Bad news for Manchester United as Real Madrid consider record transfer – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are closing in on Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 24-year-old is nearing a £96m move to Los Blancos, which would be bad news for fellow suitors Manchester United.
Icardi has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 18 goals in 22 Serie A games. The Argentine, who came to the San Siro from Sampdoria in 2013, has been linked with a move away for a record fee.
His reported release clause would make him Real’s and Manchester United’s most expensive signing, although the former look most likely to land his signature.
United manager Jose Mourinho has openly stated he won’t be signing another attacker in the summer but rather the midfield, so losing a player as talented as Icardi would be a major blow.
In his five years with the Nerazzurri, the prolific South American centre-forward has scored more than 90 goals in 170 games in all competitions. The former Barcelona youngster has three years left on his Inter contract, so the selling club hold all the cards.
Real need to replace the ageing Karim Benzema, and Don Balon suggest Icardi is one of many strikers on the lost of potential replacements. United have Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford so they boast enough depth up front.
Looks like the record for world’s largest bagel and lox sandwich is about to get smoked.
Discussion surrounding the shocking away form of Arsenal in the Premier League this season has come to the fore once again this afternoon, following the club’s defeat at the hands of Tottenham in the North London derby.
The Gunners travelled to Wembley today on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 victory over Everton last weekend, with January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both impressing in their first starts for the club.
Tottenham, meanwhile, dispatched of Newport County by 2 goals to nil in the FA Cup 4th round during the week, with their last Premier League outing having seen Mauricio Pochettino’s men twice fight back from behind to secure a remarkable point at Anfield versus Liverpool.
The early goings of today’s crunch derby saw Tottenham control the majority of the possession, with Arsenal looking dangerous on the break on a couple of occasions.
Chances of note were few and far between over the opening half-hour, aside from a Harry Kane header nodded disappointingly over the bar by the Englishman.
However, there was a major question of what could have been for Arsenal with just 11 minutes on the clock, as Jack Wilshere’s gorgeous slide-rule pass sent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clean through on the home side’s goal.
The Gabonese hitman looked to have timed his run perfectly, only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.
Immediate replays showcased the fact that Aubameyang looked to have been onside, though, with Jan Vertonghen having been stood ever so slightly behind the rest of Tottenham’s defensive line.
The second-half saw Spurs come out in even more dominant fashion, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men putting their fierce rivals on the back foot from the off.
And the hosts’ superiority in possession didn’t take long to pay off, as Ben Davies wicked delivery from the left saw Harry Kane rise highest to nod a wonderful header into the bottom-left corner of Petr Cech’s goal.
There was controversy surrounding the nature of the header, though, as many pointed to the fact that Kane had used marker Laurent Koscielny to aid his jump.
Whatever the case may have been, it was difficult to argue with the fact that Spurs deserved the lead, with Pochettino’s men going on to create a number of further clear-cut chances before the full-time whistle.
Kane’s strike proved crucial in the end, though, with Tottenham earning the bragging rights in the final edition of the North London derby this season.
Struggles on the road
The result has since garnered attention for plenty of reasons, with the frankly embarrassing form of Arsenal on their travels having come to the fore across social media once again:
Arsenal Away Form 2017/18:
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 22
Relegation standard form. pic.twitter.com/HnZo9TbHth
— John Smith. (@ByJohnSmith) February 10, 2018
Arsenal home form second only to City, the less said about their away form the better. pic.twitter.com/aeqdumjBLf
— Amey (@waveringradiant) February 10, 2018
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