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Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder

Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide.   Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.

Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder

Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide.   Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.

Manchester City chase Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder

Manchester City are working on a deal to sign Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Premier League leaders have identified the 24-year-old as a primary defensive midfield target as they seek quality long-term cover for Fernandinho and with Yaya Toure expected to be released when his contract expires at the end of the season. City have not prioritised the recruitment of a defensive midfielder in this month’s transfer window but they do want a player who can fill the “No. 6” position that Fernandinho, another Brazilian, occupies in place for the start of the summer, ideally before the World Cup commences in mid-June. Yet City are conscious that the price for Fred has increased significantly since they first entered into informal discussions with Shakhtar last year and hope to secure a breakthrough before the costs continue to escalate amid reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and others. Sergei Palkin, the Shakhtar chief executive, is thought to have travelled to Manchester in the wake of the clubs’ Champions League match in Ukraine on Dec. 6 as talks over a potential deal continued. City and Shakhtar, who sold Fernandinho to the Manchester club for £30 million in 2013, have a good working relationship but hopes of signing Fred for a similar fee have faded and the price is now thought to have risen to in excess of £40 million. Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar in 2013 Credit: REUTERS Shakhtar, who face Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League, are reluctant to lose Fred in mid-season and City, conscious the player would be ineligible to play for them in the competition this term, would be happy for him to see out the campaign in Ukraine with a view to joining in the summer. Fred’s career has not been without controversy. He tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil at the Copa America in June 2015. In December of that year, he was initially banned by the South American Football Federation from playing in any CONMEBOL sanctioned competitions for one year, with the suspension backdated to June 2015. However, in February 2016, the ban was extended by Fifa to include all football worldwide.   Fernandinho is on the verge of signing a new contract with City but he will be 33 in May and Guardiola is concerned they are overly reliant on him in that position. The situation will become more pressing with Toure – 35 in May - likely to depart at the end of his eighth season with the club. Yaya Toure's time at Man City will be coming to an end soon Credit: REUTERS Fred impressed Guardiola in both Champions League group stage matches against City, who won the home game 2-0 but lost the away fixture 2-1, and the player has admitted he would like to play under the Catalan. “A friend gave me the news saying that City and Guardiola were interested in me,” he reportedly told Gazetta dello Sport. “At the exit of the locker room, he [Guardiola] stopped me and said we had a good game. But he did not ask me to play with him. "However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. I think I would grow a lot with him. England is the best league in the world and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.” Having been the firm favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez, City pulled out of the running for the Arsenal striker this week after balking at the cost of the deal. However, they remain keen to sign a centre half before the window shuts on Jan. 31 and have held talks with West Bromwich Albion over £20 million rated Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.

Inter bring in defender Lopez from Benfica

The 28-year-old joins the Serie A outfit ahead of Sunday's clash with Roma as Luciano Spalletti bolsters his squad in the January window

With Moyes Effect Limiting Chicharito at West Ham, What Are Mexico Star's Options?

West Ham’s impressive 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town helped the East Londoners jump to 11th place in the Premier League and ease some relegation worries, with the Hammers now five points and six teams clear of the drop zone.

Thanks in part to David Moyes–who reached his 200th win as a Premier League manager–the club is sailing on smoother waters.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, however, had to once again settle for a place on the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday. Even when Marko Arnautovic (who now has six goals in the league) came off in the 83rd minute, the Austrian was replaced by Andre Ayew, confirming that Chicharito is far down in Moyes’s pecking order.

Since recuperating from a hamstring injury last month, Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has accumulated 140 minutes of action in all competitions. Despite the lack of playing time, Hernandez remains second in scoring for his club with four goals.

Timing has played the role of a cruel mistress for Chicharito as the hamstring injury came during international duty and coincided with Moyes’s arrival – a similar scenario to when both met for the first time at Manchester United. By the time Chicharito healed, Moyes already had an immediate idea of what he wanted–a physical, imposing front line where the midfield pushes high up. The lone poacher, therefore, is not needed as the aim is to use players such as Arnautovic and Michail Antonio to do much of the legwork while Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble provide the creativity. It doesn't leave much room for Chicharito to make his mark.

Moyes, however, still believes the Mexican is part of his plans.

“Chicharito is a really good player and his finishing ability is as good as there is anywhere,” Moyes said last week. “At United, Sir Alex Ferguson used to play him from the bench quite a lot. I was well aware, when I joined Manchester United, that Chicharito would want more minutes. Also, I had Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, to name a few. The competition at football clubs is hard, but if you’re a good player then you get there, and Chicharito is a good player.”

But no matter what the manager states, the reality is simple: Moyes and Chicharito don't make a good match, because the coach's methods do not fit the striker's strengths, and in a scenario where his biggest priority is league safety as opposed to having the flexibility to experiment, not much is likely to change.

In Moyes's defense, he has to look after the well-being of the club and not any single player, so if the tactics are working, why should his choices change? West Ham is unbeaten in four (2-0-2) and has scored 10 goals in that time.

That does little for Hernandez and his own momentum in a World Cup year, in which Mexico aims to go further than the round of 16 for the first time since 1986. Amid reports that West Ham would listen to offers for Chicharito, he must ask himself if it's worth staying at West Ham and fighting for his place or risk a moving to another club–or potentially a new league–for the sake of more playing time.

No matter what happens, his spot–barring any injury setbacks–in El Tri’s World Cup squad is more than secure, as Juan Carlos Osorio sees Chicharito as Mexico’s main target man. Even if he stays at West Ham, regardless of playing time, it would be difficult to see this changing, as Osorio also prioritizes European competition above anything else.

“For a footballer coming in to Europe is the best way to progress and to consolidate himself as a top player,” said Osorio to Planet Futbol TV back in November. “So it’s important that the players compete in Europe, week-in, week-out against the best. And the second best thing is to train with the best, so when you are in a good club you compete on Sundays, but you also compete on a daily basis against your own teammates, so you will eventually get used on competing at that level and you will improve.”

These should be comforting words to Chicharito and for bit role players who don’t have his reputation, such as Benfica’s Raul Jimenez or Roma’s Hector Moreno, but a player like Chicharito ultimately needs to start, because a poacher thrives on confidence, and confidence creates goals.

Consequently, at this point in Hernandez’s career, location is not as important as regular minutes. If Chicharito leaves West Ham, here are three intriguing potential landing spots:

MLS

MLS has made a play for Chicharito before, and if he's truly available, there's little reason to believe the league wouldn't kick the tires on trying to lure him again. If we were to play a hypothetical, an appealing destination could be a move to expansion club, LAFC, where he could form a partnership with countryman Carlos Vela. According to reports, Bob Bradley’s team is interested in the move, and on paper it seems like a good fit, especially in a California environment that celebrates Mexican talent. But the new season doesn’t kick off until March 3, three months before Russia, and Hernandez can’t really afford to trade the next six weeks of potential playing time for an MLS preseason.

A return to Liga MX

Another possible outcome could be a return to Mexico and Liga MX. The 2018 Clausura season is already underway, and Mexican clubs have until the end of the month to register foreign players. Perhaps Chivas, the club that launched his career, has a chance to come in for a storybook reunion? Or what about Club America, which has already signed Jeremy Menez but is still on the hunt for another striker?

“Why can’t it be a possibility?” said Miguel Herrera, speaking of Chicharito to ESPN last week. “We could knock on the door, nothing is shut. As long as he has a chance of leaving, America will search for any center forward who is important for this club.”

Manchester United

A less drastic option is that Hernandez moves to another club in the Premier League, and perhaps a loan move and a storybook return to Manchester United is the right antidote. The red side of Manchester has always appreciated Chicharito and the attributes he offered as an explosive substitute. Given Romelu Lukaku’s recent inconsistency, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued comeback from injury and Jose Mourinho's affinity for Chicharito given their time together at Real Madrid, this move could prove to be a popular one for everyone involved–though it wouldn't solve the problem of getting Chicharito into a starting lineup on a regular basis.

Whether he stays at West Ham or goes to another club, one thing is for certain: The 29-year-old Hernandez–ahead of what could be his last World Cup–needs to find a way to get back on the pitch.

With Moyes Effect Limiting Chicharito at West Ham, What Are Mexico Star's Options?

West Ham’s impressive 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town helped the East Londoners jump to 11th place in the Premier League and ease some relegation worries, with the Hammers now five points and six teams clear of the drop zone.

Thanks in part to David Moyes–who reached his 200th win as a Premier League manager–the club is sailing on smoother waters.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, however, had to once again settle for a place on the bench as an unused substitute on Saturday. Even when Marko Arnautovic (who now has six goals in the league) came off in the 83rd minute, the Austrian was replaced by Andre Ayew, confirming that Chicharito is far down in Moyes’s pecking order.

Since recuperating from a hamstring injury last month, Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has accumulated 140 minutes of action in all competitions. Despite the lack of playing time, Hernandez remains second in scoring for his club with four goals.

Timing has played the role of a cruel mistress for Chicharito as the hamstring injury came during international duty and coincided with Moyes’s arrival – a similar scenario to when both met for the first time at Manchester United. By the time Chicharito healed, Moyes already had an immediate idea of what he wanted–a physical, imposing front line where the midfield pushes high up. The lone poacher, therefore, is not needed as the aim is to use players such as Arnautovic and Michail Antonio to do much of the legwork while Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble provide the creativity. It doesn't leave much room for Chicharito to make his mark.

Moyes, however, still believes the Mexican is part of his plans.

“Chicharito is a really good player and his finishing ability is as good as there is anywhere,” Moyes said last week. “At United, Sir Alex Ferguson used to play him from the bench quite a lot. I was well aware, when I joined Manchester United, that Chicharito would want more minutes. Also, I had Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, to name a few. The competition at football clubs is hard, but if you’re a good player then you get there, and Chicharito is a good player.”

But no matter what the manager states, the reality is simple: Moyes and Chicharito don't make a good match, because the coach's methods do not fit the striker's strengths, and in a scenario where his biggest priority is league safety as opposed to having the flexibility to experiment, not much is likely to change.

In Moyes's defense, he has to look after the well-being of the club and not any single player, so if the tactics are working, why should his choices change? West Ham is unbeaten in four (2-0-2) and has scored 10 goals in that time.

That does little for Hernandez and his own momentum in a World Cup year, in which Mexico aims to go further than the round of 16 for the first time since 1986. Amid reports that West Ham would listen to offers for Chicharito, he must ask himself if it's worth staying at West Ham and fighting for his place or risk a moving to another club–or potentially a new league–for the sake of more playing time.

No matter what happens, his spot–barring any injury setbacks–in El Tri’s World Cup squad is more than secure, as Juan Carlos Osorio sees Chicharito as Mexico’s main target man. Even if he stays at West Ham, regardless of playing time, it would be difficult to see this changing, as Osorio also prioritizes European competition above anything else.

“For a footballer coming in to Europe is the best way to progress and to consolidate himself as a top player,” said Osorio to Planet Futbol TV back in November. “So it’s important that the players compete in Europe, week-in, week-out against the best. And the second best thing is to train with the best, so when you are in a good club you compete on Sundays, but you also compete on a daily basis against your own teammates, so you will eventually get used on competing at that level and you will improve.”

These should be comforting words to Chicharito and for bit role players who don’t have his reputation, such as Benfica’s Raul Jimenez or Roma’s Hector Moreno, but a player like Chicharito ultimately needs to start, because a poacher thrives on confidence, and confidence creates goals.

Consequently, at this point in Hernandez’s career, location is not as important as regular minutes. If Chicharito leaves West Ham, here are three intriguing potential landing spots:

MLS

MLS has made a play for Chicharito before, and if he's truly available, there's little reason to believe the league wouldn't kick the tires on trying to lure him again. If we were to play a hypothetical, an appealing destination could be a move to expansion club, LAFC, where he could form a partnership with countryman Carlos Vela. According to reports, Bob Bradley’s team is interested in the move, and on paper it seems like a good fit, especially in a California environment that celebrates Mexican talent. But the new season doesn’t kick off until March 3, three months before Russia, and Hernandez can’t really afford to trade the next six weeks of potential playing time for an MLS preseason.

A return to Liga MX

Another possible outcome could be a return to Mexico and Liga MX. The 2018 Clausura season is already underway, and Mexican clubs have until the end of the month to register foreign players. Perhaps Chivas, the club that launched his career, has a chance to come in for a storybook reunion? Or what about Club America, which has already signed Jeremy Menez but is still on the hunt for another striker?

“Why can’t it be a possibility?” said Miguel Herrera, speaking of Chicharito to ESPN last week. “We could knock on the door, nothing is shut. As long as he has a chance of leaving, America will search for any center forward who is important for this club.”

Manchester United

A less drastic option is that Hernandez moves to another club in the Premier League, and perhaps a loan move and a storybook return to Manchester United is the right antidote. The red side of Manchester has always appreciated Chicharito and the attributes he offered as an explosive substitute. Given Romelu Lukaku’s recent inconsistency, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s continued comeback from injury and Jose Mourinho's affinity for Chicharito given their time together at Real Madrid, this move could prove to be a popular one for everyone involved–though it wouldn't solve the problem of getting Chicharito into a starting lineup on a regular basis.

Whether he stays at West Ham or goes to another club, one thing is for certain: The 29-year-old Hernandez–ahead of what could be his last World Cup–needs to find a way to get back on the pitch.

Report: Real Madrid Joins Liverpool, PSG in Race to Sign Roma Stopper Alisson

Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Roma goalkeeping sensation Alisson, as they look to face off against Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain in their pursuit of the super stopper. The Brazilian number one has starred for Roma in Serie A this season, leading Europe's top sides to develop a real interest in the 6ft 4' keeper.

As reported by Italian outlet Football Italia, Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Alisson, as they look to find an alternative option their first choice David De Gea - who is reportedly feeling more settled at Old Trafford and could finally commit his future to the Red Devils by signing a lucrative new contract.

The 25-year-old has stepped up superbly this season, after spending the previous campaign as Wojciech Szcz?sny's understudy. With the Polish international now at Juventus, Alisson has taken to his new spot in the limelight with gusto - setting Serie A alight with his acrobatic saves.

Alisson is the preferred starting goalkeeper over Manchester City's Ederson for Brazil, and looks set to play a key role for Canarinha in this summer's World Cup - as the look to banish the memories of their humiliating 7-1 exit to Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 tournament that they hosted.

In other news, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hit out at the Spanish press over their 'negative coverage' of his side - as Los Blancos' relatively poor season has seen them slip 16 points behind the current La Liga leaders Barcelona. Real have been under fire from both the press and their fans, as their 2017/18 campaign has faltered significantly.

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Tweets Out Response to Real Madrid Switch Rumours

​Despite only joining the club in the summer, Mohamed Salah’s performances in a Liverpool have been nothing short of spectacular, so much so that many media outlets recently have already speculated about his departure. Scoring 23 goals already this season since his £37.1m move from Roma, the 24-year-old has put in some real magic into the Liverpool side. Some would argue that his performances have been enough to make fans feel the sting of Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona a little...

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Tweets Out Response to Real Madrid Switch Rumours

​Despite only joining the club in the summer, Mohamed Salah’s performances in a Liverpool have been nothing short of spectacular, so much so that many media outlets recently have already speculated about his departure. Scoring 23 goals already this season since his £37.1m move from Roma, the 24-year-old has put in some real magic into the Liverpool side. Some would argue that his performances have been enough to make fans feel the sting of Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona a little...

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Tweets Out Response to Real Madrid Switch Rumours

​Despite only joining the club in the summer, Mohamed Salah’s performances in a Liverpool have been nothing short of spectacular, so much so that many media outlets recently have already speculated about his departure. Scoring 23 goals already this season since his £37.1m move from Roma, the 24-year-old has put in some real magic into the Liverpool side. Some would argue that his performances have been enough to make fans feel the sting of Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona a little...

Leverkusen (Germany), 12/01/2018.- Leverkusen's Kevin Volland (R) in action against Bayern's Jerome Boateng (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, 12 January 2018. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Leverkusen (Germany), 12/01/2018.- Leverkusen's Julian Brandt (L) in action against Bayern's Jerome Boateng (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, 12 January 2018. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

In-form Alisson proving World Cup credentials for Brazil

The Roma man has put an end to suggestions he should surrender his position with the Selecao after starring in Serie A this season

Atalanta's midfielder from Slovenia Jasmin Kurtic celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Roma April 15, 2017

Atalanta's midfielder from Slovenia Jasmin Kurtic celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Roma April 15, 2017

Atalanta's midfielder from Slovenia Jasmin Kurtic celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match against Roma April 15, 2017 (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)

Dakar Rally: Van Beveren (Bikes), Loeb (Cars) win Stage 4

Favorites Menzies, Sunderland and Roma are all out after just four of the 14 stages

Dakar Rally: Van Beveren (Bikes), Loeb (Cars) win Stage 4

Favorites Menzies, Sunderland and Roma are all out after just four of the 14 stages

Dakar Rally: Van Beveren (Bikes), Loeb (Cars) win Stage 4

Favorites Menzies, Sunderland and Roma are all out after just four of the 14 stages

Australian Open: women to watch

Five women who could win their first major at the Australian Open. (AFP Photo/Gal ROMA)

Watch top FIFA 18 eSports stars battle for European glory

The 32-team league boasts the players for sides such as Roma and Ajax as they vie to be crowned the best of the best

Watch top FIFA 18 eSports stars battle for European glory

The 32-team league boasts the players for sides such as Roma and Ajax as they vie to be crowned the best of the best

Antonio Cassano Sheds Light on Tough Upbringing While Always Regretting Premature Real Madrid Exit

​Polarising figure Antonio Cassano has recently revealed the tough upbringing he had to contend with before his days as a professional footballer.  The Italian played for some of the greatest club sides in world football including Real Madrid, AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan spanning 18 years, although in a recent interview with Canal Plus France, Cassano struggled to survive in his formative years. Reported via football-italia, he said: "For 17 years, I knew what it was like to starve. My...

Antonio Cassano Sheds Light on Tough Upbringing While Always Regretting Premature Real Madrid Exit

​Polarising figure Antonio Cassano has recently revealed the tough upbringing he had to contend with before his days as a professional footballer.  The Italian played for some of the greatest club sides in world football including Real Madrid, AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan spanning 18 years, although in a recent interview with Canal Plus France, Cassano struggled to survive in his formative years. Reported via football-italia, he said: "For 17 years, I knew what it was like to starve. My...

Antonio Cassano Sheds Light on Tough Upbringing While Always Regretting Premature Real Madrid Exit

​Polarising figure Antonio Cassano has recently revealed the tough upbringing he had to contend with before his days as a professional footballer.  The Italian played for some of the greatest club sides in world football including Real Madrid, AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan spanning 18 years, although in a recent interview with Canal Plus France, Cassano struggled to survive in his formative years. Reported via football-italia, he said: "For 17 years, I knew what it was like to starve. My...

Antonio Cassano Sheds Light on Tough Upbringing While Always Regretting Premature Real Madrid Exit

​Polarising figure Antonio Cassano has recently revealed the tough upbringing he had to contend with before his days as a professional footballer.  The Italian played for some of the greatest club sides in world football including Real Madrid, AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter Milan spanning 18 years, although in a recent interview with Canal Plus France, Cassano struggled to survive in his formative years. Reported via football-italia, he said: "For 17 years, I knew what it was like to starve. My...

Most expensive football transfers

Comparing the most expensive transfer fees following the addition of Philippe Coutinho (AFP Photo/Gal ROMA)

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Kane can emulate Totti by spending career at Tottenham - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane can emulate Roma legend Francesco Totti by spending his whole career with one club.

Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition

Dakar Rally - 2018 Peru-Bolivia-Argentina Dakar rally - 40th Dakar Edition - Stage two from Pisco to Pisco - January 7, 2018 - Nani Roma of Spain and co-pilot Alex Haro Bravo of Spain drive their Mini. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Circo Immobile Hits Four in Lazio Rout as Leading Pair Win

Serie A leading pair Napoli and Juventus both won against stubborn opponents from the lower half of the table on Saturday while faltering AS Roma lost at home to Atalanta and Ciro Immobile scored four goals in Lazio's 5-2 rout of SPAL

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