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Blow for Liverpool as Alisson’s price-tag set to skyrocket

According to a number of reports in the Italian media this afternoon, AS Roma have opened negotiations with goalkeeper Alisson regarding a new contract with the club.

World-class shot-stopper

Alisson, full name Alisson Becker, is a 25-year-old Brazilian international, and has emerged as one of the most impressive goalkeepers in world football since taking over as Roma’s no.1 this season, following the end of Wojciech Szczęsny’s loan with the club.

The former Internacional star has already earned 22 international caps, and is currently viewed as the Selecao’s first-choice between the posts, ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.

Anfield links

Alisson’s stellar form to this point in the campaign has seen the South American linked with a whole host of top European clubs, with Premier League giants Liverpool long named as the side expressing the most genuine interest in his services.

The Reds are known to be keeping an eye out for reinforcements in the goalkeeping department, due to the consistently-questionable performances of both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

New deal

However, as per a report from Football-Italia.net (via Calciomercato) this afternoon , Roma have opened negotiations with Alisson regarding a new contract at the Stadio Olimpico, which could see the Brazilian’s wages rise from 1.5 million Euro-per-year to 5 million Euro-pear-year.

The most significant aspect of the proposed new deal, though, is the rumoured buyout clause being proposed by the Giallorossi, who hope to fend off interest from all of Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG by raising Alisson’s price-tag to a hefty 90 million Euro.

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Early injury blow for West Brom vs Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion have this evening been dealt a major injury blow during the early stages of their Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men desperate for all 3 points following a dismal run of form which saw the Blues fall to consecutive 3-goal defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Watford.

Tonight’s result could prove particularly decisive regarding Antonio Conte’s future in the English capital, with widespread claims over the last week that a loss will see the Italian tactician sacked by Chelsea.

West Brom, meanwhile, have fallen to defeats in their last 2 Premier League outings, the latter of which came in hugely disappointing fashion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Ahead of tonight, the Baggies sat rock bottom of the English top-flight table, a full 5 points behind 19th-placed Stoke City.

Teams

The lineups for tonight’s crucial matchup were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with a number of notable inclusions and absences for hosts Chelsea.

Andreas Christensen returned to the heart of the Blues’ defence following a spell on the sidelines, while Olivier Giroud earned his first start for the Premier League champions up front.

Cesc Fabregas was also included from the start, stepping in for the suspended Tiemoue Bakayoko, while Alvaro Morata was fit enough for a place on the Chelsea bench.

However, Marcos Alonso was a notable absentee, with the Spaniard having been a surprise late scratch from the Blues’ squad for their clash with Watford last week as a ‘precautionary measure’.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, opted for the following, with Daniel Sturridge joining Salomon Rondon in a dangerous-looking forward line for the Baggies:

Crocked

However, in a massive blow for the visitors with just 2 minutes on the clock, Danny Sturridge went to ground clutching his hamstring following an innocuous challenge from Cesar Azpilicueta, with the 28-year-old eventually succumbing to the problem and making his way down the Stamford Bridge tunnel with frustration etched across his face.

Jay Rodriguez was introduced as Sturridge’s replacement, with the Liverpool loanee’s slim hopes of earning a place in England’s World Cup squad taking a possibly fatal blow.

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4-3-2-1 v Juventus: Blow for Pochettino, top class Spurs star ruled out for tomorrow; Stats & Predictions

4-3-2-1 v Juventus: Blow for Pochettino, top class Spurs star ruled out for tomorrow; Stats & Predictions – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Juventus vs Tottenham
UEFA Champions League 2017/18
13th February, 19:45 pm BST
Allianz Stadium, Turin
Live Stream: Watch Juventus vs Tottenham live on BT Sport 2

Juventus vs Tottenham Preview

Juventus host Tottenham in the Champions League this week and the Italian giants will be looking to secure a vital first-leg advantage at home.

The Serie A side are full of confidence after their impressive win at Fiorentina. They have conceded just one goal in their last 16 matches and Spurs will have their work cut out here.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are in superb form right now as well. They have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal in the recent weeks. Despite the poor away form, they cannot be underestimated here.

Spurs have failed to win six of their last eight matches away from home.

Juventus vs Tottenham Team News

Paulo Dybala and Andrea Barzagli are both doubts for the home side and the likes of Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi are ruled out.

As for Spurs, Toby Alderweireld has been left in London to work on his fitness.

Predicted Juventus Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Buffon; Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro; Marchisio, Pjanic, Khedira; Mandzukic, Higuain, Costa

Predicted Tottenham Starting Lineup (4-3-2-1): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama, Dier; Eriksen, Alli; Kane

Juventus vs Tottenham Betting Tips

Juventus are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on the home side to win or draw.

Tottenham have won 6 of their last 7 matches in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on Spurs to win here.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Juventus’s last 3 games in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on a low scoring game here.

Juventus vs Tottenham Prediction

Juventus will look to take full advantage of Spurs’ poor away form. This should be a close contest and it will be hard to separate the two sides.

Neither side can afford to lose here and they are likely to cancel each other out with a cautious approach. A draw seems likely.

Juventus 1-1 Tottenham

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Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won't play against Juventus tomorrow

Major blow for Tottenham, this top class star won’t play against Juventus tomorrow – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld is all set to miss his side’s Champions League clash against Juventus tomorrow.

According to Telegraph, the Belgian defender is not a part of the squad travelling to Turin. Apparently, the player has been left in England so that he can work on his fitness.

Alderweireld has recovered from his hamstring injury and he made his comeback in the FA Cup last week. However, Pochettino decided to leave him out of the side for the North London derby as well.

It will be interesting to see how the player reacts to these omissions. Previously, Kyle Walker was also left out of some big games and the England international forced his way out of the club because of that.

Alderweireld has not agreed to a new deal at Spurs yet. If the Belgian does not sign an extension soon, Spurs might have to consider selling him at the end of this season.

The report from Telegraph adds that the player’s agent has refused to comment on the situation.

Alderweireld’s absence will be a big blow for Spurs in a crucial game. The Belgian is their best defender and he could have made a big difference against the likes of Dybala and Higuain.

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Major blow in Arsenal’s hopes of signing 22-year-old Santi Cazorla replacement

Major blow in Arsenal’s hopes of signing 22-year-old Santi Cazorla replacement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Arsene Wenger has been dealt a bitter blow in his hopes of signing a long-term replacement for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, and it could be Bayern Munich’s fault.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the perennial Bundesliga champions are looking to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer this summer. The 22-year-old was lined up by Arsenal to solve their midfield problems, but it appears his future may remain in Germany.

He’s made 20 Bundesliga appearances this season, averaging a tackle or interception every 15 minutes, while boasting a 90% pass completion ratio. It’s not hard to see why Arsenal want him.

Bayern have already secured the signature of Meyer’s teammate Leon Goretzka, and the Gunners could be powerless to stop another Schalke midfielder making the switch to the Allianz Arena, however. It’s potentially bad news for Wenger, as he’s been desperate for a midfielder capable of replacing the injured Cazorla.

Arsenal have Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny as their first-team options in the engine room, having sold Francis Coquelin to Valencia in January, and it seems there’s flaws with all four players.

Xhaka struggles with discipline and his defensive duties, and takes too many risks in possession. Wilshere is a fantastic playmaker but can never be trusted over a full season due to his injury troubles.

Ramsey is currently recovering from an injury layout and has been a regular when fit, but his tendencies to leave the midfield vacant when searching for a goal mean a defensive option is required alongside him. As for Elneny, Arsenal tried to sell him last summer.

If Meyer goes to Bayern, Arsenal will have to go back to the drawing board to find a player who can provide the high-levels of ball retention that Cazorla could, coupled with creating chances and adhering to one’s defensive duties.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

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Blow for Man United: Key player injured after Newcastle loss

Injured

Manchester United could well be handed a double blow on the same day they lost to Newcastle United, and now it seems that they could well be facing time without Paul Pogba.

There were injury concerns for the midfielder before the game after he pulled up in the warm up and it seemed he could miss the match, but after playing and then looking poor and out of sorts, then being taken off by Jose Mourinho everyone wondered what was going on.

Then, reports came out that the player was limping through the mixed zone – yet stopped to speak with the waiting kids regardless, showing some class from the under fire Frenchman.

Champions League

United fans know that there are some key games coming up for them – with Chelsea to face in a battle that is not only a showdown between Mourinho and Conte but also one that will see the winner take three points from a rival for a spot in the top four – something both sides will be desperate to do.

The fight for a Champions League place is tighter than ever, and four teams are trying to squeeze into three spots after Manchester City in first place – meaning they know every win is vital – and after the revival from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and a fall off from Chelsea and inconsistency from Man United, the question of who will miss out is still a key one no one can answer.

Not only that, but the Champions League itself returns soon, with the knockout stages coming up and United will want Paul Pogba fit and ready to play in that, even if he is struggling in the new role Mourinho is expecting him to play in.

Chelsea blow: Arsenal set to hijack managerial target

Arsenal are looking into the possibility of hijacking Chelsea’s move for Luis Enrique, according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

The Gunners’ hierarchy will take into consideration Enrique at the end of the season, as they prepare for life without Arsene Wenger.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Chelsea were also looking at the former Barcelona manager as they prepare to replace Antonio Conte.

Arsenal’s hijack

Arsenal have placed Enrique on their list of potential candidates to replace Wenger, should they relinquish him of his duties at the end of the season.

However, Chelsea are unwilling to let him join Arsenal and will make a strong attempt to bring him to the West side of London should they let Conte leave.

Following a successful spell at Barcelona, the 47-year-old is now considered around Europe as one of the best managers.

The Spanish coach is currently taking a break from management, with a move to the Premier League being an attractive proposition for him.

Poor results

It is understood that Wenger is finally coming under fire with another season passing with Arsenal yet again failing to challenge for the title.

This has meant that the Arsenal’s bosses to take the future of their French coach into consideration.

Meanwhile, on Monday evening, Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge as they look to avoid a third consecutive defeat in the league.

The West Londoners find themselves trailing league leaders Manchester City by a substantial gap of 19 points, having lost to both Bournemouth and Watford in the space of the last week.

This has meant that Conte has come under fire in recent weeks with results with the Blues’ title defence being left in tatters.

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Blow for Man City & Liverpool: Zidane discusses Isco’s Real Madrid future

Transfer blow

Both Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Real Madrid’s Isco this week but Zinedine Zidane has dealt them both a blow.

That is because the Bernabeu boss has claimed that he wants Isco to spend the rest of his career at the club.

The Spaniard has been impressive for the past couple of years despite the odd dip in form.

That has lead to interest from Liverpool and Manchester City who are looking to make him the focal point of their attack.

That would no doubt be attractive to a player who is certainly not the main man at Real Madrid.

Though, it’s safe to say that Zinedine Zidane is not open to the idea of selling him.

Instead, he’s been talking about just how good the player is despite a role off the bench.

Not only that, he has explained that the player will get game time, as will many of the squad because they have so many games coming up.

I want him (Isco) to spend his entire career here and that won’t change,’ he explained in his press conference.

‘He’s a superb player and he’s shown that, it’s not true we want to sell him. Every member of this squad is crucial.

‘We have so many games and I’ll have to call on all of them. I’m the one with the difficult job of picking the team.’

Whether that will stop Isco wanting to move is yet to be seen but it’s safe to say a sale will not happen if it’s up to Zidane.

Eden Hazard speaks about ‘idol’ Zidane and possible Real Madrid move

One player who an Isco departure could make way for is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Rumours of a Bernabeu move for the Belgian have been present for years but they are reemerging again.

Now, the player has commented on the links.

Click here to find out what he had to say about Zidane and Real Madrid.