Nolito Targeted by Tottenham Hotspur as Spurs Look to Boost Attacking Options

​Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking former Manchester City winger Nolito, as they look to strengthen their attacking options in the summer transfer window. The Spanish attacker, now plying his trade at Sevilla, can player either as a winger or a centre-forward.

After a strong first season with the Andalusian club last year, the Spaniard’s second season has been hampered by injury and seen him make just three La Liga appearances. As time is running out on his contract at the club, Sevilla may be keen to cash in on the attacker this summer, rather than lose him on a free the following year.

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As reported by ​TeamTalk, this sentiment is shared by the player himself as he has said, “if they do not see me in their future plans then I will move on”.

At the age of 32 and with one year left on his current deal, Nolito is not likely to demand a big transfer fee. Having not spent any money on signings in the previous two windows, Mauricio Pochettino may see this as an ideal fit for the north London club, as they will be tight for cash amidst the completion of their stadium redevelopment.

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With Tottenham set to lose at least one of ​Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente in the summer, they could be on the lookout for a player like Nolito in order to provide strength in depth in their attack.

Despite this, there remains a few barriers to the deal, which will not make the transfer as simple as the ​Spurs boss may like. Sevilla recently sacked their manager Pablo Machin. With Joaquin Caparros taking over as caretaker manager for the remainder of this campaign, this could pave the way for the attacker’s return to the first-team.

Furthermore, the player has expressed his desire to remain at the club, stating: “I want to continue playing here, I want to show what I can do when fit. I have a year left on my contract and I want to stay at Sevilla”.

Manuel Agudo 'Nolito'

However time is ticking on Nolito’s career and he appears to be hungry for regular first-team football. If the Spaniard does not get the assurances he is looking for from Sevilla, Tottenham certainly look ready to pounce. 

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ECA Reveal Plans for Promotion & Relegation in the Champions League From 2024

​The European Club Association has revealed their plans for talks over promotion and relegation in the Champions League.

The ECA, which was founded in 2008, represents 232 teams from across Europe and is headed up by Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, who is currently engaged in talks with UEFA regarding structural changes to the ​Champions League from 2024 onwards. 

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And, as reported by ​Sky Sports, one of these alterations could be the installation of a domestic league-like system of promotion and relegation in Europe’s premier club competition. 

Agnelli said the process was “natural” domestically, and therefore “might be logical internationally”, though he also admitted that the discussions could take up to 18 months to complete. 

As it stands, teams acheive qualification to the competition via their placing domestically, with the previous year’s winners and Europa League winners also automatically included.

This new proposition comes following UEFA and the ECA’s rejection plans for a European Super League, and, though one of the biggest raps on the Super League was the automatic instating of Europe’s elite clubs, this latest venture could be seen as drawing from that notion of a league.

The ECA are also set to request that Europe’s top leagues coordinate their fixtures alongside each other in order to maximise the tv audience as well as an increase in the length of international breaks combined with a decrease of their frequency throughout the year.

This would also mean alligning competitions like the European Championships and the Copa America to ease the strain on club’s planning during pre-season.

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Everton & Leicester City Set to Battle With Napoli for Signature of Hertha Berlin Playmaker

​Hertha Berlin’s versatile wide man Valentino Lazaro has caught the eye this season due to his stand-out performances for the German club, with Everton and Leicester City among those reportedly interested in his services.

Lazaro, who can play on the right side of midfield or defence, has been credited as a major influence in Hertha’s impressive season, which sees them maintain faint hopes of a Europa League berth.

Valentino Lazaro

Not just catching the eye of the two ​Premier League clubs, the Austrian is said to be attracting strong interest from SSC Napoli. As reported by ​CalcioNapoli24, journalist Raffaele Auriemma told Italian radio that ​Napoli are also chasing the 23 year-old, who is thought to be labelled with a sizeable price tag.

Lazaro’s agent is talking to Napoli…The price is very high. Hertha Berlin asks for €30m, but for €25m you can take him away.”

Auriemma did concede that it was far from a done deal with the Italian club, citing the two mid-table Premier League sides as interested parties.

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He continued: “There are Premier League clubs who follow him, particularly Everton and Leicester, who continually observe him during Hertha home games.”

Whilst the Naples club will have the pull of ​Champions League football, the Toffees and the Foxes are likely to rely on their ability to pay big wages, which often proves to be a magnet for top players.

Speaking to the ​BBC on Lazaro’s ability to successfully make a move overseas, German football journalist Raphael Honigstein was confident the 23-year-old could make a smooth transition.

Honigstein said: “He’s been an amazing signing already if you see his energy and adaptability to play in different positions. This guy will go places. He looks like he can fit into many different shirts.”

With Premier League teams relying more and more on wide players to make the difference in games, the young Austrian would be an excellent addition to either Everton or Leicester, who will both have hopes of improving their squad over the summer.

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Eldin Jakupovic Knew He Had No Chance of Being Leicester City’s Number One Goalkeeper

​Leicester City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic claims he knew he was never going to be selected as the club’s first choice goalkeeper.

The 34-year-old shot stopper is currently third in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium behind Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward.

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The former Swiss international is yet to make an appearance for Leicester this campaign, and has only played four times for the club since joining the foxes in 2017.

“It was clear even before I moved that Kasper would be number 1, I never had a real chance. He is a super goalie, for me he belongs to the top 5 of the league,” Jakupović was quoted as saying by Blick.

The former Hull City shot stoppers only Premier League games for the club came against Arsenal and Tottenham, with Jakupovic playing in a rare game where the Premier League winner Schmeichel didn’t start.

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Jakupovic said: “Kasper was a bit stunted at the time. He’s a pro, leaves nothing to chance.

“Kasper and I push each other in training, we are always the first in training. He knows what is important in a football career. Something that his father [Peter] probably gave him along the way.”

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Even when the keepers push each other, Jakupovic also revealed one of the fun games that the Leicester goalkeepers like to play at the end of each training session.

The senior shot stoppers play a training game with keepers from the youth academy, and it can be painful to lose.

“If you lose, you have to stand on the line and bend over, and the others are allowed to shoot,” the foxes player explained.

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Twitter Reacts as Tottenham Fans Miss Out on Tickets for Opening Match at New Stadium

​Tottenham will finally play their first match at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on 3 April.

However, many of their fans were left furious at the fact the game had rapidly sold out following an error with their website. Thousands of tickets had been sold on Monday before another batch were released on Tuesday, with Tottenham fans spending hours waiting for tickets which never became available for the brand new 62,000-seater stadium.



Other complaints from Spurs fans highlighted the fact that the distribution of tickets seemed to be totally random, rather than favouring fans who have been regulars at White Hart Lane for decades.

The new stadium was originally supposed to open at the start of the season, but the club’s fans have been constantly told to be patient due to safety concerns regarding its construction, which is believed to have cost around £1bn to build.

The ground finally hosted its first test game on Sunday, as Spurs’ U18 side beat Southampton’s youngsters 3-1. But the club will be extremely concerned about the negative press they have received with the way tickets have been sold for the stadium’s first major event

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​​Fans who have been following the club for generations yet failed to get a ticket would also be angered by the fact that those same tickets are now being sold for hundreds of pounds on third party websites, despite the club creating a “Hotspur plus” membership scheme, which should have ensured a fair way of the distribution of tickets.

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​​There were however some lucky fans who managed to beat the queues and secure the hottest ticket in north London for the Premier League clash

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