Stafylidis seals Stoke switch on short-term loan agreement

Stoke City have announced the signing of Kostas Stafylidis from Augsburg on loan until the end of the season.

The Greece international reportedly arrived in England for a medical on Wednesday and has now finalised his switch to the Stadium.

He is Stoke’s second signing of the transfer window following the arrival of Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan.

Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website: “Having played in Germany himself, Paul Lambert is a keen observer of the Bundesliga and I know he has been impressed by what he has seen of Kostas in action for Augsburg.

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“We have moved quickly to add to our defensive resources by bringing him to the club and we’re delighted to have secured his services until the end of the season.”

Stafylidis could make his debut for Stoke against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.


January transfer news & rumours: Man Utd to challenge City for Seri

Man United to challenge City for Seri

Manchester United will rival neighbours City over the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Guardian.

The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera in the summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona also said to be keen in recent weeks.

Neymar, Hazard & Lewy to replace BBC

Neymar Lewandowski Hazard Rumours

Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski are all targets for Real Madrid as Florentino Perez looks for his next attacking trio to replace BBC, reports Marca

The Brazilian forward is the Blancos’ main target, with the Bayern and Chelsea stars also wanted. 

Madrid’s terrible run of form has the club looking to rebuild, with Hazard and Neymar central to plans. Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi are the other forwards being discussed if the club can’t land Lewandowski, who will be 30 in August.   

Chelsea considering Dzeko move

Edin Dzeko, AS Roma

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Roma’s former Manchester City striker Edin Dezko, claims Mediaset Premium.

The Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about Dzeko – who netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season.

Welbeck on Besiktas shopping list

Danny Welbeck Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .

The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race

Aubameyang Malcom Arsenal GFX

Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.

Find out what Wenger has had to say right here.

Pique pens new Barca deal

Gerard Pique Barcelona

Gerard Pique has extended his stay at Barcelona through to 2022 with the penning of a new contract at Camp Nou.

The terms agreed by the World Cup-winning defender have seen his release clause set at €500 million.

Read the full story on Goal.

Diarra prefers PSG to Man Utd

Lassana Diarra Marseille Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to sign free agent Lassana Diarra, Le Parisien reports.

The Ligue 1 leaders face competition from Manchester United – where manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the player at both Chelsea and Real Madrid – and Inter.

Diarra, who will turn 33 in March, wants to play in a team capable of being competitive in the Champions League. 

Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.

The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”

He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”

Read the full story on Goal.

Man Utd in new contract talks with De Gea

David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United have opened preliminary talks with David de Gea over a new long-term contract, according to The Daily  Telegraph .

The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend his deal by another year.

Jose Mourinho said the option would be activated if necessary but the club will still look to lock down De Gea’s long-term future.

Wilshere talks ongoing

Jack Wilshere Arsenal

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.

As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Wenger has said: “We know what we want. We want him to stay.”

Read the full story on Goal.

James to dictate future

James Rodriguez Bayern Munich

James Rodriguez admits he found it “very tough” to leave Real Madrid, but is determined to dictate his own future at Bayern Munich.

The Colombia international was allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2017 after struggling to hold down a regular role under Zinedine Zidane.

James has recently been linked with Liverpool, and you can see what he has had to say on his career path here.

‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA Cup

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.

The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.

Read the full story on Goal.

‘Carroll is not the answer’

Andy Carroll West Ham

Andy Carroll is the not the answer for Chelsea, says Dennis Wise, with the West Ham striker unlikely to put enough pressure on Alvaro Morata.

Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Blues continue to haggle with their London rivals over a potential fee for the England international, but Antonio Conte has been urged to explore other options.

Read the full story on Goal.

Sevilla & Inter want Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is attracting attention from Sevilla and Inter, with both clubs looking to bring in the Liverpool striker this month, reports The Daily Telegraph

The Reds are not ready to let the striker go on the cheap, but he is available if either side is willing to meet Liverpool’s asking price. 

Chelsea join competition for Seri

Jean Michael Seri Nice

Chelsea are competing against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Sun .

The Nice midfielder is considered one of the biggest talents in Europe, and Blues boss Antonio Conte would like to reach a deal before the January window closes.

Conte is reportedly unimpressed by Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has not made a major impact so far at Stamford Bridge since his summer switch from Monaco.

Klopp keen on James

James Rodriguez Bayern Munich

Liverpool are among those to have expressed an interest in signing Bayern Munich loanee James Rodriguez on a permanent basis, claims Don Balon .

The Colombia international is due to spend two years with the German giants as part of an agreement with parent club Real Madrid.

Finding a way to break that deal will be difficult, but Liverpool are eager to explore all options in their pursuit of a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Walcott sends message to Arsenal fans

HD Walcott League Cup

Theo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.

Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here!

Juve plot Bellerin bid

Hector Bellerin Arsenal

Juventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.

The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.

Joao Mario turns down West Ham

Joao Mario Inter

Inter’s Joao Mario has turned down the chance to join West Ham on loan, claims Sky Sports

The midfielder has seen his minutes decline under Luciano Spalletti, but has decided against a move to the Premier League outfit. 

Dortmund in contact over Giroud

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC .

The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. 

Barca could pay Griezmann release clause

Antoine Griezmann France

Barcelona could pay the release clause for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, reports CalcioMercato (via Gianluca di Marzio ).

The report claims that Atletico will move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement. 

Inter make new Rafinha offer 

Rafinha Iker Muniain Barcelona Athletic Bilbao La Liga 02042017

Inter are not ready to give up on signing Rafinha from Barcelona and have made a new loan offer adding a €35 million option to buy, reports CalcioMercato .

Barcelona have already rejected one loan bid from Inter for the Brazilian. 

Chelsea make official Emerson bid

Emerson Palmieri Roma

Chelsea have made an official bid for Roma’s Italian full-back Emerson Palmieri, according to CalcioMercato

The club’s first official bid of €20 million with add-ons could rise up to €25m, nearing the €30m price Roma are asking. 

Bale in talks with Man Utd

Gareth Bale Celta Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is in talks with Manchester United, as he doesn’t want to be part of the sinking ship at Real Madrid, according to Don Balon

The former Spurs star believes Jose Mourinho can help him return to his best and is willing to take a pay cut to make the move, though Real Madrid’s asking price is still higher than what the Premier League club are willing to spend. 

Madrid and Barca face fight for ‘new Asensio’  

Ferran Torres Spain U-17

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to face off over the transfer of Valencia’s Ferran Torres, reports Don Balon .

Despite not having made his full debut with Valencia, both of the Spanish giants see him as a prime target, with Madrid thinking of the 17-year-old as a future replacement for Gareth Bale. 

Juventus eye Ozil and Erikson

Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Juventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to  Corriere dello Sport .

Eriksen is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. 

Zidane wants Sterling to replace Bale

Raheem Sterling Manchester City

Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon

Bale’s persistent injury troubles have prompted speculation that Madrid will look to sell the Wales international in the summer, and Zidane feels Sterling is the ideal player to come into the squad.

Zidane, however, is facing a battle to persuade Perez of the merits of signing Sterling due to the president’s desire to bring in a new No.9.

West Ham want Batshuayi in Carroll deal

Andy Carroll Michy Batshuayi

West Ham want Michy Batshuayi to be included in any deal that would see Andy Carroll joining Chelsea, according to the  Daily Telegraph .

The Blues had hoped to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal, but the Irons insist they are only interested in letting Carroll go on a permanent basis.

They would listen to offers of £20 million plus Batshuayi on loan for the former Liverpool man, though both Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have also registered an interest in the Belgium international.

Malcom to snub Gunners?

Malcom Arsenal

Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .

The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.

Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .  

United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.

Walcott joins Everton in £20m deal

Theo Walcott Arsenal

Everton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.

Read the full story on Goal!

Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Real Madrid are ready to make a last-ditch bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, claims Don Balon .

Arsenal are in talks to sign Aubameyang, but could face late competition from Madrid after club president Florentino Perez decided an immediate fix is required for the team’s goalscoring problems.

Inter’s Mauro Icardi is reportedly Madrid’s prime summer target, but Perez is ready to make €70 million available now to beat Arsenal to the capture of Aubameyang, who has long held a dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career

HD Walcott

Theo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.

Read the full story on Goal!


Arsenal v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

Arsenal are still searching for their first win of 2018 as they prepare for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Arsene Wenger’s men led 1-0 against AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium last weekend but the loss of two goals in four second half minutes saw the Cherries come from behind to heap yet more misery on the north Londoners.

Match odds

Arsenal have failed to win any of their last five fixtures – with their last victory coming against Saturday’s opponents at Selhurst Park last month – and despite a disappointing dip in results since that 3-2 win in south London, dabblebet make the Gunners their 4/7 (1.57) favourites to pick up all three points this weekend.

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Palace, though, will not be a pushover as they have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League matches – the reverse against the Gunners – while Roy Hodgson’s side have put together a five-match unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League.

An away win can be backed at a chunky 5/1 (6.0) with dabblebet ahead of this match, while the same firm go 100/30 (4.33) that the two teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils at Emirates Stadium.

Team news

Alexis Sanchez was the architect of Palace’s downfall when these teams met in December when he scored twice in that match for the Gunners, but he will almost certainly be a notable absentee on this occasion for his immediate future is far from certain.

The Chilean was left out of Arsenal’s squad at Bournemouth last weekend and even if he remains an Arsenal player by Saturday afternoon, there is no guarantee that he will feature, whilst Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal could make their returns this weekend.

Palace are plagued by an injury crisis with Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon all likely to miss the match against Arsenal.

Goals galore?

The last meeting between these two sides was a fantastic five-goal thriller and there is evidence to suggest that the goals could flow once again when this rivalry is renewed in north London.

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Each of Arsenal’s last five league matches has seen goals at both ends, with more than two goals scored on four occasions, and dabblebet offer 8/13 (1.62) that both teams are on target this time around, while the same firm go just 4/7 (1.57) that there are at least three goals scored when the Gunners host the Eagles.

Having scored just one goal in their opening nine away matches in all competitions, Palace have found the net in each of their last four fixtures on their travels and dabblebet go just 1/2 (1.50) that the Eagles score a goal here.

The same firm also offer 9/4 (3.25) that Hodgson’s side manage more than one goal, which could pay dividends as Arsenal have conceded two or more goals in five of their last seven matches.

Tips and predictions

Palace will feel that they can hurt the vulnerable hosts in north London but, even without Sanchez, the Gunners are capable of getting amongst the goals and so dabblebet’s 13/10 (2.30) quote for at least four goals to be scored on Saturday could represent good value for punters.

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Arsenal’s Aubameyang talk branded ‘disrespectful’ by disappointed Dortmund

Arsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international.

He refused to go into detail regarding a mooted approach but also ruled nothing out, telling reporters: “This kind of thing is better when it is secret.

“You announce it when it is over the line. Nothing else is close.”

Unsurprisingly, those comments have not gone down well in Dortmund.

The Bundesliga outfit are reluctant to part with a prized asset during the January transfer window, even if they have faced disciplinary issues with Aubameyang of late.

Zorc, then, has taken the opportunity to hit out at Wenger, with the Arsenal manager urged to spend more time worrying about his own players than possible transfer targets – with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil still providing unwelcome distractions at Emirates Stadium.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs,” Zorc told reporters on the Aubameyang rumours.

“There is no contact with Arsenal.

“We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”

While Dortmund are eager to curb the speculation surrounding Aubameyang, Arsenal are likely to be in the market for attacking inspiration during the current window.

Sanchez is edging ever close to securing a switch to Manchester United, while Olivier Giroud has been mentioned as a possible makeweight in a raid on Signal Iduna Park.

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Wenger is certainly keeping his options open, with the Frenchman having added when pressed on whether Aubameyang’s personality would be right for the Gunners: “Yes, a character can be very positive or very negative.

“Overall you look at achievement over career and if he has done well the character has been used in a positive way.”

Aubameyang has netted 21 times in just 23 appearances this season, with the 28-year-old’s remarkable return for Dortmund now standing at 141 goals in 212 outings.


Betting: Atletico Madrid 10/11 to finish second behind Barcelona as Real’s slide continues

Barcelona suffered a shock first leg defeat in their Copa del Rey quarter final against Espanyol but Ernesto Valverde’s side appear to have La Liga all but sewn up at the half-way stage of the campaign.

Yet to taste defeat, Barca have amassed 51 points and have a nine point advantage over their nearest rivals. However, unlike recent years where it has been a titanic tussle between the Catalans and Real Madrid for the title, Los Blancos are lagging behind after a disastrous start to the season.

Sitting in fourth place, 19 points worse off than Barcelona, the reigning champions are in a serious battle with Atletico Madrid for second place according to the bookmakers.

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dabblebet go 10/11 (1.91) that Atleti, who are 10 points ahead of their rivals at this stage, finish top of the table in the “without Barcelona” market, essentially a wager on which team will claim second spot given the leaders’ impressive advantage.

Zidane’s side do have a game in hand due to their involvement in the Club World Cup earlier in the campaign and it’s 6/5 (2.20) that they’re able to climb up the table and finish as runners up. Their recent form doesn’t bode well for such an improvement though with just one win in the previous five league games.

Valencia have finished 12th in each of the two previous years but Marcelino’s appointment has seen them become legitimate contenders for a European spot. They currently sit third, eight points ahead of the Champions League holders. dabblebet go 14/1 (15.0) that they’re able to close the two-point gap to Atletico and finish as Barcelona’s nearest challengers at the end of the season.


The same firm are now offering a market on which teams will make up the top four too, with Real Madrid available at 1/200 despite their current plight, while it’s 3/10 (1.30) that Los Che secure a Champions League berth.

Sevilla face Manchester United in the last 16 of this year’s competition and it’s 5/1 (6.0) that they’re able to break into the top four places this term while Villarreal, whose win at the Bernabeu has moved the Yellow Submarine to within a point of fourth, are priced at 6/1 (7.0).

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