Transfer Balls: Marco Reus wants Chelsea, gets Arsenal, loves Manchester United and signs for Real Madrid
Transfer Balls: The Daily Express says:
Arsenal leading Man Utd and Chelsea in race for Marco Reus
Which clubs are in the chase?
ARSENAL are leading Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
Transfer Balls: Juan Cuadrado is soon-to-be a Chelsea player.
As the Daily Star reports:
Chelsea AGREE contract with £26.8m Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado
Not too long ago Cuadrado was a Manchester United player, according to the papers.
The Daily Mail reported:
Transfer Balls: Yesterday the Daily Express reported that Chelsea had sold Andre Schurrle to Dortmund for £27m.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Cheslea want more than £25m for Scurrle
The Daily Mirror reported: “Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle to snub Wolfsburg and hold out for Borussia Dortmund switch”
The Daily Mail: “Andre Schurrle is set to leave Chelsea for £30m, but who else have the Blues cashed in big on over the past few years?”
And today’s news:
The Times: “Chelsea agreed the £23m sale of Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg last night”
Such are the facts…
Transfer Balls: Andre Schurrle leaves Chelsea as Reus gets his head checked at Arsenal and Manchester United
Transfer Balls: a look at football rumour, speculation and made-up bilge being presented as fact by the mainstream media.
The Daily Express has news to quicken the pulses of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United fans:
Andre Schurrle’s £27m Dortmund move will see Chelsea land Cuadrado AND Reus head to exit
Got that? To prove that that unintelligible line is not an Anorak typo, here it is:
You can try and break the headline down: Schurrle’s off to Dortmund. Cuadrado is off to Chelsea. “AND Reus head to exit”.
Or maybe: Chelsea land Cuadrado AND Reus. And Express reders are advised “Head to exit”?
The next line is simple balls:
BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S move for Andre Schurrle will enable Chelsea to close a deal for Juan Cuadrado this month and could pave the way for Marco Reus to join Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool.
It could. Or it could not. Because a few days ago, the Daily Express reported that Reus was having a medical to join Real Madrid:
As for Andre Schurrle, well, the Telegraph says today Chelsea want too much for him:
Andre Schurrle has asked Chelsea to lower their asking price for him as he attempts to clinch a move back to Germany before the transfer window shuts.
Chelsea have everything in place to sign Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado as a replacement for Schurrle, but have so far been holding out for more than £25million for the German World Cup winner.
Wolfsburg officials travelled to London last week to hold talks over Schurrle, while Borussia Dortmund have shown a strong interest in the forward. But neither club are yet to meet Chelsea’s asking price.
So. £25m is too much. Or as the Daily Mail says, also today: Schurrle has gone for…£30m.
Such are the facts…
will enable Chelsea to close a deal for Juan Cuadrado this month and could pave the way for Marco Reus to join Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool.
Transfer Balls: Paul Pogba is off to Arsenal If Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and PSG don’t want him
Transfer Balls: it’s the Daily Paul Pogba. let’s see what utter balls the mainstream media is reporting on Pogba, the Juventus player.
Today, Ben Jefferson tells Daily Express readers:
Juve to let Paul Pogba LEAVE for Chelsea, Man Utd or Arsenal after move for Axel Witsel
So. Pogba is off to the Premier League. But where to?
United and Chelsea have been joined by Arsenal in the hunt for Pogba…
We know this because the Express says it’s so. But there are no quotes, sources or facts to support the statement.
Did Chelsea striker Diego Costa deliberately stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can and Reds’ defender Martin Skrtel in a fast and furious Capital One Cup semi-final ?
You’d think referee Michel Oliver would have spotted one of the foot misplacements. But he and his hapless refereeing team missed it all.
Oliver missed the stampings (one more and Costa gets a free coffee); Strkel’s foul on Costa in the penalty box; Lucas’ foul on Matic, which should have resulted in his second yellow card of the game; Laza Markovich’s WWF-style foul on Felipe Luis; Jordan Henderson’s foul, which should have been his second yellow card of the night; and the antics of pop-up Chelsea’s assistant Rui Faria, a man who appears to have sat upon a wasabi enema.
And, you know what? Yeah, it was great entertainment.
Putitng it in persepctive, here’s a video of Glasgow Rangers’ Graeme Souness dirtying his socks on Steaua Bucharest’s Gheorghe Rotariu in the 1988 European Cup. Ity was a “definite yellow” in 1988. And there were no howls of outrage in the Press nor trial by TV:
Transfer Balls: Arsenal get Paul Pogba for £35m less than Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City will pay
Transfer Balls: It’s the Daily Paul Porba, in association with the Daily Mirror, which declares:
Man United, Chelsea AND Man City to battle for Paul Pogba’s £75million signature this summer
Simon Mullock says Pogba’s got a nickname, too: “the 100million euro man.” It’s not quite Smudger, Pyscho or The Beast, but never mind the quality, cop a load of the money:
That’s a lot of money. And it’s a los more than the Mirror said Pogba was leaving Juventus for waaaaay back in December 2014:
That story was from the Daily Mail:
Manchester City are plotting a huge £40m move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also keen on the former Manchester United youngster, but would struggle to match City’s financial firepower in a bidding war. (Daily Mail)
But now it’s £75m for the same player! What brought about this meteroric rise in his value? Is Pogba’s fee linked the price of a London studio flat?
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will join a £75million race to land Paul Pogba this summer. Juventus are ready to cash in on one of the hottest young prospects in world football – and Pogba has already been dubbed “the 100million euro man” in Italy. That will spark a battle between the richest club’s in Europe, with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich set to go head-to-head with the Premier League trio for the Frenchman.
All the usual suspects want Paul Pogba. It will be a bidding war. At the last moment Real Madrid or Barcelona will step in. It’s gonna be huge.
The Mirror continues:
Pogba is on course to win his third Serie A title and his agent, Mino Raiola, is preparing the ground for his summer auction.
This story is rooted in what the agent says. Might he be a tad biased, issuing a comment more loaded than George Bush at a frat house party?
He said: “Paul is happy at Juventus but later this year or next year we will see what opportunities have been created. When the league cannot satisfy such a player then it is time to go.”
The £75m figure has no source. And news of a bidding battle comes from the player’s agent.
Such are the facts…
Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh sp[ots former Chelsea irritant Dennis Wise on the telly. He tweets:
But forget Chelsea, City or Spurs – the biggest shock of the day is Dennis Wise’s hair on Setanta Sports
Transfer Balls: The Daily Express has stella news on Juventus and France star Paul Pogba. Apparently, Pogba has dropped a “MASSIVE” hint that he will not play for Manchester United or Chelsea.
So. The Express was wrong whan it reported on January 13 2015:
Also on Mourinho’s radar is Paul Pogba, with the player’s agent revealing that his client will leave Juventus if the right offer was made. United and Real Madrid are also keen on the France international, but Pogba is understood to favour a switch to London over a return to Old Trafford.
The Express told us that Pogba was on his way to Manchester United for £77m.
The same Express told us that Pogba was on his way to Chelsea for £40m:
And the Express told readers that Pogba “loves”: Maanchester United:
And there was the story that Juventus “MUST’ sell Pogba to United, Chelsea or Arsenal:
To day the Express has written 60 Paul Pogba stories this January alone. And the latest one is that he will not be joining Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal because he is leaning Spanish.
It;s tue. You read it in the Daily Express…
Transfer Balls – a regular look at rumour and utter drivel being presented as fact by the mainstream media – look once again at Juventus and France star Paul Pogba. So far this Janauray, we’ve read that Pogba is heading to Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for £50m, Arsenal for £40m and Manchester United for £77m.
Today the Daily Express tells its readers:
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea plan £40m bid former Manchester United flop Paul Pogba
Tony Banks has an “Exclusive”:
And Chelsea appear to be in with a shout because the Express has other news. It turns out that Juventus “MUST SELL POGBA”. And they “must sell him to Arsenal, Chaela or Manchester United”. They MUST!
Lippi must really rate the Premier League. Unless it’s all; utter balls? It is. Lippi said on Sky Sport Italia:
“Of course, it would be a big sacrifice to lose Pogba, but selling him would generate enough money to buy three or four great players to help improve the team. When I returned to Juventus in 2001, I got a call that the club were going to sell Zidane. He was the best player of the world, but Madrid were paying €75 million. The club told me to remain calm and that they would reinvest all the money in the squad. We eventually signed Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram and Pavel Nedved and continued to win silverware.”
As for today’s “exclusive”, the Express writes:
With Jose Mourinho’s side still on track for four trophies, the Stamford Bridge club have already begun to plan for next year. Pogba, who is also a target for both Manchester United and City, has been on Chelsea’s radar for some time, and the club are poised to offer a players-plus-cash deal.
So. £40m plus. And they are not buying Pogba now with the Transfer Window open?
Chelsea will try to balance the books by allowing players to go in part exchange for Pogba, with midfielder Ramires and German forward Andre Schurrle likely to be offered, as well possibly as Nigerian John Obi Mikel.
So. Where once Juventus got the great Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram and Pavel Nedved for the brillaint Zidane; they now get three Chalsea spare parts for their star.
Sounds like a plan – an “exclusive” one. Or they could get £77m for Pogba from United? I read that in the Express…
Transfer Balls: Manchester City are buying Lionel Messi. Well, sort of. The Sun leads with news that City “CAN”get Messi.
The “City Transfer Taunt” leads to a news story based on a line.
MANUEL PELLEGRINI has opened the door to a bank-busting Manchester City move for Lionel Messi.
Pellegrini spoke about Messi after completing a £28million deal for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.
Well, sort of. He was aked about Messi. And he replied:
“It’s normal we are linked with the best players in the market.”
And the taunt? That’s it. The £480m deal?
Messi, 27, has a £210m buy-out clause in his contract… The Argentine maestro would expect a six-year deal worth around £270m, taking any switch to a staggering £480m.
But if Messi won’t come to Pellegrini, will Pelligrini go to Messi at Barcelona?
“They are just rumours. I am very happy at City and I still have a year and a half on my contract.”
In other news, espn says today:
Lionel Messi: Why only Man Utd and Real Madrid can afford to buy him
The Mail reported a week ago:
Lionel Messi commits his future to Barcelona after Chelsea and PSG interest
Such are the facts…
Chelsea Transfer Balls: Raphael Varne for £20m, Pogba and Messi for £277 and more desperate reporting
Chelsea Transfer Balls: a look at players being linked to Chelsea in the media. Facts don’t matter. This is about the rumour and utter balls being presented as fact:
Daily Express: “Chelsea and Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £20m if they want to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21.”
Number of quotes from player, agent or club: zero.
Daily Star: “Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 26, is set to disappoint Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United by signing a new deal with the Spanish side.”
Number of quotes from Chelsea now or ever expressing an interest in Buquets: zero.
Daily Star: “Chelsea are set to complete the £4m signing of Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric from HNK Rijeka.”
Number of quotes from Chelsea: zero.
Daily Express: “Chelsea Transfer News: £277m DOUBLE bid for Messi and Pogba,”
Paul Pogba should have his own rumour mill.
Number of quotes from Cheslea: zero.
Running total: Add them to these five new faces, and Chelsea sign 8 players in the Transfer Window.
Transfer Balls – a regular look at footballers being linked to the big clubs. There is rumour of Juventus and France star Paul Pogba.
The Daily Express says Pogba is hgeaidng to Manchester United. The fee… £77m!
Paul Pogba heading to Man Utd for £77m as Juventus find replacement in Marco Verratti
The Daily Star says Pogba is worth £70m. And he’s heading to all of the five richest English clubs. It’s a Transfer Balls Full House:
Several sources in Italy have suggested Premier League giants Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are eager to snap up the 21-year-old, who joined the Old Lady in 2012.
Chelsea Transfer Balls: a look at players being linked to Chelsea in the media. Facts don’t mater. This is about the rumour and utter balls being presented as fact:
Daily Express: Breaking news in the Express is that Chelsea will not buy Gareth Bale. Look out for Express’ exclusive news that the Blues are not buying Lionel Messi.
Daily Express: “Chelsea Transfer News: Abramovich WANTS £200m Messi”
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich is looking to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi next summer.
Daily Express: “Borussia Dortmund are ready to listen to offers for Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also interested in the 24-year-old midfielder.”
Daily Express: “Chelsea have been handed a boost in their £20m pursuit of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, with the Serie A outfit looking at possible replacements.”
Daily Mirror: “Dinamo Zagreb executive director Zdravko Mamic claims move for striker poised to join Blues for £7.5m”
Daily Mail: “Chelsea sent their chief scout to watch Wilfried Bony against Liverpool… so are they plotting a January bid for striker?”
Final scores: players in: 5;
AS everyone knows, Chelsea FC are hilarious. If it wasn’t for Newcastle United, they’d be the funniest football team in the Premier League. Their owner is batshit mental, they hire crazy managers and half of their players are lunatics. And who can forget John Terry putting a full kit on and lifting a trophy in a match he didn’t play in?
They’re absolutely insane.
And now, Jose Mourinho is talking like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now!, thinking that everyone is out to get them, thanks to a secret campaign against the club. Obviously, everyone in football meets up in a secret volcano lair once a month to discuss who the campaign against Chelsea will play out.
Arsenal’s record in going a league season unbeaten is intact. Chelsea lost at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
They say a week is loing time in politics, but football tusn in a moment.
Thursday December 4:
Sunday December 7:
As for the blame, Jose Mouinho says:
“We wanted to play a lot more football but that was not possible because of things that I thought didn’t belong in top level football any more. The ball goes out, it doesn’t come back and the ball boys run away. But no complaints.”
Good. The ball boys might be the only youths in the ground who can still watch football without an adult accompanying them to the expensive seats.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Chelsea Reject Reus, Who Agreed To Join Barcelona, Manchester United And Real Madrid
The Daily Express says Mrco Reus is heading to the Premier League. He’s coming to Liverpool. No, Arsenal. No, wait, Manchester United. He’s not going to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have no first refusal option over Marco Reus, leaving the door wide open for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder to move to the Premier League.
Odd. Because the Express has previously told readers that…
Reus is off to Real Madrid. Arsenal and Manchester United can forget it…
Reus is off to Barcelona. Manchester United have lost out…
Reus is staying at Dortmund. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are crushed…
But Chelsea were delighted…
Reus was then snubbed by Chelsea…
And then on December 1, the Express said the Chelsea move was on…
Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a timely boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
And Manchester United are going to buy Reus in the summer…
Such are the fact in the Daily Express…
Jamie Redknapp writes for the Daily Mail. Frank Lampard’s cousin says of Frank Lampard, now with Manchester City:
Who wouldn’t want the greatest goalscoring midfielder in Premier League history in their squad?
And be in doubt that Chelsea did not want Lampard to stay at the club. As the player said:
“I would have obviously stayed if Chelsea had offered me another year. There was no reason for me to leave… If Chelsea had given me a new contract it would have been mad not to take it at the time… I had a chat with Jose Mourinho and both he and the club were always great with me. The decision was made – and I don’t know who made it.”
Redknapp then states that Lampard would like to win the league with Manchester City.
More Jamie Redknapp insight every week…
FC BARCELONA have been the modern equivalent of The Beatles, with just about everyone heaping praise on them, apart from sneering hipsters who don’t like anything successful, so they heap praise on Borussia Dortmund instead.
One of the happiest marriages was that between the Camp Nou outfit and Lionel Messi.
However, it looks like all is not rosy in Barcelona as the the Argentine megastar has suggested that his future lies elsewhere because, in his own words, “a lot changes in football.”
Transfer Balls: A look at rumour being presented as fact. Today we ask: are Chelsea selling Petr Cech? Are Arsenal buying Petr Chech?
Daily Mail, Nov 21: “Arsenal lead chase for Petr Cech with Chelsea keeper available for just £7m…”
Arsenal get Cech!
Daily Express, Nov 21: “EXCLUSIVE: AC Milan steal lead over Arsenal in race for Chelsea legend Petr Cech”
Ac Milan get Cech!
YOU can only describe Didier Drogba’s career as a rollercoaster. He’s been sulky, wayward, stopped a civil war, been brilliant and of course, scored loads of ace goals. He’s also had rather suspect hair since forever, but we’ll let him off.
And now, Didier has dropped a hint that this season could be his last.
Transfer Balls: Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool And Arsenal Do The OK Koke For Manchester United Star
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express says “Barcelona ready to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool with a summer bid for Koke”.
As ever, the Express aims to get as many big clubs as possible into its story. The aim – the fabled Full House – is to link a player with the top five English clubs.
Footy expert Bruce Archer tells readers:
…reports in Spain say Koke, along with Lars Bender, is Barcelona’s priority for the summer.
IN London: The Information Capital by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, the academics plotted London’s football clubs by popularity on Twitter for the 2013/14 season.
Each square represents 500m x 500m – and its colour indicates the football club with the most-tweeted hashtag in that area.
THE Premier League is good fun this season. Only Chelsea, of the so-called top clubs, play with any cohesion. Arsenal only go backwards to pull the bal from their net; Manchester United spray money at problems; Spurs are always building; Manchester City can’t defend; and Liverpool got lucky with Luis Saurez, whose departure exposed a batch of medicore, expensive individuals.
Paul Hayward is right:
No Premier League behemoth can say they have bought major defensive ballast, or supplemented individual world-class talent to the back line. City signed Eliaquim Mangala but after a bright start he developed culture shock. The less glamorous clubs can now see that Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal and United are no longer hard to score against. Swansea (who are fifth), the so-called mini-Arsenal, made a policy decision to be tougher in their own third of the field, because they saw how much they could gain with a better balance between defence and attack…
The pressure to spray-spend £100m each summer is not yielding good results. It brings problems of balance and integration. It turns the heat on managers if the first 10 results are underwhelming.
And it plays to a delusion English football is increasingly falling prey to. The paranoia is that unless games are emotionally exhausting and aesthetically thrilling, rotten tomatoes will be lobbed by fans and pundits.
At the summit, Mourinho is showing Premier League clubs how to advance and retreat as a single fighting force. Chelsea are in another galaxy to the rest. Premier League campaigns are not meant to be over by Christmas, but this one threatens to be…
Looking at high-flying Southampton, what it adds up to is that the manager earns his corn. Would fans of Arsenal swap Wenger for Klopp, Liverpool fans exchange Rodgers for Koeman, Manchester United’s legions swap Van Gaal for Guardiola and Pelligrini for Everton’s Martinez?