Premier League clubs spent a record £835 million in the 2014 summer transfer window, and with the increased revenue from the new TV deals, that record is expected to be broken this year. Depending on how desperate people get in late August, we could see the first £1 Billion transfer window!
When does the transfer window open?
The 2015 summer transfer window will officially open on Wednesday, July 1. The Premier League season ends on May 24 so expect clubs to announce signings throughout June, but a player’s registration cannot be officially transferred until July 1. Read more...(952 words, 1 image, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
According to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, England striker Daniel Sturridge could miss the final month of the season with a torn hip muscle.
The England international has made seven Premier League starts this season, having suffered four separate injury setbacks.
Rodgers has acknowledged that the 25-year-old’s latest problem, a hip injury sustained against Manchester United on March 22, could keep him out of Liverpool’s final five league matches.
“It’s been difficult. Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and work and help the team but it’s been one of those seasons for him” said the Liverpool boss. Read more...(348 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Inter President Erick Thohir has announced that the Nerazzurri will retire club legend Javier Zanetti’s No 4 shirt.
The Inter legend made a record 615 appearances in a 19-year career is a trophy filled career. His finest hour came when he captained the side to Champions League glory in 2010, under the management of Jose Mourinho.
Thohir, announced the news in a video tribute to the Argentine, who is now the club’s sporting director.
Zanetti will make one last appearance on the San Siro pitch on May 4 when he plays in a special charity match celebrating Milan’s hosting of Expo 2015, and his number will be retired at half-time.
It is amazing the difference week can make in the life of a footballer. Last week the consensus was that Javier Hernández’s year on loan has been nothing but disappointment and that he would be returning to Manchester United this summer.
But Chicharito followed up his match winner against Atletico in the Madrid derby on Wednesday with two goals in a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo and suddenly Little Pea is the toast of Madrid and Karim Benzema is wondering if he will get back in the team when he returns from injury. Read more...(493 words, 1 image, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that the Gunners need to sign four “top-quality” players in order to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Henry won two titles during an eight-year spell with Arsenal, and says Wenger must follow Jose Mourinho’s example by seeking key additions to the “spine” of his team this summer.
“Arsenal need to buy four players, they need that spine,” Henry told Sky Sports. “They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre-back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I’m afraid, they need a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again. Read more...(195 words, 1 image, estimated 47 secs reading time)
There wa a rare mment of candor from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after his sides 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
Once again Rodgers saw his side dominate possession, Liverpool has 70% possession, and they managed 22 shots, but very few forced Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to work.
Afterwards Rodgers admitted hat scoring goals has been a challenge all season, tacitly admitting that the purchases of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli to replace Luis Suarez had been a mistake.
“We just don’t score as many goals – it’s as simple as that. The players are giving the same effort, the same attitude and the skills they are transferring from last year are the same. Read more...(490 words, 1 image, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
The Emirates erupted in chants of ‘Boring, boring Chelsea‘, but to Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea papers the frustration of the Arsenal fans was music to their ears.
After seeing his side outplayed at home to Manchester United last week, but still winning the game Mourinho said he did not care about preferring substance over style in the win:
“Once you decide to play this way, the statistics don’t matter, only the result does,” he said after the match
Mourinho could have repeated the same quote today as the champions-elect killed the game off in the second half, with a suffocating big blue blanket over the action. U Read more...(779 words, 1 image, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
There is something special developing at Gillette Stadium this season, where the New England Revolution are now unbeaten in their last 12 regular-season home games, dating back to last season, tying a club record
With the 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, in front of 17,982 fans, New England moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2-2 record for 14 points.
In any salary cap sport, developing a strong squad is extremely difficult, but the Rev have arguably the deepest squad in MLS with 15 or 16 players challenging for a starting role every week. Read more...(391 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)
Six Chelsea players have been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Premier League team of the year.
Jose Mourinho’s men are on the brink of a first title since 2010 and their dominance over the past nine months was highlighted by a cluster of blue shirts in the XI announced by the PFA on Sunday.
The entire back four started the season as Blues players, with centre-back pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill joined by Branislav Ivanovic and Ryan Bertrand, the latter of whom signed permanently for Southampton in February having joined on loan last summer. Read more...(225 words, 1 image, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Everton earned a deserved 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park as Roberto Martinez’s tactics outwitted those of Louis van Gaal.
The Everton manager has had to defend himself during a testing second season on Merseyside, but the Spaniard got his tactics spot on to earn a morale-boosting win on Sunday courtesy of goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas.
Heeding the blueprint of Chelsea‘s victory over United last week, Everton sat deep throughout, allowing the visitors to dominate possession before breaking quickly with Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
Everton’s fifth-minute opener came via a swift counter, with McCarthy applying a superb finishing touch to a move that he started. Read more...(502 words, 1 image, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)