Football rumours from the media – 21st June, 2018

What the papers say Manchester City have agreed a £43.1million deal with Napoli for midfielder Jorginho, the Daily Telegraph says. The Serie A runners-up were pressing for £50million and it is possible…

Fred finally completes move to Manchester United

Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, the Premier League club have announced. The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract, with the option to extend for…

Emre Can joins Juventus on four-year contract

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has completed his move to Juventus after signing a four-year contract. The Germany international’s departure from Anfield was confirmed earlier this month after the 24-year-old turned down the…

How can Argentina get the best out of Lionel Messi?

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is universally accepted as being one of the greatest players of all time but against Iceland he was largely anonymous – apart from seeing his second…

Spain see off Iran to boost World Cup hopes

Diego Costa’s second-half strike proved enough for Spain to squeeze past Iran in Kazan and move into a commanding position in their bid to qualify from Group B. Costa broke Iran’s sturdy…

A closer look at exactly how VAR works

Russia 2018 is the first World Cup at which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system has been used – and it has proved a considerable talking point. That was the case once…

So near and yet so VAR as controversies mount up

England were thrust firmly into the middle of the ongoing VAR debate as they launched their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday. Harry Kane’s double ultimately…

Portugal boss Fernando Santos wary of Morocco threat

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has warned his team about the threat Morocco will pose in Wednesday’s World Cup Group B fixture. Morocco’s 1-0 defeat by Iran has put them under pressure to…