Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The entertainment value at the World Cup finals continues to exceed the expectations of many a football fan, unlike England's all to familiar 'early exit' from another major tournament. Although the summer transfer market does not officially open until 1st July, clubs across Europe are however busy trying to negotiate transfer deals in an attempt to strengthen their squads ahead of the forthcoming domestic season.
Some of the rumours may be true, some of them mere speculation and a proportion of them could as they often are, be down to lazy journalism. You decide!
Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!
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Liverpool, Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, Real Sociedad, PSG, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, AC Milan, hull, Spurs, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Benfica, Valencia, Stoke, Monaco, West Brom, Norwich, Swansea, Inter Milan, West Ham, Derby, QPR, Burnley, Udinese, Chievo Verona, Torino, Atalanta, Celtic, Zenit St Petersburg, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City, Brentford, Derby and Charlton...........are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.
Liverpool will discuss the future of striker Luis Suarez, 27, at a special meeting on Wednesday after the Uruguay international appeared to bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their 1-0 World Cup victory yesterday - Daily Express and Daily Mirror
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, (right) has passed a medical ahead of his £28.7m move to Manchester United - Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph
Arsenal are hoping to pip Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez - Daily Express and Daily Star
Manchester United are preparing a £30m move for Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira - Bild (German newspaper)
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal desperately wants to bring Bayern Munich's Dutch international Arjen Robben to Manchester, according to Ajax youth coach Bryan Roy - Daily Express and Daily Star
Atletico Madrid are keen on Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 28 (right) who is reportedly unhappy in England after struggling to settle in Manchester - Daily Mail
Manchester City have reportedly got no intention of selling Alvaro Negredo after the striker was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid - skysports.com
Porto have announced to the Portuguese stock exchange that Manchester City have signed their midfielder Fernando for £12million - skysports.com
Barcelona want midfielder Toni Kroos, 24, who is yet to renew his contract with Bayern Munich The German international is also on the radar of Real Madrid and Manchester United - Bild (German newspaper) and Daily Star
The Spanish press are reporting that contract extension talks between Real Madrid and Karim Benzema have broken down, with his performances for France at the World Cup leading to his agent increasing their demands.
Paris St Germain and Manchester City are among those monitoring the situation closely - Daily Star
Barcelona have snapped up Chile international goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from La Liga rivals Real Sociedad - fcbarcelona.com
Arsenal are interested in signing Mario Balotelli, 23 him from AC Milan, but are now playing down the sum to be paid from the 35 million euros originally to about 18 million euros - transfermarketweb.com
Real Scoiedad have clinched the full rights to Carlos Vela, bringing to an end Arsenal's attempts to re-sign the Mexican forward - Daily Star
Hull City have completed the signing of midfielder Jake Livermore (right) from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year deal. The 24-year-old impressed while on loan at the KC Stadium last season and he has now joined permanently for an undisclosed fee, although reports have suggested it could eventually rise to a club record £8million.
Paris St-Germain are planning a move for Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, who claimed Manchester City did not excuse him from their end-of-season trip to Abu Dhabi to spend time with his dying brother, Ibrahim - Daily Mirror
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, expects to return to Liverpool after his loan spell at Napoli ended - The Guardian
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina remains unsure where he will be playing next season after confirming his agents are ‘working on my future’ - skysports.com
Newcastle United are readying a £2million offer for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie (right) - The Sun
Somebody who is keen on cutting his wage bill is Mark Hughes, who has placed Peter Crouch in the bargain bin – Stoke City will accept anything in the region of £1m in an attempt to get his £50,000-a-week contract off the outgoings - theguardian.com
Valencia are better placed than Liverpool or Monaco for the signing of Benfica's Andre Gomes - Record (Portugal)
West Brom and Hull City are battling it out for £6.5m Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass - Daily Star
Atletico Madrid are poised to scupper West Ham boss Sam Allardyce's capture of Swansea's attacking midfielder Michu - Daily Express
Atletico Madrid have targeted Inter Milan and Colombian international midfielder Fredy Guarin. Inter are weighing up the chance to use him in a swap involving Spanish international 27 year-old midfielder Mario Suarez - transfermarketweb.com
Swansea City are close to signing forward Bafetimbi Gomis, 28 (right). The France international was released by Lyon at the end of last season - Daily Mirror and South Wales Evening Post
Derby County have rejected an offer for goal-scoring midfielder Craig Bryson - who has been linked with newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers and Burnley - skysports.com
Udinese have signed French striker Cyril Thereau, 31 from Chievo Verona Udinese fought off competition from Torino and Atalanta in order to seal the deal - Tuttosport (Italian newspaper)
Reports in Portugal are claiming that defender Ezequiel Garay has joined Russian side Zenit St Petersburg from Benfica for six million euros - skysports.com
Mikael Lustig is delighted to have penned a new deal at Celtic and insists leaving the club never crossed his mind. The Sweden international full-back has committed to another three years at Parkhead - skysports.com
Birmingham City have complete the signing of striker Clayton Donaldson from Brentford on a two-year deal - skysports.com
Sheffield Wednesday are keen on taking Andy Johnson (right) from Queens Park Rangers - Daily Star
The well travelled Spanish midfielder Marcos Tébar Ramiro, 28 has joined Brentford on a two-year contract - skysports.com
Derby County have signed defender Zak Whitbread on a free transfer following his release from Leicester City - skysports.com
Charlton defender Michael Morrison has put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him at the Valley until summer 2016 - skysports.com
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Columbian and Brazilian flag baring babes bursting at the seams!
Foxy South Korean fan puckers up for the cameras!
Argentinian blonde soaking up the attention: lights, cameras, action!
Elegant Mexican babes looking hot to trot!
Gorgeous Columbian sweetie strikes a pose!
|Columbian hottie revs up her fellow fans!|
Attractive Bosnian fans can't stop smiling!
Glamorous Mexican World Cup reporter Vanessa Huppenkothen
Bikini clad Brazilian senorita dripping wet but whose complaining!
|Columbian cutie with a hair flick for the cameras!|
|Busty Mexican fan takes a selfie!|
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The World Cup Finals are in full swing and what a fantastic tournament it has been so far!
Meanwhile the Premier League fixtures for the forthcoming season were released today, and with less than eight weeks until the start of the Premier League season clubs right across Europe are busily eyeing up prospective new transfer targets. The World Cup finals provides a wonderful shop window for a player to display their talent and secure a lucrative move this Summer. Unsurprisingly transfer rumours are rife as I speak.
Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!
Is your club involved?
AC Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ajax, Southampton, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Al-Arabi, Barcelona, Rubin Kazan, Inter Milan, West Ham, Anderlecht, Juventus, St-Etienne, Chelsea, Galatasaray, Atletico Madrid, Paris St-Germain, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Sevilla, AS Monaco, Valencia, Everton, Porto, Fulham, Leeds United, Hull, West Brom, Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Swansea and Crystal Palace, Spartak Moscow, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle, Hertha Berlin, Leicester City, Port Vale, Burton Albion and Stevenage.............are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, is open to a move to Arsenal after his agent revealed 'anything is possible' this summer - The Guardian and Daily Mail
Manchester United are likely to bid for Sami Khedira (right), who has also been a target for Arsenal, after Real Madrid told the 27-year-old midfielder he could leave - Daily Express and football-espana.net
Manchester United have moved into the race to sign Ajax and Holland star Daley Blind, with negotiations to sign Southampton's Luke Shaw having stalled - Daily Mirror
Manchester United’s ongoing push to capture long term target Luke Shaw has been boosted by Southampton’s move to bring in Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor as a potential replacement for the England man - Daily Express.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, says he is staying with the German club for the immediate future, despite interest from Manchester United - skysports.com and Daily Express
Liverpool have opened talks with Bayern Munich over the summer signing of Xherdan Shaqiri (right), according to reports in Germany. The Reds are willing to offer £16m for the Swiss international midfielder - Bild (Germany)
Manchester United have made a £20million offer for Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan and hope to close the transfer in the coming days - The Metro
Manchester United's Nani will move to Inter Milan on loan until the summer with an option for a permanent deal - O Jogo (Portugal)
West Ham have completed the signing of Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from Anderlecht on a four-year contract - skysports.com
Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for striker Emmanuel Adebayor with fellow forward Roberto Soldado also set to be sold - Daily Mirror
Al-Arabi coach Dan Petrescu claims Barcelona playmaker Xavi has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Qatari club - skysports.com
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made £15m-rated Paris St-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29 (right), his top transfer target from the World Cup in Brazil. Wenger faces competition for Lavezzi from both Chelsea and Galatasaray also linked with the Argentinian. - The Sun and skysports.com
Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla has been linked with a move to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid - The Sun
Rubin Kazan's France international midfielder Yann M'Vila, 23, is set to reject Liverpool and Arsenal in favour of a move to Inter Milan - Daily Star and skysports.com
Manchester City will resist any attempt by Inter Milan to take striker Stevan Jovetic back to Italy - Daily Mail
Juventus are close to signing Dani Osvaldo from Southampton but Valencia are also interested - Gazzetta Dello Sport (Italy) and Corriere Dello Sport (Italy)
St-Etienne's Kurt Zouma (right) has decided to join Chelsea. However, both sides have still to find an agreement - L'Equipe (France)
Liverpool will consider reviving interest in Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez if they fail to agree a deal for Alberto Moreno.
The Sevilla star has been a long-time target for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, but a move to Anfield appears to have hit the rocks - dailymail.co.uk
Arsenal and Liverpool want Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, 28, who is keen to play in the Champions League after becoming a free agent - Daily Express
Valencia are better placed than Liverpool or AS Monaco for the signing of Benfica's Andre Gomes - Record (Portugal)
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is confident he can land Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 22 (right), on a season-long loan, but they could face competition from Porto. The Spanish club seem willing to let him out for the campaign, rather than offload him permanently - The Sun, Daily Mirror and skysports.com
Porto are preparing for the imminent sale of Fernando to Manchester City - Sport TV (Portugal):
Fulham are poised to make a £6million bid for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack - Daily Mail
Benfica's Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past but it seems he is set to join Zenit St Petersburg - skysports.com and ole.com.ar (Argentinian football website)
Newcastle United have offered a deal to Hertha Berlin' for 22-year-old striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga (right) - Daily Mirror and Newcastle Chronicle
Swansea City have reportedly signalled their intent to secure the permanent transfer of Middlesbrough winger Marvin Emnes. Emnes ended the season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, and the Swans are prepared to offer Middlesbrough a fee in the region of £1m for the 26-year-old - skysports.com
Hull City look to have won the nine-way scramble to land ex-England defender Joleon Lescott, who is a free agent after his Manchester City contract expired - Daily Mirror
Joleon Lescott could become the first signing of the Alan Irvine West Brom era as the Manchester City man reportedly prepares for a medical at The Hawthorns - Birmingham Mail
Crystal Palace are moving closer to a £1.5m deal for former Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 29 (right), who spent the second half of last season on loan at Anzhi Makhachkala from Spartak Moscow - Croydon Advertiser
Middlesbrough are keeping tabs on Sammy Ameobi, with Newcastle open to offers for the 22-year-old forward - Newcastle Journal
Manchester City keeper Costel Pantilimon has joined Sunderland - and could replace Vito Mannone as first choice - Newcastle Chronicle and Sunderland Echo
Premier League newcomers Leicester City are interested in Port Vale's out-of-contract defender Joe Davis, 20, who has been offered a new deal by the Valiants - Stoke Sentinel
Burton Albion have announced the signing of forward Lucas Akins from Stevenage - skysports.com
Monday, June 16, 2014
Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) will be available for today's World Cup clash against Portugal.
A local Brazilian website - Radar64 - claimed the 29-year-old was airlifted to hospital after taking a knock to his left foot in training on Friday.
But the German FA (DFB) insist the hospital visit was for a routine MRI scan, because of his recent knee injury, and he later rejoined the team in Salvador to prepare for today's Group G match at the Arena Fonte Nova.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has struggled with tendinitis of the knee since the German Cup final a month ago.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has recovered from his shoulder injury and will start today's World Cup match against Portugal, coach Joachim Loew said.
Neuer, Germany's number one goalkeeper for the last four years and pillar of their defence, injured his shoulder in Bayern Munich's German Cup final victory over Borussia Dortmund last month.
Neuer did not play in the friendlies against Cameroon and Armenia.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who was also struggling with an injured ankle, is likely to play a holding midfield position rather than in the back four, a visibly relieved Loew told a news conference ahead of his team's Group G opening game against Portugal in Salvador.
Cristiano Ronaldo said he is "100 per cent" fit and ready for Portugal's opening World Cup match against the powerful Germans today. However after an injury-disrupted campaign for Real Madrid there are huge concerns over his fitness.
The Real Madrid star had ice applied to his troublesome left knee after training on Thursday, sparking fears over his fitness ahead of Monday's Group G opener.
The 29 year-old former Manchester United forward, arguably the most recognizable player in the sport, said he wouldn't risk his career by going into such a tough match with a serious injury.
Timothy Chandler is a fitness doubt for the USA's opener versus Ghana today. The right-back injured his leg in practice last Tuesday.
Stars and Stripes coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be keeping a keen eye on the full-back's progress while DaMarcus Beasley deputises.
Nigeria will have a full squad for their opening game today against Iran. Defensive midfielder Gabriel Reuben is available having missed two days training with a knee problem.
Although he is not expected to start, the midfielder's return is a welcome boost to Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who continues to rue the injury-enforced pre-tournament departure of AS Monaco defender Elderson Echiejile.
England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) has expressed optimism that he will recover from a knee injury in time for his side's second World Cup game against Uruguay on Thursday.
"It's coming along," said the Arsenal player, who damaged knee ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador last week and sat out England's opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday.
Asked about his chances of featuring against Uruguay in Sao Paulo, he told British newspaper journalists: "We are not sure about timescales.
"We are hopeful that would be realistic, but there is nothing set in stone and I can't say whether I will definitely be back or not.
Givanildo Vieira de Souza or Hulk limped out of a training session on Sunday morning but later said his injury was not serious and he expects to be fit for Brazil’s World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday.
The Zenit St Petersburg striker who was playing for Brazil’s first string against a second string team in a training match.
"I felt a niggle and came off as a precaution,” he told reporters shortly before the squad were due to fly 1,350 miles to the northern city of Fortaleza.
Samuel Eto'o missed training for a second successive day on Sunday with the striker still struggling with a knee injury as Cameroon prepare for Wednesday's match against Croatia.
Croatia playmaker Luka Modrić (right) should be fit to resume training after being given the all clear following a foot problem, the Croatian Federation said on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Real Madrid star suffered a blow to his foot during Thursday's opening World Cup match, a 3-1 defeat by Brazil at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.
Spanish media reports suggest Spain reserve goalkeeper David De Gea will be sidelined for up to 10 days, ruling him out of the final two Group B matches against Chile and Australia.
The Manchester United player, 23, missed training on Sunday after picking up a buttocks injury. The champions face Chile on Wednesday and then Australia five days later.
Captain and regular goalkeeper Iker Casillas' poor play in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Netherlands had given De Gea a possible chance to take over the starting role.
Pepe Reina is the only other goalkeeper available to the World and European champions going into Wednesday's must-win game against Chile at the Maracana.
AC Milan left-back Mattia De Sciglio (right) pulled up in training in Portobello last Thursday with a thigh muscle strain.
Although the injury prevented the 21 year-old from playing against England on Saturday, he is hopeful to be fit again in time for the group match against Costa Rica this Friday.
Meanwhile Italy are waiting on goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who twisted his left ankle last Friday, forcing the veteran Juventus man to miss the win against England.
Enrico Castellacci, Italy's team doctor indicated that it is to early to know for sure whether either player will definitely be available for selection on Friday.