Premier League new boys Newcastle United want a top goalkeeper in Pepe Reina who used to work with current manager Rafa Benitez when the pair were at Anfield.
However, Italian football giants Napoli are set to offer the Spaniard a new deal to kill such hopes.
United are resilient in landing Reina so they are still monitoring happenings. The new deal for Reina would be valid for two years but in a new twist the club would add a buyout clause for non-Italian clubs, reports in Italy say.
This is a big blow for the Magpies if it is true as it would end the hopes of landing the player. It seems to favour Reina as well to agree to the deal to remain at Stadio San Paolo instead of taking the gamble late into his career and with the World Cup approaching. Continue reading “NAPOLI KEEP TIGHT LID ON REINA”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended striker Sergio Aguero by saying that the player is not dirty even though he has already received two major suspensions for bad tackles.
The first suspension from the English FA came after Aguero was found guilty of elbowing a West Ham player early in the Premier League. He was forced to miss three matches as a result of this suspension. Now, a horrific challenge on Chelsea defender David Luiz earned him a straight red card. Since it is his second suspension of the campaign, he will miss four games for City.
His absence will come at a time when the club have been struggling for form. Aguero has been the top scorer for the club with 10 goals this season. His last goals for the club came in the 2-1 win over Burnley towards the end of November. Continue reading “Guardiola Defends Sergio Aguero after Second Suspension”
Brazilian side, Corinthians have made their intention of taking forward, Alexandre Pato, if Chelsea does not want the player. The striker has had only two games this season for The Blues and he didn’t get complete 90 minutes in both. Chelsea have struggled this season with their strikers not hitting the net regularly. There are reports that the player might not get a permanent deal when his contract lapses this summer.
The 26-year old Brazilian made the move to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window in January with an option of outright purchase if The Blues were impressed. With the new manager appointed in Anthinio Conte, the former Sao Paulo forward may not be given a permanent deal. However, if he doesn’t get one from Chelsea, Corinthians have said they are open to giving the Brazilian another deal to continue with the club.
The Corinthians president, Roberto de Andrade, said:
“If Chelsea don`t pay for his transfer he will move back to Corinthians.
“And once back with us he will be used.” Continue reading “CORINTHIANS: WE WILL TAKE PATO BACK”
Tite returned to Corinthians back in January and was expected to revive at the club’s fortunes especially in the Copa Libertadores.
This, however, has not happened this season after the club suffered an early elimination from the competition that they won only a couple of years ago. A 1-0 loss against Paraguayan club Guaraní sees them exit the competition at the last 16 stage. Corinthians came into the match this week needing a convincing victory in order to reach the next stage. This was after a 2-0 win for Guaraní in the first leg. Yet, Corinthians were unable to make any impact as they surrendered meekly in a 1-0 loss.
The 3-0 exit on aggregate is a huge disappointment for Tite, who has accepted that he will be facing a lot of criticism of others for this exit. However, he plans to carry on working with the same kind of dedication in the hope that the season would have a better conclusion. Corinthians have made a good start to the Brazilian Serie A table. They have won the opening two matches – albeit by a 1-0 margin – to lead the table with six points from the two matches. The recent events over Cruzeiro helps take some pressure off the manager. Continue reading “Tite returned to Corinthians back in January”