” Copa America 2019 gets underway this Friday, with host country Brazil eyeing their eighth title in the competition. The current holders are one of the favourites to reach the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 7 – but will have to do so without star man Neymar.
Getty Images 10 Neymar will not be able to help Brazil The Paris Saint-Germain forward was ruled out of the tournament last week after rupturing ankle ligaments in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Qatar. There will plenty of other talent on show though, with talkSPORT.com running you through some of the players who will be out to impress in the hope of a big summer transfer… MOST READ IN FOOTBALL latest Arsenal transfer news live: Top target ‘not for sale’, Ziyech to cost just ?30m latest Man United target Dutch defender, Spurs to sell Rose and sign Sessegnon gossip Liverpool news live: Salah ‘rejects ?150million exit’, Ajax set Ziyech price gossip Man United news live: Dutch ace wanted as new right-back, West Ham star on radar Sorry ‘F*** Cov’ – Coventry defender Hickman apologises for ‘disgraceful’ comments Spanish expedition Rating the 23 players to move from the Premier League to Real Madrid where are they now?1xbet.com movie hindi
Remembering England’s U21 players who finished bottom of group in 2015 We are not unhappy with Conte’s training methods – Cesc Fabregas James Rodriguez (Real Madrid and Colombia) The Colombian has proven his credentials as a top-class international midfielder, however in recent years he has failed to replicate that kind of form domestically. Rodriguez’s two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich was a disappointing on the whole, particularly in his second season, with the Bundesliga giants opting against making the 27-year-old’s switch a permanent one.
GETTY 10 Colombia striker James Rodriguez will be hoping that a good tournament will attract plenty of interest in his services However, a repeat of his performances at the 2014 World Cup – a tournament which was also held in Brazil – would put Rodriguez right in the shop window this summer. With the experienced frontman unlikely to force his way into Zinedine Zidane’s plans at parent club Real Madrid, he is therefore expected to leave the club.
And with his former Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti reportedly keen on signing Rodriguez, a move to Napoli looks a very attractive proposition as things stand. Everton (Gremio and Brazil) Everton is one of only three players in Brazil’s 23-man squad not currently plying their trade in Europe, alongside Corinthians right-back Fagner and back-up goalkeeper Cassio.
However, the young left winger, currently at Gremio, is the most likely of that trio to get a move abroad this summer, having already been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and AC Milan. He already has six goals to his name this season from the opening 12 games, which led to him securing a spot in manager Tite’s squad.
GETTY 10 Gremio youngster Everton has a bright future in the game The Copa Libertadores winner – who already has four caps for Brazil – will not have it easy when it comes to competition for a starting berth at the Copa America though. Everton will battle with Philippe Coutinho, ??Richarlison and David Neres for one of the two spots on the flanks, but if he can replicate his club form on the international stage he has every chance of becoming a regular for his country.
Josef Martinez (Atlanta United and Venezuela) No-one takes penalties like him. Despite his superb goalscoring exploits in the MLS, Josef Martinez is more well known by football supporters owing to his bizarre penalty technique.
The 26-year-old certainly knows where the back of the net is though, scoring an incredible 35 times in 39 games for Atlanta United to fire them to the title in 2018, while he also landed the Golden Boot and MLS MVP award. getty 10 Josef Martinez’s bizarre penalty technique has had football supporters all over the world talking The omens are good for Martinez, with one of his former team-mates, Miguel Almiron, already securing a big-money move to Newcastle earlier this year.https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imigração_italiana_no_Brasil If Martinez still has his shooting boots on for Venezuela at this summer’s tournament, then like Almiron, a move to the Premier League could be within touching distance.
The Venezuelan has been linked with a move to the Premier League with ex-Bolton star Stuart Holden confirming there is interest in the player. Wuilker Farinez (Millonarios and Venezuela) Venezuela also have a promising young goalkeeper between the sticks in Wuilker Farinez.
Farinez, 21, is currently on Colombian side Millonarios’ books, with Farinez’s father confirming last month that Barcelona are interested in signing his son. getty 10 Wuilker Farinez (back row, second left) is a rising star in south American football He already has 12 caps to his name for the national team, helping his nation to the runners-up spot in the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 – where he went 506 minutes without conceding a goal. Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors and Uruguay) The Boca Junior midfielder is another name to keep an eye on during this year’s Copa America.
The 23-year-old has been at the club since 2017, helping Boca win the league title in his first full season on their books. getty 10 Nahitan Nandez, right, has established himself as a driving force in the heart of Boca Juniors’ midfield Leeds United and Leicester City have been linked with Nandez in recent months, who is believed to be valued at around the ?17million mark by Boca. Nandez featured in every game for Le Celeste during last year’s World Cup and also has 22 caps to his name for his country. /**/ /**/ The Diego Maradona documentary looks back on the career of celebrated football player Duvan Zapata (Atalanta and Colombia) Atalanta made history by qualifying for their first-ever Champions League this season, with the club’s top scorer Duvan Zapata playing an integral role in achieving that feat.
Zapata has been linked to the likes of Inter Milan, as well as Premier League outfit West Ham, however the striker has played down those reports – insisting he is ‘happy’ to remain at the Serie A outfit. 10 Duvan Zapata has been a big hit at Atalanta However, a productive tournament for the Colombian forward could intensify the interest in his services and make the 28-year-old ponder a move elsewhere.
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay) The responsibility of scoring goals will fall primarily on Edinson Cavani’s head for the Copa America, with Luis Suarez’s participation at the tournament in doubt owing to a knee complaint. Cavani has been a major hit at PSG, scoring an incredible 193 goals across six seasons for the French giants – making him the club’s all-time top scorer. getty 10 Edinson Cavani is being targeted by Atletico Madrid With Cavani’s current contract expiring at the Parc des Princes next summer, it’s believed Atletico Madrid are pondering a move for the striker.
Antoine Griezmann’s departure means the La Liga side want to bolster their attacking options, with Diego Costa’s future also in doubt. Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich Albion and Venezuela) There has been continued uncertainty over his club future, but Rondon hasn’t let that speculation affect his on-field performances. The 29-year-old scored a brace during Venezuela’s 3-0 friendly victory over the USA in Cincinnati on Sunday, taking his international tally up to 24 goals.
As a result he has now overtaken previous record-holder Juan Arango as his nation’s all-time record goalscorer. getty 10 Solomon Rondon scored 12 goals and contributed seven assists during a successful loan at St James’ Park last season The West Bromwich Albion forward was a big hit on loan at Newcastle last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists during the 2018/19 campaign. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is very keen on signing the striker, but Newcastle hierarchy are reluctant to activate the ?16.5million release clause in his Baggies contract because of his age.
And with Benitez’s current deal also set to expire at the end of next month, that continued uncertainty could result in Newcastle missing out on one of their top summer transfer targets. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona and Brazil) On his day the Brazilian maestro is unplayable, but even by his own admission he hasn’t lived up to expectations at Barcelona.
That has fuelled speculation that Coutinho, a ?142million signing from Liverpool back in January 2018, could move on to pastures new this summer. And Coutinho has been tipped for a stunning Premier League return, with Manchester United and Chelsea both reportedly interested in the 27-year-old. getty 10 Phillipe Coutinho has struggled to make a major impact since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 The Brazilian is valued by the Catalan giants at around ?80million, which would represent a significant hit on what they originally paid out for him.
With Neymar ruled out of Copa America, it represents the perfect opportunity for Coutinho to take the competition by storm and subsequently generate a tug-of-war over him. ” ” Valencia marked their centenary season in style by stunning Barcelona to win their first trophy since 2008 with a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final. Barca’s Champions League hangover showed no signs of lifting after that four-goal semi-final comeback victory by Liverpool at Anfield.
Getty 4 Daniel Parejo lifted the trophy It meant a season which promised so much a month ago ended with just a league title, which was wrapped up on April 27. Valencia, who finished fourth in LaLiga, 26 points behind Barca, took a 2-0 first-half lead through Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo and even Lionel Messi could not rescue his side this time even though he scored the goal which set up a frantic finish.
Barca were aiming for an unprecedented fifth-successive Copa del Rey success, and seventh in 11 years, but never recovered from going behind. Having comfortably won another domestic title, they put all their efforts into winning the Champions League and their failure to even reach the final after a 3-0 first-leg lead over Jurgen Klopp’s side appears to have weighed heavy on the players.
Getty 4 Kevin Gameiro scored first On the eve of the game Messi said: “It was a really big blow which we received at Anfield. It was tough to get back up. It was one of the worst experiences in my career.” Little did he realise there would be more pain to follow in Real Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, where temperatures at the 9pm local kick-off time were still around 30 degrees Celsius.
Valencia had just 23 per cent possession in the game but that was not the statistic which mattered, especially as, although their opponents registered 26 attempts, only six were on target in 90 minutes. The fact Barca were missing Luis Suarez, who failed to recover from a knee operation in time, was a significant factor.
4 Rodrigo added the second Gameiro took his tally to four goals in as many matches in the 21st minute, firing into the top corner after Ezequiel Garay cleverly cut back the ball. Barcelona were reeling further when Carlos Soler broke down the right, outsprinting Jordi Alba, to tee up Rodrigo to plant a header past Jasper Cillessen. Valencia’s two-goal half-time lead was the first against the 30-time winners in the final since Real Madrid in 1974.
Ernesto Valderde immediately changed tactics for the second half, sending on winger Malcom for defender Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal for fellow midfielder Arthur. Getty 4 Lionel Messi looked dejected However, Valencia were first to threaten again with Rodrigo having a shot saved before, 11 minutes in, Messi hit the crossbar after a one-two with Malcom. It was a warning not heeded as Clement Lenglet’s header hit the post to allow Messi to tidy up and become the first player to score in six different Copa del Rey finals. Valencia had 17 minutes to hang on and – despite everything thrown at them, including centre-back Gerard Pique playing up front – they held on to lift their first Copa del Rey in 11 years. “