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Chelsea’s January striker pursuit depends on two players according to Dean Jones

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Chelsea club evaluates striking options based on Nkunku and Broja’s impact

Chelsea Football Club is keeping a close eye on the performances of two key players in order to improve its attacking options in January, according to journalist Dean Jones.

As the Blues prepare for an important match against Brighton at Stamford Bridge tonight, talk about their winter transfer strategy continues to rise.

According to Jones, Chelsea’s pursuit of a proven goalscorer in the upcoming transfer window is directly related to the on-field contributions of Christopher Nkunku and Armando Broja in the run-up to the new year.

Armando Broja, who recently returned from an extended injury layoff, experienced an injury during his comeback. However, the brilliant striker appears to have regained fitness and is in line to start today’s game. As they analyze their strike options for the future, the Blues will attentively monitor his form and effect on the pitch.

Christopher Nkunku, who joined Chelsea in pre-season, is yet to make a competitive debut owing to an injury acquired during the pre-season.

The club is looking forward to his return to full fitness, and his performance will be critical in evaluating the urgency of bringing in a new striker in January.

As the winter transfer window approaches, Chelsea hopes to make strategic additions to strengthen their team, and the performances of Nkunku and Broja will likely influence the club’s decisions in the coming months.

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Jorg Schmadtke has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Kenan Yildiz from Juventus

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Liverpool’s Sporting director advocates for Juventus youngster Kenan Yildiz

Jorg Schmadtke, Liverpool’s sporting director, is reportedly advocating for the signing of Juventus teenager Kenan Yildiz.

Since his days at Bayern Munich, the 18-year-old attacker has been on Schmadtke’s radar, and the sports director is now strongly recommending Yildiz to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Yildiz, who made his debut for Juventus and has also shined on the international arena for Turkey, is regarded as a promising young player in European football.

Despite Juventus’ initial unwillingness to part ways with the brilliant kid, the club may explore major bids, as the club is reportedly willing to consider significant agreements.

While Liverpool is ready to go to any extent to secure Yildiz’s talents, some doubt the value of adding another young talent to the club. The Reds already have 18-year-old phenom Ben Doak, who is expected to be a first-team regular for many years.

With developing stars like Kaide Gordon among the group, the purchase of Yildiz may appear expensive, especially given the existing pool of youthful talent.

While Liverpool is ready to go to any extent to secure Yildiz’s talents, some doubt the value of adding another young talent to the club.

The Reds already have 18-year-old phenom Ben Doak, who is expected to be a first-team regular for many years.

With developing stars like Kaide Gordon among the group, the purchase of Yildiz may appear expensive, especially given the existing pool of youthful talent.

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Mauricio Pochettino explains why Moises Caicedo has struggled so far

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Mauricio Pochettino sheds light on Moises Caicedo’s struggles at Chelsea

Chelsea FC manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed the problems the Ecuadorian midfielder has had since his high-profile transfer in a candid admission before of Moises Caicedo’s awaited match against his previous team.

Pochettino revealed that Caicedo has been suffering from a recurring knee injury, which has been exacerbated by the strenuous travel demands of international holidays across globe.

“Travelling to South America is tough, two or three weeks with us – 25 or 30 days – and then away for 10 or 12 days,” Poch added.

“Then, he came back with some issues with his knee. That didn’t help. It is not an excuse; it is the reality – we need time.”

“Before this press conference, he was in my office for twenty minutes,” Pochettino said yesterday, at his weekly Friday/weekend match preview media session.

It is easy because we speak Spanish. It is a subconscious process [to adapt] and that is a problem – only in time can you adapt. We had no pre-season with him. We talk about footballers; it is physical and mental, and there is the talent. If you want to express your talent, you need to be clear in your mind and be good in your legs; otherwise, it is not possible to move.”

Pochettino stressed the cumulative impact of jet lag and injuries on a player’s form, recognizing the complexities of football’s physical toll.

While without making excuses, Pochettino noted the delicate balance required for peak performance, particularly when carrying the weight of a large transfer cost.

With contracts worth roughly $150 million, the odds are high for football royalty. Pochettino’s observations shed light on Caicedo’s unknown struggles, pushing viewers to appreciate the complexities of an athlete’s journey among the brutal demands of the beautiful game.

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Messi opens up on controversial moment with Lewandowski at 2022 World Cup

Messi opens up on controversial moment with Lewandowski at 2022 World Cup

Lewandowski also hit back by criticising Messi for not voting for him in the 2020 FIFA The Best Awards.

Lionel Messi breaks silence on a controversial moment with Robert Lewandowski at the 2022 World Cup. Argentina and Poland were in the same group in FIFA World Cup.

Messi’s Argentina topped the Group C and Lewandowski’s Poland finished in second. Argentina secured a 2-0 win against Poland in the group stage. This win assured Argentina sealed a spot in the last 16 against Australia.

Messi appeared to reject Lewandowski’s offer of a mid-game handshake and a cold stance towards the Barcelona forward in the game. Messi has since explained the friction was caused by comments made between the pair over the 2020 Ballon d’Or award.

Messi stated in his acceptance speech that the former Bayern striker deserved the 2020 trophy for his form.

Lewandowski also hit back by criticising Messi for not voting for him in the 2020 FIFA The Best Awards, and Messi was irked by his actions.

“The statements Lewandowski made bothered me. When I won the Ballon d’Or in 2021, I meant what I said about him”, as per an interview with ESPN.

“And for him to speak the way he did, it bothered me. I was upset.

“I was annoyed and that’s why I kept dribbling at him in the World Cup. But, we have spoken about it since, and it is resolved.”

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Arsenal has opened talks over Takehiro Tomiyasu new deal


Arsenal have reportedly offered a new contract to right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Japanese defender hit the ground running since his arrival at the Emirates in the summer of 2021.

Last season he struggled with a few injuries and played second fiddle to English defender Ben White.

But his versatility has proven to be a key asset for manager Mikel Arteta months after considering selling the defender in the summer window.

Tomiyasu has attracted attention from Bayern Munich but Arsenal has no intention to sanction a departure in the January transfer window.

His current deal expires in 2025 and according to The Athletic, Arsenal are expected to reach an agreement in the next few weeks.

The Japanese international has scored one goal and made five assists in 71 matches for the North London club.

The Gunners will need a deeper squad to compete in multiple competitions and also compete with clubs like Manchester City.

“I really want him to stay. I value the player a lot, I really like him. I think he’s loved and respected by everybody at the club,” Arteta told a press conference.

“He’s getting a lot of minutes now, he’s getting his availability to the level that we need for him to make an impact in the team and I think he will continue to be with us.”


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Mauricio Pochettino details Moises Caicedo’s struggles at Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino details Moises Caicedo's struggles at Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino understands the reason behind Moises Caicedo’s recent struggles.

The Chelsea manager has held a one-on-one meeting with the midfielder ahead of the clash against his former club Brighton.

The Ecuadorian has struggled for form and consistency since his move this summer and played 14 times in all competitions since his arrival.

Caicedo’s frequent trips to South America have limited his time at Cobham as he was called up three times by Ecuador and played in six matches since his summer move.

He was one of the standout performers for Brighton over the past two seasons which tempted Chelsea to make the move.

Pochettino believes the player is still adapting and calls for patience for the 22-year-old midfielder.

“When we signed him we knew what is going to happen,” said Pochettino. “He’s an emotional guy, an emotional player that needs time to recover.

“It didn’t help also the international games, travelling to Ecuador, to South America.

“It’s not an excuse but it’s the reality. Now we need time. Of course I say (the team) always need to perform. That is our mentality. But in some situations like his, we need to give time and not to be unfair in the way that we assess him.”


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Conor Bradley has signed a new contract with Liverpool

Conor Bradley has signed a new contract with Liverpool

Conor Bradley has penned a long-term contract with Liverpool.

The youngster made his debut for the Reds in September 2021 and has made six competitive appearances for Liverpool since then.

He was part of Liverpool’s pre-season squad in Germany but it was cut short due to a fracture in his back.

Bradley spent the last four months on the sidelines and now has made a full recovery and made his first appearance of the season in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over LASK Linz.

He had a spectacular loan spell with Bolton Wanderers last season amassing seven goals and six assists in 53 games and picked up the Players’ Player and Player of the Season awards.

The young defender has signed a new deal with the Merseyside club as he aims to establish himself in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.

Klopp said: “You saw it tonight again. Really smart, brave, good footballer. After that long time, it would have been perfect in this week if he could’ve had a few minutes in the U21s, for example.

“It’s a pure joy to see him back in training, he [Bradley] had a top pre-season with us and all of a sudden he was out for a long time, so it’s good to have him back.”


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Everton confirms appeal against 10-point deduction in Premier League

Everton confirms appeal against 10-point deduction in Premier League

An appeal against the biggest sporting sanction in Premier League history has been lodged by Everton.

Everton have confirmed that they have launched an appeal against their 10-point deduction in the Premier League. This punishment pushed them into the relegation zone in England’s top flight.

The English giants were handed a 10-point deduction in the Premier League. They found guilty of breaking the Premier League’s rules when it comes to profit and sustainability.

Everton dropped from 14th in the table to 19th, level on points with basement side Burnley. The Toffees have now confirmed that an appeal against the biggest sporting sanction in Premier League history has been lodged.

The club issued a statement which reads, “Everton Football Club has today lodged with the Chair of the Premier League’s Judicial Panel its appeal of the decision by a Premier League Commission to impose a 10-point deduction on the Club. An Appeal Board will now be appointed to hear the case.”

An independent commission issued the penalty, and an appeal board will be appointed to hear the case.

While talking at his press conference, Everton head coach Sean Dyche spoke to reporters: “It’s been an interesting 10 months or so. The outside focus has been pretty negative for the last couple of seasons so I don’t think bad news will affect them too greatly as they are used to bad news.

“I would suggest it is no more draining than some of the other stuff we have come through – and we have come through it. We have to find ourselves a way through the latest setback; there might be help on the way (in the form of the appeal) but we don’t know.

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Former Liverpool legend Paul Ince reveals he only joined Liverpool because Manchester United didn’t want him


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Former Premier league legend Paul Ince was very open about the fact that he moved to Liverpool by necessity rather than choice, claiming Manchester United’s unwillingness to keep him.

The midfield player, who was known for his competitive play at Old Trafford between 1989 and 1995, had a falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the time, which led to his £7.5 million move to Inter Milan in 1995.

When Ince returned to England in 1997, he was 29 years old and was playing for the Liverpool, his old rivals.

“I have always kind of felt – and I have said this time and time again – it is no disrespect to both teams but I’d have never have gone to Liverpool straight from Manchester United or from Liverpool straight to Manchester United. That is a cardinal sin,” he told talkSPORT.

He even explained that United waived the right to re-sign him before completing his move to Liverpool.

“When I left to go to Inter Milan, I didn’t want to leave Manchester United. When I came back from Inter Milan, Man United had first refusal on me. I could have easily gone back to Manchester United – they turned down that decision to take me back.

“Whether I would have gone back I don’t know, but all I know is I had two years at Inter, another three years left on my contract, obviously the family situation was difficult so we came back.

“Peter Robinson came over from Liverpool, we sat down and had some lunch, we agreed that was the way I was going to go. I love the North West. I’d spent six or seven years there with United, knew Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler, David James, so it was easy to settle in.”

Despite the perception of a controversial transfer, Ince explained that his decision to move to Anfield was not a breach of loyalty but rather United’s lack of interest.

Ince scored 17 goals in 81 games while he was a player for Liverpool, including an iconic equalizer against United in 1999.

He played with a lot of passion on the field, but ultimately left for Middlesbrough after falling out with manager Gerard Houllier.

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Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus responds to Ivan Toney transfer talk at Arsenal

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Gabriel Jesus commits to Arsenal amidst Ivan Toney transfer speculation

Gabriel Jesus has responded to transfer rumours between Arsenal and Brentford’s Ivan Toney with a determined focus on his current position at the North London team.

“This happens you know, maybe it can be agents talking about a lot of things. I’m not the most experienced, but I think I have seen a lot of things in football.

Sometimes it is like this, it happened when I was at City even with (Sergio) Aguero and me scoring. I was scoring a lot and people was linking everyone.

“So here, I don’t care about this. I know my qualities and I know what I can bring to the team. I can score and I can also help with other things, like opening spaces. But the only people who can see it are those who watch the game and understand.

Those who don’t understand we will say that: ‘Oh he didn’t score today’. But maybe I run and open space for someone and, let’s be honest, I don’t miss a lot of chances. I think it is not about ‘he doesn’t know how to score’. Sometimes I have to be more in the box, that is the one thing I am working on.”

With five goals in 13 games this season, the Brazilian striker is still a key player for Mikel Arteta’s team. Jesus, along with teammates Nketiah and Havertz, seeks to strengthen their place as strong offensive alternatives while Toney serves his suspension.

Jesus is steadfast in the face of Arsenal’s search of offensive additions as the January transfer window approaches. His recent goal-scoring performances, most notably in the Gunners’ 6-0 Champions League win against Lens, shows his dedication to the team.

Jesus is excited to show off his potential once more as Arsenal gets ready to play Wolves in an important Premier League match this Saturday, with the attention being on Arsenal’s No. 9. Gabriel Jesus has the talent to make a huge contribution to Arsenal’s goals despite the transfer rumours.

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Andre Onana may lose his place in Man United during Africa Cup of Nations

Andre Onana may lose his place in Man United during Africa Cup of Nations

Andre Onana has registered seven clean sheets in 20 appearances.

Man United’s first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana is worried about the prospect of losing his place in the team next month during the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Cameroon international arrived from Inter Milan and he was instrumental in the Serie A club’s to final of the Champions League.

David de Gea left the club in the summer and Onana joined the club on a five-year deal with an option until 2029. He has registered seven clean sheets in 20 appearances.

The 27-year-old has conceded 33 goals this season, including 14 in five Champions League matches. He was criticised for all three of Galatasaray’s goals in midweek’s 3-3 draw.

Onana originally retired from internationals during the 2022 World Cup but he is expected to be called up for next year’s AFCON. He could miss nearly a month of domestic action if Cameroon progress to the final.

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Kai Havertz explains his reason to join Arsenal

Kai Havertz explains his reason to join Arsenal

Kai Havertz has lifted the lid on his summer transfer to Arsenal.

The German playmaker has endured a difficult spell at the Emirates as he managed only two goals in 20 appearances across competitions this season.

Havertz has been under immense scrutiny for his lack of power in front of goal since arriving at the Emirates.

He struggled to maintain consistency at his former club Chelsea and his arrival came as a surprise to several Arsenal fans.

Havertz has scored 32 goals in 139 appearances during his three-year stint with Chelsea.

However, he enjoyed his best moment in an Arsenal shirt netting an 89th-winner against Brentford on Saturday evening.

This cameo will be a confidence booster for the German and will be expected to come in the left-sided No. 8 role for the Gunners.

Havertz explains in details about his surprise move to the North London club this summer.

He said: “I think it all had to go very fast. Think it was just (on) my holidays and then we were speaking to the guys from Arsenal and it was an opportunity to do it then so we just did it.”

“You know the whole process was nice and I had some chats with Edu and with the manager and all the chats were amazing and they gave me such good feelings.”


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Leandro Trossard has called for patience with VAR despite recent errors

Leandro Trossard has called for patience with VAR despite recent errors

Leandro Trossard was denied a goal against Brentford.

The Gunners opened the scoring against Thomas Frank’s men just before half-time but the goal was ruled offside shortly after a VAR check.

The decision sparked a debate among fans and pundits where the Arsenal supporters were quick to post their disapproval of the decision on social media.

It was the kind of goal that we haven’t seen ruled out in the past, so blaming VAR for disallowing it was nonsensical.

Arsenal forward Leandro Trossard has given a balanced viewpoint on the VAR and claims that mistakes are a part of the game.

“That’s football,” Trossard said. “There are so many things that you can think about, but in the end, it’s a disallowed goal so you have to move on and that’s what we did.”

“Obviously with VAR we want the best possible outcome, but everyone can have mistakes or some things can happen,” Trossard continued. “If it doesn’t go your way then you have to take it on the chin in that moment.

“It’s for the guys who work with VAR to deal with it, so it’s not up to us to change anything.”


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Erik ten Hag advised to start Martial instead of Antony

Erik ten Hag advised to start Martial instead of Antony

Antony has been the biggest disappointment for Man United in recent times,

The Red Devils forked out a hefty £80million fee on the Brazil international in the summer of 2022.

The former Ajax winger has fallen spectacularly short of expectations as he’s yet to score a goal or an assist in this campaign.

The Brazilian scored eight goals in 44 appearances across all competitions for United last season and is now struggling to get back to the level he showed in the Eredivisie.

He is the second-most expensive transfer for the Red Devils behind Paul Pogba and has recently been linked with a surprise move this January.

On the other hand, Martial has been in fine form this campaign but was subbed off against Everton despite scoring and assisting at the Goodison Park.

But club legend Paul Scholes believes Martial should play more often than Brazil winger Antony.


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Chelsea to recall Andrey Santos from Nottingham Forest loan spell in January

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Chelsea’s midfielder Andrey Santos set for recall from Nottingham Forest loan

Chelsea is planning to bring back young midfielder Andrey Santos from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest in January. The 19-year-old, who is highly valued by Chelsea, has appeared in just seven minutes of Premier League action, with his lone start coming in the Carabao Cup.

Chelsea and Nottingham Forest’s loan agreement allows the Blues to terminate the agreement if Santos fails to make a certain number of appearances by January. Chelsea is considering bringing him back to Stamford Bridge as he is unhappy with his lack of playing time.

While Chelsea and Nottingham Forest have a friendly connection, having previously discussed a swap deal involving Brennan Johnson and Trevoh Chalobah, the thought of Santos returning presents a hurdle.

The Brazilian midfielder is up against Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, Romeo Lavia, and Lesley Ugochukwu for a spot in Chelsea’s midfield.

The new FIFA limitations, which limit teams to seven players on abroad loans at the same time, complicate matters even more. Santos’ loan options are limited to English football since Chelsea has already hit this quota. While Porto has expressed interest, possible Premier League suitors are unsure.

Chelsea might think about terminating one of its existing international loans to investigate other options, though this decision may result in financial penalties or objections from other clubs.

Given his limited playing experience, Diego Moreira, who is presently on loan at Lyon, appears to be a viable candidate for cancellation. However, such a move would result in Chelsea forfeiting the huge £2.5 million loan fee.

Chelsea is at a crossroads as the January transfer window approaches, balancing the delicate balance of player development, loan agreements, and the limits imposed by regulatory reforms.

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