German giants Borussia Dortmund are set to announce the signing of teenager defender Immanuel Pherai from AZ Alkmaar, once they receive clearance from FIFA.
The 16-year-old, who is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, has inked a three-year deal with the Bundesliga outfit. BvB have spent reasonable money on recruiting young talents in recent seasons with Christian Pulisic, and Ousmane Dembele being identifiable examples, and Pherai is the next in line after he confirmed the agreement via azfanpage.nl, he said: “We reached an agreement yesterday. I will join BVB.”
Pherai has been designated as a defensive midfielder by trade, and he could be groomed into the BvB first-team sooner rather than later with former Ajax coach Peter Bosz having taken over the reins from the departed Thomas Tuchel. Bosz made it a point to give teenagers a chance in Amsterdam, and he named a side with average age of just 20 during the final game of the Eredivisie season. Continue reading
Premier League side Southampton are reportedly interested in AZ Alkmaar star Ridgeciano Haps.
Southampton have always managed their transfer policies seemingly well but it seems they bit more than they can chew this season as they fell off their high horse in the league.
There are widespread rumours that Ryan Bertrand could exit the side this summer as interests in him rises. Chelsea are leading the pack to sign the Three Lions star from St Mary’ Stadium. The Saints are already preparing the AZ Alkmaar star as his replacement.
The 23-year old Haps has played 30 games in the Eredivisie this term so Claude Puel feels he is ripe for the role.
L’Equipe claims same Southampton want to get Toulose striker Martin Braithwaite this summer. The 25-year old scored 11 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games but the Dane is being chased by the Saints and the Hammers. He would cost £8 million but the French side want to keep him. The Dane might be positively predisposed to a Premier League side though. Continue reading
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs have been bothered by the injury of first choice striker Harry Kane.
The Three Lions striker helped the team move past FA Cup rival Millwall but not without an injury. He is not expected to return in a few weeks but the club must play on.
Harry Kane was brilliant last term and he continued the form this season. He has been involved directly and indirectly in 40 percent of Spurs’ goals this season. In his absence, the team would have to rely on other attackers to do the job but the thing is they are not as potent as he is.
In the game against Southampton, Coach Mauricio Pochettino used Son Heung-Min as the main player upfront. The 24-year old is known for depending more on his pace when evading defenders. His ball hold-up is not as developed and we saw it against The Saints. Son expended more time in the flanks and around than playing the position he was deployed to. Continue reading
AZ Alkmaar managerJohn van den Brom says that there is no truth in the speculation linking him with a move to the Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The club are without a manager and have reportedly identified van den Brom as the best possible option to lead them ahead. Vanden Brom has largely been in charge of Dutch clubs in his managerial career, which started in 2010. He has been in charge of clubs like Vitesse Arnhem and ADO Den Haag before coming to AZ Alkmaar. However, his last job was outside Holland while being in charge of Anderlecht for a period of two years.
One of the major attractions for joining a club like Maccabi Tel Aviv is the possibility of managing in the Champions League. The club narrowly missed out on the Premier European competition for this current campaign after finishing second behindHapoelBe’erSheva in the Championship round. Continue reading
AZ Alkmaar is a club that has consistently managed to secure the 3rd or 4th spot of the Eredivisie League but have struggled trying to snatch anything higher than that.
In this current season, John van den Brom and his team has secured 16 points from the 9 opening matches of their campaign which is a fairly good position but they have recently been dropping a considerably high amount of points.
Vitesse, Sparta Rotterdam and Go Ahead Eagles are the latest opponents that AZ Alkmaar has faced off in the Eredivisie League and out of the possible 9 points that the team of John van den Brom could have secured from these matches, they were only able to snatch 3 points.
This string of results is evidence of how much AZ Alkmaar has recently been struggling in recent times. Ron Vlaar and WoutWeghorst are 2 key figures in the squad of John van den Brom and they were not able to perform during AZ Alkmaar’s match against Sparta Rotterdam due to injuries which was a huge blow for the team and that game finished in a 1-1 draw.
Former Dutch international Marco van Basten has received an offer from world football governing body FIFA to lead the technical development unit.
Van Basten is the assistant manager of Netehrlands, but he would be the one to take charge of technical issues regarding football from next week. The former FIFA World Player of the Year is poised to oversee football technology innovation, refereeing, and others.
The coaching crew of Holland led by head coach Danny Blind would have to continue the rest of the FIFA World Cup qualification campaign without him.
“It’s a great honour for me to be appointed for this assignment, the former AC Milan and Ajax player said. I’m very proud to have the opportunity to work in the home of FIFA, the home of world football. I hope to be able to give my contribution to ensure that football remains the number one sport in the world, Van Basten added. Continue reading