Zaha’s brother urges Crystal Palace to permit forward to join Arsenal

The brother of Wilfried Zaha has urged Crystal Palace to accept the transfer proposal from Arsenal, given the forward has the dream of playing European football with his boyhood club. The 26-year-old has been influential towards the Eagles’ stay in the Premier League in the past few seasons and he is now said to be eyeing a bigger challenge elsewhere.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Zaha’s brother Judiceal said that the forward is keen on realising the dream of playing for the Gunners. He added to issue a plea to the Eagles by citing that the player has given his best during his time in south London, he quipped: “Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club.
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Mamadou Sakho open to making comeback with Paris Saint-Germain

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has opened the prospect of making the comeback with Paris Saint-Germain in the near future. The France international parted ways with the French champions six years ago and during this period, he has made a name for himself in the Premier League with both Liverpool and Palace.

Speaking to reporters, Sakho said that he is presently content with the proceedings at Palace, but he would always be open to the idea of rejoining Les Parisiens, he told: “Paris is my home, it will always be that way. I believe in PSG and the Champions League. Like many, I have no regrets in my life and in my career, except that my father did not have the chance to see what I could accomplish. I like it [at Palace] but in life we ​​do not know what tomorrow holds.”
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Roy Hodgson acknowledges Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be sold

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has acknowledged that the club could sanction the sales of Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the right price when the transfer window reopens. The duo have enjoyed standout seasons with the south London outfit during the ongoing season and this has attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s elite.

Speaking in his press conference, Hodgson said that he would prefer to keep hold of the pair beyond the summer but there are no assurances of the same. He added that to give the example of West Ham United’s situation with Declan Rice and suggested that every player has a price where the clubs will consider selling.
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Roy Hodgson dismisses Crystal Palace’s FA Cup prospects

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed the club’s prospects of winning the FA Cup amid the stiff challenge from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City. The south London have reached the last eight of the competition after beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur but the former England boss does not fancy his side to go all the way.

Speaking to reporters, Hodgson highlighted that the Eagles don’t usually enjoy lengthy runs in the Cup and those are left for the successful teams like Arsenal and Chelsea. He added that he is prepared for the forthcoming challenge against Watford and would be pleased to guide his team to the semi-final stage.
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Istanbul Basaksehir a team with misfit Premier League Stars

A look at the top Turkish League table at the moment for non-followers of the league would seem unfamiliar. No Galatasaray, no Fernabache or Besiktas but little known Istanbul Basaksehir lead the table six points ahead of their closest rivals.

How have the Turkish side been able to come to this feat, a look at their squad would give an idea about this remarkable turn in form? Basaksehir boast of nothing less than 6 players that have plied their trade in the premier league at one point or the order. This list includes Emmanuel Adebayor, Demba Ba, Robinho, Kerim Frei, Emre Belozogu and Gael Clichy.
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Crystal Palace complete the signing of goalkeeper Lucas Perri

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Lucas Perri from Sao Paolo on a short-term loan for the season. The 21-year-old becomes the fourth goalkeeper with the Eagles’ first-team squad but he is expected to compete with Julian Speroni for the number one role, given Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita are currently in the treatment room.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’m really glad to join the club,” he told the club’s website shortly after the move. “Two months ago, I knew [about] the possibility to join Palace. Since then, I was pretty anxious to be here because I really wanted that. It’s huge, it’s a really important thing to me. It’s the opportunity of my life and I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
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Arsenal legend believes Belgian striker could turn things around

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes Christian Benteke could be influential towards turning the club’s form in the Premier League in the forthcoming months. The south London outfit have made a slow start to the current campaign and they are currently just one point above the drop after the opening 13 matches.

Moreover, they have also struggled upfront with the joint-lowest goal tally of just eight alongside Huddersfield Town and this has come about from the ineffectiveness of Alexander Sorloth and Jordan Ayew upfront in the absence of Benteke through a knee injury. Speaking exclusively to 90min, Wright suggested that Benteke still has hope of cementing a regular berth with the Eagles upfront, considering the club’s woes in the scoring department this term. Continue reading “Arsenal legend believes Belgian striker could turn things around”

City favorite to win the title

Former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes that the club is favorite to win the title. He said that they have the better squad as well as a good manager and he is sure that they will be holding the Premier League title in May.

He said that Liverpool is also a good team but at the moment they lack the strength in depth that Manchester City has. He believes that this will be a very close Premier League campaign and whoever wins the title will have to be really consistent.
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Crystal Palace boss confirms Wilfried Zaha was hampered by a back injury

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha was struggling with a minor back problem before the Newcastle United game which may have slowed him up. The Ivory Coast international sustained aniggle during the warm-up ahead of the fixture but he was given the go-ahead to feature after a late fitness test.

Speaking after the Magpies game, Hodgson said: “I think he is feeling something at the top of his back. He was passed fit by the doctor and physio and had no desire not to play the game. I am hoping it won’t cause him problems in the week. Nothing really to report. He was quieter. I don’t know if his comments affected him. He isn’t in front of the mass media, but I don’t think he expected his comments to be treated the way they were. It was his lament. I don’t think he expected the world and its sister to have a view.”
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Besiktas in advanced talks for David Ospina

Turkish heavyweights Besiktas are reportedly in advanced discussions with Arsenal to pursue the signature of David Ospina. The Colombian goalkeeper has been the back-up goalkeeper for the Gunners over the past three seasons but the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen has meant that he has now become the third-choice shot-stopper.

As a result, Ospina is desperate to leave the Emirates Stadium before the transfer deadline across Europe and Besiktas are reported to be leading the race. According to The Sun, the former Turkish champions have identified Ospina as their prime target for the number one role, which remains up for grabs following the departure of Fabri to Fulham.
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