Arsenal have this evening confirmed that young defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined Bundesliga 2 outfit Nurnberg on loan for the remainder of the campaign.Arsenal stint22-year-old stopper Mavropanos has been on the books of the Gunners since 2018, when he made the move to the Emirates from PAS Giannina in his home country of Greece.To this point, however, the former U21 international has largely-struggled for first-team opportunities.A combination of competition for places and injury problems have seen Mavropanos rack up just 8 total Premier League appearances in two years.None of these, meanwhile, came over the first-half of the current campaign, with the 22-year-old’s time on the pitch having been restricted to cup competitions.LIEGE, BELGIUM – DECEMBER 12: Konstantinos Mavropanos of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Standard Liege and Arsenal FC at Stade Maurice Dufrasne on December 12, 2019 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Nurnberg switchAs such, with Mavropanos still sitting behind the likes of David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding in the central-defensive pecking order at Arsenal, it had come as little surprise to see the Greek tipped for a January departure.The stopper is at a crucial point in his young career in terms of his development, with Mavropanos no doubt desperate to secure first-team football week-in, week-out.And, as outlined above, such opportunities look set to prove considerably easier to come by over the second-half of the season.An announcement across Arsenal’s social media platforms a short time ago confirmed that Mavropanos has made the move to German 2nd division outfit Nurnberg for the remainder of the campaign:All the best for the rest of the season, @DMavropanos! 👍— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 13, 2020Coincidentally, Mavropanos is the 2nd Premier League-based player to have secured a loan switch to the Bundesliga 2 today, after Nat Phillips’ return to Stuttgart from Liverpool was also made official:Nathaniel Phillips has returned to Stuttgart on loan until the end of the season.Good luck, Nat! 🙌https://t.co/I25Nl434jx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 13, 2020Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes keen to join Man United in January – TelegraphGedson Fernandes to have a medical at Tottenham on Monday ahead of loan move – BBC Why you need a VPN?Cut chords:Watch everything (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu) online using a VPN.Unlock geoblocking:A VPN gives you access to the best content from anywhere in the world.Privacy & security:A VPN keeps your information private, activity encrypted & data anonymous.Just $6.67 a month + 3 months free!
Lampard provides updates on Reece James & Alonso ahead of Arsenal
Chelsea vs ArsenalTuesday’s late Premier League clash sees Chelsea and Arsenal go head-to-head.You can check out 101’s betting tips for the clash here.Both sides go into the tie in fairly average form.Chelsea have won just two of their last five PL ties, the latest of which saw them lose 1-0 away to Newcastle on Saturday.Meanwhile, Arsenal have lost just one of their last five league outings, but only one of those clashes ended with a victory for the Gunners.Despite their dip in form, Chelsea remain 4th in the English top-flight.Although, both Manchester United and Wolves are just five points adrift of the Blues.Lampard on Reece James & Marcos AlonsoHeading into the Arsenal clash, Frank Lampard held his latest press conference on Monday.When speaking to the media, Lampard would provide updates on Reece James and Marcos Alonso.James has been in fine form for the London outfit this term and is one of just several Chelsea youth products to be thriving under the guidance of Lampard.But the full-back was forced off 75 minutes into Chelsea’s latest defeat.The Blues are forced into a second substitution as @reecejames_24 hobbles off and is replaced by @emersonpalmieri.Let’s hope it’s not a serious one…0-0 [75′] #NEWCHE pic.twitter.com/5QHENZqjbg— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 18, 2020However, when speaking about Reece James on Monday, Lampard confirmed the defender’s injury is not as bad as it could have been and he is in contention to face Arsenal. “He has got an injury to the back of the knee. Not as bad as it could have been. In contention for tomorrow, but we will decide tomorrow. He has had an injury at the beginning of the season. Hopefully he will be back tomorrow.” As quoted by football.london.The Chelsea boss then confirmed Marcos Alonso is back fit:“Yes, Alonso is back fit.” As quoted by football.london.See also: Sheffield United vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictionsCrystal Palace vs Southampton betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictionsAston Villa vs Watford betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions Why you need a VPN?Cut chords:Watch everything (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu) online using a VPN.Unlock geoblocking:A VPN gives you access to the best content from anywhere in the world.Privacy & security:A VPN keeps your information private, activity encrypted & data anonymous.Just $6.67 a month + 3 months free!
Real Madrid confirm signing of Brazilian sensation Reinier Jesus
Spanish giants Real Madrid have this evening made the long-anticipated signing of Reinier Jesus from Flamengo official.Brazilian prodigyReinier, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, is widely-regarded as one of the finest young talents to emerge from Brazil over the course of the last decade.The starlet possesses a whole rake of attacking gifts, combining perfect touch, technique, vision, ability to split opposing defences at will and crucially, a keen eye for goal.He has even been described as a cross between Zinedine Zidane and Kaka by some in Brazil.As such, after dazzling for both Flamengo and the Selecao at youth level over the last couple of campaigns, Reinier was subsequently introduced to Flamengo’s first-team ranks early last year.And, despite his tender years, the teen subsequently took to senior football like a duck to water.The 2019 campaign, which finished up last month, saw Reinier directly contribute to 8 goals across 15 appearances, as Flamengo secured a historic Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores double.Premier League linksAs such, it has come as little surprise to see Reinier heavily-linked with a move to Europe.The Daily Mail previously suggested that English heavyweights Manchester City and Liverpool were set to battle it out for the midfielder’s signature:Manchester City and Liverpool set for battle to sign 17-year-old Flamengo midfielder Reinier https://t.co/4tsc0OTpml— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 22, 2019Everton, meanwhile, were also named as keen suitors.Real switchThis was until the opening of the January transfer window, though, when a clear front-runner emerged in the race for Reinier.The outfit in question? Real Madrid.Reports stemming from Brazil over the early weeks of the month insisted that Los Blancos had all but wrapped up a deal for the teen.A €30 million fee was touted, with it having been suggested that Real and Flamengo were simply waiting for Reinier to turn 18 before making the transfer official.And, following the midfielder’s 18th birthday yesterday, such claims have been proven correct.In an announcement across the club’s social media platforms a short time ago, Real confirmed Reinier’s signing on a long-term contract.The South American has put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2026 at the Bernabeu, and is set to join up with Los Merengues’ Castilla side imminently.👉 #WelcomeReinier pic.twitter.com/EFbUngnpqi— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 20, 2020Reinier of course follows in the footsteps of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, fellow in-demand Brazilian youngsters who opted to take their talents to the Spanish capital over the last couple of seasons.Sporting assistant speaks out over Bruno Fernandes’ future amid Man United linksChelsea vs Arsenal betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictionsSheffield United vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions Why you need a VPN?Cut chords:Watch everything (Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu) online using a VPN.Unlock geoblocking:A VPN gives you access to the best content from anywhere in the world.Privacy & security:A VPN keeps your information private, activity encrypted & data anonymous.Just $6.67 a month + 3 months free!
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