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Tottenham should avoid move for Joao Mario after another average World Cup performance

The midfielder’s name has been touted around despite not turning in performances.

Jamie Watts



Joao Mario was highly thought of last summer, and his loan-move to West Ham from Inter Milan was touted as the potential deal of the summer. However, it quickly became apparent that was not the case after the Portuguese midfielder failed to make an impact in the Premier League.

It has become well known that Inter are trying to land Tottenham‘s star enforcer Mousa Dembele, after the player revealed his concerns over physical conditioning in the cut-throat pace of the Premier League, as he enters the latter years of his career (the Telegraph).

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And Tuttosport claim that Mario is being readied in a make-weight offer for the Belgian’s services. But nothing thus far has suggested the 25-year-old is worth bringing to north London, and certainly not to replace such an immense midfielder.

Today won’t have helped the Italian’s chances of landing Dembele either, as Mario put in a typically tepid performance for Portugal in their 1-0 victory over Morocco. The majority of the team under-performed on the day.

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Perhaps it’s unfair to single out Mario, but being in the shop-window of the World Cup, and with the eyes of a top Premier League club watching, you’d think now would be the time to elevate his performances. But again it wasn’t to be and he looked visibly dejected upon being substituted in the second-half.



  1. Swindon Spurs

    June 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Yes I agree. He was below average today. He isn’t a physical player either. A loan with option to buy or steer clear.

  2. SK Kwan

    June 21, 2018 at 12:56 am

    A big mistake even just considering him.

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Tottenham’s interest in Croatia trio justified after sensational team performance against Argentina

Tottenham fans will have heard a few familiar names last night.

Jamie Watts



Croatia heaped further misery on Argentina’s already shaky World Cup opening last night, dismantling them 3-0, and taking the top spot of Group D in the process. And Tottenham fans will have been particularly interested in the clash.

Not only was former fan-favourite Luka Modric in his usual scintillating form, but a trio of closely linked players were deployed on the night, and all three put in exceptional performances.

Ivan Perisic put in a typically tireless display last night, alternating between all three-front roles at times, while showing maturity in his decision making and genuine quality in his end product after marauding runs down both flanks.

Pochettino will have taken notice, as his side were reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old to north London last month, according to FC Inter News.

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On top of that, the Spurs-linked midfield duo also performed brilliantly when called upon. Marcelo Brozovic (TuttoMercatoWeb) – also of Inter Milan – showed his ability to steady the ship in defensive midfield, in what was a frantic game at times, sparking counter attacks with his vision and cultured weight of pass, whilst keeping the shackles on Lionel Messi.

And Mateo Kovacic (AS), rounded off a dogged team performance with a few moments brilliance. Upon arriving into the game in the closing stages, he used his exceptional dribbling and balance to trouble a weary Argentina back-line, before showing an extremely cool head to pick out Rakitic under-pressure in the box for his outfit’s third goal.

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All three put in performances worthy of top level clubs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino elevate his interest in all three after last night.

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English Premier League

Three possible destinations for Liverpool’s Divock Origi before the transfer deadline

Jake Jackman




It is looking increasingly likely that Divock Origi will be on the move before the transfer deadline. Liverpool are making significant moves to strengthen their current squad and that could provide an opportunity to the Belgian, as it is clear he needs regular first-team football. That is unlikely to come at Anfield, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long-term future with the club. If he does well elsewhere, he will return as an improved player and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Here are three possible destinations for the 22-year-old:


The Telegraph report that the Belgian could be included as part of the deal to sign Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The Ligue 1 champions are interested in the Liverpool striker and the Reds could use that to help them land their priority attacking target. If this was where Origi landed, it could potentially be a permanent deal.

This would be an exciting move for the striker and offer him the opportunity to play regularly in a Champions League team. Monaco have remodelled themselves as the club for young players to develop and earn moves to the top of the European game. This summer has underlined that. If Origi moved to the Stade Louis II, he would get regular starts and play in a team that would allow him to express himself.

Inter Milan

The report linked above mentions that Inter Milan are interested in the forward and this would provide an interesting option for Origi. It does look like the club are set for a good season under Luciano Spalletti. The sale of Stevan Jovetic means they need to sign another striker to provide competition for Mauro Icardi.

Serie A is a league that Origi has never played in and it would be a positive learning experience if he was to join Inter Milan. They play an exciting brand of attacking football and create lots of chances, which would give him the opportunity to score goals. However, he would be playing second fiddle to Icardi and he might struggle for regular game-time.

Newcastle United

There is plenty of Premier League interest in Origi, but the most appealing option could be Newcastle United. He would get the opportunity to play under Rafa Benitez and would be the main man in the team, starting nearly every game. The stadium and support could also play a part in convincing the Belgian to move north.

It is well known that Benitez wants to make signings before the deadline and the Mail report they are ready to sell Dwight Gayle to raise much-needed funds. This would only happen if they manage to source a replacement and the Chronicle report the club have an interest in Origi. If the Magpies did pull the deal off, it would be a huge coup for them on their return to the top-flight.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

Should Brighton continue with their audacious pursuit of Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic?



Stevan Jovetic

Newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have been involved in some serious transfer window business already this summer, breaking their record fee three times, but they’re not done just yet.

According to reports surfacing from Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has seen a formal bid in the region of £14 million rejected for Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic.

The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since moving to Italy, struggling to break into the first-team and being sent out on-loan to Sevilla last season, and Brighton could come to his rescue.

Could Jovetic rekindle his form in the Premier League?

Does the name sound familiar Brighton fans?

If so, that’ll be because Stevan Jovetic was part of the Manchester City squad that won the Premier League title in 2013-14, arriving in the top-flight for £22 million after leaving Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

It is fair to say that it didn’t quite click for him on that occasion but, after a successful loan with Sevilla at the end of last season, he could be ready to give English football another go this year.

The 27-year-old still has a lot to offer at the highest level, with his combination of deceptive power and speed earning him six La Liga goals in just 20 matches, and he is a well-rounded forward.

With Brighton struggling for any sort of attacking impetus in front of goal over their first two games this season he could provide the spark needed to kick-start their campaign; the thought of Anthony Knockaert returning and linking up with Jovetic between midfield lines is promising for the Seagulls.

The Montenegro international is a proven goal-scorer in three of Europe’s top leagues throughout his career to date, and his natural creativity and desire in the box means he’s likely to continue this.

Making the move to Brighton could potentially give Jovetic the chance to set the record straight following an underwhelming – at best – two-year spell at Manchester City, scoring just eight times.

He regularly struggled to dislodge either Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko from the starting eleven, resulting in him only managing 28 Premier League appearances in two seasons, and he fell so far out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini that he was actually loaned out to Inter Milan during 2015-16.

Although a switch to Brighton could be deemed a downgrade after a career spent at sides challenging for Champions League spots, he certainly has a point to prove in England. However, with local outlet The Argus claiming an agreement is in place for FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena, a deal for Jovetic seems unlikely.


Stevan Jovetic to Brighton and Hove Albion
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The opportunity to compete in the Premier League could easily tempt him into making the switch but the main stumbling block will be whether the 27-year-old considers Brighton as a big step down. An opening offer of £14 million has already been turned down according to reports – with it unknown as to whether Brighton can go any higher – and it seems this may be one move too many.
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