As the saying goes here on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean, “stats don’t lie” and in
Rooney and Manchester United’s case this is certainly the truth. As an avid United fan, some may say I’m biased when making the bold statement that Rooney is one of the best players in the world but his ability to have an impact on the game as a forward without scoring goals or even getting assists makes him irreplaceable.
As a forward, your number one job is to score goals, your number two job, if you can’t score, is to get assists – all in all be creative and have an influence on the game in the attacking third.
Rooney has come under a lot of criticism this year after being pushed out from under the spotlight and into Robin Van Persie’s shadow, and he hasn’t dealt with it too well. Rumor has it he wants out, and after Sir Alex Ferguson’s end of season sub shows for Rooney that United are happy to show him to the door. But life after Rooney isn’t going to be as gleaming as one may hope. You’re going to want to keep reading after the jump.
As the saying goes here on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean, “stats don’t lie” and in
By now we have all had enough of this Clint Dempsey saga with Fulham. At this point we just want to see our boy playing and representing for the States. The latest in the story is that Fulham has filed an official complaint with the BPL regarding Liverpool’s attempt to acquire Dempsey.
The problem now is that Clint is being perceived as the bad guy in all this. All my man wants to do is leave for a better club the same way LeBron and Dwight did in the NBA. I see no problem with wanting to win. Enough with the discrete subliminal messages Clint…
Fresh off of an MLS Cup victory, David Beckham is taking his talents to Paris. After months of rumors and negotiations, Beckham will sign his contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the beginning of January. Backed by wealthy Qatari investors, PSG has spent over $111 Million this summer alone to sign nine different players.
Who knows why Beckham signed with PSG, it could be because of Jay-Z and Kanye’s now-famous rap anthem or he could be going for the shot to win a Club championship for yet another country. Whatever his reasoning, it doesn’t hurt that he’ll be earning $1.05 Millions dollars per MONTH for the next year and a half.
Total Soccer Magazine is reporting that French club Paris Saint-Germain has made contact with David Beckham and will meet in Los Angeles to discuss a possible move to Paris. With new ownership and deep pockets, the club appears to be looking to make a splash both on and off the field. PSG director Leonardo, Beckham’s former coach at AC Milan, told the BBC, “He is more than a football player, but when you see him every day he trains and plays like a kid…he’s a brand, a pop star. I would always consider him.”
PSG has not won the French league title since 1994, but thanks to their new petrol-fueled Qatari owners, they were the second biggest spenders in the summer transfer window behind only Manchester City at roughly 118 million dollars (as reported by Sabotage Times.)
Should he stay or should he go now? Whatever Becks decides, it has been a fun ride having him in the United States playing in the MLS. At least he can bring his very own adipower predators with him!
Arsenal looks set to complete its second signing on transfer deadline day after agreeing to terms with Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker in a deal believed to be around 10 million pounds. They were hoping to sign him when he was 3, but the Bundesliga swooped swooped him up before Arsenal had the chance.
Finally, Arsene Wenger has realized that having a bad ass replica of a “Lord of the Rings” character is the smart choice to lead them through Mordor, aka the city of Manchester. Although, I hope for Mertesacker’s sake he can be a bit “bigger” than Frodo and the crew for Arsenal’s back line.
Mertesacker is a strong 6-foot, 6-inch defender and has 75 caps for Germany, adding a wealth of experience and knowledge at the highest level. But don’t worry Gooner fans, there’s still plenty of time for Arsene to grab the next Leonel Correia.
As we posted the other day, Sammuel Eto’o had been sought after by Anzhi Makhachkala to join the Russian side. Anzhi now says it’s official, they have reached an agreement with Inter Milan to sign Eto’o, who will head to Russia to undergo a medical.
A statement from the Russian club read:
“Today an agreement was reached between the football clubs, Anzhi and Inter, for the transfer of Samuel Eto’o. The terms of the transfer are completely agreed on both sides. Anzhi expresses gratitude to the leadership of Inter Milan for their professional and constructive approach in the negotiations. Tomorrow the player will undergo a medical examination, following which the player will be awarded a three-year contract. ‘On Thursday, Samuel will arrive at the location of his new team and will begin preparations for the match against FC Rostov.”
Udaltsov told BBC Sport:
“The contract is €21 million – €15 million paid straight away and €6 million more. Over the three years he’ll get around €30 million. He’s a good player so of course he costs good money,” he said. “Of course it’s a very good deal for our club. Samuel is very well known all over the world. We hope he can help our club reach our high ambition – playing in the Champions League and doing well in the Russian Premier Liga. This shows we have a real big ambition – not only talking. We’re always looking to sign the best players all over the world. Our club is already in the process of building a big team and of course Samuel is a big step in doing that. The first step was getting Roberto Carlos to our club when everyone was laughing,” Udaltsov said. “Now you see we have a lot of good players in our team – not only Eto’o but Roberto Carlos, Mbark Boussoufa – three-time best player in the Belgian league – one of the best players of PSV Eindhoven in Balazs Dzsudzsak and one of the best player of Uzbekistan in Odil Ahmedov. We understand we need time to rebuild the team. The fact you buy a lot of good players doesn’t mean you have a good team. They need time to play with each other on the field – that’s why we have set a target to be in the Champions League in three years’ time.”
Arsenal have agreed terms with Manchester City over the transfer of midfielder Samir Nasri and he is set to undergo a medical at the club on Tuesday afternoon. Nasri had asked to be left out of the squad to face Udinese in the Champions League play-offs as talk of a £25 million move increased and now the Gunners have revealed that a deal is almost done.
A statement read:
”Arsenal can confirm that they have agreed terms for Samir Nasri to move to Manchester City. The 24-year-old midfielder, who has spent three years with the Gunners, has been omitted from Arsenal’s squad which flies to Udinese this afternoon and instead will travel north for a medical. The move will be subject to Nasri passing a medical and formal registration processes.”
Arsene Wenger said:
“The summer was very difficult because we had Cesc Fabregas and Nasri on permanent transfer negotiations and that is draining in the end. We lost two great players and that’s a sad side of the story but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on the future. The decision had a logic but it is of course, as well, a business interest. But, overall, what you want is that you have players who do not play and think they go the next morning. It’s not ideal as well. So you want players who are completely committed to the long-term, to defend our chances. We wanted to sort all these cases out very early after the summer, but it wasn’t possible. And the pace is not only dictated by us, unfortunately.”
Nasri, who signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2008 from Marseille for a fee of £15.8 million, had previously rejected a new £90,000-a-week contract to stay at the club and only had one year left on his current deal.
Inter Milan has reportedly reached a deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of striker Samuel Eto’o, a deal that should make the Cameroon international the highest paid soccer player in the world.
After several days of negotiations, Italian media report Sunday that the two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of $38.9 million and that the deal will be formalized Monday.
Anzhi is expected to give Eto’o a three-year contract worth $28.8 million per season, surpassing the estimated $17.3 million that Cristiano Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid and the $15.1 million that Lionel Messi is paid by Barcelona.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has laughed off QPR’s £4 million bid for England international midfielder Scott Parker. QPR are set to be major players in the final fortnight of the transfer window following the takeover by Tony Fernandes, who is targeting several new recruits.
The need for QPR to strengthen was brutally highlighted on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, when they were thumped 4-0 at home by Bolton Wanderers, but they will need to double their offer for Parker if they are to attract the 30-year-old to the club.
“[The offer is] ridiculously low,” Sullivan told the Daily Mirror. “We see it as a cheap publicity stunt. It’s a bit like us bidding £12 million for Wayne Rooney.”
Although Parker is known to be pressing for a transfer away from Upton Park, Sullivan is willing to let the Hammers carry the burden of his wages this season if their valuation is not met.
“We hope Scott is our player on September 1,” Sullivan added, “but we respect the fact that he has given us four great years of service. We also respect the fact he wants to move to a Premier League club to protect his position in the England team, but unless we receive our valuation, he won’t be sold.”
Raul, 34, is reported to be unhappy in Germany after a series of disagreements with coach Ralf Rangnick over his role in the side. He scored for Schalke in their win over Cologne on Saturday but his muted celebration added fuel to rumours that he was on his way out.
But after Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt said on Tuesday that Blackburn had made an approach for the striker, a statement on the club’s website confirmed Raul was staying put.
It read: “This Tuesday FC Schalke 04 took an official request from Blackburn Rovers, which told of the Premier League club’s interest in signing Raul.”
It quoted Heldt as saying: “Both our coach Ralf Rangnick and my colleague Peter Peters and I have always stressed that we do not want him to leave. Raul told us that he wants to stay with Schalke 04 and asked us to cancel talks with Blackburn Rovers. We are pleased that Raul wants to continue to contribute to our sporting success. “