- Man City dreaming of a Terry-Kompany partnership?
- Here’s my CV! David Moyes’ odds hint at swift Premier League return
- Manchester United: Five candidates to replace David Moyes
- CONFIRMED: Manchester United sack David Moyes
- Barcelona still eager to move for €35m Chelsea star
- Martinez plots move for £12m Manchester United midfielder
- Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo?
- Chelsea plan shock move for Arsenal defender
- Possible Chelsea Starting Line up against Atletico Madrid
- Arsenal Legend wants Manchester United outcast at Emirates
- €35m Manchester United and Liverpool target uncertain on future in Italy
- Atletico v Chelsea: Four Key battles that will decide the outcome
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 08:28 AM PDT
Approaching the summer transfer window, where rumours appear more than stars in the sky, an interesting and unexpected one has emerged concerning Chelsea skipper John Terry. According to the Daily Mail, Man City are scheming a cheeky little move to pinch a highly experienced individual from under the noses of one of their closest rivals.
John Terry, nearing the end of his career at 33, has been a regular in the Chelsea team this season and has formed a formidable partnership with fellow Englishman Gary Cahill. Considering his age, it is testament to the character and ability of the defender that he has made 44 appearances this season. The second coming of the “special one” seems to have rejuvenated the Chelsea captain and he has produced some terrific displays, helping contribute to Chelsea’s fantastic defensive record throughout 2013/14.
His contract runs out at the end of the season and reports have suggested he has been offered a new one year deal. However, this deal is said to have come at a price, that being a massive pay cut. Currently on a 150,000 a week, with financial fair play apparently looming on the horizon, it is no wonder the Chelsea hierarchy plan to cut the wages of a player who is nearing the end of his career and may not be such a vital cog in their plans going forward. This may prompt Terry to look elsewhere, cashing in like many other players have done when approaching the end of their careers.
So step forth Manchester City. A club who are more than likely to pay Terry this 150,000, or perhaps make it even more. With Demichelis, City have a defender that is perhaps not the quality they have come used to in recent years, and is a player who is constantly deemed the weak link of their side. Thus defence is an area City will be very keen to improve, and a partnership of Terry and Kompany would be a very interesting partnership indeed. Both players have been exceptional this season, pairing them both together could give the Manchester club a little edge in the title race next season. If they can manage to lure Terry on a free it will be a very sly coup indeed, his experience would come as a welcome addition to their squad and would certainly make them a lot more solid at the back.
At Chelsea Terry is an absolute legend and it wouldn’t go down well if he went to City. Money does talk though, as everyone knows, and perhaps he fancies a different challenge and change of scenery. However, his body language has suggested nothing of the sort as he has been totally committed to Chelsea this season. The core of Chelsea will change next season though, Cole looks certain to leave, Lampard has been close to going before, and now Terry could be on the way. Chelsea fans will understand this but may be slightly concerned if they lose all three at once. Nonetheless Mourihno won’t hold back when rebuilding his side, he has demonstrated that already this season when ruthlessly moving out Mata.
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 06:02 AM PDT
Here’s my CV! David Moyes’ odds hint at swift Premier League return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes may not be out of a job long, with Newcastle installed as the favourite destination for the deposed boss by bookmakers ‘Ladbrokes‘, with the Scot also linked with taking over at other Premier League clubs.
Moyes’ exasperating 10-month reign in the United hot-seat saw him derided by the majority of fans, and sarcastically hailed by those with Liverpool and Manchester City loyalties.
The 50-year-old was finally removed from his duties this morning, following yet another listless showing in the 2-0 defeat to Everton, but Moyes could soon be back managing in the Premier League.
Ladbrokes have made Newcastle as the favourite to become the Scot’s next club, with odds now at 4/1.
West Brom and Norwich, who are deep in the relegation battle, share odds of 5/1, while Aston Villa, who have endured a horror run of late, and Southampton, whose current boss Pochettino could leave at the end of the season, are both priced at 6/1.
A return to Scotland could also be on the cards, with Scottish champions Celtic placed at 8/1 for Moyes’ next move, while struggling pair Tottenham and Cardiff are both at 10/1.
An unlikely return to high-flying Everton comes in at 16/1.
What do you think? Where will Moyes end up? Let me know in the comments below…
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 01:07 AM PDT
Manchester United: Five candidates to replace David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked after a disastrous first season at Old Trafford, the club confirmed this morning.
Moyes signed a six-year contract with the Barclays Premier League champions last summer, but according to The Times, the Glazer family, United's owners, finally lost patience with the Scot after yet another poor, listless display in the 2-0 defeat to Everton.
We take a look at five candidates who could replace Moyes at Old Trafford.
Going by the media reports, the Welshman would take charge of the club for the rest of the season on an interim basis, however the club legend could be appointed on a permanent basis as well.
Giggs has won 26 major honours as a player with Manchester United but has no previous managerial experience. Can United afford to take a further gamble?
The 46-year-old was instrumental in turning the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund at a time when the club was going through their darkest period in history.
Not only he kept the club afloat in the league but went on to make them a force in Germany and Europe, winning Bundesliga titles and taking the club to Champions League final last season.
Louis van Gaal
The Dutchman is at 8/1 to become the next manager of United. He has managed top European clubs like Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in his career and has won one Champions League and one Uefa Cup with Ajax. Further, he has earned great success in Spain and in Germany as well.
If Atletico Madrid win the La Liga or the Champions League or both, he will be considered as the best manager of the season in Europe.
Without enough funds (no comparison when it comes to big boys in Spain) the way his side is on the verge of breaking the duopoly in La Liga is commendable.
Martinez has done really well in his first season at Everton. Though the Toffees might miss out on the Champions League qualification but Martinez has received heavy praise for his brand of eye-catching football at Goodison Park.
He is young, progressive, tactically smart and has the ability to motivate the players. Should be an ideal candidate if Manchester United want to put trust on a young manager like what Liverpool did with Brendan Rodgers.
Posted: 22 Apr 2014 12:48 AM PDT
David Moyes has been sacked as the Manchester United manager, with the club confirming early this morning that Moyes has left the club after less than a year in charge.
It is understood that club legend Ryan Giggs will be appointed as interim boss until the end of the season.
Moyes was chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson as the man to succeed him after he retired after 26 years in charge last summer.
In a statement the club said it “would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role”.
This has been one hell of a calamitous season for the Red Devils. They have lost six league games at home, were knocked out of all domestic competitions and are certain to miss out Champions League qualification next season.
United however reached the quarter finals of the Champions League under Moyes where they were knocked out by Bayern Munich.
What do you think, United fans? Happy its all over? Let me know in the comments below…
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 11:38 PM PDT
Barcelona still eager to move for €35m Chelsea star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona are confident the two-year transfer ban imposed on them will soon be lifted, and have targeted David Luiz of Chelsea yet again.
The Mirror reported couple of days back that Barcelona officials are now so convinced of at least a temporary reprieve and hence they’ve started actively negotiating for players.
The news has been carried on in Spain, with both Mundo Deportivo and Sport reporting on it, citing the Mirror as the primary source.
The Spanish media basically are repeating the lines of Mirror. It says that central defence remains one of the major concerns for Barcelona and should the transfer ban is lifted, they would go for him.
Luiz divides opinion among the fans. Jose Mourinho this season has used him as defensive central midfielder, especially in Europe, but has made only 15 league starts this season.
The Brazilian is adventurous and superb going forward but his defensive abilities doesn’t convince everyone completely. Luiz, who has been a long term target of Barcelona, could be a fantastic addition for the Catalan giants, but is he the right man to replace club legend Puyol?
Barcelona are also thought to be interested in highly rated young French defender Aymeric Laporte but has a €36m release clause, while Athletic Bilbao are known to be very tough negotiators.
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 11:06 PM PDT
Martinez plots move for £12m Manchester United midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is plotting an audacious move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley in the summer.
According to James Ducker of The Times, Everton are prepared to offer £8 million for the England international, as Martinez has identified Cleverley as the prime summer transfer target alongside striker Romelu Lukaku, who has joined on loan this season from Chelsea.
The 24-year-old enters the final 12-month of his contract and Martinez believes he can bring the best out of the player and is willing to commit a substantial amount of his transfer kitty to try to lure him from Old Trafford.
Ducker says that could take nearer to £12 million to persuade United to part ways with the midfielder, especially with David Moyes on the brink of being sacked and any new manager may not encouraged by the ideas of selling him.
Cleverley had an impressive season when on loan at Wigan Athletic from United in 2010-11 under Martinez, where the midfielder was used in attacking positions by the Spaniard as opposed to the central midfield role.
In summer, there would be more pressure for Manchester United to address their midfield problems. Anderson could be sold, Darren Fletcher is no longer the same player he once used to be while Michael Carrick showing signs of age – therefore it remains to be seen whether United would be willing to sell Cleverley or not.
Ducker adds that Martinez “would push ahead with plans to sign Cleverley” as doubts remain over the future of Gareth Barry.
Barry will become a free agent in the summer and the former Villa midfielder is believed to be interested in a move to the United States to play in Major League Soccer.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck also faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford with Arsenal and Spurs interested in signing him.
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 10:15 PM PDT
Arsenal: Bitter Premier League rivals gunning for key French duo? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal are hoping that they can tie down star defender Laurent Koscielny to a new contract, having opened negotiations with the Frenchman on the weekend, but the saga of Bacary Sagna is trundling on, with Liverpool and Manchester City among the clubs watching proceedings with interest.
The pair have been staple parts of the Gunners’ defence for years now, and there are few better in their position in the Premier League. But both defenders have been linked with moves away in recent weeks, with Arsenal desperate to keep what is half of their first choice backline in North London for next season.
But Manchester City, according to TMW, are winning the race for Sagna, who is said to be tempted by a move to the Etihad.
The likes of Inter Milan and Napoli are also said to be looking at the 31-year-old, who’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season; but Manuel Pelligrini’s City, who already boast former Gunners Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri in their ranks, are emerging as the odds-on destination for the full-back.
His compatriot Koscielny, who is having an excellent season in the heart of the defence alongside Per Mertesacker, has reportedly caught the eye of a host of European giants such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
The 28-year-old is tied to the club until 2017, but to alleviate any fears that he may be tempted away from the Emirates, Arsenal have opened contract talks, with a view to increase his salary to £90,000-per-week.
Arsene Wenger’s side are favourites for fourth spot in the league, and lead challengers Everton by a point, with just three games to play. They beat Hull City 3-0 last time out, a dress rehearsal for the upcoming FA Cup final on May 17th.
What do you think? Should Arsenal pull out the stops in order to keep Sagna and Koscielny? Let me know in the comments below…
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 10:00 PM PDT
Chelsea are lining up a shock move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the summer according to reports in the Guardian.
We had earlier reported that the Belgian is well on the radar of Italian side Napoli as he has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal thanks to mercurial rise of the centre back defensive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Vermaelen’s contract at the Emirates is due to expire in the summer of 2015 as he might walk way from London in the summer. In an injury ravaged season, the 28 year old has featured in only eight appearances but that hasn’t deterred other clubs from pursuing the former Ajax player, who came up in the ranks of the youth academy in the legendary club.
It is also believed that Jose Mourinho is planning to reinforce his back line in the summer with David Luiz being linked to Barcelona. John Terry isn’t getting any younger and it means that the Portuguese manager has identified the Belgian as a cut price option.
Vermaelen’s agent Alex Kroes however claimed that he will be willing to listen to offers for his client only beyond the World Cup.
"Yes Napoli have been on the player and have stepped forward, but just as the Neapolitans have, other clubs have shown their interest and not just Italian clubs. You cannot say, though, that the player is close to a transfer to Napoli.”
"I repeat – wait until after the World Cup, where Vermaelen is going to do his best, then we will face any kind of discourse for his future."
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 12:19 PM PDT
Possible Chelsea Starting Line up against Atletico Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea will face La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg semi-final of the Champions League.
The Blues suffered a huge blow in the Premier League title race, after they were defeated by bottom club Sunderland 2-1 at the Bridge. As a result of that defeat, Chelsea find themselves five points behind Liverpool, with three games left to play.
Team News: Samuel Eto’o who scored against the Black Cats on Saturday has been left back in West London after failing to recover from the knee injury he suffered during the game.
But the good news is, both Eden Hazard and Petr Cech are included in the 20-man squad. Hazard didn’t play the last two games through calf injury but Cech missed the last game through illness.
Here is the possible Chelsea line-up:
Prediction: 2-1; It will be a tough game as Atletico are in tremendous form but Chelsea could get the all important away goal from this fixture.
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 12:15 PM PDT
Arsenal Legend wants Manchester United outcast at Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Arsenal striker and club legend Ian Wright has urged the Gunners to sign Manchester United out of favour striker Javier Hernandez in order to solve their goal scoring woes up front.
Arsenal’s convincing looking season has drastically turned into a disaster in the past month as Arsene Wenger’s side have dropped from Premier League title challengers to compete for fourth place in the standings.
Olivier Giroud is the only recognized striker in the squad with young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo yet to make his climb in the premier League ranks. Nikolas Bendtner too hasn’t featured for the London outfit and the Dane is expected to leave in the summer.
Hernandez has been a bit part player for the Red Devils this season with David Moyes reluctant to field the Mexican. Chicarito has fallen in pecking order behind Van Persie, Rooney and Welbeck and reports suggests that the ‘Little Pea’ will walk out of Old Trafford in the summer.
The 25 year old has featured in 5 starts in the Premier League this season, coming off the bench 16 times and hitting the back of the net 4 time sand grabbing 3 assists to his credit. However Hernandez’s conversion rate in 33 minutes per appearance which would make Arsene Wenger interested to puruse his services in the summer.
So what do you feel? Should the Gunners bring Chicarito to Emirates in the summer?
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 11:53 AM PDT
€35m Manchester United and Liverpool target uncertain on future in Italy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Liverpool target and dynamic Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is uncertain on his future in Italy according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The 24 year old who has had a sizzling season at Rome claims, “I feel good here, but still do not know what will happen.”
The Bosnian has scored 5 goals and grabbed 6 assists for his club this season and his dazzling contributions in midfield has attracted the biggest of clubs all across Europe. It is his creative imagination in the middle of the park which has seen him involved in 58 key passes this season leading to his side’s goals.
Manchester United had sent scouts in the weekend to watch Pjanic as Roma beat Fiorentina by the thinnest of margins to continue a brilliant season for the Giallorossi under Rudi Garcia. The Red Devils have had a dismal campaign are willing to spend in the summer to bring a midfielder who can pull the strings in the middle of the park.
Jonathan Johnson, Ligue 1 & French football journalist had earlier tweeted that Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport have reported that Roma might sell their prized asset whose contract is due to expire in the summer of 2015.
It is believed that French Ligue One Champions Paris St Germain are ready to pay over the hill to land the Pjanic at Parc De Princes in the summer. Liverpool were thought to be interested as covered the story last month.
With the Financial Fair Play coming into effect, some reports have otherwise stated that Roma are keen to land Porto striker Jackson Martinez in the summer and might sacrifice Pjanic in the process.
David Amoyal, head of Football transfer and Serie A expert also feels Pjanic can leave even if he signs a contract extension.
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 11:47 AM PDT
Atletico v Chelsea: Four Key battles that will decide the outcome - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea travel to the daunting Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night to take on Chelsea in the first leg of the mouth watering semi final in the Champions League. The Blues suffered a shock defeat on Saturday losing 2-1 to relegation threatened Sunderland which severely dented their Premier League title aspirations. Diego Simeone's side however are relentless at the top of the La Liga table, going six points above their closest rivals Barcelona, who are currently just a shade above Real Madrid. As football fanatics all over the globe wait in bated breath for the enthralling encounter, we bring you the five tactical battles between the two sides that will decide the outcome on Tuesday.
How Chelsea will adapt: One of the major aspects for Chelsea's come back against Paris St Germain (losing 1-3 in the first leg) in the quarter finals was their awareness and the ability to adapt to any circumstances. Jose Mourinho threw all of his strikers for the final minutes of the games hoping to get the second goal, the one which would enable Chelsea to progress. Demba Ba fund the top left corner for a scrappy finish as Stamford Bridge erupted in joy. Chelsea are sure to lineup in their customary 4-2-3-1 setup with the hardworking triumvirate of Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle starting behind the lone striker up front. Eden Hazard missed the opening training session ahead of the clash is set to miss out of the first leg thanks to a sustained calf injury.
Diego Costa against Gary Cahill: This will surely be one of the major tactical aspects going into the clash. Costa has scored 33 goals and raked up 4 assists in 37 appearances so far this season. However, the Brazilian turned Spanish striker has much more to his game than just finding the back of the net. Simeone's side end to play a very narrow 4-4-2 lineup which is more effectively a 4-2-3-1 in attack. Costa makes sure he doesn't get isolated up font as he constantly drops deep and aids possession on the pitch.
Gary Cahill will be given the job to man mark the striker but the Englishman should make sure he doesn't get outrun and dragged out of position. This will help the central attacking midfielder, playing as a false target man to exploit the space and come out better one on one against John Terry.
Atletico's running wide men against Chelsea's fullbacks: One of Diego Simeone's greatest tactical advancements has been letting his wide players stay narrow and allowing his fullbacks to run with a mixture of decoy runs and overlapping the opposition wingbacks at will. As the decoy runs off the ball takes away the centre opposition centre back with it, this frees up space for the wide playmaker to dart in. This leads to a snowball effect. The marking centre defensive midfielder has to track the false target man, another centre back is busy occupying the lone striker up front but the other winger's run from opposite flank frees up the striker. As a result, Atletico's wide play makers frequently opt to cross behind the opposition defensive line.
Chelsea's experience against Atletico's enthusiasm: Jose Mourinho has reached the semi finals of the Champions League for five times now, while it will be Simeone's first as a manager. Tactically it would be interesting two of the brains on the sidelines are in action. Sami Tighe, featured columnist for Bleacher Report claimed that Atletico's hardworking 4-4-2 is easily the most frustrating, stubborn formation in world football right now. They sit deep, pack the middle, man-mark the wide men and tell the opponents’ full-backs: “cross it in—if you dare.” Mourinho however, will instruct his team's attacking triumvirate drop deep and realize their defensive discipline and not allow the home side much time on the ball, lest they will be devastating.
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