Barcelona make £138m bid for Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona will return with a sensational fourth bid worth £138million for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

The Spanish giants will table the offer, worth £101m up front to Liverpool with an extra £37m in bonuses for the 25-year-old, on Wednesday.  read more

Manchester City 1-1 Everton PLAYER RATINGS

  • City goalkeeper Ederson (5.5) could have done better for the Everton goal 
  • Leroy Sane (5.5) and Gabriel Jesus (5) fail to fire and both were substituted
  • Jagielka (8) stood firm against City’s potent strikeforce on Monday night 

Raheem Sterling’s 82nd-minute equaliser saved 10-man Manchester City from defeat as they drew at home after Wayne Rooney had put the visitors ahead.

Rooney’s second goal in as many games this season was his 200th in the Premier League, making him just the second player after former England forward Alan Shearer to reach that milestone. read more

Mesut Ozil is the most frustrating Arsenal player ever

  • Mesut Ozil is an icing-on-the-cake player for Arsenal, he doesn’t scrap
  • Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp gave everything when they played
  • Ozil was not the only man at fault against Stoke but he did not pull his weight

Mesut Ozil is the most frustrating player I’ve seen wear an Arsenal shirt.

He is an icing-on-the-cake player — someone who is happy to create the chances to win matches but will not scrap and fight for the team. read more

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino roomed with Diego Maradona

  • Mauricio Pochettino shared a room with Diego Maradona at Newell’s Old Boys 
  • Maradona infamously fired an air rifle at Argentinian journalists in Buenos Aires
  • Tottenham manager Pochettino said: ‘I knew Maradona, the real Maradona’
  • Pochettino’s side face Chelsea at Wembley in the Premier League on Sunday 

Mauricio Pochettino did not lose his man often as a player but one managed to ghost 250 miles away on his watch.

The Tottenham boss, who pits his wits against Antonio Conte at Wembley on Sunday, has lifted the lid on his relationship with Diego Maradona. read more

Neymar can become ‘world’s best player’ at PSG: Unai Emery

  • Unai Emery says PSG is the right place for Neymar to become the world’s best
  • Emery praised Neymar’s defensive contributions in PSG’s win over Guingamp
  • Neymar joined from Barcelona for a world record £198m fee earlier this month
  • PSG take on Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes

Neymar can ‘become the best player in the world’ at Paris Saint-Germain, according to his coach Unai Emery.

The Brazilian has settled into life at his new club quickly following his world record £198million move from Barcelona earlier this month.  read more

Celtic forward Scott Sinclair feeling back to his best

  • Scott Sinclair scored a brace in Celtic’s 5-0 victory over Astana on Wednesday
  • The winger joined Manchester City for £8million five years ago
  • Sinclair is now thriving at Celtic Park and feels he is back to his best form 

Two carefully measured swipes of Scott Sinclair’s right boot have helped deliver Celtic to the very brink of the Champions League. Clinical composure faced down all the pressure and expectation. read more