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Did Roy Hodgson say Raheem Sterling was better off at Manchester City than Liverpool?

Can the Sun endear itself to Liverpool fans? No.  The paper’s Charlie Wyett has go by telling everyone:

‘ROY HODGSON will infuriate Liverpool fans after saying Raheem Sterling will become a BETTER player now he is at Manchester City.’

Hogdson, the erudite, circumspect and likeable former Liverpool actually said that Sterling would become a better player because Manchester City make better players than Liverpool?

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Posted: 27th, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United sign average Romero as brilliant De Gea moves to Real Madrid

The saga of David De Gea’s protracted move from a rather desperate Manchester United (£230 spent on new players since Van Gaal arrived a season ago) to Real Madrid has led to the arrival of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero at Old Trafford.

Only a few days ago, The Daily Express thundered:

You are staying! Louis van Gaal tells David De Gea to forget Real Madrid move this summer

Rubbish, of course. With just one year left on his United deal, Van Gaal knows De Gea is leaving.

As the BBC writes:

Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a result of the uncertainty over David De Gea.

What do we know of Romero? Well, he won the 2008-09 Eredivisie title under Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar.

Says Van Gaal:

“We have to prepare our season with the threat that David De Gea is going to Real Madrid. You need always competition. When I see that a player is better than the player in the line-up, he shall play the next match.”

Will he fit in quickly to life at United?

“Of course, he has to learn English because that is also a problem always with a foreigner. He is very good with his feet, so he fits in our profile. I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting.”

Says Romero:

“I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United. To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me. Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”

Romero joined as free agent from Sampdoria.

Posted: 27th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal criticises Ashley Young and dreams of a superstar like Chelsea’ Eden Hazard

Louis van Gaal has spent £230 million in 12 months trying to turn Manchester United into a winning team. But what he really wants is a superstar, like Cristiano Ronaldo:

“He may come, but it is not possible. Why not? Because you have the club [Real Madrid], you have Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend.”

For £230m surely Van Gaal could have brought Ronaldo to United and at least one other superstar. As it is, he bought fourth place in the Premier League and a reputation for playing a long-ball game.

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Posted: 27th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: James Milner earns more than he did at Manchester City

Liverpool’s James Milner “turned down £165,000 a week to remain at Manchester City”, writes the Sun. The paper works out that Milner sacrificed £65,000 a week to reignite his career at Anfield.

 

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Is he really on £100,000 a week because the Guardian says Milner is paid £150,000 a week at Liverpool? And that £165,000 a week was based on the top figure, taking into account win and appearance bonuses at City. The Mail says Miler was earning £100,000 a week at City – which would mean he took a pay rise to join Liverpool.

And what of the signing-on fee at Liverpool, of which the Sun makes no mention? As a free agent, the Mirror says any fee would have been “huge“.

The Sun aims is to present Milner as something different to all other top players, the one who does it for love not money.  But the facts don’t support the portrayal. Milner earns more at Liverpool than he did at City. The move has not cost him £65,000 a week.

Says Milner:

“… I think the move to Liverpool and to take that mantle of central midfield was more of a selfish move. This is a chance for me to prove something. I want to look back at my career and feel I got everything out of it and was the best player I could be and won as much as I could.

“I don’t want to be sat at the end of my career thinking I could have done more or left something out there.

“I believe I can achieve things here where I could maybe have found myself on the bench at City and just taken the money.”

Now he takes the money and knows he’ll play.

Posted: 26th, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City lose Premier League before it’s begun, says the Sun

Manchester City hell

 

It’s panic stations at Manchester City. The Premier League season hasn’t even started and City are doomed. Utter balls, of course. But, then, we did read it on the Sun, which tells of City “HELL” and “a player crisis” for the big Premier League kick-off.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini watched in horror as new boy Fabian Delph was taken off on a stretcher 18 minutes into his debut — as City were torn apart 4-1 by Real Madrid in Melbourne.

What will City do without their nth choice midfielder?

And Pell then admitted that star striker Sergio Aguero, midfielder Fernandinho and defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis could also miss the opener at West Brom on August 10.

“Admitted” that players who took part in the Copa America might not figure in the season’s opener –  a stance in keeping with Arsenal and all other clubs who saw their men in South America?

That’s “Hell”?

It’s going to be a long season.

 

 

Posted: 25th, July 2015 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: Mourinho attacks Kevin De Bruyne for the club’s errors

Chelsea manager José Mourinho says Kevin De Bruyne, the player he sold for £18, and Manchester City are willing to pay up to £50m to sign, does not regret letting him go.

The Belgium midfielder left Chelsea for German club Wolfsburg in January 2014 after only six months in Mourinho’s first-team Chelsea squad.

He has gone on to garner rave reviews. Pep Guardiola, the Bayern Munich coach, calls De Bruyne “a huge talent”.

Chelsea did not include a buy-back clause in his contract.

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Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal can buy Gareth Bale but not Messi says Gunners boss

lord harrisArsenal director Philip Charles Harris, Baron Harris of Peckham, tells the Daily Mail the Gunners are rich enough to buy almost any player in the world.

So why don’t they?

The story begins: “Arsene Wenger has more than £200m in the bank, says Arsenal director.”

“We would back him to break the club’s transfer record. If he wanted the man, he could have him,” says Harris (estimated wealth: £285m). “Apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he could have any player.”

Karim Benzema? Eden Hazard? Gareth Bale?

Arsenal’s most expensive recruits have been:

Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid, £42.4m, September 2013
Alexis Sanchez – Barcelona, £35m, July 2014
Andrey Arshavin – Zenit St Petersburg, £15m, February 2009
Santi Cazorla – Malaga, £15m, August 2012
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Southampton, £15m, August 2011

Undoubtedly Arsenal are spending more on players than ever before. But surely it’s fantasy to believe they have the same financial muscles as Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, Chelsea or Bayern Munich.

“Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,” continues Lord Harris. “We could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are unbuyable. We get a list of the players that Wenger wants. On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is.

“You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.”

So. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema it is, then. Unless PSG, Chelsea, Man City, Man United etc. outbid the Gunners.

 

 

Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Money, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal want Spanish striker Fernando Llorente

Arsenal are chasing Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. The Sun reasons that with Karim Benzema vying with Lord Lucan and the Blue Peter tortoise to get to Arsenal fastest, Arsenal Wenger will target Juventus Llorente.

But wasn’t it just this week that Llorente was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The Daily Mirror screamed: “Revealed! ‘Secret’ Manchester United transfer target is Fernando Llorente of Juventus.”

“It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact — not United,” says a source in no way linked to Llorente’s agent. “They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”

Llorente, 30, is fourth choice striker at Juventus.

As for Benzema, well, does anyone really suppose Arsenal will capture a player who commands big wages at Real Madrid and is fancied by moneybags Paris Saint-Germain?

And then we hear from Benzema’s agent, Karim Djaziri, who says: “Karim is very happy at Real Madrid and he will be a Madrid player by the end of this transfer window, 1,000 per cent. He is not looking to move anywhere this summer.”

Unless a huge bid comes in and he leaves.

Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Watch Ronaldo edge closer to Manchester United in a fantasy row with ‘hombre’ Benitez

 

Transfer Balls: Is Cristiano Ronaldo heading back to Manchester United?

In “Utd Ron alert Rafa row opens door”, the Sun says Real Madrid’s new manager and and Crisitiano Ronaldo have “clashed“.  The pair have a “deteriorating relationship”.

Evidence of a row seems based on a very small incident – well, ok, two very small incidents. With Real Madrid in Melbourne “Ronaldo had a pop at new Madrid boss Benitez during training on Wednesday after having a goal disallowed” for offside”.

Ronaldo, 30, said “vai caralho”. The Sun runs it through Google translate and says it means “‘c**k’ but loosely translated can mean the F-word”.

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Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal target Julian Draxler defies the Daily Express

Transfer Balls: did Arsenal ever get their hands on Julian Draxler?

October 10, 2014, Daily Express: “ARSENAL will match Julian Draxler’s £37million Schalke release clause”

June 16, Daily Express: “Arsenal head Man United and Chelsea in race for wantaway German midfielder:

JULIAN DRAXLER wants to move to the Premier League, with Arsenal in pole position to sign the midfielder.

June 18, Daily Express: “Germany star Julian Draxler keen to SECURE move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Man United

How keen?

JULIAN DRAXLER is reportedly desperate to move to the Premier League this summer.

July 16, Daily Express: “Arsenal boosted as Julian Draxler’s agent shoots down Juventus move”

July 22, Daily Express: “SCHALKE have given permission to Juventus to negotiate personal terms with Julian Draxler”

How much?

July 22, Daily Express: “Schalke: Arsenal target Julian Draxler allowed to agree personal terms after £14m bid”

Has he signed for Arsenal? No.

Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City buy Kevin De Bruyne for an ever-increasing fee

Kevin de BruyneTransfer Balls: How much is Kevin De Bruyne worth to Manchester City?

June 30, 2015, Daily Star: “Man City suffer blow in pursuit of £30m-rated ex-Chelsea star Kevin de Bruyne”

July 2, Daily Express: “Manchester City are willing to spend up in excess of £35million for Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne”

July 22, Daily Mail: “Manchester City open talks over £40m Kevin De Bruyne move”

July 22, Daily Telegraph: “Man City transfer news: Kevin De Bruyne likely to arrive for £50m'”

July 23, The Metro: “‘Manchester City ‘close in on £56m Kevin July 23, The MDe Bruyne transfer deal”

July 23, Daily Mirror: “‘The £60m Reject – City Ready To Smash British Record For De Bruyne”

Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Christian Benteke drips for Liverpool

Benteke trousers

 

Transfer Balls: Christian Benteke has signed for Liverpool. He has joined, as ever, “to win things”. But the Indy writes:

“Liverpool signing appears to have been decorating before £32.5m switch, specks of paint spotted on jeans”

Eh?

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Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United ‘abandoning’ their history says Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger

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Did Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger say Manchester United are trying to buy glory? The Times reports:

Arsène Wenger has accused Manchester United of abandoning the club’s tradition of youth development in pursuit of short-term success…

He did?

Wenger contrasted United’s new approach to Arsenal’s philosophy, which he claims remains geared to producing players, albeit many of them recruited from all over the world as teenagers. 

Wenger said that? It’s seems out of character.  Frenchman is hardly the most gung-ho individual. Take what he says about the coming season and Arsenal chances of winning the Premier League title:

“All going well, I feel we have a chance. But I cannot guarantee we will win the title. We now have the stability that gives us strength but it’s very difficult to guess how strong the other teams will be.

“There have been times in the past when I knew we could not win it. When you just squeeze into the top four and see others strengthening while you are losing players, it is difficult to be convinced you can still win the league.”

Back, then, to the Times and is story on Wenger attacking Man United for “abandoning” it’s roots:

“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did — and they have the financial resources to go with a different policy. As well, they do not have available the players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club, because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was 20 years ago.”

So. He didn’t say United were buying success. Wenger said the market has changed because United grew rich through glory brought about by sound planning and Alex Ferguson’s management skills. They can now spend huge amounts of money.

As for the homemade players coming through:

Of players who came through the Old Trafford academy, Evans made the most Premier League starts last season with 12, the same number as Paddy McNair, followed by Adnan Januzaj with seven and Tyler Blackett, right, with six.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sergi Samper becomes Arsenal and Liverpool superstar

Arsenal have tabled a £8.5m offer for Barcelona’s Sergi Samper. Well, so says the Sun:

Samper, 20, is currently behind Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Sergi Roberto in the Nou Camp pecking order.

But the Metro says Sergi Roberto is close to joining Everton move”. If true (and yep, this is the Metro) Samper is either third or fourth choice pick for his slot in Barcelona’s central midfield.

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Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal finally get shot of Wojciech Szczesny

So. Farewell Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the player whose name only his mother could spell. The  aloof, cocksure, talented, error-prone goalkeeper has left Arsenal for Roma on a season-long loan. Petr Cech is the Arsenal number one.

Arsenal fans will be delighted.

Roma wanted to sign Szczesny permanently, but he wanted to maintain a tie to the Gunners.

Either the okay-ish David Ospina or very promising Damian Martinez will be Arsenal number 2.

 

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Desperate Chelsea use the media to tap up Everton’s John Stones

Is John Stones edging closer to a move to Chelsea from Everton?

The media think it’s a matter of when not if. The Times reports:

The Everton defender is understood to want to join the champions, although he has no plans to agitate to secure his departure from Goodison Park at present.

Gary Cahill thinks its a good idea to play for Chelsea. The player who joined the Blues from Bolton Wanderers says Stones should do the right thing and join. It’s all self-serving balls, of course. The habit of wheeling out players to tell a target how great they are is one honed in Spanish football.

Says Cahill:

“In terms of ambition if you’re a young player in the game, have played in the Premier League like he did a lot last year, and a big club come calling it’s very difficult to turn down because you want to achieve the most you can in the short period you have in your career as a professional footballer.  When a top club comes calling, who you know will be firing on all fronts with competitions and medals, that’s ultimately what you want to be playing for. It’s hard to turn down of course.”

Why can’t Stones win medals at Everton? This modern footballers’ mantra about leaving not for money but to win things is no less craven than moving for the cash.

“He will look at the club, look at the players, and look at being involved in a squad like ours. When Chelsea came calling for me it was an opportunity, it was a chance and looking from the outside, you may not be sure how it’s going to go. But it’s one you can’t turn down, you have to grab it with both hands. Then you have to work as hard as you can to make it work.”

Stones is better than Cahill was at 20. He also plays for Everton, a bigger club that Bolton. Chaliil cost Chelsea £7m. Everton have turned down a £20m bid for Stones.

And then the real wooing begins:

“When you talk about being able to handle big transfers you look at their personality. From what I have seen when I have been away with him for England, he is a genuinely nice guy, a down to earth lad. There is nothing ‘big-time’ about him. So for me I’m sure he will be able to cope with the fee. Plus, with the right support around him, like from the more experienced players in the squad, and his family, I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

What drivel.

And here comes Jose Mourinho to diminish Everton:

“The market is where it is and it’s up to the clubs to decide yes or no. And I speak just for ourselves. For ourselves there are certain rules. It’s a good market. That is why smaller other clubs if they have interesting young English players they use that in the right way for them. I don’t even criticise them.”

Chelsea are looking desperate. In the mad world of football money, what’s expensive today is cheap tomorrow. Everton should hold out for a fortune. If Raheem Sterling’s worth £49m, name your price and wait.

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Plastic ‘racist’ Chelsea fans banned from football by anti-football bigots

racist chelsea fansFive Chelsea fans (all white) who shoved Frenchman Souleymane Sylla (black) off a train on the Paris Metro have been punished. The four chanted “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it” on their way to watch Chelsea’s Champions League match against Paris St Germain on February 17th.

The judgement:

Richard Barklie, 50,  of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim; Joshua Parsons, 20, of Woodhouse Place, Dorking;  Dean Callis, 32, of Islington, London; and William Simpson, 26, have been issued with football banning orders for five years.

Jordan Munday, 20, was banned from football matches for three years.

District Judge Gareth Branston told London’s Stratford Magistrates Court:

“This was an abhorrent, nasty, offensive, arrogant and utterly unacceptable behaviour and cannot be allowed in modern, civilised society. It must be stamped out.”

Branston said Barklie joined in the racist chanting of “John Terry is a racist and that’s the way we like it”.

Parsons shouted “where were you in World War Two?” and “F*** the IRA”, the court heard.

None of those chants are especially racist, are they? Stupid? Yes. Arcane? Yes. Hackneyed? Yes. The only hint of creativity is the one about John Terry, the Chelsea captain infamous embroiled in a racially-fulled row with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Terry was cleared by the courts and banned by the FA.

Aside from the pushing and intimidation on the Metro, you wonder if the boorish Chelsea fans have been found guilty to thought crimes. Surely they were just speaking freely. Yes , what they said was offensive, ugly and evidence of mental negligibility. But when we arrest people for saying things, we are in danger of becoming an illiberal mob.

As for the guilty, the Irish Times hears the pick of the excuses:

Munday, of Sidcup south-east London, is said to have joined in the racist chanting, an allegation he denied, insisting he was just “breathing”.

Mouth breather!

But this excuse, picked up by the Indy is also a cracker:

Mr Barklie, who is a former police officer from Northern Ireland, told the court that Mr Sylla was “the only person using aggression” and had tried to force himself on the train when there was no space. The Chelsea fan said: “I did push him, I put my hand out to stop him getting into this space.”

Mr Barklie said he had put his hands up to defend himself, in accordance with his public order training…

No rubber bullets were fired in self-defence. And that cultural sensitivity training let him down.

None stood in court, raised a stiff arm and declared his love for Hitler. This is modern Chelsea, not the 1970s headhunting neo-Nazi breed, wiped out by modernity, the prevailing culture, a Jewish owner, success, Sky Sports, a shifting culture, mockery, the fact that a quarter of Premier League players are black and to a much lesser degree anti-racism laws.

Racists words but not necessarily racists.

The one exception seems to be Simpson, of Ashford, Surrey, who previously been arrested twice before for race-connected crimes, including once allegedly calling a taxi driver a “f****** Paki”.

All men had denied being racist.

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Man United’s ‘surprise’ non-striking striker target revealed

When Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal played the media by telling everyone he was signing a striker not yet linked to the club, we began to guess.

Rumours are that it’s Fernando Llorente. According to the Mirror, the Spanish hitman is on his way to Old Trafford.

The signings of Pablo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic by Juventus this summer means that the 30-year-old Llorente will struggle for game time with the Old Lady. While, with his 6’5″ frame, the former Athletic Bilbao star would provide United with a proper physical presence in attack.

But hold the replica shirt printing because the Guardian says:
Manchester United’s ‘surprise’ signing is not a striker, says Louis van Gaal
It’s an egg? A dinosaur? Roberto Soldado?
After his team defeated San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at the Avaya Stadium, Van Gaal said: “I don’t know if I want to buy a striker. I have read in the media that a striker is the surprise. No, that I have not said. You are saying that, because my answer is like that. No, I mean something else.”
Ever get the feeling someone’s winding you up?

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City: Balotelli wants Liverpool fans to praise Raheem Sterling

raheem sterling manchester city debutManchester City: Raheem Sterling scored on his debut for The Citizens. Within three minutes for his new club, the former Liverpool player set about justifying City’s £49 million investment.

City won the game against Roma in Melbourne 5-4 on penalties.

All good, then. Well, it was until Liverpool wage-nicker Mario Balotelli took to twitter:

Well done @sterling 31 !

Having praised the man who rejected Liverpool, Balotelli picked up on the Liverpool fans sat in the stands who booed Sterling. He ordered them to stop:

“Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope @sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented…. support him Like you always did.

“He gave everything to this club and respect it so im sad to see this. YNWA, Liverpool is a family ALWAYS”.

If ‘walking’ Balotelli wasn’t enough to irritate football fans tired of the football family balls and being treated as a mere audience, we get to hear the views of Samir Nasri. The Sun writes:

 

Sterling was jeered as he made his City debut in yesterday’s clash with Roma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground…

Nasri said: “You always have stupid fans in the stadium and the same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal. You have to move on. He has come to Manchester City and you have to respect his decision.”

Oh, do put a sock in it. Fans don’t have to respect anyone or anything, especially a man who rejects the chance to earn a fortune doing a job they’d do for free.

Nasri then adds:

 

“This is a game between Roma and Manchester City in Melbourne! We didn’t expect anything like that from these fans, so it is a surprise. But if he needs any advice about that, then he can come and talk to me.”

The advice would be that Liverpool are a bigger club than Man City. (The match was watched by 41,000 fans.  When Liverpool played Melbourne Victory at the MCG , 95000 fans were there.)

Money does not buy you love. And if anyone in your ‘family’ demands more pocket money to remain part of the clan or else, show them the door.

 

 

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United are buying a ‘surprise’ striker – so Luis Suarez it is

Manchester United are getting a surprise. Team manager Louis van Gaal says the player is “in the process” of joining. He added:

“It’s not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see. The transfer period is open until August 31. You have to wait.”

Considering every striker worth his salt has been linked to United in the media, we can only wonder if Van Gaal doesn’t read the Press or if he’s buying Diego Costa or Luis Suarez. So. For SEO purposes, here’s the news: Manchester United are buying Luis Suarez.

Unless it’s all balls and United are buying Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani, Álvaro Morata and Harry Kane. It’s not “the striker” – it’s “the strikers”. Van Gaal is such a tease. Man United are buying all of them.

Or as the Telegraph puts it:

Man Utd transfer news and rumours: ‘Louis van Gaal prepares €100m Thomas Muller bid’

But Luis Van Gaal never saw that story.

 

Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Joao Moutino linked to Arsenal as Monaco clear the wage bill

JoaoMoutnihoArsenal are looking at Monaco’s Joao Moutino. The Daily Telegraph says:

 ‘Joao Moutinho free to join Arsenal’

Free? No. The tabloid Tele’s story is rooted in The Metro, who add that Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on the Portuguese. The paper says Arsenal are readying a bid of £18m.

The Guardian says Monaco are “willing to let the Portuguese go for €20m”.

Fluctuating exchange rates make euros-to-pounds conversions a tricky sum. Given the current state of the Euro Zone, €20m could be anything from £20m to 10p.

The Express, which turns out to be the source of the Metro’s story that Moutino has “agreed” to join Arsenal, adds:

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to be willing to let Mathieu Flamini leave the Emirates and could be in the market for a replacement.

Moutinho for Flamini?

Facts are thinner than Yvette Cooper’s mile. And we’ve been here before. Back in 2012 Sky Sports announced:

 Sky Sports understands Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a club record £22million deal with Porto for Joao Moutinho.

Wrong. Moutinho never arrived at Spurs.

This new story goes that Monaco is on £110,000 a week and Monaco want him off the books.

Is anyone else outside the Premier League keen on the player?

Football Italia says “Moutinho on Inter radar“. Get French Football News says “Porto in advanced negotiations for Joao Moutinho.”

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal ‘bid’ £31m for Benzema and rule out move for Higuain

Arsenal remain keen on Real Madrid’s France striker Karim Benzema, writes the Mail, adding that “Arsenal do not expect to sign Karim Benzema this summer”.

The Telegraph says Arsenal have bid £31m for Karim Benzema.

The tabloid Tele knows his because it read the story in the Express.

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Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Petr Cech says Arsenal have one big advantage over Chelsea

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech tis talking about his new life at Arsenal.

Is Cech’s transfer a sign of a shift in power? Arsenal have not beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since October 2011 (5-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge). Indeed, since Roman Abramovich hooked Chelsea to his wallet, Arsenal have beaten Chelsea just six times from 30 matches played. Most worryingly for Arsenal fans is that in 13 attempts, Arsene Wenger has yet to defeat José Mourinho.

Says Cech:

“There are a lot of things in common between the two clubs. Nobody wants to lose games, and everybody wants to win so we’re all focusing on getting ready for the season. We want to have a successful season, which means we have to be prepared, as there are a lot of opponents in the pack in the Premier League and the Champions League, who will have the same targets.”

Pretty anodyne stuff, there. We want to win. We don’t like losing. But Cech begins to open up:

“What I’ve found is a group of players who work very hard and are focused on what they’re doing on the pitch to get ready. I’ve found the team spirit quite extraordinary, I have to say. Everybody pulls in the same direction, which is why I believe we will have a successful season. You need to have that connection between players to work towards the same targets to be successful. I’ve only been here a short while, but I can feel the team is together.”

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Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Everton’s John Stones wants Chelsea move

The Sun says John Stones is “keen” to move from Everton to Chelsea. Readers are told:

JOHN STONES is ‘definitely interested’ in joining Chelsea.

And Chelsea want him:

And the champions are preparing a £25million bid after having a £20m offer rejected.

The Mirror says the bid will be £34m. The Mail said it’s £26m.

We hear from a Sun “source”:

“This is not a Raheem Sterling situation where there’s any bad feeling between John and the club or vice-versa — but John is definitely interested in going to Chelsea.

“John was not misquoted last week but the timing of that quote being released by Everton was quite interesting because he actually spoke BEFORE the bid.”

The Times says Everton rejected the Chelsea bid last Friday. Stones was quoted as having said this the day earlier:

“I am very happy to be at Everton for the future. My aim right now is to try and nail down a regular spot in this Everton team and hopefully that will take care of playing for England. I have to keep learning off the likes of Phil Jagielka and keep progressing at this club.”

Unless a big money bid arrives, in which case, see yer Phil…

 

Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Bellerin signs new deal and starts the countdown to Barcelona

Arsenal: Héctor Bellerín has singed a new deal. The Arsenal defender has agreed a four-year contract at the club. He’s now earning… 50,000 a week.

The Spaniard only got his chance in the Arsenal first XI because Mathieu Debuchy broke his ankle. He then proved to be a better right back than Calum Chambers.

So. Good news for Arsenal fans. But they will wonder how long it will be before Barcelona, the club where Bellerin began his career as a winger, come calling…

Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0