Saturday, 4 July 2015

FanZoneBlog: The Big Transfer That Has Been Ignored So Far

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One transfer that seems to have slipped under the radar this summer is Sami Khedira leaving Real Madrid for Juventus.

Khedira's situation for the last year has baffled me. He was one of Germany's standout performers in the World Cup (including an absolute beast of a performance in the 7-1 defeat of Brazil) and was unlucky to be injured before the final.

Yet for the last year it seems that Real Madrid would listen to any reasonable offer for him. It seems no serious bids were forthcoming, even with his contract finishing he moved to Juventus with a minimum of fuss or seeming interest from any other top European clubs.
To be fair he had his share of injuries last season but that would be expected of a player returning so quickly from an ACL injury.

 I would still rank him in the upper echelons of world midfielders and the fact that no premier league club was breaking down the door to sign him on a free has left me genuinely baffled.

 Can anybody shed some light on this?

I would say that Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool are all in the market for a top class holding midfielder yet Khedira remains rejected and unloved; a midfielder entering what should be his prime forced to play for the Serie A champions. I know I know.

Obviously some other clubs were interested but, it seems that no club were breaking down the door to sign him when he has apparently been available all year.

Naija Players Transfer Gist (04.07.15): Aaron Samuel, Imoh Ezekiel And More

Aaron Samuel Offer Rejected
Guangzhou R&F of China striker, Aaron Samuel Olanare has missed out on a chance of a summer transfer move to Russia, as his club officials have snubbed an offer from CSKA Moscow.
The deal would have seen Aaron linking up with fellow-Super Eagles tar, Ahmed Musa, who continues waxing strong with CSKA, but it will no longer materialise due to reluctance by The Oriental Country outfit to agree a deal. [Information made available by]

Imoh Ezekiel Set For Russian Move
Standard Liege of Belgium attacker, Imoh Ezekiel could become the next Nigerian star to line out for Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia, following reports that The Railwaymen are in the hunt for his signature.
Although earlier information at the start of this week indicated that Imoh’s parent club, Al-Arabi of Qatar are reluctant to allow the strike leave, thereby turning their nose up against offers from the like of RSC Anderlecht of Belgium and Lille Metropole of France, but Lokomotiv believe they can succeed where all others have failed. [Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuw]

English Sign Nigerian Youngster
English Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion have announced that they have captured the signature of Anglo - Nigerian  striker Daniel Akindayini, who last represented Tottenham Hotspur.
The 19 - year - old has been offered a deal after impressing in trial games against Arsenal and Aston Villa.

[Copa America] LOL! Chile Reveal Perfect Plan To Stop Messi Using PlayStation

When Chile face Argentina in the Copa America final on Saturday their players will have been well-drilled in all aspects of the Lionel Messi’s game, and will have put a few hours in on the PlayStation too.
Coach Jorge Sampaoli said: ‘We have a simulation program that uses PlayStation technology and allows players to move the team around the pitch using a joystick. We can tell a player: “We are going to press in 4-4-2” and the software shows us how that will work against our rival.’

The tactic has been used to improve the way Chile attack too and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has put more hours in than most as the host nation try to beat the favourites.
Sampaoli plans to play Gary Medel, Francisco Silva and Eugenio Mena as a back three with Marcelo Díaz and Charles Aranguiz as wing-backs and Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla and Jean Beausejour in midfield behind Eduardo Vargas and Sanchez in attack.

The system gives Arsenal’s player of the season the minimum defensive responsibilities and will be used in the hope that he can do to Argentina what Messi plans to do to Chile.

Sanchez knows all about Messi from his days at the Nou Camp. And Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is also an expert after a season training and playing alongside him.

Bravo said: ‘It’s not easy to control Messi. Because he has so much talent you don’t know what he is going to do next.

‘We will not man-mark him because the strongest thing about our team is that we are a unit. We all have to concentrate and make sure we neutralise Leo. 

We wait to see how well it works out!

Source: Dailymail

Today's Transfer Gist (04.07.15): Sterling, Cazorla, Van Persie And More

  • Manchester City are set to spend more than £100m on transfers this summer after having their transfer restrictions lifted by Uefa, with the club chasing 22-year-old Paul Pogba, Kevin De Bruyne, 24, Raheem Sterling, 20, and 25-year-old Fabian Delph. (Daily Telegraph) 
  • Manchester United target Sergio Ramos, 29, will not reverse his decision to leave Real Madrid even if they offer the central defender an improved deal. (Marca) 
  • Spain keeper David De Gea, 24, will have to see out the remaining year of his Manchester United unless Real Madrid let Ramos move to Old Trafford.(Guardian) 
  • More than 55% of Real Madrid supporters voted in favour of selling Ramos in a fan poll. (AS)
  • Barcelona have scheduled a meeting for next Monday to decide if they want to sign midfielder Arda Turan, 28, from Atletico Madrid. (Marca) 
  • Manchester United have made an official approach to sign Turan - but the Turkey international is holding out for a move to Chelsea. (AS) 
  • Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 30, has been targeted by Atletico Madrid as Turan's replacement but the Gunners will not sell the Spaniard unless they get an big offer. (Daily Mail) 
  • Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 29, has taken a pay cut from £265,000-a-week to between £130,000 and £180,000-a-week to join Chelsea on loan from Monaco. (Times - subscription required) 
  • Juan Cuadrado Chelsea signed Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in February 2015 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told agent Jorge Mendes to find a new club for 27-year-old Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado. (Daily Express via Super Deporte) 
  • Atletico Madrid have cancelled an agreement they had to sell centre-back Toby Alderweireld to Southampton for £6.8m in a move which helps Tottenham's hopes of signing the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror) 
  • Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31, has turned down a move to Turkish club Besiktas.(Talksport)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Impressive! John Terry Shows Off His Personal Trophy Cabinet

Chelsea captain John Terry took to his Instagram account to share a photo of his personal trophy cabinet which has everything he has won.

From the photo, all of Terry's four English Premier League trophies which he has won at Chelsea can be seen on display, as well as a replica of the UFFA Champions League trophy which he won in 2012.
Two League Cup trophies are also seen along with a replica of the FA Cup which he has won five times. John Terry has won a total of 14 major trophies for Chelsea and will be hoping to add more when the season kicks off in early August.

Naija Player Focus (03.07.15): Odion Ighalo, Oshaniwa, Adekanye And More

Promising Talent Leaves Madrid
Real Madrid academy product Derik Osede  has decided to bid farewell to his lifelong club and set sail for England after 13 years. The Castilla player with Nigerian roots is on the point of signing for Bolton Wanderers and trying his luck in England's Championship.

According to Marca, the defender arrived at the Madrid in 2002 from DAV Santa Ana and immediately made a name for himself in the under-10 team and then gradually climbed up through the club's youth system.

Liverpool Add Nigerian Youngster To Spending Spree

Liverpool have completed their seventh signing of this summer and he is a Barcelona youth product Bobby Adekanye for an undisclosed fee.
 The 16-year-old took to his personal instagram account to announce the move to Liverpool and also posted a picture to that effect.

Watford Recieve Massive Bid For Goal Machine Ighalo
Watford have reportedly received a £10m offer for Super Eagles' striker Odion Ighalo from Chinese first division side Hebei China Fortune, according to Sky Sports.
Ighalo, who moved to Vicarage Road from Italian club Udinese last July, played a huge part in Watford’s promotion to the Premier League netting 20 goals.

Oshaniwa To Move Overseas
Super Eagles defender Juwon Oshaniwa has verbally agreed a three-year contract with Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has hinted.
The Jambos are hopeful a deal can be reached with the 24-year-old who can play at centre-back or left-back.

Oshaniwa featured for the Super Eagles in all their matches at the World Cup in Brazil last summer.

Today's Transfer Gist (03.07.15): Turan, Schneiderlin, Odemwingie And More

  • Real Madrid are very interested in signing Fernando Spanish striker Fernando Llorente from Juventus, according to AS. Los Blancos are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements seeing as Javier Hernandez has returned to Manchester United and Rafael Benitez is eager to lure the former Athletic Bilbao star to Santiago Bernabeu.
  • The Daily Star understands that Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas are set to make a surprise move for Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. The Netherlands international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer after hitting just twelve league goals last season – his third with the club.
Read the latest transfer rumours about Nigerian players on our Naija Player Focus
  • Manchester United will not compromise over their £35m valuation of goalkeeper David De Gea, despite reports in Spain saying the Old Trafford club had lowered their asking price for the 24-year-old to £25m. (Daily Mirror)
  • Spain international De Gea said a move to Real was no closer as he arrived in Madrid on Thursday, saying he was in the city to "relax". (AS - in Spanish)
  • Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger, 22, is set to join Wolfsburg as the Stuttgart defender would prefer to stay in Germany, according to his agent. (Kicker via London Evening Standard)
  • Stoke want winger Victor Moses, 24, forward Patrick Bamford, 21, or 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea in addition to the £8m the Blues have bid for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Manchester United will try to tempt Everton to sell them right-back Seamus Coleman, 26, by offering 27-year-old centre-back Jonny Evans as part of any deal. (Daily Star)
  • Tottenham want Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 24, and could offer the Toffees 28-year-old winger Aaron Lennon or centre-back Younes Kaboul, 29. (Daily Mail)
  • Atletico Madrid's 28-year-old midfielder Arda Turan, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, denied on Twitter  he is close to joining Barcelona.
  • Manchester United have made a bid of about £20m for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has played down reports linking Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, with a move to the Tyneside club. (Daily Star) 
  • Monaco and Sevilla, who are both in the Champions League, want 26-year-old Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who has a year left on his contract with the Potters. (Daily Mirror)
  • Leicester City are believed to have made a move for Guus Hiddink, who recently resigned as Netherlands coach, to become their new manager. (Leicester Mercury)
  • Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says the club are not interested in signing Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, 27, from Manchester United. (Talksport)
  • Former England right-back Glen Johnson, 30, who is available on a free transfer after he was let go by Liverpool, has turned down a move to Turkish outfit Besiktas. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Former Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement says 29-year-old defender Sergio Ramos - subject of a £28.6m bid by Manchester United - is one of the best players he has ever worked with. (Sky Sports)
Read the latest transfer rumours about Nigerian players on our Naija Player Focus

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Naija Player Focus: Osaze Signs New Deal, Latest On Joel Obi And More

Peter Odemwingie has signed a new deal at Stoke City. The Nigerian forward, who turns 34, in a fortnight, pens a 12-month contract with an option of a further year.

The terms are a sign of Odemwingie’s popularity at the club and with manager Mark Hughes, given the player missed most of the last campaign with a serious knee injury.

Torino are on the brink of announcing the capture of Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi. The Nigeria international has arrived in Turin to undergo a routine medical with The Maroons before appending his signature to a four - year deal if all goes well.

Dutch - Nigerian winger Bobby Adekanye is now a player of Liverpool, Ademola Adekanye, the player’s dad, has exclusively informed A product of Barcelona, the 16 - year - old has appended his signature to a three - year contract that will keep him at Anfield until June 30, 2018.

Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir F.K have announced that they have struck a deal with FC Hearts Abuja for Flying Eagles skipper Musa Mohammed.

Nigerian Premier League Club Protest Over 19 Months Unpaid Salary

Enraged players of Nigeria National League side, Kaduna United have finally decided to take the bulls by the horn as it were as they embark on a protest to force the payment of their backlog of salaries running into 19 months.

The protesting players who told FCNaija their tale of woes said they are seeking the audience of the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to end their endless wait for their owed monies.

“We want to see the governor, he has to intervene in this situation because it is just unbearable for us now” Kaduna United Captain Emmanuel Ambrose told

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Buffon And Sagna Enjoy Summer Break With Their WAGS On The Beach

Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have been making the most of their summer break, soaking up the sun on Miami beach ahead of their return to pre-season training next week.

Joined by their partners, Ludivine Kadri and Ilaria D'Amico, the couples embraced the romantic and serene setting before cooling off in the sea.

Sagna, 32, who joined City from Arsenal on a three-year deal last summer, found first-team opportunities difficult to come by in his first season at the Etihad Stadium.

Source: Dailymail

Super Eagles Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi Finally Apologises

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has formally apologized to the Nigeria Football Federation following his on-field action that led to a sending off during the 2017 African  Nations Cup qualifying game against Chad last month.

The Lazio of Italy player was red carded over an off-ball incident in the Super Eagles 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna.

 Onazi was fined by the NFF over the incident and was hit with a two-match ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The midfielder has however tendered an apology to the NFF after he was ordered by the body to produce a written apology.

“Sequel to your letter REF: NFF/OGS/Admin/Vol.V/009, I hereby tender an unreserved apology with respect to my conduct which led to my dismissal in the game against Chad in Kaduna," Onazi said in a letter dated June 30 and addressed to the NFF General Secretary.

“I accept the fact that my act was tantamount to an unacceptable one on the field of play.

"However, I want to inform you that my action on the pitch was not premeditated and was only a reaction to a violent attack on me by the Chadian player, who hit me from behind while I was standing outside the penalty box.

“In addition, I had tendered an unreserved apology immediately after the match via my official social media accounts, as well as in the traditional media, to my teammates and to Nigerians who felt let down by an act they considered surprising because of my reputation in that regard."

Onazi in his apology also promised to attend the two Super Eagles game which he has been banned from to show his support for the country and the players.

“Also, I had volunteered to attend the two matches that I have since been punished for by CAF both at home and away, to support my teammates," Onazi continued .

"I believe this is an amenable punishment and therefore appeal for the further fine of $5,000 that was imposed on me by the NFF.”

Meet Liverpool New Signing Roberto Firminho's Pretty WAG

 Liverpool’s new boy Roberto Firminho is married to Larissa Pereira and she is also mother to his baby daughter. 

The pair met in a nightclub in 2013,  and have been together ever since.

She will likely move to Merseyside with Firmino as the player looks to settle in after his big move.

Today's Transfer Gist (02.07.15): Pogba, De Bruyne, Muller And More

  • Manchester City face an increasingly difficult battle to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with Barcelona offering £56.7m for the 22-year-old. 
  • But City hope to take a step closer to recruiting 24-year-old forward Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.(Daily Mail) 
  • Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon, 44, is the early front-runner to take charge at Leicester City following Nigel Pearson's dismissal.(Guardian) 
  • Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, 29, has completed the formalities of his move to Chelsea and will link up with his new club on their pre-season tour of North America, according to his family. (Guardian) 
  • Manchester United have been secretly trying to sell 31-year-old striker Robin van Persie since January, according to his former team-mate Pierre van Hooijdonk. (Daily Mirror)
  • Thomas Muller, 25, says he "feels fine at Bayern Munich" after reports Manchester United had offered a package worth £120m in fees and wages for him. (Daily Express)
  •  Chelsea will make an improved £8m bid for 28-year-old Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.(Daily Telegraph) 
  • Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of Aston Villa's 24-year-old striker Christian Benteke.(Talksport) 
  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to start negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the signing of 26-year-old defender Toby Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at Southampton.(London Evening Standard) 
  • West Ham United have been told they will have to bid more than £20m for Dynamo Kiev's 24-year-old defender Aleksandar Dragovic.(Daily Telegraph) 
  • The Hammers want Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 23, on loan for a second successive season and are expected to give a trial to 18-year-old AFC Wimbledon striker Daniel Agyei on Thursday.(Daily Mail) 
  • Sunderland hope to beat Newcastle United to the loan signing of Chelsea's 22-year-old Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel. 
  • Stoke have outbud Everton with a £12m fee accepted by Inter for diminutive striker Xherdan Shaqiri  (Dailymail)
  • Borusssia Dortmund midfielder Ikay Gundogan has made a dramatic U-turn and penned a new deal with the German outfit till 2017.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

NPFL Week 15 Review: Sunshine Go Top As Elephants Remain Unbeaten

Sunshine Stars have regained the number one position on the Nigeria Premier League table following their 3-1 home win over Akwa United at the Akure Township Stadium in one of Wednesday’s Week 15 matches.

An early goal in the first half from Kehinde Adedipe and two more in the second half was all that was required to get the Akure Gunners back at the summit of the NPFL standings as they now have 29 points after 15 games.

In Ilorin, Enyimba secured the only away win in this round of fixtures as they piped Kwara United 2-3. The victory has also seen the Aba Elephants extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.

With the away win, Enyimba have also amassed 29 points but are in second place behind Sunshine Stars because of their inferior goals difference. In Enugu, Rangers survived an early scare to come from behind to register a 2-1 win over Kano Pillars.

Also in Ibadan Coach Gbenga Ogunbote got the last laugh over his former club as Shooting Stars triumphed 1-0 over visiting Sharks of Port Harcourt at the Adamasingba Stadium.

Jacob Ogunleye got the solitary goal that ensured that the Oluyole Warriors returned to winning ways after back-to-back draws againgst Enyimba and FC Taraba Heartland on their part secured a derby win as they piped big spenders FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 at the Liberation Satdium in Port Harcourt.

Substitute Saibou Badarou was the hero for the Naze Millionaires as headed into the net Lucky Ubido's free kick in the 86th minute.

Final Result
Abia Warriors 3-1 Bayelsa United
Warri Wolves 1-0 Lobi Stars
Sunshine Stars 3-1 Akwa United
Rangers 2-1 Kano Pillars
El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 Dolphins
Wikki Tourists 1-1 Giwa FC
Heartland 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Shooting Stars 1-0 Sharks
Nasarawa United 2-0 FC Taraba
Kwara United 2-3 Enyimba

Today's Transfer Gist (01.07.15): Ramos, Turan, De Bruyne, Higuain And More

  • Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan wants to join Chelsea in a £29million deal this summer. The Blues are emerging as strong candidates to land the talented Turkey star ahead of next season.
  • Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo has been appointed as the new coach of Italian Serie B side Modena. Crespo had been coaching the youth squad of Parma.
  • Gonzalo Higuain is ready to snub rival offers to join Liverpool this summer, according to reports. Liverpool are also keen, and reports in Italy say Higuain has decided he wants to move to Anfield, with the Reds his favoured club to join. The 27-year-old has been valued at £72million by Napoli but Liverpool could stand a chance with a bid of about £42m.

  • Manchester United will only increase their £30m bid for Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 29, if Real Madrid agree to do the same for United's Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24. (Mirror)
  • But Ramos's mother Paqui Garcia says her son wants to stay at the Bernabeu. (Antena 3 - in Spanish)
  • Crystal Palace are in talks with Paris St-Germain about signing 29-year-old France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who played under Palace boss Alan Pardew at Newcastle, for around £10m. (Guardian)
  • Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will pay Serie A side Udinese £4.4m for Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 24. (Daily Star)
  • Meanwhile, Stoke's Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, has his heart set on joining Chelsea, even as an understudy to number one Thibaut Courtois. (Mirror)
  • Manchester City are facing a battle to secure their top two midfield targets this summer with Wolfsburg vowing to keep Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, and Juventus's French midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, waiting on the outcome of Barcelona's presidential elections before deciding on his future. (Daily Telegraph)
  • City will therefore turn their attention to Napoli's Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik, 27, in a £20m deal. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Meanwhile, City are planning to replace manager Manuel Pellegrini with Pep Guardiola in 12 months' time, but the Chilean is determined to stay at Etihad Stadium and wants to open talks about a new contract. (Daily Star)
  • Aston Villa want to sign Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, after his contract at Leicester City expired. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Newcastle United will have to pay more than £9m if they want to sign 26-year-old Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost. (Newcastle Chronicle)
  • However, another report states Wolfsburg have put a £30m price tag on Dutch striker Dost, 26. (Daily Express)
  • Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, 24, will make a permanent move to Sunderland from Liverpool after spending last season on loan at the Stadium of Light. (Guardian)
  • Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 24, would turn down a move to Tottenham even if a deal is agreed, as he favours Liverpool. (London Evening Standard)
  • Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, 28, a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United, will announce which team he will join on Friday. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Chelsea are expected to confirm the loan signing of 29-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao later this week, having already agreed personal terms on a £130,000-a-week deal. (London Evening Standard)
  • Crystal Palace, West Ham and Marseille are in a three-way battle to sign Lille's Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 25. (Daily Mail)
  • Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 33, is the subject of interest from West Bromwich Albion, while the England international has also been linked with QPR and Bournemouth. (Liverpool Echo)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Naija Player Watch: Nigerian Premier League Star Set For Inter Move

Inter Milan have expressed an interest in Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel as back-up in case they fail to sign Felipe Melo from Galatasaray.

The Nigerian struggled to make an impact in Jose Mourinho's first team last season following the brilliant form of fellow holding midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Blues boss Mourinho is keen to try and keep Mikel, but knows it will be hard to try and persuade the 28-year-old to settle for a place on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Source: Dailymail

Naija Player Watch: Liverpool Set To Sign Nigerian Born Youngster From Barca

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Barcelona Nigerian born teenager Bobby Adekanye.
Born in Nigeria, Adekanye moved to Holland when he was four to live in Amsterdam with his family.

The 16-year-old has been on loan at PSV Eindhoven and was one of five transfers to Barcelona's youth system that were banned from playing for the club in a clampdown by FIFA last summer over claims they had been signed illegally.

He arrived in Barcelona in 2011 after spending time with Ajax.  Now 16, he would have been able to begin playing for Barcelona in January.

Adekanye played for Holland in February earlier this year at the Under 16 UEFA development tournament

Today's Transfer Gist (30.06.15): Ronaldinho, Muntari, Vidal, Adebayor And More

  • Italian side AC Milan have had the cpontract of Ghanaian star Sulley Muntari terminated by mutual consent. The Ghana midfielder made just 12 Serie A starts for the Rossoneri this season with his last appearance on March 7 and had another year left on his contract.
  • Nigerian born forward Jabo Ibehre has agreed to join League Two outfit Carlisle United on a free transfer. The 32-year-old striker was looking for a new club after being released by Colchester United at the end of the season.
  • Ronaldinho has agreed to join Antalyaspor and will link up with his former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o for the ambitious Turkish side, according to the club’s president.
  • Southampton are weighing up summer bid for Juventus stopper Angelo Ogbonna, Tuttosport has suggested. According to Tuttosport, Southampton will offer around €10 million for 27-year-old footballer, who hasn’t quite managed to prove his worth in Turin.
  • Chelsea have made a £6m bid for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, as a replacement for 33-year-old Petr Cech, who has moved to Arsenal.(Daily Telegraph)
  • Tottenham could offer 31-year-old Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa as part of a deal to sign their 24-year-old Belgium forward Christian Benteke. (Daily Mirror)
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers is closing in on a triple deal for Southampton's England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24, Barcelona's 16-year-old Dutch winger Bobby Adekanye and FC Copenhagen's Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson, 21.(Daily Star)
  • Manchester City are considering a move for Monaco's Brazilian right-back Fabinho. The 21-year-old would cost the Blues £15m. (Daily Mail)
  • Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to stay at Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old Germany midfielder says he wants to win the Champions League and a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with Bayern.(Sport1 - in German)
  • Arsenal have ended their interest in Juventus' 28-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. (Telegraph)
  • Gunners manager Arsene Wenger prefers Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 23.(London Evening Standard)
  • Everton are monitoring Leeds United's English right-back Sam Byram, 21, as Manchester United consider a move for Toffees defender Seamus Coleman, 26. (Daily Express)
  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told 24-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea, who wants to join Real Madrid, to report back for pre-season training on Monday.(Daily Star)
  • Turkish midfielder Arda Turan is set to leave Atletico Madrid, with an announcement on his future to be made in the next four days, according to his agent. Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old. (NTVSpor - in Turkish)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cech A Gonner! Chelsea Legend Sends Heart Felt Open Letter To Chelsea Fans

Petr Cech has written an open letter to Chelsea fans ahead of his move to Arsenal. The Czech goalkeeper thanked the club for their support over the last 11 years and Roman Abramovich's understanding in allowing him to join another Premier League club.

Today's Transfer Gist (29.06.15): Clyne, Vidal, Ramos, Ba And More

  • England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24, will complete a £12.5m move from Southampton to Liverpool on Monday. (Liverpool Echo) 
  • Manchester City have joined rivals Manchester United in wanting to buy Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29. (Mirror) 
  •  Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, appears set to join Arsenal this summer. (Daily Telegraph) 
  • Liverpool striker Fabio Borni, 24, is set to move to West Ham in a transfer worth £8m. (Sun, subscription required) 
  • Manchester United may make a second offer for Sergio Ramos after Real Madrid rejected their first bid of £28.3m. (Manchester Evening News) 
  • Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has expressed his interest in signing Chelsea's 23-year-old midfielder Oscar. (London Evening Standard) 
  • Chelsea are among the clubs linked with a move for Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Arda Turan after the 28-year-old said his agent was talking to "three or four clubs". (Daily Mail) 
  • Newcastle United want to sign West Ham winger Stewart Downing, 30, but face competition from Sunderland and Leicester City. (Daily Express) 
  • Manchester United's promise of guaranteed first-team football could see them signing Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30, from Bayern Munich. (Times, subscription required). 
  • Swansea are set to sign Portugal international striker Eder in a £5m deal from Braga. Southampton and Bournemouth also wanted to sign the 27-year-old. (Mirror) 
  • Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has urged current number one David De Gea, 24, to reject Real Madrid and become a United legend. (Sun, subscription required) 
  • Everton say 26-year-old right-back Seamus Coleman, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, is not for sale. (Liverpool Echo) 
  • Morgan Schneiderlin is set to sign a four-year deal in a £25million move to Manchester United after Arsenal pulled out of the race for the Southampton midfielder.
  • Newcastle United want to sign Schalke defender Joel Matip, 23, but have decided against a move for Aston Villa centre-half Ron Vlaar, 30. (Newcastle Chronicle) 
  • Former QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 26, has claimed some QPR players care more about money than winning. (Sun, subscription required) 
  • Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 30, has rejected a move to West Brom and will instead join Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua for £11m from Turkish side Besiktas.(Guardian)