Alex Telles [left] in action for Galatasaray against Arsenal 1 Chelsea target Alex Telles has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal.The Galatasaray defender is admited by Jose Mourinho and despite late interest from the Blues, the Brazilian has opted to move to Serie A.The 22-year-old left-back also attracted interest from Real Madrid in recent weeks but he will now ply his trade with Roberto Mancini’s men for the rest of the season.Telles, who joined Galatasaray last year from Brazilian club Gremio, could sign for Inter permanently at the end of the current campaign if the spell is deemed a success.
Marseille want to sign former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo – but fear interest from the Premier League may scupper their plans.The 30-year-old joined Valencia on a permanent basis in the summer as part of a pre-arranged loan-to-buy deal with City back in 2014.Even though he struggled to recreate his best form at the Spanish club, they were forced to buy him outright for a fee reported to be around £19m in July.But he could be set to leave as early as January having scored just once in five La Liga outings so far this term.And, according to reports in France, Marseille are currently exploring the possibility of completing a deal to land him when the transfer window opens.However, it has been suggested that the Ligue 1 club are wary of interest from within the Premier League, with three unnamed clubs vying to bring him back to England.Negredo looked set to be a huge hit at City when they signed him from Sevilla for £20m in July 2013.He hit 23 goals in his first 33 City games, with the last of those goals coming on January 21 2014, but then failed to notch again.So City moved him on to Valencia, initially on loan, before selling him permanently this summer – but he could be on the move again. 1 Alvaro Negredo
1 Tottenham’s Erik Lamela against Fiorentina last season Tottenham are set for a re-match with Italian side Fiorentina in the last-32 of the Europa League.Spurs will travel to Florence looking to avenge the 3-1 aggregate defeat which saw them exit the competition at the same stage back in February.Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a return to Germany, though the Reds were denied the chance to meet his former side Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout stage.Klopp’s men will play away at Augsburg, who won three and lost three of their six ties to finish runners-up to Athletic Bilbao in Group L.Meanwhile, following their drop from the Champions League, Manchester United were perhaps handed the easiest tie of all the Premier League teams with Louis van Gaal’s side to meet Danish outfit Midtjylland.All three English clubs will be at home for the second leg because they were seeded.Elsewhere in the draw, Gary Neville’s Valencia have been paired with Rapid Vienna while Borussia Dortmund will meet Porto.Europa League last-32 draw in full:Valencia v Rapid ViennaFiorentina v TottenhamBorussia Dortmund v PortoFenerbahce v Lokomotiv MoscowAnderlecht v OlympiacosMidtjylland v Manchester UnitedAugsburg v Liverpool Sparta Prague v KrasnodarGalatasaray v LazioSion v BragaShakhtar Donetsk v SchalkeMarseille v Athletic BilbaoSevilla v MoldeSporting Lisbon v Bayer LeverkusenVillarreal v NapoliSt Etienne v BasleFirst legs to be played on February 18. Second legs to be played on February 24/25
1 Riyad Mahrez is a frontrunner for Player of the Season Would Riyad Mahrez improve Man United’s faltering attack? WhoScored.com reveal just how good the Algeria international has been this season…If Leicester’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Monday night did not consolidate their place as Premier League title contenders, then little else will.The Foxes may have ridden their luck during periods of the second half in the victory, but the three points ultimately lifted them back to the summit of England’s top tier.Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Christian Fuchs were three to come away with plenty of credit, but the star of the show was Riyad Mahrez.The Algerian received the WhoScored.com man of the match award with a rating of 8.95. It was the eighth time he’s won the accolade this term – more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues – and the fourth in his last six league outings.Mahrez’s WhoScored.com rating (8.37) is also the best in the Premier League this term and many at this stage of the campaign already believe the Leicester star is the front runner to win Player of the Season ahead of the likes Vardy and Mesut Ozil.The aforementioned duo may have impressed for Leicester and Arsenal respectively, but Mahrez has simply been a step above for the Foxes, building on a respectable debut campaign last season in the top flight.The 24-year-old has been directly involved in 18 league goals, (11 goals, seven assists) more than any other Premier League player this campaign, which has helped propel him into the spotlight.Talk of a move in January has understandably gathered pace, with Manchester United reportedly keen on Mahrez, but the attacker would be wise to remain at the King Power Stadium given United’s monotonous attack at present.Under manager Claudio Ranieri, Mahrez is able to express himself in the final third and has made more successful dribbles (54) than any other Premier League player this season.That return is the sixth best in Europe’s top five leagues this term and accentuates his WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’. His showing against Chelsea, though, was one that really stood him in excellent stead.Mahrez gave left-back Cesar Azpilicueta the run around before the midfielder was substituted in the second half.Azpilicueta was widely considered one of the better full-backs in the top flight last season, yet was made to look a run of the mill defender against Mahrez, with the highlight coming when he twisted and turned before firing an unstoppable curling effort past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The Spain international struggled to contain him, though that shouldn’t be a stick with which to beat the Chelsea full-back.Azpilicueta wasn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last full-back Mahrez embarrasses over the campaign.His form has been more impressive than any would have expected, with Ranieri helping the young wide man take his game to the next level. Should he maintain this consistency over the hectic festive period and into 2016, it would be nigh-on impossible for him to be overlooked when the nominees for Player of the Season are announced closer to the end of the campaign.For more stats on Riyad Mahrez, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
Islam Slimani Sporting Lisbon have told Everton to forget about signing star striker Islam Slimani.The Algeria international has been in stunning form this season and has found the net 16 times in 18 league appearances.It has prompted interest from the likes of Leicester and Manchester United, but Everton attempted to act first by offering £13m for the 27-year-old.However, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, that bid has been immediately rejected by Sporting.The club have no plans to sell their star forward in January as they bid secure the league title.Slimani does have a release-clause of £22m – but it can only be activated during summer transfer windows. 1
1 New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga Chelsea signing of New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, for £3.5m, raised a few eyebrows.The United States international wrapped up a move to Stamford Bridge, but are Blues supporters excited by the prospect of a player with limited experience in Major League Soccer trying his luck in England’s top flight?Check out what they think below…
Moussa Dembele 1 Fulham striker Moussa Dembele’s proposed move to Tottenham has fallen through, it is understood.The 19-year-old Frenchman was thought to be on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane after undergoing a medical at Spurs.It is believed the terms of the deal would have seen the teenager stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining the north London club in the summer.But failure to agree terms means Dembele will remain a Fulham player.Meanwhile, Cottagers captain Ross McCormack looks set to sign a new contract.The 29-year-old Scotland forward has been linked with a move away from the west London club, but Press Association Sport understands he will pen a new and improved deal on Monday, before the 11pm transfer deadline.
Jordan Blondel, a playmaker for French third division side US Avranches, scored the cheekiest of goals last weekend in a league clash with Marseille-Consolat. Check it out above.
Dietmar Hamann believes Rafa Benitez is likely to stick with Newcastle United if they are relegated from the Premier League this season.The Spaniard has a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave St James’ Park if the club lose their battle for survival.Having been boss of Real Madrid at the start of the year, dropping into the Championship would be a huge fall for the Champions League-winning boss.But Hamann says the Magpies’ massive potential means his old Liverpool manager is likely to stay on whatever happens this term.“I think Newcastle would love to keep him and I wouldn’t put it past him to stay,” said Hamann, who spent a season at Newcastle in his playing days.“Obviously he needs to weigh up his options but if there is one club he will go into the Championship with it, it will be Newcastle.”“He has seen in the few weeks he has been there that there is a lot of potential up north and it is a fantastic club.”Benitez has still not given up hope of rescuing Newcastle’s Premier League status and Hamann believes he could yet pull off the impossible.They are sitting 18th in the Premier League table with one game left to play and need to beat Tottenham on the final day and hope Sunderland slip up in their final two matches to stay up.“Sunderland still has to get a few points, I expect them to beat Spurs, because they have a few players out suspended, and that may still be enough. Fingers crossed they do stay up.”
Hamburg have tabled a bid for wantaway Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to reports in his native France.Sissoko revealed last week that it would be his ‘dream’ to join Arsenal this summer but the Gunners are not understood to be interested in the French international having already snapped up Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.Chelsea and Liverpool are also possible destinations for the 26-year-old as he vies to find top-flight football next season.But, according to L’Equipe, Hamburg have offered Newcastle £9.5million for Sissoko and the Championship club are apparently seriously considering selling to the Bundesliga club.Sissoko is one of the players Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is keen on offloading this summer as he prepares his squad for life in the Championship.The Frenchman joined Newcastle for a shade under £2m from Toulouse three years ago and has made over 100 appearances for the Tyneside club. Moussa Sissoko wants to leave Newcastle 1