Juventus always get it right when it matters – Pirlo

Juventus have always got it right in the games that matter this season and have a great chance to win the Champions League, according to Andrea Pirlo. Having already secured the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles, a first treble in Juve’s history is on the cards when they take on Real Madrid in Saturday’s […]

Champions League final: Real Madrid, Juventus eye history in Cardiff

When players from Real Madrid and Juventus take to the pitch in Cardiff on Saturday evening, they will have history in their sights. Zinedine Zidane, who outmuscled Barcelona to win the La Liga title a few weeks ago, will be looking to complete the Double in just his second season as manager of Los Blancos. […]

Champions League Final: Record 170,000 fans shut down Cardiff

Most major roads in Cardiff city centre have been shut as record 170,000 people arrive the city for the Champions League final. Saturday’s match between Real Madrid and Juventus will be the biggest sporting event of 2017.  Most roads closed at midnight on Friday and will not reopen until Sunday morning, with people warned not […]

Morata agrees to €60m move as Milan meet Madrid in Cardiff

The Spain striker is unhappy at a lack of opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu and has agreed terms on a return to Italy with the Rossoneri AC Milan have agreed terms with Alvaro Morata over a €60 million move and the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli hopes to tie up a deal for the Spain […]

Ronaldo opens up on his relationship with Messi

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he enjoys watching his Barcelona rival, Lionel Messi play football. The Portugal captain revealed that he enjoys watching the Argentine play and that he appreciates his talents. When asked about Messi during an interview with Fox Sports Argentina, Ronaldo said, “Of course I like him, as I […]

NFF unveils 23 man list for South Africa

Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has unveiled the list of invited players to prosecute the African Nations Cup qualifiers against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio’s International Stadium in Uyo. The list comprises of Arsenal bound Henry Onyekuru and recalled Victor Osimhen. The Rohr led side will tomorrow square-up against the Hawks […]

Sheikh Mansour has agreed to Pep Guardiola’s list of summer targets and the money required to sign them, and a number of deals are close to completion BET9JA CASH OUT AVAILABLE! NO MORE SPOILED TICKETS | T&Cs apply JOIN NOW Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says Sheikh Mansour has given Pep Guardiola’s transfer plans the green light as the club close in on several priority targets. Goal reported on Saturday that a deal for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson was near , and the Brazilian arrived at City’s training ground on Tuesday to complete a £35m transfer . Man City hold talks over Alexis & Walker in London Al Mubarak, who was speaking last week, said “hopefully you’ll be hearing soon” about the club’s plans for the goalkeeping position, a clear sign that he is aware of the progress of City’s transfer plans. Goal understands City have been working on their preferred targets for several months and will soon be able to confirm several other deals, with Ederson and Bernardo Silva already completed. City director of football Txiki Begiristain held talks over Tottenham’s Kyle Walker in London at the weekend and although no breakthrough was made, the club believe they will be able to sign the England international. It is a similar story for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, who has offers from several clubs around Europe but wants to move to the Etihad Stadium. Al Mubarak says full-backs are a key part of Guardiola’s plans, and gave the impression that the Blues will be able to get the players they have identified. “If you look at our last two or three windows, the number of players we have done and that continuous change we have made in the squad has worked well for us. I think this year we will see more of that,” he told City’s official website. Ederson GFX “There are particular positions that are clear. You can see the players that are exiting right now, and that will give a clear indication of the positions that are a high priority for us to fill. “Full-back is clear both on the right and the left are areas that require investment from our side. Ederson arrives at Man City training ground “Pep relies heavily on that position. The way he plays, and you’ve seen glimpses of that this year, he has a big affinity to that full-back position on the right and the left, and he has a big requirement in terms of the type of players that fit the role he wants for that position. “So that’s an area that clearly requires some work and we know exactly what Pep wants. “More importantly Pep knows what he wants and who he wants. I hope we are successful in bringing in the players he needs.” Al Mubarak was also asked about the possibility of bringing Joe Hart back to the club after releasing Willy Caballero on a free transfer. But he was quick to move away from the Hart discussion and instead revealed that the club “have done a lot of work on this area and our target has been set”. That is a clear reference to Ederson, who could be officially confirmed as a City player as early as Tuesday afternoon. “You should expect us to bring in a goalkeeper,” he said. “That’s another area that requires some work. “Pep knows exactly what he needs. We’ve done a lot of work on this area and our target has been set. Hopefully you’ll be hearing soon what we’re going to be doing in that area.” Pep Guardiola Manchester City Premier League The City chairman also explained how he was part of the process of finalising Guardiola’s list of targets, and how those plans were presented to the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour. Sources close to the club have told Goal that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci are also key targets and there is a confidence that both are achievable, particularly the Chilean. “It’s a process that’s continuous, it’s part of our day-to-day operation,” he said. Al Mubarak rules out ‘ridiculous’ Aguero exit “Scouting is every day, all season long. The manager is thinking about the squad every day, not just at the end of the season or the beginning, throughout the season. “Txiki, Brian Marwood, everyone in our football operation thinks about this every day. That thinking evolves throughout the year to get to a final point where decisions are made. “That thinking evolves throughout the year and we get to a final point at the end of the season where decisions are made, directions are decided and that is a decision that involves scouting from the beginning, the definition that the manager decides in terms of the positions that need to be filled, the players that are leaving and the players that he wants coming in. “With the support of Txiki, Brian, our scouting network, there is a plan that comes together, a discussion that happens with Ferran Soriano and myself, an agreement and then a final a endorsement from his Highness Sheikh Mansour who gives us the green light to concede. “So it’s a continuous process. It didn’t begin on the Monday the day after the season ended, it’s been going on from the beginning. “It’s a continuous conversation, it’s a continual conversation between me and his Highness. Sheikh Mansour asks for regular updates on how our thinking is evolving. He’s also in the process, he knows where we are going, so there are no surprises. BET9JA CASH OUT AVAILABLE! NO MORE SPOILED TICKETS | T&Cs apply JOIN NOW “By the time we come with our final lists, he has been aware from the beginning of where we are heading, so it’s not me showing up one day, saying, ‘This is the list, these are the players we want’. Mansour from the beginning is part of the process and I keep him up-to-date on how Pep’s thinking is going and how the group is supporting him.”

Sheikh Mansour has agreed to Pep Guardiola’s list of summer targets and the money required to sign them, and a number of deals are close to completion Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says Sheikh Mansour has given Pep Guardiola’s transfer plans the green light as the club close in on several priority targets. Goal reported […]

Wenger agrees deal to stay at Arsenal for two more seasons

The veteran coach will sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium ahead of the 2017-18 season after meetings at a boardroom level Arsene Wenger is set to stay at Arsenal and will sign a two-year contract at the club, Goal can confirm. The 67-year-old’s new deal has been approved despite a boardroom split and his salary […]

Ronaldo admits to Messi ‘love’ but tips namesake for another Ballon d’Or

The legendary Brazilian is reluctant to speculate on which of the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars is the best, but is impressed by the latter’s form Ronaldo considers both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be “fantastic”, but is tipping the Real Madrid star to net another Ballon d’Or in 2017. The legendary Brazilian striker […]