Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Senior England Debut Sees Chelsea Attacker Break 64-Year Record

​Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest player to make their competitive debut for England’s senior team since Duncan Edwards in 1955 following his appearance from the substitutes bench in the Three Lions’ 5-0 win against the Czech Republic.

The 64-year-old record was broken in the 70th minute of England’s European Championship qualifying opener at Wembley on Friday, as the 18-year-old replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.

Gareth Southgate,Callum Hudson-Odoi

As reported by ​Goal, Hudson-Odoi beat former ​Manchester United forward Edwards record by 48 days, as he achieved his first cap on Friday night at the age of 18 years and 135 days.

The winger had been called up to the senior squad from the Under-21 side following a succession of withdrawals from manager Gareth Southgate’s original squad for the matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The youngster also made an impact during his first senior outing for Gareth Southgate’s side, playing a key role in their fifth goal of the match as his late effort was saved by Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka onto Tomas Kalas.

Hudson-Odoi was one of two 18-year-olds to finish the match for England on Friday night at Wembley, with ​Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigy Jadon Sancho also forming part of a youthful attack. It was the first time that two players aged 18 or younger have played in an England international since a match against Wales in 1881.

Callum Hudson-Odoi,Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho marked his fourth senior England appearance by playing an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s team’s sizeable victory, setting up ​Raheem Sterling’s opener in the 24th minute of the match.


Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma Linked With Moves for Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos

​Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma are all reportedly hopeful of hiring Lille sporting director Luis Campos during the summer. 

The Premier League sides will face stiff competition from Serie A team Roma for Campos’ services, following his role in Lille’s impressive domestic campaign this season with the club currently sitting in second in Ligue 1 and looking likely to qualify for the Champions League. 

Lille’s performances have been seen as mightily impressive considering the French side only avoided the relegation play-off last season by a single point.


Campos was also the sporting director at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 season, in which Leonardo Jardim’s pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title and also progressed to the Champions League semi finals before losing 4-1 on aggregate to ​Juventus.

According to ​TuttoMercatoWeb, the European trio will look to appoint Campos at the end of the season, with ​Arsenal and Roma in particular looking towards the Portuguese after Roma’s former sporting director Monchi left the Italian capital to join Sevilla, favouring the Spanish side over a move to Arsenal.

Ramon Rodriguez Monchi

Campos can also boast a spell as a scout at Spanish giants ​Real Madrid during his career, as well as a stint as a manager at several Portuguese clubs such as Beira-Mar and Gil Vicente.

The 54-year-old is also accredited with the discovery of several well known European talents such as PSG’s ​Kylian Mbappe, ​Manchester United’s ​Anthony Martial and ​Manchester City’s ​Bernardo Silva.


Campos’ additions to Lille’s current squad include former ​Southampton players Jose Fonte and Jeremy Pied as well as former ​​Chelsea striker Loic Remy.


Cagliari President Claims Napoli & Chelsea Target Nicolo Barella Was Never Close to January Exit

Cagliari president Tomasso Guilini has revealed that Chelsea and Napoli both expressed an interest in the club’s prized asset Nicolo Barella in January. 

The Serie A side are braced for further bids but Guilini also warned clubs they’d better be prepared to pay in excess of 50m. 

The Cagliari youth product first caught the attention of rival managers after an impressive campaign last season. Current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri flagged the midfield star up at former club Napoli and may have to go head to head with his old employers for his signature. 

Nicolo Barella

Barella has quickly risen to become a regular starter for the Italian national side in the past year, which has attracted further interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. 

“I cannot deny that there was concrete interest from Napoli in January. Maurizio Sarri also wanted him at Chelsea,” Guilini told Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by Football Italia“[But] Barella was never close to a January exit.”

Guilini rates Barella very highly, comparing his style to Inter star Radja Nainggolan. He added: “It’s banal to make the comparison, but he does remind me of Radja Nainggolan, even if Nicolò is more technically-gifted than Radja.”

Nicolo Barella

“I don’t know what his future holds, but he is a player who can grow a great deal more. We hope he can continue to do that while wearing our jersey. Next year it is his beloved Cagliari’s Centenary. It’ll take more than €50m.”

The versatile 22-year-old has become one of the hottest young stars in Serie A for intelligence and composure beyond his years. Barella won consecutive Italian Young Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, drawing comparisons to Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard. 


Serie A Giants Lining Up Move for Maurizio Sarri if Chelsea Fire Ex-Napoli Boss

​Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly being lined up for the Roma hot seat should he be shown the door at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has failed to build on his good start to life in England and is now feeling the heat more than ever after a below par season for the club’s extremely high standards.

Maurizio Sarri

Former ​Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri was appointed as Roma’s interim head coach until the end of the season and, according to Goal, the ​Serie A club have expressed an interest in replacing him with Sarri should Roman Abramovich axe the 60-year-old.

Sarri’s future in west London looks in the balance after a rather unsuccessful season to date, but he can revive some trust if he delivers ​Champions League football to Chelsea next season.

The Blues currently sit sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed ​Arsenal, and their 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League makes them strong contenders for lifting some European silverware.

However, with Abramovich’s cut-throat managerial policy looming large, the Italian is already walking on thin ice in 2019 after missing out on Carabao Cup success to ​Manchester City and performances in the league have dwindled with a recent 2-0 loss to ​Everton.

Maurizio Sarri

Add to that the serious questions marks raised over Sarri’s control over the squad – following his spat with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in that cup final loss – and the discontent shown amongst the Chelsea faithful about ‘Sarri-ball’.

A key relationship in pushing the deal forward is between Sarri and Roma advisor and former ​Tottenham Hotspur technical director Franco Baldini, with the pair growing close during​ Napoli’s signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Spurs.

Sarri’s close ties with those at Roma would put him as one of the favourites to take over at the Stadio Olimpico but he has denied there was a deal in place to take him to Italy.

Maurizio Sarri

“I have a contract with Chelsea for the next two seasons, so it is impossible to have another contract,” he said. “I read in an Italian newspaper something about a meeting with Baldini but I think for the moment Franco is in South Africa, so it is very difficult.”

Given Abramovich’s impatience and the apparent discontent at Stamford Bridge, his tenure beyond this season hangs in the balance and a move to Roma could offer the Italian a chance to rebuild his reputation.


Transfer Rumours: Kovacic Set for Premier League Stay, Everton Eye Rondon, Roma Keen on Nacho & More

​The international break might be in full swing, but so is the never ending cycle of transfer rumours. From the very best sensationalist claims – including those few supposed ‘ITK’ Twitter accounts who have a masked football agent as their profile picture (seriously?) – to the ones actually borderline realistic, there is nothing more that football fans love more than basking in the fantasy land of transfers.

So, with today being a new day, here’s the latest round-up of some of the biggest transfer rumours from around the world.

Milan Open Talks With ‘New Steven Gerrard’

Nicolo Barella

Compared to both Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo, Nicolo Barella is seemingly on his way to ​Milan. The Cagliari midfielder was linked with a move to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in both the summer and winter transfer windows earlier this season, but is now on the verge of making the step up to a more established ​Serie A side.

According to Sky Italia (via ​SempreMilan), the Rossoneri have begun negotiations over a potential move for the Italy international, but could face an intriguing battle with city rivals Inter for his signature.

The report further claims Barella carries a price tag of around €50m on his shoulders, and with his most ardent Premier League suitors Chelsea facing a transfer ban, the 22-year-old looks set to stay in Italy for the time being.

Everton Plan on ‘Hijacking’ Newcastle Deal for Salomon Rondon

Salomon Rondon

Not satisfied with having one inconsistent striker in their ranks in Cenk Tosun, reports now suggest ​Everton are considering making a move for Salomon ‘leaps like a salmon’ Rondon. 

The Venezuelan has admittedly done well in his time with ​Newcastle, netting nine goals in the league this year and, according to the ​Daily Star, has done enough to attract interest from the blue half of Merseyside.

The report claims if Rafa Benitez leaves St James’ Park this summer or is denied the £16m needed to make Rondon’s loan move permanent, then the Toffees could well sneak in to pounce. 

​Manchester Clubs to Battle Over Ronaldo


Carlos Tevez 2.0? As per the ​Evening Standard, both City and United could be locked in another high-profile transfer war as they target Benfica’s latest young prodigy, the oh-so brilliantly named Ronaldo Camara. A bit of Cristiano, and a bit of Henri. Destined for the top this one.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder is considered one of the most sought-after talents in European football, and has featured for Portugual’s Under-17s side.

The report adds ​City are the current frontrunners for Camara’s signature, and are hopeful that the prospect of joining their much-vaunted academy and working under Pep Guardiola might just swing things in their favour.

Caglar Soyuncu Set to End Leicester Misery With Return to Turkey

Leicester City v Southampton - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

Linked with a move to Arsenal last season, and seen as one of the Bundesliga’s brightest defensive prospects, Soyuncu’s star has fallen somewhat dramatically.

Since arriving in a £19m deal from Freiburg last August, the Turkish international has featured just three times for the Foxes in the ​Premier League, and will face added competition for a centre-back spot when Filip Benkovic returns from his loan spell at Celtic.

According to the ​Leicester Mercury, Soyuncu has been given a potential escape route back to more familiar waters, with Fenerbahce keen on bringing the 22-year-old back to Turkey as a replacement for the out-of-contract Martin Skrtel. 

Roma Keen on Nacho Fernandez After Real Madrid Spend Big on Eder Militao

Nacho Fernandez

Despite sporting director Monchi leaving the Giallorossi to go back ‘home’ to Sevilla, Roma are still pressing on with their transfer plans for the summer.

With ​Real Madrid agreeing a €50m deal to sign Porto’s highly rated centre-back Eder Militao, Spanish publication ​AS claim Nacho Fernandez might be one of the victims of Los Blancos’ summer overhaul.

The Spaniard’s contract expires in the summer of 2020, and despite being a Madrid youth product, an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu looks on the cards, with Roma the current frontrunners.

Jean Seri Set for Quick Fulham Exit

Jean Michael Seri

​Fulham went all in last summer with some big moves in the transfer window for their return to the top-flight, but unfortunately for the Cottagers, it has been a massive bust. Two managers sacked before the end of the season, and now, per ​The Guardian’s Ed Aarons, Jean Seri looks set to lead an inevitable player exodus.

The Ivorian’s capture was seen as a real coup at the time, with ​Arsenal and Barcelona interested in the midfielder, but has struggled to replicate the form he displayed whilst at Nice. It now appears the 27-year-old might be on his way back to France, and with Fulham braced for relegation, Seri’s departure might be the first of many.

Chelsea to Turn Down Permanent Mateo Kovacic Move & Eye Matias Vecino

Mateo Kovacic

In one of the most inconsequential transfer moves of the entire season, just what on earth has Mateo Kovacic done at Stamford Bridge this season? Apart from being the perfect symbol of Maurizio Sarri’s failed ‘Sarri-ball’ approach?

Despite his struggles on the pitch, ​MARCA report that the Croatian is intent on making himself a hit in the Premier League, even if that means somewhere other than for the Blues. They add that he’s been made to feel ‘comfortable, happy and important’ in England, and that several English sides have already registered their interest.

In better news for ​Chelsea, Tuttosport (via ​Sport Witness) claim that Inter midfielder Matias Vecino has ‘become a target’ for the Blues, and at €30m, could be set for a reunion with a manager he previously played under at Empoli.