Christian Pulisic on Liverpool links (video)

Christian Pulisic has yesterday, during an interview with ESPN, responded to the rumours linking him to Premier League side Liverpool.

Christian Pulisic has yesterday, during an interview with ESPN, responded to the rumours linking him to Premier League side Liverpool.

A rising star

Despite being just 19 years of age, Christian Pulisic is becoming one of the most talked about young talents in the footballing world.

The American born winger has been in Borussia Dortmund’s youth system since 2015, before stepping up to the first team in January of 2016.

Since debuting for Dortmund’s first team Pulisic has been a joy to watch. The winger has already racked up an impressive 97 first team appearances for Dortmund, scoring 12 goals and assisting 20 in that time.

The American also helped guide Dortmund to the 2016/17 DFB-Pokal Cup, all at the age of just 19.

Should Pulisic move to Liverpool?

Even though Pulisic has a very impressive resume for someone so young, it is hard to see him breaking into Liverpool’s front three at this time.

Especially given the season Liverpool’s front three have just had. In all competitions in the 2017/18 season Robert Firmino played 53 games scoring 27 and assisting 17. Sadio Mane played 43 games scoring 19 and assisting nine. And Mohammed Salah played 51 games scoring a ridiculous 44 goals as well as assisting 16.

Those numbers are simply outstanding and it is hard to see anybody else replacing Liverpool’s current front three anytime soon.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 21, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

So, if Pulisic were to move to Merseyside this summer, he would likely spend much of the season as a substitute.

At Pulisic’s age that is probably not what is best for his career. And given that he made 42 appearances in all competitions last season for Dortmund, a lot of which were as a starter, if Pulisic does want more game time, he is probably better off staying in Germany, for the time being.

What Did Pulisic have to say?

Pulisic gave quite a vague response when asked about a potential move to Liverpool. You can watch the full video here.

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Details of Sokratis’ impending move to Arsenal

Reliable German outlet Bild have this afternoon provided details of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ imminent move to Arsenal. Dominant presence

Reliable German outlet Bild have this afternoon provided details of Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ imminent move to Arsenal.

Dominant presence

Sokratis, an experienced 79-time capped Greek international, has been on the books of Dortmund since arriving at the club from fellow Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in 2013.

And the no-nonsense stopper has since gone on to establish himself as a key figure at the Westfalenstadion, with the departure of Mats Hummels from the club in the summer of 2016 having since seen Sokratis step into a leader’s role on the pitch for BVB.

The 29-year-old racked up 43 appearances across all competitions this season, notching 3 goals in the process, but looked some way short of his best over the last 6 months or so.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco is fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) and Lukasz Piszczek (R) of Borussia Dortmund in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park on April 12, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. The match was rescheduled after an alleged terrorist attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach as it made it’s way to the stadium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

On the move?

As a result of his recent struggles on the pitch, rumours have long been rife in the media that Sokratis is set for a Signal Iduna Park departure this summer.

His contract with Dortmund is set to expire in the summer of 2019, with the Bundesliga giants seemingly keen to cash in on the Greek rather than see him walk away on a free transfer this time next year.

North London bound

Manchester United and Arsenal have been the two clubs most persistently touted as potential destinations for Sokratis, with a number of reliable sources over the last week insistent that the Gunners have all but secured a deal for the experienced defender.

And, as per the latest update courtesy of Bild this afternoon, some of the finer details of the imminent transfer have been revealed.

Arsenal are set to splash out a fee of around 20 million Euro on Sokratis’ signature, with the stopper likely to put pen to paper on a two-year contract at the Emirates.

If all goes according to plan, the move will be announced over the next couple of weeks.

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German newspaper Bild reveal on Wednesday that Arsenal are closing in on the first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era.

They may not have a manager yet, but that will not stop Arsenal from signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for 20 million euros.

The suggestion that Sokratis Papastathopoulos will sign for Arsenal has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now and certainly ticks a lot of the boxes you might expect.

Whilst the Gunners are expected to sign Mikel Arteta as their new manager, for now and when the Spaniard takes charge, it is Sven Mislintat who is in charge of transfers.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco is fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) and Lukasz Piszczek (R) of Borussia Dortmund in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park on April 12, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. The match was rescheduled after an alleged terrorist attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach as it made it’s way to the stadium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Another ex-Borussia Dortmund man for Arsenal

Since arriving at Arsenal, Sven Mislintat has returned to players from his former club – including Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

At 29-years-old, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been a mainstay of the Borussia Dortmund side in recent years and comes with plenty of experience.

Arsenal do look short in the centre back positions with Laurent Koscielny out until December and Shkodran Mustafi one of their worst performing players last season.

At 20 million euros, Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a decent investment for Arsenal and the Greek international could add steel and experience at the back.

Arsenal fans should enjoy the video below. After all, the Gunners had the worst defensive record of any side in the top seven in the Premier League during 2017/2018.

Sokratis The Greek Warrior – Top 5 Tackles – video

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Borussia Dortmund make contact with Manchester United regarding Anthony Martial

Where will Anthony Martial go? Anthony Martial has been linked to a number of clubs. The French forward has had

Where will Anthony Martial go?

Anthony Martial has been linked to a number of clubs.

The French forward has had a miserable season at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho who is clearly not a massive fan of the 22 year old.

The former Monaco man arrived in Manchester in 2015 and Louis Van Gaal explained that Martial was ‘a gift to the next United manager’. The gift has not been best utilised by Mourinho.

Chelsea are keen on signing Martial but United would want Willian plus cash in order for the deal to go through.

Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in the Frenchman’s signature but now Borussia Dortmund have entered the frame.

Price concerns

Dortmund fans have fallen in love with Michy Batshuayi after the Belgian joined the club on loan in January but Chelsea may not be prepared to let him go on a permanent deal.

Le10Sport (French) report that Borussia Dortmund have contacted United and asked how much Martial would cost.

Dortmund will have to be prepared to spend big if they are to fend off interest from other top European clubs.

United signed Martial for over €60 million when he was just a teenager and Martial has showed us why he was worth that money with some fantastic displays domestically and in Europe.

Martial has been likened to Thierry Henry and any team would be lucky to have him in their ranks.

Anthony Martial celebrates Man United winner at Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 20, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Can United catch City next year?

Man United secured second place with a draw at the London stadium on Thursday night.

The Red Devils have performed well in parts this term but have been nowhere near as good as their exceptional rivals, Manchester City.

If Man United want to win their title back next season, they are going to have to become more ruthless.

In my opinion, selling Martial would be a mistake but Mourinho has a history of letting top players go and this could add to the long list of regrets that the Portuguese manager has filed away in the back of his mind.

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Mainz coach, Shwarz Rules Injured Balogun Out Of Dortmund Clash

By Adeboye Amosu: FSV Mainz manager, Sandro Shwarz, has ruled out Nigeria defender, Leon Balogun out of his side’s German

By Adeboye Amosu:

FSV Mainz manager, Sandro Shwarz, has ruled out Nigeria defender, Leon Balogun out of his side’s German Bundesliga clash against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Balogun, 29, has missed Mainz’s last two league games against Augsburg  and Leipzig due to a rib injury.

He last featured for Mainz  in their 2-0 win against Freiburg at the OPEL Arena on April 16.

“Leon Balogun can only do  part of the team training. Danny Latza (not yet), Suat Serdar is supposed to get in today, Emil Berggreeen is not yet ready,” Shwarz stated in his pre-match conference ahead of Dortmund’s game.

The club also  provided an update on their Twitter handle on the centre-back’s injury.

“@LeonBalogun, has not been able to fully train,” reads a tweet on the handle.

He has made 14 league appearances for the Mainz this season.

The post appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria.

Arsenal closing in on deal to sign Borussia Dortmund defender

Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer, according to German publication BILD.

Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer, according to German publication BILD.

The Greek international has just 12 months remaining on his current contract at Dortmund who are looking to offload now, rather than losing him for free in a years time.

The Gunners are understood to be facing competition from Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus for Sokratis’ signature, however, the club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is currently giving them the edge.

Signing Sokratis

DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 12: Kylian Mbappe of AS Monaco is fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) and Lukasz Piszczek (R) of Borussia Dortmund in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park on April 12, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. The match was rescheduled after an alleged terrorist attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach as it made it’s way to the stadium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The report states that Sokratis’ ‘probable’ destination this summer is Arsenal with the 29-year-old expected to leave Westfalenstadion at the end of the season.

Mislintat, who joined Arsenal from Dortmund last November, is the man pushing for the transfer to be completed, having also signed the player for the German club from Werder Bremen back in 2013.

He is also in close contact with the defender’s agent Konstantinos Farras meaning the Gunners are leading the chasing pack for his signature.

Any deal for Sokratis is expected to cost in the region of €20m.

Positions identified

Arsenal Atletico Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal looks dejected during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final leg one match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Mislintat has made a goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfielder his primary targets this summer as he looks to strengthen the spine of the team, according to Football.London.

 

 

 

Chelsea loanee to consider permanent departure this summer

According to Goal.com’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will consider a permanent move to Borussia Dortmund at

According to Goal.com’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will consider a permanent move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

Goalscorer

Batshuayi, a 24-year-old Belgian international striker, has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in the summer of 2016.

However, despite the hefty 40 million Euro transfer fee splashed out on his services, along with the weighty expectations on his young shoulders, Batshuayi has since struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge.

On the move

As such, when the Blues announced the arrival of Olivier Giroud at the club from London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day in January, it was widely expected that Batshuayi would be moving on, at least temporarily.

In the end, the chain reaction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure from Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal (which in turn allowed Giroud to make the move to Stamford Bridge) saw the ‘Batsman’ replace ‘Auba’ at the Westfalenstadion on loan for the remainder of the season.

Permanent stay?

Batshuayi subsequently went on to enjoy a stellar start to life in Germany, racking up 9 goals and an assist in his first 14 appearances for the club.

Chelsea Dortmund Batshuayi

COLOGNE, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 02: Michy Batshuayi of Dortmund celebrates scoring his second goal on his debut during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on February 2, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

However, an ankle injury picked up by the Belgian during a Bundesliga clash with Schalke two weekends ago saw Batshuayi ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

Nevertheless, despite the striker’s injury, and Chelsea having reportedly made it clear to Dortmund that they do not intend to part with Batshuayi this summer, the German giants are expected to tempt the Blues with a big-money offer.

And, as per the aforementioned report from Nizaar Kinsella this morning, Batshuayi himself would be more than happy to discuss the possibility of making his move to the Signal Iduna Park permanent at the end of the season.

However, the report goes on to state that Chelsea could wait until after the World Cup to even consider bids for Batshuayi, with the capital outfit unlikely to even consider bids of below £50 million.

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‘Borussia Dortmund want Arsene Wenger’ On Sunday’s edition of Telefoot, the French TV show gave their insight into the changes

‘Borussia Dortmund want Arsene Wenger’

On Sunday’s edition of Telefoot, the French TV show gave their insight into the changes at Arsenal.

Last Friday Arsene Wenger confirmed that he’s leaving the Gunners after 22-years at the club.

Two issues are now at hand for Arsenal.

First, who will they appoint to succeed Wenger at the Emirates Stadium?

Second, what’s next for Wenger? It’s seeming highly unlikely that Wenger will move upstairs at the Gunners, rather he’ll sever ties with club in the summer.

Telefoot have named four possible destinations for Wenger.

They include China, Japan, PSG and – perhaps most intriguing – Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

BVB have been struggling in their dugout of late. Peter Stöger replaced Peter Bosz, yet it’s been a difficult campaign for Dortmund.

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When it comes to the bookies, they have Wenger replacing Didier Deschamps as the French national coach as their top priced destination.

Wenger is 7/2 to be the next Les Bleus boss.

PSG, who seem to have wrapped up Thomas Tuchel to be their next manager, are nevertheless 6/1 to land Wenger.

Looking at some of the other possible options for Wenger, he’s 9/1 to succeed Gareth Southgate with England, while he’s 7/1 to move to China.


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The next Arsenal boss?

Telefoot also had their say on who will succeed Wenger at the Gunners.

They’ve whittled it down to a three man shortlist: Luis Enrique, Patrick Vieira or Carlo Ancelotti.

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Update on the World Cup hopes of Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi

Highly respected Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur has this evening provided an update on the fitness of Chelsea loanne Michy

Highly respected Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur has this evening provided an update on the fitness of Chelsea loanne Michy Batshuayi, after the Belgian picked up a serious injury during Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Schalke yesterday afternoon.

Matchup

The Ruhr Derby took place at the Veltins-Arena yesterday, with the two sides having headed into proceedings separated by just a solitary point in the Bundesliga table (Schalke – 52 points, Dortmund – 51 points).

Teams

2-0

An entertaining affair in Gelsenkirchen eventually saw hosts Schalke emerge with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of second-half strikes from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo.

And a dismal day all-round for visitors Dortmund was compounded by a serious injury for Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who of course has been in scintillating form since making the move to Germany in January.

The Belgian hitman was stretchered off in clear agony, with early reports having suggested that Batshuayi suffered a broken leg/ankle:

However, further updates in the hours that followed suggested that the striker’s injury was in fact not a fractured ankle, but ligament damage.

4-6 weeks

And, as per the aforementioned latest update courtesy of Kristof Terreur this evening, Batshuayi’s hopes of returning in time for selection for Belgium’s World Cup squad may not yet be dead:

 

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According to a growing number of sources in Germany this evening, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi fractured his ankle during Borussia

According to a growing number of sources in Germany this evening, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi fractured his ankle during Borussia Dortmund’s derby clash with Schalke earlier today.

Matchup

The Ruhr Derby took place at the Veltins-Arena this afternoon, with the two sides having come into proceedings separated by just a solitary point in the Bundesliga table (Schalke – 52 points, Dortmund – 51 points).

Teams

2-0

An entertaining affair in Gelsenkirchen eventually saw hosts Schalke emerge with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of second-half strikes from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo.

And a dismal day all-round for visitors Dortmund was compounded by a serious injury for Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who of course has been in scintillating form since making the move to Germany in January.

The Belgian hitman was stretchered off this afternoon in clear agony, with early reports having suggested that Batshuayi suffered a broken leg:

Though there is yet to be an official announcement on Batshuayi’s well-being, updates over the last hour have suggested that the striker’s injury is in fact a fractured ankle, likely ruling him out of this summer’s World Cup.

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