January Transfer Window: Club-by-Club Guide for the Premier League

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (AFP)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (AFP)
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January Transfer Window: Club-by-Club Guide for the Premier League

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (AFP)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (AFP)

The winter transfer window opened on January 1 with most of the 20 clubs desperate to make signings that can shape their season. Here we look at the players they hope will arrive in the next month:

Arsenal

Arsène Wenger anticipates that he will be busier fielding inquires about fringe players in his squad – he would be open to moving a few out – but he would be interested in an addition if the opportunity presented itself. The want-away Alexis Sánchez will draw the focus. He might prefer to wait for a Bosman move in the summer but an offer from Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain would change the dynamic. Arsenal would be compelled to consider it.

Possible signings Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla).

Possible outgoings: Alexis Sánchez, Calum Chambers, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy, Chuba Akpom.

Estimated budget: £50m.

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe has scarcely found joy in January, previously stating the difficulty of getting value for money in the winter transfer window. A growing injury list may force his hand, however: bringing in a defender who can play across the back four would make sense. Harry Arter is of interest to West Ham United but Howe insists the midfielder is going nowhere.

Possible signings: Danny Ings (Liverpool), Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Rennes), Dujon Sterling (Chelsea, loan).

Possible outgoings: Lewis Grabban, Adam Federici (loan), Emerson Hyndman (loan), Connor Mahoney (loan).

Estimated budget: £15m.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Chris Hughton has said he will do minimal business in this window but will at least attempt to ease the burden on the striker Glenn Murray finding the net by pushing through a deal for Moussa Dembélé. They are not the only ones interested in the prolific Celtic forward, though, and may have to fight off Premier League rivals for the Frenchman’s signature. He will not come cheap, with the Scottish champions intent on holding out for around £20m.

Possible signings: Moussa Dembélé (Celtic), Ze Luis (Spartak Moscow).

Possible outgoings Jiri Skalak (loan), Jamie Murphy (loan).

Estimated budget: £15m.

Burnley

Burnley are in a strong position, they have a small but effective squad and have shown themselves able to compete. Money is available should Sean Dyche wish to strengthen – last January they spent a club record £13m on Robbie Brady, who is now out injured for the rest of the season – although short-term fixes are unlikely. Dyche prefers to identify targets who will fit in with the rest of the squad and bring them in when they become available. Panic buying is not Burnley’s style.

Possible signings: Maybe a wide player to cover for Brady’s absence. Central defense is also a potential area of concern.

Possible outgoings: None seem imminent.

Estimated budget: Up to £20m.

Chelsea

Chelsea will effectively resume where they left off back in August, attempting to persuade Ross Barkley to join from Everton and then seeking to recruit a new left wing-back to compete with Marcos Alonso. Juventus’s Alex Sandro, targeted in the summer, may be more inclined to move now, although it is the potential pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar that is most intriguing. The France international has been courted by clubs in England and the reigning Ligue 1 champions, now with Michael Emenalo as their sporting director after he decided to leave a similar role at Stamford Bridge, may consider a sale albeit for a hefty price. Certainly, Antonio Conte will be pushing for significant reinforcements.

Possible signings: Ross Barkley (Everton), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Philipp Max (Augsburg), Alex Telles (Porto).

Possible outgoings: Charly Musonda, David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi.

Estimated budget: Roman Abramovich will find funds.

Crystal Palace

Palace will have to revisit their significant mid-season spending of last term if they are to stave off the threat of relegation, with transfer funds “ringfenced” according to the chairman, Steve Parish, and at least three major arrivals expected. The sporting director, Dougie Freedman, has been charged with securing the deals. The manager, Roy Hodgson, said: “We have only got two goalkeepers in the club, which is nowhere near enough for Premier League football. We have only one recognized center-forward and, in central midfield, we don’t have the amount of cover that is necessary at this level.” Three signings would be ideal.

Possible signings: Tomas Holy (Gillingham), Kevin Trapp (PSG), Diego López (Espanyol), Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina), Danny Ings (Liverpool), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Islam Slimani (Leicester), Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

Possible outgoings: Patrick van Aanholt, Jordon Mutch, Lee Chung-yong, Timothy Fosu-Mensah (possible loan return), Freddie Ladapo.

Estimated budget: The club’s major shareholders will find the funds required.

Everton

The pressure is on the director of football, Steve Walsh, to finally produce a replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Ronald Koeman made repeated calls for a proven striker to be included in Everton’s £140m overhaul of their squad in the summer and paid with his job when one did not materialize, and the team floundered. His successor, Sam Allardyce, has reiterated that request and is also seeking left-sided defensive cover – another Koeman wish – while looking to trim what he considers a bloated squad.

Possible signings: Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla).

Possible outgoings: Ross Barkley, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramírez, Oumar Niasse, Kevin Mirallas, Muhamed Besic.

Estimated budget: £40m, plus player sales.

Huddersfield Town

The club will go into January without a head of football operations, having decided there was no need to rush into an appointment after the departure of David Moss from the role in October. With most of last summer’s record outlay of £40m looking shrewd, major recruitment does not seem to be an urgent requirement, although some positions could do with strengthening. The injury to Elias Kachunga makes a dangerous wide player more of a priority. A central creator would also be welcome, given Kasey Palmer’s injury trouble so far this season, and there is also scope for improving cover for the central defensive pair of Christopher Schindler and Mathias Jorgensenin the center of defense.

Possible signings: Ben Woodburn on loan (Liverpool), Terence Kongolo (Monaco).

Possible outgoings: None planned but interest in Christopher Schindler would be no surprise.

Estimated budget: £20m.

Leicester City

After spending heavily in the summer and climbing up the table on the back of Claude Puel’s appointment in October, Leicester are under no real pressure to throw money at this window, especially as they have a new signing to come into the team in the shape of Adrien Silva, whose £22m move from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day failed to go through in time. One area where Leicester would like to strengthen is at right-back but that is more of a long-term target.

Possible signings: André Almeida ( Benfica).

Possible outgoings: Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa.

Estimated budget: £15m.

Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp’s patience, and Liverpool’s financial largesse, has paid off with the defensive world record £75m acquisition of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, the manager’s backline priority from the summer. Another target from the previous window, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, could also be revisited this month but the most important business is keeping Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool have stood firm in the face of Barcelona’s dogged pursuit and will be expected to maintain that stance with a place in the last 16 of the Champions League secure.

Possible signings: Thomas Lemar (Monaco).

Possible outgoings: Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Marko Grujic, Lazar Markovic, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson.

Estimated budget: £100m, plus player sales.

Manchester City

What do you buy for the runaway, record-breaking leaders? A center-back to cover the glaring weakness in a department that includes the chronically injured Vincent Kompany, the currently injured John Stones and the for-sale Eliaquim Mangala. Pep Guardiola is keen to recruit for the position as he continues to compete in all four competitions, including the Champions League, which the manager is intent on impressing in after last season’s dismal last-16 exit. If he fails to strengthen he will be disappointed. And might striking backup be required given the injury to Gabriel Jesus?

Possible signings: Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion), Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

Possible outgoings: Eliaquim Mangala.

Estimated budget: £100m-plus.

Manchester United

José Mourinho needs a prolific finisher to share the burden with Romelu Lukaku because of his side’s profligacy in front of goal but whether he will move in January is in the balance. He admires Arsenal’s Mesut Özil, who is out of contract in the summer, but the German is hardly renowned for his finishing. Fulham’s 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon is another potential recruit, although he would be a signing for the future. It is worth adding that Mourinho is no fan of the winter window.

Possible signings: Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

Possible outgoings: No one, although for the right player Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be a makeweight in any deal.

Estimated budget: £100m-plus.

Newcastle United

In an ideal world, Rafael Benítez would sign a goalkeeper, a left-back, a winger, a No10 and a prolific center-forward. In reality, Newcastle United is not nirvana and Amanda Staveley’s mooted takeover is still to be completed, leaving Mike Ashley controlling the purse strings. Benítez has told the current owner that, without reinforcement, the team will be in real relegation peril this month but Ashley is a high-stakes gambler; will he heed the warning? Let alone the manager’s demand that all transfer business be completed by January 20.

Possible incomings: Uncertain but expect two domestic loans, including Kenedy, the Chelsea left winger.

Possible outgoings: Jack Colback, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Estimated budget: Unclear. Benítez was hoping for £20m but seems likely to have to settle for considerably less.

Southampton

With Virgil van Dijk finally heading to Liverpool for a £75m fee, Mauricio Pellegrino is targeting at least two signings in a bid to avoid a relegation battle. Despite Van Dijk’s departure, the priority will be to add firepower and attacking creativity, and there are big names available who may be tempted by the chance of pre-World Cup game time. With plenty of underachievers already in his squad and dissent from supporters growing, Pellegrino must choose his new recruits wisely.

Possible signings: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Nicolás Gaitán (Atlético Madrid).

Possible outgoings: Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett.

Estimated budget: £30m, with some players arriving on loan.

Stoke City

The club have not spent particularly heavily nor particularly well in recent transfer windows but recognize that a failure to trade smart in January would leave them at risk of relegation. They can ill afford more mistakes and they will be keen to bat off any inquiries for Joe Allen or Jack Butland. The most porous defense in the Premier League would benefit, in particular, from a solid right-back, enhanced cover in the center and better protection from midfield. Up front Mark Hughes has long lacked a sharp striker. And there is a shortage of pace in all areas. Overall, the sense is the club will aim to solve their problems on the cheap and ultimately that will be their downfall.

Possible signings: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Danny Ings (Liverpool).

Possible outgoings: Joe Allen, Saido Berahino.

Estimated budget: £15m plus loanees.

Swansea City

Favorites to be relegated, Swansea need to spend a small fortune to address all the weaknesses in their ill-equipped squad to have any chance of survival, yet the only money that will be made available in this window is the surplus cash left over from the summer. A creative midfielder, a winger and a proven striker are all priorities for the Premier League’s most toothless team. But, realistically, what caliber of player can Swansea hope to attract?

Possible signings: André Ayewand Diafra Sakho (West Ham), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley).

Possible outgoings: Alfie Mawson, Oli McBurnie, Ki Sung-yueng.

Estimated budget: £10m-£20m.

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino has the full complement of 17 foreign players in his Champions League squad and that is before Érik Lamela is reintegrated. It means somebody will be squeezed out, possibly Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, and that Pochettino will prioritize the English market for any signings. The manager has said he would like to use January to prepare for the more important summer window, when quick business will be essential, so he would be open to a Dele Alli-style signing with a loan-back option.

Possible signings: Ross Barkley (Everton), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

Possible outgoings: Georges-Kévin Nkoudou.

Estimated budget: £25m.

Watford

The club will assess Nathaniel Chalobah’s recuperation from a knee injury – he is expected to return in late January – before deciding whether they need to recruit a defensive midfielder. They are also seeking alternative options in attack but are not expecting to conduct significant business unless one of their long-term targets becomes available or a particularly lucrative sale boosts their budget. They will not sell any regular members of the starting XI but fringe players are available.

Possible signings: Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenberg).

Possible outgoings: Étienne Capoue, Isaac Success, Stefano Okaka, Brice Dja Djédjé.

Estimated budget: Less than £10m, with loans preferred unless there are significant sales.

West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew will have nothing like the lavish transfer pot Tony Pulis was afforded in the summer but his priorities are clear enough. West Brom need a striker and, perhaps, someone else who can play across the frontline or in behind. Neither would come cheap and difficult decisions may be required in order to do the right deals. Jonny Evans remains sought-after and Pardew has admitted he must be “realistic” about the center-back's future. Grzegorz Krychowiak, a thus-far unsuccessful loan signing from PSG, could yet return six months early in order to free up more cash.

Possible signings: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle), Danny Ings (Liverpool), Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield).

Possible outgoings: Grzegorz Krychowiak (return to PSG from loan), Jonny Evans (Arsenal/Manchester United/Everton).

Estimated budget: £5m to £10m – with the potential to rise if players depart.

West Ham United

David Moyes is not happy with the balance of his squad and has told his bosses that West Ham must improve their survival hopes by making a few additions. His team have conceded 38 Premier League goals already, so it is not a surprise that Moyes wants to strengthen in defense and midfield before thinking about reinforcements in attack. However, West Ham have disappointed in recent windows.

Possible signings: Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Lamine Koné (Sunderland), Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), André Schürrle (Borussia Dortmund).

Possible outgoings: Reece Oxford, Diafra Sakho.

Estimated budget: £25m – unless there are any sales.

The Guardian Sport



Klopp Seeks Private Life after Liverpool Exit, Rules Out Immediate Return

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after his very last match with Liverpool after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after his very last match with Liverpool after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Klopp Seeks Private Life after Liverpool Exit, Rules Out Immediate Return

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after his very last match with Liverpool after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp reacts after his very last match with Liverpool after the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Former Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he plans to retreat into a private life following his departure from the Premier League club and has no immediate plans to return to management.
Klopp bade farewell to the Anfield faithful in a long address after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and led the crowd in a song for incoming manager Arne Slot, who has enormous shoes to fill, Reuters said.
Klopp, who famously introduced himself as "the normal one" in his first Liverpool press conference, was glad he is leaving the club in a good position after enjoying a trophy laden career.
"But look, it's not burning behind me and that gives me a good feeling," Klopp told reporters on Sunday in his last post-match press conference, adding that he will return to Anfield someday as a spectator.
The German will be packing his bags after a few emotional weeks in the city. In January, the 56-year-old announced he will leave at the end of the season after nine years at the helm due to draining energy levels.
"A private life must be planned and I didn't plan anything yet because I was here," Klopp said. "Probably Ulla (Sandrock, his wife) will update me where we go but I follow happily."
"I don't know exactly why nobody believes I probably will not be a manager again but I understand because obviously it seems to be a drug, because everybody comes back and everyone works until they are 70-something.
"Other people can do it in different ways, I have to be all-in, I have to be the spark, I have to be the energy, I have to be all these kind of things and I'm empty.
"You only have to look outside which clubs are obviously available. There will be opportunities, but I don't sit here and think, 'Maybe in a year's time I take that.'"


Man City Wins Record Fourth Straight Premier League Title

19 May 2024, United Kingdom, Manchester: Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne lifts the Premier League trophy with team-mates as they celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/dpa
19 May 2024, United Kingdom, Manchester: Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne lifts the Premier League trophy with team-mates as they celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/dpa
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Man City Wins Record Fourth Straight Premier League Title

19 May 2024, United Kingdom, Manchester: Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne lifts the Premier League trophy with team-mates as they celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/dpa
19 May 2024, United Kingdom, Manchester: Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne lifts the Premier League trophy with team-mates as they celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/dpa

Manchester City won a record fourth straight Premier League title on Sunday by beating West Ham 3-1 in the final game of the season.
City is the first team to be crowned champion of English soccer’s top division four years in a row after holding off the challenge of second-place Arsenal, which beat Everton 2-1.
Two goals from Phil Foden in the first half set Pep Guardiola's team on course for its latest title. Mohammed Kudus pulled a goal back for West Ham with a stunning overhead kick, but Rodri restored City's advantage as it marched toward a sixth title in seven seasons.
Guardiola’s team needed to beat West Ham at Etihad Stadium to be certain of the title, having gone into the game two points clear at the top of the standings.
Foden helped ease any potential nerves among the home fans when firing City ahead with a brilliant goal inside two minutes.
Receiving a pass from Bernardo Silva, Foden side-stepped West Ham midfielder James Ward-Prowse and unleashed a left-foot shot outside the area that rocketed into the top corner. The goal was timed at just under 80 seconds.
Foden, England’s footballer of the year, added a second in the 18th minute when converting Jeremy Doku’s cross from close range.
Kudus produced a moment of magic in the 42nd with an acrobatic overhead kick that might have given Arsenal hope of an unlikely comeback.
But it didn’t take City long to extend its lead again after the break as Rodri fired low from the edge of the box that West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola could not keep out despite getting a hand to the ball.
City ended the season with 91 points — two more than Arsenal.


Paralympics Open in 100 Days. Paris Organizers Launch Campaign to Boost Ticket Sales

FILE - The padded hands of Diane Roy of Canada are seen as she waits to compete in the women' 800-meter T54 heat at the 2012 Paralympics games, on Sept. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
FILE - The padded hands of Diane Roy of Canada are seen as she waits to compete in the women' 800-meter T54 heat at the 2012 Paralympics games, on Sept. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Paralympics Open in 100 Days. Paris Organizers Launch Campaign to Boost Ticket Sales

FILE - The padded hands of Diane Roy of Canada are seen as she waits to compete in the women' 800-meter T54 heat at the 2012 Paralympics games, on Sept. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
FILE - The padded hands of Diane Roy of Canada are seen as she waits to compete in the women' 800-meter T54 heat at the 2012 Paralympics games, on Sept. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

With 100 days until the Paralympics begin, Paris organizers are delivering a message from the athletes in a bid to boost ticket sales: I am not missing anything, except you.
The countdown campaign for the Aug 28-Sept. 8 Paralympic Games begins Monday. It features three Paralympic athletes, each of them alone in an empty stadium. The campaign slogan — “Il ne me manque rien, sauf vous” (I’m not missing anything, except you) — is a rallying call to get people to come along and watch them competing.
The French athletes featured in the campaign are Arnaud Assoumani, a long jump and triple jump specialist who won gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing; wheelchair tennis player Pauline Déroulède, and blind soccer player Gaël Rivière who was a European championship winner two years ago. He plays at club level for Bondy Cécifoot Club — in the same suburb where France star Kylian Mbappé grew up.
National broadcaster France Télévisions will show the campaign in a bid to raise awareness and — ultimately — boost sales. So far, 900,000 of the 2.8 million tickets have been sold, The Associated Press reported.
A total of 4,400 athletes will take part in the Paralympics. Tickets are available from 15 euros ($16) for track and field sessions at Stade de France, wheelchair tennis at Roland Garros, or blind soccer at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The finals cost from 25 ($27) euros and it's 45 euros ($49) to watch the closing ceremony.
Ticket sales could escalate once posters start appearing around Paris, with organizers aiming to raise awareness and increase fan engagement and solidarity.
There will be 651 posters dotted around the city, 972 on the subway and a further 2,520 on the sides of buses.
On Tuesday, four Paralympic athletes will walk up the famed steps at the Cannes Film Festival along with Paris 2024 Olympic head Tony Estanguet.
Of the tickets sold so far, organizers said 300,000 have been bought by the state and 150,000 by the International Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee.
Organizers haven't released details for the amount of tickets sold for the opening ceremony, which takes place along a section of the famed Champs-Élysées.
Paul McCartney has let the song “We All Stand Together” be used in a promotional film for the International Paralympic Committee.
The Paralympics will have a record 164 broadcasters worldwide covering 549 events across 22 sports.
The 12-day event follows the July 26-Aug. 11 Olympics in Paris.


West Asian Deaf Federation Council Approves Saudi Bid to Host the 2025 Bowling Championship

File photo of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh
File photo of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh
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West Asian Deaf Federation Council Approves Saudi Bid to Host the 2025 Bowling Championship

File photo of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh
File photo of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh

The Board of Directors of the West Asian Regional Federation for Deaf Sports has held a meeting in the capital, Riyadh, headed by the President of the Federation, Dr. Saeed bin Mohammed Al-Qahtani.
The meeting was attended by the President of the Asian Pacific Federation for Deaf Sports, Muhammad Pargar, SPA reported.
During the meeting, it was decided that the Kingdom will host the West Asia Bowling Championship for the Deaf in 2025.

Among other issues, the renewal of the membership of the Board of Directors, pending the approval of the Federation’s General Assembly next meeting as well as the adoption of the Federation’s annual program during the coming period were also discussed.


Zverev Serves his Way to Italian Open Title

Germany's Alexander Zverev holds the trophy after winning the Men's final against Chile's Nicolas Jarry at the ATP Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
Germany's Alexander Zverev holds the trophy after winning the Men's final against Chile's Nicolas Jarry at the ATP Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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Zverev Serves his Way to Italian Open Title

Germany's Alexander Zverev holds the trophy after winning the Men's final against Chile's Nicolas Jarry at the ATP Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
Germany's Alexander Zverev holds the trophy after winning the Men's final against Chile's Nicolas Jarry at the ATP Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Alexander Zverev put on a serving clinic in a 6-4, 7-5 win over 24th-ranked Nicolas Jarry to claim his second Italian Open title Sunday and earn his biggest trophy since tearing his ankle apart two years ago.
Zverev opened the match with three straight aces on the red clay court and won 20 of his 21 service points in the first set. The German didn't drop a point on his first serve until late in the second set when the 6-foot-7 (2.01 meter) Jarry ran down a well-placed drop shot and replied with a cross-court winner.
It’s been a long road of recovery for the fifth-ranked Zverev after tearing three ligaments in his right ankle during the 2022 French Open semifinals against Rafael Nadal, The Associated Press reported.
This year’s French Open starts next Sunday and now Zverev has established himself among the favorites again — especially with top-ranked Novak Djokovic and 14-time Roland Garros champion Nadal both struggling lately. Djokovic and Nadal were eliminated in the second and third rounds, respectively, in Rome.
There are also injury concerns for second-ranked Jannik Sinner (hip) and third-ranked Carlos Alcaraz (right forearm) — who both withdrew from Rome.
Although Zverev, who has disputed a penalty order from a German court over allegations that he caused bodily harm to a woman, faces a trial starting during Roland Garros. He said recently that he won’t attend the start of the legal proceedings.
And Zverev isn’t 100% healthy either. He had the pinky on his left hand bandaged due to a fall in his quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz, after which he said he “tore a capsule” and that his finger was “crooked.” The German plays right-handed but uses a two-handed backhand.
Zverev will also be defending his gold medal when the Paris Olympics tennis tournament is held at Roland Garros starting in late July.
Jarry, a Chilean playing in his first Masters Series final, upset Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.
Jarry was cheered on by his grandfather, Jaime Fillol, who was a top-20 player and who gave Jarry his first racket as a kid. Fillol was on Chile’s Davis Cup team that lost the 1976 final to Italy.
It was Zverev’s third final in Rome. He won in 2017 by beating Djokovic in straight sets for his first Masters Series title then lost to Nadal in the title match a year later.
It was also Zverev’s first Masters final since getting beat by Alcaraz at the 2022 Madrid Open. The only previous titles he won since his ankle injury came in Hamburg, Germany, and Chengdu, China, last year.
Zverev earned a winner’s check of 963,225 euros (more than $1 million).
Top-ranked Iga Swiatek beat No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the women’s final on Saturday.
In the women’s doubles final, Coco Gauff double faulted on match point to hand Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini of Italy the title with a 6-3, 4-6, (10-8) victory. Gauff teamed with Erin Routliffe.
Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos beat Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic 6-2, 6-2 for the men’s doubles title.


Verstappen Holds Off Norris to Win Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and Extend F1 Lead

Formula One F1 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy - May 19, 2024 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy - May 19, 2024 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
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Verstappen Holds Off Norris to Win Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and Extend F1 Lead

Formula One F1 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy - May 19, 2024 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
Formula One F1 - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy - May 19, 2024 Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

In the real world or the virtual world, Max Verstappen remains the driver to beat.
The defending Formula 1 champion held off a challenge from McLaren’s Lando Norris to win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his standings lead, The Associated Press reported.
Verstappen doubled up this weekend by taking part in an online 24-hour race, driving stints for his team from a simulator set up in the Imola paddock. He won that, too, making his F1 victory his second of the day.
Verstappen started on pole position and stayed ahead of Norris at the start but was put under pressure by the McLaren driver again near the end. He held on to take his 59th career win by less than a second.
“Especially the last 10, 15 laps, I had no grip any more. I was really sliding a lot. I saw Lando closing in,” Verstappen said. “It’s very difficult when the tires are not working anymore and you have to go flat out, so I couldn’t afford to make too many mistakes. Luckily, we didn’t and super happy, of course, to win here today.”
On a weekend when F1 remembered Ayrton Senna, the three-time champion who died in a crash at Imola 30 years ago, Verstappen took his fifth win in seven Grand Prix races this year after having lost out to Norris in Miami two weeks ago.
Norris' second place Sunday underlined McLaren's credentials to be the closest challenger to Verstappen and Red Bull this season. “It hurts me to say it, but one or two more laps, I think I would have had him,” Norris said. “It would have been beautiful, but just not today.”
After waiting until his sixth F1 season for his first win, Norris found himself disappointed not to get back-to-back victories. “It’s still a surprise to say it’s frustrating not to win,” Norris said.
Charles Leclerc was third for Ferrari, the Italian team's first podium finish at Imola since 2006, ahead of his home race in Monaco next week.
It's never easy to overtake on the narrow Imola track, and risk-taking was further discouraged this year when asphalt run-off areas on key corners were replaced with gravel traps.
Leclerc closed in on Norris mid-way through the race but made a mistake and ran across the grass, losing time.
Oscar Piastri had qualified second for McLaren but was dropped to fifth because of a penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen in a Haas. He got ahead of Sainz at the pit stops and finished fourth, ahead of the Spanish driver.
Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate George Russell were sixth and seventh after a difficult weekend for Mercedes.
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez started 11th after a mistake in qualifying and finished eighth. His main impact on the race was when he briefly held up Norris and Leclerc after their pit stops, indirectly helping Verstappen.
Yuki Tsunoda was ninth for RB and Lance Stroll took the last point in 10th for Aston Martin.
With the victory, Verstappen opened up a 48-point standings lead over Leclerc, who moved above Perez into second. McLaren was off the pace at the start of the season but has improved rapidly since and Norris is fourth, 60 points behind Verstappen.


Motorsport Company Reveals Details of 6th Edition of Saudi Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally’s fifth edition in Saudi Arabia will be held from January 5 to 19, 2024. (Dakar Rally)
The Dakar Rally’s fifth edition in Saudi Arabia will be held from January 5 to 19, 2024. (Dakar Rally)
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Motorsport Company Reveals Details of 6th Edition of Saudi Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally’s fifth edition in Saudi Arabia will be held from January 5 to 19, 2024. (Dakar Rally)
The Dakar Rally’s fifth edition in Saudi Arabia will be held from January 5 to 19, 2024. (Dakar Rally)

Saudi Motorsport Company, operating under the umbrella of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, has announced the details of the sixth edition of the Dakar Rally, held in Saudi Arabia since 2020, which is one of the biggest races in the world of motorsports, SPA reported.
Participants in the sixth edition of Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia will start on January 3, 2025, from Bisha, in the south of the Kingdom, and head north along the Red Sea before turning east towards Shaybah, in the Empty Quarter.

Participants will cross the finish line on January 17, after having covered diverse desert landscapes over a distance of 950 kilometers.
The rally will feature five stages on separate tracks to reduce the number of times cars overtake motorcycles. The event will include the prologue, the marathon stage, the mass start stage, and other exciting stages.

Hundreds of participants are expected to compete in various categories, exploring some of the most breathtaking natural scenery and historical areas in the Kingdom.


Juventus Appoints Montero as Interim Coach for Final 2 Matches after Allegri Fired

Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri, left, shouts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese, in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 (AP)
Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri, left, shouts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese, in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 (AP)
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Juventus Appoints Montero as Interim Coach for Final 2 Matches after Allegri Fired

Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri, left, shouts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese, in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 (AP)
Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri, left, shouts during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Udinese, in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 (AP)

Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week.

The 52-year-old Montero, who played for the Bianconeri, has never coached a Serie A team but Juventus announced on Sunday that he would make the step up for the final two league matches.

Montero will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. Juventus ends the season at home to Monza next weekend, The AP reported.

Allegri was fired on Friday for his ugly outburst toward the referees in last week’s Italian Cup final. The coach was also reportedly aggressive toward journalists after the match and Juventus said his behavior was not in line with its “values.”

Juventus is fourth in Serie A and has already qualified for next season’s Champions League but before Wednesday’s Italian Cup victory it hadn’t won any of its previous six matches and there was speculation that Allegri’s contract –which was set to expire at the end of next season – would be ended a year early.

Montero, a former defender, played nearly 300 matches for Juventus between 1996 and 2005 and has coached the Under-19 team for the past two years.

The Uruguayan also coached several teams in Argentina.

 

 

 


History-chasing Man City Eye Premier League Title 'Destiny'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - AFP
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - AFP
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History-chasing Man City Eye Premier League Title 'Destiny'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - AFP
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - AFP

Pep Guardiola urged Manchester City to seize their chance to make English football history on Sunday as the battle for Premier League supremacy reaches a thrilling climax, with Arsenal hoping for a final-day miracle.

Guardiola's all-conquering team go into the final day of the season with a two-point lead over the second-placed Gunners thanks to an eight-game winning streak.

City host West Ham knowing a win will seal an unprecedented fourth successive English title.

Arsenal have been near flawless themselves in 2024, with 15 wins and one draw, away to City, in 17 league matches.

However, the Gunners' costly 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa last month looks set to be decisive in a thrilling title race that also involved Liverpool until their recent stumbles.

Arsenal, who finished second last year, must beat Everton at the Emirates Stadium and hope City fail to win if they are to end their 20-year wait for the title, AFP reported.

Guardiola does not expect a favour from Everton, who have nothing to play for, and will instead focus on ensuring his players finish the job themselves.

"The destiny is in our hands, but if you are thinking that Everton are going to do something, forget about it. I have seen Arsenal all season," he said.

"We just focus on what we have to do against West Ham. There is not any contamination in my brain about anything other than what we have to do to beat West Ham."

Not for the first time, City have been at their relentless best in the intense heat of the run-in.

Guardiola's men have dropped just six points since mid-December, in draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.

As City close in on a sixth title in seven seasons under Guardiola, the competitiveness of the world's most-watched league has been questioned.

But the Catalan coach has hit back at suggestions the Premier League has become boring and that City's dominance is thanks purely to the financial muscle of their Abu Dhabi-based owners.

"It's not boring. It's difficult," Guardiola said.

Arsenal have set a club record by winning 27 Premier League games this season, but that still might not be enough to dethrone City.

"We have to give ourselves the opportunity to live a beautiful day on Sunday, where the dream is still alive and is possible," said Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, whose team have a marginally better goal difference.

"It's football and once we are there we just have to live the moment."

There will be an emotional farewell for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at the end of his memorable nine-year reign, but the Reds will finish third regardless of their result against Wolves at Anfield.

"I spoke before about how hard it will be to say goodbye," Klopp said.

"I love absolutely everything about this place. I do. I take memories with me, fantastic memories, I take relationships with me forever."

Manchester United are at risk of missing out on European football altogether after a miserable season.

Erik ten Hag's men sit eighth and must better Newcastle's result at Brentford when they visit Brighton to avoid finishing outside the top seven for the first time since 1990.

Roberto De Zerbi is taking charge of his final game as Brighton boss after the Italian and the club "mutually agreed" they would part ways.

Tottenham visit relegated Sheffield United knowing a point is enough to guarantee fifth spot, while in-form Chelsea would secure a top-six finish with a draw against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The top six teams will all definitely qualify for Europe, while seventh could be enough as long as Manchester United do not shock City in next week's FA Cup final.

At the bottom, Luton are almost certain to join Burnley and Sheffield United in next year's Championship, needing a mathematical miracle to survive.


Messi Held Scoreless but Inter Miami Extends Unbeaten String with 1-0 Win Over DC United

Lionel Messi - File/AFP
Lionel Messi - File/AFP
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Messi Held Scoreless but Inter Miami Extends Unbeaten String with 1-0 Win Over DC United

Lionel Messi - File/AFP
Lionel Messi - File/AFP

Lionel Messi was kept off the scoresheet for the second consecutive match but Inter Miami extended its unbeaten string with a 1-0 win over DC United on Saturday night.

Leo Campana scored four minutes into second half stoppage time as Miami, 6-0-3 since a 4-0 loss at the New York Red Bulls on March 23, avoided a second consecutive scoreless draw. Campana, who entered the match a minute earlier, received a pass from Sergio Busquets on the right wing and converted on a shot that landed inside the left post.

The win improved Eastern Conference-leading Miami to 9-2-4 with 31 points. DC United dropped to 4-5-5 and 17 points.

Miami has now won six and tied three since a 4-0 loss at New York Red Bulls on March 23, The AP reported.

Messi returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s match at Orlando because of knee soreness.

The Argentine star forward had at least one goal and assist in five consecutive matches until a 3-2 win at Montreal May 11. Messi began Saturday with a league-leading 12 assists.

Tightly-marked for most of the match, Messi found a slight opening in the 71st minute but his shot from 22 yards sailed high above the crossbar.

Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender preserved the shutout when he stopped a shot from United’s Jacob Murrell in the 86th minute.

The start of the match was delayed 25 minutes after thunderstorms hit Chase Stadium before the clubs’ pregame drills. The rain intensified again shortly after kickoff then subsided in the 30th minute.

Messi had two free kicks blocked by a wall of United defenders in the 21st and 39th minutes.

Both clubs continue their league schedule next Saturday, when Inter Miami visits Vancouver and DC United hosts Chicago.