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Transfer Rater: Malcom to Arsenal, Juan Mata to Juventus

2 weeks 2 days hence
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Declan Rice to Chelsea The Blues are monitoring the West Ham United star's contract negotiations and could make a move next summer if he hasn't signed a new deal. According...
Adam Newson, Football Whispers

Neymar joining Real Madrid would not upset former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta

18 minutes 32 seconds ago
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return. Andres Iniesta has said it would not upset him to see his former Barcelona teammate Neymar play for Real Madrid one day. Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 a world-record €222 million transfer after four successful seasons alongside Iniesta at Barca, has been repeatedly linked with Real Madrid. When Iniesta was asked about that possibility, he told Cadena Ser: "It wouldn't hurt me because they are decisions that if they happen, happen. Madrid would reinforce themselves with a unique...
Adriana Garcia

English FA to cut foreign players in Premier League - report

38 minutes 32 seconds ago
Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. In a bid to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players, the English FA is planning to reduce the number of overseas players in Premier League squads to 12 from 17, the Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. The proposal, to be put to the clubs this week, would mean significant changes to a number of sides. Thirteen clubs have more than 12 overseas players in their first-team squads this season. The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a...
Reuters

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele ignoring 'unfounded criticism' - agent

59 minutes 32 seconds ago
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return. Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew. Ousmane Dembele will not question his future at Barcelona despite "unfounded" criticism of his lifestyle, according to his agent. Dembele has been questioned amid reports the France international has regularly arrived late for team meetings and games with his club. The 21-year-old was left out of Sunday's defeat to Real Betis having missed training on Thursday with a stomach bug, which was only confirmed by Barca doctors after the club had spent 90 minutes trying to locate him. France coach Didier...
Ian Holyman

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021

1 hour 42 minutes ago
With Santi Solari announced as Real Madrid's permanent manager, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains why he's the right man to lead Real Madrid forward. Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that interim manager Santiago Solari has signed a contract to make him the permanent coach of the club until 2021. Solari, 42, had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side and stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5-1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October. On Monday a source at the Spanish federation [RFEF] told ESPN FC that all the relevant paperwork had been filed to change Solari's status to permanent --  with league rules mandating...
Dermot Corrigan

From French beginnings to MLS setback: What to know about U.S. call-up Romain Gall

1 hour 45 minutes ago
The FC guys answer your tweets on Arsenal's draw vs. Wolves and if Gregg Berhalter being appointed U.S. head coach is a formality at this point. Romain Gall is the only new name on Dave Sarachan's United States men's national team roster for the side's upcoming friendlies in Europe against England and Italy. Here are five things to know about the 23-year-old Malmo midfielder who figures to make his senior international debut in the next week: 1. French connection Born in Paris, Gall moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven, settling in Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. After spells playing for...
Gustav Elvin

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck: I'll be back 'stronger than ever'

2 hours 10 minutes ago
Arsenal's Unai Emery admitted striker Danny Welbeck will be out for a lengthy period after he had surgery on an ankle injury during their Europa League match with Sporting Lisbon. Arsenal's Danny Welbeck has promised to come back "stronger than ever before" as he returned home from the hospital after having two operations on his broken ankle. Welbeck posted a photo on social media showing himself on crutches and with his right foot in a cast on Tuesday. But he was also giving a thumbs up and smiling, while striking an upbeat tone when thanking fans "for all the love and support" he has received. "No doubt I will be back stronger than ever before. Recovery grind starts now,"...
Mattias Karen

Atlanta United boss Tata Martino wins MLS coach of the year award

3 hours 31 minutes ago
The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks. Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around. Atlanta United manager Tata Martino was named Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year on Tuesday. Martino, 55, won 32.72 percent of the overall vote, beating out LAFC's Bob Bradley, who received 22.34 percent. Sporting Kansas City's Peter Vermes finished third with 10.95 percent. With the vote divided between players, club technical staff and media, it was the player and club votes that pushed Martino over the top, with the Argentine carrying a 46.92 to 20.53 edge in the player vote, and a 29.91...
Jeff Carlisle

Managerless Mexico faces tough trip to Argentina, despite Messi's absence

4 hours 14 minutes ago
Mexico has been desperate to play games on the road against tough opposition and, while Lionel Messi might not be with the Argentina squad, the upcoming matches against La Albiceleste on Friday (Cordoba) and Nov. 20 (Mendoza) will be stern tests to end the year for El Tri. These past few months have been a kind of mini-cycle for Mexico's interim coach, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti. Integral players such as Hector Herrera, Hector Moreno, Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado have been cast to one side....
Tom Marshall

Wayne Rooney defends decision to make England farewell against United States

4 hours 22 minutes ago
BURTON, England -- Wayne Rooney has defended his decision to make a farewell appearance for England and hopes it becomes a tradition for players to be honoured. The D.C. United forward will win his 120th England cap on Thursday after Gareth Southgate sanctioned an appearance in the friendly with the United States at Wembley, two years after announcing his international retirement. "Everyone is entitled their opinions but the most important thing is speaking with FA we both felt it was right," Rooney...
Jonathan Smith

Philippines start Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign with AFF Cup win over Singapore

5 hours 15 minutes ago
The Philippines prevailed 1-0 over Singapore in Group B courtesy of a late winner by Patrick Reichelt. Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening. The former England manager was appointed last month to lead Philippines through the tournament before taking the Azkals to their first appearance at the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January. The Swede, though, has work to do if he is to build a team that will make much of an impression at the continental championships early next...
Reuters

Cameroon: Oyongo, Boumal out of Morocco, Brazil clashes

5 hours 58 minutes ago
Montpellier defender Ambroise Oyongo has been ruled out of the Cameroon squad to face Morocco in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The full-back, as well as injured midfielder Petrus Boumal, will also miss the international friendly against Brazil on Tuesday. "Ambroise Oyongo will not play matches against Morocco and Brazil due to a wound on his right knee," read a statement published by the Cameroon FA. "Petrus Boumal will not be able to take part in the next Indomitable Lions' games because...
Daniel Ekonde, Special to KweséESPN

UEFA Nations League: What can be decided through the final week

6 hours 11 minutes ago
The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the UEFA Nations League finals next June, as well as which teams will be promoted and relegated. You can read a full explainer for the UEFA Nations League here and the full group-by-group breakdown of how teams can qualify.  This is what is still at stake over the first half of November's fixtures. Confirmed so far: Promoted: Ukraine (League B to A), Georgia (League D to C)  Relegated: Iceland & Poland (League A...
Dale Johnson

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud stars as Green Goblin in new Spider Man animation

6 hours 27 minutes ago
Giroud's voice can be heard in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'. In a somewhat unlikely turn of events, World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and Presnel Kimpembe have made their acting debuts. The two France internationals have provided voices for fairly major characters in a new Spider-Man animation that is set to air next month. The duo have laid down their vocal talents alongside French actor Stephane Bak and singer Camelia Jordana. =¥SURPRISE=¥@StephaneBak, @Camelia_Jordana, @_OlivierGiroud_ et @kimpembe_3 sont les Super-Voix de doublage de l'événement familial #SpiderManNewGeneration, le 12 décembre au cinéma. pic.twitter.com/hSaYJ4Zk3H— Sony Pictures France (@SonyPicturesFr) 12 November 2018 Giroud plays the Green Goblin ("Bouffon Vert") in the French-dubbed version of "Spider-Man: New Generation," while Kimpembe fills...
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