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Everton has certainly not kicked off the Premier League in the best possible way as the squad will have to cope without having one of their star players available to play for an unknown period of time. During the previous season of the Premier League, Everton managed to secure the 5th spot and this time around fans and players of the club were hoping that they could squeeze their way into the Champions League positions but this task has become even more difficult without having the services of Ross Barkley.
The opening match of the season for Everton saw them having to settle with 1 point when they locked horns against the champions of the Championship League, Leicester City. This wasn’t the way that Roberto Martinez wanted his team to start the season but the manager of Everton is optimistic about Ross Barkley’s recovery as the coach revealed details concerning the condition of his star player.
Roberto Martinez communicated via Everton’s official website and said: “His knee has reacted really well to treatment. The length that Ross will be out is a little uncertain at the moment and it could be anything between the eight weeks that we mentioned or a little further. Until the end of the week, or probably the next 10 days, we won’t know how the knee is progressing and how quickly Ross can be back.”
Rumors are already being spread around stating that Roberto Martinez is taking into consideration signing another midfielder that could replace Ross Barkley until he completes his recovery with Lewis Holtby of Tottenham Hotspur turning into a target.
Lewis Holtby is a young midfielder who has not been able to make an impact with Tottenham ever since he joined the club on January of 2013 and the German player is now turning a viable target for Roberto Martinez.
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Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta has stunningly claimed that the Italian club have not made an offer for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. The Ivory Coast international is out of contract after having decided not to renew his deal with Galatasaray. He has been playing in the Turkish league for the last 18 months, but he has now decided to leave the Turkish giants in order to try out a new challenge. Apart from being linked with a return to Chelsea, Drogba has also been linked with a move to the Italian Serie A with champions Juventus showing interest in him.
It is widely considered that Antonio Conte failed to take the team into the latter stages of the Champions League last season because of lack of strength in depth up front. As a result, it is believed that they are looking to bring Drogba to Turin because he is a player who has Champions League winning experience under his belt. Marotta has admitted that the potential free transfer of Drogba certainly sounds enticing, but he’s not sure whether the 36-year-old will come to the club. Drogba will have a plethora of offers especially from clubs in the MLS.
Juventus are also interested in bringing Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. “Drogba is a free agent and we have been offered him. But we have not taken him into consideration. Sanchez is a player we really appreciate, but for the moment we haven’t moved yet. We have clear ideas. We’re a winning team that has a leader for a coach and for this reason, I’m excluding the possible departures of our stars. Real Madrid have shown an appreciation of Vidal, but that’s it. And with Pogba we hope to meet in the coming weeks to renew his contract,” said the Juventus chief executive.