fifa15guide – Manchester United nearing deal for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea – sources

Stevie Nicol feels Man United should do their best to sign Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Fabinho to bolster their squad.

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC.

The 28-year-old, who returned to Chelsea for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in a £21 million transfer from Benfica in Jan 2014, has emerged as Jose Mourinho’s top target in his attempts to recruit a new defensive midfielder, with United being given no encouragement in their efforts to prise Eric Dier from Tottenham.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, Mourinho’s No. 1 option for the holding role, is expected to sign for Chelsea from Monaco — a move that will unlock the door for Matic to head to Old Trafford.

With the summer transfer window officially opening on July 1, clubs are likely to accelerate their business later this week ahead of the start of preseason training.

And with Chelsea confident of signing France international Bakayoko before flying to China for the first leg of their preseason tour, United are preparing to complete a deal for Matic, who could cost as much as £40m.

Mourinho has so far added just one player to his squad since the end of last season, with Sweden defender Victor Lindelof arriving at United from Benfica earlier this month.

Nemaja Matic is expected to leave Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge club sign Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The former Chelsea manager had been determined to have the bulk of his summer signings in place before taking his squad to the United States on July 9 for the start of preseason preparations.

But while Matic is a deal that United believe they can do before the flight to the States, they are still yet to make a significant breakthrough in their efforts to sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

And efforts to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan have also hit a roadblock with the Italian giants demanding €55m for the Croatian winger — a figure regarded as too high by United.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_

Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience Coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift And HTC Vive – fifa15guide.net

Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience Coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift And HTC Vive - fifa15guide.net

The beauty of virtual reality is that it allows you to become anyone or anything you can dream of, and a new VR experience from Sony Pictures and CreateVR gives users the chance to become Spider-Man. 

Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience Coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift And HTC Vive - fifa15guide.net

To celebrate the release of the film Spider-Man: Homecoming in July, Sony released a VR version of Spider-Man that lets you don the superhero's costume, swing through the New York City using web shooters, and even battle Spider-Man's movie rival, The Vulture. 

The experience is currently available at selected cinemas around the U.S. and will be available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive starting on June 30. In the meantime, if you're not near one of the theaters with the VR pop-ups, you can still check the preview video above.

Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience Coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift And HTC Vive - fifa15guide.net
Spider-Man Homecoming VR Experience Coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift And HTC Vive - fifa15guide.net

fifa15guide – Evergreen Cahill takes pride in defying time

  • Tim Cahill lines up for Australia at the age of 37
  • With goals in three World Cups, Cahill has a knack for scoring on the big stage
  • Cahill says he is fit and ready to contribute at Russia 2017

By Pete Smith with Australia

Tim Cahill has long been used to being written off. One suspects that is almost the way he likes it. Certainly it is a mentality that fits perfectly with an Ange Postecoglou-coached Australia who revel in the idea of rocking the traditional order of world football.

As a teenager Cahill was told he was too small to make it. A brief quarter-hour cameo for Samoa in a youth tournament as a 14-year-old delayed his debut for Australia until he was 24.

Three years ago, Cahill trudged off the pitch in Porto Alegre having scored one of the FIFA World Cup’s™ most spectacular goals the tournament had ever seen. Cahill’s career obituaries were written, and understandably so. After all he was 34, and modern football can be a young man’s game, But Australia’s greatest-ever goalscorer possesses a special mentality, one that is admired by many and matched by few.

Now three years on he is back at a major FIFA tournament, preparing to do battle with world champions Germany in the Socceroos’ opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017. 

Cahill, quite rightly, couldn’t be prouder of his achievement. “Being in this Confederations Cup was the first thing for me as a player to just get here,” he said. “I’m here now and for all us 23 players it is about contributing.

“My aim is to be at this competition and be ready for five minutes or 95 minutes. You have to be ready, if not you have no place here (at international level).”

The great survivor
The remnants of Australia’s ageing golden generation disappeared when Postecoglou assumed the reins. Cahill, however, not only stayed in the team but flourished.

“Timmy has been great since the moment I took over,” said Postecoglou. “He has embraced that leadership role. It keeps him young and as he says, it keeps him young, hanging out with the younger boys!”

“Because he has done it all at the highest level, the other players respond to that. Tim is here because of his ability, but he adds to that with his experience.”

It is 12 years since Australia featured at a Confederations Cup. Almost inevitably Cahill is the lone survivor from that Socceroos’ campaign which began with a 4-3 defeat against Germany.

Since then Cahill has played, and scored, in three World Cups. He was also a key figure as Australia won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2015, earning their ticket to the Tournament of Champions in the process.

This is a man that knows how success can be achieved at international level. So does he have belief that Australia can make an impact at Russia 2017?

“Over the past two years I have seen all the players buy into a philosophy and evolve as footballers. When everyone watches us play they will really respect it, because they can see us playing football and taking a strong hold.”

Cahill currently has 97 caps and 48 goals, meaning two rare milestones are within touching distance.

It would take a brave gambler to bet against a man who invariably shines when the spotlight is at its brightest.

FIFA 17 French Ligue 1 TOTS – fifa15guide.net

The FIFA 17 Ultimate Team French  Ligue 1 TOTS has officially been released by EA Sports! The FUT French League Team of the Season features some amazing players from France’s top tier of football. This squad will be available in FIFA Ultimate Team packs starting 6pm UK, June 2nd, running up until 6pm (UK time), on June 9th, 2017.

FIFA 17 French Ligue 1 TOTS

FIFA 17 French Ligue 1 TOTS

Starting Lineup (11)

  • GK: Danijel Subašić – AS Monaco (France) – Croatia
  • LB: Benjamin Mendy –  AS Monaco (France) – France
  • CB: Kamil Glik – AS Monaco (France) – Poland
  • CB: Thiago Silva – Paris St-Germain (France) – Brazil
  • RB: Ricardo Pereira – OGC Nice (France) – Portugal
  • LM: Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco (France) – France
  • CM: Marco Verratti –  Paris St-Germain (France) – Italy
  • RM: Bernardo Silva –  AS Monaco (France) – Portugal
  • ST: Falcao – AS Monaco (France) – Colombia
  • ST: Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais (France) – France
  • ST: Edinson Cavani – Paris St-Germain (France) – Uruguay

Substitutes Bench

  • GK: Cédric Carrasso –  Girondins de Bordeaux (France) – France
  • CB: Loïc Perrin –  AS St. Etienne (France) – France
  • CDM: Fabinho – AS Monaco (France) – Brazil
  • CM: Jean Michaël Seri – OGC Nice (France) – Ivory Coast
  • CM: Corentin Tolisso – Olympique Lyonnais (France) – France
  • RW: Florian Thauvin – Olympique Marseille (France) – France
  • ST: Kylian Mbappé – AS Monaco (France) – France

Reserve Squad

  • CDM: Tiémoué Bakayoko – AS Monaco (France) – France
  • CAM: Ryad Boudebouz – Montpellier HSC (France) – Algeria
  • CDM: Wylan Cyprien –  OGC Nice (France) – France
  • ST: Bafétimbi Gomis –  Olympique Marseille (France) – France
  • ST: Loïs Diony – Dijon Football (France) – Denmark

Leave a comment in the box below to let us know if you’re lucky enough to pack any of these rare blue cards in packs over the past week. More TOTS releases will be updated on the website throughout the month of June so keep your eyes peeled.

fifa15guide – Antoine Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid stay after transfer ban upheld

The FC crew debate whether the time is right for Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid for Manchester United.

Antoine Griezmann has told Telefoot that he now plans to stay at Atletico Madrid after the club were handed a transfer ban until January 2018.

Sources told ESPN FC that Manchester United have cooled their interest in the France striker and Griezmann had given mixed messages over his plans over recent months but expressed his support for Atletico shortly after it was confirmed that they will not be able to make any new signings until 2018 as the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal over a transfer ban. 

Last week Griezmann, who had said this week he was happy at Atletico and that his future will be decided soon, posted a message on his social media accounts reading: “Now more than ever #Atleti #Alltogether”

And on Sunday, Griezmann, who has a release clause in his contract set at €100 million (£87m), confirmed to Telefoot that he would be staying this summer.

“We have decided to stay [Griezmann and his sporting adviser Eric Olhats],” he said. “[The constant speculation and questions about his future] was pretty irritating.

“It is a difficult moment for the club and for my teammates. It would have been a really harsh blow [for Atletico] to leave. There is another beautiful season to be had.”

Atletico had been strongly linked with moves for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Chelsea’s Diego Costa this summer before the transfer ban was upheld.

Asked about France teammate Lacazette, he added: “Yes it is a shame for him, because he would have come. In December, we will be knocking on the door again.”

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

fifa15guide – Liverpool and Roma working to agree fee in Salah deal – sources

Gab Marcotti and Dan Thomas evaluate the latest transfer rumours, including Man United’s need for a target forward.

Liverpool remain interested in signing Mohamed Salah but are yet to come to an official agreement with Roma over a transfer fee for the player, sources have told ESPN FC.

No fee has been agreed for the Egypt international, but more talks between the two clubs are scheduled to take place, sources added.

Reports on Friday said that Roma rejected Liverpool’s £28 million bid for Salah, 24, while sources told ESPN FC the two clubs were locked in negotiations.

Salah, who nearly moved to Anfield in January 2014, has emerged as a prime target for Liverpool this summer following the best season of his career — where he scored 19 goals in 41 appearances for Roma in all competitions.

Sources close to the Merseyside club say Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao is being considered as an alternative option should a deal not materialise for Salah.

As revealed on Friday, Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old’s situation in Italy.

Mohamed Salah
Liverpool and Roma are at a stalemate in talks over a deal to bring Mohamed Salah to Anfield this summer.

The Senegal international has one year left on his contract at Lazio and there are currently no signs he will extend his stay with Simone Inzaghi’s side.

Liverpool have held a long-standing interest in Balde — a product of Barcelona’s La Masia youth setup — having sent scouts to monitor his performances in Serie A since 2014.

Meanwhile, Liverpool remain willing to compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Virgil van Dijk, sources have told ESPN FC.

Van Dijk is a top target for all three clubs this summer, with Klopp extremely keen on adding a centre-half in the transfer window.

Sources say Liverpool are prepared to match the wages rivals are offering Van Dijk ahead of a possible move.

If Liverpool are to sign the Netherlands international then it will almost certainly take a club-record transfer fee to do so, with Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger recently saying the club could realistically turn down a £60m bid for the player.

Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

Alamri, Saudi Arabia’s hero of the hour on fifa15guide

  • Abdulelah Alamri the hero as Saudi Arabia reach last 16
  • The Saudis equal their best ever performance on their eighth appearance in the competition
  • The centre-half is hungry for more: “We can win and go far”

No sooner had the first half of their final group match against USA come to an end than the entire Saudi Arabia squad assembled in the middle of the pitch. Trailing 1-0 at the time, the Saudis were on their way out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, a situation that they responded to by forming a huddle. Giving the team talks were goalkeeper Almin Albukhari and team captain Sami Alnaji, and they ended with the players all making a vow.

“We got together and said to ourselves that we had to play as a team, that we had to fight if we wanted to go further in the competition,” said Abdulelah Alamri, the man who would prove their hero in the second half, in conversation with FIFA.com.

Down to ten men following the dismissal of their leading central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, USA held on to their lead until 17 minutes from time, at which point Alamri rose unchallenged at the near post to power an unstoppable header past Jonathan Klinsmann and into the roof of the net.

“It’s the type of move we always practice in training,” said the No5, who expressed his gratitude for Alnaji’s pinpoint corner-kick.

 

Though they lost their opening match against Senegal, the Saudis turned in an excellent performance to defeat Ecuador. In then grabbing a draw against the Americans in Daejeon, they made up for what they might lack in star quality by playing to their strengths. In doing so, Saad Alshehri’s charges have equalled the country’s run to the last 16 at Colombia 2011, their best finish in their seven previous appearances in the competition.

“We’ve got great team spirit and we really work hard together on the pitch,” added their goal hero. “We’re a tight-knit unit and we’re pretty good on the break. It’s the style of play we’re most comfortable with because we’ve got some very fast players up front.”

The Saudis’ thorough preparations for Korea Republic 2017, which saw them play ten warm-up matches in all, and the positive approach of their young coach, Saad Al Shehri, are bearing fruit. “We shouldn’t be satisfied with just taking part or reaching the knockout stages,” Al Shehri told FIFA.com before the tournament got underway. “We’re going to instil a winning mindset in the players and convince them that they’re capable of beating anyone.”

His message seems to be getting through to the players. “The coach fills us with confidence. He makes us believe in ourselves,” said Alamri, who then expressed his gratitude for his side’s progress: “I want to thank God, the coaching staff and the doctor for helping us get through the last 16.”

Next up for the Green Falcons are Uruguay. Despite the pedigree of their next opponents, the Saudis’ man of the moment believes they have every chance: “I think the team’s going to get better with every game. Uruguay are a very good side but we really believe we can win and go far.”  

Download the brand new dabblebet iPhone app – fifa15guide.net

Get the fast, fun and user friendly dabblebet experience plus fantastic promotions on the go courtesy of the new iOS app which is available now

More and more punters are now doing at least some of their betting via smartphone apps and the brand new dabblebet app   is the perfect companion for placing your wagers on the go.

It combines the crisp, clean designs that users have come to expect from the new sportsbook, plus the ability to place bets on a huge variety of sports and markets, all in a few taps of your iPhone. Download it now to try it out for yourself!

Not got a dabblebet account yet? The newly launched bookmaker are committed to putting together promotions that not only reward new customers but existing ones too and plenty of punters have already benefitted from the wide range of offers across multiple sports, but especially football.

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As a new customer you'll get a risk-free accumulator up to £25. Simply place a five-fold or more where each selection has odds of at least 1/2 (1.50)   and you'll get your stake back as a free bet if it loses. Full terms and conditions here .

This is ideal for a weekend of footballing action but the picks can be across multiple sports, as long as each leg meets the minimum odds requirement you'll be entitled to your stake back as a free bet by 4pm the day after the final selection has been settled.

The generousity doesn't stop there though; existing players can cash boosts of up to 25% when betting on the first/last goalscorer and correct score markets if both teams score in many top football matches. This applies to all games in the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League, as well as the other top four divisions in England and Scotland, including the play-offs. Full T&C's here .

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Simply opt in using the monthly code – at the moment this is "winmoremay" – and you'll automatically get a 25% cash boost added to your winnings. Considering these markets can often produce plenty of winners at double figures, that's a huge potential for extra returns. What's more, each game offers a boost of up to £100, so this promotion should suit most bankrolls. Why not try it out on one of the upcoming matches?

Like taking a chance on a relative longshot? The the "Dabble or Quits" offer is for you. Simply place a bet at 5/1 (6.0)   or bigger and if it loses, you have the opportunity to win your stake back on that bet with your next wager. These are also paid in cash, no free bets or rollover requirements; the money is yours to do with as you wish.

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As long as the second bet is for the same stake and to at least the same odds as the original one, you'll automatically qualify for this promotion. Once again this applies across multiple sports, not just football so if you're a punter willing to play the bigger prices, this promotion is definitely something to consider before placing your next wager at odds of 5/1 (6.0)   or bigger. Full T&C's here .

With the brand new iPhone app, users can get their bets on with dabblebet wherever they are and make even more use of the fantastic promotions regardless of whether or not you’re a new player or have had an account for a while.

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The Surge’s Launch Trailer Highlights Its Action Packed Gameplay on fifa15guide

The Surge’s Launch Trailer Highlights Its Action Packed Gameplay on fifa15guide

Deck 13 are best known for Lords of the Fallen, their 2014 take on the Dark Souls formula that failed to truly stand out- but they are back now wit The Surge, which is another take on the Dark Souls formula, but in a fresh, new, science fiction setting, and with multiple mechanical spins and twists to the formula that truly make this game intriguing in its own regard.

The new trailer for the game, that has come out ahead of its launch tomorrow, and which you can see for yourself below, showcases these twists and spins. The game’s combat is shown off in great detail, and Souls enthusiasts will already see how it seems to differ from the genre norms in many, many ways.

The Surge is due out tomorrow, on May 16, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Make sure to stay tuned to GamingBolt for more coverage and information on the game, including our review.

Darksiders 3 Developer Explains The Game’s Combat And Enemies In This New Video on fifa15guide

Darksiders 3 Developer Explains The Game’s Combat And Enemies In This New Video on fifa15guide

Darksiders 3 was revealed recently, and everything we have seen and heard of it so far looks to be immensely exciting. And now, in a new video made with IGN, developer Gunfire Games’ president David Adams discusses what we know of the game so far a little more.

In this video, which you can see for yourself below, Adams discusses the game’s combat, its enemies, and the footage that we have seen of it so far. He also brings up the dramatic change in graphical direction in this game, noting that this was a deliberate decision. “We wanted to have a lot more contrast visually. A lot of the stuff in Darksiders is very brown, and dark, and dreary. We wanted to have areas that were more lush…we wanted to expand the palette of colours and stuff like that within the game.”

I cannot say I disagree with that decision at all. Darksiders 3 is due out next year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.