Puel ahead of his side’s Premier League home game against Everton on Saturday. “I am happy with how Wes plays and trains. I am happy with Harry as well and Jonny, for example he played well ...

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