Oklahoma State Top Football Target Making Official Visit This Weekend

first_imgOklahoma State’s top target on the gridiron is making his official visit to Stillwater this weekend for the Texas Tech game. The top target, Evan Fields, is a safety and supreme athlete from Midwest City, OK, with offers from K-State, OSU, and high interest from the Sooners. He made his official visit to Manhattan last weekend, where he saw the Pokes come from behind to topple the Wildcats.Official visits are paid for by the university, which means they are able to roll out the red carpet to try and impress the recruit. So far, so good on that front. Here’a a pic of his room during the visit.https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/797471078360682496The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect from Mike Gundy’s alma mater is a bit of a late bloomer on the recruiting front. Although OSU just jumped in recently, make no mistake he is one of the most wanted prospects by the OSU staff. With good reason, he’s a hard-hitting safety with excellent cover skills who would make a perfect fit on the back end of Glenn Spencers defense.With OSU set to lose Jordan Sterns and Derrick Moncrief at safety this year, they need someone to come in and contribute immediately at safety. Fields certainly fits that mold. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Mike Gundy on Baylor Rumors: Players Don’t Give it a Second Thought

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a whirlwind of rumors that surrounded his coaching future earlier this week, Mike Gundy announced himself as “fully committed to Oklahoma State” during the Alamo Bowl introductory press conference in San Antonio Thursday.On Friday, members of the local media caught up with the twelfth-year head coach in his office in Stillwater.Gundy was asked if he ever addressed the situation with the team.“No, you know that’s interesting. I talked about this a little bit down in San Antonio. They know me really well and they know that if there is ever anything that they need, information, that I’m going to give it to them first. And they have never come to me about any of those situations or things that they hear, just from the relationship that I have with them. So, I don’t really see the need to address it and I don’t think they give it a second thought to be honest with you.”Whether or not the players gave it a second thought or not, it seems like Gundy will remain in Stillwater for at least the near future. That’s an important message to send as the coaching staff wraps up a big week of recruiting.last_img read more

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Ateman’s Return Built On Devastation, Fed By Determination

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Marcell Ateman was not at practice Wednesday, and he wasn’t there last week either. He didn’t break another foot, at least nobody thinks so. He isn’t skipping. In fact, he is attending.Class, that is. Instead of running routes and learning concepts on Wednesday afternoons, he has class until 4 p.m. But that is nothing compared to what he has gone through to play in 2017.Ateman broke his foot during the summer last year before what would have been his senior season. He didn’t play in a game, and coach Mike Gundy put his unused redshirt on him to give Ateman another year of eligibility. Gundy, quarterback Mason Rudolph and receivers coach Kasey Dunn said he hasn’t been wasting it.Ateman suffered the injury this past summer during a workout with Rudolph and former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. The 6-foot-4 receiver took one bad cut, and he went down, Rudolph said; it was similar to how he broke his foot two seasons ago.Rudolph said he and Ateman are good friends. They were one recruiting class away (Ateman class of ’13, Rudolph class of ’14) from spending every year of college together. Watching from the sideline in sweatpants and a jersey with no pads underneath was “rough,” for Ateman, Rudolph said.“It’s a freak deal, but he handled it well,” Rudolph said. “He worked his butt off. He’s back in great shape, running well and catching the ball.”But he hasn’t only been working his butt off in the gym or on the field. Dunn said Ateman took advantage of not playing or being at practice by working on his education.“Most of the times, guys will go out and screw things up,” Dunn said. “Their academics will slide. For him, it was quite the opposite. He ended up getting over a 3.0 GPA.”Before the injury, Ateman was getting ready to break out for one of the best seasons by an OSU receiver in recent years, Dunn said. He said he expected Ateman to be Rudolph’s go-to guy in a group of receivers that included James Washington, Jalen McCleskey, Jhajuan Seales and Chris Lacy.“The kid busted his ass, and he was ready for 2016,” Dunn said. “For him, it was just a devastating blow, and for us, too, because I told several people I thought he might have the biggest year in our receiving core. James is a talented guy, but Marcell was killing it.”Ateman was trying not to waste one of his four years at OSU, which is something Gundy said he habitually preaches. Many try to find the easiest and fastest way out, but Gundy said his players’ opportunity is not one to be squandered even if a season-ending injury is suffered.“You’re essentially setting yourself up for the rest of your life, and (Ateman) bought into that, so he’s doing very well in the classroom,” Gundy said.Gundy said it took Ateman about a year to understand and accept the culture. He is one of 13 redshirt seniors on the Cowboys’ roster. Gundy said he has matured and become a positive influence on some of the younger guys.Dunn said that was clear by how he worked to get back. He said it would have been easy to let himself go, forget about football and move on while the horde of touted receivers behind him picked up the slack.That’s not Ateman, though, Dunn said. Not anymore.Dunn said he was surprised by that. Ateman was geared up for the 2016 season, Dunn said. He saw the work Ateman was putting in to improve on a breakout year in 2015, in which he had 766 yards and five touchdown grabs.“I’m telling you, a lot of guys could shut it down,” Dunn said. “For as hard as he worked, a lot of guys would have shut it down in that situation, and he didn’t do it. He completely flipped the switch.”Rudolph said all of this has worked out to the team’s benefit. A lot of OSU fans probably got chills when Gundy announced Ateman’s redshirt, knowing he would be part of a group that looked like this:James WashingtonTyron JohnsonJalen McCleskeyChris LacyTylan WallaceDillon StonerTyrell AlexanderObi Obialo+ Marcell Ateman“We’re all seniors together, him, myself, James, Lacy,” Rudolph said. “So God had a plan for that, I think.”That said, it’s not as easy as many have made it seem to be, Rudolph said. The Cowboys won’t start any games this coming year with points already on the board because of how talented the offense is. There won’t be any handicap for their opponents.Rudolph still has to throw passes on target; receivers still have to catch those passes, and somebody has to get into the end zone, he said. And on top of that, everyone is making sure to let Rudolph know when they’re open, even when they’re not, he said.“I’m blessed to have a great group of receivers, a great group of weapons to throw the ball to and just trying to spread it around right now,” he said. “They are a competitive group of guys. They want the ball in their hands.”Last year, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said they might start using two or three balls to make sure all the receivers are getting their touches. This year, they would probably have to use four or five, but Dunn said all the guys are fine with the usual one ball.“We’re not just gonna force feed it to 28,” he said. “We’re not just gonna force feed it to 15 or 1 or whatever. It’s just gonna be whatever’s available, and I don’t think the guys have any issue with that. It’s a really good group of kids.”That said, throwing it Ateman’s way will be easiest though. Rudolph said when a play breaks down and he knows his 6-4 receiver is matched against a 5-10 corner, he knows where he is going with the ball.And No. 3 will be ready, Dunn said. He will have had about 14 months to prepare.“You ask our DBs and they’ll tell you that he’s probably the quickest and hardest off the line vs. press coverage,” Dunn said. “You very rarely see him get jammed, so then you couple that with being 6-4, 6-5, 225 pounds and strong as hell, and it’s hard to cover him.”last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Commit C.J. Moore Nominated for U.S. Army All-American Game

first_imgFour-star wide receiver and Oklahoma State pledge C.J. Moore is among the 400-plus players nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is one of six Oklahoma standouts to be nominated along with Josh Proctor (Ohio State commit), Jalen Redmond, Ron Tatum (Texas commit), Casey Thompson (Texas commit), and Brey Walker (Oklahoma commit).Six #OKPreps football guys are nominated for the US Army All-American game — 100 finalists will be selected. #OKPreps @LilThurm @rontatum3_ pic.twitter.com/JVgDCFxA0B— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) May 25, 2017 Of the 400-plus member nominee list, the U.S. Army All-American selection committee will trim the list to 100 finalists for the game. The game will be played on January 6, 2018.OSU has been represented well over the years in the prestigious event, most recently with offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, who is now at Independence Community College. Star running back prospect Herschel Sims also played in the game in 2011. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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€100m Balotelli in Italy & England talks – Raiola

first_imgTransfers €100m Balotelli in talks to return to Italy or England, says Raiola Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:54 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) MarioBalotelli - Cropped AFP Transfers Juventus Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Premier League Serie A The agent claimed the Nice forward is ready to return to Italy, though he also acknowledged negotiating with teams in England Mario Balotelli is worth €100 million and set to return to Italy or England, according to his agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old forward is out of contract at Nice at the end of the season, having scored 21 goals in 29 games in all competitions this campaign.Balotelli has enjoyed two strong seasons at the Ligue 1 club, but appears set to return to the Serie A or the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Raiola claimed he had spoken to several clubs about Balotelli, but he ruled out a return to AC Milan for the 33-time Italy international.”Mario is ready to come back to Italy. He is one of the 10 best strikers in the world, and the number one in Italy,” he told RAI.”He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent so he is a bargain.”I’m already negotiating with many teams in England and Italy. I talked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter.”On AC Milan, he added: “No, because there is [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and I can’t talk with him, I’m not at his level.”Balotelli played for Inter and Milan in the Serie A and Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League prior to his move to Nice.last_img read more

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Xhaka’s struggle typifies Arsenal’s lack of direction

first_imgPremier League Xhaka’s struggle typifies Arsenal’s total lack of direction under Wenger Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:15 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Granit Xhaka Getty Premier League Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion The Switzerland international has been labelled an ‘expensive mistake’ but it’s clear the Gunners aren’t playing to his strengths Arsene Wenger has always been clear on what separates a great player from an average one.Last season, the Arsenal manager spoke to Ian Wright, Sol Campbell and William Gallas as part of the media coverage surrounding his 20 years in charge of Arsenal, admitting that, while the manager’s job does carry importance to what unfolds on the pitch, it still has its limitations.“You play 11 against 11. That’s a billion of different situations possible and no situation is the same as the previous one,” he said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “The player always has to make a decision, perceive the situation and execute. No manager in the world can absolutely tell the player exactly at the second what will happen to him.“The player has to make that decision on the football pitch and you have to put them in the position where they can make clear decisions. That’s why you have great players and less great players.” Decision-making is one aspect of Granit Xhaka’s game which has been criticised since he arrived for a fee in the region of £35 million from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016. The Switzerland international was earmarked as a player to assert himself and become Arsenal’s midfield artist, but the reality is that he has struggled at the heart of a team and manager who haven’t played to his strengths.Social media has long been considered the barometer of how supporters feel towards a certain player or manager and Xhaka has borne the brunt of much of the ire levelled at Arsenal players in recent seasons, with many critical of his positional discipline and slowness in reacting to opposition pressing.“He has to deal with that [criticism], he’s a professional football player,” his older brother Taulant Xhaka told Goal .“This also means that you can deal with both positive and negative experiences.”During his time at Monchengladbach, where he was named the club’s youngest-ever captain at the age of 23 and made the Bundesliga team of the year in the 2014/15 season, Xhaka played alongside energetic midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud in what was mostly a 3-4-1-2 formation. Dahoud had his own defensive responsibilities, which involved protecting the back three when the full-backs bombed forward.But, at Arsenal, Xhaka has been left far too exposed, particularly in the Premier League, with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey playing slightly ahead of the 25-year-old.XhakaThis season, Xhaka averages 1.17 tackles and an impressive 7.7 recoveries per 90 minutes in all competitions. In comparison, N’Golo Kante, who is Chelsea’s natural defensive midfielder, averages 3.3 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game.An astute passer who can distribute the ball from deep to start attacking moves, Xhaka’s weaknesses have been found out when the Gunners give the ball away. Xhaka is not, and will never be, a defensive midfielder and that’s where the problem lies.Wenger labelled him a “box-to-box player” at the start of last season before saying five months later that “he’s more a deep playmaker I think than a box-to-box player”. If his own manager doesn’t know where the player’s best position is, then the issue is a lack of guidance from the Frenchman as to what his role entails.“Arsene Wenger has already taught him a lot, both humanly and playfully. But we do not talk about that very often, so it’s hard to judge from my point of view,” Taulant, who plays for FC Basel in Switzerland, said.“I watch the games when I have the time, but in football, when you’re in a negative spiral, the simplest things do not work anymore.“That’s just the case for Arsenal at the moment. It’s similar here in Basel. It is clear that the players have enough quality, but if the form is bad, it is difficult.”The current Arsenal team lacks balance and, while improvements in Xhaka’s individual game are certainly needed, he isn’t the main reason why Wenger’s side aren’t performing at the top level on a consistent basis.Speaking after Crystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-0 in April last year, the Eagles’ then-manager Sam Allardyce said: “They leave [Shkodran] Mustafi and Gabriel really exposed. Monreal and Bellerin play like right and left wingers. The wingers come inside with the centre-forward, and [the centre-backs] are just left on their own. So, if you can get at them, you can get into the box and make chances.”Wenger said eight years ago that his footballing philosophy “is not to be in trouble, but to fool the opponent into trouble”. Unfortunately for the Arsenal manager, as things stand, his own future is in trouble and the lack of direction given to the likes of Xhaka can be witnessed in the way his team play on the pitch.The qualities that Xhaka showed in the Bundesliga made him one of the most sought-after players in European football but, until he is deployed in a system or alongside a midfielder which suits him, then the £35m fee Arsenal paid will continue to look like an expensive mistake.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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No Russia 2018 boycott for England

first_imgWorld Cup Johnson not threatening England World Cup boycott Dom Farrell 03:54 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BorisJohnson - cropped Getty Images World Cup England The Three Lions’ participation at Russia 2018 is to go ahead as planned after a parliamentary statement from the foreign secretary suggested otherwise The Football Association (FA) does not believe comments made by foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the United Kingdom’s relationship with Russia place England’s participation at the 2018 World Cup in jeopardy.Johnson addressed the House of Commons on Tuesday to answer questions over the alleged poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.Skripal and his daughter Yulia are critically ill in hospital after being found unconscious on Sunday afternoon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Counter Terrorism Police have now taken over the investigation, while Russia has denied any involvement, with a government spokesperson saying it has “no information” relating to the incident.Johnson promised the UK government would respond “appropriately and robustly” if evidence of Russian culpability came to light before causing consternation with comments over the World Cup in the country later this year, which some interpreted as proposing a boycott from the England team.”If things turn out to be as many members on both sides of the house suspect that they are, I think we will have to have a serious conversation about our engagement with Russia,” Johnson said.”For my own part, thinking ahead to the World Cup this summer, I think it will be very difficult to imagine that UK representation at that event could go ahead in the normal way. We would certainly have to consider that.”However, the FA’s understanding – in line with reported briefings from Johnson’s office – is that the comments referred to any UK government presence at Russia 2018 and not whether or not Gareth Southgate’s team would take part.England will play Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G after finishing top of their qualifying section.last_img read more

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Liverpool ignored Ronaldo & Pique advice

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool missed out on Ronaldo & Pique after ignoring scout’s advice Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Gerard Pique Real Madrid Barcelona Getty Images Liverpool Cristiano Ronaldo Chelsea Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División Premier League The Reds were urged to make moves for both players by a man who was employed to identify potential new recruits during Gerard Houllier’s Anfield reign Liverpool turned a deaf ear to calls for them to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Gerard Pique, claims the scout who offered the transfer advice.Alex Miller formed part of the Reds’ coaching staff during Rafa Benitez’s reign at Anfield, but previously worked as head of recruitment under Gerard Houllier.It was during that spell he noted the obvious potential in Ronaldo and Pique , only to see both men end up at arch-rivals Manchester United as youngsters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They are now in direct competition as rivals on opposing sides of the Clasico divide at Real Madrid and Barcelona, but could have been gearing up for an outing for Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday if things had turned out differently.Miller told ESPN FC : “I looked at Gerard Pique and I tried to get him.”The Spanish delegation he was with at a youth tournament, I think it was his grandfather who was the delegate for the Spanish federation. Well he wouldn’t give me permission because I think Man United were already in at that point.”I brought Cristiano Ronaldo [suggested to Liverpool as a signing]. That’s water under the bridge, I recommended him and saw him at a youth tournament.”Ronaldo and Pique are not the only decorated Champions League winners that Liverpool missed out on either, with several other big names having slipped the net.Among those the Reds were interested in but failed to land were John Terry and Petr Cech, the latter of whom could have been acquired before he burst onto the scene and Sparta Prague and eventually earned himself a switch to Stamford Bridge.Petr Cech; John Terry Chelsea“I tried to get John Terry to come,” Miller admitted, with Chelsea having pipped Liverpool to fourth spot in 2003.”It went to the final day and they beat us at Stamford Bridge. After the game I went to speak to John Terry to try and get him.”How I did it was, I went up to him in the corridor and asked him for his autograph. He said yes. As he was signing it I said: ‘Could you put your mobile phone number? Gerard Houllier would like to talk to you.'”He put his agent’s number and said to talk to him. Gerard Houllier spoke to his agent on the bus. I think he just used us to get more money out of Chelsea.”I also had Petr Cech, but at that moment in time we were trying to sign Chris Kirkland. I went to a game to watch Milan Baros and Petr Cech was making his debut.”I then went to Argentina, I think it was in 2001, the Under-20 World Cup. You could have got him for a song. He was with Chmel Blsany and then he moved to Sparta Prague and then he moved to France [signing for Rennes].” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Transfer latest: PSG plot move for De Gea

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG plot move for De Gea Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:15 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) David de Gea Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG plot move for De GeaParis Saint-Germain are weighing up a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, according to Telefoot.The Ligue 1 leaders are keen to upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and hope to tempt De Gea away from Old Trafford.Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and AC Milan teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma are also being targeted as alternatives. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Man Utd lead Lewandowski raceRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichManchester United are leading the way in the race to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, according to  Kicker .The Poland international is keen to leave the Allianz Arena this summer, with Real Madrid also reportedly keen.But it is United who have shown the most interest so far ahead of the summer transfer window.Ki agrees to join AC MilanKi Sung-Yueng Swansea CityKi Sung-yueng has agreed to join AC Milan on a three year deal from Swansea City at the end of the season, Calciomercato claims.The midfielder has been with the Welsh side since joining from Celtic in 2012 and has long been on the Italian side’s radar.Ki is said to have offers from other Premier League teams, but has his heart set on a switch to Milan and the deal is expected to be settled soon.City and United enter Neymar raceNeymar PSGManchester rivals City and United have entered the race for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, according to Diario Gol. The Brazilian star is understood to be unhappy at PSG, and desires a move away after just one season. Neymar is still holding out hope for a move to Real Madrid but, according to the report, he could move to City should a transfer to the Bernabeu not materialise.Arsenal make Meyer a top targetMax Meyer Schalke 04Arsene Wenger has made Schalke midfielder Max Meyer a top summer target, according to Daily Star.  The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Gunners will face competition from the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Milan.PSG join Alex Sandro raceAlex Sandro JuventusParis Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign Juventus full-back Alex Sandro, according to Telefoot.The Brazil international has been linked with a move away from Turin for the best part of a year, with Manchester United and Chelsea among those reportedly interested.But PSG have now entered the ring as they look to replace Layvin Kurzawa, who is likely to be sold this summer.Ronaldo and Ramos don’t want Pogba movePaul Pogba Manchester UnitedReal Madrid stars Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo are attempting to convince Real Madrid president Florentino Perez not to purchase Paul Pogba, according to Don Balon. Pogba is rumoured to be back on the transfer market after a poor recent patch of form that has led to him being benched for key games. But Ronaldo and Ramos are concerned at the effect Pogba could have on the dressing room atmosphere, and consider the French midfielder to be an unnecessary signing.Werner to stay at RB LeipzigTimo Werner RB Leipzig Monaco Champions League 21112017.jpgIn-demand RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner says he’ll “definitely” stay with the Bundesliga side at least one more season.The 22-year-old has alerted the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich with his performances over the past few seasons, but says he’s not ready to move just yet. Read what Werner had to say right here! United and City to battle for PierieKik Pierie, NetherlandsManchester City and Manchester United are interested in Heerenveen’s teenage centre-back Kik Pierie, according to Daily Star. The 17-year-old has made 25 appearances in the Eredivisie this season, showing why he is one of the top defensive prospects in the Dutch pipeline. Arsenal ready to send duo on loanReiss Nelson ArsenalArsenal will look to send teenage duo Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson on loan to gain first-team experience, according to the Mirror . The pair have made the breakthrough to the Gunners senior side and are seen as bright prospects. The Gunners are now keen to send them out on loan, possibly to another Premier League club, in order to give them more senior experience. Messi wants to prevent Rakitic departureIvan Rakitic Barcelona 12092017Barcelona star Lionel Messi is attempting to convince Ivan Rakitic to stay at the club amid Premier League interest, according to Don Balon. Rakitic is reportedly drawing attention from Manchester United and Liverpool, which could be enough to persuade the 30-year-old to depart the Camp Nou.But Messi wants the Croatian, who has a contract until the summer of 2021, to remain at the club as the Blaugrana close in on another La Liga title. Simeone avoids Griezmann speculationSimeone Griezmann Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is refusing to be drawn on the possibility of Antoine Griezmann leaving the club. The French forward has been heavily linked with a summer move to Barcelona, with some reports suggesting a deal is already done.Read what Simeone had to say about Griezmann right here! Benitez on Kenedy: ‘Enjoy him while he’s here’Kenedy NewcastleNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez has said he has “no idea” whether the Magpies will be able to sign Kenedy on a permanent basis. The on-loan Chelsea midfielder has impressed with Newcastle, scoring a pair of goals against Southampton on Sunday. But, in quotes published on the  Evening Chronicle ,  Benitez said that fans should enjoy the Brazilian “while he is here,” with the 22-year-old’s loan agreement not containing a purchase option. Barcelona confirm Arthur dealEmbed only Arthur BarceloneBarcelona have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to purchase Gremio midfielder Arthur.The 21-year-old will join in July for a €30 million fee plus a further €9m in bonuses.Read more on Arthur’s deal right here! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Lokomotiv 1 Atletico 5 (agg 1-8)

first_imgLokomotiv Moscow 1 Atletico Madrid 5 (1-8 agg): Torres double helps pile misery on Russians Dom Farrell 01:57 16/3/2018 FernandoTorres - cropped Getty Images Angel Correa and Saul Niguez were on target before Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann got in on the act for a rampant Atletico Madrid. Fernando Torres hit a second-half brace as Atletico Madrid showed no mercy and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a dominant 5-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow.Diego Simeone’s men took a 3-0 first-leg advantage to the Russian capital and, although star man Antoine Griezmann started on the bench and Diego Costa did not travel, there was no let-up from the LaLiga high-flyers.Angel Correa made and finished a fine early opener and Atletico’s extra class emphatically showed during the second period after Maciej Rybus’ spectacular equaliser had given the hosts some cheer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Spain midfielder Saul Niguez ensured he claimed goals in each leg and a Lokomotiv side running out of steam did not need to see Griezmann primed on the touchline with half an hour remaining.He won a penalty for Torres to net in the 65th minute, the former Chelsea forward doubling his tally soon after, and an exquisite chip five minutes from time rounded off the scoring in a game where Simeone’s well-honed side were at their ruthless best. 85′ | 1-5 |  OH. MY. WORD. What a goal, @AntoGriezmann! #LokomotivAtleti #AúpaAtleti #UEL pic.twitter.com/YCVaboWmqh— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) March 15, 2018Atletico tightened their grip as early as the 11th minute when Correa exchanged passes with Koke and skipped past Mikhail Lysov – leaving the defender prone on the turf – before sliding a low finish into the far corner.Lokomotiv were not cowed by their dismal chances of progressing and Jefferson Farfan and captain Igor Denisov forced Atletico’s understudy keeper Axel Werner into saves from long-range strikes before pulling level.The corner following Denisov’s effort was played short and worked to Rybus 30 yards from goal, the Poland full-back unleashing a venomous 20th-minute shot that shaped away from a partially unsighted Werner and flew into the net.A shoot-on-sight policy remained at both ends, with Manuel Fernandes sending an attempt just beyond Werner’s crossbar before Anton Kochenkov tipped Juanfran’s 36th-minute drive onto the top of his crossbar and parried to safety from Thomas Partey.Some horribly lax defending from Lokomotiv allowed their visitors to retake the lead on the night two minutes into the second half.Saul was allowed to drift into the area unmarked and side-foot home a return ball from Filipe Luis with the minimum of fuss.Saúl Ñíguez has now scored 4 goals in his last 5 European knockout games. #UEL pic.twitter.com/jjhHTLPDm5— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) March 15, 2018Partey tried his luck once more in the 58th minute – his sweetly struck 25-yarder matched by Kochenkov’s acrobatic one-handed save.Filipe Luis left the pitch on a stretcher and in considerable pain in the 62nd minute, having received a hefty kick on the calf from Lokomotiv substitute Eder, who expected to make contact with the ball and not a brave piece of last-ditch defending.Lucas Hernandez came on in the Brazilian’s place moments after Griezmann’s introduction and the France star soon made his presence felt.A drop of the shoulder allowed him to glide away from Vedran Corluka and Kochenkov rushed out to bring Griezmann down.Torres converted the penalty and slotted home his second 20 minutes from time, profiting from Correa’s deft footwork and excellent throughball.Atletico left the best until last – Correa pirouetting past his man and passing for Griezmann to apply the coup de grace. They will take some stopping in this competition. read morelast_img read more

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