Ismaila Sarri in talks with Liverpool

After a slow start and a shortened season, Liverpool is focusing its energies on shoring up its squad in hopes it will strengthen its attracter. That has seen the club working out personal details with agent representing Ismaila Sarri after they signed the attacker to a multi-year deal with a reported £32m.

During the shutdown, and over the course of the summer, Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, had been searching for attacking reinforcements. The goal was to provide support for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, for what Liverpool is expecting will be a long and challenging season.

Sarr has received substantial attention in the media as a potential acquisition for Liverpool and Premier League champions. However, after the club signed Diogo Jota last week, it was rumoured that a deal for Sarr was no longer in the cards. Clearly, that wasn’t the case and did not put an end to their interest and their pursuit to work out a deal with Watford.

Liverpool in talks with Sarr’s agent

While Liverpool has signed an agreement in principle, it is being reported by the media in France that the 22 year old wingers agent is now in talks with the organization about personal terms for Sarr. The publication stated that Sarr and his agent are requesting a £6m annual salary.

The problem is, even if the two sides agree, Liverpool may face challenges completing the deal due to his hesitation on joining the team based o the amount of football he will be required to play following the arrival of Diogo Jota.

The report is quoted as stating the Aston Villa is attempting to hijack the deal and sign Sarr and willing to go as far as to offer him a key position in their starting line up if he agrees to make the move to Aston instead of Liverpool.

After joining Watford last season, Sarr had a solid debut scoring six goals and racking up an equal number of assists in thirty appearances. How this will play out is anyone’s guess, but it seems clear Sarr has concerns and that in itself will set the stage for upcoming negotiations and whether Liverpool succeeds.

Atletico Madrid Head Coach Contracts Coronavirus

The Head Coach for Atletico Madrid has tested positive for COVID-19, with the football club making a formal announcement on September 12th. They’d announce that their 50-year-old leader from Argentina wasn’t displaying any symptoms of the virus and has been deemed asymptomatic. Named Diego Simeone, he’ll maintain a fourteen-day self-isolation period before returning to his coaching duties.

The confirmation of his positive coronavirus infection is disappointing for Diego, who began training Atletico Madrid on September 7th for the upcoming La Liga Season. Training strategies will be implored virtually via Diego Simeone for fourteen days, informing assistant coaching staff of what their footballers must accomplish over the coming two weeks.

Atletico Madrid will compete against Cadiz FC on September 15th in a friendlies-matchup. The formal test-run is used to determine which improvements are needed amongst the football club. Atletico Madrid’s official home opener doesn’t start until September 27th against Granada FC & without Diego Simeone being able to attend the friendlies-matchup, there’s concern the head coach won’t be on strategic par to Granada FCs coaching staff.

Team representatives provided an official statement regarding the status of Atletico Madrid’s coaching staff. It was informed that footballers, coaching personnel, and subsequent club staff were tested on September 11th. All club members were advised to return to their respective homes after training as San Rafael. Analysis of their PCR COVID Samples has been issued to the same laboratory that found Diego Simeone’s contraction. Fortunately, there hasn’t been any subsequent confirmations amongst team personnel. This means that future scheduling for Atletico Madrid won’t be disturbed this September.

Not the First

It should be mentioned that Diego Simeone isn’t the exclusive member of Atletico Madrid that’s contracted COVID-19 since the virus broke out. Santiago Arias and Diego Costa were both confirmed with the coronavirus during the beginning of September. It’s suspected that the Right-Back and Striker are unknowingly responsible for transmitting COVID-19 to Diego Simeone. All three men were deemed asymptomatic & are expected to make full recoveries. Health experts working for La Liga will continue to monitor Atletico Madrid for other infections and increase their PCR Tests for weekly to daily.

Premier League Terminates China Coverage

Football supporters located in China won’t have access to the Premier League any longer. It comes after the United Kingdom’s most notable football league confirmed they’d terminated their broadcasting agreement with PPTV. The Premier League made this decision after growing tensions between democratic first-world nations & the Chinese Communist Party have reached new highs.

Suning Holdings Group Inc operates & maintains PPTV, which owed €500 Million to the Premier League to continue broadcasting the Premier League. SHG Incorporated promised payment on multiple occasions but regularly withheld payment over the three-years since this agreement was made. It means that the Premier League never earned a single Pound for this broadcasting partnership. This highly illegal venture could be contested in international court if China wasn’t a communist regime.

Terminating broadcast agreements in China won’t be the exclusive punishment awarded to Suning Holdings Group. It’s like that the British Broadcast Company & SkySports won’t showcase Chinese-established sports as we advance on. When questioned about what had happened with their contract negotiations, SHG Incorporated mentioned their disappointment & regret for not reaching an agreement with the Premier League. However, they did agree in 2017 and SHG Incorporated never followed through. That’s becoming the new standard with Chinese companies.

The Premier League has refused to comment on the situation, notably angry with the events that’ve unfolded. This announcement will only increase tensions between the United Kingdom and China, which have deteriorated quickly over recent months. It started when the UK Parliament announced that Huawei Technologies would be banned for operating in Great Britain, Ireland, and Welsh Territories. The UK took a similar approach to America & Canada.

The Scheme

Ironically, the same technologies used by Huawei & other Chinese telecommunication providers is implanted by American defence agencies. This means that China isn’t permitted to record the information of North American civilians covertly, but the governments of Canada & America are allowed. It’s a double standard where sees millions of people tracked every day by multiple governments.

Premier League Supporters Allowed in Stands

The United Kingdom Government & Premier League have worked together to allowed supporters into the stands of Brighton Stadium. It marks the 1st instance that fans have been permitted inside a professional football event since March 2020, with the slated match against Brighton FC & Chelsea FC. Their match resulted in a 1-1 draw & doesn’t count towards the 2020-21 Premier League Campaign, with this game being a pre-season friendly.

2,500 supporters were permitted entrance into the Brighton Stadium. Social distancing protocols were in effect, with fans seen spread out throughout the stadium. This decision wasn’t made for the purpose of entertainment but statistics. The UK Government is assessing the health of spectators by reviewing COVID-19 confirmed cases with those that purchased tickets for the Brighton & Chelsea match-up. An outbreak or high volumes of confirmed infections will result in the UK Government not permitting spectators for the 2020-21 Campaign. However, low infection rates to zero contractions will be considered a success for this government test.

The Brighton FC & Chelsea FC match was action-packed for spectators. Timo Werner from Chelsea acquired a goal in the 4th minute of the first half. Pascal Gross from Brighton FC tied the lead during a penalty at the 90th minute. These two teams won’t meet again until September 14th when the 2020-21 Premier League Campaign has begun.

The Risks

COVID Activists in the United Kingdom backlashed against the announcement that spectators would be permitted at the August 28th match. Criticism evoked that an outbreak could result in increased infections throughout the whole of Great Britain. Considering that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had reimplemented COVID-19 Protocols amid growing infections, it’s surprising to see that a plan opposite to the Governments stance was implemented.

Risks were applied towards the footballers, coaching staff, team personnel, and stadium workforce in this spectator-approved match. Chelsea FC wasn’t thrilled to learn that Brighton would head the government’s request. The majority of football clubs in the Premier League denied, citing concerns for their footballers & coaches’ safety. Multiple games in the 2019-20 Campaign were cancelled amid confirmed infections. Financial problems mean that Premier League Execs cannot risk the same circumstances for 2020-21.

Bayern Munich Wins 2020 UEFA Champions League

The 2020 UEFA Champions League title has been acquired by Bayern Munich, ending a seven-year streak of losses in this tournament. This follows after an unbelieve final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon, where Bayern Munich would acquire their single goal fifteen-minutes into the second half. It’s a notable victory because these two teams have been prolonged rivals, with Bayern Munich often losing to Paris Saint-Germain in the 2010s. This victory could mark a change that sees PSG bow down to the Munich’s.

Kingsley Coman is the direct reason Bayern Munich became victorious at the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final, with this Midfielder targeting a “Header” towards PSGs net on the 59th minute. His header came after dominating the left-side all evening, racing each end of the field at a formidable pace. An opportunity to make a goal was given to Kingsley Coman after Joshua Kimmich kicked the ball into the air, passing multiple Paris-Saint German players towards their net. Kingsley ran towards the net & at the perfect moment, headed it towards the right-hand side of PSGs net.

It’s been several years since Bayern Munich lifted the UEFA Champions League Trophy, with this victory marking the club’s 6th. What’s more notable than their victory over the finals is that every Champions League game played by Bayern Munich was won on their side. Bayern Munich stands as the 1st club in UEFA history to win all Champions League matches, with this unlikely to happen again for decades.

Paris Saint-Germain has hardly spoken about their loss publicly, with Bayern Munich’s domination over PSG being notably embarrassing for these French footballers. Paris Saint-Germain claimed they’d dominate over Bayern Munich, getting a minimum of two goals.

European Football Returning by Mid September

Footballer supporters in Europe won’t have to wait a prolonged period for their 2020/21 Season’s to begin. Everything from La Liga to the Premier League is starting again before the end of September. This quick return to contention for these footballers follows after the 2019/20 Season was postponed amid COVID-19. It meant that these men lost their vacation periods from July to September, a notable loss for many European footballers.

Manchester City Stunned as Lyon makes Champions League Semis

FC Lyon shocked Manchester City on Saturday after the defeated the favourites 3-1. The win puts Lyon into the Champions League semifinals, a first in over a decade. Moussa Dembélé scored twice for the French team to seal the win, and that will see them facing off against Bayern Munich in the semis.

The win was shocking to Manchester’s Raheem Sterling. Who afterwards was seen laying down on the turf while covering his eyes. It wasn’t long after that the French team began to celebrate their victory after consoling a few Man City players who were devasted over the loss after failing to make the semifinals for the fourth year in a row.

The roaster for Man City is one of the most expensive ever assembled and to lose to a team that placed seventh in the French League was a tough blow to swallow. Speaking on their success, however, goalkeeper for the Lyons, Anthony Lopes said: “It’s incredible because we’re the surprise team. I don’t think many people expected us to reach this stage of the competition.”

While preparations are by the French team are already underway for their upcoming semifinal match, Man City will have to face the reality they failed to become European champions for the first time. Speaking on the loss, Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Man City’s only goal stated: “We need to learn — it’s not good enough, and that’s it, different year, same stuff.”

The loss leaves Pep Guardiola looking for his first Champions League title since coaching for Barcelona. He fell short of winning three times while coaching Bayern Munich and no can add multiple failures with Man City.

However, the year was not entirely a loss as Man City did win the League Cup, however clearly Guardiola choosing to play a five man defence who were unfamiliar with each other backfired. It left holes in the defence, and that allowed Lyons to win with strong tactical play.

After De Bruyne scored to tie the match 1-1, it took Moussa Dembélé only ten minutes after joining the field to retake the lead. Manchester had the chance to tie the match, but a shot by Raheem Sterling missed an empty net altogether, and less than a minute later, Lyons scored making it 3-1 and all but over for Man City.

Manchester’s performance was filled by error after error. The team was outsmarted and outplayed almost from the beginning by a coach many thought was no match to Guardiola. Speaking to the media, FC Lyon sporting director Juninho stated: “Rudi Garcia has left his mark, has instilled discipline. We grew up. Now we need a little humility, a little calm.”

This will be the first since 1996 that a team from Spain or England will not be featured in a Champions League semifinals. Instead, it will be France taking on Germany in what in what will be a match without fans due to the pandemic.

Willian Borges Da Silva is Leaving Chelsea

Chelsea FC & Willian Borges Da Silva are parting ways after maintaining several years of partnership. This announcement was first made by Willian Da Silva, who confirmed he’s signed with Arsenal FC for a 3-Year Contract. Aged 32, this footballer first joined Chelsea FC when he was 25. The alteration in clubs could prompt a revival in Willian Da Silva that fans have desired for years.

The reasoning behind this change in club representation was prompted after Chelsea didn’t offer da Silva a 3-Year Contract; the minimum Willian was willing to sign. When Arsenal agreed to the “Terms of Agreement” for Da Silva’s contract, the announcement was finalized. Both Chelsea and Arsenal FC would confirm Willian’s social media posts.

Willian Da Silva issued public statements regarding his decision, referencing his time with Chelsea FC, and his goals for the future with Arsenal. Willian 1st emphasized that he’s confident this is the best decision moving forward, that his time with Chelsea won’t be forgotten. There were good moments & negative times for Willian Da Silva while competing with Chelsea, while the two parties saw championship trophies acquired & regularly intense matches.

Willian’s Goodbyes

Statements from William clarified that beyond these championship trophies, his time with Chelsea FC allowed personal growth to flourish for the footballer. Willian would tell Chelsea Supporters that each training session, official match, and minute spent inside the dressing room allowed him to become a better player for them. Da Silva then remarked how he’d miss the affection shown at Stamford Bridge Stadium.

Promises were than issued towards Chelsea Supporters, with Willian Da Silva clarifying he’ll spend every minute left with Chelsea FC working towards improving his skillsets. Willian noted that he’d hold his head high & work towards the perfect finale game. Da Silva finalized his statements by mentioning that all his supporters at Chelsea will be missed, that his heartful thanks go out to everyone that every dawned his Jersey & wished him the best with Chelsea FC.

Regardless of the criticism against Willian’s switch to Arsenal FC, his time with Chelsea FC will be missed & historically immortalized in the books for decades to come.

Two MLB Players Opt-Out of 2020 Season

The COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically affected operations for Major League Baseball, forcing MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred into unexpected circumstances that few could overcome. Contracts of COVID-19 are increasing throughout Major League Baseball, prompting some players to exclude themselves from the 2020 Season. These individuals are more concerned with their Health & Safety than competing, with their monetary wealth guaranteed under through the Player’s Association.

It’s been confirmed that two additional players have opted themselves from the 2020 MLB Season, with the 1st being Yoenis Cespedes from the New York Mets. This announcement was made through the team’s manager, Brodie Van Wagenen. He’d confirm on August 2nd that Yoenis Cespedes had unexpectedly informed them of his exclusion from 2020’s operations. The lack of prior knowledge & ample time to replace him left Brodie Van Wagenen shocked.

Yoenis Cespedes struggled to inform the Mets Manager that he’s excluding himself from future games, with the baseballers unable to be found minutes before a match-up against the Atlanta Braves. It’s undoubtedly left unconfirmed rifts between the Mets Coaching Staff & Yoenis Cespedes. However, Brodie Van Wagenen clarified that they support the decision of all players that want to opt-out of the 2020 MLB Season.

It should be clarified that for Yoenis Cespedes to confirm his exclusion from seasonal matches, New York Mets Security were 1st required to be sent towards his hotel room. That’s when security found out that Cespedes had left the hotel, taking his belongings. When Team personnel began contacting him religiously, the phone was finally answered & confirmation was made.

Eduardo Rodriguez’s Heart Inflammation

The 2nd player to exclude himself from the 2020 MLB Season was made for proper reasons & his leaving was accomplished professionally. This included Eduardo Rodriguez, who’d previously contracted COVID-19 while training at the Boston Red Sox Camp. It’d force him to not compete in all games that’ve taken place in Florida.

That delay from regular-season games will continue as the Boston Red Sox confirmed that Eduardo Rodriguez has subsequent symptoms from COVID-19, including inflammation of his heart. Doctors clarified that his conditions are mild & a full recovery is anticipated. Hopefully, he’ll return to pitching for the Boston Red Sox towards the end of 2020s 60-game season.

High Ratings for MLB Opening Day

July 23rd marked the beginning of Major League Baseball’s 2020 season, seeing an influx of viewers that ranged above four million. 2020s Opening Day became the most-watched event in MLB since 2011. However, that positive news is being outweighed by concerns regarding the coronavirus. Details regarding their infected players are being kept private by MLB Corporate, with inside sources clarifying that the Miami Marlins have experienced an outbreak of COVID-19.

Rob Manfred and MLB Personnel actively avoided questions on infected players, claiming that all professional baseballers tested negative for coronavirus. Statements adverted towards the New York Yankees defeating the Washing Nationals at 4-1. Gerrit Cole obtained his initial victory under the banner of New York, showing that his $325 Million contracts from December 2019 were well spent.

ESPN indicated that live broadcast between the New York Yankees & Washington Capitals saw an increased 232% viewership from 2019. The Seattle Mariners played against the Boston Red Sox for 2019s MLB Opening Day, which garnered 1.2 Million views. The highest viewership count for July 23rd was 4.4 Million.

Ratings for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was at 7.8, the highest obtained for ESPN since the 2015 season. Clarification on viewership details emphasized that the 2nd game on Opening Day for 2020, which was played between the Los Angeles Dodgers & San Francisco Giants, saw 2.7 million viewers.

Anthony Fauci Throws Season’s First Pitch

The lowest rating period for MLBs 2020 Opening Day was during the “First Pitch”, which was thrown by Doctor Anthony Fauci. Analysts suspect that falsified claims against Anthony Fauci from the Trump Administration have prompted POTUS’s constitutions to hate the doctor. A large percentage of MLB Fans support the administration of President Donald Trump, making a natural correlation towards why viewership numbers were diminishing for half an hour.

Claims from the Trump Administration are incorrect, with politicians unaware of the science & biology behind infectious diseases. Doctor Anthony Fauci is the Director of “America’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases”. His role in the scientific-medical community is prevalent, holding managerial positions with the Centre for Disease Control. He’s also aided multiple Presidents in how to handle a virus pandemic. Donald Trump is the 1st to ignore Doctor Anthony Fauci, with America seeing their highest-infection levels from any virus in history.

Blue Jays Denied Home Games in 2020

The Blue Jays announced that they’ve been denied from operating their seasonal training & games within Toronto. This comes after prolonged delegations with the Canadian Federal Government, making the announcement on July 18th. This gives the Toronto Blue Jays minimal time to locate a new stadium for competition in the United States of America. Supporters of the Blue Jays couldn’t help but emphasize their disappointment to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who often receives backlash for his weak demeanour.

The Toronto Blue Jays President, Mark Shapiro, released a formal statement regarding the federal denial. Shapiro iterated that discussions with the Liberal Government didn’t follow through after concerns of safety for the Toronto community grew. Mark promised that finding an updated location that’s of the same quality to Rogers Centre has become their primary goal. TBJs President also offered his respects towards the Federal Governments decision.

When questioned on how the denial will affect Blue Jays morale, President Shapiro avoided the question by stating players will compete at a new home arena for the 2020 season. He indicated that baseballers will support the same passion & pride known behind the Blue Jays brand. Mark promised to represent the nation of Canada in the best ways possible & will continue to fight for a return at the Rogers Centre before the end of 2020s MLB Season.

Border Restrictions

The Trudeau Federal Government is providing the Toronto Blue Jays with a single exemption, with that being to maintain their Summer Camp Training at the Rogers Centre. Inside sources clarified that the Federal & Provincial government were considering approval before an extension on the US/Canada Borders were increased to August 21st. Discussions regarding the Blue Jay’s return with standard season games cannot begin until that date.

The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship confirmed that their decision regarding the Toronto Blue Jays will be revisited by August 21st. Marco Mendocino clarified that virus transmission in the United States must also be lowered before serious consideration is maintained. These are reasonable measures to ensure the Canadian Populous is protected. Toronto’s Blue Jays now have until July 24th to locate a new stadium for their first game of 2020.