• Inside Football with Guillem Balague – Manchester City: Super Club (podcast)

    As fans we are used to lookingfrom the outside in at football clubs but, inthis special programme, we get a unique view of life from the inside of Manchester City, amodern Super Club.With the help of defender Pabll on-loan from Sevilla for the season.Julen Lopetegui had told him that he wasn't going to have many opportunities at Sevilla, leaving him free to look elsewhere.After not enjoying minutes with Sevilla or Barcelona in recent seasons, the Catalest have set their price for midfielder Matty Cash.The Sun says West Ham have been tolcontent_imgd that they must pay £18m if they are to sign Cash this month.Cash is highly sought after, with AC Milan and Everton also interested in signing the 22-year-old. Than has o Zabaleta, who has been at the club for nine years,Nick Cushing, manager of the Manchester City women’s team, and Simon Davies, manager of the Elite Development Squad, we go behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium.Find out how Pep Guardiola prepares the players and discover the secret to the success at a club the size of Manchester City.
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  • EFL Cup fourth round: Manchester United to face Manchester City, Liverpool get Spurs – draw in full

    Manchester United will play Manchester City at Old Trafford in the tie of the fourth round of the EFL Cup.The Red Devils saw off League One outfit Northampton in the third round, while local rivals City beat Swansea to reach this stage of the competition.The previous encounter between the two clubs saw Pep Guardiola triumph over nemesis Jose Mourinho, winning 2-1 in the Premier League earlier this month.Other ties in the round see Chelsea travel to West Ham for another local derby, whilst Liverpool and Tottenham will face off at Anfield in what promises to be a classic cup encountnk Lampard says the Carabao Cup gives him a chance to “blood his young players".The Blues will play Gricontent_imgmsby Town in the third-round on Wednesday, with Lampard expected to field teenagers Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Having won the competitioner.West Ham v ChelseaManchester United v Manchester CityArsenal v ReadingLiverpool v TottenhamBristol City v Hull CityLeeds United v Norwich CityNewcastle United v Pster United remain in the hunt for West Ham defender Issa Diop.L'Equipe says United are yet to formalise an offer, but they are due to make a bid in the coming days.West Ham are against the transfer but haven't fully shut the door on the possibility reston North EndSouthampton v Sunderland
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  • Transfer news: Chelsea set to lose out to Inter Milan in battle for £30m Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel

    Luis Muriel is poised to snub interest from Chelsea to joinInter Milan.The striker has been holdcontent_imging contract talks with his current club, Sampdoria, but they have proved unsuccessful so far.And now, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Colombian has agreed to join Inter Milan in the summer.Inter still need to agregue defeat of FC Pyunik.Wolves won the first-leg of their qualifier 4-0, with Raul Jimenez grabbing a brace.Nuno said, "We knew it was going to be a tough game, and td.The striker already has a first senior goal, while he is a regular with Raul's Castilla."My adaption has gone well," he said in Brazil during international break. "I live in a really nice city, at the biggest club in the world, with the best footbahey started the game very strong, created us a lot of problems, but it's a good teame a fee for Muriel and Sampdoria reportedly want the 25-year-old’s £30m release-clause to be paid in full.Muriel’s decision, however, to agree personal terms with Inter will come as a major boost to the Italian club.Chelsea had been viewed as one of the front-runners to sign the striker, but they have now fallen behind in the pecking order.
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  • Liverpool FC transfer news: Mamadou Sakho poised to rebuff interest from Lille in January

    Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho is not interested in joining Lille, according to reports in France.The defender has been told he can leave Anfield during the January transfer window after failing to play a single minute this season.Several clubs are now hoping to tie up a deal for the France international and Lille are one of those at the front of the queue.However, according to L’Equipe, Sakho is not kees Barcelona and Real Madrid are the 'most powerful' sponsorship properties in club soccer, according to a list generated by real-time sponsorship valuation engine POWA Index, reports, /.The list, which was released as a point of comparisn says the Blues want a whopping £35million for left back Alonso, 28, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge.He has not been involved in seven of the last eight league games, but did win a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Spurs.Now owner Romon with this n on joining the Ligue 1 side during the upcoming transfer window.The 26-year-old had ofcontent_imgfers from Champions League clubs in the summer, including Portuguese giants Porto.?And Sakho would reportedly prefer a move to a side playing in Europe’s premier club club competition if he is forced to leave Anfield permanently and not on loan.
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  • Matt Le Tissier on ‘immense’ Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk: ‘It’s like the game is too easy for him at times’

    Matt Le Tissier has told talkSPORT Souming increasingly resigned to losing Paul Pogba in 2020.Whicontent_imgle they're determined to keep hold of the Frenchman in January, United directors accept they'll lose the midfielder next summer, says Tuttosport.Indeed, in Turin, there's confidence that Unitthampton WILL sell reported Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk for right price when the transfer window opens.The Reds are thought to be keen on landing the “immense”Saints centre-back in January, with Van Dijk only signed a new six-year deal back in May, and Le Tissier believes Southampton are in a strong position to withstand the incoming barriage of offers and keep the defender.But the Southampton legend concedes the club are likely to sell for upwards of £50million,adding that Van Dijk is ready to play at a higher level.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Saints hero said: “It would be fantastic [if the club refused any bids]“Virgil only signed a new long-term contract recently so the club are in a strong position.“But if somebody comes in with a £50m or £60m bid, can you really stand in the way of the player? That’s the thing you have to consider.“Sometimes it almost looks like the game is too easy for Ed Woodward to be replaced as executive vice-chairman.Neville believes his track record should be enough to see him replaced as the Old Trafford club look to restore their place amongst Europe's top performing clubs."Ed Woodward's had seven yearfor him.“He looks like a man playing in an under-14s game, that’s what it looks like at times.“He’s just immense. He’s been fantastic for us.”
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  • WATCH: Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie’s 360 Flick as he closes in on Everton move

    Yannick Bolasie is closing in on a transfer to Everton, as Ronald Koeman looks to build a squad capable of challenging at the top of the Premier League table.Highly respected in English footbaler Joe Hilton.The 19-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, will initially link up with Rovers Under-23s, where he will compete with Andy Fisher for a starting spot.“It feels brilliant," said Hilton to iFollow Rovers, shortly after putting pen-tl, many consider the Clasico after being sent off during their 1-1 draw at Valencia on Sunday.Ref José María Sánchez Martínez sent off Chendo for his celebrations after Karim Benzema's 94th minute equaliser.Sanchez Martinez was unimpressed with Chendo goading the homerystal Palace star to be one of the most naturally talented players in the league – and definitelythe flashiest.He has built a reputation as one of the few players able to complete crazy pieces of skill, and he actually does these skills in competitive matches – usually to great effect.The mostcontent_img famous piece of skill is his signature move, the 360 Flick. Able to bamboozle opponents due to the crazy nature of the move, it is a joy to behold when completed.So, to get all Everton fans excited forthe impending transfer, watch Bolasie use the 360 Flick above…
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  • ‘I hope it’s not just three away games’ – Claudio Ranieri hoping Leicester reach Champions League knock-out stage

    Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has targeted qualification from the Champions League group stage.The Foxes have been drawn in Group G and will face Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in their first-ever campaign among Europe’s elite.Leicester were one of the top seeds having won the league by 10 r Mario Balotelli.It had been report Jadon Sancho almost two seasons ago to BVB, City are now ready to turn the tables, says BILD.The Premier League giants are making a move for Collins with a package tabled worth €2m. Chelsea are also interested and are offering €1m.Collins joineted to be a basic salary of €1.5m for one year with numerous extra bonuses and add-ons for goals scored, appearances, Italy caps and an automatic renewal in case Brescia avoid relegation.The Serie A new-boys annoupoints in May and Ranieri, who spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon, is keen to reach the knock-out stages.He said: “It’s good for our fans to come here and for you (the media) – a lot of you are in the Champions League for the first time. It’s acontent_img very good experience and gift for everyone here. It’s a good experience to go around Europe. I hope it’s not just three away games – I hope for a little more.“I don’t know how many (Leicester need to qualify). Sometimes eight or 10 can be good, sometimes not. Slowly, slowly.”The Foxes will start their campaign next month and have not played in Europe since 2000, when they lost a UEFA Cup first-round tie to Red Star Belgrade.Ranieri added: “I’m very proud and pleased a lot of fans will come with us around Europe.”
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  • Revealed! Top 20 clubs by all-time Premier League goals conceded: From least to most

    Since its inception in 1992, 47 different football clubs have played in the Premier Leaguewith some staying longer than others.Here, talkSPORT reveals which e was surprised by Gareth Southgate's decision not to include James Tarkowksi in his latest England squad. "I don't get too involved, Gareth can only pick certain players," he sar Neal Maupay.The summer signing from Brentford is hitting his stride at Albion with two goals from his last two Premier League appearances.Speaking after Saturday's draw with Wolves, in which Maupay scored the equaliser, Potter said: "Neal thinks heid. "I am surprised given the perfocontent_imgrmances he has been putting in but I side has conceded more goals than any other side during this time.
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  • Leicester City news: Champions lose again as fans question ‘who’s fading faster, Donald Trump or Leicester?’

    Premier League champions Leicester City are finding things a bit trickier this seasKean said no to Arsenal as he signed for Everton from Juventus.The youngster shocked everyone by agreeing to a move to the Premier League from the Italian champions.It is a deal that could rise to £36 million, with Juventus needing to balance their on.The Foxes suffered their fourth league defeat of the season after losing 3-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon – they only lost three times in their magnificent title winning campaign.Claudio Ranieri may have rested star midf who cannot wait for the summer holidays to end so players can return to content_imgtraining and matchplay.He also spoke about how Gunners boss Unai Emery is more familiar with the club's squad this season, which should stand them in good stead.Arsenal are hopiielder Riyad Mahrez for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Copenhagen but the champions looked a distant memory of the side that secured 81 points last season.And fans were quick to share their feelings on the Foxes’ domestic slump.
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  • Andy Goldstein Sports Bar Best Bits – December 9

    Join Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and frwith Barcelona was incredibly successful, despite his advancing years, and the former Celtic goalscorer has revealed how he told Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi the imporcontent_imgtance of continuing to work hard. "I told them, I have seen many good playiendsfor the highlights of another brilliant weeGenoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli felt they did not deserve defeat to AC Milan. Lasse Schone had Genoa ahead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Andreazzoli saik of Sports Bar shows.The boys debated a host of sporting topics, were joined by some brilliant guests, listeners, and much, much more!Listen above or
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