Archive | June 24, 2015

Reina makes Napoli switch….

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina move from Bayern Munich to Napoli. Reina, 32, played for Napoli for a season on loan in 2013-14 before joining Bayern last summer. He played in just two Bundesliga games as understudy to Manuel Neuer and has now returned to Naples to be first choice. “Pepe Reina asked us to release him from his contract, because he has the chance of regular first-team football as first-choice Napoli goalkeeper,” Bayern’s deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen said. “As a player, but especially as a person, he fitted in outstandingly with our team, so we naturally agreed to his request.”

Happy Birthday Messi….

Lionel Messi

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi turns 28 today. He is celebrating by preparing for Friday night’s Copa America quarter-final with Colombia.

Liverpool sign Brazil’s Firmino….

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool have signed forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim on a five-year deal for a fee of about £29m. The 23-year-old’s deal is subject to a medical, which will take place after he returns from Chile, where he has been playing for Brazil in the Copa America. Firmino, who has scored 47 goals in 151 games for Hoffenheim, becomes the Reds’ second most expensive player. The Anfield club made Andy Carroll their record signing when he joined them for £35m from Newcastle in 2011. They also paid Southampton £25m for Adam Lallana in 2014, and have already brought in Burnley striker Danny Ings, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, defender Joe Gomez and midfielder James Milner this summer. The Reds have so far resisted two offers from Manchester City for England forward Raheem Sterling. Firmino, who has spent the last four-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga, was on target for Brazil in their 2-1 Copa America victory over Venezuela on Sunday. In the absence of Neymar, who has been suspended for the rest of the tournament, Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who is already a Liverpool player, are set to start again in Saturday’s quarter-final against Paraguay.