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MANCHESTER United and England captain Wayne Rooney is a “FATSO”.
The Star leads with “CAPTAIN FATSO”.
News is that the Norway captain has called Rooney fat.
MANCHESTER United is the biggest club in the world. We know that because when foreign players pull on the United kit and stand before the advert wall for their close ups they all say, “Manchester United is the biggest club in the world”. For Stretford End read Stepford Stars.
Radamel Falcao oozed:
“Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.”
Nothing more exciting than trying to get back into the Premier League’s Top Four by throwing money at it. But that’s Falcao’s heartfelt opinion. And it’s one we must respect. And his English is really good, too.
MANCHESTER United Balls: The Red Devils have gone galactico and hired Radamel Falcao for a the season. Falcao says playing for Manchester United is a “dream” come true.
It just so happens that his dream comes with massive pay packet.
Falcao was earning a fortune at Monaco. That’s the team he joined for £52m and opined:
“My heart has been with Monaco since my idol Thierry Henry played there.”
Would his heart have been with Arsenal, where Thierry Henry also played? Or The New York Red Bulls?
Maybe Falcao saw Henry play at Old Trafford and thought he’d try to do as well as his idol?
So much utter balls, of course. Falcao is a boot for hire.
What we need are facts. So. What are dreamy Manchester United paying Falcao?
Transfer Balls Awards: Arsenal Sign Cavani And Khedira, Manchester United Get Vidal, Kroos And Hummels – Falcao To Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: Over the summer Anorak has been highliting the utter balls newspapers and football websites have presnted as fact. Time to review some of the choices cuts. As ever the biggest balls features Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Cheslea.
The Daily Mail told Manchester United fans that Miranda was on his way to the club from Atlético Madrid. He was looking at local schools for his children. He never left home.
The straw-clutching CaughtOffisde wesbite told its readers that Arsenal had signed Sami Khedira. The player remains at Real Madrid.
FOOTBALL’S summer transfer season is over. The Transfer Balls have been digested. And football fans get to see what their team got on DEADLINE DAY. We’ll round-up with the little sticker-style photos clubs use to release new player news on twitter.
The tweets can be broadly placed in two camps: craft or graft.
But we’ll start with Jonathan Biabiany’s move from Parma to AC Milan. It fell through. Anyone like to tell him?
TRANSFER Balls: Is Manchester United and England’s Danny Welbeck on his way to Arsenal? Or is he on his way to Spurs? Let’s see what the media experts have been saying:
The Guardian says it’s Spurs!
The Guardian says it’s Everton!
Ian Herbert says it’s Arsenal for Welbeck!
The Mirror says it’s Spurs!
The Independent says it’s Arsenal!
The Mail says it’s Spurs!
Metro says it’s Arsenal!
The Evening Standard says it’s Spurs!
The Mail says it’s Arsenal!
Such are the facts…
FOR those of you not au fait with Sky Sport News, Jim White is the man who “understands” from “Sky sources” that he has hours of airtime to fill until a team owned by a billionaire actually buys a footballer from another team owned by a billionaire.
Once upon a time White was just another pundit with big black cans on his ears and a windproofed ‘SKY SPORTS’ branded microphone in his paws.
TRANSFER Balls: a look at Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus Marco Reus’s move to Arsenal, as told by the trusty media…
Number of words said by Arsenal on the transfer: nil.
Number of words said by Dortmund and Reus on the transfer: nil.
Yet the Metro says Arsenal are preparing a £40m for the Germany player.
The scoop quotes not a single source.
TRANSFER Balls loves a story that nags and nags. All summer long Manchester United have been linked with a move for Juventus’ captain Arturo Vidal.
On July 14, the Daily Mail said Manchester United would not buy Vidal.
But there were tabloid “hints” that Vidal wanted to play for United.
Transfer Balls: Radamel Falcao Joined Chelsea Twice, Signed For Manchester City And Manchester United And Headed To Arsenal And Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: A look at reporting on Radamel Falcao, the Monaco player linked to Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Cheslea. It’s been a pretty rich summer of utter balls being passed off as a fact.
The Metro says Falcao has agreed to join Manchester United for £51m.
Is that to be believed? In 2013, the Mirror said Falcao had joined Manchester City for £54m.
The Mirror added:
…the deal is also a major coup for Pellegrini, with 27-year-old Falcao keen to work for the Chilean, who is expected to sign a two-year deal at City within a fortnight.
On August 29 2014, The Week asked if Falcao had joined Real Madrid.
On August 29, the Metro said Arsenal had a clear run to buy Falcao:
The ever dire Goal.com said that Falcao had signed for Chelsea.
The equally rubbish CaughtOffide stated that, yes, Falcao had joined Chelsea.
Of, course the same site said Cheslea had bought Falcao for much less money the year before.
But then the Mirror said Falcao had “already agreed” to kon Real Madrid. That was January 2013.
On Augut 7 2014, Falcao was heading to Liverpool.
On August 17, Falcao was heading to Juventus, said the Daily Mail.
It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush as Falcao is linekd with all give of English football’s biggest clubs.
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls: It’s the final day of football’s summer shopping season and much media attention is focused on Monaco’s Radamel Falcao.
The Mirror says Manchester City will buy Radamel Falcao is they can offload Alvaro Negredo to Valencia. Readers learn that Negredo is “desperate” to move to Spain.
The Mail says Negredo is on his way, having agreed to leave City for Valencia. But the paper adds that he will stay at City if The Citizens don’t bag Falcao. So. In other words, no deal has been done.
And, yes, this is the Daily Mail which reported Falcao had signed for Real Madrid.
TRANSFER Balls: Manchester United have bid for Radamel Falcao.
Well, so he says:
JUST IN: 10 minutes ago Manchester United submitted an undisclosed bid to Monaco for Falcao
To recap this summer: Falcao has been “offered” to Manchester City, sold to Chelsea and Liverpool, and joined Real Madrid after agreeing terms with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls looks at the Guardian’s headline news: “Manchester City offered Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for £55m.” That’s Falcao, of whom the Guardian said on August 7 was “close” to joining Real Madrid.
That was good of Falcao’s club Monaco to offer another club a player for £55m. Almost altriustic.
Manchester City have been offered Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for around £55m (€70m) and are trying to make the deal happen within the constraints of Uefa’s financial fair play system before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday night.
TRANSFER Balls – betting special. Every day the betting industy pumps out PR missives that desperate journalists can turn into a story. Let’s take a look and see what the trusty bookmakers have been feeding the press about Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, linked, as he has been, with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
As ever, there is no talk on the size of the market. It might be that a few people have actually been mad enough (or got insider knowledge – ed) to gamble on the transfer season being as it is full of “lies” (source: Arsene Wenger).
The Daily Star tild us to put our money on Falcao to Liverpool:
TRANSFER Balls: Loic Remy has left QPR to join Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Now read on…
The Daily Express has news:
According to West London Sport, 27-year-old Remy rejected a new contract at QPR on Friday and will undergo a medical at Chelsea tomorrow. But those plans could change as Arsenal put their hat in the ring, with Wenger likely to descend into a bidding war with Mourinho for Remy’s services.
No need for any war. The Mail says Loic Remy has joined Chelsea for £8m. The paper announced:
Loic Remy has completed a move to Chelsea from QPR
BURNLEY and Manchester United drew 0-0 in the Premier League. The Manchester United team featured £57.9m signing Angle Di Maria.
In their 132-year-history Burnley have spent £45m on player transfers.
What if Burney had Manchester United’s riches to spend? What if…
Football’s not all that fair, is it? But Bunley and United can both celebrate the fact that they are from football’s leading region.
Burnley’s return to the top flight of English football is highly symbolic.
TRANSFER Balls: The summer has been full of news that Radamel Falcao is leaving Monaco to play for Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus or Real Madrid. It’s not only in the UK that the Press has been full of utter balls.
On July 3, Spanish organ AS said Real Madrid had reserved the Numebr 9 short for Radamel Falcao.
TRANSFER Balls: a look at the utter balls being presented as insider knowledge and scoops in the football world. We’ve spotted the Daily Express’ news that Radamel Falcao is on his way to Arsenal.
Anthony Chapman says Radamel Falcao has “dropped the biggest bint yet he will sing for Arsenal”.
What did he do? Did he stand in front of an Arsenal creast, like Mario Balotelli did – a few days before he joined Liverpool? This screengrab is from the Independent:
MANCHESTER United’s Louis Van Gaal was once hailed as the team’s savious. Now he’s the great rebuilder, spending oodles of money in a desperate bid to get back on top.
The Guardian peers inside the Dutchman’s head.
MESUT Ozil explains what it’s like being played out of position for Arsenal and Germany:
“I’m one of the best players in the world in that No 10 position. Fans, coaches, players and everyone knows that my best position is playmaker. It’s different playing on the left. When I was in Madrid, I often played on the right. I enjoyed that because I’m left-footed and I was able to cut inside to give assists and get shots on target. On the left, it’s more difficult. If I do get past someone I’m still away from the danger zone, still on the flank, and it’s harder for me to find the final ball with my right foot than with my left.
“But Joachim Löw needed me on the left. It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team. It’s not my favourite position but I was willing to play there for the team. It was difficult just before the tournament started that I was suddenly playing on the left and had a different role. I needed to get my bearings, which I did. I think I did my job well there. The Boss saw me as being able to play on the right and we ended up as world champions.
“The opinions of fans are important to me and I’m happy they have such high expectations of me. I have high expectations of myself. I know what I can do and in the past few years I’ve shown that I belong to the select group of best players in the world as a No 10. What’s important is that the manager gives me his trust and in Joachim Löw and Arsène Wenger I have two managers who do exactly that. Both coaches know that my favourite position is the No 10. I’ve played on the left in a World Cup and for Arsenal but my best performances come as a 10.”
Arsenal fans await the move…
TRANSFER Balls salutes the work of The Metro newspaper for its reporting on Adrien Rabiot, the PSG midfielder.
On August 28, the Metro told reders that Adrien Rabiot was on his way to Arsenal.
Not all that long later, the Metro reported that Rabiot had not signed for Arsenal. Instead he was “close” to signing for Roma. Apparently, Arsenal “MISSED OUT’. But there are no reports of Arsenal ever having bid for the player.
ROY Hodgson has called up Jack Colback of Newcastle United into his England squad.
The Daily Express tells its readers that Hodgson called Colback The Ginger Pirlo, named in honour of Italy’s Andrea Pirlo.
TRANSFER Balls dought its cap at Arsenal Werger, the Arsenal manager who has told media that what they print is often utter balls.
“I will be actively involved but on the last day of the window. I will of course be on alert until the last minute of the transfer deadline. You (the media) have decided that I have to buy strikers – I have not necessarily decided that. Once again all the negotiations have to be as secret as possible and if we sign somebody, even if we sign Falcao, you will be informed.
“If I give you the number of strikers I have at the moment it’s absolutely unbelievable. We have Sanogo, Sanchez, we have Walcott, we have Podolski, we have Giroud who will come back during the season and I forget maybe one or two. Campbell can play centre forward as well and of course we can be successful.
“The success of a season doesn’t depend on one player that you buy or not. I think you do it when you think it strengthens your squad. We have shown in the last two seasons, when we think money has to be spent we do it. But we want to do it in the right way.
“It’s harder to buy top top top players. Many clubs are on the market and everybody knows each other. The last few days are poker games. There’s a lot of lies there in the few days, everybody is interested in the same player even if you’re the only one who wants the player.”
TRANSFER Balls: Let’s see what the media has been saying today about Arsenal and Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani. And what Arsenal haven’t been saying about everyone.
The Mirror, as ever, leads with a question. Before we see it the Mirror also asks today is Adrien Rabiot if on his way to Arsenal.
The Daily Mirror’s question-mark-at-the-end-of-a-headline balls is not reserved for Arsenal. The paper asks today about Manchester United:
So. The Mirror is full of questions and no answers.
But in the question mark arms race, the Mail wins:
Back to Falcao. The Mirror asks: “Arsenal target Radamel Falcao joining Real Madrid for £20m?”
The article contain not a single word on Arsenal actually buying the Monaco player. Instead it just says he’s joining Real Madrid. For Arsenal fans, this is the entire story:
Arsenal target Radamel Falcao is joining Real Madrid from Monaco. The Spanish giants are unable to buy him outright because of UEFA’s financial fair play rules, so are taking him on a season long long – through the fee even for that is reported to be a whopping £20m.
The move could be made permanent next summer. It means Arsenal have one less option should Arsene Wenger decide to bring in a striker following Olivier Giroud’s injury that will keep him out until the new year. (Calciomercato).
Calciomercato is an Italian website. And today it reports that Wenger is buying no strikers. And, even if he were, the Arsenal manager has no intention of telling the media.
But depite this, the Express plucks a straw:
Drop the hunt for Cavani? Arsenal made a single utterance in public about Cavani.
So. Back to that Falcao to Real Madrid story on Twitter:
Yep, news is that Real Madrid have completed a £20m deal to sign forward Radamel Falcao, 28, from Monaco.
You can read that on Calciomercato.
What about the player? Well, last night he spoke about Monaco in the Champions’ League:
“We are hoping to progress to the knockout stages. All the teams are level … We have confidence in our overall potential, our qualities. We have already been preparing for challenging for the Champions League for some time now. We will gain experience. The whole club is confident and we are on the right track… It is important to take points both home and away. We must try to win all our games. That will be essential to access the knockout stages. “
So. No transfer deal done, then…
TRANSFER Balls: The Press is replete with reports that Arsenal have made an approach to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Broussia Dortmund’s Greek defender.
What facts do we now know?
The Daily Mail Dortmund tells its readers:
Dortmund paid £7.5million for Papastathopoulos but want close to £20million now as the window is so close to closing. Arsenal are understood to be willing to offer £12m plus add-ons.
So. Arsenal are willing to go to £12m.
The Indy says the Gunners have bid £10.9m.
If Dortmund representatives are reading the Mail, the news is that Arsenal are willing to go higher.
Talk Sport says “Arsenal have made a £12.5m bid for his signature.”
In other facts:
The Star says: “Reports suggest the Gunners are taking steps to replace Thomas Vermaelen who moved to Barcelona for £10m this summer.”
The BBC says Vermaelen went for £15m: “Thomas Vermaelen: Arsenal agree £15m fee with Barcelona.”
When evern the most basic facts are