Four-time world champions Germany have been dealt a big blow following the news that key defender Jerome Boateng will miss their crucial UEFA Nations League clash with France on Tuesday as a result of an injury.
The Bayern Munich centre-back picked up the injury during the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League meeting on Saturday night.
World champions France host Germany at Stade de France later this week and the Germans will be without Boateng due to a calf injury.
The 30-year-old endured a frustrating ninety minutes as Germany were torn to shreds by their hosts the Netherlands at the Johan Cryuff Stadium in Amsterdam.
Jerome Boateng was one of the players picked out for blame by the local media in Germany.
The former Manchester City defender was chastised alongside Bayern Munich teammates Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller for their respective performances against the Dutch team.
Virgil Van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of world football and he proved his worth by getting the first goal for the Netherlands on the half-hour mark before second-half goals from Memphis Depay and Giorginio Wijnaldum wrapped up the comprehensive victory for the hosts.
Latest twist in Liverpool’s January transfer
There seems to be a twist in what should be expected from the English Premier League leaders Liverpool as regards the January winter transfer window which expects to run out at the end of the month.
The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp earlier establish that his side will not be active in the January window as he is happy with his squad and not ready to cause any distraction in his team.
He, however, hinted that a transfer decision could only be made if an emergency situation arises knowing that he needs a big squad to be able to maintain the lead until the end of the season.
It was expected that the emergency situation would be made known with the injury crisis that hit the team with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip out of the team due to injury but the German boss made it clear that he will not rush to the market.
But the latest report claims that the former Borussia Dortmund boss is now willing to add a ‘readily available’ player who can also play as a central defender.
It is also reported that the Merseyside team are open to a loan move as they might not necessarily secure a big addition.
Finally, Chelsea in advanced talks with £50m-rated Ligue 1 midfielder
English Premier League outfit Chelsea are now reported to have entered advanced talks with French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The West London side have longed been linked with the star player but there have been lots of distractions from other suitors who are also keen on the signature of the French star.
Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona and North London side Arsenal are understood to be among those who have distracted the Blues in the race for the star player.
However, latest reports claim that the West London side have now entered advanced talks which make a switch for Adrien Rabiot possible in this winter transfer window, should talks be an agreement be reached.
The West London outfit are now without Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas and they are preparing to part ways with former Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater which makes it important for them to secure a new addition.
Adrien Rabiot has been a huge talent since his coming to limelight but there are fears he is one with the French Ligue 1 side having fallen out with the club’s manager.
However, Chelsea are believed to be preparing a bid of about £50 million as the asking price for the youngster.
Liverpool complete signature as player poses with Reds’ jersey
Liverpool female team have confirmed the signature of winger Jemma Purfield following her graduation from the Arizona State University in the United State.
Jemma Purfield has been impressing the Reds team for some time now having impressed in the England U23 team as a full back who has got the ability and energy to attack.
Reds manager Vicky Jepson has therefore hailed the coming of the star player as he hopes that addition will bring improvement to his side.
He noted that Jemma Purfield has been training with the team and has been identified as the solution the club has been going on.
In her reaction, Jemma Purfield expressed delight to have the opportunity to play for a big club like Liverpool as she added that she hopes to begin work immediately.
Such information is still being awaited from the male team which is managed by Jurgen Klopp but that has yet to surface with the Reds boss claiming that he is happy with his squad and might not have any need for an addition.
Although he made it clear that there could be some compromise in the club’s stand should any case of emergency rise, but there has not been any situation like that.
Arsenal News: Rio Ferdinand Questions Lack Of Transfer Activity
Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand has questioned the lack of transfer activity at Arsenal in the current January transfer window.
The former Manchester United defender criticised Arsenal and their transfer dealings while he was doing his punditry work at BT Sport via the Daily Express.
Rio Ferdinand is certain that the Arsenal squad is crying out for new players and he’s shocked by the admission from club officials that only loan signings will be made this month.
Arsenal fans have joined various football pundits in criticising the club after it was revealed that the Gunners don’t have funds for permanent transfers in the current transfer window.
In one of his pre-match press conferences this month, Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed that Arsenal won’t be able to sign players permanently in the current transfer window.
Arsenal could still sign players with various media reports claiming that the Gunners are close to signing Denis Suarez from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.
The Daily Mirror claim that Arsenal are hoping they can agree on a loan deal worth £1.7m for him to join the club for the remainder of the season with the option of making the transfer a permanent one for £17.5m in the summer.
Liverpool and Man United fail in attempt to sign £66m-rated star
Liverpool and Manchester United will no longer have the opportunity of landing FC Porto star Eder Militao in this January winter transfer window.
The two Premier League sides have shown keen interest in the star player as they are reported to have beaten the interest from Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.
Eder Militao has shown a lot of qualities and impressed so far this season which is the reason why top clubs are up for him knowing that he has got the ability to play as a right full-back and also a central defender.
However, the Reds were dealt a big blow with the player’s manager making it clear that Eder Militao is not for sale and would not be allowed to leave the club this January.
Meanwhile, the agent gave a hint that the star player could be offered to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid having learned of the interest for the player as well.
Liverpool will now be left with no other option than to face other options if they must do some business in this winter window but there are hints that the Merseyside club will not be involved in any transfer dealings this January.
Man United To Compete With Real Madrid For Young Brazilian Star
Three-time European champions Manchester United will have to compete with Spanish giants Real Madrid in their quest to sign one of the breakout stars of the Portuguese Super League season.
Young Brazilian defender Eder Militao has been very impressive for Portuguese champions FC Porto this season after joining the club from Sao Paulo FC of Brazil at the start of the season.
The Daily Mail say that Real Madrid are heavily interested in signing Eder Militao and Manchester United will have to fight off the Spaniards to sign him.
Earlier reports from his native Brazil had revealed that Real Madrid have agreed on a transfer for him but Manchester United are still in the hunt.
Other Premier League sides like Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool are also monitoring his situation at FC Porto.
Eder Militao has a €50m (£45m) release clause in his current contract with the Portuguese champions.
The 21-year-old is a utility defender that can play as a right-back, as a defensive midfielder or as a centre back.
Eder Militao has been impressive for FC Porto in their run to the top of the Portuguese Super League table as well as the Champions League round of 16 where they will face Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
Liverpool willing to part ways with £50,000-a-week attacker
Liverpool have got a robust team which is the reason why some of its average players have not been seen on the pitch so far this season.
One of the names is Lazar Markovic who is a member of the manager Jurgen Klopp’s team but has not been seen on the pitch as he is obviously not in the plans of the German boss.
Lazar Markovic earns as low as £50,000-a-week at the Merseyside team but he has not contributed as high as that amount to the team on the pitch this season which is the reason why he could be made to leave the team in this winter transfer window.
Reports claim that Lazar Markovic has got until the end of this current campaign to have his contract with the club end but the Reds side are keen to let him leave this January winter window so as to be able to cash in on him.
However, reports claim that some clubs in the Chinese Super League are hoping to convince Lazar Markovic so as to have him switch over before the end of this winter window.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will demand same £20 million that was paid to land Lazar Markovic in 2014.
Man United Boosted As Arnautovic’s £45m Move To China Falls Through
Premier League giants Manchester United have been handed a big transfer boost after Marko Arnautovic’s transfer to China collapsed on Saturday night.
The status of his move to China was revealed by The Mail on Sunday.
West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic would have been devastated by the news with the Austrian international star keen to leave the Olympic Stadium for China.
Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande were said to have pulled out of a £45m deal for him last night.
The 29-year-old was previously linked with a transfer to two major Premier League sides namely Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Red Devils were keen on a move for the former FC Twente and Stoke City player when Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho was in charge of the first team at Old Trafford.
He was touted as a £50m transfer addition for Manchester United in the final months of last year.
Marko Arnautovic has grown to become a key player for West Ham United since he joined them from Stoke City at the start of last season.
The Austrian joined the Hammers in a £24m deal during the summer of 2017.
Marko Arnautovic is the Hammers’ second top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals.
Chelsea on the verge of sealing deal for Bundesliga winger
English Premier League outfit Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey in coming days, according to reports from Germany.
The report claimed that the West London side have already made official contact for the star player while talks are expected to resume so as to have the deal finalized before the end of this January winter transfer window.
According to The Mirror, the Blues have held talks with Leon Bailey and an agreement seem to have been reached but the deal is currently being threatened by the interest from their English Premier League rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
Leon Bailey’s representative has therefore confirmed that talks have been held between his client and Italian boss Maurizio Sarri who wishes to have his service at the Stamford Bridge.
The speculations of Leon Bailey’s exit from the German Bundesliga outfit came as a result of his lack of playing time at the club. He has only seen 8 games so far this season which is not enough for a growing player.
However, the outcome of the talks between both teams will determine the success of the deal as Leon Bailey will not wish to join the West London side and continue as a bench player.
Klopp attacked for his transfer decision
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been attacked for a single transfer decision where he allowed Nathaniel Clyne to leave the club to English Premier League side Bournemouth on loan.
The former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp who attacked the German boss is of the opinion that Nathaniel Clyne should have remained at the club as he would be needed at the course of the season.
Nathaniel Clyne was bedeviled by the injury he suffered which ensured that he was favoured behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez which makes him a bench player in the team.
Despite all of these, the football legend still holds the opinion that Klopp made a wrong decision to have let go of the England international knowing that he has got some injury situations as well as a number of games to play.
He noted that Nathaniel Clyne would have played the right full-back position in the Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace which was mounted by James Milner.
However, Nathaniel Clyne is desperate to secure more playing time which is the reason why he opted to join the Premier League side where he can be able to continue his development and progress.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are seven points clear at the top in the league table.
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