Showing posts from July, 2017

Froome celebrates fourth Tour de France

British ace cruised to brilliant triumph as he enjoys procession into French capital with hard work already done.

The Team Sky ace hopped off his bike straight for a reunion with wife Michelle and baby son Kellan — who wore his own yellow jersey with ‘Froome’ on the back.

As he was joined on the podium by his family, Froome, 32, said: “It’s amazing to see them again — it feels like more than a month on the road.“I’m speechless. There is something magical about the Champs-Elysees when you’ve spent three weeks thinking about this moment.“I want to dedicate this to Michelle and Kellan — your love and support makes this all possible.“My life with you is what makes all the sacrifices worth it. And I will be back to win No 5 next year!”

Froome insisted his latest triumph would not be overshadowed by doping slurs.UK Anti-Doping chiefs are currently carrying out a probe into Team Sky’s conduct.

Hernandez, Set for West Ham Medical Test

JAVIER HERNANDEZ will fly into London on Monday to complete his £16million move to West Ham. And the Hammers are sending popular rookie Ashley Fletcher out on loan to make room for him. Javier Hernandez will fly in for his West Ham medical on Monday
Championship sides Middlesbrough, Leeds, Reading and Wolves have all asked to take the former Manchester United trainee for the season in order to give him match time.
Fletcher, 21, scored in last week’s pre-season friendly against Fulham played while both teams were on a training camp in Austria. A Hammers insider said: “Ashley is well thought of at West Ham. “He’s going out to get some games under his belt. 
The club needs an experienced and prove striker like Hernandez this season to help Andy Carroll.” Hernandez is set to become a West Ham player within 24 hours in a move from German side Bayer Leverkeusen. The Mexican star is joining for just £16m.
The former Manchester United striker, 29, scored 39 goals in just 76 matches for Leverku…

Real Madrid, Confident of Signing Mbappe

Bernabeu bosses have been working on switch for a month and are set to beat off competition from Prem clubs. 

SunSport can reveal Real chiefs have been working on the deal for the past month — and that an agreement is thought to be in place with Monaco and the player

Real expect to complete the signing in the next two weeks, with £91.5m in the pipeline from the sales of Alvaro Morata and Danilo. President Florentino Perez is under pressure to make good on the promise of a Galactico signing, which saw him re-elected unopposed last month. But Real’s creditors insisted the club must sell before they could spend big, which has delayed a potential transfer for the 18-year-old striker. And there is an option for Monaco to sign Real’s Karim Benzema in part-exchange forMbappe, although this would reduce the cash element of the deal. Monaco have publicly resisted all interest in the striker.But Real’s creditors insisted the club must sell before they could spend big, which has delayed a potential…

Chelsea Winger, Pedro, Rushed to Hospital

Spain international Pedro was attempting to get on the end of a lofted pass into the box but was wiped out by Colomobian keeper in ugly collision

PEDRO had blood dripping from his head and to be taken to hospital during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal, after picking up a head injury in a brutal collision.
David Ospina clattered into the Spaniard as he rushed out to punch the ball clear, but Pedro looked in agony as he writhed on the turf.

PEDRO had blood dripping from his head and to be taken to hospital during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal, after picking up a head injury in a brutal collision. David Ospina clattered into the Spaniard as he rushed out to punch the ball clear, but Pedro looked in agony as he writhed on the turf.

Shots showed blood dripping from his ear and his face as he sat up in a daze while being treated by Chelsea medical staff. Surprisingly, the referee actually gave a free kick to Arsenal, instead of a penalty to the Blues after the collision. Antonio Conte lo…

We Want Fernando Llorente as Back-up Player

Chelsea have turned their attention to a back-up striker after signing Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker on Friday passed his medical in London to complete a move from Real Madrid worth around £70m, with the Italian already having looked to bring in the regular back-up option that Chelsea had been missing last season. Spanish international Llorente has been their main target, having worked with both Conte and Morata before at Juventus, and is seen by the younger forward as something of a mentor given how he talked him through his time at Turin. Swansea would however demand a very high fee for Llorente, which Chelsea are so far unwilling to rise to.

Alvaro Morata Now a Chelsea Player

Chelsea have announced the signature of the Spanish striker Alvaro Morata , who joins the club from Real Madrid in a £70m deal.Morata has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League champions and will now fly out to Asia to join up with his new team-mates.He becomes Chelsea's most expensive signing, with the transfer fee surpassing the £49.73m they paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.Morata is the Blues' fourth summer recruit, after goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Upon signing for the club, the 24-year-old said that he joined because he was eager to win trophies.“I am so happy to be here,” he told the club website.
“It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

Mourinho Seeks Out 15 Years Stay at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to stay at Old Trafford for the next 15 years but concedes the pressures of managing at the top level make a long tenure difficult.Mourinho, who previously won league titles in Portugal, Spain, Italy and England, has never been in charge for more than three seasons at his previous clubs."I am ready for this," Mourinho, about to start his second season at Old Trafford, told ESPN. "I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not?"I have to admit that it is very difficult because of the pressure around our jobs, everybody putting pressure on managers... but in reality only one can win and every year it is getting more difficult."In my vision, my job is much more than what I do on the pitch and the results that my team gets at the weekend."The Portuguese had previously expressed his intention to stay in charge at Stamford Bridge for more than 10 years during his second stint at Chelsea but was sacked j…

Mourinho Gradually transform Man Utd

While on tour with Manchester United in the USA, Jose Mourinho told a news conference: "Our squad is not so big. Everybody knows, because I told the objective, I would like four players and I have asked for four players, and I am ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult."Mourinho already has two of those signings -- Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku -- and many assume he is still looking for additions in defensive midfield as well as on the wing. It is always tempting to dissect his words and extract more meaning from them than they actually have -- mainly because in the past, he has so often put out statements with barely veiled barbs.But in this case, it seems his words can be taken at face value. This summer has seen the most distorted market to date -- one where, as Mourinho states: "The strange thing is now I am used to seeing teams paying big amounts for big players. Now, everybody is paying big amounts for good players. There is a difference…

Michael Carrick Named Man Utd Club Captain

Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney’s exit.All-time top scorer and captain Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years was confirmed on Sunday.United boss Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to name a new skipper, with long-serving midfielder Carrick handed the captain’s armband."It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club," he told MUTV."It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.
"Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure."I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me."Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.
The 35-year-old is the l…

Johanna Konta, the Britain's first women's Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978.

Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade's feat of 39 years ago.With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams."I've always believed in my own ability and I've always dreamt big," she said.
"But I'm much more process orientated, so I don't give myself too much time to dream. I'm more focused on the work."Konta is just two victories from matching Wade's 1977 triumph and will take on five-time champion Williams on Thursday for a place in the final.

Bayern seal two-year loan deal for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

United, Chelsea and Inter were in talks about a potential signing at some stage, but none were willing to go close to the £70m asking price with Bayern swooping for a loan deal.Manchester United 's transfer plans have been dealt a setback with Bayern Munich sealing a two-year loan for transfer target James Rodriguez.Both James and Real have been desperate to do a deal this summer due to the Colombian star falling out of favour to such an extent that he was left out of their Champions League final squad, and the 25-year-old has been offered around Europe.All of Bayern, United, Chelsea and Internazionale have been in talks about a potential signing at some stage, but none were willing to go close to the £70m asking price Bernabeu president Florentino Perez is looking for.

Chelsea Eye Morata

After losing out to Manchester United in the battle for Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea will make a £62 million move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata , according to the Sun.It reports that Antonio Conte "is desperate to agree a deal for Morata," with hopes of bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge having been dashed and Diego Costa set to return to Atletico Madrid even though they cannot register him until January.But Chelsea boss Conte is in for a nervy wait, the Sun reports, with Chelsea's bid "likely to be turned down by Madrid, who know they are in a strong bargaining position."Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also wants to keep Morata despite the player's reported keenness to move to the Premier League.

We are Confident of Completing Ivan Perisic Deal - Man U

Manchester United are still a few million short of Internazionale’s asking price for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, but those close to the deal expect it to be completed for a fee of around £45m to £50m over the next week.The 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club but - in something that has become a theme of the summer for United and all of the other top Premier League clubs when looking to buy from foreign sides - Inter have so far proved unmoving on their star player’s asking price.United sources feel a deal will eventually be struck, however, and that the English club are likely to match Inter’s demands - possibly over the next few days.New Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, who took over last month, has been publicly hopeful of keeping Perisic and told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the player hasn’t yet told him he wants to leave.“There'll be fewer chances for those players who are distracted, and better opportunities for those who want to stick wit…

Sanchez may Stay in Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is obstinately digging in over Alexis Sanchez’s future, leading many close to the player and manager to believe that the Chilean could yet stay at Arsenal next season.While the 28-year-old is now widely believed to desire a move to Manchester City - and a reunion with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola - above all else, and is refusing to sign a new contract at the Emirates as his current deal runs out next year, there is still no willingness on the part of Wenger to let him go to a rival.It had been felt that a move to Bayern Munich could be on, as they had been making progress in June over a prospective transfer that would at least have been more palatable to the Arsenal boss, but the German champions have ultimately baulked at the high price demanded by Wenger.

Liverpool Confirms Dominic Solanke deal at the same time as Man Utd Signs Lukaku

The Belgian striker arrives in a £75million deal and could be the biggest signing of the summer should Lukaku fire United back to the top of the Premier League table.It is a big coup for United and an ambitious move and the announcement came at around the same time as Liverpool  confirmed a new signing.Chelsea youth star Dominic Solanke has joined the Reds to officially become their second summer signing.It has been known for some time that Liverpool would be signing Solanke, but he was only confirmed on Monday when his Chelsea contract expired – not too long after United’s Lukaku announcement.Solanke is 19 years old and his transfer fee has yet to be decided with a tribunal in line to set the fee while Lukaku could cost United as much as £90m.And United fans could not help but troll their Liverpool rivals for their timing, but of course there were plenty of Reds to fire back at the abuse.