Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has said that rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United make "no difference" to him after admitting that his focus is on improving his game with the Portuguese outfit. Lindelof continued at Benfica and it was reported that he would make a switch to the Premier League after the end of the season.
Year Two of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City could feature another big goalkeeper purchase. Claudio Bravo hasn’t panned out in sky blue, and Joe Hart doesn’t look likely to be coming back. Wily Caballero is getting the lion’s share of the minutes right now, playing every minute aside from a trio of FA Cup matches since February. $43 million is the fee noted by Abola when it comes to the latest target for Guardiola, a neck-tattooed Brazilian by the name of Ederson. The Benfica backstop, 23, has 20 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season. He signed a new six-year deal in late January, but money may talk here.
Contrary to what some superclubs’ ridiculously oversized squads may have you believe professional soccer players don’t just grow on trees. The majority are nurtured and developed over a lengthy period by a team of seasoned experts ranging from coaches and sports scientists to physicians and nutritionists, all under the umbrella of a youth academy. With player salaries and transfer fees continuing to spiral way out of control, the role of these training facilities is arguably more important than ever. Some are used to produce a factory line of talent which can then be shipped off to help balance the books, while others are used to build a team of future homegrown stars, thereby cutting out the craziness of the transfer market altogether.