Will Spurs or Arsenal sign Norwich City’s Ben Godfrey this summer? Will José Mourinho also swoop for Max Aarons?
Barry Glendenning has this morning’s transfer tittle-tattle for you right here:
Here’s a story we broke last night, regarding the astonishing volume of football match tickets being resold via sites such as StubHub.
“Evidence seen by the Guardian indicates that one person may be behind a large proportion of transactions in English football. Internal StubHub data includes multiple listings with the same “seller ID”. Only StubHub knows who they are but they are responsible for nearly £2m of tickets advertised on one day.”
Rob Davies has all the details here:
Opta’s Duncan Alexander is winning football Twitter, yet again:
Here we have an eclectic mix of 10 things to look out for this weekend – from Nottingham Forest’s date with Championship-leading West Brom, to RB Salzburg’s crunch encounter against title rivals Lask in the Austrian top division tonight.
Nick Ames, Simon Burnton and Paul Doyle muck in for this one:
Who’d have thunk it? Wolves have won 4-3 in both of their home Premier-League era encounters against the Foxes. Will we have another seven-goal thriller tonight?
In keeping with “Global Britain”, meanwhile, Leicester City have kindly provided kick-off times for fans from Vancouver to Sydney and pretty much everywhere in between. If you’re in the UK, it’s an 8pm start.
Italy and Juventus great Gigi Buffon has been adding to his collection of football memorabilia.
The goalkeeper snaffled Daniel Maldini’s shirt after the 1-1 draw in Milan last night, adding another father-son combo to his haul, along with Chiesa, Thuram and Weah:
Now, here’s a round-up of last night’s action in Europe. In Italy Juventus needed a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Milan in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final, while Napoli beat Inter 1-0 on Wednesday:
Paul Pogba is in the news again. He wants to leave Manchester United, says agent Mino Raiola … but who will stump up the €100m (£83m) the club apparently want?
Here’s Fabrizio Romano:
Good morning everybody, and welcome to this Valentine’s Day-themed weekend football countdown.
There are six Premier League matches across the weekend, starting with Wolves v Leicester this evening, and ending with a semi-seismic clash between Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday night. Plus of course there’ll be a host of matches in the Football League as the romance of the title race(s) ramps up.
On top of that, there are some fascinating fixtures in the leagues across Europe with the business end of the season in Germany, Italy, Spain – indeed, everywhere – fast approaching.
Valencia meet Atletico Madrid in La Liga this evening, with Barcelona taking on Getafe tomorrow and Real Madrid hosting Celta Vigo on Sunday night. In Germany Borussia Dortmund play tonight, against Eintracht Frankfurt, while leaders Bayern Munich travelling to FC Köln on Sunday.
But possibly the biggest fixture in Europe this weekend is Lazio’s meeting with Inter Milan in Rome, the city of love, on Sunday. Inter currently top the table on goal difference from Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus, with Lazio lurking a point behind them both.
There are several Premier League press conferences coming up throughout the day, starting with league leaders scheduled for Liverpool at 11am, so we’ll bring you quotes and news from those, and much more besides. Let’s hope we all come up smelling of roses.
Weekend Premier League fixtures
Wolves v Leicester City
Southampton v Burnley
Norwich City v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Tottenham
Arsenal v Newcastle
Chelsea v Manchester United