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8/25/13

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Latest Football Soccer News Transfers and Rumors: Football transfer rumours: Iker Casillas to join Arsenal from Real Madrid?

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thumbnail Football transfer rumours: Iker Casillas to join Arsenal from Real Madrid?
Aug 25th 2013, 14:57, by Dnour9

Today's rumours contemplate the rhythm of cruelty.
Iker Casillas
After Arsenal's "accidental" defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, they are contemplating resolving their every woe in a single fell swoop. Iker Casillas, the Real Madrid goalkeeper, has been displaced by Diego López, and accordingly, Arsenal would like to sign the former. In particular, they are attracted by his ability to play centre-back, right-back, centre-forward, manager, coach and chairman simultaneously. And Casillas, for his part, is said to be understandably ecstatic at the prospect of swapping Madrid for London, the Bernabéu for the Emirates and Ronaldo for Theo Walcott. But there is, of course, one stumbling block: Madrid consider him to be worth £15m, and Arsène Wengerconsiders him to be worth a wrinkled glare. The capacity of the Emirates is 60,361, and the cheapest ticket for their next home game is £62.
However, Paris Saint-Germain are poised to ruin Arsenal's pretend attempt to sign Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle by signing Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle; they will overpay as much as £20m, it is said.
But Alan Pardew will not be outdone. No one outdoes Alan Pardew, for he is Alan Pardew, and Alan Pardew is Alan Pardew. Alan Pardew! Therefore he has been dragged to France by Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr, and ordered to sit in silence with his finger on his lips while they watched Bafétimbi Gomis and Yoann Gourcuff. Then, he was forced to eat his dinner, every last bit of it, and sent to bed while the big boys discussed what to do. He is Alan Pardew.
Meanwhile, relief for Manchester United: sometimes this week,Besiktas plan to sign their "left-back" Alexander Büttner on loan. No one at the club is quite sure why but they are rumoured to have a vacancy for a free-kick mannequin.
And United will also be relieved to learn that after an intense period of intense psychotherapy and physical rehabilitation, Everton have recovered from the derision and insult that massacred their Monday. It has been a long road back, but, eventually, they made it, and they're here, and they're ready, and they survived, and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, of course there will be occasional lapses waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, it's to be expected, triggers, breathe, waaaaaaaah waaaaaaaaaaaah, calm. But they're here, and in the way that light can be found in the darkest places, a bulb has illuminated in the dinky little head of Roberto Martínez: sign James McCarthy from Wigan. Martínez plans to pay Wigan as much as possible, to avoid visiting on them the same horror endured by him.
And across Stanley Park, Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in Liverpool's tattooist and part-time centre-back, Daniel Agger. However, Agger is concerned that were he to leave Anfield, he might, occasionally, be forced to walk alone, a circumstance to which he became allergic after etching "YNWA" on to his fingers, in an act of unparalleled loyalty. But spare a thought for poor Mrs Agger, who, since becoming tired of being woken in the night to accompany him to the toilet while ostentatiously holding a scarf above her head, has engaged the services of a night nurse – but it is felt that the condition might intensify should he move to Spain.
Elsewhere, it's been a few minutes since Sunderland spent money that they cannot possibly be earning on a player of whom they cannot possibly have heard. Consequently, they are close to signingCharalampos "Charis" Mavrias from Panathinaikos. Supposedly, he plays on the right-wing but some of his best friends do not.
The Guardian

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Latest Football Soccer News Transfers and Rumors: Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to reunite with striker Hulk as Spurs close in on £30m deal

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thumbnail Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to reunite with striker Hulk as Spurs close in on £30m deal
Aug 25th 2013, 14:55, by Dnour9

Tottenham are weighing up a dramatic bid to sign Brazilian international forward Hulk, but only if they can negotiate a deal of around £30 million.
Target: Andre Villas-Boas wants to reunite with Hulk after launching
a £30 million bid to sign the Brazilian striker from Zenit St Petersburg
Spurs are hoping to secure three more signings before the transfer window closes on September 2.
There will also be several departures, with Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid the most high-profile for a world-record fee. Spurs – still smarting at missing out on Willian to Chelsea – would prefer to secure their two attacking players before releasing Bale but Real are pushing hard for an announcement to be made within the next couple of days.
A deal is in place for Spurs to sign Roma forward Erik Lamela, believed to be worth around £26 million, equalling the club's transfer record, and they are again bidding for Steaua Bucharest central defender Vlad Chiriches who they value at £7.5 million.
Hulk has long been admired by head coach Andre Villas-Boas, who worked with the 27-year-old forward at Porto, although any deal hinges on his current club, Zenit St Petersburg, lowering their demands. The Russians have been demanding closer to £40 million.
In Tottenham's favour is the fact that Hulk wants to reunite with Villas-Boas even though the club is not in the Champions League.
Spurs are considering other options if a deal cannot be agreed for Hulk including Lamela's team-mate Miralem Pjanic, an attacking midfielder. While it is unlikely that Roma would sell the Bosnian international having already allowed Pablo Osvaldo to join Southampton, that position could change if they follow up their interest in Chelsea's Demba Ba.
Another option for Spurs could be CSKA Moscow's Russian international Alan Dzagoev who was offered to them last year. Spurs will also monitor how much playing time Juan Mata gets at Chelsea now that Jose Mourinho is signing Willian. Spurs have already recouped £23 million this summer and if they secure their targets, one of Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor could be sold – the likelihood is the former – and there are question marks over Aaron Lennon's future as well.
The Telegraph

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8/24/13

Latest Football Soccer News Transfers and Rumors: Tottenham express outrage after Chelsea hijack Willian transfer

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thumbnail Tottenham express outrage after Chelsea hijack Willian transfer
Aug 24th 2013, 14:38, by Dnour9

• Tottenham accuse rivals of waging a vendetta over £32m deal
• Roman Abramovich made personal call to Anzhi's owner
Willian is on his way to Chelsea despite Tottenham believing
the Brazilian forward was about to sign for them
José Mourinho made little attempt to hide his delight at hijackingTottenham Hotspur's move for Willian as the north London club raged behind the scenes about Chelsea's £32m capture of the Anzhi Makhachkala forward representing a vendetta against them.
Chelsea are confident that they will complete the transfer next week, subject to the Brazilian being granted a work permit, after the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, made a personal call to his fellow Russian oligarch, Suleyman Kerimov, the Anzhi owner.
Tottenham, who had seen off competition from Liverpool, thought that Willian was about to sign for them in a £30m deal after he completed a medical on Thursday. However, Abramovich finessed his contact with Kerimov and, to Tottenham's fury, Willian was on his way to Stamford Bridge, albeit for a slightly higher price. Tottenham, Mourinho suggested, had paid the price for not doing the medical "in secret".
The Tottenham manager, André Villas-Boas, who made an unsuccessful move for Willian in January, before the 25-year-old left Shakhtar Donetsk for Anzhi for £30m, had intended to make the player his principal threat in the line behind the striker; somebody to offset the anticipated departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Tottenham have now intensified their efforts to finalise a deal for Roma's £25m-rated forward Erik Lamela. That is understood to be close.
In the wake of Willian's U-turn, the complaints from White Hart Lane were loud and sustained. Daniel Levy, the chairman, was, according to sources, incandescent and there is the firm belief at Tottenham that Chelsea did not truly want Willian. Instead Tottenham feel that they have moved for him purely to prevent Villas-Boas from constructing a squad to challenge them in the Premier League this season. Chelsea deny this and insist they have always had an interest in Willian.
Tottenham also feel that Willian had no say in the transfer, that it was down purely to Abramovich, Kerimov and the player's advisers. Mourinho already has an abundance of options for the positions behind the striker, in the form of Eden Hazard, Oscar, André Schürrle, Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and Victor Moses, and this has only increased the sense at Tottenham that Willian is not really needed at Chelsea.
The bad blood between the clubs was evident two summers ago, when Levy refused to sell Luka Modric to Chelsea in the face of a £40m offer and the midfielder's desire to go. Abramovich does not like Levy, while there is friction between Mourinho and Villas-Boas. They worked together at Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale but the relationship has soured. Their rivalry this season will be intense.
Chelsea strongly dispute Tottenham's version of events. They maintain that there is nothing underhand about their actions and it is understood that they have been looking at Willian long before this summer, almost signing him from Shakhtar two seasons ago. Although they were unable to reach a consensus over his value then, they have continued to target him and were considering making a bid earlier this summer. In the end it was Tottenham's proactivity that sparked Chelsea into action.
Mourinho's gloating will have done little to soothe Tottenham's anger. Rather than apologise for disrupting their plans, he revelled in snatching Willian from under their noses. He was initially vague, simply saying that he believed that the player had made his decision but when he was asked if that meant that Willian had chosen Chelsea, he made no effort to keep up the pretence. Instead he laughed and nodded.
Mourinho, who still wants to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, said that the episode highlighted the danger of clubs conducting medicals before a contract has been signed, adding that this is why he prefers transfers to be done in secret. "That's the danger of medicals before contracts but, at the same time, if the contract and the medical after sometimes you can have a problem before signing a player so you have to do the medical before," Mourinho said. "The best thing you can do is do the medical in secret. The player is fine, you can sign him. The player is not fine, you don't destroy his career by saying the player has problems, so you do it in secret and after that sign the contract with the club and the player. Sometimes you don't make it. Sometimes you guys have great sources, find everything, but that's the risk."
The former Real Madrid manager was unable to resist one last dig at Tottenham. Asked whether he expected the deal to be completed without any complications, a mischievous grin spread across his face. "We have to do a medical," he said.
Mourinho did, however, sound a word of caution. "I don't like to speak before time because football can be crazy and this is the problem when we speak a lot about names and transfers," he said. "Sometimes it looks like he is but it isn't. But I know what the player wants, so we cannot hide."
Chelsea will have a surplus of attacking midfielders once Willian arrives and Mourinho, who wants a 22-man squad, said that players will leave before the transfer window shuts. However, while Demba Ba and Moses are potential casualties, Mourinho said Mata will not be sold, despite doubts remaining over the Spaniard's future at Stamford Bridge.
"He's a player we all like, he's a player we all want to keep," Mourinho said. "We want more quality in the team, we don't want less quality. We want to add quality to the quality we have. So Juan is not a player we want to lose. The point is not to sell, the point is I want a 22-player squad. So if somebody comes, do we need to sell? No, we don't. Do we need to loan? Probably yes because I don't like to work with big squads. I think 22 is a perfect number to answer to our needs in four competitions."
Despite that, Chelsea will still press ahead with their attempt to sign Rooney, which will add to the intrigue when they face United at Old Trafford on Monday night. United have already rejected two bids from Chelsea for the unsettled striker and Mourinho has said that he will wait until after Monday to make a third offer.
However, he rejected suggestions it would be strange to watch Rooney against his side. "I played against him with Real Madrid, with Chelsea and with Inter and the emotion is we have to be worried with a good player, but no more than that," he said.
The Guardian

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Latest Football Soccer News Transfers and Rumors: It's too late to sell Luis Suarez now, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, as Real Madrid plan late bid

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thumbnail It's too late to sell Luis Suarez now, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, as Real Madrid plan late bid
Aug 24th 2013, 14:29, by Dnour9

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed it is too late for Real Madrid to make a move for Luis Suarez.
No go: Luis Suarez (left) will not be allowed to leave Liverpool this summer
Fresh speculation surrounding the Uruguay striker has begun just days after he appeared before Liverpool's opening home game of the season apparently content to remain at Anfield for the time being.
But with Real Madrid - the club top of Suarez's list when he first sought a transfer earlier this summer - linked with a move for him, Rodgers said there was no longer enough time remaining in the transfer window to countenance losing last season's top scorer.
"It's very difficult at this time [for a Suarez bid to succeed]," Rodgers said.
"We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we lose Luis at this stage it would be difficult to replace him.
"There might have been a point a few months ago where there was time to do it but with 11 days to go it would be difficult to replace him."
Rodgers is satisfied with his dealings to date, bringing in Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Aly Cissokho, but was unsuccessful with some of his more ambitious targets.
Liverpool were keen on the highly-rated Henrikh Mkhitaryan but lost out to Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund while interest in Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa came to nothing.
Now Anzhi Makhachkala's Brazilian forward Willian appears to have snubbed Anfield but Rodgers, whose side impressed in their season-opening defeat of Stoke, is not perturbed.
Rodgers said: "Over the course of the summer we have been very ambitious in our attempts to improve the team.
"Some might say too ambitious - but this is Liverpool Football Club.
"We are trying to get the best players we possibly can. If we can't get them in we just have to move on.
"We have 11 days to go. We have to do everything we possibly can. It hasn't changed.
"If you want to claim the league you have to have quality and get the best players you possibly can to help you climb. That is our aim.
"If you don't get the player you want there is that initial disappointment but you can't dwell on it. There is still a chunk of the window left.
"We did some business early on in the window that was very good and if we can finish off in these remaining days and get some players in that can help us, it would end a very good window for us."
Rodgers is considering strengthening his central defensive options after Sebastian Coates suffered a serious knee injury on international duty last week.
The Uruguayan has struggled to establish himself since joining the Reds two years ago but for Rodgers he was an important member of the squad.
Rodgers said: "I think it is something we are looking at certainly, a player to come in in that position.
"I feel for big Seba. It is probably going to rule him out for most of the season, which is a big problem."
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8/23/13

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Latest Football Soccer News Transfers and Rumors: Real Madrid ponder Luis Suárez bid if Karim Benzema joins Arsenal

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thumbnail Real Madrid ponder Luis Suárez bid if Karim Benzema joins Arsenal
Aug 23rd 2013, 19:51, by Dnour9

  • Liverpool bracing themselves for approach from Madrid
  • Arsenal considering £46m bid for France striker Benzema
Luis Suárez is a potential target for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are contemplating a move for Luis Suárez – but only if Arsenal target Karim Benzema leaves the club.
Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday that Liverpool were preparing themselves for a bid from Madrid for Suárez, in what was interpreted in Spain as potentially an invitation for Madrid to make an offer, despite his claim that the Uruguayan is still not for sale.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have briefed that they are considering a £46m bid for Benzema, and the Guardian understands they have made an inquiry about the 25-year-old France international.
That has led Madrid to consider pursuing a complex operation in which they would sell Benzema and use the money to sign Suárez, effectively swapping one striker for the other.
Suárez had come to accept that he would not be able to leave Anfield but the comments by the Liverpool manager – despite Rodgers last week saying he would no longer talk about the Uruguayan – may hint at a shift in position. Certainly, that is the way Madrid have read it. There has not been recent contact between Madrid and Suárez but the 26-year-old striker publicly admitted earlier in the summer that he would welcome a move to the Bernabéu.
It would not be an easy operation to conclude, however. A number of pieces would have to be in place for it to go ahead and Madrid are aware of the complexity of achieving that.
Liverpool's official line remains that they will not sell and changing that will undoubtedly prove costly, although an approach from Madrid would be more welcome than one from an English club – and certainly more than the provocative £40,000,001 bid tabled by Arsenal. Madrid would also make a bigger offer than Arsenal's.
Another key obstacle is that Benzema has no intention of leaving Madrid. He has had no indication yet from the club that they are prepared to sell him, either.
Benzema is widely considered to be a favourite of the president, Florentino Pérez, who personally travelled to the striker's home in Lyon to sign him. This summer, Madrid have already sold one striker, Gonzalo Higuaín, to Napoli. But patience has worn a little thin with Benzema and if Madrid can raise sufficient money from the sale to sign a replacement, and lose little or no money on the deal, then a move would be sanctioned.
The operation would then hinge on Benzema's willingness to depart or Madrid's ability to persuade him to do so.
The Guardian

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