Archive | July 3, 2015

Gerrard in Hollywood….

Welcome to Los Angeles, Steven Gerrard! #GR8NESS

Former Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard is already in Los Angeles and is pictured here holding the number 8 shirt he will be wearing as he prepares to star for MLS side LA Galaxy.

Anelka named Mumbai player-manager….

Nicolas Anelka

Former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka has been named player-manager of Mumbai City. Anelka, 36, played for the Indian Super League side last season under ex-Manchester City manager Peter Reid. “He impressed us all with his tactical knowledge and excellent motivational skills,” said Mumbai City co-owner and Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Anelka has filled a player-coach role before during a season spent at Chinese club at Shanghai Shenhua in 2012. The Frenchman only managed two goals in seven league games in his first season at Mumbai but returns as the club’s ‘marquee’ player, meaning he is eligible for a higher salary. “We are all very excited to start this new season. I’m personally very eager to take on this new role for the club and put a strong competitive team on the pitch,” said Anelka, who has played for 12 clubs in his career. Mumbai finished seventh of eight teams in the Indian Super League’s inaugural 2014 season. “We will provide Nicolas all the support required to try and win the league this year,” added Kapoor. Anelka’s spell in charge of Shanghai in 2012 lasted around two weeks before French coach Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibenge was appointed on an interim basis. Uncertainty at the club prompted Anelka’s move back to England with West Bromwich Albion, who terminated his contract after less than a year following his ban for use of the controversial “quenelle” goal celebration.

Mihajlovic wants AC Milan fear factor….

New AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic

New AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says it is time for the club to be feared again. The Serb became Milan’s fourth coach in just over 18 months and was presented alongside club president Silvio Berlusconi on Friday. “The only way I can win over the fans is hard work,” Mihajlovic said. “Milan have always been a side to be feared and I want that Milan side back. I want my Milan team to instil fear in other teams.”

Chelsea agree Falcao loan….

Radamel Falcao

Chelsea have confirmed they have agreed a season-long loan deal for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao. The Colombia striker spent last season at Manchester United, where he made 29 appearances, scoring four goals. He said: “I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe.”

Here is Falcao’s career goal stats:

  • River Plate (2004-09) – 90 games, 34 goals
  • Porto (2009-11) – 72 games, 62 goals
  • Atletico Madrid (2011-13) – 86 games, 68 goals
  • Monaco (2013-14) – 20 games, 11 goals
  • Manchester United (2014-15) – 29 games, four goals

West Brom set for takeover….

West Brom's Hawthorns ground

West Brom hope to have new owners by the end of the month after the granting of exclusive negotiations to an unnamed bidder. Exclusivity grants a bidder sole rights to deal with Baggies owner Jeremy Peace for up to six weeks. Peace, who owns 88% of the club, has been chairman for 13 years, and said in February he would be willing to sell “if it was right for the club”. West Brom finished 12th last season under Tony Pulis. Exclusivity allows only the bidding party to submit a formal bid after due diligence. If Peace is happy with the amount offered, then the bidder has up to six weeks to complete the deal. Until that six-week period is over, no other interested party can get involved. It means the club could be sold before the start of the new Premier League season. West Brom stressed in their statement  that the club’s summer transfer business would be unaffected by the negotiations. Since Peace became chairman in 2003 the Baggies have spent only four years outside the top flight. The club reported pre-tax profits of £14.7m on an income of £86.8m for the year ending 30 June 2014.

Manchester City’s FFP restrictions eased….

Manchester City in Europe

Manchester City have had their restrictions on transfer spending and Champions League squad size lifted after meeting their financial fair play target, say UEFA. City had their Champions League squad capped at 21 players last year and their spending on new signings last summer restricted to £49m as punishment for breaching FFP rules. UEFA said in a statement: “The UEFA CFCB [club financial control body] has lifted a number of restrictions on Manchester City after the club reached certain targets towards break-even compliance as part of the ongoing monitoring of their settlement agreement. “The club remains under strict monitoring and has still to meet break-even targets and is therefore subject to some limitations in 2016.”

Nani to have Fenerbahce medical….

Nani (left) and Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal

Manchester United winger Nani is to have a medical at Turkish side Fenerbahce after the clubs agreed a 6m Euro fee. The 28-year-old Portugal international moved to Old Trafford in 2007 from Sporting Lisbon. He spent last season back on loan with the Portuguese side, scoring 11 goals. Fenerbahce said  negotiations to “transfer the player” were under way and that “Nani will be in Istanbul on Sunday for medical check up”. Nani has won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the club in September 2013.

Odemwingie given new one-year deal….

Peter Odemwingie

Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie has been given a new one-year contract extension. The Nigeria international will remain at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2015-16 campaign but there is the option of a further 12 months. Odemwingie, who joined the Potters in January 2014, recovered from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for eight months to return to action in April.