Transfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mourinho to sign contract extension Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:30 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mourinho to sign contract extensionManchester United are set to announce a contract extension for manager Jose Mourinho, according to The National.Mourinho’s current three-year deal runs until 2019, and negotiations that began earlier in the season have now been concluded successfully.United currently sit second in the Premier League table after Mourinho led the Red Devils to League Cup and Europa League titles last year in his first season with the club. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man Utd yet to trigger Mata dealManchester United are yet to trigger the one-year option on Juan Mata’s contract, but the playmaker wants to stay at Old Trafford, according to ESPN .Mata’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and he has been linked with summer moves to Inter Milan and former club Valencia.United have a 12-month option on Mata’s contract and the club are still expected to exercise the deal to keep the Spaniard for at least another season.Man Utd doubt Ronaldo returnManchester United are not convinced Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid to return to Old Trafford in the summer, according to ESPN .A report in AS on Monday claimed that Ronaldo is keen to quit Madrid in the summer due to broken promises over a new contract and that the Portugal international wants to go back to United.However, United doubt the 32-year-old is seriously looking for a way out of Madrid and feel the speculation is part of the plan for the forward to secure a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.Raiola demands key to Alexis-Mkhitaryan dealArsenal’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by Manchester United due to his contract running for another two years, Goal understands. The Gunners are keen for a swap deal with United, but neither club are prepared to sanction the transfer unless the Armenia international agrees to move to north London.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola is also determined to secure a fee for himself as part of his involvement in brokering the deal.Read the full story right here on Goal! Mkhitaryan holding up Alexis to Man Utd moveHenrikh Mkhitaryan is a key part of the negotiations that would see Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United and he remains undecided over his future, according to BBC Sport . Arsenal will apparently refuse to sanction the sale of the Chilean to United unless Mkhitaryan moves in the opposite direction but the Amenian is unsure whether to join the Gunners, another club or even remain at Old Trafford.Alexis has reportedly agreed personal terms with Jose Mourinho’s side but no deal will be concretised between either club unless Mkhitaryan decides he does want to sign for the north Londoners, a stance shared by United.Man United agree cash + Mkhitaryan move for AlexisManchester United have agreed a deal for Alexis Sanchez which will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal, claims the Daily Express .According to the newspaper, Arsenal will receive £40 million for the Chile star, who is out of contract in the summer. Mkhitaryan will move the other way after being frozen out of the Red Devils first team this season.RB Leipzig make Kluivert approachRB Leipzig have made contact with Ajax regarding a possible deal to sign teenage winger Justin Kluivert, claims Gianluca Di Marzio .Kluivert, the son of former Ajax and Netherlands striker Patrick, is one of the brightest talents in Dutch football, and is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.However, Leipzig are keen to win the race for the 18-year-old and have been in touch with the player’s representatives and Ajax.Napoli turn to Lucas MouraParis Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura has emerged as an option for Napoli in the Serie A side’s search for a new winger, reports Sky Sport Italia .Simone Verdi of Bologna is Napoli’s primary target, but a January deal is looking unlikely, while a move for Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu is also proving difficult.Now Lucas, who is keen to leave PSG and has been linked with Manchester United , is a possibility due to his availability, with Napoli exploring a loan deal with a view to a €25 million permanent transfer.Chelsea in for Alexis after Man City withdrawalManchester United’s main rivals for Alexis Sanchez’s transfer now appear to be Chelsea after Man City dropped out of the race, reports the Manchester Evening News .City had appeared close to signing the Arsenal star, but have now withdrawn from contention after becoming frustrated at the pace of negotiations.But United have not landed their man yet, and could even see a reported £35 million fee pushed up by the Blues’ late interest. Mou confident over Alexis despite Chelsea reportsJose Mourinho is “relaxed” in the face of reports that Chelsea are planning to hijack Manchester United’s approach for Alexis Sanchez. “Other big clubs are probably interested – who knows?” he told reporters after Monday’s 3-0 win against Stoke City.Read the full story on Goal! ‘Alexis signing shouldn’t be at Martial’s expense’ Manchester United’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez should not come at the expense of Anthony Martial, believes United correspondent Kris Voakes.Martial was in fine form on Monday as the Red Devils downed Stoke City 3-0 at Old Trafford. Read the full analysis on Goal! Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan exitJose Mourinho has suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to leave Manchester United.Mkhitaryan has reportedly been part of the negotiations regarding Alexis Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford and looks set to be heading to Arsenal.Read the full quotes right here on Goal! Neville: Mou would happily swap Mkhitaryan for AlexisFormer Manchester United captain Gary Neville said manager Jose Mourinho would happily swap out-of-favour playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.”He wanted to keep the player clear, saying that he does rate him, but I think he’d happily swap him in any deal for Alexis Sanchez,” he said. “Anybody would.”Read the full story on Goal! Giggs to call Scholes as Wales No. 2New Wales manager Ryan Giggs is keen to name ex-Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes as his assistant, according to The Sun .The 44-year-old was unveiled as Chris Coleman’s successor on Monday, and will be tasked with securing qualification for Euro 2020 after the World Cup finals. Giggs and Scholes have past experience working together, as interim bosses at United in 2014 prior to Louis van Gaal’s arrival.
Zico insists Barcelona ace Messi doesn’t need World Cup to be legendby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZico insists Barcelona ace Leo Messi doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.Despite his enormous success with Barcelona, the biggest prize in international football has eluded Messi so far, with Argentina only reaching the final in one of the four World Cups the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has appeared at.Zico told Omnisport: “Football is a collective sport and many times it doesn’t depend on you playing well. It depends if the team is playing well.”Sometimes you decide games, but you can’t decide a competition.”So, Messi’s merit is not undone because he hasn’t won a World Cup. “[Johan] Cruyff didn’t win any World Cup and was one of the great players of history and he will always be. And many others the same. “It is too much me, and not us. If you take a young man he doesn’t ask about your career, he asks: ‘Have you been the best in the world? Have you been the best of this, or that?’.”Everything is based on being the best. Football is a collective game, not and individual game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.
The narrative that analytics poseurs are doing inferior jobs in front offices compared to ex-players and coaches who really know how to evaluate talent has made its way to the NBA.Last month, ESPN columnist Chris Broussard wrote a piece examining recent trends in the hiring of NBA general managers. Broussard questioned whether “stats guys” were advancing in front offices at the expense of “basketball lifers.” He quoted two anonymous NBA executives who expressed the idea that analytics is taking too large a role in front offices and that “analytics guys” who haven’t played or coached don’t really understand the game.But the data on performance by NBA general managers over the last 20 seasons suggests that stats-oriented GMs aren’t any worse than regular GMs. They actually may be a bit better.One of the anonymous executives in Broussard’s article compared the new breed of analytics hires to amateur stock-pickers, whereas to this executive’s mind ex-players were gimlet-eyed veteran portfolio-managers. The other executive said, per Broussard:“Most of them have zero basketball education because they have never played or participated in the sport; they have only observed the sport. To sum it up: Basketball guys are highly offended that uneducated [in a basketball sense] analytics guys are masquerading as basketball guys but haven’t been taught, trained or educated by any basketball professors or gone to any basketball classes.”It’s not accurate to characterize all analytics-focused GM hires as uneducated in traditional basketball. Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors, Ryan McDonough of the Phoenix Suns and Rob Hennigan of the Orlando Magic are all young GMs who rely on analytics. They also spent years inside NBA organizations working as scouts and talent evaluators. Their credentials are legitimate. But if we play along with the false dichotomy of “basketball guys” versus stats analysts, we should expect general managers who played or coached in the NBA to have better results than those who come from backgrounds as scouts or agents.On one point at least, the narrative is right: Of the 23 general managers NBA teams have hired in the last four off-seasons, 18 neither played nor coached in the NBA.1Masai Ujiri was hired twice in that time period by Denver in 2010 and then Toronto in 2013. That’s very different from how it used to be: In the 15 years prior, non-coaches and non-players comprised only 33 of the 81 GM hires. The chart below shows a clear trend toward nontraditional GM candidates:Once they’re hired, GMs still have to perform. The most basic criterion by which to judge GMs is their tenure with a team. While some owners have more patience than others, GMs generally need to put winning teams on the court to remain employed. If ex-player GMs were much better than former scouts or agents, we would expect them to be employed for longer stints. Instead we see this:This is a Kaplan-Meier survival plot, an illustration of what share of a population survives at a given time, and it shows that GMs who were former players or coaches tend to have slightly shorter tenures than GMs who were neither. Note, however, that the difference, as measured by a Cox Proportional Hazards model, is not significant.But employment status is merely a reflection of a GM’s success, or lack thereof, in producing a winning team. We can also measure GMs by what their teams do on the court. GMs who never played in the NBA are slightly worse in improving winning percentage, but they inherit better teams.2I used the team’s winning percentage at the end of a GM’s third season to allow time for rebuilding. (It’s harder to add five wins to a playoff team than it is to a lottery team.) GMs who were players or coaches have inherited teams with an average winning percentage of .410; GMs who are outsiders started working for teams with a .490 winning percentage. That partly explains why in the third year of their tenures, basketball lifers had increased their teams’ winning percentages by 5.7 percent on average, as opposed to 2 percent for outsiders. But that difference is not statistically significant, and more outsiders’ teams made the playoffs (63 percent vs. 48 percent).Good GMs and bad GMs come from all different backgrounds. For every Jerry West or Danny Ainge, there’s an Elgin Baylor or M.L. Carr. Seven of the last 18 NBA championships were won by teams whose decision-makers neither played nor coached in the NBA.3Exactly who those seven were: That’s almost exactly in line with the 42 percent of team seasons those non-players have overseen in that time period.Of course, none of the scouts who’ve won NBA titles as GMs would be described as dilettantes masquerading as having advanced degrees in the game of basketball. The war between old-school basketball guys and new-school analytics guys in front offices is largely a fiction, a product of a shift in the way general managers are being hired in the league.While it is too early to assess the tenures of Hennigan, McDonough and other young GMs, and indeed too early to assess the full impact of advanced metrics on the NBA, it is clear that, on average, former NBA players do not have some magical insight that makes them better GMs.
INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Craft doesn’t get beat often. The Ohio State sophomore guard and Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten has earned a reputation for stifling whoever he’s guarding. But when the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan Feb. 18, Wolverine freshman guard and Big Ten co-Freshman of the Year Trey Burke scored Michigan’s final two buckets. The last one, which came with 11 seconds remaining on a drive to the basket that Craft couldn’t cope with, sealed the Michigan win. Craft’s teammate, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said OSU’s point guard took the Michigan loss personally. It showed Saturday as the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan, 77-55, in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game. Third-seeded OSU advances to play top-seeded Michigan State in Sunday’s championship game. Burke was held to just five points on 1-of-11 shooting and committed a career-high eight turnovers. Craft was draped all over the Michigan freshman for most of the afternoon. He drew a charge on a fast break in the first half, continually poked the ball away, and harassed Burke, who was coming off a 30-point performance against Minnesota, all night. “I think you’ve got to give Craft some credit,” said Michigan senior guard Zack Novak. “His on-ball defense was pretty good today.” Craft wasn’t so eager to take the praise though. “Stopping a great player like (Burke) especially with how he was feeling in the game yesterday, it was definitely a team effort tonight,” Craft said. “Just trying not to make it about me against him because that’s not what it’s about.” But Sullinger said Craft’s defensive performance was special. The Buckeyes’ big man and Burke both went to Northland High School and have been playing with each other since grade school. In all of that time, Sullinger said Burke was never as bothered as he was Saturday. “Never,” Sullinger said. “I’ve never seen him that frustrated. I’ve never seen him have this many turnovers. I’ve never seen him shoot this poorly. I’ve never seen that happen and I think Craft frustrated him. You got to give most of the credit to Craft.” Burke wasn’t the only Wolverine to struggle either. As a team, the Wolverines shot just 31 percent from the field, and their 55-point output was more than 11 points below their season average. After the game, the Buckeyes were adamant that the defense was a complete team effort. “Team defense is the biggest thing,” Sullinger said. “Whoever has the best defense that night is going to win the game. We could care less about offense. As long as we keep defending our butts off on the defensive end, we’re fine.” Sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said that team defense mentality was apparent. He said his defense on sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. who is Michigan’s second-leading scorer, allowed Craft to avoid helping off of Burke, and the Buckeye big men hedging off of screens eliminated the penetration into the key. “My team came to me before the game started and they said it was going to start with me and I had a big job to do and I had to stop Tim Hardaway,” Smith Jr. said. “I pretty much got off to that in an early start and that helps Aaron. He doesn’t have to help off of his guy as much, which frustrated Trey Burke today. It made him have to force a lot.” Hardaway Jr. made just three of 10 shots from the floor and totaled 13 points. OSU coach Thad Matta agreed with Smith Jr. “This game was definitely was about our defense. We had great activity on the ball and off the ball,” Matta said. “I thought we had great communication challenging shots.” And when OSU defends like that, Michigan coach John Beilein said OSU is as good of a team as he’s ever seen. “I’ve seen some really good teams, this being I think my 20th year as a Division I coach, and played some really good games,” Beilein said. “That’s as good of a game as I’ve ever seen a college team play. Talking about Ohio obviously.” The championship game between OSU and MSU tips at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES – Don’t tell Ohio State its opponent in the Elite 8 is a No. 9 seed, the lowest seed to reach the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinal round since Virginia Commonwealth University did it two years ago as a No. 11. Don’t tell the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes the Shockers of Wichita State are a mid-major, with a roster full of lowly heralded recruits, none of which likely have a future in the NBA. And don’t tell OSU a second-consecutive berth in the Final Four is all but assured, or that its 11-game winning streak will most definitely reach 12. The Buckeyes, following a 73-70 win against No. 6 seed Arizona Thursday, and Wichita State, after a 72-58 defeat of No. 13 La Salle, will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Thad Matta’s squad is the clear favorite heading into its bash against Gregg Marshall’s start-ups with a spot in Atlanta on the line. But OSU’s players aren’t thinking like that. “I think we’re not going to overlook anybody at this point. The fact that they’re in the Elite 8 just means that they’re a really great team,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “Even though they don’t come from a great conference, or what their seed is in the tournament, they’re a great team.” The Shockers knocked off No. 8 seed Pittsburgh in their opening bout before upending No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 76-70, in the tournament’s third round. At this point, Wichita State likely isn’t going to sneak up on anybody, certainly not the Buckeyes. “They definitely, like I said, deserve to be here. They’ve played really good basketball, outplayed everyone they’ve played so far,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. Don’t call Wichita State a “Cinderella,” either. The Shockers have won 25, 29, 27 and now 29 games over the last four seasons. “They’re a great team. They have a lot of talent,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson. “They’re playing their best basketball of the season just like we’re playing our best basketball of the season.” The players that make up Wichita State’s roster might not have been McDonald’s All-Americans or top-100 players coming into college, but to Matta, high recruiting rankings don’t always translate into success on the hardwood. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching two national players of the year, and neither one of them were top 75 high school players out of high school,” Matta said, speaking of former Xavier star David West and former Buckeye All-American Evan Turner. There’s parity in college basketball right now, according to Matta, meaning the so-called “mid-majors” can at times be just as talented as the apparent “elites.” “As I go out recruiting every year, I can’t tell the difference between the 20th player and the 120th player in the country,” Matta said. “That doesn’t mean a whole lot to me in terms of your ranking of the recruiting class and all that stuff.” On the court, the Shockers like to get out and run, and play a style not consistently seen by OSU in Big Ten play. “They’re extremely deep,” Matta said. “They’ve got guys that can do a lot of things from shooting the ball to driving the ball. They’re sound in terms of-very sound in terms of their execution.” Wichita State (29-8) is led by two 6-foot-8 forwards, Cleanthony Early, a junior averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, and Carl Hall, a senior averaging 12.7 points and seven rebounds a contest. Senior guard Malcolm Armstead, though, has been his team’s go-to player so far in the tournament, dropping 48 points through three games. OSU (29-7) got off to a slow start in its Sweet 16 game against Arizona, falling into a double-digit deficit midway through the opening half. Getting out to a quick start against the Shockers could be paramount for the Buckeyes. “We really have to come ready to play from the jump. I feel like yesterday we came out kind of slow, timid, but then after coach talked to us a bit, we really got going,” Scott said. The end of games, however, is where OSU has made its mark in the tournament. A 3-pointer by Craft with 0.5 seconds left against Iowa State sent the Buckeyes into the Sweet 16 and a 3-pointer from Ross against Arizona with two seconds left catapulted OSU into the Elite 8. It’s surprised some that it wasn’t junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, hitting those buzzer beaters. OSU’s players haven’t been shocked by it, though. “We have a lot of confidence in a lot of guys on the team,” Craft said. “I have confidence in a lot of guys to take that shot. So last week it happened to be me, yesterday it happened to be LaQuinton, it could be someone else tomorrow.” It’s still Thomas out of all the Buckeyes that concerns Marshall the most. “He’s a bad-shot taker and a bad-shot maker,” Marshall said, noting that the statement was a compliment. And it was Thomas, in opposition from his teammates and coaches, who was the one pointing out what no one Friday seemed to: that OSU is the favorite, and Wichita State the heavy underdog. “They’ve got nothing to lose,” the junior forward said. And if OSU is everyone’s pick to advance, is there a pressure to not be the one that lets the low seed continue to dance? “I don’t think that’s really important to us,” Ross said. “We don’t want to get knocked off by anybody-Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan, any of those teams-so we’re taking Wichita State like it’s a Big Ten game or any other game.” If that’s the case, OSU should fare well tomorrow. The Buckeyes haven’t lost “any” game since Feb. 17 and hold the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win against the Shockers would put OSU in its third Final Four since 2007.
There have been media speculations that Messi is resistant of acknowledging that Rafinha isn’t on the same level as Philippe Coutinho and should be offloaded according to birminghammail.Liverpool has confirmed that they had reached an agreement with La Liga club Barcelona for the transfer of Coutinho back in January and his transfer fee is reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses that will be met.The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian performance. But sporting director Piero Ausilio has suggested he’ll look to negotiate with the Catalans.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When he went for medical, he was diagnosed with a thigh injury sustained a few days before joining Barcelona, ruling him out for three weeks.But since he made his debut for Barcelona four months ago, in a 2–0 win against his former club RCD Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the Brazilian has proved his worth. He has 10 goals in 22 matches for the Nou Camp giants.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes teammate Lionel Messi is more motivated than he has ever been.The Uruguayan believes Messi who was recently appointed as captain of the Spanish giants is motivated to put his World Cup disappointment behind him and lead the Catalan club to more success on the pitch.“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said, according to MailGuardian.“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is.“Obviously, it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”Meanwhile, Suarez has come to the defense of Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde after the former Athletic Bilbao boss was criticized that he overworking his players in the Spanish League led to their disappointing exit in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last season.“When you pass 30 you begin to realize there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I regret a lot the game against Leganés at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarterfinal with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired,” he said.“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games.I think the coach is seeing those little details.”Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult.“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus] and Andrés [Iniesta], they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here.“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barça I would have to leave, but the desire of every player is to end here.”
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has revealed that under-fire manager Mark Hughes has the confidence of the club’s board despite their series of poor results this season.With the club 16th in the Premier League table and winless in seven games, Southampton sacked Vice-chairman Les Reed Thursday, and speculation has been rife on the future of manager Mark Hughes.But board chairman Krueger said Hughes and his staff will carry on to turn things around in the club.“We believe in Mark Hughes, he was given a three-year contract and we believe his team will turn results on the pitch around, ” Krueger told Sky Sports.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“We feel there is a good connection there with the players and a willingness to get this right and to move together in the right direction.“I am confident in the group we have and the potential of this team. We back that fully and everyone is doing their bit to get the W’s (wins) back in the column.“We feel confident we are going to have some good results very quick.”