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Liverpool Balls: Raheem Sterling is heckled and we loved it

Raheem Sterling was heckled yesterday. As Liverpool FC paraded their new kit, the 20-year-old was singled out for treament by one Liverpool fan. As Sterling took the stage to enthuse about the outfit, a voice shouted:

“Make sure we see you in it next season.”

Others cheered. Sterling, quick as a flash, said nothing.

Away from the rarified environs of a BBC studio, the inside of an hermetically sealed supercar and unable to dodge catcalls by swaddling his head between two massive headphones as he walks from the team bus, this was Sterling exposed.

And we loved it.

Heckling is pretty much the only occassion when the masses get to address their leaders and idols.

Let’s hear more of it…

 

Posted: 11th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The amazing truth about Jordan Spieth’s home life

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Jordan Speith is the 21-year-old golf sensation. The Sun profiles the 21-year-old Texan “dubbed ‘Wyatt Earp'”. Readers learn that Spieth lost his two front teeth age four at a Texas Rangers baseball maatch; has an autistic younger sister called Ellie; dates his his school sweetheart Annie Verret; and owns a big house in Dallas.

And then comes the unusual part – it’s about that house:

“It includes an outdoor swimming pool and cupboard able to store 288 bottles of wine.”

Just as area is measured in football pitches and length in buses, storage is now measured not in terms of dead bodies or jars of Marmite, rather by how many wine bottles you can fit inside. For instance, the Internatinal Space Station  is able to store 256,985 bottles of wine (that’s 398,031 bottles of alcopops, kids!).

 

Posted: 11th, April 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Sterling to Arsenal, Walcott to Liverpool and £20m in change

Transfer balls looks at today’s reporting on Liverpool star and Arsenal target Raheem Sterling.

The Daily Star leads its sports coverage with news that Sterling is off to Arsenal. David Woods has an “exclusive”. He “can reveal” that Arsenal are buying Sterling. He can also”reveal” that Liverpool are buying Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Well, maybe.

Overlooking the obvious fact that this “exclusive” was first reported in a fact-free Daily Mirror story two weeks ago, the Star’s scoop contains not a single fact about either player. Woods says Arsenal would pay Walcott plus £20m for Sterling. Given the figure of £50m touted for Sterling, that values Walcott at £30m.

How he arrives at those sums is through the process of ‘guesswork’.

It is utter balls.

We do hear from Arsenal in the Sun, where team manager Arsene Wenger says:

“We have a core of five or six players who have been here for the last seven years and we wants to keep that nucleus.”

Does that group include Walcott, who joined Arsenal in January 2006? It’s unclear because the Daily Express quotes Wenger thus:

“We now have a core of players, a good balance of  players…who have been here for up to seven years and a few that arrived one or two seasons ago. We have a good balance.”

Walcott arrived at Arsenal nine years ago. Given how guarded and careful Wenger is with his words, it might well be that Walcott, who will have just one season remaining on his curent deal at this season’s end, is on his way out.

Such are the facts

 

 

 

 

Posted: 10th, April 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Richie Benaud: remembering the voice of summer

Fifth Test: England v Australia - Day Four

 

Richie Benaud (6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was the mellifluous, spare, controlled and powerful voice of summer.

You don’t have to like cricket to have have loved his commentary. The once great Australian cricketer –  63 Tests for Australia, 28 as captain; he was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level – retired in 1964 to pursue what would be a wonderful career in journalism and broadcasting.

Today I can hear Richie Benaud’s comforting voice in my head. It brings back memories of long childhood days with my late father – days when we were together on the beach, at Lord’s or in the garden and listened as we talked, ate and played…

 

5th June 1961:  Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud shaving in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series.  (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961: Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud shaving in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961:  Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series.  (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

5th June 1961: Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud in his hotel room while in Britain for the 1961 test series. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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


Liverpool Balls: Raheem Sterling is trapped in a blizard

The Daily Stelring: a look at media stories on Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler says Sterling “would be crazy to leave”. He begins his open letter:

“Raheem Sterling has been buried under such an avalanche of advice over his future that he must think his head is about to explode. So, instead of adding to that blizzard, I have a very simple message for him.”

That simple message goes on for 29 paragraphs.

Kaboom!

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Posted: 9th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: statistics prove Herrera is better than Paul Scholes?

Just how good is Manchester United’s Ander Herrera? Well, the Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson takes time out from his usual diet of Transfer Balls to state that the Spaniard is very good:

The stats that PROVE Man Utd’s Herrera is BETTER than Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal stars

Which stats? Which stars?

The Spaniard’s current form has drawn comparisions with Paul Scholes from the Old Trafford faithful.

Old Manchester United fan 1: “He’s not as good as Scholes?”

New Manchester Untied fan 2: “Whose Scholes?”

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


Former Liverpool player arrested for shoplifting: Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson are innocent

Screen shot 2015-04-08 at 15.37.28‘Former Liverpool full-back’ Andrea Dossena, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. The Italian, currently running out for Leyton Orient in League One, was arested along with a 31-year-old woman for allegely shoplifting at Harrods, the Knightsbridge superstore.

Metropolitan Police state:

“Police arrested a 33-year-old male and a 31-year-old woman on April 7 on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods. They were taken to a west London police station. Both the man and woman have been bailed to a date in late April, pending further enquiries.”

He’s not the first man who have worn Liverpool red to have shoplited:

Steven Gerrard:

“I grabbed a few pens and paper from Woolworths and made a dash for the door but the security guard grabbed me. I thought it was all over. I thought the club would drop me. And I was convinced the school would expel me.”

And, of course, the greatest of them all…

Glen Johnson:

The biggest one was the toilet seat,” he says. “I was with a mate who was doing up his bathroom and he wanted to buy a set where you get everything together. I’d never bought a bathroom like that in my life, and neither had he, so we banged it on the trolley. But we took out the toilet seat and got another one that had a slow-close lid so it wouldn’t trap his kid’s fingers.

“What we didn’t know was that it was £2.35 more than the one that should have been in the box. Then we went through the till, my mate paid for it and then this security guy stopped us and said he had been watching us on CCTV and seen us swapping the toilet seats.”

Spotter: Liverpool Echo

Posted: 8th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal buy Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for the second time

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express report Arsenal are in “pole position” to buy Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

That is incredible news. Why? Because as we Sun readers know, Higuain already plays for Arsenal.

Two years ago the Sun told us that Higuain had joned the Gunners for a record fee.

 

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For those of you missed Mark Irwin’s scoop of July 2013, the good news is that despite a site redesign, the news of Higuain’s transfer to Arsenal remains a fact on the Sun.

 

 

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So much for the Sun. The Express is far more on the ball. Or not.

In 2014, the Express told us:

GONZALO HIGUAIN could be on his way to Arsenal… Gonzalo Higuain has hinted he could be leaving Napoli, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United all interested.

He never has played for Arsenal.

Such are the facts

Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United are selling their captain

The Daily Mirror leads with news that Manchester United are to rid themnslves of £200,000-a-week Robin van Persie.

United will replace RVP with PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

Is that right? can we believe what the Press report?

As Barry Glendenning says:

A handsome, lank-haired South American striker moving to Manchester United from a high profile Ligue 1 club? What could possibly wrong?

It’s all gone wrong for Van Persie. But what did the experts say at the start of the season, when the Dutch striker’s compatriot Louis Van Gaal was heading to the club?

Back in May 2014, the Daily Mail’s Martha Kelner stated:

Louis van Gaal sees Robin van Persie as perfect captain for Manchester United…

The Holland manager has grown close to the striker, who captains his country, and is set to favour him over Wayne Rooney for the skipper’s armband at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mirror agreeed. Van Persie was a shoo-in for the captain’s armband.

And then Van Gaal made Wayne Rooney his captain.

Such are the facts…

 

Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Watch: Arsenal sign the news Lionel Messi

New Watch: an occasional column looking at footballers described as being the ‘new’ versions of an established world star.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are keen on “Argentine wonderkid” Maxi Romero. He is “dubbed” the “next Lionel Messi”.

But he might be the next Eddie McGoldrick. You never can tell.

 

Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid as ‘mid-table’ Liverpool look for cash

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Transfer Balls looks at Raheem Sterling in today’s news. It’s going to be a busy summer for the Liverpool striker. To save you the bother of reading a myriad different publications, we’ll round-up the day’s Sterling news:

Barney Ronay wonders in the Guardian if Sterling is really all that special:

Among the assorted soundbites swirling about in the wake of that unauthorised BBC interview it is the regurgitation of Brendan Rodgers’ claim last year that Sterling is “the best young player in Europe” that seems most startling, and indeed illuminating… The best young player in Europe is an Englishman who has never scored a goal in the Champions League, never won any kind of trophy, and never made any real impact against one of the heavyweights of European or international football. Really?…

Only in the overheated Premier League could a series of promising moments lead to some apparently serious talk of a £50m transfer fee. The real point here is that beyond the island borders of the World’s Most Excitable League, European football is awash with equivalent fine young talent in Sterling’s part of the pitch…

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Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: Mesut Ozil makes mugs of the experts

Jamie Redknapp says Arsenal’s German midfileder Mesut Ozil “is something special and worth paying to watch”.

Redknapp tells his Daily Mail readers that “Mesut Ozil is an easy target for ex-pros and pundits…”

Adding:

“When things don’t come off for the German, people are quick to criticise. We do that too much in this country — looking at what people can’t do rather than what they can — and it’s where we go wrong so often.”

Well, going into Arsenal’s last match in which Ozil shone, Redknapp said Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson “will press hard and make sure Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have no room to breathe.”

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Posted: 6th, April 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Want to see a video of Manchester United player Marcos Rojo’s one-man sex tape?

Manchester United sex tape

 

Why anyone would do this is bemusing. Why anyone with a public profile would resort to digitally insultated solo sex suggests a deep mental negligibility.PSST! Want to see a video of Manchester United star Marcos Rojo playing with his little ‘Red Devil’? No, us neither. But the Times, 34, alleges Rojo, 25, sent Sarah Watson a recording of himself masturbating along with “explicit messages” and photos.

Why anyone would do this is bemusing. Why anyone with a public profile would resort to digitally insultated solo sex suggests bordom and deep mental negligibility.

To add to the stickiness, at a flat belonging to Rojos’ friend, Waston claims she prefomed a “sex act” on the Argentinean watched by four other players, who might or might not also play for Machester United.

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Posted: 6th, April 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football’s morality: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling is a fair-weather friend

Raheem STerling Arsenal

 

Writing in the Times, Rory Smith nails Raheem Sterling’s issue with Liverpool.

Sterling has turned down £100,000-a-week to stay at the club and, reportedly, said he’d not even accept £180,000-a-week to play for Liverpool. He also denies all any accusations that he’s money-grabbing. Sterling, says Sterling, only craves more titles. Success is his only driver

Says Smith:

“Football’s morality: mercenary bad, fair-weather friend good.”

What price loyalty? That question to you, Raheem…

 

 

 

Posted: 6th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Rodgers defends the ‘boy’ Sterling by questioning his intellect

Raheem Sterling is all over the Sunday sports sections. The Liverpool tyro – Liverpool’s best player in their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal – is going nowhere.

 

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But he might be. Keeping hold of a very good young English player who sees glory elsewhere is not easy.

And Brendan Rodgers isn’t helping. The Sunday Times leads with “Rodgers escalates war over Sterling”. Rodgers says Sterling has been turned by his agent, Aidy Ward.

“I’ve had a good chat with [Sterling], gave my opinion. This is a young kid who has been advised to do something else. You’re not a 20-year-old boy who picked up the phone and asks to speak to the BBC. You don’t do it. And him in particular.”

 

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Rodgers is a patient, intelligent man. But calling Sterling a “boy” is foolish. Telling him that he’s easily led by the big bad agent and not capable of speaking for himself is hardly going to win hearts and minds in the ‘war’.

 

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Sterling has two more years to run on his contract. Can Liverpool in that time challenge for the title? When Sterling looked at his teamates and the wreckage Arsenal wrought on Liverpool’s Champions’ League ambitions, did he see his future at Anfield?

How likely is that?

Not very…

 

 

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Posted: 5th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Daniel Sturridge follows Arsenal defeat with a call to party

Liverpool lost 4-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League. The game delivered a severe blow to Liverpool’s chances of Champions’ League qualification. But how does Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge respond? Well, on Twitter he’s having a par-teeee:

 daniel sturridge party

As @andrew_warden notes:

That awkward moment when you are paid to promote something but your team lost today! :/

Sick as a tweeter…

Posted: 4th, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Raheem Sterling thinks Manchester United and Arsenal are better than Liverpool

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Can it be that Raheem Sterling, the Liverpool tyro, would leave the club to play for Arsenal or Manchester United? The Sun says the deal to Old Trafford is on.

The last player to move between the two clubs was Phil Chisnall, who left Manchester United for Liverpool in 1964.

Sterling has rejected a near £100,000-a-week deal to remain at Liverpool. He and his agent are agitating for an exit. Liverpool want him to stay.

Their mistake was securing him on a £35,000-a-week deal that ends in two years time. They should have offered him more when he signed that deal just after his 18th birthday. They should have seen the improving player and recalculated his worth. Now that Liverpool are ready to negotiate, Sterling has raised his sights.

Sterling thinks Liverpool owe him back pay.

And Liverpool’s rivals are ready to exploit his position.

Sterling, of course, runs the risk of looking like a greedy, ungrateful, disloyal tosser.

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


Transfer Balls: underpaid Sterling wants Arsenal or Chelsea move – and so does his agent

raheem sterling transfer

 

Is Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool? Is he going to play for Arsenal. Is he a greedy sh*t or a footballer who knows his worth? Questions abound on the matter of former QPR player Raheem Sterling. And the tabloids lead with the news.

The Sun says Sterling is worth £50m. The paper says he could be on his way to Chelsea. Or Arsenal. Or Manchester City. The Sun says the “race” is on to sign Sterling. It’s race doped with money.

The Daily Mail also leads with news that Chelsea are in the “race” to sign Sterling.

Is it? But Brendan Rodgers says Sterling should be”honoured” to play for Liverpool, adding that the player has two and a half years to run on his current deal and is going nowhere.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Brilliant, bright and money-grabbing: Raheem Sterling deserves every penny he can get

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Raheem Sterling is not a money-grabber. Well, so says the Times. And ‘money grabber’ is in inverted commas, the words appearing in a headline comment on the Liverpool player’s view of himself as revealed in a BBC interview. In that chat, Sterling confirmed that he has rejected an offer of £100,000-a-week to extend his Liverpool contract, which still has over two years to run.

He also says he’s “flattered” that Arsenal are interested in hiring him.

And he stated:

“Everyone’s dream is growing up seeing themselves in an away kit somewhere in a sunny country.”

You  might take that for poetic licence, Sterling’s ‘sunny country’ being North London in February. But the 20-year-old who left QPR to earn more money at Liverpool is a pragmatist. Sterling wants a move away from the Premier League.

 

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And he won’t weep for Liverpool. Following Liverpool’s win at QPR, his boyhood club, Sterling wrote on his Instagram page:

“Back to where it all started great win from the boys 3 points yerrrr boiiii.”

 

See how he loves Liverpool. Well, they do pay him more than QPR were offering. Liverpool got Sterling in their club colours because they outbid all other teams, offering QPR an initial £500,000 for the teenager.

 

In The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin, we learn:

 

Sterling was a regular in pick-up games organised by Walley on a pitch marked out in the back garden of the home of Tim Sherwood, Tottenham’s technical co-ordinator. A trial game was arranged, between Tottenham Under 15s and a Brent Schools select, featuring Sterling, who was thought to be available for £200,000. Remarkably, Spurs turned him down, because academy coaches were split about his long-term potential and the challenges of his background. Fulham were convinced they were about to sign him. “We had Raheem in the building, and were totally blown away when Liverpool came in for the boy,” admitted Barry Simmonds, their chief scout. Anderson and McParland had successfully lobbied Sterling’s family, and close friends, that Raheem’s best interests would be served by a £1 million move to Merseyside.

A month before his 15th birthday, he was billeted with ‘house parents’ and installed in the fifth form at Rainhill School in St Helens.

 

That last line makes nonsense of Ian Ladyman’s clim in the Mail that Sterling is a kid out of his depth. Ladyman compares Sterling’s contract manoeuverings with those of his former Liverpool colleague Luis Suarez, who also sought an early exit from Anfield:

“Suarez was a worldly-wise, well travelled football gun for hire when he decided to take Liverpool on. He left home at 14. He could cope. Sterling, on the other hand, still looks like a boy…and in some ways he still is.”

That would be the same Raheem Stelring who left his native Jamaica at age six and then moved from London to Liverpool at 14.

 

Ladyman doesn’t seeme to have read the Daily Mail’2012 profile of Sterling’s “extraordinary story”:

“Long before he confirmed his place as football’s next big thing with his first Premier League goal last weekend, Sterling was a whippet-quick slip of a boy from Jamaica with flowing plaits, using his skill to embarrass grown men in adult matches, laughing as they floundered in his wake… His journey… began almost 5,000 miles away in a notoriously dangerous district of Kingston, Jamaica, where he lived until he was six, when he emigrated to Britain and settled with his family on one of London’s toughest estates.

 

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Stonebridge Estate (Via Nico Hogg’s Flikr)

 

In 2002, the Standard said of Stonebridge:

The area just north of Harlesden, comprising a maze of shabby concrete estates – Stonebridge, St Raphael’s and Churchend – is one of the poorest places in Britain and has become a breeding ground for violent crime and drug dealing.

Sterling ended up at Vernon House Special School, surrounded by “troubled” children. He “shunned gangs to play five-a-side with friends, and the Copland High School playing fields, in nearby Wembley, where he honed his game.”

 

We hear from Ann John, a Labour councillor for Stonebridge Ward. (Full disclosure: I grew up not far away. I’d avoid the Stoneridge Estate if it meant a much longer walk. It was notorious. It was a place anyone sane would want to get out of.) Says John:

“This is a real rags-to-riches story, so he deserves all the success he gets.”

One of Sterling’s former teachers says:

“Raheem is amazingly intelligent in so many ways… Raheem is a brilliant thinker. He would get concepts off the football pitch as well as on it. He had a great work ethic which lots of the other kids didn’t.”

So. That’s Raheem Sterling: ambitious, talented, smart and driven. Greedy? Yeah, probably. But no more or less than most of us.

Liverpool fans who want him to be one of their own are dreaming. He never was one of yours…

Posted: 2nd, April 2015 | In: Key Posts, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer balls: 140,000 reasons for Theo Walcott to love Chelsea and Liverpool

Transfer Balls: the Times says Chelsea are ready to make a move for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Matt Hughes says Walcott, 26, wants to stay at Arsenal. But at the end of this season Walcott’s current contract will have just one year to run.

There is no guantratee Arsenal and Walcott will agree on a new contract. So. He could be off.

But Arsene Wenger says there has been progress:

“The first contacts have been established with the embassy! We will see how that progresses politically. Walcott was difficult to convince (last time) and that’s why it took us much time.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Hummels ‘pledges’ future Manchester United and then explains

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Transfer balls: The Sun leads with news that Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels has made a “pledge” to join Manchester United. Hummels is reported to have said that Manchester United is the only non-German team he will play for.

He is quoted:

“If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Sterling to Arsenal, Walcott to Liverpool, Reus to everywhere

Transfer balls looks at the Daily Mirror’s lead story: Raheem Sterling could be leaving Liverpool for life at Arsenal. Recalling how well things went when Arsenal last tried to buy a Liverpool player – a failed bid of £40m plus £1 for Luis Suarez  – investigating the veracity of this story seems worthwhile.

 

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John Cross reminds readers that former QPR starlet Sterling has yet to sign a new deal at Liverpool. He says a raft of big clubs are after the player, mentioning Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Cross then states that “City will make a big bid” for the England player.

That’s pretty much the entire back-page news story. It continues two pages inside, with Cross saying that “Arsenal are serious contenders” and have made “discreet enquiries about Sterling’s availability”.  Given that the Gunners’ apparent discretions are back-page news, you wonder what form the club’s enquiries took: a word in the ear of the Mirror’s Arsenal reporter, perhaps?

 

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Over in the Mail, news is that Sterling will not sign for Liverpool “even if Liverpool offer £180,000 a week”. Says who? We’re not told? It’s just a fact that if Liverpool lose their minds and offer Sterling £180,000-a week to play for them he will not stay. Make it £180,001 and… yeah, maybe he will. Call his agent, Make the offer. See what occurs.

After that uter balls, over in the Express, their story is that Liverpool are interested in buying Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, who will be replaced  at The Emirates by Marco Reus. Really? Reus is the player the Express reported had agreed to join Real Madrid and the Mirror said had joined Barcelona.

Such are the facts in the trusty tabloids…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 30th, March 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal chase Victor Wanyama who wants to play for a Top 7 club, like Spurs

The Sun says Arsenal are looking to buy Southampton’s Victor Wanyama for £30m contains a line to make Gunners fans smirk.

The Sun says Spurs also want Wanyama, 23:

A source close to the Kenya ace said: “Victor would only consider a top-four club — or Spurs as he admires Pochettino from their time at Saints.”

…or Spurs. Ouch!

To recap: picky Victor would only consider leaving the Saints for a top seven club, then.

 

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And as for the Sun’s scoop, well,  in 2013 the paper reported that he was off to Arsenal for…£10m::

ARSENAL are poised to slap in a £10 million-plus bid for Celtic star Victor Wanyama. SunSport understands Gunners boss and long term admirer Arsene Wenger is finally ready to spend big on the Kenyan midfielder — and meet the SPL champs’ asking price.

The Gunners never did bid for the Wanyama…

Posted: 29th, March 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester City knock £10m of Ross Barkley bid as Chelsea wait with £50m

The Daily Star is reporting in an “EXCLUSIVE” that Manchester City and Chelsea want on sign Everton’s Ross Barkley. The Star adds that the two clubs can have Barkley for £50m.

That is, of course, a ludicrous sum for a promising player. But if Everton can get that much for a young player whose form has dipped, then good luck to them.

The Star’s report contains not a single quote from either Manchester City or Chelsea. It just tells readers that – incredible as it sounds – both clubs would prefer to spend less to buy Barkely.

In the frenzied world of bullshit.com football reporting, The Metro reads the Star’s story and tells its readers:

Chelsea transfer news: Chelsea line up £50million signing of Everton star Ross Barkley

No. They are not. Everton apparently want £50m for their rising star. We’ve read that Chelsea would like to buy him. But any talk of a bid is nonsense.

Over in the Sunday People news is that City will offer £35m Everton for Ross Barkley.

That’s a £10m drop on the £45m the Telegraph said Manchester City were going to bid.

The People’s story also contains not a single fact to support its scoop.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 29th, March 2015 | In: Chelsea, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea sell Petr Cech To Arsenal twice

Transfer Balls: Are Chelsea going to sell Petr Cech? Are Arsenal going to buy him? The Daily Telegraph says Chelsea might be. And Arsenal will pay £10m.

We cast our minds back to November, when the trusty Metro told readers that Cech had joined Arsenal for £7m:

 

CEch Arsenal joins

 

Did he? No. Because The Argus says Chech won’t make any decision on his future until the summer..

Such are the facts…

 

 

 

 

Posted: 28th, March 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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