Tagged: Soccer transfers

Pedro, Benzema, De Gea – Could Di Maria to PSG spark a Europe-wide transfer frenzy? – Goal.com

Pedro, Benzema, De Gea – Could Di Maria to PSG spark a Europe-wide transfer frenzy? – Goal.com.

It could. Not likely though. I don’t see anyone leaving Paris Saint-Germain at this stage, and we already know Pedro may be on his way to Manchester United. Benzema is a hard target for anyone and it looks like De Gea is staying at Manchester United until his contract ends. I think most teams have made the moves they wanted to so far, and unless something crazy happens then things will pretty much remain as is.

Why Jorge Mendes is viewed as a success story in Portugal – ESPN FC

Why Jorge Mendes is viewed as a success story in Portugal – ESPN FC.

We touched on that David Conn article concerning Mendes towards the end of last year. Really crazy how influential he is in the game.

Premier League teams spend too much money on attackers – ESPN FC

Premier League teams spend too much money on attackers – ESPN FC.

Good piece. Defensive players will always be less valued than offensive players but equally, if not more, important. As one commenter mentioned though, cohesion is a major necessity in defense which is why managers may stick with combinations that work, a la Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal, even if they aren’t world-beaters. It’s easier and possibly more beneficial in the end to spend in attack.

The major point the author makes about the changing role of the defender and how they have been hampered by rule changes are big as well. The older breed of defenders are definitely defenders first then everything else after but the new breed are required/expected to do more.

Transfer window bargains: 12 of the best deals available this summer | Alan Smith | Football | The Guardian

Transfer window bargains: 12 of the best deals available this summer | Alan Smith | Football | The Guardian.

Figured we’d continue on the transfer category. While I understand the likes of Youri Tielemans being worth over the £10million due to potential resale, room for growth etc. I would think a “best deals list” would just stick with more proven talent preferably at a lower price. Tielemans could become an expensive flop after all.

 

Why we love transfer rumours – ESPN FC

Why we love transfer rumours – ESPN FC.

Interesting take. I think I’ve become more fed up with transfer rumours now to the point where I hardly believe anything until is officially on a major site, or the club’s official web page. It is still a bit fun to speculate but with the money being thrown around and the countless crazy stories it’s a bit too much.