Chelsea are close to signing Joao Felix
After failing on Enzo Fernandez and trying to lure Ukrainian talent Mudryk, Chelsea have finally set their sights on Portuguese Joao Felix. The Atlético midfielder would be very close to committing to the Blues on loan, according to Fabrizio Romano. An agreement can be reached between the various parties (clubs and player) within the next 24 hours.
Nice formalizes Favre’s departure
As announced by RMC Sport on Monday, OGC Nice have dismissed Lucien Favre from his duties as head of the first team. A news made official via a press release published on the Riviera club’s website. Didier Digard will act as interim manager.
“Lucien Favre is no longer the coach of OGC Nice. His mission at the head of the first team has come to an end, the Nice club indicated. Didier Digard (36) takes the reins until new orders, after joining the staff this autumn, led the red and black reserves and already operated in the professional staff together with Adrian Ursea and Frédéric Gioria in 2020-21.
Souquet leaves Montpellier for MLS and Chicago
Montpellier defender Arnaud Souquet will join American club Chicago Fire, who play in MLS, the North American soccer championship, we learned on Monday from the Hérault club.
Souquet, 30, was released by Montpellier six months before the end of his four-year contract.
The former Espoirs international, who arrived in the summer of 2019 to replace Ruben Aguilar, who was transferred to Monaco, has made just twelve appearances (three as a starter) since the start of the season.
A verbal agreement between Chelsea and Atlético for Joao Felix
According to The Athletic, Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Atlético de Madrid to sign Portuguese striker Joao Felix (23) on a paid loan until the end of the season. The Blues are expected to pay Colchoneros €11m.
Malinovskyi at OM, it’s official
OM this Monday formalizes the arrival on loan with the commitment to buy Ruslan Malinovsky, from Atalanta Bergamo. As indicated by RMC Sport, the Marseille club will ultimately pay 10 million euros, excluding bonuses.
Bale announces retirement
Crowned MLS champion with Los Angeles FC last season and just weeks after participating in the 2022 World Cup with Wales, Gareth Bale announced his retirement on Monday. At 33, the Welsh winger has decided to hang up the phone and confirmed it via two messages on social media (one for the Welsh people and centered on the selection, one for all his fans).
“After careful consideration I am announcing my immediate retirement from club and international football, Gareth Bale wrote in two publications. I feel incredibly lucky to have realized my dream of playing the sport I love. clearly brought some of the best times in my life. .”
Nice: The Julien Stéphan hypothesis for post-Favre
Dismissed a little earlier in the day by the Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace, Julien Stéphan is a credible hypothesis to succeed Lucien Favre, also rejected by his managers on Monday.
The 42-year-old coach, who has previously been through Rennes and Strasbourg, has a profile that is fully compatible with the renewal that Ineos wants. Young, recognized for his qualities as a tactician and able to promote promising elements. The names of Domenico Tedesco (ex-Leipzig), Sabri Lamouchi (ex-Rennes and Nottingham Forest) and Régis Le Bris (Lorient) are also possibilities that OGC Nice have studied.
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Nice part ways with Lucien Favre
OGC Nice has decided not to continue the collaboration with Lucien Favre. The leaders of the high school have taken the decision to part with the 65-year-old Swiss coach, who was appointed last July, after a first period on the bench between 2016 and 2018. This second experience will not leave as good memories as the first. Didier Digard will be on the Aiglons bench on Wednesday for the reception of Montpellier in Ligue 1. Julien Sablé, who arrived this winter at the head of the reserves, will join the staff of the first team.
Tudor (OM) on Malinovskyi: “I hope everything will be completed today”
Present at a press conference on Monday, two days before a trip to Troyes, OM coach Igor Tudor reacted to the imminent formalization of the transfer of the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi, who must pass his medical examination today before joining Marseille- the club. “Ruslan (Malinovskyi), we wanted him already this summer, so of course it was a goal, we achieved it. I hope everything will be finished today. He has many qualities, he is very strong in the last 30 meters, he has a good foot, a good shot, I like the way he interprets football.”
Once this file is finished, OM could set its sights on a new offensive element: “We will see if we would rather recruit a center forward or rather a player behind the point”, slid Tudor.
Kombouaré: “This winter transfer window is tiring me”
Attending a press conference on Monday, Antoine Kombouaré appeared somewhat irritated by questions about FC Nantes’ winter transfer window. “We work so that there are reinforcements at the back, in the middle, at the front. If it happens, I’m happy. If it doesn’t, then we work with that group. I trust the group that’s there. Andy Delort pitch? We are working on files. We can announce a lot of names, but pfff (he sighs)… Me, this winter transfer window is tiring me. It is very clear. I see, I observe, we are working on files, but I have learned, that I have to concentrate on my work with the elements I have. The winter transfer window is a transfer window with adaptation. Often you take players who are not playing, not at the club where they are. That’s not how we work. Normally did you right at the start of the season.”
Roberto Martinez is Portugal’s new coach
Portugal have got their new coach. After The departure of Fernando Santos At the end of the World Cup, where the Seleção were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Morocco, the Confederation announced on Monday the name of its successor, who is none other than Roberto Martinez.
After the first rumors revealed by the Iberian press, the president of the Portuguese federation, Fernando Gomes, held a press conference at noon to explain his choice. Martinez becomes the third foreign coach in Portugal’s history (after Otto Gloria and Scolari).
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Strasbourg: Julien Stéphan dismissed as a precautionary measure
Racing Club de Strasbourg formalized on Monday the preventive dismissal of its coach, Julien Stéphan. The interim will be provided “from today until further notice” by his former deputy, Mathieu Le Scornet.
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OGC Nice would consider parting ways with Favre
Lucien Favre increasingly weakened on the Côte d’Azur? According to information from Nice-Matin, the leaders of OGC Nice are considering replacing the Swiss technician, who has already lost the support of his dressing room. Only eleventh in Ligue 1 despite European ambitions, Nice resumed the championship very badly after the World Cup ceasefire with a draw (0-0 against Lens) and a defeat (2-1 in Rennes). Above all, the exclusion in the 32nd of the Coupe de France against Puy-en-Velay (National, 1-0) may be one misstep too much.
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Ruslan Malinovskyi arrived in Marseille
As announced in recent hours, Ruslan Malinovskyi will join OM. The Ukrainian player arrived in Marseille on Monday, where he will undergo a medical examination in the coming hours.
If the latter is successful, the signing of the contract and formalization is planned for the day. He trains for the first time with his teammates on Tuesday, and will be presented to the press during the week.
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Chelsea: Guardiola asks for patience for Potter
After inflicting a big blow on Chelsea in the FA Cup (4-0), Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, urged Todd Boehly, owner of the Blues, to be patient with Graham Potter, manager of the team.
“I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time, he said. I know in the big clubs results are important, but give him time. The second half is what it is, what he did at Brighton is outstanding. All managers need time In Barcelona I had Messi That’s why I didn’t need two seasons One is enough But everyone plays against City when we’re at this level, in the Carabao Cup or here [en FA Cup], it is not easy. Not just for Chelsea, but for any team.”
Angers: Leeds also target Ounahi
According to L’Equipe, Leeds have made an offer of €25 million to Angers in an attempt to recruit their Moroccan international midfielder, Azzedine Ounahi (25). But this destination is not the player’s preference, also courted by Napoli. But the Italian club would “only” offer 15 million euros.
Malinovskyi is expected on Monday at OM
As announced by RMC Sport on Sunday, Ruslan Malinovskyi is expected to undergo his medical this Monday in Marseille. OM and Atalanta Bergamo have agreed a loan with an option to buy set at 10 million euros for the Ukrainian attacking midfielder.
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