Joe Aribo: The Contenders to Sign the Charlton Midfielder & Who He Might Join

?The 22-year-old is subject of interest from a number of clubs this summer, with his current Charlton deal set to expire at the end of June.

Showing his quality through the League One season, he has netted 10 times whilst contributing to five assists. Whilst he’s earned rave reviews for his technical ability as well as his athletic qualities, there is no doubt Aribo is the next young talent who could leave the Addicks.

Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Gomez, Ademola Lookman, Ezri Konsa and Karlan Grant are a few names to who have left the Valley over the years, and Aribo is expected to follow suit.

The question is this – where does his future lie? Many clubs all over Europe are interested in his services, so here is how likely a switch to some of these suitors might be.


Celtic

Scott Brown

Celtic may wish to bring Aribo to provide competition with the likes of Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, and Ryan Christie. It is more likely the Bhoys will target players for the now rather than the future, meaning Aribo may opt to move elsewhere.

The Scottish champions would be wise to make a move for the youngster, especially if McGregor leaves for Leicester City in the summer.

Likelihood rating: 4/10


Arsenal

Unai Emery

The ?Gunners are said to be keen on the dynamic midfielder as they search for a replacement for Juventus bound Aaron Ramsey. It is believed Unai Emery’s side sent scouts to watch Aribo on a number of occasions.

Emery isn’t afraid of giving youth a chance, with Matteo Guendouzi featuring regularly having made the move from Lorient last July. The Gunners do have Joe Willock and Charlie Gilmour in their youth ranks who are ready to make the step up, so a move seems unlikely at this stage.

Likelihood rating: 5/10


Benfica

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It may seem a strange one should Aribo head to Portugal and join Benfica. However, the Portuguese giants previously raided Arsenal for young striker Chris Willock in 2017, and are on the lookout for more English youngsters.

Highly-rated midfielder Gedson Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Wolves and Tottenham keen. Benfica would then need a replacement and are a club that like to give youth a chance and therefore, it could be the perfect place for Aribo to develop further.

Likelihood rating: 5/10


Tottenham

Eric Dier

?The box-to-box midfielder would be a perfect option for ?Spurs as they look to continue to build on their homegrown quota. On a free transfer, Mauricio Pochettino may see Aribo as the perfect replacement for Victor Wanyama, who looks set to depart the Tottenham Stadium this summer.

Former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, who handed current Spurs midfielder Dele Alli his Dons debut as a 16-year-old in November 2012, believes Aribo has what it takes to play at the same level. Pochettino, should move quickly to snap the 22-year-old before other clubs make their move.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


  Aston Villa

Jack Grealish

?Aston Villa have recently joined the race for the midfielder’s signature. With Villa one step away from being back in the big time, their scouting team will no doubt be on the lookout for potential reinforcements.?

Albert Adomah has played around 40 matches this season in all competitions and the player is already in his 30s. The Ghanian’s contract is up in June and if a new deal was not forthcoming he could leave, opening up a need for a replacement. The Addicks youngster could also strike a great partnership with talisman Jack Grealish, should he remain at Villa Park next season.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


Derby County

Frank Lampard

?A win over Villa in the play-off final and ?Derby will be playing Premier League football next season. Frank Lampard has done a remarkable job at Pride Park, and a lot of that has been down to the young (on-loan) players like Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

If Derby are promoted then Aribo would no doubt be a perfect option for Lampard and his squad ahead of next season. With Tom Huddelstone, Ikechi Anya and Bradley Johnson all over 30, it would be wise for the Rams to inject more young players into their team. Next season, Aribo could sit alongside Mount in a 4-3-3 formation, which would be a strong midfield set-up. 

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Eintracht Frankfurt

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A move to Germany? Well, with a number of English talent heading to the Bundesliga in search of regular first-team football, it seems highly likely. Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Reece Oxford have all left the English game to move and Aribo could join them.

He would be given the opportunity to showcase his talents and play regular first-team football under Adi Hütter. Eintracht Frankfurt are also a club on the rise, having reached the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Europa League, losing out to Chelsea. It would make sense for the German side to use the money wisely and identify young players ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. 

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Southampton 

Ralph Hasenhuttl

?Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl will be keen to make his Saints squad his own when the transfer window opens. With Southampton’s success of developing young players, the South Coast could be a perfect destination for the midfielder. Asoro, who joined Charlton from Staines Town in 2015, could be seen as the replacement for Steven Davis, who spent the season on-loan at Rangers and is expected to leave

Likelihood rating: 7/10


Rangers

Steven Gerrard

 Steven Gerrard is on the hunt for reinforcements this summer as he looks to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season. A replacement for Graham Dorrans? The 31-year-old hasn’t featured at all for Rangers under the Ibrox boss. Jordan Rossiter is another player who could leave, having spent the second half of the season on loan at Bury.

Aribo fits the bill, and Gerrard is keen to add creativity to his midfield. Matt Polster and Glen Kamara have recently joined Gerrard’s side, so Aribo would also provide competition for places.

Likelihood rating: 8/10

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Sergio Ramos: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

?Sergio Ramos is truly one of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players. He has led his side to three consecutive Champions League wins. His brilliant defending, leadership skills and ability to score decisive goals over the years have made him a legend at the Bernabéu.

Despite all this, Ramos now finds himself at a crossroads. The 2018/19 season was a disastrous one for both him and the club. Real ended the season trophyless and finished it having had three different managers – Julen Lopetegui, Santi Solari and Zinedine Zidane.

?Ramos suffered injury problems throughout the season and infamously deliberately got himself booked in the first leg of Real’s round of 16 Champions League tie against Ajax, picking up a suspension for the second leg that would allow him to avoid being suspended in the quarter-finals. This decision back-fired horribly as Real struggled to cope with Ajax’s vibrant, attacking young side in the second leg, being destroyed 4-1 in front of their own supporters, as they crashed out of the ?Champions League. Following this game, Ramos reportedly had arguments with his team-mates and senior club officials in the dressing room.

Now there are ?reports suggesting that he is questioning his future at the club. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the teams that he’s been linked with and the likelihood of him joining each of them.


Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

There have been reports in the Madrid media that ?Liverpool are one of several sides that are interested in signing Ramos.

This seems to be extremely unlikely considering Liverpool had the best defence in the ?Premier League last season and that manager Jürgen Klopp has shown a preference for signing players in their mid 20s, rather than someone like Ramos who, at 33, may have his best days behind him.

Then there is also the fact that Ramos became public enemy number one amongst Liverpool supporters after being involved in the incident that forced ?Mohamed Salah to be substituted in last year’s Champions League final. 

While a Virgil van Dijk-Ramos defensive partnership would surely be the most feared in the world, it would be unlikely to be welcomed by Liverpool supporters.

Likelihood rating: 1/10


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United have just endured their worst defensive season in their Premier League history, conceding 54 goals.

Defensive reinforcements must be a priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ramos would provide leadership and quality at the heart of United’s backline which they currently simply do not possess.

He is being linked to United now, just as he was in 2015 when Louis van Gaal was at the helm at Old Trafford. On that occasion Ramos ended up signing a new contract at Real with United suspecting that they were being used by the Spaniard’s representatives as leverage to force Los Blancos to pay him higher wages.

However, Ramos’ relationship with Real seems to be extremely disjointed and he may relish the challenge of fixing United’s porous defence.

Manchester United have had their fingers burnt when it comes to big-name players in recent years with the likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Alexis Sanchez all failing to live up to expectations. 

They have also wasted a lot of money in wages on those players and Ramos would likely demand to be one of United’s highest earners should he arrive at Old Trafford. These experiences may dissuade them from making a move for Ramos.

Likelihood rating: 4/10


Paris Saint-German

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PSG have also been linked with Ramos and the Spaniard would provide them with leadership and Champions League know-how that is sorely lacking in their squad.

After being taken over by the State of Qatar in 2011, PSG have received heavy investment, spending large sums of money on players and managers in their quest to dominate European football. They have successfully dominated French football in recent years but have repeatedly suffered disappointment in Europe, failing to get past the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.

On a couple of occasions they seemed to have buckled under the pressure in this tournament, in 2016 they infamously threw away a 4-0 first leg lead in the round of 16 against Barcelona to lose 6-1 in the return leg. This season at the same stage they held a 2-0 first leg lead against Manchester United but proceeded to lose the second leg 3-1 at home to a makeshift United side. 

In both ties they made several fundamental defensive errors and signing a defender with the quality of Ramos could help prevent this in the future. Ramos has captained Real to three consecutive Champions League triumphs and has also won another previously. His experience in this competition will help this current PSG squad who seem to struggle to cope in the high-stakes matches.

However, they already have a central defender in their squad who is of a similar age in Thiago Silva and they may decide to place their trust in the promising young defenders they currently have – Thilo Kehrer, Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos.

Likelihood rating: 5/10


Chinese Super League

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The Chinese Super League has become a popular destination for many European players once they enter the twilight of their careers.

The likes of Moussa Dembélé, Marek Hamšík, Javier Mascherano and Paulinho have all made the move to the league in recent years.

Whilst this move isn’t likely to be fulfilling for Ramos from a football perspective, financially he would benefit greatly. Some Chinese Super League clubs have the capacity to pay wages that even many of the top European sides cannot match and Ramos would surely be paid handsomely if he was to make the move to the Far East.

He would boost his financial security and also experience a part of the world where he has rarely played.

Furthermore, knowing that he would not be likely to play against Los Blancos on a regular basis would be a relief for a man who has been so loyal to the club over the years.

Likelihood rating: 6/10


Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo

?Juventus are also reportedly interesting in signing Ramos. The ?Serie A champions have a proven history of signing aging players and providing them a platform to prolong their careers, with Andrea Pirlo being the most notable example. Pirlo played some of the best football of his career at Juventus after he was released by Milan, who considered they considered to be past his prime.

Joining Juventus would also allow Ramos to be reunited with long time team-mate and friend ?Cristiano Ronaldo. Having a close friend at the club would allow Ramos to integrate quickly into the Juventus dress room and make it easier for him to flourish on the pitch.

Much like PSG, domestic dominance is no longer considered good enough by Juventus, who have announced that manager Massimiliano Allegri will be leaving at the end of the season. The Champions League has become somewhat of an obsession for them and Ramos’ experience of winning this competition could help them secure their first European Cup triumph in over two decades

There is also the fact that slower pace of Serie A will suit Ramos as he gets older and make it less strenuous on his body.

However, I Biaconeri already have two of the best central defenders in world football at the heart of their defence with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. The aforementioned pair are 34 are 32 respectively and signing another centre-back of a similar age is somewhat questionable but not beyond possibility. 

Likelihood rating: 7/10

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PSG Announce Thomas Tuchel Contract Extension by a Further Year Until 30 June 2021

?Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that head coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his contract with the Ligue 1 champions for another season, with his new deal now running until 2021.

The German tactician arrived at the Parc des Princes last summer after earning a reputation as one of the brightest young managers in Europe during his two-year spell at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel has guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title during his debut campaign, the Parisians’ sixth title in the last seven years, but failed to lead his side beyond the last 16 of the Champions League, in which they were eliminated under dramatic circumstances by ?Manchester United.

However, the German, alongside his coaching staff, has now extended his contract in the French capital until 30 June 2021. 

As quoted by PSG’s ?website, Tuchel said of his new deal: “I am very happy and proud of my extension and my commitment to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Thank you to the President and the whole club for the confidence they show me and my staff. This only reinforces my goal of bringing this team to the top of its ambitions thanks to everyone’s work.

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“I am also very touched by the support marks of the fans. I am convinced that the best is coming for our club.”

Club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “The entire Paris Saint-Germain family is delighted today to see Thomas Tuchel extend his contract. For a year now, Thomas has been bringing fantastic energy every day, not only to players but to the entire club.

“Our supporters immediately adopted this coach who is always very anxious to share his analysis and emotions with the greatest number.

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“Thomas is a huge fan of football, a coach at the same time very demanding and listens to others. Thomas has an expertise of the game as well as very great talents of manager and we are delighted to be able to support us durably on his qualities.”

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David Bentley Recalls ‘Black Eyes and Fights’ in Brutal Arsenal Training Sessions

?In a career that saw him play for the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and FK Rostov, David Bentley has revealed that an altercation between Kolo Toure and Pascal Cygan was the “worst fight he’s ever seen”. 

Bentley – who has since retired from football – began his career with the Gunners, with him making his first-team debut in 2003 at a time that the north London club were regarded as among the very best in the country. 

David Bentley

The former winger eventually left the club permanently in 2006 for ?Blackburn Rovers, although speaking to ?BBC Radio 5 Live, he disclosed the intensity at which Arsene Wenger’s would train at to maintain their standards.

He said: “You don’t realise until you’re away from it. Every day training was so intense, it was like a match every day, technically gifted. You just slotted in as a young player trying to make your way and fit in.”


During his time at ?Arsenal, Bentley won a ?Premier League winners medal as part of ‘The Invincibles‘ in 2003/04 – with the feat yet to be matched since. 

Despite the feel-good factor at the time, the former England international recalls a fight between Toure and Cygan during training which he put down to their ‘winning mentality’. 

Although he spoke well of his time at Arsenal, he added: “But you’d get smashed every day. Vieira would smash me every day, Henry, [Giovanni] Van Bronckhorst. You’d go off with black eyes, there would be fights. The worst fight I’ve ever seen, Pascal Cygan and Kolo Toure.

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“Trying to get them two off each other was unbelievable. It was like ‘I’ll leave them to it’. But that’s the intensity and that’s the winning mentality. And then when you leave and you go to a different club, you think it’s not the same.”

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Virgil van Dijk Explains Why He’s No Longer Nervous Ahead of Champions League Final

?Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has insisted he doesn’t feel nervous ahead of major games, as the Reds prepare for their Champions League final against Tottenham.

After narrowly missing out on their first league title in 29 years, Liverpool still have the chance to finish the season with silverware in the shape of the Champions League. They take on fellow Premier League side Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in a week’s time in a bid to win the competition for a sixth time. 


Despite the high-profile nature of the game, the PFA Player of the Year has revealed he doesn’t get nervous prior to these games and instead gets excited about being involved. 

Asked if he feels nerves during an interview with ?The Guardian, the 27-year-old replied: “No. I’m never nervous any more. With experience, the nervousness is not there. When I made my debut for Liverpool against Everton [in January 2018] I was more excited than nervous. I surprised myself that day with my calm.

“It’s more excitement than nerves these days. Even before the ?Champions League final last year [against Real Madrid] I was not nervous at all. I was very relaxed. I was like: ‘Let’s go, let’s do this.'”

?Liverpool’s place in this year’s final looked unlikely, before a dramatic 4-0 win in their semi-final second leg over Barcelona saw them through 4-3 on aggregate. Despite the euphoria that night at Anfield, Van Dijk is now targeting finishing the job in Madrid.

He said: “Everything was perfect that night. It wasn’t like we had luck. We totally deserved it because anyone would say a team 3-0 down against Barcelona is not going to do it. Messi’s going to score – and if they scored one it was almost impossible. But we did it.

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“It was nuts. You can’t really describe it. Hopefully we can finish it off now and make an even bigger memory.”

Winning the Champions League final next weekend would see Van Dijk win his first trophy as a Liverpool player since his £75m move in January 2018, with the chance to win major trophies a deciding factor in his move to Anfield. 

He added: “Liverpool is always about pressure but we have to enjoy it. We have a good chance of winning but this is a massive game for them as well. They’ve shown that they also never give up. We need to be ready.


“We were close in the Premier League – but now we have a chance to win the Champions League, the big one. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”

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