The UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony has become seemingly interminable, much like the wait for actual fireworks in the competition. (Goal.com) UEFA conducted its interminable Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, and for the second
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus will hold talks on Thursday over the potential transfer of midfielder Blaise Matuidi to the Italian champions. The Bianconeri have been in the hunt for a new central midfielder for almost a month, given the departure of Paul Pogba to Manchester United and the long-term injury that is set to keep Claudio Marchisio sidelined until late November.
Mamadou Sakho is reportedly being courted by Stoke City, as Liverpool look to agree on a loan deal for the French centre-back. The news comes from John Percy of the Daily Telegraph, who has stated how Potters manager Mark Hughes has already approached the Reds regarding the player's availability. Hughes is said to be "hopeful of concluding a deal before the transfer deadline," per the same report. Sending Sakho to the Bet365 Stadium, even on a short-term basis, is a risky move for the Reds, even though it would represent a coup for Stoke. Yet, it's a chance Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp seems quite prepared to take in order to send a message to a player who has fallen foul of the club this summer.