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Everything indicates that Mario Mandzukic’s next club will be Manchester United, according to reports from Italy.
Man United’s interest in the Croat dates back to the summer, with Mandzukic mentioned initially as part of a deal involving Paulo Dybala and then considered as a target in his own right, although no such move materialised.
Since then, however, United and Juventus have reached an agreement in principle over Mandzukic ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Calcio Mercato, there is very little standing in the way of the striker moving to Old Trafford.
Juventus want €10m (£8.6m) for the 33-year-old – a sum that United are said to be open to meeting in the next window.
And if they are not willing to pay that nominal fee, they ought to have their heads looked at carefully. Here is a player who gives United two things they desperately lack: maturity and goals.
Do the maths, Ed. This one really is a no-brainer.
Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has today moved to defend his side, after the Gunners’ abysmal display at Sheffield United saw them downed by a goal to nil.
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men travelled to Bramall Lane last night, for their latest Premier League outing.
Arsenal headed into the clash on the back of a fine recent run of form, which had seen the capital giants unbeaten in their last 8 outings across all competitions.
When the 90 minutes were said and done in Sheffield, however, the Gunners were brought firmly back down to earth.
An altogether lifeless display eventually saw the visitors deservedly fall to a 1-0 defeat.
Lys Mousset bagged the only goal of the matchup, after Jack O’Connell’s header back across goal saw the Blades’ hitman afforded the freedom of the Arsenal 6-yard box to prod home.
‘People speak too much’
Arsenal’s defeat, meanwhile, has since seen the mental toughness of the north Londoners called into question once again.
One of those to have been heavily critical of Unai Emery’s men on the back of their latest showing was former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Speaking during a guest appearance on Sky Sports last night, Evra jibed:
‘I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still, when I look at them, ‘my babies’. That’s the truth.’
As such, speaking in an interview of his own earlier today, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was drawn on the suggestion that he and his fellow teammates do not possess the mental tools required to reestablish themselves amongst the Premier League’s elite.
The Swiss international, though, was in no mood to pull punches with his response:
‘We have to stop speaking about mental [issues] or bulls*** like this.’
‘For me it’s the same if you play home or away. You have to win. You have to show big character. You have to show good games and not to find always the same excuse.’
‘A lot of people speak too much. I hear that the first time he (Evra) speaks something against us. I have a lot of respect about him, because he was a great player. But you have to be careful what you say in those situations as well.’
‘It’s not only him it’s a lot of people. They speak a lot of bulls*** about us. It’s always the same.’
‘For me it’s strange because they (pundits) were in the same situation as us, they were players as well.’
‘Maybe sometimes it was good, sometimes it was not so good. But how I say if you speak every weekend, every game, bulls*** like this they speak, they don’t get respect about what they say.’
Quotes via the Evening Standard
Willian Jose has revealed has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Newcastle United.
The Real Sociedad striker insists he is happy in La Liga with his club, although he admits he does want to play in the Premier League one day.
However, he insists he has no regrets after ‘last year’ knocking back Newcastle .
The Brazilian striker has been with Real Sociedad for just over three years and has been a massive success.
In La Liga he has scored 42 goals and got 13 assists from 95 starts and seven sub appearances.
His performances have attracted plenty of attention but his age may prove to be a bit off putting now for Mike Ashley. William Jose is 27 and turns 28 next month (November).
The striker has been called up for Brazil twice without getting on the pitch and admits that if nothing changes, he may make himself available to Spain.
William Jose talking to Marca:
“The Premier (League) is the best championship in the world but La Liga is not far behind.
“For me, the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona.
“I could have been in the Premier (League) but I am in the right place.
“I want to play in the Premier League one day but for now I am happy here.
“I had an option to go to Newcastle last year (but) I am happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying (rather than going to Newcastle).”
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In an interview in Holland, Jaap Stam has said that he was offered the Newcastle United job.
Speaking to Voetbal International (see below), the former Manchester United defender says he was approached to take the job before Mike Ashley gave it to Steve Bruce.
Jaap Stam saying that he had just agreed to take the Feyrenoord job, an agreement that he couldn’t/wouldn’t break in order to accept Ashley’s offer.
Now though, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United have issued a denial, claiming that they didn’t offer Stam the job.
The Chronicle saying that an unnamed person at the football club also told them that Mike Ashley and NUFC didn’t instruct anybody else to speak to Jaap Stam on their behalf either.
Whilst Stam would have been a surprise candidate for the job, in reality it wouldn’t have been a surprise.
With the exception of Rafa Benitez, these past nine years have seen a succession of underwhelming appointments.
Mike Ashley’s preference to have a patsy manager/head coach recruited from the lower divisions, so desperate to take the job that they will accept having no responsibility on transfers or anything else of importance.
The previous four appointments (ignoring Rafa Benitez) having had their last jobs in League One (Pardew) and the Championship (McClaren and Bruce), whilst John Carver was promoted by Mike Ashley.
The Mag – Earlier today (Tuesday 22 October 2019);
An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.
The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.
They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.
However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.
The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season witjh PEC Zwolle.
Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.
Mike Ashley and his people said to have offered the former Dutch international the NUFC job when Rafa Benitez still had almost four mnths of his contract remaining.
At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…
This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.
Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking the team.
It has been widely reported that Steve Bruce got the job only after a whole host of other people turned Mike Ashley down, so now it appears we can add Jaap Stam to that list.
Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.
Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:
“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.
“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.
“So it was not an option right away.
“I am a man of my word.
“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”
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By Paul Nicholson
October 22 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino, on tour in Asia on his way to the FIFA Council meeting in China later this week, has caused controversy in Mongolia following a secret meeting with former Mongolian FA president Ganbold Buyannemekh who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for five years in 2014 for soliciting and accepting bribes.
Infantino was in Mongolia to mark the 60th anniversary of the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) and was welcomed by current president Ganbaatar Amgalanbaatar,
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