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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.

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Posted: 31st, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea sign Barcelona fan from Manchester United

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:

 

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Posted: 30th, January 2015 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United fleece their fans for £50

Once again, Manchester United have been barracked by all and sundry over their dreadful season ticket policy which requires all holders to buy mandatory tickets for the upcoming FA Cup replay against Cambridge United.

The policy, which has been in place for several years now, means that all fans with season cards are shanghaied into buying a ticket for all home FA Cup ties.

Should any given fan fail to comply with the terms they are punished by having their card suspended for a subsequent Premier League game at Old Trafford.

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Posted: 29th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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:

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

Posted: 29th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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.

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Posted: 29th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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:

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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:

 

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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…

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


Transfer Balls: Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea chase Paul Pogba to Spain

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.

 

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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.

 

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The same Express told us that Pogba was on his way to Chelsea for £40m:

 

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And the Express told readers that Pogba “loves”: Maanchester United:

 

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And there was the story that Juventus “MUST’ sell Pogba to United, Chelsea or Arsenal:

 

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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

 

 

 

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


25 Years ago today Manchester United’s Eric Cantona king-fu kicked himself into legend

Je suis Eric… et Matthew…

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Magna Carta, Nelson’s death at Trafalgar, the Battle of Waterloo, Victory in Europe, VJ Day… Some significant anniversaries fall this year, but the one that will always have a place in my heart occurred just 20 years ago, on 25 January 1995 at Selhurst Park Stadium, London SE27.

With one end of the ground knocked down for a new stand, there was a crowd of less than 19,000 packed in for the evening game between Crystal Palace and reigning champions Manchester United.

Things were predictably tight and tense when United’s hot-headed French maverick and borderline nut-case Eric Cantona lost patience with the close attention of Palace centre-back Richard Shaw and kicked out in frustration.

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


Talking Balls (and anus): Manchester United launch new all-star 4-4-2 line-up

The bigger the pornographer, the bigger the prude. Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal said:

“I know all the stats. I read the stats. I know that we have won more with 4-4-2 in a diamond. But when you analyse the game, then we have twitched our ass on the bench. I said to my players I was squeezing my ass, but it was the wrong expression. I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance. All the matches when we play 4-4-2, like against West Ham United, it was always twitching your ass. I don’t like that. We have won nine or 10 in a row, then we lose one match and then the discussion about the system is coming. It is ridiculous. Now I have answered your question in a very good way.”

That quote is from the BBC.

Now for the Sun, the paper with topless Page 3 stannas, adverts for sex chatlines and published by Rupert Murdoch, via whose Sky TV network you can watch loadsa porn:

“I said to my players I was squeezing my a*** but it was the wrong expression, I have twitched my a*** on the bench because we were out of balance. We lost the game at Leicester 5-3 and that was undeserved. And all the matches when we’ve played 4-4-2, like against West Ham, it was always twitching your a*** and I don’t like it.”

A****? Is that anus?

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


Transfer Balls: Arsenal outbid Real Madrid for Sergio Ramos as Manchester get Paulista

Transfer Balls: a look at mainstream media reporting on football transfers.

The Daily Telegraph has news on Sergio Ramos:

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Arsenal Wenger handed boost in hunt for Real defender Sergio Ramos

He has? The media is full of news that Arsenal are buying central defender Gabriel Paulista for £6m (Metro), £10m (Telegraph) and £15m (Guardian).  So. Why would they buy Ramos, too?

And Arsenal are not alone. Just yesterday the Daily Star reported:

Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd target Sergio Ramos CLOSE to agreeing HUGE deal

But why would Manchester United wants Ramos. The Star also reported that they want Paulista:

 

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The Telegraph’s story continues:

Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their hunt for Sergio Ramos, reports The Metro.

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


Manchester United balls: Radamel Falcao scores an unlikely hat-trick

Manchester United defeated QPR at the weekend. The game finished 2-0, with goals scored by Man United substitutes Fellaini and Wilson.

Garth Crooks was watching. He heaps praise on United’s Radamel Falcao, picking the stupendously well paid Colombian striker for his BBC column’s team of the week:

I don’t know what Louis van Gaal said to Falcao last weeek, having left the Colombian out of the game against Southampton, but based on what I saw against QPR at Loftus Road Manchester United must keep this striker at the club. His work rate was phenomenal and it was only Robert Green who denied the player a hat-trick.

Garth, you need to score one before you can get a hat-trike, which is three.

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Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao offers himself to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City

Transfer Balls: Is Radamel Falcao staying at Manchester United?

The Sunday Times has news:

ARSENAL, Liverpool and Manchester City have inquired about Radamel Falcao’s availability as the Colombian struggles to nail down a place in Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United starting XI.

Yeah. The player who commands a salary of – get this – £265,000 a week (!!), who has scored three times for Manchester United this season and has a history of injury is interesting Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Says who?

Falcao, right, is said to have been left ‘perplexed and bemused’ by his treatment at United…

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Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City CAN Get Messi, Chelsea can’t but Manchester United could

Transfer Balls: Manchester City are buying Lionel Messi. Well, sort of. The Sun leads with news that City “CAN”get Messi.

 

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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.

How?

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…

 

Posted: 15th, January 2015 | In: Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Thomas Muller and Paul Pogba say the same thing to Manchester United

Transfer Balls: a look at football rumour, speculation and what unnamed sources say being passed off as fact in the mainstream media. Today, the Daily Express exels itself with a news of Manchester United, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller.

 

 

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Well, dealing with head scoop in turn:

Lionel Messi is not going to Cheslea.

Paul Pogba is not leaving Juventus for Manchester United.

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Posted: 12th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Aymeric Laporte and Nathaniel Clyne make it 30

Manchester United Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up with players signed by United this January Transfer window. The experts in the mainstream media have been informative:

Daily Mirror: “Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is also interesting Manchester United”

Daily Star: “Manchester United are trying to sign 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao centre-half Aymeric Laporte for £25m.”

Previously United have signed: Hugo Loris,Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Benedikt HowedesArjen RobbenWesley SneijderMorgan SchneiderlinDaniel Alves, Radamel Falcao, Sergio Busquets, Pepe, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop, Tyrone Mings, Gareth Bale, Enzo Perez, Nicolas Gaitan, Kevin Strootman, Seamus Coleman, Fabio Coentrao, Adil Rami, Ron Vlaar, Virgil van DijkMarco Reus, Victor Valdes (done deal!), Martin Odegaard, Nigel De Jong and Lewis Cook.

Running total of players linekd to Manchester United by the mainstream media: 30

Posted: 12th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: plucky ‘underdogs’ Manchester United seduce Mats Hummels

Transfer Balls: Are Manchester United buying Mats Hummels, the Borissia Dortmund and Germany defender?

The Mirror tells its readers that if the price is right, Hummels is on his way to Old Trafford:

Manchester United launch £35million Mats Hummels bid as Van Gaal looks to capitalise on Dortmund woes

Back in October, the Mirror said that United would not get Hummels:

 

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The Guardian told its readers that Hummels would never leave Dortmund:

 

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He had told German media:

“I’ve been here [Dortmund] for six and a half years and it’s simply more exciting and more difficult to win trophies as an underdog.

“Everybody can win things with 25 superstars in the squad. At BVB, every single player has more responsibility but also more opportunity. It’s difficult to win trophies with Dortmund but it’s always possible. And when it happens, the feeling is simply indescribable.

“When we won the championship for a second time in 2012, each one of us could have gone wherever we wanted. But I thought: ‘No, what we have here is something truly unique.’ I’m happy I felt this way. You don’t often find a team where people are really friends with each other. If you’ve got the chance to play at such a high level with your mates you have to hold on to that for as long as possible.”

Which leds nicely to the Mirror’s back page, which has news of plucky underdogs Manchester United:

 

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Such are the facts…

 

 

 

 

Posted: 10th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Van Gaal signs Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and 26 others

Manchester United Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up with players signed by United this January Transfer window. The experts in the mainstream media have been informative:

So far United have signed: Hugo Loris,Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Benedikt HowedesArjen RobbenWesley SneijderMorgan SchneiderlinDaniel Alves, Radamel Falcao, Sergio Busquets, Pepe, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop, Tyrone Mings, Gareth Bale, Enzo Perez, Nicolas Gaitan, Kevin Strootman, Seamus Coleman, Fabio Coentrao, Adil Rami, Ron Vlaar, Virgil van Dijk and Marco Reus.

Now read on…

Daily Mail: “Meanwhile, United will accelerate contract talks with goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, after agreeing an 18-month deal with World Cup winner Victor Valdes.”

M.E.N: “Manchester United look set to miss out on highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, who may move to Real Madrid.”

Daily Star: “AC Milan are ready to accept an offer from Manchester United for their midfielder Nigel De Jong.”

Daily Star: “Leeds have offered rising star Lewis Cook a new contract to fend off interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.”

Running total of players signed by Manchester United this Janaury: 28. And counting…

Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United sign Lloris from Spurs in 2019

The Sun leads its sports sections with an exclusive. No, make that an hyperbolic “Mega Exclusive”. Spurs are selling their best player:

 

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It’s the January transfer window. So. Hugo Lloris, for it is he, is off this month?

TOTTENHAM are set to cash in on £25million-rated Hugo Lloris. The French No 1 will be allowed to leave for a Champions League club in the summer — even if Spurs seal a top-four spot of their own.

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Posted: 5th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Paul Pogba heads to Arsenal for £37m less than Manchester United paid

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

 

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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.

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Posted: 4th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Arjen Robben makes it 20 new faces at Old Trafford

Transfer Balls – Manchester United: a look at players being linked by rumour, speculation and not a single shred of fact to Manchester United. As told by the mainstream media today:

 

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Daily Express: “Manchester United could bolster their defence with a double swoop for German pair Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes.”

 

Arjen Robben:

Daily Star: “Bayern Munich will attempt to persuade Arjen Robben, 30, to turn down a move to Manchester United by offering the Dutch winger a new deal in excess of the £180,000-a-week contract he signed last year. ”

 

Wesley Sneijder

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Posted: 4th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer balls: Alves, £77m Pogba and 15 more players join Van Gaal’s revolution

Manchester United ball: a look at players linked to United in the media. Not a single story is supported by a quote from the club or the player. It is Transfer Balls season:

 

Daniel Alves:

Daily Mirror: “Dani Alves says he won’t sign new Barcelona contract before it expires, alerting Man United”

 

Paul Pogba:

Daily Star: “Manchester United will make Paul Pogba their top target”

Daily Express: “Manchester United wil bid £77m for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba”

 

Radamel Falcao:

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Posted: 3rd, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal spend £15m less in buying Manchester United’s William Carvalho

Transfer Balls: a look at football rumour and speculation being passed off as fact.

The Mail leads with news that Arsenal are to bid £20m for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.

All remarkable stuff given than the Mirror reported Carvalho had agreed to join Manchester United for £37m.

 

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A few weeks later, Carvalho’s price had dropped in the Express:

 

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TalkSport broke the news:

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So. Carvalho to Arsenal.

You read it in the tabloids…

 

 

Posted: 28th, December 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United get Reus who doesn’t move to Manchester United

Transfer Balls: a look at utter drivel being presented as breaking football news.

The Daily Star reports that German star Marco Reus is on his way to Manchester United:

 

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Also on the 18th of December, the Star’s Chisanga Malta yelled that Reus was heading to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool AND Manchester United.

 

 

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Wow! Two scoops on Reus in just one day. And it would all be great news for United were it not for what Malata actually writes in the story:

Meanwhile, Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuits of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.

Malata says the star is going nowhere:

 

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Such are the facts in the trusty Star

 

 

Posted: 19th, December 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Blessed Hamstring: Manchester United’s Phil Jones gets spiritual to cure what ails him

INJURY-PRONE players are unfortunate. It isn’t their fault that their bodies betray them and stop them from doing their high-performance job. If a Formula One car has a misfiring engine, everyone understands because the car is in perfect balance to go really fast. When a football hurts his toe in the super-masculine world of professional football, he’s expected to shrug it off or be labelled a weakling.

Everyone remembers the various jokes about the winger of yore, Darren Anderton, who would be out for a fortnight with a broken eyelash and the like.

These days, we’ve got Manchester United’s Phil Jones.

He’s made only 5 appearances since Louis van Gaal took over at Old Trafford and, in his three seasons at Manchester United, he’s suffered 12 separate injuries, including the almost quaint complaint of shin splints.

Jones says: “I could stand here and list 10 players who are always out injured. That is just the nature of football. People don’t wake up one morning and say: ‘I fancy being injured today.’

So now, he’s focusing on getting fit and staying fit. What’s he doing about it? He’s gone toward something a little more spiritual: “It is strength work on the reformer, yoga and pilates and loads of stuff. I will do anything I can to improve myself and hopefully that will stand me in good stead for the rest of the season. Hopefully I can stay fit, look after myself in games and make sure I stay fit.”

While most people hit the gym and lift, bro Jones is going to stretch his legs, work on his core and get all that negative chi out of his legs like he’s football’s most famous Buddhist, Roberto Baggio.

And while Baggio was dubbed Il Divin Codino (translates as ‘The Divine Ponytail’), our Phil can now call himself The Blessed Hamstring, as he finds inner peace on his yoga mat, letting the troubles of Premier League football melt away to his wind-chimes tape, reinforcing the Manchester United team with his powerful chakras.

Now Manchester United have a guru in the ranks, can they win the title against all odds, thanks to Swami Jones?

Posted: 17th, December 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man United player in match-fixing investigation

EVERYONE who isn’t a Manchester United fan is currently irritated that they’re 3rd in the Premier League table as, after a long period of success, it would’ve been nice if they could’ve suffered just a bit longer.

Seeing as fans can’t mock their league position, here’s something to enjoy – one of their players has been dragged into a match-fixing scandal.

Man U midfielder Ander Herrera, along with Japan coach Javier Aguirre and Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others, have been named in a case of matchfixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season. Now, of course, everyone involved may well be innocent, which means we’ll have to say ‘allegedly’ a lot and, of course, enjoy this while it lasts.

So what’s the deal?

Well, Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor has filed their case in a Valencia court today, following a probe into Real Zaragoza’s 2-1 win at Levante on the final day of the campaign. Fans of Spanish football will know that Zaragoza avoided relegation and that Aguirre was coach of the team at the time, which included Herrera and Gabi in the team.

Former Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias and the club itself were also named as defendants, along with the rest of the players from both sides.

At the time of writing, a Real Zaragoza official had no comment to make, apart from the reiteration of the statement Zaragoza made on September 25th which said that they were “completely unaware” of events being investigated by the public prosecutor. Handily for them, the match occurred under a different board of directors, which means they’re probably telling the truth.

But what about the players?

In its court filing published today, the prosecutor alleged that the Levante players were paid a total of €965,000 (£766,000) in cash to deliberately lose the game.

It seems like a small amount of money for top flight football doesn’t it? It is almost quaint. You can imagine the defence in court might say: ‘Seriously though. These lads don’t need the money.’

The prosecutor added that they suspect Zaragoza first made bank transfers to its players and officials, including Aguirre, Herrera and Gabi, and they then took the money out of their accounts in cash and passed it on to the Levante players. It all sounds incredibly murky and if it is true, there could be some very damning penalties.

Of course, the team’s that were relegated instead of Zaragoza could seek compensation, just like Sheffield United did when it transpired that there were irregularities when West Ham signed Carlos Tevez, and he scored a goal that kept the Hammers in the league.

Posted: 15th, December 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0