Milan fighting Serie A rivals for Silva signature

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Milan are ready to offer David Silva a contract when he leaves Manchester City but face competition from a number of their Serie A rivals. The Corriere dello Sport says Milan met with Silva’s agents at Casa Milan after Christmas, with Paolo Maldini, Ricky Massara and Zvonimir Boban involved in the discussions. Boban has since left the club, while Maldini and Massara continue in their respective roles as technical director and director of football. It’s noted that Silva’s City contract is due to expire at the end of the season…

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Madrid delay move for PSG’s Mbappe

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The coronavirus pandemic has led Real Madrid to delay an approach to Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe until 2021, it’s been reported. Spanish publication AS says a Madrid move for Mbappe has been planned for five years, but the financial impact of the coronavirus means Los Blancos will instead wait another 12 months. It’s noted that the key factor is Mbappe’s PSG contract, which is due to expire in 2022. If the France international doesn’t renew his deal with the club then 2021 will be the last chance PSG will…

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What are the best odds for nationality of winner in the Champions League betting?

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Following some particularly heroic displays in the round of 16 from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, Ajax by defeating the reigning champions, FC Porto against AS Roma, and Cristiano Ronaldo against his old foes, Atletico Madrid, we have the final eight clubs battling for the UEFA Champions League. In the quarter-finals, Ajax will face Juventus, Porto and Liverpool will go head-to-head, Tottenham Hotspur have the unenviable task of taking on the tournament favourites, Manchester City, and the rejuvenated Manchester United face an even sterner test against Barcelona. One of the…

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Luke Shaw a shining light in Manchester United’s season so far

The season so far may not have quite gone to plan for Manchester United but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for them. But there has been one very bright light shining this season, and that has been the form of left-back Luke Shaw, who so far has been fantastic for his club. There is no doubt that Shaw has had a very tough time since joining Manchester United from Southampton back in 2014. He joined them for a fee worth over £30 million but there is no way that United…

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The World Cup 2018 winners nurtured at Monaco by Jardim

Did you know four players in France’s World Cup 2018 winning squad made their names at Monaco having upset the mighty PSG to take the Ligue 1 title in the season before? Well, it’s true. Les Bleus are indebted to the Principality club and its erstwhile manager Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked following a poor start to this season. A victim of his own success, the French Riviera side adopted a develop-and-sell approach to running the club under Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev that has worked almost too well. While Jardim no longer picks the team at…

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Does Kovac have more to lose than gain by taking the Bayern job?

Nothing will ever really prepare you for taking the hot seat at Bayern Munich and in many ways a new manager will learn as they go. That’s all well and good and only to be expected when you consider the enormity of the job at hand. Unfortunately for any new Bayern boss, the Bavarian faithful are used to success and a healthy amount of it at that. Time is not always a luxury that is afforded as the paying crowd that fills up the Allianz Arena want to see their…

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Could Milan’s expulsion from European football see the Rossoneri slide further in Serie A?

Italian giants  Milan have been expelled from all European competition in the 2018-19 campaign following a breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and its licensing regulations. UEFA confirmed that Milan would be “excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons”. The Rossoneri could look to appeal the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with new boss and former playing ace Gennaro Gattuso overseeing a change of fortune on the pitch in the second half of last…

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Is this the most open World Cup for a generation?

Even if you’re not glued to the television like the large majority of the nation, chances are that you’ve had a sneaky look at how the 2018 World Cup is progressing in Russia. With Germany failing to reach the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in 80 years after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, many are now remarking that this is the most difficult to predict World Cup in years. But are they right and, if so, why is this the case? It’s worth pointing out that as…

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The Belgian Premier League players who could be involved against England

England’s 2018 World Cup group stage battle with Belgium is more than a mere potential pool decider in Russia. So many of Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils play for Premier League teams – over half the squad in fact – that it adds extra spice to the match. Who are the familiar faces we should see line-up against the Three Lions in Kaliningrad on Thursday, 28 June? Belgium’s established first-choice goalkeeper is Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, while Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet acts as backup for club and country. In front of Courtois, one of the issues Martinez…

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Dark horses of the FIFA 2018 World Cup

With the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the focus will once more shift to who will be the nation that earns global supremacy by going on to lift the trophy in Moscow on July 15. The tournament will see a flurry of betting activity both before and during the competition, and fans have already put their money where their mouths are by placing a wager on stakers.com to see who will come out on top in the early group-stage fixtures. Germany will go into…

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