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Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Inter Milan ‘chase Rooney’, Chelsea and Man Utd target ‘new Zlatan’



There are classic choices that most of us face at some point in our lifetime. Beer or wine? Scrambled or fried? Inter Milan or Jiangsu Suning?

Well maybe that one is not strictly a *classic* yet, but it’s the choice currently facing Wayne Rooney, who the Express claims will have the option of joining those two clubs when if he leaves Manchester United in the summer.

And even if it isn’t a classic choice yet, it certainly seems set to become one for footballers. Namely: rich Chinese club or European club run by rich Chinese men?

In fact, it appears to be the same rich Chinese men who own both these clubs. Suning Commerce Group Ltd were the lads who bought a 69% stake in Inter a few months ago, and obviously they are also quite heavily involved in Jiangsu Suning (clue’s in the name). So perhaps they are going “head-head”, as the Express puts it, with themselves.

Inter are reportedly planning a “huge overhaul” of their attacking players and will try to sign Rooney if they can make space for him in their squad (i.e. by selling Mauro Icardi).

Jiangsu Suning already have plenty of space for the Roonster – their squad consists of Ramires,Alex Teixeira and a load of easily disposable Chinese players.

Rooney could be replaced at Old Trafford by Zlatan Ibrahimovic – not the old one (he’s already there) but the “new” one.

Alexander Isak, a 17-year-old Swedish striker who has been likened to Zlatan, was watched by United scouts playing for AIK Solna last weekend, reports the Sun.

It sounds like it might have been fairly cramped in the AIK stadium though, because there were apparently 90 other talent spotters watching Isak too, including some from Chelsea.

Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita turned down a move to Arsenal this summer, reports theMirror. The 21-year-old said he did “not want to join a big Champions League club right away”. He would have been fine at the Emirates then; the Gunners haven’t been big in the Champions League since about 2009.

Other players who might have done things in the summer but didn’t include Liverpool’s Marko Grujic, who reportedly turned down Chelsea (Star) and Blues forward Pedro, who has revealed he “spoke to” his former club Barcelona about going back to the Nou Camp (Mirror).

Finally, in hot manager gossip, Wigan could appoint Ryan Giggs after sacking Gary Caldwell(ESPN), Wolves could turn to Olympiakos boss Marco Silva after firing Walter Zenga (Mail) and Jose Mourinho has described his life living alone in a Manchester hotel as “a bit of a disaster” (Telegraph). Partridge-esque is the phrase that springs to mind.


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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches



Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw



With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »



Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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