Top Football News – December 27th 2016

By  Football Pulp - 27 December 2016

Manchester United wrong to sell Javier Hernandez, says Jose Mourinho!

The Red Devils’ boss insists that he wouldn’t have sold Javier Hernandez if he had succeeded Sir Alex at Manchester United. The €7.5 million star was sold to Bayern Leverkusen as David Moyes considered him a burden.

Rodriguez staying at Madrid!

The latest speculations about James Rodriquez’s future at Real Madrid got another twist when his manager, Lucas Vazquez, hinted that the Colombian star will fight for his role at Real and is not leaving the club this January.

Mkhitaryan’s stunning strike!

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a stunning goal last night to give Manchester United the perfect Christmas present with a win over Sunderland. The midfielder converted a pass from Ibrahimovic in a way that left everyone astound. Despite the offside controversy, the goal is still considered the best goal ever scored.

 

 

Conte offers explanation for not starting Batshuayi!

With Diego Costa suspended, Batshuayi was the rightful heir for the striker’s position but according to Blues manager, Antonio Conte, he  may offer him many chances in the future but was not prepared to land him straight from the start against Bournemouth.

Yaya from the spot!

In the absence of Aguero, Pep Guardiola once against called Yaya Toure against Hull City last night and the Ivorian lived up to the task by scoring only his third goal of the season. Pep seemed satisfied as the tradition of winning on Boxing Day continued.

 

 

Champions in trouble!

Everton has deepened Leicester worries by registering a 0-2 win over the champions. It seems that this season is proving to be the perfect aftershock for Ranieri’s men as they continue to inch closer to the relegation zone. 

Tough to chase Chelsea!

Man City moved up to the second spot with a win over Hull City on the Boxing Day but Man City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, insists that it will be tough to chase Chelsea. The seven point difference is all these two sides have right two but looking at Chelsea’s form, it may be an impossible chase for the crown.

Eden Hazard reaches another remarkable milestone!

The backbone of Chelsea’s midfield, Eden Hazard, is now the second-fastest midfield player to score 50 goals in the Premier Legaue. He scored 50 goals in 154 games. The only player to do it faster was Robert Pires. He achieved the same landmark in 137 appearances.

Transfer Talk:

With Juventus chasing the World Cup winner along with the current Real Madrid star Toni Kroos, Chelsea has stepped in as a new bid in the speculation. The German international celebrated Christmas in London and speculations are making news that he may leave Real Madrid for Chelsea this January. 

 

 

Big honour! Thanks to @kicker for choosing me as "Man of the year 2016".

A photo posted by Toni Kroos (@toni.kr8s) on

 

Another Chelsea target, Steven N’Zonzi is up for sale but Sevilla will only let the former Stoke star go if the €25.5 million release clause is met. Juventus have also shown interest in snatching the midfielder.

Sevilla are keen to have Antonio Martial on loan from Manchester United. The deal will see the Frenchman link-up with his compatriot, Samir Nasri, who is also enjoying a loan spell at Sevilla from Manchester City.

Ronald Koeman is eyeing a bid for Derby’s midfielder, Will Hughes and West Brom striker, Saido Berahino. The later is also chased by Milan and Roma so it won’t be an easy pick for Everton’s manager.

Chelsea is crafting a deal for James Rodriquez and in return can offer goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, as part of the deal to the Spanish club.

 

 

Lucas Leiva is a potential target for Inter Milan. The Serie A side will also land a bid for John Obi Mikel if the deal for the long serving Liverpool’s midfielder’s fails to materialize.

If West Ham is ready to sell their priced asset, Dimitri Payet, in January, Arsenal will be the first club to steal him away before any delay.

Sam Allardyce is keen on bringing Jermaine Defoe to Crustal Palace after working with the former English striker at Sunderland.

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