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Manchester United dealt blow as Barcelona register interest in Griezmann


There has been yet another twist in the Antoine Griezmann transfer saga as Barcelona emerge as the newest club to register their interest in the Frenchman. Antoine Griezmann has been rumored to leave Atletico Madrid since the end of last season and after a below-average campaign in La Liga, Manchester United emerged as favorites to finally land their long-term target.  Griezmann himself refused to deny reports linking him to Old Trafford. Speaking on a French television show, Quotidien, Griezmann was quoted by the Independent as saying there is a "six" out of 10 chance he will play for Manchester United next season.  However, there is another twist to the story as Spanish newspaper Don Balon has reported that Barcelona are interested in signing the forward to bolster their attack.  

 

Barcelona recently lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid after five years and bowed out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to Juventus. With Luis Enrique also set to leave in the summer, Barcelona are in need of quality players if they wish to regain glory next season.  The report by Don Balon stated that Barcelona are looking at two options to pave the way for Griezmann - either by selling Neymar and directly replacing him with Griezmann or playing Messi in a deeper midfield role and allow the Frenchman to play in the centre-forward role.  While it is unlikely that Griezmann will go to a rival club in La Liga, the news will still be a blow to Manchester United, who know they cannot match the guarantee of silverware Barcelona offers at this point.

24 May, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager


Crystal Palace's former England manager Sam Allardyce has quit the Premier League club five months after being appointed and said on Tuesday that he was leaving soccer management.
Allardyce, 62, kept south London side Palace in the top flight after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in December, when the club was in 17th place just one point above the relegation zone. He had signed a 2-1/2 year contract.
"It's been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take - and that's been the simple part for me," Allardyce said in a statement.
"This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League."
The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland boss took over at Palace having lost his job as England manager last September following a newspaper sting after just 67 days and one game in charge.
On Sunday Allardyce spoke about the need to bring in the right quality players after a season in which Palace survived thanks largely to a fine run in March and April, which included victories over champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Palace lost four of their last five games but their Premier League status was secured with a 4-0 win over Hull City on the second-last weekend of the season and they finished in 14th place on 41 points -- seven clear of third-bottom Hull.
Allardyce told chairman Steve Parish he had decided to step down at a meeting in London on Tuesday. The club are now looking for an eighth manager in seven years with former defender Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, the early favourite to take over.
"In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one," Allardyce said in his statement reported by British media on Tuesday.
"I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and (chairman) Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League," he added.
"More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant."

Chelsea boss to sign new deal after FA Cup final


Chelsea will reportedly announce a new contract extension for manager Antonio Conte following Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal. The Italian coach has had an excellent maiden season in English management after having guided the Blues to their fifth Premier League title with a record tally of 30 wins. Conte's team started in slow fashion with defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal in mid-September, but the change to the 3-4-3 formation did wonders en route to their Premier League triumph. Speculation from La Gazzetta dello Sport recently cited that the 47-year-old could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan prepared to offer him a bumper wage package. However, the Nerazzurri plans are likely to be dashed with the Blues' hierarchy having settled on a contract agreement with Conte which will be announced after the Wembley clash, The Star reports. Conte will be keen to guard against complacency this weekend when he faces off against Arsene Wenger's side, who are desperate to have a good ending to their season.

24 May, 2017  tobi   Sport News |


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