TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three monthsby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have lost Jean Philippe-Gbamin for up to three months.The summer signing from Mainz underwent thigh surgery in France on Tuesday.Gbamin played against Crystal Palace and Watford in August before getting injured.Everton are currently 18th in the table having won only two of their first eight Premier League matches this season.
Ex-Liverpool striker Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goalby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal for Trabzonspor as he helped his side to victory against Gaziantep.He opened the scoring for the six-time Turkish champions, firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box.Five minutes later, the 30-year-old provided the assist for on-loan Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth to score their second.Sturridge joined Trabzonspor in August having been released by the Reds.The England international – who also played for Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton and West Brom – won the Champions League with Liverpool last season.Trabzonspor are top of the Super Lig having picked up 15 points from their opening eight matches. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: I don’t need to restby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re the most fun part of being a football player anyway, to go out there and show your talents to the world, try to win a game with a team you train with day in, day out.”It’s not easy, you need to look after yourself and with the life we live, it’s very important to leave a lot of things. For example, we play four games in the next 11 days, you’re travelling and staying in hotels and you need to watch what you eat, drink and make sure you recover well.”I’m not complaining, not at all, but you need to look after yourself because at the end of the day, the people are coming to the stadium to watch you play and it doesn’t matter if you had a cold the day before, they want you to turn up on matchday.”That’s why it’s very important to look after yourself and a big part of that is staying fit. Luckily, so far, I’ve been doing that pretty well and hopefully I can keep doing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.
Tottenham will “soon be making £80 million signings”, says Chris Waddle, with a return to White Hart Lane set to provide Mauricio Pochettino with the transfer funds he needs to compete.Spurs have endured a frustrating time in recent windows, with no additions made to their ranks in the summer of 2018.There has also been no movement in the January market as yet either, with the winter deadline set to pass on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pochettino has suggested that late deals are possible, but it remains to be seen whether he gets extra bodies on board.Waddle believes that such struggles will soon be a thing of the past for Spurs and their Argentine boss as money will be freed up once a stadium rebuild in north London is completed and signed off.The ex-Spurs star told Sportingbet: “I think Daniel Levy will give Pochettino the spending power of Man City and Liverpool once they move into the new stadium.“Daniel Levy will have promised Pochettino that.“I expect Tottenham to soon be making £80m signings that can push them to the next level.“Tottenham fans are used to seeing their side finish in the top four and will now be wanting to win silverware.“Once Tottenham move into the new stadium and start signing top players, they won’t have any excuses not to and I think they will.”Spurs already have a number of “top players” on their books, including many exciting home-grown stars.Waddle feels there will be more young English talent to come, with Tottenham having shown that they can provide a better career platform than a number of their Premier League rivals.“I think Pochettino now has first pick on young English players in the transfer market and agents will want the move as well,” said the ex-England international.“Agents want their players playing regularly as the players’ improvement makes them more money.“Pochettino has brought through most of England’s national team stars and for an agent that makes Tottenham a lot better proposition than anywhere else.“Young players want to get first team football and are now happy to go abroad to get it.“We have seen that with [Jadon] Sancho moving to Dortmund.“Tottenham are in a great position because they have given English players a chance and they don’t have to move abroad in order to get regular football.“This could save them a fortune in the long run.“Teams like Manchester City have the talent in their youth system, but they’re never going to get a chance on the pitch as they’re always looking for an immediate impact.“Young players are now too hungry to sit and wait and that gives clubs like Tottenham a great chance to snap up the best youngsters in the country.”
YouTube/Tyler WirfsDabo Swinney coached his way to a major payday.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has his Tigers in position for another run at the College Football Playoff National Championship. His wallet will thank him.Written into Swinney’s contract is a series of bonuses he can receive should Clemson do well.According to USA Today, here is a breakdown of the bonuses Swinney already has in his back pocket:$75,000: Play in non-CFP bowl game$75,000: Play in ACC title game$150,000: 11 regular-season wins$325,000: Play in CFP semifinalFor those not in the mood to do math, that’s a grand total of $625,000 Swinney received so far, not including his salary. But, wait!There’s more…Here’s a breakdown of the bonuses Swinney could still receive this year:$400,000: Win CFP semifinal$100,000: Win CFP title gameAND one of the following based on Clemson’s final rank in the Amway Coaches Poll or the AP Poll:$50,000: No. 15-11$100,000: No. 10-6$200,000: Top 5Not a bad payday for one of the best coaches in the game.
When Gregg Berhalter settled on his Gold Cup squad, it wasn’t nearly young enough for some critics who were tired of seeing some of the same familiar faces who were part of the team’s World Cup qualifying failure. Berhalter wasn’t about to just throw together a team of all youngsters, and anyone who really paid attention to the 2018 calendar year, with its youth national team feel, should have figured out why. Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal win over Jamaica put into action what Berhalter envisioned for his team. The limitless potential and bags of skill of young stars mixing with the experience, savvy and leadership of proven veterans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie showed why they are the present and future of the U.S. national team program, and Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley showed why they are still needed to help carry the program into the new era. That quartet was at the heart of a lightning-fast start by the Americans, which saw them overwhelm Jamaica in the first 15 minutes. That hot start included an opening goal from McKennie, assisted by Altidore. Pulisic’s cat-quick moves carved up Jamaica’s defense while Bradley’s control of the middle of the field became the focal point of Jamaica’s defensive structure. The Americans were well on their way to a romp when a weather delay, lasting 88 minutes, threatened to steal away precious momentum. It did to a degree, the Americans didn’t dominate the same way when play resumed, but the team’s control of the match remained intact long enough to see the Americans add a second goal, one started by McKennie and finished off by Pulisic. Jamaica gained new life after Altidore exited the match in the 56th minute, replaced by Gyasi Zardes. Zardes proceeded to miss a pair of clean chances while also committing a costly turnover that sparked a Jamaica counter leading to the first goal allowed by the U.S. defense at the Gold Cup. The Americans showed some shakiness down the stretch, as Jamaica pressed for the equalizer, but it was young stars McKennie and Pulisic who delivered when they needed it the most, securing the vital insurance goal when Pulisic raced through Jamaica’s defense and followed up a saved Paul Arriola shot for his second goal of the night, securing his first trip to a Gold Cup final. It is difficult to dispute that McKennie and Pulisic were the stars of the night for the Americans, and they showed all the qualities that have U.S. fans so excited for the future. What also can’t be disputed is the role veterans Bradley and Altidore played in helping the Americans return to the Gold Cup final. The day will come when Altidore and Bradley are replaced by other members of the next generation of promising talents, but for now, and especially for this Gold Cup, they remain vital pieces to the USMNT puzzle. That puzzle has new centerpieces in Pulisic and McKennie, and it just might produce a Gold Cup title on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has received some bad recruiting news a day after the Buckeyes’ home win against Indiana.Sampson James, a four-star running back in the 2019 class, has announced that he’s decided to re-open his recruitment.The four-star recruit was considering Ohio State and Indiana, among other programs. He’s an Avon, Ind. native.The Indianapolis Star first reported the news of his decision. James is reportedly seriously considering Indiana.“Can confirm Avon RB Sampson James has decommitted from Ohio State. High level of interest in Indiana.”Can confirm Avon RB Sampson James has decommitted from Ohio State. High level of interest in Indiana.— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) October 7, 2018James, a 6-foot-1 running back, is ranked the No. 8 RB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 10 class in the country.