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Michael Black

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Senior editor. Hate divers, racists and homophobes. Have the ability to start an argument in an empty room. Follow me on Twitter @mjblack_ if sarcasm is your thing.
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Danny Ings’ arrival at Aston Villa leaves Tammy Abraham in a pickle

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The news that Aston Villa have signed Danny Ings from Southampton took most people by surprise. Villa had been strongly linked with Saints star James...
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Mikel Arteta confirms Granit Xhaka is staying at Arsenal

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After weeks of rumours linking Granit Xhaka with Roma, he is staying at Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta confirmed the news following the Gunners’ 2-1 friendly...
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Chelsea tipped to seal a deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

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Jules Kounde has been tipped to join Chelsea, despite the Sevilla defender’s concerns over whether the move will go through. According to Diario de Sevilla...
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Hibs manager confirms West Ham and Leeds target is moving

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West Ham United and Leeds United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Hibernian full-back Josh Doig. The 19-year-old was left out of...
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Tammy Abraham’s wage demands are delusional – Chelsea striker needs a reality check

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“Tammy Abraham wants around £130,000-a-week if he leaves Chelsea during the ongoing transfer window.” If your immediate reaction to that sentence is ‘what on earth...
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Why Ruben Neves could be the missing link for Manchester United

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Manchester United’s summer transfer business has raised hopes that the club can mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title next season. Jadon Sancho’s...
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Arsenal should end Odegaard pursuit and go all out for Maddison

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Arsenal will head into the upcoming Premier League season eager to prove they can still mix it with the big boys. Four FA Cup successes...
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Adam Armstrong linked with ridiculous player-plus-cash move to Watford

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Watford are trying to tempt Blackburn Rovers into selling Adam Armstrong by offering cash plus striker Andre Gray. That's according to the Sun’s Alan Nixon,...
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Arteta cannot afford Arsenal’s £50m White gamble to fail

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The news that Arsenal will sign Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion is a major statement by the club. According to The Athletic, the...
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Euro 2020 Diary: Boneheads shame England, BBC 4-1 ITV, Bonucci & Chiellini shine

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And breathe. The European Championships ended in style on Sunday, with Italy lifting the trophy after an epic battle with England. Our pre-tournament 11/1 selection...
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Euro 2020 Diary: Mum says ‘play your best’, salty Scots are suffering, Italy pose...

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There are just under six hours to go before England and Italy face a date with destiny in the European Championship final at Wembley...
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Euro 2020 Diary: BBC handed easy win, Onuoha sparkles, UEFA bottle it

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If you've been following this column during the European Championships, you'll know that there are a few things we don't like. Cheats (Raheem Sterling), lousy...