Paulo Dybala to Real Madrid? Will the Argentine be the next Galactico?

Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a move for Juventus star Paulo Dybala. The 23 year old, who is the Bianconeri’s second highest earner after Gonzalo Higuain, has been in a stunning form for the Old Lady, netting 10 goals in six games so far in the 2017/18 season. That’s an incredible stat, given he scored only 11 times in 31 appearances for Juve last season, and is perhaps another indication that he is entering his prime.

With Eden Hazard likely to commit to Chelsea and moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kylian Mbappe not working out, Real have identified the Argentine as their potential new Galactico. There is also talk of a move for Antoine Greizmann, although whether Atleti will sell the Frenchman to their cross town rivals is another story in itself. Continue reading “Paulo Dybala to Real Madrid? Will the Argentine be the next Galactico?”

Adnan Januzaj Dortmund 2015- Januzaj joins BVB on loan

Dortmund have completed the signing of Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj on a season long loan. The move will re-united Januzaj with former Manchester United teammate Shinji Kagawa, who is currently at the Westfalenstadion.

Januzaj has three years left on his current deal with Manchester United. The arrival of Januzaj is set to allow Jakub Blaszczykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz moves away from Dortmund.

Januzaj is set to wear the No.9 jersey at Dortmund Continue reading “Adnan Januzaj Dortmund 2015- Januzaj joins BVB on loan”

Lyon sign Rafael from Manchester United

A year after his twin Fabio left for Cardiff, Rafael da Silva has bid adieu to Manchester United by signing for French giants Olympique Lyonnais?

How much did Lyon pay for Rafael?

Man Utd did not disclose Rafael’s transfer fee, but it is widely rumoured to be around £2m. Great deal for Lyon given the valuations of some of the other players in the current market

What is the duration of Rafael’s Lyon contract?

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Chelsea sign Falcao 2015- will Jose rejuvenate the Colombian’s career

Chelsea have completed the signing of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco. The deal is a season long one, paving the return of the Colombian star to the Premiership following his stint with Manchester United in the 2014/15 season.

What are Falcao’s wages at Chelsea?

Undisclosed, but believed to be significantly lower than what Man Utd paid him, almost 50% lesser

Falcao spent last season on loan at United, but a poor season- he scored only four goals, changed Louis van Gaal’s mind regarding signing him on a permanent basis.

The signing of Falcao also casts a doubt over the future of Loic Remy at Stamford Bridge.

Will Jose be able to rejuvenate Falcao’s career or will he end up becoming another Torres or Kaka?

Gundogan to Man Utd? Or will Chelsea hijack bid?

Ilkay Gundogan is seemingly on his way to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund officially announced that he will not extend his contract with the club. Gundogan is contracted to BVB till 2016, but has said he will not pen an extension, and that almost certainly means Dortmund will listen to offers for him this summer, or they’ll risk him going for nothing like Robert Lewandowski went to Bayern.

United have been long time admirers of Gundogan, and while he’s struggled for fitness in recent times, he’s slowly reaching his 2012/13 levels where he was a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League runners up side. Continue reading “Gundogan to Man Utd? Or will Chelsea hijack bid?”

Loyalty shown from Newcastle number 9

Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.

It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.

 

Napoli enter race to sign Leighton Baines

Everton manager David Moyes faces a battle to keep talented left-back Leighton Baines after reports in The Daily Mail claim Italian side Napoli are now interested.

The 27-year-old has again been linked with a summer move away from Goodison Park but the Everton officials value the England international at around £20million, a fee that Napoli may be unwilling to pay.

In recent days, there has been renewed interest from Manchester United who were reportedly preparing a bid for Baines this summer, though chief executive David Gill insists that no approach has been made.

Baines was subject to a £12million bid from German side Bayern Munich last year though Everton managed to keep hold of him.

 

Nick Powell wanted by Premier League quartet

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Crewe Alexander’s Nick Powell. The Mirror are reporting that the Merseyside team are set to do battle with Arsenal and Manchester United in an attempt to sign the highly rated midfielder. The paper suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson looks most likely to talk with Powell first after a £2 million bid, rising to £5 million, appears to have been accepted. But Brendan Rodger and Arsene Wenger are also ready to make their move.

The 18-year-old has already feature 51 times for Crewe, despite his tender age, and has netted 14 times for the club. He has played 25 games for England’s youth squads, scoring on 6 occasions. Reports last week suggested that Chelsea were also monitoring the situation.

Fergie's fury at £72 million trio

According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.

Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.

Demba Ba alerts top clubs by refusing to renegotiate his contract

Demba Ba has been a revelation since he joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, but members of the Newcastle camp have always been concerned by the £7 million buy-out clause in his contract. The Guardian is today reporting that Ba has refused to renegotiate this contract, leaving the buy-out clause in, and making him a cheap target for top sides including Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea are another team linked with the Senegalese striker, as he could provide a back up option to Fernando Torres.

Ba netted an impressive 16 goals last season; however the majority of these were scored at the start of the season before the arrival of his fellow country-man Papiss Cisse. This dip in goals in the second half of the season may prove just enough to keep him at Newcastle for at least another season.