Liverpool consider Donyell Malen transfer as former Arsenal youngster scores FIVE goals in one game for PSV Eindhoven

21 Sep

Liverpool are reportedly interested in former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen following his heroics in front of goal for PSV Eindhoven.

Malen hit the headlines last weekend by scoring a remarkable FIVE goals in PSV’s Eredivisie defeat of Vitesse, which extended the Dutch club’s unbeaten start to the season to five games.

Malen put in a truly stunning performance against Vitesse
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The 20-year-old forward added another goal in Thursday’s Europa League defeat of Sporting to take his tally for the season into double figures already.

He is just one goal short of matching his tally for the entire 2018/19 campaign, and, unsurprisingly, Malen’s performances have caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

One of the clubs keeping tabs on the youngster is Liverpool, according to Calciomercato in Italy.

The Reds are allegedly on the lookout for striking reinforcements to provide cover for Roberto Firmino, with Divock Origi clearly not of the required quality to deputise and only academy player Rhian Brewster behind him in the pecking order.

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Malen is no stranger to English football having spent two years in Arsenal’s academy during which time he established himself as one of the club’s best prospects.

He was wanted by Chelsea and Man City before opting to sign for the Gunners, but after scoring 27 goals for the club’s youth sides in two years, Malen returned to his homeland to join PSV.

When do the European transfer windows close? Paul Pogba, Neymar and many more could move this month

21 Aug

The Premier League transfer window may well be shut but that doesn’t mean some major deals won’t be done before the end of August.

The top-flight clubs agreed for the domestic market to end before the 2019/20 campaign got under way, meaning it was a short summer of spending in England.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this month
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But a number of transfers could go through before September begins with European windows open until later.

The market in China has already closed so no players will be completing mega-money moves to the Far East but clubs across the continent can still buy.

The Scottish transfer window remains open as well.

PSG superstar Neymar is being heavily linked with a move back to Spain
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Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are being heavily linked with leaving Manchester United, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could depart Chelsea and there are question marks over the likes of Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Elneny and Mario Lemina among others.

There are also set to be some huge deals within Europe, the headline being Neymar’s much-discussed exit from Paris Saint-Germain.

So when do the major transfer windows close around the world and when can the Premier League sides finally rest easy?

China: July 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

France: June 16, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Germany: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Italy: July 2, 2019 – August 23, 2019

Scotland: June 11, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Spain: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

The winter transfer window in the Premier League will open on 1 January, 2020 and run until 31 January, 2020.

Antoine Griezmann’s Arsenal squad on Football Manager 2019 is unreal – meet the wonderkids starring for the Gunners in 2023

15 Aug

Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.

The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.

Antoine Griezmann has created an incredible Arsenal team on Football Manager
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Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.

Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.

Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!

Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.

Bristling with young talent, the France international has built a very good Gunners team
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But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.

Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest

Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!

 

Right-Back: Alexis Saelemakers

Age: 18

Nationality: Belgium

FM19 Club: Anderlecht

FM19 Estimated Cost: £20m

Centre-Back:  Matthijs De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt is a big improvement on Shkodran Mustafi
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Age: 18

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £44m

Centre-Back: Raphael Varane

Age: 25

Nationality: France

FM19 Club: Real Madrid

FM19 Estimated Cost: £76m

The France international won the World Cup with Griezmann
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Left-Back: Andrew Robertson

Age: 24

Nationality: Scotland

FM19 Club: Liverpool

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Centre-Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Age: 23

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Sporting Lisbon

FM19 Estimated Cost: £48m

Bruno Fernandes appears to have finally got his move away from the Premier League
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Centre-Midfield: Frenkie De Jong

Age: 12

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £26m

The Netherlands international starred for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals
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Right-Wing: Francisco Trincao

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: SC Braga

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Left-Wing: Jadon Sancho

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Borussia Dortmund

FM19 Estimated Cost: £60m

Griezmann decided to bring Sancho back to England
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Centre-Attacking Midfield: Joao Felix

Age: 18

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Benifca

FM19 Estimated Cost: £52m

The Portugal international has replaced Griezmann at Atletico
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Striker: Brian Bobbey

Age: 16

Nationality: Netherlands

FM19 Club: Ajax

FM19 Estimated Cost: £2m

Sub 1: Jamal Blackman

Age: 24

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Chelsea

FM19 Estimated Cost: £3m

Sub 2: Alex Telles

Age: 25

Nationality: Brazil

FM19 Club: Porto

FM19 Estimated Cost: £36m

Telles is an attack-minded full back for Porto
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Sub 3: Jonathon Panzo

Age: 17

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Monaco

FM19 Estimated Cost: £6m

Sub 4: Ruben Neves

Age: 21

Nationality: Portugal

FM19 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers

FM19 Estimated Cost: £80m

Neves has starred for Wolves since his move from Portugal in 2017
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Sub 5: Chris Mepham

Age: 20

Nationality: Wales

FM19 Club: AFC Bournemouth

FM19 Estimated Cost: £15m

Sub 6: Phil Foden

Age: 18

Nationality: England

FM19 Club: Manchester City

FM19 Estimated Cost: £77m

Foden fits into the Homegrown Player quota
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AZ Alkmaar stadium roof partially collapses due to high winds – completely destroying part of the stand

10 Aug

High winds caused AZ Alkmaar’s stadium roof to collapse on Saturday afternoon, partially destroying part of the stand.

Images captured by fans were shared online, detailing just how much damage was caused to the structure of the ground.

Thankfully, no spectators were said to be inside the AFAS Stadion when the collapse took place, given that Alkmaar continue their Eredivisie campaign tomorrow away to RKC Waalwijk.

“The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar has collapsed as a result of the storm,” the safety organisation for North Holland said in a statement.

The Dutch national weather service KNMI warned wind gusts could reach 100 kilometres per hour on Saturday afternoon.

Alkmaar were due to play the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifying match against FC Mariupol on Thursday.

However, this has now been rescheduled.

More to follow…

Manchester United transfer news: David Neres ‘rejected’ Old Trafford move to sign new contract at Ajax

8 Aug

David Neres reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are thought to have launched a £46million bid for the Ajax forward.

David Neres is thought to have turned down a move to Man United
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The 22-year-old starred for the Dutch club last season to help them win the Eredivisie and also reach the Champions League semi-finals.

He scored 12 goals in all competitions, including important strikes against Real Madrid and Juventus on the European stage.

Journalist Jorge Nicola claims Neres turned down the chance to move to the Premier League when Man United came calling to instead remain with Ajax.

He is also thought to have accepted a new contract offer from the Dutch club which will see him become their second highest-paid player behind Daley Blind.

Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, reportedly played an instrumental role in getting Neres to stay.

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Man United make £46million bid for Ajax sensation David Neres as Red Devils look to continue transfer spending spree

4 Aug

Manchester United have made a £46million bid for David Neres, according to reports.

The 22-year-old was part of the Ajax side who made it to the Champions League semi-finals last season and won plenty of admirers along the way.

Neres hit the headlines with a series of impressive performances last season
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He scored 12 goals in all competitions, including important strikes against Real Madrid and Juventus in Europe.

The Eredivisie champions have been gutted this summer with Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong both leaving, while there has been speculation over Donny van de Beek possibly moving to Real Madrid.

And Neres could be the latest Ajax ace to leave, with Yahoo Sports claiming the Red Devils have launched a £46m bid for the forward.

This offer falls well short of Ajax’s valuation, however.

The report claims they are trying to hold out for a fee of around £64m for Neres, partly because his old club, Sao Paulo, will get 23 per cent of the transfer fee.

Manchester United are unlikely to want to pay that much for the Brazil international, especially having already spent considerable sums this transfer window.

Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were signed earlier this summer for £15m and £50m respectively, while Harry Maguire is also on the verge of completing an £80m transfer from Leicester.

Ajax are still hopeful of getting Neres to stay, however, and have offered him a one-year contract extension to make him one of the best paid players at the club.

Ajax have lost Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt but a new batch of wonderkids are ready to fire them to glory

26 Jul

It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.

Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.

Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have left Ajax but more wonderkids are set to step up and replace them
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Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.

De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.

The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.

So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?

Already at Ajax

Serginio Dest

With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.

Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.

An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.

Carel Eiting

With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.

The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.

His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.

Eiting will be hoping for an injury free season at Ajax
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Perr Schuurs

Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.

He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.

This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.

Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.

Noa Lang

Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.

With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.

His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.

Lang is a Dutch youth international
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Ryan Gravenberch

Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.

Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.

Ekkelenkamp played in Ajax’s Champions League tie with Juventus last season
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Signings

Lisandro Martinez

A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.

While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.

He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.

Martinez is on the small side for a centre-back but he more than makes up for it with his skill and passing
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Kik Pierie

Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.

Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.

Kjell Scherpen

Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.

At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.

Edson Alvarez

Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.

Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.

Edson Alvarez is in line to take De Ligt’s spot in defence
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Ajax transfers in - 2019

Can these signings help the Dutch giants recover from the loss of De Jong and De Ligt?

Razvan Marin (Standard Liege) – midfielder – £11.15million (23-years-old)

Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia) – centre-back – £6.2million (21-years-old)

Kik Pierie (Heerenveen) – centre-back – £4.4million (19-years-old)

Kjell Scherpen (Emmen) – goalkeeper – undisclosed (19-years-old)

Edson Alvarez (Standard Liege) – centre-back – £13.6million (21-years-old)

 

Matthijs de Ligt: Juventus announce signing of Ajax defender for £67.5million

18 Jul

Juventus have signed Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a deal worth £67.5million, the Italian club have confirmed.

De Ligt leaves his homeland to sign a five-year deal with the Serie A champions, and become their sixth signing of the summer.

Juventus released a statement to confirm the signing on Thursday morning.

“Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt for a fee of € 75 million payable in five years over accessory charges for € 10.5 million,” the statement read.

“Juventus signed a five-year performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2024.”

More follows.

Juventus beat Manchester United and Barcelona to sign Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt in a deal worth £67.5m – reports

15 Jul

Matthijs De Ligt is set to bring one of the biggest transfer sagas to a close this summer and sign for Juventus.

The 19-year-old Ajax captain has been courted by Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, but looks set to complete a move to Turin

According to Di Marzio, Juve have agreed a £67.5million deal with the Eredivisie champions to bring the centre-back to the Allianz Stadium.

Matthijs De Ligt has agreed to join Juventus this summer in a deal worth £67.5m
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Arsenal transfers: Marc Overmars tells Unai Emery to sell Mesut Ozil and sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech

15 Jul

Marc Overmars has told Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil this summer and replace him with Hakim Ziyech.

Overmars, who is now Director of Football at Ajax, even claimed the Morocco international is a better player than Ozil.

Mesut Ozil struggled for large parts of last season at Arsenal
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Despite retiring from international duty last summer to focus on his club career, the German failed to nail down a starting role under Unai Emery and registered just two assists in 24 Premier League games.

The 30-year-old signed a lucrative new deal at the Emirates in January 2018, meaning getting his mammoth £350,000-a-week wages off the books will be extremely difficult.

But Overmars, who made 100 appearances for the Gunners between 1997-2000, believes his former side must go all out to sign Ziyech this summer.

“I am a bit surprised that it is still so quiet around Hakim,” Overmars told Voetbal International.

Ziyech celebrates scoring against Spurs in the Champions League
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“I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that.

“They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him. I think Hakim Ziyech is better than Mesut Ozil.

“I would say sell him (Ozil) and you will get Hakim for half. But they (Arsenal) didn’t listen to me. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.”

The 26-year-old, who scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League semi-final, scored 16 goals and registered 13 assists to help Ajax lift the Eredivisie title.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to invest in better wide players this summer, with Crystal Palace wing wizard Wilfried Zaha also a target.

Ziyech has previously spoken of his desire to play for Arsenal, and is available for just £25m owing to a contractual clause in his current deal in Amsterdam.

He was on international duty with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations, but the Atlas Lions were knocked out by Benin at the Round-of-16 stage.