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first_imgMan U set to reduce transfer activity MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United are set to reduce their activity in the transfer market following several overhauls of the squad since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. United have spent about £500 million on new players under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and current manager Jose Mourinho, although the club hasn’t finished in the top three of the Premier League in the last three seasons. United sold two midfielders Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin and didn’t buy a player in January, with Mourinho satisfied with his squad and happy to wait until after the season to make further signings. “We aren’t in a position necessarily where we have to churn a large number of players,” Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, told investors yesterday. “We want to get to a more steady state and to be buying and potentially selling a lower number of players each year. UEFA wants 16 places NYON, Switzerland (AP): Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup line-up, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said yesterday. “We think it’s realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European is in a different group,” Ceferin said at a news conference after an executive committee meeting. FIFA decided last month to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament. Two teams will advance to a 32-team knockout round from each three-nation group. “I think all 16 can qualify for the second round,” Ceferin said. FIFA plans to confirm continental entry quotas for the 2026 World Cup at meetings in Bahrain in May. Africa champs Cameroon ranked 33rd, Argentina still first ZURICH (AP) African champions Cameroon have moved up to No. 33 in the FIFA rankings, rewarded with a 29-place jump for winning the continental title over the weekend. Africa’s top-ranked team is No. 25 Egypt, who lost in the final. Previous leaders Senegal climbed two to No. 31. Argentina lead an unchanged top five following a month when no high-ranked teams played. Brazil are No. 2, followed by World Cup champions Germany, Chile and Belgium. France climbed over Colombia to reach No. 6. Mexico lead CONCACAF at No. 17, and Costa Rica fell two to No. 19. The United States dropped one to No. 29. Jamaica are ranked at No. 77.last_img read more

Hope for Spurs in transfer pursuit despite huge obstacle

first_imgMemphis Depay to Tottenham may still happen.And reports that Southampton will renew their interest in Andros Townsend have only added to rumours the Netherlands World Cup star may head to England. Here, talkSPORT has the latest on what is being said about a possible transfer.Holding off on signing new contractThe 20-year-old has apparently turned down a new contract at PSV, say the Mirror. A lack of significant signings at the Dutch club are said to be causing him concern and he may wait until after the transfer window closes before committing. His current deal ends in 2017.A huge black and white stripped problemAs talkSPORT told you earlier, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim Serie A champions Juventus are desperate to bring in new forwards. They have reportedly targeted the young winger.Gullit says stay at PSVPSV coach Phillip Cocu has already expressed hope Depay will stay and former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit has done the same. Speaking to Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad he cited fellow Dutchmen Karim Rekik and Nathan Ake as examples of what can happen if you move abroad at a young age.“You can fall behind in just two years,” he said. “Depay has clearly come back with confidence from the World Cup. But I hope that he stays at PSV.“When I think back to my early days, when I was as young as Depay, I learned from fellow players who had children. These were the men who put me on the horse and also knocked me down when needed. Who will do that now with Depay? All the players he looks up to as examples all play abroad.” Tottenham transfer target Memphis Depay (right) 1last_img read more