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ESPN FC News 22 Feb 21:55

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Why can't Ozil and I play in same Arsenal team?

LONDON -- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has told ESPN FC that he can thrive in the same team as Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and admitted he "can't

ESPN FC News 22 Feb 21:09

Napoli crash out of Europa League as Arsenal and Dortmund escape

Napoli crashed out of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, while Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund overcame scares and Atletico

ESPN FC News 22 Feb 18:40

Seattle Sounders defeated in CCL as New York Red Bulls draw

Stefan Frei failed to stop a penalty and the Sounder lost. The troubles for Major League Soccer teams in the CONCACAF Champions League continued on Thursday night as the Seattle Sounders lost and the New York Red Bulls managed a draw in the round of 16 opening legs. The Seattle Sounders suffered a 2-1 defeat to Santa Tecla FC in El Salvador while also losing Jordan Morris to an injury. Nicolas Lodeiro put Seattle ahead in the 15th minute with a spectacular first-time chip from 40 yards, but Gerson Mayen put home a deflected shot in the 67th...

ESPN FC News 22 Feb 18:10

Jordan Morris injured as Seattle Sounders lose to Santa Tecla

Santa Tecla Seattle Sounders FC 2 1 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats The Seattle Sounders suffered a 2-1 defeat to Santa Tecla FC in El Salvador while also losing Jordan Morris to an injury. Nicolas Lodeiro put Seattle ahead in the 15th minute with a spectacular first-time chip from 40 yards, but Gerson Mayen put home a deflected shot in the 67th minute to equalize. And nine minutes later, Mayern added a second goal for the hosts from the penalty spot after defender Ricardinho drew a foul in the box. The Sounders will have to make up the deficit in their home leg...

ESPN FC News 22 Feb 18:10

New York Red Bulls held to draw by Olimpia

Olimpia New York Red Bulls 1 1 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats The New York Red Bulls secured a 1-1 draw against Honduran side Olimpia, in a match played in Costa Rica. Daniel Royer headed home a cross from Bradley Wright-Phillips to push New York ahead after a half hour, but in the second half Aurelien Collin conceded a penalty that Bryan Moya converted to share the spoils. The Red Bulls will have a slight advantage with their away goal when the teams meet again in New Jersey next week.

West Brom – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 18:04

Euro Paper Talk: Real playmaker tipped to snub Chelsea; Liverpool handed big boost in chase for La Liga star

Chelsea have been tipped to miss out on a Real Madrid playmaker, while Liverpool have been given hope of a summer deal for a top target after he sought showdown talks with Real, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

CHELSEA SET FOR ASENSIO DISAPPOINTMENT

Real Madrid will not allow playmaker Marco Asensio to join Chelsea this summer, according former MLS star Alejandro Moreno.

The Blues are one of a number of top clubs who are monitoring the Spain star’s situation at the Bernabeu, as Real prepare for a summer clear-out of some of their top stars.

Asensio, however, has been a regular under Zinedine Zidane this season, scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances for the La Liga giants.

And ESPN pundit Moreno believes there is no way that the 22-year-old will allowed to move on at the end of the season.

“I don’t think Real Madrid is in a position to allow a talent like Marco Asensio to go,” the Venezuelan said.

“I think he has been one of the players that has turned Real Madrid around over the last couple of weeks.

“It feels as though this is the sort of player that you can build around rather than just send them somewhere else.

“I think he stays at Real Madrid.”

 

28-SECOND APPEARANCE BRANDED AN INSULT AS STAR ASKS FOR REAL MADRID EXIT

Dani Ceballos has demanded showdown talks with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, according to reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo claim the player is fuming with the Real boss after finally giving him his first taste of first-team football this calendar year during Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Leganes. But the player feels his injury-time introduction, in which he failed to touch the ball, is an insult and is now demanding clarification from Zidane if he has a future at the club.

According to reports, Ceballos will use the meeting to demand the chance to join Liverpool in the summer, should the Reds renew their interest.

It’s suggested he will demand Zidane gives him guarantees and more match action before the season is out – or he will push to leave in the summer.

The player has played only 188 minutes in La Liga games so far this season – not enough for a man considered one of the brightest young talents in Spain.

Ceballos has a €500m release clause in his contract, but it more likely to be valued at around €40million should a move materialise this summer.

Spanish journalist Cristobal Soria, who has a close relationship with the midfielder, meanwhile has told El Chiringuito TV that he was keen to join the Reds in January.

“Ceballos wanted to go to Liverpool in winter and the club wouldn’t let him. Something’s going on,” he said.

“He went on to say that the Spaniard is doing all he can to get more game time.

“He works and sacrifices himself as the most. That’s why he doesn’t understand. But he wants to keep fighting.”

 

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AND THE REST

Manchester United are ready to throw everything at beating Real Madrid to the €200m signing of Neymar – should PSG give any indication they are willing to sell the €250m-rated Brazilian (Don Balon)

Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to sanction a swap deal that would see €105m Barcelona man Ousmane Dembele leave for Atletico Madrid – with Antoine Griezmann moving the other way for his €100m release clause (Diario Gol)

Arsenal and Roma target Yannick Carrasco is close to joining Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid in a €70m deal (Marca)

Emre Can won’t make any decision or announcement over his future while Liverpool remain in the Champions League – in case the Reds draw one of his potential suitors in Juventus, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Manchester City (Tuttosport)

Real Madrid would be willing to sell Gareth Bale this summer should his €90m asking price be met (Marca)

AC Milan have put talks with Antonio Conte on hold – thanks to the success of Gennaro Gattuso (Calciomercato)

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri believes one-time Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski has the potential to be as good as Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne (Corriere dello Sport)

Liverpool target and Valencia loan star star Geoffrey Kondogbia has revealed that if he had the money he would pay his own €25m buyout clause to push through a move away from Inter Milan (Calciomercato)

Gremio midfielder Arthur has confirmed his move to Barcelona is ‘on track’  – but he has not yet signed a deal with the Catalan giants (Diario Gol)

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have shown interest in longstanding Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax (Mundo Deportivo)

Mauro Icardi’s agent/wife Wanda Nara has given Real Madrid and Manchester United fresh hopes to sign the Argentinean at the end of the season (Corriere dello Sport)

Experienced Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari has earned a contract with Deportivo La Coruna after a successful trial (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Chelsea and Manchester United have received mixed messages over €60m target Alex Sandro (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Zenit defender Domenico Criscito has agreed to make return to Genoa at the end of the season (Il Secolo XIX)

David De Gea has told friends that Jose Mourinho is willing to let him leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season, provided the La Liga giants offer German midfielder Toni Kroos in exchange (Don Balon)

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Barcelona teammates that Liverpool are in the market to sign Karim Benzema (Don Balon)

AC Milan left-back Luca Antonelli is interesting Fiorentina this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 17:11

Pardew puts to bed reports that Evans was stripped of Captaincy

West Brom manager Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions Jonny Evans has been stripped of the captaincy after the club’s ill-fated training trip to Spain.

Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were spoken to by police investigating the alleged theft of a taxi in Barcelona but the matter was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

There had been reports Evans would lose the West Brom captaincy over the matter but these have been dismissed by Pardew.

He told his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Huddersfield: “I don’t know where that information has come from but Jonny Evans will be captain on Saturday, yes, provided he comes through training tomorrow.

“The disciplinary side is dealt with. There’s a board here that comes together and decides that and we move on now.

“I was angry about the situation. It’s tempered with us being in a results business and the incident magnified that situation. The only way we can rectify it and get out of this situation is to win games. We have a massive game against Huddersfield.”

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 09:26

Paper Talk: Spurs star to snub Real; Wenger makes Welbeck plea

A Tottenham star insists he is not interested in moving to Real Madrid this summer, while Arsene Wenger has urged an Arsenal striker to sign a new contract, according to Thursday’s papers.

 

SPURS STAR TO TURN DOWN REAL

Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez has insisted that he is not interested in a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The club’s record signing, who joined from Ajax for £42million last summer, is among a number of players to have been linked with a move to Real as the Spanish giants look to revamp their squad after a disappointing season domestically.

The 21-year-old has had an impressive first season in the Premier League, despite the odd slip-up along the way, and has even kept the returning Toby Alderweireld out of the side as Spurs have embarked on an impressive run of form.

 

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However, despite links to La Liga, Sanchez admits he is happy in London, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

He said: “I do not think about money or where it is. Right now, here in Tottenham I am very good. I am playing every three to four days. I am being important in the team.

“As big as Madrid is, no matter how big a team are, that has won what they have won, if the conditions are not favourable for me, unfortunately I cannot accept.”

 

AND THE REST

Several European clubs have been contacted by a representative of Paul Pogba amid speculation over the Frenchman’s future at Old Trafford (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants England striker Danny Welbeck, 27, to sign a new contract (Daily Mail)

Manchester City target Fred has admitted to being flattered by compliments from Pep Guardiola (Daily Mirror)

Skipper Simon Francis wants to see out the remainder of his career at Bournemouth (Daily Mirror)

RB Leipzig are plotting to snatch Tottenham’s best prospects following the arrival of talent-spotter Paul Mitchell (Daily Mail)

Harry Maguire is ready to disappoint Man City boss Pep Guardiola – by pledging his future to Leicester (The Sun)

France boss Didier Deschamps has questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba (The Sun)

Arsenal are favourites with the bookies to sign Lyon star Nabil Fekir (Daily Star)

Real Madrid want Thibaut Courtois to stall on signing a new Chelsea contract until April as the goalkeeper prepares to go head-to-head with another of the Spaniards’ targets, David de Gea. (Daily Telegraph)

West Brom are closely monitoring Ostersunds FK manager Graham Potter amid speculation over Alan Pardew’s future at the Hawthorns (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are keen on Dinamo Zagreb’s 19-year-old Croatian midfielder Nikola Moro, who has been described as the ‘new Luka Modric’ (Talksport)

Atletico Madrid’s 24-year-old Belgian forward Yannick Carrasco is close to joining Chinese club Dalian Yifang for about 30m euros (£26.4m)

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 30, is wanted by four French clubs including Lyon and Paris St-Germain

Mark Clattenburg is in talks to make a stunning return to referee again in England (Daily Express)

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 20:28

?Taxi stealing? West Brom quartet likely to escape charge

A Spanish court has decided not to pursue a case against the four West Brom players who allegedly stole a taxi in Barcelona last week, according to reports.

Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were involved in an incident while the club was away on a warm-weather training camp and team-bonding exercise.

They were interviewed by local police at the time, but the quartet appear set to escape punishment because there is insufficient evidence to continue with the case, which, reports say, has been provisionally dismissed but could be reopened if new evidence comes to light.

West Brom were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport.

The four players apologised for breaking a curfew in a collective statement on Friday, but West Brom manager Alan Pardew has said he was left “furious” by the incident.

Events in Barcelona increased the heat on Pardew, whose position has been the subject of speculation in the wake of boardroom upheaval and poor results on the pitch.

Pardew named both Evans and Barry in his starting line-up for the FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday, although Evans was stripped of the captaincy.

Pardew is set to decide this week whether to give the armband back to the former Manchester United defender or permanently remove it.

Since Pardew took charge towards the end of November, West Brom have won just three of 17 matches in all competitions and are bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of 17th-placed Huddersfield, whom they host in a crucial clash at the weekend.

Pardew’s position was weakened last week while in Barcelona with the news that Chinese owner Guochuan Lai had sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman, who were both instrumental in appointing the 56-year-old.

 

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West Brom – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 11:28

Arsenal working on 120m swoop for four top Wenger targets

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly handed the club the list of four big-name players to bring to the Gunners this summer.

The Gunners boss, fresh from bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club in January, has already earmarked four more stars he wants to sign this summer, with reports at the weekend suggesting talks were already underway.

According to The Sun, Wenger has joined the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign £50million-rated RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The prolific frontman looks set to leave the Bundesliga side this summer and it’s believed Arsenal are looking to strike a deal before the World Cup begins.

The 10-times capped striker has this week rejected the chance to extend his contract at the Red Bull Arena and a summer departure now looks inevitable.

The club’s director of football Ralf Rangnick, however, has denied suggestions that the player wants to leave the club and insists there is no need for Leipzig to panic.

“There is nothing to be worried about. Timo is one of our best players and his contract runs through 2020. There is still plenty of time to talk, we are in no rush”, he said.

The Gunners are also closing in on the signings of £45m-rated Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir and Jonny Evans of West Brom this summer, if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed.

The paper claims Fekir has emerged as one of Wenger’s top targets this summer and is prepared to meet the £45million asking price on his head.

However, should a deal for Fekir fail, it’s believed Wenger has told the board that a deal for Schalke’s Max Meyer – who will be available on a free transfer this summer – also would be shrewd business.

Evans, meanwhile, was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window. City, however, opted to move for Aymeric Laporte – the young Frenchman becoming their record signing – while the Gunners saw a last-ditch bid for Evans rejected by the Baggies.

However, with West Brom flirting with relegation, their exit from the Premier League would lead to a certain departure of their club captain, and the Mail claims Wenger is confident a £25m deal will be done at the end of the season.

 

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West Brom open to safe standing trial

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 14 Jun 10:00

Premier League fixtures in full

Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 1 Jun 18:19

Stoke sign Fletcher on free transfer

Stoke have signed midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from West Brom on a two-year deal.

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Lawro's final-day predictions v rock band Royal Blood

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on rock band Royal Blood in his predictions for the final day of the Premier League season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 21 May 18:29

Swansea City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Fernando Llorente scores his 15th goal of the season as Swansea come back to beat West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.

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