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21-07-2010, 01:54 PM
sebelum jadi melebar...
ane bilang kemasukan di "2 musim terakhir"
bukan cuma kemasukan 2....#-o#-o

Wkwkwk, sepertinya harus sedikit vulgar kata2nya klo yg baca sella nih om :D

Itu lho y, hnya keboboln 2 gol, sekali lg, teliti sebelum comment :D:peace:
Selama musim 2008-09 10x Clean Sheet. Maen di fulham langsung bw FUlham finis d tempat 7 ke piala eropa, sabet penghargaan Player of the year Fulham, dan Player of the month februari 2010 dimana hanya kebobolan 1 gol dr 4 laga (2 menang, 2 seri). Hmmm, wajar kan Wenger naksir?

21-07-2010, 02:03 PM
wahaha maklum ilmu saya masih cetek jadi komen ya hanya yg dibaca dan dilihat makanya kadang sering banyak nanya jadi msh belajar om hehe

ooh iya iya dia dapet pernghargaan pemain mudah terbaik fulham karena cleansheet ya? iya ane ngerti kalo masih muda aja udah cleansheet ya gak salah lah dia diincer wenger, walaupun cleansheet si schwerzer bukan hanya kerja dia sendiri tp berkat bek fulham yg handal . ya ane ngerti sekarang :mudance::

23-07-2010, 02:07 PM
Gosling signs for Magpies
Soccernet - July 22, 2010

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of midfielder Dan Gosling on a free transfer.

Gosling, who left Everton this summer after they failed to put the offer of a new contract in writing, has agreed a four-year deal at St James' Park.

Gosling told the club's official website: "It's a brilliant move for me. Now that the deal is done, I just can't wait to get started.

"I've played at St James' Park before and know all about the amazing atmosphere. Playing there in a black-and-white shirt is something I've thought about already and it will be a great day when I finally get to walk out in front of 50,000 people.

"The gaffer, Chris Hughton, and all of the lads have been great with me and made me feel really welcome since I arrived and hopefully I can repay the faith they've shown in me."

Hughton added: "He's the right age and the profile that he has is what makes it such an appealing capture for us. He's young but has Premier League experience and he's someone who can continue to develop his game.

"We see him as a high-energy player and a player that can play from box to box, but he's also a young player with experience, so he won't be phased by what is ahead of him."

Gosling, 20, was ruled out for nine months when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in March and could miss the start of the season.

23-07-2010, 04:06 PM
Toffees benar2 dobol, bakal nyesal bgt bisa2 mereka melepas talenta bgs karena kebodohan management... Coba kl si Rodwell jg ngalamin hal yg sama, sdh pasti SAF terdepan...

23-07-2010, 08:49 PM
Gosling dilepas???
Oh NOOOOOO. bisa gitu yah si everton nih? umur msh 20, talenta lumayan prospeklah, gelandang bertahan yg mumpuni. Ingetnya yg ini ama si rodwell, calon bintang everton, eh malah nyang ini dilepas. Mungkin cari kesempatan bermain kali ya... di artikel atas cuma ada "I Just cant wait to get started"

26-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Black Cats bag Bramble
Bruce delighted with defender deal
Last updated: 23rd July 2010

Sunderland have completed the signing of Titus Bramble from Premier League rivals Wigan.

Bramble has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light after passing a medical.

The former Newcastle defender arrives at Sunderland for an undisclosed fee and will link up again with former Wigan boss Steve Bruceon Wearside.

Bruce believes Bramble will prove to be a valuable addition to his squad for the new season


"Titus was absolutely outstanding for me at Wigan," Bruce told the club's official website. "He matured into a very, very good player so there was absolutely no hesitation when the chance came to bring him to Sunderland.
"He was certainly the right player at the right price and this is a great deal for the football club."

Riera seals Greek switch
Spanish winger leaves Liverpool for Olympiakos
By James Dall Last updated: 23rd July 2010

Greek side Olympiakos have confirmed the signing of Liverpool winger Albert Riera.

The Spaniard has inked a four-year contract with Olympiakos, ending his two-year stay at Anfield, for a fee in the region of £5million.

Riera joined the Reds from Espanyol in 2008 for a fee of £8million and went on to make 40 league appearances, scoring three goals.

Last season, Riera fell out-of-favour with then-manager Rafa Benitez, with his last appearance for Liverpool coming in March.

"Olympiakos announce the acquisition of Liverpool's Spanish international Albert Riera," read a statement from the Greek club.

"The player has signed a four-year agreement."

Kolarov signs for City
Serbian agrees five-year deal
By Mike Barton Last updated: 24th July 2010

Aleksandar Kolarov has put pen to paper to join Manchester City on a five-year deal from Lazio.

The Serbian full-back will move to Eastlands for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £19million having been granted a work permit and passed a medical.

City boss Roberto Mancini, who is currently on a pre-season tour of the USA, stated that the club were '99 per cent' sure that a deal for the left-back would be done.

The transfer has now gone through but Kolarov will not be joining up with his new team-mates in America before they head back to England.

Kolarov will now compete for a place on the left hand side of defence with Wayne Bridge, who is understood to still be wanted at the club despite the likelihood that the 24-year-old will be first choice.

Sunderland sign Angeleri
Right-back welcomed to Wearside by Bruce
Last updated: 24th July 2010

Sunderland have boosted their defensive options by recruiting Marcos Angeleri from Argentinian side Estudiantes de La Plata.

Manager Steve Bruce has swooped to sign the right-back for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 27-year-old - who has three senior caps for Argentina - becomes the third South American in the Black Cats' ranks, with Paraguayans Paulo Da Silva and Cristian Riveros also hailing from the continent.

The defender missed out on selection for Diego Maradona's World Cup squad for the finals in South Africa this summer due to injury but the player has impressed Bruce enough to secure a deal.

Angeleri began his career at Primera Division side Estudiantes in 2002 and has amassed 175 appearances for the 2009 Copa Libertadoreschampions.

Bruce said Angeleri will provide depth to his squad, as well as additional options on the field.

He told the club's official website: "Marcos is a strong, powerful defender and will add depth to the squad.

"He is also very keen to get forward from that position so that adds an extra dimension to the side.

"He has been one of the best right full-backs in South America in recent years and has really impressed us when we've watched him."

Guti ends Madrid career
Real stalwart set for Besiktas switch
Last updated: 25th July 2010

Midfielder Guti has drawn a close on his 15-year professional spell with Real Madrid, having left the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 33-year-old has departed the Spanish giants following a lengthy period with the club, making his debut in December 1995.

Guti actually joined the club as a nine-year-old and was part of the furniture at Los Merengues, but Turkish outfit Besiktas are now set to sign him on a free transfer.

If the former Spain international does make the switch to Turkey, he will link up with former Madrid boss Bernd Schuster, who is currently in charge of Besiktas.

Guti was instrumental in the Real side which won the Primera Division title in

2001, scoring 14 goals in that particular season.

In total, he played 542 matches in a number of positions, scoring 77 goals and winning 15 trophies including five league titles and three UEFA Champions League triumphs.

He said at a press conference in Madrid: "Thank you to everyone. I go knowing that Real Madridwill always be my home.

"I leave knowing that Real Madrid wants me and that is very important."

Guti has opted to leave Madrid despite the fact that he had one year left to run on his contract.

On the possibility of a move to Besiktas, he added: "I have a good offer from them, an interesting one, now we'll see. It wasn't an easy decision."

26-07-2010, 10:07 AM
hhmmmm.... City masih bernafsu aja di bursa transfer... hhmmm bentar lagi obral gede-gedean dari City... cccckkk..ccckkk.. tim yang aneh... OKB

otonk reddevilz
26-07-2010, 11:14 AM
hhmmmm.... City masih bernafsu aja di bursa transfer... hhmmm bentar lagi obral gede-gedean dari City... cccckkk..ccckkk.. tim yang aneh... OKB

yoi om..ntar pusing sendiri tuh Citynya..satu persatu bakalan di lego..kolarov datang..bridge jadi tanda tanya..blum yang lainnya, baca di media..total pemain city kurang lebih 37an sekarang..sementara yg di daftar kan cuman 25..betul bakalan ada obral besar besaran nih...Sale sebelum Lebaran..hehehe...:embarrassment:

27-07-2010, 12:05 PM
OFFICIAL : Besiktas Sign Guti On Two-Year Deal

The former Real Madrid playmaker has agreed to Turkish move...

Besiktas have signed former Real Madrid midfielder Guti on a free transfer, the Turkish outfit confirmed on Monday. The 33-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract with his annual wages set at €2.7 million.

He is expected to undergo his medical with his new employers on Tuesday before putting pen to paper.

Guti announced his departure from the Spanish club on Sunday afternoon. The Torrejon-born player was drafted in the Madrid set-up when he was just nine years of age and made his debut for los Blancos in December 1995.

However, with the Merengues entering a new era under Jose Mourinho, Madrid and Guti decided that it would be in the best interest of both parties to go their separate ways. The departure was confirmed in a press conference on Sunday.

Spanish media had already claimed that Guti had a lucrative offer from Besiktas and the Turkish outfit has now formally confirmed on their official website that the three-time Champions League winner has joined the club on a free transfer where he will reunite with former coach Bernd Schuster.

Besiktas finished fourth in the Turkcell Super Lig in 2009-10 and will face Czech side FC Viktoria Plzen in the first-leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday

27-07-2010, 12:40 PM

Premier League transfers : Club-by-club guide to every deal in summer 2010

Premier League clubs are primed for another summer of wheeling and dealing.

You can follow every team's moves with Sportsmail's club-by-club guide. We'll let you know how your club's squad is shaping up ahead of the new season.



IN : Laurent Koscielny (Lorient, £10m), Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, free), Kyle Ebecilio (Feyenoord, free)

OUT : Philippe Senderos (Fulham, free), Fran Merida (Atletico Madrid, free), Mikael Silvestre (released), Francis Coquelin (Lorient, loan), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk, £6m)


IN : None

OUT : Andy Marshall (released), Wilfred Bouma (released), Marlon Harewood (released)



IN : Enric Valles (NAC Breda, free), Ben Foster (Manchester United, £6m), Nikola Zigic (Valencia, £6m)

OUT : Gary McSheffrey (Coventry, free), Gregory Vignal (released), Jared Wilson (released), Lee Carsley (Coventry, free), Artur Krysiak (Exeter, free), Frank Queudrue (released)


IN : Hugo Fernandez (Union Deportiva Cornella, undisclosed)

OUT : Steven Reid (West Brom, free), Yildiray Basturk (released)


IN : None

OUT : Daniel Nardiello (released), Hameur Bouazza (released), Al Bangura (released), Danny Mitchley (released), Joe Martin (released), Stephen McPhee (released), Ben Burgess (Notts County, free)


IN : Martin Petrov (Manchester City, free), Robbie Blake (Burnley, free)

OUT : Ricardo Vaz Te (Panionios, free), Ali Al Habsi (Wigan, loan)


IN : Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, £6m), Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic, £2.7m), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, £5.2m)

OUT : Joe Cole (Liverpool, free), Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen, free), Juliano Belletti (Fluminese, free), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce, £2.5m), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, loan)



IN : Joao Silva (Desportivo Das Aves, £500,000), Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw, free), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds, free), Magaye Gueye (Strasbourg, undisclosed)

OUT : John Ruddy (Norwich City, free), Dan Gosling (Newcastle, free), Carlo Nash (Stoke City, free)


IN : Philippe Senderos (Arsenal, free), Jonathan Greening (West Bromwich, undisclosed)

OUT : Chris Smalling (Manchester United, £10m), Erik Nevland (Viking, free), Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient, free), Christopher Buchtmann (Cologne, undisclosed), Wayne Brown (Bristol Rovers, free), Toni Kallio (released)



IN : Joe Cole (Chelsea, free), Jonjo Shelvey (Charlton, £1.7m), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege, free), Danny Wilson (Rangers, £5m)

OUT : David Martin (MK Dons, free), Mikel San Jose (Atletico Bilbao, undisclosed), Fabio Aurelio (released), Robbie Threlfall (Bradford, free), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea, £6m), Albert Riera (Olympiakos, undisclosed)


IN : Yaya Toure (Barcelona, £24m), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg, £10m), David Silva (Valencia, £24m), Alex Henshall (Swindon Town, free), Albert Rusnak (MFK Kosice, undisclosed)

OUT : Valeri Bojinov (Parma, £4.5m), Martin Petrov (Bolton, free), Benjani (released), Sylvinho (released), Robert Mak (Nuremberg, £500,000),
Gunnar Nielsen (Tranmere, loan)


IN : Chris Smalling (Fulham, £10m), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara, £10m), Marnick Vermijl (Standard Liege, undisclosed)

OUT : Ben Foster (Birmingham, £6m), Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow, £8m), Tom Heaton (Cardiff, free)



IN : Dan Gosling (Newcastle, free), James Perch (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)

OUT : Nicky Butt (released), Fabrice Pancrate (released)


IN : Carlo Nash (Everton, free)

OUT : Andy Griffin (Reading, undisclosed), Steve Simonsen (Sheffield United, free), Amdy Faye (released), Diego Arismendi (Barnsley, loan), Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth, loan)


IN : Titus Bramble (Wigan, £1m), Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul, undisclosed), Simon Mignolet (Sint Truidense, undisclosed), Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (ENPPI, loan)

OUT : Daryl Murphy (Celtic, £1.5m), Jamie Chandler (Darlington, free) Roy O'Donovan (Coventry, undisclosed), Lorik Cana (Galatasaray, £5m), Nyron Nosworthy (Sheffield United, loan)


IN : Sandro (Internacional, £6m)

OUT : Jimmy Walker (released)


IN : Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid, free), Gabriel Tamas (Auxerre, undisclosed), Steven Reid (Blackburn, free)

OUT : Andwele Slory (released), Robert Koren (released), Filipe Teixeira (released), Jonathan Greening (Fulham, undisclosed), Borja Valero (Villareal, loan)


IN : Thomas Hitzlsperger (Lazio, free), Pablo Barrera (Pumas, £4m), Frederic Piquionne (Lyon, £1m)

OUT : Guillermo Franco (released), Ilan (released), Josh Payne (released)


IN : James McArther (Hamilton, £1m), Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes, £6.5m), Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, loan), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Brugge, undisclosed)

OUT : Titus Bramble (Sunderland, £1m), Tomasz Cywka (Derby, free), Mario Melchiot (Umm Salal, free), Paul Scharner (released)


IN : Jelle Van Damme (Anderlecht, £2.5m), Steven Fletcher (Burnley £6.5m), Stephen Mouyokolo (Hull, undisclosed), Stephen Hunt (Hull, £3m), Adlene Guedioura (RSC Charleroi, free)

OUT : Jason Shackell (Barnsley, undisclosed), Mark Little (released), Daniel Jones (released), George Friend (released), Chris Iwelumo (Burnley, undisclosed), Alan Irvine (Sheffield Wednesday, free), Andrew Surman (Norwich, £500k).

27-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Wah Ben Foster resmi ya out ke birmingham....padahal lumayan sih nih anak.
bye foster......

Satu Ben pergi dan Ben yang lainnya naek kelas......

29-07-2010, 02:03 PM
Raul Teken Kontrak Dua Musim Bersama Schalke

Raul Gonzalez diklaim telah setuju untuk menandatangani kontrak dua musim yang diajukan Schalke 04.

Kesepakatan antara Raul Gonzalez dan Schalke 04 segera tuntas. Diklaim klub Bundesliga Jerman itu, legenda Real Madrid itu setuju dengan tawaran kontrak dua musim mereka.

"Dalam fase terakhir pembicaraan pada hari Selasa sore, Raul menyatakan setuju untuk bermain bersama klub Gelsenkirchen untuk dua musim," klaim Schalke 04 di situs klub, Rabu (28/7).

Namun begitu belum ada keterangan resmi mengenai kapan penandatanganan kontrak akan terjadi. Raul diperkirakan baru akan melakukannya setelah lolos tes medis.

Raul sebelumnya mendapat pesta perpisahan dari Real Madrid setelah mengabdi selama 16 musim. Jika semuanya tuntas, Schalke akan menjadi klub ketiga dalam karirnya setelah Atletico Madrid dan Real Madrid.

RESMI : Schalke Boyong Bek Muda Jepang

Atsuto Uchida telah diperkenalkan oleh pihak klub melalui konferensi pers.

Pemain berusia 22 tahun tersebut hanya bisa menyebutkan kata "hai', ie, yes" saat Felix Magath mengajaknya bergabung bersama Schalke.

"Hai'" yang berarti "iya" dalam bahasa Jepang menjadi kata pertama yang keluar dari mulut full-back Jepang, Atsuto Uchida saat pelatih Schalke mengontaknya.

Uchida telah diperkenalkan melalui konferensi pers pada Selasa (27/7) lalu. Ia diberondong beberapa pertanyaan oleh pihak pers.

Dalam konferensi persnya Uchida menyebutkan ia akan berlatih keras untuk menjukkan kualitasnya kepada sang pelatih, Felix Magath. Selain itu, ia juga menyebut bahwa latihan fisik di Jerman lebih keras daripada di Jepang.

Bersama Schalke, Uchida akan mengenakan kostum bernomor 22. Uchida makin meramaikan ekspansi pemain Jepang ke Bundesliga setelah Makoto Hasebe yang bergabung dengan Wolfsburg musim lalu dan Shinji Kagawa yang juga baru saja bergabung dengan Borussia Dortmund.

RESMI : De Guzman Hijrah Ke Mallorca

Real Mallorca menuntaskan upaya untuk bisa mendatangkan gelandang Feyenoord Rotterdam itu.

Pengejaran Real Mallorca untuk Jonathan De Guzman berakhir sukses setelah gelandang Feyenoord Rotterdam itu menandatangani kontrak tiga musim bersama klub Spanyol itu.

Pemain kelahiran Kanada, namun memiliki kewarganegaraan Belanda ini mengaku senang bisa melanjutkan karirnya di Mallorca, meski klub barunya itu tak bisa bermain di kompetisi Eropa karena masalah administrasi.

"Saya senang dan bangga bisa berada di sini di Mallorca. Saya sudah banyak memikirkan hal ini," ujar De Guzman di situs resmi Mallorca.

"Saya memiliki ketertarikan besar terhadap Liga Spanyol dan yang terpenting adalah keyakinan pihak klub yang ditunjukkan kepada saya," tambahnya.

Pemilik Mallorca Llorenc Serra Ferrer juga menilai De Guzman menjadi tambahan pemain yang sangat penting di timnya.

"Dia adalah pemain muda yang secara teknis memiliki bakat, kemampuan untuk beradaptasi di posisi mana pun di lini tengah dan dia memposisikan diri dalam tempat yang bagus untuk penyelesaian akhir. Saya tak memiliki keraguan dia bakal sukses di sini," yakin Serra Ferrer.

RESMI : Campbell Teken Kontrak Satu Musim Di Newcastle

Sol Campbell melanjutkan karir profesionalnya sebagai pemain di Newcastle United.

Sol Campbell memastikan Newcastle United sebagai klub yang akan dibela di musim ini setelah menandatangani kontrak satu musim.

Kepastian penandatanganan kontrak diungkapkan pihak Newcastle dalam situs mereka, meski tidak disebutkan secara lengkap nilai kesepakatan mereka.

Campbell mengaku puas dengan kesepakatan ini dan atas kepercayaan yang masih diberikan Newcastle.

"Di level ini saya tak bisa meminta lebih untuk pindah ke tempat yang lebih baik. Saya ingin berterima kasih kepada pelatih Chris Hughton atas kepercayaannya kepada saya dan berjanji untuk membalasnya dan suporter dengan memberikan semua yang saya bisa untuk bisa membantu mengembalikan nama besar klub di sepakbola Inggris," kata Sol Campbell yang dikutip Reuters, Rabu (28/7).

"Saya tak sabar untuk bisa bermain dan tak sabar untuk bisa memulai kompetisi," lanjutnya.

29-07-2010, 03:54 PM
Marnick Vermijl (Standard Liege, undisclosed) beneran dah resmi masuk skuad United, nih? Aku malah baru tau...

31-07-2010, 08:25 PM
RESMI : Garrido Ke Lazio

Bek Manchester City itu resmi bergabung dengan Lazio.

Tuntas sudah kesepakatan antara Lazio dan Manchester City untuk transfer Javier Garrido ke Italia.

Dilaporkan Sportinglife, Garrido tidak masuk dalam rencana Manchester City musim ini setelah klub Liga Primer Inggris itu mendapatkan Aleksander Kolarov dari Lazio minggu lalu.

Garrido sendiri bisa dibilang sebagai pengganti Kolarov di Lazio, dan hal ini dipastikan presiden Lazio Claudio Lotito dalam keterangannya.

"Garrdido sudah menjadi pemain Lazio. Dia adalah pilihan pertama kami sebagai pengganti Kolarov," jelasnya.

Tidak disebutkan berapa nilai kesepakatan transfer Garrido ke Lazio.

RESMI : Wigan Gaet Stam

The Latics telah dapatkan pengganti Mario Melchiot, yaitu Ronnie Stam.

Defender asal FC Twente, Ronnie Stam telah merampungkan kepindahannya ke Wigan Athletic. Stam bergabung dengan kisaran biaya £2 juta.

Kepindahan Stam ke Wigan, merupakan bagian dari rencana transfer manajer Roberto Martinez untuk menambal posisi bek kanan yang ditinggalkan Mario Melchiot ke Qatar.

Stam sebenarnya juga diincar Ajax, namun ia lebih memiih bermain di Liga Primer Inggris karena ingin mencicipi atmosfir turnamen yang besar.

"Ronnie telah bergabung selama dua musim dengan kami, ia masih bisa terus melanjutkan karirnya," ujar presiden Twente, Joop Munsterman kepada situs resmi klub.

"Ia telah memilih dari beberapa opsi yang ada. Ronnie menunjukkan indikasi untuk bermain di luar Belanda."

Stam sendiri menjadi pemain keempat yang bergabung dengan Wigan setelah Antolin Alcaraz, Mauro Boselli dan James McArthur.

David James Resmi Hijrah Ke Bristol City

David James akhirnya berlabuh di Bristol City.

David James menolak ajakan bergabung dari Glasow Celtic dan memilih pindah ke klub divisi Championship Inggris, Bristol City.

"Saya berbicara panjang dengan presiden Steve Landsdown dan saya menyukai ucapannya soal ambisi klub. Saya mengetahui soal rencana stadion baru klub dan keinginan promosi ke Liga Primer," tukas James dalam laman resmi klub barunya.

"Klub ini sungguh ambisius, seperti halnya saya. Wilayah barat daya belum memiliki sebuah klub di Liga Primer dan keadaan itu harus diubah."

"Saya memiliki tawaran tetap bermain di Liga Primer, tapi lebih penting lagi untuk tetap bermain bagi klub yang tepat dan memerhatikan keluarga."

Kiper berusia 39 tahun ini sudah menuntaskan tes medis di Ashton Gate dan akan diperkenalkan kepada pendukung Bristol, Sabtu (31/7) sore ini.

03-08-2010, 10:34 AM
Marquez Susul Henry
Narayana Mahendra Prastya - detiksport

New York - Rafael Marquez 'mengikuti jejak' Thierry Henry. Usai dilepas Barcelona, bek asal Meksiko itu melanjutkan karirnya di klub MLS New York Red Bulls.

Pengumuman bergabungnya Marquez disampaikan oleh Red Bulls melalui situs resminya, Selasa (3/8/2010) dinihari WIB.

"Red Bull New York mengumumkan hari ini telah mendatangkan mantan bintang FC Barcelona dan kapten tim nasional Meksiko Rafael Marquez. Ia menandatangani kontrak dalam jangka panjang (multi-year)," demikian Red Bulls.

Marquez adalah pemain kedua eks Barca yang didatangkan klub yang bermarkas di Red Bull Arena itu musim ini setelah sebelumnya Thierry Henry.

"Saya sangat bersemangat bergabung dengan Red Bulls. Meski punya kesempatan untuk memenuhi kontrak saya bersama Barcelona, namun pindah ke New York dan bermain di Major League Soccer merupakan kesempatan yang tak bisa saya tolak," ujar Marquez.

"Saya benar-benar berkomitmen untuk melakukan yang terbaik untuk membantu Red Bulls di babak playoff tahun ini dan juga berkompetisi untuk titel di waktu-waktu mendatang," pungkas pria yang pernah memperkuat AS Monaco itu.

Marquez akan diperkenalkan secara resmi dalam konferensi pers yang digelar di Red Bull Arena pada Selasa (3/8/2010) siang waktu setempat.

"Rafael telah menjadi juara di berbagai level dan dia membuktikan diri sebagai pemimpin baik di dalam atau pun di luar lapangan. Kami sangat gembira ia memutuskan untuk melanjutkan karirnya di Red Bulls," ujar ketua dari Red Bull Global Soccer Dietmar Beiersdorfer

05-08-2010, 11:53 AM
Hammers land Ben Haim
Pompey defender makes loan switch, with another to follow
Last updated: 3rd August 2010

West Ham have completed the signing of Israel international defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from Portsmouth until January.

Skysports.comrevealed last month that an agreement had been reached for the former Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City player to move to East London.

And the details of the deal have now been finalised with Ben Haim reunited with Avram Grant following their time together on the South Coast last term.

Ben Haim becomes Grant's fourth new signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, winger Pablo Barrera and striker Frederic Piquionne.

And the Hammers have revealed that negotiations on a further transfer target are at an advanced stage with an additional new face, who featured at the World Cup, on course to be unveiled later this week.

A statement on the club's official website read: "With the ink barely dry on Ben Haim's contract, club officials stepped up their bid to secure a fifth signing this close-season and hope to have the deal finalised within the next 72 hours.

"The potential recruit is a young international who represented his country with distinction at the 2010 World Cup."

Sporting confirm Veloso sale
Midfielder departs Portuguese giants for Genoa
Last updated: 3rd August 2010

Sporting Lisbon have confirmed an agreement to sell Miguel Veloso to Serie A club Genoa in a €9million (£7.5m) deal.

However, Sporting have ensured they receive maximum compensation for the Portugal defensive midfielder by including several conditions in the contract, according to a club statement published on the Portuguese stock exchange (CMVM).

The Portuguese giants will be paid a further €500,000 (£415,000) by Genoa if the Italian club qualify for a group phase of a UEFA-affiliated tournament, such as the Champions League or the Europa League.

And if 24-year-old Veloso is sold on for a price exceeding €10m (£8.3m), Sporting "have the right to receive 20 percent of the profits".


Veloso says Genoa's history and ambition were major factors in his decision to move to Serie A.

"I'm really happy to have come to Genoa," said Veloso. "I thank the president (Enrico) Preziosi and the coach (Gian Piero) Gasperini for this opportunity.

"The meeting with the president and the great history of this club convinced me.

"Are the fans expecting too much from me? I'm not someone to avoid responsibility. I came to Genoa with the desire to do well, help the club and continue my professional improvement.

"Playing in Italy, at a club full of history, is important. I hope to score many goals and to help Genoa achieve their aims. Mine are to work to improve always. I'm here to work and learn."

Veloso revealed Portugal team-mate and Genoa goalkeeper Eduardo helped him make up his mind over the move.


"It's not a step backwards," added Veloso.

"I know that Genoa have a great history and that they can insert themselves among the greats and I will try to help them do that.

"When I talked to Eduardo, before the decisive stretch, he told me of a great group and passionate fans.

"The choice to come to Genoa then developed further in my mind after meeting the president. The financial aspect wasn't a determining factor."

Sporting had agreed to sell Veloso on Friday, when the outfit also revealed the signing of Spanish midfielder Alberto Zapater from Genoa.

In the statement on Tuesday, Sporting said they had "definitively acquired the rights to Alberto Zapater for two million euros".

Klasnic seals Bolton return
Croatian striker joins on permanent basis
Last updated: 4th August 2010

Bolton have completed the signing of Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic on a two-year contract.

Klasnic spent last season on loan at the Reebok Stadium and impressed Owen Coyle sufficiently for the manager to want to bring him back to the club.

A move became more likely earlier this week when Klasnic's contract with French club Nantes was cancelled, although he did have other options.

Coyle had also voiced concern about the player's wages, but after further talks a deal has now been agreed for Klasnic to return to Bolton on a permanent basis.

He arrives on a free transfer to become Coyle's fourth new recruit of the summer after Martin Petrov, Robbie Blake and Marcos Alonso.

The 30-year-old is thrilled to have joined the Trotters once more and is now looking forward to the start of the new season.

"I'm really pleased to be here now that everything is done," Klasnic told the club's official website.

"I spoke to the manager - he wants to work with me and I want to work with him.

"It was an easy decision to come back to Bolton."

Atletico grab Godin
Uruguayan makes move from Villarreal
Last updated: 4th August 2010

Atletico Madrid have sealed the signing of Uruguay defender Diego Godin from Villarreal.

Godin, who helped his country finish fourth at this summer's World Cup, has been with Villarreal for the past three years.

But Villarreal brought in Carlos Marchena from Valencia earlier this week, paving the way for Godin's departure.

He has now joined Atletico on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed an initial fee believed to be worth around 8million euros (£6.6m).

Godin, 24, is the latest defensive recruit to join Atletico after Brazilian full-back Filipe tied up a move from Deportivo La Coruna last week.

He remains thankful to Villarreal for the role they played in aiding his development.

"It is time to jump to a team with more aspirations," Godin had told Uruguayan newspaper Ovacion while on his break after the World Cup.

"I always like to grow and I recognise that the Yellow Submarines have helped me. I came to a club which allowed me to adapt to European football."

Zenit swoop for Alves
Stopper departs Porto for Russian giants
Last updated: 3rd August 2010

Defender Bruno Alves has joined Zenit Saint-Petersburg from Portuguese giants FC Porto.

The Portugal international, who has won 35 caps for his country, arrives at Zenit for €22million (£18.2m).

Alves, who came through the youth system at Porto, is yet to sign a contract at the Russian outfit as he first has to undergo a medical.

The 28-year-old won four successive league titles with Porto after signing a professional deal in 2001 and was named Portuguese player of the year for the 2008-09 season.

He also spent time on loan at Farense, Vitoria Guimaraes and Greek giants AEK Athens.

Palermo pounce for Munoz
Argentine starlet makes Serie A switch
Last updated: 4th August 2010

Palermo have completed the signing of Argentinian teenager Ezequiel Munoz from Boca Juniors.

The 19-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal, is considered one of the most promising central defenders in his homeland.

Munoz was strongly linked with a move to Fiorentina last year, with La Viola reportedly shelling out €8million (£6.6m) as a down payment, before pulling out of the deal after doubts surfaced over his fitness following a serious knee injury which sidelined the defender for six months.

Real Madrid also had an option to buy Munoz, but that expired at the end of last month and Palermo immediately moved in.

Munoz made his first-team debut in September 2008, aged just 17.

Genoa seal Rafinha deal
Brazilian inks four-year deal
Last updated: 4th August 2010

Genoa have announced the signing of Brazilian defender Rafinha from Schalke.

Rafinha has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A club after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

The 24-year-old right-back joined Schalke in 2005 from Coritiba in his homeland, playing 153 Bundesliga games as well as participating in three UEFA Champions League campaigns with the Royal Blues.
Rafinha becomes Genoa's fifth signing of the summer following Luca Toni, Eduardo, Miguel Veloso and on-loan Hoffenheim midfielder Franco Zuculini.

GL zone
05-08-2010, 12:10 PM
dari sekian banyak berita transfer
kenapa ga ada berita pemain yg ke united ya :-??

05-08-2010, 12:58 PM
Wih.. banyak transfer mengejutkan. pemaen sekelas Veloso, bruno alves pindah ke klub yang bisa dikategorikan biasa genoa dan zenit. padahal keduanya sempet diisukan dilirik klub2 besar seperti ke United, tapi akhirnya "hanya" pindah ke klub menengah.

otonk reddevilz
12-08-2010, 02:50 PM
RESMI: Ricardo Carvalho Ke Madrid

Ricardo Carvalho memanaskan persaingan memperebutkan posisi di lini belakang karena Real Madrid sudah memiliki tiga pemain untuk posisi yang biasa ditempat Carvalho di bek tengah.
Oleh Ivena Kasatyo
11 Agu 2010 04:08:00

Bek Chelsea Ricardo Carvalho resmi bergabung dengan Real Madrid. Carvalho akhirnya melakukan reuni dengan pelatihnya Jose Mourinho yang kini menangani Madrid. Sebelumnya, Carvalho menjadi bagian dari tim Mourinho saat mengarsiteki Porto dan Chelsea.

Baik Chelsea maupun Madrid telah mengonfirmasikan kepindahan Carvalho. Menurut informasi, Madrid mengeluarkan €8 juta untuk pembelian bek berusia 32 ini.

Sebelumnya, negosiasi yang dilakukan sejak Selasa lalu diperkirakan berjalan alot. Namun, semua berjalan lancar dan Selasa petang kedua belah pihak sudah mencapai kesepakatan. '

"Klub Sepakbola Chelsea mengonfirmasikan telah mencapai kesepakatan dengan Real Madrid terkait transfer Ricardo Carvalho. Saat ini, transfer sudah memasuki tahap tes kesehatan dan pembicaraan kontrak personal." Demikian penjelasan resmi dari Chelsea.

"Chelsea mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Riccy [sapaan Carvalho] selama enam tahun atas kontribusinya. Kami berharap dia meraih sukses dalam karir berikutnya."

Tes kesehatan dan negosiasi kontrak dengan Carvalho tampaknya sekadar formalitas belaka. Pasalnya, Madrid sudah mengumumkan Carvalho sudah dikontrak selama dua tahun dengan opsi satu tahun lagi.

Carvalho menjadi pemain kelima yang direkrut Madrid setelah Angel Di Maria, Pedro Leon, Sergio Canales, dan Sami Khedira. Bek Portugal ini akan bersaing dengan Raul Albiol, Pepe, dan Ezequiel Garay untuk mendapatkan tempat di tim utama.

RESMI: Stoke City Gaet Kenwyne Jones

Stoke City memecahkan rekor transfer klub dengan mendatangkan striker Sunderland.
Oleh M Yanuar F
12 Agu 2010 04:52:00

Stoke City sukses mendatangkan striker baru, Kenwyne Jones, dari Sunderland dengan nilai transfer mencapai delapan juta pounds.

Nilai tersebut menjadi catatan bersejarah bagi Stoke karena memecahkan rekor pembelian terbesar mereka. Sebelumnya, pembelian terbesar Stoke saat mendatangkan Robert Huth dari Middlesbrough dengan nilai transfer enam juta pounds.

Striker berusia 25 tahun itu juga sudah mengikat kontrak empat musim dengan Stoke City.

"Kenwyne tak bisa dihentikan ketika berada di performa terbaiknya dan karena itulah dia menjadi pembelian terbaik untuk klub ini," ujar manajer Stoke City Tony Pulis.

Jones pun menyambut gembira tantangan baru yang ada di klub barunya itu.

"Ini adalah tahap baru yang menarik dalam karir saya dan saya ingin memberikan yang terbaik untuk klub yang sudah meraih sukses sejak saya berada di sini," paparnya.

Liverpool Boyong Penjaga Gawang Brad Jones
Liverpool masih mencoba menjual Javier Mascherano ke Inter Milan.

Liverpool memboyong Brad Jones, penjaga gawang Middlesbrough, dengan harga £2 juta.

Kesepekatan pembelian Jones dicapai setelah manajemen The Reds mengeluarkan £5.5 juta untuk mendapatkan Christian Poulsen dari Juventus.

Liverpool kini sedang membujuk Jamie Carragher agar menerima perpanjangan kontrak satu tahun. Sedangkan pelatih Roy Hodgson masih membicarakan kemungkinan meminjam Alexander Hleb dari Barcelona.

Di sisi lain, Liverpool juga masih terus memcoba menjual Javier Mascherano ke Inter Milan, untuk menutupi semua biaya belanja.

Nerazzurri sempat mengatakan Mascherano terlalu mahal. Kabar terakhir menyebutkan Inter mengicar Cristian Ledesma sebagai alternatif.

Liverpool kemungkinan akan dipaksa menurunkan harga Mascherano, karena klub harus menyeimbangkan pembukuannya.

otonk reddevilz
12-08-2010, 03:01 PM
Diego Hampir Pasti Tinggalkan Juve

Diego terpaksa meninggalkan Serie A Italia dan kembali bermain di Bundesliga Jerman.

Oleh Ivena Kasatyo

Gelandang Diego kemungkinan besar bakal meninggalkan Juventus. Setelah gagal bersinar di Serie A Italia, playmaker Brasil ini akan kembali ke Bundesliga Jerman. Hanya kali ini, mantan bintang Werder Bremen ini akan membela Wolfsburg.

Menurut harian Bild, Wolfsburg sudah menyiapkan penawaran harga €16 juta untuk pembelian Diego. Hanya, Juve dikabarkan agak keberatan dengan penawaran yang diajukan Wolfsburg. Akibatnya, negosiasi sempat tersendat.

Namun, agen Giacomo Petralito membantah kabar tersebut. Petralito yang menjembatani negosiasi Juve dan Wolfsburg menyatakan Bianconeri sudah menerima tawaran tersebut.

"Akan ada kepastian dari transfer tersebut pada dua hari ke depan. Kita akan tahu perkembangan dari transfer tersebut," kata Petralito yang berperan dalam proses kepindahan Diego dari Bremen ke Juve musim lalu.

Juve terpaksa melepas Diego yang dibeli dengan harga mahal karena pelatih anyar Luigi del Neri tak membutuhkan Diego yang lebih banyak berperan sebagai trequartista. Pasalnya, Del Neri lebih suka memainkan skema 4-4-2 dalam timnya.

14-08-2010, 12:19 AM
Offical : Bologna Sign Midfielder Albin Ekdal From Juventus

The Rossoblu have added another young star to their ranks on Friday...

Bologna have announced through their official website that they have reached an agreement to sign midfielder Albin Ekdal.

The 21-year-old arrives from Juventus on a co-ownership deal, with Franco Colomba's side paying €2.4 million for half of the rights of the player. He joins just 24 hours after Bologna had announced the arrival of starlet Manu Gavilan from Real Betis.

The talented Swede had some impressive performances on loan at Siena last season despite their relegation, featuring in 26 matches for the Robur. He has also featured for his country's under-21 side since 2008.

Official : Bologna Sign Manu Gavilan From Real Betis

The youngster has been snapped up by the Rossoblu...

Serie A side Bologna have acquired striker Manu Gavilan from Real Betis, logging the transfer with the Lega Calcio on Thursday.

The 19-year-old reportedly leaves his former club on a free transfer, with the Rossoblu paying €350,000 for the 'formation rights to the player' and is considered one of the greatest potential talents in Spanish football. He featured for his country at the Under-17 European championships in Turkey in 2008, scoring a goal in the 4-0 final win over France.

The youngster will look to gain opportunites in Serie A under coach Franco Colomba after regularly featuring in the B team of the second division outfit last term.

Official : West Ham United Take Ajax Forward Miralem Sulejmani On Loan

The young attacker will ply his trade with West Ham United in 2010-11...

Eredivisie powerhouse Ajax have confirmed on their official website that young attacker Miralem Sulejmani will leave the club for West Ham United on a temporary basis. The Serbian international will sign a one-year loan deal with the Hammers subject to a work permit hearing.

West Ham only just escaped relegation from the Premier League last term and new manager Avram Grant is building a new team to ensure that the London side steer clear of the drop zone in the future. They have already secured the services of Thomas Hitzlsperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne, Tal Ben Haim and Winston Reid.

Sulejmani joined Ajax from Heerenveen in the summer of 2008 for a reported fee of €16.25 million, but the young attacker failed to live up to the high expectations in Amsterdam. He has so far made 68 appearances for the Godenzonen, scoring 12 goals in the process. His current contract at the Amsterdam ArenA runs until the summer of 2013.

The 21-year-old attacker will now try to relaunch his career with West Ham United, where he will work with his compatriot Zeljko Petrovic. The Serbian coach is Grant's assistant at Upton Park.

Official : Rangers complete signing of James Beattie from Stoke City

Former England international leaves Britannia Stadium...

Rangers have completed the signing of James Beattie from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

Beattie, 32, has become the Scottish Champions first money signing in two years, as Walter Smith's side look to claim a third successive SPL title.

The powerful striker, who will be seen as a replacement for Kris Boyd - who left the club to join Middlesbrough on a free transfer this summer - has agreed a two-year deal at Ibrox, with an option for a further 12 months.

Beattie rarely featured for the Potters in the second half of last season, following a much-publicised bust-up with Tony Pulis in December.

And following the signing of Kenwyne Jones this week, Beattie had fallen even further down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium.

Beattie has been handed the no.19 shirt and goes straight into the Rangers squad for their opening match against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Beattie expressed his delight at joining Walter Smith's side.

He said: "It's been quite a quick deal to be done as far as I was concerned.

"I came to Ibrox on Thursday morning and was met by the gaffer [Walter Smith] and the chief executive Martin Bain. I was shown round the stadium which was magnificent.

"I'll probably get to know how good the club is when I play."

The five-times capped England international was also aware he will have to deal with high expectations after being the first major arrival in two seasons.

"The expectations were outlined by the gaffer when he talked to me. That's something I relish and am looking forward to very much.

"Being a striker and a goalscorer there is always pressure to produce the goods. The way I see iti s there is no better platform than to play for the biggest club in Scotland or one of the biggest in Europe."

Blackpool sign former Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood

Ian Holloway restates his commitment to the cause...

Blackpool have announced the signing of striker Marlon Harewood on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old has prior experience playing in the top-flight with West Ham United and Aston Villa, but the unavailability of first-team action at the Birmingham-based club last season saw him being loaned out to then Championship side Newcastle United.

He has now agreed to a two-year deal with the Seasiders.

A statement on the club's official website reads: "Following the news that the Seasiders had landed French trio Malaury Martin, Ludovic Sylvestre and Elliot Grandin and Northern Ireland international Craig Cathcart, the official website can confirm the Seasiders have made their fifth signing of the day.

"Former West Ham and Aston Villa frontman Marlon Harewood has signed a two year deal with the club and the 30-year-old is expected to make his Pool debut on Saturday when the Tangerines make their Premiership bow at Wigan Athletic."

Harewood admitted he had turned down other offers after being impressed with the challenge on offer at Bloomfield Road.

"I am happy with the move to Blackpool and looking forward to playing in the Premier League again this season," Harewood told Sky Sports.

"I was impressed with Ian Holloway and all the lads when I was training with them last week and I like the ideas Ian has for the team.

"We are underdogs this season as everyone is tipping us to go down, but I am hoping I can score the goals to help Blackpool stay up."

In the meantime, manager Ian Holloway further reaffirmed his commitment to the club following speculation that he may have been headed through the exit door, revealing he has agreed a two-year extension to his contract.

"I am confident he [the owner] won't sack me next year at all," Holloway said. "I will be here next year to build a team if we go [down]. I am confident we can stay in this division.

"No one is fireproof and no one is bullet proof but what we have to do is keep trying to work together towards the same targets."

Sunderland sign Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha in loan deal

[B]Defender says with Steve Bruce's help, he 'can't go far wrong'...

Sunderland have completed a second defensive signing in 24 hours by confirming a long-rumoured loan deal for Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha.

The former U21 England international was facing an uncertain future at Eastlands following a raft of big-money signings, but now will have the chance to compete for regular Premier League football at the Stadium of Light.

"It's an exciting move for me, to be honest," Onuoha told Sunderland's official website.

"The way things were going for me at Manchester City, I didn't really think I was going to be a part of things this season. Steve Bruce had mentioned an interest in me and to have him wanting me was a great thing.

"I've come here to learn and develop myself and with someone like Steve at the helm, I can't go too far wrong.

"I'm looking forward to the first game. I didn't really see myself being in contention at City, but hopefully I have the same chance as everyone else here."

The 23-year-old has spent his entire career at Eastlands but is believed to have been frozen out after another summer of big spending saw Jerome Boateng, among others, arrive.

With new Premier League regulations limiting squad sizes to 25, Onuoha is understood to have been shown the exit door by manager Roberto Mancini. His arrival will increase Bruce's defensive options, along with fellow signing Titus Bramble.

Roberto Mancini is widely expected to sell a host of players, including Stephen Ireland, as he trims his current squad to 25 players while also tying up deals to bring Aston Villa midfielder James Milner and Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli to the club.

Ireland will reportedly be used as a makeweight in a £26 million deal involving Milner that is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours.

Restrictions placed upon Premier League clubs this season could also mean strikers Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy leave the club, especially if Mancini completes the signing of Balotelli as expected.

otonk reddevilz
15-08-2010, 05:18 PM
RESMI: Fenerbahce Gaet Niang
Mamadou Niang memulai petualangan baru di Turki.
Oleh Bagus Satrio Lestanto

Setelah lima musim berkostum Olympique Marseille, striker Mamadou Niang akhirnya bergabung dengan raksasa Turki, Fenerbahce.

Pihak Marseille sendiri telah mengkonfirmasi kepindahan striker berusia 30 tahun itu ke Turki. Niang melakoni penampilan terakhirnya bersama Marseille di Ligue 1, dimana Marseille dikalahkan Valenciennes 3-2.

Dalam situs resmi L'OM, terdapat keterangan mengenai kepindahannya striker asal Senegal itu ke Fenerbahce.

"OM mengkonfirmasi kepergian Mamadou Niang ke Fenerbahce pada Sabtu malam (14/8) setelah pertandingan melawan Valenciennes."

"Setelah lima musim bersama OM, pemain asal Senegal tersebut berkomitmen untuk melanjutkan karirnya di Turki setelah mencetak 100 gol dengan kostum Marseille."

Niang merupakan salah satu pemain kunci Marseille saat meraih gelar musim lalu. Ia mencetak 18 gol pada musim 2009/10.

19-08-2010, 08:48 AM
Fulham sign up AZ Alkmaar forward Dembele
Soccernet - August 18, 2010

Fulham have reinforced their attacking options with the signing of Belgium forward Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar.
Dembele, 23, has signed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage and will compete with established first-choice striker Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson for a place in Mark Hughes' side.

The AZ star had been in talks with Birmingham City and also attracted interest from West Ham this summer.

"I am very happy to join Fulham and look forward to training with the team to prepare for the first home game of the season," Dembele told the club's official website. "It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I will make sure that I make the most of this opportunity.

"I understand that Fulham has a strong squad, so I am prepared to work hard for the manager and take my chance to impress him, and my teammates, when the opportunities arise."

Hughes added: "I'm glad that we have finalised the deal with Moussa Dembele and I would like to welcome him to the club. It is important that we go into the season with some additions to the squad that will add strength and depth to enable us to compete at a consistently high level throughout the season.

"Moussa is strong and quick and will add another dimension to our attacking options, which is important for us. I look forward to working with him, and to hopefully, a few more additions before the window closes."

Dembele has spent the past four seasons at AZ, scoring 24 goals in 118 games in the Eredivisie. He joined AZ from Willem II in the summer of 2006.

Boateng moves to Genoa, immediately joins Milan on loan
Soccernet - August 18, 2010

Genoa have completed the signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Portsmouth for a fee of around £5 million, though the Ghana midfielder has been immediately shipped out on loan to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Boateng has been training with Milan this week while the two clubs have been thrashing out an agreement about the player's future.

Portsmouth confirmed the Ghana forward's move on their official website, with chief executive David Lampitt saying: "We wish Kevin all the best. He played an important role last season and we thank him for that.''

And soon after, Milan revealed on their website that they have taken Boateng on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal next summer.

The move will likely see Genoa make a healthy profit on the 26-year-old if he impresses at the San Siro, though he may bizarrely never end up playing a game for the Rossoblu.

Meanwhile, Genoa have loaned striker Robert Acquafresca to Cagliari. The 22-year-old struggled to impress either at Genoa or on loan at Atalanta last term and returns to the club where he made a strong impact in a loan spell two season ago.

"There have been many false things written, but the truth is I didn't want another year like the last one,'' Acquafresca told Cagliari's website. "I knew that here I could start afresh. I can only thank my friends for having welcomed me back.''

Stoke sign Jon Walters from Ipswich for £2.75m
Soccernet - August 18, 2010

Stoke have signed of Jonathan Walters from Ipswich for an initial fee of £2.75 million.
Walters, who can play as a striker or right winger, has signed a four-year deal with Stoke. A Republic of Ireland B international, his fee could rise to £3.25 million depending on appearances.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis said: "I have been looking to bring more goals to the squad and Jon certainly fits that bill. He has been one of the outstanding performers in the Championship over the past three years and I am confident the lad can make the same sort of impact in the Premier League now that he has been given this opportunity.

"The fact that he is versatile will increase competition for places in the squad which is something we have been looking to achieve.''

Walters, who scored eight goals in the Championship last season, began his career as a trainee with Blackburn before spells with Bolton, Hull, Wrexham and Chester.

Walters said: "It's always good to know that a manager has that faith in your ability and that was certainly an influence on my decision to come here. I am excited about moving here and it is the fulfilment of a long-term goal of mine to get back into the Premier League.

"I had a sniff of it in my time at Bolton, but I knew that in dropping down the leagues, it would take a lot of hard work to get back there one day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ipswich, especially being the captain of the club, but this was the opportunity I had been working towards and I'm glad it's come at a club like Stoke.''

23-08-2010, 11:08 AM
Arsenal Dapatkan Squillaci
Doni Wahyudi - detiksport

London - Arsenal mendapatkan suntikan tenaga baru di barisan pemain bertahannya. Bek senior Prancis, Sebastien Squillaci, berhasil diboyong The Gunners dari Sevilla ke Emirates Stadium.

Dikutip dari situs resmi Sevilla, Squillaci direncanakan terbang ke Inggris pada Minggu (22/8/2010) malam waktu setempat untuk melakukan tes medis dengan Arsenal. Proses tersebut terjadi setelah Sevilla menerima harga yang ditawarkan 'Tim Gudang Peluru'.

The Gunners sudah sejak tengah pekan lalu dikabarkan tertarik pada defender berusia 30 tahun itu. Meski hingga kini belum ada konfirmasi soal harga jual sang pemain, media Spanyol menyebut nilai sebesar 6,5 juta euro sebagai jumlah uang yang harus dibayarkan Arsenal untuk Squillaci.

Squillaci sebelumnya juga dikabarkan sudah meminta untuk tidak dimainkan saat Sevilla bertanding di playoff Liga Champions tengah pekan kemarin, hal mana memicu perseteruan antara dia dengan pelatih Antonio Alvarez. Alasannya jelas, supaya dia bisa dipasang Arsene Wenger di kompetisi terbaik antarklub Eropa tersebut.

Meski sebelumnya sudah mendatangkan Laurent Koscielny, Arsene Wenger masih membutuhkan tambahan pemain di barisan pertahanannya Soalnya, tim asal London tersebut sebelumnya sudah melepas empat pemain bertahan miliknya yakni William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Philippe Senderos, dan Sol Campbell.

Sevilla membeli Squillaci dari Olympique Lyon pada tahun 2008 lalu dengan biaya 6,5 juta euro. Sebelumnya, bek pemilik 20 caps bersama Les Bleus tersebut membela AS Monaco selama enam musim sejak tahun 2000.

Mendatangkan pemain yang sudah berusia 30 tahun sesungguhnya bukan kebiasaan Wenger dan Arsenal karena mereka umumnya memilih pesepakbola yang bahkan masih sangat belia. Namun kebutuhan akan pemain bertahan yang punya segudang pengalaman demi 'menemani' pemain-pemain mudanya membuat Wenger memutuskan untuk mendatangkan Squillaci.

24-08-2010, 01:10 PM
Gourcuff Milik Lyon
Rossi Finza Noor - detiksport

Lyon - Setelah dua musim bermain bersama Bordeaux, Yoann Gourcuff akhirnya menyebrang ke kubu lain. Eks Gelandang AC Milan itu akhirnya memastikan diri bergabung dengan Olympique Lyon.

Dalam statemen yang diumumkan oleh Lyon, kedua klub meyetujui harga 22 juta euro untuk pemai berusia 24 tahun itu. Tapi ada klausul tambahan. Jika Lyon menjual Gourcuff di masa depan, maka Bordeaux akan mendapatkan 4,5 juta euro.

Gourcuff kini akan menjalani tes medis sebelum menandatangani kontrak dengan Lyon. Disebutkan pula bahwa pemain kelahiran Ploemeur itu merupakan incaran utama Claude Puel.

"Lyon menyambut kedatangan Yoan Gourcuff yang merupakan target utama dari pelatih Claude Puel. Dia akan memberikan dimensi baru di lini tengah tim," tulis statemen klub seperti dilansir Reuters.

Isu Gourcuff bakal dilepas mengencang setelah pelatih Bordeaux, Jean Tigana, tak dimasukkan ke starting eleven dalam laga melawan PSG hari MInggu lalu. Performa Gourcuff sendiri sempat dikritik menjelang akhir musim lalu.

Meski dinobatkan menjadi pemain terbaik Liga Prancis pada tahun 2009, dia dikritik sebagai salah satu pemain yang tampil angin-anginan jelang akhir musim lalu. Bordeaux sendiri akhirnya finis di posisi enam; gagal mendapat tiket untuk berlaga di kompetisi Eropa.

24-08-2010, 01:48 PM
Ibrahimovic Dipinjam Milan Semusim
Kabar dilontarkan jurnalis Mediaset, media milik Presiden Milan Silvio Berlusconi.
Selasa, 24 Agustus 2010, 01:05 WIB


VIVAnews - Kepindahan Zlatan Ibrahimovic ke AC Milan dilaporkan sudah tercapai. I Rossoneri sukses mendapatkan Ibrahimovic dengan status pinjaman satu musim.

Kepastian ini diungkapkan jurnalis Mediaset, Carlo Pellegatti, yang memastikan Milan sudah mendapatkan kesepakatan kontrak dengan Ibrahimovic. Sebelumnya Wakil Presiden Milan Adriano Galliani memastikan negosiasi dengan Barcelona sedang berlangsung.

Pellegatti menegaskan Milan sukses mendapatkan Ibrahimovic dengan status pinjaman selama satu musim. Gaji mantan striker Inter Milan dan Juventus ini akan dibayar oleh Milan dan Barcelona.

"Milan dan Ibra sudah sepakat masalah kontrak. Kesepakatan antara keduanya sudah selesai. Pemain asal Swedia ini akan mendapat 6 juta euro (sekitar Rp 68 miliar) per tahun dan sisa gajinya akan dibayar oleh Barcelona," ujar Pellegatti seperti dikutip Football Italia, Senin 23 Agustus 2010.

"Zlatan sangat senang bisa bergabung dengan Rossoneri dan senang bisa bermain di Liga Champions. Itu adalah salah satu faktor kunci baginya."

Pernyataan Pellegatti ini terbilang valid, pasalnya Mediaset adalah salah satu media yang dimiliki oleh Presiden Milan Silvio Berlusconi. Tanda tangan kontrak kemungkinan besar akan dilakukan Jumat 27 Agustus 2010. Dan Marco Borriello diyakini menjadi bagian dari perjanjian.

Sebelumnya agen Ibrahimovic, Mino Raiola, menegaskan keputusan akhir memang ada di tangan mantan striker Inter Milan tersebut, bukan Barcelona.

"Ibrahimovic masih punya kontrak empat tahun dengan Barcelona dan mereka tidak pernah mengatakan ingin menjualnya. Jika Zlatan meninggalkan Barcelona, maka itu menjadi keputusannya sendiri, kami tidak punya kesepakatan dengan pihak lain," kilah Raiola.
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31-08-2010, 08:18 AM
Barca confirm Mascherano deal
Soccernet - August 30, 2010

Barcelona have completed the signing of Javier Mascherano from Liverpool on a four-year deal.

Mascherano will reveal transfer 'lies' in due course
Soccernet - August 31, 2010

Javier Mascherano has vowed to reveal the "lies" about his transfer to Barcelona in due course, hinting that Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson "knows the truth".
Mascherano, who also revealed the switch to Barcelona was a year overdue, was labelled "selfish" by Hodgson when he supposedly refused to play for the Reds against Manchester City last week.

"Roy Hodgson knows the truth," he said in the Guardian. "This is a happy moment for me so now is not the time to say it, but a lot of lies have been told about me and I will respond to them.

"Last year Liverpool would not let me leave. There was no way they would sell me. They had Xabi Alonso and me, and they would only let Xabi leave."

He added in the Sun: "Against Manchester City, I was not right to play. Liverpool will always be in my heart but my time there has finished."

The Argentina midfielder dismissed reports that former manager Rafa Benitez had tried to sign him for his new club Inter, confirming Barcelona was the only club who made a bid for his services.

"I was disappointed not to be able to sign last season. When the best club in the world calls you, then it is something that you want to happen. I have signed for the only club who really wanted me. In no moment did I ever think that Inter was a possibility. Rafa valued me and perhaps that is why people started saying that I could go there but this is the only club that pushed to sign me.

"When I landed I said that I was achieving a dream. At last I will be able to say that I play for Barcelona, the team who I wanted to play for."

Baggies announce Scharner deal
Soccernet - August 30, 2010

West Brom have announced the signing of Paul Scharner on a two-year deal.
Scharner, 30, has been available on a free transfer since leaving Wigan at the end of last season, and he has been linked with a number of sides in the Premier League and Europe.

However, West Brom have now completed the deal and boss Roberto Di Matteo feels he will be a major asset for the newly-promoted side.

"I'm delighted to welcome Paul to the club," he told the official West Brom website. "He is exactly the type of player we've been looking to bring in because he is a proven Premier League player, having performed consistently well for the past four-and-a-half years.

"Paul is a powerful, competitive player who is good on the ball, excellent in both boxes, can play in numerous positions and also chips in with goals.

"He is obviously short of match practice at the moment but, when he's fully up to speed, I'm sure his experience will prove invaluable as we strive to establish this club in the Premier League."

Scharner is capable of playing in midfield or defence.

31-08-2010, 08:22 AM
Hercules confirm Trezeguet deal
Soccernet - August 30, 2010

Hercules have confirmed the signing of former France international David Trezeguet on a two-year deal.
Trezeguet, 32, as left Juventus after a decade at the club and, despite interest from the Premier League, he has opted to join newly-promoted Hercules to fulfil his dream of playing in La Liga.

Speaking on Monday after arriving in Spain, he told Cope Alicante: "I wanted to know the Spanish league. For me it was an important objective in my career.

"I've seen a team with ambition who want to do things well. I'm very happy to be in Alicante and I'm going to complete a dream. After spending ten years in a league like the Italian, having played at a club as important as Juventus, having won so many titles and being the leading foreign goalscorer of the team, this for me is a new adventure."

Hercules' next fixture comes against Barcelona following the international break, and Trezeguet added: "We will see if I play or not against Barcelona, but I'm sure I will against Valencia, which is a game that Alicante has been waiting for a long time."

Werder sign Silvestre on two-year contract
soccernet - August 30, 2010

Werder Bremen have signed former France defender Mikael Silvestre on a free transfer.
Silvestre, 33, was without a club after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season and has now signed a two-year contract with Werder.

"This is a great new adventure for me," he told Kicker. "There were other offers, but (coach) Thomas Schaaf and (general manager) Klaus Allofs fascinated me."

Silvestre, capped 40 times by France, began his career with Rennes, where he caught the eye of Inter Milan. After a short period at the San Siro, he moved to Manchester United in 1999 where he enjoyed a successful nine-year spell.

In his time at Old Trafford he won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and Champions League. He moved to rivals Arsenal in 2008 following a season during which he suffered knee ligament damage, however he seldom looked comfortable in the Gunners' backline and struggled to win over the fans.

Silvestre, who can play at full-back or in the centre, reportedly shunned Fulham and Kayserispor to join Bremen.

"I want to be one of the leading players in the team and to help guide the younger players," he said on Monday.

Schaaf added: "He is still hungry for success. I'm sure our players will benefit from him being here. He's an asset."

31-08-2010, 09:18 AM
ndak ada yg ke OT lagi yah....

Oom Panda
31-08-2010, 09:24 AM
Setelah ngelepas Xabi, sekarang ngelepas Mascherano...
Liverpool gila kali yah???
Tinggal Gerrard doank kekuatannya....

31-08-2010, 10:22 AM
Setelah ngelepas Xabi, sekarang ngelepas Mascherano...
Liverpool gila kali yah???
Tinggal Gerrard doank kekuatannya....
Masih ada Torres bro... Kemarin gol 1 ke gawang WBA

31-08-2010, 12:38 PM
Huntelaar set for Schalke switch
Soccernet - August 30, 2010

AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set to join Schalke after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic limited his first-team opportunities at the San Siro.
Huntelaar, 27, has been told he is free to leave Milan and, while it has been reported in Italy that he turned down a switch to Schalke earlier in the summer, he now admits it would be better to move on.

"It's true that I never wanted to leave Milan," he told the Dutch media. "That changed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic came over from Barcelona - I then realised that it is better that I leave. It's important that I move so I can play regular football.

"I view Schalke 04 as a very attractive club. They regularly compete for the title. It's a great challenge for me to help this club become champions."

German newspaper Bild reports that Schalke have agreed a €14 million fee with Milan for the Netherlands striker after discussions on Monday.

Schalke, who signed Raul from Real Madrid earlier this summer, could now look to take Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from the Bernabeu. "Schalke are a big club," Van der Vaart told Bild recently. "Raul has told me good things."

Hannover sign up Beasley
soccernet - August 30, 2010

Hannover have completed the signing of American winger DaMarcus Beasley following his exit from Rangers.
Beasley, who left Rangers at the end of last season, has signed a two-year contract with Hannover after an injury-plagued spell in Scotland.

Hannover sporting director Jorg Schmadtke said: "DaMarcus' signing adds a further option to our squad. That is necessary for a long Bundesliga season - one in which we have made a great start, but one that will still bring many twists and turns in the coming months."

Hannover coach Mirko Slomka was equally pleased to have snapped up the 28-year-old.

"It is a positive sign for Hannover to be able to attract a further American national player," he said. "DaMarcus brings with him great international experience, and can help give us that extra push in the Bundesliga."

Beasley is excited at the prospect of linking up with international team-mate Steve Cherundolo at Hannover.

"I already know about Hannover because I played a friendly here two years ago," Beasley said. "It will be great to play for the same domestic team as Steve. The Bundesliga will be a fantastic challenge for me."

31-08-2010, 12:46 PM
Grosso kyknya barter ama Kaladze nih... selain itu Robinho kemungkinan besok tiba di Milan. Candreva ke Parma, Camoranesi ke Stuttgart.

theater of dream
31-08-2010, 03:34 PM
Parah banget Barca yah,,, abis dibeli mahal2 eh malah dipinjamin.... ;))

31-08-2010, 03:49 PM
Parah banget Barca yah,,, abis dibeli mahal2 eh malah dipinjamin.... ;))Ibra ya bro... Sebenernya sih emang diloan tapi Milan memutuskan bwt jd permanent deal. Mereka harus bayar 24 jt euro ke Barca musim depan bwt kontrak 4 tahun.

01-09-2010, 09:43 AM
head line news soccernet ...

Spurs hopeful of late deal for Rafael van der Vaart
City forward Robinho joins Milan on four-year deal
Gyan joins Sunderland for record fee
Schwarzer staying at Fulham
Traore to Juve
Liverpool tried to loan Cole
Jacobsen wait
Besiktas in move for Robbie Keane
Birmingham sign Hleb, Jiranek and Beausejour
Ryan Babel dismisses reports of London move
Everton defender Yobo heading for Fenerbahce
Pennant, Gudjohnsen and Wilson to join Stoke
Cleverley makes Wigan loan move
Koeman admits his interest in Villa vacancy
Hibs striker Stokes signs four-year deal with Celtic
Schalke snap up Huntelaar
Borriello joins Roma
Wolfsburg midfielder Misimovic makes Gala move
Camoranesi leaves Juve to join Stuttgart

otonk reddevilz
01-09-2010, 10:30 AM
head line news soccernet ...

Spurs hopeful of late deal for Rafael van der Vaart
City forward Robinho joins Milan on four-year deal
Gyan joins Sunderland for record fee
Schwarzer staying at Fulham
Traore to Juve
Liverpool tried to loan Cole
Jacobsen wait
Besiktas in move for Robbie Keane
Birmingham sign Hleb, Jiranek and Beausejour
Ryan Babel dismisses reports of London move
Everton defender Yobo heading for Fenerbahce
Pennant, Gudjohnsen and Wilson to join Stoke
Cleverley makes Wigan loan move
Koeman admits his interest in Villa vacancy
Hibs striker Stokes signs four-year deal with Celtic
Schalke snap up Huntelaar
Borriello joins Roma
Wolfsburg midfielder Misimovic makes Gala move
Camoranesi leaves Juve to join Stuttgart

Opa yang pool, Cole itu maksudnya Joe Cole yah...kalo benar..kok mau di loan lagi.:hammer: Pool makin parah nih...:crazy:
Robinho akhirnya dijual juga..akhir tahun pasti ada jualan baru lagi tuh tetangga berisik..:D

01-09-2010, 10:35 AM
Carlton Cole-nya West Ham ...., L'Pool pengen minjem doi
but kayaknya gak deal tuh ...

01-09-2010, 10:54 AM
cleverly dipinjemin ya
terus robinho ke ac milan ya

01-09-2010, 11:09 AM
cleverly dipinjemin ya
terus robinho ke ac milan ya

yoi Nu ...
tuh khan di atas-atasnya udsah ada ... :crazy::crazy::crazy:

otonk reddevilz
01-09-2010, 11:09 AM
Carlton Cole-nya West Ham ...., L'Pool pengen minjem doi
but kayaknya gak deal tuh ...

ohh kiraon J.Cole..:D:peace:
danke opa..penjelasannya..

cleverly dipinjemin ya
terus robinho ke ac milan ya

ho oh mas nu...
Milan bisa jadi tridente mau tuh...Ibra - Robinho - Pato :D

01-09-2010, 01:13 PM
Official: Genoa Sign Kakha Kaladze From Milan

Genoa have signed Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze from Milan.

Genoa have completed the transfer of Kakha Kaladze from Milan for an undisclosed fee. The experienced defender underwent a medical on Tuesday and has signed a two-year deal with the Grifone.

The 32-year-old defender was surplus to requirements at the San Siro and was desperate to leave the club before the transfer window slammed shut.

Kaladze had previously been linked with Dutch side Vitesse, while he appeared to be on his way to Juventus earlier on Tuesday. However, the proposed swap deal with Fabio Grosso eventually fell through for unknown reasons.

The former Dynamo Kyiv star never gave up hopes of leaving Milan though and has now joined Genoa instead.

Official: Hercules Complete Loan Capture Of Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe

Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe will join Hercules on loan this season...

Newly promoted Spanish Primera Division club Hercules have signed Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

Drenthe joined Real Madrid in 2007 and although he has proved himself to be a good utility player on the left hand side, he has yet to earn a concrete place in the starting line-up.

The 23-year-old has now been shipped off to Hercules for the 2010-11 campaign, the Blancos have confirmed via their official website. Madrid have been looking to offload a player before the close of the summer transfer window and now they have the stipulated 25 players in their squad.

Official: Marco Borriello Leaves Milan & Joins Roma After Rejecting Juventus Loan Move

Marco Borriello has now joined Roma after rejecting a loan move to Juventus...

Marco Borriello is a Roma player after agreeing to join the club on loan from Milan.

The striker arrives in Rome after he rejected a loan move to Juventus earlier. He made clear only a permanent deal would see him leave the Rossoneri.

But, Milan confirmed the deal is a loan, with Roma having the right to purchase the player.

A statement on Milan's official website reads:

"AC Milan communicate to have given Roma Marco Borriello on a temporary basis."

After Juve failed in their attempts, the Lupi jumped in.

Sky Sport Italia claim Unicredit approved the transfer after speaking with Rosella Sensi and they guaranteed €15 million for the transfer.

The loan will cost Roma €2m and the Giallorossi can pay a remaining €13m next year to sign him permanently.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia Borriello added, "I am now a Roma player and I am very happy."

Official: Juventus Sign Armand Traore On Season-Long Loan Deal From Arsenal

Armand Traore has joined Juventus from Arsenal on loan for this season.

Juventus have signed defender Armand Traore on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal for a fee of €500,000.

The 20-year-old left-back was officially signed on Tuesday afternoon. A statement on Juve's official website reads:

"The player arrives at the Bianconeri with a transfer formula of a temporary registration for the season 2010-11 for the fee of €500k."

Traore made his senior debut with the Gunners in 2006 but has been unable to carve out a regular place for himself at Arsenal. He played for Portsmouth on loan in 2008-09.

Official: Juventus Sign Danish Defender Frederik Sorensen From Lyngby

Frederik Sorensen has joined Juventus and the club have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A.

Frederik Sorensen has joined Juventus on a season loan and the club have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A.

The Danish defender arrives from Lyngby who confirmed to have reached a loan agreement with Juventus for the player.

A statement on their official website reads:

"Lyngby can today announce that the club have loaned Frederik Sorensen to Juventus for the rest of the season."

The move coincides with the capture of Armand Traore from Arsenal on a season long loan deal. Juventus are also expected to announce the arrival of Leandro Rinaudo from Napoli.

OFFICIAL: Levante Sign Manchester City Striker Felipe Caicedo On Season Long Loan

Primera Liga newcomers Levante have signed Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo On Loan from Manchester City.

Levante have completed the signing of Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo on loan for the duration of the 2010-11 season.

The Ecuadorian forward, who turns 22 on Sunday, spent the second half of last season on loan at Malaga where he scored four goals in 18 Primera Liga appearances as the Andalusian outfit avoided the drop on the last day of the season.

Caicedo has made just 27 Premier League appearances since arriving at Eastlands from Basel in January 2008 but will still have a year to run on his contract with the Citizens when his loan deal with Levante ends.

Official: Everton Confirm They Have Agreed Deal For Joseph Yobo To Join Fenerbahce

Nigerian defender on the move...

Everton have confirmed they have decided to let defender Joseph Yobo move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

A loan deal has been agreed between the Toffees and Fenerbahce, which would see the Nigerian centre-back move on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent switch reportedly worth around £5 million.

Yobo had been entering his ninth season at Goodison Park having played over 250 times in a distinguished Everton career.

But David Moyes’ current first-choice partnership in the centre of defence is Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, while John Heitinga and Jack Rodwell are capable of covering in the position.

If personal terms can be agreed between player and club, the deal should be made official before the closure of the transfer window.

The deadline in Turkey does not arrive until Wednesday, meaning there are no problems in relation to the deal going through in time.

Yobo, who featured at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, is currently under contract with the Merseyside club until 2014.

Official: Lens Sign Gregory Sertic On Loan From Bordeaux

Gregory Sertic has joined Lens from Bordeaux...

French side Lens have announced the capture of midfielder Gregory Sertic from Bordeaux on a one-year loan deal, via their official website.

The France Under-21 midfielder passed his medical test on Tuesday and will play for Lens in the 2010-11 campaign.

Sertic played 18 league games for the former French champions since gaining his senior debut under Laurent Blanc.

Official: Galatasaray Sign Wolfsburg Playmaker Zvjezdan Misimovic On Four-Year Deal

Galatasaray have completed the signing Zvjezdan Misimovic from Wolfsburg.

Bosnian playmaker Zvjezdan Misimovic has joined Galatasaray from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Turkish giants confirmed.

Galatasaray have made a rather disappointing start to the 2010-11 campaign and head coach Frank Rijkaard is eager to add some fresh blood to his squad in order to turn things around. The Dutch coach sees Misimovic as the perfect addition to his team.

A statement on Galatasaray's official website reads:

"Zvjezdan Misimovic has been transferred to Galatasaray from Wolfsburg on a four-year contract."

The 28-year-old joined Wolfsburg from Nuernberg in the summer of 2008 and quickly developed into a key player at the Wolfe. However, Misimovic was thought to be surplus to requirements because of the arrival of Diego and has therefore left the club.

Misimovic was previously linked with clubs such as Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid and Schalke, but has now joined Galatasaray instead.

Official: Igor Budan And Luis Jimenez Join Cesena On Loan

Igor Budan and Luis Jimenez have joined Cesena on a season-long loan deals...

Newly promoted Serie A club Cesena have strenghtened themselves by signing striker Igor Budan from Palermo and midfielder Luis Jimenez from Ternana, it's been announced on Tuesday.

The Croatian striker has been signed on a season-long loan deal and will now attempt to help Cesena avoid relegation. Budan joined Palermo in 2008 from Parma but failed to find a regular place in the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Jimenez also joins on a temporary loan basis to bolster the midfield. The Chilean featured at Parma in the second-half of last season and has plenty of experience in Serie A - featuring for Inter, Fiorentina, and Lazio as well during his career.

He also had a short unsuccessful spell with West Ham United, but they eventually canceled their loan deal prematurely.

01-09-2010, 01:42 PM
Better late than never! Clubs go to the wire in bid to land bargains on deadline day

While Liverpool's doctor waited in vain for a green light to put Carlton Cole through a medical, Robbie Keane was left in limbo over a move to Turkey.

The Spurs striker had even been the target of late interest from Manchester City, who would have considered a swap deal with Roque Santa Cruz.

Done deal: Robinho joins AC Milan to end his Manchester City nightmare

Liverpool's Ryan Babel, meanwhile, was said to be in a helicopter heading for West Ham when Tottenham declared an interest. Soon after, however, he was tweeting: 'I'm going nowhere.'

Harry Redknapp, disappointed not to have landed Babel, was on his way home when Spurs chairman Daniel Levy suggested he could sign Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid - £10million cheaper than was being asked 24 hours earlier.

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'I was ready to go home when the chairman contacted me at around 4pm and said we had a chance of Van der Vaart,' said Spurs boss Redknapp. 'He's a quality player, so I said, "Let's give it a crack and push on." He was going to Bayern Munich on Monday for £18m. Then he became cheaper and we could get him for less. It's a last-minute job, but I'm hopeful.'

The bid was lodged by 6pm, which means the Premier League will extend the deadline to allow the transfer to be completed. It was one of those days. Redknapp had been looking for Babel's pace.


'We were interested this morning, we felt he had pace and is lightning quick. We made an enquiry, but it never got close,' said the manager.

Liverpool would not sell unless West Ham dropped their asking price for Cole. It was a mixed day for Redknapp as he awaited confirmation on Van der Vaart. Keane was last night considering a £7m move to Besiktas on a deadline extended to 5pm today, keeper Stipe Pletikosa signed in, Scott Parker stayed put at West Ham and Everton resisted all proposals for Steven Pienaar - despite a sweetener of David Bentley on loan.

Park footballer: Gyan is a Sunderland man after the Black Cats splashed out £13m

Fulham were another club who were interested in Bentley, but ran out of time. Everton, however, did agree to allow Joseph Yobo to join Fenerbahce on loan. Sunderland delivered the biggest signing of the transfer window's last day with Asamoah Gyan's £13m arrival from Rennes.

Stoke and Birmingham were among the biggest movers as fans were left asking of their clubs: 'Why did we leave it until the last day and a mad scramble?'

A recession and a demand for greater austerity will provide the answer as many owners appeared determined to hold on to their cash.

Even so, a late scramble saw agents and managers complain of a backlog of faxes at Premier League headquarters.

While Santa Cruz waited and might have joined either Fulham or Spurs, Robinho's £16m departure to AC Milan meant the Paraguayan must hope he makes Manchester City's 25-man squad.

'I'm staying and happy to fight for my place,' said dazed Santa Cruz. But a relieved Robinho grabbed the No 70 shirt and dreamed of teaming up with Ronaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he declared: 'Milan are a fantastic club. I hope to show that our attack is the strongest in Europe.'

Best foot forward: Paul Konchesky goes through his medical before signing for Liverpool

The second coup of the day went to Alex McLeish as Birmingham signed Club America's Chilean winger Jean Beausejour hot on the heels of Spartak Moscow captain Martin Jiranek and Barcelona's Alexander Hleb on a year's loan.

Hleb was courted by big clubs but revealed: 'There were many interested - Liverpool, Tottenham and Benfica. Birmingham apparently wanted me more than anyone else, so they were my preference.'

Agent Willie McKay, acting on behalf of Monaco, guided Eidur Gudjohnsen into the grateful arms of Stoke and Jermaine Pennant ended his brief reign in Spain with Real Zaragoza by moving to the Britannia.

And Stoke completed a hat-trick by signing Portsmouth's Marc Wilson, with Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson going the other way.

Sunderland offloaded Martyn Waghorn to Leicester and Teemu Tainio to Ajax to make way for Gyan's arrival but Liverpool's hopes came to nothing. No Cole. No Mario Gomez. At least Paul Konchesky finally arrived from Fulham.

It brought to a close a summer in which Premier League sides spent the lowest amount for four years, with only one club guilty of the 'kamikaze' spending that so irritated Sir Alex Ferguson.

That was Manchester City, responsible for more than a third of the top flight's £330m outlay. Their £129m spree was a rare sign of excess in a sedate market.

Premier League clubs spent a quarter less than last year, the lowest total since 2006. Chelsea continued last summer's relative thrift as Ramires (£18m) and Yossi Benayoun (£6m) were the only senior players to arrive, while Manchester United spent £23.4m on Bebe, Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez.

But City bucked the trend. If the arrivals of £200,000-a-week Yaya Toure, World Cup-winner David Silva and Mario Balotelli raised eyebrows, James Milner's £26m move showed the strength of the club's intentions. This is a club who can pay threequarters of Craig Bellamy's wages after his loan move to Cardiff and watch Robinho join AC Milan for half the fee paid two years ago


01-09-2010, 01:58 PM
The good, the bad and the ugly! Club-by-club verdict to every Premier League club's ins and outs during the transfer window


A busy summer for Arsene Wenger, whose major moves have seen him overhaul his centre-backs with the arrivals of French defenders Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci.

Convincing Cesc Fabregas to stay was like a signing in itself, while Marouane Chamakh on a free has been good business. However, Wenger’s major problem of getting a new goalkeeper has passed him by once again.

Best deal: Marouane Chamakh Sorry to see go: Eduardo

Aston Villa

Quiet throughout the transfer period, it only got worse with the departure of Martin O’Neill - with the uncertainty damaging chances of players coming to the club.

Villa did well out of gaining Stephen Ireland in the James Milner deal but after finishing sixth the club needed to push forward. Their summer business has only seen them stagnate at best.

Best deal: Stephen Ireland Sorry to see go: James Milner


Birmingham City

Promised big funds, Alex McLeish hasn’t had the bottomless pit he may have expected but he has certainly been busy.

McLeish's biggest capture has been the loan signing of Alexander Hleb from Barcelona, representing one of the summer's surprise moves.

The City boss has also strengthened his attack with £6m Nikola Zigic and loan arrival Matt Derbyshire..

Best deal: Alexander Hleb Sorry to see go: Lee Carsley


Sam Allardyce is not known for grabbing the headlines in transfer windows and this year has been no exception, with deals more sensible than sensational.

His prudence has seen him sign youngster Hugo Fernandez, bring in Mame Diouf on loan as well as Bejani on a free, but also limit exits in what has been a quiet window for Rovers.

Best deal: Mama Diouf Sorry to see go: Steven Reid


Blackpool have chosen not to gamble with the squad that won promotion, with many faces coming in and going out of Bloomfield Road.

But Ian Holloway has not spent huge sums on marquee signings, electing to strengthen his squad with a mixture of unknown foreign talent and players with Premier League experience.

Best deal: Marlon Harewood Sorry to see go: Stephen McPhee


Comfortably securing survival last season was job done for Owen Coyle, and his activity throughout the summer suggests he remains happy with his squad.

Martin Petrov is one of the best free transfers of the summer, while Robbie Blake will add depth to what can be a lightweight strike force after Kevin Davies. Coyle can be just about satisfied with his summer's work.

Best deal: Martin Petrov Sorry to see go: Nicky Hunt


Naturally the Double winners have no urgent need to replace anyone, but they have still had a clear-out with Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, Deco and Juliano Belleti all moving on.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to whip out the chequebook for replacements, signing Ramires for £18m and Yossi Benayoun for £6m.

The Italian has left no stone unturned as he hopes to deliver the Champions League to Stamford Bridge.

Best deal: Ramires Sorry to see go: Joe Cole



As ever, David Moyes's heady ambitions to match his managerial talent are limited by the Toffees's financial clout in the transfer window.

No more is this headlined than the signing of Jermaine Beckford for a free. He could prove a sensation but is just as likely to find he is out his depth in the Premier League. Unfortunately for Moyes he doesn’t have much alternatives.

Best deal: Jermaine Beckford Sorry to see go: Dan Gosling



With £10m coming in from the sale of Chris Smalling, Mark Hughes has had some cash to spend and has had no hesitation in spending it.

Signing Moussa Dembele for £5m could prove a tidy bit of business if he repeats his AZ Alkmaar form, while freebie Philippe Senderos will add some welcome experience to the back line. On the face of it a good summer at Craven Cottage

Best deal: Mouassa Dembele Sorry to see go: Chris Smalling


A new era at Anfield under Roy Hodgson has already seen him start to dismantle a squad that failed so badly in the last year of Rafael Benitez’s reign.

Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic and Christian Poulsen feature in a new look midfield which has seen the sale of Javier Mascherano, Yossi Benayoun and the loan departure of flop Alberto Aquilani.

Keeping Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard has been key and that alone represents success in the transfer window for Hodgson

Best deal: Joe Cole Sorry to see go: Alberto Aquilani


Manchester City

Having spent over £100m on players, Roberto Mancini has made headline signings with David Silva, James Milner, Yaya Toure, and Mario Balotelli just the tip of the ice berg.

With only 11 starting places, many players have sought the exit door in a squad that seems to be bursting at the seams,

Robinho and Craig Bellamy are two of the biggest names going out with the latter forced to drop down to the Championship to seek first-team football.

Best deal: Mario Balotelli Sorry to see go: Craig Bellamy


Manchester United

It may look like United have had a quite summer but their ‘inbox’ has totalled over £25m as Sir Alex Ferguson has spent big on building the future.

Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez are purchases with the intention of being blooded in to the first team

Bebe is an even more long-term prospect as the club work on his fitness to maximise his talent.

Best deal: Javier Hernandez Sorry to see go: Ben Foster

Newcastle United

Chris Hughton has kept faith with the team that convincingly won the Championship last season, choosing to add small dashes of experience and flair in the club’s bid to remain in the Premier League.

Sol Campbell will prove invaluable to Hughton’s young backline, Hatem Ben Arfa can be the key to unlocking defences.

Dan Gosling is a proven Premier League player, but is a risk considering his serious injury he is currently recovering from.

Best deal: Sol Campbell Sorry to see go: Nicky Butt



With the departure of James Beattie, Tony Pulis has reinforced his frontline with the record signing of Kenwyne Jones as he attempts to take Stoke to the next level.

Pulis worked wonders to bring in Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jermaine Pennant in last minute deals and can be very happy with his summer dealings.

The Potters’ outgoings have been kept to players that were on the fringe of the squad.

Best deal: Kenwyne Jones Sorry to see go: Andy Griffin


Steve Bruce has made good money from the sales of Kenywne Jones and Lorik Cana, and he has chosen to break the clubs transfer record with it.

Asamoah Gyan replaces Jones as Bruce looks to team the Ghanaian up with previous record signing Darren Bent in attack.

Titus Bramble arrives from Wigan, while shrewd loan deals for John Mensah and Danny Welbeck ensure Bruce’s summer business has been pro-active and profitable.

Best deal: Asamoah Gyan Sorry to see go: Kenwyne Jones


Uncharacteristically quiet, Spurs have brought in William Gallas on a free, youngster Sandro from Brazil for £6m and Stipe Pletikosa on loan in their only summer activity.

Redknapp will be disappointed he has not landed another striker for Spurs’ Champions League push.

Best deal: William Gallas Sorry to see go: Adel Taarabt


West Brom

Roberto Di Matteo has learnt from the club’s previous mistakes and decided to add a range of new faces to his promotion winning team as they look to survive the Premier League.

The Italian will be deighted to have brought in flair player Peter Odemwingie for £2.5m as well as Pablo Ibanez who has bags of experience from his Atletico Madrid days.

With Steven Reid and Nicky Shorey also arriving, Di Matteo will be very satisfied he has covered all his bases in regards to his transfer dealings.

Best deal: Peter Odemwingie Sorry to see go: Robert Koren

West Ham

Avram Grant’s biggest success of the transfer window has been keeping hold of Scott Parker following interest from Tottenham.

Arrivals Thomas Hitzlesperger and Frederic Piquionne have the experience but along with £4m Pablo Barrera an Victor Obinna we await to see if they are good enough to steer the Hammers clear of a relegation battle.

Best deal: Thomas Hitzlsperger Sorry to see go: Guillermo Franco



Roberto Martinez can not complain he has not been given resources this summer, spending £6m on unknown Mauro Boselli in a bid to improve his goal-shy strike force.

Franco Di Santo also arrives but Mario Melchiot and Jason Scotand were deemed surplus to requirements.

Steven Caldwell joins his brother Gary to help plug a leaky defence but Martinez will be delighted with the last-minute loan deal with Tom Cleverley from Machester United.

Best deal: Tom Cleverley Sorry to see go: Paul Scharner


Mick McCarthy has built on last season’s survival by choosing to spend relatively heavy in the transfer market, but can be satisfied he has signed quality.

Steven Fletcher and Stephen Hunt have both scored goals in the Premier League and Marcus Bent is adequate back up.

The clubs outgoings have in most been the release of fringe players to the squad and on the whole will be happy with their transfer dealings.

Best deal: Steven Fletcher Sorry to see go: Matt Murray

01-09-2010, 02:01 PM
Transfer robinho ke milan yg paling bikin gw kaget...

Robinho,ronaldinho,pato dan ibra bakal bikin lini depan milan bener2 maut banget kalau mereka bisa nyetel...

Italy sepertinya mulai bergeliat di bursa transfer neh...

Dan cleverley kembali di pinjamkan?? :nohope:
Gw positif thinking aja deh...

01-09-2010, 02:43 PM
update transfer deadline for BPL 2010/2011. :happy:

Premier League transfers: Club-by-club guide to every
deal in summer 2010


IN: Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla, £6.5m), Laurent Koscielny (Lorient, £10m), Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux, free), Kyle Ebecilio (Feyenoord, free), Phillip Roberts (Norwich, free)

OUT: Philippe Senderos (Fulham, free), Fran Merida (Atletico Madrid, free), Mikael Silvestre (Werder Bremen, free), Sol Campbell (released), William Gallas (Tottenham, free), Francis Coquelin (Lorient, loan), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk, £6m), Sol Campbell (Newcastle, free), Sanchez Watt (Leeds, loan), Jay Simpson (Hull, undisclosed), , Armand Traore (Juventus, loan)


IN: Stephen Ireland (Manchester City, part exchange)

OUT: James Milner (Manchester City, £26m), Andy Marshall (released), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven, free), Marlon Harewood (Blackpool, free), Nicky Shorey (West Bromwich, undisclosed)


IN: Enric Valles (NAC Breda, free), Ben Foster (Manchester United, £6m), Nikola Zigic (Valencia, £6m), Matt Derbyshire (Olympiakos, loan), Alexander Hleb (Barcelona, loan), Martin Jiranek (Spartak Moscow, undisclosed), Jean Beausejour (Club America, £4m)

OUT: Gary McSheffrey (Coventry, free), Gregory Vignal (released), Jared Wilson (released), Lee Carsley (Coventry, free), Artur Krysiak (Exeter, free), Frank Queudrue (released), Christian Benitez (Santos Laguna, free), Marcus Bent (Wolves, loan)


IN: Hugo Fernandez (Union Deportiva Cornella, undisclosed), Mame Biram Diouf (Blackburn, loan), Benjani (Manchester City, free)


IN: Luke Varney (Derby, loan), Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa, free), Craig Cathcart (Manchester United, undisclosed), Marlon Harewood (Aston Villa, free), Elliot Grandin (CSKA Sofia, undisclosed), Ludovic Sylvestre (Mlada Boleslav, undisclosed), Malaury Martin (Monaco, undisclosed), Matt Phillips (Wycombe, £325k), DJ Campbell (Leicester, undisclosed), David Carney (FC Twente, loan)

OUT: Daniel Nardiello (released), Hameur Bouazza (released), Al Bangura (released), Danny Mitchley (released), Joe Martin (released), Stephen McPhee (released), Ben Burgess (Notts County, free)


IN: Martin Petrov (Manchester City, free), Robbie Blake (Burnley, free), Marco Alonso (Real Madrid, £1.6m), Tom Eaves (Oldham, undisclosed), Rodrigo Moreno (Benfica, loan)

OUT: Ricardo Vaz Te (Panionios, free), Ali Al Habsi (Wigan, loan), Nicky Hunt (Bristol City, free)


IN: Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, £6m), Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic, £2.7m), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, £5.2m), Ramires (Benfica, £18m)

OUT: Michael Mancienne (Wolves, loan), Joe Cole (Liverpool, free), Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen, free), Juliano Belletti (Fluminese, free), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce, £2.5m), Tomas Kalas (Sigma Olomouc, loan), Ryan Bertrand (Nottingham Forest, loan), Scott Sinclair (Swansea, £1m), Jack Cork (Burnley, loan), Nemanja Matic (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Slobodan Rajkovic (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Franco di Santo (Wigan, undisclosed)


IN: Joao Silva (Desportivo Das Aves, £500,000), Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw, free), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds, free), Magaye Gueye (Strasbourg, undisclosed)

OUT: John Ruddy (Norwich City, free), Dan Gosling (Newcastle, free), Carlo Nash (Stoke City, free), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, loan)


IN: Rafik Halliche (Benfica, £1.3m), Moussa Dembele (AZ Alkmaar, £5m), Philippe Senderos (Arsenal, free), Jonathan Greening (West Bromwich, undisclosed), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed), Lauri Dalla Valle (Liverpool, undisclosed) Alex Kacaniklic (Liverpool, undisclosed)

OUT: Chris Smalling (Manchester United, £10m), Erik Nevland (Viking, free), Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient, free), Christopher Buchtmann (Cologne, undisclosed), Wayne Brown (Bristol Rovers, free), Toni Kallio (released), Paul Konchesky (Liverpool, undisclosed)


IN: Joe Cole (Chelsea, free), Jonjo Shelvey (Charlton, £1.7m), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege, free), Danny Wilson (Rangers, £5m), Christian Poulsen (Juventus, £4.5m), Brad Jones (Middlesbrough, £2.3m), Raul Meireles (Porto £11.5m), Paul Konchesky (Fulham, undislosed).

OUT: Alberto Aquilani (Juventus, loan), David Martin (MK Dons, free), Mikel San Jose (Atletico Bilbao, undisclosed), Robbie Threlfall (Bradford, free), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea, £6m), Albert Riera (Olympiakos, undisclosed), Krisztian Nemeth (Olympiakos, undisclosed), Diego Cavalieri (Cesena, undisclosed), Emiliano Insua (Galatasaray, loan)


IN: James Milner (Aston Villa, £26m), Yaya Toure (Barcelona, £28m), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg, £10m), David Silva (Valencia, £24m), Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio, £17m), Alex Henshall (Swindon Town, free), Albert Rusnak (MFK Kosice, undisclosed), Mario Balotelli (Inter Milan, £23m)

OUT: Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa, part exchange), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff, loan), Valeri Bojinov (Parma, £4.5m), Martin Petrov (Bolton, free), Benjani (Manchester City, free), Sylvinho (released), Robert Mak (Nuremberg, £500,000), Gunnar Nielsen (Tranmere, loan), Javier Garrido (Lazio, £2.5m), Vladimir Weiss (Rangers, loan), Robinho (AC Milan, undisclosed), Adam Clayton (Leed, undisclosed)


IN: Chris Smalling (Fulham, £10m), Javier Hernandez (Guadalajara, £10m), Marnick Vermijl (Standard Liege, undisclosed), Bebe (Vitoria Guimaraes, £7.4m)

OUT: Ben Foster (Birmingham, £6m), Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow, £8m), Tom Heaton (Cardiff, free), Danny Drinkwater (Cardiff, loan), Danny Welbeck (Sunderland, loan), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool, undisclosed), Mame Biram Diouf (Blackburn, loan), Rodrigo Possebon (Sao Paulo, undisclosed), Tom Cleverley (Wigan, loan)


IN: Cheik Tiote (Twente, undisclosed), Dan Gosling (Newcastle, free), James Perch (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Sol Campbell (Arsenal, free), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille, loan)

OUT: Nicky Butt (released), Fabrice Pancrate (released), Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan)


IN: Jon Walters (Ipswich, £2.75m), Carlo Nash (Everton, free), Florent Cuvelier (Portsmouth, undisclosed), Kenwyne Jones (Sunderland, £8m), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Monaco, loan), Jermaine Pennant (Real Zaragoza, loan), Marc Wilson (Portsmouth, undisclosed)

OUT: Andy Griffin (Reading, £250k), Steve Simonsen (Sheffield United, free), Amdy Faye (released), Diego Arismendi (Barnsley, loan), Ibrahima Sonko (Portsmouth, loan), Nathaniel Wedderburn (Northampton, free), James Beattie (Rangers, £1.5m), Carl Dickinson (Portsmouth, loan), Dave Kitson (Portsmouth, loan), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth, loan)


IN: Titus Bramble (Wigan, £1m), Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul, undisclosed), Simon Mignolet (Sint Truidense, £2m), Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (ENPPI, loan), Marcos Angeleri (Estudiantes, £2m), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United, loan), John Mensah (Lyon, loan) Asamoah Gyan (Rennes £13m)

OUT: Daryl Murphy (Celtic, £1.5m), Jamie Chandler (Darlington, free) Roy O'Donovan (Coventry, undisclosed), Lorik Cana (Galatasaray, £5m), Nyron Nosworthy (Sheffield United, loan), Kenwyne Jones (Stoke, £8m), Marton Fulop (Ipswich, undisclosed), Matthew Kilgallon (Middlesbrough, loan), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester, £3m)


IN: William Gallas (Arsenal, free), Sandro (Internacional, £6m), Stipe Pletikosa (Spartak Moscow, loan)

OUT: Jimmy Walker (released), David Button (Plymouth, loan), Adel Taarabt (QPR, £1m), John Bostock (Hull, loan)


IN: Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid, free), Gabriel Tamas (Auxerre, £800k), Steven Reid (Blackburn, free), Boaz Myhill (Hull, £1.5m), Nicky Shorey (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Peter Odemwingie (Locomotiv Moscow, £2.5m), Somen Tchoyi (Red Bull Salzburg, undisclosed), Marc Antoine Fortune (Celtic, undisclosed), Paul Scharner (Wigan, free), Craig Dawson (Rochdale, undisclosed)

OUT: Andwele Slory (released), Robert Koren (Hull, free), Filipe Teixeira (released), Jonathan Greening (Fulham, free), Borja Valero (Villareal, loan)


IN: Thomas Hitzlsperger (Lazio, free), Pablo Barrera (Pumas, £4m), Frederic Piquionne (Lyon, £1m), Tal Ben Haim (Portsmouth, loan), Winston Reid (Midtjylland. £4m), Victor Obinna (Inter Milan, loan)

OUT: Alessandro Diamanti (Brescia, £1.8m), Guillermo Franco (released), Ilan (released), Josh Payne (released), Fabio Daprela (Brescia, undisclosed)


IN: James McArthur (Hamilton, £1m), Mauro Boselli (Estudiantes, £6), Ali Al Habsi (Bolton, loan), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Brugge, free), Ronnie Stam (Twente, £3m), Steven Caldwell (Burnley, free), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, loan), Franco di Santo (Chelsea, undisclosed)

OUT: Titus Bramble (Sunderland, £1m), Tomasz Cywka (Derby, free), Mario Melchiot (Umm Salal, free), Paul Scharner (released), Jason Koumas (Cardiff, loan), Jason Scotland (Swansea, £750,000)


IN: Michael Mancienne (Chelsea, loan), Jelle Van Damme (Anderlecht, £2.5m), Steven Fletcher (Burnley £6.5m), Stephen Mouyokolo (Hull, £2.5m), Stephen Hunt (Hull, £3m), Adlene Guedioura (Charleroi, £2m), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Charleroi, loan), Marcus Bent (Birmingham, loan)

OUT: Jason Shackell (Barnsley, undisclosed), Mark Little (released), Daniel Jones (released), George Friend (released), Chris Iwelumo (Burnley, undisclosed), Alan Irvine (Sheffield Wednesday, free), Andrew Surman (Norwich, £500k), Sam Vokes (Bristol City, loan), Carl Ikeme (Leicester, loan), Matt Murray (retired).

01-09-2010, 02:47 PM
Transfer Seri A
Milan Menggebrak di 'Injury Time' & Kejutan dari Cesena

Jakarta - Periode transfer musim dingin sudah tuntas di Italia, dengan AC Milan melakukan gebrakan di saat-saat terakhir dengan merekrut Robinho. Bagaimana dengan klub lain?

Kesempatan klub-klub Seri A untuk membenahi materi pemainnya di periode musim panas telah ditutup. Berikut keseluruhan aktivitas transfer klub-klub Seri A, seperti dikutip Reuters (harga dalam mata uang euro dan posisi klub musim lalu ada di dalam kurung).

*Inter Milan (Juara, 82 poin)

Jose Mourinho hijrah ke Real Madrid usai membawa Inter meraih treble musim lalu. Rafael Benitez datang menggantikan setelah sebelumnya menjalani musim kurang memuaskan bersama Liverpool.

Inter tak banyak beraktivitas di periode ini. Beberapa transfer dilakukan dengan memboyong pemain muda Brasil Coutinho dan melepas Mario Balotelli.

Masuk: Jonathan Biabiany (Parma, peminjaman selesai), Luca Castellazzi (Sampdoria, bebas transfer), Coutinho (Vasco da Gama), Mancini (AC Milan, peminjaman selesai), Victor Obinna (Malaga, peminjaman selesai), Andrea Ranocchia (Bari, akan main bersama Genoa musim ini di bawah status kepemilikan bersama, David Suazo (Genoa, peminjaman selesai)

Keluar: Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen, nilai tak disebutkan), Mario Balotelli (Manchester City, nilai tak disebutkan), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma, 8 juta), Rene Krhin (Bologna, status kepemilikan bersama), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas, nilai tak disebutkan), Francesco Toldo (pensiun)

*AS Roma (Posisi 2, 80 poin)

Roma dan pelatih Claudio Ranieri melakukan perjudian dengan merekrut penyerang bermasalah Adriano. Keputusan melepas pemain pinjaman Luca Toni yang dinilai relatif sukses pun dipertanyakan.

Masuk: Adriano (Flamengo, nilai tak disebutkan), Marco Borriello (AC Milan, pinjaman), Guillermo Burdisso (Rosario Central, pinjaman), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan, 8 juta), Stefano Okaka (Fulham, peminjaman selesai), Simplicio (Palermo, bebas transfer)

Keluar: Artur (dilepas), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan, peminjaman selesai), Alessio Cerci (Fiorentina, 3 juta), Marco Motta (Juventus, dari Udinese, pinjaman), Max Tonetto (dilepas), Luca Toni (Genoa, peminjaman selesai)

*AC Milan (Posisi 3, 70 poin)

Leonardo mundur dari posisinya sebagai pelatih setelah semusim karena bermasalah dengan pemilik Milan, Silvio Berlusconi. Massimiliano Allegri direkrut dan diharapkan dapat membawa Milan meraih trofi.

Di awal bursa transfer, Milan tampak santai-santai saja. Tapi mendekati akhir, mereka menggebrak dengan memboyong Zlatan Ibrahimovic dan kemudian Robinho di hari terakhir.

Masuk: Marco Amelia (Genoa, pinjaman), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Genoa, pinjaman), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona, pinjaman kemudian membayar 24 juta), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa, pinjaman), Robinho (Manchester City, nilai tak disebutkan), Mario Yepes (Chievo, bebas transfer)

Keluar: Dominic Adiyiah (Reggina, pinjaman) David Beckham (LA Galaxy, peminjaman selesai), Marco Borriello (As Roma, pinjaman), Dida (dilepas), Giuseppe Favalli (pensiun), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04, 13 juta), Kakha Kaladze (Genoa, nilai tak disebutkan), Mancini (Inter Milan, peminjaman selesai)

*Sampdoria (Posisi 4, 67 poin)

Il Samp tak banyak beraktivitas dan pelatih baru Domenico Di Carlo akan mengandalkan duo Antonio Cassano dan Giampaolo Pazzini di lini depan.

Masuk: Gianluca Curci (Siena, nilai tak disebutkan), Daniele Dessena (Cagliari, nilai tak disebutkan), Luciano Zauri (Lazio, pinjaman)

Keluar: Luca Castellazzi (Inter Milan, bebas transfer), Marius Stankevicius (Valencia, pinjaman), Marco Storari (dari AC Milan ke Juventus, peminjaman selesai)

*Palermo (Posisi 5, 65 poin)

Penjualan Edinson Cavani ke Napoli yang tim rival diprediksi membuat kubu Delio Rossi akan menurun performanya musim ini.

Masuk: Massimo Maccarone (Siena, nilai tak disebutkan), Ezequiel Munoz (Boca Juniors, nilai tak disebutkan), Joao Pedro (Atletico Mineiro, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Mark Bresciano (Lazio, nilai tak disebutkan), Igor Budan (Cesena, pinjaman), Edinson Cavani (Napoli, 16 juta), Roberto Guana (Palermo, bebas transfer), Simon Kjaer (VfL Wolfsburg, nilai tak disebutkan), Rubinho (Torino, pinjaman), Simplicio (Roma, bebas transfer)

*Napoli (Posisi 6, 59 poin)

Usai finis di posisi enam, Napoli jelas akan memburu posisi Liga Champions musim ini. Maka keputusan melepas Fabio Quagliarella pun dipertanyakan fans.

Masuk: Edinson Cavani (Palermo, 16 juta), Emilson Cribari (Lazio, nilai tak disebutkan), Nicolao Dumitru (Empoli, pinjaman) Cristiano Lucarelli (Parma, pinjaman), Jose Ernesto Sosa (Bayern Munich, nilai tak disebutkan), Hassan Yebda (Benfica, pinjaman)

Keluar: Luca Cigarini (Sevilla, pinjaman), Jesus Datolo (Espanyol, pinjaman), German Denis (Udinese, nilai tak disebutkan), Erwin Hoffer (Kaiserslautern, pinjaman), Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus, pinjaman lalu 15 juta), Leandro Rinaudo (Juventus, pinjaman)

*Juventus (Posisi 7, 55 poin)

Juventus merekrut Luigi Del Neri untuk membenahi hasil mereka musim lalu. Si pelatih baru berencana kembali menggunakan formasi 4-4-2, kendati belum menjamin akan terus memainkan sang kapten Alessandro Del Piero yang akan memainkan musim terakhirnya bersama Bianconeri.

Masuk: Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool, pinjaman), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari, 15.5 juta), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow, 15 juta), Davide Lanzafame (Parma, peminjaman selesai), Jorge Martinez (Catania, 12 juta), Marco Motta (Udinese, pinjaman), Simone Pepe (Udinese, pinjaman), Marco Storari (AC Milan, 4.5 juta), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli, pinjaman lalu 15 juta), Leandro Rinaudo (Napoli, pinjaman), Armand Traore (Arsenal, pinjaman)

Keluar: Martin Caceres (Barcelona, peminjaman selesai), Mauro Camoranesi (Vfb Stuttgart, dilepas), Antonio Candreva (Udinese lalu Parma, peminjaman selesai), Fabio Cannavaro (Al Ahli, bebas transfer), Diego (VfL Wolfsburg, 15.5 juta), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma, pinjaman), Christian Poulsen (Liverpool, 5.5 juta), Tiago (Atletico Madrid, pinjaman), David Trezeguet (Hercules, dilepas), Jonathan Zebina (Brescia, dilepas)

*Parma (Posisi 8, 52 poin)

Parma bertukar pelatih dengan Udinese, sehingga artinya Pasquale Marino akan duduk di kursi pelatih musim ini. Namun, hijrahnya sejumlah pemain bisa menyulitkan laju mereka.

Masuk: Valeri Bojinov, (Manchester City, nilai tak disebutkan), Antonio Candreva (Udinese, pinjaman), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus, pinjaman)

Keluar: Jonathan Biabiany (Inter Milan, peminjaman selesai), Manuel Coppola (Lecce, pinjaman), Davide Lanzafame (Juventus, peminjaman selesai), Cristiano Lucarelli (Napoli, pinjaman), Gabriele Paonessa (Cesena, pinjaman), Andrea Rispoli (Lecce, pinjaman)

*Genoa (Posisi 9, 51 poin)

Genoa cukup sibuk di bursa transfer ini. Tim besutan Gian Piero Gasperini itu tampaknya memang sangat bernafsu merangsek ke posisi empat besar.

Masuk: Rafinha (Schalke, 9 juta), Eduardo (Braga, nilai tak disebutkan), Kakha Kaladze (AC Milan, nilai tak disebutkan), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich, bebas transfer), Andrea Ranocchia (Bari, kepemilikan bersama dengan Inter Milan. Di Genoa untuk musim ini), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Marco Amelia (AC Milan, pinjaman), Salvatore Bocchetti (Rubin Kazan, nilai tak disebutkan), Ivan Fatic (Cesena, pinjaman), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (AC Milan, pinjaman), Alberto Zapater (Sporting Lisbon, nilai tak disebutkan)

*Bari (Posisi 10, 50 poin)

Musim lalu Giampiero Ventura sukses bkin kejutan dengan membawa Bari finis di papan tengah pada musim pertamanya kembali ke Seri A. Tapi penjualan dua pemain bertahan, Andrea Ranocchia dan Leonardo Bonucci, plus kurang okenya pemain yang masuk berpotensi bikin Bari kepayahan musim ini.

Masuk: Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena, nilai tak disebutkan), Andrea Raggi (Bologna, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Andrea Ranocchia (Genoa dan Inter Milan kepemilikan bersama), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, 15.5 juta)

*Fiorentina (Posisi 11, 47 poin)

Sepeninggal Cesare Prandelli, La Viola merekrut Sinisa Mihajlovic dari Catania untuk duduk di kursi pelatih. Awal musim akan berat untuk Fiorentina terkait cederanya Stevan Jovetic dan absennya Adrian Mutu karena hukuman narkoba.

Masuk: Gaetano D'Agostino (Udinese, nilai tak disebutkan), Artur Boruc (Celtic, 3 juta), Alessio Cerci (AS Roma, 3 juta)

Keluar: Massimo Gobbi (dilepas), Keirrison (Barcelona lalu Santos, peminjaman selesai)

*Lazio (Posisi 12, 46 poin)

Setelah musim lalu selamat dari degradasi berkat perjuangan menjelang musim berakhir, pelatih Edy Reja niscaya membidik finis sepuluh besar untuk Lazio. Tapi itu harus dilakukan tanpa bek kiri andalan, Aleksandar Kolarov.

Masuk: Mark Bresciano (Palermo, nilai tak disebutkan), Javier Garrido (Manchester City, nilai tak disebutkan), Hernanes (Sao Paulo, nilai tak disebutkan), Luciano Zauri (Sampdoria, pinjaman)

Keluar: Emilson Cribari (Napoli, nilai tak disebutkan), Thomas Hitzlsperger (West Ham United, bebas transfer), Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City, 22 juta), Julio Cruz (dilepas)

*Catania (Posisi 13, 45 poin)

Hijrahnya pelatih Sinisa Mihajlovic plus penjualan gelandang Jorge Martinez ke Juventus, jelas mengurangi kekuatan Catania. Pelatih baru Marco Giampaolo kini akan berusaha untuk menyelamatkan tim Sisilia itu dari zona maut.

Masuk: Alejandro Gomez (San Lorenzo, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Jorge Martinez (Juventus, 12 juta)

*Cagliari (Posisi 14, 44 poin)

Pierpaolo Bisoli ditunjuk untuk menggantikan Massimiliano Allegri yang musim ini melatih AC Milan. Bisoli setidaknya mendapatkan satu tenaga baru yang cukup oke, Robert Acquafresca.

Masuk: Robert Aqcuafresca (Genoa, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Daniele Dossena (Sampdoria, nilai tak disebutkan), Jeda (Lecce, nilai tak disebutkan)

*Udinese (Posisi 15, 44 poin)

Keputusan pelatih Francesco Guidolin untuk meninggalkan Parma dan melatih Udinese bikin terkejut banyak orang. Apalagi Udinese kini diperlemah dengan hijrahnya Simone Pepe dan Gaetano D'Agostino.

Untungnya Antonio Di Natale, top skorer Serie A musim lalu dengan 29 gol, tak pindah meski ditaksir Juventus.

Masuk: Gabriele Angella (Empoli, kepemilikan bersama), German Denis (Napoli, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Gaetano D'Agostino (Fiorentina, nilai tak disebutkan), Antonio Candreva (Parma, pinjaman), Andreas Landgren (Willem II, pinjaman), Simone Pepe (Juventus, pinjaman), Alexandar Lukovic (Zenit St Petersburg, nilai tak disebutkan)

*Chievo (Posisi 16, 44 poin)

Kepergian Domenico Di Carlo membuat Chievo menunjuk pelatih Stefano Pioli yang musim lalu sukses membawa Sassuolo finis di posisi empat Seri B. Namun, tak banyak aktivitas yang dilakukan Chievo di bursa transfer.

Masuk: Kevin Constant, (Chateauroux, nilai tak disebutkan), Gelson Fernandes (St Etienne, pinjaman), Roberto Guana (Palermo, bebas transfer)

Keluar: Mario Yepes (AC Milan, bebas transfer)

*Bologna (Posisi 17, 42 poin)

Selama dua musim terakhir Bologna berjuang menjauhi zona maut. Pergantian kepemilikan klub plus pemecatan pelatih Franco Colomba akan menambah berat perjuangan musim ini, apalagi tak ada transfer skala besar yang mereka lakukan.

Masuk: Rene Krhin (Inter Milan, kepemilikan bersama), Albin Ekdal (Siena, nilai tak disebutkan), Diego Perez (AS Monaco, nilai tak disebutkan), Ivan Radovanovic (Atalanta, pinjaman), Matteo Rubin (Torino, nilai tak disebutkan)

Keluar: Adailton (dilepas), Andrea Raggi (Bari, nilai tak disebutkan), Stephen Appiah (Cesena, bebas transfer)

*Lecce (Juara Seri B)

Semusim berkiprah di Seri B, Lecce langsung kembali ke Seri A dengan status jawara Seri B. Tapi minimnya pembelian berkualitas bikin mereka bisa saja terdegradasi lagi.

Masuk: Manuel Coppola (Parma, pinjaman), Davide Di Michele (Torino, nilai tak disebutkan) Javier Chevanton (Sevilla, nilai tak disebutkan), Jeda (Cagliari, nilai tak disebutkan), Ignacio Piatti (Independiente, nilai tak disebutkan), Edward Ofere (Malmo, nilai tak disebutkan), Ruben Olivera (A. Penarol, nilai tak disebutkan), Andrea Rispoli (Parma, pinjaman)

Keluar: Emanuele Terranova (Frosinone, bebas transfer)

*Cesena (Runner-up Seri B)

Cesena menjadi tim kejutan Seri B musim lalu. Kali ini mereka bertekad menghadirkan kejutan lagi di Seri A. Toh di bursa transfer mereka juga sudah bikin kejutan dengan merekrut sejumlah pemain yang relatif punya nama, meski berdana minim.

Masuk: Stephen Appiah, (Bologna, bebas transfer), Steve von Bergen (Hertha Berlin, bebas transfer), Igor Budan (Palermo, pinjaman), Diego Cavalieri (Liverpool, nilai tak disebutkan), Ivan Fatic (Genoa, pinjaman), Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo, nilai tak disebutkan), Gabriele Paonessa (Parma, pinjaman)

Keluar: Ivan Franceschini (dilepas)

*Brescia (Pemenang playoff Seri B)

Brescia divonis akan sulit bersaing dengan klub-klub Seri A lain meski sudah berhasil melakukan pembelian yang cukup baik dengan memboyong Eder dan Alessandro Diamanti.

Masuk: Alessandro Diamanti (West Ham United, 2.2 juta), Eder (Empoli, nilai tak disebutkan), Panagiotis Kone (Iraklis, nilai tak disebutkan), Matteo Sereni (Torino, nilai tak disebutkan), Jonathan Zebina (Juventus, dilepas)

Keluar: Juergen Saumel (Torino, peminjaman selesai)

01-09-2010, 04:41 PM
@bro Drivemain sorry bro nambahin dikit yg AC Milan ada Montelongo(River Plate) and Sanocito(Celtic) jg baru masuk WB itu ber 2 ;)

01-09-2010, 05:40 PM
Bursa Transfer
Villa Termahal di Musim Panas Ini
Reky Herling Kalumata - detiksport

Kepindahan Robinho ke AC Milan menjadi transfer pemain besar menjelang penutupan transfer pemain. Sedangkan kepindahan David Villa ke Barcelona menjadi transfer termahal di musim panas ini.

AC Milan baru saja mendatangkan dua pemain besarnya menjelang penutupan transfer pemain Eropa. Mereka berhasil mendapatkan Robinho dari Manchester City setelah sebelumnya meminjam Zlatan Ibrahimovic dari Barcelona.

Namun tidak diungkapkan oleh pihak klub seberapa besar dana yang dikeluarkan oleh Milan untuk mendapatkan pemain depan Brasil ini. Kabarnya transfer Robinho tersebut sebesar US$ 19 juta atau sekitar Rp 171 miliar.

Seperti dilansir Reuters, daftar transfer termahal sepanjang musim panas ini dipegang oleh Villa. Barca harus mengeluarkan dana sebesar 40 juta euro atau sekitar Rp 457 miliar lebih, guna memboyong striker Spanyol ini dari Valencia.

Berikut daftar harga transfer beberapa pemain besar di Eropa:

David Villa Valencia ke Barcelona 40 juta euro
Yoann Gourcuff Girondins Bordeaux ke Olympique Lyon 22 juta euro
Andre-Pierre Gignac Toulouse ke Olympique Marseille 18 juta euro
Leonardo Bonucci Bari ke Juventus 15,5 juta euro
Asamoah Gyan Stade Rennes ke Sunderland 15,5 juta euro
Milos Krasic CSKA Moscow ke Juventus 15 juta euro
Raul Meireles Porto ke Liverpool 14 juta euro
Adriano Correia Sevilla ke Barcelona 13,5 juta euro
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar AC Milan ke Schalke 04 13 juta euro
Javier Hernandez Guadalajara ke Manchester United 10 juta euro
Christian Poulsen Juventus ke Liverpool 4,5 juta euro
Robinho Manchester City ke AC Milan (undisclosed)
Javier Mascherano Liverpool ke Barcelona (undisclosed)
Mario Balotelli Inter Milan ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
Angel Di Maria Benfica ke Real Madrid (undisclosed)
Mezut Ozil Werder Bremen ke Real Madrid (undisclosed)
Sami Khedira VfB Stuttgart ke Real Madrid (undisclosed)
Ricardo Carvalho Chelsea ke Real Madrid (undisclosed)
Yaya Toure Barcelona ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
David Silva Valencia ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
James Milner Aston Villa ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
Aleksandr Kolarov Lazio ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
Jerome Boateng Hamburg SV ke Manchester City (undisclosed)
Ramires Benfica ke Chelsea (undisclosed)
Paul Konchesky Fulham ke Liverpool (undisclosed)
Michael Ballack Chelsea ke Bayer Leverkusen Free
Raul Real Madrid ke Schalke 04 Free
Thierry Henry Barcelona ke New York Red Bulls Free
Marouane Chamakh Girondins Bordeaux ke Arsenal Free
Joe Cole Chelsea ke Liverpool Free
Deco Chelsea ke Fluminense Free
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Barcelona ke AC Milan Loan
Alberto Aquilani Liverpool ke Juventus Loan
Aleksandr Hleb Barcelona ke Birmingham City Loan
Marco Borriello AC Milan ke AS Roma Loan
Eidur Gudjohnsen AS Monaco ke Stoke City Loan

01-09-2010, 05:54 PM
Liga Perancis menunjukkan tajinya nih..
apakah ini pertanda bahwa keadaan finansial klub2 perancis dalam keadaan baik-baik saja untuk menyambut FInancial Fairplay tahun 2012??

01-09-2010, 06:16 PM
Transfer Deadline Day: All The Moves

Premier League:

Robinho [Manchester City - AC Milan] Undisclosed
Asamoah Gyan [Rennes - Sunderland] £13m
Alexander Hleb Loan
Jean Beausejour [Club America - Birmingham] Undisclosed
Marcus Bent [Birmingham - Wolves] Loan
Paul Konchesky [Fulham - Liverpool] £4m (inc. player exchange)
Lauri Dalla Valle [Liverpool - Fulham] (part of Konchesky deal)
Alex Kacaniklic [Liverpool - Fulham] (part of Konchesky deal)
Eidur Gudjohnsen [Monaco - Stoke] Loan
Tom Cleverley [Manchester United - Wigan] Loan
Franco Di Santo [Chelsea - Wigan] Undisclosed
Emiliano Insua [Liverpool - Galatasaray] Loan
Joseph Yobo [Everton - Fenerbahce] Loan
DJ Campbell [Leicester - Blackpool] Undisclosed
Nacer Barazite [Arsenal - Vitesse Arnhem] Loan
Felipe Caicedo [Manchester City - Levante] Loan
Salif Diao [Free agent - Stoke]
Nabil El Zhar [Liverpool - PAOK] Loan
Craig Dawson [Rochdale - West Brom] Undisclosed (loaned straight back to Rochdale)
Martin Jiranek [Spartak Moscow - Birmingham] Undisclosed
Damien Plessis [Liverpool - Panathinaikos] Loan
Stipe Pletikosa [Spartak Moscow - Tottenham] Loan
Maceo Rigters [Blackburn - Willem II] Loan
Jermaine Pennant [Real Zaragoza - Stoke]
Matt Phillips [Wycombe - Blackpool] £325,000
Rodrigo [Benfica - Bolton] Loan
Vincent Weijl [Liverpool - SD Eibar] Undisclosed
Marc Wilson [Portsmouth - Stoke] Undisclosed
Armand Traore [Arsenal - Juventus] Loan
Teemu Tainio [Sunderland - Ajax] Free
Rafael Van der Vaart [Real Madrid - Tottenham] £8m (awaiting clearance)
Lars Jacobsen [Blackburn - West Ham] Undisclosed (awaiting clearance)


Gylfi Sigurdsson [Reading - Hoffenheim] £6m
Yuki Abe [Urawa Red Diamonds - Leicester] Undisclosed
Adam Clayton [Manchester City - Leeds] Undisclosed
Ian Harte [Carlisle - Reading] Undisclosed
Rob Hulse [Derby - QPR] Undisclosed
Anthony Gardner [Hull - Crystal Palace] Loan
Zurab Khizanishvili Loan
Martyn Waghorn [Sunderland - Leicester] £3m
Tommy Smith [Portsmouth - QPR] £1.5m
Ramon Nunez [Free agent - Leeds]
Andrew Taylor [Middlesbrough - Watford] Loan

[B]League One:

Torbjorn Agdestein [Stord - Brighton] Undisclosed
Jonathan Fortune [unattached - Charlton]
Chris Barker [Southend - Plymouth] Free
Arnaud Mendy [Derby - Tranmere] Loan
Jermaine Grandison [Coventry - Tranmere] Loan
Kazenga LuaLua [Newcastle - Brighton] Loan
Ben Hamer [Reading - Brentford] Loan
Lubomir Michalik [Leeds - Carlisle] Loan
Ben Marshall [Stoke - Carlisle] Loan
Stephane Zubar [Free agent - Plymouth]
Alan Sheehan [Leeds - Swindon] Free

League Two:

Marlon Pack [Portsmouth - Cheltenham] Loan
Charlie Taylor [Sutton United - Barnet] Undisclosed
Adifane Noussoura [Free agent - Lincoln]


Alexei Eremenko [Metalist Kharkiv - Kilmarnock] Loan
Richard Foster [Aberdeen - Rangers] Loan
Jonathan Grounds [Middlesbrough - Hibernian] Loan
Nick Hegarty [Grimsby - St Mirren] Undisclosed
Anthony Stokes [Hibernian - Celtic] Undisclosed
Andrius Velicka [Rangers - Aberdeen] Loan


Tom Craddock [Luton - Oxford] Undisclosed
Josh Payne [Doncaster - Oxford] Loan
Richard O’Donnell [Sheffield Wednesday - Grimsby] Loan
Ollie Thorne [Newport - Kidderminster] Free
Liam Boyce [Cliftonville - Werder Bremen] Loan

Major European moves:

Marco Borriello [AC Milan - Roma] Loan
Mauro Camoranesi [Juventus - Stuttgart] Undisclosed
Royston Drenthe [Real Madrid - Hercules] Loan
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar [AC Milan - Schalke] €13m
Zvjezdan Misimovic [Wolfsburg - Galatasaray] Undisclosed
Kakha Kaladze [AC Milan - Genoa]

02-09-2010, 12:10 AM
Tottenham beat transfer deadline to clinch £8m Rafael van der Vaart signing from Real Madrid

Tottenham have confirmed the £8million signing of Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid after the Premier League gave them the green light to add the Holland midfielder to their squad.

Spurs had been sweating on clearance to bring the 27-year-old to White Hart Lane after technical difficulties hampered their efforts to submit the relevant paperwork for the move before yesterday's 6pm transfer deadline.

But after investigating the club's claims that there were difficulties involving computer servers used in the transaction between themselves and Real, the Premier League ratified the signing.

Flying Dutchman: Rafael Van Der Vaart is set for a move to Spurs

The Premier League said in a statement: 'The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart's registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur.'

Tottenham announced: 'We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart.'

Manager Harry Redknapp last night revealed he was alerted to Van der Vaart's availability just two hours before the window closed.

Redknapp also claimed the player had been set to join Bayern Munich for £18m on Monday but the move broke down.

Rumour mill: Holland international Van der Vaart was said to be on the verge of a big-money switch to Bayern Munich before his Spurs move

However, that was categorically denied this afternoon by the Spanish giants, with sports director Miguel Pardeza telling his club's official website: 'It is absolutely false that Real Madrid received a 21million euro offer from Bayern Munich for Van der Vaart.

'In fact, the German team never showed an interest to sign the player, so the allegations made in England have greatly surprised us.'

Van der Vaart's transfer is not the first to be assessed by the Premier League over whether a deal has been completed before the deadline.

In February 2009, they took a day to sanction Andrei Arshavin's move to Arsenal. A year earlier, Manchester City were unable to formally announce the signing of Benjani Mwaruwari's from Portsmouth for almost a week due to a wrangle over whether the paperwork had been submitted before the deadline.

But they needed to make a decision on Van der Vaart by 5pm today, as that was the cut-off point for clubs to submit their 25-man senior squads for the first half of the Barclays Premier League season.

Speaking yesterday, Redknapp said of Van der Vaart's impending arrival: 'They let me know around 4pm that he was available for £8million and, for that money, he is a top player who will definitely improve us.

'The fee has come crashing down because the deadline is so close. He's a great passer of the ball, he's a top footballer, he will join in here and be a big plus for us.'

New boys: Van der Vaart joins other deadline day signing Stipe Pletikosa at Spurs

Van der Vaart helped Holland reach this summer's World Cup final but has struggled to establish himself at Madrid since joining them two years ago.

The midfielder came through the ranks at Ajax and won two league titles before transferring to Hamburg in 2005. He was the Bundesliga side's leading scorer in his first season and went on to captain them before moving to the Spanish capital.

He has won 83 caps for Holland, scoring 16 goals and representing his country at two European Championships and two World Cups.

The midfielder technically becomes Redknapp's second deadline-day signing. Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa finally completed his season-long loan switch from Spartak Moscow yesterday afternoon, with the north Londoners thought to have an option to make the deal permanent.

02-09-2010, 02:30 AM
Akhirnya, gagal ke United, Hotspurs pun jadi, dengan harga yg cukup 'obralan' pula...

Tambahan dari Telegraph :

It’s not unusual for Spurs to make such last-minute moves. Redknapp may bridle at suggestions he is a ‘wheeler-dealer’ but Levy thrives in it. Sometimes it backfires but, with increasing regularity, Spurs pull off a bit of a coup. To acquire a player of Van der Vaart’s standing, a World Cup finalist, with 83 caps for Holland, and still just 27, would appear to be just that.

Van der Vaart’s arrival in England may have been break-neck but it’s seven years since he was first mooted for the Premier League. Chelsea in the first flush of Roman Abramovich’s cash pursued the midfielder who was then a burgeoning, precocious talent at Ajax. Chelsea bought Joe Cole instead but didn’t forget about Van der Vaart and considered bidding for him last summer, and again this.

But what have Spurs now got? Certainly a creative, attacking left-footed player, a good passer, who possesses great experience - not least in the Champions League - and one who will give Redknapp the opportunity to vary his formation as well as his line-up. Indeed having acquired a player of Van der Vaart’s ability and reputation, and despite Spurs heavy fixture commitments, the question now will be where he plays and who misses out?

Possible Tottenham line-ups:

(4-4-2) Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Van der Vaart; Defoe, Crouch (this would lead to Gareth Bale switching to left-back and Kranjcar and Palacios missing out

(4-2-3-1) Huddlestone, Modric; Lennon, Van der Vaart, Bale; Defoe (bad news for Crouch..or maybe Defoe)

(4-4-1-1) Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Crouch (bad news for Defoe)

Van der Vaart factfile

1983: Born on February 11, in Heemskerk, Holland.

1993: Joins the Ajax academy as a 10-year-old.

2000: April - Makes his senior Ajax debut against Den Bosch as a 17-year-old.

2001: October 6 - Makes senior Holland debut against Andorra.

2002: Ajax win the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Cup, although Van der Vaart's playing time is limited by a knee injury.

2004: Ajax win Eredivisie title again. Van der Vaart named team captain for the following season by new boss Ronald Koeman. Plays a limited role for Holland at the European Championships in Portugal.

2005: Joins Hamburg. The German club finish third in the Bundesliga in his first year at the club.

2006: Included in Holland's squad for the World Cup in Germany, but after missing the opening game on his way back from injury, plays a minimal part in the campaign.

2007-08: Scores 12 goals as Hamburg finish fourth in the Bundesliga.

2008: August - Signs for Real Madrid, having impressed for Holland at Euro 2008. Scores on Real debut against Numancia.

2009: Linked with a move away from the Bernabeu but stays on under coach Manuel Pellegrini.

2010: September 1 - Confirmed as a Tottenham player after club make late £8 million transfer deadline swoop.

02-09-2010, 02:54 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Eredivisie Belanda

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub Eredivisie Belanda sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. Marc Janko
Nilai Transfer: €7.000.000
Dari: Salzburg
Ke: FC Twente

2. Marko Arnautovic
Nilai Transfer: €6.200.000
Dari: FC Twente
Ke: Werder Bremen

3. Moussa Dembélé
Nilai Transfer: €6.000.000
Dari: AZ Alkmaar
Ke: Fulham

4. Mounir El Hamdaoui
Nilai Transfer: €5.000.000
Dari: AZ Alkmaar
Ke: Ajax Amsterdam

5. Ronnie Stam
Nilai Transfer: €4.000.000
Dari: FC Twente
Ke: Wigan Athletic

6. Marcelo Filho
Nilai Transfer: €3.800.000
Dari: Wisla Krakow
Ke: PSV Eindhoven

7. Emir Bajrami
Nilai Transfer: €3.500.000
Dari: IF Elfsborg
Ke: FC Twente

8. Cheik Tioté
Nilai Transfer: €3.500.000
Dari: FC Twente
Ke: Newcastle United

9. Goran Popov
Nilai Transfer: €3.000.000
Dari: SC Heerenveen
Ke: Dynamo Kiev

10. David Mendes
Nilai Transfer: €2.500.000
Dari: AZ Alkmaar
Ke: Salzburg

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Eredivisie Belanda:

1 Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven) -> (Manchester United) 01/02 28.500.000
2 Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam) -> (Real Madrid) 07/08 27.000.000
3 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax Amsterdam) -> (Real Madrid) 08/09 27.000.000
4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax Amsterdam) -> (Juventus) 04/05 25.000.000
5 Arjen Robben (PSV Eindhoven) -> (Chelsea) 04/05 18.000.000
6 Cristian Chivu (Ajax Amsterdam) -> (AS Roma) 03/04 18.000.000
7 Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) -> (Liverpool) 06/07 18.000.000
8 Ryan Babel (Ajax Amsterdam) -> (Liverpool) 07/08 17.250.000
9 Afonso Alves (SC Heerenveen) -> (Middlesbrough) 07/08 17.000.000
10 Jaap Stam (PSV Eindhoven) -> (Manchester United) 98/99 17.000.000

02-09-2010, 03:03 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Ligue 1 Prancis

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub Ligue 1 Prancis sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. Yoann Gourcuff
Nilai Transfer: €22.000.000
Dari: Bordeaux
Ke: Lyon

2. André-Pierre Gignac
Nilai Transfer: €16.000.000
Dari: Toulouse
Ke: Marseille

3. Loïc Rémy
Nilai Transfer: €15.500.000
Dari: Nizza
Ke: Marseille

4. Laurent Koscielny
Nilai Transfer: €12.500.000
Dari: Lorient
Ke: Arsenal

5. Mamadou Niang
Nilai Transfer: €8.000.000
Dari: Marseille
Ke: Fenerbahce

6. Dieumerci Mbokani
Nilai Transfer: €7.000.000
Dari: Standard
Ke: Monaco

7. Víctor Hugo Montaño
Nilai Transfer: €6.500.000
Dari: Montpellier
Ke: Rennes

8. Issiar Dia
Nilai Transfer: €6.500.000
Dari: Nancy
Ke: Fenerbahce

9. Tino Costa
Nilai Transfer: €6.500.000
Dari: Montpellier
Ke: Valencia

10. César Azpilicueta
Nilai Transfer: €6.000.000
Dari: Osasuna
Ke: Marseille

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Ligue 1 Prancis:

1 Michael Essien (Lyon) -> (Chelsea) 05/06 37.400.000
2 Didier Drogba (Marseille) -> (Chelsea) 04/05 37.000.000
3 Karim Benzema (Lyon) -> (Real Madrid) 09/10 35.000.000
4 Nicolas Anelka (Real Madrid) -> (Paris Saint-Germain) 00/01 34.500.000
5 Ronaldinho (Paris Saint-Germain) -> (Barcelona) 03/04 32.250.000
6 Mahamadou Diarra (Lyon) -> (Real Madrid) 06/07 26.000.000
7 Franck Ribéry (Marseille) -> (Bayern München) 07/08 25.000.000
8 Lisandro López (FC Porto) -> (Lyon) 09/10 24.000.000
9 David Trezeguet (Monaco) -> (Juventus) 00/01 23.000.000
10 Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux) -> (Lyon) 10/11 22.000.000

02-09-2010, 03:19 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Bundesliga Jerman

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub Bundesliga Jerman sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. Carlos Eduardo
Nilai Transfer: €20.000.000
Dari: 1899 Hoffenheim
Ke: Rubin Kazan

2. Mesut Özil
Nilai Transfer: €18.000.000
Dari: Werder Bremen
Ke: Real Madrid

3. Diego Ribas da Cunha
Nilai Transfer: €15.000.000
Dari: Juventus
Ke: VfL Wolfsburg

4. Sami Khedira
Nilai Transfer: €14.000.000
Dari: VfB Stuttgart
Ke: Real Madrid

5. Jérôme Boateng
Nilai Transfer: €12.500.000
Dari: Hamburger SV
Ke: Manchester City

6. Simon Kjær
Nilai Transfer: €12.000.000
Dari: Palermo
Ke: VfL Wolfsburg

7. Rafinha
Nilai Transfer: €9.000.000
Dari: Schalke 04
Ke: Genoa

8. Obafemi Martins
Nilai Transfer: €9.000.000
Dari: VfL Wolfsburg
Ke: Rubin Kazan

9. Wesley
Nilai Transfer: €7.500.000
Dari: Santos
Ke: Werder Bremen

10. Heiko Westermann
Nilai Transfer: €7.500.000
Dari: Schalke 04
Ke: Hamburger SV

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Bundesliga Jerman:

1 Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart) -> (Bayern München) 09/10 30.000.000
2 Diego (Werder Bremen) -> (Juventus) 09/10 27.000.000
3 Owen Hargreaves (Bayern München) -> (Manchester United) 07/08 25.000.000
4 Franck Ribéry (Marseille) -> (Bayern München) 07/08 25.000.000
5 Amoroso (Parma) -> (Borussia Dortmund) 01/02 25.000.000
6 Arjen Robben (Real Madrid) -> (Bayern München) 09/10 24.000.000
7 Émerson B(ayer Leverkusen) -> (AS Roma) 00/01 20.000.000
8 Carlos Eduardo (1899 Hoffenheim) -> (Rubin Kazan) 10/11 20.000.000
9 Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruña) -> (Bayern München) 03/04 19.750.000
10 Mesut Özil (Werder Bremen) -> (Real Madrid) 10/11 18.000.000

02-09-2010, 03:32 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Serie A Italia

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub Serie A Italia sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. Mario Balotelli
Nilai Transfer: €29.500.000
Dari: Inter Milan
Ke: Manchester City

2. Aleksandar Kolarov
Nilai Transfer: €22.700.000
Dari: Lazio
Ke: Manchester City

3. Robinho
Nilai Transfer: €19.500.000
Dari: Manchester City
Ke: AC Milan

4. Leonardo Bonucci
Nilai Transfer: €15.500.000
Dari: Bari
Ke: Juventus

5. Diego Ribas da Cunha
Nilai Transfer: €15.000.000
Dari: Juventus
Ke: VfL Wolfsburg

6. Miloš Krasic
Nilai Transfer: €15.000.000
Dari: CSKA Moscow
Ke: Juventus

7. Miguel Veloso
Nilai Transfer: €14.000.000
Dari: Sporting
Ke: Genoa

8. Hernanes
Nilai Transfer: €13.500.000
Dari: São Paulo
Ke: Lazio

9. Jorge Martínez
Nilai Transfer: €12.000.000
Dari: Catania
Ke: Juventus

10. Simon Kjær
Nilai Transfer: €12.000.000
Dari: Palermo
Ke: VfL Wolfsburg

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Serie A Italia:

1 Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) -> (Real Madrid) 01/02 73.000.000
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) -> (Barcelona) 09/10 69.000.000
3 Kaká (AC Milan) -> (Real Madrid) 09/10 65.100.000
4 Hernán Crespo (Parma) -> (Lazio) 00/01 55.000.000
5 Gianluigi Buffon (Parma) -> (Juventus) 01/02 49.200.000
6 Christian Vieri (Lazio) -> (Inter Milan) 99/00 48.300.000
7 Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) -> (Chelsea) 06/07 46.400.000
8 Pavel Nedvěd (Lazio) -> (Juventus) 01/02 46.300.000
9 Ronaldo (Inter Milan) -> (Real Madrid) 02/03 45.000.000
10 Juan Sebastián Verón (Lazio) -> (Manchester United) 01/02 42.600.000

02-09-2010, 03:45 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Primera Liga Spanyol

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub La Liga Spanyol sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. David Villa
Nilai Transfer: €40.000.000
Dari: Valencia
Ke: Barcelona

2. Yaya Touré
Nilai Transfer: €30.000.000
Dari: Barcelona
Ke: Manchester City

3. David Silva
Nilai Transfer: €28.750.000
Dari: Valencia
Ke: Manchester City

4. Ángel Di María
Nilai Transfer: €25.000.000
Dari: Benfica
Ke: Real Madrid

5. Javier Mascherano
Nilai Transfer: €22.000.000
Dari: Liverpool
Ke: Barcelona

6. Mesut Özil
Nilai Transfer: €18.000.000
Dari: Werder Bremen
Ke: Real Madrid

7. Dmytro Chygrynskiy
Nilai Transfer: €15.000.000
Dari: Barcelona
Ke: Shakhtar Donetsk

8. Sami Khedira
Nilai Transfer: €14.000.000
Dari: VfB Stuttgart
Ke: Real Madrid

9. Filipe
Nilai Transfer: €12.000.000
Dari: Deportivo La Coruña
Ke: Atlético Madrid

10. Nicolás Pareja
Nilai Transfer: €10.000.000
Dari: Espanyol
Ke: Spartak Moscow

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Primera Liga Spanyol:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) -> (Real Madrid) 09/10 94.000.000
2 Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) -> (Real Madrid) 01/02 73.000.000
3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) -> (Barcelona) 09/10 69.000.000
4 Kaká (AC Milan) -> (Real Madrid) 09/10 65.100.000
5 Luís Figo (Barcelona) -> (Real Madrid) 00/01 58.500.000
6 Robinho (Real Madrid) -> (Manchester City) 08/09 49.000.000
7 Ronaldo (Inter Milan) -> (Real Madrid) 02/03 45.000.000
8 Dani Alves (Sevilla) -> (Barcelona) 08/09 41.500.000
9 David Villa (Valencia) -> (Barcelona) 10/11 40.000.000
10 Fernando Torres (Atlético Madrid) -> (Liverpool) 07/08 38.000.000

02-09-2010, 04:01 AM
DATA & FAKTA: Sepuluh Transfer Termahal Liga Primer Inggris

Inilah rekor sepuluh transfer termahal yang melibatkan klub-klub Liga Primer Inggris sepanjang musim panas 2010.

1. Yaya Touré
Nilai Transfer: €30.000.000
Dari: Barcelona
Ke: Manchester City

2. James Milner
Nilai Transfer: €30.000.000
Dari: Aston Villa
Ke: Manchester City

3. Mario Balotelli
Nilai Transfer: €29.500.000
Dari: Inter Milan
Ke: Manchester City

4. David Silva
Nilai Transfer: €28.750.000
Dari: Valencia
Ke: Manchester City

5. Aleksandar Kolarov
Nilai Transfer: €22.700.000
Dari: Lazio
Ke: Manchester City

6. Ramires
Nilai Transfer: €22.000.000
Dari: Benfica
Ke: Chelsea

7. Javier Mascherano
Nilai Transfer: €22.000.000
Dari: Liverpool
Ke: Barcelona

8. Robinho
Nilai Transfer: €19.500.000
Dari: Manchester City
Ke: AC Milan

9. Asamoah Gyan
Nilai Transfer: €17.500.000
Dari: Rennes
Ke: Sunderland

10. Raul Meireles
Nilai Transfer: €13.000.000
Dari: FC Porto
Ke: Liverpool

Rekor Transfer Tertinggi Dalam Sejarah Liga Primer Inggris:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) -> (Real Madrid) 09/10 94.000.000
2 Robinho (Real Madrid) -> (Manchester City) 08/09 49.000.000
3 Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) -> (Chelsea) 06/07 46.400.000
4 Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham) -> (Manchester United) 08/09 45.300.000
5 Juan Sebastián Verón (Lazio) -> (Manchester United) 01/02 42.600.000
6 Marc Overmars (Arsenal) -> (FC Barcelona) 00/01 40.000.000
7 Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United) -> (Manchester United) 02/03 39.500.000
8 Fernando Torres (Atlético Madrid) -> (Liverpool) 07/08 38.000.000
9 David Beckham (Manchester United) -> (Real Madrid) 03/04 37.500.000
10 Michael Essien (Lyon) -> (Chelsea) 05/06 37.400.000

02-09-2010, 04:25 AM
wih..5 besar transfer gemuk BPL musim ini dikuasai si OKB. He..ya sudah lah. Diliat aja ntar akhir musim. Bisa nembus big four apa nggak..

04-09-2010, 12:28 PM
English window lacking glamour
Soccernet, Jon Carter - September 1, 2010

When Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger describes the English market as ''flat'' and claims that it is "unbelievably difficult" to sign players now, the signs are there. Once again, the year's summer transfer window closed without much fizzle, although Spurs' pursuit of Rafael van der Vaart provided some late, ongoing drama.

You can't argue with the numbers and, in a world of increasing financial uncertainty, spending is down. In turn, those big money signings that make a transfer window so exciting are now rare. One well-known presenter on a rolling news channel resorted to showing the camera his bacon sandwich after hours of hanging around outside a training ground; thankfully he was able to announce the £13.24 million signing of Asamoah Gyan shortly afterwards. A rare moment in an otherwise quiet final day.

Financial analysts Deloitte say around £350 million was spent by top-flight sides in this transfer window, 22% less than in 2009 and the lowest sum since 2006. The Premier League's overall summer transfer spending peaked at £500 million in 2008, and was down to £450 million last year.

The arrival of Manchester City on the big stage has something to do with the rise over the past few years and, again this year they have led the way - effectively propping up the market with a third of total expenditure. Mario Balotelli, David Silva, James Milner, Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov all arrived for an outlay of £126 million but, without them, we would have been looking at an even lower figure than the £263 million spent in 2006.

Partly, this is due to a shift in clubs' focus. A large transfer fee used to be enough to lure a player away, now player wages appear just as important. In some cases it works both ways - see the example of Yaya Toure who managed to pick up £221,000-a-week in wages as well as his cut of a £24 million fee - but the examples of Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh show that if a club are willing to hand someone an exorbitant wage packet then you can sometimes collect them on a free.

Manchester City almost have to be viewed as a separate beast, but the story from the clubs generally is one of relative restraint on spending.

''I think there are a number of factors behind this,'' says Paul Rawnsley, director of the sports business group at Deloitte. ''There is the backdrop of Portsmouth going into administration last year and clubs feeling the need to be more prudent. Tax rates for high earners have increased and the pound is not as strong against the Euro. Then there is UEFA's new financial fair play rules which may also be encouraging greater restraint.''

Chelsea's main move was for Brazilian Ramires, but they shifted Michael Ballack and Joe Cole from their wage bill to create the space. Manchester United gave new deals to Nemanja Vidic and Nani and could therefore only afford to bring in Javier Hernandez, Bebe and Chris Smalling; while Arsenal and Liverpool were forced into moves that saw a lot more players leave the club, than join. It is a familiar story across the Premier League and the fact that the most glamourous signing of the window (based solely on profile and reputation) - Valencia's David Silva - cannot even get into the City first XI, speaks volumes.

Interestingly, much of the attention from this transfer window has once again been in Europe rather than the Premier League. Following a trend over the past few years, it has been the continental heavyweights who have taken headlines with their pursuit of some of the world's top talent.

Real Madrid (Spain's own Manchester City in terms of financial power) have led the way with Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Pedro Leon, Sergio Canales, Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho all joining Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu, while Barcelona brought in €40 million David Villa along with Javier Mascherano and Sevilla's Adriano.

Two more different business models cannot be found, but even if both clubs rely on loans to finance their deals, they have both come up trumps in the glamour stakes. It bodes well for La Liga that the likes of Ozil, Di Maria and Villa turned down Premier League moves in order to head to Spain and such headline-grabbing players are seen as an investment that most English clubs simply cannot afford at the moment. Even the unfashionable Hercules managed to snatch some big stars in the form of David Trezeguet and Royston Drenthe.

Perhaps the shock of the window comes from Italy, though. A league that looked on a downward spiral when Kaka chose to move to Madrid in 2009 has bolstered its ranks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (again), Robinho, Milos Krasic and the return of Alberto Aquilani and now looks like a real competitor for Premier League clubs again.

That two of these headline signings arrived on loan, for a season at least, tells you all you need to know about the financial situation, but Serie A is certainly getting back on its feet again, in terms of drawing talent. With a player who often brings the wrong kind of headlines - Mario Balotelli - now departed, the future looks bright.

Ultimately, the fact that the thrill of the final day of the English transfer window only really arrived with Tottenham's last-gasp attempts to snag the £8 million Van der Vaart - a player who cannot get into Real Madrid's star-studded midfield - says a lot. The Premier League will hope that it is not a sign of things to come.

08-02-2011, 02:13 PM
Summer Transfer Window Preview: Top 25 Biggest Names Who Will Be Changing Clubs


The January transfer window has come and gone, and to be quite honest, it was one of the most exciting winter transfer windows ever. There were big name players swapping teams and the drama went all the way down to the final day.

This was one of the most active Januarys ever, with British clubs spending over £200 million, compared to just £29 million last January.

However, all is not settled in the world of football. There are still star players who are unhappy at their clubs, or just players who believe they could be making more money. Besides, behind every great player is a greedy agent, an agent who is constantly giving that player "advice." That advice from the agent is usually to move on to a new club. After all, the more moves a player makes, the more commissions the agent receives.

The January transfer window is usually more quiet due to the amount of star players cup-tied in European football. Teams aren't going to shell out large transfer sums for a player who can't even play for them in the Champions League.

Therefore, most teams wait for the summer, when teams know what they need and players contracts expire.

Previous summers have seen many shocking moves as star players jump ship to other clubs. This summer looks to be no different. Here are 25 players who could be changing clubs this summer.

Best Of The Rest

Zoltan Gera

The Hungarian midfielder was sought after by many clubs in January but will remain with Fulham for the rest of the season. However, Gera's contract runs out following this season, and Gera's agent insists that the midfielder does not want to sign a new contract at Craven Cottage. Gera will likely move to another Premier League side in hopes of securing regular first team football.

Taye Taiwo

Taiwo has been tremendous for French club Olympic Marseille this season but his contract is set to expire this summer. Portuguese giants Benfica are looking to pursue the left-back's signature but they will be facing competition from England. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also said to be interested, as Tottenham are looking to bolster their back line, while Everton could be preparing for the possible departure of left-back Leighton Baines.

Jozy Altidore

It's hard to see the American striker remaining with Villarreal after this season. Since Villarreal paid the MLS $10 million in 2008 for the Red Bull striker, Altidore's career at the club and international level has been marred by inconsistency. Altidore has now started his third loan spell in as many years, this time with Turkish Champions Bursaspor. This comes following an uneventful full season loan at Hull City last season. If Altidore doesn't turn it around with this new loan, Villarreal could be looking to offload him this summer.

Mikel Arteta

Arteta signed himself a new contract with Everton earlier this season to keep him at Goodison Park for the next few years. However some of the big English clubs have had their eyes on the Spanish midfielder, most notably Arsenal, who see Arteta as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas in the event that the Gunners skipper leaves. Everton are amid a financial crisis and rumours are swirling that they may in fact go into administration. If that happens, some of their big money players may have to be sold so Everton can get money.

25. Owen Hargreaves

No matter if you are a Manchester United fan, you cannot say that Owen Hargreaves was a failure at Old Trafford. Not after that stunning goal against Arsenal that helped United on to a second straight title in 2008.

But what you can say is that Hargreaves' time at Old Trafford certainly failed to live up to the potential greatness that it could have been.

When Hargreaves was brought to Old Trafford in 2008, many fans saw him becoming a permanent fixture in United's central midfield. Unfortunately, Hargreaves has spent more time on the training table then on the pitch in his three-and-a half-years at United.

Hargreaves played all of 20 seconds for United in the 2009/10 season, and has made just one appearance this campaign, a game that he started but came limping off five minutes later.

What Hargreaves may need most is a change of scenery for the slim hope that he will be able to revive his career somewhere else. His contract comes to an end this season and it is highly doubtful that United will look to renew it.

24. Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal career has been filled with promise and potential. Unfortunately, only glimpses of that promise and potential have shown during his career.

Bendtner has struggled to maintain his fitness, and when fit, he has struggled to get regular first team appearances. He has constantly been behind Robin Van Persie, and last summer Arsenal picked up Marouane Chamakh, limiting Bendtner's first team appearances even more.

Bendtner became a late January target for Newcastle, as a possible replacement for Andy Carroll, who moved to Liverpool on the final day of the January transfer window. He was also linked with a move across London to West Ham United, but Bendtner claimed he had no interest in the move.

Bendtner claims he has no desire to leave the Emirates, but if his first team opportunities continue to be few and far between, his mind could easily change this summer

23. Jack Rodwell

Everton's young midfielder is ready to step in and play a major role for the club in the second half of the season. Rodwell spent most of the first half of the season on the sidelines with injuries but is hoping to have a strong showing for the second half of the season.

Rodwell is still young and continuing to grow but has shown great potential throughout his early career. He is already being projected to form a long-time central midfield partnership with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere for England in the years to come.

Rodwell's name seems to come up in the transfer rumours every season, with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly being interested in making a 20 million bid for the midfielder. Ferguson see's Rodwell as a player who could become a big time midfielder for United and replace the aging Paul Scholes when he chooses to move on.

Toward the end of the January transfer window, rumours started swirling around Liverpool that Everton were struggling financially and are about to be going into administration. If those rumours are true, and Manchester United comes knocking on the door with a £20 million pound bid, it will be hard for Everton to turn down that offer.

22. Shay Given

Shay Given may in fact be the Premier League's most unhappy player. Given lost out on the no. 1 goalkeeper's job at Manchester City at the start of the season to Joe Hart. He has expressed his desire to leave ever since.

Given was the subject of many transfer rumours at the end of the summer transfer window, with an apparent loan to Scottish club Celtic falling through. Given spent the first half of the season on the bench, making sporadic appearances in mostly Carling Cup matches.

Given had been being linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the first few months of the season, but it appeared that Arsenal became uninterested due to the superb play of 20-year old Polish stopper Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already gone ahead and said that Szczesny is now the Gunners no. 1 keeper, leaving the Gunners with no need to move for Given.

Given once again became vocal about leaving Eastlands late in January when Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini announced that he was reluctant to let Given leave, in case Joe Hart would pick up an injury.

Given has now said that if no Premier League team wants him, he is ready to move down to the Championship level, in hopes of securing regular first team football.

Given failed to move away from Eastlands in January, and will likely now have to spend the remainder of the season on the Manchester City bench. However, it is very likely that the unhappy keeper will get his way and be able to leave Manchester City this summer.

21. Manuel Almunia and Carlo Cudicini

It has been a rough season for these two North London goalkeepers. Despite Cudicini entering the season as Tottenham's backup, there appear to be no signs of the Italian moving up in the ranks, despite some struggles of first choice keeper Heurelho Gomes.

For Almunia, this was supposed to be the season where he took a stronghold on the no. 1 goalkeeping job at Arsenal. Instead, though, his play has been marred by inconsistency and a return of the mistakes that have made Arsenal fans frustrated by him in the first place.

To make matters worse, earlier this season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger opted to give 20-year-old Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny his debut. Szczesny made his debut and hasn't looked back. He has since been named the no. 1 keeper for Arsenal, ahead of Almunia and fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianksi.

Almunia has played sparingly since his errors cost Arsenal a 3-2 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion in September, but Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has praised the professionalism of Almunia, despite his lack of starts.

Wenger had also claimed that Almunia would be free to leave in January, with Athletico Madrid rumoured to be interested. January has come and gone and Almunia is still with the Gunners, perhaps this summer will see two goalkeepers leave North London in search of regular first team football.

20. Lassana Diarra

Diarra was involved in a bunch of transfer rumours this January, with the big one saying that Tottenham Hotspur were interested in bringing in the Real Madrid midfielder on loan. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho said that Madrid were not interested in loaning out Diarra, but would be happy to sell him to Spurs for £18 million.

Manchester United, Liverpool, AC Milan, and Paris-St. German are all also rumoured to be interested in obtaining the midfielders services.

However, Diarra's agent has said that Diarra would not be leaving Madrid this season, and is content to fight for his place in the team.

However, fighting for his place in the team could become a long tiresome affair for Diarra. Diarra has only been featured in 12 Madrid matches this season. His playing time has been severlely limited by the arrival of German international Sami Khedira last summer


08-02-2011, 02:27 PM
19. Landon Donovan

The star of the USA's World Cup run in 2010 could be on the move this summer. Donovan spent 10 weeks on loan at Everton last season in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.

Though the move was questioned at the time, Donovan's loan spell turned out to be a roaring success, both for the player and for Everton. Both Everton manager David Moyes as well as Everton's fans made it clear that they wished Donovan could stay longer.

Last summer Everton were reportedly in talks with the LA Galaxy and MLS to try and bring Donovan to Goodison Park permanently. The deal fell through when the Galaxy's asking price was too high for Everton.

A true ambassador of the game, Donovan has said all the right things. He has made it clear that he is happy in Los Angeles, and enjoys playing for the Galaxy. However, he has also made it clear about how much he loves Everton and how much he would enjoy getting another chance to play there again.

Donovan chose not to go back on loan to Everton this January, citing the need to rest and relax before the 2011 MLS season after playing nearly a full year of football in 2010.

With Steven Pienaar having left Everton for Tottenham in January, the Toffee's now have an opening in their midfield. If the Jack Rodwell rumours are true, and Everton are able to sell him for £20 million, then they could find themselves with the cash to bring Donovan back to Goodison Park, a move that Donovan would happily accept.

18. Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born Italian striker just can't keep his names out of the gossip pages. It seems that every time another transfer window opens, Rossi is being linked with a move back to the Premier League.

Rossi, who first signed with Manchester United when he was 17, has settled in nicely at Spanish club Villarreal. Rossi has scored 65 goals in 154 appearances for Villarreal, and has added three international goals for Italy; two of which came in the Confederations Cup against the United States just to remind US fans what they were missing.

Rossi has been a big part in Villarreal's climb up the La Liga table as they sit in third place, just six points behind Real Madrid.

Last summer, Rossi was left off Italy's World Cup squad despite making the initial 30-man roster. The move sparked outrage among the Italian fans who believe Rossi should now have a permanent spot in the Italian starting XI.

With every goal Rossi scores, the interest from overseas gets louder and louder. Manchester United have denied reports that they are interested in bringing Rossi back, despite having a buy-back clause in his contract. Meanwhile Tottenham were reported to being very close to brining Rossi to North London in a deadline-day deal in January, but conflicting reports say that either the deal fell through, or the deal was never on.

It is hard to see Villarreal ever being able to take the next step in La Liga and be able to compete with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. The interest in the Premier League is not going away, and this summer Villarreal's phone will be ringing with offers. It is only a matter of time where the allure of a chance to win trophies in the Premier League will be too much for Rossi to say no to.

17. Miroslav Klose

The German international could be playing out his final season with Bayern Munich this season. Klose had already been a transfer interest of clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan this January.

Klose's Bayern contract runs out this summer and many expect the striker to be wearing a different shirt at the start of the next season.

Klose could be open to a summer move as he has already been quoted saying, "My first priority is Bayern Munich. But I am open to anything and could seriously imagine a move within the Bundesliga or overseas."

The interest is there from many teams, including former team Werder Bremen. In England, if Klose's contract runs out and he could be brought in on a free transfer, there are reports saying Premier League side Wolves could look to bring in the German.

There is plenty of interest out there for Klose, and his comments don't exactly show that he has long-term commitment to Bayern. Bayern better start preparing a list of possible replacements.

16. Philippe Mexes

Roma defender Philippe Mexes spent the entire first half of the season being linked to a January move to Arsenal. In the end, Arsenal chose to remain quiet on the transfer front.

Now Mexes has said that his contract talks with Roma are ongoing. The two sides are now looking to extend his contract, which runs out this summer.

However AC Milan are reportedly paying very close attention to the contract negotiations and are looking to pounce in case those negotiations fail.

Mexes and Roma have been involved in contract negotiations for quite some time now, but the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on the personal wages for the defender.

But just because Arsenal did not make a move in January it does not mean that they are no longer interested in Roma's prized defender. Arsene Wenger looks intent on bolstering up Arsenal's back line which has been inconsistent this season.

If Mexes' contract runs out this summer, both Arsenal and AC Milan will be ready to try to lure the defender away from Roma.

15. Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam was involved in one of the most intriguing transfer sagas this past January. Early reports were that Liverpool were interested in signing the Blackpool skipper, but their initial £6 million bid was rejected by Blackpool.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said that Adam was worth between £10-12 million, and that Blackpool would not be selling for less. The matter was taken to a new level when Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson came out and said that Adam's corner kicks alone were worth £10 million. This coming after Adam set up two Blackpool goals from corners against the Red Devils.

As the month of January wore on, Adam increased speculation by handing in his own transfer request to leave Blackpool.

The story ended up dragging on to the final day of the transfer window. When it became likely that Liverpool were going to lose striker Fernando Torres, the rumours intensified that they would use some of that money to pry Adam away from Blackpool.

The reports only continued to increase as later in the day, reports came out that Adam had in fact, arrived at Liverpool's training ground to take a medical and work out personal details if a deal would go through.

But unfortunately for Adam the deal never came to pass, but the day certainty didn't lack drama. At one point Manchester United had reportedly entered the mix, seeing Adam as a possible replacement to Paul Scholes. Conflicting reports stated that United were either never interested, or backed out because Adam's price was too high, perhaps Sir Alex's comments ended up shooting himself in the foot?

Later in the day it was revealed that Tottenham had actually had a bid for Adam accepted by Blackpool, but Blackpool couldn't locate two of their shareholders in time to make the deal happen.

At the end of the day, Adam remained with Blackpool, and though he has stated that he is fully committed to helping Blackpool keep up their impressive first season in the Premier League, there is no doubt he is looking to move away next season.

14. Johan Elmander

The Swedish international has finally found his goal scoring form this season for Bolton Wanderers. Elmander scored six times in Bolton's first 13 matches, and currently leads the team with 9 goals. Prior to this season Elmander had scored struck just eight times since moving to Bolton in 2008.

Elmander also has 13 goals in 51 appearances for the Swedish national team, and played in both Euro2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Elmander's impressive form has come at the right time for the striker, as his contract with Bolton is set to expire at the end of the season. Elmander had been linked with a move to Newcastle on the final day of the January transfer window, as Newcastle were in a desperate search to replace Andy Carroll.

However Bolton boss Owen Coyle has since claimed that no offers came in regarding the striker.

But interest for Elmander has not gone away, and Newcastle are expected to try to lure the striker to St. James Park this summer. Italian side Fiorentina are also rumoured to be interested.

If Elmander maintains the goalscoring form he showed in the first half of the season, interest from other clubs will be high. If other clubs are able to offer higher wages, Elmander could be on his way out of the Reebok Stadium.

13. Roman Pavyuchenko/Peter Crouch

For a team that spent the entire deadline day trying to bring a striker to White Hart Lane, surely Spurs won't offload two of their remaining three strikers this summer. But this summer Tottenham are once again going to get active in the transfer market looking for a big name striker, and it is likely that one of these two strikers will be included in a deal to bring one in.

Last season, Peter Crouch scored the goal that put Tottenham in 4th place, securing their first ever spot in the Champions League. But this season Crouch has scored just two goals in 24 Premier League appearances, causing him to fall out of favor with manager Harry Redknapp.

Meanwhile Pavlyuchenko holds some of the most unique numbers out of any player in the world. Outside of the Premier League, Pavlyuchenko has been absolutely brilliant, well worth the £14 million that Spurs originally spent on him. In 22 non-league games for Tottenham, Pavlyuchenko has struck 18 times! However, somehow this has not transferred over to the Premier League at all.

In three years with Tottenham, Pavlyuchenko has made 61 appearances, but has scored just 15 times. His lack of goal scoring has long caused him to fall out of favor with Redknapp when it comes to league matches. While Pavlyuchenko features in almost all of Tottenham's non-league matches, those appearances have not been enough to keep the striker happy.

The striker has long been voicing his displeasure with his lack of opportunities and has long been looking for a move out of North London. Pavlyuchenko was included in Tottenham's January bid for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, but the bid was rejected.

Pavlyuchenko was also rumoured to be a transfer target of Sunderland, who were looking to replace Darren Bent after he left for Aston Villa. Shockingly, Real Madrid were also reported to be interested in the striker, but that was only if their loan move for Emanuel Adebayor fell through.

There are several teams keeping their eyes on Pavlyuchenko, and with the striker's lack of playing time at White Hart Lane, it's hard to see the Russian remaining in North London following this season. If he somehow does, it is even harder to see Spurs holding on to both Pavlyuchenko and Crouch

12. Emanuel Adebayor

I'm taking the easy way out on this one. Adebayor belongs to two clubs, his parent club Manchester City, and the club to whom he's been loaned to for the second half of the season, Real Madrid. Either way, Adebayor will not be wearing the same shirt next season.

Adebayor's Manchester City career started off with a bang, scoring in his first four consecutive matches. However, midway through the season, City underwent a managerial change bringing in Roberto Mancini.

Adebayor has had a rough relationship with Mancini, and he has since fallen down the pecking order. Carlos Tevez became the club's first choice striker, while last summer the club brought in Mario Bolatelli from Inter Milan.

Adebayor continued to fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, and it was made worse when the club brought in Edin Dzeko in January.

Adebayor was given new life when Manchester City agreed to send the striker to Real Madrid on loan. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was looking for a striker to replace injured Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The move will work out well for Adebayor now, but when Higuain returns from injury, Adebayor may very easily find himself on the bench once again.

Adebayor could end up staying at Real Madrid, or Real Madrid may opt not to make the loan move permanent, instead sending Adebayor back to City. If Adebayor ends up back at Eastlands, he will look for another transfer move away from City.

11. David De Gea

Athletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea is out of contract this summer and according to the goalkeeper, he has yet to be offered a new contract.

In Manchester, Manchester United goalkeeper has announced that he will retire at the end of this season, leaving Manchester United in search of a replacement.

It has widely been reported that De Gea is on the shortlist of potential replacements for Van Der Sar, and Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make a move for the keeper this summer.

United have reportedly already assured Athletico Madrid that they will make a bid for the keeper this summer, should Athletico put him up for sale.

De Gea is still just 20 years old, and may not become United's first choice keeper right away, but all signs are pointing to an Old Trafford move for De Gea this summer

10. Leighton Baines

Everton defender Leighton Baines has been making a big name for himself in recent years. The master of crosses coming in from the left side helped Baines rack up nine assists in the Premier League last season. This season, Baines has already set up another seven goals and has scored two himself.

Baines had his name thrown around in the gossip pages during the first half of the season, with reports that German club Bayern Munich were making advances towards signing the English left-back.

Baines rejected Munich's advances, but said he was flattered by the link. Currently though, it is being reported that Manchester United are eying Baines as a potential replacement at left-back should Patrice Evra leave this summer.

Baines has maintained that he is happy with life at Everton, but there are several reports of a dire financial situation at Goodison Park. If those reports are true, and a big club comes in offering the club a lot of money for Baines, it might be an offer that Everton just have to accept.

08-02-2011, 02:45 PM
9. Nicolas Anelka

It is hard to say French Striker has been anything short of brilliant throughout his Chelsea career. Anelka has made 150 appearances in all competitions for the West London club, amassing a total of 75 goals.

Anelka's one setback in Chelsea came in the 2008 Champions League Final, when Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar saved Anelka's penalty, giving United the trophy.

However Anelka's playing looks almost certain to take a hit as Chelsea made a £50 million move to sign Liverpool striker Fernando Torres on the final day of the January transfer window.

It was first reported that as part of the deal Chelsea would send Anelka to Liverpool, but at the end of the day, Anelka remained in London. Despite his success for the club, it is hard to imagine that Anelka will be able to break-up the terrifying-on-paper pair of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba.

If Anelka is confined to the bench as expected, you could expect several clubs to come calling this summer looking to obtain the Frenchman's services.

8. Maarten Stekelenburg

At 28 years old, Maarten Stekelenburg seems to be the more ideal replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar at Manchester United. Stekelenburg is on the Manchester United shortlist for possible replacements, but reports have been conflicting as to whether he is at the top of the list or just on the list.

This would not be the first time that Stekelenburg has replaced Van Der Sar. Stekelenburg replace Van Der Sar when the keeper first left his club Ajax, and he has since replaced the 40-year-old as the first choice keeper for the Dutch National team.

Stekelenburg has already had success at the International level, helping the Netherlands reach the World Cup final in South Africa.

While there are questions over his potential availability this summer, that is the main reason Sir Alex Ferguson has been courting David De Gea as well.

With Stekelenburg's experience, he is Sir Alex's first choice to bring to Old Trafford this summer.

7. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has spent the 2010/11 campaign emerging as one of the best left wing players in the world. He as already scored seven times for Tottenham in the Premier League, as well as another four times in the Champions League.

However Bale's crowning moment this season came when Bale repeatedly torched Inter Milan right back Maicon, considered by many to be the best in the world, during the two matches between the clubs in the Champions League. Bale tapped off the display by picking up a hat-trick in the second half of the match at the San Siro.

From that moment on Bale's name has been front and center of the transfer rumours involving all of the big clubs.

Manchester United saw him as a the heir to Ryan Giggs, Barcelona and Real Madrid were interested in him as well.

Barcelona are now reported to preparing to make a £40 million bid for Bale this summer. Inter Milan are reportedly ready to make the same offer.

Despite all the rumours, Gareth Bale has not only remained humble, but has insisted that he is happy at White Hart Lane and wants to stay there. Manager Harry Redknapp has stated that it is absolutely imperative that Bale remains at White Hart Lane, and that Tottenham continue to build their squad around him.

A month ago, it looked like it would be impossible for Gareth Bale to leave Tottenham. However, in January Spurs signed Everton left-winger Steven Pienaar, a move that could relegate Bale back to left-back, a position where he has struggled.

If Spurs have a player who could play on the left-wing, and the big clubs actually make formal bids offering a lot of money, how long can Tottenham say no for?

6. Patrice Evra

Following the Wayne Rooney transfer saga back in October, Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra started voicing his displeasure with the club. It is unclear whether Evra is merely looking for a new contract or if he truly wants to leave Old Trafford.

Evra could be making a big mistake though, as Sir Alex Ferguson is not the manager whose patience you want to test. Just ask stars David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Gabriel Heinze, just to name a few.

Evra's mistake is coming as he just saw the manager take a different approach and work out a new contract with Rooney, despite Rooney handing in a transfer request. The difference was after losing Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo last season, Sir Alex knew that loosing Rooney was not an option. Evra on the other hand, is expendable.

Furthermore, Evra has started to draw the ire of the Manchester United fans this season. Evra has always been known, and loved, for his ability to fly up the left wing and join the attack. However since the French debacle at the World Cup this summer, Evra's game has been different.

Evra's defending this season could be described as inconsistent at best. In some matches, he will actually defend, in other matches, he for some reason is unable to defend, and in some matches, he just doesn't seem interested in defending at all.

Real Madrid have openly voiced their interest in bringing the left-back to Spain, and while two years ago many United fans would never want to see Evra leave, many now are totally fine to see the Frenchman go, and let United give young Brazilian Fabio the chance to become the first-choice left back.

5. Karim Benzema

Two seasons ago Karim Benzema was the hot striker on the market strongly being linked with a move to Manchester United. Then Real Madrid decided to go on a spending spree and signed the French striker away from Lyon.

But Benzema got off to a slow start at the Bernabeu and soon found himself relegated to the bench. His first team opportunities became few and far between. The end result, was Benzema being left off the French World Cup squad, which in hindsight was probably great for Benzema.

Benzema struggled for first team appearances under new manager Jose Mourinho. Despite Mourinho backing Benzema to succeed, Benzema has still found himself on the bench more often then not.

When Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain went down with an injury, it appeared that Benzema would finally get the chance to step in and shine for Real Madrid. While he has made more appearances, Mourinho made it loud and clear that he needed to look in the transfer market for someone to replace Higuain.

Real Madrid have now brought in Emanuel Adebayor on loan, a man Mourinho believes will be able to replace Higuain.

Real Madrid rejected a Juventus bid for Benzema during the January transfer window, saying that they needed Benzema to fill in for the injured Higuain. But then Madrid turned around and brought in Adebayor saying he would be the replacement.

From Benzema's camp, you can't help but think Real Madrid have been giving very mixed signals over their intentions for Benzema. At a certain point, Benzema will get fed up with Madrid, and look to take his football abilities elsewhere. That certain point, will likely be this summer.

4. Didier Drogba

RIght now Chelsea's top three strikers are Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, and Nicolas Anelka. By the time next season starts it will be Torres and either Drogba or Anelka.

Reports from earlier this January claimed that Real Madrid were preparing to make a bid for Didier Drogba, and striker from the Ivory Coast said he would relish the opportunity to link up with his former manager once again.

Drogba's mind may have changed when Chelsea signed Torres, but that doesn't change the fact that Chelsea need to start winning right away. Chelsea currently sit 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, though they still must play United twice.

One of the reasons for Chelsea's poor form has been the poor form by Drogba this season. Drogba started the season off with a bang, picking up a hat-trick in Chelsea's first match this season. But since then he has been inconsistent, while also suffering from Malaria at one point.

Pundits have also claimed that Drogba was starting to look too comfortable at Stamford Bridge, or for lack of a better word, "bored." Some even suggested it was time for Drogba to move on from Chelsea.

Drogba will now have the chance to form a partnership with Fernando Torres, a partnership that is sure to scare the daylights out of the rest of the Premier League.

However if Drogba's form does not improve, Nicolas Anelka will be waiting to show how well he could link with Torres.

Either Drogba or Anelka will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, if Anelka proves he could link well with Torres, Didier Drogba could be wearing a different shirt next season.

3. Kaka

Another member of Real Madrid's summer 2009 spending spree, Kaka spent the first half of the season, and the first season under manager Jose Mourinho, sidelined with an injury. When Kaka was preparing to return rumours started swirling of Mourinho sending the Brazilian play-maker to Manchester United on loan, with an option to make the move permanent.

Mourinho questioned how well Kaka would fit into Madrid's new style of play, claiming that the new style may not suit the abilities of Kaka.

Kaka has struggled at Real Madrid, scoring just nine times in 33 appearances in all competitions last season.

This season Kaka has made just three appearances since returning from injury. His lack of appearances and form at Real Madrid led to Kaka being left off the latest Brazil squad.

If Kaka continues to struggle to find his form at Real Madrid this season, perhaps Mourinho was right and the formation of Madrid is not the best fit for Kaka. If that is true, it would be best for Kaka to look to play elsewhere.

2. Cesc Fabregas

The biggest transfer saga of last summer was the constant rumours of Cesc Fabregas wanting to join his original club Barcelona from Arsenal. Despite the constant reports, Fabregas never denied their truth and let them continue all summer.

To make matters worse for Arsenal, Fabregas spent the early part of the summer playing for Spain in the World Cup, along with several Barcelona players. There were many reports claiming that Fabregas had told the Barcelona players that he wanted to continue playing with them.

The story reached new levels following the World Cup when several Barcelona players through a Barcelona shirt onto Fabregas during a Spain victory celebration.

When the dust finally settled though, Fabregas remained at Arsenal. Fabregas had met with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the two of them decided it would be best for him to stay.

The situation is very similar to what Manchester United went through in the summer of 2008, when Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to join his dream club of Real Madrid. Ronaldo met with Sir Alex Ferguson, where the two decided that Ronaldo would stay at United for one more year, and that United would sell him the following season.

Ronaldo stayed at United the next season, helping them reach a second consecutive Champions League final. He was sold to Madrid shortly afterwards.

It is hard to imagine that Wenger and Fabregas didn't come to a similar agreement. However, what Fabregas was promised last season, was that Arsenal would be active in the transfer window to try and build a squad that would win the Premier League title.

There are differences of opinions of whether Arsenal were active enough, but either way, if Arsenal don't win any trophies this season, you could expect Fabregas to loudly voice his desire to join Barcelona this summer.

1. Carlos Tevez

There are many words that could be used to describe Carlos Tevez. Whiner, complainer, and baby are the three that come to mind that are also suitable to print. I mean, is it really that cold that he needs to wear that silly looking neck warmer every single match?

Since 2009 Carlos Tevez has done two things; score goals and complain. He complained about his lack of starts at Manchester United, complained that United weren't giving him a new contract (hmm if you don't like that your not playing why would you want to stay with that team?). At Manchester City he complained about his new manager, he complained about his new managers training policy, he complained about Argentina during the World Cup, he complained about Argentina's travel accommodations from the World Cup, he then claimed that he was depressed, he then claimed he wanted to retire, he then handed in a transfer request and wanted to leave Eastlands. Tevez followed that by signing a new contract and claiming he had worked out his differences and was happy at Manchester City.

So the end result is that Carlos Tevez is a head-case. He seems to complain more then NFL wide receivers. If he were in America he would have been given his own reality TV show long ago.

Perhaps maybe one of the reasons Sir Alex Ferguson didn't want to re-sign Tevez is because he felt the £17 million that it would have reportedly cost United to keep him, and the amount of goals Tevez would score, wasn't worth the headache that Tevez would cause him.

With all the drama Tevez has gone through at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini could be thinking the same thing. This January City spent £27 million to sign striker Edin Dzeko. The move could be the beginning of City's attempt to replace Tevez.

Dzeko is an incredibly gifted and dynamic striker, well worth his £27 million price-tag, and he is capable of replacing Tevez.

Tevez may not be happy with life at Manchester City, and he may still be homesick. Or it could just be Manchester City are tired of the drama Tevez is causing, and his frequent and random trips back to Argentina to see his home.

Tevez claims the differences have been worked out and he is happy at Eastlands once again, but it would not surprise me if Carlos Tevez is not a member of Manchester City next season.

08-02-2011, 04:39 PM
Chelsea's spending spree will continue in summer

Club plans to invest heavily in leading youngsters before Uefa rules come in


Chelsea's lavish spending will continue into the summer, with owner Roman Abramovich keen to attract the cream of Europe's top young players to Stamford Bridge before Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules kick in.

The Independent understands Abramovich's decision to authorise the club's dramatic £75m capture of Fernando Torres and David Luiz on the final day of the January transfer window signifies a marked change in the club's transfer policy of recent years. With Monday's extravagance, Abramovich spent more in one day than he had done in the previous three years with Chelsea, after finally being convinced of the need to inject fresh blood into the Premier League champions' ageing squad.

The indications are that the policy of rejuvenating the playing pool is to be carried on at the end of the season, and with that in mind Chelsea are continuing to monitor several players as potential new signings.

Chelsea's extensive list of possible targets include Dutch right-back Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax, young Belgian internationals Eden Hazard from Lille and Romelu Lukaku of Anderlecht, Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik of Napoli and French winger Dimitri Payet of St Etienne.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has earmarked a new right-back as a priority, and the club are highly likely to bid for Van der Wiel, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today. Van der Wiel has been at Ajax since he was eight years old, has 20 caps for the Netherlands and impressed during last summer's World Cup in South Africa. He almost joined Bayern Munich for £14m last year, and would cost closer to £20m this time around.

Before the signings of Luiz and Torres, Chelsea's sporting director, Frank Arnesen, admitted: "Gregory is on our No 1 list but not currently at the top. If we're serious, nothing will happen until the summer." Chelsea are also keeping a very close eye on the development of 17-year-old Lukaku, who many see as the ideal long-term replacement for Didier Drogba. He is already a full Belgian international, and Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck claimed yesterday that he rebuffed Chelsea's approaches during the recent window for Lukaku, putting a price tag of £25.5m on him.

Van Holsbeeck said: "Chelsea wanted to buy this winter. We said no. He is not ready, and we still keep one to two seasons. His price? €30m [£25.5m]." Udinese's Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez is another player that Chelsea have made enquiries about and will consider bidding for in the summer.

The recruitment drive will lead to more senior players on high wages leaving the club in the summer, following last year's clear-out in which five first-team regulars departed. This year's exodus is likely to include experienced internationals such as Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira and Yuri Zhirkov. Other younger players such as Jeffrey Bruma and Gaël Kakuta, who has been loaned to neighbours Fulham, could also be sold if the price is right. Young Italian striker Fabio Borini is almost certain to move on, with Parma his most likely destination.

John Terry, the Chelsea captain, said yesterday the club's £75m spending heralds a return to the time when Abramovich was happy to spend big sums. Terry said: "To sign Torres and Luiz is a huge statement for the club. It has let everyone know we're in the market again, we're buying and competing with Manchester City, who have been spending an awful lot.

"Everyone has been going on about the ageing players and we have just brought in two very young players who are hopefully going to be around the club for a long time. No one is getting too carried away but everyone is upbeat. It sets a massive tone. From a club point of view, reading things like the Bolton quotes that they didn't fear Chelsea no more. We say, 'Don't fear us at your peril'. Everyone is fighting for places with some big games coming up. For myself, for the other defenders and the strikers it is very good competition and that's very important at a big club. It gives the manager great options and very difficult ones at that."

Torres, 26, is to make his Chelsea debut against former club Liverpool on Sunday. Terry has been part of the defence that Torres has scored seven goals against in eight games for Liverpool, and is happy the roles have now been reversed.

Terry said: "We have had some great battles. He is one of the strongest out there. His pace is frightening, his heading is unbelievable for his height and his finishing is top drawer, as we have seen against us a few times. I'm just delighted because there were rumours that a few other clubs had been chasing him."

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger anticipates Chelsea will again spend heavily in the summer. He said: "He [Abramovich] has decided to put big money in again, and that tells you that certainly in the summer more will come. He is back to full investment."

All change at Stamford Bridge: Players who could be coming and going this summer

Three in?

Gregory van der Wiel, 23, Ajax

Ajax's right-back could be the next big departure, following Luis Suarez to Liverpool, but Chelsea will face competition from Barcelona.

Romelu Lukaku, 17, Anderlecht

One of the hottest prospects in the game, he topped the Belgian scoring charts last season. A lifelong Chelsea fan whose idol is Didier Drogba.

Alexis Sanchez, 22, Udinese

Udinese are ready to sell the Chilean winger – who is often compared with Cristiano Ronaldo – in the summer, but only for £25m or more.

Three out?

Jose Bosingwa, 28

Bayern Munich have admired Chelsea's injury-prone right-back for years. Joined for £16.3m in 2008. Has one year left on his contract.

Paulo Ferreira, 31

Another right-back, who joined for £13.2m in 2004. Has two years left on his current deal. A return to a Portuguese club may be his favoured option.

Yuri Zhirkov, 27

The Russian has failed to live up to his billing following his £18m transfer from CSKA Moscow in July 2008. Zenit St Petersburg enquired last summer. Contract until 2013.


16-02-2011, 04:44 PM
Liverpool and Spurs on alert as Wolfsburg prepare to cash in on defensive ace


Tottenham and Liverpool have been put on red alert after Wolfsburg revealed they are willing to sell highly-rated Danish defender Simon Kjaer in the summer.
The 21-year-old has received rave reviews for his performances in the Bundesliga this season and has earned 15 caps for Denmark.
Reports in the German press claim Liverpool had a bid turned down by Wolfsburg in the January transfer window, but the Reds and Spurs are still monitoring the £10m-rated centre-back.
It is thought that Steve McClaren's old club will use the money to try to sign Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker as a replacement.


16-02-2011, 05:00 PM
ikut nebak ah...

Michael Owen stay..
Berbatov stay..
Adams stay..
Anelka stay / pinjamkan ke ???

Evra ke Madrid...
Bale ke United...
Tevez ke klub Argentina nya dulu...

Kaka, Benzema, dan Adebayor tetep di Madrid

18-02-2011, 09:59 AM
Blackburn plot £20m swoop for Roma striker


Blackburn are planning an audacious £20million move for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic as they look for a marquee summer signing.

Rovers' new Indian owners intend to splash their wealth in an attempt to raise the club’s profile, and there has been a change in strategy from their early days in charge at Ewood Park.

Back then, unlikely bids were tabled for Ronaldinho and David Beckham as they looked for a big name to bolster the club’s reputation.

In the summer though, Rovers are aiming to spend big on top-notch talent capable of pushing the club towards becoming a European force.

They believe Vucinic fits the bill with his proven goal-scoring ability and Champions League experience.

The striker only has two years left on his contract, which could allow Blackburn to pick him up for a reduced rate. Hoever, they will need to improve on his £70,000 a week wages to make the deal happen.

Vucinic has been eyed by Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, with Juventus also keen.

Roma will fight to keep the Montenegro international frontman at the club, but any failure by the Italians to land a European spot next term could open the door for Blackburn.


18-02-2011, 10:27 AM
Tottenham are plotting smash ’n Fab


TOTTENHAM are ready to score another victory over AC Milan by pinching Luis Fabiano from under the Italians' noses.
Harry Redknapp has been chasing the Brazilian World Cup striker, 30, for more than a year.

And Fabiano is now looking for a way out of Spanish club Seville.

He revealed: "I see my cycle with Seville as finished and want to experience something new."

His comments have alerted Serie A giants Milan, Juventus and Roma but Spurs can trump them all with a £14million bid.

Redknapp tried to sign Fabiano last summer but Seville refused to sell and the hitman eventually signed a deal to 2013.

But now he has made it clear he wants to leave this summer.

And Spurs will use their stunning Champions League victories over AC and Inter Milan to prove English football is superior to the Italian game.


18-02-2011, 01:10 PM
ikut nebak ah...

Michael Owen stay..
Berbatov stay..
Adams stay..
Anelka stay / pinjamkan ke ???

Evra ke Madrid...
Bale ke United...
Tevez ke klub Argentina nya dulu...

Kaka, Benzema, dan Adebayor tetep di Madrid

si Evra stay bro.. :D as he sealed a 4 years deal with United yeaaah.

semoga dah bale ke United, semakin mantap tuh! :champ:

23-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Aston Villa chasing out-of-favour Barcelona defender


Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Barcelona outcast Gabriel Milito and hope to snap him up for free in the summer.
The defender has fallen out of favour at the Nou Camp and has only started three La Liga matches all season with Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol the preferred partnership at centre-back.
And, according to reports in Spain, Milito is set to quit the club at the end of the summer, with Villa among a host of clubs interested in signing him.
But Villa do not want to pay a fee for the Argentine defender, 30, who is contracted to Barcelona until 2012, and hope to agree a deal to take him for free in the summer.


28-02-2011, 04:23 PM
Hercules line up £7million move for Chelsea's Malouda


Chelsea winger Florent Malouda is a £7m summer target for La Liga newcomers Hercules.
The France international has been almost ever-present in Carlo Ancelotti's first team this season and has scored nine goals and set up another four.
But it has been reported that the 30-year-old is one of the players who could leave Chelsea as they attempt to rebuild their ageing squad at the end of the season.
And Hercules hope to pair Malouda with his international team-mate David Trezeguet who has been a revelation for the side since joining from Juventus in the summer.
According to reports in Spain, Hercules are prepared to pay £7m for the winger and will make an offer in the summer.


03-03-2011, 01:18 PM
si Evra stay bro.. :D as he sealed a 4 years deal with United yeaaah.

semoga dah bale ke United, semakin mantap tuh! :champ:

stay ya??? haaah.. padahal dah keliatan bgt tanda tanda pgn hengkang tuh orang... hehehehe...

yup Bale for number 11...

04-03-2011, 11:39 AM
Mystery club bids £25m for Udinese's Sanchez


Udinese have received a bid of around €30million (£25.4million) for Alexis Sanchez, according to chairman Franco Soldati.

The Chile forward, 22, scored four goals in his side's 7-0 win over Palermo at the weekend.

"Somebody has already proposed a figure close to €30m-€35m, but I cannot say who," Soldati told Sky Italia. "In any case, the player is attracting interest in Italy and abroad - in England."

Sanchez, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, first moved to Udinese in 2008 and has become an increasingly important member of their first team.


10-03-2011, 10:04 AM
Neven Subotic bids 'expected from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City'

Borussia Dortmund are readying themselves for big-money bids from Premier League giants including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City after English scouts were reported to have watched Neven Subotic at the weekend.


The £20million-rated centre-back helped his side keep another clean sheet as they saw off FC Koln 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion on Friday evening to go 12 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

But the game also attracted interest for the number of foreign scouts in attendance, with most thought to have been present to see Subotic in action.

A selection are thought to have been reporting back to Premier League teams, with at least three of England's current top four believed to be weighing up summer offers.

Subotic was linked with a move to Chelsea in January but the move never came to fruition after Dortmind chief Hans-Joachim Watzke ruled out selling the Serbian international mid-season.

However, he did say the club 'would consider' allowing Subotic to leave in the summer window, provided they receive a 'fantastic' offer for his services.


10-03-2011, 10:14 AM
Seperti biasa, disaat ada tim2 yg sedang naik daun, dari jamannya Wolfsburg sampe skrg Dortmund, pemainnya banyak yg dirumorin.. Untuk rumor sanchez, ternyata posturnya pendek yah ni anak ;))

10-03-2011, 11:03 AM
Mirko Vucinic pursuit 'stepped up by Liverpool and Spurs' amid Napoli links

Premier League clubs Liverpool and Spurs are to renew their efforts to sign Roma striker Mirko Vucinic after the player's agent suggested he could leave the Italian capital for Serie A rivals Napoli in the summer.


Both Harry Redknapp and Kenny Dalglish are thought to have had enquiries about Vucinic rejected out of hand by the Giallorossi in January.

But their hopes of landing the highly-rated 27-year-old during the summer have been boosted by recent speculation coming out of the Stadio Olimpico, which suggests Roma may now be prepared to listen to offers.

Vucinic's agent Alessandro Lucci said his in-demand client, who can play in the centre or wide on the left, finds switching clubs a 'fascinating' prospect after stoking speculation that Napoli will test Roma's resolve with a £9million bid at the end of the season.

'Vucinic is always linked with Napoli,' Lucci told Italian radio station CRC.

'His contract at Roma is until 2013, and he feels fine there and with the club but nothing is impossible in football, and Napoli is fascinating for him.

'They are a team going places and they know they can reach important objectives.

'Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Vucinic would form a devastating trio. They would be the best in Europe.

'But at the moment, no one knows what will happen with Roma in terms of players being sold.'

The Montenegran international has scored 11 goals in 21 caps as well as 56 goals in 132 league appearances for Roma since 2006.


11-03-2011, 11:13 AM
Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan 'to be offered to Spurs for £40m in summer'

Atletico Madrid will approach Spurs to offer them star duo Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero for a combined fee of £40million when the transfer window reopens.


According to reports in Spain, cash-strapped Atletico are ready to sell their prized assets because of attitude problems and 'personality clashes' within the squad.

Forlan is rumoured to have been wanting out for some time while Aguero is said to have instructed his agent to negotiate a move away from Vicente Calderon after becoming disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital.

Aguero, 22, feels he cannot progress his career at the club - especially as they look set to miss out on European competition altogether next season.

And, as a result, he is determined to push his cause for a move to England in the summer - having seen the Premier League earning power of former Atletico team-mate Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m recently.

He is also said to have privately identified Harry Redknapp as a manager he would like to work with.

Atletico rejected an offer from city rivals Real Madrid for Forlan, 31, in January, while both Chelsea and Spurs were rebuffed in their approaches for Aguero - valued at around £38million.

The latter even signed a new contract to demonstrate his willingness to remain - although it is believed a release clause would be activated if Atletico finish any lower than sixth in La Liga.

As a result, they are keen to maximise any transfer - so are set to offer both as a 'multi-million-euro package deal' for fear that Forlan alone, at 31, will not generate the same level of interest alone, despite winning the World Cup Golden Boot last year.

When asked last month about the prospect of leaving the club, Forlan replied abruptly: 'I'm fine here. I will not talk about my future.

'You don't know how things will turn out, this is football after all.'


11-03-2011, 12:07 PM
Arsenal and Chelsea on alert as Mexes admits future is up in the air


Arsenal and Chelsea target Philippe Mexes has still not ruled out a summer move to the Premier League.
It has been reported that the two English clubs are on a long list of sides across Europe who are keen on snapping up the France international on a free transfer when his contract expires in June.
Central defender Mexes was thought to be on the verge of penning a new four-year deal which would keep him at Roma until the end of his career.
But the 28-year-old has decided not to make a decision on his future until the summer.
"I have many offers, but I will not decide my future until the season ends," he said.
"Right now, I could go to any of the major leagues in the world, but I have to evaluate many things when I make my decision."


16-03-2011, 05:23 PM
Blackburn plot £15m summer swoop for Bendtner as Venky's bid to flex financial muscle

Blackburn are planning a surprise move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in the summer.

Despite facing a battle to avoid relegation, Rovers' Indian owners still have grand plans for next season. Signing a marquee player is top of their agenda.
Real Madrid's Kaka has been mooted recently, following their ambitious attempts to lure Ronaldinho and David Beckham, but Bendtner is seen as a more realistic target.


A quality Premier League striker tops their wish-list and Rovers have the funds to pay a £15million transfer fee and tempt Bendtner with big wages.

The main problem will be whether the Dane is interested in quitting Arsenal for one of the Premier League's less glamorous clubs.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's interest in Real Madrid midfielder Pablo Sarabia has prompted the Spaniards to open talks over a new contract.


Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao has watched the 18-year-old left-sided midfielder playing for Madrid's second team.

Sarabia's agent Gines Carvajal said: 'Some clubs are looking at Sarabia and Real know this.'


21-03-2011, 02:29 PM
Charlie Adam back on Spurs radar with Niko Kranjcar set for summer exit

Spurs are set to renew their interest in Blackpool captain Charlie Adam after conceding Niko Kranjcar is likely to leave White Hart Lane in the summer.


Werder Bremen are set to make a second offer for Kranjcar in the summer after having a £6million offer for the midfielder rejected during the January transfer window.

Kranjcar has only made 16 appearances for Spurs this season and failed to make it into manager Harry Redknapp’s 18-man squad for last week’s Champions League match with AC Milan.

Despite rejecting Bremen’s initial offer for the 26-year-old, Redknapp looks set to let Kranjcar leave in the summer as he attempts to strengthen his squad.

Adam has been linked with a move away from Blackpool for the majority of the season and the midfielder came very close to leaving in the January transfer window with numerous offers from Liverpool being rejected before Spurs had an offer accepted in the final hours of the window, only to see the deal collapse.

The 25-year-old conceded this week that Blackpool had been right to keep him during January, but suggested he was still keen on leaving in the summer.

‘It probably is right I stayed until the end of the season and help them stay in the Premier League,’ he said.

‘I can see the manager's point of view but at the time it was difficult. If I'd left, people would have said “He's jumping ship”.

‘If the opportunity comes in the future to move on, I want to leave on the best note I can.’

The comments have once again sparked the interest of Spurs scouts, who are reported to be lining up another attempt to sign the midfielder in the next couple of months.

Blackpool currently lie 15th in the Premier League, just one point off the relegation zone, while Spurs are fifth and last week progressed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.


23-03-2011, 12:33 PM
om Harry doyan beli pemain yg dianggap dah habis neh. Gallas dia beli, yg sudah dianggap habis, tp ternyata tampil bagus dibelakang bersama Dawson, salah satu kunci keberhasilan TTH sejauh ini. sapa tau Joe Cole jadi bagus di TTH, walaupun sering berkutat dengan cedera

Tottenham Ready to Make £5m Move for Liverpool Flop Joe Cole


Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is set to be reunited once again with his one-time prodigy Joe Cole after the Liverpool midfield player conceded that is future may not be at Anfield much past the end of this season.
The England international only arrived on Merseyside on a lucrative free transfer from Chelsea last summer, commanding wages of £90,000 a week, however, the 29 year old has endured a horrific first campaign at Anfield that has been disrupted by a combination of a total loss of form, injury and suspensions.
And, with his mentor Redknapp reported to be waiting in the wings to bring the player back to London, Cole has admitted in a frank interview that his future most probably now lies away from Liverpool.
“It has been difficult this season,” Cole said.
“I find myself playing these Europa League games trying to catch up but I am still nice and positive, still myself.”

SOURCE: Sportingo

Sources were claiming in January that Liverpool would happily listen to offers of as little as £5m for a player that Harry Redknapp knows very well. One wonders how exactly the 29 year old would fit into the Tottenham set-up, the former Hammer may end up swapping one bench for another if he does indeed look for a move to White Hart Lane.

At present Cole is very much a bit part player at Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish and has made just one Premier League start since early December and the arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll will see the club opt for a more traditional 4-4-2 formation leaving the England international hopeful with even less of a chance to get a start.

Maxi and Dirk Kuyt have been regularly selected to play out wide and that has left Joe Cole having to wonder what future he has on Merseyside. However a move to Tottenham would surely present even more obstacles to first team football.

After all the North London club have a number of wide options either out on loan or sitting on the bench, players such as David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar don’t get a look in and the January signing of Steven Pienaar would also get in the way of Cole’s hopes of first team football.

That then leaves the likes of Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale who seem to be the first choices in the wide roles and it seems that unless Redknapp is planning a clear-out, which seems unlikely given the club’s success this term, a move for the pint sized Liverpool man would not make a great deal of sense.


23-03-2011, 01:43 PM
Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton all keen on £10m Real Madrid outcast


Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are battling to secure the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago.

The Argentine midfielder has failed to command a regular first-team place at the Bernabeu since Jose Mourinho took charge of the club.

Gago still has two years left on his contract, but he is expected to be sold during the summer with Real Madrid looking for at least £10m.

Reports in Spain suggest that Liverpool are the favourites to land his signature, but both Harry Redknapp and David Moyes are also monitoring his progress and there could be a bidding war at the end of the season between the three clubs.


23-03-2011, 03:07 PM
Real Madrid told Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini would cost them £22m

Spanish giants have joined Chelsea in bid to sign Belgian


The Spanish giants have registered an interest in the midfielder, who is also being targeted by Chelsea.
Fellaini was in outstanding form for the Merseysiders before his season was interrupted by an ankle ligament injury sustained against Sunderland at the end of last month that is likely to keep him out for the rest of the campaign.

Real already have central midfielders Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Lassana Diarra and Fernando Gago on their books but are believed to be keen on adding Fellaini to the glittering array of talent at the Bernabeu. They have been told that it would take £22m to capture Everton's prize asset

It is understood that Fellaini, who became Everton’s record signing when he moved from Standard Liege for an initial £15m in 2008, is attracted by the possibility of moving to a Champions League calibre club.

Relations between the player and Everton’s management soured when his father, Abdellatif, blamed the club for playing Fellaini when he was not fit against Sunderland, an accusation strongly denied by manager David Moyes, who said the midfielder had insisted he was able to play.

Everton have well-documented financial problems and were unable to complete a number of signings in the January window but are not prepared to sell Fellaini without a fight.

Moyes has said that talks are set to begin soon on an extension to the five-year contract that the 23-year-old signed when he moved to Goodison Park.

But Fellaini’s father increased the pressure on Everton by claiming that his son is being pursued by the elite, name-checking the current Premier League champions.

"The big clubs can see what a good job Marouane is doing and that is why Chelsea are following him intensively," he said. "In his position he’d get into the starting XI at any big club."


25-03-2011, 06:47 AM
Musim panas ini bakal sibuk banget, terutama di inggris. Di inggris mungkin akan dipimpin chelsea yang penuh pemaen tua dan juga pool dengan pemilik barunya yang lebih royal. Blom city dengan (hanya) mimpi ngeser United.

25-03-2011, 02:31 PM
Moussa Sow and Gervinho 'subject to £40m Newcastle transfer enquiry'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is understood to have approached French club Lille about the possibility of securing both Moussa Sow and Gervinho on a deal which would see the pair spearhead a £40m-rated Toon attack next season.


Sources close to Pardew say he has been monitoring the progress of both players, who are yet to be locked into long-term deals at the table-topping Ligue 1 club.

Sow has been a revelation for Lille this season and is the current French top scorer with 19 goals.

His contract comes to an end in 2013, but after signing on a free transfer from Rennes, Sow's value could see the club cash in when the window reopens in the summer.

Strike partner Gervinho meanwhile offers a flexible option to Newcastle with both his ability to play upfront and on the wing an asset.

The Ivory Coast star shone in the World Cup and has also contributed with 12 league goals this season.

After penning a deal from Le Mans in 2009 Gervinho will be looking for a big-money move before he turns 25.

Flush with funds from the sale of forward Andy Carroll to Liverpool, any move Newcastle make in the transfer market is sure to be aimed at securing a premium strike force - especially if they retain their Premier League status this season.


31-03-2011, 11:33 AM
World Football Transfers: Top 10 Ideas of the Week


The transfer window has a limited time span, but the speculation and gossip as to who’s going where and when is forever ongoing. Everyone connected to football is fascinated by the intangible possibilities for the future of their club.

From insiders looking to be the first to an inside scoop or simply loyal fans intoxicated by the thought of star players donning their beloved home strip and kissing their cherished badge, us football followers are infinitely engaged in the rumor mill.

With the finale of the elite European competitions drawing ever nearer, the reality of those distant dreams becomes more obtainable, and the hype is ramped up with every passing week.

10. Giuseppi Rossi: Villarreal to Juventus

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was reluctant to let the Italian striker depart from Old Trafford. The recent emergence of Javier Hernandez may have softened the Scot's blow, but Rossi has gone from strength to strength playing for Villarreal and is now attracting attention from the bigger European clubs.

Tottenham and Barcelona have been mentioned in the past as potential suitors for the Italian's services, but the most recent courters of Rossi appear to be Juventus, who are said to be keen on the striker.

9. Erik Lamela: River Plate to Tottenham/Liverpool/Barcelona/AC Milan

Argentinian, short, skillful, young and a wide attacker. Remind you of anyone? On paper Erik Lamela looks like a perfect fit to join his long-lost brother Lionel Messi in Barcelona.

However, the River Plate product is attracting attention from a number of clubs looking for a promising talent they can harness into a world superstar in a few years' time.

Tottenham and Liverpool lead the British contingent with AC Milan another continental candidate for Lamela's signature.

8. Alberto Aquilani: Liverpool to Juventus

surprises about this one. Alberto Aquilani was a bit of a panic buy in 2009 for Liverpool as their season spiralled out of control.

The Italian struggled to adapt to the Premier League and soon found himself glued to the back of the bench in his tracksuit.

Aquilani has since gone out on loan to Juventus and has already played more games for the Italian club than he did in his entire Anfield career.

Liverpool have since moved on as well, with Raul Meireles gradually becoming an imperious presence in the heart of the Reds' midfield.

Aquilani has resurrected his career in Italy, and if his loan club can agree a fee with his parent club, he'll be a permanent Juve player come the start of next season.

7. Christian Kriksen: Ajax to Barcelona/Liverpool/Chelsea

Eriksen is one of the rising stars in world football and is following in the footsteps of many great players the Dutch club has brought into first-team prominence.

Now the biggest clubs in Europe are showing signs of interest in the attacking midfielder, and he's a player you'd expect to be the subject of a bidding war in the summer.

6. Daniele De Rossi: Roma to Manchester United

Most transfers are conducted on a quiet basis with the majority of deals only revealed as possibilities shortly before the deals are finalised.

How strange it is then to see a player under contract effectively sending out a "come and get me" plea to another club.

Daniele De Rossi has done exactly this to Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with Roma, unsurprisingly, seeming willing to complete the deal if United hand them £18m for their troubled midfielder.

It seems that at this point this transfer is subject to United's willingness to pay such a price for the midfielder.

5. Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus to Somewhere Other Than Juventus

The most expensive goalkeeper in history seemed destined to finish his career with Juventus, with whom he's won two Serie A titles and numerous individual honours.

However, Buffon hasn't confirmed his club future, refusing to verbally commit to Juve when questioned on his future plans.

Roma are said to be targeting the Italian legend, with Manchester United, in need of a new keeper, more tenuously being linked with the 33-year-old World Cup winner.

4. Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid to Chelsea

Real Madrid have spent a lot of time in the shadows of their great rivals Barcelona over the past couple of seasons, and undoubtedly the Real players are growing frustrated by Barca's dominance over the Galacticos.

Sergio Ramos is one of Real's young stars who's interested Chelsea, who are looking to add youth to refresh their aging squad for the future.

Branislav Ivanovic has done a great job for Chelsea at right back, but Ramos would undoubtedly be an upgrade for the outgoing Premier League champions.

3. Didier Drogba: Chelsea to Galatasaray/Tottenham

Didier Drogba has been arguably the best striker in the world over the past few seasons, but following the signing of Fernando Torres, Drogba's playing time has diminished and there are whispers that the Ivorian is discontented with the current situation at Stamford Bridge.

You'd imagine that there would be a long list of elite clubs willing to take on such a prolific striker as Drogba, but only Turkish club Galatasaray and Tottenham are said to be interested in Drogba's services.

2. Kaka: Real Madrid to AC Milan/Chelsea

When Kaka left AC Milan, he was arguably the best player on the planet, signed for the then-world record fee of €70m.

The Brazilian hasn't had the happiest of times at the Bernabeu, with injury and squad depth overshadowing his talent and limiting his opportunity to shine.

For those reasons Kaka could well be on the way out of Madrid come the summer, with Chelsea and former employers AC Milan linked with the midfielder.

1. Wesley Sneijder: Inter Milan to Manchester United/Chelsea

Wesley Sneijder has undoubtedly been one of the best players in the world over the past two years, leading Inter to a historic treble in 2010 and his native Dutch to the World Cup Final in South Africa.

Therefore it's fair to say that a transfer of one of the best players in the world would be the biggest transfer in the summer.

Inter's president has admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson has contacted him as to the Dutchman's availability, with Chelsea also said to have expressed interest in the midfielder.

Sneijder would obviously be a great addition for either club; £40m has been mentioned as a potential price tag on Inter's main man, and we'll have to watch on in eager anticipation.


31-03-2011, 12:09 PM
Big clubs set for Bale battle as Spurs move for replacement - report


host of Europe's top clubs are gearing up for a summer battle for Gareth Bale, after Tottenham made an approach for a replacement, according to reports in the Italian press.

Daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims Spurs have made enquiries about Lyon's Brazilian left-sided player Michel Bastos, who they have identified as a potential replacement for Bale should the Welshman leave the club in the summer.

This has alerted Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Inter Milan to Bale's availability.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is desperate to keep the 21-year-old at White Hart Lane and he even signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract earlier this month, but if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League, he may still look to leave.

Should that happen, the fact that he is tied to a long-term contract simply means Spurs will be able to negotiate a higher transfer fee.

Bastos, 27, is similar to Bale in that he can play on either flank or at left-back.

He spent three years with Lille before moving to Lyon in 2009. He has played 10 times for Brazil and was in their World Cup squad.


31-03-2011, 01:25 PM
Germany World Cup star Miroslav Klose set to seal free transfer to Tottenham this summer


nham have emerged as shock front-runners to snap up in-form Germany marksman Miroslav Klose on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season.

Though an automatic choice for his country, the 32-year old has been confined to the bench for Bayern Munich recently and is ready to seek a fresh start abroad.

His stance has alerted Benfica and Juventus, but Sportsmail can reveal Tottenham have also made their interest known and are confident of winning the race to sign him.

With Robbie Keane expected to leave, and doubts over the futures of other strikers at White Hart Lane, manager Harry Redknapp is on the lookout for two new faces up front and has earmarked Klose as one of them.

Klose moved to within seven goals of Gerd Muller’s all-time Germany record of 68, with a double against Kazahkstan at the weekend, but has been overlooked in favour of Mario Gomes in a one-man Bayern strike force.


04-04-2011, 05:20 PM
Diego Forlan: I'll consider good offer from Spurs for summer transfer

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has said he would be prepared to speak to any interested clubs, including Spurs, if they make a 'good offer' for him in the summer.


The Uruguayan international was said to have been the subject of a concrete bid from Tottenham in January after manager Harry Redknapp made a special trip to Madrid to see him play.

And 31-year-old Forlan, who is rumoured to be unsettled at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, has said he is willing to speak to other clubs about a move.

'You never know in football,' said former Manchester United flop Forlan, when asked if he would consider a move back to the Premier League.

'If there was a nice offer, for the team and for me, then you have to see. You have to see if it is good enough.'

Forlan left United after an unhappy four-year spell in 2005, but last year won the World Cup's Golden Boot as top-scorer in a Uruguay team that reached the semi-finals.

And although Spurs were said to have put in a firm bid with Atletico in the region of £12million for Forlan, the player himself denied this had been the case.

Also referring to Redknapp's scouting trip, which saw him robbed while walking in the Spanish capital, the striker continued: 'There was no offer. There was a lot of talking but not a proper offer.

'Yes, Harry Redknapp came to watch me - they said that he got robbed. It was a funny story.'

He added: 'You are always flattered by every interest of every team - and also about Tottenham - but in the end there was nothing firm.'


04-04-2011, 05:22 PM
Wow, bakal ketemu forlan lagi...
masih kompetitif untuk Premiership??

06-04-2011, 11:31 AM
Juan Mata 'still tracked by Manchester City and United' despite transfer denial

Valencia's Juan Mata could still make a summer move to Manchester with either United or City, despite the striker's agent denying any talks have taken place.


Mata, who is valued at around £25million, has been linked with City ever since his former team-mate David Silva moved to Eastlands.

And although recent comments to the media appeared to put to rest all talk of them rekindling their fluent partnership in England, Mata is still thought to be on the radar of City - as well as their bitter local rivals United.

Mata's agent has denied speculation he is already in talks with City representatives over the possibility of a deal at the end of the season, saying the rumours were 'not true'.

And Valencia president Manuel Llorente, who sold Silva and David Villa last year, has said he will not be swayed again when it comes to money this summer.

'The kid is not negotiable because he is a key man in our project,' he told Spanish publication Provincias.

City are expected to bring in at least one more striker when the transfer window reopens, especially as rumours rumble on that captain Carlos Tevez could return to his native South America soon because he is homesick.

United, too, are expected to be active in the market, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson thought to have a £100million warchest at his disposal.


06-04-2011, 12:37 PM
Man United and Real Madrid eye Brazilian wonderkid Adryan


Alex Ferguson is set to invite 16-year-old Brazilian Adryan to Old Trafford for training, but he’d better act quickly as Real Madrid are also keen on the striker.

Following the recent trial signing of defensive midfielder Rafael Leao - who appeared for United Under-18s at the weekend - Fergie now has his sights on Flamengo forward Adryan.

The 16-year-old has impressed in the South America Under-17 championships and plays primarily as an attacking midfielder.
United have a partnership with football rights agency Traffic and it was their tie-in that led to the arrival of Leao.


06-04-2011, 06:07 PM
Watzke: Dortmund Tidak Akan Jual Gotze


Pemilik Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke, membantah akan menjual bintang mudanya, Mario Gotze, dan mengklaim kalau klub-klub yang berusaha untuk mengejarnya hanya membuang-buang waktu saja.

Gotze, pemain berusia 18 tahun ini sudah menjadi bagian dari pemain utama Dortmund secara reguler sejak awal musim dan sudah membuat debut pertamanya untuk timnas Jerman di bulan November lalu.

Spekulasi yang berkembang akhir-akhir ini mengatakan kalau beberapa klub top Eropa sudah lama memperhatikannya, tapi Watzke bersikukuh tidak akan melepas gelandang tengah kreatif ini.

"Saya dapat katakan bahwa ia tidak akan dijual," kata Watzke pada harian Bild, sebelum bersikeras mengungkapkan kalau klub akan menolak tawaran sebesar 25 juta Euro untuk seorang pemain yang melalui sistem mereka.

"Sejujurnya, Mario masih memiliki kontrak dengan kami hingga 2014 dan ia akan tetap berada di Dortmund, paling tidak sampai dengan periode waktu tersebut. Klub-klub lain dapat melupakan penawaran mereka untuk Mario, karena hanya akan menghabiskan waktu saja," tambahnya.

Kemenangan 4-1 Dortmund atas Hannover pada laga akhir pekan lalu, membuat Dortmund unggul 14 poin dari Bayern Munich yang berada di peringkat tiga klasemen, dimana pada kompetisi Bundesliga hanya dua klub teratas saja yang otomatis lolos untuk berlaga di Liga Champion musim depan.

Sementara itu, Watzke sangat percaya diri kalau klubnya mampu berkompetisi dengan tim-tim terbaik Eropa di musim 2011-12 nanti, tapi ia menjadi sangat berhati-hati ketika berdiskusi mengenai peluang memenangkan gelar juara liga.

"Kami dapat mengasumsikan bahwa kemenangan yang kami raih saat menghadapi Hannover, membuktikan kalau kami akan lolos kualifikasi Liga Champion musim depan. Tapi mengenai gelar juara liga di musim ini, kami masih harus menghadapi tujuh pertandingan tersisa," pungkasnya.


06-04-2011, 07:38 PM
Exclusive: Agent confirms L'OM leading "New Blanc" chase

Author: Nigel Brown
Posted on:06 April 2011 - 11:44

Sport.co.uk understands Olympique Marseille are leading the chase for FC Istres starlet Florian Lejeune, who has been closely monitored by the Premier League trio of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal.

Lejeune, 19, has impressed for the aforementioned Ligue 2 side and has been hotly tipped for a bright future, receiving comparisons in the French media to former Les Bleus World Cup winner and current coach Laurent Blanc.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been monitoring the French U-20 international alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini, however the youngster’s agent has revealed that the most likely destination for the imposing centre-half is either Ligue 1 or La Liga.

“We have tried to find a solution with the Premier League, but we did not have any official contact. The situation now is that we are working hard in the Spanish and French market, and we want to finalise a deal in the next few weeks.” Claude Cauvy told Sport.co.uk.

“Marseille are heavily interested, and have followed Florian since last year. While Villarreal, Espanyol and Barcelona are also interested. The player wanted to move to England but we have had no official contact or offers, so we are concentrating on other interested clubs.”

The player’s agent admitted he was surprised that Arsenal, Manchester City, or Manchester United hadn’t followed up their alleged interest in the defender.

“I find it strange because he is a big talent, but we have had no contact from any Premier League club regarding a deal.” Cauvy concluded.

08-04-2011, 05:15 PM
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea fail again with £30m bid to sign Neymar


Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich has failed in a new bid for £30million-rated Brazilian superstar Neymar.

The exciting star scored both goals against *Scotland in a friendly last week and declared his interest in coming to Stamford Bridge – or any other top European club.

Neymar’s club Santos have rejected the latest advances, despite *Abramovich’s hopes that his links with the player’s agent Pini Zahavi would secure the deal.

Santos are refusing to sell Neymar as they have been *struggling domestically and do not intend to let him leave for another year at least.

Chelsea have a value on Neymar and won’t go higher for him, leaving Santos looking the likely winners in the battle to keep their top talent.


08-04-2011, 05:40 PM
Romelu Lukaku set for Spurs with £17.5m Anderlecht teenager poised for summer move


Tottenham have moved to the front of the queue in the race to sign Anderlecht’s teenage striking sensation Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian side rated the 17-year-old — who has been compared to Didier Drogba — at £26million as recently as January but a slump in form means they are likely to now accept an offer in the region of £17.5m in the summer for a powerful, pacey player who has already represented Belgium.

Harry Redknapp has been frustrated by his failure to bolster his strikeforce in the past year, something which has been compounded by the mediocre form of his current forwards.
Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko have scored just 27 goals between them in all competitions this season, among that a paltry 11 in the Barclays Premier League.

And while Lukaku is too young to be considered an immediate answer to the problem, he has more than enough talent to be seen as an excellent long-term investment and his arrival could be paid for by offloading Pavlyuchenko, Defoe or Robbie Keane, who is on loan at West Ham.

Six foot 3in Lukaku has long been courted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, among others, but a recent dry patch means interest from the top clubs has cooled, leaving Tottenham in a strong position to see off Everton and West Ham. The east Londoners had a bid refused last summer.

Lukaku has scored 12 times for Anderlecht and twice for his country this season but has only netted three times since Christmas.

Spurs are also keeping tabs on Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, a 23-year-old Frenchman who has scored 17 goals in 26 games this season.


18-04-2011, 06:15 PM
Spurs lead Arsenal and Chelsea in race to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Subotic


Tottenham are set to make a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.

Subotic, 22, has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga and has been attracting the interest of Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus and AC Milan.

But reports in Germany suggest that Tottenham are leading the race to clinch his signature.

The Serbian defender will cost around £15m but Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to have money available to strengthen his squad during the summer.

Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate continue to be affected by long-term injuries and Redknapp needs more cover at the back.

The north London club are hoping they can strike a deal to land the signing of Subotic at the end of the season.


20-04-2011, 12:17 PM
Liverpool and Man United Do Battle for £15m Rated “New Steven Gerrard”

Anfield and Old Trafford sides to fight for Belgian international.


Liverpool and Man United are set to enter a bidding war for highly rated Standard Liege star Steven Defour who is tipped to leave his native Belgium this summer. The goalscoring midfielder has been a long term target of Sir Alex Ferguson but now Anfield director of football Damien Comolli has identified the creative youngster as a target.

Comolli may see Defour as a potential long term replacement for Steven Gerrard and the Standard Liege captain’s leadership skills and the Merseyside club have reportedly made enquiries into the availability of the 23 year old and it seems the Belgian side are ready to cash in on their prized asset.

Manchester United and Liverpool are just two sides who are keen on the Mechelen born Defour and the likes of Benfica and Napoli are also both said to be readying moves to sign the stylish midfielder who is part of Belgium’s new golden generation.

Since Kenny Dalglish’s return to Anfield Liverpool have improved greatly and whilst Raul Meireles has chipped in with some crucial goals and Lucas has become more and more consistent the club could still do with another midfield option and Comolli has been monitoring Defour’s progress this season.

Having spent a prolonged period of time out with a foot injury the Standard Liege captain is back in form and ready to deliver on his very obvious potential. Man United boss Ferguson is known to have sent Defour a letter of encouragement wishing him the best in his recovery and that led many to believe a bid would come from the Premier League giants sooner or later and it appears this summer may be the time to act.

Ferguson has been looking to bring in new additions to help the freshening up of a squad that is experiencing something of a transition from the old to the new. With Gary Neville and Edwin Van der Sar set for retirement and the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are nearing the end of their glittering careers and having brought in the likes of Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez last summer and will continue to look to bring in long term replacements.

Defour is in many ways the perfect long term fill in for Scholes and it appears two Premier League rivals are ready to fight it out for a player who is considered one of the hottest prospects in European football.


27-04-2011, 11:42 AM
Liverpool Linked With Intriguing Move For Inter Milan Teenager

Coutinho will be sent out on loan from Inter Milan next season.


Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho is set to be sent out on loan next season, after falling down the pecking order at San Siro, and the young Brazilian is now being linked with a temporary move to Liverpool.

The 18 year-old Brazilian started the season as a star in the making, with glorious potential demonstrated against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur (before Gareth Bale nearly inspired a comeback from 4-0 down).

He also earned a first cap for his country in October.

However, since the departure of Rafa Benitez as Internazionale manager, Coutinho’s season has stalled somewhat with Leonardo as his coach.

This is mostly due to a two month injury lay off between November and January, but Sky Italia now report that Leonardo will loan him out next season.

Still just a teenager, Inter hope a temporary move will help his development, as Davide Santon has managed to get his career back on track at Cesena.

Coutinho intriguingly could be sent abroad, as club sources believe the physicality of the Premier League could accelerate his growth as a player – much as it worked for Cristiano Ronaldo.

With Benitez still holding the ear of many insiders at Anfield, his recommendation of a player hailed as the future of Inter just a few months ago will certainly be listened to.

Coutinho is a quick, tricky dribbler with an eye for the killer pass and intelligent movement.

The Brazil youngster is capable of playing in the hole behind strikers, or on either flank.

He would also not cost much in wages, but will Damien Comolli recommend Kenny Dalglish take the plunge?


27-04-2011, 06:05 PM
World Football Transfers: Ranking the 15 Most Overrated Summer Prospects


This summer transfer window could be the busiest in many seasons for several clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Lyon.

Therefore, a lot of names will be bandied about in the media, with players supposedly going here, there and everywhere.

The likes of Wesley Sneijder, Javier Pastore, Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri and Javier Hernandez have apparently already definitely agreed to deals to sign for United, Inter, Manchester City, Real Madrid and any other top club you can think of, each with a fee ranging from £40 million to £6 billion, probably.

The rumour mill is in full flow, as tabloid newspapers across the world get ecstatic at the thought of linking different players with different clubs.

However, there is one problem to this: It means we can end up getting some ridiculously overrated players said to be on the move to top teams for ludicrous amounts of money.

Here are some of those overrated players supposedly on the move to bigger things.

15. Kevin Gameiro

Linked with clubs like Arsenal, Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro has been something of a revelation in Ligue 1 this season, notching 18 goals from 30 games.

That hardly smacks of an overrated player, but Gameiro has had media the world over queuing up to sing his praises and link him with big-money moves.

Which is strange for a player who hasn't handled the pressure of playing for a big club before (his previous club being Strasbourg) and is only now starting to score consistent goals, at the age of 23.

He hasn't been tested in any other league apart from Ligue 1 and has only earnt three caps for his country, France. But that hasn't stopped the media putting a sizeable fee on his shoulders.

Potential fee: £17 million

14. Gervinho

Staying with Ligue 1, another overrated prospect is Lille and Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, said to be a big-money target for Arsenal or Newcastle United.

Gervinho has scored 12 goals from 30 games, which is hardly the most scintillating form, but has nine assists and is said to be equally as comfortable on the wing as in a central role.

He's a player who again hasn't been tested at a higher level and hasn't yet hit the 20-goal-a-season barrier in the professional game.

But that doesn't stop him being linked as the next big thing in the Premier League.

Potential fee: £12 million

13. Steven Defour

Said to be the Messiah to save Liverpool or Manchester United from the brink of lacklustre creativity, Steven Defour is the next big thing to come out of Belgium.

The hard-working playmaker is renowned for his "excellent passing ability," which over short distances is always accurate and usually forward-thinking.

But in terms of long-range passing, he's another I-want-to-be-like-Paul-Scholes-or-Xavi kind of player, always looking for the Hollywood pass.

He doesn't score many goals either, netting in just three this season. Plus he kicked the season off with a broken bone in his foot, so he might get recurrent injuries in that area.

Potential fee: £20 million

12. Fernando Llorente

Viewing his career at a glance, it might seem clear why Tottenham Hotspur are supposedly lining up a huge offer for this striker, and why Real Madrid are apparently always interested in getting his signature.

Fernando Llorente took Spain to European and World Cup glory, averaging better than a goal every other game for his country.

He has seven goals from 13 caps and only played once in Spain's World Cup-winning campaign, coming off the bench for half an hour in the round of 16 game against Portugal.

For his club, Athletic Bilbao, he has 17 goals in 35 games this season, and only once has he had a 20-goal-a-season campaign, which came last term from 50 matches.

He's never played for a top club and statistically only scores 14 per cent of the total shots he has on goal, but that hasn't stopped the speculation.

Potential fee: £26 million

11. Javier Pastore

The sensational playmaker with a huge career ahead of him, Javier Pastore really is a big deal.

The 21-year-old Palermo star, who already has a goal and seven caps for Argentina, is the second-best player in the world at his position behind Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder.

Pastore really does have excellent passing range, short and long distance, brilliantly opens up space and can himself finish with aplomb, having netted 13 goals this season.

However, the one thing which puts him on this list is his possible fee, which Manchester City are reportedly set to agree to pay for his signature.

Potential fee: £52.6 million

10. Leighton Baines

If you believe the papers, Leighton Baines is the full-back to end all full-backs as far as Bayern Munich and Arsenal are concerned.

The two teams are set to lock horns in the summer, going at war to get their man, as they look to resolve their apparent left-back problem.

Baines, who's only ever played for Everton and Wigan Athletic, and who only has four caps for England at the age of 26, is a modern-day full-back who gets forward and pushes their opposition winger back, putting his team on the front foot.

Being a modern-day full-back, he also does that annoying thing a lot of them do: that is, fail to adequately track back and defend, as his job title (i.e. "defender") suggests.

But don't tell Baines himself that. According to Wikipedia, he's a massive pessimist who doubts his own ability.

Potential fee: £15 million

9. Ganso

The playmaker to end all playmakers, Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima (but you can call him Ganso) is the next huge midfield talent to emerge from Brazil. Apparently.

Said to be even better than ex-Manchester United legend Jose Kleberson himself, Santos star Ganso is reportedly to spark a Serie A bidding frenzy between AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Such excitement was meant to be ended last season, but Ganso put paid to that when he picked up a knee injury which could plague him in future seasons.

Which all means, despite the player's failure at times to get a collective rhythm going in the team or dictating virtually all of the attacks like a playmaker should, Ganso is going to be a popular man this summer.

Potential fee: £23 million

8. Fernando Gago

At one point he was meant to be the holding midfielder to end all holding midfielders before World Cup winner Xabi Alonso rolled up at Real Madrid and stole his place in the team.

Then a star of Germany's 2010 World Cup campaign, Sami Khedira, tagged along as well and pushed Fernando Gago well down the Bernabeu pecking order.

Injuries and the presence of Alonso, Khedira and Lassana Diarra have limited Gago, who at 26 has 30 caps for Argentina, to just four appearances for Los Blancos this season.

Said to be a serious target for UEFA Champions League-chasing Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, Fernando Gago represents the gamble to end all gambles, considering he's a player not fit for Real Madrid and a player currently suffering from a serious confidence crisis and niggling injury problems.

Potential fee: £10 million

7. Ashley Young

Aston Villa star Ashley Young looks like he'll finally get his big money move after attracting significant interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Equally adept at playing on the wing or in the playmaker role, Young might already be Villa's next James Milner, getting signed on the cheap (well, cheap enough to make a sizeable profit), doing fairly well when getting loads of game time and then getting sold for shedloads of money before sitting around finding the size of the new club overwhelming.

Sporadic showing aside and one England match back in March when he was playing like God, Ashley Young has hardly been displaying the form that would suggest he's Manchester United's new playmaking Messiah.

But yet again, that hasn't stopped the tabloids getting excited.

Potential fee: £25 million

6. Wilfried Zaha

Eighteen-year-old Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha is apparently being courted by the same names that have appeared throughout the list.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, who of course haven't been linked with any other players in the summer transfer window, are all reportedly lining up bids for the support striker, meaning this player looks like one special talent.

But just how good is this player? From 39 appearances in the Championship this season, he's scored a whopping one goal for Crystal Palace, making an astonishing two assists.

That's how good he is.

Potential fee: £2 million

5. Connor Wickham

Now for another massively overrated young English talent plying his trade in England's second tier.

Eighteen-year-old Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham, like Wilfried Zaha, is meant to be the next big thing for the Three Lions (the England national team).

There is some promise in the kid, as he scored the winner for England in the 2010 U-17 European Championship Final and scored nine goals in 13 caps for the U-17s.

But that's about it. This season he's scored eight goals from 40 games in the Championship. Wayne Rooney, at the same age, was scoring more in fewer games, in a much defensively tighter and more physically and psychologically demanding league.

However, that still doesn't stop comparisons between the two, as well as suggestions of a possible move to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur or Real Madrid.

Potential fee: £15 million

4. Pierre Webo

RCD Mallorca striker Pierre Webo has openly admitted he's not a prolific striker and said he is not going to score a lot of goals for his team.

In such a case, the phrase "no s**t Sherlock" comes to mind, considering the Cameroon international has scored seven goals from 30 games this season, scoring a goal only nine per cent of the time he shoots on goal.

All that done in what is the easiest league throughout Europe to score goals.

But even that hasn't stopped Celtic, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham, Birmingham City and West Brom pinning their hopes on the 29-year-old to become their 20-goal-a-season hero.

Potential fee: £4 million

3. Cesc Fabregas

Without doubt the most controversial choice on this list, Cesc Fabregas' form this season has dipped alarmingly.

Looking like a sad bird on the pitch reminiscing about La Masia, the Camp Nou and the fun times back in Barcelona, Fabregas has hardly led by example as Arsenal captain this campaign.

He's considerably out of form, lacks fitness at times and could well be plagued in the future by his niggling hamstring injuries.

But he'll attract investors because of his previous seasons, where he built up his name and ego, with the name Cesc Fabregas up for sale getting FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and maybe even Real Madrid interested.

Potential fee: £35 million

2. Mirko Vucinic

How this man can consistently be linked with top clubs all across Europe is remarkable.

He's never had a 20-goal-a-season campaign yet still gets linked with Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United and the like.

But most importantly, this season he hasn't delivered the goals that in the past saw him rumoured with big-name teams.

Nine goals from 25 games in Serie A now sees Blackburn Rovers step in to lure the 27-year-old Montenegro striker to Ewood Park as their marquee signing.

But they will face stiff competition from Inter Milan, who are also reportedly keen on getting his signature.

Why that is the case, nobody will know, considering he only scores once in every 10 attempts he has on goal.

Potential fee: £21 million

1. Gareth Bale

It was obvious looking at the opening picture that the man atop this list was always going to be a certain player from Tottenham Hotspur, who wears the No. 3 shirt and has the surname Bale.

Gareth Bale, without doubt, is the most overrated player in the Premier League. Winning the PFA Players Player of the Year, the Welsh winger has only had standout performances twice against Inter Milan in the Champions League, as well as against the likes of Stoke City in the league.

He's scored seven goals this season in the league and made just one assist, scoring a goal once in every nine attempts he has on goal.

Plus he's possibly the worst winger in tracking back, defending and helping his full-back. That's despite Gareth Bale being signed from Southampton for £10 million as a left-back!

Simply put, he's very overrated, especially for the price quoted.

Potential fee: £40 million


27-04-2011, 07:15 PM
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29-04-2011, 03:05 PM
EPL Transfer Rumours: Sneijder, Fabregas, Palacios, Aquilani and Jones


Everyone's eyes may be on a potential rip snorter of a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semifinal tonight, but interesting rumours concerning Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United's transfer activity this summer abound in the British and international press.

The latest deals being mooted include:

•A protracted return for Arsenal skipper and Spanish sensation Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona
•Wes Sneijder joining his Dutch mate Rafa Van der Vaart in the EPL
•Spurs flop Wilson Palacios heading in the other direction to Serie A
•Young Blackburn defender Phil Jones at the centre of a superstar tug of war
Rate the rumours as you see fit—comments and banter are always appreciated!

Blackburn's Jones off to Liverpool...or Man Utd? Fight!

Despite Blackburn Rovers' continued woes near the bottom of the Premier League, it seems that young defender Phil Jones can do no wrong.

In fact, he is doing so much right that he has two of the game's best-respected managers locked in a $20 million battle to sign him at the end of the season, according to The Sun.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish and right-hand man Damien Comolli watched from the stands last night as Jones busted a gut to keep Manchester City at bay.

Tall, strong and only 21 years of age, Jones is hot property at the moment and Rovers will be in no position to refuse a decent offer for their star player, especially if they fail to avoid relegation. Beggars can't be choosers!

Liverpool Flop Aquilani to Remain at Juve or Head to San Siro?

Long, flowing locks, perfect pose, Italian stripes running down the middle of a crisp white shirt. You can tell just from this photo that Liverpool flop Aquilani ain't coming back to the Mersey club in a hurry.

Italian newspaper Leggo reports that Aquilani has proven why he was so highly rated and valued during his spell at Juventus and is now attracting the attention of AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.

With the Torino club hesitant over paying the agreed $20 million transfer fee to Liverpool, the Rossonegri are confident they will get Aquilani and transform him into a star in no time.

Honduran Palacios Heading to Sunny Napoli?

Sky Sport reporter Gialuca di Marzio has today claimed that Serie A high-flyers Napoli will set aside $20 million to buy Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios from Tottenham Hotspur after he caught the management's attention with several solid European performances.

Tottenham would likely welcome a bid for Palacios, who has dropped behind Brazilian youngster Sandro Ranieri and Englishmen Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas in the race to secure a midfield berth at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have been linked several times with Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Cristian Maggio, so a swap would not be a surprise.

Is Fabregas Finally Heading to Pastures New?

Having aired his frustrations at Arsenal's lack of spending on several occasions recently, English tabloid The Sun today claims that Cesc Fabregas may have persuaded the Gunners that they should reluctantly part ways with young Spaniard.

Ever since the 23-year-old shot to fame in North London, Barcelona, where he trained as a youth team player, has been eager to buy him back.

And although sports radio station Talksport suggests that Internazionale are courting Fabregas, the Nou Camp is a more likely destination for the midfielder.

Sneijder Waxes Lyrical About 'Beautiful' Manchester United

Holland and Internazionale midfielder Wesley Sneijder has issued a ''come get me'' plea to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

With Paul Scholes possibly announcing his retirement at the end of this season, Ferguson is likely to look for another source of guile and creation in his midfield, despite Ryan Giggs' strong form.

A potential target is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric, for whom Ferguson has previously expressed his admiration, but The Daily Mail reports today on Sneijder's radio interview with Studio Ajax.

The 26 year-old is likely to cost United in the region of $40 million but whether Fergsuon, who has overseen a successful season and witnessed the emergence of Luis Nani and Javier Hernandez as top-class players, will pay that price remains to be seen.


03-05-2011, 02:33 PM
Top XI: Players That Should Stay Where They Are This Summer

With the end of the 2010/11 season just beginning to crown over the horizon, Pies brings you a run down of the eleven Premier League players (bar one, for the time being) that should put some serious consideration into staying put as we gradually beckon in 2011/12…


1. Gareth Bale, Tottenham

Not that, for one moment, we’ve seriously entertained the thought that Bale will up-sticks and toddle off elsewhere over the summer as the nation’s gossip-hounds seem overly-eager to have us all believe he will from time to time – but, in Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham, the Welsh winger currently has the perfect tailor-made stage for his wildly unhinged, mercurially instinctive kick-and-leg-it stylings to blossom further.


10. Joey Barton, Newcastle

Regardless of how much stock should be put into them, those who keep a keen eye on Premier League news will have noticed that several premature transfer rumours doing the rounds over the past few days have linked Barton with a £5-ish million move to Liverpool over the close season – I’ll give you a moment to digest the enormous stupidity of that.


9. Danny Welbeck, Sunderland

One would assume that the Sunderland board have been in negotiations with their Manchester United counterparts for a good long while over trying to secure another loan deal for Welbeck in time for next season – and with good reason.

The 20-year-old forward has enjoyed a decent season, chock full of regular Premier League football, goals, assists and with a full England call-up thrown-in for good measure – feats he probably wouldn’t have achieved while enviously watching Chicharito hit the ground running from the bench at Old Trafford.

As with a certain Chelsea starlet further on up the list, surely another season-long loan deal would be the best course of action for Sunderland, Welbeck and his parent club.


8. Carlos Tevez, Man City

Despite his constant overtures to the contrary, Carlitos won’t be tearing up his mammoth City contract this summer. For starters the legal implications would be labyrinthine, but there’s always a nervy inkling that the Argentinian talisman could play the ‘personal reasons’ card and just pull the plug on his career at any time.

He shouldn’t. He’s doing rather well at Eastlands.


7. Alberto Aquilani, Liverpool

It looks like Aquilani will be swanning back to Juventus on a permanent deal once his loan expires in Turin, but the classy midfielder could slide ably back into in King Kenny’s newly energised side (a lot has happened since he’s been away) if he fancies giving life on Merseyside another crack – though the chances are admittedly slim.


6. Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal

‘Barcelona DNA‘ this, ‘returning to his roots’ that, yadda yadda yadda. He may well be the best central midfielder in the Premier League, but Captain Cesc still wouldn’t get in the team at the Camp Nou and he knows it.


5. Peter Odemwingie, West Brom

A surprise package of a striker with a decent strike rate is always going to attract interest from the clubs hovering above you in the table desperate for an additional goal-threat, and the fact that Odemwingie has impressed during his maiden Premier League outing is unlikely to have passed over the heads of clubs like Fulham, Everton, even Juventus.

However, I’m fairly certain that the Nigerian forward has found his level and a comfortable system in which to play at the Hawthorns, which is not to be sniffed at considering he’s not exactly a burgeoning starlet at the age of 29.

Who’s to say Roy Hodgson won’t have the Baggies competing up and around mid-table next season anyway?


4. Daniel Sturridge, Bolton

One of the shrewdest signings of the season, Sturridge’s loan move to the Reebok has seen him clamber off his high-horse and finally get a shot at some genuine first-team football – an opportunity the young striker has seized readily.

On his return to Chelsea, Sturridge will probably be left to stagnate in the reserves (save the odd League Cup appearance) somewhere underneath Salomon Kalou in the Stamford Bridge pecking order again next term – surely a renewed, season-long loan back to the Trotters would be mutually beneficial seeing as though it seems to suit every party involved down to the ground?


3. Ashley Young, Aston Villa

If the gossip columns had their way, Young would have joined Manchester United for £25 million several times over by now which, hypothetically speaking, represents a smart move on United’s part however I doubt whether there is anywhere in the world where the dainty winger would be allowed to flourish so prevalently than as part of the sparkling jewel in Villa’s pitted crown – their three-pronged attack anglais.


2. Adel Taarabt, QPR

The prissy Moroccan has made mincemeat of several Championship defences this season, partly because of his Youtube-friendly trickery and fine technique and partly because most Championship defences are pretty rickety and the standard of the league is worse than I can ever remember it being.

Given his goal-scoring exploits, his Championship Player of the Year award and the fact that he seems to think the entire cosmos and everything in it revolves around his fuzzy backside, you get the feeling that Taarabt may start believing his own hype and angle for a behemoth of a move befitting his intrinsic genius - but the truth is that he really isn’t all that great and would be wise to fully test the Premier League waters at a club where the fans are already on his side.


1. Didier Drogba, Chelsea

In my ‘umble opinion, Drogba is still a tyrannical forward on his day and will almost definitely still be cutting the mustard next season. It’s Nicolas Anelka that Chelsea really need to start phasing out of their frontline in order to give Fernando Torres the centre-stage he so clearly longs for.

I really wouldn’t be surprised if Nico decides to go and try his nonchalant luck in Italy or America this summer or perhaps, after six moody months spent playing second fiddle on the bench, the January thereafter.

He may well be tempted by a romantic return to Ligue 1 with Marseille but, even at 33, the Drog still has at least another season of top-level channel-running and scything half-volleys in him – he was always a late bloomer anyway.


08-05-2011, 08:42 AM
Senin, Dortmund Umumkan Sahin ke Madrid


DORTMUND, KOMPAS.com — Media-media Jerman memberitakan, Borussia Dortmund akan menggelar jumpa pers pada Senin (9/5/2011), untuk mengumumkan kepindahan Nuri Sahin ke Real Madrid pada musim depan.

Belakangan ini, Sahin memang selalu dikait-kaitkan dengan "El Real". Madrid dilaporkan terpukau dengan penampilan Sahin yang berhasil membawa Dortmund meraih trofi Bundesliga 1 pada musim ini.

Setali tiga uang, Sahin sangat berhasrat bergabung dengan Cristiano Ronaldo dan kawan-kawan. Hal itu ia tunjukkan ketika menolak perpanjangan kontrak, meskipun kontraknya baru akan berakhir pada Juni 2012. Tidak ingin rugi sepeser pun, Dortmund mau tak mau harus rela menjual gelandang asal Turki itu.

Dortmund diperkirakan membanderol Sahin enam sampai 10 juta euro dengan beberapa klausul tambahan. Sahin memiliki tipe permainan yang sama dengan Xabi Alonso. Oleh karena itu, Sahin rencananya akan dijadikan pelapis Xabi sebelum akhirnya bisa jadi pemain inti.

10-05-2011, 04:04 PM
Lopez agent admits Argentine striker could make Premier League move


Manchester United and Birmingham target Maxi Lopez could be heading to the Premier League this summer.

The former Barcelona striker, a Champions League winner in 2006, is currently on the books of Serie A side Catania but has been linked with a move away from the Sicily based club at the end of the season.

Lazio are one of the clubs rumoured to be after the 27-year-old's signature, while he was linked with both United and Birmingham last year and his agent Dario Bombini claims the player could make a move to England.

"His future? It is in Italy or the Premier League," Bombini told Italian website ItaSportPress. "In the coming days I will be in Catania for talks. We have to find a solution that satisfies my client and Catania."


10-05-2011, 06:03 PM
EPL Transfer Rumors: Top 5 Places Gareth Bale Could Land This Summer


The hottest name on the transfer market this summer will be Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur.

The 21-year-old Welshman has had a stellar season for the Spurs. His great play against Inter defender Maicon helped propel Tottenham to a first place finish in the group stage of the Champions League and an appearance in the UCL quarterfinals.

For his efforts this season, Bale was named PFA Player of the Year.

However, due to his success, there has been much chatter about where Bale will play in the 2011-2012 season.

Here are the top five places Gareth Bale could play next season.

5. Inter Milan
Ever since Bale tore apart star defender Maicon, Inter Milan has had interest in the young Welshman.

Reports came out earlier this year that Inter would pay £40m this summer for Bale, but both sides have denied this report.

Still, with the way Inter Milan struggled in the the Champions League, it shouldn't come as a surprise if they they make a run at Gareth Bale.

4. Chelsea
Chelsea has never been known to shy away from dishing out the big bucks and this offseason will be no exception.

The London club could revamp their entire team. It’s been speculated that not even some of the veteran Chelsea footballers like Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry are locks to return next season.

If Chelsea does overhaul their team, they’ll have some money to spend, and they would be sure to go after Tottenham’s young star.

3. Barcelona
After failing to land Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, it appears Barcelona has switched their attention to Gareth Bale.

Barcelona is more concerned about their left back role rather than their central midfield, and they believe Gareth Bale is a perfect fit.

Bale would be able to still frequently attack while playing a more defensive role, and Barcelona is enticed by the idea of having Bale out left and Dani Alves on the right.

The number that has been floating around is £40 million, the same as Inter Milan.

2. AC Milan
AC Milan’s quick exit from the Champions League at the hands of Gareth Bale and Tottenham isn’t sitting too well with owner Solvio Berlusconi.

The AC Milan boss has promised to spend some of the club’s money on some of the best players in the world in order to compete again in the UCL.

Just like cross town rival Inter, AC Milan is after Bale. Though Bale didn’t have quite the same performance against AC Milan as against Inter, their interest in him is strong nonetheless.

AC Milan looks to be one of the European clubs that makes the hardest push for Bale.

1. Tottenham Hotspur
At the end of the day, Gareth Bale is most likely to stay in North London and play for Tottenham Hotspur next season.

In March, Bale signed a four-and-a-half year deal to stay with the Spurs and manager Harry Redknapp has made it no secret he fully intends on keeping his young star for years to come.

Bale himself has vehemently denied rumors of him leaving Tottenham, but that has not deterred the top clubs in Europe from pursuing him.

However, it appears Gareth Bale will remain with Tottenham for the 2011-2012 season.


11-05-2011, 09:21 AM
Ibunda Kaka 'Bocorkan' Rencana Pindah ke London
Doni Wahyudi - detiksport

Madrid - Real Madrid hingga kini belum membuat kepastian soal masa depan Kaka. Namun karir sang gelandang berpeluang besar akan berlanjut di Chelsea setelah sang ibunda membocorkan rencana kepindahan ke Kota London.

Kabar Kaka bakal pergi dari Real Madrid sudah berhembus sejak awal musim ini. Kedatangan Mesut Oezil dan Jose Mourinho membuat posisi gelandang Brasil itu dalam ancaman.

Cedera yang terus membebat Kaka makin menguatkan indikasi ke arah itu. Meski hingga kini belum ada kabar dari pihak El Real atau ada penyataan resmi dari mantan pemain terbaik dunia itu, peluang Kaka hengkang dari Santiago Bernabeu makin besar setelah Nuri Sahin dikontrak Los Merengues dua hari lalu.

AC Milan awalnya dikabarkan tertarik merekrut kembali mantan bintangnya itu. Namun kini Chelsea yang dikabarkan berada pada pole position, setelah ibunda Kaka mengungkapkan rencana kepindahan ke London lewat akun Twitternya.

'Kami akan berada di London musim depan di mana kami menyebarkan kata-kata Tuhan. Kami akan berada di sana mulai Agustus - saya katakan pada Anda," demikian pernyataan ibunda Kaka, Simone Leite seperti diberitakan Soccernet.

Kaka membawa serta keluarganya saat dia dikontrak Milan delapan tahun lalu. Dia kemudian pindah ke Madrid di tahun 2009 dengan biaya transfer 59 juta euro.

( din / mfi )

Sumber : http://www.detiksport.com

11-05-2011, 12:11 PM
EPL Transfer Rumours: 10 Small-Club Players Who Will Be Big Time in 2011-12


With the 2010-11 season about to come to a close, the focus now shifts onto the transfer market. The summer transfer window represents one of the most frantic periods in football as each team looks to strengthen and solidify their position.

Each season there are always some big name signings, signings that attract huge media attention. But teams also sign players from some of the smaller clubs and we have seen these small clubs eventually lose out their star players when some of the big names comes calling.

With some teams bound to be relegated, these teams will struggle to hold onto their star players and they could be on the receiving end of massive exodus of their best players.

This transfer window is bound to feature much of the same as teams look to contest for these players from small clubs who are bound by limited exposure and financial constraints.

Moving to a big club rarely guarantees success for these players as many of them struggle to adapt to playing under more difficult conditions and the pressure of the top clubs. But they have performed well for their respective clubs and a move to a top club looks on the card for these players.

In this article I will be looking into certain players from small clubs who will be looking to move to bigger clubs.

Adel Taarabt

Queens Park Rangers are back in the Premier League after a 15 year hiatus and Moroccan, Adel Taarabt has been at the heart of things as he has proved to be instrumental in their run to the top flight.

After signing from Tottenham Hotspur in a permanent deal earlier in the season, he has set the Championship alight with some dazzling performance and has already found the net an impressive 19 times this season.

He is currently the leading scorers for Queens Park Rangers and has the maximum assists in the league with 16 of them. The Spurs reject has established himself as the Championship’s best player and he will be a great addition to the Premier League.

But next season he might not be playing for QPR with a number of giants interested in acquiring the midfield starlet. He was initially linked with Manchester United but the deal reportedly fell through due to his temperament issues.

But recent reports suggest that Liverpool are keen to acquire his services and even Jose Mourinho looks interested in bringing him to Madrid.

Spurs failed to take their chances with him and now they might end up regretting their decision especially if he ends up facing them next season.

Scott Parker

With West Ham’s departure into the realms of the Coca Cola Championship looking more and more likely with each passing game, Scott Parker's departure of the club is looking like a foregone conclusion.

If the entire West Ham team showed the kind of spirit and dedication that he showed then they would be staying in the Premier League extremely comfortably. But sadly that is not the case.

Scott Parker has been one of the league’s best players this season and this was shown by his winning of the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. He has been instrumental for West Ham as he has lead them admirably during these difficult times but at the end of the year it is difficult to envisage the player remaining with them.

He has been the midfield dynamo that has kept West Ham running as he produces a captain’s performance every match. He has scored seven goals this season, the highest he has ever managed in his professional career.

With teams like Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly interested, Scott Parker could well be heading elsewhere this summer. With Arsenal short on experience and with them lacking a real leader, there has been numerous calls for Arsene Wenger to sign Scott Parker but it is unsure if a move will materialize.

Tottenham reportedly made bids for the West Ham captain last summer but their offers were turned down and they look set to renew their interest in him.

Scott Parker has the dedication and commitment that would make him a welcome addition to any side and there are many top sides out there who would love to have him in their sides.

Matt Jarvis

While it would be a real shame if Wolverhampton Wanderers were to go down, it looks more and more likely with every passing day that they will be relegated into the Championships after they once again failed to pick up all three points against 10 man Birmingham City.

Matt Jarvis has been one of the league’s most consistent wingers and has established himself as a real force down the left flank. This season he has notched up four goals and seven assists. Jarvis has been one of the few bright spots for Wolves this season and he has been extremely influential for them with him putting in accurate crosses for the likes of Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher to attack.

Whenever a club gets relegated it is tough for them to hold onto their best assets and the same can be said about Wolves and Jarvis. Matt Jarvis has shown that he has the attributes of being top winger and this season he even earned his first England call-up.

With Liverpool’s much publicized wing problems looking for a solution this summer, Jarvis is a winger that has been heavily linked with Liverpool and if the Merseyside club does indeed come knocking, Wolves may struggle to keep him at the Molineux.

Charles N'Zogbia

Another player from a club heading towards relegation, Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia has been the best player from Wigan this season. N’Zogbia was presented with a chance to move away from Wigan during the summer of 2010, but the deals fell off; however, this time he looks like he may finally leave.

N’Zogbia has plenty of creativity and talent in him and it has become extremely evident as the season has progressed. He has scored six goals and has notched up seven assists for the Latics. This season he has put in several dazzling displays and despite his heroics, Wigan find themselves 18th. With a mere three games to go, it looks it will be a massive struggle to survive the drop this year. There have been several times when he has single-handedly won the games for Wigan.

Liverpool has been once again linked with him and a move to either the Merseyside giants or a move back to his home country of France is looking more and more guaranteed for Charles N’Zogbia. There are several other clubs vying for his signature including Tottenham Hotspurs. With Wigan already having rejected several bids it will be tough for them to stay hold onto him, as N’Zogbia reportedly wants his way out.

Charlie Adam

Blackpool’s Premiership dream has come to a screeching halt as they find themselves 17th and just hovering above the relegation window. While they might be still relegated, they fared much better than anyone ever imagined. At the start of the season many were quick to name them the next Derby County but Ian Hollaway and his spirited side have shocked and surprised many with Charlie Adam being their best player.

Adam has been massive for the Tangerines and his fantastic form even earned him a place in the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award. He has notched up eight goals and nine assists this season and has received plaudits from all sides this season including from Sir Alex Ferguson who went on to state that his corner kicks alone were worth 10 million and he may just have a case.

Ian Holloway and Charlie Adam are the two most prized assets of Blackpool right now and it looks like the latter will move away from Blackpool after leading them to the Premier League.

While Liverpool might have made a "disgraceful attempt" to sign him in the January transfer window their interest in the player still persists and they might go ahead with a better bid in the summer with a massive changes planned at Liverpool.

There have been other clubs reportedly interested in him and with his blistering form he may move to greener pastures even if Blackpool do stay up.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Many clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with Southampton’s highly talented youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Initial reports back in January suggested that Arsenal were the front runners for capturing the youngster. But it was reported that both Arsenal and Liverpool had a $5 million bid rejected by Southampton and now the race for the youngster will continue this summer.

The demand of Oxlade-Chamberlain has been heating up in recent weeks and it looks extremely likely that he will follow in the footsteps of previous graduates from Southampton’s academy, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, two wingers who have had great seasons this year.

He is one of the most heavily linked youngsters with several clubs desperately vying for his signature.

Arsenal are the team that has been most extensively linked with the youngster and he has all the making of another Wengeresque signings. A young, extremely talented player from a lower division with vast potential, he would be a perfect fit into the Arsenal set up.

Connor Wickham

Another youngster from a lower division, Connor Wickham has been widely touted as the next big thing in English football and he does look promising indeed. He has been heavily linked with several top clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham. Then there is of course, Liverpool and Manchester United who are looking to make a bid for the English forward.

His stats might not be the most impressive, having scored just eight goals this season but he has shown lots of promise and that could tempt some of the big clubs in signing this talented starlet from the Tractor Boys.

Wickham looks like he has an extremely promising future ahead of him and a move to one of the Premier League giants will do his career a world of good.

Raphael Varane

A towering centre back, Raphael Varane of Lens has shot to prominence this season with a number of teams, mainly Arsenal and Manchester United, vying for his signature with Sir Alex’s side reportedly in pole position right now. There were some rumors that a deal was done between Lens and Manchester United but those rumours have not been confirmed and there still remains a question mark about his transfer.

Having made 17 appearances for Lens in the French Ligue 2 this season, he has impressed scouts with some solid displays and is hot on the radar right now. He has made a meteoric rise through the ranks at Lens and has played for the French side at the U-18 and U-21 levels.

His coach at the youth level has showered praise on him for his talent naming a “truly first class player” and praised his understanding of the game. With him already showing plenty of promise, he looks headed to England.

Youssef El-Arabi

Youssef El-Arabi’s excellent form this season has caught the eye of several top clubs including Tottenham who are desperate to bolster their weak attack and have identified him as one of the options for next season.

He has improved tremendously this season and has emerged as the third highest scorer in the French Ligue 1 with 17 goals. He enjoys taking on defenders and can play anywhere along the front line and is equally adept in the wings predominantly the right.

His goal scoring exploits have caught the eye of other teams as well and he may be heading away from Caen as he continues to impress this season with some scintillating displays

Papiss Cissé

Playing for Bundesliga side SC Freiburg, Papiss Cisse has reportedly caught the eye of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. He is currently the second highest scorer in the German Bundesliga, having notched up 22 goals this season.

With Robin van Persie’s constant injury problems and with Marouane Chamakh’s and Nicklas Bendtner’s futures at doubt, Wenger may turn to the Senegalese striker as solution to his striking problems. He is also a prolific goalscorer for his country having notched up seven goals from just eight games.

While there are other clubs interested in signing the talented striker, none of them are of the stature of Arsenal and Wenger who can use the lure of Champions League football next season to draw the striker to the Emirates.


11-05-2011, 07:13 PM
Ibunda Kaka 'Bocorkan' Rencana Pindah ke London

Madrid, detiksport - Real Madrid hingga kini belum membuat kepastian soal masa depan Kaka. Namun karir sang gelandang berpeluang besar akan berlanjut di Chelsea setelah sang ibunda membocorkan rencana kepindahan ke Kota London.

Kabar Kaka bakal pergi dari Real Madrid sudah berhembus sejak awal musim ini. Kedatangan Mesut Oezil dan Jose Mourinho membuat posisi gelandang Brasil itu dalam ancaman.

Cedera yang terus membebat Kaka makin menguatkan indikasi ke arah itu. Meski hingga kini belum ada kabar dari pihak El Real atau ada penyataan resmi dari mantan pemain terbaik dunia itu, peluang Kaka hengkang dari Santiago Bernabeu makin besar setelah Nuri Sahin dikontrak Los Merengues dua hari lalu.

AC Milan awalnya dikabarkan tertarik merekrut kembali mantan bintangnya itu. Namun kini Chelsea yang dikabarkan berada pada pole position, setelah ibunda Kaka mengungkapkan rencana kepindahan ke London lewat akun Twitternya.

'Kami akan berada di London musim depan di mana kami menyebarkan kata-kata Tuhan. Kami akan berada di sana mulai Agustus - saya katakan pada Anda," demikian pernyataan ibunda Kaka, Simone Leite seperti diberitakan Soccernet.

Kaka membawa serta keluarganya saat dia dikontrak Milan delapan tahun lalu. Dia kemudian pindah ke Madrid di tahun 2009 dengan biaya transfer 59 juta euro.

13-05-2011, 02:28 PM
Bayern closer to Neuer deal

Bayern Munich have moved a step closer to signing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Schalke after holding "constructive" talks with their Bundesliga rivals earlier this week.


• Bayern make new Neuer bid

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and board member Karl Hopfner met with Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt and board member Peter Peters in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss a potential transfer.

While it had previously seemed that both clubs were miles away in terms of their respective valuations of the Germany number one, it now appears that bridges have been built during the meeting.

"It was a very constructive and fair talk," Rummenigge told Munich's Tz newspaper. "We now have a basis to work on.

"I have always said that it would not be easy to find a price that both sides can accept in the end, but after this meeting, I am cautiously optimistic that we have found a price. It is now up to our colleagues from Schalke to discuss it with their board."

The Royal Blues are reported to have demanded €25 million for Neuer's services, but Bayern's offer was reported to be merely half of that.

The Bild newspaper now claims that an offer of €18 million with a further €7 million dependent on success has been put to Schalke by Bayern.


18-05-2011, 03:13 PM
Spurs spy on Eden Hazard and Gervinho during French Cup final

Tottenham are hot on the trail of Lille strike duo Eden Hazard and Gervinho, as Harry Redknapp admits he’s looking to sharpen his attacking edge.


The Spurs manager has been left frustrated with his current strike force this season, and flew to France at the weekend to run the rule over the highly-rated pair during Lille’s cup final win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko have all failed to deliver on the goal front, producing just 16 Premier League strikes between them in 82 appearances this term, and Redknapp acknowledged that his failure to acquire a ‘big player’ in the January transfer window has cost his side.

‘We have a big squad but what we need is one or two players who will make the difference to us,’ said the Spurs boss.

‘Liverpool have done that with Luis Suarez, he is going to be a big player, and we need to find one or two to keep us pushing for the top four.

‘We have some players to shift now, we have players on loan who will be coming back and I'm looking for a good frontman if I can find one.

‘I went to the cup final in France on Saturday night and I'm going to go abroad two or three times this week and keep following up leads and see what we come up with.

‘It's very difficult finding better than what you've already got.’

Spurs will find it difficult to land Belgian forward Hazard, as he's recently made indications that he'd prefer a move to Serie A.

'I want to play in a great team one day and I know that in Italy there are big clubs - but for now I'm fine here,' said the 20-year-old.

'Serie A fascinates me and in the future I would like to play there - we'll see. The message of congratulations from Inter Milan president Masssimo Moratti made me very happy.'


Wira Atman
19-05-2011, 09:28 PM
pindah ke united aja klo udah nggak betah di galaxy:-c

Tottenham Serius Minati David Beckham
Tottenham ingin mengembalikan David Beckham ke kompetisi Liga Primer Inggris.

Tottenham dikabarkan serius memburu bintang klub LA Galaxy David Beckham. Tottenham berniat untuk mengembalikan Beckham ke kompetisi Liga Primer Inggris.

The London Evening Standard mengabarkan bahwa meskipun dana Tottenham akan terbatas pada bursa transfer musim panas nanti, skuad asuhan Harry Redknapp tersebut diperkirakan akan segera membicarakan masalah masa depan Beckham.

Tottenham sebelumnya pernah mencoba untuk merekrut mantan pemain tim nasional Inggris tersebut pada bulan Januari silam, tetapi mereka tidak dapat mencapai kesepakatan dengan LA Galaxy, meskipun Beckham diperbolehkan untuk berlatih di Spurs selama enam minggu.

Dengan masa kontrak yang akan berakhir pada bulan November mendatang, Beckham akan mulai mempertimbangkan opsi-opsi yang tersedia untuknya dan Redknapp yakin pemain berusia 36 tahun tersebut masih memiliki kualitas dan akan memberi pengaruh yang positif kepada pemain muda.


20-05-2011, 08:07 AM
Madrid Resmi Dapatkan Altintop
Altintop menjadi rekrutan kedua entrenador Jose Mourinho usai gagal menghadang laju Barca.

VIVAnews - Real Madrid akhirnya secara resmi mendapatkan Hamit Altintop. Gelandang timnas Turki ini didatangkan Los Blancos dari klub raksasa Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.

Pemain kelahiran Jerman ini akan menghuni Santiago Bernabeu selama empat tahun ke depan. Namun hingga saat ini tak dijelaskan berapa nilai kontrak pemain 28 tahun ini.

Altintop menjadi rekrutan kedua entrenador Jose Mourinho usai gagal menghadang laju Barcelona musim ini. Sebelumnya Madrid telah mendapatkan gelandang muda Turki, Nuri Sahin, dari klub juara Bundesliga, Borrusia Dortmund.

Keduanya akan melengkapi aroma eks-Bundesliga setelah musim lalu Jose Mourinho sukses mendatangkan dua punggawa timnas Jerman, Sami Khedira dan Mesut Oezil.

Altintop bergabung dengan Munich dari Schalke 04 pada 2007. Bersama FC Hollywood, Altintop sukses memenangkan satu gelar Bundesliga dan dua Piala Jerman. Altintop juga menjadi bagian penting Munich masuk final Champions League musim lalu. Sayang saat itu Munich kalah dari Inter Milan yang saat itu masih dibesut Mourinho.

Bersama timnas Turki, Altintop telah tampil di 64 laga termasuk ikut mengantarkan Turki mencapai babak semifinal di Euro 2008 lalu.

20-05-2011, 02:08 PM
Gareth Bale Transfer Rumours: 5 Clubs in the Running to Land the Spurs Winger


The end of the playing season and the start summer transfer season is almost upon us. Rumors will be swirling for transfers for a variety of players.

One such player is Gareth Bale. At only 21 years of age, he is one of the emerging stars in the Premier League. He has had a stellar tenure with Tottenham the past few seasons.

Each season he has improved. At such a young age and with a proven track record of improvement, it seems as though the sky is the limit for Bale.

Tottenham, along with the rest of Europe know of Bale's potential and value. They would surely like to retain him. Ideally for Spurs fans he will stay and help Tottenham reclaim a spot in the Champions League.

He is young and may not feel the same urge or desire as an older veteran to leave and play for a Champions League club or club poised to win their league title.

At the same time though, Tottenham's failure to qualify for the Champions League next season may be the reason that some of these rumors may actually come to pass. Clubs with more money and revenue may be able to make that offer that Bale and most players would be unable to refuse.

Tottenham seems to know that they will be getting enticing offers and have already indicated that Bale can test the waters and they are willing to entertain offers.

Here are five of the potential destinations for Bale should he leave White Hart Lane this summer.

Manchester City
The most recent rumors are linking Bale with Manchester City. Metro is reporting that City is a likely destination to nab the Spurs winger.

As everyone knows, City has an owner that not only has plenty of money, but he's also willing to spend it on acquiring players.

All of the money spent has finally paid off as City has reached the top four and claimed their spot in the Champions League next season.

With a spot in the top four and plenty of money to spare, look for City to make a very enticing bid to Tottenham to acquire Bale.

Real Madrid
The Bale to Madrid rumors have been circulating for a few months.

Despite improvements in the Champions League, Madrid still fell short of their lofty expectations of La Liga and Champions League titles each season.

Thus, despite finishing second in La Liga and making it to the semifinals in the Champions League, the season was a disappointment and the owners believe the team needs to rebuild.

As with all rebuilding processes at Madrid, this one will likely include a couple expensive player purchases. Bale is a young, high profile player.

The prototypical player to be courted by Real. If Real wants him enough, their ego won't let another club outbid them.

The question then is just how much Real wants him and if Bale is their main target this off season. If he is, then he will be the newest Galactico in Madrid.

AC Milan
The Bale to AC Milan rumors were strong a couple weeks ago with Milan's owner Silvio Berlusconi announcing that he wanted to make a big transfer move for Milan this summer.

The Guardian speculated that Berlusconi was inferring that he wanted Milan to acquire Bale, or that Bale would be one that would fit that description.

Milan is coming off a dominant season in the Serie A. Unfortunately, their Champions League campaign was short lives as they were eliminated in the Round of 16 by none other than Bale and the Spurs.

So while Milan has had an impressive season in Italy, most would probably agree that they need a few more pieces to be legitimate contenders in the Champions League.

One of those pieces would likely need to be a player like Bale that has the ability to drastically improve an entire team.

Milan has the money and their owner wants to make a splash this summer. They will likely put their hat in the ring for the Bale sweepstakes.

Even if they lose out, expect some sort of big news out of the San Siro this summer—hopefully it's related to football acquisitions and not more escapades by Berlusconi.

Either way, at least it's entertaining.

Chelsea was reportedly setting up an offer to Tottenham for both Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart. Those are rather lofty aspirations by Chelsea.

However, like Manchester City, Chelsea has a wealthy owner with a proven track record of willingness to pay incredible sums of money to acquire a player or players he wants (see: Torres, Fernando).

Frankly, I'm not sure if there could be anything better this summer than Manchester City and Chelsea having an all out bidding war for Bale.

The egos involved with both owners would drive the price incredibly high. No matter where Bale landed, Tottenham would likely be the winner. They could charge a premium for Bale and both clubs would pay it if it meant winning the Bale war.

Here's to some entertaining summer theatrics and drama between the two owners.

Manchester United
It would have been nice to put Arsenal in this spot as they are the club in the top four that could probably use him more than the other three.

Plus, Arshavin is probably leaving and they are likely going to lose Fabregas at some point to Barcelona, so they will need some help in the midfield and at striker.

But it's highly unlikely that Arsenal would be willing to pay the amount required to get Bale.

United has shown interest in Bale for quite some time. However, it may be a long shot for them to acquire him because of City's interest.

United definitely have the prestige and are the reigning league champions, but if it came down to a bidding war between the two clubs, City would likely win.

United definitely have the pieces and bargaining ability to make a legitimate run for Bale. With their recent success, the question is if they still think they need Bale; and if they do, if he is worth the cost.

With City and other potentially high bidders in the mix, I wouldn't be surprised if United focuses their attention elsewhere.

But again, this is Manchester United. I think history has proven that you can never count them out of any competition.


Wira Atman
21-05-2011, 04:59 PM

CR7 D tawarkan kembli karena ronaldo bentrok dengan the special one jose mourinho.
sumber goal.com

gmana menurut kawan semua? akankah opa berniat membelinya.?

21-05-2011, 11:22 PM

CR7 D tawarkan kembli karena ronaldo bentrok dengan the special one jose mourinho.
sumber goal.com

gmana menurut kawan semua? akankah opa berniat membelinya.?

Hoax kali bro..
Sangat kecil kemungkinan perez menawarkan CR7 kembali ke MU..

Red Stain
21-05-2011, 11:28 PM
Hoax kali bro..
Sangat kecil kemungkinan perez menawarkan CR7 kembali ke MU..

wah ga tau juga sih.. tp di forum manutd.com jg udah dibahas, malah ditawarin ke city sgala dengan harga 2X lipat segala?????????? :sikat: :sikat:

21-05-2011, 11:37 PM

CR7 D tawarkan kembli karena ronaldo bentrok dengan the special one jose mourinho.
sumber goal.com

gmana menurut kawan semua? akankah opa berniat membelinya.?

lah ga usah balik lagi,united bisa juara kok tanpa CR7
kecuali harganya murah boleh deh

21-05-2011, 11:59 PM
Berita di Goal .com terkadang beritanya berlebihan.. bahkan membual atau mengkhayal tingkat tinggi... wkwkwkwkk...

klo rencana ditawarkan ke City memang benar.. tapi hanya sebuha Gossip.. hehehe

25-05-2011, 11:21 AM
Boca Juniors claim: Good chance we'll sign Tevez


Carlos Tevez last night delighted Manchester City fans when he led the club’s FA Cup parade.

Blues supporters had feared Tevez might miss the civic *reception at Manchester Town Hall, open-top bus tour and celebrations at Eastlands to fly back to his family in Argentina.

But the City skipper insisted he would not have missed the event as tens of thousands of Blues’ fans turned out to celebrate winning their first trophy in 35 years.

Tevez said: “I always knew I was going to be here and would not have missed this. It is a great night for the fans, who have waited so long for this moment.”

Last night could still prove to be the last fans see of Tevez, despite Roberto Mancini’s insistence that he is going nowhere.

The striker would like to move to either Spain or Italy, where his family could relocate from Argentina to be with him, and Real Madrid are interested.

Former club Boca Juniors also claimed last night they want to bring him home to Argentina.

Tevez remains a legend at the club, having helped them win the Copa Libertadores and the *Intercontinental Cup during his three seasons there and vice-president Juan Carlos Crespi insists they can land him.

“I want Tevez to come and play in Boca once more,” he said. “There is a good chance that it could happen.”

Tevez’s sometime strike partner Mario *Balotelli caused yet more controversy by snubbing the parade.

Assistant boss Brian Kidd claimed Balotelli had been given *permission by Mancini to return to Italy on Sunday night for “family reasons”.

However, this was news to some City officials and chief executive Garry Cook had written to all the players, requesting their attendance.


27-05-2011, 12:36 PM
World Football Transfers: Top 10 Rumours of the Week


With the European football season approaching an end, many managers will look to recruit new players in the summer.

Who will sign Sergio Agüero? Is Didier Drogba leaving Chelsea? Is Diego Forlan linking up with Diego Maradona?

Let's review the top 10 transfers rumours of the past week.

Chelsea and Manchester City Chase Sergio Agüero

Diego Maradona’s son-in-law, Sergio Agüero, has informed Atlético Madrid of his intentions to leave the club after five seasons. So which clubs have their eyes set on the Argentine international?

According to Antony Kastrinakis at The Sun, Atlético Madrid have told Chelsea and Manchester City that Agüero will cost £40 million.

If a homesick Carlos Tévez returns to Buenos Aires, then Agüero becomes a viable replacement at Eastlands. If Tévez stays, then it is more likely that Agüero’s final destination will not be at Eastlands.

For Agüero to come to London, Chelsea has to sell Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka or Salomon Kalou, unless one of the aforementioned three is content with indefinitely warming the benches.

Though there’s also the possibility that Agüero will stay in Spain after Eurosport.com reported Atlético Madrid teammate Tomáš Ujfaluši stating Agüero was desperate to defect to cross town rivals Real Madrid.

Change, Change and More Change at Chelsea

Phil Cole/Getty Images After a trophyless season, Roman Abramovich has already said arrivederci to Carlo Ancelotti and is set to lead a revolution at Stamford Bridge.

According to Mark Fleming at The Independent, Chelsea will cut Henrique Hilario, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira and Yuri Zhirkov.

To fill up the vacancies, Chelsea will target Gregory van der Wiel, Kevin de Bruyne, Neymar and Romelu Lukaku.

It makes sense for Chelsea to cut underperforming players, yet Abramovich hasn’t shown a great deal of patience, and you can’t expect immediate success with youth players.

Then again, BBC's football pundit Alan Hansen infamously said on Match of the Day, “You’ll never win anything with kids” after Sir Alex Ferguson’s fledglings lost 3-1 to Aston Villa in 1995.

For the next five seasons, Manchester United won four English Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a UEFA Champions League title and an Intercontinental Cup.

Diego Forlan Headed to Dubai with Diego Maradona?

After his worst season for Atlético Madrid, 32-year-old Diego Forlan, recipient of the 2010 FIFA World Cup golden ball, looks set for an exit.

According to Ashley Hammond at Gulf News, Al Wasl have begun negotiations with Atlético Madrid for Forlan’s signature.

Al Wasl may have made headlines signing Diego Maradona as manager, but it is unlikely that Forlan will curtail his European career at just 32 years of age.

Is Arsène Wenger Willing to Sell Gaël Clichy at a Cut Price?

With Denílson and Nicklas Bendtner announcing their intentions to leave Arsenal, speedy left back Gaël Clichy is set to follow suit.

According to Wayne Veysey at Goal.com, Arsenal has set a £5.5 million transfer fee on Clichy, with Inter Milan and Bayern Munich showing interest.

Arsène Wenger holds a masters degree in economics and wouldn’t have set such a low transfer fee for one of the premier left backs in the world.

Cesc Fàbregas Back with Barcelona?

Cesc Fàbregas has gone trophyless with Arsenal for six seasons, and Barcelona’s elongated affair of tapping him up may result in him returning to Catalonia.

According to Steve Stammers at Mirror Football, Arsenal would be willing to sell Fàbregas for £50 million.

If Barcelona had the funding of Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, then it would become a question of when not if Arsenal would sell Fàbregas.

With Barcelona strapped for cash, coupled with the emergence of Thiago Alcântara, it becomes more economically feasible for Barcelona to wait until Fàbregas’ contract runs out in 2014.

Harry Redknapp Monitoring Didier Drogba's Job Security at Chelsea

With Roman Abramovich wielding his iron fist upon Chelsea, it seems a mass exodus in on the menu, and aging Ivorian forward Didier Drogba may not survive the cut.

According to Tony Banks and Mike McGrath at Express.co.uk, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is keen to bring Drogba to White Hart Lane.

Drogba only has one year left on his contract, so if he is to be sold, it would be this summer.

However, Tottenham doesn’t have UEFA Champions League football to entice Drogba.

Also what type of contract will Tottenham offer Drogba? Offering him a three-five year contract at £100 000-plus per week seems disproportionate to the playing ability of a 33-year-old forward who only scored 13 goals this season.

Yet if Tottenham offer him a one-two year contract with cut wages, then Drogba may pursue more financially lucrative options elsewhere.

Charles N’Zogbia Headed to a Club in the UEFA Champions League

Wigan Athletic may sell diminutive French winger Charles N’Zogbia after an impressive season.

According to Footylatest.com, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish may sign the £10 million valued Frenchmen.

If N’Zogbia is sold, it would increase Wigan’s chances of relegation.

If they do want to sell, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is likely to inflate N’Zogbia’s transfer fee to somewhere around Antonio Valencia’s estimated £15-20 million transfer fee to Manchester United.

Though Sky Sports reported Wigan manager Roberto Martínez are insisting N’Zogbia will only be sold to a UEFA Champions League side, and Liverpool do not have Champions League football next season.

Heurelho Gomes Set to Return to the Netherlands

Heurelho Gomes’ topsy turvy season may result in his exit from White Hart Lane

According to the Daily Mail, Gomes has informed Tottenham Hotspur of his desire to return to PSV Eindhoven.

Gomes’ Massimo Taibi like blunders are costing Tottenham, yet has Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp lined up a replacement?

Karim Benzema's Signing Could Mean Another Frenchmen at Arsenal

Karim Benzema’s 26 goals and nine assists in 48 games hides the fact he was being treated as second rate by manager José Mourinho. This may result in Arsène Wenger providing Benzema with an exit from the Bernabéu.

According to Sportal.co.nz, Wenger is looking to sign Benzema, having signalled his intent to spend money this summer.

Even though Benzema at times has warmed the benches, he still has scored an impressive 26 goals. Also his agent Karim Djaziri told Metro.co.uk, “Karim is not going to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal or anywhere else”.

£150 Million for Cristiano Ronaldo

After a historic 53 goals and 15 assists in 54 games, Cristiano Ronaldo looks set for an exit from the Bernabéu.

According to Matt Lawton from the Daily Mail, Ronaldo has fallen out with manager José Mourinho, and owner Florentino Pérez would be willing to sell Ronaldo for £150 million.

This rumour doesn’t even have an ounce of logic attached to it.

Pérez is a man so obsessed with the marketing element of football that it makes no sense for him to sell his most marketable product, who also happens to be the second best footballer in the world by a country mile.

Also ESPNStar.com reported Mourinho saying he would leave if Ronaldo was sold.

So in effect, Pérez would sell Ronaldo which would then lead to Mourinho leaving—not to point out the obvious, but it won’t happen.


27-05-2011, 12:51 PM
Arsenal & Tottenham have both made offers for £26m Porto striker Radamel Falcao - agent

The player’s representative has confirmed that the north London clubs have made bids for the Colombia international, who scored a record 17 Europa League goals this season


Arsenal and Tottenham have tabled offers for Porto's £26m-rated forward Radamel Falcao, his agent has claimed.

The Colombian striker has enjoyed his most prolific season in European football, helping the club to the treble, and his agent has confirmed that the 25-year-old's performances have attracted attention from the two north London clubs.

Claudio Mossio of Sivori and Asociados, the company that represents the striker, told Goal.com: "Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the two clubs that are keen to sign him, and have already tabled an offer for Falcao."

The striker, who has a buy-out clause of €30m (£26m), has also courted attention from clubs from Serie A, but due to a lack of EU passport, a move to Italy is unlikely to materialise at this stage.

Mossio continued: "He is 25-years-old, but he still has plenty of room for improvement. The problem with a transfer to Italy is that he does not have a EU passport. He has a contract for two more years with Porto and has a buy-out clause of €30m.

"The club that matches that clause has a good chance of signing him. Porto want to open contract talks and offer him a new and improved deal to insert a higher minimum fee release clause."

Mossio added that the chances of a move to Italy would increase if the Italian Football Federation were to allow its clubs to sign an extra player from outside the EU, but conceded that a move to Spain or England is more likely.

He said: "The chances of a move to Italy increase if that would happen. However, the Spanish and English clubs are sitting in pole position. Inter already have [Giampaolo] Pazzini as striker, while Juventus have [Alessandro] Matri. He would be a good addition to Roma."

Falcao struck a record 17 goals in the Europa League in 2010-11 as Porto enjoyed a memorable campaign under the tutelage of coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Since joining the club from River Plate in the summer of 2009, the striker has won the Portuguese league title, two Portuguese cups, two Supercups and the Europa League.

Speaking exclusively to Goal.com last year, Falcao's father, Radamel Garcia, confirmed that his son is interested in playing in England and has already started to learn the language.

“All his life he has wanted to play in English football," he said.

“A footballer always wants to go to the best team. It depends on the possibilities. He will listen to the best offer and see what suits him best.

"He also finds the Italian and Spanish leagues attractive. It depends on the club. But he hopes it’s in English football."

He added: "He speaks some English. He’s been learning it for five or six years.

"In Portugal he has English classes every afternoon. He’s preparing for the possibility of going to England.

“He watches English football on TV a lot. He watches all the matches. He likes Wayne Rooney a lot and liked Thierry Henry when he was there."


Wira Atman
31-05-2011, 06:02 AM
Juventus Bidik Duo Manchester United
Bianconeri harus mengeluar uang £13 juta untuk mendapatkan Valencia.

Manajemen Juventus menjadikan pertandingan testimonial Gary Neville di Old Trafford sebagai ajang melakukan pendekatan kepada Setan Merah untuk mendapatkan Antonio Valencia dan Rafael.

Dilansir The People yang dikutip Football Italia, manajemen Bianconeri telah mengajukan penawaran secara resmi kepada United usai kemenangan 2-1 pada awal pekan lalu.

Direktur Juventus Beppe Marotta dikabarkan mengajukan permintaan agar United melepas Valencia dan Rafael, untuk memperkuat skuad baru di bawah asuhan Antonio Conte.

Rafael kemungkinan akan datang ke Turin dengan status pemain pinjaman. Sedangkan untuk mendapatkan Valencia, Juventus harus mengeluarkan uang £13 juta.

Namun, Juventus diperkirakan bakal mengalami kesulitan untuk mendapatkan kedua pemain itu, mengingat mereka tidak lolos ke kompetisi Eropa.


Wira Atman
01-06-2011, 05:54 AM
ya klo mau minggat silahkan :D

West Bromwich Albion Incar Tomasz Kuszczak
West Bromwich Albion jadikan Tomasz Kuszczak sebagai alternatif Brad Friedel.

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Kiper Manchester United Tomasz Kuszczak dikabarkan akan kembali memperkuat West Bromwich Albion musim depan.

Pelatih West Bromwich Albion, Roy Hodgson, memang sedang memburu seorang kiper di bursa transfer musim panas ini dan dirinya dikabarkan telah bernegoisasi untuk mendatangkan kiper veteran Aston Villa, Brad Friedel.

The Daily Star mengabarkan bahwa apabila Friedel menolak dan memilih bergabung dengan Tottenham maka West Brom hampir dipastikan akan segera mengajukan penawaran kepada Manchester United untuk memboyong Kuszczak.

Pemain asal Polandia yang kini berusia 29 tahun tersebut memang sudah ingin meninggalkan Old Trafford setelah gagal menjadi kiper utama Manchester United.

01-06-2011, 10:24 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Friedel to replace Gomes in Spurs side


Veteran keeper Brad Friedel will sign for Tottenham - and go straight into Harry Redknapp's side at the grand old age of 40.

The American star is going to take up a dream two-year contract at White Hart Lane, despite the chance of a similar deal with Liverpool, because it gives him a greater opportunity to play.

Spurs will have a vacancy for Friedel, who was offered a one-year extension by Aston Villa and turned down an approach from West Brom, because Redknapp wants to offload error-ridden Heurelho Gomes.

Friedel has been stunned by the amount of interest in him and took his time to go through the options. Tottenham are getting his vote because of the whole package on offer, as well as the opportunity to stay at the top.

Kenny Dalglish wanted to take Friedel back to Anfield, where he was a player from 1997-2000, but it would have meant only a handful of games and the eventual chance to do some coaching.

Friedel, who turned 40 on the last day of the Premier League season, has stayed fit and thinks he can carry on at the best level possible - even if it means moving from the midlands to London.

With almost 450 games at the top in England under his belt, Friedel could reach 500 appearances if he avoids injury over the next two seasons.

Redknapp has gone for Friedel because he wants a steady hand after Gomes' displays.

He already has Carlo Cudicini as cover and will use the cash raised by selling the Brazilian on other areas of the side.


01-06-2011, 12:11 PM
Tottenham chasing £8.5m Badelj as replacement for Man United target Modric


Tottenham are back on the trail of Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Milan Badelj, 22, as a long-term replacement for Manchester United and Chelsea target Luka Modric.

Dinamo are demanding £8.5m. Badelj, 22, has already filled Modric's boots in Zagreb.

Spurs may have to make a decision quickly as Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow are ready to open the bidding. There is also interest from Italy, while Manchester United and Zenit St Petersburg have previously tracked him.


Wira Atman
02-06-2011, 04:55 AM
Bayern Muenchen Umumkan Perekrutan Manuel Neuer & Rafinha
Kiper Manuel Neuer siap menghadapi tantangan baru bersama Bayern Muenchen.

Teka-teki masa depan kiper Manuel Neuer berakhir sudah. Dia dipastikan hengkang dari Schalke dan bergabung dengan Bayern Muenchen. Kepindahan Neuer ke Bayern disampaikan melalui laman resmi klub. Kiper nomor satu tim nasional Jerman ini akan menandatangani kontrak lima tahun.

Selain itu, Bayern juga menyampaikan resmi merekrut bek Rafinha dari Genoa. Pemain asal Brasil ini diikat kontrak selama tiga tahun. Dengan demikian, kontrak Rafinha berakhir pada 2014.

"FC Bayern Muenchen dan FC Schalke 04 telah mencapai kesepakatan transfer Manuel Neuer. Dan, Neuer akan bergabung dengan pemegang rekor juara Jerman ini mulai 1 Juli 2011." Demikian penjelasan resmi dari laman Bayern.

Neuer menyambut gembira karena transfernya ke Bayern terselesaikan. Pasalnya, proses kepindahan Neuer sempat tersendat. Bahkan Schalke sempat berubah pikiran dan menyatakan ingin memperpanjang kontrak Neuer.

Melalui negosiasi yang cukup berat, Bayern akhirnya mendapatkan berhasil mendapatkan kiper berusia 25 ini yang diperkirakan berharga €18 juta ditambah bonus.

Musim lalu, Bayern masih mengandalkan kiper veteran Hans-Jorg Butt dan Toni Kraft yang bergantikan berdiri di bawah mistar. Hanya performa keduanya tak memenuhi harapan sehingga Bayern hanya mampu menduduki peringkat tiga klasemen Bundesliga Jerman.

Perekrutan Neuer diharapkan bisa membenahi kekuatan Bayern. Karena itu, Neuer akan menjadi kiper utama Bayern. Dirinya juga sudah siap menjalani karir barunya di Bayern.

"Saya sudah tidak sabar menghadapi tantangan di Bayern. Banyak kolega di timnas yang kini menjadi rekan di klub. Karena itu, saya merasa asing dan bakal cepat beradaptasi," ungkap Neuer.

Sektor pertahanan bakal lebih solid dengan kedatangan Rafinha. Dirinya juga tak asing dengan Bundesliga karena pernah bermain bersama Neuer di Schalke.


Wira Atman
02-06-2011, 05:05 AM
Tottenham Jual Gareth Bale Dan Luka Modric
Luka Modric dan Gareth Bale telah diberi tahu manajemen Tottenham Hotspurs akan menjualnya.

Tottenham Hotspurs memutuskan menjual Luka Modric ke penawar tertinggi, dan melepas Gareth Bale dengan harga tidak kurang dari £50 juta.

Sejumlah sumber di White Hart Lane, seperti dilaporkan The Mirror, mengatakan manajemen Spurs akan coba melepas Modric dengan harga £20 juta sampai £25 juta. Chelsea dan Manchester United dipastikan akan bersaing mendapatkannya.

Spurs merasa perlu membandrol Bale dengan harga tinggi, akibat banyak klub papan atas yang menginginkan. Juventus dan Inter Milan telah mendekati Spurs. Manchester City bukan tidak mungkin terlibat dalam persaingan mendapatkannya.

Harry Redknapp, pelatih Tottenham, akan menggunakan uang hasil penjualan Bale untuk mendatangkan Leandro Damiao dari Internacional.

Sumber lain mengungkapkan manajemen Spurs telah menemui Modric dan Bale, dan membicarakan penjualannya. Kepada The Mirror, Modric dan Bale juga tidak bisa memastikan dirinya masih akan berada di White Hart Lane pada musim depan.

"Saya senang berada di sini, karena saya yakin Tottenham akan bisa kembali ke Liga Champions," ujar Modric.

"Namun, siapa yang bisa menerka nasib seseorang," lanjutnya.

Bale tidak ingin berkomentar, karena sebelumnya ia begitu bersemangat mengimbau Harry Redknapp agar bertahan di White Hart Lane. Redknapp adalah salah satu kandidat pelatih Chelsea.

Jika Redknapp berangkat ke Stamford Bridge, Bale kemungkinan akan dibawa.


02-06-2011, 10:28 AM
10 Transfers That ARE Going To Happen This Summer

The he Champions League final closed the curtain on what has been an eventful season of football right across Europe. Once again, it was the dazzling dynamos from Barcelona that set the pace, capping it with the win at Wembley. The side has grown over many years into something beautiful. That wasn't a football game – that was a work of art. Man Utd were left straggling, and ultimately, the only side that could beat Barcelona - couldn't.

So as the players jet off for a week or two, where will they be next season? “Silly Season”, as it is known, has begun, and come midnight on September 1st, it could all be very different. So here's a list of ten transfers that are looking on the cards in the Premier League.

David De Gea – Atlético Madrid to Manchester United

This has been an open secret in footballing circles for a while now. Edwin van der Sar waved bye-bye to the United faithful after seven successful years. United weren't expected to move so quickly on the issue, much like they did when Schmeichel left. Maarten Stekelenburg was the favourite, but it is instead Spain's hottest young keeper that is expected to warm the gloves next season. Quick on his feet and dynamic in the net, at just 21, he is already looking to go with Spain to Euro 2012. United have pulled off a coup here, many say. De Gea refuses to confirm anything, but who would turn down Manchester United?

Luka Modric – Tottenham Hotspur to Chelsea

In answer to my previous question – this is who. Luka Modric has had a happy time at Spurs, proving to be talismanic in their ascension to the dizzy heights of Europe's top. However, players yearn glory, not the possibility of it. Spurs grabbed van der Vaart, and are even linked with Aguero. But after all these years, surely the time is right to leave? United need a midfielder with Scholes on his way out, as do Chelsea. A tidy sum of £25m should see the Croatian depart White Hart Lane, and finally prove to the rest of Europe why he's regarded so highly. Reluctant to leave London, and aware of competition at Old Trafford, the blue side of London beckons.

Christopher Samba – Blackburn Rovers to Arsenal

Samba kept Blackburn up at the tailend of the season. His strength at the heart of the defence was incredible, as he was unafraid of any tackle, block or header (of which he bagged a few goals through). The 6 ft 4 giant did sign a contract extension in February, but with Blackburn in array, the chances of him moving to Arsenal have once again escalated. A more experienced and somewhat cheaper option than Mamadou Sakho, Samba would slot well into an Arsenal side which five years ago was “going to win everything in five years”. Replace the word everything with 'nothing'. Squillaci and Koscielny proved against Birmingham why a new face is needed, and if anyone has to go, it will have to be the former Sevilla man Squillaci.

Gael Clichy – Arsenal to Inter Milan

Another pretty obvious departure from the Premier League, but very hard to predict where he's going to end up. Real Madrid are also rumoured to be interested in him, but with Marcelo and Drenthe powering the left flank, it seems that Milan is calling for the left back. A quiet season, and the emergence of Kieran Gibbs, have combined to leave Wenger scratching his head – but not as much as the player in question. He was dubbed the 'next Ashley Cole', yet hasn't delivered, and is another underperformer in the past five years for Arsenal. Hopefully Inter, desperately in need of another wing back to compliment Davide Santon's obvious class, will provide Gael some solace.

Charlie Adam – Blackpool to Liverpool

Ah, now, how long did you think I could keep this one under wraps? This player is probably the sole reason Blackpool excelled this season (that, and Ian Holloway's accent). His ability to orchestrate the game from the heart of midfield was incredible, even putting the Big Six to the sword at times. A special player can ping a ball 30-40 yards, and therefore, Charlie Adam is a special player. Had Blackpool stayed up, who knows? He may well have lead the charge a little longer. Instead, he has the pick of the top four clubs. Man Utd are thought to stand a chance, but, it's about competition. Kenny Dalglish is clearing out the cobwebs at Liverpool, and even with Lucas, Raul Meireles and Stevie G to choose from, he'd love this Scottish Starlet to play a part.

Sebastian Larsson – Free Agent to Newcastle United

Birmingham, of all the sides to get relegated, are in the worst position. As great as the Channel 5 Cup is to the players, the Premier League is far more tempting to the squad, and therefore, Seb Larsson is just one of a handful of players who have rejected a new deal, and left the club. He is a popular player amongst the mid-table sides, and can be sure of Premier League football for 2011/12. Newcastle are a team in desperate need of versatility, so the Swede can give them a depth which they've been missing. Although a striker is needed, Sebastian will certainly want to be the man to restore Newcastle's credibility as a top-flight team.

Leighton Baines – Everton to Manchester City

If Arsenal was a little boy, they'd be screaming “you stole my player!”, before bursting into tears. They are hinging their hopes of a new left back on Baines, but City seem to be leading the chase, due to their 'slight' monetary advantage. Baines is a player who Everton will try so very hard to hold on to, but every man has their price. £15m should be enough, but if Everton want twenty, City will oblige as they try to create the dream team their Sheik so desires. Pivotal from a dead ball, Baines will not have to move too far if at all to park his Bentley at Eastlands. A dead cert this one.

Scott Parker – West Ham United to Arsenal

It's been a funny season where many relegated clubs have players moving to top four sides. Scott Parker was the reason West Ham did so well – no joke, they'd have been relegated by Christmas without him. The Football Writers' Player of the Year is a real rock in midfield, pulling the strings, and plays the box-to-box role so very well. West Ham can be sure of a good amount for him, believed to be somewhere in the region of £12m, but losing their captain could have a domino effect on a club who, with the Olympic Stadium waiting, need to return to the Premier League soon. Arsenal need a player to allow Fabregas and Eboue more freedom going forward without worrying about defensive duties. Scott Parker fits the bill, and expect to see him in an Arsenal shirt soon.

Ben Foster – Birmingham City to Tottenham Hotspur

Relegated club yet again! Oh Benny boy... so much for “I'm the man to replace VDS.” Well, you moved a season too early. About the only English keeper without a major error to his name, Foster is another victim of the Birmingham Curse of False Hope. 9th place, League Cup, and Europa League have amounted to EPL relegation. Another man who can punch well above his weight, Foster knows that a return to Old Trafford is highly unlikely. However, Spurs know they need a new keeper. Gomes is always late to training, as he can't even catch a bus. PSV will take advantage of his demise at Spurs, notably the goal-that-wasn't against Chelsea (but he shouldn't even had dropped it!), and Ben Foster will be his direct replacement. A safe pair of hands, and more wheeling and dealing from Mr Redknapp. Not even Chelsea could tempt him away at this moment in time...

Neymar – Santos to Chelsea

To finish, this is quite a fifty-fifty one. This kid has been given every nickname invented in the history of Brazilian football, but jokes aside, he is pure quality. Quicker than most over 20 yards, Neymar is hot property. Santos though are looking to hold him for ransom. Stuck thousands of miles away in Brazil, and perfectly happy also, Neymar knows it will be a massive bid that lures him away. Real Madrid are the leading Spanish favourites, as Benzema is shown the door, and something special is needed to end Barcelona's dominance. Chelsea, though, seem more realistic. There would be far less pressure in London, and Abramovich has the financial benefits that Santos simply don't. At only 19, it would be a massive gamble on all parts. However, Chelsea know that a dominant Manchester United and resurgent Liverpool means they MUST sign players to keep up. Torres and Neymar up front... is that the answer to the Champions League riddle?

And to finish, 10 Transfers that Won't Happen

Aguero to Man City – Dzeko, Tevez and Balotelli provide too much competition.

Ashley Young to Man Utd – he'll go to Liverpool if anywhere.

Gareth Bale to Anywhere – a few more years at Spurs until he gets frustrated.

Brad Friedel to Spurs – many keepers better and younger than him

Ronaldo to Man City – still too much love for Man Utd to ever commit such a crime.

Fabregas to Barcelona – that ship has sailed sadly for Cesc, and a pricey ticket at that.

Berbatov to Newcastle – wouldn't be surprising for him to move, but abroad if anywhere.

Shevchenko to Stoke – neither party would be interested.

Lukaku to the Premier League – as good as he is, I'm afraid Real have got this one sewn up.

Jose Mourinho to Chelsea – although he's not a player, it still won't happen.


Wira Atman
02-06-2011, 10:41 AM
10 Transfers That ARE Going To Happen This Summer


wah yng ke united cuman 1, masa seh transfernya cman de gea doang :hammer:

05-06-2011, 06:15 PM
AC Milan Plan Chelsea And Manchester City Double Swoop


Ac Milan are attempting to pull off an amazing double swoop on the Premier League by signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City outcast Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Serie A champions are looking for a big name striker and believe they can get hold of pair in cut-price deals.

Drogba is sweating on his place in the Chelsea starting XI next season following the £50million acquisition of Fernando Torres.

The 33-year-old only has 12 months left on his contract and does not fit into the new Blues philosophy of young hungry players.

Milan may also make a move for City’s unwanted hit-man Adebayor. The Togo international spent the last half of the season at Real Madrid on-loan.

It is unlikely Los Blancos will pay the agreed £15million for the 27-year-old and will try and sign Adebayor for £8million.

This will tempt Milan into the market for him who are looking to stage a massive attack on next year’s Champions League to follow up their Scudetto success this campaign.


05-06-2011, 07:57 PM
Romelu Lukaku Pushes For Big-Money Move To England ‘By Next Monday’ – Before His College Exams


you happen to peruse the gossip columns or play Football Manager from time to time, you’re bound to be aware of young Romelu Lukaku – the depressingly prodigious, ridiculously prolific Anderlecht striker who seems to have been prone for a big-money move to one of Europe’s elite for years, despite only being 18 years of age at present.

£20-million-rated Lukaku has been routinely linked with Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, AC Milan and Real Madrid (amongst others) over the last few months, but the poor wee mite wants his immediate future sorted out before this coming Monday as – if you’re still holding out for that talent scout to turn up to your drizzly 5-a-side games on a Tuesday night in the arse-end of nowhere, aged 26, then this will drive a dagger right through your heart – he has school exams to revise for:

“I would like my future settled by next Monday as my college exams start the next day and I don’t want any other concerns.

“I’ll be going to be one of the top two or three clubs in England – or else I’ll stay at Anderlecht. I want to leave, because I want to score goals in a stadium where there are 50,000 people, and play in the Champions League.”

So that’s Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal at a push (nudge, nudge) – though the Gunners somehow finished fourth in a two-horse race and Stamford Bridge only holds 42,000.

United have already confirmed that Michael Owen is prepped and ready for one more season on the bench at Old Trafford next term so…by process of Poirot-like elimination, all signs point to City landing themselves another new striker by next week.

Unless he stays in Belgium, of course.


Wira Atman
05-06-2011, 10:29 PM
Demi Giuseppe Rossi, Inter Milan Jual Wesley Sneijder?
Dana hasil penjualan Sneijder bakal digunakan La Beneamata untuk memboyong Beppe Rossi.

Media-media di Italia mulai ramai dengan spekulasi terbaru menyangkut kemungkinan transfer Wesley Sneijder.

Setelah dua klub kota Manchester, United dan City, dikabarkan berlomba menyiapkan tawaran gede untuk merekrut gelandang kreatif Inter Milan itu, La Gazzetta dello Sport menyebut satu lagi klub Inggris peminat Sneijder, yaitu Chelsea.

Pemain 26 itu diinginkan oleh kandidat kuat bos The Blues, Guus Hiddink, dan bisa tersedia dengan dana sekurangnya £21 juta.

La Gazzetta juga menambahkan bahwa Inter berniat menggunakan dana hasil penjualan Sneijder untuk mewujudkan target transfer mereka sendiri.

Si Biru-Hitam sekarang membidik Giuseppe Rossi. Striker Villarreal itu mendadak muncul sebagai prioritas sasaran Inter menyingkirkan Alexis Sanchez (Udinese) berkat performa bagusnya waktu membantu timnas Italia melibas Estonia Jumat kemarin.


Wira Atman
05-06-2011, 10:45 PM
:-w tergantung pemainnya I-)

Arsenal Lebih Suka Jual Nasri ke Real Madrid
Wenger tak ingin Nasri hijrah dengan status bebas transfer musim depan.

VIVAnews - Manajer Arsenal, Arsene Wenger tampaknya sudah kehabisan akal untuk membujuk bintangnya, Samir Nasri. Wenger pun menyiapkan rencana untuk menjual Nasri.

Menurut The Sunday Mirror, negosiasi antara Arsenal dan Nasri masih mengalami deadlock. Padahal, pemain asal Prancis ini hanya menyisakan kontrak setahun di Emirates Stadium.

Kubu Arsenal tentu takkan membiarkan hal ini berlarut-larut. Karena, Nasri bisa hijrah dengan status bebas transfer pada musim depan.

The Gunners berkaca kepada pengalaman pahit tiga tahun lalu. Saat itu, Arsenal harus kehilangan gelandang tangguh Mathieu Flamini tanpa mendapatkan apa pun saat hijrah ke AC Milan.

Nasri sedang diincar Real Madrid dan Manchester City. Tentu, banderol Nasri sekitar £10 juta tak berarti apa-apa bagi dua klub raksasa Spanyol dan Inggris itu.

Tapi, tampaknya Arsenal lebih suka menjual Nasri ke Madrid. Karena ManCity akan menjadi rival berat langsung The Gunners di Liga Inggris.

Jual Arshavin
Langkah nyaris serupa tampaknya akan dilakukan Wenger kepada Andrei Arshavin. Striker Rusia yang bergabung dengan nilai transfer £15 juta dari Zenit St Petersburg, 2 tahun lalu, ini memang nyaris selalu tampil bagi Arsenal, musim lalu.

Tapi, penampilan Arshavin belakangan menurun. Bahkan, ia dianggap punya kelakuan aneh di dalam dan luar lapangan. Atas dasar inkonsistensi penampilan Arshavin inilah fans The Gunners menyarankan agar menjualnya.


07-06-2011, 02:47 PM
EPL Transfer Rumours: Birmingham, West Ham and Blackpool Stars Post Relegation


With the close of the Premier League season, some stars are feeling better than others.

Birmingham City, West Ham United and Blackpool were the unfortunate teams to be relegated this year, but all is not lost for some of their players.

Many of these teams' players have salaries that are simply too large to keep while they are in Championship League, and they will most likely be sold to the best bidder.

Here are some footballers you can expect to be exiting their teams and heading to greener pastures

Cameron Jerome: Birmingham Striker

Cameron Jerome has been a decent striker for Birmingham in the past. This season he was only able to achieve three goals, and he didn't score a single goal after November.

He came off a decent season in 2009-10 in which he scored 11 goals in 32 caps.

Despite his poor performance this season, he still has high value and is definitely a player who puts a lot of effort on the field.

Much of his performance can be attributed to poor play from his midfield, and there are a few teams that will be interested in his high work ethic on the pitch.

Stoke City, who expressed interest earlier this year in Jerome, still appear to be interested in Jerome after Birmingham's relegation.

David Vaughan: Blackpool Midfielder

David Vaughan, the 28-year-old Welsh midfielder, is looking to decide where he wants to go this coming season.

Even though Blackpool has been relegated, Vaughan had one of his best seasons of his career and was awarded with his club's player of the year award.

While he hasn't had any concrete offers, there has been interest from a couple clubs.

Sunderland has expressed interest in signing him which would give him a return to the Premier League.

Another very large club that has expressed interest in him is the Rangers, and Vaughan has echoed that sentiment.

"It would definitely interest me," Vaughan stated. "Rangers are a massive club and play in the Champions League, so it's an attraction. I'll weigh up all my options"

Robert Green: West Ham Goalkeeper

Despite a weak showing in the 2010 World Cup, Robert Green is back onto the English National team, and he is still regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in England.

After rumors that West Ham's club is about to have a sale of all their stars, Robert Green is most likely to join Scott Parker in leaving the relegated club.

Aston Villa has expressed an interest in picking up Green. With their current goalkeeper Brian Friedel sitting on 39 years of age, it seems a likely fit to bring in Green to replace him soon.

Carlton Cole: West Ham Striker

Another player involved in West Ham's dismantling will be striker Carlton Cole.

Hitting 10 goals in the previous two seasons, Cole was only able to net five goals in the 2010-11 season.

The English international striker, standing at 6'3", still is ready to bring his talent to another Premier team.

His abilities have garnered the attention of Stoke City.

Look for Stoke to make a move on either Cole or Jerome in the summer break.

Charlie Adam: Blackpool Midfielder

Scottish international Charlie Adam is another player likely to be moved from Blackpool's player pool this season, after tallying 12 goals and eight assists with Blackpool.

Adam has been noted as having one of the better crosses in the league and has the ability to create a lot of opportunities for teammates.

With Wesley Sneijder planning to stay with Inter Milan, Adam has attracted the attention of Manchester United. Other clubs like Liverpool had expressed interest in Adam earlier this year but Blackpool's asking price was too much.

With Blackpool being relegated, however, the offers coming in for Adam might be too much for them to resist.

Scott Parker: West Ham Midfielder

Scott Parker, the three-time West Ham player of the year, is one of the top prospects of the relegated clubs.

The midfielder has been the leader of West Ham's squad for the past three seasons, and he has had a handful of caps with the English National team.

Parker was also awarded with the EPL Player of the Month in February of this year.

He has attracted a lot of attention from a few big name clubs.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has expressed a lot of interest in Parker. However, the Spurs manager has said he will have some competition for Parker from some other large clubs.

“Which clubs? Arsenal, Liverpool. I think they’re big clubs in for him," Redknapp said. "That’s the rumours anyway, that’s what I hear, so it will be hard.”

Parker will definitely be a part of a major club come next season.


08-06-2011, 12:25 PM
EPL: Top 10 Relegated Players Set to Stay in the League with Other Clubs


The fat lady has sung. The fickle beast known as the 2010-11 EPL season is dead in its grave.

The earth still fresh around the season’s rotting corpse, the vultures circle, looking for the best carrion to nurture their fetid…

West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham couldn’t hoof it. In the case of the latter two, they tried their best, and their best wasn’t good enough. In the case of West Ham…who knows.

These relegated sides didn’t have the minerals to stay up, but each had a few players with the skill, salt and passion to hack it in the top flight another season. Here are the top 10 players likely to stay up from this season’s relegated triumvirate.

Ben Foster

Club: Birmingham

Position: Keeper

The Skinny: Ben Foster guarded his cave like a rabid beast during the 2010-11 season.

His passionate, somewhat enervated play helped Birmingham maintain a respectable home record and nine clean sheets. In fact, despite Birmingham’s unfortunate fate, seven teams conceded more goals than the Blues this campaign.

If Birmingham hadn’t been so painfully bad on the offensive, the side may well have maintained its position in the league another season. As it is, there’s always space in the EPL for a great keeper, and Foster fits the bill.

According to Mirror Football, Aston Villa may take Foster and center half Scott Dann of Birmingham’s hands for £15 million.

DJ Campbell

Club: Blackpool

Position: Striker

The Skinny: Blackpool striker DJ Campbell racked up 13 league goals in the EPL this season. All told he scored nearly a quarter of the team’s goal total in 2010-11—23.6 percent, to be precise.

Campbell benefitted from two key factors: the play of Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam and his position as the team’s primary scoring threat. At any other club, he may have fared quite differently.

Yet a number of clubs in the EPL, from Wolves to Blackburn and even Everton have strong, creative midfields but a definitive lack of decisive strikers. Campbell could fill any one of these voids well.

According to Goal.com, Ian Holloway is keen to keep Campbell at Blackpool—imagine that—but Campbell himself is itching to stay in the Prem.

Robert Green

Club: West Ham

Position: Keeper

The Skinny: Like Ben Foster, Robert Green suffered the fate of being a world-class keeper stuck in a struggling club. Despite his best efforts, there was only so much Green could do to make up for West Ham’s abject defense.

Green plays with a manic passion that borders on psychotic. He inspires the backline, makes madcap (and sometimes daft) decisions and was one of three or four players on West Ham this season who actually wanted to win.

Any club would be lucky to have a keeper like Green, and plenty of EPL teams are in need of top class talent between the posts.

Last week, the Guardian reported that Green is close to signing a deal with Aston Villa to replace aging American Brad Friedel.

Villa can’t have Foster and Green, and we’ll hedge our bets with Rob, since he’s used to being surrounded by claret and blue.

Craig Gardner

Club: Birmingham

Position: Central Midfield

The Skinny: Craig Gardner is a talented footballer and a lucky man. A versatile player, Gardner prefers playing central midfield but can play a number of positions, including right back. This makes him an enticing prospect.

Gardner was one of the few offensive lights at Birmingham during the 2010-11 season. He quite nearly saved the team’s season by scoring against Tottenham on the last day of the season, but Roman Pavlyuchenko ruined that dream by netting in the last minute of stoppage time.

All told, Gardner scored 10 goals in all competitions, not too shabby for a midfielder on a middling side. He brings a workman like passion and tirelessness to each game, and displays bursts of surprising technical skill.

The Guardian reports that Wolverhampton is attempting to lure Gardner from St. Andrews.

Diehard Birmingham fans may not want to believe Gardner will leave, pointing to the midfielder’s lifelong patronage of the team as proof of his dedication, but keep in mind that Gardner claimed to be a lifelong Villa fan while playing for the Villains.

Demba Ba

Club: West Ham

Position: Striker

The Skinny: Senegalese striker Demba Ba came to Upton Park amidst fanfare during the January 2011 transfer window.

He didn’t disappoint. Ba scored seven goals between February 12 and May 15, including a pair of braces. In the few instances that West Ham showed genuine offensive spark this season, Demba Ba was leading the charge.

The young striker is a quick, smart and aggressive player with good instincts and a strong tendency to link with attacking midfielders to create space and chances. With the right development, he could be a top striker for any number of teams.

Ba quite nearly signed to Stoke City before ending up with West Ham, but failed a physical with the team. Tony Pulis called Ba’s knee a “massive risk.”

Despite this, a number of other clubs have rumored interest in the striker, including Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Scott Dann

Club: Birmingham

Position: Center Half

The Skinny: At only 24 years old, Dan represents a future of terrific defending for a number of clubs looking to rebuild their back line.

Though the young Briton missed the second half of the season due to a hamstring injury, he showed enough promise during the first half of the campaign to garner interest from a number of big clubs.

According to the transfer rumor mill, some top clubs want in on the Dann action. Metro.co.uk reports that Kenny Dalglish is looking to add Dann to his stable, alongside Martin Skrtel and Jamie Carragher, though Spurs and Arsenal are also interested.

A Liverpool native, Dann is a lifelong Reds fan. Of course, you never known which way a man will sway when there’s big money on the line, but with Dalglish at the helm it’s hard to believe Dann would say no if Liverpool made an offer.

Carlton Cole

Club: West Ham

Position: Striker

The Skinny: Carlton Cole had a lamentable season, and he isn’t getting any younger.

Still, the 27-year-old Hammer scored five league goals and had four assists for a pitiable side. All told, Cole found the back of the net 11 times in 36 matches across all competitions, including an impressive record of four goals in six League Cup appearances.

Cole didn’t light the league on fire in 2010-11, but he showed flashes of brilliance. At the right club, with the right mentality and the right manager, he’d be a dependable second option capable of netting 10 or 12 goals in a season while contributing a fair number of assists.

According to The Guardian, Newcastle is ready to offer £7 million for Cole and bring him in as Andy Carroll’s replacement for next season. With Kevin Nolan’s preternatural ability to assist goals, Cole would make a good addition at St. James' Park.

Nikola Zigic

Club: Birmingham

Position: Striker

The Skinny: Serbian giant Nikola Zigic suffered various injuries in 2010-11 that saw him miss 12 matches during the second half of the season.

Despite this, Zigic scored five goals and had four assists on the season. He finished the 2010-11 campaign with eight goals in all competitions.

Though some defensive players have no problem dealing with Zigic’s height—he’s 2.02 meters, or about 6'8"—the enormous forward brutalized other backlines, such as West Ham’s, through sheer force.

In an ideal season free of injury, with strong support from the wings and midfield, Zigic could conceivably rack up a double-digit goal total.

The Sun recently reported that Spanish side Malaga is interested in Zigic, as are Bundesliga squads Nurnberg and Hannover.

Charlie Adam

Club: Blackpool

Position: Midfield

The Skinny: Like Scott Dann, Charlie Adam is a man with two first names.

The talismanic Blackpool midfielder scored 13 goals across all competitions, including 12 league goals. Despite playing largely from central midfield, he scored only one fewer goal than lead Blackpool striker DJ Campbell.

Adam also contributed nine assists to the Blackpool cause.

Charlie has an indefatigable work ethic, expert instincts, an astute ability to read the game and his fair share of creativity and technical ability. He would be a great addition to any team’s central midfield.

Rumors have linked Adam to almost all the top clubs in the EPL, including Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Aston Villa.

Scott Parker

Club: West Ham

Position: Midfield

The Skinny: It seems pointless to write about Scott Parker’s track record and transfer rumors, given their ubiquity in the football press these days.

Parker won the Football Writers’ Association award for Footballer of the Year in the same year that West Ham found itself relegated.

The creative midfielder is playing the best football of his career, despite being 30. His technical ability, leadership skills, goal-scoring prowess and creativity are all in top form.

Among the clubs rumored to be vying for Parker’s exceptional talents are Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Parker would make a great addition to any of these institutions, though perhaps make the least amount of impact at Arsenal, a relatively young side with a midfield prodigy in Jack Wilshere that would soon eclipse Parker in importance.


theater of dream
08-06-2011, 12:36 PM
Ayo dong @SAF ambil yang ini, mungkin bukan top class tapi sangat berguna...


08-06-2011, 12:57 PM
Ayo dong @SAF ambil yang ini, mungkin bukan top class tapi sangat berguna...

kalo liat dari list diatas seh, kyknya boleh tuh Charlie Adam, Scott Parker ato Craig Gardner. murah meriah tp sapa tau bisa menambal kekosongan di lini tengah United

08-06-2011, 01:33 PM
Inter Milan lead race for Chelsea target Kaka

Inter Milan have edged ahead of Chelsea in the race for Kaka, according to reports in Italy.


The Brazil superstar, who has struggled to find his best form since his £56m move to Real Madrid two years ago, has been linked with a move away this summer.

And Chelsea are understood to be among a clutch of elite clubs keen on signing the talented playmaker, 29.

But it has now been reported that the former AC Milan man could be set for a return to Milan, with the Rossoneri's arch rivals Inter.

Gazzetta Dello Sport has suggested that Inter are willing to offer Maicon in a part-exchange deal for Kaka, which could appeal to Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager is understood to be in the market for a right-back so he can move Sergio Ramos into central defence.


10-06-2011, 10:53 AM
Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku hoping to seal £20m move to Chelsea

• Chelsea and Anderlecht delegation to thrash out deal
• Blues want to sign Genk's Kevin de Bruyne


Romelu Lukaku hopes to finalise his dream £20m move to Chelsea on Saturday at a meeting between power-brokers in Monaco. The 18-year-old Anderlecht and Belgium striker, dubbed the new Didier Drogba because of his physical power, has made it clear that he wants to join Chelsea, the club that he has supported, despite interest from elsewhere in England and Europe.

Lukaku's agent, Christophe Henrotay, who is based in Monaco, will welcome the Anderlecht general manager, Herman van Holsbeeck, and a delegation from Stamford Bridge, and the parties will seek to conclude the transfer. Lukaku, a prodigy, was followed by a TV documentary crew for a year and, while on a school trip to London, he visited Stamford Bridge and was filmed giving a mock interview in the press area in which he declared his ambition to play for the club.

Chelsea also want to sign Kevin de Bruyne, the 19-year-old Genk and Belgium left-winger, and his representative will be at the talks in Monaco. Chelsea's intention would be to loan De Bruyne straight out, with Anderlecht keen to take him, though Genk would probably refuse to help their rivals. Complicating matters further is the notion that Anderlecht could use the proceeds of the Lukaku sale to sign De Bruyne permanently.

Chelsea have suggested a loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands but De Bruyne considers that a step down. He helped his club to the Belgian title and, at present, he can look forward to playing in next season's Champions League. Genk would prefer to be the beneficiaries of any loan back. Anderlecht may turn to the Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani to replace Lukaku, who has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in European football.

Meanwhile, the Turkish football federation has threatened to report Chelsea to Fifa if the club do not behave appropriately in their pursuit of the manager Guus Hiddink. The federation's president, Mahmut Ozgener, appeared to indicate that Chelsea will need to meet his compensation demands to conclude a deal.

"Chelsea has a past record for signing players who are under contract," Ozgener told the newspaper Hurriyet, though the club were cleared of wrongdoing in the much publicised case of Gaël Kakuta's signing from Lens. "If the same thing happens, we will make a file of the payments we made to Hiddink and we will go to Fifa."


theater of dream
10-06-2011, 11:40 AM
nasri mulai lg neh dihubung2kan dgn united, kecik kemungkinan tapi kalo iya bakal jadi fantastic signing neh :)

Trezz Kiko
15-06-2011, 04:07 AM
Marseille Obral Pemain

Oleh Agung Harsya
15 Jun 2011 01:53:00

Setelah Gabriel Heinze dipersilakan meninggalkan Olympique Marseille, sejumlah pemain lain akan menyusul di pintu keluar Stade Velodrome.

Rencana penjualan beberapa pemain ini terjadi setelah Marseille dipimpin presiden baru, Vincent Labrune. Langkah awal yang dilakukan Labrune adalah menyeimbangkan neraca klub dengan membuang pemain bergaji mahal tapi tidak memberikan kontribusi yang sesuai kepada tim.

Menurut La Provence, sedikitnya empat pemain lain akan menyusul jejak Heinze meninggalkan Marseille. Heinze tidak lagi diperpanjang masa kontrak sehingga bek 32 tahun itu harus mencari klub baru musim panas ini.

Edouard Cisse masuk dalam daftar susulan, kemudian Fanrice Abriel. Kedua pemain ini telah memasuki usia tidak produktif bagi pesepakbola profesional, yakni masing-masing 33 dan 31 tahun.

Bek asal Brasil, Vitorino Hilton, juga diperkenankan kembali ke negara asalnya; begitu pula dengan Souleymane Diawara, yang meski dianggap tampil rutin sepanjang musim ini tapi digaji €200 ribu per bulan.


Trezz Kiko
15-06-2011, 04:08 AM
Pastore Dibanderol Rp 617 M

Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detiksport

Palermo - Presiden Palermo, Maurizio Zamparini, sudah mematok harga untuk Javier Pastore. Klub mana pun yang menginginkan Pastore, dia minta menyiapkan dana 50 juta euro (sekitar Rp 617,52 miliar).

Meski sudah berulang kali mengaku masih betah di Palermo, masa depan Pastore memang tak pernah berhenti jadi bahan spekulasi. Gelandang 21 tahun asal Argentina ini terus diisukan akan meninggalkan Rosanero dan bergabung dengan klub yang lebih mapan.

Zamparini mau saja melepas aset paling berharganya tersebut. Namun, dia meminta mahar sebesar 50 juta euro.

"Saya pikir Pastore akan pindah ke luar negeri, karena saya ragu di Italia ada yang mampu membayar uang sebanyak itu," kata Zamparini di Football Italia.

"Karena itu, kalau Walter Sabatini muncul dengan 50 juta euro, maka Pastore akan jadi miliknya," tambahnya.

Semasa menjabat Direktur Sepakbola Palermo, Sabatini adalah orang yang memboyong Pastore dari Huracan pada tahun 2009. Kini, setelah menyeberang ke AS Roma, dia dikabarkan ingin memakai jasa Pastore lagi.

"Dia (Pastore) memiliki kontrak tiga tahun dan ada dua atau tiga klub yang saya pikir akan mengobarkan perang penawaran untuk dia," imbuh Zamparini.

"Palermo tidak perlu menjual Pastore, jadi jika kita akan menjualnya itu karena si pemain punya ambisi bergabung dengan salah satu klub terbesar di dunia," pungkas dia.


15-06-2011, 10:00 AM
Wage war! Chelsea ready to nearly treble Luka Modric's salary...and tempt Tottenham with Didier Drogba

Chelsea are ready to up the ante in their pursuit of Tottenham's Luka Modric with the Blues prepared to offer the playmaker £130,000 a week – nearly triple his £50,000 salary at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have stressed their desire not to sell Modric, who was voted the clubs player–of-the-year last season, but Chelsea are reportedly ready to test their resolve by throwing in Didier Drogba as a makeweight to any deal.


The west London club ended last season without a trophy and are looking to add creativity to their squad, with the £30million-rated Croatian the top target along with a full-back and a winger, according to the Sun.

An insider said: 'Not having a manager yet won't slow anything down. 'There's a hitlist of players to sign and Modric is right at the top of it.'
The 25-year-old has three years to run on his current deal at White Hart Lane but has not ruled out a move away, stating his desire to continue playing in the Champions League after featuring prominently in the club's European run last season.

With Manchester United and Manchester City also interested, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp this week claimed Spurs must resist bids for Modric if the club want to progress.


He said: 'For sure we can keep Luka (Modric), he's a special player and we have to keep Luka Modric. If we sell Luka we are just a selling club basically.

'Manchester United won't sell Wayne Rooney, Chelsea won't go and sell Lampard or Terry and you never hear people talk about them getting sold so why should we sell Luka Modric if we are trying to be a big club.'

Redknapp though has been a long-term admirer of Drogba and after a season where his strikers underperformed badly, would be keen to add the 33-year-old to his ranks.

The Ivorian outshone £50million Fernando Torres last season at Chelsea, but the Blues see Modric as the key to coaxing the best out of the Spaniard which could limit Drogba's first-team chances.


15-06-2011, 04:39 PM
EPL Transfer Rumors: 4 South Americans Who Could Join the EPL This Summer

Over the last couple decades, South America has birthed some of the best football players in the entire world.

While many have spent their careers playing in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazil), some of the region's elite players, including Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Kaká, have made the leap to the European game, infiltrating La Liga (Spain), Primera Liga (Portugal) and most recently the English Premier League.

Stars like Carlos Tevez (Argentina), Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and Sandro (Brazil) made their respective marks in the competitive EPL during the 2010-11 and have continued to bridge the gap for many more South Americans to come.

Here's a look at four more South American footballers making the leap this summer:

Neymar (Santos)

Nineteen-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar is well on his way to becoming the most expensive teenager in the English Premier League. After failing to poach him from Santos FC last summer, Roman Abramovich and his Chelsea squad look prepared to open the pocketbook this summer.

With a price tag ranging anywhere from £30 million to £41 million, Neymar is considered one of the most coveted properties this transfer window.

According to the Metro, Abramovich is prepared to pay just that for the player he has pegged as the future focal point of the Blues. The Brazilian starlet’s great field vision, speed and innovation draw numerous comparisons to fellow countryman Robinho and Argentine Lionel Messi.

He plays fast, instinctively and unpredictable, but in a good way. Despite his immaturity, as indicated by his common tendency to play for his fans, many believe he’ll be a great immediate addition to the starting 11.

Real Madrid is also in on the transfer discussions.

Leandro Damiao (Internacional)

Over the past couple months, 21-year-old Internacional marksman Leandro Damiao has been linked to countless European clubs most notably Tottenham Hotspur.

After a disappointing season by the Spurs strikers (just 17 goals from the position), manager Harry Redknapp is looking to reload at the top this summer, beginning with Damiao as his top target.

While he may be the less heralded prospect next to the teen sensation Neymar, Damiao could ostensibly be an even bigger immediate addition to an EPL team this summer.

Earlier this year, the Brazilian national led Internacional to the Campeonato Gaucho title while leading the league with 16 goals and even earned his first cap in March. He is neither the fastest nor even the most skilled man on the pitch, but he seems to do everything well and simply knows how to score, especially in the air.

With the dearth up top at White Hart Lane, he would certainly be a contributor right away.

Vying alongside the Spurs are Benfica, Roma, Barcelona and Arsenal, with the Spurs looking like the favorites. Their original £10.3 million offer was hastily rejected by the Brazilian squad who has asked for £17 million. According to sources, Tottenham’s bid currently sits at £13.8 million

Ricky Alvarez (Velez Sarsfield)

Attacking midfielder Ricardo “Ricky” Alvarez, 23, has been a name floating around Arsenal message boards and fan pages over the last couple days. Numerous sources including The Telegraph confirmed the pre-contract that was first announced in late May.

Like many youngsters who have come to the Gunners over the past couple years, the 6’2” Alvarez is unknown to most fans but is regarded as one of the top talents in South America.

A product of the Boca Juniors youth program, Alvarez’s flashy attacking style has drawn many comparisons (by overeager fans and writers) to fellow countryman Lionel Messi, and many believe he can contribute immediately.

He has the skill set to play across the entire midfield, although he is most strongly suited along the left wing or as an attacking midfielder.

His contract with Velez Sarsfield of the Argentine Primera Division ends this month, so Arsenal will land him for free.

Radamel Falcao (FC Porto)

After a laudable 2010-11 campaign in which he netted 38 goals over 42 games with FC Porto of the Primeira Liga (Portugal), 25-year-old Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao has expressed interest in making the leap to the EPL in the near future.

Whether that near future is this summer is still to be determined.

Clearly indicated by his numbers, Falcao is a natural goalscorer, possessing the ability to convert opportunities with either foot or his head. Undersized at 5’9”, Falcao plays with a fiery intensity and seems to do whatever is needed to put the ball in the net.

After bursting onto the scene this past season, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have become potential suitors for the Portuguese fan favorite. Both teams have expressed interest in meeting the £26 million price tag placed on him, however it is unclear whether FC Porto will entertain offers for their star player with the upcoming UEFA Champions League.


15-06-2011, 05:24 PM
EPL Transfer Rumors: 4 South Americans Who Could Join the EPL This Summer

Neymar (Santos)

Nineteen-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar is well on his way to becoming the most expensive teenager in the English Premier League. After failing to poach him from Santos FC last summer, Roman Abramovich and his Chelsea squad look prepared to open the pocketbook this summer.

With a price tag ranging anywhere from £30 million to £41 million, Neymar is considered one of the most coveted properties this transfer window.

According to the Metro, Abramovich is prepared to pay just that for the player he has pegged as the future focal point of the Blues. The Brazilian starlet’s great field vision, speed and innovation draw numerous comparisons to fellow countryman Robinho and Argentine Lionel Messi.

He plays fast, instinctively and unpredictable, but in a good way. Despite his immaturity, as indicated by his common tendency to play for his fans, many believe he’ll be a great immediate addition to the starting 11.

Real Madrid is also in on the transfer discussions.

Yang paling menarik nungguin kemane neh bocah satu ini berlabuh,,#-o
Moga" berlabuh di #United dah,,,,:wowcaem: (IMO)

17-06-2011, 10:17 AM
£22m bid for Luka Modric ridiculous - Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Chelsea's reported £22m bid for midfielder Luka Modric is "ridiculous".


Redknapp told BBC Sport that he was not aware of an official approach for the 25-year-old Croatia international.

"Luka is not for sale," said Redknapp, who remains determined to hold on to his best players this summer.

"But if there has been a bid of £22m, that is ridiculous. There are people being sold for £20m who are not fit to lace Luka's boots."

Earlier on Thursday, Modric's representative told BBC Sport that any potential suitors would need to pay in excess of £22m to have any chance of signing him.

"Luka is happy at Spurs but if an offer came in that was acceptable to the club and player, we would be willing to discuss it," said Nikky Vuksan.

"In my opinion, £22m is a valuation that is too low for the player."

Modric arrived at Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008 in a £16.6m deal.

He quickly established himself as a key figure, helping Spurs qualify for the Champions League for the first time in his second season at the club.

In his 120 games for the London outfit, he has scored 12 goals and his impressive displays as the creative force in the side has reportedly attracted attention from Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona.

Modric signed a new six-year deal at the club only last year, with Redknapp describing him as "irreplaceable".

But in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List last month, Modric said: "If an offer comes which is good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is possible."

Meanwhile, Redknapp has failed to agree a pay-as-you-play contract with former England defender Jonathan Woodgate.

The injury-plagued 31-year-old has now been released by the club.


22-06-2011, 04:01 PM
Ujfalusi Gabung Galatasaray
Andi Abdullah Sururi - detiksport

Istanbul - Pemain kawakan Republik Ceko Tomas Ujfalusi menyudahi karirnya di Spanyol. Ia setuju bergabung dengan klub Turki Galatasaray dan menanggalkan seragam Atletico Madrid-nya.

Kabar transfer itu diumumkan Galatasaray melalui situs resminya, Selasa (21/6/2011), setelah bersepakat dengan Atletico untuk membisniskan pemain tersebut di angka dua juta euro.

Ujfalusi, yang bermain di Vicente Calderon dalam tiga tahun terakhir, setelah berturut-turut membela Hamburg SV dan Fiorentina, dikontrak dua musim oleh Galatasaray.

Mantan pemain timnas Ceko yang tampil di Euro 2004, Piala Dunia 2006 dan Piala Eropa 2008 itu menjadi pemain keempat yang direkrut Galatasaray di musim panas ini setelah Johan Elmander, Selcuk Inan dan Ceyhun Gulselam.

Wira Atman
23-06-2011, 07:34 PM
Alexis Sanchez Dibandrol 50 Juta Euro
Udinese tak berniat melepas pemain bintangnya itu dengan harga murah.

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Akhirnya nilai transfer Alexis Sanchez dirilis ke publik. Udinese melabeli pemain asal Cili itu dengan harga yang tak murah, 50 juta euro.

"Jika memang ada klub yang menginginkannya, maka mereka harus membayar dengan harga penuh dan harga tersebut adalah 50 juta euro," tegas presiden Udinese Gianpaolo Pozzo kepada AS.

Hal itu ditegaskan Pozzo merujuk pada maraknya klub yang tertarik memboyong Alexis Sanchez keluar dari Udinese musim panas ini. Barcelona dan Manchester City kabarnya sudah menyiapkan dana hingga 35 juta euro lebih untuk pemain berusia 22 tahun itu.

Pozzo menilai harga 50 juta euro bukanlah nilai yang mahal untuk pemain dengan bakat yang dimiliki Alexis Sanchez.

"Saya tak ragu jika dia bertahan bersama kami untuk semusim lagi, nilainya akan jauh lebih mahal lagi. Dia adalah pemain terbaik di generasinya. Dia seperti Cristiano Ronaldo ketika masih 22 tahun," jelasnya.

"Kami sudah mencari ratusan pemain, kami sudah berada di bisnis ini untuk beberapa waktu dan kami tahu kami memiliki sebuah berlian di sini, dan Alexis Sanchez adalah orangnya."


27-06-2011, 04:56 PM
Chelsea blow as Neymar agrees Real Madrid move

Neymar is set to snub Chelsea in favour of a move to Real Madrid - who will agree a fee with Santos in the next week.


New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has pinpointed the Brazilian starlet as a priority target but sources in Spain have revealed that Neymar is now set for La Liga.

It has been reported the 19-year-old is ready to pen a six-year deal worth around £26.75m with Madrid as soon as the two sides can agree a fee.

Santos have insisted they will not discuss the deal until after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores against Penarol tonight but will demand £40m from Madrid when they open talks.

But it is still not clear whether the La Liga side are prepared to pay so much for a relatively unproven teenager, leaving Chelsea with a glimmer of hope of still completing a deal.


Wira Atman
30-06-2011, 11:09 PM
Lassana Diarra Hanya Mau Ke Manchester United
Lassana Diarra menolak hijrah ke Juventus dan Galatasaray dan hanya ingin hengkang ke Manchester United.

Lassana Diarra menegaskan bahwa dirinya hanya berkenan hijrah ke Manchester United apabila memang harus meninggalkan Real Madrid.

Gelandang tangguh asal Prancis tersebut hanya tertarik pindah ke Old Trafford daripada bergabung dengan Juventus atau Galatasaray yang telah mengajukan penawaran untuk mendapatkannya.

Sementara itu, pelatih Real Madrid Jose Mourinho masih belum yakin akan melepas Diarra atau tidak pada bursa transfer musim panas nanti.

Tetapi Diarra sendiri sudah semakin tidak nyaman berada di Santiago Bernabeu setelah kedatangan dua gelandang tengah, yaitu Nuri Sahin dan Hamit Altintop.


Wira Atman
01-07-2011, 10:04 PM
Arsenal Ingin Boyong Bek Manchester United
O'Shea didepak setelah MU mendapatkan bek muda potensial Phil Jones.

VIVAnews - Arsenal akan membuat kejutan di bursa transfer musim panas ini. Manajer Arsene Wenger berencana mendaratkan bek Manchester United John O'Shea ke Emirates Stadium.

Setelah enam musim tanpa gelar, kapasitas Wenger memang mulai diragukan. Kritikan demi kritikan semakin santer terdengar terutama kuartet pertahanan The Gunners yang dinilai sangat rapuh.

Hal itu juga disadari Wenger. Tak heran jika manajer asal Prancis ini langsung mencoba mendatangkan bek tangguh macam bintang Bolton Wanderers, Gary Cahill. Namun usaha itu belum menemukan hasil.

Karenanya, Wenger mencoba alternatif lain. Media-media di Inggris mewartakan jika Wenger kini tengah mempertimbangkan memboyong John O'Shea yang memang ingin didepak manajer MU, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Dilansir Dailymail, bek yang telah 12 tahun membela Iblis Merah ini dihargai lima juta poundsterling. O'Shea didepak setelah MU mendapatkan bek muda potensial Phil Jones dari Blakcburn Rovers.

Bersama timnas Republik Irlandia, O'Shea melakoni debut pada 2001. Total telah 70 laga dilakoninya bersama timnas. Musim lalu, bersama MU, bek 30 tahun ini gagal tampil maksimal karena cedera. Ia hanya bermain sebanyak 20 kali.


06-07-2011, 04:52 PM
Lyon left-back top priority for Wenger after Clichy departure


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to make Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho his prime target for that position after the departure of Gael Clichy to Manchester City.

The 23 year old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premiership but is not so keen on joining Liverpool, a side without European competition for the up and coming season. With Wenger’s love for all things French, he would certainly be choosing a player with right attributes.

Our source also claims that Cissokho is the player Wenger admires more and that Arsenal will not seek to pursue current Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique – a target of Liverpool. It is also believed that the Emirates side have made enquiries for the defender and that a fee of £9m-£11m would close to accurate to seal the 23 year old.


13-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Get me Benzema! Arsenal boss Wenger launches £27m bid for Real Madrid star

Arsene Wenger will launch a £27million move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in an attempt to offset the likely loss of Arsenal stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Fabregas is close to a £34m move to Barcelona while Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Manchester City believe they have clinched the £19m signing of Nasri, having already landed Gael Clichy from the Emirates for £7m.


Benzema is the man Wenger wants to help Arsenal forget about the pending departures of their midfield duo and he is willing to smash the club's transfer record to do it.

The Arsenal boss knows losing Fabregas and Nasri will have a detrimental effect on supporter morale, although he will make one last bid to keep Nasri with the offer of a £100,000-a-week contract.

Arsenal are expected to announce the £10.7m signing of Lille striker Gervinho on Friday. The 24-year-old passed a medical on Wednesday but confirmation of the signing has been delayed by a small problem with paperwork. However, Wenger is still keen to sign another top-class forward to take the goalscoring burden off the injury prone Robin van Persie.

While Wenger recognises the goalscoring impact Benzema could have on the pitch, the Frenchman also hopes that signing his 24-year-old compatriot will prove to the club's current crop of stars that they can achieve their career ambitions with the Gunners

Benzema was in and out of Jose Mourinho's team last season due to injuries and a lack of form. Real president Florentino Perez and his adviser Zinedine Zidane are keen for the France striker to stay in Spain. But Mourinho wants to offload Benzema to fund a move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

Fabregas hopes to complete his move to Barcelona by the end of Friday after making it clear to Wenger that he wants to return to the Catalan team.The clubs are still haggling over the finer details of the deal, with Barca keen to use Brazilian left back Maxwell as a makeweight.

Wenger wants Leighton Baines to replace Clichy but has balked at Everton's £15m price tag and Barca hope the inclusion of Maxwell, 29, in the deal will be enough to finally land Fabregas


13-07-2011, 05:57 PM
Gokhan Inler Comes In Like A Lion (Literally) at Napoli Unveiling


New signing unveilings are usually only exciting for the fans of the team in question and the agent of player (ka-ching). So what better way to spice them up than for the player to wear a lion mask, thereby indicating that the club had actually signed a player birthed from an an unholy union between man and beast?

We have Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis to thank for the stunt. Apparently he convinced midfielder Gokhan Inler that wearing the mask would be kickass, or symbolic or something. The only disappointing part is that Inler didn’t fully commit to his role as a lion and answer questions in roars.



13-07-2011, 10:03 PM
Pemain yg cukup seneng gw liat di EPL...
Welcome back to Kick and Rush scenes....

Fulham Gaet Riise

London, detiksport - Setelah tiga musim mencicipi kompetisi Seri A, John Arne Riise akhirnya kembali ke Liga Primer Inggris. Mantan pemain Liverpool ini digaet Fulham dari AS Roma.

Tak disebutkan berapa uang yang harus disetorkan Fulham kepada Roma untuk mendapatkan bek sayap berusia 30 tahun itu. Kabarnya, nilai transfernya sekitar 1,5 juta pounds.

Riise dikontrak The Cottagers selama tiga tahun. Dia akan bahu membahu dengan adiknya, Bjorn Helge Riise, yang lebih dulu bermukim di Craven Cottage.

"Saya senang sudah menuntaskan kepindahan saya ke Fulham pagi ini. Saya berharap bisa bermain di Premier League sekali lagi," ujar Riise di situs resmi Fulham, seperti dilansir Sky Sports.

"Fulham adalah klub yang selalu saya ikuti perkembangannya karena adik saya, Bjorn, bermain di sini. Dia banyak menyanjung klub ini dan para stafnya," tambahnya.

"Saya tahu klub ini ambisius, dan terus membuat perkembangan bagus tiap tahun, di bawah kepemimpinan Mohamed Al Fayed. Saya berharap bisa bekerja sama dengan Martin Jol dan para pemain lain saat saya bergabung ke latihan pekan depan," papar mantan pemain Monaco ini.

Jol memang butuh bek kiri baru untuk menghadapi musim depan. Pasalnya, Carlos Salcido yang selama ini diandalkan mengalami homesick.

"John Arne Riise adalah bek kiri internasional yang berpengalaman dan akan membawa sejumlah kualitas ke skuad kami. Dia juga memberi saya lebih banyak pilihan," kata Jol.

"Dia terbiasa tampil di level paling tinggi untuk klub dan negaranya. Dia adalah pemain bertahan yang bisa ikut membantu serangan kami," sambungnya.

"Saya sangat senang bisa menambahkan dia ke skuad kami. Saya yakin dia akan membuktikan diri bahwa dia adalah tambahan berharga seperti yang kami harapkan," simpul Jol.

23-07-2011, 12:42 AM
denger2 Filipe Melo nya Juventus pindah ke Galatasaray ya?:nohope:

25-07-2011, 02:55 PM
denger2 Filipe Melo nya Juventus pindah ke Galatasaray ya?:nohope:

betul sekali bro

Juventus Resmi Dapatkan Vidal dan Lepas Melo
Doni Wahyudi - detiksport

Turin - Juventus akhirnya secara resmi mendapatkan Arturo Vidal dari Bayer Leverkusen. Di saat nyaris bersamaan, 'Si Nyonya Tua' juga melepas Felipe Melo dengan status pinjaman ke Galatasaray.

Kesepakatan antara Juventus dengan Leverkusen sesungguhnya sudah tercapai pekan lalu. Namun baru Sabtu (22/7/2011) kemarin waktu setempat Vidal menjalani tes medis dan meresmikan kepindahannya.

"Juventus mengumumkan tuntasnya kesepakatan dengan Bayer Leverkusen untuk mempermanenkan pemain Chile Arturo Vidal. Kontraknya bernilai 10,5 juta euro dan akan dibayar dalam tiga gelombang: 5 juta euro berbarengan dengan transfer, tiga juta eruo pada Juni 2012 dan 2,5 juta euro pada 31 Desember 2012," demikian pernyataan Juventus di situs resminya.

Nyaris berbarengan dengan kontrak lima tahun untuk Vidal, Juventus juga melepas Felipe Melo ke Galatasaray. Pesepakbola asal Basil itu statusnya dipinjamkan meski ada opsi permanen dengan nilai 13 juta euro.

Melo datang ke Juventus tahun 2009 lalu setelah sebelumnya satu musim berseragam Fiorentina. Selama dua musim di Juventus dia tercatat tampil di 53 pertandingan dan melesakkan empat gol.

25-07-2011, 03:35 PM
Exclusive - Man City rule out Tevez-Sneijder swap deal

Manchester City have ruled out a possible swap deal between Carlos Tevez and Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder.


Sources close to Eastlands have told talkSPORT manager Roberto Mancini has no interest in signing the Dutchman, either with or without Tevez moving in the opposite direction.

The deal to take Tevez back to Corinthians collapsed on Wednesday morning, with the Brazilian club claiming the deal with far too big to be concluded before Wednesday night's transfer deadline.

Questions remain whether Mancini will still bid for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero. The Spanish side have recruited Deportivo La Coruna hitman Adrian Lopez to take the Argentines place.

Sneijder, meanwhile, still has his heart set on a move to Manchester United with work still going on behind the scenes to conclude the deal, despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming the Red Devils have “no real interest” in the Inter Milan star.


26-07-2011, 07:04 PM
'Kabar Mengejutkan' dari Pastore

Palermo, DETIKSPORT - Kini kandidat kuat pemilik baru Javier Pastore bukanlah Chelsea atau Real Madrid. Justru Paris Saint-Germain, klub yang jarang dibicarakan dalam rumor ini, punya kesempatan paling besar mendapatkan Pastore.

Palermo mengonfirmasi bahwa PSG telah memberikan tawaran sebsear 50 juta euro kepada pemain Argentina tersebut. "Ketertarikan klub Prancis itu terhadap Pastore memang nyata," jelas direktur olahraga Sean Sogliano dilansir dari Football-Italia, Selasa (26/7/2011) sore WIB.

"Kemungkinan bahwa pemain yang bersangkutan bakal ditransfer ke Paris adalah sesuatu yang benar adanya. Leonardo (direktur olahraga PSG-red) sangat tertarik dengan opsi ini."

Seperti diberitakan sebelumnya, nama Pastore sering dikaitkan dengan Chelsea, Real Madrid, dan juga Manchester City. Bahkan beberapa waktu lalu petinggi I Rosanero mengungkapkan bahwa pemain 22 tahun itu semakin dekat untuk bergabung dengan Chelsea.

Tawaran PSG ini tentu ibarat sebuah "kabar mengejutkan", terlebih lagi klub yang bermarkas di ibukota Prancis itu jarang dikait-kaitkan dengan Pastore. Angka 50 juta euro adalah banderol yang ditetapkan oleh Palermo.

Dalam minggu ini Pastore akan segera meninggalkan tim berlambang burung elang itu dan menuju ke Paris. "Saya pikir pemain akan mengucapkan salam perpisahan kepada kita semua pekan ini. Kami memiliki "lubang" sebesar 20 juta euro di keuangan kami dan keseimbangan neraca adalah prioritas pertama," kata presiden Palermo Maurizio Zamparini.

26-07-2011, 09:58 PM
'Kabar Mengejutkan' dari Pastore

Palermo, DETIKSPORT - Kini kandidat kuat pemilik baru Javier Pastore bukanlah Chelsea atau Real Madrid. Justru Paris Saint-Germain, klub yang jarang dibicarakan dalam rumor ini, punya kesempatan paling besar mendapatkan Pastore.

gilee:-O mau nurutin city
di inggris ada city
di spanyol ada malaga
di prancis ada psg

27-07-2011, 11:04 AM
European Football Transfers: Top 9 Rumours of the Week

With the European transfer window still open, rumours are still flying about, some stupid, but others somewhat logical.

Do you know which midfielder Arsenal will sign if Cesc Fàbregas leaves?

Talking about Fàbregas, he'll only be sold if Arsenal get this Barcelona player. Find out who.

How about Liverpool's Lucas, after a solid season, he might be leaving, so find out why.

Also which club might outbid Chelsea to sign Javier Pastore?

Here are this week's top nine rumours of the European transfer window.

9. James McCarthy Coming to Arsenal

According to metro.co.uk, Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy will become a viable option in midfield if Cesc Fàbregas is sold.

Wigan have already lost Charles N'Zogbia, and are unlikely to give up McCarthy, who has looked very promising.

Also why would Arsenal sign McCarthy following Fàbregas' transfer to Barcelona? Wouldn't the logical move for Arsenal be buying a replacement?

Potentially he could have a breakout season to which Wigan can sell McCarthy at a higher price.

Considering Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby aren't getting that much of a look in, McCarthy would just be a squad player at Arsenal.

8. Dani Pacheco Seeking Norwich City Move

According to the Daily Star, former Barcelona youth player and current Liverpool reserve Dani Pacheco will join Norwich City.

I'm convinced Pacheco will be a quality player, and I don't understand why last season Liverpool continued to use Maxi Rodríguez as opposed to Pacheco.

Granted Rodríguez had one of the most stunning purple patches I've ever witnessed, Pacheco has more potential to be top quality, yet Liverpool aren't giving him a chance.

With Liverpool's recent high profiled midfield additions, Pacheco would be wise to join Norwich City on say a one year deal.

Right now, he needs to play regular first team football at any top flight level regardless of how small or unfancied the club is.

7. Lucas on His Way out of Anfield

According to Rob Beasley at the Sun, Lucas is set to exit Liverpool with competition for midfield positions potentially leaving him on the bench.

Well Liverpool haven’t bought any defensive midfielders so far, and Lucas was arguably their best player last season.

After all the improvement Lucas has done, why would Liverpool then sell him?

6. Alan Smith to Play in the United States Second Division

According to Sky Sports, Orlando City who play a level below the MLS, have indicated their interesting in signing Alan Smith.


Tell me how this rumour makes sense.

Smith has one year left on his contract, he owns property in Florida, Orlando City are managed by Everton legend and Englishmen Adrian Heath, are owned by Englishmen, and have aspirations to join the MLS.

Last season, Smith was a heavy contributor on the wage roll, yet did nothing of note on the field.

He hasn't been the same since that horrific injury against Liverpool, and a move to Orlando City, where he'll be wanted may be good for his career.

Though it will only eventuate if no EPL club want Smith, and even then, his pride may lead him to join a Championship side gunning to get into the EPL.

5. Juan Manuel Mata Staying at Valencia

Valencia president Manuel Llorente told Superdeporte that star midfielder, Juan Manuel Mata, is not for sale at any price.

Naturally football fans will be thinking why Valencia shopped him around, and then suddenly did a u-turn.

I believe no club have offered Valencia a transfer fee they believe is value for money regarding Mata's ability.

Now you have to remember Valencia have debts of around €400 million, so they're going to value their star asset with tinted glasses which indicate he is worth €30+ million.

There are only two clubs, unless Manchester City want another bench player, that could meet Valencia's economic estimation of Mata's abilities—Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala.

I'm skeptical of Anzhi Makhachkala, but Paris Saint-Germain is the real deal as they are owned by the Qatar Investment Authority.

Question is does Mata want to move away from Spain?

4. Daniele De Rossi Will Not Be a Roman Next Season

According to talkSPORT, Roma are unwilling to sell long serving Daniele De Rossi to anyone.

This situation comes following stalled negoations on a contract renewal after a forgettable season for De Rossi, whose frustrations at times crossed into thuggish behaviour.

Darijo Srna can attest to that.

De Rossi's contract ends next season, but I'd be very surprised if he left Roma, given he has been at the club since 2000.

3. Diego off to Atlético Madrid

According to Goal.com, Juventus and Wolfsburg flop Diego will be sold to Atlético Madrid at a cut price.

It was painful to watch Diego last season, because you knew he had so much more to offer, and one does wonder how has he gone from being one of the world's most promising midfielders to a midfielder devoid of any convidence and seemingly ability.

2. Cesc Fàbregas Deal Will Go Through If Barcelona Say Bye Bye to Thiago

According to metro.co.uk, Cesc Fàbregas will only be sold to Barcelona if Thiago Alcántara is sold to Arsenal.

This is what I'm talking about, Barcelona tried to ward off Arsenal's interest by awarding a contract extension to Thiago, but manager Arsène Wenger has to be firm and ask for Thiago plus money.

Let us see how much Barcelona really value Fàbregas, if they're going to relinquish what looks like a footballer certain to develop into a world class midfielder.

1. Palermo Auctioning Javier Pastore. Paris or London?

According to Martin Lipton at Mirror Football, Paris Saint-Germain will battle Chelsea for Javier Pastore.

It is most probable that Paris Saint-Germain will outbid Chelsea, but Palermo are intelligently inflating Pastore's transfer fee.

I hope Chelsea don't sign him, because his style is not suited for the EPL. Then again, they said the same thing for Luka Modrić and look how successful he has been.

Paris Saint-Germain need that one star player to come to Paris, an attractive place to live, which could precipitate more high quality footballers coming in.


27-07-2011, 12:19 PM
Tottenham Hotspur planning £22m double raid on La Liga


Footybunker.com have been informed that Tottenham Hotspur are considering an approach for both Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla and Ibrahim Afellay of Barcelona.

Barcelona are currently in the process of trimming their squad to make funds available for the acquisition of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas and Afellay has been quoted as one player who could be moved on, despite only joining this year and could cost the White Hart Lane side around £4m.

Negredo, who will be 26 in August has netted 31 league goals in 73 appearances for Sevilla and could cost up to £18m for the striker, however Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is still required to sell some of his players before anyone can be brought in and whilst Negredo is highly rated, the Spanish side are keen on a swap deal that might include Giovani dos Santos but no contact between the clubs has yet been made.

Redknapp will first need to depart with Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane to be able to make up the £18m Sevilla are likely to accept.


29-07-2011, 12:28 PM
Mata entourage fly in to discuss Arsenal move


Arsenal were last night closing in on a £15million deal for Juan Mata – paving the way for Cesc Fabregas to go to Barcelona.

Fabregas will not be involved in this weekend’s Emirates Cup, a clear sign that the Gunners are becoming resigned to losing him.

But that blow is likely to be softened by the signing of Valencia’s exciting winger Mata – as predicted by the Mirror last month .

The Spanish star’s family and representatives flew into London yesterday for talks

Versatile Mata, 23, can play wide or as an attacking midfielder and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the deal will be a major boost for his squad.

He is still hoping French midfielder Samir Nasri – a target for Manchester United and Manchester City, with just one year left on his current contract – will sign a new five-year deal.

Fabregas has made it clear that he wants to join Barca, although the European champions have yet to meet Arsenal’s £40m asking price.

That has left the Gunners’ skipper, who has missed all of Arsenal’s pre-season games with a hamstring injury, working on his own at the training ground.

Barcelona made an initial bid of £27m and followed that up with two more conversations.

But, despite promising a deal will be done by this weekend, they still haven’t come back with an increased offer.


19-08-2011, 11:39 PM
We're losing battle to keep Modric - Redknapp


Harry Redknapp has admitted for the first time that Luka Modric could be sold.

Chelsea are poised to return with an offer of £35million for the midfielder after having bids of £22m and then £27m rejected.

And Redknapp, who has fought furiously to persuade the little Croatian to stay, has conceded that Spurs cannot compete with the wages on offer at Stamford Bridge.

The Tottenham boss, who is close to to signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City and midfielder Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid, said: "I want to see Luka here at the end of the window. Really.

"But if he is going to go, then you want him to go [quickly], then you get three or four players in.

"They are your options, really. Let's be honest. You either sell him, get the money and go and bring four players in - and have a better team, in all honesty - or you keep Luka, who is a fantastic player.

"I don't know where it will end up, in all honesty, but I know Luka will get on with it.

"You couldn't meet a better fella."

Chelsea are prepared to treble Modric's £40,000-a-week wages to make him the newest recruit in Andre Villas-Boas' west London revolution.

"It's difficult, isn't it?" added Redknapp. "What would you do if someone offered to treble your wages? It's not easy for him.

"I've never met a nicer boy. He got a great reception last week from the fans when we played Athletic Bilbao. I think the fans understand.

"I know we we all love our clubs and people say, 'He's got to play for Tottenham', but if someone comes along and offers to treble your wages and offers you the chance to play in a team that could win the Champions League, it's not easy.

"He's had his head turned and it's not easy."

Redknapp also revealed the fight for Modric will not go the final day of the transfer window, which would leave Spurs with insufficient time to get a replacement if they do end up selling.

The north Londoners were caught out like that two years ago, when they tried to avoid selling striker Dimitar Berbatov joining Manchester United.

Although they ended up squeezing £30million out of the Reds on Deadline Day, Spurs were unable to replace the Bulgarian before the window closed.

"The chairman won't do that. No," said Redknapp. "He did that with Berbatov and ended up with no strikers. He won't do that. No chance.

"Daniel wants to keep him [Modric]. We want to bring two or three in. It's looking at the moment as though we might get a couple of players in within the next couple of days."

Asked if Adebayor was one of those players, he went on: "I think we are trying to do something with him.

"As for Diarra, I like him. It's a possibility. [The chairman's] been trying for us. He's been trying to do something there."

19-08-2011, 11:57 PM
Chelsea fall short with £22m bid for Valencia ace Juan Mata


Chelsea have had a £22million bid for Valencia winger Juan Mata rejected by the Spanish club.

Roman Abramovich made the offer - £18m up front and £4m to follow - on Wednesday after Andre Villas-Boas identified the 23-year-old, also a target for Tottenham and Arsenal, as the man he wants out wide to help bridge the gap on champions Manchester United.

Valencia are determined not to let Mata go so close to the start of the season in Spain - this weekend's start has been delayed due to a player strike - but the player is desperate to leave for Stamford Bridge.

Such is Chelsea’s desire to sign Mata, who was the star of this summer’s Under 21 European Championship, that Abramovich is considering flying to meet Valencia president Manuel Llorente to push through the deal.

An extra £4m should be enough to force Valencia’s hand, which would be a huge bonus considering there was a buy-out clause of £22m which expired at the end of July.

Mata has been keen on a move to Chelsea all summer and has been promised a pivotal role, a pay rise and Yossi Benayoun’s No 10 shirt by the London club. That should be enough to see off the persistent interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

Mata scored nine and set up 15 goals for Valencia last season, coming on the back of being part of Spain’s World Cup-winning squad.


Ucup Carrick
24-08-2011, 08:46 AM
Nasri Datang, Mancini Tak Pusing Pilih Pemain
Kedatangan Nasri membuat lini tengah ManCity menumpuk.

VIVAnews - Manajer Manchester City Roberto Mancini mengaku tidak akan pusing dalam menentukan pemain menyusul kedatangan gelandang Samir Nasri dari Arsenal.

Kedatangan Nasri, yang dibeli ManCity dengan transfer 24 juta pound atau setara Rp338 miliar dari Arsenal, membuat gelandnag The Citizens menumpuk. Sebelumnya Mancini sudah memiliki gelandang seperti David Silva, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips dan Nigel de Jong.

Namun, Mancini mengaku tidak akan pusing dalam menentukan tim inti. Mantan pelatih Inter Milan itu menilai dengan banyaknya jadwal pertandingan, maka kedatangan Nasri justru akan membantu tim.

"Itu bukan masalah bagi saya. Masalah muncul jika Anda tidak punya pemain yang bagus. Untuk manajer, itu tidak mudah karena semua pemain ingin bermain," ujar Mancini melalui situs resmi klub.

"Tapi, jika Anda bermain di empat kompetisi dan punya satu pertandingan setiap tiga hari, maka ada tempat bagi setiap pemain. Terkadang pemain membutuhkan istirahat. Penting untuk memainkan level tertinggi di Liga Champions," tutup Mancini.
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27-08-2011, 10:55 PM
Barton joins QPR on four-year deal
ESPNsoccernet - August 26, 2011

Joey Barton has moved to London

QPR have completed the signing of Joey Barton form Newcastle on a four-year contract, the London club confirmed on Friday.

Barton, 28, has been linked with a move away from Newcastle United all summer, with the club seemingly unwilling to match his demands of a new contract. The midfielder will wear the No. 17 shirt for QPR this season and says he is relishing a new chapter in his career.

"The ambition of the club really impressed me," Barton told QPR's official site. "There's obviously a great set of lads here already and that's why they had such a great season in the Championship.

"The gaffer (Neil Warnock) is talking about adding two or three more bodies and that, combined with the potential of the club and the new owners' ambitions, bodes really well for the future."

But the outspoken midfielder could not resist a parting shot at the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias on Twitter after deciding not to see out the final year of his existing contract on Tyneside.

He tweeted: "I will always have a special relationship with the Geordie nation but sadly they are not the decision makers at St James' Park.

"I wish to thank each and everyone of them sincerely for their support. I am incredibly excited to be joining QPR at this pivotal time in their history and plan to give my all for the club.''

QPR boss Warnock was equally excited about the first signing at Loftus Road since AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes completed his takeover of the club last week.

"He's coming here to show people what he can do," Warnock said. "He wants to get back into the England team. He's very enthusiastic. People will say one or two things about him, but they've said stuff about me in the past too, so I won't worry about that.

"He's a winner. Even without the armband on, he's a captain every week. He's a lot better play than people give him credit for. Hopefully we can harness all his positive characteristics and get the best out of him."

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said: "On behalf of everyone at Newcastle we wish to thank Joey for his on-field contributions to the team and we wish him every success for his future at Queens Park Rangers.''


Young joins QPR from Villa
Soccernet - August 27, 2011

Luke Young: Joined Villa in August 2008 and follows Barton into

QPR have completed the signing of Aston Villa right-back Luke Young for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old becomes the second signing at the R's since AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes completed his takeover of the club last week.

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton joined the west London club on Friday and Young has now followed suit by penning a three-year deal.

"I am ready for a new challenge," he told the club's official website. "There are big things that are going to happen at this football club and I am really pleased to be a part of it.

"Myself and Joey signing here shows the intent of the club. I am really looking forward to getting started and pulling on the blue and white shirt."

Young begun his career at Tottenham, before spells with Charlton, Middlesbrough and more recently Aston Villa. The Harlow-born defender has won seven England caps during his career and QPR manager Neil Warnock believes he is a great addition to the squad.

"I've been looking for a defender with vast Premier League experience for a while now and Luke certainly fits the bill," he said. "He can play anywhere across the back four and that versatility will stand us in really good stead.

"Moving back home to London will also serve him well and I'm really looking forward to seeing him in action for us - he's got so much to give and his experience will be vital."

01-09-2011, 12:32 AM
Spurs Dapatkan Scott Parker
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detiksport

London - Tottenham Hotspur mendapatkan amunisi baru jelang penutupan bursa transfer musim panas. The Lilywhites baru saja merampungkan proses transfer Scott Parker dari West Ham United.

Tidak disebutkan berapa biaya kepindahan Parker ke White Hart Lane dan durasi kontrak untuk mantan pemain Chelsea ini.

"Kami senang untuk mengumumkan bahwa kami sudah mencapai kesepakatan dengan West Ham United untuk transfer permanan Scott Parker," demikian keterangan di situs resmi Spurs.

Sebelumnya, Parker memang meminta kepada West Ham agar menjualnya. Gelandang 30 tahun itu merasa tempatnya di timnas Inggris bisa terancam kalau dia terus membela The Hammers yang bermain di Divisi Championship.

"Saya perlu terus bermain di Premier League, khususnya karena saya terlibat dengan timnas Inggris," ujar Parker.

"Saya berharap fans (West Ham) akan memahami dan menghargai keputusan saya dan saya harap klub akan selalu sukses dalam usahanya untuk promosi musim ini," katanya.


Tuntaskan Transfer Forlan, Inter Juga Pinjam Zarate
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detiksport

Milan - Inter Milan akhirnya menyelesaikan proses transfer Diego Forlan dari Atletico Madrid. Dalam waktu hampir bersamaan, Nerazzurri juga berhasil meminjam Mauro Zarate dari Lazio.

Forlan pindah ke Inter dengan biaya yang dirahasiakan. Di Inter, penyerang 32 tahun asal Uruguay itu dikontrak selama dua tahun.

"Diego Forlan adalah pemain Inter. Inter merekrut Forlan dari Atletico dengan kontrak dua tahun," demikian keterangan di situs resmi Inter.

Sementara itu, Zarate akan memperkuat Inter musim ini dengan status pinjaman. La Beneamata harus merogoh kocek sebesar 2,7 juta euro untuk bisa memakai jasa penyerang asal Argentina ini.

Inter juga punya opsi untuk membeli Zarate pada akhir musim ini. Kalau mereka melakukannya, maka mereka harus menyediakan dana 15 juta euro.

Klub sekota AC Milan ini memproyeksikan Forlan dan Zarate sebagai pengganti Samuel Eto'o dan Goran Pandev. Eto'o hengkang ke Anzhi Makhachkala, sedangkan Pandev pindah ke Napoli.


wah...akhirnya Inter mendapatkan Forlan setelah melepaskan Eto'o, jadi tidak ada masalah dengan lini depan Inter yg saat ini dihuni Pazzini, Milito.
sedangkan om Harry mendatangkan Scott Parker. nih gelandang lumayan bagus, cuma dah berumur aja, lagian sayang masa gelandang timnas maen di Championship

01-09-2011, 12:59 AM
Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz joins Real Betis on loan

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has joined Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan.

The recently-promoted Primera Liga side announced the deal for the 30-year-old on their official website.

The Paraguay international spent the second half of last season on loan at his former club Blackburn after falling down the pecking order under the management of Roberto Mancini.

Santa Cruz joined City from Rovers in the summer of 2009.

He was signed for City by his former Rovers boss Mark Hughes, but struggled with injury early in his City career, and did not score his first league goals for the club until December 2009 in the 4-3 win over Sunderland, which proved to be Hughes's last game in charge.

His appearances under Mancini have been restricted and, in total, he has started only eight games for City in his two years at Etihad Stadium, scoring four goals.

He failed to rediscover his form when he returned to Ewood Park last season and did not score in 10 appearances for Rovers.

Santa Cruz, who has won 87 international caps, was part of the squad which reached the Copa America final this summer, but missed the defeat by Uruguay in the final because of injury.

Manchester City have also reached an agreement to loan Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss to Spanish side Espanyol for the rest of the season.


kalah bersaing jadinya dipinjamkan ke La Liga. ya iyalah, saingannya 'sadis2' kyk Dzeko, Balotelli, Aguero, Tevez, gimana mo jadi starting? Jo aja tersingkir

ario adi nugroho
01-09-2011, 01:02 AM
santa cruz pindah ke spanyol ya??
padahal gw di BPL salah satu siker yg gw suka liat penampilan nya dia ni
yups bener bgt
kalah bersaing
apa lagi di lihat dr awal musim skrg aja
dzeko ma si kun
penampilan nya menggila
serem"..adebayor aja di pinjem ke madrid..balik di pinjemin ke spurs
ga bakal dapat tempat

ya semoga dia di liga spanyol bisa sukses deh :D

01-09-2011, 01:06 AM
Scott Parker ke Hotspurs disaat Modric gk jd keluar :D
Modric maennya angin anginan sih kmrn lwn city... dan denger denger Anzhi nawar Nemanja Vidic.. wuihhh berapa duit tuh..

01-09-2011, 01:18 AM
Tottenham Complete Major Signing

Scott Parker completes Tottenham move

Tottenham have have signed England midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham for a fee of about £5m.

The move comes after the 30-year-old handed in a transfer request on Tuesday, stating that he wished to play in the Premier League.

Parker's switch across London is likely to trigger Wilson Palacios joining Stoke City.

Spurs have also announced that winger David Bentley will join the Hammers on a season-long loan.

Parker, who joined West Ham from Newcastle for £7m in 2007, was named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year last season despite the club finishing bottom of the Premier League.

Redknapp said of Parker: "He's a good player. I think he's what we need. He's a good lad, great attitude.

"Footballer of the Year last year and he'll be a good addition for this team - no doubt about that.

"He's a good character, a fantastic person, a proper family man, a real good pro. He'll be great around the place for us."

West Ham said they "reluctantly" agreed to the deal, despite their best attempts to keep him at Upton Park.

On the Hammers website, the club said: "West Ham United would like to place on record their thanks for Scott's efforts and wish him well for the future."

Bentley, who joined Spurs in July 2008 from Blackburn joins West Ham having made 62 appearances at White Hart Lane and scoring six times.

The out-of-favour midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Birmingham, clocking up 15 appearances.

Meanwhile, the Hammers boss Sam Allardyce took his summer tally to 11 signings with the arrivals of Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury, 20, on an initial season-long loan.

The England Under-21 international wants regular first-team football having failed to make the breakthrough with Arsenal.

He played 23 games on loan with Norwich last season as the Canaries earned promotion to the Premier League.


1997-2004 - Charlton - appearances 128, goals 9
2000 - Norwich (loan) - appearances 6, goals 1
2004-2005 - Chelsea - appearances 15, goals 1
2005-2007 - Newcastle - appearances 55, goals 4
2007-2011 - West Ham - appearances 113, goals 10


Joe Cole Leaves England

Joe Cole opts to join Lille

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a season-long loan.

Cole, 29, failed to impress at Anfield after making the move from Chelsea last summer and will now hope to prove himself in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League.

The former England international travelled to France on Tuesday to undergo a medical and, despite a late bid by Aston Villa, the player has opted to move to the Stade Lille-Metropole.

"The club is pleased and proud that [we] have attracted a player of this magnitude," Lille said in a statement.

Liverpool have been very active in the transfer window to date, with Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing all arriving at the club. And, having made just eight Premier League starts last season, and none this term, Cole has more chance of first-team football with Lille.

It was reported in France that Lille were prepared to allow Cole to continue living in England and commute the 90-minute journey from London to France by Eurostar, although it remains to be seen whether that will be an option.

It is also suggested that Liverpool attempted to negotiate a first-refusal option for highly-rated Lille winger Eden Hazard in the Cole deal.


Brazil Defender Joins Arsenal

Andre Santos finalises Arsenal move

Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of Brazil left-back Andre Santos from Fenerbahce for a fee thought to be in the region of £6 million.

Santos, 28, will add valuable Champions League experience to a youthful Gunners squad and has been signed as a replacement for Gael Clichy, who joined Manchester City in July.

The former Corinthians defender, who has been capped 22 times for Brazil, said he was delighted to complete his switch to the Premier League, following in the footsteps of compatriots Eduardo, Sylvinho, Denilson and Gilberto Silva in signing for the Gunners.

"I am delighted to have signed for Arsenal," Santos said. "It was one of my dreams to play for a major European football club and I have accomplished this. I am very happy to be part of this team. All the Brazilians who came to this club spoke wonders about it and I am delighted to be part of the Arsenal family."

Arsene Wenger added: "Santos is a quality player, with the ability to both defend well and get forward and help with attacks. He has experience in the Champions League and for Brazil and has proven he can deliver at the highest level. We welcome Santos to the club and look forward to him having a big impact for us."

Santos, who will wear the No. 11 shirt for Arsenal, earlier insisted he did not quit Fenerbahce for the Gunners because of the controversy surrounding his former club's involvement in the Turkish match-fixing scandal.

Fenerbahce were removed from the Champions League last week and have asked to be relegated to Turkish football's second tier in the wake of the scandal. But Santos says he was not deserting a sinking ship by leaving Fenerbahce, insisting he loved playing for them.

"I am leaving Fenerbahce from front door," Santos told reporters at Istanbul airport on Wednesday. "I love the country, Istanbul and Turkish people. I can come back here at the latter stages of my career. I was happy at Fenerbahce but I did right thing for my career.

"The club had so many problems but I didn't left here because of these. I have never let someone down during my spell at Fenerbahce. I am grateful everyone in the club."


02-09-2011, 02:02 PM
di hari terakhir transfer window musim panas ini,,
klub2 premier league paling banyak melakukan transfer dibanding liga- liga TOP lainnya di eropa!
BPL itu "keras" ya!!!
dan Raja dari BPL itu adalah MU!! :muscarf::muscarf: :devil3::devil3:

04-09-2011, 02:32 PM
Joe Cole to Lille: Why Deadline-Day Transfer from Liverpool Can Save His Career

Former England star Joe Cole is making the switch from the English Premier to Ligue 1. Cole is set to join French champions Lille OSC following his deadline day transfer.

A move abroad could be just what Cole needs to rejuvenate his injury-plagued career. Cole told Lille's official website: ''I needed to have a new challenge and to go abroad, and Lille gave me that opportunity. The football played by Lille reminds me of the one played by Barcelona. I'd like the club to win the league title again this season."

But just what can Cole offer to Lille OSC? For one thing, Cole has excellent skill on the ball. He can also play on either wing or a central attacking midfield role.

The 29-year-old will most likely fit in as a winger, where he would replace Gervinho, who moved to Arsenal earlier this summer.

Can Cole earn a spot in England's Euro 2012 squad with a successful season in France? I really do not see it happening with Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson and even Tom Cleverley ahead of the former England star.

That being said, if he stays healthy, Cole could indeed put in a fine season. The domestic league in France does not have quite the level of competition of the English Premier League, which can only make one fancy Cole's chances.

Cole is also likely to start in the majority of Lille's UEFA Champions League matches, and he already seems up for the challenge.

''The squad is young, but I'm here to help the team and bring my experience. It's a great challenge for me. I'm going to discover a different style of football, which can only be positive," said Cole.

The most important thing for Cole is that he will be finally get to play first-team football. Playing on a team that won the league last season and qualified for the Champions League is just icing on the cake for the Englishman.

He is surely set up for success in 2011-12, but the only question is: Can he stay fit?


22-09-2011, 01:57 PM
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard 'targeted by super-rich Anzhi'

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Frank Lampard have emerged as the latest transfer targets for big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Russian club stunned the football world last month by signing Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan and making him the world's highest-paid player

Suleyman Kerimov, Anzhi's billionaire owner, is keen to add more big names to a squad that also features Roberto Carlos, Diego Tardelli and Yuri Zhirkov.

Reports in the Russian press suggest the ageing England midfielders are next on Anzhi's shopping list.

Moving to Dagestan would offer Gerrard, 31, and Lampard, 33, the chance to add sizeable sums to their pension funds, as the club are prepared to hand them two-year contracts worth £13million a season.

It seems unlikely either player will be tempted by the move, as they are already multimillionaires and would be reluctant to relocate their families to Russia.

Should they decide the money on offer is too good to turn down, Gerrard and Lampard may find they are managed by a familiar face next season, as Anzhi are also reported to be keen to make England coach Fabio Capello their manager.


29-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Arsenal face fight with Real Madrid over Hazard

Arsene Wenger is facing a new battle with Real Madrid for Lille starlet Eden Hazard.

Arsenal boss Wenger has zeroed in on Hazard as his number one transfer target after having an attempt to sign the Belgian forward turned down in the summer.

But Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has also put Hazard at the top of his hit-list - and is going all out to convince him to move to the Bernabeu next summer.

It is believed Zidane, hero of France's 1998 World Cup Final win, tried to convince the French champions not to entertain any approaches from Arsenal in the summer, because of Real’s interest.

Real are now monitoring the 20-year-old - and that could be a major blow to Arsenal’s chances of landing him.

Wenger, who has tracked Hazard for two years, had an enquiry knocked back for him this summer but is hoping to approach Lille again


29-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Hazard menurut gw pemain yang cukup bagus,,masih muda lagi..
Wajar bgt kalo arsenal madrid bersaing memperebutkan ni pemain..

29-09-2011, 04:28 PM
Beck mau gak yaa ... ???

QPR confirm interest in making David Beckham Loftus Road's next big signing in November


Queens Park Rangers co-owner Amit Bhatia has confirmed the club’s intention of offering David Beckham a playing contract in November.

Beckham’s deal with MLS side LA Galaxy expires in November and QPR owners Tony Fernandes and Bhatia are eager to make him their next big name signing.

Bhatia previously denied the club were interested but now says: ‘Would we be prepared to offer him a chance to play for QPR? The answer to that question is yes, we would be willing to make him an offer.

‘It’s something Tony and I have discussed and we would throw our hat into the ring for someone like him.

‘It’s up to Beckham — or any other player of that calibre — to decide whether he wants to join QPR.

‘I’m not certain Beckham would want to join a newly promoted club.

‘If he wanted to come to London maybe he would choose Tottenham.’

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his interest in the 36-year old, saying last month: 'I don't think you would ever say no to David Beckham. He would bring a lot to any club.'

Beckham has also been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain after the club's sporting director Leonardo expressed his desire to link up with the former England captain.

Beckham played under Leonardo during his second loan spell with AC Milan. But the LA Galaxy star is believed to favour a move back to the Premier League with aspirations of playing in next summer's London Olympics.

29-09-2011, 04:40 PM
Beck mau gak yaa ... ???

QPR confirm interest in making David Beckham Loftus Road's next big signing in November


Queens Park Rangers co-owner Amit Bhatia has confirmed the club’s intention of offering David Beckham a playing contract in November.

Beckham’s deal with MLS side LA Galaxy expires in November and QPR owners Tony Fernandes and Bhatia are eager to make him their next big name signing.

Bhatia previously denied the club were interested but now says: ‘Would we be prepared to offer him a chance to play for QPR? The answer to that question is yes, we would be willing to make him an offer.

‘It’s something Tony and I have discussed and we would throw our hat into the ring for someone like him.

‘It’s up to Beckham — or any other player of that calibre — to decide whether he wants to join QPR.

‘I’m not certain Beckham would want to join a newly promoted club.

‘If he wanted to come to London maybe he would choose Tottenham.’

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his interest in the 36-year old, saying last month: 'I don't think you would ever say no to David Beckham. He would bring a lot to any club.'

Beckham has also been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain after the club's sporting director Leonardo expressed his desire to link up with the former England captain.

Beckham played under Leonardo during his second loan spell with AC Milan. But the LA Galaxy star is believed to favour a move back to the Premier League with aspirations of playing in next summer's London Olympics.

Rumornya udah lama bgt..
Tp akhirnya baru sekarang charimannya QPR ngaku..

Gw yakin, becks pasti mau, dy pernah ngungkapin harapn balik ke epl. Masalahnya gw rasa cuma 1 : HARGA >:)

29-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Bukannya kontrak dia mau habis? Klo harga sih nggak terlalu mahal. Yang mahal justu gajinya.

14-10-2011, 06:03 PM
January Transfer Window: 5 Most Ridiculous Rumors So Far

Is David Beckham heading back to England?

Is he really going to join QPR? Or would he really go back to Manchester United?

How about France? PSG, anyone?

Ridiculous, isn't it?

All of it is ridiculous, but sometimes that's the name of the game in world football transfer rumors.

Heck, in the past week alone we saw rumors that Rio Ferdinand was heading to MLS, Ashley Cole was going to Russia and Lassana Diarra was, well, you'll find out.

Brek Shea to Half the Premier League

OK, so maybe it wasn't half the Premier League.

But it was the entire Top 4.

The word out of England earlier this week was that up-and-coming American midfielder Brek Shea is on the wish lists of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

We could see one, but all four?

FC Dallas certainly doesn't think so, according to ESPN.

Shea has been a breakout star recently for the United States with his blazing runs and creative flair out on the left wing.

We wish him the best, really, but we don't actually think all four of those clubs want him.

Rio Ferdinand to MLS

Last week, some comments got taken out of context and according to The Guardian, linked Rio Ferdinand to a move to the Chicago Fire of MLS.


Sky Sports said Ferdinand's agent quickly squashed the rumors, but you know how these things go.

We'll probably hear about it through January and into next summer.

Ashley Cole to Russia

Earlier this week, The Sun claimed Ashley Cole could be heading to Russia to play for Anzhi Makhachkala.

Apparently the Russian club was going to pay Cole £200,000 per week.

Yeah, OK.

Lassana Diarra to Doncaster Rovers
You have to hand it to The Sun. Their writers come up with some interesting stuff.

This one is particularly outrageous: Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid to…

Wait for it…

Doncaster Rovers.

Sure, Diarra played at Portsmouth. And he's out of favor at Real.

But Doncaster? Really?

David Beckham to Everyone

David Beckham has been linked to a move from the Los Angeles Galaxy to PSG.

He's been linked with a move to QPR.

He's been linked with a move to Manchester United.

It's a circus. It's ridiculous.

He's going to make a move, but it's probably not going to be a move to any of those teams.

Why would he go back to Manchester United? Why would they want him back?

Would he really play for QPR?

Would he want to go to France instead of England?

Let's all just catch our breath and wait it out.


21-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Chelsea And Manchester City Enter £40m Race For Lille’s Eden Hazard

Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge want starlet.


Chelsea and Manchester City will join Arsenal and Liverpool next summer in a £40million battle for Lille winger Eden Hazard.

The 20-year-old has become one of the hottest properties in Europe thanks to his dazzling performances in Ligue 1.

Manchester City football development executive, Patrick Vieira, watched Belgian international in action against Inter in the Champions League last night.

The former Arsenal, Inter and City midfielder was in the crowd at the Stade Metropole as the French champions lost 1-0 to Inter in Group B.

But Lille academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme, the man who took Hazard to France, suggests his suitors also include Chelsea but they will all have to wait until the summer.

“Eden is certainly willing to stay at Lille at least until next summer,” he said. “Here is his home, this is his garden.

“Chelsea has been following him the closest.

“The Spaniards have not manifested themselves yet, but I think they are playing it smart and will call when they know they have to – I’m talking about Real, but also about Barcelona.”

“The buyer will have to come up with a lot of money – let us say he is not currently to go for less than £40million.”


01-11-2011, 01:19 PM
Hazard confirms he will leave Lille


In-demand Lille forward Eden Hazard has alerted clubs around Europe by admitting that he wants to leave the French champions at the end of the season.

Hazard, 20, has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the past - with other clubs in England and Spain also believed to have followed the Belgium international's progress intently.

Despite being tipped for a move abroad last summer Hazard decided to remain at Stade Lille-Metropole to experience Champions League football with his current club, but he has now made it clear that he wants a new challenge at the end of the current campaign.

"I am ready to go to the next level at a big club," Hazard told French newspaper L'Equipe. "I won't leave in January. It would be silly to do so. But it's my last season at Lille.

"I stayed with Lille this year because I still had things to work on and prove. But now I'm ready. I feel able to play in another country."

Hazard has also previously been linked with Real Madrid, and he boosted their hopes of negotiating a transfer by making it clear he has no intention of staying in Ligue 1 - despite the fact Qatari-backed Paris Saint Germain are reportedly prepared to pay around £35 million to secure his signature.

"Paris is not for now," he added. "Paris is magical, as they say. Of course it attracts me. But for now, no, I will not go there.

"I do not want to go to a rival of Lille's in France. It would be inconsistent. The fans would not understand."

Long touted as one of the most exciting prospects in European football, Hazard is less certain he deserves all the praise he has received since emerging on the scene as a 16-year-old.

"Sometimes I think it's a little too ... 'Eden did this, Eden did that' ... Do I deserve all this praise? I do not know. It's nice, but I do not pay too much attention either," he said.


salah satu pemain terpanas dibursa transfer akhir musim nanti setelah Hazard mengatakan siap hengkang dari Lille. banyak klub yg mengincar pemain ini diantaranya Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, City, Madrid dll. kita liat saja sapa yg akan mendapat tandatangannya

09-11-2011, 04:11 PM
Top 5 Premier League Transfer Rumors of the Day

Another day, another round of Premier League transfer rumors. January is less than two months away, so now it's crunch time for the big clubs to start preparing their bids.

As always, these are mere speculations and should be taken with a grain of salt or two. So make of them what you will, and if you have anyone in particular you'd like to see at your favorite Premier League club, or you think this whole thing is just ridiculous, have at it in the comments.

Carlos Tévez to Liverpool?

Here's a rather surprising one.

A move for Manchester City's want-away striker Carlos Tévez, following his lack of first team appearances and mounting tension with manager Roberto Mancini, has been labeled as pretty much a certainty; it's just a matter of where he'll go. Cash-flush Málaga and Paris Saint-Germain have been discussed as possibilities, as have his old clubs Corinthians and Boca Juniors.

But according to a report from the International Business Times, Tévez's agent Kia Joorabchian has said that now that the striker is settled in England, he could very well stay in the Premiership. Harry Redknapp has reportedly expressed a desire to see him at Tottenham, if an affordable deal could be worked out.

Kenny Dalglish is also looking into bringing him on to Liverpool to ramp up the Reds' struggling attack. With Andy Carroll disappointing and the Reds, they need another goal-scorer to play alongside Luis Suárez. Tévez may appear to be a viable option.

Arsenal, Manchester City in the Race for Marco Reus

First it was Mario, now it's Marco.

As Europe's top-flight clubs continue to chase teenage Borussia Dortmund playmaker, Mario Götze, another young German star is raising eyebrows in the Premiership. He is 22-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach attacker Marco Reus.

Reus, who is rated at £15 million and can play as an attacking midfielder or a striker, has been a hot talent in the Bundesliga so far this season; he's scored five doubles in the league, two in back-to-back matches these past two weeks against Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96, and his efforts have helped put Gladbach, who last year flirted with relegation, at a solid fourth in the league.

Arsenal are reportedly interested, hoping to beef up their attacking options, as are Manchester City and Bayern Munich. A move to the Premiership seems more likely, but with Reus contracted with Die Fohlen until 2015, whoever comes for him will have to drop some serious cash.

Chelsea May Find Its Future at La Masia

Chelsea is one of several Premier League clubs looking to the famed FC Barcelona academy, La Masia and its Segunda División side, Barcelona B, to bring some up-and-coming talent to Stamford Bridge and follow up on the promise of Oriol Romeu.

According to this report, sports director Michael Emenalo had a visit to the academy to look at prospects, and among the names that have piqued the Blues' interest are 20-year-old defender Marc Batra. Also being looked at are right midfielder Martin Montoya and 18-year-old Rafinha Alcântara, the younger brother of Barça rising star Thiago. Manchester United have expressed interest in bringing on Thiago, and Spurs have also been linked to several names on this list.

Another name from La Masia is 19-year-old midfielder Roberto Sergi, but with a €12 million release clause, he may be tougher to come by.

Gunners to Drop Mad Cash for Alexandre Pato?

A rumor reported on in the International Business Times says the latest big name to be on Arsenal's radar is AC Milan's highly-rated young striker, Alexandre Pato. At only 22, the Brazilian international has still scored 50 goals for Massimiliano Allegri's side, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho to compete with, he sometimes has trouble seeing first-team action. With Robinho back to fitness and returning to form, Pato will lose his place in the AC Milan first team and may seek a side where he can make more of an impact.

With Marouane Chamakh rumored to be leaving the Emirates in January and Park Chu-Young still untested, it's looking as though Arsenal could use another striker to complement the on-fire but injury-prone Robin Van Persie. According to the IBT, the Gunners may be preparing a record-breaking £35 million to bring Pato, also a rumored transfer target for Chelsea, away from San Siro.

Seydou Doumbia Looking for a Move to North London

Ivorian international Seydou Doumbia has impressed at CSKA Moscow, scoring 22 goals in 27 games along with eight assists and attracting the interest of Tottenham Hotspur.

Doumbia, too, is interested in a move to North London:

”I am very interested in playing in the English league. Harry Redknapp is a coach African players love, so who knows? It is only paper talk at the moment. I want to make a name for myself in the Russian league and in the Champions League as well, the rest will come once I am playing very well. My dream is to play in the Premier League, everyone knows that,” he said.

But Spurs' North London rivals may also be interested in a move for the striker, who is contracted at CSKA until 2015 and may come with a price tag at £35 million, although it's difficult to imagine a club actually shelling that much out for Doumbia. But Arsenal may be investigating bringing him on to ramp up their striking options, and Doumbia has said to the Gunners, "if you want me, you can have me":

"From childhood I've dreamed of England, but CSKA plays at a very high level. I'm very happy here," he said. "If Arsenal want to buy me, they must first talk to CSKA, then perhaps I'll be allowed to go."


11-11-2011, 12:12 PM
Hazard will snub Chelsea and Arsenal to follow Real Madrid dream


Belgian superstar Eden Hazard will turn his back on the Premier League to pursue his dream of joining Real Madrid.

Hazard has already admitted he wants to leave Lille next summer to further his career and it is now believed he has made it clear that he want to go to Madrid.

Chelsea and Arsenal have both been keen on the Lille forward and it is believed Chelsea and Paris Saint German have made approaches.

But Hazard wants to pursue his dream of moving to Real Madrid and their director of football Zinedine Zidane has recommended the Spanish giants sign him.


yakin mau ke Madrid? dijamin bakal jadi cadangan dah

11-11-2011, 01:26 PM
Hazard will snub Chelsea and Arsenal to follow Real Madrid dream

Ya ampun judul beritanya bener2 dah super lebay :sikat:
Ini statement yg katanya keluar dr mulut hazard dan agennya... Madrid? Welcome to the end of your career ;))

Eden Hazard Hanya Ingin Hengkang Ke Real Madrid

Winger Lille, Eden Hazard menyatakan dirinya hanya ingin hengkang ke Real Madrid jika dirinya harus hengkang dari Les Douges. yang belakangan santer diberitakan bakal ke Real Madrid akhirnya pun mengamini dirinya memang bertekad memperkuat klub asuhan Jose Mourinho itu.

Sebelumnya, masa depan pemain asal Belgia ini kerap diberitakan oleh media. Ia telah menjadi incaran klub-klub besar dari seluruh manca negara. Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Paris-Saint Germain, AC Milan, dan Inter Milan adalah klub-klub yang diberitakan mengincar Hazard.

Namun, Hazard tampaknya sudah memiliki pilihan sendiri mengenai masa depannya.

“Saya ingin sekali bermain untuk Real Madrid. Saya tidak ingin bermain untuk tim lain manapun kecuali Madrid,” ujar Hazard kepada El Confidencial.

Pernyataan ini diperkuat oleh agen sang pemain, John Bico. Ia merasa Madrid adalah pilihan yang tepat bagi masa depan sang. Bahkan sang agen juga mengungkapkan bahwa tawaran dari kubu El Real telah diterimanya, namun ada sedikit kendala.

“Siapa yang tidak ingin bermain untuk Real Madrid? Mereka salah satu tim raksasa di dunia,” ujar Bico

“Kami telah menerima tawaran dari Real, namun ada banyak pula tawaran dari klub lain,”

14-11-2011, 12:30 PM
Rangers target Indian market as boss Ally McCoist swoops for strike duo

Chhetri, left, and Lalpekhlua, below.


RANGERS are weighing up a shock move to sign two Indian international strikers - in the hope of opening up a new market in the subcontinent.

Record Sport can reveal Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chhetri are expected to arrive in Glasgow before the end of this month to begin a trial with Ally McCoist's squad.

And the visit - which has been set up by director of football Gordon Smith - has been timed to allow McCoist to make a move to sign one or both when the transfer window opens in January.

The potential double swoop is also being looked upon in the Ibrox boardroom as a chance to open a new revenue stream into the lucrative Asian market where both players are held in high regard.

Lalpekhlua is hailed as the hottest kid in the Indian game after bursting into the international team this year at the age of 20, scoring four goals in his first three games. He plays for Pune.


Rangers chief operating officer Ali Russell said: "Sunil and Jeje will be assessed at Murray Park next week and will have every chance to impress the management team.

"Both players have excelled in the I-League and now have the chance to train with Rangers.

"The club is attracting interest globally and there is now a huge appetite across the Atlantic following the recent signings of USA captain Carlos Bocanegra and rising star Alejandro Bedoya."

Chhetri - under contract with I-League rivals Mohun Bagan AC - was regarded as the country's poster boy and has been linked with Celtic and QPR.

In August 2009 his agent claimed the Parkhead club were considering an offer after sending scouts to run the rule over the striker.

But later that month Chhetri signed a three-year contract at Loftus Road only to have his dream move to Europe collapse after failing to secure a work permit.

He then failed to make an impact in the USA after a failed stint with Kansas City Wizards in 2010.

Meanwhile, anxious shareholders could be given the chance to grill new owner Craig Whyte at a much-awaited agm just six days before Christmas.

Record Sport can reveal that although no date has been set officially, Monday December 19 has been pencilled in for the meeting at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

That would mean Whyte will have only three weeks left to make public the first set of accounts since buying Sir David Murray's majority shareholding for £1 in May.

It's understood the auditing process should be signed off in the next few days. If December 19 is confirmed Whyte will then have until November 28 to send the accounts to shareholders.

The meeting should provide much needed clarity on the financial health of a club that has been rocked by rumours of administration throughout Whyte's six months at the helm.

Whyte insists he has become the target of a malicious whispering campaign designed to blacken his name and undermine the SPL champions.

This week a longrunning £49million dispute with HMRC was reconvened in court, with a final decision expected in February or March.


kapan neh pemain Indonesia diincar klub luar, masa kalah ama India?

22-11-2011, 02:58 PM
Neymar Transfer: Will He Move to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea?


“It's like putting the gloves of a heavyweight champion on the hands of an unproven featherweight and telling him to go out there and knock out the opposition.”

Those were the words Ashley Cole conjured up in his autobiography to describe a then 19-year-old Cesc Fàbregas.

Cole’s analysis (which proved to be wrong) can be attributed to Santos’ 19-year-old prodigious forward Neymar.

He is literally a featherweight with a heavyweight transfer fee.

Let’s analyse his career so far, his inflated transfer fee, if he is worth that fee, which clubs he would move to and whether or not he would succeed in the upper echelons of world football.

Neymar’s Current Situation
Neymar recently signed a contract extension through to 2014, which is the year Brazil host the FIFA World Cup.

Santos will have to cough up R$20.4 million a year in salary to the teenager and it is clear what their motive is.

Barring unforeseeable circumstances, Neymar will continue to perform for Santos and perhaps even better his current results. Going into the FIFA World Cup, his contract would have been extended to, say, 2017.

If Brazil win the World Cup and Neymar wins the Golden Ball, then that is when Santos will hold an auction of Neymar.

Risks in Santos' Strategy
Neymar's safety

I hope Santos have a security team around Neymar and his family because R$20.4 million a year is a way out for some people with nefarious intentions.

There is more to life than kicking a ball around, and if something was to happen to Neymar or his loved ones because of his earnings, one wonders what type of psychological damage it could do to the teenager.

Loss of form

R$20.4 million a year perhaps with bonuses and potentially the ability to earn more will be incentive for Neymar to continue his excellent form.

What if he loses that form? He could just be a flash in the pan like Nii Lamptey.

Career-debilitating injury

Every game Neymar plays, Santos are praying that he will not suffer a career-debilitating injury. They will do this for three years and if he does unfortunately suffer such an injury, say bye-bye to that monumental transfer fee.

Comparing Neymar to Other Brazilian Exports
Ronaldo (1994): Cruzeiro to PSV Eindhoven for £4.8 million. Two years later, PSV sold Ronaldo to Barcelona for £13.2 million.

Roberto Carlos (1995): Palmeiras to Inter Milan for £3 million. A year later, Inter Milan sold Carlos to Real Madrid for £5.3 million.

Rivaldo (1996): Palmeiras to Deportivo La Coruña for £10.5 million. A year later, Deportivo sold Rivaldo to Barcelona for £20.7 million.

Denílson (1998): São Paulo to Real Betis for £21.5 million (world record transfer fee at the time). Seven years later, Denílson leaves for Bordeaux on a free transfer.

Ronaldinho (2001): Grêmio to Paris Saint-Germain for £4.5 million. Two years later, PSG sold Ronaldinho to Barcelona for £28 million.

Kaká (2003): São Paulo to A.C. Milan for £7.3 million. Six years later, A.C. Milan sold Kaká to Real Madrid for £57.2 million.

Robinho (2005): Santos to Real Madrid for £21.1 million. Three years later, Real Madrid sold Robinho to Manchester City for £37.8 million.

With the exception of Denílson, Brazilian clubs generally sell themselves short when European clubs poach their star asset.

This explains why Santos are trying to inflate Neymar's transfer fee; players like him come once every decade.

Look at Kaká: São Paulo only sold him for £7.3 million and A.C. Milan ended up making a £49.9 million profit

Real Madrid
Santos President Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro slammed Real Madrid for their "unfortunate and arrogant attitude, typical of a colonial mentality" in attempting to sign Neymar.

Translation: Real Madrid didn't offer what Santos requested.

I cannot envision Neymar fitting into the current Real Madrid team, let alone obeying José Mourinho's commands.

Mario Balotelli, someone who is more conducive to European football, came off second best when he attempted to wage a cold war with the Special One.

Mourinho won the treble with two of Inter Milan's most talented youngsters (Balotelli and Davide Santon) watching and thinking what could have been if I had listened and obeyed.

If I can be crude, Neymar would fit in well with Barcelona because he is a prolific diver.

Neymar has moved into the centre for Santos and that is the same position Lionel Messi plays at Barcelona.

I recall Neymar having a t-shirt which said "It's good to be the king."

At Barcelona, Neymar wouldn't even be the prince, let alone the king—court jester perhaps?

"Més que un club"—more than a club—is Barcelona's motto.

Even though Barcelona have been engulfed with diving and being sore losers, the last thing they need is to add a problematic and egotistical forward like Neymar.

Romário didn't even last three seasons.

Neymar's propensity to dive and his love of audacious highlight reel skills will not go down well with Premier League defenders.

Chelsea need exciting and youthful players, but one has to ask: how will Neymar adjust to the cultural barrier of London and if he is willing to play tough week in, week out?

Even if he can tough it out, can he control himself and not get himself sent off?

I watched him get fouled all over the place against Atlético Mineiro and he vented to the one person who did not foul him—the referee, who sent Neymar off.

If Neymar was to choose England as his destination (which would be an unwise decision), one can only assume it would be for monetary purposes.

It's not 2004; Chelsea are not the richest club in England.

Manchester City
Let's assume Neymar scores 40 goals a season for Santos and wins the Golden Ball as Brazil win the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

£100 million for Santos and perhaps £1 million a week for Neymar.

How could those offers possibly be turned down?

Pelé could have been a Juventus player if not for the Brazilian government listing the prolific goalscorer as a national treasure.

Juventus cannot offer the most money, they don't have the world's best players and I'm sure someone like Neymar would prefer Milan over Turin.

A.C. Milan and Inter Milan
Neymar going to A.C. Milan sounds logical given the Brazilian contingent there and his potential link-up with Alexandre Pato.

Inter Milan seems more of an outsider, plus the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Kerlon hardly getting playing time isn't going to be a positive spin for Neymar.

The only way I see either club signing Neymar is if he suffers a career-debilitating injury or goes through a barren run of form and Santos want to sell him as soon as possible.

Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain are the only club in the world that can rival Manchester City in spending.

The French club are owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, who are estimated to hold $60 billion worth of assets.

If Real Madrid and Barcelona cannot afford Neymar, then it would turn into a bidding war between Manchester City and PSG.

Anzhi Makhachkala
Owned by the self-made Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, Anzhi Makhachkala have risen from relative obscurity to a recognisable name in European football.

Samuel Eto'o is the highest paid footballer in the world, but he has played for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan and won everything there is worth winning.

Neymar will be venturing into Europe having won nothing.

Neymar will want to play for a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona; if not, then he will want to earn the most amount of money.

Makhachkala cannot contend with Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain on that front.

My Opinion of Neymar
Everybody is kung fu fighting...

The end to the Copa Libertadores final between Santos and Peñarol was a farce.

You had Fabián Estoyanoff going all Bruce Lee and then you had Neymar stomping on a Peñarol player who was already down.

This itself sums up Neymar—emotionally fragile.

Then again you could say the same thing about Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane.

Some of things Neymar can do with the football are outrageous.

I believe he is the most overhyped player in recent memory, but I wouldn't say he is overrated; the talent is there.

If I was managing him, I'd advise him not to play for an English club, because he will go bonkers and lose it when Premier League defenders start giving him extra attention.


01-12-2011, 12:51 PM
Ganso wants to extend Santos contract


Santos star Ganso looks set to follow team-mate Neymar in signing a new contract at the club and says he wants to open talks after December's Club World Cup.

Ganso, 22, has been tipped as one of the game's brightest stars and has been linked with a number of top clubs including AC Milan, Inter and Manchester United. The Brazilian midfielder has a deal that currently runs until 2015, with a reported £50 million buy-out clause installed in it.

However, after claiming that he would stay for the club's centenary year a few months ago, the player now says that he is even willing to extend his deal.

"My desire is to reach an agreement with those at Santos and extend my contract here," he said. "I have told the president I want to talk in January after the Club World Cup."

Neymar recently signed a new contract with Santos until 2014, while the club are also keen to bring back former stars Diego and Robinho ahead of their centenary celebrations in 2012.


06-12-2011, 12:39 PM
Hulk will only leave for £88m - agent


Manchester City have been warned that they will have to pay a world-record £88 million if they wish to sign FC Porto striker Hulk in the January transfer window.

Hulk, 25, bagged 36 goals last season to help his side to win the Europa League, Portuguese League and Portuguese Cup under Andre Villas-Boas.

The Brazilian is viewed as one of the hottest properties on the continent and, although City have splashed over £70 million on Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli up front already, with wantaway Carlos Tevez set to leave the club, the Premier League leaders may dip into the transfer market again.

However, if City want to bring Hulk to Manchester, his agent Teodoro Fonseca has revealed it will take an unprecedented sum.

"Five clubs have offered £40 million and Porto didn't accept it," Fonseca said. "Only if someone meets the £88 million buyout clause - if it happened, it couldn't be blocked."

Porto must win their final group game against Zenit St Petersburg to seal progress to the next stage of the Champions League, although Hulk would be cup-tied for the competition should City swoop in the next window.


13-12-2011, 02:22 PM
Transfer Window: Tevez, Drogba and Ranking the Most Wanted Players in January


It is that time of the year when teams try to temp up their squads ahead of a tough fight for the end.

It is the time for managers to make a couple of buys and fortify their defense, midfield or attack, whichever might be falling short. While the January 2011 transfer window saw some last-minute high-value deals, this time the same can also be expected.

With numerous clubs struggling with injuries or lack of form of players, the New Year is expected to start with some bang for football fans all over the world.

With transfer rumour windmills working in full throttle, there is news galore, but only the end of this transfer window will prove which of the rumours has been true. In the following slides, we rank the most wanted players who will be in high demand this upcoming transfer window.

Gary Cahill

Bolton Wanderers' often erratic defender is presently one of the most sought after English defenders with a host of top English clubs vying for his signature.

With Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham believed to be the in the competition for securing the services of the defender whose contract expires end of the season, Bolton will be looking to cash in on their want-away defender.

The English defender has been Chelsea's long-term interest, who are also considered to be favourites to sign him, but with a move to Tottenham guaranteeing him regular first-team football, the bidding might get interesting.

With Nemanja Vidic being ruled out for the rest of season, even Manchester United could enter the race to sign the central defender at a bargained price to cover for the absence of Vidic

Didier Drogba

Chelsea's aging Ivorian hitman has looked rusty in front of the goal this new season. With new manager Andre Villas-Boas emphasizing the transition of his aged squad to a youthful one, Drogba has seen himself warming the bench most of the new season.

But his performances in the last couple of matches (especially against Valencia in the Champions League) has guaranteed him a start ahead of the misfiring Fernando Torres.

Drogba and Chelsea had failed to reach an agreement over a new contract extension but after his display against Valencia, it seems Chelsea might concede some grounds to keep their striker at Stamford Bridge.

With Drogba's contract expiring over the summer, next year numerous clubs will be looking to get the deadly striker's signature. With Italian giants AC Milan along with premier league rivals Tottenham expressing interest in the Ivorian, a January bidding competition might be on the cards.

Robin Van Persie

Arsene Wenger must be spending sleepless nights over the future of his in-form striker.

Arsenal's flying Dutchman, Robin van Persie, has hit top gear this season scoring goals in almost every match. Such has been his form that Arsenal are trying to tie him down to a new contract. The charismatic Arsenal skipper is presently regarded as one of the most in-demand striker in the world.

Van Persie has expressed his desire to leave the Emirates in search for greener pastures and with only a year and a half left on his contract, Wenger will have to fight off stiff competition from rival clubs to keep his main man in the North London club.

With Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Juventus rumoured to be interested in securing his services, Arsenal might be tested with some heavy bidding from these clubs in the January transfer window.

It will be interesting to see if Wenger can convince his highly-regarded striker to extend his stay or whether it turns out a Nasri-like situation.


The Brazilian wonderkid, who has been predicted to be the next Pele, is undoubtedly one of the most sought after players in the world presently.

The summer of 2011 saw an extensive courtship by Chelsea end in failure, with the youngster signing a new deal at Santos. His performances have attracted interest from top European clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, all of whom are ready to launch a bidding contest to land his signature.

Though advised by his predecessors to join Spanish giants Real Madrid or stay back at Brazil, the January transfer window will see his long-time suitor Chelsea enter the competition to try to tempt the promising youngster out of South America.

It remains to be seen which club jersey he will wear in February.

Carlos Tevez

One player whose transfer will be undoubtedly be the most-followed is Manchester City's prodigal son, Carlos Tevez.

The Argentine, who saw himself banned for a touchline bust up with City manager Roberto Mancini, has been a thorn in the throat for City.

After being fined by the club, Tevez left for his native Argentina without seeking any permission, an action that forced Mancini to declare him unwanted in the City squad.

The prospect of Tevez donning a City shirt is nil and the Citizens are looking at offers to sell him off. With several European powerhouse interested in him, most notably Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, it would mean a high bidding war come January.

While Italian giants AC Milan saw their loan bid rejected, cash-rich French club Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign the fiery Argentine.

Tevez is no doubt a top-class player and every top club will be looking to have him in their squad which will shall surely result in a bidding war and also make him the most wanted player in the January transfer window.


09-01-2012, 12:47 PM
QPR lodge £5m bid to sign Christopher Samba from Blackburn Rovers

•Neil Warnock's side looking to strengthen squad
• Samba signed for Rovers from Hertha Berlin in 2007


Queens Park Rangers are believed to have made a £5m bid for the Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba.

The newly-promoted side have made no secret of their ambition to bring in new faces during the January transfer window as they look to stave off relegation.

The QPR manager Neil Warnock has openly admitted he needs to strengthen the squad, highlighting centre-back and attack as the key area for reinforcements.

Having completed the loan signing of the Manchester United striker Federico Macheda earlier this week, Warnock has now turned his attention to bringing in Samba to sure up his defence.

Samba, who is also believed to be a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, has been at Ewood Park since 2007, having joined from German side Hertha Berlin.


10-01-2012, 05:32 AM
Baggies bring in Allan
Dundee United youngster makes move to Hawthorns


West Brom have completed the signing of youngster Scott Allan from Dundee United for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old midfielder was identified by Roy Hodgson as somebody who could improve the Baggies' squad and he passed a medical at The Hawthorns on Friday.

He has now sealed his move to West Brom to become their first new recruit of the January window.

Hodgson will be delighted to have won the chase for Allan after he also attracted interest from Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers.
Allan's contract at Tannadice had been set to expire in the summer and he turned down the offer of a new deal.

United confirmed he had joined West Brom, with manager Peter Houston telling his club's official website: "I'd like to wish Scott all the best for his future career, it is a fantastic opportunity for him to go down to the English Premier League.
"The completion of the deal at this time was beneficial for both the player and the club."

10-01-2012, 09:36 AM
Robbie Keane close to Aston Villa loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy

Aston Villa expect to sign Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on a two-month loan within the next 24 hours.


Keane, 31, is training with Villa and could face Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan, who is back at Everton, at Villa Park on Saturday.

The Ireland forward had been training with Tottenham before linking up with the Midlands club.

Villa boss Alex McLeish said: "We are certainly pursuing it and, at the moment, both parties are keen."

Former Villa manager John Gregory tried to sign Keane 12 years ago from Wolves but they would not meet the asking price and he moved instead to West Midlands neighbours Coventry.

Last season, when he was Birmingham manager, McLeish came close to signing Keane in a £6m deal from Spurs.

The two clubs agreed a fee but personal terms proved a stumbling block and Keane joined West Ham on loan before making the switch to the United States last summer.

A loan deal for Keane is expected to cost Villa about £400,000 and if completed he would join up with Republic team-mates Shay Given and Richard Dunne.

It is believed Keane wants to stay sharp for the Euro 2012 finals by continuing to play before the Major League Soccer season begins in March.

Last week, McLeish dismissed rumours that Darren Bent could be sold to Liverpool.

"We've not heard a thing from Liverpool," the Scotsman said. "I'm aware of the speculation.

"But, even if there was contact, we wouldn't want to entertain selling our top scorer of last season. He is a prolific marksman."

•1997-99 Wolverhampton Wanderers
•1999-2000 Coventry City
•2000-01 Inter Milan
•2001-02 Leeds United
•2002-08 Tottenham Hotspur
•2008-09 Liverpool
•2009-11 Tottenham Hotspur
•2010 Celtic (loan)
•2011 West Ham United (loan)
•2011-date LA Galaxy


siap2 nyusul Donovan neh. Beckham gak loan ke United? :-"

10-01-2012, 12:25 PM
Harry: Ba available for less than £7m


Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has claimed Newcastle United striker Demba Ba's release clause is less than £7 million.

Ba, 26, has arguably been the signing of last summer after joining Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham United and since scoring 15 goals in 19 Premier League matches.

The Senegal international's form has sparked rumours of interest in his signature, with Spurs boss Redknapp credited with being keen to bring him to White Hart Lane.

Magpies coach Alan Pardew would loathe to lose Ba, although it seems the forward's club could have little say over his future should a side match his reported release fee.

When asked about a £10 million release clause, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror: "I think you will find it is a lot less than that."

And when pressed further on whether it is as little as £7 million, he replied: "Even less than that."


11-01-2012, 01:07 PM
Premier League Transfer Rumour Market: Whose Stock Is Up and Whose Is Down?

You're reading the right article if you want to keep up to date with the latest January Premier League transfer rumours and the stock of potential transfer targets.

Has Wesley Sneijder's stock gone down due to the signing of Paul Scholes?

How much is Demba Ba worth? Has his stock gone up or down?

Read on to find out.

Newcastle United: Demba Ba

Performance based stock: £20 million
Estimated stock: £6.6 million
Predicted transfer fee: £6.5 million

Demba Ba's performances would be worth £20 million, but considering his failed medical at Stoke City, it halves his stock.

Neil Ashton at the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle United had inserted a £10 million release clause into Ba's contract.

Harry Redknapp chimed in and stated Ba's release clause was less than £7 million.

Legitimate destination/s: Liverpool (FOX SPORTS) and Tottenham Hotspur (guardian.co.uk)

Ba has flirted with the idea of returning to France to play for Paris Saint-Germain

Huddersfield Town: Jordan Rhodes

Performance based stock: £3 million
Estimated stock: £650,000
Predicted transfer fee: £5 million

Jordan Rhodes' prolific goal scoring is impressive but you have to keep in mind that it's League One.

Last season, Peterborough United's Craig Mackail-Smith scored 35 goals in 56 games, and was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion for £2.5 million.

Rhodes' recent five goal haul against Wycombe Wanderers will ensure his stock peaks this month.

Legitimate destination/s: Everton (Mirror Football) and West Ham United (Daily Mail)

Blackburn Rovers: Junior Hoilett

Performance based stock: £7 million
Estimated stock: £4 million
Predicted transfer fee: £3 million

Junior Hoilett is the most successful dribbler in the Premier League, as he has completed three successful dribbles per game.

This season, Hoilett went on a run where he scored a goal and provided four assists in seven games.

With Blackburn Rovers' Premier League future still undecided combined with Hoilett's contract running out in six months, Rovers are in no position to play hard ball.

The more clubs that are legitimately interested in buying Hoilett, the higher the transfer fee, because Rovers can force all the clubs to bid against each other.

If only one club is legitimately interested in buying Hoilett, then the transfer fee will be significantly lower, because that club can strong arm Rovers.

Legitimate destination/s: Bolton Wanderers (The Bolton News)

Arsenal: Andrei Arshavin

Performance based stock: £2.5 million
Estimated stock: £15 million
Predicted transfer fee: £12 million

Andrei Arshavin has been terrible for Arsenal.

Thankfully for Arsène Wenger, Russian clubs are rich, Arshavin is a Russian hero, and they'll pay a premium for the out-of-form midfielder—even with his contract ending in six months.

Legitimate destination/s: Anzhi Makhachkala (guardian.co.uk) and Zenit Saint Petersburg (Agence France-Presse)

Manchester United: Dimitar Berbatov

Performance based stock: £15 million
Estimated stock: £21 million
Predicted transfer fee: £10 million

The fact is Dimitar Berbatov has not been given a fair shake this season.

When he has been given a fair chance, he has been exceptional.

Six goals in six starts.

It would have been seven if his shot hit the back of the net as opposed to the post against Newcastle United.

Six goals in the space of 10 days sent Berbatov's stock skywards.

His contract ends in six months time and it would wise for Berbatov to leave.

Legitimate destination/s: Bayer Leverkusen (ESPN Soccernet)

Chelsea: Florent Malouda

Performance based stock: £3 million
Estimated stock: £15 million
Predicted transfer fee: £8.5 million

Out of contract in six months time and Florent Malouda has expressed his frustrations with André Villas-Boas not starting him.

Malouda's performances have been pitiful and last night against Portsmouth, he should have dominated, but was so-so.

He wants to leave, Chelsea need to look toward the future, and thankfully Paris Saint-Germain can make both parties happy.

Legitimate destination/s: PSG (guardian.co.uk)

Chelsea: Salomon Kalou

Performance based stock: £1 million
Estimated stock: £12.5 million
Predicted transfer fee: £3 million

Salomon Kalou is a perfect example of what happens when you leave a promising player warming the benches.

He transitioned from a prospect into a professional bench warmer, willing to pick up a pay cheque with 15-minute cameos and the odd start here and there.

The only decent thing he did this season was a cameo against Liverpool.

Unfortunately, I'll remember him stupidly handling the ball and costing Chelsea against Bayer Leverkusen.

Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise because if Chelsea had won that game, they would be facing Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Legitimate destination/s: Arsenal (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan: Wesley Sneijder

Performance based stock: £10 million
Estimated stock: £35 million
Predicted transfer fee: There won't be one.

Last year, Wesley Sneijder suffered five separate injuries.

What about the massive red flag with him collapsing in the dressing room against Brescia?

Inter Milan just won 5-0 without him.

Manchester United have called Paul Scholes out of retirement because they don't believe buying Sneijder is worth it.

Finally we can all say there won't be a Sneijder to Manchester United transfer any time soon.


11-01-2012, 03:39 PM
Cahill closing in on Blues move


Chelsea are expected to finalise the signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill later on Wednesday.

Chelsea agreed a fee with Bolton last month, but have yet to conclude personal terms to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas previously revealed that the two parties were 'miles apart' and that had prompted speculation Cahill was reconsidering the chance to move to West London.

Reports also suggested that Premier League champions Manchester United were ready to make a late bid to hijack the deal, while Tottenham have held a long-term interest in Cahill.

However, the centre-half is now poised to finalise his departure from the Reebok Stadium, where he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Cahill's expected arrival at Chelsea will boost Villas-Boas' options at the back after Brazil international Alex handed in a transfer request at the start of December.

Villas-Boas is also weighing up whether to add one further player to his squad during the January transfer window after allowing Nicolas Anelka to move to China.


12-01-2012, 11:43 AM
Arsenal face a battle for Saints' £4m teen


Arsenal face intense competition to sign the Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, with Chelsea and Manchester City both now in the race for the 16-year-old who is rated as one of the best prospects in English football.

The Championship club value the player at around £4m even though he is yet to make his first-team debut. It is anticipated that Shaw, an unused substitute for Nigel Adkins' side in the weekend's 2-1 win over Coventry City in the FA Cup third round, will be watched by all the Premier League's leading clubs when he plays for Southampton under-18s in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium tonight.

Arsenal have so far been confident of signing the player, having also secured Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the club in the last six years, but Shaw will not lack for suitors. He is a regular in the England under-17s team and his potential has been stressed by the Football Association's director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking.

Originally from Kingston, Surrey, Shaw is understood to have agreed a professional deal with Southampton to begin when he turns 17 in July, the earliest point he can sign such terms. The new Elite Player Performance Plan system, which begins from the start of next season, is unlikely to affect Southampton in this case, such is the scale of the interest in him.

Even under the new system, the buying and selling clubs can agree to put aside the pre-established sliding scale for calculating compensation and come to a "mutually agreed fee".

Shaw represents another triumph for the Southampton academy who have a formidable record in recent years, producing Gareth Bale, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain among others. The current under-18s team, coached by former Southampton player Jason Dodd, beat Sheffield United 7-0 to reach the fourth round. Their winger Calum Chambers is also highly rated.

Whether Shaw leaves this month or next summer will depend on whether the clubs chasing him can agree a fee with Southampton. An asking price of £4m is extremely high for a teenager who has not even played senior football but the market value for the best young players, and in particular, the best young English players, is rising all the time.

Shaw is part of the England under-17s squad that will play a round-robin with Georgia, Ukraine and Spain in Georgia in March. The winning team will play in the European Under-17 Championship in Slovenia in May.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool have been active buyers of teenagers recently, with smaller clubs now more willing to cash in their academy products lest the coming EPPP rules rein in the scale of fees. In most cases it is a question of out-bidding rival clubs by offering ever-more lucrative professional deals to boys.


12-01-2012, 09:40 PM
Report: Pato signs for PSG
By Football Italia staff


A report in France is claiming that Milan striker Alexandre Pato has agreed to a transfer to Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain.

The Parisian side have reportedly been in negotiations to reunite the Brazilian forward with former Rossoneri Coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo in the French capital since the end of December. Such action came after Pato revealed his discontentment at Milan under current Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

French news agency AFP are now running the line that talks are in their final stages, that the player has agreed personal terms and that the transfer will be completed tomorrow, just days before the Milan derby.

It is understood that PSG will pay Milan €35m and that Pato will join on a three-and-a-half-year deal with an annual wage in the region of €6-7m. Pato’s agent will reportedly fly out to Paris tomorrow to sign off on the deal and complete the formalities.

The news broke in the same hour that Inter President Massimo Moratti admitted defeat to Milan in trying to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. That transfer and Pato’s are thought linked by the Rossoneri’s reported requirement to raise funds to be able to afford to bring in the Argentine striker.

The 22-year-old Pato has scored 51 goals in 111 League appearances for the San Siro side since making his debut in January 2008. Leonardo, who is PSG’s director of sport, played an instrumental role in originally bringing the player to Italy.

News of his reported departure comes within hours of Coach Allegri’s claims that he believed Pato would be staying with the Serie A defending champions.


13-01-2012, 10:39 AM
Blackburn's Chris Samba angles for transfer to 'a more ambitious' club

• Steve Kean hopes his captain 'respects' his Rovers contract
• QPR, Spurs and Paris St-Germain to fight it out for Samba


Chris Samba, the Blackburn captain, has publicly expressed his desire to leave Ewood Park this month, with Tottenham Hotspur hoping to beat Queens Park Rangers to the centre-half's signature.

But the Blackburn manager Steve Kean, while confirming that the club have rejected two bids, reiterated that the player is not for sale.

Samba, speaking to L'Equipe, wants a move to a "more ambitious" club, with Blackburn languishing bottom of the Premier League. Indeed, he was critical of the club's owner, Venky's, which he suggested has been guilty of broken promises since it completed its takeover in November 2010. Certainly the calibre of signings originally earmarked publicly by the Indian owner has, as yet, not been forthcoming.

"Recently, mentally, it's been difficult for me," said Samba. "I have tried to keep up my levels of performance, but I feel the time has come for a change for me. The club is not changing at all. I'm resigned to that. I've always put the interest of the club before my own. I've put in so much for them, and always tried to lead by example here, but things have not happened as [the owner] said they would. I hope people understand me."

QPR have already had a £5m offer for the France-born Congo-Brazzaville defender rejected by Rovers, with Mark Hughes – who signed Samba for Blackburn from Hertha Berlin for £400,000 in 2007 – expected to table an improved bid now that he has taken over at Loftus Road. Samba added that, to his knowledge, there has been "nothing more concrete, for now" yet Tottenham, whose manager, Harry Redknapp, has been a long-standing admirer of the 27-year-old, are to table their own bid for his services.

Kean on Thursday referred to a statement released by Blackburn last Friday, which stressed that Samba was not for sale. "I know there has been an article in L'Equipe, but I haven't seen it myself," said Kean, speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Fulham at Ewood Park. "All I can say is that I have been told that Chris has done an interview.

"What is definite is that there were two bids from one club which were refused. We put out a club statement which was quite strong, saying that Chris was not for sale and as far as I am concerned, there is a line drawn under it.

"You would have to ask Chris what he thinks, in terms of whether promises have been broken in his opinion and what they were. All I can say is that he has been excellent when he has played, he is a big player for us and he is not long into a very long contract, so I hope that he stays here.

"You can ask the player to respect his contract – I don't think you make contracts for any other reason than to show your commitment to the player, and you would then like the player to show that back to the club.

"There have been situations [before] where there have been bids for Chris, and there have been a number of times when he has shown a desire to leave and it hasn't happened for whatever reason. I think the club has always fought to try to keep him – we want to keep our best players."

An offer of £7.5m is expected from Spurs, who drew level with second-placed Manchester United by defeating Everton on Wednesday evening. The north London club will offer Samba the prospect of Champions League football next season, which may prove decisive as Redknapp, apparently beaten by Chelsea in his pursuit of Bolton's Gary Cahill, seeks to bolster his defensive options given the injury problems suffered by Ledley King, William Gallas and Michael Dawson this term. The latter has made his comeback from long-term injury this month.

The other club monitoring Samba's situation is Paris St-Germain, under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, with Samba admitting their interest is "flattering".

Samba added: "That club has reached another level, it's not the PSG of a few years ago. They have Leonardo, Ancelotti … I'm sure they will bring in great players. We shall see if the interest is confirmed or not, but it would be good for me to return home. The most important thing is to find an ambitious club. I would love to experience something different."


17-01-2012, 11:32 AM
January Transfers: Calling Fact or Fiction on Every EPL Team's Top Rumour Part 1

With January comes speculation, and speculation brews articles and worry or optimism. That is the way of the transfer window.

This January, like other transfer windows, rumours have been coming thick and fast, and while only five percent are likely, that 95 percent is interesting to read and also vaguely amusing. Ronaldo to Burton Albion? Messi to Ipswich?

Ngog and Carroll to Real Madrid?

Well no, thankfully, none of those rumours came up, because if they did, I would stop believing in football's credibility altogether.

Mind you, there have been some quite bad ones, some of which you will see in this article. Each club will be taken through its top rumour, most of them amusing, and such is the nature of football, most of them absolute tosh.

Tottenham: Angel Di Maria: Fiction

In a shocking move this week, Tottenham were linked with a startling £35 million bid for talented Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria. It is unclear whether the bid was made by neighbouring side Chelsea, but most reports have gone with Tottenham.

This won't happen.

Firstly, there is no great need for him. Bale is absolutley mesmerising more often than not, and so therefore, does not need to be replaced. However, he would play on the right, but he is not needed there either.

Secondly, there are better players, more needed players, that could be brought into White Hart Lane for just under 40 million.

It was a juicy rumour, though; it has to be said.

Manchester United: Mario Goetze: Fact

While this one won't be happening for another season after Dortmund confirmed the German playmaker will stay in Germany for one more season at the latest, there is definite fact in this rumour. The Wesley Sneijder saga has finally broken down, and consequently, Sir Alex has ignited a small fire for rumours after reported interest concerning this young man.

He is a great player. Just shy of 20, Goetze looks to be the new Ozil. I think Goetze will move in summer for a fee of around 30 million, but to who is still unclear.

QRP: Didier Drogba and Carlos Tevez to Loftus Road: Haha

This one made me laugh.

I mean, sure Carlos Tevez and Didier Drogba are going to move quite soon, but why would they move to a club that:

1. Is in danger of relegation.

2. Couldn't afford them anyway.

3. Are an English club (Particularly in Tevez' case).

4. Would make them look desperate?

Either reports are getting disastrously out of hand, or QPR are flattering themselves and their ability to attract world-class players.

Swansea: David Trezeguet: Fact

The first truthful—at a stretch—rumour on the list, Swansea are reportedly interested in French world cup winner David Trezeguet after his contract ran out at Spanish side Hercules.

He would provide some valuable experience, but personally, I doubt his ability to keep up with the pace at which Swansea play their football.

West Brom: Liam Ridgewell: Fact

West Brom look to boost their defence by signing Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell. The deal looks feasible, and the big central defender may look for a move back to the Premier League.

Sunderland: Andy Carroll: Fiction

If this were true, I'd pity every single supporter sitting regularly at the Stadium of Light. I mean, Carroll has been a disaster for Liverpool, and though I still believe he can come good, I am not exactly opposing the idea of either a loan spell for the forward or even a transfer.

Anyway, to the rumour.

Carroll would be expensive as the price tag would be a tad inflated simply due to pride and not wanting to take a huge hit.

Also, Carroll played for Newcastle. NEWCASTLE. He is hated in Sunderland. I don't see Carroll moving anywhere.

Blackburn: Andy Johnson: Fact

Basically, Blackburn need a striker to act as either a backup or partner to Yakubu. Someone relatively cheap, but someone who gets the job done. Andy Johnson does just that.

Reportedly, Blackburn are unwilling to play Fulham's asking price, but on transfer deadline day, that may well change.

Arsenal: Matias Suarez

Arsene Wenger has come out and suprised nobody when practically dismissing reports that Matias Suarez was likely to be heading to the Emirates. I mean, this is Arsenal we're talking about. Money? What?

But then again, he's not really needed. With Henry's arrival and factoring in the blistering form of one Robin van Persie, Matias Suarez will do well to come to terms with the fact that he may be staying where he is for a while.


18-01-2012, 12:16 PM
January Transfers: Dream Scenarios for Arsenal, United, Liverpool, City, Chelsea

January is more than halfway complete, and while some big deals have already gone down, England's major clubs have been mostly silent so far.

That might or might not change in the next two weeks. Only the managers and administrators of each club know what's going to happen.

Here's something we can control: a list of the dream transfer scenarios for Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

For most, the best scenarios include buying new players. But for some, a sale or two might be more prudent.

Arsenal: Fullback and Forward

Arsenal need fullbacks and good finishers.

In the backline, Bacary Sagna, Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs are all injured, and the Gunners' makeshift options haven't performed well.

Eric Abidal reportedly was targeted after his contract negotiations with Barcelona stalled. Some reports say he's signed a new deal, but they're unconfirmed. At 32, he's older than a typical Arsene Wenger target but would provide top-class talent and much-needed experience at the back.

Up top, Arsenal have Robin Van Persie and…Robin Van Persie. Thierry Henry is back in London on loan, but he'll be gone in a couple of months, and at 34, he's not a long-term option anyway. Marouane Chamakh has disappointed and surely will be sold sooner than later.

Arsenal need forwards, but not just any forwards. Creating chances hasn't been Arsenal's problem. Putting them away has. A clinical forward would help Arsenal's scoring record immensely.

FC Köln's Lukas Podolski has long been linked to Arsenal. A move to London would seem to be a good fit.

Manchester United: Center Back and Midfield

Center back Nemanja Vidic is out for the season. Midfielders Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young face long layoffs.

So, while United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he won't buy any new players, it's hard to take him at his word. Serbian Neven Subotic would be a solid option in central defense, and while Paul Scholes is back in the midfield, United still need reinforcements.

The Red Devils have been linked with several potential midfield options, any of which would have positives and negatives.

Liverpool: Ba or Bent

Andy Carroll still can't score, and Luis Suarez is serving an eight-match ban. Liverpool clearly need help up top.

The Reds have been linked with Newcastle's Demba Ba and Aston Villa's Darren Bent. Neither seems likely to end up at Anfield this winter, but either would help.

Manchester City: Sell Tevez. Please

Manchester City have hit a rough patch, losing four of their last eight matches in all competitions. But it's not for lack of talented players. City still have the deepest squad in England.

What Roberto Mancini and company really need is to end the Carlos Tevez saga. End that distraction and then refocus on the league.

Chelsea: Sell a Forward, Buy Another

First-year manager Andre Villas-Boas is in the process of overhauling the Chelsea roster, and the purchase of Bolton center back Gary Cahill served as a great starting point this winter.

Now it's time to focus on the other end of the pitch. Nicolas Anelka is supposed to be heading to China; next, Chelsea must trim some more dead weight.

Then they should find another striker. Napoli's Edinson Cavani would be great, but he probably won't be available until the summer.


18-01-2012, 12:48 PM
Ancelotti: I've been offered Torres


PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed he has been offered a number of high-profile players, including Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.

Ancelotti was in charge of Chelsea when Torres was signed for £50 million from Liverpool in January 2011, but the coach parted company with the club the following summer after finishing the season trophyless.

Torres has struggled to shine since the switch, scoring just three goals in 30 Premier League appearances, and has subsequently been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with rumours this month suggesting he could leave in a cut-price deal.

Ancelotti has added fuel to reports Torres is open to leaving Chelsea, while the Italian coach, who only recently took over at PSG, has listed several players he claims are being courted for sales.

He said in the Daily Mail: "There is a lot of choice for this January market. Do you want the names?

"OK, now I tell you the players the agents are offering on the market, officially or not: Carlos Tevez, Fernando Torres, Dimitar Berbatov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Llorente."


19-01-2012, 01:33 PM
Papiss Demba Cissé seeks to become Newcastle United's next great No9

Identified by Alan Pardew as the man to replace Andy Carroll, Cissé can form a deadly partnership with compatriot Demba Ba

Papiss Demba Cissé (left) and Demba Ba stand together for a team photo while on international duty with Senegal. Photograph: Lee Jae Won / Reuters/Reuters

During an enforced sabbatical between his sacking by Southampton and appointment as Newcastle United's manager, Alan Pardew toured Germany.

His mission was to visit Bundesliga clubs, watch them train and discover precisely why they often produce technically superior and more tactically astute footballers than their Premier League equivalents.

At the time two Senegal international strikers were making headlines in that country, Demba Ba scoring freely for Hoffenheim and Papiss Demba Cissé beginning to do likewise at Freiburg. Now the pair, on Africa Cup of Nations duty in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, have been united domestically as Newcastle's new attacking partnership.

While Ba, the scorer of 15 Premier League goals this season, arrived on Tyneside as a free transfer from West Ham last summer, Cissé joined for around £7.5m, potentially rising to £9m, on Tuesday.

Although Graham Carr, Newcastle's powerful chief scout, identifies many of the club's transfer targets and is understood to have first watched Cissé two seasons ago, Pardew has had a big input in the pursuit of Ba and his fellow African.

Indeed Pardew now claims that, as soon as Andy Carroll departed for Liverpool in an extraordinary £35m deadline day deal last January, he identified Cissé as the ideal replacement. After 12 months of discreet and protracted negotiations a wearer has been found for the famous black-and-white striped No9 shirt.

Sixth in the Premier League, a point ahead of Liverpool and breathing down the necks of fifth-placed Arsenal, Newcastle increasingly appear Europa League bound and Cissé's signing on a five-and-a-half-year contract can be interpreted as a statement of ambitious intent.

The fear among more suspicious fans is that Mike Ashley, the club's owner and a man with a pronounced eye for the bottom line, could be preparing to cash in on one of Pardew's prized assets: Cheik Tioté, Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye or even Ba. Attempting to second-guess Ashley is a futile game and, much as he wants to keep his star collection intact, Pardew knows that a huge bid for one of his leading lights would almost inevitably prompt a sale.

Ba could prove the exception. Although the striker has a release clause – thought to be set at £7m in his contract – he is believed to be rather keener on renegotiating that agreement than leaving Newcastle.

In practical terms a player who has a degenerative knee condition – Pardew describes it as "a deficiency in the knee" but, publicly at least, is deliberately vague regarding the precise details – which caused him to fail medicals ahead of collapsed moves to Stuttgart and Stoke is extremely unlikely to command a £7m transfer fee.

Ba's knee is the reason why he arrived at Newcastle on a free transfer – even if the deal cost the club between £2m and £4m in terms of signing on and agents fees – and why the contract he was offered had to be redrafted after Pardew revealed that there were "issues" with the medical.

Although Ba earns a basic weekly wage – reported to be around £35,000 – it is topped up by about £20,000 every time he features in a game. It is this incentivised, pay-as-you-play element that Ba and his advisers seem keen to renegotiate.

With the forward training virtually every day and remaining injury free, Pardew recently said: "I don't need no surgeon to tell me about Demba's knee." Even so, with at least three leading consultants having independently highlighted his joint problem, doubts persist surrounding the potential longevity of Ba's career.

Pardew's hope is that they will prove unfounded and Ba will form an enduring club as well as international partnership with his latest sidekick. If the wonderfully gifted Ba is more of a classic No10, Cissé offers complementary talents. Lightning quick – and pace is a commodity Pardew is endeavouring to furnish Newcastle with – 6ft tall and wiry, the 26-year-old is good in the air and extremely prolific.

Despite Freiburg's position at the foot of the Bundesliga , Cissé has scored nine times in 15 domestic appearances this season. Since arriving in Germany from Metz for £1.3m in 2009, the Dakar born centre-forward has registered 37 goals in 65 games, with last year's league haul of 22 making him the Bundesliga's second top scorer behind Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez.

After a deceptively low-key beginning to a career that started in Senegal and later transported him to France's unfashionable Ligue 2, Cissé's name was finally up in lights.

"Welcome to Papisto," tweeted Ba on Tuesday. "I think even when he sleeps, he thinks about the back of the net." Sounds like the perfect Newcastle No9.


25-01-2012, 02:09 PM
United set to rival Spurs in chase for £24m Brazil hotshot Damiao


Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.

The 22-year-old was subject of a £15million bid from Tottenham in the summer but his club Internacional want £24m.

United are also continuing to show interest in Crystal Palace full-back Nathanial Clyne and Southampton's Luke Shaw, 16


26-01-2012, 01:52 PM
Live January Transfer Blog: Lopez, Dos Santos, Formica, Isla, Motta

We are now in the final full week of the January transfer window, and there is still plenty of business to be done.

Typically, the frequency and size of deals increases as the January 31st deadline get closer, so there is still plenty of hope for managers looking to either bolster their squads or raise some much-needed funds.

Throughout the week our featured columnists will be rounding up some of the biggest news and rumours each day. You can contribute too by posting gossip and links in the comments section below.

Vive le transfer window!

Thiago Motta to Join Paris Saint-Germain Revolution

Thiago Motta's agent has claimed that his client will soon be on the move to Paris Saint-Germain.

"The player's representative, Dario Canovi, has now revealed that his client has agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 leaders and admitted that Wednesday night's Coppa Italia clash could be his final outing for the Nerazzurri.

"Tonight could be his last game in the Inter jersey," the agent told Radio Crc. "The boy has given his blessing to the transfer to PSG."

A deal has yet to be brokered between Inter and the French outfit but, according to Canovi, the player is keen to make the move."

Having played for both Barcelona and Inter, Motta has proven himself as a solid player even with his history of injuries.

Motta would definitely add some depth to the PSG squad as well as give them an experienced player to help the team achieve its goals.

Liverpool Going After Versatile Udinese and Chile Star

Alexis Sanchez wasn't the only Chilean making his name at Udinese in the past few seasons. His compatriot Mauricio Isla has been at the club since 2007 and has proven to be a very capable and versatile players.

According to the Daily Star, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has already made a bid for Isla. Dalglish was extremely dissapointed with his team after the 3-1 loss to Bolton over the weekend and could be looking to shake things up with a signing.

So far most of Dalglish's signings at the club have been British but one South American, Luis Suarez, has had a major impact and Dalglish may hope that Isla could do the same.

Isla is a part of an exciting Chilean team and has been a constant selection for Udinese for a few years now. He should be able to fit into the Premier League style of play as he has both pace and stamina and his versatility could be very important to Liverpool.

Mauro Formica Looking for Move to Greece

Blackburn midfielder, Mauro Formica, is looking to make a move to Olympiakos in Greece says a report from SkySports reports.

Mauro Formica joined Blackburn at the beginning of the season and has seemingly attracted a good amount of interest. With the clubs currently precarious position in the league, the Argentinian youngster looks keen to move on to greener pastures.

The deal may be slow in coming though as an article from the Lancashire Telegraph states.

"BLACKBURN Rovers are asking for at least £3.5million for Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica – with Olympiakos’ attempts to get the 23-year-old on the cheap set for failure.

The Greek giants are understood to be ready to pay Rovers £2.5million for him in the summer, first taking him on loan until the end of the season.

Brazilian outfit Flamengo also yesterday joined the race for the in-demand Formica and are ready to attempt to sign him permanently now.

It is believed that Olympiakos want to pay Rovers £400,000 now as a loan fee for Formica.

It is also understood that Rovers wanted it in writing that Olympiakos would make it a permanent switch in the summer should the club suffer Premier League relegation."

Giovani Dos Santos to Revive His Career in Spain

Goal.com reports that Giovani dos Santos may be returning to La Liga soon. Dos Santos, a former Barcelona player, has had torrid time in England.

Dos Santos was unwilling to wait behind Lionel Messi to get his chance and moved to Tottenham and what he thought would be a path to stardom.

That has never been the case as the Mexican attacker has rarely featured for his parent club and has been loaned out three different times.

Dos Santos has been able to keep his career alive with impressive displays at major International tournaments and can thank his bosses in the Mexican national team for keeping faith in him.

Villarreal is need of a lot of attacking help as they have been without the injured Guisseppe Rossi and with Nilmar set to leave the club.

The Yellow Submarines are just one spot outside of the relegation zone and that is thanks to goal difference so they will be hoping a full-time return to Spain will bring the best out of Dos Santos.

Maxi Lopez Set for AC Milan Move

According to Tribalfootball.com, Catania Star Maxi Lopez is nearing a move to AC Milan.

AC Milan have been trying to sign Manchester City misfit Carlos Tevez during the whole window but upon having failed to reach an agreement, they recently turned their attention to the Argentinian.

Milan has a knack for loan-to-buy deals and it is apparent that the deal will Lopez will be just that.

"Sky Italia says Lopez will move to San Siro until the end of the season for a cost of €500,000, with the option in place for the Rossoneri to buy the forward outright in the summer for €8.5m."

Maxi Lopez has played for a big club once before in his career having failed to make the grade at Barcelona. Lopez has gone on to make a career for himself in Italy with Catania.

Lopez will have to battle with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato for a spot in the lineup and it remains to be seen just how productive he will be when he is not the top man.

The deal is not fully complete at the moment as Milan have yet to make a final decision.

However, where the terms are said to be agreed and finalised, the player has reportedly yet to complete his medical examinations or sign anything as he waits for Il Diavolo to reach a final decision on the move.

Michael Owen Headed for an Exit?

According to The Sun, Brighton & Hove Albion are targeting Manchester United reserve forward Michael Owen.

Even with the probable departure of Dimitar Berbatov, Owen would still be the fourth best forward at the club behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Chicharito.

At the time, Owen's decision to move to Real Madrid seemed to make sense, because he wanted to win a UEFA Champions League.

What was cruel to Owen was that the season after his move, Liverpool won the Champions League.

This season, Owen has taken every chance that Sir Alex Ferguson has given to him.

Owen has scored three goals in four games, whilst completing 92.5 percent of his passes.

His contract expires this season and if he does move to Brighton, I wouldn't be surprised if he started scoring goals for fun.

Chelsea Targeting a Brazilian to Solve Their Lack of Creativity

According to Ben Rumsby at The Independent, Chelsea’s bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian has been rejected.

Shakhtar are prepared to sell Willian for £25 million but Chelsea have reportedly submitted a £16.7 million bid.

Buying Willian may finally lead to André Villas-Boas permanently playing Juan Mata behind Fernando Torres.

For me, Willian out-shined the more hyped Douglas Costa during this season's UEFA Champions League.

Mind you, I'm still wondering how such a talented team couldn't qualify ahead of APOEL during the Champions League group stages.

It would be more logical for Villas-Boas to buy Willian in the summer because he is cup-tied for Champions League football.

Sunderland Going for Norwegian International

According to Footybunker, Sunderland are monitoring Hannover forward Mohammed Abdellaoue, especially after Nicklas Bendtner's facial injury.

Abdellaoue has contributed to 50 percent of Hannover's Bundesliga goals, which is second only to Lukas Podolski contributing to 52 percent of Köln's goals.

If Sunderland submit a £5-10 million bid for the Norwegian International, then it would hard for Hannover to reject the bid.

Hannover could actually cash in on Abdellaoue and then buy his brother, Mos, who has scored 22 goals in 33 games this season.

Esteban Granero Offered an Anfield Exit Route

According to David Maddock at Mirror Football, Liverpool are in negotiations to sign Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero.

In six games this season, Granero has been subbed in four times, and subbed out twice.

Of his four substitute appearances, three were during the last five minutes of the game.

José Mourinho clearly does not rate Granero, because Fábio Coentrão has started more La Liga games in the middle than Granero.

Granero is a tidy player and will be a useful addition to Liverpool's midfield.

However, will his signing stunt the development of Jordan Henderson?

If you're interested, Granero has completed 93.9 percent of his passes this season.

Will It Be Destination Paris for Frank Lampard?

According to Warren Haughton at talkSPORT, Paris Saint-Germain will submit a bid for Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard.

Though, André Villas-Boas has made it clear that Lampard will not be sold in the January transfer window.

This season, Lampard's seemingly untouchable tag has been thrown out the window by Villas-Boas.

Lampard has responded well by scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 28 games.

There are two reasons why PSG will not sign Lampard.

It makes no sense for Chelsea to sell Lampard.

Also, Lampard will not replace Javier Pastore, because the Argentine is the future of PSG.

Could Leandro Damiao Be Swapping Sunny Brazil for Rainy Manchester?

Premier League champions Manchester United are reportedly targeting Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are looking to sign the Internacional forward, who scored 14 goals in 28 appearances in last season's Campeonato Brasileiro.

The 22-year-old, who has already won the Campeonato Gaucho and the Copa Libertadores with Porto Alegre club, could have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but the London club's bid of £15 million fell way short of Inter's valuation.

Damiao could be United's by the end of the month if they are willing to pay the £24 million asking price.

Chelsea Have Bid for Shakhtar Attacker Willian

Not content with bolstering their defensive options with the signing of England centre-back Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea are now looking further up the pitch.

To that end, they tabled a bid for Brazilian forward Willian to Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, only to have that offer rejected out of hand.

In reaction to the bid, Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin initially gave Blues fans hope that the left-sided provider could still make the move to Stamford Bridge. He said: "We have no burning desire to sell the player, but in football some things are impossible to avoid.

"If it weren't for our good relationship with Chelsea - and Willian does not hide his intention to test himself in one of the best clubs in the English Premier League - we would insist on the £29m release clause written into the player's contract.

"It is important to understand that we are talking about Chelsea's desire to buy Willian, but not Shakhtar's desire to sell him."

However, when questioned about a possible deal later on Monday, Palkin appeared to have hardened his stance by telling Sky Sports News: "We have received a bid from Chelsea for Willian valued at 20million euros, but he is not for sale."

Liverpool Plan to Raid Rangers for Nikica Jelavic

Croatia international Jelavic has made a big splash in Scotland since arriving at Ibrox 18 months ago.

He scored a whopping 16 goals in the second half of last season to help the Gers win the SPL, and this term he is currently to division's top scorer with 14 strikes to his name.

Unsurprisingly the 25-year-old has attracted the attentions of some big clubs south of the border, chiefly Liverpool.

With Stoke the only club in the top 10 of the Premier League to have scored fewer goals than the Reds, they are desperate to add quality to their attacking ranks.

Jelavic's dad Philip said:

"We know about the interest of West Ham and QPR. But Nikica has five or six clubs that are interested, including that of the great Liverpool.

"As for West Ham and QPR, Nikica is more ambitious than that. It's most likely that he'll sign for Liverpool.

"But there are a few days until the end of the window, so we'll see."

Wigan Have Bid for World Cup Star Jean Beausejour Accepted

The Premier League's bottom side Wigan Athletic have had a bid for Birmingham City winger Jean Beausejour.

The Chile international came to prominence with his performances in a fine Chile side at the 2010 World Cup. That prompted a move to England with Birmingham City, who were then in the top flight. In his first season he won the Carling Cup but was relegated with the Blues.

This season the 27-year-old has started 22 of Birmingham's games in the Championship, but that has not stopped them accepting a bid for an undisclosed amount from the Latics.

With Wigan the only side in the Premier League yet to score 20 goals this season, manager Roberto Martinez hopes that Beausejour will be the man to help get his strikers firing as they aim to pull themselves out of the relegation mire.

Everton Hope to Ship Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Back to Russia

For a club working under severe financial restraints like Everton, the fee of £8.9 million they paid Lokomotiv Moscow for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in 2009 was a big gamble.

It was one that seemed to pay off initially as the Russia midfielder scored six goal in his first season, most of them long-range screamers.

In his two-and-a-half years at Goodison Park, Everton have never lost a Premier League match when the left-sided midfielder nicknamed 'Billy' has scored. Sadly, he has only scored eight Premier League goals since moving to England.

However, the Toffees are now set to get the 26-year-old off their books and raise some much-needed funds after agreeing a deal with Spartak Moscow.


27-01-2012, 12:14 PM
Bolton complete £2.5m signing of American Tim Ream

Bolton have completed the £2.5m signing of American defender Tim Ream.


The 24-year-old trained with both West Bromwich Albion and Bolton last month during the off-season in the MLS, where he played for New York Red Bulls.

Ream replaces Gary Cahill, who moved to Chelsea earlier this month, at the heart of the Bolton defence.

"Tim was trailed by a couple of clubs, including West Brom and Arsenal, so it's great that he sees his future here," said Trotters boss Owen Coyle.

"He is young, has a tremendous attitude and a winning mentality. I know he will fit in well with the rest of the squad."

Ream, who has played seven times for the United States national team since making his debut in 2010 against South Africa, is looking forward to making an impression at Bolton.

"I knew there was interest in me when I came over last year and trained for a couple of weeks, then after Christmas things started to ramp up," said Ream.

"Being able to play against Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in the Emirates Cup [last summer for Red Bulls] gave me an insight and knowledge into what I need to be successful here.

"Now to have those matches week in and week out will make me a better player all-round. Competing in the top league in the world can only help a player.

He added: "The team is in a good run of form right now and I'm just looking to contribute in any way that I can."

Born 5 October, 1987 in St Louis, Missouri

Clubs: Chicago Premier 2008-09, New York Red Bulls 2010-12, Bolton 2012-

US National team: 2010-present


27-01-2012, 04:48 PM
Tottenham 'are interested in signing on-loan Inter striker Mauro Zarate' from Lazio, claims agent

The Argentine, currently on loan at Inter, is available for £10 million, with Harry Redknapp keen to secure a loan move for the 24-year-old amid interest from across the continent


Tottenham could be keen on a move for Lazio forward Mauro Zarate, with the north London outfit looking to solidfy their Champions League qualification hopes.

Zarate is currently on loan at Inter Milan, but his parent club Lazio are prepared to listen to offers for the striker in the £10 million range.

The 24-year-old had previously make a good impression in the Premier League during his loan spell at Birmingham City during the 2007-08 campaign, scoring four goals in 14 appearances.

Barry McIntosh, the agent who took Zarate to St. Andrews, told The Daily Mirror: “There is a lot of interest in Mauro.

“Spurs are among the clubs interested in bringing him back to England. He made a positive impact at Birmingham previously and his reputation has continued to grow.”

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has shown an interest and is planning on making a loan offer for the Argentine in a bid to improve his striking options at the club.

Redknapp was impressed by Zarate's previous showings in the English top-flight, but the player's massive £120,000-a-week wage demands may well prove a stumbling block.


30-01-2012, 02:38 PM
Hazard set to head to England


Lille star Eden Hazard expects to see out the season with his current club before moving to the Premier League in the summer.

The Belgium forward, 21, has become one of the most sought-after talents in Europe and has previously been linked with Chelsea, home to young compatriots Romelu Lukaku and Thibault Courtois, and Arsenal, where he could resume last season's successful partnership with Gervinho.

He has most recently been linked with a January move to big-spending Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but moved to dismiss those reports this evening.

"No, it's impossible," he told Canal+.

"I still have lots of things to do with Lille, we could win one or two trophies.

"I want to concentrate on my game and enjoy life with my public and my team. I am not leaving."

Lille lie third in the domestic league and are into the last 16 of the Coupe de France, though they exited the Champions League at the group stage and the Coupe de la Ligue in the quarter-finals.

Hazard could depart at the conclusion of the campaign, though, and made his preference clear.

"I think I'm heading to England, the style of play suits me," he said.

"It is clear there are a lot of clubs interested in me. Paris? I have already said I would prefer to go abroad. I have [played in] over 100 Ligue 1 matches.

"Paris is tempting with the players there now but it's a considered decision."


31-01-2012, 11:45 AM
Hazard set to head to England

nambahin berita isu transfernya Hazard

Hazard: 'I'm leaning towards summer move to England'


Eden Hazard has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert after admitting he wants to move to England.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Spurs have all been linked with the 21-year-old Belgian winger who currently plays for Lille in Ligue 1.

And he has confirmed that his future will be decided this summer, not in the January transfer window as previously speculated.

"After thinking about it, I'm leaning towards England," he told Canal+. “It's a style of play that suits me and it's there that you can learn the most."

"I want to play for a big club, but also one where I will play every week. I've played more than 100 games in Ligue 1 so I would prefer to go abroad. I want to discover something new and playing abroad is a conscious decision."

Hazard conceded that there a host of clubs which would interest him in the Premier League but insisted: "Nothing has been decided yet.

"I want to play at a big club, but I don't want to sit on the bench. It needs to be a club that plays good football."

Canal+ pundit and former France international Christophe Dugarry replied: "I bet it's Chelsea."

But Hazard kept his cards close to his chest saying only: "Well, you're free to place your bets."

Hazard was elected Ligue 1's Player of the Season after helping Lille to a league and French Cup double last season.


posisinya apa seh? gelandang serang yak? gabung ke United yok

theater of dream
31-01-2012, 11:51 AM
Udah tinggal itungan jam before deadline... :D:D


31-01-2012, 05:05 PM
Top 10 transfers that could happen on deadline day


1) Chris Samba (Blackburn to QPR)
The player still wants to go. Rangers still want him. But Rovers will not let him go for less than £12m. There is time still to do the deal.

2) Andy Johnson (Fulham to Blackburn)
Playing well but not a regular and not able to agree the new deal he wants. Blackburn are keen on a £2million deal to rescue him before the deadline.

3) Nikica Jelavic (Rangers to Everton)
The two clubs are understood to have agreed a deal. The player wants to go and Everton are set to finance the move with the money from the sale of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow.

4) Carlos Tevez (Man City to AC Milan/Inter/Liverpool/QPR)
City want him out but only on their terms on a permanent deal. Liverpool and QPR will only be able to afford a loan. AC Milan and Inter favour a loan with a view to paying a fixed fee in the summer. Surely City are going to do the deal tonight - aren't they?

5) Kevin Davies (Bolton to Sunderland)
The bench at Bolton or the front line at Sunderland? A no brainer for 34-year-old Davies. Martin O'Neill likes a big man up front. Read Owen Coyle's indignance as 'the price is not right just yet', but will Davies go to the MLS instead?

6) Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham to West Brom)
Chris Hughton's Brum side are ticking over nicely in their hunt for promotion but Ridgewell wants to get there now with West Brom. The transfer request is already in and the Baggies have had several bids rejected. But Brum are digging their heels in for the right money.

7) Vedran Corluka (Spurs to Bayer Leverkusen)
Not playing regularly at Spurs. An offer has already been accepted by the German club. The Champions League beckons for the Croatian.

8) Adrian Mariappa (Watford to Newcastle)
The Magpies have had three offers rejected amid interest from Arsenal and Wigan. But neither of those clubs will stump up the £4m Watford want. Expect the defender to move to Tyneside.

9) Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace to Bolton)
Bolton like him. A lot. Owen Coyle has already started the ball rolling. The deal should be done.

10) Lucas Barrios (Dortmund to Liverpool)
A wildcard this one but he has fallen out of favour at the German club and wants out. The Paraguayan striker is 27 and a good deal for a club that wants to give him regular action. Fulham are also keen.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------H2C menanti ending bursa transfer :D

01-02-2012, 09:06 AM
Spurs Pinjam Saha, QPR Boyong Zamora
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detikSport

London - Sejumlah nama tenar berganti kostum beberapa jam sebelum bursa transfer Januari ditutup. Louis Saha dipinjam Tottenham Hotspur dari Everton, sedangkan Bobby Zamora jadi penyerang terbaru Queens Park Rangers.

Spurs memang gencar mencari penyerang baru pada bursa transfer kali ini. Setelah gagal mendapatkan Loic Remy, The Lilywhites akhirnya bisa meminjam Saha hingga akhir musim ini.

Everton sendiri tak terlalu khawatir dengan kepergian Saha. Pasalnya, mereka baru saja menggaet Nikica Jelavic dari Glasgow Rangers.

Sementara itu, QPR merekrut Zamora dari Fulham dengan biaya yang diperkirakan mencapai 4,5 juta pounds. The Hoops mengontrak penyerang berusia 31 tahun itu hingga musim panas 2014.

Zamora adalah penyerang kedua yang tiba di Loftus Road di hari terakhir bursa transfer musim dingin. Sebelumnya, Djibril Cisse lebih dulu datang dari Lazio.

Di QPR, Zamora akan bertemu lagi dengan Mark Hughes. Sebelumnya, mereka pernah bekerja sama di Fulham pada periode Juli 2010–Juni 2011.

Sebagai pengganti Zamora, Fulham mendatangkan Pavel Pogrebnyak dari VfB Stuttgart. Mereka mengontrak penyerang asal Rusia itu hingga akhir musim ini.

Manchester City juga mendapatkan darah baru pada bursa transfer Januari. Mereka resmi meminjam David Pizzarro dari AS Roma.

Dari London Utara, Arsenal menambah kekuatan di lini tengahnya dengan merekrut gelandang Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Eisfeld. Pemain berusia 19 tahun itu mendapatkan kontrak jangka panjang dari The Gunners.

Beberapa transfer lainnya adalah Sebastien Bassong (Spurs ke Wolverhampton Wanderers), Steven Pienaar (Spurs ke Everton), dan Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg ke Sunderland). Ketiganya berstatus pinjaman hingga akhir musim ini.


01-02-2012, 09:16 AM
jadi udah ya? United cuma beli 1 aja?

01-02-2012, 09:49 AM
Everton striker Louis Saha in move to Tottenham Hotspur•

France international is out of contract this summer
• Move will clear space on Everton wage bill for Nikica Jelavic


Everton have agreed a deal for Louis Saha to join Tottenham Hotspur.

The 33-year-old France striker is out of contract at Everton this summer and was unlikely to be offered an extension.

The move will clear space on the wage bill for the arrival of Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. The Croatia international was expected to complete his £6m move on Tuesday following a medical and talks over personal terms.

Saha, who has scored only two goals this season, was left out of the side who defeated Fulham 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.


kita liat apakah Saha akan bersinar di Spurs. biasa kan opa Harry terkenal dengan 'sihir' nya beli pemain2 yg terbuang eh ternyata bersinar pas dilatih dia kyk Adebayor misalnya

01-02-2012, 11:11 AM
Cisse bids farewell to Lazio, joins QPR


France forward Djibril Cisse has said goodbye to Lazio after agreeing a deal to join Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old used the social networking site Twitter to confirm reports in the Italian press claiming the move was a done deal.

"I want to thank all the Lazio fans and everyone I've met in these months for their affection and support," he wrote in Italian. "I'm sorry if I've been a disappointment for some people but I want to say that I've always given 100 per cent."

Italian news agency Ansa had previously claimed that a €5m deal to take him to the Premier League had been agreed. It comes just six months after he moved to Italy from Greece's Panathinaikos for €5.8m.

"I rate Djibril very, very highly," Rangers manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website, qpr.co.uk. "I've watched him for many years and always been impressed by what he brings to the table. He's a huge threat to oppositions' defences. He's got great pace, power and movement and that's something we will hopefully benefit from."

"His goal record is there for everyone to see. He's scored goals wherever he's played. His record speaks for itself."
QPR manager Mark Hughes on Djibril Cisse

He added: "His goal record is there for everyone to see. He's scored goals wherever he's played. His record speaks for itself. He was desperate to come here once we showed our interest in him and we can't wait to get the best out of him."

The Arles-born striker struggled for form in Italy, although he believes he can make an impact in west London. "QPR have a hugely ambitious project," said Cisse, who will wear the number 23 shirt. "When I talked to the manager, he spoke highly of the club and where he wants to take it over the next few years. He wanted to sign me at Manchester City and now I am finally here with him at QPR. He wants to achieve big things here - that was all I needed to hear from him."

He added: "I have unfinished business here in England. The English league is the best in the world. It is the league that suits me the most. I'm really happy to be here and I can't wait to repay the club's confidence in me, to get back to where I want to be as a player. I will always give 100 per cent and I can't wait to start playing games."

The former Liverpool and Marseille forward initially started his Lazio career in fine form with four goals in his first month but he then went more than four months before scoring his fifth and final goal in sky blue in the Italian Cup last week. By this point he had already lost his place in the team to Tommaso Rocchi, despite having created an excellent partnership with hot-shot Miroslav Klose earlier in the season.


Cisse termasuk salah satu pemain kutu loncat, yg gemar pindah klub. kita liat bagaimana kiprahnya setelah kembali ke Liga Inggris. met duet ama Zamora, cetak gol ke gawang Pool yak

01-02-2012, 12:06 PM
Bobby Zamora's move from Fulham to QPR hits hitch over salary demand

• Fulham unwilling to pay striker £90,000 a week
• Zamora deal would cost £7m rising to £9m with add-ons


Bobby Zamora is asking for £90,000 a week to join Queens Park Rangers from Fulham, double the striker's current earning of around £45,000, according to a highly placed source at Craven Cottage.

Fulham's price for Zamora is a basic of £7m rising to £9m when add-ons are factored in. These include his appearances, performances, and whether he can help Queens Park Rangers avoid relegation.

However, QPR are not prepared to pay Zamora much more than he is earning at Fulham and their valuation of the player is also markedly less than that of their west London neighbours.

The striker has had his differences with Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, this season and would welcome a move to enhance his chances of selection for this summer's European Championship.

Zamora played under QPR's manager Mark Hughes last season, scoring seven goals in 16 games in all competitions for Fulham. The 31-year-old signed a new four-year deal at Craven Cottage during Hughes's reign, tying him to the west London club until 2014.

However, Hughes is hoping he can persuade the striker to move away having pushed through a deal for Lazio's Djibril Cissé.

The France international has joined on a two-and-a-half year contract for a fee understood to be £4m and QPR hope he can be registered in time to feature at Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Cissé said: "When I talked to the manager, he spoke highly of the club and where he wants to take it over the next few years. He wanted to sign me at Manchester City and now I am finally here with him at QPR. He wants to achieve big things here - that was all I needed to hear from him."

The QPR defender Matthew Connolly has joined the Championship club Reading on loan until the end of the season. The 24-year-old moved to Loftus Road from Arsenal in January 2008 and has made 125 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, the midfielder Martin Rowlands has also left QPR after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The 32-year-old was signed from Brentford by Ian Holloway in July 2003 and made more than 200 appearances for the Rs.

A club statement read: "The club would like to thank Martin for his huge contribution to the club during his time here and wish him every success for the future."


reuni lagi deh ama bang Hughes

01-02-2012, 12:50 PM
Transfer Deadline Day as It Happened: 9am to 5pm GMT

Good morning and welcome to transfer deadline day. The January window shuts at 11 p.m. GMT tonight, and we'll be keeping you up to speed with all the key events as they unfold. Every big rumour, every breaking deal as it happens.

This day 12 months ago saw Andy Carroll join Liverpool for £35 million, breaking the British transfer record. It didn't stand for long though. Fernando Torres signed with Chelsea for £50 million and took spending to a record £225 million.

We don't expect quite the same level of spending this time round, but there is sure to be excitement nonetheless.

11:47 AM ET
BRIDGE ON SUNDERLAND MOVE...Here's Wayne Bridge talking to SAFC TV about his loan move from Manchester City to Sunderland for the rest of the season:

I'm delighted to make the move. I have met the manager and the lads and everyone seems great.

"I'm just excited to start playing football and playing a few games. The club is on the up - the manager has come in and done very well."

"Just coming in and speaking to him, everything has been positive. I have trained with the lads and they are a great bunch who are feeling really positive. Hopefully I can help the club progress even more."

"I'm grateful for the chance and want to go out and work hard. I have looked at the fixtures and this month's quite busy with a game every few days. That's going to be good for me."

11:22 AM ET
ZAMORA TO QPR LATEST...Sky Sports are saying QPR have been given permission to talk to Fulham and England striker Bobby Zamora. The Daily Mail say an £8 million fee has been agreed, but the Guardian maintain the parties are yet to reach an agreement on wages. Zamora earns £45,000/week at Craven Cottage. The suggestion is he wants to double it at White Hart Lane.

10:43 AM ET
CISSE JOINS QPR...Djibril Cisse has completed a £4 million move from Lazio to Queens Park Rangers. The 30-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road, with the club confirming the deal with an official press release. Here's an extract, taken from the QPR website:

"The arrival of the former Auxerre, Liverpool and Marseille hit-man represents a remarkable coup for the R's, who have already added international trio Taye Taiwo, Nedum Onuoha and Samba Diakite to their squad since Mark Hughes's appointment as Manager."

10:08 AM ET

BOLTON SIGN ARSENAL WINGER...Another confirmed deal. Bolton have brought in Arsenal's Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi on loan. The 19-year-old has made just two first-team appearance for the Gunners so far, and has clearly been offered the opportunity to feature more regularly at The Reebok. Here's Bolton manager Owen Coyle on the deal.

He's a very talented young player, who is quick and exciting. He had a great spell on loan at Feyenoord last season.

"He's a young player with tremendous promise and potential and hopefully at Bolton we can give him a platform on which he can display his qualities."

9:50 AM ET
SAHA TO SPURS? The Daily Mail are reporting a move from Spurs to sign Louis Saha on loan from Everton. Read the full story here. They say an 18-month agreement is close, with Everton willing to part with the striker having landed Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. Another angle here is rumoured interest in Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko from QPR and Newcastle.

9:27 AM ET

BRIDGE JOINS SUNDERLAND ON LOAN...It's confirmed, Wayne Bridge has joined Sunderland on loan until the end of the season. Here's Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill on the deal:

I'm hoping that with Wayne's undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season.

"I'm very pleased to have him here and with the number of injuries we've sustained recently I'm sure he'll be a great help to us."

8:43 AM ET

MORRISON HAMMERS MOVE HAPPENING...Ravel Morrison looks almost certain to complete his January move from Manchester United to West Ham. Morrison clashed with United over contract demands, but it appears talks with Hammers manager Sam Allardyce have gone smoothly.

8:37 AM ET
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UNITED CLOSE IN ON CITY TEENAGER...Manchester are apparently poised to sign 19-year-old defender Freddie Veseli from title rivals Manchester City. Here's the Manchester Evening News story, which has the Swiss player out celebrating the move in a red jacket. No confirmation from either clubs as yet.

7:56 AM ET

SLIM PICKINGS? Let's be honest, the January 2012 transfer window isn't exactly being blown off its hinges by thundering gales of wild excitement is it? So far, we've got Jelavic to Everton, the possibility of Zamora to QPR, De Bruyne to Chelsea (then back to Genk), all-too predictable Tevez fodder, Ravel Morrison to West Ham and Pizarro to Man City on loan.

Not exactly epic is it? But there's still plenty of time.

7:47 AM ET
ARSHAVIN GOING HOME? Arsenal's record signing Andrey Arshavin is reportedly in talks with super-rich club Anzhi about a possible return home. Here's the Daily Mail article, which also suggests they're after Kolo Toure from Manchester City.

Arshavin isn't the most popular of players at Arsenal these days, and his appearance as a substitute against Manchester United last week was actually greeted by boos.

7:07 AM ET
TEVEZ TO AC MILAN BACK ON? Speculation on Sky Sports News that the Tevez to AC Milan deal may yet happen. We thought that one was dead on Friday, when Milan signed Maxi Lopez from Catania. Their vice-president Adriano Galliani had set a 7pm deadline on Friday for the Tevez deal.

7:00 AM ET
ZAMORA TO QPR? Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is apparently angling for a move to QPR. Here's The Guardian's Jamie Jackson on Twitter: "Bobby Zamora wants £90,000 a-week from #qprfc to join. he'll be lucky. he's on £45,000, apparently. #ffc want £9m."

6:21 AM ET

DE BRUYNE COMMENT: As mentioned earlier, Belgian side Genk have confirmed a deal with Chelsea for their 20-year-old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. Chelsea won't get their man until the summer, with De Bruyne remaining in Belgium on loan for the rest of the season.

5:29 AM ET

PIZARRO TO MANCHESTER CITY? Sky Sports with some Manchester City news. Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen on bringing Roma midfielder David Pizarro in on loan. The Daily Mail say City are battling with Juventus for his signature. The 32-year-old knows Mancini well from his time at Inter Milan.

4:46 AM ET
DE BRUYNE JOINS CHELSEA...Genk have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has joined Chelsea on a five-year deal. Read the ESPNsoccernet article here. The 20-year-old midfielder will stay at the Belgian club until the end of the season, effectively being loaned back to them. Report suggests Chelsea paid in the region of £7 million.


01-02-2012, 01:20 PM
Carroll, Torres and Tevez: Ghosts of Transfer Busts Past Still Haunt the Market

Three strikers, bought at a combined cost of well over £100 million, have become ghosts of Premier League transfer busts past.

Their stories are completely true, and they continue to haunt big-spending clubs as the January transfer window is set to close on Tuesday.

Here are these players' cautionary tales.

The Desperation Buy

Andy Carroll was never worth £35 million. Newcastle's towering force of nature could barely be trusted on a night out—let alone to carry the weight of expectancy that comes with a fee like that.

Luis Figo had Ballon d'Or winner on his resume when he joined Real Madrid for £37 million in 2001. On his, Carroll had a decent season in the Championship and half of one in the Premier League.

The Liverpool brass were reeled in like tourists. With the £50m sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea imminent, they stepped into the market like a flush exchange student onto Oxford Street.

One way or another, tills would ring. With Torres on his way to the Blues, the Liverpool fans demanded it. And what better statement of intent for the returning Kenny Dalglish than to snare a homegrown talent ahead of the competition?

Perhaps Liverpool sensed this was their moment. This was the transfer window to reverse their recent decline and steer the good ship Anfield back towards the glory days of the 1970s and '80s.

Maybe the Carroll deal was always bigger than his 6'3" frame. Liverpool fans needed a reason to believe in the future, and in his signing they would have one.

At what price hope? £35m you say? Done.

Another explanation, outlined in this intriguing article by The FCF's Andi Thomas, is that the entire deal was conducted like a heist from Ocean's 11.

Here's what agent Clam Shuttleworth told him about who made the final offer on the Carroll deal:

Dalglish thought it was [Liverpool director of football Damian] Comolli. Comolli thought it was Dalglish. [Owner] John Henry doesn’t know who he heard it from, but thought it was both of them. They’ve never found out how, or why, it happened, but the deal was done before anybody noticed. Of course, the report was never published.

However it went down, all hope has been extinguished since. Carroll looks half the player he did at Newcastle, and has managed just four goals in 27 games this season.

First there were rumours he'd go back to Newcastle for £10m. Then an Observer exclusive which claimed Liverpool tried to swap him for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez.

Carroll has paid for being right at the top of his game, right at the top of Liverpool's spending potential. He was overpriced, and he will forever be judged by a fee he will probably never justify.

Liverpool's desperation may ultimately see them take a big loss on Carroll. And unless they can convince him of their faith, a cut-price exit this summer seems inevitable.

Everyone's a loser, baby.

The Marquee Buy

Unlike Carroll, Fernando Torres had no problem settling at Liverpool. The Spanish international took some convincing to leave his beloved Atletico Madrid, but he fit in straight away at Anfield.

Goals were easy to come by. Torres scored freely in his first three seasons and was named twice in the PFA Team of the Year. Much owed to his combination with Steven Gerrard, and for a time the pair appeared to be keeping Liverpool afloat on their own.

But for all the fans' passion and the club's enduring romantic appeal, Liverpool remained cast adrift of their rivals.

Torres was a world-class striker, and when Chelsea came knocking in January 2011, the lure of success was too strong to resist. First they offered £35 million. Then £40 million. Finally, at £50 million, Liverpool relented.

Torres became the fifth most expensive player in history, and with that came a level of expectancy that has shackled him ever since.

Chelsea have yet to see the best of him. At times they've seen a player unrecognizable from the marauding forward who once ripped through Premier League defences.

Currently, Torres is without a goal in his last 18 games. There have been signs of encouragement in his support play, but the goalscoring instincts are nowhere to be seen.

The manager who signed him, Carlo Ancelotti, has been sacked. The man who took over, Andre Villas-Boas, is already under pressure. Both have looked to Torres. Both have found him wanting.

Money bought Abramovich the most sought-after striker on the planet, but there's no buying a footballer's confidence. And without it, Torres is the biggest misfire in transfer history.

The "Handle with Care" Buy

Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't do difficult players at Manchester United. They arrive, they contribute for as long as he can control them, and when they cross his line they're sold.

It happened to David Beckham, Roy Keane and Jaap Stam, to name but a few. And it happened to Carlos Tevez.

Tevez's complicated ownership structure meant he was only ever officially a loan player at United. When the option for a full contract came up, the two parties never found common ground and Tevez duly joined Manchester City.

A mud-slinging match followed, and recent events would have us inclined to believe Ferguson's version of events the more reliable.

Wherever you stand on the Tevez-City affair, the combination of the striker and his "advisor" Kia Joorabchian is clearly not made for amicable, easy-going relations.

The rules that apply to most players seemingly don't apply to Tevez, and it's surely no coincidence he averages a transfer every two seasons. The problem for him now, however, is that City are refusing to be held hostage to his transfer demands.

Deals with AC Milan, Inter and PSG have all fallen through in January, and Tevez now faces the humbling prospect of getting himself back into Roberto Mancini's City team in an attempt to push through a deal in the summer.

Based on the events of the past four months in Manchester, it'll be a brave team that takes a risk on Tevez next.

All of which brings us neatly back to Liverpool—who are apparently trying to sign Tevez on loan before the window shuts tomorrow night. Haven't they learned anything?

What's the Fallout?

So what does it all mean for the transfer market? My suspicion is that the respective woes of Carroll, Torres and Tevez are acting as powerful market forces in this January window.

January 2011 saw a record £225 million spent in the Premier League. So far we're £30 million down on the figure spent at this point last year, with experts predicting a considerable drop in outlay when the numbers are added up after the deadline.

Part of that is down to UEFA's new financial fair-play regulations, which are now being accounted for. Another contributing factor is surely the growing evidence that big buys in January don't win titles.

But I'd argue the ghosts of transfers past, in particular those named Carroll and Torres, are having their say too. Two of the highest-profile, most lucrative deals in recent Premier League history (Sergio Aguero also came in at £35m), and both have proven to be spectacular flops.

Is it any wonder Ferguson has turned to newly out-of-retirement Paul Scholes rather than put his house on Wesley Sneijder? Or that Arsene Wenger continues to proceed with caution in the transfer market? Even Chelsea and Manchester City have acted with relative caution this January.

There's still time of course, but who'd blame an owner if the specter of Carroll, Torres or Tevez entered their thinking with a big deal looming on deadline day?

It might just be enough to put them off.


02-02-2012, 01:10 PM
Financial Fair Play Bites Big Clubs on January Transfer Deadline Day

The economy of football may not exactly be a mirror for the financial state of the nation as a whole, but England's current top four clubs have certainly approached their business on transfer deadline day in a spirit of austerity.

Public sector cuts, reduced spending on the high street and slashed benefits affect the man on the street and business alike. At least the Premier League has curbed its more extravagant tendencies with recession biting as much as the winter frost.

In 2011, Premier League clubs spent just more than £215 million in the January transfer window. This year, at the time of writing, the figure for outgoing payments stands at £55 million.

To put that into context, the last month's spending is just a touch more than what Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres a year ago.

Chelsea, just like the other clubs in the Premier League's top four, have kept their spending to a minimum. The Blues had already sewn up the signing of England defender Gary Cahill, and on deadline day, they added Kevin de Bruyne and Patrick Bamford to their payroll.

However, Belgian attacking midfielder De Bruyne will return to Genk on loan for the remainder of the season, while 18-year-old forward Bamford has clearly been brought in from Nottingham Forest with an eye on the future.

The two Manchester clubs may have both spent big in the past, but they too limited their transfer activity to just a couple of signings that will hardly have their accountants working overtime.

Premier League leaders City have brought in Chilean midfielder David Pizarro on loan from Roma until the end of the season in a move that reunites him with former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini.

United have been almost as spendthrift as their so-called 'noisy neighbours.' The sum total of the reigning champions' winter dealings has seen the 37-year-old Paul Scholes come out of retirement and a 19-year-old defender by the name of Frederic Veseli from City.

The Swiss Under-20 international was a complete unknown to most at the start of Jan. 31, but by the end of the day his profile was raised immeasurably.

Tottenham Hotspur can always be relied upon to give deadline-day clock-watchers a reason to stay up until the last minute, but even they kept it rather low key this year in the form of acquiring striker Louis Saha from Everton.

The signing of Saha may seem underwhelming upon first glance, especially considering he has one goal in 18 Premier League appearances to his name this season. However, the 33-year-old Frenchman has only been brought in on a short-term contract for a low, undisclosed fee.

If—and it is a big if—he can stay fit, then he will provide the kind of work rate and strength up front that will ease the pressure on Emmanuel Adebayor and more than compensate for the efforts of the enigmatic Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has now departed for Lokomotiv Moscow for £11 million. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has once again worked his magic in pulling off that deal.

The biggest spenders on deadline day were Queens Park Rangers, delivering on their promise to back recently-installed manager Mark Hughes int he transfer window, while Newcastle United spent the biggest amount on a single player with their £9 million outlay on striker Papiss Demba Cisse. That not a single fee reached eight figures is telling.

The comparatively big spending of the previous two transfer windows meant that clubs were less inclined or compelled to invest heavily again this time around. Last summer alone City, United and Chelsea spent a total of more than £180 million on players between them.

That three-way splurge is now looking increasingly like a retail rampage the likes of which we will not see again now that UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations are in full effect.

With clubs now facing exclusion from European competition if they are unable to balance their books over any given three-year period, the majority of that investment was made on young players who will either serve their clubs with distinction for years to come or at least retain significant resale value.

Liverpool may well have to settle for a Europa League spot either via their league position or by winning one of the two domestic cup competitions in which they are currently shining.

The fact that no one came in or out of Anfield in January after such an expensive summer is a strong indication that they too are mindful of remaining complicit with the new rules laid down by European football's governing body.

For the likes of QPR—and, to a lesser extent, Newcastle—European football is not such a major concern. Therefore, they are able to spend with relative impunity, although in truth their transfer spending over the past two windows has been canny rather than carefree.

This summer's European Championships will provide a veritable shop window for clubs to peruse dozens of established stars and young prospects. Perhaps only then will we see a true measure of how committed the top sides are to keeping chequebook in pocket.

This January's spending—or lack thereof—does at least suggest that they are treating Financial Fair Play with a degree of seriousness.


02-02-2012, 02:01 PM
January Transfer Window: Top 6 Deadline Day Deals in the EPL

The 2012 January transfer window has been a bit of a low-key affair from start to finish. The big clubs have been hesitant to really test their market and pull off the kind of big deals that peak the interest of all fans of the game.

But that doesn't mean that there hasn't been some noteworthy action on deadline day. Several Premier League clubs, including the league leaders, have taken the opportunity to strengthen crucial areas of their respective squads.

These additions may not be as high-profile as football fans have become accustomed to seeing on the final day for business. But, they still represent smart investments by the team's involved and could help turn some seasons around.

Here is a list compiling the six best Premier League transfer deals from deadline day.

6. Ryo Miyaichi from Arsenal to Bolton Wanderers on Loan
Arsene Wenger's decision to loan Ryo Miyaichi to Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season, is a great move for both clubs. The Japanese teenage sensation arrived at Arsenal amid a frenzy of fanfare.

A spectacular loan spell at Feyenoord only increased the expectation that Miyaichi was Wenger's next youth superstar in waiting. But brief cameos in preseason friendlies and the Carling Cup, followed by a lengthy injury, have meant that Gunners fans have only been offered the slightest glimpse of what Miyaichi may be capable of.

He needs games, and Bolton is an ideal landing spot. There's no denying that Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has the knack when it comes to getting the most out of young loanees. He helped hasten the first team ascension of both Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge.

One of the biggest question marks about Miyaichi is whether or not the diminutive speedster will be able to handle the physical rigours of the Premier League. Coyle will certainly give Miyaichi plenty of chances to prove he can adapt to the rugged environment of England's top flight.

He has also been working hard to move Bolton towards a more cultured style of play. This will benefit Miyaichi, who will be expected to co-exist within a similar playing structure at Arsenal.

Supporters of both clubs should be excited by the prospect of seeing what such a precocious young talent will be able to do in regular action.

5. David Pizarro from Roma to Manchester City on Loan
Manchester City's loan move for resourceful AS Roma midfielder David Pizarro is a really intriguing deal that could reap huge rewards for the Premier League table toppers. The idea of the mega-rich Citizens needing to add anybody to their massive squad may seem ridiculous to most.

But Pizarro offers a number of attributes which could prove crucial to City's final push for their first ever Premier League title. The Chilean international brings versatility, toughness and underrated craft and technique to City's midfield.

He can be utilised in a variety of positions. Pizarro possesses the quickness and trickery to be very effective in wide areas. He would offer a more skillful alternative to the likes of James Milner.

Pizarro is also a tenacious player, not afraid to make his fair share of tackles. Combined with his eye for a clever pass, this makes Pizarro capable of also performing a role in central midfield.

Pizarro will provide valuable cover and increase the tactical options for City boss Roberto Mancini in the coming months.

4. Pavel Pogrebnyak Stuttgart to Fulham
Fulham boss Martin Jol pulled off an excellent deal when he moved for Russia international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak. Fulham have been searching for viable alternatives in attack for some time, and Pogrebnyak is a quality player who adds some serious firepower to the Cottagers front line.

The former Zenit star has endured a tough time in the German Bundesliga, but has the attributes that could help him be a success in the Premier League. He is tenacious and combative in the air and also combines deceptive quickness with keen instincts in the box.

Fulham fans will naturally be concerned about how well Pogrebnyak can settle in England, following the recent struggles of fellow Russian stars Andrey Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko. But if he does settle, Pogrebnyak has the ability to boost the attacking talent at Fulham. He could prove to be the catalyst that pushes an underrated team back into the top half of the table.

3. Djibril Cisse from Lazio to Queens Park Rangers
QPR should be delighted to have secured the services of Djibril Cisse. The Frenchman seems to have been around forever, but is still only 30 and can add an extra dimension to Rangers attack.

Despite having two serious leg injuries during his career, Cisse still retains a good deal of his trademark pace and is a composed finisher. QPR lack a pacey frontman, and particularly one with the pedigree of Cisse.

He has plenty of Premier League experience, having played for both Liverpool and Sunderland in the past. Cisse will give Rangers a different type of threat in attack from the more bullish Heidar Helguson and could fire the goals that maintain their top flight status.

2. Nikica Jelavic from Glasgow Rangers to Everton
Everton are a team that has been crying out for more firepower and quality up front for some time now. Their capture of in form Croation Nikica Jelavic will go a long way to solving this long-term issue.

Jelavic has been prolific for Glasgow Rangers and will get plenty of chances to add some greater potency to the Toffees attack. Jelavic is an instinctive and mobile striker who can link up well with the likes of Landon Donovan and Royston Drenthe.

The discrepancy between Jelavic's scoring rate for club and country has to be a concern for Everton. But the club will be hoping that he can net the goals to drag an underachieving squad away from the wrong end of the table.

1. Louis Saha from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur
Champions League chasing Tottenham Hotspur pulled off a minor coup by landing former Everton hotshot Louis Saha. The French veteran adds plenty of skill and experience to Spurs attacking options.

With Emmanuel Adebayor only on loan from Manchester City and often guilty of starting fast at a new club before fading away, Spurs need another quality striker to lead the line. Saha gives them exactly that. His quickness, movement and powerful left foot make him capable of tormenting any defense.

Saha has had injury woes in his career, but possesses the pace and intelligence to fit in well with Tottenham's flowing, attacking style and be a big hit at White Hart Lane.


02-02-2012, 04:11 PM
Tottenham & Everton provide late action on deadline day

Everton and Tottenham provided a late flurry of activity in what proved to be a subdued final day of the January transfer window.

But there was no repeat of the big-money transfers of last year, as Premier League clubs spent about £60m, a reduction of 70% on the record level of £225m from January 2011.

Spurs secured a deal to take Louis Saha from the Toffees , with Steven Pienaar going in the opposite direction, while Everton brought in Scottish Premier League top scorer Nikica Jelavic from Rangers for £5.5m.

Leaving Spurs was out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who was on his way back to his native Russia to join Lokomotiv Moscow , while defender Sebastien Bassong joined Wolves, and Vedran Corluka moved to Bayer Leverkusen on loan.

Elsewhere, unsettled striker Bobby Zamora moved from Fulham to be reunited with Mark Hughes at QPR, who earlier in the day had brought in ex-Liverpool front man Djibril Cisse from Lazio.

Fulham signed Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart as a replacement.

It was Chelsea who again sealed the biggest deal of the day, signing Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne for a fee believed to be £6.7m, with De Bruyne returning to the Belgian club on loan until the summer.

The Blues also secured a late deal for teenage striker Patrick Bamford from Nottingham Forest .

But there was to be no move for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, who - barring a move to South America or Russia - looks set to remain on the books at Etihad Stadium until the end of the season.

City manager Roberto Mancini added to his squad with the signing of Chile midfielder David Pizarro on loan from Roma , while unwanted full-back Wayne Bridge left to join Sunderland for the rest of the campaign.

Also arriving in a loan deal on Wearside was former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos , but Martin O'Neill was unable to tempt Kevin Davies from Bolton.

And the Trotters added to their forward ranks in a last-minute deal to take striker and youth-team product Marvin Sordell from Watford, and Arsenal teenager Ryo Miyaichi on loan .

Also in transfer action well into the night were Swansea, who brought in 22-year-old right-back Curtis Obeng from Wrexham.

West Bromwich Albion added defender Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham, and Keith Andrews arrived at the Hawthorns on a free transfer from Blackburn.

And fellow promoted side Norwich added to their back line with defender Ryan Bennett from Peterborough , but the England Under-21 international will be loaned straight back to the Posh.

Meanwhile, Rovers manager Steve Kean signed forward Marcus Olsson from Swedish side Halmstads BK to join up with twin brother Marcus, and defender Bradley Orr moved to Ewood Park from QPR.

The biggest movers in the Championship were West Ham.

They brought in highly rated teenager Ravel Morrison from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The Hammers also sealed late deals for strikers Ricardo Vaz Te from Barnsley and Nicky Maynard from Bristol City.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson broke a quiet transfer window to sign 19-year-old Swiss centre-back Frederic Veseli from local rivals Manchester City.

It was also a quiet day for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who secured the services of 19-year-old Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract.


07-02-2012, 01:18 PM
Football transfer rumours: Kolo Touré to Anzhi Makhachkala?


Incredible work from today's Mirror, which has managed to extract a rare hibernation-period transfer EXCLUSIVE: "City fear losing Touré to mega-rich Russians". Yes, it's the disorientating effects of the international mega-rich, this time pillaging the carefully tended talent stocks of Manchester City's non-playing reserves for their own carbon-crazed ends. And yes, it's Kolo not Yaya. And yes it's Dagestan-based Roger Moore-era cartoon bond villains Anzhi Makhachkala. Plus it's also only a loan. Albeit Anzhi, who currently represent a kind of central European friendship stop for every disillusioned multi-millionaire outcast in European football's elite playground, would pay "a substantial loan fee".

Owen Coyle is preparing to tie Paul Robinson, Sean Davis and Robbie Blake up in a coarse hemp sack and leave them mewling on the steps of the local cat rescue home. The Mill smells pre-emptive wage bill trimming ahead of the summer. Stephen Dobbie, who also played Mark's on-off girlfriend in Peep show, has "begged" Brendan Rodgers to let him leave Swansea. And Steve Kean will seek legal advice over Christopher Samba not wanting to play for Blackburn any more and "effectively going on strike" in January. "I'm not a legal expert," Kean admitted yesterday, no doubt to howls of enraged disappointment from Blackburn fans who will now demand he be replaced by a leading QC.

In the Daily Mail there's some talk of Cristiano Ronaldo "putting the Premier League on red alert" by being unsettled and sulky and snarlingly dissatisfied with life. In which case, the Mill can only pity the Premier League an existence blighted by the near-constant bleeping of its Ronaldo red alert klaxon at each fresh whimper and hissy-fit. Ronaldo is apparently "considering a stunning return to the Premier League after growling [sic] disillusioned with life at Real Madrid."

Sadly the Mill fears "whining" might be more appropriate, even if growling would be an interesting departure. As the Mail points out City would be a favoured destination. The Mill can already hear the gloating, the booing, the acrimony, the furore over ill-conceived poster campaigns.

Madrid, Cristiano! Stay in Madrid. Warm weather! Nice food!

Someone else has blurted something out on Twitter. This time around it's Aston Villa's itinerant scurrying wing disappointment Charles N'Zogbia complaining about being subbed against Newcastle.

"The France international, who was returning to play in front of his former club at St James' Park, was furious after being substituted for Emile Heskey with one quarter of the game still to play".

Which also seems like a slightly gratuitous and undeserved slur on Heskey, who's just doing his job and always gives you 2,000% and even at the age of 47 can still induce a brief yawn of panic in even the least-drilled defence.

"'For the first time in my life I'm not happy playing football," N'Zogbia concluded. Really? But … Er … Oh never mind.

In slightly less turgid news Daniele De Rossi has "ignored" Chelsea and Manchester United and signed a five-year contract extension at Roma instead. This is perhaps unfair on De Rossi, who may have simply considered but then decided against Chelsea and Manchester United, or thought of them fondly for a moment, as a man might consider wistfully a favourite ex-girlfriend, or briefly ponder the charms of Debbie from work who always seems so friendly, even as he's trudging dutifully down the carpeted central aisle of the register office. It means that De Rossi, who is 28, will probably not come and play in the Premier League after all, or if he does it will only be for some briefly rich minor power intent on handing out last paydays to fading stars, in the manner of mid-1990s Middlesbrough.

According to today's Sun Carlos Tevez has become a "payroll pariah", unfairly marginalised in elite footballing society by his own risibly disproportionate, fiercely-wheedled, voraciously-hoovered up, hand-cupped-to-the-ear-induced, itinerantly-hiked, cynically-prioritised weekly wages.

"PSG technical director Leonardo last night revealed moneybags PSG could have signed Tevez but were not prepared to pay his £10million-a-year wages."

The Mill is distraught. If only there were some way around this situation.

Some middle ground, like taking a de facto negligible pay-cut on his already excessive earnings. Or just saying sorry to his manager. But obviously both of those are impossible so "payroll pariah" it is. Poor, poor Carlos.

Meanwhile likable waddling goal-divinity Robbie Fowler is still waiting with bated sort code for further news on his possible move to Howrah Calcutta of the Indian Premier League. "I get a few texts about what is happening but other than that I couldn't tell you," Fowler said, struggling manfully to contain his excitement and, on balance, just about managing it.


09-02-2012, 10:53 AM
Football transfer rumours: Eden Hazard to Arsenal?


After noticing that Italy's not even in England and having pored over Fabio Capello's CV and failed to spot one single Carling Cup victory, the press pack are closing in on the England manager. The Mirror reports that the Italian is so frustrated with the FA over the "John Terry fiasco" – the working title of Capello's screenplay about his time in England – that he could go even before Euro 2012, meaning he'll miss out on the sight of Andy Carroll handcuffed to a lamp-post in Krakow city centre. In any case, the Mail says that Terry has no plans to quit England, he's going to rumble on and on and on, alienating each and every member of the squad this summer – eating the last roast potato at team meals, hiding Theo Walcott's boots – until finally, in the year 2083, after losing the armband for the 842nd time, he's locked in an airless container and buried in a deep underground FA facility with only Wayne Bridge for company.

Arsène Wenger says he is ready to fight Chelsea for the signing of Lille's Eden Hazard. "I like Eden Hazard a lot and for many reasons," he said, before helpfully going on to list those reasons. "His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game, and his consummate skill in making the final pass. Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club and Arsenal are a top-level club." Don't laugh. £30m though? Seems a bit steep.

Walcott's bound to develop a final ball soon, isn't he? And they've got Nicklas Bendtner to come back from Sunderland. Plus Marouane Chamakh went really close with a shot in training the other day. Best not risk it. He's all yours, Chelsea. Suckers.

Chelsea are also looking at Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, a man who definitely knows his way to the conditioner section in a pharmacy.

Unfortunately for André Villas-Boas, Manchester City and Manchester United are also looking at the Montenegro striker, with City hoping to flog Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor to Florence in exchange for Jovetic. The Star claims he has a buyout clause of £40m, but then goes on to confuse itself by saying he would cost "considerably less" because he has a contract until 2016 and the fee would be unrealistic.

Wouldn't a contract that runs for another four years make a higher price more realistic?

Kenny Dalglish is still resisting the pull of the 21st century, insisting that Luis Suárez should never have been banned after being found guilty of racially abusing that nasty Patrice Evra. You stay klassy, King Kenny.

Liverpool have put their last shred of dignity up for sale. Manchester City have made a £60m bid for the Anfield cat.

Demba Ba says he laughed at claims he would leave Newcastle in January, proving that it is still possible to be tickled by transfer rumours, even if the Mill spends every day trying to disprove that theory. One man who's not laughing is the Lokomotiv Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has said life at Tottenham was "meaningless", before going up to his room to sulk, put on some black eyeliner and read Joey Barton's tweets.

Tottenham are planning to get one over on Arsenal by nabbing Nottingham Forest's teenage defender Jamaal Lascelles. West Ham are going to flog goal disaster Freddie Piquionne to Doncaster Rovers.

Lucky Doncaster. Wolves aren't going to stop something pesky like the transfer window shutting last week from making them the 43rd club to be linked with the Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes. And Brighton are after the West Brom striker Simon Cox on loan.


13-02-2012, 11:50 AM
Bayern snap up Shaqiri


Bayern Munich have completed a deal to sign highly-rated Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who will join the Bundesliga giants for the start of next season.

Shaqiri passed a medical in Munich earlier this week and signed a four-year contract with Die Roten after Basel accepted a reported €10 million transfer fee for the player.

Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger said: "We are delighted that we have been able to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, one of the most coveted young talents in European football."

Head coach Jupp Heynckes is looking forward to working with the 20-year-old Switzerland international next season too.

"Xherdan will strengthen our team next season with his intelligence and his dribbling skills,'' he said. "I have been watching him for a while now and am convinced that he can become an important player for FC Bayern.''

Shaqiri will get a close look of his future employers in just under a fortnight when Basel host Bayern in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Shaqiri was close to a move to Turkish side Galatasaray during the January transfer window but the deal fell through and he was subsequently linked with Manchester United.


Red Stain
13-02-2012, 01:17 PM
^sayang bgt, pdhl gw berharap United ngotot dapetin dia..

14-02-2012, 11:41 AM
krn Capello dah gak jadi pelatih Inggris, beritanya saya post disini aja, itung2 gabung ama isu bursa transfer pemain (+ pelatih)

Capello in Russia for talks with Anzhi

Former England manager Fabio Capello could be set for a quick return to management with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.


Reports in Russia suggest that Capello is currently in Moscow for talks with bosses of the big-spending club who’s playing staff boasts Samuel Eto’o and former Chelsea defender Yuri Zhrikov.

And Anzhi’s vice-president German Chistyakov has confirmed that there will be changes at the club imminently .

“There will be changes in the club staff,” Anzhi deputy president German Chistyakov said. “We have serious reasons for those changes.”

Former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus boss Capello has already been linked with a return to Italian football with Inter Milan, but chairman Massimo Moratti ruled that out this week.

While Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is also considering a move for Capello’s services as he runs out of patience with Andre Villas-Boas.


14-02-2012, 12:34 PM
capello to anzhi = money talks

15-02-2012, 09:51 AM
Eden Hazard hints at Tottenham move from Lille in summer

Lille midfielder Eden Hazard has told Belgian television he could join Tottenham Hotspur this summer.


Hazard, 21, is one of Europe's most sought-after talents and is reported to have attracted the interest of clubs including Real Madrid and Arsenal.

"Maybe it will be Tottenham. It is a great English club," he told RTBF.

"I said that I would go to England and there is very good players [at Spurs]. I have not yet signed, this is going to happen soon," he added.
Hazard has repeatedly expressed a preference for joining a Premier League club but says he would also consider moving to Spain.

"Spain is perhaps more my style of game but [if I move there] it must be to either Barcelona or Real Madrid."

Hazard had emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal after the departures of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City, but a move to Emirates Stadium last summer failed to materialise.

The Belgium international, who made his Lille debut as a 16-year-old and his international debut at 17, is under contract until 2015.

Last season he became the youngest player to win the Ligue 1 player of the year award after helping Lille complete a domestic double.


15-02-2012, 11:22 AM
Football transfer rumours: Luis Suárez to leave Liverpool?

Today's tittle-tattle could do with a gimmicky cute dog


Having misled his manager and made assorted Liverpool fans who spent the weekend expounding ludicrous conspiracy theories about wrist angles, grassy knolls and phantom third handshakers look even more idiotic, Luis Suárez will be off-loaded in the summer, according to the Mirror. The paper claims the story as an exclusive, but offers no evidence to support it, or any suggestion as to where the Uruguayan striker may go next. So what does it say? That it is "likely" the club will get rid of him at the end of the season. In another story billed as an exclusive but light on actual detail, the Sun claims the half-time tunnel schemozzle at Old Trafford on Saturday was caused by somebody – it doesn't say who – spitting at the Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as he walked to the dressing room.

Fabio Capello, a 65-year-old Italian gentleman who older readers may remember used to manage England, is reported to be in Moscow holding talks with Russians, with a view to allowing Dagestan side Anzhi Makhachkala to hose even more into his bank account than his benevolent former employers at the FA.

Reacting to talk linking him with a summer move to Arsenal, the Sunderland striker Stéphane Sessègnon has told L'Equipe that he will consider his future at the end of the season. "Interest from some bigger English clubs? I don't think about that so far; we will talk about my future again at the end of the season," said the 27-year-old Frenchman, who has scored five goals since Martin O'Neill took over the club in December. Arsenal are also interested in bringing Ipswich Town's Cameroon-born Irishman Carel Tiofack to the Emirates, where the 17-year-old Tractor Boy will become a man. Along with Newcastle United, Arsenal are in the running to bring 25-year-old Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud to England in the summer, although France Football reports that the Ligue 1 side have increased their asking price to €16m from €10m as the striker continues to bang the goals in.

With Stephen Warnock likely to leave Aston Villa this summer, his manager Alex McLeish plans to bring the Rangers left-back Lee Wallace to the Midlands and will offer the financially embarrassed Glasgow club £2.5m for one of their few valuable assets. Of course, with there being every possibility that McLeish may leave Villa during, or even before, the summer too, Wallace may end up staying at Ibrox or going elsewhere.

With Yaya Touré on his way back to England following Ivory Coast's shock defeat to Zambia on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, midfielder Abdul Razak is now surplus to requirements at Manchester City and will be sent to Brighton on loan. Should he head to the Amex Stadium to play for Gus Poyet in the next couple of days, he'll miss the return of Carlos Tevez to training, with the City manager Roberto Mancini having said the sulky Argentinian scurrier could feature in his side again this season, if he's fit enough and prepared to apologise for behaving like a big eejit.

At the Reebok, the Bolton Wanderers left-back Paul Robinson has found himself marginalised by his manager Owen Coyle and may end up playing his Championship football with Southampton or Burnley instead of the Trotters next season.


17-02-2012, 10:49 AM
Chelsea plot £22m bid for this striker


Chelsea are considering a £22million bid for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

The new Roberto Baggio? What can Chelsea fans expect from top target Stevan Jovetic?

The Montenegrin suffered a serious knee injury last year, but has bounced back to score 23 goals in the last 21 games.

Fiorentina sporting director Vincenzo Guerin said: "Our intention is to rebuild the team around him, but today the world 'unsellable' no longer exists - especially if there is an indecent proposal."



17-02-2012, 01:30 PM
Zambia strike hero targeted by Premier League trio

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Premier League - with Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham all monitoring his progress.


The Young Boys hitman played a major part in the Copper Bullets winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history earlier this month and is seen as one African football’s hottest prospects.

Mayuka, who joined Young Boys from Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2010, is the Swiss side's top scorer this season having netted six times.

But the 21-year-old now wants to make the move to one of Europe’s top leagues, with the Premier League his preferred destination.

Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham have already showed an interest in the 21-year-old, but the English trio face a fight on their hands with a number of other European sides weighing up moves.

Mayuka's agent James Barrett told talkSPORT: "There has been interest shown from Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham. Emmanuel wants to play in the Premier League, which he feels is the best in the world, but there is more concrete interest from other European clubs."


23-02-2012, 03:32 PM
Sneijder ready to follow Mourinho to Chelsea or Tottenham


Inter Milan ace Wesley Sneijder is keen on a move to Chelsea, it has been revealed.

Sneijder turned down a bumper offer from Zenit St Petersburg this week, but expects to leave Inter in June.

Tuttosport says the midfield schemer favours a move to England, though accepts interest from Manchester United has now dried up.

Instead, he is banking on Chelsea making an offer - particularly if Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge.

It's suggested wherever Mourinho goes next season, whether it be Chelsea or Tottenham, Sneijder will follow.


24-02-2012, 11:44 AM
Chelsea ready to sell defender Ashley Cole in the summer - report

The experienced Blues left-back is to be allowed to leave after clashing with manager Andre Villas-Boas over team selections and tactics


31-year-old England international Ashley Cole is prepared to leave Chelsea in the summer according the The Sun.

It is reported that owner Roman Abramovich has grown tired of players, including Cole, criticising under-fire boss Andre Villas-Boas and is considering a clear-out.

The Russian billionaire is "fed up with their [the players] moaning," and is willing to let them leave in order to prevent a dressing-room revolt according to sources.

Cole had allegedly questioned Villas-Boas' tactics after a string of poor results including Tuesday's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli.

The Stepney-born defender, who moved across London from Arsenal in 2006, has played over 150 games for Chelsea and is currently one of the longest-serving players at the club.

The Blues currently lie in fifth place, just outside a European spot, despite Premier League title ambitions at the start of the season.


wah jadi apa neh sektor kiri belakang Chelsea tanpa Ashley Cole? krn Ashley Cole merupakan salah satu bek kiri terbaik di Liga Inggris, dunia bahkan ditimnas

24-02-2012, 11:59 AM
Chelsea ready to sell defender Ashley Cole in the summer - report

The experienced Blues left-back is to be allowed to leave after clashing with manager Andre Villas-Boas over team selections and tactics


31-year-old England international Ashley Cole is prepared to leave Chelsea in the summer according the The Sun.

It is reported that owner Roman Abramovich has grown tired of players, including Cole, criticising under-fire boss Andre Villas-Boas and is considering a clear-out.

The Russian billionaire is "fed up with their [the players] moaning," and is willing to let them leave in order to prevent a dressing-room revolt according to sources.

Cole had allegedly questioned Villas-Boas' tactics after a string of poor results including Tuesday's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Napoli.

The Stepney-born defender, who moved across London from Arsenal in 2006, has played over 150 games for Chelsea and is currently one of the longest-serving players at the club.

The Blues currently lie in fifth place, just outside a European spot, despite Premier League title ambitions at the start of the season.


wah jadi apa neh sektor kiri belakang Chelsea tanpa Ashley Cole? krn Ashley Cole merupakan salah satu bek kiri terbaik di Liga Inggris, dunia bahkan ditimnas

28-02-2012, 04:06 PM
Football transfer rumours: Stéphane Sessègnon to Arsenal or Tottenham?


As the Mill awoke this morning to discover that a silent, black and white movie whose biggest star is a dog forced to turn tricks on command has been crowned king at the Oscars – the Oscars of the film industry – we were transported back to a simpler time when the transfer game was a more straightforward operation.

After signing on the dotted line at a new club, a player would immediately be treated like the four-legged star of The Artist and put to work at his real trade: a spot of plumbing or perhaps fixing some rickety shelves in the players' lounge. It was the close season, after all, and the wily chairman would know that the new signing would be eager to make an impression and was unlikely to charge a fee.

But time, sadly, keeps moving on and these days the Oscars of the transfer tittle-tattle industry is the winter and summer transfer windows but, just like the movie business, the wheel never stops turning. There are power lunches to be had and deals to be done.

And today is no different. Arsenal and Tottenham are set to duke it out for Sunderland's stocky goal getter Stéphane Sessègnon. Both north London clubs are big fans of the Benin international's work, loved him in that thing with Martin O'Neill and want to get him on board as soon as possible.

Liverpool's head of waffle, Damien Comolli, claims that several "big players" want to join the club in the summer. It's unclear if he means "big" as in tall and cumbersome, like Andy Carroll, or "big" as in rotund and not very good at taking penalties, like Charlie Adam. Or he may just mean "big" and good at football, but that doesn't sound like the kind of signing Liverpool would make.

Barcelona are ready to fight it out with Manchester City for Athletic Bilbao's rangy midfielder Javi Martínez. Quite how this fight will manifest itself remains to be seen but given the Spain international has a £34m release clause in his contract it is likely that it will involve money in some way.

In just the kind of move that will excite Aston Villa fans and help convince them that Alex Mcleish is indeed the man to revitalise the club, it seems that Scott Dann is being lined up for a switch from Ewood Park to Villas Park. That could spell bad news for James Collins or Richard Dunne who could be shown the door at Villa and may even be asked to leave through it, but not close it on the way out because McLeish wants to leave it open in case Robbie Keane gets tired of the LA lifestyle and fancies a return to Brum. "Hopefully, he will think of us first if he does it again." McLeish said of the Ireland's international's short-term loan from MLS.

The former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is set to sign for Fulham until the end of the season but hopes to impress enough to be given a longer deal.

Neil Warnock wants Bolton's Paul Robinson as his first signing as Leeds manager and hopes to finalise a deal before the emergency loan market closes. In fairness to Warnock it does sound desperate.

Manchester City have too many players so Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman plans to temporarily lighten their load by taking 18-year-old "Spanish starlet" Joan Roman on loan for the rest of the season. And there was the Mill thinking Penelope Cruz was the only Spanish starlet that mattered.


29-02-2012, 01:41 PM
Lukas Podolski agrees personal terms with Arsenal - report

The 26-year-old is said to have reached an accord with the Gunners about a summer move that would see him join fellow Germany international Per Mertesacker at the Emirates


Koln striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to join Arsenal at the end of the season, according to a report from Bild.

The Germany international's contract with the Billy Goats expires in 2013, and has repeatedly expressed his love for his hometown club. However, he has admitted frustration with the team's lack of progress in recent years, and earlier this year turned down the prospect of negotiations for a contract extension.

Amid reports that Koln are willing to offer to double his wages to €5 million per year, the player has stood with his previous pledge to wait until after Euro 2012 - and the opening of the transfer window - to decide on his future.

Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the German international and the Gunners reportedly had two bids for the 26-year-old rejected last summer. But with his contract set to expire in just over a year, Koln will have little choice other than to sell their prized asset should he decline a contract extension.

However, German publication Express claim that Podolski has yet to put pen to paper, but that an agreement is only a matter of time and that the Gunners are aiming to tie up the deal as quickly as possible in order to avoid competition for his signature.

Podolski is believed to be on the wishlist of Schalke, who are said to be willing to offer him €6m per year, but now it seems that the Arsenal are leading the chase for the former Bayern Munich man.

The 26-year-old Germany international has been in blistering form for Koln in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 15 goals and giving four assists in 19 appearances.


05-03-2012, 01:26 PM
Xavi Hernandez: FC Barcelona Star Should Move to Paris Saint-Germain


Xavi Hernandez, the FC Barcelona talisman, should move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for £67 million, as it'd be the best transfer for all parties concerned.

Reports suggest such a swoop is in the pipeline, with the mega rich Ligue 1 club weighing up a move for the Spaniard, who's contract—albeit with the possibility of a two-year extension—is set to run out in June 2014.

Of course Barcelona fans would think such a move is crazy, especially given that Xavi is quite possibly the player that makes Barca tick, and is without doubt the best passer in the game.

Also, why would La Blaugrana want to sell the man who's helped bring them so much success down the years?

Who'd be next? Lionel Messi? Andres Iniesta?

But the truth is, this transfer could be too good to refuse.

FC Barcelona

Looking at it from the surface, Qatari-owned PSG are willing to meet Barcelona's buyout clause for Xavi, £67 million (€80 million).

That value is clearly a number put in place to fend off interest suitors.

But the fact that PSG might meet, it leaves Barca in a strange, but actually very good place.

After all, that's the figure that'll be paid for a 32-year-old—which is unheard of in the history of world football.

It's a sum of money the Catalan club will rarely ever get for one of their players, let alone one nearing the end of his career.

In a time of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules coming into effect, that kind of cash would put them in a very healthy position financially, and would allow them to really make the summer signings they want.

After all, the club's vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently admitted the team cannot afford to sign the likes of Gareth Bale and Robin Van Persie. He said:

Those players are very good, but we always need common sense in any negotiations. We will not enter the madness market but it is impossible for Barcelona to pay 40 or 50 million Euros for any player.

With a chance to double their transfer kitty from the sale of Xavi, they would again have the financial power to match their brand power, and would be able to sign their top targets.

With Barca's stranglehold on La Liga diminishing as Real Madrid hold a ten point gap at the top, it's clear they need some new signings to bolster their squad once more.

Some depth at centre-back is certainly required, especially given Carles Puyol's recent problems, while a new left-back is also needed.

And the key for Barca is that Xavi's impact is not entirely irreplaceable.

What they will miss most if Xavi leaves is his ability to stretch the play, with the accuracy of his long balls allowing Barcelona to become a multi-dimensional attacking force with unpredictability.

However, the club can adapt without Xavi to a tighter version of tiki-taka, which they do anyway when he's not playing.

The side most recently won 3-1 away to Bayer Leverkusen without Xavi, and whilst they looked shaky at times, the team coped fine. It was mainly their lack of defensive options which would've cost the team.

His long-range game cannot be fully replaced, but over a short range Barca have a plethora of options to fill Xavi's role.

Thiago Alcantara would be the most likely, especially seen as at the moment he boasts an ever soslightly better passing accuracy rate, and has the most similar style to him.

Cesc Fabregas would be another candidate to fill Xavi's boots, and that's exactly what he did at Leverkusen.

The former Arsenal playmaker wasn't entirely convincing in that game, but once Pep Guardiola (or whoever's in charge next season) gives Fabregas a set position in the side, his form in that role will undoubtedly improve.

And in the longer term there's the likes of Jonathan Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto who have shown significant promise in stepping up to the plate.

Most importantly with the departure of Xavi would be the absence of a leader and strong personality in the dressing room.

But in a team full of experienced winners and vocal players, it's only natural (as in any group of people) a new leader would step forward.

So for FC Barcelona, receiving £67 million for a player with only two or three years left in him at the top, and a man who's departure—despite his deserved legendary status—won't dismantle the team, is simply too good to refuse.

Xavi Hernandez

For the player himself, he's achieved all he possibly can at FC Barcelona, with the glorious showering of winners medals he's earned inevitably coming to an end in the near future.

And as far as putting his name into the Camp Nou annals, he's already well and truly done that, with his status as a club legend completely secure.

Unfortunately though, no matter how much he tries, he won't be the greatest Barca player that ever lived.

That honour will undoubtedly go to Lionel Messi.

So it could be time to move on, try a new challenge and write history with another European giant, to completely glorify his name in the wider football spectrum.

A move to a burgeoning Paris Saint-Germain could see that happen, with the club set to become a powerhouse across Europe, and even the world, over the next few years.

He'd inevitably win new league and cup titles, and would have the chance for continental silverware with a new club, which would make his legendary status span across countries.

Plus, and perhaps most importantly, in the short career footballers have, Xavi has the opportunity for an unbelievable payday.

From a move to PSG, he'd immediately get at least £6.7 million (€8 million) from his share of the transfer fee, or possibly double that depending on how good his agent is.

While his wages would also increase significantly, as he'd easily earn 50 percent, or maybe even up to 100 percent, more than he currently earns.

At 32 years of age, Xavi has the chance to have something no other footballer at his age will probably ever get—that final big contract.

For most players it happens at 26, 27 or 28, and maybe even 29 for the best talents out there.

But for Spain's World Cup winner to get it five or six years later than average is an offer he simply can't refuse.

Paris Saint-Germain

This transfer, despite the money quoted for a 32-year-old, would still be great for Paris Saint-Germain.

Of course they'd be getting a fantastic, universally respected talent who still has all of his ability.

That alone would make them a more feared side across France and Europe, and psychologically would give them a better chance to win games.

Plus, the signing of a major star like Xavi Hernandez would boost the morale of the players already at the club and would make them play better, and would also attract other big names to PSG.

While his leadership ability and experience would help the team close out games better, and help make the midfield more disciplined and organised.

Off the pitch it'd also boost the club's brand equity, and would gain them increased revenue from shirt sales, and possibly even better TV revenue from Spain with the potential for a bigger fan base in the country.

And purely for his ability on the pitch, Xavi is exactly what PSG and manager Carlo Ancelotti need.

The Ligue 1 club play quite a narrow style, which has dropped them silly points at times, and they have trouble spreading the play quickly, which is why players like Kevin Gameiro aren't finding the net as often as they should.

Thiago Motta was signed to help correct that, but Xavi is the master of spreading the play, and can do it better than anybody else in the sport.

To have him and Motta in the centre of midfield would give PSG a plethora of options in the final third, and ease the playmaking burden on the likes of Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez, allowing them, along with Nene, to focus more on key passes and finishing chances.

In essence, with Xavi in the side, Les Rouge-et-Bleu would be far more likely to overcome their main problem this season—their lack of consistent goals.

So for Paris Saint-Germain, Xavi Hernandez and FC Barcelona, a £67 million transfer from the Camp Nou to the Parc des Princes, could be best for all parties concerned.


08-03-2012, 12:37 PM
Paris Saint-Germain president admits Suarez, Higuain & Torres could be summer targets

The Ligue 1 giants have been linked with both South American attackers, and it has now been confirmed they could be pursued in the upcoming transfer window

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has admitted that players such as Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Liverpool's Luis Suarez could be potential targets for the French capital club this summer.

Les Parisiens have been linked with several high profile names in the past few months and head coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to strengthen his attack in the upcoming transfer window.

The former Chelsea manager previously named the aforementioned trio as potential reinforcements, and Al-Khelaifi has now confirmed that PSG could make their move come the end of the current season.

"These players [Higuain, Torres and Suarez] could be of interest to us," the French capital outfit supremo said in an interview with La Gazzetto dello Sport.

Nevertheless, Al-Khelaifi was quick to point out that the Paris giants have no intention of spending big money just for the sake of it, and stressed that they're keeping an eye on the long-term future as well.

"The players we've approached so far were interested in the project PSG. We won't be spending cash without thinking. We only go after the players who are committed to our project.

"Our priorities are a better training centre, a youth academy that will help us develop the new [Lionel] Messi. And we want to stay at the Parc des Princes which represents our history."

Paris Saint-Germain currently sit atop of the Ligue 1 table with a one-point lead over second-placed Montpellier.


09-03-2012, 09:33 AM
Lukas Podolski to sign for Arsenal from Cologne

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Germany striker Lukas Podolski from Cologne, BBC Sport understands.


Reports suggest the Gunners will pay £10.9m for the 26-year-old on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week.

Podolski will have to pass a medical and agree personal terms before the move can be completed in the summer.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker said: "He has sent me a number of text messages and I have told him this is a great place to work and Arsenal are an amazing club."

The pair have played together for Germany since 2004 and now look set to join forces at club level as well.

Cologne boss Stale Solbakken admitted last month he could lose Podolski to Arsenal and the transfer is now at an advanced stage.

The Poland-born forward, whose contract expires in summer 2013, started his career with Cologne and joined Bayern Munich in 2006 before returning to his first club in 2009.

He played for Germany at the 2004 and 2008 European Championships, as well as the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Podolski scored three goals to help his country qualify for Euro 2012 and has scored 16 goals in 22 club games this season.

Big-spending Russian clubs Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala were also understood to be pursuing Podolski but he recently stated that money was not his prime concern.

"Money is not the most important thing for me," he told German newspaper Sport-Bild. "What is crucial is the development of my game."

Cologne currently sit 14th in the Bundesliga, with Podolski having scored more goals (16) than all of his team-mates put together (15).

•Born: Gliwice, Poland, 1985
•1987: Family move to Germany
•1995: Joins Cologne, first-team debut in 2003
•2006: Joins Bayern Munich after scoring 51 goals in 84 games for Cologne
•2009: Rejoins Cologne after scoring 26 goals in 106 games for Bayern
•2010-12: Has scored 14 and 16 goals in last two seasons
•Germany: 91 caps, 43 goals


13-03-2012, 01:02 PM
Liverpool's Luis Suárez hints at possible move to Paris Saint-Germain

• Striker admits he would love to play alongside Diego Lugano
• 'Yes, I could come to Paris, but like any other big club'


Luis Suárez has hinted that he may be open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain. The Liverpool striker told a French television channel that he would love to play alongside Diego Lugano, his captain at international level for Uruguay, who is currently playing for the Ligue 1 leaders.

Kenny Dalglish last week responded to suggestions that the big-spending French club were considering making a move for the Uruguay international in the summer by insisting that he was not for sale at any price, but Suárez's admission is likely to lead to renewed bout of speculation.

Suárez and his international team-mate, the Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, were being interviewed by Canal+ about their international colleague Lugano, who moved from Fenerbahce to Paris in August.

Both players were asked if they would like to play alongside Lugano at some point in their club career's. Suárez answered that he would "love to play at the same club as [Lugano]" and admitted he could be tempted by a move to Parc des Princes in the future. "Yes, I could come to Paris, but like any other big club," he said.

"There are lots of big clubs with that kind of status, who want to build a great team, and Paris are one of those clubs that are recruiting to make themselves stronger."

The Napoli striker Cavani, who has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League, said, "It would be very tempting to come to Paris. I'd love for us to play together."

Liverpool's defeat at Sunderland on Saturday made qualification for next season's Champions League highly improbable. Dalglish's side are currently 10 points adrift of Arsenal, who occupy fourth place.


14-03-2012, 10:43 AM
Chelsea & Manchester City on alert as Sneijder holds out for summer Premier League move

The Dutchman, who has fallen out of favour at Inter, has already rejected a "staggering" offer from Zenit, while Manchester United have put Luka Modric top of their shopping list


Wesley Sneijder wants a move to the Premier League in the summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City closely monitoring the playmaker's situation after he rejected a switch to Zenit St Petersburg, Goal.com has learned.
The Inter playmaker held talks with Zenit in the final days of the Russian transfer window, which closed on February 24.

Sources have told Goal.com that the Russian club made Sneijder a “staggering” offer to make an immediate switch to St Petersburg and he has also been courted by Anzhi Makhachkala, but the Dutchman is holding out for a move to one of the big hitters in England.

The 27-year-old came close to joining Manchester United last summer after Inter agreed a fee with the Premier League champions but the deal fell through because the player’s camp wanted around €240,000-a-week (£200,000) and United were reluctant to pay any more than €200,000-a-week (£170,000).

With United’s main priority in the forthcoming window believed to be a central midfielder, and Tottenham’s Luka Modric top of their shopping list, the only other clubs who would realistically be able to afford Sneijder’s salary and transfer fee are Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Premier League’s two biggest spenders have had their wings clipped by Uefa’s new financial fair play rules but still possess the financial muscle to buy a player of Sneijder’s calibre.

City made enquiries with Inter last summer and again in January but pursued other avenues after considering whether Carlos Tevez could be used as leverage in a part-exchange deal for the Dutchman.

Nevertheless, City are ready to make David Silva the fourth player at the club, after Tevez, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, to earn more than €240,000-a-week (£200,000) during forthcoming contract talks and could afford Sneijder if they off-loaded some of the dead wood at the Etihad Stadium.

"Sneijder wants to play in England," a source told Goal.com. "He wanted to move to Manchester United last summer but that didn't happen because of the money and various other reasons.

"He likes the Premier League, he likes the atmosphere in the stadiums and believes his game would be ideally suited to English football."

Sneijder’s season has been disrupted by niggling injuries and indifferent form to the extent that he has fallen down the pecking order at San Siro in recent weeks, even being dropped from the team by coach Claudio Ranieri in order to play two strikers.

Speaking at the end of last month, Sneijder, who is contracted to Inter until 2015, confirmed that he had rejected an approach from Zenit. “They [Zenit] were prepared to go really far in order to sign me,” he said.

“There was absolutely nothing wrong with their offer. However, I don't think this is the right moment for me to leave Inter.”


14-03-2012, 11:51 AM
Australia winger Brett Holman to join Aston Villa in the summer

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Australia international Brett Holman from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar this summer.


The 27-year-old winger, who has won 53 caps, was named as Australia's football writers' Player of the Year for 2011.

Holman, who joined Eredivisie leaders Alkmaar in 2008, will sign on a free transfer when his contract expires.

"I am delighted to have agreed terms with Aston Villa. I am looking forward to joining up with the team in the summer," said Holman.

"Villa have a long and prestigious history in English football and a fantastic set of fans."

Holman has spent a decade in the Netherlands, having had spells at Feyenoord, Excelsior and NEC Nijmegen before moving to AZ.

"Brett is a very intelligent player," said Villa manager Alex McLeish. "A great team player and a man who is recognised in the game as a non-stop, committed wide midfield player.

"He has international experience and has played in the Champions League. He will add significantly to the experience in the Villa squad."


14-03-2012, 05:32 PM
World Football Gossip Roundup: Eden Hazard, Loic Remy, Edin Dzeko

Looking for your daily world football gossip? You're in the right place.

The world football rumor mill never stops turning, and today is no exception. Here's a batch of stories you'll probably find interesting no matter which team you support.

If not, feel free to leave your own gossip in the comments, along with all questions and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Fergie Watches Hazard

Cameras found Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands watching Lyon's 2-1 win over Lille on Saturday at the Stade de Gerland. That has led to speculation that Ferguson had traveled to Lyon to personally scout Lille's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.

When the cameras cut to him, Ferguson was pictured yawning. "'I didn't know he was here," said Hazard. "Maybe he's tired!"

Manchester United are among several teams reportedly interested in the 21-year-old Hazard. Others include Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

Spurs Target Remy

According to the Mail Online, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is planning a summer move for French international Loic Remy (in addition to Hazard, that is). Similar reports surfaced in January, with £20 million as the reported transfer fee.

“Yes, we wanted to get him. We tried," Redknapp said. "But he wasn’t for sale. We like him a lot, he’s a very good player.”

Remy, 25, has scored nine goals in 21 matches this season. The striker has scored four goals in 17 caps for France.

Dzeko out at City?

According to Mirror Football, Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko could be on his way out of Manchester City. The 25-year-old has scored 24 goals in 56 matches since moving from Wolfsburg last year, but 11 of his 35 appearances this season have been as a substitute.

Inter Milan and Juventus are reportedly interested in Dzeko, who cost City £27 million.

Wenger to Swoop for Moroccan?
According to the Sun, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he's interested in signing Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda from Montpellier.

"I know Younes well and like him a lot," Wenger is quoted as saying. "But I don't want to cause problems. Only Montpellier can decide where he goes to."

The Sun says Belhanda, 22, is rated at £15 million.

Villa After American?

Another American could be heading to the English Premier League if the rumors are correct.

According to Mirror Football, American midfielder Jermaine Jones is wanted by Aston Villa. Jones, 30, currently plays for Schalke in Germany and has appeared 16 times for the United States.


dwi agung
15-03-2012, 01:26 AM
pogba akhir nya memilih menetap di MU!!
Emang jago deh SAF bikin mood pemain naik lagi.

15-03-2012, 12:22 PM
Arsenal & Liverpool join Tottenham in €18m race to sign Fulham's Moussa Dembele

The west Londoners face a battle to hold on to the Belgian, who has matured into one of the most accomplished playmakers in the Premier League


Arsenal and Liverpool will compete with Tottenham to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham in the summer, Goal.com can reveal.

The attacking midfielder is being closely watched by the three Premier League big guns as they consider whether to launch bids when the window opens.

Dembele is rated at £15 million (€18m) by Fulham, where he has matured this season into one of the most accomplished playmakers in the Premier League.

However, the Belgium international will have only a year left on his contract at the end of the season and the bidding for the 24-year-old is likely to start at below the £10m (€12m) mark.

Fulham are keen to agree new terms with Dembele, who joined the Londoners from Dutch club AZ for £5m (€6m) in the summer of 2010.

But the west Londoners, whose highest paid player is goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, know they cannot compete on wages or status with the likes of Liverpool and the two north London clubs, and will struggle to hold on to the Belgian if he receives an attractive offer in the summer.

Dembele was initially signed as a striker but Martin Jol has played him almost exclusively in an attacking midfield role, including in a central two alongside Danny Murphy in recent weeks, and he has responded with some of the best football of his career.

He has scored only six goals in 62 appearances for Fulham, including only a single strike for the club - at Wigan Athletic – this season and regular observers admit this has prompted question marks among those monitoring his development.

"His end product is an issue," one source told Goal.com. "But if you play him in the right role with the right players he can make an impact."

Jol is a big admirer of Dembele and has likened him to another left-footed schemer.

"In a few months, maybe a year, he will be like Rafa van der Vaart," said Jol last November. "Dembele will learn and go on to become one of the best players in the Premier League."


15-03-2012, 03:06 PM
World Football Gossip Roundup: Higuain, Sterling, Moyes Turns 10, M'Vila, Pogba

In the absence of B/R's lead blogger Mike Cummings, who has been granted leave from writing duties for an entire day to prepare for Friday's Champions League draw madness (you could call it a day off), it falls on me to deliver today's gossip roundup.

As usual, transfer tittle-tattle leads the way—with mentions for a Real Madrid striker who is determined to focus on playing for Real Madrid and a Manchester United youngster who may yet stay a Manchester United youngster.

I'll be brief and to the point. Here's the gossip roundup for Tuesday, March 13 on planet football.

Higuain: Leave Me Alone Until the End of the Season

Manchester City and Chelsea continue to be frantically linked with Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, but the Argentine is playing it cool.

"I am not going to talk about my future," Higuain is quoted at Talksport.co.uk today. "I will devote my attention to Real Madrid for the remaining months of the season and try to do my job to help the team."

Higuain scored in Madrid's 3-2 win against Betis at the weekend, but his starting spot is far from assured in Jose Mourinho's team with the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo hanging around.

Expect this one to run and run until the end of the season.

Spurs Want Liverpool Teenager

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are lingering with intent around 17-year-old Liverpool prospect Raheem Sterling.

Sterling is yet to break into the first team at Anfield, and the suggestion here is that Spurs will offer him more senior opportunities if he agrees to join them.

The report claims Spurs are sending a scout to watch Sterling in action for Liverpool's youth team against Ajax tomorrow night.

Here's a nice little show reel of the man in action.

Moyes Turns 10 at Everton

David Moyes will celebrate his 10th anniversary as Everton manager on Wednesday—a remarkable feat in the modern era, especially when you consider the lack of funds he's had to play with at Goodison Park.

Fittingly, the fixture gods have thrown up a rearranged meeting with Liverpool on Tuesday night to celebrate, and they'll be plenty who fancy the blue half of Merseyside to come out on top.

Everton have beaten Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks, while Liverpool will come out at Anfield having lost their last three Premier League games in a row.

Check out this excellent BBC Sport column by former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen on Moyes' achievements, which includes a graph demonstrating his league positions with Everton season-by-season.

M'Vila to Leave Rennes

Yann M'Vila has been a staple of the gossip columns for some time, but it looks as though the Rennes midfielder will finally make good on the speculation this summer.

"Yann M'Vila won't be a Stade Rennais player next season," said Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti, as quoted at Goal.com.

The 21-year-old French international is said to be of particular interest to Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Watch this space.

Pogba to Stay at United?

Manchester United's Paul Pogba looked ready and packed to make a move to Italy with Juventus, but his cameo appearance against West Brom at the weekend appears to have re-opened the door to a United future.

The Manchester Evening News say the 18-year-old could well now decide to "snub" Italy and stay in rainy Manchester instead.

United fans will be pleased to hear it, having reportedly clapped his every touch in the 2-0 win after he came on as a substitute on Sunday.


15-03-2012, 03:42 PM
semoga Eden hazard bisa berlabuh ke MU...