Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel reveals Wenger as his idol but rejects Arsenal talk

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel named former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as his “idol and role model” but insisted he did not want to succeed the Frenchman at Emirates Stadium.

Tuchel was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal before Wenger announced in April that he would leave at the end of last season,  but the former Borussia Dortmund boss had already decided to join PSG by the time the vacancy in North London arose.

The German coach denied any knowledge of plans to take him to Arsenal but expressed his admiration for the legacy Wenger left at the club.

“I made my decision before Wenger made his decision,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of PSG’s clash with Arsenal in the International Champions Cup.

“My biggest respect for him. He built the club famously for their style of football.

“He is an idol and role model for every coach and for me especially.

“I never got in touch and I made the decision for Paris before. I don’t know if I was ever meant to be the successor. So [there was] no question.”

Tuchel said he was keen to speak to new Arsenal manager Unai Emery about his time at the Parc des Princes, where he won the Ligue 1 title, two Coupe de France trophies, two Coupe de la Ligue trophies in his two seasons at the club.

Tuchel’s only managerial honour to date is the DFB-Pokal, which he won with Dortmund in 2016-17, and he would relish the opportunity to discuss tactics with Emery.

“I would like to talk to him,” said Tuchel. “I never did that with any of my previous jobs [speak with the previous manager].

“Unai is one of the most successful coaches in Europe. He has won lot of titles last year.

“He sent me a warm message. I was very thankful and it shows his character and the competitor that he is.

“I would love to talk about football with him in detail.”

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African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: West Ham hold talks over Marega move

West Ham hold talks over Marega move

West Ham United are targeting a deal for £22 million-rated Porto forward Moussa Marega, according to Daily Mail.

The Hammers have opened discussions for the Mali international who scored 23 goals last season in Porto’s successful league campaign.

With Porto reportedly interested in Cheikhou Kouyate, the East London outfit could include the Senegal captain in the deal in order to make the move possible.

Ikeme retires from football

Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has called time on his career as a footballer having been kept out of action for 12 months.

The 32-year-old confirmed his retirement from professional football through a statement from his club on Friday.

Check out the full story on Goal right here!

Umar joins Rizespor on loan

Aminu Umar has been given a chance to continue in the Turkish top-flight next season after reaching a season-long loan deal with newly promoted Caykur Rizespor.

The Nigerian striker scored five goals in 31 league appearances for Osmanlıspor last term but was not enough to save them from relegation.

Check out the full story on Goal right here!

Sabaly expected at Napoli

Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly is expected at Napoli for medical examination on Friday, Mercato365 reports.

The Partenopei are not ready to risk the signing of the Senegal international who has problem with his medial collateral ligament.

If the result turns out positive, club President Aurelio De Laurentiis will then make the decision of either signing the 25-year-old or PSV defender Santiago Arias after ruling out the arrival of both players at the Stadio San Paolo according to Calciomercato.

Leicester in talks for Jordan Ayew

Leicester City have opened talks with Swansea City over the transfer of Jordan Ayew, The Times reports.

Claude Puel is keen on strengthening his squad with the versatile forward who scored seven goals in Swansea City’s underwhelming Premier League campaign last term.

Ayew has attracted lots of interests this summer, notable was Fulham’s £8 million offer that was rejected by Graham Potter’s side.

Nottingham Forest want Sheyi Ojo

Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for £10m-rated Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, according to the Sun .

Ojo is currently on tour with Liverpool in USA but the Reds are ready to cash in on the winger as he is nowhere near the first-team set-up.

The 21-year-old scored four times in 24 appearances during his last loan spell in the Championship and helped Fulham win promotion to English top-flight last season.

Ayew set for Fenerbahce medical

Andre Ayew is set to have medical at Fenerbahce today after agreeing terms with the Turkish Super Lig club, Goal understands.

The forward will leave the Liberty Stadium after six months for Turkey following the Swans’ relegation to the Championship.

Fenerbahce have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Check out the full story on Goal right here! 

Essien completes Uefa B coaching license

Chelsea legend Michael Essien is close to becoming a football manager after completing Uefa B coaching license, according to Ghana Soccernet .

The 35-year-old is now eligible to coach in Ghana Premier League but needs a Pro License to qualify for a coaching job in the English Premier League.

Alex Iwobi agrees new Arsenal deal

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi has agreed a new five-year contract worth around £70,000-a-week, according to the Sun .

Talks over a new deal began in December 2017 before Arsene Wenger’s exit but Unai Emery has assured the 22-year-old that he is in his plans at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Lazio this summer.

The Nigeria international is expected to put pen to paper when the Gunners return from their pre-season trip to Singapore on Saturday.

Ayew set to leave Swansea for Fenerbahce

Andre Ayew is set to leave relegated Premier League club Swansea City for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce, the Sun claims.

The Swans are set to offload the Ghana international who earns around £60,000-a-week in an effort to offload their books for the 2018-19 Championship season.

Ayew rejoined Swansea City on a club-record fee in January after a one-and-a-half-year stint with West Ham United.

Crystal Palace & Porto in talks for Kouyate

According to  SkySports News , Crystal Palace are discussing a £10 million summer move for Cheikhou Kouyate as they look to bolster their midfield following the departure of Yohan Cabaye.

The 28-year-old who joined the Hammers from Anderlecht in 2014 is reportedly not in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans following the arrival of Jack Wilshere.

And the Hammers are ready to cash in on the Senegal international this summer even though he still has three years left on his contract.

The Sun claims that Porto are also holding talks to sign the midfielder.

Dortmund eye Belhanda

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Morocco international Younes Belhanda from Galatasaray, Get Football News claims.

Dortmund coach Lucian Favre is plotting a reunion with his former Nice midfielder at the Signal Iduna Park.

Belhanda could become the second Moroccan to join the Bundesliga club this summer after Achraf Hakimi completed a two-year loan move from Real Madrid.

‘Zaha perfect for Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs’ 

Former Crystal Palace winger John Salako believes Wilfried Zaha will be a great addition for Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur. 

The Cote d’Ivoire international previously flopped at Manchester United back in 2013 before switching back to Selhurst Park where he has rebuilt his game and reputation.

See what Salako had to say on Goal!

Napoli reject €100m bid for Koulibaly

Napoli have turned down an offer worth €100 million by an unnamed English Premier League club for Kalidou Koulibaly, Calciomercato reports.

The Senegal international has attracted lots of interests from big European clubs with Chelsea being the closest but they were blocked following the capture of Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho.

The report claims that the unnamed club could have been Manchester United who possess such financial resources as they are currently in search for defensive reinforcement.

West Ham turn to Lemina

West Ham are considering a move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina as replacement for Pedro Obiang, according to SkySports News .

Obiang is closing in on a return to his former club Sampdoria after spending three years with the Hammers.

Lemina joined the the Saints from Juventus last summer for €17 million.

Juventus & Barcelona eye Sarr

Barcelona, Juventus and some clubs in the English Premier League have registered their interest in signing Senegal’s World Cup Ismaila Sarr, agent Thierno Seydi revealed.

The 20-year-old’s impressive showings at the world stage in Russia have drawn top European scouts to monitor and request for his availability this summer.

Check out his agent’s full comments on Goal!

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‘Humble’ Golovin one of Europe’s best youngsters, says CSKA assistant coach

Monaco have signed “one of the best young players in Europe” by landing Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow, the Russian side’s assistant coach says.

The 22-year-old snubbed interest from Chelsea to join Monaco in a €30 million deal on Friday, signing a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 team.

Golovin’s reputation was given a boost by his impressive displays at the World Cup as he helped Russia reach the quarter-finals. 

But the midfielder had shown long before then that he had a lot of potential, with former Russia star Viktor Onopko convinced of his talent when he made his debut in 2014.

“He obviously had something extra,” Onopko told Goal. “It was also obvious that he was hard-headed and he improved very quickly.

“Thanks to his will, his seriousness, his ability to listen and to work, he has become simply one of the best young players in Europe.”

Although Golovin’s natural role is in midfield, Onopko was quick to point out his versatility and work rate.

“He is an offensive player of course, but he is also very good at doing the difficult work when the team does not have the ball. He defends well and he’s very good on the tactical work,” he added.

“He can play in the centre or as a winger just as well because he is a tireless workman. Attacking and creating chances are still the things he does best. 

“He can perform well in many positions and nowadays we see very few players as adaptable as him. Having a player like him is ideal for a coach because he can use him in many positions and in different schemes.”

He is a rarity off the field, too, according to the former defender. Although Golovin may already be a star with ever-growing fame, he’s modest about it.

“Golovin combines football and human qualities because he is an humble guy. He does not behave like a star. He keeps his feet on the ground and knows all he has to do

“He is always at 100% in the training sessions because he always wants to prove himself.

“When these qualities are lacking, when players start to talk more than play, they disperse and have lower demands for themselves.

“It can’t be like this with Golovin, who knows all he has to do and the way he has to go.”

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Son amused by Mexico fans thankful for World Cup favor

Son Heung-min is amused by his newfound cult hero status in Mexico but admitted he also is a bit frustrated El Tri wasn’t able to help Korea out in the World Cup.

A month ago, on the final day of play in World Cup Group F, Son and his Korea teammates engineered a stunning upset of reigning world champion Germany. Son scored a stoppage-time goal to seal a 2-0 victory over the Germans that meant no matter what happened in Mexico’s contest with Sweden, Mexico would go through with six points.

That was good news for Mexico, which lost 3-0 to Sweden – triggering celebrations with Mexican fans thanking Koreans. A throng of fans in Mexico City went to the South Korean embassy and coaxed the ambassador to come join the party where they were signing “Korea, hermano! Ya eres mexicano!” or “Korea, brother. You’re now Mexican!” 

While he’s enjoyed the rousing reception from Mexico fans, Son said he still wishes Mexico could’ve done its part. Had El Tri topped Sweden, Korea would’ve had a chance to advance to the round of 16 instead of Sweden with goal difference the tiebreaker.

“I’m thankful for that and grateful for that,” Son said of the reception. “I was a bit upset, of course. I thought Mexico was gonna win against Sweden and I was supportive of Mexico. Mexico played very well at the World Cup. It was unlucky they got out at the round of 16, but I’m really thankful for the Mexico fans.”

The well-wishes have continued even with Son returning to his club, though he will leave Spurs just after the start of the season to take part in the Asian Games. As Son has continued to be cheered by Mexican fans like the ones who watched Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Roma in San Diego, California, he’s considered that there could be a strong bond between Mexican and Korean fans for years to come.

“What should I say?” he said with a laugh when asked if he wanted to send a message to Mexican fans. “Thank you for loving me, supporting me. Keep going and maybe we can be good friends – Mexico and Korea.”

Tottenham’s International Champions Cup slate continues Saturday with a match against Barcelona in the Rose Bowl before the club closes out its tour in Minnesota with a contest against AC Milan.

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The best Premier League apps to download this year

With club football set to begin imminently, what better way to keep track of the Premier League than with a series of handy apps?

It can be overwhelming to keep track of all the latest scores, fixtures and standings, but you can be on top of your game after downloading some of the most useful apps to keep your football knowledge in check.

To help you stay on top of the action, Goal has put together a list of the best apps around to enhance your matchday experience of the Premier League.

1. Goal Live Scores

Goal Live Scores is the fastest live scores app on the market and sends you instant goal alerts, so you can be sure you’ll be the first to know whenever a goal is scored.

Outside of scores, its extensive match statistics, head-to-head data and a Premier League news feature also ensure you know what’s happening as soon as it happens.

Additionally, personalised news alerts mean you won’t miss any of the action this time around.

Download Goal Live Scores on iPhone or Android

2. Official Premier League app

What better way to keep up with the goings-on in the Premier League with its official app? With this app, not only can you customise your app to centre on just your favourite team, but you can handle your fantasy football team right from your mobile device. You can also keep track of standings, upcoming fixtures and the latest scores through just a handy click of a button.

The Premier League app lets you choose specific teams to customise your user experience with but its handiest feature is the inclusion of the fantasy football features – and you can handle transfers, formation changes, and keep tabs on how you’re doing in your fantasy leagues straight from your phone. 

Did you forget that it was the deadline to make a transfer and you’re 15 mins away from it and nowhere near a computer? No worries – use the PL app to make the deadline!

Download the official app on iPhone or Android

3. Sky Sports mobile TV app

If you’re on the go and don’t have time to catch the football on the television, have no fear – the Sky Sports mobile tv app is here.

Whether you’re running in between tube stations or nowhere near a television set, you can keep up to date with all the football games shown on Sky with their official viewing app on mobile, with their cheapest pack available at just £5.99 / €6.99 per calendar month.

If you are a Sky TV customer with the complete Sky Sports bundle, you can watch all eight of the Sky Sports channels at no extra cost – including all the football.

Download the Sky Sports mobile TV app on iPhone or Android

4. FIFA Soccer

An app that millions of people have already downloaded, FIFA Soccer lets you take most of FIFA 18 on the road with you – as well as FIFA 19 when it is released this autumn. Doesn’t need much more of an introduction, this one.

Download FIFA Soccer on iPhone or Android

5. Football Manager Mobile 2018

Andrew Robertson Liverpool Premier League Team of the Week

If you’re not a player, maybe you’re a manager. Everyone has their own ideas on what managers should do (or should have done), and Football Manager lets you put your money where your mouth is.

Take control of your favourite team and guide them through to Premier League glory, or take an underdog side and lead them to win the Champions League. With this app, Football Manager will give you a new appreciation for managers everywhere.

Download Football Manager Mobile 2018 on iPhone or Android

6. Livescore App

Keep track of all the live scores and in-game updates taking place through the Livescore app, which is a handy tool if you want to check the results of several games going on at the same time – or just want to keep track of running commentary while you’re watching the main event on the telly.

The app is great to follow the progress of teams in all divisions around the world, as well as handy league fixture tables and all the scores available throughout all the matchday brackets. You can also follow of detailed in-game action through their live feed, and keep track of your team’s table standings.

Download the Livescore app on iPhone or Android

7. Goal Fantasy Football

Kevin De Bruyne Dele Alli Tottenham Manchester City Premier League

Excited for the new season? Need to make amends for a shocking fantasy football loss, or want to hammer home your fantasy skills before the next season starts?

The Goal Fantasy Football app lets you do just that for the Premier League. Pick your team, decide on a name, and take on the world. You can even win some fantastic prizes up to £10,000 in value.

Download Goal Fantasy Football on iPhone or Android

8. Soccerway

To help make sure you’re on top of your fantasy football game, Soccerway has all the latest stats from Opta – including things like team line-ups, tables and more.

The fixtures feature is handy to keep an eye on specific fixtures in general as well, helping you not to miss any key action during the competition.

Download Soccerway on iPhone or Android

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