Sport Who's strengthened best in the race for European football?

12:10  13 august  2017
12:10  13 august  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Leicester reject £20m Gray bid

  Leicester reject £20m Gray bid Bournemouth have had an offer in the region of £20m for Demarai Gray rejected by Leicester City, according to Sky sources. Gray made 41 appearances in all competitions for Leicester last season, but only nine league starts and he is understood to be angling for more game time.Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, speaking after the recent 2-1 friendly defeat at Burton, said Gray would get his chance this season."Dimi's representatives came in to have a meeting with the director of football (Jon Rudkin), I wasn't privy to that," Shakespeare said."We've had conversations, myself and Dimi. It is well-documented.

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I’ll be focusing on clubs who I feel are aiming for the Europa league in this coming campaign and comparing how the clubs have done in the transfer market.

Southampton – Mario Lemina is great business by the Saints, the Italian struggled for game time for Juventus but his quality is apparent. A good addition to Southampton’s already solid midfield. However, it must be said losing Virgil van Dijk would be a big loss for them, but Southampton’s recruitment is brilliant in bringing in key players and Polish centre-back Jan Bednarek could be one of those replacements.

Schalke open talks with West Ham target Nicolai Muller

  Schalke open talks with West Ham target Nicolai Muller Bundesliga club Schalke have opened talks with Hamburg for West Ham United and Southampton target Nicolai Muller, who has failed to agree a new contract at his current club, according to Bild. The 29-year-old’s contract with Hamburg expires next summer and the club are desperate to keep hold of the player even if he denies a contract extension and then leaves on a free transfer next summer. The player has been linked strongly with a move to the Premier League, with West Ham and Southampton leading the chase for his signature, while German side Wolfsburg are also monitoring the situation. Hamburg want to keep Muller but they may be pressured into letting the player go before the transfer window closes. Schalke have contacted Muller’s agent and talks are moving steadily with the player open to the move but the only thing standing in his way is his current club who are adamant that they will not let him go. West Ham have already strengthened this summer with manager Slaven Bilic bringing in Marko Arnautovic as his new winger. Muller would definitely be a positive addition to the squad and will give Bilic more depth of quality in his squad as he looks to push for a European position this season.

Both teams lead the race for the Lyon striker Willem Geubbels, who has decided not to re-sign with the French club. They offer a model that promises playing time for young players, Champions League football and, in Monaco’ s case, a Quick guide. Three young footballers to watch. Show. Hide.

Gymnastics. Horse Racing . Mixed Martial Arts. Motorsport. United, however, will find their Champions League hand greatly strengthened by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from European football post-Christmas in Scotland is a rarity these days so when it was secured, it was celebrated.

Transfer rating: 6.5 – A very solid squad already and sometimes you only need one or two players with real quality to come in to balance things.

Leicester – Signing Kelechi Iheanacho is a fantastic addition for the Foxes. The Nigerian’s goal-to-game ratio is fantastic and could go on to become a star for them. Also, Vicente Iborra was superb the last few seasons for Sevilla in midfield and I think is one of the shrewd buys of the transfer window. Harry Maguire proved his worth in a struggling Hull team in which he made stand-out performances, and is a commanding presence at the back. With Wes Morgan and Robert Huth ageing I think this was a smart move by Leicester. Also, Ron-Robert Zieler being sold to Stuttgart meant Eldin Jakupovic was brought in from Hull who is a decent replacement for a No.2 goalkeeper.

British trio Talbot, Hughes and Mitchell-Blake into world 200m semi-finals

  British trio Talbot, Hughes and Mitchell-Blake into world 200m semi-finals Danny Talbot led a British trio to the men's 200 metres semi-finals at the World Championships to keep the hosts' sprint hopes alive.Danny Talbot led a British trio to the men's 200 metres semi-finals at the World Championships to keep the hosts' sprint hopes alive.

The likes of Senegal, boasting targets for the big European clubs such as Sadio Mane and Kalidou The race for the Golden Boot has seen Harry Kane leave the laughter stuck in the throats of the The big debate: Who will win the World Cup - and who will take home the Golden Ball for best player

German football clubs are famously more prudent financially than many European counterparts. For all their popularity overseas, Premier League clubs have fared far less well in getting to the final And it seems many of the Asian fans who passionately follow German football , share the same philosophy.

Finally, Welsh 20-year-old, George Thomas really could be one to keep an eye on too after an impressive season for Coventry.

Transfer rating: 7.5 – Iheanacho and Iborra will be massive additions for the club and can seriously help them mount a challenge for the Europa League.

Everton – The Merseyside club have been very busy to say the least. Signing: Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina, Henry Onyekuru, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez & Wayne Rooney. Bar Onyekuru who has been loaned out to Anderlecht, all the above signings will go into the starting eleven for the Toffees. Klaassen was brilliant for Ajax last season and Pickford shone in an abysmal Sunderland side, as well as Michael Keane who had a quality season for Burnley. The injection of cash from the Lukaku deal has seen Everton operate swiftly in the transfer market and with Gylfi Sigurdsson potentially joining the club it’s fair to say they’ve invested heavily into the team. The only doubt I have is how will Sandro Ramirez fill the big boots that Lukaku left behind.

Manchester City In Waiting Game Over Garre Ruling

  Manchester City In Waiting Game Over Garre Ruling It will be a waiting game now for Manchester City before the Court of Arbitration for Sport rules on the Benjamin Garre case. On the part of City, they feel they acted appropriately in regards the transfer of the player days after his 16th birthday. VelezSarsfield, who once had Nicolas Otamendi on their books, feel very differently on the matter. If found guilty and the ruling comes back against City sanctions imposed could include transfer bans for the next couple of windows. So, for example, if it was to come back in favour of the Argentinian side then City may not be able to register anyone until January 2019. The key word there is register, not sign, but even so it would not be something City want to manoeuvre around. There is always an appeal and that could allow us the January transfer window but City seem confident it will not come to that. Sarsfield contest that Manchester City should not have been able to sign their player because you have to be at least 18 in order to move to a European club. However City, backed by FIFA, argued that because the player held an Italian passport he was free to move to them at 16. Velez dispute that and says that rule only applies from European club to European club and not outside the European Union, no matter what passport he holds. Interestingly though, an article written by the Manchester Evening News over a year ago, states openly that at 15 he had already been courted by City, Manchester United and Barcelona.

The race for Champions League football is well and truly hotting up, with five teams jostling for just three places behind It also strengthened their chances of returning to the Champions League, opening up a very handy six-point gap between themselves and Chelsea, who slipped to fifth.

Hartlepool' s 96-year stay in the Football League was ended by a last-minute goal for rivals Newport. BBC Sport outlines the battles for promotion and relegation - and the race for European qualification - in England and Scotland.

Transfer rating: 8.5 – Everton have brought in some real talent to their starting eleven not just their squad, and finished comfortably in the Europa league spot last year. Seeing how the team copes without Romelu Lukaku will be interesting.

West Ham – Three problems the Hammers experienced last year were: conceding a lot of goals and not scoring enough, add to that a spanner like Dimitri Payet and there you have a recipe for disaster.

That’s why this season it was important for the manager and chairmen to address that. In terms of the defence bringing in: Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta has been great business by the club. Hart on his day is England’s number one and a born leader but is prone to mistakes. A familiar trait it seems for West Ham goalkeepers if you look back at the likes of Robert Green, David James, Stephen Bywater & Shaka Hislop.

Zabaleta is another leader who brings in experience, albeit not as agile as he once was, but could prove to be a valuable addition.

Since the departure of Dimitri Payet in January the Hammers have lacked goals and seemed to run out of ideas in the final third quite often last season. So, when the club announced the signing of Javier Hernandez it’s no surprise fans got excited. Someone who has played at the highest level of football and is bound to find the net for the club and has a lot of expectation to live up to, starting at Manchester United on the first day of the season.

'Horrendous Matic deal favours Utd'

  'Horrendous Matic deal favours Utd' Phil Neville believes Chelsea's "horrendous" decision to sell Nemanja Matic has strengthened Man Utd's title bid.Phil Neville believes Chelsea's "horrendous" decision to sell Nemanja Matic has strengthened Manchester United's Premier League title bid.

The UEFA Men' s Player of the Year Award (previously known as the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award) is an association football award given to the footballer playing for a football club in Europe that is considered the best in the previous season.

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Marko Arnautovic was Stoke’s star player over the last few seasons and his skill and power on the pitch will most definitely become an asset for the club. The powerful Austrian will look to fill the void Payet has left behind which isn’t an easy task.

Sead Haksabanovic is another interesting one for the future. The highly rated Swedish attacking-midfielder has received high praise from Slaven Bilic and the club has been watching him for quite some time. I can’t say I’ve seen him play very much so it’s hard to say how much of an impact he’ll have so we’ll have to wait and see.

The biggest deal of the window for the Hammers could be yet to happen still. West Ham have been in negotiations with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho. The 25-year-old has been touted as one of the best holding midfielders in Europe, with Arsenal being previously heavily interested in the player but unable to agree a fee. This would be an enormous signing for West Ham and would mean breaking the clubs transfer record fee for the second time this window.

Transfer rating: 8

Norris completes pole triple sweep .
Lando Norris brought his season tally for European Formula 3 poles up to eight with a double at Circuit Park Zandvoort. The track record set by Maximilian Gunther in yesterday’s practice sessions was beaten, and the championship leader was only fifth fastest in today’s qualifying. However, the second best lap procedure means he lines up in third for the third race of the weekend, only behind Carlin drivers Norris and Ferdinand Habsburg. For the second race of the weekend Gunther will have Callum Ilott, Jake Hughes and Habsburg between himself and Norris, on a track that is difficult to overtake on. The other title contender, Joel Eriksson, had a disappointing session and was only 10th fastest, although he too gains from the way the race 3 grid is drawn and he will start from sixth in that encounter. The session was hit twice by incident. The first, with just over four minutes to go, was caused by Jehan Daruvala crashing heavily on a quick part of the track. The second incident involved David Beckmann, who had a spectacular crash in the race earlier today, going wide and then flicking across the track and into the barriers.

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