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Transfer balls: Manchester United fish for Everton ‘hero’ Barkley

Transfer balls: The Daily Star says “Manchester United are weighing up a £45m move for Everton’s Ross Barkley.”

Number of words to supports the claim: nil.

Aware that the story is thinner than Victoria Beckham’s smile, the Mirror creates the … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, April 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Mourinho tears up agreement to join Valencia

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A fan poses with a Manchester United scarf displaying the image and name of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, outside the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on December 28, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Cancel the Jose Mourinho Manchester United scarf. News is that the former Chelsea manager is off to coach Valencia. The Sun tells us as much:

Exclusive: SunSport understands serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Jose

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Posted: 31st, March 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal buy Aubameyang, Kroos and Stones to cheer Wenger off

The Daily Mirror says Arsenal will not be waving adieu to their manager:

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger plans to buy and buy not say ‘Bye-bye!’ this summer

Out got: Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain … READ ON

Posted: 31st, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Arda Turan buries in a shallow grave in Barcelona

The Daily Telegraph has been talking up its new content management system. It’s now quicker than ever for the once mighty paper to trot out balls. The headline seduces Arsenal fans:

Arda Turan absolutely buries Arsenal with this Barcelona comparison.

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Posted: 31st, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal lure Chelsea star with clickbait

quina arsenalThe Daily Telegraph has news: “Arsenal win race to sign Portuguese prodigy Domingos Quina.” Says Sam Wallace:

It represents a coup for the Arsenal academy who have traditionally not competed with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the

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Posted: 28th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Van Gaal missing, Depay stars and Rooney stays

Manchester United will sack manager Louis Van Gaal at the end of this season. The Manchester Evening News treats its readers to “Five hints Louis van Gaal is set to LEAVE Manchester United this summer.”

Number 1 is: “Pre-season tour … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adam Johnson: now watch teenage girls get you off in the tabloids

Adam-Johnson

 

You might see Adam Johnson, the footballer, as a deeply unpleasant oddity. Jailed for six years for sexual activity with an underage girl, Johnson represents nobody but himself. But his job sets an agenda in motion. The Mail leads … READ ON

Posted: 25th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Key Posts, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Spurs lose Pochettino to Manchester United in cut-price deal

Transfer balls: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 44, has a £10m buyout clause in his contract, says the Sun.

SunSport can reveal any clubs looking to poach the Argentine will have to stump up the massive eight-figure sum to have

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Posted: 23rd, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City lust for Messi who ‘fancies’ them

messi manchester cityAs Manchester City slide down the Premier League table, the Star says Lionel Messi fancies playing for them. The Barcelona star “fancies” teaming up with City’s incoming manager Pep Guardiola, we learn.

Could it happen? Back in January, the SunREAD ON

Posted: 23rd, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal buy Higuain twice, want Pogba and get Manchester United’s Toni Kroos

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must spend loadsa money “or else”, warns the Sun.

Arsene Wenger is told to launch his biggest ever Arsenal spending spree – or miss out on new Arsenal contract. Gunners’ chiefs want big names like

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Posted: 22nd, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United and Liverpool deliver the most ridiculous excuses for losing a football match

When Manchester United lost 2-0 to Fulham on 21st March 2009, manager Alex Ferguson had a simple explanation for his team’s shortcomings: The dressing rooms at Craven Cottage had been too small.

After the defeat, Ferguson rallied against the “ridiculous” … READ ON

Posted: 21st, March 2016 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Novak Djokovic v Serena Williams fight in battle of the sexes tennis pentahlon

sex tennis

 

Would women tennis players earn the same as men if there were two tours separated by gender? Would you pay more to see the men or the women? Should men and women always earn the same for the same … READ ON

Posted: 21st, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Liverpool prepare for Henderson exit as Spurs flash the cash

Are Liverpool making ready to sell Jordan Henderson? The Mail says Henderson’s sale is on the cards. The paper says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would want £20million for the former Sunderland player, with Spurs his most likely destination.

Given the … READ ON

Posted: 20th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United get Higuain and Mourinho in ‘secret’ deal

Transfer balls: did you know that Gonzalo Higuain has agreed to join Manchester United? It’s true. We read it in the Metro. Mark Brus declares:

Transfer news: Gonzalo Higuain agrees Manchester United move

Why would the Argentine striker agree to … READ ON

Posted: 20th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Ibrahimovic, Arsenal and Thierry Henry’s TV source

Zlatan arsenalTransfer balls of the week was focused on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. and his move to Arsenal.

On March 13, the BBC told us: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris St-Germain forward says he is likely to leave.”

What he said was: “For the moment, … READ ON

Posted: 20th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: soft and weak Gunners embarrass tabloids

arsenal soft daily mirror“Arsenal are soft and weak.” Not our thoughts, rather those of the Daily Mirror, although it attributes the words to Barcelona’s cocksure defender Dani Alves. But is that what he said ahead of Barcelona’s home match with Arsenal? What … READ ON

Posted: 16th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Wenger leaves, Wenger stays, Wenger stays and leaves

wenger out“Wenger to Walk?” asks the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel on the paper’s backpage. Will the Arsenal manager quit the club? As ever with tabloid headlines framed as question, the answer is ‘no’.

Indeed, over the course of Mokbel’s story there … READ ON

Posted: 15th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Daily Mail body shames fat Eden Hazard’s moobs

Wonderful work in the Daily Mail, which takes a break from appraising women’s bodies with a sneering look at Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard. Jeff Powell spotted Hazard swapping shirts at half-time with PSG’s Angel Di Maria when the clubs … READ ON

Posted: 15th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United escape fine for Liverpool Hillsborough chant

Liverpool fans taunt the Manchester United fans

 

Manchester United will not be punished for its fans revolting chants about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters when the club faced Liverpool in the Europa League. A Uefa spokesperson says United have no case to answer because the chanting … READ ON

Posted: 14th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal murder Watford in FA Cup war

WEnger FA CupDid you jeer as Arsenal were “dumped” from the FA Cup?  The Mirror says Arsenal fans did in a lead sports story headlined “What A Farce”.

It’s all enjoyable hyperbolic stuff from John Cross, who seems to forget that when … READ ON

Posted: 14th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Diego Costa nuzzles Bale in rare episode of on-field foreplay

For a few hours yesterday the big talking point was England’s unexpectedly exiting win over Wales in the Six Nations rugby. But then the story broke that Chelsea’s Diego Costa had bitten someone on the BBC’s FA Cup coverage. After … READ ON

Posted: 13th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal’s a product of the Glazers greed

man uOliver Kay writes in the Times about Manchester united’s steady decline. Growing up in a family of avid Leeds United fans, I know how this one goes. That “Mighty Leeds 1974 – Now for Europe” sticker slapped on the rear … READ ON

Posted: 12th, March 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: The injury crisis that isn’t

Arsenal crisis

 

When Arsenal defeated Hull in the FA Cup last Tuesday night, the Press focused on the Gunners players forced off early. The headlines talked of disaster:

“Arsenal run into new injury crisis after win over Hull” – The WeekREAD ON

Posted: 11th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Liverpool’s penalty was only ‘controversial’ in the Sun

Liverpool defeat Manchester Untied 2-0 in the Europa League and the tabloids get to work. Liverpool’s first goal was scored from the penalty spot. The Sun leads with this “controversial penalty”, the “second for Liverpool in four days”.

The paper … READ ON

Posted: 11th, March 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Gotze heads to Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool, stays at Bayern

The Metro sats Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are in line to sign Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze. But what else has the paper of record (surely, the paper run by SEO bots, ed) told us about the German?

Metro, May … READ ON

Posted: 10th, March 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0