Sunday August 6
FOOTBALL TRANSFER NEWS
Hoddle calls for Spurs deals
14:30: Glenn Hoddle is shocked Tottenham still haven’t signed anyone in the transfer window.
Spurs have offloaded Nabil Bentaleb, Federico Fazio and Clinton N’Jie - and earned £50m from Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City.
And Hoddle wants the club to now bring in fresh faces.
“It’s incredible and I don’t understand it.
“The squad wasn’t strong enough and isn’t strong enough. They need to go into debt. They need to be putting players in there that they can play without [Dele] Alli and [Harry] Kane and rest them.
“Spurs don’t have that squad; they didn’t have it last year and they should have gone out and bought three or four top-quality players.
“I keep hearing ‘we’re good enough’ but I’m sorry, they’re not good enough at the moment. They’re not. It’s been proved the last two years. Spurs don’t have that depth in that squad like some of those teams.”
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Coutinhos' Barca agreement
14:15:Philippe Coutinho has agreed a deal with Barcelona but Liverpool believe they can keep him, according to Guillem Balague.
The Spanish football expert tweeted: "On Coutinho. LFC insist they have no intention to sell. Orders come from top. They rejected only offer till date of €80m in 45 minutes
"Player has agreement with FCB so Catalans think they can convince LFC but not by Tuesday as Catalan press announced today #chessgame
"From the negotiation table (close to FCB): never say never. Pressure will continue from FCB. LFC say they can handle it."
Lampard calls for Chelsea deals
13:34: Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign more players in the transfer window.
“I think you can sense a frustration in Antonio Conte’s press conferences and I can kind of understand that,” he told talkSPORT.
“If you have such a good season as they did last year, as a manager and as a club you want to push on and freshen up the team, and adding to it is important. Particularly if you’re losing some big players and Diego Costa seems to be [on] the way [out] but I don’t have too many worries about that. Alvaro Morata will be a good signing. I think he’s going to be a 20-goal a season man.”
“What I do think is they need to strengthen as they’re in the Champions League this season and you need a really strong squad. They need to add to it.”
Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge hero also believes the club must do all they can to hang onto their prized assets.
“It’s hugely important they keep Eden Hazard,” he added. “For me he is one of the best players in the Premier League and in world football. When he is fit and playing he makes Chelsea the team they are.”
How Man City missed out on Alves
13:32: Dani Alves has revealed Neymar told him to join PSG before the forward himself moved to Paris.
Alves signed for PSG earlier this summer after snubbing Manchester City at the last minute.
City thought they have a deal for Alves wrapped up but he changed his mind when PSG lodged a rival offer.
And the Brazilian revealed his compatriot Neymar advised him to move to Ligue 1.
“I’m happy for my debut,” he said.
“Ney still hasn’t. Contrary to what people think, I’m the one who’s grateful because it was Neymar who convinced me [to come here].
“I didn’t tell him anything. I just told him to be happy. [His arrival] didn’t surprise me.
“He told me to sign for PSG, supposedly because he wanted to come here too.
“The lad has grown. It wasn’t planned, but if he convinced me then it’s because he was planning to come to, I’d say.
“Barca? Losing a player of his calibre is a blow, but that’s football. The same happens when Barca sign other good players from other teams.
“Still, it must be said that Neymar and I haven’t moved for money. We’re driven by ambition, new challenges.
“The world doesn’t end at Barcelona. We gave our all there, we bust our guts for the club and that can’t be forgotten.”