Wednesday Kickoff: Allegri, Johnson, Messi and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Allegri, Johnson, Messi and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Allegri, Johnson, Messi and more



A big-name manager has denied a move to the Premier League, while Adam Johnson has taken a step towards resolving his legal trouble.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insists that there is “nothing” to recent reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. (REPORT)

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming while also denying two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will be among 10 starters rested for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal second leg at Valencia. Barcelona swarmed Valencia in the opening leg, 7-0, behind four goals from Suarez and a Messi hat-trick. (REPORT)

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde says he is prepared to manage the club in the Championship should they be relegated this season. Villa currently sit last in the Premier League with 16 points through 25 games. (REPORT)

Following reports linking his client with a big-money move to China, Arda Turan’s agent says that the Turkish international is not set to leave Barcelona any time soon. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc says that he is a big fan of Hatem Ben Arfa following comments from the French international stating his interest in joining the club. (REPORT)

Former Spain star Xavi missed a penalty kick as Al Saad fell to Al Jazira in a AFC Champions League playoff on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka says it would be “difficult” to turn down a transfer offer from Manchester City. (REPORT)

Hoffenheim manager Huub Stevens has resigned due to health reasons. (REPORT)


The New York Red Bulls are hoping the Gedion Baah can fill the void left by the transfer of Matt Miazga. (REPORT)

An SBI Spotlight on Danny Williams, who is hoping to turn his stellar club form into increased looks with the U.S. Men’s National Team. (REPORT)

U.S. Men’s National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been left satisfied by the team’s annual January camp. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel says that Christian Pulisic is “integral” to the club’s first-team plans. (REPORT)

U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo would skip the 2016 Olympics due to the Zika virus. (REPORT)

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and several NBA team owners are reportedly among the investors in Mark Cuban’s professional futsal league. (REPORT)

Who do you see Chelsea hiring? How will Barca fare against Valencia? What do you think of the latest Johnson news?

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