TRANSFER Balls: IS Cheslea’s Fernando Torres leaving Chelsea. The Times says Torres is heading to Roma on loan. The del also involves Roma receving £20m for striker Mattia Destro, 23.
Torres has two years left on his Chelsea contract. It pays him a meagre £180,000 a week.
Walter Sabatini, a Roma director, flew to London yesterday for the second time in a week, accompanied by Mauro Baldissoni, the club’s general manager, to try to thrash out a deal. Sabatini tried to tempt Chelsea and Manchester United into buying Mehdi Benatia on his first visit at the weekend and is also looking for a replacement in England for the Morocco defender.
The Mail has reported this month that Torres is wanted by Valencia, Atletioc Madrid and Inter Milan.
Dod they all really want Torrest, the man who gave the Indy this headline on August 13:
Fernando Torres fails to score in 266 pre-season minutes after another miserable night for Chelsea
He had his chances to score agasint the mighty Slovenia’s NK Olimpija Ljubljana:
Why is player who was so good now so bad? The Mirror quotes Jose Mourinho:
“Fernando is a good player and will not be sold. Maybe the self-esteem in terms of goalscorer is not at the top. All eyes are on him and when he misses a goal, everybody remembers. But his work for the team is fantastic and because of that we can play with two of the forwards at the same time, no problem…”
£50m for a good player. What does a great player cost? And if Cheslea give him the boot, what then for Torres’ faltering self-esteem?
Well, he’s not going to Roma. The Telegraph reports:
“It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia,” Destro’s agent said on Thursday. “But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation.
“Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma.”
Still, at least the Chelsea fans love him…not:
Maybe Torrest should go back to Lvierpool. As he said:
“One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me, ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do’,” Torres told French magazine So Foot. But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.”
Stranger things have happened…
Transfer Balls: Mehdi Benatia Wants Bayern Munich, Talks To Manchester United And Hopes To Play For Chelsea
TRANSFER Balls: Roma defender Mehdi Benatia has been the subject of feverish speculation. The British press have linked him with move to Manchester Untied, Cheslea and Manchester City. So far we have learned that United have bid £24 million in a bid to, er, gazump Chelsea’s £30m bid or a player who prefers to play for Manchster City.
Yesterday the Star told its readers that Benatia is going nowhere:
TRANSFER Balls: The reporting on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. Is he heading to Arsenal? Chelsea? Anywhere? All these facts are from today’s media:
The Metro says the German World Cup winner is available for £8m.
Transfer Balls: Mehdi Benatia Agrees Manchester City Deal But Joins Manchester United For £6m Less Than Chelsea Bid
TRANSFER Balls: A look at reporting on Roma’s Mehdi Benatia and his move to Cheslea, Manchester United, Manchester City and, well, anyone…
Today, Sky Sports Jim White tweets:
Transfer Balls Full House: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool And Man City
TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and speculation being passed off as fact in the media. So, is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus heading to the Premier League? As ever, the media contest is to link every top player with every top English club.
Manchester United target Marco Reus will cost £40m… Midfielder Reus had a £29.4m buy-out clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund. But it is understood the situation has changed since Bayern Munich activated a similar clause to snatch Mario Gotze last summer.
TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and utter balls being passed off as breaking football news in the media. Today we look at news on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
Sami Khedira is still hopeful of sealing a move to Arsenal this summer despite suggestions that the Gunners have given up trying to sign him.
The Metro does not say how it knows Khedira is hopeful, only that he is. The paper’s ability to read minds is famed.
But over in the Express, the German’s hopes of playing for the Gunners turn to disappointment:
Arsene Wenger is ready to abandon his pursuit of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender. The Arsenal boss is considering deploying Jack Wilshere in a midfield holding role next season.
TRANSFER Balls: Who is heading to Chelsea?
Today the Daily Star has an “EXCLUSIVE”.
CHELSEA are in talks over a £20m bid for Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda…
…sources close to the player insist he would be interested in joining Chelsea.
Number of sources named: nil.
Number of links in story to sources: nil.
In other news, Sky Sports reports, also today:
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have completed their transfer business for the summer…”I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today.”
The Golden Turd has yet to be awarded for the most fanciful transfer story, but the Star is straining to win it…
TRANSFER Balls: What news in the mainstream media of Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira? Let’s look at the Daily Express’ reporting on the player’s move to Arsenal.
Daily Express, June 16 – and Khedira is a Gunner:
TRANSFER Balls: Is Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira heading from Real Madrid to Arsenal?
The Daily Star manages to link the player with four of the biggest English clubs:
Liverpool and Man United join Arsenal and Chelsea in four-way £24m fight for Sami Khedira
Jack Wilson is in full Balls mode:
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old Real Madrid midfielder.
Linked by whom? Jack doesn’t say. Instead he just speculates to deadline:
But their attempts to sign him could be hit by their Premier League rivals… Manchester United were after Khedira last summer and ready to try and snap him up again. Liverpool could also reportedly move for the German.
TRANSFER Balls salutes the work of the Daily Star which conjures utter balls and turns it into news. This week, the Star announces:
Ex-Manchester United star Paul Pogba wants to join Chelsea
That’s the Manchester United “star” who made seven appearances for United, all as a substitute. So. Having stretched the language, we wonder about the root of the Star’s scoop. Reading on we learn:
JUVENTUS and France midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he wants to join Chelsea.
TRANSFER Balls hails the work of James Dickenson, who writes in the Express:
Toni Kroos puts Man Utd and Chelsea on ALERT with future still undecided
That’s the same Toni Kross the Express said has already joined United and presented as fact by the Manchester Evening News (“Kroos deal done”) and the Daily Mirror (“United have agreed deal in principle with Bayern for midfielder Toni Kroos”).
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SO. CESC Fabregas the man with Barcelona “DNA” and Arsenal in his heart has joined Chelsea. Good for him. But no-one really likes him. He is just about the most disloyal player on the market.
Reaction to the move been noisy. It seems that Fabregas can’t do right by anyone (except his bank manager).
The Times says he’s upset Chelsea fans:
Cesc Fàbregas risks Chelsea anger after revealing Arsenal regrets
Cesc Fàbregas risked angering fans of his new club after completing a move to Chelsea for £29.5 million last night when he appeared to regret being denied the chance of a return to Arsenal.
FINALLY! Chelsea have signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. He’s the chap who left Arsenal by telling them: “I will always be an Arsenal fan.” He’s the chap who wanted to follow his heart to Barcelona. Fabregas most likely has one of those two-club hats. That’s how loyal he is.
When he left to Barcelona, Xavi uttered: “He is a football player with Barça DNA.”
Carles Puyol belched: “He is the future of Barcelona… His heart is already in Barcelona, even though we must wait another year for his body to be here.”
Lionel Messi seeped: “Cesc has a place for Arsenal in his heart, but he has Barcelona in his blood. He will want to win win the biggest prizes in football, and I expect him to do that at Barcelona.”
The bullshit around Cesc is monumental.
TRANSFER Balls with the Daily Fabregas – Anorak’s look at today’s reporting on the Barcelona player.
TalkSport cites the Daily Mirror:
Arsenal are passing up their right of first refusal to buy Fabregas back, as they feel they have greater priorities elsewhere…
That’s TalkSport, the organ that told its readers on June 5:
The Daily Star has other news:
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United end hunt for ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas
FOR some days Anorak has been bringing you the Daily Farbregas, an offshoot of our Transfer Balls (TB) round-ups. The aim in in TB is for all the mainstream Press to link the top players with each of the top English clubs. Facts matters not. If a source says Fabregas is off to Manchester City, the story gets written.
In fact, the only top England team not interested in Cesc is Arsenal
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 11, 2014
TRANSFER Balls: a look at Luke Shaw, the England and Southampton star:
In January, the Mirror John Cross told readers:
Manchester United transfer target Luke Shaw wants Chelsea move from Southampton even if it’s in the summer…
Shaw, a boyhood Chelsea fan, has set his heart on London rather than Manchester when the time comes to move.
The Express agreed:
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TRANSFER Balls: It’s the Daily Fabregas, a round-up of expert views in the media.
The Daily Express says that Cesc is not yet a Blues player because – get his – billionaire sugar daddy Roman Abromaovich is worried about a £1million:
Chelsea’s move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is being held up because Roman Abramovich doesn’t want to see any of the fee go to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
TRANSFER Balls: Today the Press is full of news that Eden Hazard is not leaving Chelsea. It’s a no-news omniscoop.
Eden Hazard will snub PSG’s advances to sign a new deal at Chelsea.
The Mirror says there is not a chance Hazard will “100%” be staying at Chelsea.
Transfer Balls: Messi Heads To Chelsea As Arsenal Man Fabregas Spins In Manchester United’s Revolting Door
TRANSFER Balls – with the Daily Fabregas.
The summer’s story so far: Fabregas has joined Chelsea (Daily Star) for £30m (Express) in a “done deal” (TalkSport); Chelsea don’t really want him (Irish Indy); he wants to play for Arsenal who do want him (The Sun); has agreed to join Manchester United (Express), who don’t want him (Mail) ; is wanted by Manchester City, who are “clear favourites” to sign him (Telegraph); but might join Liverpool (Mail). Oh, and in July 2013, Farbegas joined Manchester United (Daily Express) in a “secret meeting” - so secret no-one told Fabregas who carried on playing for Barcelona.
Now to today’s news:
Daily Star: “Arsenal legend Martin Keown not surprised by Arsene Wenger’s Cesc Fabregas snub”
TRANSFER Balls – in association with the Daily Fabregas, a look at reporting on the Barcelona player.
The Daily Telegraph says Chelsea aren’t all that keen on giving Arsenal money:
Arsenal could miss out on Cesc Fabregas payment in Chelsea transfer deal with Barcelona
Jose Mourinho’s team would prefer not to pay their Premier League rivals a percentage of any fee should they agree to sign the Spanish midfielder
Manchester United Balls: Mourinho Puts In A Better tackle at Old Trafford Than Smalling And Jones Ever Have
AT the Soccer Aid pro-am charity match, Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho makes his move:
@PL_Jokes quips: “Jose Mourinho putting in a better tackle at Old Trafford than Smalling and Jones ever have!! ”
BARCELONA want to hijack Porto star Eliaquim Mangala’s proposed move to the Premier League.
The Metro added that Bayern Munich wanted the player.
Today the Guardian tells us that
Eliaquim Mangala would prefer Manchester United to Manchester City.
Chelsea, Paris Saint-German and Real Madrid also on radar
TRANSFER Balls – more news from the Daily Fabreags. Following the Daily Star and TalkSports‘ “exclusive” news that Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has passed a medical and signed for Chelsea, the Mirror today tells its readers that, er, he hasn’t:
So. Jose Mourinho is “interested” in Fabregas. Well, so too as ManCity, Manchester United, Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg , according to the Press.
TRASNFER Balls: The Daily Fabregas.
Th story do far: the Barcelona player has been linked with moves for Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush: all the big clubs covered with not a single fact to support the links.
Now read on…
June 5, 2013, BBC: “Cesc Fabregas: Arsenal not pursuing Barcelona midfielder”
TRANSFER Balls: Is Loic Remy still a QPR player?
Arsenal agree personal terms with QPR striker Loic Remy
On June 3, the IBTimes, said Remy was still at QPR. He was just part of a list of maybes on their way to the Gunners:
Loic Remy, Antoine Griezmann, Carlos Vela, Mari Mandzukic and Karim Benzema all heavily linked.