Goal-line technology and new VAR communication introduced for Supercopa de Espana

The Supercopa de Espana will see goal-line technology and the new “Vardict” system used for the first time in Spanish football.

The RFEF’s Technical Committee of Referees is making changes for the Supercopa de Espana, introducing goal-line technology for the first time while improving communication for VAR decisions.

A revamped Supercopa will take place in Saudi Arabia in January, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia involved.

For the first time in Spanish football, goal-line technology will be implemented in order to aid officials, with previous such calls made with the help of the VAR.

Referees chief Carlos Velasco Carballo explained on Wednesday: “The system consists of 14 cameras on the pitch. A high resolution camera will be on the goal line.

“This system is connected to the referees and, in less than a second, you hear the word ‘goal’ three times and the watch will vibrates to indicate the goal.

“It’s historic in Spanish football.”

 

The use of VAR in the first part of the LaLiga season was also discussed, with Velasco Carballo revealing the system had corrected 19 of 23 officiating errors.

Criticism of VAR has often come from the way calls are communicated to supporters within the stadium, but Velasco Carballo has outlined plans to improve this problem for the Supercopa.

A “Vardict” system on screens aims to ensure fans are kept up to date.

He said: “It will serve to communicate the decisions to the spectators in the stadium, a fundamental aspect in the success of the VAR. They will have the same information as the spectators watching on television.”

FIFA 20: Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard form thrilling front three in FUT TOTW

Wednesday’s FUT Team of the Week includes a host of attacking stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard.

Cristiano Ronaldo has made FIFA Ultimate Team’s latest Team of the Week after moving onto 99 international goals for Portugal.

Juventus superstar Ronaldo is closing on Ali Daei’s all-time world record of 109 after another four goals in the international break.

Ronaldo hit a ruthless hat-trick against Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying, before netting again against Luxembourg to nudge towards three figures.

He is joined in a thrilling FUT front three by Harry Kane and Eden Hazard.

Kane ended the qualifying campaign having netted in all eight matches, hitting 12 goals in total as the competition’s leading scorer.

Hazard is struggling for Real Madrid but scored twice in Belgium’s win at Russia, while midfielders Toni Kroos and John McGinn were rewarded for their own goalscoring exploits.

Nicolas Otamendi, often seen as a liability at Manchester City, earned a place with his performances for Argentina.

We take a look at the latest squad in full below.

FUT TEAM OF THE WEEK

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – 86

CB: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – 85

CB: Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach) – 82

RB: Stefan Lainer (Borussia Monchengladbach) – 81

CM: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) – 84

CM: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 89

LM: Ole Kristian Selnaes (Shenzhen FC) – 81

CAM : John McGinn (Aston Villa) – 84

LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Piemonte Calcio) – 94

LF: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – 92

ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 91

SUBSTITUTES

GK: Andre Onana (Ajax) – 84

LB: Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Monchengladbach) – 81

RW: Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) – 80

RM: Robert Skov (Hoffenheim) – 81

RW: Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) – 86

ST: Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – 83

ST: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) – 81

RESERVES

CB: Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) – 74

CDM: Alex Kral (Spartak Moscow) – 80

ST: Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) – 79

ST: Victor Osimhen (Lille) – 80

LW: Duvan Vergara (America de Cali) – 76

Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic suffers injury setback

Atletico defender Stefan Savic

Atletico Madrid are no closer to having Stefan Savic back in action after he suffered a relapse of his hamstring problem.

Stefan Savic has suffered a setback as he bids to return from a hamstring injury.

The Atletico Madrid centre-back has been out of action since Montenegro’s 0-0 draw against Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifying on October 11.

Atleti announced Savic, who was substituted after 39 minutes of that match, had suffered a hamstring issue but did not offer an estimated recovery time.

And the club revealed in an update on Wednesday the defender has “suffered a relapse of the grade II injury”.

Savic has undergone tests and, according to Atleti’s short statement, “is pending response to treatment”.

Spurs appoint Mourinho: Tracing the Special One’s highs and lows

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Back in the Premier League and with a point to prove, we look back on the peaks and troughs of Jose Mourinho’s colourful managerial career.

Jose Mourinho has been given a shot at Premier League redemption with Tottenham.

Almost a year on from his acrimonious exit from Manchester United, the two-time Champions League winner has an unexpected chance to prove his best work is not confined to the past.

As the Special One aims to rise again, we reflect on the highs and lows of a managerial career full of highlights and high drama.

HIGHS

Upstaging the elite with Porto

Mourinho made his name at Porto, where he orchestrated perhaps the most unlikely Champions League triumph of the 21st century. Deco and Ricardo Carvalho were among the stars of the side that overcame future employers United, Lyon and Deportivo La Coruna en route to a meeting with Monaco in Gelsenkirchen. An emphatic 3-0 win secured Mourinho the continent’s most coveted trophy in just his second full season in charge and laid the foundation for a silver-tinged future.


Tripletta treat

Inter snapped up Mourinho in June 2008, less than a year on from his initial split with Chelsea. It proved a perfect marriage of two tempestuous forces. After cantering to the Scudetto at the first attempt, Mourinho set his sights on guiding the Nerazzurri to greater heights in 2009-10. He did that and then some. Inter pipped Roma to the title, won the Coppa Italia and, after stunning Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, Mourinho scaled Europe’s highest peak for the second time, a 2-0 defeat of Bayern Munich crowning a magnificent treble.

Madrid make history

Mourinho’s decision to depart San Siro for the Santiago Bernabeu brought little immediate success as Real Madrid claimed only the Copa del Rey in an underwhelming 2010-11 campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo had grander plans and his 46 goals the following season fired Los Blancos to a LaLiga title, their one and only under Mourinho. Most impressive was the team’s final tally of 100 points, at the time a LaLiga record.

The best of the rest

In a January 2019 interview with beIN SPORTS, Mourinho suggested some would call him “crazy” for regarding a second-place finish with United as one of his greatest achievements. On reflection, it seems a reasonable assertion. United might have finished 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City in 2017-18 but now, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggling to cobble together a team fit for Europe, finishing above Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal appears an admirable feat.

LOWS

Chelsea return ruined

Parting ways with Chelsea once must have been painful enough for a manager who won worldwide recognition in his first Premier League job. To leave in ignominious circumstances a second time surely rankles among his greatest regrets. The Blues described Mourinho as a “much-loved, respected and significant figure” after relieving him of his duties in December 2015 but it was clear that not all held the same affection for him. Mourinho suggested he felt “betrayed” by his players amid a miserable beginning to their title defence, leaving a stain on his Stamford Bridge legacy.

Problems with Pogba

Mourinho arrived at United at the same time as Paul Pogba and together the pair were supposed to lead a renaissance. Instead, they became caught in a vortex of middling results and worse relations. Mourinho’s failure to extract the best from Pogba on the pitch, and their frosty exchanges off it, portrayed a manager unable to elevate top-class talent. His treatment of Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial attracted further criticism and echoed the sort of strained relationships that were apparent in Madrid, Mourinho having notably not seen eye to eye with Iker Casillas.

Down and out at United

Never before his exit from Old Trafford had Mourinho departed a club without winning a league title. Several were expected when he took charge of the Red Devils in 2016 and, though the resources of neighbours City reframed the standard measure of success, trophies in the EFL Cup and Europa League fell short of the brief. Mourinho stakes his reputation on winning major honours, not friends, yet he left with few of either when United called time on his reign almost 12 months ago. A playing style deemed unacceptable by supporters only contributed to the sense that the new Tottenham boss squandered an opportunity he keenly coveted. He will hope to avoid a repeat.

Spurs appoint Jose Mourinho: ‘Specialist in failure’, eye-pokes and Mourinho’s best fall-outs

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte

Jose Mourinho has made a sensational return to the Premier League with Tottenham, but it is unlikely to be a smooth ride.

Jose Mourinho has proven a successful, and controversial figure, during his long managerial career.

Trophies have been plentiful, as have confrontations with rival managers.

There have been clashes in Italy, Spain and England as the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United has made waves throughout Europe.

Here, we look back at five of Mourinho’s most heated moments.

“Demenza senile”

Premier League managers having a go at each other is nothing new, but it felt like Antonio Conte and Mourinho crossed a line in the 2017-18 season. Mourinho appeared to implicate Conte when he suggested counterparts act like “clowns” on the touchline, with the Italian often running into the crowd to celebrate Chelsea goals.

From there, the row quickly escalated. Conte hit back, suggesting Mourinho was suffering from “demenza senile”, which translates as senile dementia. Mourinho famously ran down the touchline at Old Trafford when Porto scored a key Champions League winner, but Conte had gone too far and Chelsea quickly clarified that he meant “amnesia”.

Having successfully provoked Conte, Mourinho blamed the media for the whole affair and referenced match-fixing allegations made against Siena during Conte’s time in charge. The former Italy boss served a ban but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Conte then called Mourinho a “little man” and suggested he would seek to meet his rival “in a room” to sort out their difficulties.

Poking Tito Vilanova in the eye

It was assumed that Pep Guardiola and Mourinho would renew their old rivalry when the pair were appointed by Manchester City and United respectively in 2016, but the row never boiled over.

The closest they have come to fireworks was a clash in the Old Trafford tunnel following City’s 2-1 win in the Manchester derby in December 2017. Mourinho allegedly went to the away dressing room to complain over the volume of City’s celebrations, only for a melee to ensue. Guardiola was not present at the time and Mourinho later blamed a “diversity in education” between the two Manchester squads for the fracas.

Mourinho and Guardiola go way back, with the Portuguese believing he should have been appointed by Barcelona before they moved for their former player. Later, while in charge of Real Madrid, Mourinho saw his side thrashed 5-0 at Camp Nou, while he was sent off for gouging the eye of Guardiola’s assistant, Tito Vilanova, during the 2011 Supercopa de Espana. Mourinho also suggested Guardiola’s Barcelona won the 2010-11 Champions League by virtue of generous refereeing.

Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’

That Mourinho seemingly lost interest in rowing with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was probably a sign of how far the Gunners eventually fell under the veteran Frenchman. Mourinho no longer saw Wenger as a rival. It was not always the case, though, as Wenger was the subject of one of the 56-year-old’s most famous rants, when he called the Arsenal manager a “specialist in failure”.

Mourinho’s Chelsea were a point clear of the Gunners atop the Premier League table in February 2014 when the Portuguese hit out at a long trophy-less wait for the Gunners. “If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don’t come back,” Mourinho said.

Back in 2005, Wenger was called a “voyeur” by Mourinho. “He likes to watch other people,” he said. “There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.”

“I don’t want to win the Europa League”

Mourinho has often had a problem with managers who succeeded him at clubs, with Rafael Benitez drawing his ire on multiple occasions.

After Mourinho left Inter, Benitez took over and claimed the Club World Cup with the Serie A side. “I thought he was going to thank me for the title I gave him,” said the ex-Porto boss.

Benitez took charge of Chelsea briefly between Mourinho’s two spells at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues to Europa League glory. “I don’t want to win the Europa League,” Mourinho said. “It would be a big disappointment for me.”

Mourinho had obviously changed his tune by 2017, when winning the Europa League earned Manchester United a route into the Champions League.

Parking the bus

At United, Mourinho’s team were often accused of ‘parking the bus’, which is ironic as he is credited with introducing the phrase to English football.

After a 0-0 draw against Tottenham in 2004 during his first Chelsea spell, Mourinho said: “As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.”

And after Inter knocked out Barca on the way to the Champions League title in 2010, Mourinho extended the metaphor further.

“We won the tie in Barcelona, but everyone talks about Barcelona winning and says we parked the bus in front of the goal,” said Mourinho. “We didn’t park the bus, we parked the plane.”

Wales, golf, Madrid… in that order – Gareth Bale celebrates Euro 2020 qualification

After Tuesday’s victory, Gareth Bale was seen celebrating in front of a Wales flag with the words: “WALES. GOLF. MADRID… IN THAT ORDER”.

Gareth Bale risked incurring the wrath of Real Madrid with his celebration of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification.

Wales – semi-finalists at Euro 2016 – booked their ticket to next year’s European Championship with a 2-0 win over Hungary on Tuesday.

Aaron Ramsey’s double in Cardiff ensured Wales leapfrogged Hungary and clinched the second automatic qualifying spot in Group E.

Bale and his team-mates celebratedly wildly post-game, with the former Tottenham talisman particularly catching the eye.

 

Tipped to leave Madrid and criticised for his priorities amid his love for golf, Wales fans have adopted the chant, “Wales, golf, Madrid”, which has been heard during the international break.

And on Tuesday, Bale was seen celebrating in front of a Wales flag with the words: “WALES. GOLF. MADRID… IN THAT ORDER”.

 

Matthijs De Ligt ‘a little sorry’ about picking Juventus over Barcelona – Patrick Kluivert

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt

Patrick Kluivert has suggested Matthijs de Ligt feels “sorry” about turning down Barcelona.

Matthijs de Ligt feels a degree of regret about choosing Juventus over Barcelona, according to the Catalan club’s director of youth football Patrick Kluivert.

Juve beat out strong competition to sign Netherlands international De Ligt from Ajax in June.

The defender had been heavily linked to LaLiga champions Barca but opted to sign a five-year deal in Turin after Ajax accepted an offer worth an initial €75million.

De Ligt was thrust into the starting XI after Giorgio Chiellini suffered a serious knee injury and has faced criticism for conceding two penalties – both for handball – in his nine Serie A appearances.

Former Netherlands striker Kluivert believes the 20-year-old may now be second-guessing his transfer choice.

“I would not say I tried to convince him, I could only tell him very good things about both Barcelona the city, as well as the club,” Kluivert told Mundo Deportivo when asked about talks he held with De Ligt.

“But in the end it is the player and his agent who decide. Of course De Ligt is a great defender, but in the end he made a choice. I think he is a little sorry, but it is what it is.

“In life you make choices and sometimes you do it well and sometimes badly. You have to learn from your decisions.”

 

Frenkie de Jong, De Ligt’s former Ajax team-mate, did make the move to Barca in the close season and has flourished, with Kluivert praising the “very high quality” midfielder.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman coaches both players at international level and has called the Barca job a “possibility” beyond Euro 2020, after which a clause in his contract would allow him to leave for Camp Nou.

When asked whether Koeman could return to the club as head coach, Kluivert told SPORT: “I don’t know, maybe, but I insist, out of respect for Valverde, I don’t want to talk about other coaches when there’s one in a job at this club.”

He added: “I know Ronald very well. Out of respect for Valverde, I don’t want to position myself.

“[Koeman] is a very good coach, he’s doing really well with the Dutch national team.”

Gareth Bale responds to Wales fans’ song mocking Real Madrid

Gareth Bale responds to Wales fans' song mocking Real Madrid

As you already know by now, Gareth Bale is the subject of a new football song whose popularity is growing day by day. The song, created by fans of the Wales national team, makes fun of his love for golf over Real Madrid, his club.

Well, first things first – have a listen to the “Wales, Golf, Madrid!” chant right here:

Earlier last week, former Real Madrid striker Pedja Mijatovic slammed the Welshman, claiming that he was concerned about the player’s priorities.

In a column for the Spanish publication AS, Mijatovic had written: “The first thing he [Bale] thinks about is Wales, then golf and after that, Real Madrid.”

The latest Gareth Bale song can hence be traced back to Mijatovic’s comments.

And on Tuesday, ahead of Wales’ upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier against Hungary, the 30-year-old said he does not mind the song and that he is happy, as long as the Welsh fans are still getting behind the team.

“I’ve heard it, especially when I was on the bench when I came off and the boys were laughing. It’s a bit of fun,” he said, before adding:

“We want the Welsh fans to be the same as always – to be supporting us, to sing, to be the 12th man.”

Quotes via Mirror.

Reports: How Kylian Mbappe could influence Neymar’s potential Barcelona move

Reports: How Kylian Mbappe could influence Neymar's potential Barcelona move

The presence of Kylian Mbappe within the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) squad may work well in Barcelona’s favour, as the Ligue 1 giants could be forced to offload Neymar due to FIFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

This is according to Sport, who has claimed that PSG are keen to tie down both Neymar and Mbappe to their squad but will be forced to part ways with one of them due to various FFP regulations.

It has also been understood that the Parisians prefer Neymar over Mbappe from a marketing point of view, but the Brazilian’s acute lack of interest in staying back at the club seems to have changed the club’s perspective, as they now want to keep Mbappe, even if it means Neymar will leave.

Earlier this summer, the 27-year-old had reportedly met with Nasser Al-Kheliafi, the club’s President, in order to request him to sanction his move back to Barcelona – who he left in 2017 to sign up with them for a world record transfer fee of €220million. The star forward also apparently referred to the Catalan club as his “home” which he “should never have left”.

Although Barcelona chief Eric Abidal recently confirmed their interest in Neymar, it is yet to be made clear as to whether they will target him during the upcoming January transfer window.

Reports from various sources have estimated that the Brazilian ace will go on sale for a price between €200million and €250million.

Reports: Barcelona target makes transfer decision as contract talks stall

Reports: Barcelona target makes transfer decision as contract talks stall

Chelsea star Willian is apparently keen to complete his potential switch to Barcelona, amidst reports that the La Liga giants have renewed their interest in him ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

Express claims that Willian is “desperate” to join Lionel Messi and co, even as Chelsea prepare to renew his contract at the Stamford Bridge. It is no secret that for the past few seasons, the Blaugrana have been trying to make a move for the Brazil international. Each time they attempted to bring him over to the Camp Nou, the potential deal failed due to one reason or the other.

The English news agency further adds that during the summer, Barcelona made multiple offers for the former Shakhtar Donetsk star – all of which were turned down by the London side.

And now, according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Willian is “stalling on penning a new contract” at Chelsea, in the hope of signing with the Catalans in January.

It has only been a few weeks since he revealed that the La Liga defending champions tried to sign him after the 2018 World Cup.

“The only real official offer I had came from Barcelona, last year, after the World Cup. Barcelona indeed presented an offer to Chelsea but it was rejected,” he said, before adding:

“That was the only actual time I had to discuss something like this with my family, although we really love it here.”

“So there were several factors that helped us in staying back at Chelsea.”

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard responds to criticisms from Arsene Wenger, John Obi Mikel

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard responds to criticisms from Arsene Wenger, John Obi Mikel

Despite facing a truckload of criticism from the likes of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and ex-Chelsea teammate John Obi Mikel regarding his weight issues and work ethic, Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard has insisted that he is “in good shape”.

Hazard’s relatively silent start to 2019-20 also saw him facing criticisms from all corners, as Wenger described him to be “too heavy” and John Obi Mikel labelled him “the laziest player I have played with”.

However, while speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, the Belgian himself insisted that he is fully fit and will “always try” to do his best.

“For the last month I’ve been in good condition with no injuries,” he said, before adding:

“I’m in good shape. When I’m on the pitch I will always try to do my best, with Real Madrid or Belgium. I just want to keep this momentum.”

It was during 2019 July that Hazard finally made his dream move to Real Madrid, after years of speculation. Sky Sports reports that the LaLiga giants signed the 28-year-old in a deal that could reportedly rise to a club-record transfer of £130million, once all bonus payments are completed.

Needless to say, the star attacker who amassed 110 goals and 92 assists for Chelsea across 352 appearances, arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu amidst huge expectations – but so far this season, he has not impressed much, having scored just one goal and provided four assists for Los Blancos in 11 appearances across all competitions.

Reports: Manchester United makes Paul Pogba transfer decision amid Real Madrid, Juventus interest

Reports: Manchester United makes Paul Pogba transfer decision amid Real Madrid, Juventus interest

Manchester United have reportedly decided to let go of Paul Pogba during the upcoming January transfer window, as the interest on him from both Real Madrid and Juventus intensify.

According to TuttoSport, Juventus are likely to sign Pogba only during next summer, but they are ready to establish contact with Manchester United in the coming weeks. so that they can gain a headstart over Real Madrid who are also plotting his signing.

Juventus are also likely to part ways with veteran striker Mario Mandzukic in exchange for the Frenchman – and as Mandzukic and United have expressed a mutual liking for each other, it seems likely that they will arrange a deal for both players during the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has also not yet given up on the chase for the 26-year-old, after failing to sign him during the summer transfer window. Back then, the Red Devils’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not really inclined to sell his best player, which is why he named an asking price of €180million for him – a price which was considered very high by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who then pulled the plug on a potential deal.

The ongoing 2019-20 season has not really been kind to Pogba either, as recurring bouts of injuries have forced him to remain silent for a major part of the season so far.

So far, has managed only six appearances this season – five in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup.

Eden Hazard heaps praise on Real Madrid teammate, calls him ‘best in the world’

Eden Hazard heaps praise on Real Madrid teammate, calls him 'best in the world'

On Monday, Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard showered praise on teammate Karim Benzema, before proceeding to call him “the best striker in the world”.

The Belgian international shared his insights on the 32-year-old forward while speaking in the press conference ahead of his country’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match against Cyprus on Tuesday. Both players have been teammates at Real Madrid for about four months now, after Hazard joined Los Blancos from Chelsea earlier this summer.

“After having played with him for three or four months, I think he [Benzema] is currently the best striker in the world. But besides his role as a striker, he makes others better too,” Hazard said, before adding:

“I’m sorry for him [for his exile from the France national team].”

“But it’s always easier to play against a team that Benzema is not in!”

The 28-year-old also opened up on Real Madrid’s slow start to the ongoing 2019-20 season, after which they seemed to have picked up some pace. In their last five matches, the Merengues scored 16 goals, but conceded none.

“You can always do better, of course. I think that with Real Madrid, for a month, everything is going very well. We won matches and the team is progressing well, which is also easier for me,” the star attacker said, before concluding:

“I am in a good dynamic and I have to continue like this.”

Quotes via AS.

Reports say Pogba prefers Juve over Madrid, Pochettino nears Tottenham exit

Manchester United star Paul Pogba would prefer a return to Juventus over a move to Real Madrid.

Paul Pogba has decided where he wants his next move to be, while Mauricio Pochettino is nearing a Tottenham exit.

Pogba, 26, was linked with a Manchester United departure during the close season but ended up staying at Old Trafford.

However, the France midfielder’s future remains a talking point.

TOP STORY – POGBA PREFERS JUVENTUS RETURN OVER MADRID MOVE

Pogba would prefer to return to Juventus but would not say no to Real Madrid, according to Tuttosport.

The Serie A champions and LaLiga giants were the two clubs most heavily linked with a move for Pogba – who is contracted until 2021 – during the close season.

A potential Juve deal for Pogba could see Mario Mandzukic head to Manchester United, the report says.

ROUND-UP

– Pochettino has held “crisis talks” with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as he nears an exit, according to The Telegraph. Spurs have struggled this season and sit 14th in the Premier League table through 12 games.

– While Mandzukic is wanted by UnitedBorussia Dortmund are ready to compete for the striker, according to Kicker. Mandzukic starred during two seasons with Bayern Munich before leaving the Bundesliga in 2014.

– Spain have offered Luis Enrique a chance to lead the nation at Euro 2020, according to AS. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have called a news conference for Tuesday, with Luis Enrique reportedly set to replace Robert Moreno at the helm.

– Manchester United are preparing to try to sign both Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland in January, according to Goal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to try and strengthen his squad with United nine points adrift of the top four in the Premier League.

– Chelsea attacker Willian and Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz have slowed contract talks with their respective clubs amid interest from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo. Willian is out of contract at season’s end, while Fabian’s deal runs until 2023.

– Manchester City are considering making a move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to the Mirror. The Premier League champions lost Aymeric Laporte to a knee injury in September and may look to strengthen, although the Frenchman is expected to be back in early 2020.