Today’s whispers are tinkling the ivoriesThe last Portuguese player to sign for Manchester United was – any guesses – Bebé. It was a gamble that didn’t pay off. Signing players from Portugal is tricky – in a league dominated by a big three, it can be hard for scouts to properly assess if a player is tearing it up because of their supreme ability (Cristiano Ronaldo) or because they are being carried, a collateral hanger-oner (Anderson) puffed up in the swell of routine victories over Rio Ave, Marítimo and the like.It doesn’t seem to stop Europe’s elite coming back though, particularly when Jorge Mendes seems to have the ear of every sporting director from Madrid to Munich, and it is hardly surprising that Manchester United – who have recently regained top spot in the global Deloitte rich list and who are managed by Portuguese José Mourinho, whose agent is Mendes – have been linked with the latest bright young thing off the Mendes/Portugal production line: Gonçalo Guedes. Continue reading…
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Today’s tell-all doesn’t contain falsehoods, it contains “alternative facts” Having spent yesterday evening being honoured by the Football Writers’ Association in a function room at London’s luxury Savoy Hotel, Wayne Rooney could have been forgiven for waking up this morning expecting to find no end of sanctimonious stories detailing how much plonk he had to drink and the precise time he went to bed splashed across today’s front and back pages. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
It feels like decades since England had an abundance of great managers, but the signs are there that a young bunch of English managers are on the horizon and that the future will be far better than what the last two to three decades have been. Below we list five young English managers that have […]
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Today’s fluff forgot. SorryAshley Young is suspected to have spent many hours this week launching himself through the air with his arms outstretched. No, he hasn’t been rehearsing his penalty-winning technique, he’s preparing to jump at the offer of a £16m net annual salary that Chinese outfit Shandong Luneng are lining up for him. That’s a lot of money to hand over but the club are confident that even if Young does not play well, he could teach them how to trick people into thinking they’ve seen a big hit. Related: Hull wait for Robert Snodgrass offers after rejecting West Ham’s £7.5m bid Related: Marseille turn their attentions to Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye Continue reading…
Today’s fluff just can’t work out where the draft is coming fromHaving ‘won’ last summer’s transfer window by signing Paul Pogba for the price of a small nation, Manchester United are already making plans to retain that important close-season title. It says here that an almighty battle with who else but Real Madrid will ensue as the season nears its end for the tricky playmaking delights of Bernardo Silva, the 22-year-old Monaco and Portugal string-puller who will cost £70m, which seems to be the rough price being put on ensuring that a club that was once better known for fighting for actual footballing titles and such, are regarded as the undisputed European champions of splashing cash for a third season in a row. If United do sign Silva, Ed Woodward can put a little replica of him in his own personal trophy cabinet alongside Pogba and Angel Di María because, as the hipsters have known for quite some time, real trophies are so passé these days, aren’t they? Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Related: Burnley close in on £3.5m move for Barnsley defender Marc Roberts Continue reading…
Sweden has a very rich history in football, as a country they have played in a World Cup final (lost 5-2 to Brazil in 1958) and club side Malmo, reached the European Cup final (lost to Nottm Forest 1-0, 1979). They have also produced some great players down the years and below we list five […]
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Today’s flim-flam wants to create a little dysentery among the ranksManchester United have had a soft spot for French supremacy since the days when Eric Cantona tried to literally kick xenophobia out of football and left the rest of the country foaming with impotent rage as he lifted a title every season. José Mourinho knows his history, it seems, as he is turning United into a mini-France faster than you can say “Brexit means Brexit”. He already has Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and now he is planning to buy Antoine Griezmann in the summer! Continue reading…
Today’s fluff might be wide of the markThe most notable thing that Radamel Falcao did during his season at Chelsea was get a haircut but now the Colombian could be about to have a big impact on the Londoners’ title bid. Because word is that he’s the subject of a cashalicious offer from Tianjin Quanjian, the club who recently spurred Diego Costa’s sudden interest in Chinese culture. So far Monaco have rejected Tianjin’s advances but if that offer were to be increased and Falcao were to accept, then Chelsea’s life could be made a little easier and Costa would have to perform the most embarrassing climb-down since Peter Odemwingie went back to West Brom claiming he’d only gone to Loftus Road to find out why there’s a dental practice near the stadium called Batman. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Related: West Ham want Dimitri Payet to apologise after they reject £20m Marseille bid Continue reading…
Today’s balderdash is also willing to talkWhat if there were no transfers? What if everyone just stayed where they are? Would that be so bad? Lots of people would save some money, there would be much less messing around, and the Mill could take a rest from the constant churning, churning, churning. Maybe we could talk about other things. Maybe we could write that novel.We mention it, at least partly, because going on the transfer whispers on the wind this morning, there might not be too many moves. Diego Costa is apparently ‘willing’ to remain with his current employers, martyr that he is, despite an offer of £600,000-a-week to join Jiangsu Suning; Robert Snodgrass has his eyes on the job at Hull rather than the £4.99 bid made by West Ham; Mauricio Pochettino reckons the lads from the Chinese Super League aren’t sniffing around any of his players. Maybe there really won’t be any transfers.Here’s one, though. Word in Spain suggests that the prospect of Gerard Piqué moving to England isn’t the most outlandish in the world. And why? Because Shakira, who as you’ll know happens to be married to Gerard, wants him to move away from Barcelona because of all the stick he gets in Catalonia. Apparently she thinks that it’ll all be much nicer in England, which does lead us to think she hasn’t been to England much, but if it means she isn’t so stressed while watching matches, we’re all for it. Who’d be keen? London would be their preferred destination, presumably for either Madame Tussauds or the proliferation of rustic burger joints, so that would be Chelsea or Arsenal. We’ll leave you to decide which is more likely to stump up the necessary. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
Tottenham destroyed West Brom yesterday 4-0 to move into second place seven points behind Chelsea and are being talked of as serious title contenders, however there are very good reasons why they will not be top come the end of the season. Below we list five reasons why we cannot see Spurs becoming champions this […]
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There are the obvious games that are categorised as bitter rivalries and they are not always necessarily derby games. There are the obvious ones like Arsenal v Tottenham and Everton and Liverpool, then there is the big classic games like Real Madrid v Barcelona and Man Utd and Liverpool. There is also long distant rivalries, […]
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Today’s fluff sat on the roof and kicked up the mossDimitri Payet is either unavailable or up for sale, depending on which paper you read. Slaven Bilic insists, “We’re not going to sell him, not whatsoever,” but the Mirror says “it could take £30m to persuade the Hammers to sell” their wantaway forward, while the Times seems pretty sure they would let him go for a figure between £35m and £40m, well over three times the price West Ham paid Marseille in 2015. The French side, whom Payet would like to rejoin, have already got in touch and suggested they would pay no more than £9m, a ludicrously mean pittance for a player of such bountiful gifts (though the Telegraph insists Marseille have “bid just under £20m”, still far from sufficient), with Chelsea rumoured to be ready to get involved. Coincidentally, a similar bid has come in from France for Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay, from Lyon this time, and they too have been told to go away and think of a more serious number, ideally around £15m if you’d be so kind.Burnley, Crystal Palace and Sunderland are all after Norwich’s Robbie Brady, with the Eagles having a £10m bid rejected and the Clarets hoping for better with their offer, described in the Mirror as being “worth £13m” and thus presumably including a variety of clauses, sub-clauses, addenda and appendices. Related: Dimitri Payet has had his head turned at worst possible moment for West Ham | Amy Lawrence Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
Today’s fluff’s cover is blownWhen Liverpool played Southampton on Wednesday night, it was difficult not to have some sympathy with those Saints fans who had committed themselves to booing every player that used to wear their colours. They were, after all, in for quite a busy night, as they are when most of the Premier League’s monied fancypants clubs come to visit. However, some altruistic foreign monied fancypants clubs might be about to step up and lighten their boo-load. For according to the Times, Juventus and Barcelona have joined PSG in taking a serious sniff around Adam Lallana, a man whose form this season has been as impressive as his commitment to fashionably ripped jeans. Apparently Barca consider Lallana, with two years left on his current contract, an alternative to fellow Liverpool jinker Philippe Coutinho, who has three years remaining so would be pricier. Plus, y’know, he’s better. Doesn’t sound like they would turn their nose up at ol’ Phil, mind. And if Juventus don’t get Lallana – or even if they do and they just want more, more, more – the Old Lady will make a move for Emre Can, too. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
English football has changed dramatically over the last 20 years mainly due to an influx of world class talent and it will never be an easy task to choose the best five, but it is at least fun. There are many contenders that is for sure and no doubt many of you will be up […]
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Today’s fluff is unredactedGranit Xhaka, Fernando and Guardian sub-editors let out knowing sighs of frustration on Wednesday morning after rumours emerged that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested in PSG’s defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. The Poland international only moved into his swish Paris Pad in the summer, following his €30m move from Sevilla, but both Pep Guardiola and Arsène Wenger are already eager to travel first-class on the Eurostar with a leather-bound briefcase full of bread and honey to see what happens, according to the Sun. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
Today’s gossip leans precariously on Big JackFull-backs are the new sex. Jack Charlton said as much 25 years ago, albeit using slightly different phrasing, and nobody listened to him. Now they are the hipster’s choice of football position – and few are as in vogue, or in demand, as Spurs’ Duracell bunnies Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. According to one of today’s redder rags, José Mourinho is planning a £60m offer for the pair. Even by Levynomics, that would be some mark-up: the pair cost around £5m between them. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe’s top five leagues Continue reading…
Today’s fluff is reaching for the popcornNine days and counting yet we are still waiting for a blockbuster. A mega transfer, one that gets super agents all weak at the knees. A hulking brick of a transfer to shatter this window wide open. Step forward Alexis Sánchez, he who refuses to celebrate last minute equalisers, he who refuses to sign a new contract and who looks increasingly ready to swoon for the highest bidder. At the moment, said bidder is PSG – they’ll kick things off with £60m but are prepared to go higher to test Arsène Wenger’s resolve. Wenger, meanwhile, is still coming to terms with Mesut Özil’s revelation that his future depends on his manager’s. Ozil’s reasoning sounds increasing like greasing the wheels for a one-way summer flight with Air Do One. If PSG’s interest is rebuffed, Atlético Madrid are also sniffing around and may have the necessary wedge should Antoine Griezmann jump ship. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy Continue reading…
Today’s fluff glows white on the mountain tonightWest Ham have given the world license to gossip after printing an anonymous article on their website, bylined “The Insider”, which reveals that “the board … have allocated significant funds to bolstering the squad. To that end, a bid of £20m was submitted for a player from Scotland. Meanwhile, an £8m bid was made for a player who currently plies his trade in the Championship, and a £6m bid for a current Premier League player. It is my understanding that the board will do their best to bring their selected targets to London Stadium, if at all possible.” Related: Mikel John Obi announces he is joining Chinese Super League from Chelsea Related: Transfer window January 2017: all the latest moves and news – interactive Continue reading…
Today’s festival of fluff is feeling optimisticWest Ham are determined to keep hold of their star man and will not let him go even if Marseille come knocking with a fist full of notes to the tune of £30m. Now you might think I’m talking about Pedro Obiang, a giant of a centre-back who’s gradually growing into the club’s most steady performer, but no, I’m on about Dimitri Payet. It says here that with Marseille convinced the player wants to return to the club he left just over 18 months ago for £12m, they’re willing to throw in France’s Lassana Diarra as part of the deal. But whoah, hang on! Who’s this apparently ready to steam over the hill waving a nice little late-career contract in the direction of the Marseille midfielder? It’s José Mourinho, the man who once thought Diarra so useful he flogged him to Portsmouth for £2m in 2007. And any potential transfer to Manchester United might see Morgan Schneiderlin – Mourinho’s Diarra de jour – end up at the Stade Vélodrome blinking in wild confusion while wondering whatever happened to 2016. It would almost certainly torpedo Marseille’s chances of getting Payet too. Cheers José. Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive Related: Looking for a Silva lining: the big problems facing Hull’s new manager Continue reading…
Defence key as hosts Stoke City shut out Watford 2-0. Stoke City got off to a quick start in front of their supporters, taking a 1-0 lead over Watford into the break. To the delight of the home crowd, the host defence held firm in the second half, neutralising the Watford attack. In the end, […]
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2-1 victory over Crystal Palace earns travelling Swansea City the three points. Despite playing on the road, Swansea City jumped out to a 1-0 lead over hosts Crystal Palace. While the home crowd did their best to rally the hosts, the visitors maintained control to seal the 2-1 victory. The three points will be more […]
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No shortage of goals as hosts Bournemouth draw Arsenal 3-3. It was game to remember for both sets of supporters as Bournelouth and Arsenal both picked the ball out of their net multiple times. To the delight of the home crowd, it was the hosts who entered the break on the winning end of a […]
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Today’s fluff has got a fist of pure emotionIt has already been a good year for Chelsea. The opening days of 2017 have seen both Arsenal and Liverpool unexpectedly drop points in away games they might have expected to comfortably win, leaving the Blues basking in the luxury of both a game in hand and a five-point lead at the table’s summit. All of this has given Antonio Conte a little space in which to relax and perhaps be a little bit more imaginative with his January transfer dealings, in an effort to ensure that any arrivals will absolutely certainly carry his side heroically over the finish line come May. And after all the deep thought, the name currently nestling Costa-shot-like in the top corner of his shopping list is West Ham’s versatile right-sided sometime-forward Michail Antonio, seen as just the man to improve the side’s energy levels in the second half of the season. Though they might just sign Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal for £36m instead. Related: Transfer window January 2017: all the latest moves and news – interactive Continue reading…