Is Pogba’s Manchester United deal off?
According to reports from an Italian sports magazine AS, Paul Pogba’s Manchester United deal has hit a little snag, after the Serie A based midfielder failed to show up for medical.
Pogba, who is currently on holiday, after the just concluded Euro 2016, was expected to complete the procedure so that negotiations between Juventus and Manchester United can go further but he did not show up.
However, reports claim, it was really Pogba’s agent Mino Riola that cancelled the medical because he was demanding a €30 million commission fee, which Manchester United was unwilling to pay.
Willian expects Chelsea to have a tough season
After failing to successfully defend their premier league title last season, Chelsea midfielder Willian, believes that The Blues will have a hard time being title contenders this season.
After a successful and truly impressive 2014-2015 campaign, Chelsea shocked the world by going from favorites in the league to a team struggling to make top 10, though they eventually finished 10th by the end of the season.
How the mighty have fallen right? Willian seems to think so as he revealed that this going to be the toughest season in history for Chelsea, under the reins of new coach Antionio Conte.
“I think this season will be the most difficult in history, because there are so many managers,” said the 27-year-old. “Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte here and the others – and I think it will be difficult for everyone. But we have a great team and we have to show that on the pitch.“
The Brazil international, signed a new four-year contract at Chelsea this month and expressed is joy at continuing his career at the club.
“I am really happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea,” he said, before adding with a chuckle: “Now I am Chelsea forever.“
Speaking on new signings Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante he says the quality of the players will boost Chelsea’s success.
“They bring a lot of quality for sure, they come to help us and I think – if more players arrive – those will come to help as well,” added the Brazil international.
Emenike brace seals champions league win for Fenerbahce
Former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Emenike, was the hero for his turkey based side, Fenerbahce after he scored to goals to seal a 2-1 win against Monaco in a champions league qualifier.
Emenike scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute, giving the Yellow Canaries the lead as Monaco’s defense struggled. Perhaps, the absence of Nigerian defender Elderson Echiejele, left a deep hole in the defence.
However, the victory was short lived as Monaco, came on strong just before the end of half time and leveled the score. Emenike completed the brace with an impressive volley that sealed the win for Fenerbahce in the 61st minute.
Fenerbahce will head to Monaco for the reverse fixture next week Wednesday, with a slight advantage, will Monaco win the second leg? Or will Fenerbahce complete what they have started? Time will tell.
Klopp slams ‘disrespectful’ Sahko
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mamadou Sahko broke three team rules during the preseason tour and that’s why he was ordered out of camp.
The French international, who is one of the injured players on the Liverpool team was the only one sent home, after Klopp decided he was no longer welcome in the preseason camp.
After just recently been cleared of a doping violation, it is quite obvious that Sahko’s future at Anfield has a big question mark beside it, especially with Klopp revealing that the defender will definitely be punished.
“He nearly missed the departure of Liverpool [on the plane from Liverpool to San Francisco], he missed a training session and was late for a team meal,” said Klopp.
“We have some rules and we have to respect them – if somebody gives me the feeling they are not respecting it I have to react. After eight or ten days we can talk about it. We had no argument but I spoke – you cannot argue when only one person is speaking.“
When asked if Sakho would be fined, here is what Klopp had to say: “Fine him? You can ask, and I can explain it in general,” said the German. “I am not interested in the money of the players, actually not really often in my life I have had to fine anybody because I want that we learn together to do the thing that is right.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan