John Barnes favours United ahead of EPL trio for Gareth Bale – Thewistle

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More people are beginning to lend their voices to the speculations linking Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid to join Man United as he is believed to be unsettled with the Spanish La Liga club.

It is understood that the Red Devils are yet to make any bid for his signature but English Premier League trio, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham are reported to be eyeing a swoop for the player if he would be leaving the Los Blancos.

Former player John Barnes is one of those that have lend their voice on the matter, putting their weight on the Red Devils to make a move for the Wales international ahead of the others.

He told BonusCodeBets that Gareth Bale said he will not imagine seeing Liverpool, Chelsea or Tottenham sign the star player, adding that it might not happen for financial reasons.

John Barnes added that Man City would have been a better option than Man United but they are not interested in his signature which makes the Old Trafford team favourites.

However, it is unclear if the Red Devils will be able to meet his salary demands but they could be encouraged by the report that claims Real Madrid are willing to pay half of his wages.

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Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on a return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

The 36-year-old is having his medicals at newly promoted Premier League side West Bromwich Albion ahead of joining them on a free transfer.

He is a free agent after leaving Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg at the end of last term.

Branislav Ivanovic scored 26 goals in 221 Premier League appearances in the colours of Chelsea from 2008 to 2017.

During his time at Chelsea, Ivanovic won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013.

He also won three Premier League titles at Chelsea under three different managers namely Carlo Ancelotti (2009/10 season), Jose Mourinho (2014/15 season) and Antonio Conte (2016/17 season).

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the imminent arrival of Ivanovic as he said that the ageing defender will add experience to a youthful team.

Slaven Bilic is a former Croatian international footballer who has managed West Ham United in the Premier League. He masterminded West Brom’s return to the top flight at the end of last season as the Baggies finished in second position behind champions Leeds United at the end of the English Championship season last term.

West London giants Chelsea have reportedly made a new bid for their goalkeeper target as they hope to wrap up a deal before the end of this week.

The new bid was confirmed by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano as he reported that Chelsea hope that the new offer will be enough to sign their goalkeeper target.

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is the top transfer target for the Blues in the goalkeeping department.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to sign a new goalkeeper this summer as he’s not convinced with Spanish shot stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga who had an average season in the last campaign.

Lampard dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga for a lot of big games towards the end of last season as he opted for ageing goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after the Blues paid £71m for him but he has not justified that investment.

Chelsea have identified the aforementioned Edouard Mendy as the man to finally replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as the number one goalkeeper. They had a first offer rejected for him by Rennes.

Other reported goalkeeper target for Chelsea are Atletico Madrid shot stopper Jan Oblak, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and Burnley goal minder Nick Pope.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed a deal with Italian Serie A champions Juventus as he considers his future at Chelsea.

The 33-year-old is seen as an alternative to Luis Suarez at Juventus. The Italians want to sign a new striker this summer after the contract of Argentine attacker Gonzalo Higuain was mutually terminated.

Luis Suarez is the top target for Juventus and they have Olivier Giroud as the alternative for the Uruguayan international.

Olivier Giroud is considering his future at Chelsea after the Blues splashed the cash on Timo Werner from German side RB Leipzig.

Timo Werner set Chelsea back to the tune of £53m this summer. The Blues also have Tammy Abraham and another new attacker Kai Havertz who could play as a midfielder or as a striker.

Giroud could potentially start the season as the fourth choice striker behind Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham. The Frenchman wants to play regularly to stay in the French national team ahead of the 2020 European Championship next summer.

He signed for the Blues in January 2018 from London rivals Arsenal and the player has a year to run on his Chelsea contract.

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will spend the 2020/21 season at fellow Premier League team Crystal Palace after his loan spell was confirmed on Thursday.

The 26-year-old has returned to Selhurst Park after a successful loan spell during the second half of the penultimate Premier League campaign. He scored six goals in 13 appearances for the Eagles.

The Belgian international signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge before signing another loan deal with Crystal Palace.

Batshuayi had to leave the club after the signing of German international striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this summer. Chelsea paid £53m to secure the signing of the petite forward.

Timo Werner is expected to be the first choice striker at Chelsea this season ahead of French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud and Three Lions of England star Tammy Abraham.

Ex-Arsenal player Giroud wants to leave Chelsea this summer as well just like Michy Batshuayi. Giroud has agreed on personal terms with Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

First choice Chelsea striker Timo Werner is one of seven players signed by the club this summer. The other signings include Kai Havertz, free agent duo Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

Chelsea have rejected a bid for midfielder N’Golo Kante according to journalist Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

It was disclosed that the Blues turned down an offer from Inter Milan whose manager Antonio Conte is interested in the French World Cup winner.

Kante and Conte worked together at Chelsea before the latter was sacked in the summer of 2018.

Antonio Conte was the Blues boss when Kante signed in 2016 shortly after he helped Leicester City to the Premier League title. He won the same title in his first season as a Chelsea player under the Italian tactician.

Conte is keen to work with Kante again following the interest of Inter Milan in his services.

It was revealed that Inter Milan’s player-plus-cash offer including Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic was first rejected before the Italian Serie A giants returned with another proposal in a bid to sign world class midfielder N’Golo Kante.

The second Inter Milan proposal included former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen but it was also turned down by Chelsea.

Kante is an important player at Chelsea though the Frenchman didn’t have the best of seasons in the last campaign due to various injuries. He made 22 league appearances for his club last season.

So, Messi isn’t joining Manchester City anytime soon, and this means the citizens will have to battle for the Premier League title with “only” a bunch of world superstars on their squad.

Hello, and welcome to our Premier League 2020/2021 betting tips where we will find out why there is zero value on betting the 4/5 odds that you get for Manchester City to win the EPL.

The short answer is that currently, the value pick is Liverpool at 9/4. The team managed to grab the title last year after a 30-year pause, and boy did they win the EPL. Liverpool scored 85 goals (which wasn’t the most in the league) but managed the win the matches that matter the most and ended up a champion by a margin of 18 points against the runner-up Man City.

We don’t see why not. The team has kept its core players, and the most crucial star – Jurgen Klopp, is still there. Yes, the group’s star is the coach, and if you hear otherwise, it’s wrong. The German manager changed the culture of the team, and winning is now not optional. Liverpool won the Champions League a year ago and will be after all trophies they can get. The scary thing is not the goals you will concede against Liverpool but the fact that you will have a hard time scoring against them. 

We have a feeling that this team will start running on fumes any time soon. Yes, De Bruyne could be the best midfielder in the world right now, but we aren’t sure about the chemistry in that locker room. On the upside, the average age of “the Citizens” is only 26 years old. This puts them in a perfect spot to be good for the upcoming years, but it looks like Liverpool is poised to repeat. The price of 4/5 for Man City doesn’t give you any value this year.

Being a Chelsea legend as a player, Frank Lampard is now on his way to become the hottest “young” manager in the league (No offense Mikel Arteta). The team won the EPL in 2014 and 2016, and this wasn’t so long ago. Now the squad is way more talented than last year, and we anticipate their chemistry to be good too. Watch out for a run.

It is unclear how good Manchester United will be, mainly given the fact that their Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær may not last the whole season. This team is an enigma but may very well push for a top 4 spot.

Manager José Mourinho has a knack of lifting teams up during his 2nd and 3rd season in charge. This may be the case with Tottenham, so we have to watch out. The current odds of 50/1 for Tottenham to lift the trophy represent a fantastic value. One thing is for sure – José will unlikely last there for 2 or 3 more years.

Wow, isn’t it surprising how we talk about a culture change about one of the most prominent EPL history teams? A string of relatively bad season, nay, a decade of bad seasons has led us to this point. Now the Gunners hope that ex-player Mikel Arteta can finally improve the defence to have championship aspirations again. 

Let’s look at a few games that we think are worth your attention in week 1 this season.

This game doesn’t give us a lot of value. The away team is favoured heavily, and we don’t necessarily like that. Yes, Willian will lace them up for Arsenal, but the victory is not certain. We would look at the “draw” selection at 16/5, but it’s not something we are betting.

The chemistry that West Ham has should be good because they retained many of their players from last season. Newcastle had to claw to remain in the EPL. The price of 11/10 for West Ham to win looks like something most bettors should back. Go with it.

Here’s a fun one. Southampton is our “dark horse” to make the top 6 this year. They landed a couple of exciting players this summer (Salisu and Walker-Peters), so we should all watch out for them. However, the match is taking place at Selhurst Park, so we might as well be prepared to bet the “draw.” 

This one promises to be an exciting match on so many levels. Liverpool will be under scrutiny for its start of the new season, while everyone will also want to see Leeds play in the EPL since 2004. According to the bookies, though, this will be a complete dismantling by Liverpool. There’s no value betting the “match result” market here.

If there can be a surprise tip this week, this is it. We think that WBA has a solid chance to start the season with a win. The odds of 13/5 for that to happen are pretty lucrative. West Bromwich signed some excellent players this off-season, and it will be interesting to see how they mesh up. When it comes to Leicester, though, the absence of Ben Chilwell will likely be evident, so we don’t really count on the team to win on the road in Week 1. Bet the home team.

Tottenham is a relatively big favourite against Everton on Sunday, and we see why. “The Special One” has a tendency of dramatically improving his teams in year 2. The recent signings are proof that. Having signed Allan, Everton will also want to start the year strong, but they kick-off the season with an away game, which will prove challenging. The value is there for Tottenham, and this is actually our best bet. Bet Tottenham to win at 4/5.

We anticipate Chelsea to come out swinging, so we don’t really see value in this game. It is thought that a club with this many new signings will need time to establish chemistry, but we believe that all these new pieces will be eager to show they deserve a spot on the team. The 4/1 for Brighton is lucrative, but we aren’t betting this game.

The overachieving Sheffield side is hosting the Wolves late on Monday and will hope to concede zero goals in the season opener. While their defence is the team’s staple, we expect Sheffield also to seek opportunities to score. The Wolves signed and lost some core players, and we doubt their potential to win on the road. The most logical bet here would be the “draw.”

Obviously, most people like betting the Match betting market when it comes to football, but we often find value elsewhere.

The O/U goals market is a very fun one because it doesn’t concern you who will win the match. All you want is many goals or very few goals. With the EPL, the former is typically correct. Last season, the premier league saw an average of 2.72 goals being scored per match. This makes us lean towards the “over 2.5 goals” market regularly. However, we have to pay attention to the odds because they will not always be in our favour.

First Half Match resultthis is a very fun market because careful preparation will pay off. Look for teams who score or do not score in the first half regularly. Explore their tendencies and make a bet accordingly. If you win this bet, you get to watch the 2nd half of the match without worrying about the outcome or goals.

What happens when we see that Liverpool is a 1/7 favourite to win a match at home versus a bottom feeder? Well, we bet the handicap because we seek value. Often, especially early in the season, teams will want to score as many goals as possible to establish dominance in the league. Look for such matches in the early game weeks and bet the heavy favourites to win by more than a goal or two.

This is an outright market, but it has been a very popular one for the EPL for years. Now that more clubs have been established as “top teams,” there is more unpredictability when it comes to betting the market. We suggest you look for value options. These are typically teams expected to finish 6th or 7th, but these teams are also likely to make a push for the top 4.

West London outfit Chelsea have received a major boost in their bid to land another goalkeeper this summer transfer window after the latest development from Man United on Sergio Romero.

Sergio Romero has been on the radar of the West Londoners after impressing with Man United and he is reportedly tired of being an option at the Old Trafford with a new challenge insight for him.

The return of Dean Henderson from his season-long loan at Sheffield United has relegated Sergio Romero to be the third choice shot-stopper which makes it difficult for his progress.

However, it is reported that Man United have concluded to have him sold this summer transfer window and will be listening to offers for the goalkeeper.

It is expected to be a fight between Chelsea and Aston Villa as both clubs are keen on a new goalkeeper. The Blues are in search of a goalkeeper that will bring in the competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga in the coming season and have been linked with the Red Devils shot-stopper.

At Man United, the battle line has been drawn between David De Gea and Dean Henderson for a starting role with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only willing to give the best the opportunity.

Rennes President Nicolas Holveck has confirmed that Chelsea are in talks to sign goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in this transfer window.

Edouard Mendy has been identified by manager Frank Lampard and Chelsea as the man to improve their goalkeeping department especially after the performances of first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga last season.

Spanish international Kepa had an average season in the Blues goal in the last campaign and was even dropped for 38-year-old Willy Caballero in some games.

The Rennes president confirmed that negotiations are underway between his club and Chelsea in his latest interview monitored by journalist Fabrizio Romano. He further added that the player wants to leave Rennes for Chelsea.

An agreement is yet to be reached for Mendy but the player already agreed personal terms with the Blues. A transfer is imminent for the 28-year-old as per Fabrizio Romano.

It was also revealed by the Italian journalist that Chelsea goalkeeper target Jan Oblak will be staying at the club and that his Spanish team Atletico Madrid are not willing to lose his services.

Apart from Edouard Mendy and Jan Oblak, other goalkeepers linked with the Blues include Ajax Amsterdam shot stopper Andre Onana, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Manchester United shot stopper Sergio Romero.

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