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Fans beg Jose Mourinho to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly for Manchester United after strong performance against Liverpool

Manchester United fans on Twitter have pleaded with Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The defender was imperious at the back for the Serie A side during their Champions League defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Kalidou Koulibaly makes another crucial interception for Napoli

Despite conceding to Mohamed Salah, the Senegal international showed he had the intelligence, pace and technical ability to cut it in the Premier League.

With United conceding goals for fun after failing to land a top centre-half in the summer, Jose Mourinho has been forced to deploy Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at the back at times – much to the chagrin of Red Devils supporters.

Back in November, it was reported the Portuguese failed in a bid to bring Koulibaly to Old Trafford in an £80million deal. And earlier this month, it was claimed the Premier League side had failed again with another huge money for the 27-year-old.

Considering Man United have conceded 26 goals in the league already, it is hardly surprising to see so many fans wanting to sign such an accomplished defender. Check out the Tweets below!



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‘Welcome to Arsenal’ – Gunners fans demand Ousmane Dembele signing after sensational goal against Tottenham

Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele has endeared himself to Gunners fans by threatening to end the Champions League hopes of north London rivals Tottenham.

Dembele scored a wonderful solo goal in the seventh minute of Spurs’ crunch match with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The Frenchman picked up the ball on the halfway line, beat Kyle Walker-Peters twice, before cutting inside and slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Dembele scored a sensational goal

Spurs must match the result of Inter Milan at home to PSV in order to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, and Dembele’s goal could see them eliminated from the competition.

Arsenal fans took to Twitter to plead with the club to buy Dembele following his ‘Gunners audition’.


 

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Carlo Ancelotti Faces A Big Night In Europe

Former Napoli and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was asked by Italian Newspaper Corriere dello Sport to name a player from each side that could make the difference in Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the two this week.

“I could say many players, both from Liverpool and Napoli,” the Spaniard admitted. “On the one hand [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, [Daniel] Sturridge; on the other [Jose] Callejon, [Dries] Mertens, [Raul] Albiol and [Kalidou] Koulibaly. However, if I’m asked about one from each side then I’d have to say [Mohamed] Salah and [Lorenzo] Insigne.”

While it is true that both sides have players that can hurt the other, Napoli have evolved more than once since the Benitez era at the Stadio San Paolo. Three years of the precise, passing style of Maurizio Sarri brought the Partenopei within agonising distance of lifting the Scudetto at the end of last season, the tactician moving on to a fresh challenge with Chelsea in the summer.

In his place stepped Carlo Ancelotti for 2018/19, a man whose achievements on paper vastly outweighed his predecessor. The arrival of a man who had won the Champions League on three separate occasions spelled a change of tack for Napoli, a rotation system quickly installed in place of Sarri’s rigid starting XI that had been drained of all energy by the end of the last three consecutive campaigns.

Defensive frailties blighted their early league encounters, as Napoli conceded no less than six goals with their first six shots faced on target under the new man in charge, registering a 2-1 win over Lazio, a 3-2 victory versus AC Milan and a shock 3-0 loss to Sampdoria. Yet the international break gave Ancelotti time to work with his defenders, who were very clearly lost at sea after a move away from the rigid methods of their former boss.

The next four matches saw Napoli concede just one goal before going down to a 3-1 defeat to Juventus in Turin on September 29th. This, and the match with Sampdoria remain Napoli’s only two domestic defeats, and the fact they still sit eight points behind the Bianconeri in the league is more to do with the latter side’s sheer dominance than any failures from Ancelotti’s men.

Of course, it is in European competition where Ancelotti’s pedigree comes into its own, and once again he is proving this in his native Italy. The Partenopei are unbeaten in Group C, sitting at the top with nine points going into the final match, when many – after they were drawn out to play Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain and Red Star Belgrade – didn’t expect them to compete at all.

Let’s be clear, Napoli do not benefit from rich owners, the current squad constructed mainly from funds generated from player sales. Indeed, Since making their debut in the Champions League in 2011/12, this season marks the first time they have ever been unbeaten in their first four group stage matches.

Versus Liverpool, the neutral supporters should be in for a treat, as two sides with clear attacking prowess will go toe-to-toe with a place in the knockout stages on the line. It will not be easy versus a team with obvious European pedigree and with Anfield as a venue having already hosted many exciting nights like this. This will be a real test for Ancelotti and his new-look Napoli but – given the Coach’s personal record in the competition – no-one should be surprised if they do what’s necessary to go through.

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Tuesday 11th December 2018 Fixtures

Here are today’s eligible fixtures:

Champions League

Group A

Monaco v Dortmund | 20:00
Club Brugge v Atletico Madrid | 20:00

Group B

Barcelona v Spurs | 20:00
Inter v PSV | 20:00

Group C

Liverpool v Napoli | 20:00
Red Star Belgrade v PSG |20:00

Group D

Galatasaray v Porto | 17:55
Schalke 04 v Lokomotiv Moscow | 17:55

Double Match Day Payouts

Top Defender: £0.08
Top Midfielder: £0.08
Top Forward: £0.08
Star Player: £0.04

In-Play Dividends

Goal

£0.02: Forward & Midfielder
£0.03: Defender & Goalkeeper

Assist

£0.01: All positions

Clean Sheet

£0.02: Goalkeeper

Keep an eye on the #FIDividendPredictor competition on Twitter also.

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Eden Hazard latest: Chelsea star drops ANOTHER Real Madrid hint and says contract talks have STOPPED

Eden Hazard has once again dropped a big hint he could leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.

The Belgian ace has refused to rule out a possible switch to the Bernabeu and has yet again spoken of his ‘love’ for Los Blancos.

Will Eden Hazard leave Chelsea in the summer?

Hazard’s future at Stamford Bridge is still up in the air – his current contract expires in 2020 and the club are yet to agree an extension with their star man.

New manager Maurizio Sarri managed to convince the 27-year-old to stay in the summer, having made hints he wanted to leave after the World Cup, and he has since insisted he will remain at Chelsea for a least another season.

But it has long been rumoured he could finally make the move in the summer.

And Hazard has now revealed talks over a new Blues deal have STOPPED, fuelling reports he is getting ready to join Real.

In an interview on Monday with RMC Sport, Hazard again hinted at a move to the Spanish capital.

Hazard has again admitted he ‘loves’ Real Madrid

“The new coach [Sarri] thinks football like me, so we’ll see, the family is in London, I’m also going to be 28,” he said.

“I do not want to have any regrets at the end of my it’s a decision I’m going to make, I do not know when, but I’ll take it.

“Me, you know me, I’ve always loved Real, even before [Zinedine] Zidane, we’ll see what happens.

“As I said, I’m already finishing this year with Chelsea, I still have a year of contract after this year, we’ll see.”

Hazard has been tipped as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid paying the price for failing to replace the Portuguese superstar following his move to Juventus.

Real Madrid have struggled this season without Ronaldo

Chelsea’s talisman started the season in sensational form – with seven goals and eight assists in the Premier League in – but has not scored a goal since October 7.

The Blues are desperate to keep hold of their star man, but Hazard has admitted negotiations over a new deal have ground to a halt.

“There was a bit of talk [about a new contract at Stamford Bridge] but then it stopped, now we’re waiting.”

Chelsea boss Sarri claimed last week that the club are ready to tie Hazard down to a new contract ‘immediately’, and that they are only waiting on the player to agree.

Sarri is keen for Hazard to stay at Chelsea, but only if he wants to stay

“I want Eden here, of course,” said the Italian, who was appointed in the summer.

“But I want him here if he wants to stay here.

“The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him if he wants to renew or not.


“I know very well that there are discussions between the club and the manager of Eden every week, I think.

“So if there is something new, the club will call me immediately.”

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Transfer news and football gossip: Eden Hazard drops another Real Madrid hint, Liverpool target Thorgan Hazard, Man United huge transfer blunder revealed

talkSPORT.com round-up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online…

Eden Hazard has again hinted at a move to Real Madrid and says he does not know when he will decide on his future. The Belgian star has also admitted talks over a new Chelsea contract have stopped. (RMC Sport)

Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard. The 25-year-old Belgian – brother of Chelsea forward Eden – could join the Reds in January. (Liga Financial)

AC Milan have approached Chelsea about the possibility of signing Cesc Fabregas, the Italian club’s sporting director, Leonardo, has confirmed. (London Evening Standard)

Eden Hazard has again hinted at a possible move to Real Madrid

Tottenham and Manchester United are both interested in 20-year-old Romanian forward Dennis Man, who plays for FCSB, the club formerly known as Steaua Bucharest. (The Sun)

Manchester United were recommended Ajax’s starlet duo Frenkie de Jong, 21, and Matthijs de Ligt, 19, before they made their first-team debuts with the Dutch giants. The Premier League club, though, chose not to pursue them, according to the club’s former head of youth recruitment, Derek Langley. (Manchester Evening News)

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri wants to bring Leicester’s record signing Islam Slimani, 30, to Craven Cottage in January. (Daily Telegraph)

Thorgan Hazard has been linked with a move to Liverpool

The agent of Wolves’ Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves is pushing for the 21-year-old to move to Juventus. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle are leading the race to sign 24-year-old Atlanta United striker Miguel Almiron in the January transfer window, according to the players’ father. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arjen Robben says he will retire if the “ideal offer” does not materialise when his Bayern Munich contract deal ends this summer. (Goal)

Middlesbrough have asked Wolves if they can re-sign Adama Traore on loan in January, four months after letting the 20-year-old forward leave. (Teamtalk)

Matthijs De Ligt, who of Europe’s brightest talents, could have been a Man United player

Leeds and Aston Villa will attempt to sign goalkeeper Karl Darlow next month. The 28-year-old has lost his place at Newcastle and has featured in only one match this season. (The Sun)

Tottenham are facing a further delay to the opening of their new stadium due to difficulties staging test events over the Christmas period. (The Times)


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Celtic transfer news: Premier League side Bournemouth weigh up January move for midfield ace Callum McGregor

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is attracting interest from Premier League outfit Bournemouth, according to reports.

The Scottish Sun claim that Cherries boss Eddie Howe is a long-term admirer of the in-form midfielder.

Callum McGregor has been in sensational form for Celtic this season
Lewis Cook will be out for six to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Huddersfield on Tuesday

And with Howe on the hunt for a new midfielder – after Lewis Cook suffered a serious knee injury – a January move for McGregor could be on the cards.

With that said, the Cherries would have to cough up big money for the Hoops to even consider parting with one of Brendan Rodgers’ star men.

McGregor has been a standout performer for both club and country in recent months – excelling in Scott Brown’s absence.

The fact the midfielder is now keeping his captain out of the team speaks volumes of his growing importance to the Bhoys.


Celtic will therefore be desperate to hold on to him and are not looking to entertain offers.

McGregor has already played an incredible 38 games in all competitions this season – notching four goals for Rodgers’ men in the process.

Celtic lie two points clear of Rangers in the SPL – and have a game in hand over their arch-rivals.

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Monday 10th December 2018 Fixtures

Here are today’s eligible fixtures:

Premier League

Everton v Watford | 20:00

La Liga

Athletic Club v Girona | 20:00

Single Match Day Payouts

Top Defender: £0.04
Top Midfielder: £0.04
Top Forward: £0.04
Star Player: £0.02

In-Play Dividends

Goal

£0.02: Forward & Midfielder
£0.03: Defender & Goalkeeper

Assist

£0.01: All positions

Clean Sheet

£0.02: Goalkeeper

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Liverpool transfer news: Reds ‘eye January deal’ for Thorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea star Eden

Liverpool are interested in signing Thorgan Hazard in January, according to reports.

Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, has played for Borussia Monchengladbach for the past four years, and he’s impressed this season.

Hazard has been one of the Bundesliga’s best performing players this season

The 25-year-old has scored 11 goals and created a further seven in just 16 matches this term, helping Gladbach rise to second in the Bundesliga table.

Hazard first joined Gladbach on loan from Chelsea in 2014, before joining the club permanently the following summer.

He spent three years contracted to the Blues without ever making an appearance, but it appears a return to the Premier League could be on the cards.


The Daily Star say Liverpool are looking at Hazard and are considering making a January move for the attacking midfielder.

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, wanted to strengthen his squad with an offensive-minded midfielder throughout the summer, but the Reds’ move for Nabil Fekir of Lyons broke down at the eleventh hour.

The lack of creativity from midfield has been a key criticism aimed at Liverpool since the beginning of the season, with Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner the only players providing consistent goals and assists from the centre of the park.

Liverpool’s midfielders

There has been a distinct lack of attacking threat provided from Liverpool’s midfield this season. We take a look at how Klopp’s players have performed from the centre of the park in the Premier League…

  • James Milner – 3 goals / 2 assists
  • Xherdan Shaqiri – 3 goals / 2 assists
  • Georginio Wijnaldum – 1 goal / 0 assists
  • Fabinho – 0 goals / 0 assists
  • Naby Keita – 0 goals / 0 assists
  • Adam Lallana – 0 goals / 0 assists
  • Jordan Henderson – 0 goals / 0 assists

Moving for Hazard in January suggests Klopp has reignited his interest in bringing a playmaker to Anfield to aid Liverpool in their bid to win the Premier League title.

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Liverpool transfer news: Reds can sign Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele on one condition

Liverpool have been handed a boost in the race to sign Ousmane Dembele with the news Barcelona are considering selling the forward.

Dembele has been in trouble with Camp Nou chiefs over his attitude, and he is reported to have turned up for training on Sunday two hours late.

Questions have been raised over Dembele’s future at Barcelona

This may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and Dembele’s future in Catalonia is now in serious doubt.

Liverpool have been linked with moving for Dembele since the summer, and the knowledge he may be available has piqued the Anfield club’s interest.

But, according to El Confidencial, per the Daily Star, Liverpool will only be able to sign Dembele if they match Barcelona’s asking price for the World Cup winner.


No asking price is reported, but it is likely to be a huge sum, which may come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp who is thought to have believed Dembele would be available in a cut-price deal due to his behaviour.

Despite questions being raised about Dembele’s attitude over the past couple of months, the France international has been in fine form this season.

He’s scored eight goals in all competitions so far, chipping in with a further five assists, to help Barca top La Liga and qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.

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