A sensational report from Italy claims new Chelsea boss Graham Potter’s priority in the transfer market will be to buy Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Perhaps even more sensational, but also logical, given that Antonio Conte is Tottenham’s boss, is the announcement in the report that Serie A star Romelu Lukaku, on loan to Inter Milan from Chelsea, will be part of the makeover. .
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What to expect?
According to Calcio Mercato, the problem is that Inter have the option to extend Lukaku’s loan for a year.
Let’s dive into the spiciness as this international break waits to give us more real football.
Harry Kane – Chelsea: why it won’t happen, but it can happen
Let’s start with this: Harry Kane is going to cost someone a ton of money in the market, and you’d be crazy to think Tottenham wouldn’t add a hefty inconvenience fee if the destination is supposed to be Chelsea’s hated London rival.
While Todd Boly was willing to fork out all sorts of cash to show the Blues wouldn’t be an afterthought after Roman Abramovich left, the price should be eclipsed by what Chelsea played Manchester City for Raheem Sterling . Yes, Sterling is younger than Kane, but the last England captain.
However, the injured Lukaku has just over a year left after a monstrous year under Conte as Inter broke Juventus’ long hold. icons.
Lukaku, who turned 29 in May, scored 34 and 28 goals for Inter before moving to Chelsea last season where he scored 13 goals. He has a goal and an assist in three games since he went on loan to Inter.
Kane is two months younger than Lukaku and a more established Premier League commodity, a player who threatens to go after Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney to score more goals in league history.
He has scored over 20 Premier League goals in five different seasons and has scored six goals in seven games this season. Last season he scored 27 goals with 10 assists in all competitions.
Conte is the wild card here. He has tremendous power at Tottenham and could have moved closer to the line had he (and director Fabio Paratici) desperately wanted Lukaku to be the figure to push Tottenham to the brink of title glory.
All of which is to say that seeing Lukaku make it into the Big Six like Sterling before him would be a truly exciting storyline.
USMNT drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain as Gregg Berhalter’s team finished their World Cup preparations under a lot of pressure on them.
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Tyler Adams came closest to scoring for USMNT but it was actually a poor performance in a nearly empty stadium in southern Spain as an injured Saudi Arabia was dangerous at half-time.
It’s not the performance and result Berhalter would have wanted after last week’s disappointing loss to Japan, and it leaves him with a lot of questions to answer just 54 days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
What we learned from Saudi Arabia vs. USMNT
Trust in the USMNT camp is low: It wasn’t much better than the loss to Japan, and the US looked completely insecure with the ball. In the final third, they always seemed to pick the wrong option and there were still some very bad hands on defense as Long, Turner and Adams were at fault. This is a team that played safely and looked like a bunch of players who didn’t want to get hurt in the final match before the World Cup. There was no avant-garde in it, and you should feel sorry for Ricardo Pepi at the top, as there was no cohesion and rhythm in this show.
Musa, Robinson, Weah are very bored: Berhalter cited starting players he lacked ahead of this game and it’s clear the USMNT missed out on players who can hold the ball and provide quality from wide positions. Musa keeps the USMNT ticking in midfield and Weah and Robinson are so direct that it allows midfielders to get into dangerous positions knowing they will be found. The USMNT had nothing of the kind in that game, except for Pulisic and McKenney teaming up and hitting a few backhands in the first half. Pulisic especially disappeared in the second half.
Saudi Arabia will be a tough nut to crack: Except for a few key moments, it was a vigorous demonstration from Saudi Arabia. Herve Renard knows how to organize a team to be disciplined and dangerous on the counter, and Saudi Arabia was just that. They have a very difficult group with Argentina, Mexico and Poland, but they can cause some turmoil. The fact that they will play five more friendlies before the World Cup and all their players are based domestically (many of whom come from Al Hilal and Al Nasr) means that they are very familiar playing together. and are a solid team.
The USMNT were keen to go long early and often, and this worked to create more chances than they did against Japan. McKenny charged into the rear of the defenders, Pulisic wedged in from the left, and Long and Zimmerman both looked ahead when they could. Saudi Arabia continued to pose a threat at half-time and the distance between the midfield trio and defense remains a big problem for the USMNT as there were too many gaps at the transition.
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- Gio Reina leaves the game after 30 minutes to be replaced by Paul Arriola
18 minutes left. Still 0-0. Not much is happening.
SHOT! Much better from USMNT as substitute Scully cleared a cross and moments later fellow substitute Ferreira hits on goal but the ball is saved. Subs have a big impact. It’s more like this.
Scully, Mackenzie and Ferreira as part of the USMNT. Yedlin (who had been in treatment for a long time after a nasty tackle), Pepi and Long left.
59′ – SUBSTITUTIONS:
Scully instead of Yedlin
Ferreira instead of Pepi
Mackenzie for a long time pic.twitter.com/BkdddAygXS
— USA Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) September 27, 2022
USMNT has yet to start work in the second half. Saudi Arabia looked more dangerous and made some crosses.
News about Gio Reina: He was taken down as a precaution (according to Jenny Taft of Fox Sports), and US Soccer has since stated that he “experiences muscle tension” which is why he was taken out.
The second half is on and no subwoofers on either side. It was all of Saudi Arabia, so…