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Arsenal Linked With Song Return

As Arsenal look to add a defensive midfielder to their already well stocked midfield, former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is the new name being linked with the Emirates Stadium on a season long loan deal from Barcelona.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with completing a season long loan deal for the Cameroon international to bring him back to North London to add some much needed defensive options to an already attacking midfield. New Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is willing to loan the midfielder out for no fee with the Premier League looking his mostly likely destination. Barcelona have added former Sevilla man Ivan Rakitic this summer and along with Sergio Busquets in that role, it has meant Song is now surplus to requirements. If Song was to return to the Emirates stadium, he would provide competition with club captain Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini as the Gunners main… Continue reading →

World class midfielder free to move to Arsenal

Arsenal have been given renewed hope of signing their number one summer target after he was dropped from the European Super Cup.

 

Sami Khedira has been top of manager Arsene Wenger’s wish-list since the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. The move has become one of the biggest on-off moves of the summer, with Real Madrid previously claiming that the Germany international was not for sale.

 

Khedira, however, was forced to watch last night’s victory over Sevilla from the sidelines. Spanish newspaper Marca believe it is a sign that the La Liga giants are ready to sell. The 27-year-old was linked with a move from Madrid last summer feet falling out of favour with manager Carlo Ancelotti but wanted to stay and fight for his place. But after making only 12 league starts for Los Blancos last season he started to pine for a move away.

 

Wenger… Continue reading →

Xavi Hernandez retires from International Football

Barcelona veteran Xavi Hernandez has officially announced his retirement from international football.

Xavi made his international debut in the year 2000 and was capped 133 times for his country. The experience Spaniard was part of the Spanish side who won back to back European championships in 2008 and 2012, whilst also adding a World Cup medal to his trophy cabinet in 2010.

The influential midfielder named player of the tournament at Euro 2008 feels that now is the right time to retire from international football given his frustrations at Barcelona’s poor form last season and the Fifa World Cup, “I was disappointed on two levels at the end of last season as I did not feel useful to Barca or to the national team”.

“Brazil was disappointing for everyone collectively and for me also individually and the fact that I did not take part in the decisive game against Chile… Continue reading →

Spurs close in on Mateo Musacchio: But who is he?

MAURICIO POCHETTINO is closing in on his fourth defensive summer signing as Tottenham Hotspur boss after the club agreed a fee with Villarreal for highly-rated Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacchio.

The new Spurs boss, appointed manager back in May, has wasted no time this summer in recruiting fresh blood for his back line. Along with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Pochettino has swooped for Ben Davies, Eric Dier and now Musacchio as he looks to plug a defence which conceded 51 goals last season.

The fee for the 23-year old is believed to be around £17 million and is seen as a major coup for the club with Musacchio voted the best centre-back in Spain last season.

Despite that, however, he is a relative unknown in European football. So what makes him stand out?

A defender during his playing days, Pochettino has followed the career of fellow compatriot Musacchio very closely ever since… Continue reading →

Chelsea sign second Barcelona player

Having signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona before the World Cup, Chelsea have once again raided Camp Nou. This time it’s youth winger Josi Quintero that has signed for Jose Mourinho’s side, agreeing a three-year-deal.

 

The 17-year-old had been training with The Blues for a while before signing the deal. He has impressed Mourinho and his coaching staff enough to finalise the move but is expected to start with the reserves next season.

 

Ecuadorian youth international Quintero is the latest of an early transfer flurry from Chelsea. He joins big money signings Fabregas and Diego Costa. While The former-Arsenal pass-master joined before a ball was kicked in Brazil, Costa waited until after Spain were knocked out, which was only a few days later.

 

Chelsea are planning on bringing in Costa’s former Atletico team-made Filipe Luis next, which would take spending up to over £80 million with the transfer… Continue reading →

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