Tottenham Finally Accept Improved Inter Bid for Christian Eriksen Ahead of Medical by Tuesday

Inter and Tottenham have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Christian Eriksen with the player set for a medical early next week. 

The Dane has long been linked with a move away from Spurs, and Real Madrid came close to securing his signature in the summer. Since then, Inter has emerged as Eriksen’s most likely destination and – following weeks of speculation – the two clubs have finally agreed a fee for the playmaker. 

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According to ?Alfredo Pedull?á, Spurs have accepted a bid of €18m (£15.1m) for the player, with bonuses worth an additional €2m (£1.7m). This figure is considerable more than the £12.8m that Inter were reported to have ?raised their offer to a few days ago.

As reported by journalist ?Nicolò Schira, the final price is understood to have come as a result of a lengthy conference call between the two clubs, with the ‘diplomatic work’ of Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots and a number of intermediaries proving key in the successful hammering out of a deal. 

The midfielder is believed to be signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Nerazzurri and he is expected to travel to Milan for his medical next Tuesday.

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Eriksen’s departure comes after a successful seven season stay in north London where he racked up over 300 appearances. Arriving from Ajax in the summer of 2013 – as part of a spate of ?seven signings made in the midst of Gareth Bale departing for Real Madrid – he would go on to rack up 69 goals and 89 assists for the club. 

Though Eriksen is likely to be remember fondly by Tottenham fans, he has been out of form this season. Lacking his normal attacking flair, he has only managed to register three goals and three assists in all competitions. 

Eriksen will soon become the latest Premier League player to seal a move to Antonio Conte’s side with ?Manchester United’s Ashley Young and ?Chelsea’s Victor Moses already arriving at San Siro in January. 


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Borussia Dortmund v FC Köln Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Dortmund new boy Erling Haaland started his career in Germany with a hat-trick last weekend, and Die Borussen fans ?will be eager to see him in Bundesliga action against FC Köln on Friday night.

The 19-year-old, recently signed from RB Salzburg, came off the bench to score three goals in 20 second-half minutes to help Dortmund seal a 5-3 comeback win away at Augsburg. 

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Haaland will be full of confidence and itching to make his first ?Dortmund start in front of the infamous yellow wall when his side entertain FC Köln at the Westfalenstadion. 

Lucien Favre’s men are in need of Haaland’s firepower if they are to close the gap on ?Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig, who sit seven points ahead of them.

As for the visitors, Markus Gisdol’s team occupy 13th place in the table, only three points above the relegation places, but did record an impressive 3-1 home win over Wolfsburg last time out. 


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Friday 24 January?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?19.30 (GMT)
?Where Is It Played? ?Signal Iduna Park
?TV Channel/Live Stream ?BT Sport 3
?Referee? ?TBC


Team News

Boss Favre will no doubt contemplate promoting Haaland from the bench to the starting XI after the Danish striker’s match-winning turn against Augsburg.

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However fellow Dane, Thomas Delaney remains sidelined with an ankle injury that he suffered whilst on international duty against the Republic of Ireland in November.

Whilst, defender Marcel Schmelzer missed the win over Augsburg and is unlikely to be fit to play any part on Friday evening and Dan-Axel Zagadou is also an absentee from the hosts’ backline.

There are no such problems for visiting coach Gisdol, who has a full complement of players to choose from ahead of his side’s trip to the Westfalenstadion.


Predicted Lineups

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?Borussia Dortmund ?Bürki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Brandt; Sancho, Reus, Hazard, Haaland.
FC Köln? ?Horn; Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach; Skhiri, Hector; Thielmann, Uth, Jakobs; Cordoba.

Head-to-Head

The sides faced each other in the second game of the Bundesliga season back in August and, on that occasion, Dortmund recovered from a goal down to claim victory with a 3-1 away win.

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FC Köln had taken the lead through Dominick Drexler midway through the first half and Gisdol’s men held onto their advantage until the latter stages of the match.

But with 20 minutes remaining, Jadon Sancho put the visitors back on level terms, before defender Achraf Hakimi nudged them in front and Paco Alcácer then sealed the points deep into stoppage time.


Recent Form

Both sides returned from the Bundesliga break with confidence-boosting victories last weekend, but the teams suffered mixed fortunes prior to the winter sabbatical.

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In their two games before the interval, Dortmund lost 2-1 away to eighth-placed Hoffenheim and let a 2-0 lead slip at home to leaders Leipzig. 

Die Borussen have suffered from defensive frailties so far this campaign and their conceding of 27 goals is the worst record of the top nine teams in the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, Koln had won all three of their league games prior to the winter break.

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Their most notable result was beating Leverkusen 2-0 at home, a team who sit seven places above them in the standings.

After Köln’s latest result against Wolfsburg, they now can lay claim to four league wins in a row, impressive from a side who have been towards the lower echelons of the table all season. 

Here’s how the two teams have fared in their last five competitive fixtures.

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?Augsburg 3-5 Dortmund (18/01)  ?FC Köln 3-1 Wolfsburg (18/01)
?Hoffenheim 2-1 Dortmund (20/12) ?FC Köln 1-0 Werder Bremen (21/12)
?Dortmund 3-3 RB Leipzig (17/12) ?Eintracht Frankfurt 2-4 FC Köln (18/12)
?Mainz 0-4 Dortmund (14/12) ?FC Köln 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen (14/12)
?Dortmund 2-1 Slavia Prague (10/12) ?Union Berlin 2-0 FC Köln (08/12)


Prediction

In spite of the visitor’s purple patch, with red-hot Haaland at Dortmund’s ?disposal, it appears that win number five will be out of FC Köln’s reach.

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Dortmund’s attack was already incredibly potent, and when Sancho, Marco Reus and Thorgan Hazard are all singing from the same hymn sheet, they are a nightmare for any side.

Throw into the mix a natural-born goalscorer and Dortmund look set to be a serious threat in both the ?Champions League and Bundesliga in the second half of the campaign.

There will no doubt be goals in this one, at both ends, Köln are free-scoring and Dortmund love to concede but those in yellow and black will come out with the spoils.

Prediction: Dortmund 4-2 FC Köln


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Brescia vs Milan Preview: How To Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Relegation-threatened Brescia host Milan at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Friday night as I Rossoneri look to extend their winning run and break into the European places. 

Eugenio Corini’s side are without a win in five games in the league, a run which stretches back to mid December when they beat Lecce 3-0. Since that last triumph, Le Rondinelle have lost three and drawn two, which has seen them slip into the relegation zone in recent weeks. 

Inversely, Milan have started to pick up their form in recent weeks, snatching three wins in a row against Cagliari, SPAL and, most recently, Udinese. I Rossoneri have lost just one of their last five in all competitions, a 5-0 capitulation against Atalanta. 

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Friday’s game is a great opportunity for Brescia to turn their season around with an unlikely home win against one of Italy’s most famous clubs, while Milan will see this fixture as an opportunity to continue their impressive form of late. 


Where To Watch

?When Is Kick Off? ?Friday 24 January
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?19:45 (GMT)
?Where Is It Played? ?Stadio Mario Rigamonti
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Premier Sports 1 HD
?Referee? ?Paolo Valeri

Team News

Despite now having a number of injuries to content with, Brescia will have to make do without talismanic striker Mario Balotelli as the Italian starts the first of his two-match ban following his red card against Cagliari last week. 

However, Balotelli’s suspension paves the way for Alfredo Donnarumma to finally partner Ernesto Torregrossa up front. 

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For Milan, Léo Duarte, Ricardo Rodriguez, Lucas Biglia and Davide Calabria remain absent although Hakan Calhanoglu should retain his place on the wing in favour of Giacomo Bonaventura after recovering from injury. 

Simon Kjaer should also feature alongside Alessio Romagnoli at the heart of the Milan defence.


Predicted Lineups

?Brescia: ?Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Mateju; Bisoli, Tonali, Rômulo; Spalek; Donnarumma, Torregrossa.
Milan😕 ?Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernández; Castillejo; Kiessé, Bennacer, Calhanoglu; Leão, Ibrahimovi?.

Head to Head Record

Brescia and ?Milan have faced each other on 23 occasions prior to Friday’s meeting. Milan have recorded 13 wins against I Biancazzurri, who themselves have beaten Milan just once back in 2003, with the remaining nine games ending in stalemate. 

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The two sides have not met each other regularly due to Brescia’s stay in Serie B, however the last three meetings between the two sides have all been won by Milan, recording back-to-back 1-0 wins as well as an emphatic 3-0 victory over Brescia back in December 2010. 


Recent Form

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Brescia have endured a torrid time this season, currently possessing the division’s worst home record while only one team have scored fewer goals. 

Without a win in five Serie A games, Brescia are in real danger of falling back into Italy’s second division – and the absence of Balotelli will only further compound their misery. Having won only four games and drawn three so far in the 2019/20 season, Brescia will need to find inspiration and, more importantly, goals from within their squad.

Despite their shortcomings up front, Brescia have managed to get on the scoresheet in each of their last four league outings, including in games against Sampdoria, Cagliari and Lazio – and will hope to overcome a defensively fragile Milan side on Friday. 

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Milan have been on an upward trajectory since their 5-0 hammering by Atalanta back in December and will aim to continue their impressive form so far in 2020. 

After failing to score in three successive games, Il Diavolo have scored eight goals in their last three games in all competitions and will aim to continue their fine goalscoring form when they come up against 19th-placed Brescia. 

Despite the poor goalscoring form of Krzysztof Piatek and with January signing Zlatan Ibrahimovi? being very much in the latter stages of his career, Milan seem to be able to find goals from all over the pitch. Their leading scorer thus far in Serie A? Theo Hernandez, with six.

Three points for Stefano Pioli’s side will see them overtake Cagliari in sixth place and give Milan a real chance of finishing in the European places come the conclusion of the Serie A season. 

With that said, here is how both teams have fared in their previous five fixtures. 

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?Brescia 2-2 Cagliari (19/1) ?Milan 3-2 Udinese (19/1)
?Sampdoria 5-1 Brescia (12/1) ?Milan 3-0 SPAL (15/1)
Brescia 1-2 Lazio (5/1)? ?Cagliari 0-2 Milan (11/1)
?Parma 1-1 Brescia (22/12) Milan 0-0 Sampdoria (6/1)?
?Brescia 0-2 Sassuolo (18/12) ?Atalanta 5-0 Milan (22/12)

Prediction

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Milan have tended to dominate historically against Brescia and have thus won the last seven meetings between the two sides and, with Balotelli suspended for Friday’s game, it is difficult to see the home side turning the tide.

Prediction: Brescia 0-2 Milan


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Carlo Ancelotti Interested in Bringing Hirving Lozano to Everton After Brief Napoli Spell Together

Everton are said to be interested in signing Hirving Lozano, who Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti briefly worked with while at Napoli.?

Lozano signed for the Azzurri in the summer but has so far failed to live up to his club record €42m price tag. The Mexican has managed two Serie A goals this season and has also lacked creativity, registering just one assist. 

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It is a far cry from the eye-catching form that he showcased at PSV Eindhoven between 2017 and 2019. During that time, Lozano hit 40 goals and racked up 23 assists from only 79 games in all competitions, earning a reputation as one of the most exciting young players in world football in the process.

Despite his underwhelming start to life in Naples, Ancelotti remains an admirer of the 24-year-old, with Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reporting (via ?Calcio Mercato) that he is interested in bringing the forward to Goodison Park. 

A stumbling block in the deal could be Lozano’s lengthy contract. His current deal with Napoli does not expire until 2024, meaning that the Toffees would have to submit a hefty offer to stand any chance of securing his services.

Everton are enduring a torrid season and are currently marooned in the Premier League mid-table mire, seven points clear of the relegation places but ten adrift of the Champions League qualification spots. 

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The Toffees’ recruitment over the past few seasons has received ?significant criticism and Ancelotti has held transfer talks with the club’s board over their ?policy moving forward. The former ?Real Madrid boss is thought to be planning a ?significant cull of players in the summer as he looks to shape his squad. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin and even England duo Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford are all believed to be playing for their futures, with Ancelotti unimpressed with the players he has inherited. 

In terms of incomings, the Toffees have been ?linked with a move for former Liverpool man Emre Can, while they have also ?reignited their interested in Gremio forward Everton. 


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Chelsea Planning on Second Bid for Moussa Dembélé in ‘Final Hours’ of Transfer Window

?Chelsea are planning to make a last-gasp attempt to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé before the close of the transfer window.

The Blues are interested in recruiting an additional striker to lessen the goal burden placed on (the possibly injured) Tammy Abraham and Dembélé fits the bill – having scored on 15 occasions in all competitions this season.

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The club had a ?€40m bid turned down for the 23-year-old at the beginning of the month and ?Get French Football News have reported that they will table another offer for the player in ‘the final hours’ of the current transfer window. 

Lyon took the surprising step of issuing a public ?hands-off warning to clubs interested in their star man after the Blues’ submitted their opening bid. 

Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembélé could interest other clubs during this transfer window,” a statement posted on their ?official website began. 

“OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembélé. The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”

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This statement was reinforced by ?comments by Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas that claimed the former Celtic man wanted to remain at the Groupama Stadium. 

Dembélé is understood to have ‘accepted the club’s decision and has not agitated for a move away from the Ligue 1 side. However, a last minute bid from Chelsea could test Lyon’s resolve to keep the player.

Frank Lampard conceded after his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday that the Blues were indeed looking for offensive reinforcements, saying: You can’t say we will definitely sign a striker but we are looking. If you don’t score enough goals you won’t win enough games.”


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