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Weekly Why: Manchester United, David de Gea, Sloth and the Gluttony of Transfers | Bleacher Report

Weekly Why: Manchester United, David de Gea, Sloth and the Gluttony of Transfers | Bleacher Report.

Simply put, there’s a lot that goes into deals that result in last-minute deals. Club’s, players and agents etc. all have their preferences, wants etc. and, as was the case with Arsenal’s deals for Ozil and Welbeck, some deals are contingent on others. Ozil wouldn’t have moved if Gareth Bale hadn’t moved to Madrid and Welbeck only happened due to Falcao’s move.

If all reports are true then the same may happen with Benzema.

It would be nice if all deals are done before preseason but I think it’s difficult given all the different players involved.

10 Biggest EPL Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports

10 Biggest EPL Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports.

My piece for RantSports

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The Premier League is where the money is in football, so there’s no surprise that some of the biggest transfer rumors involve these clubs. The league with the largest amount of stars in the game could grow that much bigger should all these moves transpire. Some are shock moves involving smaller teams with money to burn and in others it’s business as usual with the big-name teams. Here are the 10 biggest EPL rumors heading into August.

10. West Brom Interested in Dennis Praet

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Let’s start things off with the most shocking move of them all. Anderlecht’s Belgian starlet, Dennis Praet, is in talks with West Bromwich Albion according to the Metro. The young attacking midfielder would represent quite a coup for the mid-table side and would present further evidence that the Premier League is where the money is.

9. West Ham up Bid for Javier Hernandez

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West Ham could also pull off one of the moves of the summer if the rumors are true. The Daily Express reports that the Hammers have upped their bid for unwanted Manchester United star Javier Hernandez. The Mexican forward’s future has been unclear since Louis van Gaal’s arrival, but he has more than enough quality to be a major signing for West Ham.

8. Manchester United Set Sights on Pepe

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Manchester United’s failure to land Sergio Ramos has seen them target a teammate to shore up central defense. Pepe has been linked, via the Daily Star, with a move to the Red Devils. The Portuguese defender would add grit and experience to United’s defense, but he may not be the type of player Louis van Gaal works well with.

7. Manchester City Look to Boost attack with Berahino

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Manchester City have already brought in two English stars to boost the side this summer and could be looking at a third. West Bromwich’s Saido Berahino is the player in question, with the Daily Mirror reporting that City will look to add him to boost the attack. City paid a premium for another young English, attacking talent in Raheem Sterling and could do the same with Berahino.

6. Chelsea Look to Steal Tottenham’s Danny Rose

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Chelsea have gone about the summer by replacing what they’ve lost. Filipe Luis’ departure leaves a gap at full-back and, according to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham’s Danny Rose is a target. Chelsea have also been linked with Baba Rahman of Augsburg but may prefer Rose’s Premier League experience.

5. Liverpool Look to Denis Cheryshev

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Liverpool could continue their attacking overhaul with the arrival of Real Madrid youngster Denis Cheryshev. The Russian attacking midfielder had a solid season on loan with Villarreal in 2014-15 and may be set to play a part in Rafa Benitez’s plans this season. The Telegraph reports that the Reds could make a move for a player they hope will help replace Raheem Sterling.

4. Everton Fear They Will Lose John Stones

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Everton have held firm against Chelsea’s interest in their young star central defender, John Stones. According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to up their offer for the young defender to £30 million to seal the deal. That kind of deal would be hard for the Toffees to turn down even if it means giving up one of their brightest talents.

3. Pedro Closing in on Manchester United Move

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The Daily Mirror has reported that Manchester United’s move for Barcelona star, Pedro, could be completed in 48 hours. The Barcelona winger has been unhappy with his lack of playing time and would be a integral part of Louis van Gaal’s setup at United.

2. Kevin De Bruyne Still a Manchester City Target

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Manchester City may be making some headway in one of the biggest moves of the season. Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne may not be unsellable after all, as the Mirror reports Wolfsburg may let him leave if City meet their £50 million valuation. De Bruyne has been one of German club’s best performers in recent seasons and would improve City’s stagnant attack.

1. Liverpool Lead Race to Sign Alexandre Lacazette

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Liverpool may be ahead of the rest of Europe in the bid to sign French star Alexandre Lacazette. The mobile forward had a breakout season while leading Lyon to second place and a spot in the Champions League. The Metro reports that the Reds may be his destination as he looks for new challenges. That move would be a big surprise given Liverpool’s lack of participation in the Champions League this season.

10 Biggest La Liga Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports

10 Biggest La Liga Rumors Heading Into August – RantSports.

My piece for RantSports.

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La Liga is home to the two best players on the planet. Barcelona and Real Madrid are always capable of attracting the biggest stars in the game, while teams like Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla make solid moves. There have already been some big moves in Spain this summer and more could follow as the transfer window winds down. Here are the 10 biggest La Liga rumors heading into August.

10. Roma Show Interest in Coentrao

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Fabio Coentrao could be on the way out at Real Madrid. The Portuguese international has failed to displace Marcelo as the club’s left-back since his arrival a few summers ago. Roma are reportedly interested in the player, and his versatility could serve him well at the Italian club. Coentrao can fill a much-needed weakness at left-back but could also play further forward or in central midfield.

9. Raul Jimenez a Target for West Ham

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West Ham are in need of more forward options with the injury to Enner Valencia. The Telegraph reports that Atletico Madrid’s Raul Jimenez could be that player. Jimenez has seen himself fall down the pecking order at Atletico with the arrival of Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto along with the presence of Fernando Torres.

8. Roberto Soldado Headed Back to Spain with Villarreal

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Villarreal look set to offer Roberto Soldado a way out of his Tottenham nightmare. The Spanish forward has failed to impress in London since arriving a few seasons ago and a return to Spain may just see him right the ship. The Spanish side have been linked with a move for him, via Talksport, and would benefit from his predatory instincts inside the box.

7. Sevilla Interested in Llorente

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Fernando Llorente is another Spanish forward who has endured tough times abroad. Llorente has played somewhat regularly for Juventus but has always been second to the likes of Carlos Tevez and, last season, fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata. Sevilla are reportedly favorites to sign him at this stage.

6. Real Madrid want Carvalho

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Real Madrid did their transfer business before the summer even began, with Danilo joining the squad from Porto. Los Galacticos may be set to add another star of the Portuguese league to their ranks with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. The defensive midfielder is highly regarded across Europe and would strengthen a midfield that includes Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

5. Juventus See Javier Mascherano as Ideal Candidate for Midfield

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Juventus have gone through a major overhaul so far this summer, with key players like Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez departing. According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano is seen as a target to help alleviate that loss of experience and add some grit to the midfield. Mascherano showed in this summer’s Copa America and last year’s World Cup that he is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the game.

4. Paris Saint-Germain Look to Add Toni Kroos

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The Express reports that Paris Saint-Germain could make a move for Toni Kroos in what would be one of the biggest transfers of the summer. Kroos just joined Real Madrid last summer and was integral in the club’s early-season success. The addition of the German midfielder would instantly make Paris Saint-Germain one of the favorites for the Champions League, especially after the capture of Angel Di Maria.

3. Barcelona Want Philippe Coutinho as Part of Traore Deal

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Liverpool’s reported interest in Barcelona’s young winger Adama Traore may have unwanted repercussions. According to the Metro, Barcelona want the Reds’ star midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, as part of the deal. Barcelona wouldn’t be able to play the player until January 2016, but their signings of Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal show they are willing to get the players they want.

2. Real Madrid Want David de Gea Deal Done Quickly

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The David de Gea to Real Madrid saga isn’t done yet, as the Express reports that Real Madrid want the deal wrapped up by the end of the week. Manchester United have signed Sergio Romero, possibly as a replacement, and may be ready to let De Gea go.

1. Manchester United Still Want Gareth Bale

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One reason why Manchester United may be willing to let David de Gea go is their interest in Gareth Bale. The Welshman has constantly been linked with moves back to England, and Manchester United are the most likely destination. A second world record fee may not be possible, but the Red Devils have shown in the last two seasons that they have the funds to make big moves.

How Much Longer Before Superstar Moves Cease to Exist? – The Aspirer

How Much Longer Before Superstar Moves Cease to Exist? – The Aspirer.

My piece for the Aspirer on Superstar Moves In the Transfer Market.


The summer transfer window has become synonymous with superstars moving at increasingly exorbitant prices.

Last summer it was David Luiz’s afro becoming the most expensive hairdo of all time with a €62 million move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain. Not to be outdone, Barcelona captured Luis Suarez for an eye-watering €81 million from Liverpool. The summer before it was Gareth Bale’s record-breaking €100 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid that had us all staring wide-eyed. You get the picture.

As money continues to flow into the game, the list of nouveau riche clubs grow and stars want to “test themselves” and join “exciting projects,” then such moves have become an integral part of football during the summer.

To be clear, there are a few major prerequisites for a superstar move. A super player, of course, a hefty transfer fee, one, or more, super clubs and a saga of some sort, whether it’s the continuous adoring glances of one, or more, suitors or a when will this player move to a bigger scenario type deal. All those moves mentioned above hit all the marks, except you could argue there wasn’t much of saga with Luiz to PSG.

This summer has seen Arturo Vidal move to Bayern Munich from Juventus. The Chilean’s status as the most complete midfielder in the game, and his eventual destination, make this a superstar move even if you don’t check the hefty transfer fee box due to his paltry €37 million price. Looking elsewhere, Angel Di Maria’s impending move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain may take in terms of the most eye-catching deal of the summer.

Sure, this summer has seen Bastian Schweinsteiger, surprisingly, join Manchester United from Bayern Munich and Raheem Sterling’s still unbelievable $50 million dollar fee. Those two don’t fall into the superstar category for a few reasons, namely Schweinsteiger’s age and progressive decline and Sterling being far from the finished product. While those deals are still big in the context of things, they’re not the real headline-grabbers that a move like Di Maria’s to PSG would be, or that Vidal’s move is.

Di Maria, a 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America finalist, is just about to hit his peak and is a player that can boost a team both on and off the pitch. He was an integral part of Real Madrid’s most recent cup success, the fabled “La Decima” victory in the Champions League and equally important in the Copa del Rey the same year. His recent season at Manchester United will surely end up being a one-off when he’s playing in France.

Vidal is in a similar position, minus the European title to his name, one which he may very well add this season, but he does have an international trophy in his collection.

Why this summer is such a droll affair isn’t a huge mystery. We know those in the Premier League have money burning holes in their pockets, but they already have the vast majority of the world’s stars. The few that may not be romping about in England are, even for that lot, unattainable. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the first two to cross the mind, but there are plenty of others.

In Germany, Matts Hummels and Marco Reus have opted to stay at Borussia Dortmund while virtually the entire Bayern Munich squad beyond those who may be aging and those still yet to fulfill their potential are off-limits. Juventus still has Paul Pogba, for now, and Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer fee would be borderline preposterous. Karim Benzema status as the only natural striker at Real Madrid should also keep him around and Edinson Cavani will be key to PSG’s hopes moving forward. Those are just a few names before we even get to those already in England who are unlikely to switch teams, whether domestically or abroad. Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Wayne Rooney come to mind.

This summer has seen its share of surprising moves, Andre Ayew to Swansea is one, and grand gestures such as Geoffrey Kondogbia’s move to Inter but those moves may have already been forgotten. Super clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and the richest of the rich in the Premier League will horde the top talent. It’s very likely that moving forward there will be a lot of posturing, rather than actual activity, as far as superstar transfers are concerned. Or not.

It’s a question that won’t be answered this summer, and maybe not for a few more, but there is a big possibility that superstar transfers will become a rarity in the transfer market.

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.

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.

Sergio Ramos David De Gea Manchester United Andy Mitten – ESPN FC

Sergio Ramos David De Gea Manchester United Andy Mitten – ESPN FC.

Any possibility of Manchester United getting as good as Real Madrid gets in this deal definitely hinges on Sergio Ramos. As the author said, it’s a matter of when, not if, David De Gea is leaving.

If he leaves for a fee, unlikely to be a big one, and Ramos doesn’t go the other way then Madrid wins. I don’t see Ramos in Manchester at this time, though he has a former teammate in Di Maria and fellow Spanish nationals, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Victor Valdes.

Below is another good piece on the matter.

It’s Time Manchester United Finally Stood Up to Real Madrid in Transfer Market