first_imgEliaquim Mangala claims new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial will not be affected by his hefty price tag.The 19-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Monaco on transfer deadline day in a £36million deal, though that fee could potencially rise to over £50m.However Martial’s France team-mate, Mangala, believes the striker will not be weighed down by the price tag.“I do not think that the amount of the transfer would be a problem,” said Mangala.“Obviously no-one will look at him the same way anymore. Manchester United paid a lot of money for him.“Let’s see how he and people around him like the club or his family, deals with it, that’s important. He must focus only on his football.“It is what will be asked anyway. Everything else is inherent to the football world.“Currently we can see some big amount within the transfer market. If we make a comparison with what we used to spend in the past, we realise it could go too far.” New Man United striker Anthony Martial 1last_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard says serious questions need to be asked within Chelsea this summer about their transfer approach.In an exclusive interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs, the Blues legend warned his old club they risk falling behind Manchester City and Manchester United if they don’t back Antonio Conte heavily.He said: “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that.“There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing.“It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run.“There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.” Antonio Conte has struggled to replicate his achievements from last season 1 “Everyone else is recruiting around us….the Manchester clubs in particular”#CFC legend Frank Lampard has his say on the latest developments at the club.Catch Lampard’s full interview, on @tSHandJ from 2.30pm, only on talkSPORT. pic.twitter.com/VFqQP85hiU— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 26, 2018 Legends of football is one of the sport’s most prestigious charity awards and events — and this year is to induct England, Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester City and New York City legend Frank Lampard into its roll call of all-time greats. Lampard is joining the likes of John Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrard. Sponsored by hmv, Legends Of Football has raised over £7million for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins since its first event in 1997. The charity is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. The event is on Monday October 8 and tickets are available from www.lofootball.co.uklast_img read more