Reports from GetFootballNews in France say the English Premier League side has abandoned the deal that was set to bring the Frenchman to the club this summer.
Arsenal have longed been linked with Alexandre Lacazette but they are set to dump him ahead of others players in the summer transfer list.
The coach is reported not to have spoken directly with the player’s club Lyon or with his agent about a possible deal but that they used their age long method of using an intermediary. They have been reports that the intermediaries inquired but they were not all directly linked to the club.
The French side quoted a figure of 50 million Euros aside bonuses for the player and the club has now dumped the possible deal aside to focus on the viability of other targets for the summer, seeing the deal as a rip off.
The total fee for the player is believed would reach 60 million Euros but the club values the player a lot less. The president of Lyon Jean Michel Aulas is reported to still be interested in keeping the player for the coming campaign but reports say the player could be sold if Arsenal were to trigger his release clause. The leading club remaining to sign the player is French champions Paris Saint Germaine even though the club says they are yet to submit an official bid for the player.Continue reading
Ben Arfa and Benzema may have been excluded from the French national team because of racial issues according to Cantona
Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has stated that both Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema may have been excluded from the French national team because their origins.
Former Newcastle United player Ben Arfa was omitted from the team despite having a superb season with Nice. He was only named in the stand-by team and will only be called upon if ever there is an injury in the team. Eric Cantona has suggested that it is more because of his ethnicity that Ben Arfa was not selected in the team. For him, Ben Arfa is the best player in France at the moment, and it is a surprise for him not to be taking part in the team at the Euros.
He added that it was the same thing for Benzema. Officially the player is suspended from the team because of the alleged blackmail issue, but Cantona argued that there is more to this story. He believes that Deschamps is hiding behind the blackmail case not to select the Real Madrid player.
For him, Didier Deschamps is discriminating against these players on racial grounds and that he is not picking players based on performance alone. He said that two of the best French players will not be going to the Euros and that there are questions to be asked.Continue reading
Head Coach of French side, Nantes, Michel Der Zakarian is set to leave the club during the summer after being with the club for four years.
The French club confirmed on Monday, after reports had circulated about the club’s departure.
Der Zakarian stated his intention to leave the club following Nantes’ 1-1 draw with struggling Marseille on over the weekend. The club released an official statement on Monday confirming the departure of the 53-year-old Armenia.
The statement read:
“After the match in Marseille that saw his team to a 1-1 draw against Marseille, Michel Der Zakarian, out of contract, announced his decision not to lead FC Nantes at the end of the season.
“The club takes note of the decision of the coach and thanks him for his work over the past four seasons. We wish him the best for his future career.”
Der Zakarian is currently in his second spell with Les Canaris. Following three seasons in charge of Clermont, the coach returned to Stade de la Beaujoire in 2012 and has guided them to 10th place in the Ligue 1 standings with just three games to go in the current campaign.
The coach told reporters that he is leaving the French side.Continue reading
Paul Pogba is a consistent starter for Juventus who has helped the Italian club in securing 3 successive Serie A titles and its hard to deny that he is one of the most coveted and sought out young players in the world of football.
There are many top European clubs that have shown interest in signing Paul Pogba but Juventus and the agent of Pogba have already stated that they will not be accepting offers for anything less than €100 million for the French starlet.
Paul Pogba has made a number a sensational performances with Juventus but the youngster has not managed to replicate his performances with his national side as Pogba just doesn’t stand out with France in the same way that he does with Juventus, this however is not something that seems to be affecting the head coach of France, Didier Deschamps as he stated that he is not expecting Pogba to score goals in every single game or to be the man of the match on a consistent basis.
“From the very beginning he demonstrated a lot and people expect for him to deliver. We expect him to be always great and to make the difference. He’s a midfielder that helps the team to get good situations. If he’s not making the difference during a game that doesn’t mean he’s not helpful within the team. I’m not expecting that he scores two, three goals at every game. He can score, he can be better during some games. He’s a part of a collective. He has great abilities and I think that the expectations are as high as his qualities.” France’s Didier Deschamps said.Continue reading
2015 was a forgettable year for FIFA and many of their head executives as the football governing authority was filled with reports of scandals, briberies and things of this nature. After a long series of investigations that were done, it was confirmed that there indeed were some non-ethical actions which took place not only in 2015 but also from the past few years.
These briberies and scandals range from receiving payments of over $2 million to Platini which was approved by Blatter in 2011, reportedly for consulting work which was done a decade earlier. There are also scandals going on involving the upcoming 2018 World Cup as well as the previous one. It’s believed that certain matches were fixed and that the host countries where the event took place did not actually deserve to win their respective bids as it was all fixed and this process did not go through transparently.
Sepp Blatter spent 17 years at the helm of FIFA but he did not build a good reputation with all of these issues that were confirmed and Blatter was banned for 8 years as well as Michel Platini.
Michel Platini is regarded as one of the best French footballers ever to grace a field but it’s a completely different story when it comes to his life outside of the pitch as he is constantly being linked with corruption as well as Sepp Blatter.Continue reading
PSG may be one of the biggest clubs in the world right now, but they are struggling to keep hold of defender Lucas Digne.
Manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed that the player now intends to leave the club. Amongst other interested parties are Liverpool, who have already dealt with PSG in the past. The club have been on a spending spree in recent weeks. After completing the deal to bring in Christian Benteke for £ 32.5 million, it looks like Liverpool have shifted their focus on strengthening the defence. However, they will have to fight off competition from the likes of Roma and Atletico Madrid.
Digne has been one of the highly rated central defenders around and the French international is expected to have a bright future. At just 22 years of age, he is just growing into a top-class defender. PSG may not be surprised by the transfer request given by the player, as he featured little last season. The dominating presence of Thiago Silva and David Luiz meant that he could not make more than 15 appearances in all competitions. If Digne is to improve as a player, he needs to be playing regularly. He expected to cost about £ 20 million in transfer fees.Continue reading
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football from becoming one of the top leagues in the world over the last few years.
Monaco and Paris St Germain have incredible wealth at their disposal, but they have been limited by the UEFA rules that prevent them from making losses over a certain limit. PSG were already found guilty of not complying with the last monitoring period. This other club restricted severely in terms of spending limits in the last transfer window. Despite this, manager Laurent Blanc managed to lead the club to a historic treble.
After the Coupe de France final victory over Auxerre, Blanc stated that he was hoping for much more flexibility from UEFA. UEFA president Michel Platini recently stated that the European body would be reducing the FFP regulations in the hope of levelling the playing field. The presence of this regulation has prevented new clubs from entering into the elite world. UEFA has had a number of cases registered on this account, as it appears to benefit the already wealthy clubs. The only title that PSG failed to lift last season was the Champions League. Even then, Blanc reckons that the French outfit are already a big club and will win the European title in the short term.Continue reading
In less than one year Fulham has gone from competing in the Premier League to being located in the bottom spots of the Football Championship League with the possibility of being relegated for a 2nd successive year being a highly likely one.
Fulham’s fall from grace is a tough one as the supporters of the club were hoping to see the English side bouncing right back after getting relegated from the Premier League but it hasn’t happened as they are struggling just to survive in the Championship league.
A number of changes are expecting to be with many players that might be axed in the summer when this season finalizes and even the manager Kit Symons is under threat as he could be replaced.
If rumors are indeed true, the head officials are attempting to sign Mick McCarthy and turn him into the manager of Fulham as he might be arriving to the club as replacement of Kit Symons who hasn’t been able to push the team out of the bottom spots of the league and his time might be over.Continue reading
A recent dip in form has seen Fulham only being able to win 2 league matches starting from January until February 21st of the current year. From that period of time there have been 8 league matches played and only 2 triumphs have been secured which is not a good record for a club is inching their way closer and closer to the bottom relegation zone of the English League Championship.
Fulham seems to be going through a season filled with highs and lows as Kit Symons was appointed as the caretaker manager of the club back in September of 2014 and he managed to rescue the team out of the danger bottom spots but they might be headed back to those spots after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Bolton and 4 days later another defeat against Ipswich Town.
Kit Symons has had to step up and defend his squad by saying that this is a work in progress as the team is still going through a rebuilding phase which is going to take time before seeing the results on the pitch.Continue reading
Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, has made it clear that there is nobody in his squad who cannot be dropped.
The critics have been saying that there are a couple of PSG players who have almost become untouchable now because of their reputation.
Thiago Silva is the one whom the critics have specially been having a go at. They reckon the Brazilian defender should be made to sit out, but, that is not happening because he is too strong a player to be touched.Continue reading