When it comes to naming the best signings of the Premier League this season many names pop to mind. Mohamed Salah has been a revelation at Liverpool, Nemanja Matic has been Manchester United’s standout player whilst lower down the table the likes of Pascal Gross at Brighton or Marko Arnautovic at West Ham spring to mind.
For many however it is the arrival of Ederson at Manchester City that will top the pile. The Brazilian goalkeeper has been excellent since his arrival in the summer. The BBC reported City paid Benfica £35 million for the stopper, which has certainly paid off. Ederson has been one of the top keepers in the Premier League and plugged the biggest gap in City’s team. Pep Guardiola’s side now look set for the title.
But despite his excellent form for City the stopper is still not the number one for his nation. The man with that responsibility has been heavily linked with Liverpool this summer.
Alisson is currently Brazil’s number one and looks like keeping that role at the World Cup in Russia this summer. The Roma stopper has emerged as one of the top keepers in Europe since his switch to the Italian capital in 2016.
Liverpool’s interest in his services has not been a secret. It was claimed first by the Sun that Liverpool were keen on the Brazilian stopper back in January. Those rumours have continued, but his price-tag has been a massive talking point. Most recently, Corriere dello Sport have suggested a deal would cost Liverpool a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £52 million.
Real Madrid and Arsenal have also been mentioned as Alisson targets but Liverpool would be right to spend such a fee on the excellent goalkeeper. The Reds have struggled to find a suitable stopper for some time now. Simon Mignolet has finally got the chop after consistent unreliable form for Liverpool. Loris Karius has come in recently and done better than his previous runs, but Alisson is a world-class option.
The fact is Liverpool fans would have loved it if Ederson had made his way to Anfield in the summer and not the Etihad. This summer they might have a chance of bringing in a player who is keeping him out of international contention.
With that in mind, Liverpool should not baulk at the £52m asking price.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.
It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.
However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.
So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.
This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit.
Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium
There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.
So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.
Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.
1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London
The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.
It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.
Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?
2. 10-year NFL agreement
Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.
The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.
3. Retractable pitch
The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.
Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.
4. Skywalk stadium tour
The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.
The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.
A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.
Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.
Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton
Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.
When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.
It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.
As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.
The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.
Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.
But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.
The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.
It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.
Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.
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