Top Football News Today – December 31st 2016

By  Football Pulp - 31 December 2016

Ross Barkley denied Hull City

Hull City led against Everton twice but was only able to secure a point as a late equalizer from Ross Barkley denied the Tigers a win. Matchday 19 started with a blistering encounter between Hull City and Everton and the four-goal thriller ended gifting both sides a point each.

Liverpool will be a tough host!

This is arguably the game of the weekend with Liverpool hosting Man City in an all important fixture. It’s the 2nd versus the 3rd and a must -win for both sides, especially, after what Jurgen Klopp had to say about Pep Guardiola’s trip to Anfield last week. Both sides have strike back with three straight wins but only one side will emerge with the momentum retained.

€50 Million for Dele Alli says Pochettino

The Tottenham manager believes that Dele Alli is destined to rule Europe for the next decade. The Argentinean expressed that the playmaker is playing in the toughest league in the world and is among the best talent England has right now. The 20-year-old can easily brag €50 million as transfer fee.

Raise your game!

Claudio Ranieri has sidelined striker Riyadh Mahrez after his unprofessional attitude in the training but after a home defeat against Hull, Ranieri will be desperate to bring back the playmaker. However, the manager has advised the star player to focus on raising his game rather than striving for awards.

€257 million for Ronaldo morally wrong: Conte

Cristiano Ronaldo recently received an offer from China that was too tempting to reject but the Portuguese and Real Madrid’s striker said no. Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte says that it’s a lot of money and sometimes it’s very hard to say no and it’s incredible to receive such offer but it’s morally wrong to offer such hefty amounts.

Transfer Talk

  • PSG’s €25 million mistake, Jese Rodriguez, is set to join Roma in the summer. Liverpool and Milan were also in chase for signing the striker but Jese scored only 2 goals in 14 appearances for PSG in all competitions.
  • Chelsea is targeting a move for Arturo Vidal. Chelsea is reportedly placing an offer of around €34 million but Bayern will not release the Chilean for anything below €40 million.
  • Michael Keane is likely to join Ashley Williams at Everton as the defender has rejected to sign a new deal with Burnley. The young defender is also wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea but Keane wants to play and he can definitely do that at Everton.
  • Milan is targeting a loan move for the Spaniard, Gerard Deulofeu. However, Everton are not likely to send the 22-year-old away, especially in January.
  • Taulant Xhaka, the older brother of Granit Xhaka, is wanted by West Ham.
  • Jermain Defoe is going nowhere in January but will be free to join any club in the summer if the Black Cats get relegated.

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