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Written on 14 Aug 2016 | No Comments

Yesterday, Manchester City officially announced the £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton, raising a few eyebrows as to wether the English centre back is worth such a hefty fee. Less than 24 hours later, Everton replaced their talismanic defender with the signing of Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea, for a fee thought to be in the region of £12m.
There’s no question that the fee City paid for Stones is astronomical, making him the most expensive English defender in history, and the second most expensive defender behind PSG’s £50m capture of David Luiz …

Written on 4 Aug 2016 | No Comments

He’s the £100 million man who has grabbed headlines throughout the summer months, and now with a move to Manchester United seemingly imminent there is one big question to be asked. Is Paul Pogba worth it?
Since he first departed Manchester in 2012 he has gone on to become one of the most complete midfielders in Europe and a lynch-pin for a Juventus side that have won five domestic trophies. He delivered 14 assists and created 9 goals as they won the Scudetto – the club’s 32nd in total.
As the seasons pass he continues to build on his achievements and grow as a player, …

Written on 31 Jul 2016 | No Comments

Over the last decade the continental way of managing clubs in the form of having a football director, a transfer committee, and a head coach who has to utilize whatever squads are put under his disposal has caught up with a lot of the English premiere league and the championship clubs. It usually entails a combination of executives with varying degrees of football knowledge making decisions on buying and selling players. This has more often than not proved to be unsuccessful with the glorious examples of failure being Aston Villa, …

Written on 28 Jul 2016 | No Comments

With just over a fortnight to go until the Premier League season begins once again, Arsenal fans are facing the ever so familiar uncertainty as to wether their current squad is equipped to mount a serious title challenge.
The transfer window so far has shown shades of last summer for the gunners. They signed a player early on in the form of Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka as was the case when Wenger snatched up Petr Cech from bitter rivals Chelsea last year. That good start to the window gave Arsenal fans …

Written on 11 Jul 2016 | No Comments

Alfredo Di Stefano’s legacy is so legendary, that anyone who represents Real Madrid tries to emulate the benchmark set by this man. By the end of his career, he held every scoring record and is the main reason behind the club’s obsession with the UEFA Champions League. He was the leader and the main man responsible for the 5 consecutive titles the club between 1955-59.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Di Stefano played club football in Argntina and Colombia before moving to Spain after being spotted by both FC Barcelona and …

Written on 6 Jul 2016 | No Comments

It was the biggest transfer of the window so far, so what do we know about Michy Batshuayi – the striker they recently signed?
While most are just wondering how the hell you pronounce his name, others are just keen for him to get stuck in at a club that has struggled to fill Didier Drogba’s boots in recent seasons.
The Belgian striker is an excellent prospect, with 26 goals across the last two seasons for former side Marseille. He has also made six appearances and scored three goals for Belgium.
In some …

Written on 5 Jul 2016 | No Comments

A Hector penalty in sudden death gave his side a shootout win and saw Germany into the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championship, at the expense of Italy at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, setting up a tasty encounter against either hosts France or England-demolishing Iceland. For a side that had beat Germany on 8 separate occasions at major tournaments, the Azzurri didn’t pile on too much pressure and it seemed like Germany were the better side, despite the fact that it took 65 minutes to break the deadlock.
Former England international Martin …

Written on 7 Jun 2016 | No Comments

Current situation of Barcelona’s defence has gone from bad to worse for now with the rumours linking their long serving right back Dani Alves to Juventus as per Daily Mail.  With the financial situation of the European Giants on the fringes, Valencia’s Portuguese  full-back Joao Cancelo could prove to be a good replacement over the La Masia graduate Hector Bellerin who plays his trade at Arsenal having a price tag of around €40m as per Diario Sport.
Sport said that Joao Cancelo would prove to be a much cheaper alternative for …

Written on 29 May 2016 | No Comments

This season’s manager of the year is obviously Claudio Ranieri after leading Leicester City to the most unlikely of Premiership crowns, something that would not have gone amiss in an episode of ‘Roy of the Rovers’. Along with Ranieri though, Slaven Bilic did a great job at West Ham, who deservedly qualified for the Europa Cup after Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat of Crystal Palace. Today though we look at another person who has done an outstanding job and clearly exceeded expectation; Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe, a man whose job …

Written on 23 May 2016 | No Comments

Arsenal are currently very close to completing the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach for £30 million and the Swiss international has arrived in London for a medical which will be completed this weekend. The big question on everyone’s lips is whether Granit Xhaka is the answer to Arsenal’s holding midfielder problems. In my opinion the answer is yes.
The signing of Mohamed Elneny in January was a masterstroke from Arsene Wenger and Granit Xhaka would solve all of Arsenal’s problems in central midfield. Arsenal’s problems in the centre of …