'It's all done' – Flamengo boss confirms Milan deal for Duarte

The defender is likely to have played his last game for the Brazilian club with a move to San Siro reportedly imminent Leo Duarte is set to join Serie A side AC Milan after Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus confirmed “it’s all done”. Flamengo defender Duarte has been linked to Milan and Italian rivals Roma …

Napoli boss Ancelotti 'not disappointed' after seemingly missing out on Pepe to Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe appears close to joining Premier League side Arsenal, though Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti shrugged off that disappointment. Carlo Ancelotti insists he is “not disappointed” after reports indicated that Napoli have missed out on Lille winger Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal. Ivory Coast international Pepe scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last term, subsequently emerging as …

Liverpool fans get first glimpse of Harvey Elliott but concerns grow after Napoli hammering

The Reds were abject as they fell to a third defeat in four pre-season games at Murrayfield on Sunday On a day when Liverpool fans got a glimpse of the future, worries about the present are starting to grow. The Reds had their first look at Harvey Elliott on Sunday, but that was where the …

Arsenal boss Emery plays down concerns after Lacazette limps out of Lyon clash with ankle injury

The France international took a knock to his ankle just five minutes into the friendly, and was replaced by Reiss Nelson after failing to run it off Unai Emery has attempted to downplay concerns after Alexandre Lacazette limped off just 12 minutes into Arsenal’s Emirates Cup clash with Lyon. Lacazette took an early blow to his …

De Bruyne feeling fit and positive following injury free pre-season

The midfielder is healthy and raring to go after a successful pre-season for him and the Premier League champions concluded in Japan Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is confident the fitness problems that plagued him last season are in the past. Three knee injuries – two of them involving ligament damage – and an …

Newcastle new boy Joelinton 'not a typical Brazilian' but Bruce backs striker to succeed

The forward and Miguel Almiron will be “a handful” for opposition sides to deal with, according to the new Magpies boss Steve Bruce expects Joelinton to be “a big hit” with Newcastle United supporters but admitted the former Hoffenheim striker is “not a typical Brazilian”. Joelinton’s Newcastle debut started brightly when he weaved his way …

Origi credits 'gut feeling' with convincing him to stay at Anfield

The Belgium international was on the verge of leaving Anfield but his decision to stay saw him score vital goals en route to Champions League glory Divock Origi has said a gut feeling caused him to turn down a move to Wolves in January of last year to stay and fight for his Liverpool place.  …

'That won't happen' – Newcastle manager Bruce rules out Longstaff sale to Man Utd

The 21-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford, but the Magpies boss does not believe he is going anywhere Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has said he is confident that his club will not sell prized midfielder Sean Longstaff to Manchester United this summer. Longstaff burst onto the scene last season, with the 21-year-old making a big impression …

Asensio’s post-Ronaldo nightmare: How it all went wrong for Real Madrid’s boy wonder

The winger was set for a more prominent role again under Zinedine Zidane, but has been hit with a devastating ACL blow just two games into pre-season Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid provided a lifeline for many of those case aside by Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Isco and Marcelo were expected to be …

Neymar move in doubt as Barcelona announce profits down from last season

For a sixth successive season the Blaugrana have announced record revenue figures, though reduced profits could affect their transfer activity Barcelona have confirmed record revenues of €990 million during the 2018-19 campaign, though the club’s profits fell from 2018. Ernesto Valverde’s side retained their La Liga title last term, though the season ended in disappointing …