LEICESTER CITY have reportedly made a £27m bid for Crystal Palace ace Andros Townsend. The England international has been linked with the Foxes for a while, but now a firm bid has been made. As Leicester close in on the deal, the door has opened for Riyard Mahrez’s departure from Craig Shakespeare’s side – according to Daily Mirror. Premier League rivals Stoke have also voiced their interest in Townsend, but are yet to put in an official bid. Townsend spent six years at Tottenham, tallying three goals in 50 outings. He was loaned out to nine clubs during this spell. He then moved to Newcastle in 2016 for a fee of £12million, where he netted four times in 14 games. The 26-year-old then moved to Palace for £13million. Last term he scored 3 goals in 36 games. Following the speculation regarding Mahrez’s future at the King Power Stadium, Shakespeare could be introducing the England international as his first … [Read more...] about Leicester City make £27m swoop for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend
Leicester City have told Arsenal and Roma they have until 11 August to meet their asking price for Riyhad Mahrez or the player will remain at the King Power Stadium for another season.Mahrez has already announced his decision to leave the Foxes this summer, eager to pursue to a fresh challenge a year on from the club's historic Premier League title success.Arsene Wenger revealed in June he was considering a bid for the Algeria international, while Roma have already made an offer for the player, reported to be worth €23m (£20.6m, $26.8m), that was "politely declined" by the Premier League side.Reports in Italy have suggested Roma have already agreed a deal with the player and are confident an improved offer of €30m will bring the 26-year-old to the Stadio Olimpico. That offer could fall short of Leicester's valuation of the player, however, with Leicester asking for an offer between €35m and €40m.But with no official word on a deal, Leicester have now given … [Read more...] about Leicester City give Arsenal and Roma final ultimatum over signing Riyhad Mahrez
Sanchez has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City this summer with his Arsenal contract running out in 2018.The Chile star stoked up rumours this morning when during a press conference ahead of the Confederations Cup Final against Germany.Sanchez said that he knew what his future holds but could not tell anybody.He was also asked whether he would like to play with long-term friend Bravo next season at City, a question he refused to commit on. Mon, June 26, 2017 Of course I would love to have Alexis Sanchez as a team-mate Man City star Claudio Bravo on Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez Bravo was sitting next to the Arsenal … [Read more...] about Claudio Bravo: I would love Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal for Manchester City
JOSE MOURINHO will be happy with an easy Preamier League start for his Manchester United side in the face of a busy fixture pile-up. The 2018 World Cup in Russia means the season will be seriously busy for sides in Europe and domestic cup competitions. But United can at least look forward to facing West Ham, Swansea, Leicester and Stoke in the first month of action – without a big game until Liverpool on October 14. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog August 12/08/2017 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 19/08/2017 15:00 Swansea City v Manchester United 26/08/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Leicester City September 09/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City v Manchester United 16/09/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Everton 23/09/2017 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United 30/09/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace October 14/10/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United 21/10/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town v … [Read more...] about Manchester United’s fixture list has been released
Leicester City are running out of players, concerned manager Craig Shakespeare has admitted. City were already without Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater, Papy Mendy and Molla Wague for the defeat at Manchester City today, but Andy King limped off in the second half with a hamstring injury to add to City's woes. City have also been told they cannot play Matty James, Tom Lawrence or Harvey Barnes, who have all returned after loan spells. Read more: Who shone for Shakespeare's side? Our player ratings from Manchester City defeat City have back-to-back home games to finish the season, against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday and Bournemouth on Sunday, and Shakespeare admits his options are limited. "The quick diagnosis is it is a hamstring (problem) for Andy," said Shakespeare. "It is unfortunate because we are picking up a few injuries now. We will have a look tomorrow morning but our first thoughts are he is going to struggle for the next two games. "We are very disappointed … [Read more...] about Leicester City running out of players after another injury blow
Leicester City should target European qualification next season, midfielder Danny Drinkwater believes. City have had a difficult campaign this season in defence of their Premier League title and have spent much of it staving off the threat of relegation. A run of six wins in nine games under manager Craig Shakespeare has seen them climb into mid-table and, with three of their final four games on home soil, City could realistically finish eighth. That would be just one place outside the Europa League qualification spots. Drinkwater admits City's own Champions League campaign has impacted on their Premier League season but feels City can experience more European nights in the future. "I think we'll definitely have no doubts about getting into the European spots," said Drinkwater. "It was tough this season but it's a tournament you want to be part of so you just roll up your sleeves and get on with it. "The experience of it as an individual and a team has been immense so … [Read more...] about Leicester City will target European qualification next season
Leicester City transfer target Kara Mbodji, who was apparently the subject of a £7.5million bid in January, is planning a summer move. The international centre-half was one of a series of January target for City as they attempted to find cover for regular pairing Robert Huth and Wes Morgan. After a series of failed attempts, City secured a loan deal on deadline day for Udinese defender Molla Wague, who was ruled out for the season after dislocating his shoulder on his City debut in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall. Anderlecht's Mbodji had been linked with City while at the Africa Cup of Nations in January. He was reportedly so angry the move fell though that he threatened not to return to his Belgian club. If City do return for him in the summer, he could arrive in a cut-price deal. City reportedly bid £7.5m for the Senegalese international in January, but Anderlecht were reluctant to sell mid-season for anything less than £13m. But 27-year-old Mbodji has revealed … [Read more...] about Leicester City transfer target to move clubs in the summer
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare said his players should be proud of their efforts in the Champions League this season and now they have had a taste of it, they should want more. City missed out on a place in the semi-finals after a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium and Shakespeare said the overriding emotion was disappointment. But he said his players had done as much as they could against a side he believes are strong enough to go on and win the competition. Shakespeare said the experience should inspire the players and the club to kick on domestically and try to qualify again for Europe's elite competition. "As a football club, we can be proud of how we've conducted ourselves," said Shakespeare. "All players want to play at the highest level and the Champions League is the highest level but we have to get back to winning ways in the Premier League now. "I hope the benefit is they want some more of it. They are very disappointed but they can be proud of … [Read more...] about Leicester City 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Why players should be proud
Leicester City have signed striker Josh Gordon from non-league side Stafford Rangers. The 22-year-old scored 11 goals in 18 games for the Northern Premier League Premier Division side this season before going on trial with the Premier League champions. Gordon impressed, starting the development squad's last three games, and will now join up with Steve Beaglehole's side for the rest of the season, with the final few details to his deal being finalised. "I am delighted to finally announce that I have officially signed for English Premier League champions Leicester City," said Gordon on Twitter. I am delighted to finally announce that I have officially signed for English Premier League Champions Leicester City FC!�� @LCFC #godstiming pic.twitter.com/tXIIGroLAa- Josh Gordon (@Josh_Gordonn) April 7, 2017 Stafford Rangers said: "We are proud to have played a part in a young man's journey to a top club." Gordon will no doubt suffer comparisons with fellow City striker Jamie Vardy, whose … [Read more...] about Leicester City sign another non-league goal machine
Leicester City are getting a rough deal from the Premier League and TV companies in their bid to prolong their Champions League adventure, writes Mark Clayton in an opinion piece. Sunday's clash with Everton kicks off at 4pm in Liverpool due to the demands of television, with the game live on Sky TV. Atletico Madrid play a full 24 hours earlier against their big city rivals Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium at 3.15pm on Saturday. No-one at the King Power Stadium will complain and even if they did - there is no point. It won't change anything with the power the TV companies now hold. But European leagues, particularly Spain's La Liga, go out of their way to give every assistance to their teams in the Champions League. The Premier League don't. This means Atletico will get an extra 24 hours recovery and preparation time before the first-leg clash at the Vicente Calderon Stadium next Wednesday. Atletico also have no travelling with only a trip across the city for … [Read more...] about Why City are being treated unfairly over Champions League tie
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare says he would have no qualms with making changes to a winning side. City have won four games out of four since Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri as boss. The former City assistant manager has even been nominated for the March manager of the month award as a result. Consistency has been the key to Shakespeare's transformation of City as he has made just one change to his starting line-up in all four games – and that was the enforced absence through injury of skipper Wes Morgan for the away win at West Ham. Yohan Benalouane deputised for his full league debut. Read more: Twenty years on, there's still hurt - Leicester City v Atletico Madrid 1997 The exertions of those games began to show in the latter stages of the win at the London Stadium and Shakespeare admitted the international break had come at the right time for his players to recharge their batteries. However, they are about to embark on a sequence of six games in 18 … [Read more...] about Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare not afraid to change a winning side
Leicester City winger Demarai Gray has NOT got a release clause in his contract which would allow clubs to poach him away on the cheap, the Mercury understands. There were reports over the weekend that Liverpool were set to trigger a clause in the 20-year-old's contract that would allow him to leave for £12million. However, the Mercury understands there is no such clause in the England under-21 international's contract, which still has three years to run at the end of this season. The reports also suggested Gray had been disappointed with a lack of first-team opportunities this season, but the winger has made 11 starts in all competitions and 16 substitute appearances, scoring two goals. City signed Gray from Birmingham in January, 2016, for £3.5million and he is highly rated at the club. He is also extremely popular with the supporters. Inevitably considering City's mixed season, Gray isn't the only City player currently the subject of media speculation they could be … [Read more...] about Leicester City transfer news: No release clause in Demarai Gray’s contract
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been in contact with Barcelona and a summer move to the Nou Camp could be afoot, reports from Spain have said. Catalan newspaper Sport have reported that Mahrez's 'objective' is to secure a transfer to the La Liga champions, who are interested in the Algerian after he proved his ability in the Champions League this term. But, how likely is Mahrez to move to Barcelona? Why would Mahrez want to move to Barcelona? There are no guarantees in football, but, other than Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, no European club can offer close to consistent glory and success like Barcelona. Read more: City announce ticket details for home leg of Champions League quarter-final At the Nou Camp, Mahrez's Champions League career would not be limited to one season, as it is likely to be at City. The 26-year-old would also be given the opportunity to play alongside the world's best footballers in a style of play that allows attacking talents like him to flourish. … [Read more...] about Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez to Barcelona: How likely is the transfer?
Leicester City are top of the Premier League when it comes to providing the cheapest ticket for fans. A new BBC survey shows that a ticket into the King Power Stadium can cost as little as £22. Do Leicester City provide the best value for money in the Premier League? Vote in our poll which can be found on the right hand side of the page. This price is the lowest in the Premier League, closely followed by Aston Villa and Crystal Palace both charging £23. Fans going to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge have to deep digger as the lowest ticket price there is £52. The Price of Football survey, believed to be the largest study of its kind in Europe, compared costs of tickets, programmes, pies and the like, at 230 clubs in 13 leagues across Britain. The statistics reveal that the cost of the cheapest season ticket at Leicester City - £365 - is the third cheapest in the league. Stoke City weigh in with the cheapest season ticket at £294 with Arsenal charging £1.014 … [Read more...] about Leicester City top of the Premier League for cheapest tickets for fans
Leicester City are the only British side left now in the Champions League – but what are their realistic chances of progressing past the quarter-finals? No-one should be under any illusions that the last eight of biggest club competition in the world has no easy draws, but what draw might give City a better chance? Real Madrid boss Zinadine Zidane has said the one team that the Spanish giants do not want to face is Leicester City. He said: "I don't think there will be a single coach who are hoping they face Leicester." Juventus' goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon made similar remarks after his side had just knocked out Porto 3-0 on aggregate to qualify for the quarter-finals. While we are not accusing these football greats of lying, make no mistake, all the teams left in the competition will WANT to face City. City's potential fixture problem A side still facing a relegation battle in the Premier League or one of the giants of European giants? Of course, teams will want to … [Read more...] about Leicester City in the Champions League – what are their chances?
Leicester City players have insisted the dressing room is united despite reports of growing unrest among the Premier League champions. Demarai Gray says the players are still behind the manager. Club captain Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs have vowed to stick together and fight on. The 3-0 defeat to Manchester United leaves Leicester just a point above the relegation zone having lost their last four Premier League games. We'll stay together, says Gray Claudio Ranieri had to face questions after the game over whether he still had the dressing room on his side as the City boss denied speculation that the players had grown disillusioned with his methods. Young winger Gray was quick to jump to his manager's defence after the defeat. "Yeah, of course," said Gray, when asked if the players still had faith in Ranieri. "We're all together, we're all behind each other. We have to back each other in the changing room. "We'll stay together, get back on the training ground, work on what we need to … [Read more...] about Leicester City players insist their dressing room is united
Leicester City are in a rut, and at the moment it is difficult to see how they are going to get themselves out of it. City have lost their last three league games and now sit just two points above the relegation zone. They didn't score a single league goal in January and haven't kept a clean sheet since the goalless stalemate at Middlesbrough on January 2, which is their only Premier League clean sheet since the goalless draw with Southampton at the King Power Stadium on October 2. Tally in the startling fact that City are without an away league win this season and it paints a picture of a side in desperate trouble. It certainly isn't the statistics of reigning Premier League champions. When City won the title the biggest question was how was it possible that a team made up of the same group of players that had been bottom of the table for over 140 days the previous campaign could go on and win the title by ten clear points? Now the question is how can the same squad, give or take a … [Read more...] about Leicester City: What has gone wrong this season?
Manchester City will be looking to close the gap at the top of the table this weekend when they take on Everton. Pep Guardiola’s team are currently fifth in the league following yesterday’s games, but the side is currently enjoying a good run of form and will be hoping to see it continue. Everton are sitting in seventh place, nine points behind closest rivals Manchester United thanks to poor results against Hull and Watford. The Toffees were knocked out of the FA Cup when they faced Leicester City last weekend, but will be hoping for a different result at Goodison Park this Sunday. When is Everton v Manchester City? The match is on Sunday January 15th with kick-off at 13:30. What TV channel is Everton v Manchester City on? How to watch to the match. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 12:30. What are the odds? (Courtesy of William Hill) Everton – 10/3 Draw – 11/4 Manchester City – 5/6 Head-to-head in last five meetings 15 Oct 2016 – … [Read more...] about Everton v Manchester City – TV channel, time, date, odds and recent meetings
Arsenal will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16, while Paris Saint-Germain will meet Barcelona. The Gunners are well-acquainted with the German champions having faced them three times in the last four seasons. Last term, Arsene Wenger’s side sealed a 2-0 victory at home in the group stage but were thumped 5-1 in the return fixture at the Allianz Arena. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW Manchester City vs Monaco Real Madrid vs Napoli Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Porto vs Juventus Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid PSG vs Barcelona Sevilla vs Leicester City Elsewhere, PSG, who finished runners-up to Arsenal in Group A, will play Barcelona, who topped their group ahead of Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side will face Monaco, while Leicester City will take on Sevilla. The first legs will be played on 14/15 and 21/22 February, and the return legs on on 7/8 and 14/15 March. MORE: Arsene Wenger reveals Chelsea ended Arsenal’s … [Read more...] about Champions League draw: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Manchester City vs Monaco, PSG vs Barcelona
A protest at City Airport today sparked a furious row among people who claimed that demonstrators “appropriating someone else’s struggle” had held up thousands of passengers. Flights at the airport were grounded after nine Black Lives Matters protesters got onto the runway and chained themselves to a tripod early this morning. Police negotiated for more than five hours with the group, who said the action was taken “"in order to highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally”. But the action sparked a row about the relevance of the protest. Some people labelled the activists “hipster-looking flower-crowners” while others staunchly backed their actions. Felix Holloway tweeted: “Notice how all the Black Lives Matter protesters at London City Airport are white hipster-looking flower-crowners. Not a single black person in sight.” One Twitter user wrote: “All the protesters who had chained … [Read more...] about Fury at claims City airport protesters are ‘appropriating someone else’s struggle’