Moise Kean’s move to Everton has been labelled a mistake by the striker’s father.
The Italy Under-21 forward joined the Toffees from Juventus in a £27million move last summer but he is yet to score a goal for his new club having played just nine games.
The 19-year-old was omitted from last week’s win at Southampton after reportedly being late for a team meeting.
Speaking to Centro Suono Sport, Jean Kean revealed a hope for his son to return to Italy ‘as soon as possible’.
“Sending my son to England was a mistake, because he’s still too young,” he said. “He’s not feeling good at Everton, I didn’t like this transfer.
“I hope he can come back to Italy as soon as possible, I hope he goes to Rome, but the important thing is that he comes back here.”
Kean Sr also revealed his unhappiness at agent Mino Raiola’s influence on his son.
“I don’t have a relationship with Raiola, I have never met him, I don’t think he even wants to see me.
“He demanded my son’s power of attorney when he was 14 and together with my ex-wife he wanted to take him to England.
“At Everton, where he is playing now, he is not settling in well. I think he was supposed to wait a few more years before he had an experience abroad.
“If there is a possibility for him to come back to Italy, I hope he can do that, so as not to ruin him.”
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Juventus have offered Manchester United two players in exchange for Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Pogba was keen on a move away from Old Trafford this summer and his situation is being monitored by a host of top European clubs including Juventus and Real Madrid.
Pogba currently has two years left on his contract, and United have an option to sign him for another year after that.
But the Frenchman is reported to be asking for more money, perhaps to force an exit from the club in January.
And now Tuttosport claims that Juve have offered former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic as part of a deal to land Pogba.
Daniele Rugani has been out of favour with Maurizio Sarri this season and the report adds that he could be another swap option for United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strengthened his defence in the summer and the potential signings of Can and Mandzukic – who United have been heavily linked with – could be more tempting.
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Another 3-0 win in Kharkiv, but this was a far more important victory than a year ago. City did not play with any great style, or at least only did so in short bursts, but what mattered is that they showed their teeth.
People like it when City lose and, back home, the defeat to Norwich is still a punchline. The schadenfreude has evidently tweaked Pep Guardiola, too, and he was irritated enough to call back to the media’s heckling of him during his first season. A little strange; it has been more than three years.
But that just underlines how important this was. To get off to a good start in the Champions League, of course, because that’s always useful, but also to change the conversation. With that in mind, this was precisely the right moment for City to effortlessly dominate a side on their own pitch and remind everyone of their power.
And what a terrific performance from Fernandinho. Yes, Guardiola can afford to be a bit experimental with his centre-backs, but don’t underestimate the challenge of occupying an unfamiliar position at this level of the game.
Our early winners. despite the chaos.
How much fun was that to watch? Haaland had scored three hat-tricks in the Austrian Bundesliga already this season, but for most of us this was a first glimpse. He’s a spectacle, in the true, ‘who the f**k is that?’ sense? By all accounts he possesses a slightly alternative personality away from the game (Google the story about the Champions League anthem) and he seems very off-beat in front of the press. On the pitch, though, he plays like a PG monster from a child’s nightmare.
He shouldn’t be able to move like that. Does that make sense? He’s too big, he’s too square and he has that ever-so-slightly crouched posture when runs which makes it looks like he’s swimming. So: a vast body with disproportionate limbs and a big, friendly looking face. If he was chasing you, you’d definitely run away.
Soon, he’ll take up residence in the gossip columns. He’ll be seized by the have-a-go analysts and lavished by the kind of hyperbole that will make it impossible for him to surprise us ever again. For now, though, he’s just a big, goofy teenager doing amazing things at the summit of the game.
And he also looks like he could eat Roy Keane for breakfast, which his dad probably doesn’t hate.
The only shame of Haaland’s hat-trick was that it overshadowed his manager’s own accomplishment. On Tuesday night, Jesse Marsch became the first American to coach a team in the Champions League. By half-time, after a staggering 45 minutes and with a 5-1 lead, he knew he was about to become the first American to win in the Champions League too.
It’s quite a story. Five years ago, Marsch was coaching at Princeton University, and even then just as an assistant. He did spend three years in charge of the New York Red Bulls and, obviously, has benefited from the club’s network and pathways, but this has still been jet-powered rise. And a challenge, too. When he was appointed by Salzburg, the home fans hung a banner behind one of the goals in protest. A couple of months later, his team have won their first seven league games of the season, a division record, and currently boast a goal-difference of +28.
Add six more goals and three Champions League to that growing CV.
What a performance. That Barcelona forward line obviously isn’t what it was, but Hummels was outstanding in that goalless draw and clearly the game’s best player.
Which might be of interest to Jogi Loew, who forcefully retired Hummels from international duty at the age of just 30. You suspect that it wasn’t an entirely sporting decision, because Hummels is no wallflower, but it doesn’t look like a particularly smart one, either – particularly given how poorly Germany defended in that recent lost to Holland.
It’s not just that Hummels remains an excellent player, it’s that he comprises the balance of attributes that Loew seems to need at the centre of his defence. On this evidence, none of those abilities are on the wane yet.
Just for his save, because if he never makes another appearance in the Champions League, which he probably won’t, then that’s quite a memory to take away.
It was fortuitous, because when a cross is hung up to the back post like that, there’s only so much a goalkeeper can do. The coaching instruction is presumably for him to just put himself in position to hopefully be hit by the ball – the Schmeichel starfish technique, for instance, which was actually a very passive position.
But this wasn’t just that; Adrian wasn’t just hit by the ball. Dries Merten’s technique was perfect; it was a really well-struck shot and, no matter how many times you watch, it still seems unlikely that – 1) Adrian will be able to hang in the air long enough to make the save and 2) have the necessary finger strength to gain proper purchase on the ball.
Let’s not rank it. Who cares how it measures against other excellent saves? This was just brilliant, brilliant goalkeeping.
Back to where they were, then, because everything that was good about Spurs at the weekend dissipated during the flight to Greece. They played with no pace, no accuracy or control and, most concerningly, without any authority over the game even after finding themselves two goals ahead.
That’s one of the anomalies about Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino. No matter how long this group stays together and what they experience, they never seem to acquire the ability to properly protect leads. Sometimes that can be excused on account of the opposition or scenario. More often, though, it can be traced back to inexplicable errors which, really, have no justification.
As they didn’t on Wednesday, when Christian Eriksen’s cheap turnover and Jan Vertonghen’s rash challenge allowed Mathieu Valbuena to equalise from the penalty spot.
Just calling it ‘Spursy’ is irritating, because it implies that the players have no responsibility and that, ultimately, the club’s flawed DNA can always just be used as an excuse. It’s not a curse, it’s just rubbish defending and Tottenham are guilty of it far too often.
“It’s not about tactics or quality players but the level of fight. You need to match the opponent in aggressivity, excitement, motivation. That is the first demand – you need to work. It’s not only the responsibility of one person; it’s everyone’s responsibility.”
Mauricio Pochettino is correct in his diagnosis, but so what? Five years in and his team are still kicking themselves in the balls on a semi-regular basis. This is why they haven’t won anything. It’s not the absence of some elusive fortitude, it’s because – for all their very real, very substantial improvements – they remain a fundamentally sloppy football team, prone to wavering concentration and poor decisions. They can still be brilliant to watch and their fans rightly love them for that, but how precise are they? How much detail lies behind Pochettino’s approach?
Those aren’t rhetorical questions, it’s genuinely difficult to know the answers.
Let’s not lose sight of a bigger picture: it wasn’t important that Tottenham won in Greece, it was just essential that they didn’t lose. But that not withstanding, this was still a dreadful performance which will have to be their worst of the campaign if they’re to do anything of note in the Champions League this season.
And that’s why nobody bought him. He’s regularly (and correctly) identified as the side’s most important component, but he still takes far too many games off to be worth the kind of fee that Daniel Levy was asking for.
It’s not intentional, Eriksen is far from lazy, he just doesn’t possess the mental appetite for the game that very best players all share. He doesn’t have the slightly sociopathic quality that instructs that sort of drive and that’s probably why, unfortunately, he’s prone to making the same mistakes so often.
Think back to the Champions League quarter-final last season and the pass he gave away in the build up to Raheem Sterling’s disallowed goal. How does a player not learn from that kind of mistake? How is that, four months later, he can find himself in a similar situation, leave the ball hopelessly unprotected, and then fail to react properly when it’s stolen from him?
No, it shouldn’t have been a penalty but, yes, Liverpool still deserved to lose.
More here on a sloppy first night which has made a simple group much harder than it should have been.
There isn’t much point in doing game-by-game analysis of Frank Lampard, because we know he’s still learning and we knew that these kind of games would be a feature of this season. No, the defeat to Valencia wasn’t good, but it didn’t feature any new concerns or present problems with Chelsea that hadn’t already been diagnosed.
One thing though: get those set-pieces sorted. Rodrigo scored from one and Kevin Gameiro might have scored from another. Liverpool aren’t Tony Pulis’s Stoke City,
Antonio Conte in Europe
Conte can’t really do European football. Last time we saw him, his Chelsea side were being dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona at the Round of 16 stage in 2017. True, he was likely preoccupied by that redundancy-baiting sulk at the time, but his Serie A-dominating Juventus side were hardly a European power either, exiting meekly to Bayern Munich in 2013 and, more embarrassingly, in the group stage a year later.
Stranger still, Juventus went all the way to the final the very next year, in Max Allegri’s first season in charge.
So there’s a something here and, as a result, familiarity in seeing Conte’s Inter, who are currently top of Serie A, being outplayed by Slavia Prague. They salvaged a late point through a fortunate deflection, but that flattered a horribly disconnected performance which Slavia didn’t quite have the composure to punish properly.
Conte’s football could never be described as exhilarating. Actually, its greatest virtue is its repetitive nature and percussive attrition, but it’s concerning just how loose Inter were and how far away from his ideals they seem to be. It’s early in his reign, that’s only to fair, but they really were hopeless.
The last time Francis Coquelin played at Stamford Bridge he left humiliated, having been rag-dolled by Eden Hazard. On his return, he was evidently determined to leave more of an impression.
And he did. Whether there was any malice in his first half follow-through on Mason Mount is debatable – almost certainly there wasn’t – but the effect will be that one of the stories of the season will now be placed on pause. At the time of writing it’s not clear how serious the ankle injury is (although a scan has precluded ligament damage), but it was bad enough to see Mount leave the field and, presumably, will cost him a place in the team which faces Liverpool at the weekend.
Urgh. He’s one of the reasons to watch the Premier League at the moment and who wasn’t intrigued by Mount’s first steps in European football?
The sentiment behind Clear & Obvious is right, because nobody wants endless interference or to see tiny parts of the game being refereed. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes VAR such a difficult sell. The problem with this ‘high bar’ is that incidents are occurring which should be reversed – the Callejon penalty, Marc-Andre ter Stegen leaving his line – but which invariably aren’t because of that determination not to interfere.
The more that happens, whatever the intention may be, the more antagonistic it will ultimately become.
The draw with Zenit now makes it eight Champions League games without a win. Stranger still, the last time they did win in the competition was against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Lyon are obviously no longer the club that won eight straight Ligue 1 titles at the beginning of the Millennium. The nature of French football has changed and their place in the domestic and continental hierarchy has been permanently altered. But this is still a team capable of doing more than they are.
Dembele, Depay, Aouar and Tousart may not be Juninho, Benzema and Govou, but it’s not as if they’re without talent.
Big clubs have suffered at Parc des Princes during the group stage before, but this defeat felt more instructive. Not least because it was inflicted by a Paris Saint-Germain side without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and without the customary reliance on individual power.
They just looked like the better team and, given what PSG represent in the modern game, that’s absolutely damning. But still very fair, because Real are in a terrible muddle and this felt like an accurate portrayal of what they are.
And what is that? A head coach with a very tenuous relationship with a few of his key players. A midfield which now looks tired and imbalanced and improperly weighted with attacking players. And a forward line which, last night at least, was propped up a by a player who the club tried to sell to the Chinese Super League over the summer.
When Zinedine Zidane first resigned, he made an excellent decision. He had his European Cups and a reputation which, because of that success, was very difficult to argue with. What he identified, most likely, was that the squad he’d been managing was reaching the end of its lifespan and that whomever was in charge over the next few years would have to suffer through transition.
And, unfortunately, although turning Florentino Perez down must be difficult, Zidane has stumbled his way back into the situation he did so well to extricate himself from. Remember that episode of The Simpsons in which Homer jumps out of a car which is heading off the edge of a cliff but somehow, inadvertently, rolls back in? Yeah, that.
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No, it wasn’t a penalty. Jose Callejon clearly initiated contact with Andy Robertson and, unfortunately, neither the referee nor the VAR were able – or willing – to correct their decision.
But the incident still characterised the tone of Liverpool’s performance. They were slack and ever so slightly complacent. They had good moments and promised goals at different points of the game, but Roberson’s wifty challenge was indicative of an attitude which wasn’t quite what it should have been. Not that he deserves a flogging, because he remains overwhelmingly in credit, but any modern defender knows that if you dangle a leg out like that then, most likely, someone will take an opportunist tumble.
So two conclusions, both of which are true: Liverpool were done by the referee, but they also paid the price for a lack of a mental sharpness.
That showed in different facets of the game. For the penalty, of course, and that strange Virgil van Dijk mistake which Fernando Llorente turned into a second goal, but also in their uncommon inaccuracy at the other end of the pitch.
If the game had an emblem, then it would be that, in particular the mess Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah made of that second-half counter. The pass Mane tried to play was far harder than it looked, but it was still the kind of opportunity that this team – and those players – habitually exploit week after week.
In fact, as that move was developing, who didn’t think it was destined to end with the ball in the net and one of those players wheeling away in celebration?
In a way, that’s a measure of the respect that Jurgen Klopp’s side now command. They are usually so precise and so ruthless that when that killer quality is missing, it provokes incredibly harsh criticism.
And it is harsh, because there was plenty of good in that performance. Collectively, because it was far superior to what Liverpool offered in Naples a year ago. But also individually: Sarah Winterburn has already written about a very fine Fabinho display, and there were notable showings from, among others, Jordan Henderson and Adrian.
Still, let’s not lose sight of what Napoli are. Serie A is just three games old, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side began their season by conceding three goals in both of their first two games – to Juventus and Fiorentina – and, while they kept a clean sheet at the weekend, that fragility was definitely in evidence last night. Kalidou Koulibaly is a brilliant defender, but he is not part of a brilliant defence; if Napoli survive the group, they’ll be eliminated by the first efficient side they face.
So this was a game Liverpool should have won. That they lost isn’t cause for any alarm, but it has created a degree of uncertainty within a group which should have been straightforward. On the evidence of what they did to Genk, nobody should be looking forward to playing RB Salzburg, either.
It’s important because Klopp’s players could do with making the first part of their Champions League defence as processional as possible. They’ve already established a handy lead back home, but Manchester City will inevitably improve and, when that happens, Liverpool will need to match their power. The ideal scenario, then, would have been to have this group won within three or four games, not for it to remain in the balance.
Not incidentally, that visit to Salzburg is scheduled for December 10 which, television permitting, will come six days after the first Merseyside derby of the season and three days on from an awkward looking trip to Bournemouth. The likely legacy of defeat in Naples will probably be that Liverpool have to enter that stadium, with its feverish atmosphere, needing a result to secure top spot or, worse, qualification itself.
In isolation, nothing which happened on Tuesday night was too significant. However, with the knowledge that Liverpool’s ability to achieve their season’s objectives will partly depend on how easy they make life for themselves and how much leeway they can create throughout their season, it was an inconvenient, avoidable and irritating mishap. A game that they could afford to lose – this morning’s Mailbox is absolutely right about that, but one which would have been very useful to win.
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Real Madrid might outright refuse to sign free agents (except for those times they signed free agents), but Juventus most certainly do not. The Old Lady have bought the services of plenty of young men using the system, and are intent on continuing that trend.
The Daily Star ramp the Premier League panic setting up to 427 by saying that Juve want FIVE players from England when their contracts expire next summer.
With that said, only two clubs will be affected by this raid: Tottenham and Manchester United. Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld will be drafted in from north London, with David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic drafted in from Old Trafford.
The quintet’s future are subject to varying degrees of uncertainty. Eriksen wanted to leave but couldn’t. Alderweireld did a while ago but now seems settled. De Gea was said to have agreed a new contract months ago but is yet to have signed anything. Bailly has been linked with moves for a while and Matic has been altogether too slow to make his way through the exit before it closes.
Each player will be free to sign a pre-contract from January. Signed for a combined £111.8m, they could all leave for nothing. Although that seems incredibly unlikely: Juve will probably get one of them with the rest sticking around.
The Daily Mail corroborate about two-fifths of the above claim. They say Juventus ‘have been alerted’ to Tottenham’s inability to get their players commit to long-term deals. Eriksen and Alderweireld are understandably appealing to them as targets.
The intermediaries of both ‘have been contacted’ over moving to Turin, but there will be intense competition. United and Real are said to be interested in Eriksen – although that has been contested elsewhere – while Inter Milan want Alderweireld.
The negotiations for the latter ‘would be concluded relatively quickly,’ and ‘the Belgian could now be enticed’ by the chance to win 100 Serie A titles before he retired.
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Holders Liverpool have been drawn to play Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Group E of the 2019 UEFA Champions League.
The draw, made in Monaco, has pitted Jurgen Klopp’s side against the Italian club in the group stages for the second successive year
Manchester City will face Ukraine’s Shaktar Donetsk, Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb and Italian side Atalanta in Group C.
Tottenham will play five-time winners Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.
Chelsea, drawn in Group H, will play last season’s beaten semi-finalists Ajax, Valencia and French club Lille.
Real Madrid, winners four times in the last six years, will face French giants Paris St Germain in Group A, which also includes Brugge and Turkish club Galatasaray.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have been drawn in a daunting-looking pool, with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague the other teams in Group F.
Italian champions Juventus will take on Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D and Group G is made up of Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Lyon and RB Leipzig.
Here’s the draw in full…
The official result of the 2019/20 #UCLdraw!
3⃣ toughest groups are __ __ & __ pic.twitter.com/c7Xdro1vhn
— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019
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Moise Kean to Everton is reportedly a “done deal” after multiple reports from Italy claim the Premier League side have agreed terms with Juventus and the striker.
The three-times capped Italy international is believed to be costing Everton a fee of €40m (£36m), with the deal said to be hinging on a buy-back clause that Juventus were keen to insert into the sale.
However, it’s reported the two clubs have finally settled on a package that will take Kean, who enjoyed a breakout 2018/19 campaign, scoring seven goals in 17 games for Juve, to Goodison Park on what is a reported five-year deal.
It’s reported the 19-year-old will earn €3m per year at Everton and has already left the Continassa training camp in Turin to pack his bags to head to England for a medical.
The Toffees have made three first-team signings this summer, with Andre Gomes joining permanently from Barcelona. Jonas Lossl and Fabian Delph have also arrived as Marco Silva looks to build a squad that can bridge the gap to the top six.
Done deal: Juventus will receive a total of €40m from selling Kean to Everton. The player will sign a five-year contract worth €3m a year https://t.co/jm0KwkaGec
— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) July 30, 2019
Five years after Romelu Lukaku, Kean could be exactly what Everton need…
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Harry Kane scored an unbelievable goal from the halfway line as Tottenham beat Juventus 3-2 in the International Champions Cup.
Erik Lamela gave Tottenham the lead in the first half before Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo struck back after the break for Juve.
Lucas Moura leveled things up on 65 minutes before England international Kane pulled off a wonder strike in injury time to win the match for Spurs.
Good to be back #COYS pic.twitter.com/0IyYufatit
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 21, 2019
Unlike Manchester United v Inter Milan on Saturday, there were a few empty seats at the National Stadium – although those in attendance were arguably more excitable.
There was a strong South Korean contingent at Singapore’s National Stadium and they made themselves heard whenever Son Heung-min got on the ball.
Excitement rose when he hit the outside of the post after four minutes, while Ronaldo tried an overhead kick in a promising start to the International Champions Cup encounter.
The Portuguese flashed a fierce shot wide but Spurs were looking brighter and broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark.
Son showed good composure and awareness to lay off to the overlapping Troy Parrott. The 17-year-old saw a low shot was saved by Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, but Lamela was on hand to direct home.
A drinks break followed a goal that took the sting out of the remainder of the opening period, with the Mexican waves in full flow as the whistle was blown for half-time.
Both sides made a variety of changes at half-time. Moura was among the Spurs introductions and saw a penalty appeal rejected shortly after the restart.
Spurs were pushing but Juventus levelled in the 56th minute as former Chelsea man Higuain hit a low shot past Paulo Gazzaniga.
We were all Sonny after watching that @HKane goal… #SpursTour2019 #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/Ofdgemjzfu
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 21, 2019
Kane clipped the post as Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked to immediately regain the lead, only for Ronaldo to pop up at the other end and smartly direct into the far corner.
The Singapore crowd were witnessing an entertaining encounter, with Matthijs de Ligt brought on for his first appearance since signing from Ajax.
Tottenham brought on summer signing Tanguy Ndombele at the same time and he quickly made an impact, threading a pass through for Moura to smartly direct home.
The France midfielder curled just wide and Federico Bernardeschi stung the palms of Gazzaniga as the match continued to ebb and flow.
Kane poked an effort just wide and would settle the match just as a penalty shoot-out loomed large.
Moura won possession and the England captain unleashed a stunning first-time shot from just inside the Juventus half that beat Wojciech Szczesny, sending the crowd wild and securing a 3-2 win in scarcely believable circumstances. It is a goal that will live long in the memory.
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