How Inter could line up with Vertonghen as they target Spurs star on a free

May 31, 2020

first_imgTOTTENHAM are refusing to sell Jan Vertonghen in January but couldlose him to Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports.The Belgian centre-back, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season and is unlikely to extend his stay with Spurs.2Inter are keen on Vertonghen, who Darren Bent claims could make a shock Arsenal switch, and the Guardian claims Antonio Conte and club chiefs are preparing a three-year deal to tempt him to Serie A.After struggling to compete for honours, the Serie A giants have bounced back this season and lie second in the table – behind dominant Juventus.The additions of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United have bolstered an attack which includes the impressive Lautaro Martinez.And Vertonghen would join a solid defensive unit, which saw Diego Godin join Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and rising star Alessandro Bastoni.If Vertonghen were to arrive, he could form an impressive back three alongside veteran Godin and Skriniar, although De Vrij would be unlucky to miss out.Marcelo Brozovic often anchors the midfield as Nicolo Barella and Roberto Gagliardini provide energy in front of him.Martinez has formed a solid partnership with Lukaku since the latter’s big-money move in August.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itAntonio Candreva has been operating at right wing-back, while loanee Sanchez will hope to impress enough to secure a permanent move and perhaps a spot down the left if he cannot get a start up top.Spurs are facing a summer exodus as Christian Eriksen  and Toby Alderweireld can also leave for nothing at the end of the season.There is also plenty of speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could be on his way after failing to build on a run to the Champions League final last term.2 Vertonghen could be on his way on the summerCredit: AFP or licensorsHarry Kane tells Spurs they must be ‘braver’ as striker admits there are NO positives to take from Liverpool losslast_img read more

Antoine Griezmann is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Bacary Sagna

November 25, 2019

first_imgFrance right back Bacary Sagna, who will face the daunting task of keeping a close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final, said teammate Antoine Griezmann now belonged to the same elite club as the Portugal forward. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) “Ronaldo, we know him. He’s one of the best players in the world — if not the best — and he has worked very hard to get there,” Sagna told a news conference on Saturday. (Also read: Antoine Griezmann a step away from reliving childhood moment) “Antoine, to me, is right up there too, in the same league as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”‘REVENGE FOR HIM’Griezmann, who left for Spain as a teenager after being turned down by French academies because he was regarded as not being big enough, matured to become one of the world’s most dangerous strikers. (Also read: Boyish Antoine Griezmann shapes himself into France’s superhero)”It’s a kind of revenge for him after the French academies wouldn’t take him,” Sagna said. “He made it the hard way and he deserves to be where he is.”Griezmann, who steered Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final this season, has scored six goals so far in the tournament, more than any player since France’s Michel Platini hit a record nine at the 1984 finals. (France haven’t won anything yet, says Deschamps)’WON’T BE EASY AGAINST RONALDO’ Sagna’s immediate problem is Ronaldo, recovering from a sluggish start to the tournament and hungry for his first major title with Portugal.advertisement”He’s an exceptional player and it won’t be easy,” Sagna said. “What you have to do is keep a close eye on him all the time, stay close to him and make sure you don’t allow him too much space.”Sagna, usually happy to let others take the limelight, has won praise for his performances since the start of the tournament.Softly spoken off the pitch, he has shown his determination on it, notably when he was seen shouting at sometimes shaky centre back Adil Rami. Facing Ronaldo, the Manchester City defender said, would not be a problem.”I’m used to playing against excellent players every weekend so no, I’m not afraid,” he said.last_img read more