163 appearance’s and three consecutive league championships for Paris Saint-Germain. 42 Caps for France and a very realistic chance of winning the Euro’s this summer with the host nation. Blaise Matuidi has had quite the five seasons since moving to PSG from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2011. Yet if rumours are to be believed, the 28 year old Toulouse native is subject to serious interest from Chelsea, but will the Parisian’s sell and is Chelsea the best fit for Matuidi in the Premier League? Continue reading “Which Premier League club should buy Matuidi?”
In the last 5 years, the path from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu is well trodden. First Luka Modric swapped North London for the Spanish capital, and then the world most expensive player gave into the overtures of Florentino Perez as Gareth Bale broke out his pigeon Spanish to the assembled press to say how chuffed he was to play for Los Blancos.
Florentino Perez’s next target though isn’t as easy a capture. With rumoured competition from Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature, a new contract in the pipeline with Champions League football on the horizon. This isn’t a rumour about Harry Kane, this is about the rise of Pochettino, the young Argentine manager who has the world at his feet.
La Gazzete Dello Sport reported in the last week that Florentino Perez is already thinking about axing the enigmatic Zizou as Real Madrid coach after Real’s defeat to Atletico in the Madrid derby but would Pochettino swap Tottenham for Los Blancos? Continue reading “North London to Madrid for this Tottenham Ace?”
I will be perfectly honest right now – I had never heard of Vincent Koziello but reports were rife of links with Arsenal for the player as far back as November when a January move was possibly mooted so I decided the time was right to do a little research into this mysterious being ‘Vincent Koziello’.
First and foremost, what a name. He sounds the part. I immediately thought of an aggressively fast winger, short in stature and perhaps 16 years old – another one for the future Wenger will say upon announcing the deal, only to disappear into the academy ranks and potentially never fully graduated to the Arsenal first time. Whilst I was correct in assuming his stature, Vincent Koziello is in fact a diminutive, ball playing central midfielder who has an uncanny ability to ride a challenge from the most physical of players. Continue reading “Wenger looks to France, but is this youngster a good fit for Arsenal?”
After completing all the necessary pre-contract arrangements for the highly rated Joel Matip (here is my own article on the Cameroonian just days before the deal was announced), Klopp sets his sights once more on the German Bosman list to reinforce his squad for the coming season.
Ex-Arsenal trainee Havard Nordvteit seems the to be the next player who has made a name for himself in the Bundesliga to make the journey to the Premier League, and whilst he never made a first team appearance for Arsenal, the now 25 year old Norwegian has become a stalwart for Monchengladbach since his arrival in 2011. Continue reading “Klopp returns to Germany for ANOTHER free transfer”
Ever since his departure from Manchester United, Paul Pogba always seemed the kind of player that was going to one day return to haunt his old employers. His talent unquestionable, the very fact Ferguson and Manchester United let the young Frenchman leave in 2012 has always been one of the more baffling elements to Fergie’s final years at the United helm. Pogba says it was due to a lack of first team opportunities, Ferguson blames Pogba’s ‘super-agent’ Mino Raiola. Either or it seems that Pogba could well be playing once more at Old Trafford, for Chelsea. Continue reading “Is this French star the player to lead a Chelsea revival?”
Liverpool’s defence has been an area of weakness now for up to six years. Long gone are the days under Benetiz where Liverpool fans could see Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Reina, Mascherano and Xabi Alonso line up at Anfield. All six players featured heavily in the 2008-09 season, where Liverpool came 2nd to Manchester United. The year before, Liverpool had been beaten in their second Champions League final in three years. Compared to the Liverpool side under Klopp’s stewardship today, its chalk and cheese.
To apportion any blame on Klopp for Liverpool defensive fragility would be ludicrous. He could have used the January window to strengthen (Steven Caulker seems to offer up little else than defensive cover in an injury crisis), but everything points to a summer squad overhaul for Klopp to start formulating a team that carries his name and his footballing philosophy. Joel Matip may well just be the first of many a name to arrive at Anfield before the start of the 2016-17 season. Continue reading “Is Joel Matip the answer for Klopp’s defensive woes?”
The Sun reported over the weekend that Sadio Mane could be subjected to a little bit of a Manchester tug of war come the summer. With Pep joining the Manchester City project this coming summer, Txiki Begiristain has highlighted Mane as a source of pace as Manchester City’s impending tactical overhaul seems to have a little more Bayern than it does Barcelona about it.
For Manchester United, transfers will be yet another battlefield in which Manchester City will be looking too gazump their city rivals. It would have been hard to believe that Guardiola wasn’t mentioned as a potential successor to Van Gaal, and after potentially losing one battle, already Sadio Mane might be the next name added to the list but is Mane the player that Manchester United need going forward into next season? Continue reading “Is this Saints player the one for United?”
This winter has seen the return of two of the great sagas. Star Wars more re-emerged from exile curtesy of a Disney reboot. Han Solo was once more gallivanting around the universe with his furry friend in tow. The second, not quite so revered saga admittedly but oh so real, was that of Saido Berahino and another transfer window.
In that galaxy far, far away that is the Midlands, everything surrounding Berahino seems to be descending into something rather farcical. Last summer, Berahino had the world at his feet. His breakthrough season last year saw the young Englishman score 14 goals in the Premier League in a West Brom side that is hardly famed for notching some big numbers in the ‘GF’ column of the table under Tony Pulis. Interest was always going to be inevitable and it seemed Tottenham were in pole position to acquire Berahino’s services. Then it never happened. In fact, it turned all rather sour. West Brom accused Tottenham of operating unprofessional. Jeremy Peace seemed aggrieved with Daniel Levy’s negotiation tactics as much as he did the instalments the fee would arrive. £22million plus bonuses seemed a reasonable sum. West Brom refused to sell, refused Berahino’s transfer request and told Tottenham to go do one. Continue reading “Should Poch return for a fit Saido?”
One week to go to what should be the third best day of the year (only behind Christmas and the Summer Deadline Day) and yet, unless something dramatic happens and some absolute curve ball emerges out of the left field, this January transfer window has been really quite stale.
As people embark on their Dry January’s because they had too much fun at Christmas, this season the Transfer Windows feels very much the same. We all had too much fun over the festive period, now we retreat home and do just what is expected from us. Yet for some football clubs this is surely the time to realise something great or even roll the dice to try and stay up? Continue reading “One Week till Deadline Day…”
The Daily Mirror reported on Monday morning that Wenger is looking to strengthen his midfield options come January, and after Arsenal’s defeat of City, surely any such signing will be needed to help Arsenal win their first title since their Emirates move.