Dybala ‘not thinking about the transfer market’ as Man Utd rumours resurface

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies.

The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli.

Massimilano Allegri’s men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United.

Dybala has played a vital role in Juve’s recent success, contributing six goals in 14 games so far this term, and at 25 years of age he appears to be approaching his prime.

The Argentine playmaker sat down with the Daily Mirror to discuss his life in Turin and took the opportunity to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

“I’m not thinking about the transfer market,” Dybala said. “Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”

Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy.

It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro’s presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem.

“Ever since Ronaldo arrived, we have been, and we are, really happy together,” Dybala added. “I think we have been doing well. We have scored really important goals for Juventus together.

“Cristiano arrived only recently, but we all know the importance that he has on everyone and we knew his style from before.

“We know how he plays and how he works. Of course, you have to make small changes, but we are happy and we are going to score a lot of goals together.”

Next up after the international break for Juventus is a home game against SPAL on November 24, before a Champions League showdown against Valencia three days later.

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Ramsey and Ozil too similar and Arsenal right to part with one – Robson

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil epitomise “the good and bad of Arsenal”, says Stewart Robson, with the Gunners right to let the former leave and not bow to his demands.

With his contract at Emirates Stadium running down, a Wales international is heading towards free agency in north London – with Goal understanding that German giants Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal.

Ramsey has expressed his surprise at seeing an extension offer taken off the table, while former Gunners have questioned the decision to part with a proven performer, but Robson believes Unai Emery cannot afford any more luxury performers in midfield who offer little defensively.

He told Love Sport: “The most important time in any football game is when the ball changes hands. Arsenal have always been quite good when they’ve won the ball back [because] they can counter-attack quickly and spring to life. I think of the likes of Aaron Ramsey who sees they’ve won the ball back and races forward.

“Arsenal have never been quite so good – or some of their players haven’t been – at recovering when the ball is lost. That’s been Arsenal’s problem for many, many years. But I think Unai Emery is trying to address that.

“But it’s going to take the mindset of some of the players, Ozil in particular and Ramsey. They are the two players that don’t react quickly enough when the ball changes hands.”

Robson added: “I would say Arsenal have made the right decision because the two players that show the good and the bad of Arsenal are Ramsey and Ozil.

“Ramsey seems to run forward much quicker than when he’s having to run back. He seems to be good at sprinting into the opposition’s box and you think: ‘that was great pace!’ but when he’s got to run back the other way, he rolls his head and looks as though he can’t run.

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“I don’t believe this thing that you’re an attacking midfield player or you’re a defensive midfield player. You have to do both sides of the game. You have to be good defensively and you have to be in the attacking sense.

“If you’re only one of those things, you’ll get away with it against the weaker sides. But when you come up against the top, and Arsenal want to be one of the best, you need to do both sides of the game. And I don’t think Aaron Ramsey can do both sides of the game. That’s why I would think, for the money that they’re talking about, it’s best to let him go now.”

Ramsey joined Arsenal in the summer of 2008 and, over the course of a 10-year stay in north London, is closing in on 350 appearances for the club, having also netted 59 goals and taken in three FA Cup triumphs.


African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Ranieri wants Liverpool’s Joel Matip as first Fulham signing

Ranieri wants Matip as first Fulham signing

New Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Cameroon defender Joel Matip in January, according to A Spor .

The Cottagers currently languish at the bottom of the Premier League table and Ranieri who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic this week, is aiming to sign the Liverpool centre-back to improve his team’s defence.

Fenerbahce are also interested in signing the 27-year-old defender who has made just one Premier League start since the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

Man Utd to release Bailly in January

Manchester United will allow Arsenal target Eric Bailly to leave in January, according to Telegraph.

The Gunners face competition from rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the former Villarreal defender as Unai Emery looks to reinforce his back-line.

Bailly has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and he is yet to make an appearance since the Red Devils’ 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United in October.

Diawara on AC Milan’s radar

AC Milan are considering a loan move for Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara in the Janaury transfer window, Tuttosport reports via Tuttonapoli.

The Rossoneri have shortlisted the Guinea international as a replacement for Lucas Biglia who is recovering from a calf injury.

Diawara who is under contract at Stadio San Paolo until June 2021 has struggled for regular playing time this term.

Slimani unhappy at Fenerbahce

With three goals so far in 13 games, Leicester City loanee Islam Slimani is not happy with the situation of things at Fenerbahce, Foxes of Leicester claims.

The 30-year-old who is on a season-long loan move from the King Power Stadium is worried that his unimpressive form might get him axed from the Yellow Canaries after Morocco duo Nabil Dirar and Aatif Chahechouhe were demoted from first-team training.

Balde to leave Inter Milan at the end of the season?

Inter Milan have no intention to sign Keita Balde at the end of his temporary stint for €34 million following his unimpressive start to life at the San Siro Stadium, reports Calciomercato.

The Senegal international who is on a loan from Monaco is yet to break his duck for the Nerazzurri after 13 matches.

Consequently, Luciano Spalleti’s side are not ready to activate the option to buy permanently when his loan deal ends in June 2019.

Premier League clubs line up for Brahimi

Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing Yacine Brahimi on a free transfer, according to O Jogo .

The Algeria international will be out of contract at Porto at the end of the season and will be free to negotiate with clubs outside of Portugal from the start of next year.

The 28-year-old has tw goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season.

AC Milan plan loan deal for Benatia

AC Milan are nearing a loan deal for Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia who has struggled for playing time this season.

Sport Mediaset via Calciomercato reports that Milan could sign Benatia on loan with an obligation to purchase the defender for €15m next summer.

Arsenal and Manchester United are also reported to be monitoring the Morocco captain.

Arsenal turn attention to Pepe

Arsenal have turned their attention to Lille winger Nicolas Pepe following Danny Welbeck’s horror ankle injury, according to the Sun .

With Welbeck expected to spend months on the sidelines, Unai Emery is ready to step up the Gunners’ interest in the £45 million-rated star who is also on Bayern Munich’s radar.

Pepe has contributed eight goals and five assists in 13 Ligue 1 outings this season.

Drogba retires from football

Didier Drogba has drawn the curtain of his football career after Phoenix Rising were defeated 1-0 by Louisville City in the United Soccer League Cup final.

The defeat at the Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium marked the end of Drogba’s trophy-laden career which included four English Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League trophy amongst others.

Check out how his final game went down here on Goal

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Obiang gets Equatorial Guinea call-up

Equatorial Guinea have called up West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obang for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nationa qualifiers against Senegal.

Obiang, born in Spain, is eligible for Equatorial Guinea through his family as both his parents and grandparents are from the African country.

Read the full article here on Goal


Ramsey closing on Bayern Munich deal as Arsenal contract runs down

Bayern Munich are close to reaching an agreement with Aaron Ramsey as his Arsenal contract runs down, according to information received by Goal and SPOX .

The Bundesliga giants are staying tight-lipped when it comes to a move for the Wales international, but he will not be signing fresh terms in north London and is set to hit free agency in 2019.

Bayern can officially open negotiations on January 1, when Ramsey is free to enter into pre-contract talks with clubs outside of England.

Goal and SPOX understand that Bayern are leading a group of six clubs pursuing the 27-year-old’s signature.

Barcelona, Juventus, Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea are also keen on the Gunners star and have put offers forward.

Ramsey is readying himself for a new challenge after revealing that an extension discussed with Arsenal has been rescinded .

He said in October of a long-running and slightly puzzling saga: “There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider.

“We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.

“Something happened, I am not sure exactly what, but that contract is no longer there, or nothing’s on the table.”

While planning to head for pastures new, Ramsey has already stated that he will see out the 2018-19 campaign at Emirates Stadium .

He said: “Would I stay for the rest of the season? Of course, yeah.

“I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.”

It appears as though Ramsey will not be the only new arrival at the Allianz Arena next summer should he reach an agreement with Bayern.

Benjamin Pavard Stuttgart

A deal is also said to be in place for the reigning Bundesliga champions to acquire France international defender Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart.

The 22-year-old is said to have given his word to Bayern that he will be making the move while helping his country to global glory at the 2018 World Cup.

He has a €35 million (£31m/$40m) release clause in his contract that is set to be triggered.

Bayern are making early moves to bolster their ranks after enduring a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign, with Niko Kovac’s side currently sat fifth in the Bundesliga, seven points off the pace being set by Borussia Dortmund.

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They acknowledge that they need to freshen things up, with it also being suggested that certain players will be moved on.

James Rodriguez may be among those, with the Colombian playmaker no longer guaranteed to see a two-year loan from Real Madrid turned into a permanent transfer.

If he were to depart, then the potential arrival of Ramsey would help to fill that midfield void in Bayern’s squad.


‘I’ve got a lot of offers’ – Bolt to decide on football career by the end of November

Usain Bolt revealed he may give up on his dream of becoming a professional footballer despite having “a lot of offers” and that he will make a decision on his future by the end of November. 

The eight-time Olympic champion, 32, was unable to agree to a deal with the Central Coast Mariners after a trial with the A-League club.

Bolt has now given himself until the end of the month to make a decision, and while the sprinting great said he had options, he also made clear that he is considering putting an end to his dreams of a football career. 

“With the Central Coast, we couldn’t work out the contract stuff so that’s dead, but I’ve got a lot of offers from other clubs out there,” he said on Wednesday.

“Now we’re just trying to figure out what [to do].

“We’ll make a decision before the end of November if I’m going to go to another club or call it actually quits.”

Bolt scored twice for the Mariners during a friendly in October, but the parties were unable to agree to a deal despite the Jamaican’s management team confirming that the A-League club had made an offer. 

The former sprinter has been looking to make a career in football since he retired from athletics following the 2017 World Championships in London.

Bolt has previously trialled with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa without landing a professional deal.

However, he did appear to turn some heads in Australia, as while on trial, he was offered a contract with Maltese side Valletta, which he turned down.

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In addition, the president of the Jamaica FA said should Bolt show further development of his footballing abilities, he could be in line for an international call-up.

Despite the offer of a deal, reports claimed that Bolt and his team were looking for something in the region of £1.6m ($2.1m) to sign for the Mariners, a massive sum by A-League standards. 

Even earlier this month Bolt was assuring that he would carry on in his search for another chance at making his footballing dream a reality, though that optimism seems to have wavered some with the admission that he could put a stop to his search for a club.