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Transfer Talk: Manchester United to make £50m move for Ryan Sessegnon

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 03:21:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: £50m Sessegnon to Old Trafford? Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - Real, United tracking 'new Ronaldo' - Bayern, Juve eye Henderson - United open talks with Rashford - Tottenham to move for £30m Soler Manchester United could make a move for Fulham's highly rated left winger Ryan Sessegnon, if you believe the Express. They're suggesting that United are planning on spending...

Solskjaer's magic continues to work for Man United as they shrug past Fulham and crack the top four

Sat, 9 Feb 2019 07:57:00 GMT

Manchester United eased past a woeful Fulham side to move up to 4th in the Premier League. ESPN FC's Paul Mariner recaps Man United's dominant display against Fulham, in particularly that of the Frenchmen Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. LONDON -- For about 15 minutes, it looked like it would be a difficult afternoon for Manchester United. With a strong wind whipping around Craven Cottage and the grass left long, you wondered whether United would be knocked off their game. Could this have been the day when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first defeat came? In those opening exchanges, it seemed possible: Claudio Ranieri's side attacked with purpose, United defended shakily and you could almost sense the wits of social media preparing...

Arsenal bounce back from Liverpool shame with emphatic victory over struggling Fulham

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 09:45:00 GMT

LONDON -- Arsenal began 2019 with three precious points as they swept aside Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates. Here are three quick thoughts from their New Year's Day win. 1. Arsenal bounce back with big win This felt like an important victory for Arsenal. Their 5-1 defeat to Liverpool last time out was, by a distance, their worst defeat of Unai Emery's reign thus far. As a side with a reputation for lacking mental toughness under his predecessor, Arsene Wenger, the big question here was how Emery's...

Weekend numbers: Ronaldo's missed 50, flying Reds and another PogBrace

Sun, 30 Dec 2018 08:53:00 GMT

The FC crew answer your tweets on the length of Unai Emery's honeymoon at Arsenal, Neil Warnock's success at Cardiff, New Year's resolutions and more. Manchester City beat Southampton to end their losing run, but Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol examine why teams are no longer afraid of the champions. Stewart Robson and Peter Walton discuss the big refereeing decisions from the weekend's football action. After Manchester City's win at Southampton, Steve Nicol says the returns of David Silva and Sergio Aguero will help steady the reigning champions. ESPN take a look back at a year Paul Pogba will never forget. Liverpool ended the year with a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, while Manchester United continued their impressive start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, brushing aside Bournemouth 4-1. Over in Italy, Juventus entered the winter after a VAR-controversy fueled 2-1 win over Sampdoria thanks to a brace from... who else, Cristiano Ronaldo.  Here, then, are the best of the numbers from the last bit of footballing action in 2018. 6 Roberto Firmino's hat trick is the sixth in fixtures between Liverpool and Arsenal...

Premier League still full of surprises, with Man City stumbling, Salah back on form, Arsenal on song

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:10:00 GMT

When it comes to the Premier League, we're all prone to jumping to conclusions and taking the latest preachings from the pundits as gospel. Well, predictions make fools of us all, and the action last weekend blew a few theories sky high. It turns out Manchester City are not invincible: Fancy that! Likewise, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was able to laugh in the faces of those experts, who basically told him he did not know what he was doing using "the world's top holding midfielder," N'Golo Kante,...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Sun, 9 Dec 2018 10:05:00 GMT

Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match. Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title. Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football. 15 Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Respite for Mourinho, home goal for Lukaku as Man United cruise past Fulham

Sat, 8 Dec 2018 09:05:00 GMT

Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal and provided two assists as Man United eased past 10-man Fulham at Old Trafford. Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match. Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference. MANCHESTER, England -- Three points on Manchester United's 4-1 win vs. Fulham in the Premier League. 1. Much-needed win for Mourinho, Man United Manchester United can do routine after all. There was no crisis and no spectacular comeback, just a comfortable win against a team they were expected to beat. The pressure on Jose Mourinho, who recorded his 50th league win in charge of the club, has eased. For a few days, at least. Fulham fans in the corner of Old Trafford made sure Mourinho and his players...

Fulham draw with Leicester but are taking steps forward under manager Claudio Ranieri

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 07:22:00 GMT

LONDON -- "One game at a time" was one of Claudio Ranieri's mantras during Leicester's miracle Premier League title triumph in 2016, and if the early days of his Fulham tenure are anything to go by, it is likely to serve him again at Craven Cottage. His first game, a knockabout 3-2 win over Southampton, brought him a first victory. He was more encouraged by his side's display in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, and there were further positives to be taken from game three, a 1-1 draw against...

Andre Schurrle's journey from winning the World Cup to fighting relegation

Sat, 1 Dec 2018 02:30:00 GMT

How would you cope if you reached the pinnacle of your profession at 23 years of age? Where would you go from there? Would you find it difficult to return to the prosaic realities of everyday life? Would you be able to rouse enthusiasm for the less glorious aspects of your job? Andre Schurrle was in that position in 2014. The German forward set up Mario Gotze's winning goal in the World Cup final over Argentina, not forgetting grabbing a couple for himself in the historic 7-1 humiliation of...

Premier League W2W4: Spurs, Chelsea have chance to show off brilliance

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 03:00:00 GMT

Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on. Are we about to see the best of Spurs and Chelsea? It's been a curious season at the top of the Premier League. The established order is more or less in place, only goal difference keeping Watford and Bournemouth above Manchester United, and thus the top six being the big six. The elite feel more entrenched than ever, the rest having to leap upon increasingly meagre scraps. And yet, Manchester...

Claudio Ranieri will prove his elite manager status if he keeps Fulham up

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:57:00 GMT

Leicester City fans send their messages to Claudio Ranieri after their former manager was announced as the new Fulham boss. Claudio Ranieri possesses the ideal CV to manage Fulham, the Premier League's bottom club. The Italian can boast charisma, experience of managing at the highest level for over 30 years, the ability to work with demanding owners, a knack of winning over even the most sceptical supporters and, perhaps most importantly, he also has a big tick in the box marked "sporting miracles." At 67, there is little that Ranieri has not encountered, but his title success with Leicester City in 2015-16 -- when the...

Arsenal fans show they can enjoy their football again in Fulham thrashing

Sun, 7 Oct 2018 06:21:00 GMT

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Arsenal's impressive 5-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. 1. Arsenal fans can enjoy their football again "We've got our Arsenal back," sang the travelling fans as Aaron Ramsey scored the Gunners' third goal in their latest victory, this one 5-1 at Fulham. This was Arsenal's ninth in a row in all competitions, making those early season woes seem like a very long time ago, and at least providing some optimism and enthusiasm in the stands. Nobody expects Unai Emery's...

Clint Dempsey's career defined by big moments for U.S., Fulham, Seattle

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:24:00 GMT

With some players, counting down their most memorable individual moments is a disservice to their overall bodies of work. Soccer is a game of subtleties, and to pick out only the highlights can feel like an oversimplification -- consider guys like Xavi and Andrea Pirlo, for whom the appeal was their ability to control entire matches as if holding an invisible string. With Clint Dempsey, it feels more apt. For Dempsey, who retired on Wednesday and finishes his career tied for the all-time goal-scoring...

Clint Dempsey personified U.S. soccer's dream: developing creative players with attitude, swagger

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:44:00 GMT

The end has finally come for the man they call "Deuce". Clint Dempsey, arguably the greatest player the U.S. has ever produced, announced on Wednesday that he has retired from professional soccer, effective immediately. "After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game," said Dempsey. "I'd like to thank all of the teammates, coaches and support staff that I've worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to...

U.S. Soccer star Clint Dempsey retires from professional football: Social media reacts

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:38:00 GMT

Wednesday marks the end of an era in U.S. Soccer as joint-record goalscorer Clint Dempsey announced he will retire from professional soccer effective immediately, ending the current Seattle Sounders star's illustrious career both with the USMNT and in club football. The 35-year-old finishes level atop the U.S. Soccer scoring charts with 57 goals, tying Landon Donovan, and will be remembered as perhaps the greatest American soccer player of all-time. Dempsey's professional career began in 2004...

Liverpool in good shape if Klopp is playing down form; Jean Michael Seri proves his worth at Fulham

Sun, 26 Aug 2018 02:45:00 GMT

The third weekend of the 2018-19 Premier League season is all but in the books. Join Nick Miller as he looks back on the best and worst on offer in England's top flight. Good sign of the weekend You can tell things are looking pretty good for Liverpool because Jurgen Klopp is trying to talk down their performances. He wasn't happy after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday, and after they made it three wins from three with the 1-0 defeat of Brighton at the weekend, he was similarly...

Harry Kane breaks his August duck, as Kieran Trippier stars for Tottenham

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:13:00 GMT

Harry Kane scored an August goal for the first time in his career, adding to goals from Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier in Spurs' win over Fulham. LONDON -- Three points from Wembley as a quickfire double in the second half saw Tottenham beat Fulham 3-1. 1. Harry Kane breaks his duck, as Kieran Trippier stars Harry Kane had never scored a Premier League goal in August before Saturday's match -- a statistic he was fully aware of and a curse he has been keen to lift. The striker looked jaded at Newcastle last weekend ,and as the second half wore on against Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, he looked set to draw a blank again -- especially when...

Fulham relish Premier League return before Palace provide reality check

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:02:00 GMT

LONDON -- It was roughly 90 minutes before kickoff when the Fulham team bus alighted on Stevenage Road and Premier League footballers ambled into Craven Cottage for the first top-flight fixture in these parts for over four years. Home fans were there in number to greet them, white replica shirts on their backs, broad new-season grins on their faces, the warm August sunshine gently beating down on their heads. The names and numbers melded pride in last's season swashbuckling promotion charge -- MITROVIC...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 01:00:00 GMT

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing. The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up? ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19.  Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead. MAN CITY Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...

Why the Championship play-off final is the richest game in soccer

Tue, 29 May 2018 10:15:00 GMT

Can there be anything in football more magnificent than the goal from an overhead kick? When Gareth Bale scored exactly that goal on Saturday in a Champions League final, the acme of elite-club-football competition, it was literally breath-taking. The stage, the spectacle made it possibly the greatest goal ever scored. But for all the beauty of that goal and how it will undoubtedly be admired throughout the ages, it wasn't even the most important scored that day. That accolade rests with Tom...

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