Cavani offers himself to Juventus

According to a recent report from Calciomercato, Juventus have been offered the services of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani. His contract is set to expire at the end of the current season, despite the fact that he is believed to be in talks with PSG over renewing his contract. The 32 year old is open to the possibility of returning to Serie A and has reportedly reached out to the club himself, as the Uruguay forward attempts to reignite his passion for the game after a difficult few years with PSG.

Cavani’s physical presence and finishing ability has always made him one of the most dangerous goalscorers in world football, and with just a few years left of his prime before he probably starts to slow down, he definitely deserves the chance to have one last big surge at the top table.

Either way, it doesn’t feel like he’s going to be staying in Paris.

Inter Milan plan busy January window

According to a recent report from Calciomercato, Inter Milan have set out their plans for the January transfer window. The belief is that they want to bring in both a back-up forward as well as another starring midfielder, with Antonio Conte setting his sights on his former club in order to try and sign veteran forward Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman isn’t believed to be the only name on the list of stars that Inter are interested in, but that’s one of the main stars that is being reported right now.

Inter aren’t messing around when it comes to trying to add to their already impressive squad, with Conte almost certainly playing a starring role in that.

The January window doesn’t always feature some of the biggest deals with a lot of teams waiting until the summer months in order to get their business done, but Milan are ready to change that trend.

Henrik Larsson not heading to England

“Over the past week the club has been in detailed discussions with Henrik Larsson, Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson to be appointed manager, assistant manager and head of recruitment, respectively.

“Terms were agreed with all parties and arrangements were confirmed for Henrik, Johan and their agent to fly over this evening with a view to attending at Roots Hall, along with Tommy Johnson, to sign the contracts tomorrow.

“As a consequence of Tommy Johnson withdrawing, all discussions with Henrik Larsson and Johan Mjallby have, unfortunately, come to an end too.

“I have said previous that a week is a long time in Politics and, thanks to Tommy Johnson, 24 hours has proved a very long time in football.”

Southend United has confirmed that despite reports suggesting otherwise, Henrik Larsson will not be becoming the club’s new manager. The former Celtic forward had been heavily linked with a return to British football, but it wasn’t to be.

Juventus to let Rabiot leave?

According to a recent report over in France, Juventus are willing to let Adrien Rabiot leave soon despite the fact that they only brought him in during the most recent summer transfer window. Rabiot hasn’t been able to make the desired impact with the Italian champions, and while there are a multitude of reasons for that, it certainly seems as if manager Maurizio Sarri is playing a starring role in the supposed shift.

Sarri wants to rebuild the team in his own image and while that makes a lot of sense, it certainly seems like most Juve fans want to see what kind of an impact Rabiot could have.

Sarri is interested in the possibility of going after Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen, as they attempt to take advantage of the fact that Real Madrid haven’t been able to get a deal done. If they do go afer Eriksen, they could go for a straight swap, offering Rabiot to Spurs with the Dane going in the opposite direction.

Giroud considers Chelsea future

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is considering the possibility of leaving Chelsea if he is unable to feature heavily in the starting XI as opposed to as a substitute. The Frenchman, who is coming off the back of another strong international performance for the France national team, has only started once in the Premier League during the early stage of the new campaign. Giroud is widely considered to be one of the most divisive forwards in the last ten years of the top flight, with some fans calling him overrated and others believing he’s pretty underrated.

Either way, though, a Premier League without Giroud in it would be a very upsetting place to be. He has supposedly received interest from Major League Soccer in the United States, and if that does indeed prove to be the case, we imagine they’ll be putting forward a substantial financial offer.

Gremio 1/2 to beat Bahia in Wednesday’s Brazil Serie A contest

Competition: Brazil Serie A

Market: Gremio win

Odds: 1/2 @ Bet 365

Looking to sure up their spot in the Copa Libertadores spots, Gremio will welcome Bahia to the Arena do Grêmio on Wednesday night.

Starting with the hosts, putting in a season-best display and putting four past Atlético Mineiro over the weekend, Gremio now have their sights set on securing an automatic spot in next year’s Copa Libertadores. Now winning back-to-back matches and yet to taste defeat since entering October, a huge part of their recent resurge has come thanks to their continued success on home soil. Gremio are unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A matches at the Arena do Grêmio, a run that stems back to the 5th of May. Arguably playing their best football of the season, there is no dount that Wednesday’s hosts should be confident of extending their winning run in midweek.

As for the visitors, while the mood in Gremio’s camp might be on the rise, Bahia are starting to show some real signs of a struggle. Coming off the back of 2-0 defeat away at bottom-half strugglers Fluminense over the weekend, they have now failed to win any of their last three matchups and have begun slipping away from the Copa Libertadores spots. Along with failing to find the net in back-to-back appearances, Head Coach Roger Machado Marques has also seen his side lose two of their last three matches on their travels.

Bet: Gremio 1/2 to beat Bahia in Wednesday’s Brazil Serie A contest @ Bet 365

Draw at Fuenlabrada vs Real Zaragoza 21/10 for Wednesday’s Segunda matchup

Competition: Spanish Segunda

Market: Draw

Odds: 21/10 @ Bet 365

Two sides who have promotion in their sights for this season, Fuenlabrada will welcome Real Zaragotha to the Estadio Fernando Torres on Wednesday night.

Starting with the hosts, although Fuenlabrada may have been excited by winning each of their opening three Segunda matches this season, Head Coach Mere has seen his side come crashing back down to earth. Suffering a 2-1 defeat away at Mirandés over the weekend, they have now won just one of their last four appearances and are now someway off mounting a shock charge for the automatic positions. In desperate need of a response, it should also be noted that the Segunda debutants have seen two of their previous three matchups at the Estadio Fernando Torres end in a draw.

As for the visitors, much like Wednesday’s hosts, Real Zaragoza find themselves in an almost identical position. Despite many tipping Víctor Fernández’s men as a leading contender to be in the play-off hunt this year, they are also showing some signs of a struggle. Despite picking up a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Numancia over the weekend, a result that ended a four-match winless run, they have gained a reputation for struggling to see off matches. Drawing three of their last five appearances, we’re backing both teams to leave the Estadio Fernando Torres with a point in midweek.

Bet: Draw at Fuenlabrada vs Real Zaragoza 21/10 for Wednesday’s Segunda matchup @ Bet 365

Bulgarian PM urges football chief to resign as racist abuse taints England qualifier

Bulgaria’s prime minister has called for the resignation of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) president after the country’s 6-0 defeat to England in Monday’s controversial Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Prime minister Boyko Borissov described the loss in Sofia as a “shameful” result and condemned the the racist abuse directed at England players, which forced two stoppages in play in the first half.

The first break prompted an appeal over the stadium’s public address system urging fans to refrain from racist behaviour, in line with UEFA protocols.

Several spectators left the stadium during a second, more prolonged stoppage shortly before half-time. 

In a statement published on social media, Borissov threatened to withhold support and funding for the BFU unless its president, former Levski Sofia and Reading goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov, steps down.

The statement read: “I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union!

“After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian national team and in view of the poor results of our football, I ordered the minister [of youth and sports] Krasen Kralev to terminate any relations with the Bulgarian Football Union, including financial ones, until Borislav Mihaylov’s resignation.

“I also strongly condemn the behaviour of some of those present at the stadium.

“It is unacceptable that Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and [where] people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace, [is] associated with racism and xenophobia.”

England were leading 4-0 when Gareth Southgate and his players chose to see out the remaining 45 minutes following a half-time discussion.

After the match, Bulgaria head coach Krasimir Balakov claimed not to have heard the racist taunts.

“I was concentrating on the game, I didn’t hear anything,” Balakov said.

“I just talked to the English press and I told them that if this is proven to be true then we have to be ashamed and apologise for it.

“But once again, first it has to be proven to be true.”

Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov was seen talking with a section of Bulgaria supporters at half-time, with his actions drawing praise from England forward Marcus Rashford.

Bulgaria Manager Denies Hearing Racist Chants During England Game (Video)

England thrashed Bulgaria in Sofia by 6-0 on Monday,  in a Euro 2020 qualifier which will be long remembered, but not for the scoreline or the impressive performance of the visitors.

Unfortunately, it will be remembered by the sounds that were coming from the stands of the Vasil Levski stadium. Throughout the match, several England players were subjected to racist abuse from the home supporters, due to which the play was stopped more than once and it was doubtful if it would be continued at all.

However, after the match, Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balkov denied hearing the abusive behavior of the crowd, insisting that he had been focused on the game itself and that the claims of racism would still have to be proven.

UEFA to wait on reports before acting on Bulgaria racism

UEFA is awaiting reports from the referee and match delegate before deciding their next move following the racist abuse directed at England players in Sofia on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s side beat Bulgaria 6-0 in Euro 2020 qualifying but the match was overshadowed by monkey chants and Nazi salutes from home supporters at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.

The incidents prompted the match to be halted twice in the first half – following UEFA protocol for tackling incidents of abuse at games – with a third meaning the game would have been abandoned.

Omnisport understands the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary (CEDB) arm of European football’s governing body will now assess reports from the match official Ivan Bebek as well as the match delegate, who will also receive information provided by spotters from anti-racism group FARE.

The CEDB can also take reports from other sources, including the Football Association (FA), which has already called for an investigation “as a matter of urgency”.

An FA statement read: “We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.

“This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved.

“As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football.

“We will be asking UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency.”

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov claimed not to have heard the chanting and accused the England supporters of “unacceptable” behaviour.

He told ITV Sport: “I personally did not hear the chanting that you are most probably referring to. I saw that the referee stopped the game.

“But I also have to say that the unacceptable behaviour was not only on behalf of the Bulgaria fans but also the English fans, who were whistling and shouting during the Bulgarian national anthem.

“During the second half they used words against our fans, which I find unacceptable.”